Saturday, July 24, 2021

Review: Faith's Mountain Home by Misty M. Beller

My rating: 3 stars / I liked it


Nate Long has always watched over his identical twin brother, Aaron, even when it put him on the wrong side of the law. When Aaron is wounded in a shootout, the brothers are taken to Settler's Fort to recover. As Nate works to make reparations for their past, he marvels at the nursing Aaron receives under the care of a woman with all the reason in the world to resent him.

Laura Hannon knows what it is to start over, and she knows Nate's newfound faith is real. What she can't look past is how far he allowed himself to be led astray by his brother's weaknesses.

My Review

This story revolves around admirable characters who are striving to overcome their circumstances that seem to keep kicking them while they're down. Nate and Laura each have faith to rely on for strength through their frustrations, and it gives them something in common as their friendship deepens, as well as the fascinating cave in the mountains and its hidden occupants. The pace of the story moved a bit too slowly for me, and kept referencing Laura and Nate's experiences from the previous book, so I don't think it should be read as a stand alone. Overall the book provided the author's trademark storytelling style of the harsh wilderness and frontier living with a hefty dose of faith-filled themes.

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

Check out the previous books in the Hearts of Montana series . . .

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Book Tour, Review & Giveaway: Time's Dagger by Margot Hovley

My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it


After a rough stint at work in the ER, Dillon Kelly is more than a little ready for a vacation when he packs his bags and sets off on a camping trip in the wilds of Ireland. But when a mysterious dagger covered in druidic markings appears in his backpack, Dillon finds himself hurtled into the fourteenth century. Thrust into the legends and politics of ancient Ireland, he is rescued from suspicious locals by a beautiful young woman named Ailish.

Ailish has always dreamed of being a bard, but there’s just one problem: women aren’t allowed. Determined to follow her heart, Ailish has fooled everyone into thinking she’s a boy—everyone, that is, except for Dillon. He’s agreed to keep her secret in exchange for her help in finding his way home to his own time. Despite the impossible barriers between them, feelings beyond friendship soon blossom. But more than just their budding romance is in danger. Ailish isn’t the only one who recognizes the dagger’s druidic significance, and there are those who would stop at nothing to harness its time-bending powers.

My Review

Time travel books can make me anxious, because I worry so much about how the romance will play out. I was instantly drawn in to this one with the characters and their individuality, and I appreciated Dillon's sense of humor and willingness to make the best of his unexpected circumstances. The setting of medieval Ireland is one I'm fascinated with, so it was fun to escape to that time period and enjoy the historical details. The adventure and intrigue with Ailish and the element of danger with the supernatural kept the pace of the book steady and I enjoyed reading and seeing where the story took me.

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

About the Author

Margot Hovley grew up a country kid in Washington State, where she filled the tedious hours of farm chores with an overactive imagination. She loves her work with her church’s international magazines, but fiction writing is her favorite creative outlet. Time’s Dagger is her third published full-length novel. She lives in northern Utah at the foot of her beloved mountains, where she chases chickens and grandchildren and teaches piano to the somewhat willing. Helping run the family business is hectic, but she loves working with her husband, Art, and several of the Hovley children. How she finds time for writing is both a miracle and a mystery.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Love Blooms by Jennifer Faye

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Love Blooms
(Bluestar Island #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 284 Pages
April 13, 2021

“With the bloom of springtime flowers…
comes the opportunity for new beginnings.”

He's an injured firefighter. She bakes the most delightful treats. When their worlds collide will the baker help heal the firefighter with a mix of blueberry muffins and her caring way?

The elegant baker, Hannah Bell, has always lived on Bluestar Island with her family. While still grieving for her father, who died in a fire, she focuses all of her energy on making her dream come true--opening her very own bakery. But when a broken water pipe washes away her carefully laid plans, she's on the verge of losing everything.

New York firefighter Ethan Walker's life is in a tailspin after he's injured on-the-job. When an urgent call detours him to Bluestar Island, he agrees to help his lovable but meddlesome great-aunt. But organizing the island's Spring Fling proves a lot harder than he originally imagined. He needs help...and fast.

Under the magic of Bluestar Island's sea breeze and warm sunshine, Hannah and Ethan must not only face their immediate obstacles but also their own turning points in life. Will they have to do that alone? With a leap of faith and a dash of romance, they might just find the perfect mix to make their dreams come true.

Includes a delicious recipe for The Elegant Baker's Blueberry Crumble Muffin!

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Hannah rushed out the door and moved toward her bicycle. It had come from her grandmother’s estate. With a rusty frame, two flat tires, and a torn seat, it’d been designated for the junk heap. But Hannah remembered her grandmother’s smile when she rode it around the island and knew she couldn’t part with it.

A little sanding followed by a coat of hot pink paint, new tires, and a replacement seat gave the bike new life. The woven basket on the front just needed to be cleaned and it looked like new. And just like her grandmother, Hannah couldn’t stop smiling when riding it.

She slung her backpack purse over her shoulders and then set off. It was finally time to check on the progress of the bakery. She hadn’t been able to make it there yesterday, as she’d had a large baking order and she’d been exhausted when she finished.

Each day the crew was making marked progress. A smile tugged at her lips. It was going to look amazing when it was finished.

As Hannah rode through town, she waved at everyone she passed. She couldn’t imagine there was any nicer place to live. Spring had blossomed in vibrant shades of red, purple, yellow, and so many other lovely colors. The tulips were in full bloom. They were such a welcome sight as the colorful flowers encircled the tree trunks lining the street.

This was going to be the best year ever. These days she felt as though she were walking on clouds—big, white, puffy ones. Yes, life was that good. And dreams did come true.

“Good morning.” Agnes Dewey’s weathered face lifted with a smile as she paused from sweeping the sidewalk in front of her house.

Other Books in the Series

Harvest Dance

Coming October 2021
Pre-order from Amazon (affiliate link included)

About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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