Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot

Book review of A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot (Revell) by papertapepins

The future she dreamed of is gone. But perhaps a better one awaits . . . 

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancĂ©. 

But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

I generally enjoy these stories, they're an easy read and kinda fun because of the setting and characters however I found this one too over the top sugary for me, and not just because of the candy descriptions! I have in the past read other historical romances by Ms Cabot and enjoyed them, for example the Texas Dreams series, but to me this one was not up to the same standard of readability. 

When Lydia arrives in Cimarron Creek to join her fiance and finds out not only has he disappeared but he has a pregnant wife in town she recovers quickly and with the help of the local sheriff finds herself living with his eccentric aunt. She needs a way to support herself and goes into business with this aunt by opening a sweet shop. Meanwhile there's a crimewave to solve ...

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Amanda Cabot

    Amanda Cabot

    Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet LakeIn Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW...
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

book review of Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon.

Wishing for things that can never be is foolish . . . or is it?

Hope Harbor police chief and single mom Lexie Graham has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? 

When Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a troubled young man from heading down the wrong path, sparks begin to fly. Could it be that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine?

I have to say the write up for this book does not do it justice. It's accurate, but there's so little there and so much to the book! I've read Irene Hannon's suspense novels for years now and while they are still my favorite I'm enjoying the Hope Harbor series very nearly as much. Her characters and settings are so real and rich and flawed like any normal person instead of stiffly to-good-to-be-true. It's hard to put down.

Lexie Graham is the town police chief and a single mother who lost her husband way to early. She lives in Hope Harbor with her son and her mother, and works hard at her job. She's happy enough with her life but she's on the outs with God since her husband died suddenly a few years ago.

Adam Stone is an ex-con who had a hard start to life and since being released from prison is turning his life around. He is trying hard to put his past behind him and attone for his previous misdeeds any way he can, like volunteering for Helping Hands, a network that helps out where needed in town, such as bringing groceries to elderly neighbours. He works hard, volunteers and goes to church but otherwise keeps to himself in part because he doesn't feel part of the community but doesn't really feel he deserves to be part of it either. 

The entire cast of characters is a lot of fun. Charley and his taco truck and words of wisdom in the moment, Lexie's mom, Luis and the forever friendly bickering of the clergymen... Hope Harbor is worth the visit. :)

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Irene Hannon
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    Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Buried Secrets, Thin Ice, and Tangled Webs, as well as the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. In addition to many...
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

Book review of Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy (Bethany House) by papertapepins

Someone Will Stop at Nothing to Claim the Boden Homestead!

The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they uncovered the real plot to take their 1880s New Mexico ranch? Justin Boden is a top rancher and a rugged man, and yet with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn't help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on. 

With her and the doc's timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend. Now Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the threats facing them. It's clear now that everything that's occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they pull together all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the risk of losing the ranch even greater than any of them could imagine?

The second book of the Cimarron Legacy does not disappoint! This is a western suspense with cowboys and trouble and feisty women and cows ... not in any particular order! Did I mention there is also humor? Some of that is in the form of Angie and her penchant for somewhat clumsily continuously finding trouble. The first time she met Justin she fell into his arms, literally! Now she's come to help nurse his brother Cole back to health at the ranch and Justin can't think of anyone less suited to ranch life, at least at the beginning. 

Heath and Sadie Kincaid are still central characters in this book. They were featured in the first book but they still live and work on the ranch for the time being. I was quite fond of those characters so it was nice to have them back. According to their father's will, the 3 Boden siblings must live and work on the ranch together for one year or lose it entirely. Justin was the only one living there, but Cole and Sadie come rushing home. The thing is, the will was put into effect but their father survived the accident and is alive. He is happy to see that his plan worked, no matter how it came about, and that the land will stay in Boden hands where it has been for generations ... or so they think they are in the clear after the man who attempted to murder him is found but there is more trouble brewing.

This series is definitely worth picking up if you like rootin' tootin' westerns with some clean romance and a fresh feel. This is no stale, already been there, done that story. 

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas,...
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