Sunday, January 31, 2021

Book Review: A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund

About the Book:

Greta Nilsson's trip west to save her ailing little sister, Astrid, could not have gone more wrong. First, bandits hold up her stagecoach, stealing all her money. Then, upon arriving in Fairplay, Colorado, she learns the man she was betrothed to as a mail-order bride has died. Homeless, penniless, and jobless, Greta and her sister are worse off than when they started.

Wyatt McQuaid is struggling to get his new ranch up and running and is in town to purchase cattle when the mayor proposes the most unlikely of bargains. He'll invest in a herd of cattle for Wyatt's ranch if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying and starting a family. And the mayor, who has promised to try to help Greta, has just the candidate in mind for Wyatt to marry.  But when old insecurities and surprising revelations arise, can a union born out of desperation survive?

This book is available for purchase here.

My Review:

I've been a fan of Jody Hedlund's novels for years now and was quite pleased to see her set a historical romance series in the Old West.  Because, who can resist a handsome cowboy?

Wyatt McQuaid, that handsome cowboy, was plagued with self-doubts, and taking a wife was not in his plans.  But when the mayor makes a deal that includes the beautiful Greta Nilsson, he can't resist.

Although Greta is smart, competent, and industrious, she always feels burdensome to others.  Wyatt and Greta needed to get past their perceived insufficiencies in order to truly commit to the other.

Threats of cattle rustlers, bandits, and illness made for a great read, with the action continuing until the very end.

Fans of the Old West, historical romance, and Jody Hedlund's books will all want to pick up this first book in the new Colorado Cowboys series.

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:

Jody Hedlund is the author of over 20 novels and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy Award, Carol Award, and Christian Book Award. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, busy family, and five spoiled cats. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog. Learn more at

Book Review: Active Defense by Lynette Eason

About the Book:

As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn't expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house--and threatened her friends--she assumes it is the stalker who has been following her and creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble has followed her even there.

Luckily, a stalker isn't the only one watching Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it's what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead--and why--before it's too late.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason will have you looking over your shoulder as you dive into this fast-paced, suspense-filled story about losing control and finding something even better. 

My Review:

Third in the Danger Never Sleeps series, Active Defense is true to its title, and is an exciting read the whole way through.  The group of friends from previous books is included and needed for their various skill sets, but this novel definitely stands on its own.

Dr. Heather Fontaine was used to danger, having served at a military field hospital in Afghanistan.  But when danger follows her home, she knows it is time to flee.

Travis Walker makes himself the lead in finding Heather and protecting her as the team tries to figure out who is after Heather and why.  Their relationship develops slowly into more than friends.

This book is action-packed and gripping in its page-turning appeal.  Readers of suspense will definitely want to pick this one up!

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

This book is available for purchase here.

About the Author:

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Collateral Damage and Acceptable Risk, as well as Protecting Tanner Hollow and the Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: Cold Case Pursuit by Dana Mentink


About the Book

Book:  Cold Case Pursuit

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Romantic Suspense

A cold case solved by the K-9 unit…

but the past is not so easily escaped.

Decades after her parents’ murders, Penelope McGregor’s grateful the killer’s finally been identified—until he comes after her. Now Detective Tyler Walker and his K-9 partner, Dusty, must protect Penelope and catch the culprit…while making sure his little girl stays out of the crosshairs. But can the single father outplay a killer whose endgame will leave no one safe?

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Don't let that adorableness on the cover fool you!  In this romantic suspense novel by Dana Mentink, the level of suspense is high.  I was creeped out on the first page, and the suspense continued regularly throughout the book.  This was the kind of book that had me looking over my shoulder, just in case.  And I wanted to talk about it with my family, but didn't want to creep them out.  The romance was sweet, but awkward, as Penny and Tyler had to get over their perceptions of what they thought the other thought of them.  And there was adorable, in Tyler's toddler-daughter.  It was extremely heartwarming to see her get attached to Penny.  And there were dogs.  Well-trained K-9 dogs that were always ready for action, and were extremely loyal.  Add in the police station family, and there is a solid read for men and women.  I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy suspense!

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

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, Poisoned Pen Press, and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself puttering around her Northern California backyard. 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, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)


More from Dana

I love book covers with adorable children on them, don’t you? There’s something so angelic about those wee folks on the covers. I have two bear cubs myself, young adults now, and I love them devotedly. Tell you what though. Sometimes, just occasionally mind you, they were a wee bit naughty. Don’t tell anyone, but one reason I enjoyed writing Cold Case Pursuit so much is that hero Tyler is the single dad of a little girl named Rain who is….er…a handful. Sure, she’s adorable, but she’s prone to disobedience and the occasional tendency to flush things down the toilet. So in addition to the edge of your seat pursuit of a murderous clown killer, there are the shenanigans of a precocious preschooler, a highly trained yet distractible police K-9, and a romance that doesn’t exactly run smoothly. Fun to write? You betcha! I hope you enjoy coming along with me on this True Blue adventure!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 19
CarpeDiem, January 22
Texas Book-aholic, January 23
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 23
Blogging With Carol, January 23
Inklings and notions, January 24
Fiction Book Lover, January 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Batya’s Bits, January 24
Betti Mace, January 25
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 25
Labor Not in Vain, January 25
Hebrews 12 Endurance, January 26
Sara Jane Jacobs, January 26
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 26
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 27
Lighthouse-Academy, January 27
Older & Smarter?, January 27
Artistic Nobody, January 28 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Splashes of Joy, January 28
Mary Hake, January 28
For Him and My Family, January 29
Simple Harvest Reads, January 29 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, January 29
deb’s Book Review, January 30
Hallie Reads, January 30
To Everything There Is A Season, January 30
She Lives To Read, January 31
Locks, Hooks and Books, January 31
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 1
Daysong Reflections, February 1
Bizwings Blog, February 1


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a Mentink giveaway bundle, including a $50 Amazon gift card and a tote bag!!

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

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: Lethal Intent by Cara Putnam

About the Book

Book:  Lethal Intent

Author: Cara Putman

Genre: Romantic Suspense

If they expected silence, they hired the wrong woman.

Caroline Bragg’s life has never been better. She and Brandon Lancaster are taking their relationship to the next level, and she has a new dream job as legal counsel for Praecursoria—a research lab that is making waves with its cutting-edge genetic therapies. The company’s leukemia treatments even promise to save desperately sick kids—kids like eleven-year-old Bethany, a critically ill foster child at Brandon’s foster home. 

When Caroline’s enthusiastic boss wants to enroll Bethany in experimental trials prematurely, Caroline objects, putting her at odds with her colleagues. They claim the only goal at Praecursoria is to save lives. But does someone have another agenda? 

Brandon faces his own crisis. As laws governing foster homes shift, he’s on the brink of losing the group home he’s worked so hard to build. When Caroline learns he’s a Praecursoria investor, it becomes legally impossible to confide in him. Will the secrets she keeps become a wedge that separates them forever? And can she save Bethany from the very treatments designed to heal her? 

This latest romantic legal thriller by bestseller Cara Putman shines a light on the shadowy world of scientific secrets and corporate vendettas—and the ethical dilemmas that plague the place where science and commerce meet.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Cara Putnam has given us another exciting installment of her Hidden Justice series.  A reader new to this series will enjoy this stand-alone novel; others will recognize the secondary characters from previous books.

Caroline is thrilled with her new job, and takes it seriously as she tries to learn the science she is to defend and propel through the approval process.  She also must learn whom to trust in this new environment.  And among her friend group and boyfriend, she must also learn to be vulnerable.  While she is dealing with the nuts and bolts of treatment therapies, her new boyfriend/longtime friend Brandon is working to keep his foster home for children viable and compliant with ever-changing regulations.  Putnam gives the reader a good understanding of both worlds, while keeping the story moving and the intensity building.

Readers who enjoy legal and medical dramas will enjoy this book, and those with a heart for children will be touched by it as well.

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

About the Author

As a preteen Cara Putman watched lawyers change legislative opinions at an important legislative hearing in Nebraska. At that time, she wondered if she became an attorney if people would give her words the same weight. An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, George Mason University School of Law and Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, Cara has turned her passion for words into award-winning stories that capture readers. Her legal experience makes its way into her stories where strong women confront real challenges.

An award-winning author of more than 30 books, Cara writes legal thrillers, WWII romances, and romantic suspense because she believes that no matter what happens hope is there, waiting for us to reach for it.

When she’s not writing, Cara is an over-educated attorney who lectures in law and communications at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and homeschools her children. She and her family live in Indiana, the land of seasons. You can read chapters for most of her books and connect with Cara at her website:

More from Cara

Each novel has a unique genesis story. The spark that launches it into a journey of 90,000 words. For Lethal Intent, that journey began with a friend’s journey of childhood leukemia with her oldest. From watching their family wind through years of treatment including cutting edge therapy trials. Then it developed with the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack and the thought what would someone be willing to do if they believed they’d found the next strain of immortal cells. The lead characters made appearances in other books, but now would have their opportunity to step to center stage. The story morphed and changed, dictated by the vagaries of the law and changes.

Each story has a spark. For Caroline it was a brainstorming session with my writing buddies Rachel Hauck, Colleen Coble, and Denise Hunter. That was when her backstory developed, all the things that happened to her to form her into the adult she is on the pages. One who cares deeply about others but who is fundamentally scared, longing for a place she can relax and take a deep breath.

Each story has a spark. For Brandon, it was brainstorming with another writing friend Tricia Goyer that lead to a creative job for a hero that wasn’t the typical law enforcement. His role with the group foster home was set and the backstory filled in quickly. What would it be like to be separated from and lose a brother in the foster care system? Would that generate this need to keep sibling groups together? And then the law changes and the fabric of your professional identity and something so much deeper is threatened.

Each story has a spark. The pharmaceutical start-up where ethics collides with the desire to save children. The push to do whatever it takes overshadowing the guardrails of the law. If they expected silence, they hired the wrong woman. But does Caroline really have the strength to battle and does she need to?

Lethal Intent grew from each of these sparks and many more to develop into a story I can’t wait for you to read. In the process I learned immense amounts about CAR-T cell therapies and foster care law. Most of all, I hope you’ll fall into the pages and be engrossed in a story you can’t bring yourself to put down until the final page.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 21
lakesidelivingsite, January 21
Texas Book-aholic, January 21
Through the Fire Blogs, January 22
Sara Jane Jacobs, January 22
A Novel Pursuit, January 22
CarpeDiem, January 23
Betti Mace, January 23
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, January 23
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 24
Blogging With Carol, January 24
HookMeInABook, January 24
For the Love of Literature, January 25
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 25
Fiction Book Lover, January 25 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
For Him and My Family, January 26
EmpowerMoms, January 26
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 26
Artistic Nobody, January 27 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Mypreciousbitsandmusings, January 27
Where Faith and Books Meet, January 27
By The Book, January 28
Older & Smarter?, January 28
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 28
Inklings and notions, January 29
Simple Harvest Reads, January 29
Blossoms and Blessings, January 29
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 30
Splashes of Joy, January 30
Pause for Tales, January 30
Spoken from the Heart, January 31
Just Your Average reviews, January 31
deb’s Book Review, January 31
Hallie Reads, February 1
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, February 1
Genesis 5020, February 1
To Everything There Is A Season, February 2
Hebrews 12 Endurance, February 2
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 2
Locks, Hooks and Books, February 3
Southern Gal Loves to Read, February 3
Daysong Reflections, February 3


To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away  the grand prize package of a “Just one more chapter” pillow cover, a copy of the book, an Erin Condren journal, and a hand-stamped bracelet!!

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

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Book Review: To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano

 About the Book

After a childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she'd put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. In the middle of breaking into a safe that holds the proof to prove her friend's innocence, Gabriella is interrupted by Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend--until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agreed to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he'd be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.

This book is available for purchase here.

My Review

This series opener by Jen Turano is one that her fans will not want to miss!  It is full of her signature hilarity, quirky characters, mystery, lessons to learn, romance, and more!

Working together was a theme throughout the book.  I loved that the boarding house women joined together to clear the name of one of their own.  Gabrielle and Nicholas had been very effective partners in crime as children.  After they reconnect, they work together to fulfill the missions of the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency.

Once the reader gets to know Gabriella and Nicholas, they become very endearing.  What Nicholas has accomplished is quite impressive, and his willingness to adjust his aspirations and goals to more upright standards was impressive.

Fans of Turano's work will certainly enjoy this new offering!  Highly recommended!

About the Author

Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She's been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado. Readers can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and at

Monday, January 4, 2021

Book Review: Dreams of Savannah by Roseanna M. White

About the Book

Cordelia Owens can weave a dream around anything and is well used to winning the hearts of everyone in Savannah with her whimsy. Even when she receives word that her sweetheart has been lost during a raid on a Yankee vessel, she clings to hope and comes up with many a romantic tale of his eventual homecoming to reassure his mother and sister.

But Phineas Dunn finds nothing redemptive in the first horrors of war. Struggling for months to make it home alive, he returns to Savannah injured and cynical, and all too sure that he is not the hero Cordelia seems determined to make him.

As the War Between the States rages ever nearer and Savannah’s slaves start sneaking away to the islands off the coast to join the Yankees, both Phin and Cordelia get caught up in questions they never thought they’d have to ask–questions that threaten the very dreams of a future they’d cherished.

This book is available at most retailers, and at the author's shop:

My Review

The cover of this book is absolutely lovely, and the title is perfect!  The story inside is one to treasure.  This book really has everything-Savannah's high society, the horrors of war, and loves lost and found.  The best thing about the novel is that it presents hope.  Delia hopes for Phin's safe return and is able to encourage his family.  Luther relies on the promises of Scripture and transmits that to Phinneas through near-constant Bible reading.  Most of the characters had their hope in the Lord, and were rewarded for their trust in Him.

Delia was such a sweet, highly-imaginative girl, whose gift of words were a blessing to those around her.  Phinneas was a man of honor, initially untested, who came through with a deep faith and concern for his fellow man.  Their desire to be together was tested throughout the story.

This stand-alone historical fiction novel is one of great depth.  It was also quite a page-turner, as the tension grew and I was unable to put it down!

Historical romance fans will love this book, as well as Christian fiction readers, Civil War buffs, and fans of White's work.  I highly recommend it.

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

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at

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