Showing posts from January, 2018

Honeysuckle Dreams

Every book I’ve read by Denise Hunter has been fabulous. She creates believable characters, charming hometowns, page-turning suspense, and heart-tingling romance. She’s truly a gifted storyteller! I’m so blessed to receive an advanced copy of Honeysuckle Dreams. It is the second of the Blue Ridge Romance novels, and serves nicely as a stand-alone, but Blue Ridge Sunrise will familiarize you with some of the characters of this book and their backgrounds—plus, it’s a great second-chance romance story. (And one of my favorite books of 2017!) Honeysuckle Dreams is a friends-to-more story. Hope Daniels and Brady Collins have been good friends since high school. They are drawn together when life gets a little rocky, and they find a possible, though unconventional solution to some of their problems. With painful pasts, and uncertain futures, can they learn to be content in their present situation? I love this story—the romance, the characters, and the setting are so memorab

Pelican Point

Pelican Point has an easy to sink into Hope Harbor setting, with two characters that hold compelling pasts. I enjoyed visiting the seaside community, and felt the sparks between Marci and Ben. I was instantly drawn into the story, seeing the world through Ben's eyes, and the memories he relived after hearing he'd inherited the old in Pelican Point lighthouse. The pacing is steady, and the story kept my interest through the satisfying end. Marci is intriguing as well, but I identified mostly with Ben. For a nice, clean read with a great setting and characters you root for--Pelican Point is a good choice. I received a complimentary copy from LibraryThing.

My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah

My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice, by Angie Dicken, is the 6 th book in the My Heart Belongs series , and takes place during the early 1900s. It’s a charming story that with themes of family, acceptance, love, and celebrating differences. Leanna McKee and Alex Pappas are living different lives, coming from dissimilar circumstances and cultures, but they are both searching for something more. They are likeable characters, but I was mostly invested in Alex. He’s a wonderfully fleshed-out lead. 1910 Castle Gate, Utah is a unique setting, as is the aspect of having Greek characters (a first for me.) I learned much about this culture, and enjoyed spending time with Alex and his community. The pacing of this story is much better than many of the other books I’ve read in the series, and although I’m not able to pinpoint my favorite, it’s up at the top with two or three others. 4 Stars Cover : Like Title : Like Pages : 256 Series: My He

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage , by Julie Klassen, is the second book in the Tales From Ivy Hill series, and takes place during the Regency era of the early 1800s. It contains some of the same villagers as book one, and shares similar themes. Just as in the first book of the series (The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill) there is a neighborhood map in the front of the book that enables the reader to visualize the region. I wish there was a list of characters as well, because there are many. I had a difficult time of keeping them straight. I think it helps to have read the first book in the series to become more familiar with who’s who. For me, although the story evoked laugh out loud moments, and heart touching emotions, the beginning was a bit slow. The pace picked up in the middle, but there was so much going on that I felt a little lost. I enjoyed the mystery and romance aspects, and the Ivy Hill community is well thought out and crafted, but I can’t say I became fully immersed in

My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York

My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Journey is an enjoyable historical from the My Heart Belongs Series. It’s fun to open a book and visit another time (1800s), another way of life. Adele has quite a culture shock when she leaves England for New York.   She is on a quest to find a rich husband, in hopes of saving her childhood home. Drew is a loving, handsome, yet risky man, willing to do whatever it takes to help his sister Hope. His background and money situation is opposite of what Adele is looking for. Having visited Niagara Falls, I could easily place myself in the setting of this story. And Ms. Barratt portrayed the 1800s so vibrantly; the story took me to earlier days. I enjoyed sinking into the era and watching Adele’s story unfold. Another quick read from this entertaining and meaningful series, with great pacing, a spiritual thread, and a satisfying end. 5 Stars Cover : Like Title : Like Pages : 256 Series: My Heart B

Beck Valley Books Reviewers Choice 2017

Our fantastic tour reviewers have been busy voting, from all our incredible reads of 2017 that we have had the pleasure of touring, for our Beck Valley Books Reviewers Choice 2017.   Here are their Top 6 Favorite books! Here we go..... Beck Valley Books Reviewers Choice for 2017 1st PLACE Truly Madly Whiskey (A sexy stand-alone contemporary romance)  by Melissa Foster  Emotionally riveting, sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Watch mysteriously sexy Bear Whiskey claw his way to his happily ever after with sassy, rebellious Crystal Moon. In TRULY, MADLY, WHISKEY… Eight months is a long damn time to have the hots for a woman who keeps a guy at arm’s length. But Crystal Moon is no ordinary woman. She’s a sinfully sexy, sass-mouthed badass, and the subject of Bear Whiskey’s midnight fantasies. She’s also one of his closest friends.  Just when Crystal thinks she has her life under control, scorching-hot, possessive, aggr