Showing posts from January, 2013

Litfuse Blog Tour + My Review: The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

What's the story?
Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father when his boarding school fails, accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive and begin teaching the two younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to find the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementoes?

The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry Weston, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both remember the studious Miss Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her...

When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame and which to trust with her heart?

Filled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor's Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast--a place infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions--where danger lurks, fai…

Litfuse Blog Tour + My Review: Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss

What's the Story?
Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But Ginny needs advice from the one person who will look out for her best interests—her former fiancĂ©, Brett Miller. She travels to the remote town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where the town’s colorful characters and stunning scenery provide respite from LA’s pressures.

In Glacier Bay, Ginny discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between Clay, an early missionary to Alaska Territory, and Ellie, the woman who traveled there to be his children’s governess. When Ginny is reunited with Brett in Glacier Bay, will she discover—as Ellie did—that healing and love are sometimes found in the most unexpected places?

What I Thought:
In the midst of a cold snap here in Pennsylvania it's easy to imagine how chilly it gets in Alaska but ev…

Take a Journey to 1893 Chicago in The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow (Avenue of Dreams, Book 2) by Olivia Newport

About the Book
The whole world is coming to Chicago. Charlotte’s whole world is coming down around her.

While the rest of Chicago focuses on the enormous spectacle of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Charlotte Farrow’s attentions are entirely on one small boy-her boy-whom she has kept a secret from her wealthy employers for nearly a year.

When the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him to the opulent Banning home, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child’s fate. Can she face the truth of her past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life’s struggles determine her path?

This compelling story of courage, strength, and tender romance captures the tension between the glittering wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable.

My Thoughts:
In her sophomore release in the Avenue of Dreams series Olivia Newport once again takes us to Chicago, on th…

A Love Triangle, Mystery and a Feud in Choices of the Heart (Midwives, Book 3) by Laurie Alice Eakes

About the book:
She thought she had left her old life behind . . .

Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling. When a terrible scandal threatens all she holds dear, Esther flees, taking a position as a teacher in the wild western mountains of Virginia. But instead of the refuge she was seeking, Esther finds herself in the midst of a deadly family feud-and courted by two men on opposite sides of the conflict. All she wants is to run away again.

Yet could it be that her past holds the key to reconciliation-and love?

In this gripping story of trust, deception, and bittersweet loss, you’ll discover the true meaning of choices of the heart.

My Thoughts:
Midwifery is such an interesting and enthralling topic to read about and study. Laurie Alice Eakes's series really brought the trials and tribulations of 19th century midwives front and center.  With the last installment in The Midwives series we once again meet a y…

Litfuse Blog Tour + My Review: The Lesson (Stoney Ridge Seasons, Book 3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The back of the Book:
Sometimes love shows up when you least expect it.

Nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp yearns for adventure, but all she seems to find is trouble. Her dreams of travel have taken a backseat to her assignment to teach school this year. And nothing ever seems to happen in her sleepy Amish community.

But when a sudden and unexplained death conveniently coincides with the arrival of a mysterious young man, M.K. is frustrated that no one takes it seriously. She’s determined to take matters into her own hands and get to the bottom of it. Will she find more than she bargained for?

Centered on one of bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher’s most loved characters, this is the Stoney Ridge story you have been waiting for. With a surprise at every turn, a gentle romance, and a shocking answer to an old family mystery, The Lesson is the dramatic conclusion to the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.

What I Thought:
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the premier author of Amish Fiction. Always hear…

A Nice Romance: Waiting for Spring (Westward Winds, Book 2) by Amanda Cabot

About the book:
A new identity may protect her family-but can it protect her heart?

After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But she can find no rest from the ghosts of the past and flees to Cheyenne to put the pieces of her life back together.

Wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry must make a sensible match if he is to be elected senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming. He needs someone with connections. Someone without a past. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.

Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?

My Thoughts:
Somebody who is trying to remain anonymous and in the shadows shouldn't wear an electric blue dress but I've grown to love the cover for Waiting for Spring and now that I've read the book I really liked the story too. The reason I preferred this over t…

Dakota Set Romance: Under the Summer Sky (The Dakota Diaries, Book 2) by Lori Copeland

About the book:
This romantic new book from bestselling author Lori Copeland portrays God's miraculous provision even when none seems possible.

1893--A man who goes only by the name of "Jones" isn't looking for trouble when he happens across Miss Trinity Franklin at the riverside. He is simply on his way to North Dakota to seek the advice of Tom Curtis, a former CN&W Railroad land purchaser. But when Jones spots a lady who is about to become the victim of a marauding band of thugs, he quickly follows his instincts. A handy barrel and a nearby river seem the perfect getaway was he to know she couldn't swim?

Thus begins an adventure beyond what either could have anticipated. After Jones again rescues Trinity--this time from the river--they find their destination is the same: a small town in North Dakota. A seemingly coincidental beginning comes to a delightful and charming ending when orchestrated by the One who can put the pieces of any lost and…

FIRST Wild Card Blog Tour: Under the Summer Sky (The Dakota Diaries, Book 2) by Lori Copeland

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:
Lori Copeland
and the book:
Under the Summer Sky
(The Dakota Diaries Book 2)
Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2013)
***Special thanks to Ginger Chen for sending me a review copy.***

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational marke…

Bloggers Wanted!

I hope that the title of this post got your attention! I just wanted to let you all know that I'm in charge of a special campaign and promotion for terrific Christian romance novelist Sandra Byrd whose name you may recognize from this blog and many others as she's a best-selling and award winning author. We're putting together a special campaign to get the word out about her wonderful French Twist series (previously published in paperback by WaterBrook Press) that is now available in Kindle E-Book form!

The first book in the series, Let Them Eat Cake, is going to be FREE on Amazon, February 11-15th for everyone but we want to give you, bloggers and website owners, the chance to snag your own copy AND get entered for a chance to win an amazing Valentine's Day themed petits fours treat from Sandra and Divine Delights. Anyone who posts during the week of February 11-15 on their blog, Facebook, or Twitter about the Let The Eat Cake Amazon freebie deal can enter to win. If…