Where can you find Love’s Truest Hope?

About the Book

Book: Love’s Truest Hope

Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Mary Alford

Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish

Release date: May 28, 2019

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Mission of Love blurb

A nontraditional Amish man called to minister to the inner-city youth. An overwhelmed Amish woman terrified of the idea. When lies and manipulators threaten to destroy her life, she’s forced outside her comfort zone. Will she learn that God’s love spreads to more than just her people?

Plain Redemption

Spring is a long way in coming to the Big Sky country of Montana, and Lyddie Hershberger is still living in the winter of her life. First her husband died a little more than a year earlier, then Lyddie lost their unborn child. Now, an accident sends her father-in-law to the hospital clinging to his life. Will the gloom of winter ever leave their West Kootenai community?

When word of his daed’s accident reaches Thomas Hershberger in Colorado, he rushes home to find all his old sins waiting for him there, along with the woman who destroyed his heart. His brother’s widow, Lyddie Hershberger.

After someone breaks into the family home while Thomas and Lyddie are at the hospital, it soon becomes apparent that his father’s accident is anything but.

As Lyddie and Thomas struggle to understand why someone wishes their family harm, old feelings of love resurface. Is it possible for Thomas to overcome the guilt he feels for his part in his brother’s death and convince Lyddie that their love can melt any heartache standing in their way?

Bid for Love

The top bidder in the Amish silent auction wins a day of yardwork from Marty and two of his friends. But why did this wealthy Englischer pay so much money when she has a professional lawn service? Marty is shocked to when she offers him money to turn her granddaughter Amish. He refuses, but when Olivia and her grandmother both end up missing, Marty is fingered for the crime. How can he ever prove his innocence when all the clues the police find point to his guilt?

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Book Review:

Not your typical Amish romance. Each book stands apart and has its own take on the Amish life.

Mission of Love by Laura V. Hilton

Cindy and Jace have a different perspective on God than what I’ve typically seen in Amish romance. Not saying that’s bad, just saying it’s different. Jace has been gone for several years, and he’s returned now with a mission to help inner city youth. A noble cause.

After a hilarious opening between Jace, Cindy, Linda, and an exuberant toddler, I was in stitches. Laura Hilton always finds a way to inject laughter into her stories.

She also has a way of making you want to jump through the pages and shake the antagonist until their head rattles. I was so angry at the deacon – and Linda – I could have chewed nails in two.

Bid for Love by Rachel J. Good

Full of suspense and mystery. Marty and Olivia have their work cut out for them after the antics of dear old Grandmother. I felt so bad for Olivia sometimes. Things were changing so fast, she didn’t know if she was washing or hanging out.

I appreciated the fast action and super-charged conflict leading the story. Romance took a bit of a backseat in order to let the mystery shine. And I didn’t mind a bit.

Plain Redemption by Mary Alford

A nice take on a love triangle with a bit of mystery thrown in. Lyddie was in love with Thomas, but she married his brother when Thomas never revealed his feelings. Now, Lyddie is a widow and Thomas returns to help his family.

I’m a sucker for second chance stories. Thomas has a double dose. Not only has he given up on Lyddie, but he’s given up on God. With a chance for a double redemption, triple if you count Lyddie’s side, the mystery of the story tangles itself into a beautiful mess.

Sometimes, we have to understand what all we might lose before we’re willing to accept what God has given.

I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Authors

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Laura V. Hilton’s Bio

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with thirty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs. Her most recent series is set in Mackinac County, Michigan, and includes Firestorm, The Amish Candymaker, and Married to a Stranger (July 2019).

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

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Rachel J. Good

Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The bestselling author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farms and attending family events. Rachel has more than 40 books in print or forthcoming for both children and adults under several pen names.

Mary Alford

Mary Alford’s Bio

Mary Alford is a bestselling author of over fifteen novels who loves giving her readers the unexpected. Combining unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots that test their faith and result in novels the reader doesn’t want to put down.

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At what point do things become More Than Words Can Say?

About the Book

Book: More Than Words Can Say

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Romance

More Than Words Can Say

Release Date: May 7, 2019

After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about, just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting 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. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when she’s around him. Once vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.

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Book Review:

There are times when a marriage of convenience goes in all the wrong directions, and there are times when it’s done with a linear path and a single goal. Abby is a woman with one goal: Save her bakery. But that goal has conditions. She refuses to sell, and won’t allow anyone to become a partner because then they’d be able to control the bakery. Her solution comes in the form of tall, dark, and handsome, Zacharias Hamilton.

In small-town Honey Grove, Zach is one of only a few eligible bachelors, and he’s by far the best choice.

Que romance music every time Zach walks into a scene. He’s the answer to all Abby’s problems, some problems she didn’t even know she had. And best of all, Abby is the answer to breaking through Zach’s determination to set himself apart from love.

Abby and Zach have a painful past they don’t reveal to each other until after the wedding vows. Although, I think they could have been friends even without the ‘I do’ if Abby’s circumstances hadn’t been needing such a quick fix.

For me, there’s a bit of a conundrum with the arranged marriage. Abby is a devout Christian. Zach is not. Oh, he goes to church, but he’ll admit he’s on shaky ground with God. Shaky as in, he has no foundation to stand on. So, I know Abby needs to save the bakery, but I never read where she prayed about what to do. Then there’s the whole ‘unevenly yoked’ thing where believers are not supposed to marry unbelievers. I’m not going there, I don’t have the right since I broke that one myself…just saying it’s there.

But, this is fiction, and I can’t give spoilers. So, you’re just gonna have to read it for yourself and see if everything works out.

Back to Zach and Abby. It felt like a wonderful relationship between them, despite the short notice. Abby is relatable on so many levels. She thinks she’s fat and interjects her lack of self-worth at least a dozen times into conversations with Zach. Zach is having none of it and always tells her how beautiful and wonderful she is. Talk about multiple awwww moments.

Overall, I thought More Than Words Can Say was a wonderful Historical Christian Fiction. And I should definitely go read book one.

I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

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Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

More from Karen

Settings – Real or Imagined?

One of the key decisions an author has to make before she begins to write is selecting the setting for her story. And the first choice she faces is the question of whether to use a real or imagined location. Roughly half the stories I have written are set in fictional towns. The use of a fictional setting allows an author greater freedom to manipulate the environment of her characters to fit her plot. This provides a great deal of flexibility. However, there is something special about setting a story in a real place. First, readers who are familiar with that place never fail to get excited about seeing a town they recognize in print. Second, if an author can find historical photos and documents, she can add a wonderful layer of authenticity to her setting that might otherwise be missing. Third, an author may turn up fascinating tidbits when studying the history of her setting that find their way into the story and bring a flavor the author never could have supplied on her own. This was the case as I wrote More Than Words Can Say. All of the stories in my Patchwork Family series have been set in real places. Pecan Gap, Texas for More Than Meets the Eye, Honey Grove, Texas for More Than Words Can Say, and coming this fall we’ll travel to Gainesville, Texas for the concluding novella, More Than a Pretty Face. Researching each location brought its own unique discoveries, but I have to admit that researching the small town of Honey Grove brought this history-loving girl a special level of joy. For example, there is a legend about how the town got its name that I knew needed to be incorporated into my story. Legend has it that when Davy Crockett was on his way to join the fight at the Alamo, he stopped in a grove of trees and set up camp. There were so many bees in that in letters to family and friends, he called the place a “Honey Grove.” He carved his initials into one of the trees and intended to return and settle there after the war. Unfortunately, as we know, Crockett did not survive the Alamo and therefore did not return. One of his friends, Samuel A. Erwin, later found the grove and became the first settler in 1839. Many people recall seeing the initials carved into Crockett’s bee tree even into the early 1900s, which led me to believe that this legend was based in truth. It doesn’t play a pivotal role in my story, but if you watch for it, you’ll find it mentioned. Discovering the Honey Grove Preservation League’s website proved a tremendous boon. Their online historical resources are some of the best I have ever come across. Historical photos, newspaper articles, government records—it was like stepping through a time portal every time I visited. And I visited often. Thanks to the Preservation League, I was able to mention real people and places in my novel. Places like the Commercial Hotel, the home of James Gilmer that was built during my time period, Wilkins, Wood & Patteson Dry Goods, and Dora Galbraith Patteson’s millinery shop on the east side of the town square. While Zacharias Hamilton and Reuben Sinclair are completely fictitious characters, there really was a lumberyard located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rail Road. As fiction authors are wont to do, I did take a few liberties with Honey Grove’s history. To my knowledge, there was never any city ordinance banning women from owning businesses in town, which was a key plot point in More Than Words Can Say. In addition, Mayor Chester Longfellow was a complete invention of my imagination. The true mayor of Honey Grove during this time period was J.H. Smith, a man who served in that capacity from 1888-1897. He must have been a well-loved city official to hold office for nearly a decade. I paid brief homage to him by having him step back into office when my fictitious mayor resigned. I hope you enjoy stepping back in time with me into historic Honey Grove, Texas. Zach and Abigail might not have lived there in truth, but I like to believe their tale is a representation of the many amazing love stories have taken place in that sweet little town through the years.

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To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away a grand prize that includes More Than Words Can Say, More Than Meets the Eye, and a $20 Panera Bread gift card!!

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Once upon a time, there was The Noble Guardian

About the Book

Book: The Noble Guardian

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre: Christian Historical

Release date: June, 2019

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.

 

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Book Review:

Can we go ahead and establish the fact that I love Michelle Griep’s work. Good. Now that we have that out of the way, we can continue.

From tip to tail, The Noble Guardian is a journey of discovery. Everything from love to finding peace amidst the panic. No stone will be left unturned. Abby and Samuel’s faith was probably my favorite aspect of the novel. From the beginning, they had a connection with God. As the journey progressed, their faith blossomed and grew.

I’ve always felt we cannot know true love without first knowing the love of our Heavenly Father. While we experience love, our depth of understanding is a shallow pool compared to the vast ocean He is capable of providing in our hearts and lives. The Noble Guardian touches on that and brings it into Abby and Samuel’s story.

There were several periods of inaction, followed by a strong punch of danger and peril. Poor Samuel. He’s so worn out, even his aches have pains. After such a long journey in the carriage with Abby, even my backside is sore. I can only imagine how she felt.

Abby’s spunk made me laugh. I only wish she’d shown it a little more with dear Jonathan. But there is good enough reason for her to withhold her temper and sharp tongue.

I’ve always enjoyed a perilous journey, and Abby’s jaunt was nothing if not perilous. I highly recommend this novel for any fan of historical fiction. My favorite historicals are typically western, and while this one isn’t, it still filled that soft spot I have for finding love on the open trail.

I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Michelle GriepMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at http://www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

More from Michelle

Highwaymen Aren’t All Glamorous

Highwaymen are often romanticized in historical romances, but the truth is these fella’s were generally not compassionate thieves at all. They were cutthroat robbers who sometimes killed. Here’s a brief history so that you’re in the know.

The term “highwayman” simply means a thief who steals—usually at gunpoint—from travelers on the road. Not all, but some of those attacks turned deadly, the robbers not wishing to leave anyone behind who could identify them. Others wore masks for the same purpose.

Long, deserted stretches of roads that were main thoroughfares were the particular favorite haunts of these men. Criminals would choose remote highways that supplied regular traffic going to and from major destinations, such as Hounslow Heath, about fifteen miles outside of London.

To combat these villains, in 1805 the Bow Street Horse Patrol was created. There were about sixty men hired to protect travelers on the principal roads within sixty miles of London. Most of the men had served previously in a cavalry regiment. Their most successful achievement was to rid Hounslow Heath of highwaymen.

And that’s where I got the idea for my hero, Samuel Thatcher, in The Noble Guardian. He’s a rough and tumble man who’s tired of life and the wickedness of man. Mostly he’s just biding his time until he retires—that is until he rescues Miss Abigail Gilbert from the clutches of one of the worst offenders of all…Shankhart Robbins.

Sound like an adventure? It is. Settle back with your own copy and see what it’s like to ride the rugged heath in a carriage, bounding along—until you hear the crack of a pistol.

Enjoy!

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What happens when there’s a Murder in the City of Liberty?

About the Book

Book: Murder in the City of Liberty

Author: Rachel McMillan

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical

Release Date: May 21, 2019

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Hamish DeLuca and Regina “Reggie” Van Buren have a new case—and this one brings the war in Europe dangerously close to home.

Determined to make a life for herself, Regina “Reggie” Van Buren bid goodbye to fine china and the man her parents expected her to marry and escaped to Boston. What she never expected to discover was that an unknown talent for sleuthing would develop into a business partnership with the handsome, yet shy, Hamish DeLuca.

Their latest case arrives when Errol Parker, the leading base stealer in the Boston farm leagues, hires Hamish and Reggie to investigate what the Boston police shove off as a series of harmless pranks. Errol believes these are hate crimes linked to the outbreak of war in Europe, and he’s afraid for his life. Hamish and Reggie quickly find themselves in the midst of an escalating series of crimes that seem to link Boston to Hamish’s hometown of Toronto.

When an act of violence hits too close to home, Hamish is driven to a decision that may sever him from Reggie forever . . . even more than her engagement to wealthy architect Vaughan Vanderlaan.

 

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Book Review:

Where’s the lukewarm button? I’m on the fence here, and I need something to push me one way or the other. I liked the book, but not in the oh-my-goodness-leave-me-alone-so-I-can-finish-reading type of way. It was fun, quirky, and rich with history. It just didn’t grab me and refuse to let go.

That doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Far from it. The writing style is marvelous. Hamish’s tics and quirks gave a different twist to his character and made Reggie’s character more likable when she tried to help Hamish. They both have their flaws. Reggie fled the socialite life and opened a detective operation with Hamish. But she’s still being courted by a wealthy man and has to decide between him and Hamish. I had true levels of worry about her decision-making skills for a while.

Hamish is a lovable blend of grit and anxiety. He’s there when you need him but falls apart sometimes.

Now, since I’ve not read book one, I was a bit worried I’d be confused by jumping straight into book two. I believe Rachel McMillan covered her bases and blended the lines well enough that you can enjoy Murder in the City of Liberty on its own, but I’d recommend you read Murder at the Flamingo first.

What I really found lacking was the spiritual aspect. It was so thin as to be non-existent. Maybe this will improve as the series continues? Either way, I wish it had been stronger.

All in all, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it for lovers of historical mystery and romance. Will I continue reading the series? Probably. I’m curious to see what trouble Reggie and Hamish might find themselves inadvertently falling into in the future.

I’m giving four stars because the writing style, character arc, and romance/mystery aspect were solid. Just because I didn’t fall head over heels doesn’t mean the book isn’t worthy of notable stars.

I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

McMillan RachelRachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

 

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Boston

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There really never was a good time to drown. But this particular April had been unseasonably cold and promised spring long in coming. The slosh of the Charles River warmed by ribbons of June sun would have been preferable to the crusted sludge of leftover ice rimming the harbor, or so thought Reggie Van Buren as she bobbed up and down like a buoy.

A New Haven Van Buren ought to have perished an old, wealthy woman, tendrils of snow-white

hair falling around a satin pillow, comforted in the knowledge that she would be interred in

the family plot, her soul destined for paradise—not with water up to her nose, choking as it lapped in and out like a tide over her chattering teeth. But a New Haven Van Buren also might have had the propriety to insist upon the use of her given name and not the “Reggie” she so preferred. The Reggie she was just hearing now in a rather frantic yet familiar voice.

“Reggie!” Hamish DeLuca’s panicked voice reached into the hollow dome of her cement cave. “Reggie!”

“I was st-stupid. I s-slipped.”

She treaded poorly, her arms feeling like gelatin, her form rather lacking the swimming skills

she had learned informally alongside her family’s schooner on Regatta Day. Reggie strained to rise above the lapping water. She took turns treading and raising herself as high up on her toes as she could. Rotating and wondering why she failed to complete the ballet classes her parents enrolled her in as a child. Standing on tiptoe might have added inches to her height and allowed her to clear her mouth of the water. As it was, her calf muscles strained. She said something that came out in a series of bubbles before glugging, rising upward, and noticing for the first time how the fog from her icy breath rippled over the water. If she couldn’t understand herself,

how would he?

“S-slipped,” she said again, trying to make him out in shadow. “H-Hamish.” She tried again. Funny, usually he was the one with the stutter. Hamish DeLuca with the stutter and the bit of a handshake and that one pesky dimple and those big blue eyes. Her own eyes fluttered. Maybe she would never see him again. She would just slip under the water and rest her heavy eyelids. She blinked until a stream of torchlight buttered the dark walls, crystallizing the percolating water drips around her, and then the figure of her rescuer, whose blue eyes looked even more brilliant than usual in the eerie glow of the flashlight.

Hamish dropped to his knees. “Take my hand.”

“This didn’t turn out as I expected,” she chattered.

“Reggie, we don’t have much time.” His voice rippled as he looked frantically at her and then over to the grille she had stared at since she got into the mess, watching the water level rise and fall and rise and fall until it made her dizzy. She clung to his hand a moment.

“We should have gone with plan B.”

Hamish growled. “We didn’t even have a plan A.”

“You’re my hero, Hamish.” She patted his hand with her icy one. “It was so nice of you to come.”

“Reggie, just take my hand.”

“I’m stuck!”

“What?”

“M-my shoe.”

Hamish said something she was altogether certain she had imagined in her half-frozen and very soggy state. And then, of course, he recklessly jumped in to get her.

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What does Harbor Secrets have that other books don’t?

Harbor Secrets, The Legacy of Sunset Cove Book 1

Harbor Secrets Cover

 

About the Book:

Title: Harbor Secrets: The Legacy of Sunset Cove Book 1

Author: Melody Carlson

Publisher: White Fire Publishing

Release Date: August 14, 2018

Genre: Religious Historical Fiction

 

Back Cover Copy

A Peaceful Coastal Town…Threatened by a Storm of Secrets

It’s 1916 when newspaper woman Anna McDowell learns her estranged father has suffered a stroke. Deciding it’s time to repair bridges, Anna packs up her precocious adolescent daughter and heads for her hometown in Sunset Cove, Oregon.

Although much has changed since the turn of the century, some things haven’t. Anna finds the staff of her father’s paper not exactly eager to welcome a woman into the editor-in-chief role, but her father insists he wants her at the helm. Anna is quickly pulled into the charming town and her new position…but just as quickly learns this seaside getaway harbors some dark and dangerous secrets.

With Oregon’s new statewide prohibition in effect, crime has crept along the seacoast and invaded even idyllic Sunset Cove. Anna only meant to get to know her father again over the summer, but instead she finds herself rooting out the biggest story the town has ever seen—and trying to keep her daughter safe from it all.

 

 

 

About Melody Carlson  author photo Melody Carlson

 

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

 

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Book Review:

Anna is certainly a character to admire. Her willpower and drive push her well beyond what might be considered normal boundaries. I cheered several times (can’t detail the circumstances without spoilers…sorry).

High in mystery and suspense with the who-done-it leading the reader around in a merry chase. You have a wide array of potential suspects and that makes the reading engaging. I wasn’t ready for Harbor Secrets to end and I would love to read more about Anna and Katy’s adventures. I can see them as quite the mother/daughter investigative duo.

My only drawback was the lower Christian aspect. So low, in fact, it seemed non-existent. But as far as a good, clean, exciting mystery, this one wins.

Reading about the Prohibition era isn’t something new, but Harbor Secrets took a turn I’d not experienced before and characters discussed the pros and cons of Prohibition. It’s not often you’re given the ‘bad’ side of an argument, so I applaud Melody Carlson for showing that even though we might not agree with a decision, that person has every right to choose their own side.