Chloe, thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with me and our readers today for coffee! I see on your bio that you attended school in NY, is that the area you grew up in? I ask as Jersey Girl native, lol!
And thank you, Paula, for inviting me to chat. I love reading your reviews and chats, so it’s great fun to take part in one today. I did not grow up in New York. I was born in Oklahoma, where my extended family is from, but my parents moved around the country quite a bit when I was growing up, so we lived in different places like Atlanta, Hawaii, and the Gulf Coast. I went to college in NYC because I’d always been a little enamored with the city after visiting a few times when I was young. I love the energy and diversity there!
It’s so cool that you’re a Jersey Girl! As you might imagine, I knew quite a few Jersey folks in school and even rode the Path train over there a few times.
That is wonderful, Chloe! I have never lived anywhere but NJ and Florida. I always wonder where author’s get their ideas, do you write stories more from your own experiences, or do you spend a lot time doing research on the type of characters your creating?
The plots don’t have much correlation with my real life, but most of my characters tend to be mixtures of people I know. I will do some research also to try to make the characters and stories impactful.
I see you love music – what type of music do you enjoy?
My tastes are pretty eclectic. I like a lot of classical music, Broadway tunes, contemporary Christian music, and various popular music from over the decades. I’m especially fond of vintage jazz, and Ella Fitzgerald is my favorite singer.
Oh, I do love Ella Fitzgerald, too! When did you first feel the call to write fiction?
That’s an interesting question. You see, I’ve had scenarios, dialogue, and “what ifs” running through my head for almost as long as I can remember. But I tended to try to suppress all that because it seemed like daydreaming. It wasn’t until last year, after I’d been exploring other types of writing like blogging for awhile that I felt a pull to start writing fiction.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention the fact that numerous great Christian novelists I’ve read and interacted with have played a big role in inspiring and encouraging my calling.
Well, I for one am glad you started, I have enjoyed your writing very much! If you could go anywhere in the world you have never been for 24 hours, where would that be?
Since you say 24 hours, I think I’d like to go to Northern Alaska or Iceland when there are almost 24 hours of sunlight. That’s such a fascinating idea to me.
Where (or when) is your favorite writing place?
I like writing in the public library. It’s really easy for me to concentrate there, plus I love being surrounded by all of those books.
I just finished Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky. That was an entertaining read. I love Historical Fiction, and this one really immersed me in early 20th Century life.
Can you tell us more about your blog?
Sure! I started The Candid Corinthian blog two years ago because I wanted an outlet for my thoughts about God and the faith journey. The posts were meant to be honest, sometimes challenging reflections rather than devotionals. I’ve also done occasional interviews with Christian creatives such as authors, podcasters, and film makers. Being part of the blogging world has given me the chance to interact with some wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you don’t mind sharing, can you tell us a little bit about your family?
Right now, I’m happily single. I have a close relationship with my mom and grandparents, and I’m also blessed to have a large extended family and a cat named Sméagol.
They’ve all been really supportive of my writing, although I think Sméagol thinks it takes too much attention away from him sometimes.
What is the one thing you’d like for readers to take away from your novels?
I want readers to walk away with the message that God’s grace is offered to everyone and it can show up in many different packages.
How can readers keep up with you and your new releases?
They can follow me on social media or my blog. Also, I have an author website, where they can read about my books and what I’m reading. They can sign up for my newsletter there also.
Finally – Coffee or tea? Cream? Sugar?
In the mornings, I’ll usually drink one cup of coffee with cream and sweetener, just to get my brain moving. Besides that, I love ice tea in the warm months and Earl Grey in the cold ones.
Thank you so much for spending time with me, Chloe, it has been a pleasure and I cannot wait to read more of your novels!
Ever since she was a teenager, Regina Whitman has relied on her tough, independent spirit to survive and to protect the ones she loves. Even when heartache and disappointment strike, she finds the strength to press forward, rebuild her life, and do meaningful work.
But just when her outlook seems brightest, a tragic and shameful secret from the past catches up with her, jeopardizing her future and threatening the lives of the people around her.
In the face of overwhelming danger and darkness, can Regina learn to trust God and embrace the love she doesn’t think she deserves? Or will the painful guilt of her past destroy her?
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?
NOW for the big giveaway!! Chloe is so generously offering a digital version giveaway of EACH of her books to one winner! YAY! I promise you, you want to win these!! Simply comment on this blog and tell us who your all time favorite singer is to enter for a chance to win both of Chloe Flanagan’s novels! Contest will be open for one week from today and winner will be notified via email!
That’s right, TWELVE sweet, faith-filled romances in three boxed Christmas sets by Marion Ueckermann, Autumn Macarthur, and Alexa Verde all for just 99 cents a set! Get all THREE of them TODAY while at this bargain price!
I have honestly read 10 of the 12 of these but for two (not telling you which ones, lol, as I will have them read soon too!) And I can promise you that you will not find a better deal any where on this many beautiful books!
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Sweet, wholesome Christian romances to warm your heart! Three full-length Christmas novels about faith, love, and second chances, together for the first time in this collection. Let a book trip to Rios Azules, a small town in south Texas with quirky residents and caring community, bring you joy and put a smile on your face! Join three unlikely couples as they let God work miracles in their lives and find love, hope, and futures together.
Cowboy Santa: helping his ex-fiancée have a merry little Christmas…When Kade Delgado joins his buddies in a Cowboy Santa program to shower Christmas blessings on old folks and single moms, he doesn’t expect his former fiancée to return to Saddle Springs, in need and with a child in tow. Does God really expect him to treat Cheri the same as the others on his new Christmas list? Cheri Mackenzie has never forgiven herself for the pain she caused Kade by fleeing a week before their wedding, but undoing the past is impossible. Circumstances force her back to her aging grandparents’ Montana ranch, where Kade, now a widower with a toddler, is making himself cheerfully indispensable. When she receives kindness instead of the hostility she surely deserves, she can’t help but pray for a Christmas reunion with the cowboy she’s never stopped loving.Is there any hope for a second chance at love?
About the Montana Ranches Christian Romance series
Welcome to Saddle Springs, the fictional western town that’s home to the Montana Ranches Christian Romance Series! Revel in the lush mountain scenery with rocky peaks, tumbling rivers, and peaceful lakes. Meet the cowboys who ride the ranges, mend fences, and are lassoed by romance in this new series by USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer.1. The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion2. The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up MatchmakerJoin USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer in this new Christian romance series… with cowboys!
my point of view:
If you are new to this blog and this is the first review you are reading of mine, let me tell you up front – I love Valerie Comer. There I said it, I am not ashamed! I will also admit to having read every single one of her books…and many more than once. I mean, everyone needs a little Green Acres boost in their life once in a while, right??
That being said, I was so excited that Valerie has decided to start an entirely new series – and this one has cowboys! Who doesn’t love a cowboy?? Valerie was also kind enough to bring us back Cheri….a secondary character straight out of Arcadia Valley, having made her appearance in Rooted In Love!
I fell in love with Kade from page one, and he only get better as I continued to read! Both he and Cheri are wonderful characters that have been through pain and heartache. Kade can look too good to be true to an outsider, but he has his own demons to wrestle. Not to mention a couple of brothers who give him a hard time over just about everything, lol! I simply cried over Cheri’s struggles with her self worth over what she felt she was unforgivable in her past choices. How many mistakes have we ALL made, but God is always there to pick us up and forgive us. Sometimes it is harder to forgive ourselves, and this book shows us how Cheri has to fight herself while those around her forgive and accept her with open arms.
Harmony and Jericho are just about the two cutest kids i have ever read in a story…I am sharing Valerie’s vision for them here too…
Valerie Comer never fails to draw me into her story world so deeply I feel like I am a part of the places and people, and now i want to live on a ranch, lol! Bring on Book two, quickly, please!!
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Welcome to the next installment of my review of A Tuscan Legacy! This week we are focusing on books seven, eight and nine.
Solo Tu: Only You by Narelle Atkins, A Tuscan Legacy Book 7
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Home means everything to Sienna Rossi.
Four years ago, Sienna defied her father by moving to Australia to obtain her teaching qualifications. Her grand plan is shaken by her father’s unexpected death and a trip back to Tuscany for her grandmother’s eightieth birthday where she renews her close bond with her sister, Alessa.
Teacher Dave Maxwell likes the freedom of his nomadic lifestyle. He works contract-to-contract, moving to different high schools around Australia. He’s in Sydney for a season, caring for his grandma while his aunt is on an extended overseas vacation.
Back in Sydney, Sienna moves in with her Aussie cousins and starts her first teaching job, torn between her dream for a future in Australia and her longing for home. Sienna and Dave work at the same school, attend the same church, and quickly become friends. They are drawn together by circumstances and an undeniable attraction.
Dolce Vita: Sweet Life by Autumn Macarthur, A Tuscan Legacy Book 8
On Sale for JUST 99 cents from October 27th through November 2nd!
La dolce vita, a sweeter life of love, awaits Rachel. But can she accept it?
Rachel Golding loves her uncomplicated life in Wales. Teaching art, a close-knit group of friends, and a strong and loving bond with her mother. But the trip to Italy to meet her Italian grandmother for the first time stirs unwelcome emotions — reluctance to forgive Nonna for a lifetime of rejection, and longing to know more about the father who died before her birth. Between her cousin’s accusation she sent a series of mysterious unsigned paintings to get revenge on the family, her mother’s wedding, and her realization she feels way more than she should for her best friend Jonathan, Rachel’s carefully planned life is spiraling out of control.
Always ready for adventure, especially with the woman he loves, Jonathan Davies gladly accompanies Rach on an impulsive return journey to Tuscany. Okay, so he also hopes the time together might give him the chance to tell her how he really feels. But now she needs his friendship and support more than ever, revealing his love is a risk he dare not take. Not without some sign she wants more. A sign she may never give.
In the haze of a sunflower summer, can Rachel learn to surrender her hurts and fears to God and so embrace the life He intends for her? La dolce vita, a sweeter life of love.
La Risposta: The Answer by Autumn Macarthur, A Tuscan Legacy Book 9
On Sale for JUST 99 cents from November 2nd through November 8th!
One marriage ends, as another begins.
Or can faith and forgiveness bring a hurting couple back together?
When the harvest celebrations and a family wedding bring the eight cousins back to the the villa at summer’s end, along with their new beloveds, the final secrets are revealed, along with the solution to the puzzle of the unsigned paintings.
But can these secrets be forgiven, healing old wounds and mending broken hearts, or will the mistakes of the past be repeated?
The future of a marriage about to crumble depends on the answer!
my point of view:
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this entire series! These three books brought it all together, while we get to see the last two cousins find their one true love, and FINALLY, all of the grandchildren come back to Tuscany and Nonna Isabella has all her grandchildren under one roof. We have the added benefit of the conclusion to the mysterious paintings, and I do not want to give away any spoilers here, but WOW, what a conclusion it is!
In Solo Tu, we get to visit Australia, and oh how wonderful that was! i adore the way Narelle makes me feel as if I am right there enjoying the country I wish to someday visit! What fun to see how these two come to terms with Dave’s nomadic lifestyle, and another grandmother in the picture, this time Dave’s.
Dolce Vita just happens to be one of my favorite Italian sayings – the Sweet Life…I especially enjoyed this one, as
I got to know Rachel in her mother Maggie’s story Least Expected, which I loved! So seeing Rachel with her best friend again is so much fun! I also love the troupe friends to romance, so this fits my favorite types of books in so many ways.
Finally – or is it final?? La Risposta – The Answer…….all is revealed and we now have the answers to this great family mystery. Forgiveness is the theme throughout all of the series, but it truly comes to a head in this book nine. I literally cried reading it, I mean messy sloppy tears, yes. My hubs thought someone had died…seriously.
I found myself looking deep into my own past hurts and grudges and realized how much unforgiveness I was still holding on to…and it wasn’t pretty. All the same, it needed to be brought to light, and I thank ALL of the authors who helped to make this journey a real part of my life!
Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan’s great-grandmother was a guest at oil tycoon Howard Dawkins’ palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now, Millie plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of the same manor. But when her grandmother suggests that there is a lost diary containing the location of a hidden treasure on the estate, along with the true identity of Millie’s great-grandfather, Millie sets out to find the truth of her heritage–and the fortune that might be hers. When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate’s private library, he threatens to have her fired. But her story seems almost too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up . . .
Get ready for a romantic escapade through dark halls and dusty corners that will have you holding your breath and sighing with delight as two charming characters get caught up in the adventure of uncovering the past and finding their way to an unexpected future.
I am so happy that I had the chance to read this great story….it’s like getting a little historical and contemporary at the same time! I love stories that have a history to them, and this also takes place in one of my favorite places to visit, St. Simons Island, GA. The character of Millie Sullivan hits home in so many ways for me, she has a wonderful sense of humor, loves to read romance stories, talks to herself all the time, and loves her grandma with a passion.
I adore old houses that have a past, and when you can walk along the halls and enter rooms and know that your very own ancestors walked the same paths! I had as much fun following Millie as I did her great grandmother, Ruth, through journals and a search for hidden treasure! Ben Thornton makes the perfect partner in the treasure hunt, and these two are so much fun!
They all have their bumps in the road along their journey, and I am so glad I was able to have a part in it! One particular line from the novel jumped out at me, and it has found a very special place in my heart: “you are more than the worst thing you have ever done”. I needed to hear that very much so these last few weeks, and it will resonate with me in the weeks to come.
I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Johnsons books in the near future!
I am so excited to have a new to me author joining us today for coffee! Please grab a cup of your favorite beverage and help me welcome Jan Elder to Fiction Full of Faith!
PM: Good morning, Jan! I see you have quite an interesting line of books set in Maine, and you live in Maryland. I am originally from NJ, but visited Maine several times and absolutely loved it! Is Maine a favored vacation spot for your family?
JE: Maine is indeed “Vacationland” and I have visited many times. My mother’s family is from Maine and I still have many relatives up north, especially around Lake Sebago—where my parents honeymooned. Growing up, I remember my grandmother still clung tightly to her slight Maine accent despite have moved to Maryland in 1923! My mother also has a lot of Maine in her—the stoic attitude, the reserved manner, the pragmatic way of looking at life. Want to know what our family motto is? I’m so glad you asked. “Strength through adversity.” That right there should tell you a great deal about the philosophy I grew up modeling. Gracious! We’re ready for anything. Throw in the proud, majestic moose and we’re good to go!
PM: Do you have any family pets that currently own you?
JE: I am so glad you phrased your question as you did. I am definitely “owned” by two cats, a svelte sixteen-year-old tortoiseshell named Shu-Shu, and a ten-year-old tuxedo beauty named Jamie Lynn. All of my books feature an animal or two (usually cats/and or dogs). Adding fabulous felines, or curious canines to a story livens up the action and makes the non-animal characters more human. I don’t how I would get along without my girls, and my husband is finally on board in that department (he thinks Jamie Lynn is his, but she’s really my girl, and sweet Shu-Shu is my lap cat and follows me around like a puppy).
PM: Do you write stories more from your own experiences, or do you spend a lot time doing research on the type of characters your creating?
JE: A bit of both, I think. All of my female lead characters seem to have a bit of me in them, but I definitely research the situations I put them in. In my latest, Moosed The Boat, a Christian contemporary romance, sixty-something Clare Evans was raised in Maine and has that stoic, sensible attitude. It’s hard to keep her down for long. She resembles my own mother in many ways so she was a lot of fun to dream up.
Clare is a recurring character in the four book Moose Creek series. Moosed The Boat will be released at the end of September and is part of a five-book boxed set called Somewhere Beyond The Blue along with Marion Ueckermann, Clare Revell, Mary Manners, and Cecelia Dowdy.
Here’s that all-important blurb:
Moosed The Boat
Clare Evans, church secretary, Malamute breeder, and single lady of a certain age, resides in Moose Creek, Maine, where men are men and moose are enormoose. Her life is full to the brim, or almost. There’s only one thing missing—one of those manly men with a desire to love, honor, and protect her.
Travis Gibbs, forest ranger and recent widower, is grieving a broken heart. With his son off to college, he’s tired of being alone and ready to rejoin the living. When Clare invites him to a dinner dance and follows up by sending him home with a puppy, his interest is piqued.
Next, the two senior citizens win a cruise in a bowling tournament. But will they make it to the ship on time? Or, moose the boat and their chance at true love?
PM: What was your most beloved book to read as a child?
JE: One of first books I remember reading was Island of the Blue Dolphins—an early sci-fi about dolphins that learned to talk. My husband found a copy online and gave it to me as a Christmas present a couple of years back. How cool is that? I also remember one of my best gifts ever. My parents bought me the entire set of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. I reread them every few years. Makes my heart happy.
PM: What’s your favorite color? Any reason why?
JE: Great question. I’m going to have to go with one of characters favorite colors, Didi O’Brien, in Love, Lies, and Fireflies. It’s called twilight blue—that moment when the sky vibrates with the last ray of sunshine shooting out a golden glow behind the azure sky. Glorious!
PM: What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite gender?
JE: Since I’m not a male, sometimes it’s really hard to think like a guy. If I have an iffy passage, I run it by my husband. He is definitely from Mars and makes my men sound like men!
PM: Tell us what you enjoy doing the most when you are not writing or reading?
JE: Right now, I’m spending the vast majority of my time with my mother in a nursing home. She is a writer too and I read to her (she’s written several books—one about how her parents met in Maine with actual letters!) and we watch a lot of cat videos and sermons by her favorite preachers. Just imagine. There is internet in her room at the care facility! While she is sleeping, I am able to write and that’s where I have conjured up my last two books.
PM: Who was your greatest influence when you decided to become an author?
JE: Probably Jan Karon. I love that she created the village of Mitford and it helped me think up my own little town of Moose Creek, Maine.
PM: How can readers keep up with you and your new releases?
JE: My website is https://janelderauthor.com/ and my author page on Amazon is https://amzn.to/2xHG9fZ
PM: Finally, coffee or tea? Cream, sugar?
JE: Depends on the day and the time of day. I like both, but I tend to drink flavored coffee with cream in the morning, and tea with sugar anytime! Current favorite coffee is salted caramel, favorite tea of the week, Plantation Mint.
Thank you for having me on your blog today. I truly enjoyed it!
About Jan Elder:
JAN ELDER is an inspirational romance writer with a passion for telling stories other women can relate to on a deep level. She strives to write the kind of book that will strengthen the reader’s faith, introducing the reader to a loving and forgiving Lord who walks beside us in our daily lives, while also providing an entertaining and engrossing love story.
Happily married for fifteen years to loving (and supportive) husband, Steve, the two live in central Maryland along with Jamie (a chubby black and white tuxedo cat), and Shu-Shu (a willowy tortoiseshell cat). On the weekends, Jan and Steve comb the nearby countryside in search of the perfect ice cream flavor.
A Time to Push Daisies by Marion Ueckermann
EBOOK AVAILABLE IN THE SOMEWHERE BEYOND THE BLUE BOX SET
my point of view:
Ladies, get your tissues ready, you are going to need them…….in a good way, of course! I was excited to read a love story for an older generation, and this story does not disappoint! So many romance novels these days are about characters in their 20’s, and don’t get me wrong, I love to read those too, but it is so nice to see that we older folks aren’t too old for love too! I was so enamored with Caleb and JoAnn, I found myself so many times at the edge of my seat unable to read this fast enough to get to the next part of this beautiful love story. This book has a lesson for all of us, from the young to the young at heart, we can all take away a new appreciation for God’s unending love!
Now, have you ever wanted to go on a European cruise? Visit Ireland, Scotland, London? Walk among the Standing Stones or cross over the Ha’penny bridge and all the other sites there are to see? My feet have never left the good ole’ USA, but I feel as though I have been on the most luxurious trip thanks Marion’s A Time to Push Daisies! Not only did I get to set sail on an amazing cruise with my own butler, but I had the chance to fall in love…..with both the hero and the heroine in this beautiful story of love found later in life!
Another fun addition in reading this story of Marion’s – you get a to see some old friends, Caleb is of the Blume family, and JoAnn is a part of two earlier books (A Time to Laugh and A Time to Love, making this the third, any fan will remember:
PLUS – there is a recipe that I promise you will love if you like chocolate! I made them immediately after reading this story, and my hubs loved them!! I plan on making another batch while I get to read these 4 other stories in the box set, if the other stories are half as good as this one, I am really in for a treat this weekend – win / win!!
Marion is so kind as to do an ebook GIVEAWAY of the ENTIRE box set to one lucky commenter on this post! Just let us know what your favorite weekend treat is to enter to win! Contest will be open for 7 days following this post and winner will be notified via email!
I also wanted to also let you all know – in case you haven’t heard – there is an awesome new Facebook group that just happens to include Marion Ueckermann as well as Alexa Verde and Autumn Macarther!!
It’s called Three authors and a Blogger (that would be yours truly) So PLEASE join us there too!!
Ginger Solomon has graciously offered to spend time with me while we get to know her better! Thank you, Ginger!!
GS: I had a dream. <chuckle> I know that sounds weird, but I did. It kept nagging me. I thought about the dream for days, and I finally decided to write it down, and *bang* I caught the writing bug.
PM: I see you write both contemporary and historical fiction – do you have a preference of the two? I think I’d get lost trying to be an author of both…hahaha…oh, wait there are no cell phones in the 1700’s? LOL
GS: Many of my contemporary characters have “old-fashioned” morals that I’ve been told don’t fit into the 21st Century lifestyle. I enjoy both, but I think I prefer historical. Life was far less complicated, though not easy, back then.
And to add more confusion to the mix, I plan to release a non-fiction devotional next year, and I have a fantasy romance in progress (no release date on that one).
PM: Who was your greatest influence when you decided to become an author?
GS: <biting lip> I sent the first story I wrote to a number of agents, publishers. I received a number of rejections, though not all responded. Now that I look back on it, I realize just how bad that story probably was—it has since been lost due to computer issues. I then took to searching the internet for help. ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) was the most helpful in guiding me on my writing journey. The authors who taught the monthly courses available to members taught me more than they understood.
As for the answer to your question, no particular person influenced me more than another.
PM: What would be the first book you would want a new reader to start with of yours, and why?
GS: Hmm… I’m sort of biased toward my debut novel, One Choice. Even after all this time, I love the story—the series, really. I enjoyed writing it.
The story that has touched me the most, however, is Broken Freedom. It is the third novella in my Broken Holidays Series, but they are all stand-alone stories. God helped me heal from some things in my past through that story, though my circumstances weren’t as severe as my heroine’s.
And Christmas Reflections. Another novella that helped me take the next step in faith walk. I guess I love all of my books.
A new reader could probably start with any of them; though, Second Choice and Love’s Choice would be harder to follow. They are stand alone novels, but the series is about a family, so certain information is carried from one to the next.
PM: If you had the chance to go back in time, historically, what era would you like to visit?
GS: Victorian, I think, though I really do like my modern conveniences. 😀
PM: What’s your favorite flower?
GS: Roses – tea roses, specifically. They have to smell nice. Sadly, most roses sold these days have no fragrance.
PM: What was your favorite subject in school?
GS: I didn’t have one. I hated school. I preferred reading to anything, and I wasn’t much of a writer back then. I remember staying up WAY later than I should have to finish a book.
PM: What was the first book you read that had you thinking “I can do this!”?
GS: I’m not sure I’ve gotten to that point yet. LOL I still wonder regularly if I can do this.
PM: How can readers keep up with you and your new releases?
GS: Depends on their preferences. I’m an equal-opportunity author. LOL
www.gingersolomon.com is my website. From there you can receive my blog posts or sign-up for my newsletter, which I’d love to say comes out on a regular basis, but it does not.
I can also be found at the following places:
PM: Finally – Coffee or tea? Cream? Sugar?
GS: Tea, cold or hot. Hot I can handle plain (it was a hard transition when I quit adding sugar). Cold needs sugar (before it’s cooled). I am a Southerner, after all.
Ginger is so kind to offer a free ebook of her Can’t Live Without You to one commenter on this post! Just tell us what your favorite subject in school was to enter! Contest will run for one week and winner will be notified via emai!
Welcome to the next installment of my review of A Tuscan Legacy! This week we are focusing on books four, five and six!Here is the information on these three:
Ti Amo: I Love You by Marion Ueckermann, A Tuscan Legacy Book 4
She never wants to get married. He does. To her.
The day Alessandra Rossi was born, her mammà died, and a loveless life with the father who blamed the newborn for her mother’s death followed. With the help of her oldest brother, Rafaele, Alessa moved away from home the moment she finished school—just like her other siblings had. Now sporting a degree in Architectural History and Archaeology, Alessa loves her job as a tour guide in the city of Rome—a place where she never fails to draw the attention of men. Not that Alessa cares. Fear that the man she weds would be anything like her recently deceased father has Alessa vowing to remain single.
American missionary Michael Young has moved to Rome on a two-year mission trip. His temporary future in the country doesn’t stop him from spontaneously joining Alessa’s tour after spotting her outside the Colosseum. And being bold enough to tell her afterward that one day she’d be his wife. God had told him. And he believed Him. But Alessa shows no sign of interest in Michael.
Can anything sway the beautiful and headstrong Italian to fall in love? Can anyone convince her to put her faith and hope in a Heavenly father, despite being raised by an earthly one who never loved her? Will her sister’s prompting, or a mysterious painting, or Michael himself change Alessa’s mind? About love. And about God.
La Fiamma Sacra: The Sacred Flame by Clare Revell
A Tuscan Legacy Book 5
Forged in love’s sacred flame, can a firefighter and a widow find the path God set for them?
Ric Rossi left the family farm in Tuscany and never looked back. Working as a firefighter in Reading, England, he has everything a man could ask for—a secure job, a firm faith, and a neighbour who cares for his cat Noci when he goes away. The only thing missing is a woman he can share his life with.
Widowed when her son Deforest was a week old, Bracken Hughes isn’t prepared to open herself to the heartache a relationship can bring. Especially with her handsome neighbour who risks his life each time he leaves for work. No matter how good the man is with her son.
Ric finds Deforest to be an appealing child who captures his interest. And the mother has that certain something that pricks his heart. But the unhealed wound in Ric’s soul might just spoil any chance he has at love.
Bella Notte: Beautiful Night by Heather Gray
A Tuscan Legacy Book 6
He likes to play the field. She’s content to wear her goody two shoes.
Piero Carter packs light and travels often. He loves adventure and manages to keep his life simple by sticking to a two-dates-only rule. The longest relationship he’s had — aside from family — is with his camera. As a photographer who works primarily with fashion, he’s used to having his pick of beautiful women who want to be seen by his side.
Felicity von Wolff is a makeup artist whose job takes her around the world. That’s all the adventure she craves. She has little use for Piero the Playboy. Being seen on his arm means getting tied to his reputation, and that’s the last thing she wants. Yet, somehow, they keep getting thrown together. What’s a girl to do?
Piero finally meets a woman who makes him want more than two dates, but does that mean he’s ready for one of life’s greatest adventures — falling in love? When Felicity peeks over the wall she’s built to protect herself, she discovers there’s more to the people around her than she ever realized. What will it take for Piero and Felicity to stop hiding from life and open their eyes to the rich beauty God has in store for them?
my point of view:
What can I say? I love this series, but to walk through this journey of cousins is so beautiful, it makes me think of my own family so much! I love how each book takes us to a new place with a new cousin, and yet we still get the the full scope of the entire series and mystery developing. These authors did a fantastic job of working together to keep the characters intact throughout the story line and keep the mystery of the paintings flowing along!
In Ti Amo, we get to meet Michael young, a character from one of Marion’s past books – Restoring Faith. Michael is all grown up now and in Italy when he meets Alessa and knows he is going to marry her. While Alessa has her own issues from her past to deal with, coming to trust God and Michael is a journey worth taking!
La Fiamma Sacra takes us to England and cousin Ric Rossi. This story is also worthy of a stand alone read, but knowing the history of the Rossi family certainly helps make it more enjoyable.There are very intense packed scenes, and the underlying theme of trust once again….and the love of a family separated by miles, but attached at the heart.
Bella Notte is truly a beautiful story. I love the title as this installment deals with all things beauty to the eye….but shows us there is a much more beautiful life when we stop looking at the world around us and focus on the beauty God has given us when we commit our lives to Him.