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Carol R. Gehringer

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Blog Tour – MISS SERENA’S SECRET / Carolyn Miller

Miss Serena’s Secret, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, 2)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825445347
Adult     Rating:      4

Carolyn Miller returns with another wholesome Regency romance with courtly romance, historical details, and excellent characterization in Miss Serena’s Secret.

Undiscovered artist Serena Winthrop has a secret from her past, which causes her to distrust all men, especially the smooth-talking Viscount Henry Carmichael. His charming reputation makes her distrust and disapprove of him. Will Serena’s artistic talent be discovered? How will Serena’s secret affect her future?

Readers can relate to Miller’s characters because they face problems in terms of others’ expectations, faith issues, and their everyday circumstances. Witty banter, first-rate characterization, historical narrative, reappearance of characters from earlier books, and a light but evident faith element characterizes Miller’s books.

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Fans of Julie Klassen, Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and other Regency fiction will enjoy this new series. Next title in this series are  The Making of Mrs. Hale (Fall 2018).

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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SONG OF LEIRA / by Gillian Bronte Adams is here!

Song of Leira, / by Gillian Bronte Adams (The Songkeeper Chronicles, 3)
Enclave     ISBN     9781683700869
Young Adult     Grades 6-8     Rating:     5

Gillian Bronte Adams returns with the conclusion to her young adult fantasy series. This epic young reader fantasy has the requisite orphan hero (in this case, heroine), grouchy adult figure (Amos), mythical creatures (the talking cat, the griffin, etc.), and allegorical references to Christianity.

In Song of LeiraAdams pens a tightly-written conclusion to her epic fantasy, complete with a final battle between good and evil. In the previous book, the main characters were devastated after their battle with Takhtan (the evil), causing them reconsider whether to press on in a fight they’d most likely lose or surrender in despair. The Song calls to Birdie, the Songkeeper, to rise above the heartbreak around her and to sing hope to those around her. Birdie plays a pivotal role and becomes confident (but not cocky). She has grown tremendously since the first book, as has Adams’ writing.

Given that the earlier books in this series were nominated for awards, one wouldn’t be surprised to see this final volume nominated!

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Orphan’s Song, / by Gillian Bronte Adams (The Songkeeper Chronicles, 1)
Enclave     ISBN     9781683700289

Songkeeper, / by Gillian Bronte Adams (The Songkeeper Chronicles, 2)
Enclave     ISBN     (9781621840695

 

In Orphan’s Song, twelve-year-old orphaned Birdie is haunted by five notes of a melody that only she can hear. Imagine her surprise when she hears the Song coming out of her own mouth and gets the attention of a nearby soldier Soon she is forced to flee for her life. But she is and she is rescued by the traveling peddler Amos. She joins up with Amos and Ky to avoid those who would silence the Song.

In Songkeeper, young Songkeeper Birdie and former street thief Ky are captives on a slave ship, and Amos the peddler manages to eventually rescue them. Then Ky returns to his hometown to lead his friends in the Underground to safety. Birdie goes on a journey to a mysterious spring that supposedly only the Songkeeper could unleash to defeat the final darkness. But Birdie continues to face doubts about her abilities and her role in that battle. Her capture by the Takran causes her to face her greatest fear: she is powerless and the Song is silent. Will her friends – her protectors — be casualties in the battle with Takran? What awaits them all?

Orphan’s Song was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards 2015. Songkeeper won the Gold Medal, The Illumination Awards in 2017.

See FULL REVIEWS of Orphan’s Song and Songkeeeper here!

–Carol 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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UNBREAKABLE – Thrilling Conclusion to Unblemished Trilogy!

Unbreakable, / by Sara Ella (Unblemished Triology, 3)
Thomas Nelson     ISBN     9780718081058
Young Adult     Rating:     5

Sara Ella returns with the conclusion to her Unblemished trilogy, a series that combines elements from fairy tales and fantasy to captivate the reader.

Ella masterfully creates a realistic fantasy world, a story with a nod to pop culture and literary references. Her Unblemished trilogy shows that there is a chance for lightness and darkness in all of us. Her allegorical story is filled with excellent narratives, engaging characters, and truths – and plenty of plot twists! The relationships are clean, the faith element is a light touch, and the violence is neither graphic nor inappropriate.

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Previously reviewed: UNBLEMISHED (and) UNRAVELING.

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BENEATH THE SURFACE Blog Tour

JustRead & Just Commonly Publicity Tour

What Lies Beneath the Surface Could Be Deadly . . .
Ada, Mich. — Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new romantic suspense novel, Beneath the Surface. This gripping tale from award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn will capture readers from the first page and won’t let them go until the final, heart-pounding scene.
After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston moves home to Carrington, North Carolina, to leave behind her troubled past. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present.
Homicide investigator Ryan Parker finds fulfillment in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer—one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Title: Beneath the Surface
Series: Dive Team Investigations, Book 1

Author: Lynn H. Blackburn

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Hidden Legacy (Love Inspired, June 2017) and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

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MULLING IT OVER

A few weeks ago I read BENEATH THE SURFACE  by Lynn H. Blackburn, a new voice in full-length romantic suspense fiction.  (You can read my thoughts about the book itself in my review here.)

Since then, I have been mulling over on quote:

“…true, meaningful, long-lasting relationships were built more on the way a couple handled conflict and adversity than on romantic dinners and moonlit strolls” (p. 111, Beneath the Surface)

Being a happily married woman of 20+ years, I can attest to the truth behind that statement. True romance isn’t the candlelight dinners and strolls on the beach – it’s the way your spouse helps you clean up when your child is throwing up in the middle of the night for the third time. It’s the washing up of supper dishes so you can bathe the little ones; it’s the way he is a servant leader in the home — and so much more.

My husband and I came into marriage, knowing we couldn’t change each other, and that we had to be able to accept one another the way we were. That didn’t mean we wouldn’t change during the course of our marriage, but we tried to have realistic expectations of who the other person was when we married.

We faced our challenges together. We faced infertility and treatment options, before God blessed our family with children through adoption. I remember praying that we’d be “on the same page” throughout the process. There were many ups and downs during that time.

Later, as the children grew, there were other challenges we faced.One was having our parents live miles away from us and losing some of them to cancer. The loss was hard, but experiencing it from a distance was harder, knowing our siblings were carrying a harder burden of caring for them in their final days. Certainly the teen years have had their challenges as well, especially raising adopted children. God has been there through it all, drawing us closer to Him and to one another through these times.

We will celebrate our 21st anniversary this summer. The warm, fuzzy feelings come and go, but I wouldn’t trade him for the world. He is a man of God who cares deeply for all the members of his family, and he works hard to be the husband and daddy God has called him to be.

To know someone beneath the surface is to know someone beyond the mask they wear to the world. That is true intimacy.

– 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 STORY PEDDLER / Lindsay Franklin Blog Tour

The Story Peddler, / by Lindsay A. Franklin (The Weaver Trilogy, 1)
Enclave     ISBN     9781683701361
YA     Rating:     5

Lindsay Franklin debuts a new young adult fantasy series where storytelling is a gift, one that a wicked king wants to control.

In The Story Peddler, an orphaned peasant girl Tanwen tells stories and weaves crystalized sculptures that she sells to her audience under the tutelage of a cruel mentor. Her dream is to become a Royal Storyteller someday. Tanwen travels around the countryside, selling “crowned” stories (official versions of the stories the way the king wants them told).

Franklin does an excellent job of creating a world where spoken words have magic as they take on new meaning. The cover shows colorful threads that the storyteller weaves together in telling the story. Her word pictures capture the imagination of the reader and the action builds with each turning page.

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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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WINNING MISS WINTHROP Blog Tour

Winning Miss Winthrop, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, 1)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825445330
Adult     Rating:      4

 

Miller writes Regency novels with historical detail, excellent characterization, and clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens. Her characters face financial problems, others’ expectations, and faith issues, allowing the reader to more easily identify with them. The tension in relationship between Jonathan and Catherine is reminiscent of books by Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen (think of Persuasion). Will Jonathan and Catherine find healing, forgiveness, and redemption? Will they find a future together?

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Fans of Julie Klassen, Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and Regency romances will enjoy this new series. Next titles in this series are Miss Serena’s Secret (Summer 2018) and The Making of Mrs. Hale (Fall 2018).

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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Scavenger Hunt Tour for RECLAIMING SHILO SNOW

Welcome to the Scavenger Hunt Tour for Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber, in collaboration with Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction and JustRead Publicity Tours!

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ACROSS THE BLUE / Carrie Turansky GIVEAWAY

Across the Blue, / by Carrie Turansky

Celebrate the upcoming release of Across the Blue with a Special Giveaway!

Visit Carrie Turansky’s website to pre-order and for the details and link to the entry form. http://bit.ly/2EeyDvJ

Pre-order Carrie Turansky’s newest English historical novel #Across the Blue and enter this Special Giveaway! http://bit.ly/2EeyDvJ

I will be posting a review of this book later this week, as soon as I finish it. BUT I will say that I’m loving it! It’s a classic C. Turansky — historical detail, solid characters, and great storyline.

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OATH OF HONOR (Lynette Eason) Blog Tour

Oath of Honor, / by Lynette Eason (Blue Justice, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780800727215
Adult     Rating:     5

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Bestselling author Lynette Eason pens a new romantic suspense series about a law enforcement family.

Lynette Eason kicks off a new series guaranteed to grab reader’s attention from the first page and keep it engaged until the last page is read. Eason creates a fast-paced series with an ensemble of complex characters, a romance between longtime friends, and enough suspense to make the reader stay up all night trying to figure out the answers. Not only is there a murder of Izzy’s partner (who is Ryan’s brother), but there are ties to gangs, the local mafia, and even a psychotic ex-boyfriend/stalker to complicate the plot.

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Christy and Carol Awards 2017 – Winners and Finalists

This week, the winners of the 2017 Christy Award were announced recently (November 2017). A number of the finalists were books I reviewed in the past year — not all of the categories are listed here, only the ones I reviewed.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

VISIONARY

YOUNG ADULT

CAROL AWARDS 2017 WINNERS & FINALISTS

Carol Award winners were announced in September 2017.

Historical Romance

Romantic Suspense

Speculative

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

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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HOMETOWN GIRL / Courtney Walsh (Review)

Hometown Girl / by Courtney Walsh
Waterfall Press     ISBN     9781542045636
Adult     Rating:     4

Courtney Walsh pens a contemporary romance with a mystery set in a small Midwestern hometown.

In Hometown Girl, Beth Whitaker dreamed of leaving her hometown behind and doing big things in the big city. A mistake in judgement causes her to return home.  Beth doesn’t know what to do with her life anymore. Her sister Molly impulsively buys the fallen-down Fairwind Farm, and now Beth feels trapped. Meanwhile Drew Barlow spent years trying to forget a tragedy that happened at the Farm when he was a young boy. Drew decides to make peace with his past there.

Walsh excels at her character development, creating individuals the reader can sympathize with and cheer on in their endeavors. Hometown Girl is the story of redemption, second chances, finding love and one’s life work, even in the face of repeated failures.

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Carol R. Gehringer

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Blog Tour: THE DISHONORABLE MISS DELANEY / by Carolyn Miller

The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, 3)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825444524
Adult     Rating:      4

Carolyn Miller concludes her inspirational Regency novel trilogy. In The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, Clara Delancey leaves London after a scandal caused by her unreal expectations of a gentleman’s attentions, her mother’s attempts to force a marriage upon said gentleman, and her brother’s financial affairs. Relocating to Brighton, she makes the acquaintance of an injured naval captain’s sisters.

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Miller excels in presenting Regency England with solid characterization and rich, historical details. Her characters face real problems in terms of finances, others’ expectations, and finding one’s place, permitting the reader to more easily identify with them. As expected, the romance is clean, and it is a delightful read 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.

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Dani Pettrey – BLIND SPOT (A Review)

Blind Spot, / by Dani Pettrey (Chesapeake Valor, 3)
Bethany House     ISBN     9780764212963
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Dani Pettrey continues her romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about childhood friends with careers in law enforcement.

In Blind Spot, FBI Agent Declan Grey is chasing down leads to an imminent terrorist attack on US soil. When his investigation takes him to an immigrant community, he calls on Tanner Shaw for assistance.  They find themselves fighting the clock to neutralize the threat, even as they recognize the growing attraction between them. Can they stop the terrorists in time?

Declan, Tanner, and their friends are people with flaws, problems in their past, and consequences in their future caused by the choices they made. The plausible plot take the reader on a thrilling roller-coaster ride until the end with a final plot twist!

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Kristi Ann Hunter – AN INCONVENIENT BEAUTY (A Review)

An Inconvenient Beauty /by Kristi Ann Hunter  (Hawthorne House, 4)
Bethany House     ISBN     9780764218279
Adult Rating: 4

Kristi Ann Hunter  pens her fourth book in the historical fiction series set in 1800s (Regency England) featuring the Hawthorne siblings.

In An Inconvenient Beauty, Griffith Hawthorne, a rational, well-ordered man, identifies the perfect woman to be his wife – Frederica St. Claire. Griffith – the Duke of Riverton  –  is determined to court Frederica, who is secretly enamored with another gentleman. Since Frederica isn’t interested in Griffith, she keeps putting her beautiful cousin Isabella Breckenridge in his path.

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Hunter writes with historical detail, telling the story with humor and courtly romance. Hunter’s books are a delight to read, filled with excellent character development. Characters from earlier books reappear in support roles, to the delight of her fans.

Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier Series Titles: The Noble Masquerade, An Elegant Façade, and An Uncommon Courtship.

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 Choosing / The Calling / The Returning, / by Rachelle Dekker

The Choosing / Rachelle Dekker (A Seer Novel, 1)
Tyndale     ISBN     9781496402240

The Calling / Rachelle Dekker (A Seer Novel, 2)
Tyndale     ISBN     9781496402271

The Returning / Rachelle Dekker (A Seer Novel, 3)
Tyndale     ISBN     9781496402295
Young Adult     Rating:     4

Rachelle Dekker makes her debut in this intriguing science fiction/dystopian series for young adults.

In The Choosing, seventeen year old Carrington Hale expects to be chosen as someone’s bride at the Choosing Ceremony. Things didn’t work out that way.

In The Calling, former CityWatch guard Remko Brant leads the group of rebels – including Carrington — who escaped the Authority City. He builds a life as a family man and leader of the Seers (the rebels).

In The Returning, Elise Brant has been raised all her life in the Authority City. She knows no other life – she was taken captive twenty years ago.

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Dekker’s readers are engaged from the very start, making them eager to find out Carrington’s fate. The Choosing won the 2016 Christy Award Young Adult category and was a finalist in the Christy Award First Novel category.

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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Stephanie Morrill – THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET

The Lost Girl of Astor Street, / by Stephanie Morrill
Blink     ISBN     9780310758402
HS     Grades 8+     Rating:     5

Stephanie Morrill, author of the Ellie Sweet series, pens her first young adult mystery, set during the Jazz Age, a time of citywide corruption due to the gangsters and when women’s rights were changing.

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In The Lost Girl of Astor Street, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail is convinced the police aren’t looking in the right place after the disappearance of her best friend, Lydia.

Daughter of a well-known mobster attorney, Piper’s search for the truth takes her to some unsavory neighborhoods. But a handsome Italian policeman – Detective Mariano Cassano – is determined to keep her safe and find the answers to Lydia’s disappearance.

Morrill delivers a gutsy, intelligent heroine, a twisting mystery plot, and descriptive historical details (the Roaring Twenties!). Readers will clamor for more mysteries staring this intrepid amateur sleuth.

— Carol R. Gehringer

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Blog Tour: CHASING SECRETS by Lynette Eason

Chasing Secrets, / by Lynette Eason (Elite Guardians, 4)
Revell     ISBN     9780800723910
Adult     Rating: 5

Award-winning author Lynette Eason concludes her romantic suspense series about an agency of female bodyguards.

In Chasing Secrets, Elite Guardian Haley Callaghan is a survivor of the streets. She channels that into her competence as a bodyguard. All of a sudden, Haley’s life is in danger when a cold case takes her from South Carolina to Ireland. What happens when the bodyguard needs a bodyguard?

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Eason is an excellent storyteller, weaving plot twists along with her development of complex characters.  The book grabs the reader’s attention from the very beginning The plot twists will keep the reader guessing until the very end.

Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier Series Titles Reviewed: Always WatchingWithout Warning, and Moving Target.

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L. R. Burkard – DEFIANCE

Defiance: A Post-Apocalptic YA Tale of Survival, / by L. R. Burkard. (Pulse Effex series, 3)
Lilliput Press     ISBN 9780998966304
HS     Grade 10 and up     Rating: 4

L. R. Burkard concludes her story of three teen girls (Andrea Patterson,Lexie Martin, and Sarah Weaver) living in a post-apocalyptic United States. The story is told through their viewpoint, as they experience life after an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) disaster.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier books reviewed in this series: Pulse, and Defiance.

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Roseanna M. White — A NAME UNKNOWN

A Name Unknown, / by Roseanna M. White (Shadows Over England, 1)
Bethany     ISBN     9780764219269
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 increased.

In A Name Unknown, orphaned Rosemary Gresham grew up on the streets of London, doing whatever was necessary to survive with other orphans; they became her family. Her skills as a pickpocket and her ability to blend into high society gets her recruited for a specific job: discover the true allegiance of Peter Holstein.

Will she find the evidence she needs to complete her mission? Who is trying to undermine Peter’s relationship with the king?

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White excels at both character and plot development. Her book is rich in plot twists and historical detail, as well as romance and adventure.

–Carol R. Gehringer

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Sandra Orchard – OVER MAYA DEAD BODY Review

Over Maya Dead Body / by Sandra Orchard (Serena Jones Mysteries, 3)
Revell     ISBN     9780800726706
Adult     Rating:     5

Sandra Orchard returns with a final installment in her Serena Jones mystery series, and this is the book her fans have been waiting for!

In Over Maya Dead Body, FBI Special Agent Serena Jones is on Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate the engagement of a family friend. Almost immediately she is embroiled in a murder investigation involving smuggling antiquities. In the meantime, her two beaus – Nate Butler and Tanner Calhoun – arrive to support her, keep an eye on her, and win her heart. Who will she end up with? Will she uncover more the truth before someone else is harmed?

This is a mystery romance with plenty of twists – a delightful twist was asking her readers (after the second book) to vote on which suitor would win Serena’s heart!

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Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier Series Titles Reviewed: A Fool and His Monet, and Another Day, Another Dali.

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Susan May Warren – A MATTER OF TRUST

A Matter of Trust, /  by Susan May Warren (Montana Rescue, 3)
Revell     ISBN     9780800727451
Adult     Rating:     5

Susan May Warren returns with another adrenalin-packed adventure/contemporary romance in her Montana Rescue series, featuring rescue professionals living in a close-knit community.

Warren excels at creating flawed characters the reader cares about, as well as building a suspenseful adventure. Characters from earlier stories make reappearances, and their stories continue to move along. Warren draws vivid word pictures in her stories, with a faith element that is present but not preachy. Readers will be engaged from the first page until the last.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier Series Titles ReviewedWild Montana Skies, and Rescue Me.

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Kara Isaac – THEN THERE WAS YOU

Then There Was You / by Kara Isaac
Bellbird Press   ISBN 9780473396534

Kara Isaac returns with another engaging contemporary romance . . .

In Then There Was You, Paige McAllister wants to make a big change in her life. She flies to Australia, leaving behind a dead-end job in Chicago, a deadbeat boyfriend, and a music career she gave up after she was severely injured and her brother died.

Josh Tyler is a member of the church’s world-renown worship band. Neither of them make a good first impression to each other. Josh, her boss’s son, is determined not to let this American get under his skin. She manages to disrupt his orderly life, and sparks fly!

Isaac pens another novel with endearing but flawed characters. Readers will empathize with Paige and Josh as they push each other’s buttons.

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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: Teaville Moral Society series / Melissa Jagears

Award-winning author Melissa Jagears pens another historical fiction series, this one set in Kansas during the early 1900s. Here are reviews for the first two books in the series:

A Heart Most Certain / by Melissa Jagears (Teaville Moral Society, 1)
A Love So True / by Melissa Jagears (Teaville Moral Society, 2)

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In A Heart Most Certain, Lydia King finds herself courted by Sebastian Little, an inspiring politician in Teaville. Lydia’s mother is getting sicker by the week, and her father’s debts are piling up. Marriage to Sebastian will secure her future, setting her dying mother’s mind at ease.

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In A Love So True, Evelyn Wisely works at the Teasville mansion that rescues children from the red-light district, but her heart is for the women who live there as well. She wants to help them escape poverty and prostitution.

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Like Jagears’ other novels, these books have solid character development, a clear faith element (without being preachy), and excellent historical detail. Jagears’ books are not just historical romance — these book deals with Christian charity, adoption, responsibility, compassion, and redemption in the community around them.

A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears is the third book in this series. It is expected in March 2018.

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