Georgana’s Secret

About the Book:

Title: Georgana’s Secret
Author: Arlem Hawks
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date:
January 12, 2021
Genre: Clean and Wholesome Romance

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A Regency romance on the high seas. Two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love.

As a young girl, Georgana Woodall dreamed of beautiful dresses, fancy balls, and falling in love. However, when her mother dies, she cannot face a future under the guardianship of her abusive grandmother and instead chooses to join her father on his ship disguised as his cabin boy, “George.”

Lieutenant Dominic Peyton has no time in his life for love, not with his dedication to His Majesty’s Royal Navy claiming his full attention. While trying to adjust to a new crew, he strives to be an exemplary officer and leader. When he sees the captain’s cabin boy being harassed by the crew, he immediately puts a stop to it and takes the “boy” under his wing. After discovering a number of clues, Dominic deduces that George is really a woman. Knowing that revealing the cabin boy’s secret would put her in serious danger from the rowdy crew, Dominic keeps silent and hides his growing affection for her.

Georgana is quickly losing her heart to Dominic’s compassion and care but is convinced nothing can come of her affection. She cannot continue to live her life on the sea, and having already missed too many seasons in London, her chances of being welcomed back into polite society and finding a suitable husband are quickly slipping away.

Georgana’s Secret is about two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love.

Book Review:

This was a great book! It had a daring hero and an amazing heroine. Georgana’s Secret is the first book I have read written by Arlem Hawke and I am so glad that I took the chance on it. I had seen it on social media and I knew I had to read it! (Side note: I love the cover!)

Georgana’s Secret is about Georgana Woodall as she hides on her father’s naval ship pretending to be a boy, George Taylor. All Georgana wants is freedom, freedom from her past and her secret. Lieutenant Dominic Peyton is married to the Navy, he loves his job and he is determined to prove himself to his new captain. Along the way, he meets the captain’s cabin boy and he takes the boy under his wing, little does he know that the captain’s cabin boy is none other than Georgana, a girl disguised as a boy. 

I liked Georgana, but I also felt bad for her. She was trying to be content in the world that she was living in, but it was hard. She wanted more than to pretend to be a boy, but she also knew that returning home would make things hard. Georgang was so strong, she took the teasing and harassment from other crew without complaining. I also liked how kind she was even to those who are unkind to her. I adored reading about her relationship with Dominic, he was so kind.

Dominic was a great hero! He was a lovely character and I really liked him. He was someone who worked hard, but he also treated others with respect. He was a sweet character who loved his mom and was willing to sacrifice things for her. I loved reading about him as he started to fall for Georgana (once he knew she was a girl). It was really cute!

This book was enchanting, I could not put it down. It was such a great book! I really enjoyed it! The story was riveting and I didn’t know how it was going to end. Georgana and Dominic were at different places in their life and there was the matter with Georgagn’s dad being the captain. Dominic loved the navy, while Georgana couldn’t wait to get back on land. I didn’t know how they were going to end up together. 

 I am now hooked on Ms. Hawks books, I can’t wait to read more of what she has written. You need to read Georgana’s Secret, I would definitely recommend it! I loved the characters. I give this book five stars!

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

A Cowboy for Keeps

ABOUT THE BOOK

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

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

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

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

Book Review:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Her Amish Wedding Quilt

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Her Amish Wedding Quilt by Winnie Griggs, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Her Amish Wedding Quilt
Series: Hope’s Haven #1
Author: Winnie Griggs
Publisher: Forever
Release Date:
December 15, 2020
Genre: Amish Romance

An Amish seamstress and a single father have a chance to make a fresh start in this heartwarming novel about finding love when you need it the most.

Spirited, forthright, impulsive — everyone told Greta Eicher she’d have to change her ways if she ever hoped to marry. Then her best friend Calvin, the man she thought she would wed, chooses another woman. Now Greta’s wondering if the others were right all along. Her dreams dashed, she pours her energy into crafting beautiful quilts at her shop and helping widower Noah Stoll care for his adorable young children.

Noah knows it’s time to think about finding a wife. When Greta offers to play matchmaker on his behalf, Noah eagerly accepts. After all, no one knows his children better. But none of the women she suggests seems quite right, because, unexpectedly, his feelings of respect and friendship for Greta have grown into something even deeper and richer. But will he have enough faith to overcome the pain of his past and give love another chance?

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Guest Post:

How do you realistically depict the Amish and their customs?

Well I hope I depict them realistically. I’ve tried to immerse myself in the culture. I’ve purchased
a number of reference books, connected with folks, both writers and ‘civilians’, who are either
Amish themselves or who have close ties to the Amish, I’ve subscribed to several Amish-
focused blogs, and I’ve utilized trusted readers/writers of Amish fiction to read parts of my
books. I really, REALLY wanted to make a couple of trips to Amish country to physically
immerse myself in the culture, but unfortunately, 2020 being what it is/was, I wasn’t able to
follow through on that.
I’m sure I’ve made mistakes, but I plan to learn from them and improve as I move forward.

Review:

Her Amish Wedding Quilt was such a cute and sweet book! I loved the characters and I will definitely read more of Winnie Griggs’s books. Her Amish Wedding Quilt it about Greta Eicher and Noah Stoll. Greta is spirited, impulsive and forthright, qualities no man wants in a wife. As she tries to be content with being a spinster, she offers to play matchmaker for Noah Stoll, a widower trying to care for his two children and balance his work. However, as Greta suggests women none of them seem to fit for Noah because unexpectedly his feelings of respect and friendship for Greta have grown into something even deeper and richer. But will he be able to overcome the pain of his path and perhaps form a relationship with Greta?

This was a really cute book! I thought that the premise was really intriguing and I loved the characters. Greta was a lot like me, impulsive and forthright, I really related to her. However, I also felt bad for her as she tried to navigate life knowing that she was different from other women and that no man would want her as a wife. She was strong, but she was kind and she really cared for Noah and his kids.

Noah was the strong silent kind of guy. He didn’t always express his feelings, but he was kind and thoughtful. I thought that he was a sweetheart and I really liked him. He cared for Greta from the beginning, but it took a little while for him to realize his feelings for her. He loved his children and he wanted the best for them. There were points where I wanted to shake him because he was trying to suppress his feelings for Greta. But everything worked out in the end. 

Her Amish Wedding Quilt was a cute book. It was such a fun story, Greta started out as helping Noah find a wife but they end up falling in love instead. I adored the characters! I would definitely recommend Her Amish Wedding Quilt! I can’t wait to see what comes next in the series. 

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Winnie Griggs is the multi-published, award-winning author of romances that focus on small towns, big hearts, and amazing grace. Her work has won a number of regional and national awards, including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Winnie grew up in southeast Louisiana in an undeveloped area her friends thought of as the back of beyond. Eventually, she found her own Prince Charming, and together they built a storybook happily-ever-after, one that includes four now-grown children who are all happily pursuing adventures of their own. When not busy writing, she enjoys cooking, browsing estate sales, and solving puzzles. She is also a list maker, a lover of exotic teas, and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.

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Joy to the World

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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

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

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

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

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

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wrong Train to Paris

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Wrong Train to Paris (Romance on the Orient Express, #2) by [Jennifer Moore]

Title: Wrong Train to Paris
Series: Romance on the Orient Express
Author:
Jennifer Moore
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date:
December 1, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction

At nineteen years of age, Julia Weston fancies herself a capable woman, far too old to require a traveling companion. But at the insistence of her overprotective father, Julia finds herself aboard the Orient Express in the care of an approved escort. In an ill-advised demonstration of independence, Julia leaves the train on a quick errand and then re-boards and sleeps away her exhaustion. Upon awakening, however, she realizes her plan went terribly awry: she boarded the wrong train and is now stranded alone in the French countryside of Provence.

Now she must rely on the help of Luc Paquet, a young French farmer who offers her accommodations with his aunt while Julia awaits the next train to Paris in five days’ time. As she settles into the rhythms of the household alongside Luc and his aunt, Julia learns more than she ever dreamed she would about France, farm life, and her handsome rescuer. There is more to Luc than meets the eye, and their chemistry is undeniable. But Julia and Luc are from different worlds, and all too soon, the train will bear Julia back to a life that suddenly feels incomplete.

Book Review:

I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely be reading more books by Jennifer Moore. Wrong Train to Paris is the second book in the Romance on the Orient Express series written by multiple authors and published by Covenant Communications. Julia Weston just wants to prove to her father that she is responsible, but in an ill-advised demonstration of independence, Julia leaves the train but ends up reboarding on the wrong train. She ends up strained in the French countryside of Provence. While in Provence, she must rely on the help of Luc Paquet, a young French Farmer who offers to bring her to his aunt. As she settles into a rhythm with Luc and his aunt, Julia finds herself falling for Luc. But Julia and Luc are from different worlds, and soon the train will bear Julia back to a life that suddenly feels incomplete. 

Julia was such an interesting character. She rushed into things without thinking, but she was kind. I really liked her and although she had her faults, she still cared for others. She so wanted to prove to her father that she was independent, but in doing that she ended up proving that she was still young. I liked her growth as a character, as she learned to take a step back and think. It was so sweet to see her try so hard to be helpful. I thought that the fact that she needed everything to be orderly was a fun quirk. 

Luc was such a nice guy. He came off as kind of standoffish at first, but he was super sweet. He wanted to help Julia, but he was also a little uncertain about what to do with her. I really liked Luc. He had hidden talents and it was sweet to see him interact with Julia. I loved his relationship with his Aunt. But Luc had to learn to get over the past and look towards the future, he had to learn to forgive himself. 

Julia and Luc had to learn to work past their differences. They also had to figure out how to make a relationship work even though they were from different worlds. Julia tried so hard to be helpful, and Luc tried so hard to help Julia. I thought their relationship was so fun. It was so interesting to see them go through everyday life. 

Wrong Train to Paris was a great book! It was a clean historical read and I would definitely recommend it! I really liked the characters and I was intrigued by the plot. I stayed up way too late to finish this 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.

The Christmas Foundling

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Christmas Foundling: A Christmas Regency Romance (Belles of Christmas: Frost Fair Book 5) by [Martha Keyes]

Title: The Christmas Foundling
Series: Belles of Christmas: Frost Fair
Author:
Martha Keyes
Release Date:
December 5, 2020
Genre: Christmas Regency Romance

A babe in a manger once saved the world. Can this one save a failing marriage?

Lydia Blakeburn, Baroness Lynham, wants nothing more than to present her husband with an heir, but after five years of marriage, she has all but given up on doing so. What started as a love match has since begun to sour, yet there is nothing Lydia can do to free Miles from a marriage she is certain he regrets. The future they had envisioned together is slipping farther and farther away.


Miles Blakeburn is at his wit’s end. Not only has he failed to produce an heir to the family’s ancient title, his wife has withdrawn from him entirely. The one thing in the world she wants, he has thus far been unable to give her: a child. He is a failure in every regard.


When they happen upon an abandoned baby at the Frost Fair, Miles simply can’t resist the light he sees sparked in his wife’s eyes as she holds the child. He agrees to take the foundling in until Christmastide is over, when they will find the babe a permanent home. But, for a couple who’s been yearning for a baby for years, the infant can’t help but expose all the feelings Lydia and Miles have long been trying to bury, feelings that have the power to bring them back together—or estrange them forever.

*This book deals with the topic of infertility, which can be triggering for some

Book Review:

A sweet and inspiring story, The Christmas Foundling follows Lydia and Miles Blakeburn, who after five years of marriage, and despite their most fervent wishes, still do not have a child. Lydia despairs of ever giving her husband an heir and sees no way to remove him from the marriage she is sure he now regrets. Miles is equally distressed, not only at his inability to give his wife the child she desires and his lineage an heir, but also at the distance his wife now holds herself from him. He has failed in every regard. The discovery of an abandoned baby at the Frost Fair brings to surface long buried feelings that could either reunite the couple or forever destroy them. 

Oh, the feels in this book! I so felt for both Lydia and Miles who were so hurting and felt so alone. They both were dealing with feelings of inadequacy and disappointment. They had been a love match and at the beginning of the book were so estranged from one another. Neither really talked to the other and so both wrestled with their feelings alone. Being in the Regency Era, infertility was not really understood or talked about, so Miles and Lydia were given few answers and fewer solutions. However, the foundling baby they discover brings so many changes. Lydia is immediately drawn to the child. It was so sweet to see how much she adored for him and cared for him. It was adorable! But caring for the child in their home brings new problems, as they are faced with the feelings and circumstances he brings. Lydia quickly grows attached. Miles cannot refuse her happiness, though he does begin to feel in some ways further from his wife. With their plan to find the baby a permanent home after Christmas time, questions begin to arise over what the couple really wants. 

Lydia felt so deeply, yet she held it in. Both of them actually, held their feelings and thoughts very closely to them. Neither wanted to share insecurities or their conflicted feelings. There were some flashback like scenes in the book, chronicling their story and it really drove the pain they felt home. Their plan of a family and their hopes for the future when they were married seem so far. Although there were times where I wanted to just yell at them and make them have a full conversation, I knew that they were really struggling. And Miles’s mother was not helping, I was really frustrated with her through most of the book. She was very meddlesome and intrusive in their lives, although I realize she really did love her son. I also thought Lydia’s sisters were very sweet. They did their best to support Miles and Lydia and love them although they did not know much of what they were experiencing. The story itself was full of growth and discovery. Lydia and Miles had to discover what they were really feeling and address it, personally and then address how it affected their relationship. Their growth was so beautiful and I am so glad for their journey. I would recommend this to those looking for a sweet clean Regency romance! If you are sensitive about infertility, this might not be for you.

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 Duke Meets His Match

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Duke Meets His Match by [Karen Tuft]

Title: The Duke Meets His Match
Author:
Karen Tuft
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date:
December 1st, 2020
Genre: Regency Romance

At thirty years of age, Susan Jennings has long been considered a spinster. Exceptionally intelligent, she has little tolerance for London and the dreaded Season—if that’s how one is expected to find love, it’s not for her. But when an invitation arrives that cannot be ignored, Susan leaves her comfortable life in the country and enters the fashion and frivolity she most despises. She quickly discovers, however, that there is more to loathe in London—and his name is George Kendall.

George, Duke of Aylesham, has learned to keep his distance from cloying females chasing the title of duchess. Susan Jennings, however, proves an entirely different challenge—a woman who has pushed him to the limit of his patience with their every encounter. But their simmering hostility is disrupted by a thoughtless slipup: to avoid a marriage of political strategy, George claims he is already betrothed. And when pressed for the name of the lucky woman, only one name comes to mind: Susan’s. Their forced betrothal proves advantageous, but when their verbal sparring must change in order to be convincing, the line between fact and fiction becomes blurred by something neither expected: love.

Book Review:

The Duke Meets His Match by Karen Tuft

I loved this book! This is my first book that I have read written by Karen Tuft and so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, however, it was amazing! The Duke Meets His Match is written by Karen Tuft and published by Covenant Communications. George, Duke of Aylesham, has kept his distance from females who are just chasing after the title of duchess. Susan Jennings however is completely different, and has the ability to push his patience to the limit at every encounter. But when George claims that he is betrothed to Susan in order to avoid a marriage of political strategy, Susan and George must learn to work together. Their forced betrothal proves adventurous, they go from verbally sparring to pretending to be in love. But as they played this character, the lines between fact and fiction became blurred by something neither expected: love. 

Susan was such a fun character, she was witty and smart. She was convinced that she was to be a spinster and so she didn’t really pay much attention to her appearance. However, living with Lady Walmsley, a woman who graciously asked Susan to come stay with her for the season, has changed the way Susan had looked at herself. Although Susan had a strong front, she could still be vulnerable. It was sweet to read about her with George. Once they got past their differences, they started to fall for each other. I loved Susan’s spirit and how different she was from the other ladies in that time.

George was funny and sweet in his own way. He didn’t talk much, but he also had strong opinions. I adored his relationship with his staff, they were so sweet. It was fun to see him fall for Susan, it kind of hit him out of nowhere. There were times when he was more abrupt with Susan, but he tries his best to mend his mistakes. He was strong and he loved Susan for the woman she was, he didn’t try to change her. 

George and Susan had to fake an engagement in order to protect George from a forced betrothal ordered by the Prince Regent. Although their relationship didn’t start off well, things ended up working out for the better. I adored the side characters, like Susan’s brother and George’s staff. They really added to the story and they were lovely characters. 

The Duke Meets His Match was a wonderful book! I loved it and I would definitely recommend it! It is a clean Regency romance, and now I really want to read the rest of Ms. Tuft’s books.

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.

Dead Evan

About the Book:

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

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

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

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

Book Review:

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

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

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

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

Unforgettable

About the Book:

Unforgettable (The Moore Family Series Book 2) by [Madison Bailey]

Title: Unforgettable
Author: Madison Bailey
Publisher: White Diamond Press, LLC 
Release Date:
November 17, 2020
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

Even the moon needs its moment to shine.  

My name is Melanie, but most people just know me as Micah Moore’s twin sister. I’ve spent my whole life in my brother’s shadow, and most of the time, that doesn’t bother me. But when Micah starts making questionable decisions, our dad sends us to live with our Aunt Juliet in Utah and turns my whole life upside down. Things go from bad to worse when my boyfriend, Colton, breaks up with me the night before we leave. 

I’m feeling pretty crummy about life until Max Monroe, our cute new neighbor, proposes we stage a relationship and post the pictures all over Instagram to make Colton jealous.

Grappling for control of my own life, I take Max up on his offer, but the thing about lies is that there’s always a little truth to them. The longer we fake it, the blurrier the lines get. Before long, I’m not sure it’s Colton I want after all. 

A clean and wholesome young adult romance, Unforgettable is the second book in The Moore Family Series and best enjoyed after Hemiola.

Book Review:

 I had read Hemiola and I was really excited to see that Ms. Bailey was writing a sequel. I really enjoyed Hemiola, but I also wanted to see more of Max and Melanie. Unforgettable is the second book in The Moore Family series  and it features Micah’s sister and Navy’s brother. Unforgettable was really good and I really enjoyed it!

I liked being able to see things from a different perspective. It was really interesting seeing things through Max and Melanie’s eyes. Melanie has always lived in the shadow of her brother’s fame. He is the sun and she is the moon. When Melanie’s brother messes up one too many times, she gets sent to Utah with him. To make matters worse, her boyfriend breaks up with her, but then she meets Max and they devise a plan to make her boyfriend jealous. 

I greatly enjoyed this book and I loved reading about Max and Melanie’s relationship. It grew from a fake relationship where they were trying to make Melanie’s boyfriend jealous to something they both wanted to be real. Max and Melanie’s romance was so sweet and so different from their siblings. They liked each other from the beginning. 

I really liked how they helped better each other. Both Max and Melanie helped the other as they tried to figure out what they wanted to do with their lives. Melanie had to learn to stand up for herself and what she wants, while Max had to get over his insecurities about himself and his relationship with Melanie. Max and Melanie needed to learn how to work out their relationship and not compare themselves to their siblings. 

Unforgettable was amazing! I loved it, and it  is a clean sweet read. I even liked it better than the first book! You don’t need to read Hemiola first, but I would recommend that you do. I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Bailey writes!

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

Dear Dalia

About the Book:

Dear Dalia (A Simple Love Story Book 6) by [Dana LeCheminant]

Title: Dear Dalia
Author: Dana LeCheminant
Release Date:
November 13th, 2020
Genre: Clean and Wholesome Romance

Outdoor-enthusiast Beck Alvarez is afraid of nothing. As a counselor at an all-girls summer camp, she can handle anything that comes her way, from disputes over who gets what bunk to beating the other cabins in camp competitions.

What she can’t handle is Colin Donovan, the ridiculously rich and handsome widowed dad from San Francisco who decides he needs to spend the whole summer at camp and make sure everything is perfect for his daughter. Despite bad first impressions, the pair of them build a budding friendship, and no matter how many times Beck tells herself the parent of a camper is completely off limits, she finds him hard to resist until the end of summer sends him home.

But when a mysterious letter brings Beck to San Francisco and into Colin’s elite world of the wealthy, Beck suddenly has to choose what she wants more: go back to the comfortable and familiar world of camp, or stay with Colin and hope she’s not the only one who thinks their relationship is more than friendship.

Beck Alvarez is afraid of nothing—except risking her heart for a man who may be too broken to love again.

Book Review:

I was so excited for Dear Dalia! I had read all five of the books before it and I knew that Dear Dalia was going to be good. Dear Dalia is the 6th book in Dana LeCheminant’s Simple Love Stories series. The Simple Love Stories feature the Davenports and their close friends and family as they fall in love and learn to live life. Dear Dalia is about Colin Donovan and Rebecka Alverez. You get a brief glimpse of Colin in As Long As You Love Me the fifth book, but you don’t know much about him.

Revecka Alverez, Beck loves the camp she gets to work at every summer. She adores the girls who are part of her team and is always excited to see new faces. This year however is different, one of the girl’s father, Colin Donovan, makes an appearance and manages to push all of her buttons. But as she gets to know him, she sees a kind man who cared for his daughter. She sees a man who is just trying to figure out how to survive without his wife. Beck knows that although she finds Colin cute, they run in different circles and it will never last. But then she finds herself in San Francisco and closer to Colin than ever.  

I thought that Beck was fun! She was adventurous and cool, she also loved the girls who she worked with. It was fun to read about her and her adventures. Her interactions with Colin gave me Pride and Prejudice vibes. At first they didn’t like each other, but as they got to know each other they started to fall in love. It was sweet to read about Beck with Colin, they really balanced each other out.  But Beck needed to find her way in life before she could be with Colin. 

Colin was amazing. At first he was kind of rude, but then you read about him and his daughter, Macy, and your heart melts. He was just a struggling single dad. I loved reading about him trying new things for Macy, it was cute. Colin was a businessman but he also needed to learn to balance life. He had lost loved ones before and he needed to learn how to love again. 

Colin and Beck were a great couple. I thought that Macy, Colin’s daughter, was sweet. They both really loved her and cared about her. I am so glad that old characters made appearances. It was especially fun to see Molly and Brennon again. Colin and Beck had a sweet relationship and I liked watching their relationship grow. 

Dear Dalia was great! It was a wonderful addition to the series and I can’t wait to see what comes next! I feel like each book just gets better and better. Ms. LeCheminant’s books are amazing and I would definitely recommend them all!

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.