First Line Fridays #71 – Christmas at the Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

Merry Christmas! I’m excited to share my Christmas book for this week which is a novella by Liz Johnson. I love novellas (especially at Christmas) and I can’t wait to share this one with you, so without further ado, let me take show you Christmas at the Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

“Brooke Kane knew better than to venture far from home when there was a threat of a blizzard.”

First line of Christmas at the Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson.

From the Back Cover

One blizzard. Two friends. Three days to fall in love.

Lifelong islander Brooke Kane doesn’t know what to do with her college degree, her dreams, or her future, but she knows better than to venture far from home when there’s a storm brewing. But a promise to check on Rose’s Red Door Inn prompts Brooke to venture out. By the time she arrives at the inn, the snow is knee-deep and visibility almost non-existent. She settles in to spend a few days alone at the inn until a familiar figure appears at the door.

Pastor Chuck O’Flannigan has never felt like a bigger fool. So focused on his recent decision to leave Prince Edward Island, he’s caught unaware by the blizzard while on a walk. He can only see the inn’s red door, a promise of safety. But when he discovers that Brooke—the only woman who could tempt him to stay on the island—is also taking refuge there, he knows he’s in trouble.

With Christmas only three days away, Brooke is determined that they’ll celebrate—even if it’s just the two of them. Happy to play Scrooge to her Tiny Tim, Chuck wiles away his hours dreaming of a return to Ireland—praying that God may have plans for him there. After all, God seems to have forgotten him in North Rustico. But as Brooke brings Christmas to life, her joy makes him wonder if God may not have forgotten him. In fact, God may have big plans for both of them—if they can only survive Christmas at the Red Door Inn.

About the Author

By day Liz Johnson works in marketing. She finds time to write late at night and is a Christy Award finalist and a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Liz makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona where she enjoys theater, exploring local history, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. Find out more about Liz at

What are you reading this week? Have you read any Christmas books? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Happy Reading!


First Line Fridays #70 – Yuletide Abduction by Virginia Vaughan

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

Since it’s Christmas time, I’m going to try to feature a new Christmas themed book each week, so without further ado, my First Line Friday Christmas read today is… Yuletide Abduction by Virginia Vaughan!

“She should have brought her gun.”

First line of Yuletide Abduction by Virginia Vaughan.

From the Back Cover


FBI agent Elise Richardson fears the worst when a Mississippi teen is abducted days before Christmas. But she won’t give up, especially when she learns she owes her life to the missing girl’s father. Years ago, former army ranger Josh Adams lost his brother when he died saving Elise. Though Josh resents her for the loss, she’s now his niece’s only hope. Working with the ex-soldier proves dangerous to Elise’s heart…and to her life when she closes in on what she fears is a human trafficking ring. If she’s right, Elise has only days to rescue Josh’s niece for a holiday homecoming—and to prove herself worthy of his love.

RANGERS UNDER FIRE: Nothing’s more dangerous than falling in love

About the Author

Award winning author Virginia Vaughan lives by the motto ‘It’s not hoarding if its books’. Always the kid with her nose stuck in a book, becoming a multi-published author hasn’t stopped Virginia from continuing to grow her own collection of favorite reads. Her family has refused to help her move anymore because of the sheer number boxes of books, but she’s no quitter. She’ll keep buying books and, the next time she moves, hire a moving van.

If you love stories where romance intersects danger and faith, subscribe to Virginia’s email list by clicking here and be the first to know when a new story arrives.

What are you reading this week? Do you have any Christmas books you like to read this time of year? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard – Review

Hi Readers!

I am so sorry for not posting for almost a month! It’s been rough for my family (sickness) this month, but in the world of books it has been AMAZING! There have been so many good books that have come out this month like Lights Out by Natalie Walters, A Castle For Christmas by Stephenia McGee and Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl. Another awesome book that debuted is my Must Read for today…. Deadly Target by Elizbeth Goddard! So without further ado, let’s take a look!

The Bookish Details

Book: Deadly Target

Series: Rocky Mountain Courage Book 2

Author: Elizabeth Goddard

Genre: Christian Mystery and Suspense

Release date: November 2nd 2021

From The Back Cover

Criminal psychologist Erin Larson’s dreams of a successful career come to a screeching halt when she nearly loses her own life in a boating accident on Puget Sound and then learns that her mother tried to commit suicide. She leaves her job as a criminal psychologist to care for her mother in Montana. At least she is able to produce her podcast, which focuses on solving missing persons cold cases.

Nathan Campbell’s father was investigating such a case when he was shot, and now Nathan needs to enlist Erin’s help to solve the case. She’s good at what she does. The only problem? She’s his ex.

As the two dig deeper, it becomes clear that they, too, are being targeted–and that the answers to their questions are buried deep within the past Erin struggles to explain and longs to forget.

The race is on for the truth in this gripping and complex tale of suspense, intrigue, and murder from USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard.

Here’s the link if you want more info, or you want to buy a copy for yourself – just click here!

What Did I Think?

Deadly Target kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and it was almost impossible to put down! I loved all the plot twists and to be honest, the end was a complete surprise to me (on most mystery/suspense books, I can guess the ending, but this one kept me guessing!!). One of the parts that stood out to me was finding out why Erin did her “Missing Children” podcast. I couldn’t believe that she had been carrying around this super heavy burden (and why she wouldn’t get close to anyone) for so many years! As with all of Elizabeth Goddard’s previous books, the characters were amazing and this is definitely a book I would read over and over and I would recommend it to anyone. I will also say that even though it’s part of a series, it can be read as a standalone as well. Overall, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About The Author

With over one million books sold, Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling, award-winning author of over fifty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies –a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist.

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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 Elizabeth Goddard, Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl – review

Hi Readers, Happy Thursday!

I am thrilled to share with you my thoughts on Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl and I hope that if you read the book, you’ll love it as much as I did. So without further ado, let’s go!

The Bookish Details

Book: Dead Fall

Series: The Quantico Files Book #2

Author: Nancy Mehl

Genre: Christian Mystery and Suspense

Release date: November 2nd 2021

From The Back Cover

He has a deadly endgame in mind–and he’s already chosen each victim . . . including her.

After putting to rest the most personal case of her career, Alex Donovan is ready to move on and focus on her future at the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit. When the BAU cofounder is discovered dead in his hotel room, the FBI is called in to work on the strangest case they’ve ever faced. How do you find a killer who murders his victims from a distance?

When it becomes clear that the killer is targeting agents in Alex’s unit, they are ordered into lockdown, sheltered in the dorms at Quantico. Alex bunks with controversial agent Kaely Quinn, and as they work together, Alex discovers in Kaely the role model she’s never had–despite being warned away.

As Alex questions the type of agent she wants to become, things get personal when the brilliant killer strikes close to home. Now Alex will do anything to find the killer–even at the risk of her own life.

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What Did I Think?

I’ve been waiting to read this book ever since I finished Night Fall (the first book in the series) and I was not disappointed because this one was downright amazing!! It’s the second book in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone; however, I suggest reading Night Fall first because you will understand Alex and Logan more. This book was a bit intense at times and really made you think about what would you do if you were put in such a situation and although there were a few people who were killed, none of their murders were graphically described. A few things that I loved about the book was that we got to see Alex grow in her faith and I loved how her friendship with Kaely helped her to be more confident – both as a person and as a profiler. Oh, did I mention that my favorite character Kaely Quinn from Mind Games, Fire Storm and Dead End (Kaely Quinn, Profiler series) is one of the main characters! I was thrilled to see yet another side of Kaely because normally she is so reckless in her pursuit of justice that she doesn’t care about anyone else; however, in this book she is a part of a team, so she was more responsible and it added another layer to already complex character. Overall, this book was impossible to put down and it’s definitely one of the best Christian suspense books I’ve read this year!! Definitely a must read for anyone who likes a good edge-of-your-seat thriller that has so many twists and turns that it’s almost impossible to guess who the UNSUB (killer) was – I rate it 5 out of 5 stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About The Author

Nancy Mehl ( is the author of more than 40 books and a Christy Award and Carol Award finalist as well as the winner of an ACFW Book of the Year award. Her short story, Chasing Shadows, was in the USA Today bestselling Summer of Suspense anthology. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Would you read this book or does it look too intense? Let me know in the comments below! Have a wonderful week 🙂

Happy Reading!

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

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! 

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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

Did you miss any of the other excerpts? Here are the rest of the stops on this Epic Book Launch!

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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! 

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.

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.