23 April 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews WITH THIS KISS Historical Collection

With This Kiss - Historical Collection
With This Kiss -
Historical Collection
April 10, 2015

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

Outstanding, original and refreshing, and superbly written! This exceptional collection of novellas from some of the finest Inspirational Historical Romance authors, will give you hours of unsurpassed reading pleasure that lifts your spirit and leaves you smiling!


HIS BELOVED BRIDE by Ruth Logan Herne: This incredibly touching story is dedicated to the courageous pioneers of America. It tells the story of the recently widowed Grace Hawthorne, with a new baby and no shelter or stock. When Phillip Dickerson suddenly discovers he needs a wife and child to receive an inheritance, marrying Grace seems like the perfect solution. Can love grow out of practicality and if so, will it be robust enough to withstand tragedy? This was a truly beautiful, heart-warming tale that had me in tears when I wasn't sighing or smiling. Ruth Logan Herne is an extremely gifted story-teller!

MEETING IN THE MIDDLE by Pam Hillman: An enrapturing story with so much promise and heart that it has you plowing through the pages! Neighbors Alaina Garland and Curt Parker were in a fix. They both needed their cotton crops plowed and hoed in time for harvest but Alaina was hard pressed to do the laborious work by herself and Curt couldn't leave his children alone. He strikes a deal with Alaina to mind his children while he worked both crops. But fulfilling each other’s needs also left them seeing the lack in in their own lives. Could the upcoming harvest bring in more than just cotton? This beautiful romance explores the issues of fear and trust, and delivers the perfect ending!

THE INKEEPER’S PROMISE by Cara Lynn James: The picturesque and tranquil scenery surrounding The Mountain View Inn at Shadow Lake, New Hampshire, seizes your imagination as does the captivating story about this beloved inn and its owners. Lydia and her mother desperately want to keep their inn operating, but when the ambitious co-owner Dane turns up and sees the mess it’s in both physically and financially, the only viable solution is to sell. Can the growing affection between Lydia and Dane be enough for him to give up on his own determined ambitions and find a resolution? Cara is a new author to me, but I so enjoyed this beautiful story on faith and seeking God’s will, that I’ll be seeking out more from this author!

GRACE LIKE RAIN by Julie Lessman: Invigorating and brilliantly witty, this novella excels in saturating your senses with sigh-inducing, lip-curving, and heart-hammering romance, while merging with a spiritually uplifting message of God’s overflowing grace. San Francisco’s most notorious bachelor Blake McClare takes everyone by surprise, including himself when his prim and proper receptionist Patience Peabody captures his elusive heart. How will he ever be able to persuade her to give this ‘rogue’ a chance? The romantic tension was powerful and achingly beautiful, and Julie’s trademark paralyzing twist takes you by surprise once again!

CLOSER THAN BROTHERS by Mary Connealy: This was a real change in pace, and is a riveting and compelling read. ‘Closer than Brothers’ is a prequel to the intriguing and entertaining ‘The Kincaid Brides’ series of books, and I’m sure upon reading this novella you’ll want to grab those too! ‘Closer than Brothers’ predominantly takes place at Andersonville, a confederate prison camp during the Civil War. We see what the characters from Mary Connealy’s later books, endured during this horrific chapter of their lives that had shaped their futures so profoundly. This heart-rending story was remarkably inspiring in watching these men band together in the fight for their lives. And yes, you can still expect kisses in this poignant and stirring tale!

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21 April 2015

Bonnie Roof Reviews 'Grace Like Rain' By Julie Lessman

Grace Like Rain

Reviewed by Bonnie Roof
~5 stars~*****

From the pen of award-winning author Julie Lessman comes the beautiful novella sequel to The Heart of San Francisco series of the McClare family: "Grace Like Rain". The story that many readers have been waiting for, that of son Blake, "the Rake", McClare - Jr. Associate Counsel in his uncle Logan McClare's law firm, and Blake's assistant, Patience Grace "Gracie" Peabody. 

Set in 1905 San Francisco, "Grace Like Rain" begins with a literal bang - of thunder - prompting Patience's spill of hot coffee on Blake,  who is attired in a white shirt. The recurring episodes of spilled coffee, between the two, are but one touch of humor in this delightful story: you'll laugh at the antics of Miss Behave, the parrot; the articulate manner and bottle-thick glasses of 7 year old Eugene Horatio Templeton - a blind "old soul in a child's body" - will make you smile and steal your heart. All of your favorite McClare family members are back: Uncle Logan and wife Caitlyn (Blake's mother), sisters Alli and Meg with their mates, Nick and Bram, cousin Cassie and mate, Jamie, baby sis Maddy and housekeeper Rosie.

While Blake becomes more aware of the beauty and wonderful qualities of his assistant, of 2 years, in "Grace Like Rain", Patience has carried a "hidden" torch for him for some time - yet not letting herself think in terms of a romance due to his lack of faith in God. His playboy reputation is another deterrent to a romantic relationship, especially in the eyes of her grandfather/guardian, Arthur Peabody, retired judge and Logan's former Board of Supervisor peer.

Julie's trademark writing style with it's beautiful family scenes and endearing flawed characters - redeemed by a loving God, abundant passion, heart-throbbing twists, humor and romance, are each present in "Grace Like Rain". It will entertain and inspire, prompt laughter and tears, an unexpected story twist will have you on the edge of your seat - the novella's only downside: I didn't want it to end. Another winner for Julie - with a touching connection to it's title, in the ending - "Grace Like Rain" receives much more than a 5 star rating from me!!

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This lovely novella may be purchased through Amazon.
         
In addition to an ebook giveaway of With This Kiss collection from OWG, Julie Lessman has generously offered a choice of any ONE of her books (choice of format) to one blessed commenter this week!

19 April 2015

Ruth Logan Herne's Novella, "His Beloved Bride," Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels


With This Kiss Historical Collection

His Beloved Bride
April, 2015

5 Stars *****

Loved this story!

With ladies pursuing, him, practical Phillip Dickerson hasn't claimed a bride because he's been too busy!!! BUT he needs a wife and child as a condition to claim his inheritance. Grace Hawthorne is DESPERATE!!! She's likely dying, after losing her husband and having just born a child. She's called on God, alone in the little soddy she's in, when Phillip finds her! SWOON! He rescues her and brings her to his own home to recover. Thank God he listen to that still small voice of God and went after the Grace to check on her and her baby!

I read this story right during the time before I got really ill and had to have gall bladder surgery. I can just imagine how horrid Grace felt and then to have a big strong man come help her (like my hubs did--love you, Jeffrey!) well, it was a fantastic read.

BUT...these two hard-headed people have ISSUES to deal with from their past. I will be honest in that something happens that normally would have stopped me cold, completely, from finishing this story. It is something authors are told never to do in their stories. But it is so organic to the plot and you can see if coming. This is a deep story of overcoming, masterfully told.

Highly recommended!!

Note: We'll be reviewing more novellas from this collection in the weeks ahead on OWG blog!

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You can find this beautiful collection of stories here on Amazon!

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18 April 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews THE LUMBERJACKS' BALL by Carrie Fancett Pagels

The Lumberjacks’ Ball (The Christy Lumber Camp Series, Book 2)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

 In ‘The Lumberjacks Ball’ you’ll be swept off your feet as you read about the lives surrounding the men and women in and around the lumber camps, in the yesteryear of logging and Balls. This is a beautiful, inspiring story of choosing hope, love, and faith, over fear, and in following God’s signposts along life’s pathways, as these wonderful characters embark on new beginnings.

The community of St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is beginning to pulse with talk of the upcoming Lumberjacks' Ball. Along with a new name, the pretty but very drably-dressed Rebecca Hart yearns to make a new and safe life for herself in this small, scenic city. After narrowly surviving an unimaginable horror visited upon her a decade ago, she still jumps at every shadow. Can Rebecca find liberty from fear and a relationship she can trust, in order to attend this Ball? When lumberman and gifted craftsman Garrett Christy chips away at her barriers, Rebecca finds herself in uncharted territory. Can she let go of the past and brave the future? But what happens when the past she’s running from threatens the present?

This sweet, romantic tale captured my imagination, and my time, with the charming, authentic, and very relatable characters of Rebecca and Garrett. The picturesque landscapes of Michigan and Mackinac Island offered the perfect backdrop to this irresistible love story, and further enhanced by the inspiring message of following God’s leading. Highly recommended!  


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17 April 2015

Diana's Review Of The Lumberjacks' Ball By Carrie Fancett Pagels & Bachelors in Springtime Event!!

Hearts Overcoming Press, Apr. 2015

Reviewed by Diana Flowers
~5 stars~
 
Romance Among The Pines!
 
From the massive pines of the Michigan lumber camps to the seagulls gathering crumbs near the docks in Mackinaw City, comes another endearing romance from the pen of author Carrie Fancett Pagels.
 
Rebecca Hart has taken on a new identity and a dowdy appearance as she endeavors to run her father's mercantile in St. Ignace, Michigan, vowing never to marry or even get close to any man - ever. However, the devastating trauma that occurred to her many years prior, draws her to the handsome lumberjack turned cabinet maker when they surprisingly realize the incident connects them. Garrett aka Ox, feels the need to protect Rebecca and rightfully so, as a sinister force seeks to wind its way around her once again. Can Rebecca ever learn to trust Garrett and God's plans for her life in time for the Lumberjacks' Ball?
 
In this wonderful sequel to The Fruitcake Challenge, Ms. Pagels has artfully written a lovely story of overcoming tragedy and learning to trust again. With an utterly charming cast of characters, a bit of suspense, and a whole lot of romantic tension, readers everywhere will be enchanted by The Lumberjacks' Ball! In my mind's eye I could hear the squawking of the seagulls, and see the majestic beauty of the pine forests and the quaint town of St. Ignace, as the author's research permeated my senses. With a lump in my throat and tears beginning to form at the satisfying conclusion, I sighed...and knew once again I had read a powerfully anointed story by Carrie Fancett Pagels. 
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16 April 2015

Bonnie Roof reviews 'THE LUMBERJACKS' BALL' by Carrie Fancett Pagels

The Lumberjacks' Ball
The Lumberjacks' Ball
by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Hearts Overcoming Press (April 4, 2015)

Reviewed by Bonnie Roof
5 Stars *****

"The Lumberjacks' Ball", book 2 in The Christy Lumber Camp series by Carrie Fancett Pagels, is a beautiful story of forgiveness, hope, and inspiration - wrought through faith in a loving God.

In this continuation of the 1891 story of Garrett "Ox" Christy from book 1, "The Fruitcake Challenge" - readers also have the pleasure of revisiting his sister Jo and fiance' Tom Jeffries, and brother Richard "Moose" Christy. When Garrett ventures from working in his father's lumber camp - into the town of St. Ignace, Michigan - in favor of work focusing on his woodworking talents, he is reconnected with a friend from his past, when he applies for a job at her fathers' newly opened mercantile store, at which she is the proprietress. He is later surprised to find his friend is also a new boarder of the same hotel - owned by Tom's mother, Cordelia - as he.

Rebecca Jane "Janie" Daggenhart, now using the name, Rebecca Hart, was rescued 10 years prior, from a brutal assault, by Garrett and Richard. Garrett is a reminder of the past she is unwilling to face, bringing up unwelcome memories, and discouraging the opening of her heart to a friendship with any male. Hiding behind drab clothing and a severe hairstyle, since her attack, she has recently relocated to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to escape the hold of her money-hungry, controlling father. Garrett has been attracted to Janie since he was a child, tagging along with his brother and father to shop at her fathers' other mercantile store. As Janie slowly starts to warm to Garrett's protective, gentle nature - ominous events point to the possibility of the re-emergence of Janie's attacker.

"The Lumberjacks' Ball" has enjoyable elements for every reader: romance, suspense, humor, lovable characters, inspiration, and an engaging plot. You'll fall in love with kind, sensitive Garrett, lumber camp driver - Frenchie Brevort - will put a smile on your face and young Amy will steal your heart. So much to love about "The Lumberjacks' Ball", I'm looking forward to book 3 in the series - "Lilacs For the Lumber Camp"!!


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15 April 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews HIS BELOVED BRIDE by Ruth Logan Herne

With This Kiss Historical Collection

His Beloved Bride
(With This Kiss Historical Collection)
April 10, 2015

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

A truly beautiful love story..

This incredibly charming story is dedicated to the courageous pioneers who helped settle and shape America, perhaps never realizing the great cost that would often be debited from their lives. ‘His Beloved Bride’ poignantly portrays the laudable bravery found in these folk, but then also shows the crushing heartbreak that’s just as much a part of this challenging time in history.

The likable, straight-talking, no-nonsense Phillip Dickerson needs a wife and child so he’s able to claim his inheritance. What with working so hard on his large land claim, he’s had no time to even think about courting. So when he overhears that Grace Hawthorne is widowed and alone with an infant and is lacking proper shelter, food, and fuel, Phillip naturally sees marriage as a solution to both their dilemmas. Can love grow out of practicality and if so, will it be robust enough to withstand tragedy?

I don’t know that I've ever smiled so often or for so long while reading before! Those smiles were provoked by the entertaining story-telling, the sigh-worthy devotion and love... Then moments later, I was in tears! Author Ruth Logan Herne has truly done a masterful job of evoking emotions for her characters. She also effortlessly inspires and uplifts the reader with this deeply beautiful and heart-warming tale, reminding us to always trust in God’s goodness and grace. Highly recommended!!

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You can find this beautiful collection of stories here on Amazon!

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