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First Line Friday: The Governess of Penwyth Hall

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring The Governess of Penwyth Hall by Sarah E. Ladd. Set in Regency England this story has plenty to enjoy. A Mystery to solve, danger lurking around the corners, and a tender thread of romance. CLICK HERE to see my full review!

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Eastern Park, Yorkshire, 1811

          Death. It seemed to follow her, affecting those around her.

 

 

  The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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His Encouragement: week #15

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.

Luke 12:34

 

 

I wanted to share a little something to think about as we go into the Easter weekend.  Are you putting up treasure here on earth?  Or are you putting up treasure in heaven?

Do you hide away your resources, your knowledge, and your talents?  Or are you sharing what you have,, and what you know with others?

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

 

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

The Governess of Penwyth Hall (Cornwall #1) by Sarah E. Ladd

Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Synopsis:

Cornwall, England, 1811
Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.

Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

My Thoughts:

Set in Regency England this story has plenty to enjoy. A Mystery to solve, danger lurking around the corners, and a tender thread of romance. For those who love Jayne Eyre, and works of Jane Austen, this new story from Sarah Ladd is sure to bring you page-turning enjoyment.

Cordelia (Delia) has a shadowed past, a heartbreak that weighs heavy and marks her decisions for the future. She has a tender heart and shows a mothers’ love for the five young charges in her care. But when her past begins to catch up with her, and truths long are hidden become known, will the future she hoped for crumble to ash or be reborn with a new future, one that she didn’t even dare dream of?

I enjoyed the story, and I found the characters to be believable and likable, yet for some reason, I just couldn’t connect with them. I would have liked to have been given a few more breadcrumbs to piece together the mystery of Delia’s past a little sooner. I felt like by withholding her back story for as long as it was, that it prevented me to connect with her as I would have liked.

The mystery kept me engaged and turning pages to find out what would happen next. I appreciated the historical aspects of the story. A poignant reminder that even despite our grief and fear, our faith in God will carry us through the darkest of days. For those who love stories set in Regency England, this story is one you won’t want to miss.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

S.Ladd   Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever. You can connect with Sarah E. Ladd at the following locations.

Webpage // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads

Click on the book title below to snag your copy today!

  The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)

Coming in January 2020

 The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2)

 

 

 

 

Upon My Heart Forever by Amber Lynn Perry

Synopsis:

When Clara Moore learns of her brother’s unthinkable scheme—to take her to England and force her into a hasty marriage—she knows she must escape New York. But when she finds out who has accepted the job of taking her to Boston, she almost rethinks her own hurried plan. For the handsome man who comes to her aid is none other than her former love, Ethan Barrik. He left her heart in shambles six years before. Can she trust him a second time?

Ethan Barrik is no stranger to struggle. But tracking the enemy, and war-time spying are nothing compared to the pain of regret. Ready at last to leave his past behind, he accepts one final job for a friend, only to discover the person he’s really helping is the woman he still loves. Despite her ire, he knows he must make every attempt to make it right—and hope she will find a way to forgive him and give their love another chance.

My Thoughts:

This story took my heart on an emotional journey that I won’t soon forget! From the lows to the heights and everywhere in between. I couldn’t get enough of this delightful story! This novella, these characters have captured my heart. This story is everything I have come to love about Ambery Lynn Perry’s stories and more!

Clara Moore has known the sweet joy of first love and the heartache of being left at the altar. The scars are still raw, even after 6 years have passed. Clara has built walls around her heart and has tried to move forward with her life. She is a strong, capable woman, who knows what she wants and the causes she is willing to stand up for. When her path unexpectedly converges with none other than the man who broke her heart, will she be able to trust him again?

Ethan Barrik has spent the last 6 years fighting the Brittish for American freedom, and longing for the love he walked away from. He thought if he could just make himself worthy of her love, then he could return. But the longer he stayed away the harder the journey to reconciliation became.

If you are like me and love to read the kind of story where you are so emersed in the telling that you feel what the characters are feeling, then this is the story for you! Be sure to pre-order your copy today!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

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A Pacific Northwest native, Amber Lynn Perry lives in Washington state with her husband and two daughters. She studied humanities at Portland State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree focused on art history. As a homeschooling mom, Amber spends much of her time teaching everything from Shakespeare to science.

When she isn’t crafting with her kids, making dinner or driving to dance classes, Amber is either reading or writing about her favorite time in American history. The Revolutionary era has captured her imagination from the time she was in middle school. Through her books, Amber hopes to not only give readers a glimpse into the past, but to instill in them a lasting love of liberty.

 

 

Snag your copy today:

  Upon My Heart Forever

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First Line Friday: Up from the Sea

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Up From the Sea by Amanda Dykes! This superb novella is an introduction to Amanda’s full-length story Whose Waves These Are, set to release at the end of this month. I loved this novella and encourage you to swing by Amazon and download your FREE copy today!

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Summer 1774
Coastal Maine

          The forest floor came alive that night. Footsteps pounding upon it, roots forging slow paths into dark soil. Two worlds about to collide. The young woman flew through the trees, the frantic swishing of her skirt masked by the sound of the wind through the bending pines above.

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

   Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) [FREE]

 Whose Waves These Are [available 4/30/19]

 

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

His Encouragement: week #14

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the fields be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth.

Psalms 96:11-13

 

All the earth gives praises to God. To God be the glory! May we all join in the chorus and give Him praise! Each day we have a choice of how we are going to meet the day. Do we enter the day with joyfulness and praise, or grumbling and complaining?

With God’s help may I always choose to praise Him first. Even when the way is dark, even when I don’t understand. To God be the glory!

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

 

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8) by Kimberley Woodhouse

Synopsis:

The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues when Olivia Brighton finds herself widowed and working her brother’s restaurant in San Francisco during the height of the rush for gold. Even though she receives at least twenty marriage proposals a day, she will never marry a gold miner. Her brother’s friend Joseph Sawyer has gotten caught up in local politics and the plight of Chinese in forced labor. The more Joseph gets pulled into investigating crime in the city, the less Olivia sees of the compassionate man. And just when she thinks she could love again, a fire threatens to steal all hope.

Can Olivia survive the crime and Gold Rush fever of 1849…and the countless marriage proposals? A series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

My Thoughts:

Widowed after only 6 months, Olivia has come to know more than her fair share of hardship and grief.  She blames herself for the accident that took her husband’s life and has built up a wall around her heart. Will she be able to forgive herself and discover the life that God has planned? Working along-side her brother at his restaurant in San Francisco she sees first hand the hardship of these people. Olivia joins with her brother and his friend, Joseph Sawyer to make changes that will improve the town.

With this 8th book in the Brides of the Mayflower collection, we travel to the wild and unruly gold town of 1849 San Francisco.  This stand-alone story is sure to pull you in and carry you along on a delightful mystery as you try to discover who is the mastermind behind the slave-trade, among other nefarious deeds.

I loved the dynamic characters and a rich historical tapestry of this delightful story. You are sure to be enchanted with this story. Be sure to pick-up your copy today!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

KimberleyWoodhouse  Kim is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student. She has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students over the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at over 700 venues.

Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.

Kim has been writing seriously for fifteen years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters – you name it – she’s written it. It wasn’t until a dear friend challenged her to “do something with it”, that she pursued publication. She now has multiple books to her credit, with more on the way.

Kim lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly “Extreme” home.

Webpage // Facebook // Goodreads //

  The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8)

 

Would you like to learn more?
To this day, there are quite a few ships underneath the streets of San Francisco. (Here’s a fascinating map from National Geographic.)

 

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1863 The Alamo (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 The Gold Rush (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 The Pony Express (July 2019)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) by Amanda Dykes

Synopsis:

When Savannah Mae Thorpe visits her family in New England, she learns the future of the land she’s inherited is in question. She finds help from a local lumberjack–who holds a shadowed past of his own–to discover the truth of a local legend and save her land. But her expedition may have unexpected ramifications on her life–and the lives of those around her.

My Thoughts:

This delightful short story swept me off my feet with lyrical prose, into the northern woods of Maine. I couldn’t put it down and found myself inhaling the story in one sitting. If you haven’t yet picked up your free copy of this enchanting story, do so right away.

The vivid scenery, the delightful characters, and a story within a story, what’s not to love?!

(I downloaded a copy of this novella for my personal collection. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

AmandaDykes Amanda Dykes has written and published a few short stories including, “Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale“, the critically-acclaimed bicycle story that invited readers together to fund bicycles for missionaries in Asia. A former English teacher, she has a soft spot for classic literature and happy endings. She is a drinker of tea, a dweller of Truth, and a spinner of hope-filled tales, grateful for the grace of a God who loves extravagantly.  Also, by Amanda Dykes: “Tin Can Serenade” and “A Song in the Night” featured in the Message in a Bottle Romance Collection. You can connect with Amanda at the following locations:

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest //

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

   Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) [FREE]

 Whose Waves These Are [available 4/30/19]

Cover Reveal – The Art of Rivers by Janet W. Ferguson

I’m excited to be teaming up with Janet W. Ferguson today to share the cover reveal for her new book due to be released on June 30, 2019 .  Oh, I hear you, that is so very far away! The good news is that while you wait, you can pre-order the e-book today on Amazon for .99c!

About the Book:

Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars—those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.

After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons. When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.

Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.

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About the Author:

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Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Amazon//

 

 

The Art of Rivers (A Coastal Hearts Novel)

Magnolia Storms (A Coastal Hearts Novel) 

 

 

 

 

First Line Friday: The Golden Bride

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8) by Kimberley Woodhouse. This stand-alone story is set in the quickly growing gold town of San Francisco. Do stop back by next week for my full review!

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June 1849
Somewhere between San Jose and San Francisco

          No matter how much he thought he deserved to be one, Olivia Brighton’s husband of six weeks was not a king.

 

Snag your copy today!

  The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #8)

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books