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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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.

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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

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.


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

Battle Prayers JustRead Blog Blitz

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The Lady of Galway Manor

There are a lot of heavy things going on in this world today. Chaos abounds, and it doesn’t take long to get discouraged. And while the troubles of the world are important, sometimes we just need a respite from the real world. An escape. And besides my Bible studies, my escape often comes in the form of stories.

And The Lady of Galway Manor by Jennifer Deibel was the PERFECT escape to the beautiful Emerland Isle. She did such a fantastic job of introducing the reader to the island, its people, and their unique culture. Now, I want a real-life escape!

Keep reading to find out more about the book (including a purchase link) and see my full review.

About the Book

In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy’s father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without the trappings and finery of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family–descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh ring.

Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than make a career in his family’s jewelry shop. The past has taught him to no longer believe in love and the “lies” the Claddagh ring supposedly promises. How can he peddle what he now finds offensive?

The war for Irish independence gains strength, and the De Lacy family is caught in the crossfire. As events take a life-threatening turn, Annabeth and Stephen will discover that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty can only be made stronger when put through the refiner’s fire.

Purchase your copy here.

My Thoughts

The Lady of Galway Manor by Jennifer Deibel is another beautiful experience in historical Ireland from this author. I’ve been anxiously anticipating this novel since reading her debut, A Dance in Donegal, and this newest release was just as impressive!

I loved seeing Ireland through Anna’s eyes, watching her reconcile the real Ireland and its unique people with what she’d been taught back in England. Her view of this part of the world was child-like in its innocence but wondrous in its recognition of the rare artistry, character, and pride of the Irish. I really felt like I was experiencing each new cultural insight with her. It made me feel as if I was a visitor to the island, too (and made me want to search for airline tickets!).

I loved how the history and traditions of the Claddagh were woven into major themes in this novel and how they shaped the spiritual thread in the story. Love. Loyalty. Friendship. All three wind themselves into Anna and Stephen’s story much like the Celtic knots that grace his jewelry. And Jennifer Deibel does such a fantastic job at slow-burn romance. I don’t know how many times people caught me smiling or giggling at these two and their slow transition from enemies to more.

And while Stephen made me want to smack the back of his head once or twice (I might have cheered when his father did once.) with his stubbornness, I still fell in love with his guarded heart and his loyalty to his family. 

Overall, this was an excellent story, one I will be recommending for a long time! Fans of historical fiction, especially stories set on the beautiful island of Ireland will enjoy this culturally rich novel full of tradition, beauty, and love.

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

Be sure to place this beautiful story on top of your TBR. It would be the perfect. St. Patrick’s Day read!

Happy reading and God bless!

–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

cover Strands of Truth

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.

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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.

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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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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 Express Bride

Living close to the city of origin for the Pony Express during my childhood, I fully confess my fascination with the short-lived venture, which most people don’t know was a giant failure financially. As a girl, I loved the idea of racing across the country on horseback delivering letters and small parcels. It was a wild, dangerous and exciting job–filled by young men who were light enough to push the horses to their fastest speeds.

The terrain that was covered, the weather that was endured and the danger that was avoided (for the most part) are still baffling. 

When I was much younger, I fell in love with a TV show about the Pony Express and a young woman who disguised herself as a boy in order to ride for the company. I might have even cut my hair short like hers, which was a big deal considering my hair was well down my back, and I remember my mom making me a brown/black reversible vest that I could be seen wearing constantly. How I wanted to be a Pony rider!

So, when I read the back cover of The Express Bride, I knew I wanted to join the adventure. How could I turn down anything associated with the Express? And what a suspenseful story of lost identities, criminal escapades, and espionage! This book will grip you from the beginning and keep you guessing until the very end. Keep reading to learn more about The Express Bride and to find my full review.

About the Book

The Wilderness Is a Great Place to Hide

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Jacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory after her father’s death. There are daily stresses placed on her in this unconventional role—and now a government official is asking her to sniff out counterfeiters. When Elijah Johnson passes through on the stage while on an exhausting quest to find his boss’s heir, he doesn’t want to leave the beguiling station manager. In fact, he may never leave when caught in the crossfire of the territory’s criminal activities. Jackie can’t decide if Elijah is friend or foe. Can she remain strong when secrets of the past and present are finally unearthed?


Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.

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My Thoughts

I enjoyed the suspenseful pace of the book and the tangled web of family secrets, budding relationships, and dangerous circumstances. It was difficult to leave the book for long without wondering what clue Elijah or Jackie would find next in their quest to find the truth.

The cast of characters is unforgettable, and one of my favorite parts of the story was the family-like atmosphere of the station house. The young men of the Pony Express fit perfectly with Jackie and her motherly care of the boys. Their easy banter and care for each other made me wish I could sit at their table and try Jackie’s biscuits and gravy!

Jackie is a heroine I adore. Practical. Compassionate. Hard-working. Honest. It was just as easy to visualize her sitting in the parlor keeping company as it was sitting astride a horse and racing across the land to the next express stop. 

Elijah is a kind and honest gentleman and his quiet adoration of Jackie is endearing. His consideration of her feelings over his own satisfaction makes him all the more attractive. You will find yourself rooting for him as you get to know him.

Overall, I thought the story was gripping and kept me turning the next page well past my bedtime. I enjoyed watching Jackie and Elijah’s lives intersect by more than chance, and I believe you will enjoy it, too!

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

About the Author: Kimberly Woodhouse

Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. She is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she’s shared at more than 2,000 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family’s story have garnered national media attention for many years including ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Discovery Health channel’s Mystery ER, The Hour of Power, The Harvest Show, and over 1,000 other TV appearances and radio interviews. She lives and writes in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years and their two amazing kids. kimberleywoodhouse.com 

If you are a bit of a Pony Express nut, like me, and you tend to also be a romantic, then you must give this book a try!

God bless and happy reading!

Kristina