Keeping the Cowboy

Keeping the Cowboy: A Contemporary Christian Romance (Blackwater Ranch Book 5) by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Keeping the Cowboy
Series: Blackwater Ranch #5
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date: 
April 17, 2021
Genre: Clean Christian Romance

When her dreams become a reality, will she be able to leave the family she’s come to love?

Jade Smith has always dreamed of teaching abroad. While she waits for her chance, she takes a nannying position at Blackwater Ranch. It’s supposed to be temporary, but she soon learns that this devoted single dad and his boisterous five-year-old won’t be easy to leave when the time comes.

Aaron Harding was wrecked when his ex bailed on him and their son, leaving him to raise Levi alone. He’s in no hurry for either of them to fall in love again. It just isn’t worth the risk. But as he watches the way Jade cares for his son, he starts to wonder if a happy, two-parent family is finally within their reach.

When the opportunity of a lifetime leaves Jade with an impossible decision to make, will she choose to follow the dreams of her past or to make this man and his son her future?

Keeping the Cowboy is the fifth book in the Blackwater Ranch series, but the books can be read in any order. 

Book Review:

I am loving the whole Blackwater Ranch series, and I was super excited to read Keeping the Cowboy! Aaron deserved his happy ending, and it was super sweet to read about Levi. Aaron was the first son married, and yet he was the son who was all alone. He was trying to raise his son as best as he could, and so he decided to hire a nanny/teacher for his son so that Levi could thrive. Jade came to Blackwater ranch expecting to teach Levi, but not expecting to fall in love. However, what will she do when her dream job calls, will she go or will she stay?

Aaron was struggling. He was trying to care for his son as best he knew, but he felt overwhelmed. I really liked Aaron and it was fun to get to know more about him. He was such a sweet guy. He truly cared for his family and his son, Levi. He had troubles trusting that Jade would stay, but he learned to lean on God. Jade was not his ex wife, and he needed to learn to remember that and not let his past define him. 

Jade was also a sweet character, and she sounded like such a fun teacher! I liked how she connected with Levi from the beginning, and how she fell in love with Aaron. She had been searching for something her whole life, and she was struggling to find the path that God wanted her to walk. She had to learn to trust God’s leading and what it meant to love someone. 

I really liked how Jade and Aaron balanced each other out. I also loved reading about them with Levi. I could tell that they loved and cared for Levi. However, they had to learn to trust each other as they built their new relationship. I enjoyed reading about their relationship. They really balanced each other. Jade was book smart while Aaron was more hands on. And where Aaron was steady, Jade was more energetic. This book was super sweet, and it didn’t feel rushed. Levi was super fun and it was adorable to read more about him. 

Keeping the Cowboy was a great book! I really like seeing the family aspects of this book, and getting to see old characters. I would definitely recommend it and I am super excited for Hunter’s book! Keeping the Cowboy is a clean, sweet Christian book.

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.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

About the Book:

Title: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History 
Series: Little Leaders #1
Author: Vashti Harrison
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition
Release Date: 
December 5, 2017
Genre: Children’s American History

An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

Book Review:

An adorable book that tells the stories of some amazing women in Black history, Little Leaders is perfect for all readers looking to learn a little in a fun format. I always love finding books with beautiful illustrations and Ms. Harrison has some amazing ones! She combines them with short biographies highlighting some of their achievements in simple language that allows even children to clearly understand.

I appreciated how Ms. Harrison found such a diverse group. There were some more known figures and others who I had never heard of.. There were ladies from fields of art, science, literature, and athletics. They are from the far past to the present. Yet, all are inspiring and they are women to admire. Her artwork is also so cute! I love the attention to detail she put into each one, considering their history and story to incorporate.

This is definitely a great book for any child’s library! The biographies are probably about a 2nd or 3rd grade reading level, but can be read to and explained to anyone! I would definitely suggest getting it in hardback or paperback, it is just not the same in e-book format!

Until Vienna


ABOUT THE BOOK

Until Vienna by [Heather B. Moore]

Title: Until Vienna
Series: Romance on the Orient Express #3
Author: Heather B. Moore
Publisher: Covenant Communications 
Release Date: 
April 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

Georgina Ballard has been disappointed in love more than a few times, a fact that she is uncomfortably aware of amid her sister’s wedding preparations. When her elderly aunt Rowena bids Gigi to accompany her on an art tour across Europe, Gigi hesitates but eventually resigns herself to the train journey alongside a group of aged art connoisseurs, if only to mollify her aunt.

Once aboard the Orient Express, Gigi is pleased to discover that not everyone on the tour is in their twilight years: Clyde Haskins, an energetic young art professor from the University of London, will serve as the group’s tour guide. Clyde is equally intrigued that a young lady has joined the tour, and Aunt Rowena and her friends immediately set out to play matchmaker. Clyde and Gigi both find humor in Aunt Rowena’s antics despite knowing that each is determined to keep their heart carefully guarded. Yet, the enchantment of their European exploration weaves an undeniable spell between them. When their journey ends, can their holiday love story endure the obstacles of real life?

You can read the first chapter here: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B08PQ82135…

Book Review:

I have been really enjoying the series from Covenant communications and this book was no different. Until Vienna is the third book in Romance on the Orient Express series. It is so cool how different authors are writing different books and to see the parallels that hold the story together and yet the differences. 

I liked Gigi and Clyde from the beginning. They were so much fun and I liked how they became friends first. They had a sweet relationship and I really enjoyed reading about their love for each other grow. Gigi had wanted to get married before, but failed relationships have made her realize the fact that she is not meant to marry. 

Gigi’s aunt and her friends were hilarious! I loved them and their relationship, they were kind of shameless but so sweet. Gigi and Clyde were pushed together by Gigi’s Aunt while on the Orient Express but when Gigi and her Aunt are forced to leave early will their relationship still grow? Gigi cared for her Aunt and I loved how she was willing to sacrifice in order to care for her Aunt. 

I would definitely recommend this sweet, clean romance! I loved the characters and the story line. There were parts where I wanted to shake Gigi, but she grew on me. Until Vienna was a great addition to the series and I can’t wait for the next book!

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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Neighbors Like That

ABOUT THE BOOK

Neighbors Like That: A Romantic Comedy (A Love Like This Book 1) by [Carina Taylor]

Title: Neighbors Like That
Series: A Love Like This Book #1
Author: Carina Taylor
Release Date: 
September 30, 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy

KYLIE

He started our war–I intend to finish it.

Buying a house in the suburbs was supposed to be low stress: my own little haven to decorate and landscape exactly how I want. Instead I find myself locking my garbage can to keep pests out–pests that are six-foot-one, green-eyed, and far too good looking.
My trespassing neighbor is rude and entitled. It isn’t long before war is declared and I find myself stooping to immature pranks.
When trouble lands at my door, my unlikely neighbor starts knocking on my heart. Was I ready to answer?

HAGEN

I will win no matter what it takes.

I moved to this neighborhood for a fresh start. The one thing I’m not looking for is a relationship, so when I mistakenly assume my neighbor is hitting on me, I lash out at her.
I didn’t mean to start the war, but now she taunts me from across the street. Our harmless pranks have become the highlight of my day. I should stay away–but I can’t. I want to spend more time with her.
When a stalker begins sending Kylie a series of notes, I’m only too willing to help protect her.
Maybe I’m looking for a relationship after all.

Book Review:

If you’re looking for a funny, romantic, and clean romance, then you will love Neighbors Like That. I am always looking for clean romance, but a lot of them are very serious. That’s why I love to find clean romantic comedies, and Neighbors Like That perfectly satisfied my itch. It is the first one in the A Love Like This series, and it tells the story of Kylie and Hagen.

Kylie is normally a very sweet and non confrontational person, but Hagen manages to push all of her buttons. Not only does he insult her when she tries to do the neighborly thing and bring him cookies, but he’s also rude and entitled. Their prank war starts before she even realizes it. Hagen did not mean to offend his pretty neighbor, but he lashes out when she thinks that he’s hitting on her. Their harmless pranks are the highlight of his day, but everything changes when he realizes that a stalker is after her. Hagen’s determined to protect her even if she doesn’t always want his help.

Hagen is such a sweet character, and he does not at all want a relationship for very good reasons. He’s just broken up with a very manipulative ex, and he doesn’t have the time or the energy to be in a relationship. And while he loved pranking Kylie, he never took it too far. He’s also one hundred percent willing to help Kylie when she needs him. 

Kylie was also such a sweetheart. She had some trouble standing up for herself, but she also had a lot of crazy in her. And that definitely came out in her prank wars. The crazy is definitely hereditary which you get to see when you meet the rest of her cousins. They are hilarious, and I love all of the insane antics they get into. This book is also very clean in the romance and the violence section. But, there is a stalker storyline which is a little different from the normal lighthearted rom coms. Otherwise though it is super clean and a very funny and romantic read.

The Faerie Prince

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Faerie Prince: A Retelling of Snow White (Fairytales of Folkshore Book 8) by [Lucy Tempest]

Title: The Faerie Prince
Series: Fairytales of Folkshore #8
Author: Lucy Tempest
Publisher: Folkshore Press
Release Date: 
April 7, 2021
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling

A FUGITIVE PRINCESS. A DARK SORCERESS. AN UNLIKELY HERO

After her stepmother usurped her father, Princess Snezhana of Belograd escapes into the most treacherous parts of Faerie. Her last hope is the Prince of Autumn, whose court houses horrors only he can navigate.

But Prince Keenan is the last partner Jana would have picked for her quest. Confounding and possibly mad, he treats her desperate situation with frustrating levity, and drags them onto paths rife with heart-stopping danger—and excitement. What she unwillingly realizes is exactly what has been missing from her life.

But for that life to continue, Jana must stop Arsenia’s bid for power, not to mention survive Keenan’s maddening, exhilarating company.

As their clashing personalities and unexpected bond are put to the test, they embark on a perilous search for the Golden Gardens that hold the one thing to tip the balance of power in her favor.

But will they reach their destination in time before the poison stops her heart, or will the dark cloud her stepmother casts over the land rise, and fracture the Folkshore?

Book Review:

OH My Gosh! The Faerie Prince is my new favorite Lucy Tempest book! I have been eagerly waiting for the Faerie Prince to come out and it was simply amazing! I loved everything about it! The Faerie Prince in the 8th book in Lucy Tempest Fairytales of Folkshore series! The Faerie Prince is a retelling of Snow White and we finally get to see Keenan settle down. 

Princess Snezhana of Belograd, Jana, is on the run from her stepmother, Arsenia, and her only hope to save her family is to search for the Golden Gardens that might give her the power to save her family. She escapes into the most treacherous parts of Faerie and finds the Prince of Autumn, Prince Keenan is her last hope. Keenan is the last person Jana would have chosen, but as they travel together she finds that he is actually the best person for the trip. Will they find the Golden Gardens before Arsenia gets to Jana and will their relationship grow into something more?

Jana was such a fun character! She tried so hard to be prim and proper, but underneath all that she had been taught, she wanted to be free. I loved reading about her learning to embrace herself and getting out from behind the walls she had built. It was so fun reading about her interactions with Keenan. He made her a better person.

Keenan was absolutely amazing in this book! I have been waiting for his story and I have to say, I loved him and his growth! It was so cool to finally learn more about him. He was hilarious, and behind his smiles and pranks, is a man who truly cares for those around him

I loved reading about Jana and Keenan as they traveled through the Autumn court to find a way to defeat Jana’s aunt. They had so many fun adventures and it was really cute to read about them falling for each other. Keenan helped Jana let loose, and Jana helped Keenan stay grounded and yet allow him to fly. I read this book so quickly, and I didn’t want to put it down! I loved the storyline and the characters, and it was fun to see some camoes from the previous book.

The Faerie Prince was truly amazing! I loved it and I would definitely recommend it! It can be read standalone, but it is so much more enjoyable when you read the books in order! I would recommend The Faerie Prince to those who like fantasy, and romance. It is clean, but it doesn’t hide away from the fact that those who do evil deserve to be punished. It is more along the lines of the Grimm fairy tales in content. 

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.

A Match for the Marine

About the Book:

A Match for the Marine: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (First Comes Love Book 1) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: A Match for the Marine
Series: First Comes Love #1
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date:   
March 31, 2021
Genre: Clean Rom-Com

Matchmaker Rule #1: Never fall in love with the client.

Amy Thomas is in the running to become CEO of First Comes Love. All she has to do is outmatch her conniving co-worker. Maintaining her perfect matchmaking track record should be no problem, especially since her client is a hot Marine with bulging biceps and a killer smile.

Gunnery Sergeant Dexter Harrington is not looking for love, but his mother has been laying on the guilt about not wanting him to die alone. So when she buys him the VIP package at Southern California’s premier matchmaking company, he has no choice but to play ball.

Right from the start, Dex recognizes Amy is a better match for him than any of the disastrous dates she arranges. Amy isn’t going to let the gorgeous gunny get in the way of achieving her life’s goal. What happens when the matchmaker is the perfect match for the Marine?

Book Review:

A Match for the Marine is a rom-com written by Jess Mastorakos. This is the first rom-com that I have read written by Mastorakos, but I really enjoyed it! I have read Mastorakos’ past books and I have loved them. A Match for the Marine had a cute story and lovely characters

Amy Thomas is so close to becoming the CEO of First Comes Love, but first she needs to outmatch her conniving co-worker. It should be easy, especially since her client is a hot Marine. Gunnery Dexter Harrington isn’t looking for love, but who can say no to their mother? He finds himself a client at Southern California’s premier matchmaking company. From the start, Dex can tell that Amy is the perfect match for him, much better than the disastrous dates she is arranging. However, Amy doesn’t plan on letting the handsome gunny get in the way of achieving her dream job. But Dex makes her want to rethink her plans.

Amy was a lot of fun. She loved her job of matchmaking people and she was really kind. I liked the way she thought of matchmaking, how she cared for her clients. She was super focused on work though, and work was all she did. It was fun to read about her letting loose with Dex and falling for him. She tried so hard to stay unattached, but Dex was just too sweet. 

Dex was a cute guy, I really liked him. He was focused and kind of awkward, but he was really nice. He had had his heart broken before and just preferred to stay single. But he was willing to try out the matchmaking business because his mom guilted him into doing it.He was super honorable and I really just liked him. I  wanted him to fight for Amy and his happy ending.

Amy was trying to match Dex up with another client, but Dex was trying to convince Amy that she was the one for him. It was super fun to read about their interactions. I really enjoyed reading about Dex’s dates, and reading about Amy’s reactions. However, Amy has a competition to win and she needs to match Dex up with the perfect woman, but with her dates getting sabotaged and falling for Dex, her plans are all out of wrack. 

A Match for the Marine was super good and I would totally recommend it! I love the cover, it is just perfect. I can’t wait for the next book, Dex’s friends were a lot of fun and I really want to read their stories! A Match for the Marine is a clean, romantic comedy book.

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.

A Dark Beauty

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Dark Beauty
Series: Victorian Retellings #1
Author: Clarissa Kae
Publisher: Carpe Vitam Press
Release Date: 
March 7, 2021
Genre: Fairytale

A Victorian Twist on Beauty And The Beast

Bold and brilliant, Georgiana has a gift for fixing machines—from clocks to carriages—while her father has a penchant for finding trouble. In an accidental fire, Georgiana and her father scar the once handsome face of Lord Pichon, cousin to the queen.
Rumors of Georgiana’s gift raise her family’s status. Her incomparable beauty captures the eye of many gentlemen and the wrath of Lord Pichon. Abandoned by his peers and alone in his cold castle, Lord Pichon is determined to enact revenge.
When Georgiana’s father makes a terrible mistake, she sacrifices herself to pay his debt—as a lowly maid in Lord Pichon’s castle.
Her wit and warmth begin to thaw Lord Pichon’s estate, making him question his version of the past. Will her kindness break the beastly lord or will he hold her family hostage forever?

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Book Review:

Ahh! This was such a good book! I knew that I would like it but it was even better than I expected. A Dark Beauty is the first book that I have read written by Clarissa Kae and I am now hooked. It’s the first book in Clarissa Kae’s new series, Victorian Retellings. It was a wonderful twist on Beauty and the Beast.

Georgiana was a strong woman but she was also hurting. She grew on me as I read more about her. Although life had not been kind to her, she was still loving and cared for those around her. Dom confused her but it was sweet to read about her falling in love with him. 

Okay, so I think I liked Georgiana from the beginning, however, Lord Pichon had me from the beginning. I really liked Dom. He had gone through some hard times, and he was really scared. But he was a really nice guy underneath it all. It was so fun to read about Dom coming out of his shell. I loved how he respected his staff, and they cared for him. 

I really liked the characters from this book, and I enjoyed the story line. It was such a unique twist on Beauty and the Beast! Oh my goodness, this book had my attention and I couldn’t put it down.The suspense and action grew as Dom and Georgiana tried to figure out what was true. The storyline was amazing. I had no idea what was going to happen. It was so cool to see the parallels to Beauty and the Beast, and yet still be its own book. Georgiana and Dom were forced to confront the secrets of their past that haunted them both. They were on a race to figure out the secrets of Georgiana’s father that could very well be to their detriment. 

A Dark Beauty was such a thrilling book and I would definitely recommend it! I can’t wait for the next book in the series, it is a great start! 

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.

About the Author

Clarissa Kae is a preeminent voice whose professional career began as a freelance editor in 2007. She’s the former president of her local California Writers Club after spending several years as the Critique Director.Since her first novel, she’s explored different writing genres and created a loyal group of fans who eagerly await her upcoming release. With numerous awards to her name, Clarissa continues to honor the role of storyteller.Aside from the writing community, she and her daughters founded Kind Girls Make Strong Women to help undervalued nonprofit organizations—from reuniting children with families to giving Junior Olympic athletes their shot at success.She lives in the agricultural belly of California with her family and farm of horses, chickens, dogs and kittens aplenty.

More from Clarissa

As a young girl most of the fairy tales talked about beauty as the only attribute but when Disney came out with Beauty and the Beast, my world was rocked. For the first time the heroine was a woman with a brain and a plan. I began researching the fairy tale and read every version. When my youngest daughter was born (with dark hair and big beautiful brown eyes) I named her Isla Belle. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of writing a Beauty and the Beast retelling. And finally, that dream as come true.

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The Indebted Earl

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour by Audra Jennings. There are so many fun things in this post. You will learn about The Indebted Earl, read my review about the book, read a mini interview from the author, and get to enter a giveaway!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Indebted Earl (Serendipity & Secrets Book 3) by [Erica Vetsch]

Title: The Indebted Earl
Series: Serendipity & Secrets Book #3
Author: Erica Vetsch
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date: 
March 23, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiancée and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

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Book Review:

I can’t believe that this is the last book in Erica Vetsch’s Secrets and Serendipity series. This has been such a great series and I have loved all of the books. The Indebted Earl is the third book and last book in the series. 

Okay, so Sophie was such an awesome character! She tried her best to help out those around her, but she was slowly losing herself. Losing her finance hit her harder then she would have thought especially because she never expected for him to die. Sophie was so kind and it was super sweet to read about her caring for mother of her fiance and the three girls under Charles’ care

Charles Wyvern was just trying to get his life back on track, all he wanted to do was captain a ship again. But God had other plans, he found himself married, the guardian of three girls, and an earl. I really liked Charles, he was just trying his best. He was struggling to keep himself afloat and to trust God. But although he came off as harsh, he had a soft spot for those under his care and he truly was a good man. 

Charles and Sophie had to learn to work out their marriage and provide a good home for the girls under their guardianship. Their marriage was not a love match, but it was super sweet to read about them falling for each other. However, there are sinister plans at work and Charles and Sohpie find themselves in the midst of a smuggling ring. Will Charles and Sophie be able to work out not only their marriage but the smuggling that could very well be the end of them?

I loved the romance and the suspense. I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next, and stayed up way too late to finish. The characters were super fun, especially the girls, Penny, Thea, and Betsy. I liked them from the beginning. I also adored Mrs. Chapman, she was awesome. Additionally, I really enjoyed the faith aspects that this book had, reading the characters learning to trust God through hard times.

I would totally recommend The Indebted Earl. However, I would recommend reading the first two books first. I can’t wait to see what else Vetsch writes. The Indebted Earl is a clean, regency, 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.

Author Interview:

Q: The Indebted Earl is the final release in your Serendipity & Secrets series. Can you give us a recap of the series up to this point and introduce us to your new book?

The Serendipity & Secrets series is three books about three men who come into titles unexpectedly and the women who capture their hearts. In The Lost Lieutenant, a soldier is granted an earldom as a reward for bravery on the field of battle . . . but he is suffering from partial amnesia and cannot remember what he did to earn the title. In The Gentleman Spy, the new Duke of Haverly is wrestling with keeping separate his public life as a duke of the realm and his secret life as a spy for the Crown. And in The Indebted Earl, a naval captain inherits a title and an estate, three young wards, and the care of his late best friend’s fiancé and mother, all while trying to get back to his life at sea. 

Three unexpected titles, three unexpected marriages, and three stories of secrets, love, and testing whether God is truly sovereign. 

Q: Both Lady Sophia Haverly and Captain Charles Wyvern feel a responsibility to care for someone that is left behind. From where does that sense of duty come? 

Lady Sophia’s care of her fiancé’s mother is born out of her love for him. She was also instilled from birth with the social customs of noblesse oblige. As a woman of noble birth, she has an obligation to live up to that nobility by behaving nobly. While her fiancé is at war, he has entrusted her with the care and companionship of his mother, Lady Richardson. Sophie is delighted with the responsibility, because it allows her to demonstrate her love, and it gives her a bit of freedom that living in her older brother’s household would not afford.

Captain Wyvern naturally shoulders responsibility for his ship and his crew. As the leader, everyone under his command is also under his care. This responsibility extends to the dependents of his crew, including the fiancée of his late best friend. Charles feels he bears the blame for his friend’s death, and he must attempt to make some sort of amends. His natural leadership abilities cause him to throw his mantel of responsibility over Lady Sophia, Lady Richardson, the three waifs who wash up on his shore, and the estate and community he’s inherited.

Q: What is Sophie struggling with spiritually in The Indebted Earl? Is Charles facing something similar?

Sophie struggles with the idea that God is both good and sovereign. It’s easy to accept one or the other, but both? How can God be good when He’s taken her beloved fiancé away? How can He be sovereign when bad things happen? How can she trust in His plan when it seems everything is spinning out of control?

Charles’s struggle is similar in that he is all about control, about ordering his life according to his plan, but with the cessation of war, he is on the beach without a command. And he’s carrying a tremendous weight of guilt over the death of Major Richardson. Did God make a mistake, having Rich die in his place? What Charles wants—to continue his naval career—is both noble and reasonable. Why won’t God make it happen? 

Both Sophie and Charles are learning to trust in the sovereignty and goodness of God’s plans, and realizing that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than ours.

Q: Will you be sad to let this trilogy—your first Regency series—go? What can readers look forward to next?

There’s such a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in seeing this series completed, but to answer your question . . . YES! I am so reluctant to let these stories and characters go that I’m bringing some of them back in my new series, the Thorndike & Swann Regency Mysteries! 

The first book, The Debutante’s Code, should arrive in the fall of 2021 and features Lady Juliette Thorndike and Bow Street Runner Daniel Swann in a fast-paced tale of intrigue, espionage, and art thievery! 

Q: Where can Regency fans go to interact and talk about books on Facebook?
I am thrilled that we have a place on Facebook to discuss all things inspirational Regency romance. There is a lively and growing community of readers that can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2568745689914759. We have contests, giveaways, polls, notices of sales, reviews, and much more, and we’re always welcoming new members.

About the Author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.  

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. 

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England. 
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

Giveaway:

https://promosimple.com/ps/10ba3/the-indebted-earl

The Ancient One


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Ancient One
Series: The Adventures of Kate
Author: T. A. Barron
Publisher: Puffin Books
Release Date: 
March 8, 2016
Genre: Children’s Fantasy

When thirteen-year-old Kate travels to Oregon for a quiet week at Aunt Melanie’s cottage, her plans are dashed by the discovery of a grove of giant redwood trees in nearby Lost Crater. While helping try to protect the redwood forest from loggers, Kate goes back five centuries through a time tunnel and finds herself facing the evil creature Gashra, who is bent on destroying the same forest. In this extraordinary quest from The Adventures of Kate series, a girl discovers that all living things are connected in ways she never expected, and that true friendship can reach across cultures, and even across centuries.

Book Review:

This collection by T. A. Barron has been sitting on my shelf for a few years now. I flew through the first book in the series, but never finished the second. I knew if I ever really started it, I would be able to easily read it. However, I just never really got into it. I would read a chapter and put it to the side. So for the prompt “A book you never finished”, I chose to finally take this book off the TBR pile, and finish it!

The Ancient One follows Kate who is visiting her aunt in Oregon, a beautiful forest. It is home to a grove of redwood trees that have been untouched for thousands of years. However, the appearance of a threat to the forest from loggers brings Kate to a time completely unlike her own. Five hundred years in the past, she befriends a Halmi girl, one of the ancient natives of the land, and discovers another threat to the same beautiful land. Kate must come to the aid of the wilderness and its protectors, strange and magical creatures. They are seeking a magic long lost, for which the only clue is a riddle. As she journeys to defeat the evil and return to her own time, Kate is joined by creatures from her time and the past. 

This is a super engrossing book! With the sci-fi/fantasy elements, it really feels like a classic tale! I like the focus on nature and the Native American background. I have not had the chance to read too many with those concepts. I thought that the magic was really cool, with some connected to nature and some to music. The creatures were also very interesting. I loved Kate’s journey. She felt very real, in her growth. She had been on an adventure before, yet she was still learning of herself and others.

I am so glad that I finally finished this! It was really good. I would definitely recommend it. It is a childrens’ fantasy novel and suitable for young readers. It does have an older style of writing, less casual. It might be difficult to start if the reader is not used to it.

The Book of Lost Tales


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Book of Lost Tales, Part One (History of Middle-Earth 1) by [J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien]

Title: The Book of Lost Tales
Series: History of Middle-Earth
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: 
February 15, 2012
Genre: Epic Fantasy

The Book of Lost Tales was the first major work of imagination by J.R.R. Tolkien, begun in 1916-17 when he was twenty-five years old and left incomplete several years later. It stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor, for these tales were the first form of the myths and legends that came to be called The Silmarillion. Embedded in English legend, they are set in the narrative frame of a great westward voyage over the Ocean by a mariner named Eriol (or AElfwine) to Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle, where elves dwelt; from him they learned their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. In these Tales are found the earliest accounts and original ideas of Gods and Elves, Dwarves, Balrogs, and Orcs; of the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor; of Nargothrond and Gondolin; of the geography and cosmology of Middle-earth. Volume One contains the tales of The Music of the Ainur, The Building of valinor, The Chaining of Melko, The coming of the Elves and The Flight of the Noldoli, among others. Each tale is followed by a short essay by Christopher Tolkien, the author’s son and literary executor.

Book Review:

A collection of stories set in the world of Middle-Earth, The Book of  Lost Tales contains stories from the history of the land and its people. They are beautiful tales, with a mix of mythology and magic. It was never finished by Tolkein, but was compiled and reorganized by his son. The stories are connected by its introductions, the story of a man hearing these tales from a nearly forgotten place. 

It was really cool to delve into some of the stories and mythos of Middle-Earth. I read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series, but never considered myself much of a fan. Those were the only books I read, though I also enjoyed the movies. Before this book, that was the extent of my LotR investment. I had not looked into the history or backstory, but this was so fun! Though there were some parts that felt a bit wordy, overall it was very interesting. I have always enjoyed mythology and folklore, and I used to check out books on them from the library. It was interesting to see a fantasy version of it. It is not for the light reader, with the multitude of characters whose names sound awfully similar and the notes referencing other events and characters. It is always cool to see the themes that nearly always appear in the mythology of every culture through a new story.

There are 10 tales, each full of magic and beauty. They span a long period of time with the characters of gods, elves, dwarves, gnomes all appearing. I would definitely recommend this for any LotR fan or those who like high fantasy. Be ready to be flipping back and forth from the story and the annotations for clarity. It is deep mythology with beautiful imagery. There is some mention of war and death, however overall it is pretty clean.