Her One and Only by Becky Wade (review)

heroneandonly_wade_bethanyhouseGod was a football fan, surely. (p.313)

Grayson Fowler is a hard drinking, love ‘em and leave ‘em player for the Mustangs, a (fictional, I’m guessing) Texas NFL team. When forced to accept a bodyguard due to the escalating threat of a stalker, Dru Angelica Porter is not anything that he expects. She’s tough, she’s gorgeous, and having her pose as his girlfriend is both genius and torture. Continue reading “Her One and Only by Becky Wade (review)”

For Such A Time As This by Ginny Aiken (review)

forsuchatimeasthis_aiken_faithwordsOlivia Moore is praying desperately for guidance.  Drought and plagues of insects have devastated her family’s farm in Hope County, Oregon.  To ease the burden, she finds a job in town as nanny to the children of handsome widower Elijah Whitman, the president of the Bank of Bountiful.  Just as Olivia settles into the Whitman household, gossip spreads about her and Elijah.  The only way she can think to preserve her reputation is to leave town until Eli proposes another solution: marriage.  It’s purely a business arrangement she accepts.  But when the Bank of Bountiful forecloses on the Moores’ farm, Olivia is torn between her duty to her husband and love for her family.

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Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd (review)

dawnatemberwilde_ladd_tnzIsabel Creston never dared to dream that love could be hers. Now, at the edge of a forest filled with dark secrets, she faces a fateful choice between love and duty.

For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would enable her to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.

The unexpected arrival of a stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabel’s small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives.

At her new family’s invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with rumors and ominous folklore—along with whispers of something far more sinister. Perhaps even more startling, two handsome men begin pursuing Isabel, forcing her to learn the delicate dance between attraction, the intricate rules of courtship, and the hopes of her heart.

At Emberwilde Isabel will discover that the key to unlocking the mystery of her past may also open the door to her future and security. But first she must find it—in the depths of Emberwilde Forest. Continue reading “Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd (review)”

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

miriam_andrews_waterbookAbout Miriam

The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel
and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?

Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know. (from the back cover)

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River Rest by Susan Page Davis (review)

River-Rest-orchard-final_davis_teatinpressUnable to depend on her father to heal the crumbling family, Judith is afraid to trust the mysterious neighbor, Ben, who lives with his own grief.
In rural Maine in 1918, Judith Chadbourne gives up her teaching job after her mother’s death to help her father with her five siblings. But when her father sinks into deep depression and her brother Joel is drafted, the household chores and farm work may overwhelm her. Neighbor Ben Thayer offers to buy their farm, shocking Judith and angering her father. An outsider from New York, Ben seems rich and mysterious, but his heart aches from his own loss. Judith accidentally breaks the antique crystal Christmas ornament her mother loved. The splintering star echoes her family’s shattering. Ben’s efforts to help make Judith suspicious, but when Joel falls critically ill at the army camp, Ben’s aid brings the beginnings of trust. After the armistice, and the community and family start to recover from the strain of the war, but Judith learns independence is lonely. When Ben is injured, she is the only one who can help him. Can love take her beyond the frozen Maine winter?  (from the author’s website) Continue reading “River Rest by Susan Page Davis (review)”