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!!

An Inconvenient Beauty

by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Catching you up: Duke Griffith Hawthorne is the last of the siblings (Loudly_Crying_Face_Emoji_grande.png), thus ending the Hawthorne series. (TRAGIC!!!!!) He has been taking care of his brother and sisters for so long that he hasn’t even had time to find love for himself. Now that he is able, he has done extensive research and he has his sights set on…the wrong girl…

Isabella Breckenridge has come to London under false pretenses. She is to help her uncle by attracting as many eligible men as possible so that they might pass a bill through the courts. Everything about her feels this is wrong, but she knows that she must help her family and has not yet learned to trust God to do that for her.

My Thoughts: So, first of all…how does she keep doing this? Kristi is one of the most talented writers because she has the perfect balance of light-heartedness, deep characters, and Godly principles. It’s such a beautiful thing to see!!!

I am exceptionally sad that this series is over. It has been one of my favorite. As Griffith and Isabella’s worlds come colliding together, you will laugh, maybe cry, and most certainly be pulled in from the first page to the last.

The characters just grab on and don’t let go. You can’t shake them even if you wanted to (believe me, you don’t!). If you haven’t read any of Kristi’s books, definitely pick one up. They can be read as a stand alone, but you will appreciate it much more if you are to read them in order for the characters that are introduced in each book carry through to the next.

Be sure to click the link above to grab your copy! Also, if you would like to check out my fabulous face-off with Kristi Ann Hunter, just CLICK HERE! It’s loads of fun!!! Lastly, thanks to Bethany house for this great book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion!!! Here’s to many more!

Click below to find the other books in this series. Aren’t these covers a-ma-zing??? #truth

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Her Secret

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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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!!


Want to see Shelley Face-Off with me?

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Face-Off with Sarah Sundin!!

61Dm0I55KIL._UX250_novelsIt’s been TOO LONG and I’m SO EXCITED to have Sarah Sundin here today! This lovely lady has been more than patient with me and I appreciate it more than you can ever know!

She’s an author of WWII novels, speaker, has a PhD as a pharmacist, and, last but not least…a mom!!! Wha??? #truth Talk about a lady that loves living life to the fullest!!

I know you have seen her books! They are absolutely eye catching and beautiful. Not only that, but they are a GREAT PRICE right now! In fact…the first 2 people that buy one of these sets (using the links provided here) will receive a swag bag from me full of fun stuff 🙂 Just let me know as soon as you order!

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Let’s get to it, shall we?


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The rules are simple. I ask Sarah 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. Funniest movie?

Sarah – A Christmas Story. Every single scene.

Charity – Ha!!! I love that we both choose Christmas movies because…Elf.

— Definitely a tie!

Charity 1 / Sarah 1

2. Weirdest experience at the dr.?

Sarah – Keeping this family friendly… Our favorite family medical story is when our daughter had a blood draw and received her shots before kindergarten. Anna has a blood & needle phobia. And she’s feisty. I held her on my lap with my legs wrapped around hers and my arms anchoring her torso and one arm. One nurse wrestled her arm into position and held it there. And another nurse did the foul deeds. Anna screamed the entire time. When we were done, she went skipping and singing through the waiting room with her sticker and lollipop, while half a dozen people watched bug-eyed. I’m sure they thought Anna had been drawn and quartered.

Charity – Oh my gosh!! I would have needed a nap STAT! (see how I used a nurse word there?) If anything, I think that I make it really weird and awkward for the dr’s and nurses. I say REALLY inappropriate things when I feel uncomfortable. It’s a disease, really. I mean, there’s a reason I haven’t gotten a colonoscopy…

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— Definitely don’t get that one…

Charity 1 / Sarah 2

3. Favorite destination type (beach, mountains, Disney, etc…)

Sarah – Sightseeing! London, Rome, Boston…I love seeing beautiful places where interesting things happened. We dragged our kids to museums and battlefields and volcanos. We toured historic ships and planes. We saw the California missions when the kids were in fourth grade, Washington DC and Williamsburg in eighth grade, Gettysburg and Antietam and Yorktown. And our daughter whined because we didn’t have “normal” vacations, going to the beach like everyone else. So we took her to the beach. And she was bored. Victory!

Charity – “Victory”, indeed! I am right there with you. I love historical sites and little villages. I would have been all, “We are sitting on the beach for 8 hours each day we are here and doing nothing else. Enjoy.”

— Tie

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

4. Least favorite chore?

Sarah – Scouring toilets. When you have boys.

Charity Oi, got me there. That’s just disgusting. Yeah, I don’t think I can beat that! I am so freaked out by anything un-princessy. Drains, toilets, hair, etc…

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— You. I am a HUGE WIMP.

Charity 2 / Sarah 4

5. What’s your biggest phobia?

Sarah – This is totally bizarre, but I freak when I have wet feet and get hair stuck to them, especially tangled around my toes. Argh! I MUST have my slippers by the shower to prevent this. Yes, I know hairy feet aren’t dangerous. Yes, it’s totally irrational. And yet.

Charity – Noooo!!! REFER TO LAST ANSWER OF MINE! REFER TO LAST ANSWER OF MINE!

How could you even say those words??

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Ok, I can’t even think right now.

Trying to pull myself together. I was going to say that my biggest phobia is the dentist…but you may have just single-handedly cured me of that.

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— Nope. Just, nope.

Charity 2 / Sarah 5

6. If you could be an epic fighter, who would you be?

Sarah – I’m just giving you this point. I’m such a wimp. I cringed through my sons’ karate lessons.

Charity – Oh, man! I would love it if I was tough and a fighter!!! It would be so fun!!! I would have to be John Wick. Is there really anyone else???

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— BOOM!

Charity 3 / Sarah 5

7. Apple or Windows/Android?

Sarah – Both! I have a Windows laptop, which I love—and an iPhone, which I also love.

Charity – ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! (That’s a buzzer sound). WRONG ANSWER! Apple or Mac would have been the only correct answers to choose.

— Mine.

Charity 4 / Sarah 5

8. How do you strive to bring God glory in every situation?

Sarah – I try to see people through God’s eyes—and when I can’t, I ask Him to show me. Even the meanest, rudest, stupidest, and most arrogant people are beloved by God. He died for them same as He died for me.

Charity – Girl, that is SUCH a beautiful answer. It’s so easy for me to give up on people and not extend grace. “Grace” is the word that God has really been putting on my heart. It’s so dang hard for me! I suppose that straight up boils down to arrogance. Yikes.

— God wins!!!

Charity 4 / Sarah 5

9. Fun hobby when relaxing (besides your awesome skill of writing)?

Sarah – Well. I read. I hike with my husband and our dog. I go to the gym. Hobby wise, I’m super-boring. Point to Charity!!

Charity – Not so fast, my friend…

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and that’s about it.

— Definitely not my point! Uh, you even had “the gym” in your answer. *ashamed*

Charity 4 / Sarah 6

10. Favorite movie from the same time frame as your historical novels?

Sarah – So, so, so many. My most recent favorite World War II movie is Hacksaw Ridge. Absolutely gorgeous movie with superb acting, a sweet romance, some outrageous humor, harrowing battle scenes, historical accuracy, and a thought-provoking and uplifting message.

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Charity – Yes!!!! What an amazing movie!!! Wow. I think I have to go with you on this one. Beautiful movie ❤

— tie

Final:

Charity 5 / Sarah 7

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I thought I had it for a few minutes there!!! But, alas, Sarah’s coolness over-rode mine!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH, GIRL!!!!! ❤ ❤

Just wanted to share with you a few beautiful moments of Sarah enjoying life ❤

Remember, be sure to grab a set of one of Sarah’s books from the link above and I will send you some fun stuff!!! Woot Woot! Everyone wins!

Behind the Scenes

by Jen Turano

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Oh. My. Stars! This was so not what I expected! So, Miss Permilia Griswold is apparently a “wallflower” in 19th century New York society. In other words, she’s used to sitting back and observing at high society events (which…I can’t imagine ever happening if you know her personality!). She happens to overhear a murder plot to “take out” her new friend – and one of society’s most eligible bachelors – Asher Rutherford. The chaos that ensues will have your eyes open wide and you may even find yourself laughing out loud.

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This was a madcap romance if I have ever seen one! What I found to be most bizarre is that so many elements of this book closely resembled the writings of Anya Wylde – even down to the naming of her pet! Now, I am not claiming anything untoward here as these authors are in different circles and genres, it just really surprised me.

No, I did not expect a madcap, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. It’s not my usual genre, but it was a lot of fun and held my attention. It was well written (well, of course it was! It’s Jen Turano!)

Take a look at it for yourself! Link in the pic above. Thanks for the read! It was great. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!! (and here are a couple of FREE Turano books you can read too.)

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A Stolen Heart

by Amanda Cabot

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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:

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The Elusive Miss Ellison

by Carolyn Miller

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The Elusive Miss Ellison  is a new to me author! 51qQOP3X6qLAren’t these covers gorgeous? They absolutely grab you! Now, I haven’t read The Captivating Lady Charlotte (as it will be released later this year). This review is only for her first book (the title of this post).

Smart and ostentatious Lavinia Ellison and  worn down Nicholas, the Earl of Hawkesbury, come crashing together in this Regency romance. Their journey is one of finding forgiveness and God’s love.

It’s beautifully descriptive and an exposé on the lives of the less fortunate during those times. Be sure to grab a copy and let me know your thoughts on this fairly new author!

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

Be sure to head on over here and enter for this awesome giveaway!!

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A Fine Gentleman

by Sarah M. Eden

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Oh how I love Sarah! She’s always been at the top of my (theoretical) Best Regency Author list. Her books are so sweet and just…lovely!

A Fine Gentleman is her new and much anticipated release! It is the latest in the story of the Jonquil brothers. Jason Jonquil, the barrister, is orderly and in control…that is, until Mariposa Thornton walks into his life and turns it totally upside down.

Like every other amazing book this lady writes, it grabs your attention and keeps you flipping the page. Her characters are witty, yet hold a deepness about them that makes you want to continue to explore them and their story.

As you can tell, I definitely recommend this book and anything else Sarah M. Eden writes. You won’t be disappointed. You can also check out our fun face-off and learn a little more about this fabulous author.

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

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Face-Off with Kristi Ann Hunter!!

Yep! That’s right!!!unnamed-2 It’s everyone’s newest fav Regency author! The amazing Kristi Ann Hunter is here today. Woot Woot!!

As you probably know, she’s on the front page of my blog for the monthly Author Spotlight. You can check it out for lots of fun info like why her family is “pop awesome” and why she asks not to be kicked out of the author club!

Be sure to pick up any one of her beautiful books (may I recommend my favorite? An Elegant Facade. But…I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tell you that A Lady of Esteem is FREE for the kindle right now!!! (Links are in the book titles).

You can also see my reviews of A Noble MasqueradeAn Elegant Facade, and An Uncommon Courtship.

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Let’s do this!


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The rules are simple. I ask Kristi 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. What’s your favorite/secret sin (and by sin I mean dessert/snack…)

Kristi – My aunt’s chocolate chip cookies. No contest. They are the bomb diggity of every baked good ever invented. I’m also a huge dark chocolate addict. Like, I eat bars of the 85% cocoa stuff. Love it.

Charity – Hmm. So, I am not a big chocolate lover. I could go the rest of my life without it. I mean, you would never guess that by my “curves”, but, alas, it’s the truth. I do have a fondness for candy (and chips…sugar and salt). Candy I can take down like a BOSS.

— I guess we are going to have to wait to see who wins this point…

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2. Which Jane Austen character do you relate to the most? What about your husband….which one is he?

Kris – Probably Elizabeth Bennet. I tend to run on emotion and fitting in with the norm has never been my strong suit. The Hubs would totally be Mr. Knightley from Emma. Patience of a saint, that man.

Charity – Ha! Mine is Knightley too. Same thing. This ol’ lady is HIGH MAINTENANCE and he just rolls with the punches. I am Marianne.

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— Tie

Charity 1 / Kristi 1

3. Have you ever been to a horse race?

Kristi – Only if the kids pretending to be horses and chasing each other counts. Actually, no scratch that. They were being dinosaurs, not horses. So, no.

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— Ok, you get that one.

Charity 1 / Kristi 2

4. If you could conquer any fear, what’s the most exciting thing you would try?

Kristi – I’m gonna lose this one because my answer is totally boring, but I really wish I were a more adventurous eater. I don’t understand it because what’s the worst that could happen? It taste bad and I gag and spit it out? But I get really scared when it comes to trying new food. It’s sad.

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Charity – Yeah…What’s the worst that could happen biting into that? 😯

I would leave my house. I hate leaving my house.

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— Your answer is less boring than mine.

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5. Have you ever eaten an apple with a worm? Not like, out to eat with a worm, but the worm was actually in the apple…

Kristi – The worm was no longer in it, but I did see a worm hole. Super nasty.

Charity – Barf. I haven’t and I would cry.

— Kristi…

I sure hope people like candy more than dark chocolate…

Charity 1 / Kristi 4

6. Favorite musical?

Kristi – Just one? Really? That’s not fair! Okay, as a movie, it’s hard to beat Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In the theater and on straight soundtrack, though, I’m gonna have to go with Phantom of the Opera. Though I will tell you that if you are sitting in the upper seats, above the level of the chandelier, the scene where it falls isn’t quite as dramatic and exciting. I like to put on the soundtrack and sing it at the top of my lungs when no one is home though. All I Ask of You  was sung at my wedding. My roommate had trained in opera.

Charity – What???!!! I absolutely agree. Hard to pick one. Movie would probably be Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (them sobbin’ women!). Live HAS to be Phantom.

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— Tie

Charity 2 / Kristi 5

7. Who are you most excited to meet in Heaven – from the Bible (Jesus doesn’t count because that’s a given! Besides, I’m going to be a God hog anyway)

Kristi – Rahab. I love her story. Left everything she knew, took all of her questionable life choices and threw them on the mercies of God and He made her part of the lineage of Christ. One of only four women listed by name in the line of Christ recorded in Matthew 1.

Charity – Oh, man. Can you even imagine? That’s amazing. I always thought it was going to be Joseph I couldn’t wait to meet. More and more, I am excited to meet David. I love that man’s heart!

— Tie

Charity 3 / Kristi 6

8. Funniest BFF story of you guys together.

Kristi – Okay, I’m going way back on this one. In sixth grade, my best friend and I were a terror. In math class we took turns sitting behind each other and we would see how far we could push the other one’s desk until the teacher glared at us. To this day I’m surprised she didn’t move us, but the only time she actually got mad at us was when we passed notes.

Charity – 😆 Nice.

Keeping this G rated (as I was not a Jesus follower until much later in life), I would definitely have to go with my best friend and I in college. We didn’t fully “appreciate” the dean there and decided to break into his office one night and set up his office furniture in the public elevators. He wasn’t too happy when he stepped in the elevator in the morning…

— I am so taking that one!

Charity 4 / Kristi 6

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

Kristi – That’s a trick question. I’d like to say I try to do everything for the glory of the Lord but I fail so spectacularly at that I couldn’t begin to claim it. I work very hard to give God glory in my writing. These are His books, His to use to show an element of himself to whomever He wants. I trust Him to guide the story, protect it during edits, and then put it in the hands of whoever needs it.

Charity – Awesome answer. I agree. I just try to listen to His voice as much as possible. He asks me to do a lot of awkward things…It’s quite the adventure! 😆

— God wins!

Charity 4 / Kristi 6

10. Favorite kind of workout? (Is that even a legitimate question? Does anyone like to work out? Anyone that’s human and not some robotic, perfect person)

Kristi – A short one.

Okay, so actually do enjoy pilates/yoga/floor work type of stuff once I get into it. It’s the getting started part that troubles me. I also really love dancing. We have Just Dance on the Wii and I actually do that for fun. If I’m getting on a machine, I like ellipticals although I’ve seen studies that they are like the most useless of cardio machines which just figures.

Charity – Well, my goal in life is never to exert myself. So…Win!

–When my smart watch celebrates at 15 minutes of movement being a record…there’s no way I’m winning this point.

Final:

Charity 4 / Kristi 7

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Yep. Even the poll won’t help me this time.


Thank you SO MUCH! This was such a blast, Kristi.face-with-tears-of-joy Your answers had me cracking up!

Everyone else, be sure to pick up a copy of An Uncommon Courtship!  <– Link in pic. Enjoy!