Friday, October 31, 2014

His Montana Homecoming

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MINDER, JENNA
HER MONTANA HOMECOMING

Snowbound with a millionaire

Faith Shaw can't wait for another hometown Thanksgiving with the good people of Jasper Gulch. Turkey, mashed potatoes, apple pie—and this year's centennial celebration. Yet there's one person who isn't happy to be there: Dale Massey, the Shaw family's reluctant houseguest. When a winter storm strands the big-city millionaire in Montana, he is far from pleased. But the mayor's daughter suspects Dale's all-business attitude is masking a deeper hurt. Faith can't help but feel he was sent to Jasper Gulch for a reason. Can an old-fashioned girl and some holiday tradition help bring  his weary heart home?

Big Sky Centenial: A small town rich in history…and love

My Review:

A brilliant read because....drum roll please...I didn't like the hero in the beginning. Seriously. No fireworks. Not a smidgen of a swoon. In fact, if I'd read his profile on an online dating website I would have run away screaming. Okay -- maybe not that drastic, but I wouldn't have been interested. And I wouldn't have picked him for Faith Shaw. So why is this a brilliant read? Because the author slowly peels away the posh fa├žade that Dale is hiding behind so her readers get to see the gem of the man beneath. Wow! Toe-curling character development turned Dale Massey into one of my favourite fictional heroes. And Faith knew he was worth it all along. Clever woman. Loved the way their relationship developed, along with more hijinks and surprises and familiar faces in Jasper Gulch. You don't need to have read the other books in the Big Sky Centennial series, but if you have you'll feel like you've come home when you read His Montana Homecoming.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of His Montana Homecoming please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 2 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

High Country Holiday

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KAYE, GLYNNA
HIGH COUNTRY HOLIDAY

When Cody Hawk returns to Canyon Springs, Arizona, to make peace with his ailing  father, his bad-boy reputation is still intact. So is his love for the woman he was  forced to leave behind. But the privileged Paris Perslow is still off-limits. When  Paris needs his help with the annual holiday gala, Cody braves the town's disapproving glances for a second chance with his first love. Years ago Cody promised he'd return for her. But with everyone and everything against them, what will it take to prove to Paris that his love is the perfect gift?

My Review:

This novel has all the elements of a classically good Christmas story. A hero who can't live down his family's past and a small town with a long collective memory.  A heroine trying too hard to please everyone around her -- to the point that she almost loses hope of her own dreams for the future. Oh, and she's part of the town's elite -- a stark contrast to the hero's 'trailer park' roots. Talk about ranking the angstometer into overload! A captivating story that pulled at my heart strings. I was alternating between swooning in romantic euphoria and fuming in outrage over small-minded prejudice.  Gobbled this one up in an afternoon.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of High Country Holiday please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 2 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Betrayed Hearts

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MASON, SUSAN ANNE
BETRAYED HEARTS

Lily Draper comes to Rainbow Falls in search of her biological sister, the only blood relative she has left. Emotionally scarred by her preacher father, Lily avoids religion at all cost. Her new landlord, an aspiring minister, soon has her questioning her views. Can she learn to trust Nick's heart or will her sordid past destroy their love?

Nick Logan hopes to take over for the retiring minister who has groomed Nick for the job. But Reverend Ted seems to feel the position requires Nick to marry an upstanding woman, namely Ted’s niece. When Nick finds himself falling in love with Lily Draper, the woman least likely to become a minister's wife, his problems escalate. And when Reverend Ted gives him an ultimatum, Nick faces an impossible choice.

Can he accept God’s will and still find a place for Lily in his life?

My Review:

Debut novel from an up and coming Canadian (and now multi-contracted) author. Love being in at the very beginning of a writing career. The gripping prologue had my heart rate elevated, my curiosity piqued and me salivating for more.

Lily's a diamond in the rough and I love that Nick sees the good in her from the very beginning. He's the product of a conservative small town upbringing and he grapples with allegiance to the mentor he very nearly idolizes when Lily comes to town. He thought his life was all mapped out, but his attraction to Lily sends him off course...according to small town gossip. Committed to the Lord when we first meet him, his faith is stretched to its limits as the story unfolds and he is the better for it by the end.

In contrast, Lily's faith journey has stuttered to a stop when she arrives at Rainbow Falls. In fact, it's back stepped into non-existence thanks to the negative influences of her adopted father. Her coming to terms with her past and finally accepting her worth as a daughter of God makes for an inspiring read. Emotion bleeds from every page as the rocky beginnings of a romance stabilize into something life-changing. Awesome read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Betrayed Hearts please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 2 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Quilted by Christmas


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BAILEY, JODIE
QUILTED BY CHRISTMAS
 
A grandmother's last wish is to communicate God's love through an Irish chain quilt.

Taryn McKenna believes she's easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree---something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches.

When Taryn's grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project---an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?
 
My Review:
 
An angsty romance that kept me squirming right to the very end. In fact, my tummy was in knots for most of the read. Bailey doesn't play nice with her characters. She ups the tension and twists the plot and stretches the conflict so tight I didn't see how a happily ever after was possible. She should be reported for cruelty to characters. :-) I ached for both Justin and Taryn -- wounded by the past and holding their hurt inside. I wanted to smack them upside the head and tell them to spit it out already. Of course that would have shortened the book and consequently my reading enjoyment so I kept my mouth closed...this time.
 
Quilted By Christmas isn't all drama though. There are still plenty of sweet and funny and tender moments. A great blend of emotions that swept me away. And great twists on incorporating the quilting theme. Can't say more for fear of spoiling the plot, but it was fun to read!
 
A solid inspirational thread tie families...and the hero and heroine...together by the grace of God. A reminder that only through Him can the impossible be made possible.
 
My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book.
 
GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of At Bluebonnet Lake please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 2 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

At Bluebonnet Lake

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CABOT, AMANDA
AT BLUEBONNET LAKE

Her life is set to warp speed. His is slowing to a crawl. But love has its own timing.
Marketing maven Kate Sherwood's world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is grind to a halt at Rainbow's End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. Still, she cannot deny her ailing grandmother's request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week fifty years ago. There, Kate meets Greg, who appears to be the resort's unassuming handyman. But there's more to Greg than meets the eye--billions more, in fact.

Kate isn't looking for romance, but she can't deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate's long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?

Amanda Cabot invites you to step into a place away from the pressures of the day. You might be surprised by what you find at Rainbow's End.

My Review:

Wow -- so excited that this is the first in the Texas Crossroads series. Not only is At Bluebonnet Lake a stunning contemporary romance, but Cabot has laid some wonderful groundwork for the future books. She says there will be at least two more. I'm hoping for way more than that.

Love the whole idea behind Rainbow's End. The symbolism brings a certain magic to the story. But the physical resort is completely captivating too. I totally want to visit -- especially if I get to meet Kate and Greg in person. 

Don't you just love it when romance takes a heroine unawares? Especially a ladder-climbing executive type who has no intention of setting foot in Texas again after this one vacation with her grandmother. Never say never, Miss Kate Sherwood, especially when God has different plans for your future.

Though Kate is career-oriented, she's kind, compassionate, funny and dedicated to her grandmother. Really, why would Greg even try to resist? Well, he doesn't try hard, though he is at a crossroads of his own and hesitates to add romance into the mix.

There is a great inspirational thread seamlessly woven into the very fibre of this story. I love how natural it felt -- and though both Kate and Greg are Christians, they learn a lot about trusting God not just with their future, but their present and their past as well. Some really powerful testimonies touched me during the course of this read.

Simply put -- At Bluebonnet Lake is a special blend of inspiration and romance that will lift your spirit and touch your heart. It doesn't get any better than that, right?

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of At Bluebonnet Lake please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 2 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October Giveaway - Week Four







As always, I will contact the winners by email however thanks to the nefarious ways of the Internet my email might land in your spam folder so keep your eyes peeled! :-) If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening please email me your snail mail address at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca From time to time winners and I don't seem to connect, so I have a month time frame. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:


Friday, October 24, 2014

The Lawman Returns

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EASON, LYNETTE
THE LAWMAN RETURNS

Dangerous homecoming...

Deputy Clay Starke has come home to Wrangler's Corner for one reason only: to solve his brother's murder. Denied the official resources that will help him unravel the case, Clay is forced to rely on his wits—and on the help of beautiful social worker Sabrina Mayfield. But Sabrina's willingness to assist him soon draws her into the troubles of Clay's past. Now both Clay and Sabrina have targets on their backs, and Clay is at risk of losing not only his heart, but also his life. Will finding his brother's killer cost him the woman he has come to love?

Wrangler's Corner: Family comes first

My Review:

Page-turning suspense at its very best. My heart rate accelerated the second I started reading. Eason knows how to lure a reader in and keep her hooked until the very last page. A complex plot kept me on my toes. Loved the balance between mystery and suspense. I was trying to figure out clues right along with Sabrina and Clay -- while anxiously looking over my shoulder in mounting fear. Spine tingling good.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Lawman Returns please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 26 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

My thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.