Friday, June 26, 2020

Minutes to Die: Homeland Heroes | Book Two by Susan Sleeman

Are you a fan of action-packed suspense?

I am.

Susan Sleeman's Homeland Heroes series got off to a great start with Seconds to Live
You can read my review here.

When cybercriminals hack into the U.S. Marshal's Witness Protection database and auction off personal details to the highest bidder, FBI Agent Sean Nichols begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. Trouble is, he has to work with U.S. Marshal Taylor Mills, who knows the secrets of his past, and the seconds are ticking down before someone dies. (Source: Goodreads)

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If you haven't read it, grab a copy now and you'll be ready in August for book two, Minutes to Die.    

It's the intel every agent fears--terrorists have been smuggled into the country, intent on unleashing the most deadly attack since 9/11. With the threat imminent, FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and ICE Agent Evan Bowers are charged with taking down this terrorist cell. The only problem is Kiley blames Evan for the death of her former partner, and she can barely be in a room with him. But with millions of lives on the line, she has no choice.

If it wasn't for a bad call Evan made, Kiley's former partner would still be alive, and Evan has to live with that guilt for the rest of his life. When he starts falling for her, the agent's death seems an impossible obstacle--but it's also the last thing he needs to think about. As the terrorist plot targets Kiley's family, the two are pushed to the breaking point in a race to save countless lives.
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What are you reading this summer? Any good suspense recommendations?

Monday, June 22, 2020

Rebecca Reviews ~ The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse

The Key to Everything

After WWII and a family tragedy, Peyton Cabot seeks connection with his troubled veteran father by retracing the trip he'd taken from Savannah to Key West at the same age. The adventure forces Peyton to come to terms with his identity and decide how much he's willing to risk for the girl he loves.  

Read an excerpt here.

Rebecca's Review

"Somewhere along the way, you have to draw your own map."

Struggling over what life had just handed him, Peyton Cabot decided to put tragedy behind and move forward in the footsteps of a man that he loved as much as life itself; his father. The journey would take him all the way from Savannah, Georgia to beautiful Key West, Florida . . . . mostly from the seat of a bike; following a crude time-worn map that Marshall Cabot had drawn so many years prior, when he made the same trip, at the same age of fifteen.

This book is about what Peyton learned along the way; about life, about love, about grief, about hope, about deciding who he wanted to be . . . who he needed to be . . .. about who he already was. The author's melodic word flow and natural ability to paint her story in every color imaginable will leave readers loving these characters through the best and the worst of what life has to offer.

"Hey, Lisa . . . . what do you think we look like from the sky?"

I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

Senior Reviewer, Rebecca Maney

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 over 30 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".

Friday, June 19, 2020

Rachael Reviews ~ A Reckless Love (Daughtry House, #3) by Beth White

Published June 2020
368 Pages, Revell 

These two may have met their match--in each other.

In the fine tradition established by her Southern grandmama, Aurora Daughtry has recently orchestrated the marriage of her eldest sister and facilitated her middle sister's engagement. Just when it seems there is nothing left to absorb her considerable talent for managing people, in walks federal deputy marshal Zane Sager.

But Zane is not at Daughtry House for a vacation. He's tracking a killer and collecting two key witnesses to a federal judge's murder.

Aurora takes it upon herself to disabuse the cynical lawman of his conviction that the world is out to get him. But just as she's on the verge of cracking Zane's defenses, the man he is after reminds him that no one he loves is safe. Ever.

Rachael's Review
4 STARS!!!

This entire series, The Daughtry House, has been wonderful! I hope to eventually read all three in succession to better follow each character.

Each book is based on one Daughtry sister. This book has the youngest as the main character. She has much spunk in her small frame, and she tended to chatter. This led to Aurora frequently saying things she meant to just think. She is a really fun character as is the man she falls in love with, Zane. He is not the typical hero. This one bears seen scars from the war as well as those not seen. He is a well developed character with much depth.

Of course, the characters that the reader so enjoys from the previous books are present in the last. That makes the read even more enjoyable. The suspense is well done as is the historical research for the book and series.

I really enjoy the storyline plot and characters, but the hope and faith in this series is what makes it stand out in my book! That was much needed after The War Between the States. The faith theme is well done and incredibly natural to the storyline. This book will go on my forever shelves...along with the other two in the series. This novel can be read alone, but I do recommend reading the series. It makes for a much richer experience. I honestly cannot pick a favorite in this series. I have enjoyed all of them.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Guest Reviewer; Rachael Farnsworth-Merritt

Rachael is a homemaker, wife, mother, homeschooler, and disciple of Christ who enjoys crafting, simple money saving tips, and loves farm life. She is also an avid book reviewer and blogger. 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Review ~ At Love's Command (Hanger's Horsemen #1) by Karen Witemeyer

Paperback384 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Bethany House Publishers 

Ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries who defend the innocent, but when a rustler's bullet leaves one of them at death's door, they seek out help from Dr. Josephine Burkett. When Josephine's brother is abducted and she is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything--even his team--to save her.

About the Author

For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Recently voted #1 Readers' Favorite Christian Romance Author by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a two-time winner of the ACFW Carol Award and three-time RITA® finalist. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Connect with Karen here.


My Review
4 STARS!!!

Fans of Witemeyer have anxiously awaited this new series and will not be disappointed in the first book at all! I know I sure wasn’t. At Love’s Command is filled with adventure and romance on a whole new level. Hanger’s Horsemen has some pretty intense drama swirling around these ex-Cavalry men.

Matthew Hanger is a tough guy. He has to be as their leader. And there’s a code all leaders follow. “Protect your men. Complete your objective. Ignore the rest.” That has some pretty heavy ramifications later on. To see Matthew work through emotional hurts and regrets was quite a moving experience. He knows the saving grace of Jesus Christ and yet he struggles, as we all do.

Josephine Burkett is quite a forward-thinking woman for her times, being a doctor and all. She’s had to take a bold stance in order to begin carving out a place for her medical practice. When unforeseen circumstances bring Matt and his men to her door, it was fun to watch two forces collide without knocking each other out. *wink*  

Plenty of excitement, both dramatic and romantic, fills the pages of At Love’s Command. Overall, I highly enjoyed the story and look forward to the next book.

I received an electronic copy from Netgalley and the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

2020 Holt Medallion Winner ~ The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

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The Wilderness Is a Great Place to Hide
Jacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory after her father’s death. There are daily stresses placed on her in this unconventional role—and now a government official is asking her to sniff out counterfeiters. When Elijah Johnson passes through on the stage while on an exhausting quest to find his boss’s heir, he doesn’t want to leave the beguiling station manager. In fact, he may never leave when caught in the crossfire of the territory’s criminal activities. Jackie can’t decide if Elijah is friend or foe. Can she remain strong when secrets of the past and present are finally unearthed?

My Review 
5 STARS!!!

I so enjoyed reading this work of fiction about the Pony express. The author states she took quite a bit of creative liberty and it made for an exciting story. Woodhouse is an author I will be reading more of because from the first page to the last, I was mesmerized by her word-weaving skill and finished reading the book in less than half a day.

Fans of historical fiction interwoven with strong faith will want to read this series of books from Barbour, especially the ones Kimberley Woodhouse has contributed. I was given a copy of the book by a friend and was under no obligation to post a review. 

If you haven't read any of this series, you're missing out on some meaningful historical fiction. They're written chronologically but I have read several out of order and haven't missed a thing. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Cover Reveal!!!


Cordelia Owens can weave a dream around anything and is well used to winning the hearts of everyone in Savannah with her whimsy. Even when she receives word that her sweetheart has been lost during a raid on a Yankee vessel, she clings to hope and comes up with many a romantic tale of his eventual homecoming to reassure his mother and sister.

But Phineas Dunn finds nothing redemptive in the first horrors of war. Struggling for months to make it home alive, he returns to Savannah injured and cynical, and all too sure that he is not the hero Cordelia seems determined to make him.

As the War Between the States rages ever nearer and Savannah's slaves start sneaking away to the islands off the coast to join the Yankees, both Phin and Cordelia get caught up in questions they never thought they'd have to ask--questions that threaten the very dreams of a future they'd cherished.




Is this a gorgeous cover or what???

Savannah is one of my favorite places, mostly because I love seeing moss hanging heavy in the trees, but then I'm a southern girl ;)

I've been a fan of White's since her debut novel so I'm sure she's done an amazing job on this story. I'm looking forward to 2021!!!

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

NOW AVAILABLE + Goodreads Giveaway!!!

Karen Witemeyer fans will want to snag a copy of this new release, At Love's Command (Hanger's Horsemen 1).

53166117. sx318 sy475 Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger's Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler's bullet leaves one of them at death's door, they're the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she's not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew Hanger's dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine's respect, and when she hears of her brother's abduction, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

Matt has stared down ruthless outlaws, betrayal, and injury, but when a bossy lady doctor crawls under his skin, his heart is tempted to surrender. And when she is caught in the crossfire, he may have to sacrifice everything--even his team--to save her.

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