Review: ‘To Tame A Cowboy'(Colorado Cowboys #3) by Jody Hedlund

They share a passion to heal what is broken, but it’s their own hearts that need to be made whole.

Brody McQuaid is a broken man, and he knows it. While his body survived the war, his soul did not. Besides loving his little niece, his only sense of purpose comes from saving the wild horses that roam South Park. Ranchers in the area have taken to killing the horses, which are competing with their cattle to feed on the open grass.

Savannah Marshall is a veterinarian on her family’s Colorado ranch. She longs to keep her father happy following the tragic death of her older brother, including marrying a man of his choosing. But days before her wedding, she gets cold feet and disappears to South Park. As she learns more about the destruction of the horses, she joins Brody in an attempt to save the wild creatures. But when Savannah’s family and the resentments of the area cattlemen catch up with them both, Brody and Savannah will have to tame their fears if they’ve any hope to let love run free.

About Jody Hedlund
Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over forty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards. She writes clean, sweet romances with plenty of sizzle. Find out more at

Ensnared (Coming June, 2022)
Enriched (Coming July, 2022)
Enflamed (TBD)
Entrusted (TBD)
Always: Prequel Novella
The Vow: Prequel Novella
An Uncertain Choice
A Daring Sacrifice
For Love & Honor
A Loyal Heart
A Worthy Rebel
Come Back to Me
Never Leave Me
A Cowboy for Keeps
The Heart of a Cowboy
To Tame a Cowboy (Coming May, 2022)
Falling for the Cowgirl (Coming October, 2022)
Book 5 (Coming February, 2023)
A Reluctant Bride
The Runaway Bride
A Bride of Convenience
Almost a Bride
An Awakened Heart: A Novella
With You Always
Together Forever
Searching for You
Out of the Storm: A Novella
Love Unexpected
Hearts Made Whole
Undaunted Hope
Forever Safe
Never Forget
The Preacher’s Bride
The Doctor’s Lady
Rebellious Heart
Unending Devotion
A Noble Groom
Captured by Love
Luther and Katharina
Newton & Polly

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Wounds might shape us, but they can’t determine who we are.’

I have followed Jody Hedlund’s books since she wrote her first one. I’ve never missed one and I never intend to. I love her books, whichever genre she writes in, and she is accomplished in all. This series started out so good and I was a fan. But this book? It’s the best yet in this series. I was drawn in at the very start. Hedlund has crafted a hero that is damaged from his time in the Civil War and a horrific prison during that conflict. He keeps to himself and will let no one in. I hurt for him as he felt such agony of emotional pain. I loved how the author handled this and how God moves in His most wonderful way for His children.

This one is for the keeper shelf for sure. I know I will treasure it. Recommended very much.

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

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
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Review: ‘Nerves of Steele’ (Steele Guardians, book 2) by Susan Sleeman

About The Book
One mysterious break-in…
As a middle child, Peyton Steele has always needed to find a way to standout. But coming to the attention of the head of security for her client’s jewelry store when millions of dollars in jewels go missing is not the way to do it. She thinks the state-of-the-art cameras she’d recently had installed will make it easy to find the thief, but she’s stunned when the video doesn’t show the theft taking place.
Propels her into a level of danger she’s never known.
The lack of video evidence is not acceptable to store security manager and former detective, Grant Logan. He’s given up his law enforcement career to spend more time with his daughter, and he’s up for a promotion as security manager for the entire jewelry chain. To gain the job that will give his young daughter everything he wants for her, he has to prove his abilities by finding the thief at all costs. He’ll put everything on the line to gain this new job, but how far will he go? Despite his growing interest in Peyton, will he risk both of their lives to succeed?
About Susan Sleeman
SUSAN SLEEMAN is the bestselling author of over fifty romantic suspense and mystery novels with more than one million books sold. She writes romantic suspense novels that are clean with inspiring messages of faith. Readers love her series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action. She graduated from the FBI and local police citizen academies, so her research is spot-on and her characters are real.
In addition to writing, Susan also hosts She has lived in nine states but now calls Oregon home. Her husband is a retired church music director, and they have two beautiful daughters, two special sons-in-law, and two amazing grandsons.
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My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Five minutes. Five minutes stood between Peyton and sanity, and she didn’t know if she would make it.’

Susan Sleeman is back with book two in her Steele Guardians series and she does not disappoint. She never disappoints, actually, and that’s why she is a go-to author for suspense in my book, pun intended. A million dollar heist of black diamonds is the back drop for this story that features Peyton Steele. And there are only a few suspects, but none who seem likely.

Sleeman never fails to ratchet up the suspense in her novels while at the same time evoking a deep spiritual response in her characters. She also adds in a surprising twist that I did not see coming. She is a huge favorite for this reader.

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. The opinion in this review is entirely my own.

Publication Date: May 1, 2022
Publisher: Edge Of Your Seat Books
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Review: ‘Claiming Her Legacy’ by Linda Goodnight

About The Book
With her family’s legacy on the line, a woman with everything to lose must rely on a man hiding from his past…

Oklahoma, 1890

Frontier women don’t ride off alone to track an outlaw—not even women as capable as tomboy spinster Willa Malone. But Willa desperately needs the bounty money offered for her father’s killer if she’s to keep their homestead and take care of her sisters. That means she needs an expert tracker’s help. Gideon Hartley has the skill, but the handsome trail guide also has a troubling secret…

Gideon has spent years trying to numb his pain with whiskey. Little by little, their quest—and Willa’s belief in him—is restoring the sense of purpose he thought he’d lost. Journeying into the heart of danger, they’ll have to face down the past together if they hope to protect their future…

“Linda Goodnight is a writer who pulls readers into her stories with characters who come off the pages with life.”
About Linda Goodnight
NY Times and USA Bestseller, Linda Goodnight writes novels to stir the soul as well as to entertain. Her stories of hope through faith in Jesus have won the RITA, the Carol, the Reviewer’s Choice, and other industry awards. A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. Connect with Linda on Facebook, Twitter, or at
My Rating: 5 Stars
This book was so very good! I am always so happy when a book starts off well, with believable characters and plots. Linda Goodnight has a definite winner here in my book. I’m very happy that Love Inspired decided to put out a trade-length line.

Goodnight has fashioned these characters so that I felt as if I could almost see inside their hearts and feel their emotions. Her way of describing their feelings and emotions was amazing and I felt as if I had known them for years. Gideon was a really well done male character; his hurts, his anger, his addiction. I don’t think he could have been done better at all. And Willa, who is convinced she is never to be loved and cherished and thinks of herself and plain and simple; it was such fun watching her be developed. This one is great, folks. Full and rich seems a paltry way to describe it, but that’s exactly what it was. I kid you not.

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

Publisher: Love Inspired Trade
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
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Review: ‘Earning Her Trust’ (K-9 Companions) by Brenda Minton

About The Book
With a little help, she can face any challenge…

How can she move on

when the past is knocking?

Just when Emery Guthrie thinks she’s put her childhood trauma behind her with the help of her beloved service dog, Beau Wilde returns to town. She can’t believe her high school bully now has guardianship of two orphaned children. But Beau has changed. And with her help, he’s determined to prove he can be a father…but can he convince Emery to become part of their family?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.


Book 1: Their Unbreakable Bond by Deb Kastner
Book 2: Finding Her Way Back by Lisa Carter
Book 3: The Veteran’s Vow by Jill Lynn
Book 4: Her Easter Prayer by Lee Tobin McClain
Book 5: Earning Her Trust by Brenda Minton
Book 6: Guarding His Secret by Jill Kemerer
Book 7: An Unlikely Alliance by Toni Shiloh
Book 8: The Cowboy’s Journey Home by Linda Goodnight
About Brenda Minton
Brenda Minton lives in the Ozarks with her husband, three children and a few too many pets. She’s a pastor’s wife as well as children’s ministry worker.
Her hobbies include sitting on the porch drinking coffee and going out to eat with friends.
If you enjoy her Love Inspired Cooper Creek series, you can find Brenda most days drinking coffee and hanging out on facebook.!/COOPERCREEK?fref=ts
My Rating: 5 Stars!

I loved the first book I ever read by Brenda Minton and I have not changed my opinion one bit. There is such heart in her books! The characters seem real and the plots are totally believable.

This book deals with some hard stuff in life. Stuff that sometimes tends to stick with a person and cause pain years after it happened. Minton handles this admirably and her voice here is so heartwarming. An incredibly moving story. One I won’t soon forget. I had tears in several places. This was a seriously good book! One for the keeper shelf for sure.

My thanks to Love Inspired for providing me with a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. The opinion in this review is expressly my own.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
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Review: ‘A Need To Protect’ (A Widow’s Peak Creek Book, # 4) by Susanne Dietze

About The Book
Their peaceful life is about to be shaken up

Protecting them is her priority

Is there room for love?

A safe, quiet life—that’s what shepherdess Clementine Simon wants for her niece and nephew. There’s nothing safe or quiet about globe-trotting cameraman Liam Murphy. It’s only right that life pulled them in separate directions. But when he returns—temporarily—old feelings resurface. Can she take the biggest risk of all…falling in love?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.


Book 1: A Future for His Twins
Book 2: Seeking Sanctuary
Book 3: A Small-Town Christmas Challenge
Book 4: A Need to Protect
Book 5: The Secret Between Them

About Susanne Dietze
Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s an award-winning, RWA RITA®-nominated author who’s seen her work on the ECPA, Amazon, and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama. To learn more, visit her website,, and sign up for her newsletter:
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Susanne Dietze takes her readers back to the sweet and small town of Widow’s Peak Creek with this story. Clementine has become the guardians of her niece and nephew after their parents are killed in a tragic accident. She has been fearful ever since. When her high school sweetheart comes to town to recover from surgery and stays with his grandmother, Clementine is going to have to come to terms with several things.

This is a wonderful little town and I’ve grown quite fond of its inhabitants. I hope Deitze has more to tell of these folks. This one is precious with two lovely children and a thread spiritually that all believers can identify with. Recommended.

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. The review is my own opinion.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
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Review: ‘Death Valley Hideout’ (Desert Justice, # 4) by Dana Mentink

About The Book
Running from a murderer

with only the desert as refuge…

Placed in WITSEC while his brother testifies against a terrifying criminal, Tony Ortega must guard his young niece and nephew from the hit man hunting for them. Death Valley local Willow Duke’s hideout might just be the difference between the little family’s life or death. When bullets start flying, can they thwart a killer long enough to survive and become a family for real?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Desert Justice

Book 1: Framed in Death Valley
Book 2: Missing in the Desert
Book 3: Death Valley Double Cross
Book 4: Death Valley Hideout
About Dana Mentink
Dana Mentink is a USA TODAY and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author. She’s written more than forty mystery and suspense novels for Love Inspired Suspense, Harvest House, and Poisoned Pen Press. She is honored to have received two ACFW Carol Awards, a Holt Medallion Award, and a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Please visit her on the web at to sign up for her newsletter, or find her on Twitter, Facebook and Bookbub.
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Boy, does Dana Mentink ever hit the ground running in this fourth book of her Desert Justice series! The reader barely has time to catch her breath between the suspense. Well done!

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
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Review, Author Interview and Giveaway: ‘A Perilous Perspective’ (A Lady Darby Mystery) by Anna Lee Huber

About The Book
An all-new historical mystery in this USA Today bestselling series featuring beloved inquiry agents Lady Kiera Darby and her dashing husband, Sebastian Gage.

Argyll, Scotland. July 1832. After a trying few months in Edinburgh, Kiera and her husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, are eager to escape to the Highlands with their three-month-old child. Kiera is overjoyed for her cousin Rye and her detractor-turned-friend Charlotte who are being wed in a private ceremony at the estate of Rye’s great-uncle, the Marquess of Barbreck, in what seems to be the perfect wedding party.
But when Kiera is invited to peruse Barbreck’s extensive art collection, she is disturbed to discover that one of his most priceless paintings seems to be a forgery. The marquess’s furious reaction when she dares to mention it leaves her shaken and the entire house shocked. For it turns out that this is not the first time the word forgery has been uttered in connection with the Barbreck household.
Matters turn more ominous when a maid from a neighboring estate is found murdered  where the forged painting hangs. Is her death connected to the forgeries, perhaps a grisly warning of what awaits those who dare to probe deeper? With unknown entities aligned against them, Kiera and Gage are forced to confront the fact that they may have underestimated their opponent. For they are swiftly made to realize that Charlotte’s and Rye’s future happiness is not the only issue at stake, and this stealthy game of cat and mouse could prove to have deadly consequences.
About Anna Lee Huber
Anna Lee Huber is the USA Today bestselling & Daphne award-winning author of the Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, the Gothic Myths series, and the anthology The Deadly Hours. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit her online at
My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘It was high time we compared notes and formed a plan of attack.’

The cover of the very First Lady Darby Mystery convinced me this was a book I would like. I was wrong. I loved it! Set in the early 1800s in England and Scotland, this series features Lady Kiera Darby, who is a portrait painter and widow of a most horrid man. (And that description if him is me being nice.).

Kiera has great skill at not only painting, but sleuthing. She teams up with Sebastian Gage, an inquiry agent, later marries him, and together they work as inquiry agents, solving crimes. It’s a good thing, too, for it seems as if crime follows them.

Anna Lee Huber is remarkable in this series. Her skills at painting vivid descriptions, crafting wonderful characters, along with great plots and leading her reader along as she adds more clues each chapter is just downright awesome. I especially enjoy the way she layers her stories and how she shows us how Kiera’s mind works. These are told in first person, from Kiera’s perspective. She has written ten Lady Darby Mysteries and a novella so far and still manages to make each book powerfully interesting. And, as always, she lets us know in the last few paragraphs that we will be entertained very well indeed in the next offering.

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. The opinion in this review is my own.

And now, what we’ve all been waiting for: Anna Lee Huber has graciously consented to be a guest on my blog and answer a few questions for me. Also, she is giving away a physical copy of A Perilous Perspective to one lucky commenter. Sorry, but due to those pesky postage costs, the contest is open to only those in the contiguous United States only.
To get your name in the hat, please leave a comment on my blog post with your full name and email in a non-spammy formula. (example: Susan (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Thanks so much, Anna Lee, for being my guest. We are all anxious to hear your answers to my questions and thanks again for giving away a copy of your book.

  1. Were you a reader as a child?

Yes, I loved to read as a child. My mother read to us often, and then once I learned to read for myself, I started devouring every book in sight. We would make a trip to the library almost every week to check-out new books. When I got old enough, I would ride there by myself on my bike. One of my favorite Christmas presents I got every year was a gift card to a nearby bookstore.  

  • When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote my first “book” when I was in the 4th grade, and the idea of being a writer was always at the back of my mind as something I might like to do. But it sort of came second to my first love of music until about a year after college. I had graduated with BA in Music and was trying to pursue a career in Nashville while also trying to decide whether to go to graduate school or law school or do something else entirely since my music wasn’t paying the bills. It was then that I kind of rediscovered my love for fiction and started dabbling in writing again. Within a few months I realized it was what I wanted to do with my life and began pursuing it in earnest while working other jobs.

  • The Lady Darby mysteries are such a favorite of mine.  How did the idea for the books come to you?

Thank you! I had been trying to get published for about 5 years when the inspiration for the Lady Darby series came to me. Most of my previous manuscripts had been historical romances, but an element of mystery kept creeping into the plot. So, I decided to switch it up and try my hand at writing a historical mystery with romance as the subplot. However, I knew the idea’s success would hinge entirely on the heroine. There were already several wonderful historical mystery series where the heroine was charming and gregarious and good at getting people to confide in her. But I wanted my protagonist to be the exact opposite – awkward, uncertain, but still highly intelligent. I asked myself, what could a 19th century woman bring to the table in terms of investigative skills if she’s not good at gathering gossip and confessions? It was then that I decided to make her a portrait artist with a keen eye for observation and details, and I also decided she needed some knowledge of anatomy. Both skillsets would be highly rare for a woman of her time, so I had to craft a backstory to explain how and why she accrued that knowledge. That’s when Lady Darby truly came to life.

  • I love history and you include a lot of it in these books.  How do you research for a book?

It depends. Before I begin a new series, especially if it’s a time period I haven’t written in before, I do a lot of general research about the era, including everything from clothing to food to social customs to public events. I try to ground myself in the era. Then for each book I do additional research on the topics that the plot of that particular book will encompass. I’m also always reading for inspiration for future plots. My favorite sources are memoirs and journals, and my best tip for finding new resources is to check the bibliography at the back of books written on a similar topic. I’ve stumbled across primary resources that were absolutely critical to my books that way.

  • How long does it take from the germination of an idea to the book being published?

It varies. Sometimes years pass between inspiration and publication, particularly because I write my series with an eye toward my characters’ overall arcs. I usually have a general idea what a book will be about years before I begin writing it. But I don’t formulate a more detailed outline of what each book will be about until it’s time to write it. I currently write a book in about 4-6 months, so that’s usually the time period between detailed outline and submission to my editor. Then another 9 months to a year passes before it’s actually published. Traditional publishing is definitely a long game.

  • What does a writing day look like for you?

Typically, I rise at about 6:20am and get my 2nd grader ready for school and onto the school bus. So I’m usually seated in my office by 7:20 and after doing my devotional I get to work. I start by briefly checking email and social media to find out if there’s anything pressing I need to take care of. Then I consult my schedule for the day and dive in to whatever project I need to complete, whether it’s writing, editing, reviewing copyedits, working on promotional projects, or other administrative tasks. If it’s a writing day I aim for 2-3K words. My husband takes care of our preschooler in the morning and drops her off at school. (We do a lot of dividing and conquering in our household.) Though the 5yo usually pops in and interrupts me a few times throughout the morning. It’s difficult for her to resist. 😊 I work until it’s time to leave to pick her up around 2pm, and then the afternoon is spent on mom-duty, helping with homework, running the girls to dance class, etc. I try to save tasks like creating graphics in Canva or answering mundane emails for downtime during the afternoon when I’m in the carline waiting to pick them up or they’re watching a tv show. I always keep a list of to-dos that can be completed during snatched moments.

  • Is it hard to balance writing with family life?

Definitely. I find I have to be very intentional with the way I’m spending my time. When it’s time to work, I have to focus and get my writing done, not let myself be distracted by other things. And when it’s family time, I have to focus on my family and not whatever writing project I’m currently working on. It’s not always easy. There are often hiccups. One of my girls gets sick or school is canceled, and I have to supervise their e-Learning. Or on the flipside, an urgent email comes in I need to answer, or my editor needs a quick turn-around on some edits. Sometimes when I’m deep into writing a book it can be difficult to pull myself out of it. But for the most part I’m able to compartmentalize by reminding myself what my priority is at that moment. Regardless, the struggle is real. 😊

8.  You’ve written 10 Lady Darby books and a novella.  Do you have a favorite? 

I get asked this a lot, and honestly, it’s like trying to choose a favorite child! Utterly impossible. Though, there are books that are special to me for different reasons. The Anatomist’s Wife is obviously cherished because it was my first published book. Mortal Arts is special because for a number of reasons it was particularly difficult to write, so I’m proud I persevered, and it turned out as well as it did. I love the setting of A Brush of Shadows and getting to utilize it as I did. I feel like I could just start rambling off each book in the series and tell you what’s special about it, so I’ll make myself stop there. 😊

Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 19, 2022
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Review: ‘Mulberry Hollow’ by Denise Hunter

About The Book
Living life to the fullest always requires sacrifice.
Avery Robinson decided to be a physician after helplessly watching her mother lose a battle with a terrible disease. Now at risk of developing the same illness, Avery guards her heart from love. She’s driven to protect her loved ones as a workaholic doctor in the tiny mountain town of Riverbend Gap, North Carolina.
Contractor Wes Garrett is hiking the Appalachian trail, in memory of the man who died saving his life, when an illness racks his body. After an agonizing fifteen-mile hike to Avery’s clinic, he collapses on her doorstep. He recovers to find himself in debt again, this time to a beautiful doctor.
When he decides to help her renovate a rundown carriage house, the obstacles to their attraction sprout like weeds—starting with the woman waiting for Wes at the end of the trail. Will he be able to relinquish the debt he owes his best friend? And will Avery find the courage to risk everything for love?
The second book in Denise Hunter’s popular Riverbend Romance series explores what it might be like to live fearlessly and free.
“A poignant romance that’s perfect for fans of emotional love stories that capture your heart from the very first page. With her signature style, Denise Hunter whisks readers into a world where broken hearts are mended, lives are changed and love really does conquer all!” —Courtney Walsh, New York Times bestselling author

About Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of forty 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 chai lattes, hiking, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest and two beautiful granddaughters.

You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at

My Rating: 4 Stars!
I have long enjoyed the books by Denise Hunter and never miss one. This second book in her new series is the best! Filled with wonderful characters and a good plot, it is sure to please her many fans. This one centers on Avery’s story and it’s one that will tug at your heartstrings for sure. I enjoyed it so much.

My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion in this review is expressly my own.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: April 19, 2022
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Review: ‘What Matters Most’ by Courtney Walsh

About The Book
“Courtney Walsh’s books always capture my heart!” —Becky Wade, author of Let It Be Me

Emma Woodson is hoping the cobblestone streets of Nantucket and the charm of her late husband’s family cottage will be the fresh start she and her young son, CJ, need. Securing a dream job at an art gallery is one more step along the path to a new life . . . and away from a piece of her history she hopes will never be revealed. Falling in love with the kind and handsome guy she hires to clean out the rental apartment above the garage wasn’t part of the plan.

Jameson Shaw came to Nantucket for one reason: deliver his letter to Emma and never return. But when he sees an opportunity to help her, he takes a chance, desperate to atone for his past. He never planned to keep his connection to her husband a secret or to fall in love with her. After all, he knows that their new relationship might not survive the discovery of who he really is.
About Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh is a novelist, 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. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists. Her novel, Just Let Go, won the Carol Award in 2019 and Just One Kiss was a 2020 Christy Award Finalist.
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.
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My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘What might it feel like to lay down all her regrets and move forward?’

For years now, I’ve enjoyed Courtney Walsh’s books. They have always managed to capture my heart. Her ability to evoke such emotion is stunning. But this one. Ahh, this one was completely profound. Walsh has woven together two individuals who have been living with misplaced guilt for years. Neither thinks they deserve happiness.

Walsh plumbs the very depths of emotion in these two people in this story. Her very best work, in my opinion. Not to be missed and definitely one for the keeper shelf. Well done!

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

Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
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Review: ‘The Souls of Lost Lake’ by Jaime Jo Wright

About The Book
To save the innocent, they must face an insidious evil.

Wren Blythe has long enjoyed living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, helping her father with ministry at a youth camp. But when a little girl in the area goes missing, an all-out search ensues, reviving the decades-old campfire story of Ava Coons, the murderess who is believed to still roam the forest. Joining the search, Wren stumbles upon the Coonses’ cabin ruins and a sinister mystery she is determined to unearth.

In 1930, Ava Coons has spent the last several years carrying the mantle of mystery since the day she emerged from the woods as a thirteen-year-old girl, spattered with blood, dragging a logger’s ax. She has accepted she will never remember what happened to her family, whose bodies were never found, and that the people of Tempter’s Creek will always blame her for their violent deaths. And after a member of the town is murdered, and another goes missing, rumors spread that Ava’s secret is perhaps more malicious than previously imagined.

Two women, separated by time, must confront a wickedness that not only challenges who they are but also threatens their lives, and the lives of those they love.

Jaime Jo Wright captivates with . . .

“Fast pacing, great writing, deep spiritual truths, and just the right amount of spookiness.”–BookPage

“Compassion, eerie eloquence, and astounding intensity.”–Booklist

“Suspense and spine-tingling moments.”–Library Journal

“Rich characterization and intricate plotting.”–Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author

About Jaime Jo Wright

Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award-Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing suspenseful, mysteries stained with history’s secrets. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at!

My Rating: 5 Stars!

When I first saw the title of Jaime Jo Wright’s new book, I was immediately captivated. And the cover sealed it! Without even reading a word or the synopsis, I might add. Now, after reading the book, I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

‘The woods were alive and they were evil.’

Wright weaves together two stories -told in dual time- that are so incredibly detailed and full of surprises, both creepy and nice, that I can’t see how anyone could keep from loving this book. She always has a super wow factor on creepiness.

From the beginning of the book, I was completely captivated, and I was on pins and needles most of the time during the reading. Wright has another winner here and one for the keeper shelf. And I never even came close to figuring out the mysteries here. Totally took me by surprise. On both time lines. Well done!!

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

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
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