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To Wager Her Heart

    The War Between the States has ended but its wounds are still fresh. However, for Sylas Rutledge, the rawest of wounds is his stepfather’s death and the blame put on him for the train accident that cost many their lives. Sy cannot believe his stepfather, one of the best engineers, could be at fault, and he is determined to prove it.

Alexandra Jamison is everything Nashville’s high society looks to. That is, until she refuses the arranged marriage her father has set before her and chooses, instead, to teach at Fisk University, a school for freedmen. Doing so costs Alexandra everything she has ever known. Both Sylas and Alexandra must make their way in their new endeavors, overcoming obstacles and fears. Their friendship is a part they each hold dear, but could there be more than just friendship? And when truth is revealed, will their relationship hold?
As always, Tamera Alexander captures post-civil war Tenessee with rich details and characters that are real. Each person has a life, a goal, fears, hopes. I greatly enjoyed reading about Fisk University, the Jubilee Singers, and trains. Not only does Ms. Alexander write beautiful stories, I love how she adds true events that blend so well you don’t even realize you are getting a history lesson.

 

*I received this book free from Zondervan and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts, and I was not compensated in any monetary way*

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Portrait of Vengeance

portrait of vengeance    Secrets never stayed buried.

Gwen Marcey knows pain, and she knows how to keep it boxed up. However, when a new case demands her attention, details keep surfacing that are too similar to her childhood trauma. Gwen does not believe this is just coincidence. She can no longer ignore her past. She needs to face it and put the dots together before another family is shattered.

The Gwen Marcey series has quickly become a favorite. I love her attention to details. I admire the characters for being human, for having talent and flaws. I hope there will be more in this series. This particular book is #4 in the series (I have accidentally read them out of order, lol)

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I was not compensated in any way*

 

My Star Rating-****

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Beneath Copper Falls

Beneath Copper Falls    If you are looking for a suspenseful, heart-pounding, non-stop action mystery have you read this book yet?? If you have not, I highly recommend you give it a try. This story hooked me in with its talons at the very first sentence and kept its hooks in me until the very end. It was one of those stories I just could not look away. Very well done, Ms. Coble!

Dana Newell has suffered far too long at the hands, and words, of her abusive fiance. Finally she has stood up for herself and has returned to Rock Harbor, her home town. With her, however, comes danger and the threat of her own life. A budding serial killer is on the loose and Rock Harbor is hiding secrets that could become fatal. With death around every corner, is there any hope for escape?

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any way*

My Star Rating- *****

Parental Guidance- PG13 for intense scenes

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Sweetbriar Cottage

sweetbriar cottage    Finding out their divorce was never finalized is not what Noah nor Josephine want to hear. They have not been on speaking terms and had hoped to keep it that way. Both want this very annoying mistake taken care of as soon as possible. And it should have this second time around, if not for the snowstorm of the decade that leaves them stranded together in Noah’s house. Stuck inside his house forces them to face each other, and the past they have been trying to walk away from makes its way into the present. Can they open up and finally heal their wounds or are they too deep?

Denise Hunter has written an exceptional story. A raw, gritty, real story. My heart ached for Josephine. I understood her on a very personal level. This story has a place in my heart now. It touches on subjects that are never fun but are heard about all too often these days. I cannot thank Ms. Hunter enough for sharing this story with us.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have shared are entirely my own thoughts. Also, I was not compensated in any monetary way.*

My star rating- *****

Parental Guidance- PG13 due to intense scenes and topic

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Reclaiming Shilo Snow

 

Seven months!! I had to wait only seven months for the book to arrive in my mailbox. If you remember, I reviewed the first book, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, in January and inhaled it in days. Here is the link for the first book, https://kymberlibriggs.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/the-evaporation-of-sofi-snow/  Anywho, on with my review….

 

At the end of “Evaporation” we were left with Sofi on the alien planet of Delon who was looking for her brother, Shilo. Everyone said he was dead but Sofi believed differently. In this very awesome sequel, Sofi is on a rescue mission, determined to find Shilo no matter what. However, the longer she is on Delon the more her memories of a buried past threaten to destroy her, mentally and physically. She also discovers a dark secret about the aliens that could threaten mankind.

 

I don’t want to give too much away because I do not want to ruin the story for anyone. This is the type of story that you want to go into with little knowledge of the plot. I will tell you I highly enjoyed it. It did not disappoint in any way. I also like how the author, Mary Weber, incorporated a very serious epidemic we are facing right now in this world- human trafficking. I can’t tell you anymore, other than to get your own copy of this series and read it!

 

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I have not been compensated in any monetary way*

 

Parental Guidance- PG13 for intense scenes and content

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The Lost Castle

 

A castle. A brooch. Three women.

 

Bridging past to present- the French Revolution, World War Two, and present day- we read a remarkable story of love and loss, of battles fought and won, and others fought and lost. Of Ellie, who travels from North America to France’s Loire Valley to find answers to her grandmother’s life, secrets her grandmother has tucked into her Alzheimer’s-ridden mind. Secrets Ellie needs answers to so she can understand herself.

 

No matter how much I try to speak about this story, no matter the words I try to use, I could never fully give it the justice, nor the commendation Kristy Cambron deserves for writing such a beautiful story. It swept me away with each woman’s story, never once did I get confused on the timeline or whose story I was following. I was impressed with each woman’s determination and their fierce love for others. This one definitely made my top favorites list of the year!

 

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are exactly those and I have not been compensated in any way, monetary or otherwise*

 

Parental Guidance- PG for war scenes

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Imperfect Justice book review

imperfect justice    Kaylene Adams murdered her daughter and herself. Or did she?

Attorney Emilie Wesley cannot and will not believe her client would hurt her daughter, much less kill her. She knows a different story. One with a marriage filled with abuse and fear. In fact, Emilie was helping Kaylene leave her husband and gain custody of her two daughters. Doubts plague Emilie now as she tries to understand what has happened.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister, Kaylene. The news of her and his niece’s deaths shake him. And then he finds a letter his sister had tucked away in his house. In it she begs Reid to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. She assured him Emilie Wesley would help. Together they work to protect Kaylene’s surviving daughter and find out what exactly happened that tragic day.

This story was very engaging and well written. I found it an intriguing and compelling legal mystery. I’m looking forward to the next Cara Putman’s book.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have shared are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any financial way*

 

Parental Guidance- PG13 for adult situations

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Why I Hate Green Beans book review

green beans    Technically the book title is “Why I hate green beans and other confessions about relationships, reality tv, and how we see ourselves”. Don’t let that long title scare you away, though. This is a doozy of a story and I recommend not passing it up!

Lincee Ray is a cracker jack of a storyteller. Seriously, no one could make up these things she wrote about. Personal stories of working at Disney World, escaping from a helicopter simulator that is under water, shopping experiences, and so much more. This story is a hit in my book! I was laughing out loud reading her personal stories. And at the end of it, I felt that each woman is connected through our experiences. We can sympathize and understand each other, we can lean on each other and heal each other. It reminded me that picture-perfect Facebook statuses are not always picture-perfect. And it’s okay, that is life. Crazy, beautiful life.

*I received this book free from Revell in exchange for my honest review. What I have shared are exactly that and I was not compensated in any financial way*

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Blue Ridge Sunrise

821bfa81ccb32d19b77d46fb71d3a6c5    Zoe never planned to return to Copper Creek, but life has different plans. When her grandmother dies, Zoe returns home for the funeral and plans to leave right after. And then she is told she has inherited her grandmother’s orchard. Zoe’s world is turned upside down. She has a daughter to raise, an abusive boyfriend to face, and a man from her past whose heart she broke. Will this move to the orchard be the best choice or one more part of her daily nightmare?

This story was very engaging. It kept me hooked. Denise Hunter, as some of you may know, is one of my favorite authors and there is a reason for it. Her stories are real. They are sweet, tender, soul-searching. They are forgiving. This one is no different.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I have not been compensated in any financial way*

 

Parental Guidance- PG13 for adult situations (abusive relationship)

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Christmas at Carnton

02716581f9673e85c0d0095a975b3f20    Aletta Prescott is recently widowed and losing her house. How is she supposed to care for her son and herself? Captain Jake Winston is a revered sharpshooter, until a head injury during a battle sends him away to recover. He fears losing his greatest skill and his identity as he knows it. Can either of them learn to work with what has been thrown at them? Or will things become too hard to bear?

Set in Franklin, Tennessee, Tamera Alexander vividly describes the backdrop of the story. The characters were easy to relate to and follow. This was a sweet story. My only “negative” thought on it is the story did not feel long enough for me. When the story ended I wanted more. Is that really a negative point, though? This was a sweet taste of things to come from Ms. Alexander and I am looking forward to her new series.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any financial way*