A Lawman for Christmas (Smokey Mountain Matches #12)

The Gift of Family

Synopsis:

Committed to her spinsterhood, Isabel Flores isn’t about to trust a man with her hard-won independence or her heart—especially not lawman Ben MacGregor. But when a little boy is abandoned on her property, the so-called “Debonair Deputy” of their small Tennessee town helps her care for the child. And Isabel begins to hope he might be more than just a handsome flirt.

Ben is well aware of Isabel’s aversion to love and has his own secret reasons for avoiding relationships. But as he and Isabel do their best to make the holiday special for their young ward, Ben wonders if he could be a family man after all. Will this Christmas be the first of many for Isabel and Ben’s little instant family?

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve had the pleasure of reading from Karen Kirst. I was delighted with the characters, the setting, and the storyline. This story is sure to warm your heart and put you in the Christmas spirit. I could so clearly picture the town of Gatlinburg, TN that I felt like I was there.

While I’ve not yet read the other 11 books in the Smokey Mountain series, I didn’t feel at all lost in this story. Yes, there are brief mentions of other characters, but not once did I feel lost. If anything It made me want to read the other books to find out the details of their stories.

Isabel is a strong and independent, blacksmith forge savvy women of the mountains. The last thing she wants is a man interrupting her plans. But under her rough exterior beats the heart of a woman who longs for a family (even if she has buried it so deep, that she forgot).

“Debonair Deputy” Ben MacGregor smiles and the ladies swoon at his feet. He is a self-proclaimed bachelor. However, his actions call into question the sincerity of his claims with the ladies of the town.

When a bank robbery goes wrong, and then a little boy is abandoned on her doorstep, Isabel and Ben are thrust together to not only prevent another robbery but to uncover the mystery of where this little boy came from. Will the tender, trusting smiles of an adorable 4-year old, warm their hearts and change their minds?

Karen Kirst not only breathes life into the setting but the characters as well. From the first page to the last, the story never once lost momentum. I give this story 5 stars. I am looking forward to finding copies of the earlier books in this series, as I’m sure I will enjoy them just as much as I have this one.

(I purchased a print copy of this book for my own collection. I am not required to write positive reviews. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

KarenKirst  Karen Kirst was born and raised in East Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains. A lifelong lover of books, it wasn’t until after college that she had the grand idea to write one herself. The pursuit of her dream would take longer than she first anticipated…years, in fact. In the fall of 2010, she got the happy news that Harlequin Love Inspired Historical wanted to publish her manuscript-a true blessing from God. Now she divides her time between being a wife, homeschooling mom, and romance writer. She enjoys reading, hosting tea parties and spending time with friends.

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His Forgotten Fiancee by: Evelyn M. Hill

Synopsis:

Liza Fitzpatrick is stunned when her fiancée finally arrives in Oregon City — with amnesia. Matthew Dean refuses to honor a marriage proposal he doesn’t recall making, but Liza needs his help to bring in the harvest, and maybe she can help him remember…

Matthew is attracted to the spirited Liza, and as she tries to help him regain his old memories, the new ones they’re creating together start to make him feel whole. Even as he falls for her again, though, someone’s determined to keep them apart. Will his memory return in time to save their future?

My Thoughts:

My imagination was captivated by this story right from the start. Imagine for just a moment, what would it be like to forget everything? You don’t know your name or anything about yourself. Nothing! Who do you trust? It would be scary.

Of course, it would be just as difficult a scenario for a loved one. To know that the person you love, has no idea who you are. Has no memory of all that you have been through together. It would be heart-wrenching, to say the least.

Liza has a difficult time putting her trust in others. From a young age, she felt that she had to stand on her own and not be dependent on others. She let down her guard and let Matthew in, and now he doesn’t even know who she is.

Matthew is trying to figure out who he is and at the same time fight a growing attraction to Liza. He is a man of integrity. He cares more about Liza and her feelings than just a passing whim. He wants to remember who he is first before they get too entangled.

Someone is trying awfully hard to keep them apart. Who could be behind the mysterious occurrences? Is the sheriff behind the trouble, the town doctor? I was kept guessing various culprits. As it seemed almost everyone had a secret.

I enjoyed reading this sweet story, the touch of mystery kept me engaged. With realistic characters and even a cute kitten, you just can’t go wrong. Look for this book in January!

(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:

EvelynHill  I live at the end of the Oregon Trail, so I’ve decided to have fun writing historical inspiration romances set in Oregon and the American West in general. I get to investigate personally all the locales where my stories are set. I enjoy writing historical novels because it’s like getting to visit a different country without leaving home.

My first book, His Forgotten Fiancée, is going to be published by Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in January 2018.

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 His Forgotten Fiancee

 

A Mother For His Family by: Susanne Dietze

Synopsis:

Lady Helena Stanhope’s reputation is in tatters…and she’s lost any hope for a “respectable” ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she’s determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she’s sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irresistible spirit, caring and warmth.
Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together—and his love—are for always.

My Thoughts:

This delightful story captured my attention and imagination right from the start and kept me greedily turning pages late into the night. With charismatic characters and an engaging plot line, this story is one that you will want to make sure to read. The mystery behind the letters kept me guessing right until the end.

At the beginning, I found myself heart-sore for Helena, for her history and for how she felt lost and alone. As the story progressed I found myself cheering for her as she grew in confidence. She was misunderstood by her peers, and early on she had allowed the opinion of others and how they viewed her, to dictate how she saw herself. Given the opportunity to have a better circle of influence she grew and flourished. It was refreshing to watch her transformation.

What a fantastic hero we find in John. He has his shortcomings, but he also grows. He isn’t too proud or stubborn to admit when he is wrong. He is strong yet tender, he is firm yet kind. John is quite the swoon-worthy hero!

Often when we look back at history and think of the dazzling parties, the impressive mansions, and beautiful dresses worn by the wealthy. We often fail to consider what it would really be like to grow up in a home where your parents did not have an active role in raising you. Children were often closer to the nanny and the servants than to their parents. More often than not Marriages were arrangements agreed upon to make money, or to gain political power and standing. Love was often a foreign concept, often thought of as a fairytale.

I loved the tender message of God’s amazing love for us and the reminder that we are never alone. God loves us beyond our wildest imagination and is always with us. You can never stray too far away, that He isn’t there waiting for you with arms open wide.

If you enjoy sweet stories full of substance and emotion, then you won’t want to miss out on reading this book. I look forward to reading more stories from Susanne Dietze in the future and I give this fabulous story 5 stars. I encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy at your earliest convenience.

(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:

13657688  Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her at:

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  A Mother for his Family (expected release Jan. 1, 2018)

   The Reluctant Guardian

Cover Reveal & Giveaway – A Mother for His Family by Susanne Dietze

I’m super-duper excited to be teaming up with Susanne Dietze for the cover reveal for her latest book, “A Mother for his Family” scheduled to hit the shelves in January 2017.

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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her at:

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

About the book:

Lady Helena Stanhope’s reputation is in tatters…and she’s lost any hope for a “respectable” ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she’s determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she’s sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irresistible spirit, caring and warmth.
Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together—and his love—are for always.

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Susanne shared her Inspiration behind the cover in saying: “I love marriage of convenience stories and always wanted to write one! It’s always fun for me to read a book where the wedding happens at the beginning and things progress out of order with the couple: marriage first, then love.

I was able to offer three scene suggestions for the cover, and the wedding was my first choice so I’m thrilled the amazing art department at Harlequin chose to work with it. It’s a hopeful scene, since both the hero and heroine, John and Helena, think getting married will be the answer to their problems: he needs a mother for his three kids and niece, and she needs a respectable home.

However, they learn right away that saying “I do” might provide solutions to their immediate issues, but not all of them, and forging a family can be a challenge—one that both breaks and heals their hearts!

I love looking at them in this scene and knowing they have adventures ahead that will bring them closer together!”

I simply love reading Susanne’s stories, and I am eagerly anticipating being able to dig into her newest book!

For those who have read Susanne’s earlier book “The Reluctant Guardian“, you will recognize a familiar character! Click here to see my review of The Reluctant Guardian.

  A Mother for his Family available for pre-order

   The Reluctant Guardian

Don’t forget to enter to win the giveaway! 

It’s a Spa Moment (alas, a moment is all I can afford with a kid in college). You can win a copy of The Reluctant Guardian, which takes place in the same story universe as A Mother for His Family; a Beauticontrol Regeneration Pure Hydration Sheet Masque (over $10 value for this lovely masque), and a signed bookplate.

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A few blogging friends are also joining in on the Cover Reveal fun. Please be sure to swing by and check-out what they have to say!

Anita @ A.M. Heath Blog
Megan @ Faery Tales Are Real
Bree @ Bibliophile 
Cheryl @ Cheryl Book Blog
Carrie @ ReadingIsMySuperpower
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First Line Fridays (9/29/17) Her Cherokee Groom

Is it just me, or are you a little surprised that we are here at the last Friday of September? This month has just flown by! Next month First Line Friday’s will be hosted by Hoarding Books!

Today, I’m featuring Her Cherokee Groom by Valerie Hansen. I enjoy reading stories about Native Americans, and Cherokee especially.  Click here to read my review.

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On the run from false murder charges, Annabelle Lang can only count on one man, Cherokee diplomat Charles McDonald. The handsome ambassador has already helped her escape Washington City. Now he’s proposing marriage to protect her honor. Though she’s losing her heart to Charles, Annabelle’s certain his offer comes from duty, not love.

Charles’s feelings for the flaxen-haired beauty go beyond mere companionship, but he’s doubtful a lady like Annabelle would ever consider him under normal circumstances. And with his family expecting him to wed a Cherokee bride, he wouldn’t have asked. If it’s more than convenience that binds Charles and Annabelle, there’s only one way to find out—he’ll have to court his own wife!

 

Washington, DC – 1830

“What are you doing out here? Spying?”

 

How about that first line? Doesn’t it make you want to pick up the book to find out who is spying and what they spying on?

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
Singing Librarian // Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective //
Lauraine’s Notes // Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads //
It’s Story Time with Van Daniker // Iola Goulton // The Christian Fiction Girl //
Book Reviews by Tima //  A Brighter Destiny // Sprinkles and Pink // Susanlovesbooks

Next week things will look a little different. You will visit the Hoarding Books site to find the links to other’s First Line Fridays posts. The new site is up, and I hear there may be a giveaway. Swing by Hoarding Books to check it out!

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Her Cherokee Groom by: Valerie Hansen

Synopsis:

On the run from false murder charges, Annabelle Lang can only count on one man, Cherokee diplomat Charles McDonald. The handsome ambassador has already helped her escape Washington City. Now he’s proposing marriage to protect her honor. Though she’s losing her heart to Charles, Annabelle’s certain his offer comes from duty, not love.

Charles’s feelings for the flaxen-haired beauty go beyond mere companionship, but he’s doubtful a lady like Annabelle would ever consider him under normal circumstances. And with his family expecting him to wed a Cherokee bride, he wouldn’t have asked. If it’s more than convenience that binds Charles and Annabelle, there’s only one way to find out—he’ll have to court his own wife!

My Thoughts:

From a young age, my favorite stories to read have been stories about Native Americans. When I was around 9 years old, I wrote a story about a Native American girl. I have always just gravitated toward this culture and these strong, noble people. I vividly remember my parents taking me to visit Cherokee, NC when I was younger and I loved it so much that I took my son to visit last year. Of course when I saw this book, I just HAD to read it!

Valerie Hansen does not disappoint with this arresting story of fugitives on the run and a culture on the brink of calamity. Rich in historical detail and with believable characters this story is one that will not only remind you of a bygone era but put you in the thick of the excitement and the turmoil.

Annabelle Lang has grown accustomed to a life lived in the shadows. Orphaned at a young age, she became the ward of a man who becomes a strong voice in Congress. Overlooked and often alone, Annabelle in no way is a timid mouse. She is a strong, capable young woman, who isn’t afraid to stand up for those she see’s in need.

Charles McDonald is a Cherokee ambassador, trying to make sure that the Cherokee people have a voice in the decisions that are being made about them and their land. He is impressed with the kindness he see’s in Annabelle, and in her strength of character. Is it possible for two people from different backgrounds to find common ground?

For me personally, my favorite parts of the book were those that included historical details. I appreciated the attention to the Cherokee history and culture. I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a warm-hearted romance, with just enough action to keep the story moving, and cultural details that will give you greater insight.

(I purchased a copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Bonus:

The Cherokee town of New Echota, GA is a location featured in this book. Click Here If you are interested to see photo’s of the town, or maybe plan a trip to visit this historic site.

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

ValerieHansenAlthough I have been a published author since the mid 1980s, I have been writing women’s Christian fiction almost exclusively since 1999. There is a longer, more detailed bio on my website so there’s no need for me to repeat all that here. Right now, I write for all three Love Inspired lines, Romance, Suspense and Historical. I’m delighted to have been included that broadly and besides, it keeps me so busy that I stay out of trouble. Well, mostly.

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First Line Fridays (9/22/17) The Reluctant Guardian

Welcome to another Friday and a fun chance to share a first line of any book you choose. A book you just finished, a book you are looking forward to reading soon, maybe even a book that you enjoyed many years ago.  Click here to enter this week’s giveaway.

I’m so happy to be sharing with you a book I just recently finished reading. The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze. If you haven’t yet read this fantastic story, run to your nearest book seller and grab a copy. You won’t want to miss this book! Click here to read my review.

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When Gemma Lyfeld inadvertently interrupts a dangerous smuggling operation in her English village, she’s rescued by a mysterious Scottish spy. Now with criminals after her and her hopes for an expected marriage proposal recently dashed, she will make her society debut in London. But not without the man tasked with protecting her…

Covert government agent Tavin Knox must keep Gemma safe from the criminals who think she can identify them—a mission he never wanted. But as he escorts her and her rascally nephews around London, the lovely English lass proves braver than he ever imagined. Suddenly, the spy who works alone has one Season to become the family man he never dreamed he’d be.

This week the first line can be found in the photo below. Enjoy!

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Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
Singing Librarian // Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective //
Lauraine’s Notes // Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads //
It’s Story Time with Van Daniker // Iola Goulton // The Christian Fiction Girl //
Book Reviews by Tima //  A Brighter Destiny // Sprinkles and Pink //

Join me in giving a warm welcome to our newest member: Susanlovesbooks

Would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog? Contact one of the following:
Rachel at Bookworm Mama // Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish
Sydney at Singing Librarian // Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower

 

Author Interview & Giveaway with Angie Dicken

I am excited to have my newest Author friend Angie Dicken visiting with us today!

AngieDickenAngie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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

Angie recently released her debut book “The Outlaw’s Second Chance(see my review)

TheOutlawsSecondChanceWhen Cort Stanton and Aubrey Huxley try to claim the same land in the Oklahoma Land Run, Cort offers a deal–one that could help him keep his freedom. After taking the blame for his brother’s crime, Cort needs to lie low, so he gives Aubrey the land for her horse ranch…if she’ll hire him. Now he just has to avoid growing too close to the gorgeous seamstress, who can never know his secret.

Aubrey refuses to depend on any man, even one as handsome and kind as Cort. Yet, as they work together to make her dream a reality, it’s impossible to imagine life on the prairie without him. And though Aubrey knows Cort has secrets that stand between them, she can’t help but wish she could stake a claim on his heart.

Make sure to watch for Angie’s 2nd book “My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah” Coming out in November!

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Let’s start out with a few fun, getting-to-know-you questions and then chat about the latest book.

Trisha:  What is your favorite season, and why?

road-1072823_640Angie: I love fall in the Midwest. There’s just so much to do—like apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and bonfires—and the changing colors and weather are AMAZING!

Trisha:  Yes, Fall is pretty awesome! We have several grape vineyards near us and we can smell the grapes when we walk outside.

 

Trisha:  What is the best part of your day?

tree-1409101_640Angie: When I can drag myself out of bed before the kids, I love the quiet of early morning. But, I am also a night owl, so that makes it more difficult to enjoy waking up so early. 😉

Trisha:  Oh, I hear you! Waking up early isn’t always easy. But the quiet time and the beautiful sunrise make it worth the effort.

 

Trisha:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

books-315677_640Angie:  My all time favorite—the one that kept me up, and had me weeping for the characters after it was over—is Liz Curtis Higgs Thorn In My Heart. Just so good. Of course, if you’d like to go back even further…my first exposure to Christian Fiction and favorites from childhood on–The Chronicles of Narnia.

Trisha:  Yes, I love Liz Curtis Higgs books!

 

Trisha:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

mobile-616012_640Angie:  Nora Jones. I LOVE her. Her music never disappoints.

Trisha:  I enjoy listening to Nora Jones on rainy days. Her music is relaxing and soothing, like a gentle rain.

 

 

Trisha:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

desk-2158142_640Angie:  For The Outlaw’s Second Chance, I would say the plotline came first. I wanted to write a Land run story.

Trisha:  The beginning of your book with the Land Run, reminded me a bit of the Land Run at the end of the movie Far and Away.

 

Trisha:  Which character took you by surprise?

guy-2609361_640Angie:  This is a great question. The character that kind of “evolved” was the heroine’s brother, Ben. He was her past and present clashing to threaten her future. But, I love how he seemed so one-sided in my initial writings, and then grew to be more complex.

Trisha:  Ben surprised me in the story also!

 

Trisha:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

coffee-2440074_640Angie:  Ooooh….me? Night owl extraordinaire? I’d have to say…3 or 4? But that might also include brainstorming sessions with my fabulous crit partner, Ashley Clark.

Trisha:  Wow! You are a night owl extraordinaire! My limit is usually 1 am.

 

Trisha:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

pencil-918449_640Angie:  In the original, I had Aubrey planning on running at night. She was going to be a “sooner” to the fullest definition of the word. But, I like the way it is soooo much better thanks to the suggestions of my editor at Love Inspired Historical!

Trisha:  That was a good change, I like the way it’s written! Thank you, Angie for spending time chatting with us today! It was fun getting to know more about you and your debut book.  I look forward to joining you at the Facebook Launch party tomorrow!

Thanks for having me on your blog, Trisha! I am so excited to see you at my FB launch party on the 12th. For all who want to join in the fun and a chance for winning a giveaway, visit www.facebook.com/dicken.angie and rsvp to the pinned event.

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*** GIVEAWAY ***

Angie is giving away 1 (one) copy of her debut book “The Outlaw’s Second Chance” The winner may choose a paper copy or e-copy (paper copy USA only). Please review the policies here. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“Have you heard about the Land Run? Do you think you would have participated?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

 

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Winner is: Tami L.

 

Bonus:

A Month Long Giveaway: Post a Shelfie – Watch your local Walmart, Target & Book sellers for The Outlaw’s Second Chance. Snap a picture and share it!

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The Outlaw’s Second Chance by: Angie Dicken

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Synopsis:

When Cort Stanton and Aubrey Huxley try to claim the same land in the Oklahoma Land Run, Cort offers a deal–one that could help him keep his freedom. After taking the blame for his brother’s crime, Cort needs to lie low, so he gives Aubrey the land for her horse ranch…if she’ll hire him. Now he just has to avoid growing too close to the gorgeous seamstress, who can never know his secret.

Aubrey refuses to depend on any man, even one as handsome and kind as Cort. Yet, as they work together to make her dream a reality, it’s impossible to imagine life on the prairie without him. And though Aubrey knows Cort has secrets that stand between them, she can’t help but wish she could stake a claim on his heart.

My Review:

The Outlaw’s Second Chance is such a great story! With realistic characters, and a fun engaging plot line this story pulled me in and kept me engaged till the very last page.

Aubrey is an independent, determined women. Since the untimely death of her mother, Aubrey decided to go out on her own and make her mother’s dreams of owning a horse ranch come true. But nothing goes according to her plans. First, her horse is stolen, then a handsome cowboy places a flag in the ground before she can and stakes a claim to her One-hundred and sixty acres.

Cort Stanton is not your typical “Outlaw”. He is generous and kind, hardworking and looks out for the well-being of others. The label “Outlaw” may be who he was, but it isn’t who he is. Amid his struggle to prove himself a better man, he has to learn who he is to God. We all have moments when we struggle with past failures and need to be reminded of who we are in God.

Will the past stay buried in the past, or will it catch up to Aubrey & Cort? Come along for a wild west adventure that you won’t soon forget in this fantastic debut from Angie Dicken.

I really enjoyed this touching love story! It had me anxious one moment and smiling with joy the next. You won’t want to miss reading this delightful 5 star 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)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

AngieDickenAngie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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

 The Outlaw’s Second Chance

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