Sunday, May 9, 2021

The Ack Ack girl by Chris Karlsen

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The Ack Ack Girl
By Chris Karlsen
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 221 Pages
February 14, 2021

Love and War

A country under attack and the story of one woman's fight to protect England and her heart.

1941. The German war machine has crushed all of Europe-only England holds fast. To force a surrender, the German Luftwaffe bombs cities and villages the length of the country. As the battle rages, Britain is in desperate need to put more pilots in the air.

To free up more men a new unit is formed: The Ack Ack Girls. These special teams of courageous women will now fight in the anti-aircraft stations. Determined to be part of the effort, Ava Armstrong, volunteers for one of the special teams.

Her unit just happens to be located near an RAF airfield teaming with pilots. Sparks fly, and not just from artillery, When Ava crosses paths with Chris Fairfield, a handsome and cocky pilot stationed there. But nothing is easy in time of war, not even love.

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MY REVIEW

Loved loved this new story about WW2.
I learned something new while reading this book. 
The author has certainly done her research for this brand new story. 
I was intrigued from the beginning and enjoyed every minute of the book.
I have never heard of the Ack Ack girls until I seen this title. I was looking for something different to read and this caught my eye. I wasn't disappointed. I spent my Sunday afternoon lost in a time that I've only heard my grandpa talk about but I'm probably pretty sure he's not heard of these girls. But then again since he's never talked about it much I don't know. It's possible he did. He was too busy fighting the Germans himself.
There were some spots that I didn't care for but otherwise I loved it.
Here's a favorite quote and one reason it's a favorite is that it hits too close to home for me. I wished I had this advice years ago but I was too hard headed and wanted my own place. 

"Don't choose him just because he's handsome or charming, just be certain that you can trust him with your heart".

I love this advice from Ava's mother to Ava. 
Highly recommend.
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
Five stars!



About the Author


I was raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor, and my mother, a voracious reader who passed on a love of history and books to me along with a love of travel.

I am a retired police detective. After twenty-five years in law enforcement, I decided to pursue my dream of writing. I write a historical-time travel romance series called Knights in Time and a historical suspense called The Bloodstone Series.

I also have a historical romance series called Love & War. A free copy of the first book in this series is available through my newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/Moonlight_Serenade.


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Friday, April 30, 2021

The Bent Tree Bride by Denise Weimer

    

             ABOUT THE BOOK

Susanna Moore can't get him out of her mind--the learned lieutenant who delivered the commission from Andrew Jackson making her father colonel of the Cherokee Regiment. But the next time she sees Lieutenant Sam Hicks, he's leading a string of prisoners into a frontier fort, and he's wearing the garb of a Cherokee scout rather than the suit of a white gentleman. 

As both Susanna's father and Sam's commanding officer, Colonel Moore couldn't have made his directive to stay away from his daughter clearer to Sam. He wants a better match for Susanna--like the stuffy doctor who escorted her to Creek Territory. Then a suspected spy forces Moore to rely on Sam for military intelligence and Susanna's protection, making it impossible for either to guard their heart.



MY REVIEW


This book was such a good book so much so that I didn't want it to end!

Weimer sure knows how to write awesome adventures and writes about the amazing sceneries that I feel like I was there!

She draws her readers in from the very beginning and I loved the romance that was included. 

Suzanne and Sam are the perfect couple! I loved them dearly.

I didn't care much for her dad but there were times that I understood him as well.

I found the War of 1812 fascinating from this author's point of view she's done an excellent job.

I appreciate how she brings something different to her works. I say special because it comes from her heart and her love of historical fiction really comes the pages of her books. 

Her stories leave my heart feeling full and satisfied.  There are some great Christian messages throughout the story. They can be applied to our lives today. 

Thank you for another wonderful story and I am looking forward to more of them. Please don't ever stop writing!

I will reread this again.

I highly recommend.

I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

ABOUT

THE AUTHOR



Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense, mostly set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored a dozen traditionally published novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor for the historical imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.











Friday, April 16, 2021

The End Run by Christy Hayes

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

Formerly published in 2014 under the title, “A Kiss by the Book,” this book has been extensively revised from the original.

Tutoring college athletes at Southeastern State University is more than a job for Jenna Peterson; it’s a way to pay it forward after long-ago tragedy struck too close to home.

Golden boy, Zach Chamberlain, isn’t the first jock Jenna Peterson’s tutored with cover-boy good looks, and he won’t be the last. When Zach’s storybook life begins to unravel, Jenna discovers he’s more than just a gifted athlete with a pretty face. A sprig of mistletoe and a searing kiss pits the playmaker against the rule maker. When secrets are revealed and the game is on the line, will they follow the game plan, improvise, or make an end run around their hearts?


MY REIVEW

Another delightful and fun read by Christy Hayes. This series has been an enjoyable one for sure and certain!
Delightful characters all the way around and some funny scenes included.
I think Jenna is my favorite character. I wish I could be more like her. I like how she doesn't let anyone railroad her so to speak and especially Zach! He hasn't been my favorite character thus far. He's stuck up and likes to bully people into what he wants.
I loved the funny scenes the best! They made me smile and laugh out loud. This was a great read!
Hayes" style of writing is awesome and I really like how she covers even some of toughest subjects. She has that special way of making you laugh, cry and even sniffle at times.
I highly recommend this read! You'll enjoy it as much as I have!
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Christy lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and three dogs. When not writing, she’s reading, walking dogs, or stalking her adult children on social media.




 




ABOUT THE BOOK

Formerly published in 2013 under the title “A Kiss by Design,” this book has been extensively revised from the original.

When Emily finds an engagement ring in her best friend Dylan’s backpack, she panics and tries to stop him from marrying a girl he barely knows. When his brother asks for help planning a surprise proposal, Dylan knows it’s time to bury his feelings and finally let Emily go. When Emily accidentally puts them in a compromising position, will Dylan reveal his long-buried feelings, or will Emily realize she’s dating the wrong brother?


MY REVIEW

Gosh! Where do I begin with my review?
I liked that it was a friends first ( sort of like my husband and me) to the romance part.
I think the second thing I like about this story was that Dylan and Emily took their time in getting to know each other and even though they were friends since kids I liked this deeper side of them.
I really loves how the author shows us Dylan's side of things too. His thoughts, feelings, and crazy side too. She does a wonderful job in showing us in how a man might feel about a woman he likes.
I couldn't stand Zach and his selfish ways. These two brothers remind me of my husband and his brother both as different as night and day.
Zach kind of made me mad at him in his obnoxious ways.
I ended up snickering at some of the scenes in this book. They were kinda cute in a way.
Emily really is my best friend in many ways. Her personality sort of fits mine. I think we'd get along jest fine! I approve of Dylan wholeheartedly.
4 stars. I recommend.
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Christy lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and three dogs. When not writing, she’s reading, walking dogs, or stalking her adult children on social media.





Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business--or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.


MY REVIEW

I took my time to read this awesome book because I wanted to savor it. This is the best book in the series and I didn't want to say goodbye. 
I loved all the characters in this story and I feel that Erica Vetsch has outdone herself on this one. 
This will be forever my favorite in the series! 
Children really are a jem and they really do observe us adults on a daily bases. 
Little Betsy was my favorite! She made me want to laugh at times and sometimes I felt like some of her expressions were what I do when I want to get my way or to convince someone that they should go my way. A little girl after my own heart. 
There were oftentimes that I felt just like Penny. 
I especially enjoyed the bit of mystery that was added into the story. People aren't what they seem. Someone always has a hidden side to them.
Vetsch is such a good storyteller that I love losing myself in her stories and this one is no exception! 
It was so awesome to see old friends like Marcus and Carolyn from the previous book and yes, even the cantankerous mother that I absolutely did not like! 
I think that my favorite of all of them is Sophie. Her personality is wonderful. I love that she puts others before herself even three little girls. 
This story is just swell! A great read that I highly recommend and you'll want to read the others in this series as well. 
Whenever there is a book that can be read as a stand alone I disagree. It's always good to read the others before you jump in on a book like this because I feel that you may have missed something in the other stories. 
I hope there is a 4th book for this series. I feel that there is more to tell and I love being all into a good story so this one was no exception. 
Vetsch certainly knows what she's doing when she tells a Regency story like this one. I love her research for this era. It makes it that much more interesting and I love to learn how her stories for this era came about. 
I highly recommend this book. 
My thanks to Kregel Publications for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review for this story. All opinions are my own. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate. 
 
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
 
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
 
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.


MY REVIEW


I think I'm going to say what a beautifully written story that will have you all in from the beginning to end and will leave you thinking about these people long after their story has ended.
I love and enjoy Ms. Basham's books very much and this one is no exception. She just has that amazing way of telling a story and bringing it to life for us readers while at the same time offering hope, love and joy all at once. You know, all those good feels of a sweet love story that will make your heart melt.
That's how I felt about this one.
I will be adding this one to my keeper shelf and to my list of favorites for 2021.
Thank you Ms. Basham! Wonderful job well done!
5 stars!
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pepper D Basham has been telling tales ever since she was a little girl. When her grandmother called her a “writer” at the age of ten, Pepper took it as gospel and has enjoyed various types of writing styles ever since. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Shelter in the Storm by Laurel Blount

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

In this moving Amish romance, two broken hearts find hope in each other after a terrible loss.

Unspeakable tragedy strikes the Amish hamlet of Johns Mill when an unstable Englischer opens fire in the Hochstedler's General Store. In the aftermath, and under the media's spotlight, Joseph Hochstedler struggles to hold his shattered family together, drawing unexpected comfort from a faithful childhood friend.

Born with a serious heart defect, optimist Naomi Schrock has always longed to live a life of service. She rolls up her sleeves, determined to help Joseph cope with this terrible crisis. But dare she hope that his friendship will finally deepen into love?

As the media's obsession with the Hochstedler shooting escalates, Joseph and Naomi find themselves caught between tradition and compromise, lingering sorrows and uncertain hopes. And in the end, two people who've already lost far too much must find the courage to trust their hearts one last time.


MY REVIEW

All I can say is wow! The best Amish book that I've read in a very long time! I was all in the from the beginning and lived every minute of it.
I can relate to Naomi is so many ways! Her thoughts, feelings, and health. I felt like she was the sister I never had. In Christ of course!
Poor Joseph I felt so bad for him trying to do the right thing but how do you know what the right thing is? Especially when other people shove their thoughts and opinions at you? Follow your heart of course and don't hold back any secrets from your relationship.
If God intends for it to work out then it will like Bishop Issac says;

" We drive ourselves into confusing places when we try to take the reins into our lives. It is Gott's job to guide us in whatever direction He deems best."
"Ours is to follow willingly, even when the path lie along a road we ourselves wouldn't choose."

The best advice in the whole wide world but as humans we sometimes tend to forget that.
The wisdom of the bishop is my most favorite thing about this book as it can be for us readers to think about and use as a guideline in our own lives long after this story is over.
The author has done a fine job by adding all the ingredients of a wonderful Amish fiction book that I very much enjoyed. I didn't want the book to end.
I will make a point that I haven't read her other books before but I'm going to look them up. 
I like her style of writing by bringing out the best in her Amish characters. This book so wonderful y'all!
I highly recommend.
My thanks to Berkeley publications for a copy of this book. I was NOT disappointed in this story at all!
All opinions stated are my own.
Five stars!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Award-winning author Laurel Blount writes captivating romances full of grit and grace—with characters who’ll walk right off the page and into your heart. She lives on a farm in Georgia with her husband, their four fabulous kids, and an assortment of ridiculously spoiled animals. Connect with her at www.laurelblountbooks.com 



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