On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White

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Philip Camden has garnered a reputation as a bad man, earning a nickname of “Black Heart,” and alienating most of England.  But nurse Arabelle Denler is not convinced that his gruff exterior is the whole story. She is eager to dig deeper into his character when their paths suddenly cross, determined to prove that anyone, even Philip Camden, is deserving of mercy.  Philip is certain that he is destined for the firing squad and is convinced that Arabelle’s kindness is not warranted.  As Philip and Arabelle grow closer, he is worried that his reputation will ruin her family and her career.

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This might be my favorite book by Roseanna White yet!  I loved the characters so much in this story—Arabelle with her strong spirit despite past hurts and Philip with his quiet courage despite his aching heart.  The spiritual messages of mercy and forgiveness are deeply thought provoking and seamlessly woven throughout the fabric of the story.  I loved the passion and romance in this book, finding the relationships realistic and appreciating how the characters grew and changed together.  I think I cried several times, as Roseanna brought such raw emotion to the story!  I found myself deeply immersed in the plot, fascinated with its interesting history and creative storyline, and found myself a bit sad when I finished the book, despite its good ending, for I wanted to the story to continue even longer!  I definitely enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it!  I cannot wait for 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.

The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen

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After a failed case, lawyer Benjamin Booker has one more chance to prove himself to his associates by investigating the sudden death of his senior partner.  His search takes him to a remote island on the Thames—and its elusive and beautiful guardian, Isabelle.  Determined not to let a pretty face stray him from his task again, he begins to wonder if Isabelle knows more than she is letting on.

Julie Klassen once again pens a book with a creative plot, the mystery surrounding the death of Percival Norris entirely unpredictable as she takes you on a journey wherein by the end of the story, you have probably suspected every character of being involved! The book definitely held my interest and I had trouble putting it down!  I loved the slow building suspense as you get to know the characters, their flaws and pasts detailed for you to connect with them as they grow and change. I really liked how Isabelle is a kind and caring person, but she also harbors fear of the unknown, of change, and of leaving what is comfortable for her.  The romance is clean and sweet.  I liked the bits of history and descriptions of the scenes that made it easy to envision the setting.  The spiritual content is flawlessly woven among the story.  I am a big fan of Julie Klassen and really love her books!  This is definitely a book that I recommend!

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

Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright

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Aggie Dunkirk, with no job and no prospects, reluctantly returns to Wisconsin to live with her grandmother, Mumsie, a woman she has grown distant from in the past few years. She is stunned with Mumsie shows her a skeleton in her background only moments after her arrival.  She takes a job as a secretary with the town’s cemetery, not realizing that past secrets and crimes may connect with what Mumsie has discovered.  More than seventy years earlier, Imogene Grayson comes home to find her sister brutally murdered in their attic.  She will stop at nothing to find her sister’s killer, even though, as a young inexperienced woman, her help on the case is not always welcome.  Split by time but perhaps connected in another way, Aggie and Imogene are determined to find answers among the dead.

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Like her previous books, Jaime Jo Wright once again crafts a story that is complex and interesting. She is a master at split time novels! The individual plots are interesting but there is something truly remarkable about them as the pieces of the individual stories begin to come together into one overarching story.  Jaime Jo Wright is never afraid to tackle difficult and messy topics (which I love) and this book is once again bursting with hard subjects and characters that are flawed and grow in fascinating ways.  The history is interesting and the spiritual message interwoven flawlessly.  This book takes you on an emotional journey and its grip does not let up even when you finish, its message lingering in your mind even after you close the pages. The mystery had twists and turns that kept me guessing and made the book hard to put down!  I loved this book, and I highly recommend it!

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

The Major’s Daughter by Regina Jennings

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Caroline Adams dreams of adventure, and finding outlaw Frisco Smith and hearing his persuasive talks of the land run, she thinks she has found the perfect opportunity for something new and exciting.  Frisco Smith is focused on finding a permanent home, ready for the land run with a hidden piece of property he found earlier.  He does not expect the feisty Caroline to suddenly be the one vying for his property—and perhaps maybe also for his heart.

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If you are looking for great fiction with fun characters, fascinating history, and animated romance, then look no further than The Major’s Daughter!  I love Regina Jennings’s writing because she can write depth of the characters and plot while also making the story amusing and interesting. I liked the characters in this story a lot and their banter and interactions were entertaining to read.  I have enjoyed this whole series, but I think this is my favorite!  You do not have to read the stories in order, but they are all fantastic and it gives you a bit more background on the characters.  The story has some unpredictable parts that keep the story moving. I liked the spiritual aspects woven among the plot as well.  I loved this book and I really cannot recommend it enough!

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

Serving Up Love by Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano

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Harvey Houses, scattered along the railway at the turn of the twentieth century, operated on only the strictest of standards, with women of exemplary character employed as waitress. These Harvey girls are independent and adventures, ready for any serving catastrophe, but not quite expecting the romance they each encounter.

A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson – Gretchen Gottsacker returns to New Mexico for the first time in years, never expecting to find her old long lost love, now a widower, in the small town.  Determined to avoid him, she does not plan on befriending his young daughter—or the romance that flourishes once again.

Neatly written, this novella brings forth a lovely story from start to finish.  I liked that the characters were friends in the past, because it made the quicker progression of their relationship more realistic.  The addition of a spunky young girl is a great secondary character.  I enjoyed learning more about the tiny town of San Marcial, New Mexico as well. Overall, I liked this story!

More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer – Rosalind Kemp is determined to escape her past mistakes, accepting a job as a Harvey girl in Texas with hopes of someday transferring to California.  She is not expecting a young, handsome, regular customer at the Harvey House to begin to draw her out of her shy shell.  However, as Rosalind gets closer to him, her past begins to catch up to her and threatens to destroy all she holds dear.

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How is it possible for an author to write such an emotionally gripping story in such a short amount of words?  I was so excited to read more about Rosalind, who we met as Abigail’s sister in More Than Words Can Say.  She has made past mistakes but has matured into a wonderful young lady.  She is poised and pretty but also has gumption and strength that is admirable.  There are spiritual themes of forgiveness and mercy that are relatable and applicable to any reader.  I really liked the historical aspect of the story and learning more about the Harvey Houses.  I also found myself connecting with the characters almost immediately and definitely cried a time or two for Rosalind as she struggled and grew throughout the story. I really, really enjoyed this novella and highly recommend it!  The author has penned another winner!

Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings – Willow Kentworth never imagines that she will be caught in the middle of a dangerous situation at one of the elegant Harvey Houses.  Even more so, she does not expect that the busboy, who seems to be keeping a secret of his own, becomes a confidant and a friend—and perhaps something more.

What a great read!  I definitely read this novella in one sitting, as I eagerly turned the pages to figure out the mystery of the story. Even though this may be a novella, the story develops well and contains quite of bit of content for such a short story. I really liked the characters and their relationship as they become friends, then partners as they solve a mystery, and finally fall in love.  I learned even more about the Harvey Houses from the historical tidbits.  I definitely recommend this novella!

A Grand Encounter by Jen Turano – Myrtle Schermerhorn becomes a Harvey girl to escape the embarrassment of a broken engagement in New York.  She has sworn off men forever—or at least until she meets the intriguing Jack Daggett.

Jen Turano always pens such fun stories, full of wit and humor that are intermingled with true character depth and development.  Her great writing style carries into even this short novella!  This story had time to develop with twists in the relationship despite its length.  I really enjoyed the setting and history, the intermixed bits of spirituality, and the budding romance.  I loved this novella and definitely recommend it!

Overall, this was such a fun collection of novellas that seemed to connect with the theme of the Harvey girls in such a unique way!  I really liked this book and highly recommend it!

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

When I Close My Eyes by Elizabeth Musser

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After famous author Josephine Bourdillon is shot and trapped in a coma, she dreams about her past and her future as her physical body fights to survive.  Her daughter, Paige, is struggling to understand how God can allow something like this to happen to their family.  She befriends the reclusive Henry, who is harboring secrets of his own and also facing his own demons.  But somewhere out there, despite the stressful emotions of each of them, the shooter is determined to finish the job.

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Oh. My. Goodness. This book was emotionally charged, deeply thought provoking, and seriously amazing!  I absolutely fell in love with each of these characters as they face tests of faith regarding God’s purpose and plan for their lives.  There are realistic struggles with depression and the overwhelming demonstration of forgiveness.  I found myself crying more than once over the emotion behind what each character experienced.  It was extremely difficult to put the book down, and even when I paused in reading to do activities of my daily life, I found the words and themes of the story sticking with me.  The ending is so beautiful and wraps everything up well.  The writing was real and touching.  The author has such a unique ability to craft such rich characters and themes!  It was easy to connect with the characters and to relate to their growth and the spiritual lessons to my own life.  Like all of her novels, Elizabeth Musser pens yet another book that is deeply powerful and definitely worth the read.  I cannot recommend this book enough!

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

Celebrate Lit Tour – Hope’s Highest Mountain by Misty M. Beller

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About the Book

Book: Hope’s Highest Mountain

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: October, 2019

Hope's Highest MountainWhen Ingrid Chastain agreed to accompany her father to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory, she never could have anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. Rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man who tends her injuries, but she’s hesitant to put her trust in this man who seems to have wounds of his own.

After tragedy struck his family, Micah Bradley left his work as a doctor and escaped to the wilds of Montana. But his self-imposed solitude is broken when he finds Ingrid in desperate need of medical attention, and he’s forced to call on his doctoring skills once again.

Micah can’t help but admire Ingrid’s tenacity despite the severity of her injuries, until he learns the crate she brought contains smallpox vaccines to help quell a nearby outbreak. With Ingrid dead set on delivering the medicine–with or without his help–he has no choice but to accompany her. As they set off through the treacherous, snow-covered Rocky Mountains against all odds, the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Beller_MistyAfter working for 13 years in the corporate world, Misty M. Beller (mistymbeller.com) is now the author of fourteen independently published Christian historical romance novels. Raised on a farm in South Carolina, she combines her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life by writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. She lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, is an active member of ACFW, and teaches regularly at conferences and writing groups on effective book marketing.

More from Misty

Remember Lassie? Old Yeller? Chance and Shadow from the movie Homeward Bound? There was something about these dogs that gripped my heartstrings and made me love them as though I’d known them for years. (And, yes, I cried during every one of these movies and books.)

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had real dogs I’ve loved too. As far back as I can remember, we’ve had at least one or two dogs, and each one has been my very best friend. They’ve suffered my undying love, even allowing me to dress them up like dolls during my younger years.

But the dogs in my stories have a special place in my heart. Handsome, the sweet little black fluffball in Hope’s Highest Mountain is no exception! He was the runt of the litter, and such a dark black that the story’s hero nicknamed him Shadow. You can see the picture that inspired Handsome at the book’s Pinterest page. Those eyes! Hard not to fall in love, right?

The more I wrote in the story, the more I enjoyed getting to know this little guy, and I could almost feel his soft puppy fur as he snuggled in close. I completely see why Ingrid (the heroine) is smitten him! As you read Hope’s Highest Mountain, I hope you love Handsome as much as I do. Please give him some extra petting for me!

Blog Stops

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Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 15

A Baker’s Perspective, October 16

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Mary Hake, October 16

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess , October 17

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Older & Smarter?, October 18

Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 18

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A Reader’s Brain, October 18

The Becca Files, October 19

Blossoms and Blessings, October 19

Splashes of Joy , October 19

Through the Fire Blogs, October 20

Moments, October 20

Inklings and notions , October 20

Simple Harvest Reads, October 20

Daysong Reflections, October 21

Wishful Endings, October 21

Joy of Reading , October 21

Pause for Tales, October 22

For The Love of Books, October 22

Britt Reads Fiction, October 22

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Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 23

Live. Love. Read. , October 24

Deanne’s Book Thoughts, October 24

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To Everything There is A Season, October 25

My Thoughts

I have not yet had the pleasure of reading anything by Misty M. Beller, but I was entranced by this novel and am eager to read more by her.  The rugged and formidable Western setting was a great backdrop for the achingly tender romance in this story.  The author does a breathtaking job of describing the harsh elements and the beauty of the mountains in the winter.  I really liked Ingrid and her strong faith that allows her to survive tough trials.  At times, I did think that her behavior was a little unbelievable, such as overcoming a tragedy with a family member early in the book remarkably quickly, but I do not think this detracted from her as a character.  Micah is also a wonderful character, with strong qualities that make him a true hero.  I think at times the plot feels repetitive with multiple tragedies that set Ingrid and Micah back again and again, but the ending wrapped up wonderfully.  Overall, I did enjoy this book and look forward to more by this author!

And now… the Giveaway!!

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Hope’s Highest Mountain, a $20 B&N gift card, and cute mountain cards!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/ed1b/hopes-highest-mountain-celebration-tour-giveaway