Books reviewed prior on this site prior to March 2019 were provided to me, at no charge, by the publisher, or by the author, in exchange for an honest review. I have received no further compensation for these reviews. Reviews beginning March 2019 come from a variety of sources: advanced copies, library loans, and my own purchases. All reviews are my honest opinions.

March 31, 2015

Betting on Hope {Debra Clopton}

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Advice columnist Maggie Hope never dreamed she'd be shaking hands with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan over a high-stakes bet, especially one that involves horses. And saddles. And everything else a city girl like Maggie feels uncomfortable around. But after filling in for a coworker and interviewing the handsome cowboy, she finds herself doing just that. Anything to save her advice column.

Despite Maggie's two left feet, Tru is bound and determined to bring out her inner cowgirl by teaching her to ride a cutting horse, trained to separate cattle from the rest of the heard. While her riding improves, their attraction intensifies, but Tru knows he can never let her into his heart - for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, a community full of meddling but well-meaning townsfolk, Maggie discovers the home she's always longed for. But she's holding something back - a secret that could destroy her reputation and any future she's ever hoped for with the cowboy she might just love.

My Thoughts:
I'm just going to go head and get this out of the way - I loved this book! This is one of those books that has a lot going on and several story lines working at the same time, but they all intertwine to make this an amazing story.

Let's start with Maggie. She has an advice column in the Houston paper and she's pretty popular with her readers. She tries to do a good dead for her friend by doing an interview in Wishing Springs. The interview is a complete and total disaster and she embarrasses herself in front of everyone. At least that is what she thinks.

As Maggie makes her temporary move to Wishing Springs, we began to see just how much she lacks in self-confidence. She is skiddish and worries quite a bit, and never really gets around to thinking of herself as anything other than a screw up. It is apparent from the beginning that she has a background that she wants to keep hidden, but as that background begins to come up in the story it makes us love Maggie so much more. I want more of her story.

Tru is your gorgeous cowboy. As this story progresses and we get to know the man behind the name, we find out that he is an amazing man. He has people in his life who count on his so much and he just gives of himself so freely to them to make them happy. I loved watching him work with Maggie and the horses, and to see the realization that he was falling in love so quickly. Tru and his brothers are the main characters of this new series, and I know that we are going to enjoy all their stories so much.

There is also Jenna. Jenna is a young girl that Maggie rescues and takes under her wing. She comes from a horrible background and is trying so hard to make a life for herself. The was Wishing Springs rallies around Jenna is amazing and reminds me of all the great things that can happen when you live in a small town.

This book is absolutely amazing. The second book of this series comes out this summer, and it cannot come soon enough. I closed this book wanting so much more of these stories from Wishing Springs.

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist first published in 2005 and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra is the author of the acclaimed Mule Hollow Matchmaker Series, and her goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words. Visit her online at, or find her on Twitter or Facebook.

March 30, 2015

Rethink Inner Beauty with Barbara Roose’s ‘Enough Already’ and a Weekend Getaway Giveaway

Learn how to recognize your own outer and inner beauty as defined by God, not the media or others, in Barbara Roose's new book, Enough Already. What would it take for you to believe you are enough already? Most women know God loves them, but might he love them more if they finally lost that last ten pounds, or got their hair to lay right, or finally found a pair of jeans that looked good and let them breathe? Well, maybe God doesn’t care about jeans, but women do, and all the talk about inner beauty hasn’t kept all of us from staring into a mirror and taking an inventory that never quite measures up.

Barbara is celebrating the release with a giveaway! One reader will receive a cash card and writing supplies for her own inner-beauty weekend getaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $75 cash card for your own inner-beauty weekend getaway
  • A notepad/pencil set for your inner-beauty quiet time
  • A copy of Enough Already
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 12th. Winner will be announced April 13th on Barbara's blog.



March 26, 2015

A Story of Faith and Healing from Helo Matzelle’s ‘Halo Found Hope’ (Plus a Kindle Giveaway)

This story of hope and faith in the midst of great physical and medical adversity is sure to encourage you in your faith. Helo Matzelle's Halo Found Hope is a must-read. Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room—was there any hope? Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor.

Halo is offering a Kindle Fire to one lucky reader to celebrate the release of Halo Found Hope!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Halo Found Hope
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 3rd. Winner will be announced April 4th on the Litfuse blog.



How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You? {Rachael Carman}

This review is part of a book tour with Litfuse Publicity. Be sure to head over and check out the rest of the tour.

You've probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to what you're saying? 
"I remember the day you were born."
"Turn down the music!"
"This is going to hurt me more than it's going to hurt you."
"Hold my hand."

Your heavenly Father wants to tell you many of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you're raising children---she has seven! But this lovely devotional book will help you to hear God's still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You'll learn how to recognize God's instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.

My Thoughts:
Being a parent is hard. I don't think this is news to anyone who has kids. With two little ones at my house, I feel like I'm always telling them what to do, teaching them about what they did wrong, or bugging them about something they haven't done yet. No matter how much I try, I always end up saying something that sounds just like my mother. There are days when I am pretty sure that neither of my children have ever heard a single word I've ever said.

Can you imagine how God must feel? I'm worn out with two kids - he has billions. Just like we want our kids to listen to us, God wants us to listen to Him.

This devotional book is the perfect companion for the mom who feels like she is never being heard. Through stories of Rachael's family and experiences, she bring everything full circle to remind us that God constantly is trying to get our attention. She forces us to take a little time-out and ask God what he wants or how he wants us to handle certain situations.

I really enjoyed reading this this book. I was continually entertained by stories of the Carman family. But more importantly, I was constantly reminded that God is trying to get my attention just like I'm trying to get my kids' attention. God wants me to take a few minutes and talk with Him, just like I want my kids to take a few minutes and talk to me. God wants me to put my full trust in Him, just like I want my kids to put their full trust in me.

This book has taught me that each time I put myself in the role of parent, I also should put myself in the role of a child of God. I need to slow down and spend some time with Him. 

Rachael Carman is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart's desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.

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March 23, 2015

In Tune With Love {Amy Matayo}

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April is willing to do anything for her sister’s wedding—until she comes face to face with a guy from her past.

April Quinn is thrilled to be her sister’s maid of honor, until the wedding coordinator quits and the responsibilities get dumped on her. It’s April’s worst nightmare—especially since her sister has more objections and opinions than a lawyer presenting a high-profile court case. When the wedding singer walks out at the last-minute, her sister hires a replacement. When April finds out who the replacement is, she’s ready to call it quits as well. Because there’s only one person in April’s past that she never wanted to see again, and her sister just handed him a front row seat to the wedding.

Jack Vaughn finally has the career he’s always wanted. After playing in bars and singing in weddings as a struggling musician for half a decade, he’s just released his second album and sales are skyrocketing. But while visiting his parent’s Nashville home the weekend before his first headline tour, he runs into an old friend. When she asks him for a last-minute favor, he can’t bring himself to say no. Even though saying yes means he has to come face to face with April Quinn—the girl who hasn't spoken to him in years.

And rightly so, since he stole something from her that he’ll never be able to repay.

My Thoughts:
This is the fifth book in the Year of Weddings 2 series. Although it wasn't my favorite, it was still a good read.

April and Kristen seem to have the typical sister relationship - the older one is demanding while the younger complains, yet does anything for her sister. Little sister, April, is working hard trying to make it in Nashville, but seems to be going no-where.

I never really got a true feel for Jack. I felt his character could have been developed a little more so we could find a way to connect with him. He just came across as another home town boy who got his big break and thinks pretty highly of himself.

This was a fast read, with the typical ending you would come to expect from a novella love story. Although this was the first in the series (so far) where the wedding didn't include the main character, it was still a fun story to read.

Amy Matayo graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. Afterwards, she went to work at DaySpring Cards, where she worked for seven years. After the birth of her first child, she became a freelance writer for David C. Cook before pursuing novel writing full time. The Wedding Game won the 2012 ACFW Genesis award and is her first novel. Her second in the series—Love Gone Wild—releases March 1, 2014.

As the mother of four children with a husband immersed in political life, Amy has very little free time, preferring to spend that time enjoying intellectual pursuits such as: watching television with her feet propped up, watching movies with a bucket of popcorn, and watching her laundry pile high—with no desire to do anything about it.

March 20, 2015

Cover Reveal: A Batter of Life and Death

You may remember back in January when I brought you my review of Meet Your Baker, but first book in the Bakeshop Mystery series. It was such a fun read and I really enjoyed it.
Today I'm excited to share the cover of A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander, the second book in the Bakeshop Mystery series. This book releases June 30, 2015 by St. Martins Press.

Welcome to Torte--a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for…

It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon--'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered--death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

About the Author:

Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

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Signed copy of Meet Your Baker
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March 18, 2015

This Heart of Mine {Brenda Novak}

Welcome to my tour stop for This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak.  The tour will consist of reviews and spotlights and runs March 16- April 7th. Check out the tour page for more information. 

As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him—especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next!

Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob's father isn't exactly welcoming.

Riley doesn't trust Phoenix, doesn't want her in Jacob's life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he's about to find both—if they can forgive the mistakes in their past…

My Thoughts:
I read the first book in this Whiskey Creek series a while back, and I immediately fell in love with these characters and this town from Brenda Novak.

This Heart of Mine is the story of Riley and Phoenix. As Phoenix returns from prison and looks forward to meeting her son for the first time, all kinds of emotions pour from her character. She is free for the first time in seventeen years, but you immediately feel the vulnerability of a fragile person who is afraid the entire world is out to get her. She is determined to make it on her own, and motivated by the desire to make sure no one thinks she is the same person they once knew.

My first impression of Riley was not a good one. He seemed rough and accusing towards Phoenix - like he wasn't even willing to give her a chance. But as this story progressed, I discovered that Riley is truly a good person and I found myself rooting for him as much as I was rooting for Phoenix - and I secretly wanted him to tell his mother off, ha!

As Phoenix and Jacob's relationship grew, we really learn what kind of person Phoenix is. I found myself wishing everyone would just leave her alone and let her live her life. The innocence of a teenager truly wanting to get to know his mother melted my heart. It is evident that Riley has been an amazing father to Jacob and I loved, loved, loved this mother/son relationship.  I wanted so badly for her and Riley to get together and create the family that they never had the chance to have.

If I had to find a con  with this book it would be how down on herself Phoenix continued to be. As she found her footing with some friends, it was a bit hard to watch her continually doubt those around her and think so horribly of herself. At times I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and just tell her to chill out and trust those around her - but then again, I have never been in her position.

Overall, I loved this book and was very excited to see another great book in this amazing series. Although this is a part of a series, you can read it as a stand-alone. I still have plans to go back and read some of the ones I have missed over time.

I appreciate CBB Promotions for the opportunity to be a part of this tour.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best, The Bookbuyer's Best and many other awards. She runs an annual online auction for diabetes research every May at . To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.

March 10, 2015

River's Edge {Terri Blackstock}

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Ben Jackson is going to head with Jonathan Cleary in Cape Refuge's mayoral race - and he's even expected to win - when his wife Lisa turns up missing the day before the major debate. Suddenly the town is in turmoil as proof of and alleged affair surfaces, indicating that Ben Jackson might have had motive to kill his wife.

Meanwhile, newspaper owner Blair Owens has other suspicions - and so does Police Chief Cade. Together they dig deeply into the mysterious disappearance that soon spirals into a web of confusion, dark secrets, and unsettling fraud.

Then the town's psychic reveals the location of Lisa's body - at the bottom of the river. Even though Blair doesn't believe his paranormal gift is real, she can't imagine how he knew where the body was.

The small-town scandal quickly turns into a national media event. Is the murderer one of the obvious suspects...or someone they have no reason to doubt?

My Thoughts:
I figured out who did it! And I was completely wrong, haha!!

This book is a great suspense with a Christian theme that keeps it all from getting out of control. Yes, the main plot is Lisa Jackson and her suspicious disappearance. Lisa and Ben seem to have a great life with a great future when she comes up missing. The town immediately begins looking for her, and everyone wants to believe she is alive somewhere - until the town's psychic gets involved.

Of course, this turns into a murder mystery that has all sorts of sub-plots going on. In the middle of trying to figure out who killed Lisa, Police Chief Cade uncovers all kinds of stories going on in his town. The actual killer was not at all who I suspected, and the scene in which he/she (I'm not telling!) is revealed is pretty intense and  exciting.

But there are also several other stories going on here, and my favorite is the story of Morgan and Jonathan. This couple runs the local home which seems to be a Christian based half-way house. They also take in foster kids whose parents are in prison. Morgan and Jonathan are struggling with infertility, and their story and journey touched me. I found myself crying with Morgan, and getting my hopes up with her as their story progressed.

And the third sub-plot that I loved was  Blair's story. Blair owns the local paper, and has just recently brought her life back to God and to church. She is a new Christian who is struggling to live with her faith, as well as be able to be a witness to others around her. As she grows in her Christian walk, we really see a difference in her life and her personality. I just loved it.

So yes, go get this book and read it. It may be a suspense, but there are so many other things going on inside. I truly believe there is something for everyone in this book.

Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

Her latest series is the acclaimed, award-winning Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, Downfall). Other reader favorites include her books Predator and Double Minds, as well as the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.

Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.

March 9, 2015

How to Catch a Prince {Giveaway}

As you know, I am in love with Rachel Hauck's series, Royal Weddings. You can read my review of Once Upon a Prince (book one), Princess Ever After (book two), and How to Catch a Prince (book three) by clicking on their titles.

How to Catch a Prince recently released, and LitFuse is giving away some great prizes to a very lucky Rachel Hauck fan! Just keep reading for all the details.

Enter to win a "royal" prize pack! 


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A royal-themed Brighton charm bracelet
  • 2 tickets to see the new Cinderella movie
  • The Royal Wedding series (Once Upon a Prince, Princess Ever After, and How to Catch a Prince)
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on Rachel's blog.



March 6, 2015

A Thousand Stolen Moments {Connie Ann Michael}

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Can you choose between fighting for your life and fighting for your heart?

When twenty-two year old Emme Sawyer joins a Marine unit heading into Helmand Providence, she focuses on what she does best: keeping her men safe. But, when the unit is hit by an IED, Emme realizes she can’t save everyone. With her humanity on the line, and her faith in question, she seeks comfort from Raven, her commanding officer. Soon, Emme develops feelings that don’t belong in a combat zone, where each step could be your last.

Raven keeps his emotions locked up tight, never allowing the men to see him sweat. But when Emme joins his unit, all bets are off; and the feelings he thought he left stateside begin to emerge. Knowing that the deserts of Afghanistan are the last place to start a romance, and the United States military’s view on fraternizing; Raven tries to deny his heart. Emme and Raven learn you can’t always choose where love finds you. And that sometimes, you just have to trust in God’s plan.

My Thoughts:
This book was pretty different than the types of books I typically read. It is set entirely in a war zone in Afghanistan and follows a unit through some pretty intense battle. As the corpsman with the unit, Emme's job is to care for the wounded as they are hurt. She is the only girl in the unit, but doesn't let that stop her from getting in the action whenever necessary.

The relationship between Emme and Raven starts very slowly and has many, many obstacles to overcome. It seemed that the entire relationship-building was overshadowed by the details of the war, and it made it difficult to really get involved in their relationship. Once their true feelings were out in the open, however, things seemed to move very quickly through the end of the book.

I though this book had a very sweet ending, yet not completely finished. I would have liked to see where the characters ended up a few years down the road. While I understand that certain details had to be shared in order to maintain the authenticity of the military unit during a battle, I felt the book had a little too much death, drinking, and making out for my liking.

I truly have mixed feelings about this book. I think that those who enjoy military books will probably love it.

Connie grew up in Seattle but moved to Central Washington to be closer to all things outdoors.  Married with two college boys she keeps busy kayaking, mountain biking, skiing ,and hiking through the beautiful hills of the Wenatchee Valley.  Growing up with a love of reading the transition into writing seemed natural and she can be found on summer days writing under the tree in her front yard surrounding by her three dogs.

March 3, 2015

Release Day: A Thousand Stolen Moments

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Anaiah Press proudly presents
a military romantic novel that releases today!

Can you choose between fighting for your life and fighting for your heart?  

When twenty-two year old Emme Sawyer joins a Marine unit heading into Helmand Providence, she focuses on what she does best: keeping her men safe. But, when the unit is hit by an IED, Emme realizes she can’t save everyone. With her humanity on the line, and her faith in question, she seeks comfort from Raven, her commanding officer. Soon, Emme develops feelings that don’t belong in a combat zone, where each step could be your last.  

Raven keeps his emotions locked up tight, never allowing the men to see him sweat. But when Emme joins his unit, all bets are off; and the feelings he thought he left stateside begin to emerge. Knowing that the deserts of Afghanistan are the last place to start a romance, and the United States military’s view on fraternizing; Raven tries to deny his heart. Emme and Raven learn you can’t always choose where love finds you. And that sometimes, you just have to trust in God’s plan.  

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About the Author:
Cnnie Ann Michael

Connie grew up in Seattle but moved to Central Washington to be closer to all things outdoors. Married with two college boys she keeps busy kayaking, mountain biking, skiing ,and hiking through the beautiful hills of the Wenatchee Valley. Growing up with a love of reading the transition into writing seemed natural and she can be found on summer days writing under the tree in her front yard surrounding by her three dogs.

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March 2, 2015

All Dressed Up in Love {Ruth Logan Herne}

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Greg Elizondo hadn’t bargained for this. Any of this. Satin. Lace. Tulle. Pearl inlay, embroidered bodices, and Swarovski crystals. The bridal shop business it took his mother three decades to build, the enterprise that covered his university and law degrees in full, was struggling because he might be part-genius when it came to contract law . . . But corset-style gowns with a mermaid flair? Shoot me now. 

Tara Simonetti hated law school, but loved the community grant funding her presence at Temple University’s esteemed school of law. She could not fail. Would not fail. But when a notice for bridal store help appeared on the community notice board, Tara applied for the job immediately. While grants and loans helped pave her way, money for food was scarce. Legal precedence, moot court, and judicial clerking all had their place, but they were nothing compared to Alcenon lace, tucked silk skirts, and a well-placed peplum. 

Greg had grabbed her help as the act of a desperate man. Within weeks, he was desperate again, this time to win her heart. But after using community funds to get her degree, how can Tara turn her back on the people who helped finance her goal? 

But if she leaves Philadelphia and Greg to return to her small-town in northern Pennsylvania, she’ll be leaving her heart behind. A heart he won, fair and square by posting a help wanted notice on the coffee shop board . . . A heart that filled the missing niche in his mother’s acclaimed bridal store. A heart Greg longed to cherish forevermore.

My Thoughts:
This March installment in the Year of Weddings 2 series is another quick read of a sweet story. With our first introduction to Greg, we realize that he is in way over his head at the bridal store. He is determined to make it work, but at a loss of how that will work out.

And then Tara walks through the door. Tara is in her element the moment she sees the first dress in the store. She not only proves herself with the bridal clients, but she turns the head of Greg. Greg finds himself immediately drawn to Tara and thinking about her all the time.

I thought this was a fun story, but it moved really quickly. I love the idea of the short story, but this could make a great full-length novel with more character development. It seemed that the last few chapters just happened so quickly and I would have loved to seen it stretched out a little bit.

But, I loved the story and I love the series. As with all the other books in this series, this is a stand-alone book, so go grab your copy today.

Ruth Logan Herne loves Charlie Brown Christmas trees, rooting for the underdog and people who go the distance while others see the path as too long or broken! She loves God, chocolate, writing, dogs and is blessed by a sprawling family, oodles of grandkids and a sweet old farmhouse in constant need of work. She's sure that clean rooms are over-rated, snakes and possums should mind their own business and buy their own farm and puppies and kittens and babies are about the cutest things on Earth. A "pull-up-your-big-girl-panties-and-move-on" kind of gal, she is blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart (although it wasn't as if THEY WERE KNOCKING DOWN THE DOOR to challenge him for her!!!), work with young families who allow her to exploit their sweet children on blogs, and rock babies on a regular basis. An author for Love Inspired Books and Summerside Press, she lives in upstate New York. Visit her online at