Thursday, April 11, 2019

"The Governess of Penwythe Hall"

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About the Book

The Governess of Penwythe Hall
Book: The Governess of Penwythe Hall  
Author: Sarah Ladd  
Genre: Historical Romance  
Release Date: April 16, 2019

In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.
Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.
Cornwall, England, 1811 Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget. Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans. Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

My Review:
"The Governess of Penwythe Hall" is such a great start to this brand-new series by Sarah Ladd.  Right from the very beginning I was drawn into the story, partly because my heart went out to Cordelia, but also because of the descriptive writing.  It truly is easy to become lost in the story and feel the scenes come to life as they are described so vividly.  Cordelia has had to deal with so much, death of her husband, the hatred spewing from her mother-in-law, and the hurt and love she feels for her charges and having to return to Cornwall where she hoped to never return.  Jac is another strong, determined character who is also dealing with much in his life and I admired him as well.  This is a beautifully written story and historical romance fans will not want to miss out on it! 

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About the Author

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

More About The Governess of Penwythe Hall

5 things to know about Cornwall, England:
  1. Throughout its early history, Cornwall’s inhabitants called the country Kernow.
  2. Early inhabitants largely spoke their own language known as “Cornish,” which became nearly extinct in the 1800s
  3. The country has a long and rugged coastline and there were frequent shipwrecks.
  4. Fishing was a major industry, with herring, mackerel, and sardines being common catches.
  5. In 1870, novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called Cornwall “the region of dream and mystery.”
  Imagine yourself in The Governess of Penwythe Hall with these pictures of 19th Century life in Cornwall


Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads, April 11
LifeofLiterature, April 11
Moments, April 11
Genesis 5020, April 11
Mary Hake, April 12
KarenSueHadley, April 13
EmpowerMoms, April 13
The Avid Reader, April 14
Wishful Endings, April 15
Simple Harvest Reads, April 15 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
The Becca Files, April 16
Remembrancy, April 17
Worthy2Read, April 18
By The Book, April 18
Pause for Tales, April 21
Bigreadersite, April 22
Hallie Reads, April 23
Henry Happens, April 24
janicesbookreviews, April 24


To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of The Governess of Penwythe Hall!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

*Thanks to the Celebrate Lit Team for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book."

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

WIN a copy of "The Memory House"

About the book:

When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.

Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

Click here to read an excerpt!

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My Review:
Oh my goodness, this was an amazing book!  I wanted to keep on reading it to find out what was going to be decided, what was going to happen next, but then once I finished it, I was not ready for it to be done.  I loved how this was written in current day with Beck's story and then years ago when Everleigh's story to know what led her to this house and the room created on the upstairs floor.   All of the characters just come so alive on the pages and they are all facing major decisions and changes in their lives, either relationship wise, with their jobs, with their immediate families, past trauma and guilt, some are dealing with all of the above.  It really felt like I knew these characters as I cried with them, laughed with them and smiled when things were looking up for them.  The message of forgiveness and healing is so powerfully portrayed through characters as they work through past hurts and seek to do what is right.  "The Memory House" is a story that will stick with me for a long time and one that I am highly recommending. 

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.
Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.
Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.
A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.
At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.
A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.
She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

"The Edge of Mercy" blog tour!


Welcome to the Blog Tour and Giveaway for The Edge of Mercy by Heidi Chiavaroli, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Edge of Mercy final large fileTitle: The Edge of Mercy 
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli 
Publisher: Hope Creek Publishers 
Genre: Split Time/Women's Fiction 
Release Date: April 9, 2019

Two women, three hundred years apart, must face the devastation of all they hold dear...

Suspecting her husband is having an affair, Sarah Rodrigues fights to appear unbroken while attempting to salvage her family. Though distracted by her own troubles, Sarah is summoned to an elderly friend’s deathbed for an unusual request—find a long-lost daughter and relay a centuries-old family story.

Determined not to fail her friend, Sarah pieces together the story of her neighbor’s ancestor, Elizabeth Baker, a young colonist forced into an unwanted betrothal but drawn to a man forbidden by society.

While Sarah’s family teeters on the edge of collapse, her world is further shaken by the interest of a caring doctor and a terrible accident that threatens a life more precious than her own.

Inspired by the unconditional love she uncovers in Elizabeth’s story, Sarah strives to forgive those who’ve wounded her soul. But when light shines on the dark secrets of her neighbor’s past and the full extent of her husband’s sins, will looking to a power greater than herself rekindle lost hope? 

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My Review:
"The Edge of Mercy" is a book that will appeal to so many as it is a current day story as well as a historical one all woven together.  Sarah is struggling to hold her family together as a whole unit in the midst of doubts and suspected betrayal.  While dealing with this, she is asked to help a friend who is desperate for a task to be taken care of for her before she passes.  Sarah dives into Elizabeth's story and life, a woman who lived a few centuries ago and who was dealing with struggles of her own.  The historical details just bring Elizabeth's story to live and it was felt as if I were transported back in time with the rift between the settlers and natives.  Sarah was so easy to feel a connection with as well and her character came to live in the pages.  This is an inspiring story of hope after heartache and suffering and God's help through it all. 


heidi chiavaroli

Heidi Chiavaroli began writing twelve years ago, just after Jesus had grabbed hold of her heart. She used her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, shehasn’t stopped writing since! Heidi won the 2018 ACFW Carol Award for Debut Novel and is a 2018 Christy Finalist. Both her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, and her sophomore novel, The Hidden Side, are 4½-star Romantic Times Top Picks. Freedom's Ring was also a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her high-school sweetheart and husband of fifteen years. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. 

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(1) winner will win this beautiful prize pack from Heidi Chiavaroli, including:
  • Rustic Metal Lantern
  • Bordeaux Journal
  • Country Potholder
  • Colonial-Inspired Hand Glazed Mug
  • Simple Life Notepad
  • Be Still and Know Magnet
  • Plymouth Rock Bookmark
  • Fresh & Clean Goat Milk Soap
  • Handmade Rustic Book Decor
  • Signed Copy of The Edge of Mercy
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight April 9, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm April 16, 2019. US Mailing addresses only, due to shipping costs. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

*Thanks to Just Read Tours for being included on this tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Sunday, March 31, 2019

"A Very Austen Valentine"

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About the Book

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Book: A Very Austen Valentine  
Author: Robin Helm  
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency), Religious and Inspirational  
Release Date: December 29, 2018

Six beloved authors deliver romantic Valentine novellas set in Jane Austen’s Regency world. Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite, together with Susan Kaye and Mandy Cook, share variations of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, featuring your favorite characters in sequels, adaptations, and spinoffs of Austen’s adored novels. Experience uplifting romance, laugh-out-loud humor, and poignant regret as these authors deftly tug on your heartstrings this Valentine’s Day.  

I Dream of You by Robin Helm

Newly-married Elizabeth Darcy has a plan: to charm her too-busy husband into desiring her company as much as he did when he was courting her. A series of romantic dreams gives her just the push she needs to put that plan into action. S

ir Walter Takes a Wife by Laura Hile

Faced with a lonely future and finding himself strapped for cash, Persuasion’s Sir Walter Elliot manfully decides to marry again. But his careful plans go sadly awry! A lighthearted Valentine mash-up featuring two of Jane Austen’s worst snobs.  

My Forever Valentine by Wendi Sotis

Jane and Charles Bingley have married, even though Miss Elizabeth Bennet remains certain Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy gave his best effort to keep them apart. After Mr. Darcy refused to stand up with Bingley and did not attend the wedding, she despises the gentleman more than ever and finds his company intolerable. How will she endure her visit to Kent if Mr. Darcy turns up everywhere she goes?  

Pretence and Prejudice by Barbara Cornthwaite

A chance encounter with a handsome stranger forces Elizabeth to resort to subterfuge in order to discover his true intentions.  

My Valentine by Mandy H. Cook

Little Charlotte was always determined and independent, traits which served her well as she battled a serious childhood illness and later as she took on Polite Society. Will those traits now deprive her of true love? Or would her lifelong Valentine win her heart?

The Lovers’ Ruse by Susan Kaye

 In this Persuasion alteration, Anne is so altered by Wentworth’s love in the summer of 1806, she refuses to give him up when both her godmother and father try to persuade her. “The Lovers’ Ruse”follows Frederick and Anne through their whirlwind courtship and their secret engagement. When Wentworth returns for his Annie girl, the cat comes out of the bag.

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My Review:

This is such a fun and romantic anthology to read!  I thoroughly enjoyed every single story in this collection.  All are based on some of Jane Austen's characters and they are retellings that are sure to delight any Austen fan or really anyone whom enjoys reading stories set in the  Regency era!  I love that each of the stories is written by  a different author, so I was introduced to new authors and also each story has a different feel, or style of writing to it.  If I had to choose a favorite from this collection, it would be "My Valentine" by Mandy H. Cook.  I really liked Charlotte and how her character was portrayed.  She had to deal with challenges and she managed them and now is trying to find the balance between who she is as a person and not losing who she is but also opening her heart to love.  This is a great collection that will have you smiling, and enjoying the sweet, clean romance that is shared among the characters. 

About the Author


robin helm

Robin Helm’s books reflect her love of music, as well as her fascination with the paranormal and science fiction. Previously published works include The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy (a guardian angel protects a supernaturally gifted girl), the Yours by Design series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, and Forever Yours (Fitzwilliam Darcy switches places in time with his descendant, Will Darcy), and Understanding Elizabeth (Regency sweet romance). She contributed to A Very Austen Christmas: Austen Anthologies, Book 1, an anthology featuring like-minded authors, in 2017, and A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 2 which was released on December 29, 2018. New releases for 2019 include More to Love, a standalone historical sweet romance dealing with body image; Lawfully Innocent, a historical U.S. Marshal romance book in the Lawkeepers series; Maestro, a historical sweet romance featuring a brilliant musician and his student; and A Very Austen Romance: Austen Anthologies, Book 3. She lives in sunny South Carolina where she teaches piano and adores her one husband, two married daughters, and three grandchildren.  

More from Robin

Do you love Historical romance, but avoid “those” covers like the plague? Would you enjoy an anthology featuring six Valentine-themed novellas set in the Regency period written by Christian authors? In A Very Austen Valentine, stories range from a young wife searching for a way to bring her marriage back to the way it was, to a laugh-out-loud courtship between Jane Austen’s worst snobs. Misunderstandings, concealed identities, and romance abound. There is even a sequel featuring the children of the Darcys and the Brandons. Every reader will find something to love in this wonderful collection.  

Blog Stops

Emily Yager, March 29
Moments, March 31
Mary Hake, March 31
Pause for Tales, April 1
Book by Book, April 2
The Becca Files, April 7


To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away
Grand Prize: a $50 Amazon gift card 1st Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 1 2nd Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Christmas: Austen Anthologies, Book 2 3rd Place: A set of three ebooks – Reader’s Choice of any three of my books and 4th Place: a $5 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

"Dark Blossom"

What happens when doctor and patient find themselves in the same sinking boat, yet rowing in opposite directions—one clinging to the past, and the other unable to move beyond it? 

Sam returns home from a business trip a day before his son's thirteenth birthday to find his world cruelly shattered in one fell swoop. Initially thinking he can cope on his own, Sam finally seeks the help of Cynthia, an experienced therapist. What he doesn’t know is that Cynthia herself is trying to recover from a debilitating divorce and the sinister shadow of her ex-husband. In the midst of it all is Lily, Cynthia's daughter, who harbors a secret that has the power to explode the lives around her.

Taut with tension and intensity, "Dark Blossom" explores what lies beneath the surface of the lives of apparently “normal” people.
My Review:
"Dark Blossom" is a wonderful debut novel from Neel Mullick and he is going to be an author to watch.  Cynthia is back to working with patients after taking time to process and work through a change in her own life, and yet she is unprepared for how Sam and his story is going to affect her personally.  Sam has not been able to cope with the death of his wife and child and is reaching out for help.  As Cynthia and Sam's lives become intertwined they are forever changed. 
I loved how this story flows so nicely and at the same time kept me furiously turning pages to find out what was going to happen next.  Having a counseling degree and background, this book was so interesting to me and I love learning how people are impacted by situations and how they are coped with.  Each person we come into contact will have an impact on our lives, big or small, large importance, or little impact, no matter it is some type of impact.  The characters are all well-developed and become so real, it truly felt as if they came to life within the pages.  I am eager to see what Neel will write next!
Neel Mullick is the author of "Dark Blossom." The Head of Product and Information Security at a Belgian family-office technology company, Mullick is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and INSEAD. He mentors female entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blaire Foundation for Women, is involved in raising a generation of digital and socially aware leaders with Nigeria’s Steering for Greatness Foundation, supports improvement in the quality of life of domestic workers through Peru’s Emprendedoras del Hogar, and works with IIMPACT in India to help break the cycle of illiteracy plaguing young girls from socially and economically impoverished communities. "Dark Blossom" is his first novel.
*Thanks to FSB Associates for the complimentary copy of this book.*

sharing the gift of hospitality

"Open-Door Living: easy ways to share the gift of hospitality" is such a nice book!  This is a square, textured hardcover edition and it is filled with photographs, recipes and tips.  Jen addresses the concept of hospitality, really the heart of it, and explores the differences between entertaining and hospitality.  Then she addresses in various sections, different aspects and areas that are connected with opening our  homes.  Creating a welcoming space is discussed with suggestions for doing it.  Eating and food is a large part of social gatherings and being hospitable, so numerous recipes are shared.  An interesting section to me is when Jen discusses our senses and how to make our homes appealing to all of the senses, taste,  touch, feel, smell, sound.  Cozying up the home is something that plays into our senses and I think we all long for that cozy, at home feeling to really come through and be apparent to ourselves and others.  Jen has even included conversations starters, so this book is truly a complete guide to being hospitable.  I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed. 

*Thanks to the B&H/Lifeway Blogger Program  for thee complimentary copy of this book.*

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

"Lies Girls Believe"

Lies Girls Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free   -     By: Dannah Gresh
This book is perfect for tween girls and one that can help guide conversations between girls and their mom or other trust female in a girl's life.  Kids these days are being faced with so much more than we had to deal with growing up with social media and the backlash that comes with posting things about one's self and being able to compare one's self with virtually millions of other people.  This book is colorful, and fun looking when you flip through it, so it is definitely appealing to the eye and will appeal to tween girls.  Then once you start reading, you will see that it is not just another book to read, but it is an interactive book willed with quizzes, questions, activities and things to reflect upon that the girl Zoey is facing and having to make decisions about.  This book covers a wide variety of things and that is a feature I love as well, everything from feelings to grades to appearance to frenemies to boys.  I also love the Bible verses and lessons that are tied in as well, giving the girls a firm foundation for determining what is lies and what is truth.  This is an excellent resource and book for girls and for moms to use with their daughters. 

*Thanks to the Moody Publishers Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*