While the City Sleeps by Elizabeth Camden


While the City Sleeps is an excellent example of why Elizabeth Camden is one of my must read authors. She is so adept at combining intriguing historical facts with a great story that almost always includes some mystery, danger, and suspense along with a compelling romance. Her characters are perfectly well-rounded and usually have interesting back stories.

In her latest novel, readers will see 1913 New York City through the eyes of a female dentist and a police officer, both who work the night shift. The nonsensical ramblings of a patient under the influence of nitrous oxide begin to make sense when Katherine hears about fires on a ship he mentioned. Reporting the incident to the police puts her life in danger and her friend Lieutenant Jonathan Birch is determined to both solve the case and keep Katherine safe. As their feelings for each other grow, Katherine is puzzled by Jonathan’s secretive nature. His past is something he wants left in the past.

While the City Sleeps is a story that kept me on edge as one dangerous situation after another developed and relationships between several characters changed from day to day. Vivid descriptions made the narrative compelling reading and I enjoyed every minute. I highly recommend not only this book but any other book by this excellent author.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Amid the hushed city, two hearts must navigate danger and deception, bound by a love that outshines the stars.

Katherine Schneider’s life as a dentist in 1913 New York is upended when a patient reveals details of a deadly plot while under the influence of laughing gas. As she is plunged into danger, she seeks help from the dashing Lieutenant Jonathan Birch, a police officer she has long admired from afar.

Jonathan has harbored powerful feelings toward Katherine for years but never acted on them, knowing his dark history is something she could never abide. Now, with her safety on the line, he works alongside her through the nights as they unravel the criminal conspiracy that threatens her . . . even as he keeps his deepest secrets hidden at all costs.


Elizabeth Camden (elizabethcamden.com) is best known for her historical novels set in Gilded Age America, featuring clever heroines and richly layered story lines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest libraries in America, but her favorite is the continually growing library in her own home. Her novels have won Christy, Carol, and RITA Awards and have appeared on the ECPA bestsellers list. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books.

Chasing the Horizon by Mary Connealy

Once again Mary Connealy has outdone herself with her latest novel, Chasing the Horizon. As the first book in her captivating new series, Connealy once again showcases her unparalleled storytelling ability, effortlessly delivering another page-turner. As a longtime reader of this talented author, I can confidently say that each new release surpasses the last. While the zany sense of humor may be somewhat toned down in her more recent works, the adventure, drama, suspense, and romance are even more pronounced, amplifying the overall reading experience. While I love her humor, I am impressed by the new direction she has taken.

Imagine the thrill of a daring escape from an asylum, followed by an adventurous cross-country journey on a wagon train, as a desperate mother and daughter flee their controlling and cruel husband-father. Unexpected fellow travelers join them, and a subtle romance with the courageous wagon train scout adds an additional layer of interest to the already compelling narrative. I’ll leave the finer details for you to discover as you immerse yourself in this gripping tale. Personally, I cannot express enough how thoroughly I enjoyed Chasing the Horizon, and I eagerly await the next installment of the A Western Light series.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Her only chance at freedom waits across the horizon

Upon uncovering her tyrannical father’s malevolent plot to commit her to an asylum, Beth Rutledge fabricates a plan of her own. She will rescue her mother, who had already been sent to the asylum, and escape together on a wagon train heading west. Posing as sisters, Beth and her mother travel with the pioneers in hopes of making it to Idaho before the others start asking too many questions.

Wagon-train scout Jake Holt senses that the mysterious women in his caravan are running from something. When rumors begin to spread of Pinkerton agents searching relentlessly for wanted criminals who match the description of those on his wagon train, including Beth, she begins to open up to him, and he learns something more sinister is at hand. Can they risk trusting each other with their lives–and their hearts–when danger threatens their every step?


Mary Connealy (MaryConnealy.com) writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has sold more than 1.5 million books and is the author of the popular series Wyoming Sunrise, The Lumber Baron’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

The Juliet Code by Pepper Basham


Another reviewer described Pepper Basham’s novels as “fiction with a purpose”. I couldn’t agree more and truthfully wish I had coined that phrase myself. If the author ever needed a short but sweet description of her work, that would be an excellent one.

But I digress. As seems to be the case with most fans of Basham’s works, other readers cannot get enough of the Freddie and Grace tales. The eternally optimistic Grace seems to be always ready for an adventure and outwardly appears to be fearless. Her adoring but more restrained husband worries about her but always has her back even when they find themselves in one dangerous situation after another.

In The Juliet Code, the newlyweds finally make it to romantic Venice for their delayed honeymoon only to find their detective friend Jack is also there. He convinces the pair to join him on a job for a rich client who owns a private island nearby. They agree and that is when they soon learn that nothing and no one is what they seem. As can be expected, mysterious paintings that may lead to buried treasure, murder, mystery, and mayhem enter the scene and Freddie and Grace are once again right in the center of the action.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Juliet Code and all its interesting characters. It was fun to encounter Detective Jack again and I would love to see him find his own true love in a future book. Do yourself a favor and pick up copies of all three Freddie and Grace novels. I suspect you will be delighted with them.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Book: The Juliet Code

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian Fiction/Historical Fiction

Release Date: December, 2023

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Newlyweds Lord and Lady Astley Finally Reach Their Honeymoon Destination Only to Encounter a New Mystery in Need of Solving

Frederick and Grace Percy finally make it to Italy to enjoy a delayed honeymoon and explore the beauties of the historic city of Venice. To their surprise, their friend, Detective Jack Miracle, is also in the city, investigating a series of art heists starting at the house of eccentric millionaire, Laraby Covington. Drawn into a world of boat races, mysterious houses, and parties of the rich and unusual in Venice, Frederick and Grace learn of the existence of the Juliet paintings, (Renaissance paintings feature Shakespeare’s tragic heroine) rumored to hold a secret code to an underground vault of similarly treasured artwork assumed lost over the centuries. As Freddie and Grace are pulled deeper into the mystery and their beloved Detective Jack disappears, can they use their wits and work as a team to find the thieves and Jack before it’s too late.

The Juliet Code is a Freddie and Grace Mystery, sequel to The Mistletoe Countess and The Cairo Curse.


Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.


The Ever After

I’ve always loved fairytales.

Especially the romanticized version (#romancewriter).

The wonderful sense of a two people meeting, overcoming obstacles to be together, and then the happily-ever-after?

Well, those are some of my favorite reasons to read and write fiction. However, I didn’t realize the challenge I took on when I agreed to write a second and third book with the main characters staying the same!

You know what I mean?

In most series, the main characters from book one become secondary characters in the consecutive books so that the secondary characters in book one can become the main characters in book 2 (everybody still following along? )

One of my favorite book series that do this so well is the Amelia Peabody series. I fell in LOVE with Amelia and Emerson in book one, but just loved watching their continued dynamic as a couple grow with each new book. I felt as if I got to know them so much better in their “ever after” while they engaged in all sorts of adventures together.

So…that’s what I hoped to accomplish with Freddie and Grace.

Where The Mistletoe Countess ends with a happily-ever-after, The Cairo Curse and The Juliet Code take over to show us more of the…ever after – my attempt at showing how two main characters continue to grow beyond the end of book one.

I didn’t realize what a daunting feat it would be. Watching two characters meet, fall in love, and show some growth in book 1 was what I was used to doing. But how was I supposed to continue that character growth in consecutive books?

Well, I had to grow myself as a writer to understand how small changes can make lasting differences especially when writing about a beloved couple.

I think The Juliet Code shows a little of that growth – of our Freddie and Grace have not only matured spiritually and, in Grace’s case, experientially, but also as a couple.

Do you have a series that you love where the main characters stay the same?




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Knowing You by Tracie Peterson

Welcome to the Takeover + Review Blitz for Knowing You by Tracie Peterson hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Tracie Peterson is an author who I know will provide me with an extraordinary reading experience each and every time. Her impeccable research, attention to details, well-developed plots, and memorable characters are what brings me back to her novels over and over. It doesn’t hurt that each book also usually includes a believable romance as well as a bit of danger and suspense mixed into the narrative.

Knowing You met my every expectation. The final book of the Pictures of the Heart series, it features May Parker whose mixed Japanese-American heritage has plagued her for her entire life. She never felt a part of either world and usually escaped into her art. While working as a camera girl at the  Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909 Seattle, May is reunited with her childhood defender Lee Munro, a police detective working the exposition. As they spend time together, they realize that they care for each other but they have more than one hurdle to overcome if they are to have a life together.

An art forger provides the danger and suspense in Knowing You as Lee and May work together to prevent the theft of a Japanese samurai armor that is on display. Their faith is put to the test as they attempt to catch the thieves plus overcome the extreme racism of Lee’s family.

Another wonderful book by one of my must read authors, Knowing You is well worth your time.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by JustReads Publicity. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Title: Knowing You
Series: Pictures of the Heart #3
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: November 7, 2023
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Could a captivating art exhibit hold the key to truth–and love?

Budding artist May Parker is captivated by the Japanese exhibits at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and longs to know more about her mother’s heritage–which her mother refuses to speak of because of the heartache she left behind in Japan. Wanting to experience more of the exhibits, May works as a Camera Girl–but her curiosity leads her into danger when a suit of samurai armor becomes the target of an elusive art forger.

After ten years apart, May is reunited with her childhood friend Lee Munro, a police detective assigned to keep a watchful eye on the exposition. Their friendship immediately begins to blossom with hints of something more, but when they become entangled in a dangerous heist involving the samurai armor and their love is threatened, can they overcome the odds against them?

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Tracie Peterson is the bestselling author of more than 100 novels, both historical and contemporary, with more than 6 million copies sold. She has won the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her avid research resonates in her many bestselling series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.

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