Friday, August 28, 2015

To Soar on Eagle’s Wings~Renee Blare

To Soar on Eagle's Wings

Spring’s in the air. While the sun shines in Timber Springs, snow falls on the Snowy Range, and trouble’s brewing in the meadows. The area’s new game warden, Steve Mitchell launches his first wildlife investigation of the season but the trouble follows him—straight to town. 

Rachel Fitzgerald’s on Spring Break. Or at least she’s trying. Between paperwork, and harassing phone calls, she may as well have stayed in her classroom. So much for relaxation. A ‘chance’ meeting with her brother’s old roommate offers her weary soul a shred of hope, but she discovers love, like life, isn’t easy. 

He talks with the wisdom of the Lord but rejects the future. She wants to soar with the eagles but walks alone. And trusting God proves to be more of a challenge than ever before… 

My Review:  Rachel Fitzgerald struggles with the path of solitude she’s taken. While from a large family, since the death of her mother, relationships with some of her siblings have splintered. She seeks the calmness of Crystal Lake and the Snowy Range to sort out her life.
During spring break from her teaching job she ventures to the mountain, where she meets the new game warden, Steve Mitchell who happens to be her brother’s old roommate. The remembrance of the crush she had on him when she was sixteen sends electricity through her.
Once Steve is certain Rachel has headed down the mountain on her snowmobile he investigates a wildlife situation which embroils into danger for both of them. He implores her to trust God and not be so independent, but he doesn’t trust enough to build a future.
Ms. Blare delivers a powerful story of action and suspense against the backdrop of the splendor of Wyoming. Her beautifully painted scenes and sweet love story mingled with suspense and true to life problems makes this novel a pleasurable experience. The plot takes a while to find footing but worth hanging in there to the finish.

About the Author:  Renee Blare’s nose has been buried in a book for as long as she can remember. Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, she started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the awesome town of Laramie. She’s been counting pills ever since. While writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar. 

After a brief detour to Texas, she back home, nestled against the Black Hills with her husband, crazy old dog and ornery cat. Add her son and parents dropping in for a home-cooked meal, and life’s never dull around her house. She serves the community of northeastern Wyoming as a pharmacist and pens her stories about struggling Christians as they travel along the journeys of their lives—meanwhile keeping things interesting with some action and intrigue, of course. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check her website, blog, and social media.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Rancher Takes a Cook by Misty M. Beller

Misty M. Beller's Latest Release

When their South Carolina home burns to the ground, Anna Stewart's only choice is to move with her younger brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch. 

Their prospects are beginning to look better, until the rancher's son, Jacob O'Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna's well-controlled plans. 

When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God's capable hands...and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who's stolen her heart?

My Review: After the Civil War, Anna Stewart and her fifteen-year-old brother, Edward, face a daunting new life. Their parents have died and the family home and candle shop have been burned to the ground by Union soldiers.
The siblings make their way to Seguin, Texas, to their aunt and uncle’s mercantile. Anna helps in the store and Edward does odd jobs around town. Anna dreams of a way to make a home for herself and her brother and be able to support them. Edward’s care of animals is noticed by a cowboy from a ranch just outside of town and he offers him a job.
Anna, wanting to protect Edward heads to the O’Brien’s to tell the owner her brother will not be working for him when she has a job proposal herself to cook for the ranch. The two settle in and Anna meets the owner’s son, Jacob, the same handsome cowboy with the dazzling blue eyes she’d seen at the mercantile.

Through the next year with all the wilds of Texas including bad weather, cattle rustlers and wondering bears, Jacob learns he can’t live without her and she learns she needs to let God guide her life.

Ms. Beller has written a delightful story of the Texas frontier. While the characters develop into the reader’s treasured friends, her delightful prose paints a beautiful picture of the Texas countryside and the Guadalupe River. I enjoyed this heartwarming story and strongly recommend it.

About the Author:  Misty Beller writes Christian historical romance, and is the author of The Lady and the Mountain Man. She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and two daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy. God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. Connect with Misty at