Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

book review of Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House) by papertapepins

Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress. 

From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?

Anna O'Brien works in the hallowed Library of Congress. She is a librarian and researches questions related to maps. Her father was a map maker who had been mapping the ocean floor when the navy vessel he was on disappeared. That was 15 years ago and she has now stumbled on an error in the report of what happened to that ship, the Culpepper. She brings it to the Navy's attention, thinking they would be glad to know of it and work to correct the error, but instead is told to mind her own business. The more she pokes around the more feathers are ruffled, but what are they really trying to hide?

Luke Callahan has come from a wild, dysfunctional family in Maine who struck it rich when precious gems were found on their land. He is determined to make something of himself and make a difference in the world and he seems to be achieving his dream, until scandal erupts and his chances for reelection look tenuous at best.

These two are polar opposites, yet when they join forces to find out once and for all what happened to her fathers ship, sparks fly. Anna never expected to marry and if she did she would have to give up her beloved Library of Congress job. Luke has unresolved family issues that come to the forefront even as his job becomes increasingly stressful.

This is the best book yet by Elizabeth Camden. I've thoroughly enjoyed them all, especially the last couple but this one is even better. There's more depth to the characters, more surprising twists, and an underlying theme of forgiveness that is powerful. Two thumbs up! Five stars!

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. Elizabeth Camden
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    Elizabeth Camden

    Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of four books, including Against the Tide (2012), winner of a RITA Award, Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day...
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Betting On Hope by Debra Clopton

book review of Betting On Hope by Debra Clopton (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

A bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.
Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she’s been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.
Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it’s the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.
In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.
Maggie Hope is an introverted advice columnist who is suddenly thrust into the limelight when she steps in and does an interview with a high profile rodeo competitor for another reporter who is not well. From there her orderly, civilized city life is thrown into a tailspin. She is a city girl who has no intentions of falling in love and staying in the country. High heels and gravel do not mix well.
This sounded like a light hearted quick reading western romance that I could breeze through and not think too much. Nothing too heavy or slow. It was that but it was also silly. Painfully so. Oh my, and the 'attraction zinging' really got old fast. There is also a lot of bemoaning past failures and then the subsequent fear of the future. Oh get over yourselves already and just get on with the story! It wasn't for me. 
About The Author
Debra Clopton
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist first published in 2005 and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra is the author of the acclaimed Mule Hollow Matchmaker Series, and her goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words. Visit her website at Twitter: @debraclopton Facebook: debra.clopton.5

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Promise To Protect by Patricia Bradley

book review of A Promise To Protect by Patricia Bradley (Revell) by papertapepins

In a steamy small town riddled with broken promises, one woman's secret could change everything.

Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn't heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn't mean he can get her--or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago--out of his head. When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But all too soon, Ben is charged with a different task--protecting Leigh from the people after her brother. With Leigh doing everything in her power to avoid Ben, it's no easy task. And the secret she is keeping just may change their lives forever.

There's a lot going on in this story, but it flows together effortlessly and keeps you in suspense until the very end. Who is behind the attacks and are they really after Leigh or are they targeting Ben?

Leigh has just moved back to Logan Point after a 10 year absence. She's a widow with a child in tow, and the father has never been informed. She came back to do it once and never went through with it. Now she's afraid that he will be angry and so will her son. Should she come clean or go on with life as it is? That's something she has to decide, all the while trying to stay alive and under the radar of whoever seems to be targeting her. And it would be so much easier to deal with if her son wasn't bonding with that very family!

The who's and whats and whys in this book will keep you on the edge of your comfy chair for the duration of this book, and there's just enough romance to make it sweet without overpowering the rest of the story. I appreciate that. The many twists and turns keep you guessing and the characters are well done and keep it real.

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.


  1. Patricia Bradley
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    Patricia Bradley

    Patricia Bradley's manuscript for Shadows of the Past was a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award, winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier award (1st place, Inspirational), and winner of a 2012 Touched by Love award (1st place, Contemporary). Also the author...
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