Book Review: The Heart’s Charge

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m thrilled to bring you my review of The Heart’s Charge (Hanger’s Horsemen #2) by Karen Witemeyer which just released yesterday! I absolutely loved this book! Be sure to check it out!


About the Book

Members of Hanger’s Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they’d deliver a baby as well. Left with an infant to care for, they head to a nearby foundling home, where Mark encounters the woman he’d nearly married a decade ago.

After failing at love, Katherine Palmer dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. From mixed ancestry, illegitimate, and female, Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society’s mold. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her with his courage and kindness, but there are secrets behind his eyes–ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.

However, when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. Working together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well? 

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My Thoughts:

An absolutely amazing second book in the Hanger’s Horsemen series! After reading and absolutely loving At Love’s Command I was super psyched to dive into The Heart’s Charge, and what a fantastic ride this story is! I loved Mark and Jonah, they are both such fantastic heroes that I simply can’t choose a favorite! In my opinion the only thing better than a Karen Witemeyer written romance, is TWO Karen Witemeyer written romances in the same book! I absolutely loved that we get both Mark and Kate’s, and Jonah and Eliza’s love stories, it added a whole other level of amazingness to this story! And I LOVE that Ms. Witemeyer chose to feature an African-American hero and heroine, Jonah and Eliza brought to this book a beautiful diversity that, in my opinion, we need more of in Christian fiction!

Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention just how much I love that gorgeous cover! I could stare at it for hours, and I wish there was a way I could frame it and hang it on my wall! I’ve been absolutely mesmerized by this cover since the moment I first saw it, and it’s one of my favorite covers of all time!

I absolutely adored everything about this book, and most highly recommend it! The Heart’s Charge is a fast paced read that will take you on a thrilling ride and leave you blissfully grinning, and eagerly anticipating Preach’s story!

(5 Stars!)

I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. My review was not influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.


About the Author

For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit www.karenwitemeyer.com


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Throwback Thursday: Brett: Her Bodyguard

Happy Throwback Thursday, friends! Today we’re featuring Brett: Her Bodyguard (Second Chance Protectors #1) by Alexa Verde and Autumn Macarthur. This romantic suspense is on my summer TBR, I can’t wait to read it! Be sure to check this one out!


About the Book

When his stepbrother disappears and his niece and nephew are in danger, billionaire security expert Brett Jarvis doesn’t hesitate. His responsibility is keep the twins safe. Even when they come as a package deal with their pretty, faith-filled nanny. Being forced to spend more time with her convinces him he’s not the man for her. She’s a forever kind of girl, and he can’t offer her that.

Ashley Lamott won’t leave the children she cares for when their lives are threatened. But that means going on the run with their uncle. Surely she can deal with her attraction to the man she’s spent the past year avoiding. In her experience, men don’t stay around, especially men like Brett. The last thing she wants is to fall for him.

But as the danger escalates, she sees beyond Brett’s bad-boy reputation to the man he really is. And more, the man he could become, if he’ll surrender his painful past to God. Can they not only keep the children and Brett’s brother safe, but let faith and love heal their wounded hearts?

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About the Authors

Alexa Verde writes stories of love, faith, and mystery to warm your heart. She’d love it if you subscribed to her newsletter (every subscriber gets a free Christian romance after confirming the subscription as a thank-you gift). She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had twenty books and 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her popular series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules.

She hopes and prays that her stories will bring joy to her readers. Heartfelt thanks for interest in her books!

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Autumn Macarthur is an Australian writer of inspirational romance living near London with her very English husband, three spoiled cats, and a guinea pig with a dandelion addiction. She loves reading, cooking, gardening, and writing deeply emotional stories to make you smile and remind you how big and wide and deep God’s love and forgiveness can be.

She tends to talk a little too much, laugh a little too loud, and eat a little more than maybe she should. She’s thankful to be blessed with some good friends and a very patient husband. Most of all, she’s eternally grateful for God’s great love and mercy.

When she’s not talking to her strawberry plants or cherry blossoms, she can be found blogging at www.faithhopeandheartwarming.com; on Facebook as Autumn Macarthur, and on Twitter as @autumnmacarthur.


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Throwback Thursday: Hold Me

Happy Thursday, friends! For today’s Throwback Thursday we’re featuring Hold Me (Chapel Cove Romance #5) by Alexa Verde! If you’re a fan of Christian contemporary romance be sure to check this one out!


About the Book

Can she win the heart she shattered?

All divorcee Aileen McKenzie wants is a fresh start in her hometown, a new life with her teenaged son, their pets, and her fledgling pastry store. When she nearly drowns in a flood and her house and store are damaged, her first love—and the man she left behind over two decades ago—comes to the rescue. Old feelings resurface, and so do old hurts.

Roman Vela has built a successful business in home repairs. Only one thing has been less of a success—forgetting the girl who stole his heart at thirteen and destroyed it at nineteen. Growing up in a destructive household, he became “a fixer”, doing his best to repair anything that went wrong. But this, he cannot fix.

As they work together in the aftermath of the flood, Aileen and Roman grow close, but she might have to leave town—and Roman—again. Will a shy, risk-averse girl choose a safe life, or risk it all for love? And can Roman learn to rely on God to fix things instead of DIYing, and open his heart to a second chance?

Welcome to Chapel Cove, Oregon, where life begins at forty.

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About the Author

Alexa Verde writes stories of love, faith, and mystery to warm your heart. She’d love it if you subscribed to her newsletter (every subscriber gets a free Christian romance after confirming the subscription as a thank-you gift). She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had twenty books and 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her popular series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules.

She hopes and prays that her stories will bring joy to her readers. Heartfelt thanks for interest in her books!

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Book Review: Becoming Us

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m thrilled to share with you my review of Becoming Us by Jenn Faulk and Jaycee Weaver

Be sure to check out this great story!


About the Book

He’s easy-going and charming. She’s hot-tempered and tightly wound. Can they become better together than who they are apart?

Working through the disappointment of a teaching career that isn’t what he expected it to be, Mason Hayes’ otherwise cushy life gets turned upside down by the sudden loss of both parents in a car accident, leaving him with no one in the world. Until, that is, a half-sister he never knew existed shows up.

Hailee Miller-Garcia would do anything for Gina Bennett, including make a trip to meet the brother Gina’s never known – despite the issues Hailee’s having with her mother and little brother. As Mason’s life becomes entangled with her own, his laidback approach challenges her to reevaluate her own ways of dealing with the past, the present, and her dreams for the future.

Delving past friendship and growing into deeper feelings, it’s clear Hailee and Mason are better together. But the road ahead may be rocky and full of unexpected detours, challenging each of them to draw closer to Christ, work through their issues, and dream of a different future for themselves as they become more than a you and a me – they become us. 

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My Thoughts:

What a lovely story! I am a huge fan of Jaycee Weaver’s books, and this is my first read from Jenn Faulk. I love how the authors writing voices blended really well, but were still each unique and original! Mason and Hailee were great characters who were very relatable, I was rooting for them from the start! This book is the perfect blend of fun, lighthearted moments, swoony romance, meaty topics, and a beautiful faith story, all of which adds up to exactly what I’m looking for in a Christian contemporary romance! Becoming Us is a beautiful story of true love and discovering who God created you to be! I so enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.


About the Authors

Jenn Faulk is a native Texan who enjoys reading and writing chick lit. She’s a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom, and a marathon enthusiast who loves talking about Jesus and what a difference He’s made in her life. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and a MA in Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Check out her website: www.jennfaulk.com

A Nevada native and New Mexico transplant, Jaycee is a happily married mother of 3. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, photography, & all things kitchen and crafty. She considers herself a recovering perfectionist, grateful for the grace of God that covers a multitude of eclectic hot messiness. Check out her website: www.jayceeweaver.com


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Throwback Thursday: Her Secret Alaskan Family

Happy Thursday, friends! It’s time for Throwback Thursday and today we’re throwing it back to January 2020 with Her Secret Alaskan Family (Home to Owl Creek book 1) by Belle Calhoune. Be sure to check out this story!


About the Book

Can she come home to a place she’s never known?

Everyone remembers the kidnapped Alaskan baby…but they don’t know she’s returned home.

Sage Duncan is the only person in Owl Creek who knows her true identity: the missing Alaskan chocolate heiress. Now she’s returned to Alaska to learn about the family she was stolen from—without disclosing her identity. But keeping her deep secret from gorgeous town sheriff Hank Crawford is much harder than Sage thought…especially when she finds herself falling for him.

Home to Owl Creek

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About the Author

Belle Calhoune is a Publisher’s Weekly Best-Selling author of Heartwarming, inspirational romance. A member of the RWA Honor Roll, Belle is the author of over thirty-five books. A lifelong New Englander, Belle now resides in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters and two very spoiled dogs, a toy poodle named Copper and a black Lab named Beau. Her book, An Alaskan Christmas, is now a television movie, “Love, Alaska” and aired on the UPTV channel.

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Book Review: A Snow White Christmas

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m thrilled to bring you a review of another novella in the Once Upon a Christmas collection: A Snow White Christmas by Toni Shiloh! This is one of my absolute favorites of Toni’s books so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already!


About the Book

A Snow White Christmas — Sheltered heiress Amala White flees her conniving stepmother’s plans and finds refuge with a handsome orchard owner and his seven quirky uncles.

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My Thoughts:

Ahh, this story! *blissful sigh* It’s absolutely phenomenal! There isn’t a single thing about Amala and Marcus’s story that I didn’t absolutely love! I felt like I completely melted into this storyworld, and I did not want to leave when it was over, in fact I’m already itching to reread it! This novella made me so happy, and I had the biggest grin on my face when I turned the final page! Love, love, LOVED IT! A Snow White Christmas is not to be missed! Highly recommended.

(5 Stars!)


I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.


About the Author


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Visit her at www.tonishiloh.com


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Book Review: Claim My Heart

Happy Monday, friends! Today I’m thrilled to share with you my review of Claim My Heart by Mikal Dawn, this lovely novella released in 2019 as a part of the Once Upon a Christmas collection by Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, and Jaycee Weaver. This is a Christmas story but it’s the perfect read for any time of year, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already!


About the Book

Li Na and Colin Wen face off in a Mulan-esque courtroom battle where the real win might be losing their hearts.

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My Thoughts:

What an incredibly fun and enchanting story! I must confess that I have never seen Mulan, so this is the only novella in the collection that I was not familiar with its original fairytale, but that did not in any way hinder my enjoyment of the story! Li Na and Colin were such awesome characters! I couldn’t stop smiling while I read this novella, and I loved everything about it! Highly recommended. I cannot wait to go back and read Mikal’s novel, Count Me In! (And I totally plan to watch Mulan soon!)

(5 Stars!)

I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.


About the Author

Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and military (retired) wife. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Mikal lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two of their three children. Visit her at www.mikaldawn.com


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Book Review: Lost Down Deep

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m thrilled to share with you my review of Lost Down Deep (The Rose Tattoo Trilogy #1) by Sara Davison!

I absolutely loved this amazing romantic suspense novel! If you are a fan of Christian romantic suspense this is one you don’t wanna miss!


About the Book

She is the only one who can tell the police who attacked her in her home.
If only she could remember …
Summer Velasquez is on the run from a man she has no recollection of after an attack she can’t recall.
Every face in the crowd is a potential suspect, so how is Summer supposed to know who is a threat to her and who isn’t?
After fleeing her assailant and the parents who lied to her about what happened, she changes her name and seeks refuge in Elora, Ontario. The small town feels familiar, although she has no memory of ever having been here.
Even in what should be a safe place, she can’t shake the feeling that she is being watched.
When Ryan Taylor strolls into the Taste of Heaven Café where she works, Summer is immediately drawn to him. However, he may not be who he says he is either. As her suspicions grow, Summer prepares to run again.
But at least one person is determined to stop her. Permanently. And if she can’t remember who he is, this time he may succeed.

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My Thoughts:

This is a great romantic suspense novel by a new-to-me-author! I was quickly drawn into Summer’s story, I really liked her as a character, and I loved that even though she had amnesia one thing she hadn’t forgotten was her faith and her relationship with God, that was awesome!
I loved Jude, and I thought it was great that for a large portion of the book the author wrote him in such a way that it was hard to be 100 percent sure whether he was good or bad, which was total genius!
This book also has awesome secondary characters, I loved Nancy, Daphne, Shawn, and Cash to name just a few!
I loved that this book is primarily set in a small town, I don’t know if Elora is a real place or not, but either way I’d love to visit! And I hope the author will write more books set in this small town because I did not want to leave!
This book has a feel that is part Hallmark movie and part Lifetime Original Movie all combined with its own awesome brand of uniqueness!
Lost Down Deep is a fabulous book that is unlike anything I’ve ever read before!
This book hooked me at the beginning and kept me frantically flipping pages till all the mysteries were unraveled!
I highly recommend Lost Down Deep! I enjoyed it so much! And I look forward to reading more of Sara Davison’s books in the future!
(5 Stars!)


I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher. Which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own! 


About the Author

Sara Davison is the author of three romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy, The Night Guardians Series, and The Rose Tattoo Trilogy. She has been a finalist for ten national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian Author, a Carol, a Selah, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She has won both a Word Award and a Cascade Award. She resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to. You can find Sara and links to follow her on social media on her website: www.saradavison.org


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First Line Friday: A Future for His Twins

Happy Friday, friends! It’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Today I’m sharing the first line of A Future for His Twins by Susanne Dietze! This book sounds awesome, be sure to check it out!


And the First Line is…

Faith Latham had downed her usual portion of morning caffeine, but it was adrenaline, pure and simple, that made her hands shake when she locked the door to her antiques store.


About the Book

Will these children get their greatest wish?

A battle over a building could lead to a mother for his twins.

Tomás Santos and Faith Latham both want to rent the same building in town, and neither is willing to give up the fight. But Tomás’s young twins want a new mom—and they’re sure Faith’s the perfect fit. Can these little matchmakers inspire Tomás and Faith to put their differences aside and become a family?

From Harlequin Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Widow’s Peak Creek
 

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About the Author


Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s an award-winning, RITA®-nominated author who’s seen her work on the Publisher’s Weekly and ECPA Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama. You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com


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Book Review: All I Want

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m thrilled to share with you my review of All I Want by Toni Shiloh! Be sure to check out this awesome story that will give you all the feels!


About the Book

When Angel Lewis is tasked to decorate Bishop Allen’s place, she longs to be seen for the woman she’s become.

Bishop just wants to get through the Christmas season with his daughter and get on with his perfectly ordered life.

Time together changes everything as Angel’s heart unexpectedly touches Bishop’s life.

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Also available in ebook and paperback as part of the Hearts Aglow collection! (Cover links to Amazon!)


My Thoughts:

What an absolutely lovely story! Toni Shiloh is one of my very favorite authors and she has hit it out of the park yet again! I will admit that for a good portion of I’ll Be Home I didn’t like Angel very much, but by the end of it she had won me over and I was so excited when I heard she would be getting her own story! All I Want did not disappoint! Every time Toni releases a new book I gain a new book boyfriend and Bishop was no exception, he is such an amazing hero, and I loved him so much! Bishop and Angel were perfect for each other and it was an absolute joy to watch their romance bloom! And Bishop’s daughter Marvel, oh my word, what an adorable sweetheart! Her obsession with Marvel superheroes was so much fun, and she never failed to make me smile and laugh, I loved her so much and I would love to read a story about her as an adult (pretty please, Toni?!) This excellent story gave me all the feels and I loved every single minute I spent reading it! I adore the entire Lewis family and I’m hoping for future books in this series, I’d love it if Eve, Gabe, and Noel each get their own book! All I Want is a must read that I most highly recommend!
(5 Stars!)


About the Author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at www.tonishiloh.com

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