Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Falling for the Single Mom

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ROSS, MIA
FALLING FOR THE SINGLE MOM

Her country boy

Big-city veterinarian Heather Fizgerald didn't plan on having kids...until her niece is orphaned one tragic night. Soon she's trading in her ambitious life for a small-town animal rescue. Heather didn't expect to fall for tiny Oaks Crossing...or its most charming bachelor farmer. But when Josh Kinley saves her niece from a near-tragic accident, he becomes more than her hero. Josh never though he'd fall in love again -- and most assuredly not with another city woman. But he can't resist the two adorable Fitzgerald females. Now if Josh can only convince Heather to put down roots and make a home with him...

Oaks Crossing: A small Kentucky town with a big heart

My Review:

True confession: I'm enamoured with this small Kentucky town...and all the critters at the animal rescue...and the whole McKinley clan...and Josh McKinley in particular. Oh. My. Word. Josh! My heart's all aflutter over that 'country boy' as Heather likes to call him. He's a sweetheart. Warm and funny and kind. He notices what needs doing and gets right to it. It takes Heather some time to warm up to him because he just seems too good to be true and...well...she's not in the market for romance and Josh is a little too tempting. Okay a whole lot too tempting so she really needs to keep her guard up. Which proves impossible when Josh turns one of his farm boy grins her way. Be. Still. My. Heart.  A scrumptiously sweet romance guaranteed to curl toes and raise heart rates. You've been forewarned.

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If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Falling for the Single Mom 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 December 11 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fatal Frost

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MEHL, NANCY
FATAL FROST

Following in her absentee father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty. And, unbeknownst to her, her father's recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang. Her boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent -- Mercy's ex-boyfriend -- to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed.

Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn't until a freak ice storm strands them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy to put them in great danger. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive -- if help is even coming at all?

My Review:

Nancy Mehl like you've never read her before! And I'm lovin' it! I've always enjoyed the way this author spins a suspenseful tale but until Fatal Frost all those mysteries have involved quaint Old Order Mennonite towns and while I loved that aspect of series like Harmony, Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary, I am over the moon about this new, hard-hitting law enforcement centred series.

Fatal Frost -- just the title sends a shiver up your spine, doesn't it? And brrr, curl up in front of a fire with a hot drink because the majority of this story takes place in the middle of a horrendous winter storm and Mehl's descriptive prose makes you feel like you're right there.

And be prepared for sinister chaos. These villains are e-v-i-l and sneaky and ruthless. I turned pages with breathless anticipation and read the last hundred in one gluttonous gulp. Great character dynamics and detailed backstory bring depth to both hero and heroine. Mercy is a walking contradiction. Even her name doesn't quite match her tough, stoic persona. She's built a wall around her heart and keeps everyone except childhood friend, Tally, at a distance.

She doesn't do relationships -- not even with a pet which is why her relationship with Mark came to a crashing halt. He said  'I love you' and she couldn't say it back. But she thought it and that was enough to send her running scared. Now they're together again facing danger at every turn. And neither of them have forgotten the intense emotions of their past. Seriously delicious -- and oh so torturous -- romance! As taut and tense as the relentless suspense.

An enthralling start to the Defenders of Justice series. Can't wait to read more!

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

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If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Fatal Frost 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 December 11 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Medical Judgment

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MARBRY, RICHARD L.
MEDICAL JUDGMENT

Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They've stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. Her late husband's best friend and a recovering alcoholic detective are trying to solve the mystery before it's too late, but both appear to be vying for her affection as well. Sarah finds herself in constant fear as the process plays out. 

 As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?


My Review:

I do so love a creepy stalker story even if it leaves me feeling like I need to resurrect my childhood nightlight habit. Mabry has woven a clever suspense with plenty of potential suspects and a criminal with an imaginatively evil mind. There's an equal dose of sinister danger and police procedural along with the occasional menacing point of view courtesy of Sarah's stalker. Shudder. I had a great time trying fit the pieces of the puzzle together and eventually succeeded....sort of. :-)

Then there's Sarah's 'ordinary' life. Her ER doctor persona is self-assured and decisive but that doesn't carry over into her off-duty hours. Not since she was widowed nearly a year ago. I loved the way she comes into her own as the story progresses. That old saying, "What doesn't kill you will make you stronger" seems to take on a whole new meaning when it comes to Sarah. And there's some great faith exploration as well, involving several characters. A captivating suspense that will keep you turning pages right to the end.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Medical Judgment 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 December 11 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Getaway with God : the Everywoman's Guide to Personal Retreat

SUK, LETITIA
GETAWAY WITH GOD : THE EVERYWOMAN'S GUIDE TO PERSONAL RETREAT

What if a simple day away could transform your life?

Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off as an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there's simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace and peace that God offers us.

Getaway with God does more than invite you to step away from life's pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must -- for your safe and for you family's.

With grace and warmth, Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away whether it's a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration. You'll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you'll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.

No matter what your season in life, the time for retreat is now!

My Review:

This book came through my mail slot at the perfect time. I`d just come home from a women`s bible study group where we`d been focusing on prayer. The instructor encouraged us to find time each day to spend time with with God. A ripple of uneasy laughter circled the room. Participants were all ages, from college student to 80 something living in a senior residence. Comments flew fast and furious. No one, it seems had the time.

The college student was up to her eyeballs in finals and incredulous that the senior lady couldn`t pray all day and night if she wanted to. But that dear lady complained that her days were full of interruptions from fellow residents wanting her to join in activities and outings and by the time she was alone in her little apartment she fell asleep! The young mom of preschoolers said she was lucky to get a couple of minutes to shower before her husband came home from work and couldn`t believe that the recent empty-nester in our group pined for the days when her children were little enough to keep corralled at home. That had been her most productive praying and studying time. Now she seemed to be running errands for everyone in her life, including the university bound kids and had less time than every before.

A profound silence finally settled around the room until the instructor gently pointed out that it was up to us to make the time for prayer whatever season of life we were living in. So then I come home to this book lying on my doormat. Talk about inspired timing!

Suk compares a retreat to "snuggling up to God and letting Him love on you." (p.21) And it isn`t as daunting as you might think with this book as your guide. It is really well laid out with lots of practical advice and plenty of options since one size doesn`t fit all when it comes to personal retreats.

Easy-to-read and full of great tips, it`s clear the author wants women to succeed in their own personal `spiritual spa` day. And she`s practical too, providing step-by-step guides to different kinds of retreats. There`s a great Inductive Bible Study example that I`m going to incorporate into my daily scripture study, retreat or no retreat! An uplifting, doable guide to help any woman draw deeper into relationship with God.

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Kregel Publications for providing me with a copy of this book.




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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cowboy Christmas


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CONNEALY, MARY
COWBOY CHRISTMAS

A secretive singer reawakens a cowboy's wounded heart at Christmastime

Singer Annette Talbot used her voice to spread the gospel with a traveling missionary troupe. When the Latrells take over and want Annie to dress provocatively and give up singing her beloved hymns, Annie flees to Ranger Bluff, Wyoming, dreaming of reuniting with her father for Christmas. But trouble chases her -- right off the edge of a cliff!

Elijah Walker's heart turned as cold and barren as the high plains in December after his ex-fiancĂ©e betrayed him and caused his father's death. But when he rescues Annie out of a freezing river, Walker's instincts tell him he must help a stranger in need.

With her hermit father retreating to the high country and the Latrells intent on kidnapping her to make money off her singing, Annie may have no way out.

My Review:

This is the first Mary Connealy book I ever read and I revisit it every Christmas because I love it that much! Annie and Elijah's story has become a holiday tradition in my house.

I love this author's unique style and quick wit. Her deadpan humour cracks me up every single time. And her characters explode off the page and keep me grinning and fuming the whole read through. When it comes to this hero and heroine, stubbornness abounds, complicating the path to a happily ever after. Lots of scope for plenty of reader angst. And the villains are truly dastardly and conniving. Even more reader angst. But I think tough-as-nails-with-a-heart-of-gold Ma might just outshine them all. A rollicking Christmas read!
 
PLEASE NOTE: COWBOY CHRISTMAS IS ONLY AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK AT A BARGAIN PRICE SO THE WINNER OF THIS DRAW WILL RECEIVE:
1) EBOOK OF COWBOY CHRISTMAS
2) WINNER'S CHOICE OF ANY MARY CONNEALY TITLE IN PRINT (please state your choice in your comment)
 
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 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Cowboy Christmas ebook + your choice of any Mary Connealy book in print please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Remember to state your choice of one other Mary Connealy book in print. 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 27 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hazardous Holiday

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JOHNSON, LIZ
HAZARDOUS HOLIDAY

Protecting his family

Just in time for the holidays, navy SEAL Zach McCloud returns home from deployment -- and discovers someone wants his family dead. When he married his cousin's struggling widow, he vowed to help her and her seriously ill son, and now he'll risk everything to protect them. Even if their arrangement is only temporary. Kristi's certain an unhappy client from the law firm where she works is determined to hunt her down. But when a sniper bullet wildly misses it's target, they begin to question whether it's really her someone wants dead. Working together, can they figure out why they've been attacked...and keep little Cody from the nefarious forces dead set on making this Christmas their last?

Men of Valor: These navy SEALs were born to excel...

My Review:

Intrigue upon intrigue. Seriously riveting stuff. Because Zach and Kristi can't figure out who is targeting them. So we've got murderous attempts with no clear reason why. Suspense and mystery combine to make this a truly compelling read. Twists and turns galore. And the romance? Well...um...Zach? Phew! Focused. Honorable. Protector. And he fantasizes about this in-name-only marriage becoming a real one. Cue the toe-curling kisses. Oh my! Kristi is a little slower on the uptake but she gets there...when it's almost too late! A page-turner of a read with a warm fuzzy Christmas ending!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Hazardous 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 December 4 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!