Friday, February 21, 2020

Desert Willow by Patricia Beal

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Desert Willow by Patricia Beal Title: Desert Willow
Author: Patricia Beal
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Release Date: February 12, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

After a failed engagement, Captain Andrew Lee James has focused on building a career in the Army he loves. That commitment includes helping a feisty, out-of-work ballerina whose devotion to her grandmother’s dying wish immediately grabs his heart. She’s the one, but will he be able to win the heart of a woman who has vowed to never be involved with a soldier?

College graduate Clara Malone swore to never love anyone in the military again but when her dying grandmother asks her to deliver a love letter to the general who broke her heart decades ago, she agrees and finds herself escorted by a handsome Army captain whose kindness challenges her beliefs. Surrounded by desert willows that shower her path with pretty pink flowers and sing with the buzzing of hummingbirds, Clara enjoys the wild beauty of El Paso—and her time with Andrew—more than expected.

Can she deliver her grandmother’s last love letter without losing her heart to a man who represents everything she fears?

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I enjoyed this book to the fullest! And it's been a long time since I've read anything by this author. I wasn't disappointed. She's a great writer that has done her research well.

This is a story about forgiveness, truth and love. Oh and I can't leave out 2nd chances. I love those stories best! Especially when the author includes God! For He's left out of so many things, places, and people's lives! So sad.
But, there are still some of us who love Him including me. I was saved at 14 years old. Yes, I've made mistakes just like Clara and Andrew. But, the best thing of all is God's love. He wants our hearts not the past things that we have done because that's where Grace and forgiveness comes in. We only need to come to Him and ask for forgiveness and plus we need to forgive ourselves. To me, that's the hard part. Forgiving yourself.
I loved this story on so many levels! I finished it in a couple of days. I wanted to savor this story. I don't like to say goodbye to my friends!
Sometimes it takes just the right people to lead us back to the Lord's arms. I wish that were the case for my son. Heaven wouldn't be the same without him. Yes, I'm starting to cry as I write this review. Because he needs just the right person to help him.
I'm glad that Clara and Andrew prayes to the Lord. For us, prayers are our lifeline to our Lord Jesus. I'm delighted to have Clara and Andrew as friends!
There are some excellent supporting characters in this book too. One of them is Alice. She's so delightful and so energetic. I love her enthusiasm for life.
The plot is wonderful too. This book will show you that God will put you where you need to be and I loved that He has a plan for Clara. She just didn't know it yet. I call that life's adventures.
This story will keep you riveted to your seat and eagerly turning the pages as we see how Clara and Andrew manage to get through their day to day lives. And you'll not be disappointed!
There wasn't one thing that I didn't love about this book! I love every minute of it!
I just wanted to add the setting was wonderful! Beal had described I so well that I can see it in my mind perfectly.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book! It's so very good!
My thanks to Just Reads Tours for a complimentary copy of this book.
I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own. 


Patricia Beal

Patricia Beal has danced ballet since her childhood and has performed with pre-professional companies in South America, Europe, and the United States. She fell in love with a handsome airborne infantryman at Fort Bragg, married him, and quit her day job to have his babies. Soon came the desire to have book babies, too. Patricia is a Genesis Award semi-finalist, First Impressions finalist, and the author of A Season to Dance (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2017). She writes from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Secrets of the Pastor's Wife by Christina Claypool

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Wherever Cassandra Martin goes, her secrets go with her. And hiding her past is beginning to take a toll.

Cassie lives in a small white parsonage in the village of Maple Grove. For 15 years, the beautiful and talented artist has appeared to be the perfect wife for Rev. John Martin, the new pastor at Maple Avenue Community Church.

The couple has moved frequently, and Pastor John is too busy with other people’s problems to notice Cassie’s distress. She has no close friends to confide in, fearing her secrets could jeopardize her husband’s position.

That’s until Maple Grove coffee shop owner Katherine “Katie” Montague embraces Cassie as if she were the daughter she never had. Sensing her pastor’s wife is haunted by something tragic, the caring widow begins praying for her. Will Cassie trust Katie with the pain of her past or will she let the secrets destroy her?
Secrets of the Pastor’s Wife features discussion questions for women’s book clubs, church small groups, and recovery ministries. Entertaining and inspiring fiction, this compelling storyline will encourage emotional healing, forgiveness, and restored faith.


I couldn't put this book down until it was finished.
This novel will hold you spellbound and eagerly turning the pages to see where Cassie's story goes next.
Memories makes us who we are today. Some are good and some can be bad. They have a strange way of showing up at the most inopportune moments. Especially when we think we have buried them.
I think that God puts certain people into our lives to do just what Katie did for Cassie.
It's certainly rare to find a friend like that.
I wish that I did but it's hard to find that special friend.
Secrets are hard to keep. Harder than you can imagine. I especially don't like the ones that weigh us down.
I love how Claypool shows us that even though Cassie is a preacher's wife she is also human just like the rest of us and is weighted down by life's events.
She also shows us that even through our life's events there's nothing like God's love and he will forgive us. In fact, He's already forgiven and forgotten. He wants us to lay our burdens at His feet and He will take care of us. We need only to ask.
But, as humans we make it so complicated.
We think that if everyone knew how bad our past has been or is that no one will ever want to be around us but y'all, that's soooooo not true!
I give this book five stars because I love how Claypool doesn't beat around the bush on tough subjects like these.
So this book y'all! It was a blessing to get to read it. I think this author knew exactly what I needed.
My thanks to a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. 


Christina Ryan Claypool is an Ohio APME award-winning newspaper columnist and former TV reporter, who has been featured on Joyce Meyer's Enjoying Everyday Life TV show and on CBN's 700 Club.
Her book, "Seeds of Hope for Survivors..." chronicles her incredible journey of surviving a near fatal suicide attempt and confinement in a state mental institution as a teen to her successful life today through God's grace. Her latest book, "Secrets of the Pastor's Wife: A Novel," was released fall 2018.
Christina Ryan ClaypoolHer husband is a public school administrator whom she affectionately refers to as "Mr. Rules." She adores her adult son, Zach, and is grateful he survived the helicoptering years. Coffee and chocolate really are her favorite things.
Christina has a B.A. from Bluffton University and an M.A. from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. 

If For Any Reason by Courtney Walsh

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Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. With no father in the picture, her mom's advice has been her only true north. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this . . . especially when her grandmother arrives to "supervise." And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door-turned-baseball star who's back on the island after a career-ending injury.

As sparks fly between her and Hollis, Emily is drawn to island life, even as she uncovers shocking secrets about the tragic accident that led to her mother's death. With her world turned upside down, Emily must choose between allowing the voices from her past to guide her future or forging her own path forward. 

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I think that this book is a wonderful read. This is also my first Walsh read. I wasn't disappointed at all!
This is a beautiful story of past mistakes, hurt, second chances and forgiveness and you can also throw a little truth in there as well. All of it very nicely written. Just a perfect blend for everything included.
Sometimes it takes going back to your hometown to "find" yourself again that and other circumstances that brings Emily Ackerman home again. I really found myself loving Emily the moment she stepped off the ferry boat.
I think that the one thing I can relate to Emily is theater. I've played at an Opera House and been down in the orchestra pit so to speak. The theater has an awesome presence that you'll not want to leave even if you don't want to. Which I certainly didn't but I didn't have any choice in that matter. It broke my heart. There's just something about working with the actors,actresses and especially the music. I'm thankful that God blessed me with that. I wished the orchestra director hadn't gotten too big for his pants if you know what I mean.
Reading this sweet book took me back to that place and time. Thank you Courtney.
I am also thankful to get to go back to Nantucket again. Through my reading of course.
It's a wonderful place to visit. I didn't want to leave after I finished this book. Makes me actually want to go there!
I loved imaging myself with Emily and Hollis. Jolie of course is just so adorable!
I think what I really liked was that Walsh didn't write her characters like they were perfect in every way. I loved that they were flawed and I enjoyed "watching" them learning to heal through hope and love.
I just wanted to remind everyone that secrets doesn't keep forever. At least most times they don't. They do have a way of coming out and sometimes ruining everything for us. But, only if we let it. I believe that is where forgiveness comes in.
I wanted to give Emily a hug more times than one let me tell you. I even found myself praying that she'll overcome the things that life has thrown at her. I was rooting for her all the way!!
I highly recommend this book. Walsh tends to throw some super surprises in as well! Especially when you aren't expecting them!
I'm a forever fan of Courtney Walsh and I look forward to reading more from her.
My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

                                           ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Courtney WalshCourtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Just Let Go will be her eighth inspirational romance novel. Her debut, 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. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Visit her online at

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Always the One by Tara Randel

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Always the One
(Meet Me at the Altar #4)
By Tara Randel
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
February 4th 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

From USA TODAY bestselling author Tara Randel

She’s the love of his life… but is he still hers?

FBI agent Derrick Matthews has finally found his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life—but she isn’t exactly happy about it! Years ago, Hannah Rawlings disappeared overnight when her family went on the run, and she blames Derrick. She tells him she’s moved on and he should, too, but Derrick fears Hannah’s still in danger. He vows to protect her—even if that means betraying her trust…again.

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I enjoy blogging because I get to read so many awesome book this one included. I love helping to support authors to get their books promoted and I feel that this was the Lord's calling. 
I enjoyed the story line and the wonderful characters that I got to make friends with. 
Randal has pulled me into the story from the beginning to the end and I loved the suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out who done it. 
I love a book that can keep me entertained all the way through. There wasn't one thing that I didn't like about this book. It's a wonderful and clean read all the way through. 
Hannah is trying to come to grips with everything that has happened past, present, and future. 
She's an amazing lady who has had a lot to overcome and somewhere along the way, she's gotten the idea that she had to do everything and control whatever situation that she's in. 
I love how the author put Hannah through life. While I didn't enjoy watching her struggle, I was rooting for her along the way. 
I like to thing that when God closes one door He opens another. He might have closed that first door for a reason. 
I really wanted to shake and tell her that she didn't have to do that that there was One died on the cross just for that purpose. He died to save us from our sins and tells us time and time again to lay our burdens at His feet. ( Admittedly I have that trouble as well. But we're all human. That's where forgiveness comes in).
 I admit it's easier said than done especially when you feel like you're the one who's trying to do it all. I feel like that sometimes. Especially somewhere along the line that my husband thinks all he has to do is work and then come home go to bed, play on his phone.  
Derrick is my kind of guy but someone doesn't see that yet. She's too busy onto the past. 
He's kind, caring and compassionate. I wish the cover would have showed his face lol. That way I can drool lol! I love that he's interested in everything including life and how he digs his heels in so to speak. 
And at last we're to the mystery that is unfolding in the novel. I love that! It makes for an interesting plot. 
Now last but least we get to Johnathan. I don't trust him at all. He comes off as a shady and suspicious person of interest. Especially since he disappears all the time. 
This is a book I highly recommend if you want an excellent read. It is chalk full of mystery, romance not too heavily overdone and second chances. I promise that it will keep you glued to wherever you are at until the book is finished. I sighed happily after it was finished. 
Randel certainly can write a story that's for sure!
My thanks to Prism Tours for a wonderful read.  I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are entirely my own. 

   About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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Waltz in the Wilderness by Kathleen Denly

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She's desperate to find her missing father. His conscience demands he risk all to help. 
Eliza Brooks is haunted by her role in her mother's death, so she'll do anything to find her missing pa—even if it means sneaking aboard a southbound ship. When those meant to protect her abandon and betray her instead, a family friend's unexpected assistance is a blessing she can't refuse.
Daniel Clarke came to California to make his fortune, and a stable job as a San Francisco carpenter has earned him more than most have scraped from the local goldfields. But it's been four years since he left Massachusetts and his fiancée is impatient for his return. Bound for home at last, Daniel Clarke finds his heart and plans challenged by a tenacious young woman with haunted eyes. Though every word he utters seems to offend her, he is determined to see her safely returned to her father. Even if that means risking his fragile engagement.
When disaster befalls them in the remote wilderness of the Southern California mountains, true feelings are revealed, and both must face heart-rending decisions. But how to decide when every choice before them leads to someone getting hurt?


I am giving this book a five star rating because this book has made me groan out loud, and made me  want to give Eliza the good shaking she deserves at times and I have even snickerd in some places.

Eliza is a fabulous character though. You just gotta love her.
Daniel is a good man and he is a gentleman in every way possible. His mama raised him right! I love him too.
As for Alice, Richard and Caroline I felt this was like a second story. I can't imagine being in Alice's shoes. Not at all!! In in a few ways I don't like her at all but you really have to read this book to understand where she came from.
I didn't like Cecilia at all! But, I am hoping she will learn her lesson somewhere along the line. Karma does have a way of coming around.
Poor Uncle Henry! He sure got more than he bargained for! Bless his heart. He's a good man though. I give him credit for trying.
These characters will sure weave their way into your heart whether you're ready for them or not. They will make you want to give them a good lecture every now and then throughout the story because they can't see what's right in front of them . 
I am so honored to get to help promote this book and I really enjoyed this story to the fullest and I even hated saying to goodbye to Daniel, Eliza, Uncle Henry and yes even Uncle Henry. I hope I get to read more about them in the future. 
The Lord is good is He not? I would like to give Him some credit in this story too. For He saw the big picture that no one else could see. He had a big plans for Eliza. Plans that Eliza couldn't fortell in the moment because she was too wrapped up in feeling sorry for herself and I loved that she had the courage to do what she did. I felt like I was on an adventure with her. 
Denly is a new author to me. I will be watching for her in the future! Her storytelling is magnificent and she sure does leave you spellbound. 
These characters really leave me thinking about them long after the story was finished and I am finding myself wondering if Eliza has more to tell about her life's adventures that are waiting for her just around the corner. And also for us readers too! 
I highly recommend this story. I hope it blesses you as it has me.
(There is some suggestion that alcohol and abuse are involved).
My thanks to the author for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.


Kathleen DenlyKathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn't writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

Waltz in the Wilderness is Kathleen’s debut novel and the first in a series of three stand-
alone historical Christian romance novels connected by secondary characters and their
beautiful Southern California setting.

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Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck

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The Fifth Avenue Story Society
By Rachel Hauck
Christian Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 400 Pages
February 4th 2020 by Thomas Nelson

An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.

Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.

Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.

Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.

Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.

When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to reveal their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.

Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.

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"Hauck inspires and uplifts with this mix of tales." - Publishers Weekly

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I liked this book!  It was kind of hard to get into it in the beginning but as I read on it got better and better.
Five people get an invite from all over the city out of the blue. 
This story is told in many voices and I enjoyed reading in how they get to know each other and themselves.  I loved Coral, Jett, Ed, Lexa and Chuck. 
Even though some think it's a hoax in how these 5 people got invited I happened to love the story. Yes, it might be far fetched in real life but hey, you know what? I don't really think that's the theme of the story anyway. 
It's about working through brokenness and having second chances to see if we can do things over the right way again. It's about forgiveness and facing the truth from one another's past. 
I think it would be kind of cool to be invited to something like this in real life. You never know what you might find out! You could end up making some new friends etc.
I think my favorite scene was at the beginning. I can relate to what happened. I'm not a big fan of crowds either but I would respect my friends and show up either way it went. I kind of had to snicker at how and where they ended up. 
I love Rachel's books. I love her stories and how they can be very realistic and believable!! Her writing is amazing!! She definiately wrapped up the ending to this story very well even though it had very little Christian messegaes in it but I still loved it anyway. 
I ended up staying up all night and finishing it. 
Wonderful plot and Characters that you can believe in and some you can even make friends with. 
Either way I hated to say goodbye to them.  I am going reread this when it comes out in print. I'm also going to ask my library to order it so I can.

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Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Star of Persia by Jill Eileen Smith



In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.

In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes's wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther's adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.

With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia.


Once again Smith has done a fabulous job with the story of Esther.
She has a way of making the characters come to life and enables us to imagine living during the time of Esther.
Her research into Biblical history is well done.
I love detailed descriptions and all the wonderful characters that came with it.
I consider Esther an amazing woman of her time and it's because of her courage and love for the Lord that she's one of my favorite people. A perfect example for us women today.
I believe that the Lord puts us in a certain place at a certain time. For reasons unknown to Esther that's exactly what God did with her. I believe He done it to bend the king's ear so to speak.
This was a good story. One that I was really looking forward and it didn't disappoint. This book y'all!
It will take you back in time and you won't want to come back to the present time. You'll want to be a part of Esther's family and King Xerxes court.
Smith can make you sit on the edge of your seat, hold your breath waiting to see what happens in the next scene.
She can also make you want to read Esther's story in the Bible because you'll want to know how and where Smith got her idea to write this book came from.
God's love ya'll is bigger than we can imagine and this story in my opinion will help you come to understand how God uses and chooses people. Some can be people that we could never imagine or why He chose to use that person. Esther's perfect example.
It's not just men that God uses. It can be anyone.
The only thing that I didn't like was jealousy that went on in the court.. It's also here in today's world too. Not a good thing to have and to that I say welcome to the world of politics. Such a nasty business.
It can lead to dangerous situations that can be averted but you know how people are .They only want those things for themselves and that's Satan at his best.
The cover of this book! Just amazing how it already pulls you into the story even before you open the book.
Too bad there is only 5 stars. I'd love to give this book more. More because Biblical fiction is becoming a true favorite genre.
I highly recommend! There's nothing like a Biblical fiction book that I truly love. This story is proof of fact and fiction woven together perfectly.
I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell through Netgalley.


Jill Eileen SmithJill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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Desert Willow by Patricia Beal

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Desert Willow by Patricia Beal, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours ! ABOUT THE B...