Tuesday, November 21, 2017

All She Left Behind

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KIRKPATRICK, JANE
ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND

Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s is an unforgiving place -- especially for a single mother. To support herself and her young son, Jennie finds work caring for an older woman. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman's widowed husband, a many many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal -- but the road forward is uncertain.

New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites you to leave behind your preconceived notions about love and life as you, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred -- but they never really die. Based on a true story.

My Review:

Jane Kirkpatrick finds the most interesting true-life heroines to highlight in her fictional biographies. Lesser known women who have lived exemplary lives. Women who define the pioneering spirit. Women like Jennie Pickett.

I'm astounded at everything she went through and what she accomplished despite so many hardships. An intelligent woman with a learning disability that made reading difficult who becomes a doctor? That's something to shout about in this day and age but in the late 1800s it's inconceivable. And Jennie's story is rife with emotional ups and downs though she remains steadfast in her faith.

Captivating, compelling and mind boggling. If you enjoy biographies of strong women who make a difference while overcoming insurmountable odds then this is definitely the book for you.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of All She Left Behind, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email in a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 26 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Belle : an Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

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PRICE, SARAH
BELLE : AN AMISH RETELLING OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

In author Sarah Price's fresh and inspirational retelling of a beloved classic, a dutiful young Amish woman agrees to marry a notorious recluse for her family's sake -- but the consequences are more than either bargained for...

To most townsfolk, he's known simply as The Beast. Annabelle Beiler has little interest in gossip, but she;s heard about Adam Herschberger's scars and his gruff, solitary ways. Though he sounds like a character from one of Belle's treasured books, the man is real and, it turns out, just as unreasonable as the rumors claim. When a buggy accident wipes out the last of her daed's money, forcing him to sell their farm, Adam buys it. Then he offers Belle a deal -- marry him, and her family can keep their home.

Everyone is shocked by Belle's decision, but she's determined to be a good fraa, cleaning Adam's rundown house and tending the overgrown garden. Breaking through her new husband's icy reserve will be another matter. Belle's courage and strength are abundant, but it will take true faith to guide Adam back to the heart of his Amish community -- and to the loving marriage they both deserve.

My Review:

True confession: I'm a tad shy of giddy over this new series -- and beyond grateful to whoever brought it to my attention during one of my Reader's Choice Weeks.

First off -- I adore fairy tale retellings -- I'm kind of compulsively crazy about them so I get butterflies in my tummy whenever I discover one in the Christian Fiction genre. But to add Amish into the mix? Be still my heart. It won't stop yoyoing around in an ecstatic frenzy because that combination is sweet perfection.

Love the seamless way Price has woven inspiration throughout the story. There are many stop-dead-in-your-tracks-and-ponder-that-thought moments. I love how both Belle and Adam grow as they dare to live their faith bravely. And it takes a lot of courage to banish past heartache and face the thoughtless cruelty of townsfolk who should definitely know better.

While the author stays true to the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, she has also created a unique romance -- Belle and Adam's love story is fresh and poignant, even funny in places. And she does an amazing job with the 'beastly' qualities Adam brings to the story. While Belle's gentle kindness coupled with a good dose of pluckiness keeps her 'beast' off kilter. So much fun to read -- and to pick out the fairy tale elements along the way.

This is the first book I've read by Sarah Price but it sure won't be the last. Especially since she's set up the next two books in the series so perfectly...at least, I think she has. Definitely a Cinderella retelling is coming out next -- there's a sweet peek of it at the end of Belle. But there's also another character, Sadie, who is a bit of a mystery and I'm thinking her story might just be a Snow White adaptation, but that's just my wild guess.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Belle, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 26 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

November Giveaway - Week Three


WON BY RACHAEL K.

WON BY KIM HANSEN

WON BY SUSAN P.

WON BY JASMINE A.

WON BY KELLY BLACKWELL

WON BY MARK

As always, I will notify the winners via email (if one is provided, otherwise it's up to you to contact me.) However, thanks to the nefarious ways of the Internet my email might wind up in your spam folder -- so keep your eyes peeled! If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening feel free to send your snail mail address to me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. From time to time a winner and I don't seem to connect so I have a one month time limit. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited. 

Just a note about delivery: I try to order the books within a week of receiving the winner's mailing address. Factoring in online order times and shipping times you should receive your book within a month of winning. However, since the Christmas season is upon us...gasp...when did that happen?!...all bets are off regarding delivery times. I've found in the past that books arrive super early or somewhat late from now through to Christmas. So please be patient....definitely give it a good month before querying me about a delivery.

And now....looking ahead to next week's giveaways:

fictional biography -- 
I don't read many but Jane Kirkpatrick's are always a good read

There are only two non-fiction must buy authors for me
 and Holley Gerth is one of them

Sqqqquuueaaaallll! 
A new series from Susan Sleeman!!!!! 'nuff said

Seriously -- Amish + fairy tale retelling = reader's euphoria

Swoonworthy Christmas Love Inspired Historical!!!!!!!

Retro Christmas novellas from some headlining authors!!!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas Double Cross

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BAILEY, JODIE
CHRISTMAS DOUBLE CROSS

Dead Ringer

Undercover Texas Ranger Colter Blackthorn's convinced Danielle Segovia is really a wanted criminal -- until she's nearly kidnapped right in front of him. Now Colter must keep her out of the clutches of the notorious drug cartel leader whose traitor sister is a dead ringer for Danielle. The drug czar wants the drugs he thinks the pretty shop owner stole from him. And with the younger brother Danielle is raising dragged into the crosshairs, Colt has to find a way to protect them both. But a showdown at Christmas -- with Danielle as bait -- may be the only way to make sure they all survive the holidays.

Texas Ranger Holidays: A Season of Danger

My Review:

They say everyone has a twin somewhere which is all well and good unless your 'twin' happens to be the sister of drug cartel lord. Everyone is convinced Danielle is Adriana Garcia -- even law enforcement at first. Lots of tangled webs to weave through before Danielle is cleared. At least, the good guys know who she is but the bad guys? They are still coming on strong. Danger and intrigue clash with an inconvenient romance and make this a stellar read.

Christmas Double Cross is the second book in the Texas Ranger Holidays: A Season of Danger continuity series but I had no trouble reading it as a standalone. And I have no idea how I missed the first book, Thanksgiving Protector by Sharon Dunn last month. I have to play catch up now, because I think I'll understand Colt a bit more once I've read that first book. He's pretty hard on himself over something that happened in the past and I have a feeling it happened in Thanksgiving Protector. I'll have to read it to be sure. But it keeps him wary and super sensitive and brings some delicious tension to the story.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Christmas Double Cross, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 19 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Lawman's Yuletide Baby

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HERNE, RUTH LOGAN
THE LAWMAN'S YULETIDE BABY

Her Holiday Hero

Widow Corinne Gallagher's plans for a peaceful Christmas with her kids go astray when longtime crush Gabe Cutler moves in next door. As if having the hunky state trooper in snowball-throwing distance isn't distracting enough, Gabe suddenly has custody of an orphaned infant -- and is in need of Corinne's help! She agrees, but her heart draws the line -- she can't fall for another lawman. After a devastating loss, Gabe has avoided fatherhood and love. Yet filled with Corinne and the children, his new house is starting to feel like home. Will Gabe run again, or finally fulfill his secret Christmas wish for a family?

My Review:

5 Tissue Box Alert.Because Herne delivers another turbulent story that perfectly captures the highs and lows of real life challenges. She packs enough emotional punches to send an unsuspecting reader reeling so you might want to keep an ice pack handy too.

Corinne is so determined to put her kids first...be the best mother and father possible. And that takes massive control...of everything. Trouble is, her kids are growing up and ready to face their own life challenges without mom hovering in the wings. Change is in the wind -- and she's not exactly a fan of change. Especially the kind of change that delivers a secret crush right next door. Not that she'd ever act on the attraction -- she's too busy focusing on her kids -- but it was easier to push down those pesky romantical feelings when Gabe wasn't living right next door!

Gabe. Let's pause for a moment as we all release a blissful sigh of euphoric anticipation. You might even want to add a hyperventilating bag to your reading kit since it's likely you'll need it once you get to know Gabe. Especially when a sweet baby comes on the scene. Be. Still. My. Heart. Gabe is the kind of hero who stays busy heroing in order to keep the past out of the present. And Herne doesn't mess around when she doles out tragedy. I was gutted when I found out his whole story.

Then there's this one scene -- so emotionally raw I felt bruised -- and the waterworks started and I blubbered my way all the way to the end when I didn't know if I was crying sad, mad, or happy tears. Probably a mix of all three. And sometimes there's nothing I like more than bawling my insides out over a really good story. The Lawman's Yuletide Baby totally fits the bill.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Lawman's Yuletide Baby, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email in a comment, remember to use AT and DOT in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 19 2017. Draw open to International Readers. Good luck.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sound of Fear

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PERRY, MARTA
SOUND OF FEAR

In the sweet subtle wind of a Pennsylvania Dutch town, a lost woman and a man of duty will risk their lives to uncover her true identity.

The foundation of Amanda Curtis's very existence cracks the moment she discovers the woman she thought was her mother has never given birth. Where she belongs is a question she can't put to rest. But when the clues lead her to a charming yet chilling small town, the threat against her begins to unfold.

Trey Addison is a fixture in Echo Falls. The town and the people are his to protect. He was born to take his place in the family legal firm, but now that a stranger desperate to unlock her past is depending on him, he's forced to make an impossible choice. If Trey doesn't protect Amanda, she'll walk straight into a deadly trap. If he helps her expose the secrets that haunt her, the truth could shatter them both.

My Review:

A page-turning suspense with a Gothic air and a dash of Amish. I absolutely love these HQN Marta Perry novels. Not in the Christian Fiction genre I usually read and review, but delivers a clean read and the suspense is so scrumptious. Amanda's world is turned upside down after the unexpected death of her mother -- the woman she always thought had given birth to her. Now with her inheritance in possible jeopardy, she needs to discover the secrets of her past and that leads her to the quaint, Englisch/Amish town of Echo Falls -- a place seething with secrets. Cue the scary organ music and be prepared for drama and danger as a family's skeletons are exposed.

If you have fond memories of reading Gothic romantic suspense by legends like Phyllis A. Whitney, Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt you will absolutely, positively love Sound of Fear (and it's predecessor, Echo of Danger.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Sound of Fear, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 19 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Ranch Rescue

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EASON, LYNETTE
EASON, LAURYN
CHRISTMAS RANCH RESCUE

Her Christmas Protector

When his former crush is suspected of tunneling drugs through her ranch, it's DEA agent Nathan Williams's job to find out if Becca Price is guilty. But after Becca is attacked, his top priority becomes protecting her. Convinced she's innocent, Nathan is determined to find the real culprit before the escalating threats become deadly. An ex's betrayal has left Nathan wary, and falling for the suspect he's secretly investigating in a no-win move, so he must keep an emotional distance. But with criminals preparing for a fatal showdown, can he find the truth in time to save Becca's life?

Wrangler's Corner: Family comes first.

My Review:

Love the background story about how this book came into being (make sure to read the author's note at the end.) I think I've read most every Lynette Eason book out there so it was fun to read this mother/daughter debut.

The ranch setting brings an extra thrill (at least to this citified armchair sleuth.) And the tension between Becca and Nathan. Oy. He's there under false pretenses only he isn't really because he cares about what happens to her and wants to protect her but her sheriff cousin has put him in an impossible situation and...it's complicated. Deliciously so. He's all moodily falling for her all over again and she's completely unaware only sometimes she sees a dark, brooding look and she thinks 'maybe there's a chance'.....Love that kind of push/pull in a romance.

And the suspense is so heart-wrenching because Becca is in way out of her depth. She's an innocent bystander caught up in the dangerous scheming of a nefarious villain. Things get desperate and creepy and downright jump-at-your-shadow dangerous. The perfect definition of a page-turner

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Christmas Ranch Rescue, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email in a comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please 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 November 19 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Divide

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PETERSHEIM, JOLINA
THE DIVIDE

In the gripping conclusion to The Alliance, nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole's Old Order Mennonite community fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the region's power grid and altered life as they knew it. Since then,  Leora has watched and waited for news of Moses Hughes, the young Englischer pilot who held off invading looters long enough for everyone to escape. Unsure Moses even survived, Leora has begun to warm to the affections of Jabil Snyder, who has courted her patiently. But she struggles to see herself as the next bishop's wife, especially when she learns that Moses is alive and has now joined a local militia.

An unexpected encounter in the woods deepens Leora's crisis, as does a terrifying new threat that brings Moses's militia into the community's shaky alliance with the few Englischers left among them. When long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, Leora wrestles with the divide between having faith and taking action. Just how much will her shifting landscape changer her?

My Review:

An eerily compulsive read especially in these unsettled times. This is the sequel to The Alliance, and I do think it's better if you have read that book first. There's just so much that happens before the opening scene in The Divide, and though the author does a great job of covering the important stuff, you'll feel all the emotional nuances in this one more if you've experienced Moses and Leora's journey from the very beginning. And what a journey it is!

Chaos reigns as people struggle to eke out a livelihood in a post apocalyptic US. It's a grim and bleak world where lawlessness is the norm as divisive groups fight for power. Though rife with danger and hardship, Petersheim still manages to weave a thread of hope amidst despair. as she highlights the best and worst in humanity. A desperate setting for love to blossom, but that makes it all the more precious.

This is the kind of story that really makes you think. Assess your values, your faith and contemplate what you would do if it was all threatened. A triumphant page-turning conclusion that may not give us all the answers but does give us enough hope to believe that good really can come from evil.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Divide, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 19 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Deadly Proof (Take Two)

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If you'be been following my blog you'll know that I already reviewed this book not too long ago -- October 2 to be exact. I reviewed it through Graf-Martin's Nuts About Books blogging programme (for Canadian bloggers) but also received another copy from Litfuse Publicity's blog tour. So I'm repeating my review and the giveaway. I'll send the second copy to the winner via snail mail.


DYLAN, RACHEL
DEADLY PROOF

Standing for what's right could cost her everything

Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company's dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved.

Former Army Ranger turned Private Investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He's still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything -- even commit murder -- to keep this case from going to trial.

As danger closes in, Landon can't help bu admire Kate's courage and resolve -- but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk?

My Review:

I have such a book hangover! Stayed up until three in the morning because I could not put Deadly Proof down. So I'm all frazzled nerves and discombobulated brain but valiantly trying to put into words how good this book is. And I don't even like legal thrillers. Mostly because I get so confused by the legal jargon. But Dylan didn't lose me once. She deftly wove layman descriptions into the technical bits so I totally understood what was happening, why certain procedures were so important and boy, did I learn a lot about the legal system. All seamleslly blended in with the suspense and romance.

I am definitely a champion of the underdog and so my emotions were immediately engaged since Kate is taking on a big chunk of Corporate America -- a disgustingly corrupt pharmaceutical company that deserves to be taken down. Betrayal and intrigue and danger soon follow and then, when Kate hires on PI Landon things really get interesting.

My toes still haven't uncurled fully. The romance is stupendous. Slow and deliberate, from colleagues to friends to...cue the toe-curling swoons! In fact, Rachel Dylan's style reminds me very much of an early Dee Henderson. Has that same kind of balance and detail, so a reader doesn't feel hurried. It's easy to stay anchored in the moment and just let the story unfold around you.

And I'm thrilled to report that this is the first book in the Atlanta Justice series so there are more compelling reads ahead for us and I can't wait!

My thanks to the publisher and Litfuse Publicity for providing me with a copy of this book.


GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like to win a copy of Deadly Proof leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 19 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November Giveaway -- Week Two



WON BY KAREN

WON BY VANG

WON BY LANNA

WON BY SYLVIA

WON BY DONNA BROOKMYER

WON BY LINDA MOFFITT

As always, I will contact the winner via email (if one is provided otherwise it's up to you to contact me) but thanks to the nefarious ways of the Internet, my email might land in your spam folder so keep your eyes peeled. If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening, please email me your snail mail address at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. From time to time a winner and I don't seem to connect so I have a one month time limit. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited. 

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK: (and yes, one is a repeat...I ended up on two blog tours for Deadly Proof)



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas

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MACOMBER, DEBBIE
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Continuing a festive annual tradition, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a new holiday novel full of romance and cheer -- and the magical prospect of finding love in even the most guarded hearts.

Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a challenge. No matter how hard she tries to be nice, Cain rudely rebuffs her at every turn. But when Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper, that's the last straw. She's going to break through Cain's Scrooge-like exterior the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness.

To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called Twelve Days of Christmas. Her first attempts to humanize Cain are far from successful. Julia brings him homemade Christmas treats, and the disagreeable grinch won't even accept them. Meanwhile, Julia's blog becomes an online sensation. Julia continues to find ways to express kindness and, little by little, chips away at Cain's gruff facade to reveal the caring man underneath. Unbelievably, Julia feels herself falling for Cain -- and she suspects that he may be falling for her as well. But as the popular of her blog grows, Julia must decide if telling Cain the truth about having chronicled their relationship to the rest of the world is worth risking their chance at love.

My Review:

published in 2016

A scrumptious read that had me grinning from ear to ear for most of it. Romantic comedy at its best. Loved how Julia's bubbly Christmas spirit contrasts with Cain's natural grump. She's Cindy-Lou Who to his Grinch. Tiny Tim to his Scrooge. So funny and poignant with a lovely message about the powerful changes kindness can bring -- to the giver as well as the recipient. A feel good Christmas romance that will have you on your feet cheering by the end...and then promptly doubling over in laughter. Again.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Twelve Days of Christmas, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 5 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Lawman for Christmas

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KIRST, KAREN
A LAWMAN FOR CHRISTMAS

The Gift of Family

Committed to her spinsterhood, Isabel Flores isn't about to trust a man with her hard-won independence or her heart -- especially not lawman Ben MacGregor. But when a little boy is abandoned on her property, the so-called "Debonair Deputy" of their small Tennessee toen helps her care for the child. And Isabel begins to hope he might be more than just a handsome flirt.

Ben is well aware of Isabel's aversion to love and has his own secret reasons for avoiding relationships. But as he and Isabel do their best to make the holiday special for their young ward, Ben wonders if he could be a family man after all. Will their Christmas be the first of many for Isabel and Ben's little instant family?

My Review:

Take two people who have resigned themselves to living their lives one way but are too stubborn to see something new and wondrous opening up before them and you have the makings for an emotional love story. Cue this reader's gnashing of teeth as she embarks on a reading frenzy.

Honestly, I wanted to knock heads together in the hopes of rattling some brain cells to life. Ben is stuck in the past, firmly believing he has nothing to offer a wife. (Puleeeeze! My curled toes beg to differ.) He's sweet and kind and gentlemanly and determined to do the right thing...even when we all know it's the wrong thing!  LOL And Isabel has allowed her father's scandalous past to define everything about her present which definitely closes off a hopeful future.

All that changes one fateful night when these two lives are entwined in an astonishing way. Danger and mystery and an abandoned child continuously pull them together during the most hopeful season of all. An old-fashioned Christmas romance that embraces the true meaning of the season.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Lawman for Christmas, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held on Sunday November 12 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Texas Holiday Reunion

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VANNATTER, SHANNON TAYLOR
A TEXAS HOLIDAY REUNION

His Christmas Homecoming

With her foreman out of commission, Resa McCall needs horse trainer Colson Kincaid to run her family ranch through the holidays. But having the handsome single dad back in Bandera, Texas, is unsettling. Colson broke Resa's heart years ago, and she can't risk getting close again. Still, working with him and bonding with his sweet little girl is making the ranch feel merry and bright. Being at Resa's side stirs up emotions Colson thought were long gone. But he has a powerful secret that could keep them apart forever. Can Colson give Resa the one Christmas present that might finally bring them back together -- the truth?

Texas Cowboys: Maverick hearts find their match

My Review:

The only thing better than a reunion story is a holiday reunion story and this one is awesomesauce with a cherry on top! Lot's of heartache over past hurts dueling with the inconvenient spark of attraction that just won't die. And then there's a sweet little girl who pulls on everyone's heartstrings including this reader's. And Christmas in small town Texas is full of tradition and family and the hope of second chances. Mind you, before that can happen, Vannatter puts this hero and heroine through their paces. A delicious read full of heart and hope.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Texas Holiday Reunion leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 12 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Dangerous Illusions

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HANNON, IRENE
DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS

Trish Bailey is an overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death -- and puts Trish under police scrutiny -- her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake, or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge -- and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous...it's deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon will capture your imagination with a mind-bending story that will have you doubling back to retrace your steps -- and figure out what you mised!

My Review:

Whoa! I don't even know where to begin. Stop-you-in-your-tracks-from-the-sheer-brilliance-of-the-plot good. I'm still reeling. Gobsmacked. Astounded. Almost speechless. Luckily my fingers can still type. :-)

Extremely clever and cunning suspense. And it's the slow build kind, where you're checking over your shoulder but not quite sure for what. We have insights from the villain's point of view that gives the reader a bit of an edge over Trish and Colin...but just a bit because it's so complicated and twisty and complusively riveting.

And the romance. Oh-la-la!!!! I was on tenterhooks of yearning all the way through. A slow burn kind of kindling with lots of lovely conversation and heart-tugging sideways glances but with a case to solve a professional distance is required...and achieved...mostly. Exquisite.

Honestly, I think this might be Irene Hannon's best.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Dangerous Illusions, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email in your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced Sunday November 12 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

These Healing Hills

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GABHART, ANN H.
THESE HEALING HILLS

Francine Howard has her life all mapped out -- until the man she loves announces his plans to bring home an English bride from war-torn Europe in 1945. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he's at a loss when it comes to envisioning what's next for his life.

When Francine's and Ben's paths intersect, it's immediately clear that they are from different worlds and valure different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds...and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

My Review:

This book cast a spell over me. Enchanting. Captivating. Riveting. And the word-crafting! Sheer beauty! No skimming allowed -- you'll want to savor every single sentence.

Gabhart celebrates the life and culture of a proud mountain people with reverence and respect. Francine is just as enthralled as I am! Never mind that her nurse midwife mentor expects her to remain apart (really 'above') these simple hill folk. But Francine can see the beauty in that simplicity -faith, family and service. It brings her a unique sense of belonging which is a stark contrast to her sterile upbringing.

And then there's Ben. He's spent his years in the war aching to feel the mountain back under his feet but once he's home he finds himself yearning for something more. Especially when a certain 'brought-in nurse' keeps getting lost on his mountain. Sigh. Their love story is the perfect blend of laughter and uncertainty and oh-so-sweet-and-tender hope.

Some of my favourite parts in the book are the snippets of wisdom we get from the sage elders who played a significant role in Ben and Francine's lives. Things like this: "What was it his pa used to say when Ben started worrying a problem like a dog licking a sore? You don't have to know the last step. Just the first one. You and the Lord can figure out the rest of it on the way." (p 218) I've got that written out on a card and taped to my wall now -- I'm in desperate need of enough faith to trust that 'the Lord and I can figure out the rest' in many areas of my life. And this book is full of sage takeaways like that.

There's a quality in the storytelling that stays with a reader long after the last page has been read. Definitely one of my favourite novels of 2017.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Christmas on the Run

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MCCOY, SHIRLEE
CHRISTMAS ON THE RUN

"Do what we tell you or your son will disappear..."

Master gemstone cutter Carly Rose Kelley will do anything ti keep her son safe...but with blackmailers insisting she forge priceless antique stones, she needs help. With Christmas days away, the desperate widow has only one hope -- the brother-in-law she never met. Hostage rescue specialist Dallas Morgan never knew about his nephew or his estranged late brother's wife. Now their lives are in his hands. But the sweet child and vulnerable woman remind Dallas of the family he once had and lost. And he can't afford distraction. Now that they're trapped in the sights of ruthless blackmailers, nowhere is safe...but Dallas won't let anyone stand in the way of him saving Carly and her little boy.

Mission Rescue -- No job is too dangerous for these fearless heroes

My Review:

There is such a desperate sense of urgency from the very first page that I think I held my breath through the whole read! Carly is in an impossible situation but she's a scrappy fighter and she's concocted a plan that just must save her son...if she can bring herself to hand the controls over to Dallas, a man she's never met. But she's done her research and he's definitely hero material. Trouble is Carly has trust issues when it comes to men and she second guesses involving Dallas at every turn. These two butt heads as they grapple for answers and dance around the unexpected attraction that arcs between them.

Fans of the Mission Rescue series will be happy to connect with some of the previous heroes -- particularly Chance and Boone who step in to provide some much needed backup. No worries if you haven't read the other books in this series (there are eight -- four of them Christmas stories) as each book is written as a standalone. It's just comforting to meet old faces in the midst of all the mayhem! Kinda made me feel relieved to know that Dallas and Carly weren't stuck facing these ruthless blackmailers all on their lonesome!

Heart palpitating action meets tentative romance in this blockbuster romantic suspense.

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