My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice by Angie Dicken

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My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice    by Angie Dicken

The setting is 1910 in a coal mining town in Utah. I loved the history that was brought forth and also reading of the biased and ignorant feelings that the townsmen harbored against immigrants. Also the immigrants had their own segregation. Widow Leanna McKee intends to leave and never look back. She blames the mine for taking the life of her husband and his own foolishness. Alex Pappas, a Greek immigrant comes to Leanna and asks if she could walk his niece and nephew to the school, where Leanna teaches as their mother has been put to bed rest because of her pregnancy. She agrees to help with walking the children, but the town’s people do not like her having anything to do with the Greeks. Likewise the Pappas family does not want any thing developing between the American teacher and their son. There is opposition from all sides, but Leanna and Alex cannot deny the attraction that is growing between them. Can a devoted son deny the path his old world family has planned for him? Can this widow defy the town people who want to do her bodily harm and follow her own heart? A well written novel with true to life characters, that will keep you turning pages……My thanks to the author and NetGalley for providing me with an early copy of this book. All opinions stated above are entirely my own.

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Forever Cherished: A Christian Love Story (Precious Love Series Book 1) by Julliette Duncan

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Forever Cherished: A Christian Love Story (Precious Love Series Book 1) by Julliette Duncan

This Christian love story was well written and begins as Tessa and Ben get their first occupant in their retreat/haven. Leah, a woman over fifty is dropped off by her cold and uncaring sister. Leah has suffered a deep hurt and seems to have no interest in life. They so badly want to help this sad and lonely woman who has come to stay with them. As the events unfold you will find yourself engrossed with the characters. This is such a sweet story with a strong Christian theme all the way through. Also a story of love and forgiveness with a mystery solved by letting God do the work. I was gifted a copy by the author and was not required to give a review. Thankful for the opportunity to do so.

Season’s Flame (Second Chance Series Book 5) by Mary E. Hanks

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Season’s Flame (Second Chance Series Book 5) by Mary E. Hanks

Hanks has written another heart warming novel in this fifth book in the Second Chance Series………..Who ever heard of a wife going to a marriage retreat…..alone? Yes, that is exactly what Season Prescott did. When she first heard of the retreat she was hoping that she could get Max to go with her as they desperately needed help in their marriage. He was not interested and wouldn’t even talk about it. Since Max was forced to resign from the church he pastored, after most of the congregation had left and was attending another church in town, he has fallen into a deep depression. The church has closed and is up for sale. He does nothing but sit in their little RV and watch television. Season has contemplated leaving him as there is no communication between them. Her last hope is the marriage retreat, so she goes alone.
After she leaves{he hardly notices} some thugs enter the RV one night and beats him unconscious… A Wild Child of one of the church board members accuses him publicly of being the father of her unborn child… He is shunned by his former church members…Somehow all of this is tied to the church’s closing and his failure as pastor, but how? Max is a tenderhearted and caring soul and still wants to help others. Seems like everywhere he turns there is a wall he cannot overcome……Meanwhile at the retreat, Season is searching her own soul to see where she has failed God and Max. Max decides to go and meet Season at the retreat, even though he is not physically able to……Hanks has brought in previous characters from this series and all in all a great read of how God will heal the broken hearted if they will confess their sins and turn to Him. I love wonderful endings and this book has a beautiful story of reconciliation.

Criss Cross: A Holly Novel by C.C. Warrens

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Criss Cross: A Holly Novel  by C.C. Warrens

This is a fantastic christian mystery. One you cannot put down and one you won’t forget. Criss Cross was my first novel to read by the author and won’t be the last. Her writing is superb with believable characters, because we live in an evil world. Many people are emotionally troubled and some are emotionally warped. This novel gives insight to a serial killer stalking an emotionally troubled woman who has suffered much at the hands of foster families through no fault of her own. Holly cannot remember the first ten years of her life and does not know who she is nor where she came from. She will win your heart from the start. Warrens also shows the kindness and love of others as they reach out to her. A spine-chilling mystery, finger nail biting suspense, showing the love that God has for those that turn to Him and trust Him……This book does not disappoint in any way.

Cherished Mercy (Heart of the Frontier Book #3) by Tracie Peterson

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Cherished Mercy (Heart of the Frontier Book #3) by Tracie Peterson

This is book three in the Heart of the Frontier series and suppose to be the last of the series. It would be good to see a book on Faith, the half breed daughter that was given to a missionary couple working with the Indians I’ve read Treasured Grace and Beloved Hope in this series. They are all exceptional.

The book setting is in the Oregon Territory in the mid 1800s during a time of great unrest between the Native Americans and the white settlers. This is the story of Mercy Flanagan the youngest of the three sisters. Mercy agrees to help her sister’s dear friend Eletta as she is having a difficult pregnancy and sent a letter requesting Mercy to come and help her. Eletta and her husband Isaac are serving in a mission to the native Tututni Indians. This is during a time when Native Americans are being pursued by the US government and either captured or killed in an effort to reclaim the land and relocate many to reservations. Mercy is very tender hearted and God fearing and she fits right in with the Brownings as they worked with the Tututni. She also loves Faith, her niece that the Brownings have adopted. Adam, the brother of Isaac returns to the mission and there is an instant attraction between them. Adam feels like nothing can come of this because his mother was half Indian, and feels like no white woman would accept him….. I loved reading the history that Peterson details in her books and this one is no exception. Adam and Mercy overcome many obstacles as they seek to help the natives. A lot of heartaches and sorrows as the story unfolds but ends beautifully…….
Disclaimer: I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review. All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma by Andrea Boeshaar

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My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma by Andrea Boeshaar

I love historical novels and this one did not disappoint…..My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma is such an interesting book. The story is set in 1816 in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. When Lilly’s father dies without a will, because she and her brothers are all underage, the court appoints her father’s closest friend to be their guardian. Silas Everett has an ulterior motive concerning Lilly. Although he is her father’s age, he intends to work things around where she will be forced to marry him. She and her aunt {who lives with them}works hard in the fields and orchards to help pay their way as to not depend on Everett totally. Then he sells the lands and orchards to an ex-sea captain McAlister, without telling her. She is devastated and penniless. She is attracted to the captain right away, but both have suffered with a love gone wrong. Mac tries to stay away from her but is fighting his feeling for her day and night. Lots of twists and turns in this book with danger and suspense along with some humor. All in all a story to keep you turning the pages to see what happens in Lilly’s dilemma and how Everette’s stealing is revealed to Mac and Lilly. ….Oh, yes and a wonderful ending.
“I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

The Promise Bride (A Montana Brides Romance) by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham

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The Promise Bride (A Montana Brides Romance) by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham

The Promise Bride by Gina Welborn and Becca Whithan is the first novel in the Montana Bride series. It’s about Emilia Stanek who wants a better life for herself, her brother, sister and her father. Living in a run down tenement in Chicago in the late 1800’s, she struggles with their filthy living conditions. She answers an ad for a mail order bride in Montana, and actually falls in love as they correspond. She can hardly wait to become a rancher’s wife and have clean air to breathe. and a home to call her own for her family. Her Dad is in poor health and suggest she marry by proxy and leave for Montana early and he will follow later on.
She arrives in Helena and instead of her new husband welcoming her, she is met by the sheriff, Mac McCall, who tells her that her husband has been murdered and the best thing for her is to turn around and head back to Chicago. He doesn’t understand she cannot go back for there is no home to return to. She is as determined to stay and make a successful life for her and her siblings as the sheriff is to see her gone…..If you like western Christian romance with murder, prostitution and good down to earth folks all mixed together, then you will love The Promise Bride. The only down is I felt like the ending was too hurried. Like they needed to end the book and did just that. Although it was a happy ending……..I was gifted this book to read and review and the words are my own.

Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

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Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

Patricia Bradley is a great writer and Justice Buried did not disappoint. Well written and very intense at times, a plot to keep you turning the pages. Rock climbing, hanging from the roof 15 stories up, A box full of dead man’s bones shipped to the Pink Palace Museum where Kelsey Allen is working undercover to find out who has been stealing artifacts. Unbeknownst to Kelsey she witnessed a murder{hanging from the roof}and then the next day the man who hired her is also murdered. Brad, an old acquaintance from her school days is part of the investigation. Sparks fly, mistrust and then someone is trying to kill Kelsey. Why? I liked the way the story would take you behind the scenes in the police investigation. Usually I can figure out who the murderer is, but this one was hard to do so. Strong characters and a interesting plot makes a great read. You will love this one if you like mystery and suspense with romance added in. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to leave a review but am happy to do so.

Chief of Sinners (Texas Romance Book 10) by Caryl McAdoo

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Chief of Sinners (Texas Romance Book 10)   by Caryl McAdoo

This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. There are many ups and downs and in and outs but shows the mercy of God to forgive and restore. Romans 11:29 says that the gifts and calling of God is without repentance……..The book opens with Nathaniel Nightingale and his son Buddy holding tent revivals once again, even though Nathaniel, still grieving the loss of Evelyn has returned to drinking. He always told her he could not live without her. He just cannot function and stays drunk to deal with his grief for a year. He knew life would have to go on so, he went back to doing the only thing he knew how to do and that is to preach. He did this on the witness and testimonies of times past, no miracles were done through him. He just existed. Buddy is now grown and very handsome and attracts all the girls as he is attracted to them. God has gifted him with a beautiful singing voice and also to write songs. But his flesh stands in his way of complete obedience to God. Buddy likens himself to king David in the bible when he sinned with Bathsheba to excuse his fornication. Although Nathaniel did reprimand him for his sinful ways, to his credit…. McAdoo has a special gift in her writing to bring her characters to real life, with all their flaws. She also shows how our sins and wrong decisions not only hurt us but all who love us. One wrong decision can cause a lifetime of hurt to many. There is much interweaving of characters and those whose lives they touch, but God is faithful and Nathaniel and Buddy truly repent and once again is used of God…….1John 1:9. If we confess{repent} our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to … This is definitely a book you will not want to put down……Thanks once again Caryl for a beautiful story.

Dying for Love (Hidden Justice)….by Cara Putman

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Dying for Love (Hidden Justice)….by Cara Putman

This is a short read{novella} that has romance, mystery and suspense all written in a very interesting book…..
Ciara Turner is a lawyer and she is passionate about her work. Her clients are mostly women fighting for custody of their children. Daniel Evans is a lawyer on the opposite side of the battle, wanting the fathers to have custody. Ciara and Daniel served a clerkship together under Judge Banter. This particular Monday morning they both had an appointment with judge Banter and arriving more or less at the same time they discovered him dead on the floor of his private restroom. Daniel vowed he would see his killer brought to justice. Judge Banter had given Daniel a chance when no one else would. He felt like he owed that to the judge. Ciara and Daniel were once very close, but now they are constantly fighting one another as their ideas and goals are so diverse. They still feel a strong attraction toward each other but can not reconcile their differences. As they join together in an effort to find the killer, is it possible to lay aside past differences and find love? Will faith in God help them to overcome the past?………
I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a review, but am honored to do so. All comments and opinions are my own.