The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold

About the Book

Aidyn Kelley is eager to prove her abilities to write serious pieces for the Kansas City Star, earning her an assignment interviewing Clara Kip, a spirited yet dying elderly woman who just entered hospice care.  During her interviews, Aidyn learns much about Mrs. Kip and her exciting life, hoping to get stories for her assignment.  Soon, however, Aidyn learns that Mrs. Kip has real life lessons that may be just what Aidyn needs to hear.

About the Author

Sara Brunsvold creates stories that speak hope, truth, and life. Influenced by humble women of God who find his fingerprints in the everyday, she does the same in her life and her storytelling. Sara’s recognitions include the 2020 ACFW Genesis Award for Contemporary Fiction. She lives with her family in Kansas City, Missouri, where she can often be spotted writing at a park or library. Learn more at http://www.sarabrunsvold.com.

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My Thoughts

Emotionally charged, this novel takes you on a delightful journey through past and present as characters recall entertaining and teachable stories and discuss deep topics.  I liked how even though the characters were fictional, the topics of conversation in the novel were very real and applicable to actual life.  Mrs. Kip is spunky and sweet and I really enjoyed reading her tales.  I also love the integration of spiritual truths effortlessly woven into the plot.  An inspirational tale of women’s fiction, this novel will grab your heart and not let go.  I really enjoyed this story and recommend it highly!

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

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Deception by Patricia Bradley

About the Author

Patricia Bradley is the author of StandoffObsession, and Crosshairs, as well as the Memphis Cold Case novels and Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award; she was a Carol Award finalist; and three of her books were included in anthologies that debuted on the USA Today bestseller list. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at http://www.ptbradley.com.

About the Book

Investigative Service Branch ranger Madison Thorn is content to be working in the fraud and cyber crimes division after an FBI agent fooled her several years ago.  However, soon she is sent to investigate a violent crime in Natchez, Mississippi, teaming her with her former childhood enemy, Clayton Bradshaw.  Clayton is worried for Madison’s safety after her grandfather is shot and a woman who looks just like Madison is attacked.  Despite their past differences, Madison and Clayton need to work together to find answers before it is too late.

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My Thoughts

This series has been fantastic, and this final novel is a perfect ending!  You do not have to read the stories in order, as this novel stands well on its own, but as someone who devoured the first three books in the series, it was great to return to Natchez, Mississippi.  I really like Madison and Clayton individually and I really loved them together.  Their relationship is not forced but develops naturally and realistically.  The suspense is fantastic!  The action starts immediately, continues without lagging in the middle, and finishes strong.  I had a hard time putting the book down!  I also thought the author did a great job of incorporating spiritual truths among the pages.  I greatly enjoyed the story and highly recommend this book!

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

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Dangerous Beauty by Melissa Koslin

About the Author

Melissa Koslin is a fourth-degree black belt in and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. In her day job as a commercial property manager, she secretly notes personal quirks and funny situations, ready to tweak them into colorful additions for her books. The author of Never Miss, Melissa lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband, Corey. Find more information on her books at http://www.MelissaKoslin.com.

About the Book

Liliana Vela has managed to escape from the human traffickers, but her path takes her directly to Meric Toledan, who proposes something outrageous to save her.  Meric has his own secrets, yet he promises to provide a safe haven for Liliana.  Despite Meric offering Liliana protection, the traffickers are not finished hunting for Liliana, and they will go to any length to ensure that they win.

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My Thoughts

This is a fascinating romantic trope for a suspense novel, and the marriage of convenience storyline works perfectly for the plot.  The secrets and suspense drew me in in the first chapter, when I promised myself I would only read a little bit before bed… yeah right!  This novel keeps you up too late, so be warned!  I like how strong and resilient Liliana is and I also enjoyed reading about how she perseveres despite everything stacked against her.  The author has a unique voice to her writing, and I enjoyed reading this mystery-packed story.  I was impressed with the author’s deep dive into human trafficking and thought she handled it respectfully.  I enjoyed reading this novel and am looking forward to more by this author! 

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Enriched by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Lady Karina desires to please her father, so when he asks her to marry a Knights of the Brethren, she agrees.  Torvald is paired with Karina to save his family’s estate, but he is not thrilled to marry after his father’s failed love.  He initially does everything in his power to reject Karina, despite her kind and gentle nature.  As he hunts for the royal chalice, however, Karina sacrifices everything for Torvald, causing him to realize that love may be greater than what he had been raised to believe.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over forty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards. She writes clean, sweet romances with plenty of sizzle. Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. 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. Find out more at jodyhedlund.com.

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My Thoughts

This series just gets better and better!  The fantasy world that Jody Hedlund is creating with this series is phenomenal and it is easy to immerse yourself into the settings and lives of the characters in each individual novel.  Karina is compassionate, kind, and selfless while Torvald is the grumpy brooding hero that makes an interesting dynamic for their developing relationship.  Their romance is clean but still full of swoon worthy kisses.  I also loved the interwoven themes of forgiveness and unconditional love.  The quest and mystery in the book kept my attention from beginning to end.  Even though this series has been marketed to young adults, I think readers of any age will enjoy these novels!  I am excited to read the rest of the series.  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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The Deadly Shallows by Dani Pettrey

About the Book

CGIS Agent Noah Rowley is on the front of a mass shooting raging on his Coast Guard base. He and his team stop the attack, but not before numerous people were killed. He is determined to do whatever is needed to bring this to justice.

Coast Guard flight medic Brooke Kesler evacuates the scene of the shooting in a helicopter carrying the only surviving gunman. The gunman whispers information to Brooke that paints a target on her.

As Brooke and Noah race to uncover answers, emotions between them ignite. Noah struggles to protect Brooke at all costs and to conceal the secret that prevents him from becoming what he longs to be–the right man for her.

My Thoughts

This book took me on a suspenseful ride from start to finish!  The first chapter has several dead bodies and the action to solve the murders continues until the very last chapter.  There were so many twists and turns I could not predict the final outcome.  I really liked reading about Noah and Brooke; they were able to progress their relationship despite all the fast-paced action.  The secondary story is just as exciting and I’m amazed at how the author manages to develop her characters even with so much mystery going on in the story.  This novel stands well on its own but it is fun to learn more about the team in previous novels.  I really liked the suspense and action in this novel and I highly recommend it to those who want a page turner!

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

Critical Alliance by Elizabeth Goddard

About the Author

Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than 50 novels, including Present DangerDeadly Target, and the Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold over 1 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.

About the Book

Mackenzie Hanson has to head to Montana to help her family after she receives a cryptic message about her father’s tech company being targeted for a cyber attack.  Not long after her arrival home, she encounters a deadly surprise, forcing her to dig deeper into her father’s company.  Alex Knight, an old friend, agrees to help Mackenzie try to put the pieces of the mystery together.  But even as they get closer to the truth, the danger closes in, forcing them to work against the clock to beat the enemy before it is too late.

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My Thoughts

Suspense and mystery abound in this story from beginning to end!  I really liked the characters in this novel, especially Mackenzie, who is flawed but realistic and demonstrates strength despite difficult circumstances.  I love how the author takes time to create characters with depth while still creating a plot that is full of action.  The romance is believable and well integrated into the fast paced story.  I had a really hard time putting the novel down as the suspense kept my attention easily.  The setting is well written into the story and makes it easy to visualize the scenes.  I liked the spiritual themes interwoven into the plot.  I have really enjoyed this series and thought this novel was a great addition!  Highly recommended!

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The Songs That Could Have Been by Amanda Wen

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About the Book

Two couples in love. Two sets of impossible circumstances. One powerful God of grace.

After a devastating tailspin in her late teens, Lauren Anderson’s life is finally back on track. Then a chance meeting with Carter Douglas, her first love and the man who broke her heart, threatens to throw her well-balanced world out of control.

Now a TV meteorologist, Carter is determined to make amends with Lauren. After all, she still owns his heart. But his old demons are forcing him toward the same decision he faced in the past. Is he courageous enough to make a different choice this time around?

When Lauren’s elderly grandmother, Rosie, begins having nightmares about a man named Ephraim–a name her family has never heard before—a fascinating and forbidden past love comes to light. As Lauren and Carter work to uncover the untold stories of Rosie’s past in 1950s Wichita, they embark on a journey of forgiveness and second chances that will change their lives—and Rosie’s—forever. Along the way they’ll learn that God wastes nothing, his timing is perfect, and nothing is beyond his grace and redemption.

The Songs That Could Have Been is full of the same deftly handled, resonant writing that readers and critics alike enjoyed in Amanda Wen’s first book in the series, Roots of Wood and Stone. Fans of Lisa Wingate and Rachel Hauck will add Amanda Wen to their must-read shelves.

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About the Author

Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple writing contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions contests. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist. Her debut novel was a 2021 Christy Award First Novel finalist.
 
Wen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and regularly contributes author interviews for their Fiction Finder feature. She also frequently interviews authors for her blog and is a contributor to the God Is Love blog. She is the author of Roots of Wood and Stone and The Songs That Could Have Been.
 
In addition to her writing, Wen is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist who frequently performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and her church’s worship team. She serves as a choral accompanist as well. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Wen lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.
 
To find Amanda Wen’s blog and short stories, visit www.amandawen.com. Readers can also follower her on Facebook (@AuthorAmandaWen)Twitter (@AuthorAmandaWen), and Instagram (@authoramandawen).

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My Thoughts

This book was well worth the wait!!  I am so impressed with the author’s ability to take several sensitive subjects and write about them with such respect and accuracy that you feel the emotions of the characters as they grapple with them.  I really liked the characters in the novel, both past and present.  They are engaging and I found myself invested in their stories.  The characters each have their trials but there is also a message of hope in the story.  There are a lot of relatable truths in the book, but my favorite was the theme of trusting God to help us through our problems.  I do recommend reading Of Roots and Stone first but both books really are great reads.  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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Midnight’s Budding Morrow by Carolyn Miller

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Can real love grow between a wallflower and an unrepentant rogue?

Sarah Drayton is eager to spend time with her best friend at her crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Matrimony is the last thing on her mind and the last thing she expects to be faced with on a holiday. Yet she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend’s rakish brother.

When James Langley returns to his family’s estate, he can’t be bothered to pay attention to his responsibilities as the heir. War is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father’s stunning decree: marry before returning to war, or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he does not love.

Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. It isn’t until her husband returns from war seemingly changed that she begins to hope they may find real happiness. But can she trust that this rake has truly reformed?

When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and his plans. Will they be destroyed . . . or will they discover that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope?

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About the Author

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.
 
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.

Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. 
 
Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynmillerauthor.com, or find her on Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author)Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor), and Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor)

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I have enjoyed this series because it gives us a (fictional but historically well researched) glimpse at the working class of Regency fiction, rather than focusing on the affluent, which is the case for many of the books I read in this era. I loved Sarah’s character: her bluntness is very honest but she has a kind nature as well. I can’t say that I loved James as much, although I did appreciate the growths that occurred in their relationship. The theme of forgiveness is very prominent without being preachy and I liked the interwoven faith elements. I also liked the setting of the story and thought that the scenes were well described, so it was easy to envision the beautiful North Sea. And the history in this area is fascinating too and well written. I liked the book overall and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.

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Ensnared by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Mikaela likes being nursemaid to her two young charges, but she dislikes the Earl of Likness for his mean spirit.  She is grateful to reconnect with the Earl’s brother, Gunnar, who returns home in search of the sacred chalice in hopes of healing the queen.  Gunnar soon realizes his brother may be holding a secret regarding the chalice, but the truth is he is also holding a secret—he has always loved Mikaela.  Danger begins to close in on Gunnar and Mikaela, who must fight against the Hardanger Forest and fight 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

Although every book she writes is amazing, Ensnared might be my favorite of the Knights of Brethren series so far!  The characters are engaging, the romance is endearing, and the plot is enchanting.  I found it easy to become invested in the story almost immediately and had no trouble ignoring sleep in pursuit of knowing what came next in the story.  I liked how creative this story truly is with medieval knights, lovely maidens, and dangerous forests and villains.  I am always impressed that Jody Hedlund can continue to come up with such unique storylines with memorable characters.  I really liked the romance between Mikaela and Gunnar and enjoyed reading how their relationship grew in the story; in fact, childhood best friends to lovers just happens to be one of my favorite love tropes!  I do recommend reading this series in order as I think the story builds on previous books.  I am so excited to read the next book in the series!  Highly recommended!

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When the Meadow Blooms by Ann H. Gabhart

About the Book

Rose and her daughters go to her brother-in-law’s Kentucky farm, Meadowland, after the loss of her husband, hoping to focus on recovering from the tragedy and learning to move on without him.  Dirk Meadows is willing to host his brother’s family at the farm, but he avoids personal connections due to past hurts.  As Rose and Dirk begin to repair the broken pieces of their hearts, they find themselves drawn to each other in their tragedy.

About the Author

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Along a Storied TrailAn Appalachian SummerRiver to RedemptionThese Healing Hills, and Angel Sister, along with several Shaker novels–The RefugeThe OutsiderThe BelieverThe SeekerThe Blessed, and The Gifted. She and her husband live on a farm a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Ann enjoys discovering the everyday wonders of nature while hiking in her farm’s fields and woods with her grandchildren and her dogs, Frankie and Marley. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

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My Thoughts

This novel has characters with such great depth and growth!  There is tragedy in the story, but also hope as Rose and Kirk are finally able to take their broken pasts and depend on God with their future.  Ann Gabhart is able to write characters that seem realistic and authentic and it’s easy to love them.  There is also something comforting about the way she describes Meadowland as well and easily draws you in with her setting.  The spiritual themes of healing and faith are central to the storyline.  The ending wrapped up rather quickly, but I greatly enjoyed the detailed journey.  I really liked the depth to the story and I highly recommend this novel!

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