Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman


1792, NATCHEZ TRACE, MS

Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O'Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It's time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three half-Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he can not abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.

Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers it's not a marriage of convenience her brother-in-law arranged, but a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.

Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother's care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.

My Thoughts:

The Road to Magnolia Glen is the second book in Pam Hillman's "A Natchez Trace" series. The first book centers on Connor O'Shea. In this book, the reader is introduced to Connor's brother Quinn. Quinn head to America just as Connor had in the first book. During the journey, he meets an Irish lass, Kiera Young.  Sparks fly during their journey making me quickly turn the pages to see what was in store for this couple.

This is a wonderful historical novel with romance and mystery mixed in along the way. It grabs you from the beginning and pulls you along at a quick pace making you want to continue turning the pages faster and faster until you reach the 'sigh-worthy' ending.

Highly recommended! 5 Stars!!!!!

I received a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy from the author and was under obligation to leave a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe

Back Cover:
She won the job...
Can he win her heart?

Hiring Amanda "AJ" McAlester as his assistant at the Big Heart Ranch isn't foreman Travis Maxwell's first choice--but his sisters insist she's perfect for the job. And AJH's determined to prove she's just as qualified as any man. But with money on the line, AJ and her innovative ideas could put him at risk of losing everything...
including his heart.

My Thoughts:

I fell in love with Big Heart Ranch when I read the first book, Claiming Her Cowboy, in Tina Radcliffe's "Big Heart Ranch" series. I could hardly wait for book two, Falling for the Cowgirl, and I wasn't disappointed.

Big Heart Ranch is in need of an assistant foreman to help owner/foreman, Travis Maxwell in running the ranch. Travis is a conventional rancher wanting to hire a cowboy but his two sisters, who are also owners, insist that applicant A.J. McAlester is just right for the job, so much to Travis's dismay, his new foreman is A.J. who just happens to be a woman.

A.J. was raised on a ranch and has worked on many other ranches but due to the fact she is a woman she has never been taken seriously. This has made it very difficult for her to prove herself. She is bright, ranch savvy, bull-headed, independent, and spunky. Travis believes in the "old school" way of men running the ranch and is quite bull-headed about it. However, when things begin to happen around the ranch A.J. proves she is the right person for the job. It was fun to watch the layers of both characters fall away and reveal their true hearts.

Ms. Radcliffe has written a heartwarming story that had me laughing, crying, and cheering the characters on. I am anxiously awaiting book three in the series.

Highly recommended! 5 Stars!!!!!

I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl


Back Cover:

After two years at the St. Louis U.S. Marshals Office. Casey Sloane is tasked with escorting a reporter to Washington to testify before a grand jury. The reporter's research on an up-and-coming environmentalist who suddenly disappeared is now even more vital than anticipated.

At first, Casey's assignment seems routine. But a dangerous attack on the Marshals Office puts everyone on high alert. When Casey and two other Marshals--one a man from her past--are forced on the run with the re[prter, they'll do whatever it takes to protect their witness and make it out alive.

My Thoughts:

In Nancy Mehl's newest book, Blind Betrayal (the third book in her "Defender of Justice" series) she treats the reader to a thrill ride of heart-stopping suspense.

The first line was enough to pull me in, "As Martin Avery waited to be murdered, he was surprised to find that more than anything else, he felt offended." It made me want to know more about Martin Avery and why he was waiting to be murdered.

Ms. Mehl did a wonderful job of building the suspense and keeping me riveted to my seat. Her characters were well developed and believable and carried me along on their journey leaving me breathless.

I would highly recommend Blind Betrayal to anyone who enjoys a good clean thrill-packed, suspenseful read.

On a 5-Star scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Bethany House for my complimentary copy of Blind Betrayal I received my copy with no expectations for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Primary Suspect by Laura Scott


Wrongfully Accused

A Callahan Confidential story

When fires investigator Mitch Callahan is attacked at a crime scene, he's shocked to uncover the body of a slain ex-girlfriend--and realize someone's framing him for murder. Widowed ER nurse Dana Petrie believes Mitch is innocent, and not just because he makes her feel alive again after tragedy marred her past. But is she willing to resk everything only to love and lose again?

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MY THOUGHTS:

I am a big fan of Love Inspired Suspense books. One reason is I find authors that are new to me and that I quickly fall in love with their work. That is the case with Laura Scott's work. I just finished Primary Suspect and oh what a ride. 

The main characters in this book are ER nurse Dana Petrie and fire investigator Mitch Callahan. These two characters find themselves in a predicament from the very start and oh how their characters sizzled together. The chemistry that bubbled up between these two was wonderfully done.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a quick, clean and suspenseful read.

On a 5-Star scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the publisher for my copy of Primary Suspect. I received my copy for free with no expectation for a review.

Feel comforted and at peace when you read these uplifting romances of faith, forgiveness and hope from Love Inspired. There are 12 new books each month! 6 from Love Inspired for those who love contemporary romance and 6 from Love Inspired Suspense who like some danger with their romance stories.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon


Being a fan of Irene Hannon's work led me to want to read the fourth book in her "Hope Harbor" series. I must admit, I read the first book in the series and loved it but I have yet to read book two and three in the series. I plan to rectify that very soon.

This story belongs to Dr. Ben Garrison. An Army doctor who has returned to Hope Harbor to bury his beloved grandfather Skip. Little did he know coming back to Hope Harbor would be the start of a new page in his life. He has just mustered out of the Army and upon arriving in Hope Harbor he finds he inherited the town's lighthouse that pretty much no one in the town wanted except for his grandfather. Ben's hope is to sell the lighthouse, but will he be successful?

The female lead in this story is newspaper owner, Marci Weber. She has lived in Hope Harbor for two years and she knew Ben's grandfather quite well. When she and Ben first meet it was not under the best of circumstances and they clashed, especially since Marci called the police on Ben claiming he was trespassing. They also have different opinions about what to do with the lighthouse which in time brings them closer together.

This book moves at a rather fast pace and I was totally drawn into the humor and the love for Skip, the lighthouse, and the town.

Pelican Point is filled with wonderful characters who will steal your heart as you go on this wonderful journey with them. Also, Charley, who owns the local Fish Taco stand is once again in this book. He was in the first book as well and I would love to have one of his tacos. But of course they only exist within the pages of Hope Harbor novels.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good clean romance.

On a 5 Star scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, for my copy of Pelican Point. I received my complimentary copy to read with no expectation of giving a positive or negative review.

Smiles & Blessings,


Texas Ranger Showdown by Margaret Daley

"Stop Me"
She was taunted by a killer.

Margaret Daley's thrilling Lone Star Justice series continues, this time pitting radio therapist Dr. Caitlyn Rhodes against a methodical murderer. First, her patients are found dead, then the mocking phone calls start. The evidence is pointing Teas Ranger Ian Pierce to one conclusion: he must protect Caitlyfrom becoming this vicious killer's next victim...before he loses the woman he once loved--for good.


MY THOUGHTS:

One thing I can always count on when I pick up a book with Margaret Daley's name on the cover I will be entertained. Her newest novel, Texas Ranger Showdown, took me on a fast-paced adventure that kept me turning the pages faster and faster. 

Dr. Caitlyn Rhodes and Texas Ranger Ian Pierce found themselves racing against the clock to discover who was killing Caitlyn's patients and taunting her by 'asking' her to "Stop me". Just when I thought I might know what was going on I found myself going in another direction. Ms. Daley has created a serial killer thriller in which her characters will capture the reader's heart.

I would highly recommend picking up a copy of Texas Ranger Showdown especially if you love a fast-paced fiction read.

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author for my copy of Texas Ranger Showdown. I received my complimentary copy with no expectations of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears


     Determined to proctect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child, Mercy McClain finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the worst of her childhood bullies, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against his getting the job.

     Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy's mistrust, but he's returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking the forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the children's best interests at heart.

     Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron overcome the past in time to battle the threats against the future of the town's orphan's?

MY THOUGHTS:

I am a huge fan of Melissa Jagear's work and I have patiently waited for her newest novel, A Chance at Forever, the third book in her "Teaville Moral Society" series. This newest book is a story of faith, love, redemption, and forgiveness.

The main characters, Mercy and Aaron, have issues from their past and present that they are trying to overcome. Aaron, in his youth, was known as George and he was a class A bully. It just so happened that Mercy was one of his targets as she has a deformed arm that he poked fun at. Mercy has a hard time believing Aaron has changed but the more time she spends with him and observes how he interacts with the orphans she soon finds that maybe more than just his name has changed.

This book is a beautiful story of love and how when we turn our lives over to God, things can change.

I would highly suggest this book to anyone who loves a good clean historical novel.

On a 5-Star scale = 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author Melissa Jagears and Bethany House Publishers for my copy of A Chance at ForeverI received my complimentary copy with no expectations of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,