MY THOUGHTS: Yes, this year Christmas did bring unexpected tidings of love and joy! I loved this story of twin sisters who never expected what would happen when they provided a temporary home for a family who’s home was destroyed in a fire. I love how the Amish work together in their communities. Wonderful holiday read!
ABOUT THE BOOK: Founded by five unmarried and enterprising Amish maidels, the new Morning Star Marketplace in small-town Missouri is preparing for a joyous Christmas season. But will the holiday also bring unexpected tidings of love?
Twin sisters Molly and Marietta Helfing are eagerly anticipating Christmas, with Marietta fully recovered from cancer and their noodle making business thriving. But Molly clearly misses having former tenant Pete Shetler and his rambunctious dog, Riley, around. Marietta can’t ignore Molly’s feelings for Pete—or the anxiety it stirs within her. Convinced her illness has made her unmarriageable, Marietta wonders what kind of life she’ll have if her sister marries—despite Molly’s promise never to leave her behind. . .
Then a fire destroys the home of Amish neighbors and Molly and Marietta graciously make room for widower Glenn Detweiler, his dat, and his two young boys. When Pete returns to help the family rebuild, Molly relishes her reunion with the handsome carpenter, while Marietta delights in mothering Glenn’s boys—and is surprised by her poignant bond with their quiet, brooding father. Soon everyone is wondering if this season will bring the blessing of a merry double wedding to Morning Star . . .
In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.
Charlotte Hubbard be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. In addition to the GC, the author would like to select one female reader’s name to use in her upcoming book, HIDDEN AWAY AT PROMISE LODGE.
This story is based on a true crime but given a historical fiction spin. Wow, the characters were so well described and each told very important details as to who and why the killer was defined and stopped. The author told this story with facts and fiction so well I would assume she had many sleepless nights getting this story written. If you like fiction based on true happenings... get this one! I requested a copy through NetGalley. My review is voluntary and my honest opinion.
Step into True Colors — a series of Historical Stories of Romance and True American Crime
Enjoy a tale of true but forgotten history of a 19th century serial killer whose silver-tongued ways almost trap a young woman into a nightmarish marriage.
In 1876, Emma Draycott is charmed into a quick engagement with childhood friend Stephen Dee Richards after reconnecting with him at a church event in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. But within the week, Stephen leaves to “make his fame and fortune.” The heartbroken Emma gives him a special pen to write to her, and he does with tales of grand adventures. Secret Service agent Clay Timmons arrives in Mount Pleasant to track purchases made with fake currency. Every trail leads back to Stephen—and therefore, Emma. Can he convince the naive woman she is engaged to a charlatan who is being linked a string of deaths in Nebraska?
I really enjoyed the dual timeline. With the story of Sadie at the Biltmore Estate in 1915, and then to Asheville focusing on the present with Clara’s quest to find the much needed deed to save the Blackwell Bookshop. A sweet romance, a mystery surrounding a 100-year-old love letter, wonderfully descriptive scenery and a little mystery made for a beautiful story of “Hope Between the Pages!” I was gifted a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required, My review is my opinion and voluntary.
Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter
Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.
“Three Missing Days” by Colleen Coble
I have really enjoyed this gripping romantic suspense series! In this one Jane has a hard job and a hard time remembering everything in her past that would answer so many questions she has. When she is pushed to remember three missing days that could finally give her some closure, wow! I never saw that coming! Fast paced with a lot of mystery and suspense that kept me turning the pages! I was gifted a copy by the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required. My opinion and review is voluntary.
Book Three in the gripping romantic suspense series from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.
A chilling murder.
Chief of Police Jane Hardy plunges into the investigation of a house fire that claimed the life of a local woman as well as one of the firefighters. It’s clear the woman was murdered. But why? The unraveling of Jane’s personal life only makes the answers in the case more difficult to find.
Her son’s arrest.
Then Jane’s fifteen-year-old son is accused of a horrific crime, and she has to decide whether or not she can trust her ex, Reid, in the attempt to prove Will’s innocence—and whether she can trust Reid with her heart.
Her stolen memories.
Three days of Jane’s past are missing from her memory, and that’s not all that has been stolen from her. As she works to find the woman’s murdered and clear her son’s name, finding out what happened in those three days could change everything.
It all started with one little lie. But the gripping truth is finally coming out.
Praise for Three Missing Days:
“Colleen Coble is my go-to author for the best romantic suspense today . . . a stay-up-all-night page turning story!” – Carrie Stuart Parks, bestselling and award-winning author of Relative Silence
Full length romantic suspense
Includes discussion questions for book clubs
Perfect for fans of Allison Brennan, Terri Blackstock, and Dani Pettrey
Part of the Pelican Harbor series
Book One: One Little Lie
Book Two: Two Reasons to Run
Book Three: Three Missing Days
Chasing The Lion by A.J. Tata
“The United States has just uncovered a biochemical weapon developed by Parizad’s group. A viral agent, it attacks a person’s nervous system and renders them susceptible to mind control. Parizad plans to unleash the weapon in Washington D. C. on Inauguration Day during the swearing in of the country’s first female president, turning civilians into weapons.”
Wow! When I read the write up on this book I wanted to read it. Biochemical viral agent that sounds like a virus that will spread easily, quickly and so deadly! Full of suspense, action, double agents, hero’s and a book I had a terrible time putting down because it moved along so fast I didn’t want to miss anything.. This book was advertised on the television and my husband said, that sounds like quite a story! And.. I said, Hey! I read that one! If you like military, suspense and a exciting read… get this one, you will like it! I was gifted a copy by the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required, My opinion and review is voluntary.
Parizad rose through his nation’s military to become a lethal soldier and brilliant tactical commander. Now a general, he leads Quds Force, an extremist terrorist organization targeting America and its western allies.
The United States has just uncovered a biochemical weapon developed by Parizad’s group. A viral agent, it attacks a person’s nervous system and renders them susceptible to mind control. Parizad plans to unleash the weapon in Washington D. C. on Inauguration Day during the swearing in of the country’s first female president, turning civilians into weapons.
Army Lieutenant General Garrett Sinclair and his Joint Special Operations team are assigned to stop the terrorist strike. Sinclair pursues Parizad across the Middle East, Europe, and in the U.S., only to discover a deeper conspiracy—a revelation that his wife may not have died from cancer but was murdered. Separated from his teammates and unsure of who he can trust, Sinclair is on a mission not only to save his country, but to avenge his family.
Hours To Kill by Susan Sleeman
It’s clear that something sinister is definitely going on! Homeland Security Agent Addison Leigh is attacked and left for dead as she was getting too close to the truth on the case she was working. Her estranged husband, ICE Agent Mack Jordan is called in as her emergency contact and finds she has no memory. This case moves fast and danger comes from every direction. Mack has to protect Addison and finds getting all the facts and finding those responsible is a totally consuming problem for everyone involved. Homeland Security and Ice, interesting to see how these agency’s worked together. I was gifted a copy by the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required. My opinion and review is voluntary.
Just as Homeland Security Agent Addison Leigh reaches the pinnacle of her cyber investigation into a firearms smuggling ring, she’s attacked and left for dead. Her estranged husband, ICE Agent Mack Jordan, is notified that she’s at the hospital in a coma. He may have let his past military trauma ruin their short marriage, but she never gave up on their relationship, and he remains her next of kin.
Mack rushes to her bedside, where he promises to hunt down the man who attacked her. Mack failed her once when he bailed on their marriage, and he’s not about to let her down again. But when she wakes up in the hospital, she remembers neither the attack nor ever being married to Mack. And when a second attempt to take her life is made, it’s clear something very sinister is going on, and Mack and Addison are in for the ride of their lives.
Bailey was one of the first women accepted to attend college and she loved history, so when she writes scholarly articles under the masculine-sounding name of Dr. Perseus Stone to get them published… Someone wants to know who this mysterious writer is and stop the articles. When a young man she met in college is the reporter out to scoop the story, she has to decide how to handle it. Sometimes truth sounds more like a lie and a story is just so much better with some lies to make it sound like the truth. Loved the interesting characters, some secrets and a little romance made a wonderful story.
It was just a harmless, little lie…
Widow Bailey Bryson writes scholarly articles under the masculine-sounding name of Dr. Perseus Stone. When handsome reporter Collin Winchester comes to Last Chance, Nebraska seeking an interview with the good doctor, a whirlwind of lies and confusion tears through the town. No one knows what to believe, especially since the truth is mingling so well with the fiction.
And Bailey is caught in the middle. She knows the truth will set her free, but then she learns Collin has come to Last Chance to smear Dr. Stone’s reputation. A man who does not exist, yet one the town is now bent on protecting.
How can she and Collin get at the truth—especially when their hearts are hiding secrets, too?
What an ending to a wonderful series! The characters are so real.. Secrets, double lives, secret agents, romance and a unique look behind the scenes inside an intelligence agency. I always enjoy the Historical lessons this author gives me through the eyes of these unique characters. Definitely on of my favorite authors. If you like this type story… you will definitely enjoy this book and the entire series. I was requested a copy through NetGalley and no review was required. My review is voluntary.
Courting Misfortune by Regina Jennings
Calista is in training as a Pinkerton agent. Went on a mission to find a kidnapped young lady she is sent into a rowdy town full of miners and questionable characters. A young preacher decides she is a young lady headed for trouble and their paths are destined to cross frequently. This is full of mishaps, troubles, secrets and a little romance. Serious happenings but some oh so fun mishaps that kept me reading and wondering just what Calista would get into next. I requested a copy through NetGalley , no review was required. My review is voluntary.
With Jane and Reid working against time to stop an oil platform from being blown up these is there is lots of action and many lives at stake. Danger lurking everywhere and little time to follow the evidence. I liked that she found out more about her past and how her son is now in her future. Family, job, romance and mystery! I really enjoyed the multiple story lines going on here.
US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are called on to transport two prisoners across the country on a private plane. This is what happens when the plane crashes and the prisoner escapes before you regain consciousness. First… you are thankful he didn’t kill you, Second… you start the chase. Action, danger and the escaped prisoner with nothing to lose! This was one that was hard to put down.
This is a little different from what I expected, but, when based on an idea from a true story… Fact with fiction.. A winner! This lady has been afflicted with headaches for a very long time. She has been searching for any help and has tried everything she has found that just might offer relief. Finally, she reads an article how fasting under the care of this Dr. can be a cure! When she signs into the clinic she has no idea of what her treatments would entail.. I felt like crying when page after page we are told of the happenings of her treatments in this clinic. What an ending!
I recently was invited to share this new Christian based series and it looks like a safe animated series for the whole family. From the co-creator of Veggietales. Looking over the website and from the information I’ve seen it has me looking forward to this new idea for my grandchildren.
THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS tells the story of Merle and Pearl, 2,000-year-old squirrels from Israel who were petrified in sea salt in the caves of the Dead Sea, where 12-year-old Michael discovers them 2000 years later and sneaks them into his backpack to bring them home. The zany adventures of this salty couple and their new friend are full of adventure, humor and character-building lessons. And just as with VeggieTales, Nawrocki once again uses high quality animation to teach biblical principles that families can trust.
● NEW animated series safe for the whole family! ● Creators: VeggieTales co-creator and voice of the lovable “Larry the Cucumber” – Mike Nawrocki and his team, including renowned Disney Animator Tom Bancroft and legendary Producer / Filmmaker / Recording Artist Steve Taylor, are gathering resources to bring THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS to life. ● VeggieTales Co-Creator Mike Nawrocki has a BIG announcement make sure to follow them @ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ● The launch of THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign begins Tues., Feb. 16 if anyone wants to help this series come to life. ● Anyone who would like to donate may visit the Dead Sea Squirrels’ website to find the link to the Kickstarter page or for more information.
How fun! This book has interesting characters that will make you smile, frown, wonder how snobby can you get and a beautiful romance with ups and downs. Loved how the ladies in a boardinghouse became an investigative agency and the interesting jobs they take on. You can’t go wrong with a Jen Turano book!
About the Book
Book: To Steal A Heart
Author: Jen Turano
Genre: Comedic Historical Romance
Release Date: November, 2020
After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend–until he abandoned her.
After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.
As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.
Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado.
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“To Steal a Heart” is the first book in a new series. How did you come up with the idea for this series?
Oddly enough, this series was inspired by a lot of different things. I keep this idea box, and whenever I stumble on something interesting, I throw the idea into the box. When I was getting ready to assemble a proposal for a new series, I took out the box and began rifling through it. Unfortunately, nothing struck my fancy. What did strike my fancy though, was the movie “My Fair Lady.” I’d recently watched it for the millionth time, and I thought…hmmm…what could I do with that? Well, I didn’t want to do a recreation of “My Fair Lady” and that’s when it hit me – what if I used a gentleman instead of a lady and improved his circumstances in life with the help of a professor? That wasn’t really enough, though, for me to formulate an entire series, but then I went to New York City for a research trip. While there, I roamed around Bleecker Street for hours. It was the perfect place to set a series, and then I saw this older building that my tour guide thought might have once been a boardinghouse. That was what really started me thinking, and before I knew it, I’d created an inquiry agency run by women that came about when a resident of a boardinghouse was unjustly accused of theft. When the police would not investigate further, believing they had the true culprit behind bars, the ladies who lived in the boardinghouse felt compelled to step up and clear their fellow boardinghouse resident of the charges brought against her. The series took off from there, the first book centering around one of the lady inquiry agents, Miss Gabriella Goodhue, who used to live on the mean streets of the Lower East Side and, at one point in her life, was best friends with Nicholas Quinn, the man who has now found his circumstances vastly improved from the time he knew Gabriella. Throwing the two of them back together made for an interesting storyline, especially since Gabriella believes Nicholas abandoned her all those years ago, which makes it next to impossible for her to trust him.
Are there other interesting characters in this series?
Of course. All of the lady inquiry agents come with their own secrets. Miss Daphne Beekman is a reclusive author who lives in the attic of the boardinghouse. She has the propensity to faint at the drop of a hat, which makes for a few amusing scenes in the first book. She’ll get her own story in “To Write a Wrong,” coming out later in 2021. Then there’s Eunice Holbrooke. She’s the owner of the boardinghouse, and she only wears full mourning garb, covering her face with numerous veils and refusing to speak to anyone about her past. Clearly, there’s a mystery just waiting to be solved there, one that will be solved in book three, which I’m just now beginning to work on. The other residents of the boardinghouse provide a lot of color to the story, from the two sisters who work as paid companions by day to gossip collectors and carriage drivers by night, to the resident artist, Miss Judith, who has recently decided to dip her toe into the portrait market even though she’s really not proficient with painting people. There’s also a one-eyed, patch-wearing dog by the name of Winston, a parrot that likes to nick sparkly items named Pretty Girl, and a neurotic poodle that falls for Winston that goes by the name of Precious.
Did the pandemic affect the writing process at all for “To Steal a Heart?”
Luckily, I had already turned in the book before the pandemic hit. With that said, though, I then had to do some of the edits during the first few months of the pandemic. That was interesting. I have very specific conditions I need in order to write and edit and having Al (the husband person) working from home isn’t one of those conditions. It took me far longer than it normally does to complete the editing process, which threw off my schedule for the next book in the series, “To Write a Wrong.” Drastic measures were needed. That’s why I’m now the proud owner of a she-shed. Al thought I was joking when I first broached the subject of a she-shed, but after I had my millionth meltdown, he decided that might be a really good idea. Turns out sheds are in high demand at the moment, so getting a shed in a timely fashion wasn’t possible. It took 6 weeks for us to get a shed delivered and then we had to frame the inside and put up a ceiling and walls. I was not actually very involved with that process because I’m a danger to everyone surrounding me when nail guns are being used. 🙂 I did paint the outside of the shed, then painted the inside. Of course the air conditioning unit I had to order was delayed, so I painted in 100 degree heat. Lost about five pounds doing that, so…unexpected bonus there. I just recently finished decorating the inside, and I’m typing this interview from my new space. I’m thinking I’m going to call it “Jen’s Novel Nook” but that might change, so don’t quote me on that.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Just that I hope everyone is surviving these crazy days. I know there are many people out there who are suffering from many different problems this pandemic has caused. Know that you’re not alone, and that brighter days will show up again. Until that time, try to remember to smile and, perhaps, read a few books.
To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away the grand prize package of copy of To Steal a Heart, plus all three books in the American Heiresses series and a 30 second mystery kit (Link: https://amzn.to/3nqrIpC)!!
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I really enjoyed this Heartwarming Romance collection. A clown, a new neighbor and ventriloquist… Wanda is one of my favorite Amish authors and although this collection is not Amish, I found these a delightful more modern romance collection.
Brunstetter’s First Published Novels Brought Back to Print Enjoy a collectible volume of three early novels by New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter. Meet three couples from Washington state who are surprised by love.
Clowning Around Always a fun-loving prankster even when not personifying Slow-Joe the Clown, Joe Richey tries to win the heart of always steady and serious Lois Johnson.
The Neighborly Thing Glen Olsen is rather fascinated by his new neighbor, Sinda Shull, who keeps herself shut away, working at a home business. But Glen’s daughter is trying to prove that Sinda is up to no good.
Talking for Two Despite stuttering, Tabby enrolls in a class on ventriloquism, but guidance from handsome professional Seth Byers could destroy the little self-confidence she has.
When Dr. Jo Blake meets Matthew Hanger while treating one of his good friends, an unlikely romance seems to start. Matthew finds this hard to take, a lady Doctor in charge, as he is the leader of a gang of mercenaries called the Hangers Horsemen and always is in charge. Interesting to see how each of them comes to terms with what the other does. Definitely an interesting romance!
Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger’s Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they’re the ones in need of saving.
Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she’s not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew Hanger’s dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine’s respect, and when she hears of her brother’s abduction, he becomes her only hope for rescue.
Matt has stared down ruthless outlaws, betrayal, and injury, but when a bossy lady doctor crawls under his skin, his heart is tempted to surrender. And when she is caught in the crossfire, he may have to sacrifice everything–even his team–to save her.