On a Coastal Breeze and a Giveaway!

Have you started your beach TBR for the summer yet? Or maybe, like my land-locked self, just a plain old summer TBR? If so, then Suzanne Woods Fisher’s newest release, On a Coastal Breeze, would be the perfect addition!

Three Sister’s Island is a peaceful and almost magical place. It is a treat to visit a second time around! And it makes me want to pack up to the ocean!

Keep reading for my full review, and don’t miss all the details of the giveaway at the end of the post.

About the Book

Book:  On A Coastal Breeze

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre:  Amish Romance

Release Date: May 5, 2020

On A Coastal Breeze

For Madison Grayson, life is good. Newly licensed as a marriage and family therapist, she can’t wait to start her practice. Despite the unfortunate shortage of eligible bachelors on the island–they’re all too young, too old, or too weird–Maddie feels like she’s finally found her sweet spot. Not even one panic attack in the last year. Not one.

And then Ricky O’Shea drops in. Literally. Floating down from the pure blue sky, the one man in the world she hoped never to see again–the one who’d been her archnemesis from kindergarten through her senior dance–parachutes into town, landing on Boon Dock, canopy draping behind him like a superhero. Ricky O’Shea. Now Pastor Rick, the new minister on Three Sisters Island.

Time to panic.

With wit and a bit of whimsy, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Three Sisters Island where family, forgiveness, and a second chance at love await.

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

It was a pleasure to return to Three Sister’s Island for the second installment of the series. I love the Grayson family from the first novel, On a Summer Tide, and I was looking forward to getting the know the sister even better in this story.

On a Coastal Breeze is Maddie’s story, and I enjoyed seeing her overcome her anxiety to help others–both her clients and her sisters. It was refreshing to see a family who turns to each other (or at least to Maddie) to talk through their problems. It seemed her office door was always swinging with one sister or the other.

I also really enjoyed the story of Maddie and Rick. Their shared past was entertaining, frustrating, and downright heartbreaking, but it was gratifying to watch them heal their relationship piece by piece.

Just like in the first novel, the Grayson family is strong, even when one of them is struggling with a weakness. And I love how they rally around each other and are always looking for ways to appreciate and include each other more every day. There are many things I like about the Three Sister’s Island series so far, but the genuine feel of the Grayson family is what I like most. They are damaged. Scared. Insecure. But together they will find a way to persevere.

If you are a fan of contemporary Christian fiction, you will enjoy this book! And while the romance is slow-developing, it is very much satisfying.  I will be impatiently waiting for Blaine’s story!

I was given a copy of this book by Celebrate Lit with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

suzanne woods fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including On a Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, The Deacon’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

More from Suzanne

Dear Reader,

The minute you step off the ferry and onto Three Sister Island, magic begins. Crisp ocean air acts like an elixir. Stress starts to evaporate, like a wisp of steam from a cup of hot tea. Happiness moves in, and you’ll feel more cheerful, more positive about the future.

And then there’s time! Somehow, there seems to be plenty of it.

Little things will catch your notice—finding seashells on the beach, watching waves crash against the rocks, gazing at the star-studded night sky.

Life just starts to slow down…and you wonder if you really want to ever leave Three Sisters Island.

Nor do you have to! That’s the beauty of books—they are the perfect escape. Always available, just waiting to be picked up. Always ready to transport you to a fresh and new state of mind.

On a Coastal Breeze is that kind of a read. The Grayson Family saga continues as they move to Three Sisters Island off the coast of Maine for a fresh start. Maddie Grayson takes center stage in this story. Life is finally coming together for Maddie. On the very day she opens her counseling practice, she spots a billowing skydiver. Parachuting in is Ricky O’ Shea—the one person on earth Maddie hoped she’d never see again. But Rick’s the new pastor for the island’s only church and he’s not about to leave. That’s when sparks start to fly.

Join me for a getaway by the sea that will leave you in a happy, relaxed, vacation-y state of mind…without leaving your home. Once you board the Never Late Ferry, even in your imagination, the island will take it from there.

Warmly, Suzanne

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, May 18

The Avid Reader, May 18

By The Book, May 18

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 19

Artistic Nobody, May 19 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Betti Mace, May 20

Lighthouse Academy, May 20

The Power of Words, May 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 21

Texas Book-aholic, May 21

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 21

Wishful Endings, May 22

Inklings and notions, May 22

deb’s Book Review, May 22

Blossoms and Blessings, May 23

reviewingbooksplusmore, May 23

Connect in Fiction, May 23

Remembrancy, May 24

Writing from the Heart Land, May 24

Blogging With Carol, May 24

Blessed & Bookish, May 25

Inspiration Clothesline, May 25

Back Porch Reads, May 25

For Him and My Family, May 26

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 26

Daysong Reflections, May 26

Spoken from the Heart, May 27

Mary Hake, May 27

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 27

Simple Harvest Reads, May 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Bigreadersite, May 28

Splashes of Joy, May 28

Older & Smarter?, May 29

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, May 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 30

EmpowerMoms, May 30

Pause for Tales, May 30

Batya’s Bits, May 31

Southern Gal Loves to Read, May 31

Hallie Reads, May 31

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a copy of her book to five winners!

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/fb52/on-a-coastal-breeze-celebration-tour-giveaway

Good luck with the giveaway and happy reading!

–Kristina

Standoff

A big thank-you to Revell for sending me this beautiful copy Standoff by Patricia Bradley. This is the first novel in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, and I am already looking forward to the next installment!

If you are a fan of suspense or action movies, you should put Standoff on your TBR. It’s intense!

Continue reading for my full review and to find a link to purchase your own copy!

About the Book:

The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It’s the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for park ranger Luke Fereday, lately it’s being used to move drugs. Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers.

John’s daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father’s murder, but things are more complicated than they first appear, and Brooke soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her. Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who’s going to keep him safe when he realizes he’s falling–hard–for the daughter of the man he failed to save?

Get your copy here.**

My Thoughts:

Standoff by Patricia Bradley is the first book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, and what a start! Loaded with action, I was captivated by all the explosive events and the perfectly paced, unfolding mystery.

The layers of evidence mounted throughout the story, but the whodunit was cleverly kept revealed until the end by carefully constructed red herrings. I found myself contemplating all the suspects while not even reading the book! I couldn’t get it out of my mind!

Being from a small town, I appreciated the small town feel of this story. I loved the tight knit community and how the characters had a past with each other that complicated the story and the list of suspects.

If you love romantic suspense (Terri Blackstock, Colleen Coble) you will enjoy this thrilling story!

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

I hope you all enjoy the thrilling ride-along through Natchez in Standoff by Patricia Bradley!

Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey

Lately I have rediscovered my love of a good mystery. I devour contemporary suspense/romantic suspense novels, but I absolutely love EVERYTHING about a gothic mystery. The time period. The dark and gloomy houses. The danger. The twists and turns. Eek!

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey is sure to fulfill any mystery lover’s craving for a thrilling and twisty story. Keep reading to find my full review and where you can get your own copy!

About the Book:

In this new Regency romance, a young unwed mother must protect her heart from the charms of her convenient new husband, Lord Torrington. She is not, however, prepared to protect her life.

When the widowed Lord Torrington agreed to spy for the crown, he never planned to impersonate a highwayman, let alone rob the wrong carriage. Stranded on the road with an unconscious young woman, he is forced to propose marriage to protect his identity and her reputation, as well as his dangerous mission.

Trapped not only by her duty to her country but also by her limited options as an unwed mother, Miss Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son are whisked away to Middlecrest Abbey by none other than the elder brother of her son’s absent father. There she is met by Torrington’s beautiful grown daughters, a vicious murder, and an urgent hunt for the missing intelligence that could turn the war with France. Meanwhile she must convince everyone that her marriage is a genuine love match if her new husband has any hope of uncovering the enemy.

Determined to keep her son’s true identity a secret, Elizabeth will need to remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless fiend bent on her new family’s ruin.

Pre-order your copy here. **

My Thoughts:

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey bursts into your imagination at full speed, and after many twists and turns gives you a satisfying feeling of sliding the last of the puzzle pieces into place.

This is the second book I’ve read by Abigail Wilson, and I have loved them both! I love her style. The gothic feel. The twisty mysteries. The danger. The romance. Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey has it all!

Marriage of convenience is one of my favorite troupes, and I loved the additional spin of Adrian and Elizabeth having to keep up appearances for family and friends. It made for several entertaining scenes.

I loved the strong theme of family–even if that family doesn’t look or act perfectly–and how Adrian and Elizabeth worked together to solve the many mysteries of Middlecrest. It made such an expansive, dark, and creepy mansion feel like a home.

The development of the relationship between Adrian and Elizabeth was perfect. So many sigh-worthy moments. It often hard to tell if you should call Adrian a rogue or a romantic, but it is easy to fall for him. And Elizabeth is an inspiring, strong, and courageous young woman who has endured heartache and shame in her life and still treats others with the utmost respect and love. I enjoyed seeing Middlecrest Abbey and all its secrets through her eyes.

Although there wasn’t a strong inspirational theme in this story, there was a theme of trust and forgiveness that is still thought-provoking and relatable to many. 

If you are a fan of gothic-type mystery and clean romance (The House at the End of the Moor, The Bridge to Belle Island), you will enjoy this book. I know I did! Abigail Wilson has become an author I will automatically read in the future! 

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

I hope you enjoy!

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

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At Love’s Command

Goodness! I’ve been gushing over this book for weeks now. (Months actually–if I’m honest.) I may be totally biased being a huge fan of Karen Witemeyer for the last ten years, but I may have found my new favorite book. I just absolutely love the characters, the story and the inspirational message behind it all.

I shared with you all about my word for the year. Surrender. This word kept coming to the forefront of my mind as I read this story, and I don’t think that was coincidence. I am amazed and honored at how God continues to work in me to get me closer and closer to His will

But I digress. If you haven’t pre-ordered At Love’s Command yet, then please venture straight to your favorite bookstore and purchase your copy! Then sit back and allow The Horsemen to take you on one wild adventure.

About the Book:

He’s fought through ruthless outlaws and injury. But with her, he’s tempted to surrender.

Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger’s Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they’re the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she’s not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew’s dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine’s respect, and when her brother is abducted, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

When plans go awry and Josephine is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything–even his team–to save her.

Get your copy here.**

My Thoughts:

At Love’s Command is the first in the Hanger’s Horsemen series by Karen Witemeyer. I have been impatiently waiting to hold this book in my hands since Karen discussed her ideas about the story on her fan page. And I have to say after reading this first installment, I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to the rest of a series more. 

Karen continues to deliver phenomenal inspirational stories time and again. I love her use of scripture in her writing, and I fall in love with her characters every time. At Love’s Command is no exception! 

I loved Dr. Jo from the very beginning. Her grit. Her heart. And especially her ability to identify an admirable/handsome man and stand with him during battle. Her vocabulary had me laughing out loud more than once as she crossed proverbial swords with Matt. What fun!

Oh, and then there’s the legendary Matthew Hanger. Sigh. Such a good man through and through. And while his roughened exterior is attractive enough, it’s his struggle to surrender everything to the Lord that makes him a true hero. Be prepared to lose your heart. (And gain an extra book boyfriend!)

Then, there are The Horsemen. What a group! Each one with their own distinct personalities that complement each other so well. I can’t wait to get to know Preach, Wallace and Brooks even better with the rest of the series. I can only imagine the adventures that await!

One of my favorite things about this book is Preach and his penchant for remembering the perfect scripture for any situation. The verses he chose not only provided peace to The Horsemen, but to my hectic life as well. I’m grateful for authors who chose to use the Word of God instead of shy away from it. 

If you are a fan of Christian historical romance you will adore this book, especially if you are overly fond of western settings. 

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warm-hearted historical romances with a flair of humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit www.karenwitemeyer.com.

Also, if you like Facebook groups, Karen has a fun and book-nerdy fan group called The Posse. I would encourage you to join. It’s so much fun!

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

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Rocky Mountain Redemption and a Giveaway

Another great tour from Celebrate Lit! If you are a historical fiction fan, then continue reading! You will find more information about the book, Rocky Mountain Redemption, my full review and details on the amazing giveaway!

About the Book

Book:  Rocky Mountain Redemption

Author: Lisa J. Flickinger

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: May 5, 2020

A Rocky Mountain logging camp may be just the place to find herself.

To escape the devastation caused by the breaking of her wedding engagement, Isabelle Franklin joins her aunt in the Rocky Mountains to feed a camp of lumberjacks cutting on the slopes of Cougar Ridge. If only she could out run the lingering nightmares.

Charles Bailey, camp foreman and Stony Creek’s itinerant pastor, develops a reputation to match his new nickname — Preach.  However, an inner battle ensues when the details of his rough history threaten to overcome the beliefs of his young faith.

Amid the hazards of camp life, the unlikely friendship growing between the two surprises Isabelle. She’s drawn to Preach’s brute strength and gentle nature as he leads the ragtag crew toiling for Pollitt’s Lumber. But when the ghosts from her past return to haunt her, the choices she will make change the course of her life forever—and that of the man she’s come to love.

Click here to get your copy.

My Thoughts

Rocky Mountain Redemption was an interesting read for many reasons. I enjoyed the setting of being nestled among the pines of the logging camp. The land’s beauty was well recorded in the story and made the perfect backdrop for Isabelle’s recovery.

I also thought all the characters were wonderful and well-developed–right down to the most obnoxious lumberjack. I loved the atmosphere/community of the bunkhouse and all the antics that happened there, but I also loved how Aunt Lou was the one really in charge. No one messes with the lady in charge of the next meal!

I really loved the inspirational themes of this book, especially forgiveness. I thought Preach’s journey was an important one as we often get stuck on what we think God is doing in our lives and forget to actually ask what He wants us to do. Preach’s maturing faith is a lesson for us all. 

Isabelle is a bit of a mystery in the beginning, and wanting to know her full story kept me turning pages past my bedtime. Although she is melancholy most of the time, we see glimpses of her inner strength/spirit as she begins to recover herself while working at the logging camp and befriending Preach. I loved how she faced her fears and stood up for herself and her future.

Overall, I enjoyed Isabelle and Preach’s story. It is one with much past heartache, but one of future hope.

Fans of historical fiction/historical romance will enjoy this story.

I was given a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Lisa J. Flickinger lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. To learn more about her other books, visit www.lisajflickinger.com

More from Lisa

I have a confession to make. I’m a square dancer, a real live square dancer who do-si-dos and allemande-lefts my way around a square every Thursday night. And lest you think it’s a room full of eighty year olds, our youngest dancer is a mere twenty-four.

It was on the dance floor I first met Larry. Logger Larry, the Paul Bunyan like soul who regaled me with tales of chopping trees in the Rocky Mountains. He told stories about grizzlies who hunted men for their next meal, brawls in the bunkhouse only the hardy could survive, and life threatening axe injuries when they had to carry the wounded through the forest for miles.

Larry’s stories provided a great background for a romantic novel and sent me on a mission to research late 1800’s logging camps. It’s at Pollitt’s Lumber, in 1898, where we meet our hero and heroine, Preach and Isabelle, and join their cautious journey toward love. It’s also where we meet a ragtag bunch of lumberjacks whose antics would get on anyone’s last nerve.

I fell in love with the characters of Rocky Mountain Redemption as they tromped onto the pages, and I’m thrilled to introduce them to you in Book One of the Rocky Mountain Revival Series.

Dear reader, enjoy!

Blog Stops

Kathleen Denly, May 4

Blessed & Bookish, May 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 5

Vicky Sluiter, May 5

Reading Is My SuperPower, May 6

deb’s Book Review, May 6

Texas Book-aholic, May 7

Bizwings Blog, May 7

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 8

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 8

Inklings and notions, May 9

For Him and My Family, May 10

CarpeDiem, May 10

Older & Smarter?, May 11

Hallie Reads, May 11

Betti Mace, May 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 13

Life of Literature, May 14

Books, Life, and Christ, May 14

Moments, May 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 16

Read Review Rejoice, May 16

Pause for Tales, May 17

reviewingbooksplusmore, May 17

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lisa the grand prize of a $50 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/f9ef/rocky-mountain-redemption-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thank-you for stopping by the blog, and good luck with the giveaway! Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

The Socialite

It’s a glamorous world, but underneath is a current of danger and fear. The Socialite is a wonderfully crafted, unique story of WWII. You will feel like you’re walking the streets of Paris with Kat and Barrett as they try to rescue her sister Ellie from the clutches of her Nazi boyfriend while collecting as much information about the German plans for the war as possible.

This book is intense! But I enjoyed the story and the level of tension throughout. Continue reading to find the book blurb, purchase link and my full review.

About the Book

Glamour, treachery, and espionage collide when an English socialite rushes to save her sister from the Nazis.

As the daughter of Sir Alfred Whitford, Kat has a certain set of responsibilities. But chasing her wayward sister, Ellie, to Nazi-occupied Paris was never supposed to be one of them. Now accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle that her Nazi boyfriend provides, Ellie has no intention of going back to the shackled life their parents dictate for them—but Kat will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

Arrested for simply trying to defend himself against a drunken bully, Barrett Anderson is given the option of going to jail or serving out his sentence by training Resistance fighters in Paris. A bar owner serves as the perfect disguise to entertain Nazis at night while training fighters right below their jackboots during the day. Being assigned to watch over two English debutantes is the last thing he needs, but a payout from their father is too tempting to resist. Can Barrett and Kat trust each other long enough to survive, or will their hearts prove more traitorous than the dangers waiting around the corner?

Get your copy here.**

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My Thoughts

Gorgeous evening gowns. Sparking jewels. Flowing champagne. And high-ranking German officers. The Socialite is an exquisite and dangerous tour of occupied France during World War II. The high-risk tension of the story is present from the first page, as Kat enters the den of lions in hopes of saving her sister. But as Kat chooses to step into the world of espionage to help the Resistance in their fight, her goals and perspective change.

Kat is an amazing woman and yet still realistic. Despite the overwhelming fear of being constantly surrounded by the enemy, Kat had an amazing knack for keeping her cool and brandishing her courage and strength. I found myself rooting for her from the very beginning.

Barrett is a complex and private man, but his loyalty to the people under his protection belies his true heart. It may take a while to warm up to him, but he is worth getting to know. I love his witty banter with Kat, and his insistence on making her see the best parts of herself.

As with other stories about this period in history, it can be difficult to read the cruelty and evil that abounded through the land, destroying people’s lives and entire cultures. But it is important for younger generations to remember what happened, even if it is within the work of fiction.

The Socialite was a stellar read for me. There was more than once my heart pounded hard alongside Kat’s as she stared evil in the face. Any fan of historical fiction, will enjoy the fast-paced, nail-biting thrill of The Socialite.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the INSPY and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle. Learn more at http://www.jnellciesielski.com.

I hope you enjoy The Socialite as much as I did. Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

Stay With Me by Becky Wade

I have been anxiously awaiting to share this gorgeous book with you all! Stay With Me by Becky Wade is the first full-length novel in the Misty River Romance series, and –trust me on this–you will be counting down the days until the next novel as soon as you close the back cover!

Keep reading to find the full book blurb, a link to the FREE prequel novella, and my full review!

About the Book

A mysterious letter alluding to a secret in her parents’ past brings Genevieve Woodward back to her Blue Ridge Mountains hometown, but she’s also in need of a break from a high-profile career that has left her dangerously burned out and concealing a powerful secret of her own. When she wakes inside an unfamiliar cottage to find the confused owner staring down at her, she can no longer ignore the fact that she needs help.  

Gorgeous, right?!?

Sam Turner has embraced his sorrow and his identity as an outsider. The solitary, disciplined life he lives on his historic farm is the life he’s chosen for himself. The last thing he wants is to rent his cottage to a woman as troubled as she is talkative. Yet, he can’t force himself to turn her away right when she needs him most. 

As Genevieve researches her family’s history and her and Sam’s emotions deepen, they will have to let go of the facades and loneliness they’ve clung to and allow light to illuminate every hidden truth.  

You can get your copy here.

Get your FREE copy of Take a Chance on Me (prequel novella) here.

My Thoughts

Stay With Me is Becky Wade’s first full-length novel in the Misty River romance series, and it has set the bar high for the rest of the series! Everything within the covers is beautifully crafted. Amazing, quirky, memorable characters–and not just the hero, Sam, (swoon) or the bubbly heroine, Genevieve. In fact, one of my favorites is Gen’s sister, Natasha. I loved all her nutty Jane Austen-obsessed antics. 

Sam. Is. Amazing. I could hear the melodic tune of his Aussie accent and see his manly profile, but the best parts of him were on the inside. What a loving and serving heart he has! And such courage rests in him! He was such a warrior for the people he cared about, and that instantly drew me to him.

I just love Genevieve, too. She is so bubbly and bright. And I think the contrast between the darkness of her addiction and this shiny facade of her personality really emphasizes how we can deny the sin in our lives until it threatens to overcome us. 

I loved every minute of the interactions between Gen and Sam. How they went from abysmal acquaintances to rocky friends to soul-touching partners in her recovery. And those kisses! Whew! 

This novel is layered with depth and sub-plots that grip your attention and add such a fullness to the story. From Genevieve being part of The Miracle Five (I’ll let you discover the meaning to this on your own.) to Gen and Natasha secretly researching her parents’ past, this story will capture and hold your attention and your heart from beginning to finish.

This book addresses some very real and timely issues– addiction, grief, anxiety, forgiveness– and how we often turn to the wrong source for comfort. One of the reasons I read inspirational fiction, is I like being challenged in my faith–even if that means taking a closer look at myself. I thought Becky Wade brought important points to light about how we often lie to ourselves and others about the sin in our lives and consequently grow farther and farther from God. 

Stay with Me will put you through the emotional wringer, but it is so worth it! You will be crying tears of joy and relief by the end. I promise! 

Any fan of contemporary Christian fiction/romance will love this book.

I was provided a copy of this book by the author/publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Becky is the Carol and Christy award winning author of heartwarming, humorous, and swoon-worthy contemporary inspirational romances.

She loves to connect with readers via her web site, http://www.beckywade.com, and via her Facebook author page, http://www.Facebook.com/AuthorBeckyWade, and on Instagram @beckywadewriter

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

These days, you’ll find Becky in Dallas, Texas failing to keep up with her housework, trying her best in yoga class, carting her three kids around town, watching TV with her Cavalier spaniel on her lap, hunched over her computer writing, or eating chocolate.

Happy reading my bookish friends and God bless!

–Kristina

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