Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Borrowed Dream

A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot

Austin Goddard has settled in Cimarron Creek, establishing a new life. Determined to keep his daughter safe from Sherman Enright, the criminal in Philadelphia who wanted Austin, a surgeon, to change his face and make him unrecognizable, Austin doesn't tell anyone he's a doctor and instead throws himself into ranching. Worried for his daughter, who is unhappy, Austin is glad to find a friend in Catherine Whitfield, the selfless schoolteacher who wants to help Hannah nearly as much as he does. Learning that Catherine distrusts doctors, since her mother died at the hands of an inept doctor, Austin has an added reason not to reveal his past. But as he gets to know Catherine better and finds himself caring more and more about her, he knows he'll have to tell her the truth.

There were so many layers to this novel, but they were written so smoothly! There was a lot going on, but the story wasn't overcrowded or jerky. I really enjoyed the many facets of the story--Catherine's and Austin's stories but also the stories of others whom they care about and associate with. Catherine is such a terrific protagonist--kind and sweet and so willing to help others--and Austin is a great leading man, as he is strong and caring and very supportive of Catherine. I really cannot wait to read the third book in this series!

I read a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Heart's Appeal

The Heart's Appeal by Jennifer Delmare

Julia Bernay knows exactly what she wants to do with her life--she's going to be accepted to medical school and become a doctor so she can then go to Africa as a medical missionary. Michael Stephenson is establishing his career as a barrister and planning to court the daughter of a viscount in order to improve his social standing and his sister's. When an accident leaves Michael severely injured, Julia is able to save his life, only later finding out that he is one of the barristers working on a case that could shut down the very medical college she wants to attend. Julia asks Michael to tutor her in Latin--her weakest subject on her upcoming entrance exams--and as he does, he finds her changing his mind about the lawsuit, his plans in life, and God...but honor and circumstances stand in the way of them exploring their growing feelings.

This is such a great series! I love reading about the Bernay sisters, all so different from each other. (The series doesn't have to be read in order.) The setting (Victorian England) is so interesting; I really liked seeing how someone from Julia's station lived, as well as the poorer classes she tried to help. I felt like the characters--not just Michael and Julia but others as well--were well-developed and intriguing. The plot moved well and definitely made me want to keep reading! Highly enjoyable!

 I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Loyal Heart

A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

Olivia will do whatever she can to help her family, so when she and her sister Isabelle are captured by one of their father's enemies, Olivia is determined to find a way for them to escape. Aldric, the commander of her enemy's forces, though, is just as determined to keep them from escaping. As Aldric takes the women to Lord Pitt, he finds himself caring for Olivia in a way he hasn't cared for anyone since his deceased wife--but knowing what a failure he was in his previous marriage, he can't let anything come of his feelings, even if there was a way to do so. But he can try to protect Olivia when she starts snooping around Lord Pitt's castle, determined to do what her father has asked of her.

I have loved the previous books in this series, so I was super excited when I found out there was going to be a fourth one, and I absolutely loved it! Aldric was just so good and strong, and Olivia was so feisty and determined; I just loved both of them. Really terrific characters--and then you throw in a captivating plot, some suspense and intensity as we wait to see how things play out--and this was a really terrific book. I'm really hoping there will be more books in this series!

Although it's the fourth book in the series, you do not have to read the other books for this one to make sense.

I received a copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hearts Entwined

Hearts Entwined

This is a collection of four Christian historical fiction romances.

The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer
Claire has found refuge and a budding career in a woman's colony, but when her sister tells her she's sending her something special, Claire finds herself facing a man from her past and a whole new future.
 I have loved the Harper's Station series and I was so glad to get to read another story about the women there. This was a sweet romance about second chances, and I really enjoyed it.

The Tangled Ties by Mary Connealy
Connor is headed home to finally win over Maggie, only to find that she is training to be a doctor in Denver and then will head to a distant town to be their physician. Although he has always wanted to be a rancher like his family, he follows Maggie to Denver, sure they can find a way to make things work.
I haven't read any of the books in this series, which doesn't matter in the sense that it makes it hard to read (you don't have to read the previous books in any of these series for the stories to make sense), but it did take me a little longer to get into it than the other stories. It started out a little slow, but it picked up once Connor and Maggie were in Denver, and I really liked seeing how things played out for them.

Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings
Private Bradley Willis has one last chance to show he can do what he's told or he's going to be kicked out of the cavalry. He's determined to see his task through--even though helping a retired captain transport his camels wasn't at all was he expecting. And he definitely wasn't expect that captain to bring along his beautiful daughter Ambrosia, who is as dead set on stopping her father from bringing the camels home as Bradley is on making sure his mission is successful.
I don't think I've ever read a Western with camels--so that along made this one interesting. Add in some humor as Bradley and Amber try to best each other, and this story was a lot of fun.

Tied and True by Melissa Jagears
Marianne loves Calvin--and she's pretty sure he has feelings for her, too. When he says there's no chance for a rich girl like him and a mere secretary like him, Marianne sets out to show him that her love for him is strong enough to withstand challenges, but will she ever convince him they can make it work?
This was a great story. Marianne was a such a sweet character, and Calvin's fears were very realistically developed. Loved it!

All of these are clean, entertaining stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection! 4.5 stars

I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Most Noble Heir

A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason

Nolan Price planning to marry Hannah Burnham, just as soon as he can purchase a nearby farm. Before he can, though, his mother, on her deathbed, reveals that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsbury--the man whose stable hand he serves as. Knowing how the earl feels about Nolan's feelings for a kitchen maid, the couple elopes, but their hopes that the earl will have to come around once they're married don't come to fruition. As Nolan tries to learn his role as his father's heir, and to decide if he even wants anything to do with the man, he simultaneously pushes Hannah away. Will they find a place for their love in Nolan's new life?

This is a very enjoyable romance. I liked seeing Nolan try to adjust to his new life and Hannah making peace with past hurts. They were both endearing characters. Hannah's aunt Iris was a gem; she brought humor to the story that helped lighten some of the darker elements of the plot. 

I read a copy of the ebook via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Cover Reveal for Long Journey Home by Sarah M. Eden

I am SO excited! This is probably my most-anticipated read of 2018! I LOVE the Hope Springs novels and I'm just bummed it's not coming out until September! I want it now!!!

Long Journey Home:  A Hope Springs Novel by Sarah M. Eden Coming September 4, 2018 

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Summary: Widowed by war, Maura O’Connor has raised her son alone under the weight of poverty in the unforgiving slums of New York City. That harsh and difficult life has taken a toll on them both. Desperate to save her son from the misery around them, she moves them both to the tiny western town of Hope Springs, where her late husband’s family lives, hoping that the decade of silence between them does not mean she and Aidan will be rejected outright. Her son needs family, and she would endure anything to see him happy. 

Ryan Callaghan has worked the land belonging to the late Granny Claire for years, dreaming of one day claiming it as his own. Living in his brother’s home affords him no freedom, no stability, no joy. The arrangement is even harder on his mother, whose health is quickly deteriorating. A risky investment in the land has finally begun to pay off, and he is at last in a position to secure a better future for them both. When use of the home is, without warning, offered to a newly arrived widow and her son, that future is entirely uncertain. 

Both Maura and Ryan desperately need the Claire farm, for their own futures as well as those of the loved ones who depend on them. Neither can remain in Hope Springs without the house and land, but only one can claim it in the end. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Chance at Forever

A Chance at Forever
Melissa Jagears

Aaron Firebrook returns to Teaville hoping to make amends for his bullying ways as a child by being a teacher and influencing others for good and protecting the innocent. However, Mercy McClain, one of the girls he bullied, is a member of the school board and when Aaron comes looking for a job, she doesn't believe that Aaron has changed his ways and won't vote for him to receive the position.
Aaron doesn't blame Mercy for not trusting him, but he truly wants to make amends, and while it's too much for him to expect Mercy to forgive him, he hopes he can show her that he really wants to help the children.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the themes of making amends for past wrongs, finding forgiveness, and allowing others to change. I have really enjoyed reading this series, and I liked seeing Mercy get her own story. (The books do not have to be read in order.)

I read a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own