Category Archives: Romance & Chick Lit

Fiction about character’s relationships, or engagements (a story about character development and interpersonal relationships rather than adventures). The majority of Romance feature the mutual attraction and love of a man and a woman as the main plot, and have a happy ending. Chick Lit can include romance but focuses on all relationships not just romantic ones.

The Lassoed By Marriage Collection

LassoedNine relationships started after saying I Do

The Lassoed by Marriage Collection
by Bell, Breidenbach, Carter, Connealy, Jepson, Lillard, Welborn, Y’Barbo, Zediker
Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Jan 2016

Lassoed by Marriage is a collection of short stories about unwilling marriage. Start a journey with all the characters that start off in a situation that forces them into marriage. Walk with them as they try to overcome obstacles and try to start a relationship. See them try to overcome their fears and reservations and strive to help better their relationship. Follow Cynthia and Lord Elliot Carlyle struggle to get past her sister’s deceptions and work to make their marriage work. Observe Katie as she strives to keep her son by marrying George her son’s uncle. See as she fights to break the stigma that follows her as she is the mother of a illegitimate son. Root for Penny as she fights to keep her family’s land by marrying a prisoner. Watch her try to teach her husband forgiveness for past wrongs done to him. Watch Coral and Hiram try to break the family feud despite being virtually forced to marry each other. Witness as a lord without title preform act of mercy as he rescues a widow and her land from people that threaten her. But both have secrets they are keeping from each other will they drive them apart or bring them together. Notice as a new minister offers sanctuary to Molly who was in a desperate situation. But will her outlaw brother drive the m apart? Laugh at Hattie’s antics that land her married to the town sheriff. Watch Maila fight to free herself and her husband from Rose the first wife. Observe as Tanner discover Debba after 4 years of isolation.

This book is filled with so many different elements its impossible to get bored.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

 

Whispers in the Reading Room by Gray

ReadingCan a man with a mysterious past and naive librarian work together to solve a murder.

Whispers in the Reading Room
Shelley Gray
Zondervan Fiction
Nov  2015

Lydia is fascinated by the handsome mysterious stranger that visits her library every day. Not knowing who he is or having ever spoken to him she feels puzzled when he rescues her at the lobby of a prestigious hotel. She discovers his name and the fact that everyone in the city is either afraid or intrigued by him. After rescuing her at the Hartman Hotel they ensue a fragile relationship. Sebastian Marks is intrigued by the quiet librarian but is hesitant to form any kind of tie to her due to his secrets. After peering into her seemingly happy life he discovers that she is penniless, with a demanding mother hounding her to marry anyone for money. On the other hand Lydia knows nothing about what he does and demands that he take her to his establishment. When he finally agrees to take her to his establishment things take an unexpected turn. A gentleman’s murder puts both of them in danger. Sebastian afraid that because of him Lydia will get hurt tries to break off their blooming relationship. Will Sebastian and Lydia realize their feelings for each other and find the murder?

I loved the book it was mysterious and hard to put down. I loved how much detail was put into the book and the perfect balance of mystery. I will probably read the rest of the series as soon as I can. I would recommend this book to historical fiction lovers. Get ready to be blown away by this book.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

 

A Spy’s Devotion by Dickerson

CSpy an two people who seemed to be destined to be apart work together to stop a traitorous plot?

 A Spy’s Devotion
The Regency Spies of London
By Melanie Dickerson
Waterfall Press
Feb 2016

Julia Grey is an orphan that grew up in the charity of her uncle’s home. Growing up in upper society she was never let forget that fact she was not up in the social class. With a small dowry her hopes of landing a good match are slim. She and Phoebe her cousins have grown up as close as sisters, so when Phoebe is enamored with Nicholas Langdon and asks Julia’s help to land him she willingly agrees. Nicholas Langdon is a second son who needs to marry someone with a good dowry. Back from the army due to an injury he tries to fulfill a promise to a dying man to deliver his diary to someone at the War Office. When he gets mugged and the journal stolen he gets pulled in to the spy game. After being brought up to date his mission is to get as close as possible to Robert Wilhern who is suspected of treason. Using Phoebe as his way in, he meets Julia Grey who captures his attention and feelings. Having been burned by his past fiancé who left him for a much older richer man he decides to be cautious. Julia is trying her best to get Nicholas to notice Phoebe but soon realizes that she has growing feelings for him. After being continuously reminded by her aunt and uncle that she is the poor relation and should stay away from Nicholas she starts to see things more clearly. So when Nicholas reveals that he is a spy and asks for her help she agrees. As danger mounts and sparks fly will they be able to stop a traitorous plot and figure out their feelings?

This book was very hard to put down. It had mystery intrigue at every flip of the page.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Joline’s Redemption by McDonough

JolineCan a woman who has fallen so low receive redemption and leave her past behind?

Joline’s Redemption
Land Rush Dreams Trilogy
by Vickie McDonough
Barbour Publishing
Nov 2015

Two years after running away from her sister’s Lara house Joline has fallen deep. After her husband’s betrayal she falls into the hands of an abusive controlling man. The threat of her son being taken away from her makes her brave enough to run away from him with a young Indian girl. After narrowly escaping they take refuge at their sister’s house. Surprised at the welcome she receives she decides to stay a few weeks then continue running. She decides to keep the secrets of her past to herself. After running in with her husband’s brother she gets a job at the store she used to run with her former husband. A few close calls with the man she is running from she decides to leave again. Blind to the concern of her family, her husband’s brother, and the redeeming love of God Joline tries to figure it all out on her own. Will she let her family help her? Will she open her heart to love again? But most importantly will she let the loving grace of god redeem her?

I loved this book. I also was intrigued and could not put this book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction. This book demonstrates the love and grace of god clearly. It shows that no matter how low you fall or how bad your past gods lave can redeem you. He does not see your past and accepts you as are. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Calico Spy by Brownley

CalicoCan a Sheriff and Pinkerton agent work together to catch an elusive murder and work out their feeling for each other.

Calico Spy
Undercover Ladies #3
by Margaret Brownley
Shiloh Run Press
January 2016

Katie Madison, a Pinkerton operative, is sent undercover as a waitress to Calico Kansas. Her new assignment is to investigate the murder of two Harvey House restaurant waitresses . Branch Whitman as the town’s sheriff is mad at the fact that a Pinkerton is sent to solve the case. He is stunned at the fact that the beautiful waitress that frequents his thought is the Pinkerton operative sent to help. When a secret from the past threatens to tear away what the sheriff holds dear he must decide to trust Katie or risk losing it all. As they face challenges together they can feel the growing attraction between them and don’t seem to know what to do about it. Will they be able to work together and catch the elusive murderer and figure out their feelings for each other?

The Calico Spy is the third book in the Undercover Ladies series. I really enjoyed this book. Once I started it I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the vivid description that brought the story to life. The descriptions of the waitress protocol had me cringing and feeling sorry for Katie while laughing during the funny parts. It had me guessing what was going to happen throughout the whole book. The characters and their antics were very refreshing. The author wove the western, mystery and romance elements beautifully. I would highly recommend this book to historical romance lovers or someone who loves a good mystery. I will definitely read the rest of the series.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Blessing by Lyn Cote

blessingCan two seemingly opposite people unite together to face the danger that seems to lurk everywhere?

Blessing
Quaker Brides #2
by Lyn Cote
Tyndale House Publishers
June 2015

A chance encounter at the Seneca Falls women’s suffrage movement leaves Blessing Brightman and Gerard Ramsey hoping to never cross paths again. Blessing is the Quaker widow of a difficult man whose death left her with wealth and a high standing in society. Gerard Ramsey is the son of a wealthy Boston family who craves independence and respect from his father. As Gerard’s best friend decides to court Tippy, Blessing’s best friend, he decides to dissuade him and moves to Cincinnati. There he gets to know Blessing for who she is. A simple Quaker woman with a passion to help those nobody deems worth helping. As he decides to enter in a business venture that will seemingly give him the independence he seeks from his father, nothing is as it seems. Someone wants to ensnare him with deceit, while the past Blessing has tried so hard to overcome seems to come back and taunt her. Things start to escalate as racial tensions start to give way to violence. As they fight their way through everything the feel themselves falling for each other but their past and their need for independence get in the way. Will they work their way through their problems and feelings?

This was historical masterpiece. It explored two of the major movement of that time, women’s suffrage and the anti-slavery movements. It also brought a sense of intrigue and danger I was not expecting. The book was well researched and was masterfully written. The author wove the historical, intrigue, and romance elements together very beautifully. I loved it and will recommend and read the rest of the series.


Myra Ovalle is your average typical girl. She loves to read. Her favorite types of books are historical fiction, biblical fiction and action adventure fiction. She would love to share her love of books and all the wonderful books she have read with you. Check out her new blog: From a Book Worm To You

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The River by Beverly Lewis

riverShe looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna’s death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past. A line I can’t move beyond…The River

The River
by Beverly Lewis
Bethany House
September 2014

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents’ landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn’t entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can’t undo?

My Thoughts:

I often get asked if I tire of reading Amish Fiction. The answer is yes and no. I like that I know the books will be clean and centered around Biblical values. Beverly Lewis is not one that I tire of as she has changed a lot in her Amish genre. Mrs. Lewis was the first author to hook and reel me into Amish fiction and I guess you could say she is still hooking and reeling me in with her stories.

Tilly and Ruth are well developed characters that you just adore. Both of the sisters have unresolved hurts that have kept them in a place that they have been stuck dwelling in for far too long.

This is a story of redemption, healing, forgiveness, and family. Both girls have to find peace and resolve and be content in their decision that led them away from their Amish roots.

I’m not going to give away any spoilers but, this is a worthwhile story that will pull at your heart strings and break your heart at the same time.

Thank you for another wonderful story. This story ended with a wonderful conclusion. I look forward Beverly Lewis next book.


ReneeK is a sweet tea addicted mamma who loves to cuddle up to a good book. She blogs at Little Homeschool on the Praire and writes about family, homeschooling, having a special needs child, and about whatever else tickles her fancy.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Healing Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter

91p39eAji4L._SL1500_Emma and Lamar are an Amish couple that have recently married and moved to Sarasota, Florida for the winter. Emma decides to have a quilting class in her new home.

The Healing Quilt
by Wanda Brunstetter
Shiloh Run Press
August 2014

The Healing Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter was a delightful story and it makes me want to go back and read the earlier books in the series. Emma and Lamar Miller, an Amish couple, have recently married and moved to Sarasota, Florida for the winter. Emma misses teaching quilting classes so she decides to hold a class in her new home. It seems that individuals that are hurting or have some other problem, gravitate toward Emma and her quilting classes. Jennifer, Phyllis, Erika, Kim, Noreen, and BJ sign up for the class and during the six weeks, Emma works her magic which is not really magic but just good common sense and a devout belief in God.

The author did an excellent job in the development of all aspects of the book. Everyone of the characters came to life on the pages of the book and the dialogue of each was very believable. All the scenes were so vividly described that I felt myself right in the center of all the action. Each individual that had a problem at the beginning of the class seemed to work through their feelings and situations and ended with happy results. It was actually inspiring to read about Emma and Lamar’s life and how they helped everyone that came in contact with the couple.

I recommend this book to all that enjoy a good story about the Amish.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

To Swim At Midnight by Suzanne D. Willi

912AsslwTOL._SL1500_Five years ago, Tristan Scott spent the last day of summer vacation with Brie as they went for a midnight swim in the lake. He has not seen Brie since then and has no idea that they have a son.

To Swim At Midnight
by Suzanne D. Williams
Self Published
July 2014

To Swim At Midnight by Suzanne D. Williams is a Christian love story but with a somewhat different plot than most Christian novels. Tristan Scott has returned to the lake where he spent the best summer of his life. His father has died and Tristan has to sell the lake house to pay the debts left by his father. He does not want to sell the house for it is filled with memories that he can’t forget and the best memory is Brie Angler. She and he shared a midnight swim that he will never forget. It has been five years since he has seen Brie but in driving by the house where Brie lived, he sees her in the yard and all the memories come rushing back. When Tristan stops to talk with Brie, he gets the shock of his life when he sees a very young boy who looks exactly like him. Tristan is at the lake house with his current girlfriend and she is not happy with the way he is acting for of course she has learned about Brie.

Suzanne has done it again with another great story. This Christian story is different for the main character does not become a Christian in the story. However, the reader is left with the feeling that he will become a Christian for Brie is now a Christian and is rearing their son with Christian values. The characters were so well developed that I was feeling each of their emotions right along with them. The dialogue of all the characters seemed to be exactly what would have been said in all the situations. I was pulling for Tristan and Brie to get together but I did feel a little sorry for the girlfriend. The author did have her speak her mind but she was not cruel as she could have been. There was some suspense in the plot line for I did not know if Tristan would marry the girlfriend or if he would end up with Brie. This story definitely showed the power of love and how it can change circumstances. The story had a good ending and I would like to see a sequel.

I definitely recommend this book even though it is not your typical Christian romance.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

Postmarked Ever After by Mary L. Ball

81O+O31+ZjL._SL1500_Serena Gray works as an emergency nurse and when she receives a letter stating that her husband has a daughter that he never knew, her life is filled with unanswered questions.

Postmarked Ever After
by Mary L. Ball
Lovely Romance Press
August 2014

Postmarked Ever After by Mary L. Ball is a very good Christian romance that leaves you with a good feeling when the story is finished. Serena Gray works as an emergency room nurse and is beginning to move on after the death of her husband. A letter addressed to her late husband arrives and it is from a woman dying of cancer telling him that he has a daughter he never knew. Through a chance meeting, Serena meets Adam Knox who just happens to be the husband of the woman who wrote the letter. Serena gives a talk on nursing at the school where Adam is the principal and one of the students at the lecture is Nicky, Adam’s daughter. Serena is sure that Nicky is her husband’s daughter and the story gets very interesting at this point. Should Serena show the letter to Adam or should she just remain quiet? Is there really an attraction between Adam and Serena?

Mary Ball did an excellent job in the development of this story. The characters came to life on the pages of the book and I actually felt as if Serena, Adam, and Nicky were close friends. It was good to have a pre-teen portrayed in such a loving and sweet way and the dialogue between Nicky and the adults was a joy to read. Scenes were so well described that I could see myself right in the middle of everything that was happening. Actually I was more standing in the background urging Serena to show the letter to Adam for I was sure that he knew that Nicky was not his biological daughter. The suspense throughout the story dealt mainly with Serena and the letter. Would she give Adam the letter or destroy it? Another little surprise was the dream of a young boy in the hospital and when he told Serena about the dream, she was not sure what to make of the dream. When the three main characters finally worked though all their problems, the story had a wonderful ending.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great love story with a Christian message.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the author as a review copy.