Friday, December 15, 2017

Instant Family

GARTSHORE, DONNA
INSTANT FAMILY

The single mom next door

Summer at a picturesque Silver Lake resort marks a new beginning for Frankie Munro and her daughter. After a painful marriage, the single mom shies away from any personal connection -- thous she admires the tender care handsome neighbor Ben Cedar shows his dad. Ben wasn't there for his mother when it counted, so he's determined to help his father cope with Alzheimer's. Yet it's Frankie's shy ten-year-old daughter, Rae, who really gets through to his dad. As their relatives bond and flourish, so do Ben and Frankie's feeling for each other. Before the season ends, can they let go of their pasts and fight for a second chance...together?

My Review:

Another debut novel -- that's 3 this week! Exciting to discover new talent in the Christian publishing industry.

A touching, sweet and hopeful story that celebrates God meeting us in all the hard places in this life. It's much more than a love story -- in fact, I'd say the romance isn't as pronounced as you usually find in a Love Inspired novel. This is more about the hesitant journey towards an unexpected friendship that has the power to develop into something much deeper.

But the timing -- even if it's God's timing -- seems completely off to Frankie and Ben. She's wary because she's newly divorced and trying to bring some stability back into her daughter's life while figuring out what their future is going to look like. And Ben is overwhelmed with the 24/7 care of a father stricken by Alzheimer's. His hopes of recreating some happy summer memories with his dad take on many unexpected twists and turns as he grapples with the increasing severity of the disease.

Gartshore draws on her own experience coping with her father's struggle with Alzheimer's and she really conveys the frustration, heartache and even humour that comes from dealing with this condition. It was an eyeopening and emotional read for that reason. Definitely a difficult backdrop for a romance but then, love doesn't always come calling at the most convenient times, does it? Which is maybe the point -- that we need to grab hold of the good things in life while we can and trust in God with the rest.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Instant Family, 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 December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The House on Foster Hill

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WRIGHT, JAIME JO
THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL

Kaine Prescottis no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sigh unseen in her grandfather's  Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance. Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier; the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property. Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives -- including her own -- are lost?

My Review:

Mesmerizing. I'm just nigh on speechless at a how truly captivating this debut novel is. There is this powerful thread of hope that is intricately woven into the very fiber of both Kaine's and Ivy's stories that ministered to me in an incredible way. I am so grateful to the author for creating that kind of inspirational thread -- it transcends time and easily leaps from fiction to real life. Truly uplifting.

And now on to the whole Gothic vibe that thrilled me to my toes. Both in 1906 and 2017. I think this is the first time I've read a dual timeline Gothic romantic mystery. Spine-tingling good! This book is full of gems like this - Kaine's first glimpse of Foster Hill House: "Cavernous windows opened in a silent scream on the face of the Gothic house tilted on the crest of Foster Hill." (p 22) If that doesn't set the mood, I don't know what will. This house is steeped in mystery both past and present and Wright expertly weaves both stories to a crescendo of a climax. Simply stunning. And she ends every scene on a gasp-out-loud-you-can't-leave-it-there high.

The kind of novel that begs you to read faster and slower at the same time! Because you want to have all the answers right now but you also want to savor the exquisite journey along the way. Such a lovely reader conundrum!

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 The House on Foster Hill, 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 December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Mother for His Family

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DIETZE, SUSANNE
A MOTHER FOR HIS FAMILY

A Convenient Arrangement

Lady Helena Stanhope's reputation is in tatters...and she's lost any hope for a "respectable" ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she's determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she's sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irrrresistible spirit, caring and warmth. Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together -- and his love -- are for always.

My Review:

Five star Regency-Swoon alert! This book is absolutely delectable if you are a Regency fan -- and even if you aren't! Can't really go wrong with a marriage of convenience involving 4 rambunctious children and...drum roll please (or maybe that should be a bagpipe trill)...a formidable Scottish hero! "He said down like doon and his yous were clipped and soft." (p 10).

That jackhammering beat you hear is my heart palpitations having heart palpitations! Cue the fainting couch swoon. Because John is everything you could want in a hero. He's kind. Deeply, honestly, sweetly kind. But it's tempered with a wee bit of broody which turns out to be a delightfully swoony mix. And he's broody because he's really gone off the rails when it comes to what he feels to be responsible commitment. Gah -- what can you do with a stubborn Scot? Hand him over to Lady Helena, that's what.

I was so distraught over Helena's circumstances that I'm sure there was steam coming out of my ears the whole duration of the read (which is a cost-effective way of humidifying your home during these dry winter months, by the way.) But, honestly, she has been so spiritually misguided that I just wanted to weep for her.There are some truly reprehensible scenes that put me in a spitting fury. Luckily John was close by, ready to soothe away my savage spite. That man could charm the loch ness monster out of the loch! So it's no surprise that Helena eventually succumbs. But there's danger and intrigue to sort out before an honest-to-goodness happily ever after can be achieved for all.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Mother for His Family, 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 December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blind Spot

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PETTREY, DANI
BLIND SPOT

The wrath is coming, but they don't know where -- or when.

"The wrath is coming" were the final words that FBI Agent Declan Grey heard the suicide bomber say. Now Declan is in the chase of his life -- but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after or when the threat will be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation's best clue leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for assistance. She's sought justice for refugees and the displaced around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw his joined the FBI as a crisis counselor...meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. As they work together to uncover the mounting threat, the tension betwen them also includes a spark she can't deny -- and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything more can develop, they find themselves in a race against time to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives.

My Review:

Warning : reader whiplash is inevitable. Book future chiropractor appointments accordingly. Because this is the most amazing, twisty-turny, gasp-out-loud, swoon-on-the-run read. That whoosh you hear? That's me finally releasing my pent up breath now that I've reached the end. I'm feeling rather light-headed and discombobulated so this review might not make any sense but I'll do my best.

First off this is the third book in Pettrey's Chesapeake Valor series and while you don't have to read the first two books I think you'll enjoy it more if you have. The author has been developing relationships and setting up a far-reaching suspense plot through these first three books. And, mercy, this is edge-of-your-seat stuff. I'm not sure if my heart can handle the fourth book. Of course I'll still read it. I just might need counseling afterwards.

One of the things I love the most about Blind Spot is that there's just as much romance as suspense. And it's there right from the very beginning. A desperate unrequited yearning that both Declan and Tanner try to keep at bay. They aren't very successful much to this reader's delight. And this has been developing over the course of the series so it's especially satisfying when this hero and heroine finally let their barriers down.

Tons of action, intriguing suspense (two different cases that involve heroes and heroines from previous books) and some gobsmackingly surprising revelations about Tanner Shaw will keep you feeling like you're riding a tilt-a-whirl right to the very last page....which is somewhat of a suspense cliffhanger. Anxiously waiting for Dead Drift which doesn't release until July 2018.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Blind Spot, 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 December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Freedom's Ring

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CHIAVAROLI, HEIDI
FREEDOM'S RING

From the Boston Marathon bombing to the American Revolution and the Boston Massacre, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Boston 2015

Although two years have past since the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David continues to be haunted by the call to be Boston Strong. She knows the truth she is far from strong. She cannot seem to release two burdens left to her that tragic day -- guilt over a crippled niece, and an old ring that evokes a hazy hero's face. But when she finds a business card with the same emblem as the ring, she's finally able to discover her hero...and the story of the woman behind the ring.

Boston 1770

As a single woman in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When tensions mount in the form of the Boston Massacre, her world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Overcome with anger at all redcoats, she plans to leave her employment at the British officers' home. But upon her return she is attacked by a roguish captain when Lieutenant Alexander Smythe isn't there to rescue her. In her fury she leaves the home with all of her possessions and a ring that belonged to her dear Alexander. Suddenly her attraction him is tarnished by the uniform he wears.

The Boston Massacre sparked the American Revelution; the Boston Marathon bombing set a city on edge. Both became the proof of where true strength lies.

My Review:

A divinely scrumptious dual timeline story! I get so tickled when I come across books in this genre. Maybe it's the closet genealogist inside me busting to get out but I adore putting all the connecting pieces together. It's almost as much fun as armchair sleuthing.

There are so many fascinating parallels with the two time periods in Freedom's Ring. Yes, the ring is an obvious tangible connection between past and present but there are other subtle nuances that mesh two distinct love stories together.

These heroines have faced peril and make decisions that have long lasting effects on those close to them. Annie and Liberty are as flawed as you or I and they don't always react in expected ways. Both are survivors and feel that burden deeply. There is an authenticity to these women and the way they deal with the aftermath of tragedy. It's not always pretty, but it's real and I could relate to that.

And I love the way the author draws these two unique stories together. At first there are short scenes from each time period and there's a feeling of distance between them. Almost like you are reading two entirely different books at the same time. But as Annie and her hero start researching the history of the ring past and present fuse together into a united force of incredible power. Because the symbolism behind this ring and the impact for good it has on both women is inspiring.

And the spiritual takeaway is profound yet simple..."God took the worst and healed me." (p 279)

A stunning debut novel. I'll definitely be looking for more by this author in the future.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Freedom's Ring 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 December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Giveaway - Week Two


WON BY TAMMI (DANDT)

WON BY JACKIE SMITH

WON BY JAN HALL

WON BY MELANIE BACKUS

WON BY CINDY W.


WON BY CARYL KANE

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 as well as a sneak peek at the rest of December:



DUAL TIMELINE!!!!!!

GOBSMACKED!!!!!
REGENCY SWOON!!!!
DEBUT AUTHOR!
And the last two books are going to be a big SURPRISE (to you and me) since I'm expecting some book deliveries but they are waaaay late. So be prepared to be amazed at the end of the week.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 18 - 23 IS READER'S CHOICE WEEK 
WHERE YOU GET TO TELL ME THE BOOKS YOU ARE MOST LOOKING FORWARD
TO READING IN THE NEW YEAR -- JAN, FEB OR MARCH 2018!

CLOSED SUNDAY DECEMBER 24 AND MONDAY DECEMBER 25 

BACK TO 'NORMAL' ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 26.




Saturday, December 9, 2017

Then Came You

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WADE, BECKY
THEN CAME YOU

A leather-bound journal.
A single father.
A woman in pursuit of freedom.

Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn't know much about babies. But he's going to have to learn fast because he's just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he's not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he'll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.

Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can't seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There's something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes...

Told through journal entries, phone conversations, and letters, Then Came You is a unique, heart-stirring romance novella by acclaimed author Becky Wade.

My Review:

A stunning novella that introduces Becky Wade's Bradford Sisters series. It's been offered free on Kindle off and on since it's release in March but if you are looking for a paperback copy to add to your keeper shelf along with the rest of the series (as the books release) read on!

I love the format of this story -- it's told through letters, phone messages, notes and journaling as well as some hysterically funny telephone conversations between Kathleen and her best friend, Rose. There's angst and drama along with splashes of humour as Garner and Kathleen navigate their complicated lives.

Garner, a survivor of tragedies and struggling single dad who has grown staid and serious before his time. And exuberant Kathleen, so busy searching for freedom she doesn't realize it's already within her grasp. And then there are gems of spiritual truth like this:

"God's grace is like a rushing river. It's far more powerful than I am. My sins don't stand a chance against it." (p. 138)

The perfect start to what is already proving to be an incredible series. (True to You, May 2017 and Falling for You, May 2018)

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like to win a copy of Then Came You, 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 December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Amish Christmas Abduction

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LYNN, DANA R.
AMISH CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION

Kidnapped in Amish Country

After catching a glimpse of something she wasn't supposed to see days before Christmas, Irene Martello is run off the the road and barely survives. More shocking is the backseat whimper of an Amish toddler stowaway and the familiar sight of their rescuer -- the man who let her down years earlier. Police chief Paul Kennedy fears Irene stumbled onto a kidnapping ring with two dangerous agendas: retrieving the girl and silencing the witness for good. Only Paul can keep them safe for the holidays. Guarding Irene means risking his heart -- and his secret -- but to save this child and the woman he never stopped loving, it's a risk he has to take.

Amish Country Justice: Protected in Plain sight

My Review:

I could feel the hairs rise up on the back of my neck in the first chilling scene. Lynn knows how to write malice into her villains and this guy sure was creepy. All menacing glares and out of control anger. Phew! Tension and danger and mystery abound as Irene and Paul find themselves thrust into the crosshairs of a vicious gang of thugs. Their history makes things complicated. The high school sweethearts find themselves disconcertingly comfortable with each other in some ways. But years of separation and misunderstandings have put up walls that seem impossible to scale. Paul's beating himself up over past mistakes. Irene's concerned with protecting her two fatherless sons. Anything developing between them would be complicated with a capital C. Plus there's this relentless maniac with vengeance on his mind...

A thrilling romantic suspense that will draw you in and keep you reading until both the romance and mystery are resolved.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Amish Christmas Abduction 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 December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Gift of Christmas Past

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WOODSMALL, CINDY
WOODSMALL, ERIN
THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS PAST

At twenty-seven, Hadley is still trying to get free of the weight she's carried all her life -- entering foster care at age give, getting arrested at seventeen for arson, and losing her boyfriend, Monroe, when she needed him most.

Monroe never wanted to walk out on Hadley. He'd understood her, from her desire to help children with speech issues to her intense temper. But when she was arrested, he became haunted by what he knew and convinced his only choice was to end their relationship.

Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again...thrown together to help a four-year-old girl who's been rendered mute after being rescue from an apartment fire.

Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized young girl and her family.

Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?

My Review:

"Health strengthened them. Hope sustained them. And God guided them." (p 91) I think I need to make this my mantra! It has definitely seen Hadley and her best friend, Elliott (a girl) through a decade of struggles. And what an emotional journey! Brilliantly delivered with compassion and grace.

Their story starts when they are teens sharing a room in a foster home. Volatile Hadley and rule keeper Elliott make an interesting team. And while this is largely Hadley and Monroe's story, we are treated with Elliott's point of view from time to time which also brings a secondary romance into the mix. A fascinating study in personalities and coping mechanisms as all three struggle to come to grips with a desperate situation that quickly gets out of control.

Fast forward ten years and life hasn't gotten any easier for these foster sisters. Oh, they've survived and thrived, supporting each other as they worked their way through school but life's logistics are still challenging. I loved the way they pull together. How they've invited strangers into their 'family'. Women of faith, shining Christ's light through their actions.

Then there's Monroe. It appears he has had everything handed to him by wealthy parents. But appearances can be deceiving and he's paid a huge emotional price for those 'rewards'. Both Monroe and Hadley have been scarred by their tumultuous past so when they unexpectedly end up on the same team in order to help a traumatized child...well fireworks would be putting it mildly. These two have issues that bring out the worst and the best in one another. Such a tangled web of deceit and sorrow and confusion to wade through! All while attempting to restore speech to a mute child.

My emotions were all over the place as I got deeper into the read. I could see both sides of Monroe and Hadley's struggle so I could totally feel the frustration and anger and longing. And Monroe's parents?! Argh! I think my blood pressure is still registering through the roof. 

An emotionally complex story that celebrates the joy that comes from truly living in community.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Gift of Christmas Past, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email, 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 December 9 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Claiming Her Cowboy

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RADCLIFFE, TINA
CLAIMING HER COWBOY

Her temporary cowboy

Attorney Jackson Harris regularly goes toe-to-toe with the world's toughest lawyers -- but none of them compare to Lucy Maxwell. The feisty director of Oklahoma's Big Heart Ranch for orphans is as stubborn as she is pretty. But Jack must stay focused: he's only there to evaluate the ranch's funding. Falling for Lucy and the sweet children she protects is out of the question. Though Lucy is determined to keep the ranch she's not about to give control to a city slicker -- even a devastatingly good-looking one. But as they bump heads, Jack and Lucy gradually nudge open their hearts. Could a temporary cowboy become a permanent part of Lucy's life?

Big Heart Ranch: where new beginnings are found

My Review:

First off. That cover!!!!! Kind of makes a fainting couch warning redundant since you're already in full swoon mode. And yes, Jack, that 'white collar rebel' (p 61) is just as alluring as that cover art promises.

The citified Oklahoma boy is getting back to his roots and it's a baptism by fire thanks to Lucy's wicked sense of justice (aka humour.) This is romantic comedy at it's finest. One scene in particular -- involving a certain cantankerous Mrs. Carmody filled me with giddy delight. In fact, I pretty much snort/hiccuped my way through the entire read because that's what happens when I laugh and cry at the same time and Radcliffe is really good at fusing humour with heart-wrenching tenderness. I was a sniveling mess by the end.

So we start out with fireworks right from the first meet. He's determined to protect his aunt's considerable income from 'shysters' like Lucy. She's fuming over his tightfisted reins on the large donation her family counts on to keep their ranch for orphans running.These two are a riot together -- the micro manager in her doesn't want to give an inch. She's all about control and he's all about wresting it from her. Sparks fly, tempers flare and it's time to cue the wickedly clever banter. And all that charged electricity serves to heighten the romance because "He'd rather argue with Lucy than spend time with anyone else." (p.118)

And while Miss Lucy was busy claiming her cowboy, I was losing my heart to the littlest cowboy on the ranch. Gape-toothed, tousled haired five-year-old Dub might just outshine Jack as hero of the day. The little guy has a Goliath size faith and he isn't afraid to show it.

Heartwarming, toe-curling and hilarious. What's not to love? And kudos to the author for using fiduciary in a sentence more than once. It really doesn't get better than this.

My thanks to the author for gifting me with a copy of this book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Claiming Her Cowboy, 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 vie email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held on Sunday December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Imperfect Justice

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PUTMAN, CARA
IMPERFECT JUSTICE

The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client...can they?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story. Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way ouf of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie's believe that she can make a difference for a women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister -- right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together n the race to save Kaylene's surviving daughter, Emilie and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl -- and find a future for themselves in the process?

My Review:

Honestly, I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying this Hidden Justice series by Cara Putman. I just read the first book a month ago and am definitely on the legal suspense bandwagon now. It's a totally different kind of mystery and investigation but just as riveting. And while I don't know a lot about the legal system, I feel like the author writes for readers like me. Which means the legal lingo and court scenes don't get so technical that she loses me. I might not completely understand everything, but I get enough for the story to make sense.

And then there's the romance. Emilie and Reid. Awesome dynamcis between these two. Edgy at first. A personal relationship is difficult to start in the midst of tragedy and they are both dealing with issues around Kaylene's death. Ironically, both are weighed down by guilt.  Emilie because she feels like she missed something as the woman's lawyer and Reid because he wasn't the kind of big brother his sister would confide in.

Then there's the complications of trying to solve a case the police don't think exists. There are so many layers to the suspense -- including a secondary one that kept me on the edge of my seat. Putman cleverly draws it all out with measured pacing. The kind of plot that grabs a hold of you right from the start and doesn't let you go...even after you reach the end. Now I am anxious for the next book in the series -- which I believe has been set up in this one. At least, I'm hoping it's Caroline's turn next.

Oh -- and I love the title tie-in by the way. Definitely sums up the plot of this thrilling suspense.

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


GIVEAWAY OPPRORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Imperfect Justice, 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, remember to 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 December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Gift

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GRAY, SHELLEY SHEPARD
THE GIFT

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepherd Gray gifts us with a special Christmas story about love and blessings in this next book in her Amish of Hart County series.

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that cause her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into an icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants the family gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful...until he meets Susanna. She is kindhearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

While Neil believes the accidents are just chance, Susanna's father is convinced that the Vance family is responsible. yet Susanna can't imagine Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out in uncover the truth before someone gets hurt...or worse.

My Review:

Reading a Shelley Shepard Gray book is like a glorious homecoming. There's comfort and familiarity paired with the unexpected of a new story. The thrill of discovery spikes my anticipation and once I start reading I can't stop until I reach the end. Which is exactly what happened with The Gift. Consumed in one sitting followed by the letdown of having finished far too soon.

The suspense is subtle -- a series of unexpected accidents that no one wants to take seriously except for Susanna and her sisters. And they are already adjusting to a difficult transition to their new home in Hart County. Unearthing the reason behind the surprising hostility the Amish community harbors against them is just the beginning of the mystery.

Neil and Susanna's friendship gets off to a rocky start. It's Neil who has to dig deep and reflect on the emotions that fuel his anger and ultimately his behavior. It's a powerful awakening that brings depth to the story. There's also a surprise (and very sweet) secondary romance  All woven into a suspenseful plot that kept me turning pages.

Amish + Suspense + Christmas = a dream of a read!

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


GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you wold like a chance to win a copy of The Gift, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email, 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 December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Giveaway - Week One



Sorry this is late posting. I ran out of time before church because I was reading bwahahahaha! Anyone surprised?

WON BY LORI

WON BY JANKA

WON BY SUSANNE MINCER

WON BY DANAGIRL

WON BY TRACEY H

WON BY TRIXI
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:






Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Trouble with Cowboys

GIVEAWAY
HUNTER, DENISE
THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek's premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to send her kid sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie's column is cancelled., she's given first shot at a new lovelorn column -- and she can't afford to turn it down. Only problem is...Annie's never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with town's smooth-talking ladies' man Dylan Taylor. She'll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he'll help her answer the reader letters.

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can't risk getting hurt now.

The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister's antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God but surrender has never come easily.

When Dylan relieves his feelings for her, Annie doesn't what to trust -- her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might be exactly what she needs.

My Review:

published in 2012
My thanks to my public library for providing me with a copy of this awesome retro read!

If you have a cowboy hat grab it quick -- you'll need it to fan yourself when the heat starts rising from  these smoldering pages. Be still my heart. The trouble with cowboys indeed! And you know what? You might want to have a fire brigade on standby -- ready to put out any fires that might start courtesy of all the sparks flying between Dylan and Annie. Phew! This is one toe-curling, heart-stomping read.

Hunter showcases God's grace through the messy lives of this hero and heroine. Love the depth in the faith thread -- it's simple and powerful but often hard to remember when we are in the midst of life's trials. And if the romance isn't enough to discombobulate you, the twists and turns in the plot will finish the job. Ah, the sweet stuff rabid readers are made from!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Trouble with Cowboys, 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 open and winner announced on Sunday December 2 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!


Friday, December 1, 2017

The Gift of Twins

GIVEAWAY
MEYER, GABRIELLE
THE GIFT OF TWINS

Unexpected holiday blessings

Finding twin five-year-old boys on his doorstep isn't the first surprise Reverend Lahaye has faced lately. Emery Wilkes, the new schoolteacher the town has hired turns out to be a very pretty woman -- not the man they'd been expecting. And though the twins and Emmy are only boarding with Ben until Christmas, the arrangement feels all too natural.

Emmy has moved to Minnesota to put loss behind her. Marriage would mean forsaking her position and her purpose, and Ben is an honorable man who understands her refusal to wed. But as he gets closer to tracking down the little boys' father, Emmy realizes just how much she wants their sweet temporary family to become permanent.

Little Falls Legacy: Building a thriving community through love and faith.

My Review:

Pastor Ben was a favourite secondary character in Inherited: Unexpected Family so I was thrilled to discover that he gets a turn to play hero in his own story. And yes, this can be read as a standalone just fine. It's the third book in the Little Falls Legacy series and I somehow missed the first one but you can be sure I'll be backtracking to catch up. I believe that Ben played a prime secondary role in that first book as well so followers of this series will be super excited about this one.

It can be tricky to create a heart-throb pastor hero -- at least I think so -- but Meyer does an amazing job of meshing toe-curling scenes with inspirational ones. And I truly adore Ben. He's honest, open, compassionate -- all the good qualities a pastor should have. But he has flaws too -- like being wary of love after repeated discouragements in the past. He figures God wants him to remain single in order to focus on his calling. Of course, he hasn't really confirmed that with the Lord and human assumptions can be a dangerous thing. Especially when it has him second guessing his attraction to the new teacher.

Emmy carries her own heartache and a pact to remain single as she dedicates herself to the children of Little Falls. Gotta love two stubborn people heading in the wrong direction. There are so many delectable moments of heated awareness -- this reader could hear the crackles in the air.  But Ben and Emmy are cagey and I was quick to despair until orphan twins land on the pastor's doorstep. Chaos and mayhem ensue as these two reluctant lovebirds are thrown together in a united cause...which soon morphs into creating a memorable Christmas for these precious little boys.

Funny and sweet and heartwarming -- a great addition to any Christmas collection.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway is for an ecop only

If you would like a chance to win an ecopy of The Gift of Twins, leave a comment 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 December 3 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Captive Brides Collection

GIVEAWAY
DAVIS, SUSAN PAGE
HICKEY, CYNTHIA
ALLEE, JENNIFER
BREIDENBACH, ANGELA
FRANKLIN, DARLENE
HALL, PATTY SMITH
PAGELS, CARRIE FANCETT
THOMPSON, LUCY
WELBORN, GINA
THE CAPTIVE BRIDES COLLECTION

Freedom waits in the arms of love

From both coasts and the Great Plains of America, over the high seas, and down under in Australia come nine romantic adventures featuring historical women who long to make their escape from some of life's greatest challenges. Whether bound in prison, slavery, indentured service, or other circumstances, freedom seems elusive to these women who feel trapped and hopeless, but God is providing a way out. Romance is opening doors of opportunity. But will arms of love be waiting to welcome each woman as she takes her leap of faith?

Includes the following stories:

Love's Labours Found by Jennifer AlLee -- Montserrat, West Indies, 1665 -- Temperance Simms only wanted a better life. Instead, she finds herself labeled a criminal and sold as an indentured servant. After a kind man saves her life, can Temperance trust that God will turn her sorrow into something beautiful?

His Indentured Bride by Angela Breidenbach -- Pennsylvania, 1773-1776 -- Leaving Scotland for a short indenture with her betrothed, Maire Greer's contract is sold and extended through cruel circumstances. Can Kirk Lachlan's service in the American Revolution save her, or will she lose love and freedom forever?

The Suspect Bride by Susan Page Davis - Oregon, 1890s -- Verity Ames cooks at the restaurant where shy lawyer Jack Whitwell eats lunch daily. As Jack works up courage to ask her for a date, the sheriff' walks into the restaurant and arrests Verity for murder.

His Golden Treasure by Darlene Franklin -- San Francisco, 1873 -- Goldie Hatfield grows up on the Barbary Coast until her guardian demands she pay the coast of her upbringing -- or work at her brothel. How far will Pastor Joshua Kerr go to set Goldie free?

Through Stormy Waters by Patty Smith Hall -- Atlantic Ocean, 1745 -- Deported to the British colonies for her father's crimes, Charlotte Singleton helps Captain John Randall when an epidemic breaks out on his ship. Can two battered hearts find love in the midst of a storm?

Moira's Quest by Cynthia Hickey -- New York, 1869 -- A quest for revenge ends up in a marriage of convenience and a feisty Irish lass discovers that not everything is as it seems when family secrets are revealed.

Love's Escape by Carrie Fancett Pagels -- Virginia, 1850 -- With her life in peril, Lettie seeks escape from slavery. When Nathan offers to "conduct" her North via an unusual segment on the Underground Railroad, will his efforts help or do them both harm?

Waltzing Matilda by Lucy Thompson -- Sydney, Australia, 1821 -- Henry didn't plan on a runaway convict masquerading as a shepherd. Or on the woman's baby. Keeping them safe will cost him his freedom -- or will it?

A Score to Settle by Gina Welburn -- on the Missouri River, 1870 -- A lonely mercantile owner falls for the enchantress who steals his wallet, but the cost to free her from a snake oil salesman may be too high to pay.

My Review:

What a great theme for a novella set! Deported, indentured, imprisoned, sold into slavery -- these captive brides must overcome untold difficulties with the aid of stalwart heroes determined to set them free. The kind of page-turners that held me captive and though I only planned to read one novella a day I ended up devouring the whole book in two days.

Each story is only about 50 pages, but they still pack a punch and my emotions ran high. I'd whoosh a huge sigh of relief over the satisfying conclusion of one story only to have my heart jump back into my throat when I turned the page  and started reading the next one. Intense situations, deplorable conditions and evil injustice rankled something fierce. And yet, despite the circumstances each heroine possesses an indomitable spirit which sees her through her trials and into the happily-ever-after of her dreams.

Diverse stories written in distinctive styles make this a collection to cherish.

My thanks to author Carrie Fancett Pagels for gifting me with a copy of this book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Captive Bride Collection, 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 December 3 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Deputy's Holiday Family

GIVEAWAY
OBENHAUS, MINDY
THE DEPUTY'S HOLIDAY FAMILY

A Family for Christmas

Lacie Collier is determined to give her niece, Kenzie, the best Christmas! But Lacie's got her work cut out for her when they spend the holidays at her Christmas-averse mother's home. With his focus on keeping his own mother's holiday traditions alive, sheriff's deputy Matt Stephens is surprised to see his old friend Lacie back in Ouray. He's always regretted that their friendship became strained after he started dating her sister in high school. But it's pure shock he experiences when he sees Kensie, whose uncanny resemblance to Matt is undeniable. This Christmas will bring new memories for Lacie and Matt...if they can open themselves to the possibility of love.

Rocky Mountain Heroes: Brothers raised by faith, ready for love

My Review:

Delightfully Christmasy. In fact the holiday is practically its own setting. And this is the feel-good-believe-in-Christmas-miracles kind of read that tugs at your heartstrings but ultimately leaves you basking in the glow of all the hopes of the season. Truly scrumptious.

And a certain deputy plays a huge role in readerly enjoyment. You can't go wrong with a hero grimly trying to put the past aside. Poor Matt has a difficult relationship with his father and it's colored his entire adult life. It's time for him to see beyond the hurt and appreciate the awesome guy he is and I know just the the people to help him with that.

Cue the Christmas music because Lacie is determined to make this the best Christmas ever for her grieving niece and somehow Matt ends up helping out...a lot. Blissful sigh. There are so many cute big tough deputy going all marshmallow soft over a certain little princess scenes that I'll issue this warning: be prepared to become mired in swoons.

A sublimely toe-curling, heart-warming and Christmas-celebrating romance. Hope y'all find a copy of The Deputy's Holiday Family in your stocking!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This win is for an ecopy only

If you would like a chance to win a ecopy of The Deputy's Holiday Family, add 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 December 2 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.