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Glory Road by Denton

Jessie McBride lives and works on Glory Road in Perry, Alabama. She owns a garden shop called Twig. She has a teenage daughter Evan. During high school she pretended to be someone entirely different that what she really was.

Glory Road
by Lauren K. Denton
Thomas Nelson
March 2019

Ben Bradley also lives on Glory Road with his son Nick. Ben and Jessica went to school together. Ben played football and Jessica was his cheerleader. They spent a lot of time together after school and during the summer. Jessica was so much different with Ben then she was at school. She could be herself with him. After the senior party, just before they both were scheduled to leave for college, Ben told Jessica he loved her. She didn’t know how to handle this and simply walked away.They both leave Glory Road and go their separate ways. Jessica meet Chris, gets married and has Evan. Jessica is living the life she always dreamed of having. But her world fell apart when she learned that her husband had been cheating on her. She and Evan return to Glory Road.

Ben and Nick also returned to Glory Road. Evan meets Nick and soon they become friends. Jessica is surprised to learn that Ben is back and living in his parents’ home. She is torn between the past and the present. She hasn’t gotten over her feelings for Ben. Summer Tate, a wealthy business man, stops in the shop one day and ask Jessica to do the flowers for his daughter’s wedding. She agrees and soon they become friends. He is looking for more than friendship, but she isn’t ready to commit to anything but being his friend.

Will Jessica get over her feeling of betrayal and give love a second chance? Will she choose Ben or Summer? What new adventure is waiting for her just around the curve on old Glory Road?

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.

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Read

Madeline Cullen is a young attorney on her way to making partner in a prestige law firm. She lives in a high-rise condo furnished with pricey antiques.

The Printed Letter Bookshop
by Katherine Read
Thomas Nelson
May 2019

Madeline’s Aunt Maddie owns a quaint and cozy bookshop in Eagle Valley. Some of Madeline’s happiest memories are working in the bookshop. When Maddie passes away she leaves everything to Madeline, including a mountain of debt.

Today is the day for the big announcement. Who will be named the new partner? Madeline is ready to celebrate. She is positive she has been chosen. But she wasn’t – her ex-boyfriend had been made partner. In a fit of temper and pride, she quits. With nothing else to do, she goes to check out the bookshop. She plans to sell it as quickly as possible, but the two employees have others ideas. They want to save Maddie’s legacy. Janet is reeling from a recent divorce and Claire is drawn to the daily routine – here she feels needed.

By working together the three women turn the shop into a place Aunt Maddie would have appreciated. In separate rooms Madeline practices law, Claire runs an art studio and Janet runs the shop and creates beautiful window displays. Love, friendship and family finds a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s a story of three women who come together to save a friend/aunt’s legacy and find their own new beginning.

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.

Who I Am With You by Hatcher

Jessica Mason lost her husband and daughter in a car accident just before Christmas. The day before the accident her husband had asked for a divorce. Then she discovered she is pregnant. Could things get any worst? How is she going to cope with her grief?

Who I Am With You
A Legacy of Faith Novel
by Robin Lee Hatcher
Thomas Nelson
December 2018

Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho avoiding a political scandal that has tarnished his good name. He is staying at his parent’s vacation home which is next door to Jessica. Both are trying to live a low-key life under the radar. Jessica because of her grief and Ridley because of the scandal. A stray dog actually leads him to form a relationship with his neighbor.

As Jessica’s friendship with Ridley continues to grow, she begins to start living again and see some of her friends. Ridley is beginning to have feelings for Jessica but isn’t sure if she is ready or has feelings for him. Will they be able to forgive the people that have betrayed them, let the past define them or will they find love?

The book is well written, her characters believable and a page-turner.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and 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.

In The Shadow Of Croft Towers by Wilson

Sybil Delafield is on her way to Croft Towers. She has been employed as companion to Mrs. Chalcroft. The coach is robbed by highwaymen and Sybil notice a tattoo on the wrist of one of the men. Finally arriving at her destination she is not given a very warm welcome. To her horror she recognizes o the robber. Should she say something or just ignore him? Mister Sinclair, the robber, is her employee’s godson and Lord Stanton’s heir. Just who is Sinclair ?

In The Shadow Of Croft Towers
by Abigail Wilson
Thomas Nelson
January 2019

Sybil is directed by Mrs. Chalcroft to deliver letters, in the middle of the night, to several people in the town. What is in these letters and could she possibly be a spy for the French who is at war with England?

When several of the people who had been on the couch with Sybil are murdered, she is more determine than ever to get to the truth. Is there anyone that she can trust?

Sybil had been educated at a very respectable institution. An unknown benefactor had been paying her tuition. Is Lord Stanton her benefactor and could he possibly be her father? Her main reason for coming to CroftTowers had been to find out information about her parents.

With murderers, smugglers and spies on the loose, no one in Regency, England is what they claim? Will Sybil learn who her parents were and who the traitor is?

The book is a well-written story of betrayal, a little mystery, smuggling and treason.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and 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.

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.

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.