Monday, June 1, 2020

Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter

Catch The Breeze 

 Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter is all that a romance should in the second book of the Bluebell Inn series. Denise Hunter does not disappoint with a wonderful setting, great characters, some mystery, and a lovely romance. Her main character, Mia is looking for a place to escape her life, and Levi, our hero, is trying desperately to do what his dying father asked and keep his family together. The two of them fight the demons of their past and try to work to change their future. It was a great story with a satisfying ending that I can highly recommend. I was given a copy by the publisher and not required to write a positive review.


Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of 30 contemporary romances. In 2016 two of Denise's novels, 
The Convenient Groom and A December Bride, aired as Hallmark Original movies. When Denise isn't orchestrating love on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, playing drums, and reading as much as humanly possible. After raising 3 boys in Indiana, she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Win a copy of Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano!

I am thrilled that Jen Turano is offering an autographed copy of Storing Up Trouble to one lucky Becky's Bookshelves reader.  Contest open through Friday May 29th 11:59pm.    Thanks for taking the time to enter.  The Rafflecopter is at the end of the review.


Review:  You have to love a story that starts in the middle of a train robbery and at that moment the main characters are introduced to each other.  You know from that point that this is going to be a good story and you need to hang on for the ride.  

Jen Turano’s new book Storing Up Trouble takes place during the Gilded Age in Chicago where history is being made each day.  Our heroine, Beatrix Waterbury,  is a member of the New York 400 and trying to find purpose in her life.  Norman Nesbit, our hero, is rather lost and needs direction. Adventure pursues them both, and together they navigate Chicago society with many great friends including Beatrix’s eccentric aunt, a knowledgeable butler, and Norman’s sidekick and friend,Theodosia. I found myself wanting to visit Beatrix’s aunt and stay for a while.  

 Jen Turano’s new book Storing up Trouble is filled with adventure, mystery, moments in the suffragette movement, endearing characters and funny moments that have you laughing out loud.  I enjoyed reading Storing up Trouble and highly recommend it. 
I was given a copy of the book by the publisher and not required to write a review.


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Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. Readers may find her at www.jenturano.com or https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/or on Twitter at JenTurano @JenTurano.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano


You have to love a story that starts in the middle of a train robbery and at that moment the main characters are introduced to each other.  You know from that point that this is going to be a good story and you need to hang on for the ride.  


Jen Turano’s new book Storing Up Trouble takes place during the Gilded Age in Chicago where history is being made each day.  Our heroine, Beatrix Waterbury,  is a member of the New York 400 and trying to find purpose in her life.  Norman Nesbit, our hero, is rather lost and needs direction. Adventure pursues them both, and together they navigate Chicago society with many great friends including Beatrix’s eccentric aunt, a knowledgeable butler, and Norman’s sidekick and friend,Theodosia. I found myself wanting to visit Beatrix’s aunt and stay for a while.  

 Jen Turano’s new book Storing up Trouble is filled with adventure, mystery, moments in the suffragette movement, endearing characters and funny moments that have you laughing out loud.  I enjoyed reading Storing up Trouble and highly recommend it. 

I was given a copy of the book by the publisher and not required to write a review.



Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. Readers may find her at www.jenturano.com or https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/or on Twitter at JenTurano @JenTurano.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Stay With Me by Becky Wade



I'm sitting here in that happy/sad place when you've finished an amazing book like Stay with Me by Becky Wade. You're so satisfied with the ending, but also so sad that story has come to an end.
Stay With Me’s main characters are Genevieve, a Bible study writer and a person with secrets, and Sam, an Australian farmer living in Georgia. It's a beautiful love story with wonderful kisses, heartfelt moments, some mystery, and enough humor to keep you laughing and smiling. But most importantly, Becky Wade reminds us that our God is big, He loves us so very deeply, and that grace and redemption are part of His eternal plan. She encourages us to live in the light of God our Father and not in the shadows. My heart will never be the same.

I've so enjoyed my time in Misty River, Georgia reading Stay with Me. My only consolation to finishing the book is knowing that I will get to revisit Misty River in future books by Becky Wade.

I highly highly recommend Stay With Me and promise you that your faith will grow and your heart will be happy when you read it.
I was given a copy of this book by publisher and not required to write a review. 




About Becky Wade:  During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market. She’s the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Her Hidden Hope by Jill Lynn

She once trusted him with her heart…but will she ever trust him with the truth?
With only two weeks to renovate her family’s Colorado B and B, struggling single mum Addie Ricci can’t turn away help. Especially not when it’s her handsome high school sweetheart, Evan Hawke, who’s offering to pitch in. As they repair the B and B, Addie and Evan also begin rebuilding their relationship…until a secret from their past threatens to bring it all crashing down.

My Review:  Her Hidden Hope by Jill Lynn has wonderful characters that kept drawing me back to the story. Jill’s characters are flawed in a way that makes them so relate-able, believable, and lovable. Addi Ricci, our heroine, is likable and shares her heart through her flaws. Evan Hawke, our hero, has not been dealt an easy life, but he continues to press into the Lord and has made the best of his situations. He is a hero you want to stand next to, especially since he does not see himself as a hero. 


Jill Lynn has wonderful dialogue and scenes that I still am playing out in my head. The story centers around redemption and forgiveness. Being willing to change what you are thinking about a situation and see things with God’s eyes. Her Hidden Hope is a great story that I highly recommend.

I was given an Advanced Readers Copy and not required to write a positive review. 


Jill Lynn Buteyn is a co-author of Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts, and an author of inspirational romance for Love Inspired ® (as Jill Lynn). A recipient of the ACFW Genesis award for her fiction work, she has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.
Connect with her on social media or at Jill-Lynn.com

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Finding the Road Home By Tina Radcliffe


Finding the Road Home by Tina Radcliffe takes place in Rebel, Oklahoma, one of my new favorite small towns. Daisy Anderson has just moved to town to work as a police officer and is taking care of 5 of her orphaned nieces and nephews. Mitch Rainbolt is the head police officer who hired Daisy and has grown up in Rebel. Together they work through their pasts, navigate life and look towards a future together.

I am in love with Rebel, Oklahoma. I realize it is pretend, but I really want to visit! Tina Radcliffe does an amazing job drawing you into life in Rebel. (I am totally serious about visiting) Her characters are lively and fun to get to know. Daisy is warm, caring, and has a big heart. Mitch is everything a cowboy should be and has those rugged good looks you fall in love with.

Finding the Road Home is charming and simply fun to read. I enjoyed meeting the secondary characters and look forward to getting to know them in the rest of the series. This is a delightful read and I highly recommend Finding the Road Home.

I was given this book by the publisher and not required to write a positive review.




Originally from Western, N.Y., author Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina was a founding member and the manager of Seekerville, a 13 author blog, from 2008-2017. Seekerville has been a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner 2013-2017.

An RWA Honor Roll member, Tina is also a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist for Oklahoma Reunion, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner for Mending the Doctor's Heart. 


Tina is thrilled to announce she is the 2018 ACFW Mentor of the Year and a 2018 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Claiming Her Cowboy. 


She has also finaled/or won over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. As a short story writer, she has sold over two dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine.

Tina is a member of Romance Writers of America, including the Kiss of Death Chapter, FHL Chapter, Desert Rose Romance Writers, and the Valley of the Sun Romance Writer

Saturday, January 25, 2020

A Girl's Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate




 I was thrilled to read new to me author Jessica Kate’s recent release A Girl's Guide To The Outback.   The intriguing title and cover of A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate drew me in. The story follows American, Kimberly Foster, and Australian, Samuel Payton, on a dairy farm in the Australian Outback.  It was such a unique setting that I felt more informed about the world after reading this story. I love thinking I may have picked up some great Aussie slang along the way.  


I am a big fan of romantic comedies, and I was hoping that I would be laughing and sighing as I read A Girl’s Guide to the Outback.  The good news for me is that I was able to do both. I laughed out loud and there were many sigh worthy scenes throughout the book. 


I feel like author Jessica Kate is an author to watch. She is witty, her characters are interesting, and her story was fun to read.    I highly recommend A Girl’s Guide to the Outback.  Release date: January 28, 2020
I was given a copy through NetGalley and not required to write a review


Jessica Kate

When Kimberly’s ambitious plans for Sam’s ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly’s grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules’s dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe—just maybe—Sam will reconsider his future with the church.



Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he’s still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can’t shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds—or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly.




About the Author

Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer.