Book Review: Hope’s Highest Mountain and a Giveaway!

Now, that we are well into October, we are entering the prime book-reading season! I understand there are those that might prefer to read while basking in the sun on the beach, but I’m from the Midwest. So, beaches are hard to find! However, snuggling under my favorite blanket while sporting leggings and my favorite tartan flannel shirt…reading perfection!

And Misty M. Beller’s newest release, Hope’s Highest Mountain, was the perfect beginning to my fall reading. Keep reading below for a summary of the book, my full review, and Misty’s thoughts on the cute little critter that stole everyone’s heart in the story.

And please, don’t forget the giveaway at the end of the post. It’s a fantastic one!

About the Book

Book: Hope’s Highest Mountain

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: October, 2019

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When Ingrid Chastain agreed to accompany her father to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory, she never could have anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. Rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man who tends her injuries, but she’s hesitant to put her trust in this man who seems to have wounds of his own.

 After tragedy struck his family, Micah Bradley left his work as a doctor and escaped to the wilds of Montana. But his self-imposed solitude is broken when he finds Ingrid in desperate need of medical attention, and he’s forced to call on his doctoring skills once again.

 Micah can’t help but admire Ingrid’s tenacity despite the severity of her injuries, until he learns the crate she brought contains smallpox vaccines to help quell a nearby outbreak. With Ingrid dead set on delivering the medicine–with or without his help–he has no choice but to accompany her. As they set off through the treacherous, snow-covered Rocky Mountains against all odds, the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known.

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

Hope’s Highest Mountain was a pleasure to read. It was the perfect beginning to my fall reading TBR (It pairs well with cozy blankets, flannel, and hot tea!). I absolutely loved the setting of the book. The landscape was breathtaking and the constant frigid temperatures and snow definitely played a part in the mood of the story.

And the story is fantastic. It begins with heart-stopping action and palpable heartache, but it is an epic journey not only through the snow-covered mountains but through the natural valleys of faith. 

Ingrid and Joanna are beautiful examples of strong, faithful women. It was heartwarming to see them keep their faith and work together as they struggled through unimaginable situations. I admired Ingrid’s unshakeable faith and the inner strength she leaned on daily to endure the pain of her injuries. It wasn’t difficult to see how a man like Micah, damaged and a little lost in life, would be drawn to her so easily.

Micah is quite the man. A doctor. Mountain man. Grieving widower. I loved his protective instinct of those within his care, and how he liked all the ornery parts of Samuel, the boy who traveled with them. His journey (personally and spiritually), in many ways, was the hardest, but you can’t help but root for him the entire time. 

I hope you take a chance on this story. Not only is the setting amazingly beautiful, but the spiritual message is inspiring (without being preachy) and touched my heart. I fell in love with Ingrid and Micah in the first few pages and was honored to watch their love bloom slowly and sweetly.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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After working for 13 years in the corporate world, Misty M. Beller (mistymbeller.com) is now the author of fourteen independently published Christian historical romance novels. Raised on a farm in South Carolina, she combines her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life by writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. She lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, is an active member of ACFW, and teaches regularly at conferences and writing groups on effective book marketing.

More from Misty

Remember Lassie? Old Yeller? Chance and Shadow from the movie Homeward Bound? There was something about these dogs that gripped my heartstrings and made me love them as though I’d known them for years. (And, yes, I cried during every one of these movies and books.)

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had real dogs I’ve loved too. As far back as I can remember, we’ve had at least one or two dogs, and each one has been my very best friend. They’ve suffered my undying love, even allowing me to dress them up like dolls during my younger years.

But the dogs in my stories have a special place in my heart. Handsome, the sweet little black fluffball in Hope’s Highest Mountain is no exception! He was the runt of the litter, and such a dark black that the story’s hero nicknamed him Shadow. You can see the picture that inspired Handsome at the book’s Pinterest page. Those eyes! Hard not to fall in love, right?

The more I wrote in the story, the more I enjoyed getting to know this little guy, and I could almost feel his soft puppy fur as he snuggled in close. I completely see why Ingrid (the heroine) is smitten him! As you read Hope’s Highest Mountain, I hope you love Handsome as much as I do. Please give him some extra petting for me! ?

Blog Stops

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For the Love of Literature, October 16

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A Reader’s Brain, October 18

The Becca Files, October 19

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Splashes of Joy , October 19

Through the Fire Blogs, October 20

Moments, October 20

Inklings and notions , October 20

Simple Harvest Reads, October 20

Daysong Reflections, October 21

Wishful Endings, October 21

Joy of Reading , October 21

Pause for Tales, October 22

For The Love of Books, October 22

Britt Reads Fiction, October 22

Lis Loves Reading, October 23

Bigreadersite , October 23

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 23

Live. Love. Read. , October 24

Deanne’s Book Thoughts, October 24

Hallie Reads, October 24

Remembrancy, October 25

Mia Reads Blog, October 25

To Everything There is A Season, October 25

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Hope’s Highest Mountain, a $20 B&N gift card, and cute mountain cards!!

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/ed1b/hopes-highest-mountain-celebration-tour-giveaway

Book Review: The Spice King

You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, right? Well, when it comes to Christian fiction, it is common for the female lead to grace the cover, but it is less likely to see the hero. It’s not that it’s unheard of, but it’s not common in the genre. So, when I saw the cover of The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden, I was smitten. He looks so regal. So gentlemanly. So…noble.

What do you think? I love having the hero on the cover! Does he look like a king?

From the Back Cover:

Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building his very successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before it spirals out of control, he returns to his ancestral home to save his brother and sister before it’s too late.

As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.

Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?

You can get your copy here.

My Thoughts:

The Spice King is my third Elizabeth Camden novel, and it is officially my favorite! Like usual, Camden is excellent at immersing you in the history surrounding her story and painting a beautiful picture of the setting. I love how the focus of this book is such a rare and unique part of history (food safety), and Camden not only makes it interesting but also memorable.

I loved every character in this book. Annabelle Larkin is a typical strong female lead, and I love her courage and intellect. But I also love her sense of adventure and her ability to find great joy in the small things in life and how much of her heart she gives to others. I always say I have to love the heroine if I’m going to like the book, and Annabelle quickly became a dear friend.

Gray Delacroix is a bit dark and brooding at first meeting. But it was easy to see how Annabelle fell for him with such ease. Not only is he a true gentleman and classically handsome, but his passion for his family’s spice business was contagious. (I want to buy all the REAL vanilla.) And the stories about his travels around the world easily gave this homebody wanderlust. Oh, and I can’t forget his devotion to his siblings. Sigh. So, yes, you will swoon over this aptly named Spice King.

There is such depth to the story as Gray and Annabelle’s lives become entangled, and the tension escalates as Annabelle is forced to make heartwrenching choices. The uncertainty and hope scattered through the pages keep you reading chapter after chapter (well after bedtime!).  

I can’t think of a single thing I disliked about this book. It was obviously painstakingly crafted. A true labor of love. 

Any fan of Christian historical fiction will enjoy this book!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Camden is best known for her historical novels set in gilded age America featuring clever heroines and richly layered storylines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest libraries in America, but her favorite is the continually growing library in her own home. Her novels have won the RITA and Christy Award, and she lives in Florida with her husband who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books.

I hope you add The Spice King to your TBR pile. Be prepared to want to bake something with vanilla and enjoy the intoxicating aroma!

God bless and happy reading!

–Kristina

Book Review: Foremost

After reading Always and Evermore, I was anxiously awaiting Princess Maribel’s story in Foremost. Much like the first two stories, Maribel’s adventure catches your attention from the very beginning with the danger of King Ethelwolf and his men always lurking. The excitement of battle, the suspense of the chase, and even the terror of an ancient creature will keep you anxiously hanging on every word. Once you step into Maribel and Edmund’s world, you won’t want to leave until the end!

About the Book:

A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion.

Raised in an isolated abbey, Lady Maribel desires nothing more than to become a nun and continue practicing her healing arts. She’s carefree and happy with her life…until a visitor comes to the abbey and reveals her true identity as one of the lost princesses.

When he was a young boy, Edmund Chambers helplessly watched King Ethelwulf murder his family. Edmund escaped and has lived in the abbey ever since, uniquely trained to work with wild animals. Secretly, he loves Maribel and desperately hopes she doesn’t complete her holy order vows.

When King Ethelwulf’s army arrives at the abbey to capture Maribel, she flees with Edmund across the desolate Highlands in an attempt to reach Adelaide’s rebel army. Edmund can no longer hide his love, but can Maribel give up her dreams of becoming a nun to love him in return?

And do you want to know the best news? It was released TODAY, so you can get your copy here.

Have you read the other books in the series yet? No? Then, be sure to follow these links to the prequel novella, Always, and the first novel in the series, Evermore.

My Thoughts:

Although Foremost is classified as young adult fiction, it would be a treat no matter your age. The action begins at the first page and leaves you craving the next chapter until the end. I loved the adventure. The danger. The romance. This book is a complete package!

Maribel was sweet and determined. I loved her sense of adventure and her gift of healing. It was interesting to follow her into the apothecary as she mixed her tonics and medicines. You could almost smell all the herbs as she crushed them with the mortar and pestle. I will admit, I might have wanted to shake some sense into her when it came to Edmund a time or two. (The poor man has the patience of a saint.) But it was a joy to see such a young woman with big aspirations mature and grow more comfortable in God’s will.

Edmund’s love and devotion for Maribel just make you want to sigh with admiration. I love how deeply he knew Maribel and her hopes and dreams, and how unwilling he was to stifle even a single piece of her spirit. I also enjoyed watching him on his journey–how he started with doubting his ability to do what was needed to keep them safe but found he was much stronger (both mentally and physically) than he ever imagined.

Overall, I adored Maribel and Edmund’s story. Their love was not a rushed event or hinged on physical attraction. It was built little by little over a lifetime of being side by side as friends, and it was beautiful to watch as it grew into such a powerful force.

Each story in this series has been amazing, and I can’t wait to read the conclusion in the next novel, although I will be sad to see it end!

About the Author:

Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

I do hope you dare to become part of the adventure of the Lost Princesses. Happy reading and God Bless!

Strands of Truth Book Review

All these summer reads set next to the beach! I can almost smell the salty air. This book is a magnificent read. Such suspense! And a little romance, too.

Please keep reading to find my full review and an excerpt from the book

About the Book

Book: Strands of Truth

Author: Colleen Coble

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: September 10, 2019

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Harper Taylor is used to being alone—after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.

So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?

Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.

Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

Click here to get your copy.

My Thoughts

Strands of Truth is my first Colleen Coble book, and I’m officially hooked! The story grabs you from the very beginning with its unique cast of characters and fast-paced action. 

Be prepared to be rocketed into the danger surrounding the life of Harper Taylor. Fair warning…you will not get the recommended amount of sleep until you finish this book! From the first chapter, the story moves quickly. The narrow, twisty trail Harper and Ridge navigate to avoid danger and to find the truth is exhilarating. The small clues left to follow will only satisfy you for a few pages before you want more. I usually enjoy being one step ahead of the characters, but hanging on every word as I stumbled through the mystery with Harper and Ridge was a breathtaking experience. 

I loved the complexity and depth of Harper and Ridge. The evolution of their relationship was perfect, and I enjoyed watching them discover each other for real after knowing each other for years.

Harper is a sweetheart, and I loved her tenacity. Her sea silk hobby was quite interesting–enough to warrant an internet search for more information. 

Ridge is a complex guy, but what I really loved was watching his heart soften through the book. Not just toward Harper, but in general, as he gave his family second chances. It made this handsome guy even more of a hunk. 😉

If you want to be completely captivated by a story, then you’ll want to read Strands of Truth. Any fan of Christian suspense will enjoy it.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s EdgeTwilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.

Read a Premium Excerpt

Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

Strands of Harper Taylor’s childhood are resurfacing—but will the truth save her . . . or pull her under?

Harper Taylor is used to being alone— after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.

So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?

Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.

Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

“Free-dive into a romantic suspense that will leave you breathless and craving for more.” –DiAnn Mills, bestselling author

“As always, Colleen Coble never disappoints. Strands of Truth is no exception. I was hooked from the first page. Trying to read this story slowly is impossible. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself flipping the pages in a hurry to find out what happens next! This one is for your keeper shelf.” –Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Blue Justice Series

“Colleen Coble’s latest book, Strands of Truth, grips you on page one with a heart-pounding opening and doesn’t let go until the last satisfying word. I love her skill in pulling the reader in with believable, likable characters, interesting locations, and a mystery just waiting to be untangled. Highly recommended.” –Carrie Stuart Parks, bestselling author of Formula of Deception

“Once again, Colleen Coble delivers an intriguing, suspenseful tale in Strands of Truth. The mystery and tension mount toward an explosive and satisfying finish. Well done.” –Creston Mapes, bestselling author

“Just when I think Colleen Coble’s stories can’t get any better, she proves me wrong. In Strands of Truth, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The characterization of Ridge and Harper and their relationship pulled me immediately into the story. Fast paced, with so many unexpected twists and turns, I read this book in one sitting. Coble has pushed the bar higher than I’d imagined. This book is one not to be missed.” –Robin Caroll, best-selling author of the Darkwater Inn series

“It’s in her blood! Colleen Coble once again shows her suspense prowess with a thriller as intricate and beautiful as a strand of DNA. Strands of Truth dives into an unusual profession involving mollusks and shell beds that weaves a unique, silky thread throughout the story. So fascinating I couldn’t stop reading!” –Ronie Kendig, bestselling author of The Tox Files

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Simple Harvest Reads, September 14

Pause for Tales, September 14

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A Reader’s Brain, September 15

Quiet Quilter , September 15

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 15

Inklings and notions , September 16

By The Book, September 16

Real World Bible Study, September 16

Patiently Waiting, September 16

Happy reading and God bless!

The Killing Tide Book Review

This summer has been a bit unexpected, and my family hasn’t been able to get away for a vacation–near or far. So, it’s been a treat to read a few titles that are set next to the beach although it makes me long to get out of my land-locked Midwest home!

The Killing Tide drew me in with the beautiful and intriguing cover. It is my first taste of Christian suspense, and it has me counting down the days until the next book in the series releases! What a ride! 

About the Book

When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer’s boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter–and Finn’s boss’s sister–Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she’s back, the tug on Finn’s heart is strong, but with the risks she’s taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can’t ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

About the Author

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than a half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

Her Alaskan Courage series and Chesapeake Valor series have received praise from readers and critics alike and spent multiple months topping the CBA bestseller lists. Dani has also been honored with multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award finalist, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award.

From her early years eagerly reading Nancy Drew mysteries, to paging through Agatha Christie novels or watching on-the-edge-of-her-seat adventure movies, Dani has always enjoyed mystery and suspense. She considers herself blessed to be able to write the kind of stories she loves–full of plot twists and peril, love, and longing for hope and redemption. Her greatest joy as an author is sharing the stories God lays on her heart. She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland. For more information about her novels, visit danipettrey.com.

My Thoughts

The Killing Tide throws you into the action from the very first chapter, and you’ll be left guessing which way the plot is going to twist next until the very end. I loved getting to know every member of the CGIS team. All the working parts of the investigation kept the plot moving quickly, and kept you turning page after page to get the next lead. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in that place!

Gabby is a headstrong, brave reporter. I loved her inspiration to be a journalist. She believed her ability to hunt down the truth was a God-given gift, and she should use it to expose those who do wrong in the world. What better motivation is there? She was reckless on several occasions, but I loved her big heart–how she loved all her family and friends with such a fierceness, she was willing to put herself in danger over them. 

Finn is nothing short of a hunk. But it is his gentle heart that makes him irresistible. I loved his protective instinct for Gabby, and how he was willing to be vulnerable for her despite their past. He is forgiving of others but is stubbornly hard on himself. I think a lot of people can relate!

The danger in this book is riveting and lurking around every corner. There are a few twists and turns and a giant pretzel at the end! You won’t want to miss the riveting conclusion! 

I can’t wait for the next book in the series, so I can get to know the other members of the team even more. If you love crime/suspense (think NCIS or CSI)…you will LOVE this book!

I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Happy reading and God bless!

Book Review: The Awakening of Miss Adelaide and a Giveaway!

Hello, again, readers!

My newest read is set at the end of World War I and touches on profound topics of the time, such as women suffrage and treatment of those in mental health institutions (or those who were forced there!)

The book is full of interesting facts, but don’t miss Linda Brooks Davis’s extra below detailing how some of the ideas for the book came about. It’s crazy to think of how women were treated not too long ago.

And don’t miss the link to the giveaway at the end!

About the Book

Book: The Awakening of Miss Adelaide

Author: Linda Brooks Davis

Genre: Historical

Release Date: July, 2019

The Awakening of Miss Adelaide

Orphaned as an infant, Oklahoma heiress Adelaide Fitzgerald has enjoyed every advantage. She possesses a unique gift for music and has excelled on the opera stage in Italy. As a philanthropist, she’s adored from America to Europe.

But Miss Adelaide is about to awaken in a 1918 nightmare. The Great War—and the Great Influenza—knock, and Adelaide finds her uninvited guests more than unwelcome. They threaten her life and alter her identity and purpose.

Snatched from a quiet life in an Italian villa, Miss Adelaide is thrust into conflicts others have created. What battle scars will she sustain? And where will love lead her?

In The Awakening of Miss Adelaide, war and peace, laughter and heartache, love and loss come together to ignite a fresh fire that reveals one woman’s hidden needs and potentials. 

What will gaining a fresh understanding of herself require of the Angel of the Opera?

Click here to grab your copy!

My Thoughts

The Awakening of Miss Adelaide is full of such rich history. Beginning with the final throes of World War I and the terrifying influenza epidemic, the story touches on important topics of the time–like women’s suffrage and the treatment of mental health patients. If you love being immersed in history, then Miss Adelaide’s story won’t disappoint!

I also enjoyed the different settings in the book, especially Villa Romano, in Italy. The author paints a beautiful picture of the estate, and I wish I could walk its hills and hear the sights and sounds of the community within its walls.

Miss Adelaide (or Addie) was an exceptional woman to get to know throughout the book. As so many people during that time in history, she was witness to many life-changing events. War. Sickness. Death. Injustice. No wonder she had so many doubts about herself and her faith. It was a little frustrating sometimes when she wavered about her future. She deserved to find her happiness, love, home and family. But she is often unsure of what her purpose truly is.

I loved her sense of truth and justice, and how she wasn’t willing to put her own desires ahead of what was right in the eyes of God. 

The other characters in the book are also well developed and unforgettable. Brady is a true hero–willing to sacrifice himself for others on and off the battlefield. And although we know he was a rugged cowboy in the past, we get to see him as the broken man coming home from war. His healing journey was encouraging, and I loved to see a soldier be vulnerable about what they’ve been through. It shows how tender Brady’s heart is.

Overall, I enjoyed the history of the book, and I loved how the story twisted toward the end. Such danger and mystery! It was a pleasure to see the transformation and maturation of Miss Adelaide as she tried to find God’s will in her life. 

I was provided a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Linda Brooks Davis

Linda Brooks Davis was born and reared, educated, and married in Texas. Her children and six grandchildren were born in Texas. She devoted the bulk of her 40 years as a special educator in Texas schools. But her mother and grandmother hailed from Oklahoma, the setting for Linda’s 2015 debut novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland, which won the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel Award and the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award. Linda continues to write from her home in San Antonio, Texas. She and her beloved husband Al worship and minister at Oak Hills Church. Linda enjoys chatting with readers through her website www.lindabrooksdavis.com.

More from Linda

Awakening Miss Adelaide begins with my mother’s cedar chest, which bore an unwritten warning: Hands off! Priceless treasures resided in its depths. My parents’ wedding suits. An old tattered quilt. Mother’s felt hat with a jaunty feather at the rolled-up grim. Bible notes. A stained tablecloth. Equally stained ladies’ handkerchiefs. And old, crocheted, scorched pot holders.

My paternal great-grandmother wrote letters and created intricate, painstaking handwork while she was committed to an asylum in Terrell, Texas. They represent the dearest items in the cedar chest.

Incalculable are the times over the years when a family member would comment Great-granny didn’t appear insane at all. I often wondered how it was she resided at a state mental hospital from 1900 until her death in 1948. How could an insane person write coherent letters and create such handwork?

Mystery shrouds those answers as surely as Great-grandmother herself.

Family legend developed around her. Stories varied from “She wasn’t crazy. Her husband wanted to get rid of her” to “She was an Indian who chose the name McFarland to avoid White bias against the indigenous people.” The truth hides somewhere amid the deadfall of her tragic life.

Sometimes research for a novel can feel like digging up bones. In a way, it is.

One such “bone” I got my teeth around and refused to let go was an article in a 1913 edition of Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It described a murder committed in the lobby of the Metropolitan Hotel. This violent act occurred in connection with an adulterous affair.

Consequently, heightened emotions, lowered common sense, and the control males exerted over females resulted in one man’s murder and the murderer’s acquittal. The “offending” woman’s husband dragged her home kicking and screaming and committed her to a mental asylum for “emotional insanity.”

wondered if the “offending” man had been treated in like manner. Hardly.

How could I NOT include this morass in a novel?

Someone ought to write a book about that was often said around our family reunions. My interest in doing just that developed little by little over the years. The Women of Rock Creek series deals with some of the ways in which women were denied equal rights when they were denied the vote. Such realities presented an ideal platform for illustrating some women’s plight in the hands of unscrupulous men–inequality in education, the courtroom, and even in mental health care.

With an abundance of love and respect for my great-grandmother; her daughter, my grandmother; and her grandson, my father, I offer this imaginary story. It contrasts two different women: one with a voice heard around the world and the other with no voice at all.

offer The Awakening of Miss Adelaide to the Lord to do with it as He sees fit. May this story inspired by the agony experienced by my great-grandmother serve to lighten someone else’s load.

Blog Stops

Bettimace, August 10

Godly Book Reviews, August 10

Reflections From my Bookshelves, August 10

Connect in Fiction, August 11

Mary Hake, August 11

Genesis 5020, August 12

Through the Fire Blogs, August 12

For Him and My Family, August 13

Just Your Average reviews, August 13

Life of a traveling wife, August 14

Connie’s History Classroom, August 14

Bigreadersite , August 15

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 15

Blessed & Bookish, August 16

Emily Yager, August 16

CarpeDiem, August 17

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 17

Daysong Reflections, August 18

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, August 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 19

Pause for Tales, August 20

For The Love of Books , August 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 21

Texas Book-aholic, August 21

janicesbookreviews, August 22

A Reader’s Brain, August 22

Inklings and notions, August 23

Simple Harvest Reads, August 23 (Spotlight)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize of an eBook copy of her book and 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/e682/the-awakening-of-miss-adelaide-celebration-tour-giveaway

Jessie and James Book Review and a Giveaway!

I’m not sure about your neck of the woods, but summer is winding down in these parts. Back to school is the talk of the town, and we are gearing up to send our oldest kiddo to preschool for the first time (sigh). There will be tears! (Mama’s tears!)

And I don’t know about you, but I didn’t get hardly anything done on my summer to do list. We haven’t even gone on vacation yet! I’ve stayed on pace to get my two books read a month, but I was hoping to sneak in a few extras!

If you are looking to round out your summer TBR pile and you’re on the hunt for a lighthearted, good time, I suggest you check out my full review of Jessie and James below. It is full of laugh-out-loud moments, sweet romance, armed robbers and…unearthing something more precious than gold.

About the Book

Book: Jessie and James

Author: Jennifer Beckstrand

Genre: Western Historical Inspirational Romance

Release Date: July 24, 2019

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Jessie Madsen has her hands full helping her parents run their small farm and boarding house while every fortune-seeker in the country seems to be flocking to her small town in search of gold. It’s bad enough that claim jumpers won’t quit trespassing on her property, but geologist James Kelsey, mildly intriguing and surprisingly handsome for an Easterner, seems more interested in her than the mining business. Jessie is certain she doesn’t have the time or the need for a man, and after getting her heart broken, she has resolved never to fall for an outsider again. Add stolen cash, a fast-talking con man, and a pair of bandits, and Jessie is indeed up to her eyeballs in trouble. Will she soften her rock-hard exterior and let the geologist discover the hidden treasure in her heart?

Click here to grab your copy!

My Thoughts

Jessie and James is a quirky, witty story of a woman who resists change and a man who would welcome a change in fortune. It’s a fun, lighthearted read, and I fully enjoyed it.

The saucy banter between Jessie and James is one of my favorite parts of the book and will have you laughing out loud (beware if you are reading at work!). They may be opposites in personality, but they complement each other well.

James is always the gentleman, and I loved how he treated everyone (unless they pointed a gun at him) with his big heart. And I loved how he counteracted Jessie’s resistance with either charm or pure sarcasm. It made the growth of their relationship quite entertaining!

Jessie is a little rough around the edges, and her stubbornness can gnaw at your patience. But I loved watching her let down her guard for James and being honest and vulnerable for him. She made quite a transformation as she found a way to heal her heart (with God’s help). 

Overall, I thought the book was a fun story from beginning to end. If you like historical fiction on the western frontier with a little romance, then this book is for you!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Jennifer beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries, The Honeybee Sistersseries, and The Petersheim Brothersseries for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer and Home on Huckleberry Hill were both nominated for the coveted RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the Honeybee sisters’aendiBitsy, and Alfie and Benji Petersheim. Jennifer has written twenty-one Amish romances, a historical Western, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-four years, and she has six children and seven adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

More from Jennifer

Jessie and James is my first published Western historical novel, and I couldn’t be more excited. The first book I ever wrote was a historical Western, and I’ve been wanting to write another one for ten years. (That first Western is still hanging around my house somewhere. I might decide to publish it next. J) For my research, I traveled to a real mining town about two hours from my house. Yes, it really is named Eureka, and it was a boomtown in the 1880s, the period in which my book is set. I met an old-timer in Eureka who told me some fascinating stories about mining then and now.

Did you know that you may own the ground your house sits on, but you only own it to sixty feet deep? So a mining company can come in and dig a mine right under your house, and it’s perfectly legal. Many mines were dug straight down or in any direction that would get them to ore faster. In the 1880s in Eureka, often they’d dig straight down using only picks, shovels, and dynamite. A plumb bob was utilized to make sure their tunnels were straight up and down. They usually dug down 600 feet then drifted horizontally a couple hundred feet, then dug down again. Some mines went deeper than 1800 feet. Nowadays, there aren’t many mines that deep. They’re more dangerous, so they’re too expensive to insure.

In Jessie and James, James is an ex-cowboy turned geologist looking for gold. Jessie is a feisty, independent woman who runs a boarding house with her parents and thinks Eureka needs a little more fire-and-brimstone preaching to keep the incorrigible miners in line. Jessie doesn’t want anything to do with a gold digger, and she’s willing to use her shotgun to run James off. But James doesn’t scare that easy, especially when the woman on the other end of that shotgun might turn out to be the love of his life.

Jessie and James is full of shotguns, bandits, and heart-stopping romance. Don’t miss it!

Blog Stops

Reading Is My SuperPower, August 1

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 2

Betti Mace, August 2

Inklings and notions, August 3

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 4

Blossoms and Blessings, August 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 5

Christian Bookaholic, August 6

Splashesofjoy, August 6

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 7

Connie’s History Classroom, August 8

Maureen’s Musings, August 8

Through the Fire Blogs, August 9

Bigreadersite, August 9

A Reader’s Brain, August 10

Blessed & Bookish, August 10

Texas Book-aholic, August 11

For Him and My Family, August 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 12

Just the Write Escape, August 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 14

janicesbookreviews, August 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to two 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/e57b/jessie-and-james-celebration-tour-giveaway