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Saturday, September 19, 2020

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About the Book

Book: Spies & Sweethearts
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2020
SpiesandSweetheart eBook Cover jpgA secret mission. A fake bride. A run for their lives.
According to the OSS training manual, the life expectancy of a radio operator in Nazi-occupied France is six weeks. Partnered with one of the agency’s top spies, Gerard Lucas, newly-minted agent Emily Strealer plans to beat those odds. Then their cover is blown and all bets are off.
The border to neutral Switzerland is three hundred miles away—a long way to run with SS soldiers on their heels.
Will Emily and Gerard survive the journey?
And what about their hearts? Nothing in the manual prepared them for falling in love.

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I will try not to gush too much in my review. There has only been a handful of authors that write historical books that I always read. This author is definitely on the list. From the sweeping land of France comes a story of two highly trained people who will try to beat the odds and succeed in their mission as spies.  Their mission is very dangerous and with all the training that Gerald and Emily have, will it be enough? 
Emily won my heart with her determination, faith and compassion.  I love strong female characters and Emily is very outspoken at times. She can hold her own with Gerald as is evident on their first encounter. I loved reading about the  training Emily went through and how she never gave up. The first part of the book prepares the characters for their mission and I couldn’t wait to join them. 
There is intense danger as they enter into situations that put their lives in danger. I held my breath a few times wondering how they would escape. The author does an excellent job of blending historical details in the story which highlights the danger people in France were in as Nazis  tried to take over. The faith element was very well written in the story and I appreciate how the characters turn to God during trying times. 
Emily becomes more sure of herself as she outsmarts the enemy during a very difficult situation. I think Gerald at times was a bit arrogant but I grew to love him as his heart softened. The story is a wonderful account of what it was like during a time when enemy invasion was prevalent . We get a front row seat to watch as Emily and Gerald’s adventure to serve their country becomes treacherous at times. I was curious to see if these two characters would fall in love, but  you will have to read the book to find out. 
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

About the Author

Linda Matchett Head ShotLinda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is also a trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear Reader,

Take a moment to travel back to an era when ordinary women did extraordinary things. After the attack at Pearl Harbor, stalwart American gals stepped out of their comfort zone to take jobs never before held by women…sometimes dangerous jobs. Jobs in which they could lose their lives.

As a docent at the Wright Museum of WWII, I meet people from all walks of life who lived and served during the second “war to end all wars.” Many of these people haven’t shared their stories with loved ones for myriad reasons, but when they arrive at the museum, the floodgates of memories open, and words begin to pour out.

I’ve listened as ladies shared the stress of working outside the home, and juggling finances and childcare issues while their husbands were away in the armed forces. I’ve heard some speak about the excitement of learning new skills and gaining confidence. However, others were not as forthcoming because what they did was not only perilous, but secret. Fortunately, in the last few years, documents been declassified to shed light on the undercover work and projects performed during the war.

It is my hope that Spies & Sweethearts, book one in my Sisters in Service trilogy, will honor these brave women in some small way.

Linda Shenton Matchett

Blog Stops

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 15
lakesidelivingsite, September 15
Worthy2Read, September 16
deb’s Book Review, September 16
Genesis 5020, September 17
Betti Mace, September 18
Emily Yager, September 18
Texas Book-aholic, September 19
The Book Chic Blog, September 19
Inklings and notions, September 20
Get Cozy Book Nook, September 20
For Him and My Family, September 21
She Lives To Read, September 22
As He Leads is Joy, September 22
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 23
CarpeDiem, September 23
Artistic Nobody, September 24 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 25
Connect in Fiction, September 25
Mary Hake, September 26
Blossoms and Blessings, September 27
Life, Love, Writing, September 28


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of Spies & Sweethearts, an autographed copy of WWII Word Find, hand cut wood fleur de lis earrings, pewter Eiffel tower ring holder, and a fleur de Lis Coaster!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Friday, September 18, 2020


About the Book

Book: Pretending to Wed
Author: Melissa Jagears
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: May 28, 2020
PretendingToWed_EbookIt’s a match made in heaven…as long as they don’t fall in love!
The ranch Nolan Key has spent decades working for, even lost a leg for, is now his—or at least it should be. But an absurd clause in his father’s will means he’s in danger of losing the place to his lazy, undeserving cousin. Nolan finds himself scrambling to save his home—by proposing marriage to the town laundress.
Corinne Stillwater’s hands have betrayed her. Numb from hours of doing the same work over and over, her hands will only heal, according to the town doctor, if she gives up the laundry and marries. But she’s been stung repeatedly by love before, so that is one remedy she can’t swallow.
When Nolan offers Corinne a marriage in name only, how can she refuse? Such a partnership could give them the security they seek, but what if the ranch isn’t as secure as they believe, and their lives—and dreams—aren’t quite as compatible as they thought?
Pretending to Wed is the second book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like marriage-of-convenience stories that deal with the nitty-gritty of making a relationship work, you’ll love this authentic romance set in a time gone by that tackles issues still relevant for today.

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 I adored everything about this story. What happens when you take  two people who decide to marry for a business deal ? It’s not everyday that Corinne gets a proposal but I think she needed a way to save her health and business. I can’t imagine doing laundry by hand much less doing it to make a living. My heart went out to Corinne  as her hands started to cramp up the more she worked. 
Nolan has not had an easy time running the ranch since he lost a leg but he is determined to keep going. A will that has a specific clause directed at Nolan finds him scrambling to find a wife. It’s the perfect match as Nolan wants to keep the ranch and Corinne needs stability. What could possibly go wrong?  I had to laugh as I witnessed the marriage between two unlikely people. Corinne is not one who shows affection and you can feel her uneasiness as they start their new lives together. 
The author does a great job of making the time period realistic. I did enjoy learning about Corinne’s  past and how it still affects her today. She hasn’t been the person that others think highly of. In fact her job as a laundress was thought to be looked down on. I wanted to scream when customers would come in demanding things and making Corinne feel unworthy. 
Nolan was someone I really liked because he has a good heart. The author shows how a person who is handicapped can be productive at a job like everyone else. Going into the marriage Corinne and Nolan both believe they can make it work. What was special about the story was the unique and cleaver ideas that Corinne had to improve products. The author explains in her notes how she did a lot of research to make this part of the story authentic. I loved reading how excited Corinne was knowing she was capable of developing new products that would not only make money but give her confidence. 
I won’t tell you anymore about the story because I want readers to experience the trials and triumphs this couple goes through. God never abandoned them and showed them how a Godly marriage looked liked. Will two people looking for trust, confidence and a marriage of convenience find love?
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

About the Author

Melissa jagearsAward winning author, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She lives in Kansas with her husband and three children. Her ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

More from Melissa

The Elusive Electrical Spark to Awaken Frankenstein’s Monster
The plot of Pretending to Wed just wasn’t coming together for me. I had the romantic dilemma, but I didn’t love the characters. They were boring. And if I’m going to write a book, a.k.a. read it a bazillion times, I have to really want to read the book myself. I decided to take a break from the weeks of struggle and read. I was recommended a book because of the author’s great voice (I can’t recommend it because it’s not a clean novel), but I loved the fact that the heroine was a scientific illustrator. I wondered if I could give my heroine a scientific hobby and came up with inventing. That single character tidbit was the jolt that awakened Frankenstein’s Monster. She came alive! The research into what she could have patented at the time led my imagination to the egg hatching romance scene in the middle of the story and I was hooked! I couldn’t wait to read my book that didn’t yet exist.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, September 18
Inklings and notions, September 18
For Him and My Family, September 19
deb’s Book Review, September 19
Batya’s Bits, September 20
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 20
lakesidelivingsite, September 21
Genesis 5020, September 21
The Book Chic Blog, September 21
Betti Mace, September 22
Sara Jane Jacobs, September 23
Remembrancy, September 24
Wishful Endings, September 24
Life of Literature, September 25
Book Love, September 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Bizwings Blog, September 25
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 26
Bigreadersite, September 26
Labor Not in Vain, September 26
CarpeDiem, September 27
Hookmeinabook, September 27
Splashes of Joy , September 27
Artistic Nobody, September 28 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Blessed & Bookish, September 29
Simple Harvest Reads, September 30 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Maureen’s Musings, September 30
NovelsCorner, September 30


To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away the grand prize package of a Gift Certificate for the winner’s Choice of Book (up to 16.99 plus S&H) from Melissa’s Local Christian Bookstore, Faith & Life Bookstore, and a signed copy of Pretending to Wed!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

About the Book

Book:  Nasty Gets Us Nowhere
Author: Drenda Keesee
Genre:  Family & Relationships
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Two women who forever changed the world followed a plan to better their lives. One chose God’s design for her. The other listened to a different voice that questioned God and rebelled against Him.
Women and men today face the same decisions that confronted Mary and Eve. We can either seek the Tree of Life with God…or keep biting into the bitter fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Statistically, women today are less happy than at any time in measured history. This extolled knowledge of good and evil has had consequences. It’s not about equality in work, pay, or choices. It’s about women wanting to become “like men” instead of being women. It’s about women who aspire to be “nasty” and men who are confused about what it means to be a real man.
Nasty Gets Us Nowhere reveals the powerful truth behind learning to do relationships like Christ, particularly relationships between men and women. Our culture often incites rebellion, but God calls us to work together. As Galatians 5:15 says, “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other” (niv).
In an age saturated with feminism and gender wars, ex-feminist Drenda Keesee combines her wit, humor, and life experience to unpack a powerful, timely message that sets the record straight. She reveals why men and women have conflict, what God’s plan for unity is, and how men and women can unite to create an unstoppable force. Drenda believes the pendulum is swinging and there are many conservative women and men who want to make amends and discover how to have relationships that work. There’s also a younger generation searching for keys to live a different life than what they’ve seen modeled.
Drenda says we can see eye to eye when we first see heart to heart and spirit to spirit, coming from a place of cooperation instead of conflict. God’s Spirit coupled with His plan is the only answer to the separation and relationally destructive forces at work in the gender wars. It’s time for restoration and healing, to bring men and women side by side, hand in hand. There’s much at stake. We must understand our uniqueness, our vulnerabilities, and Christ’s unalterable principles for successful working and loving relationships to experience fulfillment and lasting peace.

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The title of the book caught my attention right away. Being unkind or judgmental doesn’t get you anywhere but miserable. I had to laugh when I read about the two fires that the author and her husband both had in the kitchen. It is so true that we quickly jump on our spouse when they make a mistake. When we do the same thing it isn’t quite as funny. We need to learn to “give grace” and not try to outdo each other.

Whenever I read about Adam and Eve I think of “The Blame Game.” It is easy to point the finger at your spouse but remember there are fingers pointing  back at you as you so proudly poke your finger out in triumph. When my husband and I were dating, I wanted to impress him. One weekend we went out to some land his family owned. It was pretty hot that day and he was going to dig post holes. I had this brilliant idea that I would help. I did manage to do one and then decided that that was enough impressing. That story gets told a lot in our family and is known as “Mom will never dig another post hole.” Why do we think we need to compete with each other? Working together brings unity and accomplishes so much more . We can use our strengths to compliment each other instead of trying to cause strive.

I really liked the chapter about communication. Without  communication your marriage has a big chance of failing. I know firsthand how easy it is to keep things  inside instead of voicing your opinion. As husband and wives we need to be able to talk to each other honestly so the enemy can’t find a way to divide us. If you don’t agree on something then pray about it. When  you pray  God will give you both the same direction. 

I think  the book is very helpful and has many useful tools to help us become more compassionate and less judgmental. I loved the chapter about forgiveness and how we need to forgive ourselves as well as others. “Unforgiveness is a deliberate strategy of the enemy.” The enemy also likes to make us feel unloved and unworthy. Don’t fall for those tricks. Know who you are in Christ and ignore the things that try to tear you down. 

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

About the Author

Drenda Keesee is a speaker, pastor, daytime television show host, entrepreneur, and author of several books. She has ministered on television and radio and at churches, seminars, and conferences for more than twenty years. Drenda is passionate about bringing women into spiritual, emotional, and relational wholeness so they can live “The Happy Life,” and has founded several programs to that end.
She and Gary Keesee, her husband of thirty-five years, met while attending Oral Roberts University and pastor the 4,500-member Faith Life Church, with campuses in New Albany and Powell, Ohio.
The Keesees have created several successful businesses in the financial arena and are the founders of Faith Life Now, which produces two television programs: Drenda, seen daily on several networks and weekly on Daystar; and Fixing the Money Thing, airing daily on Daystar, GEB, BET, Victory, CTN, VTN, and NRB. Drenda serves as host on these programs, which reach 750 million households worldwide.
Drenda has appeared on numerous other television programs, including Joyce Meyer’s broadcast Enjoying Everyday LifeTable Talk with Joni with Joni Lamb, Marcus & Joni with the Lambs, VictoryThon, and more. She has been featured on, Hannah Keeley’s Crazy Blessed podcast,, and on the cover of Daystar News. Drenda also speaks at conferences worldwide and is known for her ability to inspire, empower, and encourage others to improve their marriages, raise strong children, get out of debt, and embrace God’s best for their life.
In addition to her graduate studies at Oral Roberts University, Drenda received a master’s degree in Christian counseling from Logos University and an honorary doctorate of divinity from CICA International University and Seminary.
The Keesees have five children and several grandchildren. They reside in New Albany, Ohio.

More from Drenda

Nasty Gets Us Nowhere reveals why men and women have conflict and God’s plan to unite them for His kingdom. Coming from a feminist background, I realized that wasn’t the way God intended for me to live.

Blog Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 10
A Baker’s Perspective, September 11 (Spotlight)
Tell Tale Book Reviews, September 12 (Spotlight)
Godly Book Reviews, September 13
Blossoms and Blessings, September 14 (Spotlight)
deb’s Book Review, September 14
Sara Jane Jacobs, September 15
Texas Book-aholic, September 17
Artistic Nobody, September 18 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Inklings and notions, September 19
For Him and My Family, September 20
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 21
Splashes of Joy , September 22 (Spotlight)


To celebrate her tour, Drenda is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.