Saturday, July 14, 2018

More Than Meets The Eye by Karen Witemeyer


Book review of More Than Meets The Eye by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House) by papertapepins




When Her Family Is Threatened, She Doesn't Expect Falling in Love to Be Their Best Defense

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes--one bright blue, the other dark brown--Evangeline has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world's judgments, and Evangeline has two--Seth and Zach, fellow orphans she now counts as brothers. 

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father's death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. And when Hamilton's unique sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time they cross paths, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?


A heart warming, humorous historical fiction from an author who has already made her mark on this genre. I enjoyed the characters of Evangeline and Zach from the start, and Seth grew on me throughout the story. Logan was a good addition and the tense interaction between himself and Zack definitely added to the humour. 

I enjoyed the character of Evangeline right from the start, but I wasn't quite as fond of Logan, although he grew on me. Part of it may have been how quickly Evangeline falls for him, however their relationship really makes the story. The addition of characters with health ailments put an interesting spin on things. Some of these things that can be managed now with modern medication would have been a very seriously scary thing to live with back then. I didn't really love the double love story, not how I would have done it but not a big deal. Overall this is a solid, at times funny, historical romance that is worth the read.

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. Karen Witemeyer
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    Karen Witemeyer

    Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three...
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Rebel Heart by Beth White

Book review of A Rebel Heart by Beth White (Revel) by papertapepins



Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family's Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land--until a hotel management agent for the railroad offers her hope for the future. 

If she'll turn her home into a hotel, Levi Riggins says, he can all but guarantee it will be saved. Selah isn't sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee. Yet what other options does she have? She'll have to stay on her guard . . . but she never expected to have to guard her heart.

Selah Daughtry is the eldest daughter in her southern family and before her father leaves to fight in the war against the north he charges her to take care of her mother and two younger sisters. She takes this seriously, although the youngest sister is sent immediately to join her grandmother where it is safer. After a terribly tragedy where her mother loses her life, Selah and her sister Joelle live out the rest of the war with their grandparents but can't wait to return home. In the remaining six or so years they have fought both the government and railroad executives to keep their home, even though both it and the extensive grounds have fallen into terrible disrepair. When Selah's life is saved dramatically, that also appears to open the door to a way to restore their home to it's former glory without having to move back in with their grandparents. Is this an answer to their problems or a terrible idea?

Not only does this story deal with life in the south after the civil war for Selah and her sister, but also for the former slaves who are now free and living in the community but not necessarily wanted by the rest of the town. There is resentment and bitterness on both sides and will Selah have the courage to lead the way in what she feels is right? She has always been an abolitionist at heart but her family owned slaves and that was out of her control. 

This is the first book by Beth White that I've read and I'm eager to read more. I loved the whole book from beginning to end. I'd tell you my favourite parts but I don't want to ruin anything so suffice it to say there are some surprises along the way that really make the story exceptional. Well written, in that the story deals with some pretty grim realities without being excessive in the descriptions or unnecessarily gruesome.

Totally recommend this one!

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. Beth White
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    Beth White

    Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess. Her...
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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Falling For You by Becky Wade

Book review of Falling For You by Becky Wade (Bethany House) by papertapepins



Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is reveling in the peace and quiet of her hometown right up until the moment she comes face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend, Corbin Stewart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow is concerned. He's never been able to forget her, but Willow makes it crystal clear she's unwilling to risk her heart again.

When a decades-old mystery in Corbin's family brings them together, will the heartbreak in their past and the complications in their present keep them from falling for one another all over again?


Willow Bradford is running a small inn for her parents while they away, and may I say I think that would be a lot more work than what it sounds like here. However, that is an interesting piece of the storyline. She grew up here, and moved away to pursue her modelling career 12 years ago. Somewhere in the middle of that time she met Corbin and fell for him big time. Physical attraction was a large part of their chemistry and mistakes were made which she has regretted ever since. As it turns out Corbin has ended up one small town over where he is doing special rehab for a major shoulder injury. His cousin's family lives there and the 12 year old girl with an interest in orthopaedics has taken on the task of helping him with his physical therapy. I need to stop there and say that this girl Charlotte is the best character in the book. She has long been a fan of Willow and has something to ask her. And the story goes from there. Corbin and Willow are thrown together because of Charlotte's request for help with a decades old family mystery.

Personally I felt that there was way too much talk of how hot these characters are. There are also a couple times when the kissing scenes go beyond good taste, and while they have a history and are dealing with past mistakes and yes it's hard not to repeat them I didn't want to read that level of detail. Definitely not a book to pass on to your favourite teen reader.

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. Becky Wade
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    Becky Wade

    Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and now lives in Dallas. A favorite among readers of Christian contemporary romance, Becky has won a Christy Award, a Carol Award, an Inspirational Reader's Choice...
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