Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: A Highlander's Hidden Heart by Julie Coulter Bellon


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From the Timeless Romance Singles line comes the new novella A HIGHLANDER'S HIDDEN HEART by Julie Coulter Bellon:

Despite being the daughter of a duke, shy Elizabeth Barrington becomes a target for the cruel whisperings of the ton. She would rather stay at home with her sketchbook indefinitely than give them more to gossip about, but when a dashing new earl arrives, everything changes. His Scottish brogue and easy acceptance draw her in and she finds herself falling in love. Before she can act on her feelings, however, her father promises her to a man who hides his cruel behavior behind a mask of civility. With her future at stake, Elizabeth must make a choice—do her duty or choose a love that could cost her everything.

Alec Ramsay never expected to inherit an earldom or settle in England, but he leaves behind his life in the Scottish Highlands and comes to London. After meeting his new neighbor, the beautiful and soft-spoken Lady Elizabeth, Alec can’t wait to further their acquaintance. It doesn’t take long in her company, however, for Alec to see he’s in danger of losing his heart. But when long-held prejudices rear their ugly head, Alec is caught between doing what is right and his new role as an English gentleman. Has he finally found the love he’s waited his whole life for, only to lose her in the web of unfair judgments and proper English traditions? 


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: My Dearest Enemy by Jennifer Moore


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Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, 1812
 
Struggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who is to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren't for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier's injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans.

Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn. After being nursed back to health by beautiful, if reluctant, Abigail, Emmett would do anything to save the men he left behind—including forcibly enlisting Abigail's help. Soon, Abigail finds herself caught between two countries at war. And as her attraction for Emmett grows, her conflicted heart engages in its own silent battle. But when she is accused of treason for her actions, her survival rests in the hands of the very man she once considered her enemy.

REVIEW

While I haven't finished the book yet, I am immensely enjoying it so far.  Abigail and Emmett are both interesting characters and their attraction certainly cares a great deal of tension considering their situation (opposite sides in a war). One of the things that I enjoy most about Jennifer Moore's books is her attention to detail, everything from clothing worn to doctoring details shines through in such a fascinating way.  But it's her characters that really capture me every time I pick up one of her books.  I can't help but care about what happens to them and how.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Sweet Mercy by Donald S. Smurthwaite


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What do you remember, what is important, what do you simply let go, sand piling on sand, until only the important events and memories are left?

Much to the delight and good fortune of Arthur and Mary Bell, they were the proud parents of four strapping sons. Such a stroke of luck was vital to their survival on the Idaho plain, where every able-bodied young man was desperately needed to work the land. So when Mary gave birth to a baby girl, the family was befuddled. But they suffered no distress at the loss of another boy to help around the farm—they felt only absolute delight in their sweet Mercy May.

Now, a lifetime later, Mercy recounts with poignant fondness the tales of her childhood in her rugged Idaho town. Experience with the Bell family, friends, and neighbors and devastation of the Great Depression and the impact of years of war. From a dedicated farmer hit hard by despair to a good-hearted reverend to the gentle brothers who brought light during the darkest of times, each individual's story weaves a vital thread into the rich tapestry of one woman's incredible life.

REVIEW

To be honest, I wasn't really into this book at first.  It seemed kind of slow and the writing felt different.  But as I kept reading, I realized that this book isn't so much about Mercy May, although she's the main character, as it is about the community where she grew up during the Great Depression.  The story switches back and forth between the present day, where a 93-year-old Mercy May lives in a retirement community she calls a resort, and her childhood experiences of the past.  But along with telling Mercy May's story, the reader also gets to know her neighbors, her teacher, and her family.  The book really feels like the story of a time long ago when communities were full of people who actually knew and helped each other, rather than the individualistic societies of today.  As I continued to read I couldn't help but be touched by the struggles of these people on the Idaho plains.  Life was a struggle before the Great Depression, and become even more of one afterword.  But those who stayed still found a way to help each other, despite their own suffering and pain.  I couldn't help but be touched by their caring acts of kindness despite having very little themselves.  The book almost reads like a collection of short stories about the history of a hard time and place that was still home for those who lived there.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Ashes on the Moore by Sarah M. Eden


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The life of an impoverished schoolteacher is not one Evangeline Blake would have chosen for herself. Torn from her home and her beloved sister and sent to work in the gritty factory town of Smeatley, Evangeline must prove herself to her grandfather, a man who values self-reliance above all else, before he will grant her access to her inheritance. Raised to be a lady of refinement, she hasn't any of the skills necessary to manage on her own nor does she have the first idea how to be a teacher. But failure means never being with her sister again.

Alone and overwhelmed, she turns to the one person in town who seems to know how she feels—Dermot McCormick, an Irish brick mason who is as far from home and as out of place as she is. Despite the difference in their classes and backgrounds, Evangeline and Dermot's tentative friendship deepens and grows. Her determination and compassion slowly earn her the faith and confidence of the skeptical residents of Smeatley, who become like the family she has lost.

But when a secret from her past comes to light, Evangeline faces an impossible choice: seize the opportunity to reclaim her former life and rejoin her sister or fight for the new life she has struggled to build for herself—a life that includes Dermot.

Ashes on the Moor is the inspiring love story of one Victorian woman's courage to fight against all odds, and the man whose quiet strength gives her the confidence to keep trying.

REVIEW

Sarah Eden has written another great book.  This one revolves around the experiences of a young lady who's recently lost most of her family.  Her remaining family, including her aunt and uncle and her grandfather, force her into accepting a teaching position.  But her sister Lucy is sent away to boarding school further breaking both girls' hearts.  Even worse, Evangeline discovers the schoolhouse and attached living quarters in shambles and she is unprepared to take care of herself.  So she reaches out to the only other person in town she knows: Dermot McCormick, who despite his grumpiness reluctantly agrees to help her.  With Dermot's help, Evangeline slowly begins to find her way in teaching and living.  But her aunt's hostility continues to undermine her work and she struggles to fight off the despair.  But with Dermot's encouragement, Evangeline develops a growing determination to fight for what she wants and to do right by her students, regardless of the cost. 

Once again Eden has created characters that I couldn't help but fall in love with, and not just Dermot and Evangeline, but also the secondary characters as well.  Lucy, Ronan, and the students and their families just worked their way into my heart.  I couldn't help but cheer for Evangeline every time she stood up for herself and her students.  And the romance between Evangeline and Dermot is at times amusing as well as touching.  I love how realistic Sarah Eden's books are.  Not only are they delightful to read but they stick with you long after you're done. 


Thursday, March 1, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Stars Above Northumberland by Anita Stansfield


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Her husband is dead. But far from grieving, young widow Lady Meriwether Sturgess feels nothing but relief and release. After enduring years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her cruel husband, Meri is drawn to the comfort of the one place sure to offer healing both for her and her children: Rosewell Manor. The home of her beloved Aunt Annibel is the site of her happiest childhood memories, and it promises the new beginning for which she longs.

Just as she settles into life at the manor, Meri is granted a delightful surprise. Elliott Rosewell has come to stay, as he often has since childhood. Meri and Elliott had once been close friends, and each concealed long-harbored feelings for one another. Their warm relationship is quickly rekindled, and despite the sorrows and secrets they each conceal, they discover that their friendship has blossomed into love. But a relationship that seems to promise happily ever after quickly begins to unravel as devastating truths from both Meri's and Elliott's past surface, and their chance at happiness together may be lost forever ...

REVIEW

No matter how many books by Anita Stansfield I read, I'm always impressed with her ability to write compelling stories full of emotion.  She also often writes about serious issues.  In this book, the issue of abuse and the innumerable consequences associated with it plays a huge role in the relationships depicted in the story.  The main character, Meri Sturgess, is finally free after seven long years of constant abuse from her husband, Lord Sturgess.  Unwilling to spend another minute in the home she hated, Meri packs up her children and returns to the home she grew up in after her parents died.  But leaving behind the memories and trauma of her abuse isn't as easy as she'd hoped. And the secrets her aunt and cousins hold create additional problems for her.  But Elliott Rosewell's presence as her former best friend goes a long way in helping her find healing for herself and her children.  But one big last secret might undo all she's come to treasure.  Once again, Stansfield has written a compelling story with sympathetic characters with strengths and weaknesses who struggle with real-life issues.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: A Tangled Inheritance by Chalon Linton


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Nora Ellsworth, darling of London society, has her choice of eligible suitors, but since childhood, she has been expected to marry Jonathan Browning, a gentleman whose wealth and stability will someday secure the futures of Nora and her mother and sister. The family estate will pass to an odious male cousin upon the death of Nora's father, and when he suddenly takes ill, her need to marry well becomes vitally important.

As Nora struggles with the idea of marrying without love, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Devlin Fausett, a man with dark eyes and intriguing conversation. But Devlin's reputation as an indebted gambler is difficult to ignore. Despite rumors from the ton and the marriage decision before her, Nora is determined to befriend the dashing Mr. Fausett, and his charms soon make it all but impossible for her to remember her duty. Until she learns the truth of her fortune. There is a way to keep her family's estate, but the price is high: Nora must wed as soon as possible. Torn between two very different men, she must make the ultimate decision. Will she be guided by her head or her heart?

REVIEW

I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  Mr. Fausett and Nora are both quite sympathetic, likable characters.  Nora is a bright, cheerful sort of person, who dearly loves her family, but wants a husband who doesn't mind talking about subjects other than fashion and the Ton.  She's quite shocked when she discovers just how desperately her family needs her to marry.  And her parents choice is Jonathan Browning, a young man she likes, but isn't so sure she can love.

Mr. Devlin Fausett is a pleasant, kind man with a gambling addiction.  He really likes Nora but knows that his bad habits and debts make him an unworthy choice for her.  But he can't help taking advantage of her friendship when she offers her help in overcoming his addiction.

A sweet love builds as Devlin and Nora start as friends and slowly become more than that.  Nora's troubles with her sick sister and desperate parents combine with Devlin's gambling struggles to create a believable set of circumstances. 

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: a familiar fear by Kathi Oram Peterson


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Ex-FBI agent Riley Scott lives each day with the scars of her former career. After the murder of her husband and the recent attempt on her own life by the Russian mafia, her heart is irrevocably broken. Agate Island seems like the perfect place to begin building a new future for herself and her teenage son, yet even before the ferry docks at their new home, Riley realizes there will be no escape for her. There, on the boat, is mafia boss Maksimillian Petruso—the man who took everything from her. The man she killed.

Matthew Taggart knows who Riley is and understands her reaction to his resemblance to Maksimillian Petruso. But Matthew is nothing like his estranged criminal father. So far, he has been able to hide from that evil world. However, he's afraid Riley's appearance on the island may lead his family's mafia connections to his doorstep. After all, she is the agent who took down his father. Matthew needs to leave town. Fast. Unfortunately, when the family wants to find him, there is nowhere he can hide. Now he and Riley are thrown together in a dangerous connection, and learning to trust each other is their only hope of survival.

REVIEW

This romantic suspense has a rather unusual twist to it.  When Riley Scott, former FBI agent, arrives on Agate Island looking to build a new future for herself and her son, the last person she expects to see is Maksimilian Petruso, the Russian mobster that murdered her husband and nearly took her own life.  Especially since she already killed him.  Turns out Matthew Taggart is Petruso's son and has been hiding from the rest of the family for years.  Unfortunately, being so close to each other doesn't work out well for either one.  Only by working together can they find a way to defeat the crime family and save themselves and their children.  This suspenseful novel is full of twists and turns, not all of which are unexpected.  Still, the book contains plenty of tension both life-threatening and romantic.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

TREK Movie Trailer Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

TREK the MOVIE TRAILER!


MOVIE SYNOPSIS: 

Written by Hollywood screenwriter David Howard and Jon Enos, and directed by Alan Peterson, TREK is a family comedy that follows a group of LDS teens as they stumble their way through the sagebrush looking for their pioneer heritage as well as their own testimonies.

Watch as Tom, a young Mormon teenager and his friends try to smuggle in unsanctioned food, battle sibling rivalry, encounter a “special ops” Young Mens leader, ponder doctrinal brain teasers, and match wits with a Twinkie-loving skunk.  Through all of the ups and downs, they are revealed to be “real” LDS youth who are struggling with real challenges—doubts, divorce, relationships.  When they encounter unexpected trouble, their faith is tested much like their pioneer ancestors.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Six Days to Live by Kenneth M. Page


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Sometimes disaster is simply a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Take Addison Roberts, for example: it is a deadly coincidence that in a crowded parking lot one day, she catches the eye of a dangerous criminal on the run. In his desperation to evade the police, what he needs is a way out—and Addison and her car are his ticket to escape.

Lieutenant Chase Roberts, on leave from his military assignment, is anxious to be reunited with his wife. Yet as night falls and Addison fails to appear, Chase feels a rising sense of foreboding. Hours quickly become days as he desperately works with authorities to find the woman he loves. But after being named a person of interest, Chase is warned away from the investigation—a mandate he ignores. Chase will stop at nothing to find his wife, and what he ultimately discovers is terrifying: Addison has been carjacked by a man who has killed before and has no scruples against killing again ...

REVIEW

Page has written a compelling, suspenseful story of desperation and fate playing out against love and survival.  After falling victim to a desperate man, Addison struggles to survive, knowing full well, that her captor is volatile and unpredictable.  Chase, meanwhile, is also desperate, desperate to get his wife back.  This leads both to do things they might not otherwise do.  And who knows what sacrifices might have to be made in order for Addison to live another day.  I enjoyed this one, although it was quite intense and I had to stop and take a deep breath now and then.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank


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Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue's wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiance. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper and seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.

Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiance she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate's mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.

REVIEW

An entertaining account of a courageous woman who sets out to find a life where she can be herself.  As a medical doctor, she's finding it difficult to find people willing to let her treat them.  But she's determined to succeed.  She's also not particularly interested in getting married especially after one bullying fiance.  But the heart likes to do its own thing sometimes, and Kate finds herself interested in one Lucas McCurdy.  But she isn't fully prepared for the trouble this causes in an already precarious situation with cattle ranchers on one side and sheep farmers on the other.  Frank has written an entertaining and enlightening book about life as a female doctor on the western frontier.

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*Jan 12th: http://reviewsfromtheheart.blogspot.com, http://www.wishfulendings.com, http://www.kindleandme.com, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com, http://fireandicereads.com


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Fisherman's Daughter by Melinda Sue Sanchez


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Eighteen-year-old Marianna De'Angelis has grown up on her father's fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna's peaceful world is shattered.

In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marianna and Massimo each harbor secrets, their only hope of survival is to trust each other with the truth of who they really are.

REVIEW

Falling in love during war complicates things for Marianna and Massimo, two young Italians.  Which is why they try not to fall for each other.  But they can't seem to help it.  But Massimo has secrets that won't allow him to be with Marianna, leaving her with a broken heart.  And unfortunately, when war strikes home leaving Marianna further devastated, she can't stay out of it any longer.  As Marianna and Massimo struggle to survive the war and their place in it, they must face the possibility of never seeing each other again.

I think the thing I enjoyed the most about this book is the beautiful Italian setting.  I really wanted to jump into the book and see the places the author describes (without the warfare of course).  It was also very easy to empathize with the struggles that Marianna and Massimo face in both their feelings for each other and their love of their country.  And I couldn't help but admire the courage they muster to fight for those whom they love.  The story line is compelling and interesting.  I enjoyed the book.

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