Tuesday, February 28, 2017

{Blog Tour The Fiction Guild} An Amish Home: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid

My Thoughts:  I love novellas!  This book has four short stories of what is takes to make an Amish home.  
The first story, A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman, is about Sarah Lantz who dreams of having the perfect husband, the perfect family, and the perfect home.  She feels that she is going to achieve this perfect life when she marries Abram.  And then that one fateful day changes "perfect" when Sarah becomes confined to a wheel chair.  Her cup seems half full.  A sweet story of how life changes can become blessings in disguise.
Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston is about a couple who is down on their luck, Chace and Mia O'Connor lose their nice apartment with all of its modern conveniences when they simply don't have enough money.  But Chace's Amish boss offers him the daadihaus when he learns of their predicament.  The young couple is not thrilled with the idea of living in a rustic hut. 😊 This is their story of love and learning the Amish way.
Kathleen Fuller writes a somewhat funny story about Faith Miller an Amish builder in Building Faith.  Carpentry is not exactly lady like nor is it what most Amish young women are doing.  But Faith loves to build with her hands and she is great at  it!  When Faith is asked by her cousin to build new cabinets in her home Faith is ready until she learns that she'll be working along side her ex-finacee, Silas. Oh.what.a.story!   
And then Ruth Reid writes about A Flicker of Hope for a married couple.
Thomas and Noreen King were all in love and happy until the trails of life began to pound on their doorstep.  At each pound came the crumbling of the heart.  Soon they feel that there is no hope for their love and then their home is burned to the ground.  As they search the rubble for belongings that may have survived they see a rich history to their love.  An unusual but thought provoking love story.

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0529118696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529118691

Monday, February 27, 2017

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (A spectacular second round!)

Book Description: Four brides. One Dress. 
A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.
Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift . . . and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress…or feel certain she should marry Tim? 
Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new―shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and  timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been “redeemed.” 
Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history―and its new bride―begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the timeless beauty of finding true love.

My Thoughts:  I love the cover of this book!  Weddings bring about a lot of pleasant thoughts...who doesn't love a wedding?
As I began reading about Charlotte I immediately liked her.  She loves helping make a bride's dream come true by helping a bride pick just the right dress at her bridal shop.
One day, on a whim, she decides to go to a local estate sale, not intending to buy anything.  But once there she is drawn to an old wooden trunk.  The auctioneer seems to draw her into the bidding and, lo and behold, before she knows what has happened Charlotte has bid on the old trunk and won!
The old trunk holds a treasure of years gone by.  When Charlotte discovers the wedding dress in the trunk's depths she sets out on a one woman crusade to find out the history of the wedding dress.  This crusade takes her from woman to another, four in all. Emily, Mary Grace, and well...Tim! πŸ˜‰
This is read is romance/mystery without all the "yucky" stuff.  Just good clean reading with christian references to God.  
A great read!  
This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*

  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1st edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595549633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595549631

Two New Books . . .


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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommendby Katarina Bivald.

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen . . . 
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor―there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair.
You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You’d need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy’s house is full of them), and . . . customers.
The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.
A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.
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What Happened on Beale Street by Mary Ellis.

A cryptic plea for help from a childhood friend sends cousins Nate and Nicki Price from New Orleans to Memphis, the home of scrumptious barbecue and soulful blues music. When they arrive at Danny Andre’s last known address, they discover signs of a struggle and a lifestyle not in keeping with the former choirboy they fondly remember.
Danny’s sister, Isabelle, reluctantly accepts their help. She and Nate aren’t on the best of terms due to a complicated past, yet they will have to get beyond that if they want to save Danny.
On top of Danny’s alarming disappearance and his troubled relationship with Isabelle, Nate also has to rein in his favorite cousin’s overzealousness as a new and eager PI. Confronted with a possible murder, mystery, and mayhem in the land of the Delta blues, Nate must rely on his faith and investigative experience to keep one or more of them from getting killed.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Legend of the Sand Dollar, Newly Illustrated Edition: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter by Chris Auer (Author), Richard Cowdrey (Illustrator)

Book Description:  This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Sand Dollar renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Chris Auer. With new vibrant artwork from Bad Dog, Marleyillustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Sand Dollar tells the story of Kerry, as her cousin Jack reveals to her the deeper meaning of Easter hidden within something as small as a sand dollar. This Easter tale reminds everyone everywhere that when Jesus died for us and was resurrected, he promised hope for all.

My Thoughts:  I love, love children's books!  Especially the books that not only have wonderful illustrations but a great story line, too.
This is the newly illustrated edition...you may notice that the front cover is updated and all of the illustrations in the book are different than the original book.  
I love this updated version.  Of course, I've always thought the story was nice and inspirational.
Kerry and her cousin, Jack, and the sweet puppy take a short trip on their "pond" in Jack's small boat.
When they come to the beach they find a sand dollar and Jack tells Kerry "the greatest story of all" about what the sand dollar means.
This is a delightful book.  And the illustrations are so nice and real.
 I especially love the following picture taken directly out of the book:
And children LOVE this story!
The class I read it to, sat in rapt attention.
And it makes a lovely gift for Easter or spring!

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Illustrated edition edition (February 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310749808


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

A great recipe of comfort food from Southern Living!
This will be for Easter lunch!


Ingredients:
  • 3 cups milk 
  • large eggs 
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • medium-size ripe bananas 
  • (1-lb.) package peanut butter sandwich cookies
  • 2 cups sweetened whipped cream 
  • Garnishes: peanut butter sandwich cookies, dried banana chips, fresh mint sprigs
  • Preparation:

    1. 1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted.
    2. 2. Fill a large bowl with ice. Place saucepan in ice, and let stand, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly chilled.
    3. 3. Meanwhile, cut bananas into 1/4-inch slices. Break cookies into thirds.
    4. 4. Spoon half of pudding mixture into a 3-qt. bowl or pitcher. Top with bananas and cookies. Spoon remaining pudding mixture over bananas and cookies. Top with sweetened whipped cream. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Garnish, if desired.
    5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Nabisco Nutter Butter® Sandwich Cookies. For photography, we divided mixture between 2 (1 1/2- to 2-qt.) wide-mouthed pitchers.
    6. Shortcut Nutter Butter®-Banana Pudding Trifle: Omit eggs, sugar, flour, and butter. Substitute thawed extra creamy whipped topping for sweetened whipped cream. Reduce vanilla to 1 tsp. Place 3 cups milk and vanilla in large bowl; add 2 (3.4-oz.) packages vanilla instant pudding mix. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until thickened; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream. Proceed with recipe as directed in Steps 2 through 4.
    7. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding and Pie Filling and Cool Whip Extra Creamy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Murder on the Moor (A Drew Farthering Mystery) by Julianna Deering

Book Description:  At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a BrontΓ« hero. There have been several worrisome incidents out on the moor--property destroyed, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered--and worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church.

Drew's friend is obviously smitten with his bride of eight months, though it's hard to imagine what she sees in the awkward man. Drew can't help wondering if her affections lie more with the man's money and estate, while her romantic interests focus on their fiery Welsh gamekeeper. As the danger grows ever closer, it's up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it's too late.

My Thoughts:  Drew and Madeline Fathering are called by a friend to come to Bloodworth Lodge by Yorkshire moors (hence the title of this book) because strange and mysterious things have been going on.
Drew finds it "funny" that his friend is smitten with his new bride and the bride seems smitten with her funny and somewhat awkward new husband.  Drew seems to think she is out for his friend's money because she seems to have her eyes on the gamekeeper.
Now you see that "prejudices" that Drew has against the new bride.  He must look beyond his prejudices to find the murderer and to sort out the problems.
This novel is full of glamorous people, misty moors, unseen beasts, poachers, old problems and new loves.  And just when one thinks that's "it" a twist!
This is the fifth novel in the Drew Fathering books but one does not have to read the previous books to enjoy this read. Each book is a stand alone read.
I loved this cozy mystery! This is my favorite of all the Drew Fathering mysteries and I've read them all. 

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*

Other Drew Fathering Mysteries:






  • Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 31, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076421828X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218286

Monday, February 20, 2017

Really Woolly Easter Blessings Board book by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

Book Description:  Winter’s nap is over, and new life is all around!
 Flowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. And the Really Woolly characters are discovering God’s goodness all around them. Curl up with your little one, and join the fun while learning about the hope of Easter and springtime!

My Thoughts:  Since I buy quite a few of the Really Woolly cards to send to people I thought that this board book would be a nice collection to our library.
I'm always on the lookout for cute, durable books for our Nursery class at church.
So, when I received this sweet board book I was happily surprised to see that not only is it durable but it's also quite colorful.  Kids love color!
The story of Easter is cute.  
My only complaint for this book is that it is rather long for toddler attention spans.  There is a poem, a Bible reference and a short prayer and has a nice, colorful illustration.  This is more like a child's devotional book.  
I chose to read the poem and show the picture...this worked well and the children didn't get word exhaustion.  Toddler's have short attention spans. πŸ˜‰
It was unanimous, though, we all loved the illustrations!  πŸ’—

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Really Woolly
  • Board book: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Brdbk edition (February 21, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718092562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718092566

Sunday, February 19, 2017


My Thoughts: Who doesn't love weddings?  And when Rachel Hauck pens a story about a wedding one knows it will be a great read.  Plus the book covers are so beautiful!  Makes one just want to delve into the story!
The Wedding Shop is "back and forth" story about Haley and Cora.  Their stories are intertwined thought out 80 years and they both revolve around a wedding dress.
Haley is a somewhat tired.worn out young woman just out of the Air Force.  So, when she heads home to Heart's Bend, TN she decides to reopen the wedding shop.  Now the shop is worn out and in need of repairs somewhat like Haley.  
The stories of Cora's romantic relationships and Haley's romantic relationships are somewhat "paralleled" in this story...that is the back and forth of the story.
I, aslo, like this story because my name is in it...Tammy is the best friend of Haley and together they had a dream.
A sweet story with lots of romance and dreams!



*This book was provided for review by The Thomas Nelson Street Team*

In case you missed the first two books:





  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 16, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031034154X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341543

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Hope Unseen (Escape to the West, Book 2) by Nerys Leigh

It may be there are some things even true love can't overcome.

Sara Worthing is determined that she'll only marry for love, even if it means becoming a mail order 
bride and moving all the way across America to find it. When she finally meets farmer Daniel Raine, 
she has no doubt she's made the right choice. Daniel is everything he was in his letters and more. 
Kind, strong, caring, impossibly handsome, and his deepest desire is for a wife and family to love.
 He's everything Sara has been dreaming of.

Until the accident.

When Daniel suffers a terrible injury that throws all his careful plans into doubt, he 
sinks into despair, pushing both God and his new wife away. As her dreams fall apart, a man 
Sara met on the train repeatedly turns up at the farm insisting her husband has failed her and 
only he can keep her safe. And he seems unable to take no for an answer.

A Hope Unseen is the second book in the Christian historical romance series Escape to the West. 
All the novels cover the same period of time and can be read on their own, but hints as to what 
is happening in the other books of the series do come into each story. For maximum 
enjoyment and minimum spoilers, it's best to read the series in order!

FREE EBOOK HERE

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} The Dog Who Was There

Book Description:  No one expected Barley to have an encounter with the Messiah. He was homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he was a dog. But through Barley’s eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we’ve never experienced before.

Barley’s story begins in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife who find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. Tales of a special teacher from Galilee are reaching their tiny village, but when life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries the lessons of forgiveness and love out of the woodcarver’s home and through the dangerous roads of Roman-occupied Judea.
On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told.

My Thoughts:  First of all this story begins VERY slowly, I guess to build up to some sort of action.  Secondly, and this may just be me, but I had a real problem with a dog telling/feeling a story about the love of our Savior.  

As much as I like dogs I'm just not sure that a dog can understand how great the love and sacrifice of our Savior was for us, humans. 

This was just not my kind.of story.  Too many "issues" for me.  

And I'm pretty liberal with my praise for books...authors take a lot of time and energy to tell great stories.  Unfortunately, this just isn't one of them.

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild/Thomas Nelson*

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 31, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071808392X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718083922

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

Love this recipe from Southern Living!  
This is one of the BEST breads I've ever made or eaten!  
It's more of a dessert...a moist, tasty pound cake! 

INGREDIENTS


  •  1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • (8-oz.) container sour cream 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • large eggs 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped, peeled Granny Smith apples (about 3/4 lb.) 
  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

Preparation


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 1/2 cup pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 4 minutes.
  2. 2. Beat sour cream and next 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until blended.
  3. 3. Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients. Add to sour cream mixture, beating just until blended. Stir in apples and 1/2 cup toasted pecans. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup chopped pecans; lightly press pecans into batter.
  4. 4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, shielding with aluminum foil after 50 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack.
  5. 5. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a 1-qt. heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, and spoon over top of bread; let cool completely (about 1 hour).
  6. Note: To freeze, cool bread completely; wrap in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble

Book Description:  Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.
When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.
Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.
To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.
But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?

My Thoughts:  Anytime Colleen Coble writes a new story I grab it.  She is one of my to.go.authors. 

As I began reading Because You're Mine I was immediately immersed in the story of Alanna and her unborn child.  

Alanna has not had the best of luck.  So, when her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour.... it seems that her life will not get better.  Poor Alanna!  It seems that life goes from bad to worse.  But there is always hope and Alanna holds on to life and hope for herself and her unborn child.  An interesting part of this story for me was the strong bond that a mother has for her child even her unborn child. And all that she will do to protect her child.

There are twist and turns in this spellbinding read!  

Of course, there are a couple of characters in this read that seem all to real and not likable at all.  But in true "Colleen Coble fashion" the twists come when the reader least expects them.

This is one of those reads that the mystery/suspense reader will not want to miss! πŸ’•

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild/Thomas Nelson*

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (January 10, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718083806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718083809





Monday, February 13, 2017

An Amish Home: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid

My Thoughts:  I love novellas!  This book has four short stories of what is takes to make an Amish home.  
The first story, A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman, is about Sarah Lantz who dreams of having the perfect husband, the perfect family, and the perfect home.  She feels that she is going to achieve this perfect life when she marries Abram.  And then that one fateful day changes "perfect" when Sarah becomes confined to a wheel chair.  Her cup seems half full.  A sweet story of how life changes can become blessings in disguise.
Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston is about a couple who is down on their luck, Chace and Mia O'Connor lose their nice apartment with all of its modern conveniences when they simply don't have enough money.  But Chace's Amish boss offers him the daadihaus when he learns of their predicament.  The young couple is not thrilled with the idea of living in a rustic hut. 😊 This is their story of love and learning the Amish way.
Kathleen Fuller writes a somewhat funny story about Faith Miller an Amish builder in Building Faith.  Carpentry is not exactly lady like nor is it what most Amish young women are doing.  But Faith loves to build with her hands and she is great at  it!  When Faith is asked by her cousin to build new cabinets in her home Faith is ready until she learns that she'll be working along side her ex-finacee, Silas. Oh.what.a.story!   
And then Ruth Reid writes about A Flicker of Hope for a married couple.
Thomas and Noreen King were all in love and happy until the trails of life began to pound on their doorstep.  At each pound came the crumbling of the heart.  Soon they feel that there is no hope for their love and then their home is burned to the ground.  As they search the rubble for belongings that may have survived they see a rich history to their love.  An unusual but thought provoking love story.


*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0529118696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529118691

An Uncommon Protector (A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story) by Shelley Shepard Gray


Book Description:  Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post.
The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.
When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.
Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.
But when cattle start dying and Laurel’s life is threatened, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He’s a trustworthy hero, and he needs more than just his freedom—he needs her love and care too.

My Thoughts:  It's been awhile since I've read a book by Shelley Shepard Gray.  So, I was quite excited to receive this new book.

Poor Laurel Tracey. . . both her brother and her father have died in battle and then her mother dies soon after.  Laurel is left trying to hold on to the family ranch.  And it's not a small ranch...two hundred acres!  But Laurel is tough and no one is going to take what is hers.  She's gutsy too!

Then to top it all off she discovers that squatters are living in the north pasture and are not leaving!  (shame on them!)

Laurel doesn't have much cash but by "accident" she learns of a former soldier, Thomas Baker, sho has landed himself in  a heap o' trouble.  Laurel decides to use the last of her cash to get him out of jail.

Thomas thinks Laurel is so pretty and strong.  Anyway, he owes her so he has decided not to get attached to her but to work hard and pay her back for helping him.

But then Laurel's cattle begin to die and her life is threatened. So, together Laurel and Thomas work hard to save the ranch and Thomas looks after Laurel.

I loved this historical novel, the second one in the Lone Star Hero's series.  And you don't have to live in Texas to love this story!


*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Series: A Lone Star Hero's Love Story
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310345421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310345428