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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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

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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

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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.

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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.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, October 28

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Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 28

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 29

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Blogging With Carol, October 29

Texas Book-aholic, October 30

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Spoken from the Heart, October 30

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 31

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Labor Not in Vain, October 31

CarpeDiem, October 31

Splashes of Joy, November 1

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For Him and My Family, November 1

deb’s Book Review, November 2

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, November 2

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 3

Betti Mace, November 3

Worthy2Read, November 3

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 3

Daysong Reflections, November 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 4

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By the Book, November 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 5

Connie’s History Classroom, November 6

For the Love of Literature, November 6

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Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 6

Rebecca Tews, November 7

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 7

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, November 7

She Lives To Read, November 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 8

Where Faith and Books Meet, November 8

Pause for Tales, November 9

Christian Bookaholic, November 9

Through the Fire Blogs, November 9

To Everything There Is A Season , November 9

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, November 10

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 10

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Giveaway

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!!

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Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant

About the Book

Food truck owner Rory Perez enters Modest’s annual food truck festival with hopes of using the prize money to help her cousin and keep her business afloat.  However, she can’t cook—and her chef suddenly becomes ill at the last minute.  Lawyer Jude Strong is passionate about cooking and is excited to cook in the food truck festival, but if he loses, he has to give up cooking to focus on law.  Rory and Jude are both determined to win, sparking lots of spirited competition between the two.

About the Author

Betsy St. Amant is the author of more than fifteen inspirational romances, including The Key to Love, and a frequent contributor to iBelieve.com. She lives in north Louisiana with her husband, two daughters, a collection of Austen novels, and an impressive stash of pickle-flavored Pringles. When she’s not composing her next book or trying to prove unicorns are real, Betsy can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white chocolate mocha–no whip. Learn more at http://www.betsystamant.com.

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My Thoughts

If you love the movie You’ve Got Mail, you are going to love Tacos for Two!  Full of spirited banter, great characters, and fun romance, this novel is an enjoyable contemporary read.  Jude is the perfect heroine—he is patient, kind, and humorous, but even better, he can cook!  I thought Rory had great growth in the story.  The secondary characters are also equally lovable.  The lighthearted humor is mixed with some wonderful spiritual truths.  I enjoyed the text messages in the story and, of course, all the yummy descriptions of food!  I liked a lot of things about this novel and definitely recommend it to those who enjoy contemporary romance!

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 Flicker of Light by Katie Powner

About the Book

Newly pregnant Bea is forced to move in with her father after her husband loses his job, a situation that causes tension in their family.  Her father, Mitch, is grateful to have his daughter home again, but is less than pleased with some of her life choices.  And Grandma June contributes to the full house; however, her dementia is worsening and playing a role in the family stress.  Additionally, she has a few secrets that further disrupt the family dynamic.

About the Author

Katie Powner is an award-winning author who lives in rural Montana, where cows still outnumber people. She is a two-time OCW Cascade Award and ACFW First Impressions Award winner. Katie is a biological and adoptive mother of three and foster mother to many more. She and her husband have been in youth ministry for over a decade. Visit http://www.katiepowner.com to learn more.

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I really enjoyed this novel about family and community.  The setting of Moose Creek, Montana, is written beautifully and is the perfect backdrop for the development of the characters in the novel.  I really liked the way the author approached the family struggling with a loved one with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; it was told in such a raw and real way.  I enjoyed reading about the growth and change that occurred in each character and the way the family grew and evolved as well.  There is depth and substance to the story.  The power of love is strong and weaves its way through each of the character’s lives in a unique way.  If you’re looking for a heartwarming story where hope triumphs, I highly recommend this book!

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

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The Heart of a Cowboy by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Linnea Newberry longs to be taken seriously as a scientist, so she is excited to travel on the Santa Fe Trail with her grandfather, botanist Dr. Howell.  However, situation after situation threatens to send her packing.  After a particularly harrowing disaster, her grandfather hires Flynn McQuaid as a bodyguard for Linnea.  Flynn has sworn off all women after his mother passed away in childbirth.  But as he gets to know Linnea more and more, he starts to wonder if perhaps he could make an exception to his rule about women.

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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Jody Hedlund once again knocks it out of the park!  I have greatly enjoyed this series so far and this second book is a wonderful addition to the series.  I really liked Linnea for her spunk, her tenacity, and her passion.  The chemistry she has with Flynn is perfect and the right amount of romance for this western tale.  The author did a great job of balancing the independence of Linnea against the knight-in-shining-armor heroism of Flynn.  There is some exciting action packed among the romance and the Civil War era is interesting to read.  I also liked the theme of trusting in God despite our own human fears.  I really loved this novel and look forward to the next one.  Highly recommended!

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

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