Thursday, March 11, 2021

Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz

Book review of Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz (Revell) by papertapepins

They're both too busy for love . . . but love is not too busy for them

Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in Virginia Colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family's shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors.

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife.

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they've been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

Tidewater Bride is an epic story of love and hardships on the Virginia frontier in the 1600s. Selah is the Cape Merchant's daughter who has grown up in the James Towne settlement. Even with the huge ratio of men to women, she has managed to stay single into her mid twenties and is a woman knows her own mind. She's spirited, fun, compassionate and with a real depth of character.

This story is an eye opening look into the lives of those early Virginia settlers. You had to be a hardy sort to survive! I always enjoy Ms Franz' historical tales, and this one may be my favourite so far.

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. Laura Frantz

    Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including An Uncommon Woman, The Frontiersman's DaughterCourting Morrow LittleThe Colonel's LadyThe Lacemaker, and A Bound...

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Active Defense by Lynette Eason

Book review of Active Defense by Lynette Eason (Revell) by papertapepins

She's used to life-or-death situations.
She just didn't expect them to follow her home.

When former field surgeon Heather Fontaine returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house--and threatened her friends--she assumes it is the stalker who has been creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble follows her even there.

Luckily, a stalker isn't the only one observing Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it's what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead--and why--before it's too late.

This is the third book in the Danger Never Sleep series, and it's the best series I've read in a while. There's romance and danger and intrigue, but what I love most are the characters. They are well rounded and relatable, and are far from flat. Well written! Funnily enough, because we've met the characters by now in previous books, I was least looking forward to Heather Fontaine's story, but I loved her just as much as the others.

My only complaint is that I wasn't completely satisfied with how it all resolved. I just don't think the person, or persons, responsible for the trouble could have pulled it off. Overall it's a fantastic story and I look forward to the next 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.


  1. Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Collateral Damage and Acceptable Risk, as well as Protecting Tanner Hollow and the Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Point of Danger by Irene Hannon

Book review of Point of Danger by Irene Hannon (Revell) by papertapepins

Hate mail was one thing. This was quite another.

Radio talk show host Eve Reilly is used to backlash from her pot-stirring on-air commentary and interviews. But now it seems a disgruntled listener is resorting to more than angry words to express their displeasure. When a suspicious package arrives on her doorstep, Eve turns to law enforcement for help.

Police detective Brent Lange can't find any evidence to link the string of unsettling incidents that follows, but he's convinced they're connected. As the harassment grows more menacing, it becomes clear someone wants Eve's voice silenced--permanently. 

But unless he can track down her elusive foe, the gutsy woman who is willing to take risks for what she believes--and who is swiftly winning his heart--may not survive.

Eve Reilly has some strong opinions and doesn't shy away from sharing them on her talk radio show. While that gets her her share of fans, there will always be those who vehemently oppose those opinions too. She is a strong lead character, that while you may not agree with everything she stands for, you have to admire her strong yet respectful stance. It was nice to have the author stand up on some of these issues through her character as well, no matter how unpopular some of them might be.

Brent is a fairly standard Hannon male lead, so I'd say in this book he is outshined by the freshness and originality of Eve's character but they compliment one another well. This story will keep you in suspense all the way through. It's a fun read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yet another reason Ms Hannon is one of my very favourites!

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. Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including Hope HarborSea Rose LaneSandpiper CovePelican PointDriftwood Bay, and Starfish Pier, as well as Point of Danger and the...

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