Book Review: ‘Her Small Town Secret’ by Brenda Minton

About The Book

Will facing her past lead to a new beginning?

Revealing the truth

could change everything…

Just as things start to come together for single mom Avery Hammons, her carefully ordered world is flipped upside down by the arrival of Grayson Stone, her daughter’s secret father. Now Grayson wants to be part of their daughter’s life, even as he plans to return to California. But can Avery trust the man who once abandoned her with her little girl’s heart…and her own?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

About Brenda Minton
Brenda Minton lives in the Ozarks with her husband, three children and a few too many pets. She’s a pastor’s wife as well as children’s ministry worker.

Her hobbies include sitting on the porch drinking coffee and going out to eat with friends.

If you enjoy her Love Inspired Cooper Creek series, you can find Brenda most days drinking coffee and hanging out on facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/COOPERCREEK?fref=ts
My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘In hindsight, the good times hadn’t really been so good. He had holes in his memory, holes in his relationships and a daughter he barely knew.’

I have really enjoyed Brenda Minton’s books. She manages to create real characters with real life problems and plots that are believable. These qualities make for a good reading time for me. I just have such a good time reading her books. Recommended.

My thanks to Love Inspired for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion in this review is entirely my own and I was not compensated in any way.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Genre: Inspirational romance
Length: 186 pages
Buy Link: Her Small Town Secret (Love Inspired) – Kindle edition by Minton, Brenda. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Book Review: ‘Rising Danger’ by Jerusha Agen

About The Book

It’s up to a K-9 handler and her canine partner to stop a bomber before it’s too late.

Someone’s planting explosives on dams in the Twin Cities, and Bristol Bachmann and her bomb-sniffing dog must move quickly to find them before everything ends up underwater. That means relying on the dams’ supervisor—an ex-boyfriend Bristol never thought she’d see again. Hopefully Remington Jones has grown up from the rakish charmer she knew in her academy days. Because lives now depend entirely on them…

It’s an environmental terrorist who wants the dams gone, and his bid to set the waters free has lethal consequences. When he sees Bristol and her K-9 working to stop him, he sets his sights on them. Can they evade him in a lethal game of cat and mouse and protect the cities from devastating destruction before the clock runs out?

About Jerusha Agen
Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ.

With a B.A. in English and a background in screenwriting, Jerusha is a speaker, writing instructor, and Fear Warrior who sounds the call to battle against fear in our everyday lives.

Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats. You’ll often find her sharing irresistibly adorable photos of them in her newsletter and on social media.

Get a free suspense story from Jerusha at FearWarriorSuspense.com and find more of her thrilling, fear-fighting stories at http://www.JerushaAgen.com.
My Rating: 4 Stars

This was a very good suspense novel with a really well developed plot. I love dogs and the K9 elemental was well done also. A mad bomber on the loose in multiple places means there is a rush to bring him down. If you enjoy inspirational suspense, this will hit the spot!

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. I was not compensated and the opinion in this review is my own.

Publisher: Love Inspired Trade
Publication Date: Mary 25, 2021
Genre: Inspirational suspense
Buy Link: Rising Danger: A Thrilling K9 Suspense – Kindle edition by Agen, Jerusha. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Book Review: ‘Rising Danger’ by Jerusha Agen

About The Book

It’s up to a K-9 handler and her canine partner to stop a bomber before it’s too late.

Someone’s planting explosives on dams in the Twin Cities, and Bristol Bachmann and her bomb-sniffing dog must move quickly to find them before everything ends up underwater. That means relying on the dams’ supervisor—an ex-boyfriend Bristol never thought she’d see again. Hopefully Remington Jones has grown up from the rakish charmer she knew in her academy days. Because lives now depend entirely on them…

It’s an environmental terrorist who wants the dams gone, and his bid to set the waters free has lethal consequences. When he sees Bristol and her K-9 working to stop him, he sets his sights on them. Can they evade him in a lethal game of cat and mouse and protect the cities from devastating destruction before the clock runs out?

About Jerusha Agen
Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ.

With a B.A. in English and a background in screenwriting, Jerusha is a speaker, writing instructor, and Fear Warrior who sounds the call to battle against fear in our everyday lives.

Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats. You’ll often find her sharing irresistibly adorable photos of them in her newsletter and on social media.

Get a free suspense story from Jerusha at FearWarriorSuspense.com and find more of her thrilling, fear-fighting stories at http://www.JerushaAgen.com.
My Rating: 4 Stars

This was a very good suspense novel with a really well developed plot. I love dogs and the K9 elemental was well done also. A mad bomber on the loose in multiple places means there is a rush to bring him down. If you enjoy inspirational suspense, this will hit the spot!

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. I was not compensated and the opinion in this review is my own.

Publisher: Love Inspired Trade
Publication Date: Mary 25, 2021
Genre: Inspirational suspense
Buy Link: Rising Danger: A Thrilling K9 Suspense – Kindle edition by Agen, Jerusha. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Book Review: ‘Rising Danger’ by Jerusha Agen

About The Book

It’s up to a K-9 handler and her canine partner to stop a bomber before it’s too late.

Someone’s planting explosives on dams in the Twin Cities, and Bristol Bachmann and her bomb-sniffing dog must move quickly to find them before everything ends up underwater. That means relying on the dams’ supervisor—an ex-boyfriend Bristol never thought she’d see again. Hopefully Remington Jones has grown up from the rakish charmer she knew in her academy days. Because lives now depend entirely on them…

It’s an environmental terrorist who wants the dams gone, and his bid to set the waters free has lethal consequences. When he sees Bristol and her K-9 working to stop him, he sets his sights on them. Can they evade him in a lethal game of cat and mouse and protect the cities from devastating destruction before the clock runs out?

About Jerusha Agen
Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ.

With a B.A. in English and a background in screenwriting, Jerusha is a speaker, writing instructor, and Fear Warrior who sounds the call to battle against fear in our everyday lives.

Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats. You’ll often find her sharing irresistibly adorable photos of them in her newsletter and on social media.

Get a free suspense story from Jerusha at FearWarriorSuspense.com and find more of her thrilling, fear-fighting stories at http://www.JerushaAgen.com.
My Rating: 4 Stars

This was a very good suspense novel with a really well developed plot. I love dogs and the K9 elemental was well done also. A mad bomber on the loose in multiple places means there is a rush to bring him down. If you enjoy inspirational suspense, this will hit the spot!

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. I was not compensated and the opinion in this review is my own.

Publisher: Love Inspired Trade
Publication Date: Mary 25, 2021
Genre: Inspirational suspense
Buy Link: Rising Danger: A Thrilling K9 Suspense – Kindle edition by Agen, Jerusha. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Book Review: ‘To Save A King’ (True Blue Royal #2) by Rachel Hauck

About The Book

A modern-day fairy tale of hope and rescue from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

After growing up in small-town Hearts Bend, Tennessee, Gemma Stone set off to Hollywood to make her mark in the world.

But her ambition turned into a journey of a “thousand” bad decisions and after twelve years of seeking fame and fortune, Gemma returns home with a limp and a dark secret.

Now she runs a rescue ranch and is raising her friends’ orphaned daughter. She’s keenly aware these defenseless ones are also rescuing her. She just wants to stay hidden in the safe world she’s created.

HRH Crown Prince John has learned a royal title cannot shield him from heartbreak. As heir to the revered House of Blue and married to the love of his life, he believed his future reign would strengthen the royal dynasty of Lauchtenland. Then tragedy changed everything. Can anything save him from his grief?

When he travels to Hearts Bend on a mission for his mother, Queen Catherine, he’s drawn into the local life and cajoled into a three-legged race with the beautiful Gemma Stone during the 4th of July festivities.

While the event has a disastrous result, Prince John and Gemma form a quick friendship—one of two wounded souls finding comfort in one other. However, love is absolutely not an option. John desperately wants to hold onto the memories of his wife, and Gemma refuses to trust her heart to any man. Even a prince.

Then Prince John is called home for an emergency. How can he leave the woman who lifted him from his sorrows? But can Gemma join him on a royal stage and risk her secret coming to light?

With a touch of divine help, Prince John and Gemma just might find the kind of love that saves and ultimately write their very own fairy tale.

To Save a King is book two in the True Blue Royal series.

About Rachel Hauck
Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She is a Christy Award Winner and a double RITA finalist. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Club. She is the recipient of RT’s Career Achievement Award.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, was filmed for an original Hallmark movie. The Wedding Dress, The Wedding Shop and A March Bride have all been optioned for film.

She’s been acclaimed for her split time novels and royal romances.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, and a former sorority girl, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Hauck recently learned how to hard boil an egg. She’s quite proud.

Visit her at http://www.rachelhauck.com or http://www.facebook.com/rachelhauck
My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Despite all the internal pep talks about how her past didn’t define her, her shame still owned her.’

Rachel Hauck takes us back to Hearts Bend, Tennessee and to the kingdom Lauchtenland in the North Sea in her second offering of her True Blue Royal series. And what a wonderful trip it is! I was enchanted. (pun intended)

This is Crown Prince John’s story and Gemma Stone’s story. Gemma, who carries her past like a giant pack on her back. Gemma runs a rescue ranch and is raising a foster teenager daughter. The world she has made for herself is safe. Until one day and she is paired in a three legged race with Prince John. Prince John knows heartbreak and cannot let go of grief, finds that Gemma Stone is a breath of air in his life. But is he just dreaming because of his pain?

‘No use denying it. God was up to something.’

There are many obstacles to these two having a happily ever after, but if anyone can give them that, it’s Rachel Hauck, who has long been a favorite of mine. Her books take up some serious real estate on my shelves. She always delves deep into the hearts of her characters and manages to transfer them to her readers’ hearts. That is a gift. And one thing I absolutely love about Hauck’s writing is this: she always manages to include a touch of the Divine in her books, something I look forward to and look for, then smile knowingly when it appears.

This story shows us that long held opinions of ourselves don’t have to be permanent. What we should be concerned with is God’s opinion of ourselves. This book ministered to a situation in my own life and I thank God so much for that. I am a princess to God! I loved every single minute. This book is a keeper shelf treasure and one that begs to be read again and again. Well done! I can highly recommend this one.

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. I was not expected to leave a positive review, and the opinion here is expressly my own.

Publisher: Hauck House
Publication Date: May 5,2021
Length: 324 pages
Buy Link: To Save a King (True Blue Royal Book 2) – Kindle edition by Hauck, Rachel. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Book Review: ‘Aftermath’ By Terri Blackstock

About The Book

This gripping new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock will leave you on the edge of your seat.

A devastating explosion.

Three best friends are at the venue just to hear their favorite band . . . but only one of them makes it out alive.

A trunk full of planted evidence.

When police stop Dustin with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows it’s just a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when they find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there.

An attorney who will risk it all for a friend.

Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first one he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d never abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?

Praise for Aftermath:

“In Aftermath, Terri Blackstock plumbs the depth of human emotion in the face of devastating tragedy, grief, and loss. Yet, she still manages to give readers her trademark suspenseful story, sweet romance, and hope for the future. From gut wrenching scenes in a cancer patient’s hospital room to seeing the world through the eyes of a young woman with a debilitating mental health disorder, Blackstock pulls no punches about human frailties. Does the end justify the means? Romantic suspense lovers won’t want to miss Aftermath.” —Kelly Irvin, bestselling author

“Justice may be blind but that doesn’t keep it from facing mortal danger. In Aftermath, expert storyteller Terri Blackstock ratchets up the suspense in a novel that delivers on every level. Conflicts rage and loyalties are tested to the ultimate limit. Set aside plenty of time when you pick up this book—you’ll not to want to take a break.” —Robert Whitlow, bestselling author

  • Stand-alone suspense novel
  • Book length: 72,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs
  • Also by Terri Blackstock: If I Run, If I’m Found, If I Live, Smoke Screen, Cape Refuge, and Truth-Stained Lies
About Terri Blackstock
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over seven million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

In 1994 Terri was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. As she was praying about her transition, she went on a cruise and noticed that almost everyone on the boat (including her) had a John Grisham novel. It occurred to her that some of Grisham’s readers were Christians, and that if she wrote a fast-paced thriller with an added faith element, she might just find her niche. As God would have it, Christian publishers were showing interest in the suspense genre, so she quickly sold a four-book series to Zondervan. Since that time, she’s written over thirty Christian titles, most of them suspense novels.

Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.

My Rating: 4 Stars!

I’ve read this author for a lot of years and her suspense is always spot on! When Dustin is arrested for being in possession of the makings of a bomb, he turns to Jamie, now a lawyer, but who grew up next door to him after he was placed in an uncaring aunt’s custody after his parents’ death. Dustin has made a great life for himself by owning a security company but now all that could be in ruins. He has no clue what is going on, but he and Jamie decide to find out.

Blackstock always adds many layers to her stories and I love that. She inserts PTSD, mental health, family crises and others to the story as it progresses and the reader’s attention is held throughout. I was completely surprised at how the story ended. Great suspenseful story. Recommended.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: May 11, 2021
Length: 332 pages
Genre: inspirational suspense
Buy link: Aftermath – Kindle edition by Blackstock, Terri. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Review: ‘Paint and Nectar’ (Heirloom Secrets 2) by Ashley Clark

About The Book

In 1929, a spark forms between Eliza, a talented watercolorist, and William, a charming young man with a secret that could ruin her career. Their families forbid their romance because of a long-standing feud over missing heirloom silver. Still, Eliza and William’s passion grows despite the barriers, causing William to deeply regret the secret he’s keeping . . . but setting things right will come at a cost.

In present-day Charleston, a mysterious benefactor gifts Lucy Legare an old house, along with all the secrets it holds–including enigmatic letters about an antique silver heirloom. Declan Pinckney, whom Lucy’s been avoiding since their disastrous first date, is set on buying her house for his family’s development company. As Lucy uncovers secrets about the house, its garden, and the silver, she becomes more determined than ever to preserve the historic Charleston property, not only for history’s sake but also for her own.

“Clark makes a moving debut . . . . Those who enjoy inspirational time-slip stories will want to check this out.”–Publishers Weekly on The Dress Shop on King Street

About Ashley Clark
Ashley Clark writes romance with southern grace. She’s dreamed of being a writer ever since the thumbprint-cookie-days of library story hour. Ashley has an M.A. in English and enjoys teaching literature courses as an adjunct. She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, Ashley’s usually busy rescuing stray animals and finding charming new towns.
My Rating: 5 Stars!

Ashley Clark’s debut novel last year was amazing and she has shown that she has incredible talent with this book, her sophomore effort. A time slip novel, Paint and Nectar is a powerfully told tale of old family feuds, love lost and found, and hearts that are full of hope.

‘She would get through this. She would find a way. She was a Legare, after all.’

Lucy Legare loves old things and preserving them. And when she locks horns with Declan Pinkney, who wants to tear down old things, she has found a formidable foe. But things aren’t always what they seem. Even though the Legares and Pinkneys have hated each other for decades and decades. Sometimes old feuds do well to be forgotten. But will they both agree?

‘She was as close to hating him as Jesus would permit.’

Clark has proven that her talent will stand in this story! I was captivated. I loved all these characters and enjoyed seeing characters from the last book. She pulls the reader in with her rich prose and depth of feeling for her characters. I felt every emotion and every heartbreak. Masterfully told, this is one for the keeper shelf, destined to be read yet again. Well done!

My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book. I was not compensated and the opinion in this review is entirely my own.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Length: 343 pages
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3ccSyyU

Book Review: ‘Let It Be Me’ (Misty River 2) by Becky Wade

About The Book

The one woman he wants is the one he cannot have.

Former foster kid Sebastian Grant has leveraged his intelligence and hard work to become a pediatric heart surgeon. But not even his career success can erase the void he’s tried so hard to fill. Then he meets high school teacher Leah Montgomery and his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop. He falls hard, only to make a devastating discovery–Leah is the woman his best friend set his heart on months before.

Leah’s a math prodigy who’s only ever had one big dream–to earn her PhD. Raising her little brother put that dream on hold. Now that her brother will soon be college bound, she’s not going to let anything stand in her way. Especially romance . . . which is far less dependable than algebra.

When Leah receives surprising results from the DNA test she submitted to a genealogy site, she solicits Sebastian’s help. Together, they comb through hospital records to uncover the secrets of her history. The more powerfully they’re drawn to each other, the more strongly Sebastian must resist, and the more Leah must admit that some things in life–like love–can’t be explained with numbers

About Becky Wade

Becky is the Carol and Christy award winning author of swoon-worthy contemporary inspirational romances.

She loves to connect with readers via her web site at http://www.beckywade.com, via her Facebook author page at http://www.Facebook.com/AuthorBeckyWade, or via Instagram at http://www.Instagram/BeckyWadeWriter

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since!

Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children. You’ll find her power-walking her neighborhood while dictating scenes, reading, chatting with friends on Voxer, planning her next trip, watching TV with her Cavalier spaniels on her lap, or rummaging in her pantry for chocolate.

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘The safest course was to depend on himself. So why had he strayed from that?’

Every so often I read a book that just resonates so loudly in my heart that I have a difficult time sitting down to compose a review adequate enough to do the book justice. This was that book. Becky Wade absolutely never fails to pull me deep down into her stories. The characters she creates are not just people walking across a page in a book. No, not by a long shot. They are people slipping inside my head and heart and taking up residence there.

Wade takes us back to Misty River for the second in her series and tells us Sebastian and Leah’s story. And what a delicious story it is. An extremely guarded pediatric heart surgeon with enough hurts to cause him to never feel much emotion finally finds the woman who came to his rescue when he had a car accident in the closing pages of last book. Leah Montgomery is a math prodigy, math genius, math teacher who is absolutely no nonsense. She doesn’t believe in romance, either. She is too busy raising her teenage brother and trying to figure out the issues involved in a recent DNA test to engage in a relationship with Sebastian Grant.

Once again, Becky Wade proves she is indeed incredibly masterful at plumbing the absolute depths of the human heart. I wanted to read to the end but hated to finish it because I knew I’d feel bereft because it ended. Wade gets inside these characters and then pulls everything out of them in a way that leaves her readers gasping at the realness of it all. Every single word in a Becky Wade book is a treasure.

‘God, her spirit howled, where are you?’

As always, Wade is not one bit shy of proclaiming Christ in her books. That’s one thing I love about her. She puts Him first. God’s goodness shines through every page. The spiritual theme of this one was powerful and ministered to a situation in my own life. I can highly recommend this one. Bravo! Well done!

My thanks to Bethany House Publishing and the author for a copy of this book. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is expressly my own,

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Length: 384 pages
Genre: Inspirational romance.
Buy link: Let It Be Me (Misty River Romance, A Book #2) – Kindle edition by Wade, Becky. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Book Review: ‘Let It Be Me’ (Misty River 2) by Becky Wade

About The Book

The one woman he wants is the one he cannot have.

Former foster kid Sebastian Grant has leveraged his intelligence and hard work to become a pediatric heart surgeon. But not even his career success can erase the void he’s tried so hard to fill. Then he meets high school teacher Leah Montgomery and his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop. He falls hard, only to make a devastating discovery–Leah is the woman his best friend set his heart on months before.

Leah’s a math prodigy who’s only ever had one big dream–to earn her PhD. Raising her little brother put that dream on hold. Now that her brother will soon be college bound, she’s not going to let anything stand in her way. Especially romance . . . which is far less dependable than algebra.

When Leah receives surprising results from the DNA test she submitted to a genealogy site, she solicits Sebastian’s help. Together, they comb through hospital records to uncover the secrets of her history. The more powerfully they’re drawn to each other, the more strongly Sebastian must resist, and the more Leah must admit that some things in life–like love–can’t be explained with numbers

About Becky Wade

Becky is the Carol and Christy award winning author of swoon-worthy contemporary inspirational romances.

She loves to connect with readers via her web site at http://www.beckywade.com, via her Facebook author page at http://www.Facebook.com/AuthorBeckyWade, or via Instagram at http://www.Instagram/BeckyWadeWriter

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since!

Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children. You’ll find her power-walking her neighborhood while dictating scenes, reading, chatting with friends on Voxer, planning her next trip, watching TV with her Cavalier spaniels on her lap, or rummaging in her pantry for chocolate.

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘The safest course was to depend on himself. So why had he strayed from that?’

Every so often I read a book that just resonates so loudly in my heart that I have a difficult time sitting down to compose a review adequate enough to do the book justice. This was that book. Becky Wade absolutely never fails to pull me deep down into her stories. The characters she creates are not just people walking across a page in a book. No, not by a long shot. They are people slipping inside my head and heart and taking up residence there.

Wade takes us back to Misty River for the second in her series and tells us Sebastian and Leah’s story. And what a delicious story it is. An extremely guarded pediatric heart surgeon with enough hurts to cause him to never feel much emotion finally finds the woman who came to his rescue when he had a car accident in the closing pages of last book. Leah Montgomery is a math prodigy, math genius, math teacher who is absolutely no nonsense. She doesn’t believe in romance, either. She is too busy raising her teenage brother and trying to figure out the issues involved in a recent DNA test to engage in a relationship with Sebastian Grant.

Once again, Becky Wade proves she is indeed incredibly masterful at plumbing the absolute depths of the human heart. I wanted to read to the end but hated to finish it because I knew I’d feel bereft because it ended. Wade gets inside these characters and then pulls everything out of them in a way that leaves her readers gasping at the realness of it all. Every single word in a Becky Wade book is a treasure.

‘God, her spirit howled, where are you?’

As always, Wade is not one bit shy of proclaiming Christ in her books. That’s one thing I love about her. She puts Him first. God’s goodness shines through every page. The spiritual theme of this one was powerful and ministered to a situation in my own life. I can highly recommend this one. Bravo! Well done!

My thanks to Bethany House Publishing and the author for a copy of this book. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is expressly my own,

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Length: 384 pages
Genre: Inspirational romance.
Buy link: Let It Be Me (Misty River Romance, A Book #2) – Kindle edition by Wade, Becky. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Book Review: ‘Under The Magnolias’ by T. I. Lowe

About The Book

This night not only marked the end to the drought, but also the end to the long-held secret we’d kept hidden under the magnolias.

Magnolia, South Carolina, 1980
Austin Foster is barely a teenager when her mama dies giving birth to twins, leaving her to pick up the pieces while holding her six siblings together and doing her best to stop her daddy from retreating into his personal darkness.

Scratching out a living on the family’s tobacco farm is as tough as it gets. When a few random acts of kindness help to ease the Fosters’ hardships, Austin finds herself relying upon some of Magnolia’s most colorful citizens for friendship and more. But it’s next to impossible to hide the truth about the goings-on at Nolia Farms, and Austin’s desperate attempts to save face all but break her.

Just when it seems she might have something more waiting for her―with the son of a wealthy local family who she’s crushed on for years―her father makes a choice that will crack wide-open the family’s secrets and lead to a public reckoning. There are consequences for loving a boy like Vance Cumberland, but there is also freedom in the truth.

T. I. Lowe’s gritty yet tender and uplifting tale reminds us that a great story can break your heart . . . then heal it in the best possible way.

About T.I. Lowe

T.I. Lowe is an ordinary country girl who loves to tell extraordinary stories and is the author of nearly twenty published novels including her debut, LULU’S CAFÉ, a #1 bestseller. She lives with her husband and family in coastal South Carolina. Find her at Tilowe.com or on Facebook (T.I.Lowe), Instagram (Tilowe), and Twitter (@Tilowe).

My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘We had no choice but to stomach whatever life tossed our way next.’

This is such a powerfully told novel, as is every novel I’ve read by this author. Set in the 1980s, young Austin Foster is just barely a teenager when her mother dies and she must take on raising her six siblings, including a set of newborn twins. Her father has taken his wife’s death so hard that he is of little use. So Austin has to step up to the plate, including helping run the family’s tobacco farm in NC.

Told in Austin’s voice, it spans eight years in this family’s life. It’s truly Southern fiction at its finest, at times edgy, gritty, heartbreaking, but then it will make your heart smile. These Foster kids have to deal with things that no kid should ever have to face. And Austin does her best to hold this family together while bearing a heartbreak that is so weighty at times it seems it cannot be borne, especially by one so young. And they also have to deal with the community believing they are just ‘riffraff’. Oh, but God has a plan. He always does. One thing that struck me in this book was the love young Vance had for Austin and nothing could change it. Nothing he endured, or Austin endured, or the hard things that happened, his love prevailed. It was a beautiful thing to watch unfold.

This one will break your heart, then turn around and make your heart smile. Honestly, it’s profound. I highly recommend it. TI Lowe has a way of spinning a tale that will grab your and not let you go. As a fellow southerner, her vernacular is one I am totally familiar with and have used myself. I settled myself in and rarely put it down.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is expressly my own.

Publisher: Tyndale Publishers
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Length: 384 pages
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3nDUEuJ