Review: Through the Storm

Through the Storm
Through the Storm by Rula Sinara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💚💚💚💚💚 Tessa Henning lives in a swanky villa in South Africa with her husband Brice and her 13-yr. old nephew, Nick. Tessa suspects that her husband is involved in the illegal ivory trade and desperately wants to expose him based on her suspicions. It’s a dangerous undertaking; Brice is not one to be messed with, and if she doesn’t handle it properly she could put not only her own life in peril, but her deceased sister’s son Nick’s life as well. Tessa decides that it’s necessary to flee to Kenya where Nick’s co-guardian and uncle, Mac Walker, lives and operates a small touring company, Air Walker Safaris. Tessa’s intent is to leave Nick with Mac in Kenya while she seeks to substantiate her husband’s guilt. Mac is unaware of this. Despite their dissimilar paths in life, as well as their opposing natures, Mac and Tessa will have to work in tandem to expose Brice while keeping themselves and Nick safe. Can they achieve it? Mac still feels the sting from Tessa’s irrationally blaming him for her sister’s death, and he views her as uppity and snooty, a gold digger of sorts, because of her decision to marry wealthy Brice. Tessa sees Mac as a thrill seeker and adventurer who didn’t step up and take responsibility for his role as co-guardian to Nick, and has feelings of doubt in the trust department where Mac is concerned. Could there possibly be love in their future?

Through the Storm is book 3 in the From Kenya, With Love series, and I really enjoyed it. I love how Rula Sinara captures the essence of the landscape so beautifully and presents it to the reader in such a way that you can close your eyes and feel as though you’ve been transported to the African wilderness. Descriptions of the animals in the wild and their behaviors was equally fascinating and enlightening. There was intrigue, a blossoming romance and the camaraderie of congenial friends and family members that brought warmth to the story. An enjoyable read. I hope there will be a book 4 to look forward to.

Thank you Rula Sinara for providing me with a free copy of this book. My opinions of it are honest and solely my own.

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Review: A Family Like Hannah’s

A Family Like Hannah's
A Family Like Hannah’s by Carol Ross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💚💚💚💚💚 I loved A Family Like Hannah’s. Carol Ross has done it again with the fourth installment of her Season’s of Alaska series. At times heart wrenching, but mostly heartwarming, A Family Like Hannah’s is yet another example of her skill at creating solid, evocative stories. Carol Ross’s books exude a warmth and tenderness that immediately captures your attention and holds it as the story unfolds. Indicative of this is the natural, convincing way her characters find love. Hannah James, the principal character in A Family Like Hannah’s, is getting her life back on track after a tragic accident almost ended it. Still good natured, adventurous and athletic despite what she’s been through, Hannah’s dream has come true as co-partner and project manager for Snowy Sky, a ski resort in Rankins, Alaska. Tate Addison, Consultant for Snowy Sky, and unbeknownst to Hannah a dominant shareholder, has plans that threaten to upend her vision for the resort, and the two don’t get off to a promising start. Notwithstanding this, Hannah can’t deny her attraction to the handsome Tate. He’s stepped in to care for his neglected 6-year old nephew, Lucas, whom Hannah has come to adore. These factors and others endear Hannah to Tate, but Tate’s background of the same neglect and pain that Lucas endured initially causes him to conclude that Hannah is just too good for him with her large, perfect family and her seemingly unblemished life. He isn’t aware that Hannah’s hiding a secret that could halt any chances of the couples’ friendly relationship advancing to the next level anyway. Nevertheless, feelings between the two can’t be denied. Hannah is great with kids, especially Lucas, and she has an effect on Tate like no other woman he’s ever known. If they want to be together, the couple will have to see beyond the impediments that can easily keep them apart. The way they do this demonstrates Carol Ross’s adept ability to concoct sweet stories with a happy ending that leaves you feeling contented, satisfied and in anticipation of her next book so that you can revisit characters you’ve grown to love.

It was a delight to return to Rankins Alaska and to be reunited with characters from the first three books in the Season’s of Alaska series. And yet, A Family Like Hannah’s can certainly be enjoyed on its own. If an engrossing story with great characters, a sweet romance and a happy ending is what you’re looking for in your next read, you’ll love A Family Like Hannah’s. I did. Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of A Family Like Hannah’s from the author. No compensation was collected for my honest review.

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Review: Carousel Nights

Carousel Nights
Carousel Nights by Amie Denman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💜💜💜💜💜 Carousel Nights is book 2 in the Starlight Point Stories miniseries, and it was a delightfully, enjoyable read. The story focuses on Mel Preston, head of maintenance at the Starlight Point Amusement Park; and June Hamilton, part owner of Starlight Point. The two had dated for a summer seven years earlier when they were teens.  June, feeling destined for the bright lights of Broadway in NYC, left Mel behind to pursue her dreams. Now she’s back at The Point to help out her siblings, co-owners of Starlight Point, with various park upgrades for several weeks before returning to her life in NYC.  It’s not easy seeing Mel practically every day while he carries out tasks around the amusement park. And his adorable 5-yr. old son, Ross, is subtly stealing June’s heart as well.  It’s becoming obvious that the two are still attracted to each other, but Mel’s reluctance to act on his impulses stems from being left behind by June once before. And although she seems somewhat interested in rekindling their lost love, Mel knows he has to tread carefully because this time around he has another to consider besides just himself.  So who or what will ultimately win out with June?Will it be the handsome maintenance worker that she left behind years ago?  Or will she choose the fame and opportunity of a lifetime that awaits her back in The Big Apple?

This book really drew me in and held my attention. The amusement park setting was vivid and lively. I could feel the energy of the crowds, rides, and fireworks going off. I imagined Mel Preston busily going about his day handling varying degrees of emergencies, and June Hamilton, dressed in sparkly costumes, dancing in the Midway Theater.  Little Ross’s appearance in this book added an endearing quality.  He was a sweet presence; not whiny or childish, but slightly mature for his five years, and the interaction between father and son was a joy to read about. There were also a couple of nail-biting scenes involving a storm and a fire that amped up the story and helped to move it along at a nice pace.  I was on the edge of my seat at times eagerly anticipating the outcomes.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book. The romantic element was convincing and the ending was as sweet and satisfying as a hot fudge sundae after a plate of comfort food on one of your best days. Highly recommended.

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Review: The Country Vet

The Country Vet The Country Vet by Eleanor Jones
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫  Cass Truman isn’t exactly receiving a warm welcome from the residents of the little village in the Lake District where she’s decided to settle and begin her career as a veterinarian. The old farmers regard her skeptically, and unfortunately her first emergency call results in permission from its owner’s father to put down a pony that was in extreme distress and pain.  The pony, Rosie, was special to Jake Munro, and his father’s permission for the vet to put it down enrages him.  Jake is unreasonable and unwilling to accept Cass as a capable, qualified vet. As Cass begins to build a respectable reputation with the village locals she wonders why Jake is still surly and obnoxious as ever towards her.  What’s with the tall, handsome man who is obviously skilled at riding and caring tenderly for horses, but who’s rude and taciturn with people?  Cass soon learns of Jake’s sad and tragic past and makes an effort to excuse his foul disposition. In time Jake can’t ignore the attraction he feels towards Cass, but when a love from his past re-enters his life, will he allow guilt and regret to cause him to give up a chance to explore new possibilities with the sweet country vet who’s captured his heart?
The author dedicated this book “to all those who love animals and the countryside.”  When I read that I figured The Country Vet would be a book for me, and it was. I learned a few things about horses which was interesting, and I got to take in the sights and sounds of the English countryside. Add to that a sweet, young woman with a passion for helping animals, especially horses; a beautiful, feisty mare named Carlotta; an adorable puppy, Puddle, and a handsome man who’s trying to find his way after suffering loss, and you’ve got a story worth investing time in. Another enjoyable Heartwarming read.

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Review: Under the Boardwalk

Under the Boardwalk
Under the Boardwalk by Amie Denman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

💚💚💚💚 Under the Boardwalk was an enjoyable read. The amusement park setting was a perfect summertime theme, and I continually envisioned the carousel ride, the thundering roar of the roller coasters, the overhead cable cars, and the whimsical music playing all around. Here’s a little about the story…

Starlight Point amusement park owner Ford Hamilton has died, and his son, Jack Hamilton, has taken over as principal operator of the park.  He was the most practical choice among the siblings as he has been working alongside his father at Starlight Point since he was young. His two sisters are okay with his running things, and he’s ready to begin managing the park he’s always loved. Problem is his father left more than the park to him, he’s also left behind debt that Jack was unaware of. Jack’s solution involves increasing the flat fee and profit percentage from the lease vendors, many of which have been loyally working at The Point for several years under his father’s favored leadership. The increase doesn’t bode well for the seasoned vendors or the newest one, Augusta “Gus” Murphy, who has 3 bakeries at Starlight Point. She’s frustrated by the new negotiations, but she also finds Jack rather irresistible. How can she rally for the lease vendors and at the same time fall in love with the man who’s causing them all misery?

A very sweet story with a climactic ending.  A theme you won’t easily forget, and a satisfying HEA. A nice read for lovers of wholesome romance.

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Review: When I Found You

When I Found You
When I Found You by Kate James
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 When I Found You is suspense and intrigue from start to nail-biting finish….

When a succession of security breaches at the San Diego airport calls chief of security, Ariana Atkins, reputation as a capable, proficient, and adept security expert into question, K-9 unit captain Logan O’Connor and his explosives detection dog, Boomer, are on the scene to help with the investigations. There’s an instant chemistry between Logan and Ariana, one that cannot be ignored. Romance desperately tries to flourish while both are diligently trying to get to the bottom of a series of explosions at the airport that are risking innocent lives, including Ariana’s. Oddly, Ariana’s body language when in the presence of Boomer suggests fear or dislike for the incredibly obedient dog. Why is she afraid of dogs?  Logan cares enough to find out about that and any other secrets she’s willing to confide. But when evidence begins to point in the direction of Ariana as a suspect in the unusual occurrences at the airport since her nearly one year tenure there, raising questions as to her true intentions, can Logan put his doubts aside and continue to pursue a relationship?  Or will he have to walk away from the woman he’s come closest to falling in love with?

I really enjoyed this book. Kate James’s settings and scene descriptions are so visually stimulating.  I felt as though I was at the airport, in amongst the loud roaring of airplane engines and SDPD personnel bustling about in pursuit of a perpetrator.  I could picture Ariana’s self doubt and the resultant anxiety regarding the circumstances surrounding her, and the decisions she had to make. She could appear so outwardly strong in her position as chief of security, and yet vulnerable and uncertain in matters of the heart. She was a likeable character and easy to root for.  Logan and Boomer were the perfect pair: brave, capable and determined.  What’s not to love about a police dog and a handsome, rugged handler? These three were meant to be together, and I am hoping to hear more about their story in future books.

If you like to read about tense situations that raise your pulse, along with a bit of blossoming romance, you’re sure to love When I Found You.  Very, very detailed and well written.

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Review: First Comes Marriage

First Comes Marriage
First Comes Marriage by Sophia Sasson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💚💚💚💚💚 Sophia Sasson’s Heartwarming debut, First Comes Marriage, is a winner!!

Dr. Meera Malhotra’s upcoming marriage to childhood friend Raj Sharma has already been arranged.  Raj is Meera’s best friend and shares her goals, culture and financial status. By all accounts it seems like a perfect match. Then why is Meera trying to escape her family in London under the guise of completing her medical rotation in the States?  In truth she wants to get away from all of the prearranged plans for her life for just a month so she can breathe and taste a bit of freedom. While a brief respite from her stifling life is anticipated, meeting Jake Taylor, the rugged, handsome green-eyed cowboy who makes her heart leap, is not. Meera loves Raj, but this feeling she has when she’s in Jake’s company is different. In fact, Jake’s whole world is different.  She’s a vegetarian and he’s a cattle rancher. She was born in India and he’s American.  Her family is loaded and he’s struggling to keep his ranch afloat.  Meanwhile, Raj is so much better suited to her. They’re both doctors, they’re of the same culture and they’ve known each other for 20 years. Everyone expects the two of them to marry.  The pressure is on.  Will Meera return to London, marry Raj and live the life she was destined for?  Or can Jake convince her that theirs is the love that she was meant to have?

First Comes Marriage was such an entertaining and enjoyable read. I loved the characters, both primary and secondary, and I’m always thrilled when my reading experience gives me a glimpse into other cultures. Sophia Sasson crafted a story that kept my interest and heightened it as I proceeded reading. By the time I was 3/4 of the way through the book I was flipping pages so fast that before I knew it I had finished.  I highly recommend this book to those who love sweet romance with a bit of family drama and lovable, small-town community characters that will make you spit out your beverage from unexpected laughter.

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Review: Harper’s Wish

Harper's Wish
Harper’s Wish by Cerella Sechrist
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

💚💚💚💚 Harper Worth is an esteemed food critic. Well, she was an esteemed food critic, until she went a little too far and insulted the wrong restaurant, that of her boss’s goddaughter, and he wasn’t the least bit amused by her harsh words. Her praiseworthy “Worth It” column virtually extinguished overnight by capricious followers, Harper finds herself looking for a new job. She stumbles upon a restaurant, the Rusty Anchor, which appears to live up to its name judging by the exterior of the place. But desperate for work she interviews with the owner and lo and behold he was one of the victims of her disparaging critiques, which cost him his upscale restaurant, Eire. Now he’s relegated to running the Rusty Anchor, his deceased father’s legacy. Connor Callahan can’t believe who’s sitting in front of him. The woman who ruined him, and now she wants a job in his restaurant? Upon discerning her identity Connor shows her the door at first, but then reconsiders. Work for the restaurant she would, and harder than any work in a restaurant she’d ever done before. But when she proves stellar at her duties, and the other workers praise her industriousness, Connor takes pity on her and feels somewhat guilty for putting her through the ringer. Who is this woman who excels at everything and seems to have a heart after all? Connor is soon won over by the attractive woman who is turning out to be a real asset to his restaurant, but when he learns of her future plans, will he still trust the Harper that he thought had changed?
I enjoyed this book. I liked the restaurant setting and learning about the ins and outs of maintaining a restaurant establishment. As is common in Cerella Sechrist’s books, there is great food being prepared or savored, another bonus that readers can appreciate. The relationship between Connor and his daughter was heartwarming, and I Iiked how it highlighted the tenderness and affection of a father for his young daughter. I was also in anticipation of how the two main characters would achieve their happily ever after since the stakes were quite high. All in all, Harper’s Wish was a delightful, wholesome romance that is sure to be enjoyed by lovers of sweet romance.

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Review: Winner Takes All

Winner Takes All
Winner Takes All by Cheryl Harper
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Stephanie Yates is in love with her best friend Rebecca’s brother, Daniel Lincoln, who regards her more like a little sister than the mature young woman she’s become. When Stephanie finally gets up the nerve to ask Daniel out, it’s very bad timing and he rejects her invitation. Daniel is dealing with some serious issues of his own.  His arrogance in rejecting proper protocol at the Holly Heights hospital where he worked as a doctor, and disrespecting the Hospital Administrator has cost him his job and has sent him fleeing from Texas to the mountains of Peru, regretful and desiring to be as far away from home as his pride will take him. Having come into money, Stephanie’s friends have concocted a scheme to send her off to Peru to right whatever’s gone wrong between the two of them. Stephanie also plans to donate a large sum of money to fund Daniel’s projects there. But when Stephanie arrives in Peru, instead of a warm welcome, Daniel seems irritated by her presence. Is he simply not interested, or does her close proximity delight him to the point of distraction from his important work of setting up medical clinics in the developing land, a predicament he’d rather not be in.

Winner Takes All was another enjoyable Heartwarming read by Cheryl Harper.  I have enjoyed all of her Heartwarming books. I was captivated by the setting, the beautiful mountains of Peru. I could feel the tension as the team of medical volunteers climbed the steep mountains without rails. I imagined the sun disappearing almost instantaneously shrouding the solitary road in darkness. I felt like I was in the Andes mountains along with the rest of the chatacters, from Daniel’s team of medical helpers to the area residents.  Wondering how Daniel and Stephanie would resolve their feelings for each other was very satisfying.  Winner Takes All easily held my attention and I recommend it as a sweet romance read with an international flair that is sure to please.

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Review: If Not for a Bee

If Not for a Bee
If Not for a Bee by Carol Ross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💜💜💜💜💜  I loved this book!!  An encounter with a bumble bee did not make for a pleasant introduction between Aidan Hollings and Janie Everett, and their future acquaintances weren’t faring much better. Janie, widowed and raising four boys, including a set of toddler twins, couldn’t be bothered with Botanist Aidan Hollings, although it would be difficult to avoid him since his sister was married to her brother. Why did he have to settle in Rankins, Alaska now anyway?  His meddling concerning a bumble bee had caused her boys pain, and that was the last thing she wanted to have happen.  However, was Janie being selfish and unwilling to accept how Aidan’s future meddling would transform the lives of her boys, teaching her lessons that would ultimately make her a better mother?  Although things started off on a bad note between Janie and Aidan, might he not be the one man who could help Janie to face her fears respecting her boys’ welfare, and propel them to their greatest potential?
As is customary with Carol Ross’s books, If Not for a Bee’s opening scene pulled me directly into the story. The pace was so refreshing, and even began to increase in intensity toward the end of the book which was a wonderful surprise, leading to a beautiful, Hearwarming ending.  There were so many great elements to this book. I loved how many of the characters learned to acquire confidence in their abilities, and to face their fears. I’m also happy that Janie got a second chance at love after all she’d been through.  I enjoyed this book so much and can’t recommend it enough to lovers of sweet romance.  Carol Ross’s books just keep getting better.  Thank you Carol Ross for gifting this book to me. In exchange I have provided an honest review.

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Review: What a Girl Wants

What a Girl Wants
What a Girl Wants by Jennifer Snow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💚💚💚💚💚 I loved this book!!  Ethan Bishop and Bailey Sheppard are best friends since grade school, but things have changed and Bailey realizes that she has fallen in love with Ethan.  Problem is Ethan’s still pining away over his ex-girlfriend of ten years, Emily, who jilted him for a corporate executive she knew for less than a month; her wanderlust taking her to Miami to be with her new beau, Greg Harrison, and away from the small town of Brookhollow, N.J.  Ethan has always considered Bailey one of the guys, and she’s no ordinary girl. She rides a motorcycle, owns a body shop garage and drives a tow truck.  But although tough, she’s also very beautiful.  Ethan hadn’t bothered to notice just how beautiful she really was until one particular day when he dropped by her house, catching Bailey off guard during a highly sentimental moment. What takes place next leaves him thoroughly confused.  Is he still in love with Emily? He can’t seem to stop thinking about his ex, but why does he suddenly feel so strongly about Bailey? Does he want to take their relationship to the next level and risk the comfortable friendship that they’ve always had?  When he’s ready to do just that Emily reappears, and the news she has could change his life forever.

What A Girl Wants was an enjoyable page-turner.  I was hooked from the start of the book, and each time I had to put it down I was eager to return to it.  There were so many great scenes; some very humorous and others deeply tender and emotional. There was a plot twist that kept the story interesting and had me glued to the pages until I finished the book. There were no lags in the storyline, and I must admit that What A Girl Wants is another one of my favorite Heartwarming books.  If you like a great romance set in a small town with a hunky firefighter who falls for the girl next door, and  lots more, then you’ll love What A Girl Wants. An excellent read.

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Review: Back to McGuffey’s

Back to McGuffey's
Back to McGuffey’s by Liz Flaherty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💚💚💚💚💚 Back to McGuffey’s isn’t your typical romance novel.  There’s a maturity about it that greatly appealed to me. The main characters, Kate Rafael and Ben McGuffey are 37 and 39 respectively, and by this time in their lives they’ve already experienced many of life’s major challenges, including divorce, loss of a beloved home and long-held job, a terminally ill parent, and the painstaking realization that with the ticking of the proverbial biological clock, the dream of starting a family may not become a reality for Kate. The characters are dealing with real adult situations, and I like how the author undertook to have them handle life’s difficulties in a dignified and civilized way.  For instance, Ben McGuffey was married to a very beautiful woman, Nerissa, who is by this time happily remarried with children. She’s present off and on throughout the book with her husband and kids, but there’s no jealousy or bitterness when she’s in the presence of the woman that Ben truly loves, Kate. Nerissa honestly admits that what she had with Ben could never compare to what he could have with the true love of his life, the one he let get away, Katy. No cat-fights or petty jealousies. The two women can co-exist amicably without the childish caterwauling that could have ensued. This was refreshing.  Ben and Kate had broken up 13 years prior when Ben left to pursue his career in medicine.   Now he’s back to spend time with his ailing father during his final days and realizes he made a mistake when he let Katy go.  The love is there, but it’s not the giddy, young, silly kind. It’s a love of substance that’s achieved by people who have endured in life, and I appreciated how the two came together in a gradual way.

There are so many beautiful facets to Back to McGuffeys, but you’ll have to read it to find out more about Ben and Kate, Dirty Sally the cat and her best friend Lucy, an old dog; Jayson, the lovable young man with Down’s Syndrome and Maggie Hylton-Wise, a presumed curmudgeon with her own story to tell.  These and so many others will make you want to invest time in this book.

With chatacters you’ll want to applaud and root for, Back to McGuffeys is a highly enjoyable story that will warm your heart long after you’ve read it. Highly recommended.
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Review: When the Right One Comes Along

When the Right One Comes Along
When the Right One Comes Along by Kate James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💚💚💚💚💚 When the Right One Comes Along immediately raises your pulse with the opening scene of an earthquake. First response officer Calen (“Cal”) Palmer and his search and rescue K-9 partner, Scout, have just recovered 5 yr. old Kayla from earthquake wreckage, narrowly escaping with their lives. Palmer is wounded and trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen is mending his badly gashed leg. But why, Jessica wonders, is this man who is fortunate to be alive so irascible, and why does his bad attitude appear to be directed towards her?
Cal and Jessica couldn’t be more right for each other, but both are scarred from life-altering incidents in their past that prevent them from exposing themselves totally to one another, and this creates misunderstandings that cause a rift in their developing relationship. But there is so much more to this romance novel, including a child who could use a loving home and the clever German Shepherd, Scout, that will capture your heart.  There are action scenes and a glimpse into the lives of police dogs and their trainer/partners that I found particularly interesting and informative; and there was a carefully and beautifully crafted ending that brought all of the straggling pieces together into a neatly packaged HEA ending.
I loved this book so much and it was constructed so well that the flow kept me engrossed and interested from beginning to end.  Very, very well written and highly recommended.
Thank you so much Kate James for this copy of When the Right One Comes Along in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

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Review: Gentle Persuasion

Gentle Persuasion
Gentle Persuasion by Cerella Sechrist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I adored this book!! Dane Montgomery is a hot commodity, an ace in his field of Marketing and Advertising and recruiters have been clamoring to bring him out of retirement where he’s made a new life for himself in Hawaii as a coffee purveyor and owner of the Okina Inn and coffee plantation.

Meanwhile Lillian Reid, a.k.a. the dragon lady, and owner of Reid Recruiting has entrusted her daughter and employee, Ophelia Reid, with the task of enticing Dane back to the states. Towers International, Reid Recruiting Agency’s biggest client wants Dane, and Reid is determined to rise to the challenge. Their company is at stake, along with Ophelia’s future of expanding operations to Paris where she’s dreamed of residing for most of her life. But when Ophelia meets Dane and observes what he has built she begins to have second thoughts about her intentions, and maybe even some feelings for the charasmaric and elusive Dane Montgomery. Which will she choose? Will she proceed with luring Dane back to the mainland with Towers International’s lucrative offers and incentives; simultaneously saving her mother’s company and winning Lillian Reid’s respect and approval and finally fulfilling her dream of moving to Paris? Or will she opt for love instead?

I truly LOVED this book!! It was an engaging story with nicely developed characters and a beautiful ending. I’d already read book 2 in the series, The Paris Connection, and loved it so much that when I had an opportunity to go back and read book 1 I jumped on it. Cerella Sechrist is an excellent storyteller and I’m confident that if you like wholesome romance you will thoroughly enjoy Gentle Persuasion. Highly recommended.

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Review: Now She’s Back

Now She's Back
Now She’s Back by Anna Adams
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫  Stubborn, unyielding and proud Noah Gage possesses more of his father’s undesirable character traits than he realizes or would care to admit.  His family’s a mess, but he seems to have made a commitment to caring for and protecting his mother and siblings from his abusive father for a lifetime at the expense of his relationship with his fiancé, Emma Candler. Emma is fed up with Noah’s guarded reserve, and the way he puts his family’s needs ahead of hers. This is the last straw, so after an altercation involving Noah’s father and some members of her family, Emma leaves Bliss, TN without Noah.  Fast forward four years and Emma is back in Bliss to make repairs to her deceased grandmother’s house, which has been left to her. Now that she’s back, will Noah and Emma bury the hatchet and rekindle the flame that may still burn within them for each other?

This sweet romance kept me engaged and in the end warmed my heart. The setting was very appealing since I am familiar with the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  I relished the descriptions of the scenery, and enjoyed wondering how Noah and Emma would mend their broken relationship. The secondary characters were interesting and added flavor to the story.  Overall I thought Now She’s Back was a gratifying read and I recommend it to those looking for a sweet, satisfying romance book.

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Review: Sailing in Style

Sailing in Style
Sailing in Style by Dana Mentink

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💙💙💙💙💙 Sailing in Style is the second book in the Love by Design series, and I have to say it is one of my favorite Heartwarming books to date. This one really struck a chord with me. I had a wonderful time aboard the old River King, a paddle-wheel riverboat, along with the menagerie of characters in the book. I laughed, I pondered, I imagined, I hoped….I was pleasantly engrossed in the story to the final page, which of course ended satisfyingly sweet.
Dana Mentink’s suspense-writer instincts are a little evident in this book and I LOVED that. There are so many great facets to this novel, and the romance aspect is but one of them. In it we find
a run-down historic riverboat in desperate need of some TLC, a crook, a bit of intrigue, a legend, a mystery, former lovers, a celebrity wannabe, sweet old feisty women, a parakeet named Peaches, and my old pal Baggy the dog, the lovable, pitiful creature that resembles a mole or something.  The characters truly run the gamut, and this made the story both fun and exciting. I enjoy a book that I can’t wait to get back to.  The author accomplishes this by finishing off each chapter at a fever pitch, leaving you in anticipation of what’s to follow. It was a romance book, yes, but oh so much more. It was like I was watching a good movie in my mind. Dana Mentink has a way with words that I easily relate to. Her comedic voice resonates with me and I think that’s why I have an affinity for her books, and each one seems to just get better and better. Sailing in Style exceeded my expectations and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance plus a whole lot more.
Thank you Dana Mentink for a copy of this much beloved book. I have provided an honest review in return.

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Review: The Truth About Hope

The Truth About Hope
The Truth About Hope by Kate James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💚💚💚💚💚 The residents of Canyon Creek, TX are nursing a grudge against Hope Wilson and her father, Jock. Ever since Jock abandoned the town and closed down his manufacturing plant that employed many of the people of Canyon Creek, and Hope seemingly followed suit by carelessly and abruptly leaving over a decade later, the town is not particularly fond of either one of them. Now that Hope is back with intentions to make good on all of the hurt her father caused so long ago, it’s apparent that it will take more than a good deed to earn this town’s trust again. Even her boyfriend Luke who was a casualty to her leaving seems put off and aloof by her return. But in life things are not always as transparent as they might seem, and that’s certainly true in Hope’s case with regard to why she left Canyon Creek. Turns out even her father had his reasons.  Will the truth about Hope turn a town around, and will she find love again with the man whose heart she broke when she left him behind years earlier?

I loved this story right from the start. As it progressed I was pulled in and fully absorbed by the perseverance, determination, persistence and dedication of Hope Wilson. Her ex-boyfriend, Luke Carter, was a character that you could easily root for. I liked his level-headedness, bullheadedness and charismatic charm. Add to it a lovable old dog named Einstein, angry townsfolk and a couple that’s destined to be together but just as likely to have obstacles keep them apart, and you’ve got a page-turner that will delight you to the tear jerking end. The pace was great, the story was heartwarming and the ending was flawless.  This is a sweet romance that’s not to be missed.

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Review: After the Silence

After the Silence After the Silence by Rula Sinara

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💜💜💜💜💜 Hope Alwanga needs a break. Interning in the emergency room of a public Nairobi, Kenya hospital with limited staff, working feverishly on the sick and injured for little money and with hardly any sleep is challenging even for a person in optimum health. So when Hope’s brother Simba sees her faltering in his lab during a visit after work, he insists that she take some time off from her hectic job. Simba’s friend and colleague Jack Harper has recently lost his sister Zoe. Zoe’s husband, instant single dad and Marine Ben Corallis, is caring for their three children back in Pennsylvania, USA with the assistance of Zoe’s parents. But when Simba and Jack suggest that Hope take a vacation to the U.S. to help out Ben with his kids as a nanny of sorts for a few months, Hope is skeptical.  How can caring for three young children, one of which hasn’t spoken since her mother died, be considered a relaxing vacation? After some gentle prodding from both men she agrees and heads to America.  Will Hope be satisfied with a few months of respite from her demanding job and return to Kenya rejuvenated and ready to dive back in, or will she find that the needs of a broken family are too important to leave behind?  Will she discover that dreams come in many forms, and that it’s always best to follow your own rather than those that others have mapped out for you? After the Silence is Book 2 of the From Kenya, With Love series—The Promise of Rain is the first in the series. After having read The Promise of Rain I eagerly anticipated the sequel, and as expected it fulfilled my expectations in the form of a deeply emotional and thoroughly gratifying read. (Although this is Book 2 in the series it can be enjoyed as a standalone as some backstory details are interwoven in the narrative to acquaint the reader with the characters and circumstances.) I loved the way the characters from The Promise of Rain were incorporated into After the Silence. Rula Sinara did a beautiful job of alloting many of the characters an inner conflict of their own that kept me fully engaged and wondering how each one would overcome their challenges and embrace the life that was meant for them to live. I also felt that the characters’ stories could be further expounded on, in what I hope will be Book 3 in the series. A tender and deeply moving story of loss, love, absolution and healing. After the Silence will grip your heart and won’t let it go until it concludes and you feel warm and comforted from the inside out. View all my reviews

Review: The Bluebird Bet

The Bluebird Bet
The Bluebird Bet by Cheryl Harper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💙💙💙💙💙 Elaine Watson, Tall Pines doctor, is determined to purchase the neglected Bluebird Inn from a patient and owner of the Inn, Robert Collins. Robert’s beloved wife, Martha Collins, took pride in The Bluebird Inn and her labor of love was a beautiful place that Elaine fondly remembers visiting with her parents when she was just a girl. Martha is gone now and along with her went the meticulous efforts of maintaining the Inn. When a health crisis nearly takes Robert’s life, save the good doctor Elaine’s diligent care, he decides not to continue taking life for granted by heading out on his own travel adventures. What will become of the Bluebird Inn?  Elaine refuses to acknowledge her childhood place of contentment being lost forever, so she offers to purchase and restore it. Only problem is Robert’s son Dean is just as determined and wants to turn the Inn into a fishing camp. Who ultimately wins this battle of wills, and what will become of the old Bluebird Inn?  Will the good doctor employ her instinctively caring nature and physician’s training to help a wounded man heal, or is this war at all costs to obtain the Inn she wants to call her own?

I loved, loved, loved this Heartwarming story!  The Bluebird Bet is Book #2 in the Welcome To Tall Pines series; A Minute On The Lips was the first (which was also great). Cheryl Harper’s fluid storytelling skills and sense of humor pulled me into the narrative and I felt immediately connected to the characters, setting and the story overall. Devouring 100+ pages in one sitting without stirring is a great feat for me and means that I am thoroughly enjoying the writer’s style.  This was my experience with The Bluebird Bet. Great story, fun and endearing characters, lovely setting, familiar friends and a convincing love story with a happy ending. Would you like those elements in your sweet romance story? Then you’re sure to love The Bluebird Bet.

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Review: A Case for Forgiveness

A Case for Forgiveness
A Case for Forgiveness by Carol Ross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💙💙💙💙💙 Shay James is conflicted. Deep down she still loves Jonah Cedar, but she can’t reconcile herself to the fact that he chose to leave her 10 years ago to pursue his law degree at Yale.  Now he’s back in Rankins, Alaska, after only a few measly visits over the years, to help out his “ailing” grandfather. Shay is livid that Jonah has rarely bothered to visit his granddad after all he’s done for him.  She feels that Jonah has accomplished his goals in the form of money, career and material comforts, so why would he be interested in her again, or her comparatively unassuming life of running the Faraway Inn in a remote town?  Shay can tolerate Jonah’s brief existence in Rankins, but will a prolonged visit have the same effect on her resolve?  Can old embers be stirred up into a flame and reunite these seemingly incompatible lovers?
A Case For Forgiveness is the second book in the Seasons of Alaska series, and it was an excellent follow-up to the first, Mountains Apart. Whereas newer characters take center stage here, we get a glimpse at the lives of some of the former characters, and it was nice to see them make an appearance from time to time throughout the book. I enjoyed the pace of this book—for me it gained intensity toward the middle and kept me fixated until the end. I laughed out loud at some of the humorous parts, felt deeply touched by the romance aspects, and was mystified by the intentions of a mysterious character who finds her away into the lives of the James family. Overall I really enjoyed A Case For Forgiveness, and I expect that lovers of a sweet romance with a bit of mystery and a warm and fuzzy happy ending will too.  This book didn’t receive a 4.5 star rating from RT Book Reviews for nothing!!  Well done.
Thank you Carol Ross for a free copy of this book. In exchange I have provided an honest review.

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