Saturday, November 16, 2019

"Lake Season" by Denise Hunter -- Book Review and Blog Tour

About the Book

Book: Lake Season
Author: Denise Hunter
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Lake SeasonA lost letter, a new love, and old secrets beckon this summer at the Bluebell Inn.
When their parents die in a tragic accident, Molly Bennett and her siblings pull together to fulfill their parents’ dream: turning their historic Bluebell, North Carolina home back into an inn. The situation would just be temporary—three years at the most—then they would sell the inn and Molly could get back to chasing her own dreams.
Adam Bradford (aka bestselling author Nathanial Quinn) is a reclusive novelist with a bad case of writer’s block. Desperate for inspiration as his deadline approaches, he travels to the setting of his next book, a North Carolina lake town. There he immediately meets his muse, a young innkeeper who fancies herself in love with his alter ego.
Molly and Adam strike up an instant friendship. When Molly finds a long-lost letter in the walls of her inn she embarks on a mission with Adam to find the star-crossed lovers and bring them the closure they deserve. But Adam has secrets of his own. Past and present collide as truths are revealed, and Molly and Adam will have to decide if love is worth trusting.
My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Lake Season". I loved the idea of finding an old letter in the wall and figuring out the mystery behind it and the people it involved. I liked Adam and his cerebral ways and Molly and her personable cheerfulness. There were many emotions while I read the book. I had a "What if" questions early on in my reading that turned out to be what actually happened so it wasn't as big of a deal for me when I got to that part, but it was still exciting to read. It made me want to go visit the Bluebell Inn and meet Molly, Grace, and Levi (and Adam if he was around). There was a light spiritual thread and the characters grew through the things that they went through. I look forward to reading more of Denise Hunter's books.

About the Author

Hunter DeniseDenise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. To learn more about Denise, visit her website DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: deniseahunter.

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Blog Stops

The Power of Words, November 12
Mia Reads, November 13
Back Porch Reads, November 13
Carla Loves To Read, November 14
All-of-a-kind Mom, November 14
Among the Reads, November 14
Genesis 5020, November 14
Wishful Endings, November 15
CarpeDiem, November 15
Older & Smarter?, November 16
Cultivating Us, November 16
Inside the Wong Mind, November 16
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 17
Avid Reader Nurse, November 17
For Him and My Family, November 18
Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 18
Splashes of Joy, November 18
Robin’s Nest, November 19
Mary Hake, November 19
Baker Kella, November 19
Simple Harvest Reads, November 20 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
SusanLovesBooks, November 20
Vicky Sluiter, November 21
Quiet Quilter, November 22
Andrea Christenson, November 22
Pause for Tales, November 22
Hallie Reads, November 23
Texas Book-aholic, November 24
janicesbookreviews, November 24
A Reader’s Brain, November 24
Inklings and notions, November 24
Batya’s Bits, November 25
Livin’ Lit, November 25
Remembrancy, November 25


"Lake Season" is available in paperback:
  • Series: A Bluebell Inn Romance (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 12, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785222723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785222729
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 5552 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 12, 2019)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2019
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07QH4MQDY

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

"Love's Allegiance" by Linda Shenton Matchett -- Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Love’s Allegiance
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre:  Historical Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2019
Love's Allegiance ebook jpg coverWith most U.S. boys fighting for Uncle Sam in far off countries, Rochelle Addams has given up hope for a wedding in her future. Then she receives an intriguing offer from a distant relative to consider a marriage of convenience.
Conscientious objector Irwin Terrell is looking forward to his assignment at Shady Hills Mental hospital to minister to the less fortunate in lieu of bearing arms. At the arrival of the potential bride his father has selected for him, Irwin’s well-ordered life is turned upside down. And after being left at the altar two years ago, he has no interest in risking romance again.
Despite his best efforts to remain aloof to Rochelle, Irwin is drawn to the enigmatic and beautiful young woman, but will time run out before his wounded heart can find room for her?
Inspired by the biblical love story of Rebekkah and Isaac, Love’s Allegiance explores the struggles and sacrifices of those whose beliefs were at odds with a world at war.
My Thoughts

"Love's Allegiance" is the fourth book in the Wartime Brides series set during WWII. It is a standalone book, however, and you don't have to have read the other books first. It wasn't until the end of the third chapter that I realized that this was a retelling of the Biblical story of Isaac and Rebekah. I like how Linda Shenton Matchett used the same first initial for the characters (Isaac/Irwin & Rebekah/Rochelle). There was a nice faith thread through the book. The information about the COs during the war was interesting. I didn't know that they had to register with the Selective Service. The book was a fast read. I look forward to reading more books by Linda Shenton Matchett.

About the Author

Linda Matchett Head ShotLinda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

More from Linda

Love’s Allegiance is the fourth book in the Wartime Brides series that retells biblical stories by setting them during World War II. Each story was challenging to write in some way, and this novella was no different.
While brainstorming ways to twist Rebekkah’s and Isaacs’s love story, I happened to take a phone call from my younger brother who is a pastor. I mentioned my quandary that I wasn’t sure which aspect of the home front to address with their story, and he suggested the topic of conscientious objectors (COs).
After we hung up, I realized I knew very little about COs and that I wasn’t sure how I felt about them. Were they cowards, as many people assumed? Were they right? Wrong? Were their convictions biblically based?
I began my research by reading first person account articles and watched oral history interviews with men who served in the Civilian Public Service, a government organization created to use COs who refused military service as medics and other non-combatant roles. More than 12,000 conscientious objectors chose not to take up arms during the war, and I knew I had to tell their side of the story.

Blog Stops

Batya’s Bits, November 9
Betti Mace, November 11
Rebecca Tews, November 11
Genesis 5020, November 12
mpbooks, November 13
As He Leads is Joy, November 13
Back Porch Reads, November 15
Texas Book-aholic, November 17
For Him and My Family, November 17
janicesbookreviews, November 19
Inspired by fiction, November 19
A Reader’s Brain, November 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away all four books in the Wartime Brides series and a $10 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/f029/love-s-allegiance-celebration-tour-giveaway

"Love's Allegiance" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Wartime Brides (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Shortwave Press (August 15, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0998526584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998526584
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Shortwave Press (August 15, 2019)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07V1XWZKX

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

"Deadly Christmas Pretense" by Dana Mentink -- Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway

 About the Book

Book: Deadly Christmas Pretense
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre:  Christian Suspense, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: November 4, 2019
Deadly Christmas Pretense CoverA cowboy to her rescue…but she’s not who he thinks she is.
Posing as her sister for Christmas is the only way to save her, but Maggie Lofton needs help—even if it means working with her twin’s cowboy ex-boyfriend, Liam Pike. But between the bull’s-eye on her back and the dangerous connection she’s forming with Liam, Maggie’s mission is harder than expected. Will their tenuous partnership be enough to shield her when the killer closes in?
Book #2 in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series


My Thoughts

"Deadly Christmas Pretense" is the second book in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series and it was fun to get to see the characters we had gotten to know from the first book. I enjoyed reading this story. It kept me turning pages to see what was going to happen next. Liam was sweet and caring, but also fiercely protective. Maggie was humble and determined to help. Dana Mentink is an expert at writing characters that make you love them...or hate them! I look forward to reading more books by Dana Mentink.

About the Author

Dana-MentinkDana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the  nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

More from Dana

I just love Christmas, don’t you? In our area we have a lovely holiday train. It’s an old steam type train which is decked out in lights for festive holiday tours. I was so thrilled that this cover features just such a train. Of course, in the novel the train is the scene of hair raising danger! Maggie, our heroine in this novel, is a cook. She serves up some mouth watering dishes (when she’s not dodging a killer.) I thought perhaps you might enjoy a Mentink holiday family recipe! God bless you as we enter this holiday season!

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, November 1
Emily Yager, November 1
KarenSueHadley , November 2
Blogging With Carol, November 2
Batya’s Bits, November 2
Bigreadersite, November 3
She Lives to Read, November 3
Genesis 5020, November 4
mpbooks, November 4
Betti Mace, November 5
Quiet Workings, November 5
Older & Smarter?, November 7
Maureen’s Musings, November 7
Splashes of Joy , November  8
Moments, November 8
EmpowerMoms, November 9
Remembrancy, November 10
Pause for Tales, November 10
For the Love of Books, November 11
Hallie Reads, November 11
Daysong Reflections, November 12
Texas Book-aholic, November 13
janicesbookreviews, November 14
Inklings and notions, November 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a  a book necklace, Amazon gift card, and a paperback 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.

"Deadly Christmas Pretense" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Roughwater Ranch Cowboys
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense; Original edition (November 5, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 133523246X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1335232465
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1256 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense; Original edition (November 1, 2019)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2019
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07QLF9XHT

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.