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The Chisholm Trail Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #12) by Kathleen Y’Barbo

About this book:

Stubborn Hearts Clash on a Cattle Drive

Eliza Gentry’s pursuit of marriage to the son of her family’s sworn enemy has cost her greatly. Furious at his daughter’s choices, her father sends her off with the cattle drive heading toward Fort Worth and the Barnhart ranch, but under the watchful eye of Wyatt Creed, a Pinkerton man he has hired to see to her safety. With danger at every turn—not the least of which to his heart—can Wyatt Creed keep his focus with Eliza Gentry around? Is the Chisholm Trail a place for falling in love or a place to die at the hands of cattle thieves?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

My Thoughts:

What a fantastic story to dive into! At a time when I had been struggling to concentrate enough to loose myself in a story, this was just the book that I needed to pick up. In no time I found myself fully pulled into the dynamics of this story and carried away, back in time for a cattle drive that I won’t soon forget. I enjoyed the witty banter between the characters, and the lush scenery along the way.

Wyatt Creed had a rough upbringing, yet he managed to surround himself with positive role models and though he may have made mistakes, he admitted it, and made recompense where he could. He stuck to his word and was a loyal friend.

Eliza Gentry may seem like she has stars in her eyes, but her feet are firmly planted on the ground. She struggles at times to find her own identity, as we all have done at one time or another. When the chips are down, she shows that she’s not afraid to fight for what she truly knows is right.

With a perfect balance of mystery and romance you are sure to fall in love with these characters! This is the perfect book to pick up and get lost in!

Each of the books in this collection stand on their own. Each story takes place during different event in American History. I have enjoyed each and every book, and I really hope there are a few more to come!

(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.)

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About the Author:

Kathleen Y'Barbo  RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots (read about their real-life romance here!). Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.

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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)
The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1863 Tennessee (Dec. 2019)
The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietz – set 1888, Nebraska (Feb 2020)
The Chisholm Trail Bride by – Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1889, Texas Cattle Drive (April 2020)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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First Line Friday: This Wandering Heart

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

Today I am excited to be featuring This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche. This wonderful debut novel is one you won’t want to miss. Enjoy traveling to fun locations through the pages of the book! Be sure to add it to your ‘want-to-read list’ in Goodreads!

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          Ever since she was seventeen, Keira Knudsen’s internal compass needle had failed to point north.

 

 

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His Encouragement: Letting go

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.

 

“Not by might nor by power,
but by My Spirit,”
says the Lord of hosts.

Zachariah 4:6

 

This has been an exceptionally difficult week for me. This morning when I opened up my Bible reading plan and read this verse, I felt peace wash over me. Let go and let God.

I don’t have the answers. But I do know that God has this ALL in His hands. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and. hope” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

 

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
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Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie L. Mckee @ Leslie McKee

This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche

Synopsis:

No one in the quaint town of West Yellowstone, Montana knows that unassuming geography teacher Keira Knudsen moonlights as sensational travel blogger Kat Wanderfull. No one, that is, except for her first love, Robbie Matthews, who has just discovered the woman he is falling for online is the same one that broke his heart five years ago.

But Robbie has another problem: the mother of his daughter, Anabelle, has resurfaced after a three-year absence determined to rip Anabelle away from him. Robbie needs a steady paycheck for a chance at custody, and now, on the eve of a grand adventure that could give Keira a chance to flee her old, troubled life once and for all, she is in need of assistance.

With so much broken trust between them, Keira and Robbie must keep an arms-length away to make this partnership work. But the more time they spend together, exploring majestic places and sharing new experiences, the closer they get–until their secrets and dreams threaten to cost them everything.

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My Thoughts:

I immensely enjoyed this dynamic story of love lost and found, of faith and finding ones true self amid the challenges that life brings. Every time I picked up the book, I felt like I walked right into the heart of the story and traveled the distance alongside the characters. I didn’t just read the story on the page, I lived it.

I enjoyed the witty banter between the characters and found myself talking out loud to them on more than one occasion.  The characters grow and learn things about not only themselves but others. I felt like each scene is meaningful and well written inviting the reader to not only participate, but to evaluate how they would handle the situation.

One-hundred times better than any romantic drama movie you could hope to find. This Wandering Heart is a story that envelopes you and keeps you turning pages late into the night. I look forward to reading more from Janine Rosche in the future!

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

About the Author:

Janine Rosche  Although I reside in Northwestern Ohio with my husband, four children, and two spoiled Labrador retrievers, I have lived and traveled all over the United States. Since each of these lovely places has stolen a piece of my heart, I write to revisit them. My stories are set in small midwestern towns, throughout historic cities, on white sand beaches, and beside majestic mountain rivers. But no matter the setting, you’ll always find inspiring characters, moving tales of redemption, and riveting romance.

Please take a moment to subscribe to my newsletter so you can hear big announcements and be entered into giveaways. Look for my debut novel, This Wandering Heart, to be released by Berkley Publishing May 5, 2020!

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This Wandering Heart (Madison River Romance #1)

 

 

First Line Friday: The Chisholm Trail Bride

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The Chisholm Trail Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #12) by Kathleen Y’Barbo. Each of the books in this collection stand on their own, and take a look at a different time in American History. Feel free to jump in with any story that catches your attention. I will say however, that I have read and enjoyed each story in this collection.

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April 1880
On the Chisholm Trail
North of Waco, Texas

          The stars at night were big and bright. Eliza Gentry sighed. Was there any more beautiful sight? There couldn’t possibly be. A wisp of cloud drifted lazily over a nearly full moon while the cattle lowed in the distance. 

I took the liberty to add a few extra lines because I just felt like you needed to gain the full picture. I wanted to keep going, but atlas, I must stop.  Be sure to pick up a copy to enjoy!

 

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: Understanding

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.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts”

Isaiah 55: 8 & 9

 

We may not always understand why things happen. But we can be at peace knowing that no matter what happens, that God knows the end from the beginning and He is walking with us every step of the way. (Isaiah 43:2)

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

 

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
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Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie L. Mckee @ Leslie McKee

First Line Friday: The House at the End of the Moor

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep. I loved reading this newest book! An exciting page-turning adventure you won’t soon forget! Be sure to snag a copy to enjoy!

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March 1861
Dartmoor Prison, Devon, England

Death prowled the cell block like a dark animal seeking prey–especially the weakest.

 

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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: Nothing can separate

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.

 

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels
nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things
to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8: 38 & 39

 

In this time when separation is required of each of us for the safety of all of us, it is easy to feel profound loss, sadness, and loneliness. For some their emotional cup requires solitude for replenishing. For others, their emotional cup requires social engagement.

For those feeling empty due to the isolation, I want to take this moment to remind you that you are never truly alone. God is always with us. Sometimes we just get so busy in the daily tasks that we don’t take the time to seek Him and spend time with Him. It’s hard to hear His voice if you don’t know what it sounds like. Spending time with God daily and building that relationship is essential.

My encouragement for you today is two-fold:
One, a reminder that you are never alone. God is with you, He loves you, and nothing can separate you from Him.
Two, take this time to reconnect with God. Spend time reading His word. Spend time listening and or singing hymns and praise songs. Spend time in prayer!

If you need to talk to a person, reach out to family or a friend! You can do Bible study together via facetime, skype, or zoom. You don’t have to wait for a church service to worship God! I have discovered that my heart is happiest when I’m singing praises to God. Give it a try!

Please feel free to share with me ways that you are staying connected with others and with God.

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
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie L. Mckee @ Leslie McKee

Take A Chance on Me (A Misty River Romance #0.5) by Becky Wade

About the book:

When baker Penelope Quinn steps in to help her brother’s family through a medical crisis, she’s forced into close proximity with charming Air Force fighter pilot Eli Price.

Penelope has one iron-clad dating rule—she does not date airmen. Months ago, she relaxed her rule with Eli and immediately lived to regret it. After a long deployment, he’s now back in Misty River and, to her dismay, she finds him just as tempting as always.

Eli’s spent months thinking about funny, feisty, creative Penelope. He once leveraged his focus and drive to become a pilot, his childhood dream. Now he’s set on leveraging that same focus and drive in order to convince Penelope to give him one more chance.

This romantic prequel novella introduces readers to the quaint mountain town of Misty River and a brand-new series from Christy-winning author Becky Wade!

  Take a Chance on Me (A Misty River Romance #0.5)

My Thoughts:

Sweet as southern ice tea and as yummy as fresh peach pie, you will definitely want to Take a Chance on this swoony novella! Set in the small town of Misty river in the hazy hills of Northern Georgia. I felt like I was right there in the story with the characters.

I fell in love with these characters and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this novella today! There’s even a bonus sneak peek at the end of the story for the next book, Stay With Me!

(I purchased a copy of this book from amazon. I am not required to write a review. All opinions are my own)

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About the Author:

BeckyWade   Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

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  Take a Chance on Me (A Misty River Romance #0.5)

  Stay With Me (A Misty River Romance #1)

 

The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep

Synopsis:

What Can a London Opera Star and an Escaped Dartmoor Prisoner Have in Common?

Opera star Maggie Lee escapes her opulent lifestyle when threatened by a powerful politician who aims to ruin her life. She runs off to the wilds of the moors to live in anonymity. All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man near her house. Escaped convict Oliver Ward is on the run to prove his innocence, until he gets hurt and is taken in by Maggie. He discovers some jewels in her possession—the very same jewels that got him convicted. Together they hatch a plan to return the jewels, clearing Oliver’s name and hopefully maintaining Maggie’s anonymity.

My Thoughts:

What an exciting page-turning adventure I experienced through the pages of this captivating story from Michelle Griep. Right from the very beginning, I found myself invested in the lives of the characters and eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next. The story kept the same level of gripping drama begging to the end.

Resplendent with mystery, danger, and dynamic expertly crafted characters, I found myself blissfully along for the adventure! What begins as a tender offering of concern and caring for another in need grows into affection and to deep devotion and love, which is sure to have your sighing in blissful contentment. This story is sure to please even the most finicky of readers.

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

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About the Author:

2754194 I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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The House at the End of the Moor