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Where Wildflowers Bloom by Ann Shorey


 Where Wildflowers Bloom by Ann Shorey
Series: Sisters at Heart ~ Book one
Revell ~ Jan. 2012
About the book:

How far will she go to follow her dreams? 
The Civil War stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg–as well as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the family’s mercantile and leave a town their family has called home for generations.
When Royal Baxter suddenly returns, Faith allows herself to hope that she and Royal will finally wed. But does he truly love her? Or will another man claim her heart?
My rating:
My thoughts:
Faith Lindberg’s father and brother died while serving in the Civil War. Having also lost her mother when she was young, all the family she has left now is her grandfather, Judge Nate Lindberg.
When Faith was sixteen, she met Royle Baxter who was leaving for war. Since then, she has held hope that they would one day marry. But is he the man she dreamed about or will someone else come into her life?
Where Wildflowers Bloom is the first book in Ann Shorey’s new series, Sisters at Heart, and the first book I’ve read by her.
While I thought this book sounded good before I even started reading it, Where Wildflowers Bloom exceeded my expectations and I ended up loving the whole book!
From stolen merchandise, war flashbacks, love, and a dream of moving to Oregon; Where Wildflowers Bloom was a great read! I loved the characters, especially Curt. Being a Veteran, he had scars – both physical and mental. There was just so much to his character and I hope in the next Sisters at Heart novel, we see more of him!
Although this is historical fiction, there also was some mystery. I personally was wondering who stole the merchandise from the store and if the culprit(s) would get caught.
As I said, I loved Where Wildflowers Bloom and I think if you enjoy books in the historical fiction genre, you will too! Completely recommend!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.” 

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Book Review: Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes

Necessary Deception, A: A Novel (The Daughters of Bainbridge House)Necessary Deception, A: A Novel by Laurie Alice Eakes

My rating: 5 Stars!Create your own banner at!

Set in 1812, ‘Necessary Deception’ brought me to a time when England and France were at war, spies were everywhere (or so it seemed), and the London Season was just beginning.

I loved ‘Necessary Deception’! It was written so beautifully and the story was so believable that it became addicting to read (I especially didn’t want to put it down towards the end).

The plot had so much mystery! I kept trying to figure out who the mastermind was, who was blackmailing Lydia, and whether or not there was a spy (or spies) in her midst.

Historical romance is not my favorite genre to read (suspense is); however, since there was a lot of mystery – ‘Necessary Deception’ almost felt like a suspense novel!

‘Necessary Deception’ is the first book that I’ve read by Laurie Alice Eakes, but I don’t think it will be my last – I can hardly wait for the next addition in ‘The Daughters of Bainbridge House’ series!

I most definitely recommend ‘Necessary Deception’ if you enjoy reading novels that have romance as well as mystery!

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I have done.*

“Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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Revell Blog Tour/Book Review: The Measure of Katie Calloway: A Novel by Serena Miller

Measure of Katie Calloway, The: A NovelThe Measure of Katie Calloway: A Novel by Serena Miller

My rating: 5 Stars!

‘The Measure of Katie Calloway’ is the first book that I’ve read by Serena Miller and I very much enjoyed it!

I found Katie’s story very sad and heartbreaking. She was married to an abusive husband who (in the first chapter) tried to kill her. Katie, upon learning this, hurriedly left Georgia and her violent husband behind, traveling North with her brother. She ends up in Michigan where she secures a job as a lumber camp cook.

Her heart seeks sanctuary in the deep woods. But will trouble find her even here?

I liked Katie’s, Robert’s, Mose’s, and Skypilot’s characters. The story was entertaining, suspenseful, romantic, and interesting. I read ‘The Measure of Katie Calloway’ relatively quick and would enjoy reading a sequel – just to see how the character’s stories develop.

The whole aspect of the lumber camp, wildfires, and shanty boys made me enjoy ‘The Measure of Katie Calloway’ all the more!

I think if you enjoy a good story with romance and a little suspense, then you would enjoy ‘The Measure of Katie Calloway’! Recommended!

*I received a complimentary copy for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, just my honest opinion.*

Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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Revell Blog Tour/Book Review: The Queen: A Patrick Bowers Thriller by Steven James

The Queen: A Patrick Bowers Thriller (The Bowers Files)The Queen: A Patrick Bowers Thriller by Steven James

My rating: 5 Stars

I’ve read the first four Patrick Bowers Thrillers (‘The Pawn’, ‘The Rook’, ‘The Knight’, and ‘The Bishop’) and I couldn’t contain my excitement for reading ‘The Queen’ (I seriously shrieked when it came in the mail…I was THAT excited!)

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has investigated many gruesome murder scenes, including a case from 14 years ago that because of DNA “evidence” the killer walks free and has started killing again.

Now Patrick is in Woodborough, WI investigating a double homicide and possible suicide. Patrick doesn’t understand why he would be called to the case (he investigates serial crimes), but soon he starts to uncover a High-Tech conspiracy involving secrets from the Cold War and Middle East tension.

WOW! ‘The Queen’ is probably my favorite ‘Patrick Bowers Thriller’ so far. It was suspenseful (especially towards the end) and I didn’t find it as gruesome as some of the other thrillers.

I also loved how there was a good message. It talked about forgiveness and how if you have to work to be “good” to be forgiven, then it’s not forgiveness and how forgiveness requires someone to sacrifice something.

I loved alot of the characters (except the villains, of course). My favorite characters would probably be Patrick, Lien-hua, and Tessa

Patrick, he’s intelligent and he would risk his life for others, a real hero. Lien-hua, she seems friendly and I found myself really liking her character .

Tessa (Patrick’s step-daughter), she deals with a lot of guilt for shooting and killing a man even though he was going to kill her. Tessa also is a vegan and since I’m a vegan, I could relate a lot to how she feels on that issue.

The only thing I didn’t like was when Tessa said a common phrase (“oh my …”). It fit her character, but I would have preferred that not being in ‘The Queen’.

‘The Queen’ has so many twists and it kept me guessing until the final page (really the final page!) The way it ended makes me really want to read Steven Jame’s next thriller set to release fall of 2012.

I recommend ‘The Queen’ if you can handle reading slightly disturbing things and enjoy reading thrillers (because that’s definitely what ‘The Queen’ is!)

I received a complimentary copy for my review. I was not required to write a positive review, but to give my honest opinion and that is what I’ve done.

To read an excerpt, click here.

To watch ‘The Queen’ video, go here.

I found Steven Jame’s post about why he writes about evil very informative.

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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Book Review/Revell Blog Tour: Deadly Pursuit: Guardians of Justice (#2) by Irene Hannon

Deadly Pursuit: A Novel (Guardians of Justice)Deadly Pursuit: A Novel by Irene Hannon

My rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

I’ve read 4 books by Irene Hannon (5 counting ‘Deadly Pursuit’) and I’ve enjoyed each one! Before I even started ‘Deadly Pursuit’, I fully expected to love it and I did!

I love how Irene writes suspense novels that keep me at the “edge-of-my-seat” without gratuitous violence or vulgar language. How she weaves romance in the story that doesn’t involve explicit love scenes or things similar in nature.

‘Deadly Pursuit’ may be my favorite book so far that I’ve read by Irene. It is filled with interesting characters, a thrilling plot, and of course a love story.

We first met Alison Taylor in ‘Fatal Judgment’ and I’ve liked her character ever since. In ‘Deadly Pursuit’, though, we meet ex-Navy SEAL Mitch Morgan. I found myself really liking his character. He seems like a nice guy with a compassionate heart. One thing he did that I found nice is he moved back home to care for his father who just had bypass surgery.

Alison has so much heartache and sadness. She was in a horrible car accident that left her in critical condition and now years later she is mostly healed – except she can never have children because she had to have a hysterectomy.  Someone is stalking her and leaving morbid gifts – dead flowers with a bingo card that has one number checked off.

Then something very cruel happens – I’m not going to say what because that will wreck an aspect of the story – and the perpetrator leaves another bingo card, this time with two numbers checked off. As you can guess, the story continues with the stalker getting closer to bingo. But what will happen to Alison when he finally reaches bingo? How far is he willing to go?

I loved this story – it was very thrilling and suspenseful. I think anyone who enjoys reading suspenseful stories will enjoy ‘Deadly Pursuit’. And even though the culprits identity was known throughout, there was still alot of mystery as to what he would do next.

I loved how we still got to see Alison’s brothers and how their stories progressed since ‘Fatal Judgment’. I would have liked to have seen Mark Sanders again, but sadly he wasn’t in ‘Deadly Pursuit’- maybe he’ll be in Irene Hannon’s next book (I’m hoping).

I definitely recommend ‘Deadly Pursuit’ and I look forward to Irene Hannon’s next Romantic Suspense novel.

•I received ‘Deadly Pursuit’ from Revell Publishing as a part of their blog tour. I was not required to give a positive review, just my honest opinion on the book which I’ve done.•

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

To read an except, click here.


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Book Review: The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz

The Colonel's Lady

My Rating:  5 Stars

Set in 1779, ‘The Colonel’s Lady’ brings the reader back to the historic time of the Revolutionary War.

Roxanna Rowan travels unannounced to live with her father as he fulfills his enlistment. But upon arriving, she learns of his tragic death, and now, wonders what lies ahead.

While Roxanna mourns the loss of her father, she tries to extinguish the growing attraction she feels toward Colonel Cassius McLinn. With the always present threat of an attack, with the war and all, ‘The Colonel’s Lady’ is filled with suspense and drama.

This is the first book that I’ve read by Laura Frantz, so I didn’t know what to expect. Because I heard great things about her previous novels, I looked forward to reading ‘The Colonel’s Lady’. And wow! I was not disappointed with this book at all! It was great. The characters and story in ‘The Colonel’s Lady’ was written so well that I felt like I was there and it was 1779 instead of 2011!

It’s labeled as Historical Romance, but I found it also somewhat suspenseful. Danger lurked everywhere. There was always the threat of an Indian or British attack – and if that wasn’t enough, there was also a spy among the Continental Fort.

At one point in ‘The Colonel’s Lady’, I was skipping pages then going back to read what I skipped – I couldn’t read fast enough! I got somewhat teary-eyed anticipating what might happen…and dreading it. I could say more, but I don’t want to ruin the book for others.

The one thing that I didn’t like was how it was sometimes hard to interpret all of the foreign words, but the plot, characters, and story made up for that so much that I can’t give this any less than 5 stars!:)

I wholeheartedly recommend ‘The Colonel’s Lady’ if you enjoy historical fiction…and don’t mind being at the edge of your seat anticipating what ‘s going to happen next!

*I received ‘The Colonel’s Lady from Revel Publishing for my honest review. The opinions I’ve expressed are my own.*

“Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


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