Celebrate Lit Tour – Lost in Darkness by Michelle Griep

Lost in Darkness

About the Book

Book: Lost in Darkness

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre: Fiction/Christian/Romance

Release date: November 1, 2021


England, 1815

Amelia Balfour has one dream. . .to tour Egypt as a travel writer. But when her wish is finally within reach, her father dies, and her malformed brother Colin depends upon her to arrange for a revolutionary surgery. Amelia returns home, hoping he’ll recover before the ship sails for Cairo.
Former Navy surgeon Graham Lambert is sick—of travelling, loneliness, and especially the injustice of the world. Leaving behind the military, he partners with a renowned surgeon, the man who promises new life to Amelia’s brother.
But just as the operation begins, Graham suspects the surgeon is a fraud. After a botched procedure, Colin goes mad and escapes, terrorizing their neighbor, author Mary Godwin—planting the seed for her greatest creation, Frankenstein.
Can Amelia and Graham stop Colin before he destroys everyone in his path and find the tender soul still trapped inside…or will they be too late?

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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.

More from Michelle

Are You a Monster Too?

“Look at that! The fattest girl in the class is the first one to get in line for a cupcake.”

Those words, spoken to me in junior high by a clueless boy, are forever seared into my memory. Just because I wasn’t a willowy stick-figure who didn’t match up to magazine covers, I was singled out. Made to feel ashamed. Made to feel like a monster.

Have you ever felt that way?

Chances are you have. We are all poked and prodded at some point in our lives…which brings up a few questions. How do you deal with the sometimes ugly perceptions with which others view you? How do you stop trying to prove your worth to others, when in their eyes you are somehow worthless? Why does God allow such hurtful things to happen anyway?

These are the questions I attempt to tackle in my new release, Lost in Darkness. And surprisingly enough, those are the very same issues contemplated in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Now hold on. Don’t go rolling your eyeballs quite yet—which is the usual response whenever Frankenstein is mentioned.

Most people’s conception of this great piece of literature has been forever ruined by Hollywood’s green creature. You know the one, the giant with bolts sticking out of his neck and a stiff-legged walk. So not true. The essence of Shelley’s “horror” story is instead about a creature who struggles with heartfelt needs that can only be met by his creator. In this story, Shelley respectfully handles the subject of what we owe our creator and what our creator’s responsibility is toward us as the created…the very same questions we all struggle with.

As does Colin Balfour, a man with a heart of gold and a face that causes children to scream. In Lost in Darkness, he hopes to undergo a life-changing surgery that will end his self-imposed isolation. But what really happens is a life change for his sister Amelia and the surgeon who tries to prevent it all from happening. For indeed, even if there be monsters, there is none so fierce as that which resides in man’s own heart.

My Thoughts

Once again, Michelle Griep delivers a story that is well researched and hard to put down!  This story perfectly marries gothic romance with Christian themes.  I found the plot to be intense, in a good way, but it is definitely not your typical lighthearted romance; instead, the pages ooze with depth, mystery, and difficult topics.  I love that Michelle Griep is not afraid to dive deep into those themes that are sometimes messy.  Her ability to create characters that grow through these circumstances is remarkable.  I really liked this novel and am still reflecting on it even weeks after finishing it.  I highly recommend this story and cannot wait to see what the author writes next.

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

Blog Stops

Life of Literature, November 29

Genesis 5020, November 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 29

The Write Escape, November 30

Betti Mace, November 30

Texas Book-aholic, November 30

Remembrancy, December 1

Inklings and notions, December 1

Blossoms and Blessings, December 1

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 2

Daysong Reflections, December 2

For Him and My Family, December 2

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 3

Bigreadersite, December 3

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 4

For the Love of Literature, December 4

SodbusterLiving, December 4

deb’s Book Review, December 5

Splashes of Joy, December 5

Back Porch Reads, December 5

Connie’s History Classroom, December 6

Simple Harvest Reads, December 6 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, December 6

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, December 7

Through the fire blogs, December 7

Where Faith and Books Meet, December 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 8

Pause for Tales, December 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 9

Labor Not in Vain, December 9

To Everything There Is A Season, December 9

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 10

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, December 10

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, December 10

Truth and Grace HomeschoolAcademy, December 11

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, December 11 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 11

Rachael’s Inkwell, December 12

Blogging With Carol, December 12

Connect in Fiction, December 12


To celebrate her tour, Michelle 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.


The London House by Katherine Reay

Thank you for joining me in supporting Katherine Reay on her new release, The London House, on tour with Austen Prose tours from Laurel Ann Nattress!

Book Details

  • Title: The London House: A Novel
  • Author: Katherine Reay
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
  • Publisher: Harper Muse
  • Publication Date: November 2, 2021
  • Length: 368 pages
  • Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 
  • Tour Dates: November 1-28, 2021

About the Book

Uncovering a dark family secret sends one woman through the history of Britain’s World War II spy network and glamorous 1930s Paris to save her family’s reputation.

Caroline Payne thinks it’s just another day of work until she receives a call from Mat Hammond, an old college friend and historian. But pleasantries are cut short. Mat has uncovered a scandalous secret kept buried for decades: In World War II, Caroline’s British great-aunt betrayed family and country to marry her German lover.

Determined to find answers and save her family’s reputation, Caroline flies to her family’s ancestral home in London. She and Mat discover diaries and letters that reveal her grandmother and great-aunt were known as the “Waite sisters.” Popular and witty, they came of age during the interwar years, a time of peace and luxury filled with dances, jazz clubs, and romance. The buoyant tone of the correspondence soon yields to sadder revelations as the sisters grow apart, and one leaves home for the glittering fashion scene of Paris, despite rumblings of a coming world war.

Each letter brings more questions. Was Caroline’s great-aunt actually a traitor and Nazi collaborator, or is there a more complex truth buried in the past? Together, Caroline and Mat uncover stories of spies and secrets, love and heartbreak, and the events of one fateful evening in 1941 that changed everything.

In this rich historical novel from award-winning author Katherine Reay, a young woman is tasked with writing the next chapter of her family’s story. But Caroline must choose whether to embrace a love of her own and proceed with caution if her family’s decades-old wounds are to heal without tearing them even further apart.

About the Author

Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr.
Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen
Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary
stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern
University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid
chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe,
Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL.


My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this novel!  The author does a great job creating two timelines that soon seamlessly weave together to create a remarkable story.  I liked learning more about World War II history, gourmet food, and high fashion set in Boston, London, and Paris.  The historical aspect is mostly told via letters and diaries, which is very creative.  What struck me most about this novel, however, was the clever way the author wrote about the multigenerational consequences of choices made by one historical character.  I was so invested in Caroline’s journey that her emotional ups and downs made me feel like I connected closely with her, despite her being a fictional character. The author did a remarkable job of making me care about Caroline and her family and has an exquisite talent for storytelling.  I could not put the book down!  I highly recommend this novel and will be looking for more by this author in the future.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from an Austen Prose tour with Laurel Ann Nattress.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Advance Praise

“Carefully researched, emotionally hewn, and written with a sure hand, The London House is a tantalizing tale of deeply held secrets, heartbreak, redemption, and the enduring way that family can both hurt and heal us. I enjoyed it thoroughly.”— Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars and The Book of Lost Names

“An expertly researched and marvelously paced treatise on the many variants of courage and loyalty . . . Arresting historical fiction destined to thrill fans of Erica Roebuck and Pam Jenoff.”— Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

“Reay’s fast-paced foray into the past cleverly reveals a family’s secrets and how a pivotal moment shaped future generations. Readers who enjoy engrossing family mystery should take note.”— Publisher’s Weekly

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Celebrate Lit Tour – Behind Love’s Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Behind Love's Wall

About the Book

Book: Behind Love’s Wall

Author: Carrie Fancett Pagels

Genre: FICTION/ Christian/Romance

Release date: November 1, 2021

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Two successful women, a hundred-and-twenty-years apart, build walls to protect their hearts. Modern-day Willa, a successful interior decorator, is chosen to consult for the Grand Hotel’s possible redesign. She discovers a journal detailing the struggles of a young woman, Lily—which reveals dark secrets. The renowned singer wasn’t who she pretended to be. As Willa reaches out to Lily’s descendant, a charismatic and prominent landscape artist, she lets down her guard. Should she share the journal with him, or once again erect a wall as she struggles to redesign both the Grand and her life?

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About the Author


ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of over a dozen Christian historical romances. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper” in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at http://www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.

More from Carrie

Why I Wrote This Novel

I got a chance to write another novel set on Mackinac Island!!!

I’m the author of over twenty published stories. I have many books, both novel and novella length, set at the Straits of Mackinac including Maggie Award winner and Romantic Times Top Pick My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island. In the summer, I go up to the area and I’m blessed to sign books at the Island Bookstore—sometimes hundreds of books which is such an amazing thing I can’t tell you! Now that MHBoMI is out of print, Barbour has been helping by doing limited print runs for while I am up there.

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island was originally part of a full series that I pitched but it didn’t get picked up for all three stories. MHBoMI got picked up as part of the My Heart Belongs series that Barbour put out a few years ago. The second book in my original Brides of Mackinac series was heroine Sadie’s story, which was published as a novella “His Anchor” in First Love Forevercollection.  So I had two of my book babies delivered out into the world and Lily’s story sat there for a while.

In the Covid summer of 2020, I arrived in my home state of Michigan and over dinner with a close friend I learned that the folks at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island were having legal trouble with their previous long-time designed Carlton Varney suing them. I’d been disappointed that the Mussers, who’d owned the Grand for generations, had sold the hotel but this new development really bugged me.  While I was in the Upper Peninsula, I finished an Indy book, Dogwood Plantation, which only figures since I often write my Michigan stories while I am in Virginia and vice versa! I knew the only other book I wanted to work on was to complete my Brides of Mackinac trilogy (not exactly since they aren’t all in one series!) with Lily’s story. I also had a manuscript about 70% done that was my very first contemporary Women’s Fiction novel. When my agent encouraged me to submit a Mackinac Island story set at the Grand Hotel to Barbour’s Doors to the Past series, I knew immediately that the only story for historical I wanted to write was Lily’s. That meant that I needed, for this dual-timeline series, a contemporary story. That wasn’t just a chance sharing at dinner—I believe the info about the lawsuit was meant to be passed on to me one of those God-incidences. My modern-day heroine then became an established resort designer who had a trunkful of issues just like Lily did.

Was I ever glad that I had finally written my first contemporary Women’s Fiction (Butterfly Cottage) because that skill set came in very handy in writing the modern-day 2020 story of Willa in Behind Love’s Wall! This was the most difficult novel to write that I have done so far as I write in character and going back and forth between the 1895 and 2020 timelines could be draining. I tried to write each character and setting on separate days but that couldn’t always be managed.

I pray that this story will touch readers’ hearts. I pray that someone, like the young waitress I meant on Mackinac Island who had been spiritually moved by My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island (she read her grandmother’s copy after her grandma passed away!), will read this book and feel that connection to our Maker. That’s what Christian Fiction is all about!

My Thoughts

I have enjoyed visiting Mackinac Island before, so I particularly liked the well written descriptions of this island in this novel.  It was easy to visualize the scenery.  I am also a fan of HGTV and I thought the premise for this story was creative—finding an old journal in a home undergoing a renovation? Um, yes, please!  I liked the dual timeline and the connection of the characters.  I do think there was some confusion initially with the amount of characters in the two timelines and it took me a bit to keep everyone straight.  However, eventually I got the rhythm of the dual stories figured out and settled in for a good read.  I liked the mysterious and surprising parts of the novel.  This book might be the first one I’ve read that incorporates so many aspect of real life in 2020 (I read a lot more historical novels), but I appreciate that the author created a reality that’s authentic.  Overall, I enjoyed this novel and have really liked this creative series from Barbour publishing!

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

Blog Stops

Life of Literature, November 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 18

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 19

Cats in the Cradle Blog, November 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 19

Inklings and notions, November 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 20

For Him and My Family, November 21

Mary Hake, November 21

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 22

Texas Book-aholic, November 22

For the Love of Literature, November 22

deb’s Book Review, November 23

Betti Mace, November 23

Genesis 5020, November 23

Older & Smarter?, November 24

Remembrancy, November 24

Blossoms and Blessings, November 25

Stephanie’s life of determination, November 25

Connect in Fiction, November 25

Rebecca Tews, November 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 26

Through the fire blogs, November 27

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 27

Pause for Tales, November 27

Bigreadersite, November 28

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 28

Tell Tale Book Reviews, November 28

Connie’s History Classroom, November 29

Bizwings Blog, November 29

Labor Not in Vain, November 29

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 30

To Everything There Is A Season, November 30

Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 1

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen, December 1

Where Faith and Books Meet, December 1


To celebrate her tour, Carrie 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.


The Debutante’s Code by Erica Vetsch

Welcome to the blog tour for The Debutante’s Code by Erica Vetsch, on tour with Audra Jennings, PR! This novel will release December 7, 2021!

About the Book

Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series!

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn’t spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love.But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They’ve been living double lives as government spies–and they’re only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family’s legacy.

Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spies. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors–not to mention the nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner, who suspects her of a daring theft.

Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents’ last mission?

Best-selling author Erica Vetsch is back with a rollicking, exciting new series destined to be a hit with Regency readers who enjoy a touch of mystery in their love stories. Fans of Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Anne Perry will love the wit, action, and romance.

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About the Author

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate. Erica loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
Erica Vetsch is the author of many novellas and novels, including the popular Serendipity & Secrets Regency series and the new Thorndike & Swann Regency Mystery series.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


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My Thoughts

The description of Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes is perfect for this novel as there is a mix of mystery and romance throughout the story.  I loved the code that Juliette’s father would use to write to her and thought this was such a creative spin on the story.  There is additional espionage and intrigue that kept my interest easily.  One of my favorite eras for reading is the Regency Period, so there was also much to love about the details and descriptions of this historical time period.  The romance is clean and subtle, and I look forward to reading more about Juliette and Daniel in the next novel.  I loved that we had a visit from a character from one of Erica Vetsch’s previous novels.  This book is a great start to a new series and I cannot wait for more!

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

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Every Word Unsaid by Kimberly Duffy

Thank you for joining me in supporting Kimberly Duffy on her new release, Every Word Unsaid, on tour with Austen Prose tours from Laurel Ann Nattress!

Isn’t this cover simply stunning?!

Book Details

  • Title: Every Word Unsaid: A Novel
  • Author: Kimberly Duffy
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Inspirational Fiction
  • Publisher: Bethany House
  • Publication Date: November 2, 2021
  • Length: 368 pages
  • Format: Trade Paperback, eBook, & Audiobook 
  • Tour Dates: November 1-14, 2021

About the Book

Augusta “Gussie” Travers is used to being controversial—traveling the country with her Kodak camera and writing stories for her popular column.  However, soon she finds herself involved in a scandal, causing her to escape to India to spend time with childhood friends Catherine and Gabriel.  But India is not quite what Gussie expects, with plagues, conflicts, and changes that she does not anticipate.  Circumstances begin to force Gussie to reevaluate her past, present, and future, and to determine what is most important in her life.

About the Author

Kimberly Duffy is Long Island native currently living in Southwest Ohio, via six months in India. When she’s not homeschooling her four kids, she writes historical fiction that takes her readers back in time and across oceans. She loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. He doesn’t mind. Connect with her on her website, facebook, pinterest, instagram, and goodreads.


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My Thoughts

Kimberly Duffy has a true gift for storytelling!  Her beautiful prose draws you into the story from the very first page and makes you fall in love with the characters by the end of the first chapter.  And her ability to develop characters throughout the novel is truly a remarkable talent.  I loved Gussie.  She has gumption, courage, and tenacity, and she’s willing to stand up for what she believes is right, almost to a fault.  I also love how she changes and grows in the story as she faces new obstacles and fears.  Additionally, Kimberly Duffy once again transports us to exotic India, with vivid descriptions that cause you to be lost in the sights, smells, and sounds of both the beauty and tragedy of this beautiful country.  I have never traveled to India, but I almost feel like I have a better understanding of its culture just from reading her novels!  My favorite part of this story, however, is the expert way the author weaves deep spiritual truths into the novel that have you, as the reader, pausing to reflect on your own spiritual journey as you realize your true worth comes not from others but from our great God.  This book is everything that is fantastic and wonderful and I cannot recommend it enough.  An absolutely incredible read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from an Austen Prose tour with Laurel Ann Nattress.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Advance Praise

“Duffy shines in elegant, flowing prose and delicate precision that underscores the nineteenth-century setting.”— Booklist, starred review

“An author to watch.”— Library Journal

“Duffy’s writing is beautiful, deep, and contemplative.”— Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

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Enamored by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Princess Elinor, the only heir to the throne of Norvegia, has come of age and must choose a husband.  However, the parade of suitors who have come to seek her hand do not interest her.  Instead she enjoys spending time with her childhood friend, Maxim, who has returned home to aid his father.  But soon Maxim and Elinor realize that Maxim’s father is up to something dangerous, and as the web of deceit tightens around them, they must rely only on each other to survive.

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

It is not hard to love everything Jody Hedlund writes!  Enamored is full of intrigue, danger, and romance, and it is the perfect start to a new series.  This novel is targeted to young adults, so the content is clean and appropriate, but as an adult who cannot claim to be young anymore, I too found this novel to be very enjoyable.  I mean, who doesn’t love a book about princesses and conspiracies to take over the throne?  The characters are well developed and their romance is believable, especially with their history as good friends (friends to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes!).  I thought the plot was creative and the descriptions were well written.  I heartedly enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for book two!

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

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Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl

About the Book

Alex Donovan, a member of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, suddenly faces an unusual case when the BAU cofounder is found dead in his hotel room and the murderer apparently killed from a distance.  Soon the FBI realizes that the killer is targeting everyone in Alex’s unit, forcing them to go into lockdown at Quantico.  There Alex finds herself working with controversial agent Kaely Quinn, where the stakes are higher and the killer starts to get closer.  Alex has to race against time in order to find the killer before it is too late.

About the Author

Nancy Mehl is the author of more than 40 books and a Christy Award and Carol Award finalist as well as the winner of an ACFW Book of the Year award. Her short story, Chasing Shadows, was in the USA Today bestselling Summer of Suspense anthology. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Learn more at http://www.nancymehl.com.


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My Thoughts

Oh my goodness this story is fantastic!  The action and suspense kept me up way too late reading on more than one occasion and the twists and turns took me on quite a thrilling ride.  The killer always seems to be one step ahead of the FBI and it almost appears impossible to find the murderer.  It is not necessary to read the first book in this series before this one as this second novel stands on its own, but you do get more background information about Alex from the first book.  I was also excited to read about Kaely Quinn from the Kaely Quinn Profiler Series.  There is a bit of romance in the story, although I would say the action outweighs the romance.  The faith element is well woven in the novel.  I really liked this book and I am eager to read book three in the series!

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

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Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard

About the Book

After Erin Larson barely survives a boating accident and learns her mother tried to commit suicide on the same day, she decides to move to Montana to care for her mother.  She continues to work on her podcast which features missing persons cold cases, hoping to at least do something meaningful despite the unraveling of her personal life.  Nathan Campbell is intrigued by Erin’s work on cold cases, as his own father was shot while working on a similar case.  However, Nathan and Erin have a personal past, and their working relationship may get messy.  But soon it’s obvious that they are being targeted, and working together may be the only way to successfully move forward.

About the Author

Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Present Danger and the Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold over one million copies. She is a Carol Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. For more information about her books, visit her website at http://www.ElizabethGoddard.com.

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My Thoughts

This series has been so good; jam packed with action and suspense!  I loved Erin and Nathan.  They have such a fierce love for family and their passion for helping family and friends is incredible.  I liked that they had a past and then reconnected to form a new relationship years later; it made their relationship more realistic and believable, I think.  The suspense in this book is spot on: it starts with a bang and has tons of surprising twists and turns!  I had a really hard time putting the book down.  I do not think you have to read the first book to understand this one, but there are a few characters that appear in both stories, which is fun to read.  I really enjoyed this novel and cannot wait for book three.  I definitely recommend this series to all lovers of contemporary suspense!

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

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A View Most Glorious by Regina Scott

About the Book

Coraline Baxter desires something more than just the pomp and circumstance of wealth, instead yearning to make a difference in the world.  Despite her unique educational background and job, she still longs for a significant cause, which presents itself when her suffragette group asks her to hike Mount Rainier.  Her family does not entirely support this decision and therefore issues her an ultimatum—complete the task with a guide or marry the man they have chosen for her.  Mountain guide Nathan Hardee wants nothing to do with Coraline initially, but eventually, her circumstances convince him to give her a chance.  During the climb, Coraline and Nathan must rely on each other as they navigate the weather and obstacles in their way.

About the Author

Regina Scott is the author of more than fifty works of warm, witty historical romance, including A Distance Too Grand–named one of the top ten romances of 2020 by Booklist–and Nothing Short of Wondrous. She was twice awarded the prestigious RT Book Reviews best book of the year in her category. A devotee of history, she has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research. She and her husband of thirty years live south of Tacoma, Washington, on the way to Mt. Rainier.

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My Thoughts

This series has included the most beautiful scenery descriptions!  I have a strong desire to climb Mount Rainier after reading this story.  I love books with strong female leads and this novel has just such a character.  Coraline is tenacious and determined, fighting social norms and working towards causes in which she believes.  I enjoyed reading about the interactions of her and Nathan and their adventures.  I liked the give and take of their relationship and felt that they respected each other, which I appreciated.  The secondary characters were also interesting and time passed easily as I read this novel.  I have really enjoyed this series and look forward to more by this author!

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 – A Season of Hope by Liz Tolsma

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About the Book

Book: A Picture of Hope

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: October, 2021

9781636090191 (1)

A Photojournalist Risks Her Life to Save Children

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing pilots taking off and landing—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. She enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. On the journey, they come upon an orphanage where nuns shelter children with disabilities. Can they help save them before the Nazis come to liquidate it?

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About the Author


Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels, romantic suspense novels, prairie romance novellas, and an Amish romance. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their youngest daughter. Her son is a US Marine, and her oldest daughter is a college student. Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. Please visit her website at http://www.liztolsma.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@LizTolsma), Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She is also the host of the Christian Historical Fiction Talk podcast.

More from Liz

Why Another WWII Novel Set in France

You may well read the back cover of my latest release, A Picture of Hope, and wonder why on earth we need another WWII novel set in France. After all, Kristy Cambron just had one. Melanie Dobson and Sarah Sundin will be coming out with theirs in 2022. So why did I feel the need to write my novel with the same setting?

First of all, I’m a Francophile. I love all things French. It started when I took French in high school. Everyone else was learning Spanish, but I wasn’t into being part of the crowd. There were only a few of us in the class, and it was great fun. We had a wonderful teacher. Being able to pull out some of that French, refine it a bit, and use it in the book was a blast. But I also love French food (who doesn’t?) and everything else.

Secondly, I hadn’t written about France before. When I wrote this proposal at least five or six years ago, I didn’t know France would be so hot. God did, and the book came about in His perfect timing. I’d explored the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the Philippines. Such a shame that I was leaving out France, so I set about to write a novel located in that country.

Thirdly, there was so much good material to pull from. The French resistance, while small, did good work and sacrificed a great deal to get Jews out of the country and into Switzerland or Spain. The books that Kristy, Melanie, Sarah, and I write are all so different. Only the setting is the same. And when I found out that the famous mime Marcel Marceau was part of the resistance, I couldn’t help but giving him a cameo. Be on the lookout!

Along the way, I discovered some truly heartrending incidents that took place in France. They also compelled me to write this book. I long for the world to remember what happened so that we will never forget. And so that the atrocities committed there will never be repeated.

Fourthly, this was originally the third book in a series. Don’t worry – it’s a stand-alone. Maybe someday I’ll get to publish the other two. The women in the series are all American journalists in Europe. One is a reporter, the other is a broadcaster, and so I decided to make Nellie, the heroine in A Picture of Hope, a photojournalist. And where better to take pictures than on Omaha Beach soon after D-day. How she gets there is based on a very interesting true story, so be sure to read to the end for that one.

There are so many stories about WWII to be told and so many countries that participated in the conflict in one way or the other. The ground is so rich that we aren’t plowing the same parcel. You’ll find all of these books to be very different from each other, each with its own message, its own voice, and its own plot.

The focus in my book is on children with Down syndrome. I have a background in special education, and my husband and I adopted a child from the Philippines with an intellectual disability, so I’ve always had a heart for people with special needs. My daughter brings us so much joy that I wanted to share a glimpse into what these remarkable people are truly capable of.

So that is why I wrote a WWII novel set in France. Make yourself a cup of café au lait, butter up a croissant, and enjoy A Picture of Hope!

My Thoughts

I really liked the history and suspense in this story.  It kept me engaged from beginning to end.  I learned a lot about the use of photography in war and the importance of capturing some of the events, a job that is difficult but necessary.  I like that Nellie had some strong characteristics, including her tenacity and strength despite the difficult tasks in front of her, but I also thought she would make unrealistic and unwise decisions occasionally that were a little frustrating as a reader.  However, the novel is well written and hard to put down.  The author does a great job writing about some sensitive topics and I also liked her notes at the end detailing which parts of the story were based on real people.  Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to others who like historical fiction!

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

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To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of A Picture of Hope!!

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