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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My latest book haul! Nov-December Edition. Part 1!~

This is true............now, forever, and Amen.:

Hi everyone!!! I know, I know it has been a while. I’ll try to do better in the future. Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. Anyway, I wanted to post about my latest conquests!  I have a lot of new books and some of them are for review as well. Below are some of the books that are to be reviewed and I’m very excited about them!!

 

First one that I’m really excited about!…..

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill, #1)

And…

For the Record (Ozark Mountain Romance #3)

Never read any of her books so I’m super excited!

Conspiracy of Silence (Tox Files #1)

 

I’ll try to have my other books that I have added to my collection in another upcoming post.  😉

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.

Calico Spy~Margaret Brownley~

Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies #3)

~Synopsis~

Pinkerton operative Katie Madison’s newest case takes her to Calico, Kansas, where two Harvey House restaurant waitresses were murdered in mysterious circumstances. Calico’s sheriff, Branch Whitman, has never met a Pink he liked and is stunned to learn the pretty redhead’s true identity as she works undercover as a Harvey girl. A tornado hits town, and a past deception puts Branch’s eight-year-old-son in danger. Now the Sheriff has no choice but to work with Katie—or chance losing everything he holds dear.

 

My Review

I have read quite a bit of books by Margaret Brownley. I have been a fan of her writing ever since I read her first book so I always try to keep updated with her upcoming novels.
I was quite excited when I had the opportunity to review, “A Calico Spy”. I love historical westerns and romance included in the mix. I LOVE to read anything that has the Pinkertons involved and also I’ve found reading about the Harvey girls is very interesting to read about as well.

The heroine, was an okay heroine but I would have loved for her character to stand out a little but more for my taste. The hero, Branch, was swoony. 😉 Although I think that the main characters in this book were pretty okay and they weren’t shallow or anything, I just needed a little bit more from them as far as characterization wise.

The plot was interesting and it did a really good of keeping my attention. Like I said, I love anything that has to do with a western historical so I was satisfied as far as on that account.

This was the conclusion of a wonderful series and I think that each book is wonderful to read as a standalone.
It was also good to know that the author got some inspiration for this story from a new heartthrob of mine,Sherlock Holmes.
Overall, I thought that this was a pretty interesting read and a wonderful conclusion to a fantastically superb series. (4 stars)

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Secrets She Kept~Cathy Gohlke~

Secrets She Kept

~Synopsis~

The secret a mother was forbidden to share . . . the consequences a daughter could not redeem—but will risk everything in her attempt.

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah unlocks secrets of her mother’s mysterious past, including the discovery of a grandfather living in Germany.

Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father, ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, demands a marriage for his daughter to help advance his career. But Lieselotte is in love—and her beloved Lukas secretly works against the Reich. How far will her father go to achieve his goal?

Both Hannah’s and Lieselotte’s stories unfold as Hannah travels to Germany to meet her grandfather, who hides wartime secrets of his own. Longing for connection, yet shaken by all she uncovers, Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family’s tragic past, and how their legacy will shape her future.

~My Review~

I was so excited about reading this book because I’ve heard so many good things about this novel. Reading WWII fiction has to be one of my favorite genres to read in any case. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed when I FINALLY read this novel.
This would be the first book that I’ve read by this author and I must say that the experience was AMAZING!!!
Secrets She Kept was a mixture of gripping drama,romance,and heart wrenching emotion.
It was very interesting to join Hannah on her journey to discover more about her mother. Both scenes between the past and the present was equally enchanting to read. I was intrigued for the most part and the novel did a really good job of keeping me interested in the story line.

I can truly say that this would be one of those novels that kept me at the edge of my seat anticipating what the end would bring. This novel definitely earns a spot in one of the best books of 2015! I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to read a wonderful story and WWII fiction.

*Author*

Cathy Gohlke

Website

 

I received this book from NetGalley through Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

My TBR Goals for 2015!

I know, I know it’s a little late for this kinda post but hey, better late than never right?

I was inspired by the Bethany House post and I’ve decided to incorporate some or most those goals into my TBR goals for 2015.

So here it goes….

The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1)A Sparrow in Terezin (Hidden Masterpiece #2)The Pharaoh's Daughter: A Treasures of the Nile Novel

Not by SightDauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)Lady Maybe

In Good CompanyThe Huntress of Thornbeck ForestAfter a Fashion

Lady MaybeHow to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding, #3)The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #1)Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5)Anna's Crossing (An Amish Beginnings)As Love Blooms (The Gregory Sisters, #3)Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1)Where Trust Lies (Return to the Canadian West, #2)The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor, #1)Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and RebellionMy Heart Stood Still (Sisters of Mercy Flats #2)To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles, #2)A Refuge at Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #3)Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets, #3)A Woodland MiracleA Fair to Remember (The World Fair, #1)

Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom, #1)A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1)

The Bride Ship (Frontier Bachelors #1)Spy of Richmond (Heroines Behind the Lines #4)

To Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation, #2)Brentwood's Ward

So that was probably a preview of what I hope to read this year and I hope to read other books that I didn’t read last year or the year before that and so on! Now that I have a kindle I have  a whole lot more access to books so I’m very optimistic about this year. The problem with me is that I’ll start a book and then start more 5 books! IT’S CRAZY! I really need to stop doing that! lol!

But anyway,the books above have some awesome book covers! I love the combination of an awesome book cover along with a great story. 😉  I’m not only looking for a book that’s great or kinda great but I’m hoping to read more books that exceeds all my expectations!

I do have big plans for this blog and with God’s help, I hope to publish them soon. Until next time!

 

HAPPY READING!!