Destroy: a book review


Before the war, before the Blades, before the Leader…

There was a boy and a scullery maid and a secret shame.
One moonlit night of blood and knives destroyed their country and their lives forever.

The Leader failed to die, but will he also fail to lead?

My Review:

(Okay, for those of you who have not yet read Defy, I’ll attempt to avoid giving away any major spoilers. But no promises.)

One of the few characters – aside from the villains – that I never cared much for in the Blades series was The Leader. I knew of his past, sympathized with him a bit, but it was not quite enough to make me like him. In Destroy, we finally get his story, including several scenes from Defy from his point of view which show the real reasons he acted the way he did. By the end of this novella, I was actually able to like him and sympathize. And I do hope to see more of the development of his and Leith’s relationship in the upcoming novel: Deliver.

Destroy starts about a year before the usurper King Respen overtook Acktar. Here we finally get the chance to meet the parents of Brandi and Renna, as well as the royal family. After meeting the King and his heir, I almost didn’t feel so bad about Respen taking the throne. That probably sounds terrible, but while Respen was bad, at the same time, what disasters would that Prince Angus have brought down on Acktar if given the chance? In a weird and slightly twisted kind of way, it was almost rather a good thing that Respen made that coup. Just goes to show that God always has a plan. Even if it does not always look that way.

From the attack the story moves forward through time with glimpses of The Leader’s life as he struggles to live and to overcome both physical limitations and emotional ones, finds love in a place he never would have expected, and fights to forgive the man who wronged him.

Forgiveness is a huge theme in this book. Not just forgiving others, but also finding a way to forgive yourself. The Leader did a lot of things in his youth he is not proud of, hurt some people, and he struggles to get past that. In a way, he feels as though all that happened to him was a deserved punishment of sorts. He fears that he isn’t good enough, that he’ll make an even worse Leader than his predecessor. His fears are as crippling as the physical wounds he received, perhaps more. Only time will tell if he can overcome in time to save Acktar.

I highly recommend Destroy for all Blades of Acktar fans, and now I’m even more excited to get my hands on Deliver, though at the same time I’m a bit afraid to, because I don’t want to see this series end!

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Some kissing, one of which was forced. The main character and his brother’s carousing is briefly mentioned.
Language: Clean
Drinking/drugs: One minor character drank and was said to frequent the taverns. Tried to get Leader to, but was refused.
Blood/Violence: This was probably the bloodiest of the Blades books. The author writes it tastefully, but there are severe wounds and multiple murders as well as two battles and their aftermaths.

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Author Interview: Lea Doue

Those of you who follow my blog may remember my recent review of her new release – The Midsummer Captives. It was such a fun novel. And today, author Lea Doue has so kindly agreed to do an interview with me!



Author Bio

Lea is the author of The Firethorn Chronicles, a series inspired by fairy tales and other classic stories. Homeschooling and writing take up most of her time, but she also enjoys directing a small puppet team at her church. A native of south Georgia, Lea currently lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband, their two boys, a rescue greyhound, and three cats. But, sadly, no dragons.


The Interview

If you could trade places with any book character (your own or someone else’s) for a day, who would it be?

That’s so hard! The first thing that pops into my head involves dragons, of course, so I’ll say someone from the Pern series who owns a telepathic dragon. They also teleport, so I would be able to visit as many places as possible in a day.

What is your favorite fairytale?

If I have to pick just one, it’s Beauty and the Beast, but I like many of them. I have to say The Twelve Dancing Princesses, too, which inspired the first book in my series. I blame that one on the book becoming a series at all. The twelve princesses started talking, and they each wanted their own story. Who am I to argue with royalty?

Those are two of my favorite fairytales too! 😀
How about favorite reading genre?

Fantasy all the way, especially retold fairy tales or stories inspired by them.

Favorite movie?

The original Star Wars trilogy.  midsummer-captives

Describe your latest novel in five words.

Don’t mess with the princess.

Now that Midsummer Captives has been published, what’s coming next for you?

Firethorn Chronicles 3 will be next and will follow Melantha, who is the fourth princess. I kind of skipped Hazel, who appears in the second book and may still get her own story down the road. Melantha’s story is (for now) inspired by Rumpelstiltskin.

That sounds like fun! I can’t wait to read it!
What are your hardest scenes to write as an author?

I would have to say maybe descriptions. I have to stop and “look around” a bit before I can pick out the details to include, which takes longer.

How long does it usually take you to write a novel?

If I could sit down and just write all day, it would take about two months. But I homeschool two boys, and other things inevitably pop up (my husband had bypass surgery this summer, for instance), so the first two have taken around a year from start to finish. I would really like to have the third out sooner this time.

What kind of research did you have to do while writing Midsummer Captives?

Besides rereading A Midsummer Night’s Dream a few times, I did some research on bugs. The antagonist has an unhealthy fascination with them, as well as other critters.

firethorn-crownTell us a bit about your journey to publication.

I’ve been a storyteller for as long as I can remember, even when I never wrote anything down or shared the stories. About a year before a milestone birthday, and after reading countless indie-published books on my husband’s Kindle, I decided to finally jump in and go for it. I read dozens of how-to books and website articles as I was outlining and writing the first manuscript. Once that was done, I hired a cover artist and an editor, which finally led me to the finished product and publishing on Amazon. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I’ve met some incredible people along the way.

 How many drafts do you usually have to go through before the manuscript is complete?

Two or three? I’ve never counted. I start with notes and plotting in a notebook, and then I move on to a detailed outline of all the scenes (usually 60-80 pages, typed). Once the outline is done, I write the whole first draft scene by scene in order, adding details and little changes along the way. After that is a second draft and a few polishing runs before sending it off to the editor. The Midsummer Captives needed some big rewrites and another pass with the editor before being finished.

Thank you Lea, for taking the time to do this interview with me! It was a lot of fun.






Bite Sized Reviews

And as usual, I am far behind on my reviewing. I can always read faster than I write, and its beginning to tell. My review backlog has gotten out of hand, so i’m taking these route and writing one post full of short reviews instead of going all the way. Please enjoy this little series of “Bite sized” reviews.

how-to-catch-a-prince   How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

When I read this one, I hadn’t yet read the first two books in the series. However, I had no trouble stepping into this story. It worked just as well as a standalone as it did as part of a series.

Corina is a great girl. She is incredibly determined, unwilling to give up on either her brother or her husband, and she won’t stop digging until she gets answers. Prince Stephen I was not so fond of though. He could get rather rude. I understand why he acted the way he did, but he never really endeared himself to me.

There was a supernatral element to the story that I’m not quite as certain about. It was sweet, but I’m still not certain what I feel about it.

In all, this is a really good rainy day happily -ever -after kind of a read.

My Rating: Four Flames

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spinsters-christmas    The Spinster’s Christmas by Camille Elliot

While I’m waiting for the sequel to Camille Elliot’s Prelude for a Lord, I decided to indulge in a small Christmas novella she wrote. Spinster’s Christmas is a sweet short read. The characters were loveable, but not quite as well developed as they could be, and there were so many of them I sometimes had difficulty remembering who was who. The mystery kept a good pace, though I would have liked a bit more foreshadowing.

Spinster’s Christmas was not quite up to par with Prelude, but it is still a great book to curl up with on a cold winter evening with a hot mug of tea.

My Rating: Four Flames

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a-secret-life     A Secret Life by Lee Carver

This one had an interesting premise, with a German soldier taking on the identity of a deceased American solder during a battle in WWII. As much as I wanted to like this one, it just dragged. I got so sick of the main character’s constant excuses and lies. He was so afraid of the consequences of telling the truth that he just kept on lying, digging himself into a deeper and deeper hole instead of just coming out with it before things got any worse. He caused everyone a lot of unnecessary suffering, especially the family of that poor soldier whose place he took. I was pretty disgusted by how he handled things with them. And in contrast to the lengthy dragging of the plot, the ending was a bit abrupt, with the resolution hardly being there at all.

My Rating: two and 1/2 Flames

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 most-glorious-land   Most Glorious Land by Jill Penrod

This was such a wonderful book! Penrod’s Balia novels are such a joy to read. She has a way of making all her characters just come alive on the pages. The pace is steady and the world building is beautiful, with strong hints of the feudal Japan or China in the Glorious land of Long, along with a hint of medieval Europe in its neighbors.

I was impressed with how Penrod skillfully tackles some tough – some people might say sensitive – topics in this book, including slavery and prostitution. She writes it in a way that, though you know exactly what she’s talking about, she never gives any unwanted detail. Her books are tastefully coated with subtlety even when immersed in the worst topics. This is one of my favorite Balia books, though Spindrift still beats it by a short margin, and I eagerly anticipate the next book in the series!

My Rating: Five Stars

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Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsenddefying-shadows

This third and final book in the Rising Shadows trilogy does not disappoint. Though the plot could move a touch slowly at times, and I saw almost all the major plot twists coming, it was still a very well written and intricately plotted story.

Sarah seemed a bit stronger than she did in previous books, and I’m glad the author didn’t take things too quickly with the romance, nor did she just forget about her family back in the future.

The ending was strong and satisfying, though a touch bittersweet. I will be interested to see what this author writes next.

My Rating: Four Stars

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terms-of-engagement  Terms of Engagement by Melissa R. L. Simonin

When Lina Phillips and her sister Patrice come to stay at their grandparents massive old house for a while, some strange things begin happening. From a child’s laughter and footsteps in the hall, furniture rearranging itself, and missing items, to a freakish doll  – complete with her own coffin – who keeps turning up like a bad penny no matter how hard they try to get rid of it.

With the help of a neighbor and his dog, they are determined to get to the bottom of this, and might just end up finding love in the process.

This has quickly become one of my favorite books by Simonin. A touch creepier than her usual, it still retains the easygoing pace and humor of her other novels. All the characters were well rounded, from quirky coffee addict Patrice, to her grieving sister, to Casey- who is trying so hard to escape an impossible family in order to reclaim the girl he loves. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to the sequel.

My Rating: Five Stars

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Interior Motives: a book review


Interior designer Haley Farrell and contractor Dutch Merrill argue over just about everything–even their rhyming last names. Could it be a budding romance, or is it business as usual for these creative cohorts? Unfortunately, they don’t have time to figure it out. Marlene Weikert, their newest client in a renovation project, has just died, and Haley suspects it was not by natural causes. Who would have killed Marlene? Could it be the friendly nurse? One of Marlene’s contentious sons? Or maybe the doctor who provided Marlene’s medication? Armed with her designer’s eye for detail, Haley sets out to solve the mystery. Written by a popular author, Interior Motives perfectly combines interior design, mystery, and chick lit to create a hot new hybrid genre readers will love.

My Review: 

Quirky, klutzy and bullheaded interior designer Haley Farrell is back in the final installment of the Deadly Decor Mysteries, a rare hybrid combination of interior design, chick lit and suspense.

I’ve loved every book in this series, but it has taken years to finally get my hands on the last one, and I was so excited! Interior Motives didn’t let me down.

Written in first person point of view, the inner workings of Haley’s mind and her snark never fail to make me laugh. Her interactions with Dutch Merrill are total gold, everyone says they belong together – except the couple themselves! I’m not certain quite what I felt for their budding romance. Sometimes they worked well together. Other times I swear that if they married, they wouldn’t last long before they killed each other!

Dutch ran a bit too hot/cold for my tastes. Sometimes he acted so nice, but more often than not he acted like a complete jerk – or maybe closer to stalker.

Then there is Bella, Haley’s neighbor. A wannabe – excuse me – legally pet detective. Proud owner of a Detective’s license that she earned online. To quote Haley: “Be afraid. Be very Afraid!” Crazy Bella is a laugh riot, her and her to maniac cats: Bali H’ai and Faux Bali, spread mayhem and mishaps wherever they go! Bella determinedly follows Haley around everywhere, determined to help her solve the case. Only unfortunately, subtlety and tact (not to mention smarts) are things she has little of.

I just wish that there was one more book in the series. It felt like there should have been. Not everything was wrapped up as well as I would have liked. I need to see how everything turned out in the end. Haley vs. and Dutch, her father’s mystery issue, and a certain possible – and destined to be epically funny – romance between Bella and a certain unnamed someone.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: clean.
Language: clean.
Drinking/Drugs: clean
Blood/violence: Very mild, only one fight. No blood.

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Four Winds: a book review


Zara Ruiz has never been so happy to have failed at something in her life—trying to return to her own time. In Javier de la Ventura’s arms, she knows that 1840 is where she belongs…where she’s found true love and family. But when the ranch is viciously attacked, and she and Javier’s little brother are kidnapped, she is no longer certain where her journey might end. Javier de la Ventura is plagued by a sense of responsibility for praying that God would leave Zara in his own Alta California. But when she suffers because of her association with him, he commits to finding a way for her to return to her own time, if she wishes it. His heart longs for her to stay, but his mind tells him she’d be safer in her own era. Battered by the FOUR WINDS, can Zara and Javier find a way to remain together…forever?

My Review: 

Zara has decided to stay in 1840 California with the man she has fallen in love with – Javier De La Ventura. But no sooner is that decision made, that life quickly takes a turn for the worse. Kidnapped and tossed aboard a ship along with Javier’s brother, Zara must find a way to escape and figure out who is truly behind their abuctions, while Javier hunts desperately for them both from the shores. Both have begun to doubt the wisdom of her staying. But if she goes back to her own time, are they willing to endure the loss of their love – forever?

Three Wishes, the first book in this duology, was a good story, but surprisingly slow – at least in comparision with the other River of Time books. Thankfully, Four Winds picks the pace back up to what I expect from an ROT novel.

Zara is an awesome lead character. She can take care of herself and loves defying the social conventions of the times. Her Krav Maga skills really come in handy this time around, yet she is still a good hearted and kind girl who cares dearly for her new adoptive family.

The ending was a good happily ever after, though I think it could have been drawn out a bit further. It felt slightly abrupt, and (*Slight Spoiler Alert*) I really wish we had seen the villians get their dues, after everything they went through, instead of just a sentence or two mentioning their final fates. (*End Spoiler*)

Overall, Four Winds was a good and solid addition to the world of River of Time, and I do hope to see many more spinoffs of ROT in the future.

My Rating: Four Flames

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Romance: Clean. Kisses only. There are mentions of what the villians would like to do to her, and prostitution is mentioned. One villian does get on top of her, but nothing happens.
Language: Clean
Drinking/Drugs: There is some wine drunk, as was typical of the times.
Blood/Violence: A few deaths and several fight scenes. Only a small amount of blood though.

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The Midsummer Captives: a book review


A sorcerer’s fortress. A lost heir. A determined princess.

Princess Gwen, second in line to the throne of Ituria, has given up on happy endings. After a neighboring kingdom’s heir stole her heart and then disappeared four years ago, she buried her heartache and vowed to serve her eleven sisters. Her most recent mission: to arrange a match with her sister Hazel and the lost heir’s youngest brother.

But when her traveling party is ambushed, her flight from danger leads her into the path of a blindfolded man with a familiar smile. Imprisoned with him deep in the forest, Gwen and her fellow captives are at the mercy of a treacherous beauty on a mission of her own. Contending with her schemes—and a love potion gone awry—they must find a way past enchanted guardians, who are capable of crushing not only their bodies but also their dreams.

The Midsummer Captives, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is the second novel in The Firethorn Chronicles, a series drawn from fairy tales and other classic stories. Follow the sisters on their adventures in a land where sorcery is feared, women can rule, and dragons fly.

My Review: 

What was supposed to be a short trip to a neighboring country turns horribly wrong when Princesses Gwen and Hazel are attacked. Their attempts to escape only end them up in an enchanted castle – with no way out. Now they must find a possibly nonexistent route of escape past the stone dragons, with the assistance of one longtime resident of the castle. Add in mis-aimed love potions and a few little dragons into the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster.

I was very eager to read this one after thoroughly enjoying Firethorn Crown. I’m not exactly certain how much later this book takes place after book 1. The book was not too clear on that detail and I’ve long since forgotten the ages of the characters and other little details of Firethorn Crown. Midsummer Captives is loosely based off of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, though since I have never read that story, I really can’t say how much this book is or is not similar to it.

Gwen was a great main character, honest and loyal. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to fight for it, or anyone she cares about.

And contrary to how the book description makes things sound, the identity of the blindfolded man and his reasons for wearing it are quickly discovered. I was a bit surprised by that, but not in a bad way. I’m glad that Doue didn’t drag things out involving that scenario, like so many authors are prone to doing. And Sissi? Honestly, I wanted to strangle that girl! She is one seriously weird and creepy character.

The plot kept a good pace and held my attention until the very end, but it left us on a bit of a cliffhanger, and we are left to wonder what will happen with both Sissi and her as of yet unseen benefactor, as well as find out what Tharius’s true plans really are. I’m eager for book three’s release.

My Rating: Four Flames

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Romance: Clean, some mild kissing.
Language: clean
Drinking/drugs: clean
Blood/violence: There was a little fighting in the book, mostly against the stone dragons. Little to no blood.
Other: Magic is used, and the antagonist’s choices in clothing is more than a bit creepy.

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Cover reveals: Kregel Publications spring/summer 2017 lineup!

All the covers in this lineup are simple in style, yet still pretty. The lovely blue on white cover of Lady Charlotte is easily my favorite, while the cover of Miss Ellison reminds me strongly of Sarah E. Ladd’s books with its subdued colors, style, and the positioning of the woman on the front. Courageous Love certainly has enough pink to get a double-take, and the descriptions of most have me eager to read them. But overall, most of these books look way too much like half the others in their respective genres, and are likely to get easily lost in an already large crowd.

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*  The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Publication Date: Feb 27

Pride, prejudice and forgiveness…
Hampton Hall’s new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter–all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend’s daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother–his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia’s world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother’s, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn’t supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison’s fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible–he begins to care. But Lavinia’s aloof manner, society’s opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?

*  The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller

Publication Date: June 27

Her heart is her own―but her hand in marriage is another matter
Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility when she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.
William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte’s father’s pick, not the young lady’s own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return–and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte’s sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.
Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace? Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller.

*  Liar’s Winter by Cindy K. Sproles

Publication Date: June 27

Lochiel Ogle was born with a red wine birthmark–and it put her life in jeopardy from the moment she entered the world. Mountain folks called it “the mark of the devil” and, for all the evil that has plagued her nineteen-year existence, Lochiel is ready to believe that is true. And the evil surely took control of the mind of the boy who stole her as an infant, bringing her home for his mother to raise.

Abused and abandoned by the only people she knows as family, Lochiel is rescued by a peddler and given the first glimpse of love she has ever known. The truth of her past is gradually revealed as is the fact that she is still hunted by a brother driven to see her dead. Unsure if there’s anyone she can truly trust, Lochiel is faced with a series of choices: Will she continue to run for escape or will she face her past and accept the heartbreaking secrets it reveals? Which will truly free her?

Set in the wild and beautiful Appalachian Mountains of nineteenth-century East Tennessee, Liar’s Winter is an unflinching yet inspirational exploration of prejudice and choices.

*  Too Deep For Words by Andrea Boeshaar

Publication Date: Apr 27

North meets South in the second installment of this popular Civil War series

Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days–as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead, and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.

As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep–her husband’s best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he’s a painful reminder of her lost love.

Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?

As fans of Boeshaar’s books have come to expect, Too Deep for Words is a meticulously researched novel. Readers are taken directly into the heart of the realities of the Civil War and reminded how, even in the darkest circumstances, faith in Christ offers hope.

*  A Trail of Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner

Publication date: Mar 27

“I believed it would have been a sin to stay inside when God had sent us such fine weather. According to Pastor Ezra Anderson, sin was the reason we’d got in the dusty mess we were in. The way I saw it, that day was God’s way of letting us know He wasn’t mad at us anymore. Just maybe He’d seen fit to forgive us.”

Pearl Spence has been through more in her young life than most folks could handle. But through it all, her family has been by her side. They may not be perfect, but they love her and they all love each other, come what may. That’s one thing Pearl no longer questions.

But the end of her beautiful day signals the beginning of the end of her secure life.

Now her family is fleeing their Oklahoma wasteland. Pearl isn’t sure she’ll ever see home or happiness again. Are there any crumbs powerful enough to guide her back to the dependable life she once knew?

The strong narrative voice of Finkbeiner’s young protagonist from A Cup of Dust returns in this gritty yet hopeful sequel, sure to please her many fans.

*  Courageous Love by Susan K. Marlow

Publication date: Feb 27

Andrea Carter is finally pulling her own weight on the Circle C Ranch she loves. The only thing she loves more than helping to run the ranch is spending time racing and stunt-riding on her horse Shasta, with the help of wrangler Riley Prescott. Little does she know that when she and Riley stumble onto a mysterious cut in the fence around her brother’s prize calves, life is about to get far more exciting–and dangerous.

A cryptic warning tied around a brick crashes through the window at a family party. Then cattle begin to die. When the horse barn catches fire, Andi knows this is more than just coincidence. But who is trying to hurt her family–and why? Evidence begins to point to criminals from her brother Justin’s past who want revenge. But that discovery may be too late to keep Andi and her brother’s family out of danger.

Now Riley is her only hope of rescue. Can he find her before she disappears from the Circle C forever? Can she keep everyone else safe until then?

The fourth volume in the Circle C Milestones quartet, Courageous Love is high on action, danger, and drama, and full of appealing characters readers love. Andi’s final adventure, sparked with a little romance, is sure to please Marlow’s legions of loyal readers who want a happy ending for this frontier heroine.