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 promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, June 10, 2024

The Farmer Takes a Wife (South Dakota Brides, 1) by Candice Sue Patterson

The Farmer Takes a Wife: a Modern-Day Marriage of Convenience Tale (South Dakota Brides)

Librarian Gemma Breckenridge hates the spotlight. She's content in her small town, living alone with books for company and caring for her once famous sister, Cammie, who's now suffering from a degenerative brain disease. But Cammie's care is expensive, and when the grant Gemma was counting on is denied, she's forced to take desperate measures and applies to be a contestant on a reality television show where a wealthy farmer is looking for a love connection. What better place to keep her sister's identity incognito than a thousand-acre farm in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota?

Colby Graham will do anything to save his almost bankrupt farm, even if it means that all of primetime will think he's incapable of finding a wife on his own. The sponsorships alone should carry his business out of the red, and royalties from the producer will help to keep it there. But choosing a bride from among eight gorgeous strangers is tougher than Colby bargained for. Especially when the one woman he wants isn't a contestant.

With a cast of vivid characters, join the crew in this witty romance filled with drama, heartache, elimination challenges, and fancy luggage full of secrets. Amid the beautiful setting of the Midwest, this tale unravels the tightly bound threads of sacrificial love.


I've loved her historical fiction novels, but this book certainly proves that Candice Sue Patterson can write contemporary romance! The Farmer Takes a Wife is a marriage-of-convenience story that features participation in a popular reality television show as part of the plot. As I read Gemma Breckinridge's efforts to provide needed critical medical care for her sister, I found myself wondering how far I would go. Would I be willing to put myself in front of millions of viewers and try to convince a stranger that I would make a great wife? Could I bear the humility of not being the contestant chosen? Worse still, would I be certain that I wanted to be the person chosen?

This is labeled as a romantic comedy and there's a lot of fun as Gemma interacts with the contestant who needs the money as badly as she does. I loved the witty banter but there are also thought-provoking twists and a surprise that I didn't see coming. I was a farm wife for many years, so I understood the joys, the challenges, and the silly misconceptions but I especially loved the relevant message woven into the plot. Money is important but it isn't the key to happiness!

If you're looking for a captivating story with fantastic characters, a romantic triangle that increases the drama, a sweet romance that's laced with amazing chemistry, and many laugh-out-loud moments, grab a copy of The Farmer Takes a Wife. Well done, Candice Sue Patterson! I can't wait to read the next book in the South Dakota Brides series!

I received a complimentary copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Candice Sue Patterson studied at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, splitting wood, or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new story. Candice writes Modern Vintage Romance—where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart was a 2012 ACFW First Impressions finalist and made INSPYs Longlist for 2016.

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

UNTAKEN, TOO: 12 Days Following the Rapture (Book 2) by C.O. Wyler

Untaken, Too: 12 Days Following the Rapture (Book 2)

The Rapture has happened. What would you do? You've agreed to an artificial intelligent implant so viewers can see, hear, and feel whatever you experience. But are you still in control or is AI? Continue in the protagonist's mind and learn what happens during the twelve days that follow the incredible event called the Rapture.
* End Times Book 2

"Continuing this post-rapture journey, this is a must-read for those looking for motivation on why we should make every effort to be about the Father's business NOW. A stunning achievement with a thought-provoking perspective on AI and the on-ramp to the Mark of the Beast. Highly recommended!" ~ Scott Townsend, RaptureKit

"The "real" Rapture is imminent! I deeply desire that as many as possible read the Untaken books. In the genre of the Left Behind series, Untaken, Too is technologically advanced, exciting, alarming. Truly compelling!" ~ Carlos B. Hall, Retired Pastor/Bible Teacher


Sarah Colton is back and she's still in limbo! Twelve hours after her husband's mysterious disappearance Sarah finds herself seriously hurt and unable to explain what has happened. The whole world seems to have gone mad! Has Denny been "taken" as many Christians believe, or is there another explanation? Sarah never shared his Christian beliefs but was Denny right about the Rapture and the seven years of Tribulation that would follow? Has she been left behind? Is Sarah one of the Untaken?

Untaken, Too: 12 Days Following the Rapture is a continuation of the intriguing story that began in Wyler's first book, Untaken. The confusion, fear, and disbelief are vividly depicted, and the events portrayed are especially timely. Artificial Intelligence. End time signs. Implants. Some may consider it to be the product of Wyler's lively imagination but many more will agree that God's Word is being revealed through this fictional story. It is filled with biblical scripture to support her views!

Untaken, Too is both captivating and thought-provoking, and I believe that it would be a wonderful book club selection. Talk about interesting discussions! Fantasy....or prophecy? I urge you to read this book so that you can decide! 

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


C.O. Wyler was born in Southern California and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest. Having owned a business for over thirty years, she is retired and enjoys her sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren.  

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UNTAKEN, TOO: 12 Days Following the Rapture