Where Hope Begins by West

Savannah’s husband has left her. After being married for over 20 years and having three children he just simply walked away for a younger and prettier woman. Savannah is devastated. She is on her own and doesn’t know how she is going to survive. She had always found solace at the lake house in the Berkshires so she decides to go there and try to find a solution as how she is going to go on with her life.

Where Hope Begins
By Catherine West
Thomas Nelson
May 2018

When did things start to go wrong with she and her husband’s marriage? Was it when their eldest daughter had been killed by being hit by a car when she was riding her bike? Maybe it was when they had simply stop talking to each other and Kevin had started working so many hours and was never home.

At the Lake House Savannah meets with her favorite author Brock Chandler, his daughter Maysie and his great-aunt Clarice. They become friends and soon Savannah and Brock are becoming closer than friends. Her world is shaken, but she finds hope when Brock proves to her that she is worthy of love.

Savannah’s children, Zoe and Adam, are having a hard time with their parents being separated and thinking about getting a divorce. Adam attempts
suicide and Zoe isn’t talking to her father. Savannah invites everyone for Christmas including Brock and his daughter and Aunt. Things are going along okay until Kevin shows up uninvited and puts a damper on the celebration.

Will Savannah forgive Kevin’s betrayal and give their marriage a second chance?

The book is well written, the characters believable. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommended it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Secret Of Paper And Ink by Harrel

Sophie Barrett is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona employed by LifeSong Women’s Counseling. Her job is to help people cope with their burdens. Sophia had a nervous breakdown after the death of her abusive husband. On her first day back at work her new patient’s troubles mirror her own and she completely loses it. After making a decision to leave the country for the summer, she moves into an apartment above a quaint little bookstore in Cornwall, England.

The Secret Of Paper And Ink
By Lindsay Harrel
Thomas Nelson
February 2019

Ginny Rose is desperate to save her bookstore. Her husband has decided to take a break from their marriage and has left her with all the problems. She is unable to get a loan and faces losing her store. How is she going to cope without her husband and save his dream?

Sofia is just who Ginny needs. Together they work in the store and slowly begin to turn it around. One day going through a box of books, Sophia discovers a journal written by Emily Fairfax where she pours out her love for her childhood friend Edward who’s station she does not dream to touch. She is the governess for Edward’s sisters and will continue to be his friend.

Sophia is touched by Emily’s story. She enlists the help of Ginny and Ginny’s brother-in-law William to help her in her quest to discover everything she can about Emily. Their research uncovers many interesting things about the people associated with Emily and how she impacted their lives. The major discovery was that Emily, writing under a different name, became a famous author who is Sophia’s favorite.

This book is about the journey of three different women, living in different centuries, who turned their life around and realized their dream.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Discriminations and Disparities by Sowell

Current events and cultural hot topics can be very difficult to understand. The media, pop culture and uninformed loud people on social media all have opinions. But what’s really going on? That’s why I chose to go to a real expert.

Discrimination and Disparities
By Thomas Sowell
Read by Robertson Dean
Blackstone Audio, Inc
March 2018

I’ve come to realize that almost everything is more complicated than people think they are. Sowell’s book is an extremely readable explanation of how, all too often, people settle for prevailing sympathies instead of digging into the reality that no one thing causes no other one thing. Starting in the very first chapter, Sowell uses examples to explain in very easy to understand ways how only one-factor out of many can impact chances for disparity in outcome.

Sowell moves through several common misconceptions about how the world is the way it is and why certain policies have unintended consequences. While not advocating for any political party, Sowell is clearly Capitalist and open market. He makes compelling arguments that seeing decisions through an economic world view can help us make decisions that are based on facts rather than feelings.

I found this to be very interesting and read it in only two days.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

Castle on the Rise by Cambron

Ellie and Quinn are getting married in a small chapel. Laine and her daughter Cassie travels overseas to be in her best friend’s wedding. Ellie and Quinn have plans to restore a run-down Castle. Laine is recently divorced and trying to find her way. Laine agreed to accomplish the newlyweds to their home in Ireland. Quinn’s father had inherited a manor house and needed his help. Laine becomes completely enchanted with Ireland, the manor house and the rundown Castle

Castle on the Rise
The Lost Castle 2
by Kristy Cambron
Thomas Nelson
February 2019

It was the Abbey Theatre’s opening night performance of the Minute’s Wait and Lady Isode (Issy) Byrne was in attendance. Also in attendance is Padraig Pearse – leader of the Irish Citizens Army who later led the 1916 Irish Rising during Easter week.

Lady Maeve Ashford finds Eoin O’Byrne on her estate suffering from a gunshot wound and near death. With the help of her housekeeper she hid him and nursed him back to health. Maeve’s father is a strong supporter of the English. He would not be pleased with her housing an O’Bryne who is actually Pearce.

Izzy and the two Connolly Brothers fought with the rebels in their rebellion against England for their freedom. She was the photographer that took the pictures that later became history.

This book is the legacy of three women who had the courage to do what they felt was right.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Becoming the Talbot Sisters by Linden

Waverly Ross and Charlie Talbot are twins sisters. Shortly before their 13th birthday their parents were killed in a plane crash in Africa. The court awarded custody to their Aunt Mae and they went to live in Cookeville, Ohio. When they reach the age of 18 they receive their trust fund.

Becoming the Talbot Sisters
by Rachel Linden
Thomas Nelson
May 2018

Waverly used her inheritance to build a successful career with her home -entertaining show Simply Perfect. Charlie went to Africa to see where her parents had died in the plane crash. After staying in Africa for a few years she went to work as an aid worker in Budapest,
Hungary.

With their Aunt Mae passes away, they both returned to Ohio for the funeral. When Waverly opens up to Charlie about her inability to have children, Charlie volunteers to be a surrogate and carry the baby for them.

After returning to Budapest, Charlie witnesses a car crash in which she discovers several women who are victims of human trafficking. She agrees to testify against the traffickers .

Waverly arrives unexpectedly in Budapest and makes arrangements to film her shows for Simply Perfect in local kitchen. They are betrayed and kidnapped by Albanian Nationals who believes her popularity will persuade the United States to help them in their fight for unity.

Waverly receives an unexpected gift and Charlie has her baby. Will Charlie be able to give her baby to Waverly?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Indivisible by Thrasher

Darren and Heather Turner shared a passion for serving God. Darren felt there was something lacking in how he was serving God. After listening to a speech by President George Bush about the surge of boots-on-the-ground needed in Iraq, he knew at that moment that this was what he wanted to do. He wanted to bring Faith and confidence in Christ into a place of war.

Indivisible
by Travis Thrasher
Thomas Nelson
October 2018

Darren joined the Army and moved his family to Fort Stewart. After taking a few weeks to process into the Army, he knew he would soon be deployed to Iraq. The day came for deployment and he left his his family for his new position as chaplain to an infantry group.

Being Chaplin to a group of men who were fighting to stay alive, believers and non-believers, was not an easy job. Darren became friends with his men as they patrolled the desert looking for insurgents. As they continued to lose comrades in a never ending battle, Darren became more and more despondent as he conducted memorial services for the fallen.

At home Heather was fighting a battle of her own. She had her three children to raise all on her own while giving moral support to the wives who had lost their husbands. Having occasional phone calls with Darren just wasn’t doing it. She really needed him home, but that was not to be for quite a while.

What was left of the group was finally going home. But Darren was a different man from the one that had left 15 months ago. He was suffering from PTSD, angry all of the time and felt guilty because he had survived and so many of the others had not. Heather too had changed over the months he had been deployed. How would she and the kids interact with him once that he was home.

Darren is having a hard time adjusting to life away from the war zone. He is not the man that Heather married and Heather is not the woman that Darren married. They now face the biggest battle – to save their marriage.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The author clearly brought the horrors of war and what it did to two families being separated for a long period.

Highly recommended to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Larrabee’s Luck by McBride Choate

Johanna Kellerman runs a small independent horse training ranch. Her father had let the ranch go downhill after the death of her mother. Johanna is slowly bringing it back to its former self. She is working on a shoestring budget with very limited help. To add to her problems one of her men has quit to go work far a larger ranch that would pay him more money. She is desperately in need of a horse trainer, but isn’t sure if she will be able to afford one.

Larrabee’s Luck
Jane McBride Choate
Montlake Romance
January 2013

Johanna’s prayers are answered when Cade Larrabee shows up looking for a job. Cade has a way with horses and can do almost any job that he is asked to do. Cade is being blackmailed by his former Union Commanding Officer General Victor Wingate to spy on Johanna.

Johanna’s mother was an unwed 16 year old girl whose brother had forced her to give up the baby to save the family’s reputation. Johanna was given to the Kellerman family by missionaries passing through the area. After both her parents passed away Johanna was determined to be one of the best horse trainers in the area.

Cade proved to be even better at training horses than Johanna had hoped for. But there was just something about Cade that her foreman and best friend didn’t trust. Johanna was beginning to develop feelings for Cade, but she soon discovered he was not what he pretended to be.

Johanna’s world came crashing down the day that General Wingate came to visit and told her Cade Larrabee was hired to find her and get close to her. Johanna’s biological mother was looking for her. General Wingate had blackmailed Cade into finding her in order to prevent his sister from locating her. He had planned to tell her that he was unable to locate Johanna, pay her off and that would be the end of it. But Cade had a plan to outsmart Wingate.

Can she ever believe anything Cade tells her again? Will she get to meet her biological mother and will they become friends?

Ms.Choate get an amazing job in portraying Johanna and Cade. I certainly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Home by Yttrup

Melanie runs away. From conflict – from pain – from reality. She is a writer and lives in a make-believe world rather than in the real world. Craig, her husband, owns a development company. The company is in financial difficulty, but every time Craig tried to discuss it with Melanie, she just simply shuts down and walks away.

Home
By Ginny L. Yttrup
Shiloh Run Press
April 2017

Craig is building a custom-made house for one of his clients. He is spending a lot of time at the job site. Melanie becomes very concerned when she discovers who the client is. She has these thoughts – what if he falls for the beautiful widow, but like everything else she simply puts it out of her mind and tries to concentrate on her writing.

Melanie it’s on a strict deadline. Things at the house are distracting and she isn’t writing her daily word count. A friend of hers owns a house in Lake County. She suggests Melanie use it so she can write without any distractions. Melanie accepts and simply packs a bag and leave without discussing it with Craig. This is so like her – never considering anyone but herself.

Craig is so in over his head financially. He is almost to the point of losing his business and their home. He had tried discussing this with Melanie, but she simply tunes him out and walks away. He sells his boat and tools just to make the house payment. As a last resort he puts the house on the market even though the market is slow and he will not get the price the house is worth. When he sends Melanie a picture of the for sale sign in the yard she finally comes to realize what he’s been trying to tell her all along – they are in deep financial trouble.

Melanie needs to meet her deadline, return home to Greg and help him salvage his business. Selling their custom-made house will be hard, but for once in her life she needs to live in the real world instead of her make-believe world.

Will they be able to salvages the business or will they lose everything? Will they come to realize that home is not a house but where the heart is?

I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Fashion Designer by Moser

Annie has a dream to one day have a Dress Shop where she sold ready made dresses to working women at a reasonable affordable price.

The Fashion Designer
By Nancy Moser
Shiloh Run Press
July 2018

Today is the day that Annie, Maude and Edna had waited and hoped for. They had quit their jobs and was starting out on a new adventure to make Annie’s dream come true of establishing a ready-to-wear dress shop for working women.

On a trip to Paris, Annie and her husband Sean had become acquainted with Eleanor and Harold Sampson who agreed to finance their adventure. Annie’s dream was to have simple ready-made clothes for the working class, but Mrs. Sampson had other ideals. She wanted fancy expensive clothes for the wealthy. When Annie didn’t comply with Eleanor’s wishes, their partnership came to an end.

Without funds how were they going to make their dream a reality? Help came from an unexpected source. Henrietta, Annie’s mistress when she had worked as a housemaid, had ran away from home and came to New York. After hearing about Annie’s money problems, she said she would finance her. Unfortunately Henrietta had little money and this too came to an end. They truly were out of money and no help in sight. All they had was prayers and faith that God would provide. Through personal and financial setbacks they kept the faith that God will provide. As always God did by placing the right people with the finances to help.

Today Annie’s dream came true. She opened the doors of Unruffled – Dresses for Unruffled, Unveiled, Unstoppable Women.

Everything is possible with God’s help.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters were very realistic and I felt their pain, despair and utter helplessness.

Highly recommended this book to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Shadows of Hope by Daniels

Kristan and Marissa operated a Clinic for pregnant women. Katelyn works in the Coffee Shop where they have their morning coffee. Katelyn goes to the college where Marissa’s husband Colin teaches. She is having an affair with one of her Professors, but is unaware he is married or to whom.

Shadows of Hope
By Georgiana Daniels
Shiloh Run Press
April 2018

When Katelyn learns she is pregnant, she turns to Marissa and her Clinic. She goes to work part time at the Clinic and soon she and Marissa become friends. Katelyn has never told who the baby’s father is and Marissa never asked.

When Katelyn goes into labor and on her way to the hospital, she phones Marissa to come be with her. When Marissa walks into the room, she stops dead in her tracks, she has come face to face with the father. She runs from the room and out into the night. This couldn’t be happening.

The story is about lies, compassion and betrayal. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

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