Saturday, September 10, 2016

Into the Wild

Into the WildInto the Wild by Jon Krakauer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. I'm giving it 4.5 stars because I enjoyed reading it and it made me think. I learned a lot. But ugh.
I began reading it because I had heard so much about Chris McCandless being an inspiration to others. Nope- after reading this I don't feel that way towards him at all. His passion and ideas of being one with nature and going "into the wild" I can understand. I'm positive if I hadn't chosen the path I chose in my life, I could have easily chosen one similar to his. If I'd been born 20 years earlier, I would have been hitchhiking to San Francisco with flowers in my hair. So, I agree with his thinking in that money and things are important. I prefer experiences over material gifts. I love nature and the peace I feel when I am in it. I lived in the wilderness for an entire summer when I was 15 at a wilderness survival camp and I have never been able to duplicate how I felt. However, I felt like the way he went about his exploration just ended up hurting others and killing him.
Chris seemed like an arrogant brat who thought he knew more than everyone else. And I don't like to talk bad about people, especially a dead person, but still... He basically held a grudge against his dad for something he did 20 years ago, and was unforgiving and judged his parents cruelly. They seemed like good and involved parents who gave Chris experiences other kids dream about! But I guess having people care and give you life advice was an inconvenience to him. He didn't take ANY advice from people who actually understood what going "into the wild" meant. He didn't take a bigger gun, a compass, an ax, warm boots... He didn't wait until it was warmer. He didn't take a topographical map that could have ultimately saved his life. He would just smile and nod, and then ignore all advice. I think the author hit the nail on the head when he said regarding himself and a near-death adventure, "...like Chris McCandless, I was a raw youth who mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic."
I, too, like to kind of "fly by the seat of my pants" and live and learn, and see what will happens without an air tight plan. But sometimes, a little planning is necessary. Going to live in the wild would be one of those times.
Honestly, if you're looking for inspiration, just read pages 56-58. This is a letter Chris wrote to an 80 year old friend he met on the road. IT was inspiring. He said "...I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future."
AGREE!!! I think you should try to live life to the fullest, have new adventures, don't conform and only live how society expects. I've had that attitude most of my life and I had that attitude as I read this book, because I honestly believe those mantras. But Chris... he had the passion and the drive. I'll give him that. But he left a trail of hurt behind him. The man he wrote the letter to renounced God after learning of his death. His parents were heartbroken and confused. Friends he met along the way were so sad because they tried to help him. I don't think that's what he wanted to do. Even HE realized deep into his "Alaskan Odyssey" that "HAPPINESS IS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED." He was attempting to leave, but couldn't get out because he didn't have a map. :( I'm all for not controlling people, no thought control, government not being in every aspect of our life... but man. A MAP, dude... a map.

**I realize other people got different things from this book and that's cool. Go live your life! (Just take a map...)

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Friday, September 09, 2016

How to Live a Good Life: A Practical Guide to a Life Well Lived by Jonathan Fields

How to Live a Good Life: A Practical Guide to a Life Well Lived
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I actually really, REALLY enjoyed this book for a few different reasons:
1) I like how the author set up the sections into "Good Life buckets." There are many aspects of life that can change your happiness. He addresses these different aspects.
2) The author knows it's not an overnight thing. He has you do things for 30 days to help changed your outlook.
3) The book had amazing quotes. I found myself highlighting inspiration on my Kindle throughout the entire book.
4) There were so many ideas. Some were more simpler than others. Like spending more time outside, for example. This is true! I meditate on my hammock almost daily and it seriously makes a difference. Being with nature has a relaxing and calming affect on your entire being.

This isn't a book to just read through and be done with it. It's more like a "plan". I will be referring back to it often.

*Thank you to the publishers via Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson

The Fall of Lord Drayson
The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson 
Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant? When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience? Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?  

Publication Date: Monday, August 29th
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 Excerpt
 He stared at her incredulously, as though she had escaped Bedlam. “Are you in your right mind, woman?” Lucy leaned forward and planted her palms on his bed so that her eyes were level with his. “My name is Lucy Beresford. I have lived in Askern all my life. I’m the sole daughter of a vicar and a seamstress who lived most happily despite their differences in station. When my father passed away, I came here, to this dower house. So yes, I am in my right mind. It is you who are not.” The earl’s jaw clenched, and Lucy took some pleasure at the sight. Perhaps he would come down off his high horse and show at least a small amount of kindness or respect. “I may not know who I am or where I came from,” he finally said, “but at least I do not feel the need to tell tales.” “Tell tales?” Lucy gaped at him. Was he accusing her of telling untruths? Her, of all people? What untruths? How dare he! Lord Drayson glanced down at his fingers, frowning when he spotted grime under his nails. He began to scrape it out as he spoke. “Claiming to be the daughter of a vicar and seamstress is all very romantic, but it cannot possibly be the truth.” “And why not?” she asked. His gaze returned to hers. “In my experience, the daughter of a vicar would behave with more decorum, would know how to make a palatable broth, and would never allow herself to be alone in a room with a man who is not her relative. If there is one thing I know with absolute certainty, it is that you are no relation of mine.” Lucy’s jaw clenched as she fought to control the rage building inside her. Ever so slowly, she pushed herself up to standing and glared down at the earl. “You are correct in thinking I am no ordinary vicar’s daughter. I do not love unconditionally. I show decorum only when I wish to. And I despise those who care for no one but themselves. But I do not tell tales.” He actually chuckled, but it was more of a scoff than a show of humor. “Did you learn those traits from your father?” “Do not speak of my father.” “I would prefer to speak of myself, but you do not seem to share that preference, so perhaps we should speak of your father instead. Where is he, by the by? I would very much like to meet him.” Lucy’s fingers became fists while her conscience became a battleground between all that was good and evil inside her. It was a short battle, with evil making a quick triumph. Ever so slowly, her body still trembling with anger, she lifted her chin. If he was going to accuse her of telling tales, then tell them she would. “Very well, Collins. If you must know, I am your employer. And though you may not remember me, or this house, or your position in it, or the fact that you are perfectly susceptible to coming off a horse, just like any other human, I still expect some kindness and respect from you.” “What on earth are you talking about? What position?” There was not a hint of hesitation in her voice when she answered. “You are a servant in this house.”

My Review
If you've seen the movie "Overboard," with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, and loved it... then you'll love The Fall of Lord Drayson!! It's based in the regency era. The first time Lucy Beresford meets Lord Drayson, it is when he delivered the bad news that she and her mother will need to move out of the Dower house on his estate he is selling. Lucy is devastated and frustrated by Lord Drayson's haughty manner. When Lord Drayson is injured by a fall from his horse and suffers amnesia, Lucy sees her chance to get back at the arrogant earl. She saves him and then tells him he is her butler/coachman/servant. As he attempts to fulfill his "roles," Lucy begins to find herself to to be the one falling...FOR Lord Drayson. She wants to tell him the truth of who he is, but fears the repercussions. 
This was such a cute story. The characters are fun and the banter is witty. Apparently I was smiling as I read because my husband said, "I guess you're liking your book??" I've read a lot by Rachael Anderson, and I've never been disappointed. I believe this is her first regency era book and she did a wonderful job. I can't wait to read more!


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

No Way Up By Mary Connealy REVIEW


No Way Up by Mary Connealy
Book #1 in the Cimarron Legacy Series

Synopsis
When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately.
Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike.
Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.


My Review
3.5 stars
Chance Boden is desperate to bring his family together. After being severely injured in an avalanche, he informs his 3 adult children that unless the 3 move to the ranch and live there together for a year, than the ranch goes to a cousin they cannot stand. His children come together and attempt to please their father, and save the ranch.
Heath Kincaid is a ranch hand who saved Chance's life in the avalanche, is crushing on Chance's daughter, Sadie, and discovers the avalanche wasn't an accident.
I really enjoyed the novella prequel to this book, The Boden Birthright, but this book fell a little flat for me. Mary Connealy is known for her humor and witty banter in her writing, and I felt like this book lacked it. It focused more around the mystery of who wants Chance Boden dead, with a little romance between Sadie and Heath. I REALLY liked Heath, but Sadie frustrated me.
Overall, it was a good read. The mystery is intriguing. And even though I thought the premise of forcing your adult children to live together was somewhat silly, it was a cute book. I'll be reading the next in the series. :)


* Thank you to Netgalley and Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book. 

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Spy's Revenge RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW


Title: The Spy’s Revenge
Author: Nadine Millard
Series: The Revenge Series
Genre: Regency Romance
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing


HE’S LOST EVERYTHING, BUT WILL HE FIND LOVE AGAIN?


Jonathan Spencer has dedicated his life to working for the crown.
He loves the thrill of the chase, the sense of adventure, the lure of danger.
Most of all, he loves Gabrielle Dumas, the fellow spy who stole his heart.
Jonathan’s life is wonderful…until one fateful night in Paris, a night that brought his whole world crashing down.
Three years later, Jonathan hasn’t recovered from the events of that night.
And now he finds himself in the middle of a mystery that will rock his whole world.
Can Jonathan figure out who is trying to destroy his life, before his last chance of happiness is snatched away?
And will he get the chance to open his heart and love again?



“You told Evie?” he barked. “I knew you would go soft in retirement, Drew, but Christ! Even you must remember that we tend not to chat to our family and friends about what it is we do.”
“I understand you’re under a lot of stress,” Andrew answered casually, flicking a piece of lint from his superfine, “so I will allow that comment about my going soft pass.”
Jonathan snorted, but Andrew continued as though he had made no sound at all.
“And it seems to have escaped your memory that my wife was exposed to what it is we do, or did in my case, when we helped her all those years ago at Spencer Park.”
“Be that as it may, you have no right divulging secrets of the past, my past to my interfering little cousin,” Jonathan snapped.
Andrew looked at him then, fury flashing in his green eyes.
“Be careful, Jonathan,” he muttered quietly.
His quiet, cold ire served to heat Jonathan’s even more. It had always been thus. Andrew’s anger had always presented itself in icy, steely form while Jonathan’s raged with fire and heat.
“Or what?” he snarled in answer.
Jonathan wasn’t sure what was going on with him. He had never spoken to Andrew like this. He’d never really spoken to anyone like this. Unless it had been an enemy of sorts. And Andrew hadn’t really done anything wrong, Jonathan could admit to himself.
The truth was he felt furious, irritated, frustrated and even a little frightened. But it wasn’t Andrew’s fault, and he was well aware of that.
Andrew arched a brow, looking every inch the haughty aristocrat.
Jonathan huffed out a breath and ran a hand through his dark blond hair, mussing it enough to give his poor valet palpitations.
Damn it all.
Andrew must think he should be carted off to Bedlam, and, all things considered, he had no idea where to even start trying to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Gabby.
This day couldn’t possibly get any worse, he decided.
A discreet cough signalled the arrival of yet another person.
Bloody hell. It was like Piccadilly during the Season in here.
“What is it, Jeffries?”
“Captain Lucas Townsend to call,” the butler answered, holding out a silver tray with the captain’s calling card.
Jonathan felt his temper flare once more.
He’d been wrong. The day could get worse, it seemed. And it just had.

I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Spy's Revenge and it DID NOT disappoint. I read it in one day- reading every chance I got. Nadine Millard has easily moved into my top 5 favorite authors list- I've read (& loved!) all her books. The first in this series, Highway Revenge, I fell in love with immediately! I ordered the paperback version to go in my personal library as soon as I finished the Kindle version. The Spy's Revenge was no different. We met Jonathan in the first book. So I was excited to see him again and to read his love story. He is charming, a brave, and totally broken as the book begins. He is just a shell of the man he used to be because 3 years prior he believes he saw his true love, Gabrielle Dumas, die at the hands of a murderer.  Gabrielle is, well, the word "badass" comes to mind. She can hang with the boy spies. Anything they can do, she can do better. ;) I thoroughly enjoyed her character.
I don't want to give anything away. So, I'll just say this: The characters are awesome. You can't help but like them. Nadine does a great job in letting us know what each character is thinking and feeling. She makes clean romantic scenes scald you with the steam. The witty banter and "lust-filled" thoughts of the characters are entertaining.

A few of my favorite lines that made me laugh out loud:
"Even if she could force her mind to forget about him, her heart would forever remember and forever crave his touch. Her heart was an idiot."

"How could her brain work properly when it was too busy urging her to do all sorts of improper things with the man at her side? Her brain, it turned out was a bit of a wanton." 

"Dear Lord, the man could make her combust with just a look, she was sure."
 
I also loved catching up with Andrew and Evelyn, from Highway Revenge. And I am pretty sure there will be a book 3 with Anna and Captain Townsend's story. Overall, I totally loved losing myself in The Spy's Revenge. It was a mystery throughout the book, that I was pretty sure I had solved, but wasn't sure what the whole story was until the end. I will definitely be adding the paperback to my library when it's available!


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Nadine is a writer hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Before writing historical romance, Nadine worked in law and has a degree in legal studies. She now divides her time between raising her three beautiful children, writing and hiding her online shopping addiction from her long suffering husband, Larry.
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Thursday, June 09, 2016

An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter Review

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Summary
 Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl.
With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he's irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.
What Colin doesn't know is that Georgina's desperate social aspirations are driven by the shameful secret she harbors. Association with Colin McCrae is not part of Georgina's plan, but as their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.

My Review
 I'll admit, when I started this book Lady Georgina irritated me to death! I was frustrated with her and I wanted her to end up with a big jerk as her husband. But as the story progressed, and her secret was revealed, you understand her vulnerability and I started to feel sorry for her. She is nothing like she presents herself in society. She is kindhearted, loyal to her friends, and really just unsure of herself and her future.
Colin McCrae- I loved this guy the entire book. He is not part of aristocracy, but he is a successful business man who will never worry about money. He's also honorable, witty, and protective. He also learns Georgina's secret. He knows her weakness and being able to see what he does with this knowledge was awesome.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It did drag in a few parts and may have been a little longer than necessary. However, it was well-written and I loved the overall message. 4 stars
Thank you to Netgalley and Bethany House for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, April 18, 2016

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden





I had the opportunity to review an advanced copy of Elizabeth Camden's new book From This Moment. This was my first book to read by Ms. Camden and I was impressed with her writing and research!

Summary from Goodreads:
Romulus White has tried for years to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. She is the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry.
But Stella abruptly quit the art world and moved to Boston with a single purpose: to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister. Romulus, a man with connections to high society and every important power circle in the city, could be her most valuable ally.
Sparks fly the instant Stella and Romulus join forces, and Romulus soon realizes the strong-willed and charismatic Stella could disrupt his hard-won independence. Can they continue to help each other when their efforts draw the wrong kind of attention from the powers-that-be and put all they've worked for at risk?


My Review:
I wasn't quite sure when I first started the book. It dragged a little and honestly, when I "met" Stella and Romulus I wasn't impressed. However, throughout the book their characters grew on me. Stella was pretty hardcore! She wanted to find what happened to her sister, and she wasn't afraid to keep trying. Her bravery was inspiring. And I liked how even in the toughest situations, she kept her wits about her and figured a way out.  Romulus, besides having a really weird name that kind of annoyed me, just seemed overly concerned about appearances. But he turned out to be very witty and likeable. I also really liked his sister, Evelyn, and her husband Clyde. They were an nice side-story in the novel.
The mystery surrounding Gwendolyn's, Stella's sister, death was really captivating. Even when I thought I had it solved, I didn't know WHY or who all was involved. I liked that. It kept me intrigued and had me guessing until all was revealed. 
Overall, I thought it was well written. It may have been a little longer than necessary, dragging at some parts, but for the most part it was enjoyable. 3.5 stars

Sunday, April 10, 2016

With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry





I love reading novella collections. And honestly, when I saw the authors in this collection I knew it would be great before I even started!! Overall I gave the collection 4 stars and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, historical fiction, CLEAN romantic read!!

The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer

"...Like a glutton, she turned page after furious page, desperate for more..., even as she wished it would never end."
^^^ This is me when I read a Karen Witemeyer book! I loved reading about Daniel from A Worthy Pursuit So fun! Even with a novella, I didn't finish it feeling jipped. She packed a full punch into 89 pages. Loved it!!



Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears

I think the idea of this novella was cuter than the actual execution of it. I liked Harrison, but Charlie irritated me. I'm glad Harrison kind of "put her in her place." This was my least favorite of the novellas in the With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry. But it was still a fun read.

  


Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy

I enjoyed this novella a lot. Mary Connealy is a fun author! I've read several of her books, but as I read this novella I wished I had read more about the Kincaid brides! I felt a little lost with the introduction of characters from other books. But it made me curious and I've updated my "to read" list. I loved the Texas Ranger to the rescue aspect and was happy Carrie wasn't a whiney female. Cute read!



Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings 

Regina Jennings is such a great author. And this was a fun read. I liked Josiah a lot, but Katie Ella bugged me for a chunk of it. But the more you learn, the more you understand why she acted the way she did. Cute, quick read. :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell

I have not read any books by Siri Mitchell, but I have several on my to-read list on Goodreads. So, Flirtation Walk was my first!

Synopsis
Trying to escape the shambles her con-man father has made of their reputation, Lucinda Curtis arrives in West Point, New York, determined to land a husband from the military academy. Campbell Conklin is first in his class and preparing to embark upon a storied career in the U.S. Army. Lucinda thinks Campbell will make the perfect husband . . . as long as he does not find out about her father.

Seth Westcott also has taken a liking to Lucinda. He's kind, smart . . . and working extremely hard to graduate last. Tradition states that the worst cadets are assigned to the cavalry out west. And west is where Seth must head to track the swindler who stole all of Seth's mother's money. Seth is smart enough to vie for the top spot, but life isn't fair and this is his chance to catch the man who ruined his family. It's too bad Campbell is all shine and no substance, but Lucinda will surely see through all of that, won't she?


The Author
Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.
But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a speaker and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.
Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.


My Review
3.5 stars
Lucinda was raised by her con-man father. She knew nothing about him other than the lies he had told her. Now he's died and she has gone to the only family she has left- her mother's family in West Point, NY. The longer she is there, the more she learns about who he father really was. She wants to marry a respectable man. Campbell Conklin seems like the perfect match...maybe.
Seth is a top cadet at West Point. But his sister has been swindled by someone, and is stranded and money-less. Seth needs to help his sister and is desperate. He's also falling for Lucinda...
I honestly had a hard time getting in to this book. I just never felt a connection to the characters. It moved slowly and gave so much detail about things I didn't think were important. So, it dragged at parts and I found myself skimming. I will say that the historical aspect seemed well-researched and I really liked the fact that Seth's decision to stop attending classes and racking up demerits closely resembled the real life choices of Edgar Allen Poe. I really enjoy when history is portrayed correctly and I think Siri Mitchell did a good job with that!
Overall, I think people will enjoy this book. I think maybe it just wasn't a perfect match for me and sometimes that just happens. I was given a free copy of this ebook via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer



Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors. You can see her name listed in my sidebar with a link to her Goodreads profile. I also had the opportunity to meet her last May in Dallas. It was awesome. I love reading her books because I've never been disappointed. I know it will be clean, and fun, and full of romance! I was lucky enough to be able to read a review copy of her newest book, to be released in June this year, No Other Will Do. Before I give my full review, I'll start by telling you- I've already pre-ordered the paperback from Amazon for my personal library. That says a lot!


Emma Chandler is a headstrong, smart, and independent woman who has founded an all-women colony Harper Station, Texas. But her community is under attack by an unknown assailant and she needs help. So she calls the only person she knows she can fully trust - Malachi Shaw.
Emma saved Malachi's life when they were just children. But now he's a grown man, working with explosives on the railroad. When he receives Emma's call for help, he comes with no hesitation. (**When he receives her telegraph, it was seriously one of my favorite parts of the book- how quickly he leaves the help her!!)
I really, really liked the mystery in this book. I was guessing who might be the attacker, who was the spy, etc... up until the truth was revealed. It was fast paced. I also loved the clean romance.  Emma and Malachi fought their affection and attraction for each other from the minute they set eyes on each other again after 10 years. It was entertaining to watch them fight the inevitable.


Just a few of my favorite scenes:
"She glanced up at him, and got her first true glimpse of the man Malachi had become. Oh my. In her excitement to see him, she hadn't actually seen him. If she had, she'd probably still be glued to the porch, clinging to the railing for support."


"Mal grinned triumphantly at the smirking moon. Ha! He could be more comforting than a rock. Wasn't so hard. Just had to imagine she was his horse... Yeah. Should've known that wouldn't work."


"Willing his body to remain still even though every muscle tensed at her approach, he forced himself to continue breathing at a steady rate. In. Out."


Karen Witemeyer has done it once again. The characters are likeable. The romance is endearing. The community of Harper Station is sweet. And Karen's writing is inspirational. Well done.




*I was given a copy to review by Bethany House via Netgalley. Thank you!