About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Bitter Betrayal by Rebecca Hemlock: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Bitter Betrayal

Author: Rebecca Hemlock

Genre: Adventure Suspense

Release date: November 2020


Escape. Murder. Secrets.

Scientist Luke Wilkins has always been one step ahead of Lee, his longtime rival. Luke and his best friend Josh start off on an expedition to Nunavut’s territory for an environmental study. All seems well until their plane crashes in the middle of nowhere. As Luke regains consciousness, he discovers that he’s being held prisoner by Lee and his men.

Luke has something that Lee wants. A ring that has been shrouded in mystery for centuries and Lee will do whatever it takes to get it. Luke fears that he will never see his family or friends again unless he hands it over.

Lee will stop at nothing until the ring is his, but would he go as far as murder?


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Bitter Betrayal is the perfect choice for someone looking for a quick read with an interesting plot. Luke Wilkins, his little boy Adam, and the Alaskan Environmental Research Team take readers on a trip of adventure and suspense, after a plane crash in Canada. There's a discovery of a Viking castle, secret messages on the walls of caves, and a special ring that someone is desperate to find and keep. There's also an intense rivalry between Luke and Chin Si Lee that isn't resolved when this story ends, so it's apparent that author Rebecca Hemlock plans more books for the future.

If you enjoy mystery, history, and a clean, fast read, you will like Bitter Betrayal. I am rating it 3.5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a favorable review.

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars 

About the Author


Rebecca Hemlock has written stories her entire life. She always knew she wanted to be a writer. That dream became a reality for her in 2016 when she landed her first job writing for her local newspaper. That same year, she was able to publish a children’s book under the pen name R.C. Burch.  With a little help from some wonderful people, Rebecca  was able to move forward in her writing career.

Rebecca published two more children’s books the following year, but children’s fiction was only the beginning. She self-published a novella in 2019, titled Bitter Betrayal, Arctic mysteries,  and completed her first novel in 2020. When she is not writing, Rebecca enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family.

Aside from being a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is also a member of Sister in Crime. Rebecca has a degree in English and a certificate in Creative Writing and is also pursuing a degree in Creative Writing.


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This book was so much fun to write. There are so many places in this world that have been barely touched by man. I took an interest in Northern Canadian culture after watching a documentary about how the Vikings first settled there.

After reading through the different artifacts that have been found there, Bitter Betrayal was born. I knew this would make a tremendous mystery-suspense story. Whenever I start a Mystery Suspense book, I usually like to add a dash of romance with a historical twist.

Luke Wilkins is someone that most single dads can relate to. He has a difficult time trusting other people. Especially when it comes to his son, Adam. He must trust those around him if he’s going to stay alive.

Bitter Betrayal teeters on the concept of how far someone would go for what they want. If you love Clive Cussler as much as I do, then this Novella is for you.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

The Amish Teacher's Wish by Tracey J. Lyons: Review & Giveaway with JustRead Publicity Tours


The Amish Teacher's Wish
Series: Miller's Crossing
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Amish Romance

She wants her own happily-ever-after…

As an Amish bachelor repairs her school… can she heal his heart?

With the school damaged during a storm, teacher Sadie Fischer needs Levi Byler’s help repairing it. Levi has one condition—he won’t become a part of her search for a husband. He’s been hurt before, and love and marriage aren’t part of his plans. But Sadie might just be the perfect woman to mend his heart…and convince him forever isn’t just for fairy tales.


Levi Fischer didn't come to Miller's Crossing to find love. He'd come to help his cousin, and to hopefully put his past behind him. One year ago, he thought he'd found the love of his life, but Anne didn't feel the same. She caused him pain, ruined his trust, and took away his faith in finding true love. Levi has no plans for another relationship, until he takes this temporary job with his cousin, and meets Sadie Fischer. Sadie, often headstrong, but oh, so full of life! Sadie, who doesn't want to marry the Amish man her father has picked out for her! Sadie, who is searching for someone who is 'not too old or not too young'!

This is a heartwarming look at two young people who appear to want different things. Sadie is positive that Levi is the man that God meant for her to love, and Levi is equally sure that he can't allow another woman into his heart. He just can't endure more heartbreak!

"I know your vader has someone in mind for you. Maybe you should consider his choice. Sadie, I'm not sure I'm the man who can be your 'not too old or not too young'."

Will Sadie be able to change Levi's mind? Does God's Plan for Levi include an Amish schoolteacher? The Amish Teacher's Wish is filled with fun, family, and faith, and it's an enjoyable read for those who like Amish romance.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book that I received from the author. All views expressed are only my own opinion.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


An Amazon bestselling historical and Christian romance author of the Adirondack Pinkertons and the Women of Surprise series, Tracey sold her first book on 9/9/99, the day everyone thought all the computers would crash. Thankfully that never happened and Tracey’s books have gone on to final in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, The Greater Detroit Booksellers best contest and OKRWA’s Reader’s choice awards. Tracey is a member of Novelist Inc. and American Christian Fiction Writers. A true upstate New Yorker, Tracey believes you should write what you know. She considers herself a small town gal who writes sweet and inspirational small town romances. Her books have been translated into several languages and are available in print, digital and audio formats on 
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Giveaway – (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card(US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Instagram is not affiliated with nor responsible for this giveaway. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on April 12, 2021.)

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