All of her life, Irish-American Moira Doherty has relished her mother’s descriptions of Ireland. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira decides to fulfill her mother’s wish that she become the teacher in Ballymann, her home village in Donegal, Ireland.
After an arduous voyage, Moira arrives to a new home and a new job in an ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira’s mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she’s journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends–and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced–as she seeks to navigate a life she’d never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.
Jennifer Deibel’s debut novel delights the senses, bringing to life the sights, sounds, smells, and language of a lush country and a colorful people. Historical romance fans will embrace her with open arms.
A lovely debut novel that carries the reader to Ireland in 1920. Moira Doherty makes the journey to Donegal to take up a teacher position after her mother dies at their Boston home. She is enamored of Ireland’s beauty and excited to blend in. But there are whispers behind her back, some thinly veiled threats and Moira has no idea what they mean. As she struggles to fit in and love her new home, she must lean into God like never before.
I enjoyed this very much. I loved ‘visiting ‘ Ireland and especially this village as Deibel spins her tale. I also found the traditions of the people quite interesting. Well written and populated with wonderful characters, this book is sure to be enjoyed. Recommended.
My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the review here is expressly my own.
Rescuing a single mom and her triplets during a snowstorm lands rancher Finn Brightwood with temporary tenants in his vacation rental. But because of his past, Finn’s reluctant to get too involved in Ivy Darling’s chaotic life. When he starts falling for the three rambunctious little girls—and Ivy—he can’t help but wish this family would stick around for good.
Jill Lynn brings her Colorado Grooms series to a close with this sixth book in the series. I was sad to see it end, but now am looking forward to what else Lynn has in store for her readers.
Ivy Darling’s car runs off the road in a snow storm in Westbend, Colorado one night. Finn Brightwood is on his way home in the storm when he spots car tracks leading off the road. He stops to see what he can do to help and discovers Ivy and her triplet three year old daughters. He has to help them and his sister talks him into putting them up in his unfinished bunk house on his ranch. Finn definitely does not want to get involved in someone else’s mess at this point in his life, but it’s not long before those precious girls (and their mama) begin to get inside his heart. Can Finn get past the long held hurt in his heart and allow happiness to come inside?
This was a precious story that touched my own heart very much. We see old friends from the other books in this series and it was so good to see how they had allowed God to work in their lives. I truly hate to see this one end. Recommended.
My thanks to the publisher and author for a digital copy of this book. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is entirely my own.
Publisher: Love Inspired Publication Date: February 1, 2021 Genre: Inspirational contemporary Length: 182 pages
One almost indiscretion didn’t count, right? Yet it could end up costing Grayson Turner everything.
When Belva Turner catches her husband about to kiss another woman, her whole world comes crashing down. Well, what’s left of it anyway. Truthfully, trouble has been brewing in their marriage since the birth of the twins. But this… this would be the end of it. The end of their arguing. The end of trying but failing to make it work. The end of their marriage. Sure, he’d messed up big time, but the last thing Grayson expected was to come home to an empty house. His one mistake costs him everything he’s spent his entire adult life building. With nothing left to lose, Gray grasps the chance to make things right with God and rebuild better this time.
Belva may be ready to throw in the towel, but Gray will do whatever it takes to get his family back and fix their broken marriage—even if it means facing the painful roots that shaped who he is today. But how is he supposed to find redemption when his wife has given up and walked away without a backward glance?
‘Time to let the past be a lesson for a better future.’
When a couple, who are both Christians, married for 7 years, are separated, can they allow God to heal the pain and get past it to rebuild their marriage and lives?
This is the premise of Andrea Boyd’s story. And what a wonderful story it is. A true testament of what God can do in a person’s life if they will only allow Him to take control and do things His way. Incredibly moving and well written, Boyd sits us down and tells us this tale as if she were in our living room. Straight from the heart, the story is told in her unique way that has the reader settling down into it and it won’t turn you loose until the last page. Even then, you think on it more. I was in tears in many places. What a powerful spiritual message here! And not just for marriages in trouble. For our lives as believers. Boyd creates characters that are real, with real problems. She doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff in life, and delves deep into that hard stuff until the light of God shines through. I loved every single minute. I can highly recommend this without reservations.
My thanks to the author and publisher for a copy of this book. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is completely my own.
Forced to sell her bed-and-breakfast, Piper Connelly’s happy to stay on as manager—until the pregnant widow discovers her former high school sweetheart is the buyer. While Max Evans has changed from the boy who once broke her heart, Piper’s not so sure about working with him. But what if the perfect home for Piper and her baby is right here with Max?
This was my first time reading a Gabrielle Meyer book and I just loved it. A wonderful story of how God gives second chances, how we shouldn’t let our past hurts determine whether we will step out in faith in the future. This thread really ministered to me in a situation. Truly it did. This is just a precious, precious story and I was great moved by it.
My thanks to the author and publisher 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: January 26, 2021
A story of second chances and secrets, this mysterious Regency romance will transport you to 19th-century England as one young lady reunites with her childhood love to find his missing sister.
Her friend is missing.
After five years abroad, Charity Halliwell finally returns to Loxby Manor, the home of dear friends—and her lost love. No longer a young girl, she is now haunted by a painful secret and the demise of her dreams. Instead of the healing and happiness she hopes to find, she encounters a darkness lurking in the shadows of the once-familiar house. When her friend, Seline, disappears the very night of her arrival, Charity is determined to uncover the truth.
Her only hope is the man who broke her heart.
Branded a coward, Piers Cavanaugh has lived the last five years as an outcast far from his family home. When his sister presumably elopes with a stable hand, Piers joins forces with an unlikely partner—the one woman he thought he’d never see again. Together they launch an investigation that leads to strange nightly meetings in the ruins of an old abbey and disturbing whispers of a secret organization. The more they learn, the more desperate the situation becomes.
The house seems determined to keep its secrets.
As they struggle to piece together the clues, Charity and Piers also endeavor to rebuild their friendship. One cryptic letter changed everything between them. To find happiness they will have to overcome the grief and shame keeping them apart. But first they must discover why Seline vanished and confront the growing fear that she may never return.
Settle in, because once you start The Vanishing at Loxby Manor, you won’t be able to put it down.
About Abigail Wilson
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.
Charity Halliwell has come home after five years spent abroad to stay at Loxby Manor, family seat of an old love, who spurned her all those years ago. Her good friend Seline, goes missing unexplainably and Charity knows that something is incredibly wrong. Then Piers Cavanaugh returns home to Loxby, he who spurned her. He has been an outcast from society. Piers and Charity must together try and find out what has happened to Seline and not the story that has been bandied about.
I loved Abigail Wilson’s last book, Masquerade at Middlecrest Manor. It was extremely well done and a wonderful Regency. This one is also quite good. I was so caught up in it and the mysterious goings on that I never had one inkling of the culprit. Highly 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 and I received no compensation.
Rejected by the man she loved, quick-witted bluestocking Rosemary Denby is determined to win the position of governess to the temperamental Lady Miranda, daughter of the Earl of Howland. Surely helping another young lady find the joy in learning is just what she needs to regain her confidence.
Drake, Earl of Howland, is struggling to find his footing as a widowed father, new earl, and suddenly penniless owner of the castle near the cozy spa village of Grace-by-the-Sea. But the new governess has him even more off balance. He loved once and saw his wife die in childbirth. The more he learns about Rosemary, the more he begins to wonder whether he can open his heart again. As danger once more draws closer to the castle on the headland, he and Rosemary must work together to keep the village and his daughter safe. Could his bluestocking governess be the one to teach him a lesson, in love?
If you love sweet, witty Regency romances with a touch of adventure, then you’ll love The Governess’s Earl, the fourth book in Regina Scott’s Grace-by-the-Sea series, where romance and adventure come home.
“Oh, hooray! Another adventure series by Regina Scott.” Among the Reads Review Blog
Continue the adventure today.
I love a good Regency and Regina Scott does one well. Her Grace-By-The-Sea series is very interesting! I have grown so fond of the inhabitants of this little village. This fourth book in the series finds the penniless Earl of Howland now installed in his family’s castle in the vicinity of the village. He hires Rosemary Denby as governess to his precocious daughter Miranda and soon finds himself drawn to her.
There is also adventure here as the inhabitants are on the look out for French invaders trying to land on their soil. This is a clean and sweet read that will please Regency fans.
I was given a copy of this book by the author. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is entirely my own.
Publisher: Edwards and Williams Publication Date: January 25, 2021 Length: 182 pages
‘She wouldn’t cry. She was done with tears…..with the fortitude of fragile glass.’
Savannah Sanderson promises her late husband that she will go to her 20th year high school reunion, which is the absolute last thing she wants to do. She finds a hiding spot behind a fern and that’s where she plans to stay until the night is over. Then another classmate, Michael McCann, spots her and drags her out. He’s changed his life completely since high school, too. He and Savannah decide to visit some old favorite spots from their high school years and soon their adventure turns into an emotional journey they are not sure they can navigate past.
Well written, poignantly told, this debut novel from Melony Teague will touch your heart and have you cheering for these two. Watching them reconnect after 20 years and seeing their hearts shine is something you don’t want to miss. Don’t miss this one, folks. Recommended.
*My thanks to the publisher and author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Country music superstar Lane McCay left his hometown of Bluff Creek for the bright lights of the big city and the lure of fame and fortune. For the past several years he’s lived the life he always dreamed of by sitting at the top of the country music charts, touring the country relentlessly and casually dating any pretty face that came along. With the end of five year contract with his record label looming on the horizon, a string of meaningless relationships and a label executive bent on making his life miserable, he begins to wonder if there is more to life than what he’s achieved. By chance he meets Melanie Michaels, a rising Contemporary Christian recording artist and no matter how many times he tells himself she is not his type, he can’t get the attractive singer off his mind. Despite opposition from almost everyone around them, Lane and Melanie begin a relationship. While trying to keep their relationship away from the scrutiny of the public eye, Lane finds himself developing feelings he had promised himself he would never allow himself to feel again. And while Melanie finds herself falling for Lane, she is disturbed by his complete avoidance of anything related to her faith in God, a faith that she depends on to guide her life. Feeling pressures from not only their respective labels, but friends and family as well, Melanie and Lane struggle to stay together. But as threats are made, and Melanie struggles with Lane’s lack of faith, they reach a breaking point that sends both of them into a tailspin. As they struggle with getting on with their lives, Lane comes face to face with issues from his past. Unable to deal with the unexpected turn of events Lane slips into old patterns of destructive behavior, while Melanie battles against the court of public opinion to get her career back on track. Each of them are pushed to a limit where they must decide if they will try to bend life to their own wills or are be willing to trust the unknowns of life to an all knowing God, no matter what that may bring their way.
‘It takes a lot more strength to forgive than it ever did to hold onto all that anger.’
This is a wonderful story of hard choices, unforgiveness, bitterness of the past. It is also a story of God’s grace pouring into those devastating circumstances and proving He is who He says He is. Also the importance of not being unequally yoked. I enjoyed this one from Amanda Mason. Recommended.
Cole Barrett, former Army Ranger, has a new mission objective. Sell his grandfather’s house and put Deep Haven in his rearview mirror as fast as possible. Deep Haven holds the hurts of physical abuse at the hands of his grandfather, a man now in a memory care facility with dementia. Recently divorced, single, and unattached, Cole just wants a new life as a US Marshal. One where he can forget the past and start new.
Unfortunately, there’s a tenant in the garage apartment who’s refusing to move. Even worse? It’s his childhood crush, Megan Carter, and her son.
She’s waited years for her first love to return.
Wedding planner and single mom Megan Carter is no stranger to Deep Haven. To her, it’s the place where she makes dreams come true—at least, everyone else’s. Her big dream is to purchase the Black Spruce Bed & Breakfast to turn it into a premier event venue and, if she can stay booked for enough weddings over winter, she’ll have enough money to buy the inn, move out of Grandpa Barrett’s garage apartment, and finally give her nine-year-old son, Josh, the life he deserves. After using part of her intended down payment to cover his hockey fees, she’s behind on her Black Spruce funds and only has thirty days to come up with four thousand dollars.
Still, she’s oh, so close…until her childhood friend-slash-crush, Cole Barrett, returns to Deep Haven. Unfortunately, he’s not back to fulfill a silly childhood promise to marry her, but she never expected him to evict her! The last thing she needs is more expenses. Or for another man to walk into her heart…and break it.
Maybe it’s never to late to finish a love story…
When a blizzard strikes Deep Haven, and Megan is overrun with wedding catastrophes, it takes a former Ranger to step in and help. But the more he comes to her rescue, the sooner she’ll be able to move out…and he can move on.
And that’s what they both want, right?
Return to Deep Haven with this magical tale about the one who got away…and came back.
Rachel D. Russell is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and My Book Therapy’s Novel Academy, and is a regular contributor to the Learn How to Write a Novel blog. The mother of two teenagers, she often interrogates her husband on his own military and law enforcement experience to craft believable heroes in uniform. The rest of her time is spent cantering her horse down the Oregon trails. Visit Rachel at http://www.racheldrussell.com.
‘God didn’t have any kind of happy ending for someone like Cole.’
One thing I look for and know will make a book really speak to me is when I can ‘connect’ with the characters. When I can really get a feel for them and they seem real to me. This book certainly ticked that box! The characters really came alive in my mind from the first page, which certainly bodes well in a debut novel. The book was well written with truly believable characters, a plot that was completely interesting. Both of the main protagonists had issues that made them seem even more real as well. I can’t say how much I love digging down into a book when this happens early on. I was all in from the first paragraph.
Rachel D. Russell is now on my future radar whose books I want to read. Set in Deep Haven, MN, the small town everyone wants to visit, if not live in, it was wonderful to see characters again I had not ‘seen’ in years from Susan May Warren’s books. Reading this book was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one that brought joy to my heart. There was also a wonderful spiritual lesson to learn here. Well done!
*My thanks to Sunrise Publishing for a copy of this book. I received no compensation. The opinion in this review is entirely my own
Neither wants to relive the past, but they need each other to face the future.
Connor Murphy lives by a code of honor and service. Dignified, duty-bound, and responsible, he’s spent the past eight years as a single enlisted airman, determined never to mess up another person’s life the way he did Sadie’s. As long as he follows orders, does his job well, and avoids romantic entanglements, he’ll do just fine. Of course, that last part was easier before Sadie rolled back into town.
Sadie Allen never intended to return to Sugar Pine—her hometown hosts too much regret—but she can’t face her health crisis alone. Not with a four-year-old depending on her. Even so, Connor Murphy’s proposal of a marriage of convenience wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. She can’t fault his reasoning—her prognosis is grim and her son could use a father—but her heart aches at the thought of a marriage without romance. Especially to the one man she’s never gotten over.
The day-to-day challenges of Sadie’s illness are enough to strain the strongest relationships, let alone one hastily conceived in the shadow of past mistakes. Will the pressure be too much for their marriage to withstand, or will they allow God to forge something beautiful through their pain?
Everything Behind Us, Book 21 in The Potter’s House Books Series (Two), is an uplifting and inspiring story of hope, redemption and second chances. It is also book three in Jennifer Rodewald’s Murphy Brother Stories (book One is Always You). Grab your copy and be encouraged today.
Murphy Brothers Stories:
Always You In Spite of Ourselves Everything Behind Us This Life (Coming in March 2021)
About Jennifer Rodewald
Jennifer Rodewald/J. Rodes lives on the wide plains somewhere near the middle of Nowhere. A coffee addict, pickleball enthusiast, and storyteller, she also wears the hats of mom, teacher, and friend. Mostly, she loves Jesus and wants to see others fall in love with Him too.
Jennifer Rodewald writes good books. I am a forever fan. She somehow manages to pull such depth of emotion from the characters in her books that it astounds me.
Here, in her Murphy Brothers, book three, we find Connor’s story. Along with Sadie, who has lived some pretty rough years. Now she is back in town, along with her four year old son and a devastating diagnosis.
Connor has prayed for Sadie for years and now feels a divine pull to marry her, even though neither loves the other. Watching this most honorable man, whose life is all about obedience to God, sacrifice what could be his entire life’s happiness, to marry a woman and give his life to take care of her and her son, was one of the most wonderful things ever. Connor Murphy’s heart is sacrificial and precious in the extreme to watch. And seeing how God rewards those who serve Him was incredibly moving. Well done! Highly recommended.
My thanks to the publisher and author for a digital copy of this book. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is entirely my own.