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Blog Tour: LADY IN DISGUISE / Sandra Byrd

 A Lady in Disguise: A Novel / by Sandra Byrd (Daughters of Hampshire, 3)
Howard Books      ISBN 9781476717937
Adult     Rating:      4

Award-winning author Sandra Byrd pens a third novel in her Victorian England historical suspense series.

In A Lady in Disguise, a young Englishwoman works as costume designer in London’s theater dristrict. When Gillian Young inherits Winton Park, a family estate, following her father’s death, she also inherits questions about the circumstances surrounding his death.

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Written in first-person narration, Byrd’s book is filled with mystery, romance, and plot twists – all the elements of a Gothic novel. A Lady in Disguise grabs the reader’s attention until its conclusion. The faith element is light, and the historical detail of human trafficking, the early days of the Salvation Army, and life in London’s theater district is exceptional.

Fans of Bronte and Victoria Holt will especially enjoy this series, as well fans of the Bride of Distant Isle and Mist of Midnight, the earlier books in this series. Well done!

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WHAT I’M READING / REVIEWING NOW

What I’m READING & REVIEWING next:

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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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Blog Tour: THE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON / by Carolyn Miller

The Elusive Miss Ellison, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, 1)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825444500
Adult     Rating:      4

Australian author Carolyn Miller writes her first inspirational Regency novel in her new trilogy.

In The Elusive Miss Ellison, the entire village – except for Miss Lavinia Ellison — eagerly anticipates the arrival of the new Earl of Hawkesbury. She believes him to have the same reputation as brother: reckless and arrogant. Lavinia is the unmarried bluestocking daughter of the local minister. Nicholas is a former war hero and reluctant Duke, unprepared for the problems his brother left unsolved and the other obligations he faces. When Nicholas, the new Earl, is challenged by feisty Lavinia to move beyond his wounded pride, it may provide too many obstacles for them. A family secret adds to the complications they face.

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Miller does an excellent job in portraying Regency England with its historical details and solid characterization. While the storyline is somewhat predictable, it follows the pattern of a good Regency novel; the faith element is light, the romance is clean, and it is a cozy read!

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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New Titles from Best-Selling Authors! RESCUE ME / STILL LIFE / MOVING TARGET

Looking for romance, adventure, suspense, good writing? Look no farther then these new releases!

RESCUE ME / by Susan May Warren  Rating: 5

STILL LIFE / by Dani Pettrey  (Adult) Rating: 4

MOVING TARGET / by Lynette Eason (Adult) Rating: 4

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RESCUE ME / by Susan May Warren  Rating: 5

Susan May Warren  continues her new contemporary romance series, set in Montana and featuring park rescue professionals living in a close-knit community.

In Rescue Me, Deputy Sam Brooks is convinced Sierra Rose is perfect for him – she’s practical and organized, and totally opposite to her free-spirit sister, Willow, who has been secretly in love with Sam for years. Willow wants her sister to have a happily-ever-after ending with Sam, despite her own feelings for him. Sam thinks Willow, a volunteer youth leader, is naïve in her faith and her assessment of what the teens in the youth group need.

<SEE FULL REVIEW HERE>

STILL LIFE / by Dani Pettrey  (Adult) Rating: 4

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

In Still Life, crime scene photographer Avery Tate reunites with crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell on a case involving the switching of a photograph at a gallery opening. The model in the photograph is Avery’s friend, who is posing as if she is dead – and what’s worse, she is missing! Avery and Parker dig into the case, following leads that are potentially deadly. Domestic terrorism, pyschotic killers, and bizarre artists play into this story.

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MOVING TARGET / by Lynette Eason (Adult) Rating: 4

Bestselling author Lynette Eason continues her romantic suspense series featuring a female-owned agency of female bodyguards.

In Moving Target, Maddy McKay, a former FBI agent and now a bodyguard for Elite Guardian, and Detective Quinn Holcombe are ambushed and kidnapped by someone seeking revenge from their past. But from whose past and which case?

When they awaken in a concrete room, they are unable to remember exactly what happened. Now the kidnapper wants to exact his revenge through a deadly hunting game on a remote island. Can they escape with their lives? Can they find out who is hunting them? Is it tied to a current case Quinn is investigating?

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Check them out!

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MY ANTICIPATED READS FOR 2017

I am excited for the following titles coming out in 2017. 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 2017

FEBRUARY 2017

MARCH 2017

APRIL 2017

JUNE 2017

JULY 2017

AUGUST 2017

SEPTEMBER 2017

OCTOBER 2017

  • Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor, 1) / by Irene Hannon

DECEMBER 2017

  • Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, 2)/ by Julie Klassen

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New Reviews Posted!

These reviews have been posted recently:

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CAUTIOUS MAIDEN (Everstone Chronicles, 4) / Dawn Crandall

The Cautious Maiden / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 4)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629117508
Adult     Rating:      5 (Book 4)

Pre-publication copy reviewed

The Cautious Maiden

Dawn Crandall returns with another stellar historical novel, this one taking place in America’s Gilded Age, featuring a reformed rogue and an innocent maiden.

In The Cautious Maiden, Violet Hawthorne learns that her brother Ezra has turned their family’s country inn into a brothel and lost her hand in marriage to an unsavory character in a poker game. Faced with a dismal future, she is forced to accept a proposal from Vance Everstone, a man with a reputation as a rake, when they are found in a compromising but fabricated situation.

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Crandall’s books are filled with flawed but intriguing characters, light but evident faith elements, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combine the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue.

—– THE REST OF THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES SERIES —–

The Hesitant Heiress / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116587

The Bound Heart / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 2)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629112305
Adult     Rating:      4 (Book 1 & 2)

The Captive Imposter / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116600
Adult     Rating:      5 (Book 3)

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In The Hesitant Heiress, Amaryllis Brigham dreams of opening a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, but her dreams crumble when she is unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory. Just when things look the worst, she discovers that if she marries within the year, she inherits her estranged grandmother’s fortune.

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In The Bound Heart, Meredyth Summercourt is convinced Vance Everstone will finally notice she is a grown woman, now that she is nineteen years old. One kiss leads to an indiscretion but not to marriage. Vance leaves her to travel abroad for five years.

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In her most recent book, The Captive Imposter, Estella Everstone is sent away for her own protection after her brother’s murder. She ends up as a companion to an elderly widow at one of her father’s hotels — where she meets Dexter Blakely, the handsome hotel manager who has no use for privileged socialites like Estella but develops a friendship with Elle Stoneburner (Estella’s false identity).

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Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:

  • 2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Debut Novel (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers’ Award (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 winner, The Clash of the Titles Laurel Award (THE BOUND HEART)
  • 2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest (THE BOUND HEART)
  • 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Inspirational Category (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest Finalist (THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER)
  • 2016 INSPY Awards Semi-Finalist  (THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER)

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 by them.

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Some More 2016 Book Award Winners I’ve Reviewed!

2016 CAROL AWARD WINNERS (ACFW)

Historical:
Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke, Tyndale House

Historical Romance:
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer, Bethany House

Romantic Suspense:
No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason, Revell

Young Adult:
Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman, Bethany House

2016 CHRISTY AWARD WINNERS

Contemporary
The Sea Keeper’s Daughter by Lisa Wingate, Tyndale

Contemporary Romance / Suspense (winner)
Wedding Chapel, by Rachel Hauck, Zondervan — I didn’t review this but I finished reading it earlier this summer. Loved it — 5 * * * * *

Contemporary Romance / Suspense (nominee)
Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey, Bethany House

Historical
Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke, Tyndale House

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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 2016 – LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET / Matt de la Pena

Newbery Honor 2016

  • The War that Saved My Life / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Roller Girl / Victoria Jamieson
  • Echo / Pam Muñoz Ryan

Newbery 2015 – The Crossover / Kwame Alexander

Newbery Honor 2015

Caldecott 2016 – FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR / Lindsay Mattick

Caldecott Honor 2016

Caldecott 2015 – The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend / Dan Santat

Caldecott 2014 – Locomotive / Brian Floca

Caldecott 2014 Honors – Mr. Wuffles / David Wiesner

 

CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARDS

CHRISTY AWARD 2015

Contemporary / Romance – Finalists

Contemporary Series Finalist

Visionary Winner

Visionary Finalists

Young Adult Winner

Young Adult Finalist

CAROL AWARD 2015

Contemporary
Speculative
Young Adult
  • Storm Siren / Mary Weber (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

CLIVE STAPLES AWARD 2013-2015

2015:  The Warden and the Wolf King / Andrew Peterson

2014: A Cast in the Stones / Patrick W. Carr

2013: Starflower / Anne Elisabeth Stengl

 

 

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COVER REVEAL: Wild Montana Skies / Susan May Warren

Cover Reveal:

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Wild Montana Skies / by Susan May Warren (Montana Rescue, 1)
Revell     ISBN 978-0800727437

Publisher’s Summary:

Bestselling Author’s New Series Delivers Romance and Adventure as an SAR Team Searches for Others–and Finds Themselves

Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn’t realize is that someone else is also back in town.

Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that’s on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he’s fully recovered. It doesn’t take long, though, to discover his father’s ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.

With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

Can’t wait to read this new series!!!

If you want to read her earlier series, here are links to my reviews:

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Review Posted: ALWAYS WATCHING / by Lynette Eason

Always Watching / by Lynette Eason (Elite Guardians, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780807723262
Adult     Rating: 5

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Bestselling author Lynette Eason kicks off a new romantic suspense series featuring a female-owned agency of female bodyguards.

In Always Watching, Olivia Edwards, part owner of the agency, learns one of her employee bodyguards is severely injured in the line of duty. Her employee was protecting Wade Savage, a radio psychiatrist, from a stalker, possibly a rabid fan. Olivia takes over bodyguard duty and tries to discover the stalker’s identity before the violence against Wade turns deadly.

As always, Eason is a superb storyteller, weaving plot twists with her character development. Her fast-paced action keeps the reader on the edge-of-their-seat, with a realistic plot, grabbing the reader’s attention until the very end.

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Other books by Lynette Eason:

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher or author. I am not obligated to review them or leave a positive review.

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COLD SHOT Blog Tour

Cold Shot, / by Dani Pettrey (Chesapeake Valor, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764211973
Adult     Rating:     4

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Award-winning author Dani Pettrey pens a new romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about four childhood friends who choose careers in law enforcement but drift apart when one friend disappears before graduation.

Publisher’s Summary:

In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

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Review: COLD SHOT / Dani Pettrey

Cold Shot, / by Dani Pettrey (Chesapeake Valor, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764211973
Adult     Rating:     4

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Award-winning author Dani Pettrey pens a new romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about four childhood friends who choose careers in law enforcement but drift apart when one friend disappears before graduation.

In Cold Shot, Griffin McCray – former SWAT team sniper – lives a quiet existence as a park ranger at Gettysburg. When a present-day body is uncovered in the Civil War cemetery, forensic anthropologist Finley Gray is called in. But someone doesn’t want the body identified and will stop at nothing, putting them all in danger. Can they unravel this mystery before it turns deadly?

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The plot is intriguing, filled with twists that will keep the reader up late — until the final page is read. Suspense, romance, action, and danger – it all adds up to a thrilling read!

Want to participate in a giveaway and learn some facts about the Chesapeake Harbor area? Check out this blog post at Christian Bookshelf Reviews!

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries. Fans of Irene Hannon, DiAnn Mills,  and Lynette Eason will enjoy this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Want to read other books by Dani Pettrey? Check out my reviews for the Alaskan Courage series below:

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: A SPY’S DEVOTION / Melanie Dickerson

A Spy’s Devotion, / by Melanie Dickerson (The Regency Spies of London, 1)
Waterfall Press     ISBN     9781503950511
Adult      (HS)     Rating: 5

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Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson ventures into a new historical era — Regency — after penning numerous award-winning medieval fairy tale retellings.

In A Spy’s Devotion, wealthy British officer Nicholas Langdon returns home to heal from a war injury. He tries to fulfill a dying soldier’s request to deliver his coded diary to a friend.

However, shortly after the ball where he meets Julia, the diary is stolen — and Julia’s uncle appears to be behind the theft.

Secret passages, overheard conversations, and coded messages contribute to the intrigue, mystery, and adventure in this story. Can they uncover the plot’s mastermind in time to avert the disaster? Can Julia avoid being forced to marry a man of her uncle’s choosing?

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KUDOS to Ms. Dickerson for her newest endeavor. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

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: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT / Susan May Warren

You’re the One That I Want, / by Susan May Warren (A Christiansen Family Novel, 6)
Tyndale House     ISBN 9781414378466
Adult     Rating: 4

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Susan May Warren concludes her series set in Deep Haven, Minnesota, featuring the six adult children in the Christiansen family and their relationships. Each book opens with a letter from their mother, giving insight into the main character. Owen has been the prodigal since the second book in the series, but he is “more than the sum of his mistakes” (back cover).

In You’re the One That I Want, Owen Christiansen works on an Alaskan crabbing boat, and becomes attracted to the no-nonsense Elisa “Scotty” McFlynn, the captain’s daughter and former police officer. A near-death accident at sea changes their relationship.

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More than just romances, these are stories of flawed individuals with very messy lives and life-changing mistakes. God teaches them about forgiveness of others and themselves. Warren uses these imperfect lives to teach the reader about God’s gift of grace and that strength it takes to live a life of faith.

Have you read the other books in this series? Here are my reviews:

Watch for Susan May Warren’s new series, coming in Fall 2016.

 

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Cover Reveal: THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN / Dawn Crandall

COVER REVEAL!

The Cautious Maiden / by Dawn Crandall
Whitaker House (October 2016)The Cautious Maiden

Publisher’s Summary:

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother transforms her deceased parents’ respectable country inn into a brothel to accommodate the lumberjacks in the area. When her reputation is compromised, she finds herself forced to enter into an engagement with Vance Everstone. Can she trust this man she hardly knows who has a scandalous reputation in his own right?

Want to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway?

Have you read the other books by Dawn Crandall? If not, check out my reviews linked below:

The Hesitant Heiress / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116587

The Bound Heart / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 2)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629112305

The Captive Imposter / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116600

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Crandall’s books are filled with light but evident faith elements, intriguing characters, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combines the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue. Each book is better than the previous one. Like her first book which won the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, her latest book is sure to be an award winner!

Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:

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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My 16 Anticipated Reads for 2016

I am excited for the following 16 titles coming out in 2016. As I review these books, I will link my review to the titles here. I will read and review more than the 16 titles listed here, but these are the ones I’m most interested to read. So here are my top 16:

JANUARY

thin ice YoureOneIWant undaunted hope

FEBRUARY

cold shot

spys devotion always watching

MARCH

daring sacrifice kings folly sirenssong

APRIL

sound emeralds

three wishes

MAY

beautiful pretender

courageous

OCTOBER

The Cautious Maiden time-to-rise wildmontanaskies

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Review: THE PAINTER’S DAUGHTER / by Julie Klassen

The Painter’s Daughter / by Julie Klassen
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764210723
Adult (HS)     Rating: 5

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Award-winning author Julie Klassen pens her newest inspirational Regency novel, filled with love and redemption, and family relationships.

In The Painter’s Daughter, Sophie Dupont helps her father by painting the backgrounds in his work, unbeknownst to others. When not painting, Sophie wanders the Devon coast where she meets fellow artist Wesley Overtree, and her life is changed.

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Klassen is known for her excellent plot and character development. Elements of a gothic novel — family secrets and secret passages – enrich the storyline. Her addition of battle scenes capture the danger faced by the soldiers during the Napoleonic War.

Have you read other books by Julie Klassen? Check out my reviews!

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Review: THIN ICE / by Irene Hannon

Thin Ice / by Irene Hannon (Men of Valor, Book 2)
Revell (January 2016)       ISBN 9780800724535
Adult       Rating: 5

thin iceAward-winning author Irene Hannon releases the next installment in her romantic suspense series featuring the former military McGregor brothers as they settle into civilian life.

In Thin Ice, Christy Reed lost her parents in a car accident eight months ago and her sister in a house fire two months ago. When Christy receives a note from someone claiming her sister is still alive and is a hostage, she turns to Lance McGregor, a new FBI agent and a former Delta Force operator, for help. Can Christy, a former ice skater, trust Lance to protect her and find out the truth? Or is she skating on thin ice?

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Hannon writes edge-of-your seat inspirational romantic suspense that will keep the reader engaged until the final page. Unexpected plot twists are a Hannon trademark as the villain’s identity and sinister motives are unveiled.

Have you read other books by Irene Hannon? If not, check out my reviews for

 

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CSFF TOUR: The Shock of Night / Patrick W. Carr

The Shock of Night / Patrick W. Carr (Darkwater Saga, 1)
Bethany House Publishers (November 3, 2015)     ISBN 978-0764213465
Adult     Rating: 4

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Publisher’s Summary:

Patrick Carr Launches a New Suspense-filled Fantasy Epic

When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dura is called to investigate. Yet the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. As Willet begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.

Willet returns to the city, no closer to answers than before, but his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, a twist seen at the edge of his vision, and it’s as though he can see their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he’s been passed the rarest gift of all: a gift that’s not supposed to exist.

Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he’s pulled into a much more dangerous and epic conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world–a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his own tortured past if he wants to survive.

Just finished this book last night! Carr pens an epic adult fantasy, rich in character development and plot twists. It is darker than his previous series and definitely for adults.

<See my review SHOCK OF NIGHT here>

While it is well-written, I admit to mixed feelings about it because it is darker. Still I look forward to reading the second installment,  The Shattered Vigil (The Darkwater Saga, #2),  published in 2016.

Want to read more Patrick Carr books? Check out my review of his earlier series, The Staff and Sword: CAST OF STONES, A HERO’S LOT, and A DRAW OF KINGS.

A prequel novella — BY DIVINE RIGHT — is available for FREE on AMAZON for your Kindle and Barnes and Noble for your nook (as of yesterday, December  6, 2015).

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Want to know what other reviewers and bloggers are saying about THE SHOCK OF NIGHT ? Check out the CSFF Blog Tour participants shown below (Christian Science Fiction Fantasy):

Thomas Clayton Booher
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Carol Bruce Collett
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Rani Grant
Rebekah Gyger
Bruce Hennigan
Janeen Ippolito
Carol Keen
Rebekah Loper
Jennette Mbewe
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Audrey Sauble
Chawna Schroeder
Jessica Thomas
Robert Treskillard
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Michelle R. Wood

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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.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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Cover Reveal: THE BEAUTIFUL PRETENDER / Melanie Dickerson

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THE BEAUTIFUL PRETENDER / by Melanie Dickerson (A Medieval Fairy Tale, 2)
Thomas Nelson      ISBN  978-0718026288

COMING MAY 2016

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Publisher’s summary:

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Can’t wait til spring!  Recommended for adult collections in school and public libraries.

I reviewed the first book in this adult series: THE HUNTRESS OF THORNBECKE FOREST    – check it out!

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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EVERSTONE CHRONICLES / Dawn Crandall – NEW GIVEAWAY! & Now available in print!

Now available in print! Previously issued only as eBooks!

The Hesitant Heiress / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116587

The Bound Heart / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 2)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629112305
Adult     Rating:      4 (Book 1 & 2)

The Captive Imposter / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116600
Adult     Rating:      5 (Book 3)

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Dawn Crandall makes her debut with the Hesitant Heiress, the first book in her Everstone Chronicles series set during America’s Gilded Age (19th century). She follows it with two excellent sequels, The Bound Heart, and The Captive Imposter.

In The Hesitant Heiress, Amaryllis Brigham dreams of opening a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, but her dreams crumble when she is unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory. Just when things look the worst, she discovers that if she marries within the year, she inherits her estranged grandmother’s fortune.

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In The Bound Heart, Meredyth Summercourt is convinced Vance Everstone will finally notice she is a grown woman, now that she is nineteen years old. One kiss leads to an indiscretion but not to marriage. Vance leaves her to travel abroad for five years.

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In her most recent book, The Captive Imposter, Estella Everstone is sent away for her own protection after her brother’s murder. She ends up as a companion to an elderly widow at one of her father’s hotels — where she meets Dexter Blakely, the handsome hotel manager who has no use for privileged socialites like Estella but develops a friendship with Elle Stoneburner (Estella’s false identity).

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Crandall’s books are filled with light but evident faith elements, intriguing characters, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combines the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue. Each book is better than the previous one. Like her first book which won the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, her latest book is sure to be an award winner!

And if that isn’t enough, there are 3 giveaways for this series:

Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:

  • 2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Debut Novel (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers’ Award (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 winner, The Clash of the Titles Laurel Award (THE BOUND HEART)
  • 2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest
  • 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Inspirational Category (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)

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 FINALE: GUARDIANS OF THE HEART/ Loree Lough

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.
We’re sharing the Grand Finale for
Guardians of the Heart
By Loree Lough
 
Nell and Asa have guarded their hearts, but to let love in, they’ll have to let go.
We hope you enjoyed finding out more about their story.
If you didn’t get a chance to get to each stop, you can go back and check them out now…
Launch – Author Interview
 
And how do you develop your deep POV?
I love living in the heads of my characters, and accomplish it (and avoid ‘head hopping’) by writing each scene from a specific character’s point of view. It’s almost as though I take up residence in their brains (like a parasite! LOL). When I’m thinking their thoughts, reacting to what other characters do and say, deep POV is a lot easier.
Bookworm Lisa – Review
 “Loree Lough has written this story in an easy to read voice. The pacing is excellent. She kept my attention and I really came to like the characters.”
 Worthy2Read – Nonna’s Authentic Spaghetti Sauce
 As any ‘on a deadline’ author can tell you, we’re really, really good at procrastinating. We tidy drawers, organize closets, poke around in our flower beds. And we cook. One of my favorite recipes was handed down by my Italian grandmother’s family. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!
 Zerina Blossom’s Books – They Called Her Shoog Guest Post
 The summer I turned ten, a pretty little redheaded girl moved into the house on the corner. Her parents and older siblings called her Shoog…and it was Shoog who introduced the kids on our block to a whole new way to spend our summer days…
 “A sweet heartfelt romance that reminds us of the importance of forgiveness – of other people and especially of ourselves. With true, likable characters and a plot brimming with all the great elements of a story, Guardians of the Heart will gently refresh your soul.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners – A Promise to Jake, Part 1
 When a mysterious package arrives shortly before Christmas, a wealthy author is forced to remember what’s truly important about the holy day…and about life.
Writing Pearls – Review
 “This was a surprising out of bounds romance. It was clean, well-written, with strong characters that become a part of your reality.”
 underneath the covers – Excerpt
 Regrettably, no one was hiring. Few things scared her more than the prospect of being homeless and destitute. Nell sat on the steps of the bank, held her head in her hands and tried to pray. She’d said countless prayers for others—in church, others on her knees before bed—but couldn’t remember the last time she’d prayed for herself. Did she remember how?
 Mel’s Shelves – Review
 “I loved Asa and Nell! Asa puts on a rough front but does care about others while trying not to. He feels guilt for some things he did in the past and needs to learn to forgive himself. Nell was sweet from the beginning! What I loved about this book is that the author didn’t just tell me; she showed me.”
 Oh, what he wouldn’t give to go back in time to the little house on the outskirts of Denver that always smelled of fresh-baked bread, where he’d never gone hungry and never felt cold, thanks to his ma’s talent for turning scraps of cloth into warm quilts.
 Babs Book Bistro – Review
 “I could not put this book down it was wonderful. . . . A nice relaxing read that brings out the love and coziness.”
Mommabears Book Blog – A Promise to Jake, Part 2
 He stared at the blinking cursor. “I’ve let you down big time, Jake,” he said, eyes on the blank white screen. Maybe telling his friend’s story would ease his conscience. Squaring his shoulders, Homer pulled out the keyboard drawer and gave his knuckles one last crack, and began to type:
Wishful Endings – A Promise to Jake, Part 3
 FIVE YEARS LATER:
“Homer, schweetheart,” Bobby said, “so what’s up with your answering machine? I’ve been trying to get hold of you for days.”
 “Don’t have one up here.” Don’t want one, don’t need one.
 Reading Is My SuperPower – Special Author Interview
 Me: You are such a prolific writer! (5,000,000 copies in circulation – 108 books, 72 short stories, and over 2500 articles in print) Where do you get your inspiration for so many new plots and characters?
Loree: Inspiration is everywhere. Literally. I’ve come up with story ideas while reading a dog-eared old magazine in the doctor’s waiting room. At the grocery store. In the movie theater. Here at home, watching the TV news or reading the Sunday paper. Sitting on a bench at the soft ice cream parlor, listening to the conversation of patrons on the next bench. Talking to a neighbor over the back fence. While on hold to make corrections to a DirecTV statement. I could go on (and on!), but I think you get the idea!
Singing Librarian Books – Review (Author Interview here)
 “Throughout the novel Loree has brought her characters to life in a true and heartwarming way. I would recommend this novel to Christian, historical fiction, romance readers.”
 Colorimetry – Excerpt
 They carried their bowls to a nearby bench and sat down to enjoy the treat, and Asa realized immediately that they were facing the wrong direction. Fifty yards due north, he had a direct line of sight to where Gus and Nell sat, munching fried chicken, corn bread, and apple slices. Oughta be you sitting there, he thought.

Guardians of the Heart

(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance

Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather’s barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he’d inherited.

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family’s mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He’ll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

The First Book in the Series

 

Currency of the Heart

(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance

Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015 by Whitaker House

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She’s unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets
as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him … and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—drive them apart forever?

 

Yes, it’s true: Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the “grandorables,” but mostly, she just writes. (And writes.) Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 7 movie options, and over 80 4- and 5-star reviews.

There are more than 5,000,000 (yes, that’s FIVE MILLION) copies of Loree’s books in circulation, and in September of 2015, she’ll have 108 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. To date, she has received 50,000+ letters from fans (a carton of books goes to Meredith P. in Joliet, IL — which she has elected to donate to her local library –for writing the 50,000th letter)!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in “giving back,” Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers’ Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and “wolf stuff.”

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Review: THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN [and] A SPARROW IN TEREZIN / Kristy Cambron

The butterfly and the violin, / by Kristy Cambron (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel)
Zondervan          ISBN 9781401690595

A sparrow in Terezin, / by Kristy Cambron (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel)
Zondervan     ISBN 9781401690618
Adult     Rating:     5

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Kristy Cambron presents two World War II historical novels with alternating points of view.

In The Butterfly and the Violin, a contemporary woman and high-ranking Nazi officer’s daughter are connected to a painting.

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The Butterfly and the Violin is a juxtaposition of Adele’s life in Auschwitz and Sera’s contemporary life. Although Adele and Sera are separated by decades, both suffer from heartbreak and broken dreams until they find God’s peace.

In A Sparrow in Terezin, the art dealer shares a connection with an imprisoned Polish reporter in Terezin.

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Cambron weaves the multiple plot lines and characters expertly. Both character and plot development are intricate and complex.

Kudos to the author of  this debut novel and its sequel!

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Comments: LADY MAYBE / Julie Klassen

Lady Maybe, / by Julie Klassen
Berkley (July 7, 2015)     ISBN 9780425282076
Adult     Rating: 5
Pre-publication copy reviewed

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PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

One final cry…“God almighty, help us!” and suddenly her world shifted violently, until a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then, the pain. The freezing water. And as all sensation drifted away, a hand reached for hers, before all faded into darkness…

Now she has awakened as though from some strange, suffocating dream in a warm and welcoming room she has never seen before, and tended to by kind, unfamiliar faces. But not all has been swept away. She recalls fragments of the accident. She remembers a baby. And a ring on her finger reminds her of a lie.

But most of all, there is a secret. And in this house of strangers she can trust no one but herself to keep it.

MY INITIAL REACTION:

Loved it! Julie Klassen writes excellent historical fiction novels. I have read them all, and this one ranks up there as one of my new favorites! It has LOTS of plot twists, as well as romance, historical details, and mystery that one comes to expect with Klassen’s books.

If you like Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre, and/or Jane Austen, you will enjoy this book!

A longer review will be posted by the end of this week, but I wanted to let you know that Lady Maybe is being released on JULY 7, 2015 by Berkley. If you haven’t ordered it already, do so now!

Her next book, The Painter’s Daughter, will be published by Bethany House on December 1, 2015.

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