Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz -- Reviewed


Title: Tidewater Bride

Author: Laura Frantz

Publisher: Revell

Selah Hopewell, Virginia Colony's most eligible woman, is busy matchmaking for a ship of brides, though she has no wish to wed.

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement, but he is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief.

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they've been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

Purchase a copy HERE!

About Laura Frantz

I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.

I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.

It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

I hope my books bless you.

You can find Laura on these platforms; Website || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Twitter

My Thoughts:

Tidewater Bride is a beautiful, lyrically told story of the Powhatan nation and the early James Towne colony. 

Selah and Xander were amazing characters that brought the story to life. They did a lot of dancing around what was really going on between them.

I love it when author's add children to a story because they add such innocence and fun to the story and Watseka and Oceanus did just that. I have to say that I think Watseka is my absolute favorite character. She was not only cute, her antics fit each scene she was in. 

It's clear that Ms. Frantz knows her history, because she emurses you into it from the beginning. 

Reading a Laura Frantz novel isn't just an entertaining escape from reality it is an experience that you won't soon forget. 
I haven't since I read her first book The Frontiersman's Daughter in 2009. 

I loved this story and I see a re-read in my future. I don't re-read many books but I believe this one will be.

Monday, January 11, 2021

A Match Made at Christmas by Courtney Walsh - Reviewed


Title: A Match Made at Christmas

Author: Courtney Walsh

Hayes McGuire never believed the stories about a famous Nantucket matchmaker until she ropes him into taking over her duties in while she's off the island for Christmas.

So he enlists the help of the one person he can trust with this crazy scheme—his best friend, Prudence. Armed with a series of rules, a book of success stories and the promise of Christmas magic, the pair of old friends sets out to make a Christmas match.

Little do they know that magic doesn’t discriminate, and the pair soon finds their years of friendship deepening into something more. Will Pru and Hayes ignore the electricity in the air between them or will there be more than one match made at Christmas?

A Match Made at Christmas is a stand-alone holiday novella.

Goodreads || Amazon 

About Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. She writes small town romance and women’s fiction while juggling the performing arts studio and youth theatre she owns and runs with her husband. If For Any Reason is her eleventh novel. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category, and her contemporary romance Just Let Go won the Carol Award in 2019. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children and a sometimes naughty Bernedoodle named Luna.

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter 

My Thoughts

This is such a fun friends to more book. After meeting Hayes in If For Any Reason, I was happy he was getting his own story. 

Pru and Hayes are fabulous characters that have you laughing and hoping some Christmas magic will encourage them in the romance department.

Miss Walsh does a great job of fleshing out the characters and making you feel like you know them. I felt like I'd known them forever and I wanted to smack them a time or two and tell them to sit down and have the conversation they kept avoiding.

The setting of Nantucket is like a little Christmas village and perfect for this Christmas novella.

While the characters are apart of the Nantucket Love Story series this book can easily stand alone and you won't be lost.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Happy Release Day - Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz


I look forward to a new Laura Frantz novel every year and today her newest release, Tidewater Bride is available!!!! 

I am currently reading this baby and had hoped to have a review written today, however, a rainstorm made its way to Idaho and bringing with it a migraine for me. 

I do want to celebrate the release of this fabulous book! Keep your eye out for my complete review, I'm hoping this week!!

About the book:

Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family’s shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors.

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief.

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they’ve been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

Purchase your copy at your favorite bookseller.

These quotes should definitely make you want to read the book!! I can honestly tell you that I am loving this book! I read mostly historical fiction, I've also lived in Virginia and Laura Frantz brings the 1600's and the tobacco bride time period to life!



The Red Canary by Rachel Scott McDaniel - Reviewed


Title: The Red Canary

Author: Rachel Scott McDaniel

In 1928, soot from the local mills and music from speakeasies linger in the Pittsburgh air. When the manager of The Kelly Club is found dead, nightclub singer Vera Pembroke is thrust into peril. As the only witness to the crime, she’s sentenced to hide away in the Allegheny Forest with a stuffy police sergeant as her guardian.

Sergeant Mick Dinelo harbors a burning hatred for Pittsburgh’s underworld after the devastation it left on his life—and heart. He should be out exposing the culpable gangsters rather than tending to the impetuous woman who defies his every effort to keep her safe.

Mick and Vera must set aside their differences to solve the murder that someone wants to keep buried beneath the soot of Steel City.

Goodreads || Amazon

About Rachel Scott McDaniel

As much as I'd love to occupy this space gushing about my fanatical penchant for all things classic movies, I probably should mention that I'm an award-winning Christian romance writer. I hope to inspire the mind and refresh the soul with words infused with faith and heart. Because I could never resist a good mystery, suspense and intrigue routinely sneak into my stories. My work is represented by Julie Gwinn from the Seymour Agency. I currently enjoy life with my husband and two children. 

You can connect with Rachel at her Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter 

My Thoughts

This was such a fun book! I was completely absorbed in this novel, the 1920's and the lives of Mick and Vera. 

The Roaring Twenties came alive in full color through Ms. McDaniel's pen. The characters were real and true to the speakeasies of the day. 

So much of this novel reminded me of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which is my absolute favorite classic.

I loved everything about this book and was sad to see it end. Rachel Scott McDaniel is an author I plan on reading more from.

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, December 29, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday . . . Top Reads of 2020


I don't usually post my top reads of the year until New Year's Day. However, today's Top Ten Tuesday prompt is our top reads of 2020. I can guarantee that I will have more than ten.




Biblical Fiction


New to me authors

Young Adult Retelling

I seriously thought when I broke up my favorites by genre there would be less. NOPE! I didn't even read near as much as I read in a year and at least half of what I've read is in this list. 

Are any of your favorites in my list? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Nicole (Sewing in SoCal #3) by Sarah Monzon Reviewed


About the book:

Title: Nicole

Series: Sewing in SoCal Book 3

Author: Sarah Monzon

Who has time to date when she’s trying to raise a miniature human by herself AND save the planet from its irresponsible inhabitants? Not to mention my winning personality (snort) and my curves-have-curves figure (eyeroll) don’t exactly attract the opposite sex. Unfortunately, none of these reasons have stopped my best friends and SoCal sewing sisters from taking on the archaic role of matchmakers, and they’re not beneath a little bribery if that’s what it takes to get my cooperation. Let’s just say everyone has their weak spot, and donations to my favourite charities is mine.

If I were to consider a romantic relationship, my dream guy certainly wouldn’t be immature, everything-is-a-game Dr. Drew Bauer. The man raises my body temperature faster than global warming does the Earth’s! But life seems determined to keep throwing us together, especially now that one of my SoCal sewing sisters is engaged to his best friend, in which case there can only be one of two outcomes:

1. I kill him in a fit of annoyance.

2. My common sense escapes me, and I fall in love with him.

Honestly, I'm not sure which would be worse.

Goodreads || Amazon 

About Sarah Monzon

A Carol award finalist and Selah award winner, Sarah Monzon is a stay-at-home mom who makes up imaginary friends to have adult conversations with (otherwise known as writing novels). As a navy chaplain's wife, she resides wherever the military happens to station her family and enjoys exploring the beauty of the world around her.

Like most writers, I hear voices, a.k.a my characters, and can't get those voices out of my head until I write down their story (which they tell to me...I have no control whatsoever). Think I'm a bit crazy? That's okay. My husband thinks so too and he still loves me.

My family is my life and I am 100% devoted to them.

I'm socially awkward and canNOT small talk for the life of me. Which, one would think, authors should be good at since we sit and make up dialogue all day. Sigh. I wish that were the case. Thankfully my husband and kids can both talk up a storm so I normally just hide behind them and smile. (This was said in fair warning in case we meet in person)

And because I've admitted I can't carry on a conversation, if there is anything else you want to know about me, just send me a message! Can't wait to hear from you. =)

You can connect with Sarah on these social media platforms. Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter 

My Thoughts

I think Nicole is my favorite of the sewing sisters! She's got such personality! Not that the other's don't but Nicole is not afraid to be who she is. Whether she's saving trees or caring for her daughter, Sierra, Nicole is one hundred percent all in. That is until she meets Drew. 

Drew is a great hero and his personality along with Nicole's created some great banter and a lot of laugh out loud moments.

Sarah Monzon is a very talented author whose work does not disappoint. I have loved every book of her's I've read. I enjoy how all the sewing sisters make an appearance. 

I am so looking forward to the next installment of this series.

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, December 15, 2020

Things We Didn't Say by Amy Lynn Green -- Reviewed


                                                     About the book:

                                      Title: Things We Didn't Say
                                      Author: Amy Lynn Green
                                      Headstrong Johanna Berglund, a linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, has very definite plans for her future . . . plans that do not include returning to her hometown and the secrets and heartaches she left behind there. But the US Army wants her to work as a translator at a nearby camp for German POWs.

Johanna arrives to find the once-sleepy town exploding with hostility. Most patriotic citizens want nothing to do with German soldiers laboring in their fields, and they're not afraid to criticize those who work at the camp as well. When Johanna describes the trouble to her friend Peter Ito, a language instructor at a school for military intelligence officers, he encourages her to give the town that rejected her a second chance.

As Johanna interacts with the men of the camp and censors their letters home, she begins to see the prisoners in a more sympathetic light. But advocating for better treatment makes her enemies in the community, especially when charismatic German spokesman Stefan Werner begins to show interest in Johanna and her work. The longer Johanna wages her home-front battle, the more the lines between compassion and treason become blurred--and it's no longer clear whom she can trust.

About Amy Lynn Green

Amy Lynn Green is a lifelong lover of books, history, and library cards. She worked in publishing for six years before writing her first historical fiction novel, based on the WWII homefront of Minnesota, the state where she lives, works, and survives long winters. She has taught classes on marketing at writer’s conferences and regularly encourages established and aspiring authors in their publication journeys.

If she had lived in the 1940s, you would have found her writing long letters to friends and family, listening to jazz music, daydreaming about creating an original radio drama, and drinking copious amounts of non-rationed tea. (Actually, these things are fairly accurate for her modern life as well.)

You can connect with Amy at her website || Facebook || and Instagram

My Thoughts -

A beautiful and engrossing debut novel. I've been anxiously waiting Amy Green's debut novel and I absolutely loved it. 

Johanna Berglund is a favorite heroine. She is smart, witty, having heart and depth. 

Using the technique of letters, telegrams, notes; known as epistolary storytelling, Amy Green tells a beautiful story of what happened in the German POW camps. 

Ms. Green packs so much in this 416 page novel; race relations, faith, lost friendships, and regrets. To think this is her debut novel makes the read even more stunning as well as inspiring.

If you're still adding books to your Christmas wish-list; you need to add this one! 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.

Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz -- Reviewed

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