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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 19 April 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – INHERITANCE OF SECRETS by ROBIN PATCHEN

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – INHERITANCE OF SECRETS by ROBIN PATCHEN

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Inheritance of Secrets by Robin Patchen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: Inheritance of Secrets

Series: Coventry Saga #6

Author: Robin Patchen

Publisher: JDO Publishing

Release Date: April 19, 2022

Genre: Christian romantic suspense

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From a USA Today bestselling author comes the latest in the edge-of-your-seat Christian romantic suspense series that will keep you reading all night long.

 

“I didn’t do right by your mother. Or by you. Find her and do what I never had the courage to do.”

Her father’s deathbed confession changed everything for Aspen Kincaid. The mystery of her mother’s disappearance was unsolvable, or so she’d believed.

It seemed her dad had lied to her all her life.

After inheriting a house in New Hampshire—a house Aspen hadn’t known her father owned—she travels thousands of miles, desperate to fulfill his dying wish. But some residents of Coventry don’t want Jane Kincaid’s daughter digging into things they think should remain buried forever.

Renovating the secluded old house on the mountain should be the next step in Garrett McCarthy’s contracting career, but Aspen’s arrival in town stirs up old animosities in Coventry that he’d known nothing about. All he wants is to complete the job, hoping it’ll open doors to new opportunities. But when he’s asked to keep an eye on Aspen’s activities, he feels he can’t refuse. How can he honor his beautiful, vulnerable client and remain loyal to the people who need his help?

Join Aspen and Garrett as they attempt to solve a thirty-year-old mystery—without becoming its latest victims.

Page-turning suspense, heartwarming romance, and a plot-twisting mystery that’ll keep you guessing until the very end. Preorder Inheritance of Secrets today.

 

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | BookBub

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THE AUTHOR

Robin-Patchen-1Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield and Coventry Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. Working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball and chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving that most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Visit https://robinpatchen.com/subscribe to receive a free book and stay informed about Robin’s latest projects.

CONNECT WITH ROBIN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

MY REVIEW

Oh what tangled webs we weave…

Secrets never stay buried. They follow you as a shadow, and they will eventually, in some way, somehow, be revealed.

Aspen’s father had secrets. He thought he was doing the right thing keeping certain sordid details from his daughter. Ms. Patchen braves the difficult topic of mental illness and the far-reaching and long-lasting effects it can have and the swath of destruction it can leave in its wake. [SPOILER]

Aspen walks in blindly to ghosts of such destruction. Wanting nothing more than to honor her father’s last request, she forges ahead in her task, intent on selling the house and leaving for a warm climate.

But her search becomes convoluted and dangerous [SPOILER.]

Aspen’s heart, though, is playing the most dangerous game of all—falling for the hot contractor hired to renovate the house.

Garrett, too, is falling into the danger zone, and tasks himself with keeping her safe.

This is my second Coventry Saga book, and I’ve grown to think of the characters as friends. I appreciate the circle of friends and sense of community the author has established throughout the series. No quaint little town, though; Coventry has more than its share of mysteries—and dead bodies. Ms. Patchen ratchets up the suspense with each page, hurtling the reader on a tempestuous journey.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and paperback copies of the first 5 books in the series, Glimmer in the Darkness, Tides of Duplicity, Betrayal of Genius, Traces of Virtue, and Touch of Innocence!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 19, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on April 26, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – TRIPLE REVIEW BLITZ – TOUCH OF INNOCENCE by ROBIN PATCHEN

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – TOUCH OF INNOCENCE by ROBIN PATCHEN

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – TOUCH OF INNOCENCE by ROBIN PATCHEN

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Book: Touch of Innocence

Author: Robin Patchen

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: January 25, 2022

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From a USA Today bestselling author comes a gripping story of mystery, romance, and pulse-pounding suspense.

How can she save the little girl next door from being exploited if nobody believes her?

Grace used to try to save people, but that was before she realized how powerless she is. Now, she avoids emotional ties, working from her secluded cabin, content with her aloneness. When eight-year-old Lily starts hanging around, Grace enjoys her company but carefully keeps her distance—until she discovers the girl is being exploited. Little though she wants to, she must get involved, even if it means risking her own safety to secure Lily’s.

Andrew can’t help but be drawn to his new neighbor and her beautiful foster child. When he learns about Lily’s disturbing history, he offers to help Grace prove her suspicions about the girl’s father. But the more they learn, the more puzzling Lily’s history seems. They work together to unravel the mystery, determined to ensure Lily ends up with a family who loves her.

But Lily’s father isn’t giving up his muse—or his obsession—that easily. He believes Lily is rightfully his, and he’ll do anything to get her back.

Don’t miss this thrilling page-turner, the latest in the addictive Coventry Saga.

Click here to get your copy!

THE AUTHOR

Robin-Patchen-1Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. After college, working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball and chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving that most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Visit https://robinpatchen.com/subscribe to receive a free book and stay informed about Robin’s latest projects.

MORE FROM ROBIN (PATCHEN)

I love everyman-hero stories.

I know detectives and FBI agents and other law enforcement officers are fighting crime and solving mysteries all the time, but I love stories where regular folks—the kind who live next door and work in supermarkets or sell insurance—suddenly find themselves in the middle of a mystery—one only they can solve.

Maybe it’s my own longing for adventure (while living a life that consists largely of sitting in my office wearing yoga pants and tapping away on a keyboard) that leads me to write these kinds of stories

Touch of Innocence has that everyman… er, woman character, a reclusive former child therapist who wants nothing more than to be left alone. The problem is, Grace has a gift (which she calls a curse) that enables her to “see” that her eight-year-old neighbor, Lily, is being exploited by her child-pornographer father. But since Grace doesn’t have any proof, only the impressions she received when she touched the child’s palm, the police don’t do anything to rescue little Lily.

So Grace takes matters into her own hands.

As the villain so aptly puts it, she “blows up her entire life for the sake of a girl she barely knows.”

And that all happens in the first chapter. Then it gets really interesting.

There’s so much talk in the world about doing things for the greater good, for the benefit of the many, not the few, but that wasn’t Jesus’s way, was it?

Jesus didn’t die for the collective good. He died for you and me. He left the ninety-nine to seek out the one.

In a way, Touch of Innocence asks if one forgotten little girl is worth the cost of the heroine’s security, maybe even her life?

What is the value of one life, and how much are we as believers willing to sacrifice to save?

I think it’s a question worth exploring.

A little FYI about the book: I was very careful not to have any explicit scenes. Though the reader gets the sense of what Lily’s been through, there are no descriptions or images you’ll wish you hadn’t seen. I did my very best in this story to highlight a terrible thing that’s happening all over the world while at the same time honoring my readers and, above all, the Lord.

MY REVIEW

I applaud Ms. Patchen for not only addressing such a horrible topic but omitting the gory details.

Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to stick our proverbial nose in where it doesn’t belong. This book throws down the gauntlet, challenging us all to stick our noses in. To step out of our comfort zone. To make us aware, even, that it’s happening all around us.

Sometimes doing the wrong thing is actually doing the right thing. [SPOILER]

Grace was securely tucked away in her cocoon, removed from heartache and risk. And her life purpose. Until Lily. Grace took up the challenge and stepped way outside her comfort zone.

[SPOILER]

Ms. Patchen takes the reader deep into the turmoil of Grace’s situation. Exposes the struggle in her heart—fighting not to love the little girl she has come to care for so dearly. Resisting even when Lily says, “I love you.” Raising the stakes, one terrifying nuance at a time. Lulling Grace into pseudo comfort. Then spilling a new hair-raising detail into the fray.

Andrew proved to be an anchor for Grace, and for Lily. Extending not just neighborly assistance, but personal care and concern.

My own heart raced as—well, there is just so much of this story that just can’t be fully expressed in this review. Let me just say this is a book you will not want to put down!

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

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To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away the grand prize package of Convenient Lies, book 1 in the Nutfield Saga, and Glimmer in the Darkness, book 1 in the Coventry Saga, along with a coffee mug!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1bc9a/touch-of-innocence-celebration-tour-giveaway

BLOG STOPS

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 23

Blogging With Carol, March 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 24

Texas Book-aholic, March 25

Inklings and notions, March 26

For Him and My Family, March 27

Betti Mace, March 28

Spoken from the Heart, March 29

deb’s Book Review, March 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 30

Mary Hake, March 30

Maureen’s Musings, March 31

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 1

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 2

Blossoms and Blessings, April 3

Livin’ Lit, April 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 4

Simple Harvest Reads, April 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Touch of Innocence, Robin Patchen, Coventry Saga, Celebrate Lit Publicity

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – TRIPLE REVIEW BLITZ

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FALSE PRETENSE by HEATHER DAY GILBERT

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FALSE PRETENSE by HEATHER DAY GILBERT

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Beloved amateur sleuth Tess Spencer returns in this fourth and final Murder in the Mountains mystery.

Tess has her work cut out for her—from her day job at the police station to her nights on the campaign trail with her husband, she’s stretched thin. Her two young children also keep her busy, but thankfully she has a supportive mother-in-law who lives just next door.

When the legendary Mothman makes a terrifying appearance and a local librarian goes missing, Tess feels compelled to get involved, convinced something evil has been unleashed on her little town. Then another woman disappears—this one bearing an eerie resemblance to Tess—and the police receive a cryptic message hinting that a serial killer is on the prowl.
After a nightmarish turn of events completely upends the Spencer family, Tess musters her courage to hunt for the monstrous murderer in the woods…even if she has to walk straight into the Mothman’s lair to do it.

False Pretense brings a stunning and memorable conclusion to the award-winning Murder in the Mountains series.

THE AUTHOR

18dd1qn1ajtn1lkcl03ksn06ec._SX450_Award-winning novelist Heather Day Gilbert enjoys writing mysteries and Viking historicals. She brings authentic family relationships to the page, and she particularly delights in heroines who take a stand to protect those they love. Avid readers say Heather’s realistic characters–no matter what century–feel like best friends. When she’s not plotting stories, this native West Virginian can often be found hanging out with her husband and four children, playing video games, or reading Agatha Christie novels.

Find all her books and her newsletter signup at heatherdaygilbert.com.

MY REVIEW

“In West Virginia folklore, the Mothman is a humanoid creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from November 15, 1966, to December 15, 1967… Man-Sized Bird … Creature … Something.” – excerpted from Wikipedia.

I always enjoy a visit to picturesque Mayberry-like Buckneck, where family and friends look out for one another. A pleasant community where nothing exciting happens—at least until murder strikes!

I first met Tess Spencer in Miranda Warning, and appreciated her curious mind and sharp mind. No matter what life throws at her (even murder) she tackles the challenge and comes out the winner.

Ms. Gilbert takes Tess and all her characters—and the reader—through twists and turns. For every answer, more clues pop up. Not to mention dead bodies.

The author drew on local myth and skillfully wrapped a convincing story around it, with [SPOILER.] This reader was eager to get to the end, and yet not—it’s the last visit with Tess Spencer.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, False Pretense, Heather Day Gilbert, Murder in the Mountains Series, Miranda Warning, Trial by Twelve, Guilt by Association

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – TRIPLE REVIEW BLITZ

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 March 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – CHAIN OF MERCY by BRENDA S. ANDERSON

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – CHAIN OF MERCY by BRENDA S. ANDERSON

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THE BLURB

Manhattan businessman Richard Brooks was at the top of the world, drunk with success, wealth, and women, and he proudly lived that prodigal lifestyle, until one disastrous evening, when that world came crashing down.

Richard flees to Minneapolis where he repairs ancient boilers instead of solving corporate problems, and he’s determined to live the solitary life he now deserves.

But Executive Sheila Peterson has other plans for the handsome custodian. Richard appears to be the perfect match for the no-strings-attached romance she’s after, but she soon discovers that he’s hiding more than the designer clothes in his closet.

THE AUTHOR

71ZUvgaPhwL._SY600_Brenda S. Anderson writes authentic, gritty, life-affirming fiction that shows God at work in people’s messy lives. She enjoys live music and theater, walking the shores of Lake Superior, and sharing hot cocoa with friends and family. She lives near Minneapolis with her newly retired husband. Together, they plan to travel across the United States, checking items off their bucket list, beginning with a bus trip to Niagara Falls.

Readers can learn more about Brenda S. Anderson at http://www.brendaandersonbooks.com

MY REVIEW

A book like this—so rich, so deep, so intense—one hardly knows where to begin.

When we lose sight of Truth, we stumble into darkness. We feed on lies. Lies that lead us farther and farther away from the One who loves us most. Even when disaster and tragedy strike, why do we still resist Father God’s mercy and grace?

But no matter how far we run, no matter how we try to hide, we can never escape the unfathomable love of God.

Richard Brooks fought and resisted God’s love—and especially His forgiveness—until there was no fight left in him.

Growing up in a Christian home, I can’t imagine not knowing God and the Bible. Or to live without His guiding hand. Sheila Peterson knew that void, seeking to fill it with the world’s offerings.

Even in the combustible atmosphere between Richard and Sheila, God didn’t abandon. [SPOILER]

Ms Anderson braves not only the volatile topic of abortion, but the father’s perspective—I applaud the author’s boldness. The range of emotions that seize her characters keeps them walking a tightrope. The dialogue is tight and convincing, characters both lovable and maddening.

I’ve not read this author before but I already have added the other books in this series to my to be read list.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I purchased this book, and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Chain of Mercy, Brenda S. Anderson, Coming Home Series, Memory Box Secrets, Hungry for Home

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 22 February 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE GIRL WHO LOST A KINGDOM by JANE ANN McLACHLAN

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE GIRL WHO LOST A KINGDOM by JANE ANN McLACHLAN

 

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THE BLURB

Queen Joanna 1 of Naples struggles to rule a kingdom devastated by war, plague, famine and rebellion. Her niece and namesake, Duchess Joanna of Durazzo, struggles to make sense of a world that has been in turmoil since she was a child. When Queen Joanna swears she will return Naples to its former peace and prosperity, the young Duchess Joanna swears she will always be loyal to her queen. But as their kingdom is increasingly beset with insurrection and war brought on by the terrible “Free Companies”—huge bands of mercenaries and criminals that roam across Europe following the wars and the black plague of the mid-14thC, murdering and plundering everywhere they go—the line between loyalty and survival thins. Will either Joanna be able to keep her oath?
During the second half of her reign Queen Joanna 1 celebrates the greatest victories of her life and endures her greatest defeats. Under her rule Naples becomes the most enlightened kingdom of medieval Europe. But as Europe becomes increasingly embroiled in wars, both political and religious, Queen Joanna is caught up in the Great Schism within the Catholic Church. Can she maintain her kingdom until the end, and will she have an heir to leave it to?
Enjoy the exciting finale to Queen Joanna’s reign!

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THE AUTHOR

A1VrsWq66KL._SY600_Jane Ann McLachlan was born in Toronto, Canada. She started writing stories when she was five years old, and has been reading literary fiction, science fiction and historical fiction in equal measure all her life. She received her B.A. in English Literature from York University and her M.A. in Canadian Literature from Carleton University. Before becoming a full-time writer she taught at Conestoga College.

She has three published science fiction novels under the pen name, J. A. McLachlan: Walls of Wind, and two young adult science fiction novels, The Occasional Diamond Thief (winner of the Alberta Publishers Award (APA) for Science Fiction and featured in the National US magazine, VOYA) and The Salarian Desert Game (runner up for the APA and listed in Canadian Top Books For Teens). She has four published historical fiction novels under Jane Ann McLachlan: The Sorrow Stone (winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for Historical Fiction), The Lode Stone, The Girl Who Would Be Queen, and The Girl Who Tempted Fortune. She is also the author of a writers’ workbook titled Downriver Writing: The Five-Step Process for Outlining Your Novel; two College textbooks on Professional Ethics published by Pearson-Prentice Hall; and a memoir, IMPACT: A Memoir of PTSD.

She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband who is also a writer, and their bilingual dog, Frenchy, a papillion breed. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.

 

 

MY REVIEW

Through the eyes of the author and the four books of this series I have grown to love Queen Joanna. Her heart and courage despite her circumstances—unimaginable to the modern mind—her unwavering faith and confidence in God.

Ms. McLachlan brings history to life with the depth of her knowledge of the era, the details that make any story real, the dialogue (without losing the reader to unfamiliar manner of speech and jargon.) I was appalled to learn, for instance, that it was accepted that husbands beat their wives! Frustrated at the control the Church had over Joanna’s every action. I ached for her that she had no surviving “issue.” The posturing and viciousness to gain a kingdom.

And still, Joanna’s manner was stately and fitting of her station, no raging outbursts or temperamental and irrational actions.

The level of research Ms. McLachlan puts into her stories is evident on every page, with every vivid and vibrant scene, urging the reader to the [SPOILER] heart wrenching end.

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Girl Who Lost a Kingdom, Jane Ann McLachlan, The Kingdom of Naples Series, The Girl Who Would be Queen, The Girl Who Tempted Fortune, The Girl Who Sold Her Crown

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 8 February 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – NO MATTER HOW FAR by CHLOE FLANAGAN

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – NO MATTER HOW FAR by CHLOE FLANAGAN

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No matter how far she wanders, grace calls her back.
Thanks to good friends, a solid job, and a bright future, Brea has a sense of home for the first time in years. Nevertheless, it still feels like part of her will always be running from a past that wounded her heart and wrecked her faith. When a sudden, sinister phone call interrupts her life, threatening the younger sister she adores and the life she so desperately wants to rebuild, she will have to face old heartaches and new dangers to survive. Can she learn to put her trust in her friends and God once again, or will she be left to wander alone?

CONTENT WARNING: sexual abuse and suicidal ideation


THE AUTHOR

51pARSzgMXLChloe S. Flanagan is an author, technical writer, blogger, and graduate of New York University. She enjoys exploring the Christian walk frankly and thoughtfully in her fiction and in her blog, The Candid Corinthian. When she’s not writing, Chloe loves music, travel, reading books in all genres, and spending time with family.

MY REVIEW

I am reminded of a quote from one of my all-time favorite books, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, “Love. That was what she had that IT did not have.”

That was what Brea had. Love. Her weapon against the world, against her past. Against the circumstances of her life.

And mostly, she had love for her sister. Love that drove her to fight, no matter the cost, to protect her.

Trust, however, was in short supply for Brea. Especially when the ones who were supposed to love and care for her [SPOILER.]

Ms. Flanagan gently nudges Brea through the minefield of her life, planting faithful friends to lead her safely through, and show her the love—and faithfulness—of God.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, No Matter How Far, Chloe Flanagan, The Potter’s House Books

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 1 February 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – AFTER THE PRODIGAL RETURNED by CASSANDRE BRISSOT

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – AFTER THE PRODIGAL RETURNED by CASSANDRE BRISSOT

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for After the Prodigal Returned by Cassandre Brissot, hosted by

JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: After the Prodigal Returned

Sequel to: Six Years and a Quarter Way Through

Author: Cassandre Brissot

Publisher: Independently Published

Release Date: November 5, 2021

Genre: Christian fiction/romance

THE BLURB

The sequel to Six Years And A Quarter Way Through, After The Prodigal Returned, is a relevant tale about the guilt that condemns and the remorse that leads to repentance.

Leah Albanese thought the hard part was over. Little did she know it had only just begun. It’s been seven months since Leah heeded God’s voice and returned home to the life she was all too happy to flee. She quit Star Quality, the reality show that was her best and possibly last chance at stardom. Leah gave back the six-carat diamond engagement ring and sent Trenton Shaw packing.

When filming for the reunion episode brings familiar faces back into her life, some welcome some not, Leah begins feeling the same tugs at her heart that led her to stray from God in the first place. Can Leah resist temptation, or will she go back to the things, future, and fiancé she gave up?

Leah came back. She never imagined staying would be the real challenge. What happens after the wayward daughter returns home?

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon

 

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THE AUTHOR

Cbrissot--mona lisaCassandre Brissot is a Brooklyn, NY native. She earned her bachelor of fine arts in television and radio production at the City University of New York Brooklyn College. Cassandre is the author of Six Years and A Quarter Way Through. When she’s not writing for her blog, she enjoys dance parties with her nieces.

CONNECT WITH CASSANDRE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MY REVIEW

Change is never easy, and though the path to restoration may be granted with grace, it isn’t automatically easy. Old habits and all. A person may get sober or clean, but the addictive craving lingers.

For Leah, Trent kept digging his claws in, taunting her with a past she was fighting to leave behind. The temptation ever luring her back to the drama and heartache she walked away from.

Brice was her anchor, solid and stable, nudging her back to God’s love. This is the second book this reviewer has read in recent week where the sexual tension was palpable, yet the couple

Recognized their limits and chose to abstain. Although with Brice and Leah, he was the one who set limits, and though on the surface she understood, she struggled with the meaning of his lack of affection.

Ms. Brissot walks the reader through the intense struggles Leah faces. Honestly, I wanted to smack some sense into Leah—but it’s always easy to observe (judge) from the outside looking in; we’ve all been there in some way or another.

I did feel that the story was slow at times, bogged down, but kept reading because of the power of redemption and restoration. And the promise God makes to all of us.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will receive a copy of Six Years and a Quarter Way Through, a copy of After The Prodigal Returned, and a $25 Amazon gift card!

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 25 January 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – MINI REVIEW BLITZ – LOVE, LAUGHTER, AND LUMINARIAS by JAYCEE WEAVER

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – LOVE, LAUGHTER, AND LUMINARIAS by JAYCEE WEAVER

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THE BLURB

He has his books. She has her fandoms. They’ve always had their friendship. Could Christmas projects, snowball fights, and local traditions spark feelings neither knew were there?

Surprisingly successful action-suspense author Garrett Wilson is struggling to write a summer novel in December. That is, until he witnesses his best friend, Nina, chase down a shoplifter and realizes that maybe his tough, attractive heroine might not be based solely in fiction.

Geeky-chic Nina Trujillo finds herself contemplating a God she’s never believed in after her brush with danger taking down a thief. That one decision could change the whole course of her life, and quite possibly, her feelings for the one guy she’s never considered more than a friend.

When Nina dives head-first into a series of Christmas projects and ideas for new traditions, she drags Garrett along for the ride. Will her newfound courage and all the extra time together bring their feelings out into the open, or will Nina escape back into the comfort of her fandoms and lose him forever?

THE AUTHOR

74581516_2424108651207730_6979766466719514624_nJaycee Weaver lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her amazing husband, three daughters, two crazy shih-tzus, and a dwarf rabbit. When she’s not writing, she’s probably in pursuit of her 90 million other hobbies or shuttling the kids around. Jaycee loves to read multiple genres, drink too much coffee, sing, take landscape and floral photos, sew, cook, bake, and craft nearly anything. She considers herself a recovering perfectionist and occasional hot mess. She does her best to live her faith in action, being open, honest, and real; letting God be Lord over the good, the bad, and the ugly even when it’s hard.

MY REVIEW

“Nah, we’re just friends.” “No, really.”

Sometimes it’s the most unexpected moments that change everything. Risky instinct that changes the course of a life. Threat of danger that draws attention.

Nina acted on instinct—and Garrett saw her in a different light. That threat of danger? God is always working behind the scenes, and what the enemy intended for evil God totally used for good—shook her go-it-alone foundation and [SPOILER.]

Ms. Weaver mixes danger and challenges and courage, snowball fights and holiday traditions

—and luminarias—and turns friendship into romance.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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This book was given to me as a gift. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 18 January 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – HARMONY ON THE HORIZON by KATHLEEN DENLY

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – HARMONY ON THE HORIZON by KATHLEEN DENLY

 

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THE BLURB

Her calling to change the world may be his downfall.

On the heels of the Great Rebellion, Margaret Foster, an abolitionist northerner, takes a teaching position in 1865 San Diego—a town dominated by Southern sympathizers. At thirty-seven years of age, Margaret has accepted spinsterhood and embraced her role as teacher. So, when Everett Thompson, the handsomest member of the School Board, reveals his interest in her, it’s a dream come true. Until her passionate ideals drive a wedge between them.

After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the verge of having everything he’s dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer threatens everything Everett has and dreams of.

As Everett scrambles to shore up the crumbling pieces of his life, Margaret unwittingly sets off a scandal that divides the small community and threatens her position as teacher. With the blackmailer still whispering threats, Everett must decide if he’s willing to risk everything for the woman still keeping him at arm’s length.

THE AUTHOR

A1NE2qoq2mL._SY600_Kathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

Kathleen is the award-winning author of Chaparral Hearts, a three-book series of stand-alone novels set in nineteenth century Southern California (plus a prequel novella available exclusively to her newsletter subscribers).

Kathleen would love it if you visited her website at KathleenDenly.com.

You can also connect with her on social media:

Instagram & Twitter @KathleenDenly

Facebook Author Page: KathleenDenly.author

FB Group: Armchair Adventure Krew

To see photos that inspired her novels, follow her on Pinterest.

MY REVIEW

When a Boston teacher lands a job in fledgling Southern sympathizer San Diego, sparks fly.

Ms. Denly layers conflict upon conflict, twist knotted against twist. The historical accuracy and descriptive details bring the story to life. The author’s level of research is evident, tucking bits of history in a taut and compelling tale.

Dialogue, dialects, and jargon can make the story for this reader. As with her historical details, Ms. Denly has neatly fit Katie’s speech into the story without disrupting the flow; while giving her meaning, it does not take the reader out of the story.

At first, it felt like two separate stories—Katie and Fletcher, and Margaret and Everett—and I read eagerly to find how the two meshed. As with any historical story, my heart aches for the limitations society places on women. The unfathomable hardships Katie endured, the crushing [SPOILER] Margaret bore. I eagerly awaited—hoped for—Fletcher’s accepting Christ, and Everett’s yielding his plans and will to God’s; both very real struggles.

The supporting characters are colorful and vivid, people we all know and meet in our lives, antagonists, manipulators, liars and cheats and thieves. But also kind folk who encourage us along the way, random strangers and friends who brighten our lives.

This story takes root, pulling the reader forward, page after page, to the very end.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 21 December 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – (MINI) BOOK REVIEW – THE RECKONING AT GOSSAMER POND by JAIME JO WRIGHT

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – (MINI) BOOK REVIEW – THE RECKONING AT GOSSAMER POND by JAIME JO WRIGHT

                                                                             

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THE BLURB

For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant façade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.
A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.
Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.

THE AUTHOR

B1gr-g181PS._SX800_Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award-Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing suspenseful, mysteries stained with history’s secrets. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimewrightbooks.com

MY REVIEW

When you read a story by Jaime Jo Wright you know it’s going to be a good one. Gripping, edge of your seat, page-turning mystery and suspense. Doubly so with her dual timeline, and yet the past is so linked with the present.

Secrets just don’t stay hidden. Somebody, somewhere always knows. And someday, somehow, it always comes out. Even if it’s decades later.

Ms. Wright has splattered unexpected twists on every page, mysteries that seem to pull Annalise further from the answers she seeks. And closer to spilling her own secret. The more she discovers, the more questions she has.

A hundred years earlier, Libby Sheffield has mysteries of her own, practically handed to her. She, too, is caught up finding more questions than answers in her search for the truth.

What happened at the newspaper a hundred years ago? And what does it have to do with events in present day Gossamer Grove?

Ms. Wright pens a story with more intrigue, more chills, more questions, and keeps her reader’s attention to the very end.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I purchased this book and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, (Mini) Book Review, The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond, Jaime Jo Wright

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