Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Heart Most Certain by Jagears, Melissa


 official summary:
While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.


My thoughts:
I enjoyed watching Lydia pester Nick. She is very determined to get what she wants and Nick doesn't want to budge. They both grow a lot in this book because they meet each other. This is definitely a book where the characters become better people after they meet. They go on a lot of fun adventures and grow closer to each other and God. I think it was good how they both brought diffrent skills and together they were a great power couple. Lydia and Nick are both scared from their pasts and present but they help each other heal.
This was a CLEAN christian romance.
I recieved a free copy in return for an honest review through Netgalley.

Love at First Note by Jenny Proctor



official summary:
Emma Hill was practically born with a violin in her hands. She lives for the life of the piece, for each song’s story, for the perfect stillness after the endnotes when the vibrations of sound are still humming through her body. If only her love life were that harmonic. But she knew her chances at love would take a hit when she decided to leave her prestigious concertmaster position in the Cleveland Orchestra and move back home to Asheville, North Carolina. She justifies her actions with the fact that being concertmaster for the Asheville Symphony is better than no dates and no job.

But when Emma’s world collides with piano-playing YouTube sensation Elliott Hart, she finds herself falling for the way he plucks at her heartstrings. Despite a—ahem—not-so-good first impression, the two soon develop the beginnings of a rhythmic relationship. But when Elliott insists they can’t be together, it’s up to Emma to strike up a little romance. Will she be able to bring their two worlds into harmony, or will she only manage to get herself in trouble?

My thoughts:
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
This is a Mormon romance but it would work for non-Mormons to read. I really loved the passion both musicians had. Emma and Elliot understand each other really well after their awkward first interactions. There were some parts when you wanted to laugh and cry. I'm a violinist myself and although I'm not as passionate about it as Emma is I loved watching her because I understand how I would feel if my playing was not just a hobby. I really liked the interactions between all the characters and they were all really well developed. 
Like all the books I review, This is a CLEAN romance and I recieved a reviewer copy through Netgalley.

Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink


official Summary:
Now that Stephanie Pink has broken off a bad engagement, a new career opportunity appears to be just the distraction she needs.

Presented with the chance to achieve her dream of becoming a full-fledged literary agent, Stephanie seeks to retrieve a coveted, handwritten manuscript from reclusive author Agnes Wharton. Things go awry when Agnes's dog, Sweetness, runs off during their meeting. The distraught author gives Stephanie an ultimatum: find her dog or Stephanie will never see the manuscript.

While combing a nearby campground for Sweetness, Stephanie meets Rhett Hastings. Unbeknownst to her, he's a former CEO and bazillionaire who walked away from the very world she's trying to enter. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog, and so begins a high jinks-filled adventure in a thirdhand RV. 

Will Stephanie ever obtain the elusive manuscript and launch her career? Or will she see that maybe, just maybe, Rhett's choice for a simpler life is really what she needs?


My thoughts:
This was a fun book and the characters grew a lot. Both of them needed to some humbling and they found it together on this crazy journey. They both find out what they really need to do in life. Sweetness adds some more fun mini adventures while they travel in the RV. Stephanie is a fun girl who finds out she can do things she never has before. Rhett figures out what life is about and what needs to be the most important things in his life. I enjoyed reading this story.
I recieved a copy in return for an honest review by netgalley.

Sarah's Orphans by Vannetta Chapman



official summary:
Sarah Yoder belongs to a Plain community in Oklahoma, but her days are far from simple. Her father suffers from bipolar disorder—until a tragic accident ends his life and the abuse he inflicted. Instead of stepping up to provide a better future, Sarah's mother packs her bags and leaves her six children behind.

Alone with her younger siblings, Sarah is exhausted but finally at peace. Then she nearly runs over a small Hispanic boy with her buggy...and somehow finds herself sheltering two more orphans.

Paul Byler moved to Cody's Creek to help his brother in a time of need. But now that Joseph has recovered from his heart attack, Paul's ready for a quiet place of his own. The only problem? His new property lands him next door to the orphaned Yoder family—and a calling from God he can't seem to ignore.


My thoughts:
usually stay away from Amish books because although authors research, unless they are of that religion they will get something wrong and I'm not a fan of learning incorrect interpretations. I think this book was correct in what it talked about their culture but again I'm not sure because I am not Amish. Sarah is a sweet character who is trying to do her best to help raise her family. She has a very loving and mothering heart. Paul was also a really good character. I really liked how the community helped those in need. I think it is important to help those who are having a hard time if you can. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and would recommend this book to a friend. 
received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review by Netgalley.
Love
Karen Duersch

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Her One and Only by Becki Wade


Official Summary:
After ten years in the NFL, superstar Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself? 

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt--none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she's determined to find Gray's stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they'll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives--and their hearts--to one another


My thoughts:
I loved this book! The characters were well developed. Dru is a very cute (don't tell her I said that ;) character. She can definitely hold her own. I loved her interactions with Gray. One of my favorite parts of reading a book is seeing if the characters developed and I can see a difference between the beginning and the end. There were a lot of really emotional and humorus parts that keep you entertained. It was also a very good book because there were intricated details about some things but not about every single bink that each character takes. Both of the main characters became better people by the end of the book. This is definitely a book that I will reread. This is part of the Porter series. I have read the first one but it is very easy to start in this book and not be lost.
This was a good CLEAN romance.
Thank you to Bethany House for a free copy in return for an honest review. If a book is by Bethany House I know I can depend on it to be a great book!

Every Bride Has Her Day by Janice Thompson


Janice Thompson is hands down one of my favorite authors. About 30-50% of the time I read a book and say " I Love that book!" I look at the author and it's from her. A lot of her books are about weddings. When I found out I could review this book I was super excited.
Summary:
Katie Fisher is ecstatic. Pro basketball star Brady James has proposed, and she can't wait to start planning their life together. But it's hard to focus on her own happily ever after when her calendar is filling up with celebrations for friends and family. Beyond that, it seems everyone around her has an opinion--and a strong one at that--on what Katie's special day should look like. Will she ever manage to settle all of the details for her storybook wedding? Or will her overzealous friends and relations make a mess of everything?

My thoughts:
This book is the 3rd in a fantastic series about Katie. I read the first two books and absolutely loved them. I recommend you read at least the first book first so you meet all of the main characters. I adore Katie and Brady's relationship. They are one of those couples who perfectly understand each other. Katie is from a very small hometown and when she starts planning her wedding all of her family and friends try to decide what she should do based on their previous experience with weddings. There are A LOT of really funny, opinionated old ladies in this book.  Katie learns a lot about herself during her wedding planning process and becomes a stronger woman after. This book was a good CLEAN christian romance. 

Thank You to Revell  for allowing me to have a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Happy Memorial Day!
Karen


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Of Pens and Swords by Rena Rocford


summary:
Seventeen-year-old Cyra Berque wants two things in life: a date with Rochan and a chance to fence at the Olympics. But people with one hand don’t normally fence, and girls with big thighs don’t get the boy. Knowing that she wants to make the Olympics, Cyra’s coach sets her up with another coach, one who could take her all the way to the top, but the new coach costs more. Feeling her dreams slipping out of reach, Cyra agrees to tutor a ballerina with a rich father and a D minus in English. It’s triple the pay and triple the pain. The ballerina isn’t interested in passing classes―she wants Rochan, and she’s promised she’ll turn her D minus into a full-fledged F if Cyra doesn’t help her win the heart of Rochan.

My thoughts:
I really liked the detail the author went into to see Cyra's passion. She doesn't let her one handless arm get her down and doesn't do the woe is me act. The ballerina, Christine is a very fun character and Crya and her compliment each other very well. Rochan is also a good character who is passionate about his art. I really liked the way that Crya and Christine made Rochan fall in love. The title to this book was a brilliant match and I really enjoyed this book.
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review by Netgalley.