The Calico and Cowboys Romance Collection: by Mary Connealy

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The Calico and Cowboys Romance Collection:  by Mary Connealy

There are eight novellas in this collection. Delightful stories of love, humor and faith. All are historical except the last one which takes place in Texas during the time of the oil boom. Stories that tell how the cowboy won his girl and how they happen to meet and where. All the stories are very different but the characters are interwoven, brothers, sisters and cousins. You will enjoy these lighthearted and sometimes humorous reads. Connealy is a great writer and will leave you wanting to read more of her books. I was gifted this book from the publisher and Netgalley and this review is my own.

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The Surrogate by Patricia Bell

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The Surrogate   by Patricia Bell

A most interesting read, well written with believable characters that will draw you into their thoughts and actions. My first book to read by this author and certainly the first with this story plot…..a story about a surrogate mother, who happens to be just a young nineteen year old. Emily is working as domestic help in the home of a wealthy Hollywood lawyer and his wife. She is thankful for her job as it provides a small guest house as her living quarters. Her alcoholic mother had kicked her out when she became eighteen. She had nowhere to go and nobody to turn to for help. It seemed as providence when she was offered this job. Then she is approached by the wife to become a surrogate mother for her and her husband. Judy is barren and always wanted a child and offers her one hundred thousand dollars to do this for them. Emily cannot contain her excitement, that much money for nine months of her life, plus she will be doing a good deed for the childless couple. She can hardly believe it! She can now purchase her dream restaurant and be independent. She agrees against the advice of her closest friend, the gardener who has won her to the lord…..Thus begins the most harrowing experience of her young life. She finds herself running for her life and hiding out to escape those that want to kill her in this most bizarre experience. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages. Drama, suspense and danger, but with a wonderful ending. …. I highly recommend this book. I am sure this will not be my last book to read by Ms Bell.

JASMINE by April McGowan

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JASMINE  by April McGowan

Jasmine is my first to read by this author and I hope it will not be the last. This is such an emotional causing book to read, but oh so good. It brings incite into….incest, child abuse, sex-trafficking, homelessness. pimps and prostitution. But is also about letting go and trusting God with your life, forgiveness and loving others and feeling that you are worthy of love. You will love getting to know Jasmine as she fights her demons of memories, it is like she is two people. The strong counselor who reaches out to abused women and offers them hope for a better life and the cowering child who ran away from home to escape her abusive drunken father……A book of gentle love with a wonderful ending….. I was gifted this book to read and review and it was an honor to do so.

Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor) book #3 by Dani Pettrey

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Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor) book #3      by Dani Pettrey

This is the third book in the series,I did not read books one and two. I suggest reading them as the characters were in the other books also. It starts out with action, and just keeps going. If you like mystery, intrigue, suspense espionage and a bit of romance, then this is it. Dani is an excellent writer with depth to her writing. She definitely will keep you reading. Most of the main characters have known each other for years and have formed a special bond together. In fact the guys have all been friends since their days in elementary school, and are closer than some families. They are very protective of one another in times of danger and there is plenty of that. Drugs, human trafficking, and terrorists are all being shipped in the country and controlled by powerful corrupt men. Will they be stopped before it is too late? I must say the story ends with a cliff hanger…… I was gifted this book by the publisher and my review is my own.

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.

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.”