Monday, July 31, 2017

Kregel Publications Blog Tour, Review ~ The Captivating Lady Charlotte By Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides, A Legacy of Grace) + FREE ebooks ONE DAY ONLY

Kregel Publications / 2017

Her heart is her own--but her hand in marriage is another matter 
Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility hen she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull. 
William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte's father's pick, not the young lady's own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return--and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte's sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions. 
Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace? Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller. 
About the Author
Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's previous novels have won several contests, including the 2014 RWA "Touched by Love" and 2014 ACFW Gensis contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy. 
My Review 
5 STARS!!! 
I was captivated with Miller’s writing when I read her debut novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison, and I remain in awe of her ability to present a fine offering in her sophomore novel, The Captivating Lady Charlotte. 
While I confess that in the beginning I was convinced I was going to dislike Charlotte the entire book, as her character grew in maturity from a shallow debutante into a mature, faith-filled young woman she captured my heart. I have no real ability to understand what it must have been like to have your prospective husband chosen for you but with Miller’s first-rate writing ability, I agonized right along with Charlotte over her father’s choice for her until I too became more familiar with William. Although I do believe I ‘fell in love’ with him long before Charlotte did! He is everything she needed in a husband and later discovered that she wanted. I thought William embodied Colossians 3:12 ~ So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience...  
What's not to love?! 
Journeying with William and Charlotte through difficult circumstances and seeing the changes wrought through Christ’s love buoyed my heart. I admit it was a slow start for me but somewhere along the line it picked up speed and I didn’t want to put the book down! There is a place sealed on my book shelf for Carolyn Miller’s stories. I highly recommend this series to any and all fans of historical fiction. 
Kregel Publications provided a complimentary copy of the book. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received. 
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review ~ True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance #1) by Becky Wade

Published May 2nd 2017 by Bethany House 
 Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan Favorite

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

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 My Review
 5 STARS!!!

By the time A Bradford Sisters Romance series is finished, it just may be the best series Wade has written. True to You is fabulous!  Packed with surprises, the emotional elements in this story stirred my heart and soul and held me spellbound with their rawness and intensity. Nora and John traveled a road of discovery that left me as wide-eyed as a deer caught in the headlights. I am hooked on this series and cannot wait for the next book.

If you are a fan of contemporary fiction brimming with an intricate plot twist and solid characterizations, then you will devour True to You.

Be sure and read Then Came You, the FREE e-novella, first so you get the background on the sisters. It is a fantastic beginning written in journal entry form.

I received a copy from the publisher with no expectation of a review. No compensation has been received.

~Happy Reading~

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rebecca Reviews ~ The Legacy (Secrets of the Shetlands #3) by Michael R. Phillips + Goodreads Giveaway (Paperback copy)

Published July 4th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers

 The Dramatic Conclusion to Michael Phillips's Shetland Islands Saga Loni Ford's unexpected inheritance of substantial real estate--not to mention a title--in the Shetland Islands has caused more than a stir in the quiet fishing hamlet of Whale's Reef. How is life ever to be the same with an outsider--and a woman, at that--playing such a pivotal role in the life of this conservative community? But it isn't just the locals who have deep misgivings about the current situation. Loni herself never imagined this in her wildest dreams.
What Loni is more sure of, however, is that she is falling in love--with Whales Reef, with its hardy people, with its simple, peaceful way of life, and with local chieftain David Tulloch, whose inheritance she has usurped, at least in the eyes of some.
But life in Whales Reef is not without drama. Deep rifts exist between certain lifelong residents, and when one local resident turns up dead, suspicion is cast in the direction of the island's most prominent family. How Loni and David deal with this challenge will go a long way in determining their future, and that of the quaint island community.

If you're a member of Goodreads, you can enter their giveaway for a paperback copy of the book by clicking here

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Rebecca's Review
"Everyone is writing two life stories . . . . Few, however, take in hand the authorship of the most important of the two, that inner autobiography it falls to each of us to write for themselves."

Most ancestral lineages showcase property and possessions, but in the case of this novel, inheritors will gain a for more important legacy, a legacy of faith. When Loni Ford inherits land in the Shetland Islands, she has no idea how far away from her career in Washington, DC that one excursion will take her. Many years prior, young Emily Hanson, a devout Quaker, had precisely the same experience, only in reverse. Her trip as a travel companion from New York to the Shetlands significantly altered the course of her family history.

Michael Phillips thoroughly guides his readers through a complicated narrative surrounding those whose lives were either eased or complicated by their devotion to honor and integrity. For scattered among them were those who did not have their best interests in mind, shadowing the truth and bringing unnecessary heartache. Will Loni "Alonnah" Ford, chief of Clan Tulloch and David Tulloch, the laird of Whales Reef, eventually inherit their happily ever after?

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 

Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education, and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Perfection in Purple

Edited with Aviary for Android

Grapes are one of my favorite fruits.
But I am not very good at choosing sweet ones.
This day I was successful!

I hope your summer is happy and healthy, so far.
It's been kind of emotional here but in the midst of it all, 
God is still here and blessing with good gifts. 
Like sweet Grapes. :-)

~Happy Summer Days~

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heav'nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review ~ The Unexpected Earl by Philippa Jane Keyworth

Published September 20th 2014 by Madison Street Publishing

About the Book 
Six years after being jilted without a word of explanation, Julia Rotherham finds Lucius Wolversley standing before her once again--unexpected, unannounced, unwelcome. With her heart still hurting and, more importantly, her pride, Julia must chaperone her younger sister, fend off fortune hunters, orchestrate a fake engagement, and halt an elopement--all whilst keeping the man who jilted her at arm's length. But what Julia doesn't know is that this time, the Earl has no intention of disappearing, and this time, he has more than an explanation to offer....

My Review
Keyworth has written an entertaining tale with antics and absurdness reminiscent of typical Regencies.

If you are up for a romp around Regency England, you will be pleased to meet Julia Rotherham and her sisters. There are outbursts of temper, plenty of sharp wit, and a bit of ridiculousness.

Lucius Wolversly is your typical tall, dark, handsome and brooding Earl. Having girls thrust upon him for protection has him quite addled to begin with but he soon learns how to handle the situation.

For a sophomore novel, it kept me engaged. Regency is my favorite era but this fell short of being 4 stars. It's a solid 3 stars because of the writing even though it has alcohol use and mild cursing.

I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes only. No compensation has been received.

About the Author

Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband. Read more @