Review Double Feature: The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall

Tuesday, March 31, 2015



The Hesitant Heiress, Book 1:
After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, disappearing before her very eyes. Now, the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: Marry within the year to inherit the immense fortune of her estranged grandmother. Amaryllis reluctantly moves in to her aunt's Boston home and rubs shoulders with fashionable society. Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, the envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for the decade following her mother's tragic death. However, Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems...and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been managing her life isn't who she thought at all.

My Thoughts:
I have no time in my life anymore to sit down and read a book straight through like I did in high school or even just a few years ago. It takes me a while to get through one book these days, even if I read at night on the ol' iPad. Dawn Crandall's new historical romance wasn't a book that would let me get a good night's rest. I made the mistake of starting it later in the evening and it kept me up until well after one in the morning. It wasn't that it was particularly full of new or gripping themes, but for the fact that the hero, Nathan Everstone, was so darn compelling! An Adonis if there ever was one. Who wouldn't love a guy with a "reputation" who really has a heart of gold...and green eyes to go with? Sometimes you just need that smutty romance with the Fabio cover in your life and sometimes you just need a sweet love story and a sweet romance is exactly what you get with this book. At times it did get a little more heavy handed with the message than I care for in my inspy books, so I docked a star, but overall the story, setting, and detailing I really enjoyed.

Litfuse Blog Tour: The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Promise of Palm Grove
Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book 1
by Shelley Shepard Gray
Avon Inspire
Copyright 2015
ISBN: 9780062337702

The Story:
A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

Read more about the book and meet Shelley on her website:
http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com/the-promise-of-palm-grove/


My Thoughts:
To be honest Amish fiction isn't my favorite genre, however Suzanne Woods Fisher's and Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish novels I make exceptions for. Fisher's books pull at the heartstrings while Gray's bring the romance. This time around, Shelley's new series is set in sunny Florida, but still brings life in the Amish community front and center.

Giveaway: Celebrate Spring With a New Book!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I know I'm jumping the gun a bit since it's not spring quite yet, but you know me, I'm all about dreaming of warmer weather and sunshine. To celebrate the time of budding trees and new life, why not give away a book just blooming with romance -- The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan? I ended up receiving an extra copy of her novel from the publisher, but it works out for you readers! If you'd like the chance to win this book, please fill out the Promo Simple form below. As always, leave a comment if you're so inclined. I love reading your thoughts. The Trouble with Patience is a Christian romance novel. Giveaway open to US residents, 18+.


To read more about the book, visit Revell's website!

Anna's Crossing ( An Amish Beginnings Novel) by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ My Review

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Anna's Crossing
(An Amish Beginnings Novel)
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Copyright 2015
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800723194

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The Story:
Some endings are really beginnings . . . 

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna König reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home--assuming she survives. She's heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship's carpenter Bairn resents the somber people--dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands--who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing--and the lives of two intrepid people who braved it.


My Thoughts:
Since I read so many books, they tend to blend together and often they seem like the same story, especially those in the same genre. Admittedly, Amish fiction is one of those genres I nearly gave up on reading a few years ago, but thanks to new faces in the genre and a select few talented veterans like Suzanne Woods Fisher, I love the genre again!

The Trouble With Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West) by Maggie Brendan ~ My Review

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Trouble with Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 1)
by Maggie Brendan
Copyright 2015
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800722647


The Story:
Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself.

Despite Patience's desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse. He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But as she gets to know this "hanging lawman," Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye--and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.

With a keen eye for historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites you to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.


To learn more about the author, visit her website:
http://www.maggiebrendan.com

My Thoughts:
Maggie Brendan is a skilled writer of sweet, western romances. Her newest series continues with hangings and vigilantes, cattle rustlers and murder, so it's a little less "sweet" than her previous Blue Willow Brides series, but equally as entertaining. Patience and Jedediah certainly don't have an easy time at courting or taking things slowly. Jedediah's past as a vigilante for justice catches up with him just when he believes he may have Patience's heart. Patience must decide if she can overlook what Jed has done in the past.