June 14, 2018

Review: Pianos and Promises

Pianos and Promises Pianos and Promises by Jennifer Peel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Kindle Unlimited this was my first book by Jennifer Peel. I was initially drawn to the cover and was sucked into the book almost immediately. I don't usually venture outside of the Christian Fiction realm because I prefer clean and wholesome books and I'm pleased to say I've found a new favorite author outside of Christian Fiction!

Christopher and Jaime

A story where a grand piano was a key part wasn't hard for me to fall in love with. I don't play well but I do love pianos. And piano lessons were a major part of my life growing up. I also quickly found out it was a friends to lovers book and I really do love those stories. There were aspects of this book that I didn't love. I hated all the lying, but I also know that it was probably very realistic in some relationships. What I did love was the growth that Christopher showed throughout the book. I loved how Peel put him through the ringer and how he came out in the end. I'm also a sucker for a cute kid in a story so I loved little Allie. But what I truly loved the most was the love and romance in this book. I really loved that the book was clean but still had great intimacy.

Beck and Call

First of all - great title! I still can't get over how much I love it. And second - I'm SO glad Beck got his own book. I kind of fell in love with him in the first one. This was a really fun book full of flirting but also some really genuine romance too. I didn't love how it ended because it felt a little abrupt but knowing there is a book three helps. I really enjoyed the phone and text flirting a lot - probably because my husband and I spent a lot of time calling and texting when we were dating long distance. I'm not a huge pet person so the dogs didn't draw me in that much - but I did enjoy that it gave them more time together.

Cole and Jillian

I love country music so a country music superstar wasn't hard for me to enjoy as a hero in a book. He was a little over the top sometimes but it is fiction so I went with it. I did enjoy the story but it wasn't my favorite in the series.

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May 13, 2018

Accidental Guardian blog tour + giveaway


Title: The Accidental Guardian
Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 1
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance / Western
+To Read: Goodreads 

She's the Only Witness to a Wagon Train Attack. Keeping Her Safe, Though, Means His World Is about to be Turned Upside Down.

When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he's finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He'd hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise.

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling--yet enticing. 

Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter--but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.



This book reminded me a little bit more of some of Connealy's older books as far as the storyline went but it also was very fresh and I loved it.

One thing I've always loved about Connealy's books - and this one in particular - is that she doesn't waste any time getting into her story. I loved the action just a few pages in and even more that the action didn't stop! It didn't take me long to admire both Deb and Gwen. I found myself relating to Gwen as it came to the children in the book, but more to Deb's stubborn nature. I loved their relationship. It was nice to see sisters complement each other rather than bicker as is found in some novels. I also loved Trace! He is an excellent and swoon-worthy hero. I was quite impressed with him from his first scene because he showed a kind-hearted and empathetic side and wasn't embarrassed by it. But I also loved his strength and protective side and especially his skills in almost everything.

Deb spent most of this book with a chip on her shoulder from her growing up years. It was really neat to see that chip wear off throughout the book as she realized that her adult life didn't have to mirror her childhood and youth. Trace had his own faults too and it was amazing to see him work through some of his intrinsic nature to become an even better man. I especially loved that Trace was willing to admit his faults and also how many times he'd read the Bible.

I loved the setting for this story. I don't recall having ever read a western novel set near Lake Tahoe and it was a lovely change of pace. I also loved reading descriptions of the Grand Canyon. These days we can google both and see quality pictures and it was neat to have them described the way ranchers and settlers would.

I'm always amazed by the work ethic of the cowboys and farmers that settled the west. And for that matter also the women, because they worked just as hard but in different ways. I loved reading about characters who found value in the work they did and were happy to do it.

I'm very excited to continue this new series from Connealy!

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

The next book in the series, THE RELUCTANT WARRIOR 
will be released later this year in October, 2018!


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Ginger Murray Photography
Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

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May 7, 2018

Falling for You - Blog tour + Giveway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Falling for You
(A Bradford Sisters Romance #2)
By Becky Wade
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
May 1st 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family's small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin--and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he's never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he's determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they're forced to confront their past and who they've become--and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

My Review

This story made me literally laugh out loud at times, but other moments it had me thinking serious, deep thoughts about God, His love for us, grace, and forgiveness. I loved the balance this book found between humor and serious. It also included a wonderful love story - probably my favorite type - the “reunion romance.”

I loved Corbin and Willow’s story. It held so many truths about both relationships with the opposite sex but also with God. These two can carry on some serious banter back and forth. I loved so much of their dialogue and couldn’t wait to read their comebacks. And Corbin was quite fun as he found ways to get under Willow’s skin throughout the book.

Throughout the book the girls kind of downplay football. I’m not like those girls. I LOVE football. So it wasn’t hard for me to fall for Corbin either. And I found his story quite understandable while not on a personal level but as someone I grew up with suffered an almost career ending injury just this past football season and is still waiting for a team as a free agent. I could really feel for Corbin in his situation. I also know how painful and long physical therapy can be and could relate to him in that area too.

I really liked Willow too. She had a lot of internal things she was dealing with too. She was letting the past keep her in the grasp of guilt and it was holding her back. The spiritual growth Willow shows in this book was really encouraging. I love it when a book calls me closer to God and reminds me that He loves, forgives, and accepts us. I also loved her commitment to family in this book and especially her relationship with her sisters.

Honestly though, Charlotte just about stole the show. I loved this little girl’s spunk. I first knew I loved her when she was bossing Corbin around during his physical therapy. But as I got to know her I found I really loved her diligence and drive in all areas of life. She wasn’t afraid of anything and was a little strong willed and I loved it. I really loved the secret she brought to life and watching the mystery unfold in the book.

Last but not least, I loved the romance in this book. It was so realistic and true to life. This book easily can be classified as a kissing book because it is full of amazing kisses. Corbin is quite the romantic and the two of them together definitely do not lack passion. I loved watching them fall in love.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

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About the Author

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Christy Award and Carol Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

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Tour Giveaway

Celebrate the release of Becky Wade's Falling for You by entering to win a fabulous prize pack that includes some of Willow Bradford's favorite things!

One grand prize winner will receive*:
  • A model-worthy Kate Spade bracelet
  • A $100 cash card (so you can feed a housewares and home décor addiction like Willow’s)
  • A Seattle Candle Co. candle (that smells just like the setting of the book)
  • Roasted in Seattle Rainy Day Coffee
  • A delicious scone mix (so that you can enjoy scones just like Willow and Corbin do while having high tea)
  • Cozy book-lover socks
  • And of course, a copy of Falling for You
Two runner up winners will receive*:
  • A Seattle Candle Co. candle (that smells just like the setting of the book)
  • A copy of Falling for You
*Due to shipping costs, US entrants only.

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