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

Friday, February 2, 2018

Heart of the West

Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank

When her fiancé and her parents won't support her dream to be a doctor, despite her successfully finishing medical school, Katherine Donahue leaves New York and heads west to Craig, Colorado, hoping to set up a medical practice there. While most of the men in town don't seem interested in a female doctor, some of the women seem open to the idea--but Kate doesn't know if that will be enough to sustain her practice. When a local cattle rancher is enraged by her rejection of his advances and her seeming interest in Lucas McCurdy, a sheep farmer he's already disputing with, Kate finds herself the topic of gossip that could further hurt her chance at being a doctor. And while she's vowed to never marry, she can't ignore the feelings she has for Lucas. After all she's sacrificed and after she's gotten to know and care for many of the women in town, though, Kate can't stand the thought of giving up her career.

Excellent historical romance! Kate was a great character--strong and determined but not abrasive and overbearing. I really liked seeing how she faced the problems that arose in the story. And Lucas was so kind and just so supportive of her; he was a terrific leading man. There were also several secondary characters whom I was delighted to meet and hope will become the protagonists in other books by the author. This was a sweet story with some depth to it that made it highly enjoyable.

4.5 stars.

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Worth the Risk

Worth the Risk by Heather B. Moore

Alicia has moved back home to Pine Valley to help her mom, whose hoarding problem is out of control. While working as a hostess at a local restaurant, she runs into Jeff Finch--her former best friend and the guy who broke her heart ten years ago. Alicia wants to believe she has moved on, but when Jeff reaches out to her and wants to renew their friendship, she finds herself wanting to reconnect--but is there a way for them or is it too late?

This is a sweet contemporary romance that moved well and that had realistic, compelling struggles. Alicia just tugged at my heart as she tried to help her mother and it just seemed so hopeless, and I liked seeing how Jeff really tried to support her and be a good friend to her. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series!

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

A Light on the Hill

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

Ever since she was captured and taken to Jericho, where she was branded before being rescued, Moriyah has kept her face veiled and stayed close to home, not wanting to bring further shame to her family as those who see her gossip and speculate about what happened to her. When her father tells her he has found a match for her, Moriyah is surprised and nervous, especially since her betrothed, Raviv, does not seem particularly kind and obviously only wants her dowry. Still, she wants to honor her father, but when she tries to prepare a special meal for Raviv and his sons, the unthinkable happens, and Moriyah must flee, heading for a sanctuary city in an attempt to save her life long enough to receive a fair trial. Along her perilous journey, she finds unexpected allies--including the God she thought had abandoned her years before.

I was hooked from the very beginning of this book. I absolutely loved Moriyah's story. She was such a compelling character. The plot was so interesting--it was so fascinating to see what it might have been like for someone who needed to seek refuge in these cities. I absolutely loved seeing Moriyah's developing romance, too. All around great read! I loved it!

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

The Sea before Us

The Sea before Us by Sarah Sundin

Wyatt has fled home after an accident led to the death of his brother's fiancee. Feeling guilty for his mistakes and sins, Wyatt joins the Navy, and now he's a part of planning the invasion of Normandy. Stationed in England, he works alongside British officers to play the attack--including a female officer, Dorothy, and is drawn to her. He doesn't feel he deserves happiness because of what he's done, but as Dorothy encourages him to reconcile with his family, he finds himself hoping that just maybe he can get forgiveness from his family and maybe, if Dorothy ever realize the man she's been pining after isn't right for her, a chance with her. 

Dorothy has lost her mother and two brothers to the war, and her father has completely shut himself off from her. Although it hurts her to know her own father doesn't love her, she takes her duty to care for him seriously, and when he won't respond to the possibility of embezzling going on in his company, Dorothy asks Wyatt to take a look at the books. As he helps her, Dorothy finds herself comparing him to Lawrence Eaton, the man she's longed for for ages, and how Wyatt seems to care for her as she is, while with Lawrence, she has to suppress who she truly is. And when Wyatt encourages her to return to church, she begins to reconsider her relationship with God, whom she has come to fear and distrust.

I was totally hooked by this book. I've never read anything by Sarah Sundin before, but I'll be adding her to my need-to-read-everything-of-hers-I-can-find list. Wyatt and Dorothy were such well-developed characters; their motivations and desires, their hurts and their hopes, were so realistic. I enjoyed seeing both of them resolve spiritual concerns, and I love learning more about history, so it was really neat to see some behind-the-scenes D-Day preparations. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

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

5 stars!