Book Review: ‘Love And A Little White Lie’ by Tammy L. Gray

About The Book:

January Sanders grew up believing karma was more reliable than an imaginary higher power, but after suffering her worst heartbreak in 29 years, she’s open to just about anything, including taking a temporary position at her aunt’s church. Keeping her lack of faith a secret, January is determined to use her photographic memory to help Grace Community’s overworked staff, all while scraping herself off rock bottom.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting the church’s handsome and charming guitarist, who not only is a strong believer, but has also dedicated his life to Christian music. It’s a match set for disaster, and yet January has no ability to stay away, even if it means pretending to have faith in a God she doesn’t believe in.

Only this time, keeping secrets isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. Especially when she’s constantly running into her aunt’s landscape architect, who seems to know everything about her past and present sins and makes no apologies about pushing her to deal with feelings she’d rather keep buried.

Torn between two worlds incapable of coexisting, can January find the healing that’s eluded her or will her resistance to the truth ruin any chance of happiness?

About Tammy L Gray
Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. Her nine modern and true-to-life contemporary romances include 2017 RITA award winning, My Hope Next Door, and show her unending quest to write high quality, culturally relevant stories with relatable and flawed characters.

When not taxiing her three kids to various school and sporting events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry all while sharing the messy, yet remarkable journey that is a faith-filled life.

Tammy L. Gray has lots of projects going on. For all the latest info, visit her website at http://tammylgray.com

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My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘There’s different rules for someone like me. I don’t get to call on an imaginary higher being for strength. I have to find it in myself.’

January Sanders moves into a cabin on her aunt’s wedding venue property after a devastating heartbreak, and even accepts a temporary position at her aunt’s church, despite the fact that she doesn’t believe in God. Then she meets the church’s gorgeous guitarist, a match that will not come to any good, but she can’t look away. Then she keeps running into the landscape guy at her aunt’s property, who uncannily seems to know her secrets and heart agonies. January finds herself completely torn and has no idea which way to turn.

Tammy L. Gray was not an author I had read before and I hesitated a bit before reading. Because sometimes you read a dud. Wow! Not this time. This book is already on my top reads list for 2020. It’s that good. I knew when I read that January did not believe in God that I was going to love watching God woo her and run her down. I am all in when an author has me connect with the characters from the first page. And Gray did just that. I felt as if I knew them from the very start and each one proved to be real and walk off the page folks. I could not put this book down! I spent every single spare moment reading it and grabbed it first thing this morning to finish. A novel of redemption, grace, mercy and forgiveness is one that will grab the reader from the start and not let go. It is so fascinating to see how God works behind the scenes in our lives to bring about His purposes. I just loved it! The writing is stellar and the plot is one that will hook you immediately.
Highly recommended.

*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book. The opinions here are entirely my own.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/30yFFbK

Book Review: ‘Acceptable Risk’ (Danger Never Sleeps #2) by Lynette Eason

About The Book:

Sarah Denning is a military journalist with the Army in the Middle East when her convoy is attacked and she’s taken hostage. When former Army Ranger Gavin Black is asked by his old unit commander–Sarah’s imposing father–to plan an extremely risky rescue, he reluctantly agrees and successfully executes it.

Back in the US, Sarah is livid when she’s discharged on a false psychiatric evaluation and vows to return to the Army. Until she learns of her brother’s suicide. Unable to believe her brother would do such a thing, she puts her plans on hold and enlists Gavin to help her discover the truth. What they uncover may be the biggest story of Sarah’s career–if she can survive long enough to write it.

Strap in for another breakneck nail-biter from bestselling romantic suspense author Lynette Eason that will have you up turning pages long into the night.

About Lynette Eason
Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.
My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘His brain was already in combat mode, that zone where everything he did was geared for survival and in protection of the woman sitting beside him.’

I am seriously loving this series by Lynette Eason. When military journalist Sarah Denning is taken hostage overseas, her general father asks former Army Ranger Gavin Black to head up the rescue effort, an extremely dangerous mission. But it works and Sarah is back home in the US but she faces more serious issues now, including a deadly plan. Sarah and Gavin must work together to uncover the truth– if they can manage to stay alive to do so.

Eason hits the ground running and the action and suspense just ratchet up from the first paragraph on, racing toward an exciting and exhilarating ending. Well done! Highly recommended.

*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion in this review is completely my own.

Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
Length: 316 pages
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3Ordn2l

Book Review and Giveaway: ‘Minutes to Die’ (Homeland Heroes) by Susan Sleeman

About The Book:

It’s the intel every agent fears–terrorists have been smuggled into the country, intent on unleashing the most deadly attack since 9/11. With the threat imminent, FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and ICE Agent Evan Bowers are charged with taking down this terrorist cell. The only problem is Kiley blames Evan for the death of her former partner, and she can barely be in a room with him. But with millions of lives on the line, she has no choice.

If it wasn’t for a bad call Evan made, Kiley’s former partner would still be alive, and Evan has to live with that guilt for the rest of his life. When he starts falling for her, the agent’s death seems an impossible obstacle–but it’s also the last thing he needs to think about. As the terrorist plot targets Kiley’s family, the two are pushed to the breaking point in a race to save countless lives. 

About The Author:

SUSAN SLEEMAN is the bestselling author of over thirty-five novels with more than one million books sold. She writes romantic suspense novels that are clean with inspiring messages of faith. Readers love her series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action. She graduated from the FBI and local police citizen academies, so her research is spot-on and her characters are real.
In addition to writing, Susan also hosts TheSuspenseZone.com. She has lived in nine states but now calls Oregon home. Her husband is a retired church music director, and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.
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‘Evan grabbed a rifle as a spark of adrenalin lit in his body. He willed himself to calm down, but the fire sizzled like ignited detcord.’

The elite FBI Red Team has intel that terrorists have been smuggled into the country and are planning an event that will far surpass 9/11. Kiley Dawson heads this mission and must work with ICE Agent Evan Bowers, a man she holds responsible for the death of a fellow agent years ago. Can she set aside these feelings to work with Bowe3rs and prevent this tragedy?

Once again Susan Sleeman proves she just cannot write a bad book. Quite the contrary. From the first few sentences to the riveting climax, this book is pure high-octane suspense. Guaranteed to set your nerves and senses on high alert, Sleeman’s writing is pure adrenalin to the system of her readers.

When you read a Susan Sleeman book, you don’t just read a terrific book with great characters and and plot, you get an education. She researches police procedures and weaponry to a tee and it brings even more depth to the story. I absolutely love this aspect of her books! Sleeman is a go-to author for me without even reading the synopsis. If her name is on it, I’ll read it. Every time. Highly recommended.

*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

I am absolutely tickled to welcome Susan Sleeman to my blog today. She has agreed to an interview AND she is going to give away a signed copy of Minutes to Die! How great is that! So sit back and check out the interview. I found it so incredibly fascinating how Susan tackles her book writing. She’s just amazing. Be sure to hang tight and see how you can win a copy of this amazing book.

1.  How did you get into writing?  Did you always want to write suspense?

I wanted to write a book for years but never made the time for it. God gave me that time. I was diagnosed when a chronic illness and it forced me to quit working and sit around due to pain. I’m a type A personality and couldn’t just sit and do nothing so I started writing my first book. I sent it in to a contest and finaled so that motivated me to keep going. And before long, I found and agent and my writing career began.

My favorite genre to read is suspense and mystery so it was natural for me to want to write what I love to read.

(I once had an author tell me that the best genre to write was the one you liked to read.  Great choice for us, your readers!)

2.  What does a writing day look like to you?

None of them are the same, I can tell you that. It all depends on what commitments I might have or if I am in deadline mode. But typically, I start by reading email, and then I check my calendar and do the items that I have scheduled. Once done with that, I begin writing or editing depending on what is due next. At lunch time, I usually check social media and email again. Then it’s a long afternoon of writing and editing. In my breaks, I do household chores or garden. In the summer, I start the day gardening while it’s cooler outside. As a crazy fanatic gardener, I have to force myself to come back inside to work. I think I could stay in my garden all day if given the choice, and I pretty much do on the days I take off.

(I have seen photos of your garden on Facebook and it’s absolutely gorgeous!)

3.  Your books are so full of suspense.  Tell us how you get your ideas for these incredible books?

I usually get my ideas from reading or watching the news. Something will pique my curiosity and then I start asking what if questions until a plot is revealed.

4.  I know that you follow police/FBI procedures for your stories.  How do you do your research?

I have several ways of doing research, but a lot of it is accomplished by asking one of my friends many questions. He’s a former police officer, is a weapons expert, and now works internet security with the FBI. He has more knowledge than I could ever find online as he gives me a law enforcement officer’s mindset behind decisions and actions made in particular situations along with the facts. Then, if it’s a topic I know nothing about, I start by looking for answers on the internet and/or find books on the subject to read. I also have a few manuals I use like Practical Homicide Investigation that I can go to for answers. I have also toured the Portland Police Forensic Lab and the state forensic lab. In addition to seeing how evidence and forensics are processed, I made contacts there who I can ask questions of. And last, I have attended local police citizen’s academies and the FBI citizen academy, which gave me insight into law enforcement mindsets and what they work on and their procedures. (That sounds absolutely fascinating!  I’d love to do all that myself.)

5.  Tell us how it was that you came to be able to shop at the FBI store?  That must have been so exciting!

It was exciting. As part of the FBI citizen academy— a six week program where we attended one night a week to meet with agents from the local office and learn what they do—I was able to shop at the store. Then I joined the alumni association, and we are allowed to occasionally come back to shop. Each time I entered the FBI offices I was reminded of how much this agents sacrifice for our good and how important their work is.

FYI, during this academy I was also able to go to the FBI’s firing range and shoot guns with the agents. We shot all manner of guns including machine guns. It was so exiting. That day we also got to detonate bombs and dress in a bomb suit. I personally got to press the plunger on one of the bombs. It was so cool. Here’s how it sounded – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMbu2sBFvPIa

(Wow!  I know that would have been extremely exciting.  Again, I’d love to do that. You are so fortunate.)

6.  I love how you weave the spiritual themes into your books.  Does prayer play a big part in each book?

I think prayer is important in each book. After all we all could pray a whole lot more than we do, and when a Christian is in crisis like they often are in my books, prayer happens more frequently. But just as important to me in crafting a Christian book is making sure the character’s spiritual walk changes in a natural way as the book advances. It’s a challenge to do this organically and not sound like you’re preaching.

(Well, as a forever fan,  you do it very well indeed.)

7.  When you begin each book, do you have a picture of the entire book or do you just start and let it flow?

Starting at the very beginning of a series, I create a spreadsheet of characters I want to include in the series—their back story, conflicts, physical descriptions, etc. I do this because I usually introduce the characters in the prior series and I need to know them. So for example, I just finished writing the first book in my Nighthawk Security series and I have the information for the characters in the following series called, Steele Guardians, as one of the Steele sisters appears in book two of Nighthawk Security. Once a book is published with her in it, I can’t go back and change her, so I need to get her right. Once I have done this, I then spend time thinking about the characters and what their worst nightmare might be. Then I look at plot ideas I have gathered over time and choose one to fit this worst nightmare and create the back cover copy for each book in the series. This gives me a general overview of the plot and the main characters conflict.

Once I have that in hand, I can decide the plot points for the book, and I make another spreadsheet (A throw back to my accounting days, LOL) with each plot element in order. I then research these items to be sure they work and that I have the details needed for the book. This allows me to sit down and write the rough draft in two weeks or so. However, the characters sometimes surprise me, and I go in a different direction, or as I write, I realize a plot element just doesn’t work so the book deviates from my original plan. After this rough draft is completed, comes the editing. I go through the book once and make a lot of changes and add words. Interestingly enough almost all the books I write right now come in around 80,000 words or 300 pages. I don’t plan this. It just happens. So then I let the book sit for two weeks or so and go back and do another major edit. Then the last step is to do a read through on my Kindle and make final changes and then the book is off to the editor.

 ( I am just in awe of all that you do to create books this way. You’ve got so much going on in your head!  It’s a wonder to me, truly it is.  And it’s now very clear why your books are so addicting! You’ve worked so hard to get them right.  )

8.  What do you hope readers take away from reading one of your books?

I sure hope they find enjoyment in the book and that it entertains them and they fall in love with the characters and want to read more about them. But I write to share God’s love and to help readers recognize spiritual issues in their own life that they might be struggling with and can change. I often find that my spiritual message in a book really speaks to me so I guess as a reader there are times you can tell what I’m going through by my character’s struggle.

(It’s certainly happened to me reading your books.  It’s so amazing how God speaks to us through the reading of a  novel.)

Well, Susan, I want to thank you for being my guest today.  It’s been SO much fun hearing how you write and get your ideas and planning the books.  This book was just amazing and now I understand a little of why your books are so great.  I look forward to many more from you. Thanks again!

Here’s how you can win a copy of this super suspenseful book. What I need from you is:

Your full name
Your email address in a non spammy formula (ex: susan (at) yahoo (DOT) com
Giveaway is open for one week and ends August 11th. Winner will be notified via email and if winner doesn’t respond within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Book Review: ‘Sea Glass Castle’ (The Carolina Coast Series, Book 3) by T.I. Lowe

About The Book

From the bestselling author of Lulu’s Café
Sophia Prescott is still mending from the embarrassment of a highly publicized divorce from a pro football player, and the now-single mother is back in Sunset Cove, surrounded by the supporting love of her family and the Sand Queens. Sophia doesn’t think there’s any hope for starting over until an unexpected trip to the pediatrician’s office gives her a second chance after all.

Dr. Weston Sawyer knows all about lives shattering into millions of pieces. His own all but ended when a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and barreled head-on into his pregnant wife’s sedan, killing her instantly and leaving Wes with a soul so wounded that it has refused to heal. He packed up and left swampy southern Alabama for South Carolina with the hope of fading into the sleepy coastal town of Sunset Cove. Instead, feisty brunette Sophia Prescott will have him braving something different and entirely unexpected. If Sophia and Wes can take the leap to give love another try, they just might find that hope has a way of coming back around and weaving into one’s heart.

About T.I. Lowe

Bestselling author T.I. Lowe sees herself as an ordinary country girl who loves to tell extraordinary stories. She knows she’s just getting started and has many more stories to tell. A wife and mother and active in her church community, she resides in coastal South Carolina with her family.

My Rating: 5 Stars

‘I know I’d do stupid like a boss if it made my woman happy.”

This was just the most precious book! I discovered T.I. Lowe a few months ago and have now read the three books in this series. I love discovering a new-to-me author with a back list of books. I am so excited to read the rest of her books. She is now a favorite. This book is the proverbial icing on the cake of the series. Lowe just blows it away with this one.

Sophia Prescott, one of the Sand Queens of Sunset Cove has just not been herself since her divorce from a popular pro football player. In more ways than one. She is back in Sunset Cove with her family and the two other Sand Queens, Opal and Josie, both of whom got their own book in this series. Seriously, you need to read these books. Sophia has never even thought about a second chance till she meets Dr. Weston Sawyer when she takes her 3 year old son in to see the new pediatrician in town. And things did most assuredly did not go well in that encounter!

Weston Sawyer is most definitely not impressed with Sophia Prescott. And he is NOT looking for love, either. He has moved to Sunset Cove and is still reeling from the death of his wife and baby three years earlier. He is simply existing through the pain.

‘Isolation could become its own form of cancer. It invaded any healthy cell of hope and killed off any faith that life could get better.’

Lowe takes us completely into this place and into the lives of these folks again as she weaves seamlessly a story of new beginnings and second chances. God’s grace in the lives of these two wonderful people is such a wonder to behold. He brings light into the darkest of pain and disappointment and the light shines even brighter. I was so touched by her handling of these hurts and heartaches of Weston’s and Sophia’s.

I cried more than once reading this and laughed out loud in a good many more. I love those Sand Queens and also the Knitting Club, who know more than a thing or two about life, and I think the three guys need a club name, too! I loved their part of the story. Such a wonderful read. It just made me feel so good inside. I highly recommend this one, folks. Don’t miss it.

*My thanks to Tyndale House Publishing for a copy of this novel. The opinion stated here is entirely my own.

Publisher: Tyndale House
Publication Date August 4, 2020

Book Review: ‘A Dazzle of Diamonds’ (Georgia Coast Romance) by Liz Johnson

About The Book:

Penelope Hunter loves her job as the events manager at one of Savannah’s premier historic venues–until her ex-fiancé walks into her office with his new bride-to-be. To make matters worse, a scheming social matriarch is intent on seeing Penelope fired, especially if she insists on being seen with Tucker Westbrook.

Since returning from serving two tours in the Middle East, Tucker has built a thriving security company. His work is nearly as stabilizing as his friendship with Penelope, who has been by his side since childhood. But when the lone candidate for county sheriff goads him, Tucker loses his cool and ends up on the ballot–and on the receiving end of a smear campaign claiming the Westbrooks were traitors to the South.

To clear his name, Tucker and Penelope must join forces to find the truth behind a 150-year-old lost treasure. But the more time they spend together, the closer she comes to losing her job–and falling helplessly in love.

About Liz Johnson
By day Liz Johnson works in marketing. She finds time to write late at night and is a Christy Award finalist and a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Liz makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona where she enjoys theater, exploring local history, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. Find out more about Liz at http://www.LizJohnsonBooks.com.
My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Love isn’t about it always being easy but about trying to help the other person become the best version of themselves.’

This book is the best in Liz Johnson’s Georgia Coast Romance series! Hands down. Every ingredient is here: a hidden treasure, a great hero, quirky, cute heroine, wonderful plot, a super swoony romance to curl your toes, and a lot of just plan fun, that all cooks up together into a delightful book you do not want to miss.

‘This was a stupid idea. He was a grown man who did not play dress up.’

Penelope Hunter and Tucker Westbrook have been best buds for twenty five years. Until they really begin noticing each other. Circumstances happen and they decide they need to pretend dating and realize they not only love each other as friends, but just maybe more! Liz Johnson is at her very best here! I have always enjoyed her books, but this one just grabbed me and wouldn’t let go and carried me along, sparking joy in my heart. I cried, I laughed, I gasped, cried and laughed some more and was completely filled up and satisfied when I closed the book. This is definitely one for the keeper shelf. I hated to see it end. Highly recommended.

*My thanks to Revell Publishing and the author for a copy of this book. The opinions in this review are expressly my own.

Publisher: Revell Publishing
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
Length: 352 pages

Book Review: ‘The Power of Knowing God’ by Tony Evans

About The Book

You go to church, you read the Bible, you participate in small groups—but do you truly know God?

God gives every Christian the tools for an active relationship with Him, but many don’t yet experience His presence in their daily lives. Dr. Tony Evans understands that the only way to deeply know God is to make seeking Him your life’s greatest purpose. In The Power of Knowing God, he shares how you can prioritize God over all else—and how doing so will transform you from the inside out.

Your relationship with the Lord can be more than intellectual knowledge, warm and fuzzy feelings, or dutiful acts of service. As you begin to understand Him personally, you will…
experience a soul-deep closeness with God
practice relying on God instead of yourself
find your identity and purpose in belonging to Him
The Power of Knowing God will remind you that God wants you to be more than His acquaintance, His student, or His fan, and inspire you to dive headfirst into the pursuit of a life-changing relationship with your Savior. Complete your experience with
The Power of Knowing God DVD
The Power of Knowing God Interactive Workbook

About Tony Evans

DR. TONY EVANS is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. He is a pastor, bestselling author, and frequent speaker at Bible conferences and seminars throughout the nation.
Dr. Evans has served as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for nearly 4 decades, witnessing its growth from 10 people in 1976 to now over 10,000 congregants with 100 plus ministries.
Dr. Evans also serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in America through the church. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on nearly 1,000 stations around the globe daily. Dr. Evans has written over 50 books, including The Kingdom Agenda, Tony Evans’ Book of Illustrations, Oneness Embraced, Marriage Matters, and The Battle is the Lord’s. Dr. Evans served as chaplain for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, and continues to serve as chaplain for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.
Through his local church and national ministry, Dr. Evans has set in motion a Kingdom Agenda philosophy of ministry that teaches God’s comprehensive rule over every area of life as demonstrated through the individual, family, church, and society.
Dr. Tony Evans is married to Lois, his wife and ministry partner of 40 years. They are the proud parents of four: Chrystal, Priscilla, Anthony, Jr., and Jonathan as well as proud grandparents of ten: Kariss, Jessica, Jackson, Jesse, Jr., Jerry, Jr., Kanaan, Jude, Joel, Kelsey, and Jonathan, II.

My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘What God wants from us is much more than a nod, salute of high five when we walk by.’

Tony Evans is a wonderful Bible teacher and preacher. I have always enjoyed listening to him and reading his books. The Power of Knowing God teaches the reader how to ‘know’ God on a deeper level, not just merely praying to Him and going to church. Truly knowing God requires us to deeply seek Him and Evans teaches us how to do this. Very impactful. Recommended.

*My thanks to Harvest House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions in this review are my own.

Publisher: Harvest House
Publication Date: August 4, 2020

Book Review: ‘In Spite Of Ourselves: A Murphy Brothers Story (The Potter’s House Books) By Jennifer Rodewald

About The Book:

Who could build a life on such a monumental mistake?

Jackson Murphy: family prankster, class clown… and now, smack in the middle of a Vegas-sized mess. All he’d wanted was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. After failing that goal, he slipped into a deep, sulking valley, only to emerge from it with a much bigger problem. He’s married. To a complete stranger! Forget making a world-class marathon so that his family will believe that (1) he’s capable of being grown up and serious on occasion and (2) he doesn’t need the ongoing pity about his brother and a certain ex-girlfriend.

Now? Now he has no idea what to do.

Mackenzie Murphy: independent woman and excellent student—but not a med student. Because those pesky MCATs were H-A-R-D. She doesn’t particularly mind that much, seeing as she’s never really wanted to be a doctor, but her mother will be…uh, displeased. Exceptionally. That’s nothing, however, compared to how Mother will respond if she finds out what else happened in Vegas.

Mackenzie wants out. Jackson wants a chance. Neither of them is prepared for what’s coming. Caught in the middle of a disaster that keeps getting bigger, they hardly dare ask: Can God take their monumental mistake and turn it into a beautiful life?

About Jennifer Rodewald
Jennifer Rodewald/J. Rodes lives on the wide plains somewhere near the middle of Nowhere. A coffee addict, pickleball enthusiast, and storyteller, she also wears the hats of mom, teacher, and friend. Mostly, she loves Jesus and wants to see others fall in love with Him too.

She would love to hear from you! Please visit her at authorjenrodewald.com or at http://www.facebook.com/authorjenrodewald
My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘I will choose love, even when it’s hard.’

How in this world did Jackson Murphy get himself in such a colossal mess? Sure, he’s always been the funny, pranking Murphy brother, but this? He is married. To a complete stranger! A Las Vegas mistake of gigantic proportions. Now how will he face his family? The family who thinks he should have grown up by now. MacKenzie Murphy (only just) is an independent, take care of herself woman. She thought. But she finds herself married to someone she wants rid of. Yesterday. She wants out of this marriage, but Jackson wants a chance to prove himself. This huge mistake just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Can God take this mess and make a blessing? A second chance?

Jennifer Rodewald has always been a go-to author for me. She proves it with each book she writes. This one held me enthralled. Completely. God’s mercy and grace is written all over every page. He and only He can bring peace and happiness out of even the biggest mistakes. Happiness from sadness. Joy out of ashes. I wept reading some of this. Worth every minute of reading time. I highly recommend this one, folks.

*My thanks to the author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions in this review are my own.

Publisher: Rooted Publishing
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3OXanKz

Book Review, Tour & Giveaway: ‘The Gentleman Spy’ by Erica Vetsch

About The Book:

He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life
 
When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.
 
But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.
 
Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?

About The Author

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.  
 
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
 
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
 
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Life would be so much easier if God would stay confined to Sunday worship and evening prayers.’

I’ve read Erica Vetsch a long time, but last year when she wrote her first Regency and book in this series, I was completely certain that she had found her niche. She wrote the best Regency! And now she has done it again with the second book in the series.

Marcus quite unexpectedly finds himself the new Duke of Haverly after the sudden death of his father and older brother. Being a duke does quite interfere with his job as a spy for the Crown. His mother insists on him marrying and begins parading a long line of simpering females in front of him. Unable to bear it any longer, Marcus ups and marries a debutante his mother quite disapproves of. After all, Marcus needs to have a wife to manage his home while he’s off spying, and he believes Charlotte Tiptree is just the one to do it. However, he does not reckon on Charlotte being an independent thinker and reader. She decides she is going to help the lowly in society and fulfill God’s call on her life. No husband will banish her to the sidelines.

‘I should have known better. God doesn’t give someone like me good gifts.’

Truly, Erica Vetsch is a masterful story teller in this genre. Rich historical details combine with a swoony hero, seriously heart pounding romance and that danger belonging to spies, Vetsch has another stunning Regency that will reside on my keeper shelf for always. I can’t wait for the next book in the series1 Highly recommended.

*My thanks to Kregel Publications for a copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Book Review: ‘Iced Over’ (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) by Heather Day Gilbert

About The Book:

BOOK TWO in the ALL-NEW BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!!

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

Black Friday turns fatal when an armored security truck hits an icy patch and runs over an embankment near the cafe. With one driver dead and the other in a coma, police are baffled by the discovery that $500,000 is missing from the truck’s cache.

When strangers show up at Barks & Beans asking nosy questions about a young cafe employee, Macy’s mama bear instincts kick in. She can’t ignore what her gut is telling her—that things aren’t all they seem on the surface—and with a little help from her brother, Bo, and her Great Dane, Coal, Macy follows up on a few leads of her own. But if the ruthless thief beats her to the stash, the thin ice she’s been skating on might just crack.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

About Heather Day Gilbert
HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.”

Find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.

My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘I just have this feeling I’m missing something. Maybe something the cops overlooked.’

Heather Gilbert knows her way around a cozy mystery. For sure. I never once guessed the culprit, nor the other surprise in this book. I love the way Gilbert takes us on the journey, letting us into the lives of the characters involved in the day to day of her books. I read this one in a few hours. Looking forward to the next. And….there is a bit of a cliffhanger here, too. Sweet. Recommended.

*My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. The opinions here are my own.

Publisher : Woodhaven Press
Publication Date: July 27, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: 201 pages
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08651VYB3/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

Book Review: ‘Who Is Alex Trebek’ by Lisa Rogak

About The Book:

After a contestant wrote “We love you, Alex!” as his Final Jeopardy! answer, fans around the world quickly chimed in to proclaim their own love and support for beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. In the wake of his devastating cancer diagnosis, the moment provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on what the show — and the man – meant to them.

It was no surprise, since millions of devoted viewers have long considered Alex Trebek to be a part of their daily lives ever since he began hosting the show in 1984. Now, bestselling biographer Lisa Rogak gives readers a look at Trebek’s early life, his career, and his personal life throughout the years, drawing on many sources to tell his full story for the first time.

There are many surprises, like the fact that Trebek was almost 50 when he discovered that he had a half brother, as well as the revelation that for a short time he actually dreamed of becoming a priest. The native Canadian also struggled with depression after the failure of his first marriage, and for years afterward he despaired of ever having a family of his own until he met the woman who would become his soulmate.

Who Is Alex Trebek? is the first biography of the much-loved game show host, and as such, celebrates the man who has created a remarkable legacy that will live on in popular culture for generations to come.

About Lisa Rogak
Lisa Rogak is an independent journalist with over three decades of experience in the biz. She’s written about everything from high-tech and cats to food and travel, and after all this time, she is still amazed that it’s possible to make a living by indulging her natural curiosity and asking total strangers really nosy questions…

Her books have twice appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers List, and have been nominated for the Edgar and Anthony Awards. Her newest books include Cats on the Job: 50 Fabulous Felines Who Purr, Mouse, and Even Sing for Their Supper, and The True Tails of Baker and Taylor: The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town . . . and the World, which she co-authored with Jan Louch, a retired librarian who cared for the world-famous Scottish Folds.

She lives in New Hampshire.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Jeopardy has always been my favorite game show. Actually, it’s the only one I watch. I watched it even before Alex Trebek was the host but I like it so much more after he came on board. I’ve always thought well of him, even thought he was a little sexy. He just seemed like such a nice guy. After reading this biography, he really ‘is’ a nice guy.

Well written and not bogged down with boring and unnecessary details, it held my attention and interest throughout. It gave me understanding about someone I’d admired for decades. And it was so exciting to read about the behind the scenes at Jeopardy. I know I just felt so bad when Alex was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a while back and to see how he has pushed through this and still keep going with a great attitude speaks volumes about him. Well done!

*My thanks to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this book. The review is my own opinion.

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin’s Press)
Publication Date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Biography
Length: 244 pages
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Who-Alex-Trebek-Lisa-Rogak-ebook/dp/B084M1SM4C/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=who+is+alex+trebek&qid=1595426751&s=digital-text&sr=1-1