Each book features one of the childhood friends in the group nicknamed the Danger Girls, and each story is a complete romance. Color of Danger, Taste of Danger, and Touch of Danger were also published as solo books.
Welcome to Rios Azules, a small south Texas town, where rivers and emotions run deep, and the secrets are deadly.
Color of Danger
Life as the sister of a serial killer is never easy, especially when a former runaway Mari Del Lobo becomes a target herself. A recent crime has her late brother’s signature and MO, what Mari finds highly unusual, as she still blames herself for her only sibling’s death. Soon Mari encounters an unexpected – and a very attractive – ally in Dr. Luke Goodman. Luke couldn’t save his fiancée from the Smiling Killer, but he’ll do anything to prevent more murders, even ask help from the serial killer’s sister. Finding a kindred tortured soul in Mari, Luke is determined to keep her alive, but it’s not easy to protect the stubborn ex-rebel. Can Mari survive to solve the mystery, renew her faith, and find love and redemption?
Taste of Danger
Small-town librarian Soledad Sokolova has three days to find a hidden Russian treasure – or she and her father will die. Out of options, she turns for help to a hunky stranger, private investigator James O’Hara. But she knows better than to let a ladies’ man break her heart for the second time. Bound by his word to Soledad’s father, James is ready to protect her at all costs. However, once betrayed, he’s reluctant to fall in love again. Will James and Soledad escape danger and find treasures of faith, love, and hope?
Touch of Danger
Rookie cop Ivan Vargas blames small-town accountant Julia Morrison for his brother’s suicide, as claimed in the note. When Julia is attacked, Ivan wonders if she’s right about the suicide being staged. He’s determined to find his brother’s killer and keep Julia safe but reluctant to lose his heart to the stubborn beauty who’s known to break them…
Hurt in the past, Julia has avoided letting men too close. But she needs Ivan’s help to uncover traumatic secrets someone would kill to keep hidden. Can she stay alive long enough to learn to love and trust again?
my point of view:
These books are in my top favorites for a series! I love boxed sets too, and for 99 cents, who can pass that up?? I did a review months ago on the prequel for this series, River of Danger, and admitted to you all back then that I had never really been a big fan of suspense and mystery stories – until I met the Danger Girls!
This group of misfit girls have quickly found a place in my heart, as well as their author, Alexa Verde! I always gravitate to a romance story, but I do love to read friendship stories that make you wish you could join their club. When you bring together a group of girls who have next to nothing in common, yet form a bond that is so unbreakable it touches your heart. There is nothing these ladies wouldn’t do or sacrifice for each other!
In Color of Danger we meet Mari Del Lobo, a character you will not soon forget, from her super spunky attitude to her pet German Shepherd Nowa, Mari kept me entertained from page one! Dr. Luke is not only incredibly focused, but he is wonderfully caring. These two practically jump out of the pages at you with their personalities. The mystery had me on the edge of my seat with the twist and turns, I could not put it down!
Next up is Taste of Danger and Soledad’s story. This warm hearted, quiet librarian is thrown smack down in the middle of suspense and intrigue involving Russian treasure and family inheritances. James wants nothing more than to help his mentor and protect Soledad, but these two cannot help but be drawn to one another as they take us along for the ride. I was so sure that I knew who the bad guy was, but I kept changing my mind every step of the way as Alexa is a master at mystery novels!
Rounding up this box set is Touch of Danger. I believe Julia is the one Danger Girl I can relate to the most, as I was often misjudged as a teen and people assumed they knew what “kind of girl” I was, when it couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Ivan and Julia grew up together, and have always been in love, but circumstances and other people have caused them to distrust themselves and their love. With a killer on the loose, they must learn to lean on one another to stop the murderer, and find a way to get back to the love they once cherished.
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This is the first book I have read of Chloe Flanagan, but I can PROMISE you it will not be the last! I am excited to bring this new to me author to your attention and I sincerely hope you will all take the time to give this a read!
Reprinted with author’s permission:
Seven years ago, Madeline Pine went mad. At least it seemed that way. She traded in her fast-paced New York City lifestyle for a quiet small town existence. On the upside, she now has faith and a sense of purpose.
Yet her tranquil world is upended when her nephew witnesses a murder, and she is faced with the challenge of keeping him safe. Compelling and enigmatic business mogul, Hiram MacArthur offers to assist her, but their growing attraction makes him more distracting than helpful.
New dangers, old memories, and a potential romance will all challenge what Madeline thought God wanted for her life. Will she trust His plan enough to embrace a new season?
my point of view:
The title of this novel is part of one of my favorite Bible verses, so I was intrigued right away. Then you give me a character that is ‘middle-aged’ and you definitely get my attention, hahaha! Let’s face it, it isn’t often we get an older set of main characters, so I am always pleased when I can find such a book that I truly enjoy reading!
Chloe certainly does not disappoint with Madeline and Hiram in this story. I literally laughed out loud over Madeline’s nickname – Mad! How cute can you get, especially when you are talking about a 50 something woman who spent the majority of her life being a single, serious, career driven woman who suddenly decides to change absolutely everything about her life? She must have “gone mad”, right?
This book bring a wonderful murder mystery, suspense and danger that leaves you with getting your hubs to do the cooking because you simply cannot put this book down! There is delightful romance, heartbreaking loss and a sense of humor that will leave you smiling and giggling out loud. There is also the precious gift of forgiveness….who among us doesn’t have issues with that? There is the struggle with forgiving others, forgiveness that God grants us, and forgiveness of our own past mistakes.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone that loves a sweet romance, a suspense filled mystery, or a fun read! Any time I can read a book, especially a mystery, that makes me gasp and say “I never saw that coming!” I mark that as a winner on my check list!
This is actually the second book of the series An Offer of Grace by Ms. Flanagan, but it can definitely stand on it’s own…….that being said, I immediately went and purchased the first book – Forward to What Lies Ahead – and will be looking for the next installment with baited breath!
About the author:
Chloe S. Flanagan is an author, technical writer, blogger, and graduate of New York University. She enjoys exploring the Christian walk frankly and thoughtfully in her fiction and in her blog, The Candid Corinthian. When she’s not writing, Chloe loves music, travel, reading books in all genres, and spending time with family.
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Ava and Sawyer aren’t looking for love when they meet outside an Indianapolis, Indiana hotel. Drawn to one another, these two lonely souls discover they share much in common during a six-block trip when Sawyer pedals Ava home to her downtown apartment building. When they unexpectedly meet a second time, both interpret it as freedom from the chains of past heartache and the Lord’s blessing to pursue a relationship. Although they intend to go slow, Ava and Sawyer tumble headfirst into the kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime.
A few months later, Sawyer uncovers a shocking revelation. He and Ava share an unfathomable bond they never could have imagined, and one that threatens to destroy their love. Is it a cruel twist of fate or could it somehow be God’s perfect plan for their lives?
Can Ava and Sawyer survive the ultimate test by fighting their way past old heartaches to be together and share…a love so amazing?
The ballerina and the inner-city youth pastor.
She’s known privilege. He’s known hardship.
Her dad builds casinos. His dad battles a gambling addiction.
How can it possibly work?
A little divine intervention.
After a rough childhood in Chicago, youth pastor Chase Landers loves his work with inner-city kids in Indianapolis. His prayers to find a woman who can handle the demands and stress of a man called to full-time ministry have gone unanswered. Resigned to bachelorhood, he pours his heart and soul into his work.
Heather Montague grew up with privilege but despises the way her father made his millions. Gutsy and smart, she’s found success as a principal dancer with the Indianapolis City Ballet. After a string of failed romances, she’s given up on finding a man unless God plants one right in front of her and makes it clear that he’s the one.
When this Best Man and Maid of Honor get to know one another during the wedding festivities for their friends, Sawyer Mancini and Ava Carlisle, neither one can imagine a future together in spite of a strong mutual attraction. Raised in opposite worlds, Chase and Heather are determined to resist one another. But it seems the Almighty—not to mention their friends—might have other plans.
Will pursuing a relationship lead to eventual heartache…or the kind of love to last a lifetime?
Eric Masterson never expected to be promoted from cyclist to an executive position in his friend Sawyer Mancini’s successful pedicab business. His new job includes scouting out locations in Indianapolis and introduces him to many people with inspiring stories. One of the more fascinating individuals is beautiful Grace Warner, the owner of a downtown art gallery. She demonstrates compassion for others, interprets for the deaf in her church, and seems willing to help everyone else. So why won’t she give him the time of day?
Grace Warner doesn’t know how many ways she can turn down the pedicab executive. No matter how handsome and appealing he is, she knows it’s best to ignore the man’s charms. While drawn to Eric, she can’t seem to get past their brief but memorable meeting a few years prior—a time when they both lived a much different, freer lifestyle. Although he seems a changed man and shares her faith in Jesus, Grace is determined not to remind Eric even as he seems equally persistent in wearing down her resistance.
Can these two find a common ground or are they destined to go in opposite directions?
By Grace Draw Near, a contemporary Christian romance celebrating love, community, faith, and God’s abundant grace.
Paula Marie: thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedule to spend a few minutes with me and our readers to get to know a little more about you! I have read many of your books, and have enjoyed them all, so far my favorite collection has been the Sunriver Dreams Series and Wildflower B&B Romance Series, but, hey, I am just getting started on the Melodies of Love Series! Whew, so many books, with great settings and characters! Where do you find you get the most inspiration from?
Kimberly: Thank you for asking me to visit! It’s always nice to get to know new friends. Sunriver is my favorite place to visit! I’m tickled that you enjoyed that series so much.
I hope you are enjoying the Melodies of Love Series. A Love Song For Kayla was originally a stand alone novel published by Love Inspired Heartsong Presents. When I received my rights back I turned it into a series. 🙂
My inspiration comes from everywhere. Locations can inspire me, something that happened in real life can inspire me, just about anything can get my creative wheels turning. The burglaries in A Love to Treasure were inspired by actual events in Sunriver. Many years ago, I was reading their local paper and it talked about homes that were being broken into. I embellished from there.
Paula Marie: I had absolutely no idea that was a real place! Now it will be added to my bucket lists of places to visit! Your website says you are a piano player! I just told my husband last night, I wish I could play the piano! What is your favorite style of playing? What song to you love to play the most?
Kimberly: My favorite style to play is anything pretty and peaceful sounding. LOL That being said, my favorite song to play, “Solfeggietto” by CPE Bach, is the complete opposite to that style.
Paula Marie: What was your most beloved book to read as a child? Did you realize at a young age you wanted to be a writer?
Kimberly: Can I Get There by Candlelight? by Jean Slaughter Doty. Candlelight is a horse. I loved anything to do with horses as a young girl, but this horse was able to take it’s rider back in time. This book still sits on my bookshelf.
I had no idea I would ever be a writer until I was in my early 30’s. A story came to me that I had to write. I’ve been writing ever since.
Paula Marie: That sounds like an amazing book, I am going to check that out! I have always wanted to visit the North West Pacific part of the country, and your writing has kept that desire going, lol! What is your favorite single day trip for the area?
Kimberly: I live about three or so hours from Sunriver. Although I’d prefer to stay there several days at a time, I’ve been known to drive over and have lunch at the Village Bar and Grill. You might recognize that name from the Sunriver Dreams series. 🙂
Paula Marie: That is so wonderful, I bet the residents just love you knowing you wrote about their town! I love to ask author’s where their favorite place and time is to write, I get so many different answers! So can you tell me what your preferences are, if you have any?
Kimberly: I prefer to write in the morning. I write at home. My “office” is a corner of our family room where I have a desk and my stationary bike. I seldom write from my desk though. I move around a lot within my house. It bothers my back to sit in the same place for too long.
Paula Marie: I know what you mean, I have a full time office job, and my back and legs ache at the end of the day! If you couldn’t be a writer, what career path do you think you’d choose to be on?
Kimberly: I was a piano teacher before I quit to write full time. I would never have quit teaching piano were it not for writing, so that’s what I’d be doing.
Paula Marie: What advice would you give to aspiring writers today, given your own path to becoming a published author?
Kimberly: I was talking with an aspiring writer the other day and the two things I told him were to work on building his platform and to study what successful authors in his genre do and try to follow their example. Of course, all writers should be writing everyday. Some days the words don’t come easily, so set small goals for yourself on those days, don’t just give up. LOL I suppose that was a lot of advice.
Paula Marie: I am always amazed at the depth of personality in the characters written about in your books, do you usually start with characteristics of someone you know (no names, please, lol) and work out from there, or are they completely figments of your imagination?
Kimberly: They are all figments of my imagination. These people become real to me and on a good day the story plays like out like a movie in my mind. I can see and feel their emotions and get into their head. I know that sounds weird. I’m a Behavioral Science major, so I think that probably helps with my characters.
Paula Marie: How can your fans keep in touch with you and your news?
Kimberly: Thanks for asking, Paula. My website is the best place to start. https://kimberlyrjohnson.com/
I have links to all of my social media as well as my newsletter and blog signups.
Paula Marie: Finally….Coffee? Tea? Cream? Sugar?
Kimberly: Black hazelnut decaf coffee or herbal mint tea for me. I am very sensitive to caffeine, so I need to be careful. I also can’t have dairy and limit my sugar intake. I know, very boring! Thanks so much for inviting me to visit with you and your readers, Paula. I enjoyed chatting!
Paula Marie: It has been an honor, Kimberly! Readers can get the full list of Kimberly’s books available on Amazon right here: https://amzn.to/2PiAIuV
I want to do something special for this 3 month anniversary of the blog! I am going to give away one of MY favorite gifts besides books, lol, a journal!
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Hi everyone! I know it isn’t Thursday, but I am bringing you this special review today since it is a holiday weekend, figured we could ALL do with another FREE ebook, right?CLICK HERE to get your copy!
Dr. Gabe Allen has a rule about dating colleagues but when he meets ER nurse Larissa Brockman he’s tempted to break his vow. Larissa’s faith draws him back to the church he’d left behind, but when their lives are on the line Gabe discovers that Larissa is the one who needs to learn about the true meaning of forgiveness. And only Gabe can help heal her heart.
my point of view:
I was talking with Alexa Verde a while back and mentioned I really needed to find some “new to me” authors to read, since I am running out of books to read……lol, okay, so maybe I do have a huge TBR pile, but still….anyway, she recommended Laura Scott. I am so glad she did! I am rather shocked I had not found Ms. Scott sooner, but I am certainly happy to have a new assortment of books to read now!
Healing Her Heart is the first book in the Crystal Lake series and introduces us to a love lake town in Wisconsin, and the hospital in the center of it all. Larissa and Gabe are both great characters, and even though the tile stated ‘her’ heart needs healing, I believe Gabe needs some healing as well. The story takes a suspenseful turn almost from the beginning and gets your own heart pumping! I admit I had a hard time putting this down as I needed to see just how it would all turn out!
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey Ms. Scott takes the readers on in this book, from learning that forgiveness is not always about ourselves or the people that have hurt us, but more about God’s gift of Grace to each of us. How can we withhold that from others? I highly recommend you all snap up this FREE ebook!
While you are at it – make sure you also pre-order her new release – coming out on September 4th! I have already, and cannot wait to read it!! There is a SPECIAL bonus too – Offer ends Sept 3rd! Pre-Order To Love by Laura Scott and get the entire Crystal Lake series free! Send proof of purchase to email@example.com and get an instafreebie link to all six books in her Crystal Lake Series!
A new family series by award winning author, Laura Scott!
Eager for a fresh start, Jazz McNally throws herself into renovating her grandparents’ mansion in time for the grand opening of the McNally Bed and Breakfast. When vandals strike, she accepts help from drifter Dalton O’Brien. Dalton is willing to lend a hand, until it’s time to move on. But when danger escalates, Dalton soon realizes that protecting Jazz is a threat—to his heart.
About the author:
My name is Laura Scott and I enjoy writing Christian Romances. I have several books that I’ve written for the Love Inspired Suspense line and recently I’ve written several contemporary novels in my Crystal Lake Series. I especially love writing books with pets in them. I grew up reading Grace Livingston Hill books and have always wanted to write. I’m also a nurse working at a level one trauma center in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them.
Leaving Oxford, reprinted with authors permission:
Leaving Oxford: Christian Fiction~Faith, Humor, Romance, Southern Style
Escaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn’t.
A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeClair is still hiding away in her charming hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. And she may well be stuck there forever. Suffering from panic attacks, she prays for healing. Instead, her answer comes in the form of an arrogant football coach and an ugly puppy.
Former celebrity college quarterback Jess McCoy dreamed of playing pro football. One freak hit destroyed his chances. Although he enjoys his work as the university’s offensive coordinator, his aspirations have shifted to coaching at the highest level. His plans of moving up are finally coming together—until he falls for a woman who won’t leave town.
As the deadline for Jess’s decision on his dream career looms, the bars around Sarah Beth’s heart only grow stronger. But it’s time to make a decision about leaving Oxford.
my point of view:
Ah…this was my very first read of Janet Ferguson’s and it completely made me a fan of her’s for life! I am a huge football enthusiast, and couldn’t be happier to read a story with a college coach. So, check for a football hero…..I enjoy books that are part of a series, another check, books set in the south, check times three! I knew I was going to settle down and dig right into this story!
Sara Beth’s heart breaking past and current struggles are so well written that I felt each touching moment right along with her. I am not giving any spoilers here by mentioning the panic attacks Sara Beth suffers from as it is part of the description above, but if you have never had them it is hard for people to understand. I, too was involved in an accident , back in the year 2000, and to this very day I cannot drive on the Interstate…I literally start to tremble and cannot breathe when I even think about merging….no, sir, not me! It may take me 30 minutes to drive my eight miles to work every day due to back roads and school bus stops, but so be it. I leave early and get there on time without stressing! I completely related to Sara Beth in this regard, and managed to admire and respect her for so many reasons…she has a great sense of humor and compassion for others to a selfless degree. When she prays about being lonely and The Lord drops a puppy at her door, well, I was done – hook, line and sinker!
Next up, enter Coach Jess McCoy, who has a great personality, a little arrogance (ha – find me a football star who isn’t a little over confident), but you can tell from the very first he, too, has a great sense of humor. He also has some interesting friends,who both help and maybe hinder Jess as he needs to find his way in this world, both spiritually and physically. I adored his passion for the outdoors and football!
Taking this journey with Sara Beth, Jess, and their friends was a true delight for me, and as it was my very first book of Janet’s – upon finishing I needed to immediately purchase every other book in the series so I could keep up to date with Sara Beth and Jess and see what would happen with their friends, Nick, Sam, Jill, Dylan, Cole…..ah, yes I love a good series!!
I highly recommend you hurry to get this book while it is still FREE – this special will end soon!
Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.
Paula Marie: I so appreciate you taking the time to sit down with me today to get to know you! I have been a fan of yours for a while, but only recently read some of your fantasy series. What genre do you prefer writing?
Jackie: At one time, I would have said fantasy. But, I love writing in both genres, actually. I had originally ventured into the romance genre because it was more popular, but I’ve grown to love writing about relationships as much as I enjoy writing about strange fantasy worlds.
Paula Marie: I will be honest with you, fantasy was never a really big draw for me, but I am really enjoying yours. What was your inspiration for the series, and how do you come up with all the ideas?
Jackie: I love reading fantasy because it’s out of the box and full of creativity. There are no constraints and one is only limited by their imagination.
I never intended the White Road Chronicles to be a series. I had a dream about Alyra one night and that she was trying to find her way home. All I knew was that she was a healer. The story began to take form and I wasn’t even wanting to write at that time. I was being a mom and going to college to be a counselor.
But I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child. I wrote my first story when I was in the 6th grade. Illuminated was like my turning point on my life-journey. I’d been happily traveling along in one direction and that book set me back on my writing path. Which is where I think I was meant to be all along.
After I wrote Illuminated, I realized the story needed to keep going because there was more to tell about the group of friends that had formed. I’d intended just three books, until I got to the third and realized there would be more. I never intended it to be six books in all, but here we are.
Paula Marie: I was looking at your website, and it seems like you have had a winding road to becoming an author! Do you feel like you could have become an author sooner than you did, or perhaps God was taking you on this journey to better prepare you for this adventure?
Jackie: Ha. I started to answer this question before I even read it.
You know, as I said before, I wrote my first story in the 6th grade and my teacher liked it so much, she read it to the whole class. That’s when I knew that I knew that I knew that I wanted to be a writer. She even believed I would grow up to write books.
In my early 20’s I belonged to a wonderful writer’s group, and learned a lot about writing through them. I even attempted a couple of books that I finished, but did nothing with. They were my learning books, I suppose.
Then my kids came along. Writing can take up so much of my attention and thoughts, I felt like the Lord asked me to put it aside. So I did.
And when Illuminated came to me a few years later, I argued at first about writing it. I was learning to be a counselor. I wanted to be a teacher and thought I’d eventually become a school counselor. But I think the Lord was just waiting for the right time to give back what His true purpose was for me.
I’m in a much better place now to be a full-time writer than I was before during those early years. And life has taught me a lot. So, I guess, everything has been working out in His perfect timing.
Paula Marie: If you were forced to choose one of your previous careers over being an author today, which would you prefer to be doing?
Jackie: counseling. I like helping and encouraging people.
Paula Marie: What are some of your favorite hobbies, other than reading, when you are not writing?
Jackie: Oh, I’ve recently taken up crocheting. I get distracted easily and have a variety of crafting projects I’ve started: jewelry making, soap and candle making, painting and drawing and now digital art which I totally love exploring. I just enjoy making things. I see neat crafts on Pinterest and think, “I can do that.” Ha. Sometimes I can, sometimes not so much.
Paula Marie: If you had the chance, where in the world would be a place you’d want to visit?
Then I think that and come up with five other awesome places that would be fun to go. I like anywhere that’s green, has a lot of trees, and isn’t covered in concrete.
Paula Marie: I must be honest, I just received your newsletter, and I am so intrigued by your new adventure, Castle Creations! Can you give us all some more inside information?
Jackie: Ah, my seekrit project.
So, the Castle Creations store is a little place where I’ll be offering exclusive stories (either bundled books, or short stories that I don’t want to publish on Amazon and other retailers.) I’ll be selling signed print books, and reader goody boxes that go along with some of my book series. And I’ll also be selling a few of my craft items that I’ve made that relate to my books. I have some tree pendants that’ll go along with the White Road Chronicles and a few other things.
The store is a work in progress at the moment. I’m still figuring it out, but hope to be able to share more about it very soon. My head is bursting with ideas of things I can offer there. It’s going to be fun.
Paula Marie: I am curious, considering your fantasy books, what was your favorite movie or television show as a child?
Jackie: Well, I actually loved mysteries as a child and would read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys book, along with watching my fair share of Scooby-doo. (I love dogs).
I think I turned to loving fantasy while in high school when I started reading The Lord of the Rings, Watership Down and The Last Unicorn- stories like that hooked me into the fantasy worlds.
Paula Marie: When is your favorite time to write, and do you schedule it, or just wing it?
Jackie: No, I have a detailed schedule, it’s helped me stay on track and keeps me balanced. Otherwise I’d either be playing all day, or sitting at the computer all day.
I do my creative writing in the morning until lunch with a goal of 2000-2500 words a day. After lunch I break up my afternoon with editing projects, taking care of things around the house and running errands, and in the early evenings, I work on business stuff.
I have lists that I keep, otherwise I’m staring off into space not sure what to do next because there’s so much to do. And then I end up playing and looking at Facebook or Pinterest-ha.
So, I’ve accepted that schedules and lists really are my friends.
Paula Marie: How can fans keep up with your books and new releases?
Paula Marie: Finally, thank you so much for joining me today, are you a coffee drinker, tea, or something altogether different?
Jackie: Both. Coffee to wake me up in the morning, but I do enjoy tea on cool days. Not so much during the summers here in Texas unless I’m sharing a cup with a friend.
Thanks so much for inviting me to chat today. Blessings to you and your readers!
Jackie has also generously offered a reader any one if her White Road Chronicles book in PRINT for a USA winner! If winner is International you will receive an ebook copy! Just comment on this post and tell us what you favorite “fantasy” childhood story was to enter! Contest is open for 7 days from today and winner will be notified via email!
A Love Restored by Kelley Goshorn, reprinted with author’s permission:
With pert opinions and a less-than-perfect figure, Ruth Ann Sutton doesn’t measure up to Society’s vision of a perfect lady. When she accepts a position teaching in a Freedman’s School, it threatens the only marriage offer Ruth Ann is likely to receive. She’s forced to choose between life as a lonely spinster or reinventing herself to secure a respectable proposal. Determined to rise above his meager beginnings, Benjamin Coulter’s reputation as a fast learner and hard worker earns him the opportunity to apprentice with a surveyor for the railroad—a position that will garner the respect he craves. After a chance encounter with Ruth Ann Sutton, Benjamin is smitten with her pretty face, quick wit, and feisty personality. When others ridicule his choice, will Benjamin listen to his heart or put ambition first?
my point of view:
I must admit, I have always loved historical novels, especially when I was younger, but I haven’t read one in quite a while! So for me this book was sort of like taking a break from contemporary, and it was a real treat! It was also very, very good!
Ruth Ann is my kind of heroine – feisty, opinionated, not afraid to say what she thinks, and do what she believes she is meant to, with a heart for God, and a deep love of all those around her, i was entirely smitten from the beginning! Benjamin stole my heart as well at the very first…he is gentle, sweet, humorous, and obviously totally enamored with Ruth Ann!
I loved how Ms. Goshorn made sweet Ruth Ann a character that does not fit into the perfect size ‘small’ typical women you read about…she is described as everything from portly, large boned, plump, broad….well, you get the picture. Why don’t we see more over weight women in fiction? It’s not like we never find true love! Yes, I said we, I am way on the plumper side of the spectrum, LOL.
Of course, in the day and age of this lovely novel, relationships are seriously based on appearances, achievements, and what the other one can ‘bring to the table’ more than a love match! Ruth Ann’s mother means well, but seems to always be harping on her daughter’s looks and making a proper match for her. Thank goodness Ruth Ann has others surrounding her that look past all of that to her heart. Benjamin struggles with pride and respect issues, coming from humble beginnings and trying to make something of himself.
Naturally, they both have to go through ‘the fire’ before they can be God’s best for His will. Along the way they also have to deal with very real, very serious situations for the time they live in. I certainly don’t want to give too much away of the story, but trust me when I tell you that both the main characters have to find their own way to fully commit their faith in our Lord before we can step out in faith and love in others!
I have always enjoyed the ‘history’ lessons I learn whenever I am reading a historical novel, and Kelley does not disappoint! I thought I knew “a lot” about the Post Civil War Era, but I still managed to take away a new appreciation for the time period! Of course, all of which is so well written and heartfelt by this “new to me” author! I highly recommend this book! Looking forward to reading more from Kelley Goshorn!
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Here is an excerpt:
Loudoun County, Virginia
Benjamin Coulter cringed as the shrill tune hung in the air. That woman sure knew how to ruin a Sunday afternoon. Sounded like something was dying and needed to be put out of its misery.
He shook his head. All he wanted to do was rest a while longer. His decision to go around his headstrong superior and talk to Mr. Farrell directly about his boss’s inaccurate measurements had made for a nerve wracking week. That decision could have cost him his job. Thankfully, his discovery had been received well, saving the struggling railroad both time and money.
Benjamin leaned against the sycamore tree and tossed his line into the creek. A slight hint of remorse nicked his conscience. He now sat poised to guide the construction of the Washington & Ohio Railroad through the town of Catoctin Creek and over the Blue Ridge Mountains to Winchester, but he hadn’t intended to get his boss fired. If only the man hadn’t refused to admit he’d made a mistake.
Yep, it was all coming together. Just the way he’d hoped it would when he agreed to leave Texas and take this apprenticeship in Virginia. All he had to do was pass that examination next spring and…
He shuddered. The woman’s screeching escalated to a bone-grating pitch. She’d frighten the fish away for sure. Like most folks, Sunday was his day off, and he didn’t intend to spend it listening to her sing off-key.
Wedging his pole in the mud of the creek bank, he set off to investigate. Her ear-piercing slaughter of The Merry, Merry Month of May led the way. He spied his first glimpse of the lyrical assassin through the thin limbs of a dogwood tree. Perched on a large, flat rock at the edge of the creek, she swirled her bare feet in the water. Behind the rock sat a pair of woman’s boots—fancy ones. Too bad she hadn’t spent some of her shoe allowance on singing lessons. Her voice cracked. “The skies were bright, our hearts were light, in the merry, merry month of May…”
Benjamin winced. That was the fourth time in a row she’d sung that part. For the love of Pete, didn’t Miss Fancy Boots even know the words? He needed to put a stop to this so he could continue fishing—and napping. He stepped forward then stopped. The woman reached up and removed a pin from her hair, then another. Mounds of long chestnut brown ringlets spilled over her shoulders into the middle of her back.
Curls. He groaned. Why’d she have to have curls?
“The skies were bright. Our eyes were light…”
Never mind. Curls or not, the woman’s voice could haunt the dead.
About the Author:
Kelly Goshorn weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith and family set in nineteenth century America. Kelly earned a B.A. in Social Studies Education from Messiah College and an M.Ed. in History Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Her debut novel, A Love Restored, received recognition as the winner of the 2015 COTT Olympia Contest and as a semi-finalist in the 2015 ACFW Genesis contest.
Kelly has been enjoying her own happily-ever-after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 28 years. Together they have raised three children, four cats, two dogs, a turtle, a guinea pig, a gecko, and countless hamsters. Thankfully not all at the same time. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, scrapbooking with friends, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.
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