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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

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Gallery Books


“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 Netgalley.com. 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 Netgalley.com, 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 Netgalley.com and Shiloh Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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It’s Release Day: The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

Publication Date: June 2019

Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers

ARC copy from Author and Waterbrook

“In every ending,” Alex said, “there’s also a beginning. That’s a thing I’ve learned.”

–Alex MacKinnon


Impeccably written and well developed, The King’s Mercy is complex and filled with descriptive detail. I loved the book’s depth and voice and the way the story stays in my head.  This sixth novel from author Lori Benton brings together an unlikely pair; Alex MacKinnon, a bitter young man exiled from his native Scotland and sold into indenture and Joanna Carey, a hard working young woman  dedicated to doing the right things in life while living amidst slavery at her stepfather’s plantation in North Carolina.

The book begins in 1747, a complex and changing time during our nation’s history.  The story offers a vivid portrayal of early life in the Piedmont of North Carolina. The setting brings the reader right into the working world of the plantation alongside the characters and eventually travels to the Native American world of the Cherokee as well.  The primary characters are sincere, strong, and memorable, and in addition, the secondary characters have depth and add much to the story.

The book does not hesitate to tackle some deep issues like child abuse, slavery, the loss of personal freedoms, and the struggle of faith during difficult times.  Explore the themes of grace and mercy woven through this book as Alex and Joanna show resiliency and ingenuity to overcome their difficulties and move on to a different way of life.

I highly recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction.  The book is truly an amazing read.

I received this book from Waterbrook and the author. The above thoughts and opinions I have expressed are wholly my own.

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The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

Series: Daughters of the Mayflower, Book 8

Publication Date: April 2019

Publisher: Barbour Books

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Barbour Books

            “It all boiled down to the fact that God wasn’t done with any of them yet. He was a God of second chances.”

The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with book eight written by Kimberley Woodhouse. The lineage of the Lytton family whom we met in book one of the series continues across the country in the year 1849 during the California gold rush.

San Francisco was a filthy, crime ridden city filled with the worst of humanity all striving to strike it rich. Olivia Brighton, a resilient young woman, finds herself widowed outside San Francisco and on her own only six weeks after a hurried marriage to a strange man. In order to find her older brother, Daniel, she must get herself into the city of San Francisco and locate his thriving restaurant.

In the midst of beginning a new life with her brother, a decent man who feels compelled to do good for his fellow man, Olivia meets Joseph Sawyer, her brother’s best friend and another man of faith and personal integrity who works with him to bring some much needed stability and faith to San Francisco.  Olivia and the two men encounter criminals, prostitution, and a variety of other vices in their challenge to help stabilize the new city. Read this interesting, faith filled adventure to see what surprises life has in store for Olivia, Joseph, and Daniel.

The book contains some very interesting historical notes at the end and includes real historical figures sprinkled through the story. I love the history woven through this story as well as the very satisfying epilogue that draws the book to a close. Readers of historical fiction and inspirational historical fiction will enjoy this story very much!

This ARC copy was received from Barbour Books and Netgalley.com. 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 Netgalley.com 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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Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe by Carla Laureano

Series: Supper Club Series, Book Two

Publication Date: February 5, 2019

Publisher: Tyndale House

ARC copy from the author and Tyndale House


 “Whatever you choose to do, give your plans to God and He will give you all you desire.”

                                                 -Advice from Grandma Bev

Rachel, Melody, and Ana are back again in book two of the Supper Club series. We met these young women back in Book one of the series, The Saturday Night Supper Club. This story can be read as a standalone; however, I think you’ll enjoy it more having experienced book one first. Once again set in Denver, the story centers around all things food, friendship, and romance.

Melody Johansson, creative baker extraordinaire, is stuck in a dead end job and suffering from a string of bad relationships.  Justin Keller, a gorgeous pilot with a rogue smile and lots of charm, is certain his life is complete without any complications from long term relationships. When their paths collide, Melody and Justin get more than they anticipated. As a series of unpredictable events complicate their lives and relationship, they must each do some soul searching and figure out their goals and dreams. Faith, trust, and God’s timing all play significant roles in their story.

The book is one you won’t want to put down once you start. Also, it will definitely leave you with the munchies! The food descriptions are mouth watering. I feel like I need to head to the kitchen immediately. Read this appealing story for yourself and you too will be tying your apron on!

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


 Four stars!

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Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery by Michelle Griep

Publication Date: 1 February 2019

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

ARC Copy from the author, NetGalley.com, and Barbour Publishing

Let’s take a journey through the nineteenth century with this collection of tales each with a hint of intrigue. Three settings, three heroines, and their three equally captivating counterparts make for a delightful read.

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
1815. Cornwall. Helen Fletcher, a young governess, returns from Ireland to Cornwall only to find herself spirited away from the ship by a mysterious smuggler. When the mysterious smuggler turns up again, will Helen be able to figure out exactly what his intentions are? Be swept off your feet in this charming tale of love on the Cornish coast!

The Doctor’s Woman
1862. Mendota, Minnesota. Emmy Nelson, a frontier doctor’s daughter, braves the wilds of Minnesota in order to care for the men at the outlying military post of Fort Snelling and the Sioux Indian being held captive there. Clashing with the new citified, military doctor adds further turmoil to her troubled soul. Read this lively tale of a city boy and country girl and the lessons they learn from each other!

A House of Secrets
1890. St. Paul, Minnesota. Amanda Carston, a lively young woman full of spunk, is soon to be married to a handsome, dynamic young attorney, Joseph Blake. In her search to finish one big project before the wedding, Amanda uncovers a mystery that she just can’t leave alone. Creep through the halls of the decrepit Grigg house with Amanda to see if she uncovers the mystery behind the old place!

I enjoyed the likeable characters, unique settings, and bit of romance each story shared. Each tale is a standalone and easy to read. I hope you will enjoy this collection of stories as much as I did. If I had to choose a favorite, I think the prize would go to A House of Secrets. Enjoy!
This ARC copy was received from the author, Barbour Publishing and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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