Saturday, April 22, 2023

The Tapestry Of Grace By Kim Vogel Sawyer

the Tapestry of Grace
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 9780593194386

Having read the author's books in the past, when I saw this one come up as an option to review, I was excited to sign up. I received the ebook to help facilitate my review.


When a group of Kansas women start a Frauenverein, a benevolent society devoted to aiding widows and orphans, life changes for more than just the hurting people they seek to help in this heartwarming romance inspired by historical events—from the bestselling author of Freedom’s Song.

With classes paused for the planting season, Alexandertol’s schoolteacher Augusta Dyck is glad for some meaningful work to occupy her time. She even knows exactly who their town’s benevolence society should help first: quiet, reserved widower Konrad Rempel and his young twin sons.

Konrad Rempel, however, is adamant that he doesn’t want help. His boys are mischievous but good-hearted. And though Konrad may be struggling, he doesn’t want anyone else sticking their nose in and telling him what his sons need. Or what he needs.

For her part, the charity’s founder Martina Krahn is relieved to have a reason to spend time outside her unhappy home. It even occurs to her that she may, through her work, encounter a boy in need of a family and so find a son for her husband since they have no children of their own.

Augusta, Konrad, and Martina each have deep needs and desires, and each imagines how they should be met: by reaching out or by being left alone. But God, indeed, knows best. Will the competing agendas of Alexandertol’s residents prevent them from receiving God’s help? Or will the members of this small Mennonite community find the answers to their prayers in the very last place they expect—in one another?

My Review:

I love that this author is described as one who writes "gentle stories of hope." I couldn't agree more.

I've read a couple of the author's books in the past and have really enjoyed them. There's something about reading a "gentle" story that just speaks peace to my heart. The Tapestry of Grace was just as sweet. Well, maybe a little bittersweet for some of the characters.

This was an ensemble cast of characters, with the main ones being Augusta and Konrad. They're both widowed with young children. She's not looking for a husband, and Konrad isn't looking for a wife... at least not initially. lol Martina plays a huge role in all of this, and with some manipulation that comes across as kindness, she gets the ball rolling so that Augusta starts searching for a wife for Konrad and Martina hopes to gain a child.

Watching Martina's schemes unfold is rather shocking! Her delusional thoughts took me aback, but as we got to know her more, while not ok, we began to understand her desperation. There's a lot to unpack with her storyline such as miscarriages, guilt, and shame, but also forgiveness, healing, and redemption.

I like that the author gave a balance of the children. With Konrad's twins and their struggles without having a mom around and then Augusta with her sweet daughter, we see how children deal with loss differently. I felt like the author handled the topic with great care and grace.

One of the most impactful parts of this story was the faith. It was so beautiful how Augusta truly approached everything in her life with Scripture in mind. It was NOT overdone nor did it feel just thrown in willy nilly. It's an example to every reader of how and why we approach life with a Christ-centered mind. Honestly, there was a good amount of conviction in my spirit as I read the story. You can't beat a story when the Holy Spirit uses it to prick your heart towards godliness.

Of course, what's a story without the gossipy ladies, misunderstandings, and miscommunication? hahaha

About the Author:

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, bestselling author with more than 1.5 million books in print in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband, Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

Monday, April 17, 2023

The Words We Lost By Nicole Deese

The Words We Lost
by Nicole Deese
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764241185

Having read several of Nicole Deese's books in the past, when I was given the opportunity to read her newest release The Words We Lost, I JUMPED at the chance!! She sent me her book for review.


Three friends. Two broken promises. One missing manuscript. 

As a senior acquisitions editor for Fog Harbor Books in San Francisco, Ingrid Erikson has rejected many a manuscript for lack of defined conflict and dramatic irony--two elements her current life possesses in spades. In the months following the death of her childhood best friend and international bestselling author Cecelia Campbell, Ingrid has not only lost her ability to escape into fiction due to a rare trauma response, but she's also desperate to find the closure she's convinced will come with Cecelia's missing final manuscript.

After Ingrid jeopardizes her career, she fears her future will remain irrevocably broken. But then Joel Campbell--the man who shattered her belief in happily-ever-afters--offers her a sealed envelope from his late cousin, Cecelia, asking Joel and to put their differences aside and retrieve a mysterious package in their coastal Washington hometown.

Honoring Cecelia's last request will challenge their convictions and test their loyalties, but through it all, will Ingrid and Joel be brave enough to uncover a twice-in-a-lifetime love?

My Review:

Do you love books that take your breath away? If so, The Words We Lost is for you. My review, just to warn you, will NOT do this story justice. It's one that needs to be experienced and savored. FYI, this author is one of the authors that I don't even ask what the story is about. It doesn't matter. I'm reading it! She's that incredible.

This novel is beautiful, heartbreaking, soul piercing, full of emotion, and will leave you feeling incredibly fulfilled. Your time will have been well spent reading. This isn't a quick read, depending on how you go about it. I initially took it in bits and pieces. It's emotionally gripping from the start and was wrenching my heart in two from the first page. While I didn't want to put it down, there were moments when it was... a lot. This is NOT said in a negative way, but gives testament to the authors incredible writing!

I could feel Indy's anguish and struggle from the moment we meet her. It's not quite clear why she's stopped functioning at work and has closed herself off from everyone. I mean, she's lost her best friend, we get that, but there's so much deeper that we have to learn about. Almost immediately, Joel, her best friend's cousin has arrived at her office and you could cut the tension with a knife.

And then there's Cece, the best friend and family member one could ever hope for. Through Joel and Indy I came to love her! Through the pages of the 'story' within the story I came to love her through her eyes as well. God's hand was in their meeting when they were teens. God was still moving when their lives were ripped apart and I'm so thankful the author shows that through her characters.

The friends and family of Cece, Joel, and Indy play an integral part of each facet of the book, and on top of that, I was transported back to the decade+ that I lived in the PNW! I could easily see it in my mind's eye and it was as lovely as ever.

I loved how the author created the world of Cardithia, the series Cece had been working on for all her teen and young adult years. Part of the story comes in the form of words by her before she dies. They're easy to separate out with how the author writes it so there's never any confusion.

There's so much redemption in this story for each of the characters. There's healing that gives hope to those suffering from loss and depression. I loved that the author didn't shy away from faith throughout the story because it was so vital to every part of it. Your world will be rocked and you'll need tissue on hand, but I promise you, it'll be worth it!

About the Author:

Nicole Deese's ( is a Christy and Carol Award-winning, bestselling author of hope-filled, humorous, and heartfelt contemporary romance novels. When she's not sorting out character arcs and story plots of her own, she can usually be found listening to an audiobook and multitasking at least four different chores at once. She's a hoarder of sparkling water, a lover of long walks and even longer talks with friends, and a seeker of fun and adventure at all times. She lives in small-town, Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two freakishly tall teenage sons, and one princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

Friday, April 14, 2023

26 Below By Kimberley Woodhouse

26 Below
by Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher: Kregel
Series: Alaskan Cyber Hunters
ISBN: 9780825447723

My interest was so piqued knowing that the author is usually writing historical fiction. When I learned she was writing a suspense series, I had to know more! She sent me her book for review.


A curse. 
A killer. 
A chill in the air. 
Temps are dropping and time is running out.

In her new role as Emergency Operations Center director for Fairbanks, Alaska, Darcie Phillips prevents disasters. But none of her training can prepare her for the terror that's coming. 

As a cybersecurity specialist, Jason Myers is determined to ferret out any threats to the town he now calls home--and that includes his reckless brother and his ecoterrorist friends. 

When an old woman's wild prediction--widespread destruction as soon as the Fairbanks temperature falls to 26 below--hits national headlines, neither Darcie nor Jason sees a real risk to anything but tourism. Then the bodies start dropping. 

Darcie is relying on her experience and intelligence to stop a killer; Jason is relying on God to guide the way. But they'll have to work together to find the truth and prevent their Alaskan town from becoming a city of nightmares. 

My Review:

My interest was so piqued knowing that the author is usually writing historical fiction, but was stepping into a suspense series. If an author can write well in more than one genre, more power to them (and more reading for me)!

The premise of the book is one that freaks me out because of the possible reality of it, while also making me want to learn what I need to do in case I want to be prepared for widespread power outage. When we look at the threats in the cyber world, this story hits close to home. It's a powerful reminder of how reliant we are on power, internet, and instant communication.

First there's Darcie who is the new director for the Emergency Operations Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Governor has given her a year to get things operational in her department, but she doesn't have that long. The story begins with her first press conference which is a disaster! Things continue to go downhill from there. She has the most amazing assistant, Misty. I loved her character! Darcie, though, I kind of struggled with her. She has a hard history with her parents and best friend from when she was younger. She just seemed, a bit emotionally unstable for the job she needs to do. She was often closing herself away and treating her team rather unkindly.

Almost right away we also meet Jason, who is all about cybersecurity! He's the perfect guy, in the right place, at the right time! Thank goodness for that! I really liked his character. He was kind and knowledgeable, as well as protective. His brother, who we also meet, not so much like Jason. He ends up really liking Darcie and I actually thought he and Misty would make a better couple. lol Darcie seemed to abrasive in any personal interactions so I struggled to understand why he would have warm, fuzzy feelings towards her. There was also one quick section where he's talking with his parents, about something REALLY important, but then we never have any clue how Jason responded or what his parents learned. It was never brought up again.

There's complete chaos going on in Fairbanks! Someone is staying one step ahead of the EOC as well as every other government office and safety department. People are dying left and right. An old woman shows up out of the blue with what seems like crazy ramblings. It's just pandemonium. But seriously, you can totally picture it as the author is describing the story. I couldn't figure out who might be involved. And of course, the story ends on a cliffhanger so now I have to wait for the next one. This is definitely one series you do NOT want to read out of order.

I really loved how faith was fleshed out in this story in lots of different ways. There were quite a few moments I could really relate to the characters with how they were dealing with faith overall, but also with their own relationship with God and others. It was very heartwarming for it to be so central to the story.

About the Author:

Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling author of more than thirty books and novellas, including A Deep DivideBridge of Gold, and The Mayflower Bride, as well as the coauthor of the Heart of Alaska series with Tracie Peterson. Kimberley’s writing has earned a Carol Award, the Christian Market Novel of the Year, the Holt Medallion, and many others. A proud former resident of Alaska, she now makes her home in the Pennsylvania Poconos. Visit her at

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Blind Trust By Natalie Walters

Blind Trust
by Natalie Walters
Publisher: Revell
Series: The SNAP Agency
ISBN: 9780800739805

Once again, I was thrilled to be on the launch team for the last book of The SNAP Agency. I have REALLY come to love this team and I hate letting them go! If you're a fan of government suspense, you'll love all 3 1/2 of the book. I received the book as part of the launch team. If you purchase the book with the link below I may receive a commission.


She's risking her life. He's risking his heart. It's unclear which is more dangerous.

Lyla Fox knows she has a reputation at the SNAP Agency for being impulsive, but when she receives a threatening letter from a man she helped put in prison, she can't stop herself from going all in to find out why he's coming after her. Unfortunately, she's going to need the help of the one person who questions her choices more than anyone else.

Explosives and weapons specialist Nicolás Garcia agrees to help Lyla in order to keep her safe, but her recklessness continues to be a major concern, especially when her investigation into a conspiracy puts a target on her back. Dealing with bombs is dangerous. Working with Lyla is proving to be just as treacherous--to both the mission and his heart.

My Review:

HOW does she do it? Natalie Walters is gifted at taking the craziest situations - and not one, but several - and making them a cohesive, edge-of-your-seat suspense story! What could've been crazy and convoluted was incredibly written and started connecting some dots I didn't even know needed connecting! Those are my initial thoughts on Blind Trust!

If you've read through the other 2 1/2 books of this series, you know we've all been waiting for Lyla and Garcia's story! But sheesh, it was so much more than that. As with all of the other books, I love that the entire SNAP team is fully present (along with Brynn). They get plenty of air time throughout the story, but it's focused more on Garcia and Lyla.

I think in book 2 Garcia finally caught my eye. He a great, broody guy who really grew on me. So much so, I could not WAIT for this book. And Lyla, from the moment we meet Cupcake in book one, I loved her. And wow, her story turned out to be more than I expected! Whew! Hold onto your seatbelts my friends.

Right from the start, the story takes the reader into the thick of things. Lyla gets a freaky letter and things go south from there. If you don't mind your life being put in danger on the regular, the SNAP Agency is the place to be apparently. Why someone is trying to send a message or trying to take her out unfolds throughout the story. And let me tell you, towards the end, there's a "made for the movies" scene that will have you 😳!

And poor Garcia is there for all of it. Keeping Lyla safe was literally a full time job for him. At the same time he thinks he's stifling her God given abilities, but that's because his heart has softened towards her although he's still trying to come to grips with it. Sakes alive, if any hunky fictional character can wear a baseball hat that's basically become a side character of its own, it's Garcia!

If you want a 10-finger nail biter of a story, I present to you the book that will fit the bill!

About the Author:

Natalie Walters is the author of Lights Out and Fatal Code, as well as the Harbored Secrets series. A military wife, she currently resides in Texas with her soldier husband and is the proud mom of three. She loves traveling, spending time with her family, and connecting with readers on Instagram and Facebook. Learn more at

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

A Novel-Tea Evening with Authors + GIVEAWAY

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A Novel-Tea Evening with Authors
September 2, 2023 at 7 p.m. 
Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago

Join us at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, at Chicago’s historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel for a tasteful evening with tea and talk of books, writing, history, and the power of story. Emceed by Chris Jager of Baker Book House, seven novelists will share what inspires them, tales from the research files, what they’ve learned on the journey, and their hope for readers.

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Check out my interview with Laura Frantz! You can also read my full review of The Rose and the Thistle!

1. If you could transport yourself into any of your books for a day, which one would it be and why? I’ve always been fascinated by the hero in Courting Morrow Little. Since the novel is only written from Morrow’s perspective he was quite an intriguing character to me. He wasn’t even wordy, just communicated through his actions for the most part. I’m thinking of that dangling scalp in one scene! I’d love to take a look at the unspoiled Kentucky frontier in the novel’s 18th-century setting. 

2. What country and time period would you like to write a book in that might surprise your readers? I would absolutely love to write a medieval novel set in Scotland. My Scottish ancestors were the bad boys of the Borders back then, the bloody dividing line between Scotland & England. So much history to delve into & fictionalize though it was a very dark, distressing time. A curse was even put on my clan and fellow Border Reivers by an archbishop.

3. Which actor and actress (from the past or our current time) would you cast to play Lady Blythe and Everard in a movie? Actually, I’d cast the real life royal, Lady Gabriella Windsor, in the role as Lady Blythe Hedley & former Calvin Klein model Michael Bergin for the laird, Everard Hume, when he was young back in the 90’s. 

4. What are the qualities you find most important to make sure your main characters possess? For example, one of the things I loved about Everard is that he was steadfast and he didn't play games. Honestly, that's one of the absolute top things I love about the men in your stories.

Absolutely love your insights – thank you! Truth is what I value most in my main characters. They must speak truth & act with integrity, especially heroes. Since I spend a year or more with fictional people in each book I need to like them foremost, at least the principals. And I need to respect them, too. 

5. Which of your women main characters (from all of your stories) would you like to have afternoon tea with? My heroines do love tea😊 I would probably sit down with Liberty Lawson in The Lacemaker. Her riches-to-rags story is set in one of my favorite historical places, Colonial Williamsburg. She knows a thing or two about tea!

6. What do you like about writing the villains in your stories? I identify more with the villains in my novels than my heroes & heroines. And though I’ve had to kill one or two on the page it’s never a pleasant experience as I see all of them as redeemable! Villains, both male & female, are a great foil to the hero & heroines if done right. Their badness shines light on the goodness, so to speak.

About the Authors

Lynn Austin

LYNN AUSTIN, whose titles include Long Way Home, Chasing Shadows, and If I Were You. Connect with her at

Amanda Barratt

AMANDA BARRATT, whose titles include Within These Walls of Sorrow, The White Rose Resists, and My Dearest Dietrich. Connect with her at

Kate Breslin

KATE BRESLIN, whose titles include In Love’s Time, As Dawn Breaks, and Far Side of the Sea. Connect with her at

Susie Finkbeiner

SUSIE FINKBEINER, whose titles include The All-AmericanThe Nature of Small Birds, and All Manner of Things. Connect with her at

Laura Frantz

LAURA FRANTZ, whose titles include The Rose and the Thistle, A Heart Adrift, and Tidewater Bride. Connect with her at

Jocelyn Green

JOCELYN GREEN, whose titles include The Metropolitan Affair, The Windy City Saga series, and The Mark of the King. Connect with her at


JOANNA DAVIDSON POLITANO, whose titles include The Lost Melody, A Midnight Dance, and The Love Note. Connect with her at

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

War Of Torment By Ronie Kendig

War of Torment
by Ronie Kendig
Publisher: Enclave
Series: The Droseran Saga
ISBN: 979-8886050387

I was incredibly excited to be on Ronie's launch team once again for this series. While I received an ARC ebook, I purchased the hardcover for my personal library. This series is one of the most amazing ones I've ever read!


The time for peace is over—now he demands vengeance

They followed him back. Against his will, against his intention. Now enemies threaten from every direction. Amidst it all Marco Dusan struggles to lead his people, to help them survive, even mayhap win the war. He will take any advantage to even the odds. But only after tragedy strikes does he learn just how much he’s willing to sacrifice.

He’s not alone. Droserans fight as one, united against the offworlders—Symmachians who covet their planet. With the aid of unexpected allies, the Droserans battle on longer than anyone could have anticipated. Yet they cannot win. And the Faa’Cris, those supernatural warriors, fair of face and fierce of mien, do nothing.

But not all have turned their backs. After a bitter year of pain and loss, Kersei Dragoumis navigates a new heritage, ever intent on defending her people. Like her, light-years away from the Quadrants and even farther from the girl she thought she was, Eija Zacdari must come to terms with a new role. Or, rather, with an ancient one. And her success or failure may determine back in the Quadrants who lives and who dies.

In the end, Marco will have vengeance for the torment brought by this war. No matter the price. Not even if the price is his soul.

My Review:

War of Torment. Was. Epic! This series will live in my heart forever. I will warn you right now, my review won't do this ANY justice. And I'll say, I'm tearing up just thinking about it all over again. I supposed I could stop there and you'd know exactly how I felt about it.

Drosero is under attack and everything is sheer insanity. There are so many lives and storylines entwined together it takes a moment (several chapters) to remember what's going on - if you haven't read the books one right after the other. Kudos to the author because how she kept everything straight is beyond me.

I knew going into this that I was going to be gutted with emotion and all I'd want to do is race to the end. But in that same vein, I wanted to take as much time as possible to savor my first read. As I passed the halfway mark, there was no turning back. Putting down the book went against everything in me. When I did put it down, all I could think of was, "WHAT is happening while I'm gone?"

Marco... where do I even start with him? My emotions towards him were all over the place. I was sad for all he'd endured through the first three stories. I was overwhelmed by his love and devotion for Isaura. I was furious - FURIOUS - of his treatment of not only Kersei, but also those around him. You ever want to reach into a story and shake a character? That was me with Marco!

With Isaura and Kersei, I know in my previous reviews I've been fully in camp Team Kersei, but I truly ended up loving Isaura. The author has raked my heart over the coals with these two. Isaura's grace and gentleness shines through once again. And poor Kersei, she's always been so strong-willed, but has been "trying" to do better - make more adult choices and it's not easy for her. Same, Kersei, same.

Of course, Tigo and Jez are fully present. Their banter is some of my favorite throughout. I just love them together. They have a LOT to go through and I was clinging to them tightly. Same with Reef and Eija. Initially I forgot what was going on in their storyline, but it came back rather quickly after I got my bearings. Their "relationship" was so difficult because you can tell there's something there, but because of Eija's touch, Reef struggles with his feelings and thoughts.

There are layers upon layers to WoT. If you want a book that takes you on an emotional roller coaster, this is the one & the series for you! No way to be prepared for how all of it unfolds. The author had me second guessing everything I thought I "knew" was going to happen. On top of that, I can guarantee you that you'll want to join a support group specifically for this book.

With the end of this series, I finally understand why people's lives are changed by a book or a series. This one has done it for me. I will talk about it forever and ever. Was I surprised that a space opera, fantasy series is what got me? Yes, but anyone who reads it will completely understand.

About the Author:

Ronie Kendig is a bestselling, award-winning author of over thirty books. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband have returned to their beloved Texas after a ten-year stint in the Northeast. They survive on Sonic & Starbucks runs, barbecue, and peach cobbler that they share—sometimes—with Benning the Stealth Golden. Ronie's degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

Monday, April 10, 2023

Dawn's Untrodden Green By Carolyn Miller + GIVE AWAY

Dawn's Untrodden Green JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Dawn’s Untrodden Green by Carolyn Miller, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I received the ebook as part of this blog tour.

About the Book

Dawn's Untrodden Green

Title: Dawn's Untrodden Green
Regency Wallflowers #3
Author: Carolyn Miller
Kregel Publications
Release Date:
April 11, 2023
Christian Historical Romance

"Highly entertaining, refreshing, and witty. . . . [A] beautifully written, delightful, and faith-filled romance of two endearing hearts."

--Grace Hitchcock, award-winning author of My Dear Miss Dupré

Not much happens in Theodosia Stapleton's tiny Northumberland village. Certainly not to her. She has resigned herself to spinsterhood, caring for her ailing mother in the home of her grandfather, known to the locals as "General Contrary." When her dear friend dies and leaves behind a daughter, it's simple enough to take the child into her own quiet world. That is, until her ward's famous uncle unexpectedly arrives and throws Theo's tidy orbit completely off-kilter. 

Fame was the last thing Daniel Balfour sought when he fought in the Peninsular War. But his brave exploits caught the attention of the King, and now the honors he was given hound him everywhere . . . even on his rushed trip to rescue his orphaned niece. Theo's quick wit and warm smile reassure him that Rebecca is in good hands, and he finds himself free to swiftly return to London and his responsibilities. But those caring hands are beginning to look like they could also safely hold his heart, and he's tempted to linger. Unfortunately, marriage is simply not in the cards; the army is spouse enough for him. 

Then an accident and a scandal lead both Theo and Daniel to discover that their best-laid plans may not have been what God designed for them after all.

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“You still wish to leave?”

“I would have preferred to depart by the middle of next week, but it seems the house will delay me a few days more.” He led the horse behind him as they strolled.

“Leaving you to skulk through the bushes, praying not to be seen?”

“You have the right of it, ma’am.”

A chuckle escaped.

“What is it now? I should not have thought this was a laughing matter.”

“Forgive me. But I continue to be amused that a hero should find himself in such a predicament.”

“You would not be so amused if you were the one facing all manners of invitations.”

“It must be so hard.” She paused at the turn that signaled Mannering’s drive.

“I was right,” he said. “You are a minx.”

She gave another choke of laughter.

“Do you do that often?”

“Do what often?”

“Make that most delightful sound.”

More Books in this Series

Dusk's Darkest Shores  Midnight's Budding Morrow

About the Author

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.

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Saturday, April 8, 2023

The Vanishing At Castle Moreau By Jaime Jo Wright

The Vanishing at Castle Moreau
by Jaime Jo Wright
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764238345

A Jaime Jo Wright novel is NOT to be missed. Not a single one. So, when I had the opportunity to join Jaime's launch team, there was no stopping me. I was IN! I was sent her book from her publisher for review.


A haunting legend. An ominous curse. A search for a secret buried deep within the castle walls.

In 1870, orphaned Daisy François takes a position as housemaid at a Wisconsin castle to escape the horrors of her past life. There she finds a reclusive and eccentric Gothic authoress who hides tales more harrowing than the ones in her novels. As women disappear from the area and the eerie circumstances seem to parallel a local legend, Daisy is thrust into a web that could ultimately steal her sanity, if not her life.

In the present day, Cleo Clemmons is hired by the grandson of an American aristocratic family to help his grandmother face her hoarding in the dilapidated Castle Moreau. But when Cleo uncovers more than just the woman's stash of collectibles, a century-old mystery and the dust of the old castle's curse threaten to rise again . . . this time to leave no one alive to tell the sordid tale.

Award-winning author Jaime Jo Wright seamlessly weaves a dual-time tale of two women who must do all they can to seek the light amid the darkness shrouding Castle Moreau.

My Review:

Where does one start with writing a review for any of Jaime's book? There's more that you can't say than you can because to say too much would be to give things away! Same goes for The Vanishing at Castle Moreau! The frightening disappearances associated with Castle Moreau will leave you wondering.

This story comes with three perspectives from three different time periods - all to weave together a tale that takes a surprising twist. There's always something with Jaime's books! Readers all KNOW there's something, but what that something is...? THAT'S what initially draws you into her stories and that's what also keeps you going back for more.

We meet sweet Daisy who is escaping the horror of living as an orphan with a family which was less than kind so finding a position at Castle Moreau seems like an escape, but once there, it's clear she's not so sure. Rumors surrounding the castle make their way to Daisy, which are easy enough to believe since the castle leads them to be believable. The lesser of two evils, maybe?

In the current day we get to know Cleo. She's running, but we don't know what from. She takes a position to help declutter the castle, but little does she know what she's in for. You could say that for most people who come into contact with the castle. 

Mystery upon mystery is uncovered in each time period as we move through the story. Much to my pleasure, in 1870 and current day, a man connected with Castle Moreau becomes known to our leading ladies. Life hasn't been easy for either man for their own reasons, but how are they linked to the women disappearing over the years? What do they know?

As always, there's some spine tingling goings on in the story. What's going "bump" in the night? Apparitions speaking to people, doorknobs turning in the middle of the night, a creepy author who writes questionable stories - what could be better in one of Jaime's stories? It has alllll of the elements you hope to find in one of her books.

Of course, you're going to find faith as a strong element to the story, even in subtle ways as the story unfolds towards the end. You can see how God has orchestrated every moment and we're reminded that God isn't blind to what goes on in the world.

Another one of Jaime Jo Wright's books that knocks it out of the park. If you like some spook to your stories and a strong story of hope, then this is not to be missed!

About the Author:

Jaime Jo Wright ( is the author of eight novels, including Christy Award and Daphne du Maurier Award-winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her cat named Foo; her husband, Cap'n Hook; and their two mini-adults, Peter Pan and CoCo.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

After The Shadows By Amanda Cabot

After the Shadows
by Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
Series: Secrets of Sweetwater Crossing
ISBN: 9780800740641

Having never read anything by Amanda Cabot before, then seeing this cover, I jumped at the chance to try her out. I was sent the book for review from Revell.


A brighter future awaits--if she can escape the shadows of the past 

Emily Leland sheds no tears when her abusive husband is killed in a bar fight, but what awaits her back home in Sweetwater Crossing is far from the welcome and comfort she expected. First she discovers her father has died under mysterious circumstances. Then the house where the handsome new schoolteacher, Craig Ferguson, and his son are supposed to board burns, leaving them homeless. When Emily proposes turning the family home into a boardinghouse, her sister is so incensed that she leaves town.

Alone and broke, her family name sullied by controversy, Emily is determined to solve the mystery of her father's death--and to aid Craig, despite her fears of men. The widowed schoolmaster proves to be a devoted father, an innovative teacher, and an unexpected ally. As they work to uncover the truth, they just may find the key to unlock a future neither could have imagined.

My Review:

If you enjoy Little House on the Prairie and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman then I think you would enjoy After the Shadows. I would even say When Calls the Heart.

I really came to care for Emily. She has dealt with some awful things in a very short period of time. One of the most horrible is abuse from her husband. Emily has a gentle and kind spirit who cares for the people of Sweetwater Crossing. Amidst all of the tragedy around her, she keeps a cool head and a welcoming heart.

She walks into a hornet's nest when she returns home and sees her youngest sister, Louisa. Louisa has had to deal with a LOT and to say she's disgruntled would be putting it mildly. The choices Emily is forced to make don't go well with Louisa to say the least.

Then we meet the next main characters of Craig and his toddler son, Noah. Let's just put it out there right now that Noah is absolutely adorable! Craig, himself, has lived through the tragedy of losing his wife and is hoping to start over in this new town. As a teacher he certainly has his challenges with the bullies in the classroom. I loved how the author used him as an example of handling hard situations with logic and not corporal punishment.

Things get pretty strange almost immediately. People of the town start dropping like flies. The odd thing is, no one questions it. They're just seen as "being old". It was rather surprising that no one wondered what might be going on in this little town. That is until Craig comes alongside Emily to help her figure things out.

While the story was nice, it was also a bit hard for me to get fully into it. Some of the characters were a bit over-the-top with their behaviors. And some moments were very jarring with behaviors and not quite understanding what was going on with the side stories. Like I mentioned, people were dropping like flies. There was a family who showed up in town temporarily and they reminded me of Nels, Harriet, and Nellie Olsen from LHotP. I didn't understand the point of them being in the story. Also, Emily's family has been in the town for a long time and seem like they were loved, but much of the townspeople treat Emily poorly. Like when Alice, her best friend, shows up towards the end of the story accusing her of something - just out of the blue. Same with the former teacher. It's like they're really mean and angry and then they're best of buddies. It was hard to get super invested in those moments.

One part of the story that I absolutely loved was Beulah. She has Down syndrome and the way the author handles her and those who rally around her is wonderful! Beulah is a very real-feeling character. I could completely imagine how those in the town wouldn't want her to be around the other school children. How the author used Emily and Craig in her life just put a smile on my face throughout!

Louisa's story comes next and I certainly hope she softens throughout the next story so that she's more appealing as a main character. Of course, I hope she isn't magically sweet and kind, but goes through a growth in her own life.

About the Author:

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of After the Shadows, as well as several historical and contemporary romance series, including Mesquite Springs, Cimarron Creek Trilogy, Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at

Monday, April 3, 2023

Museum Of The Bible With Jen Wilkin

Recently a group of us ladies from church learned about an opportunity to listen to Jen Wilkin speak at the Museum of the Bible. It wasn't my first time being at the Museum, but it was my first time being in the World Stage Theater. What a fantastic place to hear someone! It makes for a rather small, and somewhat intimate evening.

The evening started with a time of worship led by Maryanne J. George with Maverick City Music. Wow, it was an incredible time singing some beloved songs to the Savior. I can see why they've won awards. Her accompanist was fantastic on the piano. I could've worshiped with them all night!

Then Jen came out to speak and it was an incredible introduction to her new Bible study of 1-3 John. She's such a dynamic speaker! She was relatable and spoke so much Truth. Here were a few of my takeaways:

"We can look to the example of Christ to know what we should look like."

"Let's not forget to show the culture the fragrance of God!"

And as a grandma, this one is so important to me...

"Let it pass from generation to generation."

These all came towards the end of the event. I couldn't figure out how to get my notepad to work on my phone with my "fancy" pen that comes with it. Oy, technology isn't always my friend.

After we listened to Jen, we headed to the bookstore where I bought her new study Abide - A Study of 1, 2, & 3 John. I was hoping she'd be able to sign them (because I'm a geek like that), but they just had a collection of her work. We also had a crazy moment where my pastor's wife and I got to meet Ruth Chou Simons. Talk about freaking out... let's just say I had a moment. hahaha I've met famous people before and it hasn't phased me, but meeting Ruth, I think my adrenaline must've been in overdrive because I was babbling away and shaking from excitement. I'll never forget how she pulled me into a hug and just loved on me for a second. You'd have thought I was a 10 yr old girl meeting Taylor Swift. HA! Truly, it was that bad.

Needless to say, we got our photo taken with her and it was an excellent night. hahahaha We walked back to where the vehicles were parked and had a beautiful view of the Capitol (which is having some construction done) and the Washington Monument at night. It was a great evening and I was on fire to get started going through 1-3 John!

My husband and I went through their speaker series and were so bummed to see some amazing opportunities we'd miss out on like Dr. Tony Evans and my husband would've loved learning more about the Apocrypha and why it's not in the Bible. When we toured the Museum of the Bible a couple of years ago my husband got a membership and I think it's time we get one again!

Have you been to the Museum of the Bible before? If so, what did you enjoy the most about it?

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