Friday, October 20, 2017

A Child's Christmas Wish

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VETSCH, ERICA
A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS WISH

A baby for Christmas

The only Christmas gift Oscar Rabb's four-year-old daughter prays for is one the widower can't provide: a baby sibling. And when his neighbour's house burns down, he's willing to open his home to pregnant and widowed Kate Amaker and her in-laws -- but not his heart. Even if his little girl's convinced Kate's unborn child is the answer to her wish.

Kate quickly sees the generous but aloof Oscar has little interest in growing closer to his houseguests. Still, she intends to make the coming Christmas a season to remember for his daughter. And as Oscar starts to open up to her, Kate can't help picturing just how wonderful the holiday -- and a future together -- might be.

My Review:

A heartwarming Christmas story destined to become a traditional favourite.

I adore the way Erica Vetsch includes historical details that make me feel like I'm right there smack in the middle of the story. I think I might just be able to make cheese now -- at least the old-fashioned way. The author has created a little bit of Switzerland in the wilds of Minnesota, including some delightful Christmas traditions.

Take one reclusive widower with a heart-stopping adorable four-year-old daughter and thrust him completely out of his comfort zone when he's compelled to provide shelter for  his stranded neighbours. Watching Oscar slowly unbend as Kate and her in-laws transform his solitary life into a buzz of activity was pure reader delight.

A hope-filled story that definitely belongs on the discerning reader's Christmas reading list.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Child's Christmas Wish, 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 October 22 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Planting Hope

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ANDERSON, BRENDA S.
PLANTING HOPE

When flowers and chocolate collide, romance is sure to bloom.

Family has always been the one constant in Jess Beaumont's messy life, so when her parents separate, she puts "Operation: Planting Hope" into action. All she has to do is recreate the circumstances that helped her parents fall in love. Unfortunately, that includes the daunting task of restoring the family's cabin's gardens. When the handsome candy store owner shows up to help, she's certain she has all the elements required for her parent's love to bloom again. After all, flowers and chocolate are the perfct ingredients for romance.

Luke Harrison has spent his life trying to win his father's approval, and a promotion in the family land development business would be a step in that direction. But when he inherits Gran's candy store, his dreams of being promoted start melting away. Then his dad dangles a vice president position in front of Luke, with one caveat -- acquire the land on both sides of Gran's store within five months, including the Beaumont cabin, and the promotion is his.

What at first seemed a simple challenge for Luke becomes a tangled mess. Buying the Beaumont cabin and land will nip his blossoming romance with Jess in the bud. Even worse, it could end her parents' marriage. But if he doesn't succeed, he could be trading in his corner office for the corner candy store.

My Review:

Warning: this book may cause extreme chocolate cravings so have plenty on hand before you start to read!

Family dynamics are at the heart of this contemporary love story as Anderson explores the power we hold over the people we love. Honestly, there are a few characters I wanted to smack up side the head in a fit of seething fury. Not the hero or heroine though. They were delightful fun -- as in cue the teasing banter and dust off the fainting couch 'cause the sparks fly fast and furious every time Luke and Jess get together.

But they seem to be on a collision course for disaster thanks to the pressures put on them by both their families. These are real people with real problems -- the kind that seem insurmountable without the hope God can bring to any situation.

One of the best takeaway quotes from the book: "You can't change the past, but you can impact the future ".(p 87) Luke and Jess set out to do just that and the result is a funny, angsty, and ultimately hopeful love story.

Of note: This is the third book in Brenda S. Anderson's Where the Heart Is romance series but it reads beautifully as a standalone. However, fans of the second book, Capturing Beauty, will be thrilled to catch up with Callie and Haven in Planting Hope.

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

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Planting Hope, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . 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 October 22 2017. Offer open International Readers. Good luck.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cowboy's Christmas Guardian

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MENTINK, DANA
COWBOY'S CHRISTMAS GUARDIAN

Under the rancher's protection

Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she's from the family that he'll never forgive for his wife's death.

As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won't back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for...a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.

Gold Country Cowboys: The code of the West rules the land for these men

My Review:

Significant to note -- Barrett has brothers and this will become an important fact you'll want to remember after you've read this novel. Because it's so sublimely good you'll want all the Thorn men to have their own story and since this is the first book in the Gold Country Cowboys series, I think the author is going to indulge us. I'm getting a thrill of shivers just contemplating that. Honor bound cowboys genetically programmed to fight for truth and protect damsels in distress. Yes please! Bring 'em on!!

So, Barrett's all that and more. A grieving widower who has had four long years to come to grips with the death of his wife. He's moving on -- but not past -- the tragedy. Bitterness has taken hold and that makes for major fireworks when he discovers who Shelby is. But that doesn't stop him from watching out for her. Reluctantly -- which makes it all the more noble.

And Shelby definitely needs protection. She's in desperate danger from the moment we first meet her right through to the breathtaking conclusion. Fasten your seatbelts because this is one wild and scary ride. Hair raising good stuff. And the romance? It'll toe-curl with the best of them. Awesome start to a thrilling new series.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Cowboy's Christmas Guardian, 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 October 22 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Freedom's Price

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JOHNSON, CHRISTINE
FREEDOM'S PRICE

Sometimes the hardest step to take is the first step forward

When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her father and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother's family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships.

When Catherine arrives at the plantation, she finds that her family has left it in the care of a manager -- who's let if fall into disrepair. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom and beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation. Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice: grip their dreams ever tighter or step forward in faith -- even if it costs them everything.

My Review:

Captivating and enthralling and all things scrumptiously good. And...squuueallll...there's a definite Gothic vibe to this historical romance. Sent chills up my spine in places. A derelict plantation with all kind of mysteries. Darkly sinister. An unprotected young woman trying to make connections with her past. And a truly despicable villain. Thankfully he is countered by the most gallant of heroes.

Tom Worthington. Be still my heart. Noble and daring and tormented by his past. I do so love a conflicted hero. Fireworks spark the first time he meets Catherine and she leads him on a merry chase. Impulsive and independent and determined to make a new life among her mother's people. Only it all goes horribly wrong. A real nail-biting page-turner with plenty of swoonworthy moments peppered throughout. A delicious conclusion to the Keys of Promise series.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Freedom's Price, 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 October 22 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, October 16, 2017

KJV Know the Word Study Bible (Review) + Biblical Fiction Giveaway

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To celebrate the release of the KJV Know the Word Study Bible I'm hosting a different kind of giveaway today. I'll be reviewing this study bible BUT I'll be doing a giveaway of any Biblical Fiction novel. Check out the details further down in this post -- look for the red lettering! But first my review of:



I'm a stick-in-the-mud bible reader. Once I find one I like I'm not keen on switching to another, never mind that the actual scripture is the same. It's all the extras that sell me on a particular version and the proclamation on this KJV Know the Word Study Bible -- "Gain a greater understanding of the bible, book by book, verse by verse, topic by topic" intrigued me so I thought I'd give it a try and am I ever glad I did!

First off, all the extra content in this study bible is super reader-friendly. No quaking in my boots with dictionary in hand trying to figure out what some scholar has to say about Paul. Plain and simple is the way I like it and that's just what this bible delivers.

True confession. I've only read the bible cover to cover once and that was more about being able to brag  that I did (I was young and foolish) than about seeking a deeper understanding. I'm older and wiser now but I haven't attempted another cover-to-cover reading. I've been content to meander around the various books in the bible on a whim or in pursuit of information on a certain subject. So, naturally, I thought the topic-by-topic feature offered in the KJV Know the Word Study Bible  would hold the greatest appeal.

Guess what? I was totally wrong! I am actually over-the-moon crazy about the book-to-book feature! And I can seriously see myself reading the bible cover to cover again, only this time getting a whole lot more out of it! And that's because the authors have made scripture so much more approachable. Lots of plain speak and valuable context and bringing scripture to life in a new way.

So, it works like this. Each book starts with a brief (like 2 or 3 sentences) summary so you can get your bearings. Then there's a Study the Book Highlights insert which simply lists the important scriptures in that book. So in 1st Timothy it's "Paul warns against false teachers (1:3-15)" and "Guard your heart against greed (6:6-10)" And yes, I had this wicked thought -- if you wanted to cheat you could just skip to those sections -- egads, did I just say that out loud?  Yes, I did, and what's worse I meant it. :-)

Now when you get to one of those highlight scriptures there's another Study the Book insert that explains in more detail, bringing more insight than if you just read a few lines of verse. I guess what I like the most about this study bible's approach is that it makes me think. I can't just skim a verse and call it a day. There so much more that beckons to me. Entices me to stay awhile. Ponder more deeply. And it's all delivered in digestible doses that make me feel like I just might have the potential to become a biblical scholar some day after all.

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


The Giveaway Details: 

Winner's Choice of ANY Biblical Fiction novel (Christian Fiction). Here's how it works:

State the title and the author of the book you want to win in the comment section. 
-- up to 3 different suggestions per person 
BUT 
each title/author must be in a separate comment 
(makes it easier to tally.) 
Books must be categorized as both Biblical and Christian Fiction.
Remember to add your email address in one of your comments (don't need to do it each time) but use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers.
Draw will be held and winner announced on 
Sunday October 22 2017.
Offer open to International Readers



Sunday, October 15, 2017

October Giveaway - Week Three


WON BY CHANEL M.


WON BY DIANA FLOWERS

WON BY LISA EDGE

WON BY BECKY

WON BY MINDY H.
WON BY RUBYNREBA

WON BY ELLY

WON BY TRACEY HAGWOOD
As always, I will contact the winners by email (if one has been provided), however, 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 to frame. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win with be forfeited. 

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK:



PLUS YOUR CHOICE OF A BIBLICAL FICTION TITLE PUBLISHED IN 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Will, a Way, and a Wedding

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CARLSON, MELODY
A WILL, A WAY, AND A WEDDING

Happily Ever After...

Daphne thinks she might finally have finding-a-husband thing figured out. But when the guy she's been dreaming about suddenly changes his tune, Daphne questions whether the wise thing is to keep hoping -- or face facts.

...whatever that might mean.

Deciding to give the whole situation over to God, Daphne focuses on finding a happy life for her and her new daughter, whatever that might look like. But does she give up too soon on the possibility of an I do?

My Review:

Published in 2016
My thanks to my public library for providing me with an abundance of retro reads!

I picked this book up without knowing that it is the fourth book in Dear Daphne series. I had no trouble reading and enjoying A Will, a Way, and a Wedding as a standalone. But I will say I am totally committed to backtracking and reading the first three books. The series is a year in the life of  Daphne -- a mid-thirties woman as she navigates the highs and lows of her ever changing circumstances. It's funny and poignant and very true to life.

Daphne angsts over her single status as she adjusts to mothering her orphaned niece while struggling to meet all the requirements in her eccentric Great Aunt's will. And then there's this guy. Jake. The heart throb stuff dreams are made of only it all goes south when gnarly complications seem insurmountable.

A snappy, feel-good kind of read that's immensely satisfying.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway is for an ebook only.

If you would like a chance to win an ecopy of A Will, a Way, and a Wedding, 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 October 15 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!




Friday, October 13, 2017

Firstborn

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LEE, TOSCA
FIRSTBORN

Face-to-face with her past, Audra Ellison now knows the secret she gave up everything -- including her memory -- to protect. A secret made vulnerable by her rediscovery, and so powerful neither the Historian nor the traitor Prince Nikola will ever let her live to keep it.

With Luka in the Historian's custody and the clock ticking down on his life, Audra has only one impossible chance to save him: find and kill the Historian and end the centuries-old war between the Progeny and Scions at last -- all while on the run as an international fugitive and struggling to control her growing powers.

With the help of a heretic monk and her Progeny friends Claudia, Piotrek, and Jester, Audra will risk everything she holds dear in a final bid to save them all. Love, action, and stunning revelations reign in this thrilling conclusion to The Progeny.

My Review:

While this is a sequel, Tosca Lee has included a great recap of The Progeny at the beginning of this book so it could be read as a standalone -- though I think the story is so complex and fantastical that readers will get much more out of it if they've read The Progeny first. And, because of those complexities, I really appreciated the recap -- even though I read the first book. Great way to kick-start my memory and get all the players in place in my mind.

A fast paced thriller with so many twists and turns I'm still a bit breathless. Including a couple of sucker-punch moments towards the end. Lee has created an intriguing underworld - a community in constant danger of being hunted and killed. Audra and Luka find themselves thrust into the fray as they fight to end the conflict and bring longed for peace after centuries of carnage.

Side note: Occasional mild language

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway is for an ebook.
If you would like a chance to win an ecopy of Firstborn, 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 October 15 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Amish Christmas Twins

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DAVIDS, PATRICIA
AMISH CHRISTMAS TWINS

The Widower's Christmas Wish

With Christmas just around the corner, widow Willa Chase will do anything to retain custody of her twin girls and unborn baby -- even if it means escaping to her childhood Amish home. After her grandfather turns her away, Willa finds herself stranded at the home of blacksmith John Miller. A widower, John buries himself in work -- until Willa's vibrant twins become impossible to ignore. And before long, John is smitten with their beautiful mother, too. But when Willa's past secrets are revealed, will they prevent John's Christmas wish for a happily-ever-after from coming true?

Christmas Twins : Twice blessed for the holiday season

My Review:

First things first -- adorable cover or what? If that doesn't melt your heart and make you want to read this book I don't know what will! I scooped it up without even reading the book blurb based on this cover and I'm glad I did because if I had read the blurb I might not have chanced the read. And that's because I'm not particularly fond of romances where the heroine is pregnant. It seems such a stretch for a woman who is clearly very recently out of a relationship to leap into another one so quickly. But, guess what? Patricia Davids does an amazing job with that aspect of the story and I totally enjoyed Amish Christmas Twins.

John is such a grump when Willa first meets him and I loved watching little Megan and Lucy slowly melt his heart, leaving it wide open to become smitten by their mother. Some of the funniest scenes are the interactions with John and the twins. And Vera, his mother -- such a hoot! I laughed out loud at her antics too.  Willa learns that God has been guiding her steps when she lands on the Miller doorstep. They are the perfect friends to help her ease back into Amish life and when she finally trusts John completely a whole new future suddenly opens up. A tender Christmas love story that will make you smile.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Amish Christmas Twins, 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 October 15 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

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MILLER, CAROLYN
THE DISHONORABLE MISS DELANCEY

Regency Brides : A Legacy of Grace

Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quiet of Brighton, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara's mama, the Viscountess Winpoole, is appalled as the new company she's keeping.

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won't let him ignore the penniless viscount's daughter -- not when she so obviously needs to be rescued from the despair that threatens her from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?

When they're pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regen'ts Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together -- without finances, family support, or royal favor?

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is full of the captivating, flawed characters, fascinating historical details, and masterful writing that Carolyn Miller's fans have come to expect.

My Review:

Alas, we have reached the end of this stunning debut Regency series and I should be wallowing in a woe-is-me-my-reading-nirvana-has-come-to-an-end-blues but some amazing news has pulled me out of my funk -- Carolyn Miller's NEW Regency series, Regency Brides : A Promise of Hope Book 1 releases in Spring 2018. I can almost wish Christmas over so I'll be able to read it sooner. :-)

At last we get Clara's story. For those who have read The Elusive Miss Ellison, you will recognize Clara as 'the other woman' who caused such concern for Lavinia and Nicholas. I enjoyed being righteously indignant over Clara's behaviour in that first book so did I really want to read an entire novel featuring her as a heroine? Well, yes, if Carolyn Miller is writing it! And, by the way, you don't need to have read The Elusive Miss Ellison in order to enjoy The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey but you just might feel it more if you have.

So Clara finds herself on the fringes of society after the 'scandal.' She is completely at the mercy of the gossiping 'ton'. And it doesn't help that her brother has made matters worse with his behaviour. Banished to Brighton for a time, she encounters the Kemsleys. The Captain (insert euphoric swooning and furious fanning here) and his sisters. Once again, Miller enchants with period dialogue and all its subtle nuances. The half-crooked smile, a simmering glare, a soft sigh of longing. It's no wonder my ecstatic readerly sighs ruffled pages all the way through. Simply exquisite.

And inspiring. I love the way this author incorporates a solid faith thread into her stories. Never stilted or preachy but unapologetically brazen in declaring the truth about Grace. Clara has a lot to learn about that and the Kemsley's are just the kind of friends willing to teach and share.

A stupendous conclusion to one of the best Regency series ever!

Book provided courtesy of Kregel Publications

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY: 

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, 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 that' it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 15 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Reader's Choice - Love Inspired

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Alas, I am Love Inspiredless. How did that happen? Guess it doesn't matter how it happened -- it just matters that I am significantly lacking in all things Love Inspired (aside from one book which I'll review later this week.) So I thought it would be fun to do a...drum roll please...

 Reader's Choice Love Inspired Giveaway Day!

To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below including the title of the book(s) in the Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense or Love Inspired Historical lines published in October, November or December 2017.

How does it work?

Easy peasy -- suggest a title in the comment section and if you win the draw, you win the book. You can suggest three different titles, but each one must be posted in a separate comment.

Here's a rundown of the rules:

Publication dates must be October, November or December 2017

Book suggestions must be within any of the three Love Inspired lines -- 
Love Inspired, Love Inspired Historical or Love Inspired Suspense.

You can enter three different titles
BUT
they need to be made in three separate comments
(makes it easier for me to tally)

No email entries for this giveaway
(too hard to keep track of)

Offer open to International Readers 

Please remember to include your email in at least one comment  
using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. 
If you do not leave your email it will be your responsibility to contact me if you are a winner.

Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 15 2017.

Good luck!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sweetbriar Cottage

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HUNTER, DENISE
SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE

Noah and Josephine discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job and settled at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage -- and botched divorce -- was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah's endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife -- still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he's ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she's never been loved unconditionally by anyone -- including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine's heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

My Review:

5 Tissue Box Alert! This is a powerful love story that's real and raw and emotionally gut-wrenching. My tummy is still doing flip-flops and my heart feels bruised. What a testimony of unconditional love -- both the Grace that was extended to us on the cross and the grace we offer to one another. Not an easy read by any means but so worth the emotional bludgeoning. The kind of story that transforms the reader. Convicts anew.

Artfully told through present day and flashbacks, Hunter painstakingly lays out a story of despair that turns into triumph. A shattered marriage. Two broken people. I was on tenterhooks the entire read. Often left reeling after one disclosure or another. And there are so many unexpected twists in the plot! A romance so deeply intimate that I felt an intruder at times.

This is so much more than a story about two people who discover they aren't actually divorced. That premise is captivating enough for a romance novel. But it's where Hunter takes us that makes this an exceptional read. There's so much more I want to say but I don't want to reveal plot details. Sweetbriar Cottage is definitely a fantastic candidate for a book club selection. In fact, I might just create a club so I can book talk to my heart's content! Definitely on my top ten reads of 2017 (if I was into making up top ten lists.)

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Sweetbriar Cottage, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadAT yahooDOTca. If you add your email address to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If 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 October 15 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October Giveaway - Week Two


We have 2 winners thanks to Trixi who has an extra copy of Deadly Proof and generously offered to share it with one of the winners. Woot! Thank you, Trixi!
WON BY MELANIE AND KITKAT

WON BY MOM IS READING

WON BY KAREN HADLEY

WON BY WENDY NEWCOMB

WON BY PAULA

WON BY PAM K.

As always, I will contact the winners by email, however, 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 frame. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited. 

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK:



And, since I'm short on Love Inspired books at the moment, I thought it would be fun to do a Reader's Choice Love Inspired Giveaway -- books published any time between Oct - Dec 2017.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

When Zeffie got a Clue

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DARTY, PEGGY
WHEN ZEFFIE GOT A CLUE

A cold case murder is just warming up

It's an ordinary day in Summer Breeze, Florida when a young, wide-eyed girl steps into I Saw It First, the trash-to-treasure shop Christy Castleman and her Aunt Bobbie have opened. Clutching a jewelry box, Zeffie Adams tells Christy she needs money to pay for Grandmother's medical bills, prompting Christy to offer this curious visitor more than the jewelry box is worth -- or so she thinks.

But complicated questions form when Christy rips out the box's lining and uncovers a clue to a cold case murder mystery from eight years ago. Despite caution from her family and handsome boyfriend Dan Brockman, Christy decides to do a little detective work of her own. After all, the infamous murder happened close to her grandmother's farm. How risky could it be to take the jewelry box back to Strickland plantation and ask around about it?

Soon Christy finds there is more to the small box than someone wants her to know. A jewelry theft. A mansion murder. Dangerous family secrets buried in history. Can Christy convince others to let go of the past before it's too late?

My Review:

published in 2008
My thanks to my public library for keeping me supplied in quality retro reads

An enthralling cozy mystery sweetened with faith and romance. Little Zeffie is a scene stealer all the way through. Absolutely love where this story takes her. And Christy has the perfect inquiring mind so necessary for an amateur sleuth. Yes, it drives her parents and boyfriend a little crazy, but they love her anyway. And so did this reader as I followed her exploits -- asking questions, chasing down clues, facing danger -- right along with her. The perfect page-turner of a mystery to curl up with on a chilly autumn evening (or any other time.)

When Zeffie Got a Clue is the third book in this cozy mystery series. Though it was preceded by When the Sandpiper Calls and When Bobbie Sang the Blues -- two books I haven't read -- I had no trouble following along with this one. Zeffie reads perfectly fine as a standalone -- other then the progression of the romance, I guess, which would have developed throughout all the books. But nothing to spoil this read.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

The Rancher's Mistletoe Bride

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KEMERER, JILL
THE RANCHER'S MISTLETOE BRIDE

Coming home for Christmas

Wedding planner Lexi Harrington needs a manager for her inherited Wyoming ranch. Clint Romine is the perfect man for the job, but the ruggedly handsome cowboy soon presents a new dilemma - distraction. Lexi can't fall for the small-town rancher when she's planning to return to her big-city career after the holidays. Home has always been elusive for former foster kid Clint. Working alongside Lexi at Rock Step Ranch feels too cozy -- and too risky. Opening up to her means revealing a secret about his past that could jeopardize everything he holds dear. This Christmas, can Clint learn to trust Lexi with the truth...and with his heart?

Wyoming Cowboys: Following their hearts home

My Review:

How on earth is the only the first book I've read by Jill Kemerer?! This is her sixth book with Love Inspired and I'm just getting on  board now? I need to hand in my avid reader card and go sit in the corner and think about what I've done...or not done...as in read the first five books by this author.

Absolutely love this cowboy-centric love story! And it's really has a huge modern-day cowboy focus which is divine. As is cattle dog, Banjo! He knows hero material when he sees it and he sees it in Clint even though Clint wouldn't agree. This cowboy hero really touched my heart. And this story is a powerful illustration of how our own doubts about our self-worth can stand in the way of God's greater plans for us.

Clint comes from a rough background and he tries to compensate by holding himself to unrealistic standards that he has no hope of ever meeting. He's positive that he's not good enough for Lexi so, even though he's attracted from the get go, he makes a concerted effort to not do anything about that attraction. Talk about a slew of almost toe-curling moments. I was on romantical tenterhooks the whole read.

And Lexi isn't much better because she's got her whole life mapped out and that's happening in Denver not Wyoming so she's got to nip this crushing on her new ranch manager in the bud. Gotta love two stubborn people who are obviously good for each other digging in their heels while trying to prove they are not!

A delightfully frustrating love story that kept me glued to the page until I heaved a big sigh of satisfied relief when I reached 'the end.'

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Seekers

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BRUNSTETTER, WANDA E.
THE SEEKERS

Married for ten years with no children to help fill her days, Heidi Troyer comes up with the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cooking in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. During each of the classes, Heidi teaches a variety of skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her five students.

A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer's farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students. But Heidi's cooking lessons soon turn to life lessons as they each share the challenges they are facing. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea of cooking classes?

My Review:

Wanda Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre and she has over 10 million books sold! Her classic storytelling style lends itself well to the Amish genre. Using multiple viewpoints, Brunstetter weaves a surprising tale of diverse souls finding grace and hope for the future through the quiet service of a gentle Amish woman.

Heidi has no idea that she'll be teaching more than cooking when she starts up her classes. Inspired to include a scripture with every recipe card she hands out, we get to see how the Word influences the lives of her students. Sweet and funny and poignant. There's even a light romance that flourishes in the group. I was really touched by the difference one woman made as she followed God's leading in her life.

An inspiring, feel good story that illustrates the power we can all have to reflect God's light in the world.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Framed for Murder

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ALFORD, MARY
FRAMED FOR MURDER

Falsely Accused

Framed for helping her partner smuggle guns -- and then murdering him -- CIA agent Liz Ramirez must find the evidence that will prove her innocence...before she's caught or killed. So when her squad's leader attempts to bring her in for questioning, she knows her future depends on convincing Aaron Foster to go rogue and help her. On the run from the rest of her team and the gun dealers who are convinced she knows the location of their missing weapons, Liz risks losing the proof that would clear her name. But will eluding her pursuers -- and trying not to fall for the handsome commander -- prove to be fatal?

My Review:

Phew! Intense from the very first page. Liz being framed for murder made the whole suspense thread even edgier. And there isn't just one bad guy after her -- there's a legion of them. And it's a relentless pursuit! Thankfully fellow agent and friend, Aaron Foster is willing to go rogue in order to prove her innocence...if they don't get killed first! There's tons of action scenes interspersed with some tender romantical ones. These two are a bit commitment shy but as the danger amps up Liz and Aaron are forced to get their priorities straight and a happily ever after becomes their end goal.

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