A Chance at Forever (a novel)

A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

I loved going back to Teaville and getting caught up on the Moral Society again! This time it’s a new male character, Aaron, who has come back to the town he grew up in and was known for being quite the nasty bully. Introduced in the 2nd book of the series, A Love So True, Mercy “was always willing to help, even though a birth defect had left her with a missing right hand.” She left Teaville as a child (but was very affected by the bullying of Aaron!) and only moved back a year earlier. She and her brother and sister-in-law run the orphanage set up in the large mansion. Although this is the 3rd book in the series and much is to be gained by reading the previous ones, this book tells the stories of these 2 newer characters, so the book does stand alone.

I really enjoyed how the author showed how bullying really affects people for years and years. Kindness, similarly, also makes a lifelong impact. And woven with these truths are also truths about God – “If he could trust God to get him to heaven, he needed to trust that God could work miracles in him here on earth, too – because if her continued to rely on himself, well, he’d only keep proving how ineffectual he was.”

Of course, I also loved the sweet romance between Mercy and Aaron! I was so fortunate to receive a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Determined to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child, Mercy McClain finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the worst of her childhood bullies, petitions the board for a teaching position, she’s dead set against his getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy’s mistrust, but he’s returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking the forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn’t expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the children’s best interests at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron overcome the past in time to battle the threats against the future of the town’s orphans?

“The third book in Jagears’ Teaville Moral Society series is a delightful addition with its wonderful message about God’s promises for the future and the closure of one’s past. . . . The characters are complex, and their struggles are realistic and believable, as are the details of the early 1890s time period. The romance is sweet and lovely, and Jagears knows how to pull heartstrings. If you are a historical inspirational romance reader, this is a fantastic read in an enjoyable series.”–RT Book Reviews


The Author:


Melissa Jagears is the Carol Award-winning author of the Unexpected Brides series and the Teaville Moral Society series, and an extreme night owl.

Much to her introverted self’s delight, Melissa Jagears hardly needs to leave her home to be a homeschooling mother and historical romance novelist. She doesn’t have to leave her house to be a housekeeper either, but she’s doubtful she meets the minimum qualifications to claim to be one in her official bio. Her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly. Find her online at http://www.melissajagears.com, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

“I stay home with my kids, and though that’s PLENTY enough to do, I decided to add homeschooling and writing novels into my schedule too! I am an English/English as a Second Language teacher by trade and still occasionally convince myself to stuff an English class into my schedule since I LOVE adult second language learners (When students are eager to learn, that’s a teacher’s dream job).

My husband and I have been married since 2001 and have a daughter and two boys. My husband loves blacksmithing, knife smithing, traditional archery, hunting, etc. Generally whatever a mountain man does, he does it or has or wants to attempt it. He comes in handy for research!”
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A Light on the Hill (a novel)

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

Wow! I know when I pick up a book by Connilyn that I will love it and I’d better have time to sit and read because I won’t want to put it down! The author skillfully combines ancient Biblical history, archaeological finds and Josephus’ writings with a story and romance that keeps you turning page after page, wanting to know what will happen next. What will happen as Moriyah make her way to the city of refuge?

Moriyah is a character first introduced in Wings of the Wind, but I don’t think it is necessary to have read it before this book as this is a new series. (However, if you haven’t read the previous series you should because it is fabulous!). This book starts some years later and Moriyah is now grown up. Life has beaten her down. She no sooner gets a small glimpse of hope for her life when it comes crashing down and is compounded by a tragic accident. This changes everything, and she must flee – away from her father, her home and even her friends who rely on her. I loved how, even in the difficult and uncertain days, she seeks to follow and obey God, even when it is not easy. I was so fortunate to receive a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own. And, indeed, it is a wonderful book, worthy of more than 5 stars!

Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.

Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies–and unexpected allies–she will encounter on her way.


The Author:Connilyn Cossette

Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series from Bethany House Publishers. There is not much she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience.

When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. There is nothing she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible and uncovering buried gems of grace that point toward Jesus. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at http://www.connilyncossette.com.

Beneath A Prairie Moon (a novel)

Oh, my! I loved reading this book! It comes out on March 20 – I was fortunate to get an advanced reader copy – but you can preorder it now!

Beneath a Prairie Moon did have a couple of unexpected twists at the end but otherwise was a semi-predictable (it’s a romance novel, remember!), sweet, wonderful, clean Christian romance occurring in 1888 in a very small town in Kansas. I thoroughly loved it and just did not want it to end, even as I stayed up way to late trying to find out what would happen! I enjoyed the characters, especially as their relationships with God and each other changed. Miss Hoity-toity Abigail begins to soften – both towards God and other people – but will she be able to trust again? At one-point Helena, Mrs Matchmaker herself (otherwise known as Mrs. Bingham), aims a “teary smile at the ceiling. ‘God, I suspect You have a plan. I trust You to see it through.’” I don’t want to say too much about what happens, but it is good!

I highly recommend this book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness?

The Author:Kim Vogel Sawyer  Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wife, mother, gramma, chocolate-lover, cat-petter, and–most importantly–a daughter of the King! With more than 1.5 million books in print in seven different languages, Kim enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Her “gentle stories of hope” are loved by readers and reviewers alike. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and many grandchildren. Kim and her retired military husband, Don, reside on the plains of (central) Kansas, the setting for many of her novels.


The House on Foster Hill (a novel) & A Giveaway!

The House on Foster Hill by [Wright, Jaime Jo]

What a riveting novel!  It’s written back and forth between current time and a century earlier – and it’s as mystifying in the current time as in the older time!  Kaine Prescott and Ivy Thorpe are the main characters – both young women yet a century apart.  The author jumps back and forth, telling a little of the story at a time in each time period – and I kept wanting her to stay at one mystery until I’d get wrapped up in the next/previous one.

Kaine has just moved from San Diego to Wisconsin, hoping to leave behind the tragedy of her husband’s death (or murder) and begin anew by fixing up an old house in her grandfather’s hometown.  One hundred years earlier Ivy lived in that small Wisconsin town and, after the discovery of a dead woman, seeks to uncover her mysteries.  As the two young women, a century apart, begin to investigate, someone wants to stop them.  But who or whom?  And why?  Is there a connection?  And what other mysteries will they uncover as they dig up clues and unearth the family tree.

I found this book quite suspenseful and kept wondering what would happen next – there were lots of twists!  I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The Author: Jaime Jo Wright

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com!


Lady Jayne Disappears – A novel


When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.

I found this book so intriguing!  Aurelie Harcourt has lived all her life in debtor’s prison with her father.  On his death she wants some answers – who was her mother and whatever happened to her?  Who knows the answers?  As Aurelie goes to stay with her father’s wealthy family, she not only tries to fit in, but also to learn more about her parents – and what happened to them.  Moreover, under her father’s pseudonym, can she finish the story her father began before his death in a way that captivates the readers?  I just found this story fascinating – and kept wanting to know the answers already!  So many mysteries and misunderstandings and unknowns – so different from today when it’s all available with a click on the computer!  I so enjoyed reading this story – as well as learning more about life in 1861 England!  I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.



The Author:A1J9Qn6GETL._UX250_Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, releases October 3 from Revell. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods and shares stories that move her at http://www.jdpstories.com.


Isaiah’s Daughter


In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah’s household rises to capture the heart of the future king.

Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name–Zibah, delight of the Lord–thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.

This book was amazing!  I’ve read the Biblical book of Isaiah before and know about some of his prophecies, but I never stopped to think about them in the context of Isaiah’s life.  This book weaves together the Biblical prophecies, the known facts about those days, the cultural nuances, and a beautiful (fictional) love story.  I found myself rereading passages from scripture (and I love it when a book points me back to the Bible!), yet at no time did I feel like I was reading a history book.

Mesu Andrews does a fabulous job of bringing the characters to life!   Ishma got my pity when I “met” her as a small, pitiful, captive child.  But my admiration for her grew as she matured and learned not just to face her fears, but instead to turn and face Yahweh for her courage.  But other characters also have their stories woven in – and some are good, and some aren’t!

I really loved this story and just cannot praise it enough!  Mesu Andrews is a master story teller and weaves in with the story so much rich cultural background as well as Biblical truth – it truly brings the Bible alive.  I highly recommend this book.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t release until January 16, 2018 so you’ll have to wait until then to read it!


The Author:187189   Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes and numerous other novels including The Pharaoh’s Daughter and Miriam. Her deep understanding of–and love for– God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Mesu lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.


Hurt Road by Mark Lee of Third Day

Hurt Road

Third Day guitarist Mark Lee is no stranger to heartache and hopes deferred; the road to success is never traveled without missteps along the way. Life is messy and uncertain and full of surprises. And one of the best things he’s ever done is let go of his expectations about how life shouldbe in order to embrace life as it is: a moment-by-moment walk with God.

Hurt Road is the engaging true story of a man who, as a teen, found in music a refuge from the uncertainties of life. Who set out to discover a better way to live than constantly struggling to make sure life turned out the way he planned it. Who stopped substituting what’s next for what’s now and learned the truth–that coming or going, God’s got us.

Poignant, funny, and thoughtful, Hurt Road dares anyone feeling knocked down or run over by their circumstances to give up control to the One who already has the road all mapped out. Includes black and white photos.

I find myself drawn to the music of Third Day so it was so interesting to read Mark’s book – about his childhood and its hurts, the loss of his father, how the band began and more.  But what I wasn’t expecting was his very candid thoughts about marriage and the wisdom he has!  Honestly, the chapter on marriage should be a chapter every engaged couple reads!

Hurt Road is not just Mark Lee’s story – it’s also his words to encourage others – to respond to God and reach those around you, wherever you might be.  “God has given us all a platform, and … it’s all for God’s glory, not ours.”  I really enjoyed reading Mark’s story and highly recommend it!  I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.