Reviews

The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

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Can a former privateer and a determined heiress find lost treasure in 1725?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Pasts Collide in New Orleans when a Treasure Goes Missing
The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost. Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear.

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo.

If you enjoy stories with swash buckling action, you will like this book. Author Kathleen Y’Barbo did a good job of describing the privateers in this book but the title is a bit confusing as Jean-Luc will not stand being called a pirate. He’s a “legal” privateer. Regardless of what he is, I think you’ll enjoy getting to know him. And Maribel made me laugh. What a spit fire! (You’ll need to read the book to find out why.)

A fast paced book, I learned a lot about life aboard ship and found it interesting. However I felt that the ending of the book was rushed. As if the author had to wrap things up quickly. Also, I would have preferred a bit more detail throughout the book.

All that said, it was a book that was sometimes funny, sometimes sad. Faith in God, and going to Him in prayer were woven throughout the book but not in a preachy way. I encourage you to give it a chance. Sail the seas with Jean-Luc!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

An Unexpected Redemption by Davalynn Spencer

An Unexpected Redemption

Sweet Historical Western Romance
An Unexpected Redemption – Book 2 in the Front Range Brides collection of stories about strong women who find and defend love in 1880s Colorado.
He doesn’t need her sass. She doesn’t need his approval. But they both need a second chance.

Abandoned by her faithless husband for the Dakota gold fields, rancher’s daughter Elizabeth Beaumont returns to her hometown determined to prove she’s not the impetuous girl she once was. Armed with a new skill and old determination, she’s intent on making it on her own. Discovering that the new sheriff lives downstairs in the same boarding house wouldn’t be nearly so frustrating if he’d stay out of her affairs, quit calling her Betsy, and stop making her wonder if she could love again.

Sheriff Garrett Wilson’s first attempt at law enforcement cost an innocent bystander his life, so he exchanged his deputy’s badge for a drover’s bedroll. Now he’s back wearing a star in a Front Range cow town, hunting an arsonist and falling for a woman who wants to know the secret behind his deepest scar. He can run again from his painful past, or he can stay and fight for the town that needs him and the woman who’s worked under his skin and into his heart.

Right off let me say that although this is book 2 in the series you can read it as a standalone. But why would you want to? Book 1, The Improper Proposal, was such a delightful book that I recommend you read it.

We all make mistakes, and Maggie and Garrett are not any different. These two characters are so well written that you will love them. The chemistry between them will make you laugh, and at times make you want to shake them. Can you say stubborn??

Author Davalynn Spencer writes a story that reminds us forgiveness is always possible, no matter what we’ve done. But we have to let go of the past and move on with what God has planned for our lives.

Written with mystery, warmth, and humor, An Unexpected Redemption is sure to please anyone who enjoys 1800s Christian Fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

When It Rains by T.K. Chapin

When It Rains

In need of a fresh start for herself and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Hannah Montgomery decides to relocate from Flagstaff, Arizona, to a ranch out in Eastern Washington, just outside Newport. It’s through living out in the open country that she hopes to reconnect with God and discover His will for their lives.

Enter Luke Williams, a busy investment banker with a dying father who lives on a ranch with fifteen acres of land. When Luke’s not flying out of state to meet with clients or in meetings all day, he’s out at the ranch, tending to his father’s needs.

When Luke realizes he needs someone full-time at the ranch to be with his father, he discovers Hannah. When Hannah needed a way out that wasn’t going to set her back financially, she found Luke and his father, Mac.

She has a past that still hurts. He has a history that’s complicated.

Luke might have all the qualities of a good and decent man, but so did her ex-husband who secretly had another family for over a decade. Can Hannah put the past behind her and let herself have another chance at love?

Author T.K. Chapin is never afraid to write about hard issues, and this story is no different. Abandonment, fear, teen pregnancy, and natural disasters; it’s all here but done so tastefully that it won’t offend.

The characters in When It Rains are extremely well developed and you will fall in love with them. If you’ve read any of Chapin’s Diamond Lake series you’ll even revisit with some old friends.

Through it all, we are pointed to God as our Healer and our Source. He always wants what’s best for us and it’s always more than we expected. Forgiveness is woven throughout the story, as is our need for a Savior. We can always depend on this author to tell us the truth in a loving manner. If you’re looking for a clean, sweet read, that isn’t sappy then I highly recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

A Borrowed Dream; Cimarron Creek Trilogy Book 2 by Amanda Cabot

A Borrowed Dream

Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the town doctor’s excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek’s dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family, a life where dreams rarely come true.

Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He’s managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.

With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.

This is book 2 in the series, and I haven’t read book 1. However I still enjoyed and followed this story with no issues. I am going to go back and read book 1 because I enjoyed this one.

Well written, author Amanda Cabot does a good job of pulling the reader into the story right away. You’ll meet colorful characters you love, and others you really dislike. Just when I thought I had everything figured out there was an unexpected twist that left me guessing.

God’s love, forgiveness, and redemption are woven throughout the story; a great reminder to us.

I will say that there is some violence towards the end, but it was not graphically written in. If you enjoy stories set in the old west, you will enjoy this one! It really has something for everyone; history, intrigue, light romance, adventure, and more.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

Red Sky Over America (Ladies of Oberlin Book 1) by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Red Sky Over America

William and America confront evil, but will it costs them everything?

In 1857, America, the daughter of a slave owner, is an abolitionist and a student at Oberlin College, a school known for its radical ideas. America goes home to Kentucky during school break to confront her father about freeing his slaves.

America’s classmate, William, goes to Kentucky to preach abolition to churches that condone slavery. America and William find themselves in the center of the approaching storm sweeping the nation and may not make it home to Ohio or live through the struggle.

This book will keep you flipping pages as fast as you can. Set in pre-civil war Kentucky, Author Tamera Kraft does not gloss over what happened during that era. Slavery was real and ugly, and that is not concealed. Spies, deception, hearts turned to the truth, and the Underground Railroad make this story a thrilling read.

I did find this book difficult to read at times. I would rather those things had never occurred. Because Kraft has done intense research, she is able to paint a vivid picture of what would have been happening and it’s not pretty. Yet this story tells a tale of truth and redemption, also, and is very inspiring. I truly recommend you read Red Sky Over America.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

Under Prairie Skies; Prairie Sky Series Book 2 by Cynthia Roemer

Under Prairie Skies

~ Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities ~
Illinois prairie ~1855
Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths were destined to cross again.
Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.

I loved this book! Yes, this is book 2 of the series; however you can read it as a standalone with no trouble. But you won’t want to. Book 1, Under the Same Sky is a great book too.

Author Cynthia Roemer does a fabulous job of putting you in the lives of her characters. They are fleshed out so well that you’ll be sure they’re real people. You’ll love most of them but there are some scoundrels too. And I love her descriptions of life on the prairie in the 1800s.

A story of love and second chances, Roemer’s writing is reminiscent of Janette Oke and Karen Witemeyer. If you enjoy prairie tales of tests and victories you’ll love this book. I know I’ll be visiting there again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

 

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