Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson

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Courting Mr. Emerson, by Melody Carlson is a Contemporary Christian Romance story. George Emerson is retiring from teaching, when Willow, the grandmother of one of his students, comes to him for a recommendation for her grandson to get into college. George is a confirmed bachelor who lives next door to an overly friendly lady. Wanting to get away from her invitation for the evening, he walks into town and finds himself at Willow’s art gallery. From this time forward he gets pulled into Willow’s life and Willow pushes her way into his life.

There are multiple little stories within this story. George has had many losses in his life and is afraid to love someone else. Willow has raised her grandson and now with his gradation at hand, his mother and her boyfriend return. When the boyfriend leaves, the daughter is stuck with no place to live and no financial way to survive..

This is a fun story to read. The author describes the scenes so nicely, it is easy to see the wild colors the daughter paints her home as well as to feel George’s insecurities of changing, not just himself but his family’s home. There were times I felt it hard to believe anyone would even consider doing some of the things Willow did and I liked the comparison George has of her and a camel’s nose. I also enjoyed how Willow described her Christian life and when George, a confirmed atheist, needed help he turned to Willow’s pastor.

I received a copy of this book from Revell publishing. This is my honest review.

340 pages

ISBN: 978800735272

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Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher


Who I Am With You is the first book in A Legacy of Faith Novel series by Robin Lee Hatcher. This book is a combination of a modern day story of two people, Jessica and Ridley are neighbors, struggling to move forward with their lives and a young couple, Jessica’s great grandparents, who struggle with their marriage, finances and family life during the depression.

This is such a heartwarming story of strength, courage and restoring faith. One of the things that stands out the most in my mind of this story is when Jessica tells Ridley that even through they are going through tough times, there are others that are having it so much harder. While Ridley is searching for how to move on with his life, this comment means so much to him. While Jessica is trying to move on after the death of her husband and daughter, she finds hope by reading her great-grandfather’s bible.

I really enjoyed this story, the message is so clear through the whole story. The story covers topics of broken marriages, restoring an unfaithful marriage, death of family members and false accusations. The characters of the story are so strong. I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction will really enjoy this story.

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Series: A Legacy of Faith Novel (book 1)

304 pages

ISBN: 9780785219262

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In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn


In To Deep, by Lynn H. Blackburn is the second book in the Dive Team Investigation series. I have been waiting for this book to come out and it did not disappoint me. This is a great series that is best read in order. This book could be read as a stand alone story but since it references what happened in book one, I would not recommend it. After all they both are great, hard to put down, good clean stories with a lot of suspense and mystery, and of course romance.

In this story Adam is called away from his grandmother’s Sunday lunch to investigate a car and drive that went into the water. Dr. Sabrina Fleming is also called in to investigate the computer found in the car. Together Sabrina and the dive team find information that could implicate Adam’s family. And at the same time someone is out to get Sabrina.

OK, I love this series. I like the friendship and working relationship the characters have. There is friendly teasing but also respect for each others feelings and beliefs. The part in this story I really like, is when Adam is injured, his grandparents visit him in the hospital. His thoughts about his grandmother are changed by this one visit.

This story is so well written, I just did not want to put the book down until I know what has happened. But then the wait for the next book begins. I really think anyone who enjoys suspenseful crime stories will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Dive Team Investigation (Book 2)

348 pages

ISBN: 9780800729295

My rating: 5 stars

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Wait For Me by Susan May Warren


Wait For Me, by Susan May Warren, is the sixth book in the Montana Rescue series. This is the final book in the series that takes place in Montana and focuses on the PEAK rescue team. Pete and Jess are no longer with the team, but travel to Montana for Ben and Kacey’s wedding celebration. Pete and Jess have a history of getting together, getting engaged and then not seeing each other. Though they both continue to love each other, they try to move on with their lives.

After leaving the party with two others, Jess is involved in an accident that leaves the three running into the Montana wilderness, away from someone who is out to get them. A message is able to be relayed to the PEAK team and the team, Pete and Jess’s current fiance go in search of the three.

This is a good series that is best to be read in order. It is fast paced with a lot of action, suspense and romance. I enjoyed reading this story. It brings back the rest of the team as well as focuses on a couple new characters, yet there are not to many characters to keep straight.

I received a copy of this book from the Revell Blog Tour Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Montana Rescue (Book 6)

328 pages

ISBN: 9780800727482

My rating: 4.3 stars

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Rule of Law by Randy Singer


Rule of Law, by Randy Singer, is an intense, well written legal/political suspense novel. There were times while reading this story I felt I was reading the news instead.

The President of the United States ordered SEAL Team Six on a mission to rescue a member of the Saudi royal family and an American journalist. The mission was a complete failure with all the Seals losing their lives. After the funerals, envelopes were delivered to the girlfriend, Paige, and grandfather of fallen Seal Patrick Quillen providing information that questions if the President knew the mission would fail.

Paige worked for the attorney general of Virginia and was now facing taking on a case of which she would need to leave her job to fulfill. The case would try to get to the bottom of what happened to the SEALs.

I really enjoyed reading this story. I was especially taken with Patrick’s grandfather when he said, “God gave him to me for a season. But he belongs to the nation now.” The story is full of suspense action. I was disappointed with the lose of life so soon in the story, but without it, there would be no story. The author’s experience as a trial attorney is very evident in this story, with how well the legal aspects were written. This is a very good story, however, it would have been better as part of a series. The book is big, with 460 pages, so it is sort of hard to hold for long lengths of time. And there are so many characters, it is sometimes hard to keep them all straight. But I am very glad I read this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes political or legal suspense.

460 pages

ISBN: 9781496418166

My rating: 4.6

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You’re the One that I Want by Susan May Warren


You’re the One That I Want is the last book in a Christiansen Family series by Susan May Warren. This is the continuation of Owen’s story. Owen suffered an injury while playing for the NHL that cost him his career. He is now working on an Alaskan crabbing boat. A storm causes the ship’s owner’s daughter, Scotty, to get tossed into the waters and Owen goes in after her. When it is believed they are lost at sea, their pictures are on the TV and Owen’s bother, Casper sees it. He is looking for Owen to get Owen’s permission to marry the mother of Owen’s daughter. When Casper and Owen try to fly home to Minnesota, they are taken into custody as Carper is a suspect in a murder. Scotty is in law enforcement and is asked to make sure they get back to Minnesota.

I have enjoyed reading this series. This book brings the family back together and shows the faith they have as well as the love and devotion they have towards each other. This story contains mystery, suspense and romance. While each of the books focuses on one of the family members, it is also a continuation of the whole family. So this series should be read in the order it is written.

Series: Christian Family (book 6)

384 pages

ISBN: 9781414378466

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

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Falling for You by Becky Wade


Falling for You is the second book in A Bradford Sisters Romance series by Becky Wade. This is a contemporary romance story that takes over where the first book ends. Willow is a famous model and has agreed to take care of her parents inn until the new manager arrives. She is enjoying the peace and quite of her home town, until a young girl, Charlotte, brings her back together with her ex-boyfriend, former NFL quarterback Corbin.

Corbin suffered a serious injury that has forced him off the field. He and his father are in the process of renovating his home. When his father notices Corbin’s feeling for Willow are back, he talks with Willow and asks her not to come back when she leaves.

This is an enjoyable story to get lost in. It has the mystery with what happened to Charlotte’s missing family member. The story deals with topics such as cancer, family and political secrets and per-marital sex. The thing I like most about this story is the forgiveness Willow and Corbin must have to move forward with their relationship. I also enjoyed the sisters relationship through the story as well. I feel anyone who enjoys Christian Romance will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing, this is my honest review.

Series: A Bradford Sisters Romance (book 2)

368 pages

ISBN: 9780764219375

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Storm Front by Susan May Warren


Storm Front is book 5 in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. This story focuses on Ty Remington and Brette Arnold. Ty was the chopper pilot for the PEAK rescue team until an accident left him and the team leader injured. Now he is being pushed to try to take the position back. The team is in Minnesota to search for the team leader who has gone missing following a tornado.

Brette met Ty a year earlier and left without explaining. She is now a blogger for Vortex Storm Chasers, trying to get that perfect photo that will advance her career. Now she is in Minnesota staying with a coworkers family. It is at this family’s home that she and Ty meet again.

I enjoy reading this series, each book focuses on one couple. Yet it brings the rest of the team back so the reader can stay caught up on what is happening with them. While this story focuses on Ty and Brette, the reason she left and his past, the author has brought Ben and Kacey back as strong members. Their wedding has been postponed again and Ben is trying to surprise Kacey.

This series is so good. It is full of adventure and caring characters. I would recommend it to any one who enjoys contemporary romance. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

Series: Montana Rescue (book 5)

ISBN: 9780800727475

365 pages

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The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck


The Theory of Happily ever after is a fun comedy romance story by Kristin Billerbeck. Dr. Maggie Maguire has written a best seller on finding happiness and is under contract to write a second book. She is dumped by her fiance and co-worker and spend the next couple months at home watching TV. Her friends and publicist book her as a speaker on a “New Year, New You” cruise to the Gulf of Mexico. Her friends have to drag her from her home to get to the cruise. One of the first people she meets is a handsome man, Sam, who feels intelligent women can’t be happy.

This was a fun book to read, to take you away for a while. While the story line is the typical man and women meet, don’t like each other then quickly fall in love, the author has written the story with fun comedy. With this story, Maggie and Sam have both lost someone they love and are having trouble moving on with their lives. This story does a good job of showing that how we respond to our struggles affect others in our lives. I would recommend this story to those who enjoy contemporary romance.

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273 pages

ISBN: 9780800729448

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Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter

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Honeysuckle Dreams, by Denise Hunter, is book two in A Blue Ridge Romance series. This is a good story of a single father, Brady, who is fighting to keep his infant son, Sam. His ex-wife died and now her parents want Sam. Their daughter tricked Brady into marrying her when she found out she was pregnant with another man’s child. His friend, Hope, cares for Sam and arrives while Brady’s attorney is there. The attorney interprets the situation as Hope and Brady being engaged. The attorney tells Brady that being engaged will help him keep Sam. The judge rules in Brady’s favor at the first trial. The attorney tells Brady he should be married by the time the next trails comes, to keep Sam. When Hope finds out, she volunteers to get married. She was in love once, the young man died and she never wants to be in love again. She feels marrying her good friend, Brady, and helping raise Sam will be enough for her.

I am really enjoying this series. The story is fast paced and I did not want to put the story down. This story brings back characters from the first story, which I enjoy. The thing in this story that really stand out for me is that Brady was left by his mother when he was little and now Brady wants to make sure Sam is not treated that way. He wants Sam to grow up with a father that loves him. I also appreciate the feeling Hope has and her struggle with faith to move on and let herself truly love Brady. I think anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction will enjoy this story.

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Series: A Blue Ridge Romance (book 2)

306 pages

ISBN: 9780718090524

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