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.

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.

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.

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.

First Comes Love by Heyford

Kerry O’Hearn is a single mom and attorney raising three young daughters on her own. She had two disastrous marriages to cops so she very adamant about not having anything to do with cops in general.

First Comes Love
A Willamette Valley Romance 2
by Heather Heyford
Lyrical Press
May 2018

Detective Alex Walker has a grudge against Kerry as she was the attorney who skewered him on his last case. Somehow they both find themselves living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Kerry is determine to avoid Alex since he is a cop, but Alex has different ideas .

Against her better judgement, Kelly begins to have feeling for Alex. He is her daughter Shay’s boxing coach. Shay has become quite close to Alex. He has given Shay friendship and confidence she so definitely needs.

When Alex asks Kelly for assistance in obtaining custody of two young boys from abusive home she sees what a kind-hearted person he really is. Maybe all cops aren’t bad people.

When Kerry realizes she has fallen in love with Alex, she asks him to move in with her and the girls. Together they have five kids. Will they be able to make a good home for the children?

This is a story of mistrust, misconception and a little bit of self doubt, but love really does conquer all if you believe.


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.”

A good read. Highly recommend.

Wishcraft by Kade

Delilah is a Wiccan – witch. She is also a Pastry Chef at the Othello Restaurant where her day begins at 3:00 am. She hangs out at Gin’s, her favorite bar, where she picks up men for sex . Her standard drink is a martini and she use the olives to determine if the man she meets is the correct one. If the olive spends clock-wise the answer is yes, but if it spins counter clockwise the answer is no. If yes, she takes him home for a few hours of steamy sex. After the deed is done, she casts a spell on him, whispers “forget” and sends him on his ways.

Wishcraft
Touch of Magic #1
Savannah Kade
Gryffin Ink
December 2016

The olives aren’t working too well until one night she picks up Brandon. She takes him home and after her sexual encounter, she tries to put her spell on him and send him on his way. To her dismay, the spell didn’t work. She couldn’t get rid of him. Instead he just turned over and went to sleep. She finally got him awake so she could go work and he insisted on going with her. Mid-morning she is finally able to send him home. Hopefully this is the last time she would see him, but it is not to be.

Brandon had a confused week. He could remember a few things, but mostly his memory was non-existent. Several weeks later he run into Delilah at Gin’s. He approaches her and asked what she had done to him. Of course, she denied even knowing him. Brandon finally remembered enough to locate her apartment, and without any notification, he walks in on her. She has his shirt and is again trying to cast a spell on him. She is unable to resist him and after her sexual encounter, he leaves

Brandon still is not satisfied with his memory loss and decides to do more. He remembers Delilah telling him she had a brother Tristan and he owned a Magic Shop. Locating the shop, he starts talking beginners classes in magic.
Brandon’s spells has unbelievable consequences for Delilah.

Can Delilah reverse Brandon’s spells and get her life back? Has she learned her lesson?

The book was interesting but a little confusing. A good read for those interested in black magic .


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.”

Wildest Dreams by Kade

Jennifer (Jenn) and Walker are friends with benefits. They have ‘booty calls’ when they aren’t involved with someone. Jenn is looking for the perfect man and Walker doesn’t meet her list. She has dates, but they just don’t measure up to her expectations. That is until she meets Clark – he is PERFECT. They have been dating for awhile and he is the perfect gentleman. This is well and good, but Jenn is getting frustrated. Why hasn’t he kissed her or made love with her?

Wildest Dreams
Hollywood Nights #1
By Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
May 2017

When she discusses this with Walker, who knows Clark, he tells her Clark is looking for a woman who will be faithful and be the perfect wife. Jenn has had enough of Clark’s stalling and decides to surprise him. But she is the one who is surprised. She finds Clark cheating on her with his decorator. She, of course, breaks up with him and returns to Walker. Clark is determined to make her his wide. He apologizes and ask her to marry him. She refuses and tells him never to call her again. He didn’t give up and starts sending flowers, travel tickets and even sets up a website asking her to marry him and showing a beautiful ring.

Things continue with Jenn and Walker as usual. Jenn soon discovers she is pregnant. Should she tell Walker or not?
Taking the bull by the horns so to speak she gets up the nerve to tell him. Walker doesn’t take it too well at first but soon relents and tell her he wants the baby if she doesn’t.

Jenn figures out Walker is the perfect man after all and meets all the requirements on her list.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it to all adult 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.”

Eternally Bound by Davies

Ronan is a blue blood vampire and a defender. Declan is also a blue blood vampire, a defender and part of Ronan’s gang. Joseph, a blue blood vampire, originally part of the gang, has turned savage. Nathan and Kadence are hunters. Nathan and his gang have been fighting the savages and especially looking for Joseph who had killed his father.

Eternally Bound
The Alliance #1
Brenda K. Davies
Self Published
March 2017

Kadence and Ronan had never met. She had lived a sheltered live in the compound ruled by her brother Nathan. She was becoming restless, after all she was a fighter, and wanted to go after Joseph to revenge her father.

She escaped the compound one night and would up at the night club she knew Joseph frequented. Trying to keep from being seen by Nathan, who was also there to find Joseph, she looked up and Ronan was staring directly at her. Something passed between them that she couldn’t definite. Running from the room she hid in the alley as she watched the fight between the defenders and the hunters against Joseph and the savages.

Being so intent in watching the fight, she
was unaware of Joseph, until it was too late and she was severely wounded. Ronan appeared out of nowhere and saved her, but Joseph had escaped. He took her to his home and nursed her until her wounds had healed. Now was the time to send her home to Nathan. She tricked him set out on her own.

After several tries to send her back, which she always refused to go, he told her the hard truth. She would be turned into a vampire and be ETERNALLY BOUND to him for ever.

The book was very interesting and I enjoyed it. Would recommend to readers who enjoy fiction and a little mystery.


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.”

Freedom’s Light by Coble

Hannah Thomas is a young lady married to John. They take care of the lighthouse on a remote stretch of the coast line in Massachusetts. It is just the beginning of the Revolutionary War and John volunteers to go fight for his new country. Hannah’s world comes crashing down when she learned John has been killed in his first battle.

Freedom’s Light
Coleen Coble
Thomas Nelson
September 2018

Hannah is determined to continue John’s duties of maintaining the lighthouse and prevent ships from wrecking on the rocks close to shore. The work is hard and the isolation and loneliness is getting to her. She convinces her father to send her young sister Lydia, who lives in the South, for a visit. This may or may not have been a good ideal. Lydia is a Torry and really enthralled by the English soldiers. Hannah is a strong Patriot.

One dark and foggy night a British ship runs aground on the rocks and there is only one survivor – Captain Birch Meredith. He is injured and Hannah takes him into her home until he is well and able to return to his duties. The Caption, of course, is a Torry which causes Hannah a great deal of concern.

Everything is going reasonably well until Lydia invites Galen Wright, an officer in the British Army, and a long time friend of the family, to visit. Hannah is furious. She had a bad experience with Galen in the past and she was afraid of him.

Question: Will Hannah survive the War and find the peace and love she so richly deserves?

Ms. Coble has written an interesting story of a little mystery, a lot of intrigue and romance. Thoroughly enjoyed Hannah’s journey and highly recommend to all readers. Coble is a masterful story teller and will keep you guessing to the very end.


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.