Standoff by Patrician Bradley

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Brooke Danvers is excited to follow in her father’s footsteps as a park law enforcement ranger, but after his sudden death, she finds herself caught in a dangerous mission to determine his killer.  She is suspicious when her old high school flame, Luke Fereday, unexpectedly shows up in town and begins to poke around the crime scene, offering suggestions and assistance.  But Luke has his own agenda, working as an undercover agent sent to infiltrate the drug route along the Natchez Trace National Parkway.  As Brooke and Luke continue to uncover pieces to the puzzle, someone out there is determined to stop them for good.

This is a great start to a new series!  I liked the action and the twists and turns as we followed Brooke and Luke trying to solve mysteries before it was too late.  It took me a few chapters to keep the characters straight, but this also allowed the story to contain some complexity, as there were several characters that fit the villain description, and kept me guessing well into the book.  I liked the background of the novel, and could easily picture the humid summer setting.  There is a bit of a love triangle, which made the romance not altogether predictable.  I did think that the ending felt a bit rushed as several loose ends tied up quickly, but it was a satisfying conclusion.  I think one of the secondary characters is going to be the main character in the next book and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

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

Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner

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After famous hot-tempered chef Max Cavanagh’s public outburst during a televised cooking competition, he finds himself on a forced sabbatical and his limelight is transferred to sweet and humble chef Hadley Beckett, queen of southern cooking.  But when Max returns from his break and is presented with the opportunity to film a show with Hadley, neither of them is certain that they can control their tempers when cooking together in the kitchen. However, the more that Hadley works with and learns about Max, she realizes that perhaps there is more to him than meets the eye.

I like how Bethany Turner incorporates humor into her romantic novels!  This book is a great romantic comedy full of cooking puns and likeable characters.  Max grows and changes for the better, and I always like a good redemption story.  It is also nice to read how even Hadley improves and flourishes, too, becoming more confident in herself and her career.  I do wish there had been a bit more Christian principles and themes incorporated into the book rather than simply a story of changing for the better.  However, the novel definitely is clean and the romance never crosses an inappropriate line.  The internal dialogues of the characters and their interactions are easy to read, and the writing style contributes well to the overall story.  I really enjoyed this book 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.

Celebrate Lit Tour – Rocky Mountain Redemption by Lisa J. Flickinger

About the Book

Book:  Rocky Mountain Redemption

Author: Lisa J. Flickinger

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: May 5, 2020

A Rocky Mountain logging camp may be just the place to find herself.

To escape the devastation caused by the breaking of her wedding engagement, Isabelle Franklin joins her aunt in the Rocky Mountains to feed a camp of lumberjacks cutting on the slopes of Cougar Ridge. If only she could out run the lingering nightmares.

Charles Bailey, camp foreman and Stony Creek’s itinerant pastor, develops a reputation to match his new nickname — Preach.  However, an inner battle ensues when the details of his rough history threaten to overcome the beliefs of his young faith.

Amid the hazards of camp life, the unlikely friendship growing between the two surprises Isabelle. She’s drawn to Preach’s brute strength and gentle nature as he leads the ragtag crew toiling for Pollitt’s Lumber. But when the ghosts from her past return to haunt her, the choices she will make change the course of her life forever—and that of the man she’s come to love.

Click here to get your copy.

About the Author

Lisa J. Flickinger lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. To learn more about her other books, visit www.lisajflickinger.com

More from Lisa

I have a confession to make. I’m a square dancer, a real live square dancer who do-si-dos and allemande-lefts my way around a square every Thursday night. And lest you think it’s a room full of eighty year olds, our youngest dancer is a mere twenty-four.

It was on the dance floor I first met Larry. Logger Larry, the Paul Bunyan like soul who regaled me with tales of chopping trees in the Rocky Mountains. He told stories about grizzlies who hunted men for their next meal, brawls in the bunkhouse only the hardy could survive, and life threatening axe injuries when they had to carry the wounded through the forest for miles.

Larry’s stories provided a great background for a romantic novel and sent me on a mission to research late 1800’s logging camps. It’s at Pollitt’s Lumber, in 1898, where we meet our hero and heroine, Preach and Isabelle, and join their cautious journey toward love. It’s also where we meet a ragtag bunch of lumberjacks whose antics would get on anyone’s last nerve.

I fell in love with the characters of Rocky Mountain Redemption as they tromped onto the pages, and I’m thrilled to introduce them to you in Book One of the Rocky Mountain Revival Series.

Dear reader, enjoy!

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading about the picturesque Rocky Mountains and beautiful logging camp.  It was easy to be transported to the scenic mountains with the light breeze whistling through the pine trees.  The story flowed well and the plot initially intrigued me.  However, I had a hard time connecting with the characters, especially Charles Bailey, better known among the loggers as “Preach,” as he was very hypocritical and I did not sense as much growth in him as I wanted.  I liked Isabelle but I think the whole time I was reading I just wanted her to have a little more gumption, even though I recognize she had a terrible incident in her past.  The exact circumstances of the incident that led to her depression were also a little confusing to me, and the other characters in the book seemed to know more about the incident than Isabelle did herself, despite the fact that it was supposed to be a secret.  I felt like parts of the story were too inconsistent.  I really wanted to like the romance, because I usually enjoy relationships that grow amid difficult circumstances, but I honestly just did not feel much of a true relationship between Charles and Isabelle.  Their interactions were too full of misunderstandings to ever be believable to me.  I will also warn readers that there are repeated references to rape, so this book may be better suited to more mature audiences.  I really liked the side character, Miss Sophie, and appreciated that she seemed to be one of the only characters that actually cared for poor Isabelle!  I think the book overall was good, but I tend to enjoy books that have stronger character developments.  I am, however, looking forward to trying another book by this author because I think she writes creative books set in fascinating settings.

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

Blog Stops

Kathleen Denly, May 4

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 5

Vicky Sluiter, May 5

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deb’s Book Review, May 6

Texas Book-aholic, May 7

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Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 8

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 8

Inklings and notions, May 9

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Hallie Reads, May 11

Betti Mace, May 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 13

Life of Literature, May 14

Books, Life, and Christ, May 14

Moments, May 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 16

Read Review Rejoice, May 16

Pause for Tales, May 17

reviewingbooksplusmore, May 17

And now… A giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Lisa 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f9ef/rocky-mountain-redemption-celebration-tour-giveaway

Stay with Me by Becky Wade

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Genevieve Woodward’s life looks perfect to outsiders—she survived a near death experience as a child, she has a successful career as a Christian Bible study author and speaker, and she is close to her loving family.  But Genevieve has a big secret that could destroy her picture perfect life, and she is horrified when the handsome Sam Turner discovers her secret. Sam is comfortable with his remote existence, quietly trying to distance himself from people.  But when he finds Genevieve in his cottage one morning, he realizes that the outgoing, spunky, brightly colored Genevieve may destroy his carefully constructed isolation.  After Gen finds a threatening letter that leads her down a dark family search, she turns to Sam—and ultimately, to God—to help her discover what is truly important in life.

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I admit that I am struggling a little to write a review for this book, because how do you review such an absolutely wonderful book?  I feel as though any praise I give it will be inadequate to how fantastic it truly is! Suffice it to say, this novel has all the things that make any Becky Wade book great—characters with realistic struggles and imperfect lives with which we as readers can easily identify, raw spiritual truths that strike a chord in our own spiritual walk, and clean romance that makes us swoon!  I absolutely loved Sam!  He is shaped by past mistakes but it has made him into such a wonderful man!  (And not only is he handsome but he can cook?! Yes please!)  And I really liked how Becky handled a sensitive addiction in the novel, with careful research and accurate, often less than rosy, portrayals of its consequences. The themes of forgiveness, mercy, and grace were strong in the story and really made me think and, at times, made me cry as the characters realized the same truths.  I love how her writing is so seamless that you can spend hours reading and still find yourself completely immersed in the book.  I enjoyed the setting of Misty River and the other characters in the novel and I am very excited to read more about them in the rest of the series.  The family mystery in the story had twists and turns that surprised me and further added to the complexity of the book.  I truly could go on and on about how much I love this book, but instead I’ll just say, go buy a copy yourself and enjoy this highly recommend novel!

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

A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy

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Nora Shipley is desperate to save her late father’s scientific journal, so when the opportunity to travel to India to study insects in a foreign land is offered to her, she jumps at the chance to gain experience and hopefully qualify her for a scholarship for her master’s in entomology.  She is disappointed when the expedition leader takes one look at her gender and confines her to camp to sketch butterflies.  However, she is surprised by an unlikely ally on the trip—Owen Epps, the class tease and a thorn in her side since she started her studies at Cornell University.  She also is amazed when she begins to fall in love with the sights, smells, and culture of India, finding herself drawn into a local conflict and realizing that sometimes life is bigger than her personal goals.

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What a stunning debut novel! I loved Kimberly Duffy’s well-detailed research into the world of entomology.  Even if sometimes the explanations of insects made me shudder now and again, I was truly drawn into the insect world and the vivid sights and colors of India from her amazing descriptions, realizing by the end that insects are really a glimpse of God’s amazing creativity!  I enjoyed reading about the history as well and the author proved that she did her research!  I also really liked how Nora grew from a smart yet selfish girl into a caring and selfless lady.  I liked Owen a lot and enjoyed reading about their relationship as it changed throughout the story.  The spiritual themes of believing God to handle the details of our dreams, trusting in His will for us, and realizing the importance of self-sacrifice for others was seamlessly woven in the story and added depth to the novel.  I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read more by this author!

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

Celebrate Lit Tour – The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep

About the Book

Book: The House at the End of the Moor

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: April 2020

An Opulent London Opera Star Escapes to the Rugged Landscape of the English Moors

Opera star Maggie Lee escapes her opulent lifestyle when threatened by a powerful politician who aims to ruin her life. She runs off to the wilds of the moors to live in anonymity. All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man near her house. Escaped convict Oliver Ward is on the run to prove his innocence, until he gets hurt and is taken in by Maggie. He discovers some jewels in her possession—the very same jewels that got him convicted. Together they hatch a plan to return the jewels, clearing Oliver’s name and hopefully maintaining Maggie’s anonymity.

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About the Author

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore,but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at http://www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

More from Michelle

What comes to mind when you hear the word moor? For some, images of Jane Eyre spring to life. For others, The Hound of the Baskervilles starts barking. But for most, it’s a big fat goose egg. The fact is that most Americans don’t have a clue what a moor is, but never fear, my friend…after you read the next few paragraphs, you’ll never again go blank-minded when you hear the word moor.

Last summer I skipped across the pond and tromped around Dartmoor with my daughter and husband. What an awesome experience. I learned first-hand just how windy this vast stretch of land can be, for that’s really what a moor is at heart: a vast stretch of land. Webster’s defines it as an expanse of open rolling infertile land. Sounds rather desolate, eh? Yeah. Kind of. But it’s oh so much more.

In spring and summer, green does abound. Gorse bushes. Scrubby grasses. Lambs and sheep and goats. All these animals roam free so there are trails worn into the dirt that you can hike along. But I hear you…where could you possibly go if there’s nothing besides some farm animals roaming around the place?

You could hike to a tor, which is a “high, craggy hill.” Some of them can be a little treacherous to climb, but sweet mercy, what a view! The earth stretches out like a green and brown quilt. As I hiked that day last spring, whispers in the wind inspired me to wonder a lot of what-ifs, and those what-ifs came together in a story of intrigue and betrayal.

What would you do if you found a half-dead man bleeding in the middle of nowhere? Find out what heroine Maggie Lee does in The House at the End of the Moor.

My Thoughts

Ok, this book was awesome! I am having trouble even putting into words how much I enjoyed this novel.  The characters are so raw and real that I instantly connected with them. They face personal struggles of trusting God in uncertain times, forgiveness for past wrongs, and allowing God to dictate justice instead of taking revenge.  The author does such a wonderful job of crafting sentences that contain such rich descriptions and I found myself completely immersed in the story after only a few pages.  I think this author has a special gift for writing and I felt like I was transported to the boggy moors of the nineteenth century with ease.  Her ability to describe scenes, landscapes, facial expressions, and emotions that characters are experiencing is truly remarkable.  I loved learning about the various aspects of the historical time period.  I also really enjoyed the surprising mysteries to the story and the different twist and turns.  I will admit that I read the book in one day and did not accomplish anything else at home – laundry piled up, dishes sat dirty, and tasks went undone as I lost myself in the story.  The author also did a great job of packing a lot in the novel; I felt like the story was deep and had plenty of time to develop the characters fully and still have an interesting and complex plot.  I loved the way the romance had time to grow and deepen too.  There honestly was not anything that I did not love about this story!  I most highly recommend this novel!

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

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Blog Stops

Batya’s Bits, April 18

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Among the Reads, April 20

My Devotional Thoughts, April 20

As He Leads is Joy, April 20

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Just the Write Escape, April 21

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 21

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 21

Where Faith and Books Meet, April 22

deb’s Book Review, April 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 22

Inklings and notions, April 22

Remembrancy, April 23

Hookmeinabook, April 23

Christian Bookaholic, April 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 24

Britt Reads Fiction, April 24

Emily Yager, April 24

Betti Mace, April 25

Stories By Gina, April 25

Adventures of a Traveling Wife, April 25

Blossoms and Blessings, April 25

Splashes of Joy, April 26

Simple Harvest Reads, April 26 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Vicky Sluiter, April 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 26

Blessed & Bookish, April 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 27

Pause for Tales, April 27

Through the Fire Blogs, April 28

Hallie Reads, April 28

Faery Tales Are Real, April 28

To Everything There Is A Season, April 28

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 29

Bigreadersite, April 29

Older & Smarter?, April 29

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 29

Genesis 5020, April 30

Read Review Rejoice, April 30

By The Book, April 30

For the Love of Literature, April 30

All-of-a-kind Mom, May 1

Bookishly Beverly, May 1

Daysong Reflections, May 1

Artistic Nobody, May 1 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

And now… A giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a free 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f8e2/the-house-at-the-end-of-the-moor-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thanks for stopping by!

Take a Chance on Me by Becky Wade

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Penelope Quinn has one nonnegotiable dating rule—never date an airman.  However, when a family medical crisis forces her to spend extended time with Air Force fighter pilot Eli Price, she finds herself drawn to his good looks and engaging personality, despite knowing that she has been hurt by him before.  Eli, however, cannot stop thinking about the feisty and beautiful Penelope and will do anything to get her to take another chance on him.

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This novella is a perfect introduction into the Misty River series!  The characters are engaging and drew me in almost immediately.  Despite the fact that the story is short due to being a novella, I felt like I had plenty of time to become emotionally invested in the story and the characters.  I loved the friendship-turned enemies-turned romance theme of the book and was happy with the ending!  I also liked the way the author details the struggles of military life on families. And, of course, I love the spiritual truths that are raw and real and incorporated seamlessly into this little novella.  Definitely a must read and a great starter to the series!!  Most highly recommended!  (Also, can we all agree that the cover is swoon-worthy?!)