Monday, June 29, 2020

Book review with a Giveaway: Texas Twin Abduction by Virginia Vaughan


About the Book

Book: Texas Twin Abduction
Author: Virginia Vaughan
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 2, 2020

This twin’s past is a blank…

And she might not have a future.


Waking up in a bullet-ridden car with a bag of cash and a deputy insisting she’s his ex-fiancée, Ashlee Taylor has no memory of what happened—or of Lawson Avery. But with her twin missing and someone hunting her down, she must trust him with her life. Can Lawson save her and her sister—even as Ashlee’s forgotten secrets become an inescapable trap?

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My Review

I had recently read a book about someone with amnesia trying to remember why the bad guys were after her.  In my mind, I challenged this book to be as good as that other one was.  Thankfully, Texas Twin Abduction did not disappoint.  I was pleased with how the plot moved and the suspense heightened until the end of the story.

Ashlee Taylor, in spite of the amnesia, was kind, and appreciative of the Texas ranch life.  Six years after Ashlee cancelled their wedding, Lawson Avery had finally found himself and what he wanted as his life's work.  In spite of that, he was devoted to caring for Ashlee and protecting her.  The supporting characters had to work through their misgivings about Ashlee, but also joined in protecting her. This book told a wonderful story of redemption, sacrifice, and forgiveness.

I recommend this book to those who enjoy romantic suspense, especially with a Texas ranch setting.

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

About the Author


Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of 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 of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.




More from Virginia

Thanks for joining me for a brand new adventure. TEXAS TWIN ABDUCTION is the first book in my new Cowboy Lawmen series and it’s a departure from what I normally write. I love writing about cops and serial killers so when my editor first suggested the cowboy/western theme, I was hesitant. I’m a city girl at heart so this was so far out of my comfort zone! But I couldn’t resist for long. After all, who doesn’t love a cowboy? Thankfully, I found a way to merge what I loved—law enforcement, FBI, US Marshals—with the cowboy/family themed books my editor wanted to see by making my group of hero brothers a family of law enforcement types with ties to the family ranch. The best of both words. Score!

Book one in this new series, TEXAS TWIN ABDUCTION, begins with my hero, little brother Lawson Avery, in a quandary. All he ever wanted out of life was to run his family’s Texas ranch, but his ex-fiancée Ashlee’s final words to him as she skipped out on their wedding was that his desire for the simple life made him unambitious and unworthy of her love. Her words broke him, sending him searching for something more meaningful to do with his life, eventually winding up as a deputy in the sheriff’s office. But, despite law enforcement being in his blood, Lawson finally realized that life wasn’t for him and made plans to return to the ranch. However, his plans are sidetracked when he finds Ashlee unconscious on the side of the road in a bullet-ridden car with no memory of him or their past together. When it becomes clear that someone wants her dead, Lawson steps in to act as her protector. But will digging into the mysteries of her past cost him the future he still longs to have with her?

I hope you enjoy this book and this brand new series! Look for the next book—older brother US Marshal Miles Avery’s story—coming in TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT this October.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 24
The Avid Reader, June 24
Bigreadersite, June 24
Inklings and notions, June 25
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 25
Older & Smarter?, June 26
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 26
For the Love of Literature, June 27
Reading Is My SuperPower, June 27
Texas Book-aholic, June 28
Simple Harvest Reads, June 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Betti Mace, June 29
Genesis 5020, June 29
For Him and My Family, June 30
Hebrews 12 Endurance, June 30
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 30
KarenSueHadley, July 1
reviewingbooksplusmore, July 1
Blossoms and Blessings, July 2
deb’s Book Review, July 2
Through the Fire Blogs, July 3
Emily Yager, July 3
Pause for Tales, July 4
Hookmeinabook, July 4
Tell Tale Book Reviews, July 5
EmpowerMoms, July 5
Mary Hake, July 5
Hallie Reads, July 6
Godly Book Reivews, July 6
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 7
A Good Book and Cup of Tea, July 7

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Virginia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card and a copy of Texas Twin Abduction!!

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Book review with a giveaway: The Green Dress by Liz Tolsma



About the Book

Book: The Green Dress
Author: Liz Tolsma
Genre: Christian Historical Suspense
Release Date: June 2020

Death Seems to Follow Harriet’s New Friend

Book 6 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History


When Harriet Peters came to Boston in 1882, the Robinson family took her in like one of their own, and Harriet became closer to Lizzie Robinson than her own siblings. Now, four years later, Lizzie is deathly sick, failing quickly just like several others in her family have done over the past few years. How can so many in one family die from the same mysterious illness? Harriet doesn’t have answers, but she is determined to help the family, bringing in a new-to-the-neighborhood doctor, Michael Wheaton.

As Harriet and Michael close in on the answer, putting their own lives at risk, can the cause be found before anyone else dies?

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My Review

Even though they are about crime, I have enjoyed the books in the True Colors series, and The Green Dress is a great addition to the series.

Dr. Michael Wheaton was a caring, skilled doctor, and a devoted Christian, but he continued to have issues with self-doubt because of a difficult childhood and unrealistic expectations he put upon himself.  

Harriet Peters was a kind, devoted, hardworking, and loyal young lady.  Although she had just recently become independent, living over her millinery shop, she was still devoted to the Robinson family.  On her friend Lizzie's deathbed, Harriet promised to take care of the younger Robinson children.  She honored that promise, even when her own well-being was in jeopardy.

Some things I especially appreciated about this book- Rightfully so, Harriet had to wrestle with her own mortality and what would happen to her upon her death.  Once she was sure of her salvation, she was able to be a comfort to others dealing with the same fear.  Also, she had to get used to hearing God's voice.  

What was amazing to me was that Harriet at first was compelled to stay with the Robinsons out of duty to her promise to Lizzie, and devotion to the family.  But then, it was obvious that she was being controlled by fear.

This book was creepy, especially as one reads the author's notes about the real-life criminal.  The suspense seemed mainly about who would be the next to die, and how they could procure enough evidence for the police to take the threat seriously.  I thought that the perpetrator was fairly obvious, though.  I enjoyed it and recommend it to historical fiction fans, and romance readers.

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

About the Author

Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and is the mother of three. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.







More from Liz

We’ve all been there—started a letter or an email or even a list, didn’t like what we had, crossed it out or hit the delete button, and tried again. Now imagine that happening when you’re writing a novel.

That’s what occurred with The Green Dress. Finding the perfect place to start a novel can be tricky, but when you’re trying to balance fact with fiction, it’s even harder. I needed the fictional heroine, Harriet Peters, to have a good reason to come into contact with and become close to the factual Robinson family. And I needed for the hero, Michael Wheaton, to meet Harriet early on. So I dove into the story. Five chapters later, the hero and heroine hadn’t yet met. The book wasn’t working.

I scrapped those chapters and started at a different point. At first, it seemed to be going better. I was happy. Until I got to the fifth chapter, when I realized again that the book wasn’t working. Frankly, it was boring. So those ended up in the virtual trash bin. Meanwhile, the clock was ticking on my deadline. I was desperate to find the right starting point, at a place with high tension. Finally, I had an “aha” moment, and the story flowed from there. That’s how the first five chapters (and the rest of The Green Dress) came to be.

—Liz Tolsma

Blog Stops

The Power of Words, June 26
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 26
deb’s Book Review, June 26
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 26
A Reader’s Brain, June 27
Rebecca Tews, June 27
For Him and My Family, June 27
Texas Book-aholic, June 28
Back Porch Reads, June 28
Inklings and notions, June 28
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 28
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 29
Genesis 5020, June 29
Emily Yager, June 29
Christian Bookaholic, June 30
Robin’s Nest, June 30
To Everything There is A Season, June 30
Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 30
Blogging With Carol, July 1
Bigreadersite, July 1
Read Review Rejoice, July 1
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, July 2
Life of Literature, July 2
Connie’s History Classroom, July 2
Betti Mace, July 3
Southern Gal Loves to Read, July 3
Little Homeschool on the Prairie, July 3
Stories By Gina, July 3
For the Love of Literature, July 4
Remembrancy, July 4
Reviewingbooksplusmore, July 4
Godly Book Reviews, July 5
Splashes of Joy, July 5
Vicky Sluiter, July 5
Older & Smarter?, July 6
Through the Fire Blogs, July 6
Daysong Reflections, July 6
amandainpa, July 6
Locks, Hooks and Books, July 7
Pause for Tales , July 7
Just the Write Escape, July 7
Hallie Reads, July 8
Where Faith and Books Meet, July 8
Blossoms and Blessings, July 8
Spoken from the Heart, July 9
With a Joyful Noise, July 9
Artistic Nobody, July 9 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway
To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away the grand prize of a $25 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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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Book review with a Giveaway: The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey


About the Book

Book: The Killing Tide
Author: Dani Pettrey
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 2019


When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer’s boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter–and Finn’s boss’s sister–Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she’s back, the tug on Finn’s heart is strong, but with the risks she’s taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can’t ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

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My Review

Strong characters.  Moving plot.  Simmering suspense.  Author Dani Pettrey has written a novel that is strong in characterization with a plot that moves along quickly.  The characters on the CGIS team are well-drawn.  Each is unique, with their own quirks, strengths, and backstory.  They exemplify the word, "team" in how they work together well, respect each other, and care for one another.  Pettrey was so detailed in the back stories and their camaraderie, that I sometimes wondered if I had missed a previous novel that would explain those things.  But this is first in a new series, and one to be greatly enjoyed.  

The plot moved forward well.  As the investigation continued, the suspense slowly continued to build.  I appreciated the short chapters, to keep the pages turning.

This is a book that will appeal to many.  Romantic suspense readers will enjoy it, as well as those who like the investigative aspect, and those who appreciate an ocean-side setting.

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

About the Author

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance.

Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland. For more information visit www.danipettrey.com

More from Dani

Pettrey kicks off her new Coastal Guardians series with an intense blend of suspense, love, and faith. The Killing Tide features romance that’s as thrilling as the action, and faithful characters integrated seamlessly into a complex web of crime.

— Kate Campos BookList

The Killing Tide is the first book in my Coastal Guardian series. My husband was Navy, so why am I writing about the Coast Guard? Because I think their mission to keep our waters and our country safe should be highlighted more. Before I started writing The Killing Tide, I’ll admit I knew little about the Coast Guard. I had a friend in high school who joined the Guard right after graduation, but that’s about the depth of my experience with them. Then, my husband and I watched a movie called The Finest Hour.

If you haven’t seen it, I highly urge you to. It’s the true story of one of the most dangerous and daring rescue attempts in Coast Guard history. Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernie Webber takes a small team to rescue the crew of the Pendleton T2 oil tanker, which split in half off the coast of Cape Cod during a brutal nor’easter in 1952. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but let’s just say it’s a wonderful testament to courage in adversity. After watching it, I knew I had to write a series about the Coast Guard. I began researching and came across the Coast Guard Investigative Service and my interest was highly peaked. After talking with Coast Guardsmen, both newly in the service and those long retired, I began to see the story weaving together like a movie in my mind. I hope you enjoy reading the CGIS Wilmington teams’ adventures, cases and…of course, romances.

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To celebrate her tour, Dani is giving away the grand prize package of a Kindle, $20 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of The Crushing Depths!!

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: Secrets Resurfaced by Dana Mentink



About the Book


Book: Secrets Resurfaced
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 2, 2020


When new evidence surfaces about a tragic boating accident that put her ex-boyfriend’s father in prison, private investigator Dory Winslow’s determined to look into it. But now someone’s dead set on silencing her. And working with Chad Jaggert—the father of her secret child—may be the only way to survive the treacherous truth about the tragedy that once tore them apart.

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My Review

Secrets Resurfaced is the fourth book of the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series.  I have read some, but not all of those books.  I enjoyed the camaraderie and care among the characters, but this story is exciting and satisfying enough to read as a stand-alone, for one who hasn't read the previous books of the series.  It was very readable; I was able to get through it fairly quickly.

There was much to love about this book.  My emotions were all over the place with this one.  There was love and joy, and the hurt of betrayal and loneliness.  The subplots of so many hurts from the past that the characters had to deal with was quite realistic.  The main plot was very exciting, trying to solve the mystery of what happened five years ago.  The relationship between Chad and Dory was a roller-coaster!  The plot and character elements were expertly woven together to make this a can't-put-it-down read.

Readers of contemporary suspense, romance, and westerns will enjoy this book, which I recommend.

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


About the Author

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Sourcebooks. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)


More from Dana

Well, it’s been a wild ride through the Roughwater Cowboy series! Here we are at the end, with youngest brother Chad’s story. Fortunately, the rest of the clan (Mitch, Liam and Helen) are here to lend a hand when the man Chad’s father was jailed for killing comes back to life. Helping out also is Jingles the hapless dog, and a new member of the canine family, three legged Meatball. Throw in a killer on the loose and a secret child, and we’ll have a ‘hold onto your hat’ finish to this series. Thanks for coming along with me! God bless you!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 5
Texas Book-aholic, June 5
Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 6
deb’s Book Review, June 6
Pause for Tales, June 6
Inklings and notions, June 7
Just Your Average reviews, June 7
Genesis 5020, June 8
Through the Fire Blogs, June 8
Hallie Reads, June 8
She Lives To Read, June 9
For the Love of Literature, June 9
Betti Mace, June 10
Quiet quilter, June 10
Older & Smarter?, June 10
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, June 11
Blogging With Carol, June 11
For Him and My Family, June 12
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 12
Bigreadersite, June 12
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 13
reviewingbookplusemore, June 13
Reading Is My SuperPower, June 14
KarenSueHadley, June 14
Moments, June 14
Simple Harvest Reads, June 15 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 15
Remembrancy, June 16
Bizwings Blog, June 16
To Everything There is A Season, June 16
Splashes of Joy, June 17
Blossoms and Blessings, June 17
Just the Write Escape, June 18
Daysong Reflections, June 18
Artistic Nobody, June 18 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and 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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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Book Review With a Giveaway and a Freebie: This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche

About the Book

Book: This Wandering Heart
Author: Janine Rosche
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Release Date: May 5, 2020


In the first entry in the Madison River Romance series, Keira Knudsen gets the traveling opportunity of a lifetime, but when she reunites with her first love, Robbie, she learns that even a wandering heart needs a home….

No one in the quaint town of West Yellowstone, Montana, knows that unassuming geography teacher Keira Knudsen moonlights as sensational travel blogger Kat Wanderfull. No one, that is, except for her first love, Robbie Matthews, who has just discovered the woman he is falling for online is the same one that broke his heart five years ago.

But Robbie has another problem: the mother of his daughter, Anabelle, has resurfaced after a three-year absence determined to rip Anabelle away from him. Robbie needs a steady paycheck for a chance at custody, and now, on the eve of a grand adventure that could give Keira a chance to flee her old, troubled life once and for all, she is in need of assistance.

With so much broken trust between them, Keira and Robbie must keep an arms-length away to make this partnership work. But the more time they spend together, exploring majestic places and sharing new experiences, the closer they get–until their secrets and dreams threaten to cost them everything.

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My Review

There's the schoolteacher girl, the principal boyfriend, and the handyman old boyfriend, with his adorable, curly-headed daughter.  Pretty typical setup for a book of this genre.  But as the book progresses, we find out who these characters really are, their intertwined histories, their dreams for the future, and what they do on the weekends.  This book was filled with surprises and I loved discovering all the layers to this amazing story.

After learning about Kiera's background, and getting a glimpse of Robbie's heart, I was totally rooting for them.  Kiera didn't come across as the strong, self-assured, adventurous soul that she was, but it was fun discovering that about her.  Athletic, tough-guy Robbie made me proud with his caring, helpful ways.

I'm excited that this book is first in a series, because there were many supportive characters whose stories I would love to learn.

Travelers, wanderers, and contemporary romance readers are in for a treat as they read This Wandering Heart.  I highly recommend it.

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

About the Author

Prone to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her Madison River Romance series. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students, takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades.



More from Janine

Do you remember that weird kid who would sit at their desk in elementary school and stare into space for minutes at a time? If you don’t, then chances are, you were that weird kid. Welcome to the club—you know, the club for people who believe that what could be is worth imagining.

“If you imagine it, then it will never happen,” my junior high friends said.

“You’re setting yourself up for disappointment,” my high school mentor advised.

“Close your mouth, or you’ll catch a fly,” my second grade teacher warned.

While that last one scared me into buttoning my lips while staring blankly at the chalkboard, those early naysayers didn’t keep me from daydreaming. I couldn’t help it. I loved imagining a world far more exciting, awe-inspiring, and romantic than my own. Even when I’d finish books or movies, I would happily dream myself into the story where courage abounds and heroes are truly larger-than-life.

Of course, through the years, disappointment did come, and so did reality. In love, my heart was broken. In my career aspirations, my confidence was shattered. My daydreams almost stopped entirely.

People often ask me if it was a lifelong dream of mine to publish a book. The answer to that is yes…and no. It had been once, but holding on too tightly to that while also believing it was too far out of reach for someone like me created such an overwhelming ache in my heart. And so, I buried it. However, that dream, along with the storylines and characters in my mind weren’t content to stay buried. For eight years they awakened me at night and distracted me by day, until finally, I chose to spit out the words in a blank spiral notebook. I’d hoped that by writing down the story that had festered, I’d finally have peace, but then the next story came, and the next.

“I’ve learned that courage isn’t something we’re born with. It’s a choice.” That line of dialogue comes from a key moment in my debut novel, This Wandering Heart. In the story, my heroine, Keira, rises above an awful childhood to live a life of adventure. The line was quite autobiographical. I could have chosen to keep believing the naysayers. That would have been easy. It took no courage–no risk at all—to believe the lies, the criticism, and the discouragingly low probability statistics of publication.

Pursuing your dream, though, requires a lot of courage. Courage to be laughed at, to fail, to be rejected. Courage to be terrible at this new thing you’re trying. Certainly more courage than I carried in my spirit. So I prayed. I climbed onto that metaphorical rope dangling from the hand of God, and swung.

It was a choice. To be completely honest, it still is a choice to believe these daydreams of mine. Each day, it takes faith to chase this dream of writing novels and to imagine what could be. I guess you could say that I’ve found my way into the story after all. And it truly is exciting, awe-inspiring, and—dare I say?—romantic.

I’m honored to have you all join me on this incredible journey! But it’s not all about me. What daydream are you tempted to believe in your life?



Everyone is eligible to receive a free subscription to the Love Wander Read Journal, a quarterly digital magazine from Janine Rosche that aims to provide inspiration for a life well-lived. Link: http://janinerosche.com/the-love-wander-read-journal/

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To celebrate her tour, Janine is giving away the grand prize package of a set of GelConnie leather bracelets, a 2020 National Geographic Road Atlas, and a $50 Visa gift card!!

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Book Review: A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy

About the Book


It's 1885, and all Nora Shipley wants, now that she's graduating from Cornell University as valedictorian of the entomology program, is to follow in her late father's footsteps by getting her master's degree and taking over the scientific journal he started. The only way to uphold her father's legacy is to win a scholarship, so she joins a research expedition in Kodaikanal, India, to prove herself in the field.

India isn't what she expects, though, and neither is the rival classmate who accompanies her, Owen Epps. As her preconceptions of India--and of Owen--fall away, she finds both far more captivating than she expected. Forced by the expedition leader to stay at camp and illustrate exotic butterflies the men of the team find without her, Nora befriends Sita, a young Indian girl who has been dedicated to a goddess against her will.

In this spellbinding new land, Nora is soon faced with impossible choices--between saving Sita and saving her career, and between what she's always thought she wanted and the man she's come to love.

You may purchase a copy here.

My Review

Prepare to be transformed.

A Mosaic of Wings is a historical romance that chronicles Nora Shipley's struggle to prove herself.  An entomologist and valedictorian of her university program, she must learn to trust those who love her, to stand up for herself and what is right, and to make choices that will direct her career.  In this novel, there are many layers to be discovered as Nora's story unfolds.

Who knew that I could care about insects?  Nora's passion for her work was infectious, and piqued my curiosity.  It is a credit to the author that a book about bugs was so interesting!

I highly recommend this book to historical fiction fans, as well as lovers of butterflies and other insects.

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

Kimberly Duffy enjoys writing historical fiction that takes readers back in time and across oceans. Her books often feature ahead-of-their-time heroines, evocative settings, and real-life faith. When not writing or homeschooling her four children, she enjoys taking trips that require a passport and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. A Long Island native, she currently resides in southwest Ohio.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: Made in Hollywood by Michelle Keener




About the Book

Book: Made in Hollywood
Author: Michelle Keener
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 10, 2020

When a pastor’s son saves her life, can a prodigal daughter dare to believe in second chances?


Noah Shaw is almost thirty and he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. Torn between running his business as a limo driver for Hollywood’s elite, and feeling called to ministry, he prays for direction. But he never expects that direction to include finding a woman near-death on the front steps of his father’s church.

Hannah left her family and her faith when she moved to Hollywood looking for adventure. Instead of finding fame in the movies, she was lured into the life of an exotic dancer. Hopeless and ashamed, suicide seems like her only escape. Until the night Noah saves her life.

The Shaw family welcomes her into their home and gives her a chance to start over. When the shadows of her former life threaten to expose her past, she must choose between running away or fighting for the new life she’s built and the man she’s grown to love.

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My Review

I was so excited to read this book, because I adored Mission Hollywood, the first book of the Red Carpet Romance series.  Made in Hollywood did not disappoint.  I loved knowing the history of the Shaw family as I read, but this book could be read as a stand-alone.

The plot of this book really emphasizes the way the Shaw family operates-they love unconditionally, as Jesus loves.  Each member of the family demonstrated that principle.

Hannah's story was so much more that a prodigal daughter account.  It was a beautiful story of redemption-how God brings beauty from ashes, and how God never leaves us and is always working things out for our good, especially when we are not aware.

I loved the interactions between characters, especially between brother and sister.  I also appreciated the real struggles that the characters were going through, and that they were committed to doing the right thing.

Although this novel is set in Hollywood, it's not about movie stars and fame this time.  This one is about the darkness amidst the bright lights.  Christian romance and women's fiction readers will definitely enjoy this book.

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

About the Author



Michelle Keener is a wife, mom, and the author of five books. She lives in Southern California with her retired Marine husband, their two children, and one spoiled dog. When she isn’t writing, she is busy homeschooling, teaching creative writing workshops, or baking something involving chocolate.







More from Michelle

The Story of a Prodigal Daughter

Made in Hollywood is the sequel to my first Christian romance novel Mission Hollywood. It’s the story of Lily’s brother Noah and his search for love and direction. In the book, Noah meets a young girl who has been through some truly dark and terrible places. She’s been wounded, abused, and she’s lost hope. She’s worried that her past is too much for God to forgive, and that she’s fallen too far and doesn’t deserve God’s grace. She is a prodigal daughter lost on the streets of Hollywood.

One of the reasons I wrote Made in Hollywood (aside from the fact that I just adore Noah) is to be a reminder that God never gives up on us. Just like the story of the Prodigal Son, if we turn back to God, He will run to us and bring us home.

There is no place so dark that God's light can’t reach.

There is no sin, no mistake, no circumstance that can separate us from the love of God. His arms are always open to us. His love is unchanging, unending, and unfailing. His amazing grace reaches the lost and restores what was broken. His love binds our wounds and heals our past. What the enemy intended for evil, God will turn to good. It’s a truth Hannah had to learn. It’s a truth I had to learn. And it’s a truth God wants His people to share. God’s love never fails.

I hope you enjoy Made in Hollywood!

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