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The Calico and Cowboys Romance Collection: 8 Novellas from the Old West Celebrate the Lighthearted Side of Love by Mary Connealy

About the Book

Love sneaks up on eight couples in the Old West.

The Old West comes to life under the talented pen of bestselling author Mary Connealy. Enjoy a lighthearted ride alongside seven historical and one contemporary cowboys and the women who tame their hearts.

The Advent Bride

Melanie Douglas is alone on the Nebraska plains, teaching school to get by. She finds a unique box with hidden drawers to use over the advent season to engage a young boy in his schooling. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a positive change in his son, he has to see for himself what this new teacher is doing.

A Bride Rides Herd

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?

His Surprise Family

A lonely young rancher orders a mail-order bride and after the vows are spoken, she “surprises” him with her three little brothers. No amount of apologies Meghan McCray gives are going to make Silas Harden, Jr. believe a word she says. Should Silas just build himself another house and let his mail-order family take over the one he’s got?

Homestead on the Range

Widow Elle Winter meets new homesteader Colin Samuelson on the Nebraska prairie, but the attraction between them is soon dampened by the discovery that they have seven children between them. Soon their children are working against them to bring the two families together.

Sophie’s Other Daughter

Dr. Ike Reeves comes home to visit his family only to bring trouble in the form of outlaws who believe he witnessed their latest crime. When the gang traps Ike and his old nemesis, Lauren McClellen, in a cave, they must work together to outsmart the thugs. But will their time together put them in a compromising situation that will threaten both of their good reputations?

The Sweetwater Bride

Debba McClain takes offense at being offered a wedding in exchange for valuable water rights. But she doesn’t like to see a good man’s cattle die of thirst–and the rancher Tanner Harden is rather handsome.

Texas Tea

Luke Reeves has gotten wealthy in the oil business and goes to visit his uncle to convince him to sign over the oil rights to his land. But when he meets his grown up adopted cousin Libby Cooper, he may be forced to give up one dream to win another.

Hope for Christmas

It might be 2016, but Montana is still a mighty rough place to survive the winter. When Silas Harden finds the very pregnant Kelsey Black in a wrecked car surrounded by a pack of wolves in the heart of a blizzard he takes her to his remote home. What will Silas do when the baby decides to come and Kelsey confesses why she was out in such a terrible storm?

First, I have to express my delight at the cover. I can just imagine cowboy brides in cowboy boots, especially if they are in Texas.

With eight wonderful tales, Mary Connealy takes us on a journey through the Old West, from the Nebraska grasslands and plains to Montana and Texas, from the 1800s to the 2000s. Some of the stories are linked through family, but they are not all in chronological sequence and occasionally reveal another plot. Just a word of caution: double-check the dates at the beginning of each novella.

I enjoyed the diversity of the scenarios, as well as how several of them had a Christmas theme. I also appreciated how Biblical themes were presented without overwhelming readers with heavy-handed preaching.

In her plots, Connealy’s clever, witty humor shines through, as does her historical knowledge. The characters in each short story are engaging to get to know, and you won’t want to leave them when the book ends.

The Calico and Cowboys Romance Collection is another compilation of short stories that will keep your attention until the end. They’re also enjoyable, entertaining, clean and wholesome. The book will fascinate and engage you as you read it. It’s a terrific pastime if you have a period of time to read. You will want to absorb, think about and delight in each novella.

I received an e-copy from NetGalley. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

Courting Calamity: 4 Historical Stories by Amanda Barratt, Gabrielle Meyer, Jennifer Uhlarik and Kathleen Y’Barbo

About the Book

Heroes Needed for Four Damsels in Distress

Despite determination to be strong and independent, four women of bygone days are in need of a hero.

Lady and the Tramps by Jennifer

Uhlarik, California, 1874
When outlaws steal a deed from Mattie Welling, her dreams for her eight orphan charges from New York City are dashed. Can Wells Fargo detective Jake Hickens be trusted to pick up the pieces?

The Secondhand Bride of Polecat Creek by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Texas, 1890
When Zeke Wyatt returns home to Polecat Creek intent on making good on his promise to marry his childhood sweetheart, he finds she’s run off in his absence, leaving her kid sister to care for her aging parents and the mercantile. Can Zeke finally settle down, or will he leave another sister with a broken heart?

The Bride of Basswood Hill by Gabrielle Meyer

Minnesota, 1900
When wealthy lumber baron, Charles Alexander, unexpectedly finds himself married to an Italian immigrant, Sofia Bellini, he must do all he can to protect her from the society she’s ill-prepared to navigate. But when he falls in love with his pretty bride, he will have to make a difficult choice: will he go through with the annulment they had planned?

Echoes of the Heart by Amanda Barratt

New York City, 1909
Irish immigrant Aileen O’Connor is willing to work to make a life in America. But even the land of opportunity is paved with hardship, as she discovers firsthand the injustices faced by factory workers. When she meets Lorenzo Favero at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, her heart is stirred by the kindness he shows her. When tragedy engulfs the city, will their newfound love survive the flames?

In Courting Calamity, four authors collaborate on a collection of tales. Except for the fourth story, Echoes of the Heart, each of the stories is satisfying and engaging. The stories are short but well-written and can be read quickly. As a result, when a few hours are available, a person can curl up with a cup of coffee or tea and a blanket and read one or more of the novellas.

The stories are set among different cities and timeframes, allowing for diverse and distinct tales. Each deals with an obstacle to be overcome, a woman who needs or appreciates the support of a man and an adversity to face. The main characters have faith in God and rely on Him for guidance.

I enjoyed each of the stories. However, Echoes of the Heart is an exceedingly difficult, horrific book to read. The subject matter is especially important, dealing with workplace and environmental safety. I had an extremely challenging time reading it. Its depiction of a fire at a shirtwaist factory is graphic and horrifying.

The other three stories, Lady and the Tramps, The Secondhand Bride of Polecat Creekand The Bride of Basswood Hill are less melancholy and more enjoyable.

I received this book from NetGalley. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

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The fourth novella may be triggering for some individuals due to its graphic and horrifying depictions.

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My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas: Madeline’s Search by Kathleen Y’Barbo

About the Book

Journey now to Galveston, Texas, of 1880…
Where is Mrs. Smith’s granddaughter?  Who is the mysterious Mrs. Smith?

Pinkerton agent Jonah Cahill is hired by the mysterious widow to find her lost granddaughter, rumored to be living in Galveston, Texas. Though Jonah prefers to travel alone, Mrs. Smith insists that she and her companion accompany him. Madeline Latour, investigative reporter, has been acting as Mrs. Smith’s assistant for several months, and Madeline will not allow anyone—even a Pinkerton agent—to ruin the story of a lifetime. The pair forges an uneasy truce as the investigation grows dangerous.

Is there a bigger story beyond a missing girl to be revealed?

Kathleen Y’Barbo’s My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas, piqued my interest for several reasons. The gorgeous blue garment was the first thing I noticed even before reading the title—such a cool, calming color. The second reason was Texas, mentioned in the title. Texas is a state that I have high regard for and miss. I wasn’t born in Texas, but I spent most of my childhood there, and I still miss it.

Y’barbo’s book is chock-full of suspense, mystery and secrecy, creating a spellbinding, page-turning journey. There’s a Pinkerton agent forced to allow an investigative reporter, the companion to his client, to go with him. Before being able to unravel the mystery for the client, Mrs. Smith, the agent, Jonah Cahill, and the reporter, Madeline LaTour, face multiple challenges.

Bible verses intersperse the story as this intrepid group trusts God for encouragement and protection as they search for the truth.

I’m always enthralled by history, especially that of Texas. There were numerous fascinating elements of the history of Galveston, along with interesting facts Y’Barbo included at the end of the book.

A word of caution, however: some portions of the book’s subject matter could be triggering for victims of crime.

I received this book from NetGalley. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

Preacher on the Run by Jayna Baas: Blog Tour

About the Book

Title: Preacher on the Run (A Novel of the Regulator Uprising)

Series: For Liberty & Conscience #1

Genre: Christian historical fiction

Length (physical copy): 326 pages

Publication date: April 12, 2020

STANDING FOR TRUTH COULD COST HIM HIS FREEDOM.

It’s 1771, and Robert Boothe has spent the last four years leading the tyrant-hating Regulators against North Carolina’s corrupt British government. All he wants is a safe place for his little Baptist church to live and worship God. But the established church wants him to shut up. The governor wants him dead. 

FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM COULD COST HIM HIS LIFE.

Being an unlicensed dissenter preacher has already made Robert a target. Then Colonel Charles Drake comes to town with one ambition: winning the governor’s favor, no matter what it takes. And Robert Boothe just might be his last chance.

YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE.

For fans of historical fiction, Jayna Baas’ novel, Preacher on the Run, is a must-read. The story is written with a strong feeling of patriotism and a passion for history, making it a fascinating and moving story. Plus, unlike many books of historical fiction, there is minimal romance except between the main character, Robert Boothe, and his wife, Magdalen.

I watched as the events unfolded with bated breath. Baas’ historical scenario of the North Carolina Regulators and the persecution, hostility and bounties they faced were presented in such a way that I felt like I was there with them. As each character came to life on the pages, I could feel their faith, terror, optimism or depression, along with their need to protect and be protected. Everyone seemed so real; some I admired and respected, while others I despised.

Thrills, excitement and tension abound, and I found myself reading as quickly as possible so I could see what happened, yet still wanting to relish the sequence of events. Preacher on the Run gives you the feeling of being so engrossed in a film that you don’t want it to stop. I’m very much looking forward to future books in the series.

I received this book from the author. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

(Some storylines may be triggering)

About Author

Jayna Baas (pronounced as in “baa, baa, black sheep”) lives in northern Michigan with a great family of real people and the family of pretend people who live in her head. (Yes, she does know her characters are not real. No, she does not want you to tell them she said so.) Notorious for work­ing on several projects at once and writing her series in the wrong order, she believes German writer Thomas Mann was cor­rect in saying, “A writer is some­­one for whom writing is more difficult than for other people.” She enjoys writing and reading in a wide range of genres, but her favorite story is this: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Buy Links

Paperback (direct from author): https://www.booksbyjayna.com/bookstore

Kindle eBook (on sale during tour): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0872FQL8G

Giveaway

Time: 12:00 AM September 13 – 12:00 AM September 25

Prize: One signed paperback copy of Preacher on the Run, one bookmark with a Bible verse and cover artwork, and eight assorted photography notecards. All entrants will receive a promo code for Jayna Baas’s online bookstore.

Notes: Open to US residents 18 and up or with parental consent. No purchase necessary.

Rafflecopter link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/25c877fd4/?

More Author Links

Website: https://www.booksbyjayna.com/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC14TaaJzTh23lKyhcZ-f01w

Book trailer: https://www.youtu.be/mGbr9x2sCyU

Goodreads book page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54654303-preacher-on-the-run

Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20530182.Jayna_Baas

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0872HCZ2V

Newsletter signup: https://www.subscribepage.com/booksbyjayna

Blog Tour Schedule

September 13–24, 2021

Sept 13: Blog tour kickoff @ Books by Jayna (https://www.booksbyjayna.com/blog)

Book spotlight, behind-the-scenes post

Sept 14: Kristina Hall (https://kristinahallauthor.wordpress.com)

Book review, author interview

Sept 15: Jenny Knipfer—Author (https://jennyknipfer.com/blog/)

Book spotlight, excerpt

Sept 16: Vanessa Hall—Author of Christian Fiction (https://vanessahallauthor.wordpress.com/)

Book review, character interview

Sept 17: Captive Dreams Window (https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/)

Book review

Sept 20: Southern Gal Loves to Read (http://southerngallovestoread.blogspot.com)

Book review

Sept 21: Amanda Tero—Blog (http://amandatero.com/blog)

Book spotlight, guest post

Sept 22: Connie’s History Classroom (https://connieshistoryclassroom.blogspot.com)

Book review

Of Blades and Thorns (https://www.graceajohnson.com/blog)

Author interview

Sept 23: Britt Reads Fiction (https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.com)

Book review

Sept 24: Reading Excursions (https://readingexcursions.blogspot.com)

Book review, spotlight, excerpt

Tour Wrap-Up

Sept 25: Giveaway winner announced in Rafflecopter widget and on Books by Jayna (https://www.booksbyjayna.com/blog)

Skullduggery by Caryl McAdoo on Tour with Celebrate Lit

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About the Book

Book:  Skullduggery

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Christian Historical Mystery

Release date: July 15, 2021

Skullduggery, Small

A friend loveth at all times, but a brother is for adversity.

In a decrepit shack on a piece of river bottom property Henry Buckmeyer bought, he finds a human skull with a hatchet embedded in it. Much to Charity Lowell’s delight, her husband  Morgan agrees to co-author a mystery based on the find with dime novelist, May Meriwether, Henty’s wife! After digging into county records and interviewing  locals, plenty of facts are discovered and blanks filled in. A story takes shape, but is the novelists’ narrative what truly happened? It’s hard for Charity not to get in the big middle of the investigation. After two decades, will they be able to learn who the skull belonged to and who left the hatchet behind?

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Caryl McAdoo never fails to write interesting fiction books, primarily about Texas, and her newest book continues the trend.

Skullduggery, the second book in the Cross Timbers Mystery Series, opens in Dallas, where the Lowell’s decide to pair up with the Buckmeyer’s to solve a murder mystery and create a book about it.

The story is intriguing with its novel within a novel concept, which allows for including more dialogue and speculation into the narrative.

I especially enjoyed some of the character names, such as Sunny Day and Windy Morn, perfectly fascinating names for a fascinating story.

There is plenty of mystery in this whodunnit thriller. It will keep you in suspense and anticipation as the multiple layers of secrecy and scheming introduced keeps you guessing until the end.

The story held my interest throughout. I had a small problem with triggering, due to the subject matter, because of PTSD.  However, I still think highly of the book.

Even though Skullduggery is the second book in the series, it works well as a stand-alone.

I received this book from Celebrate Lit. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

About the Author

March 2021

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—fifty-nine published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her—listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and twenty-one grandsugars (three greats), Caryl and Ron (her high-school-sweetheart-husband of fifty-plus years) live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

At the end of DUPLICITY At The Lowell House, book one in my new Cross Timbers Mystery series, Henry Buckmeyer travels from Red River County to Dallas to serve as a character witness in the big murder trial.

At a supper with friends in that book, he mentions he and Levi Baylor found a human skull with an ax still embedded in it inside a falling-down shack on some timberland property they bought together.

What starts out as an off-handed comment—merely mentioned for interesting conversation—turns into a great way to unite four of my all-time favorite characters together again for SKULLDUGGERY In The Sulphur River Bottoms!

Charity Lowell (Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga, book four and DUPLICITY) pulls out all the stops to persuade her husband, salivating to investigate and discover whose skull it is and who left the hatchet behind!

She’s got to talk him into first, solving the mystery and second, writing another novel about it! If only she can convince him to collaborate with May Meriwether, Henry’s famous dime novelist wife, things will be perfect! Just imagine!

Poor Morgan. Strong as he is, he cannot tell her no. He never could. So, with an invitation from the Buckmeyers, as much as he hates leaving home and his own bed, he agrees.

My favorite part is having Henry alive again! SKULLDUGGERY is set in 1866, so he’s still got almost twenty years to live!

—It so hurt my heart in COVERING LOVE (book eight in the “Texas Romance Family Saga”) when the patriarch passes to his reward in 1885. I wept while writing his demise then couldn’t get through reading those chapters at our writers’ workshop without crying—

So being able to resurrect his character in the Cross Timbers Mystery DUPLICITY made me so happy! SKULLDUGGERY became the perfect vehicle for me to be joyful again! Plus, I adore joining the characters from both my family sagas into a new story!

I was right up in Morgan’s face with Charity trying to talk him into going to Clarksville and staying a few weeks to investigate and write that book! Yes, he agreed, but he tells her in no uncertain terms, that’s the last one!

Ah ha ha ha ha! Yeah, right, Mister Lowell!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 28

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 29

Mary Hake, August 29

Texas Book-aholic, August 30

Inklings and notions, August 31

For Him and My Family, September 1

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 2

Connie’s History Classroom, September 3

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 5

deb’s Book Review, September 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 7

lakesidelivingsite, September 8

Pause for Tales, September 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 9

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1161e/skullduggery-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Debutante’s Secret (The Quilting Circle Book 4) by Mary Davis

About the Book

Will Geneviève open her heart to a love she never imagined?

Washington State 1894

Geneviève Marseille, a French socialite, has only one purpose in coming to Kamola—stopping her brother from digging up the past. She has reluctantly journeyed alone to the quaint college town in central Washington State. Kamola is so different from her beloved Paris that she is tempted to abort her mission, but the kindness of a handsome deputy tempers her desire to flee.

Deputy Montana has lived a simple life. But when a fancy French lady steps off the train and into his arms, his modest existence might not be enough anymore. Even though he’s warned he can have no future with Miss Marseille because her grandparents would never accept him, he is drawn to her at every turn. Can he make himself worthy of her?

Mystery surrounds Aunt Henny. She is aunt to all but related to no one in Kamola. When a nemesis from her past arrives, she must decide whether to flee as she’d done all those years ago or, stand her ground in the town she’s made her home and risk going to jail.

When secrets come out, will the lives of Geneviève, Montana, and Aunt Henny ever be the same?

Genevieve Marseille, pampered and spoiled granddaughter of Madame and Monsieur Marseille, her Grand-mére and Grand-pére, escaped Boston to follow her brother and thwart his quest.

However, Genevieve was NOT prepared for the wildness of Kamola, Washington. After all, she was a French socialite currently living in Boston.

Deputy Montana is fascinated by the needy, vulnerable socialite who knows almost nothing about life and society, even though she has traveled the world.

The Debutante’s Secret, by Mary Davis, is a compelling and intriguing story. Threads of the other three books in The Quilting Circle series are sewn all through the course of this novel. Mystery, deception, scheming and duplicity run rampant while faith, trust and forgiveness are interspersed throughout.

One plotline alluded to and introduced in the other three books is gathered together with a shocking and sad reveal.

Because of this, I feel it is necessary to read the other three books first.

Mary Davis has authored a gripping tale with an impervious man and timorous woman who learn to be sensitive and strong for each other. There are some characters you will love and some you will despise, but the story is sure to hold your attention.   

This book was provided courtesy of Mountain Brook Ink through Interviews & Reviews, all opinions are my own.

The Preacher’s Unexpected Bride: Prairie Brides (Walton Valley Book 2) by Catherine Kennedy

About the Book

She’s unmarried and pregnant, he’s the preacher who’s building his cabin right next door to her! Can Hannah & Luke make peace with their differences to find their happy ever after?

Hannah Fairchild ran away from her abusive guardians with her sister. Together they’ve settled in a fledgling community in the middle of the Kansas prairie. The isolation suited Hannah just fine…until a preacher moved in next door.

Being a preacher isn’t just a vocation to Luke Johnson–it’s who he is. He’s determined to restore Hannah’s faith…if only he could persuade her not to walk off every time she sees him!

When circumstances contrive to throw them together, can Luke heal the pain of Hannah’s past and claim the heart of His Unexpected Bride?

The Preacher’s Unexpected Bride: Prairie Brides is the second romance in the Walton Valley Series, by Catherine Kennedy. The book could be read as a stand-alone, though reading the first book and understanding the backstory enhances the novellas. (See my review of Wagon Train Wife)

Catherine Kennedy continues her series with Hannah Fairchild’s saga.

Hannah finds herself pregnant and unmarried through no fault of her own. Her sister, Eliza, and her sister’s husband, Thomas, help Hannah begin a new life in a new city. Things are going well until, one day, a preacher stakes out the land next door to where Hannah and her sister live. Hannah’s worst nightmare has come true-she wants nothing to do with God, and a preacher is all about God.

Filled with unexpected events, Kennedy’s second tale will keep you guessing about what happens next.

The only thing I considered amiss in the narrative was the seemingly quick wrap-up toward the end. However, it doesn’t take away from the storyline.

I am looking forward to reading Kennedy’s next book in the series, due out in November. I enjoy the stories and catching up with old friends.

I received The Preacher’s Unexpected Bride: Prairie Brides from Book Sirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

To Write a Wrong (The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency Book #2) by Jen Turano

About the Book

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Miss Daphne Beekman is a mystery writer by day, inquiry agent by night. Known for her ability to puzzle out plots, she prefers working behind the scenes for the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, staying well away from danger. However, Daphne soon finds herself in the thick of an attempted murder case she’s determined to solve.

Mr. Herman Henderson is also a mystery writer, but unlike the dashing heroes he pens, he lives a quiet life, determined to avoid the fate of his adventurous parents, who perished on an expedition when he was a child. But when he experiences numerous attempts on his life, he seeks out the services of the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency to uncover the culprit. All too soon, Herman finds himself stepping out of the safe haven of his world and into an adventure he never imagined.

As the list of suspects grows and sinister plots are directed Daphne’s way as well, Herman and Daphne must determine who they can trust and if they can risk the greatest adventure of all: love.

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I just have to say, I love Jen Turano’s books. Her mastery and aptitude with words, her knack for combining lots of laughter with intrigue and her skill for seamlessly interconnecting faith and the characters’ lives is a true gift. I try to always be on a list for her newest books.

Daphne Beekman, an inquiry agent and mystery writer, tries to stay out of the spotlight.  One evening when she goes by the office after hours, Daphne is startled when Herman Henderson, fellow mystery writer, shows up.

Dressed as a pirate, Daphne had planned to run by the office, which was only a few blocks from her home. Daphne hoped to garner ideas for her pirate tale. Herman wonders if he wants to retain the services of an agency which has a pressed paperboard cutlass-wielding pirate to unravel his problem.

So begins the delightfully, and sometimes harrowingly, adventurous tale of the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency’s endeavors to solve the attempts on poor Herman Henderson’s life. Daphne’s escapades supply comic relief as well as clues to the mystery.

Several other characters in the story range from kind and genteel to horrific and deranged. The story of the latter’s character and his inexcusable behavior, along with its disclosure, may be difficult for some readers.

To Write a Wrong is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. However, to really enjoy the story, I recommend reading the first book in the series, too. My review of the first book in series, https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2020/11/27/to-steal-a-heart-by-jen-turano-on-tour-with-celebrate-lit-with-giveaway/.

I received this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

About Book

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and “take care of Mama” by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.

Langdon Rochester’s parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents’s command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women’s Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life–even with so little to offer?

A Silken Thread, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, set around the 1895 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta, is an unusually complex story, touching on heavy topics. Two of the topics that Sawyer addresses are class distinction and racism. They richly illustrate what the author said in her forward-that she wanted to show injustices and unfairness of treatment to fellow man based on a different appearance. She covers the issues in a thoughtful, respectful, perceptive and insightful way.

Interwoven throughout the book is love of family, faith and hope. Sawyer uses vivid examples to show how family is important, even at the cost of one’s goals and dreams, and how selfishness can harm.

A Silken Thread is not a book to take lightly, nor read in just a few hours. Though a romance at heart, there is a lot of meaty substance to digest and absorb during and long after reading the story.

I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Press through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

The Proposal by Tanya Eavenson

About the Book

Book:  The Proposal

Author: Tanya Eavenson

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: June 15, 2021

Oklahoma 1891

When the sheriff’s daughter goes into hiding from her father’s killer, her
life isn’t the only thing in danger.

Jessica Thomson is fleeing the man who killed her father. But her
stagecoach is robbed, and when the stranger who rescues her declares she
will be his wife, she does the only thing she knows to do—shove her revolver
in his back. Never would she have expected he wore a star on his chest. Too
bad she vowed never to love another lawman.

As sheriff, Blake McKenny prides himself on protecting his town’s people
from danger, but his efforts didn’t include a headstrong woman bent on
putting herself in harm’s way. When outlaws threaten his town and put
Jessica’s life in danger, Blake’s failure to save his late wife haunts him.

Can Jessica and Blake forgive themselves for the past and protect each
other—even if that costs them their hearts in the process?

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My Review

Little did Blake McKenney know Jessica Thomson wasn’t your typical damsel in distress when he tried to rescue her from stagecoach robbers. Neither realizes the journey this will put them on nor the secrets the other holds that will waylay their plans.

Tanya Eavenson’s second book, The Proposal, from The All Roads Lead to Texas Series, is a historical romance novel located in Texas during the 1890s when stagecoach robberies were common.

The budding love story is set in motion with the two unlikely heroes at a loss as to how to overcome all their secrets.

Jessica craves love and acceptance, including safety. However, danger always seems to follow her. She can’t risk another person’s life as she did with her father’s.

The story of Jessica and Blake’s burgeoning romance had just the right amount of pathos and hope based on a deep faith.

I enjoyed reading about early Texas as I spent many of my childhood years in Texas and remember learning of how the stagecoach connected the cities and people.

The Proposal is book 2 in the series, but it works well as a stand-alone.

I received The Proposal from Celebrate Lit and am leaving a voluntary review.

About the Author

Tanya Eavenson is an award-winning Christian romance novelist. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. You can find her at her website http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/

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Fiction to Reality

Ever had those moments when you’re reading a novel and it’s as if the author wrote the story line, the characters, or included verses just for you? When your world turns from fiction to reality with the flip of a page?

At the beginning of December in 2014, I took a novel from my bookshelf, snuggled on the couch with a blanket, and began to read. The title of the novel is called The Rancher’s Reunion by Tina Radcliffe. The hero in the story is Will, and he has a hereditary disease that caused him to fear, not only his future, but in trusting God. And that’s when God used this story to speak to me.

“I’m scared, Annie.”

“I know, Will. I know.” She blinked back the moisture pricking her eyes.

“No, Annie. I don’t think you do. I’m not just scared. I’m terrified.”

And I understood Will’s fear. Weeks prior to reading this novel, my doctor told me I have cancer. It’s a single word that can change the course of your life, emotionally, physically, but not only yours, others around you. And though I knew God’s presence would be with me no matter what the future held, my desire to write or edit anything had vanished. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I wanted to write anymore with my future so uncertain. I wasn’t just scared, but terrified my time with my family would be shortened.

But as I continued to read Will’s story, God’s whispered words, Do not be afraid of things you cannot control, pray, and continue your call to write, took hold and draped around my heart.

I knew at that moment this book was meant to be read at this appointed time. That God was leading me to give Him every single fear, open my laptop, and begin to write again.

During the time I’d stopped writing, I was in the middle of two stories, a contemporary romance, and The Rescue, the first story in the All Roads Lead to Texas series. It took some months before I returned to writing, but I had to give my fears to God the only way I could. Like Will and Annie’s story, day by day. Moment by moment.

In my new novel, The Proposal, the second story in the All Roads Lead to Texas series, Jessica Thompson understands fear and must learn how to give it to God. She has her father’s killer on her trail and the only means for escape is to run, but she never counted on the sheriff of Graham, Texas, to get in her way.

Have you ever had a time in your life where fear caught you so unexpectedly that you didn’t know what to do next? Perhaps you didn’t know where to turn? Maybe couldn’t pray?

I’m here to tell you it’s okay. God knows how you feel, good or bad, it doesn’t change His love for you. Just remember, He’s with you, by your side through it all. He will never leave you.

Blog Stops

Rebecca Tews, June 18

Genesis 5020, June 18

Lighthouse Academy, June 19 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

deb’s Book Review, June 20

Labor Not in Vain, June 20

For Him and My Family, June 21

Inklings and notions, June 22

Cats in the Cradle Blog, June 22

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess , June 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 25

Connie’s History Classroom, June 26

Kayem Reads, June 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 27

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 28

Texas Book-aholic, June 29

Mary Hake, June 29

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 1

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Tanya is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and eBook 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10db1/the-proposal-celebration-tour-giveaway