Thursday, February 28, 2019

{Barbour Review Crew} Convergence by Ginny Yttrup

Book Description:  Psychology professor Dr. Denilyn Rossi contends that the past is either a shadow that haunts us or a force that propels us. The choice is ours, she tells her students. What she doesn’t tell them is that her own past is a shadow she can’t seem to shake. Fear has immobilized her and is taking a costly toll.
Adelia Sanchez, however, has embraced Dr. Rossi’s teaching. She is ready to confront fear and render it powerless—using the trauma of her past to propel her to entrap the man who stalked and brutally attacked her.
As Denilyn’s past and Adelia’s present converge at the Kaweah River, a dangerous man bent on destruction threatens them both. Will he uncover the secret Deni and Adelia have fought so hard to protect?

My Thoughts:  I was SO excited to see that another book was written by Ginny Yttrup.
I love her stories!  
And this story did not disappoint.
There are two women with pasts that include alot of fear.  Two women trying to get over their past.  And both women have a secret.
Oh.my!  The twists and turns in this suspenseful read had me at chapter three.  It took two chapters for me to get into the story and "see" what was going on.  But I know how Mrs. Yttrup writes so I was willing to wade into the story.
Once the reader gets into the story there is no going back.  Kind of like the two women in the story...once they were in ..... in for a penny, in for a pound.
The reader is taken on a trip of sorts.  It's a thrill of suspense and a pondering of mystery.  
Loved, loved this read so much so that I read it all cover to cover in one afternoon.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing 
and was under no obligation to post a review*

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (March 1, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683227883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683227885

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday} Chocolate Muffins

Sometimes I just need something chocolate! 
 And this is one of the best chocolate muffin recipes I found on Pinterest!
*of course, I didn't have some of the ingredients so changed it up a bit =)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed (No coconut oil so used canola =)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (I just used regular flour, turned out fine)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate ( I didn't have dark chocolate so used chocolate chips =)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine juice, oil, and brown sugar. Blend on medium-low until mixture is well-combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.
  4. Add flour mixture to oil mixture and blend on low to combine. Scrape down bowl and blend again until moistened. Stir in chocolate.
  5. Divide batter into muffin cups and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched.
  6. Place the muffin pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Invert muffins onto the wire rack to continue cooling or serve them ooey gooey warm

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The White City: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime by Grace Hitchcock

Book Description:  While attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a policeman, for bodyguard.

My Thoughts:  I was so excited to learn that there will be a bevy of books, each with a different color about historical true crimes in America and by different authors.  How exciting!
So begin with is White~White City.
This true crime takes place at the Chicago World's Fair where a lot of people including criminals will come to see and steal.
As Winnifred Wylde (gotta love her name) is having tea with a "possible suitor" it becomes quite apparent to Winnifred that this suitor just isn't going to work for her so as she is daydreaming and looking out the window at the crowd she sees a man grab a young woman's arm and pull her into a deserted alley.  Because the young woman was fighting for her arm to be released, Winnifred realizes that this is not good.  So, she takes after the people with the possible suitor following...the possible suitor can't keep up and sits down to rest.  Winnifred keeps going but loses the couple in the crowd.
When she realizes she can't find the couple Winnifred goes to her father, Inspector Wylde for help.  Her father dismisses her notions as silly and wants to get back to work.  
But her father is worried about her and asks his newbie, Jude Thorpe, to go keep an eye on his daughter-without being seen.
This is a fantastic read!  I loved, loved it!  
And am anxiously awaiting the next true colors mystery!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing 
and was under no obligation to post a review*

  • Series: True Colors
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (March 1, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683228685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683228684

Monday, February 25, 2019

GOD IS My Refuge {12 weeks of devotions and scripture memory for troubles times} by Kathy Howard

Book Description:  In this daily devotional, Kathy Howard combines Scripture reading, insightful commentary, personal reflection, and Scripture memory to help women draw closer to God and experience his help in the midst of life's trials.
''In this world you will have trouble.'' Jesus said it and our life experiences prove it. From financial need and illness to loss and broken relationships, every Christian woman encounters difficulties. Most believe God can help, but many don't know where to go in the Bible to find the comfort, peace, and guidance he longs to give.God Is My Refuge provides the direction Christian women need to discover, understand, and apply the ''ever-present help'' that only God can give.
Each devotional includes five components to guide readers through a well-rounded time with God. Through these components readers will have the opportunity to hear from God through the Bible, understand biblical truths, apply these truths to their lives, respond to God in prayer, and equip themselves through Scripture memory.

My Thoughts:  I enjoy devotionals.  Devotionals are encouraging, short and give the reader a daily "lift" of spiritual insight.  I like to have a devotional book on my bedside table, on my e reader and I even carry one in my purse for those times I sit patiently in the doctor's office or for those moments I wait for my child in the long car line.
I have quite a collection of devotionals.  But I must say that Kathy Howard's, GOD IS refuge, is by far one of the best I've yet to read.
The devotionals are in weeks, then the weeks are put into days.  A whole year of encouragement and scripture memory.
On p. 49, Day Two, Accept No Substitutions, really caught my attention.  The verse at the top of the page is Hebrews 13:5-6 and the weekly memory verse is Romans 8:39.  Then there is a short, encouraging devotional.  The next page continues with a Reflect and Apply, A Prayer Prompt and A Memory Minute.  I truly like the Memory Minute because putting the Word of God into one's heart is the most important aspect of studying God's Word.
This is not a big book but it is packed with mounds of encouragement and scripture.
It is a great devotional for gift giving.  I'm thinking it will make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day!  But if you love devotionals as much as I do I know you'll want to buy this book for yourself, too!
*This book was provided for review by Leafwood Publishers*
MEET THE AUTHOR: 
Kathy Howard calls herself a "confused southerner." Raised in Louisiana, she has moved with her engineer husband around the U.S. and Canada. She says "pop" instead of "Coke" and "you guys" as often as "ya'll." But those things are just superficial - she's still a southern girl at heart!

Kathy has been teaching the Bible for over 20 years to a varied audience - everyone from middle school students to teen moms to church leaders. She has a Masters in Christian Education from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary. Kathy served on a church staff in Midland, Texas for the last five years until her family's recent move to the Houston area.

Kathy and her husband have three children, a son-in-law, and one precious grandson. When the family gets together there are also four dogs in the mix. Kathy writes to have something to do while she drinks coffee and eats chocolate. Find out about her books and speaking ministry and get discipleship tools and leader helps at her website: www.kathyhoward.org.

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089112330X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891123309






Friday, February 22, 2019

The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel

Book Description:  As a counselor, Sophia Barrett is trained to help people cope with their burdens. But when she meets a new patient whose troubles mirror her own, she realizes she hasn’t dealt with the pain of her recent past. After making a snap decision to get away for the summer, Sophia moves overseas to an apartment above a charming bookstore in Cornwall, England. She is hopeful she will find peace there surrounded by her favorite thing: great literature. 
Bookstore owner Ginny Rose is desperate to save her business without asking for help from a husband who’s decided to take a break from their marriage. Ginny never imagined she’d be solely responsible for keeping afloat her husband’s dream, but the unexpected friendship with her new renter has her feeling more optimistic. Between the two of them—and Ginny’s brother-in-law, William—the bookstore might stand a chance. 
Then Sophia finds a notebook in the bookstore that contains journal entries from Emily Fairfax, a governess who lived in Cornwall more than 150 years ago. Sophia learns that Emily harbored a secret passion for becoming an authoress—as well as a deep love for her childhood friend, Edward, whose station she dared not dream to touch. 

My Thoughts:  Three people, three stories and a bookstore.  
A new to me author and a wonderful read.
This novel is all about a charming bookstore in an English village.  The bookstore though is a catalyst for people who need each other and need "something" in their lives.
Sophia moves from the States to England to live  above the bookstore .  She is seeking peace and needs to make amends with her past.
Ginny owns the bookstore but due to unforeseen life changes...her husband needs break form their marriage....Ginny isn't sure she can handle everything.  But then her friendship with Sophia changes her outlook on life.
Then from the far past, when Sophia finds a journal in the bookstore, and reading begins reading it so many things come together and makes sense.
This is kind of like three books in one since three are three people involved in different years.  The author does a great job of keeping the stories flowing and relatable.

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 26, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718075722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718075729

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

Another GREAT Pinterest crockpot chili for those cold days!

2 chicken breasts, still frozen
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can corn kernels, do not drain
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 T cumin 
1 t chili powder 
1 t onion powder 
1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese

 Put the chicken in the crock pot. Top with the corn, drained and rinsed beans, ranch dressing, cumin, onion and chili powders, stir to combine then top with the cream cheese. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Matter of Heart (Lone Star Brides) by Tracie Peterson

Book Description:  Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two new men come into her life, and both manage to stir her heart.
Harrison Gable is a successful young lawyer with ambitions that match Jessica's dreams. His warm, attentive manner and thoughtful gifts make her feel special.
Austin Todd, a former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But after learning of forged gold certificates and missing printing plates, he's drawn back into the world of intrigue and agrees to help solve the case. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes. 
If Jessica follows her heart, where will it lead?

My Thoughts:  Tracie Peterson is another favorite author of mine.  In A Matter of Heart we meet Jessica Atherton.  Jessica is a Texan. . . I love books about Texas!  Anyway, Jessica was all set to marry and her intended ran off and married another.
Then enter not one but two eligible men!  Harrison is a lawyer, warm and attentive to Jessica. Austin in a Secret Service Agent.  
This is not a spoiler alert---I kept rooting for Austin because well, his name is Texan and he's kind.of tough and mysterious.  I love that he's a secret service agent.  I liked Harrison, too, but lawyers are a dime a dozen.
When forged gold certificates and printing plates are missing Austin is on the job.  
There's mystery and intrigue in.this.here book!  And as a reader I enjoyed it immensely!
This is the third book in the Lone Star (Texas, ya know) Brides "series." I didn't get a change to read the first two books and was not lost because this is a stand alone read!
This is a great read by Tracie Peterson!  Enough good clean romance and mystery to keep the reader involved and turning the pages!  Enjoy!!


Series: Lone Star Brides (Book 3)


  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210602

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Smitten Book Club by by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, Diann Hunt

Book Description:  The century-old Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best pick yet!
The thick, leathery tome Heather pulled out of the dusty cardboard box was definitely coming home with her. Not only was The Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship an appealing curiosity by virtue of its title; it was also written by Smitten, Vermont native Pearl Chambers, a local gentlewoman from three generations back.
Little did Heather know the repercussions this little curiosity would have on her and her friends’ romantic exploits.
When Heather and her fellow book club members begin passing the book around, their respective interpretations are unleashed on their respective love lives . . . for better or for worse. Is it a mystery? An idealist fantasy? An intimation of Jane Austen? As romantic love finds its way to each woman, the Guideproves itself both surprisingly prescient and hilariously irrelevant.
What’s more, a handwritten inscription indicates that the arcane book might hold the only extant clues leading to buried gold—exactly what one of the members needs to keep her house. How could they not go treasure hunting?
My Thoughts:  Love is in the air! February is here and with this cold.stay.indoors.month the reader will want books that are fun and uplifting!  So here's a great "love month" read!
It's interesting that four authors wrote stories about four ladies - Heather, Abby, Molly and Elliana (Lia)- who live in Smitten, Vermont and they all belong to the Smitten Book Club.
The story centers around a book found at a rummage sale titled the Gentlewoman's Guide to Love & Courtship.  It's a treasure hunt of sorts as Heather, Abby, Molly and Lia try to find "clues" that will help them become better women (wives/friends).  The "clues" are interesting and give a lot of character development.  There's an ongoing mystery throughout the read.  When the ladies gather together for this Smitten Book Club they also cook some fine food together.  A fun community of book lovers and friends.
This is such a fun, light read.  Each character is unique and adds to the "life" of this read.  
On a sad note, this is the last of the Smitten reads that these four friends will write together because in November 2013 Diann Hunt passed away.  

  • *This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401687164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401687168

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Island Girl: A Triumph of the Spirit by Norma J. Doughtery

Book Description:  Norma Dougherty's, Island Girl, is an inspirational story for women. Norma takes you inside her journey from poor farm girl to world traveler as Miss Dominion of Canada and as a contestant in the Miss World, Miss Universe, Queen of the Pacific, and semi-finalist in Miss International.

My Thoughts:  Every once in awhile I find a book that is out of my ordinary genre.  This is one of those books.
Every woman, every young lady wants to be liked, needed and loved...not necessarily in that order.  And sometimes as that young woman emerges in life, life does not go as expected.  But, yet, as with Norma J. Doughtery we learn that God can and will help us if we only trust Him.
First of all, this story grabbed my attention because Lucy Maud Montgomery is Mrs. Doughtery's maternal grandmother's second cousin...Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote one of my favorite books, ever, Anne of Green Gables.
And it seems that the writing gene is strong because Mrs. Doughtery has written a memoir that captures the spirit of a woman who has had some hardships, made a few mistakes in life but knows that it's only her trust and relationship with God that will get her through life.
This is a wonderful story/memoir that I encourage every woman and young lady to read.
I truly enjoyed this read.  

You can purchase it here:   http://normajdougherty.com/books/  or on Amazon 

*Special thanks to the author for generously providing me with a book*

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Elm Hill (August 14, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595540938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595540935

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday} 8 Can Taco Soup

I, again, found another grand recipe on Pinterest.                        It's fast and easy!
Now we like beef better than chicken so I changed it up slightly.  If you like chicken just follow the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (15.25 oz.) can sweet corn, drained
  • 1 (12.5 oz.) can white chicken breast, drained  (changed to 1        package cooked ground beef)
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken soup (changed to cream of mushroom)
  • 1 (10 oz.) can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth (changed to beef broth)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning

Directions:


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large pot.
  2. Heat until warm, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A Matter of Trust (A Mia Quinn Mystery) by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

Book Description:  When life is murder, who can you trust?
One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute there’s a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death.
Mia’s a natural for heading up the murder investigation, but these days she has all she can do to hold her life together. As a new widow with a pile of debts, a troubled teenaged son, and a four-year-old who wakes up screaming at night, she needs more time with her family, not less—and working Colleen’s case will be especially demanding. But Colleen was her friend, and she needs to keep her job. So she reluctantly teams up with detective Charlie Carlson to investigate Colleen’s death. But the deeper they dig, the more complications unfold—even the unsettling possibility that someone may be coming after her.
Lis Wiehl’s signature plot twists and relatable characters shine in this absorbing series debut . . . with an intriguing cameo from her best-selling Triple Threat series.

My Thoughts:  I read all of the Triple Threat books by Lis Wiehl and April Henry.  The Triple Threat books are quite suspenseful!  
In my opinion, the reader will either love Lis Wiehl's books or she won't.  I love her books! 
In A Matter of Trust there aren't three friends working and collaborating together...there is just Mia, the prosecutor, and the good looking detective!  Mia is a strong person but now she's a mom, she also recently lost her husband, needs money, has a teenage son with some troubling issues and a four year old who can't sleep through the night without terrifying the whole house with her screaming.
Then when she is on the phone with her friend, Colleen, she hears shots and listens as her friend dies.
Now, that's quite a story line!  
This is quite a suspenseful, dramatic read!  
But, besides all the dramatic suspense, there are family issues that are quite realistic.  There aren't pat answers and Mia needs help.  And so detective Charlie Carlson investigates Colleen's death with Mia.  
If you like a book with some romance, quite a few twists and turns and a great suspense then this is the read for you!
I truly enjoyed this wonderful cameo story with Mia! 
No need to have read the Triple Threat books, this is a whole new book and well written.
*This book was provided by BookSneeze*
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159554903X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595549037

Monday, February 11, 2019

NKJV, Wiersbe Study Bible, Genuine Leather, Brown, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print: Be Transformed by the Power of God’s Word


My Thoughts:  I love Back to the Bible and I've enjoyed Bible studies by Warren W. Wiersbe.  So I was excited to receive the The Wiersbe Study Bible.  So many things to love about this study Bible.
First of all it has Commentary Verse-by-Verse Study Notes:

This is great for making and studying God's Word.
And then there are hundreds of Catalyst notes which more deeply reveal important biblical themes and character issues to motivate transformation by the Holy Spirit through the Word.
The Bible itself is a beautiful brown leather.  It's a big Bible and great for at home study.
I love the idea that so many of Warren Wiersbe's notes are in the Bible.  This is like having more than a Bible, it's like having a mini Bible class in one book.
For such a big Bible it has a lay flat technique so the Bible isn't always flapping open or closed.
Jesus' words are in red.  This is so nice so the biblical reader knows what words came from our Lord.
I also like the whole format of this Bible...it's so easy for me to use.
This would make such a lovely gift or just a great study tool and Bible for you!


*This Bible was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Leather Bound: 2176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 5, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785221050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785221050

COTT {Clash of the Titles} Spotlight on "Anything for a Story" by Cynthia Hickey

Spotlight on "Anything for a Story" by Cynthia Hickey

Stormi is delightful as the accident prone and bumbling wanna be detective. What she lacks in skill she makes up for in nosiness. Add in the sexy detective and a slightly nutty family and our lead character has her hands full.
~Amazon reviewer




About the book:
Stormi Nelson, best-selling romance author, moved into her huge Victorian house in the private community of Oak Meadows Estates. When her agent tells her that her characters are becoming too cardboard and that she needs to get out and mingle with people, she comes up with the idea of a Neighborhood Watch Program. The only problem is … she’s the only member. On her first night of patrol, she stumbles over a dead body, meets a hunky detective, who happens to be her neighbor and clearly frustrated with her, and her mother, sister, niece and nephew arrive to shake up Stormi’s peaceful life. As she is immersed ever deeper into the mystery surrounding a neighbor’s murder, she decides to change writing tactics and write a romantic mystery based on her experiences. What follows is a frolicking good time as Stormi finds herself the nosiest neighbor of them all. Can she find the killer before she becomes the next victim?


PURCHASE


A note from the author, Cynthia Hickey:



"Why I Became a Writer"



Funny how this roller-coaster business can tug on someone until it’s either write or die. A bit dramatic, yes, but that’s how most writers feel.



I started reading at the young age of five and became hooked on words and stories. Being a shy child, I would make up stories to act out, but it wasn’t until Junior High when an English teacher assigned a 


writing project that I realized how much I loved putting the story to paper. I began writing short stories in which my younger brother was featured as the hero, or I’d write a romance featuring me and whatever boy I had a crush on at the time.



When I turned fifteen, I wrote my first “real story” about terrorists taking over a high school. Funny how I have now seen that very plot made into a movie. I couldn’t be stopped after that first “book.” I kept writing, keeping my stories in a notebook, which I unfortunately lost when I married and moved out of state. Then, life happened and I didn’t take up writing again until the age of forty when my children were older and I had time to devote to it.



In 2007, I published my first cozy mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, with Barbour Publishing and haven’t slowed down since. Forty books later, and several genres added to the mix, I have no intentions of stopping this crazy career any time soon. It’s as much a part of me as breathing.


About the author:
Multi-published and Amazon Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. She had several historical romances release in 2013, 2014, 2015 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold half a million copies of her works. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, two cats, three box turtles, and two Sulcata tortoises. She has seven grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at www.cynthiahickey.com



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday} Valentine's Treat


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For a great Valentine's Treat I'm making Inside Out Chocolate Strawberries!  Simply cut tops off strawberries, hull, and fill with melted chocolate.  When filled, place in egg carton and chill for a couple of hours.  YUM!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

{Revell Blog Tour} Never Let Go (Uncommon Justice Book #1) by Elizabeth Goddard

Book Description:  As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather's footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years ago. The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an attempt on her life to keep her from discovering the truth.
Ex-FBI agent--and Willow's ex-flame--Austin McKade readily offers his help to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they'll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to forget. And even if it puts Willow's tender heart at risk.

My Thoughts:  I've loved reading Love Inspired Suspense by Elizabeth Goddard and now she has a novel out.  The first in the Uncommon Justice series.
Willow Anderson had my heart at page one.  And the story of her grandfather and their love for one another.   When the story begins Willow's grandfather has just passed away.  As Willow tried to take care of his estate and mail from his forensic office where she also works certain things begin to appear and to happen.
When Willow's life is at stake and she almost doesn't make it through a home fire  her ex-flame, handsome Austin McCade comes to make sure she is okay.
Oh.the.vibes.  Oh.the.suspense!
This is a fast paced read.  
At times one thinks that the mystery is solved and then something more sinister and suspenseful pops up.  I love stories like this!
And the clues that Willow and Austin follow don't always add together.  That is the interesting part of this romantic suspense story...who stays one step ahead of them and why?
Oh.you'll.love.this.story!

*This book was provided for review by Revell*

  • Series: Uncommon Justice (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 5, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800729846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800729844

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Seamstress by Allison Pittman

Book Description:  France 1788 On a tranquil farm nestled in the French countryside, two orphaned cousins―Renée and Laurette―have been raised under the caring guardianship of young Émile Gagnon, the last of a once-prosperous family. No longer starving girls, Laurette and Renée now spend days tending Gagnon's sheep, and nights in their cozy loft, whispering secrets and dreams in this time of waning innocence and peace.
In the worst of times...Paris groans with a restlessness that can no longer be contained within its city streets. Hunger and hatred fuel her people. Violence seeps into the ornate halls of Versailles. Even Gagnon’s table in the quiet village of Mouton Blanc bears witness to the rumbles of rebellion, where Marcel Moreau embodies its voice and heart.
It is the story the this never been told...In one night, the best and worst of fate collide. A chance encounter with a fashionable woman will bring Renée’s sewing skills to light and secure a place in the court of Queen Marie Antoinette. An act of reckless passion will throw Laurette into the arms of the increasingly militant Marcel. And Gagnon, steadfast in his faith in God and country, can only watch as those he loves march straight into the heart of the revolution.

My Thoughts:  Ahh...what a story!  And the cover-the French flag is displayed on the seamstress's dress.  And the story....
An interesting, if not, magnificent story of the how and when even the where of the French Revolution.  Of read a few things about the French Revolution but the story of Renee and Laurette and how they came into a chance encounter that would forever change how they lived and breathed.
Now Laurette has a reckless nature and with passion she throws herself at Marcel.  Big mistake but then hunger and hatred are the voices of the people.  
Allison Pittman writes with a pen the brings the voices to life.  With passion and clarity.
A read about the French Revolution...like none other!
A novel that seems more like a diary of all that transpires with two young ladies and young men who care...and a nation ready for more but goes into a revolution like none other.

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 5, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414390467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414390468