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Marty had had her one true love. And he was gone; 4 years to the day. Having the love of her life gored to death by a bull was not even on Marty’s radar. Dreams of ranching; dreams of children- all gone; lost forever. 10 years of marriage and no child carried to term, children are pretty well off the table, as she sees it. Marty stopped praying that day; the day God had refused her prayers to save her Thomas’ asensiblearrangementlife.

To add salt to her still raw wound, constant reminders of those lost dreams in the form of her sister’s children haunt her on a regular basis.

She needs a change. She needs to get away.

Hannah has no qualms about cutting her ties to her Texas ranch. The classified  ad from a Colorado banker seeing a Lone Star wife caught her eye. Her decision made, she doesn’t quite find the right time to tell her family about her contracted suitor, but nonetheless, her mind is made up and she is resolved.

Knowing her sister would never approve of her marrying a man she’s never met, Marty explains her trip to Colorado as a visit to finishing school friends living in Colorado Springs. Hoping to keep a low profile, Marty makes her way on the stagecoach, which is subsequently held up by bandits. Marty knows she has to do something, or they could all die. Runaway stages with shot-up drivers rarely have happy endings.

Well, Marty is no church mouse. She’s a Texan through and through. She knows how to shoot and how to drive a team. Fortunately, her shots hit one bandit, and the others are discouraged from pursuing their heist. And thus begins Marty’s entrance into Denver society.

Banker Jacob Wythe would love nothing better than to ditch the stuffy high-life and get back to his ranching roots. That’s the reason why he was looking for a Lone Star bride, to tell the truth. He wanted a woman of hardy stock, who wouldn’t mind ranching. Little did he know that Marty was determined to leave those days behind.

Jacob makes no bones about his future plans, and Marty knows she has to keep a lid on the fact that she own the exact kind of ranch Jacob wants to end up on. Can she keep her secret from him? What will happen if he finds out?

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This book was excellent from start to finish. Both Marty and Jacob have demons they are battling, and the reader can see each struggle and the logical outcome. As one part of the plot unfolds, another part thickens. I really enjoyed the sub-plots and the final telling off of the highfalutin’ society ladies. Definitely worth some giggles.

Great book- 5 out of 5 stars.  I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers (www.bethanyhouse.com) for this review.

 

 

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1861. Bonnie Rose. Offered the opportunity of a lifetime and knowing she had no other choice for herself and her sister, Bonnie Rose accepts. wildwoodcreek

Where else was she going to find someone who could look past her shame; abuse and scars resulting from the her time in Indian captivity? And besides, no one much likes the Irish anyhow. What choice does she have but to pack up Maggie May and make the journey to the town in Texas?

Has she made a deal with the devil? How does a whole town go missing? Is she the witch he’s accused her of being?

Present Day. Allie. Basically disowned by her mother and step-father for following in her deceased father’s movie-making footsteps instead of going to law school like they want her to. Offered the opportunity of a lifetime to work as a production assistant. On an errand to the super-secret movie site, she’s asked to portray the lead role of Bonnie Rose. How can she say no?

Allie and her BFF, Kim, both find themselves working on a movie, the plot of which is mostly secret; the location of which is completely under wraps, under ‘penalty of death.’ Well, ok, maybe they won’t kill a person who leaks the details, but life won’t be real great for them afterwards. There is a price to pay for defying a major horror film maker’s directive.

Intrigued by the premise of the movie, Allie, with help from a library-working neighbor friend, Stewart, begins to string together the tid-bits of information she’s unearthed. Her working theory on location and historical figures proves accurate.

Being asked to step into the shoes of Bonnie Rose, Allie feels compelled to find out what truth she can, and to clear Bonnie Rose’s name.

And this era is not without a mystery of its own. Who is this cowboy Blake fellow? Why does Allie keep running into him? What’s his role in the show?

Can she and Kim make it out of a summer with no modern conveniences alive, even after both of them are kidnapped?

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Hoooo dingy. I love this book. LOVED it, I tell ya! I’d give it twenty stars if I could. Or a hundred.  You pick.

This is my *absolute* favorite kind of story- dual storyline; one historical, steeped in mystery and tragedy; the other modern-day meets time-warp. Fabulous.

This title wasn’t short by any means, but it easily could have been twice as long and held my interest. I especially love how the whole thing was wrapped up, with the former slave’s narrative on a scratchy phonograph recording. We finally learn what really happened at the time, and what happened after the fact. I won’t spoil it, because it really is *that* good.

I give this one 5 out of 5 stars. Do. Not. Miss. This. One. Seriously. Run and get a copy. It’s that good. I can’t wait to see what else this author has written!

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for this unbiased review.

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Alaska and nursing. Her father. These three things are all Gwyn Hillerman wants; all she needs. Even being abandoned and left by her mother and sister hasn’t changed Gwyn’s feeling on her valley. This is where she belongs. It’s what she loves.  allthingshidden

She also loves the peace of the valley, and the natives that share it. Both are threated when hard times hit the lower 48. The Great Depression was so far away, yet now hits close to home, as homesteaders are shipped in by the hundreds.

The Matanuska Project aims to settle two hundred families in the valley- in HER valley! Gwyn is simply overwhelmed with the news of colonization in her back yard.

Her father, Dr. Hillerman, is the only doctor; she, the only nurse. And they’ve done just fine up ’till now. But this? There’s no way they can serve a community of that size on their own.

A world away in Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughn is stunned when his medical license is stripped from him. Despite a life saving attempt of using the new intravenous anesthesia, the patient died from her fatal wound, and her wealthy husband was out to place blame where he could.

Jeremiah’s first thought is to go to his fiance, Sophia Hillerman. The grim face of the butler gives him a clue that his conversation isn’t going to be pleasant. To his complete shock, the usually graceful and engaging Mrs. Hillerman greets him coldly and accuses him,  “How dare you drag my daughter down with you! You doctors. Always so selfish, so-“ Cut off by his affianced, she continues her mother’s tirade with animosity, “You’ve ruined everything, Jeremiah. Everything. And now you’ve tarnished my name and my family’s name along with yours. I can’t believe you would embarrass me in such a ghastly manner. it is totally unacceptable for someone of my station.”

And just like that, his engagement is off. With stunning clarity, he sees Sophia for who she is. Learning Sophia doesn’t even care about him, leaves his heart in shreds. How could he have been so blind?!

Adding insult to injury, his own family isn’t much better. Suggesting he leave town for a while while his lawyer cousin works to get things straightened out, his parents give him some money and send him on his way. “His loving parents were too embarrassed to have their disgraced son remain in Chicago.”

Jeremiah’s been let down by everyone he thought loved or cared about him; his fiance, her mother, his own parents- and God. He was done with all of them. He’s done with women, and he’s done with God. The one place he felt he could escape to was waiting with an invitation- Alaska.

His mentor, Dr. Hillerman, was desperate for help with the new colonials. Jeremiah was desperate for a change of scenery. If it all works out, Jeremiah could practice medicine was his cousin was getting his medical license back, and Dr. Hillerman would never need to know his daughter had been engaged to Jeremiah.

The only problem with this plan is Gwyn. The more Jeremiah works with her, the more he sees the stark difference between her and her sister and mother. And- the more he falls for her.

Gwyn can’t figure out why Jeremiah is constantly on her mind. She doesn’t mind him, and he certainly tolerates her, but there’s nothing more. Even though she’s being stalked by a crook hiding out in the new colony, that doesn’t mean she’s in love with Jeremiah. Of course not.

Can they both survive the trial that lie ahead for them?

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I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit frustrating, though, the back and forth over when Jeremiah should spill the beans. I often thought it seemed like there were two different people writing, and I was not surprised when I looked, to find that there were actually co-authors. My only issue with this e-title was that again, the double ‘f’ was missing, which is frustrating. Since that’s a formatting issue and not a content/storyline issue, I’m not knocking because of that.

I’m giving this one 4 out of 5 stars. I’ll definitely recommend it. I think either of these authors write very well; there were just parts that didn’t blend as well as they could have.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for this unbiased review.

Watch the trailer!

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Can he believe them? Kieran Mullaney isn’t sure he can. Night guard Poppy is sure he can’t. His version of events the night of the explosion aren’t the same as the “official” report, and his partner on duty that night has gone missing.

When you’re dealing with a nuclear site, you can’t afford to not know what you’ve been exposed to.

Kieran is worried. Poppy has his own questions, too. And neither is backing down. Can they survive long enough to get answers?  criticalreaction

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Initially, the concept of funny business taking place on a nuclear site seemed a little too far fetched for me. Then I learned that the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was a real place, that had a real accident with lingering consequences.  Add that to the very real possibility of my family moving within spitting distance of this place, and, well, it got me thinking.

This novel is fast paced, and has multi-layered complexities. There’s the legal battle going on, as Kieran tries to get answers, all the while being stone walled by the company and then ultimately blamed for causing the recent accident.

There are mob-like threats happening to both Kieran and eventually Poppy, as both struggle to find out what they were actually exposed to that night. In addition, there is a missing guard who was another eye witness and who no doubt has key information.

Characters are well written, and there’s another layer of relationship issues between Kieran’s college friend and lawyer, Emily, and her father, who take the case while in the midst of a strained relationship.  There’s also the undercover scientist working on the site that sneakily befriends Ryan Hart, Emily’s father, while he’s out running, mulling over the case.

While this is a stand alone novel as far as I can tell, it absolutely could have a sequel. Normally, I’m not a fan of tons of characters, but they each had purpose in this novel, and weren’t confusing.

I give this one 5 out of 5 stars. Don’t miss it.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for this unbiased review. To read an excerpt, click here.

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Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.

The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.  unspoken

She’s never said a word–to the cops, to her doctors, to family–about those four years.

A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.

Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate–and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor–she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with.

Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter…

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The description had me thinking this sounded a Jaycee Dugard story, and I thought I would review it just because it piqued my curiosity.

Well. Thankfully, it was not like that story.

It was, however, very good.

Events a decade ago led Charlotte to change her name. She didn’t want anyone to know. She hadn’t talked then and she wasn’t about to start now.

Her life moved on in relative anonymity, and she wanted to keep it that way. As the sole heir to her grandfather’s fortune, she has the responsibility of liquidating his multi-million dollar inventory of stuff- including 60 million in rare coins.

As part of her grandfather’s estate, another piece of the pie are the investment dollars from the sale of his early companies, now worth even more than what he had in his compound’s vaults. Charlotte doesn’t need the money, of course, and it’s a burden to even think about. She won’t get that money, though, unless she marries.

And after what happened those many years ago, Charlotte has vowed never to marry. Ever.

As Bryce comes on board to help her sell the coins, can he help her find a place of healing, too?

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While there was a lot about coins in there, I wasn’t completely bored. The premise of this was interesting, while not being completely realistic. I suppose it could happen, though, and it’s fun to think about what you would do if this landed in your lap. I am not a coin collector, so I don’t know if all the information was completely accurate or not, but it sounded good.

This had all the right stuff- another mystery going on at the same time in the form of a cold case the super sleuths were trying to unravel. I was hoping it would all get tied up with a neat little bow at the end, and I wasn’t disappointed.

If you don’t mind coin talk, you will love this book. If coin talk makes you fall asleep, you’ll have to start and stop to get through this.

I loved it, though, and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers (www.bethanyhouse.com) for this review.

You might really enjoy the trailer for the book. 🙂

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Darcy swore she was done with undercover journalism. Done. Done. Done.

And then Abby got in touch with her, and Darcy knew her former needed her. Abby was scared. Abby never got scared. Stranded

Darcy joined the cruise ship and is anxious to meet up with Abby. That meeting never happens. Abby is gone.

The cruise line says she quit and they sent her things to shore. Darcy is not convinced.

When Gage McKenna shows up to lead the adventure excursions, Darcy is worried she’ll lose more than just the ability to solve the mystery of Abby’s disappearance. She might just lose her heart, too.

This is the third book in the Alaskan Courage series. You can read my review of the first book, Submerged, here.

As with the previous title, one really kind of needs to suspend belief. If you can do that, you’ll probably really enjoy this book. I’m giving it 4.5 stars because of that, and because there were some formatting issues in the Kindle edition and they were distracting. If you’re looking for a booked packed with adventure, this one’s up your alley.

I received this book for free from Bethany House publishers (www.bethanyhouse.com) for this review.

 

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Glynna is ready to leave. She’s ready for a change. After two rotten marriages, the last as a mail-order-bride to an abusive criminal, Glynna is looking forward to a new life.

She’s also looking forward to a lack of injuries. While her children’s injuries are mostly mental, she knows they are ready to leave the past behind, too.  FiredUp

Dr. Dare Riker accompanies her as she makes the trip to gather her belongings. The ranch her deceased husband stole from Luke Stone (Swept Away, Trouble in Texas #1) has been set to rights and given back to its rightful owner.

Now if only Glynna can make it out of the canyon alive…….

The last few trips out to the ranch, Dare figured out Glynna was being beaten. Those two marriages have left Paul, Glynna’s growing son with a vengeful attitude against any man who he thinks has an eye on his ma. He’s determined to be her protector now; consequences be damned.

It doesn’t take long for Dare and the Regulators to realize Dare is being targeted for murder. Can Dare and Glynna resolve their growing feelings for each other, and can they catch the person behind the murder attempts before it’s too late?

If you’ve been reading along, you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of Mary Connealy’s. This book measures up to snuff and gets a hearty 5 out of 5 stars from me. I can’t wait to read the next title in this series!

Mary Connealy’s  website has all of her titles- be sure to check it out!

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for this unbiased review.

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