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Monday, June 17, 2019

Karen Witemeyer: More Than Words Can Say

By Kelly Bridgewater

After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free. No family entanglements. No disappointing those around him. Just the quiet bachelor existence he's always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away when the baker of his favorite breakfast bun is railroaded by the city council. Despite not wanting to get involved, he can't turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples.

Abigail Kemp needs a man's name on her bakery's deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. That person definitely isn't the stoic lumberman who oozes silent confidence whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can't even control her pulse when she's around him.
When vows are spoken, Abigail's troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. Can she put ever more trust in Zach without losing her dreams of independence?

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

A marriage of convenience turns into a story of passion between  Zacharias and Abigail. Wow! Karen Witemeyer really turns up the heat in More Than Words Can Say. The plot, of course, captured my attention because I wanted to know what would happen to  Abigail's bakery, but the tension and heat between the two sparked most of the story. So if you are not a fan of a lot of romantic tension between the heroine and hero than you might want to hold off on reading this book. I'm not, but overall, I enjoyed this latest book. I loved how Witemeyer showed their friends and family who supported them. I also enjoyed how she allowed the heart of both characters to shine on the page. Either through their deeds done for others or the actions they went through to woo the other person. There was a huge moment of both characters being vulnerable and laying their hearts on the line for the other person to realize what secrets from the past they were dealing with. But like any good marriage, both partners have to take the good with the bad. The marriage vow does say for better or for worse. Overall, More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer has a lot more romantic spark than most Witemeyer books I have read, and I haven't read them all yet. But the transforming power of love is definitely worth sticking around and engrossing a reader in for a couple of hours. If you enjoy Julie Lessman's western series, than this might be the type of book for you. 

I received a complimentary copy of More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About the Author:

Karen Witemeyer
From Amazon
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warm-hearted 
transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, National Reader's Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit (Taken from Amazon.)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Least Favorite Covers

By Kelly Bridgewater

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned and showed my favorite covers, but this week, I want to go in another direction. A direction I know most might disagree with but that's okay. This is my opinion.
These covers didn't hit the mark for me. I really don't think they work well for the genre they are in, and I'm not that interested in the cover. Even though some of the authors are my favorite writers, so I definitely can't wait to dive into the story; I just think the publishing company missed the mark on the cover. (All images come from Goodreads.)

Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig


The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks


Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson


The Five Times I Met Myself by James Rubart


What about you? Have you ever picked up a book and knew the writing would be awesome but the cover really didn't capture my imagination?

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Michelle Griep: The Noble Guardian

By Kelly Bridgewater

A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure

The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time in coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, it’s finally her time for love. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentlemen in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.

Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.

Abby pleads with him to escort her for the rest of her journey. He refuses—until she offers him something he desperately needs to achieve his goal. . .money. Delivering her safely will give him more than enough to buy property.

So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep is a wonderful look into the world of the Bow Street Runners in London during the Regency era. I really hadn't heard of this historical element until I started reading Griep's novels. The Noble Guardian is a fast-pace novel with plenty of moments of heroics and a growing fascination with what might happen for the heroine versus what she believes will be her future when she meets her future husband. There was enough tension to keep this suspense-loving reader interested, but enough romance and down moments to round out the characters. The romance was predictable, but I enjoyed watching Samuel and  Abigail find their true love and their happily-ever-after. Overall, The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep is a unique, yet thrilling conclusion to the Bow Street Runners. The characters have a fascinating journey to complete, physically and emotionally. Fans of Sarah E. Ladd and Dawn Crandall might want to pick up this series.

I received a complimentary copy of The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep from Barbour Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About the Author:

Michelle Griep
From Amazon
I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write--except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager. (Taken from Amazon.)

Monday, June 10, 2019

Roseanna M. White: The Number of Love

By Kelly Bridgewater

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author's previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.

About the Book:
Title: The Number of Love
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019

Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren't enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but how can he convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life's answers lie in the heart?

Amid biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White was my most anticipated book of the year. I couldn't wait to read about spies, history, and code breakers. The cover is beautiful and definitely something to admire. But unfortunately, White's novel really didn't hit it out of the park for me. The story has love in its title, and majority of the story is about the romance between Drake and Margot De Wilde. The novel starts with a little bit of spy information for Drake, then it moves pretty far away, before coming back in the last fifteen percent in the novel. The main heroine thinks of math in everything she does. She loses her mother early on in the novel, but she seems to move on pretty quickly. Yes, it comes up a couple of times, but as someone who lost a parent I was really close to, this pain doesn't just move on so quickly. Margot doesn't really change either. She is still the math nerd  but falls in love with Drake by the end of the novel. Overall, The Number of Love was not what I expected it to be. I wanted a spy novel with history and elements of love. Not have the romance take over the whole plot. Others who are fans of historical romance might devour this novel, but it didn't deliver for me. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White from Bethany House Publishers and JustRead Tours, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Purchase The Number of Love Amazon
About the Author:
Roseanna M. White
From Amazon

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at (Taken from Amazon.)

 Connect with Roseanna:  Facebook   Website  Twitter  Instagram

 Grand Prize: Shadows of England series, The  Number of Love, and The Decrypto Board Game, plus "Mi Alma" necklace (Necklace is 24" chain with a 1" pendant that says "Mi Alma" which means "My Soul" in Spanish. A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama.)

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Grand Prize: Shadows Over Englandseries, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus "Mi Alma" necklace (Necklace is 24" chain with a 1" pendant that says "Mi Alma" Spanish for "My Soul". A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.a Rafflecopter giveawayFollow along at JustRead Toursfor a full list of stops!