Crosshairs by Patricia Bradley

About the Book

Investigative Services Branch (ISB) ranger Ainsley Beaumont arrives in her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, to investigate the murder of a three-month-pregnant teenager. While she wishes the visit was under better circumstances, she never imagined that she would become the killer’s next target–nor that she’d have to work alongside an old flame.

After he almost killed a child, former FBI sniper Lincoln Steele couldn’t bring himself to fire a gun, which had deadly and unforeseen consequences for his best friend. Crushed beneath a load of guilt, Linc is working at Melrose Estate as an interpretive ranger. But as danger closes in on Ainsley during her murder investigation, Linc will have to find the courage to protect her. The only question is, will it be too little, too late?

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley continues her Natchez Trace Park Rangers series with a story about how good must prevail when evil just won’t quit.

About the Author

Patricia Bradley is the author of Standoff and Obsession, 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 Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at http://www.ptbradley.com.

My Thoughts

This has been one of my favorite series by this author to date! Each novel has been packed full of action and surprising twists and turns! The plot in this third book had me guessing at several points and I had a hard time putting the book down as I eagerly wanted to know the outcome. Danger abounds for the main characters and the eerie setting definitely contributes to the suspense. I really liked the relationship between Ainsley and Lincoln too as they have a past romance before being flung together again. It makes their romance more believable. There are multiple layers to the drama and suspense that create a complex story. I really liked this novel and look forward to the next book in the series!

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Lights Out by Natalie Walters

About the Book

CIA analyst Brynn Taylor developed a new program to combat terrorism, and she invited members of foreign intelligence agencies to America to foster cooperation between countries. Now one of them, Egyptian spy Remon Riad, is missing.

Jack Hudson has been working for the Strategic Neutralization and Protection Agency (SNAP) for almost nine years and takes the lead in hunting down the missing spy. But he isn’t at all pleased to find out Brynn is involved. It’s hard to trust a woman who’s already betrayed you.

Every lead they follow draws them dangerously deeper into an international plot. Kidnapping, murder, explosions, poisoning–the terrorists will do anything to accomplish their goal of causing a digital blackout that will blind a strategic US military communications center and throw the world into chaos.

Can Brynn surrender control to a man who doesn’t trust her? And can Jack ever get over what she did to him? The fate of the world–and their hearts–hangs in the balance.

About the Author

Natalie Walters is the author of Carol Award finalist Living Lies, as well as Deadly Deceit and Silent Shadows. A military wife, she currently resides in Texas with her soldier husband and is a proud mom of three adult kiddos. She has been published in Proverbs 31 magazine and has blogged for Guideposts online. She loves connecting on social media, sharing her love of books, cooking, and traveling. Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past. Learn more at http://www.nataliewalterswriter.com.

My Thoughts

Another brilliant story from the talented Natalie Walters! Some suspense authors focus on the action of the plot, but I love how this author can develop characters and incorporate romance so seamlessly, allowing readers to really get to know their personalities and relationships, still while not sacrificing the brilliant twists and turns in her books! The characters have spunk and I love the cultural references which make them feel real and authentic. Natalie Walters is also great with the details: this novel has fantastic background with the inner workings of law enforcement and even incorporates Arabic phrases. The suspense made the novel hard to put down, and I loved the themes of forgiveness and trust, too. This novel is an awesome start to a new series! I cannot wait for the next one.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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A Season on the Wind by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the Book

Ben Zook is passionate about everything birds; so much so that he has made a career writing books about rare birds.  As he chases the rare White-winged Tern, he comes back to his Amish home in Stoney Ridge, a place he did not think he would return.  There he hires Micah Weaver, a local field guide, to help him hunt for the bird.  Micah’s sister, Penny, remembers Ben as a man for whom she once developed an infatuation, but Ben does not remember Penny.  Penny hopes that after Ben finds the bird, he might consider staying in their Amish community, but Ben is setting his sights on spreading his wings and leaving forever.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Moonlight School and the Three Sisters Island, Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, The Deacon’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Thoughts

This author is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction because she weaves tales so well that respectfully integrate the Amish culture into the story while simultaneously crafting unforgettable characters.  This particular novel is so unique in its topic of bird watching.  I felt like I learned so much!  The pacing is a little slower than some novels, but I think this matches the simple life of the Amish and really allows the reader to get to know the characters and the setting.  The themes of faith, trust, friendship, and forgiveness are well woven into the story and the spiritual truths did not feel overwhelming or preachy.  I enjoyed this book and recommend it even to those who are (like I once was) hesitant about trying Amish fiction.  I think you will like this author!

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The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick

About the Book

After classically trained musician Natalie Curtis faces a career downfall, she joins her brother on the Western frontier.  There she discovers the beautiful music of the indigenous Native Americans.  However, she soon realizes that their music is under attack and in danger of extinction after an American law prohibits them from singing, dancing, or speaking their native tongue.  Based on a true story, this remarkable tale follows Natalie’s fight to preserve the customs of the Native Americans.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of 40 books, including Something Worth DoingOne More River to CrossEverything She Didn’t SayAll Together in One PlaceA Light in the WildernessThe Memory WeaverThis Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California with her husband, Jerry, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Caesar. Learn more at http://www.jkbooks.com.

My Thoughts

What a fascinating story!  I really like how Jane Kirkpatrick typically writes stories that are based on true historical characters.  Natalie Curtis is an incredible woman who was passionate about the indigenous Native Americans.  This book contains great depth as Natalie faces great trials, but also develops tenacity as she fights for what she believes in.  I enjoyed reading about her personal journey and thought the author did a good job of giving us a fictional perspective of this amazing woman.  I did think parts of the story were a little slow and occasionally this read more as non-fiction than fiction, but I think that the book is well written and worth reading.  I think that if you like novels that focus on the history and the story, then this book is for you!

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The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox

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About the Book

Sarah returns to her small town after a family tragedy to help her mother, Rosemary, and grandmother, Glory Ann, manage their small grocery store.  While Rosemary would like to sell the struggling store, Glory Ann is determined to keep it open as she reflects on the many memories the store has provided through the years.  Sarah, too, has happy remembrances of growing up with the store and joins her grandmother’s determined plan to keep the store open.  However, each lady is harboring a secret that could forever change the lives of their families and their community.

About the Author

Amanda Cox is the author of The Edge of Belonging and The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery. A blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology and a master’s degree in professional counseling, but her first love is communicating through story. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her husband and their three children. Learn more at AmandaCoxWrites.com.

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My Thoughts

Once again, Amanda Cox pens a novel that is rich with character development, realistic struggles, and spiritual growth that is hard to put down!  I loved all the characters, but my favorite was Glory Ann and I loved the jump back in time as I learned more about her early life and her romantic past.  The storylines fit together so well and I really enjoyed how the author crafted personalities that were similar enough to make their familial connection believable but also unique enough that each lady was interesting on her own.  As always, the spiritual growth and testing and development of faith really shine in her novels.  There is a romance in the book that is sweet and wonderful, but the focus is really on the changes in relationships between grandmother, mother, and daughter, which is wonderfully written.  The descriptions are well written and I could easily envision the wood floors and piles of produce in the grocery.  I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to more by this talented author!

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Under the Bayou Moon by Valerie Fraser Luesse

About the Book

Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job deep in bayou country in Bernadatte, Louisiana.  Although she initially meets some hesitation from the locals due her status as an outsider, she slowly wins over most of the town.  However, she still butts heads with the school board and a particular politician.  Furthermore, she is intrigued by the large bounty offered for capture of the legendary white alligator.  Ellie must fight against uphill battles and be pushed to her limit in order to overcome all that is against her.

About the Author

Valerie Fraser Luesse is the bestselling author of Missing IsaacAlmost Home, and The Key to Everything, as well as an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently senior travel editor. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse received the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society for her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana. A graduate of Auburn University and Baylor University, she lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Dave.

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My Thoughts

Valerie Fraser Luesse is a master at writing tales that dig deep into the nitty gritty of life and test characters to the edge of their faith.  I loved the growth of the characters in this novel and enjoyed reading about the changes they undergo in the story.  I think the characters themselves outshone the plot a bit, but I did find myself invested in what was going to happen next in the story.  I am not very familiar with the bayou country, but the descriptive imagery and setting in this novel allowed me to gain some understanding of this unique and special area of the States.  The culture is so fascinating!  I enjoyed reading this novel and recommend it to those who want a novel full of deep, fascinating characters.

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Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson

About the Book

Meg Whitaker is furious when her father decides to sell the family’s lobster fishing business, but she is even more upset when she realizes it’s being sold to her arch nemesis, Oliver.  Oliver hopes that he has changed from the man who ruined Meg’s chances at a science scholarship years ago.  He also realizes that he cannot miss this business opportunity.  When he and Meg are thrust into business together, both of them must navigate conflict, past hurts, and differing opinions in order to focus on what matters most.

About the Author

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the Georgia Coast Romance series and the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. She works in marketing and makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

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My Thoughts

I was excited for this new series by Liz Johnson as we return to the picturesque Prince Edward Island.  Meg and Oliver are the perfect enemies to romance with a past of hurts standing in the way of their relationship.  I loved reading how their friendship developed in the novel as they navigated through some tough obstacles.  I thought the character development was strong and made the characters seem realistic.  I also really liked the faith elements woven in this story.  The setting is beautifully told and the perfect backdrop for a summer romance.  I learned a lot about lobster fishing that I did not know!  Overall, I enjoyed this novel and look forward to more in the series!

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