Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Review: A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter


Title: A Pursuit of Home
Author: Kristi Ann Hunter
Series: Haven Manor #3
Publication Date: November 2019
Length: 376 pages

About the Book

In early 1800s England, Jess Beauchene has spent most of her life in hiding and always on the move in an effort to leave her past far behind her. But when she learns the family she thought had died just might be alive and in danger, she knows her secrets can only stay buried for so long.

Derek Thornbury loves the past, which has led him to become an expert in history and artifacts. He knows Jess has never liked him, but when she requests his help deciphering the clues laid out in an old family diary, he can't resist the urge to solve the puzzle. 

As Jess and Derek race to find the hidden artifact before her family's enemies, they learn as much about each other as they do about the past. But can their search to uncover the truth of the past lead to a future together?

My Thoughts

What a wonderful book! There is a mystery that kept me turning the pages. I loved that some characters from prior books were integral in this story and I want to reread their stories because I remember they were so good as well! I'm still thinking about this book!

Jess is such a unique character. I mean, how many women do you know who are expert knife throwers?!? Her disguises are so good and her bravery amazes me. I enjoyed watching Jess figure out who she really is. Derek seems to be the complete opposite of Jess in that he is more of a staid and nose-buried-in-a-book type of individual, however the dynamic of the two of them together absolutely works. At times, the two of them are comical.

I thought I had the ending figured out by the end of the prologue, but I was wrong. I loved how this book included a mystery and intrigue in addition to the romantic aspect. I enjoyed the spiritual content as well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Review: Serving Up Love by Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano


Title: Serving Up Love
Authors: Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Jen Turano
Publication Date: November 2019
Length: 371 pages

About the Book

On the Menu for These Ladies?

Adventure, Independence, and a Big Serving of Romance!


A storied part of American history, Harvey Houses offered women a unique chance to gain independence and see amazing parts of this great country. Celebrated historical romance writers Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano offer four fun, romantic tales of Harvey girls whose western adventures lead to love.

Tracie Peterson – A Flood of Love


Returning home to New Mexico for the first time in years to fill in at the Harvey House, Gretchen Gottsacker is sure the past is behind her. But nothing can be that simple. When the man she loved long ago steps back into her life–with a daughter, no less–will she ever be the same?

Karen Witemeyer – More Than a Pretty Face

Rosalind Kemp becomes a Harvey Girl, clinging to the promise of one day transferring even farther west, someplace her youthful indiscretion won’t catch up to her. But the past is hard to escape, and when the worst occurs, will anyone stand up for her?

Regina Jennings – Intrigue a la Mode

When Willow Kentworth is warned that strange things are happening in the railyard after dark, she never intends to get involved. That is, until a handsome new employee at the Harvey House–who has secrets of his own–needs her assistance.

Jen Turano – A Grand Encounter


After her fiancĂ© abandons her, Miss Myrtle Schermerhorn flees New York’s pity for a position at the El Tovar Hotel on the rim of the Grand Canyon. She’s determined to hold fast to her life of independence–but a rugged, frequent guest of the hotel makes that vow difficult to uphold.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Sleuth's Conundrum by Kimberly Rose Johnson Blog Blitz and GIVEAWAY


The Sleuth's Conundrum JustRead Blog
Blitz


Welcome to the Blog Blitz and Giveaway for The Sleuth's Conundrum by Kimberly Rose Johnson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK

The Sleuth's Conundrum 
Title: The Sleuth's Conundrum
Series: The Librarian Sleuth #3

Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Release Date: November 1, 2019 

Adam and Tara are sucked into a police investigation that might get Tara killed. Can Adam keep her safe or will he lose her forever?

Tara James, the local librarian assistant, is afraid her past will catch up to her when an infant is abandoned outside the Tipton County Library. Will news of the abandoned baby stir up publicity and force her to go on the run again?

Librarian Nancy Daley’s world has become complicated. Carter is pushing to set a wedding date, a woman was left for dead on the side of the road, and Tara, her assistant, is acting strange. Nancy is working every angle she can think of, but the case goes from bad to bizarre. Can she find the baby’s mother, help Tara, and plan her wedding without upsetting her life’s delicate balance?

Slow news days become a thing of the past for local reporter Adam Stacy when a dead body is discovered on the side of the road. Was the woman murdered or was it an accident? Adam’s feelings are growing for Tara, but she appears to have secrets she’s hiding. Is she somehow connected to the abandoned infant?

When things go from bad to worse Adam does everything in his power to protect Tara, but will it be enough?

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon

Friday, November 8, 2019

First Line Friday - November 8, 2019


Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

I am currently reading Serving Up Love which is a collection of four novellas by Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano. I'll share the first line from More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer since that is the novella I am currently reading (and really enjoying!).


"'I'm not going to marry her, Mother.'"

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter - Release Day and Preview

A Pursuit of Home, book 3 in Kristi Ann Hunter's Haven Manor series releases today. I am a huge fan of this author and I am looking forward to reading this book! 


About the Book

In early 1800s England, Jess Beauchene has spent most of her life in hiding and always on the move in an effort to leave her past far behind her. But when she learns the family she thought had died just might be alive and in danger, she knows her secrets can only stay buried for so long.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Review: Stitches In Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher


Title: Stitches In Time
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Series: The Deacon's Family Book 2
Publication Date: October 2019
Length: 330 pages

From the Back of the Book

Keeping people at arm's length had worked well as a life strategy for Sam Schrock.

Until he met Mollie Graber.

Schoolteacher Mollie Graber has come to Stoney Ridge for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she's the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child's heart and knit them back together. Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What she gets are sleepless nights and police at the door.

There's only one thing that breaks through the girls' hard shells--an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, horse trainer Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie's chaotic life. What he didn't expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish community of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.

Friday, November 1, 2019

First Line Friday - November 1, 2019


Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

My first line today comes from An Amish Christmas Kitchen by Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd. 


"The vase slipped through Noelle's hand and shattered on the Kitcha floor. "