An Elegant Façade by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Lady Georgina Hawthorne has a secret. She has perfected the art of making everyone think she is a spoiled lady of distinction in order to hide her secret. She has carefully laid out plans to marry well in order to preserve this secret. The success of this debut season determines the results of years of meticulous planning. Colin McCrae may have money and a successful business, but he possesses no title, and thus is easily dismissed by the elite of England. He has no interest in the shallow Georgina, despite the fact he thinks there may be more to the beautiful woman than what she shows to society. But the sparks between them fly and they realize they may have more in common than they had initially suspected.

I enjoyed the first novel by Kristi Ann Hunter, but I loved this book. Georgina might seem spoiled and selfish, but this fragile confidence simply serves to hide her true secret. This plot is unique as the first part of the book is actually the last part of the previous novel but from Georgina’s perspective. I enjoyed this unique writing style and grew to like Georgina much more than I had in the previous novel. Thus, although it is not essential to read the first book in this series, it certainly provides more background on all the characters. This novel had great character development, beautifully descripted scenes, and excellent spiritual truths woven throughout. I most highly recommend this book!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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Leta Breckenridge struggles to manage multiple jobs and care for her mother, who suffers from dementia. Bills begin to pile up and a notice from the nursing home concerning overdue payments causes Leta to accept what seems like a dream job in order to make ends meet. Her new job at the Austin public relations firm begins innocently enough, but when she realizes the firm may not be all that it seems, she starts to doubt her choice, despite its ideal benefits. Worse yet, the company collects data to harm the campaign of Nathan Emerson, the senator who is nothing but kind to Leta. As Leta attempts to stick to her morals, she finds her heart torn between a new love and her family.

Kellie Coates Gilbert manages to pen the most emotionally gripping stories with such significant depth and fantastic character development. Leta is a realistic heroine who struggles with everyday financial difficulties and moral dilemmas with which many readers can connect. She makes difficult decisions and sticks to her values, an admirable trait. This novel made me cry and it made me laugh. The scenes effortlessly intertwine emotion, depth, and spiritual truths. The plot was very interesting and the storyline flowed well. I enjoyed the romance and would recommend this book to all lovers of contemporary romance.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson

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Prosperity Jones, having recently buried her dear mother, sets sail for Key West in order to find her fiancé, a Lieutenant in the American army. When she arrives, however, she discovers her beloved David is married to someone else. Penniless and dismayed, she finds a job in a local hospital and the friendship of a kind doctor. As she learns to lean on her new friends, she finds herself attracted to the physician, but circumstances from her past may upend her new life in Key West.

A poignant, emotional love story set against a beautiful backdrop of scenic Key West, this novel is full of heartache and redemption. I absolutely loved Prosperity, her emotion made me cry and her hurt made my heart ache, but her faith shines through despite her circumstances. Both she and David must learn to apologize and to forgive each other despite the pain and dismay in their relationship. There are twists I was not expecting that made the plot even more interesting. This is truly a remarkable book with relatable themes, lovable characters, and significant depth. The first novel in this series is not required to enjoy this book, but will give more background on some of the characters. I really liked this novel and recommend it to all lovers of historical romance.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Missing by Lisa Harris

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Nikki Boyd, an investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Missing Persons, might not normally examine homicides, but when a complicated case including several dead and several missing involves a suburban street in her jurisdiction, she joins the team as they race against the clock to solve the mystery. To further confound matters, Nikki discovers her friend, Tyler Grant, seems to be involved somehow in the case. As the hours tick away, more bodies make an appearance and the clues seem to lead the team in circles. And Nikki must solve the case before the killer sets his sights on her.

The second installment in the Nikki Boyd Files is exciting and fast paced. The action starts on page one and does not stop until the very last page. Although reading the first novel in this series is not required, it does help give more background on the main character, Nikki, who is easy to like. Her passion for her work is driven by a sad family situation and makes her a realistic heroine. The romance is tastefully done and is not rushed; their dialogue and their camaraderie prove the strength in their relationship as they connect over difficult pasts. This action packed thriller is full of surprises and fun to read. Highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.