Traces of Virtue by Robin Patchen – Review

Hi Readers, Happy Monday!

I know Monday’s can be hard because they are the start of a new work week and the end of the weekend, but I want to give you some good news. If you like Christian Suspense I have a wonderful new book for you to check out by Author Robin Patchen. So without further ado, let me take you to the streets of Boston to meet Carly Garcia – let’s go!

The Bookish Details

Book: Traces of Virtue

Series: Coventry Saga Book 4

Author: Robin Patchen

Genre: Christian Mystery and Suspense

Release date: October 19th 2021

From The Back Cover

When doing what’s right goes terribly wrong…

From her deathbed, Carly Garcia’s mother asked Carly to look after her stepfather and stepsisters. Carly is trying to keep that promise, but now she has a new life to protect, this one innocent and vulnerable. She visits her ex to tell him a truth he doesn’t deserve to know… and witnesses his murder. Now, Carly’s on the run from killers whose faces she never saw.

Braden Reilly is building a career in Coventry, New Hampshire, happy to put the drama of his crime-ridden Boston neighborhood behind him. When a woman he’s spent years trying to forget shows up on his doorstep, his first instinct is to turn her away. But the wounds on her arms and the fear in her eyes have him offering sanctuary. The story she tells makes his blood curdle.

Join Carly and Braden as they seek to discover who’s behind a murder nobody believes occurred before the killers catch up to Carly and her unborn child.

Don’t miss this plot-twisting thriller, the latest in the addictive Coventry Saga from a USA Today bestselling author.

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What Did I Think?

First of all, even though this book is part of the Coventry Saga series, it can be read as a stand alone; however, the previous books are all so amazing that I would encourage you to read them too – even if you read this one first. In this book, Carly Garcia finds herself in a difficult situation (carrying the child of her ex) and when she goes to tell him about the child, she ends up witnessing his murder. As she was escaping the crime scene, the killers see her and she becomes their next target. Finding no other alternative, she turns to her high school sweetheart, Braden Reilly for help; however, he isn’t happy about it because she broke his heart several years ago. What follows is an unforgettable adventure filled with danger, suspense, love and forgiveness.

A few things I really liked about this book was how relatable the characters were – how they were a bit flawed and still made mistakes (sometimes characters can seem too perfect) I also liked how throughout the story, you can see the power of prayer working and I loved seeing each of the characters put their faith in action. Overall, I loved visiting with the characters of Coventry again and even though some parts weren’t my favorite, the overall story was great. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romantic suspense and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About The Author

Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. After college, working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball-and-chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet.

Visit to receive a free book and stay informed about Robin’s latest projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out this new book! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

Happy Reading!

>>Special thanks to Robin Patchen and JDO Publishing for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse – Review

Hi Readers, It’s finally the weekend!

Here in VA, we are having overcast skies, rain and a wonderful breeze which is perfect for sitting on the porch with a book (as long as I don’t get wet!).. it’s really starting to feel like Fall here – And what better to do with my weekend then to jump into a new book! Today’s book is A Deep Divide by Kimberley Woodhouse, this is a Historical Fiction novel that I hope you will love as much as I did. So without further ado, let’s go back in time to the year 1905 to visit the Grand Canyon!

The Bookish Details

Book: A Deep Divide

Series: Secrets of the Canyon, book 1

Author: Kimberley Woodhouse

Genre: Historical Christian

Release date: October 5th 2021

From The Back Cover

With her past behind her, she has nothing–and everything–to lose.

After being kidnapped as a child, heiress Emma Grace McMurray has seen firsthand the devastation that greed causes in the world, and she wants nothing to do with it. When she discovers her father has offered her up as a bargaining chip to expand his empire, she disappears into the night. Determined to stay hidden, even if it means always looking over her shoulder, she finds herself working as a Harvey Girl at the El Tovar Hotel.

When Ray Watkins arrives at the hotel on business, he is immediately captivated by the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Though his fame-seeking father aims to lure new investors to the Arizona Territory, Ray dreams of one day taking over the family business and doing good with the profits.

Ray immediately admires Emma Grace, and though an attraction begins to form, she can’t let go of the deep-rooted fear that he’s just like every other wealthy man she’s known. When suspicious activity follows Emma Grace and Ray to the El Tovar, they are pulled into a mystery that stirs up their worst fears. And as shocking revelations come to light, they are left to question all they thought to be true.

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What Did I Think?

This book contains the perfect combination of humor, romance and history. Then, to make it even better, the author added a dash of danger and suspense! The author crafted a story that was so well written and had so many details, that I felt like I had visited the Grand Canyon. One of my favorite parts of the book, were the interactions between Grace and Ray, because some of them were funny, some were a bit awkward and the rest were sweet and romantic. I’ve read a few books that feature the Harvey Girls, so I was excited to see another glimpse into their lives and I wasn’t disappointed. Every time I read about them, I am impressed by their discipline and patience; however, this book also showed me that they considered themselves a family and they took care of their own. Another thing I loved reading about, was how Emma grew in her faith. She had her doubts and honestly felt abandoned by God; however, the events of her past and the people that God put in her life, all helped to show her just how much he loved her .Overall, I loved reading this book and can’t think of anything I would change. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who likes Historical Fiction

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About The Author

Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than two dozen books. She is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she’s shared at more than 2,000 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family’s story have garnered national media attention for many years including ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Discovery Health channel’s Mystery ER, The Hour of Power, The Harvest Show, and over 1,000 other TV appearances and radio interviews. She lives and writes in the Poconos with her husband of thirty years. You can find out more about her and her books by visiting

Thanks so much for stopping by — if you check out this book, I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! I would love to know if you have read this book or if this would be a book you would check out.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

Happy Reading!

>>Special thanks to Kimberley Woodhouse, Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

First Line Fridays #69 – Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

I don’t have much time to write today, but I wanted to stop by and share with you the first line of one of the books I’m currently reading (seriously, I really shouldn’t read multiple books at a time!!), Anyway, I’m currently reading Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goodard on my Kindle and Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano which is paperback, so it was a bit hard to decide which first line to share; however, I finally decided to share the first line from… Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano! So without further ado here’s the first line.

“Pressing her nose against the glass of the carriage window, Miss Permilia Griswold felt her stomach begin to churn as she took note of the throngs of people lining Fifth Avenue.. ”

First line of Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano.

From the Back Cover

Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.

As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .

About the Author

Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. She can be found on Facebook at or visit her on the web at

What are you reading this week? Have you ever read multiple books at a time? Let me know in the comments below! 

Also, don’t forget to check out what other first lines Readers and Bloggers are sharing by heading over to our host blog, Hording Books!

Happy Reading!

A Convenient Risk Epic Book Launch Stop and Sneak Peek!

Hi Readers, Happy Thursday!

I’m excited to be a part of the Epic Book launch for A Convenient Risk by Sara R. Turnquist and I can’t wait to share my sneak peek with you. So without further ado, let’s go!

The Bookish Details

Book: A Convenient Risk
Author: Sara R. Turnquist
Genre: Clean Historical Romance
Release date: October 26, 2021

From The Back Cover

He never imagined her heart would be so hard to reach.

Forced into a marriage of convenience after her husband dies, Amanda Haynes is determined she will never love again. Not that it bothers Brandon Miller. He needs her husband’s cattle. She needs financial stability and long-term support for her son and herself. But she never expected to care so much about the running of the ranch.

Butting heads over the decisions of the ranch, only adds to her frustration. Her wellbeing is soon threatened as their lives become entangled with Billy the Kid and his gang.

What has she gotten herself into? What kind of man has she married? Is there any way out?

Book Excerpt/Sneak Peek!

Though his ranch desperately needed more for the auction if they were to make enough to sustain the place. Perhaps he should tell the men there had been some sort of delay. He opened his mouth to speak, but Cook came into the room and all eyes fell on her.“ Now, I don’t want to hear any more gums flappin’,” Cook’s voice boomed as she bustled around the men, first setting the dishes of food down and then placing napkins in their laps. “Y’all best be eatin’ up!” Brandon smiled at the woman. How did she always know? “Not this second!” She slapped Dan’s hand when he reached for the serving fork. “You knowhow we do things. Grace first.” Dan glared at her but withdrew his hand. Brandon gave the men a once over and then bowed his head, returning thanks for the food. Only then did Cook nod and return to the kitchen. Brandon couldn’t help but notice that Uncle Owen watched after her until she disappeared through the doorway and there was nothing left but the clatter of pots and pans. Their dinner music. Slim met Brandon’s eyes. “So, boss, about those cows—”“I hear chatter in there,” Cook called. Brandon looked down and shoved a bite of food into his mouth. It was clear who ran this ranch.***Cold. The air whipping her hair chilled her face, but it couldn’t touch her heart. That was already lost. Was this all she would ever feel? Perhaps that’s what she deserved

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About The Author

Sara is a coffee lovin’, word slinging, clean Historical Romance author whose super power is converting caffeine into novels. She loves those odd little tidbits of history that are stranger than fiction. That’s what inspires her. Well, that and a good love story.

But of all the love stories she knows, hers is her favorite. She lives happily with her own Prince Charming and their gaggle of minions. Three to be exact. They sure know how to distract a writer! But, alas, the stories must be written, even if it must happen in the wee hours of the morning.

Sara is an avid reader and also enjoys reading clean Historical Romance when she’s not traveling. Her books range from the Czech lands to the American Wild West and from ancient Egypt to the early 1900s. Some of her titles include The Lady Bornekova, Hope in Cripple Creek, The General’s Wife, Trail of Fears, and the Convenient Risk Series.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you liked this sneak peek! Have a wonderful evening 🙂

Happy Reading! 

The Heart Of A Cowboy – Review

Hi Readers, It’s finally October!

I cannot wait to show you my latest “Must Read” to add to your TBR piles and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did! So, without further ado, let’s take a trip down the dangerous Santa FeTrail in the year 1863 – Let’s go!

The Bookish Details

Book: The Heart of a Cowboy

Series: Colorado Cowboys Book #2

Author: Jody Hedlund

Genre: Historical Christian

Release date: October 5th 2021

From The Back Cover

When he agreed to guard her, he never bargained on having to guard his heart.

Brilliant scientist Linnea Newberry is on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling the Santa Fe Trail with her grandfather, Dr. Howell, on a botanical expedition to Colorado Territory. She longs to be valued for her contributions and not seen as a helpless liability. But at every calamity she faces, her grandfather threatens to send her home.

After watching his ma suffer and die in childbirth, Flynn McQuaid has sworn off women and marriage forever. Headed west to start a new life, he has his hands full not only taking care of his younger siblings but also delivering cattle to his older brother. He doesn’t need more complications.

When Flynn rescues Linnea from drowning during a river crossing, Dr. Howell promptly
hires Flynn–unbeknownst to Linnea–to act as her bodyguard for the rest of the trip. As
Flynn fights against the many dangers of the trail, he soon finds himself in the greatest danger of all–falling for a woman he’s determined not to love.

What Did I Think?

I love all of Jody Hedlund’s books and this book didn’t disappoint me at all! I especially loved all the details that she includes about the flora and fauna throughout the Santa Fe Trail. The main characters, Linnea and Flynn are so dynamic and relatable and I love how much they grow throughout the story; however, Flynn’s younger sister Ivy may have stolen the show as my favorite character in this book. I found myself laughing out loud at her hilarious commentary and I loved that she didn’t seem to have a filter (she was beyond outspoken). I also enjoyed reading about Linnea’s struggles and triumphs with being a female scientist during a time when only men worked in that field. I found myself rooting for her in multiple areas (her science and her relationship with Flynn) and it made the book incredibly hard to put down! I also loved the last chapter of the book, because it was the perfect ending to this sweet and heartwarming story For me, this story had everything – suspense, a dash of danger and of course romance and I would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About The Author

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of over 30 historical novels for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards, including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Awards. Jody lives in Michigan with her husband, busy family, and five spoiled cats. She loves to imagine that she really can visit the past, although she’s yet to accomplish the feat, except via the many books she reads. Visit her at

**Also, you can connect with her on Facebook through her group, Jody Hedlund’s Reader Room – hope to see you there!

Thanks so much for joining me on this trip through the old Colorado Territory — I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! Let me know what you think about the book, cover, characters, or really anything!

Happy Reading!

>>Special thanks to Jody Hedlund, Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Dangerous Amish Showdown Celebration Tour Stop# 33 – Review

Hi Readers, I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

I’m thrilled to be a part of another Celebration Tour with Celebrate Lit and this time for Mary Alford’s new Love Inspired Suspense, Dangerous Amish Showdown! So without further ado, let’s head to Amish country and see what lengths two U.S Marshals will go to protect a young 6 year old witness.

The Bookish Details

Book: Dangerous Amish Showdown

Author: Mary Alford

Genre: Amish Suspense

Release date: August 24, 2021

From The Back Cover

Under siege in Amish country…

She must fight for their lives.

Gunshots shatter Willa Lambright’s placid Montana evening—and that’s before she discovers on-the-run lawman Mason Shetler on her doorstep. Willa hadn’t glimpsed her childhood friend since he’d turned his back on Amish country years before. Now the US marshal’s returned with an injured partner, a young witness he must protect at all costs…and vicious Mafia agents dead set on making sure none of them survive.

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What Did I Think?

Wow, this is one explosive adventure! The book immediately starts with U.S Marshals Mason Shelter and Eric Timmons facing heavy enemy fire from a group of weapons smugglers who are after their young witness, Samantha King. After narrowly escaping, they find themselves trapped in the home of a childhood friend, Willa Lambright. What follows is a high stakes battle of good and evil as the U.S Marshals and Willa put their lives on the line to protect an innocent child. This book will make your heart pound and have you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the very end! Seriously, this isn’t a book that you can start and just stop whenever, because it is incredibly hard to put down (and I had to go to work in the morning!) I loved all of the characters, but my favorite was Willa because of her courage and unwavering faith. Overall, this book is so action packed that I have no idea how the author managed to fit it all in such a small book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Amish suspense. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Mary Alford loves giving her readers the unexpected. Her titles have appeared on the USA Today list, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller list, and have finaled in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence in mystery, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.

Mary is an avid reader. She loves to cook, can’t face the day without coffee, and her three granddaughters are the apple of her eye. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two spoiled cats and a dog who thinks he owns the place.

More from Mary

When I first heard of the title for my latest Love Inspired Suspense, I smiled. Dangerous Amish Showdown reminds me of the old westerns where the good guys face off with the bad guys and always win. As a child I loved watching them, mostly because my dad loved them so much, and yes, a big draw for me besides sharing the time with him, was seeing the good guys win. It’s what I try to put into every single book I write, and it’s exactly what happens in Dangerous Amish Showdown.

Lately, I find myself reminiscing a lot about childhood things such as watching old westerns with my dad, and smiling at those simpler times.

In Dangerous Amish Showdown, it takes coming back to his simple childhood Amish community for Mason Shetler to realize how special that life once was for him. Through the courage found in a little girl who has lost everything, and the strength of a woman whose future is uncertain, Mason discovered what he had been searching for all along.

I truly hope you enjoy Mason and Willa’s fight to protect young Samantha and the love they find along the way. And I hope their happy ending leaves you with a smile on your face, and maybe takes you back to a simpler time in your life.

Blessings always,

Mary Alford

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 22

Maureen’s Musings, September 22

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 23

The Avid Reader, September 23

Genesis 5020, September 23

Texas Book-aholic, September 24

Vicarious Living, September 24

Inklings and notions, September 25

Blossoms and Blessings, September 25

Betti Mace, September 26

For Him and My Family, September 26

Lighthouse Academy Blog, September 27 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

deb’s Book Review, September 27

Older & Smarter?, September 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 28

Bizwings Blog, September 28

For the Love of Literature, September 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 29

Living the Good Life, September 29

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 30

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, September 30 (Author Interview)

She Lives To Read, October 1

Bigreadersite, October 1

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 2

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 2

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 3

Mary Hake, October 3

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 4

Simple Harvest Reads, October 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 5

HookMeInABook, October 5 << You Are Here! 🙂


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

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you check out this new Love Inspired Suspense. If you do, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Happy Reading! 

>>Special thanks to Mary Alford, Celebrate Lit and Mills & Boon Love Inspired for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Dangerous Pursuits Novella Collection Celebration Tour Stop#2 – Review

Hi Readers, Happy Fall!

I have a wonderful new novella collection to show you and I am thrilled to be a part of Celebrate Lit’s Celebration tour for the Dangerous Pursuits novella collection! I can’t wait to show you this collection that is absolutely perfect for this time of year, so without further ado, let me show you Dangerous Pursuits.

The Bookish Details

Book: Dangerous Pursuits

Author: Alford, Harris, Heckenkramp, Hickey, Holder, Kendig, McCoy, Mentink, Nemeth, Putman, Reed, Terry, Worth

Genre: Christian/Clean Romantic Mystery and Suspense

Release date: October 12, 2021

From The Back Cover

Crisp Days. Cold Nights. Dangerous Pursuits.

The chill of fall brings with it a hint of peril in Dangerous Pursuits, a clean and Christian suspense anthology featuring some of today’s most popular female authors.

Start your fall off right with 15 gripping tales of Clean and Christian suspense from today’s most popular ladies of mystery and suspense. Join Mary Alford, Lisa Harris, Therese Heckenkamp, Cynthia Hickey, Gina Holder, Ronie Kendig, Dana R Lynn, Shirlee McCoy, Dana Mentink, J. Carol Nemeth, Cara Putman, Sharee Stover, Terri Reed, Alana Terry, Lenora Worth on a dangerous journey filled with mystery and suspense that will keep you turning pages until the very. Last. One.

And it only cost .99 cents as long as you preorder by October 12th! To get a copy for yourself click here.

What Did I Think?

There is so much I could say because this one collection has 15 books, but I won’t talk about all of them (I don’t think we have that much time!). My favorite novellas were Consecrated Sacrifice by Mary Alford and The Last Day by Lisa Harris, but really all of them had something I liked. All of the novellas can be read as a standalone, even though some of them are part of a series. Each story was very unique, yet had the same elements of suspense, mystery, faith and a dash of romance and I really loved the wide variety of stories in this collection. In one story, you meet a young lady who is supposed to be the CEO of her company, yet has been hiding because someone tried to kill her shortly after her mom passed away. And in another you meet a CIA agent that was presumed dead 10 years prior! I’ll be honest, this book took awhile to read (because it’s 15 novellas), but each moment was worth it because of the many adventures I read about. Overall, I loved how each of the stories had a suspenseful element, yet each of them had a different level of suspense which made this collection perfect for everyone! (some were creepier then others) I rate the collection 5 out of 5 stars.

Also, this novella collection is the perfect opportunity to find new author’s to add to your favorites list (I found 5 new-to-me authors to add to my must read list!)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Authors

The authors of Dangerous Pursuits are excited to present 15 tales of mystery and suspense to readers for a limited time. From suspense to mystery, clean to Christian, these authors have come together to create a collection of tales that will leave you flipping pages until the very last one.

A Word from Mary Alford

Have you ever wondered how a book collection comes to be. Well, it all starts with an idea.

Dangerous Pursuits was the brainchild of author Dana Mentink who reached out to me with the idea of creating a book collection featuring multiple authors. We decided we wanted to try and make the USA Today Bestsellers List with this collection which is quite the challenge.

With the help of Cynthia Hickey, who created the fabulous cover for Dangerous Pursuits, we set out to put together a collection of mystery and suspense books to please our readers.

We reached out to some of our fellow authors who graciously agreed to help, and now we are blessed to have this amazing line-up of 15 wonderful authors. Lisa Harris, Therese Heckenkamp, Cynthia Hickey, Gina Holder, Ronie Kendig, Loree Lough, Dana R Lynn, Shirlee McCoy, Dana Mentink, J. Carol Nemeth, Cara Putman, Sharee Stover, Terri Reed, Lenora Worth, and myself, Mary Alford.

The book is set to release on October 12th. Cynthia gave the cover a mysterious fall feel that we believe will appeal to readers who love mystery and suspense. Next we came up with a catchy blurb that hopefully adds to the fall suspense theme;

Crisp Days. Cold Nights. Dangerous Pursuits.

The chill of fall brings with it a hint of peril in Dangerous Pursuits, a clean and Christian suspense anthology featuring some of today’s most popular female authors.

And so, Dangerous Pursuits was born.

I am very proud to be part of this collection. With so many talented authors bringing their best, I believe our readers will find something they enjoy, and we look forward to each of you reading it.

Because above all else, it’s all about the story.

Blessings always,

Mary Alford

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 1

HookMeInABook, October 1 << You Are Here 🙂

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 3

The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife, October 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 4

Texas Book-aholic, October 5

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 6

Inklings and notions, October 7

For Him and My Family, October 8

Blogging With Carol, October 8

deb’s Book Review, October 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 10

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

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 12

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 13

Betti Mace, October 14

Batya’s Bits, October 14


To celebrate their tour, the Dangerous Pursuits Authors are giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of the book!!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you check out this awesome novella collection. If you do, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Happy Reading! 

>>Special thanks to Mary Alford, Lisa Harris, Therese Heckenkamp, Cynthia Hickey, Gina Holder, Ronie Kendig, Dana R Lynn, Shirlee McCoy, Dana Mentink, J. Carol Nemeth, Cara Putman, Sharee Stover, Terri Reed, Alana Terry, Lenora Worth and Celebrate Lit for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

First Line Fridays #67 – Out of Hiding by Rachel Dylan

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

Fall is finally here! I am so excited that the temperatures have been in the low 70’s around here because I LOVE the cooler temperatures. I tried to find a fall themed book, but I couldn’t find any so I found this book by Rachel Dylan in my TBR pile and it looked interesting… and now I can’t seem to put it down! So I wanted to share with you today as my First Line Friday read Out of Hiding by Rachel Dylan — Let’s go!

“Sadie felt the bullet whiz by her head as she crouched down in the wet dirt. ”

First line of Out of Hiding by Rachel Dylan.

From the Back Cover

After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents as a child, Sadie Lane was placed into Witness Protection. Now as an adult, she has a thriving business as a private investigator, but her biggest case is yet to come. Sadie’s on the hunt to find the man who killed her parents—a brutal crime boss running a dangerous and corrupt syndicate.

Her quest for justice collides with FBI Special Agent Kip Moore who is targeting the organized crime network. Sadie can’t trust anyone with her secrets—even Kip, but she must work with him to get the killer who forever changed her life. Sadie must put her faith in Kip even when it seems impossible to trust anyone. The secrets of her past catch up to her when she stares into the eyes of the murderer. Can she keep her true identity secret long enough to bring the killer to justice?

About the Author

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Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade, including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. Her Atlanta Justice series has won the Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and the FHL Reader’s Choice Award. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find her at I would also encourage you to follow her on Facebook, she puts out some awesome posts and I love her sing along Tuesdays (she puts out a few lyrics to a hymn, and you need to figure out which one it is)

What are you reading this week? Do you know of any books that are themed for Fall or perfect for this time of year? Let me know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to check out what other first lines Readers and Bloggers are sharing by heading over to our host blog, Hording Books!

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Under The Texas Mistletoe by Karen Witemeyer – Review

Hi Readers, Merry Christmas!

I know that it’s only September, but Christmas definitely came early for me this year as I read Karen Witemeyer’s new Novella collection! I was honored to be a part of her launch team and I cannot wait to show you her latest masterpiece, so without further ado… let’s go!

The Bookish Details

Book: Under The Texas Mistletoe

Series: As a whole, this book is not part of a series: however, the second novella is part of The Archer Brothers series

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release date: August 31st 2021

From The Back Cover

Three Charming and Festive Holiday Novellas Spiced with Humor, Frontier Action, and Sweet Romance

In this 3-in-1 novella collection, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer presents the new story “A Texas Christmas Carol,” in which a town’s wealthy, Scrooge-like bachelor finds his world invaded by a woman set on earning his donation for helping the local poor, and by the penetrating questions of three mysterious visitors.

It also includes, for the first time in print, “An Archer Family Christmas.” When the Archer clan gathers for the Christmas holiday, an unexpected request for help leaves Cassandra Archer directly in the path of a dangerous outlaw. Desperate to protect the woman he loves, Jim Archer races to the rescue, only to find that Cassie’s life is not the only one in peril. It will take a Christmas miracle–and the entire Archer clan–to keep a second Archer Christmas from ending in disaster.

In previously published “Gift of the Heart,” a widow and her young daughter move to Hope Springs for a fresh start. But with no money to secure a home, Ruth must convince a wealthy resort owner to accept her heirloom brooch as collateral. Will the pin that brought love to three generations soften the heart of a wounded recluse and give Ruth a second chance at love as the holidays draw near?

Sprinkled throughout the collection, you’ll find a hope-filled Christmas devotion, Witemeyer holiday recipes, and fun facts about nineteenth-century Christmas celebrations!

What Did I Think?

This book is a collection of three novellas and I truly loved all of them. The first one, A Texas Christmas Carol was my absolute favorite. I personally don’t like the original Christmas Carol story, but I loved the way Karen Witemeyer turned a normally dark/scary story into one that was so heartwarming and inspiring that I found myself wanting to reread it as soon as I finished it! The characters were perfectly written and I loved all of the little details of the original story that she included (such as a dog named humbug or the three “strangers”). I also loved how she included the Gospel and the real meaning of Christmas in the story.

The second novella, An Archer Family Christmas continues the story of one of my favorite fictional families, the Archers. It was heartbreaking to see the struggles that Jim and his wife Cassie were going through, but this is an excellent story of God’s providence and it reminded me that even though we don’t always see it, God can definitely use what men meant for evil, for good.

And finally, in Gift of the Heart we get to meet Ruth and her daughter Naomi who have just moved to a new place hoping to get a fresh start; however, Ruth never expected to use her priceless family heirloom brooch as collateral for a home for her and her daughter. What follows is a sweet and heartwarming Christmas tale of love, hope and family. This book has been published previously in An Old Fashioned Texas Christmas, but I like it in this collection better.

Overall, this has to be one my favorite Christmas books and it’s definitely going to be one that I read every Christmas. One other thing I really liked about the book was the Christmas devotion and the fun few pages of Christmas traditions that she included in between the novellas. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Voted #1 Reader’s Favorite Christian Romance Author of 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer ( offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. She makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.

ALSO!! You can connect with her through her Facebook Reader group, The Posse ! This is a fun group full of like minded readers and is a great place for more information on her books, behind the scenes fun, giveaways and fun interactive activities. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my latest Must Read! Let me know if you’ve read this book or if this is a book you would check out by leaving me a comment below.

Happy Reading! 

>>Special thanks to Karen Witemeyer, and Bethany House Publishers for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

First Line Fridays #66 – The Captain’s Confidant by Ashtyn Newbold

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

I’m so happy to see that Fall is coming and with it, cold evenings, because there is nothing better then sitting near the fireplace on a cold night reading a great book, while wrapped in a blanket and drinking a cup of hot tea. So, if you need a new to check out, here is one you might like! I just started reading this book this afternoon and so far I am really enjoying it. So without further ado, my First Line Friday book is The Captain’s Confidant by Ashtyn Newbold.

“Light speckled the dark sky, each star blinking in confusion as the sea threw crests over the horizon line. ”

First line of The Captain’s Confidant by Ashtyn Newbold.

From the Back Cover

An accidental letter, a long-lost love, and a slew of secrets.

For as long as Bridget Northcott can remember, she has loved her brother’s closest friend, Colin Foster. She loved him long before he grew up, became Captain Foster, and long before he left her behind for a life at sea. Although she knows her feelings will never be returned, Bridget cannot help but turn away every suitor in the hopes that one day Colin will come back to Larkhall and see her for what she has grown up to be—refined, elegant, and the precise opposite of the silly girl he once knew.

When family circumstances bring Colin’s unexpected return, he too has changed. Once carefree, he is now cold, hard, and distant. Determined to unravel the mysteries of Captain Foster, Bridget writes her thoughts in a note, one she never meant to send. As a hesitant friendship grows between them through their letters, Bridget determines to keep her heart uninvolved. But when her facade begins to break, she realizes the childhood silliness she abandoned might just be precisely what is needed to pull him back to shore.

Faced with a choice between loyalty and selfishness, love and letting go, Bridget must find the strength to confide her own feelings in Captain Foster before the man she loved is lost forever. But there is only so much she can do when she discovers a match between them is what she has always feared—forbidden.

The Captain’s Confidant is a sweet and clean standalone regency romance novel, book two in the Larkhall Letters series.

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 week

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