Two Ways Home by Sondra Kraak

Two-Ways-Home_kraakThis is the story of the grown up romance between childhood frenemies Dairy Mary and Luke the Duke.  And along the rocky road to their romance, readers are treated to glimpses of their shared past and the struggles that made them the adults they are. Continue reading

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Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett (review)

everfaithful_burnett_waterbrookEver Faithful is the third stand-alone Vintage National Parks novel from author Karen Barnett, combining mystery, adventure, and romance against the backdrop of Yellowstone National Park during the summer of 1933.

Several things make this novel stand out, not least the fun and authentic use of the names summer workers gave to their different jobs, like maids being pillow pushers and tour bus drivers being gear jammers, and the use of locations peculiar to the setting, like the Crow’s Nest treehouse inside the Old Faithful Inn.  But what leaves the most lasting impression is the spirit of the main characters. Continue reading

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner (tour review)

allmannerofthings_finkbeiner_revellAbout the book:

After Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he mails her the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. Letter by letter, the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family will grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted. Continue reading

First Line Friday: All Manner of Things

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher.

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This week has been busy and reviews I meant to write for books I could not put down, like All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner, well, they each only have a sentence or two so far.  So I’ll share the first line with you today and the (rave) review will be “coming soon.”

Here is the description:

After Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he mails her the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. Letter by letter, the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family will grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

And here is the first line:

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First Line Friday: Ever Faithful

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher.

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If you read my reviews of the first two Vintage National Parks novels, you know how much I adored them.  So it won’t be a spoiler for my upcoming review to say that I adored the third novel in the series,  Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett.  Enough that I had to double check that I hadn’t already shared the first line on a previous Friday.

Here is the description:

Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more–and the woman who must confront his deception.

A man who can’t read will never amount to anything–or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth about certain “requirements.” Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well.
Elsie Brookes was proud to grow up as a ranger’s daughter, but she longs for a future of her own. After four years serving as a maid in the park’s hotels, she still hasn’t saved enough money for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer, but when Elsie discovers Nate’s secret, it puts his job as camp foreman in jeopardy. Tutoring leads to friendship and romance, until a string of suspicious fires casts a dark shadow over their relationship. Can they find answers before all of their dreams go up in smoke?

And here is the first line (and the fabulous cover):

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One Plus One Equals Trouble by Sondra Kraak (review)

OPOET-cover_kraakReviews of the first three books in the Love that Counts series have had me wanting to read them for quite some time, so I thought I’d give the sample chapters of book one, One Plus One Equals Trouble, a quick read. That was a mistake.

Combine one part scandalous rumor with one part affection, one part suspicion, and one part outright frustration, and what did you get?  One sleepless night. (p.165)

I was quickly drawn in by this story of a heartbroken former San Francisco socialite and a former college professor, reeling from undeserved scandal. co-teaching while competing for the one teaching job in the small town of Pine Creek, Washington.  From their first amusing but, for 1891, potentially scandalous encounter, it is clear Continue reading

Vigilant Blog Tour – Excerpt – Giveaway


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Vigilant, the first book of The Night Guardians series by Sara Davison, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Vigilant
Series: The Night Guardians, Book 1
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date:
June 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

She must choose between the man who represents the law and the one who may have taken it into his own hands.

Neglected by her parents for most of her life, Nicole Hunter keeps everyone, especially men, at arms’ length. So when Attorney Gage Kelly walks into the diner where she is waiting tables one evening, she fights her attraction to him with everything she has.

Gage and his brother Holden grew up in an abusive home, and Gage has baggage of his own. But the connection between him and Nicole is too strong to ignore, and Gage manages to convince them both that their relationship is worth the risk.

Then children begin disappearing in the night.

When Detective Daniel Grey starts to close in on the child snatcher, and enlists Nicole’s help, she faces her deepest fear. Everything and everyone she has clung to so tightly could be ripped from her, leaving her completely alone.

Except for one.

Excerpt

She lifted her head. You are with me, right? The words were a silent, desperate plea.

No sound broke the silence in the room, but she felt the Alwaysdeep in her soul, and peace flooded through her. Thank you.

A revelation struck her. Nicole blinked at the force of it, at the belated understanding that God was the only one who could promise to never leave her. Trying to force another human being to make a vow that only God could make was like trying to hold a ray of sunshine in her fingers. Without realizing it, she’d been chasing after sunbeams for most of her life.

It was time to stop, to lift her face to the brightness and warmth and revel in them, instead of living in dread of the moment they would give way to the darkness that might someday follow.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Davison - headshot 1Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novel, The Watcher, the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy, and the suspense novel, Vigilant, book one of The Night Guardians Series. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including the Word Award for Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, and is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara has a degree in English Literature and currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a copy of Vigilant and $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 4, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 17, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open to US/CAN residents!

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