Friday, February 22, 2019

Healing Hearts by Sarah M. Eden

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Healing Hearts (Savage Wells, #2)

Healing Hearts by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Description Wyoming Territory, 1876

As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.

When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara's message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.

But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.



My thoughts:  This book made my heart feel good. Sarah M. Eden has a way of writing an intelligent story with humor and emotion. I will never tire of reading her novels.

Miriam has endured some horrific trials. I am grateful that we live in a time where the body is better understood that it was in 1876. Miriam has a medical condition that leads to her institutionalization. After two years of living a nightmare, she escapes to a small town in Wyoming to be a nurse for a local Doctor. This should be a safe place to leave her past behind, but she does not know that she is there to marry the Dr as well as be his nurse. The awkwardness of the beginning of the book is cringe-worthy. I could see it coming and I had the inclination to run and hide to avoid reading it. :)

The book keeps on going from the beginning. There are many awkward situations to overcome. I love how once Miriam was accepted by the town, she became one of them and they did what they could to protect her.

Dr. Gideon MacNamara is a man of compassion and able to do what is best for others, rather than feel sorry for his wounded pride. He is the perfect love interest for Miriam.

Once again, I have been taught while being entertained.



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Sarah M Eden has written some of my favorite books.  I love everything of hers that I have read.  To get a full list of her books, visit her Goodreads Page!

I'm Looking forward to "Upon My Heart Forever" by Amber Lynn Perry


Can three days be enough to mend two broken hearts? 

When Clara Moore learns of her brother's unthinkable scheme--to take her to England and force her into a hasty marriage--she knows she must escape New York. But when she finds out who it is who has accepted the job to take her to Boston, she almost rethinks her own hurried plan. For the handsome man who comes to her aid is none other than Ethan Barrik--her former fiance. He left her heart in shambles six years before. Can she trust him a second time? 

Ethan Barrik is no stranger to struggle. But tracking the enemy, and war-time spying is nothing to the pain of regret he has endured. Ready at least to leave everything behind, he accepts one last job for a friend, only the discover the person he's really helping is Clara Moore--the woman he still loves. Despite her ire, he knows he must make every attempt to make it right--and hope she will find a way to forgive him and give their love another chance. 



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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bloodline by Kathi Oram Peterson

Bloodline by Kathi Oram PetersonBloodline by Kathi Oram Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Suspense



Book Description:  France, 1371. The old Queen of France lies on her deathbed with a secret she will take to her grave: there is one true heir to the throne, one who would have the power to ally France and Scotland. But after her death, all that will be left are a few shreds of evidence revealing the stunning identity of her successor.
Flight attendant Skye Armstrong has heard the voice of warning before, and as she’s returning home from London, she recognizes the feeling of dread that accompanies her sixth sense. Walking from the airport terminal to get to her car, she pauses in the middle of the road. Her hesitation gives a Good Samaritan the split second he needs to pull her out of the path of a speeding car, saving her life. But her misfortunes are just beginning. When she arrives home, she discovers that Auntie Marjorie has been kidnapped, and cryptic instructions have been left behind: Skye must retrieve the contents of a safe deposit box and deliver it to the captors . . . No police. Her feelings of dread return.
What Skye discovers in the bank box is baffling: a single page. The ancient document is certainly valuable, and with no time to lose, she goes to the rendezvous to discover the next step. A cell phone rings beneath a park bench. She answers the call, and on the screen is a picture of Auntie, unconscious. Now the kidnapper demands Skye find two more pages or her aunt will die.
What secrets are hidden within the illuminated pages, and who believes they are worth killing for? And what role does the Good Samaritan play in all of it?



My thoughts: This book was very interesting. It is full of history from  France and Scotland. The historical characters it centers on is Robert the Bruce and Queen Jeanne D'Evreux. Not only are historical events mentioned but some of the folklore surrounding them.

Skye Armstong is a flight attendant who finds herself in the middle of a mystery when her aunt is kidnapped and she must find three pages of ancient text to free her aunt. It is a daunting task but she has the help of the attractive Scotsman who saved her life more than once in one day.

The setting is from the US to France and then to Scotland. It is a whirlwind journey with the bad guys behind them at every turn. It is hard to know who she can trust and who has her best interest at heart. Kathi Oram Peterson did a great job at hiding the identities of the bad guys. I usually figure things out before the end of the book, but she caught me by surprise with a few of them.

I love history. This book was a great mix of the past and the present coming together. The book contains a little bit of romance. The main focus is on the suspense and finding the clues to get the artifacts together. The book does contain non-graphic violence.




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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Let's Celebrate "Romance is in the Air" with author Danielle Thorne








    Valentine Gold by Danielle Thorne When Natalie Boyd inherits an old cabin in the north Georgia mountains, she thinks it could be the answer to all of her problems. She’s ready to start over after a heart-breaking divorce, and the cabin on the banks of a river once mined for gold is the perfect hideaway for her new, reclusive life. No sooner does she settle in, and Natalie realizes that living in the shadow of Good Hope Mountain isn’t what she expected. Her new neighbor, Jonathan Wilby, has plans for his property as soon as winter’s over, and that means noise, traffic, and people. To make things worse, he’s drop-dead gorgeous and could charm the skin off a snake. Natalie braces herself to do battle over the land and to resist Wilby’s charms, but her healing heart, an incredible discovery, and unexpected friendships along the way bring a gold mine of change she never expected – and just in time for Valentine’s Day.


   




This story reels you in from the beginning. Natalie and Jonathan's story is relatable. The story was sweet and I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book! I liked how the author went beyond a mere romance. A sweet romance that uplifts and helps you remember the nuances to falling in love








❤           Author Danielle Thorne Danielle Thorne is the author of classic romance and adventures in several genres. She loves Jane Austen, pirates, beaches, cookies, antiques, cats, dogs, and long naps. She does not like phone calls or sushi. A graduate of BYU-Idaho, Danielle saw early work published by Every Day Fiction, Arts and Prose Magazine, Mississippi Crow, The Nantahala Review, StorySouth, and… you get the idea. Besides writing, Danielle has edited for both Solstice and Desert Breeze Publishing. Her growing blog, The Balanced Writer, focuses on writing, life, and the pursuit of peace and happiness. Currently, Danielle freelances as a non-fiction author while waiting to hear from readers like you through her website. During free time, which means when Netflix is down, she combs through feedback and offers virtual hugs for reviews. Her next historical romance is coming soon.







   








 



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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Romance is in the Air ~ Featuring Author Lucy McConell ~ enter the giveaway!





Her Beast of a Billionaire Boss by Lucy McConnell


When Bella Creer’s father has a heart attack and is unable to finish his contract for Adam Moreau, a ruthless lawyer based in Seattle, she steps in to take his place and save The Cove Phase II. Adam, a billionaire who lives in a secluded castle on a cliff, is gruff, demanding, brilliant, and injured. An acid attack left its mark on Adam’s face but it’s his heart wounds that Bella sees clearly. As she takes on the management of a multi-billion-dollar project, Bella’s confidence in herself strengthens and her attraction to Adam grows. But Adam didn’t become the best lawyer in the state by making friends and the wolves circle, ready to attack him at his weakest. Bella will have to be stronger than she’s ever been just to survive. And, before it’s too late, she’ll need to realize that her true power lies in her ability to love beyond measure.   This clean romance will sweep you away to a castle where maids do your laundry, a cook makes lobster for dinner, and there's a beauty parlor in the basement. Welcome to The Cove With heavy iron gates, two security stations, and a groundskeeper's cottage, The Cove has everything a billionaire could ask for in a home. Dubbed Billionaire Bachelor Cove because of the resident's single status and income portfolios, The Cove is the perfect place to hide away from the world. But, as the residents soon find out, they can't hide from love.











 "I loved this story and the authors style of writing. The story flowed easily and held my attention. Good , clean with no sex or swear words. Would recommend to all ages."

 "Brilliantly scripted and a fun read! The characters are engaging and strong. They draw you in and have deep chemistry in this sweet and clean read. I didn't want this story to end though I was itching to see how the nicely crafted story concluded.

 I especially love that the story seemed to occur over a long time span and conversations/interactions were not superficial.

Am glad it's part of a series and hopefully we'll encounter the characters again."

"I really enjoyed the characters, the subtle plot twists, and the growth of the main characters' relationship. It was a fun read and hard to put down."  










Uncle Philip broke the silence and Adam’s concentration. “You remind me so much of your father.”

Adam slapped the folder shut. He had enough information to win the case. “I hope you mean that as a compliment, because it’s been said both ways many times.”

 The lines around Philip’s eyes had softened. “Same noble brow. Same wavy blond hair. Though I think you’re an inch taller than him.”

 “The old man just rolled over in his grave.” His father never gave him an inch in life; it was unlikely he’d give him one in death.

 “I offered to take you, you know. After Alicia passed.” Philip ran his thumb over the swollen knuckle on his ring finger. “Your father had other ideas.”

 Adam stared out the window as the early days of boarding school, the loneliness, and the emptiness of a child still mourning his mother washed over him like a soft Seattle drizzle. He took in the man across from him. A simple man with a simple life—a life that would have made Adam soft. “Thank goodness for that,” he muttered. At least his father had saved him from a small and unimportant life.

 Uncle Philip sighed. “You have more in common with him than your looks.”

 This time Adam understood that the words weren’t a compliment, though they were spoken with honesty. The realization unexpectedly stabbed, like a thorn in his flesh. No matter. He would shortly prove that being fierce was better than being … whatever it was Uncle Philip wished him to be. He lifted the folder. “This should only take a moment, and you’ll be on your way.”

 The car stopped in front of King County Courthouse. The aged gray building was shaped like a letter H, with two columns of justice connected by a tunnel of office space. There were decorations on the exterior to recommend it as an architectural beauty.

Impatient, Adam threw open the door before his driver had a chance to open it for him and marched towards the entry. He was single-minded in his movements and didn’t notice the woman in the yellow dress until their hands touched on the door.

 “Oh!” she exclaimed, a smile blossoming on her face.

 Feeling a jolt up his arm, Adam gave her his full attention. Her brown hair was pulled back in a style reminiscent of the 1940s with a few thick, loose curls bouncing to her chin and framing her enchanting, heart-shaped face. She had large, doe-like brown eyes that dropped demurely as his cheeks colored.

He never blushed. The sensation was enough to knock him off his course. She smelled of lilacs and fresh rain.

“I’m so sorry. You go first,” she said. Her voice was strong and yet a caress that drew him near. He had the strangest feeling that he’d like to slay a dragon.

He thrust the door open and motioned for her to enter. “I insist.”

“Thank you.” Her cheeks dusted pink, and for the first time in his life, Adam was quite out of his mind over a woman. He couldn’t remember where he was going or why it was important.

“You look lovely,” he said, not even sure the words made it out of his mouth. He didn’t throw out compliments to strangers. Heck, he didn’t compliment anyone.

 Her smile deepened. “Thank you. I’m meeting my fiancĂ© upstairs. We’re getting married today.” She nodded once, her smile lighting up the entire lobby and cracking through the plaster he’d applied to his heart long ago, and then she was off to the elevators and he was left feeling as though he’d missed the opportunity of a lifetime.


 









Author Lucy McConnell Award-winning author, Lucy McConnell, loves Christmas, romance, chocolate and Elvis. After graduating from the University of Utah, she became an editor at an advertising agency before moving on to teach in the marketing department of the local community college. She loved teaching and often misses the academic environment. Lucy retired from teaching and began to write articles and sweet romance novels. She has been published in national magazines, newspapers, short story compilations, and she writes cookbooks under the name Christina Dymock. If she's not at the computer, you can find her trying to keep up with her husband and four kids on the ski slopes, on a bike, in the kitchen, or on a horse.







 









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