The Newcomer Suzanne Woods Fisher

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This is the second book in the Amish Beginnings Series. I have not read the first book, but don’t feel it is necessary in order to enjoy this one. That being said, I wouldn’t mind reading it and know I would enjoy seeing Anna and Bairn earlier in their relationship. The Newcomer follows Anna and her people as they try to start a life in the New World. Getting to Pennsylvania wasn’t easy, and they can only hope that starting over will be less difficult. Little do they know their troubles are far from over.

Anna was finally becoming excited about starting her life in the new world. She can’t wait to get to their future home and get started before it gets cold. Going to a new place brings all sorts of new fears and many of the people are letting their imagination get the best of them. When Bairn doesn’t accompany them, Anna is left feeling abandoned. But their group is joined my a newcomer they all can’t help but be drawn to him. He is an optimist, and is so excited about their journey and their new land. Anna misses Bairn, and can’t help but wonder if he will ever return to her. The newcomer isn’t shy about his interest in Anna, and she begins to wonder just what the rest of her life is going to look like. Will her first love return, or will their adventure bring other new things with it?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. My attention was kept the entire time, and I had no way of guessing what was going to happen next. I found it interesting learning about some of the things people had to go through when coming to a new country. I liked that it showed a glimpse of some of the first Amish settlers, and where they started when building a new life. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

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If you haven’t read any books by Susan May Warren, you are seriously missing out.  She is absolutely one of my favorites.  I know when picking up a book by her, I am in for a treat.  I also know that it will be nearly impossible to stop reading once I start.  Wild Montana Skies did not disappoint.  I absolutely fell in love with the characters and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.  This is the first book in the Montana Rescue Series.  After reading this book I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!  This story follows Ben and Kacey as they work together to help those who need to be rescued.

Ben and Kacey have a past, and they didn’t part on the best terms.  Running into each other wasn’t part of either of their plans.  When there are people who need them, they quickly fall into to the old routine of how well they worked together before.  Spending all this time together gives them little choice but to confront some of the issues between them.  Some things cut deep and when Ben learns some shocking news, everything he once believed is called into question.  Kacey hasn’t had an easy life either.  Can they both learn to let go of the past and grab on to what is right in front of them?

I loved seeing the interaction between Ben and Kacey.  We all make mistakes when we are younger, and some if them can cause life long regrets.  I was happy to see them work through their old hurts.  I also enjoyed seeing a female side of PTSD, and that Kacey was a hero.  Warren paints her characters in such a way that I wish they were friends of mine.  I don’t know how I am going to wait for the next book in the series to come out!  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Romance.  I am blessed to be a part of Revell’s Review Crew. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

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Gratitude- a prayer and praise coloring journal

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Gratitude is the first prayer and praise coloring journal I’ve ever done.  I loved reading the prayers and having the scriptures that backed them up.  I enjoyed the variety of pictures there were to color, it never got repetitive.  Reading God’s Word teaches us about so many different things, and in this book I learned more and had a lot reinforced.  Being able to read the Word and learning to pray it makes all the difference.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow closer to God and meditate on His Word while coloring fun pictures.  It’s also a great size to be able to fit in your purse.  I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

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What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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What Matters Most is the first book I have read by Kellie Coates Gilbert. It is the fourth book in the Texas Gold series. I obviously have not read the others in the series but didn’t feel it was necessary in order to enjoy this book. That being said, after reading this book I know I would enjoy reading the others. What Matters Most takes you to the great state of Texas and a place few writers go, politics. The main characters Leta and Nathan are one of a kind. Nathan is being pressured by his family and friends to run for governor, and he’s not sure that’s what he wants most. Leta hasn’t had an easy life, and landing what seems to be a dream job couldn’t have come at a better time. But what will she do when her job asks her to go against what she feels is right?

 

Leta is stuck between staying in a job that helps her take care of her mother who is suffering from dementia, and working against the man who is quickly winning her heart. The more she learns about Nathan the more she likes. She wasn’t into politics before, but with every assignment she gets, she learns more about the fascinating process. Not only is Nate handsome, but he also wants to help make Texas a better place. There is just something about him. Leta doesn’t want her feelings to grow any stronger knowing he has a girlfriend, who in every way seems perfect. Can Leta give up her amazing salary and the life she is just realizing she can have? Or will she choose money over integrity?

 

Nathan knows what his mother plans for his near future, but he also knows it’s no decision to take lightly. Running for governor would mean a lot of work, and that his life would be put under a microscope. He has nothing to hide, but like anyone else enjoys his privacy. If he decides to run, having the right woman beside him can only help gain votes. But since meeting Leta, he wonders why he can’t get her off of his mind. She is unlike anyone he’s ever known, and felt an immediate connection to her. But will following his heart only lead to hurt and confusion?

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Fiction. I found it interesting learning more about the election process, and all of those people in the background. I caught myself cheering for Nathan to make the right decisions. Gilbert brought to the forefront some of the struggles that the families of those suffering from dementia deal with. All in all it was an enjoyable story. I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

An Elegant Facade by Kristie Ann Hunter

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An Elegant Facade is the second novel in the Hawthorne House series. I have read the first book, A Noble Masquerade, and I found it nearly impossible to put down. That being said, you don’t need to read the first book in order to love this one. I would recommend reading both because Krisite Ann Hunter is one of my favorite authors. Also in the first book you also meet the two main characters in this story. Georgina and Colin are from different social classes, but for some reason they keep running into each other. Set in England in the early 1800s there are rules you are supposed to follow, and they aren’t always fun. Georgina has high hopes, and doesn’t want Colin to stand in her way.

 

Georgina needs to make a match. Being the prettiest girl around won’t hurt. But beneath all of the fuss Georgina is hiding something. Her secret is the reason she feels she must marry someone of the highest possible class. Marrying for love is out of the question, not that she sees the prospect of falling in love a good thing. Will she set her sights on the man that’s right for her? Or will she be too lost in hiding her secret to see what’s right in front of her.

 

Colin is a smart man, and he is really good with investments. For these reasons he is invited to a lot of places someone of his class would not be permitted. He has friends in high places and has been enjoying his life. That is until he meets Georgina. The belle of the ball is distracting, and he finds that he enjoys sparring with her. He can tell there is something more to her than trying to make the match of the season, but will she let him see what it is? Or will their egos get in the way?

 

This story was so much fun to read. Hunter had me laughing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical fiction. I felt taken back in time, and found it interesting learning more about that long ago era. I also thought it was interesting to see the different relationships between classes. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.  I also read and reviewed the first book in the series, A Noble Masquerade.  See my review by clicking here.