A Tender Hope by Amanda Cabot

A Tender Hope by Amanda Cabot book cover

Thea Michener accepts a position as a midwife in Cimarron Creek after being left destitute by a dead husband and stillborn baby.  She is not expecting an abandoned baby dropped off at her doorstep, and certainly not by a handsome Texas Ranger, but she is not sure she has the strength in her broken heart to make room for them.  Ranger Jackson Guthrie finds Thea intriguing, but his motives for finding her in Cimarron Creek are bigger than a pretty face—and as he seeks the truth to his brother’s murder, he hopes that she can help him find the answers that he needs.

Once again, readers return to Cimarron Creek for a sweet story, as romance blossoms among a historic small town.  There are many characters and storylines with this novel and it is a little distracting from the main storyline at times.  However, the romance is clean and the characters are enjoyable to read.  There is a bit of mystery and intrigue woven among the pages that keep the plot interesting.  It is a good book for those who like simple, historical romance.

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

Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse book cover

Dolly Chandler welcomes a unique group of families and individuals into her boarding house in Blackberry Springs, Alabama, as America enters World War II.  Each family faces their own struggles but they grow and heal under the peaceful and gentle caring of Dolly.  When tragedy strikes their small town, these unlikely friends bond together to Dolly and her husband.

I really like that this author pens words that flow and bring the reader into the story with ease. Her writing captivates me from the beginning of the novel.  The characters are raw and real.  There was definitely emotional depth to this Southern story.  I was a little disappointed that the religious aspect of this novel felt more “spiritual” with mentions of supernatural events rather than definitive “Christian” principles.  Nonetheless, the book is well-written and worth reading.  I recommend it to those looking for a sweet, historical novel.

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

Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson

Courting Mr. Emerson book cover

Willow West is fun, spunky, and outgoing—very different from the stoic and restrained George Emerson. But she is determined to get the newly retired English teacher to let loose and relax a little.  George, meanwhile, is slightly annoyed with Willow’s attempts to socialize him and expand his horizons.  But he soon finds that he is also mildly attracted to her energetic personality.  George just hopes that he has not annoyed her to the point where she is not longer interested.

Like so many of Melody Carlson’s books, this story definitely has sweet romance.  I am a younger individual so I found that I didn’t connect to the older age of the characters as much in this particular book and was bothered by the disconnect throughout the book.  I like that the author was willing to tackle a later-in-life romance, however, as this is not often done.  Her writing style is good and the story was an easy read.  I think for the right audience, this would be a great book, but it just wasn’t for me.

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