Blog Blitz: The Lady’s Triumph

The Lady's Triumph JustRead Blog + Review Blitz
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Lady’s Triumph by Shelly Adina & R.E. Scott, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’ve been so excited to read The Lady’s Triumph, the last book in the Regent’s Devices series. What fantastical plan will Loveday and Celeste invent this time? Keep reading for more details on this unique and adventuresome story!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Lady's Triumph

Title: The Lady’s Triumph
Series: The Regent’s Devices #3
Author: Shelley Adina and R.E. Scott
Publisher: Moonshell Books
Release Date: September 28, 2022
Genre: Regency Steampunk

Only one thing could be worse than Napoleon’s invasion of England…

After their daring adventures behind enemy lines in France, Loveday Penhale and Celeste Blanchard cannot settle into everyday life at home. Has the Tinkering Prince forgotten them entirely? What of the prize he promised? Then, with the flourish of a royal messenger’s hand, their lives are changed. Not only have they won the prize, they are to join the Prince’s Own Engineers in London!

They must overcome many a stone in the path, however—leave all they love, find a suitable house, and worst of all, cope with a chaperone—before they can take their rightful places among the most intelligent and forward-thinking minds in the kingdom. Their goal? To develop an airborne fleet that will end Napoleon’s dreams of conquering England forever.

But the saboteur who has been plaguing their efforts for months has not yet been caught. And along with battling for acceptance among the engineers, tiptoeing closer to falling in love, and receiving invitations to Almack’s, they must discover the traitor’s identity … before the Prince Regent steps forward to command the fleet and finds himself playing right into Napoleon’s hands.

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MY THOUGHTS

The Lady’s Triumph is the third and final book in the Regent’s Devices series by Shelley Adina and R. E. Scott. I have enjoyed the almost magical adventure of Celeste and Loveday as they use every ounce of ingenuity and imagination to try to defeat Napoleon with their original inventions, the pinnacle of which is a daring aircraft. I love, love, love the characters in this story. They are so wonderfully and artfully designed that I crave the next conversation to see their personalities on display. Loveday, of course, is a favorite, and I love the balance of Arthur in her life. Their sweet romance is full of swoony moments–especially when he stands up for her and her accomplishments.

This series has been one fantastic adventure after another. So, be prepared in this book to sit for a long while and feast on the suspense. I could hardly put the book down without knowing what would happen next. Competitive Inventors. Gentlemanly Suitors. Ballgowns and Dancing. And a touch of espionage. There’s so much to love in this story, and if you are a fan of steampunk or Regency romance, I hope you will add this book to the top of your TBR pile! But please do read them in order. You won’t be disappointed!

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


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Shelley Adina Regina Scott

Shelley Adina is the author of more than 50 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, Hachette, and Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk adventure and mystery as Shelley Adina; as Charlotte Henry, writes classic Regency romance; and as Adina Senft, is the USA Today bestselling author of Amish women’s fiction. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK, won RWA’s RITA Award® in 2005, and was a finalist in 2006. When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or enjoying the garden with her flock of rescued chickens.

R.E. (Regina) Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t sell her first novel until she learned a bit more about writing. She now has had published more than 60 works of warm, witty historical romance for Harlequin, Penguin, and Revell. Regina and her husband of more than 30 years reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State on the way to Mt Rainier. She has dressed as a Regency dandy, learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research, of course.

Connect with Shelley by visiting shelleyadina.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates. Connect with R.E. Scott by visiting reginascott.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(3) winners will receive a copy of The Emperor’s Aeronaut and The Prince’s Pilot (print + bookmarks US only, ebook internationally).

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Book Review: The Last Way Home

Summer is doing its best to wrap things up around here. School has started. The temperatures have dropped a good ten degrees. And even a few of the trees are starting to show some color. As one season comes to an end and another begins, the lessons from Liz Johnson’s newest release, The Last Way Home, shine even brighter. It’s the perfect book to read while cozied in your hammock, watching a few yellow leaves spiral down around you. It’s a book of endings and new beginnings. And I highly recommend you put it on your fall TBR!

Keep reading to find my full review and where to purchase your own copy!

About the Book:

Every broken thing can be made beautiful again

When Eli Ross left Prince Edward Island to join the NHL, he left a broken family behind. More than a decade later, he’s headed home to an uncertain welcome. He wants to make things right with the family he wronged, but his mom’s business partner isn’t making it easy. To top it off, the coaching job he takes turns out to be more of a challenge than he anticipated.

For years, Violet Donaghy has put everything she had into making Eli’s mom’s ceramics shop a success, and she’s not eager to forgive the man who hurt the family that’s taken her in as one of their own. But when the kiln at the shop starts a fire that nearly destroys the studio, she’ll need all the help she can get to save the business and their summer income.

When Eli and Violet come together, they must find the strength to mend the broken pieces of the Ross family–and to heal their own hearts.

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My Thoughts:

The Last Way Home by Liz Johnson is the second book in the Prince Edward Island Shores series. This book focuses on the oldest Ross brother, Eli. The Prodigal Son returns to the island in search of the family he’s missed for eleven long years. When he clashes with the woman who helped heal his mother’s broken heart, he’s surprised to find someone who is also familiar with guilt, shame, and heartache.

The beautiful and relaxing landscapes of Prince Edward Island are the perfect backdrop for Eli and Violet to confront the ugly and painful parts of their past together. I shed real tears over their heartache and cheered for them as they fought through their grief and regret. It was captivating to watch two very broken souls find a way to mend their scars and allow the threads of healing to knit them tightly together.

These characters will work their way into your heart and not let go, even after you’ve finished reading. If you’re looking for a soul-cleansing story of redemption, then Eli and Violet’s story deserves a spot on your bookshelf!

I’m looking forward to Levi’s story releasing next year!

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 this new season brings you many blessings. As the world changes around us, let us keep our eyes focused on the One who is in control of it all.

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip Book Review

I would never deny that I’m a fan of romance, but I also enjoy reading women’s fiction–especially exceptional stories like The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold. I love reading books that challenge my faith, and Mrs. Clara Kip and her extraordinary love for others definitely convicted me. How often do we seek to do the Lord’s work in all circumstances? How often do we love despite the sacrifice of our own hearts?

This story and its characters will linger in my heart for some time. I can’t recommend it enough!

Keep reading for more about this amazing story and to find purchase links. Thank you to Revell for my copy!

About the Book

A throwaway assignment is about to change two lives forever

Aidyn Kelley is talented, ambitious, and ready for a more serious assignment than the fluff pieces she’s been getting as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star. In her eagerness, she pushes too hard, earning herself the menial task of writing an obituary for an unremarkable woman who’s just entered hospice care.

But there’s more to Clara Kip than meets the eye. The spirited septuagenarian may be dying, but she’s not quite ready to cash it in yet. Never one to shy away from an assignment herself, she can see that God brought the young reporter into her life for a reason. And if it’s a story Aidyn Kelley wants, that’s just what Mrs. Kip will give her–but she’s going to have to work for it.

You can purchase your copy here.

My Thoughts

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold is an exceptional piece of women’s fiction. It was a pleasure to discover the depth of Mrs. Kip’s life right alongside the young Star reporter, Aidyn Kelley. Mrs. Kip’s golden spiritual insights were hard-earned, but seeing how she lived them and gave them away was incredibly inspirational. Mrs. Clara Kelley is not just a fictional gem, but a woman who can work off the page in convicting and inspiring God’s warriors to love and fight in His name. This is the kind of soul-touching story that will stay in my heart for a long time and will be on the top of the list of my favorite books of 2022.

Fans of women’s fiction will fall in love with this story. 

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

Thanks for stopping by the blog! I hope you get a chance to read The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip. It will captivate you! And it would make an excellent gift for any Christian woman in your life.

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

Sunburst by Susan May Warren

Some people binge Netflix, but I can’t get enough of Susan May Warren’s latest series, Sky King Ranch. I just finished the second book in the series and wow! I am just blown away by her storytelling. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, you’ll want to put this book on your weekend TBR (or beach TBR) ASAP!

Keep reading to find my full review and a purchase link.

Thank you to Revell Books for my copy of Sunburst.

More About the Book:

When former Navy SEAL and lifelong bachelor Ranger Kingston is called upon to take part in a rescue mission to save his brother Colt from terrorists in Nigeria, he is shocked to find among the hostages a woman he could never forget.

Noemi Sutton was attempting to return a young girl to her family in Boko Haram territory when she and the girl found themselves taken hostage, along with several others. And while Ranger Kingston may be able to get the hostages away from their captors, he’ll need Noemi’s help if he ever hopes to get out of Nigeria alive.

Her solution? Pose as husband and wife. But when her uncle discovers the union, he insists on a traditional Nigerian wedding–which would bind Noemi to a man destined to break her heart. Worse, the trouble they’re fleeing has found them–again. It’s clear anyone around Noemi is bound to be caught in the cross fire. Including her potential new husband.

She’ll need to figure out a way to leave the man she loves if she wants to save his life. 

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My Thoughts:

Sunburst by Susan May Warren is the second book in the Sky King Ranch series, and if you have not met the Kingston brothers yet…what are you waiting for? One of my favorite parts of Sunburst is the dedication to the author’s daughter-in-law. For me, it made every word after more beautiful!

But what an amazing story! The author does a fantastic job of making the action pop from the page, the emotion stir your heart, and the characters nestle deep in your mind. It’s a story you won’t stop thinking about once you close the cover!   

Ranger and Noemi’s story was thrilling from beginning to end and fits them perfectly. I loved their temperamental, second-chance romance. The witty banter. The raw moments. They are two warriors battling to protect each other’s hearts. I guarantee you will fall for them both immediately.

And as much as I love The Sky King Ranch, the time Ranger and Noemi spent in Nigeria with her uncle was definitely my favorite. It was so peaceful, beautiful, and full of life and color. An oasis in a story of struggle and survival. 

Overall, I’m in love with this book (and the series!). I can’t tell you how many times my husband kept asking, “What’s so good about that book? I can tell you’re in deep.” All the things, people! All the things! Suspense. Romance. Warriors. Family. Healing. Trust. If you are a fan of romantic suspense, like Lynette Eason or Dani Pettrey, you will want to read this book!

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 all have a fantastic weekend with a wonderful book!

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

Where the Road Bends

I’ve been reading a ton of romantic suspense this summer, and they really do fit the season! But I can’t refuse a lovely historical romance–no matter what time of year it is. Fortunately, I received Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham from Revell books to read this month. It is a new release, and if you haven’t had a chance to pick up a book from this author–please do! She writes fantastic, sweet, historical romances with rich characters.

Keep reading to find my full review and learn more about the story, including where you can purchase your copy.

Thank you to Revell Books for my copy!

About the Book:

The strongest love is formed in the crucible of hardship

As Norah King surveys her family land in Iowa in 1880, she is acutely aware that it is all she has left, and she will do everything in her power to save it–even if that means marrying a man she hardly knows. Days before her wedding, Norah discovers an injured man on her property. Her sense of duty compels her to take him in and nurse him back to health. Little does she realize just how much this act of kindness will complicate her life and threaten the future she’s planned.

Norah’s care does more than aid Quincy Barnes’s recovery–it awakens his heart to possibilities. Penniless and homeless, he knows the most honorable thing he can do is head on down the road and leave Norah to marry her intended. But walking away from the first person to believe in him proves much harder than he imagined.

You can purchase your copy here.

My Thoughts

Where the Road Bends is a lovely historical romance that winds down the roads of forgiveness, redemption, and unconditional love. This story’s characters are unique, especially the hero, Quincy. I loved his half ruffian/half gentleman charm and the way he always sought to pay his good fortune forward to the less fortunate. I also appreciated the slow-burn romance between Norah and Quincy. They had the familiarity of old friends with the excitement of new affection. And I loved the family feel of Quincy’s hotel. Mrs. Dover and Nels were adorable and added to the charm of Quincy’s family. 

And I was so happy to see Sam, from A Life Once Dreamed, again. He’s such a fine man, it was fun to learn more of his story and watch him open his heart after such heartache.

Overall, this story was soft and sweet with beautiful lessons on how to deal with life’s harder moments. Fans of historical romance will not want to miss this novel by Rachel Fordham. She writes excellent stories with characters you can cheer on in their journey. 

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

If you’ve never had the chance to read any of Rachel’s books, I’d highly recommend them! She has a way with romance that makes you fall in love with every detail of the story! And be sure to connect with her on social media to get all the latest updates on her writing! Follow the link below to her About Me page on her website to get all her links to social media and details on signing up for her newsletter!

Thanks for stopping by, book friends!

God bless and happy reading,

Kristina

Her Darkest Secret

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Her Darkest Secret

Author: Jessica R. Patch

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired TRADE

Release Date: June 28, 2022

Genre: Christian, Psychological Thriller with a romance thread

When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her.

The sight of a goose feather at a murder scene modeled after a children’s poem is enough to make FBI special agent Fiona Kelly’s blood turn to ice. Almost two decades ago, a feather was left with her sister’s body—and with every subsequent victim of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Now he’s back. Only this time, his latest gruesome murder is a message to the only one who ever got away: Fiona.

Finding “Rhyme” is an obsession that’s fueled Fiona’s career—and destroyed her marriage to fellow FBI agent Asa Kodiak. Now Fiona and Asa have to put their past tensions aside and work together one last time. But Rhyme is watching, and catching this killer may force Fiona to reveal her biggest, darkest secret…the one only he knows.

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SNEAK PEAK

Rhyme easily blended in with the rest of the onlooking crowd.
Asa Kodiak.
The name alone gave him a sour taste on his tongue, but things couldn’t have panned out any
better. Kodiak’s new girlfriend was in charge of the crime scene. Not that it would have mattered
who had been lead—Kodiak would have been called in once they saw Jenny’s body. Saw the feather.
Asa was right now seeing it. A million thoughts flying through his thick skull—one in particular.
Before the day was out, Kodiak would call for Fiona. Tell her he needed her back in Memphis to
work the case, but she’d know that it was Rhyme who had actually beckoned her.
It was time to come home.
To him.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica R. Patch

Jessica R. Patch is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author known for her dry wit, signatures twists, and complex characters. She loves reading true crime books, discussing cold cases over chips and salsa with her girlfriends, and hunting down serial killers in her romantic suspense novels and psychological thrillers.

Jessica loves to encourage and inspire people to forward living through her Patch of Hope devotions in her monthly email newsletter. You can join the Patched In community at her website: www.jessicarpatch.com.

She resides in the Memphis area with her husband, two young adult children, and her spoiled tri-color Shetland Sheepdog. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent at Books & Such Literary Management.

CONNECT WITH JESSICA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed paperback of Her Darkest Secret, Brain Games WHODUNIT:  Solve Crime Scene Puzzles Book, & a Shine cross necklace!

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The Catch by Lisa Harris

There’s just something about reading the last book in a series. Am I right? The thrill of finding getting to THE END. But also, the disappointment of saying goodbye to characters you’ve grown to love. Sigh. It’s a bittersweet thing!

All these same sentiments applied when I received the last book in the US Marshals series by Lisa Harris. The Catch is the conclusion to Madison and Jonas’s story–and boy is it a thrilling ending! Keep reading to find my full review and a link to purchase your own copy.

More About the Book:

Everything hidden is eventually found

After a harrowing attempt on a judge’s life at the courthouse, Deputy US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are tasked with finding a missing woman and an endangered child in connection to the murder of the judge’s wife. What seems like a fairly straightforward case becomes hopelessly tangled when the marshals discover that the woman they are searching for is not who they think she is.

Madison and Jonas are forced into a race to find the woman and the child before the people who want her dead discover her location. And in a final showdown that could cost her everything, Madison will come face-to-face with the person who murdered her husband.

Purchase your copy here.

My Thoughts:

The Catch by Lisa Harris is the third and final book in the US Marshals series. I’ve read each of the books in this series and have loved the high-stakes suspense of the US Marshals. From the first book, when Madison and Jonas found themselves stranded by a plane crash, this series has been action-packed. But the story also deep personal issues of the characters, like Madison’s grief over losing her husband or Jonas’s hesitation to trust and move on. I felt like the romance was well written between the action. It didn’t feel rushed on awkward. And while the inspirational arc was not overbearing, the themes of trusting God and His sovereignty were consistent. 

I enjoyed this conclusion to the series. Searching for kidnap victims, hunting down hitmen, and solving cold case crimes are only a few of the obstacles Madison and Jonas have to face in this final installment. The action is heart-pounding, the danger spine-tingling, and the romance oh-so-sweet! This story will keep you turning pages until the conclusion. This book is for you if you enjoy romantic suspense, like Lynette Eason or Elizabeth Goddard!

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

Happy reading, and God bless!

–Kristina

Turn to Me and a Giveaway!!

Welcome to the Turn to Me Blog Tour!

Turn to Me by Becky Wade is the third book in the Misty River Romance series. I have been blessed to be on the launch team for all three of the full-length novels, and I completely fell in love with the town of Misty River and its incredible inhabitants. If you’re looking for a series to make you swoon, challenge your faith, and make you snicker out loud, Misty River should be your next vacation destination!

Here’s More About the Book:

His promise will cost him far more than he imagined. Guilt has defined Luke Dempsey’s life, but it was self-destructiveness that landed him in prison. When his friend and fellow inmate lay dying shortly before Luke’s release, the older man revealed he left a string of clues for his daughter, Finley, that will lead her to the treasure he’s hidden. Worried that she won’t be the only one pursuing the treasure, he gains Luke’s promise to protect her until the end of her search. Spunky and idealistic, Finley Sutherland is the owner of an animal rescue center and a defender of lost causes. She accepts Luke’s help on the treasure hunt while secretly planning to help him in return–by coaxing him to embrace the forgiveness he’s long denied himself. As they draw closer to the final clue, their reasons for resisting each other begin to crumble, and Luke realizes his promise will push him to the limit in more ways than one. He’ll do his best to shield Finley from unseen threats, but who’s going to shield him from losing his heart.

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My Review

Turn to Me is the third and final installment of Becky Wade’s Misty River Romance series. Having devoured the other books in the series, I was looking forward to getting to know the elusive and reclusive member of the Miracle Five, Luke Dempsey. He’s a dark, broody man–one who harbors heaps of guilt and shame. And yet, he makes a perfect hero–handsome, loyal, and fiercely protective. His bad-boy persona is merely a cover for his soft heart.

In this opposites-attract story, Finley is the perfect person to get under Luke’s skin. Becky does a fabulous job (like usual) of having witty, meaningful, and genuine dialogue. I don’t know how many times I was asked to explain why I was giggling while looking at my phone. It wasn’t because of some cat video–it was the banter between Finley and Luke. I kept cheering on The Restoration of Luke so I could witness his dead-pan one-word responses to her flowery invitations of change.

I was so glad Turn to Me also gave Ben another chance at love. I love Ben (who doesn’t?), but I will confess that my excitement in reading more of his story meant more time with his mom Cece. She. Is. The. Best. Painfully honest and bold in her extension of love to others, especially those who need it most. I’d love to sit at her dining room table one day!

While the chemistry between Finley and Luke kept me smiling through most of the story, like most of Becky’s books, this story had some hard issues to work through. Guilt. Shame. Grief. Redemption. Goodness, the tears flowed as Luke fought hard against the truth. I hope we all have a Finley in our life who sees us the way our Creator does, loves us through the pain, and points us to the Truth. The inspirational arc of this book was so powerful and challenging, it made the story infinitely more meaningful outside its pages.

Overall, Turn to Me was a fabulous story. Contemporary romance fans, like those of Courtney Walsh, will enjoy this novel (and the entire series!) I highly recommend this book to any Christian fiction fan.

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


Q & A with Becky Wade

Q: Turn to Me is a contemporary romance novel, but it also has a mystery thread. What challenges did you experience when incorporating both of these elements into your story?

A: Balance was a challenge! I consider myself a romance writer first and foremost. So, on one hand, I didn’t want the mystery to overshadow the love story. On the other hand, I thoroughly enjoy driving the plot of my stories forward with a big story question. In Turn to Me the story question is, “What’s waiting at the end of the treasure hunt?” I ended up using that question as the tie that binds Finley and Luke together long enough for them to fall in love.

Q: Through the experiences of your male protagonist, Luke Dempsey, this story engages themes of redemption and letting go of what is behind us. Can you elaborate on that?

Luke’s younger brother died when he was fourteen and, ever since, he’s blamed himself. His guilt and grief set him on a path of rebellious self-destruction until, eventually, he landed in prison. When Turn to Me begins, he’s been out of prison for months and he’s determined to make a new, clean start. The events of the novel give him both an opportunity to meet the God of redemption and to release the guilt that has strangled him for so long.

Get to know more about Becky and the characters from Turn to Me at her Author Chat Party on Facebook May 10th!

RSVP using this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/527590135564795

The party will take place on Becky’s Facebook page.


Sneak Peek into Turn to Me:

She considered Luke, lining up what she saw before her with what she knew of his past.

Once upon a time, a group of middle school kids had survived more than a week buried in the rubble of an earthquake that had struck while they were on a mission trip in South America. They’d become known as the Miracle Five, and they were Misty River’s best-known and best-loved sons and daughters.

Luke was one of the five.

Almost twenty years had come and gone since that fateful earthquake. The former middle school kids were all adults now, and Luke remained the most reclusive of the five. After their rescue, he’d immediately retreated from the spotlight and never consented to interviews or public appearances.

The other four had gone on to become successful. Natasha MacKenzie, an attorney and mother. Genevieve Woodward, Natasha’s sister, a Bible study author. Ben Coleman, high school teacher. Sebastian Grant, pediatric heart surgeon.

The day Luke had turned eighteen, he’d dropped out of high school and left home. He’d worked for a chop shop in Atlanta until he’d been arrested for stealing a car and sent to prison.

It didn’t take much intuition to discern why Luke had gone off the rails while the other four were living constructive lives. The earthquake had resulted in two thousand fatalities, but only one Misty River resident had died.

His name had been Ethan. He’d been twelve years old. And he was Luke’s younger brother.

Finley had moved to this town after college, so she’d had no interaction with Luke when he was young. But everyone who’d known him then agreed that he’d been a golden boy before his brother’s death. The natural disaster had ripped from Luke both his brother and his promising future.

And now she was struggling to absorb the realization that this injured, complicated, infamous man knew about her birthday treasure hunt. Even though Luke was hard as slate, he was also, apparently, compassionate enough to grant her father’s dying wish. Which was that Luke . . . protect her?

From what?

She’d been envisioning the hunt as a very personal journey between herself and her father. Perfectly safe, just like all the prior hunts. Resistance was pushing upward inside her at the idea of embarking on this hunt with a stranger.

Gradually, though, an opposing force matched and then surpassed her resistance.

The tug to rehabilitate.

Luke Dempsey was a tragic and thorny case. Many would say he was a lost cause.

Thing was, she had a soft spot for lost causes. It ran contrary to her nature to abandon any creature to its lostness. Over the years, she’d come face to face with numerous ferocious animals. Dogs who’d been beaten. Feral cats. Unbroken horses. There’d even been the memorable case of one very angry raccoon.

So many times she’d sensed, at the deepest level, that God had entrusted a certain wounded creature to her care.

That’s exactly how she felt now. About Luke.

Not a single one of her past “lost causes” had remained a lost cause. No one—no animal or person on earth—was beyond redemption. If she and Luke worked together here at Furry Tails and on her treasure hunt, she’d have double the opportunity to assist in the Restoration of Luke.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about Becky Wade’s newest release, Turn to Me. Becky is running a fabulous giveaway to celebrate the launch of the book. You can enter on Becky’s website here.

Don’t forget to stop by the other blog stops to read more Q&A’s, excerpts, playlists and more!

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina


Blog Tour Stops

May 5th

Inside The Wong Mind

May 6th

Blessed & Bookish

May 7th

Books and Everyday Life

May 8th

Simply Susan

May 10th

Melmo2610 A Bookish Blog

May 12th

Becky’s Bookshelves

May 14th

Holly’s Book Corner

May 15th

Christian Chick’s Thoughts

May 16th

Remembrancy

May 18th

The Green Mockingbird

May 19th

Batya’s Bits

May 20th

Life of Literature

May 21st

Britt Reads Fiction

May 22nd

Amy Watson Author

May 23rd

Beauty In The Binding

May 24th

Reviews By Erin

May 25th

My Book A Day

The Spark of Love Book Review

Do you enjoy reading a book series or do you prefer stand-alone novels? I admit I enjoy a little bit of both. I love a fantastic stand alone novel, but I really enjoy being able to revisit characters and settings that I love.

The Mesquite Springs series by Amanda Cabot is one of those series I have enjoyed visiting over and over again!

Keep reading to find out more about Alexandra and Gabe’s story, The Spark of Love, and find my full review. A purchase link is also provided below!

More About the Book:

She’s determined to start a new life in the West . . . if only the old one would leave her alone

When a spurned suitor threatens her, heiress Alexandra Tarkington flees New York for Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country, where her father is building a hotel. But the happy reunion she envisions is not to be, as her father insists she return to New York. Instead, Alexandra carves out a niche for herself in town, teaching schoolchildren to paint and enjoying the company of Gabe Seymour, a delightful man she met on the stagecoach.

But all is not as it seems. Two men, each with his own agenda, have followed her to Mesquite Springs. And Gabe, an investigator, is searching for proof that her father is a swindler.

With so much to lose–and hide from one another–Alexandra and Gabe will have to come together if they are ever to discover whether the sparks they’ve felt from the beginning can kindle the fire of true love.

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My Thoughts:

The Spark of Love by Amanda Cabot is the third and final book in the Mesquite Springs series. Like the other books in the series, this story is full of danger, mystery, sweet romance, and a beautiful historic landscape.
Throughout this series, I have fallen in love with Mesquite Springs, Texas. It is a charming small town with generous and compassionate characters who will steal your heart.
I loved Alexandra from the very beginning for her bravery and intelligence. And the more I got to know her loving heart, the more I kept cheering her on through all her troubles.
Gabe was an excellent hero. Handsome, no doubt. But the story highlighted how perfect he was in what really counts–honor, compassion, love, and honesty. I loved how he could see Alexandra for the amazing woman she was.
Overall, this was an exciting story that kept my attention chapter after chapter. I’m sorry to not be able to visit Mesquite Springs again, but I am looking forward to the author’s next series.
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 get a chance to visit Mesquite Springs for yourself!

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

Blog Blitz: Battle Prayers and a Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Battle Prayers by Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

As we approach the Easter season, this book full of scripture-based prayers would be a perfect way to prepare your heart for Resurrection Sunday. It would also make an excellent gift for any brother or sister in Christ. Keep reading to find out more about Battle Prayers and read an excerpt of one of the prayers below. Scroll to the very bottom to enter a giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Battle Prayers!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Battle Prayers

Author: Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: Feb 15, 2022

Genre: Christian, Spiritual Growth, Prayer

Do the unending obstacles you face make you feel like you’re in a constant spiritual battle? Arm yourself with 100 prayers that will uplift and encourage you during the difficult moments of life.

It can be difficult to find the right words when you’re praying through hard times. In Battle Prayers, find a classic model to lift your prayers to God, not only for yourself, but others.

Each prayer is woven together with Scripture, reminding you that the answers to your struggles can be found in God’s Word and by listening to Him. Battle Prayers:

1. Shows how the power of prayer can lead you to find lasting encouragement

2. Provides inspiration and theological accuracy

3. Offers prayers ideal for helping move the mountains that can sometimes stand in between us and God

Whether a gift or for yourself, this volume of 100 prayers features:

1. Specific Scriptures and cross-references to other prayers in the book for additional encouragement

2. First-person prayers addressed directly to God, ideal for reading aloud during morning, evening, or devotional prayer time

3. A helpful and encouraging Appendix: “The 10 Essential Qualities of an Effective Battle Prayer”

Prayer doesn’t stop with the “Amen,” and is merely the beginning of deeper, daily, more meaningful communication with our Creator. Find peace in stress, healing for broken relationships, and protection for your loved ones in this essential volume of prayers.

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EXCERPT

YEARNING FOR MORE OF JESUS

My soul yearns, even faints,

for the courts of the LORD; 

my heart and my flesh cry out 

for the living God.

(Ps. 84:2 NIV)

Dearest Jesus, I bring before You what is both a request and a gift.

A request, because it benefits me. A gift, because it pleases You.

My heart’s desire is for more of You. I readily confess that my ceaseless wanderings have proven that, apart from Your presence, I am spiritually bankrupt. Only in You have I found eternal life and truth (John 14:6). Only in You have I found the way to the Father’s heart (John 14:6), and apart from You I have no good thing (Ps. 16:2).

You were the one whom the psalmist longed for:

Whom have I in heaven but you?

And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart and my

portion forever.

(Ps. 73:25–26 NIV)

Jesus, I desire only You because you are the strength of my heart and everything I will ever need— forever. My soul cries out for more of You, because only in You do I find true purpose and meaning. You alone fit perfectly the God- shaped hole I so often try to fill with worldly and selfish pursuits.

So, I echo John the Baptist’s words: May You increase, and I decrease (John 3:30). May You grow in me as I become less. And as I become less, live Your life through me. Only in that kind of life am I truly pleasing in Your sight.

Taken from “Battle Prayers” by Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling. © 2022 Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling. Derived from material previously published in Prayers to Move Your Mountains  

(ISBN 9780785286523, © 2000). Used with permission from Thomas Nelson. Thomasnelson.com.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Battle Prayers!

Battle Prayers JustRead Blog Blitz

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