My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island

 My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels  A little deception went a long ways in this wonderful story. A story of life of the rich being targeted by men and women looking for a marriage to success and wealth! A wonderful family story, with a little sweet romance! I really enjoyed this story and hope there will be a continuing series with these interesting characters..


About the book:

Moor your heart on Mackinac Island along with resident sweetheart Maude Welling, an heiress trying to prove her worth by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. Meet Ben Steffans, a journalist posing as a wealthy industrialist who has come to the island to uncover a story about impoverished men pursuing heiresses at the famed hotel. Will a growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed in this Gilded Age romance?

About the Author:      Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA-bestselling award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund

Newton & Polly, A Novel of Amazing Grace. This story is inspired by the true love story of John Newton & Polly Catlett and what a story it is! I had known of the story of John Newton and the hymn that he wrote, Amazing Grace. The author, Jody Hedlund has done her research and the characters came alive in this true to life historical novel set in 1740’s England. This book touched me and is one I will long remember. Forgiveness, redemption and grace, woven into a truly inspiring story.  I was gifted a copy from Blogging For Books. My opinion? I loved it!

About the book

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found…Now remembered as the author of the world’s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life.

“Click Here”   to download the first chapter of Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund.  Purchase a copy  “HERE”

  About Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is a CBA best-selling and award-winning author of fourteen books. Among a variety of genres, she especially loves bringing long-forgotten women of history to life. She is the author of Luther and Katharina, which was awarded the ECPA Book of the Year Award in Fiction. Her other novels have won the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Christy Award. She resides in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.

You can read more about the author, Jody  Hedlund “HERE”

Bearing Witness (giveaway)



My Thoughts:   As I read through this book, I found myself thinking about those who were persecuted for giving witness to their faith and what it cost them. In the past and what we see happening now,  so heartbreaking yet inspiring. This continuing persecution many Christians are facing today.. anyone wanting to learn more about the history of Christianity and about those who died for their faith will want this in their library.

Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship    From the stoning of Stephen in the first-century Jerusalem to Nigerian Christians persecuted by Boko Haram in 2015, these stirring accounts will inspire greater faithfulness to the way of Jesus, reminding believers what costly discipleship looks like in any age. Bearing Witness brings together dozens of accounts from around the world of Christians who gave witness to their faith in the face of intense persecution, even if it costs them their lives. 

About the editors:
Charles E. Moore has compiled and edited several acclaimed books and Timothy Keiderling is a researcher for the Bearing Witness Stories Project.   In selecting stories for this book, the editors focused on Anabaptist martyrs and others who suffered for their commitment to believer’s baptism and nonviolence.
Publisher: Plough Publishing House
Category: Christianity/History
Binding: Softcover
240 pages

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For Richer or Poorer by Kari Trumbo (giveaway)


Elizabeth Whitte finds herself on the frigid border of Minnesota and Canada as winter sets in. When her plans for finding a husband and rushing back to Kansas fall through, she has to stay and learn a few things…like how to care for others.

Robert is a Mountie in Fort Frances, Canada. When he meets Elizabeth, his first instinct is to send her home. He’s been burned by women like her in the past and knows his life isn’t suited for them. Elizabeth’s pull is strong, but he cannot leave his beloved Canada.

As Elizabeth matures in many ways, Robert must decide if sending her back to Kansas is still his best option. Could she learn to love him, and his beautiful home?

MY THOUGHTS:   I enjoyed this story.. From Kansas to Canada on stagecoach! Elizabeth answered an ad thinking she could be a mail order bride and get the man to be the perfect solution to getting the inheritance of the ranch accomplished before her sister could! Wow, I thought this was such a different take on the mail order bride and the danger women took when they answered the ad.. It started out with a hard lesson and more hard lessons to come!

Oh wait! How exciting is this? A handsome Canadian Mountie riding to her rescue!  But alas, when he becomes her next target but he won’t co-operate either.  I found the next lessons for Elizabeth will teach her so much about herself, family, relationships and faith, that the romance was definitely worth waiting for!


About the author:  Kari Trumbo is a writer of Christian Historical Romance and a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. She does freelance developmental editing and blogging. When she isn’t writing or editing, she home-schools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari has written three novels in the Western Vows series and one prequel/novella; all should be released by fall of 2016. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing with the worship team, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of eighteen years, two daughters, two sons, and four cats.




To celebrate her tour, Kari is giving away two wonderful prizes! The grand prize winner will receive a Kindle Fire. The first place winner will receive a copy of each of her books. This giveaway begins April 30 and ends May 9. This giveaway is sponsored by the author and entrants release any liability to this blog and Celebrate Lit.

Click HERE to enter.  and  Click HERE to buy.

Please follow the  tour and  find Kari’s guest post HERE.

I was gifted a copy to review and participate in the Celebrate Lit book tour.

Wonderland by Amily Shen, Adult coloring book


About the book:
Follow the White Rabbit into this imaginative coloring book inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings by acclaimed artist Amily Shen. Meet the Cheshire Cat, attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts in this evocative tale that invites you into a strange and beautiful new world of coloring.

What a fun 80 page coloring book! The pictures lead you through the story with wonderful pictures and the Alice’s Adventures story to read too…  I got to follow the White Rabbit into this delightfully illustrated coloring book. I got to meet the Cheshire Cat, attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts.  Nice paper for coloring and a very nice book cover, makes for a very pretty display book.    If you enjoy this new fad of adult coloring, this coloring book is indeed a WONDERLAND to enjoy!

I was gifted a copy to review from Blogging For Books..  You can purchase it HERE…

Mississippi Nights by D. M. WEBB

13394791Wow, did these brothers have problems.. Fights, a tragedy, misunderstandings, alcohol dependency and guilty feelings were keeping them totally at odds. If you like real life situations handled with fists, accusations and it seems that only family love and prayers are holding the family together, you would like this one.. This is one that will have you shaking your head and at times holding your breath wondering just how bad this is going to get. This fireman, policeman and their families in real life made this one that brought out the bond of brotherhood and strength of a loving, praying family.
I was gifted a copy by the author and The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.

A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson

26266298 This  full length historical gentle romance novel was set amidst a Montana  gold rush in the 1890s and I enjoyed the Christian overtones. Emily was such a hard worker and the supplies meager. Her mother ill and her father obsessed with striking it rich made it hard but they had each other and their faith..  While Caeden had hard feelings for his father, a troubled upbringing and he absolutely had no plans of romance or marriage… He was finding that Emily’s family was teaching him what a loving family should be. Hardships, family, faith and the troubles just seemed to keep coming! Was I ever glad when the bad guy was finally revealed. I enjoyed this book and I’d certainly recommend it.

From the Back Cover:

There is more than gold to be found in these hills.

Emily Carver longs to have a home of her own, but instead she endures a transient existence in the gold mining camps of Montana, where her father’s hopes for riches lie endlessly buried. Promises of wealth from this wild land have brought only hardship and disappointment, causing Emily to wonder if her own modest dreams will ever see the light of day.

Caeden Thibault, a young geologist working for the government, is a man trying to escape the pain of his past, and the idyllic mountains of Montana serve his purposes well. In the course of his work, he has seen more than his share of starry-eyed gold seekers. So when Emily Carver catches his attention, he is intrigued by the fact that she isn’t pinning her hopes on striking it rich.

Will an unexpected discovery come between them or draw them together?

“Peterson produces a strong sense of the Wild West in this riveting story of life in the mining camps of 1890s Montana. With absorbing characters, a suspenseful plot, and foreboding tone, this new series is guaranteed to be one of her best.”–Library Journal

“Peterson paints a realistic and picturesque portrait of Montana mining life…Emily and Caeden are wonderful, fleshed out characters and their stories are equally touching, and at times, heartbreaking.”–RT Book Reviews

“The adventurous first book in a new series promises to deliver new insights into history and faith.”–CBA Retailers+Resources

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for