Thursday, June 23, 2022

Sunburst by Susan May Warren



When former Navy SEAL and lifelong bachelor Ranger Kingston is called upon to take part in a rescue mission to save his brother Colt, who has been kidnapped by terrorists in Nigeria, he is shocked to find among the hostages a woman he knows and could never forget.

Noemi Sutton was attempting to return a young girl to her family in Boko Haram territory when she and the girl found themselves taken hostage, along with several others.

And while Ranger Kingston may be able to get the hostages away from their captors, he'll need Noemi's help if he ever hopes to get out of Nigeria alive.

Her solution? Pose as husband and wife. But when her uncle discovers the union, he insists on a traditional Nigerian wedding--binding Noemi to a man destined to break her heart. Worse, she's discovered the real reason she was kidnapped, and anyone around her is bound to be caught in the cross fire. Including her so-called new husband.

She'll need to figure out a way to leave the man she loves if she wants to save his life.

USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren throws you into the thick of the action in this high-stakes, globe-trotting romance.


What a beautifully written story! One that captivated my heart from the beginning!
Fast action wonderful characters and an awesome setting! Susan May Warren has added it all in!
The way she describes the scenes is breathtaking and makes me feel like I'm in Nigeria. I really appreciated her research. 
She's really an awesome author! Her stories never disappoint.
I think my favorite part of the whole book was the romance part. Not too slow and not too fast. Oh my! "Sigh"
The other favorite thing about this book was the inspirational messages.  
I mean, what's not to love about this awesome book! And add Suasan May Warren to the mix and you have a roller coaster ride for sure!
I very highly recommend! You be on the edge of your seat all the way through!
My thanks to Revelle reads for a copy of this book! I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


With over 1 million books sold, critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over seventy-five novels with Revell, Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas.

With books translated into eight languages, many of her novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award.

When the Measows Bloom by Ann H. Gabhart


If any place on God's earth was designed to help one heal, it is Meadowland. Surely here, at her brother-in-law's Kentucky farm, Rose and her daughters can recover from the events of the recent past--the loss of her husband during the 1918 influenza epidemic, her struggle with tuberculosis that required a stay at a sanatorium, and her girls' experience in an orphanage during her illness. At Meadowland, past troubles become rich soil in which faith can grow.

Dirk Meadows may have opened his home to his late brother's widow and her girls, but he keeps his heart tightly closed. The roots of his pain run deep, and the evidence of it is written across his face. Badly scarred by a fire and abandoned by the woman he loved, Dirk fiercely guards his heart from being hurt again.

But it may be that his visitors will bring light back into his world and unlock the secret to true healing.

My Review 

I was very happy to receive this book and no I wasn't disappointed at all!
Gabhart is a wonderful author with awesome descriptions  of Kentucky that makes her stories special.
This story is my favorite and will be added to my collection of favorites. 
It's my favorite because of the sweet love that was within it's pages. Not overly done at all!
The beautiful messages especially about how the Lord can make the hardest of hearts soften. I really liked that one.
The one in Ecclesiastics is a gentle reminder that there is a time and place for everything. 
My heart ached for Dirk and everything he went through.  I found myself wanting to cry as his story unfolded for sad tears and happy ones too.
The girls stole my heart the most. I felt their fears, their joys and sometimes their sorrows too.
Gabhart writes a powerful story about forgiveness, love and trust but most of all forgiveness especially yourself. 
I love the way she uses Louisville as the backdrop for her story.  
There were definitely certain people in this book that I didn't like and I felt that she got what she deserved. 
This book seems like it is a version of Beauty and the Beast but it is my favorite version.  
I love this author's books because she leaves my heart feeling full and very satisfied.  
I love her Kentucky stories because that was once my home as well and I miss it but like Dirk I've moved on.  So, through her stories I get to go home again 
5 stars for a job well done!
My thanks for a copy of this book.  I was NOT required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.


Ann H. Gabhart started writing when she was ten and has been writing ever since. Her first published writings were personal experience pieces, youth stories, and poems in church periodicals such as HomeLife. Her first novel, a historical romance about the settling of Kentucky, was published by Warner Books in 1978. Since then, she's published numerous books for both adults and young adults. Ann lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born.




Wednesday, June 22, 2022

All that fills us by Atumn Lyttle


Mel Ellis knows that her eating disorder is ruining her life. Everyone tells her rehab is her best option, but she can't bring herself to go. Broke, broken, and empty in more ways than one, Mel launches one last-ditch effort to make hers a story worth telling. She will walk her own road to recovery along the lesser-known trails of the North American wilderness.

Though she is physically and mentally unprepared to face the difficulties that lay ahead, she sets off on foot from Michigan. Her goal? Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. During the long journey, she meets strangers with their own stories, as well as ghosts from her past who can no longer be ignored. But though the land she travels threatens her success at every turn, it's her own dark thoughts she'll have to overcome in order to find peace in the life and the body she has been given.


In my opinion I felt that this new to me author has done an amazing job with the tough subjects that are involved.  At times I've found myself wanting to cry because it was painful watching Mel go through her journey.  There were other times that I found myself rooting for her as well. 
I like that this book shows us how there are still some wonderful people out there.
The cover. Very interesting with pretty colors. Don't think I've ever seen a cover quite like this one. I love it for it's uniqueness.
I think for me it was a lesson learned.  One that I really appreciated.
I would however view this book more as Women's fiction even though it had some lovely inspirational messages in the story. 
My thanks to Revelle reads for a copy of this book.  I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. 


Autumn Lytle identifies with a strange group of humans who enjoy running long distances and writing even longer books.

Along with being a forever recovering anorexic and exercise addict, she is a weirdly good checkers player and finder

of four-leaf clovers. She spends her days thinking up stories and trying to figure out this whole parenting thing with

her son. She can often be found out exploring her hometown of Seattle, Washington, with her family in tow. Learn more at


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Dairy Dairy Quite Contrary by Amy Lillard

About the Book

Looking for a fresh start, advice columnist Sissy Yoder heads to small-town Yoder, Kansas, to help in her aunt’s café. But when a milkman is murdered, the newcomer becomes the prime suspect . . .

After Sissy’s rodeo cowboy boyfriend turns out to be more of a rodeo clown, she packs a bag; picks up her Yorkshire terrier Duke; and leaves Tulsa, Oklahoma, bound for her parents’ former hometown. There are still plenty of Yoders in Yoder, Kansas, including Sissy’s aunt Bethel, who owns the Sunflower Café but recently broke her leg. It’s a homecoming of sorts as Sissy arrives to help in the café and reunite with her pregnant cousin Lizzie. Plus she can continue to secretly write her newspaper advice column as seventy-year-old “Aunt Bess.” But it’s Sissy who could use some advice when she finds the milk deliveryman out behind the café with a knife in his back. As the sheriff’s prime suspect, it’s up to Sissy to catch the backstabber herself—before someone else gets creamed . . .


Such a good story! When you get any book by Amy Lillard you know it's going to be good!

Such a cute cover too! My favorite of hers so far.

A novel that will keep your nose glued until the very end!

A few twists and turns to make the guessing game fun but I had a feeling that I knew who done it from the beginning.

I liked the mixture of Amish and English because it made for an interesting group of people. 

I appreciated Sissy and her laid back personality and her ways of sleuthing lol.

Sissy's aunt was a little harder to get to know and I much care for her anyway. 

Some characters you love and others you won't. Same as real life.

I highly recommend this savy book. You'll not want to put it down!

My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Amy Lillard is an award-winning author of over forty novels and novellas, including the Main Street Book Club Mysteries and the Amish Mysteries, as well as Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. Since receiving a Carol Award for her debut novel, Saving Gideon, she has become known for writing sweet stories filled with family values, honest characters, a hometown feel and close-knit communities. She is a member of RWA and ACFW. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at



Sunday, June 19, 2022

A Midnight's Budding Morrow by Carolyn Miller


A journey of poignancy and hope . . . difficult to put down. I loved it!”--Jennie Goutet, author of the Clavering Chronicles series

Sarah Drayton is eager to spend a holiday at her best friend's crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Alas, rather than easy companionship with her dear friend, she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend's rakish brother.

When James Langley returns to his family's estate, war is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father's shocking decree: marry before returning to war...or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he barely knows.

Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. Only when her husband returns from war does she begins to hope they may find real happiness.
When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and cling to the belief that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope.


A well written book and well rounded out characters!

Of course I love anything this author writes and this one didn't disappoint 

My favorite is the inspirational messages that remind us that God is always near. 

Sarah and James are two characters that will never leave your heart one you finish this book. 

I also loved Beatrice too because she felt like a sister that I never got to grow up with. 

And the way Miller describes the castle! Oh my! Gave me a cool feeling about that as well.  

As I read through I felt that it could be my home too.

Didnt care much for James and Bestrice's father however. He is in my opinion too recluse. His interests are somewhat like mine though. 

And the cover! Oh so beautiful and fascinating! Makes me feel like I'm there!

I highly recommend!

My thanks to Read with Audra for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own


Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of romance, Carolyn loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her bestselling, award-winning Regency and contemporary novels are stories that offer hope, heart, and a twist of Aussie humour. Connect with her at where you can find our more about her books, and sign up for her newsletter to be the first to know her book news.


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