Review: ‘Mountain Fugitive’ by Lynette Eason

About The Book:

Their search for a fugitive

makes them both targets.

Out horseback riding, Dr. Katherine Gilroy accidentally stumbles into a deadly shoot-out and comes to US marshal Dominic O’Ryan’s aid. Now with Dominic injured and under her care, she’s determined to help him find her brother—the fugitive he believes murdered his partner. While Katherine’s sure her brother isn’t guilty, someone’s dead set on killing her and Dominic…and finding the truth is their one shot at survival.

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 Publisher’s Weekly, 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.
4 Stars!

‘She’d never been big on trusting or believing in God.’

I love suspense and this offering by Lynette Eason fits the suspense bill quite nicely. From the moment Dr. Katherine Gilroy, while out horseback riding, comes upon injured US Marshall Dominic O’Ryan, the action never stops. And there’s a great dog in the story! Well done!

My thanks to the publisher, Love Inspired, for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion here is entirely my own.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08WWXTD6J/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p2_i5

Review: ‘Hangin’ by a Moment’ (A Deep Haven Novel) by Susan May Warren and Andrea Christenson

About The Book

He just wants to erase his past.

The day Jack—formerly Winston Stewart—walked out of jail, he vowed to keep his conviction a secret. After all, it wasn’t like he’d committed a murder. Just a terrible mistake, and he did his time. Now he wants a new life in a sleepy town where no one knows his name. Deep Haven is the perfect place to start over as a chef. The last thing the former pararescue jumper wants is to get involved. But when Boone Buckam—his friend and the one guy he owes for getting him out of the slammer—asks for help, how can Jack refuse?

She can’t seem to escape hers.

Colleen Decker has already escaped evil once—as a teenager, she was kidnapped by a murderer. But she’s put all that behind her as a trauma nurse in Minneapolis. Or maybe not, because a freak mistake in the ER sends her past crashing down on her. She needs a timeout in her hometown of Deep Haven. She doesn’t plan to stay—even when she’s roped into the job of flight nurse for the town’s Crisis Response Team chopper. Colleen’s not sure why she’s drawn to danger, but she’ll be safe enough. After all, she’ll need training, and her teacher is a handsome former pararescue jumper. What could go wrong?

But facing the past might put their future together in jeopardy.

When Jack said he didn’t want to get involved, he especially meant his heart—but being with Colleen feels like a fresh start. He’ll even climb aboard a chopper again, despite his vows. They’re headed for a happy ending…
But secrets never stay buried in a small town. And when disaster strikes one snowy night, they’ll both have to decide if the past will destroy them…or if it just might lead them home.

Cozy up to this perfect Deep Haven drama about discovering a season of second chances.

About the Authors:

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of more than 85 books. With more than 1.5 million books sold, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at http://www.susanmaywarren.com.

Andrea Christenson lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters. When she is not busy homeschooling her girls, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on, bake bread, eat cheese, and watch Netflix. Andrea’s prayer is to write stories revealing God’s love. Visit Andrea at http://www.andreachristenson.com.

Want more of Deep Haven?

Deep Haven Collection
Book 1: Still the One
Book 2: Can’t Buy Me Love
Book 3: Crazy for You
Book 4: Then Came You (July 2021)
Book 5: Hangin’ by a Moment (September 2021)
Book 6: Right Here Waiting (November 2021)

Deep Haven Series by Susan May Warren
Book 1: Happily Ever After
Book 2: Tying the Knot
Book 3: The Perfect Match
Book 4: My Foolish Heart
Book 5: Hook, Line, & Sinker (ebook novella)
Book 6: You Don’t Know Me
Book 7: The Shadow of Your Smile

The Christiansen Family Collection by Susan May Warren
Prequel: Evergreen
Book 1: Take a Chance on Me
Book 2: It Had to Be You
Book 3: When I Fall in Love
Book 4: Always on My Mind
Book 5: The Wonder of You
Book 6: You’re the One That I Want

4 Stars!

Come on back to the wonderful little town of Deep Haven, MN for the fifth installment in the series. Susan May Warren and Andrea Christenson deliver the goods here and in a great way.

Colleen Decker and Jack Stewart are the stars here as each struggle with inward fears. Andrea Christenson proves she is a voice to watch in Christian fiction as she fleshed out these great characters. The spiritual theme is so good, too, as it always is in a Warren book, too. Our circumstances do not prove our worth to God. God looks at the heart. Well done!

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Buy Link:https://amzn.to/38quXqR

Review: ‘The Lines Between Us’ by Amy Lynn Green

About The Book

A WWII novel of courage and conviction, based on the true experience of the men who fought fires as conscientious objectors and the women who fought prejudice to serve in the Women’s Army Corps.

Since the attack on Pearl Harbor, Gordon Hooper and his buddy Jack Armitage have stuck to their values as conscientious objectors. Much to their families’ and country’s chagrin, they volunteer as smokejumpers rather than enlisting, parachuting into and extinguishing raging wildfires in Oregon. But the number of winter blazes they’re called to seems suspiciously high, and when an accident leaves Jack badly injured, Gordon realizes the facts don’t add up.

A member of the Women’s Army Corps, Dorie Armitage has long been ashamed of her brother’s pacifism, but she’s shocked by news of his accident. Determined to find out why he was harmed, she arrives at the national forest under the guise of conducting an army report . . . and finds herself forced to work with Gordon. He believes it’s wrong to lie; she’s willing to do whatever it takes for justice to be done. As they search for clues, Gordon and Dorie must wrestle with their convictions about war and peace and decide what to do with the troubling secrets they discover.

About Amy Lynn Green
Amy Lynn Green is a lifelong lover of books, history, and library cards. She worked in publishing for six years before writing her first historical fiction novel. She and her husband live in Minnesota, where she teaches virtual classes on marketing at writer’s conferences, engages with book clubs, and regularly encourages established and aspiring authors in their publication journeys. Connect with her on Facebook or Instagram (@amygreenbooks), or sign up for her newsletter at amygreenbooks.com to get quarterly emails filled with bookish fun.
4 Stars!

‘Maybe you should take a second look. People are never simple. Once you see past old prejudices and first impressions, you’ll see that the most overlooked ones can be….useful. ‘

Amy Lynn Green’s sophomore nov is better than her first! Based on true stories about conscientious objectors and the women’s army corps, this book explores courage and the heart’s convictions that are powerful.

Set in a time of war that impacted every life it touched, we see how those who refused to fight and take a life suffered at their own countrymen’s hands. And those of their family. There was a distant cousin in my own family that served in that capacity in the same war.

When two main characters must work together to discover the truth behind a soldier’s ‘accident’, one thinks it is totally okay to lie to find that truth. The other’s convictions restrict his participation in the investigation.

Green does a fine job digging into the heart and convictions of her characters. I was in from the very beginning. It was a hard time in this country’s history and she portrays it very well indeed. Well done!

My thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book. I was not pressured to leave a positive review. The opinion here is my own.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Length: 384 pages
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08XMJXZJB/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

Review: ‘The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery’ By Amanda Cox

About The Book

Present Day. After tragedy plunges her into grief and unresolved anger, Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home determined to finally follow her long-denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmother. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that the store is closing. Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a pact to save the store, but Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons–but she’ll certainly never reveal the real one.

1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she’s pregnant with her deceased fiancé’s baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve the family reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.

This dual-timeline story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.

About Amanda Cox
Before becoming a stay-at-home parent, Amanda Cox spent her time counseling children, families, and individuals through life’s challenging moments. Now she uses those same skills to develop layered characters and stories, bringing them on a journey of hope and healing. A journey she hopes her readers experience in their own lives as they read.

A few of her favorite things are the sanctuary of the great outdoors, the feeling of pen on paper, the sound of her children’s laughter, and exploring new places with her husband of 15 years. (Oh, let’s not forget good fiction and good coffee. She’s addicted to both.) You can stay connected with her latest writing updates at http://www.amandacoxwrites.com. You can find her on social media by searching Amanda Cox Writes

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5 Stars!

‘It’s the things we don’t say that have the power to rule our lives without our permission.’

When I read Amanda Cox’s debut novel last year, I thought it was astounding! She was a great new voice in Christian fiction and I made sure to keep an eye out for her next offering. I was not disappointed at all in her sophomore effort.

Told over the span of sixty years, the story comes alive in Cox’s pen. Three women in a family feature prominently here as Cox brings them to life vividly. Each has their own cross to bear and have born them for many years. We see their pain, joy, secrets as they deal with the life they’ve lived. Indeed, we feel their pain as Cox fleshes them out fully for us to see.

‘It was a double-edged sword, this life of hers. Loving the blessings she had, sometimes still aching for what couldn’t be.’

This book explores powerfully the mother/daughter relationship and the importance of keeping lines of communication open, and the detrimental effects of secrets kept. Certainly one for the keeper shelf. Amanda Cox knows her craft well.

My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not expected to leave a positive review . The opinion here is expressly my own.

Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08XLDDBZP/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i1

Review: ‘The Gathering Table’ by Kathryn Springer

About The Book

“A feast of small-town charm and characters who feel like dear friends.” —Liz Johnson, bestselling author of The Red Door Inn

From 
USA TODAY bestselling author Kathryn Springer comes a tale of starting over when life takes an unexpected turn.

Winsome Lake, Wisconsin, is postcard-pretty, but for chef Jessica Keaton it’s also a last resort. Fired from her dream job, Jess is starting over as a live-in cook and housekeeper. When she arrives, she finds her new employer is in rehab after having a stroke, and Jess expects she’ll be all alone in Elaine Haviland’s quaint house. A chef with no one to cook for.

But instead, she encounters a constant stream of colorful visitors who draw her back into the world. As Jess contends with local teenagers, a group of scrappy women and a charming football coach, Elaine faces some battles of her own that extend past her physical challenges. For both of them, all the ingredients for a fulfilling life are within reach, if they’re willing to take a leap. And maybe Jess will start to see that it’s not just what’s on the table that matters—it’s the people gathered round it.

A must-read novel from Love Inspired: Stories to Uplift and Inspire.

About Kathryn Springer
Kathryn Springer grew up in a small town where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child, she spent hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of reading – which turned into a desire to tell stories of her own.
Kathryn has written over thirty books and lives and writes on a lake in northern Wisconsin. She enjoys long walks in the woods and the change of seasons (although sometimes she wishes the “change” between winter and spring didn’t last quite so long!) When Kathryn isn’t at the computer, she’s spending time with family and friends, paging through cooking magazines or sitting in the sun. A really, really good day includes all three!
Visit her website at kathrynspringer.com or find her on Facebook or Instagram at Kathrynspringerauthor
4 Stars!

This is such a delightful town, this Winsome Lake, Wisconsin. When Jessica Keaton, a chef fired from her job, comes to work for Elaine Haviland as a housekeeper, she is quite unprepared for the town and its inhabitants. She discovers she’s gotten more than a job. She finds a town full of people are just what she did not know she needed.

Warmly written and deeply felt, this one will be remembered long after the last page.

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion here is my own. 

Publisher: Love Inspired Trade
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3B3BxQs

Review: ‘A Mug of Mayhem’ (The CafFUNated Mysteries, book 4) by Angela Ruth Strong

About The Book

When their wedding venue becomes a crime scene, the bride and groom are in for a real trick-or-treat.

One week before Marissa plans to get married at her fiancé’s farm, Connor is arrested for a murder in the corn maze. Marissa and her maid of honor, Tandy, must prove the groom innocent before the wedding is cancelled.

With a coffee shop to run, family visiting from out of town, and preparations for the big day, time is running out. The senior citizens who’d been at the farm during the homicide offer to help investigate, but are they witnesses or suspects? A cranky military veteran goes rogue and disappears with his gun, a retired spy suffers from dementia, and a former Broadway star still seems to be putting on a show. Unless the real killer is unmasked, death could do them all part.

About Angela Ruth Strong
Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK. Get to know her even better at http://www.angelaruthstrong.com
My Review: 5 Stars!

‘It seems like Grace Springs Manor was a great place to live. Except for the drugs and murder part, of course.

What an absolutely delightful romp this cozy mystery is! Angela Ruth Strong is at the top of her game here! This series has been so good and I’ve enjoyed it so much, but this fourth and final book in the series is just an outstanding bout of hilarity! Strong could not have ended this series on a better note.

Just imagine this: put together a corn maize, a bunch of senior citizens, including a former soldier, former spy, former Broadway star, then add drug deals to the mix, along with an arrested fiancé on the verge of his wedding day and you have everything necessary for a great and hilarious story!

‘I have to go break the news to Connor that his future in-laws think he’s a drug dealing murderer.’

And, by the way, the word ‘mayhem’ is so totally appropriate for this book, because absolute mayhem ensues throughout. Perfection, absolute perfection! I loved every single minute! Well done!

My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. I was not pressured to leave a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.

Publisher: Mountain Brook Inc
Publication Date: September 5, 2021
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: 220 pages
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/3yKO2iW

Review: ‘Under The Texas Mistletoe’ by Karen Witemeyer

About The Book

Three Charming and Festive Holiday Novellas Spiced with Humor, Frontier Action, and Sweet Romance

In this 3-in-1 novella collection, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer presents the new story “A Texas Christmas Carol,” in which a town’s wealthy, Scrooge-like bachelor finds his world invaded by a woman set on earning his donation for helping the local poor, and by the penetrating questions of three mysterious visitors.

It also includes, for the first time in print, “An Archer Family Christmas.” When the Archer clan gathers for the Christmas holiday, an unexpected request for help leaves Cassandra Archer directly in the path of a dangerous outlaw. Desperate to protect the woman he loves, Jim Archer races to the rescue, only to find that Cassie’s life is not the only one in peril. It will take a Christmas miracle–and the entire Archer clan–to keep a second Archer Christmas from ending in disaster.

In previously published “Gift of the Heart,” a widow and her young daughter move to Hope Springs for a fresh start. But with no money to secure a home, Ruth must convince a wealthy resort owner to accept her heirloom brooch as collateral. Will the pin that brought love to three generations soften the heart of a wounded recluse and give Ruth a second chance at love as the holidays draw near?

Sprinkled throughout the collection, you’ll find a hope-filled Christmas devotion, Witemeyer holiday recipes, and fun facts about nineteenth-century Christmas celebrations!

About Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warm-hearted historical romances with a flair of humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit http://www.karenwitemeyer.com.
5 Stars!

I am a big fan of this author. Always have been. This little trip of novellas is just so very good. Witemeyer has a definite way with an historical. I love the Archer family and it was great to see their Christmas story in print. The very first story deeply ministered you a situation in my life, almost as if it had been written specifically to me. I love when that happens during the reading of a book. I loved this book and am so happy to have it on my shelves.

My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. The opinion is my own in this review.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Historical
Length: 299 pages
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08XLDDDH1/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i2

Review and Author Interview: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Tari Faris

About The Book

Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a success. But blank slates are hard to come by, and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah’s past difficult, he also seems determined to complicate her present as well.

Jon is trying to prove to the Heritage Fruits board that he, not his manipulative uncle, should be running the business. The board insists Jon find a new owner for the building that will house Leah’s business. To avoid forcing a buyout of Leah’s part of the building, Jon strikes a compromise with Leah, and the two go into business together. With her vision and his know-how, it might work. And Leah might realize he’s loved her since high school. If only he didn’t keep on shooting himself in the foot by boxing her out of important decisions.

Sparks fly in this romantic story of two people who must learn to trust both each other and the one who called them to this journey.

About Tari Faris

I have been writing fiction for more than twelve years. It has been an exciting journey for this math-loving-dyslexic girl. I had read less than a handful of novels by the time I graduated from college and I thought I would end up in the field of science or math. But God had other plans and I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything. As someone told me once, God’s plans may not be easy, and they may not always make sense but they are never boring.​

When I am not writing or working, I spend time with my amazing husband. We have been married for fifteen wonderful years and have three sweet children. In my free time, I love coffee, rock hounding with my husband and kids, and distracting myself from housework.

I love to hear from readers. You can connect with me at my website at http://www.tarifaris.com

I am so pleased to introduce you to Tari Faris. She has gracious consented to answer some questions and tell us a bit about herself. I hope you enjoy the interview. Read on for my review and a preorder deal!

1.  First of all, tell us how you came to be a writer.

I didn’t fall in love with reading until after college. Then, I became an avid reader. But before the day of the internet, when I finished a book I had to wait until the library opened before I could get another. So, one night when I was out of anything to read, I sat down and starting writing about a funny event that happened to me involving planes, trains, and car rides with strangers—it had it all. And the more I wrote, the more I fell in love with it.

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

With any luck, I get to start writing as soon as I drop the kids off at school. Then my goal is to write until noon, then do my part time job (work for My book Therapy) until I get the kids.

3.  How do you get ideas for a book?

All different ways – a few have been in a dream, but that is rare. Once, I saw a story on the news and it started an idea. Other times they just evolve from my mind.

4.  I have heard authors say they eavesdrop in restaurants, etc, to get book ideas.  Have you ever done that?

I have – although my favorite conversation I overheard probably wouldn’t make a great book. It was an older couple discussing marriage like it was the weather. Then she said. “What will I do if you die? I’m not dealing with your body.” I almost spit my water out.

5.  Do you plot the entire book out or do you just fly by the seat of your pants?

I always have the main points plotted, but every scene surprises me, and the truth the characters learn always seems to surprise me in the end too.

6.  How big a part does prayer play in your writing?

HUGE! And when it doesn’t, my writing suffers. I have seen it over and over that if I go to prayer before I write, the whole writing time goes so much better.

7.  Do you get ideas of how your characters look in your mind?  I love it when authors show us readers photos of how they imagine their characters.

I have an idea in my mind, but I should get better about getting actual photos like many authors do.

8.  What do you hope readers take away from this story?

A deeper sense of God’s love and purpose in their life. I want them each to see how God has been at work in their own life before they even realized. He is so faithful.

5 Stars!

‘Everyone eventually gave up on her. It was only a matter of time.’

Tari Faris has now written three full length novels and one novella. Each of her stories only solidifies my opinion that Faris is a wonderful addition to Christian Fiction. One thing that is very important to me (actually, it is of paramount importance), when I read a book, is how easy I can connect with the characters. Faris does this wonderfully well from the first chapter. When this happens, my excitement builds throughout the book. I truly love when this does happen.

This is really two stories: Jon’s and Leah’s and Madison’s and Colby’s. Both are absolutely precious and there are four life lessons here, too, as well as a strong spiritual thread. It just ticks all the boxes for me. Well done!

My thanks to the publisher and the author for a copy of this book. I was not pressured to leave a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.

Here is a great deal! Preorder now and get 40% off plus free shipping and a signed book plate. Here’s the link to do that!
https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/277362

Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
Length: 336 pages

Review: ‘The Mistletoe Countess’ by Pepper Basham

About The Book

Will the magic of Christmas bring these two newlyweds closer together, or will the ghosts of the past lead them into a destructive discovery from which not even a Dickens’s Christmas can save them?

Mistletoe is beautiful and dangerous, much like the woman from Lord Frederick’s Percy’s past, so when he turns over a new leaf and arranges to marry for his estate, instead of his heart, he never expects the wrong bride to be the right choice. Gracelynn Ferguson never expected to take her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride, but when she’s thrust into the choice, she will trust in her faithful novels and overactive imagination to help her not only win Frederick’s heart but also to solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future. 

About Pepper Basham
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with a southern Appalachian flair. Her books have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inpsys, and the ACFW Carol Awards, with The Thorn Healer selected as a 2018 finalist in the RT awards. Both her contemporary and historical romance novels consistently receive high ratings from Romantic Times, with Just the Way You Are as a Top Pick. Most recently she’s introduced readers to Bath, UK through her novellas, Second Impressions and Jane by the Book, and taken readers into the exciting world of WW2 espionage in her novella, Façade. The second novel in The Pleasant Gap series, When You Look at Me, arrives in October and her contribution to Barbour’s wonderful My Heart Belongs series hits the shelves in January 2019 with My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge. Her books are seasoned with her Appalachian heritage and love for family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

You can get to know Pepper on her website, http://www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, Instagram, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.
5 Stars!

‘There are times when my feelings are so large, they must burst into words.’

1913. Frederick Percy, Lord Astley, must marry for money to save his family’s financially strapped estate. So he goes to America to make a deal with a very rich man to marry his eldest daughter. He signs the agreement to wed Miss Lillias Ferguson. Then he inadvertently kisses her younger sister Grace. The situation then takes a turn Lord Astley never expected and Grace volunteers to marry him in place of her sister to turn scandal away from both families.

They marry and head home to England. But not before an attempt is made on Lord Astley’s life. Followed by more attempts.
Grace is convinced something sinister is afoot and is bound and determined to discover just what is going on in this family. After all, she reads Conan Doyle and is an amateur sleuth.

Pepper Basham has just created the best story! Her concoction of Grace Ferguson was so amazing! Grace is the most delightful creature, full of exuberance and longing for an adventure of her own. She is a total bookworm and completely guileless. Grace’s character is one you’ll love to love. She is full of life, totally to the brim. She is one of those people who lives 1 Corinthians 13: ‘love is patient and kind, not jealous, boastful or proud, or rude, doesn’t demand its own way, not irritable, keeps no record of wrongs, never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.’ Grace sacrificed her own desire for adventure to help Lord Astley’s family and does it willingly. As she danced along the pages of this book, I smiled near continuously at her simply ‘being’. Grace longs for a grand adventure and believes this just may be it.

Lord Astley was developed quite well also. A man who feels he’ll never measure up and haunted by past mistakes discovers how loved he is by God and just how much he has to offer.
On the pages of this book, both Frederick and Grace discover that dreams can come true that you didn’t even know you were dreaming. Basham’s way with a story is completely irrepressible. Her way with characters is not to be missed as the reader is carried along on a wave of pure delight as the story unfolds. And she gives us more than a good dose of her charming humor. There were parts I laughed out loud! Basham also throws in a great Gothic-like mystery along the lines of Daphne Du Maurier and Agatha Christie. Well done!

I could not put this I could not put this book down! I tried, so as to prolong the reading pleasure, but my hunger to discover the ending captured me at every turn. This one is destined to be a top read for 2021! Highly recommended. This book is Pepper Basham totally unleashed!

My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book via Net Galley.I was not compensated and the opinion here is entirely my own.

Publisher: Barbour
Publication Date: September 1, 2021
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B097Z6XL9H/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i3

Review: ‘A Warrior’s Heart’ (Brides of Laurent 1) by Misty Beller

About The Book

Her heart longs for peace, but peace won’t keep them safe.

Brielle Durand is still haunted by the massacre that killed her mother a dozen years before. Vowing to never let it happen again, she’s risen to be the key defender for her people’s peace-loving French settlement living in hidden caves in the Canadian Rockies. When a foreigner wanders too near to their secret home, she has no choice but to disarm and capture him. But now, what to do with this man who insists he can be trusted?

Hoping to escape past regrets, Evan MacManus ventured into the unknown, assigned to discover if the northern mountains contain an explosive mineral that might help America win the War of 1812. Despite being taken prisoner, Evan is determined to complete his mission. But when that assignment becomes at odds with his growing appreciation of the villagers and Brielle, does he follow through on his promise to his government or take a risk on where his heart is leading him? Either choice will cause harm to someone.
Brielle and Evan must reconcile the warring in their hearts to have any hope of finding peace for their peoples.

Praise for Misty M. Beller

“Misty Beller is a new author well worth watching out for.”–LAURAINE SNELLING, author of The Red River of the North series

“I’ve long been a Misty Beller fan and her books don’t disappoint.”–TRACIE PETERSON, bestselling author

“Misty M. Beller brings the nineteenth-century American frontier to vivid life!”–LAURA FRANTZ, Christy Award-winning author of The Lacemaker

About Misty M. Beller
Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. For a limited time, you can get one of her bestselling novels FREE here: https://mistymbeller.com/freebook
Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.
Learn more at http://www.MistyMBeller.com
4 Stars!

This book begins a new series and the premise is quite intriguing–a settlement of peaceful people living in hidden caves in the depths of the mountains. Then a stranger wanders in.

It was exciting to learn of these folks and how they’d been hidden away for so very long. And the story was rich. I look forward to more in this series.

My thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion here is my own.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Length: 301 pages
Genre: Inspirational historical
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08XM7VG3N/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i10