Caleb’s Destiny by Carole Brown

This is a really good book. The beginning of the book is introducing the three main characters. It was interesting to read how they all had grown to be adults without the help of their fathers. This is a quick read story that is filled with action and suspense with touches of romance. The things that stand out in this story is that despite their childhood situations, all three of the children turned out to be caring individuals. Destiny’s determination to find the boy that she remembers from her childhood is wonderful but almost unbelievable. To travel so far by herself, just knowing his first name, shows how much of an impression he made on her at such a young age. While it is Christian fiction, it is not preachy. It is a good clean story that will be enjoyed by those who enjoy reading historical fiction.

I received an e-book copy of this story from Celebrate Lit, this is my honest review.

About the Book

Book:  Caleb’s Destiny

Author: Carole Brown

Genre:  Historical Romantic Suspense

Release Date: June 2020

Mr. Michael, Destiny Rose McCulloch, and Hunter have a mysterious history. Why were three fathers, all business partners, murdered under suspicious circumstances while on their quest to find gold?

Hunter is determined to protect his boss and the precocious young lady who he suspects holds a key answer to his questions.

Mr. Michael wants only to be left alone to attend to his property, but what can he do when Destiny refuses to leave and captures the heart of every one of his employees?

Destiny almost forgets her quest when she falls in love with Mr. Michael’s ranch and all the people there. And then Mr. Michael is much too alluring to ignore. The preacher man back east where she took her schooling tried to claim her heart, but the longer she stays the less she can remember him. She only came west to find a little boy she knew years ago. A little boy all grown up by now…unless, of course, he’s dead.

Three children, connected through tragedy and separated by time, are fated to reunite and re-right some powerful wrongs.

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About the  Author

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Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

 

More from Carole

Sharing God’s Love Through my Novels by Carole Brown

Once upon a time, there was a child—an expressive child who used her hands to convey her emotions and her imagination to talk with others, older people, and neighbors who found her amusing and relatives who loved her and encouraged her to develop her creativeness.

That child’s elementary fellow-students clapped when she gave childish presentations. She received good grades on her first written works of imagination in school. In high school, she and her best friend spent hours creating pensive and lovesick poems that they thought expressed their feelings.

Years later, that child/teen grew up. She married, birthed two sons, traveled and ministered alongside her husband and family then finally realized it was time to use her imagination and creative talents seriously. Although she was good at English, she soon learned she still had much to re-learn about writing novels. She joined critique groups, went to conferences and soaked in every bit of advice that came her way.

Today, she’s celebrating the release of her 10th full length novel, a new adventure because she ventured into writing an Historical Western Romantic Suspense.

Caleb’s Destiny. She began this novel several years ago, thinking she might enter it into a contest, but didn’t finish it then. Last year was a tough year of little writing, but once 2020 hit, inspiration sprang into renewal, and she determined this would be the year to finish it. Finish it she did in two and half months.

Since I’m that little girl, all grown up, I’ll confess that I love using my God-given talent for Him. Developing stories that encourage, gently show God’s love and power and wisdom for his children is the best thing in the world. I love being an author. I love sharing with others the stories God places on my heart showing that faith and goodness will always prevail. I love knowing I’m using the talent God gave me.

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, August 10

Rebecca Tews, August 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 12

lakesidelivingsite, August 13

Texas Book-aholic, August 14

deb’s Book Review, August 14

For Him and My Family, August 15

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 16

Artistic Nobody, August 17 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Mary Hake, August 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 19

Connie’s History Classroom, August 20

Captive Dreams Window, August 20

Simple Harvest Reads, August 21 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Emily Yager, August 22

Pause for Tales, August 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carole is giving away the grand prize package of a mug, a throw, and the winner’s choice of a Kindle or paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Rahab, Woman of Jericho by Diana Wallis Taylor

Rahab, by Diana Wallis Taylor, is a biblical fiction story based on Rahab from the book of Joshua. This story gives us a little bit different look at who Rahab may have been. This is an extremely well written story that I found myself forgetting it was fiction. The Bible tells us Rahab was a harlot while this story portrays her as the wife of a young Egyptian officer. The rest of the story follows more closely with the Bible.

While the story of Rahab is not new to me, I enjoyed the reminder of the amount of faith she had and her role in Biblical history. I also enjoyed the way Rahab treated others and cared for them.

I enjoyed reading this story. The writing is so clear and descriptive, it is easy to imagine the surroundings and things that happened.
I received an e-book copy of this story from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.

About the Book

Book:  Rahab

Author: Diana Wallis Taylor

Genre:  Biblical Fiction

Some biblical scholars maintain that the woman in Jericho who hid Joshua’s two spies was a harlot or a prostitute. But if that was the case, how did this woman, Rahab, become one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ? Wouldn’t the Father ensure a pure lineage for His Son?
In this historical fiction, author Diana Wallis Taylor offers a beautiful story of intrigue that explains how Rahab came to be the mother of Boaz, grandmother of Obed, and great-grandmother of Jesse, the father of King David.
In Rahab, Woman of Jericho, readers discover a Rahab who is a descendent of the tribe of Ephraim, one of the ten lost tribes of Israel. Her clan left Egypt and settled in Canaan before the Hebrews were enslaved. Although they did not wander in the desert with Moses for forty years, nor did they hear the laws that the Lord gave to His people, they still worshipped the one true God.
Rahab marries Radames, a young Egyptian officer, who is to become the new governor of Jericho. They live in the Egyptian embassy set in the city wall. When the Israelites approach Canaan with their army, pharaoh sends word that he is withdrawing his troops. Radames fabricates a story to tell Jericho’s king, but Hammurabi doesn’t believe it…and he has his eye on the beautiful Rahab.
What will happen to Rahab after the lecherous king poisons her husband? How can she save her family from the invading Israelites? God parted the waters of the Jordan River for them—will He likewise provide miracles and blessings to her Ephraimite clan if they can rejoin their people?

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About the Author

Diana Wallis Taylor is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including such novels as Hadassah, Queen Esther of Persia; Lydia, Woman of Philippi; Mary, Chosen of God; Ruth, Mother of Kings; Mary Magdalene; and Journey to the Well. She is also the author of Halloween: Harmless Fun or Risky Business?

Diana’s additional published works include a collection of poetry, Wings of the Wind; an Easter cantata, “Glorious,” written with a musical collaborator and available on Sheet Music Plus; and contributions to various magazines and compilations.

She received her B.A. in Elementary Education at San Diego State University and was an elementary school teacher for twenty-two years. She operated two coffeehouse/used bookstores and later retired from a private Christian college as Director of Conference Services.

Diana makes her home in San Diego, California. Readers are welcome to reach out to her and read her blog at www.dianawallistaylor.com.

Read an Excerpt

At one large, ornate building that was obviously a temple, young women wearing flimsy garments, much jewelry, and elaborate make-up were lounging on the steps.
“Who are they, Radames?”
“Temple priestesses.”
“Women priests? They do not look like priests.”
He took a deep breath. “They are temple prostitutes who serve their god. By laying with a worshipper, they believe they assist him or her to honor their god.”
She put her hand on his arm. “I cannot judge others, but my people worship one God, Jehovah, who does not require that sort of worship.”
Radames seemed thoughtful and made no reply.
Her family had lived among the Canaanites for years, but she had never seen such a temple before. Beth-horon was so small—wouldn’t she have seen one if it was there? Perhaps her parents and their parents had endeavored to shield their children from the worst pagan practices.
Just before they returned home, she looked back at the palace, looming over the city like some evil monster. It sent a chill through her.
When they were safely in the embassy again, they sat in the dining hall and ate their mid-day meal: fresh bread, goat cheese, figs, and pomegranates, with a cup of beer for Radames and wine for Rahab.
Rahab turned to Radames. “My lord, the Canaanites have so many gods. You said you worshipped a fewer number. I am not familiar with Egyptian gods and would like to hear about them.”
He looked at her thoughtfully and took her hand in his. “Amon is the main one; he is considered the king of the gods and goddesses, and we believe he is father to the Pharaohs. His female counterpart is Amunet, called the Female Hidden One. They had a son, Khonsu, the moon god. Mut, which means ‘mother’ in Egyptian, is a deity who wears two crowns on her head. Osiris is considered the oldest child of the earth god, Zeb, and the sky goddess, Nut. He is the god of the afterlife. That is why many things are buried with the body when an Egyptian dies, so that he has what he needs in the life after death.”
She remained silent, listening, her thoughts twirling round about. She had married Radames out of love and her father had assured her that marrying an Egyptian was not forbidden because of their family heritage. But how was she to deal with a husband who worshipped idols? She smiled at him. “Tell me more.”
He sliced a piece of cheese and playfully fed it to her before continuing.
“Anubis is the divine embalmer. Before Osiris, Anubis patrolled the underworld. He is known for mummifying the dead and guiding their souls toward the afterlife. Horus is the god of vengeance and is the child of Osiris and Isis. He avenged his father’s death and ruled Egypt. Thoth is the god of knowledge and wisdom, who settles disputes between good and evil. He maintains the universe by his mastery of calculations. We believe him to be the author of science, philosophy, and magic. He is also the one who created our calendar. Sekhmet is the goddess of war and healing. She can destroy the enemies of her allies. Geb is the god of earth, who represents crops and healing. We believe he retains the souls of the wicked.”
It was a lot to digest. “Those are all your gods?”
He shook his head. “Only some of them, the most important ones.”
“And you worship all these gods?”
“When I am home with my family or with my soldiers, I profess to worship them. My father would be insulted and perhaps disown me if I even hinted that I did not.”
She stared at him, realizing what he had just revealed. Hope rose in her heart. “You say that as if there is something else you believe.”
Radames hesitated, as if uncertain how to proceed. “I don’t know,” he said finally. “I have grown up with all our gods, but prayers to them are not answered. I have not mentioned this before, beloved, but I was married years ago, at the age of eighteen. My wife was only fifteen. Both she and our infant son died in childbirth a year later. I made offering after offering to the gods, praying for her to live, but there was no answer—and no comfort. So I do not put my faith in any god.”
Rahab reached out to touch his arm. “Oh, Radames. I am so sorry about your wife and child. That must have been so hard to bear. Did my father know of this?”
“I told him that first night I came.”
“And what did he say?”
“He said that I may someday wish to speak to you about your God…when I am ready to do so.”

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, August 8

Novels Corner, August 8

A Reader’s Brain, August 9

Our Whiskey Lullaby, August 9

Texas Book-aholic, August 10

Hebrews 12 Endurance , August 11

lakesidelivingsite, August 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 12

For Him and My Family, August 13

Betti Mace, August 14

Splashes of Joy, August 15

deb’s Book Review, August 16

CarpeDiem, August 17

For the Love of Literature, August 18

Connect in Fiction, August 19

She Lives To Read, August 20

Mary Hake, August 20

Lights in a Dark World, August 21

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Diana is giving away the grand prize of a $20 Starbucks gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Dual Power of Convenience 

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Dual Power of Convenience, by Chautona Havig, is the first book in The Independence Island Series. Richard and Lyla both have reasons for why they do not want to marry, which makes a marriage by name only so tempting. While Richard is rather set on the idea, Lyla struggles with it. Richard is very generous but when he could lose almost everything, Lyla steps up and helps out. There are several real life situations in this story that make it so real and easy to fall in love with. It is a good story of faith and friendships. I really enjoy how seriously Lyla took the situation of the house.

I typically do not read billionaire romance stories, but have enjoyed Chautona’s other books so decided to give it a try. I was looking for a story to take my mind of off what is happening in the world today. It did that and so much more. I struggled with putting this book down, it is so good. I can’t wait for the following books in this series, to visit other island with other authors.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.

About the Book

Book:  Dual Power of Convenience

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre:  Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 28, 2020

Dual Power of Convenience-sm (3)When Richard Danforth inherits the family estate on Merriweather Island, he doesn’t have time to deal with it—especially not from halfway across the globe. He’s too busy working to become the world’s newest billionaire and avoiding the women who would detract him from his goals.

Enter Lyla Santana. Fresh out of Oxford University with a degree in antiques and a relationship that nearly killed her to leave, she’s eager for the isolation and treasure trove that is Danforth Hall. Lyla also is determined to avoid men at all costs. Forever.

It was supposed to be a match made on paper. With him halfway across the globe, they’d never have to see each other again.

So, what’s Richard doing on Merriweather just weeks after the wedding? And how will his arrival test Lyla’s faith, not to mention stretch their so-called relationship?

In a twist on billionaire romance and marriage of convenience, this “Merriweather book” kicks off a new series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Island Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

 

 

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About the Author

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More from Chautona

Did I Really Agree to Write a Romance Series?

When my fledgling little idea for a single book transformed into a series that then transformed into a SERIES, I kind of missed the part where I agreed (and likely suggested, if truth be told), that the books should be contemporary romance.

I mean, beach reads.  Romance.  Duh.

There’s just one problem?  I rarely write a straight-up romance.  And if I do, it’s usually a short novella in a collection—often at Christmas.

Why?

Isn’t it obvious?

Despite nine kids and being married for almost thirty-two years, I am THE most unromantic woman on the planet. No habla amor.  Or something like that.

So there I was, toodling down the 395 (a treacherous bit of road between my house and the publisher’s) when all of what I’d agreed to exploded in my brain.  I’m still scraping brain matter off the windshield and trying to stuff it back in. I need every last one of those “little gray cells,” thank-you-very-much!

Romance.  My heart sank.  Boy meets girl.  They like each other.  They fight.  They get back together.  They live happily ever after.

It’s a thing, folks.  A formula.  And if you deviate, true romance readers get annoyed.  What was I going to do?  I didn’t want to write romance.  Not really. I had ideas.  The prequel book had been all about trying to bring a young woman back to the Lord.  That’s more my speed, okay?

The wheels began churning.

The ones in my head, I mean.  The tires still rolled along the ground. Fortunately, my cranial explosion hadn’t caused an accident or anything.  Just in case you were curious.

I considered making each one loosely related to a fairy tale retelling.  I’d have a Cinderella story, a Beauty and the Beast, a… nope. That made it that far and I just couldn’t.  The minute we got to Sleeping Beauty, I’d have my readers in comas.  No. Thanks.

Next came Rom-com.  We’d make it funny.  All the stuff that happens in beach romances gone wrong.  Why not?  We live once!

I was yawning before the thought finished forming.

Right about then, I think, is when I wondered what kind of tropes I needed to consider.

See, romance tropes are a thing.  I even talk about them on my podcast.  The tingling sensation that comes when a good idea is brewing happened.  A grin formed.

Tropes. I’d play with tropes.  I’d take all those familiar things and twist them somehow.  Why not?  It would be fun.

And it was.

Right about then is probably when I began recording my ideas.  Creosote and sage whizzed past at breakneck speeds (let me dream.  I’m not a speed demon, but c’mon… for the sake of poetic license and all?). And the ideas whizzed faster (no license needed.  They really did).

Book 1.  Marriage of convenience.  I mean, those are always fun, right?  So why on earth would someone need to get married?

Every idea I came up with has been done… and done again.

That’s when I upped the stakes. Authors do that, you know. We come up with a way to torment our characters, and then we say, “Okay, now how can I make this worse?  Nope, I need it even worse.  Oh, and…” Bam!  The story goes from interesting to can’t-put-it-down.  All because we’re not afraid to be cruel to non-existent people. Score!

How’d I do it with this one? I added in another trope. One I personally just can’t “get.”  People love the things, and I’ve got no idea why.  But it answered my first question of why someone might need a marriage of convenience or… as my gal puts it… “a paper marriage.”

My guy became the world’s newest billionaire.

Yep, you read that right. I wrote a “billionaire romance.”  Sort of.  Now, if I could figure out how on earth I’d take two people on opposite sides of the world and get them together.

*insert hands rubbing together in fiendish delight*

Oh, yeah.  I did it.  And even more than that, I love it.  I made my characters do some stupid things. I really did (you know, like how two Christians didn’t even pray about their marriage decision?  Like how they didn’t even ask if the other person was saved?  Why should they?  They’ll never see each other again… they said.  Ha!  The Lord had other ideas.  Sorta.  This is fiction, right?  Oops! I suddenly feel like that crazy Kathy Morningside in Miss Congeniality).

From Adelanto to Kramer Jct., I planned out that first book—Dual Power of Convenience.

(the title gives away that reason for marrying, no?  Also, links may be affiliate links that provide a small commission at no extra expense to you.)

It was almost too easy.

Then I started playing with the next ones, and the series became a reality to me.

Dual Power of Conveniencewhen a woman too afraid of men goes to work for a man who is too busy making money to want anything to do with that whole marriage and family thing.

Bookers on the Rocks— This couple’s marriage is on the rocks (that’s the trope, of course), and neither of them has a clue. They’ve been married for twenty-five years, neither is having an affair, no one wants a divorce, life is good, so why is it on the rocks?  You’ll see…

Directing Hearts— The Crawforths got tricked into allowing a reality matchmaking show film on their islands. Brooks Crawforth tangles with the director until their verbal battles turn into a different kind—a battle for their hearts (enemies to “lovers”)

Just a Memory— In this one, Mallory Barrows (who makes appearances in all of the books) comes across an old journal that tells a story she’d never heard. It’s the old Patti Paige song “Go On with the Wedding” but over forty years later!  Mallory knows something that might just create a (here comes the trope) second chance at romance.

Printed on Her Heart— After being instrumental in so many couples’ relationships, it’s Mallory’s turn in this dual-trope story.  In this one, we get a mashup of friends to more and love at first sight.  Can’t wait to share it.  Squee!

Okay, that’s the deal.  Yes, I really did agree to write a romance series.

And yes, it probably was my idea.

I might deny it to my dying day, but it is also a whole lot of fun… so far.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 5

Inklings and notions, August 6

lakesidelivingsite, August 6

deb’s Book Review, August 6

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 7

Rebekah Jones, Author, August 7

For Him and My Family, August 7

Artistic Nobody, August 8 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 9

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 9

21st Century Keeper at Home, August 9

She Lives To Read, August 10

Simple Harvest Reads, August 10 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 11

Adventures of a Traverlers wife, August 11

Emily Yager, August 12

Stories By Gina, August 12

CarpeDiem, August 12

cultivating us, August 13

Connect in Fiction, August 13

Livin’ Lit, August 13

Read Review Rejoice, August 14

Quiet Workings, August 14

Blossoms and Blessings, August 14

Just Your Average reviews, August 15

Rebekah Reads, August 15

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 15

Lis Loves Reading, August 16

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, August 16

Splashes of Joy, August 16

Pause for Tales, August 17

Captive Dreams Window, August 17

Spoken from the Heart, August 17

Lots of Helpers, August 18

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 18

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book (winner’s choice of eBook or paperback format)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/ff14/dual-power-of-convenience-celebration-tour-giveaway

Driftwood Dreams by T. I. Lowe

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Driftwood Dreams, by T. I. Lowe is book 2 in the Carolina Coast Series. This is an easy to read story perfect for a lazy afternoon. Josie Slater has spent her life helping others. She helps her father in the diner as well as watching out for elderly and less fortunate. August Bradford moves back to help with the children’s art camp. He has his eyes set on Josie and involves her in his art work projects.

I enjoyed this story so much. It is a great story to read to just escape for a while. The story does reference characters from the first book in the series, so reading them in order is recommended. However, the author does a wonderful job of introducing characters and places that is is also a nice stand alone story. I liked how after six years Josie and August are able to quickly rekindle their friendship. And I also enjoyed that Josie’s father realized she put his needs before hers.

I received an e-book copy of this story from the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

About the Book

Series: Carolina Coast Series (Book 2)

313 Pages

ISBN: 9781496440457

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers,Inc.

Publication Date: June 1, 2020

Josie Slater has allowed the circumstances anchoring her in Sunset Cove to become a life sentence. Since her mother’s death years before, she’s spent most of her waking hours helping her dad run the Driftwood Diner. As her best friends, Opal and Sophia, make their dreams come true, Josie watches her own art school aspirations drift on by. But when a French-speaking Southern gentleman from her past moves back from Europe, Josie is launched into a tizzy of what-ifs and I-sure-do-hope-sos.

August Bradford left Sunset Cove six years ago to sow some life oats and conquer his ambitious career goals. Finally ready to lay down some roots, the successful artist is back in town and determined to win Josie’s heart. When he enlists Josie’s help in the preparations for a children’s art camp, Josie finds herself unleashing her artistic side in a way she hasn’t since before her mother’s death. August hopes to convince Josie to paint a life with him, but the problem is convincing her to let go of her apprehensions and give him—and her dreams—a fair chance.

About the Author

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T. I. Lowe is a best selling author of 16 novels. You can read more about her and her books at: https://www.tilowe.com/

 

 

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Driftwood-Dreams-Carolina-Coast-T-I/dp/1496440455/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1596592138&sr=1-1

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/driftwood-dreams-t-i-lowe/1134724027?ean=9781496440457

These Nameless Things by Shawn Smucker

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These Nameless Things by Shawn Smucker is a Christian speculative novel. Dan and a group of others live in an area at the base of the mountain. They have fled the mountain and are waiting for the right time for themselves to leave and move east. Dan is waiting for his brother to come before he leaves. Has an unexpected visitor from the mountain that he hides at his place. She tells him to go back to the mountain and get his brother. The people have had minimal memory and now their memory is coming back. The people each have a memory connected to Dan’s brother.

Speculative fiction is not my go to genre, but having read Shawn Smucker’s past books I knew this story would leave me pondering it after finishing it. While the Christian aspect of this story is not plain to see, it is there. For me,it was easy to see evil and good in certain characters. This is not an quick story to read, I found my self stopping and thinking about parts as I read. The message of forgiveness and doing for others are very strong.

I received an e-book copy of this story from the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

About the Book

366 pages

ISBN: 9780800735302

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: June 30, 2020

Before Dan opened his door to find a wounded woman who had escaped from the tormentors in the mountain, his life had become rather quiet. He and the eight other people in the mostly abandoned town had become friends. They spent peaceful evenings around the campfire and even made vague plans to journey east one day and leave the ominous mountain behind.

But the woman’s arrival changes everything.
Who is she? How does she know so much about Dan’s brother, who is still held captive in the mountain? Why are long-forgotten memories rising to the surface? And why does Dan feel so compelled to keep her presence in his house a secret?

Visionary writer Shawn Smucker is back with an unsettling story that invites us to consider two challenging questions: To what lengths will we go to assuage our own guilt? And Is there a limit to the things we will do for the people we love?

 

About the Author:

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Shawn Smucker is an award winning author from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can learn more about and books he has written at http://shawnsmucker.com

 

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/These-Nameless-Things-Shawn-Smucker/dp/0800735307

https://www.christianbook.com/these-nameless-things-shawn-smucker/9780800735302/pd/735306

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/these-nameless-things-shawn-smucker/1133988351?ean=9780800735302

Katherine’s Arrangement by Blossom Turner

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Katherine’s Arrangement,by Blossom Turner, is a Christian Historical Romance Fiction story that takes place after the Civil War. The story gives a glimpse to what is might have been for those who lost their homes and livelihoods during the war. Such at Katherine’s family did. I really felt for Katherine’s character, feeling she had to marry someone to save her family. She is so strong to put herself into that situation to help her family and she is pleasant and helpful to her new husband’s staff, leading some of them to God. Josiah’s character is very generous and looked highly upon. Together they go through many struggles.

This is a good story to get lost in. It is a quick read. I enjoyed reading this story. If there is one thing I would change about this story, it would be the sexual tension between Katherine and Josiah. Personally, I think the story would have been just as good without it.

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.

About the Book

Book:  Katherine’s Arrangement

Author: Blossom Turner

Genre:  Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: August 4, 2020

Katherine's Arrangement_final (1)Marrying him is her only choice to save her family, but Josiah Richardson isn’t at all the man she expected.

Katherine William’s family was left destitute when their home was burned to the ground by Yankee soldiers, so the ready solution presented by the prominent Mr. Josiah Richardson seems almost too good to believe. He’ll provide a home, work for her pa, and a new beginning for her family…if only Katherine will accept his proposal. A marriage of convenience is the last thing she wants, but there doesn’t seem to be a better option for her family or herself. Setting aside her dreams of love, Katherine agrees to the arrangement.

The gentleman in Josiah Richardson can no more force his frightened bride into his bed, than he can force her into loving him, so he sets out to gently woo her. He works hard to befriend her, to earn her trust and win her love.

Katherine is pleasantly surprised to find herself drawn to the man she thought she would never love, until an unexpected friendship tears apart all they’ve worked for. Where once the promise of love had budded between Josiah and Katherine, now they wonder what to do with their so-called marriage. Is love strong enough to weave its healing power through two broken hearts?

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About the Author

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Blossom Turner is a freelance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, an avid blogger, and author. Her authentic understanding of the power of love is woven through the pages of Book One in the Shenandoah Bride series—Katherine’s Arrangement. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Read more at blossomturner.com.

 

More from Blossom

From the time I was a little girl I had a love for reading, a wild imagination, and the desire to write. At twelve, I received my first Bible and read all the way through a King James Version. My love for Jesus was cemented. I day-dreamed of a Cinderella happily-ever-after story. The traumatic childhood I was living in was gentled by the dream of being whisked away by a handsome prince and truly loved. Put that all together, and the building blocks for writing romantic fiction are all in place.

But how did I get to writing historical romance? Well that was for one reason only…I loved reading stories of arranged marriages and wanted to write one. The drama, the tension, the love that can flourish out of nothing, I just loved the concept but…the scenario had to be believable to me. Thus, the wheels of imagination started turning. What better than right after the Civil War, in the Shenandoah Valley where houses were burned and people left destitute? I’m Canadian and had a smattering of knowledge of that time period, so had to do extensive research to pull it off. To be historically accurate was much more difficult than writing my first novel, Anna’s Secret, set in today’s era. Now I am hooked on writing historical romance. I’m both a sensitive and an old soul and it fits my personality perfectly. Who knew? God did.

I think when you read Katherine’s Arrangement, you will agree that the drama that brings this couple together is both believable and engaging. I am so excited to write this five-book series on five sisters and their love stories, as I come from a large family with six sisters and one brother. I write from family dynamics I know all about.

The reason I write is two-fold. I believe when writing fiction that one must deliver a love story that touches the heart, that draws people in, that makes them both laugh and cry. The entertainment value must be there. Then, I weave in my love for Jesus in a non-preachy, realistic way, with the hopes and failures of everyday people. The resounding theme in Katherine’s Arrangement is that God can work all things for good when we choose to place our life in His trustworthy hands. It is uncanny how love can grow in the fertile soil of good choices. But don’t be fooled, as with most of us, Katherine had to go through her gamut of bad choices before she surrendered.

I pray you will find a little bit of your story in Katherine’s story, and that, above all, you will enjoy the read.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Blossom is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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Don’t Keep Silent by Elizabeth Goddard

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Don’t Keep Silent, by Elizabeth Goddard, is book three in the Uncommon Justice series. Rae Burke is an investigative reporter who is currently out of work when her brother contacts her about his missing wife. As Rae starts digging into her sister-in-law’s disappearance, she runs into former DEA agent Liam McKade. They had worked together previously and he ended up getting injured. Neither of them are excited to be working together again. As they dug into her sister-in-laws disappearance, they found out she’s not really who they thought she was.

This is a great story. I have enjoyed the whole series! This story has so much action, suspense and “who done it” mystery that is is hard to put down. The writing is so clear it is easy to envision the surroundings and what happens. The things that stands out to me is the guilt Rae felt over what happened to Liam when they worked together before. She struggled with even wanting to see him. Liam’s so generous, that even though he struggled with forgiving her for what happened, he invited her into his home to keep her safe. I feel Rae’s character is immature with her actions and how she put herself and others in danger. This is a Christian romantic suspense story, the Christian aspect is very light.
I received a copy of this book through Revell Reads Blogger Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Uncommon Justice (book 3)

ISBN: 9780800729868

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

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Elizabeth Goddard is a bestselling author of over forty books. She started writing at a very young age, her first romance suspense at the age of 14. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: https://elizabethgoddard.com/

 

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Keep-Silent-Uncommon-Justice/dp/0800729862

https://www.christianbook.com/dont-keep-silent-3/elizabeth-goddard/9780800729868/pd/729865

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dont-keep-silent-elizabeth-goddard/1133988344

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/39251

Love’s Mountain Quest by Misty M. Beller

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Loves Mountain Quest, by Misty M. Beller, is book two in the series. It takes place in 1867 in the Montana territory. This book is so well written with background information and well introduced character that it also is a great stand alone story. The main characters are from the first book in the series to it is best to read them in order to get the whole story.

The things that stand out most for me in this story is the concern Isaac has for Joanna and her son and the care Joanna gives to others. The two have so many things that come up during the rescue mission, yet they force themselves to continue on. Issues with the horses and injury slow them down, but force them to rely more on God to help them get Joanna’s son and friend before they come to great harm. I especially like how Isaac has turned his life around and how Joanna’s focus is on providing for her family.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is full of adventure and suspense with many twists and turns. The romance is very mild. It is a good clean story.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

About the Book

Book:  Love’s Mountain Quest

Author: Misty M Beller

Genre:  Historical romance

Release Date: June 30, 2020

mailAfter losing her husband in the Rocky Mountain wilderness, young widow Joanna Watson is struggling to make a new home for her five-year-old son, Samuel, in the little mountain town of Settler’s Fort. When she returns home from work to find Samuel and the woman watching him missing–and the sheriff dead–she enlists a man she prays has enough experience in this rugged country to help.

Isaac Bowen wants nothing more than a quiet, invisible life in these mountains, far away from the bad decisions of his past. But he has a strong suspicion of who’s behind the kidnapping and murder, and if he’s right, he knows all too well the evil they’re chasing.

As they press on against the elements, Joanna fights to hold on to hope, while Isaac knows a reckoning is coming. They find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.

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About the Author

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After working for 13 years in the corporate world, Misty M. Beller (mistymbeller.com) is now the author of fourteen independently published Christian historical romance novels. Raised on a farm in South Carolina, she combines her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life by writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. She lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, is an active member of ACFW, and teaches regularly at conferences and writing groups on effective book marketing.

 

 

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The Story Behind the Story: Love’s Mountain Quest

 Love’s Mountain Quest was one of the hardest books I’ve ever written, even though I LOVE Isaac and Joanna and their story. What made this book so hard was the fact that I wrote most of the story during my third trimester of pregnancy with our son!

 Our little Matthew is our fourth baby (and first boy), so I was VERY heavy with child during the last three months I carried him, and that was the time that I’d scheduled to write Love’s Mountain Quest. Needless to say, the words were not flowing very well. My creativity was as exhausted as the rest of me! I could see Isaac and Joanna’s story in my mind, but showing it for readers using real words was the hard part.

Thankfully, I have an amazing editor at Bethany House (waving at Jen Veilleux!) who helped me massage the first draft, pushing both me and the story to be the very best we could be. Unfortunately for her, the edits for this book were the first bit of writing I did after taking a short maternity leave after the birth, so my brain was still a bit mushy from all the post-partum hormones and lack of sleep a newborn always brings. Jen’s patience through the process was remarkable, yet I so appreciate her determination not to stop until we had the very best book possible.

Our little Matthew just turned one, and Love’s Mountain Quest is finally making its way out into the world. Because of Jen, I’m so excited to share it with you! I can’t wait for you to meet the characters and story I love so much.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize package of Love’s Mountain Quest, Hope’s Highest Mountain, and a bath bomb!!

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Black Midnight by Kathleen Y’Barbo

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The Black Midnight, by Kathleen Y’Barbo, is the seventh books in Barbour Books True Colors series. Alice Anne von Wettin (Annie) , the great-granddaughter of England’s Queen Victoria is a Pinkerton agent working in Austin, Texas with Isaiah Joplin as the Midnight Assassin terrorizes the city by killing women. Annie is forced to leave the Pinkerton Agency, but when Jack the Ripper shows up in London, Queen Victoria asks her to lead up a team to investigate a family member.

Isaiah has feelings for Annie. If Annie allows the relationship to continue and deepen her immediate family would suffer.

This story is a fast paced crime story based on true events that happened in the 1880’s. The story starts of running and keeps going. This story is filled with mystery with a touch of romance. I found the story a little hard to get into. I wish there had been a little more introduction into the characters and the situation. Other than that it was a good story. There are several things that stand out to me in this story. I just loved Annie, she is a very strong character who stepped away from the easy life and does what she feels is right. Yet, when love comes her way, she puts the needs of her family first. However, she tells her sister to go for love. Annie is a very wise person who wants the best for others. I especially appreciate the background history the author gives us at the end of the story. I received an ebook of this story from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley, this is my honest review.

Series: True Colors (Book 7)

ISBN: 9781643525952

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

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Kathleen Y’Barbo is a bestselling author of more than 100 books . She is a tenth-generation Texan and a certified paralegal, a member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, Texas A&M Association of Former Student and the Texas A&M Women Former Students (Aggie Women), Texas Historical Society, Novelists Inc., and American Christian Fiction Writers.

You can learn more about her and the books she has written at:https://kathleenybarbo.com/

 

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/black-midnight-kathleen-ybarbo/9781643525952/pd/525952

https://www.amazon.com/Black-Midnight-True-Colors/dp/1643525956/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

https://www.barbourbooks.com/the-black-midnight/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-black-midnight-kathleen-ybarbo/1134994413?ean=9781643525952

 

To celebrate the upcoming release, Kathleen Y’Barbo is gifting one $50 Gift Card to one reader who buys The Black Midnight before August 1, 2020. For information go to: https://kathleenybarbo.com/the-black-midnight/

 

Lake Season by Denise Hunter

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Lake Season, by Denise Hunter, is the first book in A Bluebell Inn Romance series. The story focuses on three siblings that lose their parents. To allow the youngest child, Grace, to finish school with her friends, Levi leaves his job and Molly turns down her dream internship. The siblings work together to turn their family home into the bed and breakfast her parents planned.

Their first guest, Adam, is researching for his new book. During the remodel, an unmailed letter is found and Molly asks Adam to help her research and find the person who attempted to mail it and the person is was intended to go to.

This is a great story. It is a wonderful, inspirational dual story that takes place in modern day as well as the 1960’s. The story is so well written it is easy to envision the transformation the home goes through and the surroundings. The story points out how the family works together for the sake of the family. The story also shows the changes Adam goes through when he discloses his secret. I really enjoyed the character of Grace. I enjoyed how she teased her sister about having a crush on an author. I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding the unmailed letter as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Series: A Bluebell Inn Romance (book 1)

ISBN: 9780785222729

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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Denise Hunter is a bestselling author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been made into Hallmark movies. She writes heartwarming, small-town love stories.

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.

You can learn more about her and her books at: https://denisehunterbooks.com/index.html

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lake-season-denise-hunter/1130967580?ean=9780785222729 https://www.christianbook.com/lake-season-denise-hunter/9780785222729/pd/5222729

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QH4MQDY/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

https://www.thomasnelson.com/9780785222729/lake-season/

 

You can read a preview at: https://preview.aer.io/Lake_Season-MjI3NDY4?social=1&retail=1&emailcap=0