Thursday, October 19, 2017

Just Maybe (Home In You #3) by Crystal Walton

When a case of mistaken identity spirals into a more-than-complicated pretend relationship, an adventure seeker and a grammar fanatic just might’ve met each other’s match. 

Three weeks. That’s all the time self-made billionaire Cooper Anderson has to respond to discovering he’s a single dad, sell his lake house, and catch a one-way ticket across the world. The quick-witted nanny responding to his ad couldn’t be more of a life saver … and maybe a nice distraction. Until the secrets she’s hiding get a little too close to exposing his own.

The one lead guaranteeing Quinn Thompson a promotion just has to land her back in her hometown to finagle an interview out of Mr. Elusive, of all people. But she can hack it, right? Even while mistaken for the nanny, she can keep things quick and professional. No running into her embarrassing southern family, no stirring up the wounds that’d sent her packing four years ago, and definitely no melting over a stockbroker’s unfair dimples and boyish charm.

Why, oh, why doesn’t anything ever go according to plan?

With both their deadlines closing in before they’re ready, Quinn and Cooper must decide whether the life they’re set on pursuing alone is worth more than the one they could be missing together.

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I've been reading (and enjoying) Crystal Walton's books from the very beginning and I have to say that I think this book might be my favorite one.  I loved it.  LOVED.  IT.

These characters were so well crafted.  Each page felt like I was peeling back a layer, getting closer to the soul of who they really are.  I loved that.  The whole cast of characters were fantastic.

Oh, and there were sparks flying around everywhere.  The chemistry between Quinn and Cooper is crazy and the butterflies in my tummy were in full force.  I loved their banter and all their interactions.  Good stuff, that.

This book is full of emotion and depth.  The characters grow and learn.  There is a perfect  balance of flirty and fun with serious and challenging.  I could not put this book down.  LOVE!!  ๐Ÿ˜

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Content:  Clean, some kissing

- I received a copy of this book from the author.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor #3) by Dani Pettrey


FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that "the wrath is coming," Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She's sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can't deny, and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell--and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives.


If you love suspense/mysteries you really need to pick up this series and this book.  It is full on and intense.  There is never a dull moment and I was fully engaged from beginning to end- almost desperate at times.  Eek!  So good!  I would highly recommend reading these books in order.  The characters are all so heavily involved in each book, you will really miss out on knowing them and their backgrounds if you don't read in order.  There is also an ongoing sort of missing persons mystery going on throughout the first three books that comes to a head at the end of this book.  It would be such a spoiler if you don't read the other books first!

The lives of a group of friends intertwine as do their individual stories within each book in this series.  I am amazed with Dani Pettrey and her ability to weave these stories, their plots and characters so seamlessly together.  

This book is intense!  Did I mention that already?!  Ha.  It was hard to put down but I had to because I can't read stories like this at night.  I'm such a big chicken and I get all worked up.  I love sleep too much to risk being scared all night!  There are car chases, shooting scenes, detective work, running and hiding.  It barely lets you catch your breath before something else happens.  

This book is Christian Fiction, or Inspirational Fiction.  The characters rely on their faith and trust in God to guide them through difficult situations.  It isn't done in a preachy way, just as a seamless part of their lives.  I love that about this series. 

I can't wait to read the next book!!  This book leaves off in a way that just makes you crazy for the next book.  Arg!  Waiting isn't my favorite.  :)

Content:  Violence, death, kissing, peril, torture

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Sheriff's Bride: Country Brides & Cowboy Boots (Cobble Creek Romance Book 1) by Kimberly Krey


Trent Lockheart might be the new sheriff in town, but he can’t stop Jessie Jean from stealing his heart.

Sheriff Trent Lockheart knew he’d be in for a challenge when he moved from the big city and a large police force to the small Wyoming town of Cobble Creek. But at least he’d be able to stick to his bachelor ways without temptation. So he thought. Cobble Creek isn’t overflowing with young, single ladies, but Jessie Jean—the gorgeous brunette who runs the Country Quilt Inn—proves more tempting than any woman he’s known.

Jessie doesn’t care much for the new sheriff in town. After an explosive first meeting that almost ends in Jessie’s arrest, she’s even more determined to plan on dinner for one for the rest of her life. Sure, the new sheriff is seriously attractive, and after a second, much less dangerous run-in, he might not be that bad, but Jessie has no plan to marry, date, or even let a man into her life. Still, as the days pass, Trent’s surprising charm works past Jessie’s determination, and she finds promise in their budding relationship.

After opening up about the difficulties in her past, Jessie finds that Trent is guarding a dark tragedy of his own, one that might threaten their chance at a future together.


How cute is this cover?  I just love it!  And I love author Kimberly Krey.  She is so good at writing characters I end up caring about and sparky scenes with witty banter.

Trent and Jessie meet in a less than ideal way.  They start out on the wrong foot- completely misjudging each other.  It happens though.  We make judgments based on what limited knowledge we have and once we get more of the story, we usually understand each other better.  It's the same with Trent and Jessie.  That spark of attraction was there from the beginning and it grows as they get to know more about each other.  The misunderstanding and early judgments fall away as a friendship and respect take root.

I loved the arc of this story- how it led me so easily from one emotion to the next.  This book was so easy to fall into with a great cast of characters and a strong feeling of community.  I really enjoyed it!

Content:  kissing

- I received a copy of this book from the author.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Heart Only Grows (Timeless Romance Single Book 5) by Michele Paige Holmes


THE HEART ONLY GROWS: A brand new historical romance novella from Michele Paige Holmes:

For Children’s Aid Society employee Addelaide Campbell, riding the Orphan Train is a labor of love—a last, heart-wrenching attempt to do the best she can for the children entrusted to her care. If only she could keep them all…Or at the least, keep children from the same family together. When the sheriff of Somerset, Wisconsin, offers an unexpected proposal that might allow her to do just that, Addie takes a leap of faith—or possibly insanity—and decides to accept.

Miles Linden has sworn off women, children, marriage, and family. In the two years since he lost his wife and daughter to influenza, loneliness has been his constant companion, except on Friday nights when he drowns his sorrows at the local saloon. He’s coping with this arrangement just fine, until the morning he’s rudely awakened by a pert woman and two gawking children who mistake him for a real outlaw, instead of a man sleeping off his liquor on the cot at the jail. Being awakened and accused are the least of the surprises awaiting Miles, since Addie Campbell and the Orphan Train arrived in town.


This novella is ever so sweet.  Honestly, sweet is the best word I have to describe it.

I read a book not long ago, also a historical fiction, that included bits about the orphan train as well.  Before that, I had no idea those were even a real thing.  Can you imagine the kids on those trains?  How they must have felt?  Scared, alone.  My heart breaks just thinking about it.  In this book, Addelaide accompanies these children on the train to help facilitate their adoptions.  That is a job I would never be able to do.  Addelaide is so kind and gentle.  I loved her instantly.

Miles is convinced that he will never be able to love again.  There is no room in his home or his heart for loving and losing love again.  Miles gets tricked into a marriage situation, but he agrees because Miles is just that kind of stand up guy.  Even hurt he does the right thing.  Thank goodness for that!  

This is a novella but I really never felt like it was rushed.  The characters were well developed and full of life.  I connected with them and loved them.  That is sometimes hard to do in a novella length story.  I'm not surprised though.  Michele Holmes is one of my favorites and she knows how to weave a fantastic tale.

Content:  Some mild peril, mention of child abuse

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Safe House by Traci Hunter Abramson + Win This Book!


The guardians, the shadowy heroes of the top-secret program designed to protect members of the most elite government organizations, are being hunted down one by one. There is a single explanation: a traitor must be embedded somewhere in their midst. But if they themselves are the target, who will protect them?

CIA operative Renee Niezen has heard tales of the guardians, though she's never really believed in their existence—until she is approached by Charlotte, an old friend who desperately needs her help to stop the systematic destruction of the guardian program. Renee accepts the plea for assistance, but not everyone is thrilled to have her on the team. Kade—one of the last guardians standing—is unimpressed with Renee's qualifications and turns instead to the legendary Saint Squad for help. But when Renee is caught in the crosshairs, Kade must set aside his antagonism for the woman in order to protect her. Their grudging alliance soon develops into much more—but before the pair can examine their feelings, their investigation takes a dramatic twist. With lives on the line, Renee and Kade must use their spy training at every turn as they draw dangerously close to the shocking truth.


Wowza, I loved the fast paced, action filled feel to this book!  There was never a dull moment.  Even the downtime in this book felt important and filled with some sort of tension.  Books like this are exciting and exhausting!  By the end I feel a huge sigh of relief that we all made it out alive.  ha.  

This book brought back so many old friends from previous books, all working together for one common goal.  It felt sort of like a family reunion, but not nearly as happy and carefree.  That happens when everyone is trying to stay alive.  

This is exactly the kind of book I've come to expect from Traci Abramson.  I love that I know what I'm going to get when I pick up one of her books.  What a fun ride this one was!  Sometimes quite literally.  Wait until you read about Kade's "ride".  :)

Content:  Some violence and peril, some kissing.

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blue Moon Kisses (Georgia Moon Romance #3) by Cindy Roland Anderson


At age twelve, Ashlee Nichols fell in love with her brother’s best friend, Beau Jacobsen. Everyone thought she was cute and that her crush was simply that…a crush. But her young heart had known he was the one, and she had planned on marrying him as soon as she was old enough. Unfortunately, when she confessed her feelings to Beau, he’d laughed, patted her on the head and told her he was flattered. Sure, Beau had been twenty-two at the time, but she knew she wouldn't always be a little girl. Just when she turned eighteen and was finally old enough to date him, Beau joined the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan. Now, six years later, Beau is back in Mitchel Creek, Georgia for a few weeks. He’s hotter than ever…and still ten years older, something he can’t seem to get past. He still sees Ashlee as a glorified little sister…or does he?


I am a Cindy Roland Anderson book lovin' fan.  Is that a thing?  If not, it is now.  And I speak being the president.  Cindy Anderson has a way of writing that just sits so perfectly with me.  From her down to earth characters to her fun covers, her books are a treat from the minute I set eyes on them.

This book had me pulling my hair out in desperation for that first kissy connection between Ashlee and Beau.  Ugh!  The tension was killing me!  Beau is all sorts of hung up on how old Ashlee is and how she is the little sister of his best friend.  That man!  He drove Ashlee and me crazy.  Honestly.  The attraction was zinging around all over the place.  It was so fun.

I read through this book so quickly.  I didn't want to put it down and I loved the ending.  <sigh>  So good.  Yum!  Just writing this makes me want to go back and read it again right now.  Yeah, that means it's good stuff!

This book is the third in the series, but each book can stand alone.  I loved seeing the couples from previous book in this book though.  It's nice to keep those old friends around you.  :)

Content:  Clean, some kissing

- I received a copy of this book from the author for free.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

$100 Book Blast for Game Changer by Charissa Stastny


Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention. Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game. As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves?

Praise for the Book “A fun and flirty new adult romance. It’s a sweet indulgence that keeps you turning pages. The start to what is sure to be a great new series. – Jennifer Peel, author of Pianos and Promises series

“Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi-Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime...”Taylor Dean, author of Chasing Fireflies  


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He reached out and grabbed my hand. “Meridee, I wondered if I could take you out tomorrow night. To make up for that mishap in the CUB, you know?”

I blinked, but couldn’t move. Couldn’t even form words. In fanciful daydreams, I’d imagined him holding my hand like this, but never had I expected it to happen. Holy llama. It felt as though Parker was an electrical socket, sending a steady stream of tingling energy pulsing through our connected hands. And wait! Had he just asked me out? I was still playing catch-up.

But when his words registered, it was like a bucket of icy water over my head. I whipped my hand away from him. “No, thank you.” I rubbed the shiny counter to conceal a furious blush. For a moment, I’d allowed myself to believe he was serious. “You don’t have to make up for anything. Let’s forget that whole debacle ever happened, shall we?”

“Oh, come on. I need a date, and you need some fun.”

I scowled. What did he mean by that? Did I appear that pathetic?
“Please. I don’t bite.” He playfully chomped his teeth.
My lips twitched.

“I’ve stopped playing football in the CUB, and haven’t tackled any more girls to the floor. You’ve had a reforming influence on me, Mare.” I narrowed my eyes.

“It’s Meridee.”

“Please say you’ll go with me, Meridee. We’ll play miniature golf, see a movie. Pretty please with huckleberries on top?”

Why would he want to date me when he had that gorgeous cheerleader and every other girl on campus throwing themselves at him? My knees pulled together and I tucked my arms into my side. He really must pity me.

“I can’t.” I returned to my needless wiping.

“Why not? Do you work?”

“No,” I said, grateful I didn’t have to lie. Mom always said my eyes gave me away. “I have tomorrow off.” My body needed the R&R.

“Then you can go.” He leaned over the counter and winked. No wonder he wasn’t used to hearing no. When not tackling girls to the floor, he could be very persuasive. I clenched my rag.

“No, I can’t. I already have a date.”

“Cancel it. Surely he’s not as great a catch as me.”
I scrubbed the toppings area with gusto. “I can’t cancel on my fiancรฉ.” I crossed my fingers, hoping that whopper might stay his pity.

“You’re engaged?” His disbelieving tone whacked my ego.

I nodded without meeting his gaze.

   

 

Author Charissa Stastny Charissa Stastny is an avid reader, happy writer, wasp-hater, iris-lover, and food connoisseur (especially sushi and chocolate, but not together). She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, but has never pulled a handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has four children that make her smile and laugh all the time. She called Idaho her home for years, but has recently moved to Utah, where she was thrilled to discover dozens of flavors of hot chocolate to keep her happy in the winter. The cherry one might be her favorite (this week). She is the author of five books and ‘imagine-eer’ of many more.

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Topaz Reign (Altered Stones, #2) by Teresa Richards + Giveaway!


It has been four months since Maggie learned the dark truth behind the tale of the Princess and the Pea and freed Princess Lindy from the cursed Emerald. Lindy is now back in the past where she belongs, queen of her tiny Scandinavian country, and Maggie is a fully reformed ex-stalker.

Except … she can’t stop doing internet searches on Lindy and her country.

One morning, Maggie wakes to find history turned on its head. Apparently, you can’t destroy a centuries-old curse without consequence. In order to prevent the changes in history from wiping out the present, Maggie resurrects her stalking gene and learns that fairy tales don’t stay dead for long.

Or at all.

Back in 1623, Lindy is juggling a threat to her family, a handsome new guard she’s not supposed to have feelings for, and a cursed Topaz with ties to the tale of Thumbelina. When past and present collide, Lindy and Maggie are brought together again, and another of Andersen’s tales turns from twisted fiction to chilling fact.


This is the second book in the Altered Stones series and I would highly recommend reading the first book before you attempt this one.  I didn't have time to read the first book so the author was kind enough to send me a summary of the first book to read, which helped me out a lot but I could still tell I was missing out on things- most especially the connection with the characters.  

Things started out a bit slow for me.  I think that may have been partially the problem of not reading the first book but it was a slow build in the beginning.  About halfway through, momentum begins to build and I became more invested.  I think by then I was also starting to get a handle on the characters and who they were.

I thought the last part of the book was full of adventure and fun.  I enjoyed the fairy tale spin and I love the cover for this book!

This book is geared toward the YA crowd and it definitely has the YA feel to it.  It is a book I can happily pass off to my teenage daughter.

Content:  Some violence and peril.  Clean.

- I received a copy of this book from the author as part of this blog tour.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Tuesday, October 3--Katie's Clean Book Selection
Thursday, October 5--Singing Librarian Books
Thursday, October 5--Cindy's Treasury of Good Tales--review 
Friday, October 6--Blooming With Books
Saturday, October 7--Cindy's Treasury of Good Tales--Guest post, Interview with the Topaz Reign Characters
Saturday, October 7--By Robin King
Sunday, October 8--Head Over Books
Monday, October 9--Why not? Because I said so! 
Tuesday, October 10--EmmyMom 
Tuesday, October 10--Five Take Flight 
Wednesday, October 11--Literary Time Out
Wednesday, October 11--Kindle And Me 
Wednesday, October 11--Getting Your Read On 
Thursday, October 12--My Book A Day
Friday, October 13--Brookie Cowles 
Saturday, October 14--LDS Women's Book Reviews  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Fearless Groom (Texas Titan Romances) by Cami Checketts


A bachelor auction, a hot football player, and the right woman to bring him to his knees.

Izzy Knight walked away from her father’s billions and his Titans football team to become a nurse practitioner at a children’s hospital. She’s busy and accomplished and certainly has no room in her life for a larger-than-life football player who goes through women faster than she completes a shift at the hospital.

Xavier Newton loves football but hates the games that go along with it. When the owner of the Titans forces him and his buddies to be sold like cattle at a bachelor auction he barely endures the event, until a feisty brunette bids half a million dollars for him. He’s completely drawn to Izzy, but when he finds out her father is the owner of the Titans sparks fly and everybody’s loyalties are challenged.

Can these two find love when they don’t know who’s waiting to tackle them from the blindside?

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Oh yeah, I'm super excited about this new book by Cami Checketts!  I mean, come on.  A hunky football player who loves his mama, donates time and money to orphanages and did I mention he is hunky?  Oh.  I did.  Xavier also has a tendency to get slapped.  Quite a lot.  I'm not sure if that says something about him or the girl that is doing the slapping.  In my most humble opinion, I think it says more about the girl doing the slapping.  

Izzy has some issues.  Mostly daddy issues which leads to relationship issues.  Izzy is afraid and fear will always hold you back.  Xavier is in a constant state of proving himself but he is pretty much fearless.  I love his confident attitude and his generous spirit.  He was the rock star of the story for sure.  And come one!  He's HUNKY!

Sparks fly from the very first interaction between Izzy and Xavier and they never stop.  Sparky, sparky.  And I sure love sparky!  There is a bit of danger thrown in too.  It might just surprise you!

So, if you are in the mood for some sparky romance with a hunky football star, this is your book today!

Content:  kissing, some mild peril

I picked this book up on Kindle Unlimited!  

Monday, October 9, 2017

Falling for a Duke (Timeless Regency Collection) by Rebecca Connolly, Nichole Van, Janelle Daniels


ON THE DUKE’S ERRAND by Rebecca Connolly. Lord David Chambers has one goal—to put his father’s Scotland estate to rights. Even if it means leaving in the middle of the London Season and avoiding the matchmakers. As the second son of a duke, David looks forward to facing the wilds of Scotland, and trying to make something of himself and prove his worth to his father. But David’s not prepared for the censure he receives from the local Scottish gentry, especially Ceana Shaw, the baronet’s daughter who not only mistakes him for the duke himself, she seems determined to think the worst of David.

VINGT-ET-UN | TWENTY-ONE by Nichole Van. Eliza Mail had found the perfect place to live out her days as a young widow, away from the pain of her past and lost love. Seemingly by chance, Eliza’s childhood neighbor, Liam Trebor, Duke of Chawton, comes to her village for a visit. Eliza hasn’t seen Liam in over five years, and his presence panics her. Will he reveal what he knows to her friends and neighbors, destroying her current life? Eliza must avoid Liam at all costs, but he seems equally determined to flush her out of hiding. What happens if Eliza’s past does not stay where it belongs . . . in her past?

I KISSED A DUKE by Janelle Daniels. Madeline Maybury will do anything to be invited into the inner circles of the ton. She takes on a challenge from a high society lady to kiss the Duke of Hargrave. When she finds Ethan alone and explains that she needs to kiss him, instead of turning her away, he’s amused. He also obliges. Madeline believes she can report back and achieve all of her ambitions. Instead, she’s given an even greater task. Once she accomplishes it, she realizes that the Duke of Hargrave is a very different man than she expected, and she’s in grave danger of falling in love.

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Oh.  I think I'm in love with this book.  ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’“  I want all romance and regency lovers to read it.  I seriously loved every minute I spent with this book.  It had me smiling, groaning in frustration, shaking my head in confusion and sighing contentedly.  

I really hate to call out favorites but Nichole Van's story knocked it out of the park for me.  It was so good!!  I actually wish I had time to go back and read it again.  All the books were great though- I loved all the smiles I Kissed a Duke gave me.  It was instant attraction and chemistry between the couple and I LOVE that.  On the Duke's Errand transported me to the Scotland countryside with two very determined people, butting heads and falling in love.  

This was a perfectly perfect way to spend a day reading.  (and I'm STILL thinking about Eliza and Liam!)

Content:  some kissing

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.


Friday, October 6, 2017

For Love or Honor (The Jonquil Brothers #5) by Sarah M. Eden + $25 and Book Giveaway!


From the moment they met, Marjie’s heart has belonged to handsome Captain Stanley Jonquil, younger brother of the Earl of Lampton. But six long months ago, when Stanley’s sense of honor required that he do as he had sworn and return to the Continent to fight in defense of King and country, neither Stanley nor Marjie could have dreamed what the cost of his service would be. It has been ages since Stanley last wrote, and Marjie and the Jonquil family are plagued by his unknown fate—until the day he unexpectedly reappears. Marjie’s joy, however, is quickly shadowed by confusion—the aloof, battle-worn soldier before her is not the man he once was. In the wake of Stanley’s blatant disinterest in renewing their acquaintance, Marjie’s devastation turns to determination as she vows to help him find peace. But his scars run far deeper than anyone realizes. Despite his feelings for her, Stanley believes Marjie deserves a man whose hands are not stained with the violence of battlefields and whose mind and heart are not haunted by the horrors he has seen. Honor requires Stanley to return once more to the life he has grown to despise, one he knows will destroy him in the end, even as his heart beckons him to stay with Marjie, the only woman he could ever love, and the promise, at last, of redemption.


I believe that love takes on all kinds of shapes and forms.  Love can be desperate.  Love can be gentle and sweet.  Love can be sparking and fiery.  Love can be patient and enduring.  The very best word I can come up with for the love in this book is yearning.  I felt it so strongly throughout.  A strong, yearning love.

Marjie yearns for love from Stanley and she also yearns for love and validation from her sister, Sorrel.  Marjie is sweetness personified.  She has a gentle soul full of desire to please and care for people.  Marjie is hopelessly in love with Stanley and wants nothing more than to be loved by him in return.  Her love yearns for his.

Stanley also yearns for love but doesn't believe himself to be worthy of that love- not from his family and definitely not from Marji.  Stanley is broken- physically, emotionally and mentally, from the horrors of war.  It honestly broke my heart.  Stanley loves Marji and he yearns for her love in return but doesn't feel worthy of it.

This was one of my favorite scenes from this book and I wanted to share a bit of it.  It is a scene between Stanley and his young niece.

"If you stay, Stanby, your hurt will get better too."  His vision blurred with the sting of tears he refused to shed.  He wanted to believe it, wanted to believe there was a cure.  "I can love you bigger than the biggest hurt."
"That is a great deal of love, Poppet."  Stanley tightened his grip on her.

"Do you have a lot of hurts?"  Caroline asked.

Stanley tried to clear his suddenly constricted throat, blinking against the pooling moisture in his eyes.  "Yes, I do."  The words were barely audible.  Where had the soldier gone?  Where was his self-control?

She lifted both her little hands to his face, touching his cheeks.  "There are so very many of us," Caroline whispered, leaning in close to his face.  "We can love you all better."  She ran her palm along his cheek, wiping away a tear that had escaped his eye.  She wrapped her arms around his neck and leaned into him.

I loved the arc of this story.  There is hurt and misunderstanding but that eventually gives way to healing and love.  That sense of yearning throughout the whole book really tugged at me and my heart became invested in this book.  I loved it.  I think this is one of my favorite books of the Jonquil Brothers series.  Oh, and the ending was perfect.  <deep, breathy sigh>

Content:  Some war related memories, PTSD symptoms, kissing

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown


Maddie is a normal twelve-year-old girl. Well, except for the fake mustaches she carries in her pocket. She likes to make people laugh and slapping on a mustache, especially a fuzzy pink or neon green one, always gets a smile. Maddie hopes that the class queen, Cassie, will find her mustaches as funny as she does and want to play with her at recess. She's been self-conscious lately because her right arm only feels normal when it's curled against her chest and she's constantly tripping over her feet. But that's probably just part of growing up and not something weird, right?

When Maddie's arm continues to bother her, her parents take her to a doctor who gives them a shocking diagnosis: the cause of the abnormal behavior of her limbs is a brain tumor and she must have surgery to remove it. She's understandably afraid as he describes the procedure, but knows she must find a way to be brave and must face her fears--all of them--at the hospital, at home and at school.

She will need all of her courage not only to face her illness, but also to face Cassie at school. Both Cassie and Maddie are auditioning for the same role in the school play, but when Cassie accuses Maddie of lying about her tumor in order to get attention, Cassie's bossiness turns into bullying.

And as Maddie's surgery approaches, she begins to worry more and more about the outcome. What if something goes wrong? What if the doctors don't get all the tumor out of her brain? What will happen to her family? What will happen to her?

It will take all of Maddie's vibrant imagination, a lot of kindness-both given and received-and of course, the perfect mustache to overcome the tough stuff ahead of her.


It's been another tough week in the world.  There is so much loss and devastation swirling around.  So much hurt, injustice and evil.  It can sometimes feel so overwhelming.  That's why books like this are important, I think.  They serve as a reminder that while there are hard things, there are good things too.  We can be the good things for other people.  We can make a difference, however small, through kindness and compassion for other people.  I want to quote a small part of the afterwords in this book, written by Maddie herself.

"We don't always realize what trials other people are going through.  Sometimes it takes courage to be kind to some people.  But we need to always stick up for what's right.  You can do it.  Anytime, anywhere, you can have compassion.  Everybody needs a friend and that friend can be you."

If only everyone believed this and acted on it.

Compassion:  a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

This book is perfectly suited for middle grade readers.  It's also perfect to be read aloud to younger children.  It provides so many great opportunities to talk with your children, grandchildren, students, etc. about kindness and how to deal with situations and people that are hard to understand.  I think one of the most important lessons we can teach our children is how to be kind.  Compassion matters.

While this book is a work of fiction, it is based on a true story.  I LOVE the cover!!!  I love Maddie's love for mustaches and how infectious it became for those around her.  I loved that each chapter of this book had a different kind of mustache.  It made me smile.  This book brought back a bit of hope for me this week, renewed my belief that there is good in this world and that I need to work even harder to make sure I'm a part of that good.

My thanks to the publisher, Shadow Mountain, for providing a copy of this book for me.
 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

On Tour with A Priceless Find (Camden Falls, #2) by Kate James + $20 and Prize Pack Giveaway!




A Priceless Find
(Camden Falls #2)
by Kate James
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 365 pages
October 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can opposites really attract?

A robbery followed by the discovery of a forgery at a respected art gallery thrusts Chelsea Owens into the center of an investigation headed by Detective Sam Eldridge. The instant chemistry between the high-spirited aspiring curator and the tall, dark, brooding cop is a classic case of opposites attract.

Complications arise when Chelsea uncovers a connection to an unsolved art heist. Teaming up with Sam to find the stolen paintings ignites feelings that could lead to lasting love. But Sam isn't ready to move beyond the tragedy in his past, no matter how promising his future with Chelsea could be…

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I always love when a book cover is a perfect representation of the story inside.  This one is exactly that!  The characters and the background setting are perfectly matched to this story.  :)

Chelsea is a hopeful, happy personality.  She seemed liked someone I would like to know in "real life".  In contrast, Sam is more reserved and careful.  They really are opposites in many ways but balance each other out perfectly.

Kate James is excellent at writing gentle, sweet romances.  Her books are so easy to settle into.  This particular story brought in an element of mystery with an unsolved crime and some strange things happening.  I enjoyed that aspect of it even though the story kept a pretty sedate pace.  There wasn't anything heart pounding or stomach clenching here, but the story maintained a slow and steady growth between the characters and the plot.

I really loved the K-9 series by Kate James.  I think those were my favorites so if you've never read anything by this author, start there.  But honestly, you cannot go wrong picking up any book by Kate James.  Especially if you love a good, sweet, clean romance.



Other Books in the Series

A Child's Christmas
(Camden Falls #1)
by Kate James
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 376 pages
November 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

There's a stranger at the door on Christmas Day… 

Single mother Paige Summerville wants to give her seven-year-old son the Christmas of his dreams. Jason needs surgery to beat the illness that's plagued his young life, leaving Paige desperate to make ends meet. So she turns to a charity that grants the wishes of sick children… 

Then a stranger arrives bearing gifts for Jason—and for her. He's Daniel Kinsley, a lawyer who's grown cynical about family. But his kindness in making Jason's wishes come true offers him more than he ever imagined. Is there room in Paige's heart for a man who could fulfill all their dreams? And not just at Christmas!


About the Author


Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word.

Kate's goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by email, through her website, her Facebook pageTwitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

   
On Tour with Prism Book Tours.
Tour Giveaway


Prize Pack:
- The prize pack includes:
   · Aqua over-the shoulder tasseled bag
   · San Diego K-9 Unit mouse pad
   · Signed copy of Sanctuary Cove
   · Signed copy of The Truth About Hope
   · Singed copy of When the Right One Comes Along, first book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series
   · A pack of three metallic page markers with an inspirational quote on each
   · Pair of heart-shaped earrings embellished with ruby-colored stones
   · Assortment of signed bookplates
   · $20 Amazon gift card
- Prize pack available for Canadian and US residents. Should the winner be international, e-books will be substituted.
- Ends October 11th