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#BookReview: High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

27 Jun

High as the Heavens captivated me from beginning to end! Set amid the backdrop of World War I, Kate Breslin thrills readers with a fascinating tale of intrigue and suspense. I loved the intricacies of the plot and the historical details that are cleverly woven through this dramatic story. A sweeping tale of risk and romance, High as the Heavens is not to be missed!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

 

About the book:

In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle’s café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She’s a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.

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#BookReview + #Giveaway: Sword of the Matchmaker by Debbie Lynne Costello

25 Jun

Sword of the Matchmaker is an enchanting tale! Filled with action and adventure, Debbie Lynne Costello captures the medieval times and brings the story of Penelope Beatty and Thomas Godfrey to life. I enjoyed Penelope’s strong, determined personality which contrasts with Sir Thomas’s protective nature and heroism. Their story delighted me, as did reuniting with Lord Royce and Lady Brithwin from Book 1, Sword of Forgiveness. I loved this beautifully written romance and am eager to continue the Winds of Change series!

I received a complimentary copy of this novella. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

 

Thank you for visiting my blog on the Sword of the Matchmaker tour!  There are two more blog stops to look forward to!

June 28 ~ https://cherylbbookblog.wordpress.com/

June 30 ~ http://americanpatriotseries.blogspot.com/

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Debbie Lynne has graciously offered to give away a copy of Sword of the Matchmaker to one Buzzing About Books reader, provided we have at least 10 unique commenters.  (If you have already purchased this book, you can choose another one of Debbie Lynne’s books.)  

Leave a comment or ask Debbie a question to be entered!  The giveaway ends Friday, June 30 at midnight CDT. The winner will be chosen and announced on Saturday , July 1.

WAIT!  THERE ARE MORE WAYS TO BE A WINNER!!

Click here to enter the blog tour giveaway for your chance to win a Kindle Fire, Amazon gift card, and more!  

 

About the author:

Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

Media Links:

Website | The Sword and Spirit blog | Heroes, Heroines, and History blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Google+ | Amazon

 

About the book:

Penelope Beatty made up her mind long ago she would live and die a Scottish warrior not a wife. But when nearly all her clan is killed and she is betrayed, she loathes doing the unthinkable, but must seek the help of an Englishman who owed her father his life.

Thomas Godfrey never married, but when a Scottish warrior lass shows up needing his aid, he finds her both annoying and irresistible. But the last thing he wants is to marry a woman who fights alongside him. If he was going to marry—which he isn’t—it would be to a soft, submissive woman. But when the Lady Brithwin meets the Scottish lass, she’s sure she’s found the perfect match for Thomas and nothing is going to stop her from seeing a summer wedding.

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#BookReview: Stepping on Cheerios | $75 Cash Card #Giveaway

23 Jun

 Filled with wit and wisdom, Betsy Singleton Snyder’s tales of parenthood are ones all moms can relate to. I enjoyed the observations found in Stepping on Cheerios, as Snyder shares her thoughts and experiences of finding God and grace amid everyday living. As she says, “Family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege, but it ain’t no picnic!” Child-rearing is challenging, and it is great to read stories from one who knows and understands both the blessings and misadventures of motherhood.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.  No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.  

 

Join Betsy in celebrating a crazy life of motherhood and her new book by entering to win a $75 Visa cash card!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Stepping on Cheerios
  • A $75 Visa cash card

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 27. The winner will be announced June 28 on Betsy’s blog.

 

About the book:

Independent and self-sufficient, author Betsy Singleton Snyder lived a full and busy life as a pastor, missionary, and wife to a husband who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She had her first child at age 44, then at 47, she found out she was carrying triplets. Suddenly finding herself overwhelmed is an understatement.

Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.

#BookReview: Freedom’s Price by Christine Johnson

19 Jun

Freedom’s Price is a compelling tale! Christine Johnson writes with beautiful imagery, artfully transporting readers from the island of Key West to a Louisiana plantation. Catherine Haynes and Tom Worthington are strong, determined characters, and I delighted in the intrigue and romance of their tumultuous journey. Freedom’s Price is a wonderful addition to the Keys of Promise series, and while each one stands alone, all three novels are a pleasure to read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

 

About the book:

When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her parents and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother’s family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships, but whose real goal in life is to bring to justice the man who stole his father’s ship and caused his untimely death.

When Catherine finally arrives at her family’s plantation, she finds it in disarray and her family absent landowners. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom or beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice. Can they relinquish the dreams that have been holding them captive in order to step forward in faith–even if it costs them everything?

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#BookReview: In His Eyes by Stephenia H. McGee

18 Jun

In His Eyes captivated me from beginning to end! The Civil War era is one of my favorites, so I relished the time period of this novel. Written with imagery and emotion, the historical events woven through the narrative bring Ella’s story to life. Brimming with drama and intrigue, I loved this wonderfully told romance and am eager to read more from Stephenia H. McGee!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

 

About the book:

Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer’s widow in order to have a roof over her head and a home for the child.

Major Westley Remington has dedicated his life to serving his country. The Civil War has divided his family, torn his thoughts of glory, and left him with a wound that may never heal. Westley returns home on medical furlough to settle his father’s estate at Belmont Plantation, only to find his home is being run by a fiery and independent woman—one many believe to be his wife. Now he is faced with a conflict he’s never been trained to fight, and one she has yet to conquer.

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#BookReview: With You Always by Jody Hedlund

17 Jun

With You Always is a beautifully told tale of strength and survival! Jody Hedlund brings history to life in her novels, and I loved the lesser known details she highlights in this story. While familiar with the history of orphan trains, I was not aware of the women who also traveled on the trains seeking employment.

Elise Neumann is an endearing character, and my heart ached for her and her sisters. I delighted in Elise crossing paths with businessman Thornton Quincy, and their unexpected journey stirred my emotions. I loved this compelling story of history and romance and eagerly await the next book in the Orphan Train series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

 

 

About the book:

When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She’s had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children’s Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn’t want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance.

The son of one of New York City’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother’s shadow and is determined to win his father’s challenge. He doesn’t plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

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#BookReview: Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

17 Jun

I thoroughly enjoyed Threads of Suspicion! In this well-crafted procedural, Henderson takes readers straight to the heart of cold case investigations. Brimming with details and descriptions, I found the complexities of cold case files quite fascinating. I enjoyed the dynamic between Evie Blackwell and her task force partner, David Marshal, as they puzzled through the twists and turns of their investigations. In addition to their case work, I also delighted in the glimpses into their personal relationships. Threads of Suspicion is an intriguing and compelling tale that leaves me eager for more Evie Blackwell Cold Case Files!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

 

About the book:

Evie Blackwell’s reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor’s new Missing Persons Task Force. This elite investigative team is launched with plenty of public fanfare. The governor has made this initiative a high priority, so they will have to produce results–and quickly.

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn’t be more different. While Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood to find a missing college student, David searches for a private investigator working for a high-powered client.

With a deep conviction that “justice for all” truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But Evie must also find answers to the questions that lie just beneath the surface in her personal life.

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