The Dreaming Beauty

About the Book:

The Dreaming Beauty by [Anneka R. Walker]

Title: Breaming Beauty
Author: Anneka R Walker
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: July 11th, 2022
Genre: Regency Romance

Once upon a dream, two cursed people fell in love . . .

Tansy White doesn’t want to end up alone like her three aunts who raised her, but when she is betrayed by her would-be betrothed, she fears she might never change her fate. At her aunts’ suggestion, she seizes the chance to visit Rose Cottage, the country home of her late mother. For years, dreams of the cottage have haunted Tansy, and she is convinced it holds the answer to her hidden past. But after getting caught in a terrible storm, she meets a man who is just as determined as she is to learn all her secrets.

Marcus Taylor, brother to the Duke of Westmorland, is also troubled by vivid dreams. On a sleepless night, as a tempest rages outside his brother’s estate, he makes a discovery far more mysterious than any dream: a young woman, cold as ice, lies unconscious in the library, and he is sure she is the key to solving his problems. When she wakes, what begins as a shared quest for information turns into an unexpected friendship. As they piece together the fragments of their pasts, they discover a tangled web of lies, and their feelings for each other become just as entwined. But is their love as strong as their dreams . . . or their fate?

Book Review:

Wow! This book was just stunning and full of twists and turns! I am in awe. I have to admit that it took me a bit to get into the book but once I really got into it, I was hooked. The Dreaming Beauty is a sequel to Anneka R Walker’s book, The Masked Baron. The Dreaming Beauty is a regency book inspired by Sleeping Beauty 

Tansy was an interesting character. I am honestly not quite sure how I feel about her. She was stubborn, but she was also looking for love. She was searching for the answers to her dreams and trying to find herself. Tansy grew a lot in this book. She learned to stand up for herself and also that happy endings could happen. 

Marcus was lovely. I really liked him in this book and I enjoyed reading about him. He worked hard to be a good man and help his brother. I loved how Marcus cared for the people under him and around him. But Marcus was also still learning how to let people in and how to fight for what he believed in. There were also secrets of his pasts that would come back to haunt him. 

Marcus and Tansy were cute together. They were able to help each other be the best. They each had their own issues to deal with, but it was sweet to read about them connecting. However, they had to fight for each other because there were a lot of obstacles and secrets standing in their way. 

The plot was really interesting and engaging. It started off slower but as I kept on reading, I was soon drawn in. I was amazed by everything that was going on and on the edge of myseat to find out what was going to happen. I also really enjoyed Marcus’ brother, Simon. He was a fun addition to the story, I hope that he gets his own book.

The Dreaming Beauty was a really fun book! I would definitely recommend it! The Dreaming Beauty is a clean regency romance 

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.


Not Dead Yet

About the Book:

Not Dead Yet (Guardian, #6) by [Traci Hunter Abramson]

Title: Not Dead Yet
Series: Guardian #6
Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: June 13th, 2022
Genre: Suspense

Cassidy Edgemont has been dead for four years. At least, that is what the world has been led to believe. After becoming unwittingly entangled in a group called the Coalition, known for using fake news to generate political unrest in the United States, Cas was offered a devastating choice: stage her own death and join her rescuers, the guardians, or risk the wrath of the organization she betrayed. She chose death.

As an invisible government operative, Cas has been living in Paris with no complications—until her family pays an unexpected visit to the European city, changing everything. They think Cas is dead, and she has to keep it that way. But when a bomb is detonated nearby and fake news incites riots in the city, Cas recognizes the mark of the Coalition.

Donovan, a fellow guardian, is summoned to join her in Paris to attempt to untangle the intricate web linking Cas’s past with the recent bombings. But as the threat level escalates, Cas must again make an impossible decision: face possible exposure to her family in her race to uncover the truth or risk the loss of innocent lives.

Book Review:

Another winner by Traci Hunter Abramson! Not Dead Yet is the sixth book in Traci Hunter Abramson’s Guardian series. I have to admit that I haven’t read the first five yet but it did not take away from the amazing book except that there were some characters who I did not really know, but otherwise it was great! 

Cassidy Edgemont was a great character, she really drew me in from the beginning. I loved reading about Cas and reading about her trying to save her family. She had suffered a lot and lost a lot, but she was still trying to do the right thing through it all. It was definitely sweet to read about her interacting with Donovan and learning to trust him though. Cas was so strong and I just loved her character throughout the book

Donovan was also lovely. I loved him from the beginning. It was fun to read from his perspective and see him learning to trust Cas, and then falling in love. He was also a guardian and he wanted to find his own family. Donovan worked hard to protect Cas and help their mission. 

Donovan and Cas were cute together and I definitely loved reading about their interactions. However romance was not the only thing that kept this book going. There was suspense and mystery. Oh my goodness, I was on the edge of my seat reading this book. I didn’t know what was going to happen or how Cas was going to protect her family. It was so exciting and I was engaged the whole time

Not Dead Yet was wonderful! I loved everything about it! It was fun to see the other characters, I need to go read their books. I would definitely recommend Not Dead Yet. Not Dead Yet is a clean romantic suspense 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.

Romancing Daphne

About the Book:

Romancing Daphne by [Sarah M. Eden]

Title: Romancing Daphne
Series: Lancaster Family #3
Author: Sarah M Eden
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: June 1st, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance

As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster’s timid heart with dread. She hasn’t her sisters’ beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family’s enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster. But Daphne’s misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne’s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love. “Sarah M. Eden has a knack for just the right pacing in her books while endearing the characters to us and showcasing a more universal human dilemma.”

Book Review:

I have finished 3 of the Lancaster Family books in 2 days! They’re just that good, and my favorite one so far was probably Romancing Daphne. Daphne is so relatable, and she and James are adorable together. I loved their relationship together! It was so fun to see everyone else again too. The parts with Linus in it just made me want to read his book more 🙂

Daphne Lancaster is terrified to be making her way into Society. She already knows she is both plain and completely incapable of making a conversation. She is certain it will be a complete disaster, and she will spend the rest of her life alone. So she is overjoyed when James Tilburn shows interest in her and begins to court her. His kind manner captured her heart when she was a girl, and it seems like her happily ever after is within her reach. But her courtship is not what it seems, and suddenly, Daphne’s fragile heart looks like it is in danger of being broken again. James and Daphne will have to decide whether they will risk everything for true love.

Let’s start off with Daphne because she’s awesome! Daphne is convinced that she does not measure up or is enough for anyone. When she was a child, she was constantly dismissed by her father, and those scars stayed with her. I felt for her soo much. I think almost everyone can relate to her feelings at some point in their lives, and Ms. Eden masterfully wrote her in a believable way. She had to choose whether she was willing to give her heart to James even if it meant more pain.

James was such an honorable character. He was determined to protect his family even if it meant pain for himself. I loved watching him fight for Daphne. He was soo nice to her, and it was sweet to watch him fall in love with her. This book was honestly amazing! The characters were so compelling, and the story was interesting without being too intense. I’m not a huge Regency fan, but I loved it! Sarah M. Eden is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors🥰🥰

Engaging Emma

About the Book:

Engaging Emma by [Elle M. Adams]

Title: Engaging Emma
Author: Elle M. Adams
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: May 2nd, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

As a successful doctor in Los Angeles, Tucker Madsen left his small-town roots behind long ago, trading his flannel shirts for a glossy lifestyle and a beautiful fiancée. But when his mother requests his help to sell the family farm, Tucker reluctantly returns to a place that holds more memories than he cares to admit. Normal, Missouri, was the site of the golden days of childhood—and the blush of first love. 

Tucker fell in love with Emma McAllister at seventeen, but when youthful promises of forever ended in heartbreak, he and Emma both moved on. Or so they thought. When they are unexpectedly reunited at the Madsen family farm, both are unprepared for the rush of feelings that brings into question everything they thought they knew. They could never have imagined that now, years after they were torn apart, fate would offer them a second chance in the place where it all began. But when faced with the realities of the separate lives they’ve built, history seems doomed to repeat itself.

Book Review:

This was a fun debut novel. I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into the story, but once I really started it I ended up enjoying it. Engaging Emma is written by Elle M Adams and it is a clean contemporary romance. 

Emma was an interesting character. I did not really connect with her but I was able to get to know her. She had been hurt before and she was just trying to protect herself and build a life for herself. I did feel for her as she worked to run her company well. I loved how she cared for the people around her, especially Miss Lily. Emma had to learn to forgive and also how to let people past her walls. The past did not have to define her. 

Okay so Tucker, I did like. I felt bad for him. He tried hard to care for his family but he was also dealing with guilt. Tucker had left his grandmother’s town and in a sense never looked back. He wanted to leave those memories behind but he never recovered from his summer romance with Emma. Tucker had to figure out what he wanted in life and make sacrifices for the things that are most important to him. 

Tucker and Emma were second chance lovers so they had a lot of hurt to work through. There were things that were out of their control and they had to learn to work together again. It was interesting to read about them interacting and getting to know each other for a second time. They had a lot of ground to cover, but in the end it was sweet. 

The side characters were a lot of fun! I thought that Miss Lily, Tucker’s grandmother, had quite the personality. Nina, Emma’s best friend, was also a nice addition to the series. 

Overall, I enjoyed Engaging Emma and I am excited to see what else Adams writes. Engaging Emma is a wholesome, clean contemporary romance.

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

An Unfamiliar Duke

About the Book:

An Unfamiliar Duke (Georgian Gentleman, #4) (Georgian Gentlemen) by [Sian Ann Bessey]

Title: An Unfamiliar Duke
Series: Georgian Gentlemen #4
Author: Sian Ann Bessey
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: May 16th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

At eleven years of age, Rosalind Ainsworth was convinced that Sebastian Lumley, the future Duke of Kelbrook, was the most odious young man she’d ever met. And ten years later, after having had no contact with the nobleman in the intervening time, her opinion of him has not changed. Unfortunately, neither has the marriage contract their fathers signed soon after her birth.

As Rosalind’s twenty-first birthday and the appointed wedding day approaches, Sebastian makes a rare appearance in London. His first meeting with Rosalind since childhood goes less than perfectly, but Sebastian has a compelling reason for honoring their marriage contract—a reason outlined in a document kept behind his workshop’s locked door. 

After a quick wedding, the new couple relocates to Finley Park, where their acquaintanceship slowly blossoms into affection. But when Sebastian’s secretive work threatens their fledgling relationship and Rosalind’s life is placed in jeopardy, Sebastian finds himself forced to choose between the man he has pledged to help and the woman he has come to love. 

Book Review:

One of my most anticipated reads of 2022 and it did not disappoint! An Unfamiliar Duke is the fourth book in Sian Ann Bessey’s Georgian Gentlemen series. This book was simply amazing! It is actually set before the first three books but it was so fun to read!

 Rosalind Ainsworth was such a fun character. I loved her little quirks but also her kindness. Rosalind was an easy character to read about. I felt for her as she tried to navigate her new life. She tried her best to be positive and look for the good. It was definitely interesting to read about Rosalind and fun to get to know her. She was in A Noble Smuggler for a bit but not a whole lot. I adored Rosalind and loved reading her story

Sebastian Lumley, was the future Duke of Kelbrook, and he didn’t know what to do with a wife. Sebastian was also a wonderful character. He was trying his best to be a good husband, but he honestly didn’t know what he was doing. I really liked Sebatian. It was sweet to read about him caring for Rosalind. He didn’t quite like being in large groups of people, but he cared for his staff and for Rosalind. 

I really enjoyed the romance between Sebastian and Rosalind. I liked how they both worked through their marriage. The story was easy to read and engaging. The plot was interesting and I wanted to see what would happen next. 

I loved An Unfamiliar Duke, it was a lovely addition to the series. I would totally recommend it! An Unfamiliar Duke is a clean historical romance, it can be read standalone but it is part of 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.


Facing the Enemy

About the Book:

Facing the Enemy (Roxbury Heirs, #1) by [Paige Edwards]

Title: Facing the Enemy
Series: Roxbury Heirs #1
Author: Paige Edwards
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: April 4th, 2022
Genre:  Suspense

Lady Elise Henderson lives two separate lives. At home in Scotland, she’s the titled daughter of the Marquess of Roxbury, an heiress in her own right. In London, however, she’s Elise Taylor, a top MI6 operative for the “home office.” But when a devastating accident threatens to end her career, Elise is left with far too much time for self-reflection and the regret of a decision made long ago that features one man: fellow MI6 agent Harry Benson.

Harry Benson, the son of servants, has loved Elise for the better part of a decade. But life took them on separate journeys until their worlds converged once more. An immediate assignment to the Scottish Borders leaves Harry little time to make provisions for his small, rambunctious son, Sammy. Harry knows only one person he can rely on for the boy’s care—Elise. When Elise brings Sammy to her ancestral estate, she never imagines that a nemesis from her past looms in the shadows, hungry for revenge. Stalked at every turn, Elise and Harry discover that fighting their feelings for one another is futile, but can they survive long enough to get another shot at true love?

Book Review:

Wow! This book was really good. I have been so looking forward to this book and it didn’t not disappoint! Facing the Enemy is the first book in Paige Edwards’ new series, Roxbury Heirs. Edwards weaves such a fascinating tale with engaging characters. This was just a wonderful book.

I really liked the characters in this book. I didn’t always agree with them, but I felt as if I got to know them. Both Elise and Harry were struggling with different things and learning how to move on with life; they felt real. 

I have to admit that there were times where Elise got on my nerves, but as I read more about her I grew to like her. She was going through a lot and she was trying to work through the waves of life. Elise was a strong woman and I liked how she pushed herself. She was stubborn and opinionated but she cared for her family and for Harry. I liked how Harry was able to see past Elise’s walls and truly get to know her. Elise will have to learn that being an agent isn’t everything and how to let herself enjoy life. 

Harry was also interesting. I liked that although he was dedicated to his job, he was still a good father. He cared about Sammy and he was truly trying his best. But he was struggling to balance his job and care for his son. I really liked Harry. He was kind and full of life, but he could also be serious. It was sweet to read about him interacting with Elise and trying to encourage her. Harry will have to figure out how to find that fine line between work and family. 

Harry and Elise were a sweet couple. They had known each other before and it was cute to read about them connecting and falling in love. I liked their chemistry and easy banter, they truly did understand each other. 

The plot was so engaging and I was on the edge of my seat. I needed to know what was going to happen and how it was going to end. I really enjoy the suspense, I felt as if it was perfect. It wasn’t too scary but I still wanted to read more. Sammy, Harry’s son, was also a lot of fun. I loved his mischievous nature, but also how sweet he was. He really added to the story. 

Facing the Enemy is definitely a book you should read especially if you enjoyed Edwards’ other books. This was a sweet second chance romance with lovable characters and thrilling plot! I did not want to put it down. 

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.


Lily of the Valley

About the Book:

Lily of the Valley (The Gents, #2) by [Sarah M. Eden]

Title: Lily of the Valley
Series: The Gents #2
Author: Sarah M Eden
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: April 11th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Cumberland, 1786

Amateur inventor Kester Barrington prefers the peace and quiet of his estate to the bustle of Society. But when his tight-knit group of friends, the Gents, descends on Livingsley Hall for their annual gathering, he stoically joins in their activities. It all seems exhausting—until an unexpected addition to the party catches his eye: his new neighbor, the lovely Violet.

Violet Ridley longs to make friends in this new corner of the country, but her family’s fortune was made through investments rather than inheritance, and Society can be fickle. So when tragedy forces her family to shelter at neighboring Livingsley Hall, Violet is delighted to receive a warm welcome from the Gents. In particular, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kester. The pair is a study in contrasts: Violet, with her sunny disposition, and Kester, with his prickly facade. Their connection is impossible to deny, but both Kester and Violet harbor heavy constraints. As their association becomes increasingly tangled and confused, their only hope of pursuing a life together is to trust one another with the very truths that could tear them apart.

Book Review:

I just love the grumpy one who falls for the sunshiny one troupe. Oh, can I just say that I loved this book! It was amazing! Lily of the Valley is the second book in Sarah M Eden’s The Gents series! It was a much anticipated read and it completely surpassed my expectations. 

Grumpy Uncle, Kes definitely deserved his own book and it was just so sweet to read about him falling in love. Kes was so complex and I loved reading about him. Although he appeared grumpy, he was more just introverted. However he cared for his friends and he would do anything for them. Kes had so many things going on for him and I just wanted him to be happy. It was cute to read about him falling for Violet. Kes had to learn to live life and not let the past define him. 

Violet was such a wonderful character. She tried her best to stay positive and look on the bright side of things, however she was also struggling with the weight of always being happy. She couldn’t let others see that she was struggling. I loved reading about Violet as she learned to let others see her. It was sweet to read about her connecting with Kes. She was strong but she was learning that she didn’t have to be strong alone.

Oh my goodness, there were so many feels in this book! I just loved everything about it, the characters, the plot, the romance! The other Gents were just lovely and I can’t wait for their books! It was definitely fun to read about a new set of friends. I love the way that Eden can weave together a story that draws you in. 

I adored Lily of the Valley and I would definitely recommend it! It needs to be on your TBR! Lily of the Valley is a clean 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.

Before the Fortress Falls

About the Book:

Before the Fortress Falls by [A. L. Sowards]

Title: Before the Fortress Falls

Author: A. L. Sowards

Release Day: April 1, 2022

Publisher: Covenant Communications

Formats: Print, ebook, audio

Genres: Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, War Fiction

When rumors reach Vienna that an attack by the Ottoman army is imminent, Wilhelm von Schor, one of the emperor’s courtiers, prepares to evacuate his family—including his sister, Katja. But Katja’s reluctance to leave the city and the people she loves so well grows the farther the family carriage gets from her childhood home. When she learns that another brother, Xavier, is returning to Vienna with his musketeers, she decides to remain behind and face the shadow of war.

Katja soon reunites with Xavier and also with Toby, a dear friend from childhood. As Katja and Toby renew their friendship, an element of attraction builds on the comradery of their youth, and they quickly realize they have found something worth fighting for: love. But all too soon, the Ottomans encircle the city, blanketing its inhabitants in fear. Katja, Toby, and Xavier must each fulfill their new roles if they are to survive. In the overcrowded hospitals, below ground in the countermines, and on the ramparts defending the city walls, the three must fight for love, family, faith, and the survival of their city and everyone inside.

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Book Review:

Wow! This was a stunning book. This book started off a bit slower for me but I knew that it could happen. My brain takes a while to process things so it took me a little while to read, but it was a great book! Before the Fortress Falls is by A.L. Sowards. The characters were so engaging and the story was beautiful. It was fun to read from different perspectives and I think it really made the story interesting. 

Katja was a strong character who was trying to do what she thought was best. Although the Ottoman army was coming, she chose to stay in Vienna. I thought that Katja was an interesting character, she felt so real. Life was hard, they were in the midst of a siege and yet she did not give up. However I liked how there were still times when she was afraid or when she felt overwhelmed, but how she still pressed on and looked to God. 

Toby was also a wonderful character, his life had not been easy but he worked hard. I liked his strength and his willingness to help serve his home city. Although he was afraid, he still wanted to protect his home. He was human though and there were times when he got discouraged. However though it all he still worked hard and he even encouraged Katja when she got down. 

Toby and Katja had a sweet romance. They had been old friends, and it was sweet to read about them. I liked how their romance was a slow burn, it was definitely cute to read about them interacting and helping each other. They had their troubles and an invasion to fight off, but they worked together. 

Xavier and Wilhelm were some of the other perspectives that you got to see. I really liked reading from both of their perspectives. They had a few different views on life, but they both wanted to save their home city. Although they fought and disagreed, they were still family. I really liked the family feel of this book. Katja, Wilhelm, and Xavier all had different views on life and ideas, but they still cared for each other even when things got hard. 

The action was very exciting in this book and it was definitely fascinating to read about. I felt as if I learned a lot from the battle scenes and from what the soldiers did to try and prepare for battle. It was really engaging. There are some more gruesome wounds and deaths mentioned but it fits the book and the scene. 

Before the Fortress Falls is a wonderful book and I would definitely recommend it! Before the Fortress Falls is a historical romance 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. 

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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Bargaining for the Barrister

About the Book:

Bargaining for the Barrister by [Anneka R. Walker]

Title: Bargaining for the Barrister
Series: Matchmaking Mamas #1
Author: Anneka K Walker
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: March 7th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Louisa Cox is tired of fortune hunters pursuing her dowry. So when Lady Kellen offers to help her find an eligible suitor, Louisa eagerly accepts and makes a list of what she wants in a husband. The man selected is barrister Paul Sheldon. He may be a complete stranger, but he has one thing in his favor: he is unaware of her fortune. What Louisa did not anticipate was his curious behavior—or being so attracted to him.

When Paul catches wind of the matchmaking organization his mother and her friends are establishing, he pities the fellow who will be caught in their scheme—until he realizes he is to be their first victim. Horrified, Paul determines to thwart his mother’s plans by whatever means necessary. After meeting his intended, however, his increasing desire to be near her threatens to disrupt his convictions. Louisa is everything he could want in a wife, and when an unexpected adventure sets in motion the very plan he had determined to halt, he almost wishes his mother’s plot could succeed. But Paul harbors a secret and a past that make it impossible for him to give Louisa the life she deserves.

Book Review:

This book was just perfect! I loved everything about it, the characters were sweet and I was engrossed with the story. Bargaining for the Barrister is the first book in Anneka R Walker’s Matchmaking Mamas series. And it was a great start to this series! I can’t wait to read more!

I really liked the characters and the storyline! The mother’s matchmaking was so much fun, and they totally meddled. Louisa and Paul were wonderful characters who had me from the beginning. They were complex and so interesting to read about. I felt as if they had become my friends by the end of the book. It was sweet to read about Louisa and Paul interacting. They started off as friends and grew to more. I liked their connection and how they looked out for each other. I really liked Pual and Louisa interactions, they were both so witty and quick. The conversations in books are some of my favorite parts and their conversations were just so much fun to read. 

Louisa was such a complex character. She was trying her best to be happy and yet she was weary. With the death of her parents, she carried a weight on her shoulder, she wanted to live life for her parents and she didn’t want to make things harder for her brother. I liked Louisa from the beginning. She was kind and thoughtful but she wasn’t a statue, she had a fire to her. It was fun to read about her quick wit and see her falling for Paul. She wasn’t naive but she chose to hope for the best. Life hadn’t always been kind to Louisa but she was up to the challenge. 

Paul was also awesome! He was kind and considerate, but he had his own quirks. He didn’t always enjoy being around people and he didn’t like to be touched. He was generous and thoughtful to a fault, but he truly cared about those around him. He had his own troubles to work through and it was fun to see him grow. Louisa worked past his walls and it was so cute. Paul had to learn how to let people in and learn that he didn’t have to do everything on his own. 

I also adored the side characters. The matchmaking mamas were definitely stirring things up. Paul’s friends were also lovely, they all really added to the book! They totally need their own books. I liked how Louisa and her brother had a good relationship, they didn’t always agree but they still cared about each other. The families and friends in this book reminded me of my family and friends whom I love

All in all, this book was pretty amazing! I would totally recommend Bargaining for the Barrister! It is a clean historical romance with meddling mothers and a sweet romance. This is another win for Walker!

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.


Danger Unknown

About the Book:

Danger Unknown by [Kathi Oram Peterson]

Title: Danger Unknown
Author: Kathi Oram Peterson
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: March 1st, 2022
Genre: Suspense

The small desert town seemed like the perfect place to disappear—until Brooke Steward’s worst nightmare walks into the diner where she works. The man who killed her husband has found her—again. Desperate to protect her young daughter, Brooke has no choice but to run for their lives.

Awakened by a haunting nightmare that has plagued him for years, Michael Calder is startled by a knock at the door of his remote Montana ranch. He is even more shocked when he finds a disheveled child on his steps who silently leads him to her injured mother. In making the split-second decision to bring Brooke and her daughter into his home, Michael is unwittingly drawn with them into the path of danger. Someone is determined to silence Brooke, no matter the cost. In their quest for the truth, Brooke and Michael come to trust each other completely, their relationship deepening into something more. But even as the lines between friendship and love blur, the explosive secrets of the past are finally revealed. Now they must fight to survive or risk becoming the latest casualties in a deadly conspiracy.

Book Review:

Wow! This was such a suspenseful book. Danger Unknown is the first book that I have read by Kathi Oram Peterson and I really enjoyed it! It was a wonderful blend of suspense and romance. I have to admit I was a little worried about reading this book because I get scared easily, but it was a lovely book with just the right amount of suspense at least for me. 

Brooke was on the run with her daughter. She was just trying to keep herself and her daughter, Izzy alive. However when everything seems to come crashing down help comes from an unexpected source. Michael Carter has been haunted by his past, but things change when he is awoken from a nightmare by a knock on his door. He finds a small child who leads him to her injured mother. Michael is unexpectedly brought into Brooke’s troubles,  where a man is trying to silence her and her daughter. As Brooke and Michael fight to stay alive they find themselves drawing closer to each other. Will they be able to keep each other and Izzy safe or will they become the latest casualty in a deadly conspiracy?

Brooke was just trying her best to survive and protect her daughter. I really felt for her, she found herself in an impossible situation and she was just trying to keep afloat. I liked how Brooke felt real, I was able to relate to her. Brooke was strong but she was also at her wits ends. It was sweet to read about her learning to trust Michael and learning to stand up for herself. Brooke will have to learn to face her fears of the past if she wants to keep her daughter safe. 

Micahel was just so kind, I really liked him as a character. He unexpectedly found himself drawn to this mother and child and he was doing his best to help them. His relationship with Izzy was just so sweet, he wanted to keep her safe. It was cute to read about him reaching out to Izzy and trying to break her out of her shell. He was a military man so he knew how to protect others and he was determined to protect Brooke and Izzy. However this situation was bigger than he could have imagined and Michael will need help if he wanted to protect Brooke and Izzy, people who have worked their way into his heart. 

I liked how the relationship between Michael and Brooke grew. It did not feel rushed and although it was faster, it made sense because of the circumstances. I liked how they first wanted to help each other and then it grew to love. I was on the edge of my seat while reading this, I needed to know what was going to happen. There were so many surprises and more things just kept on popping up. It was quite an adventure. I also adored Izzy, she was just the sweetest little girl. I felt so bad for her, but I loved reading about her connecting to Michael. 

Danger Unknown was a thrilling book and I would definitely recommend it. It is a suspense book so be warned. I would recommend it to those who enjoy lighter suspense if that even makes sense.:) Danger Unknown is a clean suspense 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.