About Bill Marriott: Success is Never Final

Bill Marriott: Success is Never Final

Bill Marriott, son of J. Williard Marriott who opened a root-beer stand that grew into the Hot Shoppes Restaurant chain and evolved into the Marriott hotel company, grew up in the family business. In his more than fifty years at the company s helm, Bill Marriott was the driving force behind growing Marriott into the world s largest global hotel chain. His vision and leadership expanded the family business to more than 6,500 properties across 127 countries and territories.

Success Is Never Final gives readers an intimate portrait of the life of a billionaire and business titan and shares his definition of success. Bill shares details about his very structured childhood including the private struggles with his domineering father s chronic harsh criticism; his time in the United Sates Navy as an officer aboard the U.S.S. Randolph; how he innovated the hotel industry with resort-like facilities; his dogged courtship with Donna, who would eventually say yes to his marriage proposal over a pay phone; and the boundless passion and energy he demonstrated for his work, family, and faith. Bill also shares spiritual experiences that allowed him to recognize God s guidance in his personal life, helping him bounce back from a life-threatening explosion in a freak boating accident which caused severe burns over his body.

Readers will learn the fascinating details about the successes and failures of Bill s business ventures and relate to his challenges of balancing roles as a CEO, a husband and father, and a man of faith. From his half-billion-dollar venture and bet-the-farm move to build the New York Marriott Marquis hotel, to the heartbreaking loss of an adult son whose body slowly degenerated from Mitochondrial Disease, to the billions of dollars donated to medical research, the biography of Bill Marriott tells the remarkable story of a man who had the vision to create a multi-billion dollar business, who understood the power of giving, and lived the creed that hard work will pay off but success is never final.

My review

I don’t know that I’ve ever given a thought to how a big business, like Marriott Hotels, started and grew into what it is. But I was really amazed by the whole process that was talked about in this book.

I loved that this book starts with J.W. Marriott, Bill’s father. It talks a bit about where his parents and grandparents came from. This kind of thing really helps put the whole person together. There’s no way any of us are going to be quite who we are now without the people who have gone before us.

The book talks quite a bit about J.W. and Allie, Bill’s parents. They seem as though they were amazing people. But they were people, like any of us, and they weren’t perfect. And that made me love them even more as people.

There were so many great parts in this one. One particular chapter really touched me. It’s the one where the author talks about the Marriott that was located right next to the World Trade Center in 2001. Maybe it was because we just had September 11th that I was so touched. Or maybe it was just that there were so many heroes. And they were honored by the Marriotts as well. I don’t know. But that chapter really touched me.

This is an amazing story, from beginning to end. You won’t want to miss it!

I was sent a copy of Bill Marriott: Success is Never Final as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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I recently shared a post all about the Holidays and the Disneyland Resort, so today we’re heading to the opposite coast to talk about what you can expect during the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. The travel experts at Get Away Today have all the details so you can plan the ultimate holiday vacation for your family.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

The holidays at Universal Orlando Resort are celebrated in a variety of ways. November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020 you can experience a Harry Potter holiday, a Grinch holiday and so much more. All pictures in this post come from the Universal Orlando blog.

Harry Potter Holiday

Holidays at Universal Orlando resort

Enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the holidays at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. With a Park-to-Park ticket, you can board the Hogwarts Express at either theme park and travel between the two to experience all the holiday magic.

Harry Potter Holiday – Universal Studios Florida

The city of London and neighboring Diagon Alley transform for the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. All the holiday trimmings adorn store fronts and holiday music can be heard from singing sensations such as Celestina Warbeck and various street performers. Here are other things to look for and do during your Harry Potter holiday experience:

  • Catch the Frog choir performing Yule Ball songs.
  • Purchase peppermint toads for the flavor of the holidays.
  • Cauldron cakes double as a treat and a souvenir cauldron to take home.
  • House scarves make a great souvenir during your winter visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Pumpkin-flavored treats such as pumpkin pasties and pumpkin juice get you in the holiday spirit.
  • Warm Butterbeer from the Three Broomsticks makes you feel like you’re in the thick of a London winter.
  • Cinnamon-infused firewhisky warms you up on the chance there’s a slight chill in the Orlando air.
  • Holiday feast with Christmas pudding at Three Broomsticks is a limited-time menu item only available during the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort.

Harry Potter Holiday – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The quaint village of Hogsmeade is always snow-capped, but during the holidays the village gets a little extra dusting of magic. Garlands and lights dress up the buildings and streets, so you’ll feel just like a wizard on winter holiday. While Hogsmeade offers a number of experiences similar to what can be found in Diagon Alley, it does offer some unique attractions of its own.

  • The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts: This 8-minute light show on Hogwarts castle features enchanted snowmen, Fred and George Weasley up to their usual antics, scenes from the Yule Ball projected on the castle and a firework finale. It runs about every 20 minutes.
  • Warm Butterbeer can be found at Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade.
  • Harry Potter themed stockings, snow globes and more offer unique holiday-themed souvenirs you can take home to commemorate your visit to Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Dr. Seuss Holiday

In Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the world of Dr. Seuss’s Grinch comes to life. You can celebrate Grinchmas with live retellings of the story of the Grinch, and be dazzled by the decor at Seuss Landing. The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular is holiday fun for all ages. For the biggest of Dr. Seuss fans, you can even book a Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

If anyone knows how to do parades right, it’s Macy’s! For Universal’s Holiday Parade, at least 12 giant balloons and floats make their way down the streets of Universal Studios Florida. The parade starts outside Universal’s Horror Make-Up show, and makes its way through the park. One of the best viewing spots is right in front of Macy’s itself, where Santa will stop at the end of the parade and conduct a lighting ceremony. Other good viewing spots include the Hollywood Backlot and in front of Louie’s Italian Restaurant. Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s includes characters and performers from many of your favorite films and TV shows, including Minions, Madagascar, Shrek and an assortment of holiday toys with Santa.

Book Your Holiday Vacation Today

To experience all this and more, book your Universal Orlando Resort vacation with Get Away Today. For a limited time, you can visit both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and add on Universal’s Volcano Bay FREE. When you book with Get Away Today by December 2, 2019*, you’ll get admission to your 3rd Park FREE so you can experience Universal’s awesome, themed waterpark in addition to the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. See vacation packages at www.getawaytoday.com, or call a travel specialist at 855-GET-AWAY. Let them know My Book a Day sent you!
*Travel must be completed by May 22, 2020. Blackout dates include December 26 – 31, 2019.

About Love Sidelined

Love Sidelined

Jason Jennings made a tough call two years ago when he left behind his status as a hard-partying star quarterback in order to serve the Lord. Recently returned from a mission now, he’s ready to get back on the football field at UCAL. But despite turning his life around, his bad-boy reputation is proving hard to shake.

Allie Hollis is everything a cheerleader should be—beautiful, outgoing, and smart—but her brilliant smile hides a devastating secret. So when Jason begins to show interest in her, there’s no question: her answer is no.

Yet, in the face of Allie’s chilly response, Jason’s gentle persistence pays off, and a tentative friendship grows. Their chemistry is obvious, but Allie’s determination to steer clear of a relationship with Jason goes deeper than he realizes. When the truth of her painful history comes to light, the couple must decide whether they will remain on the sidelines or jump back into the game of love.

My review

While I love to read all kinds of books, contemporary romance is always my favorite. I love the way I can get sucked in and not worry about all kinds of rules. Tiffany Odekirk has a way with writing contemporary romance that just makes me happy. I loved everything about this one.

Jason is a great character. He’s mentioned in both Love On Pointe and Love Unscripted as the brother of the characters. I’m so glad he got his own story. I loved the way he met Allie. The way he was able to save her from a situation she wasn’t comfortable with. And even though she didn’t want anything to do with a relationship with him, because she thought she knew everything about him from his cousin, he never gave up on her.

Then there’s Allie. It was kind of interesting the way the reader didn’t know her secret for a chunk of the book. Eventually, I was able to put it together. But it made a lot of sense closer to the end of the book why she tried to steer clear of Jason. But these two just kept getting thrown together. I was amazed at her stubbornness about Jason, even after everything happened. Sorry if that’s way vague, but I don’t want to give anything away.

Another really great thing about this one was watching Allie heal. She learned to move on and a relationship got mended that I wouldn’t have expected in a romance novel.

I loved the way I couldn’t tell if these two were going to work or not for most of the book. It kept me guessing. I loved the whole feeling of being back in college, a time to take care of yourself.

This is such a great book! Go grab a copy.

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About Roxy’s Song

Roxy's Song

The night Tag Turner claimed he loved Roxy Adams and begged her to follow him to Nashville to live his dream, she sent him packing since she knew it couldn’t be real. Even if he did insist he’d been singing his love to her for years.

Eight years later, Tag, now a famous country star, rolls back into small town Little River hoping for one more shot at winning his high school crush. But Roxy loves her quiet, country life on her family’s ranch—a life that doesn’t have room for someone who can’t buy coffee without national media attention.

Not ready to give up, Tag stays in Little River to work on his next album and convince the woman he loves to give him a chance. Will Roxy ever trust his feelings are real and not just lyrics in a song?

My review

I love it when I find an author and I know I’m going to love all of their books. Ranee S Clark is one of those authors. I’ve loved each and every one of her books. She just has a way of writing that draws the reader into the story.

Let’s start with Roxy. She’s a small town girl. I really had to laugh at the lengths Roxy went to to avoid anything to do with Tag, even changing the radio station when one of his songs came on. So funny! She’s got a boyfriend, Nash, who happens to win tickets to Tag’s concert in their town. That was even funnier, because how can Roxy say no to going with him. She couldn’t and that’s where the craziness starts.

I loved the concert scene. Tag coming down and singing straight to Roxy was my very favorite. You just need to read it.

Tag…he’s a great character. I loved the way he wasn’t going to give up on Roxy, even though he probably should have. These two characters just seem to have some sizzle throughout the book. I kept hoping that somehow it would happen. This is one of those books that I couldn’t tell from the beginning how it would turn out.

I loved the small town feel of this one. It almost felt like I stepped into the town of Little River and joined the characters there. It was awesome!

I loved everything about this one. The characters are fantastic! The plot and setting are just great. It’s an amazing book that you won’t want to put down!

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About The Lady and the Highwayman

The Lady and the Highwayman

Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school and a well-respected author of “silver-fork” novels, stories written both for and about the upper-class ladies of Victorian society. But by night, she writes very different kinds of stories—the Penny Dreadfuls that are all the rage among the working-class men. Under the pseudonym Mr. King, Elizabeth has written about dashing heroes fighting supernatural threats and dangerous outlaws romancing helpless women. They contain all the adventure and mystery that her real life lacks.

Fletcher Walker began life as a street urchin, but is now the most successful author in the Penny Dreadful market, that is until Mr. King started taking all of his readers–and his profits. No one knows who King is, including Fletcher’s fellow members of the Dread Penny Society, a fraternity of authors dedicated to secretly fighting for the rights of the less-fortunate.

Determined to find the elusive Mr. King, Fletcher approaches Miss Black. As a fellow-author, she is well-known among the high-class writers; perhaps she could be persuaded to make some inquiries as to Mr. King’s whereabouts? Elizabeth agrees to help Fletcher, if only to insure her secret identity is never discovered. 

For the first time, Elizabeth experiences the thrill of a cat-and-mouse adventure reminiscent of one of her own novels as she tries to throw Fletcher off her scent. But the more time they spend together, the more she loses her heart. Its upper-class against working-class, author against author where readers, reputations, and romance are all on the line.

My review

It’s no secret that I love a good historical romance. And Sarah M Eden’s are some of the very best!

I loved everything about this one. It’s got amazing characters, action and adventure and a bit of a mystery. And one of my favorite things about this one is the chapters of the Penny Dreadfuls that are included.

Let’s start with our characters. There’s Fletcher Walker. I loved him! He’s a successful author of Penny Dreadfuls. I loved that he was an orphan as a child and now he writes books for them to read. But things are shifting for him, there’s a new author out there, Mr. King, taking his business. I love the way he helps orphans, he’s constantly helping someone. He’s just a great guy!

Then there’s Elizabeth. She’s amazing! She’s the headmistress of a girl’s school, a celebrated author, and Mr. King. The reader knows this the whole time, so it becomes really funny when Fletcher is trying to figure out who he is, and trying to get Elizabeth to help. And, of course, she has to help in order to keep her secret safe. I loved that Elizabeth is up for almost anything that she thinks will help educate the children. This gets her into a few sticky situations, but she and Fletcher are able to work together and fix things.

This book is so great! Make sure to grab your own copy!

I was sent a copy of The Lady and the Highwayman as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Deborah: Prophetess of God

deborah: prophetess of God

After years of mistreatment, the Israelites prepare to defend themselves against the oppressive Canaanites. Readying for war not only takes secret military training but also an Israelite leader who is willing to both stand against generations of oppression and follow God.
Deborah, a young Israelite woman, lives a quiet and isolated life with her father and brothers. As a shepherdess in the hills near her home, she knows well the perils of her work. But when faced with incredible danger, she witnesses a series of remarkable events that preserve her life. The hand of the Lord is apparent, and it is clear that hers will be no ordinary life.                

Years later, Deborah is a faithful wife and mother when she learns that the Third Judge of Israel has died–and she has been called to take his place. It is a tumultuous time in history, and soon, Deborah–prophetess, judge, and military leader–faces a seemingly insurmountable task: alongside the commander of the Israelite army, Deborah must lead ten thousand soldiers in their final campaign against their Canaanite oppressors with only her faith in God to guide her.

My review

H B Moore has such a way with writing these Biblical historical novels. I love the way she makes the scriptures come alive. Deborah became a real person to me, not just a word on the page. I love that!

Deborah is just a girl when this book begins. She’s a shepherdess, living in the hills, just trying to stay away from the Canaanites. The reader gets to see how she was favored of the Lord, being led by him from a very early age. They also get to see the way she’s able to protect her family and sheep when she needed to. She really was a remarkable young woman.

I loved the way this book helped me understand what would have been going on in the time period between the Israelite and the Canaanites. It’s not a time period I’ve studied, but it really helps to put the whole framework of the Bible together.

If you like to read historical fiction, you won’t want to miss this book!

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About the author

Heather B. Moore is a four-time USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than fifty publications. Her historical novels are set in Ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She’s not old and doesn’t remember the time period, so Google has become a great friend. Although she spent several years living in the Middle East, she prefers to forget the smells. Heather writes historicals and thrillers under H.B. Moore. She also writes women’s fiction, romance, and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore, including The Newport Ladies Book Club, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthologies. Heather’s USA Today bestselling titles include Heart of the Ocean, Mail Order Bride, Mistress Grim, and Poetic Justice. Heather also writes Young Adult speculative under pen name Jane Redd, which includes the Solstice series. Foreign publications include Das Grab der Konigin (Germany), Drommen om lykke (Norway), and Sommer og kjaerlighet (Norway).

Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Management–which has absolutely nothing to do with writing novels. But at least she can balance a mean checkbook and color-coordinate her kids’ school clothes.

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About For Heroes Proved

Lincoln’s Lost Gold Series 
Six unlikely friends come together to search for Lincoln’s lost gold mine. Follow their adventures as they face off with other treasure hunters, secret brotherhoods, and unfamiliar dangers while navigated the trouble waters of falling in love. 

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For Heroes Proved 
Bridger Obrien is a world renowned treasure hunter, but after a disastrous mutiny leaves one man dead, he limps to Washington D.C., seeking to salvage his career. He needs a new treasure hunt, a team and anonymity—the more people who believe he’s dead the better. When he stumbles upon a Library of Congress archivist who believes Abraham Lincoln left behind a gold mine worth billions, he jumps at the chance to uncover a historical mystery. 

Cora Henderson doesn’t believe her father’s theory about Lincoln’s lost gold and she makes sure Bridger knows it. He may be a pirate, but she’s not about to let him steal her heart with his devil-may-care grin. When Cora’s family is thrown into a crisis, it’s Bridger who holds her through the darkest of nights. He’s a rebel, that’s for sure, but he’s also the only man who has ever kissed her until her safety nets fell away. 

As his love for Cora grows, Bridger begins to rethink his adventurous lifestyle. He’d give up anything for the woman who is softness and curves against his rough edges. But when the clue they’ve been searching for rises from the archives, the sharks begin to circle. If he doesn’t jump back into dangerous waters, he could lose the find of a lifetime.

My review

If you’ve followed my reviews for any length of time, you probably know just how much I loved to read series. I’m a sucker for a good one. And I’m always on the lookout for a new one. I happened across one that really sucked me in and piqued my imagination. And I’m excited to get to tell you about it.

This one is a true series, the story starts in this one, For Heroes Proved, and continues in the next one, Love in Honor Given. So make sure to read them in order! You’ll be so confused if you don’t.

I love the way this one is written. It’s like…. the movie National Treasure, only a book. I loved the sense of adventure, pirates, treasure, and danger all wrapped up in a plot that keeps the reader’s interest the whole way through.

This one starts with Bridger. He’s a modern day pirate. Searching for buried treasure, always looking for the next new thing to chase. I loved his character. He’s obviously adventurous, but he’s starting to wonder if his next big adventure should be Cora.

Cora works in the Library of Congress with her dad. She’s down to earth, everything a librarian should be, except for one secret she hides. She’s really into pirates. She likes the danger they exude. When these two characters get together, danger starts following them.

I loved everything about this one. Make sure to get your own copy, you won’t regret it!

I borrowed For Heroes Proved using my Kindle Unlimited subscription. All opinions are my own.

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About The Marquess Meets His Match

The Marquess Meets His Match

A traitor with a deadly plan. Two agents sent to expose his identity before he strikes. But danger is closer than they think . . .

Lord Christian Wolverton―known as Wolf in a covert group operating during the war against Napoleon―has been called home from his military duties. For the moment, his family responsibilities require him to suspend his more clandestine activities. But information falls into his hands that a traitor will soon try to tip the scales back into French favor and Christian doesn’t have much time to stop it from happening.

Going to the one person who can help him, the powerful Duke of Huntingdon, Christian comes face to face with Lady Alice. She’s a beautiful member of the ton with a very big secret―she’s also a trained agent and already on the case. Forced to partner with her to lure the traitor out of hiding, Christian wants to quickly close the case himself, before Lady Alice is more closely involved. But Lady Alice has ideas of her own and she’s going to prove her theories correct―with or without him.

Danger is closer than they think, however, and it’s a race against time to expose the traitor’s identity before British lives are endangered. Both Christian and Alice have strong opinions on who he is, but which one will be proven right and can they catch him before it’s too late?

My review

I loved this book! I was dragged into the story from the very beginning. And I didn’t want to stop reading. I was able to start and finish this one the very same day. It’s just so engaging!

Lady Alice is a great character. I loved how she was just gifted as a spy. She was a bit reckless, that just added to her charm. Who doesn’t want to imagine that they are a member of the ton, get to wear fancy dresses and be a spy on top of that?! I loved being able to see things through her eyes.

Then there’s Lord Wolverton or Christian. I liked that he was constantly watching out for Lady Alice, even when she didn’t need it. He was smart, he figures things out on his own at the end of the book. Even before it’s revealed to the reader. I loved that! It’s always nice to get points of view from the hero as well as the heroine. And I love when they kind of match in skill. That’s the case in this one.

If you like Regency books, you’ll love this one with the spy and romance twist! I loved it!

I was sent an e-copy of The Marquess Meets His Match as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About the author

Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of nearly two dozen romantic suspense books. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense, Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense and The Captain was a RONE award finalist for Best Suspense. Most recently, her books The Capture and Second Look were both Whitney finalists for Best Suspense/Mystery. 

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she’s visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. In her free time she loves to read, write, teach, watch HawaiiFive-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order. 

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About All Hearts Come Home for Christmas

All hearts come home for Christmas

Christmas at Falstone Castle by Sarah M. Eden – The Dowager Duchess of Kielder eagerly anticipates spending Christmas with her son and his family. Though their relationship has been strained, the duchess is determined to heal the chasm. Even with the help of the widowed local vicar, her plan will take a Christmas miracle. But during this magical season, anything is possible . . . even two second chances for love.

The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield – When a chance meeting brings together a gentle seamstress and a widowed banker, each lonely soul finds a first hint of hope. As their lives become entwined, it will take Christmas spirit to guide a broken family to love and healing.

‘Tis the Season to Be Daring by Esther Hatch – Elizabeth Davenport has had quite enough of the London season. Determined to evade a parade of unsuitable suitors, she seeks help from the one gentleman who has no regard for Society’s rules. All of Society knows Lord Hawthorne is not interested in marriage, yet he cannot deny Miss Davenport’s unique charm. And as the Christmas season works its magic, their charade begins to feel less like playacting and more like love.

The Christmas Dress by Joanna Barker – Seamstress Nell Addington is thrilled when her childhood friend Jacob Hammond commissions a dress for his sister. But when Nell realizes her feelings for Jacob run far deeper than friendship, an unexpected snowstorm—and some holiday cheer—may convince them both that love is worth fighting for.

My review

What do you do when four of your favorite Regency romance authors release a Christmas book in September? You have Christmas in September…obviously! I loved everything about this book, the novellas in it are so great! They put me in the mood for Christmas. Now if only the weather would cool down!

First up is Christmas at Falstone Castle by Sarah M Eden. Yay for Adam, The Dangerous Duke aka The Duke of Kielder. He is my favorite Sarah Eden character hands down. I love the way he says whatever pops into his head. But he obviously has a soft side too. And no, he’s not the main character, but he’s in the book a lot. His mother Harriet is the main character.

I love how this one shows a lot of Adam’s backstory, it shows the reader why he is how he is. But it also shows that there’s always a second chance for love. I loved everything about it!

Next up is The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield. I enjoyed this one too. It features Addie. She’s a seamstress. One day a man comes in out of the cold and offers her a one of a kind job. She takes it, and I loved the way not only does her life change for the better, but those she cares for in her new job as well. I loved the way hearts change because of love and Christmas becomes new in this one.

‘Tis the Season to be Daring by Esther Hatch is next. I loved Elizabeth in this one. She made me laugh out loud several times. It was fun how she wanted to be just scandalous enough to miss the rest of the season, but not completely ruin her reputation. This one left me wanting more!

Last up is Joanna Barker’s The Christmas Dress. I loved Nell in this one. She’s a seamstress, but she always seems to be in a bit of trouble. Especially at the worst of times, like when Jacob Hammond is watching her. Nell and Jacob have known each other for years, but lost touch. I loved everything about their sweet love story.

Each of these novellas is enchanting. This book will leave you ready for Christmas!

I was sent a copy of All Hearts Come Home for Christmas as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About the authors

Joanna Barker
Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, eating, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.

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Esther Hatch
Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week.

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Anita Stansfield
Anita Stansfield began writing at the age of sixteen, and her first novel was published sixteen years later. Her novels range from historical to contemporary and cover a wide gamut of social and emotional issues that explore the human experience through memorable characters and unpredictable plots. She has received many awards, including a special award for pioneering new ground in LDS fiction, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Whitney Academy for LDS Literature. Anita is the mother of five, and has two adorable grandsons. Her husband, Vince, is her greatest hero.

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Sarah M. Eden
Sarah M. Eden is the author of several well-received historical romances. Her previous Proper Romance novel Longing for Home won the Foreword Reviews 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year award for romance. Hope Springs won the 2014 Whitney Award for “Best Novel of the Year” and The Sheriffs of Savage Wells was a Foreword Reviews 2016 Book of the Year finalist for romance.

Combining her obsession with history and an affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library and dreams of one day traveling to all the places she reads about. Visit Sarah at www.sarahmeden.com.

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About Caught Kissing the Cowboy

Caught Kissing the Cowboy

She was caught kissing the wrong cowboy…or was he Mr. Right? 

Tomi Jensen thought she’d landed the ultimate role when she was cast opposite of her Hollywood crush, Jake Kelley. It only took a few weeks of working with the self-absorbed actor to make her regret ever taking the part. When the film location for Whisper Falls changes to Snow Valley, Montana, Tomi is determined to finish filming so she can move onto bigger and better things. Throwing herself into her role as a small-town veterinarian, she shadows Dr. Ian Davies, the local vet her sister has been trying to set her up with for the past year. While Ian is single, extremely good-looking, and nice to old ladies and children, Tomi isn’t looking to fall in love, especially with a man who never plans to leave his hometown. But spending two weeks with the hot cowboy complicates everything, and soon Tomi’s dream of becoming an A-list actress starts to fade into the background as she and Ian grow closer. Still, when an opportunity for a bigger role comes her way, Tomi needs to decide what she wants more…living in the limelight or living with true love. 

My review

It’s always fun for me to pick up a book that I know I’m going to love. This was one of those for me. I always enjoy reading books by Cindy Roland Anderson. She just has a way of writing that sucks you into the story. The characters seem to jump off the page. This one was no different.

Tomi is one of those great characters. It was fun to be in her head. She is an actress, but she seemed like a normal person. I loved the way she was willing to not only Shadow Ian, but she helped him in every way she could. She even got up in the middle of the night to help.

Ian…he’s a great character. He lives in the little town of Snow Valley. Like all guys in Snow Valley, he’s a gentleman, always going out of his way to help Tomi. I loved the way Ian and Tomi fell for each other. It was perfect.

If you’re looking for an escape from the everyday, this book will take you to Snow Valley, a place where things move more slowly than any where else. I loved everything about it!

I borrowed a copy of Caught Kissing the Cowboy using my Kindle Unlimited subscription. All opinions are my own.

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