Royally Rearranged

About the Book:

Royally Rearranged: A Sweet Royal Romcom by [Emma St. Clair]

Title: Royally Rearranged
Author: 
Emma St. Clair
Release Date: 
September 30, 2021
Genre: 
Rom-com

There WILL be a royal wedding. The only question–who will be my groom?

An arranged marriage isn’t the worst fate for a princess like me. Especially because I’ve been in love with my intended groom since we were children.

But when my prince shows up with an American girlfriend instead of an engagement ring, all arrangements are off.

The clock is nearing midnight–I won’t turn into a pumpkin, but if I’m not wed by summer’s end, I’ll forfeit my kingdom.

Just your typical royal dilemma.

Out of sheer desperation, I make a deal with a devilish duke. Rafe de Silva is the prince’s rival and has a plan so ridiculous it just might work.

Book Review:

Emma St. Clair’s newest rom com is just as good as the rest of the Love Cliché series! I absolutely adored it. I loved the Love Cliché series, and I’m a sucker for anything with royalty, so this was right up my alley 🙂

Serafina knows exactly what her life is going to be like. She’s going to marry the love of her life and rule with him at her side. But what happens when she learns that the love of her life has a girlfriend! Serafina’s heart is broken, and to make matters worse, if she doesn’t marry in 2 months, then she’ll lose the monarchy. So she starts to chase her prince, but it turns out he isn’t who he seemed to be. And a roguishly handsome duke isn’t who he seems either.

Okay, let’s start with Serafina because she was awesome! I loved how realistic and relatable she was as she tried to figure out her heart. She was considered the Ice Princess, but she had so much emotions and heart underneath her facade. I was so proud of her as she learned how to find her voice. And I am so grateful that she realized Callum was a jerk! I liked how she didn’t fall into any of the stereotypes either like hating on Brit, Callum’s girlfriend, or believing a lie that Callum told about Rafe.

And Rafe oh my gosh I loved him sooo much! He seemed to be a playboy, but he was actually a sweetheart underneath all of his smirks and arrogance. I loved how much he cared for Serafina. It was so cute how he genuinely thought she was the smartest, prettiest, and best person ever! Also, I loved how he had a special nickname for her that was just adorable. I felt so bad for him as you learned more about his past with his uncle. Ms. Clair did an excellent job of writing a very hateable character!

It was interesting to read about the mental health journey he had to take too. I thought it was a very important addition to the book especially since it’s such a taboo topic for men. I think it just shows how it takes strength to face your fears and work through them, and it doesn’t make you any less of a man. 

That said, while this book added this heavy topic, I think it was balanced well with a lot of laughter and fun. This is still a rom com, and there were plenty of parts where I was laughing out loud. Some moments are a little bit closed door, but it’s always in a more humorous context. I would recommend this to anyone who loves romance books with reformed playboys and strong princesses!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required. 

One moment, Rafe seems to relish making the prince jealous.

And the next… he’s making me question everything with his words, his touch, and his ability to melt my Ice Princess persona.

I’m not always given the luxury of choice, but now I have a huge one to make. I only hope I don’t lose my crown, my heart, or myself in the process…

Thursday’s Child

About the Book:

Thursday’s Child by [Noel Streatfeild]

Title: Thursday’s Child
Author: 
Noel Streatfeild
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
Release Date: 
April 2, 2020
Genre: 
Children’s Fiction

A thrilling, classic children’s adventure with a courageous heroine, from the beloved author of Ballet Shoes.

Margaret Thursday was named after the day she was found on the church steps as a baby. But she isn’t really an orphan – each year a bag of gold coins is left at the church for her keep. However, when Margaret is eleven years old, the money suddenly stops and her guardians have no choice but to send her away to an orphanage.

The orphanage is worse than they could have imagined. The children are poorly treated and barely fed, and fearless Margaret soon makes herself the enemy of the evil matron who runs it. Vowing to protect her new friends, Peter and Horatio, Margaret plans their daring escape . . . but she’ll have to outwit Matron at every turn.

Margaret’s action-packed adventure, set in turn-of-the-century England, takes her from orphanage to canal boat to the world of the theatre. Through it all, Margaret is propelled by her unwavering sense of self and determination.

Book Review:

Thursday’s Child is an adorable historical fiction book following orphan, Margaret Thursday by Noel Streatfeild. I knew Noel Streatfeild from her “Shoes” books. I had read Ballet Shoes, Dancing Shoes, Theater Shoes, and Theater Shoes. They were some of the books I really enjoyed reading in elementary school, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to read Thursday’s Child! Margaret Thursday is an orphan, who finds herself at an orphanage after the money supplied for her keep runs out. The orphanage turns out to be awful, with a harsh matron where the children are badly treated. Along with her friends, Margaret must find a way of escape!

Margaret was such a fun character! She was very confident and had such drama in her! She was also really kind and connected to people easily. And I loved her friends. They were all so sweet and seemed very realistic. Lavinia, Peter, Horatio and all the rest of the characters really made the story so interesting. I did not relate to Margaret as much, but I could empathize with her and relate to the other children in different ways.  

The story was very interesting. I liked watching the progression and it felt well-paced. Within a few chapters, I was already invested in the story! It is not a very action-packed book, but more an unfolding of the story of Margaret’s life. It has an older style of writing, with 3rd-person narrative and slightly different language than young readers may be accustomed to. It is also set in turn-of-the -century England, so there may be some unfamiliar references there as well. This story is the first in Margaret’s adventures, so while it offers some conclusions, not everything is made clear. 

Overall, this was a really fun and cute book that I would suggest to readers in mid-to late elementary school, who enjoy historical fiction! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

With Every Breath

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ABOUT THE BOOK

With Every Breath (McCall Family Series Book 1) by [Natasha D. Frazier]

Title: With Every Breath

Series: McCall Family #1

Author: Natasha D. Frazier

Publisher: Encouraging Works

Release Date: October 5, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She has nothing to lose, but loving her could cost him everything. Is he willing to risk it all a second time around when she has less than thirty days to live?

Renowned motivational speaker Nina Marie Robinson has received a grim prognosis. With the little time she has left, she’s giving one last commencement speech at her alma mater Jackson State University and taking a well-deserved vacation to the Bahamas. Nina is also determined to show her college sweetheart she’s still in love with him, but can she convince him to drop everything and board that plane with her?

Andrew McCall is one step away from being promoted to professor at Jackson State University. If anything goes wrong, Andrew will find himself in the last place he wants to be—chief executive officer of McCall Resorts as his father’s successor. When Nina comes to town and requests that he accompany her to the Bahamas, will he have to choose between the woman he’s always loved and everything he’s worked for?

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Guest Post:

I love second chance romances! I had a general idea about writing a second chance romance with college sweethearts that would reunite on a vacation, but hadn’t quite come up with how it would happen. Earlier this year, I experienced sudden onsets of dizziness. At times, it felt like I was dying when the room would spin and I hadn’t moved from my seat or bed. Scary thought! My doctor diagnosed me with vertigo and prescribed medicine and exercises for the dizziness. 

After that, it hit me! 

Boom!

I amped it up a thousand and put my main character, Nina, in a situation where she had to determine what was most important to her and decide what to do about it. Then, With Every Breath, was born.

Sometimes we live like we have a limitless amount of time, but when faced with the reality of our mortality, we change, and that’s what happens to Nina. That’s also what I’d like readers to know after reading this book. Our time on earth is limited. If you love someone, tell them. Share your love and the beauty that is you with the world while you still can. And remember, above all else, that God loves you and is always with you. You are called for His purpose.

Natasha Frazier

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Natasha D. Frazier

Natasha D. Frazier fell in love with love around the age of twelve because of artists like Babyface, Boys II Men, Whitney Houston, and New Edition. Around sixteen when her mother purchased a romance novel and left it lying around the house untouched, Natasha read it and a spark for the written word had been ignited.

Natasha believes that writing is one of her purposes and contributions to the world. She feels accomplished when she can get a few words written and like blah when life gets in the way. Her hope is that at the end of every novel, readers will feel like they’ve been wrapped in a cozy blanket with a mug of their favorite coffee/tea/warm drink.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she is likely watching movies with her family. Natasha resides in Richmond, TX with her husband, Eddie Frazier, Jr. and their three children, Eden, Ethan, and Emilyn. Her greatest joy and commitment is to her family who she hopes to inspire above all else. One of her many mottos in life is: Faith removes limitations. Natasha and her family attend Parkway Fellowship in Richmond, TX, where she volunteers as a small group leader for elementary students. Natasha is also a member of the Houston Area Alumni Chapter of Jackson State University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough

About the Book:

Title: Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough
Author: Josi S. Kilpack, Annika R. Walker, Sarah L. McConkie
Publisher:  Covenant Communications
Release Date: September 20, 2021
Genre: Christmas Romance Collection

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happily ever after! This special holiday historical romance anthology featuring three heartwarming novellas proves that no matter the obstacles,’tis the season for love.

Meet Me under the Kissing Bough by Josi S. Kilpack

Deborah Winfrey hasn’t had the heart to host a holiday party since her husband’s death. But this Christmas, it’s time to move forward. The festivities bring renewed life to her home, and the attentions of two very different men promise a chance at new love.

Healing Hearts for the Holidays by Anneka R. Walker

Julia Hunt is strictly forbidden from associating with the family in the nearby manor̬ including the handsome younger son, Esmond, who quickly steals her heart. With Christmas around the corner, an old bundle of hidden love letters may be the key to her own happily ever after.

A Christmas Correspondence by Sarah L.McConkie

In this novella inspired by the timeless taleA Christmas Carol, John Charleston finds himself on an unexpected journey in the company of the insufferable Lady Carolyn Morleigh. But the magic of the season has a way of softening even the hardest of hearts.

Book Review:

I have loved everything that I have read from Covenant Communications and these novelas were so fun! Christmas novels are always enjoyable and I was super excited to read this collection because it had some of my favorite authors. Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough is a collection of Christmast novellas by Josi S Kilpack, Anneka R Walker, and Sarah L McConkie. I have read books by Josi S Kilpack and Anneka R Walker before, but this is the first book that I have read by Sarah L McConkie. 

The first novella was Meet Me under the Kissing Bough by Josi S Kilpack. This was a lovely story about finding love after loss. Deborah Winfrey was learning to love again after the death of her husband. This was super cute and I loved reading about Deborah falling in love again. She loved her family and she wanted to be happy but she also wanted to make sure that her family was provided for. 

The Second novella was Healing Hearts for the Holidays by Anneka R Walker. This was also amazing! I adored this story about Julia and Esmond as they tried to heal their families’ broken relationships. They fell in love unintentionally but they were so cute together and fun to read about. Their conversations were a lot of fun and it was sweet to read about them coming together to help their siblings. 

The third novella was A Christmas Correspondence by Sarah L McConkie. This novella was a lot of fun because it was a reimagining of The Christmas Carol. It was a new way of looking at the Christmas Carol and I loved it! The characters were awesome and I found myself cheering for them. Especially the hero of the story, John Charleston. The romance was sweet and it was lovely to read about Caroline changing and growing. 

All of these novellas were lovely books. I enjoyed them all immensely and I don’t know if I could pick a favorite, they were all that good. Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough was a sweet book with lovely characters and interesting stories. I would totally recommend this collection of novellas. And I am excited to see what else these authors write!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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Holding on to Hope

About the Book:

Holding On to Hope: A Sweet Military Friends to Lovers Romance (The OCONUS Bonus Series Book 5) by [Claire Cain]

Title: Holding on to Hope
Series:
Huckleberry Hill
Author: 
Claire Cain
Publisher:
Zebra Books
Release Date: 
October 5, 2021
Genre: 
Closed Door Romance

Ariel Wolfe has a decision to make. Move in with her gorgeous, successful friend Nate Reynolds, or be the fifth wheel living with her brother and his new wife. The problem? Things have changed between Ariel and Nate—their solid friendship faltered when Nate’s feelings became too obvious to ignore. Ariel doesn’t want something that would risk all the hard-won healing she’s accomplished these last few years. She needs safe, and nothing more.


Nate Reynolds has loved Ariel for nearly fifteen years. She’s been off-limits, first as his best friend’s sister, then as a married woman, and finally as she healed from the divorce that shook her foundation. The chance to be close to her, to solve a problem for her, is too good to pass up. But once she’s in his space, keeping his distance is harder than ever before. And once she gives him a hint she’s interested? All bets are off.

The only problem? Ariel’s been hurt before, badly. Though Nate has waited for his chance with her, now that he has it, old fears come crawling back, threatening to strangle the hope he’s built.

Book Review:

We finally have the much anticipated final book in Claire Cain’s OCONUS Bonus series! Holding On To Hope is the fifth and final book in The OCONUS Bonus series. I have been waiting for Nate and Ariel to find their HEA so I was excited to be able to read it!

Nate Reynolds has been in love with Ariel for nearly fifteen years. But she’s been off-limits, first as his best friends’ sister, then married, and finally healing from a divoce that nearly changed her. However, that all changes when he offers up his spare bedroom. Ariel Wolfe is stuck, she needs to make a decision, live as the fifth wheel with her brother and his family or move into Nate’s house. When Ariel and Nate move in together, sparks start to fly but is Ariel ready for a new relationship? Will Nate be able to overcome his own fears of losing her and hope for something more?

Nate was a sweetheart, he was so kind and I loved his relationship with Ariel. Nate had made an appearance in all of the books and I just couldn’t wait to read his story. Nate had me from the beginning, he was a kind man who loved people. He cared about those under his command and he also cared for Ariel. It was so sweet to read about him thinking of her and see how much he wanted to make her happy. However Nate had to learn what it meant to love Ariel, how to help her flourish without codling her. He also had to work through his own demons that weighed him down. 

Ariel was a more complicated character, I wanted to learn more about her but I also wasn’t sure how I felt about her at first. However as I read more about Ariel I grew to like her and I wanted her to find her happy ending. I loved Ariel’s growth as a character, as she learned to move on from her abusive relationship. She learned to trust herself again, and she even ended up falling for a kind man who would give her the world. Ariel had to work through her past issues and demons, she felt broken at times, but she learned to keep on climbing the mountain and overcome her fears. 

Ariel and Nate were so sweet together, they definitely deserved their happy ending. I loved reading about their relationship growing and seeing them learn to trust each other. There were so many sweet and fun moments. It was cool to read about them together and to meet new characters. I see hints of a new book with a certain character:). I also adored the relationship between the siblings. 

Holding onto Hope was even better than I expected. I loved the characters and the romance, reading about them falling in love. THere was also some travel involved and that was a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend Holding on to Hope. Holding on to Hope is a closed door military friend to more romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess

About the Book:

The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess: A Retelling of Swan Lake (A Villain's Ever After) by [Lucy Tempest]

Title: The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess
Series: A Villain’s Ever After #9
Author: Lucy Tempest
Release Date: October 8, 2021
Genre: Fairytale Retelling

A usurped princess. A mercenary sorcerer. A fate neither expected.
As a crown princess, Ava has always anticipated betrayals—but never from her own twin.The unspeakable treachery comes the night Ava meets her true love, when Lina hires the infamous sorcerer, Lord Von Rothbart, to turn Ava into a swan, and takes her place.

Kept across the mountains in Dietrich’s castle lake, Ava’s repeated attempts to escape, to return to her prince and life, keep failing. But in the last time Dietrich recaptures her, she gets close enough to glimpse the terrible truth of what she left behind—starting with that of her prince.

Yet, it’s Dietrich’s true motivations and the unique bond that forms between them that shock her the most.

Will she reject their burgeoning feelings and trust to undo his efforts and reclaim her kingdom? Will he risk the consequences of freeing her from his curse? Will their love survive the demands of duty, and the toll of resentment and threats? Or will it fade away with the moonlight at sunrise?

The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess is one of twelve short novels in A VILLAIN’S EVER AFTER, a collection of standalone stories featuring villainous twists on some of your favorite classic fairytales. Read the series in any order for magical adventures . . . and fall in love with villains as you’ve never seen them before. Who said villains can’t have happily-ever-afters?

Book Review:

I love all of Lucy Tempest’s books! They are fantastic retellings of fairytales with such interesting twists. The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess is the 9th book in the multiple author A Villain’s Ever After series. The Sorcerer and the Swan is a retelling of Swan Lake, but it has a twist. This story is different from what has been told for years. It is a thrilling book about seeing behind the darkness. 

Princess Aventina is ready to ascend to the throne and become the best queen she can be to help her people. However, all of her plans are thrown aside when she finds herself a swan. She is taken by the sorcerer who cursed her, Lord Von Rothbart, but she is determined to find her way home. But as she spends time with Lord Von Rothbart, Dietrich, she finds that all was not as it seemed. She finds herself falling for the man hidden behind the masks he wears

Aventina was such an interesting character. She was the perfect daughter who was ready to ascend to the throne. I really liked Ava’s growth as a character. She grew up and learned from her mistakes. She had been told her whole life that magic was evil,  but as she spent time with the man who cursed her, she learned that all was not as it should be. I thought that Ava was really cool and it was sweet to read about her falling in love with Dietrich. Ava had to learn how to get back up after falling and how to fly again. 

I liked Dietrich from the beginning. He had a hidden kindness behind his sorcery. He didn’t want to hurt others, but he also needed to care for those around him. I loved his character and how he wanted to help Ava even though she was mad at him. However, Dietrich had to work though his own demons of the past. He wanted to make the world safe for his people, but he was also scared. He was willing to risk it all to save those under his care. 

Ava and Dietrich were such fun and interesting characters. There were so many hidden aspects about them that they hid from the world. I loved reading about them falling in love and fighting for what is right. I was amazed by the evil of the people around them, and the villain was kind of a surprise. But I adored the storyline and I read this novella in one day!

The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess is definitely a must read! It was such a cool look at Swan Lake! I loved the characters and I could not put the book down. I am excited to read what Tempest writes next. The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess is a clean fairy tale retelling. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Mind the Gap

About the Book:

Mind the Gap by [Erynn Mangum]

Title: Mind the Gap
Author: 
Erynn Mangum
Release Date: 
September 30, 2021
Genre: 
Christian Rom-Com

Book Review:

I have read and owned almost all of the Erynn Mangum books, so I was over the moon excited to get the chance to review this one! I love how there’s such a balance between heart and humor. And her characters are always so relatable. Like how in this book, Kate thinks that God must like to hear British people more than Americans because their accents are just amazing! I am a sucker for accents, so I laughed out loud at this 🙂

Kate’s life has fallen apart. After she gets fired from her dream job and her purpose, she feels lost. So when her Gran invites her to go to London, she jumps at the chance. While London was supposed to be a grand vacation, it just seems to highlight all of the anxiety in her life. Will Kate be able to finally trust Jesus with her life or will she hold onto what she thinks her life should be?

I loved Kate’s character so much! She was so relatable. She had everything figured out, and she had to learn how to take a leap of faith. I loved her relationship with her Gran too. Her Gran was hilarious! She was completely free and kind of crazy. It was cute how she was pushing Kate and Oliver together.

Oliver was a sweetheart! While I was a little bit unsure of the whole instalove thing, I think Ms. Magnum did it well. Personally, I felt like it was a little bit fast. But I can see how they were spending so much time together that it made sense. And I liked how it was clear that Kate’s choices were not just for Oliver. She was following what Jesus told her to do and not just a guy. However, practically speaking I think it’s always wise to get godly advice from multiple people and not to rush into decisions.

I loved this book! It was so sweet and fun, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Christian, rom coms! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas

About the Book:

Title: I”m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas
Series: Seeing Voices #2
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction

Ballet and babysitting bring two teens together in this very merry holiday rom-com from the author of the acclaimed Bookish Boyfriends series

Noelle Partridge is known for three things: being the best ballet dancer, babysitter, and person with the most Christmas spirit in her small town. But lately she’s bored by the lessons at her dance school, and her friends and father are more bah humbug than deck the halls. So when her favorite babysitting clients ask her to accompany them on a ski trip over winter break, she packs her bags for the slopes. It helps that they’re offering double her rate–she’ll need the money for Beacon, an elite ballet academy that has granted her an audition.

Noelle is ready to have fa la la la fun, until Wyatt, the older half-brother of her babysitting charges, decides to surprise his family for the holiday. He’s one of the best dancers at Beacon, and makes Noelle’s head spin faster than pirouettes. Unfortunately, she also manages to step on his toes–spoiling his surprise and complicating his secret plans. After a few missteps, Noelle and Wyatt begin to thaw toward each other and bond over the big decisions looming in each of their lives. With enough Christmas magic, Noelle might just start the New Year with lots of babysitting cash in her pocket and a chance with the pas de deux partner of her dreams

Love on the Range

About the Book:

Title: Love on the Range
Series: Brothers in Arms #3
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Fiction
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction

Falling for someone who doesn’t want to get married is soon be the least of his concerns.

While his brothers and their new wives search for who shot him, Wyatt Hunt is temporarily bedridden and completely miserable. Somehow Molly Garner’s limited skills have made her the most qualified in their circle to care for Wyatt. But by the time he’s healed, she’s fed up with him and the whole ungrateful family. For even worse than his grumpiness were the few unguarded moments when he pulled at her heartstrings, and she has been long determined to never repeat her mother’s mistakes.

When alternate plans of finding her own independent life fall through, Molly volunteers to work for the Pinkertons and help investigate nearby ranch owner Oliver Hawkins. She signs on to be his housekeeper, hoping to find clues to prove his nefarious, and possibly murderous, past. Wyatt refuses to let her risk it alone and offers to act as Hawkins’s new foreman.

But when another Pinkerton agent gets shot, they realize Hawkins isn’t the only danger. The Hunt brothers will have to band together to face all the troubles of life and love that suddenly surround them.

Book Review:

The final book in the Brothers in Arms series by Mary Connealy, Love on the Range concludes the overarching story as well as telling Molly and Wyatt’s story. I love how Ms. Connealy’s series have larger stories across them, but still have individual stories within each book. The last book has usually been my favorite in her series, because of the characterization that has been done throughout and being able to see all the characters that you loved from the previous books. This series follows the Hunt brothers as they discover secrets about their father and establish a life for themselves in Montana. Wyatt was born and raised in Montana, but the revelation of two brothers who his father left shakes his world. Though he has mostly adjusted to the new arrivals and the revealed secrets about his father, some mysteries are still unsolved. After being shot and subsequently bedridden, Wyatt is left being cared for by Molly Garner whose limited skills make her the most qualified. Though by the end she is fed up with him, there are moments of gentleness that laeve her scrambling to guard her heart. For Molly has promised herself never to make the mistakes of her mother, she will not get married. Molly is looking for her independence, but when her original plans fall through, she volunteers for the Pinkertons. She is working as a housekeeper to investigate Oliver Hawkins on his possibly murderous past.  Following her, Wyatt becomes Hawkins’s foreman. But as danger approaches, it is more at stake than they know and the family must band together. 

I was so excited for this book! I had the opportunity to read the first two books and was waiting for Wyatt and Molly’s book! Molly had so much to her that we did not know about yet. She seemed really nice and had a lot of secrets. It is nice to finally hear her story and learn about her. She and Wyatt were really cute to read about. They were able to support one another, especially with the dangerous situation they found themselves in. It was cool how different each of the ladies in this series were, yet they all respected each other. Molly had a lot of domestic skills that allowed her to take the job to investigate. Wyatt was also very sweet. He was trying so hard to take care of everything that was happening and to protect Molly. The ranch was his home and where he wanted to be.

This story was very exciting! There were so many things that were finally revealed and it was cool to see some cameos from other series that I will not spoil. I liked the ending too, it felt like things were cleared up and tied up. There is some action, some light violence and reference to murder. Overall, I would recommend this to older teens and up. It is a clean historical fiction Christian book and the conclusion to a series. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

The Heart of a Cowboy

About the Book:

The Heart of a Cowboy (Colorado Cowboys Book #2) by [Jody Hedlund]

Title: The Heart of a Cowboy
Series: Colorado Cowboys #2
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House Fiction
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction

When he agreed to guard her, he never bargained on having to guard his heart.

Brilliant scientist Linnea Newberry is on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling the Santa Fe Trail with her grandfather, Dr. Powell, on a botanical expedition to Colorado Territory.
She longs to be valued for her contributions and not seen as a helpless liability. But at every calamity she faces, her grandfather threatens to send her home.

After watching his ma suffer and die in childbirth, Flynn McQuaid has sworn off women and marriage forever. Headed west to start a new life, he has his hands full not only taking care of his younger siblings but also delivering cattle to his older brother. He doesn’t need more complications.

When Flynn rescues Linnea from drowning during a river crossing, Dr. Powell promptly
hires Flynn–unbeknownst to Linnea–to act as her bodyguard for the rest of the trip. As
Flynn fights against the many dangers of the trail, he soon finds himself in the greatest
danger of all–falling for a woman he’s determined not to love.

Book Review:

Wow! This book was even better than the first book! I am always amazed by all of the books that Jody Hedlund has written because they all manage to be so good! The Heart of a Cowboy is the second book in Jody Hedlund’s Colorado Cowboys series. I was excited to read this story because I wanted to learn more about Wyatt’s family and finally get to see Flynn. The Heart of a Cowboy was such a sweet and heartwarming book.

Flynn wanted to prove that he was better than his older brother, Wyatt. He was determined to deliver cattle to his brother, and no matter the cost, he would keep the cattle alive. Linnea Newberry is loving traveling the Santa Fe Trail with her grandfather, Dr. Howell, on a botanical expedition to Colorado Territory. She wants to prove to her grandfather and the others on the team that she is trustworthy and just as capable as the men. What Linnea and Flynn never expected was to grow a bond as they traveled together.

Flynn was an awesome hero. He wanted to protect his family and do his best to bring his brother’s cattle to him. I loved his relationship with his siblings and how he tried to be the best big brother he could. He was strong, but he had to learn to trust that he could not save everyone or stop bad things from happening. He was grappling with how to care for his family and let them grow. It was sweet to read about him falling for Linnea. She was fearless and helped him see the good in life again. 

Linnea was really cool. She was a botanist in a time where women could not do much. I adored her, and I loved how much she loved God’s creation. It was also fun to read about her interaction with Ivy, Flynn’s younger sister. However, Linnea had to learn to trust God’s plan and stop trying to force her way of things. It was so cool to see Linnea grow in her faith. She was a lovely character!

Linnea and Flynn were cute together. They balanced each other. They were able to actually talk to each other, which I always love. Bantering is one of my favorite things that can be written into books, and I really enjoyed Linnea and Flynn’s bantering. I liked the progress of their romance, and also, the balance with the rest of the story. I was really interested to read about them transporting cattle and to read about Linnea’s rescue. There was so much going on, and I kept on wanting to read more.

Some of my favorite things about Hedlund’s books are the great quotes. Here are two of my favorites: “If we tuck tail and run everytime we’re scared, we’ll end up running in circles, never getting anywhere.” This quote reminded me that sometimes we have to push through the hard things and just try our best. The second quote was “Was it finally time to stop trying so hard in her own strength and to let God carry her where He would, working things out in His way?” I loved this quote because it reminded me that I need to trust in God’s plan and not my own. 

The Heart of a Cowboy was a great book! There were some twists and turns and I ended up staying up late reading. I am excited to read Dylan’s book. I know it is going to be good! I would totally recommend The Heart of a Cowboy! It is a clean Christian romance but it is a little heavier on the romance so I would probably recommend it to at least 13 and up.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.