Friday, January 31, 2020

On the Wings of Devotion: A Beautiful Story of Mercy


What better way to start off 2020 then with Roseanna M. White's newest book On the Wings of Devotion. It is the second book in her Codebreaker series. 

Arabella "Ara" Denler is a nurse at Charing Cross Hosptial and has witnessed her share of men whose lives have been forever altered by the Great War. 
She finds herself drawn into observing the man the papers nicknamed "Black Heart" who is better known as Major Philip 'Cam" Camden. She sees how eaten up with guilt he is and that he longs for mercy.

Through circumstances, Ara and Philip's lives become interwoven. They find themselves drawn to one another both by social visits and events out of their control.

Arabella Denler was by far my favorite character in the book. And it's not just because she was the heroine of the story. Oh no....it must more than that. I admired her kindness, compassion for others coupled with her generosity and her passionate love for Christ and her praying and witnessing to others specifically Cam who thinks he "doesn't have a soul." (White, 179).  

I love how Arabella challenges Cam's view of himself and to see himself through the lens of grace. Everyone has a soul and I love how you get to see his character learn this for himself because of Arabella's strength to challenge him and share her love for Christ. Cam was a different hero then what you typically find and I really enjoyed that about this book. 

The cover art for On the Wings of Devotion was mesmerizing. Simply stunning! I loved the muted yellows and greens of her dress and the globe. The cover model had a unique understated beauty about her. While reading the book, I often found myself closing the book and flipping it to the front cover. 

If you have been looking for a book that will take you on a suspenseful journey and keep you guessing, this is the book for you. Happy Reading Adventures! 

~~On the Wings of Devotion was provided to me by author herself and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are mine alone. ~~

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Until the Moutains Fall is a Beautiful Story of Love and Redemption


Until the Mountains Fall is the 3rd book in Connilyn Cossette's Cities of Refuge series. 
If you've read book 2, Shelter of the Most High readers are briefly introduced to Rivkah. Recently, widowed her father has her enter into a levirate marriage with Malaki her husband's older brother. 
Secretly, Malaki has been in love with Rivkah for years and "his heart was surging impatiently against his rib cage" (Cossette, 19) at the thought of marrying her. 

Rivkah doesn't share Malaki's opinion, but rather still sees him as the young boy who teased and cajoled her when she was young. Following her friend to the city outside of Kedesh she doesn't know that this reckless action will cost her own freedom. 
Devested Malachi throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites. 
Will Rivkah and Malaki be able to overcome their pasts to have a future together?

 I have a few confessions to make about Until the Mountains Fall. For me was a slower read and initially, I wasn't even sure that I liked the heroine Rivkah.  There were a couple of moments in the story where I questioned where the author was going with the it, but once I understood the tale resonated with me. However,  by the time I finished the book I was very grateful for this beautiful story of love and redemption. "[They] weathered some damage, but in spite of it all Yahweh brought forth something sweeter than [either] could have ever imagined." (Cossette, 328). 

~~Until the Mountains Fall was provided to me by author herself and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are mine alone. ~~


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Love In The Numbers





I am a big fan of anything about the world wars and that era. So when I had the chance to read and review Roseanna M. White’s new book The Number of Love, I was thrilled!

This book is set three years into the Great War and centers around England’s greatest asset against the war, their intelligence network, which includes field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers working to crack every German telegram.

This is where we meet Margot De Wilde, a codebreaker who spends her days deciphering intercepted messages and loves it. 

Margot De Wilde finds challenge and reward in her work as a cryptolist supporting the Great War. She excels at solving puzzles and cracking codes. A sudden and unexplained loss and for the first time numbers aren't enough, and I loved how her faith is what brought here through this loss & challenge. 

Meeting Drake Elton causes her to experience feelings she's never felt before because she has never liked a boy & experienced how that feels. 

We meet the hero in this book, Drake Elton, after he is wounded in the field very early in the book. Drake is quickly captivated by the mysterious Margot. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but he doesn’t know who she is. He has to work a bit to get to know her name and who she is because they get interrupted during their first meeting. He was instantly connected to her because of her intelligence and deep down he knows she is smarter than he is.

I really enjoyed getting to know Margot in the second book of the Shadows Over England Series (A Song Unheard) where she breaks some needed code and you get a first glimpse at her brilliance.  So I was really excited to read her story.

While I really enjoyed this book & especially the setting for the story, I personally did not connect with Margot and Drake’s loves story as much as I have with so many other of Ms. Whites characters because they were apart for most of the story. For me, I struggled a little that they could fall in love when they had not spent that much time together. While I understood why this was necessary, it made it hard to connect with them as a couple and because of this, the ending felt a little rushed.

Ms. White’s books are always well written, however for me, it did take until halfway through the book to fully get hooked into the story.  But, I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into what being a codebreaker was like during the war, but also how it was being a woman doing this important work during a time when this was mostly a male dominated field.

I absolutely loved how the cover makes sense the more you read the book.  If you love danger and intrigue, then you are going to love this latest book by Ms. White and make sure you take the time to look at the details in the cover, it makes reading it, so much more fun.

~~The Number of Love was provided to me by author herself and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are mine alone. ~~

Sunday, June 30, 2019

More Than Words Can Say Was More Than I Expected




Zacharias "Zach"  Hamilton FINALLY gets his own story in More Than Words Can Say
Readers were first introduced to Zach in More Than Meets the Eye and found themselves swooning over the vigilant, older brother willing to do whatever it took to keep his "patchwork" family intact. 

Now that his adoptive siblings, Seth and Evie, are older and on their own he is finally free to live the life he's always wanted...as a quiet bachelor.

 His freedom is short lived. Enter sweet, dimpled brown-eyed Abigail Kemp. She's the owner of Taste of Heaven bakery. Determined to keep her family's legacy alive she needs a man's name on the deed to keep her business.  She proposes a marriage of convenience to Zach thinking her troubles will be over. "Choosing a husband was much like choosing a good baguette. One looked for a strong outer shell, a tender interior, and most importantly, a tractability of dough to hold whatever shape the baker deemed appropriate." (Witemeyer, 14).

Fans of Ms. Witemeyer's work have been clamoring for Zach's story ever since meeting him in book one of the Patchwork Family series and as usual she does not disappoint. Zach is a man who feels honor-bound to help others, yet is weighed down by his past sins and doesn't see himself worthy of forgiveness. Likewise, a tragic accident in Abby's past haunts her. Will Zach and Abigail be able to move forward and discover the recipe for love? 
More Than Words Can Say has everything readers love about Ms. Witemeyer's stories. It's a faith-filled, heart-melting romance not be missed. 



.~~ More Than Words Can Say was provided to me by the author herself and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write  a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are my own.~~

Friday, May 31, 2019

Charming Rom Com


Move aside Sarah Hollenbeck...there's a new heroine in town....Cadie McCaffrey.  The author that brought you The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck returns with a charming and romantic story Wooing Cadie McCaffrey. If you're a fan of rom com films this story is right up your alley. 
"Cary Grant does not exist in my [Cadie McCaffrey's] Millennial world." (Turner,8).  Enter Will Whitaker. From Cadie and Will's meet cue to their  budding relationship the readers are instantly drawn in. 
After 4 years together, Cadie is confident that Will doesn't love her the way she loves him and she breaks up with him.
Desperate to win Cadie back Will tries everything he can think including re-enacting scenes from her favorite romantic comedies.  What could possibly go wrong? 

Once again Ms. Turner deals with issues that Christian's face in society today.  Clever chapter titles move the story forward and make the reader want to read just one more page and one more chapter until you reached the end of the story. 
When I finished Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, I didn't want it to end and I couldn't stop smiling. You need to add this book to your TBR pile if you love romantic comedies. 





~~ Wooing Cadie McCaffrey was provided to me by the author herself and Revell in return for my honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and the author .I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are my own. ~~




Hits the Sweet Spot



Christy Award Winning author Becky Wade's third installment in her Bradford Sisters Series is a 'sweet' ending to a charming series.
Youngest sister, Britt Bradford, is an adventurous, independent chocolatier owner of Sweet Art who's always looking to fashion the perfect confectionary creations.
Best friend Zander Ford has loved Britt for thirteen years. He's achieved success and fame as an author yet the one thing he wants...he fears he'll never have.
After traveling aboard for a year and a half, Zander has returned to Merryweather due to his uncle's mysterious death.  Britt and Zander work together to shed light on his uncle's unexpected demise and  uncover the truth.
Will they fall for one another before it's too late?

Sweet on You was an utterly captivating and charming romance between two best friends who fall in love. Ms. Wade has been skillfully building Britt and Zander's relationship since the first book True to You where she plants a seed of their mutual affection. 
If you're one of those readers that is adamant about devouring a series in chronological order you'll be delighted to be reunited with Nora, Willow, and Maddie. 

After finishing the 3rd and final book in the series,the enchanting town and characters that Ms.Wade has created will make you want to grab a few delectable chocolates and start the series over again.  If you're looking books that have romance with a dash of mystery you need to add the Bradford Sister's Series to your 'must reads' book list. 







~~ Sweet on You was provided to me by the author herself and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and the author .I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are my own. ~~




Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Champion in All of Us




She's a little bit country...
He's a little bit city...
Opposites attract and sparks fly when Penny Scott and John McCall 
are thrown together against their will...
Or rather, kidnapped.

Abducted at gunpoint by 3 masked men, John and Penny work with each other
 to escape from their captors only to find themselves stuck in the vast wilderness of Nevada.  
Will they be able to allude recapture, discover the reason behind their being held hostage,
 and survive in the wild West? 
Will they both become 'unexpected champions'? 

I enjoyed the unique twist of the "opposites attract" plot line. 
Normally, Ms. Connealy is known for her tough, stubborn, honorable cowboys. 
Her hero, John McCall, was a departure from the majority of her heroes. 
 John or "McCall" as Penny refers to him is a Pinkerton Agent accustomed to living in larger cites 
out East and wearing fancy 3 piece suits.  Penny Scott is also a different heroine than readers are accustomed to expecting from this writer. She is decidedly more rough around the edges, not overly feminine and is more comfortable wearing trousers, boots and a hat. 
 I think because they weren't what I had expected I enjoyed the story more. 
One aspect that kept my interest in the book was the way in which the author has both
 the hero and the heroine learning from one another. 
Penny teaches John wilderness skills, and John in turn shows Penny some tricks at being a 
detective; getting into disguise, playing different people etc. to obtain useful information.  

 I found myself laughing out loud A LOT in The Unexpected Champion
Penny's dry sense of humor and sarcasm tickled my funny bone. 
There were several times she voiced what the reader was thinking
 and this quality made her a memorable character. The Unexpected Champion 3rd and final installment in Ms. Connealy's High Seirra series, and is not to be missed. 


Reading is Adventure,
 Emilee 




~~ The Unexpected Champion was provided to me by the author herself and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and the author .I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are my own. ~~