Sunday, August 27, 2017

"Where the Heart Is Romance Collection" Book Review

Where the Heart Is Romance Collection

Love Is a Journey in Nine Historical Novellas



Journey along with nine women who find themselves on the move out of their comfortable lives and into the unknown as they set up new homes, take on new jobs, seek out loved ones, and encounter romance. Will their faith endure the hardships, and will love form when life is in transition? Written by nine inspirational romance authors who have a passion for American history and faith.

Novella's included in collection:
Where the Heart Is by Sally Laity--Pennsylvania, 1860
The Midwife's Apprentice by Rhonda Gibson--Summer, 1860, Oregon Trail
Murder or Matrimony by Pamela Kaye Tracey--Oregon Trail
Bride in the Valley by Andrea Boeshaar--Oregon Trail
New Garden's Inspiration by Claire Sanders--Wayne County, Indiana, August 1861
A Tender Branch by Jane LaMunyon--
Massachusetts 1874
Knight and Day by Erica Vetsch--Wyoming Territory, April 1874
On a White Charger by Erica Vetsch--continues Knight and Day
The Wonder of Spring by Carol Cox--Arizona, 1877

MY REVIEW:  Fluffy, sweet, leading on a rocky road to love....these women must  endure many challenges to get to the love desired.  I'm not sure I would have the strength to survive in the 1860's and 70's and especially traveling in wagons loaded with all your life's possessions.  These women and men must make many sacrifices.   I particularly love the novellas set on the Oregon Trail because this was a situation my students often used a computer program to set up a virtual trip on the Oregon Trail with their families.   I found it quite fascinating as I observed the choices students made and these couples must do this without the benefit of technology.   
       These are all authors who are new to me.  It was very nice to be introduced to several authors at once in a novella.  I am looking forward to reading more from these authors since tasting a bit of their writing styles.   With novella collections such as this one, I again found the stories predictable in nature, but that doesn't distract one from enjoying the quick reads.  This collection is perfect for vacations or a short break from reality that takes you on a journey filled with stress and romance.   What a combination!   But isn't that often the way with love?   
       I am giving this novella collection a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend it to those like to read a clean, sweet story.  
        Fluffy, sweet, leading on a rocky road to love....these women must  endure many challenges to get to the love desired.  I'm not sure I would have the strength to survive in the 1860's and 70's and especially traveling in wagons loaded with all your life's possessions.  These women and men must make many sacrifices.   I particularly love the novellas set on the Oregon Trail because this was a situation my students often used a computer program to set up a virtual trip on the Oregon Trail with their families.   I found it quite fascinating as I observed the choices students made and these couples must do this without the benefit of technology.   
       These are all authors who are new to me.  It was very nice to be introduced to several authors at once in a novella.  I am looking forward to reading more from these authors since tasting a bit of their writing styles.   With novella collections such as this one, I again found the stories predictable in nature, but that doesn't distract one from enjoying the quick reads.  This collection is perfect for vacations or a short break from reality that takes you on a journey filled with stress and romance.   What a combination!   But isn't that often the way with love?   
       I am giving this novella collection a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend it to those like to read a clean, sweet story.  
        Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
(I received an ARC of this selection and my copy contains no novella written by Connie Stevens although she is listed on the cover)

About the Authors:
Erica Vetsch

Even though Erica Vetsch has set aside her career teaching history to high school students in order to homeschool her own children, but her love of history hasn't faded. Erica's favorite books are historical novels and history books, and one of her greatest thrills is stumbling across some obscure historical factoid that makes her imagination leap. She’s continually amazed at how God has allowed her to use her passion for history, romance, and daydreaming to craft historical romances that entertain readers and glorify Him. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, Erica is the company bookkeeper for her family’s lumber business, a mother of two terrific teens, wife to a man who is her total opposite and yet her soul mate, and an avid museum patron.

Carol Cox

Carol Cox has an abiding love for history and romance, especially when it’s set in her native Southwest. As a third-generation Arizonan, she takes a keen interest in the Old West and hopes to make it live again in the hearts of her readers. A pastor’s wife, Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where the deer and the antelope really do play—within view of the family’s front porch.

Rhonda Gibson
Rhonda Gibson lives in New Mexico with her husband James. She has two children and three beautiful grandchildren. Reading is something she has enjoyed her whole life and writing stemmed from that love. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys gardening, beading and playing with her dog, Sheba. She speaks at conferences and local writing groups. You can visit her at where she enjoys chatting with readers and friends online. Rhonda hopes her writing will entertain, encourage and bring others closer to God.

Andrea Boeshaar

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar has been married for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Daniel, have three adult sons, daughters-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. Andrea's educational background includes the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where she studied in English, and Alverno College where she studied in Professional Communications and Business Management.

Andrea has been writing stories and poems since she was a little girl; however, it wasn't until 1984 that she started submitting her work for publication. Eight years after that, she was convicted about writing for the Christian market. She read books in her genre (Inspirational Romance & Women's Fiction), studied the market, and worked hard to hone her craft.

Claire Sanders
Claire Sanders--After many years of writing and publishing in the nonfiction world of academia, Claire turned her energy, humor and creativity towards the production of compelling romantic fiction. Claire writes captivating stories that fit the genres of contemporary, historical, and inspirational romance. Claire creates heroes any woman would want to be with and heroines who overcome all obstacles to find love. Written with wit and tenderness, her stories engage the readers’ hearts and imaginations. Readers will find themselves anxiously turning the pages to find out what happens next. Claire lives in the greater Houston area with her daughter and one well-loved dog. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find her cooking, gardening, and dreaming of places to travel.

Sally Laity

Sally Laity considers it a joy to know that the Lord can touch other hearts through her stories. She has written both historical and contemporary novels, including a co-authored series for Tyndale House and another for Barbour Publishing, nine Heartsong Romances, and twelve Barbour novellas. Her favorite pastimes include quilting for her church’s Prayer Quilt Ministry and scrapbooking. She makes her home in the beautiful Tehachapi Mountains of southern California with her husband of fifty years and enjoys being a grandma and great-grandma.

Pamela Tracy

Pamela Tracy is an award-winning author from Arizona, where she lives with her husband (He claims to be the inspiration for most of her heroes) and son (He claims to be the interference for most of her writing time.) She was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and started writing at a very young age (a series of romances, all with David Cassidy as the hero. Sometimes Bobby Sherman would interfere). Then, while earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, she picked up the pen again only this time, it was an electric typewriter on which she wrote a very bad science fiction novel.)
Finally published in 1999, Pamela has since published twenty-three more books, both in suspense and contemporary romance. Her most recent is Once Upon a Christmas a Harlequin Love Inspired. Her next release Katie's Rescue will be an August 2013 release from Harlequin Heartwarming. In 2009, she took first place in the American Christian Fiction Writer's Book of the Year short suspense contest. In 2008, she was a RITA finalist. 
Pamela spends days as an English professor. Besides being involved in her church, writing, teaching, and taking care of her family, she is often asked to speak at various writers' organizations in the Phoenix area. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crimes, and she is the past president of the local chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writer's Association. You can find out more about Pamela by visiting

Jane West

When Jane's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, playing Mario-cart, watching movies, and spending time with family. She has raised three children, grown now. Her dreams of becoming an author started as a child, where she spent her time writing short stories and poems. Jane writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

"Mended Heart" Book Review

Mended Heart 

by Mary Manners

Book Description:

Jade McAllister returns home to Pineyville, Tennessee to help nurse her estranged mother back to health. She's grateful her friend found her a job as an assistant at Pineyville Church. That is, until she runs into Shane Calkin, the bad-boy-wannabe who broke her heart.

Shane is no longer the self-centered boy who hurt Jade. Now he wants is a second chance to love her, but how can he prove it?

MY REVIEW:  Mary Manners never fails to leave my heart swooning and feeling such empathy for the characters.   Jade McAllister doesn't believe that Shane Calkin can truly have changed enough from their high-school days to be capable of serving as a youth director in a church.  Shane's heart is determined to win Jade's heart, but will she let him?  Will she allow forgiveness in her heart and believe in love?  
        This novel is sure to delight those who love to read Christian fiction.  Jade is a caregiver to her mother, the mother she has been estranged from and now she has to put all those emotions aside to do the right thing in honoring her parents.   Mary Manners is one of my favorite authors.  I usually enjoy romances that have mystery or suspense attached much more than "plain, old romances" in novels.   
        I just can't help but rate this novel 5 stars and I would highly recommend it to those who like to cuddle up with a Christian romance.  
        I received an ebook of this novel from netgalley and Pelican Book Group, White Rose Publishing.

About the Author:
Mary Manners

Mary Manners is a country girl at heart who has spent a lifetime sharing her joy of writing. She has two sons and a daughter, as well as three beautiful grandchildren. She currently lives along the sunny shores of Jacksonville Beach with her husband Tim. 

A former teacher as well an intermediate school principal, Mary spent three decades teaching math and English to students from kindergarten through middle grades. While growing up in Chicago and as a student at the University of Illinois, Mary worked her way through a variety of jobs including paper girl, figure skating instructor, pizza chef, and nanny. Many of these experiences led to adventures that may be found between the pages of her stories. Mary loves long sunrise runs—she’s completed three marathons—ocean sunsets and flavored coffee.

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"The Remnant" Book Review


Book Description:
In the year 2069 the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn’t show up, as some expected. Instead, a cataclysmic war, natural disasters and pandemics eradicated 90 percent of earth’s population. Now, in 2131, a totalitarian government rules the world from the majestic, opulent capitol of Carthage, Tunisia.
Blamed for igniting the war, religion and religious books are banned. Citizens who will not renounce their religion are sent to work camps.
Grant Cochrin, imprisoned in a bleak petroleum camp in what was once North Dakota, leads his family and friends to escape and embark on a long, dangerous quest for a Christian community.
Their resource in this journey? A cherished page torn from the now banished Bible—a remnant of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount handed down from Grant’s grandparents.

MY REVIEW:   This book is a fictional, dystopian account of events that might occur in the book of Revelation in the Bible.  The Apocalypse is a time when Christians are sent away to work camps, much as the Japanese and Jews were treated in the Holocaust.  Bibles have been destroyed and only one page remains.  The book reminds me a great deal of the Left Behind series.  
     The book is quite interesting and should be read with the certainty that it is purely fictional as no one knows for certain what will happen in the End Times or when Jesus will return.   The book held my attention and made me want to read, especially in comparing it to what I personally believe about the End Times or what some might refer to as the Apocalypse.  
    I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to those who enjoy dystopian novels and Christian fiction.   
    I received an ebook of this selection from netgalley and CWR Press in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

About the Author:

Monte Wolverton

Monte Wolverton is an award-winning author and syndicated editorial cartoonist. He is associate editor of CWR magazine. He is an ordained minister and holds a MA from Goddard College in Vermont. Along with his wife Kaye, he makes his home in southwest Washington State.

"Mountain Christmas Brides" Book Review


Mountain Christmas Brides

Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains

Book Description:  
A Trusting Heart / by Carrie Turansky 
Home for the Holidays / by Mildred Colvin 
One Evergreen Night / by Debby Lee 
All Ye Faithful / by Gina Welborn 
A Carpenter Christmas / by Mary Davis 
Fires of Love / by Tamela Hancock Murray 
The Best Medicine / by Lena Nelson Dooley 
Almost Home / by Susan Page Davis 
Dressed in Scarlet / by Darlene Franklin

From a Wyoming ranch in 1880, to a logging camp in Washington Territory in the late 1800s, to Denver, Colorado, in 1913, meet nine couples who find that Christmas is the perfect time for climbing to the heights of romance. Watch as their faith and courage propel them through challenges that come with mountain winters to cozy fireside celebrations that lead to lasting proclamations of love. Penned by an exclusive selection of Christian fiction authors—including Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough, and Carrie Turansky—this collection of nine romances is one to treasure.

MY REVIEW:  I've always wanted to visit the Rocky Mountains.  I live in the Blue Ridge Mountain region with my home being only a 10-minute drive from an entrance to them.  Mountains spell enjoyment and instantly remind me of God's wondrous creation.  I can't help being filled with wonder at the beauty and knowing that God is indeed an incredible artist!   Spanning three states, and leading from the 1880 to 1913, the characters' use a variety of means of transportation....horses, cars and the newly invented railroad, but romance is a common thread.  Faith is another common thread among the stories and authors.  Different traditions are experienced and the Christmas spirit is alive and well in the hearts of budding love.  
          The novellas are sweet, fun, and quick to read.  I enjoy being able to read one or two of the novellas and picking up on others another day.  One can easily read the entire collection in one sitting or spread them over a period of time.  While the novellas are predictable in romance stories, they are well-written and research into the time periods and regions are evident.  
         I am rating this novella collection 4 stars and highly recommend it, whether it is read near Christmas or at another time of year.  I personally enjoyed reading it in summer and thinking ahead with expectation of the coming Christmas season.  
          I received an ebook from netgalley and Barbour Books in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

About the Authors:
Susan Page Davis
Susan Page Davis
FROM AUTHOR'S WEBSITE: I'm a native of central Maine, and grew up on a small farm with a wonderful mom and dad, three sisters and a brother. Most of my books take place in small towns, many of them in Maine. 

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. It allowed our six children to grow up feeling close to their cousins and grandparents, and some of Jim's family have even moved to Maine!

Our children are all home-schooled. When Jim retired from his vocation as an editor at a daily newspaper, we moved from Maine to Kentucky.

I've always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. 
Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I'm proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim's and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters. 

For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman's World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

Mildred Colvin

Mildred Colvin has been writing sweet inspirational romance since 2001, and is an award-winning author of eighteen novels in both historical and contemporary themes. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and is active in two very special critique groups. She is also active in her church and enjoys special times with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Her hobbies, when she has time, include quilting, photography, and gardening. Of course, reading is more than a hobby. It’s a way of life. Mother of Jonathan Colvin

Also writes under the name M.J. Conner

Lena Nelson Dooley

Award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had more than 850,000 copies of her books sold. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

Lena loves James, her children, grandchildren, and great grandsons. She loves chocolate, cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, and spending time with friends. Travel is always on her horizon. Cruising, Galveston, the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Mexico. One day it will be Hawaii and Australia, but probably not the same year. Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with over forty having their first book release after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins from American Christian Fiction Writers, and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award at their national conference. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books. 

Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. 

Her next series, McKenna’s Daughters: 
Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel.

The second, Mary’s Blessing, was a Selah Award finalist for Romance novel.

Catherine’s Pursuit released in 2013. It was the winner of the NTRWA Carolyn Reader’s Choice contest, took second place in the CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award, and won the Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion. 

Her blog, A Christian Writer’s World, received the Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.

She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. She has been featured in articles in Christian Fiction Online Magazine, ACFW Journal, Charisma Magazine, and Christian Retailing.

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Along Came a Writer blog radio show.

Lena has an active web presence on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books. 

Blog: Http:// 
Darlene Franklin

Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin lives in cowboy country—Oklahoma and loves writing about the American West. Oklahoma also has the benefit of being the home to her son, his wife, and their four beautiful children. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality tv. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person. Darlene is the author of seventeen contracted books and novellas, as well as several hundred short pieces. Two of her books have finaled in ACFW’s Book of the Year (now the Carol award) contest: her novella, Dressed in Scarlet, and her cozy mystery, A String of Murders.

Debby Lee

Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child. After graduating from high school, she studied Advanced Creative Writing at her local college.

As a self professed nature lover, and avid listener to 1960's folk music Debby can't help but feel like a hippie child who wasn't born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long but it's too cold and rainy in southwest Washington to do that. 

During football season Debby can be seen riveted to the closest the television cheering on the Seattle Seahawks with near crazed devotion. She's also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco some day.

Tamela Hancock Murray has been interested in writing in one form or another all her life. She contributed to all of her school newspapers by writing articles and editing. During her time as a Capitol Hill intern, her duties included answering constituent correspondence. Working as a college intern for the Bureau of Public Affairs, Editorial Division of the U.S. Department of State, gave her the opportunity to write in a more journalistic style, including news briefs for the Secretary of State. She graduated with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College in Virginia. An award-winning, bestselling author, Tamela has more than 20 fiction and nonfiction books to her credit, and has written for magazines and newspapers. She has discussed her work on radio and television.
After serving as a literary agent at Hartline Literary Agency for ten years, Tamela is now thrilled to be with The Steve Laube Agency! Her professional affiliations include American Christian Fiction Writers and The Christian Authors Network.
Tamela enjoys spending wonderful times with her husband and their two daughters, as well as extended family and friends.

Carrie Turansky

Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of eighteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the Crystal Globe Award. Her most recent releases are Shine Like the Dawn and Mountain Christmas Brides. Across the Blue releases 2/20/18. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, flower arranging, and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. Connect with Carrie on her website:, GoodReads, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Gina Welborn worked in news radio writing copy until she had the epiphany that the news of the day was rather depressing, so she took up writing romances because they always end happily. Gina is a 2009 ACFW GENESIS historical romance finalist and a 2007 RWA GOLDEN HEART® inspirational finalist. As a member of RWA and ACFW, she is an active contest judge and coordinator. Her manuscripts have also finaled in the Daphne du Maurier, Duel on the Delta, Dixie, and Maggie contests. Oklahoma-girl Gina now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her youth-pastor husband and their five Okie-Hokie children. Gina is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. Her debut novella, "Sugarplum Hearts," part of the HIGHLAND CROSSINGS, is a February 2012 Barbour Publishing release. Her second novella, "All Ye Faithful," releases this fall as part of A CASCADES CHRISTMAS. 

Mary   Davis

Mary J. Davis was born and raised in SE Iowa. She married husband Larry in 1967.
They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Friday, August 25, 2017

"The Second Chance Brides Collection" Book Review


Nine Historical Romances Offer New Hope for Love

Hope for Happy Endings Is Renewed in Nine Historical Romances
Meet nine women from history spanning from 1777 to 1944 feel the sting of having lost out on love. Can their hope for experiencing romance again be renewed?

Love in the Crossfire by Lauralee Bliss - Trenton, New Jersey, 1777
Gretchen Hanson watched her beau go off to war and never return. Now she falls for an enemy scout who stumbles upon her farm. If Jake is discovered, it could mean death for them all. Will Gretchen let go of love or stand strong?
Daughter of Orion by Ramona Cecil - New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1859
Whaling widow, Matilda Daggett, vows to never again give her heart to a seaman. But when debt drives her to masquerade as a cabin boy on a whaling ship, a young harpooner threatens both her vow and her heart.
The Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride by Pamela Griffin - Washington Territory, 1864
Cecily McGiver, a mail order bride, arrives in the rugged Washington Territory shocked to find herself without a husband—that is until Garrett, a widower, offers to take the position. Can the challenges that face them lead to love?
The Prickly Pear Bride by Pam Hillman - Little Prickly Pear Creek, Montana Territory, 1884
Shepherdess Evelyn Arnold left her intended at the altar so he could marry the woman he really loved. Dubbed Miss Prickly Pear, Evelyn is resigned to a loveless life and the ridicule of her neighbors. When Cole Rawlins sweeps her out of a raging river, she realizes even a prickly pear can find love.
The Widow of St. Charles Avenue by Grace Hitchcock - New Orleans, 1895
Colette Olivier, a young widow who married out of obligation, finds herself at the end of her mourning period and besieged with suitors out for her inheritance. With her pick of any man, she is drawn to an unlikely choice.
Married by Mistake by Laura V. Hilton - Mackinac Island, 1902
When a plan to pose for advertising goes awry Thomas Hale and Bessie O’Hara find themselves legally married. Now Bessie and Thomas must decide whether to continue the charade or walk away. Either choice could ruin them if the truth gets out. 

Fanned Embers by Angela Breidenbach - Bitterroot Mountains, Montana/Idaho border, 1910
Stranded in the treacherous railroad camp after her husband’s murder, Juliana Hayes has no desire to marry a ruffian like Lukas Filips. Can she release prejudice to love again? Or will they survive the fiery Pacific Northwest disaster to find out?
From a Distance by Tiffany Amber Stockton - Breckenridge, Colorado, 1920s
Financial Manager Trevor Fox sets out to find a lady to love him and not his money, then meets and falls for an average girl only to discover she’d deceived him to protect her heart after he’d unknowingly rejected her.
What the Heart Sees by Liz Tolsma - Hartford, Wisconsin, 1944
American Miriam Kohn is shocked to see Paul Albrecht, her summer fling from Germany in 1939, escorted into church as a POW. Can they rekindle their romance amid the overwhelming objections of almost everyone in town – including her father? 

MY REVIEW:  Women who have lost at love and think they are doomed to be alone forever receive a second chance at love in this sweet novella collection.  From 1777 to 1944, romance flares and flames ignite for nine lonely women.   I really enjoy novella collections as they are quick reads.  I like being able to finish each novella in a short period of time.  They are great for busy readers.  I also love historical fiction and this book will satisfy lovers of romance and historical fiction.
       I am rating this novella collection 4 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
      I received an ebook of this novella collection from netgalley and Barbour Books in exchange for an honest review.  

About the Authors:  
Lauralee Bliss

Lauralee Bliss is a published author of over twenty Christian romance novels and novellas in both historical and contemporary with nearly 600,000 sold. 
Lauralee enjoys writing books that are reminiscent of a roller coaster ride for the reader. Her desire is that readers will come away with both an entertaining story and a lesson that ministers to the heart. 

Lauralee s also an avid hiker, hiking the entire Appalachian Trail twice from Georgia to Maine and from Maine to Georgia, one of only 24 women to accomplish this feat. She makes her home in Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach is the host of Lit Up! on She's a Montana author of romance through the ages in historical and contemporary fiction. Other works by Angela include Gems of Wisdom: The treasure of experience, compilation books and devotionals from David C. Cook (The Quiet Hour), Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, e-zines, greeting cards, and newspapers. She's the Christian Authors Network president. Don't miss the hijinks of Muse, the famous fe-lion, as he sasses Writer on Angie's blog, A-Muse-ings, and on Facebook.
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Ramona K. Cecil is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. Now empty nesters, she and her husband make their home in Indiana. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers Indiana Chapter, her work has won awards in a number of inspirational writing contests. Over eighty of her inspirational verses have been published on a wide array of items for the Christian gift market. She enjoys a speaking ministry, sharing her journey to publication while encouraging aspiring writers. When not writing, her hobbies include reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest.

Pamela Griffin

Pamela Griffin lives in Texas with her family. She fully gave her life to Christ in 1988 after a rebellious young adulthood and owes the fact that she’s still alive today to an all-loving and forgiving God and to a mother who steadfastly prayed and had faith that God could bring her wayward daughter “home.” Pamela’s main goal in writing Christian romance is to help and encourage those who do know the Lord and to plant a seed of hope in those who don’t.

Grace Hitchcock

GRACE HITCHCOCK is a Louisiana Southerner living in Colorado with her husband, Dakota. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and has a Masters in Creative Writing. The Widow of St. Charles Avenue is her first novella in Barbour Publishing’s The Second Chance Brides Collection. Visit Grace on her website at

Pam Hillman

CBA Bestselling author PAM HILLMAN was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn't afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn't mind raking. Raking hay doesn't take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that's the kind of life every girl should dream of.

Tiffany Amber Stockton

Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of talking too much and having an overactive imagination. Today, she has honed those skills to become an award-winning author and speaker who helps people look younger and live better by partnering with Nerium International in the booming anti-aging skin care industry.
She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have one girl and one boy, a Retriever mix named Roxie and an Australian cattle dog named Timber.
She has sold nineteen books so far and is represented by Sandra Bishop of the TransAtlantic Agency.
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Liz Tolsma

Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013. Daisies Are Forever released in May 2014. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Please visit her blog at and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@LizTolsma). She is also a regular contributor to the Barn Door blog.
Laura V. Hilton
Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book, The Amish Firefighter, planned for April 2016.

She has self-published a Christmas novella, Christmas Mittens. 

Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer and blogs for Putting on the New and Seriously Write.