Sunday, April 18, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: Deepest Roots of the Heart by Chautona Havig

About the Book

Book:  Deepest Roots of the Heart

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Fiction / Historical / Romance

Release date: January 20, 2015 

The Carrillos have a history in the valley that stretches as deep as grapevine roots in the soil.

During WWII, Avelino Carrillo spent four harrowing years in the South Pacific with one thought driving his survival: to return to his beloved home in Napa Valley.

For a century, they worked the vineyard at their family home, la Casa de los Sueños, until they lost the property to a wealthy land baron. Now, Avelino is determined to reclaim the land and home he loves so much.

When he meets Amelia, a young woman who lives at the vineyard with her grandfather, he finds that regaining his birthright isn’t his only struggle—he battles the longing of his heart as well.

Follow Avelino in this split-time novel as he struggles to overcome local bigotry and personal demons to create the life he desires.

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My Review

You'll fall in love, over and over again in this split-time novel by master storyteller Chautona Havig. 

. . . with Avelino, recently back from serving in World War II, with a desire to make his beloved family property a successful enterprise.  He embodied the dreams, the history, and the ideals that his family had lived out for one hundred years at their beloved home.
. . . with Amelia, beautiful, smart, hardworking, and with wisdom well beyond her years.
. . . with Avelino's ancestors, whose stories encouraged, guided, and shaped the family that now is.
. . . with the beautiful sights and smells of Napa Valley's wine country.
. . . with the music of the 1940s.
. . . with the art of storytelling.

Avelino was a character that was easy to appreciate.  He had a big heart, and was committed to doing the right thing.  Amelia was amazing in her discernment, her patience, her willingness to serve, and the many ways in which she expressed love.

I highly recommend this story for readers of historical romance.  Those with an interest in California's wine country will be especially thrilled to read this book.

I received an e-copy of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Author of the bestselling Aggie and Past Forward series, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

 



More from Chautona

I Fell in Love with California & History in the Same Year

When the second pastor of small churches with private Christian schools was hauled off to jail, the pastor of our little school closed the doors—just in case. Several of us went underground as homeschoolers in a time when homeschooling was something people did when they were missionaries or lived in… Alaska or something.

There I sat at our kitchen table in Ventura, doing my schoolwork at our little kitchen table.  On Wednesday and Sunday nights, I’d take tests in the school office, get my new PACEs (“Packet of Accelerated Christian Education”) and go home to work again. Sometimes, I’d sit up in my room to read the bigger chunks of information—like from my California State History PACEs.

Look, I don’t know if all states have such great history, but California’s fascinated me. I remember coloring the state map, the missions, and the flag—despite it not being required.  I looked for more books about it, and in the process, I fell in love with history.

A couple of years later, my aunt brought heaping bags of books for us to read when we lived out in the middle of nowhere with no electricity or running water.  We were bored.  But she brought books.  In those sacks?  A tiny little paperback. The Legend of Susan Dane.

Although that book had its utterly ridiculous moments, it also sparked something in me.  Between eyerolls of disgust at everyone fawning over Susan Dane’s reputed beauty and over a strapless dress in the last quarter of the 19th century, it showed a beautiful picture of the lives of the Californios.

That book fanned the flames of my love of history until I burned with curiosity over what was reasonable.  What wasn’t. And how to find out what really happened.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and a character emerged—a Californio who refused to learn ingles for the sake of the immigrants to his country. Don Ruiz Carrillo said, “If I go to their country, I learn their language, but if they come to my country, they should learn mine.”  In short, I took the words I’d heard my own father say all my life and turned it on its head.  I put an American in California before statehood and without means to learn the language.

When señor Carrillo meets the young Americano with red hair and freckles, she tells a heartbreaking story that she manages to convey through pantomime and her attempts to imitate his language. Here, I deviated from my father. While Dad would be kind and helpful in teaching someone his language in his country, señor Carrillo decides that this young woman is more important than his preferences.

That story is still being written—Crushed Dreams.  However, when I realized how I wanted to end the story, I knew I had a problem. The final book in this series will have a bittersweet ending—one with hope and promise, but not technically “happy.”  So, I decided to write a prequel/sequel to the series—a split-time novel where the reader lives the past with the characters of the present. This way, going into the entire series, you know there’s a happy ending, so you can appreciate the heartache and sacrifice that will come in that last book.

Crushed Dreams is slated to release soon, so I’m eager to share the prequel to the Legacy of the Vines series with you.

Blog Stops

lakesidelivingsite, April 13
A Novel Pursuit, April 13
She Lives To Read, April 14
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 15
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 16
Artistic Nobody, April 16 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Rebecca Tews, April 17
Connie’s History Classroom, April 18
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 19
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 19
Texas Book-aholic, April 20
Inklings and notions, April 21
For Him and My Family, April 22
Mary Hake, April 22
deb’s Book Review, April 23
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 24
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 25
CarpeDiem, April 25
Locks, Hooks and Books, April 26

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift card & paperback!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: Courage in the Mountain Wilderness by Misty M. Beller

 


About the Book

Book:  Courage in the Mountain Wilderness

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: April 6, 2021

Keeping her son safe on this epic journey may be harder than she imagined.

Caleb Jackson is on a journey. And not just the mission he and his friends have embarked on to fetch the Nez Perce chief’s runaway daughter. Maybe someday, he could also find God’s plan for his life. He’d once thought being a small town minister was the Lord’s will for him, but he’d proved a failure at living under the scrutiny of his congregation. Yet the chief’s niece and her feisty toddler accompanying them on this expedition make him feel like he might be able to make a difference yet.

Otskai is eager to take on a challenge. She’s lived under the shelter of other’s choices her entire life, especially when she was betrothed to one of the village braves at the tender age of eight. Now with her husband dead, she’s finally found the freedom she always craved—even with a two-year-old to raise. She’s built her camas root harvest into a thriving trade to provide all she and her son need and more, yet she can’t seem to keep her active child safe. When she agrees to accompany her new friends on a trip to bring back her wayward cousin, she knows she’ll have her hands full managing her boy.

The journey turns out nothing like Otskai expects, and for the first time in her life, she’s thankful to have others around to help. Especially Caleb, whose gentle attentions captivate her son and occupy him for hours at a time. But as the danger escalates and her worst fears come to light, she must find the courage to choose between freedom and a love more liberating than she imagined possible.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

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My Review

Misty M. Beller continues the adventures of an eclectic group of people brought together by God's hand.  If one has not read the previous books in the Call of the Rockies series, know that this book stands alone.  Something I love about this series is the camaraderie amongst this group of people.  They are there for one another, each with special talents to offer, and the group functions well together.  They also have each been through hard things, and have come out stronger for it.

In this story, Otskai is the widowed mother of a toddler, whom she loves with all her heart.  She especially enjoys the freedom that she has as a widow.  She is able to provide well for her son.  And even though Caleb Jackson catches her eye, through his strength, his kindness, and care for her son, she is not willing to give up that freedom.

As the group travels together and faces many challenges and adventures, Otskai is able to see God at work in their lives, and through Caleb, she learns what true love really looks like.  I enjoyed this novel, and recommend it for Christian fiction readers, and those who enjoy western settings and Native American characters.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

More from Misty

Mom Guilt—it’s real, no matter what your race or tribe.

One of the things I love about writing the Call of the Rockies series is the cast of characters that covers almost more races than I can count on all my fingers! From Spaniards, to Frenchman, to Southern Americans, to Blackfoot, to Nez Perce, to Salish, to Shoshone. And let’s not talk about the various sectors within some of the tribes (Peigan Blackfoot, Blood Blackfoot, Pikunin of the Nez Perce…oops, we weren’t going to talk about those!).

But what I love the most about so many people groups represented is learning how much we really are alike, down deep in our cores! Sure, some are introverts, some are extroverts. Some like to swim, some hate to swim. Some like to cook, some like to play with the kids (okay, maybe most like to play with the kids!).

Yet there are common threads that connect us all. As I was writing Courage in the Mountain Wilderness, I discovered a new thread that I have in common with Otskai, the Nez Perce hero of the story.

Mom guilt.

Yep. Our situations are a little different—I’m married with four kiddos, and she’s widowed with one very energetic two-year-old son. But we both struggle with that same push and pull. That same set of conflicting longings. When I’m with my kiddos, sometimes I just desperately want time alone. Time to actually get things done. But then at night when they snuggle close at bedtime, wrapping their sweet arms around my neck and not just saying, but showing, how much they love me, I can’t imagine how I could ever want to do anything but spend time with these sweet little ones God has trusted me with.

Thus, the guilt.

Maybe Otskai and I are the only ones who’ve ever experienced that particular strain of Mom Guilt. But I’ll bet there are other ways you can relate—both to these very real fictional characters who may or may not be the same race as you. And also to the very real real-life characters you meet every day.

The great news is that God loves each and every one of us, Mom Guilt and all.

Blog Stops

lakesidelivingsite, April 6
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 6
Blossoms and Blessings, April 6
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 7
reviewingbooksplusmore, April 7
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 8
cats in the cradle blog, April 8
Betti Mace, April 9
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 9
For the Love of Literature, April 10
deb’s Book Review, April 10
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 11
Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 11
Texas Book-aholic, April 12
Maidens for Modesty, April 12
Inklings and notions, April 13
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 13
Older & Smarter?, April 14
Blessed & Bookish, April 14
Locks, Hooks and Books, April 15
Splashes of Joy, April 15
Wishful Endings, April 16
Mary Hake, April 16
For Him and My Family, April 16
She Lives To Read, April 17
Connie’s History Classroom, April 17
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 18
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 18
Adventures Of A Travelers Wife, April 19
Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock

About the Book

Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father's unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, she is forced into a different future. The shareholders are unwilling to allow a female to take over the company without a man at her side, so her parents devise a plan--find Willow a spokesman king in order for her to become queen of the business empire.

Willow is presented with thirty potential suitors from the families of New York society's elite group called the Four Hundred. She has six months to court the group and is told to to eliminate men each month to narrow her beaus until she chooses one to marry, ending the competition with a wedding. Willow reluctantly agrees, knowing she must do what is best for the business. She doesn't expect to find anything other than a proxy . . . until she meets a gentleman who captures her attention, and she must discover for herself if his motives are pure.

You may purchase a copy here.

My Review

Honestly, this book was an 1880s season of The Bachelorette.  However, our heroine, Willow, did not ask to participate, but rather cooperated with her family's plan out of respect for them.  Not intending to marry, she was surprised with the situation, yet graciously acquiesced.  Willow was beautiful, sweet, and smart, and had the desire to continue the success of her family's business.  The young men were specifically chosen for this contest, and each personality was defined.

As the book continued, it became more and more entertaining.  There were a few behind-the-scenes mysteries to be solved, and plenty of angst.  It was also quite illuminating how the New York's wealthy set were always in the newspaper, for good or for bad.  It seemed strange that the entire city would want to read about the balls, dinners, and contests of the wealthy, but that's what was published.

I loved Willow, and I enjoyed the book more and more as I read, so I recommend it.  Those who enjoy reading about the New York Four Hundred in the 1880s will enjoy this book.  I especially recommend this to fans of Jen Turano's novels.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author




Grace Hitchcock is the author of multiple historical novels and novellas. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Dakota, and son. Connect with her online at GraceHitchcock.com.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Book Review: Miriam's Song by Jill Eileen Smith

 


About the Book:

In her eventful lifetime, Miriam was many things to many people: protective older sister, song leader, prophetess, leper. But between the highs and the lows, she was a girl who dreamed of freedom, a woman who longed for love, a leader who made mistakes, and a friend who valued connection.

With her impeccable research and keen eye for detail, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith offers this epic story to fill in the gaps and imagine how Miriam navigated the challenges of holding on to hope, building a family in the midst of incredible hardship, and serving as a leader of a difficult people, all while living in her brother's shadow. Follow Miriam's journey from childhood to motherhood, obscurity to notoriety, and yearning to fulfillment as she learns that what God promises he provides--in his own perfect timing.

This book is available for purchase here.

My Review:

In the Bible, not much is revealed about Miriam, the older sister of Moses, after she connects her mother with the Egyptian princess who rescued him from the Nile river.  But behind every mention that is found in Scripture, there is certainly a story, and Jill Eileen Smith has put together a wonderful tome that chronicles the life of Miriam.  We get to know her as a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, and leader of the Israelite women.  I loved how she was especially sensitive to the Lord, and that was evident as she lived her life and influenced others.

Even though I am familiar with the account of Moses and the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, this novel is written in such a way that I yearned to know what would happen next, even though I knew what would occur next.  This is the joy of reading Biblical fiction, and Jill Eileen Smith has penned an excellent account of this time in Biblical history.

Readers of Christian and Biblical fiction will certainly enjoy this novel, as well as those with an interest in the life and deeds of Moses.  

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, Wives of the Patriarchs, Daughters of the Promised Land, The Heart of a King, Star of Persia, Miriam's Song, and the nonfiction When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams, and She Walked Before Us. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn't writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, "helpful" cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

Contact Jill through email (jill@jilleileensmith.com), her website (http://www.jilleileensmith.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jilleileensmith), or Twitter (https://twitter.com/JillEileenSmith).

Book Review with a Giveaway: The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch

About the Book:

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business--or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.


My Review:

The Indebted Earl was such a pleasure to read!  Author Erica Vetsch has penned a delightful Regency-era novel with outstanding character development, a captivating plot, and on-point setting descriptions.

From the effervescent Sophie, to the staid Captain Wyvern, all the characters were very well-drawn.  The time spent on character development at the beginning of the book paid off as I felt I really knew them as the book progressed.  I was pleased with how well minor characters were developed, as well.

The plot started off a little slowly, but that was to help the reader have a good foundation of the situation and the characters.  It did pick up and became quite exciting, and I enjoyed reading the story.

I could see the dustiness of the manor, feel the jostling of the carriage, and hear the sounds of the seashore through Vetsch's apt descriptions.  I love being drawn into the story like that!

This was the third of the Serendipity & Secrets series by Vetsch, but it reads well as a stand-alone.  Christian fiction, historical romance, and Regency-era fans will all be pleased to read this book.

I received a copy from the publisher, Kregel, through Audra Jennings PR, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, whom she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Book review with a Giveaway: The Purple Nightgown by A. D. Lawrence


About the Book

Book:  The Purple Nightgown

Author: A.D. Lawrence

Genre: Christian Historical Suspense

Release date: March, 2021

Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victims of her twisted greed.
Book 10 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True- History

Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffeur and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?

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My Review

The heiress and the chauffeur.

Having been best friends since childhood, Henry loves Stella and wishes the best for her.  Stella does not want any of the potential suitors her uncle entertains, but the voices around her have convinced her that Henry is not an option, either.  Henry is always supportive of Stella, and that makes him easy to love.  Stella's debilitating migraines generate compassion from the reader, and understanding when poor decisions are made because of that pain.

I loved that as the plot of the story heightened, Stella was able to recognize flaws in her character that had led to trouble, and Stella was more concerned for the opportunity to make amends with Henry than her own fate.

This book takes the reader through a gamut of emotions-concern for others, desperation, terror, and hope.  Those who have read any of the True Colors series will enjoy this one.  It is recommended for anyone who enjoys true crime stories.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own. 

About the Author

A.D. Lawrence makes her home in Northeastern Nebraska. She has been passionate about writing and true crime for years, and her two obsessions melded into the goal of authorship. She is an active member of the ACFW, writes a true crime blog, won the 2019 Crown Award and was a 2019 First Impressions finalist.

 




More from A.D. Lawrence

Times have changed. And like so many things, health retreats have experienced their own metamorphosis. Sure, they’ve always catered to people with both spare money and time, but aside from similar clientele, the face of the health spa is nothing like its early 20th century sister.

If you could afford a getaway to a modern-day health spa like The Golden Door, you’d be treated to the luxury of rest. Yoga on the beach. Deep tissue massages. A much-needed break from technology and life’s constant pressures. Mental well-being is valued almost as highly as physical health, and the two are thought to be connected. After days or weeks of pampering, you would return home relaxed, recharged, and ready to dip back into the hustle of the real world.

In 1911, during the time of The Purple Nightgown, the medical community took a diametrically different approach to health. Weight equaled health.The prevailing assumption was that any ailments were directly connected to weight. Thus, ‘fat camps’ grew in popularity. Men and women checked into sanatoriums where the aides put them through grueling exercise regimes and provided them with just enough food to sustain life. No coddling. Not many of us would subject ourselves to the treatments early health spas required.

In this era of already extreme health measures, Linda Hazzard made her mark in Washington State. Obsessed with fasting, she ran her patients through an unfathomable course of ‘diet and exercise’ that proved the undoing of many. She did give massages though, which you’ll learn more about when you read The Purple Nightgown.

Although it’s fun to long for a simpler time while reading historical books and watching shows like Little House on the Prairie, there are some modern ways of thinking and advances in human comfort I’d rather not give up. One of those is the vastly superior spa experience we have today. Somehow, a facial with soothing background music sounds much more appealing than running mile after mile every day with nothing to look forward to but a glass of orange juice or a bowl of canned tomato broth.

Hot stone massage anyone?

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 23
lakesidelivingsite, March 23
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, March 23
For Him and My Family, March 24
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 24
Godly Book Reviews, March 24
Through the Fire Blogs, March 25
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 25
For the Love of Literature, March 26
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 26
Mary Hake, March 26
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 27
deb’s Book Review, March 27
Pause for Tales, March 28
Remembrancy, March 28
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 28
Connie’s History Classroom, March 29
Genesis 5020, March 29
Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, March 29
Babbling Becky L’sBook Impressions, March 30
Texas Book-aholic, March 30

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, A.D. is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: Texas Target Standoff by Virginia Vaughan


 About the Book

Book:  Texas Target Standoff

Author: Virginia Vaughan

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Release date: March 1, 2021

A sniper lurks closer…

and only a navy SEAL can save her.

When psychologist Shelby Warren suddenly becomes a sniper’s target, navy SEAL Paul Avery springs into action to protect her. He needs her evaluation to get back to his team…and rescuing her might finally give him the redemption he’s been searching for. But when danger follows them to his family’s Texas ranch, keeping Shelby safe could be his most difficult assignment yet. 

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

From the opening scene, to the final chapter, this was an exciting book!  Just when I thought I could breathe a sigh of relief, something else happened, which kept the suspense level high, and pages turning.

Shelby was a great heroine.  She was committed to giving her patients excellent care, and to abiding by professional standards.  She tried to be tough, but as the attacks on her life escalated, sometimes she lost it.   I loved that her humanness came out!  

I had met Paul's family in a previous novel by this author, and it was great that he had them on his side as he sought to protect Shelby.  That the author portrays a family with solid, trusting, loving  relationships is comforting to me as a reader.

Readers of contemporary suspense and Christian fiction will enjoy this latest book in the Cowboy Lawmen series.  It easily reads as a stand-alone novel, and I highly recommend it.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Bestselling author Virginia Vaughan writes inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love or writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.

 


More from Virginia

As writers, we discover many new and interesting things while researching a story. For TEXAS TARGET STANDOFF, I decided I wanted the hero to have a dog so I started looking at different photographs of dogs online until I found the one image I wanted to use—a sweet little border collie I named Bullet. He helps my navy SEAL hero find comfort and friendship while he’s recovering from injuries at his family’s ranch. But looking at dog photos on the internet did more than help my character grow, it also inspired me to adopt a dog of my own.

My home had been pet-free for many years since my beloved dog Miss Duchess died from cancer five years ago and, although the ten-year-old nephew I’m raising had been asking for a dog for about a year, I hadn’t reached the point of pulling the trigger and bringing another one home. Only the research I did for this book reopened that desire inside of me for canine companionship. In September of 2020, my son and I searched the shelters in search of a family dog and, when I spotted this adorable border collie mix, I knew we had to bring her home. We named her Ivy and, since joining our family, this sweet girl has brought us lots of love and laughter, plus a new adventure—dog training. I’ve never trained a dog in my life and little Ivy is a stubborn one. I’ve scoured YouTube for videos, taken classes, and worked daily on the simplest of commands like sit, wait, lie down. Slowly, we are making progress although barking, jumping, and walking on a leash are still some areas where we’re struggling.

I’d love to hear about your pets or your best training tips! To learn more about my family, including my training journey with Ivy, follow me on Facebook or subscribe to my newsletter at the links below. And look out for the next book—little sister Kellyanne’s story—in my Cowboy Lawmen series coming June 29, 2021.

Blessings!

Virginia

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 12
For the Love of Literature, March 12
Through the Fire Blogs, March 12
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 13
Bizwings Blog, March 13
Texas Book-aholic, March 14
Bigreadersite, March 14
Fiction Book Lover, March 14 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 15
Genesis 5020, March 15
Hebrews 12 Endurance, March 16
For Him and My Family, March 16
Artistic Nobody, March 16 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Inklings and notions, March 17
Reviewingbooksplusmore, March 17
Older & Smarter?, March 18
deb’s Book Review, March 18
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 18
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 19
Blogging With Carol, March 19
Locks, Hooks and Books, March 20
Betti Mace, March 20
Mary Hake, March 20
Lighthouse Academy, March 21
Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 21
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 22
Blossoms and Blessings, March 22
Labor Not in Vain, March 22
KarenSueHadley, March 23
She Lives To Read, March 23
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 23
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 24
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 24
Pause for Tales, March 24
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 25 (Author Interview)
HookMeInABook, March 25
Simple Harvest Reads, March 25 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Virginia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Texas Target Standoff!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1095e/texas-target-standoff-celebration-tour-giveaway