A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

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Tressa Harlowe returns early from a trip with her mother when news of her father’s death reaches them, arriving home to the south of England to find relatives and friends eager to offer condolences.  However, Tressa begins to suspect that instead of coming for sympathy, everyone is rather here to explore the ancient mansion in hopes of discovering the vast fortune rumored to have been hidden by her father on the estate.  As the debts continue to accumulate, creditors come calling, and the vineyard shows signs of failing, Tressa finds an unlikely friend in the gruff vineyard manager Donegan Vance.  But Donegan has secrets of his own that could ruin the budding friendship and Tressa’s future.

I absolutely loved this book!  The author does a phenomenal job of crafting language that is deep and meaningful with words and descriptions that leap off the page and engulf the reader in its imagery and metaphors.  I very much enjoyed the theme of the vineyard and loved how it connected in every aspect of the book—from the epigraphs to the conversations to the overarching spiritual content.  I seriously could not put the book down and liked the complexity of the plot with its surprises and interesting way everything related in the end.  I very much liked the main characters and found myself easily identifying with their struggles because their emotions and thoughts were so well written.  I really cannot say enough about how great this book was and highly recommend it to all readers.  This author has a gift and I cannot wait for her next book!

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

A Place to Belong by Melissa Tagg

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Megan Harrow moves past her mistakes and regrets when she builds a new life for herself and her daughter in charming Maple Valley.  She is just getting comfortable with her job as a coffee shop owner when she meets Eric Hampton, a local nonprofit owner.  Her heart begins to soften just as someone from her past shows up in Maple Valley—someone who is not welcome in the new life that she has made.

Any excuse to travel to Maple Valley and visit old characters and new friends is a blessing—so I was excited to read this novella from Melissa Tagg.  She writes such wonderful characters that I connect with immediately and feel their struggles and emotions.  This may be a novella, but the plot is packed with realistic trials and triumphs in the short story.  The language is detailed that you even forget you are reading a novella and not a full-length novel.  It is truly a delightful read and I recommend this book in addition to all the other Maple Valley books!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Called To Protect by Lynette Eason

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Chloe St. John was dumped by her fiancé last year, so she turns her attention to her work as a cop with her K-9 partner, Hank.  She is confronted with a case that gets personal when it involves her missing cousin and a case of human trafficking.  She works with US Marshall Blake MacCallum, who also has a personal connection with this case when his daughter goes missing.  Blake and Chloe work together against the clock to save those they love most before it is too late.

Yet another fast-moving, suspenseful novel from Lynette Eason!  Once again there is heart-pounding action from page one and a plot that moves along with unexpected twists and turns.  The romance is woven among the backdrop of suspense and gives the story a deeper layer.  I enjoyed the theme of family and relationships in this story.  You do not necessarily have to read the first installment to enjoy this book, but I do recommend both to lovers of contemporary suspense and look forward to the next book!

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