Mama’s Bank Account (Book Challenge #2)

This was the second book that I read for my book challenge, Female Author. My sister helped me pick it out, having read it the year before. She really enjoyed the book, following a Norwiegen immigrant family living in San Francisco during the early 1900s. It is a collection of stories throughout their lives, with their mother always one of the star players.

It was really sweet! I loved the simplicity of the stories about family, coming of age, and finding your place. They are timeless themes and experiences though set in the past. I love stories about families, especially those with lots of siblings. I think that it is because I relate to those bigger families and the stories that come from it.  Mama’s Bank Account is truly a classic slice of life book.

Following the Evidence

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Following the Evidence by Lynn Shannon, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Following the Evidence
Author: Lynn Shannon
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Bringing a tracking dog to town
put her in a killer’s sights

Inheriting a ranch is a fresh start for Emma Pierce, her baby and her search-and-rescue dog—until someone tries to kill her.

But Sheriff Reed Atkinson won’t let anyone hurt his first love…especially when they uncover a connection to his vanished sister.

Can Reed solve both cases before he loses his sister and the woman he’s falling for all over again?

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Excerpts:

The sound of a loud crash turned his blood cold. Emma!
The front door was wooden, old, with a flimsy deadbolt. Thunder boomed, and Reed took advantage. He rammed the door with a well-placed kick. His heel screamed in protest, but the wood splintered.
“Come on, come on…” He focused his energy on the weak spot he’d created. He slammed into the door again. It shuddered and gave way.
He entered the house, his flashlight moving over everything. A banister leading upstairs. A dining room to his right. A living room to his left. His breathing was ragged, but the hand holding his weapon was steady.
Which way? Upstairs or toward the back of the house?
He paused, straining to listen. There. A noise coming from the kitchen. He raced down the hallway. Someone was coughing.
His flashlight caught a dark figure bolting out the back door. Reed swung to his left. Emma sat on the tile floor, one hand holding her neck. Her face was red and her long hair stuck out in all directions. Relief replaced the terror in her expression when she caught sight of him.

About the Author:

Lynn Shannon writes novels that combine intriguing mysteries with heartfelt romance. Raised in Texas, she believes pecans and Blue Bell ice cream are must-haves for every household. Lynn lives with her husband, two children, an extremely spoiled dog, and a turtle who hibernates half the year. You can find her online at www.lynnshannon.com.

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Tour Giveaway:

(1) winner will receive a copy of Following the Evidence and a $20 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 8, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 15, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Author Interview with Mindy Obenhaus

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Father’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Mindy Obenhaus’s new book, A Father’s Promise! I adored this book, it was so good. I can’t wait for you guys to read the book, and today I am so lucky to be able to share an interview with Mindy.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Father’s Promise
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: June 16, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

He doesn’t think he deserves a family…
but now he has a daughter.

Stunned to discover he has a child, Wes Bishop isn’t sure he’s father material. But his adorable daughter needs him, and he can’t help feeling drawn to her mother, Laurel Donovan — a woman he’s finally getting to know.

But can this sudden dad overcome a past tragedy that has him convinced he’s not meant to be a husband or a father…and make a promise of forever?

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Now to the Interview:

Riella: Where did you find the idea behind this book?
Mindy: I think it found me. I had a single mother with a baby, and she had no idea where
the father was or even his last name. So that begged the question, what if he
showed up one day?

Riella: What made you want to be a writer?
Mindy: That is something that’s a challenge to figure out. You see, I was never a reader.
Even though my mother devoured romance novels my entire life, I had no
interest in reading. Then she moved in with us and brought hundreds of books
with her. All romance, but newer. As I sorted through them, hoping to get rid of
some, I became intrigued and the next thing I knew, I was reading book after
book.
Over time I realized that even though I hadn’t been reading for all those years, I
was always making up stories in my head. Soon I began to wonder if could
actually write one of those stories. So, I gave it a try. Of course, I knew nothing
about the craft of writing, so I had to learn. But God used that time to impress
upon me that He wanted me to write for Him. So, that’s what I’ve always tried to
do.

Riella: What character are you most like?
Mindy: Hmm… Good question. I would say there’s
a little bit of me in each of my heroines, but I’m probably most like Paisley, one of
Laurel’s friends who happens to be in the process of getting her own story.
Paisley is nurturing and loves to bake and entertain.

Riella: What do you want people to take away from this book?
Mindy: I want them to understand that no matter how big our mistakes, God can turn
them into blessings.

Riella: How did you get the ideas for the characters?
Mindy: That’s a tough question because they just kind of come to me. Then I have to get
to know them and find out what makes them tick.

Riella: Do you take inspiration from your life for plot points, characters, etc?
Mindy: Quite often, yes. 🙂

Riella: Is this book connected to the other series that you have written?
Mindy: It is not. A Father’s Promise is the first book in a new series entitled Bliss, Texas.

Riella: Which character do you relate to the most?
Mindy: I think I can relate to each of them in some way, shape or form. Or, at least, put
myself in their shoes.

About the Author:

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining and sometimes adventurous manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer, and the occasional coyote, mountain lion, or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, and watching copious amounts of the Hallmark Channel.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of A Father’s Promise, a $20 Amazon gift card, and a James 1:17 mug!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 6, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 13, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Spelled

Who hasn’t read at least one book where it’s extremely obvious that two characters like each other, but one of the characters just does not realize it? Spelled is one of those books. First, a little backstory on the book. This is the second book in The Kingdom Chronicles series which is about four kingdoms. They are all inspired by fairytales and they can be read as standalones. But I would read each book in order, because it gives the books more depth. Spelled is about a girl named Rosie who you met previously in the first book, as the best friend of the main character.

Rosie is a romantic and a dreamer. She is obsessed with falling in love and certain that she will fall in love with a prince. However, her downfall is that she is also very stubborn. Despite the fact that there is growing attraction and even love between her and a guard named Alistar she is unwilling to let go of her beliefs, since the heroine always gets the princes.

I think that while Rosie was a bit annoying she did grow on me through the book. While her dreaminess could be a bit trying, it also was a part of who she was. Even though Rosie had to grow on me, I absolutely loved Alistar. He was so sweet, and I really liked how he played along with Rosie. He grounded her while she gave him an opportunity to be funny and sweet.

The story was definitely interesting with enough twists and turns to keep me interested. I don’t want to tell any spoilers, but I think that the ending will certainly surprise you. While the end of the story was surprising, the beginning and middle were as awkward as you would expect. Beside that Spelled was a wonderful book with very full characters. It was really clean, and I would definitely recommend it to teenagers of all ages!

A Bride of Convenience

Jody Hedlund’s books just keep on getting better and better. This is my favorite one of the Brideship series as of yet. A Bride of Convenience was so good and I loved it! A Bride of Convenience is the third book in Jody Hedlund’s Brideship series.

This book features a new female character who arrives in ? at the beginning of the book. But our hero of the story is Pastor Abe. Yay! I have been waiting for his book ever since I met him in Pete and Arabella’s book. In this book, Abe finds himself married to one of the brideship girls, Zoe. They form a marriage of convenience in order to care for a baby left in their care. But will a marriage like this survive, the strain of working with the miners and trying to live up to the bishop’s standards?

Zoe was so sweet, she loved and served with her whole heart. I loved her from the beginning, it was so cool how she took in a baby even though the baby came from mixed parents. It was so fun to read about her falling in love with Abe. It was a slow thing, but I could tell from the beginning that she cared for him.

I loved Abe, he loved those God had put under his care. But he was fighting hard to make himself be the way the bishop wanted him to be. Abe was so kind and he worked hard to help those under his care, he was willing to do anything. 

I really adored Zoe, Abe and Violet together. They were such a cute family. I really loved the addition of Will, he was such a sweet boy. They felt like a family to me and I became really invested in them from the beginning. It was charming to read about how much Will cared for Zoe and how he even stood up to Abe to defend Zoe. Secondary characters really do help to make a book better. Mrs. Moresby was in this book too, so happy to see her again.  

Two of my favorite quotes from this book are “You might still be running away from God. But He’s never left you, and He’s waiting for you to seek Him again.” which is such a good reminder that God is a kind Father who wants us to turn to Him. And “you don’t have to be perfect or have your situation all figured out to be used by the good Lord. If you have a willing heart, that’s all He needs.” a quote from Mrs. Moresby, who I love reading about. This quote is so encouraging because it helps you to see that God can use you if you are willing to serve Him.

I don’t know what else to say, I loved this book. My favorite of her series so far and of her historical romances. A Bride of Convenience was just that good. I would definitely recommend this book, if you have read any of Jody’s books then you have to read this one. I can’t wait for Almost a Bride!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

To Con a Gentleman

“A Beautiful, feisty woman. And he was in trouble.” 

I found Sarah Adams, after reading her wonderful rom-com, The Match. When I saw how much I enjoyed The Match, I knew that I had to try out her Regency books. I really adore Regency books and this one was no different. 

To Con a Gentleman was a laugh out loud rom-com set in the Regency era. I loved the witty humor and the story line. It was different from other Regency novels that I had read before, but it was still really enjoyable. In To Con a Gentleman, Carver is hiding and hurting. After the death of his fiance he has hidden himself in London away from the memories of his past and his family. Rose has been living as a con woman ever since her father died and she is content in where she is in life. But this last con has a way of changing everything for her. 

Rose was an awesome heroine. She has had a hard life, but she did not let her get bitter. She was still kind and she cared for those who couldn’t care for themselves. She worked hard to make sure that children didn’t have to live on the streets. But she was also lonely, the kind of job she has makes it hard to get to know people. It was so funny reading about her trying to con Carver not knowing that she had the wrong man. 

I loved that Rose was quick witted but she was also compassionate. I loved her conversations with Carver. They truly made me laugh. Carver was a sweet hero, he truly loved his family. I really enjoyed the interactions between Carver and his family especially with Robert. I love books that show families being families, it really reminded me of the way I interact with my family. Carver was hilarious as he missed with Rose, but he was still nice and considerate. 

This was a great book, I didn’t know how it was going to end and it kept me interested the whole way. I loved To Con a Gentleman and I would definitely recommend it. Now I am off to read the second book, To Catch a Suitor!

Persuasion (Book Challenge #1)

One of Jane Austen’s first classic romances, Persuasion is the story of mistakes, loss, and second chances. I chose to read Persuasion for the first week of the NerdDaily book challenge, Author beginning with an A. I had only read two Jane Austen books, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I had enjoyed them both, but was meaning to read more of them. So I made sure that I had to read it!

This was such a sweet book! As always, Ms. Austen writes yearning love and misunderstandings like no other. I really liked Anne, she was a more “normal” heroine. She was not especially beautiful, especially witty or especially charming, but she was kind and practical. Anne truly hoped for the best for people. Although she had experienced pain and sorrow, she was hopeful.

Throughout the whole story, I was not sure about the ending. There were quite a few moments of tension and uncertainty during the book, I was a bit worried for Anne’s HEA (Happily Ever AFter). However, in this book there is a happy ending. The build up and twists made the ending all the sweeter.

Seconds to Live

Another book by the amazing Susan Sleeman. I have already read and loved two series by her. The book I’ve recently read by her is called Seconds to Live. Seconds to Live is about Taylor, a Marshall, who works in the Witness Protection Program, and Sean who is part of a RED team. A hacker is selling witness’s information to the highest bidder, and one of Taylor’s witnesses is in danger. Sean’s team is working on catching the hacker and bringing him to justice.

Taylor and Sean’s romance was very interesting to me because they had worked together on a different case, however they formed an electronic friendship. They had both shared a lot of things that they would never have shared in person which makes working together difficult. I think that Susan really executed how difficult it is to know someone only online and then to meet them in person. She mentioned all the little things that we don’t think about like timing, body language, and facial features. It was definitely fascinating to see them work through their differences and that barrier that came from only knowing each other online. I only wish that they would have trusted each other sooner, but I can understand why they did not.

Now to why I put it to three stars. I actually wanted to do 3.75, but unfortunately, that is not available. I really admire this author, and I love her books. I think that I did not fall in love with all the different characters as much as I normally do. However, they were all really interesting, and I was able to sympathize with many of the secondary characters. It had all the right components, but I did not love it as much as I thought I would. It was still very interesting though, and I can’t wait to see what she does with the second book.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Identity

I absolutely adored this book, it was so good! Identity is the third book in Camille Peters first series, The Kingdom Chronicles. This book is the first retelling of the fairy tale, The Goose Girl, that I had read. I was not sure how I would feel about this book because of the fairy tale it was based off of. But I ended up loving it, it was really good and kept me interested the whole time! I can’t wait for the next book.

This book follows the story of Prince Liam’s betrothal.You meet Prince Liam in the first book, but all you really know about him is that he is in an engagement that he doesn’t want to be in. He is forced to marry Princess Lavena, but he hates it.  He has done everything he can to try to end his engagement, but there were no loopholes that he could find. He was stuck with a woman who hated and belittled him. 

But things do not go as planned. One day Princess Levana makes Anwen, a servant who looks just like her, do the unthinkable. Princess Levena forces Anwen to marry Prince Liam in her place. Anwen is now forced to be Prince Liam’s wife and she is made to pick up the pieces of the mess of a marriage she was forced into. 

I absolutely adore these characters, Liam was so sweet and sensitive. He was such a jokester but he was also very kind. I loved watching him fall in love with Anwen against his will. He truly cared for her and he doted on her. He was also really fun, having read about him in Pathways, the first book, I was so excited to see that he had his own book.

Anwen was kind and loving, everything that Levena wasn’t. It was fun to watch her fall in love with Liam. But I felt so bad for her as she tried so hard to keep him away because she knew that he really wasn’t hers to love. Anwen tried so hard to pretend to be like Princess Levena, but she was such a bad actor. And you can’t really change yourself. It was so fun, seeing the little things that made Anwen herself, like the fact that she loves bugs and insects.

I loved Liam and Anwen together, they really were perfect for each other. Anwen helped keep Liam grounded, but she didn’t try to suppress his goofiness. Liam was so kind to Anwen and really tried to help her relax. Oh my gosh, they were just so cute together! As you read this book you get so invested in Liam and Anwen’s lives. I so wanted them to end up together and have a happy ending, but I didn’t know how that would happen. 

This was such a good book, it totally changed my view on the Goose Girl. I would totally recommend this book. It is a light and sweet fairytale inspired read, girls 13 and up will love it.  I can’t wait to see what other stories Camile Peters weaves together!

Cold Truth

Okay, maybe because I have three siblings, but I have always loved books about siblings and found families. I think that underneath all the suspense and romance the Cold Harbor books showcases the strength and loyalty you can find from relying on your family. In this Cold Harbor book you see all of the characters that you’ve loved in the first book with one new one, Kiera.

Kiera is looking for her brother Kevin who is being accused of stealing a deadly toxin. Kiera does not believe that at all, but unfortunately, Cooper does. I really liked Kiera. She had enough spunk to fight with Cooper which he really needed, but she also complimented him with her gentleness. I didn’t like Cooper at first, but he really grew on me. Cooper was really tough, but he had a good reason. While his inability to trust Kiera was really frustrating, I was able to see his side of things. I honestly just wanted him to just get over himself and trust her, but it always takes forever for the characters to realize that.

  I think that the book really kept you guessing which was frustrating and amazing. I really liked how real the characters felt and how quickly you got invested into them. I think that the romance was also super sweet. I loved seeing how Kiera and Cooper made each other better. I think that they both had a lot of issues that they needed to work through, but they both showed how love keeps trying. I would definitely recommend this book, and it was clean without any language or too intense scenes.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.