Friday, January 24, 2020

"The Way of the Brave" by Susan May Warren

About the Book  


Former pararescue jumper Orion Starr is haunted by the memory of a rescue gone wrong. He may be living alone in Alaska now, but the pain of his failure--and his injuries--has followed him there from Afghanistan. He has no desire to join Hamilton Jones's elite rescue team, but he also can't shirk his duty when the call comes in to rescue three lost climbers on Denali.

Former CIA profiler and psychiatrist Jenny Calhoun's yearly extreme challenge with her best friends is her only escape from the guilt that has sunk its claws into her. As a consultant during a top-secret mission to root out the Taliban, she green-lighted an operation that ended in ambush and lives lost. When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she'll be forced to trust her life and the lives of her friends to the most dangerous of heroes--the man she nearly killed.

Her skills and his experience are exactly what's needed to prevent another tragedy--but in order to truly set Orion free from his painful past, Jenny will have to reveal hers. They'll have to put their wounds behind them to survive, but at what cost?

Leap into action with this high-octane, breakneck new series from bestselling author Susan May Warren.


My Thoughts

When I finished "The Way of the Brave", I just sat and stared into space in a bit of daze while I came back to the reality of life around me. The book caught me up in an avalanche of adventure and emotion. The story hit the ground running and never let up all the way through to the end. The characters are realistically flawed and relatable. I did not want to put the book down and read it mostly in one day. There is a great spiritual faith thread through the book and many good biblical principles are shared. This book (and the series) is interwoven with the Marshalls of Montana series, so some characters and events are shared. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

About the Author

With over 1 million books sold, critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over seventy-five novels with Revell, Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas  novellas.

With books translated into eight languages, many of her novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award.

Of her books, Publisher’s Weekly has written, “Warren lays bare her characters’ human frailties, including fear, grief, and resentment, as openly as she details their virtues of love, devotion, and resiliency. She has crafted an engaging tale of romance, rivalry, and the power of forgiveness.”

And Library Journal adds, “Warren's characters are well-developed and she knows how to create a first rate contemporary romance…”

Susan is also a nationally acclaimed writing coach, teaching at conferences around the nation and winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year award. She loves to help people launch their writing careers and is the founder of Novel.Academy and www.LearnHowtoWriteaNovel.com, a writing website that helps authors get published and stay published. She’s also the author of the popular writing method, The Story Equation.



"The Way of the Brave" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Global Search and Rescue (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 7, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800735846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800735845
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 10867 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 7, 2020)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2020
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07VNHDB1J


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.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

"The Thief of Lanwyn Manor" by Sarah E. Ladd -- Book Review & Blog Tour

About the Book

Book: The Thief of Lanwyn Manor
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Genre: Regency Romance
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Thief of Lanwyn ManorIn this sweet Regency romance, Julia knows Matthew Blake, copper mine owner and very eligible bachelor, is the gentleman she should set her eyes upon. But why can’t she steal her gaze away from his younger brother, Isaac?
Cornwall, England 1818—Julia Twethewey needs a diversion to mend her broken heart, so when her cousin invites her to Lanwyn Manor, Julia eagerly accepts. Lanwyn Manor is at the heart of Cornwall’s mining industry, and as a guest Julia is swept into its intricate world. It’s not long, though, before she realizes something dark lurks in the home’s ancient halls.
As a respected mine owner’s younger son, Isaac Blake is determined to keep his late father’s legacy alive through the family business, despite his brother’s careless attitude. In order to save their livelihood—and the livelihood of those around them—the brothers approach the master of Lanwyn Manor with plans to bolster the floundering local industry. Isaac can’t deny his attraction to the man’s charming niece, but his brother has made his intentions to court the lovely guest clear. And Isaac knows his place.
When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and items go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their own best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender.


My Thoughts
"The Thief of Lanwyn Manor" is the second book in the Cornwall Novels series. I always think it is best to read books in order, but I think that you could read this book without having read the first book. You do meet Julia in the first book and learn about her Uncle Jac coming to be their guardian, but I don't think that you would have gaping holes in the story from not reading it first. I liked Julia and her spunk and her wish to be kind to the people of Goldweth. I also liked Isaac's quiet, steady nature. I found the book well written and easy to read. The mystery behind what was happening kept me turning pages. I figured out one of the players behind the mystery, but not what was going on. I wish I could go visit Lanwyn Manor and check out the hidden rooms and secret passages. I look forward to reading more books by Sarah E. Ladd.

About the Author

sarahladdSarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

Read an Excerpt

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Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, January 13
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Pause for Tales, January 16
Wishful Endings, January 16
deb’s Book Review, January 16
Betti Mace, January 17
KarenSueHadley, January 17
Robin’s Nest, January 18
Remembrancy, January 19
Hallie Reads, January 20
Blogging With Carol, January 20
Life of Literature, January 21
Danielle Lozada, January 21
She Lives to Read, January 22
By The Book, January 23
SPLASHES of Joy, January 23
Mary Hake, January 24
Back Porch Reads, January 24
Daysong Reflections, January 24
Mamma Loves Books, January 25
Hookmeinabook, January 26
Simple Harvest Reads, January 26 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
"The Thief of Lanwyn Manor" is available in paperback:
  • Series: The Cornwall Novels (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 7, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785223185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785223184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 6942 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 7, 2020)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2020
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07QK5V28X

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.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

"Their Wander Canyon Wish" by Allie Pleiter -- Book Review

About the Book  

Can two little girls find their mom a match?

Their mother needs a fresh start…Could he be what they’ve been waiting for?

Back in her hometown with her twin daughters, widow Marilyn Sofitel is set on never falling in love again. She’s sure her heart is safe spending time with Wyatt Walker as he works to fix the carousel her girls love. Everyone knows he’s handsome, charming…and trouble. But as they grow closer, might their unlikely friendship to develop into something deeper?



My Thoughts

I enjoyed reading "Their Wander Canyon Wish". I felt that it was well written and that it had a nice flow (There were a few instances where Maddie was called Maggie, but that wasn't too big of a deal). I found the characters to be realistic and I connected with them even though I wasn't like either one of them personally. Maddie and Margie were adorable additions to the story and I loved their interactions with Wyatt. I found the story thread dealing with dyslexia to be interesting and well done. There is  also a faith thread woven through the story. I liked how the characters grew throughout the story. This is the first book I've read by Allie Pleiter and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

About the Author 


An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter spends her days writing books and finding new ways to avoid housework. She grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in Speech from Northwestern University, and speaks nationally on writing, faith, and creative productivity. Allie currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Sign up for her newsletter at http://alliepleiter.com/contact.html



"Their Wander Canyon Wish" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Wander Canyon
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired; Original edition (January 21, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1335487964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1335487964
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches


and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1499 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired; Original edition (February 1, 2020)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2020
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07VZY5TLD

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.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

"Freedom in the Mountain Wind" by Misty M. Beller -- Book Review, Blog Tour, & Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Freedom in the Mountain Wind
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: January 14, 2020
The last epic journey before her life changes forever.
Susanna Wilkins will do anything to make her father’s final dream come true, including trek along the path Lewis and Clark explored into the untamed wilds of the Rocky Mountains. Every mile is more crucial now that lung cancer is stealing Pa’s last days faster than she can come to terms with losing him. The journey becomes harder than she ever expected, but paddling upriver through fierce rapids and fighting hungry grizzlies isn’t what terrifies her the most.
Beaver Tail endured more than he can stand from the women in his Blackfoot camp, but the last disaster gave him the final shove he needed to join this band of brothers searching for one of their group who’s gone missing. The last thing he expected was to find a white woman and her sick father stranded at the base of massive waterfall. His plan is to help them carry their oversize canoe and supplies, then leave them to their strange mission. Yet, the more he learns about the pair, the more he realizes his life is about to be derailed—again.
From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.
My Thoughts

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun change of pace from a woman needing to get through the mountains for some reason and her falling in love with the man who helps her. There was adventure and peril. I liked Beaver Tail and his protectiveness and his gentle ways. I like Susanna as well and ached with her over her losses. There was a nice biblical spiritual thread woven through the book and I appreciated the fact that they mentioned the fact that a believer couldn't marry a non-believer. I think I had an ARC, so it was probably fixed, but the horses kept changing from being geldings to mares and sometimes both at the same time (The gelding raised her head.) which made it a little odd. I look forward to reading more in this series.

About the Author

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

More from Misty

When God Directs a Google Search…
I’m a history lover, but you may have guessed that since I write historical romance stories. 😊 Most of my books are set in the Rocky Mountains during the mid-1800s, but as I began brainstorming ideas for this new series, my heart became drawn earlier to the earlier part of the century—a time period with which I wasn’t quite as familiar with the history.
I love when God orchestrates even the most mundane part of our lives, including Google searches! During one particular search (I can’t even remember what I was originally looking for), I stumbled across part of a journal entry from the Lewis and Clark expedition, which trekked across Montana during the time period I was looking into. I’d forgotten that expedition had even entered the territory that would later become Montana, but now I was fascinated.
After finding an audiobook of the abridged journals of Lewis and Clark, I happily listened to almost 19 hours of fascinating stories from the Corp of Exploration’s journey up the Missouri River and across the mountains to the Pacific Ocean, then back mostly the over the same path they’d come. The stories the men told were so amazing, and the detail of their trials so absorbing, I’ve actually re-listened to the audiobook twice! Many of the true tales wouldn’t be believable in fiction, but as I listened, my mind formed the premise for Freedom in the Mountain Wind: a father/daughter duo who sets out almost two decades after Lewis and Clark’s journey, determined to retrace the steps of that famous expedition.
I hope you enjoy this story as much as I loved writing it! And whether you’re a history lover or not, I pray that you too will be touched by this “epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.”

Blog Stops

Simple Harvest Reads, January 15 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Daysong Reflections, January 15
Genesis 5020, January 16
Connect in Fiction, January 17
SPLASHES of Joy, January 17
Emily Yager, January 18
Mary Hake, January 20
Wishful Endings, January 21
All-of-a-kind Mom, January 21
Pause for Tales, January 22
Bigreadersite, January 22
Betti Mace, January 23
Older & Smarter?, January 24
Rebecca Tews, January 25
She Lives to Read, January 26
Blessed & Bookish, January 27
janicesbookreviews, January 27
deb’s Book Review, January 27
Texas Book-aholic, January 28
Hook Me In A Book, January 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.




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, January 15, 2020

"The Amish Marriage Bargain" by Marie E. Bast -- Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: The Amish Marriage Bargain
Author: Marie E. Bast
Genre: Amish
Release Date: December 17, 2019
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Will a baby girl bring them together at last?
She’ll do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart.
Nothing can keep May Bender in her Amish hometown—except caring for her baby niece. But the bishop insists that May also marry her widowed brother-in-law, Thad Hochstedler—the beau who jilted her to wed her sister. Can May risk her heart long enough to learn the real reason for Thad’s first marriage…and possibly rediscover their love?


My Thoughts


"The Amish Marriage Bargain" is not listed as being part of a series, but it is definitely the second book in the unnamed series. There were several times that I was very confused about what was going on. Did May move in with Thad and Leah after April died or did she always live there even when Thad and April were married since her father had told her she could live there until she got married? Sarah and Caleb were mentioned and how a pregnant Sarah wanted to take care of Leah since it was her first baby and she wanted to see how it would run in her household, but then it mentions two children and said they were Caleb and Sarah's. That was when I decided to look and sure enough, there was a story about Caleb and Sarah and the two kids were Caleb's from his first marriage. Later on, it mentioned that the pregnancy was the first child of the two of them together. I think it would have made more sense to have that mentioned at the beginning of them coming onto the scene. I liked Thad's care for May and wanting what is best for her, but he didn't fight very hard for her when she came to him after she found out the reason for his first marriage (which I had figured out almost at the beginning). I got a little frustrated with them both not wanting to let the other one know that they loved them.  There was a nice spiritual faith thread in the story. This was a nice story, but I think it would have been better had I read the other book first. I would be interested in reading more books by Marie E. Bast.

About the Author

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Marie E. Bast is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author. Her stories whisper words of hope and healing through complex characters and twisting plots. She enjoys writing Amish, contemporary and historical stories. Married for twenty-eight years, Marie and her husband have two grown sons and one daughter. When she’s not writing, she’s walking, golfing, gardening or spending time with her family. Visit her website at MarieBastAuthor.com or follower her on social media.

More from Marie

Did you know that until as late as the twentieth century, marriage was never based on love?
In fact, the institution of marriage predates recorded history. But in ancient biblical times, the reasons for marriage are numerous. The kings, nobility, wealthy, and aristocratic families used arranged marriages to ensure loyalty between kingdoms, which forced a united bound and ensured the integrity of their inheritance and the family wealth.
Arranged marriages, marriages of convenience, and marriage bargains were practical to keep property and kingdoms intact and in the family line. But these marriage contracts also spilled over into the commoners’ lives. In times of poverty, a daughter was only another mouth to feed and therefore a burden on the family. That fueled the arranged marriages where the groom gave the family money, animals, or some other commodity in exchange for the marriage.
Also, arranged marriages were instrumental for women over the age of 30 who were unwed. Even in the nineteenth century, many women would find that a marriage of convenience was the way to go. Often, a widower needed a mother and housekeeper for his family, and sometimes a woman without means to support herself would readily accept a marriage of convenience. Even today, some cultures still use arranged marriages.
But one of the most unique marriage of convenience is the marriage bargain, and that is the central theme to my newest book, The Amish Marriage Bargain, which releases in book form December 17, 2019, and eBook January 1, 2020. The marriage bargain is the specific negotiation of the terms of the agreement regarding a particular situation and often included land.
After her sister dies, May Bender will do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart. But like the days of old, the bargain goes deeper than that.

Blog Stops

The Power of Words, January 2
The Avid Reader, January 3
Texas Book-aholic, January 4
Vicky Sluiter, January 4
Mary Hake, January 4
Among the Reads, January 6
Betti Mace, January 6
Older & Smarter?, January 7
Batya’s Bits, January 7
janicesbookreviews, January 8
Hallie Reads, January 8
Bigreadersite, January 10
She Lives to Read, January 11
Quiet Quilter, January 12
Pause for Tales, January 12
EmpowerMoms, January 14
Splashes of Joy , January 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Marie is giving away to four winners each a $25 Amazon card will also receive a 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.


"Amish Marriage Bargain" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Love Inspired
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired; Original edition (December 17, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1335487883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1335487889
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1173 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired; Original edition (January 1, 2020)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2020
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07SZ1S7P7

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.