Thursday, March 17, 2016

Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander (Review)

  • Series: Misty Willow (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 5, 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800726409

  • Shelby Kincaid is ready to move on from her grief. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family's ancestral homestead so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she'll have her work cut out for her.

    AJ Sullivan never wanted the homestead. Inherited as a punishment from his grandfather, it has sat empty for fifteen years and fallen into ruin. He's glad to finally unload it. But a clean break isn't possible when he can't get the young widow Shelby off his mind.

    Welcome to Misty Willow, a place that will have as great a hold over the reader as it does over its inhabitants. With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and personal history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home--and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

    My Review:

    I enjoyed reading this contemporary Christian romance book. It is the first in a new series Misty Willow. This is my first book by this author and I love her writing. I felt like I was in the story. Shelby Kincaid is moving back to Misty Willow to recover from her husband's death. She wants her two girls to grow up in a place she loved. She comes back and the place is trashed. A J's grandfather left it to him as punishment so he did not take care of it. Shelby was really upset at him but they also connected at that first meeting. She does not immediately forgive him. It was a gradual development in the relationship. He is great with her girls and they love him too. There are a few twists to the story that adds some drama. Her grandfather died in the barn and there is a sense of mystery surrounding it for one. A J just might have some competition too. The characters and plot were well developed and unique. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Recommended.

    Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking road trips. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    On Lone Star Trail by Amanda Cabot (Review)

  • Series: Texas Crossroads (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 2, 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734336

  • If there's one thing Gillian Hodge never wants to see again, it's a man on a motorcycle. Her last encounter with one left her right hand crushed, ending her promising career as a concert pianist. But as she heads to Rainbow's End Resort, a sudden thunderstorm causes a motorcycle to crash in front of her.

    When TJ Benjamin's wife died, he lost more than his best friend; he lost his faith. He's spent the past year wandering the country on a motorcycle, trying not to think about his future. When he finds himself stranded with a busted bike and a reluctant rescuer, he has to wonder about God's sense of humor.

    Can this woman without a future and this man running from his past find romance in the present? Or are they too tied to the way life used to be?

    My Review:

    I loved this book. It is book three in the Texas Crossroads series. The setting and characters are the same with the addition of T J Benjamin. You do find out more of what happened to the main characters in the first two books so if that bothers you read the series in the order. I enjoyed reading all three of them. The main two characters in this story are Gillian and T J. They had good chemistry from the beginning. I liked the plot line and the author did a good job developing it and the characters. The setting was unique and I liked it. Rainbow's End Resort is an interesting idea. Overall a good contemporary Christian romance book.


    With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction, which included a play for her fifth grade class entitled "All About Thermometers," were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she's sold more than thirty novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she's not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and - of course - reading.

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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