About Love Again at the Heart of Main

Love Again at the Heart of Main

Tory is living her dream running her own coffee shop, Love a Latte, and raising four young kids. But her divorce left her doing it all on her own and not always succeeding. She’d consider marrying again someday– as long as the man was the complete opposite of her ex. But she really has no hope of that, because who would ever willingly step into her chaotic life?

Not only has Nate’s marriage failed, but during the entire time he was married, he’d failed at convincing his ex that they should start a family. Now he keeps busy with his construction company to keep him from dwelling on what he’s lost. Or on how his divorce has left him with little faith that he could ever be a successful husband to anyone.

When a tree falls on Love a Latte during a lightning storm, causing extensive damage to the building, Nate steps in to help Tory rebuild. As the damaged building is being mended, can working side-by-side also mend their damaged hearts?

My review

I read Second Chance on the Corner of Main by Meg Easton a couple of months ago and I loved it. It was way exciting to see that there was another book in this same series. I love how the author is writing about all the characters in Nestled Hollow. They are all kind of intertwined so the reader gets to “see” how they’re doing in each consecutive book. And each book stands alone, that makes it even better.

This book was a quick read for me. I read the whole thing in an afternoon. That’s my favorite way to read a book. This book has great characters, a fun plot, and a great ending. I didn’t want to put it down.

Tory is one of those amazing mothers who seem to be able to do it all. She has 4 kids who keep her busy, and she’s a single mom. Tory runs the shop Love a Latte on Main Street in Nestled Hollow. I loved the way Tory was with her kids. She worked hard, and taught them to do the same. It was fun to see the kinds of things she did to get her kids to like to work. I may have to steal some of her ideas.

Nate runs a construction company. It’s a busy time of year for him, and he has a lot going on. But he jumps in to help Tory when a tree falls on her shop. On his own time. I loved the way he went out of his way to help her. And watching him with Tory’s kids was fun. It’s always great when the male characters like kids.

I loved the plot of this one. It’s fast paced, light and fun. This would be a perfect summer read for lounging in the sand or by the pool.

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Deep Conviction

About Deep Conviction

deep conviction

Deep Conviction features four ordinary Americans who put their reputations and livelihoods at risk as they fought to protect their first amendment right to live their personal beliefs. Though these individuals couldn’t be more different, they share a similar conviction and determination, and the principles of religious freedom apply equally to all of them.

In 1813, a Catholic priest in New York City faced prison after a grand jury subpoenaed him for refusing to divulge the identity of a jewelry thief who admitted to the crime during the sacrament of confession.

In 1959, an atheist in Maryland was forced to choose between his job and his beliefs when the state required him, as part of the hiring process, to sign an oath that said he believed in God. The United States Supreme Court would decide his fate.

In 1989, a Klamath Indian man walked into the highest court of our nation to fight for the right to practice the central sacrament of the Native American Church after the state of Oregon had declared it illegal.

And, finally, in 2017, a Christian baker and a gay couple took their cases to the United States Supreme Court after the baker declined to create a custom wedding cake to celebrate the couple’s same-sex marriage, fearing it would violate his duty to God.

Chosen for their universality and for the broad principles they represent, these true stories reflect the diversity of beliefs in the United States, the conflicts between religious freedom and other interests, the perils individuals face when their right to live their beliefs is threatened, and the genius of America’s promise of religious liberty for all.

My review

I have never read a book quite like this one! It was amazing just how much I enjoyed this one. It is well-written, interesting and informative.

The way this one is written, it discusses 4 first amendment cases that went to the Supreme Court. 3 of the four cases were before I remember being cognizant of the news. The 4th is a case that I remember hearing a bit about, but not a lot.

Reading about the Supreme Court cases was really interesting. I’ve never really known how the court worked and what exactly the judges would do with a case. This book talks about how the Supreme Court operated in these specific cases. As well as what kind of precedents they use to figure out their ruling. It also includes some of what the lawyers said during the specific trials.

Another thing that was really interesting was the aspect of religious freedom. It made me think of some of the things I’ve been reading other places. I’m grateful that we have religious freedom in our country. It’s something I know I’ve taken for granted. Hopefully after reading this, I won’t anymore.

Make sure to read this one! You won’t regret it!

I was sent a copy of Deep Conviction as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Steven T. Collis is the Chair of Religious Institutions and First Amendment Practice Group at Holland & Hart LLP. He regularly represents religious institutions, school districts, and traditional employers nationwide regarding a broad range of religious liberty issues. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he teaches courses on religious liberty law. Steven received his MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He and his wife have four children and reside in Colorado.

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About A Proper Scandal

A Proper Scandal

Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar’s household—with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace’s estranged Aunt Bell has agreed to take her in to her home in London. But Grace soon learns her situation has just gotten much worse.

It takes only a moment’s acquaintance for Grace to ascertain that her aunt has married a detestable rake. And Aunt Bell, recognizing the danger of having her lovely niece too near her husband, gives Grace an ultimatum: the young woman has two weeks to find a man to marry, after which she will be turned out. With no experience in the art of attracting a husband, Grace quickly realizes that a worthy suitor might not be so easy to ensnare.

My review

I love it when I find a great book that I don’t want to put down. This was definitely one of those! I loved everything about it from page one. The characters were amazing, the plot was perfect, and the little trains in each chapter were adorable. And I can’t even tell you how much I love the cover!

Let’s start with Grace. She’s gone through some hard times. Her parents died, leaving her to live in the vicarage in her town. But now it’s time for her to move on. One thing about Grace is that she just wants to have a place for just her. She’s been removed from her home by the man who inherited her father’s estate. The vicar and his wife wanted her to move on. She just wants to be loved.

It’s a bit ironic how she escapes the crazy man on the train only to be in her uncle’s household. I loved this aspect of the plot. For Grace, it’s kind of just one unfortunate event after another. And she must work to get herself free of them.

That’s where Nate comes in. I loved Nate. He’s a gentleman, even when Grace is not quite acting as a lady ought. I loved his humor. And the way he goes out of his way to watch over Grace, even when he has no idea why.

This book is amazing! Make sure to go grab your own copy. It’s a perfect summer read.

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About Pathways

Pathways

Eileen has never been interested in love. Ever since her father’s abandonment, she’s vowed to never experience such pain again. But the enchanted forest has different ideas. When the continuously shifting pathways lead her to a mysterious stranger, Eileen finds her promise to fiercely guard her heart increasingly difficult to keep. 

One night when she becomes lost in a storm, the enchanted forest’s pathways lead her to the castle, home to the kingdom’s Dark Prince, where Eileen finds herself entangled in what many consider an opportunity but which Eileen believes to be a curse: competing for the Dark Prince’s hand through a series of tests that judge one’s royal worth. Eileen is neither royal nor interested in becoming a princess. But the mysterious stranger she met in the woods has his own reasons for helping her succeed, although the cost of his assistance may be too high: that of Eileen’s heart, the one thing she’s vowed never to give. 

Inspired by “The Princess and the Pea” and “Rumpelstiltskin”

My review

I love a good young adult novel. And the author gets bonus points if they include something to do with a fairy tale. I did like this one, but the first half or so was really hard for me to get into. It just seemed to start really slow plot wise.

I liked Eileen. She’s a young girl who lives by an enchanted forest. Eileen spends a lot of time in the forest sketching. She also spends time with her friend Rosie reading love stories. But Eileen never plans to marry. Her heart was broken by her father leaving as a child and she’s vowed never to marry. I loved the way Rosie bakes magical things. The scene where these two bake their enchanted cakes was one of my favorites.

I loved the way the forest in this one is almost as developed as any of the other characters. It leads Eileen from one place to another on paths designed just for her. One day it leads her to a man.

Aiden appears to try to hurt Eileen. But he extracts a promise that she must visit with him three times. During those times, Eileen comes to care for him.

This is where the plot got really interesting for me. The forest leads Eileen to a castle, where she’s mistaken for a princess wanting to compete for the princes hand in marriage. The only one there who knows Eileen is Aiden. And he helps her as best as he can. But the question is, does Eileen really want to marry the prince?

I loved the second half of this one. It made me want to read the next one by this author.

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About Finding Anne De Bourgh

Finding Anne de Bourgh

As heiress of Rosings Park, Anne de Bourgh’s heath is utmost importance to her mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Thus, following the shock of a recent fire at Rosings Park, the young woman is spirited away to Brighton to take the cure. While her domineering mother is bent on healing her daughter’s sickly constitution to secure her a suitable match, Anne herself is far more concerned with sketching the flora and fauna of the lovely sea town. It is in pursuit of artistic inspiration among the flowers that Anne becomes acquainted with Mr. Owen Talbot, a charming man with whom Anne feels an immediate connection, notwithstanding their differing stations.

But despite their growing esteem for one another, the couple faces an insurmountable problem: Lady Catherine has set her sights on a rich, well-connected man for her daughter, and Mr. Talbot is simply too common. With their love in jeopardy, the couple soon faces far graver problems. There has been a murder in Brighton, and Anne is innocently drawn into an amateur investigation that ultimately traces its roots to her own family. With a frightening foreshadowing regarding the de Bourghs, Anne begins to question whom she can truly trust.

My review

It’s a little crazy to me that as many times as I have read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I’ve never thought that much about Anne de Bourgh. She’s always just been a secondary character to me. This book got me thinking more about her. And I liked that!

The author did a great job with this one. It doesn’t feel like a continuation of Pride and Prejudice, and it’s not intended to. This book stands on it’s own so well. I loved all of the characters, previously known and unknown. It’s just great!

I love that the reader gets to see the plot of this one through so many different points of view. The reader sees things through Anne’s eyes as well as Owen’s and Kenneth’s.

Anne is a great character. I loved the way I was able to see her differently in this story than I’ve ever seen her before. She was a young woman with thoughts and feelings. And I liked Lady Catherine de Bourgh in this book at least a little better than I ever have before as well.

I liked Owen too. He is a fine young man, even though Lady Catherine wants to keep Anne as far away from him as she can. His mother is probably one of my favorite characters in this one. So great!

Most of this one is set in Brighton. I loved reading about the dippers again. And the way that the people would have taken the sea water. Historical details like that interest me so much!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way it made me see things differently and think differently about a character I’ve “known” for a really long time.

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Before I get to my review of Daisies and Devotion today, I wanted to let you know that I won’t be posting five days a week for the time being. I’m having a hard time keeping up with that much reading for the moment. I’ll probably get back to that schedule in the fall, but for now, it’s too much. Thanks for your understanding.

About Daisies and Devotion

Daisies and Devotion

Timothy Mayfield has nearly given up on his search for a wife. Though he is the picture of a fine, social gentleman, Timothy wishes his finances provided a more stable foundation. Then his Uncle Elliott presents to him a solution: participate in his “marriage campaign,” and upon approval of his choice for a wife, Timothy’s inheritance will be his.

Freed from the constraints of having to marry for money, Timothy is ready to marry for love instead. And he knows exactly what he wants in a wife: youth, optimism, beauty, blonde hair, fine-boned features, shapely shoulders, small waist, blue eyes, button nose, solid fashion sense, a light laugh, low voice, arched eyebrows, fair skin, elegant fingers, quick wit, calm manner, and a dazzling smile.

His friend, Maryann Morrington, an heiress in her own right, tells him outright that his expectations are ridiculous—no such woman exists. Maryann had considered Timothy as a potential suitor for a time, but then their relationship shifted to friendship and she has avoided allowing herself to have feelings for him again.

She agrees to help him find his “perfect wife,” because she’s certain that the search will render nothing. Until it does. Miss Shaw appears to fulfill every single item on Timothy’s list—unlike Maryann who has brown hair, brown eyes, lacks delicate features, and possesses a laugh that is definitely unladylike.

But when Timothy and Miss Shaw begin courting, Timothy realizes something profound. He’d rather spend his time with Maryann. But can he trust his judgment when his heart has led him wrong so many times before?

It is only when Maryann leaves the London season early, that Timothy realizes that he had truly fallen in love with her and that his list of requirements were nothing but fantasy. If he hopes to build a strong relationship, Timothy must convince Maryann that she is the very woman he’d been looking for all along—before it is too late.

My review

I got to read the first book in this series, Promises and Primroses, last year. This made me super excited to get to read the next installment. I loved the way the characters from that one made an appearance in this one. It just makes the series fit together so much better than if they hadn’t.

This one is about Maryann and Timothy. I loved the way these two characters are together! They’re honest with each other about everything, even down to Timothy needing to marry a woman of means at the beginning. And Maryann knowing that she was an heiress that was a big concern for her, she was always having to fend off men who just wanted her money.

Maryann is witty and just a fun character. I loved the way she cared fiercely for her family. She had given up her whole life to care for her ill mother. And she gives up much to care for her older sister in this one as well. It just shows the kind of person she is and how much family means to her.

Then there’s Timothy. I loved the way he was the kind of gentleman all the girls would have been looking for in the season. He was honest and watched out for Maryann’s reputation, surprisingly even more than she did. And when he heard Uncle Elliott’s plan to give him more if he got married, things changed for him. He no longer needed money the way he thought he did. I loved watching his character open up a bit at this point.

The list…Timothy has a list of things he wants or does not want in a wife. And that is a big part of the plot of this one. He and Maryann actually had a bit of a tiff over his list. And he was unkind to Maryann about a thing or two on his list without ever meaning to be. I loved how this factored into the plot and the story. Such a great addition to it.

I can’t wait to see how the author uses Uncle Elliott’s ideas in the rest of the series!

If you love Regency romances, you won’t want to miss this one. I think you could read this one first if you wanted, but I’d highly suggest that you start with Promises and Primroses. I’ve included a link below if you want to use it.

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About author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack is the author of twenty-five novels—including the twelve-book Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series—one cookbook, and has been part of several coauthored projects and anthologies. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.

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Upon My Heart Forever

About Upon My Heart Forever

Upon My Heart Forever

When Clara Moore learns of her brother’s unthinkable scheme—to take her to England and force her into a hasty marriage—she knows she must escape New York. But when she finds out who has accepted the job of taking her to Boston, she almost rethinks her own hurried plan. For the handsome man who comes to her aid is none other than her former love, Ethan Barrik. He left her heart in shambles six years before. Can she trust him a second time?

Ethan Barrik is no stranger to struggle. But tracking the enemy, and war-time spying are nothing compared to the pain of regret. Ready at last to leave his past behind, he accepts one final job for a friend, only to discover the person he’s really helping is the woman he still loves. Despite her ire, he knows he must make every attempt to make it right—and hope she will find a way to forgive him and give their love another chance.

My review

This is my favorite kind of book! It’s well-written with great characters. And it’s something I can read in an afternoon. It’s perfect for a day at the beach or lounging by the pool.

The book opens with Clara. She’s in a hurry trying to pack whatever she might need. The reader finds out as the first chapter goes along that she’s trying to get out of the house before her brother returns. He’s planning to take her to England to marry and she wants none of that.

I loved Clara. She’s a great character who just wants to live her life in the way she sees fit. I felt kind of sad for her because she was in love with Ethan and she had no idea what had happened to him.

One of my favorite things about this book was the way Ethan was asked to escort Clara. And he had no idea that he was to escort her. And even better, neither did she. That whole scene was so fun! But I kind of wanted to smack both of these characters, because when they’re thrown together they don’t just decide to love each other the way they already do and move on. That would have saved them so much time.

There is plenty of great things going on in this one. I really loved the characters and the plot. I liked the way the book ended. This is a fun one to read!

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About Charlotte’s Promise

Charlotte's Promise

One year ago Charlotte Bower’s life was ripped apart when Creek Indians attacked, killed her parents, and separated her from her young brother—now, she will stop at nothing to find him. After a year of captivity, she has finally made her escape. Her search will begin in New Orleans, where captives were taken after the raid. But how to reach a city hundreds of miles away? As she watches men boarding a waiting ship, Charlotte formulates a bold plan: if it’s men they need for the ship’s crew, it’s a man they’ll get. Taking on her childhood nickname, Charlie, it is all too easy to gain passage on the New Orleans-bound vessel. Easy, that is, until Charlie is caught . . .

From the moment he sets eyes on the new deckhand, Captain Alden Thatcher knows one thing for certain: Charlie Bower is no man. But for reasons of his own, he keeps her secret. As their journey progresses, however, the voyage is increasingly ill-fated. With danger ever present, Charlie and the captain find themselves relying on one another in ways they’d never imagined. As they draw closer to her goal, Charlotte is faced with the most perilous adventure of all—an adventure that may risk her heart.

My review

Jennifer Moore is one of my very favorite authors! She is amazing at writing characters that the reader cares about. And writing a plot that keeps the reader engrossed in the story. I love the way she includes history in her books and makes me want to know more about the specific time period or event she’s telling about. This book does all of these!

This one starts out with Charlotte. She’s on the run. And she’s had to disguise herself as a boy. For most of the book she’s known as Charlie, the Swabbie. I loved the way Charlie does whatever she has to do to keep her promise to her little brother Will. She’s a determined young woman. And hard working too.

Then there’s Alden. I love that he’s the main character in this one. He was one of the characters in The Shipbuilder’s Wife but the reader learns so much more about him in this book. He knows that Charlie is a girl from the very beginning. The way he watches out for her and works to keep her safe was so sweet. He’s such a great character!

There are so many characters in this one that I loved. I loved the way they all grow to care for each other. And they all watch out for each other too.

This one is set during the War of 1812. There is tons of fighting going on. And it ends up effecting the lives of our beloved characters. But they don’t let the war or the British stop them from keeping their promises and watching out for one another.

This is such a great book! I loved everything about it. Make sure to read it for yourself!

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About the author

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. She suffers from an acute addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.

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About Invisible Heroes of World War II

Invisible Heroes of World War II

Invisible Heroes of World War II, documents ten fascinating true stories of a diverse group of soldiers and noncombatants from all over the world, including African Americans, women, and Native Americans who worked and fought to keep the world safe from tyranny and oppression. Some were frontline soldiers and spies, while others were engineers, industry workers, or war correspondents and photographers. Without much fanfare, these heroes made noteworthy contributions to the war effort. Some even gave their lives for freedom and liberty. All served with valor and distinction, and their names should never be forgotten.

  • Pat Patton: Abandoned at Bataan
  • Nancy Wake: The White Mouse of the French Resistance
  • Joseph Hyalmar Anderson: Missing in Action
  • Joseph Medicine Crow: The Last War Chief
  • Dickey Chapelle: American Journalist
  • Navajo Code Talkers: Heroes of the Pacific War
  • The Purple Heart Battalion: Rescuing the Texas 1st
  • Combat Engineers: Builders and Soldiers
  • African Americans at War: Heroes Despite Prejudice
  • Rosie the Riveter: Women in the War Industries

My review

I really enjoy books by this author. I love the way he tells the stories about the people in this book. His writing makes these real people and groups jump off of the page. It almost seems as though the reader knows them.

I loved the way I learned about all of the people and groups. Even if I thought that I had at least a basic understanding of the groups, I was able to learn new things about them.

And the individual people were great! I hadn’t heard of any of them. It was so great to learn a little about them. And why their contribution, even though it seemed small, made a difference.

Maybe that’s the main thing I took from this one. Each individuals contribution may be small, but when put with everyone else’s contribution it makes a difference. That’s a great lesson for all of us!

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Jerry Borrowman is an award-winning author of historical fiction and nonfiction. He has written about World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and the Vietnam War. He is the recipient of the George Washington National Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Jerry and his wife, Marcella, raised four children and live in the Rocky Mountains.

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About A is for Author

A is for Author

He’s the guy she loves to hate.

Emma Lindsor writes beautiful books adored by literary critics, even if readers don’t exactly line up for them. Aidan Maxwell writes heart-pounding thrillers with explosions and car chases. And thanks to his handsome face, readers line up for blocks to buy his novels.

Aidan Maxwell stands for everything Emma loathes, and when professional circumstances throw them together, sparks fly—angry ones. But as their paths keep crossing, will they see past their own hardwired ideas to star in a love story all their own?

My review

I’ve been looking forward to reading this one ever since I finished The ABC’s of Dating, renamed to The Dating Game. I already knew that I liked the way this author writes. This book did not disappoint! Reading this one just left me wanting more!

I loved Emma. The first thing I noticed was the chemistry between Aidan and Emma. They really just worked, even though Emma thought she hated him. There were so many times when these two were together that I laughed out loud. They are just so great together.

I loved the way Aidan goes out of his way to be able to help Emma. He helps her with her book and he helps her with her private life as well.

I wasn’t sure I loved Aidan during the first chapter. My first impression of him was pretty much the same as Emma’s. But, since the reader is able to see what he’s thinking as well as Emma, I had a greater grasp of his character. And I liked him sooner than Emma did.

This book is probably my favorite one I’ve read in a while. Make sure to grab your own copy!

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