Thursday, March 31, 2022

Review and Giveaway: Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill



Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves--or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he's been sent to track down?

After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name--and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors' threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn't all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home--and the truth.

After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiance is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career--but that's better than failing her twice in one lifetime.

They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there's no question they're both still keeping secrets--and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival.

To read an excerpt of Counterfeit Love click here.

My Thoughts:

Our heroine, Theresa Plane, is living a life she did not choose for herself. Engaged to a man who will provide her with a comfortable life, though maybe not passion, and she is working hard at painting plus selling her possessions to clear her grandfather's debt from some unsavory characters. This all brings her back into the path of her true love, Broderick Cosgrove, who is an agent of the Secret Service. He is trying to break into a counterfeiting ring, and unfortunately Theresa's grandfather seems to be involved.

This is an engaging romance and a historical suspense all wrapped into one tale that moves rather swiftly. I liked that the characters, even though taking their punches from life, get up and keep on living. Theresa especially was a unique character. One who was small in stature, but feisty, noble, steadfast, and loyal. She loved fiercely even to her own determent but that didn't seem to matter to her.

Broderick was her champion even if he felt she was better off without him. I am glad that he stepped up to the task he was given and stood by Theresa's side and fought alongside with her. I really look forward to what new to me author Caudill has in store with her future stories.

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

About the Author:

Crystal Caudill is the author of "dangerously good historical romance," with her work garnering awards from Romance Writers of America and ACFW.

She is a stay-at-home mom and caregiver, and when she isn’t writing, Caudill can be found playing board games with her family, drinking hot tea, or reading other great books at her home outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

Learn more at You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.


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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Review: The Foibles & Follies of Miss Grace by Jen Geigle Johnson


A woman who can't trust herself to make a good marriage choice asks for an arranged marriage, but then falls in love with someone else.

Grace standish is the youngest of the Standish sisters. Years ago, she became flattered by one of the men of the ton, only to find herself rescued from a carriage ride that could have ruined her forever. Since then, and watching each of her sisters marry, she isn't confident in her ability to know what would be best for her. She trusts her eldest sister June completely and knows that she and her husband Morley, will help her. But a new, young, Vicar enters the scene and she finds herself so incredibly curious about him. He's obviously handsome. But he's so much more. Is she correct in her thinking? Her family talks of titles and wealth and security. They seem to overlook the excellent Vicar until it's almost too late.

Lord Stewart has long since tired of the ton and their selfish ways. Though he's only participated in two seasons, he's watched brother after brother have their seasons. Nothing about the elaborate gowns, the entire waste of money on lavish balls, and the backbiting, gossiping ton appeals to him. And so he decides to do everything he can to steer clear of the lot of it. His family is in great need and so he takes a position as a Vicar and dedicates himself to his work. He does nothing to try to appeal to anyone socially, and even still, women are always near, their mothers, guardians and grandmothers as well as the new debutantes. As he attempts to navigate these new relationships while remaining single, he notices one woman who stands out in every way. As they find themselves thrown together, and he at last finds his heart yearning to make her his, he learns she is about to be betrothed to another in a match most anticipated by her entire family.

Enjoy this final book in the Lords for the Sisters of Sussex series and introduce yourselves to a new family of BROTHERS who might just might steal your heart.

My Thoughts:

What a delightful enchanting read of Grace, the last of the Sussex sisters to marry, and her Vicar, Oliver. This story starts out as Grace not really knowing her own mind and due to a very scary situation some time ago, she is also paralyzed with fear of choosing her own husband. She has watched all of her sisters marry for love and begin their happily every afters, so she puts them and her brothers-in-law in charge of finding the suitors and helping her to pick.

Oliver Stewart, also known as Lord Stewart, has been quite smitten with Grace and decides to woo, court, and marry her. But much to his confusion and chagrin, he finds out about the suitors Morley, her brother-in-law, has sent for. One of them just happens to be his brother, Charles. Now what is a man to do when his brother seems to be in earnest to capture the woman that he loves and planned to marry?

This was an engaging tale of true love. Of a woman finding her confidence and trust in herself again. And of a man patiently waiting for the woman of his dreams to do just that. There were some surprises in the book I was not expecting and I do hope we get older brother Charles's story as well.

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.

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Heart of the Rockies by Angela Breidenbach


About the Book

Book: Heart of the Rockies

Author: Angela Breidenbach

Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance

Release date: November 1, 2021

1892, Helena MT: Delphina O’Connor believed God-given dreams for women didn’t stop at marriage and children. Hers might not include a husband or family at all. So when Hugh Thomas rescues the new swimming instructor at the elegant Broadwater Natatorium from near drowning in the Victorian-styled resort pool, how can anyone believe the freedom to enjoy swimming, competition, and a healthy body is an appropriate activity for a proper lady? Hugh is about to find out status quo is the starting line for a courageous woman with a dream!

Elaborate true history of the Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium in romantic fiction. You’ll meet several iconic people from Montana’s true history in these pages. What do you do when you think differently than the world around you?

Lovely story sharing the early days of women in synchronized swimming nearing the turn-of-the-century when traditional sensibilities battle modern ideas. How does a traditional man learn to love a modern woman?


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My Thoughts:

Welcome back to Helena, MT. This time we travel back to the Broadwater Natatorium and see the beginnings of women competing in swimming. The year is 1892 and Delphina, the new ladies swimming instructor is rescued by the boy's instructor after trying to rescue her student from drowning. The culprit, the women's swim costumes are too heavy and have too much material. Now I am all for modesty, but the description of these swimming outfits seemed way too much. The challenge for Delphina, a forward-thinking woman, is to design an appropriate swimsuit in a style that is not offensive, with little money.

Step in Hugh, the boys swimming instructor and a little bit old-fashioned, but he begins to see value in Delphina's ideas. It takes some time for them to see eye to eye and work as a team to help save the resort, but eventfully they get there. And I was happy to see their story unfold.

I have really been enjoying these quick little historical romances about the early days of Montana. I was so impressed by the Broadwater Natatorium that I went on to discover more information on it. I was saddened to learn it is no longer in existence but what a piece of history.

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

About the Author

Angela Breidenbach is a professional genealogist, media personality, bestselling author, and screenwriter. She’s also the Christian Authors Network president. Angie lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also.


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I toured Helena, MT for the research that kicked off my passion for the Queen of the Rockies series. While there, I searched for more on the history of the Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium. Visiting the now empty fields, staring through the fence where the resort once stood, I missed the elegant beauty even though I’d never known her. The way the mountains swooped up from the valley with the hot springs at the base created a dramatic sense of place. I had to write a story set at the Broadwater!

While volunteering with a non-profit for children, the executive director asked why I’d gone to Helena recently. Bubbling over with enthusiasm, he started telling me everything he knew, saw, and experienced at the resort area while growing up near the Broadwater in Helena. His wife and he had even attended the final auction in the 1960s before the grand lady lost her battle with time and damages from the major earthquakes of 1935. She was demolished after the auction! The ornamental elements of the hotel and natatorium took record auction prices from doorknobs to copper bathtub rings. Even what was left of the stained-glass windows sold. What I hadn’t found in history books, online, or at the local history museum/society my friends shared with misty-eyed memories. The sweetness of hearing their stories and being able to use them in my book was pretty miraculous. I had a front seat to history.

The Broadwater Hotel had an interesting feature in their bath/shower rooms. If you’ve ever heard of a “needle” shower, it sounds painful. But it was a revolutionary new therapy treatment in the 1890s. I saw a few black and white faded photos. Those pictures in history books and online couldn’t do justice to the real invention. Want to see a little more before you read Heart of the Rockies? Here’s a link to visit on the Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium. I think you’ll want to immerse yourself (pun intended) in a story set in her extravagant, elegance. See what you think…

One weekend, my husband and I took a trip to Butte to stay at the Copper King Mansion. The stay included a tour and use of their facilities. (Don’t pass that bed and breakfast overnight up. It’s really amazing and closely preserved through the families that lived there!) The original owner, William A. Clark, had a needle shower installed to help his sickly son. What do you know? It still worked! I tried it that night. Because the tiny sprays are in a circular design all the way around your body, the shower rings you. The experience, minus the issue of one ring being right at face level causing a lot of battles to breathe, was exhilarating. More so because of the unique nature. But when the water pressure is all the way on, the water can sting with the force on your skin. I fully understood the name! Adjusting the spickets brought the water pressure under control, but I had one further difficulty. The pipes that ringed my neck and head sprayed water into my face no matter what direction I moved. They’d been built to the height of a young man. Let’s just say it was a near-drowning! Super fun to try though.

Besides visiting Helena, make sure to stop in for your weekend in Butte, MT at the Copper King Bed and Breakfast. Take the tour. Then when you’re free of the museum visitors, and the house is all yours for the night, step into the needle shower (maybe really bring a waterproof step) and be swished back in time to the Gilded Age. Hmm, maybe I should be writing a time travel novel??

Come plunge into the pages of Heart of the Rockies with me.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 18

Texas Book-aholic, March 19

Christina’s Corner, March 19

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 20

Betti Mace, March 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 21

Inklings and notions, March 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 23

For Him and My Family, March 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 24

Blogging With Carol, March 25

deb’s Book Review, March 25

Connie’s History Classroom, March 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 27

Miriam Jacob, March 27

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 29 (Spotlight)

Pause for Tales, March 29

Spoken from the Heart, March 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 31

Blossoms and Blessings, March 31


To celebrate her tour, Angela is giving away the grand prize of a a set of gemstone earrings handmade by Thai Hill Tribe (made of sterling silver with amethyst Swarovski crystals)!!

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

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Review: Summerhaven by Tiffany Odekirk



Hannah Kent and Oliver Jennings pledged their hearts to each other as children. Now, years later, Hannah is thrilled to receive an invitation to spend the summer at Oliver’s family’s country estate. The path to wedded bliss is clear―so long as Oliver’s highbrow older brother, Damon, has ceased his juvenile antics, Hannah’s future looks bright indeed.

But from the moment Hannah arrives at Summerhaven, nothing is as she expected. Oliver seems disinterested in renewing their acquaintance, and Damon is not the brutish boy she remembers but a man intent on avoiding marriage. Although she has loathed Damon her whole life, when he contrives a ruse designed to win them both what they desire, Hannah warily agrees. All she has to do to reclaim Oliver’s attention is pretend to be madly in love with Damon. But when Damon is surprisingly convincing in his role as a suitor, it proves difficult to discern the line between pretense and true love.

My Thoughts:

Oh, I knew this was going to be my kind of read from the synopsis and I must say I impatiently waited for this story to be delivered. And it did not disappoint at all.

Hannah has been in love with Oliver Jennings since her childhood. She has played out their lives together and knows without a doubt they will have a happily ever after. However, when she comes back to Summerhaven at the request of his mother, it seems Oliver has not been pining away for her. In a twist of fate, or some rather devilish planning on the part of his older brother, Damon, Hannah agrees with her so called number one enemy to a plan that goes monstrously wrong. Or maybe it doesn't... Now Hannah is downright confused as Damon remembers their childhood a bit differently than her. 

Full of romance, wooing, sacrifice, and the gift of true love, Hannah is not so sure her once held dreams are what she longs for after all. Again, this story was truly delightful and a top favorite for this year.

I purchased my own copy, and all views and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Review: Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn



Her years of research and sleepless nights are about to pay off . . . if she can stay alive.

Dr. Ivy Collins, founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company's cutting-edge prosthetic. Her work has been praised by government, medical, and advocacy groups, and everyone hopes the device will be a success. Well, almost everyone. Someone is trying to sabotage Hedera and the launch, but to what purpose--and how far will they go to get what they want? 

Meanwhile, US Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon can't believe he's finally been reunited with Ivy, his childhood best friend. Now that he's found her again, Gil intends to mend their broken relationship. But it will take all his skill to uncover the truth in time to save Ivy's life, her life's work, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire.

My Thoughts:

This is a romantic suspense that not only kept me riveted and my heart pounding due to the danger involved, but it also has one swoony unforgettable romance. This is a story of a reunion of two loves who let time, misunderstandings, hurt, and others keep them apart. Both thinking it was too late until they are brought back together due to strenuous circumstances.

Ivy is a unique heroine. She is smart, started her own business, and work pretty much is her life. She is also a matter of fact and straightforward character, and I would say a pretty lonely individual. Not for long, however, as a group of men have tortured her and that is in the first few pages of the story. But in walks her hero and her true love, Gil who is a Secret Service agent. There was a lot of drama that was going on and this story moved pretty quickly. The author explains the reason for the Secret Service being involved with her case and I learned a bit more about that service.

I liked that other characters from a previous series came in and rallied around Gil and Ivy. They accepted her because he loved her. I also appreciated that he moved as slow as he possibly could in regard to his feelings for her, even though he showed his very protective side of Ivy. Their easy banter and obvious feelings shined throughout and made these two really stand out.

There are a lot of moving parts involved in this suspense so be prepared to lose some sleep. It was one of those stories that I couldn't get out of my mind even when I wasn't reading it.

I received a copy of this novel from Revell publishing through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Lynn H. Blackburn is the award-winning author of Unknown Threat and 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

Friday, March 18, 2022

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Roxie Applesauce by Tonya L. Matthews



About the Book

Book: Roxie Applesauce

Author: Tonya L. Matthews

Genre: Faith-based Christian Fiction

Release date: August, 2021

God takes broken pieces

 and brings them together

for something amazing

Marcella Ciscal enjoyed few good days. The reason she knew she could live another day, the way she stayed sane, the friend who never left her side was Roxie Applesauce.

Homeless and beaten, Marcella awakens to the care of Haleya Kage who’s going through a difficult season—a demanding career, two teens, and her husband Thomas’s business a casualty of the 2009 economic downturn. Yet, with life unstable and the future unknown, it’s the unpredictable that propels His greater plan.

In a story of reconciliation, love, and legacy, we are reminded that life’s not always perfect or predictable, but God can make all things beautiful – in His time.

Life is full of scenes: some short, long, seemingly insignificant—others life-changing. Woven together, these scenes reveal a person’s heart. His or her life-story shared by a heart blessed, unforgettable. – the author.


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My Thoughts:

Continuing on in the familial generation story of Gracie and Ben (Kade) from Treasure Atop the Mountain, we now get a peak into their children's lives. Now grown their three boys have definitely branched out on their own. All doing it without the love and support of their mother Gracie, who passed but her memory and life lessons are very much alive.

As we all know life deals blows that are not always easy to get through and sometimes near impossible. Roxie Applesauce takes a look at especially oldest son's Thomas and his life. He seems to be doing very well. Successful, happily married to Haleya, and two beautiful, healthy children. However, life is not really going to leave them unscathed either. This story takes place around and in 2009 and financial burdens hit them hard and test this family, along with friendships, and the usual teen rebellion. As this family navigates this stormy period of their life they can let it make them stronger or let it tear them apart.

And then there is Roxie Applesauce. She is an interesting character. I won't say too much about her, and let the reader experience her for themselves. However there is a homeless woman, Marcella, that we get to know through a period of flashbacks and her current life. Hers is a sad but meaningful story of mercy and grace no matter the life lived.

It was good to visit the Kage family again, though many years later, but their story continues.

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

About the Author

Tonya grew up on a family farm in Riverside, Kentucky. Her father recognized early on that hoeing tobacco and running hogs weren’t in her skill set. He opted to send her to college. Graduating from Western Kentucky University with honors, Tonya went on to support the business community for two decades as an executive for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce where she served a primary role in the organization’s multiple national honors.

Tonya has found writing to be a healthy escape and effective therapy in tough seasons throughout her life. Tonya began writing Treasure atop the Mountain 15 years ago when she and her husband were trying to start their family and encountered multiple disappointments. Ultimately, they signed up to be foster parents and adopted.

Tonya’s been married to Todd Matthews for 25 years. They have two grown daughters. In August 2019, she published Treasure atop the Mountain—a fiction novel based on real-life emotions that can be related to by many. Tonya’s second novel in the TREASURE series, Roxie Applesauce, released in August 2021. She’s currently writing the series’ third book, Get Will. Additionally, in 2022, she will debut the first two books in her children’s book series.


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THE STORY behind the story—Tonya L. Matthews

As many of you know, Todd and I adopted our two girls from foster care. I remember hugging Haley one night after a tough day (she was a handful…well, still is) with tears in my eyes. Tears of sadness in my heart for what had brought us both together and tears of hope that we could help each other move forward. Todd and I had experienced multiple failures at trying to have a baby, and she’d experienced failure after failure of what is best for a little girl who needs a stable home-life. Roxie Applesauce, published and release this month, is dedicated to her. Though little has gone as we’d planned, God was and is still in control. I often say, ‘God had her before we did; he’s still got her!’

Life’s road isn’t always fair, but along the way there are those undeniable, unexplainable occurrences where without question the only answer is that it had to be God. That’s the message of hope I needed when I wrote Roxie Applesauce (and still need today.)

I began writing as an outlet for my emotions years ago as nothing seemed to work. I sat down and started writing, not knowing that I could write a novel and not set on it as the end goal. My goal was to find something that would take my thoughts away from the never-ending cycle of worry, anger and confusion over why there was no baby when for so many it just happened so simply.

I enjoyed reading fiction with an inspiring message. I remember when I finished a good book, I’d hold it for a minute after I closed it and even sometimes say out loud, “Wow, that was good!” I’d think about it the next day and the characters in the book were more like people that I knew or wished I knew.

After I read several that didn’t deliver, and inspired by those that did, I thought…I’ll just write what I like to read. So, I sat down and started typing and then I just never quit on the book. In the background of a busy, busy life, it was always there. Then when I walked away from the Chamber to be a better mom to my teen girls, I yet again, needed an outlet for all the ‘I am not equipped to raise these two!’ emotions that followed. Slowly, keeping my family as priority for really the first time ever, I worked toward the publication of Treasure atop the Mountain. Since its release, I can say the greatest joy has been the people that I’ve met! We all struggle. The emotions are the same, though the circumstances may be different. We need to know that we are not alone. We need to know that God’s plan is at work, even through the difficult times. If you haven’t had a chance to read Treasure atop the Mountain yet—first in the series, I hope someone passes it along to you as part of God’s plan as the existence of these books is beyond me!

If you didn’t know, my daughters are named Haley and Aleya. Not biological sisters. Born to two birth mothers who don’t know each other. One named her daughter HALEY and the other named her daughter ALEYA. If you put their names together you have HALEYA. Put you hand over the A on the end and it’s Haley. Put your hand over the H and you have Aleya. I have to remind myself on the toughest of days as a mother of two now adult-age girls in this world full of lies and heartache that God does know what he’s doing, and I know that God’s hand is at work! So, I write the third novel in the series, Get Will, yet again, as a healthy escape for my mind that is often unrelenting when so much is out of our control.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 9

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 10 (Author Interview)

Miriam Jacob, March 10

Texas Book-aholic, March 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 12

For Him and My Family, March 13

Inklings and notions, March 14

deb’s Book Review, March 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 16

Older & Smarter?, March 17

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 18

Pause for Tales, March 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 19

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 22


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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Review and Giveaway: The Mirabal Sisters by Raynelda A. Calderon Illustrated by Maria Ocampo



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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Mirabal Sisters: From Caterpillars to Butterflies by Raynelda A. Calderon
Category:  Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12​)
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Cayena Press, Inc., 48 pages
Release date:   March 2022
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for all readers.


Book Description:

Born in a small town in the Dominican Republic, the Mirabal sisters lived at a time when the country was under the merciless rule of a dictatorship. Their deaths on November 25, 1960 (at ages 36, 34, and 25), have received international coverage. In their honor, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed annually on November 25.

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My Thoughts:

The Mirabel Sisters is a very easy to read history picture book and one that if I was a child again, would have fascinated me, but also would have made me sad. Their story is about a close-knit family of sisters, their gifts, talents, and love for family and country. Unfortunately, they lived in a time of a dictator who did not care so much about his people, only himself and his power and keeping it.

As the sisters grow up in their county of the Dominican Republic, they all marry and have children. They are mothers and wives living lives like the rest of us. Until Minerva decides to stand up and speaks against the dictator ruler. This leads to a series of events where she and her husband and two of her sisters and their husbands are imprisoned for a time. This leaves sister Dede holding down the fort with their mother in caring for all of the children.

Then one night the unthinkable happens and this family's life are changed forever. This was a sad change but shows how one family's sacrifice can lead to change for a whole country.

The illustrations were lovely and complimented the story being told. I liked the focus on family, the sisters were beautifully close. I enjoyed learning a history lesson I was not aware of before and this has opened my curiosity to look more into this family. This would be a great educational book for kids to learn about heroes from other countries.

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.

Meet the Author:

​Raynelda A. Calderón, a Dominican native who lives in Queens, NY, is a children’s book author who has worked in public libraries for more than 15 years. She holds a doctorate in leadership in higher education, and she has taught Information Literacy at various colleges, most recently at Bronx Community College. As a librarian, working with children inspires Raynelda to write about the accomplishments of Hispanic women in history. She hopes to inspire young readers to follow their passions and never take no for an answer. Raynelda is the creator of the first Hispanic Heritage wall calendar that honors the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans in the United States. She lives with an untamed Shih Tzu, Toby, and a much attached Chihuahua, Maya. She spends her free time thinking (and drafting) about books to write, or painting, crocheting, or crying over abused dogs.

connect with the author: author's website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads​ 
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Friday, March 11, 2022

Review: The Spark of Love by Amanda Cabot



She's determined to start a new life in the West . . . if only the old one would leave her alone

When a spurned suitor threatens her, heiress Alexandra Tarkington flees New York for Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country, where her father is building a hotel. But the happy reunion she envisions is not to be, as her father insists she return to New York. Instead, Alexandra carves out a niche for herself in town, teaching schoolchildren to paint and enjoying the company of Gabe Seymour, a delightful man she met on the stagecoach.

But all is not as it seems. Two men, each with his own agenda, have followed her to Mesquite Springs. And Gabe, an investigator, is searching for proof that her father is a swindler.

With so much to lose--and hide from one another--Alexandra and Gabe will have to come together if they are ever to discover whether the sparks they've felt from the beginning can kindle the fire of true love.

My Thoughts:

Alexandra is a woman who is very smart and has decided not to suffer a marriage to a man who is only out for her wealth and to control her. So she heads off on her own to Texas to locate her father whom she has not seen in quite a long time. Her journey, however, is not without strife and an investigator looking into her father, Gabe comes to her rescue.

Alexandra finds her father, but he is not happy to see her. In fact he wants her to go back to her Aunt's home. She cannot do that as it is not safe for her as the man who wants to manipulate her into marriage has threatened her. As she tries to help her father and develop a better relationship she begins to wonder what he is hiding from her.

Gabe is also wondering what her father is hiding and he is determined to find out and hopes that will not hurt Alexandra or their budding feelings for one another.

Along with the romance and the mystery surrounding her father, there is evil on the trail to get Alexandra, as she is not as free and safe as she thought she was. All of this unknown kept me very invested in the story.

There was a bonus love story that equally enthralled me, and I liked getting back in touch with the previous characters from the series.

I received a copy of this novel from Revell publishing through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of Out of the Embers and Dreams Rekindled, as well as the Cimarron Creek Trilogy and the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds series. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Review: The Prince and the Prodigal by Jill Eileen Smith



Two brothers. One betrayal.

The patriarch Jacob has made it no secret that young Joseph is his favorite son. Growing up as the pampered heir to his father's legacy, Joseph thrives under the praise of his father but struggles with the disdain of his older brothers, especially Judah. When a chance comes along to rid themselves of Joseph, his brothers sell him to slave traders and deceive their father about his fate.

Joseph, now serving the captain of Pharaoh's palace guard, is imprisoned after being falsely accused of rape. Back home, Judah leaves his father and builds a new life in Canaan, attempting to flee the memory of his complicity in the betrayal of his younger brother.

Decades later, the brothers will come face-to-face, and this time Joseph has the upper hand. Will forgiveness or vengeance win the day?

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Jacob's children, mostly from the viewpoint of Joseph and Judah. Not too long ago I read another story about the relationship of Jacob and his wives, (by another author,) and this story almost felt like a continuation of that one.  This story mainly of Joseph and Judah, shows the contrast between these two brothers and the lives they led. Author Smith puts all the Bible parts into this story as she weaves her own fictional 'what if's' around them.

After spending some time with this family, all I can say was what a dysfunctional one it is. The wives, who were blood sisters, did not get along. Even adding in a few concubines and this animosity passes on to the kids. And for anyone who knows the sins of Jacob's sons before they even sell their own brother, wow. I always felt bad for Joseph and what he went through, and the author really gets us inside his head and seeing the hatred his own brothers had towards him. Unfortunately, the continuation of sin.

Joseph who was sold as a slave, imprisoned, and then comes to be second in charge to Pharaoh, shows how one can hang on to their faith no matter what may come. What Joseph went through to save his family and a lot of the world from starvation shows God's powerful hand in man's affairs. No matter good or evil. 

Now Judah, the prodigal, had certainly made some unbelievable mistakes. But in God's mercy he was to have Jesus, the Savior, come through his line. This was a very interesting way to show how God loves all his children, no matter what evil may befall on them or what evil they may be responsible for. There is a lot to consider and think about and I think this story would really make a great book club addition.

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:

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of the biblical fiction series The Wives of King David, Wives of the Patriarchs, and Daughters of the Promised Land, as well as The Heart of a KingStar of Persia: Esther's Story, and Miriam's Song. She is also the author of the nonfiction books When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams and She Walked Before Us. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War


About the Book

Book: Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War

Author: Mary Davis

Genre: Christian / Historical Fiction / Romance

Release date: February 1, 2022

A WASP Goes Above the Call of Duty to Free Captive American Soldiers

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

Peggy Witherspoon, a widow, mother, and pilot flying for the Women’s Airforce Service in 1944 clashes with her new reporting officer. Army Air Corp Major Howie Berg was injured in combat and is now stationed at Bolling Field in Washington D.C. Most of Peggy’s jobs are safe, predictable, and she can be home each night with her three daughters—until a cargo run to Cuba alerts her to American soldiers being held captive there, despite Cuba being an “ally.” Will Peggy go against orders to help the men—even risk her own life?

Don’t miss these other stories about Heroines of WWII:
The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander
A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma
Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candice Sue Patterson


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My Thoughts:

This story gave me a much clearer view on the women in WASPS, their duties, even their comradery as they needed to stand with each other. To stand with each other in unison to prove that they could be of help to the men at war and to stand up to the outright prejudice they faced as they were women. Some of the men just didn't think women should be flying planes and they weren't very nice about it.

Major Howie Berg did not see eye to eye with the WASPS nor at first with Peggy Witherspoon. Howie, an injured pilot, had it ground into him that he was to protect women. His noble character got him in trouble sometimes as he tended to see them as women and not really as fellow soldiers. But he admired Peggy greatly, and he certainly didn't want her hurt or have her two daughters orphaned since they already lost their father.

Peggy knows mechanics, knew about them before she became a WASP. Her struggle was to be treated equally, to be taken seriously, and for the men and military to see that the women, though women, were a help to the soldiers.

I found the contrast and the back and forth very interesting. I think Howie and Peggy finally made peace with their roles. I think many women want to be looked at as the help we were created to be, yet I do think we also like to be treated like women too. At least that is what I want.

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

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning author of over thirty titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has been in numerous compilations and collections. Stories and characters have been running around in her head for as long as she can remember. Her published works have been on Publisher’s Weekly bestselling lists several times. Some of her works include her award-winning Quilting Circle series and Newlywed Games.

An empty-nester, Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-seven years and a black Norwegian Forest cat. She has three adult children and three incredibly adorable grandchildren. She enjoys playing board and card games, rain, and cats. She would enjoy gardening if she didn’t have a black thumb. Her hobbies include quilting, porcelain doll making, sewing, crafts, crocheting, knitting, and papercrafts.


More from Mary


When my agent asked if I had a WWII story idea that might fit in with Barbour’s Heroines of WWII series, I had to tell her I didn’t. At the time, I was writing book 4 in a series set in 1894 and proofing audio chapters for book 3 in that series. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to tackle war, but I told my agent I would think on it and pray. If the Lord wanted me to write a WWII era story, He would give me an idea. So I prayed.

I knew women had done some military flying but didn’t know the details, so I jump into some quick research. I couldn’t take too much time away from my current novel and its rapidly approaching deadline. When an idea started forming with a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), I wrote a brief one-page outline of my rough idea. I knew I couldn’t take too much time away from my other project to write a whole proposal if I was going to be told the publisher already had a story in the series about a WASP, which I assumed they had. Because who wouldn’t want to write about lady pilots?

My idea about a WASP, who flies an unsanctioned secret mission to rescue three US soldiers held captive in Cuba, now needed a title. No sooner had I thought that I needed a title than one—which I thought would be nothing more than a placeholder—popped into my flakey little head: Mrs. Witherspoon Goes To War. Well, now my heroine, at least, had a last name. My critique partners seemed to like this title, so I added it to my outline and sent it off to my agent, then I got right back to work on my novel with the looming deadline.

Since the publishing industry typically moves very slow, I figured I had a good chunk of time before I would find out if I needed to write a full proposal. So back to work on my contracted novel. Surprisingly, the publisher came back immediately with strong interest in the idea and wanted a full proposal in a week. Fortunately, this editor knew my writing, so I didn’t have to include three sample chapters, but my synopsis needed to be strong in details.

So now, I had a full, detailed proposal to write with historical notes ASAP, a novel I needed to finish writing, and audio chapters to listen to and give feedback on. Bouncing between two different eras isn’t easy and to keeping things straight. With God grace, I got the proposal written and submitted, the audio chapters checked, as well as completing my contracted novel, which I managed to turn in on time. Barely.

Since the publisher seemed very interested in my WWII premise and I had book 5 in my Quilting Circle series to get started on soon, I needed to pick up the pace on my writing. With the idea still fresh in my head and the WWII novel would be due first (if contracted), I decided to use NaNoWriMo in November to write a 50,000 word rough draft of Mrs. Witherspoon Goes To War, which would eventually be around 80,000.

As November progressed and my word count grew, I fell more and more in love with my characters in Mrs. Witherspoon Goes To War. I obviously received and signed a contract. I continued to enjoy my characters as I finished writing and editing this novel.

I would have to say that Mrs. Witherspoon Goes To War is in my top five of the books I have written. My prayer is that this story ministers to others as it did to me as I wrote it.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 24

An Author’s Take, February 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 25

Labor Not in Vain, February 25

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 25

Texas Book-aholic, February 26

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 26

Inklings and notions, February 27

Bizwings Blog, February 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 28

Southern Gal Loves to Read, February 28

For Him and My Family, February 28

Sodbuster Living, March 1

deb’s Book Review, March 1

She Lives to Read, March 2

Remembrancy, March 2

Betti Mace, March 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 3

Older & Smarter?, March 3

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 4

Blossoms and Blessings, March 4

Rebecca Tews, March 5

Connie’s History Classroom, March 5

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 6 (Spotlight)

Through the Fire Blogs, March 6

Pause for Tales, March 6

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 7

Genesis 5020, March 7

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 8

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 8

Reflections From My Bookshelves, March 9

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, March 9



To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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

Friday, March 4, 2022

Review and Giveaway: Beyond Her Calling by Kellyn Roth


Join us for this tour from Feb 14 to Mar 11, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title: Beyond Her Calling (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 4) by Kellyn Roth
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 254 pages
GenreChristian Historical Romance
PublisherWild Blue Wonder Press
Release date:   January 2022
Content Rating:  G: ​Clean for all audiences
Book Description:

Ivy Knight feels that her life may never start. Though her loving family assures her that her place in the world is close to home, she still feels a push to move out of her comfort zone. Hoping against hope, she travels to her old friends at McCale House, seeking a purpose.

Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. He fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he can’t be a good doctor, let alone a good man. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.

​When an old friend decides to travel to Keefmore and visit a relative, Ivy follows. She soon finds herself drawn to Jordy, but as their attraction grows, they both face doubts. A relationship between the two of them feels improbable—and might just require a step of impossible faith.
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My Thoughts:

This was a lovely visit to a country I would really like to visit in real life, Scotland. We begin in England as twin sisters, Alice and Ivy are saying goodbye to each other. Alice has married and is moving to America with her new husband. Ivy is heartbroken at losing her sister, but in a way envies her as well. Alice and Ivy though twins, are very different. Alice was always the protector, as Ivy is a little bit more fragile. She views life differently in her mind and the rest of the world looks at her as odd.

However, Ivy also has dreams, dreams very similar to Alice's. But even in her own mind she sees herself as not strong enough or much too slow. She is looking for her purpose and she believes she has found it as she decides to go visit some old friends in Scotland. Coming back to Scotland themselves is others she stayed with, Violet and Jordy, who is now a doctor.

Jordy is carrying some heavy past baggage of sin. He is having a hard time forgiving himself and moving on, seemingly a little bit frightened about falling into temptation again. And then he and Ivy are reunited again, and she is still the most precious human he knows. He begins to fall in love with her but in his heart has decided she is too good for him.

Ivy on the the other hand believes that Jordy is much too perfect for her and her imperfections. Will these two see beyond themselves and their pasts to a brighter future full of dreams come true and love? This was a gentle romance of two people letting go of the past and moving forward. This is the first book I have read in this series, much to my chagrin. I do have plans to pick up the rest of the stories, as they intrigue me, and I see that a new one is coming soon. That one is on how Alice is fairing in her new role.

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.

Enjoy These Other Books in the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series:
Book Details:

Book TitleThe Dressmaker's Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 1) by Kellyn Roth
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 270 pages
Length: 7 hours and 58 minutes

Genre:  Historical Women's Fiction
Publisher:  Wild Blue Wonder Press
Release date:   January 2020
Content Rating:  G: ​Clean for all audiences

Book Description:

Claire will stop at nothing to provide for her daughters. An unwed mother, she does everything possible to raise them whilst avoiding her scandalous past. Some secrets are best kept, even between mother and daughter.

Alice longs for a father, especially if that means her mother will be happy. She takes matters into her own hands—but she never expected what she finds.

​Despite her efforts to shelter her daughters, Claire’s ghosts rise up to haunt her, and any semblance of control over her life vanishes. If her secrets are uncovered, what will become of her family?
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Book Details:

Book TitleIvy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 2) by Kellyn Roth
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 256 pages
Length: 8 hours and 2 minutes

Genre:  Historical Women's Fiction
Publisher:  Wild Blue Wonder Press
Release date:   July 2020
Content Rating:  G: ​Clean for all audiences

Book Description:

Ivy Knight lives her life in a blur of confusion as the world passes her by in a tumultuous melody. She isn’t the perfect daughter or student, but as long as she can be with her family, she doesn’t mind watching rather than living.

Mrs. Chattoway treasures both of her granddaughters now that they’re reunited. When Ivy’s parents enroll her in a Scottish school for unique children, she’s happy to chaperone.

​In a new place with a new guardian, Ivy discovers a special talent that helps her see the blurred world in a new way. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and Ivy becomes determined to find it—and help others do the same.
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Book Details:

Book TitleAt Her Fingertips (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 3) by Kellyn Roth
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 300 pages
Length: 9 hours and 7 minutes

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Publisher:  Wild Blue Wonder Press
Release date:   July 2021
Content Rating:  G: ​Clean for all audiences

Book Description:

Debutante Alice Knight is ready for her first social season in London. She’s determined to impress society and her mother with an affluent match, at last escaping her past and embracing a future of her own making.

Peter Strauss, an American reporter visiting England, isn’t exactly what Alice had in mind. However, his friendship proves invaluable as Alice faces the challenges of her debut. Almost immediately, she attracts the attention of a well-born gentleman—perfect save for the simple fact that he’s not a Christian.

​The life she longs for is finally at her fingertips, but between her own heart and the convictions of her faith, she isn’t sure she ought to grasp it.
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Meet the Author:

Kellyn Roth is a historical romance & women’s fiction author who writes about the empty places where hope has the most room to grow. Her novels include the inspirational Victorian family saga, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and the Kees & Colliers series, which follows a broken family in the tumultuous years of the first half of the 20th century.

Kellyn is a student of the Author Conservatory, a virtual assistant, and a writing coach. When not building her author career, she is likely getting lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with her friends, watching period dramas and facetious comedies, or spending time with her husband.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook  ~ pinterest ~ instagram
Tour Schedule:

​Feb 14 –
Pick a Good Book – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 14 - Literary Flits – book series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 15 – Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of THE DRESSMAKER'S SECRET (Book 1) / guest post / giveaway
Feb 15 - Lisa's Reading – book review of THE DRESSMAKER’S SECRET (Book 1) / giveaway
Feb 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 16 - Faith And Books – audiobook review of THE DRESSMAKER'S SECRET (Book 1) / giveaway
Feb 16 - Lisa's Reading – book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4) / giveaway
Feb 17 - Lisa Everyday Life – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 17 – Faith And Books – audiobook review of IVY INTROSPECTIVE (Book 2)/ giveaway
Feb 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review of THE DRESSMAKER'S SECRET (Book 1) / giveaway
Feb 18 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of IVY INTROSPECTIVE (Book 2) / giveaway
Feb 22 - Kam's Place – book series spotlight
Feb 22 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of AT HER FINGERTIPS (Book 3) / giveaway
Feb 22 – Splashes of Joy – book review of IVY INTROSPECTIVE (Book 2) / giveaway
Feb 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of AT HER FINGERTIPS (Book 3) / giveaway
Feb 23 - Faith And Books – audiobook review of AT HER FINGERTIPS (Book 3) / giveaway
Feb 24 – Older & Smarter? – book review of IVY INTROSPECTIVE (Book 2) / giveaway
Feb 24 - Faith And Books –book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4) / author interview / giveaway
Feb 25 – Splashes of Joy – book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4) / author interview / giveaway
Feb 25 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4) / giveaway
Feb 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4) / giveaway
Feb 28 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of THE DRESSMAKER'S SECRET (Book 1) / giveaway
Mar 1 - @twilight_reader – audiobook review of THE DRESSMAKER’S SECRET (Book 1)
Mar 1 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of IVY INTROSPECTIVE (Book 2) / giveaway
Mar 2 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of AT HER FINGERTIPS (Book 3) / giveaway
Mar 2 - Cover Lover Book Review - audiobook reviews of THE DRESSMAKER'S SECRET (Book 1), IVY INTROSPECTIVE (Book 2), AT HER FINGERTIPS (Book 3) / giveaway
Mar 3 - Books for Books – audiobook review of THE DRESSMAKER’S SECRET (Book 1)
Mar 3 - @twilight_reader – audiobook review of IVY INTROSPECTIVE (Book 2)
Mar 3 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4) / giveaway
Mar 4 – fundinmental – book series spotlight / giveaway
Mar 4 - Books for Books – audiobook review of IVY’S INTROSPECTIVE (Book 2)
Mar 4 – Pause for Tales – book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4) / giveaway
Mar 7 - Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of THE DRESSMAKER’S SECRET (Book 1) / giveaway
Mar 7 - Books for Books – audiobook review of AT HER FINGERTIPS (Book 3)
Mar 8 – The Page Ladies – book review of THE DRESSMAKER’S SECRET (Book 1)
Mar 8 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of IVY INTROSPECTIVE (Book 2) / giveaway
Mar 8 - Books for Books –book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4)
Mar 9 - Lamon Reviews – book review of THE DRESSMAKER’S SECRET (Book 1) / author interview / giveaway
Mar 9 - @twilight_reader – audiobook review of AT HER FINGERTIPS (Book 3)
Mar 9 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of AT HER FINGERTIPS (Book 3) / giveaway
Mar 9 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4)
Mar 10 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4) / giveaway
Mar 10 – The Page Ladies –book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4)
Mar 10 - @twilight_reader – book review of BEYOND HER CALLING (Book 4)
Mar 11 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book series spotlight
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