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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.

 

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.

 

Finding Jeena by Miralee Ferrell July 8, 2010

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Summary: Jeena Gregory thought she’d made it. She has everything a woman could ask for and a budding career promises more. But when rumors around town cast her boss in a shady light, Jeena starts to question her employer’s integrity. Was she wrong to trust this man and this job?

When the boss disappears, salaries go upaid, and Jeena overhears several hush-hush phone calls, she realizes her carefully crafted world is crumbling. Shaken to the core at the threat of losign everything, Jeena is suddenly confronted with her prejudices–and with a God she had long forgotten.

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: I absolutely loved this novel, though I am begrudgingly writing this review, not for lack of good storyline but for fear of what I may reveal of my own not so pretty character. This novel came too close to home on so many levels and reached into my heart to make me take a look at myself that I didn’t really want to see or even believe was there. Jeena is a lot like me and we have a similar story. Jeena grew up not having much and therefore strived to achieve the best for herself. In doing so, she tried to forget what and who she was before and put herself higher than she was. What was most important to her was herself. When Jeena found herself in a situation she could never have imagined, she found out about her own true character and did not like what she saw. As I said before, this is what “Finding Jeena” has done for me. I see a lot of the attitudes that Jeena had reflected in myself. I think when you see certain things in another person you may not always see them in yourself until they are pointed out to you. This novel has become one of my favorites because I do believe that it has impacted my life. I hope to make some changes in my life with the help of God guiding me to be a better person and look at people the way he sees them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone because I believe it can speak to just about any person who reads it. The storyline was heartfelt and engaging. It drew me into the story and gave me a dose of reality that was much needed. Funny how God works sometimes isn’t it?

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the author. 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 few more reviews to finish July 2, 2010

SOMEWHERE TO BELONG BY JUDITH MILLER

Summary: Johanna Ilg has lived her entire life in Main Amana, one of the seven villages settled by devout Christians who believe in cooperative living, a simple lifestyle, and faithful service to God. Although she’s always longed to see the outside world, Johanna believes her future is rooted in Amana. but when she learns a troubling secret, the world she thought she knew is shattered. Is this truly where she belongs?

Berta Schumacher has lived a privileged life in Chicago, so when her parents decide they want a simpler life in Amana, Iowa, she resists. Under the strictures of the Amana villages, her rebellion reaches new heights. Will her heart ever be content among the plain people of Amana?

Author Bio: Judith Miller is an award-winning author whosse avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, many of which have appeared on the CBA bestseller lists. Judy and her husband make their home in Topeka, Kansas.

My Review: I have a great love for historical fiction and for Judith Miller books, so of course I had to read this one. This is the first book in the Daughters of Amana series. Once again Judith Miller did a fantastic job with drawing me into the storyline. Combine two totally different personalities and a series of events, secrets, and family; and you will get a story that will captivate your attention. I look forward to the next installment in the Daughters of Amana series.

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.

HEARTS AWAKENING BY DELIA PARR

Summary: Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her hopes for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon’s Island, nestled in the Susquehanna river, is not of her choosing, either. She needs work. And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper.

Jackson, on the other hand, has never met anyone quite so…plain. But he quickly comes to realize that Ellie’s presence may solve his own problems–both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage.

When Jackson offers her something quite out of the ordinary, will Ellie look beyond mere necessity and risk opening her heart?

Author Bio: Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey. Visit www.deliaparr.com for more information.

My Review: This was a great story. It was definitely something I would never have thought of, but that’s what makes a great story. I don’t think I have ever read a book where the character was described as plain. I found that rather interesting. I love the strong character that Ellie posesses. She has been through so much that does not seem to be fair to any person, and yet she retains her faith in God. I have read other books by Delia Parr and liked them just as much as this one. I would recommend books by Delia Parr to anyone.

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.

 

 

Love Finds You in Bridal Veil Oregon by Miralee Ferrell July 1, 2010

Summary: Against the backdrop of the breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls in a historic Oregon logging community, a schoolteacher finds herself torn between a past love and the man who could be her future. Sixteen-year-old Margaret Garvey had promised her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night he disappeared from town. Four years later, just as she’s giving love a second chance with Andrew, a handsome logger, nathaniel suddenly returns to town with a devastating secret. While grappling with the betrayal of those she trusted most, Margaret risks her reputation and position by harboring two troubled runaways who might be involved in the murder of a local man. And as disaster strikes the town and threatens the welfare of its citizens, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.

Author Bio: Miralee Ferrell is the author of three novels. 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: I found this to be a very fast-paced book that I just couldn’t put down. There were elements of suspense that kept me on pins and needles wanting to know what would happen next. Historicals are one of my favorites and I have come to enjoy the Love Finds You books as well. There was also the romance aspect thrown in, which continues to be one of my favorites. The characters were very real and believable. My favorite character was Sammie, the orphan who Margaret brought into her home to care for. Sammie was full of spunk and had such strong character in the face of the events that transpired in her life and still continued to trust in the Lord for strength to get her through any situation. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It was a very relaxing read that I think anyone would find pleasurable.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the author. 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 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.