Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book review with a giveaway: A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

In Book two of the Courage to Dream series, we are introduced to Rylan Montgomery’s brother Gabe, and his sister Maggie, as they arrive in New York City from Ireland near the turn of the century.  Maggie’s secret desire is to stay permanently in America, while Gabe can’t wait to return to his homeland.  During their visit they reacquaint themselves with their brother and forge ties with his in-laws, the O’Leary family.  They also fall in love and each must stand against prejudice to pursue their loves.

Author Susan Anne Mason seamlessly ties this book to the first in the series, yet this novel stands on its own.  One of the highlights of this book was to see how God had worked healing and strength of character in the lives of characters met in the first book, Irish Meadows.

The author’s writing was strong.  As I read about Maggie walking down the street by herself, I felt creeped out and wanted her to check and see if she was being followed.  Themes of restoration, forgiveness, service to others, and family ties drove this book, and it was an enjoyable read.  I recommend this book for those who love romance and historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

And isn't the cover gorgeous?  Bethany House's design team is amazing!

About the author:

Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Chapters of RWA.  A member of ACFW, as well, she lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.  She can be found online at

The giveaway:

Simply leave a comment below to be entered in a drawing for a paperback copy of A Worthy Heart.  Please leave your email address so I can contact the winner.  Enter by Friday, March 11 at midnight.  This giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cover Reveal:A Lady Unrivaled by Rosanna M. White

I read The Lost Heiress last year, and LOVED it. Here's my review.

The second book of the series, The Reluctant Duchess, releases at the end of March.  And today is the cover reveal day for Rosanna M. White's third Ladies of the Manor novel, A Lady Unrivaled.  Isn't it beautiful?

I'm looking forward to reading these books this year!  Here's some information on the series:

The Ladies of the Manor Series take readers back in time to Edwardian England, when automobiles and electric lights were all the rage, but the old way of life still ruling the land. Lords and ladies, maids and valets…and in this case, a dose of danger and mystery to take them all on their journey to love.

From Booklist on The Reluctant Duchess: 

"With the momentum and drama of a modern thriller and the charm and intrigue of an Edwardian upper-class romance, White balances hearty helpings of names, ranks, and family history with highly entertaining situations and plenty of humor."

Blurb for A Lady Unrivaled

White Is Quickly Becoming the Top Name in Edwardian Romance

Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?

About the author:

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna’s novels range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at

Links for A Lady Unrivaled:

Find it on Amazon  Find it on Christian Book  Find it on Goodreads  See the Pinterest page 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book review and giveaway: A River Too Deep by Sydney Tooman Betts

About the book:

In the spring of 1817, Alcy Callen and her father visit a step-uncle they have long presumed dead; but instead of enjoying a loving reunion, they are plunged into treachery and deceit. Nothing is as they expected and little is what it seems. Even the man who helps her escape is not the reliable suitor he appears.  Alcy is caught between gratitude and fear, unable to avoid her rescuer's attentions or understand the responses they stir. Neither can she tell what sort of man he is or what he intends to do with her in the strange place they are going. Will he keep her for himself or will he sell her to the highest bidder?  Of one person only is she certain, but will he come for her before it is too late?

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book for several reasons.  The writing is great.  I was always surprised by the plot twists.  I also love the main character, Alcy.  Alcy is a sweet, educated, well-bred young woman, who faces the challenges set before her with grace and fortitude.  Her surroundings change drastically several times, but she stays grounded and positive because of the solid foundation she has in her relationship with Christ and His Word that she has hid in her heart.  The book is written in first person, which I don’t prefer to read, but in this book, it really works.  Knowing Alcy’s thoughts gives the book so much depth.

Those who enjoy historical fiction will definitely enjoy this book, and I recommend it.

I received a free copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

You can purchase the book here:

About the author:

Sydney Tooman Betts and her protagonist-husband currently reside in the Shenandoah Valley near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several early chapters of this book.  While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) was involved in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities.  Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level and serving as the Sunday School Superintendent, Children’s Church Director, or Women’s Ministries facilitator in several evangelical denominations.

Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.

The giveaway:

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