Passages of Hope by Terri J. Haynes

My Review

Passages of Hope, by Terri J. Haynes is book 10 in the Doors to the Past series by Barbour Publishing.  This is a series of stand alone stories written by different authors that focuses on different parts in American history. This is a dual time-line story that focuses on a family connected to the Underground Railroad. Grace inherits the her grandmother’s home and follows the dream she shared with her grandmother. As she has the home renovated to made it a yarn shop, they find a hidden door to an underground room.

This is a nicely written story that gives a look into the danger the participants of the Underground Railroad put themselves and their families in. It is fun to read of the steps and safety that had to be taken and even then not everyone made it out safely. It was also enjoyable to read of the family dynamics and how Grace’s uncle could not deal with losing her mother and how that affected him and the relationships he had with her. I especially enjoyed the suspense with the working of the Underground Railroad and how realistic the story is with Grace and her struggles after losing her mother. When she is busy trying to close out the estate and open her shop, she totally forgets about receiving mail. This leads to issues that she needs to attend to immediately and properly to avoid losing the home.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this story, this is my honest review.

About the Book

Book: Passages of Hope

Author: Terri J. Haynes

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance

Release date: November, 2022

Discover the Story Behind a Secret Passageway

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Gracie Kingston begins renovations on the Philadelphia house inherited from her grandmother and finds a secret room. It is connected to a house nearby, the home of William Still, the man known as the father of the Underground Railroad. As she researches, she discovers a mystery in her house’s ownership. In 1855, Olivia Kingston helps a mother and her young child by hiding them in a secret room in her home. As she helps, she learns that there may be an impostor conductor in their community. As Gracie’s and Olivia’s stories intertwine, they learn the meaning of sacrifice and love.

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About the Author

Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a homeschool mom, writer, prolific knitter, freelance graphic artist and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband). She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. As she grew, her love for writing grew as she tried her hand at poetry, articles, speeches and fiction. She is storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers in the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives.
Terri is a 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest finalist, and a 2012 semi-finalist. She is also a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. Her publishing credits include: Cup of Comfort for Military Families, Crosswalk.com, the Secret Place Devotional, Urbanfaith.com, Vista Devotional, and Publisher’s Weekly.
Terri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and a certificate in creative writing and graphic design, meeting the minimal requirements of being a geek. She and her husband pastor a church where she serves as executive pastor and worship leader. Terri lives in Maryland with her three wonderful children and her husband, who often beg her not to kill off their favorite characters.
Website: http://www.terrijhaynes.com
Blog: http://www.inotherwords.terrijhaynes.com

More from Terri

Family, Underground Railroad, two strong Black women, and knitting in one book? Yes.

As an author, I explore my world with curiosity. I find many subjects interesting and it shows in this book. It’s not often that an author can combine such a range of topics in one novel. I’m so glad I got to do it for this one.

In addition to being an author, I am a knitter, crocheter, indie yarn dyer, business owner, unofficial historian, wife, mother, and sister. At first glance, all those things seem too different to combine in one book. But they weave together so perfectly.

Life is a tapestry of many colors knit together and my goal was to show that. That family and history, grieving and crafting, struggle and triumph, are all entwined threads. Their vibrancy can be combined to create a beautiful project, the pain and joy both add hue and color to life. This is what I hope you find in this book.

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Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, December 2 (Author Interview)

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Locks, Hooks and Books, December 3

For the Love of Literature, December 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 4

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Connie’s History Classroom, December 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 6

Holly’s Book Corner, December 6

Blossoms and Blessings, December 7

Mary Hake, December 7

Remembrancy, December 8

For Him and My Family, December 8

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 9

Lis Loves Reading, December 9

Through the fire blogs, December 10

Spoken from the Heart, December 10

Pause for Tales, December 11

Labor Not in Vain, December 11

Betti Mace, December 12

Marriage, Motherhood, & Homeschool, December 12

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Terri is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a print copy of the book!!

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Strike to the Heart Blog Blitz

Strike to the Heart Series JustRead Blog Blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for the Strike to the Heart series by Danielle Grandinetti, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

To Stand in the Breach

Title: To Stand in the Breach

Series: Strike to the Heart

Author: Danielle Grandinetti

Publisher: Hearth Spot Press

Release Date: September 13, 2022

Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense, Christian

She came to America to escape a workhouse prison, but will the cost of freedom be too high a price to pay?

1933, Wisconsin – Large animal veterinarian Katy Wells takes her patients’ welfare personally, so it’s no surprise when she stands up to angry farmers planning a milk strike or takes in an injured draft horse to save its life.But after a visitor from the past discovers her location and reveals a threat, she must choose between her work and her freedom, and whether to trust a man to keep her safe.

To Stand in the Breach is the prequel novella to A Strike to the Heart, releasing April 2022.

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STRIKE TRILOGY EXCERPT Book 1
By Danielle Grandinetti

TO STAND IN THE BREACH

Excerpt 2
“I’ll be just fine.” He gave her a smile that slowed her thoughts and patted the hand he held to
his cheek. “As you said, slaps will usually stun someone, but also make them angry so that they
grab your wrist. Like this.” Joey moved his hand down her arm until his fingers wrapped around
her wrist, making her arm seem frail, thin.
Katy swallowed.
“His focus will be on the point of contact—your right arm. That means, you need to use your left
foot.”
“To do what?” Her heart pounded in her head, throwing off her concentration.
“Stomp. Hard.” He winked. “See how when I grab your wrist, I aim to pull you toward me?
Instead of letting that get you off balance, use the momentum to stomp harder. Try it.”
“I can’t hurt you.”
“I’ve been stomped on by a cow. You won’t hurt me.”
“That’s not comforting.”
Joey laughed. “Come on, try it. On three, I’ll pull you toward me.”
Katy nodded. On three, he tugged, and she landed her heel on his instep.

Joey hissed. “You’ve got a heel on that boot.”
“I’m sorry!” She jumped back.
“No. That’s good.” He kept a gentle hold on her arm. “You want to cause pain.”
“Not to you.”
“I’ll feel better if I know you can handle yourself. Lil and Amy grew up with brothers, and Lily can
shoot a shotgun better than me. I know they can handle themselves. Your turn to learn.”
“I’m not one of your sisters.”
“No, you most definitely are not. So don’t hold back. Please.” He cleared his throat of the
emotion lacing his words. “After you stomp, you’ll have bent them over, giving you aim to land
an elbow in their nose.”
“I’m not going to—”
“If it’s your life on the line, you will. That’s my point, Katy. Someone determined to harm you
needs to be dealt with and not compassionately. Understand?”

Strike to the Heart

Title: A Strike to the Heart

Series: Strike to the Heart

Author: Danielle Grandinetti

Publisher: Hearth Spot Press

Release Date: September 13, 2022

Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense, Christian

She’s fiercely independent. He’s determined to protect her.

Wisconsin, 1933―When a routine mission becomes an ambush that kills his team, Craft Agency sniper Miles Wright determines to find the persons responsible and protect the woman he rescued. But the fierce independence that led Lily Moore to leave her family’s dairy business for the solitary life of a dog trainer and the isolation of her farm don’t make that easy. Neither does his unwanted attraction to her. Meanwhile, escalating incidents confirm that she’s far from safe.

Lily fears letting the surprisingly gentle retired marine into her life almost as much as she fears whoever is threatening her. As Wisconsin farmers edge toward another milk strike, one that will surely turn violent, it becomes clear that the plot against Lily may be part of a much larger conspiracy. When the search for her abductor leads close to home, she must decide whether to trust her family or the man who saved her life.

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STRIKE TRILOGY EXCERPT Book 2
By Danielle Grandinetti

A STRIKE TO THE HEART

Excerpt 2
Pieter gave a sharp bark and trotted to the picture window. Smokey raised his floppy ears from
his spot curled at Miles’s side. Miles’s senses went on alert, but Lily offered an innocuous
explanation.
“It’s their dinnertime.” She gathered the empty mugs. Smokey scrambled to the floor to trot after
her.
“May I at least see you to the barn?” Trailing them, Miles shoved his hands in his pockets.
“Because you want my company, or because you’re worried about me going out there in the
dark?” Lily gave him a sideways glance before heading into the back room where she shrugged
on a coat and slipped her feet into work boots.
Both, but he’d stay away from the personal. “Well, Pieter did seem to hear something. And we
never got to discuss why you think you’re the bait.” Miles followed her outside. The dogs
brushed past and headed straight for the barn.
Lily stayed beside him, her voice quiet. “It’s just that the lethal danger started when you rescued
me.”
The moon that had been so brilliant last night—romantic, even—was now eclipsed by clouds.
Darkness covered the fields in an inky blanket. Not even a breeze stirred the corn. The hair on
the back of his neck rose—and not because of her observation.
“Come with me.” He grabbed Lily’s hand and hurried her toward the deepest shadows against
the barn wall. “You shouldn’t be exposed out here.”
“Miles?”
“Just humor me. Call your dogs and stay as quiet as possible while I make sure the barn is
secure.” He pulled his Colt from his holster.
She gave a gasp so similar to the fearful one Mrs. St. Thomas had uttered earlier that it went
straight to Miles’s heart. Throwing ramifications to the wind, he placed a gentle kiss on her
forehead. Added a whispered prayer for her safety. Then disappeared into the barn.

As Silent as the Night

Title: As Silent as the Night

Series: Strike to the Heart

Author: Danielle Grandinetti

Publisher: Hearth Spot Press

Release Date: September 13, 2022

Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense, Christian

He can procure anything, except his heart’s deepest wish. She might hold the key, if she’s not discovered first.

Chicago, 1933―Lucia Critelli will do anything for her ailing grandfather, including stand in a breadline to have enough food to make him a St. Nicholas Day meal. When she catches the eye of a goon who threatens her grandfather, she discovers the end of Prohibition doesn’t mean the end of the mafia’s criminal activity.

Retired Marine Scout Giosue “Gio” Vella can find anything, especially if it helps a fellow Italian immigrant, so he has no doubt he can locate his neighbor’s granddaughter, who has gone missing from a local church. Keeping her safe is another matter. Especially when he chooses to hide out with his Marine buddy in Eagle, Wisconsin, the site of a barely-held truce among striking dairy farmers.

Will Christmas bring the miracle they all need or will Gio discover there are some things even he can’t find, particularly when he stumbles upon the most elusive gift of all: love.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookBub

STRIKE TRILOGY EXCERPT Book 3
By Danielle Grandinetti

AS SILENT AS THE NIGHT

Excerpt 2
Lucia tugged on her coat, a threadbare one that had seen too many winters. Gio slid his arm
over her shoulder and pulled her close. She didn’t balk; in fact, she seemed to tuck in closer.
“Buon compleanno, Lucia. Happy birthday.” He lowered his chin so he could see her, but as he
spoke, she raised her face to his, bringing her lips within a hair’s breadth of his.

Her eyes widened, but she didn’t move. A white puff of breath wisped between them. Cold
stiffened his extremities, and he flexed his fingers. So many reasons to put space between
them, but he had no desire to entertain them. He ran his gaze over Lucia’s olive skin, dipped to
her lips, then up to her warm, brown eyes. They searched his own, neither pushing forward nor
retreating, letting him decide whether he was done denying the truth to himself.
Si, this woman, she was special to him. He slid his hand down Lucia’s back, drawing her nearer
until her lips touched his. Si, si. More special than any other.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Danielle Grandinetti

Danielle Grandinetti is author of the Strike to the Heart series and a book blogger at DaniellesWritingSpot.com. Her short stories have appeared in several publications and her writing has won the University of Northwestern Distinguished Faith in Writing Award. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons. Danielle especially loves quiet mornings served with the perfect cup of tea.

Connect with Danielle by visiting daniellegrandinetti.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of the Strike to the Heart series and a tote bag featuring a dairy cow.

Strike to the Heart JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 29, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 6, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Like The Wind by Robin Lee Hatcher

My Review

Like the Wind, by Robin Lee Hatcher, is a dual time line story that takes place mainly in Bethlehem Springs. When her father dies and with no preparation for her, Emma is forced to move to Bethlehem Springs with her mother. Only when she gets involved with the community drama program does she start accepting the situation. Tyler is also involved in the drama program and quickly becomes friends with Emma’s mother, which might be questionable because he was hired to investigate her and her ability to care for Emma.

This is a wonderfully written story that has so much emotions spread through out it. It is so realistic in the adjustment Emma and her mother have to go through. But her mother’s love shines through with all that she does for Emma. I enjoyed how the story in the diary shows how much faith was needed to live during the great depression. With the lose of multiple homes and a daughter, the writer struggles with her faith. This was an enjoyable, yet sad, to read.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this story from Thomas Nelson Publishers through NetGalley, this is my honest review.

About the Book

A life in pieces. A hundred-year-old journal. And a chance for love to be reborn.

Olivia Ward arrived in Bethlehem Springs alone—with no job, no home, and no money—after her manipulative ex-husband used his power and wealth to destroy everything. Six years later, the peaceful life she rebuilt is once again turned upside down when she learns that her fifteen-year-old daughter, Emma, will be coming to live with her. The reunion should be a dream come true, but years of deception have driven a wedge between them. And Emma seems more interested in an old diary she discovered than reconciliation with her mother.

Tyler Murphy knows what it’s like to lose everything. Propelled by his history in the foster-care system, he’s determined to root out dishonesty and protect the most vulnerable through his work as an investigator. When he’s hired to investigate Olivia Ward, though, he finds himself longing to believe she’s exactly who she appears to be, and he soon realizes that his desire to learn more about her has nothing to do with his job. But how can he pursue a relationship that began with a lie?

In this latest novel from award-winning author Robin Lee Hatcher, an antique diary, a family-fueled investigation, and unexpected feelings collide to create a promise that’s worth fighting for.

About the Author

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 85 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America®. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

Where to Purchase

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/like-the-wind-robin-lee-hatcher/1141293193?ean=9780785241447

https://www.christianbook.com/like-the-wind-robin-hatcher/9780785241447/pd/241447

The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz

My Review

The Rose and the Thistle, by Laura Frantz, is a standalone story set in England and Scotland in 1715. While this is not a genre I read a lot, once I got into the book it became very hard for me to put it down. I enjoyed the characters in this story very much. Their faith and strength is very evident for them as they go through some of life’s hardest struggles. For Lady Blythe, she was taken away in the secret of the night and waits to hear of her father’s safety. For Everard, his father passes away and he is now left to take over as Lord Wedderburn.

This is a well written story that is filled with suspense and mystery with the perfect touch of romance. I enjoyed Blythe’s character as she kept herself busy helping others, even while locked away in the castle tower. I especially enjoyed the Hume brothers, they are all so different and Everhard is left to care for them. I appreciated how the two characters worked together during their struggles and how they both clung to their own religious beliefs and faith. The author has written a wonderful story of two families with a past that are there for each other when needed.

I voluntarily received a complimentary ARC copy of this book, this is my honest review.

About the Book

In 1715, Lady Blythe Hedley’s father is declared an enemy of the British crown because of his Jacobite sympathies, forcing her to flee her home in northern England. Secreted to the tower of Wedderburn Castle in Scotland, Lady Blythe awaits who will ultimately be crowned king. But in a house with seven sons and numerous servants, her presence soon becomes known.

No sooner has Everard Hume lost his father, Lord Wedderburn, than Lady Hedley arrives with the clothes on her back and her mistress in tow. He has his own problems–a volatile brother with dangerous political leanings, an estate to manage, and a very young brother in need of comfort and direction in the wake of losing his father. It would be best for everyone if he could send this misfit heiress on her way as soon as possible.

Drawn into a whirlwind of intrigue, shifting alliances, and ambitions, Lady Blythe must be careful whom she trusts. Her fortune, her future, and her very life are at stake. Those who appear to be adversaries may turn out to be allies–and those who pretend friendship may be enemies.

About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying. Proud of her heritage, she is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Where to Purchase

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rose-and-the-thistle-laura-frantz/1141496563?ean=9780800740672

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https://www.christianbook.com/the-rose-and-the-thistle-novel/9780800740672/pd/0740672?event=ESRCG

Targeted by Lynette Eason, Lynn H. Blackburn and Natalie Walters

My Review

Targeted: Three Romantic Suspense Novellas is a compilation of three outstanding Christian Romantic Suspense stories by three very talented authors. I enjoyed reading each of these stories as they are all very well written with great characters. The stories are fast paced stories that are filled with action, suspense, mystery and romance. The length of each story is perfect for an evening read.

In On the Run, I enjoyed the close relationship the agents had and how they worked together to protect each other.

With Deadly Objective, I enjoyed the relationship between Emily, Liam and the vice-president’s son, Mason. Mason has a reputation as being difficult, but he has been able to connect with Emily and Liam in ways others haven’t. I also enjoyed the relationship between Emily and her brother.

In Caught in the Crosshairs, I was caught of guard for the protectiveness of Army officer Ari toward CIA officer Claudia. Almost as soon as meeting he was watching out for her safety.

These are three great stories that contain characters from the authors’ series. It is nice to have a chance to catch up with them again in this way. I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book through the Revell Reads Blogger Program, this is my honest review.

About the Book

In this novella collection, an FBI computer hacker, the vice president’s son, and a CIA officer each find themselves in the clutches of merciless criminals. These thrilling stories offer excitement, intrigue, and romance–and hit the bullseye every time.

THREE WOMEN. THREE MEN. THREE UNSUSPECTING TARGETS.

Get ready for triple the thrills with three heart-stopping stories from your favorite romantic suspense authors!

In On the Run, IT Specialist Daria Nevsky is a highly skilled FBI agent with the ability to hack any computer. She must go on the run to find out who wants her dead–and Dr. Ryker Donahue refuses to let her do it alone.

In Deadly Objective, physical therapist Emily Dixon and Secret Service Agent Liam Harper are committed to keeping their relationship professional. But when the vice president’s son enters the crosshairs of a killer, some lines will have to be crossed in order to keep him safe.

In Caught in the Crosshairs, there is no love lost between former Army PSYOPS officer Ari Blackman and CIA officer Claudia Gallegos after Claudia is implicated in the murder of a Saudi prince. But to prevent a coup that would put America at risk, they’ll have to learn to trust each other–before it’s too late.

About the Authors

Lynnette Eason is an award-winning author of over fifty books. “Her Stolen Past” was made into a movie for Lifetime Movie Network. Lynette is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and Faith, Hope, and Love (FHL) chapter of RWA as well as the Kiss of Death (KOD) chapter. You can read more about her and her books at: https://lynetteeason.com/

Lynn H. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. Her Dive Team Investigations series includes Beneath the Surface and In Too Deep (a Fall 2018 Okra Pick and 2019 Selah finalist). The conclusion to the series, One Final Breath, releases in September 2019. She is also the author of Hidden Legacy and Covert Justice which won the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel.

Natalie Walters world revolves around GIJOE and their three adult (or almost adult) children who keep her life anything but predictable. Their boots hit the ground wherever the Army sends them but home is when they’re all together no matter the zipcode. Her passion is writing stories where adventure meets love and share her belief that life rooted in purpose is a story worth telling. You can read more about her and the books she has written at https://www.nataliewalterswriter.com/

Where to Purchase

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/targeted-lynette-eason/1141012119?ean=9780800740283

https://www.christianbook.com/targeted-three-romantic-suspense-novellas/9780800740283/pd/0740283

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Targeted-Three-Romantic-Suspense-Novellas-Paperback-9780800740283/536434139

Matters of the Heart by Heidi Gray McGill

Matters of the Heart JustRead Blog + Review Blitz

Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for Matters of the Heart by Heidi Gray McGill, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Matters of the Heart

Title: Matters of the Heart

Series: Discerning God’s Best #3

Author: Heidi Gray McGill

Publisher: Heidi Gray McGill Books LLC

Release Date: July 26, 2022

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance

She determines to champion the needs of others, no matter the fallout.

He’s determined to be his own man and make his own way.

Will stubbornness keep them from discovering God’s best?

Unconventional Katie empathizes with the widows and orphans of the Civil War who are searching for a place to call home in Shumard Oak Bend. But with no one to help her, she’ll need to do it secretly, a challenge she readily accepts. Katie’s taken charge before, and she’ll do it again, no matter whom she has to outwit to get the job done.

Hans vows to stop doing everyone else’s bidding. But he follows orders when a pair of emerald green eyes, blazing red hair, and freckles that dance on the bridge of a pert nose conscript him to duty. Be his own man. Who is he kidding? Skunks don’t change their stripes. They leave disasters in their wake wherever they go, just like him.

Overcoming personal obstacles and finding your true self doesn’t mean going it alone. Yet the answer isn’t always in the one you seek.

True Christian Fiction. Relatable Characters. Life-changing stories.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

Excerpt

Excerpt 2

“So, you’re settling in Shumard Oak Bend?”
He hadn’t considered it until now, but the thought gave him peace. “Yes, I believe it’s as
good a town as any.” He stared off into the distance, seeing red hair bouncing in the wind.
“You are still welcome to build here.”
Hans shook his head. “Thank you, but I think I have a future in Shumard Oak Bend.”
“Might there be a lady there?”
He jerked his gaze to his brother, and the muscle in his neck ached at the quick movement.
He rubbed the spot.
Deep, throaty laughter filled the air as Johann’s hand came to rest on Hans’s shoulder. The
familiar touch crumpled his resolve.
“Yes,” Hans said.

“Does she have a name?”
“Katie. Kathleen Orla Murphy.”
“I see. And what color are her eyes?”
“Green with little golden flecks.” Hans stopped, and his eyes went wide. He slapped his
brother in the chest. “That wasn’t fair.”
“Oh, that was fair and telling.”

My Review

Matters of the Heart is the third book in the Discerning God’s Best series by Heidi Gray McGill. While this is part of a series, I had no issues with reading just this book. Katie has left her home and lives with her aunt. She has a dream of having an orphanage. Hans has left his brother’s home to get away from his sister-in-law and start a new life. He is plagued with dreams from his time in the Civil War. Both Hans and Katie have caring hearts.

This is a well written story with many wonderful characters. I liked how Reverend Jenkins explains the difference of being a pastor and being a preacher and of his observations of Hans. I enjoyed the good natured teasing the community gave Hans. It was fun to read how Aideen became the owner of the boarding house and restaurant.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heidi Gray McGill

Whether historical or contemporary, you will find Heidi Gray McGill‘s works to be true Christian Fiction, full of God’s redeeming love. Everything Heidi writes is purposeful. She believes in bringing a reader into the awareness of who God is to them and how He interacts with them on a personal level. She does this by crafting characters so relatable you feel part of who they are. Heidi reaches deep into the reader’s heart through masterfully written words and offers ways toward healing by seamlessly applying God’s Word throughout her stories.

Connect with Heidi by visiting her website to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive an Amazon Fire 7 tablet.

Matters of the Heart JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 16, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 23, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Returning to Breakers by Rachel Skatvold

My Review

Returning to Breakers by Rachel Skatvold, is the 28th book in the Independence Island Series, the fourth of Breakers Point. This is a series that is being written by six different authors and covers five different island. This is a nice stand alone story, but it does have characters from earlier books, so it is best to read them in order. In this story we reunite with Tiffany, her brother Tyler and his girlfriend, Kendal.

Tiffany inherited her parents’ store and has been working very long hours to keep it going, while others care for her children. When she finally confides in Kendal, Kendal and Tyler send her and her children away for a relaxing vacation. At the same resort her high school boyfriend, Liam, staying. After being gone for 16 years, Liam has returned to the island but has a difficult time going to see his father.

This is such a sweet story. I enjoyed reading of how even when Tiffany and her children were away, her friends and family checked up on her and how they helped her out. This is a great story that shows friends and family want to help, if they are just given the chance. It also shows the importance of communication. This is also a great story of second chances, not just for Tiffany and Liam, but also for Liam and his father. .

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.

About the Book

Book:  Returning to Breakers

Author: Rachel Skatvold

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: October 25, 2022

Sometimes God’s “why” comes too late… and just in time.

Tiffany Hill is a master at concealing her emotions. She can’t admit she has her own questions about God—like why He allowed her Marine husband to die in action. A single mom with three children to care for and the general store on Merriweather to run leaves little time for philosophizing. She has more pressing issues to deal with. Like how her dream of running the family business has become a burden.

Is keeping the business afloat even worth the effort anymore?

After high school and an unfortunate falling out with his father, Liam Hadler left Breakers Head, determined never to look back. He failed on that one, and one of many regrets was leaving his high school sweetheart behind to chase an impossible dream.

When his mother calls after his father suffers a stroke, Liam has a tough decision to make. Will he return to a place he’s avoided for sixteen years, and is making amends with his father even possible?

A chance encounter with Tiffany after so many years never occurred to him, but memories of their time together rekindles something he thought he’d lost. What’ll it take to persuade her to give him a second chance?

This Breakers Head novel is Rachel Skatvold’s final book in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

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

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About the Author

Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing Christian romance and devotionals. Rachel has published over a dozen novels, including books in the Hart Ranch Series, set in the Montana wilderness and the Ladies of Ardena Series, set in medieval times. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming and Brides of Pelican Rapids Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find more information about Rachel and her books on her website: http://www.rachelskatvold.com.

More from Rachel

Thank you for following the Returning to Breakers Celebration Tour with Celebrate Lit. Writing in the Independence Islands Series has been an incredible journey and since this is my last book in the series, it’s bitter sweet to say goodbye to these wonderful characters. Although some of them may show up in the sister series, Suamalie Islands…hint, hint, hint!

It has also been a joy to work with Sandra Barela, Chautona Havig, Denise Barela, and everyone else on the Celebrate Lit team. Thank you to them and the wonderful authors I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with. You all have been amazing.

Returning to Breakers features two sets of characters. First, Tiffany and Liam, but also, Kendall and Tyler. Along with Tiff’s story, I do hope you also enjoy the conclusion of the love story between the two main characters from my first book in the series.

In this book, we find Tiffany overwhelmed and ready for a fresh start. As a single mom of three kids and a business owner, she has to wear about every hat imaginable. She has always been an advice giver to everyone else, but now she desperately needs advice herself. Should she sell the family store? It’s one of many questions plaguing her soul. When her friends realize Tiff is floundering, they know she needs a lifeline in the form of some R&R. They arrange for her and the kids to stay at a local resort on Mimosa. Tiffany is reluctant at first but ultimately gives in, quickly realizing how much she needed to rest and reconnect with her kids. However, when an old love from the past returns to the islands, will Tiff’s relaxing vacation be swept away in the tide?

This book is close to my heart because it is dedicated to my oldest sister, Becky. Growing up, she was a great person to go to for spiritual advice, similar to Tiff in this book. She always has wisdom to impart and quotes Bible verses of encouragement even to this day when I need advice.

This book was also inspired by a verse from Philippians 4:6-7, which says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” When we go through something difficult in life, sometimes it is easy to forget to pray. However, if we leave our worries and anxieties with God, He will take them from us and in return, give us peace. This is one of the lessons Tiff learns during this story and it is also a wonderful reminder for me during trials I have been facing recently.

Blessings.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, November 17

lakesidelivingsite, November 18

By the Book, November 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 20

Sylvan Musings, November 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 22

Blossoms and Blessings, November 22

Aryn the Libraryan, November 23

Blogging With Carol, November 24

Holly’s Book Corner, November 24

deb’s Book Review, November 25

She Lives To Read, November 26

Inklings and notions, November 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 27

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 28 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, November 28

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 29

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 30

Simple Harvest Reads, November 30 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/22acf/returning-to-breakers-celebration-tour-giveaway

Let Them Eat Fruitcake by Kathleen J. Robinson

My Review

Let Them Eat Fruitcake is a wonderful Christmas romance story by Kathleen J. Robinson. While so many people think there is only one fruitcake that gets past around, this story is about a truly amazing fruitcake recipe that Sally Trotman makes and distributes every year. While so many people claim their relationships were brought on by eating the fruitcake with their someone special, Victoria and Art can’t say the same thing. Instead they continue making the fruitcake while Sally is in the hospital.

This is such a heartwarming story. I just love how Victoria and her brother both rush to their grandmother’s side when she is ill. I especially like how they both work to make their family a priority with their demanding jobs. It was fun to read how Victoria devotes time to making new costumes while she is trying to decide which direction her future will take. This is such a good Christmas story that shows the way the community comes together through prayer and the faith they share.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.

About the Book

Book: Let Them Eat Fruitcake

Author: Kathleen J. Robison

Genre: Christian Holiday Romance

Release date: October 11, 2022

Faith, romance, and fruitcake.

Victoria Randall has it all—a new job in an ideal locale and the eye of Chad, the hunkiest guy in her apartment building. Christmas is going to be great this year. But when a call from her best guy friend back in Bay Town tells her that her grandmother isn’t doing well, she decides to fly to Grandma’s rescue.

Art has loved Victoria since they were five, but after she returns and keeps him locked into total friend zone he decides to let his hopes go. Easier said than done when he spends so much time with her, making and delivering her grandmother’s fruitcakes. Add to that the legend of love surrounding them, and well… it’s tough.

A horrible accident puts things into perspective for both Art and Victoria, but Art decides it’s too late, and when some guy shows up acting like Victoria’s boyfriend, he’s sure of it. By the time she’s ready to head back to California, all hope of a romance between them seems lost—right up to the moment her grandmother thrusts a piece of fruitcake into her hands.

Are the matchmaking properties of Sally Trotman’s fruitcake their last chance at a happily-ever-after? Find out in Let Them Eat Fruitcake—a story of faith, romance, and of course, fruitcake.

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About the Author

Kathleen J. Robison is an Okinawan-American, born in Okinawa, and raised in California, Florida, Mississippi, and Singapore. Her travels and her family are the sources of her inspiration for her books. Kathleen and her Pastor husband have eight adult children. Seven are married, blessing them with eighteen grandchildren and counting. Her ethnically diverse background extends to her family of currently thirty-five personalities which provide many opportunities to share God’s amazing love amidst the challenges of real life.

More from Kathleen

Writing this book has been a treasured time, and I’m so excited it’s released. Joining Miz Sally again (from previous Bay Town Books) and meeting her granddaughter, Victoria and love interest, Art, was a delightful journey of love and faith at Christmas. I hope you’ll feel the magic (God’s spirit) as much as I felt moved by Him to write it.

Although totally fictional, it’s personal, and close to my heart. My mother-in-law has baked fruitcakes forever. I even remember her mother, from Wales, baking fruitcakes over fifty years ago, but I wasn’t a fan of the sweet bread then. And I don’t remember how the story idea came about, but when it did, I knew I wanted to bake with my mother-in-law, red-haired Harriet…well, white-haired now. But still as feisty as the reputation of redheads, and so very generous.

My mother-in-law turned ninety-eight on this book’s release date, and she is still baking fruitcakes. Dozens of loaves. She continues to live in her own home, cooks, cleans, and drives to pick up great-grandchildren after school. Needless to say, she’s amazing. Two years ago, when I decided to write Let Them Eat Fruitcake, the first thing I wanted to do was ask if I could bake with her. I didn’t have to. She called my husband and said, “Let me talk to Kathy.” We were both quite shocked, as she’d never asked to talk to me before. Although I share a close relationship with her, her phone calls are reserved for mother-son conversations.

“Kathy, I was thinking…I want you to come make fruitcakes with me. No one else is interested in it, and I’d like to pass it down to you.” I almost cried. It definitely was a God-winked moment, and I told her so. And we did. We’ve baked and passed out the luscious cakes for two years in a row. My own grandmother also made fruitcakes, but all my family says Harriet’s is the best. So, I look forward to baking again with her this Christmas. I wish I could pass on the recipe, but it’s a mega batch! If you go on my FB Author Page and/or my blog at www.kathleenjrobison.com/blog, there’s a video that shows what I mean. I pray that Let Them Eat Fruitcake blesses the readers and points them to following the Spirit of God moving in their lives. Whether it’s through fruitcake or anything else! I hope you enjoy this fun Christmas romance.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 18

lakesidelivingsite, November 18

Texas Book-aholic, November 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 20

deb’s Book Review, November 21

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 22

Inklings and notions, November 23

Splashes of Joy, November 24

By the Book, November 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 29

For Him and My Family, November 30

Artistic Nobody, December 1 (Author Interview)

Holly’s Book Corner, December 1

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/22ad0/let-them-eat-fruitcake-celebration-tour-giveaway

A Flame of Mercy by Eleanor Bertin

My Review

A Flame of Mercy, by Eleanor Bertin, is part of the Mosiac Collection. This is a collection of stories written by different authors that offers hope, encouragement and shares the unconditional love of Jesus

This is an amazing story about Lynnie Min who traveled to Nigeria with her husband as missionaries. When he and their daughters were taken, she went home to her parents. While trying to make sense of the tragedy, she takes her grandmother’s suggestion and compiles her memories into a book to help her work through her grief.

While this is sometimes a hard story to read yet there are so many good parts. I enjoyed the differences between Lynnie’s grandmothers and appreciate both of their personalities. I enjoyed the love and care her family freely gave her, especially her parents making a private space for her. The interactions between her teacher and classmates was surprising, especially their thoughts on stay at home mom. It was also enjoyable to read of the happenings in Nigeria and the friends she had there.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.

About the Book

Book: Flame of Mercy

Author: Eleanor Bertin

Genre: Contemporary Christian

Release date: November, 2021

Two families, worlds apart. Can they each find hope in the crucible of suffering?

All Lynnie Min ever wanted was to be a wife and mother. But when tragedy strikes her family, she’s left with nothing but her faith to begin life again. While pursuing a career she never wanted, can the precious faith she was raised on withstand betrayal by a hostile former friend, now a professor whose ideologies conflict with her own? And why do her puzzling dreams feature only one of her daughters, not both?

Out of a smoking ruin in northern Nigeria, Ihsan bin Ibrahim stumbles upon the solution to his wife’s barrenness and longing. But family ties have a long reach. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice to follow his conscience, even if it means losing the child he loves?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

From her home in central Alberta, Canada, Eleanor Bertin writes fiction that ponders the depths of God’s love and mercy to humanity.

She is the author of The Ties That Bind series, LifelinesUnbound, and Tethered, as well as the memoir, Pall of Silence, about her late son, Paul. She lives with her husband of more than 40 years and their youngest son, in what will someday be a beautiful century home. www.eleanorbertinauthor.com

More from Eleanor

If you’ve read any amount of secular fiction these days, you must be shuddering at the landscape of the family in the world today. Strife and resentment, rivalry and spite–seems there’s nothing but dysfunction as far as the eye can see. And while conflict is necessary to any novel’s plot, I wanted to write about a stable family, a loving family, one that, while imperfect, still nurtured and protected its members with acceptance and harmony.

On top of that, I wanted to depart from my previous novels where the main characters were not believers. In Flame of Mercy, Lynnie is the main character whose trust in Jesus stands firm despite going through the fires of adversity. Her family is one of the reasons for that strength.

But of course, even the best, most faithful families have their quirks. Enter the grandmothers. Grandma Hardy is stiff, stilted, and staunch in her Christian beliefs. Nanny Roundell is sugar-loving, jolly, and lets mentions of faith slide off her chubby body with a smile. Their beliefs do not align with their personae. This paradox was suggested to me by a friend as I described the contrast between two elderly relatives, sweet Christian and sour unbeliever.

“Aren’t you glad it’s not the other way around?” she asked.

Because we all know it can be. Sometimes Christians look nothing like their Lord. And non-Christians can live blissfully inconsistent with their evil master’s agenda.

And so, I had fun writing these two ladies! “The grandmothers sat next to each other, one short and round, one tall and skinny. The Ball and Bat, we used to call them when we were kids, and I’d never been able to see them differently ever since. Come to think of it, Nanny, the Ball, was like a baseball in other ways besides physical. She had always been reactionary, flung here and there with every wind of doctrine but without any viewpoint of her own. By contrast, Grandma Hardy was the Bat. She stood alone, stiff and sturdy, unwavering, and if necessary, could give you a good whack to get you moving in the right direction.

“My sister was what Grandma frowningly called ‘frivolous.’ And Lissa was mischievous enough to purposely do things that would get Grandma’s goat. I mean, deliberately cavorting through the sprinkler in a bikini directly in front of Grandma’s kitchen window was outright asking for a lecture. You couldn’t call it a scolding since Grandma never raised her voice, but it was always a one-way communication generously salted with Bible verses. Lissa told me Grandma even referred to hand-written notes a couple of times while talking to her. And Grandma’s tone carried the expectation that we would change our ways accordingly. We had been taught to respect our elders so there was no answering back. We only meekly listened.” With Grandma, there was no statute of limitations and past sins could receive present censure.

Nanny’s eyes twinkled. “I’m feeling better every day. It’s given me my life back. Why, with my dentures and glasses, a new knee, and a titanium hip, I’m eighty percent fake.” She cackled her infectious laugh and we joined in, exchanging glances. Being in Nanny’s presence infallibly lifted my spirits.

“This cheesecake is delicious, Sue,” Nanny chimed in. “I could keep on eating and eating if I weren’t already so full after an excellent meal.”

Grandma frowned at what she doubtless saw as gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins. Thankfully she restrained herself this time…She set her fork down beside her plate that still held half her slice of cheesecake and taking her napkin, dabbed at her lips. “This is certainly a rich dessert.”

I hope you enjoy reading about the Hardy family’s faith and foibles as much as I have in writing them. Look for a bit of Grandma’s back story in my story in this year’s Mosaic Christmas anthology.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 11

Rebecca Tews, November 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 12

Texas Book-aholic, November 13

Inklings and notions, November 14

For Him and My Family, November 14

deb’s Book Review, November 15

lakesidelivingsite, November 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 17

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 18

Mary Hake, November 18

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 21

Blogging With Carol, November 22

Cover Lover Book Review, November 22

Splashes of Joy, November 23

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 24 (Author Interview)

Pause for Tales, November 25

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Eleanor is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/228a3/flame-of-mercy-celebration-tour-giveaway

Christy Award Finalists 2022- Short Form

Short Form

A Texas Christmas Carol (in Under the Texas Mistletoe) by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)

Spend Christmas in Texas this year with these charming holiday novellas from bestselling historical romance author Karen Witemeyer, whose writing is spiced with her signature blend of humor, thrilling frontier action, and sweet romance.

In this 3-in-1 novella collection, Witemeyer presents the new story “A Texas Christmas Carol,” where a town’s wealthy, Scrooge-like bachelor finds his world invaded by a woman set on earning his donation for helping the local poor, and the penetrating questions of three mysterious visitors. It also includes, for the first time in print, “An Archer Family Christmas.” When the Archer clan gathers for the holiday, they encounter an unexpected request for help that will require all their effort and a Christmas miracle to see them through. In previously published “Gift of the Heart,” a widow uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local resort owner. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love this Christmas.

Mr. Nicholas: A Magical Christmas Tale by Christopher de Vinck (Paraclete Press)

A story that helps us see the unique goodness in each person.

Every town has its secrets. When it becomes known that Mr. Nicholas, the eccentric owner of the local hardware store, is somehow involved with reindeer, toys, and children, the town becomes more and more suspicious that this man is more than just a clerk on Main Street.

JB, a clever, open ten-year-old boy with Down syndrome, is able to figure out the secret from the first time Mr. Nicholas gives him a chocolate deer wrapped in gold foil. 

JB’s father and mother, both cynical and on the brink of divorce, follow the adventures of JB as he flies on the back of a reindeer, feeds Mister Rogers’s fish, and defines what can be forgotten by those who are too busy to remember the magic of Christmas, cuckoo-clocks, and love.

False Pretense by Heather Day Gilbert (WoodHaven Press)

Beloved amateur sleuth Tess Spencer returns in this fourth and final Murder in the Mountains mystery.

Tess has her work cut out for her—from her day job at the police station to her nights on the campaign trail with her husband, she’s stretched thin. Her two young children also keep her busy, but thankfully she has a supportive mother-in-law who lives just next door.

When the legendary Mothman makes a terrifying appearance and a local librarian goes missing, Tess feels compelled to get involved, convinced something evil has been unleashed on her little town. Then another woman disappears—this one bearing an eerie resemblance to Tess—and the police receive a cryptic message hinting that a serial killer is on the prowl.

After a nightmarish turn of events completely upends the Spencer family, Tess musters her courage to hunt for the monstrous murderer in the woods…even if she has to walk straight into the Mothman’s lair to do it.

False Pretense brings a stunning and memorable conclusion to the award-winning Murder in the Mountains series.

Giveaway

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REGISTER FOR THE CHRISTY AWARD 2022 EVENTS

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Celebrate this year’s finalists and winners with authors, editors, publishers, and readers!

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The Christy Award® is a program of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) and is the foremost award honoring and promoting excellence in Christian fiction since 1999. For more information about ECPA, visit ECPA.org. For more information about the Christy Awards and Art of Writing conferences, visit ChristyAwards.com or email TheChristyAward@ecpa.org