Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Gentleman Spy (Serendipity and Secrets Book 2) by Erica Vetsch Reviewed with Giveaway





                                                             About the book:                                             


Title: The Gentleman Spy
Author: Erica Vetsch
Series: Serendipity & Secrets 2

He only wanted a duchess for a day--but she's determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she's meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life--as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She's determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society--the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she'd remain in                            the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?



About Erica Vetsch


Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.  
 
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
 
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
 
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


My Thoughts

It's been said that the second book in a series has more to live up to than the first. The Gentleman Spy not only lives up to The Lost Lieutenant it surpasses it! I couldn't stop reading this one.

I adored Charlotte and her bookworm spunkiness. Marcus is a swoon-worthy gentleman for sure and Aunt Dolly was just a kick!

The entire cast of characters were perfect and added to the book's overall enjoyment and readability. 

Erica Vetsch creates characters that readers will care about and cheer for. Connecting with characters makes readers want to read and Ms. Vetsch has done just that.

I highly recommend this series. I recommend you read them in order. I'm anxious for the next book in the series!

I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday - Colors In Book Titles

 


I'm doing last week's Top TenTuesday topic, colors in book titles, since I missed it. I might be stretching a color or two in the titles I've chosen but it's my blog. 😉














Like I said I might be stretching the color in Magnolia Moonlight and in Stars Over Sunset Blvd. but I'm calling magnolia and sunset colors. 😉😉



Monday, August 3, 2020

To Love a Prince (True Blue Royal #1) by Rachel Hauck Reviewed







Title: To Love a Prince 
Author: Rachel Hauck
Series: True Blue Royal Book 1

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.
 

Goodreads || Amazon


About Rachel Hauck


New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.
A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, and Career Achievement Award, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.
Her book, Once Upon A Prince, was made into an original Hallmark movie. Her novel, The Wedding Dress, has been optioned for film by Brain Power Studio
She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers..
A graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, Rachel is an avid OSU football fan. She hopes to one day stand on the sidelines in the Shoe with Ryan Day.
Visit her website to find out more and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

My Thoughts ~
I adore this book! Rachel Hauck takes characters from her book The Fifth Avenue Story Society and melds them into this enchanting and magical story. 
Childhood friends, Daffy and Gus have played around the royal castle together yet it took a vacation to the Florida coast to bring them back together. 
As with all of Rachel Hauck's stories she creates real characters who struggle with issues we all struggle with and she shows our only hope is in Christ our Savior. Within this royal story of castles, and all the worldly goods that comes with being a royal Ms. Hauck makes it obvious and clear that the things of this world are temporal and not worthwhile.  
The beauty of this book is it's charm, and how with the turning of each page I was smiling. I didn't want it to end and I can't wait for book two!
While you could read this story without reading The Fifth Avenue Story Society I recommend reading the book first so you have background on the characters.
I received a copy of the book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Monday, July 27, 2020

Love's Silver Bullet (Silver Lining Ranch #2) by Julie Lessman Reviewed





About the book:

Title: Love's Silver Bullet
Series: Silver Lining Ranch Book 2
Author: Julie Lessman

She’s targeting his love.
He’s aiming to steer clear.
Till true love picks them off
in a bull’s-eye of the heart

Eighteen-year-old Sheridan Donovan has been in love with Jake Sullivan since the age of four, when she used to tag after him and her big brothers on the Silver Lining Ranch. From little on, Jake has been her hero, convincing her brothers to play school and wedding with her whenever she’d begged and cried. From horsey rides and tickle fests to his sweet willingness to be her pretend groom, Jake’s gentleness and affection had nurtured two dreams in Sheridan’s heart—becoming both a teacher and Mrs. Jake Sullivan. Preferably not in that order.

At the age of thirty, Jake figures he pretty much has everything he needs at the moment. A good job as the Assistant Foreman for Silver Lining Ranch, great friends in Blaze and Dash Donovan, and a true mentor in their uncle and owner of the ranch, Finn McShane, the man who’d given him a family to replace the one he lost. But when Finn’s niece, Sheridan—Blaze’s and Dash’s little sister to whom Jake became a big brother as well—turns eighteen, Jake discovers there’s one more thing he needs: distance and lots of it. From pinafores and bows at age six to overalls and dirt till age fifteen, the grown-up Sheridan looks nothing like the little girl who’d once been his constant shadow, now transformed into a young woman who races his heart. Painfully aware that Sheridan is determined to win his love, Jake is equally determined to keep a promise to her uncle, a promise that not only shoots a hole in his well-ordered life, but in his heart as well.
 


Goodreads || Amazon 




About Julie Lessman


Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.
Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, Isle of Hope, and Silver Lining Ranch series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 18 Romance Writers of America and other awards.
Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction. Her independent novel A Light in the Windowwas an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers' Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner.
Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at www.julielessman.com.
You can connect with Julie Lessman on the following social media platforms. Facebook || Pinterest || Twitter 



My Thoughts:

'Holy Frog Spit!' Julie Lessman has hit the bullseye with her second installment of her Silver Lining Ranch series! 

Using slang, setting, and characters she creates the perfect western. And I'd know because I'm married to a cowboy. 😉😉

Her skill as a historical writer is evident in the research of the time and the setting of Virginia City, Nevada. 

As with the first book in the series I fell in love with the characters. Ms. Lessman's ability to blend comedy, romance, along with weaving in the inspirational thread of being unworthy in our own eyes and seeing our worth in God's eyes.

Julie Lessman sticks true to her tagline of Passion with a Purpose. 

Highly recommended!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Thursday, July 23, 2020

His Encouragement #17





Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NASB

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—
      2A time to give birth and a time to die;
            A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
      3A time to kill and a time to heal;
            A time to tear down and a time to build up.
      4A time to weep and a time to laugh;
            A time to mourn and a time to dance.
      5A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
            A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
      6A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
            A time to keep and a time to throw away.
      7A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
            A time to be silent and a time to speak.
      8A time to love and a time to hate;
            A time for war and a time for peace.

I read these verses last night and I can't get the song Turn, Turn, Turn by the Byrds out of my head. As you read through each of these verses you can identify with each one. We're all born and we will all die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 

The word that sticks out to me the most is TIME. Everything is a matter of time. For God time is but mere seconds but for us here on planet earth it seems like an eternity. Especially, when we are going through something difficult, painful, hard, etc. . .  We want it to be over and move on. That's our human nature. Yet, if it was over in a light saber second we wouldn't learn anything or grow. God intends for us to grow and become who God wants us to be. 

I speak from experience here. For the last thirteen years I've desired with all of my being to go back to the time when I was seizure free. That isn't God's plan for me. You might be thinking why wouldn't He want His daughter to be seizure free. I'll tell you why and it took me a long time to accept this. Because I do more good for Him and His kingdom not being seizure free. I have to depend on Him more instead of my own strength, the medication, even my doctor. He wants us completely and utterly dependent on Him and we can't do that very well if everything is peachy. 

I know this doesn't sound fun, growth rarely is, but watching how your dependence on Him increases your faith gives you confidence that you can endure anything life throws at you because the King of Kings has your back and He always will!

Now, it's your turn . . . what scripture has touched your heart this week? Let me know in the comments.

Then go visit my other blogger friends for encouragement.

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl 

Jacquelyn @ Heavenly Home 

Jessica @ A Baker's Perspective


Gina @ Stories by Gina 

Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes 

Becca @ The Becca Files

Leslie @ Leslie L. McKee

Claudia @ ByClaudiaMoser        




Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Dust; Heirs to Neverland by Kara Swanson - Reviewed



About the book:

Title: Dust; Heirs of Neverland Book One
Author: Kara Swanson
Series: Heirs of Neverland
Publisher: Enclave

The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real--since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire's desperate search points to London... and a boy who shouldn't exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his          crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan--and herself.


Goodreads || Amazon 



About Kara Swanson:



As the daughter of missionaries, KARA SWANSON spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre. 

Swanson is the award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See and Peter Pan retelling/sequel Dust (Enclave Publishing, July 2020). She helps young writers explore their passions as a faculty member of the Young Writer’s Workshop and also offers her own author coaching services.

Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid—though not necessarily in that order. 

You can connect with Kara online where she chats about coffee, fairy tales and bookish things on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


My Thoughts:

From Pixie Dust, Left Star to the Right, to Tiger Lily this book is an enchanting read. It embodies everything that we have come to love about Peter Pan. 

In Kara Swanson's very unique but skilled hand she takes a reader on an adventure filled with twists, turns, and surprises. It's been quite awhile since I've read the actual story of Peter Pan so reading this tale was refreshing and so memorable.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching both Claire and Peter discover their true selves as they went through the peril that Ms. Swanson created for them.

I adored this story and can't wait for book two Dust and Shadows in 2021!

I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




Friday, July 17, 2020

First Line Friday Featuring To Love A Prince (True Blue Royal #1) by Rachel Hauck









Isn't this book cover just gorgeous? I fell in love with it the moment Rachel Hauck posted it on social media. This baby releases on August 11th! I am going to give you the first line today and highly encourage you to go preorder it!

First Line:

Daffy

February, Present Day
Floridana Beach, FL

This was the life. A girl on holiday with her mates. Surely something memorable was bound to happen.



Isn't that just the best line? Doesn't it make you want to read it? I sure hope so!

About the book:

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.


Purchase a copy here! To Love A Prince 



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The Gentleman Spy (Serendipity and Secrets Book 2) by Erica Vetsch Reviewed with Giveaway

                                                             About the book:                                              ...