Oh my goodness!! Dani Pettrey has done it again. The third book in her Chesapeake Valor series, Blind Spot, is fantastic! I don’t know how she does it, but each new book is better than the last – and since … Continue reading
Wow…honestly, I’m not even sure where to start. All This Time is the final book in Melissa Tagg’s Walker Series. I both eagerly anticipated and horribly dreaded receiving this book. It was eagerly anticipated because every one of Melissa Tagg’s previous books, set in the idyllic Maple Valley, have been incredible. There was no doubt in my mind that this book would transport me back to one of my favorite places, it would welcome me back among this remarkable family and I would be told a story that would touch my heart, encourage me to walk closer with my Lord and teach me some amazing truths. That was all a given. Every one of Tagg’s Walker Series has been all that I’ve described above, beginning with the prequel, Three Little Words, which is still one of my favorites! (Who am I kidding…they’re all my favorite!) The arrival of All This Time was horribly dreaded for only one reason – it was the last one and once I finished reading it, there would be no more. Of course, the eagerly anticipated won out over the horrible dreading and I devoured the book.
If you’ve read any of Melissa Tagg’s Walker Series, you know of Bear McKinley and Reagan Walker. They appear in all of the previous stories and have been waiting patiently (most of the time) for their story to be told. If you have not read any of Melissa Tagg’s Walker Series, I promise not to give any spoilers…but I highly recommend that you begin as soon as possible. All of her books can be read as stand-alone books, but, in my opinion, you receive a much richer experience by reading them in order.
Both Bear and Reagan have some very difficult situations that they must come to terms with and figure out how to live with. I’m thankful the author doesn’t sugar coat these issues. Instead, her characters must learn to trust God, and each other as they walk through situations and make sometimes very difficult decisions. I really enjoyed witnessing their long-time friendship blossomed into God’s perfect plan. As much as I don’t want this series to end, Bear and Reagan’s story is the perfect conclusion.
Melissa Tagg writes in a way that causes you to feel as if you are right there in the middle of the book with the characters. Her characters come to life and take you along on the journey of their story. I hope that your heart is touched and that you enjoy the journey of this story as much as I did.
Right Where We Belong is a collection of three delightful novellas written by Courtney Walsh, Melissa Tagg and Deborah Raney.
First up we have A Sweethaven Romance by Courtney Walsh. I always enjoy her books. She has a unique storytelling voice that draws you into her characters’ lives. The story lines are interesting. She goes just deep enough to tug at your heartstrings and yet remain lighthearted and fun. This is a classic tale of romance brewing between two people from the “opposite side of the tracks,” with a twist. I very much enjoyed getting to know the characters in Sweethaven. I didn’t realize there were others in this series. I very much look forward to reading the rest of this series.
Next is A Maple Valley Romance by Melissa Tagg. You can’t go wrong with a Melissa Tagg book. Maple Valley, the town in her Walker series, is the town you want to live in. Whether you’ve read any of her Walker series books yet or not, you will love this one. Megan has been patiently awaiting her happily-ever-after and at last Tagg indulged her (and us)! Melissa Tagg’s characters grab your heart from the get-go and make you forget that they are fictional characters. Their struggles are real, their dependence on God, essential and their love for one another, magical. This is a sweet story of healing, forgiveness and redemption.
And, last but not least is A Langhorne Romance by Deborah Raney. Raney is a popular author, that I’m a little embarrassed to say that I had not read until now. The setting was welcoming, the characters a joy to get to know and the story line, unique and fun. This was a story of God’s perfect timing and dependence on Him. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Walsh, Tagg and Raney bring three wonderful stories together in Right Where We Belong. Three great authors encouraging one another and, through their characters and stories, encouraging their readers. You don’t want to miss this collection.
Becky Wade pens contemporary Christian romance books that touch the hearts of her readers. I have loved every single one of her stories. I learn along with her characters to trust God more in a variety of areas of life … Continue reading
Maybe I should preface this with the fact that I LOVE everything Dani Pettrey writes! So, I can’t help but gush about her newest novel…Still Life, the second book in her new Chesapeake Valor series.
And, I must admit, I loved her Alaskan Courage series and characters so much, I was sad to see her moving on. But, if there was ever any question (not by me, of course) as to whether or not her writing would be just as wonderful in her next series, it has been laid to rest. The Chesapeake Valor series is full of captivating romance and suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you haven’t read Cold Shot yet, go get it and pick up Still Life while you’re there!!
This series is set near Chesapeake Bay; Still Life, specifically in Baltimore, Maryland. I’m really enjoying learning more of this area since I’ve never been there and don’t remember reading much else set nearby.
Parker is a crime-scene analyst. He previously hired Avery as his crime-scene photographer and her life has never been the same. At the start of this book, they haven’t seen each other in six months. Out of necessity she calls on Parker…and that’s where this fabulous story begins. The relationship between Parker and Avery exhibits the true love of putting the best interest of someone else ahead of your own interests…even if it does prove to be a bit misguided. I loved the depth of Parker and Avery’s characters. I loved the spiritual threads of forgiveness and continual communication with God in this book.
The twists and turns in the story line of Still Life keeps you on your toes. Suspenseful movies often have me hiding in the hallway or at least standing at the back of the room. This book had me a little jumpy and I even had to put the book down at one point to prepare myself for what I thought was going to happen.
If you enjoy romantic suspense, this series is for you! These books can be read as stand-alones, but why would you want to? Haha…I’m a stickler for reading my books in order because I love the added layer of familiarity with the other characters and past experiences when you do. Either way…in order or not, be sure to pick up Cold Shot and Still Life! You won’t be disappointed!
Do you enjoy fairy tales? If so, Melanie Dickerson’s Hagenheim Fairy Tale Romance Series is definitely for you! I have been hearing and reading raving reviews about these books for a while now. I knew I wanted to read them, but with so many books out there from favorite authors to spend my reading budget on, buying these weren’t on the top of my list. Thank you Lord for Amazon’s timely and amazing sales. I received an amazing deal on her first five novels. Now, after reading the first one, The Healer’s Apprentice, all of Melanie Dickerson’s books have moved to my must-buy list.
The Healer’s Apprentice is, a creative re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, set in the medieval time-period. I was drawn into the story from the first page as the town people eagerly awaited a glimpse of the Duke’s sons returning home. We are introduced to many notable characters in these first few pages. Melanie Dickerson has created such wonderful characters, full of a variety of personalities, dreams and convictions. I was drawn into their individual stories and couldn’t wait to see how the story would unfold.
I love the way fairy tale meets God’s Word in this story. We see it in the way the main characters strive, and struggle, to live lives full of integrity, based on God’s Word. My favorite part is how Melanie Dickerson uses scripture in a way that keeps the feeling and, for lack of a better word, ambiance of the known fairy tale, while using God’s Word to bring comfort, guidance and clarification to the problem at hand.
It is a beautiful story that I just wanted to live in. I’m looking forward to re-visiting this one in the future – after catching up on all of her books that I haven’t read yet. Next on my list is The Merchant’s Daughter – a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast! I would love to hear your thoughts.!
Keep Holding On is the third full-length novel in the Walker Family Series. I have adored every book in this series and this one is no exception. I love the Walkers…all of them. They are a family that you just want to belong to, to hang out with, to have the privilege of knowing. I know the characters in these books are fictional, honest, but they’ve become my friends nonetheless. I care about what happens to them and I learn Godly lessons right along with them. Therefore, it’s always a joy to join Melissa Tagg in Maple Valley to check in with our friends there.
As this story begins, both Beckett and Kit are returning to Maple Valley after years of absence. The hurt that each of them carries and has to face is great. Melissa’s characters do not shy away from hard things, so they have to learn throughout the story how to trust God in their own lives and in the lives of their loved ones.
Keep Holding On is full of emotion, from the highs of homecomings and weddings to the lows of disasters and heartbreak. This book is full of the complexity of relationships…the kind that build you up and the kind that tear you down. This book is full of healing and learning to trust God in all things. This book is full of love.
I love that Melissa is obedient to write the stories God gives her. They are beautiful and touching. I believe God uses them to them to touch the lives of those who read them. I know that mine was touched…by the pain and the beauty of life in a fallen world, being loved by a gracious and forgiving God.
If you haven’t read any of the Walker Series yet, you’re truly missing out. Since I always suggest starting from the beginning, download Three Little Words, the FREE prequel novella. It will give you a great taste of the Walkers in Maple Valley and their town and friends. If you have stopped by Maple Valley before, then let this be your announcement that Beckett and Kit’s book is now available and you want to get it right now.
To Have and to Hold
By Betsy St. Amant, Katie Ganshert and Becky Wade
To Have and to Hold was a joy to read. Three sweet stories of finding love while planning (or spying on) a wedding. The heroines were easy to identify with. The men were swoon worthy (even the “other” guys in each story). And I enjoyed the anticipation of how each author would bring about the happily-ever-after. Speaking of authors, I read this book because I absolutely LOVE everything Becky Wade writes! Besty St. Amant and Katie Ganshert were new to me though. I love finding new authors and I think novellas are a great way to “meet” them.
Betsy St. Amant’s story, Love Takes the Cake was first up. With a bakery and a friend’s wedding as a backdrop, how could you not be enchanted? Charlotte tugged at my heart with her sweet countenance and great love for her daughter. I love Will’s loyalty to his friend and how God uses a scary situation to help him realize the truth. This story was a pleasure to read. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.
Next up was The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert. I must admit, I was a bit disappointed, after reading the first paragraph, to realize this story was written in first person narrative. I generally struggle to engage in first person stories, so I tend to avoid them. This is a short story, written by a writer friend of Becky Wade AND it has a flower shop in a small town as the setting, I decided I NEEDED to read it. I am SO glad that I did. It was a delightful story that gripped me from the get-go. I was expecting to have to push my way through, but surprisingly found myself pulled along instead. I couldn’t read it fast enough. Amelia’s fun and quirky personality was so much fun to read and the email exchanges that launched the events of the story were perfect. I was pleasantly surprised to get to the end and realize through most of the story I’d forgotten that I was reading first person narrative AND I didn’t want it to end! Well done Katie Ganshert! I loved it!!
Finally, the last story in this collection, Love in the Details by Becky Wade. I knew I would love this story before I ever started reading it because, as I said above, I LOVE everything Becky Wade writes. Josh and Holly’s story grips you by the heart from the very opening lines. I love the way this story shows that God is in control always, in the good times and in the hard times. I love that this story is real-to-life, following God isn’t easy. He is there to walk with us through the difficult things, and we can have a peace that we are following His guidance, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t still be heartbreaking and painful, even in years to come. I loved to see how this story was brought full circle. I loved Josh’s devoition and Holly’s generous spirit. Spring can’t get here soon enough for me! I’m ready to read the new Becky Wade novel now!!
To sum it up, this is a great collection to purchase. Whether you know and love all three authors or are going to be meeting them for the first time, you won’t be disappointed. The stories are beautifully written and leave you wanting more. Although I read this book via e-reader, it will definitely be one I’ll purchase in hard copy for my bookshelf!