The Brothers’ Keeper by NLB Horton

Book ReviewThe Brothers’ Keeper by NLB Horton was a good book it just wasn’t the right fit for me.  This is the second book in the series and  I have to say that I would recommend reading the first one before this.  Because I haven’t read the first book I found that I was super confused and kept getting lost as to what was going on in the book.  I am going to read the first book and then re-read this book and see how I feel about it after I know more of the back story.

The Brothers' KeepersAbout The Book

The Brothers’ Keepers | RidgeRoute Press (November 2015)

A friend’s deception. A family’s dilemma.

While cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison learns that her daughter has disappeared in France, and daughter-in-law has been attacked in Switzerland. But before the Madisons can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend—if he’ll let them. Navigating a deadly, four-thousand-year-old artifact trail that crosses three continents, they jeopardize hearts and lives against a foe as old as time—as time runs out.

Because choosing what’s right is all that’s left.

NLB HortonAbout The Author

After an award-winning detour through journalism and marketing and a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, NLB Horton returned to writing fiction. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs accompanied (twice!) by heavy artillery rounds from Syria and machine gun fire from Lebanon. Calmly tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman. Driven uneventfully through Rome. And consumed gallons of afternoon tea across five continents. Her first novel, When Camels Fly, was released in May, 2014.The Brothers’ Keepers her second in the Parched series, will be released November 17, 2014. The third in the series will release in the fall of 2015.

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Destiny Defied by J.A. Mark

Book ReviewDestiny Defied by J.A. Mark was an okay book to read.  I had high hopes for this book because from reading the back of the book it sounded like something that was right up my alley.  I did enjoy the characters and the setting of the book but that is about all I liked about this book.  I found that I got lost and confused trying to keep up with who was speaking.  Parts of the book also didn’t flow as well as others.  Like I said I usually love these types of books but that just wasn’t the book for me.  I would still recommend it because I know others will love this book it just wasn’t right for me.

Destiny DefiedAbout The Book

Destiny Defied | Book One in The Destiny series.

A dramatic shipwreck emancipates Riki Hammad, but the island where she finds refuge is compromised. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to defeat her dark past, she will choose death over returning to captivity. Lord Vétis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim their chosen one. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her four self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life . . . something she has never known.

J.A. MarxAbout The Author

J.A. loves writing embattled spirit novels — adventure and suspense with supernatural undertones. On the side, she dabbles in non-fiction articles and e-zine editing. J.A. owes many thanks Jerry Jenkins and the Christian Writer’s Guild for their support and education.
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Our Little Secrets by Merry Farmer

Book ReviewOur Little Secrets by Merry Farmer was a fun book to read.  If you have been here for awhile you know that I have done tons of reviews for historical fiction lately and I have to say that this one stood out from the crowd for me.  Books can tend to blend together when you read as many as I do so to find one book that stands out from the coward it a good thing for me.  To be honest I am not sure what it is about this book that I loved so much but I can’t find any one thing that I loved more than the rest.  From the first chapter right on through the end I had to keep reading because I had to know what happens with the characters.  If you love historical fiction than I would for sure check this one out because I think this is one that shouldn’t be missed.

OurLittleSecrets-coverAbout The Book

Genre classification:†Western Historical Romance
Michael West swore he would never fall in love again. So when the beautiful and wily Charlotte steps off the train looking for a new life he jumps at the business opportunity she presents. Engaged forty-five minutes after meeting, married the next day, Michael thinks he’s found everything a respectable man should have. Except that Michael is as far from respectable as they come. They agreed not to ask questions about each other’s pasts, but when the past seeps into their present Michael suspects his passionate new wife is not who she says she is. Too bad he’s already fallen in love with her.

Charlotte Baldwin has a secret. She fled Philadelphia to escape the sins of her past but someone is following her. What better way to hide than by marrying Michael West, Cold Springs, Montana’s enigmatic shopkeeper? A new name, a new life, and a passionate husband is exactly what she needs to leave her sins behind. But when it comes to keeping secrets Charlotte may have met her match in Michael. When a connection neither of them expects catches up with them, the shocking revelation means Charlotte may have run right into the arms of her enemy.

No sin stays a secret forever….

Merry Farmer HeadshotAbout The Author

Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always have something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.

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The Promise by Beth Wiseman

Book ReviewThe Promise by Beth Wiseman was a good book but there were things I didn’t like and I will get into those at the end of this review.  I love this authors writing and how she makes me understand why they make the choices that they do.  That being said the only reason I had a problem with this book is because I thought Mallory was a total idiot.  I liked this book but I found myself getting pissed at her because of some of her choices.  If you can look past her choices than I know you will love this  book.  I did enjoy it I just didn’t enjoy her character and her actions is all.

The PromiseAbout The Book

Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger.

Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal—to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.

Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart’s desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.

Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?

Beth WisemanAbout The Author

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple Bestseller lists. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series–Seek Me With All Your Heart–was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth lives in Texas with her family.

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Vacation by JC Miller

vacation buttonVacation by JC Miller was a fun book to read.  I wasn’t sure when I was reading this  book if I was going to enjoy it but I am glad that I stuck with it because I really did enjoy this book and I am glad I was able to review it.  The one thing about this book that I really loved was being able to feel like I was traveling with the characters and seeing places I may never go in my lifetime.    I love when the way the author writes makes you feel as if you are right there with the characters and this author does a great job of that.

VacationCoverAbout The Book

Dr. William Koval, a pragmatist with little faith in humanity, prefers to dwell in the eerily comforting microscopic realm, where he is master of his domain. But his worldview is upended when he decides to go on the English walking tour his wife had been planning before her murder three years earlier. Only when William confronts his past, including his troubled marriage, will he find a way to rejoin the living, to move forward, and perhaps love again. The real journey, he discovers, lies within.

JC MillerAbout The Author

JC (Jeanne) Miller, M.A., is an educator and founding member of JAM, an editorial-consultation team. An avid reader, aspiring traveler and table tennis enthusiast, she resides in Northern California.

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Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey

Book ReviewQuilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey was such a sweet story.  I really enjoyed this story just like I have with others in this series.  I did find parts of this book predictable but I think that just comes from reading so many books that it is hard to shock me.  Even with that being said I really did enjoy this book.  I loved the characters and the authors style of writing.  I can’t wait to check out more books by this author because she writes amazingly.

Quilted by ChristmasAbout The Book

A grandmother’s last wish is to communicate God’s love through an Irish chain quilt.

Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches.

When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?

Jodie BaileyAbout The Author

Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After 15 years as a military spouse, she settled with her family back in North Carolina. She is the author of the military suspense novel Freefall and is a contributor to a devotional for military families, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home. While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle-schoolers to love writing as much as she does.

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Quilts Of LoveAbout The Quilts of Love Series

Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. TheQuilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

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The Three Year Lie by Amber Walter

Book ReviewThe Three Year Lie by Amber Walter was an amazing book.  I saw a lady on YouTube called Channon Rose do a review on two of Amber Walters books and I knew I had to read them.  I have to agree with Channon because in her review she says that she was shocked that someone who is as pretty is Amber is was able to write such a great book.  I was skeptical about this book when I ordered it because I have read some books out there that drive me insane because they don’t even seem like they were edited at all.  This was a very well written book.  It isn’t a super long book so for me it only took a few hours and even it had been longer I know I would have just kept reading until I finished the book because it is a book I couldn’t put down.  There are parts of this book that make it 18+ at least for me.  It is also so hard to believe but that makes it that more believable because I don’t think anyone could come up with something that far fetched if it hadn’t happened to them.  I would recommend this book to just about everyone.

The Three Year LieAbout The Book

The Three Year Lie will rock your perceived world of the sacrosanct elder statesman. With her first novel, albeit the second book of a three book trilogy, Amber Walter has created a riveting fictional tell-all sprinkled with abounding moments of raw, non-fiction. As Brooklynne says – “Presently, there are less than ten people who know the truth of my identity. They include me; both of my parents, my attorney Carson Brewar, Judge James Burke, and Senator Damien Preston and his team of scummy attorneys (I count them all as one). I ask you to judge this for yourself. Believe what you desire, and condemn me for what you must. I am at a place in life where I am no longer settling, or being fallacious. I am exhausted with keeping up with the deceit and mendacity. I’m over it.” The Three Year Lie is the chronicle of a young girl’s life and the powerful and revered Senator’s manipulative and self-serving behavior that came close to destroying her. Brooklyn and Walter ask “By revealing the truth now, shall I eternally be set free? Or will this only further complicate my life? ….. This routine, however, is dreadfully getting old. No pun intended. I am tired of lying, tired of drinking away the truths that want to simply spill out of me at any given weak moment. I am on the verge of combustion ….” First published in 2012, The Three Year Lie has generated interest from Hollywood and New York and is one of the most talked about novels of the year … and one you simply must read!

Amber WalterAbout The Author

A native Arizonian, Amber Walter was born in Phoenix, educated in Arizona and continues to call the city home. Fascinated with the written word from early childhood, she was the kid that got scolded by teachers for “always having her nose in a book” rather than paying attention, doing assignments, standing quietly in line and even playing during recess.

“The entire process of bringing a story to life had me totally enthralled. I was addicted to the fantasy genre and authors like Tolkien, CS Lewis and Terry Brooks. I loved authors like Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Sartre, Camus, Steinbeck, Hemingway and others. And, quite honestly, books took me away from my present. Books allowed me to experience a better time and place than the one I was in.”

Viewed with this understanding, her future as an author seems to be not necessarily one of choice, but of an avocation that merged into a concentrated and sustained effort as she matured.

In college Walter studied abnormal and behavioral psychology while taking every available writing class offered. She wrote for the college newspaper, submitted and published articles for local magazines and, above all, wrote simply for own happiness.

After college she modeled for a short time and then began ghostwriting for private individuals as well as writing for numerous local and national companies. Walter wrote everything from corporate communications to How-To manuals. “Technical writing is a bit like taking the creative out of creative writing. Not very stimulating but it paid the bills” is how she describes this time – while openly acknowledging it was the utter boredom of technical writing that set her on a fully committed path to where she is today.

So began her midnight scribbling’s of the first of many rough drafts of her debut novel, The Three Year Lie – a “fictional” graphic memoir of her childhood between the ages of eleven to fifteen.

Just a little over a year later Walter, who has since admitted in television and radio interviews to being the Brooklynne Crown, the main character in her first novel, followed up with her second book, Ingrid’s Prison, the non-fictional prequel.

She is currently working on the final novel of the trilogy, A Precocious Life, intended as the sequel to The Three Year Lie.

In addition to her full time writing career Amber is a dedicated advocate for children and active with a myriad of organizations that work to protect children.

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The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Book ReviewThe Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky was an okay book.  I am not sure what it was about this book I had a hard time getting into the story.  For some reason this book didn’t grab my attention.  The author did a great job writing this story it just personally wasn’t the story for me.  I think part of the problem is that I have read so many historical fiction books lately that I am just burnt out.  That being said if you love historical fiction make sure you don’t miss this book because it was a sweet story just not the story for me.

The Daughter of Highland HallAbout The Book

The Daughter of Highland Hall || Book 2, Edwardian Brides (Waterbrook Multnomah, October 2014)

What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor . . . what if it isn’t enough?

Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.

When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served.

Carrie TuranskyAbout The Author

Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has written contemporary and historical romances, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, and they have five adult children and four grandchildren.

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The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller

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The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller was a fun read.  This is the first book by Judith Miller that I have read and I have to say that she is a great author.  I can’t wait to check out more books by her in the future.  In this book you follow along with Ewan as he tries to make money running a brick maker because that is what he did in Ireland.  Even as he works so hard trying to get the business up and running his uncle spends time gambling and almost ruining it all.  I love this book because it did have twists and turns but it also had parts that made me just laugh.  This is a well rounded novel that I would recommend to anyone who loves historical romance books.

The Brickmaker's BrideAbout The Book

Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia

Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it’s Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man—a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he’ll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura’s heart.

Judith MillerAbout The Author

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.

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A Lady At Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

Book ReviewA Lady At Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd was another great book by Sarah E Ladd.  I have to say that I don’t know that I have read a book written by her that I haven’t enjoyed.  Anyway lets get on to the review of this book.  I loved this book because it is such sweet love story.  I have to say when I wanted to review this book because of the author not because the book sounds super good to me.  I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I ended up really loving it when I didn’t know how much I would really like this book.  It just goes to show that you really shouldn’t judge a book by even the back cover because I loved this book and I don’t know that I would have picked it up if it wasn’t for the fact that I love the author.  I loved the characters and the setting of this book.  I have read the other two books in the series but you don’t have to read them to understand what is going on in this book.  If you love historical romance books than don’t miss this book.

A Lady at Willowgrove HallAbout The Book

Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness.

His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could strip away everything she holds dear. But soon after accepting the position of lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.

Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own — one that has haunted him from birth and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and build a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?

 

SLadd-118About The Author

Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing.The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.
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