Great new novel! A wonderful author, zingy stories and characters, she's my go-to author for spunky and unusual heroines. Strong spiritual threads andGreat new novel! A wonderful author, zingy stories and characters, she's my go-to author for spunky and unusual heroines. Strong spiritual threads and her heroes are all different, which I like--there is no cookie-cutter hero in her writing. As other reviewers have noted, this story, like her others, has parts that are so funny they make you snort with laughter! Can't wait for the next release!...more
I really enjoyed this ebook! It was hard to stop reading.
When a part-native American sheriff's widow sees the opportunity to restart her life, she hauI really enjoyed this ebook! It was hard to stop reading.
When a part-native American sheriff's widow sees the opportunity to restart her life, she hauls her two small children and her mother to a small town known for driving off their lawmen. And I do mean, men. Because they were not expecting a lady. But a woman is what they got. I love how Cynthia sets up the story so you can see why there is potential for "Mrs. Sheriff" as they call her, to her chagrin.
Highly recommend! I kept reading this engaging story every night to see what would happen!...more
This is Debbie Lynne's debut full length novel! What a page turner!!! It was hard to turn off my Kindle each night as I was reading Sword of ForgiveneThis is Debbie Lynne's debut full length novel! What a page turner!!! It was hard to turn off my Kindle each night as I was reading Sword of Forgiveness. Set in medieval times, our heroine, Lady Brithwin (isn't that a pretty name?) has known much sorry in her life. Her abusive father has died and now she can avoid the tortures he inflicted on her. She's being forced into a marriage with a man she doesn't know - Royce. Meanwhile our hero, Royce, returns from a horrific battle to find his entire family dead. The evidence is said to point evil-doers from Brithwin's castle as having done the deed. And now, Royce learns he is to marry her! He's not too happy about that and seeks to get to the bottom of his family's murders. In the meanwhile, his uncle, as well as his brother's fiance, Clarice, stir up trouble. And someone is trying to cause damage to both Royce and Brithwin.
This book reminded me very much of Julie Garwood's Scottish books, but is a Christian historical romance not secular and is clean reading. Wonderful writing throughout although I did get a little upset with both Royce and Brithwin for being rather clueless about one of the antagonists in the story. This story should make the Christian bestseller list for historical romance! I expect it to be on my Best of 2015 list next December!!!
All of the novellas in this collection are wonderful. There wasn't a weak one in the bunch which is pretty unusual. The authors are: Carla Olson Gade,All of the novellas in this collection are wonderful. There wasn't a weak one in the bunch which is pretty unusual. The authors are: Carla Olson Gade, Darlene Franklin, Erica Vetsch, Pam Hillman, Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, Kathleen Y'Barbo, DiAnn Mills, and Becca Witham.
Here's an example of one of the novellas: Carla Olson Gade, wrote "Proving Up", set in Swedeburg, Nebraska in 1885. Nils Svensson has worked hard for years to establish hardy trees. He's waited for his wife to return to Nebraska after she returned to a less-demanding life back home with her parents. Enter widowed Elsa Lindstrom, Swedish like Nils, and she has somehow procured land he'd expected to purchase. Instead, Elsa and her two younger brothers now occupy what he'd hoped to expand his orchards to. Elsa, too, plans to develop a tree nursery. Can these two like-minded Swedes work together? Lovely story and characterization and some sigh-worthy love scenes. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
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Set in turn of the century Iowa, British paleontologist James Holly intends to move on after finishing his current project. He has a clouded past, whiSet in turn of the century Iowa, British paleontologist James Holly intends to move on after finishing his current project. He has a clouded past, which isn't fully revealed in the story, which is just as well. One thing we do learn is that he is not a young and naive man but more mature and experienced. Lena has caught his attention near Christmas in her home town. Because of a superstition, folks in her town believe she brings them luck with their harvests as an unwed maiden. When James has to stay on to find one of his stolen fossils, Lena's family takes him in. The Reinhardts aren't exactly sure what to make of James but can see the two have a connection. As they spend more time together, James struggles with his feelings of attraction to Lena. I think one of the points of this story, that isn't often seen in Christian fiction, is how physical attraction is harder to fight when someone has a past like James's (which as I said isn't explained nor did it need to be). James has to turn to his new found faith to solve his difficulties. Gina has a nice storytelling style as evidenced in this book and her other novellas. Don't miss out on this great read!...more
Dumb me. I didn't realize this was book 1 in a series where the entire story takes 3 books to tell. I don't like first person nor contemporary but I lDumb me. I didn't realize this was book 1 in a series where the entire story takes 3 books to tell. I don't like first person nor contemporary but I listened to the ENTIRE book hoping I was going to get an HEA at the end. Nope. You get the first part of an HEA and there are two books. Big sigh... I hope I learned my lesson. I don't usually read series where there is continuation from one to the next. If this had just been one book and had a HEA I'd have given it a five. This ends up being a women's fiction not a true romance although there is a romance in it. I hate to say I feel ripped off, but I do. So in my mind I'm making up my own HEA because I won't spend another 20+ hours listening to the next two audiobooks. It was well written. But I don't want to listen to two more to hear the final ending. I listened to this as an audible.com download....more
I haven't listened to the first two audiobooks in this series yet but after listening to this one, I think I'll get them.
Privileged heroine Jessica AI haven't listened to the first two audiobooks in this series yet but after listening to this one, I think I'll get them.
Privileged heroine Jessica Atherton may have lost her previous beau but she's got plenty suitors now. One is the rather insistent Harrison Gable, a lawyer who lays his attention on thick and a little too much. But Jessica is beginning to feel like she needs to get married and start a family, and Harrison obviously is interested in her.
Austin Todd, is also new to Jessica's Texas town. Previously a Secret Service agent, he's lost his entire family and is harboring some deep hurts. Although he's begun work as as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector he becomes involved in a dangerous case of forged gold certificates that involve Jessica's close friends.
Jessica has a huge character arc. At the beginning I was somewhat put off by her, because she was an anti-hero--spoiled, self-centered, and privileged. But she journeys on to correct her flaws, with God's help, and becomes a admirable young lady.
Will go back and listen to the first two series as the characters from the other stories are also mentioned in this book. You'll be rooting for Austin to win Jessica's heart. Will he?...more
Although the cover looks spooky, there's nothing eery about The Yuletide Angel--but she DOES go about with her charitable work dressed in black and thAlthough the cover looks spooky, there's nothing eery about The Yuletide Angel--but she DOES go about with her charitable work dressed in black and that house is a nice new one for the time period, which is 1890! Convicted that good works should be kept private, Violet goes to extremes!
Having lost her father, and previously her mother, Violet is left living with her brother who has now announced his engagement. This young lady, five years younger, will soon be moving into what has been their home. Sensing she will soon become unwanted in her own home, Violet (whose personality has been consistent with that of being a shy shrinking violet) sets out begin what she hopes will be a successful bakery business.
Meanwhile Hugh Barnes, a grocer whose home is across the street from Violet's has discovered who the town's mysterious Yuletide Angel is--and he's concerned for the young woman who does her merciful acts at night. Seeking to protect her, he follows her through the dark streets of their town.
Rejected by several other storekeepers, Violet approaches Hugh about placing her baked goods in his store. Their relationship grows and a sweet romance begins. But then an unwanted reminder of past hurts returns to affect them....more
I'm not a contemporary fan and rarely read them. But this was a great listen. Although not "biblically correct" it is still a sweet story about angelsI'm not a contemporary fan and rarely read them. But this was a great listen. Although not "biblically correct" it is still a sweet story about angels and their impact on some young West coast people in a Dickens' Christmas Carol parallel. Charming story and darling romance. I listened to this on audible.com...more
A collection of four very different novellas by four Seekerville authors.
"A Whisper of Hope" by Julie Lessman I love Julie Lessman's books and I rea A collection of four very different novellas by four Seekerville authors.
"A Whisper of Hope" by Julie Lessman I love Julie Lessman's books and I read her novella first. This is a story about Charity, set in Boston during the Great Depression and her desire to adopt a child after she begins volunteering at an unwed mother's home. But Mitch says absolutely no to a baby. Of course Charity takes his words literally and finds a way around his denial. Meanwhile her much older husband struggles with his fear that he is facing heart disease--a nice bibliotherapy element. I'd recommend that if you haven't read Julie's other novels in the Boston series that you do so first before you read the novella. At the minimum, read Charity and Mitch's novel.
"A Town Called Christmas" by Ruth Logan Herne I don't think I've read Ruth Logan Herne's books before but I LOVED this story and I will read more of her books. Since my grandfather was a first generation Brit who became a cowboy for a while, I was particularly intrigued by this story. LOVED the redemption of the sweet heroine. A tear jerker and absorbing story!
"Designs on Love," by Myra Johnson. This was SO good. Heart-breaking loss for a young seamstress is met by God's answer via a young rancher who has loved her since childhood. Powerful story and I had to keep reading until I was done.
"Sophie’s Other Daughter" by Mary Connealy Mary Coneally fans will not be disappointed. She delivers a western rancher story with an unexpected Christmas story involving criminals who must be corralled. ...more
This is a good book but fairly predictable. Set in my home state of Michigan, where pirates weren't a particularly big issue, it is interesting to reaThis is a good book but fairly predictable. Set in my home state of Michigan, where pirates weren't a particularly big issue, it is interesting to read a novel where Great Lakes pirates are included. Set primarily on Presque Isle at a lighthouse, the limited setting with mainly the hero and heroine restricts some of the scope of the story. I found myself getting irritated with the heroine for revealing information to a busybody that she should have kept to myself and at the hero for failing to reveal facts that he should have to Emma, the heroine. But I read to the end to find out if I was right about my suppositions and I was. Having a hero who you're unsure of, as to whether he is hero material or not was somewhat disconcerting in this historical romance. The author's love for lighthouses and interest shines through and there is a nice author's note at the end. I received a copy from NetGalley for my honest review. ...more
Isabella Brandt finally gets her chance to dance as principle ballerina, Clara, in The Nutcracker ballet. The war has been over for a year and her fiaIsabella Brandt finally gets her chance to dance as principle ballerina, Clara, in The Nutcracker ballet. The war has been over for a year and her fiancé presumed dead. Isabella is moving on with her life. Or is she? A handsome Hungarian violinist, Victor, makes her believe she can find love again. The two quickly "click" as soul mates. He's a thoughtful, intuitive man, especially where Isabella is concerned. When a startling event occurs, he is there steadfast as Isabella must make decisions about her future--a future that has changed. Heart warming with lovely characters and a compelling storyline. Highly recommend!...more
I listened to this book as an audible.com download.
Book two in Carrie Turansky's Highland Hall series gives us Kate making her debut in London societyI listened to this book as an audible.com download.
Book two in Carrie Turansky's Highland Hall series gives us Kate making her debut in London society. She's very young, only 18, and having to make choices that will affect her for the rest of her life. Scandal in the family looms in the background. As part of her story arc she learns to deal with an over-bearing aunt. Kate must choose between two men who are pursuing her, but it becomes clear early on who she'll end up with. The story is slow to unfold and even though I had the speed set on 1.5 or 2 for speed it was still slow moving, which I am assuming may be a narrator issue. Several of the men in the story sounded exactly alike in their accents and in their choice of words. Some of that may be from the narrator but it made it difficult to differentiate which character was speaking at times. It is so difficult to find Christian fiction to listen to, and this is one that I enjoyed and was able to do my household chores as I was listening. Glad to have had the audiobook available!...more