Friday, July 20, 2018

His New Amish Family

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DAVIDS, PATRICIA
HIS NEW AMISH FAMILY

Her home -- and heart -- on the line in the heartwarming conclusion to The Amish Bachelors series.

Widow Clara Fisher's late uncle promised his farm to her -- but she can't find the documents to prove it! Desperate to stop her Englisch cousin from selling it, she works to help of auctioneer Paul Bowman. Paul's always been a wandering spirit, but will sweet, stubborn Clara and her children suddenly fill his empty life with family and love?

My Review:

Clyde the matchmaking basset hound and his sidekick Juliet (a raccoon) are back along with eccentric Aenti Charlotte! And I do love Charlotte -- there's wisdom cloaked in the outrageous things she says, you just have to read between the lines. And how can you not love a woman who speaks both dog and raccoon? So glad this trio made it into the grand finale of  The Amish Bachelors series!

I'm going to miss these Bowman brothers/cousins and their extended clan. These folks know what living in community means and the way they rally around Clara and her children just melted my heart. With Paul leading the way, much to his surprise, because he's the happy-go-lucky-never-more-than-three-dates kind of fella. But there's something about Clara that threatens to turn his life upside down if he's not careful.

Clara's serious nature is the perfect contrast to Paul's ready wit and carefree attitude. The way he teases her! The banter is divine -- a combination of wit and tenderness so you don't know whether to laugh or swoon-sigh. But as much as I loved their romance I fear I spent most of the read seething and spewing not very nice things at a certain character who is evidently up to no good but we can't prove it. That plot thread kept me on tenterhooks right to the very end.

Davids has given the Bowmans a spectacular sendoff. I'm giddy and weepy all at the same time. But no worries if you haven't read the other five books in the series -- you'll still be able to thoroughly enjoy this one...and I bet you'll be hankering to play catch-up once it's all over. I might just re-read the whole series from the beginning.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Orphan's Wish

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DICKERSON, MELANIE
THE ORPHAN'S WISH

Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn's favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break.

Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he can from his teachers. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, he earns a position serving as the duke's steward. But that isn't enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child -- or the fact that he's an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend, Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune.

Yet once Aladdin departs, Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot. Now, Aladdin and Kirstyn must rely on their bond to save her from unexpected danger. But will saving Kirstyn cost Aladdin his newfound status and everything he's worked so hard to obtain?

An enchanting new version of the well-know tale, The Orphan's Wish tells a story of courage and loyalty, friendship and love, and reminds us wat 'family' really means.

My Review:

Only Melanie Dickerson could bring Aladdin to Medieval Germany and pull it off! Love the diverse aspect of an Arabian hero. Orphaned at a young age, Aladdin is rescued from a life of thieving and brought to a kingdom...er dukedom...that Dickerson fans are very familiar with. Love that the author included childhood details in this retelling and we get to watch both Aladdin and Kirstyn grow up -- and into deep friendship -- at the beginning of the story. And then, as in all good fairy tales, danger and mayhem threaten a budding romance as a nefarious villain seeks misguided vengeance.

The perfect summer read for the Young Adult in your life -- or the young-at-heart reader who still gets a kick out of YA literature (waves hand in the air enthusiastically.)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Top Secret Target

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MENTINK, DANA
TOP SECRET TARGET

Her true identity is a secret
The next explosive Military K-9 Unit thriller

With his ex-wife on a killer's hit list, military police lieutenant Ethan Webb and his K-9 partner, Titus, must guard the woman posing as her. But courageous private investigator Kendra Bell refuses to be just bait -- she wants to help bring down the killer. Can she play her part without falling for her pretend ex-husband?

My Review:

I somehow got behind on this Military K-9 Unit series so I happily get to play catch-up with books 3, 4 & 5 -- and have to do it quickly since the sixth book releases in September. And this is a long series -- nine books! I'm not sure I can handle the over-arcing suspense through to November! That wily Sullivan (crazy killer/stalker dude) is so brazen it has me spitting mad! Gah! Thankfully, each story has it's own mystery (or two) to solve so each book brings some resolution and, of course, a romantical happily-ever-after. :-)

But, oh no, early on I feared that I wouldn't connect with this heroine because of this:

"I don't like dogs," she snapped.
"That's okay. He probably doesn't like you either." (p17)

Bwahahaha -- great comeback, Ethan! And one of the reasons I loved him right away. He and his dog, Titus, are simpatico. Seriously, they know what the other is thinking and the they finish each other's sentences. Blissful sigh -- I do so adore a dog whisperer hero! And Titus -- that's him on the cover, isn't he handsome? -- well, he's right up there as far as hero material go so this book offers up double swoons for the canine devotees out there.

Thankfully, Kendra warms up to Titus -- seriously, how could she resist his charm? Speaking of which, Ethan has a bushel full of his own so I was a goner for most the read. Luckily there were enough hair-raising moments to slap me out of my fangirling stupor. And it's all punctuated with some great (and unexpected) laugh-out-loud moments! That's sweet perfection to this happily-ever-after-lovin' reader.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Blind Betrayal

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MEHL, NANCY
BLIND BETRAYAL

U.S. Marshal is tasked with escorting a reporter to testify before a grand jury regarding a missing environmentalist. At first, the assignment seems routine. But when it becomes dangerously clear that there's more to the story than anyone knows, Casey and two other marshals -- one a man from her past -- will have to do whatever it takes to survive.

My Review:

A devour-in-one-gulp suspense.

Nancy Mehl fans will be thrilled to come across quite a few familiar faces in this gripping cat-and-mouse tale. It can totally be read as a standalone, but I got a kick out of recognizing multiple secondary characters in Blind Betrayal. (This is the third and final book in the Defenders of Justice series.)

Be prepared for lots of heart-stopping, gasp-out-loud moments. This fast-paced suspense doesn't let up until the very end. Just when you think the author is gifting you with a stop-and-take-a-breather-moment...well, she isn't, so keep your guard up. :-) And in the midst of all that tension and danger, two U.S. Marshals reconnect and try to figure out the hiccups in their past.

Casey's tough -- and so intent on proving that she can hold her own in this male dominated field that sometimes she can come across as defensive and testy. Especially when it comes to E.J.trying to be gallant which makes for some exciting sizzle. They used to be partners, as close as can be, and then life -- personal and professional -- imploded. Love these emotionally difficult reunion stories. Not that there's a lot of down time to examine something as 'mundane' as a relationship, but fitting snippets of grousing and remorse and funny memories as bullets are flying is an interesting way to play catch-up!

Clear your calendar for this one 'cause it's a frantic pager-turner of a read!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

A Refuge Assured

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GREEN, JOCELYN
A REFUGE ASSURED

Fleeing one revolution to the aftermath of another, she seeks and dreams of peace.

Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia, but danger lurks in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers begin to suspect a young boy left in her care might be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement Asylum offer permanent refuge?

Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate his hard-won farm near Asylum, but he soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they are drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

My Review:

Whoa! This was a historically eye-opening read for me. I knew next to nothing about most of the history in this novel. (Be kind and keep in mind that I'm not American.) To go from the French Revolution to the upheaval of a new country -- breath-snatching and gobsmacking doesn't begin to cover it. I mean, who knew that French aristocrats escaped to Philadelphia? Seriously, Philadelphia? And the decisions that Washington and Hamilton made -- well, I've only heard their 'hero' stories so that was startling...and infuriating. And a whiskey tax? I had no idea! Hair-raising stuff!

So, with all that for a backdrop you can just imagine how riveting A Refuge Assured is. Rich, decadent prose, compelling characters and a plot that never lets up. Honestly, not just twists and turns on the road to a happily ever after but complete u-turns that made a nail-biter out of me.

And can we pause for a moment to swoon over our rough-and-tumble-but-oh-so-noble Irish hero? Serious fainting couch material but does Green ever make him work for his just rewards. :-) Hard. My heart felt like a yoyo for all the dips and dives and loop-de-loops it did. My rib cage is still tender from all that pummeling. And Vivienne's personal journey is just as tumultuous!

An emotional blockbluster of a read!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

July Giveaway -- Week Three


WON BY TAMMY NELSON

WON BY LANE HILL HOUSE

WON BY TERRILL

WON BY TIFFANY HALL

WON BY MINDY HOUNG

WON BY CONNIE LEE

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 don't connect so I have a one month time limit on giveaway wins. If I haven't been able to reach you in 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. 

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

All My Tomorrows : 3 Historical Romance Novellas of Everlasting Love

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WITEMEYER, KAREN
HEDLUND, JODY
CAMDEN, ELIZABETH
ALL MY TOMORROWS : 3 Historical Romance Novellas of Everlasting Love

Stories of love that will last through every tomorrow

Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund and Elizabeth Camden are among the most acclaimed authors in the historical romance genre -- their novels have won a RITA award, a Christy Award, A Christian Book Award, and multiple Carol Awards. These beloved writers offer for the first time in print three unforgettable historical novellas that celebrate true love.

Karen Witemeyer's "Worth the Wait" takes readers to the Harper's Station women's colony where a single mother must overcome pain and fears of the past in order to trust a gruff but kind freighter who has helped the women expand their business.

Jody Hedlund's "An Awakened Heart" follows a young woman into the shadows of New York's tenements where she and a newly appointed minister spar over the best way to car for the poor and orphaned.

Elizabeth Camden's "Toward the Sunrise" finds a female medical student trying to overcome the ramificiations of a decision that leaves her at the mercy of a stubborn but handsome attorney.

My Review:

Toward the Sunrise published in 2015
Worth the Wait published in 2017
An Awakened Hearat published in 2017

Sqquuueeeeaaaalllll! I'm so excited that these novellas are finally available in paperback!!!! Since I don't read ebooks I've been missing out on some of my favourite series. So, yes, you might have read these stories, but here's a chance to get them in hard copy for your Keeper Shelves...I mean, with these stellar authors, how can you resist?!

We've got spunky heroines who know how to frustrate their heroes to no end. There's lots of drama and angst sweetened with laughter and warmed with toe-curling romance. What more can you ask of your fiction?

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

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Her Cowboy Reunion

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HERNE, RUTH LOGAN
HER COWBOY REUNION

A new life...an old love. Can she risk loving him again in Shepherd's Crossing?

With her family in disgrace, Lizzie Fitzgerald never imagined she'd end up at an Idaho ranch. Fortunately, she's working with horses she loves -- even if it means dealing with her old sweetheart Heath Caufield. The widowed father of an adorable boy, Heath hasn't forgiven Lizzie for their past. But even a stubborn cowboy can't stop the heart's ability to forgive...or love again.

My Review:

Woohoo! A new Ruthy series! I'm already in love with Shepherds Crossing -- a struggling town that needs an infusion of community spirit to pull it through some trying times. And yes, I consider this town an important character in the book. Wish we could get 'her' perspective now and again -- oh the stories 'she' could tell! Starting with all the shenanigans going on at Sean Fiztgerald's old ranch. 

Lizzie didn't know the uncle who left her part owner of his Idaho ranch but she has every intention of honoring his dreams for the place -- even if it comes with the man she's spent a decade trying to forget. Oh la la -- that emotionally charged first scene! There's tension galore that carries forward into an awkward partnership that morphs into wary friendship that transforms into...well...let's just say we get to the happily ever after long way round 'cause Lizzie and Heath are stubborn! And they remember things differently which means they are both carrying grudges based on half truths and...oy. There's lots to sort out.

Luckily they have a great cast of secondary characters to help them including an adorably precocious five-year-old named Zeke and Lizzie's almost-like-a-mama friend (and so much more), Corrie, whose wisdom is worth taking to heart.

"Sometimes we spin in circles because we've misplaced our direction. When we can't see our way forward we tend to run in place." (p 73)

See what I mean? And there's a lot of running in place and spinning circles when it comes to this hero and heroine. Heath has a son to consider and  the memory of a wife to honour and Lizzie just wants to distance herself from the debacle that is her family (well, aside from her sisters) and neither wants anything to do with the other. Really?!

And speaking of sisters -- they've yet to make an appearance but they are part of the inheritance too and future heroines in the series, I believe. But I also hope that a certain cowboy, namely Jace, might just find himself a hero of his own story too. I know, I'm a greedy reader who always wants more when it comes to Ruth Logan Herne's stories.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

No One Ever Asked

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GANSHERT, KATIE
NO ONE EVER ASKED

Three families. Two school districts. A dozen miles between them, but worlds apart.

When an impoverished Missouri school district loses its accreditation, the nearby affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open its doors to bussed students. Soon the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fund-raiser, faced with a rattling discovery that threatens to tear apart her picture-perfect world; Jen Covington, a career nurse whose painful journey to motherhood finally results in a happily-ever-after, though not the one she anticipated; and Anaya Jones, the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, who is unprepared for the minefield she is stepping into. As tensions rise, Camille, Jen and Anaya will fiercely protect their loved ones -- but at what cost?

Inspired by real world events, No One Ever Asked is a riveting tale about the way we see one another, the lies we tell ourselves, the questions and stories that go unexplored, and the tragedies that result from our blindness.

My Review:

Sometimes a book comes along that pretty much discombobulates my reviewing capabilities and No One Ever Asked is just such a book. Powerful. Compelling. Uncomfortable. Frustrating....and hopeful. But it's a hard read. My heart still hurts. My head is still spinning. And my emotions are all over the place. In short, I'm still rattled so this review will be too. Fair warning!

Ganshert tells the story from three points of view. Women who come from diverse backgrounds, each engaged in their own personal battles with some pretty heavy issues when a political decision unexpectedly throws them together.There's picture-perfect PTA mom Camille Gray who appears to have it all; Jen Covington, who has yearned to be a mother in the face of the impossible and now that she is, nothing is going as planned; and Anaya Jones, the first African-American teacher to be employed at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school. Their stories are real and raw and not always pretty.

Most everyone will agree that blatant racism is ugly but what Ganshert tackles in this impactful novel is the subtle nuances of racial tension that often go unnoticed -- even within ourselves. There are two big takeaways for me at this point, though I'm still mulling it over -- this is the kind of book that doesn't leave you even though you've reached 'the end' -- so I'm sure there'll be more.

The first thing that struck me was how each woman had a preconceived idea of who the others were and what their life was like -- both good and bad. And that coloured their impressions and reactions. I mean, seriously, how often have I done that in my own life? So sure that 'her' life was better than mine or 'she' didn't have any real challenges or I am so in awe of 'her' because she has it all together I could never measure up.

The second takeaway that I am digging deep into is so simple and yet it's not -- listen. Seriously -- do I actually hear with my whole being -- heart, mind and soul -- when someone is speaking about something important to them? Or am I so busy formulating a rebuttal that I haven't let their words seep into my being so I can truly empathize? Especially if what they are saying contradicts what I feel. Challenging stuff, right?

Oh -- and a third takeaway that just struck me now -- see I told you there would be more! Just because I don't understand somebody's story doesn't mean it isn't valid. If I limited my world view solely to  my experiences, well, that would make for a pretty short-sighted view, wouldn't it? I need to  trust other people's stories so that I can expand my understanding and open my heart to the kind of all-encompassing love talked about in the bible -- "Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear." (1 John 1:18)

Phew -- lots to ponder over at the conclusion of this read. Especially thankful for the no-holds-barred discussion questions the author has provided at the end of the book. No One Ever Asked would be my top pick for a book club selection this year!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Ella : an Amish retelling of Cinderella

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PRICE, SARAH
ELLA : AN AMISH RETELLING OF CINDERELLA

In Sarah Price's heartwarming Amish version of this best-loved fairy tale, a hardworking, overlooked young woman is rewarded in unexpected ways. 

"Be kind and have faith." Ella Troyer strives to abide by her mother's final words, although life in the small Amish town of Echo Creek isn't always easy. Her new stepmother, Linda, treats her coldly, and her two stepsisters, Drusilla and Anna, delight in gossip and laziness. After her father's death, Ella stays at home to manage the household chores, rarely seeing another soul. Until, one day, while running an errand, she has a chance meeting with a young Amish man from a nearby town.

Drusilla and Anna are full of admiration for charming, affluent newcomer Hannes Clemens, and Linda hopes to ensnare him as a husband for one of her girls -- while keeping Ella out of the way. As for Hannes, he longs to catch another glimpse of the mysterious young woman who can sing so sweetly and bake the most delicious pie he's ever sampled. Now, with a little help from some unlikely sources, Ella dares to hope she might find her heart's dearest wishes -- for love, family, and a home of her own -- coming true at last.

My Review:

Sheer brilliance! I get giddy just thinking about this Amish fairy tale series. We've had Beauty and the Beast and now Cinderella and Snow White coming out in the fall. I truly hope that this series is as endless as the number of fairy tales out there! It's so much fun to spot the similarities to the original tales while marveling at the unique Amish twist Price brings to each story.

"Be kind and good, no matter what happens, for God has a plan for you." Ella has lived by the wise counsel of her dying mother in the midst of the most trying times. Clearly I am not as sweet natured as our plucky heroine, because I seethed in fury at the odious Linda's horrid behavior and loudly encouraged Ella to be anything but kind and good. Ha! I love getting riled at the villains in a fairy tale -- especially since I know justice will be served in the end. :-) And the way this familiar tale plays out is pure magic. This author is beyond clever and I want to say so much more but you really need to discover all the delightful nuances yourself. A truly sublime read that will make you happy.

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If you would like to win a copy of Ella : An Amish Retelling of Cinderella, 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 to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 15 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Amish Widow's New Love

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TOLSMA, LIZ
THE AMISH WIDOW'S NEW LOVE

He's her first love...will he be her last?

Naomi Miller can't believe Elam Yoder's back in their community after all the pain he caused! Still, the young Amish widow must reunite with her disgraced first love to raise money for her infant son's surgery. Elam's remorse seems sincere, as does his commitment to helping Naomi and her baby. Elam's looking for forgiveness -- and a new life with Naomi and her bobbeli by his side.

My Review:

I've been enamored with Liz Tolsma's World War II novels so I was anxious to see how she handled something so completely different. After all, writing an Amish romance requires a certain skill set and I'm happy to say she delivers the same quality of storytelling in this new-to-her genre. I appreciate the homework she did on the Amish in Wisconsin and how she has woven their lifestyle and faith into a captivating second chance romance.

Kind-hearted, well-meaning Elam is so impetuous that sometimes it seems like everything he does is wrong while level-headed Naomi only wants to create a secure future for her infant son. Elam was trouble once upon a time and she has no intention of getting tangled up with him again. There's too much hurt in the past and while she tells herself she's forgiven Elam, she swears she'll never forget.

Tolsma explores the true meaning of forgiveness in this touching romance. And I love how that theme plays out in a number of characters' lives -- not just the hero and heroine. An honest -- and raw -- look at the healing power grace can bring to the most tormented soul. Definitely looking forward to more of stories of this Wisconsin Amish community.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Amish Widow's New Love, 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 July 15 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Accidental Guardian

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CONNEALY, MARY
THE ACCIDENTAL GUARDIAN

She's the only witness to a wagon train attack. Keeping her safe, though, means his world is about to be turned upside down.

When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he's finally carved out a home and started a herd -- while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He'd hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise.

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling -- yet enticing.

Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter -- but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.

My Review:

Sometimes nothing else will do but a Mary Connealy Western. Her subtle humour crops up in the most unexpected places and I love that! It can be in the midst of dangerous action or a quiet reflective moment or even a tender romantic one and suddenly I find myself laughing out loud. Makes reading a Connealy a real adventure...as if there isn't enough of that in her stories already!

From the heart-in-throat opening scene to the domestic chaos of the last chapter, The Accidental Guardian kept me turning pages faster than  the quick draw of a wild west villain! And there are some bad 'uns in this story. And when they find out Deb is a witness to their dastardly deeds...shudder.

Luckily she has Trace on her side. The self-appointed guardian of the trail suddenly finds himself in charge of women and children -- both foreign entities to him! Love Trace -- a bear of a mountain man who is decent and kind and totally out of his element when it comes to interacting with his unexpected charges. The romance that develops is tender and sweet -- and totally awkward. I'm grinning just thinking about Trace and Deb.

The author has managed to leave some story threads dangling -- not enough to cause severe cliff-hanging reader anxiety but enough to make me anxious for the next book in the series which is coming out in October (and has the most awesome cover!)

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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 The Accidental Guardian, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an 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 July 15 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

July Giveaway - Week Two



WON BY MELISSA OLDAKER

WON BY CC

WON BY JASMINE

WON BY CARYL KANE

WON BY LAURA DRUMB

WON BY MELANIE BACKUS

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 info. From time to time a winner and I don't connect so I have a one month time limit on giveaway wins. If I haven't been able to reach you in 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 HAVEN'T LEFT AN EMAIL OR IF I HAVEN'T BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REACHING YOU. Books are usually ordered within a week of receiving a winner's mailing address but give it a full month before contacting me about the status of an order to allow for processing and shipping times. Thank you.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:

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