Turn to Me

About the Book:

Turn to Me (Misty River Romance, A Book #3) by [Becky Wade]

Title: Turn to Me
Series: Misty River Romance
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: May 3rd, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

His promise will cost him far more than he imagined.

Guilt has defined Luke Dempsey’s life, but it was self-destructiveness that landed him in prison. When his friend and fellow inmate lay dying shortly before Luke’s release, the older man revealed he left a string of clues for his daughter, Finley, that will lead her to the treasure he’s hidden. Worried that she won’t be the only one pursuing the treasure, he gains Luke’s promise to protect her until the end of her search.

Spunky and idealistic, Finley Sutherland is the owner of an animal rescue center and a defender of lost causes. She accepts Luke’s help on the treasure hunt while secretly planning to help him in return–by coaxing him to embrace the forgiveness he’s long denied himself.

As they draw closer to the final clue, their reasons for resisting each other begin to crumble, and Luke realizes his promise will push him to the limit in more ways than one. He’ll do his best to shield Finley from unseen threats, but who’s going to shield him from losing his heart?

Book Review:

Oh, this was such a satisfying end to an amazing series! This series has been so good and I was super excited to finally get to read Luke’s book! Turn to Me is the third book in Becky Wade’s Misty River Series.

Luke was a complicated character but it was so fun to read about him. He hid his emotions and feelings, which are two different things, behind walls to protect himself. I liked Luke and it was fun to get to know him. I knew of him from previous books but I did not really know him. He had been through a lot and he had a lot of guilt to work through. It was sweet to read about Luke interacting with Finley. However, Luke had to learn to let God in and give God his guilt.

Finley was fun. She was a whimsical character, and I loved her personality. She was passionate about caring for animals, and she also cared for people. Finley was super sweet and I loved her quirkiness. She had a deep faith in God but there were times when she had to learn to trust Him again. I loved the growth of her faith, Finley had to learn to wait on God’s time.

Finley and Luke were a fun couple to read about. They were both working through different things and they had experienced life in different ways. I liked the development of their relationship. But there were times when I was a bit unsure of it because Finley was a believer and Luke was not. However, otherwise this was a good book. 

The side characters were fun and I loved the little story about Ben! I loved his romance and getting to read more about him, amazing! The plot was also very interesting and it was a lot of fun to read about Finley and Luke trying to solve the treasure hunt together.

Turn to Me was a lovely book and I would totally recommend it! Turn to Me is a clean contemporary romance with interesting characters, sweet dogs, and an engaging plot. 

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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To Tame a Cowboy

About the Book:

To Tame a Cowboy (Colorado Cowboys Book #3) by [Jody Hedlund]

Title: To Tame a Cowboy
Series: Colorado Cowboys #3
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: May 3rd, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

They share a passion to heal what is broken, but it’s their own hearts that need to be made whole. 

Brody McQuaid is a broken man, and he knows it. While his body survived the war, his soul did not. Besides loving his little niece, his only sense of purpose comes from saving the wild horses that roam South Park. Ranchers in the area have taken to killing the horses, which are competing with their cattle to feed on the open grass.

Savannah Marshall is a veterinarian on her family’s Colorado ranch. She longs to keep her father happy following the tragic death of her older brother, including marrying a man of his choosing. But days before her wedding, she gets cold feet and disappears to South Park. As she learns more about the destruction of the horses, she joins Brody in an attempt to save the wild creatures. But when Savannah’s family and the resentments of the area cattlemen catch up with them both, Brody and Savannah will have to tame their fears if they’ve any hope to let love run free.

The Elements of Love

About the Book:

The Element of Love (The Lumber Baron's Daughters Book #1) by [Mary Connealy]

Title: The Elements of Love
Series: The Lumber Baron’s Daughters #1
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: March 1st, 2022
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

She mixed danger, desperation, and deception together. Love was not the expected outcome.

With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother’s unfortunate choice in husband until they discovered his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away–far and fast–to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father’s lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.

During their escape, Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California. She quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the mission’s parson, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb’s past and in the land around them come to light, it’ll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.

Book Review:

This was a fascinating and engaging book! It took a bit for me to get really engaged, but I ended up really enjoying it. I also love the stories that Connealy writes and this one is no different. The Element of Love is the first book in Mary Connealy’s new series, The Lumber Baron’s Daughters. I love how Connealy usually writes series that feature a family. This series features three sisters on the run from their stepfather, searching for husbands to save their inheritance from their stepfather. 

Laura Stiles was such a fascinating character, she was the youngest of the sisters and the main character of the first book. I thought that she was really cool, her father had wanted her and her sisters to have a full education and Laura even knew how to use chemicals to create explosions and such. However she was on the run and just trying to survive. Pastor Caleb Tillman is just trying to follow God’s lead. He felt drawn to the mission field never expecting to meet Laura and get drawn into her world. However both Caleb and Laura have secrets that can affect the future. Will they learn to trust each other?

Laura was different from characters you usually read about in historical romances and I really enjoyed reading about her. Although she was the youngest, she was still strong and stubborn. She was trying to do her part to help her sisters and protect their mother. Laura was trying to find her place in the world and trying to find a husband. She didn’t expect to meet someone so quickly or to find herself drawn to him. But Caleb has secrets of his own, will Caleb and Laura be able to work through their secrets to form a relationship or will it all go up in flames. 

I liked Caleb, he was trying his best to follow God’s leadings. He wasn’t a perfect man and he had made mistakes but he was trying to own up to them. I could tell that Caleb cared for the people around him and he wanted to point them towards God. He had his faults, but he was trying to learn from them and grow. It was sweet to read about him falling for Laura. I liked how he saw her for the capable woman that she was. Caleb will have to figure out what it means to care for Laura and follow God’s calling. 

This was a fun and exciting book! The characters drew me in and I am excited to read the next books in the series. I have my guess on who it will be about. The plot was also interesting and I was engaged the whole time. The Element of Love is a clean historical Christan romance. I would recommend it to those who like historicals and enjoy a little suspense and action. 

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.

Her Darling Mr. Day

About the Book:

Title: Her Darling Mr. Day
Series: American Royalty #2
Author: Grace Hitchcock
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 4th, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction

New Orleans’ most eligible bachelor insists he’s not on the market . . . but he couldn’t be more wrong.

Jilted in front of all New York, Theodore Day decides to lose himself in his family’s luxury riverboat business in New Orleans and compete against his brother to become the next company head. The brother with the most sales by summer’s end will win the position. Thanks to Theodore’s fame as a suitor in a socialite’s outlandish competition to find a husband, he has become very desirable royalty in Southern society and thus has an advantage.

It took Flora Wingfield’s best work to convince her family to summer in New Orleans, but with Teddy Day a bachelor once again, she’s leaving nothing to chance. Desperate to stand out from all the clamoring belles, Flora attempts a bold move that goes completely awry, only to find it’s her interior design skills that finally catch his notice.

But when Flora’s father’s matchmaking schemes come in the way of her plans, Teddy will have to decide where his happiness truly lies and what he is willing to sacrifice for it.

Book Review:

I am honestly not sure how I feel about this book. I was excited to read it because I heard a lot of good things about the first book, but it had a slow start. However, by the end of the book, I did end up enjoying Her Darling Mr. Day. Her Darling Mr. Day is the first book in Grace Hitchcock’s American Royalty series. 

Flora was an interesting character. She was complicated, and at first I found her a bit annoying, but I grew to understand her. She had fallen for Teddy Day long ago, and she was determined to win him over. But when she arrived in New Orleans, she found that she had had to fight for him to see her. Flora seemed immature at first, but I soon came to realize that she was just trying to find her place in this world. Her father hadn’t always seen her worth, and she just wanted someone to love her. Flora had to learn that her worth was found in Christ. She had to learn to face her fears and trust God. 

I am also not sure how I felt about Teddy. He had been jilted twice but he also did not really appreciate Flora. He was lost in his own issues. He did grow by the end of the book though. He came to see Flora for the kind woman she was. He had a lot to learn, and he had to figure out if love was worth fighting for. He had to learn what it meant to choose Flora. 

I liked that Flora and Teddy were friends first. Teddy’s brother was not as bad as I thought he might be. I also liked Flora’s cousin and some of her sisters, some of them were really immature. I wish that the sisters were closer. I also feel like this book reminded me of a teen TV show with so much drama. I was hoping that it would be different. However all in all, this was a good book. I am kind of looking forward to the next book too.

Her Darling Mr. Day was a good book and I would recommend it to those who enjoy historical reality TVness. It is clean and a little bit Christian. 

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.

To Treasure an Heiress

About the Book:

To Treasure an Heiress (The Secrets of the Isles Book #2) by [Roseanna M. White]

Title: To Treasure an Heiress
Series: The Secrets of the Isles #2
Author: Roseanna M White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 4th, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction

1906

Beth Tremayne has always been drawn to adventure. During her childhood, she fed that desire by exploring every inch of the Isles of Scilly. Now, after stumbling across an old collection of letters and a map buried on her family’s property, she’s found more adventure than she ever anticipated in the hunt for pirate treasure. But in order to discover where the clues lead, she must search alongside Lord Sheridan, a man she finds insufferable.

Sheridan has spent years pursuing whatever archaeological interests pique his imagination. And when he discovers that Beth’s search connects with one of his far-removed pirate ancestors, he can’t help getting involved. Plus, he finds her irresistible, even though she insists he stole a prized possession of hers.

As they work together following different clues and drawing closer to danger, they start to piece together a story of tragic love and piratical adventure. But which treasure will bring the greatest surprise–the one they find in each other or the one just out of their reach?

Book Review:

This was such a fun book! I loved the banter between the characters. To Treasure an Heiress is the second book in Roseanna M White’s The Secrets of the Isles series. Okay, so I loved this book! It was so funny and interesting!

Beth Tremayne has been searching for an adventure since she was a child, she dreamed of finding love in London’s ballroom. Now she dreams of finding a lost treasure. However, her dreams are interrupted by her family’s guest, Lord Sheridan. Lord Sheridan enjoys pursuing whatever archaeological interest catches his imagination. When he learns that Beth’s search for lost treasure connects to one of his favorite pirates of history, he can’t help but get involved. He also found Beth irresistible and even finds himself falling for her. As Sheridan and Beth search for treasure, they start to piece together a story of tragic love and practical adventure, but they never expected to find each other. 

Sheridan was a crack up. Iloved him in this book! He was kind and funny, and I loved his little quirks. He was an Earl, but he never used his position to lord over others. He was such a sweet guy, and it was so funny to read from his perspective. I also adored his relationship with Libby’ brother, Lord Telford. Sheridan did have to learn to see those around him, and be willing to admit mistakes. He was such a real and fun character. I loved reading about his interactions with others, and it was so sweet to read about him falling for Beth. 

I was a little unsure about Beth at first because of the first book, but I came to really like her. Beth was stubborn and feisty, but she also loved her family. She was always seeking adventure, but she came to find pleasure in the little things, spending time with her family and those who love her. Beth was searching for a treasure, and she didn’t know how to let others help her. However, she soon came to see the value of her friends and family. It was sweet to read about Beth falling for Sheridan. She definitely didn’t see it coming. Beth had to learn how to trust God and not let her personal feelings lead her. 

Sheridan and Beth were so much fun to read about. They had great chemistry, and I loved their character development. They felt real and relatable. They were both human and they made mistakes, but they were also trying to learn from their mistakes. They had to learn what it meant to worship God and give him their best throughout everyday life. I really liked how White was able to weave in faith elements without taking away from the story. The characters’ faith felt real and yet it was not overpowering. 

 I also really enjoyed the side characters in this story. Sheridan’s valet was hilarious and I really enjoyed his moments, along with Telford (I hope he gets his own book). The storyline was really interesting and I could not put this book down. I was enthralled in the treasure hunt and seeing how everything would resolve itself. There are still some loose ends and I can’t wait to read the next book. 

To Treasure an Heiress was a great book! I would totally recommend it! It is even better than the first book, and it has made me even more excited for the next book. To Treasure an Heiress is a clean, historical, Christian 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.

Love on the Range

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

Book Review:

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

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

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

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

The Heart of a Cowboy

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book Review:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Braced for Love

About the Book:

Braced for Love (Brothers in Arms Book #1) by [Mary Connealy]

Title: Braced for Love
Series: Brothers in Arms #1
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Genre: Christian Fiction

Left with little back in Missouri, Kevin Hunt takes his younger siblings on a journey to Wyoming when he receives news that he’s inheriting part of a ranch. The catch is that the ranch is also being given to a half brother he never knew existed. Turns out, Kevin’s supposedly dead father led a secret and scandalous life.

But danger seems to track Kevin along the way, and he wonders if his half brother, Wyatt, is behind the attacks. Finally arriving at the ranch, everyone is at each other’s throats and the only one willing to stand in between is Winona Hawkins, a nearby schoolmarm.

Despite being a long-time friend to Wyatt, Winona can’t help but be drawn to the earnest, kind Kevin–and that puts her in the cross hairs of somebody’s dangerous plot. Will they all be able to put aside their differences long enough to keep anyone from getting truly hurt?

Book Review:

When Kevin Hunt learns of the inheritance of a part of a ranch in Wyoming, he brings his younger siblings to claim it. After all there is little left for him in Missouri, even if the ranch is also going to a half-brother he has never met. It seems that his supposedly dead father has more secrets than anyone knew. Danger follows the siblings, up to a ranch where Kevin can’t help but suspect his half-brother, Wyatt. As tempers flare and suspicions only grow, Kevin finds a reluctant friend in Winona Hawkins. Win, school teacher of the town and long-time friend of Wyatt, finds herself drawn to earnest and kind Kevin, who is just as hurt and confused as the rest of them. As a dangerous plot looms, will the unlikely family be able to put aside their differences in time to keep themselves safe?

I have read quite a few of Ms. Connealy’s books and I must say, they are always lovely to read! I love the theme of family that is found in so many of her books! And this one does not disappoint! First of all Kevin and his siblings, they are so cute! He is the oldest and in some ways is more of a parental figure to them. He is steady and grounded. They are a very close-knit group and take care of one another. Upon coming to Wyoming, they discover more family and secrets than they realized. There seems to be suspicion all around. An attempt on their lives leaves Kevin with few choices, he is determined to take care of his siblings and do right by his new-found family. Win is intriguing to him, both for her level-headedness and her calm competence. She was doing her best to look out for as many people as possible, even though she herself was in difficult circumstances. I liked Win, she felt very genuine. I really empathized with her as she tried to help those around her. I thought that they really complimented one another, they were both caring and thoughtful. It was so sweet how aligned they seemed to be. 

I also enjoy how Ms. Connealy’s series connects, the overarching storyline that usually follows a family. Braced for Love is the first in the Brothers in Arms series, and as you read it, you can see the foundations of the next books, which I love! It is so cool to already get to know the characters, and I am very excited for the next books. Although, some mysteries have been solved and some of the plots are foiled, there are still secrets that are yet to be uncovered. It is exciting to see the uncovering of things throughout the book. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy clean Western romances! It is a great start to 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.

The Heart’s Charge

About the Book:

The Heart's Charge (Hanger's Horsemen Book #2) by [Karen Witemeyer]

Title: The Heart’s Charge
Series: Hanger’s Horsemen #2
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: June 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Members of Hanger’s Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they’d deliver a baby as well. Left with an infant to care for, they head to a nearby foundling home, where Mark encounters the woman he’d nearly married a decade ago.

After failing at love, Katherine Palmer dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. From mixed ancestry, illegitimate, and female, Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society’s mold. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her with his courage and kindness, but there are secrets behind his eyes–ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.

However, when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. Working together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well?

Book Review:

Oh, this was a lovely book! The Heart’s Charge is the second book in Karen Witemery’s Hanger’s Horsemen series. I was so excited to read Mark’s and Jonah’s books and it was even better than I had hoped. The characters gave me all the feels. 

Members of Hanger’s Housemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llamo County, Texas, expecting to help deliver a steed not expecting to help deliver a baby. With a baby now in their care, they head to a founding home, Harmony House. There Mark finds the woman he nearly married a decade before, and Jonah finds a woman who makes him want to share his heart. However when a bunch of children go missing, Mark and Jonah will have to figure out a way to find the missing urchins 

I really liked Mark and Jonah from the first book, so I was really happy to see them in this book. I thought it was so fun how Witemeyer put them together, they are kind of opposites and yet they balance each other out. 

Mark was such a sweetheart, and I really liked him. He was a hard worker and it was so fun to read about him interacting with the kids at Harmony House. He truly cared for Katherine, Kate, and I liked reading about their romance growing. They were old friends, but they had grown so much through the years. Kate was also sweet and I liked how she cared for the kids at Harmony House. They were her babies. She had liked Mark when she was younger, but as she spent more time with him, her “like” grew to love. 

I loved Jonah, he was the strong steady type. He was kind but he didn’t have a lot to say. However, he was determined to save and find the missing children, and he was willing to do whatever he had to do. I liked learning more about him and his past as he spent time with Eliza. I thought that Eliza was so much fun! She was feisty and determined, and I loved reading about her interacting with Jonah. They both had the ability to rattle each other, which I thought was cute. 🙂

It was so interesting and intriguing to read about Jonah and Mark as they tried to find the missing children. They were determined not only because of the women they had fallen for but also because they cared for kids. As they searched for the kids, they started to fall for the girls. I liked reading about their growing romance. Also, it was fun to learn about the backstories of the characters. The kids in this story were super sweet and they really added to the book. 

The Heart’s Charge was a great book and I would definitely recommend it! It is a clean, Christian historical fiction. The characters were engaging, there were cute kids, and a plot that kept you guessing. 

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.

Let It Be Me

About the Book:

Let It Be Me (Misty River Romance, A Book #2) by [Becky Wade]

Title: Let It Be Me
Series: Misty River Romance, A Book #2
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers 
Release Date: 
May 4, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

The one woman he wants is the one he cannot have.

Former foster kid Sebastian Grant has leveraged his intelligence and hard work to become a pediatric heart surgeon. But not even his career success can erase the void he’s tried so hard to fill. Then he meets high school teacher Leah Montgomery and his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop. He falls hard, only to make a devastating discovery–Leah is the woman his best friend set his heart on months before.

Leah’s a math prodigy who’s only ever had one big dream–to earn her PhD. Raising her little brother put that dream on hold. Now that her brother will soon be college bound, she’s not going to let anything stand in her way. Especially romance . . . which is far less dependable than algebra.

When Leah receives surprising results from the DNA test she submitted to a genealogy site, she solicits Sebastian’s help. Together, they comb through hospital records to uncover the secrets of her history. The more powerfully they’re drawn to each other, the more strongly Sebastian must resist, and the more Leah must admit that some things in life–like love–can’t be explained with numbers.

Book Review:

Oh my goodness! This book completely exceeded my expectations. I read it in about a day and I couldn’t put it down. I really shouldn’t have started it before I got something done because I didn’t get anything done. Let It Be Me is the second book in Becky Wade’s Misty River Romance series. I loved the characters and the whole book. 

Sebastian had me from the beginning, he was such a kind guy. He truly cared for the children who were brought under his care. He is a pediatric heart surgeon. I really enjoyed reading about his history and his life. I felt so bad for him and I don’t know what else to say, but I loved him. I also really enjoyed his relationship with Ben, Sebastian’s best friend, and Ben’s family. Sebastian had to learn to forgive God for his past and to see how blessed he was. 

Leah was so cool, she was a math prodigy. However, she was also down to earth. She had wanted to pursue a PhD in mathematics, but she put her dream on hold to raise her brother. I liked how she cared for her brother and her growth as a character. She tried too hard to control her life, but she had to learn that God was ultimately in control. I loved the way she thought and how direct she was. 

Leah and Sebastian were brought together when Leah receives interesting news when she was tracking her ancestry. They work together to find the answers to Leah’s past, but as they spend time together they start to fall for each other. Sebastian liked Leah from the beginning, but because of his best friend’s feelings he steps to the side. However, the more time he spends with Leah the more he falls for her. Leah wasn’t looking for love, but as Sebastian helps her she finds herself wishing for more with the handsome doctor. 

I liked the progression of Leah and Sebastian’s relationship. I didn’t feel like it was forced. And I was relatively happy with the decisions that the characters made. I wanted them to find their happy endings, but I also understood their feelings. I really enjoyed seeing Ben, Sebastian’s best friend, and his family interacting with Sebatian. Leah’s brother was also a lot of fun. 

I couldn’t put Let It Be Me down! I read it so quickly, and I would definitely recommend it! There were so many twists and turns. And it was so interesting to read about Leah’s past and the results of her tests. I can’t wait for the next book and I am so excited to see who it is about!

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:

Becky-Wade

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins.  These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending.  She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas.  It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing.  She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it.  She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market.  She’s the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, the Bradford Sisters series, and the Misty River Romance series.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, power-walking her neighborhood, carting her kids around town, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

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