Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tried And True by Mary Connealy

book review of Tried And True by Mary Connealy (Bethany House) by papertapepins

Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister--and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a risk--they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"--but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

This is a fun new series by Mary Connealy and she does not disappoint! I can't wait to read the next one. Three sisters once had a brother who died in the Civil War and their manipulative father convinced them to fight in his place. They masqueraded as boys and got away with it until the war ended and then headed west to homestead. Two of the sisters seem fine with living as a man, one even seems to thrive on the hard work that goes with homesteading, but not Kylie. She is sick and tired of short hair, pants, loneliness and everything else about the uncivilized west. She can't wait to finish her time earning her land, hand her piece of property over to her father and head back to civilization! Tea parties, hats, dresses, people!

She goes against her family's 'rules' and wears skirts when she's alone at home and grows her hair long again, although it's tucked out of sight under her hat whenever anyone is around to see. Land Agent Aaron Masterson comes along just in time to help her out of quite a predicament when she has an accident attempting to get off her roof and for a time she convinces him that the property belongs to her brother. How long will she be able to keep her secret? Aaron has come west from a wealthy upbringing in the south after his home is destroyed and his family killed during the war.

I enjoyed this book, it's sweet and funny and definitely worth the read, however I did find the ending to be very weak in comparison to the rest of the story. That's disappointing but not a deal breaker. 

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 is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romances. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her cowboy husband and has four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more...
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari by Jill Osborne

book review of Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari by Jill Osborne (Zonderkidz) by papertapepins

Train your feet: Ignite your soul.

Pre-teen shoe model Riley Mae laces up her flaming orange Sole Fire running shoes for another ad campaign in the third book of the Faithgirlz! Good News Shoes series. Kenya, Africa is the perfect place for runners to train, with its high elevation and encouragement from members of the famous Kalenjin tribe. It’s also a great hiding place for Riley and her Swiftriver friends from enemies back in the United States, but for how long? Adjusting to African culture is difficult, but by doing work she’s not accustomed to and by spending time with the kids and the Christian women in the village, Riley finds herself growing stronger physically, and praying expectantly for ways that God can use her to spread the Good News. Her prayers are answered in exciting and startling ways when Riley meets an orphaned girl seeking answers at a children’s home in Nairobi, but also when an error in judgment causes her to stumble into a surprise meeting with the enemy.

This is the third book in the FaithGirlz Good News Shoes series. It's a wonderful choice for preteen girls as it's exciting and very clean. They also have a very solid message and while they aren't short, they are formatted nicely and easy to read.

Riley Mae finds herself in Kenya, Africa for this adventure and it never slows down! What a fantastic setting for the story. She's always dreamed of being a missionary when she grows  up, but here she is, being used by God already, and she learns that the 'mission field' is not  just overseas or somewhere exotic but anywhere she is.

I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and Zonderkidz for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

About the Author

Jill Osborne works in children’s ministry and has a passion for telling great stories. She has written plays, skits for youth groups and Sunday morning drama teams, curriculum for children’s ministry, countless articles for her church newsletter, and a blog about taking a sabbatical in a motor home. Good News Shoes is her first series for kids, and she plans to run with it!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard

book review of Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard (Revell) by papertapepins

Kate's not sure how deep this deception goes--but she'll do whatever it takes to find out.
Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money and can't believe that it came from her sweet elderly neighbor. Or that it has landed her in the middle of another of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and one that strikes too close to home for comfort. 

As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crumble. To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets. But then will it be too late for her and Tom?

I love Sandra Orchard's books, her writing style really keeps you engaged and interested and the story is always fast paced and intense. However, this series really is proving difficult for me just because the storyline continues over 3 books, meaning this book started in the middle of the story and ended ... in the middle of the story! Not much is wrapped up, it's all waiting for the third book. I'll probably love the third book where everything is tidied up because I'm enjoying the story overall, but cliff hangers drive me nuts - as do season enders on TV! What I would like is some sort of recap or refresher for all the stuff that happened in the last book so I know what's going on because so much happens. I wouldn't jump into this book if you haven't read the first one, and maybe wait until the next one is about to come out and read all three back to back. Then it will be awesome. :)

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. Sandra Orchard

    Sandra Orchard

    Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries, including Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust. Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a...
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