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The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

Series: High Sierra Sweethearts
Publication Date: 3 April 2018
Publisher: ARC from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

“You are a blessed miracle from God, you and your men. You saved us and now you care for us. It’s the Bible’s very definition of a Christian.”
–Deb Harkness

It is certainly no surprise that a woman who dedicates her book to her husband also known as her “very own romantic cowboy hero” writes about cowboys, ranching, and the west, three things she seems to know real well. This little western gem is set southwest of Lake Tahoe, Nevada in October of 1867.

The Harkness sisters, Deborah and Gwen, are on their way west through the Sierra Nevada Mountains when their wagon train is attacked. Fortunate enough to survive, the girls are left on their own with two small children until Trace Riley appears.

Trace gathers up the women and children and heads for his desolate, rather run down ranch, tucked in a valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Being a single man living at the ranch with a couple of work hands, his priority to this point time has not been a house or housekeeping. The women have their work cut out for them.

Two more awkward people have never inhabited the same space! In fact Trace and Deborah are so awkward they are endearing. A bit of romance runs through the novel as well as some intrigue! A great story that carries the themes of family, friendship, faith, and social responsibility!

Readers of inspirational historical fiction and western fiction will like this novel. Read and enjoy! The Accidental Guardian is book one in the series and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on book two.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.



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A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander


A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Publication Date: February 2017

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers



“But you must trust that the Lord has your best at the center of his Heart, and whatever His plans are for your life, for this talent He’s given you, He will bring them to fruition in time.”

                                                            -Adelicia Acklen Cheatham

Once again I feel as though I stepped back in time to the genteel world of Nashville, Tennessee at a time following the Civil War when people were beginning to rebuild their lives. Tamera Alexander writes in such a way that as soon as you read those opening lines you are transported into her character’s world. I hear soft southern drawls and hear the gentle swish of petticoats and skirts stepping into the drawing room.

Rebekah Carrington, a beautiful young woman in her twenties, returns home to Nashville after years of studying music in Vienna, Austria only to find that her home is not a safe haven or even a comfortable place to live. Challenged by a time period when women were not allowed to play an instrument in the orchestra, Rebekah initially chafes at the constrictions placed on her by society as she struggles to find a job and a place to live. Maestro Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb, the handsome young conductor of the Nashville Philharmonic, steps into Rebekah’s life. Although the conductor might be forward thinking himself, his benefactors would never stand for a woman in their orchestra.

Once again Adelicia Cheatham, one of the richest women in America at the time, comes to the aid of a struggling young woman and employs Rebekah as a tutor to her daughter and an assistant to Tate Whitcomb to aid in his music transcription and composition. Tate and Rebekah battle against time, health, and struggling musicians to turn out a symphony worthy of the grand opening of the Nashville Opera House in a few months time.

Rich in historic detail regarding music and the time period, the city of Nashville, and architecture, readers of historical fiction and will truly enjoy this novel. Morals and integrity shine throughout the story which also leaves the reader with a comforting sense of inspiration and faith.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.


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No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

Witemeyer, Karen No Other Will Do

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC from Bethany House and Netgalley.com




Finish the job at hand and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.”

-Malachi Shaw

Sage advice from a mature, wise young man who is good at saying it and thinking it, but not so good at carrying it out! Once again Karen Witemeyer introduces her readers to a handsome young man who has done well for himself and a delightful heroine who runs an all female colony for the abused and downtrodden. Her witty style and humorous characters are evident once again in this tale.

The story of Malachi Shaw and Emma Chandler begins back in the winter of 1882 in Gainesville, Texas when they are just young kids. Malachi at thirteen is orphaned and struggling to stay alive when he winds up in the barn on the property of Henrietta and Alberta Chandler, Emma’s aunts.

Malachi and Emma are separated for nearly ten years until he gets a telegram that sends him running straight back to Emma and the aunts. What Malachi finds at Harper’s Station sets him on edge and sends him in to full rescue mode. The story details the harassment of the ladies in the town by an unknown male who steadily ups his means of getting rid of the women.

The ladies of the town are characters you will not soon forget. Each and every one has a unique story and personality to go with it, including Aunt Henri and Aunt Bertie. The few males that are allowed in town are distinct as well.

Read this fun and lively tale to find out how far the mysterious stranger is willing to go to get rid of the women of Harper’s Station! Balancing personal struggles  with faith, Ms. Witemeyer puts together a great summer read for lovers of  inspirational historical fiction!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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