It’s been a while since I’ve been able to really read a book and I sure have missed it! Amanda Cabot has brought me back. Although it took me a while (due to my health, NOT my interest level), I was happy to have another Cimarron Creek book in my possession. It’s such a light-hearted series and just what I needed. This is supposed to be the final chapter in the CC Trilogy and I am really sorry to hear that. It feels like family and I hope to see more in the future!
Amanda Cabot rounded out this series with sweet midwife, Thea, and the kind-hearted Texas Ranger, Jackson. Besides that, we get to see all the characters we’ve grown to love in the small town. Like I said, the story is light and an easy read. I highly recommend getting the other books in the series so you can follow along with all the people and their continuing stories. It definitely can be read as a stand-alone, but you wouldn’t get as much out of it. So, get going and grab your copies! Links in the pics below.
Catching You Up: Amish farm girl, Hannah, is being stalked by an English boy that is in love with her. Her family must flee for her protection. With her siblings resenting her and her family going through another crisis, she must sort through her fears and learn to trust again.
My Thoughts: When I think of Amish, all I can think of is how “dark” the lifestyle is. I know it’s because I am a visual person and life without a lot of color is VERY SAD! One of the things I love about Shelley Shepard Gray is that she brings color out of their lifestyle. As strange as it sounds, reading her Amish fiction is the first time I can really connect with the characters.
This is a short and light read, but that does not take away from the content. Her characters are always well developed and complex. I am not usually surprised, but there was definitely some intrigue that got me! Well done, Shelley!!!
Need a great read for a flight? Something you can grab and go – pick up and put down without missing a beat? This is your story! I definitely recommend anything by this author. Make sure to pick up a copy! Link is in the pic above!!
Ten years after the Civil War, Lydia is a Yankee that’s unknowingly engaged to a married man, traveling South across the country to start completely over and reinventing/finding herself in this beautiful book. I mean, come on! Look at that gorgeous cover!! Tell me you don’t want to pick this one up!
Amanda Cabot has a way of intertwining spiritual matters, deep characters and beautifully vivid visuals in her writing. You can see it all so clearly. I absolutely loved reading this book. Through all the trials Lydia has to work through, there’s hope and a spirit of determination. Most importantly, there’s no whining and I LOVE that!
You will fall in love with the citizens of Cimarron Creek as they fight for their way of life and learn how to love a Yankee. Be sure to pick up a copy of this great read! (link in pic above) Thanks for this fabulous book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion! Here’s to many more!!
Here is an example of making this book visual for the reader:
Oh, Melanie! How you love us to write a Regency series!
In the second book to her Regency Spies of London series, we continue on with the Langdon family. This time it’s the story of Leorah, Nicholas’ sister, and Viscount Edward Withinghall. These two do not appreciate each others’ differences, to be sure! Their bickering and irritability are very entertaining and keep you laughing throughout.
Melanie is a YA author, but her books are enjoyable by all. The characters are very deep and hilarious. There are a lot of fun Regency “celebrity” references and many scenes reminiscent of Jane Austen’s novels (P&P especially!).
Make sure to pick up a copy! Loads of fun and you will fall in love with Edward! (Links in the pics). Be sure to pick up some of her other fun novels as well!
Thanks for this fun read in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!
The latest book in The Hawthorne House series is here! woot woot! We’ve had a chance to read both of his sister’s stories and now it is Trent’s turn. Squeee!
Ok, thoughts? Loved it, of course. I know that it’s the publisher that makes the covers, but HOLY MOLY her covers are beautiful. That is, honestly, half of the battle right there. I could go on about how her characters are always entertaining, well rounded and lovable, but I especially love how they are deep. They really love God and these books are not just just clean or overall “religious”. They have true and deep relationships with God that are obvious throughout. I LOVE THAT!
Adelaide and Trent are married in an effort to protect her reputation since they were trapped alone together. As they muddle through their awkward marriage, I often times want to smack Trent in the head for being such a guy. ha! As they work through their after-marriage courtship, you will find yourself rooting for them and falling more in love with the Hawthorne family.
Pick it up! It’s a great read (but grab the others too! Link is in pics).
Thanks for this great read in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!
Debut author about a pre-Regency romance…Sounds interesting!
Miss Chetwynd is an intelligent girl in a world where that is not welcomed. She desires to discuss politics and real world problems instead of the normal gossip of the ton. Clergyman, Peter, has caught her eye and her heart.
A sweet story with lots of heart. It definitely read as a debut author and the characters weren’t entirely loveable. It was a sweet story and definitely worth taking a look at if you enjoy period books.
Thanks so much for this book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!
Shelley Shepard Gray is a fabulous writer. While I am not a big reader of Amish fiction, her books have always won me over. This book, The Loyal Heart, is NOT Amish (which she is known for), but Civil War fiction. While the South struggled to find it’s way after the war, many lived under oppression and fear. Shelley takes her ability to write in a new direction and tackles the hardships of the time.
Her characters are always really likeable. They have good sense and you really root for them. This story is a bit of drama, mystery and romance. If you are a history buff, you will really enjoy the whole story. If you aren’t, you’ll still enjoy the storyline and characters. I definitely recommend!
Thank you for this great read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!
Hmm. Where to start? The Crimson Path of Honor is a story about a girl that was kidnapped while heading out West in the late 1800’s. Luci was abducted by the Lakota Tribe and merged into their lives as a squaw and the chief’s love.
Overall, a great concept and lots of info here. It’s a pretty interesting storyline. I know for a lot of readers, it can be a bit graphic at times too. Unfortunately, I did not think that it was well written. I felt like there were so many overkill adjectives, they spoke to each other as you would speak to a child, and it would jump from one person’s thoughts to someone else’s and right back again within the same paragraph. Also, a lot of the characters were not too likeable. You kind of want to smack them often…
I am not saying that you shouldn’t read this. You might really enjoy the history and story. I like her desire to share God with the tribe and her spunky way of going about it.
Thank you for this book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion Here’s to many more!!
Never a Bridesmaid is a fun, short and simple read. This is a novella, so it is an easy commitment in your busy life 🙂
Janice always brings a lot of spunk to her characters. Mari’s sister, Crystal, is getting married and she’s not chosen to be the maid-of-honor, in spite of their closeness. Mari has to sort through her feelings, realize it’s not about her, and make this the best wedding that she can for her best friend/sister.
I love that it is full of good, hard choices. These are things that we all deal with on a daily basis and must choose how to respond. Lots of great lessons interwoven into the story. I definitely recommend!
Thanks so much for this great read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!
Also, if you would like to check out my fun Face-Off with Janice Thompson, just CLICK HERE!