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From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Publication Date: 23 February 2021

Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC copy from Netgalley and Waterbrook Multnomah

Rating: 3 out of 5

From This Moment introduces three young people each struggling with their own unique problems and each coming from a less than perfect home life as children. Jase Edgar, the new youth minister in Bradleyville, Kansas, comes from the foster system where he spent much of his younger life.  He is trying to come to terms with the death of his fiancé. Lori Fowler is a custodian at Jase’s church and an employee at a local quilt shop where her best friend, Kenzie Stetler works. Kenzie, a young woman from an Amish background, chooses not to join the Amish church and remains separated from her family as a result of her personal choices and beliefs. These three young people become good friends as a result of their beliefs and backgrounds. The appearance of a mysterious ring binds the young people together even tighter and ultimately allows them all to follow their hearts.

This book offers a good depiction of the journeys one’s life can take when dealing with hope and loss and the process one goes through in life of waiting and trusting. As these young people progress along their path, their new beginnings will bring romance to some and a deepening of faith and sharing the message to others.  This book is an easy read that blends a contemporary romance with faith and hope. Readers of Christian romance will enjoy this book.

This ARC copy was received from Waterbrook Multnomah and Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Forget Me Not by Sarah M. Eden

Series:  The Gents, #1

Publication Date:  7 September 2020

Publisher: Covenant Communications

ARC from and Covenant Communications

Rating: 4 out of 5



Filled with the push and pull of an arranged marriage between old friends, Forget Me Not is a delightful story detailing newlywed life for Lucas Jonquil and his bride, Julia Cummings. Julia, an extremely quiet and introverted young woman, finds herself wed to an outgoing, vivacious old friend from her past regardless of how she actually feels about the marriage. On top of a whirlwind marriage, she finds herself moved off to Brier Hill, her husband’s new estate where she is made to feel less than welcome. Can a marriage get off to a much worse start?

An intriguing group of six of Lucas’s closest friends begins to arrive in order to introduce themselves into Julia’s life. Thus we receive our first introduction to the Gents! Since Lucas is the first of the Gents to marry, everyone descends on the newlyweds to assist them with their relationship difficulties. And we all know that six bachelors surely have excellent advice for a married couple!

Come along for a charming read with this first book in Sarah Eden’s new series, The Gents, and meet the delightful, close knit friends who will do everything in their power to help out their friend, Lucas, and his bride. Readers of historical romance, particularly the Georgian era, will thoroughly enjoy the story. I can’t wait to see which one of the Gents shows up in the next book.

 This ARC copy was received from Covenant Communications and The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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South of the Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber

Publication Date: 30 Jul 2019

Publisher: Forge Book

ARC copy from and Forge Book

Rating: 5 out of 5


“In the book of life, everyone has chapters they don’t like reading out loud.”


 South of the Buttonwood Tree is a quixotic blend of mystical and down t0 earth rolled up into one delightful story.  Filled with both serious and insightful characters as well as an ample cast of quirky ones, the story draws us straight in with the finding of a mysterious baby girl by a young woman named Blue Bishop.

The picturesque small town of Buttonwood is well known for its namesake, the buttonwood tree, a tree that offers cryptic guidance to the citizens of the town. When Blue discovers the baby, guidance from the tree indicates that the baby should belong to her. The story follows Blue’s journey after finding baby Flora and working to solve the mystery of her birth.

Full of southern charm with tidbits of wisdom sprinkled through, the story reads like a modern fairytale. Explore the importance of family and friends in a person’s life as Blue comes to understand what family really is and the role they play in her life. I thoroughly enjoyed this magical book. Readers of Sarah Allen Addison will absolutely love this book as will readers of women’s fiction.

This ARC copy was received from Forge Book and Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano

Series: Supper Club Series, Book Three

Publication Date: 04 February 2020

Publisher: Tyndale House

ARC copy from NetGalley and Tyndale House

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Coffee, friendship, and romance blend to create a delectable read. Carla Laureano takes us back to Denver and the trio of young women who are the best of friends; Ana, Rachel, and Melody. This third and final novel in the series wraps up their story quite neatly, centering on Ana Sanchez, the high powered executive of the group.

Bryan Shaw, the bad boy climber and close friend of Rachel’s fiancé, is back in town. Desperate to turn his life around, Bryan purchased a coffee farm in Columbia and plans to start a roasting business in Denver. With coffee beans on the way, a plan to buy a used roaster, and a fair amount of knowledge on roasting, he begins to try and put together a plan. Ana, marketing executive genius, unexpectedly finds time on her hands and pitches in to help Bryan achieve a chance at success. Can these two very different people work together to come up with a viable plan?

This book is a delightful story filled with witty dialogue, heartfelt moments of friendship, and second chances. Don’t miss this great read. This book works well as a standalone.

 This ARC copy was received from Tyndale House and the author.  The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own

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The Thief of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E. Ladd

Publication Date: 07 January 2020

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Christian Romance

Excerpt:  Every single lady of marriageable age was eager for security. It was the ultimate goal, whether she chose to acknowledge it or not.”

 With the distinctive flair of Jane Austen and a setting befitting Poldark, The Thief of Lanwyn Manor brings us the story of Julia Twethewey, niece of the well-off Lambourne family. When William Lambourne inherits Lanwyn Manor and its accompanying mine, Bal Tressa, the family relocates to Cornwall and Julia journeys to serve as her cousin Jane’s companion when her adventures begin.

A bold, brave gentleman by the name of  Isaac Blake steps up to rescue Julia, but little does she know how deep into his family drama she will be drawn. Julia quickly meets Matthew Blake, the elder twin brother of Isaac, and the competitive nature of love is challenged. The story shines a light on societal issues of the time; the plight of the working man in the mining industry, the issues of status and rank, and the turmoil of being a young, single woman with minimal resources.

A wonderful Regency novel! The characters, the language, the romance and the mystery are a delight to explore in this tale.

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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5/5 stars


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The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen

Publication Date: December 2019

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from and Bethany House

A quaint, rather remote island in the Thames River sets the stage for Julie Klassen’s latest Regency tale!  Suspense, intrigue, and romance add to the essence of this captivating story. After getting rather publicly humiliated during a trial, Benjamin Booker gladly accepts the challenge of going to the country and investigating Ms. Isabelle Wilder, purported to be a possible suspect in the death of her guardian, Mr. Norris, the senior partner at Mr. Booker’s law firm.

Benjamin finds himself drawn into life on the island, making his investigation a bit more challenging than he planned. As the story unfolds and more details come to light, the suspect list develops as do the motives. The main characters each have their own distinct issues to deal with adding to the complexity of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists that added depth to the intrigue. There were definitely a couple of things I didn’t see coming!

A great read that will draw you in at the beginning and keep your interest all the way through. An intriguing little mystery that will surprise you, followed by a delightful ending filled with family, faith, and romance.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

Series: Dove Pond, #1Preview (opens in a new tab)

Publication Date: 30 Jul 2019

Publisher: Gallery Books

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“Life is made up on moments, good and bad. But while you don’t get to pick all the moments, you do get to pick which ones you cling to.”

–Mama G.

 The Book Charmer must be embraced with light-heartedness and a suspension of reality. The story weaves its magic through the pages of everyday life in Dove Pond, N.C. Sarah Dove, the town librarian, has a gift for hearing books when they talk to her. While many of us feel like our books talk to us through themes and messages, Sarah’s books talk to her.

When Grace Wheeler rolls into town with her niece, Daisy, and her beloved Mama G, Sarah feels certain life is about to change for the entire town. Grace, a strong but emotionally wounded young woman, takes on the task of raising her grieving niece and caring for her much-loved foster mother who is fading away with the onset of Alzheimer’s. As if Grace doesn’t have enough on her plate, Travis Parker, a wild looking, motorcycle riding veteran lives right next door and unsettles her life in a multitude of other ways and Sarah gives her books that she doesn’t really want.

As Sarah and Grace navigate the path to friendship, they each learn some valuable lessons. Grace learns that being independent and successful deals with much more than careers and finances. She learns the true value of family, friends, and community in this heartwarming tale. The quirky secondary characters in the book further enrich the novel making it a fun and enticing read for the summer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story. Readers of Sarah Allen Addison will absolutely love this book! I personally can’t wait for book two of the series to be published.

This ARC copy was received from Gallery Books and The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep

Series:  The Bow Street Runners Trilogy, Book 3

Publication Date: June 01, 2019

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

ARC from, the author, and Shiloh Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing

“Life is more than good ideas. It’s the risks that return greater results.”

–Samuel Thatcher

 Michelle Griep finishes off the Bow Street Runners Trilogy with her best hero yet, Captain Samuel Thatcher.  Be still, my beating heart!! A dark, silent man, scarred and a bit short on conversational skills, Samuel has little time in his busy life as an officer of the law to escort women and babies all over the countryside. However, he finds himself doing just that.

Abigail Gilbert, a lovely young woman from a relatively well-off family, departs on a journey to marry a virtual stranger in order to escape her unhappy family life. Little does Abigail dream that her life will take on the twists and turns she encounters along the way. Abby finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. The bride-to-be finds herself a kidnap victim, a babysitter, and nursemaid before the trip comes to an end.

Packed with action, adventure, extremely bad guys, sweet babies, dark, handsome heroes, and romance, this book entertained me right from the start.  Can these two damaged people find a way to make a life for themselves? Don’t miss this last book in the trilogy. It is an excellent read that I highly recommend for people who enjoy historical fiction, Regency fiction, and Christian fiction.

This ARC copy was received from and Shiloh Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Sweet On You by Becky Wade

Series: A Bradford Sisters Romance, #3

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Bethany House Publishers

ARC copy from and Bethany House Publishers


“Loving her was his greatest blessing. But it was also his greatest curse…”

                                                         -thoughts from Zander Ford

Two of the three Bradford sisters are now married and residing close to home. This third book centers on Britt, the youngest of the three sisters. Her life revolves around her chocolate shop, Sweet Art and Britt is all about chocolate. Up until a year and half ago, Zander Ford had been her most reliable and best friend in the world. However, becoming a bestselling author changed Zander’s life and he departed to broaden his horizon and give himself some space.

When an unexpected death in the family brings Zander home early, he finds that he cannot go back to his old way of life with Britt. As the two struggle with their own personal concerns, can they find their way back to what they had or move forward to a different life? As they explore their options, Britt and Zander work to solve a unexpected mystery that comes to light while balancing family and relationship issues.

I enjoyed the characters very much because they are all so familiar from the previous novels in the series.  A very good contemporary read filled with drama, romance, mystery and faith!

This copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher

Publication Date: 11 Dec 2018

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

ARC copy from and Thomas Nelson

“This Bible belonged to her father, Andrew Henning. He said it was Mom’s until the day God told her to give it to someone else in the family, and then that person was to have it until the day God said to pass it along.”

                                                                                  —Jessica Mason’s Mother

The Bible, a gift from her grandmother, is meant to be a comfort to Jessica Mason, a sad, pregnant young widow suffering from the loss of her young daughter and husband, five months earlier. The depth of her sadness is much greater than she lets on to the outside world due to the secrets she has managed to keep locked up tight inside.  Ridley Chesterfield, a handsome young man from Boise, finds himself hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho after his life turns into a public debacle after his short career working in the world of politics. They find themselves sharing neighborly greetings and a meal now and then as they each work toward finding their way and putting themselves back together emotionally and spiritually.

The book intertwines Jessica and Ridley’s story with that of Andrew Henning, Jessica’s great grandfather and his wife, Helen Grayson.  The dual storyline connects Andrew and Helen’s story from the 1930’s with that of Ridley and Jessica’s from the present through the passing down of the family Bible. The themes of loss, second chances, trust, and love are woven through this touching emotional story.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book with its dual storyline weaving the past and present together. Readers who like contemporary Christian fiction and a bit of romance will enjoy this book!

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson Publishers and The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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