The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass (quick review)

thecresswellplot_wass_hyperionIn another case of “I don’t usually read this type of book, but…” I picked up a copy of The Cresswell Plot at a Dollar Tree store.  It was the cover that piqued my interest, the description that made me think “hmm, maybe” and the combination of the short length and the dollar price that clinched it.

It was like something was broken inside me, and the worst part was, I was pretty sure it had been broken for a long time.  When you’re hanging on by a thread, you don’t even notice until that thread starts to break. (p. 147)

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First Line Friday–Where the Fire Falls

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

The book featured was received as an e-galley through NetGalley for review purposes.  The final copy may differ.

Last month I featured The Road to Paradise, the first book in Karen Barnett‘s Vintage National Parks series.  Since National Park Week (US) is from April 21-29, it seems the natural choice to feature the second novel in the series, Where the Fire Falls (out June 5, 2018 from Waterbrook).

From the covers (vintage park poster style), to the settings (Mount Rainer and Yosemite National Parks) and time period (late 1920’s), to the genre (Historical Romance with mystery and adventure), and the icing on the cake being the author herself – an Oregon resident and former Park Ranger – everything about these books is saying “Read Me!”  So to get us all started, here are the first lines from Where the Fire Falls:

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The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep (review)

theinnkeepersdaughter_griep_shilohrunpressPlots are afoot, as are nefarious smugglers and crafty, highly placed traitors in Michelle Griep’s new Regency era novel, The Innkeeper’s Daughter.  Ordered to “ferret out” the traitor, Bow Street officer Alexander Moore is sent undercover as the gambling rogue Alex Morton and ordered to reside at the Blue Hedge Inn, perhaps the most run-down of respectable inns in Dover.  Much to his chagrin, he learns that he will have to share a bed with one Mister Lucius Nutbrown.  But to his delight, he finds that the young scamp who kept that detail of his lodging a secret also has an attractive older sister, Johanna Langley. Continue reading

The Mail-Order Brides Collection: 9 Historical Stories of Marriage That Precedes Love from Barbour Books (review)

themailorderbridescollection_barbourHave I mentioned lately how much I love mail-order bride stories?  It seems so long since I’ve read one, so the minute I started reading this collection it felt like taking a big, long internal sigh.

Perfect for the Preacher by Megan Besing

The Outlaw’s Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand

Train Ride to Heartbreak by Donna Schlachter

Mail-Order Proxy by Sherri Shackelford

To Heal Thy Heart by Michelle Shockler

Miss-Delivered Mail by Ann Shorey

A Fairy-Tale Bride by Liz Tolsma

The Brigand and His Bride by Jennifer Uhlarik

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Tyndale Rewards Program is now My Reader Rewards Club

This is an updated post, originally published 2/26/17.

FREE and BOOK are two of the best four letter words in the English language, so let’s put them together…

I’m generally a frugal person (please don’t say cheap), so I was excited to find a program with FREE BOOKS AND BIBLES as the reward!  So excited that I just have to share…


From earning the points to redeeming them in the Reader Rewards Store, they have made everything so easy!  The first set of points I redeemed for three novels, and I was surprised at how quickly they arrived.  I recently redeemed a second set of points and I’m excited to be trying two new-to-me authors, Tessa Afshar and Jolina Petersheim.  Not mentioned in the meme above is that submitting reviews of Tyndale or NavPress books is another way to earn points.

So, if you would like to earn FREE books or bibles from Tyndale and NavPress, you can learn more and even sign up, starting off with 25 points (you get 25, I get 10) through my referral link: While I’ve tried to present this program accurately, be sure to read the terms & conditions and understand the how-to’s. 😀

If Tyndale or NavPress are publishers whose products you enjoy, you’ll find that the rewards sign-up process is simple, and earning points is quick and easy.  For example, each person who signs up through your referral link and earns 25 points, earns you 10 points just by registering.

Free, simple, quick…how cool is that?!  Now if only they would include some dark chocolate…



A Place at Our Table by Amy Clipston (review)

aplaceatourtable_clipston_zondervanA Place at Our Table starts off as a boy meets girl story, where he is too shy and she is busy protecting her heart until tragedy strikes and puts one of them into a bit of a tailspin.

A feeling of foreboding took hold of her…James was worming his way into her life, and she was going to have a difficult time convincing him to stay away from her family.

Still, he had saved her brother, and she determined to be as nice as she dared. (p.51)

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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