The Great Flood by Matt Koceich (review)

thegreatflood_koceich_barbourWhat a fun way for young readers to experience the story of Noah’s Ark!  Now, I’m not a huge fan of time travel stories, but having a modern day 10 year old boy travel back in time gives young readers an instantly relatable character to experience the past through.  Along the way, we also experience Corey Max’s increasing understanding of faith.

Corey is facing a move from his Texas home to Florida, and resenting having to leave his friends behind.  Thrown back in time to 2400BC Mesopotamia, he meets Noah’s son Shem and begins to help herd pairs of animals and learns about the experiences of Shem’s family since God told Noah to build the ark. Continue reading


His Frontier Christmas Family by Regina Scott (review)

hisfrontierchristmasfamily_scott_harlequinThe title of this book instantly brought to mind a book I read a couple of years ago, Instant Frontier Family (review), so I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that they are both entries in Regina Scott’s Frontier Bachelors series (numbers 4 and 7).  What was appropriate to be surprised by were the characters, though not how much I enjoyed them and their story. Continue reading

A Lawman for Christmas by Karen Kirst (review)

alawmanforchristmas_kirst_harlequinKaren Kirst is one of my favorite authors in Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line and last summer I read as much of the previously released Smoky Mountain Matches series as I could, including 2014’s Married by Christmas and an unsuspecting reread of book 1, The Reluctant Outlaw.  So I spent a few months anticipating the release of this final installment in the series, and then waited a bit longer for my turn with the library e-book.  I was looking forward to finally having a story centered on that unrepentant flirt, the “Dapper Deputy” Ben McGregor, and seeing who he would be matched with.  And his match was a bit of a surprise. Continue reading

The Rancher’s Mistletoe Bride by Jill Kemerer (review)

theranchersmistletoebride_kemerer_harlequinI’m just going to say it.  I loved the ending of this sweet, contemporary cowboy romance.  The final lines (this is before the epilogue) were adorable, romantic, and the perfect end to this wedding planner meets cowboy story.

Pumpkin pie, Christmas decorating, laughter and music?  He’d better not get used to this.  The illusion of home had devastated him too many times in the past.  He couldn’t handle losing another one. (p.80)

Alexandra Harrington has been a driven, successful businesswoman in her chosen field. After the death of her father, she returns to Wyoming and ends up hiring a former classmate she barely remembers to manager her family’s ranch.  Clint Romine was Continue reading

Prodigy Prince by Natasha Sapienza (review)

NEW Prodigy-Prince-Amazon-Ebook-2When Natasha emailed me a sample chapter to consider the first book of her planned The Seven Covenant trilogy for review, I decided I would try to keep an open mind about a self-published YA high fantasy debut.  What I discovered in that chapter was the beginning of a “chosen one” type story, with a king’s second son taking center stage.  Not exactly new ground, but the beginning glimpses into this world had me a bit intrigued.

By the end of that first chapter, I was hooked. Continue reading

So Disappointed…a DNF rant

calamity_jordan_heliosphereIt is relatively rare for me to DNF a book, and rarer still that I talk about it.  But I am so disappointed that a book I have been wanting to read since I first read the title is now part of that rarity.

Calamity by JD Jordan has such a striking premise, and my imagination was immediately captured by the subtitle, “Being an Account of Calamity Jane and Her Gunslinging Green Man.”  Instantly this combines some of my favorite things Continue reading

My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille by Erica Vetsch (review)

myheartbelongsinfortblisspriscillasreveille_vetsch_barbourHaving previously read several novellas by Erica Vetsch, I was happy to give this novel by the same author a try.  Happily, this book proves that she has potential to become a go-to author for Historical Romance.

Priscilla’s Reveille at first seems like a typical fish-out-of-water story, as the very fashionably dressed lady’s catalog artist, Priscilla Hutchens, travels from Cincinnati to the very rustic Fort Bliss in Texas.  As she discovers that her orphaned twin niece and nephew already have a guardian in their uncle, post-surgeon Major Elliot Ryder, it slowly becomes Continue reading