Josiah’s Treasure by Nancy Herriman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Josiah’s Treasure
Worthy Publishing (April 16, 2013)
by
Nancy Herriman
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nancy Herriman abandoned a career in Engineering to chase around two small children and take up the pen. She has been writing for longer than she would like to admit. Her work has been a finalist in several Romance Writers of America contests and she won the 2006 RWA Daphne du Maurier award for Best Unpublished Mystery/Romantic Suspense. In 2009, she was an ACFW Genesis finalist. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

When she is not writing, or gabbing over lattes about writing, she is either watching history shows on cable TV or singing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and sons, and wishes there were more hours in the day.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In 1882, Sarah Whittier dreams of opening an art studio run by immigrant women. She plans to use the house left to her by family friend Josiah Cady as collateral for her studio. But will all be lost when the inheritance is challenged by an angry man claiming to be Josiah’s son and legal heir? Rumor of gold nuggets hidden in the house, place Sarah’s life in danger. Her future uncertain and her safety threatened, Sarah has nowhere to turn. That is, unless she can soften a vengeful man’s heart-and they both learn that love is finer than any gold.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Josiah’s Treasure, go HERE.

 

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I thought it was interesting that I have read and reviewed two consecutive novels this week that took place primarily in San Francisco’s Nob Hill yet their setting was about all they had in common (other than that I enjoyed both of them).  Josiah’s Treasure is the first novel I have read by Nancy Herriman so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Looks like I have yet another author to add to my ever-growing must read list. In fact, I just ordered The Irish Healer a few minutes ago. The Kindle version is on sale at Amazon for a very good price so I had to grab a copy quickly.

I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, the natural dialogue, and the believable plot development. I also liked the way the romance developed between Sarah and Daniel despite their conflict over the same inheritance – a growing attraction based upon positive character traits that each saw in the other rather than physical attraction only. Plenty of drama, suspense, romance and surprises abound as Sarah and Daniel learn the meaning of true treasure in their lives. Josiah’s Treasure  is a novel that emphasizes true forgiveness and trust in the Lord. It is well worth reading.

Love at Any Cost By Julie Lessman



MY REVIEW:

Although it seems a bit sad to leave the oh so charming and beloved O’Connor family behind as Julie embarks on a new series set in a new city and featuring an entirely new family, “Love at Any Cost” relieved any misgivings I might have had. It only took a few chapters for me to know that the McClare family and friends would quickly work their way into readers’ hearts. I for one cannot wait to learn which family member’s story will be offered next.

When Cassidy McClare arrives in San Francisco for an extended visit with family, she has only one objective – to avoid romantic entanglements so that her battered and bruised heart can heal. As she steps from the train she is literally knocked off her feet by Jamie McKenna who will quickly become an unavoidable fixture in the McClare household. Jamie’s primary objective is to find a wealthy and well-connected woman who can not only help advance his career and status but can help him provide for his mother and crippled sister. It doesn’t take him long to zero in on Cassidy as that woman.

“Love at Any Cost” is a mostly light-hearted and witty novel with large doses of romance. It also has its share of drama as well as some surprises that I didn’t see coming. A possible secondary romance adds to the enjoyment and it will be interesting to see how that develops as the series continues. But right in the middle of all the angst and romance are wonderful bits of wisdom, usually rendered by Cousin Bram or Aunt Cait that eventually break through the barriers erected by both Cassidy and Jamie to help them learn how to allow God be in control of their lives. 

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Love At Any CostThe Gilded Age is brought to life in the new Heart of San Francisco Series. Fans of bestselling author, Julie Lessman, will join her on a journey to the West Coast for romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in Love at Any Cost.
Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself cheated by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can’t buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julie LessmanJulie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion with a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards. Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Series of the Year in that same poll. She resides in Missouri with her family and is the author of The Daughters of Boston series and the Winds of Change series whose first book, A Hope Undaunted, ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.

Praise for Love at any Cost:

With an artist’s brushstroke, Julie Lessman creates another masterpiece filled with family and love and passion that compares to none in the Christian market today. Interwoven with themes of betrayal, trust, and God’s love, Love at Any Cost will not only soothe your soul, but it will make you laugh, stir your heart, and release a sigh of satisfaction when you turn the last page. The next book in the series cannot come soon enough!—MaryLu Tyndall, bestselling author of Veil of Pearls

Take a Chance On Me by Susan May Warren



MY REVIEW:

“Take a Chance On Me” may just be the best of the Deep Haven novels yet. Warren takes the reader beyond the typical romantic plot as she plumbs the depths of several of the characters’ emotions. Although Darek and Ivy are the primary characters in “Take a Chance on Me”, Jensen and Claire also play major roles.

Darek Christiansen, a widower with a small son carries around so much anger and possibly some guilt since his wife’s death that townspeople tend to keep their distance from him. Jensen Atwood, Darek’s former best friend feels like a pariah in the town where he is forced to perform community service due to the fact that he was driving the car that killed Darek’s wife. He mistakenly thinks that if he works hard enough he can redeem himself in the eyes of Deep Haven residents. Then there is Claire Gibson, daughter of missionary doctors, who loves her life in Deep Haven – or she would if she did not feel like such a failure and disappointment to her parents. Finally we have Ivy Madison, newcomer in town as the assistant county attorney who wants nothing more than a permanent home and maybe a family of her own. It doesn’t take Ivy long to realize that she is already connected to Deep Haven in ways she had not imagined and the secret she holds could destroy her hopes for the future.

Although the development of a relationship between Darek and Ivy is of prime importance to the plot, each character’s struggles with forgiveness and their own faith lays the foundation for “Take a Chance on Me”. I can truthfully say that I gleaned plenty of truth in the narrative that can (and hopefully will) be applied to my own life. This novel is a wonderful example of true forgiveness and reconciliation.

Plenty of drama, action, danger, and romance kept me turning the pages. I loved the characters and enjoyed reading about many I met in earlier Deep Haven novels. I think this books probably has one of the most unique romantic scenes ever and the reader even gets two for the price of one! I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed “Take a Chance on Me” and encourage everyone to pick up a copy as soon as possible.

This book was provided for review by The Tyndale Blog Network.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Take A Chance On MeDarek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near.

New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn’t know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity’s death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she’s always longed for. And once she gets past Darek’s tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife’s case.

Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy—a future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Susan May WarrenSusan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award–winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church.

Susan holds a BA in mass communications from the University of Minnesota. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.

Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell



MY REVIEW:

Things are bound to get interesting when Lucy Kendall, daughter of a candy factory owner finds herself attracted to the son of the city’s rival candy manufacturer but doesn’t know his connection. Needless to say, she discovers Charlie Clarke’s true identity soon after she learns that his father is determined to destroy her father’s company. Although Charlie doesn’t like his father’s schemes, he follows his directions as he tries to prove himself to his dad. Lucy desperately counterattacks each move made by Standard Manufacturing to undermine City Confectionery but somehow they always seem to be one step ahead of her strategies.

“Unrivaled” is a tale filled with family secrets, greed, fierce competition, drama, and unexpected twists. Tempered by an elusive romance and humor, this novel was a quick read despite its four hundred page length. Although the seemingly doomed romance and the escalating rivalry kept things interesting, at times I became frustrated with Lucy and Charlie for trying to solve the problems under their own strength rather than actually talking over the situation and working together. I did approve of the way each of them came to terms with their own shortcomings and found themselves turning to God for the answers.

A bit different than previous novels I have read by Mitchell, “Unrivaled” was nevertheless a delightful reading experience.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

UnrivaledLucy Kendall returns from a tour of the Continent, her luggage filled with the latest fashions and a mind fired by inspiration. After tasting Europe’s best confections, she’s sure she’ll come up with a recipe that will save her father’s struggling candy business and reverse their fortunes. But she soon discovers that their biggest competitor, the cheat who swindled her father out of his prize recipe, has now hired a promotions manager–a cocky, handsome out-of-towner who gets under Lucy’s skin.

Charlie Clarke’s new role at Standard Manufacturing is the chance of a lifetime. He can put some rough times behind him and reconnect with the father he’s never known. The one thing he never counted on, however, was tenacious Lucy Kendall. She’s making his work life miserable…and making herself impossible for him to forget.

Purchase a copy here.

Read an excerpt here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Siri MitchellSiri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists “Chateau of Echoes” and “The Cubicle Next Door”. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area.

Find out more about Siri at http://sirimitchell.com/.



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The Guardian by Beverly Lewis

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Guardian
Bethany House Publishers (March 26, 2013)
by
Beverly Lewis
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Beverly’s first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author’s maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly’s work to be “a primer on Lancaster County folklore” and offers “an insider’s view of Amish life.”

Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly’s tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, “Beverly’s books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don’t run across writing like that every day. I hope she’ll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time.”

A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid musicians and fiction “book worms.”

Learn more about Beverly and her books on her Website.
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MY REVIEW:

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When schoolteacher Jodi Winfield goes for a morning run, the last thing she expects is to find a disheveled little girl all alone on the side of the Pennsylvania road, clad only in her undergarments, her chubby cheeks streaked with tears. Jodi takes the preschooler home with her, intending to find out where she belongs. But Jodi is mystified when no one seems to know of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can’t speak a word of English. It’s as if the child appeared out of nowhere.

As the days pass, Jodi becomes increasingly attached to the mysterious girl, yet she is no closer to learning her identity. Then an unexpected opportunity brings Jodi to Hickory Hollow–and into the cloistered world of the Lancaster Old Order Amish. Might the answers lie there?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Guardian, go HERE.

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MY REVIEW:

With her descriptive and easy-to-read style, Beverly Lewis takes the reader into Hickory Hollow and its slower yet comfortable way of life. This time we view this unique place through the eyes of schoolteacher Jodi Winfield who inadvertently finds herself involved with an Amish family and thoroughly charmed by their way of life. Still grieving her sister’s death, Jodi has wandered away from her faith yet finds a sympathetic friend in Amish widow Maryanna. As their friendship develops, each woman realizes that Jodi’s involvement in the Amish community may just have been orchestrated by God.

I enjoyed reading about the Amish in The Guardian, especially since there was very little emphasis on their strict rules and practices but highlighted their love of family and friends and their  faith in God even in the face of tragedy. Although there was some romance, it was not the focus of this novel. Instead I saw how both Jodi and Maryanna grew in their faith and were able to overcome their grief to move on with their lives.