Sunday, September 23, 2018

LOVE'S JOURNEY by Emily Murdoch

Series:  Sweet Grove Beginnings #1
Author:  Emily Murdoch
Publisher:  Sweet Promise Press
Publish Date:   07.17.2017
Category /Genre:  Christian Romance, Historical
Recommended for:  12 and up
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  Sweet Promise Press (as an ARC gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Love’s Journey
Date completed: 09.19.2018

Description from the publisher:
Elizabeth Morrison has inherited a small fortune, but a woman in 1840 doesn’t usually go it alone.

With her sister Katherine missing and both parents gone to be with the Lord, she has no choice but to find her own way.  Her journey takes her through an abandoned orchard, and she falls in love with derelict Sweet Grove – and its previous owner, Jonathan Bryant.

No longer the owner of Sweet Grove but just a laborer, his bitterness hasn’t been sweetened by the fruit of his labour.

Can Elizabeth carve her own journey and make a home for herself while her sister is still missing?  Can Jonathan be brave enough to put the past behind him and find purpose again?

Or will they both learn that life never goes in the direction you think, and love is always ready to take you on a different journey?

This is the first in the Sweet Grove Beginnings series that explores just how the town of Sweet Grove was planted.

LOVE'S JOURNEY is the first book in the Sweet Grove Beginnings series.  They will need to be read in the order of release.

This is the first book I have read from Emily Murdoch.  I like her style!

I enjoyed the sweetness of this book.  Times are not easy in 1840, middle of nowhere, Texas, but Elizabeth and Jonathan both love the apple orchard, their families, and the Lord.  They have realized the most important portions of life can be fleeting, but worth the effort.  That’s what I took away from this story.

Though this is a complete story about Jonathan and Elizabeth, there are many unanswered questions at the end that make me hope to read the other books in this series.  I love Sweet Grove already and it is wonderful learning about her past.

Note:  While I received this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

 Sweet Grove Beginnings Series:
1.      Love’s Journey
2.      Love’s Chance
3.      Love’s Gamble
4.      Love’s Cure
5.      Love’s Blossom
Also from Emily Murdoch:
·         A Christmas Surprise
·         A Harvest Passion
·         A June Wedding
·         A Michaelmas Wager
·         Seasons of Love
·         A Springtide Meeting
·         A Valentine Secret
Hearts Rule Kingdoms Series:
1.      Conquests
2.      Love Letters
3.      Captives
Ravishing Regencies Series:
1.      Lost with a Lord
2.      Drenched with a Duke
3.      Shipwrecked with a Suitor


BIG MAGIC by Barbara Plum

Series:  Weird Magic #1
Author:  Barbara Plum
Publisher:  Barbara Plum
Publish Date:   08.26.2018
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  C – average writing, needs proofreading
Received from:  Barbara Plum (as a gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Big Magic
Date completed: 09.13.2018

Description from the publisher:
A new twist on the magical red shoes and two lovers worlds apart.

He’s The Uncrowned King of Right-Thinking Witches and Warlocks.  She’s the great-great-granddaughter of a witch killer and has never imagined genus-magicus practitioners walk among us.

Her black cat, red-sequined stilettos, and last name give The Uncrowned King all the clues he needs to recognize trouble with a capital B for big.

When Thea Gale brings Toto, her seriously injured black cat to the king's cat hospital, she’s wearing the red slippers.  He’s wearing hip-hugging black jeans and an attitude she finds sexily arrogant.  Admittedly, he’s smokin’ hot, but saving Toto raises his sexiness to magical.

When he admits why he’s obsessed with her shoes, Thea reacts by denying their undeniable attraction.  Not yet aware of her own powers, she refuses his plea for help to prevent war between genus-magicus folk and common humans.

He has teetered into melodrama in Thea’s eyes.  Helping misfits, as Great-great-grandmother Dorothy proved, upsets orderly life.  Thea craves normalcy—right up until his kiss leaves her sure she's bewitched.

BIG MAGIC is the first book in the Weird Magic trilogy.  They will need to be read in the order of release. 

Fate works in mysterious ways.  One evening my boyfriend told me he had a surprise for me on the TV.  There was a special on about how one of the pairs of shoes worn by Judy Garland during the filming of The Wizard of Oz had been stolen from her hometown museum thirteen years ago, but had been recently found.  Then next day, Barbara Plum gifted me with this book.  I took that as a sign and moved it to the top of my TBR pile.  I’m glad I did.

I enjoyed the quirky characters and snappy banter.  The storyline is entertaining with plenty of sexual tension and human/witch tension.  There is also a mystery plot involving black cat familiars that kept me engaged until the very end.

I’m looking forward to continuing the series.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes witches, romance, and sexy veterinarians. 

Note:  While I received this book as a gifted copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Weird Magic trilogy:
1.      Big Magic
2.      Hard Magic
3.      True Magic
Also by Barbara Plum:
·         Prince of Frogs
·         Queen of the Universe
Writing as Allie Hawkins
·         Presumed Guilty
·         Unraveled
Writing as AB Plum
Misfit series:
The Boy Nobody Loved
1.      The Early Years
2.      The Lost Days
3.      The In-Between Years
4.      The Reckless Year
5.      The Dispensable Wife
6.      The Broken-Hearted Many
7.      The Whole Truth


Thank you [Authors XP] for introducing me to this author.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

SAVING SARAH by Melissa Storm

Series:  Gold Coast Retrievers #1
Author:  Melissa Storm
Publisher:  Sweet Promise Press
Publish Date:   09.07.2018
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  14 and up due to sensitive subjects
Grammar/editing:  book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused
Received from:  Melissa Storm (as an ARC gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Saving Sarah
Date completed: 09.13.2018

Description from the publisher:
A shy girl, a social guy, a second chance to get their stories right…

Sarah Campbell loves living vicariously through the residents at the Redwood Cove Rest Home.  But when a surly patient insists she can’t die before “setting things right,” Sarah finds she may end up taking on far more than she ever bargained for… especially since all signs point to murder.  Have she and her therapy dog Lucky stumbled upon the key to solving the most famous cold case in Gold Coast history?

Despite creating the world’s most popular social network, Finch Jameson lives a life of ashamed solitude.  The last thing he wants is to draw attention to himself, but that’s exactly what happens when a distant relative delivers an earth-shattering confession in her dying days.  Soon he finds himself more intrigued by the shy and beautiful nurse who’s committed to helping him solve his great-aunt Eleanor’s mystery than in the mystery itself.  But will she ever let her guard down long enough to let him in?

Can Finch and Sarah work together to solve Eleanor’s big mystery before time runs out?  And might redeeming Eleanor’s legacy somehow save them both in the process?

Find out if Lucky can help these two humans get to the bottom of this mystery and get a head start on their own love story.  This sweet tale of suspense, secrets, and second chances is one you won’t want to miss... Order your copy and start reading today!

SAVING SARAH is the first book in the Gold Coast Retrievers series.  I believe each will stand on their own.

I love clean cozy mysteries.  After all, my first chapter books were The Happy Hollisters, Nancy Drew, and The Hardy Boys.  Now, add in a Christian Romance slant and a loveable dog or two, and I am over the moon in love with a new series!

I loved the realistic nature of the characters.  We’re not all good or all bad.  We make mistakes.  We learn.  We grow older (and hopefully wiser).  We love our families, even when we fight with them or they make horrible mistakes.

Finally, I also loved Lucky the therapy dog.  I’ve long had a fascination for these working animals who bring peace and comfort to those trapped in hospitals, nursing homes, or hospice.  I know my own four-legged comfort baby means the world to me when I’m having even the slightest of bad days.  Three cheers for all of the “Lucky”s of the world!

Note:  While I received this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Gold Coast Retrievers Series:
1.      Saving Sarah
2.      Rescuing Riley (S.B. Alexander)
3.      Guarding Grace (Ann Omasta) – releases 09.21.18
4.      Protecting Peyton (Becky Muth) – releases 09.28.18
5.      Finding Felicity (P. Creeden) – releases 10.05.18
6.      Helping Hanna (Emmie Lyn) – releases 10.12.18
Also from Melissa Storm:
·         A Colorful Life
·         A Cowboy Kind of Love
Alaska Sunrise / Cupid’s Bow, 3rd Generation:
6.      Must Love Miracles / A Wedding Miracle
7.      Must Love Mustangs / A Texas Kind of Love
Church Dogs of Charleston:
1.      Little Loves
2.      Mini Miracles
3.      Tiny Treasures
Cupid’s Bow, 1st Generation:
1.      When I Fall in Love
2.      My Heart Belongs Only to You
3.      I’ll Never Stop Loving You
4.      You Make Me Feel So Young
Cupid’s Bow, 2nd Generation:
1.      Total Eclipse of the Heart
2.      Tainted Love
3.      I Want to Dance with Somebody
4.      Take My Breath Away
5.      Eternal Flame
Finding Mr. Happily Ever After Serial:
1.      Nathan
2.      Chase
3.      Xavier
4.      Edwin
5.      The Finale
First Street Church Romances:
1.      Love’s Prayer
2.      Love’s Promise
3.      Love’s Prophet
4.      Love’s Vow
5.      Love’s Trial
6.      Love’s Treasure
7.      Love’s Testament
8.      Love’s Gift
The Pearl Makers Series:
            Part 1
Sled Dog Series:
1.      Let There Be Love
2.      Let There Be Light
3.      Let There Be Life
4.      Season of Mercy