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Saturday, May 6, 2017


I love stories with second chances. It shows the grace and forgiveness people work through. This story was very well written with two wonderful characters that I adored. What happens if you decide you don't want to get married on your wedding day? Cynthia was about to marry the man she has loved forever, but something stops her. I loved how she followed her dream even though she made a hasty getaway . Can you imagine what the groom must have felt when he realized his bride has run away?

Keith has not forgotten about that painful day four years ago when his dream went thousands of miles  away to Australia.  I really loved his character because he had great manners and treated women with respect. Cynthia had  left him  at the altar but now they find themselves back in the same small town. Keith has joined his dad's veterinarian clinic. There is one small problem  though. Guess who has been working there while Keith was getting his vet's license? Oh my the story is fun when Cynthia and Keith see each other after all those years. I loved the beautiful scriptures the author uses that ties beautifully to the story.  There are a few surprises in the story about a certain boot that will remind you that dreams do come true. It's a great read about two people who each much learn to forgive and open their hearts to a second chance.

I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.

Friday, May 5, 2017


One of my favorite things about this author is she knows how to make a story come to life. I really enjoyed learning about the Orphan Trains. I can't imagine the sadness on the trains as the children grieved for their families. Elyssa  knows very well what it feels like to an orphan. She has such a tender heart and her love for the children is precious. She travels to Kansas to deliver the last of the orphans. I loved when she arrived at the station. The excitement as new moms and dads met their new children were a sight to see.

Elyssa has had a little doubt about one particular parent. It is most unusual for a single man to want to adopt. I chuckled as Elyssa  realizes that he is late and she starts to fret. Today of all days, Bill has an emergency on the farm  and is late  getting to the station. I don't think he made a very good impression on Elyssa. The ride out to the ranch must have been a bit strained as Elyssa is quite upset with Bill. Is Elyssa having second thoughts about Bill as the father of the two children she has for him?

The children, Ian and Bridgett are a delight. They finally feel like they belong somewhere. The story is well written with budding  romance that is guided by God. Will Elyssa take Bill's offer to stay and help with the kids? Can Elyssa learn to trust Bill? . Grab a copy if this great story and find out what happens when Elyssa and Bill listen to God for direction.

I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


I wasn't really sure about this book at first. I felt kinda lost and wasn't understanding what the book was about. I'm glad I kept going because slowly the author starts to develop characters that come alive. I loved the history behind prohibition and the era it was set in. In the woods of Kentucky lies distilleries. The people are glad that prohibition is over and they are ready to crank up the distillery again. Now who is going to run it?

Can you imagine running a distillery to pay bills, put food on the table and have  spending money? There  were plenty of people who depended on their craft but when the FBI came in and closed them, it must have been a real hardship. The story focuses on a family who has decided to start their distillery up again. The characters are interesting and I really liked the biblical reference to the story of Jesus. Some poor lost man  dies and people believe he will arise again. There sit twelve believers much like the disciples waiting for the miracle to happen.

The town is a mixture of characters and for some reason I just could not follow the story. Who is this person who everyone believes is a miracle? Could it be Jesus they were witnessing with their  own eyes? People in the town believe this man is making miracles happen. There is mystery , people running from the law and a man many claim could be Jesus. In this little town they need a miracle to keep it running. Asher is a great character who will play a very intricate part in this story. Who is he really? Did he come to help the town? The book is quite different but one that is worth reading.

I received a copy of this book from the Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


The series continues with some new faces to get to know in this sweet book. Charlotte is a good mom and has  her hands full raising children on her own. Her husband walked out on them and the pain is still there burning deep in her heart. I'm glad we get to visit the diner where old friends are. I really like the quaint place with service that is great and the food is far above the best around.

Dylan moves in next door to Charlotte and they seem to hit it off. He is good around her children , but she is still holding back because of her failed marriage. I liked how the author showed how Charlotte was still bitter over being rejected by her ex. She has some things to work on and I love how she seeks God. I found it interesting that there had been a feud going on between families for years in the town. As I read the story I remember something in the Bible about not taking up someone's offense. Seems like half the town won't let go of the past. What happens when Charlotte finds out Dylan's family is part of the feud? Will Charlotte learn to trust God? Can Dylan win Charlotte's heart? The book is a great message of trusting God and walking in forgiveness.

I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.


It was nice to revisit some old friends from the first book in the series. Serenah and Charlie play a pivotal role in this  story. Elizabeth and Nathan have decided to spend a weekend away from the kids. They stay at the quaint Inn ran by Senenah. It is no accident that they are there , as God has a divine appointment for them. I loved the struggles that the characters dealt with  in their marriage. No one has a perfect marriage and the author touches on a subject that for many is hard to forgive.  As Elizabeth and Nathan slowly slipped away from God, they lost their way in the marriage.

I think the hardest thing for a spouse to do is to forgive .  The lies, betrayal and hurt is overwhelming. Elizabeth had been deeply hurt  and felt betrayed. The time  she spent with Serenah in prayer was very moving. I liked how the couple reached out for  guidance and were willing to work on their marriage. The story is filled with pain, betrayal, trust issues and pride. Will Elizabeth and Nathan be able to work on their marriage? Will they invite God back into their marriage? It's a great book that gives readers a glimpse into a troubled marriage and how they seek God for answers.

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over  a multitude of sin." I Peter 4:8

I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.


I really enjoyed this story that had me on the edge of my seat. When you get married, you have this beautiful dream of happily ever after. That dream never came true for Serenah. It started out with subtle little hints that her husband may have a problem. I think the author did a great job of showing what it is like to live with an abuser. Serenah would blame herself and hope that John would stop. A lot of abusers say they are sorry and for Serenah she hoped it was true.

One day when she has had enough, she flees to another town and changes her name. I liked how Serenah was able to slowly let down her guard and start to be friends with her co-workers. Working at a diner is hard work but it pays the bills for Serenah.  She suffers a devastating loss and is still trying to get past her grief. When she meets Charlie will she be able to trust him? He is a good guy with a big heart. I like how their relationship developed and how they each shared that they were Christians. . It's hard to understand why we have to go through hard things, but it's nice to know that God is always there.

The story is filled with some violent scenes but the author does a great job of allowing readers to understand how far an abuser will go. John was a man who was demanding and jealous. He has a need for power and he is determined to find out where Serenah is hiding. What happens when John finds her? Will she ever be free of him? Can she trust God in her darkest moment to protect her?  The book was good and I loved how the author writes characters with flaws that readers can relate to.

"Going through difficulties is part of life. It's how you come out on the other end that really matters."

I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.


I love series and I am always eagerly awaiting this author's continuing story. She knows how to grab your attention from the beginning and it feels like a run for your life to the finish line. The author is creative with her characters and they become almost life like as you get to know them. Casey has been a favorite character of mine for awhile. She is fierce, determined and never backs down when she sees injustice. The story continues where Casey is hiding out while she stays one step ahead of being arrested. Her life is on the line when she was accused of a brutal murder. Now she must clear her name and stay in the shadows till she can prove her innocence. I loved how her character is put  in harms way when she discovers someone being accused of a crime he didn't commit. Would you stand up for someone if it meant you may go to jail?

The action is top notch and it is an adrenaline rush to the end. I did like the author talking about PTSD. She did a great job of allowing a character to deal with PTSD and the difficult effects it has on someone. I love how the author takes on subjects that others shy away from and brings them to the forefront. Crime happens everyday and sometimes a person is accused of something they didn't do. I especially liked that Casey got involved with an abuse case. People are so ready to point fingers and place blame without investigating. Casey is someone to be reckoned with when she stands up for justice . The book has everything you want in an action/thriller and I love how the author continues to keep readers guessing and on the edge of their seats with intense drama. I highly recommend you read the first book which lays the foundation for the series. I eagerly await the conclusion of this series.

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.


This may be a very short novella but it sure packs a great message in it. I loved the beautiful description of the beach. I live close to the beach and like Carianna in the book, I love to collect seashells. They are each unique and a treasure to have. The author has written a character that is so pure and innocent that I would like to sit with her on the beach and soak up her wisdom. She has great faith and finds good in everyone. I loved it when she would spend time  talking to God. Do we hear God's voice and ignore it? Dominic is  a good character and I loved how he grew in his faith with the help of Carianna.  The more I read, the more real the characters became. The author has an amazing way of bringing a story to life with the sweep of words that dance across the pages. I could hear the water splashing on the rocks and see the shells as they glistened in the sun. I loved the sweet romance between Carianna and the person God chose for her. The story is a great reminder to take time to spend with God everyday, listen to His voice  and be wrapped in His peace .

I received a copy of the book from the author. The review is my own opinion.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


I have always loved this authors books. She writes with such depth and makes the stories come to life. This was a bit different from her usually books, but I have to say it was so powerful and intense I couldn't put it down. When I first met Alanna I was thrilled to know she was Irish. She was beautuful with delicate skin and had a sweet spirit around her. I could hear her accent and see the freckles that danced across her face. I loved how the author gave us bits and pieces of the Irish customs. I didn't like how gullible and so trusting  she was.

When an unexpected  devastating accident happens, Alanna finds out her husband had died, and his best friend Jesse was barely clinging to life. It was a shock for Alanna's manager to step in when Liam's parents threaten Alanna with a lawsuit. Liam and Alanna never got  around to telling their family and friends that Alanna was pregnant. So begins the sordid world that Alanna becomes apart of. I thought it was a bit much for Alanna to marry her manager Barry and live in the states to keep the baby away from Liam's parents by in Ireland.  I didn't trust Barry at all and found him to be arrogant and very demanding. What has Alanna gotten herself into?

When they return to Barry's estate Alanna senses that something is off. Doors locked with no answer to why , a picture hanging up that resembles Alanna , Barry so possessive that Alanna can't really do anything and we mustn't forget the creature in the swamp. I was worried for Alanna's safety as accidents started happening to her.
 When Jesse shows up, he has memory loss that I didn't really believe. For me I could guess right away what was going to be revealed. The story is intense with lots of secrets and a bit of violence that unnerved me. I did not like the part about the kittens and their possible demise. It made me realize how sinister and sick Barry was. Is Barry willing to kill to keep Alanna to himself? Can someone save her before it's to late?

Overall the book was a bit predictable but had enough drama to keep me interested in the story. I liked the theme that things are not always what they appear to be. I rate this four out of five for the predictability and the violence that dealt with animals.

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild and publisher. The review is my own opinion.

Bed and Breakfast and Murder
by Patti Larsen

Bed and Breakfast and Murder (Fiona Fleming Cozy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Patti Larsen Books (January 28, 2017)
Print Length: 189 pages


A Poo Poo Kind of Morning
I tried not to look down the mouth of hell staring back at me from inside the glaringly pristine outer ceramic shell of the white throne, my throat catching, stomach doing half flips and a rather impressive rollover routine that would have gotten at least a 9.5 even from the Russian judges. Instead, I forced myself to smile and swallow and remind myself the elbow length yellow rubber gloves grasping the handle of the standard issue plunger were all that stood between me and Pooageddon.
Suck it up, Fee. Big girl panties and adulting and all that.
“At what point,” I waved the dripping plunger, wincing as droplets of yuck flew, “did I think owning a bed and breakfast was going to be glamorous and romantic?”
Fiona Fleming hasn’t lived in Reading, Vermont in over a decade, her escape from small town living leading her to New York City and a life of adventure. An adventure that has left her with no career, an ex who cheated on her and zero plans for the future. Her grandmother’s death grants her a new chance–inheriting Petunia’s, Iris Fleming’s bed and breakfast, seems like the ideal fresh start. But when Fee finds out ownership of the property Iris willed her might be in question, she’s drawn into the seedy underbelly of the cutest town in America after being singled out as the main suspect in a murder.

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Patti Larsen is an award-winning author with a passion for the voices in her head. Now with over 80 titles in happy publication, she lives on the East coast with her patient husband and multitude of pets.
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A Multiple Drink Kind of Night

Why was it fancy Valentine’s Day drinks were always tinted red? Reminded me more of gore and mayhem than anything to do with romance. Which said a lot, I suppose, for my state of mind when it came to relationships and dating.
No bitterness in Fiona Fleming toward the opposite sex or anything.
I sipped carefully at the mimosa the bartender smilingly handed me and shrugged off the sweetness. It had alcohol in it, so I guess it would do. A few of these and I might even find a way to enjoy myself tonight. Yeah, right.
Fiona Fleming would rather be home, at her bed and breakfast with her pug Petunia snuggled up to her while everyone else celebrates Valentine’s Day without her, thank you very much. Instead, she’s been recruited to attend another of Mayor Olivia Walker’s Reading, Vermont tourism promotion events. But when the young majority stakeholder in the White Valley Ski Lodge ends up dead, she’s ready and willing to help Sheriff Crew Turner and her father uncover who killed their victim while a snowstorm cuts them off from the rest of the world.


I have found a new author that has grabbed my attention.  She blends humor and sarcasm in a story that is sassy and full of great characters. Fee has just returned to her small town to run the B&B her grandmother left her. I loved her character so much I wanted to be her friend. She is funny and sure knows how to upset the new sheriff in town.

Fee has a pug who is a big plus for the story. Petunia is perhaps a bit overweight and maybe a bit stinky sometimes, but oh my the dog stole my heart. I don't think Fee was well received by the employees at the B&B but after all, she really knows little about running the place. The author had me loving this story from the beginning with Fee and her attitude. When a body is found on her property, the finger pointing starts. There is a cast of suspects that the sheriff will have to interrogate. Crew is the new sheriff and Fee is not really impressing him much. Could it be that Fee's dad use to be the sheriff? Fee is determined to find out answers on her own which doesn't sit well with Crew. There are quite a few surprises in the story and you better hold on tight as the ending will blow you away. I was shocked and loved the unexpected turn of events.  I didn't see it coming and was so impressed with the authors twists and turns in the story. This is one author I am excited to find. I can't wait for the next book in the series. What will Fee get into next? Will Fee and Crew become friends? Grab your copy and get comfy. This is one story you will be glad you read.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escape Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

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Monday, May 1, 2017


I was intrigued with this book from the beginning. It was eerie to read about a dead man that was alive and coming out of a coffin. The crowd was awestruck until the man feel down. Was he really alive the whole time? Was it an illusion to get an audience to come to the show? Magicians have always fascinated me and the author does a masterful job of taking us into a world very few people get a glimpse of.

The references to Houdini and his secrets were so intriguing that I was captivated by the authors superb knowledge of him. Can you imagine working beside Houdini? What would you do with all the secrets you knew about him? Wren is a great character and I found her to be sly, steady, aware of her surroundings and guarded with secrets many would want to know. Why has the FBI asked her to help solve a crime? Wren is very well know among the illusionists and she is very suspicious of anyone who wants to expose them.

I loved the beautiful writing and the way the author swept us to a time period that many don't talk about. Houdini was very smart and taking on Wren as his apprentice was everything she had hoped for. Secrets and mystery take this story to back alleys and unsavory characters. The author has written another story that takes figures from history and mixes them with fictional characters . The end result is a masterpiece of intrigue , exciting characters, secrets that must be kept hidden and danger that lurks in the darkness. This is another outstounding book by an author that mixes reality and fiction and gives readers an exciting look into the past. 

I received this book from The Fiction Guid. The review is my own opinion .
Cynthia Ruchti's 'A Fragile Hope' Blog Tour and Giveaway
 When your life's work revolves around repairing other people's marriages, what happens when your own marriage begins to fall apart? Find out what happens to Josiah Chamberlain in Cynthia Ruchti's new book, A Fragile Hope. Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what's left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

Hope grows when seeds are planted-even in the muddy middle of life.
Josiah Chamberlain's life's work revolves around repairing other people's marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife's unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she's unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.
Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what's left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

About the author:

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her novels, novellas, nonfiction books, articles and devotionals, drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry. Ruchti has written more than 20 award-winning novels, novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals. Her books have received numerous awards and nominations, including the RT Reviewers' Choice, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year nominations, two Selah Awards, Christian Retailing's BEST, was an ACFW Carol Award finalist and a Christy finalist, among other honors. Her latest release is the novel A Fragile Hope.
One of Ruchti's greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she has served as worship and devotions staff and faculty for the Write-to-Publish conference and teaches at other writers' conferences across the country and internationally as opportunities arise. She also serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.
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This book is an emotional, heartfelt, and long journey to seeing the truth. I was very impressed with Josiah. Here is a man that helps others with their marriage , yet ironically his is falling apart before his eyes. It's funny how we sometimes are oblivious to things in our life. We think we have a good marriage and then bam, like Josiah,  our world gets turned upside down. I loved how Josiah struggled with his faith and along the way, God placed people in his path that helped him call out to God. It is a very emotional book that I had a hard time keeping my tears in check.

I will say that at first I thought the book was so biased and without remorse from Josiah that I didn't want to finish it. However with the brilliant writing the author opens up deep pockets of Josiah's life and let's him walk through pain and examine himself. I loved the scenes in the hospital when he was with his wife. His life has just been shattered with the injuries his wife sustained , but the author throws in a complete surprise. I wonder how many of us would walk away when we suspect our spouse of wrongdoing? I can't express enough how powerful this book is. The journey is sometimes  dark, depressing, heartbreaking and overwhelming. Josiah encounters people who share their story to give him hope. I loved how the author keeps us on the edge not knowing if Josiah will hold on to hope or walk away.

Life is fragile and in a blink of an eye, everything can change. I really loved Josiah's father-in-law. His love for  his daughter was so real and I loved how he and Josiah had a relationship that was genuine . It was nice to see them support each other and continue to believe the impossible. The author did an amazing job of taking Josiah on a roller coaster  ride of emotions and realize that his wife is worth fighting for. I encourage everyone to grab a copy of this book. It really made me think of my life and how  I have taken things for granted. The author has written a book that will stay with you long after the last page is finished. Life is fragile , but there is always hope.

I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.

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