Book Review: ‘Cross My Heart’ by Robin Lee Hatcher

About The Book:

Two broken paths lead toward God’s redemption in the next installment of Robin Lee Hatcher’s Legacy of Faith series.

Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning have so much in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Boise valley. Ashley runs a horse rescue operation, while Ben has started an equine therapy barn on his great-great grandfather’s farm—and both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them.

But they share something else that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with ten years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley’s brother, Dylan, is an opioid addict, currently residing in court-ordered rehab. Ashley has promised herself she would never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction—because in her mind, addicts can never be fully cured. But with God, all things are possible. Will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance, or will her brother’s mistakes jeopardize her future with Ben?

About The Author:

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of more than 75 books, is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an eleven-time finalist and two-time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award. In addition to the RITA and many other awards, she is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America® and American Christian Fiction Writers, When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon puppy named Boo and a persnickety tuxedo cat named Pinky.

Robin is active on her Facebook Author Page where she loves to interact with readers. Please join her there: http://www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher

For more information, please visit her website at https://www.robinleehatcher.com

My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘People failed. Horses didn’t. Horses never lied.’

Ben Henning and Ashley Showalter have a lot in common, one thing being they both love horse, so when Ben wants to get an equine therapy barn up and running, Ashley is very willing to help out. I loved this aspect of the story. Ben has been through a very rough time and Ashley has problems with trust, so they can both benefit from the equine therapy. Both stand in need of God’s grace. He bestows that grace on His children every day. Hatcher weaves together a story of God’s redemption that is heartwarming nd full of faith. Interspersed with short vignettes told by Ben’s great great grandfather, this family settles into your heart and will nourish your spirit as you read.

*My thanks to the publisher for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Book Review: ‘Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass’ by Heather Day Gilbert

About The Book:

When exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake moves into a carriage house in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, she’s hoping to find some new clients. Instead she discovers a corpse in the garden—and a knack for solving murders . . .  

Pet-sitter Belinda Blake doesn’t rattle easily, but move-in day has been eventful, to say the least. The python in her care tried to slither to freedom—just as she met Stone Carrington V, her landlords’ disarmingly handsome son. With the constrictor back in its cage, she heads out to the garden, only to discover a designer shoe poking out of the boxwood hedge—attached to a woman’s dead body.

The victim, Margo Fenton, was a Carrington family friend, and no one in their circle seems above suspicion. Between client trips to Manhattan and visits to her family in upstate New York, Belinda begins to put the pieces together. But though she’s falling for Stone’s numerous charms, Belinda wonders if she’s cozying up to a killer. And soon, daily contact with a deadly reptile might be the least dangerous part of her life . . .

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!

Once again Heather Gilbert shows her readers that she is a dab hand at cozy mysteries. A pet sitter babysitting a huge snake doesn’t deter Belinda Blake one bit. She is living in a small apartment on the estate of a super rich family when she finds a dead body in her yard. From then on, Belinda is in a mission to discover the killer. Readers are as well and Gilbert leads us on a merry chase, for I was completely surprised at the identity of the culprit.

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


JustRead Tours: ‘A Cuppa Trouble’ by Angela Ruth Strong

Contemporary, Giveaway, JustRead, Mystery

Welcome to the A Cuppa Trouble Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway!

June 24, 2019JustRead Tours


Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for A Cuppa Trouble by Angela Ruth Strong, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Cuppa Trouble
Series: The CafFUNated Mysteries #2
Author: 
Angela Ruth Strong
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date:
July 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Cozy Mystery

Can a couple of baristas chase down a car thief without spilling a drop of their favorite drinks?

Plans for a Valentine’s Day grand opening of a small town coffee shop go awry when the first customer is killed. Evidence points toward the victim being mixed up in a car theft ring, but shop owners Tandy and Marissa have reason to believe he was framed.

An assortment of suspects–from a pink-haired heir to Tandy’s charming ex–all seem to know a little too much about grand theft auto.

Without approval from either their boyfriends or the gum-chewing FBI agent in charge, the shop owners go on stakeouts, plan stings, and pursue justice in a high-speed car chase. If they don’t find the killer soon, it might be more than their love lives in trouble.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

CONNECT WITH ANGELA:  Website | Facebook Twitter


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a “Coffee is like Sherlock Holmes” mug, “Drink Coffee & Do Good” sign (painted with coffee by author’s cover designer), $25 Starbucks Gift Card & “Drink Coffee,  and Read Books & Be Happy” tote.

Without approval from either their boyfriends or the gum-chewing FBI agent in charge, the shop owners go on stakeouts, plan stings, and pursue justice in a high-speed car chase. If they don’t find the killer soon, it might be more than their love lives in trouble.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

CONNECT WITH ANGELA:  Website | Facebook Twitter


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a “Coffee is like Sherlock Holmes” mug, “Drink Coffee & Do Good” sign (painted with coffee by author’s cover designer), $25 Starbucks Gift Card & “Drink Coffee,  and Read Books & Be Happy” tote.

Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 24, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 1, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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My rating:  4 stars!

‘The sheriff always seemed to aim at his own foot when he fired off his mouth.’

Angela Ruth Strong continues her super fun ‘The CafFUNated Mystery series with this absolutely delightful offering.  Featuring Tandy and Marissa, one a coffee drinker, the other a tea drinker, who open up a part coffee/part tea shop, this one is just so much fun all the way to the very end. 

People just seem to fall dead right near Tandy and Marissa.  Then they think they are the best ones to solve the case. And they are mostly right.  After all, didn’t they solve the murder of the last person who fell dead right in front of their very eyes?  Well, here they go again when a car theft ring brings their dastardly deeds to the small town of Grace Springs.  But they have to manage to solve the crime without either of them landing in jail this time.

I love these gals.  Despite the fact that they couldn’t stand each other when they first met, they really are great together as amateur sleuths.  And I love Marissa’s near constant klutziness.  The entire cast of quirky characters (minus the bad guys, of course) have just endeared themselves to me.  And Strong’s wit is so refreshing!  There was nothing NOT to like about this book.  And….there is some seriously good wisdom about relationships on these pages.  A wise person would heed them.

*My thanks to the author for a preview copy of this book.  The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

www.angelaruthstrong.com

JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Launch Page at JustRead

June 24
A Modern Day Fairy Tale
Hallie Reads
Simply Susan
Carla Loves to Read
Fiction Aficionado

June 25
Living Outside the Lines
Beauty & The Chef
A Fountain of Books
Beauty in the Binding
Faithfully Bookish

June 26
Reflections From My Bookshelves
Splashes of Joy
Edits and Reviews by Leslie
Stuff and Nonsense
Taylor Epperson

June 27
Singing Librarian Books
Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions
Among the Reads
Angela Walker’s Reviews

June 28
Remembrancy
Blessfulwritings
Book Butterfly in Dreamland
Busy Being Blessed
Britt Reads Fiction
Reading Is My SuperPower
The Power of Words

Reviewers
Laura S., Angela M., Patti S., Denise L., Marisa M.

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Upcoming Books I Am Looking Forward To Reading

I must give fair warning right upfront that this will be a bit of a lengthy post. I love to read more than most anything. Well, except Jesus, but that is a given. So here are some upcoming books that I am most eager to read. There will possibly be more coming, too. I just haven’t heard of them yet. So here goes. I hope you’re looking forward to some or all of these, too.

Tate by Susan  May Warren

He was sent here to kill you, wasn’t he?” Glo’s voice emerged in a whisper of horror.

Tate drew in a breath, and even Knox looked away as Tate nodded.

Oh, she knew it. Apparently, she had a type.

The kind of men who didn’t care what trouble—or death—might be waiting for them. Who turned their face to it and charged ahead.

The kind of men who died for what they believed in.

 The kind of men who would break her heart.

What will it cost this bodyguard to save the woman he loves?

*Susie writes a delightful story!  NYT bestselling author Dee Henderson.*

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over 65 novels, including the best-selling Montana Rescue and Montana Fire series.

Bodyguard Tate Marshall, has always been the family troublemaker

Maybe it’s his propensity to get entangled in other people’s problems. Now, he’s in over his head because he’s desperately in love with the woman he’s tasked to protect, the beautiful Gloria, “Glo” Jackson, daughter of US Senator and presidential hopeful Reba Jackson. A member of the country band, the Yankee Belles, Glo was targeted in a recent terrorist attack designed to deter her mother from running, and Tate will do anything to keep her safe. Even if it means letting her go.

Country music artist Glo Jackson isn’t afraid of trouble…

Stubborn and brave, Glo isn’t about to hide from threats, at least the kind that won’t cost her heart. She’s already paid a terrible price for the war on terror, and she refuses to fall for a man who might die, especially because of her. Better to keep him away, even if it means sacrificing her heart.

But when danger threatens them both, what will they sacrifice to keep each other safe?

As the presidential campaign heats up and the threats deepen, so does the attraction between Tate and Glo. But what will it cost Tate to keep her alive? And what will Glo do to keep from losing another man she loves?

The gripping second installment of the Montana Marshalls series.
Releases July 9.

Amazon: https://buff.ly/2VlBWfF



Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks

“A rollercoaster ride with a lovable protagonist and a suspenseful, twisty plot.” —Colleen Coble

Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for.

Evelyn McTavish’s world came crashing down with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she receives a call that her dog is about to be destroyed at the pound. Except she doesn’t own a dog. The shelter is adamant that the microchip embedded in the canine with her name and address makes it hers.

Evelyn recognizes the dog as one owned by archaeologist John Coyote because she was commissioned to draw the two of them. The simple solution is to return the dog to his owner—but she arrives only to discover John’s murdered body.

As Evelyn herself becomes a target, she crosses paths with undercover FBI agent Sawyer Price. The more he gets to know her, the more personally invested he becomes in keeping her safe. Together, they’re desperate to find the links between so many disparate pieces.

And the clock is ticking

Releases July 23.

Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason

Playing dead might just get her killed

FBI Special Agent Lincoln St. John is living his own personal nightmare. When the woman he loves, Allison Radcliffe, is killed, he devotes himself to tracking down the killers and making them pay for their crimes. He expected it to be a challenge. What he never expected was to find Allison very much alive shortly after her “murder.”

As his anger and hurt mix with relief, Linc isn’t sure how he’s supposed to feel. One thing he does know for sure: he and Allison will have to work together to stop a killer before she dies a second time–this time for good.
Releases August 6.

The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer’s boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter–and Finn’s boss’s sister–Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she’s back, the tug on Finn’s heart is strong, but with the risks she’s taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can’t ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?
Releases August 6.

You Belong With Me by Tari Faris

Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents. Unfortunately, selling houses in the town where her family name is practically poison isn’t one of them. When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map–and hopefully finally repay the financial debt Hannah’s mother caused the town. But at first no one supports her efforts–not even her best friend, Luke.

Luke Johnson may have grown up in Heritage, but as a foster kid he never truly felt as if he belonged. Now he has a chance to score a job as assistant fire chief and earn his place in the town. But when the interview process and Hannah’s restoration project start unearthing things from his past, Luke must decide if belonging is worth the pain of being honest about who he is–and who he was.
Releases September 3.

One Final Breath by Lynn Huggins Blackburn When investigator Gabriel Chavez had his cover blown by an aggressive reporter, the silver lining was being able to rejoin the dive team. The downside? Dive team captain Anissa Bell–a woman who both fascinates and frustrates him.

Anissa grew up as a missionary kid on the Micronesian island of Yap and always planned to return after college. But she remained stateside, determined to solve the case that haunts her–the murder of her best friend and the disappearance of a three-year-old child.
When Anissa’s fractured past collides with Gabe’s investigation into the tragic shooting death of a teenage boy in Lake Porter, they’ll have to put their complicated history with each other aside in order to uncover the identity of a killer. What they’ll discover is that revenge has no statute of limitations.
Releases September 3.


Diamond in The Rough by Jen Turano

To save her family from financial ruin, Miss Poppy Garrison accepts an unusual proposition to participate in the New York social season in exchange for her grandmother settling a family loan that has unexpectedly come due. Ill-equipped to handle the intricacies of mingling within the New York Four Hundred, Poppy becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, doomed to suffer a grand societal failure instead of being deemed the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs for her to become.

Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, has been forced to travel to America to help his cousin, Charles Wynn, Earl of Lonsdale, find an American heiress to wed in order to shore up his family estate that is in desperate need of funds. Reginald himself has no interest in finding an heiress to marry, but when Poppy’s grandmother asks him to give etiquette lessons to Poppy, he swiftly discovers he may be in for much more than he bargained for.
Releases September 3.


A Single Light by Tosca Lee

Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with sixty others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned. There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged—the same people Wynter was counting on to help her locate the IV antibiotics her gravely ill friend, Julie, needs in order to live.

As the clock ticks down on Julie’s life, Wynter and Chase embark on a desperate search for medicine and answers. But what they find is not a nation on the cusp of recovery thanks to the promising new vaccine Wynter herself had a hand in creating, but one decimated by disease. What happened while they were underground?

With food and water in limited supply and their own survival in question, Chase and Wynter must venture further and further from the silo. Aided by an enigmatic mute named Otto, they come face-to-face with a society radically changed by global pandemic, where communities scrabble to survive under rogue leaders and cities are war zones. As hope fades by the hour and Wynter learns the terrible truth of the last six months, she is called upon once again to help save the nation she no longer recognizes—a place so dark she’s no longer sure it can even survive.

Fast-paced and taut, A Single Light is a breathless thriller of nonstop suspense about the risks of living in a world outside the safe confines of our closely-held beliefs and the relationships and lives that inspire us.
September 17

Strands of Truth By Colleen Coble

Harper Taylor is used to being alone. Her mother passed away in a car accident when she was an infant, she never knew who her father was, and now even the widowed grandmother who raised her is gone. She’s done just fine investing her marine biology degree and her energy into her pen shell business.

The last thing she expects is for the DNA test she took to reveal a likely half-sister. And when she and Annabelle meet, there are striking similarities in their stories. Is it just coincidence that both their mothers died tragically without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?

When Harper’s business partner has a stroke, his son Ridge steps in to help. Before long, he’s spending more time with her than the business would dictate . . . and Harper finds she doesn’t mind in the least.

When yet another tragedy strikes close to home, though, Harper and Ridge realize that the secrets of the past can’t stay there. They’ll have to unravel Harper’s past before they can secure their future.

September 19

Recovered Secrets By Jessica Patch

A blank memory. A new life.

But her borrowed time just ran out

Two years after Grace Thackery washed up on a small-town Mississippi riverbank, she has the first clue about the life she doesn’t remember: someone wants her dead. And while search-and-rescue director Hollis Montgomery’s determined to protect her, the secrets of her past are darker than they expected.

Can the bond between Grace and Hollis survive her true identity…and an assassin?
Releases September 1.

Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard

At the advice of her therapist, homicide survivor Harper Reynolds has traded her job as a crime scene photographer for a more peaceful life taking photographs of the natural world. But her hopes for a life surrounded by the serenity of the outdoors are dashed when she inadvertently captures a murder being committed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She flees the scene in fear–and loses the camera.

Former Green Beret Heath McKade is a reserve deputy in an understaffed county who has been called in to protect Harper, a childhood friend he is surprised to see back in the area. When Harper learns that the sheriff’s department can’t find any evidence of the murder she witnessed, she is determined to do what she can to see that justice is done. What neither Harper nor Heath could know is how many explosive secrets from the past will be exposed–or how deeply they will fall for each other.

In this suspenseful page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps you on the edge of your seat as you discover that uncommon justice lies just on the other side of fear.

Releases October 1.

Aiming For Love by Mary Connealy

Josephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world–a world she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, her older sister especially is frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.

David’s parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. David’s father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?
Releases October 1.

Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently–leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn’t convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn’t want them to succeed–and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.

Releases October 1.

Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock

A gripping new novel from New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock.

One father was murdered, and another convicted of his death. All because their children fell in love.

Nate Beckett has spent his life fighting wildfires instead of the lies and rumors that drove him from his Colorado home town. His mother begs him to come to Carlisle now that his father has been released from prison, but it isn’t until he’s sidelined by an injury that he’s forced to return and face his past. But that means facing Brenna too.

Fourteen years ago, Nate was in love with the preacher’s daughter. When Pastor Strickland discovered Brenna had defied him to sneak out with Nate, the fight between Strickland and Nate’s drunken dad was loud—and very public. Strickland was found murdered later that night, and everyone accused Roy Beckett. When the church burned down, people assumed it was Nate getting even for his father’s conviction. He let the rumors fly and left Carlisle without looking back.

Now, Brenna is stunned to learn that the man convicted of murdering her father has been pardoned. The events of that night set her life on a bad course, and she’s dealing with a brutal custody battle with her ex and his new wife where he’s using lies and his family’s money to sway the judge. She’s barely hanging on, and she’s turned to alcohol to cope. Shame and fear consume her.

As they deal with the present—including new information about that fateful night and a wildfire that’s threatening their town—their past keeps igniting. Nate is the steady force Brenna has so desperately needed.


Releases November 5.


Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters

Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason–to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian’s only hope for finding the truth–and the next big story–is small-town law enforcement’s lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes, and Vivian finds herself fighting for not only answers but also her life. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called The Watcher force Vivian to confront the secret of her past and decide: How much is she willing to risk for the sake of a headline?

Author Natalie Walters welcomes you back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name–but no one knows your secret.

Releases November 5.

Seconds To Live by Susan Sleeman

When cybercriminals hack into the US Marshals’ Witness Protection database and auction off witnesses’ personal details to the highest bidders, the RED Team led by FBI Agent Sean Nichols begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. But before he can even get started, the first witness is targeted and barely escapes with her life. Sean believes Phantom, an obsessed hacker who previously outwitted the top minds in the field, is behind the attack, and Sean needs this witness’s help, as she’s the person who has come closest to discovering Phantom’s identity.

Trouble is, she’s a witness under the care of US Marshal Taylor Mills, and Sean is reluctant to work with the captivating marshal who knows his deepest secrets. But Phantom claims he knows where the witness is hiding and will kill her, so to stop the hacker, Sean and Taylor must work through their personal pain and learn to trust each other. . . . The seconds are ticking down before someone dies.
Releases December 3.

Echoes Among The Stones by Jaime Jo Wright

After Aggie Dunkirk’s career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her rambling old home. She didn’t plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene–even going so far as to re-create it in the dollhouse.

Mystery seems to follow her when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the cemetery. Forced to work with the cemetery’s puzzling, yet attractive archeologist, she exhumes the past’s secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep quiet–even if it means silencing Aggie.

In 1946, Imogene Flannigan works in a local factory and has eyes on owning her own beauty salon. But coming home to discover her younger sister’s body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the newly burgeoning world of criminal forensics and not particularly welcomed as a woman, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister’s case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . even if it costs her everything.
Releases December 3.

There you have it. How many of these are you looking forward to? I’d love to know.

Book Review: ‘Healing The Cowboy’s Heart’ by Ruth Logan Herne

My Rating: 5 stars!

‘She’d let her foolish head get filled with those silly fairy-tale dreams she never should have let herself entertain because she knew better.’

Ruth Logan Herne takes her readers back to Shepherd’s Crossing in Idaho where we have the story of horse breeder Isaiah Woods and veterinarian Charlotte Fitzgerald, two who should have been sworn enemies. Charlotte is determined to be a good vet and take care of the horses around the area, even when the long time veterinarian makes it known she is not welcome.

Herne once again proves she writes straight from the heart. There are good lessons to be learned here from this book and the characters who allow God to guide them. Well done!

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

Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: June 18, 2019, mass paperback (July 1, 2019 Kindle)
You can find Ruthie at: http://www.ruthloganherne.com

About Ruth Logan Herne

Best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of nearly fifty novels and novellas through traditional publishers and her own independent works. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. And yet… they don’t. With over a million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read.

She lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York where they grow all kinds of cool things for fall from sumptuous squashes and veggies to gorgeous stacking pumpkins. Ruthy’s farm is quickly becoming the place to be every September and October!

She loves chatting with readers through her website blog http://ruthloganherne.com and hanging with readers and writers in Seekerville… http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com where coffee is always hot, fresh and good! She loves playing in the kitchen, too, with a wonderful group of regionally-inspired inspirational authors at the Yankee Belle Cafe http://www.yankeebellecafe.blogspot.com. On Goodreads, she’s (yes, you guessed it!) Ruth Logan Herne, and that’s how to find this prolific author on facebook, too!

Author Interview and Book Review: ‘She Walks In Love’ by MaryLu Tyndall

Hello!  I am so excited to host MaryLu Tyndall on my blog today.  I was a forever fan with my first book read of hers.  Her pirate tales are so fascinating and she tells them so well, I feel as if I’m standing on the ships deck with the sea spray against my face.  But let’s talk to MaryLu today about her book, She Walks in Love, her second in the Protectors of the Spear series. 

1.  When did you know that you wanted to write and did you know you wanted to write Christian fiction?

I started writing when I was very young. I had a poem published in my high school year book, and I also wrote a couple of novels just for fun. But then I grew up (unfortunately) and the responsibilities of life got in the way. I didn’t write anything for years and years and never considered that I’d write again, let alone get published!  But one day the Lord placed an idea on my heart, a glorious, wonderful, crazy idea to write a novel about a Christian pirate. He then freed up some of my time, so I thought, why not? I obeyed, and lo and behold, the Lord opened door after door and He got that very first novel published!

2.  How do you get your ideas for books?

My ideas come from a variety of places: From books I read, movies, life, history, etc, but mainly I believe the Lord is the one who plants an idea on my heart. Those ideas usually simmer for a while until I start thinking about them more and more. Then I start to see the characters come to life in my mind. I see their faces and personalities! It’s like they are saying, “Write my story!”. That’s when I know it’s time to write that novel.

3.  Do you do a lot of research for each book?

Yes.  Research is really not my thing at all. I love history, but diving into the details and trying to find certain facts I need to know can be quite time consuming and difficult. Sometimes I have no idea where to go to find a certain fact. I have volumes of history books on my shelves and a host of links to online sights, so I do my best! 

4.  I love, love that you include spiritual warfare in your books. I firmly believe in this.  Have you ever taken flack for this?

Yes. I’ve had some negative comments for sure, but not as many as I thought I would!  I realize that much of the church either doesn’t believe in spiritual warfare and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, or they steer away from such topics out of fear and ignorance. In fact, rare is the pastor who teaches its members how to do battle against our enemy and win!  That’s why I feel the Lord wants me to write about these things, to show believers that we battle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual rulers in high places. And we don’t have to live a life in subjection to them or a life of defeat. We are victorious through Jesus!

5.  Does the Holy Spirit speak to your heart about what to include in your books?

All the time! I can’t say there’s been a book I’ve written that the Holy Spirit hasn’t been right alongside me, leading me and telling me what to write. He and I have become good friends. 🙂

6.  You usually write pirate tales. Why did you decide to go to the medieval period? Which is my favorite setting, by the way.

It’s actually one of my favorite settings too! I’ve always loved medieval stories. Publishers will tell you that medievals don’t sell well, so I sort of steered away from it for a while. But they also told me pirate stories don’t sell well either, and that was wrong too.  Anyway, I couldn’t wait to dive into that time period, and I’ve had a great time writing my Protector of the Spear series. Another aspect of the medieval time period is that you can get away with more spiritual content because people in that day were very superstitious and highly spiritual, albeit not always in a good way, but more open to it nonetheless.

7.  What do you want readers to take away from this book?

There are many themes that run through She Walks in Love, but there are two main things I hope people will walk away with after they turn the last page. One, that God never leaves us, even if we feel like He’s gone, even if bad things happen to us over and over, He is there, watching over us, orchestrating events to bring us back to Him. And two, that this short life on earth is nothing compared to eternity, and that if we look at this life through that lens, all our problems and struggles will seem small and worth enduring for the glory God has in store for us.

About MaryLu Tyndall

Award winning and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida’s Coast. After obtaining a degree in Math and working as software engineer for 15 years, she decided to test the waters as a writer. With now more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the deeply spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. As a follower of Christ, her stories often reflect her own journey and walk with God. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandkids, and three cats on the California coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea.

My Rating: 5 stars!

‘Evil is astir this night. It begs entrance to this holy place.’

MaryLu Tyndall brings us her second novel in the ‘Protectors of the Spear’ series and it is so good.
The Spear is supposed to be the one which pierced the Savior’s side at His crucifixion and great powers lie within it. Lady Christiana D’Clere is the new protector of the Spear, her sister Alexia being the first. Lady Christiana has been kept drugged by the wicked steward of her family’s estate, he wanting control. There is also an evil bishop to deal with along with two who tread deeply into the dark side.

Christiana has escaped and is running for her life, protected by Sir Jarin the Just. He is determined to restore her to her rightful place as lady of Luxley Castle. But they will have to face many obstacles, both of a physical nature and from the spiritual realm. And Christiana must learn to trust that even though the blood of the Christ stains the relic, the power within her comes from God Himself. Sir Jarin has to learn to rely on powers greater than his own as a knight, as the dark powers that chase them seem only to grow stronger.

MaryLu Tyndall is a wonder at these spiritual warfare novels. She opens her readers’ eyes into that realm where evil does indeed fight against the right. I read this one in only one day. I am a forever fan. I very much recommend this one.

*My thanks to the author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Publisher: Ransom Press
Publication Date: June 17, 2019
You can find MaryLu at: http://www.marylytyndall.com

Book Review: ‘Never Marry A Marquess’ by Regina Scott

Enjoy Regencies? Regina Scott is great!


Enjoy Regencies? Regina Scott does them well indeed. This is a great series and I’m sure you’ll love each one as I did.

My Rating: 5 stars!

Regina Scott brings her Fortune’s Brides series to an end with this one and I sure did hate to see it end. This one, in my opinion, was the very best! I loved it so much. It’s a Regency, which I love and also a marriage of convenience, which is a favorite as well. There was nothing ‘not’ to like about this book! From the very beginning, I was captivated. As always, populated by great characters and themes. Well done!

*My thanks to the author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

About Regina

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first Regency romance novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Regency romance The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998). In 2011, she was delighted to move into Christian romance with the publication of The Irresistible Earl. October 2019 will mark her debut for prestigious publisher Revell. Her novels have been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese; and a large number have been issued in hardcover, large print editions. She has twice won the prestigious RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice award for best historical Christian romance of its type, for The Heiress’s Homecoming in 2013 and Would-Be Wilderness Wife in 2015.

Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally–both her parents were excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician. Her mother envisioned the plot for “Sweeter Than Candy,” the novella which was written as a tribute to her.

Regina Scott has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, dressed as a Regency dandy, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research, of course. Her extensive historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection takes up the entire closet in her office.

You can find Regina at: http://www.reginascott.com
 You can find the book here: https://amzn.to/2IbMoit

Publisher: Edwards and Williams
Publication Date: June 13, 2019

Author Interview and Book Review: ‘My Dearest Dietrich’ by Amanda Barratt

I am absolutely thrilled to have Amanda Barratt here today to talk to us about her latest novel, My Dearest Dietrich, which talks about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his fiancé, Maria von Wedemeyer. This is an amazing story, folks, and one that is definitely for the keeper shelf! Let’s welcome Amanda now.

Were you a reader as a child?

I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t thrive on the power of story. Even before I could read, my mom would take me to the library to check out stacks of books, which she would then read to me. Usually, it didn’t take more than a couple of days for us to finish the stacks and return for more! I was reading on my own before the age of four, and haven’t stopped since. Books and stories have always been a way for me to process the world around me, to expand my horizons, and grow as an individual. At around the age of seven or eight, I discovered The Diary of Anne Frank, and was captivated as I delved into the true story of a girl who endured a tumultuous and heartbreaking period in history. After reading her diary, I wanted to learn more about the times in which she lived, and proceeded to read children’s fiction and nonfiction about the war and the Holocaust. Many years later, as I wrote the first draft of the novel that became My Dearest Dietrich, I remembered my childhood interest, and how it sparked the beginnings of a journey of learning and sharing the stories of courage, hope, and self-sacrifice that emerged out of the depths of such darkness.

Tell us why you decided to write about Bonhoeffer.

I discovered Dietrich Bonhoeffer through Eric Metaxas’s excellent book Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness. I was deeply moved by the story of a pastor who, because of his faith, refused to stand by and look on silently in the face of evil. Yet it wasn’t until I came across a quote from Love Letters from Cell 92, and discovered Maria von Wedemeyer that a desire to share this facet of Bonhoeffer’s life took hold of my heart. I wanted to give readers a fresh portrayal of Dietrich Bonhoeffer—not only as an author, pastor, theologian, and spy for the resistance, but as a man who’d fallen passionately in love, who sacrificed not only his own future as a result of his actions, but a future with the woman he longed to marry. I see Bonhoeffer as a model we as Christians can look to today. Though he had flaws and imperfections like all of us, he earnestly sought the will of God and gave up his own comfort for the sake of living out costly discipleship.

Can you tell us about your research for this book?

The research for My Dearest Dietrich was more in-depth than any project I’ve undertaken before. Not only did I familiarize myself extensively with World War II Germany, I needed to immerse myself in Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria von Wedemeyer’s lives. Since they were real individuals, I felt an immense responsibility to stay true to their essence. I read volumes of letters written by Bonhoeffer, the correspondence between Dietrich and Maria compiled in the book Love Letters from Cell 92, Bonhoeffer’s sermons and books, and Bonhoeffer biographies galore! I loved discovering new facets of their lives, and weaving them throughout the novel.

The book is profound and yet painful to read because we know the ending.  How did you get through this process?

With many, many tears! Though I’ve written emotionally intense stories before, I’ve never wept along with my characters. With this novel, I wrote the final scenes with tears in my eyes. Yet the tears I shed were not only those of sorrow, but of hope, just as the story is one of heartbreak, but also of wholeness. During the time they had together, Dietrich and Maria cherished the love they shared, but both of them went on to carry that love with them the rest of their lives, even though Maria lived on for thirty years after Dietrich. To love anyone, for any length of time, is a gift. And just as the imprint of a footprint lingers after the person who made it passed by, so do the imprints of those whose lives have touched ours remain forever within us.

What do you want readers to take away from this book?

The ways stories can impact the heart are as varied as the individuals who read them. So I’m not sure I can pinpoint one exact message. But what I will say is that writing this book and discovering the lives of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria von Wedemeyer changed me both as an author and as a person more than any project I’ve written to date. The questions Bonhoeffer and those in World War II Germany faced are questions we face as Christians today, albeit on a different level. The church is called to take a Christ-honoring stand on political and cultural issues, and to accept the personal consequences that may come with that stand. Bonhoeffer spoke out against the persecution of the Jews and published a book on the Psalms during a time when the leaders of Nazi Germany wanted to erase the Old Testament from the Bible. He illegally trained seminary students in the truth of Scripture until his work was shut down by the Gestapo. Later, Bonhoeffer took an active role in the conspiracy against Adolf Hitler. And Maria, despite having lost a father and brother on the battlefield, took the risk of becoming engaged to Dietrich, though she was aware of his involvement in activities that could (and eventually did) lead to his arrest. As it says in James, faith without works is dead. Both Bonhoeffer and Maria lived out their faith through action during a time when many Christians turned aside and did nothing. Their radical discipleship both challenged and convicted me.

Bio: ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. Her novel My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love released from Kregel Publications in June 2019.

She’s also the author of My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Journey, as well as seven novellas with Barbour Publishing. Two of her novellas have been finalists in the FHL Reader’s Choice Awards.

Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

Connect with her at www.facebook.com/amandabarrattauthor and visit her online at amandabarratt.net.

Blurb:
A staggering love illuminating the dark corners of a Nazi prison…

Renowned German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is famous for his resistance to the Nazi regime and for his allegiance to God over government. But what few realize is that the last years of his life also held a love story that rivals any romance novel.

Maria von Wedemeyer knows the realities of war. Her beloved father and brother have both been killed on the battlefield. The last thing this spirited young woman needs is to fall for a man under constant surveillance by the Gestapo. How can she give another piece of her heart to a man so likely to share the same final fate? Yet when Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an old family friend, comes to comfort the von Wedemeyers after their losses, she discovers that love isn’t always logical.

Dietrich himself has determined to keep his distance from romantic attachments. There is too much work to be done for God, and his involvement in the conspiracy is far too important. But when he encounters a woman whose intelligence and conviction match his own, he’s unprepared for how easy it is to give away his heart.

With their deep love comes risk–and neither Dietrich nor Maria is prepared for just how great that risk soon becomes.

Based on detailed historical research, this true love story is at once beautiful and heartrending. My Dearest Dietrich sheds new light on a world-famous theologian . . . and the woman who changed his life.

Amazon link for My Dearest Dietrich: https://amzn.to/2UINshB

My Review and Rating: 5 Stars!

‘It was what it all came down to in the end. He wanted to live, to see his parents and marry Maria, but ultimately it wasn’t about him. It was about submitting to the will of One greater than himself, seeking that will more than he sought everything else. Valued anything else.’

How in the world do you start to read a book you know is going to end in tragedy? I could not bear to start for a while because I knew what was going to happen. It was going to break my heart. I have long admired Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was one of the greatest theologians of the last century and gave his life for Christ. Bonhoeffer refused, in the face of Nazism, to compromise the values of the Bible and of Christ to Hitler’s evil machinations. And he paid with his life. He knew that was a distinct possibility, yet he forged on, knowing that he was following the right path.

Amanda Barratt took on an admirable task when she made the decision to write about Bonhoeffer’s life. And she gave us a deeper look at his life, concentrating on not only his incredible faith and bravery, but his love for his fiancé, Maria von Wedemeyer. The fiancé he would never be blessed to marry, but who he would carry in his heart all the way to the gallows. And Barratt writes this so well, so well indeed, that the reader’s heart just weeps with what they know is to come. Her research is impeccable and she manages to convey such deep emotion that I nearly weep every time I just look at this book. Well done!

And one quote from Bonhoeffer just stirs my soul: ‘Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am Thine.’ May we all have this view.

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


Book Review: ‘Lone Witness’ by Shirlee McCoy

About Shirlee McCoy

New York Times best-selling author Shirlee McCoy loves books. She loves reading them. She loves writing them. She loves sharing them with family, with friends, and with total strangers on airplanes and in doctor’s offices. It’s no surprise that she loves being an author. Her first book was published in 2004. Since then, she’s written more than 45 novels. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestsellers lists.

Of course, her love for books pales in comparison with her love for family. When she’s not writing, she’s homeschooling her two youngest children and spending time with the people she cares about most. Her books are a reflection of her passion for relationships and community. An advocate for adoption and a firm believer in the power of faith, love, and compassion, Shirlee writes books that explore the dynamics between siblings, parents, children, and friends.

She enjoys hearing from readers and writers. You can email her at shirlee@shirleemccoy.com or catch up with her life and writing at http://shirleemccoy.blogspot.com/.


My Review

My rating: 5 stars

‘I spent nine years living in a graveyard of dead dreams, pretending it was Cinderella’s castle. If that’s not sad enough to cry over, I don’t know what it.’

I only discovered Shirlee McCoy’s books recently and now I get the pleasure of reading a lot of them without waiting for new releases. The lady knows how to write inspirational suspense well. I loved this from page one. She engages the reader immediately and our interest is held throughout the book.  Very well done!

Publisher: Love Inspired

Publication Date: June 1,2019

You can find Shirlee at: shirleemccoy.com

Book Review: ‘A Reluctant Bride’ by Jody Hedlund

About Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

My Rating: 4 stars

‘Are you seeking His leading or are you running away from it?

Jody Hedlund once again brings us a story straight from history with A Reluctant Bride. Mercy Wilkins goes from living in the poorest slums of London to boarding a bride ship, although she thinks she is going to British Columbia to find a job. She hopes to some day send for her sister, who is slaving at the work house.

Joseph Colville, a titled lord, but trained as a doctor, has agreed to serve as ship’s surgeon, and requests Mercy’s aid in helping him with the job. Soon they both begin to feel an attraction towards each other, but fight it because they are miles apart in their stations in life. However, obstacles are meant to be overcome. Aren’t they?

Hedlund is wonderful at historical fiction and once again proves that she has a gift for creating stories crafted from actual historical events. Mercy and Joseph’s story is mesmerizing and I recommend it very much.

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

Find Jody here: www.jodyhedlund.com
Find the book here: https://amzn.to/2w6txyC