Celebrate Lit Tour – The Captain’s Quest by Lorri Dudley

The Captain's Quest

About the Book

Book:  The Captain’s Quest

Author: Lorri Dudley

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: June 22, 2021

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Innocent mistakes can have dire consequences. 

Pricilla Middleton only attended the Lemoore house party to keep her friend out of trouble. Now, her only chance to keep from becoming a gossip column headline is to sneak aboard her brother’s ship and pretend she’d been visiting him instead of taking part in the debacle. Before she can speak to her brother, the ship sets sail, and the man in charge is not at all who she expects.

Captain Tobias Prescott, son of an infamous war hero, has been assigned on a critical mission to deploy warships in St. Kitts for battle in New Orleans. Unfortunately, his orders require him to assume command of a friend’s ship, and he must weigh anchor the instant the former captain is escorted down the gangplank. When they reach open waters, the last thing he expects is to find a woman hiding in the captain’s cabin, yet his mission is too urgent to return her to England.

The Middleton name has always brought Tobias trouble, and Pricilla is no exception. As the waters clear and the temperature warms, the danger escalates too. Yet Tobias discovers the intuitive and strong woman who struggles to hide her anxiety is nothing like her disloyal brother. He may lose the opportunity to help his country, but perhaps he can still save the woman who’s rescued his heart.

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About the Author

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Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at www.lorridudley.com.

More from Lorri

Priscilla Middleton’s character begged for her story to be told. The Captain’s Quest is the fourth book in the Leeward Island series. While it can read as a stand-alone, the heroine, Priscilla, had a brief guest appearance at the beginning of book two, The Merchant’s Yield, as Lottie’s closest friend. With Lottie now living on the isle of St. Kitts, that left Priscilla to navigate the London season all on her own. I imagined what mischief a young woman would find whose parents allowed her too much freedom, especially with her friend, the voice of reason, across the Atlantic.

When my close friend moved to Michigan, the loss of her physical presence left me feeling disoriented, lost, and out of place, even in familiar surroundings. There was loneliness, a desperate need to replace what was missing, and fears about being forgotten. In Lottie’s absence, Priscilla clings to an unhealthy friendship, landing herself in a precarious situation, with no other option but to hide aboard her brother’s ship to save her reputation and that of her family.

The biggest issue with running from problems is that we can’t run from ourselves. Priscilla avoids one catastrophe only to walk right into another as Captain Tobias Prescott takes command of the ship. She blames the brooding captain for her predicament only to realize she’s battling the wrong enemy. The more Priscilla tries to hide from the problems she must face within herself, the further she drifts from everyone she knows and the chance to be fully loved.

Although Priscilla’s story was drafted pre-pandemic, her struggles are similar to those that surfaced during the lockdowns. Anxiety, loneliness, isolation, fear, and feelings of being disregarded mounted as the pandemic spread. Vacations, Thanksgivings, and Christmases were canceled. Families couldn’t visit or see each other—the feeling of being forgotten sliced open raw wounds.

Cory Ashbury’s song Reckless Love was popular as I plotted The Captain’s Quest, and the lyrics from the book of Matthew of how God will leave the ninety-nine to chase after the one lost sheep developed Priscilla’s story. Through its comical mishaps, dramatic twists, and struggles to prevail, The Captain’s Quest is a reminder of the heights, depths, and lengths that our great God will go to show His passionate love for us.

To learn more, checkout my website at LorriDudley.com, or watch The Captain’s Quest book trailer by clicking here: The Captain’s Quest trailer.

My Thoughts

I have greatly been enjoying this series by Lorri Dudley, so I was excited to pick up this fourth book in the series! I liked Priscilla from the first page. She finds herself in a pickle right from the start and her actions are amusing as she attempts to work her way out of the situation. Tobias is a great character as well and I really enjoyed their interactions as their relationship grew and developed. The story has a bit of intrigue and mystery and definitely kept my attention. Although you may note a few characters from the other books in this one, each story stands well on its own. I found the history to be interesting and liked learning more about life aboard ships in the 1800s. I also liked the underlying theme that God works things together for the good of His people. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy historical Christian fiction!

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 1

Blossoms and Blessings, June 1

Texas Book-aholic, June 2

Just Writing, June 2

For Him and My Family, June 3

Connect in Fiction, June 3

Inklings and notions, June 4

Life of Literature, June 4

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 5

Batya’s Bits, June 5

deb’s Book Review, June 6

Kayem Reads, June 6

She Lives To Read, June 7

Betti Mace, June 7

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 7

The Adventures of a Travelers Wife, June 8

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, June 8

Rebecca Tews, June 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 9

Blessed & Bookish, June 9

Remembrancy, June 10

Genesis 5020, June 10

Connie’s History Classroom, June 11

KarenSueHadley, June 11

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 12

Daysong Reflections, June 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 12

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 13

Simple Harvest Reads, June 13 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 14

HookMeInABook, June 14

And now… a giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

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

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The Heart’s Charge by Karen Witemeyer

About the Book

Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks are dropping off a horse in Llano County, Texas, when they discover a woman in labor.  She’s alone and not acting quite right, so after some quick thinking, they find themselves delivering her baby and taking it to a foundling house.  Katherine Parker and Eliza Southerland have dedicated their lives to helping young children without loving homes, and they are more than willing to help care for this new baby as well.  However, when boys in the area begin to disappear, Mark and Jonah must mount up to discover who is behind their disappearances, hopefully before even more children mysteriously vanish.

About the Author

For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Recently voted #1 Readers’ Favorite Christian Romance Author by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a two-time winner of the ACFW Carol Award and three-time RITA® finalist. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

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My Thoughts

Karen Witemeyer is one of those authors that I read as soon as the book is released because she consistently writes such wonderful stories!  This book is a great second novel in the Hanger’s Horsemen series.  There are some ties to the first book, but it can also stand well on its own.  I really liked the characters in this story and enjoyed the two intertwined love stories.  The characters have such a richness and depth to them that it makes it easy to feel like they are real despite it being a fictional story.  I appreciated how the author wrote about a black man and a mixed race woman during the nineteenth century, detailing their struggles to fit into a society who had not long ago abolished slavery.  I thought the spiritual themes were well integrated into the book.  I also enjoyed the mystery and suspense of the storyline and found several parts surprising.  I really liked this novel and look forward to the next one!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Come Back to Me by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Marian Creighton did not believe in time travel—that is, until her father drank water supposedly from the Tree of Life in an attempt to try to cure her ailing sister and went into a coma, forcing Marian to test his theories.  She is suddenly transported from modern day to the Middle Ages.  There she meets William Durham, a knight determined to protect Marian.  However, as Marian begins to develop feelings for William, she is torn between wanting to go back to present day to try to save her sister and staying in the past to find her father and perhaps even follow her heart.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

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My Thoughts

Is there anything that Jody Hedland cannot write?!  This is the first time travel story she’s written and she knocked it out of the park!  I love how she engaged me early on in the book as I became invested in the intriguing and unique plot.  The characters do not take long to tug at my heartstrings and I could not put the book down, as I wanted to know what happened next!  I liked the medieval history in the novel, as this is not an era that I commonly read.  This book is more than just a struggle of will-they-won’t-they romance, because there is about 700 years standing in the way of the characters’ romance.  This allowed the story to have more depth and interest as I found the plot unpredictable and fascinating.  I really enjoyed this book (as I do all of Jody Hedlund’s!) and I am eagerly looking forward to what she writes next!  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar

About the Book

Whispered secrets about her parents’ past take on new urgency for Chariline as she pays one last visit to the land of her forefathers, the ancient kingdom of Cush.

Raised as an orphan by her aunt, Chariline has only been told a few pieces of her parents’ tragic love story. Her beautiful dark skin is proof that her father was Cushite, but she knows nothing else. While visiting her grandfather before his retirement as the Roman official in the queen’s court, Chariline overhears that her father is still alive, and discovering his identity becomes her obsession. Both her grandfather and the queen have reasons for keeping this secret, however, and forbid her quest. So when her only clues lead to Rome, Chariline sneaks on the ship of a merchant trusted by friends.

Theo is shocked to discover a stowaway on board his vessel and determines to be rid of her as soon as possible. But drawn in by Chariline’s story, he feels honor-bound to see her safely to shore, especially when it appears someone may be willing to kill for the truth she seeks.

In this transformative tale of historical fiction, bestselling author Tessa Afshar brings to life the kingdom of Cush and the Roman Empire, introducing readers to a fascinating world filled with gripping adventure, touching romance, and a host of lovable characters–including some they may recognize from the biblical book of Acts. 

About the Author

Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel Daughter of Rome was a Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestseller. Land of Silence won an INSPY Award and was voted by Library Journal as one of the top five Christian fiction titles of 2016. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious Christy Award in the Historical Romance category, Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the ECPA Christian Book Award in the fiction category, and Thief of Corinth was an Inspy Award finalist. Tessa also recently released her first bible study and DVD called The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings, based on the book of Ruth.

Tessa was born to a nominally Muslim family in the Middle East and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds a master of divinity from Yale University, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She worked in women and prayer ministries for nearly twenty years before becoming a full-time writer. Tessa speaks regularly at national women’s events. She is a devoted wife, mediocre tomato grower, and chocolate enthusiast. Visit her online at Tessaafshar.com.

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My Thoughts

Once again, Tessa Afshar pens a novel that is rich in its detail and imagery!  I love how she brings emotion and depth to Biblical stories with her fictional tales.  This story caused me to examine myself and apply the spiritual lessons to my own life.  I loved the theme of God’s use of our scars for His greater glory and purpose.  I also found myself falling in love with the characters.  Theo has appeared in Tessa’s other novels, and what a delight to read about him again.  And Chariline has a rough background, but it was such a joy to read about how she overcame her circumstances.  There is a bit of mystery and suspense as Chariline searches for her father and this story easily kept my attention.  I greatly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it to all readers, even if you are not typically a reader of Biblical fiction!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Paris Betrayal by James R. Hannibal

Company spy Ben Calix finds his world unraveling when a mission goes sour in Rome and he returns to Paris only to discover that his cover is blown.  Ben is forced to go on the run with only his obnoxious neighbor and her dog as companions, both of whom he reluctantly takes with him after they get involved as he flees.  To make matters worse, the Company thinks Ben is the one who turned against them and they are leaving him in the dark when it comes to details about catching a bioterrorist.  Ben must rely on all of his training to catch the villain before it is too late.

What a thrilling ride!  This book is exciting from beginning to end.  I liked how the action kept the plot moving and didn’t slow down one bit.  The book definitely held my attention and I had a hard time putting it down.  I found Ben an easy character to like and I enjoyed reading the book from his perspective.  The dialogue and characters’ interactions felt natural and were well woven among the action.  There were some twists that I did not expect and I found myself surprised by more than one part of the story.  I enjoyed this novel and look forward to more by this author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Never Miss by Melissa Koslin

Former CIA sniper Kadance Tolle prefers to keep a low profile to avoid being found by her family, but when she saves Lyndon Vaile’s life, she realizes that she could be discovered.  She teams up with Lyndon, however, to stop bioterrorists from weaponizing the Ebola virus.  It soon becomes apparent that the danger is lurking close to home, and Kadance and Lyndon must work together to stop the enemy as quickly as possible.

I enjoyed this debut novel!  The suspense starts on the first page and the action keeps it engaging throughout the entire story.  The characters are interesting with quirky personalities and fascinating skills.  I liked their interactions and the romance that developed.  The plot focuses on bioterrorism, believable and relevant in this pandemic world.  The twists and turns had several unpredictable parts that kept it exciting.  I think the Christian elements took a backseat to the action, but I still think the story was well written and executed.  I enjoyed this novel and look forward to more by this new-to-me author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Dusk’s Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller

Welcome to the blog tour for Dusk’s Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller!

About the Book

How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness?
 
Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England’s beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it’s a peaceful life.
 
That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary’s caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer–but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he’s plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition?
 
Adam wants no charity, but he’s also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal–and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end.
 
Best-selling author Carolyn Miller is back with a fresh series that will not only thrill readers eager for more of her work, but bring in new fans looking for beautiful writing, fascinating research, deftly woven love stories, and real faith lived out in the Regency period.
 
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About the Series

While most stories set in Regency England focus on the rich, the young, and the beautiful, award-winning author Carolyn Miller decided she wanted to give readers something different for a change. Her new Regency Wallflowers series follows the commoners, away from the hustle and bustle of 1810s London, out in the Lake District of England. She tells the stories of women who are slightly older and have few prospects for marriage, women who might be considered “wallflowers.”

About the Author

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.

Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. 

Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynmillerauthor.com, or find her on Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author)Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor), and Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor)

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My Thoughts

Oh my!  This story oozes depth, emotion, and great characters.  I loved Mary and Adam.  It required no effort to fall in love with them as the author draws you into their lives through struggles that make them realistic.  The descriptions were well written and the scenery of Regency England was easy to visualize.  The story is so exquisitely written!  And most of all, I loved how Carolyn Miller takes spiritual themes and integrates them so seamlessly into this novel.  Relying on faith is a theme that is even applicable to my own life.  I think this was my first novel by this author but it will definitely not be my last!  What a great start to a new series.  I think I shall read some of her older works while I eagerly anticipate the next novel!  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author as part of the Read with Audra Tour.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White

About the Book

Perhaps a bit too eccentric for polite society, Lady Elizabeth Sinclair does not mind the judgment from her peers as she often prefers microscopes and plants to people.  When her maid suggests vacationing to the beautiful Isle of Scilly for the summer, Elizabeth is thrilled to get to explore nature.  However, when they arrive, they discover that the holiday cottage’s former occupant has mysteriously vanished.  Oliver Tremayne, local clergyman and brother to the missing occupant, is determined to discover the whereabouts of his sister.  Elizabeth intrigues Oliver, as he too is passionate about biology and botany.  Elizabeth and Oliver must work together to unravel secrets and legends in order to find his missing sister.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

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My Thoughts

I’m not sure how she does it, but Roseanna White continues to write books that just get better and better!  I loved the interesting premise for this novel and the book drew me in right away with its mystery and intrigue.  The characters were also easy to like and I found myself wishing that I could be friends with them in real life (I, too, am a lover of biology!).  I loved the mysterious aspect of the storyline and was surprised by the many twists throughout the novel.  The spiritual truths were well woven without being preachy and the romance is clean and well written.  I greatly enjoyed this story and cannot wait for the rest of the series!  A most highly recommend read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Celebrate Lit Tour – Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham

Hope Between Pages

About the Book

Book:  Hope Between the Pages

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian Historical

Release date: April, 2021

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Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.

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About the Author

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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

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Books are a uniquely portable magic – Stephen King

Appalachia is known for having a high illiteracy rate. A place of beautiful scenery and rugged landscapes, the people of the mountains developed stories through oral storytelling much more than “book learning”.  As a young girl growing up in this world, I loved hearing my granny share tales from up to five generations ago, filling in the narrative gaps between a birth date and a death date on a tombstone – giving flesh and breath to the stone-etched names.

It’s no surprise then, with a heart cultivated from rich oral stories, I fell in love with reading. Books became that “portable magic” that took me places my little Appalachian community couldn’t provide. I fell in love with the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew. Wept through the end of Bridge to Terabithia and Old Yeller. Traveled to the plains with Sarah Plain and Tall and fell in love with horses with The Black Stallion. But when I was in seventh grade, I read my very first “British” novel, The Secret Garden. In that one introduction, my world expanded into mysterious English manor houses and British classics. Before long, I’d consumed Jane Eyre, Austen’s classics, some Dickens, Dracula, Frankenstein…and the list goes on! And then…I found Tolkien and Lewis – and the ‘real’ world swelled into OTHER worlds.

I’m grateful for true stories of book-loving pioneers traveling into the world of Appalachia to provide books and literacy training to “my people”, because I know some of those books made their way to my tiny elementary school library…and not only brought me the chance to discover stories, but to write them too!

Isn’t it amazing how books can do that?

In Hope Between the Pages, I wanted to bring the same awe and discovery I felt as a child (and continue to feel as an adult reader) to the story of two people whose words had seemed small. Stories stretched their worlds, but the stories also gave them wonderful imaginations and positive perspectives. It’s still amazing to me that ink-and-paper words can make such a lasting impact on hearts and minds. They can lead us to dream, teach us new things, encourage our hearts, help us to think outside the box, swell our imaginations, broaden our horizons, and encourage our hope.

Books are not a replacement for real adventures and relationships, but they certainly provide a beautiful “door” into other lives and worlds that we may never have a chance to experience in real life. Sadie, my historical heroine, and Clara, my contemporary heroine, both have kept close to home but traveled greatly through books…and BOTH are given the opportunity to reach beyond the bindings to discover real-life adventures. I’d like to think that their love for stories helped them have the courage to step away from the page and into their own tales even more prepared than they would have been without stories.

What are some of your favorite books you read as a child? Did any of them influence you to become a more avid reader?

My Thoughts

Wow, what a wonderful story!  This book has quickly become one of my favorite reads so far this year.  Pepper Basham did a great job with the transitions and connections between the present day story and the historical story.  I loved the characters in this novel very much and immediately felt myself drawn to them in the book.  Clara and Sadie are both remarkable women, with gumption and grace, brains and beauty, and courage and kindness.  I loved the romance in this novel as well.  The romantic partnerships came together through struggles and realistic hardships and this made their relationships even stronger.  I felt their love extended beyond simply a physical attraction and there is no doubt in my mind that these characters established a love that withstood any trial in the future.  The spirituality woven among the pages was very well done!  And, of course, I loved the central theme that books played in this novel.  The mystery to the story made it interesting.  I had a hard time putting the book down!  I greatly enjoyed this book and look forward to more by this author!

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, April 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 24

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 24

Worthy2Read, April 24

Texas Book-aholic, April 25

Reviewingbooksplusmore, April 25

Christian Bookaholic, April 25

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 25

She Lives To Read, April 26

Books and Everyday Life, April 26

For the Love of Literature, April 26

For Him and My Family, April 26

Wishful Endings, April 27

Bigreadersite, April 27

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 27

deb’s Book Review, April 27

Inklings and notions, April 28

Connect in Fiction, April 28

Writing from the Heart Land, April 28

Blogging With Carol, April 28

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 29

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 29

Life of Literature, April 29

Pick a good book, April 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 30

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 30

Betti Mace, April 30

Kathleen’s Blog, April 30

lakesidelivingsite, May 1

Connie’s History Classroom, May 1

Fiction Book Lover, May 1

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 1

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 2

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 2

Godly Book Reviews, May 2

Mary Hake, May 2

Older & Smarter?, May 3

Genesis 5020, May 3

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, May 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 4

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads , May 4

Blossoms and Blessings, May 4

sodbusterLiving, May 4

Splashes of Joy, May 5

Where Faith and Books Meet , May 5

Simple Harvest Reads, May 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Through the Fire Blogs, May 5

Pause for Tales, May 6

To Everything There Is A Season, May 6

Remembrancy, May 6

Lights in a Dark World, May 6

Live.Love.Read., May 7

Karen Sue Hadley, May 7

Amanda Tero, blog, May 7

The Write Escape, May 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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

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Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon

Katherine Parker wishes to escape her life of stardom, seeking a respite in the quiet town of Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast.  She piques the interest of Zach Garrett, local coffee shop owner, who is intrigued by her reclusive ways.  When Katherine and Zach are recruited for a town project, they discover that they may have more in common than they had originally thought.

I have greatly enjoyed the Hope Harbor series and this novel is a delightful addition to the series!  I liked the characters a lot in this book and thought their relationship flowed very naturally.  Irene Hannon has a great gift of storytelling that draws you into the plot with ease and allows you to envision the coastal setting, quirky characters, and sweet romance.  I think this particular book can stand alone, but some of the repeat background characters are made richer by reading other books in the series.  I really liked the integration of spiritual truths in the novel.  This book is a heartwarming read, perfect for reading along a summer beach!  Recommended to those who enjoy contemporary romance!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.