Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander (novella review)

christmasatcarnton_alexander_thnelsonChristmas at Carnton is a novella introducing Tamera Alexander’s upcoming Carnton series.  Though at the heart this is a love story, it is also a story of war’s devastating effects on the homefront of Civil War era Tennessee.   Continue reading

My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary by Susan Page Davis (review)

myheartbelongs_davis_barbourThere are times when you just need a little romance and a good dose of adventure in your reading, and those are times when I know I can turn to certain authors.  Susan Page Davis is one of them, and Carmela’s Quandary affirms her standing as one of my favorites.

Set in 1860’s Arizona Territory, this story immediately brought back how much I loved the first book I ever read by this author (review here) about a young woman returning to white “civilization” after being stolen away and living with an Indian tribe. Continue reading

The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection: Hope Reaches Across the Centuries Through One Single Bottle, Inspiring Five Romances from Barbour Books (review)

messageinabottlecollection_barbourThe Distant Tide by Heather Day Gilbert

A Song in the Night by Amanda Dykes

The Forgotten One by Maureen Lang

A River Between Us by Jocelyn Green

Swelling Sea by Joanne Bischof

Linked by the premise of a bottle with the inscription “spero” (hope) as set up in the prologue, these are novellas of faith and love set in different historical times.  As the bottle is found and the inscription deciphered in each novella, the meaning of it’s message becomes clear.  Continue reading

A Changed Agent & Heart of An Agent by Tracey J. Lyons (reviews)

I’ve been wanting to read A Changed Agent, the first book in The Adirondack Pinkertons, since reading glowing reviews in 2016.  Once I found the second book, The Heart of an Agent, as a Read Now e-galley on NetGalley, I decided it was time.  So I downloaded the Read Now e-galley and purchased a Kindle ebook of A Changed Agent.

achangedagent_lyons_waterfallpressI have an admitted liking for Pinkerton agents in Historical Fiction, so that bias was in play and could help or ruin the reading experience depending on the skill of the author. Continue reading

Cowboy Christmas Guardian by Dana Mentink (review)

cowboychristmasguardian_mentink_harlequinIf you follow Dana Mentink on social media, and you should, you might think that she is a funny lady.  If you’ve read her fiction, you know she is.  So when she stated somewhere (don’t make me go find it) that she had used “all of my best words” in the first Gold Country Cowboys book, her newest Love Inspired Suspense series, I didn’t take her completely seriously.  Then when I received and read a copy (subscribe to her newsletter if you are a fan, sometimes she shares physical copies!) I became a believer… Continue reading

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano (review)

outoftheordinary_turano_bethanyhouseAfter reading the first Apart From the Crowd novel, Behind the Scenes (review here), I suspected that I would enjoy the second novel even more.  I was so right.

Gertrude Cadwalader (I do love the nearly horrible but ultimately charming names for the heroines in this series) and Harrison Sinclair are the most personable protagonists I’ve encountered in a Jen Turano book.  I liked them as secondary characters, but I adored them as the leads. Continue reading