Tag: contemporary romance

Review: A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

Review: A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

Posted December 22, 2015 / 0 Comments

While not a Christmas book, A Parcel for Anna Browne is perfect for the season. Dimensional characters and an uplifting plot are wrapped around a cozy romance that will warm your heart. Beneath the entertaining story lies the even more important reminder to be ourselves for ourselves before we ever become anything else for anybody.


Review: The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes

Review: The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes

Posted December 14, 2015 / 5 Comments

Laurie Alice Eakes quite simply has a way with words… and with characters. I was delighted to see these strengths just as evident in The Mountain Midwife, her first contemporary novel, as in her historicals. The fact that characters in The Mountain Midwife descended from characters in two of her historical series made it just all the more thrilling for a book adorer like me.


Review Extravaganza: Patricia Davids

Review Extravaganza: Patricia Davids

Posted December 5, 2015 / 4 Comments

One of the problems that occurs when you maintain an active book blog is that, thanks to review schedules and deadlines, you don’t always have time to read the books you normally would have read by now. As such, I found myself woefully behind when it came to Patricia Davids’ books and made some time this past week to play catch-up. Rather than inundate y’all with numerous posts, I decided to just do mini-reviews of each one at once.


Review (Plus a Giveaway!): Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand

Review (Plus a Giveaway!): Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand

Posted December 4, 2015 / 16 Comments

While this is the 6th book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by Jennifer Beckstrand, it can easily be read as a stand alone. But I can just about guarantee you will want to go back and read the other books in the series as soon as you’ve finished Huckleberry Hearts because you will fall in love with Anna and Felty and Cassie and Zach and well, MOST of Cassie’s extended family 😉 Written with much talent and warmth, Huckleberry Hearts is a new favorite and I highly recommend it to fans (and non-fans) of Amish fiction, Jen Turano, and Cynthia Ruchti.


Review (Plus a Giveaway!) : The Mariposa Hotel

Review (Plus a Giveaway!) : The Mariposa Hotel

Posted November 18, 2015 / 0 Comments

This is a really nice novella set bracketed with clean but electric romances, strong characters, and sweet themes. The setting of Tangerine Street gives a small town feel to the stories, and the oceanside Hotel sweeps readers up in the magic of its fountain. Recommended for anyone looking for a light read who doesn’t want to sacrifice quality.



Review (plus a Giveaway!): Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman

Review (plus a Giveaway!): Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman

Posted November 6, 2015 / 61 Comments

She stole his heart. He stole her peace. Can hope steal their pain? At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack Carmichael, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs […]


Review: A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray | New Release

Review: A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray | New Release

Posted October 10, 2015 / 1 Comment

Christmas has come to Pinecraft in bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final Amish Brides of Pinecraft novel, an uplifting story that proves anything is possible when you follow your heart When manager Beverly Overholt’s beloved Orange Blossom Inn is broken into, she’s shaken to the core. The inn has been […]


Review: At Bluebonnet Lake (Texas Crossroads #1) by Amanda Cabot

Review: At Bluebonnet Lake (Texas Crossroads #1) by Amanda Cabot

Posted October 3, 2015 / 1 Comment

Marketing maven Kate Sherwood’s world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is slow down to a crawl at Rainbow’s End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. But she cannot deny her ailing grandmother’s request to visit the place where she and […]



Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Varina Denman & Justified

Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Varina Denman & Justified

Posted July 24, 2015 / 22 Comments

I am excited today to welcome back author Varina Denman to the blog! Varina will always be a favorite around here – her debut novel Jaded was the first book review I posted here and both Jaded and Justified made my list of Top Ten Books I’ve read so far in 2015. […]


Book Review: Silent Night Standoff by Susan Sleeman

Book Review: Silent Night Standoff by Susan Sleeman

Posted July 20, 2015 / 6 Comments

SILENT NIGHT STANDOFF by Susan Sleeman SERIES: First Responders #1 GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian) PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense RELEASE DATE: November 4, 2014 PAGES: 224 HOSTAGE SITUATION When armed robbers strike her bank, hostage negotiator Skyler Brennan’s life is on the line. Rescue comes from the last person she thought […]


Book Review: Gone Without A Trace by Patricia Bradley

Book Review: Gone Without A Trace by Patricia Bradley

Posted July 15, 2015 / 2 Comments

GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Patricia Bradley SERIES: Logan Point #3 GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian) PUBLISHER: Revell RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2015 PAGES: 338 The past is repeating itself–and time is running out It’s been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds’s cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike […]


Book Review: Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

Book Review: Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

Posted July 14, 2015 / 8 Comments

PICTURE PERFECT LOVE by Melissa McClone SERIES: A Year of Weddings 2 #7 GENRE: Contemporary Romance Novella (Christian) PUBLISHER: Zondervan RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2015 PAGES: 112 When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart. Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture […]


Book Review: At Home in Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong

Book Review: At Home in Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong

Posted July 5, 2015 / 3 Comments

AT HOME IN LAST CHANCE by Cathleen Armstrong SERIES: A Place to Call Home #3 GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian) PUBLISHER: Revell RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2015 PAGES: 304 Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going–out of […]


Book Review: The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren

Book Review: The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren

Posted July 4, 2015 / 2 Comments

THE WONDER OF YOU by Susan May Warren SERIES: Christiansen Family #5 GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian) PUBLISHER: Tyndale House RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2015 PAGES: 416 Mortified after her semester abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough for the adventures she’s dreamed […]


Book Review: Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman

Book Review: Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman

Posted July 3, 2015 / 3 Comments

MURDER FRESHLY BAKED by Vannetta Chapman SERIES: Amish Village Mystery #3 GENRE: Cozy Mystery/Amish Fiction (Christian) PUBLISHER: Zondervan RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2015 PAGES: 352 When delicious baked goods become lethal, a trail of poetry leads to a sweet-toothed killer. The Amish Artisan Village of Middlebury, Indiana, might be the […]


Book Review: Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman

Book Review: Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman

Posted July 1, 2015 / 3 Comments

MURDER TIGHTLY KNIT by Vannetta Chapman SERIES: Amish Village Mystery #2 GENRE: Cozy Mystery/Amish Fiction (Christian) PUBLISHER: Zondervan RELEASE DATE: December 16, 2014 PAGES: 372 Something is amiss at The Cat’s Meow yarn shop.  Even before she heard of Owen Esch’s death, Hannah Troyer knew something wasn’t right. The yarn […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books I’ve Read in 2015 (so far)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books I’ve Read in 2015 (so far)

Posted June 30, 2015 / 4 Comments

Can you believe that today is the last day of June already? Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is the top books we’ve all read so far this year. That’s really hard for me to narrow down to only 10, but I’ll give it a whirl (in alphabetical order)! 🙂 some […]


Book Review: Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman

Book Review: Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman

Posted June 29, 2015 / 3 Comments

MURDER SIMPLY BREWED by Vannetta Chapman SERIES: Amish Village Mystery #1 GENRE: Cozy Mystery/Amish Fiction PUBLISHER: Zondervan RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2014 PAGES: 368 Two women from different walks of life must join together to solve a mystery in Middlebury’s Amish Artisan Village. Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and […]