Friday, August 26, 2016

No Way Up by Mary Connealy

Book review of No Way Up by Mary Connealy (Bethany House) by papertapepins

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!

When Cimarron Ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg--and possibly his life--Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch's will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance's three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don't live and work at the ranch for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative. 

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set--and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future--and a desired future with Sadie--locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.

Heath Kincaid, younger brother to the heroes in another of Ms Connealy's series, is a ranch hand on the ranch that's been in Chance Boden's family for generations. He is with Chance when they are caught in a rock slide that nearly turns deadly and is able to use the skills he learned from the medics during his time in the calvary to set Chance's badly broken leg. He saves his life and possibly the use of his leg with his quick thinking and the ranch owner is extremely grateful. 

Chance is then given the job of passing on the ultimatum from Chance that they must live on and run the ranch together for one year or he will pass the ranch on to someone else whether he lives or dies. He somehow gets tangled up in the mystery of why someone is after the Boden family. Watching and interacting with the Boden family also makes him miss his own and wonder if he did the right thing striking out across the country in search of independence from his overbearing brothers. 

Sadie is the little sister who has always been protected and watched over by her brothers and parents, but she won't let them leave her in the dark this time. She helps solve the mystery of who is out to harm or kill her family and in the meantime falls for Chance. Of course. It's a little corny and definitely unrealistic at times - would her overbearing brothers let her scale the side of a mountain? But there's plenty of humour and heart and I still recommend it. This author has a way of taking a slightly outrageous story and turning it into something wonderful.

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.


  1. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas,...
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Friday, August 19, 2016

An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

book review of An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter (Bethany House) by papertapepins

Lady Georgina Hawthorne has always known she must marry well. After years of tirelessly planning every detail of her debut season, she is poised to be a smashing success and have her choice of eligible gentlemen. 

With money and powerful business connections but no title, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. He intends to marry someday, but when he does it will not be to a shallow woman like Lady Georgina, whose only concerns appear to be status and appearance.

But beneath her flawless exterior, Georgina's social aspirations stem from a shameful secret she is desperately trying to keep hidden--and that Colin is too close to discovering. Drawn to each other despite their mutual intent to avoid association, is the realization of their dreams worth the sacrifices they'll be forced to make?

I loved everything about Kristi Ann Hunter's debut novel, A Noble Masquerade, and I loved this book as well. I wasn't completely hooked by page one, but it didn't take long. At first Georgina appears spoiled and shallow and rather awful, but this masterful writer quickly makes you able to empathize with her early on. I loved the overlapping of a few key parts of the story from A Noble Masquerade. To see that from another point of view was super cool and well done! I most definitely recommend starting at the beginning of the series with the novella A Lady Of Esteem if you can, or certainly from A Noble Masquerade. You will have so much more background with the characters and the back story if you do. This is my favourite kind of series, where each book effectively wraps up a particular story, yet there are continuing characters and connections throughout them all.

After two books and a novella, Kristi Ann Hunter is one of my all time favourite christian fiction authors. She won that before this book, but has securely cemented her place in my favourites with this story. Fantastic! Well done, good job. Keep them coming!

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.


  1. Kristi Ann Hunter

    Kristi Ann Hunter

    Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. She lives with her husband and...
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

When Calls The Heart Season 3

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About the Season 3 Boxed Set
The When Calls the Heart Season 3 boxed set provides some truly unique bonuses for committed fans of the show (#Hearties.)

As with the When Calls the Heart Season 1 and Season 2 Collector’s editions, this 10 DVD set contains both the film versions and the TV episode versions of When Calls the Heart Season 3.  You can watch the series as 10 hour-long episodes or 5 feature films.  As in previous years, fans will enjoy finding small differences between the film versions and the individual episodes.

The really exciting elements of the Season 3 collectors’ edition are the three bonus Discs:  

Disc 8 features the typical bonus material one would expect from a project like this – behind the scenes footage, interviews, etc.  

Disc 9 is a special product devoted to the fans that have made When Calls the Heart such a grassroots success - featuring footage from the #Hearties gathering in Vancouver in January of 2016.

The 10th disc is a When Calls the Heart trivia game that devoted fans are sure to love.

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