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Hi Y'all,

I know it must seem like I have fallen off the face of the earth...But I promise, I haven't!

I recently just got a job @ Kohl's and I've been busy with training and everything to do with that. Not to mention the rest of my everyday things!

But I promise, I have about 3 Book reviews that will be coming out this next week! I feel so bad for not having these done sooner! But after these three, I'll have to find some new books to review...Maybe some holiday ones? Does that sound like a plan!


And I want to thank all y'all for not bailing on me, during my 'absence' .


Love You all!!!

Rae
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Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris
(Click on the Photo to have a Look Inside!)
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Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and abducting a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expected to be doing. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from his pa, but instead ends up rescuing a feisty copper-haired who was on her way to marry Sullivan's dangerous enemy.


Emily McCarthy doesn't take kindly to her so-called rescue. Still, she's hoping Providence will turn her situation for good, especially when it seems Luke Sullivan just may be the man of her dreams. But Luke has crossed a vicious man, a powerful rancher not used to loosing, and Emily is the prize he's unwilling to sacrifice.


A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?

This is a great Christmas Action Story! When I saw the title, I knew I had to read that book! Just the name says that it's a great book. You know the old saying, 'Never Judge a book by it's cover' ? Well, I always do. I look at the picture, title, and back cover...If any of the three don't spark my interest...I probably wont be reading that book. So thumbs up to Yvonne, All three captured my attention!

Emily takes on the label of 'Mail-order Bride' in this tale of action and romance. So she's on her way out to marry a man she thinks is a wonderful Godly man. That is until Luke Robs the coach she's on, and carries her off into the night. Even then, she doesn't believe the horrific tale he tells her. Until Her fiance shows up to 'collect' her...

Luke didn't figure on getting his Heart Robbed when he was robbing the stagecoach that Christmas Eve...but like most robberies, you don't have for warning. Now all he has to do is convince the little lady that they should stick together.


I highly Recommend this book!

To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Bethany House to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer
*Click on Photo to the left, and get and inside look!

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As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a special plan for the future. Libby Conley hopes to become a famous journalist. Pete Leidig believes God has called him to study to become a minister. And Bennett Martin plans to pledge a fraternity, find a place to belong, and have as much fun as possible. But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War 1, the friends' differing aspirations and opinions begin to divide them, as well.

When Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family, will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bong them in ways they never anticipated?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
I have to admit that when I first received this book, I was a little wary, I wasn't sure I would like it...I thought it wouldn't hold my interest, and wouldn't be mysterious enough for me....let's just say I was DEAD WRONG! lol! This book was all of that and more! It begins with these 3 college students being dropped off at school for the first time, and through the trials of saying good-bye. And right away there is trouble for Libby and Pete, which sends Bennett into the middle of the fight.
Pete is the kind of Guy you right away start rooting for! He is missing a leg, so that gives him a limp, and makes him the object of some people's pity, which her doesn't like. And he is just the sweetest guy! If I could meet someone like Pete, I think I would marry him!
Bennett, he is more of the 'bad guys'. in the fact that he is more rebellious, and doesn't really care about school, just who he's dating and what kind of fun he is able to have at any given moment.
Libby, The tomboy! She's cute, sweet, and protective...especially of Pete! So don't cross this young journalist!
I loved this book! I would give it a 4/5 on my chart!!!









To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Bethany House to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander
#3 in her Timber Ridge Reflections

*Click on Photo to the left, to get an inside look!
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Sometimes the Greatest step of faith is taken Neck-Deep in Fear.

Determined to fulfill her late husband's dream, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young sons. But some days it feels as though her every effort is sabotaged. When faced with a loss she cannot afford, she's forced to trust Rand Brookston, the one man in Timber Ridge she wishes to avoid. And with good reason. He's a physician, just like her father, which tells her everything she needs to know about him. Or so she thinks...

Dr. Rand Brookston ventured west with the dream of bringing modern medicine to the wilds of the Colorado Rockies, but the townspeople have been slow to trust him. Just as slow in coming is Rand's dream to build the town a proper clinic. When a patient's life is threatened, Rand makes a choice-one that sends ripples through the town of Timber Ridge. And through Rachel Boyd's stubborn heart.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
Tamera Alexander has done it again! Another thrill seeking Romance set in the wild west. She's the bestselling author of From a Distance and Beyond This Moment, and the Fountain Creek Chronicles (some of my personal Favorites :)
Rachel Boyd, a woman who thinks she could never love again, at least not like how she did with her late husband. And neither does she want to. She's has her two young sons, one who is pulling away from her, and the other that just 'goes with the flow'. She didn't want, nor expect, the Doctor to get under her skin and into her heart, the way he did. After a terrible scare, from someone she loves, and a cow about ready to birth...Rachel doesn't think she could handle anything else...Until Dr. Rand steps into her heart.
Dr. Rand Brookston, A man who came to the west to bring modern medicine to the 'wild frontiers' of the west. Rand has had a 'crush' on Rachel since he first met her, but has only received an icy reply in return to his affections. But will he be able to convince Rachel that not all doctors are like her father? And will Rachel once again be able to love?

Great Book, I recommend it to anyone that loves the Wild West! (and even some that dont!) I would give this book a 5/5 on my rating chart!!!




To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book from Bethany House Publisher. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Bethany House to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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Love's First Bloom by Delia Parr
Given to me by Bethany House Publisher to review

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Life Changes drastically for Ruth Livingstone the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her under an assumed name to a small village in New Jersey. There she dutifully awaits his acquittal, certain that her father, Reverend Livingstone, soon will be cleared of the outrageous accusations against him.
When tragic events transpire, Ruth finds solace tending a garden along the banks of the Toms River-a place where she can find a measure of peace amid her growing heartache. It is also here that she meets Jake Spencer, a man who both frustrates and intrigues her. Fearful of the newspapermen intent on tracking her down and unsure of whom to trust, Ruth knows she must carefully maintain her identity as Widow Malloy. But as love begins to slowly bloom, can the tenuous affection growing between Ruth and Jake withstand the secrets that separate them?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
This is a great book, A little slow at first, mainly because you don't have a lot of information. You're just thrown into this whirlwind of accusations, and false identities. Reverend Livingstone is accused of murdering a young woman of ill repute. So to keep his daughter out of the reporter's eyes, and the whispering of neighbors, he sends her along with the woman's daughter to New Jersey, under the cover of Widow Ruth Malloy with her daughter. Promising to send for them once he is released from the charges.
But little did either of them know, how determined the Newspaper Companies can be. To get their circulation up, the say he probably killed his daughter too...Causing Ruth to want to speak out...only thing is, she's not Ruth Livingstone anymore, and the reporters looking for her, would find her.
One Day while working on her garden, a wounded man came hobbling out of the woods, up to the cabin. At first glance, he looked like an old man, warped from years of hard work. But when Ruth meets him, she finds out, he can't be much older than her! Jake Spencer, states that he has broken his back, and has come here to finish his convalescing.
I would tell you more about Jake Spencer, but I believe in leaving secrets for the readers ;)
But I can tell you, they both have secrets, and a new found love...but are they willing to risk everything for that love?

I rate this book as 5/5 even with the slower beginning!




To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book from Bethany House Publisher. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Bethany House, to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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This week I would like to welcome Jody Hedlund to Caffeine & Romance.

1. How long had you been writing before your debut novel released?

I’ve been writing approximately 16 years with a hiatus during the years when I was busy having babies and changing diapers. The Preacher’s Bride was the first book I wrote after coming back from my extended break.

2. Did you always want to be a writer?

I can’t remember wanting to do anything except write! For a time, I pursued a career in social work, but after I finished getting my master’s degree in social work, I was only able to find a part time job due to a glut in the job market. The free time allowed me to focus on my writing, learn the craft, and hone my skills. I wrote about five books during those early years of my writing career, which are now safely stashed away in a closet and will never see the light of day!

3. I was reading The Preacher's Bride, and came to the end to the Author's Note. What made you pick John and Elizabeth Bunyan to be the inspiration for your characters?
I homeschool my children and during the course of teaching them history, I began to learn more about some of the great heroes of the faith. I was particularly fascinated with the little-known women who helped shaped these great men. These wives were strong, courageous, and faithful. I decided their inspiring stories needed to have a voice and be told to this generation.
4. Do you have a book you’re working on right now? Or one that will be going into print soon?

My next book is called The Doctor’s Lady. It’s scheduled to release in September of 2011 and is another “inspired-by” novel. It’s a fictionalized story based on the first white woman to travel overland West to Oregon as a missionary to the natives. It’s a marriage of convenience story, but also the tale of how a young woman overcame the odds, endured a dangerous journey, and found true love along the way. In the process, her strength and courage paved the way for all the women who came after her.

5. If you could be in any time frame/era that you wanted, which one would you pick & why?

I would love to travel back in time to the 1650’s and stand next to Elizabeth (the heroine in The Preacher’s Bride), on the day she acted as “lawyer” for her husband. I would have cheered her on as she, a mere peasant woman, stood in front of a room full of pompous and rich judges and bravely attempted to get her husband released from prison.

6. What is your Favorite form of Caffeine? (and yes chocolate counts :)

I’m a straight-up, black coffee, no cream, no sugar, kind-of gal! In fact, the stronger and richer the coffee, the better. And you know what? That describes me and my writing perfectly. I’m a no-frills writer, telling-it- like-it-is, but hopefully with a deep and passionate message.

Thank you for being with us this week, Jody. Hope to have you back sometime soon! Anything else you would like to share with our readers?

I love to connect with readers! Please drop me a line on my Facebook Page or over on Twitter! I would love to hear from you! I’m also doing a first-sighting slide show on my website/blog. If you send me a picture of YOU with my book, I’ll add it to the slide show.



Jody Hedlund is a debut historical romance novelist who was a double finalist in the 2009 ACFW Genesis Contest in Historical Romance. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.
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The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund
Given to me by Jody Hedlund

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No matter the sacrifice, Elizabeth Whitbread would serve a wounded family.
No matter the danger, John Costin was determined to speak God's word.
Neither expected to fall in love. As enemies threaten to silence Costin- and those close to him- will following their hearts cost John and Elizabeth everything?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
I didn't realize until I was completely done reading this story, that Jody based it on the life of John Bunyan's Wife Elizabeth. She state's in the back of the book, that part of the reason was, that we hear of John's trials...But what of the Woman he left at home to care for his children? And what it was like, not knowing if he would be arrested that day...Or if the judges would let him go? And I think she did a fantastic job capturing this in her story The Preacher's Bride.
It open's with John's first wife's burial preperations going on...and the agonizing screams of the babe she had given birth to. Mary Costin, Had contracted childbed fever...and few women every survive once they've gotten the fever. And this is the beginning of Elizabeth's growing love for the family. She takes pitty on the child...which everyone says won't last long...For few ever do without the nurishment of their mother. So she takes it upon herself to find the babe a wet nurse, and to care for the rest of the children and the Costin Household. Little did she know how involved she would become, or how much danger it would actually put her in!
John Costin, feels called by God to preach the gospel. Only he doesn't have the 'schoolin' so they nobles, and judges deem him unworthy of the call to preach...and are conspiring against him to make him fail, or end this 'ridiculous' claim and return to being the tinker he started out as.
Through the long process of grieving and healing, John finds himself relying on Elizabeth more and more...But she's betrothed to another, and he doesn't want another wife, right?

The Preacher's Bride goes through the trials, that both John and Elizabeth must face before they can be united in matramony...but their trials don't end there!

Jody Hedlund Did a great job of portraying her characters. And she admitts, to adding in fiction...but afterall it is a Historical Fiction piece. overall This was a great book!!
Come Back Tomorrow for a Interview with Jody Hedlund!!!



To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book Jody Hedlund. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Jody to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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Masquerade by Nancy Moser


given to me by Bethany House to review




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They risk it all for adventure and romance, but find that love only flourishes in truth...




1886. Charlotte Gleason embarks from England with conflicting emotions. She is headed for New York to marry one of America's wealthiest heirs- a man she has never even met. When her doubts gain the upper hand, she swaps identities with her maid, Dora. She wants a chance at a 'real life.' even if it means giving up financial security. For Charlotte, it's a risk she's willing to take. But what begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl becomes a test of survival beyond her blackest nightmare.


For Dora, it's the chance of a lifetime. She is thrust into a fairy tale amid ball gowns and lavish manshions, yet is tormented by the possibility of discovery-and humiliation. And what of the man who believes she is indeed his intended? Is this what her heart truly longs for?




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Maquerade is an overall good book. There where parts I didn't like...It seemed that once they where in America, the plot took a long time to come together. I would have preferred to of had some more interaction between Dora, and the heir she's supposed to marry. And between Charlotte and her love. For instance, You don't even know the man that eventually become Charlotte's fiance isn't married till Chapter 19... I just felt it was a slow moving story...A good one, but slow.




Charlotte's first experience in America, is being robbed of all her money and jewels, before she even leaves the docking area. An Italian lady saw the whole insident, and offered her a place to stay... Only it was NOTHING like what Charlotte was used to...9 people squished in a 1 room apartment, and horrible facilities. Not what she had in mind, when she decided to Abandon her Identity!


Dora Couldnt believe it! Their plan was working...and she was getting Along with Conrad. Only problem was, she liked someone from their boat trip over. And now she was possibly going to marry a man, under a false name, whom she doesn't really love.


Through all their trials, and adventures, they both end up maturing and learning that the other half wasn't as grand, nor as bad as they thought. But are they willing to sacrifice everything they dreamt of for true love?




I give this book a 3/5...It's still fun to read, but as I stated earlier, I thought it moved rather slowly!





To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book Bethany House Publisher's . In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Bethany House to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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Using Random.org, and listing all your names (+ extra entries) and then numbering, and putting them through Random.org... I have a winner!!!


The WINNER IS : FLOATING!!! congratulations!!! She chose San Diego by Cathy Marie Hake & Joyce Livingston, and One Smooth Stone by Marcie Lee Laycock



And thank you all for entering, I will be doing other giveaways in the future...so stay tuned...You never know when I'll get the bug for a giveaway!!!


And until then HAPPY READING!
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Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer
Given to me by Karen Witemeyer


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When a recovering romantic goes to work for a handsome ranch owner, her heart's
not the only thing in danger!


Adelaide Proctor longs to find a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a governess position on a remote Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her silly romantic yearnings behind.


Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, never expecting to end up with a child. T his dismay, five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the governess concerns Gideon- and intrigues him at the same time. But he can't afford distractions.


When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the girl-ad her inheritance-Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. Soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so may heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?


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I was soooooo looking forward to reading this book... You want to know why? Because of the cover!!! People always say, 'Don't judge a book by it's cover!'...But I always do! If the cover doesn't catch my attention...It takes me a lot longer, to sit there and decide if I even want to look at it's back description!!! (unless I already know the author) But what grabbed me about this cover, was the fact that this girl reading, was about to walk off the porch...and she was completely oblivious of the fact!!! This is something I would/have done often!!! Another reason, Karen Witemeyer is the Author of A Tailor Made Bride, One of my favorite reads of 2010!!!

Now to the inside of the book...This book, like her other, is filled with mystery, danger, and of course ROMANCE! Adelaide is a lover of the classics, her favorites...Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Jane Eyre. And she compares the men in her life, to the hero's of these stories! (Something I sometimes catch myself doing :)

It was really a coincidence that Adelaide even happened on the ad for a governess to Gideon Westcott's little girl Isabella. To get out of the area, where she recently humiliated herself, with her romantic notions, she applies, and is taken out to the ranch with 2 other women to have a final interview with Gideon and Isabella.


Gideon Westcott, the youngest boy of an English Lord, is in America to prove that he can do something worth while. But on his way to America he finds himself with a little girl, who doesn't speak now that her mother is dead. But with Sheep Shearing upon him...he can't spend as much time with the girl, as is needed...So with Bella's help, he needs to pick a governess.

Through an interesting beginning Adelaide is chosen, for the way she got into the child's heart at the onset...not to mention the Rancher's!


Everything seems to be going well, until there is word that Isabella's uncle was coming to claim her...Causing both Adelaide and Gideon to become as protective as a momma bear. They don't only have to worry of loosing Isabella...but also their Hearts! Will Gideon be willing to do what is needed to Keep Isabella and Adelaide safe? and will Adelaide Finally get her Romantic ending she's always envisioned?


I Give this book a 5/5!!! I highly recommend this book to anyone!







To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book From Karen Witemeyer. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Karen Witemeyer to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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Just a reminder to all of you...I have a book giveaway going on...Must Enter by Sept. 24th! Pick the two books you would want, and place a comment in the post...
Please let other's know about the giveaway as well!!!
http://c-romance.blogspot.com/2010/09/birthday-giveaway.html
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Yes it is, It's My Birthday, and I"m giving away some Books, (books that were supposed to be in a giveaway for the blog's 2 year anniversary, ooops) .

The Books in the giveaway are(the winner gets to pick 2):
~That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake
~San Diego by Cathy Marie Hake & Joyce Livingston
~ One Smooth Stone byMarcia Lee Laycock
~Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist


How to Enter:
~Be a Follower!!!
~Leave a valid e-mail address in your comment below.
~ Must be an US citizen!
~State which books you're interested in!

Extra's:
~ be a follower of my makeup blog(link @ bottom of post) +2
~ Tell us your Favorite Author, and Why +1
~ If you had to pick 1 FICTIONal read, to have with you on a desert Island...What would it be @ why? +2

ENDS: Sept 24th....All entries must be in before 12 am that night!


Also My Makeup blog, is also having a birthday bash giveaway, so stop on by and check it out! & You mention in ur comment that u came from this blog, you'll automatically get an extra entry!
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Today is my Birthday!!!






I will be doing a Birthday Giveaway....But I have to get the pictures done, and decide which books I'll b giving away!! So stay in tune for that Post!!!






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(Click on the link at bottom of post, and you can read an excerpt from the book)

Yellow Rose Trilogy By: Lori Wick



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The first meeting between Slater Rawlings and Liberty Drake could hardly be called ideal. As acting deputy of shotgun, Texas, Liberty is simply enforcing the town laws. But Slater, a former Texas Ranger with a restless spirit, is surprised to find himself on the wrong side of the law-and even more shocked to realize it's a she who is arresting him!


Yet despite his rocky start in Shotgun, Slater finds himself drawn to the close-knit town, to it's strong church family, and especially to the fascinating Deputy Drake. As his heart grows more tender toward Liberty, Slater longs to see her turn in her gun and badge. Can liberty, realizing her awakening feelings for the rugged cowboy, give up her position when so many townspeople have come to rely on her? As Slater and Liberty struggle to understand their own Feelings and find common ground in their beliefs, God's hand gently guides the way in this unpredictable heartwarming romance.





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Can you imagine being a Former Texas Ranger, and finding a girl who could very well out shoot you? And then finding out that you have fallen in love with her? How are you supposed to protect her? Just Imagine! It made me laugh a little when this happened! Not to mention the trouble he's gonna have when his family realizes, well when his Brother Dakota finds out he gave up Rangerin, AND got saved to boot! Making Dakota the last of the Rawlings Boys to do so.


Liberty Drake...first of all, I love the name Liberty! Can you guess what day she was born? lol. When she has to arrest Slater for refusing to give her his gun, or at least hesitating 1 second to long, can she get over the way he acted? The gruff manners? And see the heart of gold within? And can she really give up her gun and badge for the sake of love?


A great story from Lori Wick! Can't wait to get the rest of them from the library!


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To My Dear Readers/Followers,
I know you've probably been wondering where all my reviews have gone! And this post is going to tell you where.
I can Honestly say I haven't read a book since May. (*gasp*) I was working this summer, and didn't have any chance to get any new books...But this is going to change...I have at least 2 new books on the way to my house right now. And I'm planning on more coming!

Sorry that I haven't been able to post reviews for y'all!

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Songbird Under a German Moon by: Tricia Goyer

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Dateline: 1945. The War is Over

And USo singer Betty Lake travels to post-Hitler Germany to entertain occupying U.S. troops. Her first performance is a hit, and she's enthralled by the applause...by her quarters in a former Nazi-held mansion...and by the attention of Frank Witt, a dashing U.S. Army Air Corps combat photographer. Yet this songbird gets her feathers ruffled when her roommate, Kat, goes missing under suspicion of foul play. Is Betty a target too?

Betty and Frank team up against post-war grudges, and together, the lovebirds seek answers. But will they ave a chance for their romance to sing? The truth is revealed under a German moon.



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I Picked up this book for when I was out tanning, the only thing was, I couldn't put it down! What with the mystery and romance. I have to say, I love this kind of book...Where You want to know 'who dun it' but you also want to see people fall in love...and realize it!

Frank had made a promise to himself that he wouldn't start looking for a girl, until he was out of the Army...Because of his job, and the way he had to keep secrets, he didn't feel it was fair to start involving a girl in that. But little did that promise realize the kind of power Betty had over him.

Betty is here to entertain the troops, and do her part for the U.S., even without the blessing of her family. Her journey starts with a rough and bumpy ride to Germany...when their plane encounters some technical difficulties. Little did she know that, that would be the smoothest ride she would have for a little while yet!



Frank's job to the outside person, is just to photograph the U.S.O. performers...but there's something else he's there for, and it certaintly isn't for him to fall in love with the lovely Songbird...



I'm not going to say much about the mystery part, because it's written so well that it's almost impossible to say anything about it, without ruinning the book! So you'll just have to read it for yourself. :)




To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book on loan from a friend.
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Doctor in Petticoats By: Mary Connealy
#1 in the Sophie's Daughters Series


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Doctor Alex Buchanan is a wanted man--a deseter from the army stalked by a bounty hunter--but he'd rather be dead than inflict any more pain on his patients. Beth McClellan is idealistic, believing the nursing training she received will be enough to help her serve as doctor to her home town in West Texas. When Alex and Beth meet in a stagecoach accident, they find that they work well together. But are his demons and her dreams too deeply rooted for either of them to pay the price required for a future together?


Thoughts:

I So can not wait to read this book! I loved the first series, Lassoed in Texas. And this series will be covering the kids from Book one...Petticoat Ranch. (Which is one of my favorite books!) And this one is about sweet 'little' Beth...So this book is on my TBR pile!!!
Click On the Photo about to get an 'inside' peek of the book!
Book #2: Wrangler in Petticoats! ~this one is about Sally McCullen!

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Ok, So July 6th was this blog's 2 year Anniversary!!! I'm telling you...I had a giveaway and everything ready...AND I forgot! How horrible is that? Ok, So I was thinking, I can either do the giveaway now...or wait for MY birthday (9/9) and do the giveaway then...It's up to y'all...I have some books that I've been saving for this giveaway...So It's up to you!



Leave a comment with which one you prefer!


Sorry about forgetting!!!! (I was really busy that week!!!)


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Walker's Wedding by Lori Copeland
Western Sky Series #3
(as always, click on the photo, to see an excerpt of the book!)

Back Cover:


"You can't let one woman ruin your whole life, son" the old foreman said. "You
got to pray harder and ask that the good Lord will send the right woman. You got
to produce an heir."


Walker thought he had plenty of time to worry about marriage and kids. After Trudy's betrayal, it would be a cold day in July before he gave his heart to another woman.


Abandoned by his fiancee just hours before their wedding. Walker McKay is determined to never let a woman near his heart again. Then a near-fatal accident makes producing an heir to the ranch a high priority. Beginning all over and courting someone new is out of the question, so he'll have to find a wife another way.


Wealth railroad heiress Sarah Livingston wants to be married, but her suitors are either fortune hunters or deemed unsuitable by her unreasonable father. When the opportunity comes to take the place of a mail-order bride, she believes she's found the answer to her husband problem and grabs it with both hands.


Will Sarah's deception and Walker's wounded heart keep them from finding what they are both looking for? Or will they discover that they are, after all, truly meant for each other?


~I can't wait to read this book!!! Just reading the back cover has me pulled in already...I'm always hooked when I see the words 'mail-order bride' in the description of the book! I'll have to get a hold of the other 2 books in the series!!! Happy Reading y'all!






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Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson




Back Cover:



ATTRACTIVE WIDOWS: April 7,1871-Another cargo of war widows arrived in Plum
Grove last Tuesday morning, sixteen in number, and filed upon claims adjacent to
town. This is decidedly the best lot of widows that has arrived thus far.




When sixteen potential brides step off the train in Plum Grove, Nebraska, the town may never be the same again! Join Stephanie Grace Whitson for this spirited tale of courageous women who risk everything for the dream of owning land and finding love on the prairies of Nebraska.




A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?


This is a wonderful book...Follow the lives of Sixteen Brides as they try to take what could have been a nasty deception, and make it into a wonderful Opportunity!


These women thought they had joined up with Mr. Drake, that they would be headed to Nebraska to file for their own Homesteads...Not getting ready to marry on the spot. So when they found out about Mr. Drake's 'side buisness' venture, they dicided to stay at the town before, their destination....Plum Grove.


These ladies all have different aspects of their past that they aren't to thrilled about, and some are from bad marriages, where they wouldn't want to get married even if 'the right man' came along. So they all set up their own homesteads, adjacent to eachother's with the house in the center of their connecting corners, where they all reside. But the didn't figure on the nice men that live around Plum Grove, and how that would affect some of their 'sisters'.


Sixteen Brides is a great story, involving many angles...And I can't wait to read it again!








To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book from Bethany House Publisher. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Bethany House to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
G.R.I.T.S.


Somewhere to Belong by Judith Miller


~Daughters of Amana~




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Johanna Ilg has lived her entire life in Main Amana, one of the seven villages settles by devout Christians who believe in cooperative living, a simple lifestyle, and faithful service to God. Although she's always longed to see the outside world, Johanna believes her future is rooted in Amana. But when she learns a troubling secret, the world she thought she knew is shattered. Is this truly where she belongs?


Berta Schumacher has lived a privileged life in Chicago, so when her parents decide they want a simpler life in Amana, Iowa, she resists. Under the strictures of the Amana villages, her rebellion reaches new heights. Will her heart ever be content among the plain people of Amana?




A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHST?


I have to say, that I'm not one that would pick up an Amish type book. (this is not an amish book, but has similarities) But I thought this one was really good.


You have a girl (Johanna) that has never seen the 'outside' world, but has longings to travel. But she also knows that she is expected to do what her people have done for generations.


Berta, Knows of the outside world, but has been thrust into the life of Johanna...With everyone wearing the same clothing, in the same houses, with the same type of decorations. And on top of that, she is now expect to wake up @ 5 in the morning to work in the Kitchen under the tootalege of Johanna Ilg. She doesn't know if she can make it to when she's an adult, and able to leave Amana...all she can seem to do, is get in trouble, which isn't that bad to her way of thinking, because the punishment for that is, Your banned from Prayer Service everynight, and Church on Sunday...


Johanna has a lot of work to do, with trying to get Berta to conform to their ways. She and Her Boss(the head of the kitchen) both realize that for Berta to get banned from services, would make her happy, so they try to keep her troubles from the elders...Only thing is, they stress telling the truth. But what happens when Johanna realizes that her parents have been keeping a life changing secret from Her? And will she be able to quell this urge to see the 'outside' world?












To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book Bethany House Publishers. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Bethany House to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
G.R.I.T.S.


She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell





Back Cover:



During New York City's Gilded Age...

THE GAME

is played amid banquets and balls.

THE PRIZE

is a lifetime of wealth and privilege.

THE RULES

will test friendships and the desires of a young woman's heart.

Clara Carter is the social season's brightest star...

But at What cost?




A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?


This is a very informative book. Being that it's a historical fiction, you learn what it would have been like, to be 17 in the Gilded Age of New York, with debut's and Wealthy Men looking for a trophy wife, and what those young women had to go through to 'catch' their man. Just by reading this book, I know I couldn't have made it! lol...Just living through her torture of having to learn: how to wear a corset(and all that goes with it), the language of the fan, the art of making a man want to marry you...the list goes on.


Clara Has been raised by a governess, who saw her potential to be a very bright young woman, and forgoed the usual studies of young ladies, and taught her Math and science instead. Until Clara's Aunt comes, and decides that she needs to debut a whole year ahead of schedule...which means a switch from math and science to 'How to be a Lady 101'. Along with the dismissal of her life long governess, causing Clara to feel all alone. And if that wasn't enough, her Aunt and Father, have told her who she needed to secure as a husband to restore the family honor. The only thing is, that as she's going through the traditions....she's learning that there may be more to life that wealth, but will she learn it in time to keep her from making a terrible mistake?


This was a great book, and I recommend it to anyone that loves this era...big pretty dresses, balls, and corsets.







To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book Bethany House Publishers. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Bethany House to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
G.R.I.T.S.

Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr


Back Cover:

Two People in Desperate Circumstances.

One Unlikely Proposal.


Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her hopes for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon's Island, nestled in the Susquehanna River, is not of her choosing, either. She needs work. And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper.


Yet Ellie Never Imagined the Widower Would be so Young...So Handsome.

Jackson, on the other hand, has never met anyone quite so...plain. But he quickly comes to realize that Ellie's presence may solve his own problems-both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage.


When Jackson offers he something quite out of the ordinary, will Ellie look Beyond mere necessity and risk opening her heart?


A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
This is one of the stories, that you just know your going to like. It's a Marriage in Name only, and is only so that Ellie may stay at the house, without anyone ruining her reputation.

But when their 'Married Bliss' hits some rocky spots, will they be able to endure it, or just throw in the towel.

Jackson can't get the thought out of his head that Ellie might be just like his first wife Rebecca, and he can't get past the hurt she caused...So when Ellie may do anything like Rebecca did, he blows his top...And each time, he's wrong, and each time he breaks a part of Ellie's heart.

Ellie is 31, and never married, because she chose to stay and take care of her parents when they were ill...and she's heard it from several people, including her new husband, that the only reason her married her was because she was plain. And he thought no other man would want her. Only thing is, she can't help losing her heart to him...But could he ever come to love her the same way?


A Great book on how holding onto things, will sometimes make it appear better or bigger than it actually was. And that what you felt then...might not be what you feel now if you take the time to consider the matter.







To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book Bethany House Publishers. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Bethany House to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
G.R.I.T.S.









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Back Cover:

When a dressmaker who values beauty tangles with a liveryman who condems vanity, the sparks begin to fly!

Jericho "J.T." Tucker wants nothing to do with the new dressmaker in Coventry, Texas. He's all too familiar with her kind-shallow women more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Yet, except for her well-tailored clothes, this seamstress is not at all what he expected.

Hannah Richards is congounded by the man who runs the livery. The unsmiling fellow riles her with his arrogant assumptions and gruff manner, while at the same time stirring her heart with unexpected acts of kindness. Which side of Jericho Tucker reflects the real man?

When Hannah decides to help Jericho's sister catch a beau-leading to consequences neither could have foreseen-will Jericho and Hannah find a way to bridge the gap between them?


A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?

I loved this book! Karen Did such a good job with her debut Novel. I got so wrapped up in the characters of the book, that I Felt I was right there with Jericho and Hannah.
Hannah Starts out on the wrong foot with J.T., even before her sewing machine touches the platform, in the town nearest Coventry with a train station. Only thing is, J.T. can't help but feel like he needs to be helping her out! So his plan to be avoiding her falls flat!
Thinking he knows what This little dressmaker is all about- Vanity...Making women want what they don't have and most of the time can't afford- He's tossed on a soul searching rollercoster ride! Every time he turns around, She's doing something completely contrary to what his original predictions said!
But when Hannah starts helping his sister 'catch a man'...he's all fired up, thinking Hannah's corrupting his babysister! But little does he realize, she's just trying to bring out her natural beauty, while she's trying to show him the error of his way!
This book is a delight to read! I couldn't put it down, within 3 days it was done! (I had somethings I needed to do :) And I can honestly say... Karen, Keep 'em comin'!
I can't wait to read Head in the Clouds! (just by the cover, I know I'm going to be able to relate!)
10 Random Facts About Karen Witemeyer:

1. I'm an avid cross-stitcher. The only pile taller than my to-be-read book pile is my to-be-stitched needlework pile.
2. My favorite animal is the hippopotamus. (long story)
3. Even though I love reading and writing historical romance, in school, history was my least favorite subject.
4. I sing off and on with a local classical chorus.
5. I live next door to my in-laws and continue to survive to tell the tale.
6. My favorite dessert is a warm-from-the-oven brownie with either vanilla or chocolate chip ice cream on top. Ooo, or maybe Marie Calendar's Razzleberry pie. Hmmm, or maybe it's...excuse me while I scamper off to dessertland for a moment.
OK, I'm back. Did I brush off all those cookie crumbs? Good. Gotta hide the evidence, you know.
7. I met my editor while stuffing envelopes at a pre-conference volunteer station.
8. I teach ladies Bible class for our local congregation.
9. This time next year I'll be staring the big 4-0 in the face.
10. My kids think it's cool their mom is an author, but my middle child keeps asking why the people on my first cover have no heads.



To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book from the Author. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Karen Witemeyer to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
G.R.I.T.S.

Karen Witemeyer is the Author of A Tailor-Made Bride, Check Back Tomorrow for a Review of this Great Book!


This week I'm glad to introduce a new friend of mine, Karen Witemeyer, to Caffeine & Romance. Welcome Karen!
Thanks, Rae. I'm glad to be here with you and your blog buddies.

* What Made you decide to write A Tailor-Made Bride?

It all started with a question: What happens when believers disagree about what the Christian life should look like?

Hannah Richards believes she is being a good steward of the talents the Lord has blessed her with by turning her needle to creating dresses that are pleasing to look upon. She is imitating the Creator God who designed wildflowers, rainbows, and sunsets.

Jericho Tucker, on the other hand, believes that fancy dress goods encourage women to focus their attention on vain, superficial beauty instead of the inner attributes of a gentle and quiet spirit that Scripture promotes as true loveliness.

Both are right. Yet both see the other as wrong. By throwing Jericho's sister Cordelia into the mix, I forced these two characters to face their differences and learn from each other, to mend those tears of condemnation with threads of grace.

*Will it become a series or just a stand alone title?

Although I was contracted for three books, the editors at Bethany House are looking to move away from series, so each of my books is a stand alone title. They all have similar settings - Texas in the 1880s, but each will draw from a new cast of characters.

* What was your inspiration for the Characters?

Like most authors, I write a bit of myself into all of my characters. I relate strongly to Hannah, my heroine, and often wish I was more like her. She is feisty and independent but also has a compassionate nature I long to emulate more completely. Hannah is a 19th century fitness maven who is following her dream of owning her own dress shop. Yet despite her outward strength, she is vulnerable and unsure about how to accomplish her goals while still honoring her Lord. As a writer who must learn how to value the business side with the ministry side, I share Hannah's angst.

If Hannah is who I wish I was, her dear friend, Cordelia, is more of who I actually am. A little too addicted to sweets, shy in new situations but a dedicated friend once bonds are formed, and head-over-heels in love with a man who leads the singing in worship. (Did I mention my husband is a song leader for our local congregation?)

As a reader I enjoy relating to the heroine, but it's the hero who makes me fall in love with a book. So, too, with writing. I wanted to make Jericho a hero I would fall for, so I gave him a past that left him wounded and hardened, yet I knew this gruff exterior had to shelter a tender heart. He is a man who speaks more eloquently with his actions than his words, but when the right words come, they are that much sweeter due to their rarity.



* Head-in-the Clouds is releasing in October, would you like to tell the readers about it?

Since I enjoy Regency romances as well as those set in the American West, I thought it would be fun to blend the two by bringing an English nobleman to Texas. In Head in the Clouds, a recovering romantic takes a job as governess for the mute daughter of a sheep rancher and soon learns her heart is not the only thing in danger.

Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind.

When Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, he never expected to become a father overnight. And five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon--and intrigues him at the same time. But he can't afford distractions. He has a ranch to run, a shearing to oversee, and a suspicious fence-cutting to investigate.

When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the child--and her inheritance--Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. And soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?

* Are you working on anything Right now?

My current work in progress is a story set in the late 1880s that asks the question – what happens after the prodigal son returns? So many times, we focus on the wonderful homecoming the lost son received from his father, but have you ever asked what life was like for him after the celebration was over? How did he relate to his bitter older brother or the servants and townspeople who were only too aware of his past arrogance and wild living?

In my third book, I play on those very questions. My hero is a man recently released from prison who has returned to his faith roots and rededicated his life to the Lord. The heroine is a woman who has been disappointed by men in the past and has little tolerance of those who don't meet her high standards. In an effort to make a clean start, Levi hides his past and Eden believes she has finally found a man of honor and integrity. But when his secret is revealed will both their futures be shattered?


* I know from the group that I met you in, that your a fan of Historical Fiction. Will Most of your stories be Historical also?

Yes, I am an historical romance addict. It is all I read and all I plan to write. I guess you could say it is my passion. I don't know why, but there is something that heightens the romance for me when it is set in the past. Maybe it's the dresses or the rugged cowboy heroes, but something about escaping into another time makes the story sweeter for me.


I completely agree with the rugged cowboy heroes! They're my favorite ones to read about! :)



* What got you started with writing? Has it been something you've always wanted to do?

I had always been an avid reader, and as I grew to adulthood, I toyed with the idea of putting my own stories to paper. I'd daydream romantic plot lines and jot down my ideas in a journal, but I never committed myself to writing. First, college kept me busy. Then kids entered the picture. But in 2003 when my husband learned his job was being cut, the urge to turn someday into this day became too strong to ignore. The busyness didn't disappear, of course. I started working full-time outside the home, and the kids were still young and in need of my attention. However, the Lord had sent me a wake-up call, and I knew I had to answer.

* What's your Favorite Form of Caffeine?

Ha! There's a reason my heroine, Hannah, drinks hot cocoa every morning. LOL. I've never been a coffee drinker, but I do enjoy an occasional cup of hot chocolate or some hot tea sweetened with honey. Especially when there is a nip in the air.

* Any Advice for new writers?

Don't be in a rush. The publishing world moves slowly and a new writer would be wise to invest their time in honing their craft instead of pushing ahead with an unready manuscript. I tend to be task-oriented, and when I finish something, I want to immediately send it in. I still need to learn patience in this business.

Oh, and don't forget to enjoy the ride.


* Any Closing remarks?

Thank you so much for having me here as a guest today. I've enjoyed chatting with everyone. For those of you who enjoy Christian historical fiction, I have a giveaway on my website every month for 2-3 new or recent releases. If you're interested, you can check it out at: http://www.karenwitemeyer.com/get_connected.html.

I'm always on the lookout for new traits to incorporate into my characters, so I would love to hear from your readers about the traits of their favorite heroes and heroines. What helps you relate to the heroines in your favorite stories and what makes those to-die-for heroes irresistible? I'll be checking your coments and sharing some of my own preferences.






G.R.I.T.S.

The Anonymous Bride my Vickie McDonough

About the Book:

Check yourself into the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough, where you’ll meet Luke Davis, marshal of Lookout, Texas, who flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. When three mail-order brides are delivered to Luke a month later, he’s in an uncomfortable predicament. How will he ever choose his mate? Rachel Hamilton’s long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics. Will she find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? Or take an anonymous part in the contest for his hand?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
This was an entertaining story! I thought the humor woven through out it was fantastic. This was not my first time reading a book by Vickie, I have about 4 of them in my own private collection...
This story is about how the decision of 1 girl, changed how life was going to be for many people.
Luke Davis has been in love with the lovely Rachel all of his life. And at one point in time was even engaged to marry her...Until she showed up one day and announced she was married to another man-who just happened to be the town's most eligible and wealthy bachelor. So instead of sticking around a seeing her with him...Luke left and joined the one thing he knew, that he wouldn't see unattached females...The Calvary! Now after 11 years, he's back in town, and Rachel is a widow...Only thing is, there is also 3 Mail-order brides in town claiming that Luke Davis promised to marry them!
I was laughing through out this whole encounter! Imagine, a man who's been avoiding women like the plague for 11 yrs...to all of a sudden being roped into having to choose a bride...or get sued! And in order to choose, the town has set up a contest..where each women is to bake, sew, get to know him...only thing is there is now an anonymous bride! One who isn't there by mail-order!
Rachel has regretted Marrying James just about her whole married life...only thing she doesn't regret is her daughter Jack! But will she be able to tell Luke why she betrayed him all those years ago? Or will she have to endure his rejecting her?









To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book off of a blog giveaway.
G.R.I.T.S.

The Next book in the Deeanne Gist Novel Series!
Back Cover:
From the day she arrives at the Biltmore, Tillie Reese is dazzled--by the riches of the Vanderbilts and by Mack Danvers, a mountain man turned footman. When Tillie is enlisted to help tame Mack's rugged behavior by tutoring him in the ways of refined society, the resulting sparks threaten Tillie's efforts to be chosen as Edith Vanderbilt's lady's maid. But the stakes rise even higher when Mack and Tillie become entangled in a cover-up at the town orphanage. They could both lose their jobs...and their hearts.


*This Book Takes place At the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, Which is Still standing to this day...You can tour/stay at the Biltmore.(interesting side note:)

Like the Rest of Her Books, this is sure to be a knock out! As always, if you click on the photo above, you read a few pages of the book! I know I'll be looking for this book!

G.R.I.T.S.

By: Lori Wick
#4 in the Kensington Chronicles
Back Cover:

"King Henry says I am to marry one of the daughters of Vincent of Stone Lake."
For Bracken of Hawkings Crest, there could be no refusal. But could there ever be love?


Eager to secure a permanent Loyalty from this promising young knight, King Henry commands Bracken to marry into one of the crown's most loyal families. But Lord Vincent's oldest daughter, the beautiful yet deceitful Marigold, scorns the king's edict. She will never marry a lowly earl. Now Vincent must call on his beloved Megan from the abbey and send her to Hawkings Crest to wedWhen Marigold discovers that Bracken has been made a duke for his obedience, jealousy drives her to madness-a madness that will stop at nothing to bring her younger sister pain. Will Bracken resue Megan from Marigold's wicken scheme? Will Megan ever hear the words she longs to here from her knight?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?

Bracken, a young knight who does want a marriage, but he wasn't planning on right this moment, but when the King's Command was sent forth, Bracken's plans changed immediatly.

When Megan learned that she was the one to be wed to this Bracken of Hawkings Crest, she decided she would do her duty to her kingdom. But Bracken knows nothing of what women like...a kind word, wooing, courting. Being a knight, his biggest thing is to protect, not coddle. So after the wedding and Megan is still 'scared' of him, he doesn't know what to do, but with the help of his Mother and a fellow knight, Bracken startes to court and woo his wife, and realizes that she isn't like men. That she has different feelings.

The Knight and the Dove takes place way before the rest of the series does, it's set in 1531. Out of all the Books, I would have to say that this one is my favorite! You get to go on a journey with a knight and a shy woman, a woman who has never felt like she belonged anywhere but the abbey. You get to go through their Joy's, Sorrows, and their Terrifing experiences. And you get to go along with Bracken as realizes that it takes more than actions to show a woman you love her, it takes 3 Words as well!



Buy The Knight and the Dove now, for only $10.39...also by clicking on the link, you can read the first couple pages of the book!

G.R.I.T.S.

One Smooth Stone By: Marcia Lee Laycock


*This Book was part of the CFRB's March Tour, but due to some unseen obstacles, the book was late in reaching me for reviewing.

Synopsis of One Smooth Stone:
Alex Donnelly knows all about running. He's running from his past pain, from the police, and from God. Raised in an abusive foster home, Alex is angry at the world and tries to bury his pain by hiding out in the far north, near Dawson City Yukon.

But then one day a lawyer shows up on his doorstep and tells him he has inherited a sum of money. Sceptical, yet intrigued, Alex returns to his birth city to find answers to questions about his parents and his past.

What he finds is a young woman who seems to understand him too well, and a secret that causes him to run again.

But God goes before him and sets up a few more divine appointments, including an attack by Grizzly bear.

This book proves that no matter how far you run, God will find you; and no matter what you have done, God will forgive you.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?

At First I wasn't sure about this book, it was one of those things, that they were low on Reviewers so I decided 'sure I'll review it'. I am so glad that I decided to review this book! It all starts with a boy who is put in foster care, and treated terribly! and then is blamed for a terrible crime...SO he runs to the Yukon!

The only problem is there is a very determined Law Firm trying to track him down to give him his inheritance...that he knew nothing about...From parents he can't remember! When George (the attorney) Finds him, and finally convinces him to come to Seattle, Alex is in for more surprises!

He meets a Beautiful woman, and receives some shocking news via letter that his mother wrote him when they set up the inheritance account.

Will he be able to stop running long enough to realize the only person he's really running from is God? And that even though he may think he's not worthy of someone's love, it's not always his decision?


This story was so good that I ended up reading it in 1 day...I just couldn't put it down!


In my book this is a 4/5 Star Book! I'll definitely be waiting to see if there is any more books to this story! (she sure left it like there could :)

To Read the 1st Chapter *Click Here*
Check out Marcia's Website to learn more about her and her books... *Click Here*












To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book from Marcia Lee Laycock, through the Christian Fiction Review Blog group. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Marcia Lee Laycock to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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Who Brings for the wind By: Lori Wick

#3 in the Kensigton Chronicles




Back Cover:


Raised by her aging grandfather in the quiet English countryside, Stacy Daniels radiates a sweet loveliness and unguarded innocence that quickly captures the attention of London society.


Stacy's summer visit to her aunt catapults her into a swirl of balls and teas--and an unexpected meeting with Lord Tanner Richardson, the handsome yet cynical Duke of Cambridge.


Stacy cannot know the joy-turned-to-anguish that awaits her as the duke battles his own tormented past. Nor can she foresee the betrayal that will challenge her faith. Yet through the heights and depths of their turbulent love, Stacy comes to know the One who can not only bring forth the wind but also calm the angry storms of her husband's heart.





A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?


Anastasia Daniels, more commonly known as Stacy to friends and family, is the kind of person who hates to see anyone unhappy, so she tries her hardest to please everyone. So when her aunt requests her presence in London for the Summer, and she see's that her Grandfather believes she should go, she goes to please him. Being a taller woman, she didn't have many offers of matrimony in Middlesbrough, England, So she had hopes of meeting her Tall, Dark Handsome 'Knight' in London.


Tanner Richardson, He was married once before, but his wife died, and left him with some bitter news as a result of it. So now he doesn't trust women, but he can't help but be drawn to this tall beautiful woman with Honey-blond hair. But can he convince her aunt to let him see her? Because her aunt knows what kind of man he is, and never takes into consideration that Stacy might love Tanner, all she can think of is what the man once was...Will she let Stacy chose her own path? Or will she keep the two separated forever?


I have to say that this Book has a lot of up and downs, but it keeps you turning the pages wondering what will happen next...But Watch how God changes the lives of both Tanner and Stacy, and eventually her Aunt throughout the book! It truly is a wonderful story of Redeeming Love!


Buy this wonderful Book for only $10.39 , CLICK HERE
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Wings of the Morning By Lori Wick

#2 in the Kensington Chronicles


Back Cover:
Victoria Simmons, "Smokey" to all who knew her, had been scaling the rigging of her father's ship from the time she could walk. A Woman now, she stands silently on deck as her father's body is lowered into the Atlantic, asking God for the strength she will need to command the Aramis alone.


Not wanting to remain forever at sea forever, Smokey dreams of the time when she can trade her life aboard ship for a home and family. When she meets another sea captain, Dallas Knight, owner of the Zephyr, Smokey believes her dream will finally come true. But circumstances beyond their control and schemes of a cunning pirate threaten to destroy the young couple's hope for the future.


A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?


Ok, I love books about the 'High Seas'. I love reading about pirates, and sailors who meet and fall in love. Even though this book isn't about a pirate falling in love, it is about sailors, or should I say Captains?!


On the Sea, Everyone knows her as 'Smoke', she keeps her identity hidden, so that no one knows shes a girl, but when she meets Dallas that all changes, she starts to regret not telling anybody about who she truly is. So she 'steps out of the Shadows' so to speak. Now the Ocean is a buzz with the news that the Famous Captain Smoke, is a Woman! And not just any woman, but a beautiful one to boot! And that's not the only secret she has, Her father was the Famous, Captain Clancy, But everyone made him like a hero, and he didn't want to be her Hero, just a very good father...besides what they say he has accomplished would have taken him 200 yrs to do!


One day while at her Friend, Jennifer Pemberton's house, her brother( Jen's Brother) Comes for a visit, and Dallas Knight, and she falls head over heals for him...but does he share her feelings? Or does he only she her as his Sister's Clumsy friend?


Join Smokey and Dallas on a whirlwind Romance across the seas, watching them discover that they aren't all that they appear to be! Watch Dallas struggle with his feelings, and Smokey struggling with the unwanted affections of a certain Pirate.





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