The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

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Jaime Jo Wright just scared the living daylights out of me!

The Curse of Misty Wayfair was absolutely fantastic!  It was super creepy!  The mystery was extremely well-crafted!  The heart-pounding suspense!  The awesome cast of characters!  All perfectly blended into one chilling, time-slip adventure!

This book gave me goosebumps!

Will I read another book by Jaime Jo Wright?  Absolutely!

Will I read it with all the lights on in the broad daylight?

Absolutely.

 

Five Hair-Raising Stars!!  Do not miss this book!  The Curse of Misty Wayfair will be available on January 1, 2019.  Preorder at Christian Book Distributors today!

I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley.   A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are completely my own.

 

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The Lieutenant’s Bargain – Fort Reno Series by Regina Jennings

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One independent, aspiring painter.  One bookish, romantically challenged lieutenant.  One request lost in translation.  One engaging story!

The Lieutenant’s Bargain is the newest novel in Regina Jennings’ Fort Reno Series. While it can be read on its own, it may be helpful to read the series in order to get to know the supporting characters and become familiar with historic Fort Reno.

Hattie Walker is the survivor of a stagecoach attack.  Jack Hennessey is the Army lieutenant sent to rescue her.  Jack is surprised to see it’s Hattie that needs rescuing.  They were classmates in school back in their hometown of Van Buren, Arkansas…and Jack has been carrying a torch for Hattie for years.

Due to a misunderstanding as Jack tries to impress Hattie, they find themselves in a rather interesting predicament.  I enjoyed seeing their relationship blossom as they tried to make the best of their surprising situation.

In addition to the romance, there’s a mystery afoot, a storyline I found especially interesting!  And, all this happened during Christmas preparations at Fort Reno and the neighboring Darlington School!

The Lieutenant’s Bargain is a lovely blend of mystery, romance and interesting historical details.  I look forward to future stories from this series and from author Regina Jennings!

To purchase this book, visit Christian Book Distributors  .

My Previous Fort Reno Series Reviews:
Book One: Holding the Fort
Book 1.5: Bound and Determined – featured in the Hearts Entwined Novella Collection

I received a complimentary copy of the book from author Regina Jennings and Bethany House Publishers.   A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are completely my own.

To Have and To Hold: Three Autumn Love Stories by Betsy St. Amant, Katie Ganshert and Becky Wade

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If you like small town romances, stay tuned! Betsy St. Amant, Katie Ganshert and Becky Wade have some autumn-y goodness to share with you in the form of a charming novella collection called To Have and To Hold: Three Autumn Love Stories.

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Love Takes the Cake (September) by Betsy St. Amant
This was a very sweet (pun intended…’cause Charlotte runs a bakery) story about forgiving yourself for your past and learning to trust again so that new love may flourish.  I thought the main characters, Charlotte and Will, were lovely.  This story was my introduction to Betsy St. Amant and I do plan to seek out more of her work! Especially if there are baked goods involved!

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The Perfect Arrangement (October) by Katie Ganshert
A first person point of view and email exchanges?!?!  Sign me up!  This was my first time reading anything by Katie Ganshert and I loved this story!  This novella had a perfect reading pace and I loved every minute of it!  Excellent story!!

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Love in the Details (November) by Becky Wade
This is the fourth story I’ve read by Becky Wade this year! I’m a big fan of her natural, easygoing style.  Holly and Josh were a joy to root for!  I enjoyed all of the wedding planning scenes and I especially enjoyed Mitzi and Mrs. Chapel! (You’ll have to read about those ladies yourself! Ha ha!)  This story is sweet, contemporary Christian fiction at its best!

As a fan of novella collections, this book was a total win for me!  I absolutely recommend it to readers of contemporary stories with a Christian world view.  All three novellas were sweet and wholesome and the perfect cozy read.  I’m looking forward to more stories from these wonderful ladies!

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local public library. A review was not required or requested. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Spotlight: December 4, 2018 New Releases

It’s release day for the following titles!

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Mind Games – Kaely Quinn Profiler Book One
Nancy Mehl
Bethany House Publishers
I read this last week and thought it was great!  Quite the thrill ride!  See my review here!

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The Teacher’s Bride – Amish Brides of Birch Creek Book One
Kathleen Fuller
Zondervan
This one is sure to be great!  I always enjoy Kathleen Fuller’s books!  My review copy is on the way and I can’t wait to read this!

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The Lieutenant’s Bargain – The Fort Reno Series Book Two
Regina Jennings
Bethany House Publishers
I am so excited to be on Regina Jenning’s influencer team!  My review copy is on the way and I am really looking forward to more of this great series!  My review for the first book, Holding the Fort, can be found here!

Looking for even more pretty new book covers on the shelves today?  Here are a two more December 4th Christian titles, both from Bethany House Publishers:

Aren’t these covers so pretty?!?!  I’ve yet to read anything by Julie Klassen or Jody Hedlund, but their reviews are always very positive.  I’m looking forward to trying books by them in the new year!

Are you planning to read to any of today’s releases?  Tell me in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!
~ JenGalaxy4

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream by Pepper D. Basham

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Sigh.

Like, seriously.

After reading this book, a piece of my heart is definitely in Maple Springs, back in time, deep in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge:  Laurel’s Dream by Pepper Basham was immediately engaging.  Her love for the Appalachian people and their history is present through her vivid storytelling.

The lead characters each had their own remarkably strong voice.  I could hear them in my head as I read their words and their thoughts.  I love when that happens!

As I look back through my notes I took while reading this book, I see I wrote the word “charming” a lot.  This was definitely a charming book.  Laurel McAdams charmed me with her spirit, her vibrant stories and her loyalty to her community.  Jonathan Taylor charmed me with his patience, his faith and his determination to see Laurel’s dreams come true.

This was a love story, but it wasn’t just a love story between two people (which, by the way, could not have fallen into place more perfectly than it did).  This was also a love story with the mountains and seeking one’s true home.

Laurel and Jonathan’s tale was not without major hurts and setbacks.  The twists and turns this story took me on were emotional and gripping and absolutely kept the pages turning!

This story ended on a beautiful note, but not without questions on the outcomes for some supporting characters.  I’m hoping there are connecting stories later down the road because I kinda need to know what happens to a few people.  (Ahem.)

You wanna know a secret?  This was my first Pepper Basham book.  This story was beautiful and I’m so glad I read it!

Five Huge Stars and I totally recommend this book!  My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge:  Laurel’s Dream is available January 1, 2019.  Pre-order your copy today from Christian Book Distributors  because this is one book you don’t want to miss!

I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are completely my own.

 

November 2018 Recap

Tomorrow is December 1st!  How did that happen??

Here’s my November Recap!

Reviews:
The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker
100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls by Jean Fisher
Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh
A Seat by the Hearth by Amy Clipston
Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano
Mind Games by Nancy Mehl
Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin

Goodreads Reading Challenge Tally:
70/70!!!  I made my goal for this year…and I’m still adding to it!

Favorite Book Read in November:
Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

December Sneak Peak – Most Anticipated Read: 
The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings

Comment below:  What was your favorite book in November?

Thanks for stopping by!  See you again soon!
~ Jen

Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin

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Kelly Irvin, popular author of Amish fiction, has published a romantic suspense novel!

Nina Fischer is guarded.  Rightfully so, considering her background as well as her current situation.  She has a hard time trusting people, even those closest to her.  As the story progresses, we get to see her move past her previous hurts and confront her present issues beautifully.

The romantic thread in the story is really well done.  It’s very realistic and not a distraction.  I think it definitely added to the story.

Tell Her No Lies is an edgy, well-paced novel, filled with mystery and intrigue.  This is a story about deception, trust, justice and forgiveness.  I enjoyed the book!

I recommend this book to fans of suspense novels with a Christian world view.  Purchase your copy of Tell Her No Lies from  ChristianBook.com  today!

To learn more about Kelly Irvin’s books, visit  KellyIrvin.com .

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins Christian Publishers and BookLook Bloggers.  A positive review was not required.  Opinions expressed are completely my own.

Mind Games – Kaely Quinn Profiler Book One by Nancy Mehl

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I have never met a character quite like Kaely Quinn.

Wow!

This story is an absolute page turner!  The storyline is excellent.  I was on pins and needles the entire time!  This book honestly kept me guessing until the very end!

And, that cover sets the mood for the story perfectly!!

There’s so much I want to say about this book but I don’t want to spoil the experience of reading this first hand.  This book was really great thriller and I totally recommend it!  I am definitely looking forward to reading more books starring Kaely Quinn!!

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl releases on December 4, 2018.  Pre order today at ChristianBook.com

I received an advanced copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Flights of Fancy – American Heiresses Series by Jen Turano

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May I have your attention please?

I’ve just read my first book by Jen Turano.

And, now I must collect everything she’s ever published!!

Flights of Fancy, the first book in Jen Turano’s new American Heiresses series features an heiress in disguise, a quirky elderly uncle, rogue barnyard animals, four adorable ginger-haired children, a slimy villain and one dashing hero!

I instantly loved each character in this book!  Isadora Delafield is adorably long-winded and has an explanation for everything.  Ian MacKenzie is a gentle giant who’s worked his way to the top but is humble enough to remember where he came from.  Every single supporting character from the children, to Uncle Amos and Aunt Birdie, to Beatrix and everyone in between were just so perfectly well-written.  (And, I’m seriously hoping that one of the forthcoming books in this series will please be about Beatrix?  Pretty please?!?!)

This book had action, tenderness, rich historical details, adventure and humor.  This book had a ton of humor – honest to goodness laugh out loud humor!!  The balance of the humorous scenes with a heartfelt or adventurous moment was so well done!  The plot had several twists and turns to keep my Kindle’s electronic pages flipping!  Each scene was so vividly described I felt like I was right there with them! 

I can’t say much more, because…well…spoilers.  But!  One thing’s for sure.  After reading Flights of Fancy, I will never look at someone named Nigel or Percival the same way ever again!  🙂

Five Well-Deserved Stars!  I highly recommend this book…and I would read it again!!  Flights of Fancy will be available January 1, 2019.  Visit  ChristianBook.com to preorder today!  You don’t want to miss this book!

I received an advanced copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley.  A favorable review was not required.  All opinions expressed are completely my own.

A Seat by the Hearth – An Amish Homestead Novel by Amy Clipston

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It’s release day for A Seat By the Hearth, the third book in Amy Clipston’s Amish Homestead series!

Pricilla wasn’t looking for love, having recently fled an abusive relationship. Mark is the community’s heartbreaker and falling in love isn’t on his radar. As the two form a friendship, the tables are turned on them and things get more complicated than ever before.

This is a story that shows the repercussions of sinning in an Amish community. It shows what it’s like to be shunned. It shows what actions are taken to survive heartache and shame, all while holding onto their faith and trusting in God’s plan for them.

I’ve said in other reviews for this series that this cast of characters is awesome and that trend definitely carries onto this book.

The romance unfolded in a surprising way and I loved the sweet outcome! Mark’s story has been one I’ve anticipated for awhile and it did not disappoint! He is quite the hero!!

I definitely recommend this book and the entire Amish Homestead Series. The next full length novel A Welcome At Our Door is releasing in May 2019. The final story belongs to Cindy, the youngest of the Reihl siblings. I’ve enjoyed watching her grow up and look forward to her story!

A Seat by the Hearth is available today! You can find it online at ChristianBook.com

To learn more about Amy Clipston, visit: Amy Clipston
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.