In Time for Christmas (Romance in the Rockies #2.5) by Heather Blanton

About the book:

Charlene needs a miracle. God has one waiting … a hundred years in the past.

In Time for Christmas — a Novella, is the story of Charlene Williams, a woman trapped in a dangerously abusive marriage. Disappointed that God hasn’t gotten her out of it, or even hears her prayers at all, she has shut down emotionally. When husband Dale becomes suspicious of her daily chats with the mailman, he whisks her out of town and abandons her on his family’s ranch—an isolated, dilapidated place no one has lived on for over forty years. With the promise that he’ll be back in a few days, he knocks her unconscious and leaves.

Charlene wakes up on the ranch—a hundred years in the past. Almost instantly she is drawn to Billy Page, Dale’s great grandfather. The connection is powerful and mysterious, but should she risk falling in love with a ghost? What’s going on here? Is Charlene dead, dreaming, in a coma, or simply experiencing a gift from her heavenly father? She’ll learn one thing for certain: God does see the tears of his children.

My Thoughts:

I won an audio book copy of this novella in a giveaway. This is the first book of Heather Blanton’s that I have read/listened to. I appreciated how seamlessly the author wove the Heroine’s faith in God into this story. In the beginning of the story, Charlene had fallen away from God. However, as we are invited into Charlene’s life and her journey, we get a front row seat to her reconnecting with God. We see how she learns to trust in God again and through her journey of rediscovering her own voice we are reminded that not only are we each a loved and cherished by God, we are also reminded that you can always return to God no matter how far you have strayed.

While I’m sure the time-travel idea is a little far fetched for many, I found that in this story it worked quite well and helped the heroine grow and remember who she really was and to see her own self-worth again.

There could be some triggers in this story for those who have dealt with abusive relationships in marriage.

I enjoyed my time listening to this Christmas novella and I look forward to reading more from Heather Blanton in the future!

(I won an audio book copy of this novella in a giveaway. I am not required to write a review. Thoughts an opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

I write Christian Historical Western Romance. Yes, that often entails the use of firearms in a threatening manner. Sometimes there are fistfights. There may even be politically incorrect but historically accurate language. But also, there is always an inspirational message and strong allusions (at least) to the gospel.

A former journalist, I am an avid researcher and endeavor to skillfully weave truth in among fictional story lines. I love exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. I have walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in my hand.

I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne Westerns. My most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to my daddy, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester! My daddy also taught me to shoot and, trust me, I can sew buttons on with my rifle.

I can be reached several different ways:

http://ladiesindefiance.com/
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I am a proud member of Western Writers of America.

My novels are all Christian Western Romance because this is the genre that lets me write about strong, pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Like good old fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense. Of course, romance is always a strong element in my stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God and a perfect reflection of how he loves us: sacrificially and lavishly. My stories aren’t preachy or cheesy, but I hope they are inspirational, heart-warming, realistic, illuminating, and glorifying to God.

Depending on You (Frontier Vows #3) by Melissa Jagears

About the Book:

Can the joy and hope of Christmas restore their love before it’s too late?

Leah Whitsett’s life was ideal until the disastrous day she nearly died because of her husband’s deceit. When he returns home weeks before Christmas, she knows the best gift she can give him is forgiveness, but how can she relinquish her hard-won independence knowing he plans to turn their family’s life upside down again?

Bryant has always known his wife was a gift he’d never deserved, but how can he provide for her in a town that no longer wants anything to do with him? He longs to atone for the misery he’s put his loved ones through, but when he brings a family member home for the holidays, he and Leah may end up even further apart.

With emotions high and their marriage at stake, will the season bring the hope they need…or are their rifts too large to mend?

My Thoughts:

Christmas is getting closer and the past months have been a struggle for Leah Whitsett. She has has to recover from a near-death trauma, find a way to pay the bills, keep a roof over her head and food on the table alone, without her husband. Now just weeks before Christmas her husband returns and turns her life upside down. Can two hearts once knit closely in love find forgiveness and a way to love again?

It’s not often that you find a story about a married couple who are going through a valley and struggling to find forgiveness and love. When the one person you trust the most has failed you and let you down. I enjoyed my time with Leah and Bryant! It was refreshing to read a story beyond the “Happily Ever After”, and into the “real” of life.

With realistic characters and heartwarming plot this Christmas novella is one you won’t want to miss out on!

(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.)

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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

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The Hope of Christmas Past by Stephenia H. McGee

About this book:

When a mysterious painting offers her a trip to the past,
will Isla find new hope for her future?

On the brink of aging out the foster system, the last thing Isla Laird wants is to spend Christmas in an old-fashioned plantation. What’s the point of bonding with her foster mom when it’s too late to ever be adopted? But when a mysterious painting suddenly thrusts her into the nineteenth century, Isla is forced to face hurts and memories she’s long tried to bury. With time running out and her heart in tatters, can God use an impossible miracle to bring Isla hope for a new future?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed listening to this audio-book! Books don’t often make me cry, but something about listening to this story unfold, the intensity of emotion hit me and I teared up. This novella packs quite an emotional punch and I loved it!

I enjoyed getting to visit Belmont again and the chance to catch up with much loved characters. So find a cozy spot to snuggle in and enjoy this delightfully original Christmas story that is sure to warm your heart.

(I received a complimentary gift in a giveaway from the author. I am not required to write a review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

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 Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in the South

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Don’t miss these other titles from Bestselling Christian Historical author Stephenia H. McGeeIronwood Plantation Family Saga 
The Whistle Walk
Heir of Hope

Missing Mercy

The Liberator Series 
Leveraging Lincoln
Losing Lincoln
Labeling Lincoln

Stand Alone Titles 
In His Eyes
Eternity Between Us

Time Travel 
Her Place in Time

Novellas 
The Heart of Home
The Hope of Christmas Past

Whole Latte Love (Great River Romance) by Kari Trumbo

About the book:

Addi Merrick is a matchmaker with no match.
Her past is riddled with friends who married and left her behind. She’s stuck at a job she doesn’t love with a boss who can’t stand her to put herself through college, but there’s a reason God wants her at the right place, at the right time.

Drew Tanner was left at the altar and doesn’t believe in love.
It’s been a year since the woman of his dreams vanished into thin air on his wedding day. Since then, he’s avoided women like her, certain all quiet women were hiding something. Seeing Addi is like watching his past, and he wants no part of it. 

When a dating site matches them, not only as a possible match but a perfect match, they must choose to either risk the pain of rejection or the beauty of a love match. 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed my time with these sweet characters. Author Kari Trumbo invites the reader right into the heart of Addie and Drew and I felt like I was an unwritten best friend character, privy to the secret thoughts, and wishing I could really sit down and have a heart to heart. I was thrilled when Liberty was introduced to the story and did just that. She seemed to take the very words that I wanted to say, right when they needed to be said.

Addie struggles with making ends meet and with feelings of not being good enough. She feels like she is aways looked over, invisible. But as her friend Liberty gently reminders her, that God made each of us for a specific purpose, and that we just need to wait on Him.

If you are looking for a sweet contemporary romance to enjoy, pick up a copy of Whole Latte Love, and a cup of coffee, settle into your favorite reading spot and prepare for a sigh-worthy experience.

(I received a copy of this book in a giveaway. I am not required to write a review. All thoughts are my own.)

About the Author:

KariTrumbo

 I am an author of Christian Historical Romance novels. My first series, Western Vows is comprised of a prequel Forsaking All Others, then To Honor and Cherish, For Richer or Poorer, and To Love and Comfort. The settings are Kansas and northern Minnesota/Canadian border. If you are a lover of historical romance, especially clean historical romance, please follow my newsletter to be updated on what’s coming!

Kari Trumbo is one of four authors in the best-selling Cutter’s Creek series. She writes Christian Historical Romance and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing or editing, she homeschools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of almost twenty years, two daughters, two sons, three cats, and one hungry wood stove.

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

About the book:

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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About the Author:

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

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

  Stay With Me (A Misty River Romance #1)

 

First Line Friday: A Life to Live

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Today I am excited to be featuring A Life to Live by Toni Shiloh. This sweet story of second chances and forgiveness is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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  A Life to Live

 

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Secretly Yours by Valerie Comer

Synopsis:

Chef Lindsey Solberg agrees to cater the church’s Valentine’s Day fundraising banquet as a favor to her teen sister, but she’s shocked to discover the bad boy from her high school days is now Riverbend’s youth pastor. Seriously? How could he have changed that much? Nick Harrison has prayed for years for an opportunity to make amends. Now Lindsey’s back in Riverbend and won’t give him the time of day. What’s a guy to do except leave a trail of gifts from a secret admirer?

Lindsey’s heart takes a beating when she realizes the boy who was never good enough is now a far better man than she deserves.

My Thoughts:

This fun little story popped up in my Instagram feed, and I just had to check it out, and I am glad that I did. This little gem is light-hearted, sweet as chocolate, and brimming with reminders of God’s love for us. I especially enjoyed the fun banter between the characters and watching their relationship grow and bloom.

If you are looking for a sweet love story that is sure to bring a smile to your face and warm fuzzy thoughts to your heart then snag a copy of this adorable story and snuggle in with a cozy blanket and a cup of cocoa!

(I purchased a copy of this book for my own collection. I am not required to write a review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

ValerieComer Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

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 Secretly Yours

Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep

Three Delightful Christmas Tales from Beloved Storyteller Michelle Griep

Synopsis:

Pour yourself a cuppa, get lost in the merriment of the season, and enjoy a Dickensian Christmas in three stories from fan-favorite Michelle Griep:

12 Days at Bleakly Manor: Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

A Tale of Two Hearts: Pleasure seeker William Barlow needs a wife immediately to gain his uncle’s inheritance, and Mina Scott is just the girl to make him look respectable—too bad she turns him down. Ought he give her a second chance?

The Old Lace Shop: Recently widowed Bella White is finally freed from the domination of the overbearing men in her life, but when she enters into a business partnership with the handsome Edmund Archer, she begins to wonder if marriage is worth a second chance.

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed each of the three stories in this charming Dickens Christmas collection. The first two stories, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and A Tale of Two Hearts each were first printed on their own. The new story in this collection is The Old Lace Shop. Since I have previously reviewed (and loved) the first two stories on their own, I will focus my attention on this review primarily with the new story, The Old Lace Shop.

Right from the very first page our heroine, Bella captured my sympathies and my heart. She chose to rise above the situation she found herself in and grab life by the reigns. Unconventional and determined, Bella is a strong heroine. I enjoyed watching her grow in this story.

Edmund Archer kept me on my toes. One moment I liked him, and the next I wanted to purse-whomp him. He was full of surprises! He isn’t the picture-perfect hero, he has his flaws. But just maybe that is what makes him so endearing, and unforgettable.

The setting of the story, while industrial, and dreary in its drab corner of England, is lit by its vivacious characters that rise above the backdrop and add color and life into their surroundings. I appreciate the fact that the author invites us into a less seldom view of a Victorian Christmas.

This collection of stories makes the perfect gift for the book-lover on your list and it is sure to become your new favorite Christmas tradition!

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

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About the Author:

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

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Once Upon A Dickens Christmas

 

Wedding Score by Amanda Tero

Synopsis:

Most girls dream of their wedding days. Except me. I’m too busy practicing piano to be the live soundtrack for everyone else’s weddings to think about my own. I’ve survived most of my twenties with harmonious chords and pleasant days. So why is it that now, at twenty-seven, a discordant feeling presents itself? Is there a solid solution to loneliness when there is absolutely no potential husband on the horizon?

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My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this short story from Author, Amanda Tero. While the story is short, it has depth. The heroine, a young lady in her late-twenties, happy with the direction her life has taken thus far, is suddenly hit with the realization that her friends are all either married or about to get married. All while she still sits on the relationship sidelines. Her struggle is real and honest, one that I think many young women face at some point in their lives. Let’s face it, society still holds to the old values of pressuring women into getting married and having babies.

What I appreciated about this story, is that the heroine turns to God. She turns to her faith. She spends time reading the Bible and praying. She is honest with her feelings and her struggle. I believe that this story would help many young women. It would give them an honest point of reference, and provide a strong foundation in faith, without being overbearing.

I would recommend this book to any young woman who needs encouragement in her singleness. A helpful reminder that God has a plan for her life, and that she can be happy and content in the season of life she is currently in.

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

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About the Author:

AmandaTero  Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

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Wedding Score

 

 

First Line Friday: Always (The Lost Princesses 0.5)

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Always (The Lost Princesses 0.5) by Jody Hedlund. This story is as breathtaking as the beautiful cover! Jody Hedlund has weaved a dynamic story with endearing characters that will have you holding your breath and rapidly turning pages for more! CLICK HERE to see my full review.

Always (The Lost Princess 0.5)

          “Another sip, Your Majesty,”
I pleaded, holding out the golden chalice of raspberry-leaf tea.

Newly released this week, with the next book coming out shortly, this novella is more than an introduction to the new series, it is a fantastic story all it’s own. One that you won’t want to put down once you start!

Always (The Lost Princesses #0.5)

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