At Love’s Command (Hanger’s Horsemen #1) by Karen Witemeyer

About this book:

Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger’s Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they’re the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she’s not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew Hanger’s dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine’s respect, and when she hears of her brother’s abduction, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

Matt has stared down ruthless outlaws, betrayal, and injury, but when a bossy lady doctor crawls under his skin, his heart is tempted to surrender. And when she is caught in the crossfire, he may have to sacrifice everything–even his team–to save her.

My Thoughts:

What a wonderful new book from Karen Witemeyer! The story starts with quite the action scene and the action and drama continue right through to the end. The characters grew on me and earned a place in my heart.

Josephine Burkett has a heart for helping others and hands that were meant for healing. At a time in our history when women were not looked favorably on if they wanted to be a doctor. She proves to not only the town, but also anyone she comes in contact with that she is the very best doctor they could ever hope to meet. Her tenacity might just lead her into trouble.

Matthew Hanger and his comrades seek to help those in trouble, but when trouble comes knocking on their door and turns their plans and lives sideways, will they come out the other side the same?

If you enjoy romantic western Christian Fiction, then you won’t want to miss this exciting, and heartwarming story. I for one am eager to read more stories about Hanger’s Horsemen!

(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:

karen-witemeyer  For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit:

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First Line Friday: At Love’s Command

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

Today I am excited to be featuring At Love’s Command (Hanger’s Horsemen #1) by Karen Witemeyer. Scheduled to release on June 2, 2020. If you enjoy exciting western romance and a reminder of God’s love and care for all his children, then you won’t want to miss out on this page-turning story!

Purgatory Springs, Texas
May 1893

“They’ve got us pinned down, Captain”
Matt Hanger braced his back against the wall of the line shack he and Wallace had taken shelter behind and reloaded his Remington.

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First Line Friday: Serving Up Love

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Serving Up Love (A Harvey House Brides Collection) by Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings and Jen Turano. This fun collection of stories are sure to not only entertain you, but to bring a smile to your face and a flutter to your heart! CLICK HERE to see my full review.

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A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson
August 1929
Gretchen Gottsacker stepped from the train and looked around at the tiny town of San Marcial, New Mexico–pronounced Mar-see-all by those of Spanish descent and Mar-shall by the white settlers.

 

More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer
Gainesville, Texas  1902
“I’m not going to marry her, Mother.”
Caleb Durrington bit the inside of his cheek to keep the rest of the words piling up on his tongue from escaping.

 

Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings
Emporia, Kansas  1898
The breakfast rush had ended, and Willow Kentworth had already reset her station. There was nothing to do now except patrol her table and guard against horseflies dying on the starched tablecloth or lilies wilting in the crystal vase.

 

Grand Encounters by Jen Turano
El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon, Arizona  1908
“I know you mentioned you’ve sworn off gentlemen forever, but Mr. Tall, Dark and–need I say–Delicious is here again, and, unsurprisingly, he’s sitting in your section.”

 

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  Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

 

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Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

About This Collection:

Bestselling novelist Tracie Peterson joins Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano in this collection of four novellas, each featuring a Harvey Girl heroine. From Kansas to Texas, the Grand Canyon to New Mexico, the stories cross the country with tales of sweet romance and entertaining history.

In Karen Witemeyer’s “More Than a Pretty Face,” a young woman works her hardest to escape poor choices from her youth. Tracie Peterson offers “A Flood of Love,” where reuniting with an old flame after more than a decade offers unexpected results. Regina Jennings’s “Intrigue a la Mode” delights with a tale of a young woman determined to help support her family, despite warnings of danger nearby. And Jen Turano’s “Grand Encounters” heads to the Grand Canyon with a tale of a society belle intent on finding a new life for herself.

  Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

My Thoughts:

I loved this super fun collection of stories!  The heroines were filled with just the right amount of spunk and sass, all while having the strong moral character required to work as a Harvey Girl. Each story brought it own unique flair. Somehow I had missed the Judy Garland classic movie “The Harvey Girls”, and reading this fun collection of stories has made me want to find a copy to watch. Can’t get enough of the Harvey Girls!  Although I have a sneaking suspension that the dynamic authors of this collection can not possibly be outdone by Judy Garland.  I mean, how could a movie possibly be any better than this delightful collection from Jen Turano, Regina Jennings, Karen Witemeyer and Tracie Peterson?!

I don’t want to give anything away with these stories, so I’ll just wrap it up by saying that you truly do not want to pass up the opportunity to read and enjoy this fabulous stories!

(I received a 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 Authors:

Tracie Peterson
Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana. You can connect with Tracie on her website: http://traciepeterson.com

Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes.
Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit www.karenwitemeyer.com.

Regina Jennings
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. You can connect with Regina on her website: www.ReginaJennings.com

Jen Turano
Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.jenturano.com.

  Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection

 

First Line Fridays: More Than Words Can Say

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Today I am excited to be featuring More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer. This story captivated my imagination and the delightful characters captured my heart. I found myself more than once laughing out loud, and talking to the book as if my new character friends could hear me. CLICK HERE to read my review!

MoreThanWordsCanSay

May 1896
Honey Grove, TX

          “The council has denied your appeal, Miss Kemp.”
Mayor Longfellow delivered the blow with a finality that threatened to buckle Abigail’s knees.

 

More Than Words Can Say (Patchwork Family #2)

 

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Happy Book Birthday!

Your bookshelves are about to expand! Today is the release day for 5 phenomenal books that you won’t want to miss. I have read all but one of these, and it won’t be long before I get to the last one.

I’ll share these in the order I’ve read them. Clicking on the title of the book it will take you to my review. Clicking on the author’s name will take you to that author’s web page. Let’s dive right in!

The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

TheKingsMercyWhen captured rebel Scotsman Alex MacKinnon is granted the king’s mercy–exile to the Colony of North Carolina–he’s indentured to Englishman Edmund Carey as a blacksmith. Against his will Alex is drawn into the struggles of Carey’s slaves–and those of his stepdaughter, Joanna Carey. A mistress with a servant’s heart, Joanna is expected to wed her father’s overseer, Phineas Reeves, but finds herself drawn instead to the new blacksmith. As their unlikely relationship deepens, successive tragedies strike the Careys. When blame falls unfairly upon Alex he flees to the distant mountains where he encounters Reverend Pauling, itinerate preacher and friend of the Careys, now a prisoner of the Cherokees. Haunted by his abandoning of Joanna, Alex tries to settle into life with the Cherokees, until circumstances thwart yet another attempt to forge his freedom and he’s faced with the choice that’s long hounded him: continue down his rebellious path or embrace the faith of a man like Pauling, whose freedom in Christ no man can steal. But the price of such mercy is total surrender, and perhaps Alex’s very life.

The King’s Mercy

A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund

AReluctantBrideLiving in London’s poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she’s offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. After witnessing so much painful heartache and loss in the slums, the bride ship is her only prospect to escape a bleak future, not only for herself but, she hopes, someday for her sister.

Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship’s surgeon, he’s in charge of the passengers’ welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love.

With hundreds of single men congregating on the shore eager to claim a bride from the Tynemouth, will Mercy and Joseph lose their chance at true love, or will they be able to overcome the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart?

  A Reluctant Bride (Bride Ships #1)

More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

MoreThanWordsCanSayAfter fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No family entanglements. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about. Just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting involved, he can’t turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples.

Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when around him.

When vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.

More Than Words Can Say (Patchwork Family #2)

The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

TheNumberOfLoveThree years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

  The Number of Love (Codebreakers #1)

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

AllMannerOfThingsWhen Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike’s safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family’s home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.

  All Manner of Things

 

Now that your summer is fully booked, be sure to snag your copies today!

 

More Than Words Can Say (Patchwork Family #2) by Karen Witemeyer

Synopsis:

After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No family entanglements. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about. Just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting involved, he can’t turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples.

Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when around him.

When vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.

Click Here to Read an Excerpt 

My Thoughts:

I loved every moment spent reading this fun, page-turning story! This story captivated my imagination and the delightful characters captured my heart. I found myself more than once laughing out loud, and talking to the book as if my new character friends could hear me.

After meeting Zacharias in the last book, I was super excited to hold his story in my hands and get to know more about this quietly brooding hero. Zach quickly found his way into my heart. He tends to keep others at arm’s length with his scowls and grunts for answers. But his heart is big and he loves much deeper than he lets on.

Abigail is just such a sweet heroine. I wanted to hug her and invite her over to put up her aching feet and enjoy a cup of tea. I just know we’d hit it off right from the start! Abigail had to grow up fast when her mother died. She has carried the weight of responsibility of her younger sister and the bakery on her shoulders for far too long.

I loved the character growth that we get to see as the story progresses, and how we can each learn and take something away from the story. Maybe you need to hear that God loves you just the way you are, dimples and all. Or Maybe you need to hear that no sin is too big for God to forgive. It could be that you, like me needed to be reminded that we need to wait on God and not run ahead and try to fix the problem.

With fun to be had, lessons to learn, and laugher to enjoy, trust me when I say that you won’t want to miss your opportunity to pick up a copy of this fully engaging story!

(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.)

More Than Words Can Say (Patchwork Family #2)

Favorite Quote:

 

About the Author:

karen-witemeyer  For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit:

Website // Goodreads // Facebook // Pinterest

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More Than Words Can Say (Patchwork Family #2)

  More Than Meets the Eye (Patchwork Family #1)

 

 

September 2018 – Month in Review & Giveaway

What books have you read during the month of September? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in September. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

FinallyAccepted  Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

AWorthyRebel  A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund

MagnoliaSummer  Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson

A+Tale+of+Two+Hearts+cover  A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

HiddenAmongTheStars Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

LadyOfAThousandTreasures Lady of A Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

HourUnspent_comp  An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White

TheChristmasHerloom The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas

 

Author Interview:

PhotoFunia-1536761495  Lynn Austin

 

 

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“Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?  Or, what book(s) are you looking forward to reading in October?”

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Winner: Amanda G.

 

The Christmas Heirloom: four holiday novellas

Synopsis:

In Kristi Ann Hunter’s “Legacy of Love,” Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman’s grandson, a man far above her station.

In Karen Witemeyer’s “Gift of the Heart,” widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love.

In Sarah Loudin Thomas’s “A Shot at Love,” Fleeta Brady’s rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her family’s brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance.

In Becky Wade’s “Because of You,” Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?

   The Christmas Heirloom:

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading the heart-warming stories of love in this delightful collection. Beginning with the first story, Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter, we follow the legacy of a beautiful brooch as it is passed first from Grandmother to Grandson’s intended and then from mother to daughter.

Each story takes place during the Christmas season, and is sure to put you in the holiday mood! With moments that had me laughing out loud and then gasping in surprise, I was fully enchanted with these charming stories of finding love in the most unexpected places!

What first caught my attention was the luckenbooth brooch on the cover! I first learned about the luckenbooth brooches and the fascinating history several years ago, and I even have my own (though without a pretty stone in the center).  I knew instantly that I had to read this book and I have enjoyed reading each of the four stories in this collection. This collection of stories are delightful and endearing and they are sure to linger in your memory long after you’ve closed the book!

(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.)

The Authors:

History of the Luckenbooth brooch:

A luckenbooth brooch is a Scottish heart-shaped brooch. These brooches often have a crown above one heart, or two intertwined hearts. They are typically made of silver and may be engraved or set with stones. (source: wikipedia)

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The Luckenbooth brooch gains its name from the “locked booths” that sold trifles along the Royal Mile near Saint Giles Cathedral in High Street, Edinburgh.

Quite commonly given as a love token or betrothal gift, folklore also invests the Luckenbooth brooch with talismanic value for protection against evil-eye and for nursing mothers to avoid witches stealing their milk or harming their babies. Legend associates the Luckenbooth brooch with Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587). The form with two hearts and crown can be read as a romantic abstraction of the letter “M” in a royal monogram.

Surprisingly, silver Luckenbooth brooches were a popular trade item with American Indians in the 18th century, especially the Iroquois Nations. The design remains a traditional jewelry accessory and is even called “Luckenbooth” by contemporary Native-Americans. (source: Walkers Celtic jewelry)

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June 2018 – Month in Review

There have been some wonderful stories that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in June.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

TheOrphansWish  The Orphans Wish by Melanie Dickerson

WhereTheFireFalls  Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

AmongThePoppies  Among the Poppies by J’nell Ciesielski

TheLoveLetter  The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

ADaringEscape  A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer

MoreThanMeetsTheEye  More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

TheHopeOfAzureSpringsThe Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

EnduringLove  Enduring Love by Toni Shiloh

 

Author Interviews:

InterviewKarenWitemeyerKaren Witemeyer

InterviewTaraJohnson  Tara Johnson

 

Cover Reveals:

BetweenTwoShoresBetween Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in July?