Rescued by the Firefighter (Shores of Indian Lake) by Catherine Lanigan (review by Cathy)

Rescued by the Firefighter

About the book:

He saved her life…But will he destroy her dreams? Firefighter Rand Nelson is tall and handsome and has literally walked through an inferno for Beatrice Wilcox. He’s a hero…and that’s exactly the problem.

Beatrice knows all too well the risks of loving a man with a dangerous career. But when Rand’s report threatens her beloved children’s camp, Beatrice can’t refuse his offer of help…even though she knows they’re both playing with fire.

My thoughts:

I love returning to Indian Lake for a couple of reasons, first of all it seems like a quaint town where neighbors are friends and secondly those neighbors and friends are characters that I really, really like.

This book was my favorite because I loved the storyline of the children’s camp and the camp director, Beatrice Wilcox is so sweet and caring it’s impossible not to like her. Another character that I found irresistible is firefighter, Rand Nelson.  Oh my, but he had my heart as soon as he came to fight the dangerous and terrifying fire threatening the camp and the lives of one of the boys at the camp.

Honestly, I felt bad for Beatrice as she felt the fear of losing everything that she loved and worked so hard for but at the same time I felt her anger toward Rand was misplaced since he was doing his job and filing the necessary paperwork of his findings regarding the fire.  Given the circumstances I could understand why Beatrice behaved the way she did because the kids at her camp mean everything to her and she means the world to them, too.  Out of all of the kids at the camp, Chris and Eli melted my heart and their story quickly became my favorite part of the book. I desperately wanted a happy ending for them as much as I wanted one for Beatrice and Rand.

This book is filled with lovely, caring characters who live their lives giving so much of themselves to others and basically making their community a better place.  At times this is an emotional read but there are some fun and happy times throughout.

If you aren’t familiar with the work of Catherine Lanigan I recommend this book to you.  If you are already fan, then you will definitely want to pick up a copy of this sweet, Harlequin Heartwarming book.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy  of this book.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Liberty Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #6) by Marylu Tyndall (review by Cathy)

The Liberty Bride

Book Description:

Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country
A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him or her love for her country.

My thoughts:

I am enjoying this series for a couple of reasons,  discovering new to me authors while reading some great historical fiction novels.  In the 6th book of the, Daughters of the Mayflower, we meet Emeline Barratt and Owen Masters the two main characters.

Filled with adventure, secrets and spies, The Liberty Bride is a wonderful read that takes place during the War of 1812.   Emeline is returning home to Maryland when the boat she is traveling on is attacked by the HMS Marauder.   The author writes in great detail about life on the ship and at times I forgot that I was on dry land.  Emeline isn’t too strong in her faith mostly due to her father’s actions and the same can be said for Owen, so that is another layer to the story that I really enjoyed.

This book has a strong message of faith and learning to trust and in my experience you can’t have one of those things without the other.   I loved the author’s historical notes at the back of the book because it shows how much research she did in writing this novel, plus I learned quite a lot.

This book can be read as a stand alone just as the first five books but I suggest reading them all in order if you can because there is something for everyone in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.   All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl (review by Kristi)

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About the bookKaely Quinn’s talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she’s demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely’s, the reporter’s ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem’s predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else–including Kaely herself–is killed.

Publication Date:  December 4, 2018

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers

Genre:  Suspense, Christian Fiction

Series:  Kaely Quinn Profiler, #1

 

My thoughts:   This was my first read by this author and I really liked her writing style. She hooked me at the beginning and kept my interest until the very end with twists and turns in every chapter. I can’t wait to read the next installment in the series.

As much as I liked Kaely and enjoyed the story I was a bit confused at the start. But as soon as I understood what was going on I thought how genius this idea was and that I was really going to enjoy this story. I liked the fact that Kaely was tough yet vulnerable at the same time. This made her really easy to like and relate to.

The author does a great job of taking the reader into the world of the FBI and their process of trying to solve a case. I loved all of the FBI “talk” and thought it really added to the authenticity of the story. It’s easy to see while reading that the author did her research for this book. The author also did a great job of keeping me guessing until the end as to who the murderer was. There were plenty of possibilities as to who was playing mind games with Kaely. The author is fantastic at making you believe it’s one person and then suggesting someone else.

I enjoyed the characters, the story, and the author’s writing style in this book. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Kaely as she uses her unusual techniques to solve crimes. I recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense books or enjoys watching procedural cop shows.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

About the author: Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. First published in 2001, she has now authored nine books, including an omnibus mystery collection, Cozy in Kansas, which contains three of her previously published Ivy Towers mysteries. Book three in the series, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Mystery Book of the Year award. Nancys main writing interests lie in mystery although her new Harmony Series leans more toward the romantic suspense genre. Nancy runs a HUD program for the city of Wichita and is president of a volunteer organization, Wichita Homebound Outreach. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Kansas Authors Club.

 

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The Teacher’s Bride by Kathleen Fuller (review by Kristi)

The Teachers Bride

About the bookBeloved and bestselling author of Amish romance Kathleen Fuller reminds us that sometimes opposites really do attract.

“A heartwarming story of unexpected romance woven with fun and engaging characters who come to life on every page.”–Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Seat by the Hearth

If there is one thing Christian Ropp will not allow in his classroom—or his life—it is chaos. So why is he drawn to Ruby Glick, a woman who seems to bring mayhem wherever she goes?

Christian Ropp moves to Birch Creek to accept a teaching position in the rapidly growing Amish community. He’s determined to put the rambunctious school in order as well as check another task off his list: finding a wife. Of course, that would be much easier if women were like textbooks, straightforward and logical.

When an accident puts Christian out of commission, a new community member named Ruby Glick takes over his classroom. But Ruby’s exuberant teaching style clashes with Christian’s careful methods and he worries his students will never be the same.

With a track record of catastrophe, Ruby always feels too clumsy, too distracted, too . . . much. Desperate for a chance to prove that she can do more than make mistakes in her life, she throws herself into her new teaching position. But when Christian can’t seem to stay out of her way, she finds herself slipping into old, chaotic tendencies.

What she doesn’t anticipate is that Christian’s heart is slowly catching up with his mind—and she, too, must decide whether to follow logic or love.

Publication Date: December 4, 2018

Publisher: Zondervan

Genre:  Amish fiction,

Series: Amish Brides of Birch Creek, #1

 

My thoughts:  I don’t think I’ve ever read a story about two more awkward people before. Ruby is a bit accident-prone. Christian, or Chris, as he’s known, is so uptight that at times I wanted to reach in the book and give him a shaking. Add in his standoffish sister, Selah, and at times I thought I was going to lose my mind. But the talented Kathleen Fuller made me end up enjoying these characters more than I ever thought I would as I journeyed with them through acquaintanceship, friendship, and perhaps more.

So if you’re thinking I didn’t like these characters you’re wrong. I really liked them. I found Ruby endearing and easy to relate to as she navigated her world. Ruby is an awkward gal and things don’t always go the way she intends for them too. But this all just made her so realistic. Christian, while I wanted to shake him at times, entertained me endlessly with his vocabulary. What I liked best about these characters was the way they weren’t awkward at all around each other but so at ease even though they didn’t realize it. I really liked the way the author brought these characters together and slowly let their relationship form.

The story itself is well-written and as she always does, the author pulled me right into the story and kept my interest until the very last word. (And boy does this book have an ending! A nice setup to the next story in series perhaps, Mrs. Fuller?) I found the pace of this book to be excellent as it kept my attention and there was a perfect buildup to the climax of the story.

Fans of the genre and the author are sure to love this book. This would be a great introductory book to the author’s work for anyone who hasn’t yet read any of her books. I can’t wait until the next book in the series to see what’s in store for the folks of Birch Creek. Grab a copy of this book today. You won’t be disappointed!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

About the author:

Best-selling author of Amish fiction. Also a wife, mother, crafter, coffee addict, football fan, and chocolate aficionado.

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The MISSadventure Brides Collection: 7 Daring Damsels Don’t Let the Norms of their Eras Hold Them Back by various authors (review by Cathy)

The MissAdventure Brides

Book Description:

Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures
Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?

Along the Yellowstone River by Debby Lee
1832 Montana
Heather Duncan takes over her father’s fur trapping business, believing it’s an opportunity to also gain knowledge of medicinal plants, but a growing sympathy for animals and blossoming adoration for a rugged mountain man capture her heart.

MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse 
1883 Texas
Headstrong, bubbly, accident-prone Abigail Monroe is on a quest for adventure away from society’s expectations. But her pursuits are unexpectedly thwarted when she is arrested by a handsome Texas Ranger.

Lesson of Love by Cynthia Hickey 
1885 Arkansas
City girl, Leah Ellison has big dreams but soon finds out that teaching in a backwards Ozark mountain community is far different than what she’d imagined.

Maddy’s Llamas by Marjorie Vawter
1898 Colorado
In spite of Maddy’s “missadventures” raising her llamas for their wool and strictly-by-the-book Harry’s attempts to get her to do things “right,” they learn to work together and find love in the laughter.

Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure by Mary Davis
1903 cross-country trip
Zola Calkin sets out on an adventure to be the first woman to drive across the country. Will the journalist tasked to report her presumed failure sabotage her efforts? Or will he steal her heart?

Detours of the Heart by Donna Schlachter
1925 New Mexico
A tour guide who wants to move on and a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?

Riders of the Painted Star by Kathleen E. Kovach
1936 Arizona
Zadie Fitzpatrick, an artist from New York, is commissioned to go on location in Arizona to paint illustrations for an author of western novels and falls for the male model.

My thoughts:

I occasionally enjoy collections like this one because you get a full length story and can go onto another one or do other things that need your attention.  I also like finding new to me authors which I did in this book.

I was more than interested in this collection as soon as I saw the cover and the authors who contributed to The MISSadventure Brides. I knew it would have sweet stories that would be relaxing and fun to read.

There are  bound to be a few favorites when reading a collection like this and I did have some.  I have to admit that my favorite was penned by Kimberly Woodhouse.  I started reading her work awhile back and have always found her style of writing fantastic and her characters some of the best I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

Overall, there is something for everyone in this book including romance, adventures and brave protagonists that will bring you some laughter.

I received a copy from Netgalley and was under no obligation to write a review.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber (review by Kristi)

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About the book An uplifting Christmas tale, set in the Alaskan wilderness, about finding love where it’s least expected–from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who’s one of America’s most beloved storytellers.

Before beginning her new job as sous chef at one of Seattle’s finest restaurants, Josie Stewart takes on a six-month position cooking at a lodge in an Alaskan lake town. It’s only temporary–or so she thinks, as she becomes a valued part of the local community, falling in love with the people who call the Klutina Lake home. But one man, in particular, stands out among Josie’s new friends: Palmer Saxon, a quiet, intense sword craftsman, whose very existence forces her to question whether her heart wants to return to Washington at all.

Publication Date:  October 2, 2018

Publisher:  Ballantine Books

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction, Christmas Fiction

 

My thoughtsRecently it seems as if I have a had a love/hate relationship with this author’s work. This book falls somewhere in the “meh” zone. I didn’t dislike the book but I didn’t love it either. The story seems a bit cliche with a big city woman falling for a small town (or in this case middle of nowhere in Alaska) man. It was a bit of awkward reading at the beginning and I feel like the story really didn’t get interesting until almost the end.

The beginning of this story had me checking my Kindle to make sure I hadn’t accidentally skipped pages. It seemed as if the story had started before the book began. These characters had already developed a relationship during the six months they knew each other prior to the beginning of the novel. Somehow, this made me feel left out. I also felt like the pace of the story was off and it didn’t have a nice flow to it. I was almost left wondering if this wasn’t an early book from this author that had been released again after getting a new cover.

As to the characters, well Palmer seemed a bit too awkward and I really didn’t find myself enamored of Josie. Jack was a character I just wasn’t sure about. While he seemed like someone I could grow to like, some of his actions were just too over the top. There isn’t a large cast of characters in this book either which made finding ones to connect to a bit difficult.

All in all, this was an ok story. However, I think I would recommend any of the author’s other Christmas novels over this one. While it had a cute cover and a good premise it just wasn’t one of my favorites from Macomber.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

About the author:   Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2018, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include Cottage by the Sea (July) and Alaskan Holiday (October). Macomber is also releasing a new cookbook titled Debbie Macomber’s Table: Sharing the Joy of Cooking with Family and Friends (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.

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