Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Bride for the Sheriff by Jewell Tweedt

Join me today for a visit from Jewell Tweedt - she loves Faith, Hope, and Western Romance!

My Review:  The story set in the western frontier town of Omaha, Nebraska, gives the reader a charming glance of yesteryear. Ms. Tweedt writes of warm, giving characters and the reader has the feel of the new, raw west.

The novel is interwoven with interesting tidbits of history both of the settling of Nebraska and the battles of the Civil War. Through an unfortunate set of circumstances, school teacher, Claire Secord finds herself operating a mercantile in Omaha. She is a courageous woman for her times as is her friend, Connie Rose, who owns the café.

Rose warns Claire of the dangers of living in the west as does the Sheriff Tom Maxwell. Too many men don’t like women running a business and Claire finds this out all too soon. From the banker to those passing through town wanting to steal from her, she stands up to them winning Tom’s love, but when an old beau, one she thought had died during the war shows up, Claire’s life is shaken. The story has a remarkable ending that will leave the reader anxiously waiting for a sequel. 

About the Author:  Jewell Tweedt was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the setting for A Bride for the Sheriff and the other Nebraska Brides books. She lives in western Iowa and divides her time between teaching middle school students and writing. In her spare time she reads, gardens and walks while plotting out new stories.  Readers can learn more about Jewell and her books at

And the reviewers said:  "The historical background woven into her story bring the reader in line with the happenings of the period and makes one better understand the hardships, the trials ;and tribulations and the tragedies of the times. The reader falls in love with aspects of each character and wants to pull them through to the very last page." Sue

"What a wonderful book! It captures your attention at the very beginning and holds it until the very last page." Lori

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Another Great YA from Anna Marie Kittrell

Bianca can’t walk away from her family—she’ll have to run. 
Following the death of her mother, Bianca and her dad are on their own. But when a redheaded stranger at the funeral claims to be her biological father, Bianca’s reality crumbles. She soon finds herself trapped between the alcoholism of one father, and the wicked schemes of another—with no way to escape.

Ms. Kittrell delivers another well written and emotionally charged young adult novel centered on trust and deception.
We revisit Redbank, Oklahoma during summer vacation. The plot unfolds at Bianca’s mother’s funeral. Her mother has been in a rest home for years after an attempted suicide and Bianca and her dad, Seth, have dealt with her condition each in their own way. Neither of them expected Bianca’s biological father, Chase, to show up at the funeral. His appearance and unknown existence to Bianca drive a wedge between her and the only father she’s ever known.
Chase spends lavishly on Bianca taking her to plays and events in the city leaving his daughter and Bianca’s half-sister, Isabelle, out of the picture. Jealously builds between the girls but it’s all part of Chase’s plan. He wants Bianca to file a suit against the rest home for the wrongful death of her mother and profit from it.
Well planned timing by Chase keeps Bianca from her youth group at Cornerstone Church, but Isabelle joins in changing her attitude. After moving into Chase’s home, Bianca discovers the real danger both girls are in.

I’m very impressed with Ms. Kittrell’s ability to take a dangerous situation, one which many teens may be facing, and deliver such an impressive story.

This Amazon Customer says it all:  Kittrell knows how to write y.a., and kept this adult flipping page after page. 

About the author: Anna has written stories for as long as she can remember. She still has most of her tattered creations, leftovers she was unable to sell on the playground for a dime, written in childish handwriting on notebook paper, bound with too many staples. Her love of storytelling has grown throughout the years. She is thrilled to learn some people now believe her tales to be worth more than ten cents. 

Anna resides in small town Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband Tim, and their teenaged daughter Brandilyn. Anna works as secretary of her hometown middle school—the greatest place on earth this side of Disney World.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia by Rachel A. James

A tale of grace, forgiveness, and love as a forgotten princess seeks to reclaim her true identity. 

It is 616AD, and one fatal night the ancient Kingdom of Elmetia falls. Saxons kill the Elmetian King, and capture Princess Teagen. 

Teagen poses as a slave girl and works for the Saxons in the Kingdom of Deira, until she discovers her brother is alive. She finds a way to escape, and her path crosses with Ryce the Warrior. 

Struggling with his past and angry against the tyrant Saxon king, Ryce helps the princess in pursuit of her brother. But just as the connection between them intensifies, obstacles get in their way. The Saxon king now wants vengeance, and will stop at nothing to get it.

My Review:  A forgotten kingdom and its people, either captured or in hiding, weave the background for this medieval encounter between Teagen and Ryce. She’s a princess and he’s a warrior, but both have been enslaved, although quite differently, by the evil King Edwin. Teagen escapes and Ryce and his friend Sherwin are sent to seize her, but they rescue her instead and plan to help her find her brother, the king of their lost Elmetia.
            This novel keeps the reader hanging on every word and is hard to put down. Ms. James handles the development of story set in 616 AD very well. The characters are brought to life during an era of fortresses and battles which fosters interests in this page turner. The love story is idyllic and the meaning of Christianity rings true throughout the story. While not the genre I usually read, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to others and I would easily pick up another novel written by Ms. James.

About the Author:  Rachel is a mum of three, a pastor's wife and a Christian writer. She lives in rural England, is passionate about writing, drinking tea and absolutely loves a good romance story! She writes to entertain, inspire and encourage others in their own Christian walk, hoping to reveal God's character through written form.