About The Emerald Heart of Courtenay

the emerald heart of courtenay

The moment her father takes his final breath, Sarah Sourtenay becomes the sole heir of her family’s sprawling castle—and something far more unexpected. For on his deathbed, Lord Courtenay left his daughter a cryptic message: a dark curse will fall upon the house should Sarah fail to obtain and protect a priceless treasure. Sarah’s astonishment upon discovering the carefully hidden sword sparkling with jewels is nothing compared to the shock she feels when she learns the true nature of her father’s death: he was poisoned. And now Sarah herself might possess something worth killing for. Desperate to avoid her father’s fate, Sarah flees the only home she’s ever known, taking with her a loyal maid and a hired bodyguard who will stop at nothing to protect the beautiful woman in his care. From the safety of a remote farm, Sarah finds a renewed measure of peace and hope for the future. But the sinister weapon that glitters amid her belongings in that small farmhouse beckons a shadowy enemy, one who will not be deterred from taking everything from Sarah—including her life.

My review

This book is probably my favorite Anita Stansfield novel ever! The way she wrote her characters, plot, and setting just combined to make the perfect book. I didn’t want to put it down!

This whole book is written through the eyes of Sarah Courtenay. Sarah’s father dies in the first chapter. And it isn’t much after that that the reader learns that her father was killed. And there’s some concern that Sarah will be next. I loved the way the author did this. It just created enough suspense that the reader is entranced and wants to keep reading to find out what will happen to Sarah.

Sarah is a great character! She’s kind, compassionate, smart and willing to put herself in danger for her friends and family. But she’s an heiress, so she goes into hiding with Darius, the man hired to be her bodyguard. I loved the relationships that Sarah forms with those around her. Her aunt, is a great example of someone that Sarah cares for, even though she is a bit of a whiny woman. I loved the way Poppy and Sarah loved and cared for each other through the whole book.

The plot of this one is great! I loved the way the reader never quite knows who the killer is until the end, when it’s revealed by the author.

This is such a great book! Make sure to read it!

I was sent a copy of The Emerald Heart of Courtenay as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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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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About Kissing on Third

kissing on third

His past will never go away. Hers has left deep scars. Together, maybe they can build something new.

Levi Cox carved his baseball game out of the dirt. The hard way. Bouncing between foster homes as a kid, and trying everything he could do to protect his kid brother from bullies, Levi backs down from no one and has a record to prove it. Baseball has given him a purpose and a career. A way to provide for his brother. When Levi meets Finley Gray, he finds things happening to his heart that he never thought possible. She has her own broken past, using boxing as her outlet. Yet the more Levi gets to know Finley, the more he’s convinced they belong together. Breaking through Finley’s tough exterior might be Levi’s hardest challenge ever. But he has a feeling it will be more than worth it. 

More Belltown Six Pack Romances:


Hitching the Pitcher
Falling for Centerfield
Charming the Shortshop
Snatching the Catcher
Flirting with First
Kissing on Third 

My review

It’s always sad to get to the end of something. I was really sad that this is the last of the Belltown Six Pack books. They’ve been fun to read. And it’s been fun to get to know the Six Pack.

This one was a bit different for me. It seemed a bit…. I don’t know. Maybe darker or grungier than some of the others. It’s not that I didn’t like it. But it’s not really my favorite of the books.

That being said. I did like Levi. I liked the way he looked out for his younger brother. And he was always concerned about the little things, like Finley walking home on her own after dark. That kind of thing always is important to me.

Finley was an interesting character. She has tons of different layers. She works as a waitress. She’s a boxer. And she takes old furniture and refinishes/reupholsters it. There are lots of fun things about her. I just had a bit of a harder time feeling that I could connect with her.

I liked the plot of this one. But it didn’t grab me as well as some of the others did. The whole thing was okay.

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About Falling for Her Billionaire Best Friend

falling for her billionaire best friend

Kissing your best friend is a gamble. One amazing lip-lock could destroy the friendship or be the start of true love—but you won’t know unless you try it . . .

WELCOME TO THE COVE

With heavy iron gates, two security stations, and a groundskeeper’s cottage, The Cove has everything a billionaire could ask for in a home. Dubbed Billionaire Bachelor Cove because of the residents’ single status and income portfolios, The Cove is the perfect place to hide away from the world. But, as the residents soon find out, they can’t hide from love.

♥♥   FALLING FOR HER BILLIONAIRE BEST FRIEND   ♥♥

Billionaire next-door neighbors Mary Alice Howe and Ryland Neilson have mothers who are are lifelong best friends. But throwing their children together for everything from Camelot Cruise birthday parties to cotillion classes has ensured a close friendship, not the hoped-for romance.

Excited to become the newest CEO of his father’s company, Ryland takes a risk that just might ruin the company. Taking a chance on a relationship with his best friend Mary Alice, however, seems even more foolish. Sure, he’s had a slight crush on her for a while now, but they can’t get their timing right to give a romantic relationship a shot.

Already unsure what she wants to do with her career and her relationship with pro soccer player Camden Sharpe, adding new and thrilling feelings for her best friend causes Mary Alice’s world to spin upside-down. One thing she does know is that she wants a fairy-tale romance. Ryland may look like the part of the handsome prince—tall, dark, and gorgeous—but can a woman be swept off her feet by someone she shared orthodontist appointments with?

When a personal ad brings the two together, they realize that maybe they don’t actually know everything about each other. Discovering new sides to their personalities adds a surprising layer to their relationship. Yet when old expectations arise, they’ll have to decide if it’s better to stay in the safety of the friend-zone or jump down the rabbit hole of the unknown and risk everything for love.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this full-length sweet/clean contemporary billionaire romance is similar to your favorite Hallmark movie and will bring a smile to your day!

My review

These Billionaire Bachelor Cove books are a lot of fun! I love the way the authors have worked to make them be interconnected. It was fun in this one to see some of the characters I’ve loved in the other ones make another appearance.

There were so many things that were fun about this one! I loved the characters, the plot, the touch of Alice in Wonderland at the beginning of each chapter. And there is also a really fun nod to a popular song from the late 70’s that made me smile!

Mary Alice is a fun character. I loved the way she was loyal and loving. And the way she did things for her parents, even though she actually lived on the other side of the country was just sweet. I did not like the way she was with her boyfriend though. It seemed like she let him ignore her all the time. Maybe she just didn’t care though, because she had her best friend Ryland.

Ryland was a great guy! I liked that the reader gets to see things through his eyes. He’s so in love with Mary Alice, but she seems to be completely oblivious to his feelings through most of the book. Their date though, wow! I loved the epic date he planned for a woman, who he didn’t even know. It was just perfect!

This book was cute. I loved the way it ends. And so many other things about it. It’s a perfect escape from reality!

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About The Redgrave Murders

the redgrave murders

Loss is inevitable, as Evie Hampton knows all too well. But despite losing her mother to can er and her older brother to a war, she knows she’s one of the lucky ones. After all, she still has her father, a distinguished professor of medieval history. And she has Gary Redhawk, the man she loves despite the emotional scars he carries from the Second World War—and despite her father’s opposition to their relationship.

When Evie’s car suddenly careens off the road, she chalks it up to poor maintenance or sheer bad luck making another appearance in her life. Little does she know a host of hardships is just beginning—the car was her father’s, and the brake lines were deliberately cut. Someone wants them dead—but why? All fingers point to Gary, a man with a troubled past and no solid alibi, but Evie is unwilling to believe he’s involved. Determined to uncover the truth, she begins to piece together a startling picture of deception and vice. But as she closes in on the truth, it is clear that someone is determined to silence her—and the next attempt on her life may be a deadly success.

My review

I LOVE a good suspense book! And this is a good one. It’s a bit different from the way A.L. Sowards usually writes, but that’s a good thing!

I loved Evie in this book. Evie is a young woman living in the time period just after World War II. She’s lost her mom and older brother before the story starts. She lives with her dad. And her boyfriend is Gary.

There is a lot of things with this time period that the author did a good job including in this novel. The way Gary would have been looked at because he was a Native American was one thing I noticed. It’s not right, but he would have been looked down on, and his and Evie’s relationship especially would have been taboo.

It’s no surprise that when bad things start happening, Gary is the first suspect. And there’s no other suspects that the police are willing to consider. While Gary’s in jail, Evie shows what she’s made of and works on the investigation all on her own. I love that she does this, and doesn’t get scared off, even when it would have been easy to.

This book kept me guessing from the beginning to the very end. I would have never guessed just who the bad guy was or why! It’s my favorite thing when that happens. If you’re a fan of good suspense books, make sure to pick this one up!

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About author A L Sowards

A L Sowards is a graduate of Moses Lake High School and Brigham Young University. She swam competitively for sixteen years, including while she was in college. She found it more entertaining to think of plot ideas while following the black line up and down the bottom of the pool than having a song in her head that restarted with every flip turn. Sowards currently lives along the Wasatch front with her amazing husband and her adorable twin toddlers. She loves hearing from readers at ALSowards.com or on Facebook or Goodreads.

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About An Unexpected Bride

An unexpected bride

A marriage of convenience, an honorable gentleman, and the secrets of a mysterious young lady…

Eleanor Claridge had it all. A family that loved her, a secret romance with a handsome soldier, and a beautiful home in the seaside town of Brighton. Although her father did not approve of her suitor, she found no fault in him. With respect to her father’s wishes, she paused to examine his character.

But it was too late.

Abducted and taken to Scotland under the ruse of a happy elopement, Eleanor was forced to marry the wicked man she had once loved.

And now she has a chance to escape.

Widowed and alone, she flees on the first coach back to Brighton with her young son, vowing never to marry or trust another man again. But when her reputation and the safety of her child are questioned, she has no choice but to enter into a marriage of convenience with Mr. Henry Beaumont, whose kindness and inviting blue eyes leave her questioning if love is such a dreadful notion after all.

My review

Ashtyn Newbold has such a way with Regency period romance. I love the way she does her characters. And her plots are amazing. This author’s books really suck the reader into the story line!

There are so many great things about this one. I’m going to start with Eleanor. It was fun for me, as a reader, to get to read this book from Eleanor’s perspective. Eleanor is a character that went missing in A Convenient Engagement, and I wondered at the time what happened to her. I loved Eleanor. She has had to fight her way to where she is at the start of this book. It hasn’t been easy, but for her and her son, Arthur, it’s been necessary.

Then there’s Henry. Henry is a good man. He goes out of his way to marry Eleanor when there appears to be no way to protect her and Arthur from her late husband’s father. He is kind, and loving to both Arthur and Eleanor. I liked him from the very start when he rescued them from the rainstorm.

I liked the plot of this one. There is danger lurking around every corner from Arthur’s grandfather. The reader never knows when he will strike or who will be involved.

This is a great Regency romance, you’ll love reading!

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About Emeline’s Redemption

Emeline's Redemption

Why be a shrinking violet when you can be a voice for good? 

As a newcomer to the town of Belle, Wyoming, Emeline Haywood wasn’t prepared for the trouble that awaited her when a man with less than honorable intentions sought her out. Now, accepting a tutoring position for a greenhorn rancher and his two children, who have challenges of their own, seems like a good way to escape the townspeople’s censure. What she thinks will be an easy job however, turns into anything but when disaster strikes. Not only that, but she finds herself taking on a secret identity to sway public opinion in favor of women’s right to vote. Can she hold it all together or will another scandal claim her peace once again? 

Richard Dodge escaped the life his parents wanted for him when he married the woman of his dreams. But now, that woman is gone, and he’s left to raise their two children on his own. Heading westward to Belle, Wyoming to become a rancher seemed like a good idea even though he knew nothing about the profession. But the good folks in Belle are willing to teach him. Good thing he’s hired a new tutor who is willing to overlook his daughter’s deformity. If only he can keep the circumstances of her birth a secret… 

Then tragedy strikes in Richard’s family and another member decides to target him. Can Emeline save him in time, and in the process, redeem herself? Will they both be given a second chance to right past wrongs? 

My review

I love finding new authors who write books that are clean and engaging. Julia Ridgemont is not necessarily a new author, I’ve read some of her other books under a different name. She’s just writing in a new category, historical western romance.

I loved the characters in this book! Emeline is such a character. I loved the way she was so passionate about women getting the vote. And the way that she went about writing letters to let others know was really fun. Something kind of neat about her character was that she made the best of what she had been given. She would have rather been in New York, but her family moved to Wyoming. Instead of being miserable about that, she found a way she could work and serve and found her own happiness.

Richard was a good guy. I really liked the way his layers kind of peeled away as the book went on. At the beginning, I thought he was fine, but by the end, he was so much better seeming to me. Anyway… I loved the way he cared for his kids. He was just a great dad. And it was obvious that he cared for Emeline as well.

This is one of those quick read books. I like that for many things. But sometimes I want more of the story. And this one seemed just a bit quick for me. I thought it was well-written. The plot kept me guessing. I really enjoyed it.

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About Flirting with First

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Trista’s movie star status keeps her from the one guy she’s ever really wanted—professional baseball player, Ryker Stone.

Ryker Stone, one of the famed Belltown Six Pack loves what no one else notices in Trista McKinney. But when co-star and heart throb, Trevor Dayton, starts a social media campaign, competing for her attention, and Ryker’s baseball schedule and pressures amp up, Ryker lays it all on the line to win her over forever.

Trista McKinney doesn’t need winning. She’s been Ryker’s from the very beginning, but her movie’s production schedule and her dreams of one day winning an Oscar make it almost impossible for things to progress between the two.

With feelings high, both of their careers in the balance, can Trista and Ryker find a path to professional success without losing what they’ve found in each other? 

Welcome to Belltown! Six baseball players meet in the college town of Belltown, Massachusetts, becoming best friends, their lives intertwining as they each get called up to the Major Leagues.

Check out the rest of the series

Belltown Six Pack Series:
Hitching the Pitcher
Falling for Centerfield
Charming the Shortstop
Snatching the Catcher
Flirting with First
Kissing on Third

My review

These Belltown Six Pack books are some of my very favorites! I love the way they’re written by different authors, but they all feature the same characters and town. That just makes it fun. I’m going to be sad to see this series end for sure.

This one features Ryker and Trista. I loved that because in Cole’s story, he was supposed to hang out with Trista as kind of a promotional thing. But he had someone else he cared for. Seeing Ryker and Trista’s story was just awesome for me!

I really liked Trista. She is already in love with Ryker as the story opens, but unsure of how he is feeling. I didn’t like the way her publicist keeps shoving her toward Trevor. And I didn’t really like him either. There were times in the story when Trista kept putting herself and her career over anything else in life. And that bugged me a bit too, but she eventually figured things out.

I liked Ryker too. How could I not?! I think he is a great guy. He really puts up with a lot with the #teamtrevor and #teamryker war. It gets a bit intense, but he fights for what he wants and things work out how they’re supposed to.

The plot of this one includes baseball, so that’s fun. It’s romantic, and cute. And it was a fairly quick read as well.

If you like sports and romance, this is one you won’t want to miss!

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About All for You

All for You

Life has always been about the game for pro-hockey player Tyler Nelson, but when he meets attorney Lindsey Gerber, Tyler discovers his feelings for Lindsey are anything but a game.

USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore welcomes you to Pine Valley! 

Crash and burn pretty much describes Lindsey Gerber’s last six months at her law firm where she hoped to make partner. Now, every goal she’s made is suddenly out the window. She moves to Pine Valley, looking for a new start. On day one she meets pro hockey player Tyler Nelson, who’s recovering from an injury and in a physical therapy program that includes nature things like hiking the ski resort, which he hates, and makes no secret of. He also makes no secret of his interest in Lindsey. Their lives are two worlds apart though, and it will take one of them changing everything to make a relationship work. 

My review

I love these Pine Valley romances! They are filled with great characters, compelling plots and I love the setting! Another great thing is that you don’t have to read these in any particular order. Grab whichever one you’d like to start with, you’ll be thrilled with any of them.

Something a bit different about this one is that at the beginning, neither of the main characters actually lived in Pine Valley. Lindsey moves there when her current work situation gets out of control. And Tyler…okay it seems weird to call him that – throughout the book he’s known as Nelson – he’s visiting Pine Valley from Las Vegas. He lives in Vegas where he plays hockey.

Anyway, Tyler or Nelson is a bit intense, especially at the beginning. He sees Lindsey in a situation that he thinks could be bad for her and he reacts immediately, even when she’s in no danger. There is bad and good to that. I love that he watches out for her, especially when she needs it most. He’s a bit quick to jump in though.

I liked Lindsey too. I was glad that her situation didn’t get any worse. And I really enjoyed watching her fall for Nelson in this book. The two of them were really adorable together. And they did so many sweet and romantic things together and for each other. I especially loved the ending!

This is such a great book. I can’t wait for the next Pine Valley romance!

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About The Reluctant Courtship of Jack Allen

The Reluctant Courtship of Jack Allen

Jack Allan cannot count the number of times he’s been approached with invitations beginning something like, “My sister has a friend…” It seems as if everyone in the small town of Corbett, Idaho, is intent on finding a wife for him–everyone except for Jack himself. The townspeople gossip that this is because Jack, a young widower, has not gotten over the death of his wife, Katelin, and in a way they are right. However, it isn’t his undying love for Katelin which is holding Jack back. Rather it is the memory of events surrounding her death, events about which only he knows and which have left him filled with guilt. 

Undeterred, Ruby Henderson, Jack’s feisty neighbor, introduces him to her granddaughter, Ally. Jack unwittingly finds himself attracted to Ally, and it seems she is attracted to him too. So he is stunned when he finally asks her out and she turns him down by saying it would be best if they were just friends. This sets in motion events which lead Jack into one romantic entanglement after another and with not one possible romantic interest but three. 

Set against the backdrop of farming and small town life, The Reluctant Courtship of Jack Allan is filled with amusing characters. It tells a story which is sometimes humorous and sometimes poignant as Jack struggles with his guilt while also working to sort out his love life and those of the people around him. 

My review

This book was really good. I liked a lot of things about it. The author did a really great job with the setting, and the characters. The plot was a bit predictable. But the book was still enjoyable.

One of my favorite things about the book was the setting of Corbett, Idaho. Corbett doesn’t appear to be a real place, at least I don’t remember it and it’s not coming up in a Google Maps search, but it felt like the little town I grew up in in Idaho. The way everyone knows everyone and their business seemed so much like a small town. And things like the potato harvest and getting out of school for it were things I experienced growing up.

I liked the characters a lot. This one features Jack Allen. He’s the main character and the reader sees everything through his eyes. I like seeing things through the man’s eyes a lot of times. And Jack is a great character. There is a complexity about him that you don’t always get in characters. That was great!

Corbett has a fun cast of characters, people like Ruby make the book come alive. Ruby is the kind of busybody that most people know. I loved the way she pushed Jack into doing things and got him thinking in different ways. Jack’s sister Gwen and brother-in-law Greg are great too. And there’s also Ally. Ally is Ruby’s granddaughter and she’s the main think Ruby tries to push him into. I do wish the reader had gotten to see a bit of her point of view. She seemed a bit one dimensional.

I liked the plot. There were a few things that weren’t predictable, but not as many as I would have liked. All in all, this is a good book that you’ll enjoy taking time to read.

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About Peace be Unto You

Peace be Unto You

Have you ever been out for a walk, minding your own business, and then out of nowhere a dog rushes out and starts barking at you…What did you feel like?’ My heart rate jumped, breathing grew shallow, and I felt great fear. It was an automatic and immediate response, requiring no thought on my part, an uncomfortable feeling as well. She sighed and said, ‘I feel like that all the time.’” Just as one of Dr. David Morgan’s patients describes in his book, all of us experience anxiety to varying degrees. Whether you feel anxiety all of the time, or occasionally when stressful situations arise, there’s something to learn in his new book, Peace Be Unto You: anxiety management through gospel principles. With anecdotes from years of practice as a psychologist, stories from the scriptures, and powerful life metaphors, Dr. Morgan delivers an insightful look into human psychology and how we can overcome anxiety through thought work and trusting in God. He gives specific insight and counsel in how to deal with anxious feelings, how to overcome the obstacles anxiety creates, and how to help those you love deal with anxiety. This book will give you specific, applicable tools, both psychological and spiritual, and immediately lift your spirit and give you hope that you can conquer any anxiety in your life. 

In eleven thoughtful chapters, Dr. Morgan teaches that anxiety is a part of life that we should expect to experience, but that we are in control and can develop personal power through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He creates a case study from the book of Jacob in the Book of Mormon, showing through a close reading that this powerful prophet suffered from anxiety, while identifying how he overcame his difficulties. Dr. Morgan teaches psychological tools such as mindfulness, visualization, thought work, and coping strategies that offer immediate solutions readers can apply to their lives, as well as teaching how feelings of love and confidence can empower those who struggle with anxiety. Finally, he offers guidance to those who want to help others suffering from anxiety, offering profound wisdom from his years of experience in the field. Dr. Morgan’s psychological expertise, combined with his mastery of the doctrine of Jesus Christ, make him the ideal mentor for anyone who wants to learn how to understand anxiety and its purpose in our progress in life. 

My review

It seems as though anxiety/depression issues affect almost everyone I know in some way or another. I loved getting to read this book written by a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints member who is a psychologist.

The author had a unique perspective. He has helped people with these issues, including his children. One thing that I really liked was the way he included the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets in the way he teaches those he helps deal with anxiety and depression.

My particular favorite chapter was the one he wrote specifically to those who help others with these issues. He gives some helpful does and don’ts. I loved that because I very rarely feel like I’m any help to my family member who deals with these issues.

This is a book that everyone should take the time to read. It’ll help you understand those around you with anxiety and depression issues.

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