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Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

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Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Royal Weddings” (book one)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Romance, Contemporary
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Susanna Truitt likes plans. She’s not a spontaneous person and is such a planner that she’s religiously stuck with a 12-year plan; one that should have ended with her high school, marine boyfriend asking, will you marry me? Instead he proposes a break-up, leaving Susanna without a plan B. Now she’s nearing thirty, living in the home of her best friend’s aunt and working at her parent’s rib shack restaurant while she attempts to start her fledging landscape architect career. What’s a girl to do? The most natural response is to meet a prince, of course! That’s when Nate Kenneth walks into her life. He is the one hitch in Susanna’s life… and as it turns out, he may be the one person who can change everything.

Heavens! Where to start bringing thoughts to order on the first novel of Rachel’s all-new series, ‘Once Upon a Prince.’ I’d set myself up for a deliciously entertaining read which oftentimes can be a detriment but there were no signs of anything “bad” coming up in the book about halfway through and already I’d given this one a 5-star rating. Turns out, that was warranted. Anyone who knows me knows I am the girl who craves the happily-ever-after and despises the story-teller who breaks my heart; I crave elegant simplicity and sweetness inside the pages of the stories that occupy my time. This and oh-so-much more does Rachel capture in a package that’s as pretty on the outside as it is on the inside. I was enchanted by it. Susanna was the girl-next-door and special despite her misguided calculations about Adam – I couldn’t be too hard on her. It was an honest mistake and she wasn’t the only one in that relationship at fault. Then, in waltzes the dashing Nate. OH. MY. GOSH. I love this hero. He was noble, exceptional and not at all the kind of chap one may envision when concocting an image of royalty. Continue reading “Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck”

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When a Secret Kills by Lynette Eason

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Author: Lynette Eason
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Deadly Reunions” (book 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Suspense, Series
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Jillian Carter has been gone for ten years. For that long, she’s buried deep secrets – one that could change the life of the man she has loved all those years and another that will finally set her free. Used to taking care of herself, the Jillian who left all those years ago is not the same woman who is now back. First she has to prove that, on the night of her high school graduation, she saw a murder. Changing her name and appearance has only underscored that nowhere is safe – and the death of her best friend, the man who loved her – Jeff has just proved that; she has to make sure she lives to see the day when she no longer has to run. Most importantly, being back in her Southern home town rekindles old feelings as Jillian comes face-to-face with her past, friends, Serena and Alexia… and Colton – the boy she left all those years ago without a word of explanation. Continue reading “When a Secret Kills by Lynette Eason”

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It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist

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Author: Deeanne Gist
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical, Romance
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

Review: Cullen McNamara is a farmer. Or that is what he tells himself – his father doesn’t believe nor want that anymore for his son. Taking out a loan, he arranges for his son to attend the world’s fair in Chicago. Coming as a shock, Cullen balks at the idea of leaving behind what his ancestors have done for generations – he knows where he belongs and it certainly isn’t on some Chicago street. Then he meets Della. On the verge of losing his hearing, Cullen is desperate. He doesn’t know how he’ll function once that happens so he takes a suggestion to take lip-reading lessons. Della is a teacher for the deaf who reluctantly agrees to give the man who rescued her lessons in exchange for him being Della’s escort around the fair exhibitions. Before either of them realize what all the time together may mean, Cullen finds his thoughts constantly shifting to his pretty teacher and Della begins to anticipate the nights she spends with Cullen. Continue reading “It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist”

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Roses Have Thorns

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Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Ladies in Waiting” (book three)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Young Adult, Teen, Series, Historical Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

Review: For years, over her entire educational studies, Elin Von Snakenborg has prepared for her trip with the Swedish Princess Cecilia to the English shores to visit Queen Elizabeth. The woman, the Swedish monarchy once thought may marry their king. As one of Cecilia’s ladies-in-waiting, Elin never expected to be swept into the Queen’s court. Her knowledge of essential oils and herbs interests Elizabeth and Elin immediately captures the fancy of the kindhearted, older and widowed Lord Northampton, a man who owes his life to Elizabeth having been imprisoned once by the Queen’s elder sister, Mary. Choosing to remain in England transforms Elin into becoming a true Englishwoman as she prepares for a wedding as Helena and finding her place in Elizabeth’s court but where does her heart truly lie… Continue reading “Roses Have Thorns”

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Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

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Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Porter Family” (book one)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Romance, Comedy
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Meg Cole is now the richest woman in Texas. Her oil magnate father died unexpectedly and long before she wanted the reigns of the family business, Meg is back in the small town of Holley and taking over her father’s title and empire – a man she really did not know. Despite a successful company, Meg is making cuts. She has no desire to indulge in her father’s hobbies and sees no reason to continue to pay for staff or offshoot companies she will have no use for – one of which is a horse farm that is far from paying for its own expenses and yet her father, William Cole loved horses. The farm manager, Bo Porter has poured his life into this farm and he isn’t about to let the intriguing Meg Cole take it away. She’s his boss – the woman who may, in six months be shutting down his and his employee’s livelihood and yet, he cannot help but like Meg. Something about her inspires a side of himself he didn’t know existed… Continue reading “Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade”