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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: WITHIN THESE LINES / by Stephanie Morrill

Within These Lines / by Stephanie Morrill
Blink     ISBN     9780310765233
HS     Grades 8+     Rating:     5

Stephanie Morrill, author of Lost Girl of Astor Street, pens another young adult historical novel, this one is set during World War II, featuring the relationship of a Japanese American boy and an Italian American girl.  Evalina Cassano falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki amidst the anti-Japanese feelings arising across the US, following the attack on bombing on Pearl Harbor.

Within These Lines is a thoughtful story of love in the face of intolerance and prejudice during wartime.

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WITHIN THESE LINES Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Blog & Review Tour – and Giveaway –

for Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill,

hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

9780310765264Title: Within These Lines
Author: Stephanie Morrill
Publisher: Blink YA
Genre: Historical Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: March 5, 2019

When Evalina Cassano and Taichi Hamasaki are torn apart by the events following the attack on Pearl Harbor, they must fight if they want any hope of returning to one another before World War II steals their future together. Within These Lines is one unflinching, haunting, historical novel you don’t want to miss; perfect for fans of Monica Hesse, Ruta Sepetys, and Elizabeth Wein.

Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family living in San Francisco in 1941 is quiet and ordinary until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite the scandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up their farm and move to a Japanese-American internment camp.

Degrading treatment makes life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi’s only connection to the outside world is treasured letters from Evalina. Feeling that the only action she can take to help Taichi is to speak out against injustice, Evalina becomes increasingly vocal at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he will ever leave the camp alive.

With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to their ideals and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable odds.

Within These Lines:

  • Is a young adult historical novel set in the World War II era
  • Contains themes of love, separation, social justice, war, and diversity
  • Perfect for junior high and high school students
  • A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Stephanie Morrill writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world. She is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as the 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the WWII era romance, Within These Lines. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children. You can connect with Stephanie and learn more about her books at StephanieMorrill.com, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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(1) Grand Prize winner will win a release copy of Within These Lines & a special designed poster of Within These Lines  from the publisher, Blink YA. Featured quote on poster: “Be Brave Enough to Care and Bold Enough to Act”

(5) First Prize winners will each with a special designed poster of Within These Lines from the publisher, Blink YA. Featured quote on poster: “Be Brave Enough to Care and Bold Enough to Act”

Be sure to check out each stop on the Bookstagram Tour and (upcoming) Takeover Tour, as well as this tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway began at midnight March 5, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 18, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid. For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

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2019 Reading Challenge

Have you ever done a READING CHALLENGE?

Goodreads is one place you can set a goal of how many books you will read in 2019. You can keep track of the books you read on their website.

Another reading challenge is to read 1 book each month in different genres and categories — like this one from author Carla Laureano.  I’m going to try this challenge (#carlasreadingchallenge2019) as part of my Goodreads challenge for 2019.

Here are the categories for her 1 book/month  reading challenge, and I’ll update the list below with the titles I read for this challenge.

  • JANUARY – Read a children’s book.
  • FEBRUARY – Read a book that you already own.
    • Again, easy. Just have to pick one of the titles on my nightstand!
    • OK, I just read & reviewed Courtney Walsh’s book, Things Left Unsaid — it was published in Oct. 2018, but I only now got around to reading and reviewing it.
    • Next on my list, A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden, also published last year (2018). Now to read the new release in that series: A Desperate Hope.
    • I also read Imagine: The Fall of Jericho (Imagine, book 3) by Matt Koceich (a children’s book), and Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (last year’s Newbery winner, 2018, also a children’s book).
  • MARCH – Read a book written in a historical time period.
    • Easy! Just finished reviewing  Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill, as well as A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor, #2) by Kristi Hunter, and A Desperate Hope (Empire State, #3), by Elizabeth Camden.
    • Next up: The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall, #1) by Sarah E. Ladd.
  • APRIL – Read a book written by someone of a different faith.
    • I will probably read I Am Malala by M. Yousafzai OR The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, and a Jew by S. Oliver, P. Warner, and  Ranya Tabari Idliby — maybe I’ll read both!
  • MAY – Read a book written before 1969.
    • Possibly Sounder by William Armstrong, or The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
  • JUNE – Read a book released this year.
    • Easy! Probably one of the new titles from the spring.
  • JULY – Read a book you chose solely for the cover.
    • Probably No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky.
  • AUGUST – Read a book you chose solely for the title.
  • SEPTEMBER – Read a book with an illustrated cover. 
    • Maybe The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Blyer Yount, if I don’t read it before the fall.
  • OCTOBER – Read a bestseller that you’ve avoided or missed.
    • Probably one of the Christy or Carol Award winners.
  • NOVEMBER – Read a book set in a country other than your own.
  • DECEMBER – Read a book that takes place during a holiday.

Want to join me in a reading challenge? Go to Goodreads, use the monthly list above, or come up with your own!

Whatever you choose, enjoy more reading this year . . . I certainly plan to do so!

Carol

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2018 CHRISTY & CAROL AWARD Titles

This week, the winners of the 2018 Christy Award were announced recently (November 2018). 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.

CHRISTY AWARDS 2018

Book of the Year (2018)
TRUE TO YOU/ Becky Wade

Contemporary Romance

First Novel

Historical Romance

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Visionary

Young Adult

 

2018 CAROL AWARD TITLES

Romance
A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren
Speculative
Awakened by Morgan L. Busse

2018 INSPY Winners

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
TRUE TO YOU / Becky Wade

Literature for Young Adults
UNRAVELING / Sara Ella

 

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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

  • Knox (The Montana Marshals, #1) / Susan May Warren
  • Within These Lines / Stephanie Morrill
  • A Hero for Miss Haverleigh (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, #1) / Carolyn Miller

APRIL 2019

  • The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall, #1) / Sarah E. Ladd
  • Sweet on You (Bradford Sisters #3) / Becky Wade
  • The Story Raider (Weavers Trilogy) / Lindsay A. Franklin
  • The Memory House / Rachel Hauck
  • Flight of the Raven (Ravenwood Saga, #2) / Morgan Busse

MAY 2019

  • Romanov / Nadine Brandes

JUNE 2019

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

JULY 2019

AUGUST 2019

  • Vow of Justice (Blue Justice, #4) / Lynnette Eason
  • The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians, #1) / Dani Pettrey

SEPTEMBER 2019

OCTOBER 2019

NOVEMBER 2019

  • Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, #3) / Carolyn Miller

DECEMBER 2019

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New review posted: CODE OF VALOR / Lynette Eason

Code of Valor, / by Lynette Eason (Blue Justice, 3)
Revell     ISBN     9780800727048
Adult     Rating:     4

Eason’s latest book is filled with complex characters, suspenseful plot twists, and an excellent storyline. There are even a few characters from the Carrington dive team (Lynn Blackburn’s new series) who make a cameo appearance. Brady‘s law enforcement family are featured in her other books, and some make an appearance in this book as well. Code of Valor has a suspenseful, tightly written plot, realistic characters and relationships, and uses a light touch with its faith elements (present but not preachy).

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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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Coming next month: BREACH OF TRUST / Rachel Dylan

 

BREACH OF TRUST is available for pre-order now at your favorite retailer!
Grab the finale to the Atlanta Justice series. Releases FEB 5th!
Have you read the other books in this series?
Check out my reviews: Lone Witness, and Deadly Proof.

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Cover Reveal: STARSTRUCK / Carla Laureano

When your fictional hero comes to life on the big screen, it’s easy to get starstruck…

Unless the leading man happens to be your ex.

Novelist Christine Lind has achieved her lifelong dream—a string of best-selling books and a cable-TV adaptation about to go into production. But on her way to London FanFest for the cast reveal, disaster strikes: their leading man is injured in a motorcycle accident… and his replacement is the one person she hoped she’d never seen again.

Nick Cleary has clawed his way to recognition as a Hollywood actor, but it’s long past time he get the chance to show he’s more than a pretty face and a chiseled set of abs. His big break comes in the form of a juicy lead role in a new steampunk fantasy series. There’s just one catch—casting has to be approved by the author… a woman he once devastated through his own youthful stupidity.

Christine is the last person to be starstruck by the handsome heartthrob, but as the clock ticks down to the cast announcement and Nick races to show that he’s really changed, she begins to wonder if there’s more to her ex than his Hollywood persona. Except now the consequences of being wrong no longer apply only to her career… but also to her carefully guarded heart. [supplied by publisher]

AUTHOR BIO:

Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

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BOOK AWARD WINNERS

I just read a number of the national book award winners — and I have reviewed some of them. For a complete listing of the award winners, see this list.
Newbery 2018 – HELLO, UNIVERSE / Erin Entrada Kelly

Caldecott Medal 2018 – WOLF IN THE SNOW / Matthew Cordell

Caldecott Honor 2018

Belpre (Author) Honor Book 2018

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award 2018  

 

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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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Have you read the earlier books in this series?

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

Songkeeper, / by Gillian Bronte Adams (The Songkeeper Chronicles, 2)
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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.

Want to win a copy? Here’s a giveaway for the blog tour!

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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.

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