Hearts Entwined: The Love Knot

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Ok, so this whole book isn’t officially by Karen Witemeyer, but this review is specific to The Love Knot. Just to specify, the other authors that contributed are absolutely recommended by me as well. ❤

51+6E5Az98LKaren is one of the ladies that really got me into reading. I’m a huge fan and have always enjoyed her writing. In this novella, we once again visit the all ladies colony of Harper’s Station, Texas. (You first read about this in No Other Will Do.) Claire is living in Harper’s Station when she receives a cryptic letter from her sister telling her to go to the train station to pick up something important. When she arrives, she realizes quickly that her whole life is about to change.

What’s not to love about this story? It’s well written and a beautiful story. Please be sure to pick up a copy! Also, read the others novellas included. I promise you will love these ladies if Turn of the Century West is your thing. If it’s not, it might soon be!

You can also learn a little more about Karen in our fun face-off. She’s amazing! 🙂

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For Love or Honor

by Sarah M. Eden

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Seriously, how many times can I say how much I adore Sarah M. Eden? Simply put: I haven’t read a bad one by her yet!

This time, we get a bit of Regency PTSD. This is long before there was a name for it and the men had to just move forward with no help. Their wives, or the women in their lives, had no idea what they were dealing with and nobody spoke of it. I can’t even imagine. I am really glad that she decided to write on this topic!

Sarah continues on with the saga of Jonquil brothers that we all know and love. This time, the focus is on Captain Stanley Jonquil. Of course you are going to love the characters. They are always written with depth and wonderful character. Make sure you pick up a copy of this great read!!!

Thanks so much for this great book in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

The Remnant

by Monte Wolverton

The Remnant is the latest in a long line of dystopian fiction. It’s based in 2063 in a world that is run by one government. They have tried to purge the world of any religion by burning all religious articles and sending those that refuse to be “retrained” to work camps.

This story centers on Grant Cochrin as he tries to escape his work camp and find other Christians in a rumored Christian Community. He has his family and friends with him on this perilous and very long journey.

The Remnant is a great read. It’s very detail oriented, which is a bit much for me, but I definitely don’t hold it against the author! Many people enjoy details. I thought that it was intriguing and definitely holds your attention. Check it out for those teenagers of yours this Christmas season! They are sure to love it!!

Thanks for this book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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A Place for Miss Snow

by Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is always an author I look forward to reading. She always finds a new and interesting historical slant to write her Regency based books.

Miss Snow is an extremely proper chaperone that falls for an undercover spy. The setting is beautiful Greece and much intrigue abounds. Her characters are always full of life and fully developed. I definitely recommend anything by Jennifer Moore!

Thank you so much for this great book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!! Also, be sure to head on over here to win a copy!

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Never a Bridesmaid: A May Wedding Story

by Janice Thompson

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!

The Reluctant Duchess

by Roseanna M. White

Another fabulous read from Roseanna M. White. In this book, she continues on with the characters from The Lost Heiress. The Duke of Nottingham is back and as brilliant as ever!! As he seeks God’s will at every turn, he is surprised by what God asks him to do next…

What a great book. It captures the good and the bad of the ton during the Edwardian era. It’s beautifully written and the characters have so much depth. God is so intertwined with this storyline that there wasn’t anywhere that had to stop to include Him. That’s so rare in a story and it’s VERY appreciated. No token prayer here and there in this one!

I love that Roseanna is not scared to talk about heavy issues either. Women were property that had the purpose of providing their spouse with money (by way of a dowry) and an heir. They were easily taken advantage of and ruined for life. Speaking out about rape and bullying is much needed even now.

If you have not read the first book, you will need to. The story will be confusing without. It’s definitely not a stand-alone novel. I do highly recommend! All of you coming off of 6 seasons of Downton, this is your chance to get an Edwardian fix!!! Just click on the links below to get your copy:

Thanks so much for this great book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion! Here’s to many more!!

Be sure to check out my exciting face-off with Roseanna!

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The Earl’s Betrothal

by Karen Tuft

When Anthony, the heir to the earldom, returns home from war, nothing is as it was. He was thought to be dead, leaving the estate without an heir. Now that he is home, and ALIVE, he must step up, take responsibility and find a wife so that there will never again be the chance of no heir to inherit. The ladies are quick to oblige and will not stop swooning over him. He takes refuge in the peace that surrounds his mother’s companion. Amelia lets him be himself and does not look down on him for the PTSD he is suffering from the horrors of war.

This is such a wonderful read! I love Regency novels, first and foremost. This is well written and the author has a decent knowledge of the time period. Of course, a lot of the language is more modern, but the heart of the story is there. It’s well written, holds my attention and makes me love the characters. I highly recommend!

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Thank you, Covenant Communications, for this WONDERFUL read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Face-Off with Rebecca Belliston!!

This lady is HERE TODAY! Rebecca Lund Belliston is the bestselling author of the Citizens of Logan Pond dystopian trilogy and the romantic suspense novels, Sadie and Augustina. She’s a sucker for a good romance, a good clean romance, and as such she layers her stories with page-turning romance and heart-pounding adventure. She’s also the bestselling composer of religious and classical-style music that has been performed around the world.

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The rules are simple. I ask Rebecca some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Favorite composer from the Baroque, Classical or Romantic era. Why?

Rebecca – Ah, I love classical music so much. I even compose classical-style music, wishing I could have lived back then.

If I had to choose, I’d choose Beethoven. His music is not only fun to play (on the piano, at least), but it is musically so amazing, complex, and passionate. I am definitely a Beethoven junkie. His piano sonatas and concertos are my favorite. But Rachmaninoff and Liszt are close seconds, depending on my mood.

Charity – I do love Beethoven, but Chopin is my first love. I was a classical pianist for years ❤ Both are immensely beautiful artists!!!!!!!

— It would be a tie, but…you actually compose music. Can’t win against that!

Charity 0 / Rebecca 1

2. Have you ever accidentally shoplifted?

Rebecca – Not to my knowledge. I hope not.

Charity – Oh, I totally have!! The latest time was a couple months back. My son was carrying around a bag for us old people and he must have accidentally knocked some socks into the bag. Of course, we live like an hour away, so I didn’t return them 😮 He was MORTIFIED.

— I get that! haha

Charity 1 / Rebecca 1

3.Which Jane Austen hero would you have fallen for?

Rebecca – Well…Pride and Prejudice is my favorite novel/movie of all time, so I guess Mr. Darcy. Although Jane Austen does well with all of her heroes, so I wouldn’t have been too picky.

Charity – Oh, Hands DOWN Mr. Knightly. Colonel Brandon is a VERY close second ❤

— Tie

Charity 2 / Rebecca 2

4. Where would the perfect picnic be?

Rebecca – In the Utah mountains (maybe the back side of Timpanogos) overlooking the valley on a clear blue sky day. I’ve lived in Michigan for eighteen years, but I will always love the Utah mountains.

Charity – Beautiful!!! My choice is green grass, lake and weeping willow.

— Tie

Charity 3 / Rebecca 3

5. What is your favorite time of day?

Rebecca – Evening. I think better in the evening. My kids and hubby know to not expect much from me in the morning. Yikes.

Charity – Oh, man. I am worthless in the morning too. The nights are my favorite. Definitely a night owl.

— Tie again!

Charity 4 / Rebecca 4

6. Favorite pumpkin recipe?

Rebecca – Eh…I’m not a huge pumpkin fan. Sorry.

Charity – 😮 Sadness rules my heart.

— And I EVEN MADE THESE TODAY!!!

Charity 5 / Rebecca 4

7. Did you ever play with Cabbage Patch Dolls, Strawberry Shortcake Dolls, Rainbow Brite Dolls, or Care Bears?

 

Rebecca – YES! All of the above. Good memories.

Charity – Me too!!! So awesome. Kids don’t have good toys anymore…

— TIE!

Charity 6 / Rebecca 5

8. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Rebecca – I try to be kind and selfless. I fail more than I hope to, but the Savior spent his life thinking of others. This is definitely a focus of mine right now and something I strive for.

Charity – Love it

— God wins!

Charity 6 / Rebecca 5

9. Favorite cartoon when you were little?

Rebecca – Bugs Bunny. I’m smiling just remembering. I still pull up old Bugs Bunny cartoons on Youtube to show my kids how deprived they are these days. I don’t think Bugs Bunny will ever be topped. (Want a classic Bugs playing classical Liszt?)

Charity – Good choice!!!!!!!!! Loved Bugs Bunny!!

— Another tie!!!!!

Charity 7 / Rebecca 6

10. Have you ever gone skydiving?

Rebecca – No, but it’s on my bucket list! I’ve always wanted to jump out of a plane. Lol.

Charity – Me too!!! I have always wanted to, but due to horrible health, I am no longer allowed. WAAAHHHHHHH.

— It’s still on your bucket list!! Woot Woot!

Final:

Charity 7 / Rebecca 7

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Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

by Melanie Dobson

A multi-generation story told from the different perspectives of those involved. As this book jumps back and forth from the mid 20th century to present, we get to see how specific choices affected generation after generation.

It starts with the story of a pregnant Maggie and her marriage to Walter Doyle in the 1950’s. In the next chapter, Heather’s story, in present day, is told. Going back and forth, we learn their history as it, eventually, meets in the middle. It is such an intriguing idea, and to be honest, a very lofty goal!! Melanie tackles this story with so much energy as she goes after the big issues that are dealt with.

The book had great characters and a lot of depth. I didn’t feel like it left you absolutely loving any individual characters, but I liked that they were flawed. Parts of the book had a very mystical feel to it while some parts dealt with tough issues and somewhat unbelievable storylines. Overall, I really enjoyed reading it with all it’s twists and turns. Pick up a copy with the link above 🙂

Thank you, Litfuse, for this great read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Fatal Trauma

by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

As Mark is finishing up his shift in the ER, his world is about to change. Held at gunpoint and told to operate on a man that he knows is already dead, Mark has to find a way to get himself and everyone else out alive. He knows that his trouble has just begun when he finds out that it was the infamous “Zeta Drug Cartel”. As he struggles to stay alive and protect those he loves over the coming days, there is enough non-stop action to keep you flipping the pages.

I enjoyed the spiritual theme throughout the book. I felt like God was a big part. I thought it was odd that the Scripture used was from the KJV. As far as the characters go, it seemed like they were left wanting. There was nothing really loveable about them to keep you hoping they were safe. The writing was also a bit strange. It almost seemed like it was written a few decades ago. Nobody really talks like they did in these conversations and the girls certainly don’t communicate with each other the way it portrayed in the book.

Overall, a great action story. The author certainly knows his facts and there was plenty of interesting storyline. If you are more tuned into relationships, interactions and friendships, you might want to keep looking.

Thank you, Litfuse, for this book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more.