Sunday, February 26, 2017

Home to Paradise

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CAMERON, BARBARA
HOME TO PARADISE

When dreams collide, will true love be enough?

Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stolfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stolfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He's enjoying his Rumschpringa in the Englisch world a little too much and isn't interested in returning to the Amish community -- especially to marry.

In this highly anticipated final book of the Coming Home series, Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?

My Review:

The final book in Barbara Cameron's Coming Home series and, while it can be read as a standalone novel, I think readers will get more out of the story if they've read Return to Paradise and Seasons in Paradise first. And that's because of the overlapping characters and their history that is featured in all three novels. In fact, if you are a Cameron fan keep your eyes peeled for other characters from a previous series as well.

Rose Anna is a little bit annoying. :-) I say that in the nicest way. Being the 'boppli' of the family she's managed to have things her way most of her life. Until John leaves the community with no intention of returning. A campaign to get him back -- both into the church and into her life -- ensues and may be considered a wee bit manipulative. But Rose Anna learns some sacred truths along the way and as she grows her love matures in an inspiring way.

Escaping his emotionally abusive father and a dysfunctional family home, John has created a life among the Englisch. But he can't quite shake his Amish values so he's caught between two worlds. The only thing he knows for certain is that he doesn't want to risk being responsible for a wife and family. That puts our hero and heroine at cross-purposes for most of the read which makes things delightfully complicated.

An emotionally stirring and faith promoting Amish romance that makes for a grand finale to the Coming Home series.

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My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press for providing me with a copy of this book.

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Join Barbara on Thursday, March 9, for a live author chat party on her Facebook page with fun prizes to be won! Click the graphic below for more details and to RSVP. Hope to see you there—bring a friend or two who loves Amish fiction!

February Giveaway - Week Four

 

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Emily's Chance


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GILLENWATER, SHARON
EMILY'S CHANCE

Emily Rose may be in the tiny West Texas town of Callahan Crossing for the moment, but it's just a rung on her ladder to success. Her work at the Callahan Crossing Historical Museum will look good on her ever-growing resume as she attempts to break into the prestigious world of a big city museum curator. Little does she know that cowboy and contractor Chance Callahan has decided that he can convince her to stay -- both with the town and with him. As he helps Emily restore the town's history after a devastating fire, can he help her uncover the value of love?

My Review:

Published in 2010.

The second book in a truly delightful series, The Callahans of Texas. I read and reviewed the first book, Jenna's Cowboy at the beginning of the month and loved it so much I couldn't wait to read the second story. The series follows the Callahan siblings on their quest for true love. Each book reads well as a standalone and this time it's Chance's turn -- and I totally love the clever title. The heroine's name is Emily -- Emily's Chance...get it?

This is pure Texan romance and I say that because the setting has a personality all of its own. The author shares her passion for her home state in wonderful ways from her descriptions of ranch life to the quaint phrases that kept me grinning. Like the way Chance's mom describes her son: "That boy can charm the gold out of your fillings if he wants to." (p 118) Oh, yes, he can!!!!!!! Big time!!!!

Chance is a man on a mission. Don't believe in love at first sight? You will after you've read this novel! Because "sometimes a man had to charge out of the chute to win the prize." (p. 9) Emily is the prize and Chance is one determined cowboy. Be still my heart. He's tender and gentle and funny and irresistibly persistent.

Emily isn't exactly immune, but she tries to be. Her time in Callahan Crossing is supposed to be a stepping stone onto bigger and better things. But, seriously, resistance is futile though Emily puts up a good fight. :-)

The kind of inspiring romance that puts a blissful smile on your face and keeps it there long after you've closed the book. I highly recommend the whole series.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Second Chance Romance

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WEATHERHOLD, JILL
SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE

Small-town Daddy...

Jackson Daughtry's jobs are a paramedic and part-owner of a local café keep him busy -- but the single dad's number one priority is raising his little girl with love and small-town values.

And when his business partner's hotshot lawyer niece comes to town planning to disrupt their lives by moving her aunt away, Jackson has to set Melanie harper straight.

When circumstances force them to work side by side in the coffee shop, Jackson slowly discovers what put the sadness in Melanie's pretty brown eyes. Now it'll take all his faith -- and a hopeful five-year-old -- to show the city gal that she's already home.

My Review:

Charming debut Love Inspired contemporary romance.

This one ticks all the boxes -- compelling single-dad who embraces small-town values; an emotionally wounded heroine with conflicting big city plans and a sweet little girl who longs to see her family complete. There's enough here to touch the heart strings and raise a reader's ire. There were times when I just wanted to pinch some sense into Melanie! How is it possible to be sympathetic to a heroine while being spitting mad at her? Gah, that woman was frustrating at times. And there was Jackson, solid, dependable, patient. Oh, she got his dander up sometimes too but he seemed to handle things better than I did. :-) A sweet read to curl up with.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

All Summer Long

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CARLSON, MELODY
ALL SUMMER LONG

Tia D'Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What's not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions -- the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco -- especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht's captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset.

My Review:

A sweet, breezy summer romance.

Loved the whole dinner cruise angle. Most of the story takes place as the old yacht is being transformed into a floating restaurant and Carlson did an amazing job of describing it all. I could feel the deck rocking underneath my feet and smell the fresh sea air. Not to mention the descriptive food details -- foodies will be pleased. And the San Francisco setting was an added bonus.

The story is told exclusively from Tia's point of view and I liked her right off. She's ready to spread her wings and heading to San Francisco to help her aunt on a new business venture is a dream come true. But dreams can be complicated. Like when your teenage crush is the captain of the ship. What follows is a summer of discoveries -- in more ways than one.

 A classic, light-hearted romance that's perfect for an afternoon escape read.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Her Baby's Protector

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DALEY, MARGARET
SUSAN SLEEMAN
HER BABY'S PROTECTOR

Keeping baby safe...

Saved by the Lawman by Margaret Daley

As an unknown assailant attempts to kidnap family-court judge Kate Forster's infant son, police officer Chase Walker thwarts the attack -- and vows to keep the pair safe. But who will protect the ex-marine's heart when the widowed mother and her little boy make him long for a permanent spot in their family>

Saved by the SEAL by Susan Sleeman

The tragedy that killed Bree's best friends -- and left her with custody of their young daughter -- has been ruled an accident. But Bree knows it was murder. Scared and alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, navy SEAL Clint Reed, who'll risk everything to protect baby Ella and the woman he never stopped loving.

My Review:

Hello! Who can resist this dynamic romantic suspense duo? Not me! Amazing how theses authors fit all the trademark LIS elements in a shorter story. Danger, action, and suspense (not to mention romance!) bring an exciting pacing to both stories. And, seriously, who can resist a hero in full protective mode? Especially with a babe in arms. That cover promises exactly what Daley and Sleeman deliver -- fast-paced romantic suspense that readers will be eager to devour in one sitting.

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 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Her Baby's Protector please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 26 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Still Life

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PETTREY, DANI
STILL LIFE

Someone is out there. Watching her. Waiting.

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright -- and changed her life. But six months ago, wen her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead -- and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.

As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

My Review:

Dani Pettrey is one of those authors who can send me into a euphoric tizzy of expectation when she has a new book release. The anticipation is almost as rewarding as the actual reading and it's always bittersweet when I reach the end. And that was exactly the case with this second book in the Chesapeake Valor series. No worries if you haven't read Cold Shot first -- Still Life reads wonderfully well as a standalone but you will get more out of the group dynamics if you read the books in order.

And oh those group dynamics! Love the intricacies of the relationships. Life-long friendships that have had some bumps along the way. Professional respect that results in outstanding teamwork. Attractions that seem doomed to remain only that. Great banter and camaraderie. I absolutely love the way this author digs deep and brings all the characters to life. Yes, this is mainly Avery and Parker's story but Pettrey takes the time to deliver so much more.

Like Kate and her relentless search for her lost love. Just a few scenes that promise more to come in a future book. And Declan and Tanner's awkward circling around an obvious attraction that they don't seem eager to explore. Can't wait for that story! So while Still Life provides satisfactory romantic closure in many ways, there are still some hopeful threads I'm eager to follow in future books.

And then there's the suspense. Gritty. Raw. Creepy. And we even get the villain's point of view which ups the creep factor all the more. Shudder. Procedural police work combined with eerie action scenes kept me turning pages as I tried to follow the clues and put the pieces together before the team did. There is also a secondary suspense thread that will continue in the next book (I think) and I have some interesting theories about that. Can't wait to see if I'm right.

And if all that isn't enough to pique your interest -- the romance between Avery and Parker is toe-curling good. Difficult to be sure as they both struggle with issues from their past. Avery in particular has trouble reconciling who she was with who she is now. As a Christian she understand the principle of grace but she has a hard time forgiving herself and that puts up barriers that are hard for Parker to breech. These two have such an interesting connection -- I loved every precious bit of their love story. Great dialogue, gentle teasing, hidden yearning. And did I mention Parker is Irish? Be. Still. My. Heart.

Dani Pettrey has delivered another stunning romantic suspense sure to please her fans while garnering new ones. A definite must read.

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 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Still Life please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 26 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!