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Sweet on You by Becky Wade

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Zander and Britt have been friends as long as they can remember—but when Zander returns from a trip abroad, he finds himself seeing Britt in a new light.  Afraid that his romantic feelings may upset their friendship, he tries to keep his feelings to himself.  But as he and Britt team up to solve a family mystery, he finds it harder and harder to keep himself from falling in love with her.

No one writes romance like Becky Wade—she has the steam-worthy kisses, the heart throbbing heros, and the sweet and aching love.  I was so glad that Britt and Zander finally got their own story!  I love old-friends-turn-into-romance plots and really enjoyed reading about their journey.  Although their romance takes center stage, the mystery in the novel makes the storyline even more intriguing.  There are a few surprising twists and turns, both to the love story and the mystery. It was nice to read a conclusion to the Bradford sisters, although I was a little sad to see the series end.  I highly recommend this book and this series!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

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Eloise Drake is a successful account in New York City in 1908, a job for which she has worked hard and is very proud.  She is attracted to stability and numbers and therefore finds herself drawn to her stoic and levelheaded boss.  Recognizing her talents, her boss tasks her with analyzing the value of homes in Duval Springs before the city destroys it to create a reservoir for clean water. But Eloise is dreading this assignment because it means returning to the town that she spent many childhood summers and seeing once again the spontaneous and adventurous Alex, her young crush.  Alex is determined to save his town and will do anything to make it happen, even if it means clashing with the girl he once loved—a girl that he again finds himself falling in love.

What a great ending to a great series!  Elizabeth Camden always does such a wonderful job of crafting characters with complex personalities and great depth, and this novel is no exception.  I liked the interactions between Alex and Eloise and that their friendship and relationship was not entirely predictable.  It was fascinating to read about the building of a reservoir at the turn of the twentieth century and I felt myself drawn into the well-researched history and the emotions of the fictional characters. The storyline flowed well and it was easy to enjoy this fabulous novel!  Although it is not necessary to read this series in order, it is fun to read about previous characters in this book.  I highly recommend this novel!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers/Elizabeth Camden in exchange for an honest review.

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

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In 1908, Thea arrives to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in hopes of uncovering why her mother left her at an orphanage when she was young.  She discovers a secretive asylum tucked into the woods and is able to gain entrance with groundskeeper Simeon and her postmortem photography skills. But as she unearths ghosts and the tale of Misty Wayfair, Thea learns that there may be more than meets the eye. More than a century later, Heidi also travels to Pleasant Valley after she receives a plea from her mother fighting dementia.  Heidi also exposes family secrets of ghosts and soon she finds herself on a journey involving Misty Wayfair and events that cause her to fear her own life.

What an exciting book! The opening line, “melancholy was a condition of the spirit and soul, but also of the mind,” draws you in with its eerie mystery immediately and the grip of the words does not let up until the last page.  This book has ghost like suspense that left me with heart pounding and eyes scanning to find solutions to the supernatural.  I love Jaime Jo Wright’s writing as it is packed with details that allow me to really envision each scene and imagine the thrilling events.  She has such a unique gift!  The characters are rich in depth with imperfections and struggles that are realistic and relatable.  Jaime Jo tackles difficult social topics in this book, including but certainly not limited to, autism and its effects on loved ones, depression and anxiety and its misconceptions, childhood trauma and its psychological aftereffects, and the treatment of the mentally ill in the early 20thcentury. What a phenomenal read!  I could hardly put the book down and stayed up much too late on several evenings to finish it (really, my only complaint here is the lack of sleep I had while reading, ha!).  The central theme of identity is clearly woven so uniquely throughout and ultimately draws on the Christian principle of identity in Christ.  I did not used to like split time novels, but Jaime Jo has a special gift to craft books that weave together a story that comes together into a well-structured and satisfying ending, and has definitely made me a fan of these books.  I truly loved this book and cannot wait to see what she pens next!  Most highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers/Jaime Jo Wright in exchange for an honest review.        5/5

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Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

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Heiress Isadora Delafield is tired of being pressured by her mother to marry older men, so she escapes her societal constraints by fleeing to rural Pennsylvania.  There she finds a job as a housekeeper in the house of Ian MacKenzie, a savvy businessman who prides himself on his conventional lifestyle. But Isadora is anything but conventional and as her adventures begin to involve him as well, Ian finds himself drawn to her.

Jen Turano is one of my favorite authors and I always make sure to grab her books as soon as they are released.  This novel is creative and fun with lots of hilarious scenes that made me laugh along the way. The characters are easy to like but also have a depth and development that add to the story.  And the author makes incorporating historical tidbits and Biblical principles seem easy as the storyline flows seamlessly.  I enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting the rest of the series!

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings

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Lieutenant Jack Hennessey is tasked with approaching the Arapaho tribe to negotiate the safe transfer of Hattie Walker, a childhood friend who is attacked while traveling by stagecoach to Denver.  Hattie is determined to prove to her parents that she is not ready to settle down and marry; instead, she strikes a deal with them to allow her to paint for several months before returning home.  However, her detour with the attack and rescue delays her plans, which are delayed yet again when a communication error with the Arapaho force her to spend more time at Fort Reno with the handsome Lieutenant.

I really enjoyed this book! The story has spunky characters, fun dialogue, real faith, and sprinkles of surprises and danger to make an interesting read.  I enjoyed the history associated with the setting and the interactions with the neighboring Indians.  The plot flowed well and was easy to read.  I liked the conflicts and flaws that made the characters more realistic. You do not have to read the first book to enjoy this one, although I do recommend both of them and I look forward to the next book in the series!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers/Regina Jennings in exchange for an honest review.

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Searching for you by Jody Hedlund

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Sophie Neumann flees from New York after witnessing a crime, bringing her two young charges with her on an orphan train heading west.  But at the first stop in Illinois, she is faced with a very difficult decision. She turns to long-time friend Reinhold Weiss, who is already overwhelmed with debts and the incoming harvest. However, Reinhold finds his heart tugging for the desperate Sophie, getting him involved deeper in her life than he ever intended.

This book was a satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series!  I liked learning more about Sophie—and Reinhold, who we’ve met several times—in this book.  There is a little bit of backstory to remind you what happened in the other two books, but you benefit best if you read the books in order.  I liked that there were parallels between searching for family in this book and our desires to search for God and establish a relationship with Him.  These spiritual aspects allowed me to connect with the characters in a better way and relate to them.  The history of the orphan trains is also interesting. Overall, a great book and a great series that comes highly recommended!

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Katherine FitzGilbert returns to London society for business after turning her back on it years ago.  She stumbles upon Lord Graham Wharton, a gentleman who is searching for his missing sister.  Although she desires to help Graham, she cannot reveal what she knows about women who disappear to escape the scorn of society.  And as she is forced to run for her life, she dreads putting everyone she loves in danger.

I was excited for this new series by Kristi Ann Hunter and this first book was a great start!  I liked the characters in this novel, as they are flawed and relatable but also forgiven and redeemed.  The history was well researched and written with details that made it easy for me to envision the ballroom scenes and backdrop for the story. There were surprising twists and turns that keep me reading and engaged.  I enjoyed this first book and look forward to the next one in the series!

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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