Almost A Bride (The Bride Ships #4) by Jody Hedlund

About the book:

Longing to find true love, Kate Millington arrives in British Columbia on a bride ship. With countless men waiting to snag a bride, Kate has no trouble getting engaged. It’s staying engaged that’s the problem. After traveling to the remote mining town of Williamsville to marry her newest fiancé, she finds herself single again.

As the prosperous owner of a gold mine, Zeke Hart has everything he’s ever wanted except for a wife. At Kate’s arrival, he takes it upon himself to protect his childhood friend from the men clamoring to court her. The more he renews her friendship, the more he wants to win her for himself. But as much as Kate admires Zeke, she’s resolved not to marry someone who doesn’t share her faith.

When Zeke begins receiving anonymous threats, he unwittingly puts them both in grave danger. In the midst of peril, the past rises up to haunt them both, and Zeke realizes the fight for Kate’s affection may be his biggest challenge yet.

My Thoughts:

I’m always excited to get my hands on one of Jody Hedlund’s books, because I know that I’m in for adventure, romance, a dash of mystery, and delightful characters that invite me into the story. You don’t simply read a Jody Hedlund book, you experience it! This story, while a little shorter than the earlier books in this series, delivers on all accounts. Each story can stand on it’s own, but trust me when I say that you won’t want to miss out on any of them!

Kate is artistic and free-spirited. A deep wound from her past is holding her back and keeping her from trusting in a lasting relationship. Will she be able to let go of the past in order to take hold of her future and all that life has to offer?

Charming and a bit mischievous, Zeke has a big heart for the community. He wants to gain community support to build a hospital, and see this community that he calls home thrive. Zeke may have made a home for himself in Brittish Columbia, but he is still running from his past. When Kate stumbles back into his life, his past comes rushing back. Will he be able to forgive himself and move forward?

I absolutely loved everything about this story! Fully immersive, with charming characters that have won a place in my heart. This story will stay with me for a long time! Pick-up a copy today and settle in for a delightful journey!

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

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 Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.  You can find Jody at the following locations:

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

Don’t miss out; Get the entire series!

Almost A Bride (Bride Ships #4)

A Bride of Convenience (Bride Ships #3)

The Runaway Bride (Bride Ships #2)

  A Reluctant Bride (Bride Ships #1)

First Line Friday: Almost A Bride

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

Today I am happy to be featuring Almost A Bride (The Bride Ships #4) by Jody Hedlund. I have really been enjoying this series from Jody Hedlund. Each story is exciting and captivating! What would make a woman leave all she knows in England, get on a boat and cross the ocean and travel to the wild untamed Canadian North West as a bride to a man she’s never met?

Cariboo, British Columbia
August 1863

“Hello, Beautiful. Will you marry me?”

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The Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossing #3) by Susan Ann Mason – Review & Giveaway

TheBrightestOfDreamsSynopsis:

Quinten Aspinall is determined to fulfill a promise he made to his deceased father to keep his family together. To do so, he must travel to Canada to find his younger siblings, who were sent there as indentured workers while Quinn was away at war. He is also solicited by his employer to look for the man’s niece who ran off with a Canadian soldier. If Quinn can bring Julia back, he will receive his own tenant farm, enabling him to provide a home for his ailing mother and siblings.

Julia Holloway’s decision to come to Toronto has been met with disaster. When her uncle’s employee rescues her from a bad situation, she fears she can never repay Quinn’s kindness. So when he asks her to help find his sister, she agrees. Soon after, however, Julia receives some devastating news that changes everything.

Torn between reuniting his family and protecting Julia, will Quinn have to sacrifice his chance at happiness to finally keep his promise?

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My Thoughts:

While this is the third book in the Canadian Crossing series, this story can easily be read on its own. With that said, fans of this series will enjoy glimpses of characters from the other two books and enjoy finding out where those characters are now.

Quinten is quite a dynamic hero, he is sure to capture your heart.  Time and again he was put in impossible situations, and faced with difficult decisions. As a youth, he is charged with the heavy responsibility of taking care of his family. Quinn takes this responsibility seriously and does his very best to fulfill the promise he made to his dying father. Little did he know the lengths he would have to go to, to ensure that he keeps that promise.  He starts out taking on responsibilities and making decisions without first taking the time to go to God in prayer. We see Quinten grow as a character throughout the course of this story, in not only his relationships with others but also with God.

This story takes place in the early 1900s, just after World War I and focus on a family that unfortunately got wrapped up in the event that came to be known as “The Canadian Home Children”. Children who were sent to Canada from Great Brittan as orphans. Children who were often treated as indentured servants at best. Fans of Carrie Turansky’s “No Ocean Too Wide”, will enjoy delving into this story and the history.

I enjoyed my time reading this story and felt pulled into the drama and the lives of the characters. Susan Ann Mason has written a beautiful story that wrapped itself around my heart.

(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:

SusanAnnMason  I have always loved to write. As a teen, I wrote my first novel, only to be politely rejected by my publisher of choice.

Life got in the way – university, marriage and children became the priority. Then once I had time to start reading again, the writing bug bit once more.

I enjoy writing both contemporary and historical inspirational romances. “Romance sprinkled with faith” describes my writing style. I love themes of forgiveness and redemption!

I am a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Romance Writers of America. My association with such amazing groups of people has been the biggest asset toward learning my craft.

Home for me is Brampton, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto), where I live with my husband, our two children and two cats. My day job is a part-time secretary at a local church. In my spare time, I like to read and research our family history online.

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First Line Friday: No Ocean Too Wide

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

Today I am excited to be featuring No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky.  If you enjoy reading stories that are richly detailed with vivid characters that stay with you and a story that both breaks your heart and has you cheering for the successes of characters you’ve come to love. You won’t want to miss out on this newest story from Carrie Turansky. CLICK HERE to see my full review!

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London 1909

          Katie McAlister’s heart pounded out a frantic beat as she gripped the rickety railing and rushed down the back stairs.

 

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No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

 

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First Line Fridays: Between Two Shores

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green. Resplendent in historical details this fully immersible story swept me off my feet, it captured my heart and didn’t let go. The details were so smoothly written and each one melded seamlessly to the next which only added more depth and emotion to the story. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

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Lachine, Island of Montreal, Quebec
Late August 1759

Catherine Duval was used to waiting.

 

Hmmm… I wonder what Cathering is waiting for?  You won’t want to miss out on this latest book from Jocelyn Gree!

 

BetweenTwoShores Between Two Shores

 

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Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Synopsis:

The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until an attempt on Samuel’s life convinces her he’s in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She’s risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

My Thoughts:

Resplendent in historical details this fully immersible story swept me off my feet, it captured my heart and didn’t let go. The details were so smoothly written and each one melded seamlessly to the next which only added more depth and emotion to the story.

Catherine Stands-Apart has her feet in two vastly different cultures. Raised by her Mohawk mother then her French Trapper father left her feeling like a ship tossed on the ocean with no place to put into shore. Catherine felt like she didn’t really belong in either place. As the French & Indian war comes to a crescendo, Catherine finds herself pulled in more than she would have liked.

More than words on the page, this story is vibrant and alive! The characters are dynamic and realistic. While the ending wasn’t what I was hoping, it was deeply satisfying and even more than I had wished for. There is so much more I could say, but I don’t want to give anything away. However, I will say that you should absolutely get a copy of this book!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

BetweenTwoShores Between Two Shores

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

JocelynGreen   Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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BetweenTwoShores Between Two Shores

Don’t miss these other books from Jocelyn Green:

 A Refuge Assured

  The Mark of the King

  Heroines Behind the Lines Series (set of 4 books)

 

First Line Fridays: The Best of Intentions

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason. This story grabbed my attention from the beginning. Filled with drama and emotion, these characters leap off the page and into your imagination with ease! CLICK HERE to read my review.

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Toronto, Ontario
May 1919

          “Here’s your address, miss. That’ll be two dollars and fifty cents.”
     Grace paid her fair, alighted from the vehicle, then stood on the sidewalk, clutching her valise with trembling fingers.

 

Grace seems to be nervous. I wonder where exactly in Toronto she has arrived at, and what is she about to do?

To find out, you’ll have to pick up this story!

 

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Cover Reveal: Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

About the Book:

The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until an attempt on Samuel’s life convinces her he’s in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She’s risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

Note from Jocelyn Green:

Between Two Shores is a different type of story than any I’ve ever written. First, the story takes place completely in Canada during the Seven Years War. Second, it’s written entirely from the heroine’s point of view. Also–this is not a romance. None of my books are, in the conventional sense, but this one is even straighter historical fiction than any others. OK. Ready?

 

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BetweenTwoShores Between Two Shores

BONUS:

Jocelyn Green is doing a Facebook Live today on the Cover Reveal.  Visit her Author Page on Facebook and join in the fun! CLICK HERE

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About the Author:

JocelynGreen  Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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

 

Don’t miss these other books from Jocelyn Green:

 A Refuge Assured

  The Mark of the King

  Heroines Behind the Lines Series (set of 4 books)