Freedom in the Mountain Wind by Misty M. Beller – Celebration Tour Stop # 38, plus a giveaway!

Hi Readers, Happy Tuesday!

I’m so excited to be a part of another celebration tour with Celebrate Lit and this time I get to share about a new book by Misty M. Beller! This is the second book that I’ve read by her and this book did not disappoint – so without further ado, here’s Freedom in the Mountain Wind.

The Bookish Details

Book: Freedom in the Mountain Wind

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Series: Call of the Rockies


From the Back Cover

The last epic journey before her life changes forever.

Susanna Wilkins will do anything to make her father’s final dream come true, including trek along the path Lewis and Clark explored into the untamed wilds of the Rocky Mountains. Every mile is more crucial now that lung cancer is stealing Pa’s last days faster than she can come to terms with losing him. The journey becomes harder than she ever expected, but paddling upriver through fierce rapids and fighting hungry grizzlies isn’t what terrifies her the most.

Beaver Tail endured more than he can stand from the women in his Blackfoot camp, but the last disaster gave him the final shove he needed to join this band of brothers searching for one of their group who’s gone missing. The last thing he expected was to find a white woman and her sick father stranded at the base of massive waterfall. His plan is to help them carry their oversize canoe and supplies, then leave them to their strange mission. Yet, the more he learns about the pair, the more he realizes his life is about to be derailed—again.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

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What did I think?

There’s so much I could say about this book! The first thing I loved was all the details the author used to describe the breathtaking scenary. Seriously, the way she described it made me want to pack a bag and go exploring in the mountains near my house.

Another thing I really liked was how diverse the characters were. The ones that stood out to me were Caleb (a gentle giant), Thad – Susanna’s Pa (a dying, yet determined man whose faith inspired those around him) Susanna, (a strong, yet caring, independent young woman) and Beaver Tail (a mysterious, observant, yet quiet Native American).

The storyline itself was very well written and by the end of the book, I felt like I had gone on the journey with Susanna and the others -unfortunately, this also meant that my heart broke at the end of the book. Overall if you like historical fiction, this is one journey you won’t want to miss. I rate this story 4 out of 5 stars****

A Word From Misty


When God Directs a Google Search…

I’m a history lover, but you may have guessed that since I write historical romance stories. Most of my books are set in the Rocky Mountains during the mid-1800s, but as I began brainstorming ideas for this new series, my heart became drawn earlier to the earlier part of the century—a time period with which I wasn’t quite as familiar with the history.

I love when God orchestrates even the most mundane part of our lives, including Google searches! During one particular search (I can’t even remember what I was originally looking for), I stumbled across part of a journal entry from the Lewis and Clark expedition, which trekked across Montana during the time period I was looking into. I’d forgotten that expedition had even entered the territory that would later become Montana, but now I was fascinated.

After finding an audiobook of the abridged journals of Lewis and Clark, I happily listened to almost 19 hours of fascinating stories from the Corp of Exploration’s journey up the Missouri River and across the mountains to the Pacific Ocean, then back mostly the over the same path they’d come. The stories the men told were so amazing, and the detail of their trials so absorbing, I’ve actually re-listened to the audiobook twice! Many of the true tales wouldn’t be believable in fiction, but as I listened, my mind formed the premise for Freedom in the Mountain Wind: a father/daughter duo who sets out almost two decades after Lewis and Clark’s journey, determined to retrace the steps of that famous expedition.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I loved writing it! And whether you’re a history lover or not, I pray that you too will be touched by this “epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.”


About the Author

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

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Blog Stops

Simple Harvest Reads, January 15 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Daysong Reflections, January 15

My Devotional Thoughts, January 15

Genesis 5020, January 16

Blossoms and Blessings, January 16

Connect in Fiction, January 17

SPLASHES of Joy, January 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 17

Emily Yager, January 18

Deanne’s Book Thoughts, January 18

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, January 18

A Baker’s Perspective, January 19

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, January 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 20

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 20

Mary Hake, January 20

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 21

Wishful Endings, January 21

All-of-a-kind Mom, January 21

Pause for Tales, January 22

Bigreadersite, January 22

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, January 22

Through the Fire Blogs, January 23

Betti Mace, January 23

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 23

Older & Smarter?, January 24

For the Love of Literature, January 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 25

Rebecca Tews, January 25

For Him and My Family, January 25

She Lives to Read, January 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 26

Inklings and notions, January 26

Blessed & Bookish, January 27

janicesbookreviews, January 27

deb’s Book Review, January 27

Texas Book-aholic, January 28

Hook Me In A Book, January 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/f49e/freedom-in-the-mountain-wind-celebration-tour-giveaway


Thanks for stopping by guys! Hope you enjoyed checking out this new book.

Happy Reading:)

>>Special thanks to Misty M. Beller and Celebrate Lit for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

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The Thief of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E. Ladd – Celebration Tour Stop# 40

Hi Readers, Happy Sunday! I’m so blessed to be able to share with you Sarah E. Ladd’s latest book, The Thief of Lawyn Manor! So here we go,

The Bookish Details

Book: The Thief of Lanwyn Manor

Author: Sarah E. Ladd

Genre: Regency Romance

Release Date: January 7th 2020

Series: The Cornwall Novels- second book in the series


From the Back Cover

In this sweet Regency romance, Julia knows Matthew Blake, copper mine owner and very eligible bachelor, is the gentleman she should set her eyes upon. But why can’t she steal her gaze away from his younger brother, Isaac?

Cornwall, England 1818—Julia Twethewey needs a diversion to mend her broken heart, so when her cousin invites her to Lanwyn Manor, Julia eagerly accepts. Lanwyn Manor is at the heart of Cornwall’s mining industry, and as a guest Julia is swept into its intricate world. It’s not long, though, before she realizes something dark lurks in the home’s ancient halls.

As a respected mine owner’s younger son, Isaac Blake is determined to keep his late father’s legacy alive through the family business, despite his brother’s careless attitude. In order to save their livelihood—and the livelihood of those around them—the brothers approach the master of Lanwyn Manor with plans to bolster the floundering local industry. Isaac can’t deny his attraction to the man’s charming niece, but his brother has made his intentions to court the lovely guest clear. And Isaac knows his place.

When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and items go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their own best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender.

Click here to buy your copy!

Read an excerpt by clicking here!


What did I think?

So I have a confession to make. The reason I picked up this book was because the cover was GORGEOUS!(that the author is one of my favorites was a plus!!) Anyway, this book is the second book in the Cornwall Novels Series; however, it could definitely be read as a standalone. The story is set in beautiful Cornwall England and the author describes it so vividly that you can almost see the foggy landscape. Another thing (besides the cover) that I really liked was that the book had such an exciting beginning! Seriously, the events in the first chapter helped set the tone for the entire book… and this book has everything! It has danger, suspense, mystery, romance, and even a ghost story. One thing I noticed was that the plot has a kind of a Pride and Prejudice feel, because the mining community have a lot of prejudice towards Julia (main character) because of her relatives. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I will tell you that Julia does end up falling in love (of course!!); however, she falls in love with the wrong person… or so her family thinks.

Overall, this has to be one of my favorite books by Sarah E. Ladd and I would rate it 5 out of 5 stars.*****.

About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.


Blog Tour Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 13

Genesis 5020, January 13

A Baker’s Perspective, January 13

For Him and My Family, January 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 14

Inklings and notions, January 14

Bigreadersite, January 15

For the Love of Literature, January 15

Texas Book-aholic, January 15

Through the Fire Blogs, January 16

Pause for Tales, January 16

Wishful Endings, January 16

deb’s Book Review, January 16

Betti Mace, January 17

KarenSueHadley, January 17

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, January 17

Robin’s Nest, January 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 18

The Christian Fiction Girl, January 19

Remembrancy, January 19

Books, Life, and Christ, January 19

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, January 20

My Devotional Thoughts, January 20

Hallie Reads, January 20

Blogging With Carol, January 20

Kat’s Corner Books, January 21

Life of Literature, January 21

Danielle Lozada, January 21

She Lives to Read, January 22

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 22

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 22

By The Book, January 23

Blossoms and Blessings, January 23

SPLASHES of Joy, January 23

My Precious Bits and Musings, January 24

Mary Hake, January 24

Back Porch Reads, January 24

Daysong Reflections, January 24

Tell Tale Book Reviews, January 25

Mamma Loves Books, January 25

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 25

Hookmeinabook, January 26

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, January 26

Simple Harvest Reads, January 26 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Thanks for stopping by guys! Hope you enjoyed checking out this new book, I would love to know what you think of it or if it’s not quite your “cup of tea”

– Happy Reading:)

>>Special thanks to Sarah E. Ladd, NetGalley and Celebrate Lit for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

First Line Friday #30 – Vanished by Irene Hannon

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

Today was one of those rainy, cold days that’s perfect for curling up in your favorite chair, reading a good book… well, at least it was here in VA. How about where you are, is it sunny, rainy or maybe snowing?

Well, here’s the First Line for this Friday and this week it’s from Vanished by Irene Hannon


What a lousy night to get lost.

First Line of Vanished by Irene Hannon

From the Back Cover

A tenacious reporter. A skeptical PI. And a secret that will shatter lives.Reporter Moira Harrison is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a lone figure suddenly appears in the beam of her headlights, Moira slams on her brakes–but it’s too late. She feels the solid thump against the side of her car before crashing into a tree on the far side of the road.A man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then the world fades to black. When she comes to, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person. But she can’t forget the look of terror she saw on that face in the instant before her headlights swung away. And she can’t get anyone to believe her story–except maybe a handsome ex-homicide detective turned private eye, who reluctantly agrees to take on the case.As clues begin to surface, it becomes obvious that someone doesn’t want this mystery solved–and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret.

About the Author

Irene Hannon is the author of more than 35 novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also included one of her novels in its “Top 10 Inspirational Fiction” list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

For more information about her and her books, Irene invites you to visit her website at http://www.irenehannon.com.


What are you reading this weekend? 

Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging out with me! I would love to know what you’re currently reading, so grab the book nearest you and comment below with the first line! (don’t forget the title 😉)

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First Line Fridays #29 – Marrying Miss Milton by Ashtyn Newbold

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

I’m so excited to show you my current “Must Read”, this time it’s by an Author I’ve never read before, Ashtyn Newbold


The eyes of Jane Milton’s father held every sign of a well-kept secret.

First line of Marrying Miss Milton by Ashtyn Newbold

From the Back Cover

When a simple kiss is turned to scandal by a conniving mother, can a forced marriage transform two regretful hearts?Tall, dark, and brooding, the Viscount of Barnet stole Jane Milton’s heart the day she saw him astride his black horse in the woods. When she learns of his upcoming trip to Brighton, she grasps at an opportunity to be a companion to an elderly woman there, in order to follow—er—accompany Lord Barnet to the seaside town.Mr. Philip Honeyfield has suffered the dreaded misfortune of inheriting a title. Ungainly and shy, how can he perform well in the eye of society? To navigate his new role, Philip seeks advice from an unlikely source. When he is smitten by his grandmother’s new companion, Miss Jane Milton, his advisor offers one final piece of counsel: he must kiss her at the upcoming ball.But a moonlit kiss can be catastrophic when witnessed by a cunning mother, a marriage can be inconvenient when forced, and a woman’s heart can be difficult to win when it belongs to another. Can an unexpected love conquer Jane’s resentment and Philip’s regret? Or will that simple kiss turn out to be his greatest misfortune of all?


About the Author

Ashtyn Newbold grew up with a love of stories. When she discovered chick flicks and Jane Austen books in high school, she learned she was a sucker for romantic ones. When not indulging in sweet romantic comedies and regency period novels (and cookies), she writes romantic stories of her own across several genres. Ashtyn also enjoys baking, singing, sewing, and anything that involves creativity and imagination.


What are you reading this weekend? 

As I mentioned before, I’ve never read any books by this author before and sometimes that can be a bit nerve wracking (you have no idea if you’ll like their writing style, if they believe the same as you, if there will be something that you won’t like, etc…) Do you ever struggle or find it hard to read books by new authors? What do you look for? I would love to know what you think!

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First Line Friday #28 – Evermore by Jody Hedlund

Hi Readers, Happy New Year!

I know that it’s already the 10th and I haven’t posted yet; however, I have resolved to do better with my blog this year (such as get FLF out on Friday).

So today’s first line is from the first book I read in 2020! Without further ado, I give you the first line from Evermore by Jody Hedlund. (it’s actually the first couple of lines)


“I shall ride the final course.” I grabbed the great helm. “You know I have a better chance at vanquishing Lord Mortimer.

First lines from Evermore by Jody Hedlund

I just want to point out a few things about this book. First, the cover is gorgeous! Second, I know it’s a YA book, but I really liked this one and definitely recommend it if you like fairy tale/princess kind of books.

From the Back Cover

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).


What are you reading this weekend? 

What was your first book for 2020? Do you ever read YA books?

I would love if you would leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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Serving Up Love Novella Collection – Review

Hi Readers, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Can you believe that the year 2020 starts this week ? Seriously, it seems like 2019 just started and now it’s over. So I decided to finish up the year with a review for one the best novella collections I’ve ever read. So, my last review for 2019 will be Serving up Love, a novella collection that contains stories by some of my favorite authors, Tracie Peterson, Jen Turano, Regina Jennings, and Karen Witemeyer!

Here’s The Bookish Details

Authors: Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings & Jen Turano

Pages: 368

Series: none

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 5, 2019)

From the Back Cover

On the Menu for These Ladies?
Adventure, Independence, and a Big Serving of Romance!

A storied part of American history, Harvey Houses offered women a unique chance to gain independence and see amazing parts of this great country. Celebrated historical romance writers Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano offer four fun, romantic tales of Harvey girls whose western adventures lead to love.


Tracie Peterson – A Flood of Love

Returning home to New Mexico for the first time in years to fill in at the Harvey House, Gretchen Gottsacker is sure the past is behind her. But nothing can be that simple. When the man she loved long ago steps back into her life–with a daughter, no less–will she ever be the same?


Karen Witemeyer – More Than a Pretty Face

Rosalind Kemp becomes a Harvey Girl, clinging to the promise of one day transferring even farther west, someplace her youthful indiscretion won’t catch up to her. But the past is hard to escape, and when the worst occurs, will anyone stand up for her?


Regina Jennings – Intrigue a la Mode

When Willow Kentworth is warned that strange things are happening in the railyard after dark, she never intends to get involved. That is, until a handsome new employee at the Harvey House–who has secrets of his own–needs her assistance.


Jen Turano – A Grand Encounter

After her fiancé abandons her, Miss Myrtle Schermerhorn flees New York’s pity for a position at the El Tovar Hotel on the rim of the Grand Canyon. She’s determined to hold fast to her life of independence–but a rugged, frequent guest of the hotel makes that vow difficult to uphold.

What did I think?

How could I not love a collection of Historical Fiction novellas by my favorite authors?!? So, I didn’t know anything about the Harvey Girls or their history, until I read this book; however, I’m amazed by what I learned about them. I like how disciplined and dedicated they were and one of my favorite things about the book, was how the common denominator in each of the Novella’s was that the main character was a Harvey Girl.

In A Flood Of Love, I loved how Gretchen interacted with Katiann (even though she was a little girl) and how that simple relationship helped her to meet someone from her past – someone she didn’t think she would ever see again. I also really liked how Dirk loved his brother so much, that he put aside his own happiness, to help his brother.

In More Than a Pretty Face, I was ecstatic to see that the main character Rosie, was the same character that was introduced in More Than Words Can Say. I also really liked that one of them main themes of this novella is grace – that Rosie got a second chance that she didn’t deserve, or at least she didn’t think she did.

In Intrigue a la Mode, I loved the character of Willow. She is very focused on her career and supporting her family and she isn’t about to let anyone get in the way – even if he is the handsome new busboy. This story also has a bit of intrigue (hence the name), and I really liked the touch of suspense that was sprinkled throughout the story.

And finally, in A Grand Encounter, I think my favorite character would have to be Jack, especially when he is trying to talk to Myrtle and his brother is around. The interaction between Jack and his brother, Walter, reminds me of how I would interact with my siblings if we were around their girlfriend/boyfriend. LOL 😂

Overall, I can’t pick a favorite novella out of the collection. They each had parts that I loved. Moments of humor, sometimes a little bit of suspense and of course, they each had a nice serving of romance. Overall, I think this is the perfect book to end 2019 with and I definitely recommend it as one of my “Must Reads”. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars! *****

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you each have a very Happy New Year, full of lots of great books and new adventures!

Happy Reading! 🙂

>> Special thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Regina Jennings for letting me read and review this book. All opinions are my own.

First Line Fridays #27 – Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

Hi Readers, Happy end of 2019!

Sadly, this will be my last FLF until next year, actually next decade! 🤣 Anyway, corny New Years joke aside, I have another fantastic first line for you and this time is from one of Colleen Coble’s books, Mermaid Moon.


“The Silver Pelican jewelry store in Bangor, Maine, was Mallory Davis’s final stop, and she put on a bright smile.”

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

From the Back Cover

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart and left—without a word—years ago.When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.


About the Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com


What are you reading this weekend? 

Is there a book that you’re trying to finish by January 1st? Did you reach your book goal for 2019? (I did, but forgot to log most of them on Goodreads *sigh* I’ll try again next year)

I would love for you to comment below with the first line from the book you’re currently reading, because you never know when you might find a new book (or better yet, a new author!)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a wonderful New Year!

Happy Reading! 😊


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Throwback Thursday Review – Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl

Hi Readers, Happy Thursday!

Throwback Thursday Reviews are for books that are on my “Must Read” list; however, they are not new releases. (well, this one is from August, so it’s not that old). This book is by an amazing suspense author named Nancy Mehl and if you like suspense, I would definitely recommend any of her books (especially this series)

Here’s the Bookish Details

Author: Nancy Mehl

Series: Kaely Quinn Profiler, book 2 (can be read as a stand alone)

Pages: 336 pages

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Release Date: August 6, 2019

From the Back Cover

When FBI profiler Kaely Quinn’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, Kaely takes time off work to go to Dark Water, Nebraska, to help her brother care for their mother. Upon her arrival, she learns of a series of fires in the small town, attributed by the fire chief to misuse of space heaters in the frigid winter. But Kaely is skeptical, and a search for a pattern in the locations of the fires bolsters her suspicions.

After yet another blaze devastates a local family, Kaely is certain a serial arsonist is on the loose. Calling upon her partner from St. Louis, Noah Hunter, and her brother’s firefighter neighbor who backs Kaely’s suspicions, Kaely and her team begin an investigation that swiftly leads them down a twisted path. When the truth is finally revealed, Kaely finds herself confronting a madman who is determined his last heinous act will be her death.


What did I think?

As I mentioned before, this book is the second in a series; however, it can be read as a standalone. Although you can read it by itself, I recommend reading the first book(Mind Games), that way you’ll have a better understanding about Kaely and her unusual profiling methods – it also gives more of her family background, so the story makes more sense. 

Just like in the first book, I found it really interesting how Kaely reads people and how she builds her profiles. I’ve seriously never thought of how a job like hers would affect how people react or respond to her. (they may try to mask their emotions and be more cautious what they say and do around her). It broke my heart to see how fractured Kaely’s family was, but I loved that she was trying to rebuild the relationship with her mom – although it was mostly because of her brother. One other thing I love about the book/series, is the difference in the characters. Kaely is very focus on her job and puts it above everything else (sadly, this includes her life), Jason is focused on rebuilding his family and learning more about God and Noah is selfless and is focused on his job and protecting Kaely (sometimes, he has to protect her from herself).

Although, I felt like the climactic ending was a bit rushed (I actually thought I’d missed a page), I really liked the nail-biting story line and all the characters. That being said, I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars. **** and definitely put it on my “Must Read” list.

Oh, there’s one more thing I don’t like… the fact that I have to wait until March 2020 to read the next book!!

About the Author

Nancy Mehl is the author of more than thirty books. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. To learn more, visit www.nancymehl.com.

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully I just added another book to your TBR list. If you check this book out, I would love for you to leave a comment with your thoughts – hope you like it!

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Happy Reading! 🙂

>> Special thanks to Bethany House Publishers, NetGalley and Nancy Mehl for allowing me to read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

The Majors Daughter by Regina Jennings – Review

Hi Readers!

I hope you’re all having an amazing December so far. I know that it’s the busiest month of the year, but I want to take a quick second to tell you about a fantastic book that just came out by Regina Jennings!

Here’s the Bookish Details

Author: Regina Jennings

Series: The Fort Reno Series (Book 3) – can be read as a standalone

Pages: 336

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers



From the Back Cover

Caroline Adams returns to Indian Territory after tiring of confining society life. She wants adventure, and when she and her friend Amber come across swaggering outlaw Frisco Smith, they find his dreams for the new territory are very persuasive. With the much-anticipated land run pending, they may just join the rush.

Growing up parentless, all Frisco Smith wanted was a place to call his own. It’s no wonder that he fought to open the Unassigned Lands. After years of sneaking across the border, he’s even managed to put in a dugout house on a hidden piece of property he’s poised to claim.

When the gun sounds, everyone’s best plans are thrown out the window in the chaos of the run. Caroline and Frisco soon find themselves battling over a claim–and both dig in their heels. Settling the rightful ownership will bring these two closer than they ever expected and change their ideas of what a true home looks like.


Here’s what I thought about the book

Wow, there’s so much I could say about this book, but I’m sure you don’t have that much time 🙂 . So as I mentioned earlier, this is the third book in the Fort Reno series; however, it can be read as a standalone as well. I’ve read several books by Mrs. Jennings, but this was by far my favorite!! I seriously didn’t want to put it down. The chemistry between Caroline (who is spunky and independent, yet wanting to feel useful – to prove that she doesn’t have to rely on her dad’s name ) and Frisco (who was independent and stubborn, yet wants to belong – he was an orphan and has always wanted to be part of a family) is perfect! I love it when two characters who are at odds with each other, somehow find themselves drawn to one another (by far my favorite type of romance story)

Another thing that’s really cool about the story is the history that’s threaded throughout the plot. I LOVED reading about the first land run and the people at Fort Reno. I also really liked all the details the author included within the story, because it made it where I could almost feel the excitement of Caroline, and the others who were hoping to fulfill their dreams by racing to get their own plot of land.

Overall, while I am sad that this is the last book in the Fort Reno series, I really think that Regina Jennings did a fantastic job ending the series (really with the entire series – I would recommend all of them!). I give the book five out of five stars (can I give more?!?) *****

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About the Author

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of numerous novels, including For the Record, A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride,and Caught in the Middle,and has contributed novellas to several collections. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.


>>Special thanks to Regina Jennings, Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book – all views and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading 🙂

Heart of a Royal Celebration Tour, stop# 24 – Review and Giveaway!

Hi Readers, Happy hump day!

I’m so excited to be a part of this celebration tour for Hannah Currie’s latest book, Heart of a Royal and I’m equally excited to participate in the tour on my sisters birthday (Happy Birthday Kristina!!) So without further ado…

Here’s the bookish details;

Book: Heart Of A Royal

Author: Hannah Currie

Series: Daughters of Peverell (Book 1)

Pages:  308 Pages

Genre:  Young Adult/Royalty


From the Back Cover;

Brought to the palace as a newborn, the royal life bestowed upon Mackenna Sparrow was never meant to last forever. With Princess Alina engaged to be married, Mackenna’s presence as companion is no longer required and, like it or not, she must return to the birthright which should have been hers – that of a commoner. But not everyone at the palace wants her gone. When the truths she’s based her life on start crumbling as fast as her future, will she find the courage to trust, both herself and the prince she’s fallen in love with?

Click here to get your copy!

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What did I think?

I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I couldn’t help it! Honestly, the reason I wanted to read this book so bad was because the cover was absolutely beautiful! Anyway, let’s talk about the inside. 🙂 This story is set in the fictional kingdom of Peverell and the author wrote about it in such vivid details that it made it really easy for me to imagine what the kingdom (especially the marketplace) looked like. A character that stood out to me in this story was the main character, Mackenna (Kenna). She’s a commoner, who has grown up in the palace alongside Prince Thoraben (Ben) and Princess Alina (technically, she was Alina’s companion, but was more like her best friend). Mackenna never saw herself as royalty and although she knew she was blessed to live in the palace, she always considered herself a commoner – that is, she did until she was forced out of the palace and realized just how hard it was. I also really liked the friendship between Ben and Mackenna (even if it was a tiny bit predictable). Overall, the entire story has a “modern day fairy tale” feel and it keeps you entertained and engaged until the very last page (I was thrilled when I saw that this book was the beginning of a series, because I didn’t want the story to end!). I really liked the friendship between Ben and Mackenna – even if it was a tiny bit predictable; however, there are several twists in the story that are totally unexpected and help balance the predictable. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars****


About the Author

Aussie author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun. She loves to connect with readers at http://www.hannahcurrie.com

A Word from Hannah

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by royalty. Real ones like Queen Elizabeth II, who is such an incredible woman and a total hero of mine (not to mention, as a proud Australian and member of the Commonwealth, my monarch) but also the not-so-real ones. Those found in fairytales. Romances. Narnia.

I’m one of those people who blocks out an entire day to watch a royal wedding, sighs like a hopeless romantic through cheesy princess movies, reads just about any novel I find with a crown on the front and loves a full-spread photo souvenir magazine. I may have even written a short story starring a princess for an English assignment at school. More than once. [Side note, if you’re going to write a story about a princess who is totally adorable but can’t spell, don’t use a misspelled word as the title. It takes a lot of explaining to make sure the teacher knows you did it on purpose and doesn’t mark you down for it… sorry Ninth Grade English teacher!].

The glamor draws me in, the beautiful clothes, the history and romance of it all, but it’s the expectations they have on them which hold me there. Every title comes with a million expectations, whether or not they’re realistic. We expect royals, both real and fictional, to behave in a certain way. To be honourable (assuming they’re the good guys). To care for their people and put them first. To always be there. Yes, even to be beautiful.

But what happens when they’re not? When they’re shy? Fight anxiety? Hate the spotlight? Are blemished in some way? What happens when what’s best for the people isn’t what’s best for them? Or when they make a mistake? Something which, for anyone else, would be easily fixed or glossed over but for a royal, gets written into the history books forever. Purely because of their title.

Kenna, the main character in Heart of a Royal, never meant to be a princess. She wasn’t born into royalty, neither did she choose it. And yet, due to circumstances far beyond her control, there she is. Living in a palace. Part of that life.

Very few of us are royalty but I think we all know how heavy expectations can be and the pain of being thrust into situations beyond our control. And yet, even in those moments and seasons, just like Kenna, we have choices. They might seem small, maybe even insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but they’re there. Who we put our trust in. What we do with the circumstances we’ve been given. Where we go from there.

Heart of a Royal is as much my story as it is Kenna’s. No, I’m not a princess (thankfully!) but I have struggled through finding hope and purpose when life flies out of control and the expectations prove too much. And here’s what I’ve found – God is good. There is hope and God is good. I hope, through Kenna’s story, you are reminded of that too.

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Blog Stops

Want to know what others think? Here’s the other stops on this Celebration Tour!

Reflections From My Bookshelves, November 28

CarpeDiem, November 28

Hebrews 12 Endurance, November 28

Hallie Reads, November 28

Emily Yager, November 29

For the Love of Literature, November 29

Through the Fire Blogs, November 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 30

Back Porch Reads, November 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 30

To Everything There Is A Season, November 30

Books, Life, and Christ, December 1

Mia Reads Blog, December 1

Bigreadersite , December 1

Kathleen Denly, December 2

Genesis 5020, December 2

She Lives To Read, December 2

Texas Book-aholic, December 2

A Baker’s Perspective, December 3

Livin’ Lit, December 3

Kat’s Corner Books, December 3

The Becca Files, December 4

Becka Jiménez , December 4

HookMeInABook, December 4

janicesbookreviews, December 4

Blossoms and Blessings, December 5

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, December 5

Just the Write Escape, December 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 5

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 6

Avid Reader Nurse, December 6

For Him and My Family, December 6

A Reader’s Brain, December 6

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, December 7

Moments, December 7

Simple Harvest Reads, December 7

Remembrancy, December 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 8

Pause for Tales , December 8

Inklings and notions, December 8

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 9

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 9

For The Love of Books, December 9

All-of-a-kind Mom, December 10

Just Your Average reviews, December 10

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 10

Living Life Free in Christ, December 11

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 11

Batya’s Bits, December 11


Giveaway!

To celebrate her tour Hannah is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book Click the link below to enter. !!

>>Be sure to comment on some of the other blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

https://promosimple.com/ps/f1a8/heart-of-a-royal-celebration-tour-giveaway


Thanks for stopping by guys! Hope you enjoyed checking out this new book by Hannah Currie.

>>I would like to thank Hannah Currie and Celebrate Lit for letting me read and review this book – all thoughts and opinions are my own


Happy Reading 🙂