The Only Exception

About the Book:

The Only Exception: A Christian Cowboy Romance (Wolf Creek Ranch Book 3) by [Mandi Blake]

Title: The Only Exception
Series: Wolf Creek Ranch #3
Author: Mandi Blake
Publisher: Mandi Blake
Release Date: September 17th, 2022
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She was supposed to figure out his secret, not fall in love.

Ridge Cooper did what he had to do to protect his sister, and everyone watched as America’s football king lost it all. Only the people closest to him know the truth, and he doesn’t care if the rest of the world hates him as long as they leave him alone. His mysterious new assistant is tearing down his walls and digging up his secrets, and for once, he wants to let someone in.

Cheyenne Keeton took a job that seemed too good to be true: find out what cowboy Ridge Cooper loves most and her ailing mom’s care bills are completely covered. When she gets the job as Ridge’s assistant at a dude ranch in Wyoming, it sounds like her investigation will be easy.

But he’s not at all like the monster she heard about. Invading the privacy he loves so much feels wrong. When Ridge trusts her and lets her in, showing her a love she’d never imagined, she can’t betray him. But backing out of her former deal puts a target on both of their backs.

Cheyenne will do anything to clear his name, but will Ridge forgive her when he finds out what she’s done?

Book Review:

This was just a great book! I was excited for this book and hopeful that I would like it and it was wonderful! The Only Exception is the third book in Mandi Blake’s Wolf Creek Ranch series. 

Cheyenne had a past and a desire to provide for her family. Cheyenne was tired and at the end of herself so she took a job to spy on Ridge Cooper never expecting to find a home instead. There were times when I wanted to shake Cheyenne but there were also times when I understood her. She was just trying her best, but she needed to learn that God was the one in control. Cheyenne needed to let go of her past hurts and look to the future.  

Ridge had so much hidden in him. It was so interesting to learn more about him and see past his walls. He was fiercely loyal but that could get him into some trouble. Ridge was a wonderful character and I was drawn to his story from the beginning. He had to learn to trust God and those around him. 

The characters were engaging and I grew to love Ridge and Cheyenne as I read their story. They both had their struggles but they learned to trust God and each other. I love how faith is prominent in Blake’s books. The plot was engaging, and I was wondering how Ridge and Cheyenne were going to end up together when there were so many secrets between them.The side characters are always a lot of fun and I am beyond excited for the next book!

The Only Exception is a must read! It can be read standalone but it is much more fun to read it in order. The Only Exception is a clean, sweet Christian romance. The story draws you in and the characters become your friends. 

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

The One Who Got Away

About the Book:

The One Who Got Away: A Christian Firefighter Romance (Second Chance Fire Station Book 1) by [Tara Grace Ericson]

Title: The One Who Got Away
Series: Second Chance Fire Station #1
Author: Tara Grace Ericson
Publisher: Silver Fountain Press
Release Date: July 22nd, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

The relationship is fake. But the sparks are real.
Can these best friends rekindle a second chance at first love? Or will they both end up burned?

Right here at the Minden Fire Department is exactly where I belong. But when I became Captain Storm, apparently it meant I needed a wife. Or at least, that’s what my mom’s friends think.

When Krystal comes back to town, I don’t know what to think. She was my best friend in high school. The truth is I loved her–as much as any eighteen-year-old kid could have. I think she loved me, too.

But she left, anyway.

I really do understand why. She had dreams to chase in Hollywood. How could I deny her that?

She’s here now, though. For eight weeks. And she’s taking over the fire department charity auction while her mom recovers from her fall, which means working with me.

I know we’re just friends. She’s going back to LA after the auction, but maybe her presence could get my mom’s friends off my back for a minute. We’ll just let people assume there is more to our friendship… No harm, no foul. I really could use the break from my personal matchmakers’ attention.

And I won’t say no to a little extra time with Krystal. I’m probably torturing myself. Friends is all we’ll ever be. Even a fake relationship can’t change the fact that she was The One Who Got Away.

Book Review:

Oh, this was so cute! I always adore Tara Grace Ericson’s books and this one was just a great start to a new series! The One Who Got Away is the first book in Tara Grace Ericson’s new series, Second Chance Fire Station. 

Krystal had left home right after college to follow her dreams. But when her mom gets hurt, she finds herself back in town and paired off with the guy she left to help plan a fundraiser. Captain Bryce Storm had been pinning after Krystal ever since she left.

Krystal was a sweet character who was just trying to follow God’s leadings. She had left home to follow her dreams but now that she was back, she didn’t know what to do. Krystal had a lot to work through, but I love how she still tried to look to God for guidance. She truly cared for Bryce but she didn’t want to regret her life decisions. 

Bryce was a sweetheart, he really cared for his community. I loved getting to read from his perspective. He worked hard to be a good captain. I liked how he never pushed Krystal or really got bad at her for her choices, he was understanding. He did not always understand but he still wanted what was best for her. 

I really liked the story and the characters. The romance was sweet and it did not feel rushed. I was able to connect with the characters and I wanted to see how they would end up together. I liked that they had history but how it was not full of angst. I also love how Ericson is able to weave faith so seamlessly into the story. The characters learned to trust God even when life felt crazy. These are the kind of Christian books that I love. 

The One Who Got Away was a wonderful book and I am so excited to read the rest of the books in this series. I would definitely recommend this book! The One Who Got Away is a clean Chrisitan second chance 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.

An Unlikely Alliance

About the Book:

An Unlikely Alliance: An Uplifting Inspirational Romance (K-9 Companions Book 7) by [Toni Shiloh]

Title: An Unlikely Alliance
Series: K-9 Companions #7
Author: Toni Shiloh
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: June 28th, 2022
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

To save her animal shelter,
She’ll have to work with her biggest foe…

With her emotional support dog at her side, Jalissa Tucker will do whatever it takes to ensure the survival of the local animal rescue—even ally herself with her nemesis, firefighter Jeremy Rider. As working together dredges up old hurts, putting the past aside could be the key to their future joy. But can Jalissa resist falling for the man she’s always considered the enemy?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Book Review:

This was a great read! It took me a bit to read it, but once I really took the time to start it I really enjoyed it. An Unlikely Alliance is written by Toni Shiloh. This book is standalone but it does have some old characters from An Unlikely Proposal. I always love Toni Shiloh’s books so I was super excited to read this one!

Jalissa was kind of hard for me to get at first. She was a bit abrupt and generally saw things only one way, but I grew to like her as I got to know her better. Jalissa was stubborn but she was also kind, she really cared for the animals at the shelter and she would do anything for them. I also liked learning about Jalissa’s anxiety and how it did not define her as a character, but how it did not shy away from it. Jalissa was rough around the edges because of her past, but she learned to trust God and what it meant to forgive. 

I thought that Rider was the sweetest! He worked hard to care for those around him and he had a heart for kids who had experienced bullying. Rider was kind and he worked hard, I liked how he tried to understand Jalissa and be open. His past made him wary of her but he was willing to put it aside to help the kids who had experienced bullying at SAFE. 

Jalissa and Rider had a rough start, they did not like each other at all. However they were willing to put aside their differences to save the animal shelter and SAFE. It was fun to read about them interacting and seeing them fall in love. They were enemies to lovers, and were drawn together by the same cause. The storyline was interesting and I was interested to see how Jalissa and Rider were going to be able to raise money in order to save the animal shelter and SAFE. 

An Unlikely Alliance was an enjoyable read! It was fun to see old characters too! I liked how Shiloh was able to weave faith and forgiveness so seamlessly into the book. I would definitely recommend this book! An Unlikely Alliance is a clean Christian contemporary 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.

In Search of a Prince

About the Book:

In Search of a Prince by [Toni Shiloh]

Title: In Search of a Prince
Series: #1
Author: Toni Shiloh
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: February 1st, 2022
Genre: Christian Fiction

It seems like a dream come true . . . until it forces her to question everything.

Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha’s Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops a bombshell–Brielle is really a princess in the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, off the coast of Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, the king, is failing.

Distraught by all the secrets her mother kept, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before her coronation, or the crown will pass to another. Brielle is uncertain if she even wants the throne, and with her world totally shaken, where will she find the courage to take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring?

Book Review:

I adored this book! I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into it but once I really started I loved it! I have read nearly all of Toni Shiloh’s books and this one was another hit! In Search of a Prince is her newest book and it looks gorgeous. 

Okay so this book was just great! There were a couple of things that I was uncertain about, but otherwise I loved this book. Brielle was such a cool character, I really liked reading about her and getting to see what she was thinking. Brielle was relatable, a normal girl who was just trying to trust God. I loved her little quirks but I also loved her heart. She truly cared for those around her. 

I enjoyed reading Brielle’s journey as she learned what it meant to be a princess and care for her people. Brielle had a lot to learn but she was up to the task. I loved how I was able to relate to Brielle, she felt like she was drowning but she trusted God. There are times when life is overwhelming but God is faithful. 

The romance was so sweet and amazing! I just loved it! It was so fun to read about Brielle falling in love but also choosing to love. Love is a choice. I don’t want to give anything away but I am so happy with who she ended up with. The side characters were also a lot of fun. I adored Iris and I hope that she gets her own book. Brielle’s grandfather was also a joy to read about. 

In Search of a Prince was just a lovely book. There were a couple of religious things that I didn’t quite agree with but otherwise this book was stunning! I am so excited to see what else Shiloh writes. This was just the perfect royalty book! In Search of a Prince is a clean Christian contemporary royalty 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. 

Guest Post:

Writing is a creative process that is different for each person. I love to find out how some of my favorite authors go about creating their stories, so I thought I’d share my process with you. One of the first things I do is create my characters, but for In Search of a Prince, I also looked at developing the country as well.

You see Ọlọrọ Ilé is a fictional country set in west Africa in the Gulf of Guinea. I looked at some surrounding places (Bioko Island & Sao Tome and Principe) for inspiration on what it’s like to live on an island. For developing the country’s history and culture, I looked at how Africa was colonized and tribes in Nigeria.

Nigeria caught my interest because it makes up the biggest percentage in my ancestry report. (Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon to have my DNA analyzed for ancestry. It was fun.) Knowing what I wanted to do in the story, how I wanted the history to develop, I chose to model the majority of Ọlọrọ Ilé after the Yoruba tribe. I also modeled the language in the story after their language too.

As for my characters, their names, looks, personality, etc, all served a purpose for the book. I didn’t yet know it at the time because I don’t plot the story outline. Instead, I develop my characters (their strengths and weaknesses) and their backstory and let that take me on the journey. What would it be like for an American to discover they have ties to a faraway land? What would it be like to make the decision to rule or abdicate your responsibilities? Since I knew Brielle pretty well, it was easy to put myself in her shoes as I wrote word after word, page after page.

Of course the book went through some revisions and the timeline of events was switched around to give you the book you have in your hands today. It was an amazing journey and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it all turned out.

Until next time,

Toni Shiloh

Dancing with Dandelion

About the Book:

Dancing with Dandelion: A Christian Enemies-to-Lovers Romance (Bloom Sisters Book 7) by [Tara Grace Ericson]

Title: Dancing with Dandelion
Series: Bloom Sisters #6
Author: Tara Grace Ericson
Release Date: January 17th, 2022
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

They can’t agree on anything—except that the job comes first.

Dandelion “Andi” Bloom has sacrificed a lot for her career in the Army. Now that she’s retired, playing security guard at Bloom’s Farm for high-profile events is a welcome change of pace. That is, until hosting a string of political events means working with a Secret Service detail – including a certain special agent she would have rather left behind in Virginia.

Special Agent Ross McClain takes his job seriously. Even if he has to come to Middle of Nowhere, Indiana to work events for the vice presidential candidate. On Bloom’s Farm, Ross runs into a familiar—and unwelcoming—face. Could this assignment get any worse?

Despite their mutual disdain, Andi and Ross must work together to provide security for the farm and the candidate. As the assignment goes on, it becomes impossible not to clash over every decision—and even harder to deny their growing chemistry.

Book Review:

This was a wonderful way to end this lovely series. I was super excited to see that Andi was finally getting her own book, and it was just as good as I had hoped. Dancing with Dandelion is the sixth and final book in Tara Grace Ericson’s Bloom Sisters series. 

Andi was definitely a fun character, she was spunky and fierce. I actually don’t usually like these kinds of characters, but I adored Andi. She was a hard worker and she loved her family. I liked reading about Andi as she tried to find her place in life, she was leaving the Army and starting out again. It was sweet to read about her interacting with her family and learning to trust God with her life plans. I loved her interactions with Ross, they were so much fun together. Andi was a stubborn woman and she had to learn to let Ross in, learning that God is the one in control of all. 

Ross was also a great character. He came off as more of a jerk at first, but once I got to read more about him I ended up really liking him. He was kind and determined. He was a Secret Service agent and he understood that his job was to protect those under his care. He was strong and capable but he also had to learn to be still and trust God. I liked reading about Ross as he fell for Andi and as he learned that he didn’t need to go through life alone. 

Andi and Ross were great characters and I enjoyed reading about them falling in love. They were more enemies to lovers, but it never felt hostile. I liked how they were able to be professional and yet they still said how they felt. They were a really great match. The plot was also interesting, Andi and Ross had to work together to protect Andi’s family on the farm. I liked how Ericson was able to weave in the suspense without changing the genre or the feel of the series. I could not put this book down, I was really interested in finding out what was going to happen next. 

I loved the cameos of old characters, the Bloom family is always so much fun to read about. I also saw hints of a new series and I am so excited to see what else Ericson will write. Dancing with Dandelion was a great book and I would definitely recommend it! Dancing with Dandelion is a clean contemporary Christian book with a bit of suspense. 

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.

Truth is a Whisper

About the Book:

Truth is a Whisper: A Christian Cowboy Romance (Wolf Creek Ranch Book 1) by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Truth is a Whisper
Series: Wolf Creek Ranch #1
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date: January 17th, 2022
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

They both want the truth, but are they willing to pay the price?

Ava Collins is more than ready to say goodbye to the breakneck pace of the city, and an invitation to her grandfather’s ranch is exactly what she needs. Finding out her former flame is running the ranch, on the other hand, was entirely unexpected. How can she put aside her memories of that whirlwind summer when she has to work beside the handsome cowboy every day?

Jameson Ford was grateful to be offered the new foreman job at Wolf Creek Ranch. He’s eager to prove himself, but quickly distracted by the reappearance of his first love, who also happens to be his boss’s granddaughter. It’s been years since they promised each other forever, and neither of them know how to pick up where they left off or if they should forget it ever happened.

Allied by their love of the ranch, Jameson and Ava have to work together, despite the lingering feelings between them. When Ava uncovers secrets about her family, she doesn’t know if she can trust anyone. Most of all, can she learn to trust her heart on her way to discovering the truth?

Book Review:

This was a sweet book. I was excited to see that Mandi Blake was writing a new series and it was such a good start to the series. Truth is a Whisper is the first book in Mandi Blake’s series, Wolf Creek Ranch. And I am so excited to see how this series and these characters will turn out!

Ava had gone through a lot in her life. Her mother was not the kindest woman and Ava had been beaten down most of her life. She didn’t know her own worth. However, coming back to Wolf Creek Ranch changed everything for her. She found her family again and a place to belong. I liked Ava’s growth as a character, she learned to trust God and those around her. Ava was a sweet character and she hated conflict, she wanted to help those around her. It was cute to see how Jameson and Ava connected, Jameson made Ava feel safe. However Ava will have to come to terms with her mother and learn that there were secrets that kept her from her family on the ranch. 

I was super excited to read Jameson’s book! He had been in other books and I couldn’t wait to read more about him. He was such a sweetheart in this book. I loved his hardworking attitude and how he cared for Ava. He had fallen hard for her before and it was definitely cute to read about him interacting with her. Jameson wanted the best for Ava and he wanted her to see her worth and hope in Christ. However Jameson had to learn to trust God and see that he did not have to prove himself to anyone. 

Jameson and Ava were a fun couple to read about. They had their problems, but I liked how they trusted each other and worked it out together. I also adored Ava’s grandfather and the other characters on the ranch. I can’t wait to see what other stories Blake writes about these characters! I really enjoy how Blake is able to weave faith and God in so seamlessly without making it over-bearing.

Truth is a Whisper was a great book! I would definitely recommend it! Mandi Blake is definitely an author to check out. Truth is a Whisper is a clean Christian contemporary 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.

Mind the Gap

About the Book:

Mind the Gap by [Erynn Mangum]

Title: Mind the Gap
Erynn Mangum
Release Date: 
September 30, 2021
Christian Rom-Com

Book Review:

I have read and owned almost all of the Erynn Mangum books, so I was over the moon excited to get the chance to review this one! I love how there’s such a balance between heart and humor. And her characters are always so relatable. Like how in this book, Kate thinks that God must like to hear British people more than Americans because their accents are just amazing! I am a sucker for accents, so I laughed out loud at this 🙂

Kate’s life has fallen apart. After she gets fired from her dream job and her purpose, she feels lost. So when her Gran invites her to go to London, she jumps at the chance. While London was supposed to be a grand vacation, it just seems to highlight all of the anxiety in her life. Will Kate be able to finally trust Jesus with her life or will she hold onto what she thinks her life should be?

I loved Kate’s character so much! She was so relatable. She had everything figured out, and she had to learn how to take a leap of faith. I loved her relationship with her Gran too. Her Gran was hilarious! She was completely free and kind of crazy. It was cute how she was pushing Kate and Oliver together.

Oliver was a sweetheart! While I was a little bit unsure of the whole instalove thing, I think Ms. Magnum did it well. Personally, I felt like it was a little bit fast. But I can see how they were spending so much time together that it made sense. And I liked how it was clear that Kate’s choices were not just for Oliver. She was following what Jesus told her to do and not just a guy. However, practically speaking I think it’s always wise to get godly advice from multiple people and not to rush into decisions.

I loved this book! It was so sweet and fun, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Christian, rom coms! 

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.

Crazy for You Blog Tour

About the book:

Crazy for You (Deep Haven Collection Book 3) by [Susan May  Warren, Michelle Sass Aleckson]

Title: Crazy for You
Series: Deep Haven Collection #3
Author: Michelle Sass Alekcson and Susan May Warren
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

he’s doesn’t want any trouble…

Former soldier Veronica “Ronnie” Morales isn’t going to let her kid brother, Tiago, get pulled into the gangs of Minneapolis, so, seeking safety and a fresh start, she heads to sleepy Deep Haven on the north shore of Minnesota. She’s hoping to put down roots as the paramedic for the new Crisis Response Team, but it’s not easy to be the outsider.

He can’t seem to escape it…

It’s also not easy being the guy related to everyone in town. Especially when you’re the holdout vote for a landmark project. Fire Chief Peter Dahlquist might be the loneliest guy in town when both sides of his massive family—the Hatfields and McCoys of Deep Haven—demand that he pick sides. The only one who seems to understand is the newcomer in town…his new, albeit street-tough paramedic.

Can trouble bring them together?

When Tiago finds himself caught up in small town shenanigans and the town blames Ronnie for tragedy, Peter is forced to pick sides. But this choice just might cost him the home—and the woman—he loves.

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Book Review:

Oh my gosh! This book was sooo amazing. It is the first one I have read in the Deep Haven series, but I absolutely loved it! Crazy for You is set in the same world of Susan May Warren’s first two Deep Haven series and the Christiansen Family series. I’ve read a few of the Christiansen Family series, so I was delighted to see some cameos from them. I didn’t know any of the other characters, but I either fell in love with them or loved to hate them through this book!

Peter Dalquist is part of the two biggest dynasties in Deep Haven, the Dalquists and the Zimmermans, and he’s forced to pick sides when both of his families want a piece of land. Peter just wants his families to get along, and when he’s basically related to everyone in town, there’s nowhere he can go for some peace. Except maybe with the new paramedic, Veronica “Ronnie” Morales. Ronnie’s determined not to let her brother be pulled into the gangs of Minnaepolis, so she moves him to Deep Haven for a fresh start. But soon her brother gets pulled into a whole other set of troubles, and the whole town blames Ronnie for them. And Peter will have to decide whether or not he’s willing to fight for what he really wants.

I am a very nonviolent person, and I am a huge believer in the importance of family. But I really just wanted to smack the Dalquists and the Zimmermans because they were being such idiots! They were completely shameless in how hard they were pushing Peter, and I felt so bad for the poor guy. Peter’s birth father was a Zimmerman, but when his mom remarried a Dalquist, his stepfather also adopted him. He was stuck between the two families, and even though he was surrounded by family, he was also very alone.

He always felt the need to keep the peace, and it was almost like he had to prove himself because he wasn’t part of either family. But he was sooo sweet. I loved how he was a very strong male character, but he also struggled with his inability to say no. It was interesting especially because Ronnie was the complete opposite.

Ronnie had a very rough life full of abuse and neglect. Her mom had a string of losers constantly around, and her little brother was quickly falling prey to the bad environment. Her past made it very hard to rely on anyone. She had to be tough all the time which for her meant not apologizing or letting anyone in. I loved how Peter balanced that trait by helping her see not everything has to be a fight. In a lot of cases, a little bit of humility goes a long way, and Ronnie definitely had to learn that. And Ronnie helped Peter see that some things are worth fighting for.

I really appreciated how Ms. Aleckson made it clear that there would be hardships after conflict. Everything is harder and more awkward after disagreements, but it is worth the struggle. Nothing was rosy and perfect, but there were some clear steps towards reconciliation. I loved this book, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a wonderful small town romance! Crazy for You is also clean in the romance and the violence.

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

Author Interview:

  1. What first made you start writing?

    I’ve always been a huge reader. I love stories where the characters feel like real people I want to befriend. And sometimes I would daydream different endings to movies or books. But I didn’t think seriously about writing until my children were little and an employee survey at my job asked about hobbies, dreams and goals outside of work. It made me think about what I would do when my kids grew up. I was making up little rhymes and stories for them, so I thought about becoming an author. However, I’m notorious for starting things and not finishing them so first we bought a laptop. I spent a year writing a story. Once I knew I could finish a whole book my husband and I invested in a writing course and I got involved in some writing groups, going to conferences, etc. And now here I am! (And that first book will probably never see the light of day! LOL)
  1. What was the hardest part about writing this book?

    One of the challenges in writing a series with others is that our stories are connected. Like the real world, my characters’ actions affected the other stories in the series. The same was true for the other authors. We also had an established story world that many readers were already familiar with. I wanted to stay true to the Deep Haven Susan May Warren created and that her readers already loved. I really enjoyed collaborating with Susie, Rachel, and Andrea but at times we each had to make concessions for the sake of someone else’s story or to work within the framework already in place.
  1. How did you come up with Ronnie and Peter’s story?

    When Sunrise Publishing announced the contest to find authors applicants had to come up with a story premise. I’ve always loved Beauty and the Beast, so I thought I’d do a twist on the classic fairy tale. I’d make the heroine, Ronnie, the beast instead of the hero. I also love the small-town life but remember moving here and all the things that seemed strange to me when I first came. I thought it would be fun to incorporate some of that into a story with Ronnie moving to Deep Haven. I envisioned a strong hero that everyone liked and admired, but who had a hard time saying “no” to people. Peter and Ronnie were complete opposites in many ways, but each had something to learn from the other.
  2. Which was your favorite character? Is it the one you most related to?

    I relate more to Peter, who is all about family and bringing people together, but I enjoyed writing the Ronnie scenes because she would say things and act in ways I would never do! I always admire people with spunk and drive like her. How did you learn about this opportunity to write with Ms.WARREN? I have been a big fan of Susie’s for long time. I’ve also taken writing workshops and classes from her, so I follow her social media accounts and get her newsletter. When I saw the announcement on Facebook for being a draft author and writing Deep Haven stories with Susan May Warren I jumped at the chance. It’s been a dream come true!
  1. Do you have a big family as well?

    Yes! My parents both come from big families. My dad is one of six children and my mother is one of eight. But unlike Peter, most of my family is scattered across the United States and we moved a lot, so I didn’t grow up near cousins or grandparents. But when we did visit, we had some fun family gatherings and lots of yummy food! Now we live close to a lot of my husband’s family and my dad and stepmom have settled nearby. We still make it a point to see our out of state family too including my mom and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
  2. Have you ever lived in a small town before?

    I live in a tiny town in central Minnesota right now. There’s less than 500 people. It has a small school, four churches, a little grocery store, a gas station and handful of other businesses. I love going to the store or pumping gas and seeing people I know, catching up on their lives and sharing all the latest news. Our house is on twenty acres just outside of the town where my children can run wild, climb trees, plant vegetables, and we even make our own maple syrup. We love it!


Susan May Warren
Michelle Sass Aleckson

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at

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After growing upon both the east and west coasts, Michelle Sass Aleckson now lives the country life in central Minnesota with her own hero and their four kids. She loves rocking out to 80’s music on a Saturday night, playing Balderdash with the fam, and getting lost in good stories. Especially stories that shine grace. And if you’re wondering, yes, Sass is her maiden name. Visit her at

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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:


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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One She Never Expected


One She Never Expected (Finding Home Book 3) by [K. Leah]

Title: One She Never Expected
Series: Finding Home #3
Author: K. Leah
Release Date:
April 22, 2021
Genre: Clean Christian Romance

Will Piper see the perfect guy when he’s standing right in front of her?

Piper is discouraged when she realizes the career she’s always wanted isn’t quite what she dreamed. She’s at a crossroads, and her future rests on what she decides to do next. There’s no room for distractions.

Nolan came home to work for his dad after his big city career took a nosedive. Now, he’s realized small town life isn’t so bad. When a quirky blonde catches his eye, he’s surprised to find the girl he once knew is all grown up. Too bad he’s the last thing on her mind.

Piper can’t see what’s right in front of her. Nolan doesn’t know how to capture her attention. Can he bridge the gap before they miss their chance?

Book Review:

This was so cute!! I loved the storyline and the characters! I was super excited to read this book. One She Never Expected is the third book in K. Leah’s Finding Home series. I loved Piper in the second book, When I Found You! She was such a fun character and I have been eagerly waiting to read about Piper’s happily ever after.

Piper has been waiting for the man who would finally win her heart, but she never seems to fall for the right one. And then Nolan comes along and manages to change everything. Nolan and Piper will have to figure how to work through their new relationship even when life gets busy. 

Piper was so much fun, and she was such an interesting character. She was smart, but she was also the youngest child and she felt it. Piper was just trying to find her place in life, she didn’t know where God was leading her and she was really struggling. However, throughout the book, she learned to trust God and go to him for guidance. It was fun to read about her maturing and falling in love with Nolan. 

Nolan was such a nice guy, I liked him from the beginning. He fell for Piper first, and he quietly pursued her. But he wasn’t creepy about it. He was also trying to find his place in life. He wanted to listen to God’s leading. He was trying to win Piper’s heart, but he was also trying to figure out what to do with his life. I liked reading about him falling in love. And I just generally liked how he was a nice guy. But when job opportunities open up for him, what will he choose?

Piper and Nolan were super cute together. He was such a steady man, he stood by Piper. I really liked how Nolan tried to make decisions with Piper, and how he went to God for help. Although life got busy, they still tried to listen to God and talk with each other. I loved the progression of their relationship and seeing their families. It was so fun to see old characters again! It was also cool to meet new characters, Elle was hilarious! 

One She Never Expected was a great book! I really enjoyed reading about Piper and Nolan. The story was super interesting and I couldn’t put the book down. I would definitely recommend it! One She Never Expected is a clean, Christian, contemporary 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.