Book Review: ‘Things We Didn’t Say’ by Amy Lynn Green

About The Book:

Headstrong Johanna Berglund, a linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, has very definite plans for her future . . . plans that do not include returning to her hometown and the secrets and heartaches she left behind there. But the US Army wants her to work as a translator at a nearby camp for German POWs.

Johanna arrives to find the once-sleepy town exploding with hostility. Most patriotic citizens want nothing to do with German soldiers laboring in their fields, and they’re not afraid to criticize those who work at the camp as well. When Johanna describes the trouble to her friend Peter Ito, a language instructor at a school for military intelligence officers, he encourages her to give the town that rejected her a second chance.

As Johanna interacts with the men of the camp and censors their letters home, she begins to see the prisoners in a more sympathetic light. But advocating for better treatment makes her enemies in the community, especially when charismatic German spokesman Stefan Werner begins to show interest in Johanna and her work. The longer Johanna wages her home-front battle, the more the lines between compassion and treason become blurred–and it’s no longer clear whom she can trust.

Amy Lynn Green is a publicist by day and a freelance writer on nights and weekends. She was the 2014 winner of the Family Fiction short story contest, and her articles and devotionals have been featured in faith-based publications over the past 10 years. This is her first novel. She and her husband live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn more at

My Rating: 4 Stars

This was the first book I’d ever read that was written in the epistolary style. It was very different, but also very enlightening because the reader is allowed to get inside the characters’ heads.

I confess I knew next to nothing about the German POW camps in the United States during World War II. I knew they were there and that’s about it. My own uncle was a POW for thirteen months in Stalag 17 during the same war and was treated very horribly. Our own family never received any word from or about him until after his liberation. So it was good to know that the German prisoners in the United States were treated kindly and allowed to communicate with their families. This book has spurred me to research this situation for myself. I love to learn and Amy Lynn Green’s writing has made me very much interested in learning more.

Well written and flowing nicely, this is a debut novel that you’ll want to add to your TBR pile. Recommended.

*My thanks to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion is my own and I received no compensation.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: November 3, 2020

Book Review: ‘Grave Christmas Secrets’ by Sharee Stover

About the Book:

Discovering buried evidence

makes her a target.

At a prehistoric site, forensic anthropologist Taya McGill uncovers a recently buried body days before Christmas—and finds herself in a killer’s sights. Now on the run with undercover ATF agent Keegan Stryker, she must rely on him to guard her as they figure out why someone would kill to keep this murder unsolved. But can they unearth the truth before someone silences them both for good?

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

About Sharee Stover
Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children, and two ridiculously spoiled dogs. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of the written word to transform, ignite and restore. She writes Christian romantic suspense combining heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one. When she isn’t writing, Sharee enjoys reading, crocheting and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd. Visit her at
My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘Lord, blame weights down a heart and blinds our eyes.’

Taya McGill, a forensic anthropologist, has uncovered a body and minutes later finds herself the target of a killer. She is now on the run with an undercover ATF agent. Keegan Stryker has to figure out how to keep Taya safe as well as himself before they are both silenced by ruthless killers.

Sharee Stover once again brings her readers a non-stop, action filled story. I was all in from the first and read it in less than a day. I love stories that include criminal justice and forensics and this one fit the bill perfectly. Now I’m sad I’ve finished it. Great suspense. Recommended.

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

Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: November 1,2020
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Book Review: ‘The Christmas Husband’ by Lucette Nel

About The Book

It was one little lie told only to protect impoverished Naomi Stuart and her daughter. But when Benedict Ramsay — a man she met fleetingly years before who should be in England — arrives in town, all she’d carefully constructed threatens to crumble.

Benedict arrives a stranger in Noelle, hoping to confront the father who’d abandoned him. What he did not expect was to discover he was a married man … to a woman he didn’t even remember meeting. And against his will, Benedict warms to the idea of a ready-made family

About Lucette Nel
Lucette Nel is a coffee addicted work-in-progress daughter of the Lord Almighty. She’s a mommy to a rambunctious boy and sweet baby girl and wife to her best friend and real-life hero. Along with a spoiled Pug, they make their home in Gauteng, the smallest of nine provinces in South Africa.

She works as a bookkeeper and uses every available second to create interesting characters in historical settings.

My Rating 4 stars!

I am a fan of Lucette Nel’s writing. I have read her work since her first book and they just keep getting better and better.

Imagine being alone, raising a child and inventing a husband, then have that man actually show up in town? My goodness, what’s a girl to do? Everyone in town believes Naomi’s husband ran off and left her. Now here he is, and with no idea what’s going on.

I love it when I connect with a book from the very first and that’s exactly what happened here. Nel has crafted characters that are ‘real’ to the reader with a plot that is surely believable. I loved every minute. I am not very much looking forward to her next offering. Recommended.

*My thanks to the publisher and author for a digital copy of this book. I was not compensated in any way and the opinion here is my own.1 like

Book Review: ‘Delayed Justice’ (True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn Book 8) by Shirlee McCoy

About The Book

A closed case brings a new threat.

Detective Bradley McGregor and his K-9 partner, King, come to the rescue when journalist Sasha Eastman’s targeted by a shooter who looks just like her mother’s murderer. But that killer supposedly died years ago in a shootout with the police. Now it’s up to Bradley and King to protect Sasha…but how can they stop a killer who’s already dead?


New York Times Bestselling Author Shirlee McCoy

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn

Book 1: Copycat Killer by Laura Scott

Book 2: Chasing Secrets by Heather Woodhaven

Book 3: Deadly Connection by Lenora Worth

Book 4: Explosive Situation by Terri Reed

Book 5: Tracking a Kidnapper by Valerie Hansen

Book 6: Scene of the Crime by Sharon Dunn

Book 7: Cold Case Pursuit by Dana Mentink

Book 8: Delayed Justice 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, friends, and total strangers on airplanes and in doctors’ 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 55 novels. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestsellers lists. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteering as a member of Chesapeake Search Dogs – a non-profit organization dedicated to finding the lost and missing and bringing closure to their families. A former teacher, she takes pleasure in helping others pursue their writing goals and enjoys sharing her knowledge with aspiring authors.

She enjoys hearing from readers and writers. You can email her at or catch up with her life and writing at
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Here we have book 8 in the True Blue K-9 Unit series. Each book features great K-9 officers. Shirlee McCoy is very good at suspense and takes her readers on quite a ride as yet another crime is solved with the help of some awesome police dogs. I love suspense novels and I love dogs, so these stories are particularly interesting. Recommended.

My thanks to the publisher for a digital copy of this book via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is entirely my own.

Book Review: ‘The Anne of Green Gables Devotional: A Chapter-by-Chapter Companion for Kindred Spirits’ by Rachel Dodge

About The Book:

evotional Inspiration Especially for Kindred Spirits
The Anne of Green Gables Devotional offers lovely inspiration that explores the theme of God’s love and faithfulness through the pages of the classic L. M. Montgomery novel, cherished by generations of readers. Each reading corresponds with a chapter from the book and invites you to embrace God’s redemptive plans for your life as His very own adopted daughter in Christ.
This beautiful 40-day devotional includes original artwork throughout, and each reading includes examples from the novel, scripture, life application, prayers, and discussion questions perfect for groups, book clubs, or personal reflection. It’s perfect as a personal read or gift for a bosom friend!

About Rachel Dodge
Rachel Dodge is the author of Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen (Bethany House 2018) and the Anne of Green Gables Devotional: A Chapter-By-Chapter Companion for Kindred Spirits (Barbour 2020). Rachel teaches college English classes, gives talks at libraries, teas, and book clubs, and is a writer for the popular Jane Austen’s World blog and Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping families to grow closer to Jesus through prayer and the study of God’s Word. A kindred spirit at heart, Rachel enjoys books, bonnets, and ball gowns. She makes her home in California with her husband and their two children

My Rating: 5 Stars!

This book is soooo precious! If you are a fan of Anne of Green Gables, then you absolutely must get this devotional. It is priceless. Each devotion starts with a scripture, then a short passage from the beloved novel, with an application for your life today. Then a prayer and another scripture. It is just truly a wonderful devotion. I have a digital copy but I will buy the physical copy. It is so good.

*I received this book from Barbour Publishing through Net Galley and was not required to leave a review. I received no compensation and all opinions in this review are expressly my own.

Book Review: ‘Fair Trade’ (Barks and Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery # 3) by Heather Day Gilbert

About The Book

BOOK THREE 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.

With the one-year anniversary of the now-successful Barks & Beans Cafe approaching, siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield set up an iced coffee booth at the state fair. Taking a break from brewing, Macy bumps into Carolina, a long-lost childhood friend who’s now sitting pretty as a country superstar. Macy tries not to fangirl too hard when her old friend extends an invitation to meet the rest of the Carolina Crush band before their opening show.

But when Carolina falls victim to not one, but two near-death experiences, Macy takes it upon herself to find out who has it in for her old friend. Fortified with plenty of roasted corn, cinnamon rolls, and her brother’s signature iced maple latte, Macy takes to the Ferris wheel to get the lay of the land from the air. She discovers too late that this year’s fair isn’t all fun and games…but she’s already locked in for the ride.

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.

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
Book 3: Fair Trade

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

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Heather Day Gilbert certainly knows her way around a cozy mystery. I’ve been all in with this series, loving Bo and Macy Hatfield and their cafe with a dog area. I want to visit! I’d just stay all day with the dogs. And Coal! That dog is so precious and such a wonderful character. I find myself wanting to snuggle up to him on the sofa where he takes up all the room nearly. And they mysteries are good, too. I never guess the culprit, though. I am such a poor detective. I am looking forward to the next one. And more of the amazing Titan McCoy. Please? Recommended.

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

Publisher: Woodhaven Press
Publication Date: October 27, 2020
Genre: Clean Cozy Mystery

Book Review: ‘A Match Made At Christmas’ (A Nantucket Story) by Courtney Walsh

About The Book:

From “Master of the genre” [Midwest Book Review] and New York Times bestselling author Courtney Walsh, a sweet romance that’s sure to capture your heart.

Hayes McGuire never believed the stories about a famous Nantucket matchmaker until she ropes him into taking over her duties in while she’s off the island for Christmas.

So he enlists the help of the one person he can trust with this crazy scheme—his best friend, Prudence. Armed with a series of rules, a book of success stories and the promise of Christmas magic, the pair of old friends sets out to make a Christmas match.

Little do they know that magic doesn’t discriminate, and the pair soon finds their years of friendship deepening into something more. Will Pru and Hayes ignore the electricity in the air between them or will there be more than one match made at Christmas?

A Match Made at Christmas is a stand-alone holiday novella.

“Original, romantic, and emotional. Walsh doesn’t just write the typical romance novel. . . She makes you feel for all the characters, sometimes laughing and sometimes crying along with them.” ~Romantic Times

About Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. She writes small town romance and women’s fiction while juggling the performing arts studio and youth theatre she owns and runs with her husband. If For Any Reason is her eleventh novel. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category, and her contemporary romance Just Let Go won the Carol Award in 2019.

A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children and a sometimes naughty Bernedoodle named Luna.

Connect with Courtney online at her website ( or on any of these social media platforms:
My Rating: 5 Stars!!!

‘I’ll wait for that tingly, magical feeling. I’m sure it’s like radar or something.’

So this books needs more than five stars! For real. I love it when I connect so fully with book characters. My imagination is great when reading, anyway, but when an author manages to craft characters that I feel I ‘know’, I’m all in!

Hayes McGuire never knew there was a legendary matchmaker in Nantucket until she asks him to fill in for her until she gets back from a trip. He’s shocked and quite frankly, a little confounded at this proposition. He enlists the help of his very best friend, Prudence Sutton, to help him. Little do these two know that they themselves might be in the matchmaker’s crosshairs. (smile)

This book was SO much FUN~! I absolutely devoured it and found it to be quite possibly the most romantic book I ever read. And I read a lot. Incredibly delightful, it is a book destined to be read many times. In fact, I’m still basking in the beauty of it, reluctant to pick up another book right now. I preordered the digital copy and just now ordered the paperback because this is a book that I MUST have on my shelves! It just made my heart smile. I highly recommend this one, folks.

Book Review: ‘Honey For The Holidays’ (A Honeyhaven Romance Book) by Jessica R. Patch

Crockett Baylor is known as a businessman whose professional practices are above reproach. His personal reputation? Not so much. When the mayor dangles Crockett’s long-buried dream in front of him, he’ll have to take drastic measures to prove he’s worthy. He’s got a plan but it requires the help of his ex, who despises him for all the wrong reasons.

Beloved Parks and Recreation Director, Scout Denman refuses to go along with Crockett’s cockamamie scheme: pretending they’ve rekindled their past romantic relationship. It’s too much of an emotional strain. But she has no choice when she gets in a bind and needs his help with a parks project.

As they stumble their way through Christmas events, grudgingly selling themselves as a couple, they discover there might be a genuine ember left burning under the ashes of their broken hearts. And if they can swallow their pride, they might be able to spark it into a glowing future together.

Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. You can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, watching way too much Netflix with her daughter, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. She is the author of the Seasons of Hope series, the Honeyhaven series, and ten Love Inspired Suspense novels including the Security Specialists series.
My Rating: 5 Stars!

Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. You can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, watching way too much Netflix with her daughter, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. She is the author of the Seasons of Hope series, the Honeyhaven series, and ten Love Inspired Suspense novels including the Security Specialists series.

Publisher: Bales Publishing
Publication Date: October 20, 2020

Book Review: ‘Autumn Skies’ (A Bluebell Inn Romance) by Denise Hunter

About The Book

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and A December Bride (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the third and final novel in the Bluebell Inn series!

When a mysterious man turns up at Grace’s family-run inn, it’s instant attraction. But she’s already got a lot on her plate: running the Bluebell Inn, getting Blue Ridge Outfitters off the ground, and coping with a childhood event she’d thought was long past.

A gunshot wound has resurrected the past for secret service agent Wyatt Jennings, and a mandatory leave of absence lands him in Bluebell, North Carolina. There he must try and come to grips with the crisis that altered his life forever.

Grace needs experience for her new outfitters business, so when Wyatt needs a mountain guide, she’s more than happy to step up to the plate. As their journey progresses, Grace soon has an elusive Wyatt opening up, and Wyatt is unwittingly drawn to Grace’s fresh outlook and sense of humor.

There’s no doubt the two have formed a special bond, but will Wyatt’s secrets bring Grace’s world crashing down? Or will those secrets end up healing them both?

About Denise Hunter
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 Club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at
My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Don’t play the what-if game, Grace. You’ll lose every time.’

Denise Hunter has saved the very best for last in her Bluebell Inn Romance series. I loved Grace at the first novel and knew she had a wonderful story to tell and she did! Grace, the youngest of the siblings who own the Bluebell Inn and the one with the most heartache, in my opinion.

When Wyatt Jennings walks through the inn’s door looking for a place to stay because he’s been put on mandatory leave on his secret service job, he is looking for a way to come to peace with a disturbing and painful episode in his past. He finds Grace at the check in desk. She offers to give him guided hiking tours to find what he hopes will be the answer to that past experience. However, there is a connection to both their fears from the past. Can they work past it and come to a peaceful solution? God does indeed use the painful parts of our past to work things out for our good.

I loved everything about this. One thing that makes a book real to me is when I can connect to the characters from the start. And this happened with both Wyatt and Grace. Hunter handles the situations in their life with grace (no pun intended) and love. I shed a few tears here, too. I loved every single minute. Truly, she saved the best for last. Bravo! Recommended.

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

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: October 20, 2020

Book Review: ‘Beguiled’ (The Fairest Maidens) by Jody Hedlund

About The Book

In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A princess rejected and hunted by her mother, and a prince who lives as a shunned outcast.

Princess Pearl flees for her life after her mother, Queen Margery, tries to have her killed during a hunting expedition. Pearl finds refuge on the Isle of Outcasts among criminals and misfits, disguising her face with a veil so no one recognizes her. She lives for the day when she can return to Warwick and rescue her sister, Ruby, from the queen’s clutches.

Amidst his royal testing on the Isle of Outcasts, Prince Mikkel of Scania has kept his identity a secret. Captured by a warring band of outcasts and condemned to die, he finds himself making friends with an intriguing but feisty young veiled woman. Intending to win her trust and gain her help to escape, he soon finds himself coerced to wed her.

Mikkel reluctantly agrees to the union to save his life, and Pearl hopes the marriage will provide protection for her and Ruby. But the queen is more determined to kill her daughter than either Pearl or Mikkel realizes and has a sinister reason neither expects—one that could rip their new love apart forever.

The real Snow White story.

The Fairest Maidens
Book 1: Beholden
Book 2: Beguiled (Oct 2020)
Book 3: Besotted (Nov 2020)

Other YA books by Jody Hedlund:

The Lost Princesses
Prequel Novella: Always
Book 1: Evermore
Book 2: Foremost
Book 3: Hereafter

The Noble Knights
Prequel Novella: The Vow
Book 1: An Uncertain Choice
Book 2: A Daring Sacrifice
Book 3: For Love and Honor
Book 4: A Loyal Heart
Book 5: A Worthy Rebel

For a complete list of Jody’s novels, visit her Amazon page or website –

About Jody Hedlund
Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty 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!

‘Something in the air bodes of evil.’

I love the medieval time period. It’s one of my all time favorite settings. Jody Hedlund has set several series here and they are all super good. The Fairest Maidens tells the stories of three princesses, based on three well known fairy tales, only better! Three brother princes are completing their Testing to determine which should be king of one kingdom, while three princesses are trying to escape the evil clutches of the despicable Queen Margery.

I read this book in just a few hours because of it’s ability to hold my interest without wavering. Though Hedlund’s genre here is YA, I found these books completely compelling for adults. I absolutely can’t wait to find out what happens in # 3! Because a reckoning is definitely coming. Highly recommended.

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

Publisher: Northern Lights Press
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Length: 200 pages
Genrer: YA