Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pelican Point


Pelican Point
A Hope Harbor Novel
Irene Hannon
(Revell)
ISBN: 9780800728809
April 2018/368 pages/$15.99

In the midst of life's storms, unexpected love is a beacon of hope.

A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.

Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home--and she's determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.

Sparks fly as the two go head-to-head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. Can Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?


Come home to Hope Harbor...
where hearts heal--and love blooms





Read an excerpt.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, including Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, Private Justice, and Men of Valor series. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of RWA's elite Hall of Fame. In addition, she has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Learn more at her website.


MY THOUGHTS

Irene Hannon is doubly gifted: she writes suspense novels that make me gasp and contemporary romances that make me sigh. Pelican Point is another delightful addition to her Hope Harbor series. While it is easily read as a standalone, I loved reuniting with characters from the previous novels, such as Charley, who dispenses wisdom along with his ever-popular fish tacos. Once again, Hannon creates engaging and believable characters in Marci and Ben, each of whom tug at my heart as they face the obstacles that stand between them and their opposing goals. Equally compelling and authentic, Greg and Rachel added depth to the story, and I cheered for them to find their way. Oh, and what's not to love about the unique couple Floyd and Gladys, who only Charley seems to fully understand? (I've always thought Charley is what the Bible refers to as an "angel unaware.") While this story definitely qualifies as a romance, Hannon deftly tucks in a flicker of suspense, adding a layer of tension as the climax nears. You don't want to miss this book or series. Visit Hope Harbor and Pelican Point this spring. Tell Charley I sent you!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


EARLIER HOPE HARBOR NOVELS - Click the covers of Sea Rose Lane and Sandpiper Cove for my reviews! (Still aggravated I missed reviewing the first one! LOL




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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

ACFW New Releases - April 2018

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon -- After inheriting a crumbling lighthouse, ex-Army doctor Ben Garrison wants to sell it. But Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber is determined to save the town landmark. Can these two romance-wary souls finds a meeting of the minds...and hearts? (Contemporary Romance from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing)

An Amish Heirloom by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, and Beth Wiseman -- From bestselling Amish authors come four novellas about the meaning and tradition found behind every family heirloom. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Historical Romance:

This Wilderness Journey by Misty Beller -- He’s been sent to retrieve the new missionary… But she’s not at all who he expects to find. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)


The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy -- Deborah and her sister and two little children survive a wagon train massacre. Trace finds them and takes them home. He finds himself their accidental guardian. He must protect them all and gain justice. When he does, all these friendly visitors--especially Deborah--will leave him forever. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])


First Love Forever Romance Collection by Susanne Dietze, Marcia Gruver, Cynthia Hickey, Carrie Fancette Pagels, Martha Rogers, Lorna Seilstad, Connie Stevens, Erica Vetsch, and Jennifer Uhlarik -- Coming face to face with a lost love can be awkward when the heartstrings are still holding on to the “what ifs.” In settings from 1865 to 1910, nine couples are thrown back on the same path by life’s changes and challenges. Can love rekindle despite the separation of time and space? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)


All Things Beautiful by Keely Brooke Keith -- It’s 1868 in the settlement of Good Springs, and Hannah Vestal is passionate about writing fiction and keeping her stories to herself. When her father asks to read her work, she decides to have it printed secretly for his 50th birthday. Hannah tries to arrange the printing with the settlement’s pressman, but the witty and dapper Henry Roberts has better things to do with his ink. In order to secure settlement support for his printing press, the elder council says Henry must print an error-free copy of the New Testament before the settlement’s 8th anniversary celebration. He is determined to meet their challenge, but when the enigmatic Hannah proves to be a beguiling distraction, Henry longs for something more than a life at the letterpress. (Historical Romance from Edenbrooke Press)


Adoration by Olivia Rae -- Sir Darrin de Longue is desperate to get his lands back from Lady Faith de Sainte-Marie, the woman who betrayed him and may have had a hand in his father's murder. But King Richard discloses on his deathbed that Lady Faith is the king's daughter and then issues an ultimatum Darrin must obey. In order to reclaim his lands, he must marry Lady Faith and get her with child in a year's time. Lady Faith has loved the rowdy and bold Sir Darrin since childhood, but cannot be a true wife to the bitter, angry man whom she has wed. In order to gain his trust and love, she vows to find the truth about his father's murder. But when she stumbles upon deadly secrets, will she be able to prove her innocence--and his--to erase the past and win Darrin's heart? (Historical Romance from HopeKnight Press)


Under Prairie Skies by Cynthia Roemer -- Illinois prairie, 1855. Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again. Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever. (Historical Romance from Mantle Rock Publishing)


The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo -- The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost. Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

General Contemporary:

Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels -- Crisis pregnancy worker Marissa Moreau suspects her husband is cheating, but little does she know how close to home her husband’s infidelity hits. College student Kaitlyn Farrows is floundering after a relationship with her professor leaves her pregnant. Soon she lands a job and a support system at the local pregnancy resource center and things seem to be turning around. But when Marissa and Kaitlyn become friends, neither one knows they share a connection—Colin, Marissa’s husband and Kaitlyn’s former professor. When their private lives collide, the two women must face the ultimate test of their faith and choose how to move forward as they live in the shadows of hope. (General Contemporary from Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

Secret Past by Sharee Stover -- With gunmen at her doorstep, Katie Tribani learns her true identity. She’s been in witness protection since childhood, and now her crime-lord father has found her. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Young Adult:

Chase by Glenn Haggerty -- Tyler, a middle school newbie, shadows drug runners to rat out the methamphetamine dealer before his friend turns into a brain-dead druggie. (Young Adult, Independently Published)





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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Most Noble Heir


A Most Noble Heir
Susan Anne Mason
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764230875
March 2018/368 pages/$15.99

Will Gaining the World Cost Him Everything He Holds Most Dear?

When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl's heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.

Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing once their marriage is sanctioned by God that Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between his dreams for tomorrow and his father's demanding expectations.

Forces work to keep the couple apart at every turn, and a solution to remain together seems farther and farther away. With Nolan's new life pulling him irrevocably away from Hannah, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Anne Mason's debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at www.susanannemason.com.


MY THOUGHTS

What a great novel! Forbidden love across the classes always tugs at the heart, but when it begins on an equal footing and then one of the individual's station changes, it becomes even more heart-wrenching. Susan Anne Mason creates a compelling story with endearing characters who face timeless challenges. While our society no longer follows the iron-clad rules of aristocracy, the struggle for parental approval and unconditional acceptance will resonate with many readers. I was captivated by Hannah and Nolan's situation and couldn't put this book down until the final page was turned. A Most Noble Heir is a most excellent choice for your spring reading list!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House Publishers for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


GIVEAWAY

Enter to win Susan Anne Mason’s Courage to Dream series, plus a copy of A Most Noble Heir! Click on the graphic below to be taken to the entry form!






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Monday, April 2, 2018

The Pirate Bride


The Pirate Bride
(Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 2)
Kathleen Y'Barbo
(Barbour Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1683224976
April 2018/256 pages/$12.99

Pasts Collide in New Orleans when a Treasure Goes Missing

The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost. Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear.

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than eighty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the 2014 Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine. Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and a tenth-generation Texan, who recently moved back to cheer on her beloved Texas Aggies. Connect with her through social media at www.kathleenybarbo.com.


MY THOUGHTS

Kathleen Y'Barbo always pens a compelling story, and she exceeds all expectations with The Pirate Bride. Vivid imagery and distinctive characters sweep me into this adventure-filled tale, and I practically felt the salt-spray and the pitch of the ship as it crested the waves. A fine line distinguishes a privateer from a pirate, and though I wouldn't want to find myself on a ship commanded by either, it does provide a fascinating story! A couple of relatively minor issues keep me from giving this book the highest rating. As a stickler for details, I was a bit frustrated that the blurb didn't quite match the story--Maribel was almost thirteen, not eleven, as the story opens. And the latter part of the book, when Jean-Luc and Maribel meet again, seems a bit rushed, considering the difference in their ages and the length of time since they had seen each other. Overall, however, this is a captivating read with important faith messages regarding forgiveness and revenge. Grab your copy today.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Barbour Publishing for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising


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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

High Cotton


High Cotton
(Bucklin Family Reunion, Book 1)
Debby Mayne
ISBN: 978-1683701309
March 2018/304 pages/$15.99

Some families are filled with so much love they can’t help but drive each other crazy

Shay Henke has mixed feelings about going to her family’s next reunion. On the one hand, she’ll get to see everyone in her mama's family—folks she loves unconditionally. On the other hand, she knows there’ll be more drama than you can shake a stick at.

The days leading up to the event bring one surprise after another. First Shay must deal with her sister-in-law’s deep, dark secret. Then she has to contend with the childish ways of her business-mogul twin cousins. And when her high school crush wants to be her date to the reunion . . . well, it may have been a dream come true for Shay’s teen self, but the woman she’s become doesn’t know what to make of this.

Shay’s contentment is challenged, and she’s determined to shake things up a bit. But will she find the excitement she’s looking for, or will Shay realize she prefers her quiet and predictable life? One thing is certain: Life in the Bucklin family is never boring.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debby Mayne is the author of more than 60 novels and novellas. She writes family and faith-based romances, cozy mysteries, and women’s fiction. She has also written more than 1,000 short stories and articles as well as dozens of devotions for busy women. She has worked as managing editor of a national health publication, product information writer for a TV retailer, creative writing instructor, and copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. She is currently an etiquette writer for The Spruce, one of the DotDash (formerly About.com) companies.

Debby grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, South Carolina, Hawaii, and Japan. Her parents were both from the Deep South, so she enjoys featuring characters with southern drawls, plenty of down-home cooking, and folks with quirky mannerisms.

She and her husband currently live in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. Visit her website for more information.


MY THOUGHTS

Pull up a porch swing and grab yourself some sweet tea--Debby Mayne has served up a heaping helping of Southern in her latest release. I do believe I have met a few of the folks in High Cotton--or maybe I should call them characters! Anyone who has been part of a large Southern family or attended a family reunion may recognize a distant cousin or two. High Cotton is high on drama and high on love, as well. Mayne depicts a family with plenty of ups and downs who aren't shy about pointing out each other's flaws, but they will be the first one to defend those samed loved ones to an outsider! Plenty of laughter and a sprinkling of tears pepper these pages, along with reminders of the many ways God uses our (often unique!) family members to grow us and show us His love. Sit a spell and enjoy High Cotton today.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Gilead Publishiners and Litfuse Publicity for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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Monday, March 26, 2018

Winning Miss Winthrop


Winning Miss Winthrop
Regency Brides: The Promise of Hope (Book 1)
Carolyn Miller
(Kregel Publications)
ISBN: 978-0825445330
March 2017/320 pages/$15.99

Catherine Winthrop has cried out to God too many times to count. Years ago, the man who stole her heart rejected her--and she's never recovered. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it's her home and her family's good name--and she has no one to share her grief.

Jonathan Carlew's life may look enviable from the outside--wealthy, handsome, landed--but the mystery surrounding his birth has shadowed his entire life. Now as he ascends to the barony, fresh challenges await, including a scheming mama who wants him to embrace power, even at the cost of losing love. How can he remain the kind, honorable man he strives to be and still meet the demands of his new society responsibilities?

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England's royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in Carolyn Miller's new series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won't want to miss this new set of characters.


Read an excerpt.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Visit her website, www.carolynmillerauthor.com, to learn more.


MY THOUGHTS

Carolyn Miller immediately became a must-read author for me when I read her debut novel last year, and I am delighted to discover she is embarking on another Regency Brides series. As in her previous novels, Miller creates a sigh-worthy romance amidst the backdrop of England in the early nineteenth century. Vividly drawn characters inhabit authentic scenes, making the pages come alive with intrigue, power, and love. I loved this story and couldn't put it down. I can't fathom what it would be like to be a woman in Catherine's position, to be stripped of all that is familiar and watch someone else inhabit my home while I lived mere yards away, subject to their generosity, and I ached for all that Catherine experienced. I also can't imagine dealing with the social mores required during that time period, and Miller brilliantly depicts the clever. albeit at times thinly veiled, rhetoric accompanying afternoon visits and formal balls and dinners. I am already eager for Miss Serena's Secret to be revealed in June! Add Winning Miss Winthrop to your spring reading list - you don't want to miss any of these engaging novels!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an electronic copy of this book free from Kregel Publications for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”




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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Borrowed Dream


A Borrowed Dream
(Cimarron Creek Trilogy, Book 2)
Amanda Cabot
Revell
ISBN: 978-0800727574
March 2018/352 pages/$15.99

There is no such thing as an impossible dream . . .

Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the local doctor's treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek's dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life where dreams rarely come true.

Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He's managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.

With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.


Read an excerpt.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart as well as the Texas Crossroads series, the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.


MY THOUGHTS

Nothing beats a historical romance set in Texas--except maybe one with a medical twist! While I enjoyed Amanda Cabot's series opener, A Stolen Heart, this new release is her best yet, and I couldn't put it down. Easily read as a standalone, A Borrowed Dream focuses on Catherine and Austin's story, yet their circle of friends-not to mention the town at large-includes individuals from the previous novel, providing a richer experience for readers of both works. Cabot provides a fascinating glimpse of the extremes of medicine in the waning nineteenth century, from leeches and purgatives to the cutting edge (no pun intended!) of plastic surgery within the framework of this multi-faceted tale. Heart-wrenching incidents intersperse with sigh-worthy encounters as evil lurks. A roller-coaster of emotions enveloped me as I read, and the climax took my breath away. Don't miss A Borrowed Dream, a must for your spring reading list!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Amanda Cabot and Revell for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Heart's Appeal


The Heart's Appeal
London Beginnings, Book 2
Jennifer Delamere
(Bethany House)
ISBN: 978-0764219214
March 2018/384 pages/$14.99

London, 1881

He Never Expected to See Her Again. Then She Appeared with a Most Unexpected Request. . . .

Strong-minded and independent, Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick action saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. It's only later that she learns he could be instrumental in destroying her dreams for the future.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its status, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to regain the path to wealth and recognition. His latest case puts him in the middle of a debate over the future of a women's medical school. He's supposed to remain objective, but when the beguiling and determined Julia reappears with an unexpected entreaty, he begins to question what he's made most important in his life. But Julia may be hiding her own motivations. As the two are tangled into spending more time together, will their own goals be too much to overcome?


Read an excerpt.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Delamere's debut Victorian romance, An Heiress at Heart, was a 2013 RITA Award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, A Lady Most Lovely, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She's been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband. Learn more at her website, www.jenniferdelamere.com.


MY THOUGHTS

What a fabulous story! Julia is full of spunk and courage, and I admired her determination and single-minded purpose, not to mention her absolute gumption! Michael was equally likable, and I appreciated his willingness, albeit reluctant, to look beyond the established and expected protocols to the true issue. Delamere creates a marvelous tale that pits Julia and Michael on opposing sides of a court case in addition to their unequal social station, providing all manner of opportunity for conflict. Richly crafted scenes bring London's Victorian era to life, while the cultured discourse – as well as its clever nuances! – reminds the reader of the value and care placed in those days upon maintaining appropriate distance between men and women. The unexpected ending surprised and delighted me, and I hated to turn the final page. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will be looking for more from this gifted author.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House Publishers for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Q&A WITH JENNIFER DELAMERE

1. In The Heart’s Appeal, Julia Bernay comes to London in order to attend medical school. What made you choose this profession for her?

Medicine seemed a natural fit for Julia, due to her love of learning and her desire to help people. In 1881, when this book takes place, England had only recently passed laws allowing women to certify as physicians. Julia is a strong-minded and independent person and a natural groundbreaker, which describes all of the early female doctors. They faced a lot of initial opposition from many people in the established medical profession, and public opinion wasn’t always with them, either. But they persevered.

Julia’s choice of career also fits with her background of having been raised in George Müller’s orphanage in Bristol, England. When girls left Müller’s orphanage, most went into service (cooks, maids, etc.). However, some became nurses, as did Julia. It was easy to imagine that Julia would jump at the opportunity to become a physician when that field finally opened up to women. Her Christian upbringing in Müller’s orphanage has
made her a fervent believer. She wants to become a licensed physician so that she can be a medical missionary to foreign countries. But she soon learns there are many people in London who also need the physical and spiritual help that she can provide.

2. Although the main characters in your books are fictional, you often include real people in your books. Is this the case with The Heart’s Appeal?

Yes! Julia’s mentor at the medical school is Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, who in 1865 became the first woman to qualify as a physician in Britain. In 1874, she cofounded the London School of Medicine for Women and was active in its administration as well as teaching. Her husband, James G.S. Anderson (Jamie), was the joint-owner of a successful shipping line. They were a perfect match for many reasons, not the least of which was because he fervently supported his wife’s choice of a career. Jamie Anderson offers advice and help to Michael Stephenson, the book’s hero, at a critical time.

Julia also has an inspiring encounter with Dr. Anderson’s sister, Millicent Fawcett. Today, Millicent is most remembered for her role in the women’s suffrage movement. Both sisters were quite extraordinary, and I enjoyed being able to include them in this book.

3. The Heart’s Appeal includes scenes on the London Underground. Do you think this will surprise the reader?

I’m sure the image most people have of transportation in Victorian London is that of hansom cabs—two-wheeled carriages with the driver’s seat high in the back. Certainly there were countless numbers of those. But the first line of what became known as the London Underground was opened in 1863, so it was well-established by 1881 when Julia gets there. At that time, the trains were powered by big, smoky steam engines. You might say that London’s fog above ground was matched by the smoke-filled tunnels below. The trains were not electrified until the early twentieth century.

Many thanks to Jennifer Delamere and Bethany House Publishers for providing the above Q&A.


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Monday, March 12, 2018

A Heart's Revolution


A Heart's Revolution
Roseanna M. White
(WhiteFire Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1946531087
March 2018/310 pages/$14.99

In 1783 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.

Never did Lark think she'd want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she's loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees Williamsburg for Annapolis, taking refuge in the nation's temporary capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.

Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new nation he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater...before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.

Previously published as Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books...to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

Being educated at St. John’s College (the Great Books School) taught Roseanna to ask questions, to value conversation, and to never accept the simple answer without exploring it for herself. She and her family make their home in the mountains of West Virginia where she and her husband both grew up. Roseanna is a member of ACFW, a frequent speaker at writers events and small groups of readers, and an unabashed email addict. Learn more at her website, http://www.roseannamwhite.com/


MY THOUGHTS

I missed this novel the first time around and am so glad it's being re-released. This time I knew what a treat Roseanna M. White's novels are, and I couldn't put it down. Set in the early days following the American Revolution, A Heart's Revolution contains fascinating details about the aftermath and the lingering bitterness against those who had remained loyal to the Crown. The compelling historical setting provides a magnificent backdrop for the battle for love and honor. White weaves a masterful story, eliciting many smiles as quiet, compliant Lark blooms into a vivacious and indomitable young woman. White makes Emerson work harder to gain the reader's sympathies and affection (not to mention Lark's!), and it isn't certain if he will be successful on either account. Completely delightful from the opening paragraphs to the final utterly satisfying sentence, A Heart's Revolution is one of those rare books I hated to finish and wish it were part of a series. Don't miss this charming novel!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from WhiteFire Publishing and Roseanna M. White for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Across the Blue


Across the Blue
Carrie Turansky
(Multnomah Books)
ISBN: 978-1601429421
February 2018/352 pages/$14.99

Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.

Within the palatial surroundings of her family’s Edwardian estate, Isabella Grayson longs for something more. Despite her father’s success as a newspaper baron and her own journalistic talents, her parents want her to marry an established aristocrat to improve their social standing rather to pursue her dream of writing for one of her father’s newspapers.

When aspiring aviator James Drake crashes his flying machine on the Graysons' expansive grounds, he is surprised to learn he landed on the property of the very man who is sponsoring the race to fly across the English Channel–a race James is desperate to win. And although Bella’s striking beauty and intellect capture his attention, James must remain focused on his goals is he has any hope of building an honorable reputation apart from his parents’ shameful past.

As the race draws closer and unexpected events threaten to turn James and Bella’s world upside down, will their faith and love be strong enough to help them overcome the challenges ahead?


Read an excerpt.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of eighteen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women's fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott. They have five adult children and five grandchildren. Learn more at her website carrieturansky.com.


MY THOUGHTS

Carrie Turansky's engaging characters beckoned me to the Edwardian era as I journeyed within the pages of this book to early twentieth-century England. My knowledge of the inaugural days of flight was limited to school lessons about Orville & Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk, so I was fascinated to read about the race for the skies in Europe. Turansky ably portrays both the thrills and dangers experienced by James and others who seek to be the first to fly across the English channel, and she parallels this quest alongside Isabella's own attempted "flight" from the expectations of her upbringing. It's hard to imagine, in our current day, how difficult-and even scandalous-the idea seemed that a young lady would desire a profession rather than the expected and socially acceptable marriage, and Isabella's challenges and victories add to the appeal of this novel. A bit of intrigue (and of course, romance!) adds excitement and faith keeps the story well-grounded. Don't miss Across the Blue!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Multnomah for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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Monday, March 5, 2018

ACFW New Rreleases - March 2018

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.


Contemporary Romance:

Finally a Bride by Renee Andrews -- Her dreams of love haven’t worked out, but veterinarian Haley Calhoun intends to grant an orphaned boy’s wish. She’ll heal Eli’s injured puppy—while resisting his charming counselor, Gavin Thomason, at the children’s home. Still mourning the loss of his wife and baby, Gavin believes he can’t commit again. But in losing their hearts to Eli, will Haley and Gavin discover they’ve found the family they need? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Love and Roses by Sally Bayless -- Looking for a fresh start, former Manhattan lawyer Nate Redmond agrees to arrange the sale of the outdated Rose Park in small-town Missouri, not realizing it has deep sentimental value to his new neighbor, Abby Kincaid—a beautiful widow he’d like to impress. When their plans for the park clash, he learns he’s competing against the memory of her husband, a decorated war hero. With plenty of past mistakes hiding in the in the hedges, can Abby and Nate learn forgiveness and courage in time for love to grow? (Contemporary Romance from Kimberlin Belle Publishing)


Courting Her Amish Heart by Mary Davis -- In this first book of the Prodigal Daughters series, Kathleen Yoder comes home after fourteen years in the Englisher world. Practicing medicine means sacrifice—no Amish man will want a doctor for a wife. Widowed Noah Lambright offers a cottage as her new clinic, seeing how much Kathleen’s skills can help their community. But as their friendship deepens, could love and family become more than a forbidden dream? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


The Amish Nanny’s Sweetheart by Jan Drexler -- As nanny for her nephew, Judith Lapp is finally part of a vibrant, joyful Amish community instead of living on the outskirts looking in. But teaching her neighbors' Englischer farm worker to read Pennsylvania Dutch wasn't part of her plan. And the more time she spends with Guy Hoover, the more he sparks longings for a home and family of Judith's own. Guy figured he would never be truly accepted by his Amish employers' community - even though the Mast family treats him like a son. But Judith's steadfast caring shows him that true belonging could be within his reach...if he and Judith can reconcile their very different hopes - and hearts. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


The Reluctant Groom by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- When Ray O’Brien’s world is turned upside down, Katie Fairchild wants to help, but the personal cost is high. Neither desires a marriage of convenience, but when Katie blurts the first thing that comes to her mind Ray can’t dismiss her offer of marriage. It would solve all his problems except for one thing—they aren’t in love. Can these two friends team up for the greater good and perhaps find love along the way, or are their expectations impossible? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)


Anna’s Forgotten Fiance by Carrie Lighte -- An accident leaves Anna Weaver with no memory of her Amish hometown’s newest arrival—her fiancé! After a whirlwind courtship, their wedding’s in six weeks…but how can she marry a man she can’t remember? Carpenter Fletcher Chupp takes her on a walk down memory lane, but there’s one thing he wants to keep hidden: a secret that might just lose him the woman he loves. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Grace Restored by Toni Shiloh -- Michelle Thomas has it all. Beautiful and successful, she’s just opened her own law firm in Freedom Lake. What more could she want? When her old flame rolls back into Freedom Lake, she’s intent on ignoring him. But how can she give the widower and his precious twin girls the cold shoulder?
Still reeling from the death of his wife, Guy Pierre returns to Freedom Lake to take over as town sheriff and raise his twin daughters. Alone. Yet, life keeps throwing Michelle in his path and sparks of interest began to rise. Will old secrets tear them apart again or can they find the faith to let God’s grace restore what has been broken? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)


General & Women’s Fiction:

Justice by Emily Conrad -- Jake thought he was meant to marry Brooklyn, but now she's pregnant, and he had nothing to do with it. Brooklyn can’t bring herself to name the father as she wrestles with questions about what her pregnancy means and how it will affect her relationship with Jake. If Harold Keen, the man who owns the bookstore across from Jake's coffee shop, has anything to do with it, the baby will ruin them both. (General from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])


The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel -- When her heart donor’s parents give Megan Jacobs their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. (General from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)


Sweet Meets by Deborah Raney -- From short stories to novellas, from contemporary to historical, all of award-winning author Deborah Raney’s short works have been gathered into one great collection for one low price. Includes the following novellas and short stories: Going Once, Special Delivery, Haiti's Song, Prairie Lessons, Finally Home, Circle of Blessings. (Women’s Fiction from Raney Day Press)


Historical Romance:

Seven Brides for Seven Texas Ranchers Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough, Gabrielle Meyer, Lorna Seilstad, Erica Vetsch, and Kathleen Y’Barbo -- Join seven Texas Rangers on the hunt for a menacing gang, who run straight into romances with women who foil their plans for both the job and their futures. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)


A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears -- In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain serves on the schoolboard, determined to protect Teaville's children from the bullying she experienced as a child. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against him getting the job. Aaron has returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He sets out to prove to Mercy he now has the best interests of the children at heart. Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they're working for? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])


Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Jennifer Lamont Leo -- In Jazz Age Chicago, Dot Rodgers sells hats at Marshall Field while struggling to get her singing career off the ground. Independent and feisty, she’s the life of the party. But underneath the glitter, she doesn’t believe she’s worth the love of a good man. Small-town businessman Charlie Corrigan carries scars from the Great War. After all he’s been through, he wants nothing more than to marry and start a family. But the woman he loves is a flamboyant flapper, used to a more glamorous life than he can offer. As his fortunes climb with the stock market, it seems he’s finally going to win her love. But what happens when it all comes crashing down? (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)


A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason -- A young man suddenly thrust into nobility is torn between the servant girl he hopes to marry and the father he’s always longed for. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])


Safe Refuge by Pamela S. Meyers -- Wealthy Chicagoan, Anna Hartwell, is about to wed a man she loathes. The Great Chicago Fire erupts, postponing the wedding. After escaping to Wisconsin with her family she realizes she loves Irish immigrant, Rory Quinn, and prepares to break the wedding plans, which are still on. Then she learns a dark family secret that changes her life forever. (Historical Romance from Mantle Rock Publishing)


Husband by Arrangement by Angel Moore -- Abandoned by her secret fiancé, the mayor’s pregnant daughter marries the sheriff. Can she overcome her past and help him save the town from corruption? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Beneath A Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer -- Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence, but when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the grooms-to-be. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness? (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])


Romantic Suspense:

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn -- After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston moves home to Carrington, North Carolina to leave behind her troubled past. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. Leigh reaches out for help from her high school friend and volunteer underwater investigator, Ryan Parker. But when Ryan finds the body of a wealthy businessman in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer—one with a terrifying connection to Leigh and deadly implications for them all. (Romantic Suspense from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing)


Secret Service Setup by Jessica R. Patch -- Secret Service agent Evan Novak becomes the target of multiple hit men when someone puts a two-million-dollar bounty on his head. Is it the gunrunner he’s tracking...or a traitorous agent? Framed and wanted, Evan reluctantly accepts protection from bodyguard Jody Gallagher, his former love who lost her Agency career because of him. But then the bounty is raised to include Jody… (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Fugitive Spy by Jordyn Redwood -- A spy with amnesia—and a mission he can’t remember. When Casper English lands in her ER with amnesia, Dr. Ashley Drager learns he has a picture of her…and the same tattoo as her long-missing father. With a dangerous man after Casper, and his memories possibly holding the key to finding Ashley’s father, she secretly whisks him away from the hospital. But can she keep him alive long enough to help him regain his memories? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


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