Facing death takes courage. Facing life takes even more.
In the last stages of a genetic disease, Ellen Creighton has decided to live out her remaining days at the estate of her longtime friend Harrison Burlington. Though he’s never allowed himself to get serious in a relationship due to his paralysis, Harrison cares deeply for Ellen and is desperately trying to save her life by finding the holy water that is believed to heal any disease–the same substance Ellen suspects is responsible for the deaths of her father and sister.
But Harrison is not the only one seeking the holy water. Dangerous criminals are mere steps behind, and Ellen soon learns they will go to any lengths to get the powerful drug–including sending her back into the past to locate it for them.
Bestselling and award-winning author Jody Hedlund plunges you into the swiftly flowing river of history in this second breathtaking Waters of Time story.
After reading Come Back to Me, I could not wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. I have been a long time fan of Jody and her books and this series is one of my favorites. I am so intrigued by the idea of time travel and the way the author has used it in this series.
I was so glad that this book began where the last ended. I needed to know what would become of these characters. Not only does the aspect of time travel intrigue me, but the idea of using time travel to save someone you love is just swoon-worthy.
This novel has all the aspects I love in a good story: mystery, intrigue, romance, and unforgettable characters. Get your copy today!
Hi friends, today I’m highlighting and reviewing The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water by Erin Bartels!
When novelist Kendra Brennan moves into her grandfather’s old cabin on Hidden Lake, she has a problem and a plan. The problem? An inflammatory letter from A Very Disappointed Reader. The plan? To confront Tyler, her childhood best friend’s brother–and the man who inspired the antagonist in her first book. If she can prove that she told the truth about what happened during those long-ago summers, perhaps she can put the letter’s claims to rest and meet the swiftly approaching deadline for her next book.
But what she discovers as she delves into the murky past is not what she expected. While facing Tyler isn’t easy, facing the consequences of her failed friendship with his sister, Cami, may be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.
Plumb the depths of the human heart with this emotional exploration of how a friendship dies, how we can face the unforgivable, and how even those who have been hurt can learn to love with abandon.
Meet the Author
Erin Bartels is the award-winning author of All That We Carried, 2020 Christy finalist The Words between Us, andWe Hope for Better Things, a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, 2020 WFWA Star Award-winner, and 2019 Christy finalist. A publishing professional for nearly twenty years, she lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband, Zachary, and their son. Find her online at http://www.erinbartels.com.
This was my first time reading this author and I am a FAN! This story has all the aspects I love…suspense, drama, and amazing characters. Erin does suspense very well. This novel definitely kept me riveted the entire time. I just couldn’t stop reading! Let’s talk about the characters next. Real, believable, human. I know I’m reading a great novel when I forget that these people are not real! They sure seemed so to me. Messy, mistake prone, and memorable. The writing in this novel is simply lovely. I cannot wait to read another by this author. This one will definitely have a permanent place on my favorites shelf. Get your own copy today!
By day, Jill Weatherholt works for the City of Charlotte. At night, and on the weekend, she writes contemporary stories about love, faith and forgiveness for Harlequin Love Inspired. Raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, but her heart belongs to Virginia. She holds a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and Paralegal Studies Certification from Duke University.
If you are a fan of sweet romance stories, don’t miss this one! Jill has created the most precious characters that will warm your heart. I am a huge fan of second chance romance and this novel really hits the spot. Family and forgiveness are major themes in this adorable novel. I really enjoyed the many twists the author wove throughout the novel. Get your copy today!
Who doesn’t love a great romantic Christmas story!? This girl is a huge fan! Tara Randel’s Her Christmastime Family is filled with memorable characters, laughter, love (some tears too!) and all the Christmas joy fans have come to expect. Not only is the cover absolutely precious, but the story will stick with readers long after the final page. Do not miss this lovely Christmas story. I’m keeping it on my shelf, seeing this as an annual Christmas re-read!!
5/5 SNOWFLAKES (stars)
Other Books in the Series:
Stealing Her Best Friend’s Heart (The Golden Matchmakers Club #1)
The magic of Christmas Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages October 26, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming Could make her wish come true! A small-town Christmas wedding. What could be more romantic? Unless you’re a plus-one for hire like single mom Maia MacKenzie. Too bad handsome cowboy Brent Hayes is her new coworker—and completely off-limits! Neither of them can afford to lose their job…or invest in a relationship. But when she sees Brent’s adorable connection with her young son, Maia can’t help wishing for a Christmas miracle.
I was swept away by Maia & Brent’s story from the beginning. While they had a not so typical first encounter, fate seemed to continue crossing their paths and I was eager to see how their story would play out. Don’t you just love a good love story? I especially love it when the characters CANNOT be together for one reason or the other. It seems the more they are not supposed to be together, the more I want them to be together. This is exactly what I felt while reading A Secret Christmas Wish. I won’t give the ending away, can wishes come true? You’ll have to grab your own copy to find out!!!
In the third grade, NY Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid made it her goal to read every Black Stallion book ever written. Who knew such an illustrious ambition would eventually lead to a lifelong love of all things western, owning a stagecoach pulled by six mules, and a career writing contemporary romances for Harlequin? With over 50 titles in print and 1.3 million-plus books sold, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins is married to her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world six years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking cowboys riding the range, busting broncs, and sweeping gals off their feet — oops, no. Make that winning the hearts of feisty, independent women who give the cowboys a run for their money. It’s a tough job, but she’s willing to make the sacrifice. Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bookbub https://cathymcdavid.com/https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/102608.Cathy_McDavidhttps://www.facebook.com/cathymcdavidbookshttps://twitter.com/CathyMcDavidhttps://www.instagram.com/cathymcdavidwriter/https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cathy-mcdavid Tour Schedule
Just in time for the holidays, a perfectly precious love story. From the moment I picked up this novel, I could not put it down- literally, I read it in one sitting and did not want it to end. The author has woven together a sweet story with memorable characters and just enough angst to keep things very interesting. I fell in love with Paige, Evan, and Riley from the very beginning and could not wait to see how their story would play out. Paige, ever guarded and cautious to let her heart love again was the perfect heroine. Will she open her heart to love in time for Christmas? You will have to grab your own copy to see what happens!!
Officer Jonathan Maxwell is just as devoted to his job as he is to his two young daughters, leaving zero time for a social life. Until he meets Brooke Novak. The newly hired community center director is a single parent, too, and also part of his latest investigation. Jonathan needs Brooke’s help if he’s going to close his case by Thanksgiving…but she might be the biggest distraction from keeping his mind on his job.
I read a lot of sweet clean romance novels and I have to say that The Single Dad’s Holiday Match is one of my absolute top favorites…ever! Tanya Agler combines the perfect ingredients for an adorable romance novel that’s sweeter than my favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte. Jonathan is your typical romance novel hero with all of the swoon-worthiness you would expect from Harlequin Heartwarming, and he is determined to not fall in love with heroine Brooke Novak after experiencing a heart breaking loss of his own. However, Jonathan’s investigation (he’s an officer) keeps driving these two together. Can Brooke open Jonathan’s heart to love again? I just LOVE a good “I’m not going to fall in love with you” story and Agler really delivers. I won’t place any spoilers here, just know that you need to go get yourself a copy immediately!!
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About the Author–
Tanya Agler is a write-at-home mom, wife, and beagle and bunny wrangler who writes sweet contemporary category romance, three of which have been published by Harlequin Heartwarming. She moved often as a child, attending twelve different schools before attending the University of Georgia where she received degrees in journalism and law.
She lives in Georgia with her wonderful husband and her four kids (Kath, MJ, Cupcake, and Chunk). She often talks about her new rescue beagle, Linus, on Twitter and Facebook. One of her favorite things to do is to curl up with a glass of iced tea and a dessert while watching a classic movie (think all the way back to Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, snappy dialogue, and shoulder pads).
She loves visiting new parts of the country while attending writers’ conferences.
A knitting group’s change of scenery changes lives in unexpected ways
Margaret, Rose, Jane, and Fran had a good thing going: meet every week in the quiet of their peaceful chapel and knit prayer shawls. No muss, just ministry. That is, until their pastor boots them out of the church in his last-ditch effort to revive the dwindling congregation.
Uptight Margaret isn’t having it. Knitting prayer shawls where people can watch is the most ridiculous idea she’s ever heard of, and she’s heard plenty. Prayer belongs in the church, not out among the heathen masses. How are they supposed to knit holiness into these shawls if they’re constantly distracted by the public? But with no choice, the others embrace the challenge. They pack their knitting bags and drag Margaret—grumbling the whole way—to the mall with them. She can’t wait to prove them all wrong when it fails miserably, and show the pastor that she always knows best.
Without the familiar mold the group has been stuck in, their own losses, pain, and struggles rise to the surface. And the people and situations they encounter every time they try to sit quietly and knit are taking them a lot further out of their comfort zone than they ever imagined. Can they find the courage to tackle the increasing number of knotty issues they learn about in the community–or will the tangle be too much to unravel?
Sharon J. Mondragon’s debut is warm and delightful, full of real laughter, grief, and personality. It beautifully illustrates the power of women across generations to reach people for Christ.
To read an excerpt of The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Ladyclick here.
The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady is cozy, fun, and hilarious. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be begging for more. Often the most amazing things can come from the unexpected. When asked (or forced) to move their prayer shawl ministry to a new location, the ladies are completely disgruntled, but what seems like a disturbance may turn out to be one of the best things that ever happened. Warm, relatable characters round out this wonderfully written novel. 5/5 STARS
Sharon J. Mondragón writes about the place where kindness and courage meet. Her debut novel, The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady (originally titled The Heavenly Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry) was the 2017 winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award in the Short Novel Category, and she has also been recognized by The Saturday Evening Post where her short story, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” was an Honorable Mention Awardee in the 2014 their Great American Fiction Contest.
Mondragón has been active in prayer shawl ministry since 2008 and currently serves as facilitator for the prayer shawl ministry at her church, St. Paul Episcopal in Waxahachie, TX. She also knits with the Circle of Healing at Red Oak United Methodist Church. She is a Level 2 Certified Knitting Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and teaches beginning knitting at a local yarn store.
Mondragón is the mother of five grown children and has four grandchildren. After 26 years as an Army wife, she has settled in Midlothian, TX with her hero/husband, her laptop, and her yarn stash.
Falling for the Innkeeper ByMeghannWhistler Inspirational Contemporary Romance Paperback &ebook, 224 Pages July 21, 2020 by Love Inspired
She’s the home he never expected to find.
A battle for a charming Cape Cod inn… But what happens when romance checks in?
Single mom LauraLessowaywon’t accept her mother’s plan of selling her late grandmother’s inn without a fight. But when big-city attorney Jonathan Masters arrives to arrange an offer from his client, she’s drawn to him. And working together as he helps with repairs only brings them closer. With his career and her home on the line, can they ever find common ground?
MeghannWhistlerwrites sweet, clean contemporary Christian romance novels that WON’T make your grandmother blush. A hopeless romantic who met her husband on a blind date,Meghannrecently left her marketing career to pursue her lifelong passion of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace. Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, she earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. She loves to hear from her readers, who can reach her at http://www.meghannwhistler.com.
This is such a sweet story! I am a big fan of inspy romance and this book has all the ingredients for a perfectly heartwarming story that will be at the top of your own favorite list. The characters aren’t cookie-cutter perfect, but face real issues and challenges that are relatable and endearing. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to get an extra copy for your bestie! Set in beautiful Cape Cod, this is a story you’ll want to escape to again and again. Get your own copy today!!! 5/5 STARS
Fifteen years after college graduation, four friends reconnect to keep a long-ago promise and go on a trip of a lifetime in the Australian Outback.
Eliza needs to disconnect from her high-powered fashion job to consider the CEO position she’s just been offered. Lincoln hopes to rekindle a past relationship and escape from another one. Bree looks forward to a fun getaway from home and her deeply buried disappointments. Andy wants to disappear from the mess he’s made of his life—possibly forever.
Dropped at a campsite in the middle of nowhere, the friends quickly discover they aren’t the same people they once were, and they begin to confront hard truths about one another—and themselves. Then a bizarre storm sweeps across their camp, scattering them across the desert. Wondering if they are part of some strange escape game, each of the friends meets a guide to help them find exactly what they need: purpose, healing, courage, and redemption.
But they’ve already traveled far down the road of life and course-correcting to become the people they were meant to be won’t be easy.
I haven’t reviewed any books in quite awhile and so I thought I would jump back in with Where The Road Bends. What a fantastic book!! The author did a fabulous job of drawing me right into the story and getting me really invested in the lives of the characters. If you are looking for a great escape read, I highly recommend this one!!
David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father of three who loves humor and a clever turn of phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.