His Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray (review)

hispromise_gray_avoninspire.jpgIn her sixth Amish of Hart County novel, Shelley Shepard Gray treats readers to a second Christmas themed novel.  In this instance, the promise of the title is tied to God’s promise as well as John Michael Miller’s promise to look after Grace King when a rash of local fires linked to home robberies threaten her during a dog-sitting job over the holidays. Continue reading


A Seat by the Hearth by Amy Clipston (review)

aseatbythehearth_clipston_zondervanThis is the third of Amy Clipston’s Amish Homestead novels.  Since Mark Riehl’s introduction as the flirty Amish playboy who gave his older brother a bad time about being single, I’ve been certain that his story would be my favorite of this series.  It is. Continue reading

First Line Friday: Lost Christmas Memories

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


Lost Christmas Memories by Dana Mentink is the fourth in the Gold Country Cowboys series from Love Inspired Suspense, and though I’ve only read the first 6% of the ebook, I can already tell you it definitely has two things in common with the rest of the series:  A Thorne brother and a high action start with the heroine in imminent danger.

A witness with amnesia

Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life?

Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw. Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her. With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember…and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.

Here is the first line:

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First Line Friday: Tell Her No Lies

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s quote is taken from a NetGalley digital galley and may vary from the final, published version.


I’m traveling today and may not be able to fully participate in First Line Friday, but I couldn’t miss sharing the first lines from Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin.  I am currently reading it as a NetGalley digital galley that I was sent access to in order to feature it on Instagram – today! – as part of a JustReadTours media takeover tour, complete with a tour wide giveaway.

Look for my Instagram post, and posts by other tour hosts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Here are the first lines (and an uncropped version of my Instagram image):

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Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink (quick review)

cowboybodyguard_mentink_loveinspiredsuspenseThe third of four books in Dana Mentink’s Gold Country Cowboys series finally answers the questions about Jack that readers have been left with in the previous books.  Secretly married for seven years to the love of his life, his was an unintentional marriage-in-name-only.  But when Shannon Livingston needs him, Jack is there for her in true Thorn brother fashion. Continue reading

Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin (review)

senddowntherain_martin_thnelsonIn Send Down the Rain, Charles Martin takes the story of a reclusive mountain man, a veteran who has become almost feral in his retreat from society, and turns it into a tale of redemption, of “getting back to good.”  First aiding an immigrant mother and her children to escape abuse, and then his lost love Allie to rebuild her life, the reader follows Joseph on a journey of recovery and reconnection. Continue reading

The Man She Married by Cathy Lamb (review)

themanshemarried_lamb_kensingtonWith an intriguing premise and a solid opening, Cathy Lamb’s new novel has a lot of promise that it mostly delivers on.  While the reader is aware of the events of the first chapter, Natalie Shelton awakes several days later to the aftermath with no memory of the morning she learned that her husband has a past that is now a threat to her.  A woman who prioritizes safety in all aspects of her life, Natalie hears everything from her “coma coffin” as various friends, family, and medical personnel talk to her and about her. Continue reading