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Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson – A Comforting, Contemporary Romance on the Coast

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Liz JohnsonWhere Two Hearts Meet Liz Johnson
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams, Book 2
Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Change is just what Adam Jacobs needs. Luck hasn’t been kind to him, and Adam certainly has no time for God in his life. This leads him to a small bed and breakfast on Prince Edward Island. There he meets Caden Holt. On the outside, Caden seems to have it all together. She’s living her dream through her work as executive chef of Red Door Inn, and has a loving family supporting her. But underneath this Caden conceals a person looking for one final achievement, an accomplishment that would put the struggling inn on the map.

As with her debut (Revell) novel, Liz again captures a special kind of magic with Where Two Hearts Meet. The story is pleasant and the writing style suits my reading tastes beautifully. It’s an easy-going style that isn’t difficult to read nor have I ever felt as if I needed to “push” myself to flip the pages. The story is simply there (if this makes any sense), waiting to unfold without forcing itself on its reader. Continue reading “Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson – A Comforting, Contemporary Romance on the Coast”

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Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Emotionally Complex Contemporary Romance

A B O U T THE B O O Kbook-write-me-home

Author: Crystal Walton

Publisher: Impact Editions (Indie)

Source: Amazon Purchase

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction

Series: Home in You, Book 1

Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | Ten years ago, the world became a darker place for Ethan DeLuca. Since that day, he’s been punishing himself and pursuing every opportunity to “rescue” everyone but himself. With his grandmother’s health in decline, he returns to his small hometown where he meets Cassidy McAdams. Beautiful and everything Ethan shouldn’t be wishing for, Cass too is hiding scars. (Something she hides by trying to reopen her grandfather’s camp.) Her past is covered in them, and yet despite her walls, Ethan walks into her life as the person she didn’t know she needed.

Broken hearts, souls and lives collide in their otherwise safe worlds. But what happens when danger lurks around the corner?  Continue reading “Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Emotionally Complex Contemporary Romance”

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Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh – a Complex Contemporary Novel with Depth

About the Book:Change of Heart
Author: Courtney Walsh
Publisher: Tyndale House
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Paper Hearts, 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | As a reader who (for reasons unknown) best loves the contemporary genre, reading Courtney Walsh’s novels was high on my priority list. But despite best intentions I’d not opened the pages to discover her brand of Story. Until now. Inside these pages, a story of joy, disappointment, betrayal and the healing power of forgiveness unfold, all of which rises to the surface as each of these layers is beautifully peeled away.  Continue reading “Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh – a Complex Contemporary Novel with Depth”

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Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin – WWII Historical Romance at its Best

About the Book:Anchor in the Storm
Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Waves of Freedom, Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Historical Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

REVIEW | With the shadow of Pearl Harbor’s fate left hanging over them, the Avery family prepares to say goodbye to their independent daughter, Lillian. As her brothers join the as Navy men, her twin sister, Lucy (whom she’s never been close with) is married and expecting her first child. This leaves Lillian with little purpose. Experiencing the pangs of trepidation and excitement she makes ready to move to Boston. Once there, she plans to put her training as a pharmacist to use while rooming with her brother’s girlfriend, Mary.   Continue reading “Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin – WWII Historical Romance at its Best”

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Wrapped in Red by Meghan M. Gorecki – A Cozy Christmas Story with an Emphasis on Family

A B O U T THE B O O KWrapped in Red
Author: Meghan M. Gorecki
Publisher: Northern Belle (Indie Author)
Source: Author Provided, thank you, Meghan!
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Novella, Contemporary Romance
Series: A Three Rivers Romance
Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | Merry Grainger is at her wit’s end. It’s Christmas, but nothing is going according to “The Most Wonderful Time of Year” adage. The latest disaster finds her stranded along side the road. Her cute albeit smug rescuer isn’t helping anything.

As Merry starts the holiday season with her family, she discovers her mother has her eye on the latest eligible bachelor, and much to Merry’s dismay she knows him. Sam is the cute guy who rescued her. Only trouble is, she isn’t interested in being the center of a match-making scheme. If only Sam weren’t quite so appealing… Continue reading “Wrapped in Red by Meghan M. Gorecki – A Cozy Christmas Story with an Emphasis on Family”

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The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert – A Messy and Beautiful Coming-Of-Age Story

About the Book:The Art of Losing Yourself Katie Ganshert
Author: Katie Ganshert
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | Since it first released, I had every intention of reading Katie Ganshert’s latest novel. Her novel A Broken Kind of Beautiful lived up to its title and then some. Still, for whatever reason, it took the 2016 INSPYs before I actually picked up another of Katie’s amazing books. To my great pleasure, her latest novel is again, a study in what good fiction should be. Continue reading “The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert – A Messy and Beautiful Coming-Of-Age Story”

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The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson – A Cozy Contemporary Novel

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Author:
Liz Johnson
Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2016
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
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Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams #1
Genre:
Fiction; Romance, Inspirational  

Rating: 5 out of 5 

The vibrant setting, lovable characters and sense of community support a gentle and memorable story in Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn.

REVIEW | There are some books that stick with you from the very first time you hear about them. This was one of those novels. From the moment I saw the cover for The Red Door Inn, coupled with its series title, I knew it’d be a story well suited to my reading sensibilities.

The story is about Marie Carrington, a woman on the run from a past she cannot forget. As she nears Prince Edward Island, she is befriended by a fellow traveler, Jack Sloane, a kindly older gentleman looking to make his deceased wife’s dream of a B&B realized. With some reluctance, Marie agrees to work for Jack as his interior decorator, and in exchange she finds herself a safe place to stay while she plans her future. While working with Jack, Marie also meets his nephew, Seth. A man embittered by heartbreak, Seth immediately recognizes something familiar in Marie. But he is distrustful of pretty faces—they always leave him—and Marie is on a hesitant journey of healing and second chances. Continue reading “The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson – A Cozy Contemporary Novel”

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The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness

About the Book:The Goodbye Bride Denise Hunter
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Summer Harbor, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | On what should be the happiest day of her life, Lucy Lovett cannot remember a thing. She wakes in a strange place on the floor of a Portland restaurant confused about how she got there – in a wedding gown, no less! Her solution is to call Zac Callahan, the one man she does remember most vividly. But their wedding day isn’t for another several months, which means something she can’t remember has happened. Angry, Zac wants nothing to do with Lucy. But the mystery becomes, why? As Lucy tries to return home – to Summer Harbor, Maine, she finds no one is eager to welcome her back.

A woman who can’t forget the man she loves. A man who wishes he could forget.   Continue reading “The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness”

A Portrait of Emily Price Katherine Reay
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A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay – A Classy Masterpiece

A B O U T THE B O O KA Portrait of Emily Price Katherine Reay

Author: Katherine Reay

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Author Provided, Launch Team

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | Fixing things, whether broken or not, is Emily Price’s van Gogh. As an art restorer she’s passionate about righting anything that is “wrong” and anyone that hurts. From swooping in save her sister from her flighty behavior patterns therefore saving her from herself, to perfecting her work as a restorer, she likes projects. Her latest job takes her to Atlanta where two things happen. First, her life changes for the better… and coinciding with this euphoria is when everything falls apart. It’s Atlanta where she meets, Ben, an Italian chef who sweeps Emily off her feet. Their whirlwind romance leads them to Italy where Emily discovers long buried secrets in Ben’s family that changes everything. Continue reading “A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay – A Classy Masterpiece”

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The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction

About the Book:The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder Rachel McMillan

Author: Rachel McMillan

Publisher: Harvest House

Source: Author provided E-galley

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Herringford and Watts, book 1

Genre: Fiction; Historical

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | One of my weaknesses is historical settings set in or around the 1900s. I know the blame for this lies squarely on the shoulders of Julian Fellowes and a little drama called Downton Abbey. This is partial reason why the debut novel of Rachel McMillan rose up to be one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. Never mind its premise being completely different, it became the one novel I was 99.9% sure of 100% adoring. Helping to sell this educated guess of mine was the beautiful and swirly cover art that featured the old-fashioned art of silhouettes to say nothing of its gorgeous swirly font. As I turned the pages, within the span of 10-15, I was swept into Rachel’s Toronto and the fascinating historical setting of 1910. Continue reading “The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction”