‘Sold On Love’ by Kathleen Fuller

About The Book
She’s a high-fashion realtor; he’s a low-maintenance mechanic. What on earth could they have in common?

Dressed in designer labels and cruising around town in her red Mercedes, workaholic realtor Harper Wilson presents the picture of success in charming Maple Falls. But Harper’s carefully cultivated image is resting on a shaky foundation. With a sudden drought in sales, she’s starting to see her professional dreams—along with her posh lifestyle—slipping away.

Car trouble brings her to mechanic Rusty Jenkins, and their unlikely friendship is taken to the next level when the laid-back Rusty allows her to give him a makeover for a charity bachelor auction. Harper soon discovers that beneath the town mechanic’s wild beard and grease-stained clothing lies a true Southern gentleman—someone with a kind heart and dreams of his own. Their chemistry is undeniable, but as they get closer, past fears and relationships start to creep in, reminding them of just how much is at stake when carefully constructed facades fall apart.

Maybe their worlds aren’t so separate after all. And maybe covering up who you really are keeps you from discovering what was always meant to be. 

About Kathleen Fuller
Best-selling author of Amish fiction. Also a wife, mother, crafter, coffee addict, football fan, and chocolate aficionado.

My Rating: 4 Stars
This was the first book I ever read by this author and I enjoyed it so much. Delightful storyline and Rusty Jenkins was an absolute perfect hero. The plot was good and I could connect with all aspects of the story.

It is part of a series and could be read as a stand alone, but I definitely felt as if I were missing a bit by not reading the first two. I would also have appreciated a bit more of a faith thread. All told, I was very happy I read it.

My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. The opinion here is expressly my own.
  1. Language: English
  2. Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  3. Publication date: August 2, 2022
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‘The Bridge Between Us’ (Road to Refuge, 3) by Victoria Bylin

An Unexpected Reunion . . . A Second Chance at Love
Jesse Donovan is a changed man. Now a Christian and a successful building contractor, he’s dedicated to taking responsibility for his self-centered past. That includes welcoming the teenage boy he didn’t know he fathered. When the boy’s mother walks into Jesse’s office, their son has run away from home and is on a dangerous road, travelling with a friend who isn’t a friend at all.

Maeryn Scott once loved Jesse Donovan, only to be abandoned without even a goodbye. Her love for him died suddenly—or so she thought. Now, with her son in danger and determined to confront his father, Maeryn must face the conflicting needs of her son and her own heart. Who is Jesse now? Can she trust him? Falling in love again is the last thing Maeryn wants to do—especially with a man who will turn her world upside down.

Praise for Victoria’s contemporary novels…

About Together With You: “A gripping story of forgiveness, love, and family relationships that will captivate readers from the opening chapter.”– Booklist

About The Two of Us: “This joyous story will speak deeply to the hearts of Christian readers.”–Publishers Weekly

“[Someone Like You] features Bylin’s signature relatable characters and Christian relationships. She is immeasurably tender in her treatment of grief and healing, and she does not shy away form the complexities of shame, loss of faith, and coparenting. Readers will immediately fall into the story and its compelling reflections on faith.”–Booklist

About Victoria Bylin
Victoria Bylin is known for tackling tough subjects with great compassion. In 2016, Together With You, a story of grace and healing, won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her other books, including historical westerns, have finaled in the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Learn more at victoriabylin.com.

My Rating: 4 Stars!
“Jesse Donovan has messed up plenty of times. But now one mess up has come back big time. Maeryn Scott was there during that mistake and her son now wants to meet his dad–the one who doesn’t know he exists.
 
Victoria Bylin has crafted a wonderful story of how these people handle extremely difficult situations that crop up in their lives. There is a lot of emotion in this book and she handles it all very well. We don’t just see one character’s pain, but she fleshes out all of them with their hurts and anxieties and how they deal with these life-altering situations. Very moving and difficult to put down, this one is a must read. P.S. You’ll love the basement!
 
I received a copy of this book from the author. The review here is completely my own opinion.

  1. 346 pages
  2. Language English
  3. Publication date August 2, 2022
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‘Texas Buried Secrets’ (Cowboy Lawmen, 6) by Virginia Vaughan

About The Book
An uncovered grave reveals a deadly secret…

Publicly vowing to bring a serial killer to justice, Deputy Cecile Richardson solidifies herself as the criminal’s next target. And when a newly discovered victim is identified, it becomes even more personal for Cecile. She will solve this cold case. Can Sheriff Josh Avery keep her safe long enough to identify and catch the culprit—or will the killer successfully hunt down his prey?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Cowboy Lawmen

Book 1: Texas Twin Abduction
Book 2: Texas Holiday Hideout
Book 3: Texas Target Standoff
Book 4: Texas Baby Cover-Up
Book 5: Texas Killer Connection
Book 6: Texas Buried Secrets

About Virginia Vaughan
Award winning author Virginia Vaughan lives by the motto ‘It’s not hoarding if its books’. Always the kid with her nose stuck in a book, becoming a multi-published author hasn’t stopped Virginia from continuing to grow her own collection of favorite reads. Her family has refused to help her move anymore because of the sheer number boxes of books, but she’s no quitter. She’ll keep buying books and, the next time she moves, hire a moving van.
If you love stories where romance intersects danger and faith, subscribe to Virginia’s email list at http://eepurl.com/dtFeVP and be the first to know when a new story arrives.

My Rating: 4 Stars!
‘Chills rushed through her along with the overwhelming sensation of being watched.’

Virginia Vaughan wraps up her Cowboy Lawmen series with the best in the series! My opinion. I finished in a day, couldn’t put it down. A creep serial killer is terrorizing a community and several counties join together to form a task force to take him out. But he’s always one step ahead of them. And now he has set his sights on Cecile Richardson, a deputy. Can they stop him before he takes her out? Thrilling and action packed, this one will tick all the boxes for inspirational suspense fans. Well done!

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

Print length

209 pages
Language

English
Publisher

Love Inspired Suspense
Publication date

July 26, 2022
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‘Defending From Danger’ (Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit, Book 5) by Jodie Bailey

About The Book
This K-9 has a sanctuary to protect
and its owner to rescue

Someone wants Paige Bristow’s wolf sanctuary gone…and Paige dead. Officer Reece Campbell and his K-9 partner, Maverick, are the only ones she can turn to, but she never told him he was the father of her daughter. As the attacks escalate, Reece must uncover the perp and keep himself from falling for Paige all over again. But will the truth between them cost everything?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit

Book 1: Detection Detail by Terri Reed
Book 2: Ready to Protect by Valerie Hansen
Book 3: Hiding in Montana by Laura Scott
Book 4: Undercover Assignment by Dana Mentink
Book 5: Defending from Danger by Jodie Bailey
Book 6: Tracking a Killer by Elizabeth Goddard
Book 7: Explosive Revenge by Maggie K. Black
Book 8: Rescue Mission by Lynette Eason

About Jodie Bailey
Jodie Bailey is the USA Today Best-selling author of novels about freedom and the heroes who fight for it. Jodie is also a public speaker and teacher who packs her novels with the knowledge she’s gained as an Army wife.
Jodie Bailey grew up in Eastern North Carolina, where she developed a love for golden sand and the Atlantic Ocean. She started writing stories as soon as she learned how to put sentences together, and spent her childhood and teen years making her best friends’ dreams come true on paper.
In college, she met the love of her life—a soldier who rides a Harley and jumps out of airplanes for fun. This prompted a whole lot of moving from place to place, and she had no idea how much those moves would work their way into her stories. For ten years, she pursued her second love, teaching. Now a full-time writer, she still teaches part-time because the kids keep her young and, every once in awhile, she needs some time away from the imaginary characters.
Jodie currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and a very stubborn pup.

My Rating: 5 Stars!
‘Law enforcement officers didn’t get to pick and choose who they protected. They protected all. Equally.’

I’m a fan of this author. Jodie Bailey always draws me in with her writing. She has good plots and wonderful characters. She adds to this Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit with book number five here and her contribution is just great. I was all in from the first page. The setting and plot were done very well and her characters were ones I immediately connected with. And I love when that happens.

The action is pretty much non-stop as Paige and her wolf hybrid rescue is threatened intensely throughout. She is helped by the man she ghosted six years earlier for a very good reason. That part was done very well, in my opinion. Reece is determined to protect Paige despite her treatment of him. And let me tell you, I never saw it coming who the culprit was. Not once. Well done!

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

  1. Print length
  2. 218 pages
  3. Language
  4. English
  5. PublisherLove
  6. Inspired Suspense
  7. Publication date
  8. July 26, 2022
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‘Sabotaged Mission’ by Tina Radcliffe

About The Book
Framed and on the run…

With nowhere left to hide

When a failed mission leaves CIA operative MacKenzie “Mac” Sharp injured and her partner presumed dead, going off-grid is the only way to survive. But her old flame, CIA officer Gabe Denton, has tracked her down and led a well-connected enemy right to her door. Now with someone trying to frame and kill her, working with Gabe is the only way to clear her name…and stay alive.

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

About Tina Radcliffe
Publishers Weekly bestselling author, Tina Radcliffe has been dreaming and scribbling for years. Originally from Western NY, she left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany, and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her past careers include Certified Oncology R.N. and library cataloger.
Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and a four-time Carol Award finalist and three-time ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist. A 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner and a 2018 ACFW Mentor of the Year winner, Tina is also on the RWA and ACFW Honor Roll of Best-Selling Authors. In 2019 she won the Holt Medallion for Christmas with the Cowboy. A short story writer, she has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine.
She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. Sign up for her newsletter to be notified of new releases, sales & giveaways! http://bit.ly/34yFv32

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘He was headed on a mission with a woman who was in no way ready for the field. Dread left a sour taste in his mouth.’

I’ve been a Tina Radcliffe fan a good while and have never been disappointed in her work. This book, she switches genres to suspense, and she does it effortlessly. And wow! She proved on the first page she was a total dab hand at suspense. Totally proved it. I could not put this book down!

Radcliffe knows her stuff. She has created believable characters, a great plot and managed to plop me right down in the middle of this story. She is detailed with all aspects of this book and that really matters to me when I read a book. I loved every minute! I hope the author continues to give us more of this genre.

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

Publisher

Love Inspired Suspense
Publication date

July 26, 2022

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‘The Secret Between Them’ (Widow’s Peak Creek, 5) by Susanne Dietze

About The Book
After a lifetime of questions,
She’s ready for some answers.

In her mother’s hometown, Harper Price is sure she’ll finally learn about the grandfather and father she never knew. But that means working with grumpy local lawyer Joel Morgan. The single dad is wary of Harper, even as her kindness to his daughter warms his heart. Winning his trust is Harper’s first challenge…but not her last as her quest reveals shocking truths.

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

Widow’s Peak Creek

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, http://www.susannedietze.com, and sign up for her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bRldfv

My Rating: 5 Stars!
‘She’d wanted answers, but not like this.’

I just this very minute finished the book and my heart (and my face) is smiling. Big. What a very precious story. Susanne Dietze saved the best for last in her series for sure. I’ve grown to love the inhabitants in this small town in her Widow’s Peak Creek series. I’d like to visit, if only it weren’t a fictional place.

Paige and Joel were great characters. Oh, each has their bits of faults, but they truly had hearts for God and trusted Him for the hard things in their lives. Even if His will hurt. Oh, I loved this book so much! Very much recommended.

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

Print length

229 pages
Language

English
Publisher

Love Inspired
Publication date

July 26, 2022

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‘Hidden Ranch Peril’ by Michelle Aleckson

About The Book
The key to solving a kidnapping…
Lies buried in her past.

After witnessing her aunt’s abduction, veterinarian Talia Knowles will do anything to find her—even as the kidnappers set their sights on her. But missing memories from her past might hold answers she didn’t know she had. And relying on neighboring ranch hand and ex-marine Noah Landers could be the key to finding her aunt and discovering the culprit’s true motives.

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

About Michelle Sass Aleckson
After growing up on both the east and west coasts, Michelle now loves living the country life in central Minnesota with her own hero and four children. She rocks out to 80’s music on a Saturday night, enjoys playing board games, and is a hopeless romantic. And if you’re wondering, yes, Sass is her maiden name.
She writes contemporary romance with a dash of sass and suspense. Connect with her on her website: michellealeckson.com

My Rating: 4 Stars!
‘How did she leave it with God? How did she move on?’

This was a very nice inspirational suspense novel from Michelle Aleckson. A very interesting premise, very believable, and I did not even guess it at all! Totally took me by surprise who the culprit was. I enjoyed the characterization of the female protagonist and how the author took those characteristics.
The action was virtually non-stop the entire way. I was on the edge of my seat. Well done!

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

Print length

212 pages
Language

English
Publisher

Love Inspired Suspense
Publication date

July 26, 2022

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Review: ‘The Cowboy’s Journey Home’ By Linda Goodnight

About The Book
Finding his way back is just the beginning…in this novel by New York Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight.

He’ll make up for the past…
But won’t saddle anyone with his future.

Medically discharged from the military, Yates Trudeau and his ex-military dog, Justice, return to the family ranch, vowing to make amends—and keep his prognosis hidden. Only, civilian life means facing reporter Laurel Maxwell, the woman he left behind but never forgot. Forging a new bond comes naturally, but when she learns the truth, will she risk her heart for an uncertain future?

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

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 http://www.lindagoodnight.com

My Rating 5 Stars!
I have been waiting for this story the last two Goodnight books. Yates Trudeau, who we have seen on the periphery of the Trudeau property, just barely, and not even quite sure it even was him. But it was. Yates Trudeau has come home, injured and hopeless. Hopeless in his own mind, that is. Yates’s condition, both emotional and physical, broke my heart. He just got down deep in my heart. I loved his character. And the woman he basically abandoned when he ran off eight years ago to join the military has never stopped loving him. But now Yates wants to push her away. And wants to love her at the same time. There are other issues involved here, too, that cause trouble. And those Trudeau men, Wade and Bowie, my goodness, what great men they are. Full of Jesus and love for Yates. Powerful story here. Highly recommended. Linda Goodnight seriously knows how to tell a wonderful story.

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


Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: July 26, 2022
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‘Code Of Courage’ by Janice Cantore

About The Book
Detective Danni Grace has never met a police officer who wants to face a scenario where pulling the trigger on another person is the only option. When the worst does occur and there’s a police-involved shooting, it leads to riots and calls to disband the entire police force in La Rosa, Danni’s hometown.

After fifteen years on the force, Danni has had enough. Injured in the line of duty when a protester throws a chunk of concrete at her and shaken by the vitriol being shown to the police, Danni realizes for the first time that she’s lost her passion for the job.

While she’s on a leave of absence, though, a community activist in La Rosa is shot and a fellow officer is blamed for his murder. Taking on this case means stepping back into a job Danni’s not sure she can do anymore . . . and working closely with her ex-husband, Gabriel Fox, an investigator for the city prosecutor’s office. Danni will need to tap into her code of courage to uncover the truth, prevent another injustice, and uphold her oath to serve and protect.

About Janice Cantore
A former Long Beach, California, police officer of twenty-two years, Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She’s always enjoyed writing and published two short articles on faith at work for Cop and Christ and Today’s Christian Woman before tackling novels. She now lives in a small town in southern Oregon, where she enjoys exploring the forests, rivers, and lakes with her Labrador retrievers, Abbie and Tilly.
Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Crisis Shot is the first title in her latest series. Janice also authored the Cold Case Justice series—Drawing Fire, Burning Proof, and Catching Heat—the Pacific Coast Justice series—Accused, Abducted, and Avenged—and the Brinna Caruso novels, Critical Pursuit and Visible Threat.
Visit Janice’s website at http://www.janicecantore.com and connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JaniceCantore.

My Rating: 5 Stars!
‘Why should she continue to put her life on the line for such an ungrateful public?’

I have enjoyed every book by Janice Cantore I’ve read. She knows her stuff. As a retired police officer, she writes very convincingly of police and crime matters. This time around, she deals with a city that has leadership that decides the police are no longer necessary. Rioting and property damage are the normal happenings and the police are suspended or relieved of their duties when trying to solve crimes.

Police officer Danni Grace and investigator Gabriel Fox, once man and wife, are trying to do their jobs in spite of this upheaval in the community and the subsequent directives from the mayor and city prosecutor’s office for the police to virtually stand down. These folks think citizens should just watch out for crime and most of these citizens are rioters and protestors. It was a bit scary reading of what was happening here in this city.

Then a cold case comes to light that has Gabe wondering if this could be related. He and Danni didn’t make a go of their marriage, but both are now having second thoughts. She has always depended on her faith and he has never depended on faith. But things are ramping up and about to change for both of them.

I’ll be honest: I didn’t know how Cantore was going to bring this book to a satisfying conclusion given her subject matter. I was captivated throughout the reading and eager to see the ending, just to see how this would all play out. But Cantore did a masterful job! She continued to layer the story nearly each chapter and I was completely hooked. This was a totally satisfying read. Well done!

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


Print length

409 pages
Language

English
Publisher

Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date

July 19, 2022

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‘Edge of Dusk’ (An Annie Pederson Novel, book 1) by Colleen Coble

About The Book
Even though secrets lie off the coast of Rock Harbor, the truth will set Annie Pederson free—if it doesn’t kill her first. Return to the beloved town of Rock Harbor in the first installment of a new series by bestselling suspense author Colleen Coble.
Nine-year-old Annie Pederson’s life changed the night her sister was kidnapped. The two had been outside playing on a dock, and Annie never forgave herself for her role in her sister’s disappearance. Twenty-four years later and now a law enforcement ranger, Annie is still searching for answers as she grieves a new loss: the death of her husband and parents in a boating accident.
But Annie and her eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, aren’t the only people in the town of Rock Harbor whose lives have been marred by tragedy. While managing the property around the Tremolo Resort and Marina she inherited, Annie discovers a dead body floating in the cold Superior surf and begins to work with the sheriff’s office to tie the death to a series of other mysterious reports in the area.
At the same time, her first love, Jon Dustan, returns after nine years away, reigniting the town’s memory of a cold case he’d been suspiciously linked to before he left to pursue his orthopedic residency. For the sake of her investigation and her heart, Annie tries to stay away. But avoiding Jon becomes impossible once Annie realizes she is being targeted by someone desperate to keep secrets from the past hidden.
In this new series, bestselling romantic-suspense author Colleen Coble returns to one of her most beloved towns, where familiar faces—and unsolved cases—await.
First installment in the Annie Pederson series:Book One: Edge of Dusk
Book Two: Dark of Night (available January 2023)
Book Three: Break of Day (available July 2023)
Includes cameo appearances from beloved characters in Colleen’s Rock Harbor series
Also by Colleen Coble: A Stranger’s Game, One Little Lie, Without a Trace
Includes discussion questions for book clubs

About Colleen Coble
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com

My Rating: 5 Stars!
Colleen Coble’s Rock Harbor series is my favorite of hers and I was excited to hear she is setting another series there. And she does a great job! I was intrigued from the very beginning. Coble is great at adding layers to the story with every chapter. The reader is swept along on a wave of suspense, holding her breath until the final outcome. I must say, though, that Coble is keeping us hanging for the next book. I can’t wait! Well done!

My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion in this review is expressly my own.

Language

English
Publisher

Thomas Nelson
Publication date

July 12, 2022
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