Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Series Blitz: Chaos in the Blink of an Eye

Patrick Higgins series blitz


Welcome to the Chaos In The Blink of an Eye series blitz and GIVEAWAY, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



ABOUT THE BOOK




Title: The Aftermath

Series: Chaos in the Blink of an Eye, book 2

Author: Patrick Higgins

Blurb: On a cold, blustery, snowy Saturday in late November, more than 111,000 people were crammed inside Michigan Stadium, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to watch the Michigan Wolverines play the Ohio State Buckeyes. It was a heated college football rivalry that had spanned more than a century. 

No one inside the stadium was prepared for what would soon unfold. As the football was kicked into the snow-filled sky to start the game, long-foretold Bible prophecy came to pass right before their very eyes, causing many to suddenly vanish into thin air. Players disappeared! Coaches disappeared! Members of the media disappeared! Members of both marching bands disappeared! Cheerleaders disappeared, along with many fans in the stands.


In the blink of an eye, the football game was suddenly insignificant. Fear and panic filled the hearts of everyone still inside the stadium. People screamed hysterically and wept uncontrollably, clinging to their departed loved one’s clothing and other effects. But their bodies were nowhere to be found. Many were too afraid to move, for fear that they, too, would vanish. 



But what happened inside Michigan Stadium was only a drop in the bucket compared to rest of the world. In the blink of an eye, life as humanity had known it was forever changed when the Great Disappearing Act came to pass. Those still remaining were about to experience the greatest cataclysmic events to ever rock Planet Earth...



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BOOKS IN THIS SERIES


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CHAOS IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE: PART SIX – THE SEALING releases Autumn 2018!


Each day of the blitz spotlights a different book from the series - follow along with the tour to learn about each of the first five books individually!




ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Patrick Higgins is the author of "The Pelican Trees", "Coffee In Manila", the award-winning "The Unannounced Christmas Visitor", and the award-winning prophetic end times series, "Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye."

While the stories he writes all have different themes and take place in different settings, the one thread that links them all together is his heart for Jesus and his yearning for the lost. With that in mind, it is his wish that the message his stories convey will greatly impact each reader, by challenging you not only to contemplate life on this side of the grave, but on the other side as well. After all, each of us will spend eternity at one of two places, based solely upon a single decision which must be made this side of the grave. That decision will be made crystal clear to each reader of his books.





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TOUR GIVEAWAY


Patrick Higgins is giving away to one (1) winner:


  • $50 Amazon gift card &
  • the first five books in the Chaos series
Open Internationally as long as recipient can accept a gift card from US Amazon. Books available in winner's choice of ebook or print, although ebook only for international winner.





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Friday, July 13, 2018

Review: Falling for You

Falling for You

"Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family's small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin--and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he's never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he's determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they're forced to confront their past and who they've become--and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again."


Author: Becky Wade
Length: 368 pages
Format: paperback, hardcover, e-book, audio book


Ex-football star and a gorgeous model
Sparks fly between old flames


I really enjoyed getting to know the Bradford sisters in book 1, and was really looking forward to reading Willow's story. (Especially when old sparks starting flying when we met Corbin)

The "mainstreamyness"  (yes I KNOW this is not what one would call a "real" word, but it works) of this book did start to bother me a bit. There was a bit of content that, until the end of the book, I felt was touch and go. 
IN THE END it ALL made sense though, like puzzle pieces fitting together perfectly. This was a story FULL of redemption, second chances and God's grace. 

There was a lot of anger burning between Corbin & Willow for things that had happened in the past. It took them a while (it felt like an eternity) to forgive each other and let go. Story line wise the time it took to get over the past was realistic, I'm just SUPER impatient. 😅

Both Corbin & Willow were hurting and felt different levels of guilt for their past. 
Willow let her "pedigree" affect how she saw herself and how she felt others saw her.
Corbin let his "growing up years" affect how he saw relationships.
FINALLY God was able to knock some sense into them and they realized they were not defined by their past or their parents. God was the only one who mattered.

I picked up on the little quirks Willow had. (Nora also had cute quirks) I'm excited to see if the vein is kept up. (What quirks will Britt have?!?!) I LOVED the sister bond!! Even though they are all half sisters they love each other with their WHOLE hearts!! 
The banter in the book was great, love when there is good dialogue. (Makes or breaks a book)

The subplot & side characters were really fun to see unfold and blossom. Becky has a great way of adding history in a modern, exiting way! 

Becky kept me flipping pages even when I wanted to set it down, she kept me guessing and she threw some crazy curve balls!
I rated this a 4/5 stars. I seriously CANNOT wait for book 3!! 

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review**I was not required to post a positive review**All opinions are my own*

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Spotlight & Excerpt: The Hope of Azure Springs







Title: The Hope of Azure Springs

Author: Rachel Fordham
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance 

Alone in a strange town, can she find healing for her new home . . . and herself?

Ada, Mich.—Between 1854 and 1929, the orphan train movement relocated over 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children from the eastern United States to rural areas throughout the country, focusing primarily in the Midwest. Since that time, this movement has captured the attention and curiosity of readers. In The Hope of Azure Springs, debut author Rachel Fordham masterfully blends history and romance in her well-crafted tale of a former “train rider.”

Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone.

Sheriff Caleb Reynolds is determined to solve the case and secure justice for Em. But what he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Historical romance readers will be charmed by the town of Azure Springs as they journey with Em to face her past, embrace her future, and rescue what she’s lost.

Debut Author Deftly Combines Orphan Train Tale with Sweet Prairie Romance

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Credit: Kylee Ann Maughan

Rachel Fordham started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She'd pull a book from the shelf, but they'd insist she make one up. Finally she put her love of good stories with her love of writing and she hasn't stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

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Azure Springs, Iowa
Two days later
I’m sorry to come by unannounced, but this business with the girl’s been put off long enough,” Sheriff Caleb Reynolds said while standing in the doorway of the Howells’ home. “I’d have come by sooner, but Doc Jones said she’d need time.”
“I reckon that’s fine.” Abraham scratched his balding head. Then he reached into his pocket and took out his handkerchief. After blowing his nose, he said, “She’s been sleeping pretty hard for two days. I think we could rouse her. I know we’d worry less if we knew the whole story.” He opened the door wider, admitting Caleb inside.
“Thank you,” Caleb said, trying not to sound too eager. In the years Caleb had known Abraham, the man had never spoken quickly. “Most folks wouldn’t have taken her in. It was good of you.”

“It’s no problem.” Abraham smiled as they made their way inside. “Eliza was a bit put out giving up her bed, but the rest of us haven’t minded a bit. The girl hasn’t asked for anything. Mostly she just sleeps. Follow me. I’ll take you to her.”
They proceeded through the well-lit house. Caleb couldn’t help admiring the details as he walked. Dark decorative paneling. A massive stone fireplace. Large, deep chairs that begged to be sat in. He hoped to have a home like this someday. An involuntary sigh escaped him. A place like this would make his father proud.
Abraham’s quiet words came again as they walked toward the room. “Abigail is in there. She rarely leaves the girl’s side. She’s been so worried that we’d lose her. Even after the doctor told us the wound wasn’t serious, she’s still worrying.”
“It’s not a bad wound?”
“Doctor said she’s lucky the bullet didn’t hit anything important. It should heal up fine. But she lost a lot of blood. My Abigail has been by her side since. Nursing seems to be in her blood—and in her heart.” Abraham spoke of Abigail’s current nursing, but Caleb wondered if he was remembering. A few years back the whole town had suffered from fevers. The Howells had lost two sons. Grief sat heavy on the town, but no one had mourned quite like Abigail Howell.
Focusing on the current circumstances, Caleb readied himself for another glimpse of the waif. For just a moment he’d seen the girl when the wagon lurched into town two days before. She was a sorry excuse for a girl—unconscious, seeping blood, dirty, and smelling like something pulled from the bottom of a privy. He had been near the wagon and had heard the doctor shouting his request for someone to take her in.

“Who’ll house her?” the good doctor had shouted into the growing crowd. “She needs a place to stay. Somewhere safe to convalesce.”
No one had volunteered. No one but Abraham, who happened to be returning home from his store, his books tucked under his arm as they were every night when he locked up and walked the short distance back to his home and family. Stopping to see what the commotion was, he had quietly offered his roof to the girl. The crowd had murmured among themselves, but none seemed surprised by Abraham’s offer.
Caleb had been ready to wake the girl and go after whoever did this. No one was going to get away with shooting a pitiful girl in his territory. Before he’d been able to shake her and get the details he needed, Doc Jones had stopped him. “She’s not well enough to be questioned,” he’d said. “Give her a couple days.”
Caleb had questioned the men who had found her, but they’d been no help. When he’d walked back to the jail, he had nothing to show for his efforts but questions. Now here he was. He’d followed the doctor’s orders and waited two days, but it was time to figure out this mess.
“Em, try to wake up. The sheriff’s here. He wants to help you. Can you wake up and talk to him?” Abigail gently nudged the girl’s shoulder. Abraham stood near his wife, silently spectating.
The effect was slow, but the girl did open her eyes. Blue eyes met his own. It was obvious that the Howells had attempted to clean her up, but she was in need of a good dunk in a tub.
“Em, is it?” Caleb asked, trying to sound gentle, not wanting to scare the girl off. Em, he said again in his mind. A mighty plain name for a mighty plain girl.

“That’s my name. What do you want?” Though the girl’s voice quivered, it still carried a hint of defensiveness.
“I want to find out who shot you and what I can do to help.” He leaned in a little closer and tapped his badge. “I’m the sheriff of this town, and it’s my job to catch whoever did this. You tell me what you can and we’ll keep you safe. I need to know everything you remember.” He’d dealt with youngsters before, often enough to know that a gentle voice helped them stay calm. After years of questioning people, he’d also learned other tricks: Never let them know you’re caught off guard. Always keep control. “Go ahead, tell me what you can.”
She raised herself up a little, her eyes meeting his. “Why are you talking to me like I’m a child?”
“How old are you?” He was okay starting with her age—at least it was something.
“Nineteen. Nearly twenty.”
He could find no words. So much for keeping control. Staring hard at the girl, he tried to decide if he believed her. Upon closer inspection, he thought perhaps she was right. She was so thin, terribly thin, her frame looked childlike. Perhaps it was lack of food rather than age that caused her to look so young and small.
Finally, clearing his throat, he spoke, making sure he was using a voice appropriate for an adult. “I apologize. I’m not the best at guessing a woman’s age. Can you tell me who shot you?”
“I’ll tell you, but it won’t do you much good. Three men came to the house, yelling and knocking things around, and then they started shooting.” Pausing, Em took a ragged breath. “I’m sure they thought I was dead. They just stepped
over me, cursing and searching the house for something. I just lay there in my own blood, waiting for them to leave.”
“Did you see their faces?” He opened his notepad. “Did you know any of them? Do you know what they were looking for?”




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The publisher has graciously offered (3) winners each a copy of The Hope of Azure Springs and special Revell swag!


Giveaway will begin at midnight July 9, 2018 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 17, 2018. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.  Complete prize open to US mailing addresses only.  For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Review: The Story Peddler

The Story Peddler

"Selling stories is a deadly business

Tanwen doesn't just tell stories--she weaves them into crystallized sculptures that sell for more than a few bits. But the only way to escape the control of her cruel mentor and claw her way from poverty is to set her sights on something grander: becoming Royal Storyteller to the king.

During her final story peddling tour, a tale of treason spills from her hands, threatening the king himself. Tanwen goes from peddler to prey as the king's guard hunts her down...and they're not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers she's not the only outlaw in the empire. There's a rebel group of weavers...and they're after her too."


Author: Lindsay A. Franklin
Length: 336 pages
Format: paperback, e-book


An evil king,
A band of outcast,
Oh the stories to unfold...


Lindsay spun a beautiful creation with intrigue, darkness and the Light. 

There wasn’t as much “world building” as I thought there would be in the first book of a fantasy novel, but since 
🎶 we’re going on a trip on our favorite big ole ship 🎶 in book 2 it makes sense. 

Tanwen’s character did get a bit annoying in some places of the story. Her ignorance of a lot of things just constantly reminded me she grew up as a farm girl. But even then it always seemed like she had bits of her dad and his intelligence woven into her from birth. 

I loved Mr. Pirate “Mor”, and his devotion to his friends shows how good he was. Despite what he thought. His mischievous, sarcastic vein made me so happy and I cannot wait to see his character development even more in the rest of the series. 
(Totally got Ky vibes from him...”Unblemished trilogy” anyone?)

The whole cast of characters is great! And our introduction to our true villain was placed perfectly. You have me. Hook, line and sinker. 🐠 (Yes that was a Mor pun! Would you like Mor? 😅) 

My only issue was the names...whether they were towns or characters. If I ever met them on the street I would for sure butcher their names. (But I know the feeling so I can sympathize with them. 😜) 
Even though they were hard to pronounce I loved the imagination and appreciated the time the author took in creating them. 

I am very excited to see where the rest of this series takes me. (Literally) 
Prepare the sails...I’m ready for an adventure.

I rated this a 4/5 stars. I flew through this story, Lindsay had me enthralled from page one. Now excuse me while I go hunt down my own fluff-hopper!

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.**I was not required to leave a positive rating**All opinions are my own*

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Review: A Defense of Honor

A Defense of Honor

"When Katherine "Kit" FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she's forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend's missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she's telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can't matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. And as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth isn't worth putting him and everyone she loves in danger."



Author: Kristi Ann Hunter
Length: 384 pages
Format: paperback, hardcover, e-book, audio book


"Grace doesn't work like that, Kit.
Grace doesn't come from anything you can do.
Jesus didn't die and rise again so you could crucify yourself with guilt."


We always talk about all the things we "miss" from the 1800's, but we never talk about the truly terrible things that happened during this time period. Leave it to Kristi to deal with heavy topics with such a flawless execution!

Illegitimate children born to aristocracy were a huge issue, that was also taboo to talk about. The men could sire a child and never see a consequence, while the mother of this child would lose her place in society and quickly become an outcast. AND THE POOR CHILD! 😲😞 It was a sad time indeed! One we still don't talk a whole lot about, much less read about it. Kristi took on this bear of a topic and crafted a story full of hope and redemption while educating me.

You get a foundation for a series that will deal with loads of loaded subjects in this book.

We met Kit briefly in "A Search for Refuge" and you can tell she is carrying a heavy weight on her shoulders. 12 years later and that weight has only gotten heavier. Kit had been carrying around so much guilt for 12 years it had completely changed her outlook on life, and God. Yes she still believed in Him, but one might say she was "going through the motions".
Throughout the book you can see the change take place on the pages. You can see her shell harden and harden until it finally crumbles and God's love turned her into a new creature.

Graham was Kit's opposite in SO many ways. Yes they both grew up in Society, but that's about where the similarities end. Graham had an easygoing life. He had loving parents, good (if unconventional) friends, and he didn't have a "past". He was a gentleman with a good heart! Even when he came across Haven Manor he was patient, relaxed and observant. AND HE HAD A SENSE OF HUMOR!
While you can see Kit's armor fall apart, you see a change in Graham as well. You see his faith in himself and God solidify and a purpose begin to take root.

This book was FULL of touching moments! One of my ABSOLUTE favorites was the deep conversation between Graham and his father. *tears up a bit just thinking about it*

Kristi TRULY knows how to craft a family from ashes of nothingness, and turn it into the PERFECT blend of humor and seriousness!

I rated this a 4.5/5 stars. I cannot wait to come back to Haven Manor for I know I will leaved changed again!

Quotes:

Jess stared out over the lake for a few silent moments. "I've learned a funny thing about the past," she finally said. "The ghosts that haunt you the most are the ones you refuse to acknowledge. The past you try to bury has the most power to hurt you."

"Favorite book?"
"You can't ask a book lover such a question. It's like asking a mother who her favorite child is."
He waggled his eyebrows at her. "Who's your favorite child?"

"The most precious gems are forged from pressure. God brings beauty from adversity, when you let Him."

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review**I was not required to give a positive review**All opinions are my own*

Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: Falling for the Cowgirl



Welcome to my stop on the JustRead Publicity Tour's BLOG TOUR for Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe.


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ABOUT THE BOOK




Title: Falling for the Cowgirl

Series: Big Heart Ranch, Book 2

Author: Tina Radcliffe

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: June 19, 2018 (Print) July 1, 2018 (Ebook)

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Western

Links: Goodreads | Book Bub


She won the job… Can he win her heart?

Hiring Amanda “AJ” McAlester as his assistant at the Big Heart Ranch isn’t foreman Travis Maxwell’s first choice—but his sisters insist she’s perfect for the job. And AJ’s determined to prove she’s just as qualified as any man. But with money on the line, AJ and her innovative ideas could put him at risk of losing everything…including his heart.


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MY THOUGHTS

This book just solidifies my thoughts...Tina is a new favorite author! 
Her romances are swoon worthy and BOY does she know how to write a hero.

There has been a running theme in the books I've been reading lately, you can really SEE the characters changing and letting God take control of their lives. And I'm not mad about it! 

I loved seeing Travis' perspective and opinion of female farmhands change. His original stance was super realistic as was his change of heart. 

I had so much respect for AJ. She was a woman trying to make it to the top in a VERY male oriented occupation. I admired her strength and courage. She was quick-witted and kept a solid head on her shoulders in all sorts of situations!
She was a VERY stubborn character, BUT the pieces to "why?" all came together by the end of the story. And it just shaped her into the wonderful character she was.

Tina did amazing research and I appreciated the accuracy of the horse and rodeo scenes! (The rodeo scene was probably my favorite part of the whole book.) #CowgirlAtHeart 

The dialogue and banter throughout this book was WONDER.FUL. 😍  I loved the whole set-up of characters and cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series! 

I rated this book a 5/5 stars! 

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review**I was not required to give a positive review**All opinions are my own*

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Tina March 2018 2
Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, two-time Carol Award finalist, and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.



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GIVEAWAY


Tina have graciously offered (1) winner an awesome Falling for the Cowgirl prize pack that includes:


  • An autographed copy of Falling for the Cowgirl
  • Corkcicle Canteen Classic Collection-Water Bottle & Thermos-Triple Insulated Shatterproof Stainless Steel, 9 oz, Gloss Pink
  • ESVAN Original Floral Tote Bag Shoulder Bag for Gym Hiking Picnic Travel Beach
  • 20.00 Amazon Gift Card

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below.  Complete prize open to US mailing addresses only. If international winner, winner will win the gift card only.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Review: More Than Meets the Eye

More Than Meets the Eye

"Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes--one bright blue, the other dark brown--Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world's judgments, and Eva has two--Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers. 

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father's death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach's sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?"


Author: Karen Witemeyer
Length: 352 pages
Format: paperback, hardcover, e-book, audio book


An unwanted orphan.
A man bent on vengeance.
Can joy and love heal old wounds?

Karen, oh Karen, oh Karen. 
I'm tellin' y'all, be prepared to cry! Whether it's from laughing or from being kicked in the feels. Karen BROUGHT IT with this book. 

The prologue was a perfect set-up to an amazing story. We meet Evangeline when she's just 4 years old and constantly being looked over because of her mismatched eyes. Tragedy forces 3 orphans to build a patchwork family and try to survive on their own. HOW SAD IS THAT?!

Evangeline was such a spunky, kind of chaotic character that instantly brought a smile to everyone's face. She always saw the best even people, even if it was buried WAAAYY down deep inside. I loved her attitude and how she took on life. She took her past traumas and past insecurities and harnessed them, using them to help other people! And she had a pet hog...she was AWESOME!

Logan's drive to seek vengeance quickly became an afterthought once he met and started spending time with Evangeline. Yes he might have set off to use her, but he quickly fell under the spell that was "Evie Hamilton" . I loved seeing the affect she had on him, how she challenged his reasons for vengeance and just made him a better man. 

There is always some sort of mystery tied into Karen's stories, and this one was great! AND TOTALLY UNEXPECTED. 

The puns and banter in this book brought me SO MUCH joy!! It felt like I was right there in the middle of this odd patchwork family and I loved every minute of it. I loved seeing Seth and Zach's protectiveness over Evangeline. It really just solidified that they were a family of the heart.

There was so much hope and encouragement in this story, you could see God moving in their lives. One of my favorite things is being to SEE the change in characters. Where they learned to FULLY trust God. 

So many memorable moments and laughs. I rated this a 5/5 stars. I adored this story and cannot wait for Zach's story. 😉 

Quotes:

"I heard your caterwauling all the way in the house." Seth grinned as he leaned against the doorframe.
"The potatoes don't seem to mind," she quipped.
Seth rolled his eyes. "The potatoes don't have ears."
"Well, the corn plants do, and they didn't complain, either," she sassed.
"Probably because their ears are still covered." He raised a brow waiting for her comeback.
"Shucks, Seth. You know those stalk are experts in hominy. They adore my singing."

"Let them see you, Eva. The real you. The brave, cheerful wood sprite who spreads joy wherever she goes. Once they do, the surface differences will fade from their notice."

"Vengeance doesn't heal pain, Logan. Love heals pain. That's why God tells us to leave the vengeance to him and instead focus on loving each other, including our enemies."

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review**I was not required to give a positive review**All opinions are my own*

Friday, June 22, 2018

Review: The Accidental Guardian

The Accidental Guardian

"When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'd 
hoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong.

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around, and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling--yet enticing. 

Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together--yet every day approaches the moment she'll leave forever."


Author: Mary Connealy
Length: 304 pages
Format: paperback, hardcover, e-book, audiobook



One lone witness.
One lonely cowboy.
Can tragedy turn to triumph? 


When I found out this book was releasing this year I got so excited! I have enjoyed Mary's work for years and was anxiously waiting to get my hands on this. That being said this was not my favorite by her. 

I loved the idea for this book. Wagon train attacks, cowboys on noble steeds, and ruthless outlaws. What could be better?! 

Sadly the execution fell short for me. The story felt like it could've been a novella instead of full length. There was quite a bit of repetition and it all kind of felt unnecessary. The romance was not my favorite and it felt a touch strange to me. They ended up together out of pure loneliness than anything else.

Now don't get me wrong, Mary knows how to write diverse characters and they all have some unique trait that helps keep the back and forth easy.

Trace was not what one would consider book smart, but he was wilderness savvy. His reliance on God and the wilderness was what kept him strong through all the years of being alone. It helped him strive. I absolutely loved his connection with his horse Black and his dog Wolf, it was real and true! 

Deb had a good head on her shoulders and was able to take charge in situations that most would shrink at. She had past hurts that kept her from seeing there were good men in the world, but every interaction with Trace slowly healed those wounds and tore down the walls.

I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Trace's men were great and I hope we might see more of them in the rest of the series.
I think Gwen was my favorite out the whole book and I'm excited to read her story next.

No this might not have been my favorite book, but I am curious and intrigued to read the rest of the series. If this had been a novella introducing me to the series I think I might have enjoyed it a touch more.

I rated this book a 3.25/5 stars. I will continue with the series and I will continue to pick up Mary's work.


Quotes: 

"Pushing hard to get the new cabin and the bunkhouse up is the best thing about you coming. I built that old cabin alone and I've kept it standing more with prayer than with any building skills. And so far my prayers haven't stopped the cold wind from blowing through the cracks."

"Trace and I got married. We just told Gwen, and she's happy for us."
Utah arched a brow. "That big old knife doesn't say happy, not to me."

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review**I was not required to give a positive review**All opinions are my own*