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!

Friday, April 30, 2021

The Robin's Greeting (Amish Greenhouse Mystery, #3) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Robin's Greeting (Amish Greenhouse Mystery #3)ABOUT THE BOOK

For the past two years Belinda King, along with her two grown daughters and teenage son, has been struggling to keep the family greenhouse running. Despite disconcerting events that have threatened to put them out of business, they have survived two growing seasons. And now Belinda can focus on the two suitors vying for her attention. Herschel Fisher, a new acquaintance, makes her feel relaxed, and Monroe Esh, an admirer from her past, reminds her of her youth.

But just when Belinda thinks she can choose between her suitors, life throws more trials her way. Her son, Henry, becomes bitter about the idea of her dating anyone. Her daughter-in-law finds her missing mother. Belinda gets sick. And attacks on the greenhouse start again.

When can Belinda hope to experience the peace and love her weary heart longs for?


I love mysteries, so I was thrilled to learn that author Wanda E. Brunstetter was writing an Amish mystery series. Let me tell you, I haven't been disappointed! The three books in the the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series have centered around the King family, and we've watched them endure overwhelming tragedy, numbing grief, and repeated threats to their livelihood. Now, two years after the tragic accident that claimed three members of their family, it appears that a brighter future is ahead. Finally, after being the glue that has held all of them together, the matriarch, Belinda King, is being courted by two men. Can her teenage son accept another man in their lives? Will Belinda be able to love again, after losing the love of her life?

Brunstetter fully understands the Amish way of life, and her introduction of mystery and suspense adds a pleasing element to her writing. The Robin's Greeting reveals the identity of the person responsible for vandalizing the King's greenhouse over the past two years, and I was totally surprised! I was also amazed to learn that there was a connection between the King family and the English neighbor who had always been so antagonistic toward them.

The Robin's Greeting is the perfect way to wrap up the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series, and I recommend it to all who enjoy reading about family, faith, and the Amish way of life.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts and opinions.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, 
Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest

You can check out my reviews of the other two books in this series by clicking on the titles below.


The Robin's Greeting

Over 50, Defined: Words just for us that aren't in the dictionary...YET! by Shel Harrington

Over 50, Defined: Words just for us that aren't in the dictionary...YET! (Quinbloits)

QUINBLOIT | kwin' bloit (noun)
A unique word created to describe an event, behavior, or emotion people over fifty universally experience.

NOTE: These words are not in the dictionary...YET!


Over 50, Defined is a book filled with the best not-in-the-dictionary-but-should-be words of the millenium. Shel Harrington brings the laughs with one "Quinbloit" after another that'll make you say, "I can relate!"



Do you know what a quinbloit is? It's a word that you won't find in a dictionary, but it should be! Over 50, Defined is a collection of twenty-six quinbloits, those words "that perfectly describe what is going on in our lives." Author Shel Harrington shares these quinbloits in her new book, and they are perfect depictions, or perhaps descriptions, of some of our actions, our experiences, or just our emotions. From A to Z, from alwafe to zapsmack, they are hilarious!

If laughter is the best medicine, then reading this book should start you on the road to a perfect bill of health! Over 50, Defined is perfect for those who are over 50, and it's a hilarious preview of what awaits the rest of you! It will make you smile, keep you laughing, and, after reading it, you'll probably find yourself making up your own quinbloits!

I voluntarily accepted an advanced readers copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Shel Harrington is a humorist who writes for a (chronologically!) mature audience. Her smile-inducing Fat-Bottom-Fifties Get Fierce Facebook page has over 475,000 followers. She lives with her husband, Steve, in Oklahoma.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Blackberry Beach (Hope Harbor, #7) by Irene Hannon

Blackberry Beach (Hope Harbor, #7)ABOUT THE BOOK

Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside.

Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss--and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He's had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible?

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you to come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.


Reading a new Hope Harbor novel is like returning home, after being gone for awhile. Oh, there may be new people in town but familiar faces are still around, and seeing them is like a comforting balm. Two of the newcomers are Zach Garrett and Katherine Palmer, who are both seeking a quieter, easier way of life, and they end up sharing Blackberry Beach. As they get to know each other, it's apparent that there's so much more that they could share, if they could let go of their past inhibitions.

Irene Hannon has a knack for creating fantastic characters in romantic situations, and Blackberry Beach is no exception. Katherine and Zach experience a strong connection, but there's another special relationship between Zach's aunt and barista, Stephanie and Frank. My heart, however, was claimed once again by one of her recurring characters, Charley, from the taco stand. He is always there to offer encouragement, sound advice, and a reminder to believe and trust in God. "He didn't pray for himself, Zach. He prayed for you. Those prayers could be why you're here."

Blackberry Beach
is a lovely story that reminds us to remember those we've lost, and to treasure those who remain. I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary romantic fiction with a faith theme running through it.

I received a copy of this book from Revell. There was no obligation for a positive review. I am sharing my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Irene Hannon, who writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 50 novels. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romance fiction) and she is a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Other awards for individual books include National Readers' Choice, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers Choice, Booksellers' Best, and Reviewers' Choice from RT Book Reviews. She is also a two-time Christy award finalist.

A former corporate communications executive with a Fortune 500 company, Irene now writes full time. To learn more about Irene and her books, visit her Website     Facebook     Twitter     Instagram  

Hope Harbor Series

Hope Harbor
Sea Rose Lane
Sandpiper Cove
Pelican Point
Driftwood Bay
Starfish Pier
Blackberry Beach

The Secret of the 14th Room by Rebecca Hemlock: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

The Secret of the 14th Room

Author: Rebecca Hemlock

Publisher: Bluecap Publishing

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: March 16th

Memories can be a killer.

When Levi Corbin returns to Granton, Tennessee after the death of his beloved grandmother, it sets off a chain of events he’d rather have avoided. Claiming his inheritance should have been a piece of cake, but a cousin appears, threatening to steal it all.

Even worse (and better, too), he’s falling for the girl he just met and now must team up with her to try to stop his cousin. Their quest for his inheritance uncovers secrets frozen in time—and one might just be the answer to save his grandmother’s home.

Things go from worse to completely out of hand when a freak fire threatens it all. Add to that a nosy old woman and a battered runaway, and Levi can’t help but wonder what is going on!

As circumstances rekindle his faith and new love spurs him onward, Levi races against time and odds to save Grandma’s house from certain destruction, but the result might just mean saving himself as well.


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This book begins with the death of Dorothy Corbin, and I found myself falling in love with this woman who had yearned for a reconciliation between her two grandsons, Levi and Silas. Dorothy was the person who raised Levi after he was orphaned at age eight, so he assumed that he would inherit her house, until he heard the reading of her will. "My home is a historic treasure, and you BOTH can make something great of it and you’ll work together doing it, or you get nothing. It's for your own good. Family is all we have and we gotta keep it close." What? He had to share with someone who never showed any love toward his grandmother? She expected him and Silas to work together?

What follows is an intriguing story of greed, misunderstandings, old grudges, pent-up bitterness, and a mystery that will leave you guessing. Author Rebecca Hemlock weaves a tale that includes lessons from the past, people who aren't what they seem, and there's even a hint of romance between Levi and the estate lawyer, Abigail Wilson. Best of all, she shares a story of forgiveness and reconciliation.

I enjoy mysteries and Hemlock kept me guessing until the very end. There's also a cliffhanger ending, with unanswered questions that will hopefully be answered in the next book of the Granton House series. I recommend The Secret of the 14th Room to all who enjoy cozy mysteries.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation to post a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author


Rebecca lives in Eastern Kentucky with her husband and children. She absolutely loves mysteries. Rebecca has been writing stories for many years and enjoys reading, painting and spending time with her family. Her favorite times to write are early in the morning when the sun is coming up and at sunset. She has worked as a freelance journalist for 4 years and is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers. Rebecca has earned a degree in English and an Appalachian Studies certificate in Creative Writing.


More from Rebecca

Looking for new ideas is my favorite part of writing because it comes with talking to interesting people and exploring antique shops all over the country.

This book not only captures my love for American history and riveting romantic suspense, but it also captures how old wounds of the heart can be healed.

Levi Corbin in The Secret of the 14th Room learns this the hard way after carrying his broken heart for most of his adult life. He has to discover the real meaning of family and family pride. Levi must face the past so that he can move on to a brighter future.

Granton, Tennessee, is a town I hope you fall in love with, just as I did when I created it. There are so many delightful characters, some with a dark secret or two. This story has been brewing for a while, and I am glad that I finally have the opportunity to share it with you.

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Texas Book-aholic, April 24

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, April 24 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, April 25

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 26

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Godly Book Reviews, April 27

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CarpeDiem, April 28

Older & Smarter?, April 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 29

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 30

Simple Harvest Reads, April 30 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 1

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

An Amish Barn Raising: Three Stories by Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, & Kathleen Fuller

An Amish Barn Raising: Three StoriesABOUT THE BOOK

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come three sweet stories centered around Amish traditions and the possibility of romance. 

Building a Dream by Amy Clipston

Though they’ve known each other a long time, Kathryn and Anthony have finally decided to try becoming more than friends—but they are devastated when Kathryn’s father won’t allow them to date. He wants his daughter to m

arry a man with a more respectable job than building gazebos for Englishers. But when Kathryn’s father’s dairy barn burns down during a thunderstorm, Anthony is the one to arrange a barn raising. Will Kathryn’s father realize he has misjudged Anthony?

To Raise a Home by Kelly Irvin

A year after the wildfires, life has returned to normal for the West Kootenai Amish community. Evan Eicher, son of Deacon Tobias Eicher, has done his best to move on too. Helping his neighbors and friends rebuild has helped soothe a heart broken when Delilah Mast—the woman he loves but never had the courage to approach—moved with her family back to Kansas. At his father’s urging he courts Anna Burkholder, a sweet woman who adores him. But when Delilah moves back to teach school, Evan must wrestle with feelings he’s tried so hard to put in the past. And an accident at a barn raising will force Anna, Delilah, and Evan to face the truth about their hearts.

Love’s Solid Foundation by Kathleen Fuller

Devon Bontrager only returned to his old hometown to make good on a past misdeed. He hadn’t counted on reconnecting with Nettie Yoder, especially since she strung along his younger twin brothers some years ago. Nettie knows she’s made some mistakes in the past, but she’s determined to be an asset to her community from now on. But just as she’s making headway, her family’s barn burns to the ground. Why does it seem like God is punishing her family when she’s finally starting to turn her life around? Can she convince Devon that she has changed? Can Devon trust the woman who broke his brothers’ hearts? 


The three novellas in this collection are written by different authors but they all share the common themes of barn raisings, Amish living, and of course, romance! Authors Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Kathleen Fuller share sweet stories of love in various stages, and each novella leaves a lasting impression. You will laugh, you may cry, but you'll certainly sigh over the strong romantic feelings that they create. There are also thought-provoking incidents that remind us of the deep faith that is prevalent in the Amish culture.

"I will find a way to be with you, even though I make gazebos. I promise you, Kathryn, that we will be together. I won't stop trying."

"We will find a way. And God will help us."

Anthony (Building a Dream by Amy Clipston)

"Gott, what do I do? Please help me. Either take this love from my heart or show me the way to my heart's desire. Please.

Evan (To Raise a Home by Kelly Irvin)

"Life is hard, Nettie. Sometimes it's easy, but most of the time it's not. If we're not fighting outside forces---like fires, for example---we're fighting a battle in our hearts. There's only one reason we can win that battle. Because God is on our side---always. How can a God on our side be punishing us?

Devon (Love's Solid Foundation by Kathleen Fuller)

Reading a story by any of these authors is a treat in itself, but having all three in the same collection is fantastic! I recommend An Amish Barn Raising to fans of Amish fiction and Christian fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author but there was no obligation to post a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

Present Danger (Rocky Mountain Courage, #1) by Elizabeth Goddard

Present Danger (Rocky Mountain Courage, #1)

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He's committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn--one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he's failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Join bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard as she plunges you into a web of deceit made of hidden crimes, open threats, and long-buried family secrets in this gripping first book of an explosive new series.


She's done it again! Author Elizabeth Goddard has written a story that kept me totally immersed with the characters and their unpredictable lives. Terra Connors and Jack Tanner find themselves working together to solve a murder, but they quickly become involved in something much deeper. Present Danger begins with a plane crash and a missing pilot in Montana, and the danger escalates when the trafficking of Native American artifacts is discovered. Murder, theft, and unexpected obstacles make this a book that I couldn't put down and I loved that there are snippets of information that seem to solve the case....until another twist is introduced and I'm proven wrong again!

I'm always amazed at Goddard's ability to create characters that are both intriguing and endearing. Terra and Jack each have trust issues, and they both have questions about their faith, but their biggest hurdle may be in recognizing their true feelings for each other. A love they believed long dead and buried may still exist, but is it possible to forget past hurts and hidden secrets?

Trust, forgiveness, and God's Plan are key ingredients in this faith-filled story that also includes a large serving of romance. I recommend Present Danger to all who enjoy Christian romantic suspense and I look forward to the second book in the Rocky Mountain Courage series.

I received an advanced reader's copy from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than thirty romance novels, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies—a 2011 Carol Award winner. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of becoming an author.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Seeking Sanctuary (Widow's Peak Creek) by Susanne Dietze

Seeking Sanctuary (Widow's Peak Creek)ABOUT THE BOOK

All she wants is a home…

Can her second chance survive a painful secret?

When pregnant single mom Paige Faraday arrives in Kellan Lambert’s bookstore seeking a temporary job, he wouldn’t dare turn away the sister of his old military buddy. After all, she just needs the job until her baby’s born and she figures out her next steps. But when Kellan’s deepest secret threatens their growing bond, will Paige be able to forgive him for the past he can’t forget?


Paige Faraday believes that a peaceful small town with warm-hearted people is the perfect place to raise children, and this is what she hopes to do when she arrives in Widow's Peak Creek. Paige is pregnant, alone, and needing sanctuary as she waits for her "Peanut" to arrive. She is also a new Christian wanting to forget her past, and she believes that this would be the perfect place to strengthen her faith and prepare for her future.

Author Susanne Dietze takes us back to this lovely California town, and she's once again filled it with people that we'd all like to know. Paige is smart, sweet, and sassy; Kellan Lambert is caring, considerate, and bearing a burden that he can't let go; and there are three older ladies who absolutely steal the show! Paige's Aunt Trudie, Kellan's grandma Eileen, and his neighbor Marigold are all delightful, and they all recognize what Kellan and Paige are trying to ignore. These three are matchmakers extraordinaire but they certainly have their work cut out for them! Paige values total honesty and Kellan is hiding a disturbing secret, so how can these determined ladies overcome these obstacles?

Reading this book will satisfy your love of romance, and fuel your desire to live where people love and care for their neighbors. Seeking Sanctuary also has a strong message of hope, grace, and forgiveness for readers who enjoy Christian fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't wait to return to Widow's Peak Creek. Great job, Suzanne Dietze!

I voluntarily accepted a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Widow’s Peak Creek


Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning, RITA®-nominated author of several romances who's seen her work on the Publisher's Weekly, ECPA, and Amazon Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.

You can visit her on her   Website   Facebook    Twitter    Instagram

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Night Fall (The Quantico Files #1) by Nancy Mehl

Night Fall (The Quantico Files, #1)ABOUT THE BOOK

For any little boy or girl who hears the Train Man speak,
Who feels his rancid breath caress their pretty cheek,
Must close their eyes, pretend to sleep, and very softly pray,
Or else the evil Train Man may carry them away.

Finally free of her troubled upbringing, Alex Donovan is able to live out her childhood dream of working for the FBI. But soon after she becomes a member of the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, authorities in Missouri contact them about bodies found on freight trains--all killed in the same way.

Alex never expected to be forced to confront her past in this new job, but she immediately recognizes the graffiti messages the killer is leaving on the train cars. When the BAU sends her to gather information about the messages from her aunt in Wichita, Kansas, Alex is haunted by the struggles she thought she'd left behind forever.

In a race against time to solve the case and recover a deadly virus sample the killer intends to spread, Alex must face how far she'll go--and what she's willing to risk--to put a stop to the Train Man.


I became a fan of Nancy Mehl after reading her Kaely Quinn Profiler series and this new book has certainly boosted my admiration for her writing skills. . Night Fall is a thrilling, pulse-altering story that features a deranged person who believes that he is destined to fulfill a prophecy, and a chilling look at the difference between true religion and cults. It also spotlights the psychological scars that victims of abuse can carry all of their lives.  I found myself wondering if the Train Man would be stopped before he could murder another innocent victim and complete his mission of releasing an airborne virus that would devastate society. The Covid-19 pandemic is mentioned in Mehl's plot but, apparently, it can't hold a candle to this deadly virus! What follows is a mad rush to find the Train Man and end his madness. Is FBI agent and behavioral analyst Alex Donovan the only person who can unravel the clues in time to prevent this tragedy?

From the very beginning, the fascinating characters and gripping plot captured my attention and they wouldn't let go. There are also many thought-provoking references to God and His Word, as opposed to the Circle and The Book. The cult that is a big part of this story is named the Circle and its members consider The Book to be their ultimate source of truth. Alex was subjected to The Book as a young person and it has affected her deeply. Will her determination to escape the traumas of her past prevent Alex from finding the peace that only comes through knowing the one true God?

This is the first book in The Quantico Files series and I'm anxious to see what's waiting in the books that follow. Night Fall is a psychological drama filled with danger, adventure, and surprising twists, along with a very strong faith message. I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian suspense novels.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. First published in 2001, she has now authored nine books, including an omnibus mystery collection, Cozy in Kansas, which contains three of her previously published Ivy Towers mysteries. Book three in the series, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Mystery Book of the Year award. Nancy's main writing interests lie in mystery although her new Harmony Series leans more toward the romantic suspense genre. Nancy runs a HUD program for the city of Wichita and is president of a volunteer organization, Wichita Homebound Outreach. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Kansas Authors Club.

Learn more about Nancy at her      Website     Facebook     Twitter     

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Rebuilding Her Life (Kendrick Creek #1) by Ruth Logan Herne

Rebuilding Her Life

Coming home isn’t always easy…in this novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne.

Faced with a decades-old mistake,

can she find forgiveness?

After a fire devastates her hometown, Dr. Jess Bristol returns to save her mother’s clinic—and comes face-to-face with her high school sweetheart. Over twenty years ago, Jess helped put Shane Stone in jail…and later learned he was innocent. Now they must work together to restore their town. Though Shane has put his past behind him, can the adoptive single father forgive the woman he once loved?

From Harlequin Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Kendrick Creek

Book 1: Rebuilding Her Life 


"If I really trust God, I have to trust Him in all things. Not just the easy stuff. The hard stuff, too. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that second-guessing God is a fruitless act."

This is a story that is so needed right now! Ruth Logan Herne takes us to an ideal place, where people know and care for each other, and she allows us to experience everyday life in a small town. Just reading about Kendrick Creek and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains makes me want to travel to Tennessee to experience this friendly atmosphere. Herne has a knack for creating characters just like most of us--decent people who often falter and then suffer from those actions, and good people with illnesses and struggles. She's also a master at romance, as she gives readers a sweet, delicious peek of a possible second-chance for Dr. Jess Bristol and Shane Stone. And believe me, Shane Stone is worthy of a second chance, for sure!

Are you needing a heartwarming, faith-filled story that just makes you smile? Wanna feel like you've just visited the Blue Ridge Mountains? Grab a copy of Rebuilding Her Life and enjoy a story of love, joy, and redemption!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Multi-published, award-winning, bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne is living her dream of being a published author and having the time of her life doing it. Born to a poor family in Rochester, NY, Ruthy draws on her early years and her many years of dealing with today's young families and businesses to create beautiful, heartfelt small-town stories of faith, hope and love... while adopting her favorite non-Scripture quotes "Plenty of time for rest in the grave" (Ben Franklin) and "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission." (Eleanor Roosevelt) and one can always depend on Yoda "There is no try. There is do or do not." Succinct... and true. :) She loves chatting with readers on facebook at Ruth Logan Herne or follow Ruthy on Twitter, visit her website or stop by Seekerville (www.seekerville.blogspot.com) or pop by the Yankee Belle Cafe where Ruthy and several lovely authors share recipes, facts, photos and just plain old life! www.yankeebellecafe.blogspot.com 

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Storm Breaks Forth by Terry Wangard: Review & Giveaway with JustRead Publicity Tours

The Storm Breaks Forth JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Storm Breaks Forth by Terri Wangard, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


The Storm Breaks Forth

Title: The Storm Breaks Forth
Author: Terri Wangard
Release Date: April 6, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

World War I rages in Europe, and now the United States joins in. 

Peter Bloch heads to France with the Wisconsin National Guard, but his wife Maren is the one under attack. She’s German-born, and anti-German hysteria is running high. Simple suggestions for coping with wartime measures lead Maren into an active role in the community, but her service doesn’t help deflect suspicion from her. Zealous patriots target her with a vengeance. Peter caught the eye of a major who seems intent on using him as a spy. He’s been fortunate to avoid injury so far, but these activities are likely to get him killed. 

Peter and Maren dream of the day they will be reunited, but more and more, that day appears to be a mirage.

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Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and this book certainly doesn't disappoint! The Storm Breaks Forth begins in 1917, as the United States enters World War I, and author Terri Wangard once again proves her ability to spin a tale that is both entertaining and educational. Maren and Peter Bloch are both great characters, and this story is told through each of their perspectives. Maren remains at home in Wisconsin, working for the war effort, worrying about her husband, and worst of all, enduring intense prejudice because she is of German descent. Peter faces his own trials after being asked to be a spy once he is sent to France. Even though they are Christian believers, Peter and Maren both face moments of fear and doubt. Can Maren prove to the townspeople that she is a loyal American? Will Peter face serious injury, or even death, in his efforts to serve his country? Does their future include being together again?

"Maren, love, as much as I don't consider myself a fighter, if I do become a soldier, we can be sure of this. God is in control. He has the number of my days planned. I can't live one day longer or one day less. And if my number doesn't come up until years in the future, I will go to France and return home. That takes out all the worry."

Wangard does an excellent job depicting the many emotions of Maren and Peter, and her story illustrates that prejudice and misinformation aren't new to our society. The Storm Breaks Forth reminds us that, while men are fallible, our God is ever present and ever loving. I learned so much about this era and was reminded that this war was expected to be the last great war that would involve the United States. Instead, it was only the beginning of many more conflicts for our country! This is an intriguing book that I won't soon forget.

I voluntarily accepted a copy of this book from the author but I wasn't required to write a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Terri Wangard

Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

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(1) winner will receive an ebook copy of The Storm Breaks Forth and a $15 Amazon gift card!

The Storm Breaks Forth JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 13, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 20, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Courage in the Mountain Wilderness by Misty M. Beller: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Courage in the Mountain Wilderness

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: April 6, 2021

Keeping her son safe on this epic journey may be harder than she imagined.

Caleb Jackson is on a journey. And not just the mission he and his friends have embarked on to fetch the Nez Perce chief’s runaway daughter. Maybe someday, he could also find God’s plan for his life. He’d once thought being a small town minister was the Lord’s will for him, but he’d proved a failure at living under the scrutiny of his congregation. Yet the chief’s niece and her feisty toddler accompanying them on this expedition make him feel like he might be able to make a difference yet.

Otskai is eager to take on a challenge. She’s lived under the shelter of other’s choices her entire life, especially when she was betrothed to one of the village braves at the tender age of eight. Now with her husband dead, she’s finally found the freedom she always craved—even with a two-year-old to raise. She’s built her camas root harvest into a thriving trade to provide all she and her son need and more, yet she can’t seem to keep her active child safe. When she agrees to accompany her new friends on a trip to bring back her wayward cousin, she knows she’ll have her hands full managing her boy.

The journey turns out nothing like Otskai expects, and for the first time in her life, she’s thankful to have others around to help. Especially Caleb, whose gentle attentions captivate her son and occupy him for hours at a time. But as the danger escalates and her worst fears come to light, she must find the courage to choose between freedom and a love more liberating than she imagined possible.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.


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Misty M. Beller adds another book to her Call of the Rockies series, and readers are given a fascinating tale involving the Rocky Mountains during the early 1800s. Beller has wonderful descriptive powers that enable readers to visualize both the beauty and the dangers associated with this untamed land. There is one terrifying event that swept me along and left me feeling exhausted, and several times when I doubted that a happy ending was possible.

This story centers around minister Caleb Jackson and a young Nez Perce widow with a two-year-old son. At first, Caleb only wants to share his love for God, but he soon feels an attachment for Otskai and her adorable little boy. Caleb's kind and gentle nature is a magnetic draw for both Otskai and River Boy, but she is determined to keep her hard-earned independence and ignore her awakening heart. Can Caleb overcome her doubts and fears, and win her trust? Will he succeed in convincing Otskai that his God loves her and her son as much as He loves everyone else?

If you enjoy historical fiction filled with adventure, danger, and a strong faith element, you will want to read Courage in the Mountain Wilderness. It is an exciting Christian romance!

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was never required and these are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.


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Mom Guilt—it’s real, no matter what your race or tribe.

One of the things I love about writing the Call of the Rockies series is the cast of characters that covers almost more races than I can count on all my fingers! From Spaniards, to Frenchman, to Southern Americans, to Blackfoot, to Nez Perce, to Salish, to Shoshone. And let’s not talk about the various sectors within some of the tribes (Peigan Blackfoot, Blood Blackfoot, Pikunin of the Nez Perce…oops, we weren’t going to talk about those!).

But what I love the most about so many people groups represented is learning how much we really are alike, down deep in our cores! Sure, some are introverts, some are extroverts. Some like to swim, some hate to swim. Some like to cook, some like to play with the kids (okay, maybe most like to play with the kids!).

Yet there are common threads that connect us all. As I was writing Courage in the Mountain Wilderness, I discovered a new thread that I have in common with Otskai, the Nez Perce hero of the story.

Mom guilt.

Yep. Our situations are a little different—I’m married with four kiddos, and she’s widowed with one very energetic two-year-old son. But we both struggle with that same push and pull. That same set of conflicting longings. When I’m with my kiddos, sometimes I just desperately want time alone. Time to actually get things done. But then at night when they snuggle close at bedtime, wrapping their sweet arms around my neck and not just saying, but showing, how much they love me, I can’t imagine how I could ever want to do anything but spend time with these sweet little ones God has trusted me with.

Thus, the guilt.

Maybe Otskai and I are the only ones who’ve ever experienced that particular strain of Mom Guilt. But I’ll bet there are other ways you can relate—both to these very real fictional characters who may or may not be the same race as you. And also to the very real real-life characters you meet every day.

The great news is that God loves each and every one of us, Mom Guilt and all.

Blog Stops

lakesidelivingsite, April 6

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 6

Blossoms and Blessings, April 6

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 7

reviewingbooksplusmore, April 7

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 8

cats in the cradle blog, April 8

Betti Mace, April 9

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 9

For the Love of Literature, April 10

deb’s Book Review, April 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 11

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 11

Texas Book-aholic, April 12

Maidens for Modesty, April 12

Inklings and notions, April 13

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 13

Older & Smarter?, April 14

Blessed & Bookish, April 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 15

Splashes of Joy, April 15

Wishful Endings, April 16

Mary Hake, April 16

For Him and My Family, April 16

She Lives To Read, April 17

Connie’s History Classroom, April 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 18

Adventures Of A Travelers Wife, April 19

Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)


To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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