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

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.