A Reason To Believe by T.K. Chapin

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Book Synopsis

Held hostage by her past and a sense that she is unworthy of love, can Olivia be saved?

Olivia Montgomery has learned in life that most people are self-serving and only have their own interests at heart. After a broken marriage and an unplanned pregnancy takes her to the one place she never wanted to go again, Olivia must fight for her freedom and independence.

In a moment of life or death she meets Tyler, a man who seeks to honor God in all his actions. His love is not like anything Olivia has ever known. It’s foreign and yet the most powerful love she has ever experienced. It has the power to heal, to forgive, and it never gives up on her. Little does she know that there is One who can love her more than Tyler.

A heart-warming Christian romance that illustrates how God works out our hardships for His glory, continuously showering us with love.

My Review

(I received this as an ARC.)
This was a beautiful, bittersweet story! I was hooked from page 1! After a broken marriage and an unplanned pregnancy, Olivia just wants to give up. She meets Tyler, who loves the Lord, but is working on his faith. But he saves her life after a car accident. After that fateful night, he can’t get her off his mind and they eventually find each other and start to build a relationship. They have many ups and downs- Olivia even backsliding into a drug addiction and losing custody of her baby for awhile to her parents. But Tyler doesn’t give up on her. She finds God and eventually they find their way together as a couple!
I was really touched by this story and I loved how God and faith was sewn in throughout it! This is definitely a top favorite read of mine!!!

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A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund

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Book Synopsis

A desperate noblewoman, a rebellious peasant, and a forbidden love.

While fleeing an arranged betrothal to a heartless lord, Lady Isabelle becomes injured and lost. Rescued by a young peasant man, she hides her identity as a noblewoman for fear of reprisal from the peasants who are bitter and angry toward the nobility.

Cole Warwick cannot turn his back on a person in need and soon finds himself falling for Izzy, the gentle and beautiful runaway who is mending in his cottage. As the leader of an imminent uprising against the nobility, he tries to resist his growing feelings for Izzy to protect her from the dangerous life he’s chosen. But the longer she stays, the more he hopes she’ll never leave.

When Izzy’s true identity is revealed, Cole feels betrayed. With the rebellion underway, can Cole forgive Izzy and find a way to save her from an unhappy marriage? Or will he and his peasant army be destroyed before he has the chance to fight for the people and the woman he loves?

My Review

(I received this as an ARC.)
Isabelle is a noblewoman, running away from an arranged marriage to a cruel lord. She becomes injured. But is found by a peasant named Cole. He brings her home and his mom helps nurse her back health, all while she hides her identity from them out of fear. They start to care for one another. Once it’s learned who she is, Cole pushes her away. In a turn of events, she turns herself in. But a battle starts between the nobleman and the peasants. Isabelle takes a chance to stand up for the peasants and the war stops. The lord is killed In the end, Cole and Isabelle after reconciling get married!
I love historicals and this was a good, captivating read!

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Grave Peril by Mary Alford

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Book Synopsis

Mountain Ambush

Reunions can be deadly

Jamie Hendricks always believed her late father was innocent of murder…and now her uncle claims to have proof. But when she arrives in her hometown, her uncle has vanished—and someone wants her dead. Jamie’s ex-boyfriend, CIA agent Gavin Dalton, is the only person she trusts…even if he believes her dad killed his father. But can he help her uncover a deadly conspiracy that goes deeper than anyone expected?

My Review

(I received this as an ARC.)
Grave Peril was a suspenseful and thrilling page turner! I felt like I was watching a thriller on TV, while I was reading it! From uncovering the mystery of the death of her former boyfriend’s dad, (Gavin who is a CIA Agent) Jamie is in danger from the time she arrives home until the end of the story, when the truth is finally revealed about his dad’s death. You are left with wondering just what will happen next and exhaling when Jamie and Gavin are safe in the end!
This was really well written and I look forward to reading more from Mary! A great story!

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Place Called Home by Brenda S. Anderson

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Book Synopsis

All she wants is a settled place to call home.
He can’t wait to make home a life-long road trip.

All Tessa Chanson ever wanted was a stable place to call home. She thought she’d found that when she moved in with Jared–until his home became her prison. When his control escalates, the only answer is to escape–an escape that’s hampered when she falls and fractures her ankle.

While building his graphic design company, Nate Brooks is focused on the future he’s dreamed of: traveling around the country from the comfort of his renovated school bus. But when he picks up a wounded, mysterious hitchhiker, those well-laid plans take a backseat to protecting her.

Hobbled by her injury, Tessa fears she’ll never find freedom. Or has she found it with the family who graciously opens their home to her? And will Nate’s protection put his family–and his heart–at risk?

PLACE CALLED HOME is Book 11 of “The Potter’s House Books,” stories of love, hope, redemption, and second chances.

My Review

(I received this as an ARC.)
Place Called Home was definitely a story that kept you on your toes! It was sweet and nerve wrecking at the same time. Tessa is running for her life to escape an abusive relationship, in search of a place to call “home”. Nate has a habit of picking up people who seem lost and wanting to help them, wanting to listen to God’s calling. Tessa gets hurt, Nate stops and finds her. He brings her home for a safe place to stay. He doesn’t intend on falling for her. But as time goes on and they part ways for awhile, they find themselves longing for one another! After a few close calls for Tessa, she finds her way back home to Nate and her family!
I would definitely add this to a must-read list! It was a wonderful story!

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Fall in Love a boxed set by Mary Manners, Delia Latham, Tanya Stowe, Dona Hiers, LoRee Peery

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Synopsis

BE SWEPT AWAY IN FIVE HEARTWARMING ROMANCES WITH AN AUTUMN FLAIR…

CAPTIVE AT SEA
Claire Mulvaney’s benevolent spirit has her biting off more than she can chew when she spearheads a charity fishing event to raise funds for Winding Ridge’s overcrowded animal shelter and is forced to call on fishing expert Sean Maguire.
Sean blames himself for his brother’s death. He spends his days in mourning and when Claire turns to him for help, he chases her off with gruff words meant to fortify his distance from the pain that has taken hold of his soul. But the enchanting woman with emerald eyes captivates, and Sean soon finds himself drawn to her warm-hearted enthusiasm.

NEVER THE TWAIN
Hollywood agent Cass Townsend makes a more-than-satisfactory living helping talented “wannabe” actors become stars.
Thanks to a twin brother who made it big in Hollywood and then estranged himself from his family, rugged Texas horse rancher Ryder Hayes sports oversized chips on both very broad shoulders toward celebrities. He’s not convinced any good at all can come out of Hollywood.
She’s prim and proper to a fault. He’s fun-loving, with a streak of pure mischief. Ryder’s a good man, but not a Christian—not by a Texas mile. Cass can’t remember missing a single Sunday service since childhood. They’re the epitome of polar opposites and never the twain shall meet…or so the saying goes.

FULLY COMMITTED
Receiving a Dear Rand email while serving his country didn’t douse the fire in Rand Tenneson’s heart for his high school sweetheart. Fully committed, nothing quenched that love, not even news that Bryanna married. Back home now, Rand enjoys a busy life, firefighting and clowning around with patients at the children’s hospital. But a chance run-in with his ex-girlfriend, now a widow, rekindles that spark. God put her back in his life for a reason, and he vows to be there for her.
Ten years ago, Bryanna Fenwick shattered two hearts, hers and Rand’s. But the Navy SEAL, deployed across the world, couldn’t rescue her from the real fear she faced at home. She made a choice and lived the lie for a decade. When Rand discovers the truth, she fears she’s hurt the handsome firefighter yet again and destroyed her relationship with her daughter. Can God’s grace overcome such a ginormous lie? Has He brought them back together for a second chance at love or only to reveal the truth?

WITHOUT A SONG
Still reeling from the loss of her husband, young widow Roni Marsden resolves to be strong for her precocious daughter. Invited to stay on the cleansing hills of her friend’s Nebraska ranch, she tries to figure out the next step. Should she leave Norfolk? Could she find work?
Songwriter Dawson Bennett returns home to his brother’s ranch when the production company for his first album goes bust. He searches his heart for new songs he’s unable to write. Even as he seeks direction for his career, he attempts to mend the past with his elderly father. Back in high school, Dawson had crushed on the lovely Roni when she dated his brother. Those emotions are reawakened when he discovers Roni and her daughter at the ranch. Protective feelings for the child, as well as for a stray pup that arrives on the scene, work together to soften his bitterness. Will these connections enable him to write lyrics that honor God?

AUTUMN LOVES
Two years after her husband’s tragic death, middle-aged widow Rylie Thornton struggles to raise her three sons while keeping the family business in the black. As the lush colors of her favorite season display, she finds herself struggling.

My Review

5 short and sweet stories, that will leave you wanting more! Also, a great way to discover new authors! These stories were filled with faith in God, love, and redemption. I’d have to say that my favorite part was the yummy recipes at the end of each story! Great reads!

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A Widow’s Hope by Vannetta Chapman

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Book Synopsis

His scars are visible. Hers are hidden… An Indiana Amish Brides match.

After tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to walk, Hannah King doesn’t want a new man. She has her family, a home and mounting debts. Scarred Amish bachelor Jacob Schrock offers Hannah the job she desperately needs. But while Hannah helps Jacob resolve his accounting issues, can she and her little boy also heal his wounded heart?

My Review

A Widow’s Hope touched my heart in more ways than one!! It was a story that hit close to home! My 9 year old son was born with Spina Bifida and is a full time wheelchair user. So, I related to Hannah very much! This was a beautiful story filled with heartache, with hope, and with trials. And, also faith and trust in the Lord! I also loved how Hannah said, we all have scars, some just aren’t seen outwardly! That’s so very true. I just loved this story!!!

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The Earl and His Lady by Sally Britton

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Book Synopsis

Lady Virginia Macon, the recently widowed Baroness of Heatherton, has an impossible decision to make. Her late husband’s unscrupulous brother wants to take her sons away from her, and the British courts are on his side, unless she marries a man willing to be the boys’ guardian. Locking her heart away and devoting herself to her children is the only way Virginia can countenance such a decision.

Wearied by the world, Lucas Calvert, Earl of Annesbury, is tired of being alone. His wife’s passing, years ago, has left his outlook gray and empty. His only recourse has been to make life better for those around him, using his considerable wealth and influence. When he learns of Virginia’s plight, he knows he can save her and her sons.

Time spent in each other’s company, sharing the joys and pains of a long English summer, makes them question this marriage of convenience. Neither of them expect their hearts to be touched, for how could they hope to find love a second time?

My Review

Love after loss? Is it possible? I really enjoyed this book!! It was a very beautiful and thrilling story!

Virginia Macon, Baronness of Heatherton, becomes a widow when her husband, Charles passes away. Their two boys, Phillip and Edward, were of the young ages- 6 & 4. Virginia moves away from Heatherton to protect her boys from their uncle. While staying with her cousin, Christine, she meets and is introduced to the Earl of Annesbury, Lucas Calvert, who happens to be a widower due to his wife, Abigail passing away years prior. Virginia is put into a tough situation to protect her boys- she’s either to marry or have a peer of equal age to help her raise the boys or risk losing them to their wicked uncle, her husband’s brother, who is up to no good. Once the problem is explained to Lucas, he asks Virginia to marry him. They marry. Lucas and Virginia find themselves drawing closer to one another, against the wishes of society. And, in the end, they both have grown to love one another and the boys have also grown fond of him as well!

Purchase Link:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DGNVPTT/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40385024-the-earl-and-his-lady&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20