Book Review

With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
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Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Historical Fiction
Series: Orphan Train, 1
Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | The New York streets are brutal to Elise Neumann and her young sisters. Following the recent death of their mother, the three girls are left orphaned. Housed by an uncle who cruelly demands more money from them, Elise decides she must strike out on her own before her family is torn apart. Leaving her family in the capable hands of a kind-hearted woman trying to start a mission, Elise sets out for unknown territory: Illinois.

Once there, she is hired to cook by the wealthy entrepreneur Thornton Quincy. Facing his own complicated challenges, Thornton cannot help an interest in Elise. Beautiful inside and out, Thornton begins to wonder if she’s his chance at true love – and to fulfill the challenges his father issues to his sons to marry for love. Continue reading “With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series”

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Missing by Lisa Harris – Riveting Follow Up to Nikki Boyd Files

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Author: Lisa Harris
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2016
Genre: Fiction; Mystery and Suspense, Contemporary Romantic Suspense
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Rating: 4 out of 5

As an agent of the Tennessee Missing Persons task force, Nikki Boyd is used to seeing a multitude of cases cross her desk. Specializing in the missing persons unit, driven by her personal past, Nikki’s latest case sends her on a search for a missing wife. With the woman’s husband dead, and a trail of men seeking her who’d do the woman harm, Nikki will have to unravel the case before someone else finds her victim. Even if that means turning the investigation on her best friend, Tyler… the man she harbors unrequited love for.

BOOK REVIEW | Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris

Up until I’d read Vendetta, I was unfamiliar with Harris’ books. But it only took that one novel for me to be impressed. The style, characters and rapid pace won me over like nothing else had. Book one set up a story (about Nikki’s missing sister) that is meant to linger throughout the trilogy. While frustrating for a reader who wants answers, it’s this that keeps us up and flipping pages, all while being actively invested in this story and its characters. Continue reading “Missing by Lisa Harris – Riveting Follow Up to Nikki Boyd Files”

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One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg

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Author: Melissa Tagg

Publisher: Indie Published

Source: Author Provided

Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; Christmas, Novella

Rating: 5 out of 5


REVIEW: If you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ll have probably recognized one of my more popular reading habits steers towards the lighthearted and happy. If ever there were a time when this would be truer than is routine, that’d be the Christmas season. It’s fortunate then that one of my all-time favorite romantic-comedy authors has written a sweet as sugar novella to pair with the holiday season. Continue reading “One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg”

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Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Zondervan (HarperCollins)
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Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Summer Harbor, 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Rating: 4 out of 5

Each time I crack open the pages of a new contemporary rom-com from inspirational author, Denise Hunter, I allow my expectations to soar. If there is one thing the author excels at (and there are more than one) it’d be her narrative that ensures the reader a delightful time. That is exactly what one will find within the pages of the award-winning author’s brand new book, which also acts as a new series launcher. Not only that is attributed to it, but this makes an excellent Christmas read and an attractive find for anyone looking for that perfect gift to give the book lover in your family. Though we were given a tease of this story in Married ‘til Monday, until you read this, you aren’t likely to really understand the characters well enough to judge them. Continue reading “Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter”

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Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

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Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell Books
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Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Waves of Freedom, 1
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Inspirational
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: Journeying through Sarah Sundin’s books is like a quaint, never-want-to-leave trip back to yesteryear. Saying this may sound silly considering the novel’s settings are primarily based around World War II, but there’s a special kind of nostalgia that puts the reader in the exact same situation as the characters may be in. Whether that is safety or peril, we “feel” close to being there. This novel introduces us to Mary Stirling, a kind-hearted girl who enjoys living in the shadows where no spotlight can shine on her. As a secretary at a Boston naval base, Mary’s work is never done, because she pitches in behind-the-scenes on multiple projects. It’s this that re-introduces her to Jim Avery. Jim knew Mary back in high school, but hasn’t seen her in years, which is why running into her turns out to be one of the best surprises. Mary and Jim have both changed, and working together to capture a saboteur means they see each other frequently. With men fighting a war that shadows their horizon, Jim and Mary’s blossoming friendship might is soon tested…   Continue reading “Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin”

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Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

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Author: Melissa McClone
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Litfuse Publicity
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Year of Weddings 2, 7
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Novella
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis: When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.
Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren’t always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God’s plan and His perfect timing. Continue reading “Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone”

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Always on My Mind by Susan May Warren

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Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Christiansen Family, book 4
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Christian
Rating: 4 out of 5

Each of this author’s books seems to grow. The stories are better, while never omitting the importance of realism and the writing is consistently brilliant. The fourth book in Warren’s on-going series set itself up in such a way that the same ease with which the prior books flowed, this one may have stumbled. Fortunately, I don’t think it does. Casper Christiansen ran away after the girl he fell hard for turned out to be using him. Or that’s how he saw Raina’s apparent fascination with his younger brother, Owen. Now he’s back from his treasure-hunting adventure, Casper decides the first thing he’s going to do is see Raina. One way or another, he’s going to tell her how he feels. When he shows up, he finds Raina pregnant… with his brother’s child. Raina doesn’t see herself as a single mother and telling Owen – or any of the Christiansen family is out of the question. So, she gives up the child for adoption and with time, she and Casper slowly begin again with a relationship rooted in friendship. Continue reading “Always on My Mind by Susan May Warren”

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From the Start, by Melissa Tagg

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Author: Melissa Tagg
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author Influencer Copy Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Walker Family, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Though she’s always had a fantastic sense of humor that rolled with her unique style (anyone who reads Melissa’s blog will be able to pull out moments that indicate her fab signature), I don’t know if her books have risen to the level her fourth full-length novel does. Her author note in the back may acknowledge that this was the hardest book she’s yet written, but let me tell you, the results are rewarding. The story is about Kate Walker, a TV script writer who seems to be running out of work. Following her career high as an Emmy-winning writer, she has since declined. Unsuccessful at selling much of anything beyond the odd romance to a TV network, she is lacking in knowing her next step. Then her home town of Maple Valley, Iowa has a tornado rip through and it sends Kate rushing from Chicago to her family’s aid. While there she meets her brother’s best friend, Colton Greene. A former NFL player who is watching his own career slip away, Colton didn’t plan on visiting Maple Valley with Logan, but he is just the same. While there, he’s thrust into helping his hosts recover from the tornado, getting pressure to write a book and in-between it all, cherishing the time he spends with Kate Walker. Continue reading “From the Start, by Melissa Tagg”

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An Uncertain Choice, by Jody Hedlund

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Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: NetGalley via Jody Hedlund’s Launch Team
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: An Uncertain Choice, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5

BOOK BLURB: Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, shortly before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice—if Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.
Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the knights’ arrival results in a series of attacks within her land, she begins to wonder if the convent is the best place after all. If only one of the knights—the one who appears the most guilty—had not already captured her heart. Continue reading “An Uncertain Choice, by Jody Hedlund”

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How to Catch a Prince, by Rachel Hauck

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Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Royal Weddings, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Christian
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: On my list of most-anticipated 2015 releases, this novel ranked high. It’s the final in a series of books that to some may appear to be no more than fluffy romances. I am here to deflate that mindset – or give it a go. These are really much more than just a happily-ever-after. Corina Del Ray is grieving. Her twin brother’s death shattered her family and now they are a shell of what they used to be. She’s trying to move on after a move to Florida and pursuing her journalism career, but everything about her past comes right back to the surface when Prince Stephen finds her. Married in secret to the prince once upon a time, Corina is shocked to learn that they are still married. The marriage was never annulled. In America at the order of his brother, Stephen is not completely over events of the past either. Stumbling in his rugby career, Stephen feels lost while recovering from an injury. The weight of a secret he still carries and coupled with seeing the woman who still owns his heart isn’t helping. Continue reading “How to Catch a Prince, by Rachel Hauck”