The Key to Love, by Betsy St. Amant is a modern day Christian romance novel set in Story, Kansas. Bri and two elderly sisters run a bakery that focuses on terrible coffee, macaroons, petit fours and romance. They also have an area where couples can put their love locks. This is what draws the attention of Trek Magazine who sends writer Gerard to do an article. As Bri spends her days baking and trying to duplicate her mother’s recipe, she spends her evenings reading letters she presumes are her parent’s love letter until she finds something that doesn’t add up.
This is a sweet romance story to just get lost in. While it starts out slow, once the story gets going, it becomes a very good romance story with very good messages. Gerard has not spent time in a church, but when he meets the local pastor, he finds peace. When he tells Bri he wants to help his mother, she helps him to see that giving money may not be the best way to help her. As Bri Struggles to hold onto the bakery, Gerard tries to explain to her that it is not the bakery that defines her, it is how she treats others. I enjoyed getting lost in this story, not only does it have romance, it also has just the right amount a mystery to make me want to keep reading to see what was going to happen.
I received a copy of this book through Revell Reads, this is my honest review.
The only thing Bri Duval loves more than baking petit fours is romance. So much so, she’s created her own version of the famous Parisian lovelock wall at her bakery in Story, Kansas. She never expects it to go viral–or for Trek Magazine to send travel writer Gerard Fortier to feature the bakery. He’s definitely handsome, but Bri has been holding out for a love story like the one her parents had, and that certainly will not include the love-scorned-and-therefore-love-scorning Gerard.
Just when it seems Bri’s bakery is poised for unprecedented success, a series of events threaten not just her business but the pedestal she’s kept her parents on all these years. Maybe Gerard is right about romance. Or maybe Bri’s recipe just needs to be tweaked.
Novelist Betsy St. Amant invites you to experience this sweet story of how love doesn’t always look the way we expect–and maybe that’s a good thing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of over fifteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her hero of a hubby, two total-opposite young daughters, a vast collection of coffee mugs, and an impressive stash of Pickle chips. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored in Christ. When she’s not composing her next book or trying to prove unicorns are real, Betsy can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha–no whip. She blogs frequently at www.ibelieve.com, a devotional site for women.
Betsy is proud to be represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency.
Legacy of Honor, by Renae Brumbaugh Green, is book one in The Stratton Legacy series. At Emma’s mother’s funeral, her mother’s employer offers Emma her mother’s job at the Stratton ranch. Needing to support her ailing father and brother, she takes the job but sees what her mother has lived through working for the family. Her job was made easier with renewing her friendship with Riley, the son of the rancher.
This is a good story that shows how Riley’s father’s greed clouded his judgement of others as well as how it affects his life and the life of those around him. The things that stands out to me is when Riley opens the Bible his mother gave him and he see the notations and underlings left by her. His memory of his mother and his new found faith gives him the strength he needs to reach out to others. Another things is how Emma has longed to become a teacher but puts her plans aside to help her father and brother yet she finds a way to live part of her dream by helping Riley’s young niece.
This is a well written story with strong characters that grabbed my attention from the beginning and held it to the very end. The writing is very descriptive, it was easy to imagine the surroundings. I’m happy to know there is more to this story and I look forward to reading the rest of the stories. I received an ebook copy of this story from Celebrate Lit, this is my honest story.
About the Author
Book: Legacy of Honor
Author: Renae Brumbaugh Green
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: Nov, 2020
He’s been raised to carry on the legacy.
After her mother’s untimely death, Emma Monroe’s dreams to become a teacher are dashed. She takes a job as maid and cook at the local Stratton Ranch, where she endures humiliation and hardship in order to provide for her ailing father and younger brother. Only Riley Stratton, her childhood friend and heir to the Stratton fortune, sees her heart. When she’s asked to care for Skye, the young half-Indian girl most family members refuse to claim, Emma finally finds the purpose she craves.
Riley Stratton has it all, or so it seems. Growing up as the youngest son of the rich and powerful John Stratton, Riley stands to inherit a legacy of greatness in the Stratton Ranch. On the surface, his family looks like they have it all, but manipulation, deceit, and an ever-present quest for power leave him desperate for change. Yet his father has made it clear: do things the Stratton way, or face alienation and disinheritance. As Riley and Emma choose between honor, dreams, and expectations—not to mention the love they can no longer deny—their first steps prove how quickly the situation can spin into danger. When their best efforts threaten the lives and hopes of those closest to them, it becomes clear the decisions they make will change the course of their lives forever.
Renae Brumbaugh Green is an ECPA Bestselling Author, award-winning humor columnist, and wannabe superhero. She lives in Texas with her handsome, country-boy husband, four nearly-perfect children and one nearly-perfect son-in-law, and far too many animals. When she’s not writing, Renae teaches online classes and tries to be rugged without chipping her nail polish.
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I’ve been writing this book for more than a decade!
In 2008, my dear friend and writing mentor, Chip Ricks, shared a book idea with me. Loosely based on her own family history, she wanted to write a story about two brothers—one who chose to live for Christ, the other who didn’t. She wanted to follow that family through the generations, to show the impact of that one choice, on the people who came behind.
She just had one problem. Chip was a brilliant writer, but she wasn’t a fiction writer. “Will you help me write this book?”
Now, Chip was in her 80s at the time. She was a mother, a grandmother, to me in the faith. If she’d asked me to paint the moon pink, I’d have given it my best shot. For several years, Chip and I worked together on several versions of the book. We only ever got through the first few chapters, and we’d change our minds about the characters or the situations. Finally, one day she smiled at me. She said, “You know, Renae. This is your book. I know I whispered the idea to you, but I always wanted you to be the one to write it. I’m getting too old to work on this . . . please take it. It’s your story.”
Soon after, she moved across the country to live with her daughter. We stayed connected via phone calls and Facebook, until eventually, she stopped responding. We lost touch. I continued to write the book—Chip’s book. Now my book. I’d work on it a while, then put it away for several months, even a few years at one point. In 2017, I finished what would become the first final draft. I fiddled with it more, here and there, but I hung onto it until I met Misty Beller, my publisher at Wild Heart.
I submitted the book to her, and she accepted it, right away! Then the editor got hold of it. God bless Erin Taylor Young! She was brutal, in the best possible way. I spent weeks (months?) making the suggested changes, and each one made the book so much better. The day I turned in those final edits to my publisher, I opened up Facebook. There, on Chip’s FB page, was a note to all her friends.
From one of her children.
She’d gone to see her Heavenly Father.
I sat there, frozen, looking at my screen, big fat tears tracking my cheeks. How was it possible that on the day the book was complete, I learned of her death? She was so instrumental in my walk of faith, and in my path as a writer. It was almost like the Holy Spirit wanted me to know . . . this particular journey was now complete.
I hope you enjoy this book, book one in a trilogy, for it is very close to my heart. And I hope you learn from the actions of two brothers, so many years ago, that our choices have an impact on our own lives, and on the lives of those who follow us.
MY REVIEW Twice as Nice Amish Romance Collection, by Jean and Wanda E. Brunstetter is a compilation of two books in a series that focus on twin sisters, Elma and Thelma Hochstetler. They inherit their grandparents’ home and business and work to repair the home that has many needed repairs. The sisters may look alike, but their personalities are so different. One is easy going and the other is more set in her ways.
I love these two stories. I like that both are included in one book so it is easy to keep reading the sisters’ story without getting another book. The stories are well written with strong hardworking characters. These are good clean romance stories with a little mystery and suspense written into them. The stories are each rather short and can be read in just a couple evenings. Even through I read one of these stories years ago, I enjoyed reading it a second time just as much.
I received an ebook copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. This is my honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Two Are Better than One
Twin sisters, Elma and Thelma Hochstetler do everything together. They live together, they run a general store in Indiana together, and they are growing old together—neither one marrying young like their peers. But that could change if one of them marries.
The Lopsided Christmas Cake A baking flop still manages to earn high bids from admiring bachelors at an Amish charity auction when Elma and Thelma recreate their grandmother’s Christmas cake recipe in front of a live audience. Will the highest bidder also win a sister’s heart?
The Farmers’ Market Mishap Still single Elma wonders if she is just too picky to find love. Through a mishap at the farmers’ market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it bound to end badly.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who writes of Amish and their lifestyle. She has actively researched the Amish way of life to make her books accurate. She has authored over 100 books with more than 11 million copies sold. Many of her books have been on the top bestseller lists. She is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications. Her stories have been translated into four foreign languages. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: https://wandabrunstetter.com/
Jean Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish when she first went to Pennsylvania to visit her father-in-law’s family. Since that time, Jean has become friends with several Amish families and enjoys writing about their way of life. She also likes to put some of the simple practices followed by the Amish into her daily routine. You can learn more about her and books she has written at: https://jeanbrunstetter.com/
The Amish Menorah is a compilation of stories written by six men. Each of the stories are short and easy to read in one setting. The stories have good messages written in them. The stories touch on the theme of having faith as well as giving insight into the Amish faith and history. I enjoyed reading of the Amish history in Germany and the background of the Jewish Menorah in The Amish Menorah. I especially liked the message in ACloudy Day of believing in salvation as being more important that following religious beliefs. I enjoyed the understanding of some in the English community of how the Amish children are raised in The Silo. In Lone Star the reader see the belief of not using guns to settle disputes. And in Amish for the Summer, if only all young people could experience type of punishment for their crimes. The book contains the first two chapter of When Hearts Break along with the information the story is of abuse in the Amish community and the effects is has on two sister.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading these short stories. I enjoyed reading stories from a man’s point of view. One of the things that stand out most to me in these stories is In The Silo how people outside the English community don’t understand the Amish way of life. The neighbor jumped to a conclusion before getting to know the family.
I received an ebook copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.
About the Book
Book: The Amish Menorah
Author: The Men of Amish Fiction
Genre: Amish Fiction
Release Date: May 13, 2020
Come sit and enjoy!
Six short stories by the men of Amish fiction to entertain and educate you. You’ll journey with an Amish man and the Jewish woman whose life he saves, agonize with an Amish girl in love with an Englische man, fret with two sisters both in love with the same man, pray with the family whose child is injured in a fall, work with the Amish sheriff in a western town, and laugh at the girl forced to be Amish for the summer.
To know Wil, one would probably not think of him as an author. He is a husband, a father, a Christian, a veteran, a business owner, and a servant. He has led a life of bold and diverse experiences that immediately capture one’s attention. Wil has an unexpected artistic and creative side—something that might be considered uncommon, given his life’s works. Wil’s greatest inner strength is his expression and creativity. His life’s works give a credit to his writing that few other fiction authors possess. This generates a vivid degree of realism above and beyond other works of fiction.
Amazon bestselling author Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful music career to become a pastor in 1986. In 2007 he retired to concentrate on writing and publishing fiction books. In 2013, Harvest House Publishers published his first Amish series, Apple Creek Dreams. Patrick and his wife, Judy, live in Idaho. They have two daughters and Five grandchildren. Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency
Jerry Eicher was born to Amish parents, and raised in an Amish settlement in Honduras, Central America. The family returned stateside in the late seventies, when Jerry was sixteen. He spent his youth with a beloved Amish youth group in Belle Center, Ohio, and was married in 1983 to Tina Schmucker, whose parents had moved to the community from Nappanee, Indiana. Jerry and Tina left the Amish to join the Mennonites after the birth of their second son. He wrote his first work in the early twenties, a fictionalized version of his childhood in Central America. His second title was an Amish love story— Sarah. Since then Jerry has published over thirty fiction titles and sold nearly a million books.
Thomas Nye writes novels about Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. They have seven grandchildren and a team of draft horses. Thomas walks a mail route for the US Postal Service. It keeps him close to nature and a affords many quiet hours in which to dream up novels. “Over three decades of friendships with Amish neighbors has revealed a simple wisdom that inspires my writing.” To find out more about Thomas Nye and his books, visit: amishhorses.blogspot.com
Murray Pura has over twenty-four novels to his credit and, in addition, has published dozens of short stories, novellas,,and poems along with numerous books of non-fiction. He has worked with Baker, Barbour, Zondervan, Harvest House, MillerWords, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Harper One and Elk Lake Publishing. His fiction has won or been short listed for a number of literary prizes. Pura has lived in the UK, the Middle East, the USA and Canada. He now makes his home in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta.
Amos Wyse was born in the Midwest. Spending a great deal of his youth around good, hard-working farmers, those who lived near them and worked with them. When writing, he keeps those people and the life lessons they taught close by.
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The Amish Menorah and Other Stories was born out of a happy meeting between Patrick E. Craig and Thomas Nye at an Amish writers and readers event put on by Connie Spradling Lynch in Shipshewana, Indiana in 2019. Most of these readers did not know that there were several men who wrote Amish fiction. So Patrick and Tom decided to do something about that. After the conference, invitations went out to Murray Pura, Willard Carpenter, Jerry Eicher and Amos Wyse. Deb Haggerty at Elk Lake Publishers signed on and The Amish Menorah came to be.
Patrick E. Craig
As always, the six of us male authors of Amish fiction, have the goal of writing interesting and inspiring stories about Amish life. Collectively, our purpose in putting together The Amish Menorah, was to offer a sampling of Amish novellas written by men. There are only a few of us guys and dozens of women writing Amish novels. This book is an opportunity for readers of Amish fiction to sample six of our writing styles in one setting.
The Biblical description of a Menorah is a seven-flame lampstand. We like to think of our six stories in the Amish Menorah as six flames, each shining a unique light on Amish life. Our prayer is that you, our readers, will become that seventh flame as you join us by reading The Amish Menorah.
To celebrate their tour, The Men of Amish Fiction are giving away the grand prize package of copy of The Amish Menorah and Other Stories, a copy of Samson and Amish Delilah (by Thomas Nye), and an Amish coloring book designed for Amish children and sold in Amish stores!!
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Texas Holiday Hideout, by Virginia Vaughan, is book two in the Cowboy Lawmen Romance series. While being part of a series, this is also a great stand alone story. This story is full of action, mystery and suspense. It starts out quickly and doesn’t stop until the end.
Melissa witnessed her mother’s murder and is now being held in the witness protection program. Someone within the program is leaking information to her whereabouts. Her location has been changed and different marshals have been replaced. Miles has been called in and almost immediately finds himself on the run with them to keep them safe. When there is no where else to go, he takes them home to his family. He tells his family she is his wife.
WOW! This is such a good story. I loved all the action and the love that was shown towards Melissa by Miles family. I did struggle with the way Miles allowed himself to develop feeling for her and her son so quickly. And, how he brought his brothers in to help before going to his boss. The story became more real for me when his boss was not happy with the situation. I enjoyed reading this story, it was hard to put down. The part that really stands out to me is when the person leaking the information admits that he wondered what would cause a person to leave behind everything from their past to go into the witness protection program. After making the mistake of getting involved with certain people, he could easily to see the need. Another part that really stand out to me is that to keep people safe, the marshals have to make up stories about the people’s past and keep secrets from everyone, including their families. For some this may be considered telling lies.
I received an ebook copy of this story from Celebrate Lit as well as a print copy from the author. This is my honest review.
About the Book
Book: Texas Holiday Hideout
Author: Virginia Vaughan
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 1, 2020
When her identity’s exposed,
hiding on a lawman’s family ranch is her last hope.
After her mother is killed, Melissa Morgan’s shocked to learn she’s spent her life in witness protection. Now it’s US marshal Miles Avery’s job to keep her and her little boy safe. And with a mole in his agency, the only way to evade the killer is to hide Melissa on Miles’s family ranch…and pretend she’s his wife for the holidays.
Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.
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What if one day you discovered you were in the Witness Protection Program and didn’t know it?
This is the premise for my October book, TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT, which releases this month. My heroine, Melissa Morgan, learns she and her mother entered the program when Melissa was a child. Her mother never told her and, when Melissa witnesses her mother being murdered, she becomes the assassin’s next target. US Marshal Miles Avery steps in to protect the single mom and her son from a killer, but a leak in WITSEC leaves him with little options except to take his witnesses to his family’s ranch…and pretend she’s his wife for the holidays.
So, in celebration of TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT releasing this month, here are 10 things about the Witness Protection Security Program (or WITSEC) I learned during my research for this book.
The program is voluntary. No one can be forced to enter.
You can leave the program at any time—although it is not recommended.
No person in the program, who follows the rules, has ever been killed.
People entering WITSEC sometimes keep their same first name and/or initials so that if they mess up and start to sign their name, they have time to correct.
Since WITSEC is a federal program, many states have their own programs to protect witnesses of gang or street-level crimes.
If you get married while in WITSEC, you must lie to your new spouse to protect your true identity in the event the relationship doesn’t last.
Protected witnesses are mostly criminals. Only about 5% are innocents despite the popular trope in movies and fiction.
Local law enforcement may or may not be notified when a protected witness is relocated to their jurisdiction.
Divorced, non-custodial parents have had their children hidden from them and now must agree to allow their children to enter the program.
WITSEC protected witnesses are expected to eventually become self-sufficient. They do not get to live off the government for the rest of their lives.
Did any of these facts about WITSEC surprise you? I’d love to hear which ones. I had a lot of fun researching WITSEC for TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT. I hope you enjoy Miles and Melissa’s story! Look out for the next book in the series—middle brother Navy SEAL Paul Avery’s story—coming in TEXAS TARGET STANDOFF in March of 2021.
Sand & Mistletoe, by Chautona Havig, is a quick to read Christmas story. This is a story of love at first sight and extreme family dynamics. While reading the story I had a hate/love feeling toward Portia’s family. Five sisters who struggle to get along and get through Christmas. But it is easy to see the love they have for each other. Each of the sisters has their place in the family.
I enjoyed the Reese’s character the most. He became a dad of a deaf toddler in an instant. He placed his son as priority in his life. His concern for his son and the relationships he has is heartwarming.
This is a fun to read Christmas romance set mainly on a stretch of beach. I appreciate the background information the author gives to why she used the area she did and the background of the family dynamics.
I received an ebook copy of this story from the author through Celebrate Lite. This is my honest review.
About the Book
Book: Sand & Mistletoe
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance (Holiday)
Release Date: November 24, 2018
What’s Christmas without family drama, an accident, and mistletoe?
If you ask Portia Spears, it’s a horror movie—especially since she’s never the one caught under that mistletoe. And who thought it was a good idea to spend the last Christmas as a family unit away from their family home?
Her bossy older sisters, that’s who.
Christmas at his parents’ house with his son—just the way Reese Whitaker likes it. But a chance encounter on the beach might just change everything. How often do you meet someone who loves kids and knows American Sign Language?
Not often. Trust him.
However, with just two weeks to get to know each other and two families that couldn’t be more different vying for their time, will they even have a chance to test out that mistletoe they found?
Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
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What Happens When an Author Rewrites History
To be fair, almost none of us wanted to be there.
And really, that wasn’t fair. Two of our daughters planned as a “destination Christmas” bash for the whole family—just a nice getaway in San Diego for the “last” Christmas we’d probably all be in the same place on the same days. The kids were getting older, getting married, and even moving out of state. It was a beautiful thing for them to try to do for us.
But Havigs are homebodies who like their traditions, and most of us left in Ridgecrest weren’t too thrilled being “dragged” four hours south to celebrate Christmas in a beautiful house on a cliff overlooking the San Diego countryside. It had everything, game room, lots of space, yards, hiking trails, an infinity pool, a hot tub…
Yeah. That hot tub kicked off the weekend with a splash all right. With no lighting around it, and no railing either, my husband stepped out of it and right off the ledge—down a hill (at least fifteen feet), bouncing off boulders and thankfully, stopped by a fence. Otherwise, he’d have rolled for a LONG way.
Get this. He broke nothing. Don’t even ask me how (because we all know Who took care of that, right?).
Still, I spent my Christmas Eve sitting in an ER waiting for someone to tell us the damage (superficial scrapes and deep bruising). The whole time I thought, “This has got to be a book.”
Two years later, it was.
I say this at the end of the book, but I need to say it again.
People who know our family will recognize some of my kids (I left four of them out of the story). They will also say, “Wait, she’s not like that!”
And that’s the point. I put just enough of real people in it to really capture the feel of the personalities, meshed some quirks (including the ones that got left out), and then set them in a stressful situation and really way over-exaggerated actual responses. I want to say this here again. None of us acted just like I portrayed us in Sand & Mistletoe (although, frankly, I wouldn’t have blamed a couple of them if they’d wanted to). Unlike A Bird Died, I didn’t even try to stick to facts.
Instead of San Diego hill country, I put us at my favorite beach—Ventura. I stuck our rented beach house where the Pierpont Inn is/used to be (don’t even know if it exists anymore). Reese’s parents live in the house I lived in when I was nine—right there on Pierpont just a block from the beach. And where they went to get mistletoe… one of my favorite places in the world.
So, here’s my version of the tale—the one I wrote instead of told. Just like Francie Nolan learned from her teacher in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. When I tell the story, I tell it exactly how it happened. However… I wrote what should (not) have happened! (this is much more interesting than the real story).
Light in the Mountain Sky is book three in the Call of the Rockies series by Misty M. Beller. Being part of a series, it was a good stand alone story as well. However, since the main character is introduced in the earlier book, I suggesting reading the series in order. The author has done an outstanding job of writing this story that is full of action and suspense. The writing is so clear it is easy to envision the path the party is taking to find Meksem’s half-sister. It is easy to feel the cold and hardships they endure. This is a nice story of having faith in God to get through hardships and struggles.
I enjoyed reading of the determination the party has to keep traveling to help get Meksem’s sister back. They go without proper sleep and meals. The thing that stands out most to me in this book is the depth of love for a sibling and what they will do for each other. Meksem knew her sister’s husband was going after her, Meksem could have left it up to him to rescue her sister, but she didn’t. She put herself in danger. Adam’s brother was planning to get married, but put it off until Adam returned so Adam would be there on his big day. I really enjoyed this book, I enjoyed watching the relationship between Meksem and Adam grow.
I received an ebook copy of this book from NetGalley through Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.
About the Author
Book: Light in the Mountain Sky
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2020
This epic journey may seal her fate forever.
Determined to prove her worth, Meksem fiercely fought to earn her place among the warriors in her Nez Perce camp. When her half-sister is captured by an enemy tribe, she refuses to trust the rescue to anyone else. But her new friends insist on joining her mission, and she battles between relief and frustration at their presence. Especially the white man who peers at her as if he can see through the face of the warrior she struggles so hard to maintain.
Spaniard Adam Vargas thrives on adventure wherever his travels take him. He’s fallen in love with this Rocky Mountain wilderness, as well as the spotted horses the Nez Perce tribe raise. His fascination with this Indian maiden-turned-warrior catches him off guard though, including the way she seems to be fighting for more than her sister’s safe return.
The journey proves more perilous than any of the group expects, and the secret Meksem hides becomes impossible to conceal. If they live through this mission, the life they knew will never be the same again.
From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and intense adventure.
Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
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Early Nez Perce Business Women
As I’ve been researching for my current Call of the Rockies series, I’ve had the pleasure of diving deep into the culture of the Nez Perce tribe. I found it interesting that one of the primary food sources of The People (as they called themselves) was camas roots.
But what really drew my notice was how the women would cultivate entire fields of camas root, store what they needed for their family through the winter, then use the extras for bartering. Some savvy women would become quite wealthy from their business dealings!
The bulbs of the camas plant are full of calories and nutrients, and each fall, Nez Perce families would travel to their particular camas meadow (a section of land whose camas rights had probably been passed down from generation to generation within their family). Many of these meadows were located near present-day Weippe, Moscow or Grangeville, where the onion-shaped bulbs grew thickly.
Women used pointed wooden tools to harvest the bulbs, and could often gather over 50 pounds a day, satisfying their full winter’s supply within just a few days.
Native American peoples who ate camas include the Nez Perce (Nimíipuu), Cree, Coast Salish, Kalapuya, and Blackfoot, and Yakama, among many others. Not all of these people groups harvested camas themselves. Instead, many relied on trade in order to procure it. Trade networks were established all the way from the Rockies to the Pacific Ocean, and a shrewd businesswoman who tended her camas meadows well could provide everything her family needed and more!
Texas Troubles, by Caryl McAdoo, is book five in the Cross Timbers Family Saga and is part of the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection. This is also a very good stand alone story. Having not read all of the series, I was able to follow along with this story. This is a story of two young men who grew up as best friends and as adults enlist on different sides of the Civil War. The story follow through their part in service as well as the girls they left behind and promise to come home to.
This story starts out with the four main characters while they are home in Texas. Cass and Jo Jo are best of friends while JoJo’s brother, Rich, and Aaron are like brothers. As the story builds we see the friendships develop into romantic relationships. Aaron takes a job as a cotton buyer and as he leaves for his job, he and Jo Jo vocalize their feelings toward each other. Mean while, Rich was married to Cass’s sister until her death. As he struggles to move forward, they realize their friendship has deepened.
This is a very well written story with strong characters. The writing is very clear and descriptive, it is easy to follow along and envision what is happening. This story caught my attention from the very beginning and was hard to put down. It was enjoyable to see the differences between Rich and Aaron and how they were able to remain friends despite them. The story shows the strength the soldiers and their families needed to get through the difficult times. This is a great story that shows the importance of prayer and relying on God.
I received an ebook copy of this story from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.
About the Book
Book: Texas Troubles
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: September 2, 2020
Brothers are for conflict; and he who finds a wife has found a good thing.
Through the first battle to the end of the Civil war, partners Aaron Van Zandt and Rich Worley fought on opposite sides. The women who loved them lived in prayer and learned to trust God even more to maintain sanity. While their men battled each other, best friends Josie Jo Worley and Cass Andrews struggle with jealousy, worry, and regret. Experience the war as one left behind in this epic romance. See how they cope . . . and if you’re able to stop turning the pages.
Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over fifty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and nineteen grandsugars with Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years, she lives in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.
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The families in the Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga have embedded themselves into my heart. This story takes them through the Civil War, and not everyone comes home to Texas. Josie Jo, born in book one of the series is ready to confess her love because he’s leaving . . . and she may never see him again.
Her best friend Cassandra shouts her love for the same man and her brother loves her friend! I love to see how God untangles our messes! He walks with them through every trial, all their pain, and the waiting, waiting, waiting for the end of the war, news of their beaus, and to be married.
The title TEXAS TROUBLES came from an incident that occurred in North Texas just prior to the Days of Aggression. In the scorching July heat, reported one hundred and ten degrees on that fateful day, three downtowns—Dallas, Denton a little to the north, and Pilot Point, more of a hamlet—went up in flames.
Immediately word spread that slaves and pro-union abolitionists were responsible, and justice came swiftly at the hands of the vigilante committee. Three slaves, one a preacher, hanged the following day on the banks of the Trinity River which then was nearest the land now known as Dealy Plaza, made famous by President Kennedy’s assignation there.
Though it proved to be an extraordinarily hot summer—water wells dried up and crops withered in the fields as the hundred-degree days went on and on. On the 8th of July, 1860, many residents of Dallas sought refuge at Wallace Peak’s downtown drugstore; that’s where the fire started.
Flames spread quickly from one business to another, blown by the hot winds from one to the next. By the time the fire was extinguished half of Dallas’ business district was gone. Now, phosphorous matches are said to be the culprit through spontaneous combustion for the fires as they all started in establishments carrying the highly flammable fire-lighting sticks.
Many say the incident called the Texas Troubles precipitated the Southern States’ cessation and even the Civil War itself. Mainly because of the FAKE NEWS spread by a young editor at the Dallas Herald. He sent letters to newspapers in Houston, Austin, and others across the state blaming a slave up rise for the fires and warning that the slaves were rising up.
Guess we aren’t the first Americans to deal with fake new! Before it was all over, at least a hundred men had hanged, slaves and their white abolitionist advocates. The panic never truly abated because too soon, the war between the states that pit brothers against brothers began.
This is where TEXAS TROUBLES, book five in the Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga begins. One brother went the way of the vigilantes, the other traveled north to join the Federalists. I think you’ll love this story of love and the most terrible times our country has ever experienced.
The Red Ribbon, by Pepper Basham, is volume eight in the True Color series by Barbour Publishing. Each of the stories are fiction based on true crime stories in history. This story is based in Virginia in 1912 and covers the Hillsville Courthouse Massacre.
Ava is a young lady who was orphaned at a young age. The area has been hit with many crimes and murders through out the years and her father’s and brother’s are just a couple of them. Ava was raised by a local family, had her grandmother close by and was really good friends with Jeremiah. As children and now adults, Jeremiah often rescues Ava in times of need.
This is a great story. It is well written with strong characters. The writing is clear and it is easy to envision what is happening and the surroundings. I enjoyed reading the wisdom of Ava and Jeremiah’s grandparents that started the chapters. I enjoyed the character of Ava’s grandmother, especially how she helped Ava to understand her mother’s health background. This story is filled with action, suspense, and mystery with strong friendship and growing romance. I especially like the additional information the author provides at the end of the story that focuses on the real crime.
I received an ebook copy of this story from t he publisher through NetGalley, this is my honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
An Appalachian Feud Blows Up in 1912
Step into True Colors — a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime
In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned. The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.
M REVIEW Amish Snow White, by Ashley Emma, is book one in the Amish Fairy Tale Series. It is also a great stand alone story. This is a really good book with good messages. Adriana’s sister dies in an accident, which Adriana is not convinced is just an accident. Fearing for her niece’s life she tries to get her away from her brother-in-law until it becomes evident her life may be in danger. She flees the area and ends up in an Amish community, where she has an accident and gets rescued by Dominic.
Dominic is a young widower who has moved back home to his family. He is not ready to move forward with his life, until he gets to know Adriana.
I enjoyed reading this book. It is an easy to read story that is easy to get lost in. The characters are well developed, caring people. The story is well written so it is easy to envision what is happening and the surroundings. I especially enjoyed the mystery, suspense and the developing friendships in the story. I received an ARC ebook copy of this story from the author. This is my honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
An heiress on the run. A heartbroken Amish man, sleep-walking through life. Can true love’s kiss break the spell?
After his wife dies and he returns to his Amish community, Dominic feels numb and frozen, like he’s under a spell.
When he rescues a woman from a car wreck in a snowstorm, he brings her home to his mother and six younger siblings. They care for her while she sleeps for several days, and when she wakes up in a panic, she pretends to have amnesia to hide her identity.
But waking up is only the beginning of Snow’s story. A child needs her help. Will Dominic risk everything to help Snow?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Emma wrote her first book at the age of 12 and published it when she was 16. She spent time living in Amish communities which helps her to write very realistic stories. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: http://ashleyemmaauthor.com/