Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Shattered Silence

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PERRY, MARTA
SHATTERED SILENCE

A woman on the run seeks sanctuary in a peaceful Pennsylvania Dutch community -- and finds a protector in the most unlikely of men...

One moment Rachel Hartline is secure in her career and community. The next, she's in the wrong place at the wrong time -- watching her ex-husband commit a crime that puts her in unfathomable danger. Fear and hurt send her home to an Amish farm and the family she's always trusted. But a private investigator is close behind -- and he may be a threat to her in more ways than one...

Cold, calculating Clint Mordan isn't convinced Rachel is as innocent in her ex-husband's schemes as she claims, but when her ex's enemies target Rachel, Clint is driven to keep her safe. Maybe the terror in her beautiful eyes and the target on her back aren't an act. But as his feelings toward her deepen, Clint realizes he's the only one who can keep Rachel alive in a game where only the killer knows the stakes.

My Review:

"Some secrets should never be kept." Isn't that a great shiver-up-my-spine tag line? I can't get enough of Marta Perry's brand of romantic suspense! And she delivers another stellar read in this conclusion to her Echo Falls series.No worries if you haven't read Echo of Danger and Sound of Fear (though you really should!) because Shattered Silence reads fine as a standalone. And aren't those titles perfect for this genre?

You might say a series of unfortunate events places Rachel at exactly the wrong place at the wrong time and thrusts her into  a world of danger and intrigue. Enter PI Clint -- cold, calculating and cynical. He's good at his job because he concentrates on just the facts...which are leading him to the conclusion that Rachel is up to her neck in her ex's illegal schemes. There's such a contrast between these two -- mild-mannered kindergarten teacher vs tough-as-nails cop. Let's just say their first encounter doesn't go well. :-)

When Rachel is threatened in her own home she flees -- heading for the one place that makes her feel safe -- her grandparent's farm. Although she was raised Englisch by her troubled mother, she spent carefree summers living Amish with her extended family. It is to them she turns to...and brings peril to their door.

Great suspense, an awkward, wary romance and plenty of action and tummy-whooshing moments as danger dogs their heals. And while not technically a Christian Fiction selection, Rachel's Amish family provides plenty of food for thought when it comes to faith and trust and living right. Like this sage advice from Grossmammi"

"Poor child. She spent her life looking for happiness. But happiness isn't something you find. It's something that comes along unexpected when you're doing the right thing." (p 151)

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy Shattered Silence, 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 to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 19 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Winning Miss Winthrop

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MILLER, CAROLYN
WINNING MISS WINTHROP

Catherine Winthrop has cried out to God too many times to count. Years ago, the man who stole her heart rejected her -- and she's never recovered. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it's her home and her family's good name -- and she has no one to share her grief.

Jonathan Carlew's life may look enviable from the outside -- wealthy, handsome, landed -- but the mystery surrounding his birth has shadowed his entire life. Now as he ascends to the barony, fresh challenges await, including a scheming mama who wants him to embrace power, even at the cost of losing love. How can he remain the kind, honorable man he strives to be and still meet the demands of his new society responsibilities?

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England's royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in Carolyn Miller's new series won't want to miss this new set of characters.

My Review:

Jane Austen eat your heart out! There's definitely a Persuasion vibe to this incredible first book in a new series by Carolyn Miller. We're back exchanging banter and barbs in Regency England where appearances are everything and everyone must live by an exhaustive list of rules or be cut from polite society. And our hero and heroine -- Catherine and Jonathan -- are a pair of the most exasperating characters I have ever met within the pages of a book.

Misunderstandings based on assumptions and wounded feelings create havoc in their lives as they are thrown together by circumstance. Unlike most romance novels, this couple spends a lot of their time apart; but since readers are privy to their innermost thoughts we also have a front row seat to their deepest longings. These two dunderheads are in love and have been for some time but neither is willing to forgive the other and, until they do, they have no hope of unraveling the past and revealing the truth. I never wanted to knock two heads together more than with Catherine and Jonathan. And give them a good scolding while I was at it. Talk about a page-turning reader dilemma.

As in all Miller's stories, this one has a fascinating and infuriating cast of secondary characters. Catherine's mother -- like nails on a chalkboard! That woman grated on my nerves something awful even though she did provide some groan-out-loud laughable moments as well. Catherine has the patience of a saint to put up with her mother's histrionics, that's all I can say! And fans of Miller's previous series (Regency Brides : a Legacy of Grace) will be thrilled to discover some familiar faces in Winning Miss Winthrop which is a surprise bonus! (Though it isn't essential that you read the first series to follow this one.)

I'm in a euphoric tizzy of Regency proportions having just finished WMW -- and giddy with delight over the fact that the second book in the Regency Brides : a Promise of Hope series is already out. Miss Serena's Secret here I come!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Winning Miss Winthrop, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email, 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 to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 19, 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

August Giveaway - Week Two


WON BY CHERYL BARKER

WON BY KATHLEEN E. NEWBERRY

WON BY DEBRA SHUTTERS

WON BY LUCY REYNOLDS

WON BY LISA HARNESS

WON BY TRIXI

You know the drill: winners will be contacted if they left their email address otherwise it's up to the winner to contact me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca with their mailing address. From time to time a winner and I do not connect so I have a one month time frame on giveaway wins. If I haven't been able to reach you within thirty days of your win, it will be forfeited. This has happened a few times now so, please, DON'T BE SHY -- CONTACT ME IF YOU DIDN'T LEAVE YOUR EMAIL  OR IF I HAVEN'T BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REACHING YOU.

Books are usually ordered within a week of receiving your mailing address but give it a full month before inquiring about the status of an order to allow for processing and shipping times. Thank you!

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK:

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Image result for rescue operation lenora worthImage result for more than meets the eye karen witemeyer
Image result for a widow's hope vannetta chapmanImage result for the ladies of ivy cottage by julie klassen

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Summer on Sunset Ridge

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MACLAREN, SHARLENE
SUMMER ON SUNSET RIDGE

Brought up on a Quaker farm near Philedelphia at the brink of the Civil War, plainspoken Rebecca Albright is expected to be charitable, peace-loving and submissive. However, those traits don't always come naturally to the feisty abolitionists. Spirit and spunky, Rebecca's chief ambition is to aid the Underground Railroad no matter the cost -- until her path collides with Sheriff Clay Dalton who is grimly fighting battles of his own. When tensions between the North and South escalate, the two find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be -- and to determine whether their newfound friendship can stand up to a myriad of conflicts.

My Review:

published in 2017

I do so love a spirited and spunky heroine and Rebecca is all that and more! But she's also a devout Quaker and I love the contradictions...which aren't really contradictions if she's following God's leading in her life. MacLaren has included lots of fascinating details about the Quakers that has left me with a greater understanding and respect for the faith.

Great family dynamics within the Albright clan provide the perfect backdrop for Rebecca and Clay's unlikely friendship. Neither are free to act on the attraction that threaten to draw them into a forbidden relationship. Angst and yearning, laughter and hope -- it's all such a tangled mess of delectable page-turning.

"God is designing us, piece by piece like so many quilts. In the moment, it's difficult to envision what we'll look like in the end, but He sees the finished product, and it is our place to trust Him to put us together as He sees fit."

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Summer on Sunset Ridge, 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 to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 12 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Friday, August 10, 2018

No Place to Hide

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HARRIS, LISA
NO PLACE TO HIDE

A witness to murder...now she's running for survival

Former navy diver Ryan Kendall's father sent him to Brazil with a simple assignment: extract compromised witness Ellie Webb. But with Ellie determined to trek into the Amazon, following a lead on her father's murder, Ryan must protect her. As cartel members and pirates chase them, though, can they survive the dangerous jungle...and take down a killer?

My Review:

Phew! I still feel a little lightheaded after racing my way through the Amazon jungle with Ellie and Ryan. If the bad guys don't get them, the creepy crawlies just might! I'm still scratching phantom mosquito bites!

 I just love the exotic locales Lisa Harris sets her stories in.They really amp up the suspense and enhance the romance. Both of which are over the top in No Place to Hide (aptly titled by the way, because there really isn't any place to hide.) So Ryan and Ellie find themselves making a stand for justice. Instead of fleeing evil, they face it head on.

Harris sets a relentless pace of action, danger and betrayal. Then she teases her readers with tender romantic interludes that promise a happily ever after is in store for this hero and heroine...if they can make it out of the jungle alive! It's all completely spellbinding and not to be missed if you're a romantic suspense fan!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of No Place to Hide, 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 to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 12 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Falling for You

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WADE, BECKY
FALLING FOR YOU

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is reveling in the peace and quiet of her hometown right up until the moment she comes face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend, Corbin Stewart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants...except where Willow is concerned. He's never been able to forget her, but Willow makes it crystal clear she's unwilling to risk her heart again.

When a decades-old mystery in Corbin's family brings them together, will the heartbreak in their past and the complications in their present keep them from falling for one another all over again?

My Review:

Warning: Ugly Cry Book!!! Proceed reading with caution. My eyes are so swollen I can barely see the keyboard so excuse any typos. And you might want to add a pair of sunglasses to your Reader Emergency Kit -- you know, to disguise the reader hangover if you must go out in public any time during the read or for quite some time afterwards.

I love the Bradford sisters! I am so invested in this family I'm about ready to go over there and knock some heads together. That's because Wade has expertly set up Britt's story (at least, I hope that's what she was doing!) As if there wasn't enough angst to go around with Willow and Corbin. But that's why I love these sisters because they are there for each other and aren't afraid to speak the truth while knowing when to back off and be quietly supportive. And they understand chocolate!

"Eat chocolate. Chocolate helps clarify thinking." (p 202)

Which brings me to my second warning: Copious amounts of chocolate may be required as fortification during this read. Have an extra supply on hand.

Now, can we talk Corbin? (the hero who is going to turn you into a chocoholic.) Be still my heart -- and I mean that literally since it's been caterwauling at an outrageous pace since page one. Corbin with his niece. Sigh. Corbin wounded in love. Sigh. Sigh. Corbin who is putty in his niece's hands and makes the greatest sacrifice ever -- contacting ex-girlfriend Willow Bradford. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh! And I'm just getting started.

He has a wicked sense of humour and this book has some of the best flirty banter I've ever read. Drooled over actually. He just can't help himself. And Willow can't either.When Corbin decides he wants Willow in his life again, well, there's no stopping him. He proceeds with the same kind of dogged take-no-enemies approach that made him a football hero. I do believe Corbin might the most romantical of all romance heroes. At least he sets the bar pretty high.

Willow, on the other hand, has been deeply hurt. She knows she needs to forgive, but that would mean letting go of the bitterness that has become the shield that guards her heart. And it's not just Corbin she's mad at. She blames herself as well.

And this is where I need to issue a third warning: copious amounts of tissues will be consumed during this read. Be well stocked before even thinking about opening up this book! I bawled my eyes out over Willow. Her personal story turned me inside out. Hers is an excruciating journey towards understanding that she doesn't have to work at being good enough because Jesus made sure she is enough. Right now. In all her brokenness. Saved and redeemed and reconciled. Such a powerfully moving inspirational love story.

God bless this author for sharing the truth about Jesus in a format that has the power to touch lives and transform hearts while bringing comfort and peace. And that right there is why I keep reading Becky Wade's novels.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like to win a copy of Falling for You, 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 in the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 12 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Cowboy Bodyguard

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MENTINK, DANA
COWBOY BODYGUARD

She must protect a baby...with her secret husband's help

In this Gold Country Cowboys novel, Jack Thorn gets a surprise call from the woman he married in secret years ago. Shannon Livingston needs his protection for herself and the baby she's hiding from a biker gang targeting the mother. Now Jack must help Shannon, even if shielding her means pretending to be a true husband to the only woman he's ever loved.

My Review:

Phew! Talk about setting a reader up for lots of romantical angst! Married, but not really. Jack wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to Shannon even though he tries to steel himself against further hurt. And Shannon's just plain discombobulated. She was sure the marriage was over before it had a chance to begin and she's fine with that -- except Jack's the first person she thinks to call when her life is in danger. And she's not surprised when he drops everything and comes running so what does that tell you? That you're in for a rollicking ride on this literary roller-coaster, that's what!

Not that there's tons of time to actually delve into the tumultuous romance -- not with a crew of relentlessly diabolical villains. There's something uber scary about gang alliances. These guys don't quit! And that means Jack and Shannon and their infant charge are constantly on the run. But don't despair -- the Thorn clan has their back and fans of this series will happily posse up with the brothers to keep this trio safe.

Mentink delivers another frantically breathless romantic suspense! (And there's still one brother left who hasn't met his perfect match so I'm hoping that means there's another Gold Country Cowboys book in our future.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Cowboy Bodyguard, 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 to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 12 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!