1885. Adria Fontaine has been sent to recover goods her father pirated on the Great Lakes during the war. But when she arrives at Foxglove Manor–a stone house on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior–Adria senses wickedness hovering over the property. The mistress of Foxglove is an eccentric and seemingly cruel old woman who has filled her house with dangerous secrets, ones that may cost Adria her life.
Present day. Kailey Gibson is a new nurse’s aide at a senior home in a renovated old stone manor. Kidnapped as a child, she has nothing but locked-up memories of secrets and death, overshadowed by the chilling promise from her abductors that they would return. When the residents of Foxglove start sharing stories of whispers in the night, hidden treasure, and a love willing to kill, it becomes clear this ho
‘Ain’t nothing lives long here at Foxglove Manor.’
Jaime Jo Wright once again employs her trademark time slip to to plunge her readers into a gothic tale that will grip your attention from the very first paragraph and doesn’t let go until the last page is turned.
1885. Alexandria Fontaine is sent to Foxglove Manor by her hateful father to find his gold. Foxglove Manor is set on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior. Adria feels only desperate evil here, a house chock full of secrets. And strangers. She suspects everything here and feels no peace at all.
‘Being afraid just came with the territory of living in Foxglove Manor.’
Present Day. Kailey Gibson goes to work at Foxglove Manor and is given permission to bring her older autistic brother with her. The brother who writes down series of letters that puzzle her and which seem to have something to do with the creepiness of Foxglove Manor. She, too, feels the overpowering secrets of the place.
Creepy in all the best ways, Foxglove Manor holds mysteries that will hold two women captive and they must risk everything to destroy the demons of the past. Jaime Joe Wright is in her element here. Her vivid descriptions of everything plops the reader right down into the middle of the story and they are not let go! This one held me totally enthralled all the way through. I highly recommend this one.
My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not required to leave a positive review. The opinions in this review is entirely my own.
Audrey is a viscount’s daughter who has suffered her sister Maris’s cruel, jealous behavior all her life. An act of malice led their father to send Maris to a convent, but Audrey was still left with scars. Three years later, Audrey’s father is determined to marry off his damaged daughter, and Maris is returning. Desperate, Audrey sneaks away.
However, life outside her home is dangerous, and she soon finds herself attacked, injured, and in dire straits. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier.
Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, each must make a life-changing decision about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting.
In this Ugly Duckling retelling, New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson brilliantly crafts a high-stakes, encouraging tale about the power of love.
My Rating: 4 Stars!
I always did love a good fairy tale. I still do. That’s why I love Melanie Dickerson’s retelling of fairy tales with an inspirational bent. This second book in her Dericott series brings us her retelling of The Ugly Duckling. Audrey’s face is marred and Edwin is missing an arm lost in battle. Both feel abnormal but discover that God has plans for them. Dickerson tells this in such an interesting way and I was mesmerized. Recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers via Net Galley. The opinion in this review is expressly my own.
When State Department attorney Vivian Steele witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington, DC, she is recruited to be a member of a joint FBI task force assigned to investigate. But she soon finds her by-the-book ways clashing with a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, Jacob Cruz. A former Navy SEAL and in charge of the event’s security, Jacob takes the attack personally and is driven to act quickly, even ahead of the rules and regulations.
As Viv starts to work her diplomatic sources, her past as a State Department lawyer comes back to haunt her, and secrets held tightly by the government thrust her into a web of danger. Afraid, Viv turns to the one man bent on protecting others. But can she accept Jacob’s reckless ways as exactly what she needs to stay alive and to discover the truth behind the attacks?
About Rachel Dylan
Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. The Atlanta Justice Series features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the ATLANTA JUSTICE series, is a CBA bestseller, an FHL Reader’s Choice Award winner, a Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a Holt Medallion Finalist. Lone Witness is the winner of a Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and is a Selah Finalist. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at http://www.racheldylan.com.
‘Experience told her that sometimes security could only do so much if people were intent on inflicting terror.’
Rachel Dylan brings her explosive Capital Intrigue series to a gripping conclusion with Power Play. Intrigue most definitely is the way to describe this series. She adds more compelling characters with this book and brings back ones from the last two books and the action is nearly non-stop. You will be captivated all the way through!
My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not required to leave a positive review and the opinion here is my own.
‘Even when she’d stopped believing, God still had answered her prayer.’
Michelle Sass Aleckson and Susan May Warren bring us back to that wonderful and charming little town of Deep Haven, MN for another great story. When Veronica Morales and her kid brother come to Deep Haven for her to take a job as a paramedic, she is wary of everyone in the town. Will they fit in here? Especially since most folks seem to think a local should have gotten the job Ronnie is filling. Hoping this will be a safe place for her ten year old brother Tiago to grow up in and have a better life, Ronnie is hoping against hope they can indeed fit in.
Very soon she butts heads in a big way with the town’s fire chief, Peter Dahlquist. Peter is related to nearly everyone in town and a big vote is coming up for the town council, on which he has a seat. Both sides of his family expect him to vote their way. He wants to please everyone and he just has enough on his plate right now, thank you very much, without a new and very bossy paramedic. Then her little brother gets caught up in some trouble in town and things began to spiral downward. Worse, Peter is beginning to fall for this woman!
Both Peter and Ronnie have some important lessons to learn as they navigate their way through these barriers in the town. Long held family traditions threaten Peter’s happiness and Ronnie feels certain she and Tiago should find a life elsewhere.
Michelle Sass Aleckson has done a bang up job with this one, the third in a six book series set in Deep Haven. Well written with a cast of great characters and set in a town I personally would love to visit and stay a while, it’s one for the keeper shelf. Well done!
My thanks to the publishers for a copy of this book. I was not expected to leave a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.
Embrace the enchantment of summer with these contemporary twists on timeless tales.
A New Beginning — Who is she? Acacia Martin raised by an impostor mom serving a prison sentence for her sins, or Jasmine Callahan abducted at birth from a family she’s yet to meet? Luckily, she has Drake to help her untangle the mess that is her life. Will he ensnare her he art in the process?
An Ever After Summer — The employees of In a Bind are terrified of Jean-Luc Thibodeaux, so Bellamy Larson hops on a plane to France to deal with the beastly client. Yet once she arrives, she’s convinced he merely needs a friend. Then her heart begins to want ever after, not just one summer.
Gwen and the Three Dates — Life isn’t a romantic movie, but Gwen Lochs is determined to find her leading man. When she joins a cheesy dating site, Gwen agrees to just three dates. Can Ben Smith watch his best friend and soulmate find someone else? A romantic comedy about searching for that just-right love.
Unkissable — Reality diva Charlotte Lavigne’s on-camera meltdown reminds former teen-TV prince Jaime Reyes exactly why he left Hollywood ten years ago. A chance encounter leads to a bargain that transforms them both. When it’s time to face her past, will their rediscovered love be strong enough to build a future together?
Let these four sweet contemporary Christian romances take you away this summer.
About Teresa Tysinger
Teresa Tysinger is an author of Southern Contemporary Romance inspired by grace. She writes on the fringes of being a wife, mom, and full-time communications and public relations professional. She loves coffee, traveling, and prides herself in knowing and loving almost every genre of music. Born in Hawaii, raised in Florida, and educated in North Carolina, she now resides in Texas with her husband, daughter, and dog. Teresa is a proud member of American Christian Fiction Writers
About Jaycee Weaver
Jaycee Weaver lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her amazing husband, three daughters, two crazy shih-tzus, and a dwarf rabbit. When she’s not writing, she’s probably in pursuit of her 90 million other hobbies or shuttling the kids around. Jaycee loves to read multiple genres, drink too much coffee, sing, take landscape and floral photos, sew, cook, bake, and craft nearly anything. She considers herself a recovering perfectionist and occasional hot mess. She does her best to live her faith in action, being open, honest, and real; letting God be Lord over the good, the bad, and the ugly even when it’s hard
My Rating: 4 Stars!
I loved fairy tales as a child. Still do. I have been looking forward to this collection because I have read the last collections by these authors. I was not disappointed! This collection, I believe, is my favorite.
Andrea Boyd does a retelling of Rapunzel, which was one of my favorite fairy tales. I love how she turned this one around, about the girl whose whole life was sheltered by her mother. Totally cool.
Toni Shiloh does a great job with another of my favorites, Beauty and the Beast. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, too! It was done well indeed.
Teresa Tysinger tackles Goldilocks and the Three Bears with a captivating and delightful story. I loved it!
Jaycee Weaver does a redo of The Frog Prince in a bang up way.
I read this book in a day, it was so good! I can highly recommend this collection. My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review and received no compensation. The opinion in this review is entirely my own.
Widow Danielle Collins runs into her ex, Reece Bradley, just in time—right after she and her daughter are abducted from their campsite. Only the former navy SEAL can save them from a mystery enemy who shot her brother. Now as they run for their lives, Danielle must figure out why they’re being hunted…and how to tell Reece the little girl he’s protecting is his daughter.
From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.
Mount Shasta Secrets
My Rating: 4 Stars!
When I first saw the cover of this book, I was intrigued. It looked so exciting! So, now that I’ve read it, here’s what I can say: if you want pulse pounding, no let up suspense, this is the book for you. Elizabeth Goddard takes her readers on a thrilling ride that is sure to totally appeal to inspirational suspense fans. I loved the plot, which was so cool, the characters and the setting. Recommended.
My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. I was not expected to leave a positive review and the opinion here is entirely my own.
Temporarily working in the cold case division was supposed to mean less danger for state trooper Trey Jackson and his injured K-9 partner, Magnum—until they thwart an abduction. Now he must protect profiler Justine Stark, even as she blames him for her friend’s death ten years ago. Can he right past wrongs by finally solving the murder…and making sure Justine lives to find closure?
From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.
Hello Sharee! I am delighted to have you today and it’s so kind of you to take the time to join us and answer a few questions. I am a huge fan of suspense and your books are just right up my alley.
How did your writing journey begin?
I’ve always loved writing and as a kid, my favorite “toy” was an antique typewriter. It wasn’t until my youngest daughter was born that I discovered the desire to write stories. I first thought I’d focus on devotionals, but the journey took me a whole different direction and a decade later, I’m writing romantic suspense and loving every minute of it.
What does a writing day look like for you?
I am a creature of habit, so every day starts with an early morning workout with my husband and our German Shepherd. Coffee and time with Jesus are a must before I settle into my office. On days where I’m writing a new story, I start from notes I made the day before. If I’m plotting, I may start out reading research materials or brainstorming with my critique partners.
Do you have a certain area dedicated for your writing?
I do! I have a basement office without windows which is a positive and a negative. I’m easily distracted so not having windows helps me stay focused, but I do miss watching the birds and rabbits in the yard. However, I can close the door and pretend the laundry isn’t taunting me, too. So that’s helpful.
4. How big a part does prayer play in your writing?
Praying is a non-negotiable absolute MUST HAVE. I pray before I start writing in the morning and throughout the day. I cannot be creative without the Lord.
How do you come up with ideas for books?
Ideas come from all over the place. Sometimes it’s a true crime TV show, or an article…books, magazines, sometimes even just a location or building will spark an idea. Usually, it happens when I least expect it to.
Do you read the same genre you write?
I have always been an avid reader. I do read a lot of romantic suspense, but crime fiction is my favorite genre. I also enjoy historical and woman’s fiction.
7. I loved the dog Magnum in this story so much! I know you have a dog, too. Tell us about him and if possible, give us a picture of him.
Magnum was a blast to write, and I had to remind myself he isn’t real. He’s so fun! Our dog did inspire Magnum’s characteristics.
I could talk for hours about my sweet boy, Niko. He’s an eight year old full bred German Shepherd who is a huge part of our family—no pun intended at 100 lbs.—with an equally large personality. He is brilliantly smart, so training him was almost too easy. He never counter-surfs, doesn’t get into the trash, and has never chewed up anything in the house. He’s super laid back and easy going except for his daily walks. So regardless of the weather, my husband and I are out in the elements to walk Niko. If I’m late getting out of bed in the morning, he lovingly slams against the side of the bed and sticks a cold nose in my face to wake me.
He kind of thinks he owns the neighborhood too.
On the rare occasions when we can’t walk, he shows his frustration by throwing himself down in a temper tantrum and gives an exasperated sigh like the character Lilo in Disney’s Lilo and Stitch. It cracks me up.
He loves his rubber ball but refuses to give it back when you throw it. When we take our walks, he carries the ball like a giant pacifier. And a secret about Niko…he’s afraid of the dark. Shhh, don’t tell him I told you, he’d be so embarrassed. He will not go outside after the sun has gone down unless we accompany him with a flashlight to do his business. And Niko gives the best hugs. He is a great listener too and I spend most of my day talking to him about everything from life to story ideas.
8. I know your husband is in law enforcement. First of all, bravo to him! I pray for law enforcement daily. Do you use him to help you, such as answering questions about law enforcement? (If this is an okay question.)
Thank you for praying for law enforcement!! From our family I assure you those prayers are very appreciated. My husband is my real-life-hero both in the public life of his job and in our family. He always reads my books before I send them to my editor and he’s a wonderful resource, always willing to shoot holes in my plots to make the story stronger. He walks through my danger scenes to make sure they’re accurate. And his favorite response to any question I ask is, “it depends” which makes me crazy. LOL. He is my most valuable resources as a subject matter expert and prays through my books with me. And when it’s deadline time, he willingly takes over house duties to give me time to write. I could never have embraced the dream to write without his love and support.9. What do you want readers to take away from this book?
9. What do you hope readers take away from this book?
I think books speak differently to readers, but I hope the biggest take away is that God’s love is immeasurable and unending. And God’s forgiveness is irrevocable. Justine’s painful past makes it hard for her to believe she can be loved, and Trey’s sense of duty and responsibility interfere with the reminder that God has a plan for each person. We can absolutely trust God with our past, present and future.
So, I loved ‘meeting’ Niko here. We had a German Shepherd Dog named Samson many years ago and they are the best breed! Sharee has agreed to share a photo of Niko. I love him!
‘Would working Kayla’s case expose everything Justine had spent her adult life escaping?’
I only recently discovered this author’s work and I am now a huge fan. She certainly knows how to hit the ground running with the suspense and continue to ratchet it up throughout the book. Reading this one, I just kept casting about in my mind trying to figure out who the culprit was. That, dear reader, is the mark of a good suspense author. You can’t figure it out until they decide to let you figure it out.
‘Three days to solve a ten-year-old murder. Next they’d want him to explain the Bermuda Triangle.’
Stover populates this book with great characters, the two main ones especially great. We do see a few old friends from an earlier book, which was so nice. Even the bad guys are really good bad guys. Now good, mind you, but good bad guy characters. And the dog Magnum was a definite hero in this story. I loved him! Well done!
My thanks to Love Inspired Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not expected to leave a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.
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Carolyn Miller begins a new series with Dusk’s Darkest Shores, and if this book is any indication, the series will be wonderful.
Mary Bloomfield is twenty nine in 1811 England, and considered a spinster in that era. She has resigned herself to that fate and is content with her life, helping her physician father with caring for those in the village. When wounded war hero Adam Edgerton, with whom her older brother was friends, returns home from the war, he is depressed to be confronted with his disease. Mary resolves to offer support and care to Adam as best she can, for that is her nature. After all, his dreams have been dashed and she wants to show God’s love to everyone she comes in contact with.
‘Why had God allowed this to happen? He could have intervened at the last and performed a miracle to demonstrate His awesome power. Yet He hadn’t. It was as if He didn’t care. That did not acord with what she knew of God.’
As Miller takes the reader along on this most precious journey, we are an audience to Adam and Mary’s hearts being opened to a life neither of them had ever dreamed of. Her description of t he heart’s struggle with pain, real life issues and the sovereignty of God are so accurately portrayed and stunningly poignant. One word comes to mind about this novel: exquisite. For it is indeed exquisite. This is one for the keeper shelf, folks, and one I’m happy to have there. Well done! I loved it so very much.
My thanks to Kregel Publications for a copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. The thoughts here are entirely and expressly my own.
Finally exonerated after fifteen years in prison, Kinsley Garrett’s determined to find her father’s true killer—even if it makes her a target. Staying alive means relying on police chief Marcus Bayne’s protection, but she won’t trust him…or anyone. Not after the way everyone turned on her following her arrest. But as Marcus risks everything to shield her, can Kinsley keep him from burrowing into her heart?
New York Times Bestselling Author Shirlee McCoy
From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.
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.
‘God’s plan was always best…she’d already been through a lot. Did God really think she needed to go through more?’
I think my favorite genre to read is probably suspense but I truly love many genres. Shirlee McCoy’s books have been some favorites for a few years now. This one had such a good plot and very real characters. I finished in under a day. Captivating from start to finish. I recommend this one.
My thanks to Love Inspired for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not compensated and the opinion in this review is entirely my own.
Their love survived his accident, but can it survive the long, hard road to recovery?
Tyler Murphy had his life all planned out: finish college, go back to Sugar Pine as his dad’s able-bodied business partner, and most importantly, marry Rebecca Colson. But a fall from a roof leaves him less than able-bodied, and the pain he suffers as a result goes beyond the physical. Wrestling with his new disability seems manageable only by way of the pharmacy. Which is fine…until the refills run out and he’s denied a new prescription.
Rebecca Colson can’t wait for the day she’ll finally become Mrs. Rebecca Murphy. Tyler’s accident and resulting amputation are traumatic hurdles on the road to marital bliss but nothing they can’t overcome together—until Rebecca stumbles onto Tyler’s secret and approaches his family for help. Suddenly, the love of her life turns cold. In his eyes, her betrayal is unforgivable, and just like that, their hopes and dreams disintegrate.
Becca finds herself facing a future she doesn’t recognize—one where each step forward is a step away from the future she’d planned with Tyler. When a recovered Tyler finally seeks her out, he’s not sure he deserves another chance with her—not after the way he broke her heart. Becca is equally uncertain that Tyler has room in his new, very different life, for her. Is it too late to restore their relationship, or will their stubborn love forge a new path for a future together?
Stubborn Love is book 5 in the Murphy Brothers Stories; Christian novels full of romance and redemption. Don’t miss this family of seven brothers as they navigate through life, faith, and love.
Murphy Brothers Stories:
Always You In Spite of Ourselves Everything Behind Us This Life
‘Their love might not be enough against the unidentified monster lurking in the shadows. The thought shook her to the core and made her want to weep.’
Jennifer Rodewald brings us the fifth novel in her Murphy Brothers series. I love this family. True to the core, every single one of them. But they have had to traverse some mighty difficult terrain in their lives. Here is Tyler’s story. Tyler had his life down to a tee: he’d finish college, go back home to work with his dad in Murphy Builds, their construction business. He’d marry Becca and they’d build a life together. Then a fall from a roof destroys his plans. He now struggles with a horrible disability as well as a pain medication addiction. Then his life spirals out of control in ways he never could have thought would happen.
‘Only God, Becca. Only God. Give this to Him. He is an expert at turning ugly into beautiful.’
Becca looked forward eagerly to the day she became Tyler Murphy’s wife. But she doesn’t even feel she knows him anymore. Becca makes a decision that she hopes will help Tyler, but it only drives her and him further away from each other. Now she is faced with making a life that she never wanted to happen.
Rodewald is incredibly adept at creating characters and stories that burrow down deep into the reader’s heart. These characters go through so much, and sometimes I find myself wishing I could pray for them! But God is a master at redemption and pulling healing through even the most desperate of situations. This series is incredibly deep and powerful and a testament to that redemption and grace that only comes from God. I am enjoying it so very much and I can highly recommend it. And there are two brothers left, so I get to enjoy even more. Sit back and watch Rodewald work and come away with a heart full.
My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. I was not expected to leave a positive review and the opinion here is completely my own.