Thursday, December 22, 2011

Longing by Karen Kingsbury

Longing, book three in the Bailey Flanigan Series, picks up where Learning ended. After a long and lonely silence from Cody Coleman, Bailey Flanigan becomes closer to her one-time Hollywood co-star, Brandon Paul. Nights on the town in New York City and long talks on the balcony of Brandon's Malibu Beach home make Bailey dizzy with new feelings and cause her to wonder if her days with Cody are over forever.
Meanwhile, Cody's work coaching a small-town football team has brought him and his players national attention. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand him and his new life. Even so, never does much time go by without Bailey and Cody experiencing deep feelings of longing for each other, longing both for the past and for answers before they can move forward. Will an unexpected loss be the turning point for Cody? Will Cody and Bailey find a way back together again for the first time in more than a year? And if they do, will their brief time together be enough to help them remember all they've been longing for?

I was so excited to get this book in my hands! And NOW I can't wait for Loving in March! I love the characters in this book. I have "watched" as Bailey has grown up and become a wonderful young woman. She shows us that even when things are difficult that God can get us through it. We may not know WHY things are the way they are at the time but if we trust that God works all things for good then at some point we will be able to look back and see how God worked through that situation. 

I have been Team Cody forever. BUT in Learning I began to shift to Team Brandon. Not because I don't love Cody but because of how Brandon is growing in the Lord. In Longing he grows even more. And how can I not love someone who loves Bailey so much?

Cody is an amazing example of how you can "pay it forward". He had Coach Flanigan who came along side him when he was in high school and mentored him into the Godly man he became. Cody turns around and does the same for the kids at the high school he coaches at.

The title Longing represents how we should LONG for the Lord. And the more we do the more He shows us. When we have Christ at the center of our lives we should LONG to be with Him and be in His Word more and more.

This book is one of many that I recommend to teens and adults alike. It is especially good for those who are graduating high school and seeking what the Lord would have them do in life. This series would be an awesome gift. 

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway of Night of The Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos

What Does A Transformed Life Actually Look Like?

In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed Imaginary Jesus, Matt Mikalatos tackles this question in an entertaining and thought-provoking way-with MONSTERS!!! While Christians claim to experience Christ's resurrection power, we sometimes act like werewolves who can't control our base desires. Or zombies, experiencing a resurrection that is 90 percent shambling death and 10 percent life. Or vampires, satiating ourselves at the expense of others. But through it all we long to stop being monsters and become truly human-the way Christ intended. We just can't seem to figure out how. 

Night of the Living Dead Christian is the story of Luther, a werewolf on the run, whose inner beast has driven him dangerously close to losing everything that matters. Desperate to conquer his dark side, Luther joins forces with Matt to find someone who can help. Yet their time is running out. A powerful and mysterious man is on their trail, determined to kill the wolf at all costs...

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Night of the Living Dead Christian is a spiritual allegory that boldly explores the monstrous underpinnings of our nature and tackles head-on the question of how we can ever hope to become truly transformed. 


This book is written with humor and a bit of silliness. It is written in first person by none other guessed it...Matt! There are all sorts of "monsters" in the book. There is a mad scientist, his trusty side kick, zombies, vampires, werewolves, and even a monster chaser. Matt uses them to describe our different spiritual levels throughout the book. The book has some really funny parts to it. It is not a scary book at all. It does make you think about things.

It was written in a way that made it easy to read because of the humor. If you like humor and monsters you will enjoy this book. But you will also be brought face to face with some truths that you might have to deal with in your own walk with the Lord. We are all a ways away from being perfect in HIM. 

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the copy of the book for review. 


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yahshua's Bridge by Sandi Rog

An Amethyst Stone Draws Him To His Past. 

An Elusive Maiden Draws Him To His Future.

Alexander is born into slavery under an abusive master: a master of his own flesh and blood...a man he will never call father. Determined to break away from his master's hold, Alexander devises a plan to purchase his freedom. 

But what's he to do when he finds himself shipped off in shackles to Egypt, disappearing from the lives of everyone he knows and loves? 


Iron and the Stone Series Book Two: Yahshua's Bridge

After reading Sandi's first book, The Master's Wall, I knew this book would be great, too. I loved the fact that so many of the characters from the first book were in this one. It was even easier for the book to grab my heart from the first page because of that. But the way she writes, I think it would have been the case anyway. The characters seem so real and you feel as if you are there. 

She doesn't short cut around the hard stuff. She faces it head on. It is done in a very tasteful manner but it is still done. I have to say that at one point in the middle of the book my heart was ripped out and put back all in the same chapter! As I sat there reading, my eyes filled with tears and my body shook, both in sadness and joy. The way she wrote those scenes shows me that God wrote through her. I know it is fiction but I feel that somehow God gave her a glimpse of His mercy when it comes to the hardest things in a Christian's life. 

One of the main background topics is forgiveness. Who are we to forgive? How much are we to forgive? Is there anyone good? Is there any amount of sin too great for God to forgive and Jesus blood to cover? How can we forgive those who hurt us the most? How can God forgive us when we refuse to forgive others and/or ourselves? These are some hard questions that have such a simple answer. Forgive everyone. Jesus blood covers it ALL. God can bring that forgiveness in your heart if you seek it. 

You will be on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading this book. You will not want to put it down. There is adventure, danger, love, romance, betrayal, friendship, etc... I could go on! It has it all. This is a great book that I recommend highly! It is on my all time list of favorite books, something I want on my e-reader AND my bookshelves. 


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As a thief, all Ander knows is the master who rescued him after his parents were murdered. Ander's criminal behavior becomes an art and his passion. During a drunken stupor, his master reveals an uncut amethyst stone shaped like a star. Ander recognizes the unique jewel that once belonged to his father-a stone passed down from generation to generation. Is it possible that the man who rescued him murdered his parents? Disillusioned, Ander escapes his master and goes in search of his past. Little does he know, the past is waiting for him. 


Sandi Rog is an award-winning author. She lived in Holland for thirteen years and now lives in Colorado with her husband, four children, a cat, and too many spiders. 

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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

An Unthinkable Danger. An Unexpected Choice.

Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf le Wyse, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of the lord's bailiff - a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.

Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord le Wyse. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave dander. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart. 


I love fairy tales. Melanie writes with the age old story as the background to her books but takes us on a whole new adventure. Instead of the magic of the old story she puts it into a real life situation and the "magic" of Jesus' love for us. The Merchant's Daughter is based on the tale of Beauty and the Beast. That is one of my favorite stories from childhood. I love the lesson to look at what is on the inside of a person instead of what we can see on the outside. True beauty goes far deeper. 

Annabel is a beautiful young woman who seeks the Lord with all of her heart. She longs to read the written Word so she can know what God wants to tell her. The local priest only shouts how evil women are and doesn't teach about the love that God has for people. But she knows there must be more, she feels it in her heart. 

Ranulf is a bitter man because of his past but is not a cruel man. He shows fairness and compassion along with the gruff exterior that comes out with each word he speaks. It doesn't help that people have made up stories of horror about him and places fear into the peoples hearts. He is a man who knows the Lord and as he spends time with Annabel those barriers that he has placed between himself and God begin to fall away. Healing begins.

It was very interesting to see how the church and the judicial system worked back then. Most of the time we get to see the local church leader as a kind elderly man who teaches about God's love and forgiveness. In this one we see that not all church leaders had the right of the Bible and didn't always preach a happy message. This one preaches only of damnation and evil. A lot of them didn't have the written Word to study for themselves, either.  That should make us so thankful for the access we have to the Word in many different forms today. 

This is a great book for any age, even preteens and teens. It is extremely well written. If you are looking for a book for your youth book club, look no farther. This is one you need to add to your reading list. It is also a great book to give some lucky young girl for Christmas (or some lucky woman who is young at heart). 

What is your favorite fairy tale? Share it with me and tell me why it is your favorite. 


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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Decision Points by George W. Bush

In this candid gripping account, President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life.

George W. Bush served as president of the United States during eight of the most consequential years in American history. The decisions that reached his desk impacted people around the world and defined the times in which we live.

Decision Points brings readers inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the 2000 election, aboard Air Force One during the harrowing hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001, into the Situation Room moments before the start of the war in Iraq, and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis. Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the twenty-first century. 

President Bush writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments reforming education, treating HIV/AIDA in Africa, and safeguarding the country amid chilling warnings of additional terrorist attacks. He also offers intimate new details on his decision to quit drinking, discovery of faith, and relationships with his family.

A groundbreaking presidential memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and offer new perspectives on eight remarkable years in American history--and the man at the center of events. 


I have always respected President Bush and this book just increased that respect. It also gave me a new perspective on some very important decisions that were made during those eight years. One of the things that I liked about this book was his honesty about his shortcomings. He doesn't sugar coat them. He just states them like they are. It was wonderful to see the relationships with him and his family. You get to see a glimpse of his childhood and even his college years. It also shows his faith in the Lord through many of those decisions.

This book is easy to read and has a way to making it hard to put down. I homeschool and have decided to make this book a required read for my high school students. I feel this book is so well done that it will make a great way for my kids to understand more about how our country works on the highest level. 


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Friday, December 2, 2011

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

It isn't until the Civil War comes to her doorstep that Amanda Bell must choose between love and family.

It's the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Amanda never thought she would marry because of a promise she made to her dying mother, but her attraction to Captain Kent Littlefield is undeniable.

When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother Daniel aligns with the Confederate States, while Kent remains with the Union troops.

Her heart is torn between the two men she is closest to and the two sides of the conflict. Amanda prays to God for direction and support, but hears only silence. Where is God in the atrocities of war-and whose side is He on?

Amanda senses her life is at a turning point. She must trust God to deliver her family through the chaos of war with her heart and her faith intact.


This book takes place during the Civil War. Most of the book is set in Texas. For me that made it very interesting since I have lived in Texas my whole life. It shows many of the ugly parts of the war on both sides. Often when we are in a conflict we only see the side we have chosen. We often forget that there are good and bad things on each side. And we often forget that when the war is over we need to move forward, forgive and rebuild what was torn down. 

Kent and Amanda faced the fact that they were on different sides of the war but their love continued to grow. They depended on the Lord to bring them back together when the time was right. You see honest doubt in Amanda about the prayers she offers up to the Lord through the years of death and hardship. But when it comes right down to it she returns to her faith and trusts the Lord to take care of her and her family. 

Kent is a man of honor and understands that even though he is a leader in the war, there is a line that should be drawn. He is not always able to keep his troops from the evil they seek to do but you see that it is a part of his heart to do so. 

If you love history and romance, you will enjoy this book. I would not recommend it to younger readers since the topic tends to lean heavily on the war, unless you want to use it as part of your history lessons for older teens so that you can talk about what you have read and address the ugliness of the war with them.


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Love Finds You in Annapolis Maryland by Roseanna M. White

In 1783 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.

Never did Lark think she'd want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she's loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country's capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes. 

Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new nation he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. 

He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater--before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold. 


Roseanna has done it again! The story line is different than the norm. They don't just meet and have to deal with difficult situations. They have known each other all their lives. They are betrothed. And yet, it is not the happy relationship that it should be. They are strangers. He is just going through the motions and she decides she can't live that way despite the fact that she has loved him all of her life.  

The old saying "You don't know what you have until you've lost it" rings true in this story. When Lark leaves without telling him where she is going, Emerson sees for once what he had missed all along, a woman with fire and spirit. The adventure begins when he finally finds out where she is and follows her there to win her back.

The historical content makes the book even more appealing. I am a homeschool mom and we are learning about the American Revolution and George Washington. Both of those topics are a part of this book. It brought out the facts of the war that some might have forgotten, the emotional struggles of those on both sides of the war that considered America their home but were on different sides of the conflict. It brought out what the war was all about, freedom to choose. Freedom for all, not just a few. 

I loved the characters in this story, as I do in all of her books. They are alive and vibrant. The banter between the young people in the story is fun and entertaining. She doesn't just make the main characters interesting but each and every character is detailed. They all seem like main characters because she does that. It was so easy to get caught up in the book. If you are like me and will stay up all night reading a great book, then prepare yourself to do that with this one. You will not want to put it down. 

If you read this book or have read her other books, share with me your favorite character and why. I am sure Roseanna would love to know your answer, as well. 


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dance of the Dandelion by Dina L. Sleiman

Love's Quest leads her the world over. 

Dandelion Dering was born a peasant in the English village of Arun, but her soul yearned for another life, another world. One filled with color and music, with adventure and passion...with more. Haunted by childhood memories, Dandelion determines to find a better existence than the life every peasant in the village contents themselves with. Even if her sweetheart William's predictions prove true, and her journey leads straight to heartache.

From her sleepy hamlet to the intrigue of castle life, from the heart of London to the adventurous seas, Dandelion flees from the mistakes of her past, always seeking that something, that someone who will satisfy her longings.

Will Dandelion ever find the rhythm to her life's dance...or did she leave her chance for true love at home in Arun Village?


This book is not your typical romance. It is not always clear that "the" happy ending is on the horizon. In fact, you wonder all through the book what her happy ending will be. The characters are very vibrant and alive. I could not put the book down once I picked it up. I had to find out what the next choices were and how they affected her life. It is so true to real life and how sometimes we think the choices we are making are the right ones and exactly what we want and it turns out not to be so.

As I walked through this book with Dandelion I couldn't help but understand how she felt through each new adventurous turn her life took. I felt her sorrow, disappointment, excitement and joy. This is a book you should have plenty of time to sit down and get lost in. It keeps you wondering where her choices will take her all the way to the last page of the book. It is hard to believe this is a first novel for Dina. I look forward to many more!


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Highland Sanctuary by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

A Sanctuary of Secrets...

Gavin MacKenzie, a chieftain heir who is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh, discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass, who captures Gavin’s heart in spite of harboring a deadly past that could destroy her future. 

The villagers happen to be keeping an intriguing secret as well. When a fierce enemy launches an attack against them, greed leads to bitter betrayal. As Gavin prepares a defense, the villagers unite in a bold act of faith, showing how God’s love is more powerful than any human force on earth.


Highland Sanctuary is book two in the series. I loved book one, Highland Blessings. This one is with the brother of the lady in book one. I loved this one just as much. Jennifer is able to make the characters come alive and the setting seem as if you are right there with them. 

In Highland Blessings you meet Gavin. He is actually one of my favorite side characters in that book. I am so glad he got his own story. He is a strong and compassionate person. Serena is a sweet and caring young woman who is intelligent and loving. Her friends are loyal to her and she earns the love and respect of two powerful men. But who will win her heart?

The Village of Outcasts was one of my favorite parts. I loved meeting all of the people who lived there and watching how they cared for each other like a family. It is the age old lesson of treating others as creations of God and not looking down on them because they are different. 

This is a great book for any age. Another great Christmas gift for those who love to read historical romance. Take a journey to 1477 Scotland and see how Gavin and Serena meet and fall in love. 


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes

When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreamed he would turn up in her parlor. But just as the London Season is getting under way, there he is, along with a few other questionable personages. While she should be focused on helping her headstrong younger sister prepare for her entrĂ© into London society, Lady Gale finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she trust him? Or is she putting her family in danger?

Readers will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades. Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers through the drawing rooms of London amid the sound of rustling gowns on this exciting quest to let the past stay in the past and let love guide the future.


Laurie Alice has done it again! I love these characters! Lydia Gale is strong and confident despite the fact she believes her father never approves of her actions. She loves her family beyond anything else and will do anything for them. Christien is a man of honor. He is a man of great feelings and passion. He struggles within himself to honor God in his actions and is willing to give up his ten year commitment of fighting against Napoleon to live in a way that doesn't compromise that honor. They both wonder if God has stopped listening to them because of the choices they have made in their lives. 

The story is full of mystery and intrigue. I was so busy enjoying the story that I didn't take the time to "look" to solve the mystery until the end. By that time I was totally caught up in the story and sitting on the edge of my seat reading the pages over again to try to figure it out before turning to the page that would give me the answer. Not only did Lydia and Christien capture my attention so did Lydia's sisters, Cassandra and Honore. It is my hope that we will learn more about those two in the next two books of The Daughters of Bainbridge House series. 

I look forward to reading many more books by Laurie Alice. She is an amazing writer that fills her books with amazing characters that grab your heart and don't let you go. 


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Monday, October 10, 2011

Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus

Readers of the Life Application Study Bible-will welcome the arrival of the new LifeApplication Study Bible Devotional. Let the life of Jesus sink into your mind and heart with 312 readings from the gospels-one for each weekday and one for the weekend. In the Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from Jesus, each week focuses on a different even in Jesus’ life- drawing out daily wisdom from his parables, teachings, conversations, miracles, and interactions with people. You’ll learn important biblical principles, become inspired to put God’s Word into practical action, and be forever changed by a year spent going deeper with your Savior. 


I was given a copy of this book by Tyndale to review. It is in a form of a large paperback book, very easy to use. Each week has a devotion for Monday through Friday and one for the weekend. This book is based on The Gospels. It goes through the life of Jesus. On the side bars there are scripture references that you are to read each day plus a section called Talking To God that gives you an idea of how to lead your prayer time for the day. You are given background information to help "set the scene" for the day. It is longer on Monday. The Getting Personal section gives you questions to help you personalize the days devotion to your life. In the back of the book you will find a Topical Index and a Scripture Index.

I am enjoying this devotional. The way it is set up makes it easy and enjoyable. It isn't too long for those of us that have so much going on in our lives but helps us get into the Word on a daily basis and find ways to apply it to our daily lives. It gives us some good questions to ponder as we go about our day. I would recommend this to anyone who needs some structure in their daily devotions. 

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hailee by Penny Zeller

Book #3 in the Montana Skies Historical Romance Series (Whitaker House)

For years, orphan Hailee Annigan was just a ragamuffin in the Cincinnati streets, stealing food to keep her two younger brothers fed. Her thievery landed her in a home for delinquent youngsters, where her life was changed, thanks to her teachers. Now, nineteen-year-old Hailee excitedly heads to Montana to be a teacher, yet she's still plagued by her shameful past and the fear of never seeing her brothers again.

Based on his upbringing in high-society Boston, no one would have guessed that Maxwell Nathaniel Adams Jr. would attend seminary and become a church pastor in rugged Montana. Even now, Nate's parents refuse to put aside their own plans for his future and accept his calling.

When their paths converge, an immediate attraction draws Hailee and Nate together, even as the pressures and demands of others pull them apart. Can the unlikely pair come to terms with their pasts and face the future together?


The first two books in this series were great! I have reviews for them on here for McKenzie and Kaydie. Be sure to check those out if you haven't read them.  Penny has created some great characters in her books. Hailee is no exception. I love Hailee and Nate even more than the others, if that is possible. 

Hailee is a sweet young woman despite the hard times she has lived through as a child. She is very sensitive and caring. It would have been easy for her to be harsh and closed up inside herself. Despite the fact that God worked a miracle in her life she still believes that if people knew what she had done as a young girl they would hate her. 

Nate is a young man that seems wise beyond his 21 years. He is kind and patient even with those who test him greatly. I loved the cousin relationship between him and Davey. After getting to know Davey as a little boy in the first two books and then to see him as a 17 year old was fun. I love seeing characters in other books that I enjoyed in the previous ones. 

As the last two, Hailee is a great book for any age. I would recommend this book especially to young girls who love to read and need something wholesome with good life lessons in them. For both of these young characters you see how they allowed God to lead them down the path they are on. Keep up the great work, Penny!   


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer

While war rages in Europe...

Rebekah Hendricks dreams of life far beyond the family farm in Oklahoma, and when dashing aviator Arthur Samson promises adventure in the big city, she is quick to believe he's the man she's to marry. While she waits for the end of the Great War and Arthur's return, her mother's sister falls ill. 

And when a telegram arrives in October of 1918, she believes God has provided her way of escape. After all, caring for her estranged Aunt Adabelle means living closer to dashing aviator Arthur Samson in Dallas, well within reach of the exciting, modern life she desires. Rebekah travels to Texas, sure that her glamorous and exciting life is about to start. 

But the Spanish flu epidemic changes everything. Faced with her aunt's sickness, Arthur's indecisiveness, four children who have no one to care for them, Rebekah discovers she must choose between her desire to escape the type of life she's always led and the unexpected love that just might change the dream of her heart.

Will Rebekah allow God to rearrange her dreams?

I enjoyed reading this books so much. Watching Rebekah grow from a young girl into a young woman was a process that took her through many difficult situations, not unlike our lives today. It was true to character how from time to time the young 19 year old selfish attitude and childlike behavior came out. She wasn't a person who was too good to be true. You saw her weakness and her strength. 

I would recommend this book to young ladies planning their futures as well as those of us who have lived many years. It is a good reminder that sometimes God has other plans for us than we do for ourselves. We need to remember that His plans for us are greater than any we can come up with on our own. We just have to be willing to allow Him to change our dreams into the ones He has for us. 


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Monday, September 12, 2011

Deeply Devoted by Maggie Brendan

She is staking her future on a man she's never met. Can she learn to love him?

When Catharine Olsen leaves Holland for Wyoming as a mail-order bride, she brings some extra baggage with her: two sisters, her mother's set of Blue Willow china, and a tragic past. As she steps off the train, Peter Andersen is glad to see that she is everything her letters showed her to be. But he is a bit perturbed by her unexpected companions. How will he support them all? And what other secrets might Catharine be keeping from him?

Filled with sweet romance and vivid characters, Deeply Devoted highlights a clash of cultures as highborn European and a simple wheat farmer learn to love one another and trust God with the past - and the future.


I enjoyed Deeply Devoted greatly. The place came alive for me so much that I dreamed of going to Wyoming while I was reading it. And the detail she gives on her research at the end of the book about the city made it even more so. I loved the three sisters. They were each unique and it is my hope that their stories will be in the upcoming books in the series. Catharine was a brave young woman who cared deeply for her sisters. She came from a life totally different than the one she was to live now but each of the girls worked very hard to learn the things needed to help out and make their new life work. 

It was a sweet romance that built out of a friendship. But the secrets they each had put distance between them  at times. Her secrets were of a higher degree than his and were harder to see past. Fear has a way of keeping us from telling the truth. But it is true, the truth will set you free. When you build your relationships on trust it is much sweeter. 


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Marrying Miss Marshal by Lacy Williams

A Woman in a Mans Job

Filling the shoes of her late husband as town marshal hasn't been easy for Danna Carpenter. She's not only fighting criminals, she's also fighting to earn the respect of the townspeople. So crossing paths with tenderfoot detective Chas O'Grady is the last thing she needs. He's hunting a band of cattle rustlers and isn't used to the rugged Wyoming landscape. Teaming up is their only option, but when circumstances place them in a compromising situation, the town forces a more permanent partnership—marriage. If they can let down their guards with each other they might find that love is the greatest catch of all.


This is a wonderful first novel by Lacy Williams. She has a flow to her writing that keeps the reader involved in the story. I loved Danna. She is a strong and independent woman who shows no fear when it comes to the job she is commited to doing. But she hides away the softer side of herself and the fears that lie within her heart. Chas is a man who holds himself responsible for something beyond his control and carries that with him along with the hatred towards the one who really is responsible. Can he allow the Lord to be the judge and jury or will he take justice into his own hands? Will Danna find her true worth hidden behind a "mans" job and clothing? You will have to read Marrying Miss Marshal to find out. I look forward to more books by this wonderful writer.


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Lacy Williams is a wife and mom from Oklahoma. Her debut novel, MARRYING MISS MARSHAL, won ACFW's Genesis award before being published. She promises readers happily-ever-afters guaranteed. Lacy combines her love of dogs with her passion for literacy by volunteering with her therapy dog Mr. Bingley in a local Kids Reading to Dogs program. Lacy loves to hear from readers. She posts short stories and giveaways at her website and can be found on social media at and .

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus

Misconceptions Arise When Meddling Matriarchs Connive

Sassy Evans and Perty Bradley are determined to get their older grandchildren married off, but when twenty-eight-year-old Dylan comes home after being fired from his teaching position because of the betrayal of his ex-girlfriend, Perty knows her grandson has more important issues to deal with first.

Sassy understands her friend's reservations about timing, but she also sees so many ways in which Dylan would be the perfect match for her thirty-four-year-old granddaughter Caylor. With his record of acclaimed paintings and Caylor's bestselling novels, they could complement each other's talents and provide each other support and encouragement. And there's no denying the spark of attraction between the English professor with the untamed red hair and the painter with the unusual tattoos.

English professor Caylor Evans moved in with her grandmother five years ago when Sassy’s eyesight became too poor to get her driver’s license renewed. Though she is now writing sweet/inspirational romance novels, Caylor still draws inspiration for her heroes from the portfolio of covers and sample images drawn/painted by Patrick Callaghan for the steamy romances she used to write (as “Melanie Mason”), and dreams of meeting a man like that cover model.

After losing his teaching position and being shunned by the fine-arts community in Philadelphia, artist Dylan Bradley has returned home to Nashville to regroup and determine the next step for his life. His grandparents offer him their guesthouse for as long as he wants it—along with plenty of opportunities to meet young women. Though it was years ago, Dylan is uncomfortable with the fact that his face—only slightly disguised—is on the covers of half a dozen steamy romance novels by Melanie Mason, the artwork he did to put himself through college under the pseudonym Patrick Callaghan. Especially after he meets Caylor Evans, a woman who has her life together in a way he only dreams of.

But neither grandmother realizes the secrets both Caylor and Dylan are keeping from each other. Will pain and embarrassment from the past keep Caylor and Dylan apart, or will they develop the courage to be truthful with each other and discover the true art of romance?


Kaye has done a wonderful job of making an large cast of characters easy to keep up with and care about. She is a very detailed writer and you get the full picture of what is going on throughout the book. The grandmother's are a wonderful bunch of ladies, old friends who care so much about their grandchildren they want to see them happily married. Three of the grandchildren are best friends and they are the center of the three books in this series.

This book points out that we make mistakes as we grow and then learn as we get older that we need to make different choices because it is how God wants us to live. We all have to come to different growth periods where God is growing us up in something that we didn't see as wrong at earlier times in our lives. God grows us little by little until we are ready to see what needs to be changed. This book also reminds us that we need to understand that what a person did in their past is part of that past and that if they are in Christ then they have been made new in Him. We are not to judge because we all have things that we have done things we shouldn't have. We have to learn from those mistakes and more foward.


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The Matchmakers

Book One: Love Remains

Book Two: The Art of Romance

Book Three: Turnabout’s Fair Play November 2011

The Ransome Trilogy

Book One: Ransome’s Honor

Book Two: Ransome’s Crossing

Book Three: Ransome’s Quest

Brides of Bonneterre Series

Book One: Stand-In Groom

Book Two: Menu for Romance

Book Three: A Case for Love