Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Patriot Bride


The Patriot Bride
Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 4
Kimberley Woodhouse
(Barbour Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1683226062
July 2018/256 pages/$12.99

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause

Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict.

When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?


Read an excerpt.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story.

You can connect with Kimberley at: kimandkaylawoodhouse.com and www.facebook.com/KimberleyWoodhouseAuthor


MY THOUGHTS

The Patriot Bride provides a fascinating peek into the days leading up to the Revolutionary War. Kimberley Woodhouse brings to life the harrowing atmosphere in Philadelphia as neighbors and even family members align on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Perilous encounters, clandestine meetings, and guarded conversations exemplify the tension and danger that continually hovered. Faith's bravery and pure spunk garnered my admiration, especially as she dealt with her unwanted and obnoxiously persistent pursuer. Rich in historical detail, this captivating tale attests to the determination, honor, and sacrifice of those whose actions birthed a new and independent country.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Barbour 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.”


More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018) (Title links to my review.)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018) (Title links to my review.)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)?
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)



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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Rumored Fortune


A Rumored Fortune
Joanna Davidson Politano
(Revell)
ISBN: 978-0800728731
July 2018/416 pages/$15.99

Welcome to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England

Tressa Harlowe's father kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Now Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it.

It doesn't take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they're really up to. She'll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father's fortune--before someone else finds it first.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at jdpstories.com.


MY THOUGHTS

After enjoying this author's award-winning debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, the premise (and the oh-so-intriguing cover!) of her new release immediately caught my eye. While sophomore novels often fail to live up to a sensational debut's status, A Rumored Fortune is an absolute treasure. Joanna Davidson Politano has crafted a tale which, even if taken only at face value, captivates the reader with its vivid ambience and credibly depicted characters. But the deeper beauty and spiritual symbolism woven throughout this story truly make it a masterpiece. Excerpts from a "notebook of a viticulturist" which precede each chapter not only enhance the setting but provide allegorical wisdom. As tempting as it is to excerpt or identify specific favorite moments, I dare not rob other readers of the joy of gleaning these nuggets for themselves. I'm still reflecting on this novel, particularly a specific, absolutely brilliantly woven, thread. A Rumored Fortune will be placed on my keeper shelf, and I fully expect it to garner multiple awards. I'm already eagerly anticipating more from this gifted author.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a 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, August 6, 2018

Called to Protect


Called to Protect
Blue Justice, Book 2
Lynette Eason
(Revell)
ISBN: 978-0800727031
July 2018/320 pages/$15.99

She'll have to draw on all of her resources to crack the case--and guard her heart.

After being dumped by her fiancé, Chloe St. John has decided that the only male she likes is her K-9 German shepherd partner, Hank. But being over the whole romance thing has perks--like giving full attention to her job. Attention she's definitely going to need because a case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum is in a race against the clock to rescue his kidnapped daughter when Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man. But can she trust him? And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Buckle in. This fast and furious ride will have your heart pumping from the very start.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Oath of Honor and Called to Protect, as well as the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at lynetteeason.com.


MY THOUGHTS

I know to take a deep breath when opening a Lynette Eason suspense because it will likely have to last me through the entire book. That turned out to be an understatement with the latest release from this gifted author. Called to Protect teems with danger and heartbreak as Eason delves into the heartbreaking reality of human trafficking, making it personal for the law enforcement officers who fight for justice each day. Not a moment is wasted in this heartpounding tale that riveted my attention from the opening prologue until the final sentence. Non-stop action, richly developed characters so real you might pass them on your local street, and an underlying romance capture the mind and heart in this powerful story. Add Called to Protect to your must-read list.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Bethany House Publishing. I was not required to write a 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.”


BLUE JUSTICE - CLICK THE COVER FOR MY REVIEW OF BOOK 1!





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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ACFW New Releases - August 2018

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


Contemporary Romance:

Out of Their Element by Angela Breidenbach, Robin Lee Hatcher, Vickie McDonough, and Deborah Raney -- They are totally out of their element! Four mismatched couples find unexpected romance. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

The Redemption Road by Christa MacDonald -- As Alex awaits retribution, he means to keep Annie safe at any cost, but she knows it’s redemption he needs and she’ll pay any price for him to find it. (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

Scarlet Tears by Laura Hervey -- Caught in a romantic triangle with her brother’s best friend and a charming pastor, former call girl Carly Lawrence struggles to start a new life. (Contemporary Romance from Alabaster Box Press)

Historical Romance:

Rebecca’s Legacy by Betty Thomason Owens -- After a threat against her family, a spoiled heiress is sent to the country to work on her aunt’s produce farm and finds love. (Historical Romance from Write Integrity Press)

The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse -- Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Cozy Mystery:

Deadly Harvest by Marissa Shrock -- Georgia’s biggest challenge in the farming town of Wildcat Springs, Indiana, is figuring out how to win Evan Beckworth’s heart. Until the day she discovers the body of a former student in the woods. When she starts to suspect this wasn’t an accident, memories stir of her father’s murder nine years earlier. A murder never solved. As Georgia works with the sheriff's department’s newest detective, Cal Perkins, she finds her heart slipping into his hands. But her head is pummeled with conflicting evidence and anonymous threats of severe consequences if she digs any deeper. In the end, Georgia faces a paralyzing choice. Ignore the dark secrets inside the family and friends who surround her or be willing to risk her own life to uncover the truth. (Cozy Mystery, Independently Published)

Unknown Enemy by Janet Sketchley -- A young woman with a traumatic past must discover the truth about who's playing mind games with the Green Dory Inn's owner. (Cozy Mystery, Independently Published)

Romantic Suspense:

Hiding in Plain Sight by Mary Ellis -- When a Charleston PI rents a room above an Italian restaurant owned by a handsome chef, she lands in the middle of a family feud with robbery, arson and murder for the daily specials. (Romantic Suspense from Severn House Publishers LTD)

Wildfire by Gayla K. Hiss -- A female wildfire scientist and a firefighter team up to solve the mystery behind the outbreak of wildfires in the Rockies and find themselves at the center of a firestorm. (Romantic Suspense from Mountain Brook Ink)

Amish Country Ambush by Dana R. Lynn -- A police officer and a dispatcher travel deep into Amish country to rescue her nephew and to escape a killer. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Imperfect Promises by Elizabeth Noyes -- When a homegrown terrorist threatens the woman he loves, former Special Forces soldier Jonas Cameron calls on old friends to help him eliminate the danger. (Romantic Suspense from Write Integrity Press)

Cold Fear by Susan Sleeman -- When a sniper’s ex-girlfriend, a musician, is framed for murder during her summer tour, he jumps to defend her from an imminent arrest and a killer’s deadly rage. But the evidence against her stacks higher as three bodies are found with her name tattooed on their wrist. (Romantic Suspense from Edge of Your Seat Books, Inc.)

Cold Case Cover-Up by Virginia Vaughan -- The first thrilling Covert Operatives tale An infant is believed to have been murdered thirty years ago—but investigative journalist Dana Lang is convinced she’s that baby. Now someone’s willing to kill to stop her investigation. And only secretive deputy Quinn Dawson, whose grandfather may have faked Dana’s death to protect her, can keep her safe. But a killer’s dead set on burying the past—and them—for good. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Thriller/Suspense:

Pretense by John Di Frances -- A dark cloud hangs over Europe after the brutal murders of two heads of state just days apart. A diabolical plot appears to stretch westward to the United States, implicating the CIA. But do the facts reflect reality or is there a sinister force working behind the scenes to destabilize Europe and NATO? The team of investigators led by Interpol’s Marek Frakas, 'The Wolf,' moves quickly to track the perpetrators and uncover the identity of the unseen mastermind behind the conspiracy. This cadre includes the lovely Adrianna, a young forensic weapons expert who can hold her own on the male-dominated international team of investigators. Together they seek to understand reality versus the shattered mirror-like reflections meant to obfuscate the truth and shroud the mastermind’s identity and ultimate purpose. (Political Thriller from Reliance Books Publishing, LLC)

Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig -- Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies' blood. Cole "Tox" Russell wants only to put the dangers of his past behind him and begin his new life with Haven Cortes. First, though, he's called to complete a final mission: retrieve the sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order. The AFO, however, is determined to reunite the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things worsen when Mercy Maddox, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the artifact is tied to a string of unsolved serial murders. Tox and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to target the true enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must destroy the AFO . . . or join them in the flames. (Military Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])





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Monday, July 30, 2018

Caught by Surprise


Caught by Surprise
Apart from the Crowd, Book 3
Jen Turano
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764217968
July 2018/368 pages/$15.99

After years of hiding her true nature, Miss Temperance Flowerdew is finally enjoying freedom outside of the shadow of her relations, so the last thing she expected on her way to work was to be grabbed off the street by a stranger and put on a train bound for Chicago.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend, Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind her abduction, they're spotted alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Even though Gilbert is willing to propose marriage, Temperance is determined not to lose her newfound independence. But when the misunderstanding in Chicago escalates into a threat on her life, accepting Gilbert's help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.


Read an excerpt.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jen Turano, the USA Today bestselling author of ten books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at jenturano.com.


MY THOUGHTS

Jen Turano closes out her delightful series with another thoroughly charming novel. Turano's creative genius sets her Apart from the Crowd as she once again swirls together peril and propriety with a dash of whimsy, resulting in an entertaining tale that alternately made me cringe and laugh out loud. Caught by Surprise is more than simply a superficial and frivolous read, however. Subtle and organic threads of love and honor add depth and balance. What fun it was following Temperance Flowerdew's adventures and watching her lifelong friendship with Gilbert blossom. Perfectly enjoyable as a standalone, this novel will be that much more satisfying for those who have read the earlier books in the series as they reconnect with Temperance's friends Miss Gertrude Cadwalader and Miss Permilia Griswold, along with other unique and enchanting characters. Don't miss this extraordinary story, and pick up its predecessors as well.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Bethany House Publishing. I was not required to write a 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.”


APART FROM THE CROWD SERIES


Click on the cover to the left for my review of the free prequel novella to this series!

Click on the cover for my review of book 1, Behind the Scenes.

Bought it, loved it, apparently forgot to post a review. I guess you could say that's Out of the Ordinary!




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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Chicken Who Loved Books


The Chicken Who Loved Books
Angela Hunt
Illustrated by
Marrieta Gal
(Hunt Haven Press)
ASIN: B07CQ5P82K
July 2018/34 pages/$6.99

Little Red loves it when Henry comes home and reads books to the chicken in the coop. But when Henry begins to bring a video game instead of books, Little Read has to figure out a way to tell him that while video games are fun, books are better. For ages 3-8. From the author of the beloved The Tale of Three Trees.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who expect the unexpected in novels. With nearly five million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 140 works ranging from picture books (including The Tale of Three Trees) to non-fiction books, to novels. Her books have won the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards from Excellence in Media, and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, her novel The Note was featured as a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

Also in 2006, Angela completed her Master of Biblical Studies in Theology degree. She completed her doctorate in biblical studies in 2008 and her Th.D. in 2015. When she’s not home reading or writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences.

Now that her two children are grown, Angie and her husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Turner and Hooch and Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards–one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City. Afterward, the dog gave out pawtographs at the airport.

Angela admits to being fascinated by animals, medicine, psychology, unexplained phenomena, and “just about everything” except sports. Books, she says, have always shaped her life— in the fifth grade she learned how to flirt from reading Gone with the Wind. You can read about her latest adventure, raising chickens, on her blog. Learn more about Angela on her website and Facebook.


MY THOUGHTS

I loved reading to my kids when they were little, and I know this one would have been one of their favorites. Angela Hunt has created a wonderful tale that will delight both parents and children while reinforcing the importance of reading. Engaging illustrations bring the story to life and provide opportunities for conversation and teaching on each page. I can hear children saying, "Read it again!" as the final page is turned. Don't miss this charming picture book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from Angela Hunt and Hunt Haven Books. 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, July 23, 2018

River to Redemption


River to Redemption
Ann H. Gabhart
(Revell)
ISBN: 978-0800723644
July 2018/336 pages/$15.99

One young woman must stand up for freedom--and perhaps find her own in the process.

Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions.

Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She's determined to find a way to buy Louis's freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she'll need all of the courage and strength she possesses--and more.

Partly inspired by a true story, this latest novel from Gabhart depicts the harrowing conditions of slavery in the antebellum South as well as the dangers faced by those who helped slaves escape. Exquisitely voiced characters add a depth and richness of hope that incorporates themes of faith and justice.” ~Library Journal Review


Read an excerpt.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling and award-winning author of many novels, including These Healing Hills, Angel Sister, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She is also the author of the popular Hidden Springs Mysteries series as A. H. Gabhart. Ann and her husband enjoy country life on a farm a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

MY THOUGHTS

The top of Ann H. Gabhart's website says Come home to story, and indeed, that's exactly what happens inside the pages of this exquisitely written and touching novel. Beginning with the poignant cover and continuing to the final pages, River to Redemption stirs the soul with its evocative setting and authentically rendered personalities. Tragedy and heartbreak find healing and hope as love changes hearts and lives. With characters that linger in your heart and mind long after the story's satisfying conclusion, River to Redemption belongs on your list of must-reads for 2018. Don't miss this powerful novel inspired by a true story from a Kentucky nineteenth century cholera epidemic.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Revell 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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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Defense of Honor


A Defense of Honor
Haven Manor, Book 1
Kristi Ann Hunter
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764230752
June 2018/384 pages/$14.99

When Katherine "Kit" FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she's forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend's missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she's telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can't matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and to raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. But as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, the risk of revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.


Read an excerpt.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kristi Ann Hunter is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.


MY THOUGHTS

As a fan of Kristi Hunter's novels, I knew this would be an exceptional story, but she exceeded even my high expectations. Hunter portrays a difficult and heartrending reality of life in the early nineteenth century (and many years since) in this first book of her Haven Manor series, yet perfectly balances poignant moments with times of whimsy and joy. From the opening humorous moments involving the arboreal decor of a grand ball to the final pages, A Defense of Honor engaged, inspired, and delighted me. I immediately fell in love with the children, of course, and Kit and Graham, along with Daphne and the mysterious Jess, endeared themselves to me as well. Hunter deftly threads subtle yet important messages of forgiveness, justice, and honor throughout this compelling story. I am already eager for more of Daphne's story in Book 2, coming in February. Don't miss A Defense of Honor!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Bethany House 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, July 17, 2018

A Search for Refuge - FREE e-Novella!


A Search for Refuge
A Haven Manor Novella
Kristi Ann Hunter
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 9781493412846
ASIN: ASIN: B079V1KN1K
March 2018/129 pages/$0.00

Margaretta Fortescue desperately needs to disappear from London society, and her only hope is to follow the rumors of another young woman who recently made a life for herself away from the glare of society. Her search leads her to the market town of Marlborough where, in spite of her efforts to avoid attention, she can't seem to elude local solicitor Nash Banfield.

All Nash wants is a quiet, sedate life--no risks or surprises. When Margaretta, clearly on the run and unwilling to answer questions, interrupts his solitude, his curiosity and his principles won't let him leave this determined woman without assistance.

But will discovering the truth about Margaretta make him think twice about finally taking a risk on love?

A Search for Refuge is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Kristi Ann Hunter's new Regency historical romance series, Haven Manor! Includes an extended excerpt of the first full-length novel in the series, A Defense of Honor.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kristi Ann Hunter is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.



MY THOUGHTS

I fell in love with Kristi Ann Hunter's writing three years ago when I read her A Noble Masquerade, her debut novel that kicked off The Hawthorne House series, and I am excited for this new series. I read this free e-novella back as soon as it was released in March and have been eagerly waiting for more. A Search for Refuge introduces the series and setting of Haven Manor. Though short, this tale brims with endearing characters, stirring scenes, and heartbreaking realities of life in the early nineteenth century. Of course, it was easy to like Margaretta and Nash, as the main characters, but widowed store owner Mrs. Lancaster totally stole my heart! Don't miss this wonderful story.

Tomorrow, my review of A Defense of Honor, Book 1 in this delightful series!


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Monday, July 16, 2018

Darkwater Secrets


Darkwater Secrets
Darkwater Inn, Book 1
Robin Caroll
(Gilead Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1683700685
July 2017/272 pages/$15.99

A murder investigation uncovers sordid secrets and haunting mistakes

The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and general manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. But she is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide's childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim's past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend--the woman he's quietly loved for years--kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can't press Adelaide too hard . . . because he's keeping secrets of his own.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” ~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of twenty-six years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home.

Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

Visit her website or connect with her on social media.



MY THOUGHTS

Robin Caroll once again displays her ability to rob me of all sense of time or place in her brand-new thriller. Even the titles of this series and first novel send a chill up my spine. While I'm not sure I would be brave enough to actually spend a weekend at a hotel with such a name as Darkwater Inn, I gladly "checked in" for the length of time it took me to devour this story. Caroll weaves a mysterious tale populated with believable and sympathetic characters and a plot that becomes more complex with every chapter. Each time I thought I had determined the resolution and identified the culprit, a new layer took me another direction. As always, Caroll's expert pacing and ability to make the reader vicariously experience each emotion and situation kept me glued to the pages. A subtle but steady faith message reminds the reader of the long-term damage that buried secrets cause. Darkwater Secrets is a must for your summer reading list.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from Gilead Publishing and NetGalley 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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