Saturday, September 1, 2018

Review: The Patriot Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse



Book Four in the Daughters of the Mayflower series

Heidi Reads... The Patriot Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it

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Synopsis

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause
 

Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

My Review

I was surprised that such well-known real-life historical figures George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were incorporated into this story, but I loved seeing them with relationships and conversations that made them seem more human rather than iconic. Faith is an intrepid character, full of bravery, strength, and conviction. I enjoyed the prologue with Faith as a ten-year-old playing war games with the neighborhood boys. It showcased her tenacity and clever intellect, and was an attention-catching beginning to a story that had a somewhat slow but steady pace. The spy activities brought a strong element of suspense and tension to the plot, and I was fascinated by the methods and strategies employed by the Patriots as they prepared for revolution. The romance between Faith and Matthew is sweet and gentle in the midst of the turmoil, and I loved their relationship. A story that will definitely be enjoyed by fans of historical fiction!

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)



Check out the other books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series . . .

Book One

Heidi Reads... The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean

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Book Two
 Heidi Reads... The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo

The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo - set 1725 New Orleans

 Read my 4 star review here

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Book Three
Heidi Reads... The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep - set 1760 during the French and Indian War
Read my 5 star review here

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Book Five

The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road 
(coming October 2018)

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Book Six

The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore 
(coming December 2018)

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Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop!


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I've read so many amazing books this year! One of my favorites I ended up with two copies of, so I'm giving away an ARC of The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd! Enter below and check out the other blogs on the hop!

Heidi Reads... The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd


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Synopsis

Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder --including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process.








Falling In Love: A Clean Romance Event! $100 Kick-Off Giveaway!



Falling In Love
A Clean Romance Event

September is going to be an AWESOME month for clean romance lovers! I'm excited to kick-off this month-long celebration with this $100 Giveaway. Before we get to the giveaway...

Just look at this amazing list of authors who are participating!

Elizabeth Johns
Julie Wright
Jo Noelle  
Laurie Lewis  
Bria Quinlan  
Beth Labonte  
Sariah Wilson  
D.E. Malone  
Delaney Cameron  
Donna Hatch
Kimberley Montpetit  
Rachael Anderson  
Mylissa Demeyere  
Daniel Banner  
Danielle Thorne  
Aubrey Wynne  
Kimberly Krey  
Jennifer Griffith  
Jen Geigle Johnson  
Cindy Roland Anderson

Are you excited? I hope so because it's going to be a great month!

Each Monday through Friday for the rest of the month one of these authors will be spotlighted. There will be a $25 giveaway along with each spotlight which means there will be $500 given away in addition to this $100 giveaway! That's a total of $600 being given away plus you will have the chance to learn more about 20 AMAZING authors!

So let's start this off with the $100 Kick-Off Giveaway!
 

Giveaway Details One lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Code or $100 in Paypal Cash. Ends 10/1/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via PayPal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, PayPal, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader & Clean Wholesome Romance and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  





Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Rancher's Rescue by Cari Lynn Webb


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to the Book Blitz for
The Rancher's Rescue
By Cari Lynn Webb

Learn more about another Blackwell brother, read an excerpt,
sign up to review the series, and enter the giveaway below...

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The Rancher's Rescue
(Return of the Blackwell Brothers #2)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
September 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He isn’t home to stay

Until a mother-to-be changes his mind

Ethan Blackwell is back in Falcon Creek to save his family ranch after his grandfather disappears. When Grace Gardner reveals she’s pregnant with his child, she becomes Ethan’s top priority. But can he be the man he wants to be—preserving the Blackwell legacy and making a life with Grace—in a place he never planned to settle down?

Each book in the series will release as follows:
The Rancher's Twins by Carol Ross, August 1st
The Rancher's Rescue by Cari Lynn Webb, September 1st
The Rancher's Redemption by Melinda Curtis, October 1st
The Rancher's Fake FiancĂ©e by Amy Vastine, November 1st
The Rancher's Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart, December 1st


Excerpt

“Good Morning, Grace.”
Grace gaped and slowed on the porch steps of Brewster’s. The other half of her child’s DNA sat across from Pops. Ethan in his worn boots, faded flannel shirt and baseball cap smiled at her, stirring warmth through her. He returned his attention to the chessboard as if he’d been playing with her grandfather for years. As if this was their morning routine. As if he belonged here on this porch, waiting for her.
Waiting for her to confess.
Grace’s hand drifted to her stomach, her slight bump concealed beneath her jacket. Why did the truth have to be so complicated?
Still she couldn’t quite stall that swirl of warmth inside her from seeing Ethan.
She should be hot from irritation. She should be annoyed with Ethan for intruding on her usual morning routine. She always shared coffee and stories with her grandfather before the store opened. Before the other employees arrived. Before the customers took over the day.
Except this morning, they were a trio, rather than a duo. What was it with people inserting themselves where they didn’t belong? First, there was Sarah Ashley trying to step into the family business for the first time ever, and now, Ethan.
Was it so wrong that Grace wanted one thing to remain the same? To remain normal? In six months, nothing about her life would be either. But she could at least have her usual mornings with Pops, couldn’t she? Surely that wasn’t too much to ask.
“Sit down, Gracie.” Pops pointed at the empty rocking chair beside Ethan. The same one she sat in every morning while she listened to Pops reminisce about her grandmother or his childhood. “Your Ethan here, he already took care of your morning chores for you.” He eyed Ethan over the rims of his glasses and grinned. “Can’t ever get this girl to sit. But I got her good this morning, thanks to you.”
“I can make more coffee.” Ethan’s hand was on a stack of file folders. He glanced at her, and his guarded tone suggested he thought she needed several cups to tackle the Blackwell books.
“I’ve been making the effort to switch to tea.” Grace reached inside her purse for her special ginger tea. She was going to need to steep more than one bag this morning. Sitting next to Ethan was unsettling. She cleared her throat to smooth the accusation out of her voice and looked at him. “You’re up early.”
“Trying to get some errands done before Katie notices I’ve left.” Ethan placed a hand on his white knight and started to move the piece, but then paused to consider the chessboard as if everything hinged on this one particular move.
Whereas for Grace, everything hinged on her baby and keeping her stomach from objecting to the morning’s excitement. Would Ethan expect her to say checkmate when she told him about the baby? As if she’d neatly trapped him into being a dad. And what about marriage? She didn’t want Ethan to offer to marry her because she was carrying his child. But would he believe her?
“Keeping ahead of Katie Montgomery is almost as impossible as staying a step ahead of our Gracie.” Pops stuck his elbows out and leaned on his knees, as if anticipating Ethan’s move. As if Ethan proved a challenge to her grandfather. Ethan shifted his knight, taking Pops’s bishop. Pops rubbed his chin. “Sometimes you get lucky.”
Maybe Grace would get lucky and Ethan would confess he’d always wanted to be a father and couldn’t think of another person he wanted to have a child with other than Grace. The tea bag crinkled in her fist. What a ridiculous thought.
Only fools relied on luck.

Review Opportunities


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About the Author


Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She's been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent's 70 year marriage and her parent's marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn't always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.


Blitz Giveaway


- 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card and a copy of THE RANCHER'S RESCUE (print to US/CAN and ebook to international)
- 3 winners will each receive an ebook of THE RANCHER'S RESCUE (open internationally)
- Ends September 5th

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