Book Review: The Last Way Home

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

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

About the Book:

Every broken thing can be made beautiful again

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

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

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

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My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip Book Review

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

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

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

About the Book

A throwaway assignment is about to change two lives forever

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

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

You can purchase your copy here.

My Thoughts

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

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

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

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

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

Sunburst by Susan May Warren

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

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

Thank you to Revell Books for my copy of Sunburst.

More About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend with a wonderful book!

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

Her Darkest Secret

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Her Darkest Secret

Author: Jessica R. Patch

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired TRADE

Release Date: June 28, 2022

Genre: Christian, Psychological Thriller with a romance thread

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

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

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

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SNEAK PEAK

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


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica R. Patch

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

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

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

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

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

Her Darkest Secret JustRead Giveaway

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The Catch by Lisa Harris

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

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

More About the Book:

Everything hidden is eventually found

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

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

Purchase your copy here.

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

Happy reading, and God bless!

–Kristina

Sunrise by Susan May Warren

If you’re a book lover, you likely have a TBR stack a mile high, like me. And in that stack are several authors I desperately want to read, but can’t seem to find the time in between all the regular books I read for review. So, when I had the opportunity to read the first book in Susan May Warren’s Sky King Ranch series, Sunrise, through the Revell Blogger program, I jumped at the opportunity! Since I started reading more romantic suspense, I’ve been wanting to try her books, and I can tell you, I’m completely addicted now!

Sunrise is a fantastic start to the series, and I’m already counting down the days until the next book releases! (It’s already available for pre-order from Baker Book House, by the way.)

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

About the Book

Coming home was never the plan

After a terrible family fight, pilot Dodge Kingston left home to join the Air Force. A decade later, he’s headed back to the destiny that awaits him as heir to Sky King Ranch. But that’s not all that’s waiting for him at home.

Echo Yazzie is a true Alaskan woman–a homesteader, dogsledder, and research guide for the DNR. After her childhood best friend and former flame, Dodge, fled Denali, she settled into life on the Alaskan range. She’s made her peace with being left behind–by her mother and by Dodge. And she’s strong enough to live without them.

When one of Echo’s fellow researchers goes missing, Echo sets out to find her, despite a blizzard, a rogue grizzly haunting the woods, and the biting cold. What she doesn’t know is that there are more than just the regular dangers of the Alaskan forests stalking her . . .

As Dodge sets out to find Echo, he can’t ignore the feelings he still has for her. But will he be able to find her in time? And if he does, is there still room for him in her heart?

You can get your copy of Sunrise here.

Get a great pre-order deal on the SECOND book in the series, Sunburst, here.

My Thoughts

Sigh. I’ve got a serious book hangover from reading Sunrise by Susan May Warren. This is the first book in the Sky King Ranch series, and, wow, it had me hooked from the first page. The setting is spectacular. Warren does an excellent job of painting the majestic and wild landscape of the Alaskan range while also knitting together an intricate and closely-woven, small community. I stood in awe beside the characters as they marveled at the Aurora Borealis and felt the rush and power of the dogs as they cut the sled through the snow. It was a fantastic trip to the wilderness!

And the characters…I fell hard for Dodge and Echo’s story. And while this is definitely a suspense story with turn-the-pages-as-fast-as-you-can action, it is also a beautiful and touching love story. I don’t want to spoil a single minute of their time together, but I will say this is one of those books where the characters stay close to mind whether the book is open or not.

Overall, I enjoyed every aspect of this story. I have gushed about it to whoever I can get to listen. It’s fabulous. It’s action-packed. It’s beautiful. It’s heartfelt. And it’s only the beginning!! I can’t wait for the next book to release. Fans of romantic suspense will want this book on their shelves!!

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

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 85 novels with more than 1 million books sold, including the Global Search and Rescue and the Montana Rescue series, as well as Sunrise. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan makes her home in Minnesota. Find her online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook @SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @SusanMayWarren. 

I hope you all enjoy this story as much as I did. It’s an excellent read!

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

Blog Blitz: The Siren of Sussex

Hello, all! I hope you are settling into the new year. Have you made any bookish goals? Do you have a list for your TBR? I was blessed to be asked to read and review several great books for the month of January. One I am excited to share with you today is The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews. A special thank-you to the publisher, Berkley, for my copy of this story.

About the Book:

Releases January 11th, 2022

USA Today bestselling historical romance writer Mimi Matthews makes her Berkley debut with a boldly feminist tale about a daring equestrienne in her quest for independence just as the birth of haute couture takes the echelons of Victorian society by storm.

Matthews’ novel is inspired by the real-life Pretty Horsebreakers, a scandalous group of equestriennes and infamous courtesans at the forefront of fashion trends in Victorian London who defied the rules of polite society, and Charles Worth, the father of haute couture. THE SIREN OF SUSSEX (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; January 11, 2022) introduces Evelyn Maltravers, an incurable bluestocking determined to make her first and only season in London a roaring success.

Evelyn Maltravers is not exactly the woman who comes to mind when picturing a distinguished lady of the ton. More suited to riding than dancing, and much more opinionated than a young lady ought to be, her chances of securing a successful match have always been slim. But after her eldest sister is embroiled in scandal, that is exactly what she must do. Freshly arrived in London, Evelyn has one season to secure a husband and ensure both her own future and that of her four younger sisters. While Evelyn knows she will never dazzle the ton in a ballroom, there is one place where she has the advantage over all the ladies of polite society—on horseback in Rotten Row. But if she is to rival the alluring beauty of the Pretty Horsebreakers, she will need a tailor unafraid to take risks to make her the most fashionable equestrienne of the ton.

Evelyn turns to half-Indian dressmaker Ahmad Malik, who has a unique talent for bringing out his clients’ best features. Despite the inherent barriers he faces to becoming part of high society, Ahmad is working toward owning his own shop by designing the eye-catching habits of the Pretty Horsebreakers. Evelyn is convinced that Ahmad is the only person who can make her debut at Rotten Row a success. Ahmad knows that Evelyn, a fierce and confident woman on horseback, is the perfect muse, and an alluring subject to display his designs to the ton, if only he can set aside the intense attraction he feels for her.

With both their futures at stake, Ahmad will have to turn the diamond in the rough into the diamond of the season—while they both strive not to lose their hearts in the process.

Mimi Matthews delivers an enthralling romance while exploring themes of race, class, and the lingering effects of British colonialism. Drawing from her own Indian heritage and experience as an avid horse rider, Matthews brings to life Ahmad and Evelyn, two outsiders who change the course of Victorian society.

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My Review

The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews is an exhilarating ride through a Victorian London social season from a unique and refreshing perspective. The story of Evelyn Maltravers and her daring, unconventional approach to finding a husband immediately stole my attention. I loved her boldness and her strength, despite her many self-perceived weaknesses.

Ahmad Malik is incredibly interesting in so, so many ways. Handsome, talented, and an exquisite gentleman, he is a dark and brooding hero. I LOVED learning more about the fashion of the time, especially the riding habits. And it was interesting learning about his heritage and the struggles he (and so many others) faced.

Together, Evelyn and Ahmad form a daring, innovative partnership. The energy between them was electrifying, their friendship genuine, and their faith in each other encouraging. I adored them together and cheered them on as they reached for their greatest desires.

Overall, I loved this story. I was addicted to each page and was thrilled with the unique characters. They were characters that lived on the fringe of fashionable society or society in general but still had the courage to dream big dreams and chase them with all their hearts.

Fans of historical fiction/historical romance, especially Victorian-era, will enjoy this story. 

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

About the Author

Photo credit: Berkley Jove (TR)

USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library JournalPublishers WeeklyBooklist, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, and two Siamese cats. Learn more online at mimimatthews.com.

Excerpt from The Siren of Sussex:

A surge of disappointment dimmed Evelyn’s smile. It occurred to her, quite suddenly, how little she knew about him.

Of course, he must have a sweetheart. Heaven’s sake, he was probably married! Just because he didn’t wear a wedding band didn’t mean he didn’t have a wife—and probably several children besides. It was none of her affair.

She turned back to the shelves. “In that case . . . What about a romance?”

“No romances,” he said darkly.

“No?” Was he one of those stuffy men who disapproved of romance novels? Many did. Even so, she’d expected better of him. A man who designed clothing so beautifully shouldn’t be averse to sentiment. “What about this one, then? Silas Marner. It only came out last year.”

Mr. Malik drew it from the shelf. It was bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. “What’s it about?”

“An individual and his place in society. The hero of the story is a weaver. A man with no family to speak of, who keeps himself apart from his community.”

“A bit too close to home.” He returned the book to the shelf. “She needs something bright. Something to boost her spirits.”

Evelyn wondered why. Was she ill? Melancholic? Had she had some sort of disappointment? “In that case”—she reached for a Jane Austen novel—“I recommend this one.”

He took it from her, giving the title a dubious glance. “Northanger Abbey.”

“It’s Miss Austen’s satire of a Gothic novel. A vastly entertaining read. It should take her mind off whatever it is that’s troubling her.”

Mr. Malik thumbed through the pages. His expression was doubtful.

“I confess,” she said “there is a romance in the story, but it’s witty rather than mawkish. I can’t imagine she won’t enjoy it.”

“It’s still a romance.”

A cough sounded nearby, along with the thump of books being shoved back on a shelf. It was a reminder that she and Mr. Malik weren’t alone. Far from it. The shop seemed to be growing busier.

Evelyn sunk her voice. “What does she have against romance?”

“Nothing,” he replied, his tone equally low. “I just don’t want her to get any ideas.”

“Ideas about what?”

“About happily-ever-afters.”

The wide swell of Evelyn’s skirts brushed his leg. She belatedly realized that she’d drawn closer to him. That their conversation had taken on an air of intimacy. “You object to them?”

“I don’t believe in fairy tales,” he said.

She gave him an amused look. “Is that what they are?”

“In my experience.”

“How illuminating.”

“Is it?” He turned another page.

“Indeed. You’re a cynic, Mr. Malik. I wouldn’t have thought it.”

“I’m a realist.”

“Happily-ever-afters are real. For some people, at least. And even if they weren’t . . . A little romance never hurt anyone.”

His eyes lifted to hers. There was an expression in them that was hard to read. “You think not?”

Butterflies unfurled their wings in her stomach. The same feeling she’d had when she’d first touched his hand. A fluttering, breathless sensation. As if her corset had been laced too tightly. “No,” she said. And then she thought of Fenny. “Not in a novel, anyway.”

His mouth curled into the barest hint of a smile.

Once again, she had the unsettling sensation that he could read her mind. She took a step back from him. “Forgive me, but I mustn’t linger. My maid is waiting for me.”

He closed the book, clutching it in his hand. “Thank you for your help.”

“It was my pleasure. I hope your . . .” Wife? Sweetheart? “I hope she enjoys the story.”

“My cousin.”

Evelyn nearly stumbled in the process of taking another step backward. “I beg your pardon?”

“The book is for my cousin.”

His words penetrated before she could school her features. She was certain an expression of relief passed over her face.

She was equally certain that he saw it.

Heaven only knew what he must think.

“Your cousin. Well, that’s . . . that’s splendid.” Splendid? Evelyn’s eyes closed against a swell of embarrassment. She was quite ready to disappear into a hole in the earth. She took another step back. “Please convey my regards.”

His smile broadened. “I shall.”

From THE SIREN OF SUSSEX published by arrangement with Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2021 by Mimi Matthews.

This little happenstance meeting in a book shop (so romantic!) was a favorite scene. It was fun to see Evelyn thrown off balance a bit since she is usually so sure of herself. I hope you enjoy reading The Siren of Sussex as much as I did. Mimi Matthews has become a Victorian-era favorite!

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone Takeover Tour and Giveaway!

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone by David James Warren, hosted byJustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Titles: Cast the First Stone, No Unturned Stone, Sticks and Stone, Set in Stone, Blood from a Stone, Heart of Stone

Series: The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #1-6

Author: David James Warren

Publisher: TriStone Media

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Time Travel Detective Series

Cast the First Stone
No Unturned Stone
Sticks and Stone
Set In Stone
Blood from a Stone
Heart of Stone

Strap in for the mild-bending, time travel thrill ride of the True Lies of Rembrandt Stone, by author David James Warren (the pseudonym of authors Susan May Warren, James L. Rubart, and David C. Warren).

It started with the chance to go back and fix the past–solve the one case that always haunted him. It ended in former Detective Rembrandt Stone finding himself tangled in time, chasing a serial killer across multiple timelines, searching for an answer that will save the people he loves. He’ll discover himself in a way he never thought possible…and if he plays the game right, find an ending that is beyond his wildest dreams.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, David Curtis Warren

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.

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David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone (6 books, print US only, ebook available internationally)

(1) winner will receive The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone audiobook set (6 audiobooks)

Rembrandt Stone JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight December 13, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on December 20, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. print US only, international ebook. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Lost in the Darkness & a Giveaway

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Lost in Darkness by Michelle Griep, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Title: Lost in Darkness

Series: Of Monsters and Men

Author: Michelle Griep

Publisher: Barbour Books

Release Date: November 1, 2021

Genre: Christian Gothic Romance / Historical Suspense

Even if there be monsters, there is none so fierce as that which resides in man’s own heart.

Enchanting Regency-Era Gothic Romance Intertwined with Inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein  

Travel writer Amelia Balfour’s dream of touring Egypt is halted when she receives news of a revolutionary new surgery for her grotesquely disfigured brother. This could change everything, and it does. . .in the worst possible way.

Surgeon Graham Lambert has suspicions about the doctor he’s gone into practice with, but he can’t stop him from operating on Amelia’s brother. Will he be too late to prevent the man’s death? Or to reveal his true feelings for Amelia before she sails to Cairo?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Griep

Michelle Griep has 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 www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And guess what? She loves to hear from readers! Feel free to drop her a note at michellegriep@gmail.com.

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Tacos for Two

Everyone loves tacos, am I right? If you’re looking for a light-hearted, rom-com of a book, then Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant will fulfill your wishes! And if you happen to love one of the classics, You Got Mail, then you’ll enjoy all the fun references and quotes to the movie.

So get ready to have your appetite enticed and your funny bone tickled when sparks start flying between Rory and Jude, also known online as Colormeturquoise and Strongerman99. Things are sure to get heated!

Thanks to Revell for my copy!

More About the Book

Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can’t cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red–and an upcoming contest during Modest’s annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site.

Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father’s law firm, and the food truck festival seems like the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. But if he loses the contest, he’s back at the law firm for good. Failure is not an option.

Complications arise when Rory’s chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he’s been falling for online the past month.

Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one?

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My Thoughts

Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant is a sweet, small-town romance with spicy twists and endearing references to You Got Mail. Although the story was more light-hearted most of the time and made me laugh out loud often, it still touched on deeper subjects such as grief, insecurity, and the frustrations of dealing with family.

I loved Rory’s (Colormeturquoise) quirkiness, her steller memorization of movie lines, and the love and loyalty she had for her family. Her hot/cold demeanor and easily roused temper put me off a little, but as I gained a full picture of her past through the story, I understood the reasons behind her insecurity and lack of trust. I still enjoyed her character and was so proud of her by the end.

Jude (Strongerman99) is an all-around good guy from an all-around not-good family. I admired his drive to break the cycle of negativity, manipulation, and dishonesty by forging his own path. It didn’t hurt that he’s an attractive, intelligent man with a big, soft heart. I loved watching him grow into himself as he found his own way.

Truthfully, all the other characters are fantastic as well. Independent. Vivid. Genuine. Rory has such a wonderful support group between Nicole, Hannah, and Grady. I loved that trio and felt they were a well of inspiration and wisdom. And man, I wish I had Hannah’s confidence and insight into the world around me. What a jewel!

Overall, I enjoyed this story. I got distracted by the hot/cold nature of Rory and Jude’s relationship but held out hope for Colormeturquoise and Strongerman99. This story is a clean/sweet light-hearted romance. Faith is mentioned in passing, but there is not a strong spiritual arc for the characters. Still, the story is entertaining and will make you crave tacos!

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

Happy Reading and God bless!

–Kristina