October 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of October? 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 October.

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

Books Reviewed:

LegacyOfMercy  Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) by Lynn Austin

TheCumberlandBride The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

EternityBetweenUs Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

ThisCourageousJourney  This Courageous Journey by Misty Beller

Reluctant Warrior Spine.indd The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

LiterarilyForKeeps Literarily For Keeps by Sarah Monzon

RomancingTheBride  Romancing the Bride (Frontier Vows #1)  by Melissa Jagears

WhenYouLookAtMe  When You Look at Me (Pleasant Gap Romance #2) by Pepper Basham

CantHelpFalling  Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac

LovesGuidingLight  Love’s Guiding Light by Andrea Boeshaar

 

Author Interview / Guest Post:

EBU BlogTour Stephenia H. McGee, guest post

AuthorInterviewShannon Shannon McNear, author interview

 

Cover Reveals:

Cover Reveal The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

IMG_1151  Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

CoverReveal-AmandaBarratt My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda M. Barratt

 

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 November?

 

First Line Fridays: Romancing the Bride

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring Romancing the Bride by Melissa Jagears. I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for a marriage of convenience story that is top-notch, and that packs a lasting punch, look no further! CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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Wyoming Territory
Spring 1884

          Annie Gephart pressed her lips together to keep from begging Tom Passey — the greasiest, most foul-mouthed cowpuncher she’d ever met — to stay on.

 

You can almost feel the desperation. Annie clearly needs help if she’s wanting to keep Tom Passey on her ranch! Will Tom stay on a little longer?  Hmm…I’ll not tell!

   Romancing the Bride (Frontier Vows #1)

 

Now it’s your turn!

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Romancing the Bride (Frontier Vows #1) by Melissa Jagears

Marrying a stranger to save a ranch is one thing; losing the land on their wedding day is another.

Synopsis:

Desperate to keep the ranch where three of her children and a husband lie buried, Annie Gephart must marry or sell. Which of the few bachelors in town would consider a surprise proposal to wed a plain widow with a rebellious daughter, a spirited boy, and unpaid taxes—without laughing in her face?

Jacob Hendrix has never fully let go of his ranching dreams despite ending up as a small Wyoming town’s marshal. The job wouldn’t be so bad, except he’s more errand boy than lawman. When Annie proposes marriage without a single coquettish bat of an eyelash, can he commit himself to a woman he hardly knows for a choice piece of property he’d be an idiot to pass up?

But taxes aren’t all that threaten Annie and Jacob’s plans. Cattle rustlers, crumbling friendships, and wayward children make this marriage of convenience anything but. When they lose what they’ve sacrificed everything to save, will the love of a stranger be enough?

Romancing the Bride is the first book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like heartwarming marriage-of-convenience stories, you’ll love this sweet romance filled with endearing characters.

My Thoughts:

From the beginning, I was pulled into the story and the lives of the characters. I felt like I was living in the pages of this story right along with a vivid cast of characters that had me feeling like part of their community.

Annie has known her share of hardship. Yet her strong faith in God, and her realization that through it all, God is with her. She may struggle, but she doesn’t lose faith. Annie’s struggle to grieve the loss of her husband while allowing herself to love again is one that is realistic and I feel many who have lost a first spouse and remarried, could easily identify with.

Jacob lived a bachelor life, and while he wanted a family, he wasn’t necessarily planning on getting married to a woman with children. However, he feels lead to marry Annie and to help her. He easily steps into the role of father with Annie’s young son. However, Celia, Annie’s headstrong, young teenage daughter holds a lot of resentment and anger. Jacob has a large capacity for love, and he strives to love others as God loves them. We see that he isn’t always perfect, he loses his patience, but he also gives freely of himself and is quick to admit when he has done wrong.

There are plenty of twists and turns that kept me glued to the story and rapidly turning pages to find out what would happen next. There were moments of laughter, tears, and a swoon-worthy kiss, or two. This story is filled with lots of emotion!

I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for a marriage of convenience story that is top-notch, and that packs a lasting punch, look no further! I am thrilled that this is only the first story in the series because it means that I get to visit again with a new story and I can’t wait! I give this story 4.5-stars and encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself and a friend.

(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.)

   Romancing the Bride (Frontier Vows #1)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

jagearsheadshotcompressed  Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

Web page // Facebook // Goodreads // Twitter // Pinterest

 

   Romancing the Bride (Frontier Vows #1)

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First Line Fridays: A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

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

This week I’m featuring A Chance at Forever (A Teaville Moral Society #3) by: Melissa Jagears. This is a beautiful story of Faith, Forgiveness, and Love. CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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Southeast Kansas
Spring 1909

          “I wish you luck, George.”
               “It’s Aaron now. Don’t forget.”
          Aaron Firebrook tried not to let Mr. Gray’s slip of the tongue make him even more nervous. Having his former teacher forget to call him by his new name was understandable, but oh how he wished no one would ever call him by his given name again.

 

I wonder why George, errr Aaron Firebrook doesn’t want to be called by his given name? It sure sounds like he has a rather big secret that he’s keeping!

Before you go CLICK HERE to check out my Author Interview with Michelle Griep and enter to win a copy of her latest book The Innkeeper’s Daughter!

 

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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March 2018 – Month in Review

Here we are at the first day of April! 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 March.

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

Books Reviewed:

The Innkeepers Daughter The Innkeeper’s Daughter

GraceRestored Grace Restored

AChanceAtForever  A Chance at Forever

ThreeWordsAndAKiss  Three Words and a Kiss

A Heart's Revolution  A Heart’s Revolution

A Most Noble Heir  A Most Noble Heir

FindingEvergreen  Finding Evergreen

Author Interview:

SarahSundin  Sarah Sundin

Cover Reveal:

TimelessCollection Timeless Love: Romantic stories that span the ages

 

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 April?

I have a full schedule of books I’m looking forward to sharing with you in April! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

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A Chance at Forever (A Teaville Moral Society #3) by Melissa Jagears

Synopsis:

In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain, determined to protect Teaville’s children from the bullying she experienced as a child, finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she’s dead set against him getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy’s mistrust, but he’s returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn’t expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the best interests of the children at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they’re working for?

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed reading all the books in the Teaville Moral Society, but this one is my favorite! This story deals with some heavy topics and situations, but every page points back to Jesus and His love. This is a beautiful story of Faith, Forgiveness, and Love. This story could easily be read as a stand-alone, however, for those who have read the other books, characters from previous stories do make appearances.

From the first chapter to the last I didn’t want to put the book down. I felt emotionally involved in the lives of Mercy McClain and Aaron Firebrook. These characters are so real and engaging you can’t help but feel their hurts, and cheer for their breakthroughs.

With a mystery to solve, and surprises to keep you guessing, two fantastic lead characters, a strong tread of faith, and a tender story of love, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy!

At its core the gentle reminder that in order to become who God wants us to be we need to allow God to change us, we need to ask for His guidance in our daily lives. Our willpower isn’t enough. I give this wonderful story 5 stars and would encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself to enjoy!

(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.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

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Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

Web page // Facebook // Goodreads // Twitter // Pinterest

 

  A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society #3)

Other books in this series:

Engaging the Competition (Teaville Moral Society #0.5)

A Heart Most Certain (Teaville Moral Society #1)

ALST A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2)

 

 

January 2018 – Review

Can you believe it? Here we are at the end of January! Wow, that went fast! Let us take a brief pause and take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed this month.

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

Books Reviewed:

Across the Blue Across The Blue

TheLacemaker.cover The Lacemaker

TheMayflowerBride The Mayflower Bride

GuiltByAssociation  Guilt by Association

ASongUnheard  A Song Unheard

HeartsEntwined  Hearts Entwined

 

Author Interview:

AmandaBarratt Amanda Barratt

 

Character Spotlight:

Three Words and a Kiss spotlight Cam Cameron Wallace from Three Words and A Kiss

 

New Logo Reveal:

JOR-Color Logo Reveal

 

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First Line Fridays: Hearts Entwined – A Historical Romance Novella Collection

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

This week I’m featuring Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection. This Collection features four novellas from four different authors. Each story is independent of the other, what ties them together is the central theme of love and entanglement, but in the best possible way. I enjoyed reading each of the four stories, but for today’s First Line post I’ve chosen Melissa Jagears “Tied And True”

CLICK HERE to read my full review & enter the giveaway!

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Kansas City, Missouri
September 1908

          The pounding of hammers above them ceased.

 

Hmmm…. Where are they and what was going on above them?  You’ll have to pick-up the book to find out!

 

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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Review & Giveaway – Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection

The path to love is filled with twists and turns in these stories of entangled romance with a touch of humor! 

Synopsis:

Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer‘s “The Love Knot,” Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister’s arrival by train. Mary Connealy‘s “The Tangled Ties That Bind” offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede. Regina Jennings offers “Bound and Determined,” where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels? And Melissa Jagears‘ “Tied and True” entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory. Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.

My Thoughts:

This collection features four stories from four different, gifted authors. Those who have read books from these authors will recognize characters from their full-length novels, and newcomers will find new favorite authors and stories they will want to pick up and enjoy! I fully enjoyed reading each of these stories.

In the first story “The Love Knot” by Karen Witemeyer we find Claire an Irish immigrant, living in Harpers Station who finds herself face to face with a past she thought she left behind. Will she be able to let go of past hurts and move forward on a new unexpected path?

Next, we travel with Mary Connealy in “The Tangled Ties that Bind” to Colorado and meet Connor Kincaid returning home to the Kincaid family ranch and ready to sweep Maggie off her feet and start a ranch of his own. Only to discover that Maggie has plans and dreams of her own.

Our next story “Bound and Determined” by Regina Jennings takes us on a bit of a journey across the hot, sun-baked land of Oklahoma.  Private Bradley Willis is assigned to accompany retired Army Officer, Herald across Indian Territory as they herd not cattle, but Camels. More surprises are in store as Bradley realizes that Officer Herald’s daughter is also along for the trip, and she is trying to keep them from getting to Texas.

Our final story “Tied and True” by Melissa Jagears brings us to Kansas City, Missouri. The expectations her family has set are thwarted when wealthy socialite Marianne Lister falls for the unlikely business assistant, Calvin Hochstetler. But will Marianne be able to prove to Calvin that he’s not just a passing fancy and that he is worthy of love?

Each story is unique and independent of the next. What ties them together is the central theme of love and entanglement, but in the best possible way. I give this fabulous collection of novella’s 5 stars.

(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 Quotes:

 

 

 

 

About the Authors:

bio-pic-Karen  Karen Witemeyer

MaryConnealy  Mary Connealy

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Author Interview & Giveaway – Melissa Jagears

I’m excited to have with us today Melissa Jagears, Welcome Melissa!jagearsheadshotcompressed-199x300

Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

Web Page // Facebook // Goodreads // Pinterest

Melissa is here today to talk with us about her most recent book release A Love So True the 2nd book in the Teaville Moral Society. (see my review) 

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Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town’s red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn’t limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well–if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.

David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father’s companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he’s shown interest in Evelyn’s work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.

They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David’s dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

Now that everyone has had a moment to re-familiarize themselves with this fantastic story, let’s start our chat with Melissa.

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Q: What is your favorite beverage? 

Melissa: Milk. We buy four gallons at a time. I’m pretty sure I’m responsible for drinking three of them. The rest of my family drinks the leftover one.
Trisha: 4 Gallons, Wow! That is an impressive amount of Milk!

 

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Q: What Literary character is most like you and why?

Melissa: Mr. Darcy. Most all literary characters who are like me are males and almost always the villain role. Probably because broody, socially awkward, quiet, jerk types who aren’t really jerks but are usually working covertly behind the scenes in a hands-off, logical way to make the lives of the people they love better are harder to imagine in the female form. Considering my personality is the rarest female personality, I’m just guessing many people don’t know one and think female Mr. Darcys (INTJs) aren’t realistic….or even likeable, though I won’t argue that….. But thankfully Jane Austen, who was likely an INTJ as well, provided the world with an INTJ character who isn’t a villain. 🙂

Trisha: I wouldn’t have guessed Mr. Darcy!

 

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Q: Is there a place you have wanted to visit, but haven’t yet?

Melissa: The Caribbean or any tropical island. Preferably a deserted island, no tourists, warm weather, sand, ocean, no schedule, and books.

Trisha: Sounds like the ideal get-a-way spot!
book-1209805_640Q: What is your favorite Bible verse?

Melissa: I don’t have one. “Never Read a Bible Verse” (see link) — it’s all about context. I have favorite sections. The book of Romans is great. I Tim 4:6-16 maybe….

Trisha: I agree. You want to read the entire passage to gain the full meaning. My favorite passage is Psalm 91

 

133233232.xp05SzWaQ: How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

Melissa: In A Heart Most Certain, the prior book, I had to come up with a reason for my bachelor hero to build a mansion he didn’t need in the middle of nowhere. (Because I wanted to write a story with the Coffeyville Brown Mansion as a set piece.) And I needed to know what his motivations were for the Scrooge/Aladdin spinoff I wanted to combine with it. So creating Nicholas is responsible for the subject/themes of the series.

Trisha: That is a beautiful house and a great starting point for inspiration. (photo credit: pbase.com)

 

heart-1908901_640Q: What do you most want readers to take away from your book?

Melissa: Don’t be quick to judge people by how they act or what you see. Take your time forming opinions about those you meet, only do so if you have enough first hand insight.

Trisha: I feel it is important to be kind to everyone you meet.
Q: What 5 books have had the greatest impact on your life?

Melissa: The Bible, Decision Making and the Will of God by Gary Friesen, The Well-Behaved Child by John Rosemond, Love and Respect by Eggerichs, Whatever Tomorrow Brings by Lori Wick (It’s the first book I read in my now favorite genre).

Trisha: Those are all excellent books. You are in good company, I have a collection of Lori Wick books on my shelf also!

 

Q: Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Melissa: If I can’t figure out what to write next, I take a shower. Best place to get unstuck. My brain is on auto-pilot just enough to keep all the millions of directions of my brain subdued so I can focus on the problem.

Trisha: That is an unusual place, but I can see the benefits. As a mother, often times the only time you have to yourself is when your in the shower.

Thank you Melissa for stopping in today to share with us about yourself and about your wonderful books!

 Melissa is generously giving away a soft-cover printed copy of A Love So True, along with a note pad to one (1) lucky winner.  (open to continental USA residents only). The giveaway will be open for one week. The winner will be announced here on this page at the close of the contest.

To Enter the giveaway:

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Congratulations:   Jackie W.