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Mail Order Bride Collection on Sale

The Timeless Romance Anthology: Mail Order Bride Collection is currently on sale for just $.99! Make sure you go grab your copy before it goes back up to full price! Check it out here!

To Soar with Eagles

About the book: In the untamed and unforgiving desert of southeastern Utah, Mitch Westland and Edie Zimmer are among the Mormon settlers determined to make their homes amid the harshest of circumstances. Threatened by Indians, competing ranchers, and cattle rustlers, the young couple must prevail against man, nature, and their own fears in order to fulfill their dream of establishing a ranch—and a family—of their own. This sequel to the bestseller Only the Brave covers the time period of 1888 to 1919 and merges the story of Mitch and Edie with the author's continuing series Fire and Steel.

My review: I LOVE this great book! I love the way that it ties the Mitch and Edie Zimmer family into the rest of the series. I loved learning more about how life would have been for the pioneers living in the Monticello area during the late 1800's. 

I was kind of surprised when I started reading that this book went back in time from the last one I finished, The Storm Descends. I had just finis…

Blog Tour - The Make-Ahead Kitchen

About the book: Skip the hassle of last-minute meals and leftovers and replace them with simple, healthy, delicious, and easy-to-prepare make-ahead dishes! Your family will love these comfortable meals, new favorites, cozy drinks, and tantalizing desserts--all of them prepared ahead of time so you don't have to worry! Enjoy simple, soul-filling foods without the chaos of preparing them at the last minute.

My review: I know that I have a cookbook problem! I have so many and I love looking through them to get new and better ideas about what to make to feed my ravenous family! 

I loved looking through this cookbook. I figure that if I have to cook anyway, I should be able to get it done on my schedule and not just when my family decides that it's time to eat now. This book helps with that! There are tons of ideas in this book about how to make things ahead, using your fridge, freezer or crock-pot. I'm sure that I will be making several of these recipes sooner than later!

I was s…

Summer Book Trek

This is something I do every summer and I've won at least one book every year! It's such a great idea. All you have to do is read books by LDS authors in the month of July and add your entries to the rafflecopter here

For this challenge I'm planning to read at least:

I Am Delilah by Josi S Kilpack
Rachel Laine by Jennifer Peel
Candid by Michelle Pennington
Sweet Confections by Danyelle Ferguson 
and...last but not least!
Orison by Brandon Gray

Check out the challenge and play along!

Chemistry Lessons

About the book: Everyone in Lone Spur knows Rosie will accept even the most unlovable animal into her life. Men, though, are a different story.

Take Destry, the guy who bought the ranch next door. Sure, he’s handsome and wealthy, but he wears flip-flops to work his fields. Not that Rosie should worry about him getting hurt.

Her biggest concern is that she needs to buy her grandfather’s ranch before her uncle sells it out from under her. The problem is that on her teacher’s salary, she doesn’t qualify for a loan. Her long-time boyfriend, Tanner, proposes a solution—they can get married and qualify for a loan together, only Rosie isn’t sure if her heart is with her faithful fiancĂ©, her ranch, or her swoon-worthy neighbor. 

My review: This book worked for me for so many reasons, I really loved everything about it! 

I loved Rosie, though I did wonder on her judgement when she decided to accept Tanner's proposal, but I can see the way that desperation led her to not follow her heart. I lov…

Thoughts on life and death

I hope you'll forgive me for a little deviation from my normal blog subject today. I am going to talk a little about books, so hopefully that will still be okay!

My grandpa died last week. I knew it was coming and as I look back on my choices during the time leading up to his death I'm a little sad that I didn't take time out of my schedule to drive up and see him, to give him one last hug and tell him I love him one more time and to thank him for all that he's done for me.

At the same time, I have some amazing memories of him and I really wouldn't have wanted to remember him the way he was. He was 92 years old, he could no longer walk, he wasn't talking a whole lot any more. 

I guess for me, I choose to remember him the way I knew him. I remember him as the man who seemed crotchety but would always go out of his way to help in any way that he could help. I remember him as the man who loved black and white Perry Mason shows and Louis Lamour books (I don't thin…

Blog Tour - Beyond the Rising Tide

About the book: Kai was seventeen when he died saving Avery’s life, though he didn’t really have much to live for. After spending half his life being shipped around to different families, the only place he felt at home was on a street corner with his guitar. Now, it’s been six months since his death. Six months adapting to a new kind of existence where instead of making music, he uses his new healing powers to save lives. But in his off hours, he watches helplessly as Avery’s life is unraveled by his death. 

Avery doesn’t know that it was Kai who saved her life in the ocean, because her rescuer’s body was never found. Wracked with guilt, the ocean she once loved is now her tormentor. As her surfboards collect dust in the garage, the weight of her grief destroys her relationships and stretches her to a breaking point.

Always willing to break rules for those he loves, Kai steals a ring that temporarily gives his body substance. With limited time, he does all he can to restore her life to …

Blog Tour - Loving Roxie

About the book: Roxie Castro comes to Florence, Italy to help her friend Georgia heal after the death of her husband. While there she decides to chase her dream of being an author, collaborating with the gorgeous Professor Stefano Nae in researching the murder of Princess Isabela di Medici. However, when they begin to delve into her history, strange things start happening to Roxie: panic attacks, the resurfacing of buried memories, and a fear that something from her past has come forward to haunt her future. 

The professor's help triggers her powerful attraction to him, and this in turn worsens the attacks.The closer they get to solving the mystery surrounding her past, the more tangled her emotions become. Will discovering Roxie’s secret finally free them to explore their newfound feelings or will it snatch away the one chance they have for a lasting love?

My review: I really enjoyed reading this book! I love the way that G.G. Vandagriff writes contemporary romance. Each of them ar…

Between the Lines

About the novella:Jane Martin is intelligent but extremely shy, especially around men. When the Aid and Cultural Society proposes a letter-writing program, Jane signs up, hoping she can find a friend across the miles. But the program doesn’t run as smoothly as expected. 

Unbeknownst to her, Thomas Allred from town becomes her writing friend. Thomas has always known quiet Jane—or thought he did—but reading her letters addressed to his secret persona opens his eyes to what an amazing woman she is. Meanwhile, Jane has no idea that the romantic letters she receives are penned by Thomas—or that he’s falling in love with her in person.

My review: I love how some of these novellas from the Timeless Romance Collections are being released as stand alone novellas. This is a cute one and well worth the time to read it again. I read it in less than an hour and loved the little escape from real life it allowed me.

I love Jane. She's always been the least popular one, both with the boys and with a…

Blog Tour - Willowkeep

About the book: Charlotte Darby’s ship is sinking. Penniless and alone, she is struggling to care for herself and her young sister in the harsh seaport town of Hull. But when a solicitor from London brings news that she is the heir to a vast estate in Kent, it seems her days of rough seas are over. Willowkeep is prosperous and grand, far too much for a shipping merchant’s daughter to manage, and she quickly comes to rely on the help of Henry Morland, the estate’s kind and handsome steward.

Henry has worked hard his entire life, but all the money he’s saved won’t be enough to get his father out of debtor’s prison. And Henry’s fondness for Charlotte and her sister is only another reminder of his low status and lack of wealth. Though he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Charlotte happy and looked after as the county’s wealthiest lady, she can never be his.

Courted by a charming man of the ton, threatened by those who want her money, and determined to keep her sister safe from the …

Four Chambers

About the book: From the Power of the Matchmaker series:

Every time Andra Stone crosses paths with Everett Covington, trouble follows. First she loses her scholarship. Then she loses the apartment she’d wanted more than anything. But tragedy hits hardest when she loses her grandmother—the best friend Andra has ever known. She determines that Everett is a talisman of ill fortune. When Everett comes to work in her hospital and is applying for the same position she’d been working toward since residency, Andra believes him to be her personal poltergeist.

The human heart has four chambers—four chances to get it right. Andra has only one chance left.

My review: I've been enjoying reading these great Power of the Matchmaker books this year! I have loved reading them and I think that it's very fun that it doesn't matter what order you read them in. 

I loved Andra in this book. I loved the way she is such a strong character. Her family is pretty much against her becoming a doctor, but …

The Melody Lingers On

About the book: As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tri-state area. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating, and loves the reward of exceeding the expectations of their often-demanding owners. When she is called to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she knows the job is unusual. Then she learns the home belongs to the wife of a notorious and disgraced financier named Parker Bennett.

Parker Bennett has been missing for two years. He dropped out of sight just before it was discovered that the $5 billion dollars in the fund he had been managing had vanished. Bennett had gone out on his sailboat in the Caribbean. Was it suicide or had he staged his disappearance? The scandal around his name has not died down. His clients and the federal government all want to trace the money and find Bennett if he is still aliv…

Blog Tour - In-laws, Outlaws and Everyone in Between

About the book: The truth is often stranger than fiction, and it can certainly be more interesting than the history books let on. To prove it, bestselling author Kathryn Jenkins Gordon blows the dust off the past to reveal the exploits of some lesser-known figures in Church history. From the hilarious to the heroic and the zany to the downright villainous, these tales highlight the action-packed lives of some of the Church’s most notorious members.

Witness the attempted rise of the self-appointed “King of the Mormons.”

Experience the heart-pounding plight of a Latter-day Saint girl enslaved by a bloodthirsty Apache tribe.

Read the thrilling tale of a stake president caught in a mobster brawl at stake conference.

Just when you thought you knew everything worth knowing about the early Saints, this quirky cast of characters confirms that there’s always more to the story. Get ready for a rip-roarin’ ride through history as you discover the truth about In-Laws, Outlaws, and Everyone in Between…

A Noble Masquerade: A Hawthorne House Novel

About the book: Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke — with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother's new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marlow accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men — one she's never met bu…

Interlude at Cottonwood Springs

About the book: Ruth Reynolds moves in wealthy New York circles. Heck Benham rides the range in the high plateau of New Mexico. When she comes west during the Great Depression, chance throws them together, and they fall in love. But she's a married lady, and he's an honorable man.

My review: Normally I've loved Liz Adair's books, but I had a really hard time with this one. I didn't like the main character Ruth. At. All. She's spoiled, selfish and pretty much married her husband, Harlan for his money. That's one thing, but the way she acted when she was married was a bit crazy. She completely didn't take any concern for her marriage vows and went after Heck. 

Now don't get me wrong, I didn't like Harlan either. He was also spoiled, selfish and very unkind to Ruth. 

I did like Heck for most of what I read. He seemed to be an honorable man. But not at Cottonwood Springs. I did like the way he explained why people didn't want to be around them to R…