Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Learning Faith at Steeple Ridge by Liz Isaacson

Series: Steeple Ridge # 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
Released: Nov. 10, 2017
230 pages
About the Book:
Sam Buttars has spent the last decade making sure he and his brothers stay together. They've moved from farm to ranch back to a farm after the unexpected and tragic death of their parents. They've been at Steeple Ridge for a while now, but with the youngest married and happy, the siren's call to return to his parents' farm in Wyoming is loud in Sam's ears.

He'd just go if it weren't for beautiful Bonnie Sherman, who roped his heart the first time he saw her. Bonnie's got thick ties to Island Park as her four-year-old son is buried there. She finds herself at the cemetery more often than not, praying for peace, but as she starts to lean more on Sam, she wonders if she can leave Vermont and find a happier future somewhere else, with someone else.

Do Sam and Bonnie have the faith to find comfort in each other instead of in the people who've already passed?

                                                   Liz Isaacson's Website  

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (4 stars)
Learning Faith at Steeple Ridge Quote 

 I enjoyed returning to Steeple Ridge, getting to know Sam and Bonnie more. They had a couple dates in the previous book, but when Sam felt called to move back to the family ranch in Wyoming, he broke things off thinking he could never ask her to leave her hometown. But there is definitely an attraction between the two of them, with the push of his brothers and her friends they are encouraged to take a chance and see where their feelings lead them. The attraction grows into love and creates uncertainty of what to do about their future. Sam wants to be with Bonnie, but feels he is suppose to be in Wyoming & Bonnie wants to be with Sam, but feels she could never leave Island Park. What will they do? Can they make a relationship work? Both learn to rely on their faith to lead them towards the right decision for them. I liked these characters and was hooked the whole way through.

(I received an ARC of this book from the author; opinions expressed
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

Other Books in the Series:
1 Finding Love at Steeple Ridge 3-Kissing-Santa-at-Steeple-Ridge_thu 4-Coming-Home-to-Steeple-Ridge_thumb

Monday, 15 January 2018

Monday's Reading Status Update: January 15th


Welcome to week 3 of my new feature I'm calling Monday's RSU. Every Monday I share an update of my reading status - what book (or books) I finished since last Monday, what book I am currently reading and what I am planning to read next. I was able to get quite a bit of reading done last week.

Just Finished:
A Table Before Me_thumbThis was book the I was currently reading last Monday. This book matched the same intensity as other books in the series and once again I am left anxiously awaiting for the next installment of the series. My review will be up around the official release date, which is January 29th.


Learning Faith at Steeple Ridge  Kissing Santa at Steeple Ridge  Coming Home to Steeple Ridge
I finished Liz Isaacon's Steeple Ridge series. Even though I was a couple months behind in this series, I really enjoyed reading them one after another. I will miss the Buttars brothers, but Ms. Isaacson has a new cowboy series starting early February so I won't be in cowboy withdrawal for too long. My first review for these 3 books will be up on Wednesday (Jan. 17).

Currently Reading: 
Son of PromiseThis is the book I featured this past Friday's for First Line Fridays (click here to read the first couple lines). The back cover description intrigued me, and I get to spend more time on a farm. I have to say I am not a farm girl and have no desire to actually live on a farm, but I love horses and really enjoyed books that are set on farms, ranches, etc. 

Reading Next:
The Dandelion FieldI read this book back in 2015, but last February I picked up book 2  to this (The Hearts We Mend) and I think it is time to read it. I prefer to read series books back to back and since it has been a while since I read book one I have decided I am going to reread it before starting book 2. (You can expect to see book 2 in next weeks update.)


What are you books are you currently reading or have recently enjoyed?
If you wish to join in on this feature, please let me know.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham

Series: A Pleasant Gap Romance # 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent
Released: April 6, 2017
308 pages
About the Book:
Single mom, Eisley Barrett, prefers to keep romance housed within a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an actor with a sordid past offers her heart a very different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past he's ashamed to confess. Suspicious and cynical, he's managed to avoid romantic entanglements since a tragedy upended his career and life, that is until American Eisley Barrett comes along. Her authenticity and kindness upend his bitter assumptions and send his heart into unscripted territory.

When his past threatens to ruin a second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grave salvage their unexpected romance?

Humor, love, mystery, cute kids, crazy families, and culture clashes make this Britallachian Romance a unique and delightful romantic comedy sprinkled with adventure.
                                                               Goodreads / Amazon 
                                                                Pepper Basham's Website 
My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (4 stars)

This is a story is all about two characters who learn how to move forward from their past (even when it tries to keep a hold on them) and find much more than they imagined possible. It is a story of forgiveness, trust and love.
Eisley and Will come from two different worlds, but after a tentative beginning they form a friendship. Wes is definitely interested but Eisley is hesitant because of who Wes is and her past experiences. Wes is patient and gives her time. Eventually Eisley decides to take a chance, however obstacles try to get in their way. It is how they overcome these obstacles that had me rooting for them.
There were wonderful characters, fun dialogue, swoon worthy moments and humor throughout. I quickly grew to love many of the characters, with each one being unique. So many scenes or even just a line here and there, had me laughing out loud many times. The interactions between Wes & Nate (Eisley’s dad) were definitely entertaining. Wes was able to fit in with Eilsey family beautifully. The children felt like real kids, and Wes’ interactions with them were delightful.
I absolutely loved the British setting, the descriptions were wonderfully done and I could easily picture what Eisley was seeing. I really enjoyed the digging into the family mystery from 500 years ago, the search in the attic, the tunnels and the tower. I would have loved to have had more time dedicated to this mystery but I did not feel like I left hanging though. I just would have enjoyed more detail about what was found (but I really enjoy mysteries).
Wes & Eisley eventually learn that their pasts have been redeemed by God and to trust him for their future. As much as I enjoyed the last scene between Wes & Eisley I did feel like there was not enough closure was given to the overall story.
 Just the Way You Are Quote 2
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)
Other Books by Pepper Basham:

A Twist of Faith  Charming the Troublemaker
The Thorn Bearer  The Thorn Healer  The Thorn Keeper

Friday, 12 January 2018

First Line Friday (Week 36): Son of Promise

Happy Friday!

Welcome to First Line Friday's hosted by Hoarding Books.
Today's book is: Son of Promise by Caryl McAdoo

Son of Promise

First line is:
"Travis leaned back in his favorite cane-bottomed porch chair and squinted his eyes against the coming day. All night he'd searched for the right words. But what seemed to work in the dark, paled with dawn's first light."

Yes I know that's more than one line, but I couldn't leave it at the just the one. I have only read a couple books by Ms. McAdoo before, but after reading the description I was intrigued and I am looking forward to find out what the story holds. I am participating in an upcoming blog tour so I was privledged to receive an advanced copy, I just need to finish my current read so I can start it. This book officially releases this Monday (January 15th).

Now it's your turn!
Let me know your first line in the comments and then head over
to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

Thursday, 11 January 2018

C Reviews - If I'm Found By Terri Blackstock

Series: If I Run # 2
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: March 21, 2017
352 pages
About the Book:
Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?
Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.
As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (5 stars)
This series has quickly become a favorite. I love the format in which the story is told throughout this series. There are two storylines happening at once with one of them ongoing throughout the series, and one in each book. There are many intense moments throughout and I did not want to stop reading. 

There is a theme of evil vs good throughout this book which shows that as Christians, there is hope. This shows through Casey’s journey to leaning on God for help and her beginning to trust that He is there for her. Also in Dylan’s life as he is dealing with his past as well as current situations with Casey. I enjoyed how Dylan and Casey’s relationship has changed and grown throughout the series, and look forward to seeing where that will go in the next book.

Other Books in the Series:

If-I-Run_thumb  If-I-Live_thumb  
If I Run Review by JaneReads