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Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate May 31, 2010

Summary: Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She’s never put down roots–and she doesn’t plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence. And when she meets hometown-boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily–until she discovers he may be promised to someone else.

Daily has always been a welcoming place of refuge for those the wind blows in, but for Kai, it looks like it will be just another place to leave behind. Then again, Daily always has a few surprises in store–especially when Aunt Donetta Bradford has cooked up a scheme.

Author Bio: LISA WINGATE is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, a Month of Summer, and The Summer Kitchen. Lisa and her family live in central Texas.

My Review: What a lively book. I absolutely loved it. It grabbed me right from the first page and kept me holding on all the way through. I loved the characters and felt their emotions right along with them. Kai works for a cruiseline and was headed to report for the next cruise when the ship had to leave port without her due to a hurricane. Kai was forced to leave town to escape the hurricane. The adventures she comes upon along the way are something that you cannot even imagine. All these adventures add up to a memorable story that lands her in Daily, Texas. Kai finds herself becoming comfortable in this little town in Texas and becomes torn as to the choices ahead of her. I would highly recommend reading this book so you can find out the conclusion of her decisions. Loved this book!! What I did not know was that there are two other books set in Daily, Texas. Now that I have read this one I will definitely be searching for Talk of the Town and Word Gets Around to see if they are as good as Never Say Never.

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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The Rose Legacy by Kristen Heitzmann May 24, 2010

Summary: Fleeing her idyllic home in Sonoma, California, Carina Maria DiGratia journeys to the mining town of Crystal, Colorado. Clinging to hopes of a new life, she finds reality has a harsh welcome for her. Overrun with men seeking their fortune and women bound by circumstance, the town hosts both dreams and nightmares, with little surety for tomorrow. But at least here Carina is far from the betrayal that still pierces her heart.

Early on, two men vie for her trust, but neither is what he seems. Will Carina discern the truth and confront the turmoil hidden in her own heart in time to prevent tragedy?

Author Bio: Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of seventeen novels, including Freefall, Halos, A Rush of Wings, The Edge of Recall and the Christy Award winner Secrets. She and her husband, Jim, and their family live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she serves as worship leader in their church. Visit Kristen’s website at www.kristenheitzmann.com. This book was published by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

My Review: This is the first book in the Diamond of the Rockies series. I was unaware that this book was actually published in the year 2000. It now has a new bright and beautiful cover that presents itself as more appealing to the current readers. I have read many Kristen Heitzmann books and loved every one of them. This one did not disappoint either. I found this book to be very enjoyable. It had so much action in it that I had a hard time putting it down. I love books that keep you guessing what’s going to happen next, so much so that you have to continue reading no matter how long it takes just to satisfy your longing to know. I enjoy historical fiction, so this book suited me perfectly. Set in the 1880s this is sure to please any lover of the “good old days” when things were quite simple yet many worlds apart from what we know today. I was disappointed in the ending, but it was an ending that kept me wanting to read the next installment in the series. Since this is re-published, I don’t have to wait for it to come out so that definitely is a positive. I look forward to reading Sweet Boundless and the continuing story of Carina and Quillan.

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.