REVIEW:THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION BY MELINDA CURTIS

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The Rancher’s Redemption

Melinda Curtis

THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION is the story of Rachel who’s family ranch is next door to the Blackwell Ranch. Ben Blackwell, is back on the ranch after running away the night he was left standing at the alter! His ex fiancé married Ben’s grandfather, Big E! Hold on people, it’s going to be a very bumpy but funny ride! Even though THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION can be read as a standalone, I would read them all in order so you do not miss a thing!

THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION is the third book in the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series. All of the books are written by different authors and I can’t wait to continue this series. Melinda Curtis writes about characters that become real right before your eyes. All of the characters are very interesting and believable, so much so that I felt as if I’ve known them for a long time. THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION is a heart tugging and wonderful tale and I loved it. I loved how Ben was very protective of Rachel and the title of this beautiful story is just perfect! Read the story, you will not regret it! I soon found myself cheering for Rachel every time I turned the page.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION. It is funny and heart warming and filled with so many different emotions. There is so much going on in this story, but Melinda Curtis does a wonderful job of weaving all the pieces together. All of the characters will have you feeling sad and then giggling on the same page. More than once I wanted to be on that ranch teasing the chickens and running from the charging heifer ! The ending was perfect and had me laughing out loud! Just what is Big E. up to and who answered the door? Once you finish devouring this story, you are going to want to tell everyone you know about this awesome book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Prism Book Tours. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

 

FROM GOODREADS:

His family committed a terrible wrong Ben Blackwell wants to make it right The last time Ben saw Rachel Thompson was when her best friend left him at the altar. Now Rachel’s suing the Blackwells over river water rights. Rachel’s a triple threat–rancher, fellow attorney and single mom–and Ben’s plan to win in court hits a snag when mutual attraction blooms. If he divulges a long-held secret, will his family forgive him? Will Rachel?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Although Melinda has lived in Georgia and Texas, she’s a California girl at heart. Her earliest memories are of life on an isolated 50-acre sheep ranch in rural Sonoma County, California. Picture rolling hills covered in brown grass, a eucalyptus forest, a long gravel driveway lined with plump sheep and no sidewalks. It was a big deal to drive into town on a one-lane road in a ramshackle, bubble-fendered pickup for an ice cream.

Flash forward to this century. Melinda lives in California’s hot central valley with her husband – her basketball playing college sweetheart. With three kids the couple has done the soccer thing, the karate thing, the dance thing, the Little League thing and, of course, the basketball thing.

Melinda writes sweet to medium heat contemporary romances as Melinda Curtis and red hot reads as Mel Curtis. She loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love – because, really, who lets the man have the last word?

You can connect with Melinda Curtis on her websiteGoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!💕

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AUGUST IMPRINT BOOK LAUNCH BOOK BLITZ TOUR

Meet the Author:

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand
where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too
many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.
She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two
children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young
adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she
also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere
with her Netflix schedule.
Connect: Site | Facebook  | Goodreads

About the Book:

After her carefully ordered world imploded, Paige Taylor cracks up. On her tenth self-help book, it seemed like
a good idea at the time to reinvent herself––move from Manhattan to the tiny beachside town of St. Clair––and
take over the local bookstore.
But instead of discovering her spiritual Nirvana, she’s neck-deep in a floundering business, the locals treat her
like a plague victim, and her mom’s suddenly decided to visit––with no end in sight––and keeps coming home
with one surprise after the next.
Added to that pot of crazy, the one guy who sets her pulse racing has sworn off women forever. He’s got a
Samsonite filled with baggage, but damn he looks good hauling it down the street. And giving her those sexy
half-smiles. And tempting her to take him for a test ride.
Soon Paige discovers that reinventing herself takes more than just a change of address and a pithy quote on
Instagram. She needs to face the truth about her life, and that’s something she can’t do alone.

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Meet the Author:

Julie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High.
Several years after getting a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and
went back to her first love–writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching
science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes
roam, but true love still conquers all.
She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom)
where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she’s pretty
sure there’s no way it can fail…except the minions keep eating the cookies.

Connect: Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

About the Book:

For Alexa McIntyre, the answer to everything comes down to numbers. Three sons. One divorce. One great
life…except her boys are getting older and they really need a man around. Enter the number twenty, as in after
twenty minutes with someone she knows whether or not she wants them in her life. So, she hatches a plan to
meet any man who remotely strikes her interest—for a twenty-minute date at her favorite coffee shop. It’s the
perfect way to find her perfect match in the most efficient way possible.
Too bad coffee shop owner Marshall Calloway isn’t keen on her using his shop as her speed-dating zone,
especially since she’s made it clear he’s too young to be a contender. But against her better judgement, Alexa
finds herself drawn to Marshall in ways she can’t quantify. There’s no easy answer, and once the kids become
involved, her well-ordered world threatens to fall apart—twenty minutes at a time.

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Meet the Author:

Natasha Moore fell in love with the written word as soon as she
could read. She’s the author of more than twenty romances, and believes that stories of love and hope are
important. Love can happen at any age and she often writes about vibrant and passionate characters finding
love later in life. She’s a snowbird, spending the winters in sunny Florida, and the rest of the year in beautiful
western New York with her real life hero who is happy to tell everyone that he’s her inspiration.
Connect: Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

About the Book:

Art professor Anita Delgado spends eleven months of the year working. July is her month to cut loose, paint,
and pick a guy to make the summer memorable. But this year she isn’t in a tropical location with an exotic man
like she’d planned. She’s stuck in small-town USA dealing with a lake house she doesn’t want, inherited from a
grandmother she never knew. A summer fling might be the only thing to get her through the next few
weeks.
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Salvage specialist Noah Colburn is running for mayor. If he doesn’t, an absolute idiot is going to ruin his
beloved town. So he’s stepping up. It’s what he does—with his teenage daughters, with the family business,
and now with Lakeside. But when the newest resident of the town asks him to renovate her grandmother’s
house—and have a four-week fling —he’s tempted. Tempted to step out of the mold and take just one thing for
himself. But the gossip mill in the town is notorious.
Anita’s learning it’s hard to have a fling when the town follows your every move, and it’s even harder when the
July guy makes it clear one month is never going to be enough…

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Meet the Author:

Julie Hammerle writes young adult novels that focus on nerds, geeks,
and basket cases falling in love. On the YA side, she is the author of The Sound of Us (Entangled TEEN,
2016) and the North Pole romance series (Entangled Crush, 2017). For adult romances, look for Knocked-Up
Cinderella in the fall of 2018. A graduate of Butler University with degrees in secondary education and Latin
with a minor in music, Julie lives in Chicago with her family and enjoys reading, cooking, and watching all the
television.
Connect: Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 

About the Book:

I’m a walking contradiction.
School principal who liberally drops the F bomb.
Fiercely independent yet willing to auction myself off for charity.
Serial monogamist who’s down for a no-strings one-night stand.
Except now I’ve gone from one-working-ovary to co-parent in the time it took a stick to turn blue.
F. Bomb.
Ian Donovan may be a richer-than-hell venture capitalist, but he’s no Prince Charming ready to sweep me off
my feet. Good thing I don’t need him. I’ve been doing fine on my own for forty years, and I’m not about to start
changing that now.
Ultrasounds, swollen feet, midnight cravings? Bring. It. On.
But why is it when you finally swear off men, you meet one who’s too sexy—and determined they can make it
work.
F. Bomb.

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MY NETGALLEY HAUL THIS WEEK

 

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Good morning!

I received eight approvals this week!  I went and browsed Netgalley this week and this is what happened so……..I’m trying to get ahead!  Haha I will never get caught up but please, don’t let that stop you from sharing what you were approved for this week!😊💕

Okay, here we go……..

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From the author of the best-selling Christy Miller and SisterChicks series comes a new book of community, friendship, and tackling the hard things of life with God and loved ones around a table.

Five young moms, including beloved Gunn character Christy Miller, gather to share meals and soon become unlikely best friends. The regular gatherings provide opportunities for the women to reveal their stories, and those life stories endear them to each other. They experience their lives naturally meshing as they raise their children together in community. In Becoming Us the group find ways to challenge, encourage, and help each other become the nurturing mothers they wished they’d had when they were growing up. They unite to be remembered for what they do as moms and not for what was done to them.

 

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For Alexa McIntyre, the answer to everything comes down to numbers. Three sons. One divorce. One great life…except her boys are getting older and they really need a man around. Enter the number twenty, as in after twenty minutes with someone she knows whether or not she wants them in her life. So, she hatches a plan to meet any man who remotely strikes her interest—for a twenty-minute date at her favorite coffee shop. It’s the perfect way to find her perfect match in the most efficient way possible.

Too bad coffee shop owner Marshall Calloway isn’t keen on her using his shop as her speed-dating zone, especially since she’s made it clear he’s too young to be a contender. But against her better judgement, Alexa finds herself drawn to Marshall in ways she can’t quantify. There’s no easy answer, and once the kids become involved, her well-ordered world threatens to fall apart—twenty minutes at a time.

 

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What would happen if you found out someone has been impersonating you?

Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the imposter.

Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest.

Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?

This is Book 2 in the brand-new series, The Prayer Jars, from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.
Book 1 — The Hope Jar (August 2018)
Book 3 — The Healing Jar (August 2019)
 

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I’m a walking contradiction.
School principal who liberally drops the F bomb.
Fiercely independent yet willing to auction myself off for charity.
Serial monogamist who’s down for a no-strings one-night stand.

Except now I’ve gone from one-working-ovary to co-parent in the time it took a stick to turn blue.

F. Bomb.

Ian Donovan may be a richer-than-hell venture capitalist, but he’s no Prince Charming ready to sweep me off my feet. Good thing I don’t need him. I’ve been doing fine on my own for forty years, and I’m not about to start changing that now.

Ultrasounds, swollen feet, midnight cravings? Bring. It. On.

But why is it when you finally swear off men, you meet one who’s too sexy—and determined we can make it work?

 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about courage, hope, and learning to love against all odds.

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s a total pro at other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her whole life and move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew—even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the infatuation-inspiring rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because love is girly, and it’s not her thing. And don’t forget the advice her old captain gave her: Never date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…and it means risking it all—the only job she’s ever loved, and the hero she’s worked like hell to become.

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself.

 

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Art professor Anita Delgado spends eleven months of the year working. July is her month to cut loose, paint, and pick a guy to make the summer memorable. But this year she isn’t in a tropical location with an exotic man like she’d planned. She’s stuck in small-town USA dealing with a lake house she doesn’t want, inherited from a grandmother she never knew. A summer fling might be the only thing to get her through the next few weeks.

Salvage specialist Noah Colburn is running for mayor. If he doesn’t, an absolute idiot is going to ruin his beloved town. So he’s stepping up. It’s what he does—with his teenage daughters, with the family business, and now with Lakeside. But when the newest resident of the town asks him to renovate her grandmother’s house—and have a four-week fling —he’s tempted. Tempted to step out of the mold and take just one thing for himself. But the gossip mill in the town is notorious.

Anita’s learning it’s hard to have a fling when the town follows your every move, and it’s even harder when the July guy makes it clear one month is never going to be enough…

 

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Jenna Fossey’s life is about to change. An unexpected inheritance and the chance to meet relatives she never knew existed has her heading to the charming little town of Magnolia Harbor. But as soon as she arrives, long-buried family secrets lead to even more questions, and the only person who can help her find the answers is her sexy-as-sin sailing instructor.

Nothing makes Jude St. Pierre feel more alive than racing on the open sea – at least, not until Jenna comes strolling down his dock asking for sailing lessons. But it feels wrong to be attracted to her – especially when he learns why she came to town. Jude knows she deserves the truth but can he help her discover it without losing her and the family he’s come to think of as his own?

Includes the bonus story “A Wedding on Lavender Hill” by Annie Rains!
When an event planner is asked to create the perfect wedding in just three days, she must turn to the last person she wants to ask for help – the infuriating owner of the house on the hilltop.

 

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After her carefully ordered world imploded, Paige Taylor cracks up. On her tenth self-help book, it seemed like a good idea at the time to reinvent herself—move from Manhattan to the tiny beachside town of St. Clair—and take over the local bookstore.

But instead of discovering her spiritual Nirvana, she’s neck-deep in a floundering business, the locals treat her like a plague victim, and her mom’s suddenly decided to visit—with no end in sight—and keeps coming home with one surprise after the next.

Added to that pot of crazy, the one guy who sets her pulse racing has sworn off women forever. He’s got a Samsonite filled with baggage, but damn he looks good hauling it down the street. And giving her those sexy half-smiles. And tempting her to take him for a test ride.

Soon Paige discovers that reinventing herself takes more than just a change of address and a pithy quote on Instagram. She needs to face the truth about her life, and that’s something she can’t do alone.

 

How about you? Did you receive any approvals this week?

Have an awesome day and thanks for stopping by!

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FIRST LINE FRIDAYS

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Today’s first lines come from a book I will be reading shortly!

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Was this her father’s boat? The one he’d been sailing the day he died? Jenna Fossey stood on the sidewalk, shading her eyes against the early-September sun, studying the boat.

 

FROM GOODREADS:

Jenna Fossey’s life is about to change. An unexpected inheritance and the chance to meet relatives she never knew existed has her heading to the charming little town of Magnolia Harbor. But as soon as she arrives, long-buried family secrets lead to even more questions, and the only person who can help her find the answers is her sexy-as-sin sailing instructor.

Nothing makes Jude St. Pierre feel more alive than racing on the open sea – at least, not until Jenna comes strolling down his dock asking for sailing lessons. But it feels wrong to be attracted to her – especially when he learns why she came to town. Jude knows she deserves the truth but can he help her discover it without losing her and the family he’s come to think of as his own?

Includes the bonus story “A Wedding on Lavender Hill” by Annie Rains!
When an event planner is asked to create the perfect wedding in just three days, she must turn to the last person she wants to ask for help – the infuriating owner of the house on the hilltop.

 

 

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! GRAB THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING, OPEN TO CHAPTER ONE, AND POST THE FIRST SENTENCE (OR SECOND SENTENCE) IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

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SWIMMING IN THE DEEP END BLOG BLITZ WITH A GIVEAWAY

Swimming the Deep End Blog Blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Swimming In The Deep End by Christina
Suzann Nelson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: Christina Suzann Nelson
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
A moving novel entwining the many faces of motherly love
Jillian Connors has the perfect daughter: loving and smart, she’s an Olympic hopeful with a bright future.
But when Gabby becomes pregnant, Jillian fears that future is lost. Worse, she must confront her own
secret past and hope the decisions she’s made don’t drown their whole family.
Gabby can’t believe God let this happen to her. She knew the risks, but who thinks about that when
they’re in love? Now she has to face the consequences–and the disappointed stares from everyone who
thought she was the perfect Christian girl. At least she has the baby’s father, Travis. Nothing can tear
them apart, right?
Margaret Owens had determined dreams for her son. She’s furious that Gabby’s pregnancy jeopardizes
his college baseball scholarship and terrified that Travis will be trapped in a life of struggle and poverty–
the life she’s tried so hard to save him from. She’ll do anything to protect him–even if it means forcing
him to leave Gabby.
Stacey Meyers is aching for a child of her own. But the son she was meant to adopt was taken before
she could hold him in her arms. It feels like she’ll never stop mourning; even the move to this new town
hasn’t distracted her from the pain. How can she and her husband find peace? Is there any hope of a
family in their future?
And in the midst of all this . . . an unborn baby. Whose arms will hold him in the end?
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Stacey Frey
I should be excited. Today is the first day of our great new West Coast adventure. But it’s also a
Monday, and it feels like a Monday.
Keith turns the key in the lock of our new two-story Victorian. Before he can open the door, I rub
my fingertips along the rough lap-board exterior, only a degree lighter than the dirt near the
home we left in Tennessee. Up close, the color is darker than I first thought when we pulled up
to the curb. The rich green of the yard has a way of muting the hue of the house.
For the last week, my nerves have swung from numb to tingling with pure excitement. Why does
numb choose to visit me now?
The door swings open and Keith scoops me into his arms. Like the day we were married, he still
steals my breath. “Whoa there.” Lacing my fingers behind his neck, I offer him an approving
grin, thankful I’ve resisted the urge to call my mama. This time is for Keith. He deserves my full
attention. “We’re hardly newlyweds.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Christina Suzann Nelson, inspirational speaker and award-winning author of If We Make It
Home
, is celebrating the release of Swimming in the Deep End, on September 25,
2018. She writes and speaks about hope after dysfunction. Christina is over the top about her passions,
including the stories created somewhere in the twists and turns of her less-than-focused brain. When
she’s not writing, she’s working with the Every Child initiative, chasing escaped steers, reading,
breathing in the sweet smell of her horse, hiking with her dog, or enjoying her just-as-crazy family.
CONNECT WITH CHRISTINA: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest


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REVIEW:THE KITCHEN MARRIAGE WITH A GIVEAWAY

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About the Book

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Book: The Kitchen Marriage

Author: Gina Welborn & Becca Whitham

Publisher: Kensington Publishers

Genre: Inspirational romance/Historical America set in the old west

Release Date: September 25, 2018

A bright future awaits the women of courage and faith who boldly chase their dreams across the wide-open Montana Territory, prepared to embrace adventure and forge their own destinies . . .

When French immigrant Zoe de Fleur is forced out of her position as household cook for a high society New Yorker, the pretty and talented chef seizes an unexpected chance to head west for a new beginning. She pursues what she thinks is a prestigious job in the frontier’s “finest kitchen,” but instead finds herself in a matchmaker’s agency . . .

Isaak Gunderson is one of Helena, Montana’s most eligible bachelors, but he’s too focused on running for mayor and his family’s business to think about a wife and family. His twin brother, Jakob, is supposed to be too busy as well, yet sends for a mail-order bride anyway. Isaak doesn’t want to fuel an ongoing rivalry with his twin, but this tempting newcomer can’t be ignored. If only she’d come to Helena a different way and loving her wasn’t a betrayal . . .

 

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MY REVIEW:

The Kitchen Marriage

Gina Welborn
Becca Whitham

THE KITCHEN MARRIAGE is the second book in the Montana Brides series. Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading THE KITCHEN MARRIAGE by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Zoe after she was forced out of her job as a household cook! What an awesome story. All of Gina and Becca’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again. You will also wonder how much heartache a person can stand before they completely break down and shatter.

THE KITCHEN MARRIAGE takes place in 1887. Zoe answers an ad for a cook in Denver but in actuality, she is really answering a mail order bride ad. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. I had to know what was going to happen to Zoe and Jakob and his brother Izaak and all of the secondary characters. THE KITCHEN MARRIAGE is a heart felt story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down! I found myself wishing and hoping that Zoe would follow her heart and choose the right brother. I also wanted to taste every dish Zoe made while reading this beautiful story. I loved the proposal scene and found myself laughing out loud while reading!

THE KITCHEN MARRIAGE isn’t your typical historical romance. It is filled with quite a few subjects that aren’t usually included in a historical romance story, but the authors handled the situations perfectly. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. Gina and Becca really know how to write about personal struggles, trusting in ones faith, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by these wonderful and heart tugging authors. This is the very first book I’ve read by Ms. Whitham and Ms. Welborn. I’m excited to continue with this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Books and CelebrateLit. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the Author

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GINA WELBORN is the bestselling author of sixteen inspirational romances. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers, and serves on the ACFW Foundation Board. Sharing her husband’s passion for the premier American sports car, she is a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum and a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five children, several rabbits and guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn’t realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Visit her online at GinaWelborn.com.

BECCA WHITHAM (WIT-um) Multi-published author, paper crafter, and Chai tea lover, Becca and her twelve-foot-long craft cabinet follow her husband of more than thirty years to wherever the army currently needs a chaplain. In between moves from one part of the country to the other, she writes stories of faith that touch the heart. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a Genesis Contest finalist. Connect with her online at BeccaWhitham.com.

 

Guest post from Gina & Becca

Dear Reader,

What’s better than fulfilling a dream? Why…taking the journey with a friend, of course. And we have the army to thank for it. Gina, whose father spent most of his army career at Fort Sill, had just moved back to Lawton, Oklahoma when Becca’s husband received orders to Sill. We were both looking for friendship and found a kindred spirit.

When we first conceived the Montana Brides series over Frappuccinos (Gina) and Chai Tea Lattes (Becca) at our local Starbucks, we set out to make our make our mail-order bride stories different.

The first thing we decided on was setting our series in Helena, Montana because, in 1888, the city boasted the most millionaires per capita in the United States. We liked the idea of a former mining town grown into a cultured city and that it wasn’t the usual isolated ranch setting for a Western.

We also wanted to create stories of mail-order bride romances gone wrong. In fact, our original series title was Mail (Dis) Order Brides. We brainstormed all the ways a mail-order bride story could go sideways and settled on our top three: a widow before a wife; two brothers, one bride; and a deceitful—though well-meaning—matchmaker. The Kitchen Marriage is the second book in this series and puts our heroine, Zoe de Fleur, between twin brothers, Isaak and Jakob Gunderson. Like our first bride, Emilia Stanek (The Promise Bride), Zoe shows up in town knowing no one. Does that sound familiar? As a former military kid and current military wife, we are very familiar with needing to start over, forge new friendships, and make strangers into family.

Thank you for taking a journey into the past with us. We pray you find our stories filled with hope, humor, and happily-ever-afters.

Sincerely,

Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham

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Book by Book, November 8

Janices book reviews, November 8

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 9

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A Rup Life, November 10

Baker Kella, November 10

Bibliophile Reviews, November 11

Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot, November 11

Britt Reads Fiction, November 12

Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, November 12

Bigreadersite, November 12

Daysong ReflectionsNovember 13

Vicky Sluiter, November 13

Singing Librarian Books, November 14

Tell Tale Book Reviews, November 14

Giveaway

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To celebrate their tour, Gina and Becca are giving away a copy of The Kitchen Marriage to ten lucky winners!!

Be sure to comment of the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d772/the-kitchen-marriage-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

THE BETTING GROOM BY TAYLOR HART

Grab your copy of The Betting Groom by Taylor Hart for just 99 ¢ today!

The Betting Groom: Last Play Christmas Romances: The Legendary Kent Brother Romances by Taylor Hart

How much would you bet on true love this holiday season?

After getting caught in a media frenzy at a charity event, Will Kent, Quarterback for the Denver Storm and five of his buddies found themselves in jail—with no one coming for them. After bemoaning their situation, Will challenges the guys to a Christmas Bet to find the woman they had always loved, the one who had gotten away…and kiss her by Christmas Eve.

Tara Lighthouse never would have expected to find herself barefoot, on a ledge, in the middle of a snowstorm. But the recent divorce and the pregnancy test made her feel hopeless. After saying a prayer, she is shocked when Will Kent shows up at her door. And even more shocked when he offers to hire her as his PR consultant for the next four days.

After playing Mr. and Mrs. Claus, buying Christmas for a bunch of children, skiing, and spilling secrets, both of them recognize something magic is happening between them.

When the truth comes out, they are left with a choice: forgive or walk away from the only love they’ve ever wanted.

 

From the Author
Oh man, I can’t even tell you how much I love Will! Not only is he fun, loving and generous-he’s also…good. Really good.
He has a depth that most people don’t see in him because he keeps it hidden.
And the love he has for Tara is inspiring!
Cheers- Taylor

Praise from Readers

Such a great story! She turned him down once but will she give him a second chance? Sweet romance at it’s best.

I’m rarely surprised by a Taylor Hart book because they are nearly always good…but this one took me by surprise…because it’s pure gold!

Another Kent brother bites the dust in this 2nd chance love story. A sweet story of finding your HEA with your one true love.

As someone who has loved, lost, and loved again, it’s so nice to have stories that inspire the hope for those of us who have relationships that have ended in loss.

Grab your copy now!

THE LIGHT BEFORE DAY WITH A GIVEAWAY

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About the Book

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Book: The Light Before Day

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release Date: October 2, 2018

“Henry, this . . . fortune, this sudden wealth . . . I fear it will change our lives. And I don’t want my life to change.”

After three years on a whaling voyage, Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to news that his grandmother has passed, bequeathing her vast fortune to him and his sister, Hitty. And it was truly vast. But Lillian Coffin was no fool. The inheritance comes with a steep cost, including when each should marry and whom—a Quaker in good standing, of course. But if they relinquish the inheritance, it all goes to Tristram Macy, their father’s thieving business partner.

As Hitty and Henry seek a way to satisfy the will’s conditions, they’ll be faced with obstacles on every side—and it may be that Lillian Coffin will have the last word after all.

 

Click here to purchase your copy!

 

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Find out more about this amazing deal at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com/thelightbeforeday

About the Author

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe’s Light and Minding the Light, as well as the Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She has also written several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. Fisher lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow her on Twitter @suzannewfisher and Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor.

 

Guest Post from Suzanne

The Mortgage Button

In each story of the ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series, there’s a reference to a mortgage button in the newel post of a stairway. Phoebe Starbuck, the main character in Phoebe’s Light, made a point to notice it in the captain’s house on Orange Street, the famous residences of sea captains. In Minding the Light, Daphne Coffin touched the mortgage button on the newel post of her horrible mother’s grand house each and every morning. Hitty and Henry Macy were well aware of the absence of their childhood home’s mortgage button—and all that its absence symbolized—in The Light Before Day.

Mortgage buttons meant something to each of those characters. It made a statement to anyone who walked into a house.

Have you ever seen a mortgage button? It’s a very Nantucket-y tradition. In fact, some say the mortgage button originated on Nantucket Island, thirty miles out to sea.

Supposedly, when a house’s mortgage was fully paid and there were no liens against the property, the homeowner drilled a hole in the newel post of the main staircase, rolled up the mortgage document, put it inside, and capped the hole with a decorative plug of scrimshaw.

Scrimshaw is a term for an American folk art developed during the 18th and 19th centuries. Whaling in New England was an industry that lifted Nantucket Island to become the world’s wealthiest port. After a whale’s oil was rendered, the ship’s captain would give his crew the sperm whale’s teeth or bones to carve during long tedious hours at sea. Whaling had its exciting moments, but they were far and few between. As a pastime, sailors carved all kinds of useful gifts to bring home to their loved ones: needles, combs, games, clothespins, busks…and mortgage buttons.

But let’s jump back to the mortgage button. Some legends say that the actual mortgage papers were ceremoniously burned and the ashes stashed inside the drilled hole before sealed with the button. However, as appealing a thought as that might be, it is most likely a myth. There’s never been any evidence of ashes or even hidden mortgages found in salvaged newel posts. Still, mortgage buttons are common among Nantucket homes, and the tradition has spread to other parts of the country. In southern states, for example, they’re called brag buttons. Whether myth or truth, today it’s more a matter of a charming nostalgic custom than a nod to your healthy (or…not so healthy) net worth.

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Tell Tale Book Reviews, November 15

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Book by Book, November 16

Have A Wonderful Day, November 17

Bibliophile Reviews, November 17

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d773/the-light-before-day-celebration-tour-giveaway