Grace and the Preacher~Kim Vogel Sawyer~

Grace and the Preacher

~Synopsis~

The Kansas community of Fairland anticipates the arrival of their new minister and in recent months, late in 1882, postmistress Grace Cristler has communicated with Reverend Dille via letters, answering his questions about the little town, and developing affection for the man who pens thoughtful missives.

Theophil Garrison grew up under the loving influence of his saintly grandmother, but was roped into his cousins’ train-robbing plan. When they fail and are apprehended, Theo fled the scene, evading jail time. Now an angry cousin is out to avenge Theo’s duplicity, and he’s on the run. He encounters a fatally ill traveler–a minister. Seeing a way to keep hidden, Theo trades identities with the man, dons his fine black suit, carries a Bible, and prays that he’ll be accepted as Rufus Dille.

Once in Fairland, if Theo’s true identity is uncovered, what will be left of the world he has built for himself, Grace, and those in the town who have come to love and accept him?

~My Review~

 

 

Wow!  I must say that I was blown away by this novel!

Kim Sawyer has been one of my favorite authors for a while now so every time a new novel of hers come out I’m giddy with joy and begin reading it because I know it’ll be good!
So for starters, in my opinion, sometimes it’s difficult to really master a book where it tries to tell the stories of both the hero and the heroine because sometimes the author may focus on one character more than the other and it leaves the reader wondering why is this story about this character in the first place. In this novel, I found the perfect balance between the hero and the heroine’s story that I fell in love with both characters which is a rare thing for me.
I really loved how that the author weaved redemption throughout the story line. That was an awesome feat in itself!
This novel had the wonderful combination of redemption,romance, adventure,and humor all the way through.
I just loved how well written this novel was and I have to admit that it is one of the best novels that I’ve read in a while. I highly recommend this book and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of her upcoming books. (4.5 stars)

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and I was not required to write a positive review.*

 

Upcoming Release! (squeals of joy!)

Coming out in March 2018

Beneath a Prairie Moon

 Synopsis

Estelle Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness?

 

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An Uncommon Courtship~Kristi Ann Hunter~

An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3)

~Synopsis~

When her mother’s ill-conceived marriage trap goes awry, Lady Adelaide Bell unwittingly finds herself bound to a stranger who ignores her. Lord Trent Hawthorne, who had grand plans to marry for love, is even less pleased with the match. Can they set aside their first impressions before any chance of love is lost?

~My Review~

I can NEVER put enough emphasis on how much I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE marriage of convenience stories! I LOVE and adore marriage of convenience stories and they’ll always have a special place in my heart. So when I saw this book and read the plot, I knew I had to read it right away!

This book started out very well and it kept me up reading late into the night. I love when a book has that ability to just lift me up and take me to the place of wonder. *sigh* I loved reading about the different incidents that unfolded following the main character, Lady Adelaide and I really liked her character in the story.

The hero was ok but I wish there was “more” to him as far as concerning his character.
I really enjoyed reading this author’s the first book,” A Noble Masquerade” so I’m determined to read the rest of her series. Although this was s good book I can say it wasn’t my favorite in the series. It did have its ups and downs.
This book was full of intriguing romance and adventure something that’s always a plus in my book. 😉
I highly recommend Kristi Ann Hunter’s books. I can’t wait for more of her upcoming books.

*I received a free copy of this novel from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

Dawn at Emberwilde~Sarah Ladd~

Dawn at Emberwilde (Treasures of Surrey, #2)

~Synopsis~

Isabel Creston never dared to dream that love could be hers. Now, at the edge of a forest filled with dark secrets, she faces a fateful choice between love and duty.

For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady yet unexciting role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would provide her a steady environment to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.

The unexpected arrival of a striking stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabel’s small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives.

At her new family’s invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with mysterious rumors and ominous folklore—along with whispers of something far more sinister. And perhaps even more startling, two handsome men begin pursuing Isabel, forcing her to learn the delicate dance between attraction, the intricate rules of courtship, and the hopes of her heart.

At Emberwilde, Isabel will discover that the key to unlocking the mystery of her past may also open the door to her future and security. But first she must find it—in the depths of Emberwilde Forest.

 

~ My Review~

I was really impressed with the beginning of this book. I always love it when an author can draw me into another world with their writing whether it be with the story,characters,or the timeline.

In “Dawn at Emberwilde” the main character Isabel was a very refreshing breath of fresh air. I really liked her character. On the other hand, I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t as impressed by the hero. I just didn’t get that swoony feeling that I love to see in any hero in a novel.
Overall, I just think that the book cover was really beautiful! Even though I did enjoy the beginning of the novel, there were times in the novel that I felt kinda lagged behind. All in all, I still like reading Sarah Ladd’s books and I highly recommend her writing to anyone who love to read regency fiction.

UPCOMING NOVEL FROM SARAH LADD!!

COMING ON MAY 2017!

A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)

~ABOUT~

When a stranger comes to Fellsworth School, everything begins to change . . . including the stranger.

Annabelle Grayson has it all—beauty, wealth, and wit, but when her guardian brother loses their fortune, he insists that she marry his colleague to help restore his business—a colleague she knows is involved in illegal activities. She sees only one way out of the dangerous situation: she escapes from her home in London to the safety of her estranged uncle’s home at the Fellsworth School.

Owen Stratford, a widower, father, and gamekeeper at Amberton Park, is intrigued yet suspicious of the newcomer. His daughter, along with the townspeople, sings her praises, but something about this stranger is different. As the only person in town aware of her secret past, he determines to solve the mystery surrounding her in order to protect those he loves.

After settling into a new way of life, Annabelle falls for the humble gamekeeper and dreams of a future in this simpler life, and over time, Owen thinks he can trust Annabelle, despite the dark mystery shrouding her. But when Annabelle’s brother learns of her whereabouts and blackmails her back into his world, she grows desperate. She wants to resist her brother’s demands, but by remaining at the Fellsworth School she puts everyone in danger. When the unthinkable happens, only Owen can piece together the puzzle to set Annabelle free. When all comes to light, the two souls must come to terms with the secrets in the shadows before they can find peace and love in the light.

A Dream of Miracles~Ruth Reid~

A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders #3)

 

~Synopsis~

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

 

~My Review~

Wow! What an experience. There’s only a few series that I’ve read all the way from the first to the third book. I must say that I was pretty impressed by this author’s first book,”A Miracle of Hope”.

I’m very excited about what else this author has in store.
From the very first page. I was drawn into this heartwarming story.
Even though this story was quite enjoyable to read, I felt that there were times that the story was going in circles. I just think that as far as the characters and the story goes it could’ve been, “More”. The story was good but I just need more especially when it comes to an Amish novel because it’s rare that I read novels that are Amish based.
In my opinion, I think that the second or third book in a series is very crucial to me because it would determine if I wanted to keep reading more of the author’s work. Even though this book wasn’t my favorite book in this series, I was impressed by her first book so I have confidence that her writing is pretty good. Even though this novel wasn’t my favorite of hers, I’m still impressed by her writing and I’m eager to see what else this author has in store. (3 stars)

 

I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely mine.

The Confessions of X~Suzanne M.Wolfe~

 The Confessions of X*Synopsis*

Before he became the sainted church father of Christianity, Augustine of Hippo began a love affair with a young woman whose name has been lost to history. They were together for over thirteen years, and she bore him a son. This is her story.

She met Augustine in Carthage when she was just seventeen years old. She was the daughter of a tile-layer. He was a student and the heir to a fortune. They fell in love, despite her lower station and Augustine’s dreams of greatness. Their passion was strong, but the only position in his life that was available to her was as his concubine. When Augustine’s ambition and family compelled him to disown his relationship with the her, X was thrust into a devastating reality as she was torn from her son and sent away to her native Africa.

A reflection of what it means to love and lose, this novel paints a gripping and raw portrait of ancient culture, appealing to historical fiction fans while deftly exploring one woman’s search for identity and happiness within very limited circumstances

 

 ~My Review~

The Confessions of X ~Suzanne M. Wolfe

I can say that I didn’t know what to expect while reading this novel. I knew a little of St.Augustine and I knew there is a book that he had written but I’ve never read his writings. It may be on my list of to-read books because I thought that this novel was pretty interesting.

As I say over and over, I’m always looking forward to reading something new and exciting.
This novel was pretty much different from my usual reads. In my opinion,I really don’t enjoy reading books that are written from a first person perspective but I can say that I was completely drawn to the storyline even though I’ve been kinda in a reading slump for about over a month. I thought that the writing was upbeat and interesting. I enjoyed reading about the different characters in this novel as well.

I highly recommend this book. I thought that “Confessions of X” because it was unique and well written. I’m very much looking to anything else this author will write.

 

 

*I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

My List of Top 25+ Books of 2015!

Hi everyone! I know, I know, I should have been had this post up. I’ve tried but I’ve had some internet issues.  😦

I can finally say here’s the long awaited post of the best read books of 2015! I can say 2015 had its share of interesting reads but I have to say that I had become so busy that a lot of times I was really searching for that book that would wow me in its first few pages instead of waiting after 3 chapters until it got interesting. My biggest goal of last year was to search for that book that wows me from the first page until the very end. The Journey never ends!! Anyways, lets begin….

 

The Mistress of Tall Acre

1. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1)

2. A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

 

 

A Worthy Pursuit

3. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Whispers in the Reading Room (The Chicago World's Fair Mystery #3)

5. Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelly Gray

Until The Dawn

6. Until the Dawn~Elizabeth Camden

Secrets She Kept

7. Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

 

A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Ozark Mountain Romance #1)

8. A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings (This book was so AWESOME!!! Loved it! This may be her best one yet. 🙂 I give it 5 stars because it’s just that AWESOME!)

In Good Company (A Class of Their Own, #2)

9. In Good Company~Jen Turano

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)

10. Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

As Love Blooms (The Gregory Sisters, #3)

11. As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

With Every Breath

12. With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

Lethal Beauty (Mia Quinn, #3)

13. Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl

The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile)

14. The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

The Colonel's Lady

15. The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz (A highly recommended read!)

Finding Favor with the King: Preparing for Your Moment in His Presence

16. Finding Favor with the King by Tommy Tenney

17. Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley

Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)

18.Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

Gentleman of Her Dreams (Ladies of Distinction, #0.5)

19. Gentleman of Her Dreams by Jen Turano

Like a Flower in Bloom

20. Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own, #1)

21. After a Fashion by Jen Turano

 

The Painter's Daughter

22. The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Married 'til Monday (Chapel Springs, #4)

23. Married Till Monday by Denise Hunter

Three Little Words (Walker Family, #0.5)

24. Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg

Lady Maybe

25. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen

 

A Love Like Ours (Porter Family, #3)

26. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5)

27. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

 

Heir to Edenbrooke

 

28. Heir to Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson (A prologue of what’s to come.  I need for Julianne Donaldson to hurry with her next book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping it’ll be this year! She’s such an AWESOME writer. 🙂

 

So that’s all for this post. Hope you enjoyed! I would like to know your best books you’d read in 2015 as well! Ciao!

 

Also here’s my previous posts of best read books from 2013-2014.  Enjoy:)

2013-Top Picks!

2014-Top 20+ Picks!

 

 

 

 

 

A Worthy Heart~Susan Anne Mason~

A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream, #2)

~Synopsis~

Can an Irish Lass with a Dream
for America Find True Love?

Maggie Montgomery’s long-held wish to see America is finally coming true. She’ll visit her beloved brother Rylan and his wife, Colleen, and at the same time, escape Neill Fitzgerald’s unwanted attention. In addition, Maggie has a secret! She plans to remain in America to seek her fortune and to hopefully find love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Only when Rylan demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she realize he’s Colleen’s brother, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her heart conform to her brother’s request.

Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Spending time in jail only reinforces his belief. Now that he’s free, Adam hopes to make amends and earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans.

Despite everyone’s effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break–but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome?

 

                                ~My Review~

This is my first book that I’ve read by this author. I did start on one of her other books which would be the first book in this series but I didn’t get to finish it. I wish that I did finish it so that I could’ve had a better understanding what was going on in this book. My advice to anyone who is planning on reading “A Worthy Heart” needs to read the first book,”Irish Meadows” in order to be up to speed to what is in this book. That’s just my opinion.
First of all, there were a whole lot more characters in this novel than what I was used to reading in a book. I did still enjoy reading this novel and I can say that it kept my attention throughout the story. If something can keep my attention as far was a book goes then it definitely gets a plus from me. Though I liked the characters pretty decently and the writing flowed well, I still felt that the story was covering the basics and not really going into the depths of the soul of the different characters in the story.
I finished this book within a day or two. I can definitely see potential in this author’s writing but hopefully in the next book there will be fewer characters to keep up with and I just need to see more life and depth in her stories so that every time I read her novels I know it won’t be cliche’.

I love stories that weaves tales of how many different cultures immigrated to America. I find the struggles that they went through and their perseverance very intriguing to read about.
The book cover is absolutely beautiful which I must confess is something that drew me to the story in the first place and also I’ve been wanting to read books from this author. I enjoyed reading this novel and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. (4 stars)

*I received this book through Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*