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A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano April 4, 2014

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A Talent for Trouble

    Summary:

For years, Miss Felicia Murdock’s every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister’s wife. When the minister she’d set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change–and soon–before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she’s not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, who’s to say nay?

Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had his fill of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter an adventurous young lady with an unfortunate knack for stumbling into troublesome situations.

Just as Grayson decides he’s had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in Felicia’s life endangers her. As they work together to extricate themselves from this latest complication, will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping each other out of trouble?

Jen Turano

    Author Bio:

Jen Turano is the critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction Series, published through Bethany House. Her novel, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Romance for 2013.

Jen grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio, a small city bordering Wheeling, WVA. Meeting her husband, Al, when she was working at a department store in upstate New York, she married him mere months after they’d met, to everyone’s concern. Twenty-something years later, she and Al are still going strong, proving the concern was all for naught. Her son, Dominic, was born after she’d been married for quite some time, and it was then she decided to hang up her heels and settle into the best job of her life – Mom.

Her writing career began rather oddly, right when Dominic was in the third grade. Disgusted with a series they’d been reading together, Jen and her son set about writing a book of their own. It was a strange story, filled with smelly beasts who had a propensity for eating children, or at least wanting to eat them, but Dominic proclaimed it to be perfect and that was all it took for Jen to begin writing in earnest. Her earlier works were met with swift rejections, but when she settled on romance, she managed to snag an agent and she’s been writing romance ever since.

When Jen’s not writing, she spends her time hiking around Colorado, socializing with friends and family, and taking great pride in watching Dominic, who will soon be off to college, turn into a remarkable young man. (For readers of A Change of Fortune – Dominic was the inspiration behind little Ben – which is why you won’t be surprised to learn Jen’s been slightly taken aback over the fact Dominic’s turned out so well.)

    My Review:

This is the first book I have read by Jen Turano. I have to say I definitely will be reading more of her books. I really enjoyed all of the characters. I had no ideas she had written so many books. I liked this one so much that I will be in search of previous books so I can get caught up on her other works. The main character in A Talent for Trouble, Felicia, had me in stitches half the time. She cracked me up. I also loved Grayson. He is the perfect match to Felicia since he is so down to earth. I would definitely recommend this book because of how much I enjoyed the characters and their storyline.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. You can read more about these authors and other books by this publisher at their webite: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bethanyhouse.

My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

 

A Bride For Noah by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith November 24, 2013

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A Bride for Noah

SUMMARY: It’s 1851, and Evie Lawrence is penniless and desperate for an adventure. When her employer announces his plan to move west and make his fortune, Evie jumps at the chance to start a new life. She says goodbye to the only home she’s ever known and sets out for the rugged Northwest. She’ll build a restaurant in one of the new settlements, she decides.

A restaurant in the wilderness? Noah Hughes, a handsome young lumberjack, can hardly believe his ears. Evie has no idea what she’s getting into. The last thing his logging camp needs is a woman! And the last thing he’s looking for is a bride…so why can’t he get Evie out of his mind?

In this first book of the Seattle Brides series, two people learn what it means to move beyond their expectations and embrace the very beset God has for them.

Lori & Ginny

AUTHOR BIO: Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and seven grandchildren.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than 20 inspirational novels and more than 50 articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.

MY REVIEW: I was excited to receive the first book in the Seattle Brides series. Living in the Pacific Northwest I looked forward to reading a book set in my home state.

Getting to know some of the history of Washington state was pretty fun and interesting. I loved the characters and how their personalities developed. I was once again extremely pleased with the storyline these two authors created and can’t wait to read another book in this series. These authors are quite the dynamic duo, and I never finish one of their books feeling disappointed. On the contrary, they always create a story that draws me in and keeps me wanting for more.

Set in the 1850s, this book tells the story of different people trekking to the Northwest to start new settlements and the history behind the starting of those settlements. Also discussed are how those settlements got their names. I loved reading these bits of history, along with the storyline weaved in to make it a read I didn’t want to put down or even finish because I wanted to keep learning more about these characters and their lives.

I would definitely recommend this book. I look forward to the next installment in this series.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. You can read more about these authors and other books by this publisher at their webite: http://www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

 

A Cowboy at Heart by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith July 14, 2013

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Summary: Kansas, 1886–Jesse Montgomery is beginning to feel restless. He’s been off the Chisholm Trail and on a family farm for a year now. Though he is grateful to Luke and Emma for helping him get on his feet again after a few bad choices and some hard living, surely the Lord doesn’t want him to stay in Apple Grove forever. Doesn’t the Almighty have plans for this reformed rowdy cowboy to build a life of his own?

When an unscrupulous cattle baron tries to steal Amish land, Jesse intervenes and is wounded. Lovely Katie Miller, a healer in the district, tends to him while trying to guard her heart. This young Amish widow cannot risk falling in love again–especially not with an Englisch cowboy. And yet…could God possibly have a plan for both of them far beyond what they can see?

Author Bio: Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than 20 inspirational novels and over 50 articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.

My Review: This is the third book in The Amish of Apple Grove series. I read the first two books as well, and it was nice to have the characters from the previous books in this one as well. Once again these two authors wrote a splendid story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The lifestyle of the Amish is rather interesting, so reading about them makes for a nice relaxing read.

I loved the main characters. Jesse is an Englisch cowboy who was an alcoholic and finally got his life straightened out staying with his friends, Luke and Emma. When one of their Amish friend’s land is taken, Jesse goes to stay with him to help protect the rest of the land. In the process of defending the property, Jesse gets hurt. He is tended to by Katie Miller, an Amish widow. Katie begins falling in love with Jesse, but does not see any hope for a relationship with Jesse since he is not Amish.

I would definitely recommend this book, and also the two previous books in this series. These two authors work very well together in creating stories that are pleasant to read and keep me coming back for more.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. You can read more about these authors and other books by this publisher at their webite: http://www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

 

The Heart’s Frontier by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith June 5, 2012

Summary: Kansas, 1881–Halfway through a six-day journey to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their posessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking to the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for somene to help. When a dusty cowboy lands in the street at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. The Switzers prove difficult to deny, and it’s not long befor romance whispers in the whistling Kansas wind.

But plain and rugged–do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?

Author Bios:

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books’ Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and five grandchildren.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than a dozen inspirational novels and more than fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with ecclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.

My Review: I just realized looking back that I read a previous book with these two authors paired together. This particular novel is an Amish novel in The Amish of Apple Grove series. This is book one. I definitely liked it enough to be on the lookout for the nex book.

Emma is traveling with her family on their wagon when they are robbed and lose everything they have, including their wagon. They continue on not knowing what to do but pray. As they pray for someone to come alone to help them, God answers them in the most curious way, or at least they think it is an answer to their prayers.

Luke has troubles of his own trying to fit into his new position as trail boss. He has a lot riding on this job, as his father is well known for being the best trail boss out there and he is trying to live up to his expectations. Running into a family of Amish was definitely not what he had planned, and the detour takes him further away from his plans than he could have imagined. Following the story of these two is well worth the time it takes to relax with this book.

I loved the characters and once again the pairing of these two authors. I will be on the lookout for A Plain and Simple Heart, book two in this series, set to come out in September 2012.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. You can read more about these authors and other books by this publisher at their webite: www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.  

 

 

Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble April 9, 2012

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 Summary: Five years ago Eden and Clay Larson’s baby was stolen and never found. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought.

Now Eden has moved to a new town. She has found faith and is trying to rebuild her life. She’s even dating again–a sweet guy who plans to marry her someday. But then Clay arrives out of the blue and delivers shocking news: they’re still married. What’s more, Clay has ben searching for Brianna all this time. And he believes he has found her: their daughter is in Bluebird, Texas, at a youth ranch.

To uncover the truth, Eden and Clay sign on as counselors at Bluebird Ranch. Working together, they rediscover their love for each other. But danger is closing in–Eden, Clay, and their young charges are in jeopardy. As they fight to save their family, Eden realizes sthat God has been fighting for them all along. And His plans are for a more abunant life than they’ve dared to hope.

Author Bio: Author Colleen Coble’s forty novels and novellas have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA, the Holt Medallion, the ACFW Book of the Year, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, the Booksellers Best, and the 2009 Best Books of Indiana-Fiction award. She writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail and love begin with a happy ending. She isthe author of several romantic suspense series including the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. She lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana.

My Review: I have read many novels by Colleen Coble and loved every one of them. This one is no different. The main characters are Eden and Clay. They were once married, until their daughter was kidnapped and the relationship just couldn’t handle the pressures of it all. Eden moved to get away from it all and go forward with her life. Just as she is preparing to begin a new relationship in a new town, Clay returns to tell Eden that they are still married and he thinks their daughter is still alive. In order to find her, Clay and Eden take off on an adventure at a youth ranch. What they find as they spend time there is a very tangled web of connections to family that they would never have dreamed of. Will their lives ever be the same again? How will they make it through these trials? They both find that God has been with them every step of the way even when they were not aware of it.

I would definitely recommend this book. It is full of plenty of suspense, some romance, friendships, and family. The characters are loveable. Each of them made me want to cheer them on as they went through trials. Also, just like a scary movie, I wanted to holler out to them not to make the next move they were about to make. Colleen Coble never disappoints when she writes a novel. Once again, that is the case with Lonestar Angel.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from Amazon. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

 

Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming by Miralee Ferrell December 9, 2011

Summary: Angel Ramirez is tired of living a lie. But can she live like a lady? On the run from a dangerous outlaw, Angel works her way across several states disguised as a boy and working as a varmint tracker and horse wrangler. After taking a job on a Wyoming ranch owned by a bachelor and his widowed sister, she finally reveals her true identity and must fight to prove her worth as a ranch hand while somehow discovering her role as woman. Hiring a woman doesn’t sit well with Travis Morgan, and the dark-haired beauty is causing a ruckus among his cowboys. Just as Angel decides she’ll never be able to please her boss, an unexpected surprise arrives from across the ocean and makes trouble on the ranch. Will Angel leave with the person who’s come so far to claim her?

Author Bio:  Miralee Ferrell is the acclaimed author of The Other Daughteer; Love Finds You in Last Chance, California; and Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon. She lives in Washington with Allen, her husband of more than 37 years, and has two grown children. She serves on staff at her local church and is actively involved in ministry to women. Read more at www.MiraleeFerrell.com.

My Review: Angel is a woman living in a man’s world, as she wears men’s clothing and pretends to be a man to fit into the life of being a horse wrangler. Angel grows weary of all this lying and wants to reveal her true identity as she begins a new job. Little did she know that doing so would bring changes she had not planned upon. I found myself feeling like I was right there with Angel and wondering what it would be like to be her, trying to prove she was just as capable at her job as the men around her yet also knowing that even proving her skills would still leave men doubting her just because she’s a woman. The author drew such a portrait of the scenery and characters that I felt like her experience was real to me.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It was such a great storyline and I truly enjoyed it.I think this is the best one of Miralee’s books that I have read, and I love every one of her books.

 

A Wedding Invitation by Alice J. Wisler November 16, 2011

Summary:After returning home from teaching in a refugee camp in the Philippines, Samantha Bravencourt enjoys her quiet life working at her mother’s clothing boutique near Washington, D.C. When she receives an invitation to her friend’s wedding in Winston-Salem, NC, she’s excited to reconnect with her college pals.

But the wedding turns out quite dfferently than Sam expects. A chance encounter leads  to a reunion with Carson Brylie, a fellow teacher and the man who once broke her heart, and Lien, a young Amerasian girl who desperately needs Sam and Carson’s help.

But working with Carson might put Sam’s tender heart at risk once again. Is she willing to forgive the past and take another chance on love?

Author Bio:Alice was born in Osaka, Japan in the sixties. Her parents were Presbyterian career missionaries. As a young child, Alice loved to walk down to the local stationer’s store to buy notebooks, pencils and scented erasers. In her room, she created stories. The desire to be a published famous author has never left her. Well, two out of three isn’t bad. She’s the author of Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation (all published by Bethany House).

 

Alice went to Eastern Mennonite University after graduating from Canadian Academy, an international high school in Kobe, Japan. She majored in social work and has worked across the U.S. in that field. She taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in Japan and at a refugee camp in the Philippines. She also studied Spanish at a language institute in San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

She has four children–Rachel, Daniel, Benjamin and Elizabeth. Daniel died on 2/2/97 from cancer treatments at the age of four. Since then, Alice founded Daniel’s House Publications in her son’s memory. This organization reaches out to others who have also lost a child to death. In 2000 and 2003, Alice compiled recipes and memories of children across the world to publish two memorial cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle.

 

My Review:This book was kind of interesting. I liked the storyline, but I think the title didn’t really go along too much with it. Yes Sam received an invitation to a wedding and yes she went to the wedding, but all of that occurred in the very beginning of the book and after what happened, which wasn’t really very eventful, the wedding really had nothing to do with the story. Sam worked in the Philippines as a teacher and had her heart broken by Carson. Unfortunately, Sam never quite got over it. She ends up seeing Carson later after being back in the United States and she finds it difficult to be around him. The rest of the story really is about these two, but it seems rather slow moving. Don’t get me wrong, I did like these two characters and the background story between them, but it just didn’t seem to flow smoothly. I did like the book, but I can’t say that it was one of my favorites.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

 

 
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