Written on the Wind by Elizabeth Camden

My Thoughts: From the steppes of Russia to the corridors of power in Washington we find the workings of the Trans-Siberian Railway with a New York banking empire. There we find Count Dimitri Sokolove and Natalia Blackstone working to get it finished. When Dimitri witnesses a crime and is being sent to prison on a work train, he escapes and has to find his way to America and seek the help of Natalia. Dimitri seeks to expose the crime in Washington D.C. and the story took some interesting but dangerous twists and turns.

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Written on the Wind is a sweeping saga of a historical romance, enhanced by complex characters and riveting period detail. A fascinating read.”–MIMI MATTHEWS, USA Today bestselling author of The Siren of Sussex

He carries a dangerous secret, but can he survive long enough to expose it?

Count Dimitri Sokolov has been charged with overseeing construction of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway, but during this work, he witnesses an appalling crime, the truth of which threatens the Russian monarchy. In an effort to silence him, the czar has stripped Dimitri of his title, his lands, and his freedom . . . but Dimitri has one asset the czar knows nothing about: his deep and abiding friendship with Natalia Blackstone. 

Natalia is the lead analyst for her father’s New York banking empire and manages their investment in the Trans-Siberian Railway. Her bond with Dimitri has flourished despite the miles between them, but when Dimitri goes unexpectedly missing, she sets the wheels in motion to find him. Once they join forces, they embark on a dangerous quest in which one wrong move could destroy them both.  

From the steppes of Russia to the corridors of power in Washington, Dimitri and Natalia will fight against all odds to save the railroad while exposing the truth. Can their newfound love survive the ordeal? 

The Souls of Lost Lake by Jaime Jo Wright

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“Wright has proven time and again with her masterful storytelling in exceptionally crafted novels that she is a trailblazer extraordinaire in the niche genre combining horror, intrigue and spirituality.”–Booklist starred review

To save the innocent, they must face an insidious evil.

Wren Blythe has long enjoyed living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, helping her father with ministry at a youth camp. But when a little girl in the area goes missing, an all-out search ensues, reviving the decades-old campfire story of Ava Coons, the murderess who is believed to still roam the forest. Joining the search, Wren stumbles upon the Coonses’ cabin ruins and a sinister mystery she is determined to unearth.

In 1930, Ava Coons has spent the last several years carrying the mantle of mystery since the day she emerged from the woods as a thirteen-year-old girl, spattered with blood, dragging a logger’s ax. She has accepted she will never remember what happened to her family, whose bodies were never found, and that the people of Tempter’s Creek will always blame her for their violent deaths. And after a member of the town is murdered, and another goes missing, rumors spread that Ava’s secret is perhaps more malicious than previously imagined.

Two women, separated by time, must confront a wickedness that not only challenges who they are but also threatens their lives, and the lives of those they love.

My Thoughts: Wow! Thirteen-year old Ava Coons emerged from the woods bloody with no memory of what happened to her family. This mystery will become a campfire story about a murderess still roaming the forest. Years later Wren Blythe is helping with a ministry at a youth camp near the place the story took place. When a child disappears and a hunt begins… Ava Coons is once again linked through the stories. This one kept me reading and guessing just who was involved and how this sinister mystery would end!

The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers

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A delightful new western romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to the California frontier in this sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to save.

1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle’s newspaper—and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to say—and publish—whatever she pleases, especially when she knows she’s right.

Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walsh’s same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redhead—and knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada’s problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias’s restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart.

Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boom town, but it’s a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.

My Thoughts: This red headed lady is one who knows her mind and not afraid to show it. When she inherits a newspaper and a seemingly worthless mine… It’s her mine and newspaper and she will take over both even if the town consensus is ‘Women should not be in business’. She’s one feisty lady and there was no end to the mischief and dangerous situations she finds herself in. I totally enjoyed this story!

To Treasure an Heiress by Roseanna M White

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1906

Beth Tremayne has always been drawn to adventure. During her childhood, she fed that desire by exploring every inch of the Isles of Scilly. Now, after stumbling across an old collection of letters and a map buried on her family’s property, she’s found more adventure than she ever anticipated in the hunt for pirate treasure. But in order to discover where the clues lead, she must search alongside Lord Sheridan, a man she finds insufferable.

Sheridan has spent years pursuing whatever archaeological interests pique his imagination. And when he discovers that Beth’s search connects with one of his far-removed pirate ancestors, he can’t help getting involved. Plus, he finds her irresistible, even though she insists he stole a prized possession of hers.

As they work together following different clues and drawing closer to danger, they start to piece together a story of tragic love and piratical adventure. But which treasure will bring the greatest surprise–the one they find in each other or the one just out of their reach?

My Thoughts: Surprises, clues, a story of tragic love and pirate ancestors! This story was interesting from start to finish. A couple who would work together but vowed not to become a couple. The ending was so good!

Before the Dawn by Emma Pass

Description
When everything you hold dear is torn apart by war, can love put you back together again?
It’s 1943, and the Second World War is raging. Ruby Mottram works for her local newspaper, the Bartonford Herald, typing up adverts and obituaries, whilst dreaming of a more exciting life. Between her shifts as an ARP warden and caring for her ailing father, the chance for escape doesn’t come often to Devon.
Meanwhile, in America’s deep south, Sam Archer is hatching a plan to raise enough money to get his mother and sister away from his abusive stepfather. Using falsified documents to hide his age, he enlists with the U.S. Army.
Two chance encounters bring Ruby and Sam together from opposite sides of the Atlantic, giving them the chance of love, hope and freedom from their troubled lives. But fate, in the shape of D-Day and Omaha Beach, has other ideas.
When their very lives are at risk, will their promise to wait for one another be what keeps them alive?

My thoughts: I really enjoyed reading this behind the scenes story of a couple who came from such different worlds and meet in 1943 during the Second World War. From his hometown to D-Day and Omaha Beach, what a change in his life. She worked at the local newspaper, helping with her father and watching out for her town. When they meet it makes for an interesting story of romance and the hardships of war they had to live through. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. My review and opinion are voluntary.

Love’s Fortress by Jennifer Uhlarik

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An Epic Love Story From the Past Brings Closure to Dani’s Fractured Family Roots

​Walk through Doors to the Past via a series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Upon receiving word that her long-estranged father has passed away, Dani Sango inherits the former art forger’s entire estate. Among his many pieces of artwork are a series of obviously Native American drawings and paintings, which lead her to research St. Augustine of 1875. White Elk is transported to Florida to join other Cheyenne braves already being held in Fort Marion. Sally Jo Harris is at the fort teaching the Indians. When a friendship develops between them and false accusations fly, it could cost them their lives. Can Dani discover how their story ends and how it shaped her own father’s life?

My thoughts: When Dani inherits her fathers estate she finds paintings that look like he was still forging artwork. The characters are colorful and interesting. The history she discovers in her families past is full of mystery and secrets that will shape her future. I loved the idea of the goose chase and how it tied in with how she researched her fathers history as a forger and the research into a notebook of Native American drawings. I really liked this story of history, mystery and a little romance. I received a copy through the publisher and NetGalley. No review was required, my opinion and review is voluntary.

Lumberjacks and Ladies by a collection of authors.

MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed this mix of history, mystery, romance  and the faith that brought them through it. Each story is unique and a trip into the hard life of lumberjacks and the ladies who had such important parts. I always enjoy the interesting history that is brought out in these stories. These authors made this time in history an interesting lesson for me as well as a delightful read! I received an advanced copy from the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required, my review and opinion is voluntary.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

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

1851–Maine

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

1865–Michigan

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

1881–Wisconsin

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

1890–Idaho

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?

Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn

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Dr. Ivy Collins, founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company’s cutting-edge prosthetic. Her work has been heralded by government, medical, and advocacy groups and everyone hopes the device will be a success. Well, almost everyone. Someone is trying to sabotage Hedera and the launch, but to what purpose–and how far will they go to get what they want? 

Meanwhile, U.S. Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon can’t believe he’s finally been reunited with Ivy, his childhood best friend. Now that he’s found her again, Gil intends to spend the rest of his life with her. But it will take all his skill to uncover the truth in time to save Ivy’s life’s work, her own life, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire.

Perfectly balancing chilling suspense and uplifting romance, award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn delivers a story of revenge, greed, and overcoming that you won’t want to put down no matter how late it gets.

My thoughts: Imagine finding your childhood friend standing in her kitchen a victim of an attack and holding a gun… This Secret Service Agent was just there to check out where she thought some counterfeit bills came from that her company deposited. Wow, nonstop action, unexplainable happenings and how was the attacker always one step ahead? Plenty to keep a person not wanting to put the book down. Yes, Chilling suspense and uplifting romance!

I received an advanced copy from the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required, my review and opinion is voluntary.

The Element of Love by Mary Connealy

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION
With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother’s unfortunate choice in husband, until they discover his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away–far and fast–to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father’s lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.When Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California during their escape, she quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the local minister, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb’s past and in the land around them come to light, it’ll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.

My thoughts:

Three sisters must escape! Their step-father has decided to marry them off for profit. When they join a mission group heading to serve the poor in California they realize how privileged their lives have been, Hardships and mishaps plague them and the three talented sisters quickly become leaders to this mission group. This was so interesting to see how the sisters knowing the only way to save their mother and their inheritance from their conniving step-father was to marry, in the middle of nowhere, just how was it going to happen? Educated women were a shock to some of these rough men of the West and it was fun to see just how these three sisters worked together to solve the many problems in the community. I requested a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required. My review and opinion are voluntary.

Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R Patch

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When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her.

The sight of a goose feather at a murder scene modeled after a children’s poem is enough to make FBI special agent Fiona Kelly’s blood turn to ice. Almost two decades ago, a feather was left with her sister’s body—and with every subsequent victim of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Now he’s back. Only this time, his latest gruesome murder is a message to the only one who ever got away: Fiona.

Finding “Rhyme” is an obsession that’s fueled Fiona’s career—and destroyed her marriage to fellow FBI agent Asa Kodiak. Now Fiona and Asa have to put their past tensions aside and work together one last time. But Rhyme is watching, and catching this killer may force Fiona to reveal her biggest, darkest secret…the one only he knows.

Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch grabbed me in the first scene of this edge-of-your-seat suspense and didn’t let go until the end!”—Patricia Bradley, author of the Memphis Cold Case novels

My Thoughts:

The Nursery Rhyme Killer has returned and FBI special agent Fiona Kelly is called on to re-enter the case where she had been his victim! If you like stories that make you look over your shoulder and hold your breath… this one will do that! This one is listed as a Christian mystery and thriller with a touch of romance. Definitely a thriller and I couldn’t wait to find out who the killer was, late night reading until I found out. Working with her ex-husband made for interesting romantic tension too. This is one for my favorite list!