A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson


MY REVIEW:

A Quilt for Christmas was everything I expected and more. I often say Christmas would not be complete without the latest Melody Carlson novella and this year’s story was such a touching one.

I loved how a little girl’s wistful request brought together a group of total strangers to provide a special gift of joy to an ailing young woman and the rest of her family. Although the women in the group were about as different as they could be – young and old, lonely, bossy, grouchy, experienced and inexperienced – it was wonderful to observe as their lives became knit together into a family of sorts.

Another heartwarming novel, A Quilt for Christmas is sure to become a holiday favorite.

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


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Cuddle up with this cozy story of giving and forgiving–with a little bit of romance

Christmas should be celebrated with family, but for Vera Swanson, that’s not an option this year. Widowed and recently relocated, she is lonely in her condo-for-one–until little Fiona Albright knocks on her door needing help.

With her mother seriously ill and her father out of town, Fiona enlists Vera’s aid, and when she finds out her new neighbor is a quilter, she has a special request–a Christmas quilt for Mama.

Vera will have to get a ragtag group of women together to fulfill the request. Between free-spirited artist Tasha, chatty empty nester Beverly, retired therapist Eleanor, and herself, Vera has hopes that Christmas for the Albright family will be merry, after all. And she may even find herself a new family of friends along the way.

Read an excerpt HERE.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 250 books with sales of more than 7.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, her novel All Summer Long was made into a Hallmark movie, and the film version of The Happy Camper is soon to be released. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.


 

Belle Fourche Legacy by Kari Trumbo


MY REVIEW:

Although I haven’t read the entire series, each book I have read of the Belle Fourche Chronicles can easily stand on its own. The Belle Fourche Legacy is no exception.

Author Katie Trumbo has penned another page-turner with exceptional characters and a plot that kept me engaged to the very end. A perfect balance of action, conflict, angst, and romance combined with a message of faith provided an entertaining and satisfying experience that will ensure that I will be reading more of this author’s novels.

I loved having the chance to read more of Alice and Kent’s story as well as seeing how they worked out their problems. It was especially satisfying to see two feuding families finally work together to reveal the true troublemakers.

An excellent lesson about not judging by outer appearances, The Belle Fourche Legacy is a book I would highly recommend.

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


ABOUT THE BOOK:

?The thrilling conclusion to the Belle Fourche Chronicles

Alice has always been the good daughter, the one who does what everyone expects. She promised Kent Douglas she would wait for his return even though her family has fought his for the past thirty years.

Then he left and never contacted her again.

Two long years have gone by and Alice is an adult. Despite the occasional annoyance by the Douglas patriarch, they hear nothing from their neighbors. When word comes that Kent not only returned, but has been back for quite some time without contacting her, tensions rage. Alice wants revenge for her humiliation.

Kent was heavily scarred protecting Alice from a bomb, and he’s returned home with worse scars to his heart.

He went to school to become a doctor, but along the way found out the teachers thought he’d be better suited to a barn. No patient wants to look to a monster for hope. He never wanted to work on a ranch again, but now his training — the training he ran away and fought to have — will be in a barn.

He loves Alice Johlman like she’s half of his heart, but he can’t accept the failure he is and won’t force her to follow through on her promise from years before.

If only he could forget her.

Wounded hero Kent will do anything for the only woman he’s ever loved, except ask her to keep her promise. Preorder this second-chance, always loved you romance, now!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Where western meets happily ever after.

Kari is a USA Today bestselling author who writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.

Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.

Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.

Want a free book? Just visit me at: https://KariTrumbo.com


 

A Model of Devotion by Mary Connealy

MY REVIEW:

A Model of Devotion is the final book in Mary Connealy’s The Lumber Baron’s Daughters series. As always expected, it is filled with plenty of action, danger, suspense, and yes, romance.

Remaining unmarried daughter Jilly Stiles is determined to remain that way. Haunted by nightmares about her cruel stepfather, she wants no part of marriage. Unfortunately circumstances already in play demand that she marry in order to protect herself from a dangerous man. Nick Ryder is not only willing but eager to marry Jilly but can she trust him?

Once again this author has provided me with several hours of delightful entertainment as I kept turning the pages to see how everything would turn out. I was solidly in Nick’s corner as the perfect candidate for Jilly’s husband. Although I had a good idea about the inevitable conclusion it was nevertheless fun to follow Nick and Jilly as well as her sister and mother to that point.

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the latest offering from this author and look forward to her next one.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author’s launch team through the publisher. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

She’s finally claimed her independence . . . how far will she go to keep it?

A brilliant engineer, Jilly Stiles has been educated since childhood to help run her father’s lumber dynasty. With the company safe from her stepfather after the marriages of her two sisters, Jilly can now focus on her dream of building a mountaintop railroad–and never marry.

Nick Ryder came into Jilly’s life when he saved her mother from her no-good stepfather, and he’s prepared to protect Jilly from anything that threatens to harm her–as long as he keeps his heart from getting involved.

But when a cruel and powerful man goes to dangerous lengths to make Jilly his own, she must make a decision between her safety and her hard-won independence.

Read an excerpt HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mary Connealy (www.maryconnealy.com) writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has sold more than one and a half million books. She is the author of the popular series Brothers in Arms, Brides of Hope Mountain, High Sierra Sweethearts, The Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

Scars by Linda K. Rodante

Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for SCARS by Linda K. Rodante, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


 


MY REVIEW:

I hate to confess that I have not read the previous books in Linda K. Rodante’s Spiritual Warfare series. After reading Scars, I plan to remedy that as soon as possible.

Although Scars is the final book in the series, it was easily a stand alone novel. I would love to read the back stories of various characters in the book but I had no problems keeping up with the story.

The narrative centered around a rehab center run by a church that ministered to former gang members, alcoholics, and addicts. Characters included both staff and residents of the center. It was eye-opening to read about the struggles to overcome experienced by the program participants. Examples of prayer and spiritual warfare were scattered throughout the story as both staff and residents experienced one crisis after another.

I especially liked a scene where one of the residents exhorted one of the volunteers which brought truth into her life and set her free. This individual had not made his own decision for Christ at that point but the Holy Spirit used him to minister to the other person.

Scars is a powerful tale that is well worth a reader’s time. I highly recommend it.

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


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: SCARS

Series: Spiritual Warfare #4

Author: Linda K. Rodante

Publisher: independently published

Release Date: September 2022

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romantic Suspense

He tried to leave the past behind, but it won’t leave him…

Ex-gang member Garrett Lovett is a new creature in Christ. At least, he’s trying to be. He’s got a wholesome routine, a place on the IronWorks football team, and a pretty woman he wants to know better. But when the old gang resurfaces with the ultimatum to re-up or face consequences, Garrett has tough decisions to make. These guys know how to get to him—his addictions, his fears. When things get life-threatening, Garrett must decide if this God he’s heard about is real or not.

And if so, can he rescue Garrett and those he loves before it’s too late?

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Linda K. Rodante is a Florida transplant now living in Tennessee. She loves sweet tea, apple butter and both the mountains and the oceans. Her work with crisis pregnancy centers and anti-trafficking groups gave her a heart for women struggling in today’s society, while still respecting the role God has given men.

She writes Christian romantic suspense novels. Her books wrap sweet romance in real-life issues women face today with an edge of mystery and suspense. She desires to entertain and encourage women in their walk with the Lord. Her books can be found on Amazon

She’s a past finalist of ACFW’s Genesis contest and a member of Word Weavers International.

Connect with Linda by visiting lindarodante.wordpress.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


GIVEAWAY:

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of WARRIOR (Spiritual Warfare Series #1) and $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 26, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 2, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Christmas Baby Rescue by Jordyn Redwood


MY REVIEW:

It has been awhile since I read a book by Jordyn Redwood. I wasn’t very many pages into Christmas Baby Rescue before I remembered how much I like her books. Her character and plot development are excellent, especially within the requirements of the shorter mass market Love Inspired books.

The author pulled me right into the action almost immediately and I was taken on a breath-taking adventure along with Liam and Ashlyn as they worked desperately to stay alive while protecting her infant niece. I followed them through various plot twists and a surprise or two along the way to the satisfying conclusion.

I loved the fact that hero Liam was handicapped by PTSD and felt inadequate to protect Ashlyn and her niece but he persisted even when circumstances threatened to send him into an episode on more than one occasion. Ashlyn’s determination and compassion were admirable. It was also fun observing the development of a romantic relationship between the two.

I will definitely will not be waiting so long to read another book by this author and I recommend her to other readers.

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


ABOUT THE BOOK:

An infant on his doorstep…

And enemies closing in.

Liam Knight’s solitary plans for Christmas Eve fall apart when he discovers a baby left outside his cabin—and bloody footprints leading to his injured pen pal. Suffering from PTSD, the former navy SEAL thinks he’s the wrong choice to protect Ashlyn Sutton and her infant niece. But with contract killers on their trail, he must overcome his fear…and stop the criminal behind the threats.

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jordyn Redwood is a nurse by day, novelist by night. She has specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for nearly two decades. As a self professed medical nerd, she reads medical textbooks for fun. This led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge– a blog devoted to helping authors write medically accurate fiction. Jordyn loves to weave medical mystery into her story lines and see how her characters navigate through the chaos she creates.


 

Range by Ronie Kendig

Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for Range by Ronie Kendig, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



MY REVIEW:

I feel inadequate to review this novel. Range is one of those stories that is incredibly difficult to read because it truthfully exposes just how evil some people in power can be. Several characters have experienced things most of us cannot even imagine yet they have somehow never lost hope and continue to attempt to help others in similar circumstances.

Kasra is one of those characters. She has endured mistreatment and degradation to her own body as well as earning the disreputable reputation of the madame who sells young women and children for the sex trade. But Kasra has worked quietly behind the scenes to help as many of them escape as possible. She has not always been successful but her heart yearns to see them all free. Range is one of the men sent to Afghanistan to capture Kasra in order to expose the leaders of the trafficking business. His only focus is to see her punished. Forced to flee together when things go horribly wrong, Range and Kasra learn more about each other than expected and each of them is surprised at what they find.

Range is an exciting tale filled with action and danger. Readers will learn more than they probably want to about the horrors of human trafficking but the author handles the subject carefully and without unneeded information. I found Kazra to be an extraordinary woman and was encouraged by how Range was eventually able to see the real person inside her.

Although Range can be difficult to read at times, I found it to be a story full of hope. I encourage other readers to give it a chance.

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


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Range

Series: The Metcalfes #3

Author: Ronie Kendig

Publisher: Task Force Press

Release Date: September 30, 2022

Genre: Clean with faith elements, Romantic Suspense

He’s back and he’s out for blood

Fed up with living in the shadow of his brothers, Range Metcalfe struck out to carve a name for himself—one written in the blood of many a terrorist. Now, he’s targeting the notorious Madam of Kandahar, who has trafficked children and women. Finally given the green light, he captures her and quickly finds himself entrenched up in a deadly encounter that forces him into the Afghan wilderness—with the madam.

Ten years trapped in human trafficking and five of those spent overseeing a compound, Kasra Jazani has little left of her soul. No longer able to live with herself, she takes matters into her own hands and coordinates an escape, a massive coup against the man who has kept her and so many others captive. They flee into the night—right into the fierce and capable hands of American operators, who ruin everything and put lives at risk. Livid, she knows death is coming for them, because she also holds a very dangerous, very powerful secret: the name of the man at the top of the trafficking ring. Now that monster wants her—and her American protector—dead.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ronie Kendig is a bestselling, award-winning author of over thirty books. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband have returned to their beloved Texas after a nearly ten-year stint in the Northeast. They survive on Sonic runs, barbecue, and peach cobbler that they share–sometimes–with Benning the Stealth Golden. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

Connect with Ronie by visiting roniekendig.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

 


GIVEAWAY:

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Range and an Operation Underground t-shirt.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 18, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 25, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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