A Captain for Caroline Gray

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Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray
Author: Julie Wright
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: 
March 2, 2021
Genre: Regency Romance

Regency London

Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.

However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the Fishing Fleet, he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.

The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.

The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.

Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met, thus securing a future for her and her mother, or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?

Book Review:

A Captain for Caroline Gray is the first book that I have read written by Julie Wright and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This book had such an interesting concept and I had never heard of girls going to India to find husbands before. 

Caroline Gray has run out of options, there is no man to marry and she must now travel to India. Caroline has no choice, there is no place left for her to go and she must now sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scoot loved the open sea, but he disliked ferring young English girls across the ocean; he can’t imagine why families would send their daughters to marry questionable English men in India. However Caroline Gray is different from the others he has ferried, and before he knows it they have created an undeniable attraction. But their relationship is impossible, after all Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India. 

Caroline was such an interesting character. She was different from the rest of the ladies around her, she was smart and she said what was on her mind. However she was kind, she didn’t look down on people. I felt so bad for her thought, she was trying to figure out how to be herself. She wanted to be true to herself, but she also didn’t want to cause trouble. I felt connected to her and by the end of the book, I was totally rooting for her. I wanted her to find her happy ending and not change herself to fit someone else’s mold. However learning to be oneself is hard, especially when it seems like you could never be enough. 

I had mixed feelings about Captain Thomas Scott. He wasn’t a bad guy, but he got on my nerves sometimes. He judged Caroline without knowing her and I wanted to shake him at times. However I liked reading at him growing, seeing the error of his ways and falling for Caroline. He was a kind man, but he was quick to judge and he had to learn to see past first impressions.

Caroline and Captain Scott had to learn how to love each other. They judged each other harshly at first, but as they saw past their first impressions they fell in love. However there are secrets and dangers that could drag them apart, will their love survive India? 

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed A Captain for Caroline Gray. The characters grew on me and I was soon engrossed in the story. My only problem is that there was no epilogue, but I have heard from others that the author has added an epilogue. There were so many fun characters and I really enjoyed reading about Tom and Peterson, they really added to the story. 

I would totally recommend A Captain for Caroline Gray! It was a clean regency romance and super enjoyable. 

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.

Unknown Threat

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Title: Unknown Threat
Series: Defend and Protect #1
Author: Lynn H Blackburn
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: 
March 2, 2021
Genre: Christian Suspense

US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He’s an expert at shielding others, but now the protectors are in need of protection.

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is driven to succeed and confident in her ability to solve every case she’s assigned. She’s been put in charge of the investigation into the unprecedented attacks, and with Luke’s life in danger, the stakes have never been higher. But it’s hard to know how to fight back when you don’t know who the enemy is.

As more agents are targeted, Luke and Faith will have to work together to bring a killer to justice and prevent any more names from joining their fallen brothers and sisters on the Secret Service Wall of Honor.

Book Review:

Wow! Blackburn has done it yet again. I was hoping for great things from this book and it far exceeded my expectations. Unknown Threat is the first book in Lynn H Blackburn’s new series, Defend and Protect series. Blackburn is my favorite Christian suspense author and pretty much the only one I read. Her books are the perfect mix for me of suspense, romance, and religion. 

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is put in charge of an investigation that manages to shake the US Secret Service. Four Secret Service Agents have died from unusual circumstances in the span of ten-weeks. In order to complete her investigations, she will have to work with USSS Agent Luke Powell to bring the killer to justice before his name is added to the list alongside his friends. 

I loved the characters in Unknown Threat, they draw you in from the beginning. Faith was an awesome female character. She felt real, she was trying her best to do her job, but she was also struggling. Life was hard and she had been hit with some big challenges, solving this case would be no easy thing. I really enjoyed reading about her as she learned to trust God. Luke was such a nice guy, but he was no pushover. He wanted to find his friend’s killer and he wanted to be able to live. He had his own demons to deal with, but he may not have the time. 

I loved the suspense, I could not put Unknown Threat down! It was simply put, amazing! Everything about this book was written so well and it was such a great book! I don’t even know what else to say except that I would totally recommend it! It is my new favorite of Blackburn and I can’t wait for the next 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.

The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby

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The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby by [Jennifer Beckstrand ]

Title: The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby
Series: The Amish Quiltmaker #1
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Publisher: Zebra Books
Release Date: 
February 23th, 2021
Genre: Amish Romance

Esther Zook is starting over after her father’s death, piecing together a new life with as much care as she puts into her intricate quilts. When her wayward sister abandons her baby, it throws all those plans for a fresh start asunder. Esther had accepted her status as an old maid—but a mother? And a single one, at that? Not that she hasn’t noticed Levi Kiem, the eligible young man who’s making repairs in her house. Yet he surely has no interest in Esther as anything other than a friend . . .
 
It’s true that Levi has plenty of marriage prospects. His dat has even offered to send him to Ohio to find a wife. Yet the more time he spends with Esther, the more intrigued he becomes. Feisty and independent, she’s nothing like the wife he once imagined for himself. Yet just as a quilt is crafted from contrasting cloth, they might find that together, they can create a family to cherish . . .

Book Review:

This was so cute! I have read a couple of Jennifer Beckstrand’s books and I always enjoyed reading them. The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby is Jennifer Beckstrand’s newest book. Esther Zook is just trying to start over after the death of her father, but her sister has other plans for her and abandons her baby with Esther. Esther has accepted her status as an old maid, but can she be a mother? Luckily she has Levi Kiem, the eligible young man who’s making repairs on her house to help her. But he has no interest in Esther other than a friend. However, the more time Levi spends with Esther, the more intrigued he is by this feisty independent woman. 

Esther was such an amazing independent woman. I was so jealous of her crafting abilities. I loved reading about her with Winter or Winnie, which they called her. It was so sweet how she tried so hard to be a good mother. Although Esther did not feel prepared to be a mother, she did her best and she wanted what was best for Winnie. Esther had to learn what it meant to love Winnie and her sister, Ivy. Esther would have to find that God’s plan is better than her own.

Levi was funny! I liked him from the moment I read about him. He was kind and he loved children, however, he could be a little conceited. It was sweet to read about him helping Esther with Winnie. However, he needed to get over himself and his ideas about a perfect wife. I loved reading about him falling in love with Esther and Winnie. Levi had to learn to trust God’s plan and what it meant to love Esther. 

Esther and Levi had to work together to care for Winnie. However, their biggest obstacle would be figuring out how to protect Winnie and keep her safe although she does not legally belong to them. The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby was a great book! It is now one of my favorite Beckstrand books. I can’t wait to read the rest of the 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.

Treasured in Turtle Bay

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Treasured in Turtle Bay: A Sweet, Fake Relationship, Military Romance (Kailua Marines Book 1) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: Treasured in Turtle Bay
Series: Kailua Marines Book #1
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date:
February 24, 2021
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

It’s all fun and games until their fake relationship sparks real feelings.

Molly Whitman’s carefully arranged life unravels when her fiancé dumps her right before their wedding. Now she’s headed to Hawaii on the honeymoon of a lifetime—alone. 

Helicopter Crew Chief Roman Russo has never thought of himself as a knight in shining armor. But when Molly forgets to cancel some honeymoon activities and needs someone to stand in as her husband, he’s right there to save the day.

Armed with her fake husband and three weeks of sand, sun, and sightseeing, Molly intends to forget the past and move forward. But is pretending to be married to this handsome Marine clouding her vision of the future?

Book Review:

I was super excited for this book and I was hooked from the start. Treasured in Turtle Bay is the first book in Jess Matorakos’ Kailua Marines series. I had loved Mastorakos’ San Diego Marine series, so I hoped that this series would be good and it exceeded my expectations. I loved the characters and the story!

You meet Molly Whitman in the 8th book of Mastorakos’ San Diego series, Adored by You. Molly is Paige’s assistant. Molly was the type of person to plan everything. The only thing she didn’t plan on being left at the altar and spending her honeymoon alone and single. And she never expected to see Roman Russo again. However when he ends up standing in as her husband for newlywed games at the resort she is staying, she finds herself falling for him. Roman was the opposite of Molly, he was the kind of person who went with the flow. As he spent more time with her, he can’t help but want to show her there’s more to life than being uptight all the time. 

I really related to Molly, she needed everything to be in order. I loved her little quirks, like how she had to eat her food in order and how she colored coordinated everything. I liked reading about Molly learning to relax, but not changing herself. She was learning how to be at peace when things don’t quite go her way. I loved how spontaneous she was when she was spending time with Roman. Molly had to learn to trust Roman especially after the bad break up with her ex. 

Roman was a lot of fun, he was so different from me but I really enjoyed reading about him. He had grown up all over the place and he wasn’t really planning on settling down. But as he pretended to be Molly’s husband, he found himself wishing for someone to grow old with. Roman was such a nice guy and I really liked reading about him with Molly. They definitely complemented each other. However, Roman had to figure out if he was ready to commit and trust Molly with his heart.

I really enjoyed reading about Roman and Molly falling in love. They were such a sweet couple and perfect together. I loved seeing Noah and Paige again, that was a lot of fun. I also see hints of the next book :). I loved Treasured in Turtle Bay and I would definitely recommend it! Treasured in Turtle Bay is a clean contemporary Marine 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.

Protected by the Cowboy

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Protected by the Cowboy: A Contemporary Christian Romance (Blackwater Ranch Book 4) by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Protected by the Cowboy
Series: Blackwater Ranch #4
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date:
February 17th, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She’s running from trouble, and now he’s protecting more than just his ranch. 

Laney Parker is in dire need of a fresh start. With broken bones and a broken heart, she shows up at Blackwater Ranch hoping to land the housekeeper position for the new bed and breakfast. When the caring family begins to ask questions, she struggles to trust them with her secret. 

Micah Harding is the manager of Blackwater Ranch. His plate is full as it is, but he can’t turn his back on the secretive stranger. Laney may be leading trouble to their door, but he can’t help but think she’s worth the risk. 

She’s beaten up and tight-lipped about where she came from. Slowly, Micah shows her that she can trust him with her heart. When Laney’s past catches up to her, Micah won’t stop until he brings her home. 

Protected by the Cowboy is the fourth book in the Christian Blackwater Ranch series, but the books can be read in any order.

Book Review:

I have been eagerly waiting for Protected by the Cowboy, I knew that it was going to be amazing and I was right! Protected by the Cowboy is the fourth book in Mandi Blake’s Blackwater Ranch series. Micah finally gets his book, it was so fun getting to read about him and see things from his perspective!
Laney Parker was running away, she was in dire need of a fresh start. She finds herself at Blackwater Ranch hoping to become the housekeeper for the bed and breakfast. But as she gets to know the family, she finds her secrets harder to keep. Micah Harding knows his place on the ranch, he is the manager of Blackwater Ranch. He has his plate but he can’t turn his back on the girl who comes with bruises and secrets. Slowly Laney learns to trust Micah, but when Laney’s past catches up to her will Micah be able to protect the one who stole his heart?
I loved reading about Laney and Micah! They were so sweet together. I liked how strong Laney was, although she encountered many hardships she didn’t give up. Laney was such a sweet girl and she was just trying her best. Laney had to learn what it meant to trust God and how to rest in God’s grace. It was so fun to see her find a family, but what will she do when her past comes to haunt her?
Micah was such a sweetheart, I loved him. I was so excited for him to find his happy ending. Miach was kind of gruff but he was super kind and he cared for his family. It was so fun to read about him falling in love with Laney. Micah had to figure out had to balance work and family. He had to figure out what it would mean to protect Laney.
Micah and Laney how to trust each other. They were perfect for each other. Micah made Laney feel safe and Laney taught Micah how to love and what it meant to protect the ones he loved. I loved seeing old characters, which I always say. I mean seeing old characters is so much fun! I, of course, adored the whole Harding family and I am so excited for the books to come!
I thought that Protected by the Cowboy was amazing! I would definitely recommend it! Protected by the Cowboy is a clean, Christian 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.

Longing for Lily

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Longing for Lily: A Christian Second-Chance Romance (Bloom Sisters Book 5) by [Tara Grace Ericson]

Title: Longing for Lily
Series: Bloom Sisters #4
Author: Tara Grace Ericson
Publisher: Silver Fountain Press
Release Date:
February 15th, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

A rift twelve years in the making, and a second chance to do it right.

Lily Bloom is confident, capable, and better off alone. She experienced true love once, and she thinks she’ll never find it again. Instead, she throws her energy into building her event business at Storybook Barn, helping others take the dive into happily ever after.

Josh Elliot is the life of the party, with a successful photography business and wonderful friends. But there is something missing. He never had a doubt about the woman God made for him, but he failed her twelve years ago. Forever isn’t in the cards for them, but since she started hosting weddings at Bloom’s Farm, he is tortured with the unobtainable love of his life nearly every weekend.

Lily’s wedding venue and Josh’s photography business bring their worlds colliding once again, bringing old wounds to the surface and forcing the question: is what happened twelve years ago going to keep them apart forever? Or can God rescue the pieces of the love they once shared?

Book Review:

Okay so I had read some of Ericson’s books before and I had some mixed feelings, however, Longing for Lily changed everything. Longing for Lily is the 4th book in Tara Grace Ericson’s Bloom Sister series. It is the first book I have read in the series, and it was really good! I liked it even more than I hoped.

Lily was the oldest Bloom child and she was used to being in control. She had once lost control and it drastically affected her life. However she has her life in control now, she is running her event business at Storybook Barn and is confident, capable, and better off alone. 

I liked how much I could connect to Lily. She was the oldest sister so she knew how to be independent and make decisions. She was strong, but at the same time I felt as if she were on the verge of breaking. It was if she was holding herself together by a string and Josh had the power to unravel it. Lily was always in control, and I liked how Josh helped relax her. 

Josh was a go with the flow kind of guy. He was kind and he enjoyed life. However, he lived with the regrets of his relationship with Lily, and he had never stopped loving her. I adored Josh. He patiently loved and waited for Lily, and he was just a genuinely nice guy. 

I really liked reading about Josh and Lily. They had gotten burned before, and it was so sweet to see them falling in love again. I wanted them to get their happy ending, especially Josh because I had read about him before. Both Josh and Lily had their struggles that they had to work through. Josh had to learn to trust God, while Lily had to learn to forgive herself and seek God. 

Longing for Lily was a great book! I really enjoyed the characters and reading about them trying to seek God. It was a sweet book that had hidden messages woven into the story. I would definitely recommend it! Longing for Lily is a clean Christian 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.

Finding Happiness in a Hoax

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Finding Happiness in a Hoax: A Sweet Military Romance (The OCONUS Bonus Series Book 2) by [Claire Cain]

Title: Finding Happiness in a Hoax
Series: The OCONUS Bonus Series #2
Author: Claire Cain
Release Date:
February 2nd, 2021
Genre: Closed Door Contemporary Romance

Their fake marriage saved her life. Now she needs to save him.

Katie Miller is pursuing her dream job thanks to her life-saving fake marriage to Sergeant Noah Miller. In five years, they’ve never lived in the same place, and his commanders are getting suspicious. So, when Katie hears that Noah needs her, she joins him in Germany and plays wife to convince his superiors their marriage is real. She didn’t expect that she wouldn’t have to fake their connection–now Katie’s wishing for things she’s never let herself dream about.

Noah never imagined he’d be spending a week in close quarters with his wife. He married Katie to help her, but he has benefitted from the agreement too. In the wake of his capture, she’s the one who shows up, the one he wants. The only problem? They’re set to divorce in just a few months, and he’s pretty sure Katie’s better off on her own.

The terrible events that brought them face to face might just be the best thing that has ever happened to either one of them–but only if they’re brave enough to admit it.

Book Review:

This was such a good book! Finding Happiness in a Hoax is the first book that I have read written by Claire Cain but I had a feeling that I would like this book. I was right, this was a great book! I loved the characters and how much they cared for each other, their relationship took work but they were so cute together! 

Katie Miller was living her dream life thanks to her life-saving fake marriage to Sergeant Noah Miller. For five years, they have lived a marriage of conveniences miles apart but when Katie hears that Noah needs her, she joins him in Germany to care for him and play wife convincing his superiors that their marriage was real. Noah never imagined that he would be spending a week in close quarters with his wife. In the wake of his capture, she’s the one who he wants. However they are set to divorce in a couple of months, will they figure out how to make their marriage work before it is too late?

Katie was someone who had gone through a lot but she had come out stronger. She had a horrible  childhood and was still trying to live with the repercussions of her past. I really liked Katie and I felt bad for her. She was trying her best to heal and learn how to love herself. She had liked Noah since she had first met him but she feared that she would be a burden to him. She tried so hard to not push him, but she really wanted to stay with him. I found her super sweet and I loved reading about her learning to love and trust Noah. She still had her faults, but she was learning how to work through her past. However, she had to learn that loving people meant taking risks and letting your heart be vulnerable. 

Noah was amazing! He was super kind to Katie and I could tell that he really cared for her. He had made the marriage arrangement with Katie to save her from her family but he also benefited from it. They had lived apart for years, but when he got hurt, she came to see him. Noah had to work through his PTSD and figure out how to make his marriage work. The more time he spent with his wife, the harder he fell. He tried to be patient with Katie and he loved her at her pace. However, he had to figure out if his feelings for Katie were real or if they were a result of his PTSD. 

It was super sweet to read about Katie and Noah’s relationship as it grew. They had to work through their past and their issues, but they also had to convince Noah’s superiors that they had a real marriage. I knew that they were going to end up together, but I didn’t know how it was going to work out. They were both a little wounded and they needed each other. 

Finding Happiness in a Hoax was a lovely book! I would definitely recommend it and I am super excited to read more of Ms. Cain’s books. I would label Finding Happiness in a Hoax clean, but I would also suggest it to older teens. There was mild cursing and just a little bit of innuendos. 

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.

Stalks of Gold

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Stalks of Gold (Bewitching Fairy Tales Book 1) by [Celeste Baxendell]

Title: Stalks of Gold
Series: Bewitching Fairy Tales #4
Author: Celeste Baxendell
Release Date:
January 27, 2021
Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Magic isn’t a solution; it’s a trap.

If Aurelia comes across magic, she’s supposed to run in the other direction. Life is no longer so simple. If the tower door opens, and she doesn’t have any gold, her life will be forfeit.

No one is going to help her, not even her closest friend. No one, except for the mysterious stranger who appeared on her doorstep and in her tower room. If she takes the deal, she might live, but what will she sacrifice in order to do it?

Sandor’s worlds collided when Aurelia was brought before King Eadric. Is he truly so desperate to get out of debt, he’s willing to believe such nonsense as a girl who can spin straw into gold? She’s Sandor’s closest friend. If Aurelia were a witch, he would know it. It’s impossible, or so he thought.

Nothing makes sense anymore, but Sandor’s determined to figure it out and save Aurelia from the king. The more he learns, the more he wonders, is the king the real threat, or is there something more dangerous lurking in the shadows?

Book Review:

This was the first book that I have read from this author and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Stalks of Gold is the first book in Celeste’s Bewitching Fairy Tales series. It is inspired by Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel. 

Aurelia and Sandor are faced against a man that is more powerful than they could ever comprehend. They are faced with magic that can tear them apart. 

Aurelia was an interesting character, I had to grow to like her. However Sandor is my favorite character. Aurelia had to go through a lot as she was accused of being able to spin straw into gold. Meanwhile, Sandor is walking a thin line of pacifying King Eadric. However their world’s collide and leaves Auralie with no choice but to trust the one who offers her magic. But all magic has a price and Auralie may not survive the price. 

This book was interesting, but it did take me a little while to get into it. However once I started really reading it, I was able to finish it quickly. I had to grow to like the characters, as they grew and learned from their mistakes I liked them more. The characters had to journey and go through a lot before everything was fixed, in a sense. I liked the pace of the book and there were so many twists and turns. I didn’t know how this book was going to end, but I liked the way it ended. 

Stalks of Gold is a great start and I would recommend it. It is a clean, fairytale retelling. I would recommend it for 13 years 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.

Forever Phoebe

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Forever Phoebe by [Chalon Linton]

Title: Forever Phoebe
Author: Chalon Linton
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date:
February 8th, 2021
Genre: Regenacy Romance

At the dignified age of eighteen, Phoebe Jamison knows she should behave in a manner befitting her station, as her three loving elder brothers often tease. Unfortunately, the lively young woman has a personality every bit as fiery as her red hair, a fact brought to her attention in the criticism from the gentleman she has long pined for. But not every man is of the opinion that a woman should be decorous above all else. The newest resident of Somerset, Mr. Franklin Everly, is considered a most eligible bachelor, and he is immediately drawn to Phoebe’s spirited nature as he becomes acquainted with the delightful Jamison siblings of Primly Park.

Franklin embarks on a friendship with Phoebe that quickly deepens into a warm and thrilling connection. But even as he fights for Phoebe’s attentions, a very real danger is revealed: girls in neighboring villages have gone missing, and the kidnapper is moving ever closer to Primly Park. Despite the guard of her fiercely protective brothers and Franklin, Phoebe must rely on her own strength when she finds herself in the sights of the Bride Snatcher

Book Review:

Forever Phoebe by Chalon Lintno looked like a really cute book and it ended up being a good book. This is the first book that I have read written by Chalon Linton so I didn’t know how I would feel about it, but I have heard good things about her so I was excited to try it. Phoebe was such a fun and sweet character and I also really liked Franklin. 

Phoebe has three older brothers and she is trying her best to be dignified and sweet, a proper lady. But she has a fiery personality and prefers to hang out with her brothers. However she has been pining over a man who belittles her personality, never realizing that he may not be the man for her. Phoebe was a nice girl, but she was trying to force love with the wrong man. I loved reading about her interacting with Franklin and seeing her fall in love with him. It took Phoebe a while to see that maybe she was pining after the wrong man. But I liked seeing her growth as a character. She loved her family and friends fiercely and she would do everything to protect them. 

Franklin Everly was such a nice guy. He liked Phoebe from the beginning but he had to fight for her love. He was kind and he was patient, as he slowly showed his love to Phoebe. I really liked him and his character. He was super fun!

However, Franklin and Phoebe will have to be on the alert because  girls in neighboring villages have gone missing and the kidnapper is moving ever closer to Primly Park. Despite the protection of her older brothers and Franklin, Phoebe will have to gather her strength when she finds herself in the sight of the Bride Snatcher. I was not as interested in this part of the book, but it was still fun to read. 

This was a good book and I liked the characters. I felt like the bride snatcher kind of came out of nowhere, but I still enjoyed the book. I would totally recommend this book and I will definitely be reading more of this author. 

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.

An Unlikely Proposal Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Author: Toni Shiloh

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: February 1, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Their friendship can survive almost anything…

For two best friends, marriage could be their greatest test yet…

Trinity Davis must not have heard firefighter Omar Young correctly. Did her handsome widowed best friend just suggest they get married? Omar needs a mom for his adorable little girls, and it’ll fix Trinity’s financial woes. But saying “I do” isn’t just business. Especially when the only vow they’re in danger of breaking is their promise to not fall in love…

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Author Interview:

  1. What made you want to be a writer?
    I’ve always enjoyed reading and dabbled in writing throughout my school days. However, after I
    took a creative writing degree in college, that love of writing was really nurtured and developed.
  2. What was the hardest part of writing An Unlikely Proposal?
    The revisions!! They were painful at times but certainly stretched me as a writer. Now that
    they’re done with, I can appreciate the process. But during that time, I probably ate more
    chocolate than necessary.
  3. Where did you get the idea for An Unlikely Proposal?
    I love marriage of convenience tropes. They’re my favorite to read and you don’t see them as
    often in contemporary setting. I knew I wanted to write one so I brainstormed until the idea
    formed.
  4. Did you base your characters off of anyone?
    No. I don’t think I’ve ever done that in my stories.
  5. What do you want people to take away from An Unlikely Proposal?
    That you can trust God with your pain. He’s willing to take you through the healing process,
    whatever that looks like for you.
  6. What character do you relate to most?
    Oh good question! Probably Trinity. I’ve never suffered the depth of lost that Omar has so
    Trinity was easier to relate to.
  7. How do you deal with writer’s block?
    If I’m stuck, I’ll listen to music, talk to one of my critique partners for possible ideas on how to
    move forward, and pray!
  8. How do you create characters that people can connect to?
    I really get to know my characters and what triggers and things elicit strong emotions. Once I
    know those details, I’m able to pants my way through the story.

Book Review:

I was super excited to read this book because I always find marriage of convenience stories super sweet and enjoyable. And I have to say, An Unlikely Proposal was an amazing book! Trinity Davis never expected to find herself in a marriage of convenience to her best friend, Omar Young, but that is where she found herself. Omar Young wasn’t looking for love, however his girls need someone to care for them and he needs help. Will Omar and Trinity be able to make their relationship work or will they stay in a marriage of convenience?

Trinity had suffered through a horrible break up, she didn’t want to risk her again. But then her best friend suggests marriage, she finds herself in a totally different situation. I liked Trinity, I thought that she was so sweet. I loved how much she cared for Omar and for his girls. She had diabetes, and it was really affecting their life. She had learned how to care for herself, but she needed the insurance to pay for her insulin. 

Omar was a great guy, I loved reading about his care for his daughters. He was a strong firefighter but he was also grieving. He had lost his wife a couple of years ago, and now he finds his mother-in-law gone. He needed the help to care for his girls, Faith and Joy. However Omar really cared for Trinity, and it was sweet to see it grow into love. 

Omar and Trinity were a lovely couple and I really liked how they were friends first. Their love grew from friendship to something more. They had to work through their past hurts, in order to actually make their marriage work. I loved Omar’s daughters, they were so sweet and cute. I also liked Rock, he was so steady and a stronghold for Omar. 

I found An Unlikely Proposal awesome! I loved the characters. They had to work on their relationship, and go to God for guidance. I would definitely recommend this book! I can’t wait to see what else she writes. An Unlikely Proposal was a sweet, Christian, clean read!

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

Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist.

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at tonishiloh.com.

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