Monday, September 18, 2017

A Love So True by Melissa Jagears




Evelyn Wisely loves working at the local orphanage, but her heart can't ignore the women of Teaville who are also in need. Her boss is willing to help build a shelter for them, but only if she gains the cooperation and financial support of other local businessmen. 

While David Kingsman plans to stay in Teaville just long enough to get his father's business back on solid ground, he's intrigued by Evelyn's cause and finds himself more invested with each passing day.

Will their plans and partnership fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them, or can they trust in God's plan despite it all?


While this book didn't hold the same place in my heart as the first one in the series, it was still worth the read. Teaville is an interesting place with many endearing characters, and Evelyn Wisely is one of them. She is part of the Teaville Moral Society, and at the ripe old age of 27, she is dedicated to her work at the local orphanage. Her vision, however, has extended to not only helping the orphaned or otherwise needy children but also their mothers, many of who are in the age old profession of selling themselves as it's nearly the only means of income in many cases. Her boss at the orphanage supports her in this but she will need to raise the money necessary to fund this endeavor.


I liked that Evelyn is an older heroine in a Regency story. No 18 year old debutante, this lady had a different substance to her. It's also refreshing not to have the entire story overrun by romance and swooning. The romance is there but it adds to the story rather than taking over.

These first two books and the novella that goes along with them really can be read in any order since the stories are fairly independent, so start wherever you like, but you should definitely pick these up! As well as every other book by Melissa Jagears!!

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.

THE AUTHOR

  1. Melissa Jagears

    Melissa Jagears

    Carol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She's the author of the Unexpected Brides series, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a...
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Matter Of Trust by Susan May Warren

Book review of A Matter Of Trust by Susan May Warren (Revell) by papertapepins



It's those we love who have the power to hurt us most . . .

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he's remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana's rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can't seem to find his footing--or forget the woman who betrayed him. 

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the public eye as one of the youngest senators in the country. But she has a secret--one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track. 

When Ella's brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park's most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn't so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he'll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother--a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

I very much enjoyed being immersed in the world of skiing and snowboarding, both from the viewpoint of ski patrol and the extreme snowboarding down the face of a forbidding mountain. Gage Watson is a has been in the extreme snowboarding world since a scandal broke involving the death of a fan, and now he is ski patrol at a popular resort. As fate (or the author) would have it, he is called upon to rescue a snowboarder thought to have disappeared out of bounds who turns out to be non other than the brother of a woman who was instrumental in ending his career. A woman he had been falling for. Of course. 

In a turn of events it's the two of them that head off in a thrilling downhill ride of their lives to find Ella's hotheaded brother and his companion before it's too late. The author's descriptions of the scenery and amazing daredevil stunts kept me entranced and wanting more, while also showcasing the incredible amount of detail she has learned about this extreme sport. I was so impressed! Of course I would have no way of knowing how accurate it all is but it was fun to read all the same.

I was disappointed with some of the other smaller side storylines with the other couples from PEAK rescue, especially concerning Pete and Jess. They were featured fairly heavily in the story but nothing has been resolved yet. However, that just makes me look forward to the next book all the more. It's just that I forget so much in between books!

Montana mountains, extreme sports, PEAK rescue team, God's faithfulness .... all adds up to a wonderful story in an amazing series.

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

THE AUTHOR

  1. Susan May Warren

    Susan May Warren

    Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Wild Montana Skies, with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers'...
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

On Love's Gentle Shore

Book review of On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson (Revell) by papertapepins



Natalie O'Ryan had no plans to return to Prince Edward Island. But when her fiancé books their wedding in her hometown and schedules a summer at Rose's Red Door Inn, she sets out to plan the perfect wedding. Yet she can't possibly plan for a run-in with Justin Kane--the best friend she left behind all those years ago after promising to stay.

Justin has never forgotten Natalie. He'd been prepared to follow her off the island until tragedy struck, leaving him to run the family dairy farm. He's done the best he can with the life that was thrust upon him--but with Natalie back in the picture, he begins to realize just how much joy he's been missing.

After Natalie's reception venue falls through, she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin's property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin may discover that there is more between them than broken promises and an old friendship.

This is the third book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. I have really enjoyed reading it. The setting is divine, and the characters are quirky and interesting. The character of Natalie, however was a little harder for me to get behind. She grew on me as the book progressed but I found her somewhat frustrating as the main character. Speaking of characters, it was fun to have Caden and Marie back in this book with her.

Justin Kane was interesting in the last book and I had hoped that this book would be his story. And it is! He and his Mama really shine in this book. I know we weren't supposed to really like Natalie's fiance but he really comes off as stiff and rather stereotypical. I wish he had been developed a little more so we understood why she might even want to stay in that relationship at all. With Justin there is no doubt. 

There is a lot going on under the surface in this book. There is an underlying thread regarding forgiveness and holding onto bitterness and the choices you can make to either let go or hang on to that as a guard against getting hurt further. Natalie has more to work through regarding this town than just what happened with Justin. There is also humor in this story, both in some of the circumstances that happen with Natalie and Justin but also because of some of the other quirky characters around town so it's not all heavy. Personally I would have preferred that side of things to be amped up a bit more and the heavy stuff toned down somewhat just because I like the story to keep moving at a good clip.

Overall it's an enjoyable read, especially if you're already invested in the series.

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



THE AUTHOR

  1. Liz Johnson

    Liz Johnson

    Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as director of marketing for a Christian radio network. She is the author of several novels including The...

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