My Thoughts Thursday: Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette




Wings of the Wind
by Connilyn Cossette

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Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can't ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.

Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage--for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she's found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah's fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she's come to love?

Review...

Book three of the Out of Egypt series was a wonderful end to the series. With every book, Cossette delivered a better heroine than the book before. I liked Kaya from Book 1 and liked Shira, from book 2 even more. But Alanah!  Alanah is a lovable heroine, with moxy and determination and I couldn't help but love her.

And then came Tobiah. I adored Tobiah, the sweet bear of a man. He was also my favorite hero of the series, with his gentle manners yet fierce desire to please Yahweh.

Fast forward nearly forty years from book 1 and 2, Wings of the Wind takes us into final year of the Hebrews wandering the desert. I enjoyed reading the perspective of both the Hebrews and the Caananites. Cossette always amazes me when she flips a common version and spins it on its axis to give the reader a different and more in depth view. I could feel the sand. Taste the manna. See the cloud. She paints a lovely picture for her reader.

All in all I enjoyed the book immensely. So why a 4.5? Well, there is a biblical character that makes an appearance in the book. I have previously read another biblical fiction book that centers around said biblical person and was absolutely taken with that book. So that pretty much spoiled any future fictional biblical books about this person. So the bias is a personal one and shouldn't be held against the quality of writing or plot. If you enjoy biblical fiction, this a great pick-up.

Overall Rating - 4.50 Stars 

My Thoughts Thursday: Behind The Scenes by Jen Turano


Behind The Scenes
by Jen Turano

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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. . .

Review...

Filled with plenty of hilariously laugh out loud moments, Turano writes her signature type of tale. However, I have to say, Behind The Scenes didn't deliver the chemistry I have come to expect from her. I love her work, but this is my least favorite book by Turano thus far.

Protagnist, Permilia was an absolutely well written and great character. I simply adore her. Hero, Asher Rutherford, however, just didn't measure up for me. He was...boring. Permilia Griswold was not. How could she be with a name like Permilia Griswold?! I felt the love story portion of this love story was flat and I didn't find myself routing for Asher.

Turano did set us up for the next story in the series and I admit that I am looking forward to it. I was much more excited to read Harrison's emerging tale.

All in all, because Harrison peaked my interest and I loved Permilia and because I did laugh, I would still recommend it to less particular Turano fans.

I rated this book a little less than four stars because I didn't care for the hero and the love story lacked chemistry.

Overall Rating - 3.75 Stars 

My Thoughts Thursday: Rescue Me by Susan May Warren


Rescue Me
by Susan May Warren

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When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job as liaison between the Mercy Falls sheriff's department and PEAK Rescue, but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job as youth pastor for her small-town church. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

Review...

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren is the third installment (Second full length book) in the Montana Rescue Series. I'm going to lead with this: This is a standalone book but do yourself a favor and read the novella and book 1 before attempting Rescue Me.

There are LOTS of characters in this book. In this series in fact. I personally like lots of characters, but it can be daunting especially when you are in book 3 and there is an expectation that these characters have already been introduced.

It's been a while since I've read a Susan May Warren series and I can't quite recall if her writing usually blends lots of stories simultaneously. Well she does and I love it. While Rescue Me's main storyline is centered around Willow and Sam, we also get a healthy dose of secondary characters Pete and Jess along with a few more budding storylines. I warned you there are LOTS of characters...lol. I wasn't a huge fan of hero Sam, but I enjoyed reading Willow's story and preferred Pete and Jess's story.

If you've already read the others in the series, storylines from those books have continued into this one (Sierra, Ian & Esme).

The plot moved quickly and I felt as if I was right there in the mountains and woods with the Rescue Team.

As I mentioned, Sam didn't interest me much and I was a little bored with him, but Willow was a joy to read and I love Pete's character.

If you are a fan of love and page turning "action" this series is a great pick-up. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Overall Rating - 4.0 Stars 

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My Thoughts Thursday: Love's Eternal Breath by Naomi Rawlings


Love's Eternal Breath
by Naomi Rawlings

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Lindy Marsden once dreamed of having a husband, a house, some children, and maybe even a sewing machine. But since she grew ill five years ago, those dreams have become too much to hope for. Now she just wants to provide for herself and help the abandoned children she found living in the woods until their father returns… and avoid doctors for the rest of her life. Their medicine never leads to any good, and she has the scars to prove it.

Seth Harrington loves being a doctor, but treating patients in the small town of Eagle Harbor is nothing like working at a prestigious Boston hospital, especially with the other doctor in town trying to steal Seth's patients. When he's called to treat a reluctant woman, Seth finds Lindy Marsden's fiery dislike for him rather insulting. He has the ability to help her, but she wants nothing to do with him. Until she shows up on his doorstep one night...

When the plight of a young abandoned boy brings Seth and Lindy irrevocably together, Seth finds himself in the most difficult situation of his career. His expertise can help him heal the sick, but will his love be enough to soothe Lindy's wounded soul?

Come visit the rugged yet beautiful coast of Lake Superior and the remote historical town of Eagle Harbor that readers can’t get enough of.

Review...

When I was first introduced to Seth Harrington in previous books, I was excited to read his story. Talk about being unlucky in love! I was eagerly anticipating his love match. Funny enough, I didn't imagine it would have been Lindy. It was brilliant of Naomi to pair these two together and that's one of the reasons I love her writing. She has a way of crafting such real stories and making you fall in love with characters and rooting for them wholeheartedly.

I often found myself with constricted airways whether from being empathetic to Lindy or the chemistry between Seth and Lindy. Pure and sweet love.

Characters from previous books make healthy appearances, which I always love, minus Rebekah and Gilbert (my fave Eagle Harbor couple), but I digress. I was still plenty happy revisiting old friends and looking forward to the next book in the series.

Overall Rating - 4.5 Stars 

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My Thoughts Thursday: An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter


An Uncommon Courtship
by Kristi Ann Hunter

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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?

Review...

An Uncommon Courtship is the third book in Kristi Ann Hunter's Hawthorne House Series. I was excited to read this book having read the previous two books where Lord Trent was sprinkled throughout.

Truth be told, Lord Trent's story was not what I had been anticipating but I enoyed it nevertheless! I absolutely loved the less than refined Adelaide and the very unconventional courtship of Trent and Adelaide. Admittedly, I don't read too many novels where the love interests are already married but An Uncommon Courtship has sparked an interest in seeing those out. A novel with a married couple would and should naturally include the daily aspects of a couple's life, but I have to say that Kristi Ann Hunter dared write about a topic that is almost taboo but pulled it off marvelously!! Well done Kristi!

If you are looking for a Regency read that includes all the conventional, but also pulls you into the truth behind the facades with romance, a little eye brow raising, and drama, this is the book is for you.

I just want to also mention that this book is intended for adult readers.

Overall Rating - 4.5 Stars 

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Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinion of this book is my own, and I was not paid or compensated for my review.

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My Thoughts Thursday: For The Record by Regina Jennings



For The Record
by Regina Jennings

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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.

Review...

Regina Jennings is a certified go to author for me. She never disappoints. For the Record is a fun and romantic read where heroine Betsy Huckabee is all grown up, lovable, and a hoot. Then again I expected nothing less.

Deputy Joel Puckett, brooding, and manly, walked into town with one thing on his mind; the law. Little did he know he'd get a lot more than he bargained for with Betsy at every turn. Literally.
I just loved reading her story. Lots of funny parts, some intrigue, and my favorite, the falling in love.

If you've read the others in the series, you'll catch up with the other townsfolk a little, which I always enjoy and meet a few new ones as well.

Best Bit: Betsy Huckabee is my face heroine of the series. I rooted for her, not just in love but in her career aspirations. Then again I am a little biased.

Could Improve: It needy it a bit more romance for my liking, but to be fair, I like to drown in the romance.

So if you like a balance of comedy, romance, and intrigue, this is a winner.

Overall Rating - 4.25 Stars 

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Release Day & Giveaway

Today is release day for He Has Her Heart!!

Dream and Max's story is finally available today. You can get a copy HERE. The last in the Spring Love Series, He Has Her Heart has been a long time coming and I am so happy to finally have given them their story. I'm so excited I am giving away a prize package to one lucky winner. Details below.

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My First Location Research Trip


A chunk of this story takes place in Ocean City, NJ, a Jersey shore, and I was fortunate enough to go out for myself and explore the town, visit the beach, visit Shrivers's Saltwater Taffy store, and eat at a restaurant featured in the book, Puccini's. I had lots of fun and wanted to bring back a bit of the Jersey shore (Definitely NOT the television show) and share it with you!


 Ocean City, NJ Beach
Shriver's Saltwater Factory
Shriver's Candy Store