Holding the Fort (The Fort Reno Series Book #1) by Regina Jennings

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Holding the Fort (The Fort Reno Series Book #1) by Regina Jennings

The Lovely Lola Bell has found herself replaced by a younger blonde as the favorite bar room singer. With no parents and her only brother away at Fort Reno, what will she do or where can she go. Singing is all she has ever known, even though it was in saloons, it kept her in food and clothing.She hears that her younger brother Bradley has gotten himself in trouble at the fort and is in the guard house……She comes up with a plan to go to Fort Reno and convince Bradley he needs to shape up as she can no longer help him. With that many men in one place, there had to be a need for
diversions. She didn’t know if the officers at Fort Reno would
allow it, but it was worth a try. If only she could convince the U.S.
Cavalry that their troopers would benefit from some wholesome entertainment or half way wholesome, at least……Major Adams’s two motherless children are running wild at the fort and he decides to hire a governess for them, less his mother in law steps in to take the girls away to the city. Through the help of his friend he hired a mature widowed missionary teacher for his children….. On the way to the fort the teacher gets sick and has to return home and Louisa {Lovely Lola} is at the same stop over and promises to take her trunk of books on to the fort for her. When Louisa arrives and is mistaken for the teacher she decides to go along with the assumption that she is the newly arrived governess…..The rest of this historical novel is sometimes humorous and altogether interesting. You will love the characters and the delightful ending. I was gifted this book through Netgalley and the review is my own words.

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The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill Book #2) by Julie Klassen

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The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill Book #2) by Julie Klassen

Oh those ladies that live at Ivy Hill, especially the two ladies that live in Ivy Cottage. These two ladies have left the bloom of youth behind and it appears that love and marrying has left them behind. One is beautiful and still pines for her first love. After Rachael Ashworth’s father died and his estate passed to another Ashworth, she is penniless and moves into Ivy Cottage with her friend Mercy. Mercy is plain in looks and her mother does not let her forget and does her best to get suitors that will take an interest in her. This is humiliating to Mercy. Klassen has a wonderful way of bringing life to her characters and making them real. You find yourself in the middle of their struggles and wanting the best for their life. You will definitely enjoy your visit to Ivy Hill and want to return to see how it goes with the interesting inhabitants……….I was gifted this book from netgalley for my honest review.

On Eagles’ Wings (Wyldhaven Book 2) by Lynnette Bonner

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On Eagles’ Wings (Wyldhaven Book 2) by Lynnette Bonner

Bonner has written a winner in this second book about the newly formed town of Wyldhaven. There are several interesting stories in the book, but I would say the main character is Dixie who along with her mother owns the local boarding house. Actually this is her mother in law. The town knows Dixie as an unmarried woman, but when a U.S. Marshal comes to town seeking the where about of two female murderers, then the book gets really interesting. He hangs around to study the two women and who arrives on the scene but the “dead” husband. You will definitely keep turning the pages to see the outcome of this dilemma. Oh yes and the Marshal finds love in this little town, something he wasn’t looking for…..I was gifted this book by the author but was under no obligation to leave a favorable review but happy to do so.

Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert

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Guilt by Association  by Heather Day Gilbert

Guilt by Association is the third book in the award-winning Murder in the Mountains mystery series. This is another great book by Heather Gilbert……Tess Spencer reluctantly agrees to visit her mother who has recently got out of prison. Her intentions are to stay a short while and return home to her husband and daughter. She never had a good relationship with her mother while growing up and since her mother went to prison for dealing drugs, even less. Her mother assures her she has turned over a new leaf, but Tess is not sure if she has. She only came to go with her mother to look at real estate as Pearletta Vee wants to move out of the trailer that Tess grew up in. As the realtor arrives he tells them there is a young man lying along side of the house. He appears to be dead. Tess call the Sheriff and when she goes back in the house her mother is packed and leaving, not saying where she is going……. Pearletta knows they will believe she is responsible whether she is or not……Tess is faced with the thought did her mother sell drugs to the young man? Why is he in her mother’s yard? What to do? She thinks she will just run back home to her husband and child. But if her mother is innocent, can she just up and leave? There are so many twists and turns, ins and out. New evidence unfolds, danger abounds and tenderhearted Tess cannot leave until she gets to the bottom of this frightfully puzzling situation. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat as you ponder who is the murderer and will he strike again and who will be his victim? I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery…..I was gifted this copy and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review, but am pleased to do so.

Bride for Hire (Bride, Texas Series Book 7) by Debra Clopton

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Bride for Hire (Bride, Texas Series Book 7)  by Debra Clopton

Rancher Carson Anderson is the single father of a three year old girl who is the light of his life. Her mother left them and she has only her dad in her life. Her fourth birthday is coming up and he wants to do something special for his only daughter. He decides to redecorate their home and especially his daughter’s room. He answers an ad for “Bride for Hire” which is a strict business arrangement. The woman Bella Reese is certainly not looking for a relationship as she has been jilted twice. But as they work together they find themselves attracted to one another and of course the daughter so longs for Bella to be a part of her family. This is a beautiful love story as only Clopton can write and hold the reader’s attention. I was gifted this by the author to read and review and was very happy to do so.

High Treason (FBI Task Force Book 3) by DiAnn Mills

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High Treason (FBI Task Force Book 3) by DiAnn Mills

Another great mystery in the FBI Task Force series. A most exciting book about a Saudi prince visiting Texas and the many assassination attempts on his life. Who is behind this….Is it Americans, Isis or Iraq? Could it be his own people, perhaps even those closest to him, his bodyguards or secretary? That is what the FBI and CIA team up to find out. They team up two unlikely agents who rub each other the wrong way. Monica and Kord find a way to work together in harmony and even begin to be attracted to one another. But everything has to be put on hold until the assassin is found. Too many have died already and they have to find out who is behind the murders and the attempts on the life of the prince. There is much mystery, suspense and danger that keeps you turning pages and all the while you are guessing who is the guilty one. I can’t say enough about this intense action filled mystery. You know the good guys come out on top, but sometimes you are wondering……Oh yes, Kord finds his faith in the supreme God and also the love of one courageous CIA agent.

Beneath the Blackberry Moon… Boxed Set by April W. Gardner

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Beneath the Blackberry Moon… Boxed Set  by April W. Gardner

If you love Historical reads with strong believable characters, then this Creek Country Saga series is something you will love. It take place when the nation was young and involves the blue coat soldiers and the Creek Indians battling for possession of lands and way of life. Also captive white women and forts,loved it all. There is much about the Indian way of life and their culture. Then bringing in a white wife to learn the different ways of the People. There is much danger and suspense,at times you will be holding on to your seat. I enjoyed this series immensely and look forward to more from Ms Gardner.

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.

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.