Always (The Lost Princess #0.5) by Jody Hedlund

Synopsis:

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

My Thoughts:

Warning: Once you pick up this story you will not be able to put it down! From the very first page, until the last, I was blissfully along for the adventure of a lifetime. I couldn’t get enough of this story. I inhaled it like a hungry book dragon and absolutely loved every moment!

This story may be short, but it packs an impressive punch! Jody Hedlund has weaved a dynamic story with endearing characters that will have you holding your breath and rapidly turning pages for more!

While this story is marketed and written with the Young Adult Fiction Reader in mind, anyone can enjoy this action-packed adventure! I give this story 5-stars and encourage you to snag your copy of this book today!

(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:

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

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

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

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Upon My Heart Forever by Amber Lynn Perry

Synopsis:

When Clara Moore learns of her brother’s unthinkable scheme—to take her to England and force her into a hasty marriage—she knows she must escape New York. But when she finds out who has accepted the job of taking her to Boston, she almost rethinks her own hurried plan. For the handsome man who comes to her aid is none other than her former love, Ethan Barrik. He left her heart in shambles six years before. Can she trust him a second time?

Ethan Barrik is no stranger to struggle. But tracking the enemy, and war-time spying are nothing compared to the pain of regret. Ready at last to leave his past behind, he accepts one final job for a friend, only to discover the person he’s really helping is the woman he still loves. Despite her ire, he knows he must make every attempt to make it right—and hope she will find a way to forgive him and give their love another chance.

My Thoughts:

This story took my heart on an emotional journey that I won’t soon forget! From the lows to the heights and everywhere in between. I couldn’t get enough of this delightful story! This novella, these characters have captured my heart. This story is everything I have come to love about Ambery Lynn Perry’s stories and more!

Clara Moore has known the sweet joy of first love and the heartache of being left at the altar. The scars are still raw, even after 6 years have passed. Clara has built walls around her heart and has tried to move forward with her life. She is a strong, capable woman, who knows what she wants and the causes she is willing to stand up for. When her path unexpectedly converges with none other than the man who broke her heart, will she be able to trust him again?

Ethan Barrik has spent the last 6 years fighting the Brittish for American freedom, and longing for the love he walked away from. He thought if he could just make himself worthy of her love, then he could return. But the longer he stayed away the harder the journey to reconciliation became.

If you are like me and love to read the kind of story where you are so emersed in the telling that you feel what the characters are feeling, then this is the story for you! Be sure to pre-order your copy today!

(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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A Pacific Northwest native, Amber Lynn Perry lives in Washington state with her husband and two daughters. She studied humanities at Portland State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree focused on art history. As a homeschooling mom, Amber spends much of her time teaching everything from Shakespeare to science.

When she isn’t crafting with her kids, making dinner or driving to dance classes, Amber is either reading or writing about her favorite time in American history. The Revolutionary era has captured her imagination from the time she was in middle school. Through her books, Amber hopes to not only give readers a glimpse into the past, but to instill in them a lasting love of liberty.

 

 

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  Upon My Heart Forever

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First Line Friday: Up from the Sea

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Up From the Sea by Amanda Dykes! This superb novella is an introduction to Amanda’s full-length story Whose Waves These Are, set to release at the end of this month. I loved this novella and encourage you to swing by Amazon and download your FREE copy today!

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Summer 1774
Coastal Maine

          The forest floor came alive that night. Footsteps pounding upon it, roots forging slow paths into dark soil. Two worlds about to collide. The young woman flew through the trees, the frantic swishing of her skirt masked by the sound of the wind through the bending pines above.

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 Whose Waves These Are [available 4/30/19]

 

 

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Up from the Sea (Whose Waves These Are 0.5) by Amanda Dykes

Synopsis:

When Savannah Mae Thorpe visits her family in New England, she learns the future of the land she’s inherited is in question. She finds help from a local lumberjack–who holds a shadowed past of his own–to discover the truth of a local legend and save her land. But her expedition may have unexpected ramifications on her life–and the lives of those around her.

My Thoughts:

This delightful short story swept me off my feet with lyrical prose, into the northern woods of Maine. I couldn’t put it down and found myself inhaling the story in one sitting. If you haven’t yet picked up your free copy of this enchanting story, do so right away.

The vivid scenery, the delightful characters, and a story within a story, what’s not to love?!

(I downloaded a copy of this novella for my personal collection. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

AmandaDykes Amanda Dykes has written and published a few short stories including, “Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale“, the critically-acclaimed bicycle story that invited readers together to fund bicycles for missionaries in Asia. A former English teacher, she has a soft spot for classic literature and happy endings. She is a drinker of tea, a dweller of Truth, and a spinner of hope-filled tales, grateful for the grace of a God who loves extravagantly.  Also, by Amanda Dykes: “Tin Can Serenade” and “A Song in the Night” featured in the Message in a Bottle Romance Collection. You can connect with Amanda at the following locations:

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

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 Whose Waves These Are [available 4/30/19]

Novelly Upon a Time by Sarah Monzon

Synopsis:

Author Harper Jones prides herself on the impeccable research she does for her novels, so when early reviews come pouring in claimer her romance reeks of inauthenticity, her editor suggests getting her nose out of books and get some real-life smooching experience. But her plans to do just that are thwarted by her archnemesis from high school who has recently returned to town. Now she’s left with an impossible decision—kiss her worst enemy or kiss her three-book contract goodbye.

My Thoughts:

This super fun, light-hearted novella is the perfect story to reach for when you are in need of a fast-paced, chic-lit story to devour in one sitting! With loveable, quirky characters this is sure to delight the senses.

Sarah Monzon is fabulous at crafting stories with substance and multi-layered intrigue and compacting them into nuggets of sheer pleasure and laugh-out-loud fun. You won’t want to miss out on this latest 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.)

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About the Author:

Sarah  Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book,Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.

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Other Books by Sarah Monzon:

 The Esther Paradigm

 The Isaac Project

Carrington Family Series:

 Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

 12 Days of Snowmen (A Carrington Family Novella 1.5)

All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

Freedom’s Kiss (A Carrington Family #3)

First Line Fridays: A Tale of Two Hearts

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2) by Michelle Griep. This delightful story captured my heart! With irresistible characters, a fully immersible setting, and Michelle Gripe’s signature way with words, it all adds up to an unforgettable story that you are sure to need for your keeper shelf. CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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London, 1853

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life,
or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
– David Copperfield

In the tiny back of the Golden Egg Inn, Mina Scott lowered her copy of David Copperfield to her lap and lifted her face to the October sun.

 

  A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2)

 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon A Dickens Christmas #1)

 

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Deck The Shelves (Heartfalls Romance #1) by Toni Shiloh

Synopsis:

Kendall Jackson is the proud owner of Heartfalls’ bookstore, The Cozy Shelf. Her life is one straight out of the pages, except she’s missing that leading man. Although she has a crush on the handsome auto mechanic, Quinton Hendricks, Kendall wants an old-fashioned type of romance—the stuff swoon-worthy romance books are made of. But Quinton seems to need a little prodding.

Something about Kendall sparks hope in Quinton Hendricks that love could be his again. Only being abandoned by his ex-wife has made him cautious to the point of non-moving.

Can two people hesitant on second chances find love as they Deck the Shelves?

My Thoughts:

Toni Shiloh brings the sleepy town of Heartfalls, New York vibrantly to life inside this bookishly delightful Christmas Novella. Step into the Cozy Shelf bookstore and meet our heroine, Kendall Jackson. Be sure to grab a hot drink from the hospitality table, and take your time browsing the wide array of books.

Kendall finds enjoyment getting lost in the pages of a good book. She enjoys reading to the children when they come in for story time and the cozy community within the warm walls of the bookstore. Sparks fly when Quinton Hendricks visits, but often Kendall is too shy to talk to him beyond a few words. Her friends suggest dropping a note inside his bag the next time he stops in and purchases a book.

After being abandoned by his x-wife only months after the birth of their son, Quinton Hendricks is cautious about forming an attachment to the beautiful bookstore owner. But he can’t seem to stop his racing heart and tangled emotions whenever she is near.

With strong threads of faith and the reminder that God will lead us to his perfect plan in our lives if we let go of our fears and trust Him. This heartwarming Christmas Novella is sure to not only put a smile on your face but get you into the Christmas mood.

(I purchased a copy of this book for my personal collection.)

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About the Author:

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace of the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes soulfully romantic novels to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys. When she’s not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, ​making jewelry, and spending time with ​her family. Toni is a member of the American Christian ​Fiction Writers (ACFW) as well as the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

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Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall Blog Tour & Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours.

ABOUT THE BOOK

EnchantingNicholetteTitle: Enchanting Nicholette
Series: The Everstone Chronicles #5
Author: Dawn Crandall
Publisher: Whitaker House
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe.

As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can’t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of “what if” at bay?

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My Review:

I fell into the story right from the very beginning and didn’t come up for air until I blissfully reached the end in a happy sigh of satisfaction. Full of romance an intrigue, this is a story you won’t want to miss!

Even though I’ve read several books since the last Everstone Chronicle, I didn’t feel like I missed a beat. I was easily transported back to the characters and setting. Cal and Nicholette are such charming characters, that you are sure to fall in love with them too!

Overflowing with emotion, this story had me feeling what the characters feel in an intoxicating rush of sensations. Dawn’s words wove around my heart and I was all too delighted to be along for the journey.

(I received an early reader copy of this collection for review. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and options are my own. I have pre-ordered a copy of this collection for myself from Amazon.)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dawn Crandall

Dawn Crandall‘s debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, “The Hesitant Heiress,” was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader’s Choice Award and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader’s Choice Award. Her follow-up novel, “The Bound Heart,” received the 2016 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles. Dawn earned a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University. She’s been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the four books of her Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House from 2014 to 2016. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.

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Literarily For Keeps by Sarah Monzon

She only has to pretend to be married for five days. What’s the worst that could happen?

Synopsis:

Literature professor Ashleigh Darmody never imagined her life would turn into a classic trope, but that’s exactly what happens when her sister Claire calls with a bizarre request–quickly find a fake husband. Backstory is a powerful thing, and Ashleigh’s has plenty of shadows, but is her past so shady that it requires an elaborate scheme to ensure Claire’s prospective father-in-law, renowned TV evangelist Ken Abrams, will give her his blessing to marry his son?
Already divorced from a man who turned out to be other than he claimed, Ashleigh now has to pretend to be blissfully married to a stranger for the next five days. But when the lines of fiction and reality blur with each tick of the clock, could a temporary deal turn into something for keeps?

My Thoughts:

The first thing that drew me to this book was the whimsical cover and of course knowing that I have loved Sarah Monzon’s previous books, I just HAD to buy this one too! I was charmed right from the start and wrapped up in the lives of the characters.

This story moves right along and kept me fully engaged. I was not ready to reach the end of the story, yet felt it was all tied up well. I laughed out loud several times and enjoyed every moment spent in the pages of this delightful story.

While this story deals with some difficult topics, It is done so with grace and poise. A gentle reminder of the damage that is done when people allow their prejudice and judgment to wedge a divide. With a silent invitation to take a moment to do a little personal soul-searching of our own and answer some tough questions. Do we as Christians accept others even in their sinful state? Or do we expect them to clean up some of their sins before we will accept them?

Sarah Monzon manages to pack a lot of fun and yet seriousness into this wonderful novella. I give this story 4.5 stars and encourage you to snag a copy for yourself and a friend as soon as possible!

(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.)

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Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

Sarah  Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book,Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.

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

Get your copy!

Literarily for Keeps

Other Books by Sarah Monzon:

Bookishly Ever After 

 The Esther Paradigm

 The Isaac Project

Carrington Family Series:

 Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

 12 Days of Snowmen (A Carrington Family Novella 1.5)

All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

Freedom’s Kiss (A Carrington Family #3)

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A Dangerous Deception by Debra E. Marvin

Synopsis:

Jerome, Arizona Territory, 1899
When Andromeda Barr left her colorful past behind in pursuit of a normal—albeit solo—life, she didn’t exactly settle for the mundane. Performing is in her blood, and right now she has to believe she’s lying for all the right reasons—justice for the excluded, the overlooked of society—a debt she owes to the two unusual people who raised her.

Pinkerton Agent Connell O’Brien is on the trail of a wanted murderer holed up in ‘the wickedest town in the west.’ Hiding his identity is part of the job, but when he meets the surprising Miss Barrington, he begins to wonder how many secrets are too many.

Two close calls with disaster seem to suggest it’s time they both stop running from the guilt of the past and let mercy catch up, but will these two solo acts join forces before the danger of discovery becomes a matter of life or death?

My Thoughts:

From the very beginning, I was blissfully swept away into the dusty, wild-west town. This story comes vividly to life with rugged buildings, dusty streets, and a variety of colorful characters. You won’t want to miss a moment of this rousing adventure!

I enjoyed the lively characters, exciting banter and plenty of action to keep you on your toes! Sparks are sure to fly with a Pinkerton agent hot on the trail of a wanted murderer and a circus performer turned singer, with a secret identity all her own. Will they let their secret identities hide their truth?

At the core, this story reminds us that we all sin and fall short. Forgiveness is bigger than our sin. God has given us grace that we don’t deserve, how can we give anything less.

This fun, action-packed novella is sure to sweep you off your feet and into the action in the wild west town of Jerome, Arizona. I give this story 4 stars. If you enjoy vivid stories with action and a touch a mystery, this is the story for you!

(I purchased a copy for my personal collection in e-book format from Amazon. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

DebraMarvin  Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She’d like to live a wee bit closer to her grandchildren, but is thankful that God is in control, that He chooses to bless us despite ourselves and that He has a sense of humor.

Other than writing light-hearted romances and gritty gothics, she has rather normal obsessions such as fabric, peanut butter, vacations, British dramas, and whatever mystery series she’s currently stuck on.

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