Monday, November 8, 2021

As Dawn Breaks by Kate Breslin Reviewed


Title: As Dawn Breaks

Author: Kate Breslin

Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the arranged marriage being forced on her by her ruthless guardian and instead follow her own course. When the Chilwell factory explodes, killing hundreds of unidentified workers, Rose realizes the world believes she perished in the disaster. Seizing the chance to escape, she risks all and assumes a new identity, taking a supervisory position in Gretna, Scotland, as Miss Tilly Lockhart.

RAF Captain Alex Baird is returning home to Gretna on a secret mission to uncover the saboteur suspected in the Chilwell explosion, as Gretna's factory is likely next. Fearing for his family's safety, he's also haunted by guilt after failing to protect his brother. Alex is surprised to discover a young woman, Miss Lockhart, renting his boyhood room, but the two eventually bond over their mutual affection for his family--until Alex receives orders to surveil her.

Rose squirms beneath Alex's scrutiny while she struggles to gain her workers' respect. But when her deception turns to danger, she and Alex must find a way to put their painful pasts behind them and together try to safeguard the future.

Amazon || Baker Bookhouse 

About Kate Breslin

A Florida girl who migrated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin lives on a small bay in Washington State with her guitarist husband and family. Kate has written travel articles, published award-winning poetry, and her fourth novel, Far Side of the Sea, was released with Bethany House Publishers in March of 2019. When she’s not writing inspirational fiction or spending time with author friends, she’s reading books, watching anything Jane Austen on BBC, or following hubby John’s musical career as his #1 fan. An avid nature lover, she enjoys long walks in Washington State’s beautiful woodlands or working in her rose garden. Kate’s also a traveler–she and John have toured much of the U.S. and with her intrepid mom as a traveling companion, Kate’s also been abroad–Paris, Munich, Rome, Pompeii, Athens, and Barcelona, just to name a few. She’s always looking for the next story idea!

My Thoughts

As with all of Ms. Breslin's work, this book is rich in historical detail with realistic characters struggling with not only the effects of WWI but some self-imposed difficulties.

I absolutely loved Rose. I felt her struggles. I was not fond of Alex at all at the beginning. His treatment of Rose had me at times want to go through the book and smack him. 

The beauty of this book is how Ms. Breslin weaves together horrible circumstances brought about by war with themes of second chances and forgiveness throughout this multilayered story.

This story is a must-read for all historical romantic suspense readers. I highly recommend it!

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.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday Bookish Pet Peeves


Hi! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week's topic is favorite book settings and I just couldn't get into that so I'm doing last week's topic since I missed it.

My bookish pet peeves.

1. Dog-eared book corners . . . I abhor this! Especially when someone borrows my book and returns it with bent corners.

2. Someone talking to me while I'm reading. 

3. Not returning a book after borrowing it. I've lost many books that way which is why I am very choosy about who I loan books to.

4. I love stickers, but they do not belong on the back of a book smack dab in the middle of the synopsis!

5. When a series isn't marked and you read book two before reading book one.

6. When the author kills off your favorite character that you've fallen in love with through a series.

7. Use of foreign words without a glossary in the book. Takes time away from reading to look them up online.

8. When the cover art doesn't match the story.

9. An author being raked over the coals because the reader didn't pay attention to the genre.

10. Folding over the cover and breaking the backing of a book while reading.

What are your bookish pet peeves? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant Reviewed


About the book:

Title: Tacos for Two

Author: Betsy St. Amant

Genre: Inspirational Fiction Rom-Com

Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can't cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red--and an upcoming contest during Modest's annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she's been talking to via an anonymous online dating site.

Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father's law firm, and the food truck festival seems like the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. But if he loses the contest, he's back at the law firm for good. Failure is not an option.

Complications arise when Rory's chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he's been falling for online the past month.

Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one?

Preorder your copy on Amazon|| Baker Book House

About Betsy St. Amant Haddox

Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of over fifteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her hero of a hubby, two total-opposite young daughters, a vast collection of coffee mugs, and an impressive stash of Pickle chips. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored in Christ. When she’s not composing her next book or trying to prove unicorns are real, Betsy can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha–no whip. She blogs frequently at, a devotional site for women.

You can find Betsy on these social media outlets. Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter

My Thoughts
"Don't you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I'd send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils." Rory would be happy to accept them as long as Jude didn't add any cilantro!
This book is utterly adorable, fun, it has all kinds of You've Got Mail flavor. I loved the text message conversations. Both Rory and Jude drove me crazy at times. Rory for always looking for the sky to fall and Jude at times wouldn't say what he really needed to.
Both Jude and Rory were fabulous characters. The secondary characters were just as wonderful. I loved that Ms. St. Amant added a character with Down's Syndrome to the cast and Alton's dorkiness was fun.
The spiritual thread was not overwhelming but definitely present.
If you love Rom-Com's, enemies to more tropes then you will want to read this book! 
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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham - Reviewed


About the book

Title: The Mistletoe Countess

Author: Pepper Basham

Will the magic of Christmas bring these two newlyweds closer together, or will the ghosts of the past lead them into a destructive discovery from which not even a Dickens’s Christmas can save them?

Mistletoe is beautiful and dangerous, much like the woman from Lord Frederick’s Percy’s past, so when he turns over a new leaf and arranges to marry for his estate, instead of his heart, he never expects the wrong bride to be the right choice. Gracelynn Ferguson never expected to take her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride, but when she’s thrust into the choice, she will trust in her faithful novels and overactive imagination to help her not only win Frederick’s heart but also to solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future. 

Purchase a copy HERE!

About Pepper Basham

I love a good romance, whether it’s set in an Edwardian era manor house or a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Readers enjoy my fun, dramatic, heart-warming, and inspirational novels with the certainty of a happily-ever-after.

Though some of my contemporaries have a Britallachian twist, others are Mayberry-esque, while others bring about the elegance and struggles of the Downton Abbey era. If any of these story ideas sound good to you, take some time to peruse my cyber corner of the world. “Sit a spell” as we’d say in my neck of the woods and let me ‘spin you a yarn’ filled with a few of my favorite things.

You can find Pepper on the following social media sites. Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter 

My Thoughts~

Oh, my goodness! This is the most delightful book and I loved every minute of reading it.

From the beginning, Grace reminded me of Anne of Green Gables. Fredrick is not only a swoony hero, but he's also got a past he's not proud of and he doesn't think he'll measure up to his family name and all that comes with it.

Together Grace and Fredrick find that true love really does exist and dreams come true.

Ms. Basham has outdone herself with this book and currently, it is my favorite. I hope we see more of Grace and Fredrick.

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

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday - Books to Get You In the Holiday Spirit


Hi! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. Today is a topic freebie and I've been seeing some upcoming Christmas reads floating around and thought I'd give you a wide range of Christmas reading. Some of these are already published and some of my favorite Christmas readings.

I hope you found a book or two to add to your holiday reading stack!

Have a great week!

Friday, September 24, 2021

The Secret of Emerald Cottage by Julie Lessman Review and Giveaway


About the book

Title: The Secret of Emerald Cottage

Author: Julie Lessman

She’s sweet & cozy mysteries. He’s fun & cozy flings.
Till a deadly secret reveals not-so-cozy things.

Twenty-six-year-old Molly Stewart—ex-Navy nurse and former evidence technician for the Charleston Police Department—has been burned by love. So when her friend, Pastor Chase Griffin, begs her to move to scenic Lake Loon to be a nurse and companion for Miss Lilly, his elderly landlady, she jumps at the chance. The secluded and cozy cottage on a clear mountain lake seems the perfect place to heal from her fiancé’s betrayal as well as indulge in one of her greatest passions—cozy romance. First with reading them by the bookcase and then hopefully, if dreams come true, solving them one day as a licensed detective. But when Miss Lilly’s estranged great-nephew shows up, it’s no mystery as to why he and Molly butt heads. Because it only takes one stolen kiss—while she’s sleeping, no less—to discover he’s an even bigger player than the ex-fiancé who broke her heart.

When international playboy and Irish soccer star Brec McGill learns his long-lost great aunt is in a coma from a drowning accident, he rushes to her side. Not only is he anxious to reconnect with his only living relative he spent summers with as a boy, but her cottage on Lake Loon, Georgia is the perfect respite to heal from game injuries and escape a tabloid scandal. At thirty-three, he’s disillusioned with the game, his fiancée, and life in general, craving nothing but a little peace and solitude to get his head on straight. But when he discovers his aunt’s cottage is not only inhabited by a crusty Aunt Lilly he hasn’t seen in ten years, but a pretty prude of a nurse as well, his plans take a nose-dive in the lake. Because suddenly it appears not only was Aunt Lilly’s accident no accident … but somebody out there wants to see them all dead.

Purchase a copy HERE!

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 21 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 Window was an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner, and her independent novel, Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love was listed on Family Fiction magazine’s “Top 15 Novels of 2015.”

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

You can also follow Julie on these platforms. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

My Thoughts~

It's a good thing I am constantly cold even in late summer or I'd need an ice cube bath while reading a Julie Lessman romance. 

Ms. Lessman uses her fictional town from her Isle of Hope series as a springboard for this cozy romantic mystery. 

This cozy mystery had suspense and red herrings to throw you off the trail. I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong. It had romance and kisses that ratcheted up your temperature. I felt like the mystery and romance complemented each other.

Julie Lessman pens a suspenseful, romantic story with a beautiful theme of redemption. 

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.


Want to win a $50 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback of The Secret of Emerald Cottage (or choice of Julie Lessman's books), a character named for you or a loved one (great birthday/Christmas gift!) in her next book, A Hope and a Prayer, which releases early next spring and a signed paperback of that book? Just head on over to JULIE LESSMAN’S BLOG for all the details and GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday - Books With Numbers in the Title


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Today's topic ... books with numbers in the titles. I was so happy that all the books I found I'd read. Well. . . almost, I haven't read Tacos for Two yet!!

This book by Betsy St. Amant will release on October 12th and I am super excited to read it! Make sure you pre-order it!

This was a fun list to put together. Let me know if you've read any of these books in the comments.

As Dawn Breaks by Kate Breslin Reviewed

  Title: As Dawn Breaks Author: Kate Breslin Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the...