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Truth be Told by Carol Cox

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Author: Carol Cox
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Inspirational
Rating: 3 out of 5

Trying new authors always suggests there is some kind of “risk” involved. Either we’ll walk away with a beautiful new story to fill our minds for times to come and a new favorite pen to share about with friends or we come away disappointed. Whatever the case, sometimes the happy medium is just enjoying an easy story. This book, the third from Carol Cox’s Bethany House line of novels, introduces us to Amelia Wagner, a smart, opinionated daughter of a journalist father. Ever since her parent’s separation, Amelia has lived with her mother in the city, enjoying every advantage most society girls dream of. Only Amelia isn’t like most girls. She’d rather follow in her father’s footsteps and when she returns to Arizona to learn that her father is ill and soon after he dies, she decides to take up not just his mantle but also the story he was chasing about the Great Western company – a story that leads her straight into the path of Ben Stone, a “company man,” who has his own task to accomplish. Continue reading “Truth be Told by Carol Cox”

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A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge

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Author: Hilary Manton Lodge
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
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Publication Date: 2014
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Series: A Table for Two (or Two Blue Doors), book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Some novel beginnings are humble and quiet, expanding from where they start, kind of like a warm loaf of fresh homemade bread has to first grow and expand before it can be baked, an apropos reference considering this novel is actually, primarily about food – eating food, creating food, living vicariously through food and the people behind those concoctions. It’s leading, first-person narrative is Juliette D’Alisa, the youngest child of six in a French-Italian family who comes from a two-parent restaurant family. Juliette – or Etta as she is sometimes called, is now a food critic following a failed restaurant she was a part of with her brother and his friend, Eric, a man who was once more to Juliette. Now, years later, her brother Nico is planning to start a new restaurant and he wants Juliette to be a part of it, only trouble is, her life has just gotten more complicated – she’s taking on more work responsibilities and as luck would have it, she’s met a guy who could maybe – just maybe, be the one she’s been waiting for. Continue reading “A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge”

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Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl

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Author: Nancy Mehl
Publisher: Bethany House
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Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Finding Sanctuary, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Mystery, Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Review: If the genre of a new-to-me-author is one that appeals, I’m all for the “adventure” of trying that new author. Nancy Mehl is an author who has had a slew of books to her name already, though none of those have found a way onto my reading list. After my mom talked about this one from an ad in the back of another Bethany House book, I happened to get an email about this one and one accidental click of the mouse later and I had this one in my mailbox. That’s my story, the actual novel goes like this. Wynter Evans has built an entire life reimagining herself. She no longer wants to be the teenage girl who lost her brother to a kidnapping that made national headlines, and is now working as a journalist at a station where she rarely has any contact with her stern father – a father who fell apart after his son’s disappearance. Thanks to her curious nature, Wynter happens to spy a photo of a young Mennonite man who resembles her brother and convincing her boss to let her and a photog, Zac do a story on the Mennonite, Wynter sets off for the small town of Sanctuary and its people – including her kindly landlady, Esther and the handsome mayor, Rueben – determined she won’t leave without returning with Ryan. Continue reading “Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl”

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Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

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Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
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Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Porter Family, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: If I didn’t already adore the novels that materialize from the pen of this author, this book surely would have melted my heart – it’s exactly the kind of story that “gets to me” with its lighthearted moments of hilarity carefully balanced against the emotional, believable trials the characters are experiencing – plus it’s plot is one that, for unknowable reasons, I adore. Speaking of those characters, the Porter family has just gotten more complicated when champion bull rider Ty Porter meets up again with the girl who harbored a crush on him throughout high school: Celia Park. Seeing Ty again in Vegas seems like a stroke of serendipity to Celia. Marrying him seems too good to be true, yet after spending four blissful days together – during which, Ty makes Celia feel precious and loved, that is exactly what Ty proposes. The morning after their impromptu wedding is nothing like a fairytale and Celia walks away. Five years, later, Celia hasn’t seen Ty since that day and is struggling to raise her young daughter, Addie. When the past prompts Ty to find Celia in Oregon, her world suddenly changes and the life of joy she’s made for herself is suddenly no longer her secret to keep. Continue reading “Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade”