Friday, September 21, 2018

Review: Freedom's Kiss

Freedom's Kiss

"Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping-stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses her the chance to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie.

A single decision can have innumerable consequences—a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty, raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart.

Florida, 1816
Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the West shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?"



Author: Sarah Monzon
Length: 302 pages
Format: paperback, e-book


They were prisoners of the past. 
Could legacy be the key to set them free?


This was the first book I've read by Sarah, but it will NOT be the last!
There are very few authors who can get me to seriously laugh out loud, and I can now add Sarah to that list.

This is book 3 in her "Carrington Family" series. Thought you should always try and read a series in order (yes I'm talking to me too), these books can be read on their own.

The only thing I felt I was missing was more time in this world. I am lucky enough to have book 1&2 on my shelves already...you best believe my nose will be in those books when my schedule opens up a bit.


Let's talk about the humor in this book. Like God's grace it ABOUNDS! 

Something to know about me...I LOVE PUNS! Way more than is socially acceptable actually. 🤷
So to get pun after pun after wit after wit, I was in book nerd heaven!

The characters meet VERY abruptly, but instantly they have a bond. Yes you can tell they have chemistry, yes we all know they're going to fall in love. BUT THEY STARTED OUT AS SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR EACH OTHER! They were instant friends and instant sounding boards for each other.
I got so engrossed in the story and them, that I'd completely forget they barely knew each other. That's how comfortable they were in each other's company.
And I LOVE relationships like that. Yes they might move a touch fast, but they don't FEEL like they do.

This is a dual timeline story. Now these books normally aren't my cup of tea because I feel like my brain is trying to keep up with too many things at once.
However, I never felt bogged down by the historical timeline in this book. It didn't drag or feel unnecessary. It kept a nice steady pace and kept up with the modern day story line.

This book deals with adoption, and some of the messy parts of finding birth parents. It was definitely interesting to see  the different emotions Olivia went through during the whole process.

I actually remember when Sarah was doing research for this book. I am honored and so proud to read the fruits of her labor!

On top of the adoption theme there was the theme of forgiveness. Forgiving other people, and forgiving oneself.
RE-learning that everyone deserves that "AMAZING GRACE" no matter what they've done.

This was a SUPER cute read, I loved the main characters and both of their families.
I rated this a 4.5/5 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*

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Spotlight & Excerpt: The Ornament Keeper

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Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK


the ornament keeper Title: The Ornament Keeper

Author: Eva Marie Everson

Publisher: New Hope Publishers

Release Date: September 24, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday


Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays.

The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, “I do.”

Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.


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On the Sunday after the children brought the tree home, and during our ritual lunch, I shared with Dad my concern over whether readying the house for Christmas was a good idea or not.
      “Why wouldn’t it be?” he asked.
      I stabbed at fried okra piled high in a small bowl next to a plate of chicken and dumplings—Sunday being the one day I threw my diet to the wind. I’d somehow managed—even after giving birth to three children and the last one being “later in life”—to stay close to the same weight as when Jackson and I married. Giving myself one day to eat as I pleased kept me from binging and putting on more of the middle-age spread than giving birth to three children had caused.
      “I don’t know, Dad,” I said. “I don’t want them to get too hopeful . . .”
      Dad bit into a fat, glistening fried chicken thigh, chewed, and swallowed. “Too hopeful? About what?”
      I rested my fork on the edge of the plate and shook my head. “I don’t know. A Christmas miracle maybe?”
      “Are you planning on putting out more than the tree?” Dad asked, ignoring my quip.
      “I wasn’t,” I said with a smile. “But then I saw all those decorations . . . the Nativity set . . . Mary.”
      Dad laughed as he wiped his mouth with a paper napkin. “Goodness, I’ll never forget that Christmas. The way Jackson surprised you with it.”
      Oh, yes. Jackson had put his foot down firmly in the antique mart, saying “absolutely not,” even as I begged and pouted prettily for it. He wasn’t spending that much money—money we didn’t have—he said, on something we’d only look at a few days a year.
      He dealt with my sulking all the way home. The cold supper I prepared later and the cold shoulder I gave him that night when he reached for me beneath the covers. And all the while, unbeknownst to me, he’d called my father while I slapped mayo on bread and asked him to swing by the mart on his way home from work and purchase the crèche. “I’ll bring you the money tomorrow,” he told him.
      And then he did.
      That Christmas Day in 1999, as we unwrapped the gifts from under the tree at Dad’s, Jackson made me save the “big one for last,” then watched my face light up brighter than the eastern star as I realized what crinkled sheets of newspaper protected within the box. “Oh, Jackson,” I said, throwing myself into his arms and kissing him more amorously than I usually did, which seemed to both thrill and shock him. “I can’t believe you did this. I really can’t believe it.”
      The nativity set hadn’t been his only gift that year. There’d been two others—the first, our daughter Sara, who slept bundled in her grandfather’s arms, and a “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament I found tucked into the toe of my stocking, just as I’d found the “Our First Christmas” ornament a year before. Jackson had her name—Sara Joy Morgan—engraved on the back along with her date of birth—July 31, 1999.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Eva Marie Everson is a multiple-award winning author and speaker who hails from the picturesque Southern town of Sylvania, Georgia. She is president of Word Weavers International, director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, Managing Editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, and enjoys coaching new authors through her company, Pen in Hand. She is an avid photographer who enjoys turning her photos into inspiring memes for you to share (with proper attribution). Eva Marie and her husband make their home in Central Florida. They are the parents of three fabulous children who have blessed them with the world's greatest grandchildren.


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Friday, September 14, 2018

Review: Christmas with the Cowboy

Christmas with the Cowboy



"Former navy SEAL Zach Norman has been avoiding his ranching roots—and the woman he couldn’t have. Back to visit his brother’s widow, Emma Maxwell Norman, and her adorable toddler twins, the bah-humbug cowboy is roped into helping prepare the ranch for the holidays. Working side by side, can Emma and Zach overcome their troubled past…and receive the greatest Christmas gift of all—love?"



Author: Tina Radcliffe
Length: 224 pages
Format: mass market, large print, e-book


Home for the holidays
A second chance at love on Big Heart Ranch


I'm so glad to be back on Big Heart Ranch. I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS FAMILY!! 
PLLUUUSSS it's a Christmas book, can it get much better?

YES! Yes it can. We got one of my favorite troupes again...
CHILDHOOD FRIENDS FALLING IN LOVE!

We see a bit of a weird, slightly sad beginning for these two though. Missed FIRST chances, but they were offered the second chance of their life.

I really enjoyed the one on one relationship, but I also liked how they included the ranch family in everything. 
They weathered every storm together!! They turned grief into joy and gave forgiveness and redemption the 'Big Heart Ranch' way.

What makes a book go from good to great is the side characters. They make the book complete. 
This book was brimming with great characters. 
Besides the Maxwell siblings (who are always a hoot), there was Dutch and if he can't make you smile, literally nothing else can. He was such a goon...and I loved him. He filled his role as "old timer ranch hand" BEAUTIFULLY in my opinion. And all the "Dutch-isms"...YES PLEASE! They kept me chuckling.

I really loved this story, and I can't wait to see what else is to come from Tina.

I rated this a 4/5 stars.

Quotes: 

"You really ought to think about running for office"
"Politics? Me?"
"Emma. You're slicker than a boiled onion."

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Spotlight & Excerpt: An Unpresentable Glory

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Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor K. Gustafson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK


an unpresentable glory Title: An Unpresentable Glory

Author: Eleanor K. Gustafson

Publisher: Ambassador International

Release Date: July 1, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance


“I trusted you, and some day, you may know just how much you hold in your hands.”

Linda Jensen leads a relatively quiet life in Westchester County, New York, as the owner of a highly-acclaimed garden. Inherited from her parents, the garden is her pride and joy. What is not so joyful is finding a strange man sprawled near her delphiniums! The mysterious man is sick, unable to do anything more than drink water—and beg for secrecy. Ignoring all alarm bells, Linda sees to his needs, but her caring act takes on unexpected significance, an unpresentable glory.

Seeds of trust, and perhaps love, are planted in Linda’s garden haven. But as secrets are revealed and scandal hits the headlines, the act of caring for this man threatens to tarnish both of their reputations. Like weeds in Linda’s garden, circumstances threaten to choke out their fledgling relationship, and small moments prove to be the biggest influencers—on a national scale.


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EXCERPT

ON HER RETURN FROM CHURCH, Kileenda Jensen discovered a problem, and it had nothing to do with her name. Hardly anyone called her Kileenda. Early on, her parents shortened her name to Leenda, which quickly morphed to Linda. Now she herself, on all but the most serious and sacred of documents, signed herself as Linda. Though her parents, deeply rooted in Westchester County, New York, had made tiresomely sure she knew her uncommon heritage and social standing, Linda herself was comfortable with a plain name because her real worth did not rest on money or position. 
Her immediate problem lay face-down between her perennial border and clematis arbor—more specifically, a man who looked to be either dead or unconscious. She assumed the less bleak view and spoke to him. 
“Hello. Are you all right?” 
Stupid question. He was obviously not all right, but she could see neither blood nor bruise. Inordinately handsome, yes—but what was wrong? 
A gray eye opened tentatively, then closed. “I’m . . . in your way.” 
His voice conjured up Uncle Joshua reading The Velveteen Rabbit. Comforting, caring . . . and a hint of a smile, perhaps? 
But comforting voices from the past were irrelevant. This man, right now, needed care. She knelt beside him. “What can I do for you? Are you ill? Did you fall?” 
“No,” he said. “Just. Catch. My. Breath.”




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ellie grew up in Branchville, NJ, in a county with more cows than people. She attended Wheaton College in Illinois as a music major, then married a pastor/college professor/tree farmer/organist and writer. Together, they have three children and eight grandchildren. Music was Ellie’s first love until she tried on the cloak of writing and found it a comfortable fit. However, early writing attempts saw friends—and even her mother—advising her to stick to music as a career. She pushed manfully along, though, and An Unpresentable Glory is her sixth novel. “God first touched me through story,” Ellie says, “and made the bigger Story come alive. I love Him passionately!”


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Review: The Moor and the Maiden

The Moor and the Maiden

"A former mentor wants to involve him in heresy. 
The only woman he could ever love is bound by fear and wants him gone.
A Templar Knight, bitter from the failed second crusade, wants him dead. 
But there is One who, despite his past, wants him back.


Asim never should have returned to France. In AD 1150, too many people believe the dark-skinned Moor is an infidel sorcerer. The Christians who persecute him further harden his heart against God. Only Bishop Lisieux welcomes him back after years of estrangement.
During their journey to the de Montfort castle, a threat emerges. Stephan, a young Templar Knight, will stop at nothing to kill the Moor. If he finds the Bishop’s heretical secret, Asim and the Bishop will burn together.
Will Asim ever be reconciled to God amid the fear and hatred that surrounds him? Or will he be cut down before he is given the chance?"


Author: Hannah Joy Wilkinson
Length: 368 pages
Format: paperback, e-book


This was a story FULL of amazing messages and scriptures.
A great, strong Christian message of God's love and forgiveness though the whole book.


GUYS! Look what is finally on my blog...my thoughts on this little thang. 
I was recently talking to Jenna Van Mourik and we've dubbed ourselves the "Procrastination Princesses"...so please forgive the tardiness of this review.

Though this book *looks* like a bit of a chunker once I got started I really got into the story.

To be honest I was not a fan of Vianne at first...or Asim for that matter. 🙊
He was super hard and bitter and she was young and naive. But oh what a little time and a whole lot of God can do.

They sought the kingdom of God first for themselves and that got them prepared for life with each other. 

The bishop's stance on the union between the two confused me just a wee bit. I wasn't sure if he really FOR it or really AGAINST it, because he played both cards throughout the book.

I mourn for Leala. What she had to sacrifice as the eldest and the fact that she never found peace in God's presence.
I kind of hope there will be a companion novel about Leala. I felt a strange kinship with her and I want her to find her walk with God from her younger years. 
But at the same time the story had an air of finality about it...one can hope!

A wonderful story of looking past people's skin color and society's prejudices to find the REAL person underneath. 

I rated this a 4/5 stars.

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
Galatians 3:28

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

Friday, September 7, 2018

Review: The Solace of Water

The Solace of Water

"In a time of grief and heartache, an unlikely friendship provides strength and solace.


After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.
Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.
With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness.
Eminently relevant to the beauty and struggle in America today, The Solace of Water offers a glimpse into the turbulent 1950s and reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race, and custom—and has the power to transform a broken heart."


Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts
Length: 368 pages
Format: paperback, e-book, audio book


The cries of a broken mother's heart.
The cries of a sister who can't shake the blame.
Can forgiveness be found?


Let's start with what I enjoyed about this book, shall we?

I LOVED the diversity of this book! How interesting to see the social exchanges between two VERY different families in a tough time in history.
I LOVED the writing style of this book! It was so lyrical and once I GOT started I found myself flipping through the pages rapidly. 
At first the change in P.O.V threw me off, but the further I got into the story the more I enjoyed it.


Now let's dive into some topics that were dealt with.

SECRETS were a HUGE part of this book. On top of that, they were drawn out and our imaginations were left to run wild and draw our own conclusions. 
HATRED played another huge role. Whether self hatred or hatred of other people I could feel the emotion oozing out of the page.
RACISM was woven inside every twist and turn. Welcome to the 1950's...sadly! 
PAIN that was internal. The cries of a mother's broken heart. The cries of a sister who feels she is to blame.
HEALING & FORGIVENESS finally showed their faces when you thought they wouldn't. 


Some things I had issues with.

Everything being drawn out was a key factor in why it took me almost a month to finish the book.
The racism and hatred were another reason!! I read fiction to laugh and be transported into a perfect little fairytale world. I forget that there really were heart wrenching stories like this one in history. So to be hit in the face at every turn with a mother hating her daughter, and hating everyone who looked at her,and all the judgement that was coming from her P.O.V was ROUGH to say the least.


It was a VERY deep book, one that is GREAT for an older audience or people who have personally faced some of this loss. Seeing as I haven't and I'm more of a lighthearted history lover, this book wasn't quite my speed. I really wanted to love it because the premise sounded amazing and I really enjoyed the writing style, but I couldn't.

I personally rated it a 2/5 stars. Though I know this book has the power to change someone's life!

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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Blitz: Cost of Betrayal


Welcome to THE COST OF BETRAYAL Blitz with JustRead Publicity Tours.
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ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: The Cost of Betrayal
Authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Novella Collection / Romantic Suspense

FAITH WILL BE TESTED. TRUST SHATTERED.

THREE BESTSELLING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE WRITERS REUNITE FOR NOVELLAS OF DEADLY BETRAYAL.

Dee Henderson - "Betrayed"

After serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she didn't commit, Janelle Roberts is finally freed. But the truth is still waiting to be discovered, and a murderer is still at large. Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another act of treachery.

Dani Pettrey - "Deadly Isle"

Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer before they become the next victims?

Lynette Eason - "Code of Ethics"

When Detective Isaac Martinez lands in the ER with a gunshot wound, he pulls through thanks to trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John. But as the witness to a crime and possible corruption, Martinez is at risk from someone intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. When he barely survives another attack while recovering, both he and Ruthie must flee, trying to outrun deadly killers while locating the evidence they need to end the danger.


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EXCERPT FROM "DEADLY ISLE"


He worked fast, and as silently as possible. He needed to ensure Tennyson didn’t smell the gas until it had a chance to fill the basement and hit the blazing pilot light, which she was thoughtful enough to keep flickering by her use of hot water above.
He surveyed the space around him and smiled when his flashlight beam landed on the red velvet Christmas tree skirt in a clear plastic storage tub.
Now to be extra quiet . . .
He crept to the storage tub, opened it, bunched the skirt in his gloved hands, and ever-so-carefully climbed the basement stairs, wedging it into the space between the mudroom door and the floor. Even with her presence in the kitchen—a mere room away from the mudroom—filling the crack would give him the time needed for the gas to fill the small space. And then it was good-bye Tennyson Kent. All his troubles would disappear in an explosion’s brief but deadly blast.

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Teni pulled the kettle from the burner and switched off the dancing flames. Pouring the hot water over the dark chocolate Godiva cocoa powder she’d emptied into her favorite I moose wake up travel mug, she scalded her hand on the kettle and, jerking in response, managed to splatter chocolate cocoa all over her light gray shirt.
Great. She dropped the kettle back on the burner and held her hand under running cold water until the burn chilled, though a blister was already forming on the heel of her palm. Switching the water to hot, she yanked a dish towel off the stove handle, dampening it in the steaming water, hoping to use it to dab out the stains dotting her favorite shirt before they set.
Lightning struck with a house-shaking clatter, illuminating the tree line outside her kitchen window.
A chill reverberated up her spine.
Was that . . . a man’s silhouette? Had Jared returned?
Thunder rumbled in her chest.
Lightning crackled again, this time zigzagging across the black night sky, again clearly illuminating the forest and a fleeing silhouette.
She swallowed. Someone was definitely out there. Grabbing her sidearm and flashlight, she shimmied into her raincoat and rushed outside, flipping on the porch light as she went.
The metal flashlight was cool in her still-burning palm as she raced for the tree line. She took one step across the forest’s threshold and an explosion rent the air, quaking the ground and propelling her toward the trees in a rush of fire.


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ABOUT THE AUTHORS 


Dee Henderson is the author of numerous novels, including Taken, Undetected, Unspoken, Full Disclosure, and the acclaimed O'Malley and Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois.



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Dani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the author of the Chesapeake Valor series, and the Alaskan Courageromantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.


She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves—the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.


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Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Oath of Honor and Called to Protect, as well as the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children.



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Friday, August 31, 2018

Review: Never Envy an Earl

Never Envy an Earl

"The saucy Yvette de Maupassant is used to danger. She’s spent the last 10 years spying for England in Napoleon’s court. Now that her work has been discovered, she must hide, and what better place than the remote wooded estate of the Earl of Carrolton? Her friend Miss Thorn and that delightful cat Fortune place her in a position where she can pretend to be companion to the earl’s sickly mother. Yet one look at the earl has Yvette rethinking why she wants to stay.

Gregory, Earl of Carrolton, is used to power. So why does one moment in the company of his mother and spinster sister leave him feeling powerless? And why does the look in a certain Frenchwoman’s eyes leave him weak at the knees? As danger draws closer, Gregory and Yvette must work together to protect her, his family, and the future of England, as they discover the greatest danger and delight is falling in love. 

This sweet, clean Regency romance is the sequel to Never Borrow a Baronet. Fortune’s Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love"


Author: Regina Scott
Length: 260 pages
Format: paperback, e-book



A French aristocrat in hiding.
An English earl keeping her safe.
Can true love blossom in life-threatening danger?


Here we are with another amusing installation to the "Fortune Brides" series!! I am enjoying this series immensely and I look forward to the notifications saying the next book is available for my eyeballs to devour. 

This cast of characters did not strike my fancy, and I might've huffed and puffed a few times at their antics. 

We met Yvette in book 2, and not gonna lie she wasn't my favorite. Sadly those feelings rolled into her love story as well. Something about her rubbed me wrong and though I kept TRYING to like her, her attitude or response to a situation would make me change my mind. I DID like her sass, and her perseverance though! She was a strong one. 

The earl's mother & sister confused the living daylights out of me. One minute they HATED Yvette and the next they couldn't live without her. Flip-floppy attitudes...NOT MY CUP OF COFFEE! ANNNDDDD they were SUPER judgmental. I mean that was kinda the norm in that day, but still it kept my eyeballs a-rollin'.

The earl was so-so for me. I *liked* him, but he also let his mom and sister walk all over him. 
He did have that gentle giant aspect to him...a big ole' teddy bear. He was a good man with a good heart.

We did some more action in this book...and you know I'm ALL ABOUT THAT! I've really been loving that about this series!

I did enjoy the story and I'm glad Yvette's story has wrapped up. I'm CRAZY excited to see where the series goes!
I rated it a 3.75/5 stars.

Quotes:

Julian blinked."When did you grow so wise about women?"
Gregory laughed. "I'm surronded, old boy. I ought to have learned something."

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Blitz: The Patriot Bride


Welcome to THE PATRIOT BRIDE Blitz with JustRead Publicity Tours.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: The Patriot Bride

Collection: Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 4

Author: Kimberley Woodhouse

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Release Date: August 1, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance


Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?

A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.


Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause

Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?


Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story.

CONNECT WITH KIM: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram



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TOUR GIVEAWAY



Kimberley have graciously offered (1) Winner a wonderful gift basket filled with goodies from Mount Vernon, a gift card and many more! Of course, it also includes a copy of the book!

Giveaway will begin at midnight August 27, 2018 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 3, 2018. Winner will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.  Open to US mailing addresses only.  For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

Be sure to stop at a stop each day for extra entries!


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TOUR SCHEDULE

For the full tour schedule, click on either of the launch pages below.
(All stops expected to post by 12:00 NOON EST)



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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Author Spotlight: Barbara Brutt

Today we're shinning the spotlight on a sweet author who swings from the chandeliers!
Literally...she's an aerial artist.

I'm pleased to introduce you to Barbara Brutt.






Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog.



CONNECT WITH BARBARA: 
Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter






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ABOUT THE BOOK




Teal Paisley Tights

After graduation, Jadyn Simon expected to launch her art career. Instead, this Pittsburgh native finds herself locked into a low-paying marketing position with an impossible boss.
Evicted from her apartment because of a small spending problem, she is forced to move in with her know-it-all sister. While everyone else plans a neat, buttoned-up life for her, Jadyn longs to paint professionally. Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose.
Will practicality always win?



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The book will be available to the masses on November 15th

There currently aren't any preorder links, but you can add "Teal Paisley Tights" to your Goodreads shelf now!