Review: ‘Honor in the Mountain Refuge’ (Call of the Rockies series book 6) by Misty Beller

About The Book
This epic journey is his last chance to start a new life.
After being cast out of his Blackfoot village for his kindness to the Nez Perce captives, Chogan travels west in search of meaning for his life. Meaning that doesn’t require killing or torturing innocent people. Though the lovely face of Telípe, a Nez Perce woman, is imprinted on his heart, he avoids her village.  She deserves a happy life with her husband and coming child.
With her husband dead and the birth of her babe imminent, Telípe’s reality looks nothing like she planned. She’s been forced to return to the village where she grew up and the chaos of her family’s lodge—with all her boisterous younger brothers. She desperately desires to start a new life for herself and the babe growing within her, but she can’t seem to climb above the mire of her past. When she stumbles into the brave who’d shown her kindness during her captivity, something ignites within her—a new hope.
Chogan’s determination to stay and help Telípe is thwarted by her people’s fear and hatred for his tribe—especially since he was among last winter’s kidnappers. It doesn’t matter that he did everything he could to keep her and her unborn child safe and comfortable during that awful event. But as a new predator threatens the safety of the village, Chogan determines to take down the massive wildcat that’s already injured several children—including one of Telípe’s younger brothers. When the danger escalates, Chogan is faced with an impossible choice. No matter which option he chooses, his life will never be the same—nor that of the woman he’s come to love.
From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.
About Misty M. Beller
Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. For a limited time, you can get one of her bestselling novels FREE here:
Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.
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5 Stars!

I absolutely love this series from Misty Beller! I have always loved history, even as a child, and especially enjoyed the stories of Native Americans, because one of my distant ancestors was Cherokee. This series is so satisfying to read and full of history and a very accurate portrayal of the ways of life of the Native Americans and the settlers who lived in peace with them.

Beller creates these stories so well and populates them with nearly real characters and deftly weaves the precious message of Christ into each one. I was captivated throughout. Well done!

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

Publisher: Misty M. Beller Books, Inc.
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
Genre: Historical Inspirational
Length: 190 Pages
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Review: ‘Christmas Vendetta’ by Valerie Hansen

From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Valerie Hansen

Is she a mistaken target…

or next on an enemy’s hit list?

Sandy Lynn Forrester’s Christmas holiday takes a terrifying turn when someone breaks into her home and attacks her roommate…thinking it’s her. But no one believes that an imprisoned man from Sandy Lynn’s past is behind the attacks—except for her high school heartbreak, ex-cop Clay Danforth. Can she trust Clay to keep her safe in the Ozark wilderness long enough to stop a ruthless criminal’s vengeance?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

About Valerie Hansen

USA TODAY bestselling author!

By now you have probably discovered that there are two – or three – of me. Well, not really. I’m the Valerie Hansen who writes Christian Romance, Suspense and Historical fiction. This is my maiden name and much easier to spell and remember than my married name.

I’ve been published since the 1980s and have over 70 books to my credit, most of which were written as Valerie Hansen. You can visit my website to read excerpts and will find virtually all of my books still available through MANY ARE ON KINDLE – INCLUDING TWO I HAVE REISSUED ON MY OWN! WAGES OF SIN is longer and grittier than my usual Love Inspired Historical titles. Good thing it’s on Kindle or you might have trouble holding up all the pages. 🙂 DANGEROUS DEVOTION is a romantic suspense in the style my readers are all so familiar with.

I’m thrilled that having my work on Kindle allows so many of my loyal readers to continue to find my books even after they’re out of print and, happily, my publisher has recently begun rereleasing previous titles, some in combination with other authors. You’ll get more than one book to enjoy in the shared cover!

I don’t have a blog right now but I am active on Facebook and participate as a guest on others such as CraftieLadiesofRomance.blogspot. Right now I’m working to complete a multiple book contract plus more K-9 series books which are always great fun.

3.5 stars

If you enjoy inspirational suspense, here is one read you will enjoy. Being targeted and having to run for your life is a super scary thing. Pick up this book and see how this heroine handles it. Recommended.

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
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Review: ‘Farmhouse Retreat: Life Giving Inspiration From a Rustic Countryside’ by Terri Kraus

About The Book

Near the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, tucked deep in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest, sits a beautiful mountainside farm. Established in the 1940’s, this breathtaking getaway serves as the backdrop for Farmhouse Retreat, a collection of meaningful reflections that will help you escape life’s stresses and find rest and peace in the arms of God. Stunning imagery and DIY articles about canning, baking bread, foraging for décor, and other country pleasures will also let you experience the charm and daily workings of a real-life farm. Farmhouse Retreat invites you to surround yourself with the majesty of God’s creation as you wrap yourself in the wonderful, eternal truths of Scripture. What are you waiting for? It’s time to sit back, put up your feet, and breathe some fresh mountain air.

About Terri Kraus
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After eleven co-authored books with husband, Jim, Terri Kraus has added her award-winning interior designer’s eye to her world of fiction. She comes to the Project Restoration series naturally, having survived the remodel, renovation, and restoration of three separate personal residences, along with those of her clients. A recent empty nester, she makes her home in Wheaton, Illinois, USA, with her husband, son, Elliot, miniature schnauzer, Sadie, and Siberian cat, Petey.
Along with being a practicing designer, Terri taught interior design at the college level for 10 years, and was a director of women’s ministries for 6 years. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the South Pacific and the Caribbean, and loves exploring Chicago with her family. Her monthly book club is in its 21styear. She enjoys music, photography and all things Italian and British. Terri is President of the Redbud Writers Guild.
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4 Stars!

This little offering is incredibly delightful. The author bases her insights and devotions on a stay on a friend’s farm in the NC mountains. I live not far from these mountains and, being a lover of mountains, this was very appealing to me. Some of the things she describes in this book, such as egg gathering, cow milking, I gave actually done! However, she takes it a step further and brings wonderful spiritual insights into the equation. This was simply precious to read and one I will go back to in the future.

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

Publisher: Tyndale House
Publication Date: November 23, 2021
Length: 196 pages
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Review and Giveaway: ‘As Dawn Breaks’ by Kate Breslin

About The Book

Her daring bid for freedom could be her greatest undoing.

Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the arranged marriage being forced on her by her ruthless guardian and instead follow her own course. When the Chilwell factory explodes, killing hundreds of unidentified workers, Rose realizes the world believes she perished in the disaster. Seizing the chance to escape, she risks all and assumes a new identity, taking a supervisory position in Gretna, Scotland, as Miss Tilly Lockhart.

RAF Captain Alex Baird is returning home to Gretna on a secret mission to uncover the saboteur suspected in the Chilwell explosion, as Gretna’s factory is likely next. Fearing for his family’s safety, he’s also haunted by guilt after failing to protect his brother. Alex is surprised to discover a young woman, Miss Lockhart, renting his boyhood room, but the two eventually bond over their mutual affection for his family–until Alex receives orders to surveil her.

Rose squirms beneath Alex’s scrutiny while she struggles to gain her workers’ respect. But when her deception turns to danger, she and Alex must find a way to put their painful pasts behind them and together try to safeguard the future.
“With her trademark attention to historical detail, Kate Breslin sweeps readers to a Great War home front full of intrigue, suspense, danger, and courage.”–JOCELYN GREEN, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City
“Readers will be captivated by this exquisite blend of historical intrigue and heartfelt romance from one of the finest voices in inspirational fiction.”–AMANDA BARRATT, author of My Dearest Dietrich and The White Rose Resists

About Kate Breslin
Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing’s 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her debut novel, For Such A Time, was shortlisted for both the Christy and RITA awards and received the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2015 Carol Award for Debut Novel. Kate’s fourth novel, Far Side of the Sea, released March, 2019. When she’s not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington’s beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas. Please visit her at
‘Lord, surely you haven’t brought me this far just to fail….’

1918 England during the Great War finds Rosalind Graham working in a munitions factory and taking on a new identity when her friend dies in the factory’s explosion. Rose sees a way out of a forced marriage to a despicable man and reluctantly decides to become her friend who died. She makes her way to Scotland to work in another factory, only to find herself embroiled in deadly espionage.

Breslin’s attention to detail and impeccable research make this story. I have always loved history and she brings it to life here in this moment, all the while addition fictional elements that make it even better. Well done!

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

Giveaway :
I am giving away a print copy of the book to one person. Due to shipping costs, giveaway is only open to those in the contiguous USA.

To enter: Please comment on this blog post and leave your FULL name with your email in a non-spammy formula. (example: susan (at) yahoo (Dot) come.
I will draw a name in 5 days and send you an email if you are the winner. You will have 48 hours to contact me back. If not, I will draw another name.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: November 2, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Historical
Length: 398 pages
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Review: ‘Lights Out’ ( The SNAP Agency Book 1) by Natalie Walters

About The Book
CIA analyst Brynn Taylor developed a new program to combat terrorism, and she invited members of foreign intelligence agencies to America to foster cooperation between countries. Now one of them, Egyptian spy Remon Riad, is missing.

Jack Hudson has been working for the Strategic Neutralization and Protection Agency (SNAP) for almost nine years and takes the lead in hunting down the missing spy. But he isn’t at all pleased to find out Brynn is involved. It’s hard to trust a woman who’s already betrayed you.

Every lead they follow draws them dangerously deeper into an international plot. Kidnapping, murder, explosions, poisoning–the terrorists will do anything to accomplish their goal of causing a digital blackout that will blind a strategic US military communications center and throw the world into chaos.

Can Brynn surrender control to a man who doesn’t trust her? And can Jack ever get over what she did to him? The fate of the world–and their hearts–hangs in the balance.

About Natalie Walters
My world revolves around GIJOE and our three adult (or almost adult) children who keep my life anything but predictable. Our boots hit the ground wherever the Army sends us but home is when we’re all together no matter the zipcode. My passion is writing stories where adventure meets love and share my belief that life rooted in purpose is a story worth telling.
5 Stars!

‘Choose fear or choose faith, but only one choice will bring peace.’

When I read Natalie Walters’ first book, I was hooked on her writing. She has released three books prior to this one and they’ve all been really good. This time, Walters totally ups her game. Big time.

Fighting terrorism on an international level, Brynn Taylor, a CIA analyst, and Jack Hudson, from the SNAP agency, must race against time to prevent what will play out as a total catastrophe. Then there is the issue of trust, or non-trust, they have with each other. Can they set that aside and work together for the common good?

Pulse-pounding excitement and action-packed, this one is a definite for the keeper shelf. And the secondary characters are great! Well done!

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

Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: November 2, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Length: 320 pages
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Review: ‘Lost In Darkness’ by Michelle Griep

About The Book
Even if there be monsters, there is none so fierce as that which resides in man’s own heart.
Enchanting Regency-Era Gothic Romance Intertwined with Inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein  
Travel writer Amelia Balfour’s dream of touring Egypt is halted when she receives news of a revolutionary new surgery for her grotesquely disfigured brother. This could change everything, and it does. . .in the worst possible way.
Surgeon Graham Lambert has suspicions about the doctor he’s gone into practice with, but he can’t stop him from operating on Amelia’s brother. Will he be too late to prevent the man’s death? Or to reveal his true feelings for Amelia before she sails to Cairo?

About Michelle Griep

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Just when her heart couldn’t possibly break more, another chip fell away.’

Michelle Griep is a great favorite of mine and this book only further cemented my opinion of her work. Here she presents her readers with a great story line. As usual, her research is impeccable and I love that aspect. I thoroughly enjoy looking into the history behind a book and she provides this very well.

Griep has crated characters that totally go down deep in my heart. And one I wanted to slap. Sorry, but that’s how I felt. Only further proof that she creates great characters, if she imagines up a really nasty one so hateful a reader wants to pop him. Just my opinion.

The story was of such talent that I could barely tear myself away at times. Absolutely and completely fascinating and one I won’t soon forget. There was great joy, great sadness and a thunderously perfect spiritual thread here, one that will ring loudly in my heart. Bravo!

My thanks to Barbour Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not required to leave a review and the opinion here is my own.

Publisher: Barbour
Publication Date: November 1, 2021
Length: 323 pages
Genre: Inspirational
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