The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by [Michelle Griep]

Title: The Thief of Blackfriars Lane
Author: Michelle Griep
Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date:
January 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

There’s Often a Fine Line Between a Criminal and a Saint
 
Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But that’s Kit Turner’s domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way—conning the rich to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, and the only way to do that is by enlisting Kit’s help. If Jackson doesn’t find the cabby, he’ll be fired. If Kit doesn’t help Jackson, he’ll arrest her for thievery. Yet neither of them realize those are the least of their problems.

Book Review:

The Thief at Blackfriars Lane was such a fun book. It’s about a rookie constable and a swindler that have to learn to work together to solve a missing persons case, and it’s set in 1800s London! Jackson Forge is a new constable who has a lot to prove. He is desperate to prove himself and save London from the criminals threatening it. And maybe to help redeem his own past. Kit Turner is not a thief, but no matter what she says no one will believe that. She’s learned to not trust anyone, not Jackson and especially not God. When they are thrown together, to help solve a missing person cases sparks fly. But they will have to work together if they want to solve and get out of this case alive.

This is actually my first book by Ms. Griep, and I really enjoyed the action packed and romantic tale. There were so many twists and turns, and the mystery just kept up until the very end of the book. The depictions of them going into the darker parts of London were exciting and exhilarating without being too scary. And there was another very important shock at the end of the book that I did not expect at all!

Additionally, the slow burn romance and friendship were adorable. Jackson had to learn how to trust that he has not failed and God is still working things out for good. And Kit definitely helped him realize that where he helped her see that she could only rely on God. I also loved how even in the 1800s of London, Jackson appreciated Kit’s strength and determination. It was sweet to see them banter and learn how to work together. The romance was super clean which is nice because those are hard to find.

I also enjoyed the spiritual side of things. It’s one of the hardest things to let go and trust that God will do His work. Kit and Jackson had to learn that. No matter how hard they tried ultimately, they could only trust that God would do His work. I think that it was well woven through the book, so it fit with the plot as well. I would have loved if Ms. Griep had made sure that Kit understood the fact that she could only truly trust God not even Jackson. But, it was still a lovely character growth that was wonderful to read about. I would definitely recommend this romantic, exciting, and encouraging 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.

A Cowboy for Keeps

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Cowboy for Keeps (Colorado Cowboys Book #1) by [Jody Hedlund]

Title: A Cowboy for Keeps
Series: Colorado Cowboys #1
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:
January 5, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Greta Nilsson’s trip west to save her ailing little sister, Astrid, could not have gone more wrong. First, bandits hold up her stagecoach, stealing all her money. Then, upon arriving in Fairplay, Colorado, she learns the man she was betrothed to as a mail-order bride has died. Homeless, penniless, and jobless, Greta and her sister are worse off than when they started.

Wyatt McQuaid is struggling to get his new ranch up and running and is in town to purchase cattle when the mayor proposes the most unlikely of bargains. He’ll invest in a herd of cattle for Wyatt’s ranch if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying and starting a family. And the mayor, who has promised to try to help Greta, has just the candidate in mind for Wyatt to marry.

Book Review:

I was super excited for this book and it does not disappoint! A Cowboy for Keeps is the first book in Jody Hedlund’s Colorado Cowboys series. It took me a little longer to get into A Cowboy for Keeps, but once I started I was hooked. As always, I love the characters and the plot. 

Greta Nilsson was just trying her best to care for her sister, but she was tired and things were not going her way. She had traveled to Fairplay Colorado as a mail order bride in order to meet her husband to be. But upon arrival she found that the man she was promised to had died. She finds herself homeless and penniless with her sister, Astrid to care for. Wyatt McQuiad was struggling to get his new ranch up and running. He ends up in the most unlikely of bargains with the mayor. The mayor will invest in a herd of cattle for Wyatt if Wyatt agrees to marry and start a family with Greta. After all, the mayor has agreed to help Greta, and Wyatt is the perfect man. 

Greta was working so hard to care for her sister, but it was also tiring. When she marries Wyatt, she tries her best to make sure that she is useful. She is worried that if she doesn’t do her part, he will ask her to leave, after all they don’t really have a real marriage. I really liked Greta. She was a hard worker and she really cared for her sister. She was scared of being a burden, so she tried to earn her keep. She was a character who I could relate to, because I too want to be useful and help others. She was strong and stubborn. But she had to learn to trust Wyatt and to understand that she cannot heal her sister. Greta had to learn to trust God and his plan, letting herself learn to love. 

Wyatt was such a strong guy. He had left home a couple of years ago and he was trying his best to get himself going so that he could have his mom and siblings come. He was kind of gruff, but he was also a sweetheart. At first he didn’t know what to do with Greta and Astrid, but the more time he spent with them he began to see them as his family. He was the type of guy who wanted to do everything himself, but he had to learn to accept Greta’s help and maybe learn what it meant to love her. He had to see that God was in control and that he couldn’t control his life, no matter how hard he tried. 

As always, I love the characters that Ms. Hedlund writes. Astrid and Judd were such fun characters! Astrid was super sweet and mischievous and although she was sick, she was fearless. I found Judd, Wyatt’s right hand man, to be such a nice guy and I adored his relationship with Astrid. Greta and Astrid became Judd’s family too. Judd was super helpful to both Greta and Wyatt. The Mayor was kind of conniving, but I also sort of liked him. He wasn’t the worst. 

Two of my favorite quotes were from Judd, he reminded Wyatt that even life was hard you could still make things work. “Things always go wrong. Just the way it is in a broken world.” and “We can call it rubbish and throw it away. Or we can pick it up and fix it as best we can.” Judd helped Wyatt see that even broken things can be mended. 

Greta and Wyatt had to figure out how to make their marriage work and how to save his ranch. There were people who wanted Wyatt gone and they had to learn to work together no matter their differences. I loved A Cowboy for Keeps! It was super interesting and so romantic. Great and Wyatt were such a cute couple! I would definitely recommend this book and I can’t wait to read 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.

Kill Shot

About the Book:

Kill Shot: A Novel (White Knights Book 2) by [Susan Sleeman]

Title: Kill Shot
Series: White Knights #2
Author: Susan Sleeman
Publisher: FaithWords
Release Date:
February 6, 2018
Genre: Christian Suspense

Suspense and romance combine in Susan Sleeman’s thrilling new novel about an FBI agent who must team up with a beautiful therapist to stop a killer with a deadly new weapon.

Some fears haunt you forever….

As the ballistics and weapon’s expert for the FBI’s special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets–which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper–would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

Until they become reality.

When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it’s clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren’t the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI’s prime witness, and suspect.

Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can’t–no he won’t–let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn’t a kill shot that takes Olivia out.

Book Review:

Susan Sleeman wows me yet again with her fantastic characters and a storyline that kept me guessing the entire book. Like seriously there were twists even in the last couple chapters that were crazy! But I am always impressed by how Ms. Sleeman gives me some clues but keeps me guessing in the end. She executes this wonderfully in Kill Shot. The second book in the White Knights series.

The White Knights is a highly impressive FBI team that deals with any case they need too. They have experts in crisis management, explosives, ballistics/weapons, negotiating/crime profiling, cyber crimes, and forensic. This book is about Rick Cannon who is the hostage rescue and ballistics expert on the team. It also features Olivia Dobbs, a therapist who specializes in PTSD patients. Olivia and Rick are thrown together when a self steering bullet murders one of Olivia’s patients. She discovers him moments after he is murdered which makes her the FBI’s prime witness and suspect. Despite the mutual attraction between the two, both Olivia and Rick are determined to focus on the case and ignore their feelings. But when a sniper trains his rifle on Olivia, Rick will have to fight hard to make sure that the next bullet fired doesn’t hit Olivia.

Rick was such a strong character, but he was also a sweetheart underneath all of his tough, agenty exterior. While sometimes I wanted to shake him for not believing Olivia, I was also so sad for him. I don’t want to give anything away, but there are a lot of issues that Rick has to work through. And it was sweet to watch Olivia help him even when Rick tried to push away. But, I think that Olivia also had to learn to put up boundaries and respect other people’s boundaries. I think that it made a lot of sense that her character was like that though because she is a therapist. She did learn how to put up some boundaries, but it took a lot of hard lessons that were very sad to read about.

The suspense as usual was amazing. There were so many different things going on, but they were all tied together perfectly. There were also some happy surprises that I definitely needed. But, also some hard ones where you can really see how much people need God’s mercy and love in their lives. On that note this is a Christian romantic, suspense, so a clean book with some Christian elements. While the romance is very clean, there are some more intense scenes. Rick attends some autospies in the book, and there is not a lot of description, but there are some. And there are quite a few murders where the characters see the bodies, but nothing too scary like I said before not a lot of description. I would definitely recommend this riveting and romantic 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.

Redemption

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Redemption
Series: The Baxter Family, Redemption series #1
Author: Karen Kingsburg
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Release Date:
September 1, 2009
Genre: Christian Fiction

A Shocking Betrayal
Kari Baxter Jacobs is furious, hurt, and confused. Her husband, Tim, a respected professor of journalism, is having an affair with a student. Stunned, Kari returns home to the Baxter family to sort things out. But when an old flame comes back into her life, she is more confused than ever.

A Difficult Decision
How can Kari forgive her husband? What could possibly ease the pain? And what about her own revived feelings for Ryan, a man she knows she should avoid?

A Reason to Hope
As Kari searches for answers, an unexpected discovery gives her hope for the future. But when she faces her darkest hour, can she find the faith and strength she needs to move on?

Book Review:

A heart -wrenching and beautiful tale of reconciliation after betrayal, hope after darkness, and redemption. When a tragic betrayal hits Kari, she is shaken in her relationships, in herself, and in her faith. After her life of faith and fidelity, she has no idea how to respond. But she is not the only one with problems, her family is all struggling. 

This was a super emotional book! It was really good, but, oh! I  felt for Kari. She was really seeking to honor God, to be obedient to Him in her response. Yet, she felt so broken and betrayed. Her parents, both who were believers and had trials before, stood by her, tried to bear her burdens, and pointed her to God. However, in the end, she had to trust and obey. It was very encouraging how she did continue and God’s blessing and care for her. 

Redemption is a book that deals with real life problems. It draws the effects of bad decisions, the hardship of following Christ, but also His hand over His people, His peace and love. It is not an easy book and it is definitely an adult book, with discussions of adultery, drug abuse, all addressed from a Biblical perspective. There is definitely an emphasis of Biblical counseling. It is very encouraging and sobering, and a reminder of some of the dangers of sin. If you connect easily to books, then this will likely cause tears. Also, warning, like real life, this book does not have a HEA, but there is peace and hope. God’s hand is clear in this book. However, this is the first in a series. The next few books follow her siblings and God’s work through them.

Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions

Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions by [V. Joy Palmer]

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions
Author:
V. Joy Palmer
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Release Date:
November 16th, 2020
Genre: Christian Romance

Kaylee McGrurd feels like life has left her behind. Her best friends have all moved out, married, or are in the process of matrimony. Meanwhile, she’s lost another job, and her daily diet consists of noodles that are better suited as packing material.

Then Kaylee’s ex, Gabe Sanders, enters the equation.

Gabe walked out on Kaylee without warning or explanation nine years earlier, but now he’s been brought back to the area for the unforeseen future. And he’s in need of new lead vocalist for his wedding band.

A dwindling account balance calls for desperate measures, and Kaylee reluctantly accepts Gabe’s offer. While the former couple works together in the midst of happy marriages and heartfelt melodies, secrets and the need for forgiveness highlight the strife between them…and the hope that maybe God’s rewriting the conclusion to their story.

Available now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and WhiteFire Publishing’s READ Store!

Find Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions on Goodreads and BookBub!

Guest Post:

I am so excited to have V. Joy Palmer on our blog! Ms. Palmer is here to talk to us about her writing process.

V. Joy Palmer: I’m what they call a pantser.

If you’re not familiar with the writing world, the above statement might have given your
eyebrows a jumpstart to the moon. Don’t be freaked out; it’s nothing weird. It simply means that
I prefer to write by the seat of my pants because the thought of storyboards, outlines, and
extraneous plotting gives me hives. In fact, these things often slow down my writing process.

That’s not to say I don’t plot anything. I have a loose idea of the story, the conflict, and the
themes. From that swirling mass of chaos inside my head, I form a basic summary. Sometimes I
even make a list of potential scenes to help me as I brainstorm getting from one plot point to the
next.

However, I’ve already started writing before I’ve finished any of the above steps. At my core,
writing is how I brainstorm, get to know my characters, and discover the heart of the story.

Of course, the pantser approach can cause some problems…

Have you ever heard half-crazed laughter in the distance? You didn’t imagine it. That was me, an
enraged, overly anxious, and under-caffeinated (though friends and family may argue against
that claim) author who just wants her characters to cooperate for once!

But it’s out of this place of intense frustration that my favorite part of the writing process
emerges – and in my mind, there are twinkle lights, music, and brownies in the background.

It’s that moment when that mysterious key clicks into place and everything I’ve been fighting
about with my characters (as I fantasize about dosing my manuscript with kerosene) finally
makes sense. Everything comes together, and my characters can rest easy as I’m no longer
plotting a murderous ending to their story. Their actions, their motivations, and their heartache is
fully revealed, making their personal victories and swoony ending even more worthy of a
brownie in my eyes! There’s nothing quite like getting to experience the unfolding story in the
same way as my future readers while also being the one to write that story. In that glorious
moment, I am both writer and reader, and that moment is my favorite.

Thank you so much for hosting me!

Book Review:

I have been waiting to read this book and it was so good! Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions is the third book in V. Joy Palmer’s series. Although I hadn’t read the first two books, I loved Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions! It is the first book that I have read written by Joy V. Palmer and I now want to read all of her books.

Kaylee McGrurd feels like life has left her behind. Her best friends have married or in the process of getting married, and to make matters worse she’s lost another job. However, things get worse when her ex, Gabe Sanders, walks back into her life. Gabe left Kaylee without warning of explanation, but now he is back in the area for the unforeseen future. He’s now in the need of a new vocalist for his wedding band. A dwindling account balance calls for desperate measures and Kaylee finds herself part of Gabe’s band. As Gabe and Kaylee work together in the midst of happy marriages and heartfelt melodies, they will need to work through secrets hidden in the past and hope that maybe God’s rewriting the conclusion to their story. 

Kaylee was such a fun character! I loved her dialogue, I think that it made her so unique. She was introverted so it was hard for her to make friends, but she tried her best. I thought it was so cool how she loved Lord of the Rings, she mentioned it a lot. It was her little thing. She was an amazing singer and I loved her development as a character. She learned to forgive and to trust God. 

I liked Gabe from the beginning. He was a nice guy and he truly cared for Kaylee. However, it was so frustrating to see him pushing Kaylee away. I thought that he was sweet, I especially liked how much he cared for his mom. He wanted to be better than his dad, but he felt like he was a failure. I felt bad for him, he was so caught up in his sin that he didn’t know how to trust God. Gabe had to learn how to forgive himself and put aside his chains, learning to give it all to God. 

I liked reading about Kaylee and Gabe together. They were cute because they knew each other so well. I wanted them to get back together so badly, but I also knew that they had to work through their past secrets first. Kaylee’s friends were so sweet and I loved their relationship. Gabe’s band mates were hilarious but Natalya was so frustrating. 

This was a great book! I loved the characters and I was intrigued by the plot. I couldn’t put it down, I read it in one day. I would definitely recommend Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions! This is a relatively clean Christian book, Gabe had some past sins that left a mark on him but it was only mentioned. 

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:

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V. Joy Palmer loves to write romantic and comedic stories that proclaim God’s deep love for us. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and an avid blogger. In her spare time, Joy loves to sing (especially Disney songs), drink large quantities of coffee, and take flowery photos for Bookstagram. When Joy isn’t fighting with fictional people, she’s hanging out with her husband and their adorable little girl. Connect with Joy via http://www.vjoypalmer.com!

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Joy to the World

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Joy to the World
Series: Romance on the Orient Express
Author:
Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, Erica Vetsch
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date:
October 13th, 2020
Genre: Regency Fiction

In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness.

“Heaven and Nature Sing” by Carolyn Miller
Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome both their obligations and their fears to find their way back into each other’s arms?

“Far as the Curse Is Found” by Amanda Barratt
One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts?

“Wonders of His Love” by Erica Vetsch
A Scots portrait painter finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he’d fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.

About the Book:

I love reading Christmas books,they are always so much fun! When I saw Joy to the World I knew that I wanted to read it. I had read books by Erica Vetsch before and I was really excited to see that she had written one of the short stories. I hadn’t read any of the other authors’ books before, but I ended up really liking them. Joy to the World is a collection of three different stories all focused on a line from the song Joy to the World. 

Heaven and Nature Sings is by Carolyn Miller and it features a broken ex-couple. Edith Mansfeild and George Bannerman were once on the brink of engagement when they were driven apart by family secrets. Now forced together, will they be able to make up? This was a cute story. I really liked the couple and I really wanted George and Edith to end up back together. I thought that George was super sweet and kind, but I didn’t like Edith as much, however, she was still a good character. I thought that it was a lovely book and I adored Lady Grantley, she was so fun, as she tried to match make her godchildren.  

Far as the Curse is Found is by Amanda Barratt and it features two people who are trying to find hope in the darkness of their pasts. Dwight Inglewood, the Earl of Amberly, has lived in the darkness of his past for quite a few years, while Jenny Grey is just trying to do her best to provide for her infant daughter. This was my favorite story of the collection. I loved the characters and the story line was so touching. Dwight was a broken character, having scars that marred his face and he needed to learn to see the joy in the world. Jenny was so strong, she was trying to care for her daughter, Anna. And although she had gone through some terrible things, she still trusted God. I loved the characters and the story, and I wanted Jenny and Dwight to end up together, working through their pasts. 

Wonders of His Love is by Erica Vetsch and I was really excited for this book! Wonders of His Love is about Cilla Haverly, a widow, and Hamish Sinclair, a struggling painter. Cilla is the sister in law to Marcus Haverly, his book is called The Gentleman Spy. Cilla was sweet, but she was trying to figure out how to stand up for herself and raise her daughter well. I really liked reading about her interacting with Hamish because he helped bring out the best in her. Hamish was a nice guy, he was just trying to do what he loved. However, he had to face opposition from those who didn’t appreciate his art. Cilla and Hamish were cute together, but they had to figure out how to bypass the social standings of their time. Both Cilla and Hamish had to learn how to believe in themselves. It was also so fun to see Marcus and Charlotte again.

I really enjoyed reading all of these books and I would definitely recommend them all! Joy to the World was a wonderful Christmas collection! This book features clean, Christian romances. 

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.

Night Fall

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Night Fall: (Nighthawk Security Book 1) by [Susan Sleeman]

Title: Night Fall
Series: Nighthawk Security
Author:
Susan Sleeman
Publisher:  Edge of Your Seat Books, Inc
Release Date:
November 4, 2020
Genre: Christian Suspense

She faces dangerous situations all the time…

Olympic downhill skier, Harper Young, knows what it’s like to look danger in the face. After all, she does it every time she races down a ski slope. She’s fine with that danger and even excels under the pressure, winning Olympic gold. And as a governor’s daughter, she’s familiar with receiving threats from the general public. But when a stalker turns his sights on Harper, she possesses zero skills to protect herself.

But she has no idea what lurks in the shadows.

Former Navy SEAL and ATF Agent, Aiden Byrd of Nighthawk Security is well versed in protection skills and knows the dangers she faces. Problem is, there’s an instant attraction between Aiden and Harper, and as Aiden and the Nighthawk team contract to protect her, he has to fight to remain professional. When the stalker grows bolder and tries to end Harper’s life, Aiden’s only hope in keeping her safe is to deny his feelings. Something that borders on impossible.

Book Review:

What an impressive beginning to what promises to be a wonderful series! NightFall is the first book in the Nighthawk Security series. One that I have been waiting for a really long time! Nighthawk Security tells the stories about the five Bryd brothers who are related to Sierra Bryd from the Truth Seeker series. The last book moves from the brothers to Malone Reed who is Sierra’s love interest’s sister. The five brothers form a protection agency, and you get to see them get their own happy ending in each book.

The first book starts with the oldest brother Aiden, a former Navy Seal and ATF agent, and Harper Young, an Olympic downhill skier. Harper is the governor’s daughter and no stranger to receiving threats, but she can’t hope to protect herself when a stalker sets his eyes on her. Nighthawk Security is hired to protect Harper, but the instant attraction between Harper and Aiden make it difficult for them to maintain professionalism. But, they will have to if they have any hope of making sure Harper stays alive.

This was such an exciting and romantic book! Harper and Aiden are adorable, and I loved seeing them balance their attraction. I think that Ms. Sleeman did an excellent job of showing that they were attracted to each other, but also showing the strength of their character to still be alert. Aiden was definitely a testament to having such a strong will to work through his interest. I liked watching him deal with the fact that he couldn’t be in control all of the time, and how to let other people help him. It was sweet to watch the different Byrd brothers support each other, and I was glad I was able to get a glimpse of all their character’s in this book.

Harper also had an extremely strong will. You don’t get to become an Olympic medalist without a very intense tenacity and drive to succeed. But, she was also humble in realizing that Nighthawk Security was trying to protect her. I have read a lot of books where some “strong” characters have completely disobeyed their guardians to the detriment of everyone around them. While Harper was a fierce woman, she understood she did not know how to protect herself, and she trusted the Bryd brothers to do their job.

There were also plenty of cameos, and a lot of action and suspense. Their story had some many twists and turns with the suspense never letting up until the very end of the book. This changing storyline made for plenty of cameos with the Veritas team and the Blackwell Tactical team coming into the scene. It perfectly introduced this new series with a lot of appearances from some old friends. I would definitely recommend this book to older teens. Some of the stalker material might be a little scary for younger readers, but the romance was very clean. And I read the excerpt for the next book, and I can’t wait to pick it 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.

Dead Evan

About the Book:

Dead Even: (Truth Seekers Book 6) by [Susan Sleeman]

Title: Dead Evan
Author: Susan Sleeman
Release Date:
June 3, 2020
Genre: Christian Suspense

When she discovers her worst nightmare…
When Maya Glass—the Veritas Center’s toxicology/controlled substances expert—goes to check on her scientist friend after a cryptic phone message, Maya stumbles upon her worst nightmare. A deadly toxin has been released, her friend’s assistant has died in his secluded island lab, and her friend is missing. Worse yet, Maya is exposed to the deadly botulism toxin and she needs help. Fast. Problem is, the only person she can think of with the right contacts is her former love, FBI Agent Hunter Lane.

Will she let him help her or go it alone?
Maya sets out on a hunt to find her friend and Hunter warns the feisty and tantalizing Maya to back down. But when it becomes clear that he needs Maya to locate her missing friend and find the killer, Hunter knows they must work together to stop the killing spree before the killer gets even and ends Maya’s life.

Book Review:

Dead Even is the final book of the Truth Seeker series, and it is such an impressive finale! We finally get to see Maya and Hunter’s resolution plus a very action packed, suspenseful story. Dead Even starts with Maya going to her friend’s lab where she finds his assistant dead. She also learns that she has been exposed to a deadly toxin, so she calls the first person she thinks of who happens to be Hunter Lane. Hunter is a former love of Maya’s, and they will have to work together to find Maya’s friend and defeat the killer.

I loved this book so much! I had some issues with Dead Center, so while I was super excited for Dead Even, I was a bit apprehensive. But, once I started the book, I was immediately hooked and it just kept getting better and better. Maya and Hunter had a lot of different issues, but it was so sweet to watch them learn how to trust God and each other. Even though they weren’t sure how to work out a relationship, they really loved each other. I loved seeing them work out their issues, and even though there were a lot of frustrating moments, it was still adorable.

The suspense was also amazing, and I had no idea what was going to happen next. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say that I thought I knew who the villain was, but I did not. I also liked how Ms. Sleeman balanced all the different characters and revelations. It always made sense, and in the end, the different elements were pieced together beautifully.

She also brilliantly set up the next series, Nighthawk Security. All of the Bryd brothers come into this book, and because I have mentioned it in all my reviews, I won’t say how excited I am for the Nighthawk series. I cannot wait to read more of Ms. Sleeman’s amazing books. And I would definitely recommend this clean, romantic, and suspenseful book to adult and young adult readers alike. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Dreaming of Tomorrow Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Dreaming of Tomorrow by Michelle De Bruin, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Dreaming of Tomorrow
Series: Tomorrow #3
Author:
Michelle De Bruin
Publisher: Scrivenings Press LLC
Release Date:
November 10, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Love leads them to a lifetime of commitment where the dreams they have held onto for so long start to come true.

Popular and eligible, Logan De Witt must convince the women in town that he is engaged to be married. A quiet, simple ceremony is what he has in mind for his wedding day, but when the date and time of his bride’s arrival is published in the newspaper, the whole town joins in the celebration proving to Logan and his new wife their sincere friendship and support.

Added to the excitement of Logan’s marriage is the question of what the congregation should do with the unexpected donation of an orchard.

Karen Millerson is counting the days until her long-distance engagement comes to an end and she may travel to Oswell City to marry Logan. More than anything, she wants to share in his life as a help and support, but keeping a house and finding her place in the community requires much more work than she ever expected.

Learn, laugh, and love with Karen and Logan as they start a new marriage and work together ministering to the citizens of their small town.

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Book Review:

There are some books that show such amazing and fantastic worlds that are truly beautiful to behold. But, there are other books that show everyday people doing normal things in a way that is also beautiful to behold. It gives us a glimpse of how people in that time used to act, and it shows how much humanity has stayed the same. Michelle de Bruin has done this in Dreaming of Tomorrow which is a slice of life, historical fiction novel.

Dreaming of Tomorrow is the third book in the Tomorrow series where Karen Millerson and Logan De Witt are finally ready to get married. The book goes through them working through the challenges of ministering a community, interfering family, and the trials and joys of life. It shows a realistic view of how while there is great joy in life there is also great sorrow, but God is faithful through it all.

Karen and Logan were both wonderful characters, and while they were mature, they always balanced it with some faults that made sense. It was sweet though to watch their faults and their strengths balance each other out. They were truly in love with each other, and I liked seeing such a strong relationship go through without any of the normal petty jealousies. Another thing that I liked was that we were able to see their relationship after the wedding too. It was all extremely appropriate even for a younger reader, but it simply showed how marriage requires work after you say your vows. Logan and Karen did not stop trying to love each other because they were married, but they instead worked even harder to love one another.

The community that rallied around them was also beautiful to see. Logan was the pastor of his town, and it was so sweet as they worked their hardest to show how much they appreciated him. I think that while this book was so cute I would have liked to see a bit more conflict. There were not a lot of realistic struggles that come from being in a community of sinners, but it was still an adorable read that showed how much God can use two people who are willing to work for Him. It was very clean, and there was no violence, language, or sex. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes slice of life books!

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

Author Michelle De Bruin writes Christian historical fiction about people who live in rural communities. Michelle lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She provides spiritual services during the week and leads worship on the weekends. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story.

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Besotted

Besotted (The Fairest Maidens Book 3) by [Jody Hedlund]

About the Book:

Title: Besotted
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
Release Date:
November 17, 2020
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A young queen trying to stay alive until she comes of age to rule, and a prince turned into a pauper.

Queen Aurora of Mercia has spent her entire life deep in Inglewood Forest, hiding from Warwick’s Queen Margery, who seeks her demise. As the time draws near for Aurora to take the throne, she happens upon a handsome woodcutter. Although friendship with outsiders is forbidden and dangerous, she cannot stay away from the charming stranger.

Only two months away from completing his royal testing, Prince Kresten of Scania is ready to be finished with the poverty and hardships of being a woodcutter. When he meets a beautiful peasant woman, he doesn’t plan to fall in love, especially when he must soon leave and return to his homeland.

As Queen Margery’s forces close in, Aurora finds herself in mortal danger. Kresten knows a future with Aurora is impossible, but he is desperate to save her and bring an end to the queen’s threat. To do so, he joins the ultimate battle against the evil queen, risking everything, including his chance at true love.

Book Review:

I was so looking forward to this book and it was incredible! Besotted is the third book in Jody Hedlund’s Fairest Maidens series. I was so excited to see the final book in the series, we finally got to read about the youngest brother, Kresten. Prince Kresen of Scania is ready to be finished with his royal testing. However, he meets a beautiful peasant who turns his life upside down. Aurora is so different then he expected but she has a secret of her own that doomed their relationship from the start. Kresten didn’t plan to fall in love, but as Queen Margery’s forces close in he finds himself desperate to save Aurora and bring an end to the queen’s threat.

Okay first thing first, I really liked Kresten. He was nice and I liked how he was different from his brothers. He was kind and worked hard, however, he did not think that he could ever beat his older brothers in the testing. Kresten gave off the appearance of being a flirt, but then he met Aurora and she changed everything. I liked how Kresten started to fall for her, but how he still tried to be true to the testing. He was such a noble man. He had to figure out how much he was willing to risk for Aurora. 

Aurora was tired of hiding. She wanted to be a good queen, but she didn’t feel like she would be up to it. Her mother was a great queen and she felt the weight of caring for people who didn’t really know her. She was compassionate and noble. I really enjoyed reading about her with Kresten. They were so cute. However, Aurora had to figure out if she should follow her heart or do her duty as queen. 

It was so thrilling to see everything come together. Aurora finds herself in more danger than ever as Queen Margery gets closer to finding her. It was fun to see Aurora and Kresten fall in love, but I didn’t know how they were going to end up together. They both thought that the other was a peasant and they knew that they could never be together. I loved when Mikkel and Vilmar made appearances, that was very exciting. The side characters were so fun. My favorite side characters in this book were Chester and Jrog, they were very cool. I loved how Ms. Hedlund weaved aspects of Sleeping Beauty throughout the book. The ending was amazing, it made me so happy. 

One of my favorite quotes was “Tis never too late for any of us,” I added softly. “As long as we have today, we have the opportunity to choose rightly and walk a better path.” It is never too late to turn to God and make amends. You may have to live with the consequences of your actions, but God will always accept you. 

I can’t believe that the Fairest Maidens series has ended. Besotted was a great book and I loved the cover. I would definitely recommend Besotted and the first two books. Besotted was a different look at Sleeping Beauty and yet it was breathtaking and amazing! I am so excited to see what else Ms. Hedlund writes! 

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.