So Bright A Hope by Amber Lynn Perry

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Book Summary:

When Caroline Whitney receives word that the brother she thought was dead is in fact a prisoner of war, she is frantic to rescue him. On the way to find help, she hides from the Redcoats, but is quickly discovered by a rugged British soldier who claims she must go with him, or be tried for espionage. The world would tell her this man is the enemy, but the veiled secrets in her captor’s eyes reveal he is more than he seems. If she fails to trust, more could be endangered than her life—her heart is bound to be broken a second time.

As a double agent in the service of Washington, British Captain James Higley must keep his true convictions a secret or face being killed as a traitor. On his newest mission, he discovers a courageous woman hiding in a barn, and is forced to capture her, or both their lives will be in jeopardy. When she offers her compliance in exchange for help in finding her brother, he accepts, despite his inner warnings. He must keep his distance from this alluring Patriot, or risk revealing not only his identity, but the true feelings of his heart.

 

My Thoughts:

I simply cannot get over this stunning cover!  The colors are breathtaking!  I love it when a Historical cover is eye catching and beautiful and this one is exactly that!  This book was such a surprise to me, in all the good ways!  Danger seemed to lurk one step behind these characters at every turn!  Caroline was an admirable heroine who showed great strength and growth as a character as this story progressed.  I loved James!  Brave, heroic, noble, with a complex background which gave him duty and purpose.   Captain Green was as villainous as they come! He was easy to loathe and gave this story a lot of tension!  It kept me invested in the outcome!  This story was action packed from start to finish.  While there was a lot going on, nothing seemed unrealistic or forced.  This book had a few twists and turns and one scene in particular at the end literally shocked me beyond belief.  I will not give any spoilers!  However, it was  a mouth dropping, didn’t see that coming, moment that was amazingly well done!  If you like exciting and adventurous historical romance then you should add So Bright A Hope to your reading list!

 

If you would like to purchase a copy of So Bright A Hope or learn more about Amber Lynn Perry, visit the links below!

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* I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

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Book Summary:

Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide and living with her parents in her small Minnesota hometown, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

 

My Thoughts:

I picked up this book because of one of my Bookstagram friends. We read a lot of the same books and seem to share similar tastes and opinions, so when she told me I absolutely had to read this book, I knew I did.   Y’all!  I am so thankful for my Bookstagram pals for so many reasons, and one of them is that they give recommendations for amazing books.  This book was truly memorable, sweet, and a story that touched me in many ways.  This is my second Lindsay Harrel novel and she truly has a gift for crafting a story that is filled with emotion, heart and enough humor and hope to keep a reader invested without the story feeling super heavy.  Her characters are so real that they feel like old friends by the time you read the final pages.  I loved this story.  I loved that this story focused on more than just a bucket list of adventure items.  Yes, these sisters had some unforgettable experiences, but the real magic of this story is the unfolding of their past hurts and how confronting those things affects their relationships.  Lindsay Harrel has a way of layering stories and characters in a way that brings depth and emotion in a natural way.  I may have cried while reading this book, twice.  It was that good.  Throw in the sweetest friendship turned romance, what more could you ask for in a good book?  I was glued to this book until the last page and it honestly is one that is going to stick with me.  So happy for friends to recommend books and amazing authors who write fabulous stories for us all to gush over!

If you would like to purchase a copy of The Heart Between Us or learn more about Lindsay Harrel, visit the links below.

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Code of Valor by Lynette Eason

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Book Blurb:

What Detective Brady St. John really needs is a relaxing vacation. Unfortunately, just as the sun is setting on his second day at a friend’s cabin on Lake Henley, he hears a scream and races to rescue a woman from her would-be killer. When the killer escapes only to return to finish the job, Brady vows to utilize all of his many resources to keep her safe–and catch those who would see her dead.

Financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain doesn’t trust many people. And even though she let the detective who saved her life in on a few pertinent facts about why she was being attacked, there are some things you just don’t share with a stranger. Little does she suspect that the secret she is keeping just might get them both killed.

 

My Thoughts:

I loved this book!  This whole series has been phenomenal and Code of Honor grabbed me right from the start!  Not only is there non-stop suspense and danger, but we get to see more of the awesome family dynamic between the St. John siblings! This book starts off with a tense and suspenseful situation and really never lets up.  However, all the fast paced action doesn’t take away from the relationships that are built between the characters.  I loved the connection between Brady and Emily.  Emily’s background made her character very real and easy to empathize for her and her struggles.  Brady was the perfect compliment for her character and I loved that his view of her was driven by how he perceived her heart to be, not just her physical attributes.  His kindness will make you melt into a little puddle! This book will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the conclusion! I won’t spoil anything!  You definitely need to grab this one and read it if you loved romantic suspense!  And now we will just count the days until the next book in the series releases!

 

If you would like to purchase a copy of Code of Valor or learn more about Lynette Eason and her books,  check out the links below!

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*I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge by Pepper Basham

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Book Blurb:

Journey into the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918 where Laurel McAdams endures the challenges of a hard life while dreaming things can eventually improve. But trouble arrives in the form of an outsider. Having failed his British father again, Jonathan Taylor joins is uncle’s missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Laurel feels compelled to protect the tenderhearted teacher from the harsh realities of Appalachian life, even while his stories of life outside the mountains pull at Laurel’s imagination. Faced with angry parents over teaching methods, Laurel’s father’s drunken rages, and bad news from England, will Jonathan leave and never return, or will he stay and let love bloom?
My Thoughts:

This book captured me from the first page. There is so much heart and soul in this story.  It is tender and heartwarming with vivid descriptions of beautiful mountains and it’s residents, hidden from the progressing world.  Laurel and Jonathan’s friendship was a delight to read and I loved the exploration of each of them searching to fulfill their dreams.  The hardships and struggles in this story only highlighted the characters strength, determination, and reliance on God.  Anyone who enjoyed Cathrine Marshall’s “Christy” will enjoy this latest novel by Pepper Basham.  I absolutely loved this book.  Excellent writing, excellent story.  This one is going to be on my favorites list for 2019!  If you are a historical fiction fan, you have to pick this one up!

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book or learn more about Pepper Basham, visit the links below!

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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Barbour Publishing but was under no obligation to write a review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 

Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

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My Thoughts:

Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she’s always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he’s unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner.

Neither Isadora nor Ian expected to find the other so intriguing, but when mysterious incidents on the farm and the truth of Isadora’s secret threaten those they love, they’ll have to set aside everything they thought they wanted for a chance at happy-ever-after.

 

My Thoughts:

What a fun and whimsical adventure!  Jen Turano has once again transported the reader to another time and place!  This story is non-stop humor and surprises!  The cast of characters is quirky and memorable while being absolutely lovable!  I loved the mixture of ages and personalities in this story. This book was loaded with funny antics, but also provided a bit of a mystery for the reader to puzzle out as the story unfolds.  This story kept me on my toes and guessing until the end! I loved the romance between Isadora and Ian! Their personalities complimented each other in spite of their differences.  It was fun to see how everything began to click for them!   I am excited to see what the rest of this series has to offer!

If you would like to purchase a copy of Flights of Fancy or learn more about Jen Turano, visit the links below!

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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall

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Book Summary:

A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him and her love for her country.

My Thoughts:

I loved this addition to The Daughters of the Mayflower series!  The Liberty bride was full of action and adventure! This book really grabbed me after Emeline is captured and forced onto an enemy ship.  Spies, lies and danger kept the plot moving at a swift pace and I absolutely enjoyed it! As with most of the books in this series, this one focused on the characters and their situation more than a budding romance, however I didn’t mind that really. I think it would  be hard to cultivate a sweeping romance in the middle of this kind of circumstance, so I appreciated that it wasn’t the main focus of this story.  This book was one of my favorites in this series so far and I would recommend it to historical fiction fans!

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*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings

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Book Summary:

Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, while her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to head to Denver and place her works in an exhibition or give up the dream forever. Her journey is derailed when a gunman attacks her stagecoach, leaving her to be rescued by a group of Arapaho . . . but she’s too terrified to recognize them as friendly.

Confirmed bachelor Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has long worked with the tribe and is tasked with trying to convince them that the mission school at Fort Reno can help their children. When a message arrives about a recovered survivor, Jack heads out to take her home–and plead his case once more.

He’s stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart–but quickly realizes he has a chance to impress her. When his plan gets tangled through translation, Jack and Hattie end up in a mess that puts her dreams in peril–and tests Jack’s resolve to remain single.

 

My Thoughts:

This book was another fun adventure in the Fort Reno Series by Regina Jennings.  I enjoy these historical romance novels with a lighthearted adventure!  As a kid we watched a lot of old westerns, so these books kind of give me the nostalgia of John Wayne in Fort Apache or Yellow Ribbon!  I really enjoyed the plot of this book.  I knew after diving in and finding out the circumstances that this was going to be a treat!  I loved Jack!  He was just the sweetest!  There were so many tender moments in this book that will make your heart melt into a puddle.  I will be up front and say that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Hattie.  She was difficult, spoiled, and selfish.  I felt like I was such a big fan of Jack, that I just couldn’t fathom how Hattie wasn’t falling head over heels for him!  Their relationship kept me invested in this story and ultimately I ended up warming up to Hattie as the book progressed. I enjoyed getting small glimpses of characters from the previous book, i felt as thought it helped create a sense of community for these characters living in the Fort.  I loved the conclusion of this book and felt like it was a great addition to the series!

 

If you would like to purchase a copy of The Lieutenant’s Bargain or learn more about Regina Jennings, visit the links below!

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*I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.