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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings


In Regina Jennings' most recent historical fiction novel she does an excellent job of writing the characters in a way that at times you love them, get mad at them, or your heart aches for them. I'm not sure why but I imagined so much of what takes place in Missouri to mimic Walnut Grove in Little House on the Prairie. That was one of my favorite shows as a girl so at several points in the book I felt like I already knew an area they were traveling to. As far as the story itself goes the romance plays a secondary role to the suspense in my mind. I was curious about so many things from the very first chapter and rather than reveal too much at once the story doles out bits and pieces here and there that bring answers over time.

When a painting is mistakenly auctioned off at the Wimplegate's Auction House in Boston Miranda's grandfather purchases the auction house in Missouri where the painting was supposedly sent after purchase. Unwilling to let him travel alone and wishing to escape her cousin Cornelius and his marriage proposals, Miranda accompanies her grandfather to Missouri to retrieve the painting. When they discover they've purchased a livestock auction barn I literally laughed. Having introduced more than one "city person" to cows myself I was expecting the reaction to the smells. Nonetheless I still had to laugh at how appalled they were initially. Wyatt, the auction barn manager, finds humor in the Wimplegate's lack of cattle experience but is remarkably patient helping them acclimate to how these auctions differ from what they are used to back in Boston. It's impossible not to root for Wyatt and Miranda but will their differences be too great to overcome? Can Miranda help her grandfather recover the painting and save their family business?


I I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.


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About the book: 

At Love's Bidding (Bethany House, December 2015)

She sells priceless antiques. He sells livestock by the pound. Is he really the man to make a bid for her heart?

After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she's accidentally sold a powerful family's prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the people who could ruin them forever, they track it to the Missouri Ozarks and make an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house and all its holdings before the painting can move again.

Upon crossing the country, however, Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt Ballentine, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count---but no mysterious painting---Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

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About the author: 

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient MarriageSixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children.

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After a cross-country trip to track down a sold painting that could ruin her family's business forever, Miranda Wimplegate forms an unlikely but charged partnership with livestock auctioneer Wyatt Ballentine in Regina Jennings' At Love's Bidding. Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don’t know a thing about the business he’s single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count–but no mysterious painting–Miranda and Wyatt must try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

Join Regina in celebrating the release of At Love's Bidding by entering to win her Cozy Winter Night giveaway and RSVPing to her January 5th author chat party!

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Legend by Eric Blehm

Every so often there's a book I read that I think about for months and even years afterward. One of those is Fearless by Eric Blehm and now I can add Legend to that list. Before I began reading this book I knew I had a very limited knowledge of the Vietnam War so I was anxious to read this and learn more. What I took away from the story of Roy Benavidez and the events that transpired on May 2, 1968, are so much more than dates and facts but rather experiences and stories that truly made this man a legend. While the author does cover Roy's entire life the main part of the book surrounds one day's events and what he did to save the lives of those surrounded by the enemy in the jungles of Cambodia, a country where we supposedly did not have American troops. Roy's actions were nothing less than heroic and practically unbelievable considering the wounds he himself had sustained. Unfortunately it took years for him to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor which he undoubtedly deserved much sooner. What I love about Legend is that the author takes the time to make you feel like you know all the other people involved that day. This makes the book painful at times but it's a truly gifted writer that can evoke such emotions from the reader. I found myself nervous for the crews flying overhead trying to protect their men on the ground, heartbroken over those who didn't make it out that day, and guilt for how these men were treated when they arrived home. Once I finished the book I had tears streaming down my face and I couldn't help but cry again later as I recounted to my husband and then my mother why I loved this book so much.


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There were several quotes from the book that I wanted to share but I'll only share a couple that I found particularly moving:

"The one good thing about this place, you sure learn not to take anything for granted. Not anything." -Larry McKibben

"Today I go to the airport and see strangers shaking the hands of men and women in uniform, and it makes me smile. I don't think those people necessarily believe in the politics of our current wars, they just know this young man or woman is serving his country. That was all we did in Vietnam. I'll say it again: I'm proud of my service."
-Pete Gailis

I can promise you that after reading this book you won't look at this period of our nation's history the same way and I'd be willing to bet it may alter your view of the struggles our Vietnam veterans still have today. Get your tissues out and prepare to be moved by the story of Roy Benavidez, a true American legend.

If you'd like to read more about the book you can do so here and if you want to learn more about Eric Blehm you can do that here. After reading Fearless and Legend I can't wait to get my hands on his other books!

I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap Reveal



Thank you to the lovely ladies at Chaotic Goddess Swaps for organizing this! Just to recap: you send 3 books and receive 3 books. They should be:

  • a book off their wishlist
  • a book you've read and loved
  • a book you haven't read but think they will enjoy
I was paired with  Ashli at Faithfully Moonstruck. Since everything arrived via Amazon I wasn't sure which tag went with which book but here's what I received:
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein
  • cute magnetic bookmarks!








I love that all the books are centered around WWII because I enjoy historical fiction from that time period! I have learned that I need to do a better job of updating my wishlist (I snagged All the Light We Cannot See at the thrift store for $1 last week!) and I probably need to make a shelf of books I own since I do already have The Book Thief. However, I haven't read any of these three so I am excited to take a month and focus on WWII historical fiction. I have so many great books set during this time that I've been wanting to read for ages.

Thank you again to Chaotic Goddess Swaps and Ashli at Faithfully Moonstruck! This was a lot of fun!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Whenever You Come Around by Robin Lee Hatcher


It's been years since Charity and Buck have seen each other but with her parents out of the country and her own home being repaired she's forced to go back to Kings Meadow to her parent's home if she wants to make her book deadline. Wouldn't you know that her parent's next door neighbor happens to be Buck?! After an accident with her dog renders Buck nearly helpless Charity feels obligated to help where she can and before long she finds herself enjoying Buck's company more than she thought possible.

Whenever You Come Around was an enjoyable story filled with mostly likable characters (and one who you can't help but loathe) whose past and present intertwine. Charity has been carrying a secret for years and the time has come where that secret can no longer stay hidden. She's spent so much time envisioning what would happen when the people closest to her find out the truth and as I've found to be the case with these things; the outcome we imagine is usually far from reality. I felt as though the story was missing something but I can't quite put my finger on it. I did feel that the ending of the story arrived a bit quickly and could have been fleshed out a bit more. Other than that though it was well-written and a quick read!


Book Description

Just when Charity's wild imagination failed her, a flesh-and-blood hero walked into her life.
Best-selling author Charity Anderson returns to her hometown of Kings Meadow to defeat a bad case of writer's block. She imagines she'll spend a lonely summer writing and then return to her home in Boise. She soon finds herself caring for Buck Malone, a wilderness guide-and the object of her unrequited teenage crush. But what else can she do? Her dog Cocoa caused the accident that left Buck with a broken ankle and wrist, taking him off the trail for weeks of prime tourist-season work.
Buck and Charity have gone different ways since high school, and at first it seems they have little in common. Buck loves the simple, low-key life he's made for himself in the mountains of Idaho, and she's a woman accustomed to the faster, bustling pace of the city. But spending so much time together has Buck hoping to change her mind about staying in the small town she thought she'd left behind for good.
It's a summer for discovering that young love is a spark not soon extinguished.

About the Author
Robin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling author of 70 books. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin and her husband currently reside in Idaho. For more information, visit www.robinleehatcher.com.

I received this book free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Counting on a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Counting on a Cowboy is the second book in Debra Clopton's A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series. After reading the first book in the series (Betting on Hope) earlier this year I was anxiously awaiting Bo's story and now I find myself looking forward to the next book and Jarrod's story!  Having already fallen in love with the small town of Wishing Springs, TX, and the unique personalities of each of its residents this book felt familiar and sometimes that's good to read something that takes you back to a place you know even if it's only a place you know within your imagination.  I honestly thought the aspect with Bo unexpectedly becoming a single dad would be my least favorite part of the story but it turns out I was wrong. Little Levi tugged at my heart strings right along with Bo and Abby. From the start I wanted Abby to find the "Mayberry" she was looking for and simply to live happily ever after. Now you'll just have to read the book to find out what actually happens with Bo, Abby, and little Levi!


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About the book:
Counting on a Cowboy
(Thomas Nelson, August 2015)

After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk.

Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby . . . if she's brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.

Bo Monahan isn't interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become---or the women who might be looking at him like he's their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn't looking for serious romantic commitments. But when the infant son he never knew about shows up at his doorstep, his world is turned upside down.

This confirmed bachelor might not think he needs a wife, but he sure needs help. Even Abby can see that, and despite her best efforts to keep her distance, she can't help but be drawn to this new father-son duo. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

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About the author:
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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A new tale of romance, family, and taking risks—don't miss Debra Clopton's Counting on a Cowboy! After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

Saddle up with Debra and her new book and enter to win her Love at the Reins prize pack!

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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 8th. The winner will be announced September 9th on Debra's blog.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Books 'n" Bloggers Swap


If you are a book lover like me and would like to participate in a book swap and perhaps make a new friend in the process then this is right up your alley!

Here are the details:
Sign-ups close on August 24 so don't wait!
You send 3 books and receive 3 books. They should be:
  • a book off their wishlist
  • a book you've read and loved
  • a book you haven't read but think they will enjoy
Once you've filled out the form and been accepted (you'll receive an email from the lovely ladies of Chaotic Goddess Swaps) you'll blog about the swap and link up. Easy as that! Once you've received your goodies you'll blog about it and link up again.

I can't wait for this and I hope you'll participate too!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Now and Forever by Mary Connealy


After reading the first book in the Wild at Heart series by Mary Connealy I knew that I wanted to read the second one especially since I felt like Shannon would be my favorite Wilde sister. The book starts out so quickly that it was easy to get swept into the book. It felt like just a few moments had gone by and I was already through 100 pages. As with the first book in the series, the story is centered around one of the Wilde sisters and there's usually some sort of trouble that they get themselves into. I was a bit shocked when this book started with Shannon and Matthew Tucker getting married after their harrowing experience of surviving a bear, the river that's notorious for killing people, and an arduous hike through caves with Matthew on a broken leg before being rescued. For this to have the feel of a romance there's a lot of suspense and action as well. In many ways the romance almost takes a backseat when you're reading it because you find yourself so wrapped up in trying to figure out who is trying to drive homesteaders off their land.

Now I just have to wait patiently for the third book so I can read Bailey's story!


I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

A Heart's Home by Colleen Coble

The sixth and final book of The Journey of the Heart series is finally here! What a wonderful conclusion to the series with adventure, heartbreak, love, joy, and sorrow all rolled into one. From the moment I began reading this series six months ago I hoped that the ending wouldn't be abrupt and that we as readers would have a glimpse into the future of all the characters I feel I now know. Colleen Coble certainly didn't disappoint with this! Without giving away anything that happens with any of the characters I can say that we are given a glimpse into everyone's lives and I felt ready to say goodbye when I read the final words of the A Heart's Home. In a way each person follows their own heart and finds their home is more who they are with rather than where they are.

Book info

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About the book:
A Heart's Home (Thomas Nelson, August 2015)Emmie's hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny.

Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn't hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby?

With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie's solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart---and Isaac's? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Iyr7Im

About the author:

Colleen Coble
has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

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A hidden pregnancy, a promise sure to break hearts, and a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny: Don't miss the gripping conclusion in book six, A Heart's Home, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?

Colleen is celebrating the final book release of her A Journey of the Heart series by giving away the entire series and the chance to host Colleen virtually at your book club, local library, or women's group to talk about the series.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • Books 1–6 of A Journey of the Heart series
  • A chat with Colleen via Skype or Google Hangout
  • A custom book-club kit PDF, featuring Colleen's favorite recipes and group discussion questions
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 31st. Winner will be announced September 1st on Colleen's website.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

Picking a favorite Sarah Sundin book is near impossible but this one may be her best one yet! It was so easy to feel drawn to Mary and her kind, gentle spirit and her love for Nancy Drew made her even more likable to me since Nancy Drew fostered my love for reading. I can't wait to see what Sarah Sundin has in store for us in the next book in her Waves of Freedom series!

Through Waters Deep centers around Mary and Jim, who actually knew each from high school in Ohio. Now Mary is a Boston Navy Yard secretary and Jim is a naval officer on board the brand-new destroyer the USS Atwood. Their blossoming friendship and his willingness to aid in her "investigation" made the pages fly by. Not to mention that the further into the story I delved the more anxious I became to find out who was behind it all. In typical Sarah Sundin fashion she wrapped up a bit of mystery and a sweet romance into the perfect package!


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About the book:
Through Waters Deep
(Revell, August 2015)

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war.

Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges---and dangers---await them.

Sarah Sundin takes readers to the tense months before the US entered WWII. Readers will encounter German U-boats and torpedoes, along with the explosive power of true love, in this hopeful and romantic story.

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About the author:
Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, In Perfect Time, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

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Dive into Sarah Sundin's explosive new series, Waves of Freedom, with book one, Through Waters DeepWhen evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them in the midst of their budding romance.

Join Sarah in celebrating the release of Through Waters Deep by entering to win an Anchors Aweigh prize pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Through Waters Deep
  • A nautical tote bag
  • A set of compass rose notecards
  • A "Hope Anchors the Soul" journal
  • A Boston Tea Party earl grey tea set
  • Through Waters Deep apron
  • A set of nautical tea towels
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. The winner will be announced August 25th on Sarah's blog.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Heart's Promise by Colleen Coble

Book Five in Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series was the one I was looking forward to the most after finishing the previous one. Emmie is my favorite character in this wonderful group of characters I feel as though I've come to know and leaving her story hanging left me anxious to get my hands on this next novella.  In A Heart's Promise we see Emmie struggle with her feelings for Isaac and the consequences that those feelings will bring. It's no wonder after being raised by an alcoholic brother, having a manipulative brother like Ben, and then being deceived by Monroe that she's a bit leery when it comes to men. Aside from the husbands of her two closest friends she's had no examples of what authentic love looks like. Isaac is determined to win her over but how long will he be patient? Will a new arrival at the fort change everything for Emmie?

I sincerely hope if you've been reading this series you've enjoyed it as much as I have. I cannot wait to see how Colleen Coble wraps everything up in book six. I'm going to be a bit sad to say goodbye to these characters and their stories.


Book info

About the book:
A Heart's Promise (Thomas Nelson, July 2015)

Emmie makes a promise to her friend that, if fulfilled, could mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac.

Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie's heart and hand. Though Emmie resolves to keep her heart in check, it hurts when she sees that another woman has set
her bonnet for Isaac.

Then Emmie's dear friend extracts a costly promise: if anything happens to her in childbirth, Emmie will marry her widower and raise the baby herself. And it seems Emmie may have to fulfill that promise. But can she live happily without Isaac?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Gc4QeO

About the author:

Colleen Coble
has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: website, Facebook, Twitter

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Will the promise Emmie makes to her friend mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac? Find out in book five, A Heart's Promise, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie’s heart and hand. Can she live happily without Isaac?

Take a day off and head to the beach with a new giveaway from Colleen: five books (books one–five in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and a beach bag to tote your new books in!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Heart's Promise
  • A Lands' End beach tote
  • A copy of A Heart's Betrayal
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced August 3rd on Colleen's website.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Crazy Little Thing Called Love is the first of Beth K. Vogt's new destination wedding novel series and it has a different feel than her previous novels. As I started reading it I worried that I might not enjoy it as much as her other ones because the dynamic between Vanessa and Ted felt off from the start. I got the distinct impression that what went wrong in Vanessa's first marriage to Logan was that he chose storm chasing over her and seeing her engaged to Ted, an ER doctor that seems extremely career-minded, appeared to be a repeat of the same situation that led her to divorce Logan after two short years of marriage when they were still young college students trying to find their way in the world. Fortunately the story took a few twists and turns while Vanessa was in Destin planning their destination wedding and I enjoyed it much more from that point forward.

Having been to Destin and Niceville myself I had an easy time picturing all of the scenes there. I've lived through a tornado and a hurricane so I loved that Logan became a storm chaser after a tornado took the love of his life away from his own grandfather. His desire to find a way to predict tornadoes and save lives isn't so different from Vanessa's own desire to help save lives as a paramedic. When a hurricane hits the gulf coast and Vanessa and Logan finds themselves in the same storm shelter, Vanessa is left with nowhere to run and very few places to hide.

The collision of Vanessa and Logan's past with their present lives may have a strong impact on their future. The idea of "what if?" is something I believe everyone can relate to and when face to face with someone you once loved it's impossible not to wonder what might have been. Don't we all look back and contemplate how a decision or decisions altered the path of our life (be it good or bad) in ways we never thought it would at the time? Will Logan and Vanessa look back on their decision to divorce and wonder if they were wrong to give up on their marriage or will Vanessa put Logan behind her once and for all and start a new life with Ted?

I'm anxious to see what's in store for readers in the next book of Beth K. Vogt's Destination Wedding Novel series!

Book info

About the book:
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: A Destination Wedding Novel
(Howard, June 2015)

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple's journey down the aisle to "I do."

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father's military career. She's overcome what her mother called "the biggest mistake of her life" and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?


Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1VkD0s8
About the author:
Beth K. Vogt believes God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can't Buy Me Love, (May) and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June).

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Heart's Betrayal by Colleen Coble

A Heart's Betrayal may be my favorite book in the series so far! In this novella we meet Emmie Croftner, the sister of Ben Croftner and the widow of Monroe Courtney. Emmie and Sarah were friends back home in Wabash, Indiana, and after Monroe passes and his secrets are revealed Emmie finds herself without a place to call home. She sets out for Fort Laramie to help Sarah and upon arriving is taken aback by her near instant attraction to Isaac, Rand's best friend at Fort Laramie. I can't wait to read more about Emmie and her adventures. This cover is probably also my favorite one so far. The pink sky, purple mountains, and lush green grass are beautiful!


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About the book:
A Heart's Betrayal (Thomas Nelson, June 2015)

Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier, but her secret could drive them apart.

When Emmie Croftner answered the door to her late husband's home, she discovered an awful truth: her deceased husband was a bigamist. And what's more, the home she thought she inherited never belonged to her at all.
Suddenly displaced, powerless, and ashamed, Emmie can't stay in Wabash, Indiana. She makes a hopeful start for Fort Laramie, Wyoming, to find her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning. But when she arrives, she discovers she's pregnant---and without a husband. The new start she'd hoped for slips from her fingers.

But then she meets Isaac Liddle, a handsome soldier with a kind heart. When he begins to court her, Emmie wonders whether she could ever really be his---and whether she dares to tell him she is carrying another man's baby.
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1B65ZsM

About the author:

Colleen Coble
has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: website, Facebook, Twitter

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Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier in Fort Laramie, Wyoming, but will her big secret drive them apart? Find out in book four, A Heart's Betrayal, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Suddenly displaced, powerless, and ashamed, Emmie can’t stay in Wabash, Indiana. She makes a hopeful start for Fort Laramie to find her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning. But when she arrives, she discovers she’s pregnant—and without a husband. The new start she’d hoped for slips from her fingers.

Melt into summer with a new giveaway from Colleen: four books (books one–four in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and a box of chocolates to pair with your new books!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Heart's Betrayal
  • A box of Colleen's favorite chocolate truffles from DeBrand Fine Chocolates
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 30th. Winner will be announced July 1st on Colleen's website.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What I've Read Wednesday #7

Whew, it's been awhile since I've posted what I've been reading and with good reason. The farm sold and a new family has moved in so I was basically off the radar for the 6 weeks before closing. I'll get more to that in a separate post all about our last days at the farm. For now let's chat about all the books I've read lately!

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First up we have Chance of Loving You, A Heart's Danger, Finding Me, and A Love Like Ours which I've posted reviews for on the blog so if you want to hear more about those you can check out my older posts. For the most part I really enjoyed all four of these books.


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Next we have Never Too Late by Robyn Carr, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, The Widow's Walk by Robert Barclay, and When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley. Never Too Late was another Robyn Carr classic that I found enthralling and moving. As with all of her books that I've read (which is over 30 by now!) I would recommend this one. Sharp Objects kept me on my toes and with any Gillian Flynn book it kept you guessing right up until the very end. I think I liked this one a little better than Gone Girl and in a way I thought it was even more twisted which is really saying something. The Widow's Walk is a bit strange and was kinda out there for me but I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the house that the story centered around. When Sparrows Fall is probably my least favorite of Meg Moseley's books and throughout the book I felt sad and that feeling never left me even at the end when it seemed like things were turning around for the family. I'm not sure I'd really recommend this one unless you like to read something that's a little dark and twisty and pretty sad throughout.


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Just this past week I read my neighbor's newest book Inside and Out. It's a novella and a super fast read with some real substance in the story. At times I wanted to shake the main character to get her to snap out of her self pity and unworthiness but with her past I can understand why she behaved the way she did. It takes her daughter to remind her that she too is beautiful inside and out before she believes she can give love another chance. If you're looking for a fast, summer read with some romance thrown in then you'd probably enjoy this book. Her company (Clean Reads) is exactly what the title implies: a company that only publishes clean novels. You can check out their website to see what that entails and to see all the other books available through Clean Reads.

Over the weekend I read The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks so I could go see the movie at the dollar theater (which I still have yet to do this week!) and I think it might be my favorite Nicholas Sparks book yet. I've read all of his other previous books and even though there's always an element of heartache I love the way that man weaves together a story. The book flips from past to present while it tells the love story of Ira and Ruth in the past and the unfolding romance of Sophia and Luke. At times I had a hard time with this book because I lost a dear friend in a bull riding accident so I had sweaty palms every time Luke was in the chute to ride a bull. I hope the movie is as good as the book. I'll keep you guys posted once I see it!


I've got a few books that I need to read and review but I have so many others calling my name right now that I've picked up this summer so who knows which one I'll pick up next!


What have you been reading lately?

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Heart's Danger by Colleen Coble

A Heart's Danger is not my favorite of the series and the only reason I can put my finger on is the fast pace at which this one seemed to move. I felt like there were some parts that needed delving out more but overall I liked this third installment of the series. Colleen Coble definitely filled this one with danger and drama from beginning to end as the title indicates. As things continue with Rand, Sarah, and the rest of the characters you are made aware of an unfavorable but not unlikely partnership. I'd love to talk about my favorite part of the book but I fear if I do it will give it away so for now let me say that if you've read the first two then you'll like how this one ends on less of a cliffhanger than the previous two.

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About the book:
A Heart's Danger (Thomas Nelson, May 2015)

On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.

Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, a trap has been set for Rand Campbell.
Rand's new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.

Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell---the man whose love she craves---and Croftner---the man whose lies have cost her everything.

Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1G01e4s

About the author:

Colleen Coble
has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: website, Facebook, Twitter
 Blog Tour Schedule

Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves—but will the risk be worth it? Find out in book three, A Heart's Danger, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Rand’s new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns. Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.

Enter to win the perfect pairing giveaway: three books (books one–three in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and coffee to pair with your new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
  • A pound of Colleen's favorite coffee, Captain Davy's Coffee Roaster Costa Rican
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 31st. Winner will be announced June 1st on Colleen's website.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.