Recap – September 2017

As September draws to a close, and we herald in October, let’s take a look back at the books reviewed, the author’s interviewed, book covers revealed, and a book to watch for in the coming month!

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

Book’s Reviewed:

TheOutlawsSecondChance The Outlaw’s Second Chance

InconvenientBeauty  An Inconvenient Beauty

MagnoliaStorms Magnolia Storm

LHC Love Held Captive

Miranda Warning Miranda Warning

TheReluctantGuardian  The Reluctant Guardian

HerCherokeeGroom Her Cherokee Groom

TheKeeperOfHerHeart  The Keeper of Her Heart

 

Author’s Interviewed:

pepperbarnsmile Pepper Basham

AngieDicken Angie Dicken

BrandyBruce Brandy Bruce

2754194 Michelle Griep

 

Cover Reveal:

image1  Charming the Troublemaker

 

Book Spotlight:

TheCaseOfTheClobberedCad The Case of the Clobbered Cad

 

Bonus Teaser:

IMG_1324Lady Jayne Disappears  Available: October 3, 2017

 

I’d love to connect with you:

What was your favorite book reviewed this month? Which book(s) are you looking forward to in October?

 

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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