Thursday, October 30, 2014

Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope - Book 1) - Jody Hedlund

Lighthouses are a thing of beauty. Yet they are also to be feared and respected. The dangers of being a lightkeeper are known all too well to Patrick Garraty.

Emma Chambers has longed for nothing more than to settle down and have a home and a family. When her and her brother Ryan are stranded in Burnham's Landing, a little fishing village on Lake Huron, her dream becomes reality. Patrick Garraty, the head keeper at the Presque Isle Lighthouse, has recently lost his wife and is need of someone to help run the lighthouse as well as raise his son Josiah. Circumstances couldn't have worked out better, except when Patrick's past literally comes knocking at the door. Will his past crimes and sins destroy all that Emma has come to love? Will she be able to forgive him for his mistakes? Will they ever be able to cherish the unexpected love that has come into their lives?

Jody Hedlund has done it again! She sucked me into this story until all I could think about was what was going to happen next? I have to admit I was quite anxious the whole time I was reading Love Unexpected. Not only because I was constantly hoping that Emma

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope - A Novella) - Jody Hedlund

Out of the Storm is a wonderful novella written by Jody Hedlund. This is the prequel to her new series, Beacons of Hope, that is releasing later this year.

Isabelle Thornton is faced with a tragic future and her father only wants to protect her. But will his protecting hand cause her to miss out on a full life, filled with love and happiness? It is 1854 and Isabelle and her father, Captain Thornton, are the keepers at the Presque Isle Lighthouse in Michigan. When Henry Cole, a wealthy business man, washes up on their shore the unexpected happens. Will she choose a life of loneliness to protect Henry? Or will she allow herself to be happy?

I do not want to give away too much of this short story. But I enjoyed reading this novella. The romance was tasteful, if slightly unbelievable. I couldn't put it down till I knew what was going to happen next. I thought I knew how this was going to end, but was very surprised (and pleased) when I finished. I have already started the first book of the series Love Unexpected. Looking forward to continuing this series.

Out of the Storm is free:
Barnes & Noble

Bethany House Publishers

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lone Star Trail; A Morgan Family Series - Texas Trails Book 1 - Darlene Franklin

  What happens when two families, who have experienced tragedy and loss, and are from very different backgrounds are thrown together?

  It is 1845, the Morgans are Texans through and through. They raise the famous Morgan Horses on their ranch, the Running M Ranch and have fought hard and sacrificed much to be the successful ranchers that they are. The Fleischer family have traveled from Germany and just arrived in Texas. This foreign land has taken much from them in the short time they have been here. Jud Morgan carries bitterness and distrust for the Germans who have begun to overtake "his" Texas. But his eyes are opened to the Lord's love for all people when he accepts the friendship of the Fleischers. Especially when the eldest daughter, Wande, catches his eye. It becomes apparent that the Lord brought these two families together. To work and live side by side to survive the untamed land of the "Lone Star State".

I couldn't put this book down! Depending on the personal events of our family, it usually takes me a little while to complete a book, no matter how interesting it is. But with this book, I couldn't help it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Buttermilk Sky - Jan Watson

From the moment I opened the pages of Buttermilk Sky I was transported to 1913, and I didn't want to leave.

We follow the story of Mazy Pelfrey and her journey of discovering not only who she is, but what is truly important in life. Mazy is from a small town in the mountains of Kentucky. We begin the book with her attending secretarial school in Lexington. She is swept off her feet by wealthy Loyal Chambers who expresses interest in her. Chanis Clay is the local sheriff back home in Skip Rock and even though they are not formally engaged, he is preparing a home for Mazy. She is unsure of the direction that she wants her life to lead. Mazy encounters many people. From high strung, snobby Eva who is jealous of Mazy and determined to always have her own way; to Cinnamon Spicer, a girl with next to nothing that works day in and day out to support her father who is ill. The choices Mazy makes will determine the rest of her life. Sometimes our path in life is not always obvious at first. Even through prayer and relying on wisdom from the Lord, there are times that we need to step out in faith even if we can't see where the road leads. Trusting that the Lord will cover and protect us, even if it means having to turn around and start again.

Jan Watson did a fabulous job of making me feel like I was experiencing life in Kentucky in the year 1913. The entire book encompasses the feel and effect of the era. The title is mentioned more than