Falling for the Cowgirl

About the Book:

Falling for the Cowgirl (Colorado Cowboys Book #4) by [Jody Hedlund]

Title: Falling for the Cowgirl
Series: Colorado Cowboys #5
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: October 11th, 2022
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Years ago, he shattered her heart. Now she must trust him with her life.

As the only girl in her family, and with four older brothers, Ivy McQuaid can rope and ride with the roughest of ranchers. She’s ready to have what she’s always longed for–a home of her own. She’s set her heart on a parcel of land south of Fairplay and is saving for it with her winnings from the cowhand competitions she sneaks into–but her dream is put in jeopardy when the man she once loved reappears in her life.

After two years away, Jericho Bliss is back in South Park as an undercover Pinkerton agent searching for a war criminal. He has no intention of involving a woman in the dangerous life he leads, but one look at Ivy is all it takes for him to question the path he’s set out for himself.

Even though Jericho tries to resist his longtime attraction to the beautiful and vivacious Ivy, he finds himself falling hard and fast for her. In the process, his worst fear comes true–he puts her smack-dab in the middle of danger. With Ivy’s life in the balance, will Jericho give her up once again, or will he find a way back to her, this time forever?

Book Review:

This was just as good as the others! I have loved the past books in this series, so I had high hopes for this one and it did not disappoint. Falling for the Cowgirl is the fourth book in Jody Hedlund’s Colorado Cowboys series. We finally get to read about Ivy and see her get her happy ending, and let me just say it was so good!

Ivy was definitely a fun character to read about, and she was so feisty and full of life. However, she was still trying to find herself and figure out what she wanted to do. I loved how independent Ivy was but also how she tried to trust her brothers. Ivy was so sweet and her interactions with her brothers were cute but I also loved how she didn’t let them push her around. Ivy was strong but Jericho had a way of reaching past her walls. Jericho truly saw Ivy and loved her even though she was more “wild” and “adventurous.” 

Jericho was complicated but I loved him. He cared for Ivy and her family, but he also tried to stay away because he wanted to protect her. He had a dangerous job and his past kept him wary of letting people in. 

Ivy and Jericho were the perfect match and I loved reading about their interactions. They were both so fiery and full of life. Their romance was sweet and it was fun to read about their reconnecting. They had known each other for a long time, but they left on a bad note when Jericho left with Dylan. Ivy and Jericho had to learn how to communicate with each other and how to help each other become better people. 

The story line was very interesting and I was so invested in this book. I wanted to know how Ivy and Jericho would end up together. I also love how Hedlund is able to weave in faith so seamlessly into her books. Ahh, this book was just amazing! I loved the characters and I am super excited for Dylan’s book!! Judd was also a wonderful character and I loved his parts in this book. 

Falling for the Cowgirl is an amazing book and I would totally recommend it! I have loved all of Hedlund’s books and this one was no different. However I do think that this one is better enjoyed as part of the series. Falling for the Cowgirl is a clean Christian historical 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.

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Worthy of Legend

About the Book:

Worthy of Legend (The Secrets of the Isles Book #3) by [Roseanna M. White]

Title: Worthy of Legend
Series: The Secrets of the Isles #3
Author: Roseanna M White
Publisher: Bethany House Publishing
Release Date: September 13th, 2022
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

1906

After a summer of successful pirate-treasure hunting, Lady Emily Scofield and her friends must hide the unprecedented discoveries they’ve made, thanks to the betrayal of her own family. Horrified by her brother, who will stop at nothing to prove himself to their greedy father, Emily is forced to take a stand against her family–even if it means being cut off entirely.

Bram Sinclair, Earl of Telford, is fascinated with tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table–an interest he’s kept mostly hidden for the last decade. But when a diary is unearthed on the islands that could lead to a secret artifact, Bram is the only one able to piece the legends together.

As Bram and Emily seek out the whereabouts of the hidden artifact, they must dodge her family and a team of archaeologists. In a race against time, it is up to them to decide what makes a hero worthy of legend. Is it fighting valiantly to claim the treasure . . . or sacrificing everything in the name of selfless love?

Book Review:

Oh this was just a perfect way to end a wonderful series! I have so enjoyed this series and I am sad to see these characters go. Worthy of Legend is the third book in Roseanna M White’s The Secrets of the Isles, and best read in order. 

I have been waiting for Bram’s book. It was fun to get to know him through his sister and best friend’s eyes, but it was different reading through his perspective. Bram was a bit of a grumpy character but there was much hidden behind his grumpiness. He was kind and he truly loved his sister. I loved how Bram was aware of others and how he wanted to show Emily that she was loved. It was so sweet to read about him falling for Emily and trying his best to care for her. 

Emily was a sweetheart to read about. I loved her character and hair growth. She had been belittled all her life and yet she was trying to stand up for herself and fight for what was right. I enjoyed reading about Emily. She tried to get out of her shell and even do hard things, like befriending her maid. She was scared of letting people know they would leave, but she was learning to try. Emily had to learn to trust God and what it meant to love even those who hurt her.

Emily and Bram were just the cutest together! I loved their relationship and how they brought out the best in each other. They were both learning to trust God’s plans even when life was changing. I also enjoyed their interactions and easy banter

The plot was so engaging and I was not sure how this book was going to end! It was definitely exciting to read as they searched for the treasure. I also adored the side characters and the side romance! On my goodness, it was so cute and a wonderful addition to the study. I would warn though there is mention of sexual abuse, nothing shown just implied. However all in all this was a wonderful book and it was such a joy to read!

Worthy of Legend was a legendary book and my new favorite by White! I mean her book just keeps on getting better! I am excited to see what she will write next. This book needs to be on your TBR. Worthy of Legend is a clean historica Christian book however there is mentions of sexual abuse, physical abuse and some violence. I would recommend it to those at least 13 years and older

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. .

Bring Her Home

About the Book:

Bring Her Home (Crown of Promise Book 1) by [Hannah Currie]

Title: Bring Her Home
Series: Crown of Promise #1
Author: Hannah Currie
Publisher: White Crown Publishing
Release Date: September 15th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Since the morning he woke to find his precious daughter gone with only the remains of their latest argument left behind, King Lior has been praying she’d come home. For four years now, he’s prayed and searched, sending his best knights to find Evangeline, only to hear nothing. Until the day their missive arrives with three words: we’ve found her. He sends one right back with orders to bring her home.

But that order isn’t easily achieved. Evangeline, now a lowly servant, has no plans to return. Though the knights claim her father still loves her, she knows the truth: he’d cast her aside as quickly as everyone else if he knew how far she’d truly fallen. She can’t go home. Not with her scars. Or her failures. Or her son.

Only, the knights won’t leave without her. And just as she starts to wonder if maybe they might be right, the choice is taken from her altogether.

Sir Darrek thought the hardest part of his quest would be finding Evangeline. He had no idea how difficult it would be to get her home.

Book Review:

This book broke my heart a little bit. It is honest, touching, and incredibly emotional. Currie does not hold back, and she expertly reimagines the story of the prodigal son. I love the way she retold this story without losing its roots. Bring Her Home is the first book in Hannah Currie’s new series, Crown of Promise.

Evangeline was such a wonderful but broken character. She had lost all of her dignity, and she literally thought she was nothing. She was listening to all the lies in her head telling her that she wasn’t enough, yet she knew the truth about the Father who was waiting for her. I loved the story of her redemption, and it beautifully pictures how Christ brings us to Himself. However, I think it felt a little bit incomplete. The book touched on how she surrendered herself to God, but it didn’t go into great depths. Even though the symbolism of her going back to her father was beautiful, I would have loved a more clear gospel presentation.

I loved Darrek! He was such a sweetheart, and he adored Evangeline from the beginning. He never thought of her as lesser because of her scars or because of her son. It was sweet to watch him learn how to love and help Evangeline including letting her come to her father at her own pace. I would have loved to see a more clear ending for Darrek’s struggle in this book. He had a hard time learning how to trust God with Evangeline, but I felt like that arc was left hanging.

The storyline and pace of this was amazing! I loved reading it even though it made my heart hurt. There were times when I had a harder time getting into it, but it was still a beautiful read. Though you may need some tissues near you:)

This is a clean read that I would recommend to any lovers of Christian fiction. It is a retelling of the prodigal son, so Evangeline has experienced some horrible things. She is depressed, cuts herself, and has a son with her father’s enemy out of wedlock. However, it is a hopeful read about the power of God’s grace, and nothing goes into great detail.

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.

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.

Of Daggers and Deception

About the Book:

Of Daggers and Deception by [A. L. Sowards]

Title: Of Daggers of Deception
Series: Duchy of Athens Series #2
Author: A. L. Sowards
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: 
December 6, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Medieval Adventure

After years as a soldier and mercenary, Rasheed has retired from battle to run the bathhouse in Thebes with his friends Gillen and Eudocia. The simple life suits them, so when Venetian strangers come to town looking to hire the renowned crew, their answer is no. But when one of his friends is abducted, Rasheed is left with no choice but to take up his weapon and join forces with the Venetians, including the beautiful and clever Cecilia, whose betrothed has also been seized by the unknown foe. 

As the reluctant allies face ambushes and the looming threat of capture, Rasheed and Cecilia forge a surprising connection. But as the party races to rescue their friends, Rasheed discovers that nothing is as it seems. As his trust in Cecilia begins to waver, he realizes that in the end, they will both be forced to make a choice between love and duty.

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Book Review:

This was a fascinating book with engaging characters and a thrilling plot! Of Daggers and Deception is the sequel to A.L. Sowards book, Of Swords and Shadows. I have heard so many great things about this book and the first book that I had to try it out. Of Daggers and Deception is set 11 years after Of Swords and Shadows and it follows Rasheed as he takes up his sword to save his friend. 

Rasheed was such a complex character, it was so interesting to read from his perspective. He was such a deep character, he had been through a lot and he was still learning how to create a new life for himself. I loved his loyalty and kindness, he was loyal to his friends and would do anything for them, they had become his family. Although his family had been horrible to him, he was still kind and he still tried to be considerate of others. Rasheed was learning how to see past his mistakes and how to care for himself. He had been looking out for others so much that sometimes he got lost in the crossfire. 

Cecilia was also interesting, she was smart and she wasn’t afraid to speak up for herself. However her uncle had trained her that she must be loyal to her family and that a woman’s place was to be quiet and assist her husband. But Cecilia still tried to be herself. It was sweet to read about her connection with Rasheed. But there were times I was frustrated with her because she seemed to be resigning herself to whatever fate her uncle chose for her. Cecilia will have to make a choice, will she allow her uncle to control her life or will she stand up for what is right?

The plot was so interesting, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I enjoyed this book, however I did have to get myself to read it. Every time that I started Of Daggers and Deception, I loved it and didn’t want to put it down. However once I put it down, it was harder to pick it back up again. But it definitely was a great book! The characters felt real and I loved reading about them connecting and interacting. The side characters were a great addition to the book

Of Daggers and Deception is a great book if you love historical fiction, action, and lovable characters. It is a bit more violent because they are in 14th Century Greece, but nothing felt too gory or like it was written in too much detail. I did enjoy Of Daggers and Deception and I would recommend it to at least 13 and up. 

Content Warning: fighting, blood, wounds, mentions of slavery, mentions of whipping, etc.

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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About the Author

A. L. Sowards is the author of multiple historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have earned a Whitney Award, several Whitney Finalists positions, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She currently lives in the beautiful state of Alaska with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.

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A Name Unknown

About the Book:

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England, #1) by Roseanna M. White

Title: A Name Unknown
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:
July 4th, 2017
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Edwardian Romance and History Gains a Twist of Suspense

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

Peter Holstein, given his family’s German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.

But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors’ scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he’s more than his name?

Review:

She needed to protect and help provide for her family. What could she do, what choice did she have? She was finally seeing the good in the world, but was he just a good actor, a good spy?

A Name Unknown is a historical fiction story written by Roseanna M. White. This is set right before World War 1. England is on edge waiting for the war to come. I really enjoyed this book, it showed the evil of man and his prejudice, but it also showed the acceptance and kindness of others. This book reminded me that there are still good people in this world who God uses in different ways for his glory. 

Rosemary Gresham is a thief and a good one. She has had to survive on what she can steal and odd jobs. She is not proud of having to steal, but she is proud of her skills and the things she has done to help her family. She is not like other thieves though, she has a reason to steal and it is not just so that she can eat. She steals to feed the bellies of other children, of other people. She knows that stealing is wrong, but how bad can it be when it puts food into the stomachs of hungry little children.

One day, Rosemary gets a new job. She is hired to work under cover, and find documents to prove that a certain German man, named Peter Holstein, is a spy. She knows that this will be no easy job, but it will be worth it. Her family will finally have the money they need to buy the kids clothes and things that they need. All she had to do was find papers to prove that Peter was a spy, easy to do. Unless her heart gets in the way.

Peter was such an interesting character. He was a sweetheart. Those in his village were afraid of him because he didn’t really get out much. But he was really just shy and didn’t really know how to interact with others. I loved how he grew in the book and I adored seeing his friends and how he interacted with his staff.

Rosemary and Peter were such a sweet couple, they really balanced each other out. I loved how they could drive each other crazy for one moment, and then they would make up. Rosemary was able to pull Peter out of his dream world when he was writing. They were perfect for each other.

This was such a cool book, I loved seeing what Peter did as an author. It was so amazing to see how an author worked, and it was really funny to see his process. This is the first book that I have read of Roseanna M. White’s and I will definitely read more of her books. I would totally recommend this book.

Love on the Range

About the Book:

Love on the Range (Brothers in Arms Book #3) by [Mary Connealy]

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

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 Mistletoe Countess

About the Book:

Title: The Mistletoe Countess
Author: Pepper Basham
Publisher: Barbour Fiction
Release Date: September 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Will the magic of Christmas bring these two newlyweds closer together, or will the ghosts of the past lead them into a destructive discovery from which not even a Dickens’s Christmas can save them?

Mistletoe is beautiful and dangerous, much like the woman from Lord Frederick’s Percy’s past, so when he turns over a new leaf and arranges to marry for his estate, instead of his heart, he never expects the wrong bride to be the right choice. Gracelynn Ferguson never expected to take her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride, but when she’s thrust into the choice, she will trust in her faithful novels and overactive imagination to help her not only win Frederick’s heart but also to solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future. 

Book Review:

This was so much fun from the start and I am so glad that I got the chance to read it! The Mistletoes Countess is only the second book that I have read by Pepper Basham but I greatly enjoyed this book. This book was so much fun!

Grace was a joy to read about! She was a young girl, but she was so full of life. I liked reading about Grace as she learned how to be the wife of an earl and how to love her husband. She knew that love at first sight wasn’t really real, but she wanted to grow a relationship with her husband. She also wanted to help him find peace from his past. However helping her husband wasn’t without troubles, there were times where Grace felt so alone. But Grace had to learn how to trust that God had a plan for her and rest in his kindness. She had to learn that God would be with her even when she felt alone. 

Frederick was a kind man, but he had grown up with so many doubts. He didn’t know how to believe in himself or really trust those around him. He had fallen so many times. It was sweet to read about Frederick falling in love with Grace and growing more hopeful as he saw the good in her. He wanted to protect his sweet little wife, and help her feel loved. However, Frederick will have to learn what it means to have Grace by his side and protect her, while they fight to uncover the secrets of his home. Frederick will have to learn that sometimes God gives gifts in the most unlikely of places. 

Frederick and Grace had to work together to make their marriage work and protect each other. I was so intrigued by the plot and I didn’t want to put the book down. It had a lovely mix of romance and mystery. I adored the literary easter bunnies in this book. They were a wonderful addition to the story. The side characters were a lot of fun, Blake was such a good friend to Frederick. 

The Mistletoe Countess was a wonderful book and I would definitely recommend it! The characters were engaging and the storyline was so interesting. I can’t wait to see what else Basham writes!

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.