Book Review, Books and Reading

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*

Book Review, Books and Reading

If I’m Found

    Casey Cox is still on the run. The police are still searching for her, her picture is all over the news. Dylan Roberts is relentlessly hunting her. He claims he knows the truth, that Casey did not commit murder. Can Casey believe him? As she stumbles upon other injustices she risks her own safety to help others, knowing she may be caught. She must make a choice- her safety or strangers?

I greatly enjoyed the first in the series, If I Run.    and I was excited to read the next part of Casey’s journey. Wondering if she would get caught, is Dylan really a good guy or is he fooling all of us? This sequel pulled me in. I am looking forward to the third and final book in the trilogy. I really want to know how this plays out. Terri Blackstock is also becoming a new favorite author of mine and I will be checking into her other books.


*I received this book free from Zondervan and the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review of the story. I did not receive any compensation to do so. All thoughts I have expressed are entirely my own.*

Book Review, Books and Reading, My Life

The Wedding Shop book review

the-wedding-shop    The enchantment continues, this time in a sweet wedding shop.


Early 1930’s Cora Scott is breaking ground as a career woman, following in her great aunt’s footsteps by inheriting her wedding shop. A place where brides come from all over to browse their collection and have a dream wedding. Meanwhile, Cora is waiting for her own love to return to her. More than eighty years later, Haley Morgan has returned home to Heart’s Bend. A devastating death and an unsettling discovery has Haley searching for her place in life. She is hoping that reopening The Wedding Shop will be her calling. As Cora’s and Haley’s lives intertwine within the walls of The Wedding Shop they dare to dream and believe in the power of love.


Rachel Hauck has a way with words. Whether I was walking with Cora by the river or doing remodeling with Haley, I felt as though I was there, really there. I felt each girl’s hopes, their fears. This is a sweet story of dreams and never giving up.


*I received this book free from Zondervan and Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*