Ибо так возлюбил Бог мир, что отдал Сына Своего Единородного, дабы всякий верующий в Него, не погиб, но имел хизнь вечную.
While I receive many books in exchange for review, I am never required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: The Artful Match by Jennifer Delamere

Official blurb- "Cara Bernay has never fit in. At loose ends in 1881 London after a near tragedy costs her a job, she befriends a carefree artist. With his help, she begins planning a new life and developing her own artistic talent. But soon Cara finds herself at odds with the artist's brother--a handsome but arrogant earl forcing his brother back to a "respectable" life.

Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe, feels the weight of growing financial burdens. His younger brother is the one person who can save their family, and Henry needs him back home. Despite misgivings about Cara's mysterious background, Henry sees she's a positive influence on his brother and on Henry's young ward, and he strikes a deal with her to return with them to their estate. 

But the family has their own secrets, and when Cara, drawn ever closer to Henry, stumbles onto the truth, she must choose between following her heart and pursuing a bold plan that could bring disaster."
This is the most stunning conclusion to the London Beginnings series that I could have imagined. I had thought that Rosalyn would be my favorite of the three, but Cara's story had me captivated. I was not willing to put it down! The setting was, of course, stunning. The cover- exquisite! The storyline- unimaginable! Each character brought life and meaning to the story, whether they were on every page or only one. Even the most minor of characters added depth to the story. There was no fluff in the book. Only what made me want to devour it more. Some highlights for me include- Cara's special bond with Amelia, the incredible last chapter and epilogue, all the little historical facts which sneaked into the pages, and the surprising twist near the end. The character arcs will make you want to squeal with delight, and you really won't get enough of this story before you find it is drawing to a close. So enjoy it while it lasts!

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Review: Hidden Legacy by Lynn Huggins Blackburn

Caroline just wants to stay with her almost-adopted, two-weeks-left-in-the-process, son, Henry, and live a peaceful life. Go to work, spend time with family, normal people stuff. Well, all that changes when someone starts taking shots at them. And tampers with the water heater and CO detectors, and.... other stuff that I can't say, cause that would be spoiling. What's worse is that the attack seems to be targeting not her, but Henry. Her main protector during these threats just happens to be the man that broke her heart 13 years ago, and if she isn't careful, he'll have her heart again.

I'm giving this book 5 stars.

1: This is a new to me author, but I absolutely loved her! And I could tell from what backstory there was in this book that I would have loved book one too. I'm going to have to find it.

2: The plot was really good. It was pretty unique, and had lots of angles. This guy working for those guys, who had that guy kill that guy, because this guy promised them something from that guy. Yeah.... one I'll remember for a long time.... maybe because who would hire a hit on a baby!?!?!?!?!!? For real????

3: There is a great subplot of forgiveness woven in and around this story. Along with trust, and growing faith in God, and His sovereignty. It was great!

4: Mama Drake.... was hilarious and lovable and funny. I loved her. And Heidi, who was only present in the last couple of chapters was someone else I loved. (She was mentioned throughout, just not present.) I really need to read book one, because I need to know more about her.

5: What a great ending! I really hope that there are more books to come in this series, cause I'd like to have a little glimpse back into Caroline and Jason & Heidi and Blake's lives.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Series Review: Ada's House by Cindy Woodsmall

Ada's House is a trilogy that follow several Amish couples through different struggles and romantic ups and downs. I started out the series listening to the audiobook, and while the reader was good, I was soon so caught up in the story that she just couldn't read fast enough. One of the main characters is Cara, whose Amish mother died without telling Cara about her Amish roots. Cara has a lot of bitterness built up toward her father and her Amish aunts and uncles who never came for her and left her to her fate in foster care. Deborah's fiancé left the Amish life. Sylvia is running from her former fiancé, and his wife, her sister. Lena is ashamed of her birthmark and afraid that no one will ever be able to see the real her beneath the mark. All of them find rest and comfort through the Bible and through Ada, a widow in her 40s who becomes surrogate mom to Cara, and who is definitely on Lena's widower father's radar. All in all, this is a delightful series that makes you wish for more. I want so many sequels. I need more than three books, because I've fallen in love with all the characters and I want to know more about them. Anything about them. I'm giving this series 4.5 stars.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review: A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Blurb from Goodreads` *For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.

Langdon Rochester's parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents's command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women's Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life--even with so little to offer?*

This book has been high on my TBR list since I first saw the cover. Imagine my delight when I was accepted onto the launch team! A Silken Thread was my "spring break project" but really that's code for "I actually have time for leisure reading!" Of course, I was NOT disappointed! One thing I love about Kim's books is that they often hit on events in history that I either have not heard of or that I am not overly familiar with. It's the best way to learn new things. The characters in this book were so diverse and well-written. I adored Laurel and her Mama. Willie and his dad. The cat! And especially the friendship between Willie and Quincy! The issue of interracial friendships, especially in the deep south during this time, was well dealt with. The craft of the writing made this a joy to read. You won't be able to help falling in love with all the characters. (Okay, so you may fall in hate with a few...) Honestly, I think if you are still looking for a gift for your mama for Mothers' Day, you should consider getting this book. What a tribute Kim has written! 4.5 Stars for this wonderfully sweet read with deeper threads than you'd first imagine.

I received this book as part of the launch team. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise. (As always.....)

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Review: An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter


Blurb-"Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can't seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she'll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?"
I'll give this book 4 stars. It was a nice book. I enjoyed the distraction from college life. And I was so glad to see the conclusion of this series that I started in the summer. This book had me laughing out loud a whole awful lot. My poor roommate probably thought that the stress had finally gotten to me, but really I just found this very humorous. The plot was nice. The characters were nicer. It wasn't my favorite in the series, but I did enjoy it. Definitely one of the better regency novels I've read. If you enjoy regency, then I would recommend this series. Sometimes it got a little much for me, as it is heavy on romance. But all in all, a good ending to a lovely series. (Really, though, I found this to be one of the most humorous books I've read in a while.) Also, note the yellows of the cover, which spice up my bookshelf quite nicely.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Review: Alaska Twilight by Colleen Coble

"For some people, Alaska is a breathtaking wilderness adventure, full of light and beauty. For Haley, it is a dangerous world of dark dreams and tortured memories. On the surface, she's here to document wildlife activist Kipp Nowak's bear encounters. But her real reason is to unearth the truth about a past murder.
From behind the viewfinder of her camera, Haley observes it all, including Tank Lassiter, the bear biologist who has been forced to lead Kipp and his team into the Alaskan backcountry. As she watches him with his work, she feels a growing attraction. It will take great courage to confront the truth she once ran away from. Will she have the faith to move beyond the role of observer and embrace life-and love?"

I'll admit that I should have written this months ago, when it was all still fresh in my mind, but I'll do my very best.

First of all, this is my first time to read something by Colleen Coble and I'm definitely a fan now. You guys know that I can't resist a story set in Alaska! It's one of my Achilles' heels in reading. {The other is adoption of any kind, including by marriage} Colleen did such a good job of capturing the beauty of Alaska with her words, that the fire inside me that longs to go there is burning brighter than ever. The characters were wonderful. Not only was there growth, but there was just a meshing of the perfect cast. Even the bad guys, one of whom I did not actually see coming until it was almost too late, were exactly what the story needed. I, of course, spent a good amount of time being angry at the dumb ol' sister-in-law. She was certifiable, the looney witch! {Don't worry, just a turn of phrase. No witches in the book.} The relationships that each of the MCs had with Brooke would melt any heart of stone. And seeing Haley work through her new relationship with a sister she didn't even know she had was both painful and beautiful. The grandmother was basically the only voice of TRUE reason in the whole book, since everyone else was caught up in all the what-not going on, and I loved her. Especially, her love for Haley. And those two even worked out some of their own junk to. Basically a 5 star book of love and healing that has an edge of suspense that keeps you flipping pages like nobody's business ;)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Review: Murder Is No Accident by A.H. Gabhart

Blurb-"Young Maggie Greene may be trespassing in the old, empty Victorian mansion on a quiet street in Hidden Springs, but all she wants is some private time in the magnificent tower room to write her stories. Certain she'll be in trouble if caught, she hides when a realtor shows up. But someone else is in the house too, someone even more worried about getting caught. When Maggie finds the realtor's body at the bottom of a flight of stairs and the other person gone, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is called in. He assumes the realtor's death is a tragic accident--until a second person is found dead in the house. When Maggie is threatened, Michael must catch the murderer before anyone else dies."

4 Stars for this murder mystery. Do you know, I'm not sure what I expected, but I don't believe it was this... The setting is very much "small-town-USA" and the so are the people. Hidden Springs seems to be a place where everyone knows everyone. Where the deputy sheriff goes to help an old farmer fix his fence and shoo his cows back in. Where using the lights AND sirens on the car causes everyone to sit up and take notice. I enjoyed getting to know the characters from Hidden Springs (and I did jump right into book 3, typical me, so if I know I've missed out on some of that!) Especially Aunt Lindy. She was one of my favorites. Michael was another of my favorites and it was from him that almost all of the POV came. I thought it was going to be a slow book, I think, and at first it was, but somewhere when I wasn't looking, action started happening. People came in from other states. Bodies were being found. Kids were getting threatened. And Van Gogh's were being carried around as shields. I thoroughly enjoyed the heart-pounding action. (Even if it did make me wish I weren't alone at home after dark...) There were a couple things that annoyed me/ I didn't agree with/ I wish weren't in there/ Whatever: 1) There's a woman preacher (2) There were several (pardon me) slang-y "heck"s and "darn"s and "gee"s and stuff like that, which I could have done without. Other than these things, I enjoyed it immensely. (I still prefer Gabhart's River To Redemption though.)