"Marigold Devlin hadn’t planned on spending more than one year as a governess. Much as she loves the Chambers children, she’s looking forward to her own marriage and family—until the children are tragically orphaned.
By the time her letters catch up to the girls’ globetrotting uncle, her contract is long expired, and her impatient fiancé has broken their engagement. She tries to hide her disappointment behind cool, even frosty respect for her new employer, when he finally arrives. But his haunted eyes thaw her heart a few cautious degrees. And she burns with guilt for her uncharitable thoughts.
Gordon Chambers doesn’t plan to stay in Cape May long enough for any painful memories to take hold—until he realizes there’s a thriving boat business to sell, two charming nieces who tug at his heart, and a flame-haired governess who seems determined to go above and beyond for everyone except herself.
As Gordon works through an ever-shifting list of priorities, Marigold sparks a tender longing for something more than his solitary existence. But when he learns someone has once again betrayed his trust, the pain threatens to send him back into shadows too dark for love to reach."
Laurie Alice Eakes' latest book, The Newcomer, grabs the reader from the first word. A delightfully gentle story about misplaced intentions and consequences, love and constancy, hasty decisions and erroneous conclusions, Laurie Alice Eakes weaves a tale to fill the hours with pleasant reading. This reviewer heartily recommends this book. Loved it.
Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War by Cynthia L. Simmons contains echoes of "Gone With the Wind" but is no tome. Easily read within a weekend, it's a good book for rainy days. This historical novel mixes Romance within the classic mystery format to drag the reader through a plot that interweaves suspense, humor, and faith. Will Mary Beth Roper and Peter Chandler have their happily ever after? Will the C&R bank survive villainous attempts by counterfeiters to bankrupt it? Will Union forces overrun Chattanooga? Will the bad actors succeed in taking out the hero and heroine? Will evil, greedy people win over good, honest citizens? I'll never tell. You'll have to buy the book to find out.
Dan Walsh has done it again, told a touching story to span the generations from Jr. High through Grandma leaning on her cane. Although one of the primary characters is a nerdy boy of middle-school age, the story grabs the reader and hangs on. Throughout the ups and downs of the boy Russell, the cop Ned, the dog Parker, and Kim, the Humane Society worker, the reader pulls for them and hopes for a good outcome. Will they get it? You'll have to buy the book to find out
To the Moon and Back is a captivating look at dementia from inside the sufferer's mind, as well as its impact upon the family. Kathi Macias has captured the experience of dementia with sensitivity and accuracy. Alzheimer's disease ravages more than the mind and body of the afflicted, it severely impacts their family and friends. It's truly heartbreaking as our family has experienced first hand with my brother's descent into confusion and physical degeneration culminating in his early death. This reviewer heartily recommends this book to anyone who would like to gain a deeper understanding of dementia
This reviewer gives five stars for suspense. Five for humor. Five for Western flavor. Five for historical accuracy. Five for grabbing the reader's attention. Five for holding it. Five for three really good stories. Five for truly stupid, evil villains. Five for fallible, loveable heroes and heroines. But each story could be improved with more thorough proofreading, a weakness in all the Kindle editions I've read, not just these books.
for Crossing Oceans! What an utterly amazing book this is! Read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. No cheesy, feel good romance, Crossing Oceans deals with the grittiness of life's most difficult events. Incredibly well written and crafted, this book catapults Gina Holmes into the ranks of premier novelists. What a thought provoking, heart stirring book this is. It belongs right up there with the best of novels.
The coming of age story, Son of Promise, by Caryl McAdoo, grabbed this reviewer from the very first sentence. Mrs. McAdoo does have a way with words. Her writing enables the reader to dive into the waving grasslands of Texas and lose themselves in the story.
Travis “Buck” Buckmeyer and his wife Emma Lee remain childless after years of trying. Out of the blue, Travis’ past catches up with him when he discovers his son from a one night stand needs a home. Only one problem, Buck hasn’t shared that bit of his story with his wife Emma. Although her arms ache for a baby, she goes along with Travis like every good wife should, but with uncertainty. Will this work out? After all, Travis’ "blow-by" boy is twelve years old and likely emotionally scarred.
Cody Wigglesworth sits in a holding area waiting for his “where-have-you-been-all-my-life” father to pick him up and give him a home. His no account, drunken slut of a mother dumped him leaving the lad bitter and suspicious. Will these two people accept him? Did he even care? Maybe he will give it a try, then head out if he doesn’t like the arrangement.
Do Emma Lee and Travis have a clue what they’re letting themselves in for? This was bound to be one tough, rough ride for them, but they’ve got one huge advantage. God’s embedded in their hearts and lives so they meet the challenge head on—with kindness and overflowing familial love. Exactly what love starved Cody needs.
Son of Promise is definitely a Christian novel laced with Scripture passages, prayers, visions, and other gifts of the Holy Spirit giving this book a decidedly Christian and Pentecostal flavor. This book has no on scene intimacies or cursing. It's not sanitized in that it's characters are tempted, fail, then repent learning from the experience. It’s a story of redemption, and conquering familial love; of truth, and lies; and of moral choices resulting in consequences. It contrasts life lived by instinct with a life lived by faith tracing the progress of a throw away kid to a responsible teenager oozing integrity. Cody’s character migrates from a resentful teen, to a cherished Son of Promise, who in the process has gained eyes for a lovely girl, Cindy, but that’s another story.
Son of Promise kept this reviewer awake far past her bedtime. Son of Promise is a thoughtful, well written, insightful novel of loss, overcoming, hope, and familial love. Buy it, you’ll not be sorry. Here's the pre-order link.
Blessings, Cass Wessel
Kat and Lucas each struggle with the past, each have trust issues, and each one longs to be loved even when they tell themselves that life is okay just as it is. Throw in a feisty grandmother, a flirtatious sister, and a not so tiny deception, and you've got a recipe for disaster as terrible as a twister. Will these two ever figure their hearts out? I'm not telling. You'll have to buy "A Love Unforeseen" by Gail Gaymer Martin to find out.
Stuck Together, by Mary Connealy, stuck in this reader's mind to the very last word and beyond. Story line grabbed my attention as the characters wormed their way into my heart. I shook my head, and my finger, at some of the obtuse things the guys did, but cheered their heroism. The ladies got an equal amount of head shaking over some of their dense thoughts and actions. Laughed out loud at some of the shenanigans these friends pulled, but my heart was strangely warmed (to borrow a phrase from John Wesley) by their tenderness, faith, and honor as they Stuck Together. Good book. Good series. Well written. Loved it.
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