My Rapid Review – Unwrapping Hope

My RAPID Review - Unwrapping Love

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She chose the wrong man once. Can she trust her instincts now? 

Phoebe Crain, an accomplished pianist, lives in near poverty to protect her five-year-old daughter from scandal. When Phoebe receives a handcrafted cigar box by mistake, her desperation to give the child something special for Christmas drives her to suggest a trade with Spence Newland, a man she views as no more principled than her daughter’s late father. But the more time she spends with the department store heir, the more Phoebe struggles to keep up her guard against him.

Spence believes the cigar box will help him gain a reclusive investor’s financial support for his proposed five-and-ten-cent stores, demonstrating his ability to manage the family fortunes. Yet he hesitates to bargain with a widow who mistrusts him for no apparent reason…until he meets a charming little girl at the train station who awaits the arrival of a prince.

Will a betrayal in Phoebe’s past and Spence’s unraveling plans derail their hope for happiness and keep a child’s fairy tale from coming true?

My Thoughts

Unwrapping Hope by Sandra Ardoin is a touching novella that asks the question: When our own judgment betrays us, how can we learn to trust again? I think this is a theme all of us can relate to. It certainly gripped my heart and attention. I felt deeply for Phoebe’s plight as I watched her struggle not only with the ramifications of her first misjudgment, but also with the fear of repeating her mistake. Her love for her daughter and her servant’s heart make her a very likable heroine. Add to that an ambitious hero whose heart is to honor God, even if he doesn’t always make the right decisions, and you have a very compelling read. The vivid setting descriptions and relatable secondary characters are just icing on the cake. In fact, this novella is like the perfect serving of your favorite dessert. You’ll gobble it down in one sitting and feel completely satisfied. I know I did.

Unwrapping Hope is the prequel novella to Sandra Ardoin’s upcoming Widow’s Might novel series.

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My Rapid Review – More Than Words Can Say

My RAPID Review - More Than Words Can Say

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After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free. No family entanglements. No disappointing those around him. Just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away when the baker of his favorite breakfast bun is railroaded by the city council. Despite not wanting to get involved, he can’t turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples.

Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. That person definitely isn’t the stoic lumberman who oozes silent confidence whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when she’s around him.
When vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. Can she put ever more trust in Zach without losing her dreams of independence?

My Thoughts

Karen Witemeyer has another delightful novel on her hands in More Than Words Can Say. Full of fun and laughs, this story doesn’t fail to reach the emotional depths fans have come to expect from her. With a heroine to make you cheer and a hero to make you swoon, this story holds the reader’s attention from the first page to the last. Well-developed secondary characters and a plot that holds more than one surprise makes this not just a good read, but a great one. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys historical Christian romance with a hefty dose of comedy.

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First Line Friday – 10.04.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

Can you believe it’s October already? Time has been flying by lately and as proof I offer this week’s title which has been taunting my lack of time from its spot on my Kindle. I’m speaking, of course, of Angela K. Couch’s novel, The Return of the King’s Ranger. I absolutely love Angela’s writing, but I haven’t been able to squeeze this one into my reading schedule yet. I am hoping to do so this month.

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Here is the first line:

Mohawk Valley, July 1785

Up and down, up and down, Nora Reid plunged the dash in the butter churn, trying hard not to think about how the motion followed the pattern of her life.

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The war for American freedom is over, and the British have gone back to England. Not knowing what has become of his family since he was forced into the Continental Army nine years earlier, Myles Cunningham wants to go home as well. He returns to the Mohawk Valley with the understanding that he is believed to have been shot for deserting—fiction that might be made real if anyone recognizes him as the son of a Tory and a King’s Ranger.

Everything is wonderful in the growing community along the Mohawk River, except Nora Reid is still alone. With her brother happily settled and both her younger sisters starting families of their own, Nora feels the weight of her twenty-four years. A long walk leads her to the overgrown rubble of the Cunningham homestead where a bearded stranger begins to awaken feelings she’d lost hope of ever experiencing.

With secrets abounding—including whether Myles even cares for her—Nora must determine what she is ready to give up and how far she will go to secure his affections. She begins to break through his defenses, but Myles can’t risk staying. Not if he loves her.

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First Line Friday – 09.27.19

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Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!

It seems I am on a Kimberly Rose Johnson roll this month because I am featuring another of her novels this week. This time I am sharing the first line from Edge of Truth, the first book in her Law Enforcement Heroes series. I recently added it to my Kindle and I’m really looking forward to reading it!

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Here is the first line:

The hair on Kara Nelson’s neck prickled as she sat behind the wheel of her car parked near the Miami Beach Marina.

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Two DEA agents.
One undercover mission.
Lives changed forever.

The DEA sends two of its best agents, Kara Nelson and Jeff Clark, to Central Oregon, to shut down a major drug ring. Kara and Jeff usually work alone, but Operation Trail Ride throws them undercover together in a way neither of them expected.

A notorious Miami drug lord wants Kara dead. Can these agents pull off the greatest acting job of their lives—and manage the sparks flying between them?
Or will they die trying?

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My Rapid Review – Mistress of Tall Acre

My RAPID Review - The Mistress of Tall Acre

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The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.

My Thoughts

The Mistress of Tall Acre is an excellent historical Christian romance with complex characters and a plot that keeps you turning pages. I felt deeply for these characters and know this story will stay with me for months to come. The romance between the hero and heroine is mature, admirable, and something I quietly rooted for as the reader. This novel provides the reader with a fresh and unique perspective on the aftermath of the Revolutionary War. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy this genre and time period.

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First Line Friday – Technical Difficulties

Sorry folks. My laptop had an unfortunate encounter with a large volume of liquid this week, so I am forced to take a short break from blogging this week (all my necessary files and software programs are on that laptop – note the lack of a photo for this boring post). If all goes well, I will be back to the usual schedule by the following week. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

My Rapid Review – Flights of Fancy

My RAPID Review - Flights of Fancy

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Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she’s always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he’s unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner.

Neither Isadora nor Ian expected to find the other so intriguing, but when mysterious incidents on the farm and the truth of Isadora’s secret threaten those they love, they’ll have to set aside everything they thought they wanted for a chance at happy-ever-after.

My Thoughts

Flights of Fancy was my first book by Jen Turano and I am quite happy to say that her story more than lived up to its beautiful cover. I think I let this one sit on my TBR a bit longer because the sample I listened to on audible didn’t strongly intrigue me. What a mistake. If the sample had contained just a bit more of that scene, I’d have better understood just how compelling this story truly was. Before the very first scene was even finished, I was hooked. Despite numerous responsibilities demanding my time and attention, I contrived ways to squeeze this book in so that I finished in under three days. I just could not wait to discover what would happen next. If you have not already read this book, I highly recommend doing so!

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