Honeysuckle Dreams (A Blue Ridge Romance) by Denise Hunter

My Review

Denise Hunter has written a marriage of convenience story that is not as predictable as most stories like this are. Honeysuckle Dreams deals with multiple issues faced by a widowed single father of a pre-toddler. Premarital sex, pregnancy and revenge-seeking ex-in-laws complicate life with the baby caught in the middle.

I enjoyed reading Honeysuckle Dreams. I like books that deal with true to life events and have a more inspirational, uplifting message. Though this is a romance with an HEA (Happily Ever After), the story is more realistic. It is this aspect that draws me to Denise Hunter’s books. She doesn’t use sensational, coarse details, yet she manages to get the ideas across.

Hunter’s characters have you rooting for the good guys and hissing and booing at the bad guys. Her individuals’ lives and stories touch you deeply, leaving you thinking of them after you have set the book down.

Honeysuckle Dreams is a great book highlighting love, forgiveness, second chances, compassion and reconciliation.

Although this isn’t the first book in the Blue Ridge Romance series, it can very easily be read as a stand-alone book.

I received this book from The Fiction Guild sponsored by Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.

Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance.

Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.

As Brady and Hope make sacrifices to help each other in their times of need, they risk uncovering a truth neither of them expects to find.

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Out of Their Element: Four Full-Length Novels by Robin Lee Hatcher, Angela Breidenbach, Vickie McDonough and Deborah Raney

My Review

The Out of Their Element Collection is written by four of my favorite authors. Each novel highlights a couple where one or both are “out of their element.”

Each story features realistic and relatable scenarios, and can I just say, it’s nigh on impossible to pick a favorite. They are all outstanding, and I had a hard time putting the book down to sleep or do normal day to day activities. However, with four full-length novels, even though I read rapidly, I couldn’t read more than one every two or three days. Sigh!

I liked how all four authors had clear messages of love, acceptance, forgiveness and mercy which richly illustrated how God extends the same courtesies to us.

I also enjoyed having different settings in each of the included narratives. I appreciate when there is a common theme, but it is nice sometimes to read an anthology where each plot is unique from the others.

Robin Lee Hatcher’s story, Whispers from Yesterday, includes a dual timeline that consists of the World War II era and contemporary times. We learn about World War II through letters the protagonist reads. Even though I know the letters are fictional, I felt myself drawn into them as though they were real “whispers from yesterday.” I have always loved and been fascinated by history, and the letters were a skillful and spellbinding way to tell parts the story.

Footprints on Her Heart, by Angela Breidenbach, will leave “footprints on your heart,” too, as you begin to care for “Razzy.”  My first thoughts and emotions about her were way off base, and before the story ended, I was not only cheering for her but had also come to love her.

In A Wagonload of Trouble, by Vickie McDonough, I would have never guessed the “wagonload of trouble” Bethany would encounter, and could it all be because of a greenhorn computer geek named Evan?

Deborah Raney previously released All the Promises under the title Silver Bells. Plucky new reporter Michelle quickly realizes she is in over her head. However, Robert Merrick III (whoop de do!!) wants to help her not only with her new job, but with “all the promises” he can make, to inspire and help encourage her.

If you are looking for out of the ordinary, appealing stories you can curl up and read as the weather gets cooler, then you can’t go wrong with the Out of Their Element Collection!

I received this book from one of the authors. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

They are totally out of their element! Four mismatched couples find unexpected romance.

Whispers From Yesterday
(Christy Award winner and RITA Award finalist)
by Robin Lee Hatcher

Following her father’s death and her own attempted suicide, pampered socialite Karen Butler reluctantly seeks refuge at the home of Sophia Taylor, the grandmother she has never known. Determined to escape Sophia’s broken-down ranch as soon as she can, Karen resists connecting with its inhabitants – especially Dusty Stoddard, the driven director of the Golden T’s summer camp for at-risk youth. For through their kindness and acceptance, along with the diaries of a remarkable women who died twenty-eight years before she was born, Karen will discover hidden secrets and amazing truths that could lead her to the greatest love of all.

Footprints On Her Heart
(A new novel)
by Angela Breidenbach
For fans of A Healing Heart, Footprints On Her Heart features an all grown up Cadence Keegan in her own love story. She’s a fitness coach thrown into an impromptu relationship with Jackson Campbell, a computer whiz and game designer, when a troubled girl causes a fire damaging both businesses. After the teen delinquent is ordered into restitution work, Cadence and Jackson are brought face-to-face with a choice between individual dreams and a future together. Can love overcome all their obstacles or will her heart be trampled?

A Wagonload of Trouble
(Finalist in Heartsong Presents Favorite Novel Award – previously published in Wyoming Weddings)
by Vickie McDonough

A computer geek is completely out of his element in the wilds of Wyoming. While his sister stays home with her sick son, Evan reluctantly accompanies his niece on a two-week wagon train tour with her history class, despite a pressing business deadline. The pretty gal heading up the tour thinks he’s a total greenhorn, but he can’t help being attracted to the competent woman who seems to have it all together. When the tour is sabotaged, will Evan’s unique skills help solve the mystery?

All the Promises
(previously published as Silver Bells)
by Deborah Raney

Michelle Penn has dropped out of college to work as a reporter for a tiny weekly newspaper. The boss’s handsome son, Robert Merrick III, is quickly making her forget all about her former sweetheart, but Rob is forbidden by office policy to date Michelle. His father is standing firm on that policy, but if Rob leaves the company he’ll have nothing to offer the woman he’s quickly falling in love with. It seems they need a small miracle to be able to keep all the promises they’ve made—to themselves and to each other.

Hummingbird Kisses (Hummingbird Hollow Book 1) by Delia Latham

My Review

Toni Littlebird owns Inn the Hollow (love the play on words!) and is known as the hummingbird whisperer.

Dax Hendricks arrives at Hummingbird Hollow’s Inn in the Hollow on a Harley that is barely able to make it to the front door.

Delia Latham’s Hummingbird Kisses is a winsome, inspiring book. The main characters, Toni and Dax, have both been told by God that when they meet their “one and only,” they will know them. Imagine that you are Toni or Dax and realize that the other person is the one God means for you, but you just know God made a mistake!

I felt, at times, they weren’t giving each other the proper respect-especially Toni in the beginning. However, as the story went on, they became more familiar with one other and “settled” down. They became adept at sparring and teasing each other, which was a cute, entertaining quality of the novella.

I experienced feelings of serenity and wonder at the descriptions of Hummingbird Hollow and its surrounding areas. The sensations evoked were ones of astonishment and amazement, making me wish I was there with Toni and Dax, sharing in the phenomenon they witnessed.

I also enjoyed reading about Toni Littlebird because I am part Cherokee. She was a very remarkable and slightly querulous woman, with the ability to “whisper” to hummingbirds!

The story is well written, and the personalities have depth and complexity which draws you into the tale.

I received the book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Toni Littlebird believes God has created someone especially for her. When she meets him, she’ll know he’s The One, and she will love him. But that’s before Dax Hendrick roars into Hummingbird Hollow on a noisy, crippled Harley, spitting stinky filth into the air and scaring away Toni’s beloved hummingbirds. Dax sports over-long hair, an unkempt beard, and a condescending attitude toward her ancestral home. Toni takes one look into his mesmerizing blue-green eyes and…she knows. This uncivilized creature is “The One.” She’d been right about knowing him, but wrong about something far more important: She will never love him. Why God sent Dax to this beautiful place is a mystery, and it’s clear he can’t expect any answers from the lovely but unsympathetic owner of Inn the Hollow—a haphazardly constructed dwelling that goes against every professional rule in Dax’s area of expertise. He hopes to get the green light on getting out of there before the uneven corners, crooked floor slats, and random construction wither his architectural creativity. Is it possible that, between God’s gentle leading and a lesson or two from the fascinating hummingbirds that populate the hollow, Dax and Toni will open their hearts to each other? Or will their stubborn wills ruin God’s beautiful gift of love?

Summer Bride: A Sweet Romance Novella (Holiday Brides Book 2) by Shanna Hatfield

My Review

I LOVE to read sequels to books, especially when there are delightfully quirky characters like Matilda and Ruth (you may remember them from Valentine Bride). Chills of excitement ran through me when I saw the second Holiday Brides Book by Shanna Hatfield was being released, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Summer Bride returns to Golden Skies Retirement Village in Holiday, Oregon, where Sage Presley works as a receptionist and Justin James is working as a temporary electrician. Leave it to resident’s Ruth and Matilda’s matchmaking antenna to sense two lonely people. They then get busy, enlisting others, to help with their matchmaking. A persnickety cat and an adorable baby calf named Fred Asteer add to the enjoyment and help with the matchmaking, too.

There is only one problem with their plan; Sage decided long ago that as long as she has Shane, her teenage brother, to care for, she is NOT getting romantically involved with someone, and she’s definitely not getting married.

A cute, fun read, not without it’s serious and sometimes sad moments, Summer Bride is one story you don’t want to miss.

The end of the book includes information on how the parts of the book came into being-an interesting and enlightening addition.

I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of the book. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Two octogenarians won’t stop until they make a match. . .

Sage Presley loves her job as the receptionist at Golden Skies Retirement Village in Holiday, Oregon. She enjoys the residents and their wisdom, even if some of them are more than a little quirky. Determined to ignore the matchmaking efforts of two women at the retirement home, Sage’s sole focus is on raising her brother, Shane. In spite of her best efforts, she can’t help but notice the hunky electrician who continually comes to her rescue.

Grateful for the opportunity to open his own electrical business, Justin James moves to Holiday full of plans and dreams. He’s quickly drawn in by the close-knit community, but finds the lack of suitable single women disturbing. Despite himself, his attention is captured by the receptionist at the retirement home where he’s working on a big job. Yet, he can’t begin to understand why two matchmaking octogenarians are intent on forcing him together with the woman he’s convinced is married.

A sweet romance novella sprinkled with humor, hope, and the meaning of real love, Summer Bride will warm the hearts of readers while bringing them a smile.

Spotlight on Enduring Love by Toni Shiloh and Giveaway-on tour with Celebrate Lit

Spotlight on Enduring Love

About the Book

Title: Enduring Love

Author: Toni Shiloh

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 28, 2018

Belle Peterson is hiding a secret. Seeking sanctuary in the small town of Maple Run, she’s intent on starting her life over—one she hopes honors Christ. The plan was going great until an undeniable attraction to Micah has her wondering if she’s changed at all.

Micah Campbell can’t understand why Belle is so uptight and wants nothing to do with her until the gentle whispers of God tell him to befriend her. He didn’t count on the feeling of protectiveness to rise up or that spark of attraction.

Can love really conquer all or will Belle’s past be too much for Micah to handle?

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About the Author

 

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

Guest Post from Toni Shiloh

Hey there, Reader Friends!

I’m so excited for the kickoff of Enduring Love. This is book 3 in the Maple Run series and features the story of Belle Peterson and Micah Campbell. You may remember meeting Micah in book 2 of the series, he is Luke Robinson’s best friend. I tell you, this book has a special place in my heart, one that brought out all the emotions in me.

Belle Peterson is living a life filled with shame and regret. She knows mentally that she’s been forgiven, but can’t reconcile the fact to how a redeemed life should look. And when Micah Campbell walks in her life, she’s certain that she has to stay as far from him as possible to keep from backsliding.

Y’all know our wants rarely meet with reality. I had fun throwing Belle and Micah together in Maple Run. Sometimes to their chagrin but always to my pleasure. J Characters from Buying Love (book 1) and Finding Love (book 2) will make an appearance, rounding out the family that has been created in my fictional town of Maple Run, Virginia.

As you take the time to read Belle and Micah’s story, I pray you keep this verse in your mind. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1 KJV

God does not want us to live a life of shame and guilt. Once we ask for forgiveness, He gives it to us freely. Walk in an abundant life, my friends, and bless others with the grace you so freely received.

Blessings to you,

Toni

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To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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The Greatest Is Love (The Men Of Freeman Book 1) by Kitra Kaspar

My Review

Joey Winters, a new doctor, is thrilled when she lands a job in Freeman, Oklahoma with the Doctors for Rural Oklahoma Program. However, she plans to stay the two years she is required by contract, then she’s shaking the dust off her feet for a job as a surgeon in a big city.

The Greatest is Love deals with some very difficult, but very true to life problems a lot of women, and some men, experience. Dr. Joey can’t seem to get past these problems. Her need for control and skepticism of God hinders her healing.

I appreciated how life-altering situations were addressed, also that this wasn’t a typical romance and most of the story was very realistic. Two things that were problematic for me, however. First, the author kept switching, even within the same paragraph, between addressing Joey as Joey and addressing her as the doctor. The first few times, I wasn’t even sure she was referring to Joey, but had no idea who else it could be. Because of this, I was jarred out of the story quite frequently. The second problem occurred when Joey had conflicting thoughts. The conflicting thoughts were narrated as “voices” that engaged in dialogue within Joey’s mind. For instance, “One voice said…,” and “Replied another voice…” “One voice asked…,” and “The other voice repeated…” Joey’s “voice dialogues” jarred me out of the flow of the story.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. I wouldn’t recommend this book to pre-teens and below due to some of the subject matter, such as child abuse.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/eBook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Publisher’s Summary

What happens when city doctor Joey Winters meets country lawyer Brad Freeman? Nothing, because Joey is determined to stay unattached. Rural Freeman, Oklahoma is not in her life plan, which means falling for a handsome small-town lawyer is out of the question. Too bad she forgot to tell her heart. However, when Joey’s painful past haunts her, she realizes she will never have a meaningful relationship with any man unless she battles her demons. She knows she needs help but believes God abandoned her long ago. Add in a gorgeous banker named Evan, and the doctor’s life seems to spin out of control. Can Joey trust in God? Does He even care about her?

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Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh-Book Spotlight and Giveaway-Celebrate Lit Tour

About the Book

Title: Just Let Go

Author: Courtney Walsh

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help.

Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out—and the best way to avoid more negative press.

Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town—and Quinn’s life—possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.

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About the Author

Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two more books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Visit her online at http://www.courtneywalshwrites.com.

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A Place to Call Home (Front Porch Promises Book 1) by Merrillee Whren

Synopsis

STARTING OVER

After serving six years in prison for the false charge of manslaughter in the death of his wife, Kurt Jansen must overcome a world of bitterness if he wants to start a new life. But his first priority is securing a restoration job to pay a private investigator to find the real killer and a lawyer to get his kids back.

Hiring a convicted wife-killer isn’t what kind-hearted Molly Finnerty bargains for as part of the prison ministry she supports. However, she begins to believe Kurt’s claim of innocence and gradually finds a great deal to like about him—perhaps more to like than she should.

Can they overcome the past and find forgiveness and love?

My Review

Imagine being convicted of a crime you didn’t commit. Then to add insult to injury you are ordered to stay away from your children, even after you have served your time. This is Kurt Jansen’s life! My heart ached for him, even as I rejoiced in Molly Finnerty’s kindness in giving him a second chance.

Molly’s life isn’t entirely on the up and up, either. However, her need for Kurt to restore the home she bought and turn it into a bed and breakfast is genuine.

Merrillee Whren’s book, A Place to Call Home, is rich with forgiveness, second chances, and redemption. I enjoyed reading it, not only for the redemptive qualities but also for the renovations aspect-a topic dear to my heart.

I bought A Place to Call Home earlier. However, I also received a copy through Celebrate Lit; I was not obligated to provide a review.

BOOKS IN THE FRONT PORCH PROMISES SERIES

1. A Place to Call Home
2. A Love to Call Mine
3. A Family to Call Ours

Each book stands alone, but the stories are connected through setting or characters.

 Author bio:

Merrillee Whren is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who writes inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty- plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. She spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels. Please visit her Website and signup for her newsletter and connect with her on Facebook.

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Cowboys of Summer Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Cowboys of Summer Blog Tour and giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Cowboys Of SummerTitle: Cowboys of Summer
Authors: Mary Connealy, Lorna Seilstad, Cheryl St. John, Missy Tippens, Tina Radcliffe & Sherri Shackelford
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance

As the summer weather sizzles, relax by the pool with stirring tales of handsome cowboys and the spirited ladies who wrangle them into romance. Six of Christian fiction’s most beloved authors join forces to bring you a collection of humorous, romantic and heartfelt novellas set against the sultry heat of summer.

In Mary Connealy’s, “Dr. Tess and the Cowboy”, sparks fly when Dr. Tessa Rhoades discovers dinosaur bones on Joe Holt’s ranch and decides to excavate—even if that means kicking Joe off his own land.

In “Hometown Girl” by Cheryl St.John, injured rodeo champion Justin Cooper returns to the sleepy Oklahoma town he escaped for fame and fortune–and takes his biggest tumble yet–straight into the arms of Stevie Marshall, his first love who soon has him questioning his life choices.

In Tina Radcliffe’s, “Lake Effect”, cynical cowboy Tucker Jackson knows he’s in trouble when he starts counting the days until the end of summer and praying ‘summer girl’ Jessica Richards will find a home for her heart in Paradise.

In “His Lone Star Heart” by Missy Tippens, rancher Zeb West tries hard not to fall for Beecher Brown, the feisty but off-limits sister of his best friend. As she tries to prove she’s capable of running her family’s ranch–the one he’s trying to buy–he might just find he’s met his match…for life.

Will Lorna Seilstad’s characters make “Great Strides” when Dana Etherton, the owner of a horse therapy ranch, must choose between the kids she serves and Adam Malone, the embezzler who’s been assigned to do community service there?

When Paige Monroe agrees to draw the press away from a country star’s wedding by pretending to be the look-alike bride, she wasn’t counting on having very real feeling for her decoy fiancé, Sterling Tanner. In Sherri Shackelford’s, “The Decoy Bride”, two people feigning love forget they’re acting.

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My Thoughts

Cowboys of Summer is a perfect set of stories to enjoy during the summer months. Each story is just long enough to whisk you away into romance, but short enough you can read it while sitting on your porch swing enjoying a cool summer breeze.

The stories are sure to hold your attention, as you laugh, cry and wonder why! There are impressive and exciting stories that include cowboys. Some you would never imagine, such as the story about a paleontologist, or the one about a couple pretending to be a famous couple, in order for the famous couple to have privacy. My favorite dealt with Hippotherapy (the use of horse riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance, and strength, https://en.oxforddictionaries.com). I enjoy horses, and members of my family work with physically and mentally handicapped, and I have volunteered on occasion, making this a subject near and dear to my heart.

I was familiar with a few of the authors, but there were several whose stories I haven’t had the pleasure of reading before. (Some of the stories have a PG theme as they deal with characters having an alcoholic drink, and a slightly risqué daydream). Nonetheless, I enjoyed the stories.

So, grab your favorite cuppa, find your favorite chair then sit back and prepare to be entertained as you read Cowboys of Summer.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from JustRead Publicity Tours. However, I was under no obligation to post a review, nor was a positive review required.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

MaryConnealy by Ginger Murray Photography

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Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

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3319050Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she stopped teaching and became a professional wiper. “I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby’s bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote.” Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor.

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cheryl2Cheryl St. John is the award-winning author of more than fifty Harlequin and Silhouette books, as well as several independently published books. Her book Writing With Emotion, Tension & Conflict by Writer’s Digest is a popular seller. Cheryl has always loved the exciting and diverse worlds available between the covers of books. As a child, Cheryl wrote stories and drew covers, then stapled them into little books. She cut all the tiny book images from the book club advertisements in the Sunday paper and glued them to bits of cardboard so Barbie® had a full library.

Cheryl believes in paying it forward, and her some of her most rewarding experiences have been sharing in the successes of writers she has coached over the years.

Cheryl loves hearing from readers. You can email her at StJohn[at]aol[dot]com.

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205_missytippens_3Born and raised in Kentucky, Missy Tippens has lived in Georgia for the last 25+ years. She is a pastor’s wife and mom of three. A former microbiologist and teacher, she now focuses on her writing.

After more than ten years of working toward publication, Missy finally made her first sale of a novel in 2007. She feels very blessed to be working at home in her dream job!

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Tina March 2018 2Tina Radcliffe is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty-five short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. Find her at http://www.tinaradcliffe.com where you can sign up for her newsletter so you don’t miss her fun giveaways and bad jokes.

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Sherri Shackelford BioSherri Shackelford is an award-winning author of inspirational, Christian romance novels for Harlequin/HarperCollins Publishers.

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Precious Fire (Diamond Knot Dreams Book 3) by Mary Manners

My Review

Mary Manners has written another cute romance novella centered around the Diamond Knot Dreams Bridal Boutique, complete with all the mysterious happenings in the shop.

Precious Fire introduces us to Claire McLaughlin, friend of Lila and Avery from the first and second story in the series, and Ryan Kendrick. Claire has come to Clover Cove at their request to be the baker for the boutique. Ryan came to care for his step-brother after the death of their grandmother. In addition, the city hires him to renovate the town square.

Both Ryan and Claire are hesitant to fall in love. Both were hurt in previous romantic relationships and are not interested in forming another one anytime soon. However, people and other events conspire to bring them together.

I really liked Ryan’s little brother, Caleb. He overcame some huge adversities but still maintained a positive outlook. I hope in future books we can revisit Caleb and get a glimpse at how he is doing as he grows up.

I loved being able to learn more about Clover Cove and enjoyed the way everyone worked together to make their hometown a more pleasant and fun place to live.

Mary Manners has the unique ability to put you in the middle of the plot. This quality endears you to the characters and helps you become vested in their lives. It is so much fun to learn of each new couple, while at the same time catching up with the other Clover Clove residents. You feel as if the area is your home away from home and the people are your friends!

Publisher’s Review

Claire McLaughlin, weary of running a corporate rat-race, dreams of pursuing her passion to bake sweet confections. So, when former college roommate Lila Brooks asks for her help with catering services at Diamond Knot Dreams Bridal Boutique, Claire grabs the invitation with both hands.

Ryan Kendrick has returned home to Clover Cove to raise his step-brother following the death of their grandmother. Hired to renovate the Town Square, he rents office space on the second floor of Diamond Knot Dreams and soon succumbs to talented Claire McLaughlin’s sweet confections—as well as the blue-eyed beauty herself.

As their romance blooms, so do the shenanigans of Diamond Knot Dreams’ meddling spirit, Ellie. Will her antics help to draw Claire and Ryan closer together, or bring the blossoming romance to a grinding halt?