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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The House at the End of the Moor and a Giveaway!

I know I’ve already posted my review for this phenomenal book when it released, but I am reposting it as part of the Celebrate Lit Tour for The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep.

In this post, you will find some new and exciting goodies. Find out from Michelle Griep, what exactly a moor is and her experience exploring Dartmoor as inspiration for the book. Also, don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post!

About the Book

Book:  House at the End of the Moor

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre:  Christian Historical

Release Date: April 2020

An Opulent London Opera Star Escapes to the Rugged Landscape of the English Moors

Opera star Maggie Lee escapes her opulent lifestyle when threatened by a powerful politician who aims to ruin her life. She runs off to the wilds of the moors to live in anonymity. All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man near her house. Escaped convict Oliver Ward is on the run to prove his innocence, until he gets hurt and is taken in by Maggie. He discovers some jewels in her possession—the very same jewels that got him convicted. Together they hatch a plan to return the jewels, clearing Oliver’s name and hopefully maintaining Maggie’s anonymity.

Click here for your copy!

My Thoughts

I’m not sure why I’ve waited so long to read a Michelle Griep book. Worst decision ever! She is a spectacular storyteller creating a rich depth to her characters, their emotional and spiritual journeys and, well, everything! There wasn’t a single thing I disliked about The House at the End of the Moor. I drank up every word starting on the very first page.

The House at the End of the Moor is a thrilling mystery. The pieces of the puzzle come together with such hair-raising satisfaction that once you get a taste of Maggie and Oliver’s secrets, you will hunger for the full truth. 

It was effortless to grow close to Maggie. Her sweet and generous heart was a magnet. Despite all she had endured in her life, she was brave, faithful and optimistic–qualities that serve her well for her dangerous journey outside the moor. Oliver, at his core, is a perfect gentleman with a servant’s heart, although the injustices he has endured have hardened him to a degree. I think his story of justice and the true freedom found in forgiveness is one many readers can empathize with.

Maggie and Oliver make for a humorous team as they flee the moor and plot how to serve justice to those who have wronged them. I adored the witty banter between them and the gentle progression of their relationship. It is here Maggie’s honesty shines and softens the harder edges of Oliver’s pride. Sigh. They complement each other so well.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any reader of historical Christian fiction, especially if you like the Gothic-feel. 

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

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at http://www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 More from Michelle

What comes to mind when you hear the word moor? For some, images of Jane Eyre spring to life. For others, The Hound of the Baskervilles starts barking. But for most, it’s a big fat goose egg. The fact is that most Americans don’t have a clue what a moor is, but never fear, my friend…after you read the next few paragraphs, you’ll never again go blank-minded when you hear the word moor.

Last summer I skipped across the pond and tromped around Dartmoor with my daughter and husband. What an awesome experience. I learned first-hand just how windy this vast stretch of land can be, for that’s really what a moor is at heart: a vast stretch of land. Webster’s defines it as an expanse of open rolling infertile land. Sounds rather desolate, eh? Yeah. Kind of. But it’s oh so much more.

In spring and summer, green does abound. Gorse bushes. Scrubby grasses. Lambs and sheep and goats. All these animals roam free so there are trails worn into the dirt that you can hike along. But I hear you…where could you possibly go if there’s nothing besides some farm animals roaming around the place?

You could hike to a tor, which is a “high, craggy hill.” Some of them can be a little treacherous to climb, but sweet mercy, what a view! The earth stretches out like a green and brown quilt. As I hiked that day last spring, whispers in the wind inspired me to wonder a lot of what-ifs, and those what-ifs came together in a story of intrigue and betrayal.

What would you do if you found a half-dead man bleeding in the middle of nowhere? Find out what heroine Maggie Lee does in The House at the End of the Moor.

Blog Stops

Batya’s Bits, April 18

The Avid Reader, April 18

Life of Literature, April 18

The Power of Words, April 18

For Him and My Family, April 19

Texas Book-aholic, April 19

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 19

Among the Reads, April 20

My Devotional Thoughts, April 20

As He Leads is Joy, April 20

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 20

Just the Write Escape, April 21

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 21

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 21

Where Faith and Books Meet, April 22

deb’s Book Review, April 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 22

Inklings and notions, April 22

Remembrancy, April 23

Hookmeinabook, April 23

Christian Bookaholic, April 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 24

Britt Reads Fiction, April 24

Emily Yager, April 24

Betti Mace, April 25

Stories By Gina, April 25

Adventures of a Traveling Wife, April 25

Blossoms and Blessings, April 25

Splashes of Joy, April 26

Simple Harvest Reads, April 26 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Vicky Sluiter, April 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 26

Blessed & Bookish, April 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 27

Pause for Tales, April 27

Through the Fire Blogs, April 28

Hallie Reads, April 28

Faery Tales Are Real, April 28

To Everything There Is A Season, April 28

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 29

Bigreadersite, April 29

Older & Smarter?, April 29

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 29

Genesis 5020, April 30

Read Review Rejoice, April 30

By The Book, April 30

For the Love of Literature, April 30

All-of-a-kind Mom, May 1

Bookishly Beverly, May 1

Daysong Reflections, May 1

Artistic Nobody, May 1 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

 Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a free copy of the book!!

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/f8e2/the-house-at-the-end-of-the-moor-celebration-tour-giveaway

Good luck with the giveaway!

Happy reading and God bless!

If For Any Reason and a Giveaway!

Happy Friday everyone! Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Courtney Walsh’s latest book, If For Any Reason. I had the pleasure of meeting Courtney at an author event in Branson, Missouri a couple of years of ago. I enjoyed the event so much, and I thought Courtney was so sweet! Since then, I love following her on Instagram (if you haven’t already–follow her @courtneywalsh). She is so inspirational and REAL. And all of that translates into her writing!

Keep reading to learn more about her latest novel, find a purchase link, and enter the giveaway. There is also sweet advice from Courtney about mothers and daughters. You won’t want to miss it!

About the Book

Book:  If For Any Reason

Author: Courtney Walsh

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 3, 2020

If for any reason cover

Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. With no father in the picture, her mom’s advice has been her only true north. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this . . . especially when her grandmother arrives to “supervise.” And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door–turned–baseball star who’s back on the island after a career-ending injury.

As sparks fly between her and Hollis, Emily is drawn to island life, even as she uncovers shocking secrets about the tragic accident that led to her mother’s death. With her world turned upside down, Emily must choose between allowing the voices from her past to guide her future or forging her own path forward.

Click here for your copy!

My Thoughts

This book had me hooked from the very first chapter. The characters are so genuine and deep that I fell in love with Emily and Hollis immediately (and Hollis’s daughter-Jolie). There isn’t a single character who is forgettable, and I would love to sit around the McGuire table anytime for a family dinner.

The island of Nantucket is a beautiful backdrop for this story, but its beauty also accentuates the painful pasts both Emily and Hollis are trying to reconcile. The author does a wonderful job mapping out the island so that you feel like a local and know what street to take to get the best ice cream!

The idea for Emily’s mother to write a series of letters for her daughter about different subjects on life was thought-provoking (as a mother myself, I love the idea). I loved the letters and thought they strengthened the connection between Emily and her mother, Isabelle, in the story. They also gave more insight into the secondary storyline of Isabelle and her time on the island as a teenager. 

I was provided with an extended sampler by Celebrate Lit for this book, but I enjoyed it so much, I will be purchasing the full book soon! Any fan of contemporary Christian fiction/romance will enjoy this book. 

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

About the Author

Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh is the author of ten inspirational novels. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright.

More from Courtney

3 Bits of Wisdom Every Mother Hopes Her Daughter Cherishes

By Courtney Walsh

There are so many types of mother-daughter relationships, and I’ve discovered that in most of my novels, these relationships are explored in one way or another. My most recent book, If For Any Reason, delves a little deeper into this universal relationship, as the main character’s only connection to her late mother is a book of letters she left behind for daughter when she died.

It was interesting to think through the advice and wisdom I would want to be sure to share with my own daughter, if for any reason I wasn’t here to share it in person. There’s so much I would want to say, so many lessons I would want to share, but if I had to boil it down to three bits of wisdom, I think it would be these:

Ask for help when you need it.

I’m not sure why it’s so difficult to admit we need help sometimes, but in the past year and a half, my family has faced some pretty significant medical challenges, and I learned that it’s necessary to let other people help you. One of the quickest ways to burn out and get overwhelmed is to try to do everything on your own. Now, I’m not talking about laziness. I’m not talking about figuring out ways to get other people to do things for you that you don’t want to do, but genuine help in this journey of life—spiritually, mentally, physically—all the ways that you need to be strong and healthy. You were never meant to figure everything out on your own. And it’s less lonely when you let people in.

Mistakes are good . . . as long as you learn from them.

Okay, it’s inevitable. You’re going to mess up. You’re going to make a million mistakes and sometimes you’re going to really, really regret them. It’s okay. It’s okay to make the wrong choice now and then . . . but only if you learn from it. Because even though there’s a lot of grace for your mistakes, there are still consequences, and if you’re not willing to learn what you did wrong, you’re just going to keep making a mess of things. Don’t do that. Don’t be stubborn and unmoving. There are opportunities to learn something new every single day, and there are people all around you who can help teach you—but only if you humble yourself, realize you don’t know everything, and are willing to learn. Remaining teachable is one of the greatest things you can do. Learn this lesson early, and you’ll go far.

Be yourself.

This is one of the most important and most challenging lessons any of us could learn. It’s a platitude, isn’t it? Advice you’d find on the outside of a coffee mug or embroidered on a throw pillow. But it’s more than that, this whole idea of being who you are, who God created you to be. Here’s the tricky part—how do you know who that is? The only way I can tell is to spend time with yourself. And to not be afraid to sit in the quiet with your thoughts. Learn what God says about you so that if those ideas are challenged or someone else tries to put a label on you that you don’t want, you’re armed with the truth. This will serve you well as you work to discover who you are.

The truth is, as a mother, I’m constantly learning. As a person, I’m constantly learning. And while these are just three bits of wisdom I hope my daughter carries with her, there are so many other lessons I hope she learns, lessons I hope I can teach her so she doesn’t need to learn the hard way.

What about you? What’s one bit of wisdom you want to be sure to pass along to the next generation?

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 7

Remembrancy, April 7

Through the Fire Blogs, April 7

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Wishful Endings, April 9

deb’s Book Review, April 9

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Batya’s Bits, April 10

Just the Write Escape, April 10

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 11

Just Your Average reviews, April 11

Inklings and notions, April 12

Life Love Writing, April 12

Worthy2Read, April 12

Lighthouse Academy, April 13

Hallie Reads, April 13

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 13

A Baker’s Perspective, April 14

Splashes of Joy, April 14

Older & Smarter?, April 15

Cultivating Us, April 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 15

Simple Harvest Reads, April 16 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Inside the Wong Mind, April 16

Blessed & Bookish, April 17

Back Porch Reads, April 17

Writing from the Heart Land, April 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 18

Vicky Sluiter, April 18

For Him and My Family, April 19

Mia Reads, April 19

My Devotional Thoughts, April 19

Artistic Nobody, April 20 (Guest Post from Donna Cline)

Bookishly Beverly, April 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Courtney is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Barnes & Nobles 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/f92f/if-for-any-reason-celebration-tour-giveaway

Good luck with the giveaway, and I hope you enjoy this beachy read about second chances and healing from the past.

God bless!

Kristina