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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. ūüôā 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. ūüėÄ

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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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“No one steps on Archer land.” This had been drilled into everyone in Anderson County, Texas-¬†including the school children. When bully Hiram Ellis pitches 10 year-old Meridith Hayes’ lunch bucket onto Archer land, Meri has no choice but to disobey the edict and retrieve it. She’s not going to let Hiram get the best of her, even if it means taking her life into her own hands!

While Meri isn’t shot to pieces, she does end up with a leg caught in a metal trap. Hearing the hunting hound closing in on her followed by an Archer, Meri is resolved is to be brave in her final minutes. What happens next shapes the rest of her life.

After releasing the trap and seeing her home-¬†leaving the Archer land for the first time since swearing an oath to his dying father- Travis knows he’ll never forget those startling blue eyes. Meredith knows that the tall tales about Travis aren’t true, and she holds on to a fantasy of being in love with him as she grows up.

Years later, Meredith has been passed on to live with her aunt and uncle after her own¬†father’s death. As business owners,¬†they see her as a pawn to gain power; her father’s land her only dowry. After all, her leg¬†defect leaves her undesirable.

The match leaves her cold; her dreams of true love shattered. Meri struggles to comply. Right before her engagement is announced, Meri hears of a chilling plan to burn Archer property, forcing them to sell to her unscrupulous intended.

Meri has no choice but to warn the Archers. Her participation in attempting to put out the planned fire results in a head injury which keeps her on the ranch with the four single Archer guys- including Travis. He acknowledges remembering her; understanding that the trap that broke her leg resulted in a permanent limp, one leg being slightly shorter than the other. The responsibility of it all comes crashing down on him, and weighs him down.

Eventually, Meri’s uncle comes to the ranch, looking for her. Once he realizes she’s there, he demands one of the boys marry her, now that she’s been ‘compromised.’ And so, the Archers take to drawing straws………..

I absolutely loved this book. This was another title that had me reading it all in a single setting. It also left my copy dog-eared and giggling.¬†Some of my favorite lines include, “Not even frilly-smelling laundry could tear them apart,” (stemming from the belief that all women smell flowery, and thus, they would too, since she was doing their laundry)¬†and “Except for the handful of weeds he’d presented her that morning, he’d given her nothing but a scarred leg and a dented head.”

See what I mean? I absolutely LOVE books that make me laugh. This one had enough tension in to make you wonder what was going to happen next. There’s also the inevitable kidnapping (but not her) and the leering goon who makes sure she knows he’s going to have his way with her.

I don’t know that I’ve read anything else by Karen Witemeyer, but she goes on my list of authors to get more titles from. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Click below to see the trailer!

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

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