ON WINGS OF DEVOTION Blog Tour (Just Read)

On Wings of Devotion JustRead Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Keep reading for a summary of the book (provided by the publisher), an excerpt, AND my review of this worthy-to-read title!

ABOUT THE BOOK

On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M WhiteTitle: On Wings of Devotion
Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 7, 2020

Against Every Warning, She’s Drawn Ever Closer to the Man Known as “Black Heart”

All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster–a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed “Black Heart,” she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes she has a role to play in his healing–and some of her own to do as well.

With Camden’s court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up, intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40 into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross hairs, Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope–and to each other–if they want to survive.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

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PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT

 

He straightened. “I’ll not see you throw your life and your fortune away on some money-grubbing scoundrel. I may not be good for much these days, but I can at least scare off the rabble.”Unbelievable. “The papers have something right, anyway—you are a madman. A raving lunatic.” She moved to step past him, back onto the street. He blocked her. “You’ll not dissuade me, Arabelle. I’ve made up my mind, so just resign yourself to an escort.”

“I don’t need a . . . a guard dog!” She moved to sidestep him the other direction and, as soon he shifted to compensate, darted around him on the first. He was at her side within a step. “Woof.” It was anger simmering. It had to be. She couldn’t let it be amusement, couldn’t let it be gratitude, and certainly couldn’t let it be hope. “Go home, Camden.”

“No.”

“I don’t want your company.”

“Too bad.”

“I’ll have my father—”

“I’ve already spoken to your father. He thinks it capital of me to want to champion you. And has issued a standing invitation for me to come by in the evenings and chat about aviation and the possible applications of the field to his own.” He would. She gritted her teeth, picked up her pace, and angled her face up at Camden, ready to lambast him with the only truth that might get him to call off this ridiculous plan.

You’ll do me more harm than good. The words died before she gave them breath. Because when she looked up, he was looking down, and those too-blue eyes of his weren’t just cold. They weren’t just patronizing. They weren’t just determined. They were the very thing he’d called her—desperate.

“I may not be good for much these days. . . . He’d been stripped of his squadron, his brothers-in-arms, his purpose. He’d been told he was a villain. He needed to help. Someone, somehow. He needed to prove, if only in some small way, that he was worthwhile. But couldn’t Cass be his proof, or Jeremy, or his mother, or some other person he actually knew? Why did it fall to her?

He needs to help. This time it wasn’t just a thought. It was an echo in that place in her heart where the Lord whispered. She faced forward again. Lord God . . . this is a bad idea. She wasn’t weak, not like Camden had said she was. But she wasn’t strong either. Not when it came to him.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a On Wings of Devotion inspired prize pack including a Recreation RFC Pilot Wings pin, a mini globe, Cadbury Chocolate, Caddie the Cocker Spaniel (handmade by Roseanna), and One Seat and Tea Package for an Online Tea Party Book Club with Roseanna (Winner’s choice of scheduled dates. Includes treats, loose-leaf tea, and book club goodies. A $25 value! For more information, visit http://www.roseannamwhite.com/tea-party-book-club/.)

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MY REVIEW

In On Wings of Devotion, nurse Arabelle Denler plays a key role in the healing of Philip Camden, nicknamed “Black Heart.” Philip believes (as does all of England) that he was instrumental in the deaths of his entire squadron, and struggles with survivor’s guilt, refusing to defend himself at his court-martial.

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White  excels at both character and plot development. Rich in plot twists, historical detail, romance, and adventure, On Wings of Devotion is an excellent read. The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed. Relationships are clean, making the book suitable for adults and older teens. Readers will delight to see characters from her earlier series make an appearance, and will look forward to the final book in this series, A Portrait of Loyalty.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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END GAME / Rachel Dylan

End Game, / by Rachel Dylan (Capital Intrigue, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN        9780764234309
Adult     Rating:     4

Award -winning author Rachel Dylan kicks off a new romantic suspense series set in Washington, D.C.

In End Game, FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan teams up with NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini to solve the murders of several victims. While the first is a civilian, the others are elite military. Are the murders connected? Will they find the perpetrator before others fall victim? Although evidence points to a Navy SEAL sniper, Bailey doesn’t believe it. When it becomes clear that there is a coverup, she becomes a target. Now who can they trust? The more they uncover, the more the truth is unclear and the more danger they find themselves in.

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Dylan pens a tightly-written suspense filled with well-developed characters, a faith element that is clearly evident but not pushy, and plenty of plot twists. Dylan introduces an ensemble of characters that will most likely appear in future books. Look for the second book in this series coming in the fall of 2020.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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THE WAY OF THE BRAVE / Susan May Warren

The Way of the Brave, / by Susan May Warren (Global Search and Rescue, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780800735845
Adult     Rating:  4

Best-selling author Susan May Warren kicks off a new action-packed romantic suspense series.

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Susan May Warren is known for writing stories filled with action-adventure, memorable and often broken characters, and faith elements. As expected, there is some physical and spiritual challenges, and past wounds to be faced before embracing future possibilities.

The Way of the Brave is no different – it has spine-tingling suspense, hold-your-breath adventure, and realistic faith journeys. Readers will be engaged from the first chapter until the very end, and looking forward to the next book in this series, The Heart of a Hero, coming in June 2020.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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BRAND OF LIGHT / Ronie Kendig (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

Book: Brand of Light

Author: Ronie Kendig

Genre: Christian Fiction, futuristic, space opera

Release Date: December 3, 2019

There’s a price on her head, and it has everything to do with the brand on her arm.

Tertian Space Coalition has blessed every planet in the quadrants with high technology, save one: Drosero. But in spite of their tenuous treaty with the ruling clans, TSC has plans for the backward planet. And they’re not alone.

After a catastrophic explosion, Kersei Dragoumis awakens in a derelict shuttle, alone, injured, and ignorant of the forbidden technology that has swept her into a nightmare. The brand she’s borne since childhood burns mysteriously, but the pain is nothing to that when she learns her family is dead and she is accused of their murders.

Across the quadrants, Marco Dusan responds to the call of a holy order—not to join them, but to seek a bounty. Gifted—or cursed—with abilities that mark him a Kynigos, a tracker sworn to bring interplanetary fugitives to justice, Marco discovers this particular bounty has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with prophecy. One that involves the hunter as much as the hunted.

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About the Author

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty titles. An Army brat, Ronie lives a shot train ride from New York City with her husband, twin sons, and two fur-sons, VVolt N629, a retired military working dog, and Benning the Stealth Golden. Described as an empath by her literary agent, Ronie has used her degree in psychology to write books that have won the coveted Christy Award, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion Award, and more. Her books have also hit the CBA Bestseller List multiple times.


More from Ronnie

In November 2005, I lurched into a story that started with one small element—what if a hero could literally smell fear? And so I delved into the story with the characters, and felt like I’d fallen into the vortex. I wrote over 90,000 words in one month, this story just gushing out of me.

But I was a very new writer. And if you saw the first draft that gushed out of me, you’d snicker. I sure have. It’s appallingly bad writing, yet the story’s bones are healthy and intact. So, I teased the story into shape over the last fourteen years. In 2012, I took a hard look at it and tried to shape up the writing. I’d even gotten to know Kathy Tyers, who wrote for the Star Wars franchise as well as the much-beloved Firebird series (*insert reverent pause here*), and I bravely asked if she would take a peek at the first fifty pages or so. Being gracious as Kathy is, she agreed to take a look.

Um, yikes. Haha. Make no mistake—Kathy is a brilliant writer, and I will never write like her, but I learned so much from her feedback and took it to heart. Clearly, I still had a long way to go before that story was ready for the world, so I delved into honing my craft and deepening this story. Honestly, I was afraid show Brand of Light to anyone again, because I love this story so much and did not want to see “her” fail. More correctly—I did not want to fail this story.

About three years ago, I sensed a deep conviction that it was time to stop hiding and, as an act of faith and obedience to what God had given me, to send Brand of Light out into the world. As I write this, she is still 1.5 months out from the release, and I’m scared. I want this beauty to be loved, but even if it’s not, *I love this story and know I honored God with my writing and sending her out. I can rest here for a long while, reveling in the gift God gave me with this storyworld and its characters. I’m excited to see her launch out into the deep now. As Marco and the hunters always say, For Honor.


Blog Stops

Hallie Reads, December 14
amandainpa , December 15
Wishful Endings, December 16
Pause for Tales, December 16
A Reader’s Brain, December 17
Simple Harvest Reads, December 18 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Texas Book-aholic, December 19
Mia Reads Blog, December 19
Betti Mace, December 20
Britt Reads Fiction, December 21
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 23
Emily Yager, December 24
Bakerkella, December 25
Worthy2Read, December 25 *
janicesbookreviews, December 26
Splashes of Joy, December 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ronie is giving away the grand prize package of a Tinted Prose edition of Brand of Light, Galaxy Tumbler, “Kersei” Dio Adorable Candle, 3 Character Cards (to include Marco, Kersei, Tigo), and 2 Maps (to include Drosero and the planetary map)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link or image below to enter.

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My Review

Brand of Light / by Ronie Kendig (The Droseran Saga, 1)
Enclave     ISBN     9781621840930
Adult     Rating:     4

I have never read any books by Ronie Kendig before reading Brand of Light. I’m familiar with her books — I just haven’t read them yet. After reading this one, however, I will add them to my TBR list!

Having been a fan of Kathy Tyers, for years, I was intrigued when I read about her influence on Kendig’s new series, and with Enclave as the publsher, I knew it would be an interesting read.

To my delight, Brand of Light was everything I hoped for — excellent world-building, intriguing well-developed characters, and a storyline that grabs the reader from the first page.

Although there are multiple points of view, it is easy to follow and enhances the tension of the story. If you have never tried space opera or science fiction, don’t let that deter you from reading this excellent novel. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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Blog Tour – MISLEADING MISS VERITY / Carolyn Miller

Misleading Miss Verity, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, 3)
Kregel     ISBN   9780825445910
Adult     Rating:      4

Australian author Carolyn Miller concludes her inspirational Regency series, featuring the Hatherleigh sisters in this inspirational Regency novel.

In Misleading Miss Verity, Miss Verity Hatherleigh is a headstrong young lady – she is an impulsive, feisty, and independent thinker. When she visits a friend in Scotland,  she meets Anthony Jardine, a local minister.

Anthony takes on his new duties as laird of Dungally, finding himself facing the poor reputation of past lairds who neglected the land and its tenants. Anthony and Verity are attracted to one another, but each hides their true identity from the other.

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Miller’s readers have come to expect a clean romance suitable for older teens and adults, with historical detail and superior characterization. Her characters are realistic, facing financial, spiritual, physical, and societal challenges, allowing the reader to more easily relate to them.

Recommended for high school and public libraries. Fans of Julie Klassen, Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and other Regency fiction will enjoy this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Previously reviewed: A Hero for Miss Haveleigh, and Underestimating Miss Cecilia.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Prism Book Tour: THE END OF THE MAGI / Patrick W. Carr #EndMagiPrism

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The End of the Magi
By Patrick W. Carr
Christian Historical Fiction
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 384 Pages
November 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers


Centuries before the magi arrived in Bethlehem, a prophecy sets a young magus on his path . . .

Following his vision of the coming Messiah, the prophet Daniel calls forth a select group of men who will count down the calendar until the arrival of Israel’s promised king. Centuries later, as the day draws near, Myrad, a young magi acolyte, flees for his life when his adoptive father and others are slain by a ruthless Parthian queen.

Equipped with very little, in haste Myrad escapes the city and, searching for a way to hide from the soldiers scouring the trade routes, tries to join the caravan of the merchant Walagash. The merchant senses that Myrad is keeping secrets, but when the young man proves himself a valuable asset, an epic journey filled with peril, near captures, and dangerous battles begins.

With every day that passes, the calendar creeps closer to the coming Messiah. And over everything shines the dream of a star that Myrad can’t forget, and the promise that the world will never be the same.


MY REVIEW

Although different from Carr’s fantasy novels, The End of the Magi is well-written and interesting to read. Characters are well-developed and historical details appear to be authentic.

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Carr writes a biblical fiction story based on the magi, chosen risen to track the days on the calendar, to witness God’s fulfillment of the prophecy, and more. It’s more than a Christmas story, for it traces the journey of one young man, born with a club foot, not of the Hebrew nation, who is used by God in ways he never expected. Myrad’s journey illustrated how God can use anyone to further His plan, whether or not they are capable in the eyes of the world.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Kristi Ann Hunter – PURSUIT OF HOME (A Review)

A Pursuit of Home, / by Kristi Ann Hunter (Haven Manor, 3)
Bethany House      ISBN    9780764230776
Adult.    Rating:    4

Kristi Ann Hunter returns with the conclusion to her inspirational historical series, set in 19th century English countryside.

In A Pursuit of Home, Jess Beauchene spent her life hiding and on the run in England, believing she is the sole survivor from her family after an uprising in her former country, Verbonne. When she unexpectedly learns that her family might be alive and in danger, Jess seeks help from an unexpected source, an art historian she doesn’t like.

Derek Thornbury is an expert in historical artifacts. Even though Jess doesn’t like him, she needs his help in deciphering a family journal with clues to an art treasure being sought by her family’s enemies. Will they be able to work together and solve the mystery before her family is harmed? Can they decipher the mystery from the past and find a future together?

Hunter pens another well-written historical novel filled with love and faith that her fans will enjoy reading. Intrigue,  treasure hunting, mystery, and clean romance abound in the latest novel from Ms. Hunter. Themes of love, family, and sacrifice run throughout this story. Her characters are delightful, and well-developed in this series. The relationship between Jess and Derek, two unlikely candidates for romance, is a slow-growing, sweet one, appropriate for teen readers.

Readers of her earlier books “met” Jess and have been eagerly awaiting her story. A Pursuit of Home is much like Jess, full of spunk, heartache, loyalty, adventure, and plenty of plot twists. Characters from previous books in this series make an appearance, much to the delight of the reader.

Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier books in this series: A Return of Devotion, and A Defense of Honor.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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RUBY JANE / Susan May Warren releases today!

Ruby Jane, / by Susan May Warren (Montana Marshalls, 5)
SDG Publishing     November 26, 2019 .    ISBN .    9781943935390
Adult     Rating:  4

Ruby Jane opens with a car crash in which ex-CIA Agent York Newgate is killed . . . or is he? CIA analyst RJ doesn’t believe he is dead, despite the evidence. York rescued her from a tricky situation in Russia, and they fell in love while trying to escape a Russian assassin. Can she untangle the threads that created this situation without further harm to her family? Can she find out the truth about York?

Warren’s novels are filled with action-adventure, family drama, and faith elements. Themes of redemption, grace, and truth permeate this novel. Her characters include often  broken individuals who face emotional and spiritual challenges.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Review: HEREAFTER / Jody Hedlund

Hereafter, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 3)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN  9781733753432
Young Adult     Rating: 5

Best-selling author Jody Hedlund continues her young adult medieval series of three lost princesses.

Hedlund continues her series with the story of the third lost princess, Emmeline, who unlike her sisters grew up with the knowledge that she was one of the lost princesses.

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The story is filled with twists to keep the reader engaged from start to finish, with a conclusion that will satisfy the reader and make them eager for the final book. As always, Hedlund sets the stage with descriptive historical details and relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 


MISSED THE FIRST 3 BOOKS?

Foremost, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 2)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion. (from publisher)

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Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace (from publisher)


Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 0.5)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death. (from publisher)


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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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THE PAINTED CASTLE / Kristy Cambron (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

Book: The Painted Castle

Author: Kristy Cambron

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England.

It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding the old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin-a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria.

Set in three time periods-the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day-The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.

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My Review

Cambron interweaves the three timelines with the skill of an experienced story weaver. Each could stand alone as a novella, yet they are interconnected. Set in Victorian England, modern day, and on the homefront at the end of World War II, the three stories are skillfully written to keep the readers engaged. Cambron creates engaging characters and pens descriptive narratives about artwork and castles, as well as historical detail for the 1840s and 1940s. Although The Painted Castle can be read as a standalone, the characters from the earlier books: Lost Castle and Castle on the Rise, make an appearance.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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WYATT / Susan May Warren

Wyatt / by Susan May Warren (Montana Marshalls, 4)
SDG Publishing     ISBN     9781943935369
Adult     Rating:  4

Best-selling author Susan May Warren  continues her new contemporary series featuring the Marshall family.

In Wyatt, NHL hockey player Wyatt grew up comparing himself to his brothers – an Army Ranger, a Navy SEAL, and a professional bull rider. He believes he disappointed his father, largely because of his career choice and faithless life.

He is hides a broken heart and a career-threatening injury from those around him. Wyatt has always loved Coco, but felt he didn’t deserve her. But when she is in trouble in Russia, Wyatt runs to her aid, despite his lack of experience in handling international relations. Will he be able to save Coco, even though he can’t speak Russian? Can he bring her home, but at what cost?

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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THE SPICE KING / Elizabeth Camden (A Review)

The Spice King, / by Elizabeth Camden (Hope & Glory, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN     9780764232114
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Elizabeth Camden starts a new series, set during America’s Gilded Age (President McKinley era), exploring the safety in the food industry.

In The Spice King, Annabelle Larkin and her blind sister Elaine move from the family’s farm in Kansas to Washington, D.C. Annabelle is working temporarily at the Smithsonian as a junior botanist. She has been tasked with gaining access to the private Delacroix plant collection, unaware that she is stepping into a situation filled with political intrigue that will test her loyalties. Despite her growing attraction to the wealthy Gray Delacroix, which will Annabelle choose: to follow her heart or her loyalty to her country?

Like  Camden’s other books, Annabelle works in a male-dominated field – she is persistent, intelligent, and likeable, at the same time occasionally exhibiting a meekness from growing up in the heartlands. Gray struggles to keep his family together and to do the right thing even when it is hard. Theirs is a clean romance, though Gray’s somewhat social awkwardness in this relationship was distracting. It takes a major event for Gray to recognize his younger brother and sister (who are now adults) don’t need him as a parent figure anymore, as well as the cost in his sibling relationships by his focus solely on building his business empire in recent years.

As always, Camden pens a well-documented historical novel, filled with plenty of facts woven throughout the story. The faith element is minimal but evident, and the storytelling is excellent with strong, flawed characters and descriptive narratives. The second book in the series is expected in 2020, titled A Gilded Lady,  and will focus on Caroline Delacroix, Gray’s sister, who works as the social secretary to the First Lady.

Recommended for school libraries and public libraries. Fans of  Camden’s earlier books will not be disappointed in this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Reviews of other books by Elizabeth Camden: A Dangerous Legacy, A Daring Venture, and A Desperate Hope

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Review: FOREMOST / Jody Hedlund

Foremost, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 2)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418
Young Adult     Rating: 5

Best-selling author Jody Hedlund continues her young adult medieval series of three lost princesses.

Hedlund continues her series with the story of the second lost princess, Maribel who longs to practice her God-given healing skills, but society frowns on women healers unless they are nuns. Discovering she is a long-lost princess and threatened with capture, she leaves everything she knows behind to flee to her sister, the future Queen. Her journey is filled with peril and persecution, but she is accompanied by her faithful friend, Edmund, who would give his life to protect her. Theirs is a clean romance. He has loved her for years, not just for her beauty but also for her kind soul.

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The story is filled with twists to keep the reader engaged from start to finish, with a conclusion that will satisfy the reader and make them eager for the final book. As always, Hedlund sets the stage with descriptive historical details and relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 


MISSED THE FIRST 2 BOOKS?

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Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace (from publisher)


Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 0.5)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death. (from publisher)


Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Review: ONE FINAL BREATH / Lynn Blackburn (A Revell Reads Review)

One Final Breath, / by Lynn Blackburn (Dive Team Investigations, 3)
Revell    ISBN    9780800729301
Adult    Rating:     5

Lynn Blackburn returns with the final book of her Dive Team Investigations romantic suspense series.

In One Final Breath, undercover investigator Gabriel Chaves returns to the dive team after his cover is blown, giving him the chance to work with former missionary kid Anissa Bell who  is now the team captain. Annisa often struggles with not being in the mission field like the rest of her family, yet she wants justice for the murder of her friend and the missing three-year-old her friend was watching when the murder occurred. When Gabe investigates a teenage boy’s homicid, Anissa discovers a link to her past and unexpectedly become the killer’s next target. How are the cases related? How far will the killer go to cover his tracks?

Of the three Dive Team novels, this one is by far the best one! It is about forgiveness, grace, friendship, and true love. Favorite characters from the earlier books return for a cameo visit, and one sees the close friendships among them. Faith elements are clearly evident, but not overpowering. Mr. Cook, first introduced in an earlier book, models what a close relationship with God looks like as he speaks truth to Gabe and prayers conversationally to God. The book shows  the importance of recognizing God’s call – sometimes staying behind and not going to the mission field is God’s call – and the importance of how what we see as ordinary can be extra-ordinary in God’s plans.

This books starts off with the dive team relaxing on the dock, when an explosion rocks the deck and cries for help are heard. That kicks off the roller-coaster ride that grips the reader’s attention until the final page. Descriptions of death and violence are mentioned with only the needed details. The only disappointment for readers will be the end of this series. Hopefully readers will see a new series from Blackburn in the near future.

Recommended for fans of Romantic suspense especially fans of Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, and Lynette Eason.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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THE WORDS BETWEEN US / Erin Bartels (A Revell Reads Review)

The Words Between Us: A Novel / Erin Bartels
Revell     ISBN    9780800734923
Adult     Rating:     4

Erin Bartels writes a new novel with dual timelines, a story illustrating the power of words whether they are spoken, written, and read.

The Words Between Us tells of Peter and Robin, and their shared love for the written word in both prose and poetry, and how that built their relationship, at least until Robin walked away from Peter.

Now Peter is back, family secrets are revealed, and a new relationship is being built. Bartels’ book is rich in its prose, causing the reader to read it slowly to catch every nuance of the words in the story. Both have family secrets revealed, as the past unravels in the present. The Words Between Us built a bridge between Peter and Robin, between their past and future, between truth and perception.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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YOU BELONG WITH ME / Tari Farris (A Revell Reads Review)

You Belong with me / Tari Farris (Restoring Heritage, 1)
Revell    ISBN    9780800736477
Adult.    Rating:     4

 

Tari Farris debuts her contemporary romance series, about a group of friends and family members living in the small town of Heritage, Michigan.

In You Belong With Me, Hannah Thornton is determined to stop a local developer from purchasing the historic homes just to demolish in order to make room for his planned strip mall. Hannah wants to help her town win a restoration grant, but a series of mishaps complicate things. Is there a future for Heritage – and for Luke and Hannah?

Farris writes with a touch of faith and humor, creating characters readers with flaws readers can relate to, laugh at, even as they cheer them on. Heritage is the small town every reader will want to move to – and fortunately they can return to Heritage in the other books in this series!

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Carol R. Gehringer

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FOREVER, LATELY / Linore Rose Burkard (Celebrate Lit Tour)



About the Book


Book: Forever, Lately
Author: Linore Rose Burkard
Genre: Time-Travel Romance
Release Date: October, 2019

Julian St. John needs a wife–and fast. An oath to his deceased guardian must be kept. Miss Clarissa Andrews, a vexatious beauty, has dangled after him all season but he has no intention of choosing such a she-devil.
Maine, present day
Author Claire Channing needs to write a bestselling book to salvage a failing career. She moves to her grandmother’s rustic cottage, but without the deed, the clock is ticking on how long she can stay. She thinks she’s writing St. John’s story, until an old prayer shawl with embroidered lovebirds transports her to his Regency world! She falls in love with him–a man she thought she created. But a jealous Miss Andrews would rather see Julian dead than in another woman’s arms!
Claire and St. John must beat the clock to prevent a deadly tragedy, but can love endure past the limits of time?
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More from Linore

I wanted to write a Regency time travel for years. When I saw the movie “Kate and Leopold” I thought, Oh no! Someone used my idea! But I needn’t have worried. Leopold (Hugh Jackman) was a Victorian gentleman, not a Regencian. Secondly, though I enjoyed the flick, I kept thinking it missed many opportunities for humor. (Having written a screenplay since then, I now realize why it missed so many: tight scripts just don’t have room for all the scenes that could be fun.) When I wrote my story, however, I was able to include a lot of the humor scenes that had been floating around in my head for eons. It’s one of the reasons the book is a lot of fun to read—particularly when the Regency hero appears in the present.

On a side note, I started this book and then dropped it—for years—mostly because I wanted to write it as Christian romance like my other Regencies. But I kept running into roadblocks. And Christian publishers weren’t interested. Finally I realized I had to let God out of MY box and write the story he was giving me, not the one I thought he should give me. After that, it came together remarkably easily and quickly. And, I think, in a very fun way. I might even do a sequel.


My Review

Claire writes a Regency novel about Julian St. John, a handsome bachelor in need of a wife, being pursued by the beautiful Clarissa Andrews. Of course, he has no interest in Clarissa. But things aren’t going the way Claire thinks they should in her story. When she wraps herself in her grandmother’s prayer shawl, she finds herself transported back to Regency times. Is it a dream or is she really in St. John’s story? Can she finish the novel, and find the missing deed to the cottage before the deadline?

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Burkhard writes with exquisite historical details blending the contemporary and Regency storylines. Julian and Claire are interesting characters – Claire is a contemporary Regency novelist thrust back into Regency times, while Julian is a reformed rake and swoon-worthy heartthrob thrust into contemporary time. While not specifically Christian fiction, Forever, Lately is filled with humor, and all the elements of a rom-com. Burkard creates a clean romance between Julian and Claire. Will they find their happily-ever-after – and in what time period?

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Cover Reveal: Lost Princesses Series, Book 3 & 4 / Jody Hedlund

Hereafter / Jody Hedlund (The Lost Princesses Book 3)
Northern Lights Press    (September 24, 2019)

SUMMARY:
The third lost princess. The final key to the treasure. And a battle for the throne. (from publisher)


Foremost / Jody Hedlund (The Lost Princesses, Book 4)
Northern Lights Press     (October 29, 2019)

SUMMARY:
A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion. (from publisher)

 

MISSED THE FIRST 2 BOOKS?

 

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Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace (from publisher)


Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 0.5)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death. (from publisher)


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My Dearest Dietrich – Review

My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love, / by Amanda Barratt
Kregel     ISBN     9780825475795
Adult     Rating:     4dearest dietrich

Award-winning author Amanda Barratt pens a historical novel based on the true love story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria von Wedemeyer.

In My Dearest Dietrich, German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, famous for his resistance to the Nazi regime, comforts a family friend, Maria von Wedemeyer, upon the death of her father and brother. Maria finds herself drawn to thirty-six year old Dietrich, despite their age difference and that he is constantly being watched by the Gestapo.

Dietrich tries to keep himself detached from the young woman, knowing he might also lose his life or be imprisoned for his work in the conspiracy against the government. Maria’s conviction and intelligence deeply attract him, and despite their age differences, they form a romantic attachment and face serious risks. Will they have a happily-ever-after ending?

Based on detailed historical research, the ending is not a surprise. Bonhoeffer is imprisoned until the end of his life. Yet, their relationship inspires the reader, as they become more familiar with him through the letters he writes. One finds a man who is faithful to the Gospel yet longs for a happy future with a family, a man who risked his future to stand against evil. My Dearest Dietrich tells the story of love, courage, family, and faith.

Highly recommended for public and school libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

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SUMMER BY THE TIDES Blog Tour


About the Book

Book: Summer by The Tides

Author: Denise Hunter

Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 21, 2019

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a heartfelt story of family secrets, forgiveness, and unexpected romance.

Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram’s maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy.

As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven—nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters.

As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy’s heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

Click here to purchase your copy.


About the Author

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

To learn more about Denise, visit her website DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: deniseahunter.


Read an Excerpt from Summer by the Tides

MADDY MONROE WAS COWERING behind a ficus tree near the hostess station when her cell phone rang. Her hands shook as she silenced the phone before it drew the attention of the staff.

She jabbed the elevator button for the third time. “Come on, come on.” A star could be born in interstellar space, a polar valley carved by a glacier in the time it took the elevator to reach this floor. Stairs were not an option, as she was on the twentieth floor of the Waterford building and sporting heels.

She sniffled. Drat. She seemed to be crying. She swiped a hand under her eyes, heedless of her makeup.

She heard voices, Nick’s boisterous laugh. Maddy shrank deeper into the ficus and finally, finally, the elevator dinged its arrival.

“Maddy?” Noelle’s concerned voice tunneled down the hall. “Maddy, wait.”

“Oh, come on,” she muttered, tapping her fingers against her leg until the gold doors crept open. As soon as she could fit, she squeezed inside and punched the ground-floor button.

She didn’t draw a breath until the doors sealed and the elevator began to drop. She placed a palm over a heart that was threatening to beat its way out of her chest. Her white blouse clung to her back, and her skin prickled beneath her arms.

She closed her eyes, the scene that had just transpired playing out in fast-forward in her mind. And then, as if that montage weren’t painful enough, the image of Nick’s face appeared. The look on his face just before he’d kissed her good-bye last night.

Nick. She clamped her teeth together until her jaw ached.

There had been signs. Many of them, really, she was realizing now. They ranged from whisper-subtle to neon-sign obvious. But like so many other walking clichés before her, she was only seeing them in retrospect.

Maddy opened her eyes to the buttery sunlight streaming through her blinds. She scrambled for her iPhone to check the time. But as she did so, the events of yesterday washed over her like a tsunami. She didn’t have to get up at all, because she didn’t have a job anymore.

Her cell buzzed with an incoming call, and she squinted bleary-eyed at the unfamiliar number on the screen before declining it.

She drooped against her pillow, only now aware of how fat and swollen her eyes felt. Of the persistent achy lump pushing at the back of her throat. Her heartbeat made the bed quake. Her eyes burned with tears. Yesterday’s anger had faded, and something worse had filled its spot.

Yesterday she’d come home, changed into yoga pants, and worked in her little garden until she was too exhausted to do anything but flop on the sofa. She hadn’t fallen asleep until after three o’clock in the morning.

She didn’t want to talk to anyone, didn’t want to see anyone. She didn’t even want to be awake today. She pulled the covers over her head and prayed for oblivion.

Taken from “Summer by the Tides” by Denise Hunter. Copyright © 2019 by Denise Hunter. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/.


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 4

The Power of Words, June 4

Back Porch Reads, June 4

The Morning Chapter, June 5

A Baker’s Perspective, June 5

Worthy2Read, June 5

Carla Loves To Read, June 6

Genesis 5020, June 6

Through the Fire Blogs, June 6

Among the Reads, June 7

Quiet Quilter, June 7

For Him and My Family, June 7

The Christian Fiction Girl, June 8

cultivating us, June 8

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 8

Girls Living For God’s Glory, June 9

Moments, June 9

Inklings and notions, June 9

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 10

Coast and anchor, June 10

amandainpa, June 10

Lighthouse Academy, June 11

EmpowerMoms, June 11

Pause for Tales, June 11

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, June 12

For The Love of Books, June 12

Just the Write Escape, June 12

All-of-a-kind Mom, June 13

Texas Book-aholic, June 13

Hallie Reads, June 13

2014 and Beyond, June 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 14

Simple Harvest Reads, June 14

Living Life Free In Christ, June 15

janicesbookreviews, June 15

Vicky Sluiter, June 15

Have A Wonderful Day, June 16

A Reader’s Brain, June 16

To Everything A Season, June 16

Lukewarm Tea, June 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 17

Daysong Reflections, June 17


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Denise is giving away a finished copy of Summer by the Tides!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.

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MY REVIEW

Summer by The Tides, / by Denise Hunter
Thomas Nelson     ISBN     9780785222705

Adult     Rating;     5

Best-selling author Denise Hunter presents contemporary fiction with a twist – a beach read that despite its setting, is more than just a beach read, combining the elements of family drama with romance and second chances.

In Summer by The Tides, Maddy and her estranged sisters arrive at their grandmother’s North Carolina cottage, but their grandmother isn’t there. Emma, Nora, and Maddy haven’t seen each other for twenty years. Being together in Gram’s summer cottage and trying to sort out memories from the past, secrets that drove them apart, while waiting for news about their grandmother’s disappearance stresses their already-strained relationships. Why is the neighbor Conner Sullivan so interested in Gram’s whereabouts? Can they move past their hurts to accept one another as adults and rebuild a relationship with each other?

Denise Hunter is known for her contemporary romance novels, with flawed characters her readers come to care about. Her storylines are complex and her character development is excellent. By the end of her novel, one feels as if a relationship has been built with the characters. Summer by The Tides is no exception. The faith element is light, and the relationship drama is well-written and realistic. The novel’s overall themes are betrayal, fractured family and romantic relationships permeate the story.

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries and church libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.


 

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Blog Tour — A SONG UNHEARD and THE NUMBER OF LOVE

Number of Love Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author’s previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

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Title: A Song Unheard
Series: Shadows Over England #2
Author:
Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus “Mi Alma” necklace (Necklace is 24″ chain with a 1″ pendant that says “Mi Alma” Spanish for “My Soul”. A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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A Song Unheard, / by Roseanna M. White (Shadows Over England, 2)
Bethany     ISBN    9780764231810
Adult     Rating:     5

Multi-talented author Roseanna White kicks off a new series, set in pre-World War I (Edwardian) England, when loyalties to one’s roots were questioned as tensions between Germany and England increase.

EXCERPT from A Song Unheard (in which we meet Margot, main character in The Number of Love):

Margot had nearly turned the page that first day. But then . . . something had stopped her. A pattern had caught her eye.

Intuition—that was where it started. But intuition, as Papa had said, was only the first step. The second, always, was mathematics. It wasn’t enough to know that, not when it came to cryptography. One had to know how.

She had spent two full days working it out, to the exclusion of all else. Maman had begun to fret and fuss at her and to chide Papa for his game. Lukas had tried to tell her she was chasing a shadow, that nothing was even there.

But Papa had said nothing. So she had kept working.

Now she could see it so clearly. When she looked at the print covering the page, the encoded letters leapt off and flipped in her mind’s eye to their counterparts, their hidden meanings. She could read the real message trapped within the false one.

When you can read this, you are ready to help me.

 

White excels at both character and plot development. Her book is rich in plot twists and historical detail, as well as romance and adventure. If you haven’t read her Shadows Over England series, don’t miss it! This new series is another winner, and definitely worthy to read!

Carol R. Gehringer

Reviewed previously posted by Roseanna M. White: A Name Unknown, and Ladies of the Manor series.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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WHAT I AM READING / REVIEWING NEXT

What I’m READING & REVIEWING next:

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Carol R. Gehringer

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EAGERLY AWAITING THESE NEW RELEASES in 2019

I am looking forward to reading these new 2019 titles. As I review these books, I will link my review to the titles here. I may read and review more than these titles, but these are the ones I’m most interested to read. So here they are:

JANUARY 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

MARCH 2019

APRIL 2019

MAY 2019

JUNE 2019

  • The Number of Love (Codebreakers, #1) / Roseanna White
  • No Ocean Too Wide / Carrie Turansky

JULY 2019

AUGUST 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019

OCTOBER 2019

  • Odd Girl Out (Being Zoey, #2) / Meloday Carlson
  • Dark Ambitions (Code of Honor, #3) / Irene Hannon

NOVEMBER 2019

  • A Pursuit of Home (Haven Manor, #3) / Kristi Hunter
  • Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, #3) / Carolyn Miller

DECEMBER 2019

  • The Bridge to Belle Island / Julie Klassen

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CelebrateLit Blog Tour: STRANDS OF TRUTH / Colleen Coble


About the Book

Book: Strands of Truth
Author: Colleen Coble
Genre: Suspense
Release Date: September 10, 2019

Harper Taylor is used to being alone—after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.

So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?

Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.

Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

Click here to get your copy.


My Review

Best-selling author Colleen Coble pens a gripping romantic suspense that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat following the plot as it twists and turns.

In Strands of Truth, marine biologist Harper Taylor is working on pen shell research for her mentor, Oliver Jackson. After growing up in several foster homes, she longs for family relationships. When a DNA test uncovers a half-sister living in a nearby town, she is cautiously hopeful. They find similarities in their stories, like mothers dying tragically at a young age, when accidents start to happen to them and others around them. What will it take to unravel the truth and bring justice?

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Coble is well-known for her intense, tightly woven plots with mysteries that keep the reader guessing until the final pageStrands of Truth is no different. It starts with a murder in the 1960s . . . one that has an impact on Harper and her growing up in foster care.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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MEET THE MISFITS (and) ODD GIRL OUT / Melody Carlson

Meet The Misfits, /  by Melody Carlson (Being Zoey, 1)
WhiteSpark    IBSN     9781946531582

Odd Girl Out, /  by Melody Carlson (Being Zoey, 2)
WhiteSpark     IBSN    9781946531582
MG     Grades 4-6, Ages 8-13    Rating: 3

Prolife author Melody Carlson kicks off a new middle grade series, about a tween girl trying to fit in with her peers.

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In Meet The Misfits, Zoey’s mother drops her off to live with her grandparents for awhile. Louisa, who lives across the street from them, becomes her friend. Zoey eventually joins Louisa’s family for church, hearing the gospel for the first time.

In Odd Girl Out, the girls are ready to start school, but Louisa misses the first few days due to her sickness. So Zoey is on her own, navigating the ins and outs of being at a new school, without any friends to help her.

Carlson pens an engaging series with middle school characters who don’t fit the mold. These are often the ones that struggle with bullying, poor self-image, and feeling left out. The reader sees Zoey’s character change as the result of her faith journey (from nonbeliever to new believer), but her life isn’t perfect and neither is she.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Just Read Blog Tour – FORD / Susan May Warren

Ford, / by Susan May Warren (Montana Marshalls, 3)
SDG Publishing     ISBN     9781943935338
Adult     Rating:  4

Best-selling author Susan May Warren continues her new contemporary series featuring the Marshall family.

In FordNavy SEAL Ford Marshall makes reckless choices, partially in an effort to compensate for a past mistake made as a young teen. When he sees his twin sister RJ on TV in the midst of an international incident, Ford impulsively asks SEAL communications worker Scarlett Hathaway to help him rescue RJ from somewhere in Russia. She has always had his back in their missions, and this may be their final mission together as she is moving on to other challenges.

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Warren’s trademark elements – adventure, clean romance, broken individuals, emotional and spiritual challenges, family drama – are clearly evident in Ford. For this story, she has added political intrigue (Russia-US relations). The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Blog Tour: Lost Princesses Series / Jody Hedlund

Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, prequel)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN.    978-1733753418
Young Adult     Rating: 5

Best-selling author Jody Hedlund kicks off a new young adult series with a novella and full-length medieval romance.

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Hedlund excels at providing a clean romance suitable for teens and adults alike. Family loyalty, adventure, intrigue, and more await the reader in this series. As always, Hedlund sets the stage with descriptive historical details and relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens. The faith element is light but evident, and her characters make the reader want to cheer (or boo, in the case of Ethelwulf). She writes excellent adult fiction, with similar features, but her books are an even more welcome addition to young adult fiction.

Recommended for historical fiction fans, fans of courtly romance, and inspirational fiction fans. Readers will look forward to the second and third books (Foremost in September 2019, and Hereafter in October 2019).

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Dani Pettrey – THE KILLING TIDES (A Review)

The Killing Tides / by Dani Pettrey. (Coastal Guardians, 1)

Bethany House     ISBN 9780764230844

Adult     Rating: 5

Award-winning author Dani Pettrey kicks off her latest romantic suspense series set on the North Carolina coast.

In Killing Tides, Coast Guard officer Finn Walker finds one fellow officer is dead and another missing. He wants to find justice for them, but the clues are leading to a direction that will affect a number of people. Can he find the killer before he strikes again?

Investigative reporter Gabby Rowley is on her way home from a press awards dinner when someone starts shooting at her. Is the drug lord she wrote about in her expose behind the attempt on her life?

Pettrey creates an ensemble of characters whom readers enjoy getting to know – they are realistic, strong but flawed, facing challenges in their life that help the reader to connect with them. The story is filled with end-of-your-seat suspense.

 

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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