All this Time Melissa Tagg
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All This Time by Melissa Tagg – The Walker Saga Concludes with Most Anticipated Story

All this Time Melissa TaggABOUT the BOOK

Author: Melissa Tagg

Publisher: Larkspur Press (Indie Published)

Publication Date: 2017

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

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Rating: ★★★★★

REVIEW | Time stands still for Bear McKinley. His dream of missionary work in Africa has just vanished from his future thanks to a checkered past. This leads him to wonder about the future.  His immediate future leads him to Georgia and the door of his sister-in-law. Instead of a welcome, she refuses to tell Bear what’s going on with his brother (who’s life is riddled with mistakes), but she does rush him out the door, and sends her two kids with him. All he knows is she begs Bear to keep her children safe… and the best way he knows how to do this is by returning to Maple Valley.

BOOK REVIEW | Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg – Wit, Wisdom and Winsome Charm

Maple Valley is safety to Raegan Walker. It’s the only place she’s known and it’s the only place she wants to be. Unlike her siblings, she isn’t about to leave it or her close-knit family behind. The one person who could have shaken her safety net is Bear McKinley. Until he left her behind. Now Raegan protects a broken heart. When he returns with two small children in tow, Raegan will have to check her emotions lest she again fall in love with this enigma of a man… Continue reading “All This Time by Melissa Tagg – The Walker Saga Concludes with Most Anticipated Story”

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Moving Target Lynette Eason
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Moving Target by Lynette Eason – Fast Paced Romantic Suspense at its Best

Moving Target Lynette EasonABOUT the BOOK

Author: Lynette Eason

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2017

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance / Suspense

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Rating: ★★★★½

Quick-Witted, smart and fast paced, Moving Target is sure to entice the romantic suspense enthusiast in all of us. Buckle in and hang tight for an adventure, and the thrill of “the chase” as only suspense fiction can provoke.

REVIEW | Brushes with death is an experience Maddy McKay knows well. She’s too familiar with the sensation and fear. First when her life was nearly taken from her months earlier. Now, her best friend (and the man she’s crushing on), Detective Quinn Holcombe is recovering from a similar experience. In the hopes this new bond they’ve formed will be the start of a new normal, Maddy spends her waking hours helping Quinn during his recovery. Continue reading “Moving Target by Lynette Eason – Fast Paced Romantic Suspense at its Best”

Lucky in Love Kasie West
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Lucky in Love by Kasie West – A Golden YALit RomCom Sure to ‘Win’ the Heart of its Reader

Lucky in Love Kasie West
A B O U T THE B O O K

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: Scholastic

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Genre: Fiction; YA Contemporary, Teen Secular

Rating: ★★★★★

…West strikes gold (and plenty of good luck) in her latest novel. Bubbly and bright, happy and hip, Lucky in Love is the kind of novel one wants to read over the hot, humid and hazy summer days.

Times are tough inside the protective walls of Maddie’s house. Her parents are fighting constantly thanks to a one-income household, and Maddie’s brother is falling farther and farther away from returning to school. On her 18th birthday, Maddie’s big plans fall apart when none of her friends show up. In the wake of this, she impulsively buys a lottery ticket (at the cost of her favorite sweet treat), and the following morning, she discover, she wins!

Overnight, everything changes. No longer does Maddie – nor her family, have money troubles. The responsible girl now believes everything will be ok. But Maddie soon learns money and comfort doesn’t heal wounds or fix problems. The only person Maddie comes to trust is her cute co-worker, Seth who coincidentally also seems to be the only guy who doesn’t know about Maddie’s new found fortune. Continue reading “Lucky in Love by Kasie West – A Golden YALit RomCom Sure to ‘Win’ the Heart of its Reader”

Unraveling Sara Ella
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Unraveling by Sara Ella – Solid Sequel Follows up YA Fantasy Debut, ‘Unblemished’

Unraveling Sara EllaA B O U T THE B O O K

Author: Sara Ella

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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Publication Date: 2017

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Genre: Fiction; Fantasy, Young Adult Contemporary

Series: Unblemished, Book 2

Rating: ★★★★½

Romantic, adventurous and fulfilling, Unraveling soars above the fray with its poignant themes of true beauty and true love.

REVIEW | In the aftermath of her life forever changing, Eliyana Ember is about to be crowned queen of her new realm (aka the place she’s meant to now call home). Growing up in contemporary New York, El is thrust into a world of fantasy and unexpected dangers. Being queen of this realm means she must prove wrong the deflated expectations her subjects have of her reign.

Further complicating things is the Kiss of Infinity she shared with a boy gone physically, but never far from her mind. Their bond won’t be denied despite the efforts of her fiancé, Joshua. The boy El once thought she loved without reservations. Now she questions everything. Is Joshua still the boy she loves? Why does she have this unexplained connection to Ky? And who or what is behind the Callings failure? Continue reading “Unraveling by Sara Ella – Solid Sequel Follows up YA Fantasy Debut, ‘Unblemished’”

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What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum – YA Contemporary about Friendship and How NOT to Be Awkward

A B O U T THE B O O K

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Publisher: Random House

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Publication Date: 2017

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Young Adult/Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Dreams haunt Kit Lowell. Dreams triggered by the unexpected death of her father. Despite this, every day, she pretends nothing is wrong. She listens to her friend’s petty complaints, goes to school and follows the same routine. Until today. Today she fits at David Drucker’s table. David is weird (or so he tells us), but as Kit sits at his otherwise empty lunch spot, she discovers he’s a “good” weird.

David is different. And he knows it. Boasting an unusual personality, David doesn’t trust anyone. He’s been on the bad end of school pranks one too many times which is why he relies on his elder sister’s “guide book” on who not to trust. Kit Lowell is on the good list. Kit is the girl David has had a crush on for years, and when she asks him to help to make sense of her father’s accident, David readily agrees. Continue reading “What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum – YA Contemporary about Friendship and How NOT to Be Awkward”

A New Shade of Summer Nicole Deese
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A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese – Contemporary Fiction Sure to Set Hearts Aflutter

AA New Shade of Summer Nicole DeeseBOUT the BOOK:

Author: Nicole Deese

Publisher: Waterfall Press

Publication Date: 2017

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

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Rating: ★★★★★

REVIEW | If you adore swoon-worthy stories with heart, A New Shade of Summer is one that rivals the best of the best. It’s smart, funny and beautifully romantic in all the right places, spaces and ways. It’s a story sure to set hearts aflutter. Failure is something Davis Carter feels the crippling weight of. As a single parent, he’s trying to find the hole in his relationship with his son, Brandon, which will allow him to slip past the kid’s defense. Between his son and running his vet client, he has very little time for anything. Furthermore, Davis is having to deal with bothersome in-laws that cannot – or won’t, respect Davis’ role as Brandon’s parent. 
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Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
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Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Family
Rating: ★★★★½

“Smart, sassy and sensational, Jane of Austin is a classic in its own right; a book worthy of placing next to its Austen inspired tome.”

REVIEW | Change is threatening to sweep the Woodward sister’s into its vicious cycle. In the wake of their father’s scandal, the sisters reinvent their life by opening a tea shop. Now, their landlord has died and his family no longer believe they’re good tenants. Forced to leave behind their home and business, the three sisters pack up and make the move from California to Texas, where distant relatives await. Continue reading “Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’”

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

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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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Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren – A Return to Warren’s Signature Style

A B O U T THE B O O KWild Montana Skies

Author: Susan May Warren

Publisher: Revell Books

Source: Publisher

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Series: Montana Rescue, Book One

Rating: 4 out of 5

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren – A Return to Warren’s Signature Style 

This novel is a kind of restart for the Christy-award winning talents of Susan May Warren. If the accolades weren’t enough, the reader love of Warren’s pen proves she’s a rare talent whose stories never cease to excite, entertain, and enchant.

REVIEW | Nashville has been the best and worst of times for country crooner Benjamin King. His first record sold well, but his fledgling career since then demanded he take on a partnership role. The duo Montgomery King was formed as a bandage to his sinking passion. Then, some 13 years later, Ben returns to his Montana hometown and locks eyes with Kacey Fairing, the girl he never stopped loving.

Kacey is like a balm to his soul. Once engaged to marry his high school sweetheart, Ben’s arrival home again uncovers more than one secret about their past that shatters and heals them in more ways than one. Continue reading “Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren – A Return to Warren’s Signature Style”

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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
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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”