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Monday’s Many Mini’s!

12 Brides of summer 2

The 12 Brides of SummerNovella Collection #2 is written by Mary Connealy, Amanda Cabot and Maureen Lang.

About the Book

Love Is Buzzing in the Good Old Summertime! Spend the sunny days of summer relaxing with an ice cold glass of lemonade and revel in the dreams of twelve brides who are a bit surprised by how the men of their dreams come into their lives. Journey to the Old West, stay on the prairie, and visit quaint small towns. . .without leaving the comfort of your own front porch!

Fireworks start to fly as love finds its way into open hearts in Novella Collection #2:

A Bride Rides Herd by Mary Connealy

Matt Reeves arrives at his brother’s ranch to find Betsy Harden alone with the little girls during a cattle drive. Will the ladies be too much to handle when Matt steps in for the missing ranch hand?

The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot

Cattle baron Gideon Carlisle offers to pay for surgery that Naomi Towson’s mother needs, if Naomi will enter a faux courtship with him while his mother is visiting over the fourth of July. It’s a business arrangement, nothing more.

The Summer Harvest Bride by Maureen Lang

Sally Hobson is practically engaged to the mayor’s son when Lukas Daughton and his family come to town to build a gristmill. She can’t deny an unusual feeling growing for Lukas, but is he trustworthy?

My Thoughts

A Bride Rides Herd by Mary Connealy is the first story in the series.

Matt Reeves is traveling to his brother’s ranch when he hears an ear-piercing scream. Spinning his horse around to head back where he heard the scream, he’s expecting to find the worst. Instead, he finds two of his brother’s daughters deliberately catapulting themselves into a fast moving stream.

Warring emotions overcome him as he gathers them up to take them home, only to discover his brother left a seemingly inept young lady as the babysitter.

Mary Connealy mixes a story of delightful mischief and abject fear, with humor and seriousness, creating a charming love story.

The second story is The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot.

Naomi Towson and her mother are struggling to make ends meet, with Naomi working as an assistant in the town’s bakery. When her mother needs a delicate and expensive surgery, Naomi knows that she can’t afford to pay for it. Only her trust in God keeps her from being overwhelmed with despair. So, when Gideon Carlisle, local cattle baron, offers to pay for the surgery in exchange for Naomi pretending to be his fiancée, she jumps at the chance.

Amanda Cabot’s thoughtfully written tale will leave you wondering what your decision may have been in similar circumstances.

Maureen Lang finishes out the trilogy with The Summer Harvest Bride.

Sally Hobson’s family, and even Sally to some extent, is convinced she should marry the Mayor’s son, Willis Polit. However, Sally starts having second thoughts, when Lukas Daughton, along with his brothers and father, ride into town with plans to build the town’s first gristmill. When the mill is sabotaged, Sally comes to the rescue and realizes her true love.

Maureen Lang has written a romantic story with a bit of intrigue, a story you are sure to enjoy.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Wednesday’s WOW!

Lilacs for Juliana

Today we have a great treat!  Miss Juliana Beauchamps has agreed to an interview in honor of our blog hop (details for hop below).

Character Interview with Juliana Beauchamps

By Carrie Fancett Pagels

Juliana, you grew up listening to lumber camp tales not only through the lumberjacks but via your fisherman father. Is that right?

JB: Yes, there’s nothing like a good story, on a cold night. And here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, we have many chilly evenings spent around the fire in summer and around the stove in winter.  Lumberjacks are notorious for their tall tales, and Paul Bon Jean (modern day readers call him Paul Bunyan) was a favorite.

But you have a deep love of poetry. Why is that?

JB: I grew up hearing all manner of prose and poetry in school. One of my favorite teachers instilled in me a love of the emotion behind poetry—whether it be the fear and terror instilled by Edgar Allan Poe or the tender feelings of love evoked by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Speaking of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, she seems to be your favorite. Is she? And why?

JB: I am blushing, because, yes, indeed Elizabeth Barrett Browning is my favorite poet. After my heart was broken, when I was almost left at the altar, her verses (and my Bible) brought me comfort. And, truth be told, I have to admit I didn’t feel the deep love for my former fiancé, not the love she felt for the younger man who would become her husband.

This reminds me that you and Richard “Moose” Christy have an age difference, much like Elizabeth Barrett and Mr. Browning. Has that caused a problem?

JB: I could use a fan! Yes, indeed, I fear Richard may be younger than I thought and perhaps too young for me. I am not clear what our age difference is, or whether it troubles him, but yes, I am concerned.

Yet, he, too, enjoys Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poetry. What do you think about that?

JB: Why I think a man enjoying such deeply affectionate prose must be a much deeper creature than he appears on the surface. Richard is so quiet. Yet his love of poetry helps me understand he does plumb deeper emotional depths than he shows.

Thanks for visiting with me today. I’ve missed spending time with you!!!

JB: Why thank you! I’m enjoying visiting with so many of your friends!

My Thoughts

Lilacs for Juliana is a delightful story, illustrating how, with a lot of thought and love, a potentially major problem can become a mere inconsequential complication.

Carrie Fancett Pagels does a marvelous job portraying two people falling in love when they’re not quite sure if the other reciprocates their feelings. As you read, you are drawn into the story and feel as if each character is your friend. A page-turner and a story you want to give yourself time to read, Lilacs for Juliana will not disappoint!  blo hop for Juliana
Schedule is as follows:












OCT 14

OCT 21

The above blogs are either directly linked to the giveaway if the giveaway is already posted, others just link to blogs(since they haven’t posted their giveaway yet!). Please visit each of them on the corresponding blog hop date!

Also, Giveaway Here:

Leave a comment and email address for a paperback or eBook copy of Lilacs for Juliana by Carrie Fancett Pagels, or any one of the other books in The Christy Lumber Camp Series.

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Carrie Pagels

More information about Carrie Fancett Pagels:

Carrie Fancett Pagels Ph.D. is an award-winning, best-selling, and multi-published Christian historical romance author. Carrie was a psychologist for twenty-five years. Married for twenty-seven years with two children. Carrie resides in Virginia’s Historic Triangle and enjoys reading, traveling and researching. She’s a finalist for the 2014 Maggie Awards for Excellence.


Tuesday’s Tales

Forever Yours

Forever Yours by Andrea Boeshaar, Gina Fields, Joyce Livingston, Kim O’Brien and Kathleen Y’Barbo is a novel about five couples given a second chance at romance.

About the Book

Enjoy the rollercoaster ride five modern couples take on the road that leads them back into a love that was meant to be. The ex-wife reads his work of fiction for an eye-opening revelation. The missing fiancée is returned to her home. A desperate wife gets one last Christmas with her husband before they divorce. The busy housewife wakes up to the drift occurring in her marriage. The low-key mom suddenly encounters her son’s high-profile dad.

My Thoughts

In Castle in the Clouds, the first book, by Andrea Boeshaar, the focus is on Wren and Nancie Nickelson, a recently divorced couple with two children.

Wren has always loved Nancie and wants nothing more than to make her happy. Nancie wants nothing more than to be a career woman and “free” of the oppression of her milquetoast husband. Complicating the situation are their two daughters, Alexa and Laura. Alexa is convinced her mom hates her since she looks like her dad and her mom seems to hate her dad. Laura just appears to float through the entire situation, accepting life as it comes.

Andrea Boeshaar has done a very credible job of showing the suffering, sorrow and difficulty encountered when a couple, especially one with children, separates and then divorces.

Familiar Strangers by Gina Fields is the second book in the series.

Sara Jennings is the single mom of Chloe. However, Sara has a problem-she was viciously attacked and now can’t remember who she really is.

Sara had formed a new life with the help of her friend Evelyn Porter. Sara now has a new job as a house cleaner and lives with her friend, Evelyn. However, a chance viewing of a television show leaves Sara shocked and confused.

Will she find out who she is? Is her whole life about to be turned upside down? In addition, what will happen to her daughter, Chloe?

Gina Fields has done an outstanding job of creating the right mix of reality and fantasy to create a page-turning story.

One Last Christmas by Joyce Livingston focuses on the lives of Sylvia and Randy Benson and their children.

Sylvia happens to see her husband at lunch with a beautiful co-worker at the time Randy told her he was meeting with a client. When she confronts him, he denies having an affair but says he wants a divorce.

Sylvia, reeling from pain and disbelief, asks Randy to give her one last Christmas. Convinced, unlike her husband, that their marriage is not dying a slow death, Sylvia sets out to win Randy back.

Joyce Livingston has portrayed the existence of a long time married couple, the Bensons, in a very true to life way. The story will resonate with many readers.

A Wedding Renewal in Sweetwater, Texas by Kim O’Brien is the fourth book in the Forever Yours Series.

Sylvia Baxter feels her husband, Wilson, has become The Invisible Man. She knows he has to work hard to support her and their boys, but she would really welcome and enjoy a little extra attention.

Sylvia decides, after consulting with her Bible study friends, to become the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman, but will she be able to and will it be enough to save her lackluster marriage?

Kim O’Brien’s portrayal mirrors many married couples. The years become crowded with children, work and the day-to-day routine, squeezing out romance and the idea of happily ever after.

Major League Dad by Kathleen Y’Barbo is the fifth and final story in the anthology.

Mason Walker and Blair Montgomery had divorced. They had planned on meeting one day seven months after the divorce was finalized; however, circumstances intervened and they didn’t meet again for almost ten years.

A chance encounter between Mason and Blair stops them in their tracks. Mason has never forgotten Blair; in fact, he still loves her. Blair has never forgotten Mason, either, but she hasn’t forgiven him for standing her up all those years ago, either. Moreover, where and how does Blair’s son, Sam, fit in?

Kathleen Y’Barbo has written an exceptional story of love, forgiveness and redemption by showing how waiting on the Lord can bring everything into place.

Each story is evocative of real life. People become angry, bitter and disillusioned, then divorce.  Day to day living threatens to erode what was once a strong marriage, and romance falls by the wayside.  And sometimes the unlikely and unexpected happens.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Monday’s Many Mini’s!

I am dedicating the next several Mondays to Novellas. Some will be series and others will be stand-alone. Enjoy!

12 Brides of Summer 1

About the Book

12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #1 is a book written by Susan Page Davis, Michelle Ule and Amy Lillard.

Love Is Buzzing in the Good Old Summertime!  Spend the sunny days of summer relaxing with an ice cold glass of lemonade and revel in the dreams of twelve brides who are a bit surprised by how the men of their dreams come into their lives. Journey to the Old West, stay on the prairie, and visit quaint small town. . without leaving the comfort of your own front porch!

Summer has started and so has new chances for love in Novella Collection #1:

The Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis

Ava Neal hopes moving west will be a new start, then she meets handsome Joe Logan who helps her hide her valuables when the train is robbed. Might their paths cross again?

The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule

After a tornado ravishes her family’s farm, seamstress Sally Martin has to decide which man’s courtship to accept: a banker who wants to loan money to ruined farmers or a teamster who uses his skills, strength and time to help rebuild.

The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard

Grace Sinclair would never dream of leaving her Ozarks, so when Ian McGruer visits for a wedding, she ignores her sudden romantic thoughts. Can Ian make her see the way of love?

My Thoughts

In The Blue Moon Bride, Ava Neal is going on an adventure-A train ride to visit her best friend in Wyoming Territory. She travels unaccompanied, an uncommon thing for a young woman to do in the late 1800’s.

As Ava ventures West, Joe Logan befriends her. Joe, tasked with delivering valuables to a client of his law firm, is on his way to San Francisco. However, the train they are riding on is robbed.

Susan Page Davis does a great job of setting up the story. As you read, you feel the fear during the robbery, Ava’s joy at arriving at her friends and the thrill of the race to catch the thieves. Along the way, you cheer for Ava and Joe as they begin to fall in love.

Will the posse catch the robbers? Will Ava and Joe be able to overcome their distance problems? Will there be a happily ever after?

The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule places us in the life of Sally Martin. Sally has moved to town to work as a seamstress in order to augment her family’s farm income.

Sally, however, has a difficult decision to make. A tornado has destroyed the family farm and two men are vying for her attention. Malcolm McDougal, a local man is steady, dependable, a hard worker and not afraid to get his hands dirty helping the tornado victims. Josiah French, on the other hand, is a wealthy banker, offering loans to those whose homes were damaged and never seems to get dirty.  However, he could offer her and her family a way out of their hard life.

As Sally struggles to reconcile her love with her and her family’s plight, she must also help her little sister to overcome her fears.

Michelle Ule skillfully weaves the difficulties facing Sally into an excellent account, complete with all the anxiety and worry one would expect under similar circumstances.

The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard is about Grace Sinclair, a widowed preacher’s daughter.

Grace has accepted that her lot in life is to stay unmarried in order to assist her father. All her convictions change when her sister gets married and Grace meets Ian McGruer, with whom she falls in love at first sight.

Amy Lillard has written a story very reminiscent of one similar to Grace Livingston Hill romances. In The Wildflower Bride, the young couple meets and immediately falls in love. However, they have seemingly insurmountable obstacles to overcome.

The tale was a little hard for me to get into, as I don’t think someone can fall in love within moments of setting eyes on another, much less have the love reciprocated. Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable, romantic account of two young people.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Friday’s Fiction

I was unaware Saving Grace by Annie Jones is a sequel to another book which really made some of the references harder to understand. For the most part, though, the book could be a standalone book.

My only real complaint, if you will, is Saving Grace really isn’t so much about how Naomi, Rose, Lucy and Gayle save Grace as it is how these four friends each save themselves through God’s grace.

The book styles itself as a book about the reclusive widow Grace Grayson-Wiley, but you find out next to nothing about Grace, until near the end of the book. Her eccentric yearly habit of dressing for the New Bethany Splendor Belle Gala and waiting for her “beau” is described in the first few chapters. Otherwise, the book remains silent about Grace, and the four leading ladies’ lives are examined.

Each of the four ladies have their own real life crises to deal with.  Naomi is an older newlywed adjusting to her blended family.  She discovers shocking and seemingly unwelcome news, making her yearn for her deceased mother.  Rose’s boyfriend is suddenly secretive and petulant. At the same time, her career- minded daughter loses her job and moves back home with no intentions of moving out. Gayle’s husband seems to be withdrawing, and she fears he’s having an affair.  She has no reason to doubt his fidelity but doesn’t want to accept he could have a physical cause for his withdrawal. And Lucy is finally beginning to trust herself around the same time handsome bachelor Dr. Ben Martin moves into town, needing her day care services. His alternating hot and cold pursuit throws all her old insecurities into high gear.

I enjoyed the book despite the fact that Grace’s story gets little mention until solved in the last chapter of the book. The book captures your attention and holds it with the stories of the four “real” leading ladies.

Saving Grace is a sweet Christian story illustrating our need for friends and most of all our need for God’s grace.

I plan to check out the first book and meet my new “friends” again. I also want to check out other books by Annie Jones.

I received this book from Waterbrook-Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

(Reprint from earlier review)

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Monday’s Mention

Lucy Ames

Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter by Darlene Franklin is an historical Christian romance novel.

About the Book

Sharpshooter Lucy Ames’ dreams come true when Major Paulson’s Wild West Show asks her to perform in their summer tour. More than sparks fly when Lucy meets the Major’s son, Gordon. But how can their love survive when Lucy’s path leads her to Europe and Gordon heads to west Texas to teach?

My Thoughts

Lucy Ames is determined to join Major Paulson’s Wild West Show as a female sharpshooter. Even though she has the ability and the charisma to win, she has to overcome numerous obstacles, the largest one being her father’s objections.

As Lucy tours the United States as “Texas Born Annie Oakley”, she becomes more and more familiar with Major Paulson’s son, Gordon, and as a result falls in love with him.  However, things aren’t as wonderful and easy as Lucy imagined. Jealousy rears its ugly head when Lucy receives a promotion over other female cast mates. In addition, Lucy’s heart is tugging her toward a European tour, and Gordon’s is leading him to teach in Texas.

Darlene Franklin aims high and hits the “bull’s-eye” with her novel Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter. The story, modeled after the infamous Wild West shows that were popular in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, incorporates the excitement and thrill of the re-enactments of the “Wild West”.

Ms. Franklin’s written an appealing story with Christian life lessons we can all learn from and one you are sure to enjoy.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Friday’s Fanfare Follow-Up

Lilacs for JulianaGiveaway for Blog Hop Has Started:

To enter for a 6 inch Magenta (Hot Pink) Kindle Fire and cover case, you need to leave a comment (and your email address) on at least SEVEN of the blogs on the indicated date (even if the date has passed). Giveaway will be after the Blog Hop ends on October 21st!

Schedule is as follows:












OCT 14

OCT 21

Also, Giveaway Here:

Leave a comment and email address for a paperback or eBook copy of Lilacs for Juliana by Carrie Fancett Pagels, or any one of the other books in The Christy Lumber Camp Series.

The above blogs are either directly linked to the giveaway if the giveaway is already posted, others just link to blogs(since they haven’t posted their giveaway yet!). Please visit each of them!


Tuesday’s Treat

Return to Shirley Plantation

In honor of the upcoming blog hop, I am posting a revised version of my original story about Carrie Fancett Pages debut novella!

Return to Shirley Plantation by Carrie Fancett Pagels is volume one of Murray Pura’s American Civil War Series.

About the Book

Abducted against his will, Matthew Scott is conscripted into the Confederate army because of his Copperhead father’s political leanings. Injured at Malvern Hill, Matthew is taken by the Union army to Shirley Plantation in Virginia where he is tended by seamstress Angelina Rose, a freed slave. Given an opportunity to leave the South and start a new life for herself, Angelina remained for the sake of her sister’s orphaned twins who are still enslaved. Will Matthew’s return to Shirley Plantation settle a mystery concerning his father’s past? And help Matthew find the family he longs for. 150 years ago the history of America changed forever. Live 1863 through the stories of some of our finest writers – the passion, the romance, the tragedy, and the triumph. Carrie Fancett Pagels. Kathleen Maher. Joy Ross Davis. Sarah Price. Karen Anna Vogel. Patrick E. Craig. Willard Carpenter. Big Daddy Abel. Murray Pura. David Stearman. And many more. The plantations. The Underground Railroad. Chancellorsville. Vicksburg. Gettysburg. Little Round Top. Chickamauga. Chattanooga. Missionary Ridge. The soldiers in the field. The families at home. The nurses in the hospitals. The speeches at Richmond and Washington. The prayers in churches North and South. It’s all here in one of the most dramatic series ever produced. A new story by a different author released every two weeks between April and November of 2013.

My Thoughts

Return to Shirley Plantation is a fast-paced novella interwoven with the intricacies of life, set against the backdrop of the Civil War.

The lives of everyone on the plantation are upended when the Army commandeers the old home grounds for a field hospital, spreading the injured soldiers shoulder to shoulder as far as the eye can see.

Angelina Rose is a freed slave of one-eighth African blood. She disguises herself as a widow in mourning, helping in the home, until she can earn enough money to free her dead sister’s children.

Matthew Scott is the owner of Scott’s Theatrical Troupe. He is abducted by the Confederate Army and forced to serve because of his father’s politics as a Copperhead congressman.

Angelina and Matthew are immediately attracted to each other, but Angelina knows she must guard her heart and secret at all costs.

Carrie Fancett Pagels has penned a fantastic story in her debut novella. As you read, you are captivated by the history and rich details of the Civil War Era along with the Christian theme that resonates throughout the book. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books as they are published.

I received this book from in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Miss Pagels, you can follow her blogs at, Overcoming with God and Colonial Quills!


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