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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 titles 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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WHAT I AM READING / REVIEWING NOW

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Carol R. Gehringer

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BENEATH THE SURFACE Blog Tour

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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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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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ACROSS THE BLUE / Carrie Turansky GIVEAWAY

Across the Blue, / by Carrie Turansky

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

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Kristi Ann Hunter – 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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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.

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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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

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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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

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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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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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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

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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.

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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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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

DECEMBER 2017

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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)

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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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