January 22, 2015

Beyond all Dreams

Beyond all Dreams
by Elizabeth Camden

I have also reviewed Into the Whirlwind and With Every Breath by Camden. I really enjoyed both of those books so I was excited to read Beyond all Dreams.  I wasn't surprised to find the same spirit of writing and was pleased to once again enjoy her books.


I especially love that Camden writes strong female leads. I love any book, movie, or t.v. show where the female is strong and independent. I love that in a time when women were expected to get married, have kids, and stay home Anna was working at the Library of Congress living her dream. I also love how much spunk and sass she has in her.

I noticed it in With Every Breath as well but Camden seems to enjoy making the male leads in her story really work for their love relationship with the female leads! Luke isn't the easiest man to get along with - and he knows it - but he really is interested in Anna and I enjoyed watching him struggle through personal and professional battles before he was able to win her over.

Camden does excellent research when she writes her books and really transforms you to the time and place she is writing about. I enjoyed learning more about ancient maps, life in Washington D.C., and was intrigued by the mentions of patents for products that we take for granted now such as ink pens and flashlights.

What I probably appreciate the most about her writing though is how she is able to weave friendships, romance, history, and spiritual growth into her books. I enjoyed following the brother/sister friendship of Anna and Neville and was glad they had each other since they didn't have anyone else growing up.  And of course I loved watching Anna and Luke end up together. 

If you love historical fiction and romantic fiction I think you'll love this book. It is full of lively banter between the characters, a little bit of suspense, and a lot of love.

  Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. 

January 17, 2015

The Cowboy's Forever Family

by Deb Kastner

If you're looking for a fast read in the Christian Fiction Romance genre then this is the book for you. The story was your typical, predictable read but it was also super cute.

I loved especially how Slade, the cowboy, has turned his life around. He even catches himself before he starts to cuss! He really takes his new-found faith seriously. And bonus - he knows how to treat a lady right!

I was glad that Laney ended up with Slade. It seemed to me that they really had a lot of mutual respect by the end of the book. They also seemed to do a good job of communicating with each other instead of just letting things simmer and bother them.

I felt like this book had a good mix of scenes too. It had everything you look for in this genre such as guy rescues girl but it also had good moments of girl is stubborn and can do everything herself.

This was a perfect read for a Saturday afternoon when I just wanted to get lost in a book I didn't have to read for detail or keep track of a lot of characters in.

Harlequin Love Inspired provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. 

January 11, 2015


by Dani Pettrey

I have read every book by Dani Pettrey. In fact, I reviewed books 1, 2, and 3 on here when they came out. I didn't get a chance to review book 4 but I loved it just as much as the others and book 5 was a perfect ending to the series...except that I didn't want the series to end at all and I'm glad to know that Pettrey has something else up her sleeve!

Kirra and Reef have known each other forever. But were never right for each other. Reef was the "bad boy" and Kirra was the "goody-two-shoes" but that is all in the past...

I love how Pettrey weaves romance and suspense together in her novels. You are on the edge of your seat throughout this entire book. Even when you think you might have figured out who is behind something you are never right! And she doesn't leave books 1-4 behind either - she figures those characters into this story just as much as she did the last books. You get to enjoy those romantic relationships as they delve deeper into love with each other. But for me the most enjoyable part of her books is the scenery.  I've never been to Alaska and there is a pretty good chance that this midwesterner never will but after reading these five books I wouldn't turn down a free trip! I especially loved having the Iditorod as the background for this book - definitely something new and exciting in the Christian romance/suspense genre!

Some of the highlights for me in Sabatoged were the moments between Kirra and God. She has been through so much heartache in her life and is really struggling with a huge void feeling and spends many moments wondering where God was when bad things happened to her. Watching her reach out to God in her latest times of trial will tug at your heartsrings and really cause you to root for a new stronger relationship between her and God. Of course I also loved the moments between Reef and Kirra - and there were many - but I truly love when a novel ignites spiritual passion in characters and not just romantic passion between characters. 

I really cannot believe this series is over! I feel sad knowing that I've already met all the characters and seen them fall in love and build lives together.

If you like Dee Henderson you really need to give the Alaskan Courage series a read. I can almost guarantee you'll love them!

Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.