Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Deadly Christmas Pretense

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MENTINK, DANA
DEADLY CHRISTMAS PRETENSE

A cowboy to her rescue...but she's not who he thinks she is.

Posing as her sister for Christmas is the only way to save her, but Maggie Lofton needs help -- even if it means working with her twin's cowboy ex-boyfriend, Liam Pike. But between the bull's eye on her back and the dangerous connection she's forming with Liam, Maggie's mission is harder than expected. Will their tenuous partnership be enough to shield her when the killer closes in?

Roughwater Ranch Cowboys

My Review:

Forget the humans in this story -- I'm all agog over Jingles, the mutt who is "like a bad cold. You just can't shake him!" (p 158) Escape artist extraordinaire and velcro-dog to his hooman, Liam (who barely tolerates the poor little guy,) Jingles is the definition of dogged determination. He gets his man in the end (and is even willing to share him with Maggie.) I just love an unstoppable four-legged hero! Happy sigh.

Even though Liam is all gruff and irritated when it comes to this happy-go-lucky canine sidekick, the inevitability of the two becoming a bonded pair is a done deal. So much fun watching him succumb to all that doggy charm! And Jingles has some superhero tricks that make him that much more lovable. Okay -- I'll stop talking about the dog now. :-)

Deadly Christmas Pretense begins with a white-knuckle car chase and the tension doesn't let up! Lots of twists and turns and an intriguing, multi-layered mystery that needs solving. Maggie's in danger -- drawn into the chaos by her impulsive sister. Liam is a prime example of why I love cowboy heroes. His tough, take-charge attitude curled my toes as much as his tender side did. Maggie wasn't as impressed with the taking charge part though. :-) Sizzles and fireworks and heart-wrenching back stories bring a special zest to their romance. 

Another exceptional romantic suspense (with a dog!!!) from Dana Mentink.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a gently read copy of  Deadly Christmas Pretense, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 23 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Protecting Tanner Hollow

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EASON, LYNETTE
PROTECTING TANNER HOLLOW

Four nail-biting novellas in one!

Lethal Homecoming: Nolan Tanner never got over Kellie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.

Lethal Conspirancy: When professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father's campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in...

Lethal Secrets: Someone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help -- but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.

Lethal Agenda:  When Detective Derek St. John resuces a woman he's only met once before -- and has never been able to forget -- he finds himself falling for her. But he'll have to keep Claire Montgomery alive if they're to have a future together.

My Review:

Lynette Eason is one of my go-to romantic suspense authors so when she publishes novellas only in ebook format I have an epic meltdown. Serious, two-year-old tantrum time! Why? Because I don't read ebooks and it kills me to be left out! So imagine my biblio-euphoric delight when her Tanner Hollow novellas appeared in this paperback edition! Along with Derek St. John's (Blue Justice series) long awaited chance to shine in his very own story! I am all kinds of fan-girling over this collection!

I think what struck me most about these novellas is how different they are from each other despite the fact they share the same author. It shows just how versatile and talented Lynette Eason is.

 Lethal Homecoming is the classic kind of white-knuckled, nail-biting intensity that leaves a reader breathless. Lethal Conspiracy is a political thriller where no one believes the heroine witnessed a murder...except the murderer who wants to silence her. Lethal Secrets was the biggest surprise for me -- a heroine with five children! Haven't seen that in a romantic suspense -- ever! There's as much page time devoted to developing relationships as to the edge-of-your-seat suspense plot.

But the piece-de-resistance is definitely Lethal Agenda -- where readers are reunited with the St. John clan in so many wonderful ways. This is Derek's story but his family has his back and the sibling interactions are divine! I was all weepy happy by the end of this one. :-)

A truly stunning collection of compelling romantic suspense novellas -- and a definite must read for Blue Justice fans!.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  Protecting Tanner Hollow, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 23 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, November 18, 2019

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas

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MACOMBER, DEBBIE
A MRS. MIRACLE CHRISTMAS

Mrs. Miracle shows an ordinary family that they are blessed beyond belief in this uplifting holiday tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

As the holiday season begins, Laurel McCullough could use some good news. She and her husband, Zach, have been praying for a baby that seems more and more like an impossible dream, and they've had to move in with her beloved grandmother, Helen, who's having trouble taking care of herself. But when Laurel contacts a local home-care organization for help, there are no caregivers available.

Then Mrs. Miracle appears at her door. No stranger to lending a helping hand to a family in need, Mrs. Miracle, reveals herself to be nothing short of godsend. Helen's even convinced she's an angel! Still, Laurel has to admit that Helen has become noticeably happier and more engaged, decorating the family Christmas tree and setting up the nativity with Mrs. Miracle's companionship. In the meantime, Laurel and Zach begin to encounter curious signs, all pointing toward the arrival of a special baby.

With Christmas approaching, there appears to be even more to Mrs. Miracle than meets the eye. In a classic turn of Debbie Macomber's signature seasonal magic, Laurel, Zach and Helen experience a holiday of heavenly proportions.

My Review:

I goosebumped my way through this book! It was so touching and funny and sad and hopeful --the perfect ingredients for an inspirational holiday read.

Mrs. Miracle is back and living up to her name in this Classic Macomber Christmas story. And the McCulloughs are definitely deserving of some serious angelic intervention!  Honestly, I cried at the end. Great heaving, hiccupping sobs. It was so cathartic. :-) This is my absolutely, positively all-time-favourite Christmas novel by Debbie Macomber. The kind I'll want to read (or listen to) year after year.

I enjoyed the audible version and delighted in Cassandra Campbell's portrayal of these wonderful characters. Destined to become a Christmas classic (and hopefully another Mrs. Miracle movie!)

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  A Mrs. Miracle Christmas, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 23 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Christmas Cow Bells

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BRYAN, MOLLIE COX
CHRISTMAS COW BELLS

The first novel in Mollie Cox Bryan's brand new mystery series, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, will keep you guessing until the cows come home...

Christmas is time for new beginnings, so after her big breakup, Brynn MacAlister takes the gouda with the bad. With her three Red Devon cows, she settles in bucolic Shenandoah Springs, eager for a new life as an organic micro-dairy farmer and cheese-maker. Then her dear cow Petunia's bellows set the whole town on edge. But it isn't until Brynn's neighbor, Nancy, dies in a mysterious fire that her feelings about small town life begins to curdle...

It seems some folks were not happy with Nancy's plan to renovate the Old Glebe Church. But is a fear of change a motivation for murder? As a newcomer, Brynn can't ignore the strange events happening just on the other side of her frosty pasture -- and soon on her very own farm. Suddenly Christmas doesn't feel so festive as everyone demands she muzzle sweet Petunia, and Brynn is wondering if someone wants to silence her -- for good...

My Review:

Sometimes, when you're faced with a vast array of newly released Christmas fiction you just have to go with the book that has the decked out cows on the cover. That it's a cozy mystery is a bonus. And I get extra points because this is a new-to-me author as well. So many cozies, so little time!

What a moo-vellous start to a fun series! (Was that too cheesy?) Okay, I'll stop with the corny puns but it's hard to resist with those big brown eyes alight with holiday merriment watching me as I write this review. I love a cozy with critters and this one has a lot of them -- including a grief-stricken cow named Petunia. :-)

Brynn is living my dream -- organic farming on a small scale in a sweet little town...well, maybe sweet isn't quite the right word. There are a number of townsfolk who aren't keen on change and newcomer Brynn doesn't always feel welcome.

But when tragedy strikes, she discovers some close allies and even more suspects. Brynn wants answers when her friend is murdered but the sheriff isn't forthcoming and the fire investigator is just as annoying (though I sense perhaps a love interest in future books? Hope so!) In true cozy mystery fashion Brynn sets out on her own investigation and soon becomes entangled in intrigue and danger.

Bryan does a great job of mixing humour and holiday spirit into the mayhem -- including a live nativity, a crotchety minister and an ever increasing menagerie. Love how central characters are established and the community fleshed out. And the Christmas cheer brings a festive flare to the first book in Mollie Cox Bryan's new Buttermilk Creek Mystery series.

Sidenote: While not a Christam Fiction selection, this is a clean read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  Christmas Cow Bells, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 16 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

November Giveaway -- Week Three




WON BY TERRILL R.

WON BY CHERYL BARKER

WON BY DIANA FLOWERS

WON BY MARIA DB
AND
LAURA WALTZ
(Sqwooooeeep!!!!
couldn't resist doing two draws)


WON BY LIZ R.

WON BY MELISSA ANDRES

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 your 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 30 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 will be ordered within a week of receiving your mailing address and I'll email you to confirm your win is on its way. Give it a full month before inquiring about the status of an order to allow for processing and shipping time. Thank you!

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Falling For Grace

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RANDOM RETRO READ DAY!
FERGUSON, JANET
FALLING FOR GRACE

Grace Logan has taken a lot of tumbles in life, but she works hard to bounce right back. Dreams shattered and hope for reconciliation gone, Grace needs a place where she can pick herself up now that her ex is marrying her former best friend. Her boss's beach house in Santa Rosa seems like the perfect getaway, but stumbling into the attractive-but-damaged handyman next door isn't part of the plan.

After losing his infant son -- and his marriage -- Seth Gibbs is left with smothering grief and guilt. Bad memories make it difficult to find a new normal, so he escapes to his family's vacation home. Three years later, he's still in Santa Rose with no plans to leave.

That is...until Grace falls into his life.

My Review:

published in 2018

 I can't believe I'm just 'discovering' Janet Ferguson now! And what an introduction! This novella packs all the heart of a full length novel. My emotions were engaged from the very first page and I do so love to be emotionally pummeled by my fiction! Talk about gut-wrenching and hope-soaring!

Grace and Seth are both recovering from painful losses. Their chance encounter on the beach pulls them into each other's arms (literally) and sets in motion a breath-taking second chance love story. Raw and real and achingly sweet. And sometimes funny. All the elements that I enjoy in a romance.

I'm amazed at the way Ferguson packed so much into this shorter word count. Exquisite word choice and impeccable pacing propel the story along and turned Falling for Grace into an unputdownable read for me. Devoured it in one sitting and now I'm on the hunt for more.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  Falling for Grace, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 16 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Kiss

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DEKKER, TED
HEALY, ERIN
KISS

Let me tell you all I know for sure. My name. Shauna.

I woke up in a hospital bed missing six months of my memory. In the room was my loving boyfriend -- how could I have forgotten him? -- and my uncle and my abusive stepmother. Everyone blames me for the tragic car accident that left me near death and my dear brother brain damaged. But what they say can't be true -- can it?

I believe the medicine is doing strange things to my memory. I'm unsure who I can trust and who I should run from. And I'm starting to remember things I've never known. Things not about me. I think I'm going crazy.

And even worse, I think they want to kill me.

But who? And for what? Is dying for the truth really better than living with a lie?

My Review:

published in 2009
Thanks to my public library for providing me with an audio edition of this book

Once again I'm wrestling for ways to define Ted Dekker's work. This time he is paired up with Erin Healy (Kiss is her debut!) Both authors are known for their edgy thriller style suspense with hints of supernatural elements -- which is what makes this book so indescribable. Absolutely riveting though.

Shauna's story is edge-of-your-seat compelling. So many twists and turns and puzzle pieces to try to put together! I binged listen to Pam Turlow's narration, my heart racing as each new scene unfolded. Loved the deep characterization, the subtle inspirational threads nimbly woven throughout the chaos.and the way these authors kept me guessing about most everything right to the end.

I'm the reader book blurbs are written for. I cannot start reading until I've studied that description. I might even read it a couple of times to absorb it (yes, I know that's weird) before starting in on the story. And sometimes I flip back and study that book blurb again during my read. I don't know what that says about me -- but I really can't read a book without knowing something about it.

That's why tackling a Ted Dekker novel is so bookishly brave of me. :-) Because no matter which book description I read it will never fully prepare me for the adventure I'm about to embark upon. It's like reading blind. Just letting go and allowing the story to take me places I've never dreamed of. And I always come away soul-searching some aspect of my faith. That's what happened when I read Kiss. I've been challenged and encouraged and highly entertained. A breath-snatching thrill of a read!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  Kiss, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 16 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A Pursuit of Home

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HUNTER, KRISTI ANN
A PURSUIT OF HOME

In early 1800s England, Jess Beauchene has spent most of her life in hiding and always on the move in an effort to leave the past behind her. But when she learns the family she thought had died just might be alive and in danger, she knows her secrets can only stay buried for so long.

Derek Thornbury loves the past, which has led him to become an expert in history and artifacts. He knows Jess has never liked him, but when she requests his help deciphering the clues laid out in an old family diary, he can't resist the urge to solve the puzzle.

As Jess and Derke race to find the hidden artifact before her family's enemies, they learn as much about each other as they do about the past. But can their search to uncover the truth and set history to right lead to a future together?

My Review:

Sob! It's over, isn't it? This is the last book in Kristi Ann Hunter's Haven Manor series and I think I need to bring out the bookish widow weeds and mourn the end of this series in true Regency style. Sniffle.

I listened to the audible version (yay Beverley A. Crick -- excellent narration!) and I was so reluctant to say goodbye to these characters that I made the book last a week. I'd listen to a chapter and then pause while I relived every exquisite moment and had some fun plotting what might or might not happen next. Then I'd linger with those sweet memories until I couldn't stand it any longer and listen to another chapter and do it all over again. I needed to savor every last delectable second of this spectacular series. If it really had to end (that's debatable) this was one amazing grand finale!

I've been waiting forever for Jess's story. So prickly and aloof and lethal. She intrigued me from the moment I first met her -- waaaayyyy back in A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House series) and then she popped up again at Haven Manor being all kinds of mysterious (which is what Jess does best.)

The romance takes center stage and Hunter takes her time developing it. From enemies to frenemies to allys to...? I love the role reversal! It works brilliantly -- with Jess the knife-wielding spy and master of disguise while Derek is an ordinary scholar (well....more like extraordinary) who is so completely absorbed in art and architecture that he becomes befuddled by simple social niceties. Women rather scare him and he finds Jess truly terrifying...and compelling.

Sqwooooeeep Alert!!! (That's squeal, swoon and eeep smooshed into one hearty, blissful sigh of readerly satisfaction.) Barbed banter, intrigue and danger and a family mystery to solve. It all builds into a frenzy of bibliophile ecstasy -- especially since Hunter includes previous book heroes in all their besotted glory. I can't even express how thrilling that was!

The most romanticalist romantical Regency romance ever!!!!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  A Pursuit of Home, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 16 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A Daughter's Truth

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BRADFORD, LAURA
A DAUGHTER'S TRUTH

Born on the day Mamm lost her beloved sister, Emma Lapp knows she's a reminder of her mother's greatest sorrow. The one bright spot has been the odd trinkets left at her aunt's grave each year on Emma's birthday -- gifts Emma hides because they upset her parents. But on the day she turns twenty-two, a locket bears a surprise that sends her on an unexpected journey. Emma travels to the English world and finds a kinship as intriguing as it is forbidden. Is this newfound connection enough to leave behind the future she'd expected? The answers are as mysterious, and as devastating, as the truth that divides Emma from the only family, and the only life, she's ever known.

My Review:

Wow...just...wow! I've only read Laura Bradford's cozy mysteries so this Amish Women's Fiction with a touch of romance was a reading adventure for me. Totally gripping! I devoured it in an afternoon. Just couldn't put it down! I don't want to say much about the plot so as to avoid spoilers but it was an emotional edge-of-your-seat read for me!

Emma is so overwhelmed and confused and lost and I felt those exact same emotions right along with her. I had a lump in my throat and knots in my stomach the whole read. I just couldn't see how this gnarly mess of heartache and loss could ever be made right. Luckily, I wasn't writing Emma's story and Bradford weaves her magic with spectacular brilliance!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  A Daughter's Truth, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 16 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Dream of Death

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BERRY, CONNIE
A DREAM OF DEATH

On a remote Scottish Island, American antiquities dealer Kate Hamilton sleuths a killing that eerily replicates a murder still unsolved after 200 years.

Autumn has come and gone on Scotland's Isle of Rothsay, and the locals gather for the Tartan Ball, the annual end-of-tourist-season gala. Among the invited guests is American antique dealer Kate Hamilton. Returning to the island where her husband died is brutal,  but Kate is determined to repair her relationship with her sister-in-law, Elenor Spurgeon, the proprietor of Rothsay's deluxe country house hotel.

Kate has hardly unpacked when a body turns up, murdered in an eerie recreation of an infamous unsolved murder two hundred years before. And the only clue to the killer's identity lies in a curiously embellished antique casket. When Bo Duff, the gentle handyman who had tried to save Kate's husband's life, is taken into custody, she teams up with vacationing Detective Inspector Tom Mallory to clear Bo's name. To accomplish that, they'll have to unmask a killer who seems bizarrely fixated on the past...because two hundred years is an awfully long time to hold a grudge in A Dream of Death, the tantalizing series debut by Connie Berry.

My Review:

Eeeeep!!!! New cozy series debut!
Double Eeeeepppp!!!! by a debut author!

I'm slaphappy giddy over this new series....set in Scotland!! In a remote island location! Carrie over at Reading is My Superpower blog highly recommended this series and when she talks books, I listen! So glad I did because I am over-the-moon enraptured with everything about the Kate Hamilton Mysteries after reading this first book. And I have the second one (Christmas themed)  precariously balancing atop my TBR pile right now. I think I'll have to put it out of it's misery and read it next. Wouldn't want all the books tumbling down because of one over-enthusiastic cozy trying to get my attention. :-)

So -- why am I in such an enraptured delirium over A Dream of Death? Um...did I mention Scotland?! (It's worth mentioning again, don't you think?) And I enjoyed the 'seasoned' heroine -- a widow with two university bound children. Kate is a mashup of everything I like in a good friend. Empathetic, tenacious, loyal and stoically snappish when the occasion calls for it. The perfect crime-solving temperament. And a certain Detective Inspector created some interesting dynamics amidst all the murder and mayhem.

Then there's an island full of quirky characters -- pretty much all of them with motives to do harm. And I love the way Berry paces out the plot. Exacting details bring vivid images to mind without bogging down the story. You know how sometimes a cozy mystery can have so many detailed descriptions that it starts to distract from the story? Well, this author has found the perfect balance between creating the right ambiance while keeping the plot moving along with her excellent word choice and snappy dialogue.

Yikes -- I haven't even mentioned the alluring historical mystery that shadows the present day one. Along with an ancestor's diary that raises even more questions. What a delectable thrill of a read. Looking forward to many more happy hours spent with Kate and company. This author can't write fast enough to suit me!

Sidenote: While not a Christian Fiction selection, A Dream of Death is absolutely, positively a clean read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

Alas, currently this book is available only in library edition hardcover or ebook, so this giveaway is for a kindle copy. I have my library to thank for my luscious hardcover copy -- all glossy and shiny and new!

If you would like a chance to win an ecopy of  A Dream of Death, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 16 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Christmas Heirloom : Four Holiday Novellas

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WITEMEYER, KAREN
HUNTER, KRISTI ANN
THOMAS, SARAH LOUDIN
WADE BECKY
THE CHRISTMAS HEIRLOOM : FOUR HOLIDAY NOVELLAS

Four festive and heartwarming romance novellas that celebrate the magic of Christmas.

Perfect for the Christmas season, four beloved authors bring their bestselling, award-winning talents to a multigenerational collection of romantic holiday novellas. In stories ranging from 1820s Regency England to present-day Washington state, readers will be treated to Christmas tales of an heirloom brooch passed from from mother to daughter for almost two hundred years. Will the family legend claiming the brooch brings love to its recipient hold true for these women separated by the years but bonded together by the ties of family?

In Kristi Ann Hunter's "Legacy of Love," Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job...and introduce her to the woman's grandson. While he may be far above her station, she can't help but notice that his desire to make this Christmas special for his grandmother matches her own.

In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love as the holidays draw near.

In Sarah Loudin Thomas's "A Shot at Love," Fleeta Brady's rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her mother's brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance one December.

In Becky Wade's "Because of You," Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?

My Review:

published in 2018

One of my favourite Christmas reads so far this year (and yes I know I'm a year late to the party.) I don't read a ton of novellas but I'm fond of Christmas collections and these stories do justice to that beautiful cover. I love the heirloom brooch connection to all four stories and the way we get to follow it through the generations.

Loved the opportunity to time travel with four of my favourite authors, savoring spectacular love stories that span centuries. Each one reads like a full length novel with all the complexities of character and plot. Think toe-curls and swoons time four! Leaves a romantical reader kinda breathless! And you can't beat four happily-ever-after Christmas themed love stories to get you in the holiday spirit! A perfect pre-Christmas gift for any avid reader on your list (including you!)

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  The Christmas Heirloom, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 16 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!


Saturday, November 9, 2019

November Giveaway -- Week Two

WON BY KAY GARRETT

WON BY ELLY

WON BY ANNE PAYNE

WON BY CONNIE LEE

WON BY MARJORIE

WON BY KIM HANSEN

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 your 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 30 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 will be ordered within a week of receiving your mailing address and I'll email you to confirm your win is on its way. Give it a full month before inquiring about the status of an order to allow for processing and shipping time. Thank you!

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Friday, November 8, 2019

The Amish Christmas Matchmaker

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CHAPMAN, VANETTA
THE AMISH CHRISTMAS MATCHMAKER

She'll find him a wife for Christmas...
Which of these Indiana Amish Brides is next?

With her wedding business thriving, Annie Kauffmann could never leave her beloved Amish community. So when handsome Amish cowboy Levi Lapp tries to convince her father to move the family to Texas, she must put a stop to it. If Annie finds Levi a wife, he might forget his dreams of moving...but can she keep from falling for him herself?

My Review:

"No dream comes true unless you wake up and go to work." (p 30)

But what happens when our dreams conflict with those we love? Conflict and strife and lots of confusion, that's what! Because Annie is a woman of strong opinions and she isn't afraid to share them. Bluntly. Emphatically. Relentlessly. And she has a lot of opinions about the Amish cowboy stirring up talk of Texas in her tight-knit community.

And yes, I used Amish and cowboy in the same sentence. Let's pause a moment to reflect on the magnitude of that phrase. Think Amish hero with a stetson...and cowboy boots. Happy sigh. I love Levi -- he's unflappable in the face of Annie's ire. In fact he likes to tease her just for the fun of watching the fireworks go off. And there's just something about a hero who isn't afraid to dream outside the box -- even within an Amish community.

These two are at such opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to their life goals that I didn't know how they'd find their way to a happily ever after but Chapman managed to wrangle them into submission by the end. Loved the light touches of humour, the angst-riddled not-really-courting and the emotional sucker-punch of a conclusion. Vannetta Chapman at her best!

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Deadly Deceit

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WALTERS, NATLIE
DEADLY DECEIT

Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason -- to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian's only hope for finding the truth -- and the next big story -- is small-town law enforcement's lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes, and Vivian finds herself fighting for not only answers but also her life. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called The Watcher force Vivian to confront the secret of her past and decide: How much is she willing to risk for the sake of a headline?

Author Natalie Walters welcomes you back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name -- but no one knows your secret.

My Review:

Once again Natalie Walters has left me so gobsmacked I'm tongue-tied! What an incredible, deeply satisfying and intriguing romantic suspense!

The author takes us back to Walton, Georgia and I absolutely love the small-town drama and mirth that brings a special light to some seriously sinister darkness. While Deadly Deceit reads totally fine as a standalone novel, fans of Walters' debut, Living Lies, will be thrilled to catch up with Charlie and Lane in this one. Along with some much loved secondary characters. There's a vibrancy and candor to the characters this author creates that make them memorable long after the story is finished.

Both Ryan and Vivian had secondary roles in the first book and it was so much fun to see them a year or so later with Vivian just as singularly minded on making her mark as a reporter. This woman is driven and guarded and isn't about to share everything she knows with a certain deputy investigating a murder. She's all big city girl biding her time in small-town Georgia until a breaking story carries her into loftier journalistic circles.

But Ryan is all small-town boy -- the town's beloved geek who made a name for himself at Quantico. Now every agency in the country wants to sign him up but his devotion to family keeps him in Walton. And he has a super crush on Vivian. A kinda nerdy super crush which is so much fun to read. Be still my heart -- the flirty banter! The multiple superhero/lady love references. The teasing! The nicknames! Zings of humour in unexpected places. Happy swoons and giddy toe-curling all the way to the end! :-)

Riveting suspense with a complicated plot full of twists and turns and danger galore add to the rabid-page-turning quality of this read. Natalie Walters is definitely high up on my list of favourite must-read romantic suspense authors.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Alaskan Christmas Cold Case

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VARLAND, SARAH
ALASKAN CHRISTMAS COLD CASE

Christmas under fire...
The Ice Maiden Killer is back

For years a serial killer has eluded authorities -- and he's set Alaska trooper Erynn Cooper in his sights. Erynn's only chance at survival to to trust Moose Haven police chief Noah Dawson with her life and the truth about her past. But with Christmas quickly approaching, Erynn and Noah are running out of time to catch the murder...before Erynn becomes the next viction.

My Review:

There's nothing like a menacing serial killer to put an armchair sleuth on high alert! And the friends to lovers romance is exceptionally well done. Noah's known he's been in love with Erynn for years and he's diligently worked his way into her life -- as a friend. Erynn's aloof and prickly demeanor casts off all kinds of 'stay away' vibes, but Noah is patiently determined. (Delicious sigh.)

Truth is, Erynn is half-way in love with Noah (at least, that's all she'll admit to) but she's stubbornly set on being a loner. Partly because she doesn't want to get hurt but also because she doesn't want someone to get hurt because of her!

Cue the creepy stalker music and grab some comfort chocolate and settle down for a heart-pounding, stomach-churning, page-turning read!

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If you would like a chance to win a gently read copy of Alaskan Christmas Cold Case, 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 easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday November 9 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!