Monday 29 June 2015

Book Review: Now and Forever

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From The Back:

Saddle up for romance and adventure with the Wilde sisters!

Shannon Wilde is the middle sister--and the one who loves animals. She's established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine...until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker!

Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.

As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon's land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn't count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad--and trying to hurt the woman he's falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.
My Reflections:
Hold onto you cowboy hats girls this is one tough and tumble story. I was thrilled to read Connealy's second book in her series "Wild At Heart" It was every bit as good as her first in this series. While it would be ideal to read these in order I feel this one could be a stand alone as there is enough detail and background information added to fill the reader in. 
Matthew Tucker is the strong, stubborn and rugged hero who win's the heart of Shannon, who right from the start falls head over heels for him, or was that into a raging river? Oh yes! From the start of this book the action gets rolling and the adrenaline kicks into high gear, you will not be sorry you picked this book up. 
Shannon Wilde the middle sister is a sheep loving firecracker who is sensitive yet knows how to keep moving when life gets hard. She inspires and encourages and knows when to accept help, even though she would just assume get it done herself. This girl is no wilting wall flower, she knows how to take care of herself! She like her other two sisters all served in the Civil war disguised as men. This has left her with scars seen and unseen, and Matthew Tucker may just be the man who can soften some of Shannon's edges.
a splendid read, perfect for a summer kick off. This is a sit by the river kind of book, you will loose yourself withing the pages of this one! 
It is always a pleasure to read Mary Connealy's novels, she is truly one of my favorite authors! 
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
    1. Mary Connealy
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      Mary Connealy

      Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has over half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild At Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas,...

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Book Review: A Worthy Pursuit

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From the Back:

A teacher on the run. A bounty hunter in pursuit. Can two enemies learn to trust each other before they both lose what they hold most dear?

Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan's Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the orphaned girl entrusted to her care. Charlotte promised Lily's mother she'd keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When Miss Atherton produces documentation that shows her to be Lily's legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he's been led to believe. Is she villain or victim?

Then a new danger forces Charlotte to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone vows to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he's ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte's heart.

My Reflections:

I absolutely love every book penned by Karen Witemeyer, and her newest book A Worthy Pursuit is no exception. Her books tend to fly by and I often find myself wishing her books would last just a little longer.

This story starts with Charlotte Atherton, sneaking out in the wee hours of the morning with three of her pupils. Charlotte eager to protect and care for her little charges will stop at nothing to fulfill her duties. Now that the school has been closed, she feels she has no other choice to do anything but flee. Charlotte fondly called Miss Lottie forges a family tied together by need and love She will stop at nothing to protect them, even if it means to deny the tug of her heart, and harden her self to a certain tracker who is known to always get what he wants.

Stone Hammond is hired by his wealthy boss to find and retrieve his Granddaughter who he believes has been abducted. Stone must come to the bottom of the story and decide for himself the truth of the matter. First however he has to track Charlotte down and keep them all safe long enough to determine just who is telling the truth. Problem is the more time that goes by the more confused Stone becomes.

Witemeyer does a splendid job of weaving this story together from the cast of characters to the well thought out story line, you will not regret being hooked into this book, in fact I am sure you will be quite disappointed when you come to the last page, I know I was!

 This book has been provided courtesy of Bethany House and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thank you!

About The Author:

  1. Karen Witemeyer
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    Karen Witemeyer

    Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award, and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes in giving the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Abilene,...

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Tuesday 23 June 2015

Book Review: The Midwife's Tale

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From the back:

Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity, Pennsylvania, for generations. A widow with two grown children, she's hopeful that her daughter will follow in her footsteps, but when Victoria runs off, Martha's world is shattered. 

Worse, a new doctor has arrived in town, threatening her job, and she can't remember a time when her faith has been tested more. Still determined to do the work she knows God intended for her, Martha is unprepared for all that waits ahead. Whether it's trying to stop a town scandal, mending broken relationships, or feeling the first whispers of an unexpected romance, she faces every trial and every opportunity with hope and faith.
My Reflections:
This book was something a little different for me. I simply love the series call the midwife so when this book became available I had to read it!
This is book one in the series titled: At Home in Trinity. In this story we travel back in time to the 1830 when modern medicine involved some practices that hindered healing instead of promoting it, like blood letting. Ugh! 
Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives, she hoped her daughter would follow in her footsteps and also become a midwife, that is until she learns that her daughter had run away with a traveling theater troupe. Feeling discouraged and guilt ridden Martha returns home to the gossip and betrayal of her friends and family. 
After being away for three long months Martha must win back the hearts and trust of her "clients."
This is no easy task with the new doctor in town filling their heads with new medical advances and procedures. It will take everything Martha has in her to endure the strife and stress in her life, but the very lives of her client's depend on her skill and faith.
I so enjoyed Martha's character and dedication to her patients, she reminds me of my good fiend always there with an ear and kind word. Everyone should have a Martha in their lives! I also loved how we see the evolution of medicine, makes me wonder what we will think in a 100 years form now!
All in all a great summer read, it is not fast paced but it is interesting and thought provoking all at the same time. 
I received this book free of charge from Graf-Martin Communications in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Graf-Martin!


  1. Delia Parr
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    Delia Parr

    Delia Parr is the author of sixteen historical and inspirational historical romance novels, including Hearts Awakening, Love's First Bloom, and Hidden Affections. The mother of three grown children, she was a long-time high school teacher in...
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Book Review: Amish Promises

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Journey Down a Quiet Lane in Lancaster County Where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing Meet
When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they're looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can't imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys.

Eve Lehman has run her brother's household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim's a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she's drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they've quieted down until Joel's single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve's attention--a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.

My Reflections:

Amish Promises by Leslie Gould is the first in her series of Neighbors of Lancaster County. It is a unique and quite simply a pleasure to read.

I have not read an Amish book quite like this one, it is about an Amish family and a English family living side by side. The English family, Joel and Shani Beck are looking to start fresh.

Shani is elated to have Joel home from Iraq, however she soon discovers the war has changed the man she loves. Thinking a quiet rural environment would be the ideal situation for her husband to heal and recover emotionally and physically, Shani moves the family to Lancaster County a picturesque and quaint community.

Trouble arrives at their doorstep early on when their son is involved in an accident with their Neighbors son.

Loved the characters, enjoyed the story-line, an adventure like no other, I so enjoyed reading this novel. I was sad to flip the last page and end the story, good thing this is only book one, can't wait for the next installment!

I received this book free of charge in return for my honest review from Graf-Martin Communications. Thank you Graf-Martin!

  About The Author

  1. Leslie Gould

    Leslie Gould

    Leslie Gould is the author of the bestselling Courtships of Lancaster County series and coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught...
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