Tuesday, November 21, 2017

All She Left Behind

GIVEAWAY
KIRKPATRICK, JANE
ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND

Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s is an unforgiving place -- especially for a single mother. To support herself and her young son, Jennie finds work caring for an older woman. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman's widowed husband, a many many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal -- but the road forward is uncertain.

New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites you to leave behind your preconceived notions about love and life as you, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred -- but they never really die. Based on a true story.

My Review:

Jane Kirkpatrick finds the most interesting true-life heroines to highlight in her fictional biographies. Lesser known women who have lived exemplary lives. Women who define the pioneering spirit. Women like Jennie Pickett.

I'm astounded at everything she went through and what she accomplished despite so many hardships. An intelligent woman with a learning disability that made reading difficult who becomes a doctor? That's something to shout about in this day and age but in the late 1800s it's inconceivable. And Jennie's story is rife with emotional ups and downs though she remains steadfast in her faith.

Captivating, compelling and mind boggling. If you enjoy biographies of strong women who make a difference while overcoming insurmountable odds then this is definitely the book for you.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of All She Left Behind, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email in a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 26 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Belle : an Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

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PRICE, SARAH
BELLE : AN AMISH RETELLING OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

In author Sarah Price's fresh and inspirational retelling of a beloved classic, a dutiful young Amish woman agrees to marry a notorious recluse for her family's sake -- but the consequences are more than either bargained for...

To most townsfolk, he's known simply as The Beast. Annabelle Beiler has little interest in gossip, but she;s heard about Adam Herschberger's scars and his gruff, solitary ways. Though he sounds like a character from one of Belle's treasured books, the man is real and, it turns out, just as unreasonable as the rumors claim. When a buggy accident wipes out the last of her daed's money, forcing him to sell their farm, Adam buys it. Then he offers Belle a deal -- marry him, and her family can keep their home.

Everyone is shocked by Belle's decision, but she's determined to be a good fraa, cleaning Adam's rundown house and tending the overgrown garden. Breaking through her new husband's icy reserve will be another matter. Belle's courage and strength are abundant, but it will take true faith to guide Adam back to the heart of his Amish community -- and to the loving marriage they both deserve.

My Review:

True confession: I'm a tad shy of giddy over this new series -- and beyond grateful to whoever brought it to my attention during one of my Reader's Choice Weeks.

First off -- I adore fairy tale retellings -- I'm kind of compulsively crazy about them so I get butterflies in my tummy whenever I discover one in the Christian Fiction genre. But to add Amish into the mix? Be still my heart. It won't stop yoyoing around in an ecstatic frenzy because that combination is sweet perfection.

Love the seamless way Price has woven inspiration throughout the story. There are many stop-dead-in-your-tracks-and-ponder-that-thought moments. I love how both Belle and Adam grow as they dare to live their faith bravely. And it takes a lot of courage to banish past heartache and face the thoughtless cruelty of townsfolk who should definitely know better.

While the author stays true to the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, she has also created a unique romance -- Belle and Adam's love story is fresh and poignant, even funny in places. And she does an amazing job with the 'beastly' qualities Adam brings to the story. While Belle's gentle kindness coupled with a good dose of pluckiness keeps her 'beast' off kilter. So much fun to read -- and to pick out the fairy tale elements along the way.

This is the first book I've read by Sarah Price but it sure won't be the last. Especially since she's set up the next two books in the series so perfectly...at least, I think she has. Definitely a Cinderella retelling is coming out next -- there's a sweet peek of it at the end of Belle. But there's also another character, Sadie, who is a bit of a mystery and I'm thinking her story might just be a Snow White adaptation, but that's just my wild guess.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Belle, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 26 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

November Giveaway - Week Three


WON BY RACHAEL K.

WON BY KIM HANSEN

WON BY SUSAN P.

WON BY JASMINE A.

WON BY KELLY BLACKWELL

WON BY MARK

As always, I will notify the winners via email (if one is provided, otherwise it's up to you to contact me.) However, thanks to the nefarious ways of the Internet my email might wind up in your spam folder -- so keep your eyes peeled! If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening feel free to send your snail mail address to me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. From time to time a winner and I don't seem to connect so I have a one month time limit. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited. 

Just a note about delivery: I try to order the books within a week of receiving the winner's mailing address. Factoring in online order times and shipping times you should receive your book within a month of winning. However, since the Christmas season is upon us...gasp...when did that happen?!...all bets are off regarding delivery times. I've found in the past that books arrive super early or somewhat late from now through to Christmas. So please be patient....definitely give it a good month before querying me about a delivery.

And now....looking ahead to next week's giveaways:

fictional biography -- 
I don't read many but Jane Kirkpatrick's are always a good read

There are only two non-fiction must buy authors for me
 and Holley Gerth is one of them

Sqqqquuueaaaallll! 
A new series from Susan Sleeman!!!!! 'nuff said

Seriously -- Amish + fairy tale retelling = reader's euphoria

Swoonworthy Christmas Love Inspired Historical!!!!!!!

Retro Christmas novellas from some headlining authors!!!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas Double Cross

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BAILEY, JODIE
CHRISTMAS DOUBLE CROSS

Dead Ringer

Undercover Texas Ranger Colter Blackthorn's convinced Danielle Segovia is really a wanted criminal -- until she's nearly kidnapped right in front of him. Now Colter must keep her out of the clutches of the notorious drug cartel leader whose traitor sister is a dead ringer for Danielle. The drug czar wants the drugs he thinks the pretty shop owner stole from him. And with the younger brother Danielle is raising dragged into the crosshairs, Colt has to find a way to protect them both. But a showdown at Christmas -- with Danielle as bait -- may be the only way to make sure they all survive the holidays.

Texas Ranger Holidays: A Season of Danger

My Review:

They say everyone has a twin somewhere which is all well and good unless your 'twin' happens to be the sister of drug cartel lord. Everyone is convinced Danielle is Adriana Garcia -- even law enforcement at first. Lots of tangled webs to weave through before Danielle is cleared. At least, the good guys know who she is but the bad guys? They are still coming on strong. Danger and intrigue clash with an inconvenient romance and make this a stellar read.

Christmas Double Cross is the second book in the Texas Ranger Holidays: A Season of Danger continuity series but I had no trouble reading it as a standalone. And I have no idea how I missed the first book, Thanksgiving Protector by Sharon Dunn last month. I have to play catch up now, because I think I'll understand Colt a bit more once I've read that first book. He's pretty hard on himself over something that happened in the past and I have a feeling it happened in Thanksgiving Protector. I'll have to read it to be sure. But it keeps him wary and super sensitive and brings some delicious tension to the story.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Christmas Double Cross, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 19 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Lawman's Yuletide Baby

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HERNE, RUTH LOGAN
THE LAWMAN'S YULETIDE BABY

Her Holiday Hero

Widow Corinne Gallagher's plans for a peaceful Christmas with her kids go astray when longtime crush Gabe Cutler moves in next door. As if having the hunky state trooper in snowball-throwing distance isn't distracting enough, Gabe suddenly has custody of an orphaned infant -- and is in need of Corinne's help! She agrees, but her heart draws the line -- she can't fall for another lawman. After a devastating loss, Gabe has avoided fatherhood and love. Yet filled with Corinne and the children, his new house is starting to feel like home. Will Gabe run again, or finally fulfill his secret Christmas wish for a family?

My Review:

5 Tissue Box Alert.Because Herne delivers another turbulent story that perfectly captures the highs and lows of real life challenges. She packs enough emotional punches to send an unsuspecting reader reeling so you might want to keep an ice pack handy too.

Corinne is so determined to put her kids first...be the best mother and father possible. And that takes massive control...of everything. Trouble is, her kids are growing up and ready to face their own life challenges without mom hovering in the wings. Change is in the wind -- and she's not exactly a fan of change. Especially the kind of change that delivers a secret crush right next door. Not that she'd ever act on the attraction -- she's too busy focusing on her kids -- but it was easier to push down those pesky romantical feelings when Gabe wasn't living right next door!

Gabe. Let's pause for a moment as we all release a blissful sigh of euphoric anticipation. You might even want to add a hyperventilating bag to your reading kit since it's likely you'll need it once you get to know Gabe. Especially when a sweet baby comes on the scene. Be. Still. My. Heart. Gabe is the kind of hero who stays busy heroing in order to keep the past out of the present. And Herne doesn't mess around when she doles out tragedy. I was gutted when I found out his whole story.

Then there's this one scene -- so emotionally raw I felt bruised -- and the waterworks started and I blubbered my way all the way to the end when I didn't know if I was crying sad, mad, or happy tears. Probably a mix of all three. And sometimes there's nothing I like more than bawling my insides out over a really good story. The Lawman's Yuletide Baby totally fits the bill.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Lawman's Yuletide Baby, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email in a comment, remember to use AT and DOT in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 19 2017. Draw open to International Readers. Good luck.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sound of Fear

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PERRY, MARTA
SOUND OF FEAR

In the sweet subtle wind of a Pennsylvania Dutch town, a lost woman and a man of duty will risk their lives to uncover her true identity.

The foundation of Amanda Curtis's very existence cracks the moment she discovers the woman she thought was her mother has never given birth. Where she belongs is a question she can't put to rest. But when the clues lead her to a charming yet chilling small town, the threat against her begins to unfold.

Trey Addison is a fixture in Echo Falls. The town and the people are his to protect. He was born to take his place in the family legal firm, but now that a stranger desperate to unlock her past is depending on him, he's forced to make an impossible choice. If Trey doesn't protect Amanda, she'll walk straight into a deadly trap. If he helps her expose the secrets that haunt her, the truth could shatter them both.

My Review:

A page-turning suspense with a Gothic air and a dash of Amish. I absolutely love these HQN Marta Perry novels. Not in the Christian Fiction genre I usually read and review, but delivers a clean read and the suspense is so scrumptious. Amanda's world is turned upside down after the unexpected death of her mother -- the woman she always thought had given birth to her. Now with her inheritance in possible jeopardy, she needs to discover the secrets of her past and that leads her to the quaint, Englisch/Amish town of Echo Falls -- a place seething with secrets. Cue the scary organ music and be prepared for drama and danger as a family's skeletons are exposed.

If you have fond memories of reading Gothic romantic suspense by legends like Phyllis A. Whitney, Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt you will absolutely, positively love Sound of Fear (and it's predecessor, Echo of Danger.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Sound of Fear, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 19 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Ranch Rescue

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EASON, LYNETTE
EASON, LAURYN
CHRISTMAS RANCH RESCUE

Her Christmas Protector

When his former crush is suspected of tunneling drugs through her ranch, it's DEA agent Nathan Williams's job to find out if Becca Price is guilty. But after Becca is attacked, his top priority becomes protecting her. Convinced she's innocent, Nathan is determined to find the real culprit before the escalating threats become deadly. An ex's betrayal has left Nathan wary, and falling for the suspect he's secretly investigating in a no-win move, so he must keep an emotional distance. But with criminals preparing for a fatal showdown, can he find the truth in time to save Becca's life?

Wrangler's Corner: Family comes first.

My Review:

Love the background story about how this book came into being (make sure to read the author's note at the end.) I think I've read most every Lynette Eason book out there so it was fun to read this mother/daughter debut.

The ranch setting brings an extra thrill (at least to this citified armchair sleuth.) And the tension between Becca and Nathan. Oy. He's there under false pretenses only he isn't really because he cares about what happens to her and wants to protect her but her sheriff cousin has put him in an impossible situation and...it's complicated. Deliciously so. He's all moodily falling for her all over again and she's completely unaware only sometimes she sees a dark, brooding look and she thinks 'maybe there's a chance'.....Love that kind of push/pull in a romance.

And the suspense is so heart-wrenching because Becca is in way out of her depth. She's an innocent bystander caught up in the dangerous scheming of a nefarious villain. Things get desperate and creepy and downright jump-at-your-shadow dangerous. The perfect definition of a page-turner

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Christmas Ranch Rescue, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email in a comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 19 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.