Wednesday, February 28, 2024

"The Rhythm of Fractured Grace" by Amanda Wen

 About the Book

Is Siobhan too far gone to respond to the song of a God who's calling her back to him?

When a new customer brings a badly damaged violin into Siobhan Walsh's shop, it is exactly the sort of challenge she craves. The man who brought it in is not. He's too close to the painful past that left her heart and her faith in shambles.

Matt Buchanan has had a rough start as the new worship pastor. A car accident on his way into town left him with a nearly totaled truck, and an heirloom violin in pieces. When he takes it to a repair shop, he's fascinated with the restoration process--and with the edgy, closed-off woman doing the work.

As their friendship deepens and turns into more, they both discover secrets that force them to face past wounds. And the history of the violin reveals more about their current problems than they could have ever expected.

On the nineteenth-century frontier, a gruesome tomahawk attack wiped out most of Deborah Caldwell's family. Her greatest solace after the tragedy is the music from her father's prized violin. Given her horrendous scars, she'd resigned herself to a spinster's life. But Levi Martinson's gentle love starts to chip away at her hardened heart, until devastating details about the attack are revealed, putting their love--and Deborah's shaky faith--to the ultimate test.

Full of forgiveness and the message that no one is too damaged for God's healing touch, the final book in the split-time Sedgwick County Chronicles will thrill fans of Rachel Hauck, Lisa Wingate, and Kristy Cambron.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed reading this book. I found it to be well written and easy to read. It was fun to see familiar characters in both the current time line but also the historical time line. There is a great biblical faith thread woven through the book and the characters grew throughout the story. There are some heavy subjects covered in the book but they are done in a sensitive way and full of grace. I look forward to reading more books by Amanda Wen.

About the Author

Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women's fiction. She was a 2021 Christy Award finalist for Best Debut Novel for Roots of Wood and Stone, the first book in the Sedgwick County Chronicles. Her pre-publication writing has placed first in multiple contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions Contest. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist. Amanda currently lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and three children.

"The Rhythm of Fractured Grace" is available in paperback:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kregel Publications (February 20, 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0825448492
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0825448492
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.68 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CRWQ7XSN
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kregel Publications (February 20, 2024)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 20, 2024
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5033 KB

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.

Monday, February 26, 2024

"The Last Disciple: Exile in Ephesus" by Kurt Brouwer -- Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book Title: The Last Disciple: Exile in Ephesus
Author Name: Kurt Brouwer
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release Date: March 15, 2024

He awoke jailed in squalor…
Would he complete his final mission?
Or would he fail to record the story only he could tell?
The epic saga of the Last Disciple continues in this captivating Christian historical novel from
Kurt Brouwer.
After surviving imprisonment, John faces his greatest challenge–exile in the distant city of
Ephesus. Struggling with grief and despair over the destruction of Jerusalem, John doubts his
ability to complete the mission entrusted to him by Mary—to write the true gospel account of
Christ’s life.
But in Ephesus, John finds unexpected allies—Timothy, Priscilla, and Tychicus, who share his
passion for spreading the message of God’s love.
As John shares the good news of Jesus, he makes dangerous enemies, including the influential
high priest, Alexander Cosmo, who will stop at nothing to suppress the growing Christian faith.
Amid opposition from without and internal divisions from within the early church, John must
contend with those pressuring believers to adopt Jewish law and compromise the radical
teachings of Christ.
When tragedy strikes those close to him, can John’s fragile hope be rekindled? Will he finally
show the world all the signs, miracles, and events he witnessed on his journey with Jesus?
Don’t miss this page-turning story of faith, courage, and love.

Book Excerpt

Chapter One

Spring 70 AD, Antioch
John’s eyes snapped open, and he turned his head wildly, straining to see something, anything! He
reached his hands toward his eyes but made little progress, for he was bound —hand and foot—by
heavy chains. In panic, he thrashed about blindly.
After a minute, he stopped—at each movement the metal manacles sliced into the skin on his ankles
and wrists. He fell back, exhausted, angry, and miserable. “Where am I, Lord?”
He heard a nearby chuckle. “Don’t know about any lords, but ye be in jail. These quarters were
provided by the Roman governor, his high and mighty self.”
John realized he lay in chains, surrounded by other men. All around him, he heard groans, chains
clanking, snoring, whimpering, crying out in pain. “Who’re you?”
“Polite, ain’t ye?”
Nothing made sense. John knew not why he lay in utter darkness, bloody, chained, and dirty. Nor
who this chuckling man was.
Waves of pain from his flayed hands and feet washed over him, helping to clear his fuzzy thoughts.
Each breath caused a surge of pain in his chest, yet it brought a flash of clarity, a vision of a Roman
galley tied up to the wharf in Antioch.

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About the Author

Kurt is a Christian and a member of a vibrant Christian church on the Big Island of Hawaii. He
also loves to write. In addition to all the usual temptations writers face, Kurt has to fight off the
lure of beautiful beaches, pounding surf, great weather, and lush golf courses. Can you imagine?
Despite those temptations, he writes The Last Disciple series of Christian historical novels and
he regularly writes blog posts at
A few years ago Kurt did a study for his church on the Apostle John. That little project got him
hooked on the man who started out life as a fisherman and then became the last disciple of
Christ. The more Kurt learned about John, the more he wanted to know.
If you’ve ever been obsessed by anything, you’ll understand that he couldn’t stop researching the
life of John and all those around him. And the result of all that research is:
The Last Disciple Series
The Last Disciple is a series of Christian novels based on the Bible and Christian history. The
first in the series: The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem, begins in the year 62 AD. In it, you
walk with John through the streets of Jerusalem. See how he faces multiple crises and comes to
understand what it is to stand alone and lean only on the Lord.
This book, The Last Disciple: Exile in Ephesus is the third in the series, with two more books
planned. Kurt is now writing the fourth book, The Last Disciple: Gospel of John.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

"Finally His Bride" by Jody Hedlund

 About the Book

Series: Bride Ships: New Voyages 1
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: February 13, 2024
Genre: Historical Romance

A new world. A new hope. An unexpected love.

What life awaits these brides?

With the cotton mills closed and hunger rampant in Manchester, England, Willow Rhodes’s family encourages her to join the bride ship bound for the Pacific Northwest, where she is assured of employment. Willow agrees to go with the hope that eventually she can save enough money for her family to join her.

Rebellious knuckle-boxing champion Caleb Edwards loves Willow more than life itself. But Willow has been adamant that she sees him as a friend and nothing more. Unable to watch her sail away, Caleb uses his prize money to pay for passage to Vancouver Island to be with Willow.

After arriving, Willow finds work as a maid and Caleb is a farmhand on the same property. As Caleb struggles to keep his feelings for Willow from growing, he’ll do anything for her, even take the blame for a theft to keep her safe. As the crime catches up to them, they’re forced to make choices that could finally rip them apart forever.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed reading this story and getting to see more of the bride ships in action although this story wasn't a true bride ships romance since Willow and Caleb knew each other before coming to Victoria. I wanted to shake the both of them and tell them to just own up to how they felt about each other. They could have gotten to their happily ever after so much sooner if they had. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

"Finally His Bride" is available in paperback:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sunrise Publishing (February 12, 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 324 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1953783767
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1953783769
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.81 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sunrise Publishing (February 13, 2024)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 13, 2024
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3780 KB

Monday, February 19, 2024

"War Songs" by Brett Nelson -- Author Interview


About the Book

Book: War Songs

Author: Brett Nelson

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction/Spiritual Warfare

Release Date: February 6, 2022

Trigger WarningWAR SONGS is free of profanity and sexual situations (There is some mild slang terminology spoken by fallen angels and certain human characters, ex: c**p, w**re, etc). Also, there is one short scene in the book that depicts violence with very minimal graphic details that could be triggering and/or upsetting for some readers.

There is an invisible realm around us that we can neither discern with our eyes nor hear with our ears. This invisible realm is where the powers of darkness and light reside. They can see and hear us, but we cannot see and hear them.

Jenner Alekson is a leader in his praise and worship band that travels extensively in the tri-state area of Cape Kennington, North Carolina. He makes little money in his chosen profession, yet the rewards he reaps in obedience to his call of ministry are eternal, and that’s enough for him.

Always happy with all aspects of his existence, Jenner is blindsided when his life suddenly catapults into turmoil, and he is thrust into a crossroads where discontentment, anger, and loss of desire to carry the gospel with his song takes root in an otherwise sheltered and stable life.

Unbeknownst to Jenner, his wife Hyacinth, and best friends Camden and Lucas, a spiritual war rages around them. The powers of darkness will try their best to derail Jenner’s spiritual walk, his marriage, his ministry, then ultimately his life.

Meanwhile across the country, rough and gruff long-haul trucker Arnold Collins leads a different kind of life. He’s a recovering drunk who chases women and is unhappy with an unloving, belligerent wife who could out-cuss any man who ever dared to challenge her. Without a warm and inviting place to call home, Arnold prefers the wide-open road before him.

As he rumbles across the terrain of small-town America one lonely night in his eighteen-wheeler, grumbling about his unfulfilling lot in life, he happens upon a radio preacher. Not interested in religion, he flips past the station with mutters of disdain, but for reasons he cannot explain, he is compelled back to it and hears a sermon he doesn’t understand but can’t get out of his mind.

Will the schemes of the powers of darkness pull Jenner away from the faith that means everything to him? And will the same powers prevent Arnold from finding the faith he needs but never wanted?

Heaven and Earth, light and dark, good and evil, are about to collide in ways Jenner and Arnold and those they love could never imagine.


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Author Interview 

1. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
Hi Becky. Thank you for inviting me to your blog!
When it comes to plotting/not plotting a novel, I’m a little mixture of both. From the
author perspective, there are two camps when it comes to plotting, and whichever
camp an author falls into, they often think that’s the only way to do it.
Most authors are either plotters or pantsers. Plotters are ones who plot their entire
book before they start writing. By the time they start the writing process, their
thorough plotting allows them to know everything that will happen in the book from
beginning to end. It’s a much more efficient way of writing because plotters tend to
not get as stuck in the writing process because they took the time to do all the heavy
lifting before they started writing, which means less risk of writer’s block.
Pantsers, on the other hand, “fly by the seat of their pants.” They don’t plot and they
typically don’t know what is coming up next until they think of it on the spot as they
For me, I fall somewhere in the middle. I don’t completely plot a book down to every
single detail like rigid plotters do, but before I start writing I want to know how the
book will start, how it will end, and all the major plot points that will happen
throughout. I like to have a generic idea of settings and/or characters I want the book
to have, and I’ll do a basic plotting of those too. Even though I always know the major
points of the novel before I start writing, I always have a few scenes that “pop up” out
of the blue throughout the writing process, and those scenes that come at me from out
of nowhere often wind up as my favorite scenes, so I’m flexible enough to run with it
when that happens.
If I have a secondary plotline, before I start writing I need to know what the secondary
plot is and how it will weave into the main story in a natural and precise way.
There are total pantsers out there who do no plotting whatsoever, but bless them, I
don’t know how they do it. For me, I really need to know the overall direction of the
book before I start writing.
Though authors are often adamant that their way of doing it is best, I think being a
mix of a plotter and a pantser is a fine way to work. At the end of the day, though,
authors must do it in a way that provides the best creative flow for them.
2. What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
Believe it or not, before I became an author, I always thought writing the book would
be the most challenging part, but I’ve learned that was a naïve assumption. It turns out
that writing the book, as difficult as it can be at times, is the easy part.
When it comes to the technical side of writing, one of the most difficult things can be
keeping up the momentum in the book so that readers will stay engaged with it and
want to keep reading until the end. It’s a very hard balance to keep because we all as
readers have different ideas of what’s interesting. As a reader there may be a few
chapters in the book I’m reading (I’m a very avid reader) that I find less fascinating,
and I’ll often skim them to get past it, but other readers may find my boring parts as
the best part of the book. Boring parts aren’t necessarily a reflection of the writer’s
skills but often is just a matter of individual reader preference in what they find
Another difficulty is coming up with differing personalities to make characters unique
and to do it in a way that readers will like them. Even the villains and/or unlikeable
ones need to be likeable on some level so that readers won’t hate them. As authors,
it’s our challenging job to find balance in creating characters’ personalities because
some readers will really ding you in reviews if a character is too mean, or too nice, or
too “____” [fill in the blank.] As an author (and as a reader) I tend to like off-the-cuff
characters whose personalities are extreme because more times than not part of the
character’s final transformation is often seeing the error of their ways, finding their
chill, and moving in the direction of becoming a likeable person. I love seeing that
type of positive change in characters so I can overlook unlikeable characters if the
hope of a positive transformation is forthcoming.
Outside of the technical parts of writing, some of the biggest hurdles authors
(especially non-famous authors) face is: 1) Getting our books out there so that all the
readers of the world will know it’s there. That takes a lot of expensive marketing and
promotions, and 2) Getting the necessary Amazon reviews. Since lesser-known
authors don’t have name recognition working for them, we REALLY need our
readers, especially those who enjoy our books, to leave Amazon reviews. I can’t stress
how vitally important reader reviews are for non-famous authors. When prospective
readers don’t know an author, they need the reviews of other readers to give them an
idea of what they thought about the book so they can decide whether they want to give
it a try.
As readers, I know leaving your first few reviews can be daunting, but I urge you to
leave reviews if you don’t, especially for lesser-known authors. Every book needs a
minimum of 50 reviews, so if you as a reader notice that an author’s book has less
than 50 reviews, that’s a great opportunity for readers to help the author by leaving a
much-needed review.
3. Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can
just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
I typically write from home, though I love today’s technology that allows authors to
write from anywhere. I live in the South, which means it’s too brutally hot for nine
months out of the year or too cold for two months out of the year for comfortable
outdoor writing, so most of mine happens indoors.
I’ve tried writing from a local coffee shops/other small businesses a few times, and I
took my laptop to the beach once and once on a cruise, thinking that the change of
scenery would be a cool way to invigorate my creativity Plus, there’s the whole
Hallmarky feeling of writing in a quaint local coffee shop, don’t you think? I found,
though, that none of that worked for me.
In the coffee shop, there was just too much chatter and the constant flow of customers
coming in and out. I found out quickly that busy places aren’t ideal for me. I need a
quiet space to write that’s free of distraction. At the beach and on the cruise, I was on
much-needed vacations and there was, again, too much distraction to get considerable
writing done. I finally realized that my mind needed the vacations and the mental
downtime more than I needed to write a few pages.
So, in short, writing from home is where all the magic happens for me.
4.  What is your work schedule/routine when you write?
In addition to writing, I also have an office day job (can anyone say YUCK…lol), so
my writing is mostly limited to late nights after work and weekends. I’m a night owl
who loathes mornings, so I tend to stay up until midnight or later writing and/or
editing. Lately, I don’t write much on weekends because after working all week, I
need weekends to grocery shop, and visit parents, or just chill and enjoy fun times
with friends and family. Once I get close to finishing a book, or if I’m in a writing
frenzy and the creativity is REALLY flowing fast and furious, I might write for a few
hours on weekends, but it’s mostly nights during the week for me.
5. Do bits of yourself/friends show up in your characters?
I think it’s impossible for an author to not have at least a little of themselves in every
book they write. For me, it’s not something I do with intention, but I can’t tell you
how many friends and family have said, “Oh, my gosh! When such and such character
said such and such, I totally heard your voice!” So, it tends to happen whether I intend
it or not.
When it comes to friends showing up in my books, I don’t usually do that, nor do I
usually use the names of people I know in my books because I like unique names.
That said, I used my best friend Janice’s name in my novel A Christmas to Live For,
but I gave the character a crazy personality that was nothing like my friend’s so the
name was just a fun homage. In When Raindrops Fall, I named one of the characters
Becky, which is another long-time friend of mine. In Unprotected I used my bestie’s
(Christina) parent’s names for a couple of minor characters.
In War Songs, there is a character named Janie, and she thinks she’s the best Christian
who ever walked the Earth, but her actions say otherwise. She is based off a person I
used to go to church with who wasn’t the nicest person to me (her name wasn’t Janie).
Of course, other than making her totally unlikeable and fake like the real person, I
changed everything about the character so much that the person the character is based
on would never see themselves in the character.
So, let that be a moral to you if you know an author: Be nice to them because you
don’t want to be the inspiration for an unsavory character. Then again, maybe you do.

About the Author

Brett Nelson is an Amazon TOP 5 BEST-SELLING author. “When Raindrops Fall” and “War Songs” hit #4 and #2 respectively in the Christian fiction genre, and “A Christmas to Live For” hit #9 in Christian Fiction. He lives in Arkansas, where he was born and raised. He wrote his first novel in 2012, just to see if he could. His goal is to write stories of fiction that are clean, easy to read, fun, and that injects a layer of his faith into every novel. In short, he desires that his readers would finish every novel having experienced a tapestry of emotions from a good healthy cry, fits of amused laughter, soul-splitting inspiration, and everything in between. He has published five novels to date. Book #2 to “War Songs” will publish in Spring 2024, and he is also currently working on Book #2 for “When Raindrops Fall.”

His novel “A Christmas to Live For” won the Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal in Christian Fiction in 2021, and “War Songs” won the Global Book Awards Silver Medal in Christian Fiction in 2022.

Other than writing, reading is one of his favorite things to do on a lazy, rainy day (or a sunny day, or at the beach, or…well, you get the picture).

He enjoys reading the novels of lesser known authors, because you never know when you’ll uncover a new favorite.

More from Brett

“War Songs” was my fourth published novel, and I wrote it because I love books about spiritual warfare. The few that I’ve read, though, lean more on the occultic side than biblically based, which was what I wanted. Spiritual warfare isn’t pictures falling off walls for no reason, or seeing a shadow in the corner, or things that go bump in the night, which is how books that I’ve read tend to depict the subject of spiritual warfare. So, I decided to tackle the subject for myself and write a novel that I would want to read. I’m blessed to have received amazing email feedback about the book from all over the country and even from readers in Pakistan, Germany, the UK, and Canada.

One question that I’m asked a lot is how I came up with the unique angel and demon names (ex: Animi, Mataio, Roga, and Mortol, just to name a few.) In the book, I gave each demon a specific job and/or specialty (discouragement, anger, etc) then I researched the Hebrew/Greek root words for the emotions that the demons represented and created a name based off the root word. It made for some great demon names, even if I do say so myself.

As an author, I rarely use the names of people I personally know in my books. I like to use unique character names that no one in my life has, hence the names of my main characters in “War Songs,” Jenner and Hyacinth. To help find character names, I often go to baby name websites and search until just the right unique name comes along, and the minute I see it, I just know that will be the character’s name. That said, I have given a few special people in my life a shoutout in the books by using their name for a smaller secondary character then giving the character an outlandish personality that is nothing like the person whose name I used.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 8

Artistic Nobody, February 9 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 9

Texas Book-aholic, February 10

Fiction Book Lover, February 11 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 12

Guild Master, February 13 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 14

A Reader’s Brain, February 15 (Author Interview)

Through the Fire Blogs, February 16 (Author Interview)

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, February 16

Lily’s Corner, February 17

Pause for Tales, February 18

Blossoms and Blessings, February 19 (Author Interview)

Splashes of Joy, February 20 (Author Interview)

For the Love of Literature, February 21 (Author Interview)


To celebrate his tour, Brett is giving away the grand prize package of a $100 Amazon Gift Card, an autographed hardback copy of the book, and a bookmark!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

"Embers in the London Sky" by Sarah Sundin

 About the Book

As the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940, Aleida van der Zee Martens escapes to London to wait out the Occupation. Separated from her three-year-old son, Theo, in the process, the young widow desperately searches for her little boy even as she works for an agency responsible for evacuating children to the countryside.

When German bombs set London ablaze, BBC radio correspondent Hugh Collingwood reports on the Blitz, eager to boost morale while walking the fine line between truth and censorship. But the Germans are not the only ones Londoners have to fear as a series of murders flame up amid the ashes.

The deaths hit close to home for Hugh, and Aleida needs his help to locate her missing son. As they work together, they grow closer and closer, both to each other and the answers they seek. But with bombs falling and continued killings, they may be running out of time.

My Thoughts

I found this book to be well written and easy to read. I didn't want to put it down. I liked the characters and found them to be realistic and believable. There is a nice biblical faith thread woven through the story and the characters grew and changed from the beginning of the book to the end. There was a bit of mystery in the story and I did make out part of the answer. This story fleshed out my knowledge of what happened in London during the Blitz of WWII. I look forward to reading more books by Sarah Sundin.

About the Author

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling and Christy Award-winning author of Embers in the London Sky (February 2024), The Sound of Light (2023), Until Leaves Fall in Paris (2022), When Twilight Breaks (2021), and several World War II series.

Sarah's novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. Until Leaves Fall in Paris received the 2022 Christy Award and was a semi-finalist for the 2023 Carol Award, The Sound of Light, When Twilight Breaks, and The Land Beneath Us were finalists for the Christy Award, and The Sky Above Us won the 2020 Carol Award.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in Southern California and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups. Sarah serves as Co-Director for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference.

"Embers in the London Sky" is available in paperback:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Revell (February 6, 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0800741854
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0800741853
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.7 x 1.7 x 7 inches

and in Kindle edition:

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C9S42JLP
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Revell (February 6, 2024)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 6, 2024
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8447 KB

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, February 14, 2024

"A Cherished Betrothal" by Denise Weimer


About the Book

Book: A Cherished Betrothal

Author: Denise Weimer

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: January 23, 2024

He rescued her once, but a chance at love will require the ultimate sacrifice.

Alexander Morris bears the childhood scars of the Long Canes massacre that killed his brother and father. Forced by his dark past into the lonely life of Georgia Ranger, Alexander joins the bordering South Carolina Rangers in their revolt against the Crown. When he’s posted to the fort erected to defend the community once decimated by the massacre, duty demands he court the loyalty of his sworn enemies, the fierce Cherokee warriors.

Elspeth Lawrence never forgot the boy who sacrificed himself for her at Long Canes—any more than she forgot the younger sister taken captive. She’s learned not only to forgive, but also to help minister to the Cherokees at her father’s mission. When Alex Morris arrives at nearby Fort Charlotte, Elspeth finds her memories—and her emotions—stirred. He doesn’t even remember her…or the long-ago attack. But the bitterness that simmers just beneath his stoic exterior—as well as her courtship by a local landowner—challenge their undeniable bond.

When Alex uncovers a long-held secret and a plot to sabotage patriot talks with the Cherokees, he must choose between his desire for revenge and his love for the girl he rescued long ago.


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My Thoughts 

I found this book to be well written. It has a lot of actual historical events in it and I did get a little confused with all the historical people and trying to keep track of which side the were on. The book has a good biblical faith thread and the themes of forgiveness and release are prominent. I liked the characters and seeing them grow. While this is in a series, the books are standalones and don't have overlapping characters at all so you could read them in any order. I look forward to reading more books by Denise Weimer.

About the Author

North Georgia native Denise Weimer has authored over a dozen traditionally published novels and a number of novellas—historical and contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and time slip. As a freelance editor and Acquisitions & Editorial Liaison for Wild Heart Books, she’s helped other authors reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.





More from Denise

That Event That Changed You Forever: The Backstory Catalyst of A Cherished Betrothal

Most of us can pinpoint it—a moment in time that forever altered us and the course of our lives. Maybe it was a place. Or a person. For good or bad, we can never go back to who we used to be. The good or bad depends on how we react to that moment, place, or person, doesn’t it? Whether we allow God to make us more like Him because of it.

Both the hero and heroine of my third novel in the Scouts of the Georgia Frontier, A Cherished Betrothal, live with such a moment. Experts in book plotting say our characters should have a dark moment in their backstory. For Alex Morris and Elspeth Lawrence, the Long Canes Massacre of 1760 is that dark moment. Together, they survived the attack of around a hundred Cherokee braves on a group of settlers fleeing across the South Carolina border into Georgia. Alex lost his father and brother, Elspeth her mother while her younger sister was taken captive. With the resilience of the Scots-Irish who formed a barrier between the colonies and the Native Americans, the Long Canes settlers returned to the border of South Carolina later that same year.

A Cherished Betrothal actually begins in 1775, with the South Carolina backcountry on the brink of revolution. Since the childhood attack, Alex has lost his sense of home. He draws his identity from his service as a Georgia and South Carolina Ranger (yes, this tale veers over the border into South Carolina and the fascinating history around the town of Ninety Six) and waits for the opportunity for revenge. He keeps his anger carefully banked, just as Elspeth hides her fear—especially when she has to face warriors who visit the mission for Cherokee children she runs with her minister father. She’s forgiven her enemies, but she can no more prevent her knees knocking upon sight of the braves than she can forget the boy who saved her life fifteen years ago.

It seems God has answered her prayers when Alex shows up at nearby Fort Charlotte. Only…he doesn’t remember her…or the dark moment that shaped both of their histories. Between Elspeth’s not-so-gentle pressure, a Cherokee boy Alex can’t shake as a shadow, and his commanders’ determination to court the Cherokees as allies for the Patriot cause, Alex is forced to look his past in the eye.

Pivoting between Fort Charlotte, the mission school, and the town of Ninety Six where Elspeth’s wealthy Loyalist admirer helps stir conflict, including the first battle of the Revolution in South Carolina, A Counterfeit Betrothal is a tale of unshakeable love and soul-deep healing. I loved this story so much when I was writing it, I wanted to move into Colonial Ninety Six. I hope you will too!

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