Review Bites

The Lady and The Wish – J.M. Stengl

 This book is yet another win for Mrs. Stengl! It’s probably one of the best fairytales I have read yet this year.
Lady Gillian was…not what I’d expected. She didn’t have as much of a mean streak as she simply was oblivious and self absorbed. I had assumed that she would be the easy-to-hate type at the beginning of the book. In reality, though, I just pitied her, especially after her rotten parents decide to make her pay for all their mistakes. After everything she went through for them, she deserved a happy ending.
The real Gillian is actually a pretty capable girl, who is a surprisingly solid judge of character after she gets past the surface. I have to say that I really admire that girl’s tenacity. I wouldn’t have lasted the week in that insane manor. And it was also sweet how much she cared about that old lady. Though as cruel as that woman was to her, I was beginning to question her sanity in staying.
My only real qualm with this book is that the villain didn’t get what he so richly deserved. I’m hoping that might be resolved in a future book’s plot. In the meantime, I’m just going to go back to staring at the calendar and counting the days until book five: The Mirror and the Curse releases.

*** I received an advanced reader copy of this book free from the author. I was not in any way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: FIVE FLAMES

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Flight of the Raven – Morgan L. Busse 

Great sequel to Mark of the Raven! It’s a bit of a slower paced book, focusing more on the romance than any action, but it it brimming with suspense and lovable but flawed characters that i’m dying to see more of. Busse has a beautiful style and strong description that make the dark, airy hallways of Ravenwood or the bright lights and oceanic scenery of house Maris both easy and breathtaking to picture. The ending was a touch of a cliffhanger, so I really hope that book 3 is not too far down the road, because I’m about to go crazy wanting to know what happens next.

 

 

My Rating: FIVE FLAMES

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Her Oklahoma Rancher – Brenda Minton

I have read and enjoyed several of Minton’s books. This one…Well, it was a fairly enjoyable way to pass some time, but it felt rather lacking in both depth and feeling.

I liked Ethan well enough, he was a genuinely sweet guy and tried so hard for everybody – even when he did go a touch overboard. My only qualm with him is that he would so easily abandon a baby for a few days with a woman who knew nothing of caring for infants – without even telling her. He just walked out the door.

As for Eve, I can’t say I ever really liked her. I understand that her character was dealing with a number of serious physical and emotional wounds, and I tried to like her, I really did. But I just never really felt much for her character beyond a bit of annoyance. She reacted badly or overreacted to everything, even though she was quick to apologize later. There was really nothing there that endeared her to me. She was a lackluster character and I never really felt much in the romance between her and Ethan.

Overall, it was a relatively enjoyable escape read, but not one i’ll be re-reading.

*** I received an advanced reader copy of this book free from Netgalley. I was not in any way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: THREE FLAMES

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More than Meets the Eye: a book review

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Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

My Review: 

This novel has what is probably the saddest start to a Whitemeyer novel i’ve read yet. It drags you in and wrenches your heart at the pain these children suffer, and oh, does it make you care about them.

But thankfully the story doesn’t stay sad. Within a chapter or so, Witemeyer begins weaving a healthy dose of her trademark humor into the story. The scene involving Logan and the “wild boar” is pure gold.

Both Logan and Evie are great characters. Logan’s pain is palpable as he fights to try and right a grievous wrong that wrecked his family – yet struggles painfully with the concepts of justice vs. revenge. Especially once he finds out that the man he wants to take down is not the kind of man he thought – and going through with his plan might just destroy his budding relationship with the girl he’s coming to love.

Evie is an incredibly sweet, quirky, and loving girl. She’s a bit too naive for some, and a bit too odd of everyone else. That girl has suffered so much tragedy and heartache, and still suffers the fear and disgust of most of the town for her strange eyes, but she has never let her pain turn to bitterness. She’s a gentle soul that wants to help everyone whether they want it or not sometimes – particularly her grumpy new neighbor Logan.

I totally loved the makeshift Hamilton family – and Zach in particular. The grumpy, loyal, and slightly mysterious big brother who made a lot of bad choices for a lot of good reasons.  You feel so bad for him as he watches the family he cares for grow up and move on, leaving him behind in a way. I really hope to see more of him in a future book.

I adored this book. A little bit of mystery, a little touch of action, and a sweet romance with a health dose of good humor. Witemeyer brings all her characters to life on the pages. The main theme of this book is forgiveness and the subtle differences between revenge and justice  – and how easy it can be to confuse the two.

Witemeyer weaves her lessons with a skilled and gentle touch. The romance is clean and sweet, and filled with feeling. All of the characters choices are understandable and realistic. you’ll laugh, you’ll sigh, you just might cry.

Don’t know about everyone else, but I’m dying to read the sequel – there is a sequel, right?

My Rating: Five Flames

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A Defense of Honor: a book review

Kristi ann hunter   Description: 

When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. And as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth isn’t worth putting him and everyone she loves in danger.

My Review:

I think this is the best book Hunter has written since Noble Masquerade. Sweet story with lots of humor. All of the characters has wonderfully complex and vivid personalities – especially the children. They were absolutely adorable, the romance was sweet, and there was a great Christian message.

I really liked Kit, She was a real go-getter who wasn’t afraid to do what she had to to provide a life for the children – and make their uncaring fathers pay. 

My only qualm was how Graham acted near the end of the story. He seemed like a great guy up until near the end, and then he started to get frustrating. I really hated how he treated one of his closest friends. I understood why he did it, but I still think that it was unnecessarily cruel to the poor guy. Adam did nothing to deserve that humiliation even if it was for a good cause. This part tarnished Graham a bit for me, and I thought he was shockingly unforgiving of Kit when the truth came out.

But aside from that, it was a really sweet story that I do recommend to any Regency lover.

My Rating: Five Flames

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The Accidental Guardian: a book review

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When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he’d finally carved out a home and started a herd–while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He’d
hoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong.

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around, and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling–yet enticing.

Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together–yet every day approaches the moment she’ll leave forever.

My Review: 

Well laced with Mary Connealy’s trademark humor, Accidental Guardian is a great kickoff to her newest historical series.

Deborah and Trace are both very likable and relatable. Deb was such a strong woman, though a touch frustrating in her stubbornness. And even though Trace can have a difficult time with so many people around, that guy has such a big and giving heart. He’ll do anything for Deb and her makeshift little family.

Some of the confrontations between the men and the kids had me in stitches. There is still a lot left open-ended and one villain still left to catch. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.

My Rating: Five Stars

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A Most Noble Heir: a book review

Most Noble Heir Description:  

When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.

Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope–believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father’s demanding expectations.

At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

My Review

The plot of Most Noble Heir is solid and very character driven, with a lot of very distinct and interesting personalities. I really felt for Nolan, poor guy got way more of a mess than he bargained for. His Mother dropped quite the bombshell at her passing.

That part was probably the hardest part of the story for me to swallow. Everyone seemed to think that she was the sweetest and most caring lady, and we know she never told the Earl about his son for good reason. Yet at her death, she not only tells Nolan the truth, but also the Earl. By doing so she effectively ripped the rug out from under her son, knowing full well that if the Earl accepted him he would never be allowed to have the girl he loved or the life he had hoped for. Why would she do that?

It would have been more in line with how she was described if she had only told Nolan the truth and allowed him to do what he felt was right with that info, whether that meant accepting it or burying it. There was no need to tell the Earl and effectively come near to destroying her son’s life.

Nolan, though a bit hot tempered and impulsive at times, had his heart in the right place, and he truly did care for his wife. He showed an incredible amount of restraint when dealing with his father. I kept waiting for the moment when he would finally lose it and punch the man out. I was almost disappointed when he didn’t. That man seriously deserved it! What a jerk.

Hannah, I never grew very fond of. Her self esteem and abandonment issues were understandable, but she gave up so easily and brushed aside so many of her husband’s attempts to mend the rift that she got to be slightly frustrating. Thank goodness for the Duchess Iris.
The Duchess was a corker, brushing aside social convention at most every opportunity and happily dosing everyone in the vicinity with the wisdom and advice they so desperately needed, even if they didn’t want it. She gave our main couple much of the advice that many of us readers have been wishing we could scream at,  I mean, tell many of the characters we read about in romance novels. Without that lady, chances are the happy ending wouldn’t have happened.

Most Noble Heir has been my first foray into Susan Anne Mason’s writing, and if this is an example of her usual fare, I think I will be coming back to try again.

*** I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: Four and a half Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: clean. One villain does attempt to attack a female character.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: Moderate usage of alcohol. Once character does become slightly drunk.
Blood/violence: mild violence. a shooting and some fistfights. no blood

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Too Far Down: a book review

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When an explosion kills men and damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them.

Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back East and all that New Mexico offers. Sure he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys running the mine and, when he’s honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone. Particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who may not stay long at the ranch. She’s determined, however, to help the Bodens finally put an end to the danger that’s threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm’s way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

My Review: 

Cole Boden is pulled between two worlds. If anyone could help him choose, it would be Mel, the feisty sharpshooting cowgirl who has always managed to best him at just about everything. The family dynamic between characters is strong and the pace of the book never slows for long.

The romance wan’t particularly memorable though. It’s a bit too familiar of a formula with Connealy’s books. Feisty independent heroines, and slightly clueless heroes sniping at each other until the realize they love each other. It’s still fun, just beginning to lose a bit of its sparkle.

Too Far Down, the finale to the Cimarron Legacy series, is a solid tale, but not a standout. Though my review might sound a bit harsh, It’s still worth the read and I’d happily recommend it to lovers of cowboy romances.

**I received this book free from Bethany House for promotional purposes. No positive review was required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.**

My Rating: Four Flames

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Bethany House late winter/spring 2017 lineup

And here we have it, Bethan House’s coming releases from Nov 1 through next May! There are a lot of releases in here that i can’t wait to get my hands on!

Alexander and Connealy have the two best looking covers of this set, in my opinion. I love the dramatic colors of both and the use of lighting on Connealy’s. Turin’s book has a good look to it too, just too much white there for my taste. Some of the others too, such as Hunter’s, feel a bit bland to me. Peterson’s book has a great feel to it and I have always loved the old art style of Deering’s.

Click on the covers to go to the book’s Amazon page. Some are Kindle, but most do not have anything but paperback up yet.

1. Shadow of the Mountain – Cliff Graham

Release Date: May 2

Description: Action-driven and unique in Christian fiction today, Shadow of the Mountain: Wilderness begins with Moses sending Joshua, Caleb, and ten others to spy on and scout the country of Canaan, where the Lord has promised them a homeland. Asked to report back, ten talk only of the Anakites, a race of fearsome giants in the hills, their walled cities, and terrible human sacrifices to their gods.

Despite giants, Joshua and Caleb feel the Lord is on their side and the land will be worth it. But the hearts of the people are fearful and turned against God’s words. Their punishment will be forty years without a home, wandering the deserts until that generation dies out. But as the life of Caleb proves, God’s promises are real–for men young and old.

2. Behind the Scenes – Jen Turano

Release Date: April 4

Description: Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.

As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .

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3. Long Time Gone – Mary Connealy

Release Date: Feb 28

Description: The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but 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, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers 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 uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?

4. The Chapel Car Brides – Judith Miller

Release Date: Apr 4

Description: With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.

Luke Hughes shares Hope’s love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn’t until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager’s cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?

5. To the Farthest Shores – Elizabeth Camden

Release Date: Feb 28

Description: It has been six years since army nurse Jenny Bennett’s heart was broken by a dashing naval officer. Now Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in her life at the Presidio army base but refuses to discuss the inexplicable behavior that destroyed their happiness.

Ryan is in an impossible situation. One of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring assignment, he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those six years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Although Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution, he can’t pull it off on his own. Loyalty to her country compels Jenny to help, but she never could have imagined the intrigue she and Ryan will have to face or the lengths to which they will have to go to succeed.

6. Treasured Grace – Tracie Peterson

Release Date: Feb 28

Description: Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.

Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in “Oregon Country,” she decides to stay rather than push on.

With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills–or her presence–and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

7. A Note Yet Unsung – Tamera Alexander

Release Date: Jan 31

Description: A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the Maestro at the newly-formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed. Because the conductor–determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.

Nationally-acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse–and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head–he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his father, who is dying. But Tate’s ailment worsens. He knows Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman’s trust when you’ve robbed her of her dream?

“As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women’s hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history–but the hearts of men.”

8. Still Life – Dani Pettrey

Release Date: Jan 31

Description: Blacklisted in the photography business when one of her shots causes a scandal, but desperate to somehow continue in the profession, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She fully expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–taking time to teach her the trade. Now she’s half in love with the man, half terrified to even acknowledge her feelings, and completely hooked on the job–until the next crime hits too close to home.

Avery attends the gallery opening of a new photography exhibit to support her best friend who modeled for the show. The only image of her, though, is a chilling photo of her posing dead. Only the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot, and Avery’s friend can’t be found. As Avery and Parker, along with Parker’s brilliant friends, begin to dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a dangerous, relentless, and deadly threat which could endanger them all.

9. Murder on the Moor – Juliana Deering

Release Date: Jan 31

Description: Mystery Awaits on the Mysterious Yorkshire Moors

At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontë hero. There have been several worrisome incidents out on the moor–property destroyed, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered–and worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church.

Drew’s friend is obviously smitten with his bride of eight months, though it’s hard to imagine what she sees in the awkward man. Drew can’t help wondering if her affections lie more with the man’s money and estate, while her romantic interests focus on their fiery Welsh gamekeeper. As the danger grows ever closer, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it’s too late.

10. An Uncommon Courtship – Kristi Ann Hunter

Release Date: Jan 3

Description: Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister’s shadow–which worked until her sister got married. Even with thepressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn’t be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He’s free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn’t know, his dream of a marriage like his parents’ seems lost forever.

Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent’s relationship survive the pressures of London society?

11. The Mark of the King – Jocelyn Green

Release Date: Jan 3

Description: After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

12. In the Shadow of Denali – Tracie Peterson / Kimberly Woodhouse

Release Date: Jan 3

Description: Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel outside Mt. McKinley. While John will be expedition and wilderness exploration guide for the wealthy tourists, Cassidy has signed on as a cook’s assistant. Both are busy as the hotel prepares to welcome the president of the United States on his way to drive in the golden spike to officially complete the railroad.

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice of a seasoned Alaska mountain guide. Ever since his father’s death climbing Mt. McKinley, he’s worked to earn enough money to make the trek to the Alaska territory himself. His father’s partner blames their guide for the death of his father, but Allan wants to find the truth for himself. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.

13. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill – Julie Klassen

Release Date: Dec 6

Description: The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town’s livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn.

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to find her place in the world. As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora’s wounded heart begins to heal. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them–and her future–in a different light.

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place. Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell? And will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love?

14. Conspiracy of Silence – Ronie Kendig

Release Date: Dec 6

Description: Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole “Tox” Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that’s fine–he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

Partnered with FBI agent Kasey Cortes, Tox has to pull together a team to begin a globe-spanning search for answers–and a cure. As their quest leads them from continent to continent, it slowly becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague–but battling against an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

With time running out and opposition growing on every side, the key to everything may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem–but will Tox and his team be able to trust each other enough to break this century-spanning conspiracy of silence?

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15. For the Record – Regina Jennings

Release Date: Dec 6

Description: Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle’s newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don’t seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies’ pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She’d be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know.

Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.

16. Fatal Frost – Nancy Mehl

Release Date: Nov 1

Description: Mercy Brennan followed in her father’s footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she’s assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis’s most powerful gang.

When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent–a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy’s ex-boyfriend–to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety.

17. The Shattered Vigil – Patrick W. Carr

Release Date: Nov 1

Description: Victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they’ve been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms’ ability to defend themselves.

Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it’s too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil’s members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin’s orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard.

In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman’s daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent.