Wednesday, December 28, 2022

My Thoughts on In Love's Time by Kate Breslin



At the height of World War I, two sweethearts face impossible odds in this powerful tale of courage, duty, and heartbreak.

In the summer of 1918, Captain Marcus Weatherford arrives in Russia on a secret mission, with a beautiful ballerina posing as his fiancée. He's there to find the Romanov tsarina and her son and glean information about a plot to assassinate Lenin. As the danger intensifies, Marcus's sense of duty battles with his desire to return home to Clare, the woman he truly loves, before it's too late.

Military hospital orderly Clare Danner still suffers from Marcus's betrayal after learning he's engaged to another woman. Clare also fears losing her daughter, Daisy, to the heartless family who took her away once before. Only Marcus can provide the critical proof needed to save Daisy, but when an injury leaves him powerless to help, Clare's fate--and the fate of the top-secret mission--hangs in the balance.

My Thoughts:

In Love's Time is an apropos title that shows these characters and us, that if we just stay patient, love will work itself out. And what a rollercoaster ride this was. We are in the summer of 1918; World War 1 is going on and the flu is taking many lives. There are secrets, espionage, countries at stake, and a love that may break under all the pressure.

Captain Marcus Weatherford has been tasked with a secret mission. Unfortunately, it will take him away from the love of his life, orderly Clare Danner and her little girl Daisy. However, it cannot be helped, and he refuses to leave her a widow. Unfortunately, some things are seen and misjudged and hearts break. Marcus must go undercover as an engaged man to a woman he barely knows and not even being able to make things right with Clare.

Well, big things happen that I was not expecting and wow what a ride. Clare and Marcus both must trust that the truth and love will push through before they make some big mistakes.

I haven't read an author Breslin novel in too long and this one really captured my attention during this holiday season and even with much to do, it was hard to put down. The heart wants what the heart wants is what they say.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and Christy Award finalist and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

My Thoughts on Holding the Line by Jennifer Delamere



Can she find the strength to heal the wounds of her past--and open her heart again?

A widow at just thirty years of age, Rose Finlay is determined to put all ideas of marriage and family behind her and pursue an independent life. But when she notices a young woman about to be led astray by a roguish aristocrat, bitter memories from her past arise, and she feels compelled to intervene. The unintended consequences of her efforts will ultimately force Rose to reexamine her life in a new light.

As the guardian of his two widowed sisters' financial and domestic affairs, John Milburn carries heavy responsibilities for a single man. But he's faced with his biggest challenge when his headstrong niece falls prey to the attentions of a powerful man who could ruin both her and her family.

When Rose and John join forces to protect his niece, they put everything they hold dear--including their growing attraction--in jeopardy.

My Thoughts:

Rose never plans to marry again after the cruel revelations of her first marriage. Now widowed she has set her goals and plans in motion and romance has no part. Everything is going according to plan, until one day she sees a young woman quite possibly taken in for by an aristocrat she has heard rumors about. That chance siting brings her into direct contact with that young woman's uncle.

John has no intentions of ever marrying as he is now the provider for his widowed sister and sister-in-law and their children. One of which is Sophie who seems to be flirting with an aristocrat who may be playing her false. Then he meets, quite by chance, Rose, who not only shares his concerns but also intrigues him.

Wanting his niece to be secure and happy and not fall into temptation, John asks for Rose's help in being her chaperone. Here we have a conflict with his family who in a way look down on Rose due to their own aspirations. John is not to be put off though by them, or by Rose. So, John gently pursues and quietly tries to court Rose by showing her that not all men are the same. He is not her late husband, and he would cherish her.

Rose, however, has been through a lot and knows that true love exists. Her friends and cousins have found it. But what if John finds out her most horrid secret? Will he, would he still want her? 

This was a lovely read about two people cast in completely different roles in their lives than what they planned for. But instead of buckling under the pressure, they rise up and accept the challenge. Now they just need to accept the love that is theirs for the taking.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Jennifer Delamere's ( debut Victorian romance, An Heiress at Heart, was a 2013 RITA Award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, A Lady Most Lovely, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She's been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.

Monday, December 19, 2022

My Thoughts on Her Christmas Redemption by Toni Shiloh



Can she find a second chance…
on a town’s holiday wish list?

Organizing her church’s Christmas Wishes program is the perfect start to Vivian Dupre’s new life—one without the shame of her recent mistakes. But as she grows closer to co-coordinator Michael Wood, she’s even more determined to keep her past hidden. Together they can give joy to their small town. But when Michael discovers her secret, will he be willing to grant Vivian’s holiday wish—forgiveness?

My Thoughts:

This Christmas Vivian needs her second chance and believes she has found it in her new town and with her new job. If only she can keep her past hidden, but some secrets are going to come out no matter what. 

Michael is a man who is carrying around a hard burden and a deep hurt. His father has died leaving the running of the local store and rentals to him and his siblings. Except his siblings are not around to help him. They left. Now he is trying to shoulder all the work while questioning his life's choices. Especially when it comes to women.

Vivian is renting from Michael, and they also have been tasked to together to pick a nominee or nominees from the Christmas Wishes program and make their Christmas wish come true. As they go about working on the nominee list, Vivian and Michael grow closer. However, when Michael finds out the truth about Vivian's past, he becomes her worst enemy. Will Michael and Vivian be able to move past this or will Vivian forever be blamed for her mistakes? And can Vivian forgive Michael for his hypocrisy? There was a lot of emotions going on between these two.

This was a good Christmas novel that showed what true mercy, grace, and forgiveness looks like.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

My Thoughts and More on Judy in Disguise by Jennifer Lynn Cary



About the Book


Book:Judy in Disguise

Author: Jennifer Lynn Cary

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release date: November 4, 2022

She wants her history to stay hidden…

…He’s trying to break free of his past

But as they reveal themselves to each other, can they carry out their covert mission?

Judy Larkin has been shy to show her true self ever since the worst day of her life. Which makes her the perfect target for her Simon Legree wannabe boss. He knows the right buttons to push making noncompliance next to impossible. But is she really the type of person to do this kind of thing? Especially with the boss’s preppy nephew?

Geoff Spooner has let himself be manipulated for too long but coming out from under his uncle’s thumb will cost him. Is he willing to pay the price? Could be this last demand will be the straw that breaks him free, but what will he lose in the bargain? His self-respect?

It’s 1972. Join Judy and Geoff in this quirky misadventure as they go undercover to discover who they really are, what the cardinal in the sycamore has to say, and what they are truly equipped to do.

You will love this sweet, clean tale inspired by the song “Judy in Disguise” because everyone roots for the underdog.

Get Judy in Disguise today.


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My Thoughts:

Judy in Disguise was such a fun story that takes us back to the 1970's. It also reunites us with some of the beloved characters from the Weather Girls series.

Geoff and Judy work for his very grumpy, stingy, and cutthroat uncle in the wedding dress business. But business has been slower than usual, and Uncle has found out why. It has to do with the Weather Girls and their wedding venue about an hour away. So, Uncle comes up with a plan that he believes will work and hopefully find a way to put the Weather Girls out of business. He plans to send Geoff and Judy out as spies, spies who are pretending to be engaged to learn all the secrets that they can from the Weather Girls business.

Geoff and Judy don't even really like one another, but Judy's job is threatened, and she needs this job. So off they go on an undercover mission that just might be the grandest adventure they ever had. With plenty of humor and heart, Geoff and Judy get to know each other and naturally feelings for one another develop. But both have goals in their lives they would like to achieve, and both are hiding some secrets.

It was fun to see the difference between then and now. What was on TV, the music, the use of regular phones, all of it the author put in to give the off the 1970's vibe. I enjoyed this story and look forward to more of author Cary's stories.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Historical Christian Romance author, Jennifer Lynn Cary, likes to say you can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can’t take the Hoosier out of the girl. Now transplanted to the Arizona desert, this direct descendant of Davy Crockett and her husband of forty years enjoy time with family where she shares tales of her small-town heritage and family legacies with their grandchildren. She is the author of The Crockett Chronicles series, The Relentless series, and The Weather Girls trilogy as well as the stand-alone novel, Cheryl’s Going Home, her novella Tales of the Hob Nob Annex Café, and her split-time novels The Traveling Prayer Shawl and The Forgotten Gratitude Journal. Judy in Disguise is the first book of her spin-off series The Weather Girls Wedding Shoppe and Venue.


More from Jennifer

Have you ever been to a party and had so much fun you hated to leave? That’s how I felt when I finished up The Weather Girls. I fell in love with the characters and the memory lane saunter through my hometown of Kokomo, Indiana.

Then, chatting with a good writing friend, I realized I could have a spin-off series where Ferguson House, the business, and of course the cardinal and the sycamore tree all play a part.

The friends from the original series could drop by the stories, but these would be stand-alones. I also wanted to make these stories fun as well as heartwarming.

Then I had the question–where to get the story inspirations?

The same place I got it for Sunny, Stormy, and Windy—the oldies station.

That’s when I Googled song titles from the 60s that had girls’ names in them. When “Judy in Disguise” popped up, I knew it had to be the first of the new Weather Girls Wedding Shoppe and Venue series. The story ideas came fast and furious.

I am so excited about this new series, and I hope you will be too as familiar song titles get new plot points. Come join me at the Weather Girls Wedding Shoppe and Venue.

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Pause for Tales, December 17

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 18 (Author Interview)

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Connie’s History Classroom, December 20

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deb’s Book Review, December 22

Spoken from the Heart, December 23

Cover Lover Book Review, December 24

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, December 25 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 26

Stories By Gina, December 27 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 29

For the Love of Literature, December 30 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, December 30



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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

My Thoughts and More on Forever Home by Hope Toler Dougherty


About the Book


Book: Forever Home

Author: Hope Toler Dougherty

Genre: Sweet Romance/Christian Fiction

Release date: August 16, 2022

With a fulfilling job and a home of her own, former foster child, Merritt Hastings, relishes her stable, respectable life. Dreaming for more is a sure way for heartache. When a contested will turns her world upside down, she must reevaluate what’s important to her, what’s worth fighting for, and what’s worth sacrificing.

Patience has never been Sam Daniels’ strong suit with his history of acting quickly and asking questions later, and he’s ready for changes in his life…now. Too bad the plans for acquiring a radio station didn’t include a contract. Now he’s out of a job, out of a radio station, and out of prospects.

While his life is in flux, at least he can help Merritt steady hers, or will he rush in and overstep …again?

Will the sparks flying between these two opposites lead to a happily-ever-after or heartbreak for both?


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My Thoughts:

Forever Home was a lighthearted and heartwarming romantic story about two people who are indeed looking to their forever home. Merritt was a foster child whose last foster mother, Millie, left Merritt her home. Much to the anger of Millie's blood family, namely a nephew and niece, who couldn't be bothered to visit her when she was alive. Now, they believe they have rights and the way the will was written, they have found loopholes and have already stripped the house bare. Including taking Merritt's livelihood away. The piano she gives lessons on. 

Merritt is in a tough spot as she doesn't really know how to fight these two. She is used to being alone most of her life, except for about three people who actually care about her. And one of them, Millie, has died. So, Merritt, determined to see herself out of this mess sets out to get her life back in order.

Sam has had a happy childhood, but he is also floundering when his dream of owning a radio station comes burning to the ground. As Merritt and he are both getting advice from their pastor, Sam is reintroduced to Merritt. They went to the same school. But times change, and Sam can't stop thinking about Merritt and when he finds out her troubles, he steps in to help.

I liked Sam, I mean who couldn't with his easy good looks, charm, and wit, of course Merritt was going to fall as well. Even against her own wishes. But these two have some lessons to learn on this journey of love, and maybe just what they both have been looking for is with each other.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. 

About the Author

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Her novels include Irish EncounterMars…With Venus Rising, Rescued Hearts, Forever Music, and Forever Home. Her recent novella, “A Hatteras Surprise,” appears in Candy Cane Wishes and Saltwater Dreams and is also available as a standalone novel. She and her husband delight in visits with their two daughters and twin sons.


More from Hope

When I introduced the Daniels family in Forever Music, the first story in the Forever Series, I wrote about Josie, the little sister. I wanted to write about her brother Sam next, but after about eight chapters, the words stopped flowing and then the pandemic struck. Instead of writing during lockdown, I cleaned out closets, crocheted mask bands, and perfected a killer sourdough loaf.

I wanted to write. I tried to write. I loved Sam and wanted to discover his story, but…nothing.

When my publisher offered a slot in a novella collection, I pushed Sam to the back of my mind and wrote about his older brother, Ben. Ben’s story is set on the beautiful Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Check out his romance in A Hatteras Surprise.

Sharing Ben’s courtship with Ginny Stowe freed me to get back to Sam and Merritt in Forever Home. Their story highlights foster care, music, friendship, and radio stations.

Impatient Sam usually acts first and thinks second. His happy-go-lucky personality chafes Merritt’s stick-with-a-plan attitude. Too bad she needs his help with her livelihood.  They don’t hit it off at first, but both are definitely intrigued with each other.

Readers can find subtle Italian references throughout the story. Here’s a favorite recipe friends might find in Merritt’s kitchen. I hope you like it and the story, too!

Orange Pistachio Biscotti

2 C plain flour                         1 egg white
1 t baking powder                   2 T orange zest
¼ t salt                                    ½-1 C chopped pistachios
1 C sugar                                 1/2 C candied orange bits
2 eggs                                      orange juice, if needed


Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a mixing bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs and egg white together, then add to flour mixture. Stir in orange zest, nuts, and orange bits. Mix until dough is smooth. If the dough is too dry, add orange juice a tablespoon at a time.

Flour hands and scoop half the dough onto one side of the cookie sheet prepared with cooking spray. Shape the dough into a 15×3-inch log. Repeat with remaining dough. The logs should be several inches apart.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Tops of the logs should be firm.

Remove to wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Cut logs on a diagonal into ½-inch-thick slices. Place the slices, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool completely on a wire rack. They will harden as they cool. Yields about 48 cookies depending on size

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Inklings and notions, December 16

Texas Book-aholic, December 17

Cover Lover Book Review, December 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 19

Beauty in the Binding, December 20 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, December 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 23

For the Love of Literature, December 24 (Author Interview)

Susan K. Beatty, Author, December 25 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, December 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 27


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Sunday, December 11, 2022

My Thoughts and More on Passages of Hope by Terri J. Haynes


About the Book

Book: Passages of Hope

Author: Terri J. Haynes

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance

Release date: November, 2022

Discover the Story Behind a Secret Passageway

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Gracie Kingston begins renovations on the Philadelphia house inherited from her grandmother and finds a secret room. It is connected to a house nearby, the home of William Still, the man known as the father of the Underground Railroad. As she researches, she discovers a mystery in her house’s ownership. In 1855, Olivia Kingston helps a mother and her young child by hiding them in a secret room in her home. As she helps, she learns that there may be an impostor conductor in their community. As Gracie’s and Olivia’s stories intertwine, they learn the meaning of sacrifice and love.


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 My Thoughts:

This is a dual timeline story about two women, their lives, families, and goals over a hundred years apart. We start with Gracie who has a mountain of problems. Financial issues are only a part of her issues as she is still grieving her late grandmother and on top of that there are her family issues. Her grandmother left her, her family home and that has made her uncle very angry, so much so that he has called her a thief and she is basically an outsider to her own family.

However, Gracie has a dream and her grandmother believed in her. As she tries to open up her shop and begins some renovations on the home, those uncover a secret room. A secret room that could very well be tied into the Underground Railroad and the bigger history of her town.

The historical story is about Olivia who is actively working and a part of the Underground Railroad. It is her house long before Gracie's, and that secret room has saved many. Although danger abounds and Olivia is putting her life on the line quite often. She is also married, and even though her husband Douglas, a doctor, knows her secret, she does not share any more than she absolutely has to with him. If she would only just open up to him.

Both of these women have a lot to learn, especially in letting others in to help and love them. They do not have to do this life alone. 

The past story was full of danger and secrets and the present-day story was full of history and discovery. I rooted for both of these women to find the peace they were so desperate for. Author Haynes is a new to me author and I look forward to more from her.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a homeschool mom, writer, prolific knitter, freelance graphic artist and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband). She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. As she grew, her love for writing grew as she tried her hand at poetry, articles, speeches and fiction. She is storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers in the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives.

Terri is a 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest finalist, and a 2012 semi-finalist. She is also a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. Her publishing credits include: Cup of Comfort for Military Families,, the Secret Place Devotional,, Vista Devotional, and Publisher’s Weekly.
Terri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and a certificate in creative writing and graphic design, meeting the minimal requirements of being a geek. She and her husband pastor a church where she serves as executive pastor and worship leader. Terri lives in Maryland with her three wonderful children and her husband, who often beg her not to kill off their favorite characters.


More from Terri

Family, Underground Railroad, two strong Black women, and knitting in one book? Yes.

As an author, I explore my world with curiosity. I find many subjects interesting and it shows in this book. It’s not often that an author can combine such a range of topics in one novel. I’m so glad I got to do it for this one.

In addition to being an author, I am a knitter, crocheter, indie yarn dyer, business owner, unofficial historian, wife, mother, and sister. At first glance, all those things seem too different to combine in one book. But they weave together so perfectly.

Life is a tapestry of many colors knit together and my goal was to show that. That family and history, grieving and crafting, struggle and triumph, are all entwined threads. Their vibrancy can be combined to create a beautiful project, the pain and joy both add hue and color to life. This is what I hope you find in this book.

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 29

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Texas Book-aholic, November 30

Cover Lover Book Review, December 1

Inklings and notions, December 1

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, December 2 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, December 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 3

For the Love of Literature, December 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 4

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 5

Connie’s History Classroom, December 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 6

Holly’s Book Corner, December 6

Blossoms and Blessings, December 7

Mary Hake, December 7

Remembrancy, December 8

For Him and My Family, December 8

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 9

Lis Loves Reading, December 9

Through the fire blogs, December 10

Spoken from the Heart, December 10

Pause for Tales, December 11

Labor Not in Vain, December 11

Betti Mace, December 12

Marriage, Motherhood, & Homeschool, December 12


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Saturday, December 10, 2022

My Thoughts and More on Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder


About the Book

Book: Beneath His Silence

Author: Hannah Linder

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance

Release date: November, 2022

Will Seeking Justice Lead to Her Own Demise?

A Gothic-Style Regency Romance from a Promising Young Author

Second daughter of a baron—and a little on the mischievous side—Ella Pemberton is no governess. But the pretense is a necessity if she ever wishes to get inside of Wyckhorn Manor and attain the truth. Exposing the man who killed her sister is all that matters.

Lord Sedgewick knows there’s blood on his hands. Lies have been conceived, then more lies, but the price of truth would be too great. All he has left now is his son—and his hatred. Yet as the charming governess invades his home, his safe cocoon of bitterness begins to tear away.

Could Ella, despite the lingering questions of his guilt, fall in love with such a man? Or is she falling prey to him—just as her dead sister?


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My Thoughts:

There are some books that, for many reasons, I can hardly wait to read. Maybe it is a continuation of an intense series, or it is written by a beloved author. As I read many books, there are a few that really stand out. This was one such book. At first it was the cover. I freely admit that after watching Poldark, anything with a seascape view, especially one that is tumultuous will catch my eye. The other thing was the title, it was unique. And then as I read the synopsis, which I don't always do, I was hooked and to say the least, this was one my most anticipated reads of the year. On top of all of that, this was a new to me author.

The atmosphere of this novel was truly gothic, a mystery, the death of a beloved sister, so many secrets, rumors, and the haunting home on a cliff. Ella is bound and determined to find out what happened to her late older sister. It is said that she died of illness. Her father believed it was more, and he drove himself to an early grave to find out the truth. Now Ella is bound and determined to find out what really happened and make the person responsible pay. That person being her sister's husband.

Lord Henry Sedgewick is hiding a few secrets. As we get into his point of view, he does slowly reveal what is going on in his manor and what curse he is keeping secret that he wants to protect his young son Peter from experiencing. Ella does not tell Henry who she really is as she poses as a governess for Peter. But Henry is inexplicably drawn to Ella despite her sharp tongue and what he assumes is her lower social class. I must admit that is the one part that I suspended belief on. The fact that Henry did not know his wife's family.

I enjoyed this story immensely. I got all the feels and the chills, and I cannot wait to see what else will come from the pen of author Linder.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award finalist, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers. She is also a local photographer and a self-portrait photographer. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse. To follow her journey, visit


More from Hannah

People always ask me what inspired a story. Where did I get the idea? Who was my inspiration? What true-life event motivated these characters into existence?

And the truth is, I don’t know. I’ve never known. When I was younger, I’d look clueless and shrug my shoulders. A few years ago, I would have probably answered “people”—and maybe there’s truth in that. People do inspire me. The way they walk, the places they go, the things they do, the way they dress.

But lately…well, I think it’s more than that. I don’t think it’s people so much as feelings. The nitty-gritty. The raw emotions, caught deep in someone’s chest, at the most pivotal points in their life.

Like the old man seated at a booth, alone in a restaurant, with his veiny hands cupping a mug of coffee. It’s not his shabby fedora that inspires me. Or the knotty cane leaned against his seat. Or the envelope stuffed into the pocket of his woolen overcoat.

It’s the look on his face. The slow blinking, the red nose, the flash of moisture as he takes another sip of coffee. Why does he sit alone? Who left him? Who caused the tears? What emotions render that lost, helpless, longing expression—and how will he cope?

If you would ask me what inspired Beneath His Silence, I probably wouldn’t have much of an answer. No concrete idea or moment would rush to remembrance. If anything, inspiration for Beneath His Silence was nothing more than a small thought. A feeling.

I wanted to write about a girl who learned to love someone she hated. I wanted to explore every aspect. The poison of her hate. The weight it pressed into her heart. The process—slow, startling, and healing—that sucked out that poison and replaced it with something unexpected. Love.

I guess that’s what I love about writing. Not the people. The characters. Not even the storylines and the plot twists and the fun settings.

I love the emotion. That’s what inspires me.

And if you find yourself in the pages of Beneath His Silence, I hope it will inspire you too.

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Lily’s Book Reviews, November 30

Book Looks by Lisa, December 1

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Betti Mace, December 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 2

Remembrancy, December 3

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 3

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 4

Connie’s History Classroom, December 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 5

Rebecca Tews, December 6

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For Him and My Family, December 7

Through the Fire Blogs, December 8

Holly’s Book Corner, December 8

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, December 9 (Author Interview)

Bizwings Blog, December 9

Melissa’s Bookshelf, December 9

Pause for Tales, December 10

Cover Lover Book Review, December 10

Mary Hake, December 10

Labor Not in Vain, December 11

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 11



To celebrate her tour, Hannah is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a print copy of the book!!

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My Thoughts and More on Christmas Crime Cover-Up by Dana Mentink


About the Book

Book: Christmas Crime Cover-Up

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre:Inspy Suspense

Release date: November 29, 2022

From USA TODAY bestselling author Dana Mentink…

A violent attack

Isn’t the homecoming she expected.

When an ATV tries to run her down in Death Valley, animal rescuer Nora Duke knows it’s a sign she never should have returned. Now she’s stuck on Seth Castillo’s ranch until Christmas with a pregnant donkey—and a criminal desperate to silence her. Facing her past is as terrifying as uncovering a killer’s twisted plan. But can Seth convince her to stay…if they live through the holidays?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Desert Justice

Book 1: Framed in Death Valley
Book 2: Missing in the Desert
Book 3: Death Valley Double Cross
Book 4: Death Valley Hideout
Book 5: Christmas Crime Cover-Up
Book 6: Targeted in the Desert


Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts:

A pregnant wandering donkey, Christmas, and suspense all meet up in this novel when prodigal daughter and sister, Nora Duke comes back home to get said donkey. I know, just that information had me hooked on this novel trying to piece all of these pieces together.

Nora has not been back home in a long time, and she is estranged from both her mother and her brother, Jude, who just happens to be the chief of police. Even changing her name to her middle name can't hide the broken familial relations she has. She is also with her best friend Felicia, who has also come back home. However, someone does not want either woman to accomplish their goal or make it to Christmas alive. But why? With the help of Seth who has now recovered from his gunshot wound to the head, Nora will soon learn what family and love means again and that some bonds go deep.

In a town that I have enjoyed visiting, I am so glad for this continuation and that we get to see Seth again after his grievous injuries.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. 

About the Author

Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion. She’s written over fifty titles in the suspense, lighthearted romance and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.) Her monthly newsletter features plenty of goodies, gab and giveaways.


More from Dana

Well here we go! Book five in the Desert Justice series features Nora (Chief Jude’s estranged sister), a wild donkey who needs rescuing, and a crime from the past that intrudes into the present. Twisty, right? I was inspired to write this story after visiting Death Valley and learning about the feral donkeys which inhabit the region. They’re cute, visitors love them, but the burros can encounter health problems and cause environmental damage if they aren’t settled into a safe area. It’s amazing to me that wild donkeys are adept at detecting underground water sources. They dig “wells” which can benefit many thirsty animals. Fascinating, right? Hope you’ll enjoy meeting Bubbles the donkey and the helpful humans who rescue her in this novel. God bless and thanks for reading!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, December 3

deb’s Book Review, December 3

Through the Fire Blogs, December 3

Texas Book-aholic, December 4

Paula’s Pad of Inspiration, December 4

Betti Mace, December 5

Genesis 5020, December 5

Bizwings Blog, December 6

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 6

Bigreadersite, December 7

Inklings and notions, December 7

Daysong Reflections, December 8

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 9

Empowermoms, December 9

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 10

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 10

Pause for Tales, December 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 11

For Him and My Family, December 11

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 12

Holly’s Book Corner, December 12

Blogging With Carol, December 13

Vicky Sluiter, December 13

For the Love of Literature, December 14

Lily’s Book Reviews, December 14

Cover Lover Book Review, December 15

Simple Harvest Reads, December 15 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Blossoms and Blessings, December 16

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 16

Labor Not in Vain, December 16



To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

(If the winner is outside the U.S., then he or she will receive an eBook.)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Friday, December 9, 2022

My Thoughts on Honor's Refuge by Hallee Bridgeman



You can't give up on love

When she was just five years old, Melissa Braxton watched her father take her mother's life and suffered the pain of separation from her sister, Lola. Melissa grew up with a strong desire to help those stuck in abusive relationships. It's why she became a therapist and opened a domestic abuse shelter.

After losing a leg to a gunshot wound in the line of duty, Phil Osbourne has felt like a man without a purpose--until he hears Melissa's story and decides to use his Special Forces contacts to track down her missing sister, the wife of a Colombian cartel teniente. He knows what he discovers will break Melissa's heart. What he doesn't realize is that helping the women reunite will bring the cartel down on them like the category 5 hurricane striking Miami.

Bruised yet not quite broken, Melissa and Phil battle the storm and the cartel, calling on strength they didn't know they had to escape death, save the innocent, and--just maybe--find healing in each other's arms.

My Thoughts:

From the very first book, I have been invested in these character's stories. We met Phil in the first book, he was one of the special op's soldiers who was seriously hurt. In fact, he lost his leg. If you want to know more about that mission and how everything went down, pick up Honor Bound. Now two years later Phil is back and working as an EMT and this is his story.

Melissa Braxton is a woman who has a heart for abused women and children. Watching her mother die at the hands of her father and then being separated from her sister lit a fire in her to do something. To be the hands and feet that will help these women get out of their situation. All the while she is trying to locate her lost sister.

Phil and Melissa are good friends, meeting together at least twice a week. Truth be told, they are both in love with each other. Melissa wants more in their relationship and Phil does not think he is right for her due to his past. However, Phil will do what he can for Melissa and her mission. He does just that as he locates her sister, who is also in a not-so-great situation. And that is where the story gets really dangerous as Melissa and Phil fight for their lives and the lives of those they love.

This was a great edition to the series and just like the others the comradery between the special op's friends was great to see. This story did delve into some sensitive subjects, particularly abuse, and why these women would want to leave and why some would go back. Very thought provoking. I cannot wait for more from the pen of author Bridgeman.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Hallee Bridgeman is the USA Today bestselling author of several action-packed romantic suspense books and series. An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee and her husband finally settled in central Kentucky, where they have raised their three children. When she's not writing, Hallee pursues her passion for cooking, coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. An accomplished speaker and active member of several writing organizations, Hallee can be found online at

Thursday, December 8, 2022

My Thoughts on Targeted by Lynette Eason, Lynn H. Blackburn, and Natalie Walters



Three women. Three men. Three unsuspecting targets.

Get ready for triple the thrills with three heart-stopping stories from your favorite romantic suspense authors!

In On the Run, IT Specialist Daria Nevsky is a highly skilled FBI agent with the ability to hack any computer. She must go on the run to find out who wants her dead--and Dr. Ryker Donahue refuses to let her do it alone.

In Deadly Objective, physical therapist Emily Dixon and Secret Service Agent Liam Harper are committed to keeping their relationship professional. But when the vice president's son enters the crosshairs of a killer, some lines will have to be crossed in order to keep him safe.

In Caught in the Crosshairs, there is no love lost between former Army PSYOPS officer Ari Blackman and CIA officer Claudia Gallegos after Claudia is implicated in the murder of a Saudi prince. But to prevent a coup that would put America at risk, they'll have to learn to trust each other--before it's too late.

My Thoughts:

This was such a fun book to lose yourself in and lose myself I did. These were great novellas to read especially in the busyness of the season.

On the Run was FBI agent Daria's story and her romance with Dr. Ryker Donahue. Daria's history was quite troubled, and she saw to it that her criminal father was turned in to the proper authorities. However, someone is out to get her, and her father is haunting her from the grave. She just happened to land in the hospital where Ryker worked, and he couldn't let her go alone when bad guys were out to get her and do her more harm than they already have. I was intrigued with their relationship and wondered if Daria would let down her guard enough and let Ryker help her.

Deadly Objective was my favorite of this trio, I mean who could get over sweet talking Secret Service agent Liam Harper when the woman he cares about is thrown in the crosshairs of him protecting the VP's son. Emily Dixon is a physical therapist with a high-profile patient, but the last thing she wants to do is date an agent after all the horror her twin brother had to go through. But Liam has a way with breaking down her walls with his continued southern charm. Their romance was so fun to watch unfold.

Caught in the Crosshairs brings us two CIA agents with an unbelievable urge to show and protect who they really are amongst each other. Claudia is a kick butt heroine who has earned her nickname and Ari is a playboy agent who may or may not have earned his. As Ari sets out to protect Claudia from international danger, he wants to prove he is so much more than what she has heard about him. And Claudia, well she deep down wants a match that will accept her for who she is.

If you are looking for a quick and adrenaline filled escape, pick up this novella collection. You won't be sorry.

I was provided with a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Authors:

Lynette Eason is the USA Today bestselling author of Life Flight, Crossfire, and Critical Threat, as well as the Danger Never Sleeps, Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband. They have two adult children. Learn more at

Lynn H. Blackburn is the award-winning author of Unknown Threat and Malicious Intent, as well as the Dive Team Investigations series. She believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. Blackburn is passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don't make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Learn more at

Natalie Walters is the author of Lights Out and Fatal Code, as well as the Harbored Secrets series. A military wife, she currently resides in Texas with her soldier husband and is the proud mom of three. She loves traveling, spending time with her family, and connecting with readers on Instagram and Facebook. Learn more at