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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

To save her family from financial ruin, Miss Poppy Garrison accepts an unusual proposition to participate in the New York social season in exchange for her grandmother settling a family loan that has unexpectedly come due. Ill-equipped to handle the intricacies of mingling within the New York Four Hundred, Poppy becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, doomed to suffer a grand societal failure instead of being deemed the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs for her to become.

Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, has been forced to travel to America to help his cousin, Charles Wynn, Earl of Lonsdale, find an American heiress to wed in order to shore up his family estate that is in desperate need of funds. Reginald himself has no interest in finding an heiress to marry, but when Poppy's grandmother asks him to give etiquette lessons to Poppy, he swiftly discovers he may be in for much more than he bargained for.

MY THOUGHTS:
          Oh boy! I get so excited when I know Jen Turano has new book released! Her characters are so quirky, and the story is always enjoyable. She really has her own unique talent for writing books that will have your attention and wanting to read more of her books.
          In her new release "Diamond in the Rough", you'll meet Poppy and immediately become her friend. As her grandmother sponsors her through the season of the elite, at times she can be somewhat clumsy. Her grandmother's desire is that she become one of "A diamond of the first water". Otherwise known as "The Four-Hundred. (Research this, its very interesting during the Regency Era).
         You'll love Poppy, Reginald (or is he), Murray (coddled my his mother but finds his way to being a man), Viola, her grandmother (a strict woman but just might surprise you, I know I was), her grandfather (who realizes just what is important in life).
          Be ready to waltz right into the pages of this book, don your best attire and be prepared to face humor that will have you laughing out loud (I did), boundaries to cross to other social classes, your heart agreeing with your mind of those characters that are meant to be together (and some that surprises you) and take in the beauty surrounding forgiveness, mended relationships and most of all, the love that shows in older, middle and younger sets of couples.
          I thoroughly enjoyed "Diamond in the Rough" and anxiously await her next book.

blessings,
Karen
Rating: 5**
I received a copy of this book and all opinions are my own.



About Jen Turano

Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She's been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she's not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at www.jenturano.com. She is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency













About the Book

Book: Strands of Truth
Author: Colleen Coble
Genre: Suspense
Release Date: September 10, 2019


Harper Taylor is used to being alone—after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.
So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?
Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.
Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

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About the Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s EdgeTwilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.

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Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.
Strands of Harper Taylor’s childhood are resurfacing—but will the truth save her . . . or pull her under? 
Harper Taylor is used to being alone— after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.
So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?
Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.
Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.
“Free-dive into a romantic suspense that will leave you breathless and craving for more.” –DiAnn Mills, bestselling author
“As always, Colleen Coble never disappoints. Strands of Truth is no exception. I was hooked from the first page. Trying to read this story slowly is impossible. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself flipping the pages in a hurry to find out what happens next! This one is for your keeper shelf.” –Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Blue Justice Series
“Colleen Coble’s latest book, Strands of Truth, grips you on page one with a heart-pounding opening and doesn’t let go until the last satisfying word. I love her skill in pulling the reader in with believable, likable characters, interesting locations, and a mystery just waiting to be untangled. Highly recommended.” –Carrie Stuart Parks, bestselling author of Formula of Deception
“Once again, Colleen Coble delivers an intriguing, suspenseful tale in Strands of Truth. The mystery and tension mount toward an explosive and satisfying finish. Well done.” –Creston Mapes, bestselling author
“Just when I think Colleen Coble’s stories can’t get any better, she proves me wrong. In Strands of Truth, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The characterization of Ridge and Harper and their relationship pulled me immediately into the story. Fast paced, with so many unexpected twists and turns, I read this book in one sitting. Coble has pushed the bar higher than I’d imagined. This book is one not to be missed.” –Robin Caroll, best-selling author of the Darkwater Inn series
“It’s in her blood! Colleen Coble once again shows her suspense prowess with a thriller as intricate and beautiful as a strand of DNA. Strands of Truth dives into an unusual profession involving mollusks and shell beds that weaves a unique, silky thread throughout the story. So fascinating I couldn’t stop reading!” –Ronie Kendig, bestselling author of The Tox Files

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MY THOUGHTS:
     I've never read a Colleen Coble book I didn't enjoy!  She just has a gift for writing outstanding Christian Fiction Suspense. I only have to see her name on a book and I know it will be a great read! Starting at the beginning, she draws you into the story like you're a part of it! Swimming throughout the story is danger, risks, secrets, and a love as precious as a pearl! I kept trying to figure the secrets out but I like surprises and this certainly fit that.  I love getting to the end and then think "Wow, I didn't see that coming!" It makes you want to just hibernate until you've read it completely. I also learned what pen shells are and what they are used for and how having one's DNA tested can change one's life. Has this hooked you? Good! Read the book!
Blessings,
Karen
Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.        
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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Long Days. Hot Nights. Deadly Secrets.



Start your summer off right with 16 gripping and never-before published tales of Christian suspense from today's most popular mystery and suspense authors. 

Join Mary Alford, Christy Barritt, Patricia Bradley, Vannetta Chapman, Mary Ellis, Debby Giusti, Rachel J. Good, Ruth Hartzler, Shaen Layle, Ruth Logan Herne, Loree Lough, Elizabeth Ludwig, Nancy Mehl, Serena B. Miller, Samantha Price, Alana Terry on a dangerous journey filled with mystery, suspense, and faith that that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

MY THOUGHTS:

I'm a big fan of Christian fiction suspense! This collection of stories was like waking up on Christmas morning and getting exactly what you wanted. Each story is uniquely written by authors who have their own writing style. I was not disappointed in any of the stories. They were all great, the "I don't want to put the book down" kind of reading.
I'd tell myself "Okay, I'm just going to finish this story and then I'll clean house!" Hahahaha, that didn't work, I had to start the next story.
 A great collection of 16 authors!
 A great collection of suspense stories!
 And all in one book!

Blessings,
Karen
Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.


Friday, August 23, 2019



The war for American freedom is over, and the British have gone back to England. Not knowing what has become of his family since he was forced into the Continental Army nine years earlier, Myles Cunningham wants to go home as well. He returns to the Mohawk Valley with the understanding that he is believed to have been shot for deserting—fiction that might be made real if anyone recognizes him as the son of a Tory and a King's Ranger.
Everything is wonderful in the growing community along the Mohawk River, except Nora Reid is still alone. With her brother happily settled and both her younger sisters starting families of their own, Nora feels the weight of her twenty-four years. A long walk leads her to the overgrown rubble of the Cunningham homestead where a bearded stranger begins to awaken feelings she'd lost hope of ever experiencing.
With secrets abounding—including whether Myles even cares for her—Nora must determine what she is ready to give up and how far she will go to secure his affections. She begins to break through his defenses, but Myles can't risk staying. Not if he loves her.






MY THOUGHTS:
      
        I do enjoy a Angela K. Couch novel. "The return of The King's Ranger" is so deeply woven with  hardship, dealing with the past, trust, forbidden  love and most of all forgiveness of others and forgiveness of one's own self is ingrained within these pages.
        Nora wonders if she'll ever find true love. Will she be destined to care for her parents or will she have a family of her own? Myles fights his own battles from the past trying to move forward only to find himself taking 3 steps forward and 2 steps back.
      Friends and family opinions war within both Nora and Myles. Who will they listen too? 
     I thoroughly enjoyed this book! You will too!

Blessings,
Karen
Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.


About Angela K. Couch
Angela K Couch is an award-winning author for her short stories, and a semi-finalist in ACFW's 2015 Genesis Contest. Her childhood was spent listening to her father read chapters from his novels, and Angela decided young to follow his path. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. Angela lives in Alberta, Canada with her "hero" and three munchkins. Visit her at www.angelakcouch.com, or follow on Twitter or Facebook!

To learn more and to see her latest news, please visit: www.angelakcouch.com