Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Return to Huckleberry Hill (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill #7) by Jennifer Beckstrand + A GIVEAWAY


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About the Book

  

Book: Return to Huckleberry Hill  
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand  
Genre: Inspirational Amish Romance  
Release Date: May 30, 2017  

When it comes to matchmaking, Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin’s unstoppable octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never seem to run out of opportunities—or grandchildren…

Reuben Helmuth is plenty bitter. John King, his best friend—or so he thought—is engaged to the girl Reuben loved. Humiliated, Reuben flees from Ohio to his grandparents’ home on Huckleberry Hill, where he knows he’ll find comfort. He’s enjoying wallowing in his misery—until John’s sister, Fern, shows up. She won’t stop pestering Reuben about forgiveness—or trying to help him find love again. Yet Fern’s efforts only reawaken Reuben’s long-buried feelings—for her…

With her brother too ashamed to face Reuben, it’s fallen to Fern to help mend fences. But as she and the Helmuths do all they can—even organizing a knitting club event filled with eligible girls—it may take one more challenge to inspire Reuben to forget his heartache, recognize his own blunders, and embrace the true love that’s right in front of him…

My Review

The romance is very sweet and a delight to read.

This book is full of wonderful characters. Some of them are very peculiar and have some very unusual interests and tastes. Fern King is an absolute sweetheart and I fell in love with this character from the very beginning. She truly wants to get along with everyone and has a marvelous happy and optimistic disposition.

I really like the open and frank lessons about snobbish behavior. A couple of other issues that are presented are pride and the need to forgive others. All of these are very important topics that we all deal with at some point. I think that the author did an incredible job of presenting and exploring them.

I loved this book and am highly recommending it. It is getting a 5 star rating from me. Now I need to go back and read the previous books in this series.

About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and soon-to-be six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

Guest post from Jennifer Beckstrand

Anna Helmuth is starting a knitting club, but that’s not all she’s got up her sleeve.

In Return to Huckleberry Hill, Anna Helmuth and Fern King decide to start a knitting club in order to introduce Anna’s grandson Reuben to some girls from Bonduel, Wisconsin. Anna is a very good knitter, with years of practice making baby blankets, scarves, mittens, and potholders. One of Anna’s scarves actually saved someone’s life, and her potholders have helped her make many a match.

When I was a young teenager, I learned how to knit and crochet. My mom taught me how to sew and quilt, and I made several of my own dresses in high school. I never learned to love sewing, but it was an invaluable skill that I am so grateful to have. Now that I’m a little older, I love putting together simple quilts for baby gifts and making quilts for the local children’s hospital. There is nothing like a homemade gift to say, “I care about you.”
                                                                                (Photo: My family. I have five sisters and no brothers. I think my mom made every dress in this photo, including her own.)

I have a friend who is a wonderful cook. Making a delicious, beautiful meal is how she tells her family she loves them. I don’t consider myself a great cook, but I still take pride in putting something nutritious and satisfying on the table for my family.

It seems to me that some of the “home arts” that our mothers and grandmothers practiced are dying out. Who knows how to tat anymore? Or embroider? Some of these arts have died because of expediency. Who doesn’t think today’s stocking choices are more comfortable and practical than knitted wool ones? Others have died out because so few people want to learn.

What about you? Do you still practice any of the home arts that your grandmother did? What do you want to pass on to the next generation?

Blog Stops


May 24: A Greater Yes

May 25: Just Commonly

May 30: Quiet Quilter

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $15 Amazon gift card to three lucky winners!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b3b2

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fatal Mistake (White Knights #1) by Susan Sleeman













Title: Fatal Mistake (White Knights #1)
Author: Susan Sleeman
Pages: 336
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: FaithWords
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my honest opinion.

About the book:

     An FBI agent must protect the woman who can identify a terrorist bomber in bestselling author Susan Sleeman’s riveting romantic suspense novel.

     Each day could be her last…but not if he can help it.

     Tara Parrish is the only person ever to survive an attack by the Lone Wold bomber. Scared and emotionally scarred by her near death, she goes into hiding with only one plan—to stay alive for another day. She knows he’s coming after her, and if he finds her, he will finish what he started.

     Agent Cal Riggins has had only one goal for the past six months—to save lives by ending the Lone Wolf’s bombing spree. To succeed, he needs the help of Tara Parrish, the one person who can lead them to the bomber. Cal puts his all into finding Tara, but once he locates her, he realizes if he can find her, the Lone Wolf can, too. He must protect Tara at all costs, and they’ll both need to resist the mutual attraction growing between them to focus on hunting down the bomber, because one wrong move could be fatal.

My review:

     An intricately woven romantic suspense novel!

     I love both of the main characters in this wonderful book. Both Tara and Cal are trying hard to keep their distance from others because of wounds that they are carrying. At the same time they are in a situation where they really need to rely on each other. I was very emotionally caught up in both of their lives present and past very quickly.

     The plot of the story was fantastic. We knew from the beginning who the terrorist was. It was quite a journey to locate him and figure out how to stop him from killing again. It kept me very involved and pulling for Cal and his team to sort things out.

     I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes next for Cal and the rest of the White Knights team.

     I have to give this incredible book a rating of 5 stars. With that said I am definitely highly recommending it.


Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund


 
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About the Book


Book: For Love & Honor
Author: Jody Helund  
Genre: Young Adult Historical  
Release Date: March 7, 2017


Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

My Review

WOW! This is an incredible YA medieval romance!

I was blown away by the wonderful characters in this book! There is an amazing depth to both of the main characters. It took most of the book to really reach the center of who they are. I liked them from the very beginning. As more and more of their personalities were presented I found myself feeling a connection that progressively deepened

Both Bennet and Sabine are carrying heavy burdens. Sabine’s is doubt of her self-worth. Bennet’s is how to save his family’s honor. As the two of them meet and start to develop a relationship they each have a personal journey that they have to work through emotionally.

It can be very hard to accept what we see as our flaws as though they are not. This is the journey that Sabine had to go on and I thoroughly enjoyed the sensitive way that Jody Hedlund handled this topic.

I absolutely LOVED this book! I am giving it a rating of 5 stars and highly recommending it!

I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the Author



Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

Guest Post from Jody Hedlund

Why I Write Young Adult (YA) Books

By Jody Hedlund
FOR LOVE & HONOR is the third book in my Young Adult (YA) series set during medieval times and centering around knights, castles, and daring damsels. For those who haven’t yet read An Uncertain Choice or A Daring Sacrifice, don’t worry. All of the books can be read as standalones.
While this YA medieval series has been a step away from my usual historical romances, I have to admit that the series has been SUPER fun to write.
First, I love writing in the medieval time period, a time overflowing with danger, wars, plagues, strange customs, harsh living conditions, and incredible differences between the have’s and the have-not’s. All of that is such excellent fodder for developing page-turning stories. And so usually as I’m writing these stories, I have no trouble putting my characters into life-threatening danger, which is always fun.
Second, I’ve had fun writing my YA series because I love being able to speak truths into the hearts of young people. I have 4 teenagers and one tween, so I’m surrounded by teen angst every day! As a result of dealing with lots of teen issues with my children and their friends, it’s my goal to share hope and encouragement that if my characters can persevere and handle the growing-up issues with integrity and strength, then my readers can too.
Finally, I’ve enjoyed writing my YA series because I believe teens need clean romance alternatives.  A lot of teens are reading romances (that’s when I started reading them). I’ve loved being able to provide a clean romance alternative with chivalry and honor and courage and lots of other themes that will hopefully give young ladies encouragement and inspiration as they move forward into building healthy relationships of their own.
Lest adult readers worry that FOR LOVE & HONOR might be too juvenile for them, then let me put your fear to rest. Reviews from my adult readers are showing that they, too, are enjoying the new book:
“This is marketed as YA, but it’s wonderfully interesting for all ages, in my opinion.”
“Even though it is written with the younger set in mind, I, being of the older set, enjoyed it immensely.”
“For Love and Honor is everything that fans of Jody Hedlund have come to appreciate and enjoy; regaling her readers across the generations with the timeless reminder that God-given uniqueness is a priceless gift, bestowed out of everlasting love.”
How about YOU? Have you read any YA books lately?

 

Blog Stops


May 8: Book by Book



May 12: Just Commonly

May 14: God1meover

May 15: thewitsabout

May 15: Baker Kella

May 15: Remembrancy

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away all three books in the Noble Knights Series!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b6fc

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Designing Love (Sunriver Dreams #3) by Kimberly Rose Johnson














Title: Designing Love (Sunriver Dreams #3)
Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson
Pages: 186
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Mystery
Publisher: Mountain Brook Inc.
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the author. I have chosen to write this review to share my personal opinion.

About the book:

     Someone is framing Sierra. Can Spencer Preston discover the true criminal before he loses her?

     Sierra Robbins, single mother and interior design assistant, wants to provide a stable home for he teenage son and become a successful interior designer. She’s well on her way to both goals when she agrees to house sit a home in Sunriver, Oregon. It couldn’t be more perfect. She’ll be close to her job at Belafonte Designs while living rent-free. But things don’t as expected beginning on day one when a police officer responds to the alarm they set off at the house. Was that alarm a sign of trouble to come?

     Spencer Preston, lives for his job as a police officer in Sunriver, but when he responds to a house alarm and finds Sierra and her son there everything changes. Suddenly he finds himself torn between the upholding the law and protecting the woman he believes is innocent.

My review:

     A great contemporary romance with a mystery thrown in!

     This is a stand-alone story. A number of the secondary characters were also in the previous books in the series.

     I love the main characters in this book. Sierra, her son, Trey, and Spencer are easy to understand and relate to. Sierra has a lot of emotional baggage that she needs to work through that really affects her interaction with people now. She is really trying to work on it with God’s help.

     The mystery is mild but woven throughout the story. I really like the fact that it isn’t the whole focus, but it also isn’t pushed aside and ignored.

     I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. This is a great wrap-up to the series and I’m giving it a rating of 5 stars. I highly recommend it.


Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Plain Target (Amish Country Justice #1) by Dana R. Lynn













Title: Plain Target (Amish Country Justice #1)
Author: Dana R. Lynn
Pages: 224
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the book:

     Sanctuary in Amish Country!

     Horse trainer Jess McGrath only wants to clear her disgraced brother’s name, but enemies keep coming out of the woodwork and danger only gets closer. Jess soon learns that no place is safe—and no one can be trusted…except for the last white knight she’s ever expect to ride to her rescue. Paramedic Seth Travis was the boy behind her high school humiliation, but he’s also the man keeping her alive. When they find sanctuary in the Amish community, can they uncover answers in time to stop a killer—and resolve their past in time to build a future together?

My review:

     This is an incredible romantic suspense novel!

     I love both of the main characters. They are extremely well developed. They each have fears and things from their pasts that shaped who they are and color how they see things in the present. These were slowly revealed to us.

     One of my favorite things was seeing what life was like for Jess McGrath with her complete deafness. I had never gotten inside the head and emotions of a person who had to deal with lip reading and sign language to communicate. It was a great twist during the danger.

     I also liked Jess’s faith and how she didn’t force it on Seth. But she also didn’t hide it.

     I am highly recommending this wonderful book and giving it a rating of 5 stars. I’m looking forward to seeing what Dana comes up with next.

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti













Title: A Fragile Hope
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Pages: 340
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the book:

     Where does a relationship expert turn when his wife leaves him and he can’t explain why?

     Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds that his expertise, quick wit, and clever quips mean nothing for his relationship that is clearly broken.

     Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

My review:

     This is a wonderful deeply emotional story!

     I was captivated by the plot of this novel. Josiah is written with an incredible depth. His confusion, heartache, and feelings of betrayal were palpable.

     I found I had to read this book in short sessions to keep myself from falling into a deep funk. At the same time I NEEDED to find out how the story ended. I wanted things to work out for Josiah and his wife Karin. Not finishing the book was never an option.

     I loved seeing the source of wise words and encouragement that came alongside Josiah. It is always great when we are surprised by the people that step up to help us cope in a crisis.

     I look forward to reading more books by this author. This one is getting a 5 star rating from me. I am highly recommending it.

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Friday, March 31, 2017

When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3) by Sarah Sundin













Title: When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3)
Author: Sarah Sundin
Pages: 400
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Revell
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the book:

     In a time of war, sometimes battles take place in the heart.

     Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy’s newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye.

     Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.

     But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possibly spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

My review:

     This is a stand-alone story within a series.

     The two main characters in this book have appeared in secondary roles in the previous books. Also the main characters from the previous books make appearances in this one. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how life is progressing for all of these characters.

     We finally find out what makes Quintessa “Tess” and Dan tick. We learn what events from their past shaped them. They each have past memories that act as road blocks to entering into a relationship. I really like seeing how they are trying to figure out what God wants them to do.

     The mystery develops very naturally. Tess is very aware of others around her and the way they act. When their behavior changes she notices. Most people are dealing with heightened patriotic fervor which causes many clashes. Who is hiding sinister motives?

     I love the passion for country that is displayed by many of the characters. I have never given the mixture of nationalities represented within the United States and how they would clash during World War II any thought before reading this series.

     Sarah Sundin has done a marvelous job of bringing this period of time in America to life for me. I have to give this incredible book a rating of 5 stars. I am definitely highly recommending it.

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*