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!

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Lumberjacks & Ladies: 4 Historical Stories of Romance Among the Pines by Jennifer Lamont Leo, Naomi Musch, Candice Sue Patterson, Pegg Thomas

Lumberjacks & Ladies: 4 Historical Stories of Romance Among the Pines

Lumberjacks and Ladies Work Together to Build America
Struggling to remain independent in the 1800s, four women reluctantly open up to help from lumberjacks—and love.
All That Glitters by Candice Sue Patterson
Winifred finds herself running the family lobstering business when her father and brothers join the California gold rush. Will she stubbornly reject help from a local lumberjack?
Winter Roses by Pegg Thomas
Elizabeth cooks for a logging crew, spurning the men’s advances, until reoccurring gifts capture her attention. Will she heed her mother’s warning about “shanty boys”?
Not for Love by Naomi Much
Widowed, Maggie seeks a husband—in name only—from the logging camps, but the man who answers her letter is a surprise. Can she open her heart to love again?
Undercover Logger by Jennifer Lamont Leo
Carrie will not sell her timberland and allows the banker’s nephew to sign onto her logging crew to ferret out the reason she is losing money at an alarming rate. Will truth be revealed to her forlorn heart?


Are you like me, and sometimes just need a short read? Then this is the book for you! You can snuggle up in your favorite reading chair and begin a thrilling journey with one of these four novellas that are short in length but full of enjoyment. These novellas are set in the northern timberlands of the United States, and each of them shares the grit and determination that was such a vital part of our nation's development during the 1800s. Be prepared to brave the elements, fight for what is right, and perhaps, lose your heart along the way.

From 1851 Maine to 1865 Michigan, to 1881 Wisconsin, and finally to 1890 Illinois, there are swoon-worthy heroes, ladies in need, matches of love and marriages of convenience. You'll find deception, mystery, and intrigue, along with inspiring messages of hope and faith, and the rich historical details that are so important to history lovers. All from the amazing talents of Candice Sue Patterson, Pegg Thomas, Naomi Musch, and Jennifer Lamott Leo.

Barbour Publishing has given us several great collections in the past, and I rate Lumberjacks & Ladies as one of their best. Grab a copy and treat yourself to some great historical fiction!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


With a passion for all things historical, Jennifer Lamont Leo captures readers' hearts through stories set in times gone by. She is also a copywriter, editor, and journalist. An Illinois native, she holds a deep affection for Chicago and its rich history. Today she writes from the mountains of northern Idaho, where she shares her home with her husband, two cats, and abundant wildlife. 

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Naomi Dawn Musch loves stories rich in American history, but occasionally writes in other genres as well. She pens stories from the pristine north woods, where she and her husband live as epically as God allows near their five adult children and passel of grandchildren. She has worked as an editor for a small press, a staff writer for an EPA award-winning newspaper, a ghost writer, and has published dozens of magazine and internet articles for the encouragement of homeschooling families and young writers. Naomi is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Lake Superior Writers, and the Wisconsin Writers' Association. She loves engaging with others and always discovering kernels of a new story. She is available for speaking and book groups. Her newest novel is Mist O'er the Voyageur, and she anticipates re-releasing several of her back-list novels in 2019.

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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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Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Lower Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They have an assortment of animals on the place including a flock of sheep, a flock of laying hens, a pair of barn cats, and Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. They also have a large garden, a small orchard, and a growing berry patch.

Besides writing, she enjoys a variety of crafts including spinning her sheep’s wool into yarn, knitting, counted cross stitch, quilting, and card making.

She and Michael enjoy camping, fishing, boat-nerding (you have to be a Great Lakes person to know about that), and thoroughbred horse racing.

A life-long history geek, it’s no surprise that historical fiction is her genre. Colonial America and the Civil War era are favorite time periods to both read and write. Her favorite type of book centers on a great fiction story surrounded by factual historical events.

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