Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings is the first book in her new The Fort Reno Series. This book is set in the late 1800s. Although it starts in Witchita, Kansas, most of the book is set in Indian territory – what is today, Fort Reno, Oklahoma. This is a fictional story set amidst real life history.
From page one, Jennings’ characters arrest your attention and your heart. In the 1880s world of this story, Louisa (Lovely Lola) Bell, is a character that proper ladies and gentlemen would steer clear of. However, we can’t help but hope that she will become one of those favored few who are able to rise above her situation and succeed. Major Daniel Adams balances military structure with love of God and family in a way that encourages us to strive for a good balance of the same in our lives. The antics of the major’s daughters stir a desire to share their energy, as well as their awe and desire to learn of the world around them. Jennings does a wonderful job of introducing us to other characters in her story so that we are ready to learn more in the books that follow in this series.
I love the humor (it had me laughing out loud so much that I was getting funny looks from my family). There are also wonderful sweet and tender moments, instances that catch you off guard and occasions that exasperate you. This book is full of emotion and fun. And in my opinion, a book is not complete without an element of faith. Jennings lightly weaves God (and the fear of Him) through the story in a way that leaves you wanting more.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of fiction, history, comedy and romance…to those who enjoy military books, books of second chances, books with families and books about beating all odds. Pick it up. I’m sure you’ll be glad you did!
I absolutely love Courtney Walsh’s new book, Hometown Girl. I did not want the story to end. The author has a distinctive way of dealing with very difficult topics in loving ways. She does not sugar coat the issue, try to hide it or gloss over it. Her characters deal with the situations head on and learn about themselves and their Creator in the process.
The characters in Hometown Girl are easy to relate to and you quickly come to care about them and what happens to them in the story. There is a depth to them that makes them feel real. When they are happy, you are happy too; when they are sad, you are sad. These are the kinds of characters that you find yourself praying for and then laughing when you realize what you’re doing.
Ms. Walsh tackles some really difficult topics in this story…topics that not only cause you to feel for the characters, but also cause you to stop and evaluate your life and where God is calling you to have courage and make some changes. She does an amazing job of weaving in some lighthearted, funny scenes that have you laughing out loud and enjoying the characters.
If you enjoy contemporary romance stories that are authentic and real, this story is for you. I’m already looking forward to her next book. And I’m really hoping that this heroine’s sister and brother get stories of their own in the future!
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 →
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.