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!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels

The Words Between UsABOUT THE BOOK

The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels

A reclusive bookstore owner hoped she'd permanently buried her family's sensational past with a new name. But when the novels she once shared with an old crush begin appearing in the mail, it's clear her true identity is about to be revealed, threatening the new life she has painstakingly built.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is such a special story and perhaps the title tells it all....the words between us can't express just how much I enjoyed it. Erin Bartels has been able to capture the feelings of Robin Windsor as both the young girl hiding from the shame of a father convicted of a horrible crime and as the young woman who has tried to create an adult life based on anonymity. Robin was just a young teen when her father's crime was discovered and she was sent to live with her grandmother, but she had to pretend that they were distantly related. Her fear of being discovered left Robin avoiding people and she found solace in her love of books and the power of words. She did experience friendship with Peter, a neighbor boy, and eventually confided in him but their friendship was shattered when she believed that he had told her secret. Now, the adult Robin continues to find comfort in books and her bookstore until she discovers that there was more to her father's crime and her mother's involvement. Seeking to unravel the mystery surrounding it and to discover who is sending her books through the mail, Robin is forced to rethink her past and her present.

The Words Between Us is told alternately as 'Then' and 'Now' and it is evident that Robin carries so much of her 'Then' into 'Now'; children often carry the stigma associated with the actions of their parents. Some readers may think this is a sad story but I found it to be uplifting because in the end, it is a testament to the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher but I am voluntarily sharing this review. These are my own thoughts.


Erin Bartels  is the author of We Hope for Better Things  and The Words Between Us, which was a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She currently lives with her husband and son in Lansing, Michigan. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Reunited in the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus: Blog Tour & Giveaway with JustRead Tours

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Reunited in the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Reunited in the Rockies Cover ImageTitle: Reunited in the Rockies
Series: Rocky Mountain Heroes, Book 4
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2019
A fresh start…and an old love reignited?
A Rocky Mountain Heroes romance
For widow Kayla Bradshaw, restoring a historic Colorado hotel means a better life for her and her soon-to-arrive baby. But she needs construction help from Jude Stephens, the love she lost through a misunderstanding. Working with Kayla, the police officer finds himself forgiving her—and longing to rebuild her shattered confidence. But can they trust each other enough to forge a future together?
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I always enjoy reading stories that allow people to have a second chance at love and Reunited in the Rockies is certainly one of the better ones that I have read. This is the fourth book in Mindy Obenhaus's Rocky Mountain Heroes series and it allows the fourth Stephens brother, Jude, to have his chance to shine. Jude feels that he has been roped into helping his father with the family cattle business when all he really wants is to work with his hands. Jude is anxious to leave his job as a police officer in Ouray, Colorado and devote his time and talent to woodworking but telling his father is another story. And then, his life becomes even more complicated when Kayla, the young woman that he once loved, returns to Ouray after living in Denver. Kayla Bradshaw is now a widow expecting her first baby and she hopes to begin a new life running the town hotel. Is it possible for them create a new life together?

I found myself fully invested in their renewed relationship and their second chance at love. Kayla was so deserving of a man who would love and treasure her but she was afraid to trust again. 'She'd fallen in love twice in her life and both times had ended in heartbreak....Things were no longer about her. She had a child to consider.' (p. 169). Jude accepted that Kayla was no longer the girl he had once loved but he also knew that his feelings hadn't died and his determination to defend her when her in-laws threatened her with legal action concerning their unborn grandchild made him definitely worthy of hero status! And then, an accident occurs that could change it all......

Reunited in the Rockies is filled with the strong chemistry between Kayla and Jude but this is a sweet, clean romance and Obenhaus has included a strong faith element woven into her storyline, even as she shows how alcohol and abuse can threaten any relationship. I will certainly recommend this Love Inspired novel to anyone who enjoys Christian romance.

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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It took Mindy Obenhaus forty years to figure out what she wanted to do when she grew up, but once God called her to write, she never looked back. A three-time Carol Award finalist, Mindy is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.
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(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Reunited in the Rockies, a Pumpkin Apple White Barn candle and a “Love Is” journal!
Reunited in the Rockies JustRead Blog Tour Giveaway
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