Thursday, December 24, 2020

Book Review With a Giveaway: The Gold Digger by Liz Tolsma

About the  Book

Book:  The Gold Digger

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre:  Christian/Historical/Suspense

Release Date:  December, 2020

Men Are Disappearing in LaPorte, Indiana

Book 9 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

Fiction Based on Strange, But True, History

In 1907, shy but loyal Ingrid Storset travels from Norway to support her grieving sister, Belle Gunness, who owns a farm in LaPorte, Indiana. Well-to-do widow Belle, who has lost two husbands and several children, provides Ingrid with enough money to start a small business. But Ingrid is confused by the string of men Belle claims to be interviewing for her next husband. When Nils Lindherud comes to town looking for his missing brother, who said he was going to marry Belle, Ingrid has a sinking feeling her sister is up to no good. 

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

These True Colors books really aren't my preferred genre, but I am hooked!  Knowing that they are based on true stories makes them especially creepy!  This one by Liz Tolsma really had me going- "How can they do that?"  "Don't you get it?"  "Why won't someone do something!?"  It took a while to figure it out, because more than one person was suspect.  The crimes were heinous, but the author weaved in tenets of faith and a sweet romance, which gave balance to the story.

The characters developed strength as they went through the arduous process of seeking the truth.  Nils and Ingrid were kind when the other did not want to accept the truth.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who enjoy true crime novels.  Although part of a series, each novel stands on its own.  The author's note at the end includes her research about the topic and what had been fictionalized.

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

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

This story was so much fun to write, and the research was so interesting. It has to rank up there with one of my favorite books to write. That’s what makes my job the best around.

There are a great number of characters in The Gold Digger who are historical. Many of the places I mention are also historical. I had the pleasure of spending a day in LaPorte, Indiana, to research the book and take some pictures they had in the museum there. Research is one of my favorite aspects to writing. I could have spent much, much longer losing myself in the museum and in the archives. Good thing my cousin, who I was staying with, called me to let me know that it was getting dark and she had dinner ready, otherwise who knows how long I would have been there. Probably until they kicked me out!

One thing that the people of LaPorte would want you to know is that they really are nice people and that their town is a nice town. Lots of good people have been born there or have lived there over the years, including Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, William Mayo, who founded Mayo Clinic, and William Scholl, who found Dr. Scholl’s. They kept emphasizing to me while I was there what a great place LaPorte is. Judging by their friendliness and helpfulness, I would have to agree.


To help you better visualize the characters and setting, here are some photographs of the real people and places that appear in The Gold Digger.

 Enjoy the book!

 Liz




Blog Stops

Connie’s History Classroom, December 17
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 17
Genesis 5020, December 17
Pause for Tales, December 17
Artistic Nobody, December 18 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Sodbuster Living, December 18
21st Century Keeper at Home, December 18
Older & Smarter?, December 19
Sara Jane Jacobs, December 19
Blossoms and Blessings, December 19
The Write Escape, December 19
For the Love of Literature, December 20
deb’s Book Review, December 20
Blogging With Carol, December 20
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 21
lakesidelivingsite, December 21
Betti Mace, December 21
Inklings and notions, December 21
Ashley’s Bookshelf, December 22
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, December 22
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 22
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 23
Mypreciousbitsandmusings, December 23
CarpeDiem, December 23
Hallie Reads, December 23
Remembrancy, December 24
Christian Bookaholic, December 24
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 24
Writing from the Heart Land, December 25
Splashes of Joy, December 25
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 25
Through the Fire Blogs, December 26
Rebecca Tews, December 26
For Him and My Family, December 26
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 27
Bigreadersite, December 27
Southern Gal Loves to Read, December 27
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 27
Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 28
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 28
Mary Hake, December 28
Texas Book-aholic, December 29
Godly Book Reviews, December 29
Daysong Reflections, December 29
Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, December 30
Little Homeschool on the Prairie, December 30

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of The Gold Digger!!

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/104fc/the-gold-digger-celebration-tour-giveaway

Friday, December 11, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: Ghosted at the Altar by Chautona Havig

About the Book

Book: Ghosted at the Altar
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian fiction, Christmas romance
Release Date: September, 2020

He’s goin’ to the chapel and he’s gonna get… ghosted?

Guys don’t always “get into” the whole wedding thing, but there’s one thing Mitchell Bogaert has been anticipating for the last two years–that first glimpse of Brenna coming to meet him at the altar. So, when the back doors open to reveal a missing bride, he’s shocked, disappointed, hurt, angry–pick your negative emotion. It probably fits.

Brenna Kinsey didn’t know she’d bolt at the last minute, but now she’s trying to figure out what happened and how to prevent it happening again before Mitchell decides she’s not worth the emotional trauma–or the town drama!

Lauren Kinsey, on the other hand, is more than just the kid-sister bridesmaid. She’s a self-proclaimed sleuth and determined to ferret out the problem, arrive at a solution, and get things back on track before broken hearts shatter into more pieces than Humpty Dumpty.

Time’s running out, only the bride and groom don’t realize it. How will Lauren fix this mess before the “clock strikes midnight” and there isn’t a ghost of a chance to save the marriage that never got a chance to be? 

Click here to get your copy! 

My Review

I was thrilled to read Ghosted at the Altar, and my pleasure grew as the book went on.  It is part of a series, and that is what made it so delightful, but it is a wonderful stand-alone book as well.  It is a quick read, which is nice during the busy holiday season.

I read The Bells of New Cheltenham earlier this year, and I was smitten with that book.  Ghosted was amazing in that it took place concurrently with The Bells.  It is an excellent companion book.  Some events crossed over, and for me as a reader, that is a lot of fun.  Also, in The Bells, I met Mitchell, but didn't think too much about him.  Then while reading Ghosted, I realized how much he had going on in his life, with severe deadlines and so much on the line.  He had a right to be distracted, or less personable, and I understand that now.  However, as I read Ghosted, I realized that Mitchell is an amazingly patient, giving, and loving man and he deserves all the kudos for that.

The highlight of this book for me was the relationship between Brenna and Mitchell.  They knew each other so well, and loved each other so well, that the reader easily falls in love with them.  Throw in the kid sister who is devoted to their marital happiness, and you have a family that you can't help but love.

I recommend this book to fans of Havig's work, and also to someone who enjoys a great Christmas romance.

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

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

How Did One Silly Story Become a Favorite Series?

Dickens and his revival of the “ghost story” at Christmas inspired the kick-off book in a series I’d planned almost twenty years ago. The little village of New Cheltenham first appeared in None So Blind and Thirty Days Hath…. However, the touristy village with its obsession with all things English was actually conceived almost twenty years ago!

That first book… still isn’t in print. I’ve reimagined it, and it will be coming out soon. However, Dickens… well, that guy has a way of getting under your skin, and what better place for a Dickens Ghost Storytelling Contest than in a village that looks ripped from England’s countryside?

The Ghosts of New Cheltenham was born. I actually thought it would be a great way for me to force myself to finish that book I’d started so long ago. But then Amanda Tru sent me a message that said, “We’re going to do one about wedding dresses,” and Something Borrowed, Someone Blue became the second book instead. I wanted more of Mitchell, Brenna, and the lovable Lauren, so I concocted a story that would give me just that.

Is it any wonder, then, when Amanda messaged again with our next collection theme of jilted brides or grooms, I immediately thought, “Oh, dear! What if Mitchell got ghosted at the altar?” That is the fastest title I’ve ever come up with!

Because one more Christmas story in New Cheltenham wasn’t quite enough, I set a third one there this year! The Bells of New Cheltenham. In that one, Mitchell is done with this ghost storytelling stuff and starts a contest of his own!

While you can read these books as stand alones (both mine and the ones within the collections), mine will be a richer reading experience if they are read in the following order

The Ghosts of New Cheltenham (read the companion short story free on Kindle Unlimited HERE)

Something Borrowed, Someone Blue (in The Wedding Dress Yes CrossRoads Collection)

Ghosted at the Altar (in the Five Gold Rings CrossRoads Collection)

The Bells of New Cheltenham. (in the Melodies of Christmas Love Collection)

(note, the last two really can be read in any order.)

How did my silly idea for a plasmaphobic guy who had to tell a ghost story to inherit spark one of my favorite series? All things considered, how could he not?

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, December 7
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 8
CarpeDiem, December 8
Inklings and notions, December 9
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 10
For Him and My Family, December 10
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 11
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 12
deb’s Book Review, December 12
Artistic Nobody, December 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Holly Jo Morris, December 13
Ashley’s Bookshelf, December 14
Pause for Tales, December 14
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 15
Blogging With Carol, December 15
Lots of Helpers, December 16
Captive Dreams Window, December 16
Sara Jane Jacobs, December 17
Vicky Sluiter, December 17
lakesidelivingsite, December 18
Rachael’s Inkwell, December 18
She Lives To Read, December 19
Mary Hake, December 19
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1045d/ghosted-at-the-altar-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen

 

About the Book

Book: An Ivy Hill Christmas
Author: Julie Klassen
Genre: Christmas Historical Romance
Release Date: September, 2020

Richard Brockwell, the younger son of Ivy Hill’s most prominent family, hasn’t been home for Christmas in years. He prefers to live in the London townhouse, far away from Brockwell Court, the old family secret that haunts him, and the shadows of his past mistakes. But then his mother threatens to stop funding his carefree life–unless he comes home for Christmas. Out of options, he sets out for Ivy Hill, planning to be back on a coach bound for London and his unencumbered bachelor life as soon as the festivities are over.

But Christmas in the country presents many surprises, including encounters with an orphaned apprentice, the first love he disappointed years ago, and Arabella Awdry, a young lady who is far more appealing than he recalled–and determined to have nothing to do with him.

Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with its village charm, kissing boughs, and joyous songs, change his heart . . . and hers as well?

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

This has been a highly-anticipated book, and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read it.  An Ivy Hill Christmas is a novella that readers of Klassen's Tales from Ivy Hill series will love, as they visit this lovely English country village again.  This novella does stand alone, and is totally enjoyable for readers who want to immerse themselves in all the glory of a Regency Christmas.  

Most of the characters seem familiar and easy to get along with, and I loved all the charity and concern for others that the Ivy Hill residents exhibited.  But then there's Richard.  A rogue.  A playboy.  A Scrooge.  Klassen didn't waste any time in making me dislike him.  But as he got out of London and spent time in the country with his family and friends at Christmas, there was a transformation.  It was subtle and gradual, which made it meaningful.

I recommend this book for those who enjoy Regency romances, or someone who wants a good Christmas read.  Enjoy!

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


Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for 16 years and now writes full-time. Her novels have sold over 1 million copies, and three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and a Christian Retailing’s Best Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and ACFW’s Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

More from Julie

My fascination with England began as a girl when I read The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre, and watched A Christmas Carol. I have now been to Great Britain several times, and my affection for the place has only grown. I love the country villages with their stone buildings and thatched roofs, the narrow, winding roads (though not driving on them), the ancient churches, friendly people, plummy accents, and history. Writing fifteen novels set there has been a real pleasure.

An Ivy Hill Christmas includes all the elements of an idyllic Olde English yuletide: A charming village setting, snowfall, mistletoe, caroling, gifts for less fortunate neighbors, and festive gatherings of friends and family. I thoroughly enjoyed researching 19th century Christmas traditions and weaving them into this novella.

In the story, a confirmed bachelor is determined to remain aloof from the celebrations going on around him—and from his mother’s matchmaking schemes. But divine hope, friendship, and unexpected romance change his heart…and his mind.  I love a transformation story; don’t you?

If you’ve read the TALES FROM IVY HILL series, you will enjoy returning to the village and spending time with favorite characters. But rest assured, the novella is a standalone, meaning you can enjoy it whether or not you’ve read the other books, as these reviews attest:

“[A] standalone novella that not only beautifully captures the kindness, hope, love, and faith of Christmas but also skillfully evokes the period holiday atmosphere of Regency England.”  —Booklist

“This feel-good tale of love and redemption will delight Klassen’s fans and new readers alike.” Publishers Weekly

And if you like the novella, I think you will like the other books as well. An Ivy Hill Christmas would also make a lovely gift for a reading friend.

Finally, if you want to add a British flair to your own modern-day celebrations, buy (or make) mince tarts or Christmas pudding, place Christmas “crackers” (pull-apart gift tubes) on your table and wear the included paper crowns. Refer to Father Christmas instead of Santa; and instead of “Merry,” wish everyone a hearty, “Happy Christmas.”

Happy Christmas!

Blog Stops

Through the Lens of Scripture, November 30
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 30
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 30
Christian Bookaholic, November 30
Andrea Christenson, November 30
Texas Book-aholic, December 1
KarenSueHadley, December 1
Robin’s Nest, December 1
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 1
Blessed & Bookish, December 2
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 2
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 2
Mia Reads, December 2
Wishful Endings, December 3
lakesidelivingsite, December 3
Through the Fire Blogs, December 3
For Him and My Family, December 3
Just Your Average reviews, December 3
She Lives To Read, December 4
Remembrancy, December 4
deb’s Book Review, December 4
Writing from the Heart Land, December 4
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 5
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 5
Quiet Workings, December 5
Blogging With Carol, December 5
Spoken from the Heart, December 5
The Christian Fiction Girl, December 6
Mypreciousbitsandmusings, December 6
Connect in Fiction, December 6
Artistic Nobody, December 6 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Worthy2Read, December 7
Genesis 5020, December 7
Sara Jane Jacobs, December 7
Inklings and notions, December 7
Life of Literature, December 7
For the Love of Literature, December 8
Connie’s History Classroom, December 8
Batya’s Bits, December 8
Labor Not in Vain, December 8
Hallie Reads, December 8
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 9
Older & Smarter?, December 9
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, December 9
Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 9
Betti Mace, December 9
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 10
Faery Tales Are Real, December 10
Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, December 10
Mary Hake, December 10
Daysong Reflections, December 11
Bigreadersite, December 11
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, December 11
Splashes of Joy, December 11
Vicky Sluiter, December 12
To Everything There Is A Season, December 12
Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, December 12
Blossoms and Blessings, December 12
The Write Escape, December 12
A Baker’s Perspective, December 13
Bizwings Blog, December 13
Simple Harvest Reads, December 13 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, December 13

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Julie is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of An Ivy Hill Christmas and the other three books in the Ivy Hill series, plus the winner’s choice of Bingley’s Tea!!

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/103f5/an-ivy-hill-christmas-celebration-tour-giveaway


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: A Home for Her Daughter by Jill Weatherholt

About the Book

Book: A Home for Her Daughter
Author: Jill Weatherholt
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2020

Inheriting a house, money and a camp is the fresh start Janie Edmiston has been praying for. But the will stipulates Janie must work with her childhood friend—and crush—Drew Brenner, to get the camp running…or lose it all. The newly divorced mother and the widower aren’t looking for love, but sometimes it takes a child to show two broken hearts the way forward…together.

Click here to get your copy!


My Review

In this Inspirational Romance from the Love Inspired collection, it's a darling little girl that takes center stage, beginning with the charming cover.  Riley's mom, Janie, and her best friend from high school, Drew, have been named beneficiaries in the will of a woman who had been dear to them.  But there are stipulations before they receive their inheritances, and they must work together to achieve a common goal before the offer expires.  Both Janie and Drew have no romantic interest in each other, because they haven't healed from past hurts.  But their love for Riley, and their shared goal eventually brings them together.

I enjoyed how the story played out.  Drew was very helpful in pursuit of the goal, and Janie began realizing and using her strengths.  Their journey was encouraging to experience, and the story had plenty of great developments.  And even though it was fiction, I enjoyed reading a story that took place geographically close to me.

As Drew and Janie's thoughts were revealed to the reader, they seemed a little emo to me, and it was frustrating how they would cut themselves out of potential happiness because of what had happened in their previous relationships.  Other than that, I enjoyed this story and would read more from this author.

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

About the Author

By day, Jill Weatherholt works for the City of Charlotte. At night, and on the weekend, she writes contemporary stories about love, faith and forgiveness for Harlequin Love Inspired.

Raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, but her heart belongs to Virginia.

She holds a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and Paralegal Studies Certification from Duke University.

She shares her life with her real-life hero and number one supporter. Their relationship grew on the golf course, and now they have one in their backyard.

Jill believes in enjoying every moment of this journey because God has everything under control.

More from Jill

I have a confession. I own a collection of journals. A huge collection. At last count, there were sixty-two beautifully bound books, some with plain covers, others with verses or artistic designs. You could say I’m a hoarder, but I find comfort in knowing I have an unlimited number of blank pages to record my hopes, dreams and prayers. That’s exactly what I did on June 22, 2008. On that day, I wrote the following:

I want to be a writer, not just a writer who keeps a journal or casually writes stories. I want to be a published writer. Lately, I’ve become obsessed with reading author’s websites, their bios, how they got started writing and how difficult or easy it was for them to get published. This is what I want to do with my life. This is what I will do. I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. God has put this dream in my heart and now I will pursue this dream.

Fast forward to March 31, 2015. I made a last-minute decision to enter Harlequin Love Inspired Blurb to Book Contest. I submitted a one sentence blurb, along with one page of the first and only book I’d ever written.

On April 13, 2015, I was stunned to learn I had advanced in the contest. I then submitted a synopsis and the first three chapters.

On May 15th, I was notified I had moved on in the contest. I was required to submit the entire manuscript. At that time, the book was merely a rough draft, so a lot of rewriting was required before my deadline.

On August 17, 2015, I received a call that forever changed my life. While working my day job, my cell phone rang—it was New York calling. An editor from Harlequin had called to offer me a contract on the first book I’d ever written. My first book Second Chance Romance was released on March 1, 2017.

Five published books later, I still fill my journals with my dreams and prayers.

Blog Stops

Through the Lens of Scripture, November 30
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 30
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 1
Britt Reads Fiction, December 1
Texas Book-aholic, December 2
Batya’s Bits, December 2
Vicky Sluiter, December 2
She Lives To Read, December 3
Inklings and notions, December 3
For Him and My Family, December 4
Labor Not in Vain, December 4
deb’s Book Review, December 5
lakesidelivingsite, December 5
Pause for Tales, December 5
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 6
Reviewingbooksplusmore, December 6
Older & Smarter?, December 7
Remembrancy, December 7
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 8
Artistic Nobody, December 8 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Hallie Reads, December 8
Ashley’s Bookshelf, December 9
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 9
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 10
Captive Dreams Window, December 10
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 11
Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 11
Lighthouse Academy Blog, December 11 (Guest Review from Marilyn)
Splashes of Joy, December 12
Godly Book Reviews, December 12
Through the Fire Blogs, December 13
EmpowerMoms, December 13

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Jill 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/103f4/a-home-for-her-daughter-celebration-tour-giveaway

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Book Review: To Dwell Among Cedars by Connilyn Cossette

About the Book:

Eight years ago, when the Philistines stole and then surrendered the ark of the covenant back to the Israelites, Eliora left her Philistine homeland to follow the ark to the community of Kiryat Yearim. There, the family she was adopted into has guarded the ark at the top of a mountain in seclusion.

Ronen is a Levite musician determined to secret away the ark to a more fitting resting place, watched over by priests who would restore the Holy of Holies. He never expected that the Philistine girl he rescued years ago would now be part of the very family he's tasked to deceive.

As Ronen's attempts to charm Eliora lead them in unexpected directions, betrayal leaves Eliora with strained family ties and Ronen questioning his own loyalties. Ultimately, Eliora and Ronen are caught up in the battle for the soul of Israel and its future under the leadership of Samuel, the last judge before the era of the kings begins.

You many purchase a copy of this book here.

My Review:

Author Connilyn Cossette always writes a solid story that is a pleasure to read, and that is the case again with To Dwell Among Cedars.  I really enjoyed reading this story, and am looking forward to its sequel!

Cossette immerses her readers in the scenes that take place.  I felt the terror of an earthquake, the horror of a plague, the comfort of love, and the awe inspired by God's presence and judgement.

This book was written in first person from two perspectives.  Cossette manages this format well, and it allows the reader to understand the characters' motivation.   What I enjoyed about the characters was that they were committed to doing what was right, based on what they knew.  And as their knowledge increased, they were willing to make changes in their thought processes, convictions, and actions.  Eliora was brave and committed to taking care of her younger brother.  Ronen was kind, but had lost his first love for Yahweh.  Both are great characters, but the real hero of this story is Azuvah.  Azuvah had been kidnapped from her Hebrew family by Philistines when she was eleven years old.  She continued to pray to God in Hebrew, and recite the Bible passages she had memorized, and remember the historical accounts of her people.  She eventually became the nursemaid to Eliora and her brother Natan, and not only kept them physically safe when they were young, but would recite the prayers, the Tenach, and the teachings to the children so they learned them and learned Hebrew as well.  Eliora's trust in Azuvah and Azuvah's faith in Yahweh saved her life and gave her the direction she needed at critical moments in her life.

There are many life lessons to be learned in this book, naturally as the story unfolds.  I highly recommend it for readers of Biblical fiction.  Readers of Cossette's work will enjoy this as thoroughly as her previous novels.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:


Connilyn Cossette is a Christy Award and Carol Award winning author whose books have been found on both ECPA and CBA bestseller lists. When she is not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible to discover gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in their twenty-plus years of marriage, they currently call a little town south of Dallas, Texas their home.



Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Book Review: Burden of Proof by Davis Bunn

 About the Book


Three weeks after his twenty-third birthday, Ethan missed the chance to save his brother's life when he was murdered on the steps of the courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida. Ever since that fateful day, Ethan has sensed a deep disconnect between the man he should have been and the one he has become. His days play out a beat too slow, his mind replaying the scene of his failure again and again.

But when his brother's widow appears, asking for his help in uncovering what was really behind his brother's death, Ethan is stunned to hear that she and her late husband were involved in a much larger case than he knew--one that threatens the global power structure. As Ethan joins the search for answers, he will enter into his own past--and discover a means of redeeming his future.

Bestselling and award-winning author Davis Bunn invites you into a world of intrigue as a man held captive by his failure learns how to move forward with hope.

You can purchase a copy here.

My Review

What happens when the improbable becomes reality?  Ethan is given the opportunity to go back in time to correct mistakes he had made, and he threw himself into the task, heart and soul.  Already facing his imminent mortality, he works to save and improve the lives of those he loves.  In that quest, there is a mystery to solve, relationships to redeem, and courtroom drama.

I also loved the character of Ethan's brother, Adrian.  A courtroom attorney, he worked for justice, not just to get even.

Those who are interested in the "what ifs" of time travel will certainly enjoy this book, as well as those who thrive on courtroom drama.  Men and women will enjoy this book.

Author Davis Bunn has penned an excellent stand-alone novel in Burden of Proof, and I recommend it.

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

About the Author


Davis Bunn (www.davisbunn.com) is the award-winning author of numerous national bestsellers, with sales totaling more than 8 million copies. His work has been published in 20 languages, and his critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. He and his wife, Isabella, live in England.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Book Review: The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas

 

About the Book

Thirteen-year-old Loyal Raines is supposed to stay close to home on a hot summer day in 1934. When he slips away for a quick swim in the river and finds a dead body, he wishes he'd obeyed his mother. The ripples caused by his discovery will impact the town of Beverly, West Virginia, in ways no one could have imagined.

The first person those ripples disturb is Loyal's absentee father. When Creed Raines realized his infant son was deaf, he headed for the hills, returning only to help meet his family's basic needs. But when Loyal, now a young teen, stumbles upon a murder it's his father he runs to tell--shaping the words with his hands. As Creed is pulled into the investigation he discovers that what sets his son apart isn't his inability to hear but rather his courage. Longing to reclaim the life he abandoned, Creed will have to do more than help solve a murder if he wants to win his family's hearts again.

You can get your copy here.

My Review

What I loved about this book was that I was immersed in the story.  Author Thomas made the setting one in which I could understand the characters' motivations and the plot points because of when and where they took place.

Not only was it a coming-of-age story for Loyal, a young teen deaf boy, but there were major transformations for his parents, as well.  Loyal longed to be "regular," but his mother was very protective of him, and his father did not know how to deal with him.  Loyal finally was able to prove that he was capable, and his father ultimately came to the point where he not only trusted Loyal, but enjoyed his company. As the relationship between father and son deepened, the mother was able to let go.

This was a great story, and I recommend it.  Those with an interest in deaf culture or in 1930s West Virginia will especially enjoy this book.  Any fan of Thomas' writing will not be disappointed in this latest offering.

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

Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia.

Sarah is a fund-raiser for a children’s ministry who has time to write because she doesn’t have children of her own. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Coastal Carolina University and is the author of the acclaimed novels The Sound of Rain and Miracle in a Dry Season–winner of the 2015 Inspy Award. Sarah has also been a finalist for the Christy Award, ACFW Carol Award and the Christian Book of the Year Award. She and her husband live near Asheville, NC.

Learn more at www.SarahLoudinThomas.com

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Book Review With a Giveaway: The Bells of New Cheltenham by Chautona Havig


 About the Book

Book: The Bells of New Cheltenham
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian fiction, Christmas romance
Release Date: October 15, 2020

Who knew that Christmas carols were love songs?

Justine Driscoll sure didn’t. Peace on earth? She’s heard of that. Holy and joyful? Something about that, too. But love songs sung by a bride about the birth of her bridegroom? That’s just weird stuff right there.

Weird or not, though, once Justine decides to enter a short story contest using a Christmas carol as the inspiration, she discovers love in the carols she investigates, in the story an ex-Army guy tells, and in the little tourist town of New Cheltenham.

“But what do the words mean?”

Ken Torsney is used to fighting for causes he believes in. He just never imagined he’d go from Army “warrior” to spiritual warrior in the span of one question from a stranger. Justine is like no girl he’s ever known— hungry for the gospel even as she rejects it.

He’s falling for her, and that’s bound to break his heart.

Love is in the air in New Cheltenham this Christmas. Again.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

I am so glad I read this book.  It is oh, so Christmas-y, as Justine explores the canon of Christmas carols and Ken seeks to make them meaningful to her.  And he sings.  He's a caroler who goes about town with his ensemble.  New Cheltenham is all about Christmas, and this book will give you all the Christmas feels.

But there's more.  Christmas stories.  Redemption.  Reunions.  Handmade gifts.  Neighbors helping neighbors.  Kindness.  New beginnings.  This book has it all.

What was really interesting, was that coming from a non-religious family, Justine hardly had any framework on which to hang all the new information she was receiving about Christianity, through the carols.  It was amazing to eventually see all that come together for her.

This novel is second in a series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't feel like I was missing out on anything.  Although, I would really like to read Book One, because it sounds amazing.

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

About the Author

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 Havig

3 Things That Make My Christmas Heart Sing

I didn’t have a ghost of a chance.

The message popped up in my messenger at exactly the moment I sat down.  This is significant, because I get dozens of Facebook messages every day, and often, they get buried when a new one supersedes it. So, as you can see, it’s a near miracle that I ever saw the message at all.

The message offered me a spot in a collection of novellas—a Christmas collection.  Yep. Not a ghost of a chance.

Still, I tried to be responsible, you know?  After all, I had quite a few books due at the same time already.  Bookers on the Rocks, The Last Gasp, my Christmas Lights Collection “noella,” and my CrossRoads Collection “noella.”  And those didn’t include anything I wanted to write in spring or summer.

Then she added another layer of temptation. This collection had a theme.  That theme? Christmas carol inspired romances.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love music, Christmas, and specifically, Christmas music?

The other authors in the set had already made their carol selections.  She sent a list of those that had already been claimed.  I read them with great trepidation. See, I already had two carols I’d want to use in the story for this collection that I hadn’t even agreed to participate in yet.

No one had chosen “The Holly and the Ivy” or “The Bells on Christmas Day.”

That ghost slowly transformed into the ghost of my resistance.

All that remained was for me to come up with a story idea.  I mean, why join a collection if you can’t even decide what to do with it?

That’s when it happened.

There’s always this moment when the first idea germinates, sprouts, and pushes up through the fertile soil of my imagination.  My favorite moment.  And it hit me.  What if the theme for the collection was my story idea?  My character could enter a contest that requires a short story based on a Christmas carol.

And once I had that idea, the rest came in a whoosh!  Mitchell, from The Ghosts of New Cheltenham could be sick to death of this annual ghost storytelling contest and decide to create his own contest.  And then… well…

The Bells of New Cheltenham was born.

If you’ve not read The Ghosts of New Cheltenham, you’ll follow this “noella” just fine. It is meant to be a stand-alone.  However, if you want a richer reading experience, I recommend reading The Ghosts of New Cheltenham, followed by the companion short story, “The Ghastly Therapist” first. Both are available through Kindle Unlimited.  Additionally, if you send your receipt (or a screenshot of the final page of the eBook from Kindle Unlimited) for the Melodies of Christmas Love collection to chautona@chautona.com, I’ll send YOU the bonus short story—the one Justine Driscoll writes in this “noella.”

But I promised to tell you three things that make my heart sing at Christmas.

  1. The way people are often just a little kinder and a little more giving and understanding.
  2. The joy that seems to fill every part of life—family, friends, parties, presents, church services, reading, singing…
  3. The music that plays everywhere—and often sings of a Savior’s love.

What makes your heart sing at Christmas?

Blog Stops

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 9
21st Century Keeper at Home, November 9
Simple Harvest Reads, November 10 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 10
Texas Book-aholic, November 11
Blogging With Carol , November 11
Among the Reads, November 12
Artistic Nobody, November 12 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Inklings and notions, November 13
batya’s Bits, November 13
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 14
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 14
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 15
Worthy2Read, November 15
For Him and My Family, November 16
Labor Not in Vain, November 16
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 17
lakesidelivingsite, November 17
Aryn the Libraryan, November 18
Lots of Helpers, November 19
deb’s Book Review, November 19
Locks, Hooks and Books, November 20
Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 20
She Lives To Read, November 21
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 22
Mary Hake, November 22

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Chautona 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10359/the-bells-of-new-cheltenham-celebration-tour-giveaway

Friday, November 20, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: Her Merriweather Hero by Rachel Skatvold

About the Book

Book: Her Merriweather Hero 
Author: Rachel Skatvold
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 27, 2020 

He just wanted a place to rest and recuperate.

She only needed a repairman to help fix up her beach house.

For marine sergeant Tyler Banner, nothing could be further from the memories of his time in Iraq than the slow, easy pace on Merriweather Island. Taking up a job as a physical trainer serves to keep him in shape while he enjoys a little downtime. Making friends with the local vet—veterinarian, that is—on his morning jog is just a bonus.

When Kendall’s sister tricked her into recruiting Tyler’s help one day, she didn’t fortify herself against a breach to her heart. Making friends with the marine was easy, but helping him overcome the PTSD that holds him captive isn’t. As she picks her way across a minefield of memories and horrors Tyler endured, Kendall begins to hope he could be the man she’s prayed for.

Falling in love wasn’t in Tyler’s orders, but a new deployment to Iraq is. How can he convince Kendall not to go AWOL when she hears? What can he do to convince her that they’ll make it… together?

This “Merriweather book” is the fourth in a new series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

It was so good to visit the islands again.  I have been enjoying the Independence Islands series, and Her Merriweather Hero was a nice addition to the collection.

Dr. Kendall Mulligan and her vet tech sister Carly moved to Merriweather Island for a fresh start.  However, working so closely together was a challenge for them that they had to work through.  Additionally, both sisters still were mourning the loss of their brother, and were working through that loss.  Kendall's desperation for this new business in a new location to succeed could have been fleshed out more, because I didn't feel that intensity as I read.  I did, however, have empathy for Tyler Banner as he worked through PTSD and the tragic loss of his brother-in-law during their service in the Marine Corps.  I appreciated Tyler's devotion to his sister and his family, and his willingness to help Kendall and Carly in many situations.

Neither Kendall nor Tyler were looking for a relationship, so it was sweet to watch them grow closer.  I also appreciated that they were able to encourage each other spiritually.  Those who enjoy contemporary romance and beach reads will certainly want to read this book.  

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

Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance and encouraging blogs. Rachel completed her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas in 2014 and is now working on the Hart Ranch Series, set in the Montana wilderness and the Ladies of Ardena Series, set in medieval times. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming, Brides of Pelican Rapids and Independence Island Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find more information about Rachel and her books on her website: www.rachelskatvold.com.

More from Rachel

Her Merriweather Hero has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding stories I have written. Often when I am starting a new book, I immerse myself in the world-building process, which involves a lot of research and note taking. This time around, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Celebrate Lit and the authors in the Independence Islands Series to map out these beautiful island stories. It has been an exciting journey so far. 

This story was inspired by my parents who met through letters while my dad was in the Marine Corps. They both came from different backgrounds, with my mom being from Massachusetts and my dad from a small town in Iowa, but their differences didn’t stop them from falling in love. For Her Merriweather Hero, I used themes of opposites attracting, New England, and the Marine Corps from my parent’s love story. 

Kendall is a young veterinarian who moves to the Independence Islands with her sister to start a new mobile clinic. There, she meets Sergeant Tyler Banner, who is on medical leave after a tour overseas. She tries to avoid Tyler at first, determined to concentrate on making her business a success, but over time she can’t ignore the handsome military guy who keeps "accidentally" crossing her path. It doesn’t help he lives a few doors down from her fixer-upper beach house. Can she continue to try to ignore him or is it true that opposites attract? 

This romantic island tale is also inspired by the verses from Hebrews 6:18-19 which describe God as our anchor. The characters feel tossed around by waves of difficulties at certain parts of the story, but He is always the anchor who keeps them secured.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 16
Daysong Reflections, November 16
Texas Book-aholic, November 17
lakesidelivingsite, November 17
Inklings and notions, November 18
21st Century Keeper at Home, November 18
Joanne Markey, November 18
For Him and My Family, November 19
Emily Yager, November 19
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 20
deb’s Book Review, November 20
Locks, Hooks and Books, November 21
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 21
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 21
Artistic Nobody, November 22 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Rebecca Tews, November 22
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 23
The Cafe Scholar, November 23
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 24
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 24
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 24
Aryn The Libraryan 📚, November 25
She Lives To Read, November 25
Simple Harvst Reads, November 26 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Livin’ Lit, November 26
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 27
Rebekah Reads, November 27
Connect in Fiction, November 27
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 28
Life, Love, Writing, November 28
Blossoms and Blessings, November 29
Batya’s Bits, November 29
Godly Book Reviews, November 29

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize of a $50 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/103a0/her-merriweather-hero-celebration-tour-giveaway 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Book Review: Besotted by Jody Hedlund

 

About the Book


In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A young queen trying to stay alive until she comes of age to rule, and a prince turned into a pauper.


Queen Aurora of Mercia has spent her entire life deep in Inglewood Forest, hiding from Warwick’s Queen Margery, who seeks her demise. As the time draws near for Aurora to take the throne, she happens upon a handsome woodcutter. Although friendship with outsiders is forbidden and dangerous, she cannot stay away from the charming stranger.

Only two months away from completing his royal testing, Prince Kresten of Scania is ready to be finished with the poverty and hardships of being a woodcutter. When he meets a beautiful peasant woman, he doesn’t plan to fall in love, especially when he must soon leave and return to his homeland.

As Queen Margery’s forces close in, Aurora finds herself in mortal danger. Kresten knows a future with Aurora is impossible, but he is desperate to save her and bring an end to the queen’s threat. To do so, he joins the ultimate battle against the evil queen, risking everything, including his chance at true love.

The real Sleeping Beauty story.

My Review

Besotted was the perfect conclusion to the Fairest Maidens Young Adult series by Jody Hedlund.  Aurora and Kresten's story was believable and heart-wrenching, and played flawlessly into the overarching conflict introduced earlier in the series.  Both Aurora and Kresten were honorable, and dedicated to the ultimate goal of doing what was best for their respective countries.  Their personal growth was critical to their success in meeting those goals.

The book began as a pleasant boy-meets-girl story, but when the action and suspense began building, it didn't stop until the final page.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Besotted is written in the first person, from both Aurora's and Kresten's perspectives.  Different fonts for each narrator help identify the speaker.  And although it is the third in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.  I was glad to have read Beholden previously for the setting and history.  

This is a wonderful, clean YA read that an adult reader of Christian fiction would enjoy, as well.  If you need more medieval romance in your life, I highly recommend this book and the entire Fairest Maidens series.

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

About the Author

JODY HEDLUND is a bestselling and award-winning author who loves fairy tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI, with her husband and five children. When she's not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.


Saturday, November 7, 2020

Book Review With a Giveaway: The Red Ribbon by Pepper Basham

 

About the Book

Book: The Red Ribbon

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian historical/suspense

Release Date: October, 2020

An Appalachian Feud Blows Up in 1912

Book 8 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned. The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

 Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Author Pepper Basham truly brought the Appalachian mountain culture to life in The Red Ribbon.  Life in the mountains was not easy.  People worked hard to survive, and it took a lot of time to travel by foot, donkey, or wagon to visit a neighbor or travel to town.  With the undercurrent of conflict and feud an ever-present reality, many lived their day-to-day lives on edge or in fear.

Ava Burcham was an intelligent, compassionate young woman.  She was a talented seamstress, with the dream to be a writer.  She could hold her own in a confrontation, but lived with a worry that she would develop the mental illness that crippled her family.  Jeremiah Sutphin was a hard-working carpenter who worked to make his dreams come true.  Both were orphans, and knew the pain of loss caused by feuding and moonshining.

The story had a slow build to it, with past heartbreak and hope for the future coming together for Ava and Jeremiah.  The embers of conflict were fed until an explosion erupted.  

I enjoyed this book, and recommend it for those who have an interest in Appalachia, and readers of historical romance and Christian fiction.

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

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains where her family have lived for generations. She’s the mom of five kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus, and proud AlleyCat over at the award winning Writer’s Alley blog. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in April 2015, and the second in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuted in April 2016.

 


More from Pepper

Feuds, Moonshine, and Family Loyalties by Pepper Basham

My upcoming release for Barbour’s True Colors series is really close to my heart…and pretty close to my house.

The Red Ribbon, my first foray into a historical suspense novel, takes place in the county where I grew up. Carroll County, Virginia, is a county on the border of Virginia and North Carolina, not too far from Mt. Airy (Mayberry).  Nestled in the foothills and mountains of the Blue Ridge, it is a part of the Appalachian Mountains, and with that comes similar histories as other backwoods Appalachian communities: feuds, moonshine, and family loyalties.

One thing I love most about my Appalachian upbringing is the intense closeness of family – and when I say ‘family’ I mean, of course, my mom, dad, and brother, but also my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents…the whole “gang”, as my granny used to say.

The closeness of family, and the protection of the family name, is a big deal in Appalachia. There’s a lot of pride in the way your ‘name’ is thought of throughout the community, so when someone insults your name, there’s a good chance the repercussions aren’t going to be pleasant. Especially back in the early 1900s, when The Red Ribbon takes place. In fact, insulting someone by “stealing a kiss” is one of the events that leads to The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre/Tragedy.

A long-time feud between the Allen family and the “Courthouse Clan” came to a head inside the Hillsville Courthouse in March 1912 and this event resulted in the largest shootout within a courthouse in Virginia history. The story followed with a nationwide manhunt and made national news until the sinking of the Titanic the following month.

Growing up in Carroll County, I knew a few things about this story. Rumors and whispers, really. Most folks didn’t talk about it because it still caused a stir among those who were descendants (because another thing about Appalachia is that families tend to stay on or around family land for generations). People still took “sides.”  So, when I decided to write this book, I knew I was stepping into precarious territory. Not that anyone would start up a shootout nowadays because of a book, but because people still have some deep feelings about how their ancestors are portrayed in history, and since many of my family members still live in Carroll County, I wanted to tread carefully into the events of “The Allen Tragedy”.

What I discovered was a story that still held a whole lot of mystery even one hundred years later. Bullet holes still mark the courthouse steps from that fateful day, rumors still circulate about who was to blame, and no one knows who fired the first gunshot that began the tragic shooting.

I’m not a “scary” book writer or reader, but I love a good adventure, so this book takes the reader on an adventure into Appalachia to my neck of the woods, and follows the journey of Ava Burcham and Jeremiah Sutphin as they live among the illegal moonshiners, dirty cops, and mountain gunslingers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

(To learn more about the true events of the Courthouse Tragedy, you can read about it here: https://roanoke.com/news/virginia/the-courthouse-tragedy-gunfight-in-hillsville-in-1912/article_45d0d7f3-6e1f-57c4-83be-fceb3d98dafd.html)

Have you ever read a book set in Appalachia? If so, what was the title and what did you learn about the Appalachian culture? Have you ever visited the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Let’s chat mountain people, mountain ways, and mountain books. 😊

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 29
Fiction Aficionado, October 29
deb’s Book Review, October 29
Blossoms and Blessings, October 29
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 30
Texas Book-aholic, October 30
Blogging With Carol, October 30
Inklings and notions, October 31
Emily Yager, October 31
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 31
Hallie Reads, October 31
For Him and My Family, November 1
reviewingbooksplusmore, November 1
Christian Bookaholic, November 1
Betti Mace, November 2
Genesis 5020, November 2
For the Love of Literature, November 2
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess , November 2
Rebecca Tews, November 3
Robin’s Nest, November 3
Locks, Hooks and Books, November 3
Connect in Fiction, November 4
Older & Smarter?, November 4
To Everything There Is A Season, November 4
Artistic Nobody, November 4 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
21st Century Keeper at Home, November 5
By The Book, November 5
Remembrancy, November 5
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 6
Britt Reads Fiction, November 6
Life of Literature, November 6
Connie’s History Classroom, November 7
Splashes of Joy, November 7
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 7
A Reader’s Brain, November 8
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 8
Through the Fire Blogs, November 8
Godly Book Reviews, November 8
Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, November 9
Bigreadersite, November 9
Where Faith and books Meet, November 9
Books I’ve Read, November 10
Just the Write Escape, November 10
Adventures of a Travelers Life, November 10
Amanda Tero, blog, November 11
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 11
Pause for Tales, November 11

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Pepper 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1032d/the-red-ribbon-celebration-tour-giveaway