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Kylie was sick and tired of wearing pants. Yep. Pants. She’d had enough.

Although, being up on her roof hearing thunder, that would have been a fine time to have had a pair of them on. Nonetheless, Kylie has got to get her roof repaired before the rain hit. triedandtrue

But roofs are tricky. She’d need a ladder. And she didn’t have one on hand. Her Pa had a ladder.

“Talk about someone Kylie didn’t want to ask for help! Cudgel Wilde would scold and snarl and in the end make Kylie want to jump on her horse and ride off and never come back.”

And, he’d make her wear pants.

Kylie was sick of pants.

Sisters Bailey and Shannon wore pants and didn’t mind. Of course, it was all part of the disguise….. Disguised as boys, the three sisters went off to war after their brother died during his service. Their pa demanded they go, so then they could homestead using the special exemption for having served in the Civil War- as boys. And being a boy meant wearing pants. Did I mention Kylie was sick of pants?

And that brings us to the present situation- Kylie on top of her roof in a skirt, with a thunderstorm coming. But before the rain came, there was thunder- and lightening. That meant Kylie had to get down without repairing the roof. Kylie hated roofs just as much as she hated pants.

“A sprinkle hit the back of her neck. Just how slippery did a roof get? Could she survive a fall? What if she broke her leg? Would she have to lie in the yard until help came? Or wolves came?

“Dear Lord,” she cried as she glanced at the dark clouds and spoke past them to God, “don’t let me be eaten by wolves because I was too stubborn to ride over to Shannon’s and wheedle her into fixing my roof.””

As she slipped and worked her way down the roof, she repeated the same mantra, “Three years to earn the life I want….”  Down to the furthest point she could reach with her hands around her stove pipe,  she realized the ladder back chair she had used to climb up with- is missing.

“She began losing her grip on the pipe, feeling her fingernails scraping along its length, and then lost her hold completely and fell. Solid arms closed around her legs. “I’ve got you, miss!””

And thus, her introduction to Aaron Masterson, land agent for Aspen Ridge. Land agent, as in, the person responsible for inspecting homestead claims and making sure there’s a cabin on the homestead after 6 months. As in, the homestead claim Kylie’s pa forced her to make for her two years of service during the Civil War. And, the homestead claim only men were allowed to have……..

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One of the reasons Mary Connealy is one of my all-time favorite authors is because of her humor. I was laughing pretty much from the get-go, and didn’t stop until the satisfying end. This title is classic Mary Connealy, through and through.

This is the first book in the Wild at Hearts series. You can bet I’m going to read about sisters Shannon and Bailey. Don’t miss it!

As usual, I give this title 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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They had butted heads in school; Kate losing the valedictorian spot to Trevor, thanks to trigonometry. Puh. Lost was the full scholarship to college, which Kate desperately needed, and rich, mansion-living Trevor did not. witheverybreath

12 years later, Kate still hadn’t forgotten the sting of that loss, nor the path deviation her life had taken. A year earlier, Kate had loved her job as a census bureau statistician. Now there were machines doing those jobs. The statistical forecasting jobs all went to men- not just men, but men with college degrees. Punch card tabulating bored Kate to tears, but without the college degree snatched from her all those years ago, she was at a loss to do much of anything else.

Until the letter came. She still didn’t understand why a renowned doctor had singled her out and asked her to apply for a “prestigious position at Washington Memorial Hospital.” The position was to analyze data and predict trends in health and disease- just what Kate would love doing. She was ready to do something meaningful with her brain again.

Putting her current job tenuously on the line, Kate decides it’s worth the risk to interview. She was feeling pretty good, until she saw him. Him, being the doctor who had requested her to apply.

She’d thought she didn’t know him up from down. She was wrong. The doctor she was to interview with was none other than Trevor McDonough Kendall. Yes, *that* Trevor……..

Could she tolerate working for him if she accepted the job, realizing his prickly demeanor hadn’t changed? What was driving his passion to find treatment and a cure for tuberculosis? Could she handle working with the critically ill patients? And, when mysterious situations take place and point to Dr. Kendall, with evidence showing up at her  parent’s boarding house, Kate’s home, could they untangle the clues in time?

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It’s been a year since I have had the chance to review another title by this author, and am I glad I did! The scene was set well; the disappointment of losing the college scholarship bitter. Although I don’t generally like books that have a lot of characters, this one was written well enough that none of them got confused.

I loved the historical content, too. It’s easy to forget how far medicine has come in recent decades. This book has it all- a fight for women working in the prejudiced work-force; love, mystery, secrets, etc. Elizabeth Camden stays on my ‘favorite authors’ list, and I will definitely make a point to review any more that come my way. This is another 5 out of 5 stars title.

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

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Ellis Eton has plans. And those plans don’t involve staying home and continuing to disappoint her family. College is hard. No matter how hard she studies, something always comes up and gets in the way of making good grades. Her family has expectations of her that she doesn’t want to meet- and can never seem meet, either, even when she tries.lovecomescalling

Being a girl in the 20s is hard. And her plans don’t look anything like the plans her family has for her. Nope. They don’t.

Ellis is bound and determined to make her escape from Boston to the bright lights of Hollywood. Now, if only she can get the money she needs…..

Not everyone is lucky enough to know their doppelgänger up-close-and-personal, but Ellis sure does! Julia, the daughter of her family’s cook, looks just like her; so much so that people often thought they were twins. When tragedy strikes and Julia’s mother dies, Julia comes up a with a scheme to bury her mother up north whilst still keeping her job, even though her employer won’t allow her to take time off.

You guessed it- Julia asks, and Ellis agrees to fill in for Julia at her telephone operator job. The money from the job will spring Ellis from her Boston misery. And, it’s only two weeks, right? Surely, she can manage a job for two weeks? What could possibly go wrong?

Ellis muddles through- barely- but disaster strikes when she accidentally overhears a plan that involves her long-time good friend and star athlete being “taken out of the picture.” Oh no! How can she warn Griffin without running the risk of him trying to pin her?! And who is the “King” that wants it done?

Can Ellis hold it together to keep Janie’s job and solve the mystery of who’s after her Griffin? Can she avoid his advances long enough to make her escape to Hollywood?

Siri Mitchell is another one of my favorite authors, and I was really pleased to be able to review another one of her titles.

This book had me laughing pretty much from the beginning. In many ways, it reminded me of Thoroughly Modern Millie {I’ll past a clip in at the end :lol:}. Maybe it was the era; maybe it was the pace and/or chronic “whoop”es, but Ellis just made me laugh.

This one hit a home run with me, even though I was wondering at the  beginning. If you want a light-hearted book that actually has some moral meat to it, you won’t want to miss this one. I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

I also appreciated the additional information about prohibition at the end, because that was an important time in US history. Ms. Mitchell provides more links on this subject on the website page for this title:  http://sirimitchell.com/Love_Comes_Calling.htm

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

And, as promised, a peek at Thoroughly Modern Mille. 😆

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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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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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Things were going well for watch maker Mollie Knox. Carrying on her father’s tradition of hiring wounded soldiers make Mollie proud, knowing she’s employing men who otherwise would be lost to the world. Many of the employed men come from her father’s regiment, and Mollie deeply feels the responsibility for the 40 family her company supports.  IntotheWhirlwind

Zack Kasmarek is the hard-nosed lawyer employed by one of Chicago’s largest- and most influential- department stores. His reputation leaves Mollie on pins and needles every single time they meet, since he’s the one she deals with as part of her company’s exclusive contract with the department store giant.

Mollie has no idea of the feeling he’s harboring for her- at least not until the Great Chicago Fire that leaves her company in ruins and she and Zach spend the night escaping the fire together and struggling to get her company supplies- and themselves- to safety.

Once Zach confesses the feelings he’s hidden from her for the last three years, Mollie is swept up into the whirlwind.

As the she and the city struggle to rebuild, can she survive and come out ahead, and with her heart intact? Can Zach reconcile the shady dealings of his employer with Mollie’s company and still keep her heart, even after the famed Colonel Lowe comes to her rescue to rebuild her shop and courts her in earnest?

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I really liked this book. It is classically written- danger, murder, love won, love lost, two good men vying for the attention of a determined woman. There was not a single part of this book that I didn’t like.

I don’t know that I’ve read anything else by this author, but she’s on my ‘favorite author’ list. This book gets 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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Submissive to her father’s will, Lady Leta of Aiven travels far to meet the future King of the North Country and a prospective husband she neither knows nor loves. Dragonwitch

But within the walls of his castle, all is not right. Vicious night terrors plague Lord Alistair. Whispers rise from the family crypt. The reclusive castle Chronicler, Leta’s tutor and friend, possesses a secret so dangerous it could cost his life and topple the entire nation.

And far away in a hidden kingdom, a flame burns atop the Citadel of the Living Fire. Acolytes and priestesses serve their goddess to the limits of their lives and deaths. No one is safe while the Dragonwitch searches for the sword that slew her twice…and for the hero who can wield it.

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Lady Leta is not happy, but knows it’s her duty to, well, do her duty. That means being shipped off to live in her betrothed’s home, in an effort to get to know him. It doesn’t take her long to figure out that she and Lord Alistair are not a love match. He is completely preoccupied and more or less ignores her.

What she doesn’t know is that he’s preoccupied with nightmares. Nightmares won’t let him rest. Nightmares show his impending death.

Add to this the illness of his uncle, whose estates he will inherit, making him King. Alistair, like Leta, will do his duty. Until he dies, that is.

Leta is bored. There is no love lost between her and Lord Alistair’s vain mother. To occupy her time, Leta seeks out the library, and soon begins to learn to read, under the tutelage of the midget Chronicler. As they form a bond, the rest of the world begins to unravel…………………

This is the fifth book in the series, but it is a stand alone title. I actually liked it, despite it being thoroughly confusing. Not having read the other previous books in the series, I have no idea if having read them would have helped.

There is a story within a story; the underlying thread being the legend that was woven into children’s stories {aka faerie tales} and known by everyone. As the gates between the worlds begin to open, all hell breaks loose.

This book is a thick one. And the font is small. Reading would have gone much faster for me with a larger font. Even with my glasses, it was a strain to read, so I couldn’t read consistently like I am used to. Things did become clearer at the end, although the ending did leave a bit hanging. If there is another book that continues the series or finishes this storyline, I really would like to read it.

Despite the confusion and complexities, I’m giving this one 4 stars. If I ever run out of new reading material, I actually would go back and read this one again, just to see if it made more sense.

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

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“Then the man turned.
It was Seth Kincaid.
Alive and well. He’d be better off dead.
She could arrange that.
She still had her gun.”

Callie had no choice but to leave her Texas home and go chase her wayward husband. He’d survived the Civil War, but she’s not sure his demons will allow his to remember her. overtheedge

Out of options, she headed to Colorado with their baby in tow, in search of the Kincaid family ranch. Why had he discarded her? Why hadn’t he come for her already?

Hoping the parson had gotten enough time to go for help, she waited for rescue, blood pouring from her wound. She started to relax, as her rescuer came into sight.

And then he turned.

While dodging the bullets she was shooting at him, fingers of recognition wafted through Seth’s mind. “The memory conjured up a pleasant feeling in his chest. Which sure didn’t match with the threat and the gunfire.”

The stagecoach hold-up was not the first obstacle to deal with, but even after having gotten shot, it might well be the easiest, for all the good finding her husband had done.

Not knowing who she was was- but that he’d held her before, Seth scooped her up onto his horse and raced her to town; praying she wouldn’t die. Seth didn’t have time to be shocked at the revelation that she had sparked a prayer, after all those years ago when “he’d paid for survival with his soul.” That afternoon was the last time he’d prayed- until now.

Will she survive her injuries and if she does, will he let her come to the ranch? Will he ever remember her?

If you’ve read any of the other titles in The Kincaid Brides series, you’ll no doubt remember Seth’s struggles. Being burned in a cave as a child combined with the war have left him in a cycle of constantly fighting the demons in his mind.

It seemed to me I had reviewed the first book in the series, Out of Control, but I don’t see that I had. Our move has totally thrown my sense of timing off, because when I “found” this title unpacking, I immediately remembered the characters like I had just read the other book a very short time ago.

That is the sign of a good author- one that writes characters that stick with you despite the passage of significant time. 🙂 Normally, I read titles in a series in sequence if I can, and if I miss one, I generally won’t go back to read the missing book. This series, however, has been so enjoyable that I probably will go back for the second book, even though I know the end result.

There are few authors that go onto my “must read” list, but Mary Connealy is one that goes onto that list without a second thought. I give this title 5 out of 5 stars.

Because this book was so much fun to read, I’m going to throw you the trailer. 😀

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You might also enjoy Mary Connealy’s website, that has all of her titles.

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

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