Well, another great Becky Wade contemporary romance! <My Stubborn Heart is another lively romance featuring a heroine who doesn't know how she attrWell, another great Becky Wade contemporary romance! <My Stubborn Heart is another lively romance featuring a heroine who doesn't know how she attracts a larger than life hero, in this case: a world class hockey player.
I love Becky Wade voice. Her light but endearing touch. Her ability to charm us with characters such as Velma and Morty and make us believe in them and enjoy them.
If you're looking for a fun, sweet, insightful and touching read, THIS SWEET ROMANCE is for YOU!...more
Carolyne is a long time acquaintance. We both started writing for love inspired romance about the same time. I have read her first love inspired romanCarolyne is a long time acquaintance. We both started writing for love inspired romance about the same time. I have read her first love inspired romance but haven't read anything by her since. But when I saw this book on sale on bookbub, I decided it was time to sample Carolyne's more recent writing.
What a delight! In the intervening years, Carolyne has only become an even better author. Her characters are lifelike, three-dimensional, and most of all interesting and likeable. She has set up an interesting conflict between a marriage couple and between the wife and her in-laws. All very believable. All very compelling.
I now plan to read the rest of the series. Hope you'll take a chance. I rarely give 5 stars! You won't be disappointed!...more
Margaret Daley is a friend, but that doesn't mean I can't write an honest review. So here goes! Recently Margaret reached a milestone-- her 70th book.Margaret Daley is a friend, but that doesn't mean I can't write an honest review. So here goes! Recently Margaret reached a milestone-- her 70th book. WOW! This lady can write--and does!
This story in particular is part of the continuity series, "Alaskan Search and Rescue." Harlequin designs these multi-author series so each series has a theme and similar elements but each story is written about a different hero and heroine and by a different author.
Margaret's story in this contininuity concerns a single mom, her son and a very handsome search and rescue volunteer.
This book was not a nuanced as most of Margaret's romances are. I think that had to do with lining it up to go with the other stories and authors. (Each of these continuity series books follow a guide drawn up by the editors.)
However, it was not possible to escape caring about her heroine who'd escaped an abusive marriage or not to fall in love with Josiah, her hero. A solid read by an amazing author!
This is not the first book by Kathyrn Springer that I've read. I do call her a friend but I don't think that means I can't give an honest review and IThis is not the first book by Kathyrn Springer that I've read. I do call her a friend but I don't think that means I can't give an honest review and I did receive my copy from the pbulisher. I can't help it if I have firends who are really good writers too!
This is a tender, roamntic story of two unlikely people falling in love. Some characters are from the first book in the Banister Falls series, The Dandelion Field. The series is set in NE WI, an unusual but beautiful setting.
The hero is a man with a past and the heroine is a woman who lives in the past. The breaking down the barriers that separate them was artfully and realistically portrayed.
One thing I really appreciate about Kathryn Springer's stories is that not everyone is upper middle class with a college education. She has lively and realistic characters that face honest real world problems. But Kathryn does not write about despair but about hope.
I highly recommend this book and the first and any other Kathryn Springer romance you find!...more
Sagebrush Knights is a four in one collection fo mail order bride stories--four sisters off to Wyoming to meet and marry four strangers. I enjoyed theSagebrush Knights is a four in one collection fo mail order bride stories--four sisters off to Wyoming to meet and marry four strangers. I enjoyed the first three of these stories and the first very much. As with most reading experiences, this one was very personal. The age-old question--why draws one reader to a book that leaves another cold--is no nearer being answered (Unless you have one?)
Anyway Evelyn, the oldest sister, is the heroine in the first of the four stories. Her first misconception was that her sisters would be near her. As an Eastern girl, Evelyn had no idea how far ranches could be one from another.
And she'd given her intended no idea that she was bringing a young son with her. Which was fine because he hadn't told her he had a tomboy daughter, nicknamed "Mad Dog," but should have been called Madelyn.
That should give you some idea of Erica Vetsch's lively style.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even if #4 wasn't my favorite ever. I highly recommend Erica's books. (And yes, she gave me this book--but this is an honest review. I don't write any other kind.)...more
This is the first Mary Connealy book I've read. I know Mary and she gave me this book but I'm always honest in my reviews. (If I don't like a book byThis is the first Mary Connealy book I've read. I know Mary and she gave me this book but I'm always honest in my reviews. (If I don't like a book by a friend, I don't review it.)
Mary certainly writes with ZEST! Her characters are unique and have a lot to say.
Shannon Wilde, our heroine, dresses and acts like a man. And is an unlikely mate for Matthew Tucker, mountain man (Did I mention this is a Western? :-)
They go over a cliff into a river one day and end up hitched. Another twist on the marriage of convenience--bride and groom, chased by grizzly.
But there is more--a villain who wants to steal Shannon's land.
Woe to him is all I can say.
If you enjoy a rollicking good Western with quirky charaters, this book's for you....more
This is the fourthBecky Wade romance I've read. LOVED IT!!
I think what is most compelling about this romance and the others is the VERY REAL TRUE-TO-LThis is the fourthBecky Wade romance I've read. LOVED IT!!
I think what is most compelling about this romance and the others is the VERY REAL TRUE-TO-LIFE characters and such INTERESTING CHARACTERS.
This is the story of Dru, the youngest Porter child, the only daughter, much younger than her amazing older three brothers. Dru has spent her life trying to catch up and beat her brothers. This took her into reckless challenges, including the Marines and now finds her working as a protection agent to a football star, Gray Fowler.
Gray Fowler is a nice guy--he works at being a nice guy and a top notch football player. He keeps everything light and easy with everyone--his teammates and girlfriends. But for some reason Dru Porter gets to him.
At first he teases her--a woman bodyguard--and tries to make light of the situation that he's being stalked and threatened with death notes, but soon it becomes all too real. And Dru must fight her attraction as she tries to protect the man she's beginning to fall in love with.
Because it is a romance, of course, love wins the day, but what a story!
I know Becky slightly and I received a copy of her book to review, but I only do honest reviews. I love Becky's books!
If you're interested, here are my reviews of the first 3 books in the Porter Family series.
I've read and reviewed all of the books in this series plus A Promise to Keep which introduced the small mountain town of King's Meadow. I am sorry toI've read and reviewed all of the books in this series plus A Promise to Keep which introduced the small mountain town of King's Meadow. I am sorry to see this wonderful series end. Such great characters with such real struggles and often a parallel story from the past.
Well, I loved the hero in this romance, Trevor Reynolds, a musician who's lived on the road for years but never made it big. After a life-altering event, a fatal auto accident, he has reevaluated everything. He comes to his friend's funeral and is attacked by the friend's sister, Penny Cartwright, the local librarian.
Robin Lee Hatcher knows how to make the differences between people real and compelling. Penny has a lot of preconceptions of how her brother should have spent his short adult life. And as usual, we humans don't see the eternal plan--just what we want. That's Penny's blind spot.
I once told my mother --"All of us have blindspots. Things about ourselves we can't see but are sometimes painfully obvious to everyone else."
Penny bravely begins to see her blindspot and in doing so, she becomes prepared to love and be loved.
I loved her father's kind leadership and good heart too.
If you haven't read the King's Meadow Romance series, why not?
I received this book from the author and have written an honest review....more
I'm sorry that Love Inspired Suspense stopped including Cozy Mysteries in their line up. I really enjoyed this one-- Glory Be! by Ron & Janet BenrI'm sorry that Love Inspired Suspense stopped including Cozy Mysteries in their line up. I really enjoyed this one-- Glory Be! by Ron & Janet Benrey.
Unfortunately over an unexpected bequest to the church, this story starts with a very believable church conflict over issues that have nothing to do with what the church is really about. A conflict over styles of worship music start a war fought by pranks.
Unfortunately these pranks play into the sinister designs of someone who isn't playing at all but using murder to achieve his/her ends.
This cozy also had a sweet romance between Emma, the new B & B owner in town, and Rafe, the new deputy police chief. Both were likable and both had perfectly sound reasons for avoiding romance. But then when did true love ever run smooth?
I picked this up at a garage sale and wish again that Love Inspired Suspense include cozies. I love them. ...more
This is the 2nd in Marta Perry's Keepers of the Promise series. Another interesting parallel story. Her Amish heroine Judith is trying to keep the peaThis is the 2nd in Marta Perry's Keepers of the Promise series. Another interesting parallel story. Her Amish heroine Judith is trying to keep the peace between her husband (Isaac) and his younger brother(Joseph) whom they have raised together.
A deep sorrow has wounded Isaac which complicates his relationship with Joseph and catches Judith in the middle of two that she loves so much.
At the same time Judith is reading through an old family diary about an Amish widow caught in the crusade to do away with the old one-room schoolhouses where both Englischer and Amish children traditionally learned together. When the new high school is built, the Amish are put in the crosshairs of the battle between modern and traditional.
This was such a true to life story about a family's struggles to work through pain and conflict. And also a story of culture clash which we seem to be going through again.
I highly recommend this to any reader who loves a story about family and bravery....more
Once again Author Winnie Griggs did not disappoint me. A very sweet holiday romance, set in Texas.
This time we have a woman who has lived one lie andOnce again Author Winnie Griggs did not disappoint me. A very sweet holiday romance, set in Texas.
This time we have a woman who has lived one lie and then another but a good man and ten orphans land on her doorstep and nothing in her life will ever be the same again!
(Children have a way of changing things, don't they?)
Ellen Pierce is the heroine, a widow who has felt cut off from the town after her husband's death. Simon Tucker is the hero who was merely helping a woman move her orphans to a new house. But the woman falls ill and he has to make some fast decisions and the first one is to ask the local church for help.
I've come to depend on a sweet romance from Winnie and this is a good one!
This is my first Patrice Greenwood mystery. She writes a well paced and interesting story with a compelling cast of characters. And I liked that she aThis is my first Patrice Greenwood mystery. She writes a well paced and interesting story with a compelling cast of characters. And I liked that she added an interesting romance full of conflict. More about that later.
I loved the setting, Santa Fe, NM. She obviously knows the setting well and while being careful not to become a travelogue, Patrice makes the most of this colorful and culturally diverse setting. If you are opposed to a suggestion of the supernatural, this isn't for you. Of course our heroine does not believe in ghosts, you won't like the suggestion of on living in her tea shop. She refuses to believe it putting down the odd flickering lights and music to old wiring. I
haven't been there since I was a girl and would love to go back. So far--no go. Sigh... I liked this mystery enough to read her other ones, which shows that I really did like it.
I especially was interested in the police Detective Tony Aragon who swopped into the story on a motorcycle. He was a bit dangerous so those who like a bad boy hero would enjoy this. He was an interesting choice as a love interest for the proprietress of the tea shop in a more than century old building in the old part of Santa Fe.
Of course if you're going to be an amateur sleuth, having someone on the force can't hurt! A good mystery and one that left me puzzled till right before the reveal. I like that!...more
Another Texas Porter Family story and again Becky Wade does not disappoint.
This is a reunion story. Childhood friends come back together after a decadAnother Texas Porter Family story and again Becky Wade does not disappoint.
This is a reunion story. Childhood friends come back together after a decade apart. Now the guy Jake is a war hero, wounded in body and spirit. The heroine Lyndie now exercises horses and needs a job at Jake's brother's thoroughbred ranch. Jake doesn't want to hire her. Seeing her makes him feel things he doesn't want to feel.
But in the end, she begins working at the horse farm and soon he finds that she wants to not only to exercise horses but be a jockey.
For a man who suffers from PTSD and who feels survivor's guilt watching Lyndie ride horses in competitive races is torture.
An interesting secondary character is Lyndie's younger severely disabled sister whose presence lifts the story another notch.
I look forward to reading more Porter Family stories....more
I met Bo and Meg in Becky Wade's Meant to Be Mine and so I knew I needed to find out how the Cowboy and the Heiress came to fall in love.
I truly enjoyI met Bo and Meg in Becky Wade's Meant to Be Mine and so I knew I needed to find out how the Cowboy and the Heiress came to fall in love.
I truly enjoyed this story and it reminded me of the truth that TOO much $$$$ is as BAD as TOO little. Meg's family is almost feudal with it's tradition of primogeniture--that is the eldest takes control. And that mean art major Meg at 25 is supposed to run a huge TX oil company.
Meg struggles to live up to her family obligations that make her break out into a cold sweat. Then she finds that Bo Porter, the cowboy she tries to fire upon their first meeting, is the only one who calms her.
A tender love story with a dash of chilling danger at the climax.
This was my first Ellie Quicke mystery and I found Veronica Heley a very good writer.
The character Claire really got to me. I really identified with EThis was my first Ellie Quicke mystery and I found Veronica Heley a very good writer.
The character Claire really got to me. I really identified with Ellie coming home from a trip abroad and finding her household turned upside down--furniture moved around, her longtime cleaning crew dismissed by Claire, someone whom she barely knows and who is working for her... Everything feels like a bad dream.
And I found myself wanting to hit Claire with a big wet fish right in the face. (I'm not usually violent!) What she had done to Ellie's home felt as if it had been done to me. That's the sign of good writing.
Ellie sorts it all out and finds out just how nasty the cult Claire is part of and justice is done. Thank goodness!...more
This wasn't my first Winnie Griggs' Love Inspired Historical. Winnie appears to excel with stories where a free-spirited heroine meets an uptight heroThis wasn't my first Winnie Griggs' Love Inspired Historical. Winnie appears to excel with stories where a free-spirited heroine meets an uptight hero or vice versa. This book is a story of the former romance. Sadie Lassiter is the free-spirited heroine and Eli Reynolds is the uptight hero.
Eli wants and thinks he needs to find a proper wife who will be a good step-aunt to the little sister in his care. And Sadie is not even on his long list much less his short list. She's too carefree and too casual and not the least interested in housekeeping.
Then a storm strands them together for a night and the gossips put their heads together. Eli's plans and Sadie's plans go out the window when Eli proposes marriage to avert scandal.
However, it seems that this marriage might be in God's plans for both of them.
A fun read with a delightful heroine who is a match for the very proper Mr. Reynolds!...more