Review of TRUSTING GRACE: A Novel (Virtues And Vices Of The Old West Book 3) by Maggie Brendan

Publisher: Revell | Published: May 2, 2017 | Format: eBook (337 pages), Paperback (336 pages), Hardcover (338 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B01MR5Y47T, ISBN: 9780800722661, ISBN: 9780800728915, and Audio ISBN: 9781613759172 Series: Virtues And Vices Of The Old West Origin: NetGalley 


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In TRUSTING GRACE: A Novel (Virtues And Vices Of The Old West Book 3) by Maggie Brendan, we tumble into the lives of a ragtag family in an 1860’s Western landscape. We’ll learn that this group is far from a family, but they are rather thrown together through circumstances that no one wanted.

However, this is where we will begin to fall in love with Robert Frasier.

He lost a wife, a farm, and a community, but he gains three children whom he never knew to exist. In loving and marrying a woman, it should be a beginning for him, but her death marks the end, leaving him with more responsibilities and more pain in the wake of it all. He trusted and loved Ada, but she never trusted him with her past, her life, and her truth.

This leaves him homeless with mouths to feed, and he learns the hard lessons of becoming a father.

Meanwhile, Grace’s devotion to her dad is heartwarming and beautiful, but it might leave her misguided in a way.

Grace is a widow, for a few years, but once her father takes ill, Grace accepts it to mean her life will be this way going forward. She is okay. Her father is a good man, and her mother died years ago. However, with her father unable to help run Bidwell Farms, she needs to hire help. However, with the way she keeps herself cloistered on the farm, Grace is at a loss for how to do this. Her friend passes the job notice on at the Mercantile, and the position is quickly filled.

However, this is just the beginning of a story for both Grace Bidwell and her father, Owen Miller. Their life changes and fills with pangs, worries, and fears as harvest grows near!



***This opinion is my own.***



TRUSTING GRACE: A Novel (Virtues And Vices Of The Old West Book 3) by Maggie Brendan stages the aftermath of Grace’s dream of marriage smashed, through death, into the abyss.

A widow, without children, the life she dreamt of is no more. Now that her father is ill and unable to help on her husband’s ranch, Grace is at a crossroads in life. In order for it to be possible to keep her late husband’s farm, she needs help.

Robert Frasier becomes the hired help and brings with him three children and a homeless situation, but their grief leaves all with trust issues and a distant relationship.

Grace is welcoming to all, and she believes all crosses her path for a reason. Her house seems like home, again.

In 1860s Montana, the Gallatin Valley thrives inside the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series as trust is just beginning to take root!

Review of SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE by Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: June 13, 2017 | Format: eBook (320 pages), Paperback (320 pages), Large Print (500 pages) and Audio CD  | ASIN: B06X6DFPLK, ISBN: 9780718090487, ISBN: 9781683244769, and Audio CD ISBN: 9781536693775 Origin: NetGalley 


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Inside SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE by Denise Hunter, we belly flop into the aftermath of love gone wrong, as a divorce is already over. Or is it?

Noah Mitchell stops to get his mail, and his day goes downhill from there. After all, a letter from the IRS is always lump in your throat inducing, and it usually describes money owed rather than money coming to you. True to form, this letter is addressing his recent tax filing, but the problem is that they are wrong. He’s a divorced man filing as such. How could they make this into something?

It doesn’t take long for Noah to understand that he is wrong, and the anger over his ex-wife’s mistakes flare all over again.

Josephine Dupree Mitchell is busy running her barbershop but has not exactly moved on in life. She is in counseling for both faith and mind. For her situation, this is the best she can do. Maybe she’s not over Noah Mitchell, but she is trying to understand herself and her faults. Is she the only one in this failed relationship trying to get a handle on everything?

On a rush of cold air, the man she always thinks about walks in demanding to see her copy of the divorce papers. His eyes are flashing red, and she does not understand his problem, well, until she does.

Now two people who thought that they were officially divorced come to an understanding. They are still married. This is not a good thing. He never cared to understand the problems, and she walks a narrow path trying to find her way out of issues which stem from horrific abuse that came to be long before the wedding day.

The edgy vibe of their emotional storm is intense, but the weather may add another twist to their intact nuptials!

Will either survive to see the end?



***This opinion is my own.***



SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE by Denise Hunter introduces Noah Mitchell and Josephine Dupree Mitchell.

Noah settles on a mountain ranch away from his ex-wife, his former home, and many townspeople who seem to know everything. The peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains gives solace and a place to hide. He goes to town infrequently and makes the most of his time by doing errands and keeping busy. The post office is just one of those items on his list until it becomes a problem.

Part of his past and present creeps up to front and center by way of a government agency. Now his anger is set to boil, and he goes to the woman who causes all the trouble.

Yes, Josephine Dupree Mitchell causes the end of her marriage, and she is still living with the guilt. Emotionally damaged, she not over the loss of the man who walks through the door to blame her for the IRS!

Once she finally understands what she did wrong, this time, Josephine will make it up to Noah.

She vows to expedite the end regardless of the pain she is bringing upon herself. She drives to the ranch to bring Noah signed legal papers. However, the weather is not cooperating with her, and instead of doing him a favor of expediting, she becomes stranded with him in the storm.

These two have heaps of yet unidentified issues within the marriage, and each had their own baggage they brought to the end as well. Meanwhile, the snowstorm hitting outside only intensifies the fury on the inside along with the good and bad memories.

While God loves us unconditionally, does everyone love each other in that fashion or is there always a condition?

Grace Awards Summer Book Bash 2016 ~ day one

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Wow! Summer reading has never been this exciting. What fabulous novels and super talented authors.

The Poison We Drink_THE POISON WE DRINK by Carol McClain (Desert Breeze Publishing) ~ Summer is too short to labor over ponderous tomes.  This novel will sweep you up in its drama and keep those pages zipping. You’ll not want to leave the beach until the last page has been read.How do you forgive the unforgivable? Torie Sullivan wrecks her car in a drunken fury and is rescued by a man she used to bully in middle school. Their worlds collide when Adam Benedict, now a paramedic, discovers Torie is homeless. He provides living accommodations for Torie with his girlfriend, Maya Vitale. The three unlikely friends must conquer their pasts to have a future. But some wrongs are too hard to overcome. This novel sweep you up in its tale of love, hatred and redemption. Readers say it…

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Review of LOVE STORY: A Novel (The Baxter Family Book 1) by Karen Kingsbury

Publisher: Howard Books | Published: June 6, 2017 | Format: eBook (368 pages), Hardcover (368 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B01KG5GQVU, ISBN: 9781451687590, and, Audio ASIN: B06XT77C2X | Series: The Baxter Family | Origin: NetGalley 


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LOVE STORY: A Novel (The Baxter Family Book 1) by Karen Kingsbury introduces us to John Baxter and his current wife Elaine, but we fall with them into the beginning of another love story, at a different time, and in a place where the definition of family changes forever!

The passing down of family history, backgrounds, and traditions can be a wonderful bonding opportunity, but sometimes, revisiting the past will put love, secrets, and pain on display. Could a grandchild’s school project be the burden that brings needless pain into a widower’s second marriage?

Meanwhile, new relationships come with issues as two become one in marriage, but closeness may crash and burn before the wedding. Could a couple with a thorny past begin anew? Cody Coleman and Andi Ellison endure a broken engagement, insecurities of a past love, and a hard case of PTSD, but while pride can sabotage a relationship, Cody still has hope. Then, one day, Andi breaks his heart. Is it finally his time to let her go?

Does protecting someone put him or her at risk through unintended consequences? Ashley and Landon cope with married life well, but her father’s story, her past, and her son’s heritage brings tender emotions to the surface. Ashley realizes the present will become daunting inside her blended family.

As we visit with the Baxters, we’ll marvel at just how real they are and how true to life their difficulties can be, but you will feel the deepness of their authentic faith through both painful and happy situations.

You can visit and connect with this enchanting family, their neighbors, and their friends through books, and they will be coming to the television near you. Take a seat, have coffee or tea, place tissues nearby, and you will uncover true joy inside the Baxter family.

Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors, and LOVE STORY is just one of her stories that I highly recommend!


***This opinion is my own.***



Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times best-selling author showing the newest story of the Baxter family, and she is going back to where it all begins….

In LOVE STORY: A Novel (The Baxter Family Book 1), the interview is about how John and Elizabeth Baxter first fell in love, but this leads to current times in the life of the Baxter family and how those moments in history still infiltrate family life. John and his bride lived out their marriage for thirty years until her death, but John is enjoying retirement with his second wife, Elaine.

However, to relive his past brings his heart back to another. Is this fair to his wife? Will his past cause her distress? Would the pain of Elizabeth’s death from cancer bring the storied doctor to his knees, again?

A grandson’s heritage project has the power to create an impact. His grandmother loved him, and he knew Elizabeth before she died. Would John be able to live with Cole learning all about their story? From his love of their grandson, he agrees, but he knows the pain that he may cause them all. In this tale, his adult children do not yet know all of the details.

Now, John can see it is best to tell all.

Current times do not stand still for anyone as the story unfolds. Cole wants to know more about his life from his mother as his grandfather causes, even more, questions to come to mind, and Andi Ellison and Cody Coleman’s relationship wasn’t ever on the solid ground. As Cody gets a wake-up call on live television, he is either going to revive it or finally let it die.

If you have yet to meet the Baxters or if you have visited with them before, come visit them, now. Inside LOVE STORY, you will discover where it all begins and where your heart will meld with them.

Review of WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS (Misty Willow Book 3) by Johnnie Alexander

Publisher: Revell | Published: May 2, 2017 | Format: eBook (353 pages), Paperback (352 pages), and Hardcover (354 pages) | ASIN: B01MUANO2S, ISBN: 9780800726423, and, ISBN: 9780800728939 Series: Misty Willow Series Origin: NetGalley 


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WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS (Misty Willow Book 3) by Johnnie Alexander begins with two people escaping their past by coming home to better memories, but their problems are easy to find as we fall into their stories while they run from the pain!

Gabe Kendall’s life in the Marine Corps didn’t end well. In fact, it ends with a prison term. While he is most comfortable keeping that time in life a mystery to others, it wouldn’t take long for facts to come out, and he is the one to do it. Burying his record is not possible, and to begin again, he must be up-front.

However, his return greets him with good and bad that comes with Misty Willow.

The ranch is in sad shape, and his good memories are being distorted by a special but forgotten time in life, as Gabe stands at the spot where it happened long ago….

Does he want something that can never begin again?

Meanwhile, Amy Somers is in Misty Willow after her time of power went wrong inside the political hub. In a world where power gives, even more, power, Amy lost herself while picking up issues along the way. From lies to cheats and thievery, the eye of a camera will see every flaw while Amy’s body pays a price far greater than it all. In almost gaining something important, she nearly lost her heart. There is still one person with whom her memories evoke emotions strong enough to topple her, but he no longer lives here.

We’ll feel the pain and enter the problems as they come to the surface, but those years old mistakes may still keep us wondering. Can two people renew themselves and pick up a healthy relationship at the same time? Alternatively, does their past keep them from pain by pulling them far away from love?

Is a haunting past ever truly buried?

***This opinion is my own.***



In WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS Misty Willow Book 3 by Johnnie Alexander, Amy Somers loses her lobbyist position, the power it came with, and the heart of stone she gained as she moves to Misty Willow. A brother’s love and her almost withering away will bring a transformed character to a place where she tried to use destruction to suit her.

Amy is attempting to heal the situations and her body. However, is she ever far from the pain that she wears and the problems that she left behind?

Gabe Kendall is an ex-Marine who did not commit a crime, but he did a prison sentence that he did not deserve. With a family divided, he goes back to Misty Willow to heal and gain a life. Prison is still in his personality sans the locked doors, and he needs to find a purpose despite his shame. However, he looks around the ranch, and he sees all that is wrong since he’s been gone.

It’s a vibrant place now scarred with decay from his neglect. Once he sees Amy, his situation goes from hope to heartache in a matter of minutes!

Review of COME FLY WITH ME by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham

Publisher: Zebra | Published: May 30, 2017 | Format: eBook | ASIN: B01M6AOKK6  | Series: A Montana Brides Romance | Origin: NetGalley


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Through COME FLY WITH ME by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham, we travel back to 1886 inside Helena, Montana Territory, as we tumble into a new story for Luanne Palmer when teaching and romance may not go together at all!

Luanne is a dedicating herself as a teacher, but her heart is suddenly clueless to this fact as feelings develop for Roy Bennett.

Roy’s traveling ways would lead to heartbreak and the end of a job she loves.

Meanwhile, Roy Bennett is actively pursuing a lovely woman. She is his friend’s sister, and her brother and sister are giving him advice in his quest. When Luanne Palmer seems to shrink back instead of drawing near, he begins to think that he’s making a mistake.

Choosing between love and employment is never an easy decision to make, but in landing a dented reputation, something entirely different emerges.

What does settling down actually mean? When should a marriage start?

In this quick read, you will find their answers inside a love story that isn’t supposed to be and one you do not want to end, but afterward, you’ll uncover upcoming reads and romance!


***This opinion is my own.***



COME FLY WITH ME by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham is the beginning of A Montana Brides Romance where a celebrated journalist known for high-flying adventures and a schoolteacher could never be….

Luanne Palmer holds herself to the highest personal standard, by her teacher’s contract, but her developing feelings for Roy Bennett, who will soon be off to another adventure, is a colossal mistake. No, she may not be as against love as she thought, but she is certainly not willing to give up everything for that lofty goal.

Roy Bennett begins to understand.

Luanne Palmer does not want him around, and he’s been making a pest of himself. A way to make amends and impress her plus help her students comes to his attention, and he takes the opportunity.

How could he bring his aeronaut business to her classroom without it going wrong? When can one balloon race become one too many?

Will Roy and Luanne remain at their jobs in the end?


Review of THE WHITE FEATHER MURDERS (Herringford and Watts Mysteries Book 3) by Rachel McMillan

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | eBook Published: April 11, 2017, Paperback Published: May 1, 2017, and Hardcover Published: May 17, 2017 | Formats: eBook (236 pages), Paperback (224 pages), and Hardcover Large Print | ASIN: B01MV4794N, ISBN: 9780736966443, and ISBN: 9781410499820 | Series: Herringford and Watts Mysteries | Origin: NetGalley 


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Inside THE WHITE FEATHER MURDERS (Herringford and Watts Mysteries Book 3) by Rachel McMillan, I’m coming late to a series and discovering, even more, mysteries inside a Canadian, historical read which comes with many of today’s issues in our headlines!

Sleuthing with Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts, we are on the hunt in the Ward of Toronto upon issues happening with unsuspecting immigrants.

Notoriety can be liberating, but at the same time, it can be problematic. While empowering women in early 1900’s can not be an easy task, it becomes fashionable, but elites do not appreciate women in pants or inside the crime solving business.

Mysteries take us to dangerous situations, but oftentimes, we find ourselves without backup—save for a few close friends.

One murder happens inside a war declaration, and the mystery deepens. A solitary feather is not in one scene but two, tying both cases in one large puzzle. Meanwhile, news that Jem Watts is really Mrs. Jem DeLuca brings identity issues along for the ride, but once treachery comes close to home, friendships are tense and murder may come calling!

It is evident that politicking is a cutthroat career, but may it be deadly as well? How far up could this plot go?


***This opinion is my own.*** 


THE WHITE FEATHER MURDERS (Herringford and Watts Mysteries Book 3) by Rachel McMillan casts Toronto during 1914, and Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts have come to be a badge of female liberation.

However, the fresh from press fame does not shield them from World War I and all of its Canadian strife, but their recognition paints them with a bull’s–eye from Mayor Montague, both directly and indirectly. Is their Cartier Club a cause of murderous unrest?

Will one Italian husband and friend be taken from his family under the new alien identification process? Meanwhile, will Herringford and Watts survive the tumult of political corruption?