Hop into Spring event and giveaway

Readers, join us as we celebrate the coming of spring with our Hope into Spring event and giveaway.
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Surround Me is my featured book. All these others sound great.
Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card and 30 books. Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/e1f7/hop-into-spring
To visit with authors and have a chance to win prizes during the event, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1715762038570488/
The event and giveaway is going on now through May 4!
I am so excited about this! I would love to read all of the books.

Love’s Rescue Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book: Love’s RescueLove's Rescue

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historic Romance

Release Date: February 14, 2019

A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.

Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?

Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?

Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

My Review

Linda Matchett’s novella, Love’s Rescue, touches at the heart of many issues arising during trying, abnormal times. “Rahab” meets the French Resistance at the end of WWII in Paris. Accusations abound around Rolande and her involvement with the Nazi stationed in occupied Paris. Her family is the first to shun her, to turn her away.

Yet, God has a plan. Doesn’t he always make himself known even in the bleakest corner of our lives. Matchett allows her characters to make life-changing decisions that lead them down paths of hardship and sin, yet God is waiting to use their lives for his good.

Join Rolande and Simon on a journey of redemption and hope. Thank you, Linda, for a glimpse into a part of our lives that we want to hide but knowing that there is another purpose for our pain and suffering.

About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Linda-Matchett-Head-Shot-200x300Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

 

More from Linda

Dear Reader:

Love’s Rescue is a modern retelling of the biblical book of Rahab. I set the story in Paris during the last weeks of the German occupation of France during WWII. While researching the book, I read numerous memoirs and interviews of folks who lived through the occupation. Two aspects discussed time and time again were rationing and the difficulty in getting food. People with any amount of land at all planted produce to supplement the meager supply in the shops. If they were fortunate and an egg was available, it would be fried to a runny consistency and poured over the top of the dish.

Here is a simple recipe for Ratatouille:

Ingredients

1 whole white onion

1 large eggplant

1 large zucchini

1 bell pepper

2 medium tomatoes

2 large cloves garlic

2 sprigs thyme

2 T Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

 

Instructions

  • Peel garlic cloves. Smash with end of knife, then cut into a small dice.
  • Cut onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes into a medium dice.
  • Chop the eggplant and zucchini into 1” cubes.
  • In a large saucepan or pot, warm olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Warm over low heat. Add the onion to the pot and cook until tender – about five minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
  • Add remaining vegetables to the pot.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and a light pinch of pepper.
  • Add the thyme.
  • Cover the saucepan or pot with a lid and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 40 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender and there is little liquid in the pot.
  • Serve on your favorite platter.

Bon Appétit!

 

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, April 16

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 18

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 19

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A Reader’s Brain, April 21

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Carla Loves to Read, April 23

Connie’s History Classroom, April 23

For Him and my Family, April 24

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Maureen’s Musings, April 25

Connect in Fiction, April 26

Through the Fire Blogs, April 26

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 27

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My Devotional Thoughts , April 28

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The Becca Files, April 29

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a French/WWII themed gift basket that includes a WWII Word Find book by Linda Shenton Matchett, Love’s Rescue – Wartime Brides Book 2 by Linda Shenton Matchett, French-milled soap lavender scent, a Fleur-de-lis ribbon book mark, a set of three note pads with French motif, and a set of cocktail napkins with French motif!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de7e/love-s-rescue-celebration-tour-giveaway

Please comment on this post for a chance to win the prize.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

 

Book: The Governess of Penwythe HallThe Governess of Penwythe Hall

Author: Sarah Ladd

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: April 16, 2019

In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.

Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Cornwall, England, 1811

Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.

Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

 

About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

More About The Governess of Penwythe Hall

5 things to know about Cornwall, England:

  1. Throughout its early history, Cornwall’s inhabitants called the country Kernow.
  2. Early inhabitants largely spoke their own language known as “Cornish,” which became nearly extinct in the 1800s
  3. The country has a long and rugged coastline and there were frequent shipwrecks.
  4. Fishing was a major industry, with herring, mackerel, and sardines being common catches.
  5. In 1870, novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called Cornwall “the region of dream and mystery.”

 

Imagine yourself in The Governess of Penwythe Hall with these pictures of 19th Century life in Cornwall

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2016/may/19/everyday-life-in-cornwall-captured-in-the-19th-century-in-pictures

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/cornish_nation_01.shtml

https://www.maritimeheritage.org/ports/Cornwall.html

http://www.cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk/cornish-fishing/history-of-the-cornish-fishing-industry.php

My Review

Through the word pictures in this novel, I feel I’ve visited Cornwall and walked the moors and the beaches with all its wild, untamed virtues. Delia’s life, because of circumstances, is like the savage but beautiful landscape—ever-changing, mysterious, severe, dramatic—anything but calm.

Shrouded with mystery, even to the reader until the end, Delia’s life as a governess is meant to give her security and a hiding place from her part, although the pendant on her necklace reminds her of all that she has lost.

Mr. Trethewey of Penwythe Hall has struggles of his own without the addition of five children and a governess who is surrounded with mystery.

I loved everything about this novel. I’ve read many of Ladd’s books, and I’m happy to say this one is amazing too. 5 stars!

Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads, April 11

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For the Love of Literature, April 13

Inklings and notions, April 13

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D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 14

Rachel’s Back Talk, April 15

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Kat’s Corner Books, April 16

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Daysong Reflections, April 16

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 17

Blossoms and Blessings, April 17

Remembrancy, April 17

Worthy2Read, April 18

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Just the Write Escape, April 19

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 19

Babbling Becky’s Book Impressions, April 20

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Through the Fire Blogs, April 22

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Henry Happens, April 24

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The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 24

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of The Governess of Penwythe  Hall!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de80/the-governess-of-penwythe-hall-celebration-tour-giveaway

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win. Enjoy!

 

This Daring Journey Review and Giveaway

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About the BookThis Daring Journey

 

Book: This Daring Journey

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: March 26, 2019

As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice to but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing. When a mysterious frontiersman arrives on her doorstep seeking her deceased husband, his offer to escort her and the babe to her people seems like the opportunity she’s been praying to find. But can she trust him?

Samuel Grant has been sent to retrieve Henry Clark for his sister’s wedding, but the sight that greets him at the little cabin in the woods is not what he expected. Not only has the man died, but Henry’s wife is fighting off an aggressive gang of men at gunpoint—while trying to conceal a newborn. He can’t leave the pair unattended, so helping her travel into the mountain country to reach her family seems like the only option. If he can win her trust, that is.

Such a grueling journey with a three-week-old baby will be risky, but the challenges that arise test them far more than either expected. When a devastating surprise increases the danger ten-fold, Moriah focuses all her efforts on keeping her newborn daughter alive. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t realize how much of her heart belongs to the mountain man—until it’s too late.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

 

About the Author

Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven Mistywith the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters

 

More from Misty

How did I get started writing?

I’ve always loved to read, but several years ago I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, “Write a novel that’s published” made it near the top!

I decided, it’s now or never, and made the commitment to do it. So, I had a general idea that I wanted it to be a Christian historical western romance. But where to start? I finally decided I needed to find a good book to help me plan. I stumbled upon (a.k.a. God led me to) the best possible book to help me get started with a great plan: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. For all you writers out there, I can’t recommend it highly enough!

From there, I’ve soaked in every bit of writing instruction I can from some amazing groups and individuals. And I’ve spent countless hours sitting with my laptop pouring out words onto the screen. Writing is in my blood. It’s my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.

My Review

1866 Canadian Mountains

Life is a journey—an unpredictable one. Samuel Grant doesn’t know that the journey he sets out on will be harder than the one he has just completed. His faith, his heart, and his physical strength are tested as he determines his mission is to safely deliver Moriah and her baby to her people.

As I read Moriah’s story, I wonder if I could have existed in her world. Her life depends on a complete stranger. Living in the wilds of the mountains, everyone has to decide if the strangers they meet are good or bad. I compare it to today where I don’t normally have to depend on strangers. I don’t have to make those judgments like Moriah and Samuel do daily. Faith has to play a big role, hand in hand with trust. Those are qualities to continue to perfect in any period.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 4

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The Power of Words, April 5

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 5

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 5

Real World Bible Study, April 6

Pause for Tales, April 6

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, April 7

Splashes of Joy, April 7

Blossoms and Blessings, April 8

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 8

Mary Hake, April 8

Godly Book Reviews, April 9

Connie’s History Classroom , April 9

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, April 10

Carla Loves To Read, April 10

A Reader’s Brain, April 10

Library Lady’s Kit Lit, April 11

Wishful Endings, April 11

janicesbookreviews, April 11

Through the Fire Blogs, April 12

Vicky Sluiter, April 12

The Becca Files, April 12

Carpe Diem, April 13

For Him and My Family, April 13

Bigreadersite, April 14

Daysong Reflections, April 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 14

Connect in Fiction, April 15

Texas Book-aholic, April 15

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 15

Inspired by fiction, April 16

For the Love of Books, April 16

Inspiration Clothesline, April 16

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, April 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 17

Inklings and notions, April 17

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de81/this-daring-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

I look forward to reading your comments.

Porch Time

IMG_7402Rise early and praise the Lord!

My normal routine (work) does not allow me to sleep later than five a.m. On the rare occasions when I can sleep later, my body awakes at six, and I force myself to stay in bed until seven. On those days, I cherish my porch time.

IMG_7367I have a beautiful front porch with comfy chairs, potted geraniums, and a view of the woods. This is my go-to place in the morning. On my days off, it’s me, my kitten Scout, the occasional train, and the presence of God.

The forest releases the dew from the tall limbs, letting it fall like rain. Sometimes it does sound like a stream making its way to the creek. When I’m not captivated by the cracking of ancient limbs in the dense woods or a squirrel’s antics, I read. Always, in any season, I have hot tea, English breakfast for me. A cat or two curl up on a blanket in my lap. Need I say it? My porch is peaceful and inviting.

For an hour, I ban all worries and negatives. My mind is clear and sharp, listening to nature, yes, but also for that voice of guidance and purpose. I’m not naive enough to think I can keep the problems away forever. Life happens. Yet, here, on my porch, life is good and sweet and focused.

I hope you have a “porch”–a chair, a corner, a nook, a patio, a space–where it’s just you and God and peace, for the moment.

Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

Finally Accepted

I have read all of Toni’s Freedom Lake novels. Finally Accepted is a contemporary read with true to life characters who exist in a society full of imperfections. Both Chloe and Darryl struggle with their place in family relationships, in families that have rejected them and fallen short of the ideal. They do not want to pursue any outside permanent relationship for fear of inadequacies and not feeling good enough. This story is a beautiful picture of dysfunctional families able to break through to the wonderful arena of love through changed lives.