Saturday, July 23, 2016

No way up 
 by Mary Connealy 
(Book One in the new series “The Cimarron Legacy”)
 This novel begins with a bang, literally, when Heath Kincaid and his boss, Chance Boden are nearly crushed by rocks avalanching down the mountain. Heath escapes but when he finds his boss covered by the rocks and close to death, he uses the medical training he learned “while scouting for the army” to save Chance’s life. When Chance has to be taken to Denver for further medical treatment, he insists that his will be read and the conditions enforced during his absence. All of his grown children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole must return to the ranch and live there together for a year or else the ranch will be given to a distant cousin. Although the siblings love each other, they do not get along at all. When Heath discovers evidence that the avalanche was purposely set, he and the three siblings band together to search for answers. All their lives change as a result of this quest, including strong romantic feelings that develop between Heath and Sadie. This book has everything and more including action, mystery, romance, and even a little mix of comedy sprinkled throughout! 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Porter Family Series - Three brothers and One sister and FOUR very different romances!

The Porter family series is a page turner from beginning to end. Becky Wade’s characters are well rounded and totally believable as are the situations surrounding them. Each book builds on the other and continues the story with additional details as well as the timeline. That being said, it is important to read the books in order starting with Undeniably Yours , the story of the oldest of the Porter siblings, Bo Porter. Book two in the series is titled Meant to be mine and Book three is entitled A love like ours. Her One And Only is the final book in the series and while it is the story of the youngest of the siblings, 25 year old Dru Porter, it also very nicely concludes the story of Bo Porter and his wife and new born twins! Great series that I am suggesting all my friends read!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Egyptian girl experiences the great Exodus

Kiya is the daughter of a wealthy merchant in ancient Egypt dreaming of marrying a handsome Egyptian. But when her father’s fortune is lost at sea, Kiya is sold into slavery and all her dreams are crushed. She becomes friends with another slave girl who is Hebrew and when the ten plagues hit Egypt, her Hebrew friend is able to explain the cause and eventually provide the escape. As Kiya joins the throng of escaping Hebrews and journeys with them toward the promise land, she begins to know the God behind it all. The author presents a new view of the experience of the plagues and the journey through the eyes of an Egyptian who is adopted into the family of God. It is an accurate representation of the times and the experience as well as being an excellent story. This book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Unique Cowgirl Tale!
Fire an Ice by Mary Connealy
It is nearly impossible to make it on your own if you are a woman so Bailey Wilde disguises herself as a man and succeeds at everything from fighting in the Civil War to ranching.  That is how Gage Coulter meets her as she is shooting at him to scare him away from her land.  When he eventually finds out the truth, he also finds himself strangely attracted to her.
After a severe winter all alone in the cabin she previously shared with her sisters, Bailey is intrigued by a highly profitable plan put forth by Coulter.  If she marries him in name only, she will get grazing rights on his property.  He, in turn, will get his mother to return to Texas and leave him alone once and for all!

Many unexpected events happen in the process of the story including mystery and comedy and, of course, romance.  This is a very enjoyable book that can be read as a stand alone as well as part of the series.

This book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mail-Order-Bride With a Twist!
A Bride At Last
Melissa Jagears
This historical romance takes place in Missouri in 1885.  It is a mail-order bride story with a twist.  Both Silas Jonesy and Kate Dawson have tried that route and the results were disaster so they each have given up on finding love.  As Kate settles into her chosen career as school teacher, she suddenly becomes guardian of her student, Anthony Riverton, when his mother dies.  At the same time. Silas receives notice that Anthony is his son from his short-time marriage to Anthony’s mother.  When Silas tries to get custody of Anthony, he is confronted by another man who claims he is Anthony’s father.  It is up to Kate, with the help of the local judge, to sort this all out while maintaining her loving relationship with Anthony.  She feels neither man is deserving of Anthony.  This is a novel of tragedy and trust, failure and forgiveness that keeps the reader enthralled with the twists and turns of the plot to the very end. This is a good read!  The book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest evaluation.

Friday, June 19, 2015

by Keith Ferrin

Keith Ferrin’s "10 techniques" approach to reading the Bible is very helpful.  Each one of the ten chapters in the book centers on a separate technique.  The author’s "Study Guide" tips at the end of each chapter can be applied to the individual or to the Bible study group.  His stress on the contents of each book of the Bible as applied to the Bible as a whole is very practical and beneficial. This book takes a difficult topic and breaks it down in an enjoyable way of Bible reading to appeal to everyone.  This book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest evalutation.
Hearts made whole by Jody Hedlund
Redeemed by love!
This historical romance is  set in 1865 in Michigan.  The death of her father forces 19 year old Caroline Taylor into the role of mother for her four siblings, twin brothers aged 10 and sisters aged 12, and 18 and to assume her father’s job as keeper of the lighthouse.  Since she is female, she is not allowed to keep the job and must find some other way to support her family.  The man employed to replace her is a wounded Civil War veteran with post tramatic stress which causes him to drink too much and take too many pill to dull the pain.  The two young people make a odd couple initially but they must unite to fight an unknown enemy who is terrorizing the lighthouse family.  Through prayer and reliance on God, they see their way clear not only of the physical enemy without but of the demons which  plague within as well.  This is a well written believable story.  This book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest review.