Author Leslie Gould has created a lovely contemporary Amish Romance series with “Neighbors of Lancaster County”, and I recommend reading Book 1, “AmisAuthor Leslie Gould has created a lovely contemporary Amish Romance series with “Neighbors of Lancaster County”, and I recommend reading Book 1, “Amish Promises” for the most reader’s enjoyment before reading Book 2, “Amish Sweethearts”. Both books feature a complex romantic relationship between an Amish woman and an Englisch man, and the conflicts are heightened by each man’s service in the military. In “Amish Sweethearts”, childhood friends Lila Lehman and Zane Beck share their cultures and learn from each other, but as they reach their teens, their feelings of friendship deepen with the promise of something more. When Lila’s stern father initiates the courtship of his daughter by the bishop’s son, a distraught Zane joins the Army and leaves his heart behind with Lila. Years and distance widen the separation between Lila and Zane, and when he is deployed to Afghanistan, the dangerous reality of his military service causes him much contemplation and self-questioning. Lila’s future seems set by her father’s wishes, but can her heart follow what her society dictates? Can the love that began so long ago overcome great obstacles and lead to a happy future for two true sweet hearts?
Author Kandy Shepherd continues her delightful “Sydney Brides” contemporary romance series with Book 2, “Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride”. Gemma Harper isAuthor Kandy Shepherd continues her delightful “Sydney Brides” contemporary romance series with Book 2, “Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride”. Gemma Harper is a talented chef and a partner in the successful party-planning business, “Party Queens”. Nearing the age of thirty, she is coming out of her self-imposed six months break from dating. Leaving behind the heartbreak of broken romance and moving forward into a happy, prosperous future is her new plan of action. Just as she is confident of keeping her rules for romance, a mysterious, very attractive new client makes use of the Party Queens superlative service to plan a business reception. Tristan Marco is not what Gemma expected, and he is equally taken by the beautiful auburn-haired chef. After their first meeting, Tristan arranges a surprise date. During the course of their time together, Gemma is stunned to learn that Tristan Marco is actually Tristan, Crown Prince of Montavia. Gemma already had trust issues, and now she has broken her own rules and fallen for someone whose handsome charms easily deceived her heart. Tristan never expected to meet someone as captivating as Gemma, but he has royal duties he cannot ignore—or can he? Is it possible that a royal can choose his own commoner bride and live a life of true and lasting happiness? Those who believe in “happily ever after” will enjoy this charming modern-day fairy tale from wonderful storyteller Kandy Shepherd.
Author Candace Calvert's contemporary medical romances are given great insights by her own experiences as an ER Nurse. "Step by Step" is Book 2 in herAuthor Candace Calvert's contemporary medical romances are given great insights by her own experiences as an ER Nurse. "Step by Step" is Book 2 in her "Crisis Team Series". In Book 1, "By Your Side", readers were introduced to Taylor Cabot and Seth Donovan, and now they are given their own story. Several years after the accidental death of her husband, ER Nurse Taylor Cabot is striving to resume a full and meaningful life, seeking resolutions to unanswered questions, and checking off items on her Survival List. When she is reunited with Crisis Chaplain Seth Donovan, her decision to move away from the crisis team and their friendship is questioned by Seth, who discovers his own deeper feelings for Taylor. Since Taylor is involved with a local doctor, Seth keeps his personal issues to himself, and he continues to hope that Taylor will change her mind about the crisis team. Working together when several emergencies arise in the community keeps Taylor and Seth in close contact, and Taylor discovers a new depth to her fondness for Seth. However, unexpected and long withheld secrets will shed a new light on everything Taylor thought she knew--will there still be a chance for a new and lasting love to grow from old memories?
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“Back in the Saddle” is the first book in author Ruth Logan Herne’s “Double S Ranch Series”. I so enjoyed this story—the writing is perfectly paced, t“Back in the Saddle” is the first book in author Ruth Logan Herne’s “Double S Ranch Series”. I so enjoyed this story—the writing is perfectly paced, the story line is involving, and the characters all have great appeal. Colt Stafford left his ranching family home in Gray’s Glen, Washington to make his mark in the financial world of Wall Street. Big city life and big business suited him just fine until it crashed, leaving his future uncertain. With his reputation and his own personal finances in question, he finds himself heading home to touch base with his family and to immerse himself, at least for a while, in the day to day operations of the ranch. He doesn’t expect to be met at the door by a beautiful young woman wielding his father Sam’s own gun. Angelina Morales is the housekeeper and general overseer of the Stafford household. Colt’s brother Nick is the one who stayed behind to help run the ranch, and his other brother, Trey, had left home and started a successful music career. The relationship between father and sons is complicated, as Sam was a difficult and demanding man. Health problems and his own personal losses have given him a new perspective on life, and he wants to make amends with his family and the community. Angelina has her own secrets, but she and Colt have an immediate attraction. Neither of them intended to stay permanently at the Double S, but heartstrings are drawing them closer together—is love in their future? Each character’s faith is in various stages, and their personal growth is an ongoing process. The author generously included a wonderful recipe for “Angelina’s Cherry Cake”. I very much look forward to future entries in this series so that I can find out more about the Stafford men and the special woman who will claim each man’s heart.
Thomas Jefferson was immeasurably complex--as fascinated with the world as the world would become, and remain, fascinated with the man himself. JefferThomas Jefferson was immeasurably complex--as fascinated with the world as the world would become, and remain, fascinated with the man himself. Jefferson's legacy is indelible, not without scandal, and it continues to evolve. He was a man of words and a man of letters--many thousands of letters and many more thousands of words. After the death of her mother, his eldest daughter, Martha, called "Patsy", would become her father's helpmate and traveling companion, assisting him when he became America's minister to France. "America's First Daughter", by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, is a first-person telling of Patsy's personal life and her life as the daughter of the brilliant historical icon Thomas Jefferson. Always devoted to her father and his public and political standing, Patsy would sacrifice much of her own personal happiness to protect and preserve the Jefferson name. In her role as a guardian of both her father and the nation he helped to found, Patsy Jefferson shaped the country and its history as no one else could.
Author Lynne Marshall's superlative storytelling skills are in full-force in the beautifully poignant contemporary romance, "A Mother for His AdoptedAuthor Lynne Marshall's superlative storytelling skills are in full-force in the beautifully poignant contemporary romance, "A Mother for His Adopted Son". Dr. Sam Marcus is a devoted pediatrician--the emotional distress from his own early childhood gave him added empathy for the suffering of young children. On a medical mission to the Philippines, he connected with a small orphan boy, Danilo, known as "Dani". Never expecting to become a single father, Sam nonetheless knew that Dani was meant to be his son, and he proceeded with the adoption. Not long after Dani came home to the States with Sam, a malignant tumor was discovered on one of Dani's eyes. Surgical removal of the eye was necessary--to be followed by fitting for a prosthetic eye. Andrea Rimmer, an artist and skilled prosthetic maker, assists her grandmother, a renowned maker of prosthetic applications, in the same hospital where Sam works and where Dani had his surgery. The initial meeting between Sam and Andrea does not go well--he is emotional over Dani's surgery, and she is offended by his gruff manner. However, a spark of awareness of each other flickers to life, and as Andrea works to create a replacement eye for Dani, the spark becomes a fiery attraction. While they come to care for each other, and they both adore Dani, issues from their own childhoods create tensions in their new-found relationship. Sam knows his career path is to continue his work as a pediatrician and to answer the call of medical missions around the world when needed. Andrea is torn between her desire to find success as an artist and her love of helping her patients. Her own father, a physician in the same hospital where Sam, Andrea and her grandmother worked, was a very controlling man who insisted that Andrea take over her grandmother's practice when the time came for her to retire. Now, with Sam and Dani in her life, Andrea is pulled in yet another direction--is she the woman Sam cares for, or is she a convenient caregiver to his child? As they struggle to resolve the conflicts between them, a new crisis threatens to take away what they hold most dear. Can they find a loving compromise and join their hearts and their lives to reach out for a future filled with happiness? As always, Lynne Marshall's own professional background with more than twenty years as a registered nurse adds a world of meaning and understanding to her medical romances. Her way of explaining the medical elements of the story lines is done in such a way that the reader easily embraces the "medical speak" and the explanations of the conditions and procedures. My first encounter with Lynne Marshall's wonderful books was her "Mid-Coast Medical Trilogy", and since then, I have been a devoted fan and follower of her works.