Dawn Crandall and The Captive Imposter

In honor of the release of Timeless Love this week, I thought I would reshare this review of Dawn Crandall’s book, The Captive Imposter. You can find her new novella, Enchanting Nicholette as a part of the Timeless Love collection. Which is only available for TWO WEEKS! So go order your copy NOW for just $0.99!!!

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Original review posted 4/23/2015

I am thrilled to help celebrate the release of Dawn Crandall’s newest novel, The Captive Imposter.

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Besides the book being set in a deletable time period (gilded age), Dawn’s writing is fast-paced, descriptive, and incredibly emotive. This book, in particular, has all the wonderful makings of a

fantastic romance. A deeply wounded young woman, Estella Everstone may have grown up as an heiress, but now at the request of her family, she’s living the charade of a companion to an older woman. Despite her prosperous life, she has a somewhat innocent heart and despises the lie she must live. But an unexpected change of plans places her directly in the path of a remarkable and unexpected man – Dexter Blakely. Theirs is a tenuous and intriguing start which grows into a sweet and beautiful friendship – the type for which Estella has never known. But 

Dexter’s life is to take good care of and oversee the running of Everston, Estella’s family’s opulent mountain hotel, so what will happen when Dexter finds out who Estella truly is? And with her former fiance reminding her of the wounds in her past, Estella may be in more trouble than she imagined.

Sigh….definitely worth the journey to find out! Sweet, funny, and emotional depth all wrapped up in a well-written story of hope, faith, and trusting God who holds all the riches in his hands and creates people for his glory (regardless of class). And…might I add, Dawn includes the beautiful Appalachian mountains in this story? Makes me even happier because I LOVE Appalachia, whether in lovely Maine or nearer my neck of the woods!!

About the Book

Photo - CoverSent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she’d always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn’t like about the situation is that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to.

When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can’t refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can’t deny the pull that’s evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she’s been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she’s with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she’s Estella Everstone? She’s not entirely sure.

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About the Author

Photo - Dawn CrandallA graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming traditionally published, he encouraged her to quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. The Everstone Chronicles is Dawn’s first series with Whitaker House. All three books in the series were semifinalists in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Writing Contest, the third book going on to become a finalist in 2013.

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Timeless Love – Release Day

It’s Release Day!!!

I am so excited that I got to be a part of this fabulous collection of books! And it is now available to you, dear readers. This is the first place you will be able to purchase my WWII novella, Facade! Purchase your copy on Amazon today.

All proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to the LiveStrong Foundation.

Enjoy seven romances through the ages in this Timeless Love limited time ebook. An open invitation to fall in love with the writing styles of a few new-to-you multi-published authors of your favorite Christian romance eras.

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About the Books

Give Me Thine Heart 1812 ~ Andrea Boeshaar

Moira loathes the man her uncle, Baron Tyrus Kinsley, wishes her to marry. But when she meets Sam Stryker, she soon guesses he’s from the American Colonies. After she stumbles onto a deep secret, Sam must make an impossible decision. Ultimately, he whisks Moira from England. However, it’s the on the 6-weeks long voyage to the U.S. that Moira learns about herself, her family…and the man who is both her kidnapper and rescuer. 

This Freedom Journey 1833 ~ Misty M. Beller

Adrien Lockman left France to finally live life on his own terms, but when he discovers a half-starved and half-frozen woman in the treacherous Canadian mountains, the truth soon becomes clear—the only way they’ll survive is together. 

The Heart of Home~ 1865 ~ Stephenia H. McGee

Opal Martin aspires to scrub the remnants of the War Between the States from her tattered life. When a nearly drowned soldier appears and asks if he can die on her porch, she must guard against the sudden revival of her heart’s hope for love. Tristan Stuart wants to escape the pain of war. He wakes up at a house that’s too much like home, with a woman determined to mend him he may discover a life worth fighting for. To save the last of what Opal holds dear, will he become the man she needs or let the troubled waters carry him away?

Enchanting Nicholette 1893 ~ Dawn Crandall

Young, widowed, and newly out of mourning, Nicholette Everstone is an heiress yearning to be loved. Her parents had arranged for her to marry her loving late husband, but the marriage ended tragically on her wedding day. Returning to Boston after being away, she finds there’s someone new to her set of friends and family she can’t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices this man takes on, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears at bay?

Teach Me To Love 1899 ~ Kari Trumbo

Izzy Lawson has taken her last abuse. When her husband dies, she rushes to Belle Fourche to stay with the only friend she has. The wall she’s worked so hard to build crumbles in the arms of a man so different from her husband. Conrad Oleson can’t read and it’s shamed him for longer than he can remember. As Izzy reveals her painful past, he can’t stay away. He’ll do about anything, to get closer. Including, teach her how to love.

Façade 1942 ~ Pepper D. Basham

Olivia Rakes has excellent observations skills for facts and details, but stumbles through matters of the heart. When her brother goes missing in German-occupied France, Livy enlists her services with a group of search-and-rescue spies, who not only thrust her toward espionage, but…romance. Agent Christopher Dawson has avoided Livy since she broke his heart. When the search for his best friend brings them together, the heart takes on a mind of its own. In a world where war changes the rules of life and love, can they work together to complete their rescue mission before the enemy catches them?


Bookishly Ever After 2018 ~ Sarah Monzon

It all started with a bet and a book.

Emory Blake would take curling up with a novel over a night on the town any day. But then her best friend, Tate Woodby, accuses her of living between the pages of her paperbacks instead of the real world, and he makes a bet that will force her to experience the adventures of her fictional friends. Emory must confront the pain of the past. But is it also her perfect opportunity to her own happily ever after?

About the Authors

Learn more about each author on their websites listed below!

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The Dynamic Duo: Compassion & Power

the force.jpgI love that my kids have awesome imaginations. Of course, their ways of expressing their imagination is all different – one uses drawing, one – writing, one- crafts cool stuff out of a various assortment of things,…but all love dress-up. My fifth grader inherited some amazing Nerf weapons from his older siblings and these necessary tools, for destroying imaginary enemies, are his joys.

It just so happened that recently he misplaced one of his swords. Maybe I should say THE sword. A Nerf Master Sword (if you actually know what that means, you receive 5 points). This was a BIG deal. He looked everywhere…twice, with no result.

I knew what it was like to lose something I loved. I have a favorite pair of earrings floating around in the world somewhere that I’ve never been able to find. So we sat together, prayed for help, and I tried to comfort him as best I could.

superheroes-2Then I remembered him placing it on a piece of furniture and wondered if maybe have fallen into a difficult nook behind that piece of furniture. So we looked. Sure enough, there it was. Not only was it in a difficult to reach spot, it was also stuck beneath the weight of this large bookshelf. Definitely in a spot my 11-year-old couldn’t get to.

Thankfully, my arms are longer than his, so after shuffling the bookshelf around a little, then reaching my arms down into the narrow crevice of doom, the sword came free and I had a happy son.

As simple as this sounds, it made me think of something eternal.

There’s something beautiful about compassion. When you feel as if you’re not carrying a burden alone, but others see the difficult and share in the struggle by showing kindness. Compassion serves a wonderful purpose of connection and comfort.

But compassion can only go so far. I could try and comfort Samuel about his lost sword, but he’d still hurt from the lostness.

kids1However, I had something else. I had power. Power to remember where I’d seen his sword last and also power to move stuff around to reach the coveted sword. Compassion paired with power is AMAZING.

You know, that’s what we get in Jesus. Just think about two stories in Mark that are told back-to-back. First the feeding of the 5000 and then Jesus walking on water. Jesus had compassion on the hungry people – because not only were they hungry for food but hungry for His words. His compassion was beautiful – but he could do even more. He had the POWER paired with compassion to make a difference.

We all know that power by itself isn’t necessarily a good thing. It’s been misused for centuries to the detriment of millions -but paired with compassion it’s world-changing.

day5pAfter the feeding of the 5000, Jesus sees his disciples trying to cross the sea only to be met by strong winds slowing them down. What does he do? He goes to them…walking on the water. If he was just trying to show off power, he’d have kept walking right past them, but he doesn’t. Compassion for his wayward disciples pauses him and even compels him to still the winds so they could make it across the sea.

I find such comfort in this! Why?

Life happens! – with all of its messy, storming, achy, heart-bending brokeness.

And though God is a god of compassion – and that compassion can comfort in part, He is also a God of power, which makes the comfort whole.

He is able to take on the storm, the hungry, the broken…the mess, and do something about it out of his overwhelming goodness. If you’re struggling with finding your hope, remember, He not only showers His children with compassion – He has the ability  “to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesian 3:20-21)

The outcome might be what we expect (ie…water walking), but it will be what we need most. At our cores. And it will be wrapped in his love.

That, we can count on.

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Beyond the Door

books-1141911_1920.jpgI’m a big C.S. Lewis fan, whether his fiction or his nonfiction. He had an amazing way of taking deep concepts and sprinkling them with imagination. From the world of Narnia to the wit of The Screwtape Letters to the poignant wording of deep truths in Mere Christianity, he had a way of squeezing creativity out of almost every ink dot.

Anyway, I read a beautiful quote from him yesterday, from his book, The Weight of Glory:

“At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Someday, God willing, we shall get in.”

Isn’t that beautiful? Can’t you see it? Hear it? The anticipation peeling into the present, into our hearts, for something just beyond what our eyes can see. It’s kind of like my perception when I first wake up in the morning before I put on my glasses or contacts. A blurry view of familiar surroundings. Things I can recognize, but not clearly. A certain item of clothing I think I’ve chosen, upon closer examination isn’t what I thought. Almost…but not quite.


We live just outside the door of eternity. We can hear echoes of it in creation – through birdsong, a ba

by’s laughter, a thunderstorm, and myriad other experiences, but our vision cannot take it in on this side of the world.

We’re longing for the perfect peace. Aslan’s country. Heaven.

And all creation eagerly waiting along with us.

Like a magical looking glass or an ancient wardrobe, our hearts wait with an anticipation we can’t always define, sometimes forget, but something our souls long for.

We know there’s something better just “beyond” us.

34725844_10216495433079043_900262232284200960_nAn untainted rightness, a pure goodness, an unblemished beauty, a generous richness, an unbridled future – and we know, this ‘other place’ will answer the wordless longings. At our cores, we try to satisfy ourselves with this world and these broken pieces of eternity as best we can, but God has promised something greater…something that satisfies to the soul.

An inexhaustible hope and a magnificent answer to every longing.

The view through these “heavenward glasses” is how we push through when life is difficult. It’s how we find out focus and purpose. It’s what grounds our earthly choices because our perspective isn’t finite, or spoiled, or fixed on our empty hands.  

It’s focused on the One who has the power to get us through the door.

The One who holds our hearts, dreams, and eternal lives, waits to usher us into a kingdom where all the broken pieces will be mended, the blurry scene made clear, and the upside-down perspectives set right.

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Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan

About the Book

Love in Three Quarter TimeA romantic waltz through a city filled with music, passion and coffee. 

Evelyn Watt fell in love with Austrian marketing director Rudy Moser the moment he stepped into their Boston firm. With his ice blue eyes and chocolate-melting accent, he is as refined as she imagines his home country to be. When Evelyn finds herself unexpectedly unemployed right before Christmas, she is left with an unknown future until Rudy steps in with a job appraising, assessing and cataloging heirlooms, lending her American vernacular to the translated descriptions to give each item international appeal. Evelyn will live in Vienna for the months leading up to a grand auction at a party held in conjunction with the Opera Ball—on Valentine’s Day. 

Vienna is a magical blend of waltzing, antiques, and bottomless cups of Einspanner coffee at the Café Mozart. When a secret from Rudy’s family’s past blows in with the winter chill, Evelyn is forced to confront how well she knows the object of her affection. Her café tablemate, the gruff and enigmatic Klaus Bauner might be the only person who holds the key to Rudy’s past. But could that key also unlock her future? In the days leading up to the Opera Ball, Evelyn finds herself in the middle of the greatest romance of her life…as long as she doesn’t trip over her two left feet.

My Thoughts

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Dripping with wit, colorful descriptions, and a story about the irreplaceable beauty of lifelong romance, Rachel McMillan has crafted a rich contemporary novella with the reverberant charm of a classic. Love in Three Quarter Time takes the reader on a delightful journey both of imagination and heart, as we travel with the insecure and lonely Evelyn Watt through the elegance of Vienna and the complexities of introspection. With Evelyn as our narrator and Rachel as the wordsmith guiding our tour, Vienna comes to life and the reader is immersed in the culture with such clarity we can almost smell the coffee.


There’s a sweet message in this story about what romance really is – the flicker versus the smolder, I guess. A lifelong romance (smolder) is something that brews deeper than tingling fingertips and heated glances, but it’s one hearts response to finding kindship in another heart, as evidenced—in Rachel’s book— by comfortable shared silence and mutual appreciation for the feelings and mind of the other person. Who wouldn’t want that, right? Wowzers!!

Rachel also touches on the idea that we shouldn’t have to alter who we are to make someone love us. True love is when someone sees the beauty you already possess and finds kinship in it, as the resident hero of Love in Three Quarter Time does.

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Klaus…ah…Klaus. When we meet him, he is endearingly disgruntled and politely distant. With a smooth accent, a mature outlook, a wounded heart, and a tender spirit, the reader falls for Klaus much quicker than Evelyn, but we get the wonderful opportunity to slowly watch her make the transition from a misguided definition of love to experience what it really looks like. And disgruntled, wounded, and tender, doesn’t look bad at all 😉


With inside humor from classics like Little Women to more popular culture references like Hamilton, this story has it all – history, humor, depth, romance, far off places, heroes worth a second look and heroines worth a second chance.

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About the Author

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast andrachel mcmillan.jpg a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

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Book News & Giveaway!

Hi all!


I have a fun Book Journey post planned for next week as we go to Vienna in search of Rachel McMillan’s swoony Klaus, but today, I wanted to share a writing update with you!

Charming the Troublemaker came out in November 2017, and since then I’ve been busily working on several projects all at once. Between the day job and family, my stories don’t quite emerge as quickly as I’d like, but I hope to keep some curious reader appetites well satiated in the near future 😊

Though I don’t have covers for all of them to show you…YET, I do want to abate your curiosity.

Façade – June 2018

Where can you find it? In the Timeless Love collection and THEN it will release on its own in August 2018. Pretty cover, right? I loved teaming up with the amazing Roseanna White on that cover! (as well as the next two you’ll see…eventually 😊) SOON! Add Façade on Goodreads HERE!

Jane By the BookJuly 2018

Where can you find it? In the Once Upon a Laugh collection. If you’ve read Second Impression, you’ll find familiar favorites, new characters, and the same setting…Bath, UK.

maciej-ostrowski-384041-unsplash.jpgWhen You Look at MeOctober 2018 (Book 2 in the Pleasant Gap Romance series)

Guys!! The cover is AMAZING!!! If you read Just the Way You Are (and enjoyed it), you’ll be pleased to know that Eisley and Wes are secondary characters in this story about Julia Jenkins and Henry Wright – two introverts who have a similar love for music and a similar fear of falling in love. Plus, there’s a historical subplot to bring in a little mystery. You can add it on Goodreads HERE!

My Heart Belongs in the Blue RidgeJanuary 2019

Oh yes! I’ve seen this cover too and it fits so beautifully within Barbour’s My Heart Belongs series. I can’t wait to share the cover with you! This is a fun story set in 1918 Appalachia, where a British teacher enters the wilds of the Blue Ridge Mountains to teach at a two-room schoolhouse. I loved bringing in family history, the Appalachian culture, and some fun culture-clashing humor…not to mention a pretty SWEET romance.


A Match for EmmaMay 2019

If you love Mitchell’s Crossroads, then you know about Emma Mitchell- the sassy, matchmaking youngest of the Mitchell clan. She’s always trying to create the perfect match for everyone else, but will she miss her chance when Mr. Wonderful turns out to be someone she never imagined! Come rejoin the Mitchells, visit old friends, and make new ones…and, give Haus a good ear-scrub while you’re there 😊

There are books aplenty in the future for the Mitchells, Jenkins’, AND a new historical series on the way (my FAVORITE I’ve written so far).


I can’t wait to share them with you!!!! Meanwhile…I have a super fabulous GIVEAWAY for y’all! Enter below via the Rafflecopter form…


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So, just for funsies and discussion, what books/themes/storylines would you like to see me tackle?

Optical Illusions and Autism Awareness



Have you guys ever seen those black-and-white drawings that display an optical illusion of two different pictures? If you look at it one way, you see one picture and if you look at it another way it shows a very different picture.

The first one that comes to my mind is of an old woman…or a young woman, depending on your perspective. Another shows either a candlestick or a silhouette of two faces staring at each other. I have a whole book of these optical illusions and I take the book to work to use with my middle schoolers. Most of the kids can see both perspectives, but some of them can’t. In all honesty, some of the pictures are a lot harder to decipher than others.

But perspective does make a difference!

A big difference.

I think my lovely Blue Ridge Mountains are enormous and grand, but if I ask author Beth Vogt or Casey Herringshaw about their Rocky Mountains, their perspective on what big mountains look like would be very different than mine. REALLY different!!lake-mcdonald-2124702_1920.jpg

Perspective also changes depending on the relationship. My 20-year-old son is viewed differently by his college professors than he is by his peers, his siblings, and then by me. The relationship I have with him changes the perspective.hat-1674894_1280.png

OK, so why am I talking about perspective?

April is Autism Awareness month.

autism-1417942_1920.pngAs some of you may know, by day I am a speech-language pathologist who works primarily with children on the autism spectrum. I love working with “my kids”. Lots of times I feel like they teach me more than I teach them. They’re tender hearts, their unique views of the world, their perseverance against odds that are tremendous and complex and confusing?

Many times, when people hear the word Autism, a vision comes to mind of a child who speaks very little or not at all, who is rigid, unemotional, throws tantrums, has a hard time learning, isn’t probably going to have any friends, and definitely not a job, and let’s not even talk about an actual family with kids.

There may be some kids both on and off the spectrum who would fit that description… But not the majority. Those would be the extreme minority.

steven-libralon-570406-unsplash.jpgLet’s try a different perspective. What about kids who are extremely honest, even to the point of saying things that appear rude sometimes. Kids who value what is good and right and have a hard time figuring out why people would want to do something bad to another person. Kids who accept people because they’re people…not a socio-economic state, or race, or sex. Just as they are. Kids who see far enough outside the box to try things typical folks are too afraid to try.

Kids who laugh unhindered, hug like you’re their favorite person, crave connections with others even though they may not always understand how to get them, grieve their mistakes with such penitence, and live life authentically.

Now that’s a different perspective.

Those kids sound pretty cool, don’t they?

light-bulb-1246043_1920.jpgDo “my kids” get hyper-focused? Do they completely misread the social cues (or not read them at all)? Do they blurt out inappropriate things sometimes? Do they ‘lose it’ in a large way that may require others to help them find their way back to calm? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

But they also inspire me to open up my heart. They astound me with their amazing passions and focus. They humble me with their questions that see beyond the externals and superfluous. They remind me of the importance of relationship and the need to see life from a different point of view.

They have weaknesses.

They have strengths.

We all do.

heart-700141_1920.jpgAnd if we wore our struggles as obviously as these kids wear theirs, we’d want other people to have a positive perspective about us too. We’d want them to try and see beyond the weaknesses, the struggles, to the heart.

God takes a different perspective.

The Bible says, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)

Thankfully, if we belong to Christ, he also sees us through the lens of His Son’s sacrifice – we’re seen a beautiful and right and good. What a perspective!!!

Life is too hard and too short to view people through the gray lens of judgment and negativity.

Just like in those black-and-white drawings I share with my middle schoolers, there are other perspectives. We may see both of them, but we get to choose which one we plan to focus on.

Choose wisely…


A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

I love celebrating great books – and this author holds a special place in my heart because she was one of the first authors I read who really inspired me in Christian fiction. Yes, yes, I DO love the fact that her kissing scenes are OUT OF THIS WORLD (#kissingbooksrock), but I also appreciate her depth of story and complexity. Oh…and did I mention the kissing scenes? 😉 To celebrate some of her stories, today I’m reposting my review of her novel, A Hope Undaunted, which is probably one of my FAVORITES for Julie’s books.

About the Book

What happens when the boy she loved to hate becomes the man she hates to love?

The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O’Connor is the epitome of the new woman–smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband–good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face-to-face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?

My Thoughts

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(Review originally published September 2010.)

Well, the Kissing Queen is back with her newest novel, A Hope Undaunted, and let me just tell you guys – you will not be disappointed. Cluny McGee (aka Luke) is a FABULOUS hero. Fabulous. Rivals Collin – and that says a lot.

And Katie O’Connor is SUCH an adorable brat. If you’ve followed Julie Lessman’s books at all, you’ll have met most of the characters in A Hope Undaunted – and Julie has a beautiful way of bringing out those stories, keeping them consistent, and giving the reader a feel for the dynamics of a close-knit family.

And let me just tell you – there are so many varied types of love that Julie introduces in the story, the reader gets an opportunity to cringe, laugh, and hope along with the O’Connors – and particularly Katie and Luke McGee.

Two things:

  1. 1. Prepare your heart for a LOOOOONG agonizing journey of conflict.

Did I say long? How about agonizing? The reader is suffering and waiting right along with Katie O’Connor as her heart is pitched, pulled, and pried in various directions without any hope for true love. Or at least the true love her soul craves in Luke McGee. I ended up holding my breath more times than I can count, and endlessly wanted to email Julie Lessman to say – “What ARE you doing to these poor people?!?”

2. (And I CAN’T believe I’m writing this) I could have taken another whopper of a kiss at the end, Jules. I mean, after all that heart trauma of the last 150 pages, another kiss-me-till-I’m –dazed liplocker would have been a generous reward 😉

I COULDN’T put the book down.

 HAD. To. Finish. IT.

An Undaunted Hope2.pngWhich is the hallmark sign of a good book. No surprise there, if Julie Lessman’s name is on the cover. It’s a fabulous story about what true love really looks like and how it can often surprise us – especially those of us who want to have our lives all figured out ahead of time. But it’s also about sacrifices of the heart for the good of others. And sacrifices are painful.

But – as the old adage goes – no pain, no gain.

Read the book for the treasure chest at the end of the marathon journey.

Go Julie. Go Revell. Keep those passion-filled books coming!!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Published September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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About the Author

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.”

Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.

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Cover Reveal – Timeless Love & Giveaway

You have probably heard by now that I have collaborated with a few other (AMAZING) authors to bring you a Novella Collection this Spring. This collection, Timeless Love, is unique in the fact that we span several eras of history, and conclude with a contemporary romantic comedy! And today…You can officially Pre-Order Timeless Love, for just $0.99!!!! WHAT?!?!?!?! SEVEN stories for less than a dollar! And the cover…SWOON!

You may have seen that one floating around the internet in the past few weeks. TODAY, I am revealing the cover for my story in this collection. First, here is a little bit about Timeless Love…Timeless Love

This 7-novella romance “sampler” collection will only be available until the first week of July, and then it will be “unpublished” from sell sites. *The ebook edition of the collection will remain on the buyer’s device after the ebook is disbanded. 

And then all of the novellas and short stories in the collection will be published separately in print and ebook!

Here’s the line-up for the Timeless Love Romance Collection:

Regency Era
Give Me Thine Heart
by Andrea Boeshaar
1812: England 

Early Victorian Era
The Freedom Journey
by Misty Beller 
1833: Colorado

Civil War Era
The Heart of Home
by Stephenia H. McGee
A companion novel to In His Eyes
1865: Mississippi

The Gilded Age
Enchanting Nicholette 
by Dawn Crandall
An Everstone Chronicles Novella
1893: Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts

Teach Me to Love
by Kari Trumbo
A Brothers of Belle Fourche Novella
1899: Belle Fourche, South Dakota

by Pepper Basham
1942: England

Bookishly Ever After
by Sarah Monzon
Current Day: Seattle, Washington 

And now…are you ready? Did you notice the era that my story is set in? WWII! I have not yet published a book set in this era. I am so excited to share this story with you! And the cover, designed by the fabulous Roseanna White….


And the back blurb…

A reclusive academic
who would do anything to save her brother.

A reluctant spy
willing to risk his life to save the woman who broke his heart.

Olivia Rakes has the unique gift of observation, which suits her well since she prefers her books over the general populace, but when her brother goes MIA over France, Livy’s unique skills and her determination to save her brother force her into a world of espionage, deceit, danger…and the most frightening of all–romance. 

Agent Jonathan Dawson has never forgotten his childhood friend, and first love, Livy Rakes, but since she broke his heart, he’s avoided seeing her for years…until the search for his best friend brings them both together in the most unlikely of ways.

In a world where war changes the rules of life and love, can Jonathan and Livy work together work together to unveil the mascarade before the enemy catches them?


Ahhh! I am so thrilled with how it turned out! You can see the rest of the covers in this graphic…

Timeless Love Covers

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(Review) Five Days In Sky by Carla Laureano

Sweet, Sassy, and Scotland? How can you go wrong?

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New Cover!

In her amazing contemporary, Five Days in Skye, Carla not only displays her talent as a writer, but pulls together two remarkable characters with the tight threads of a beautiful romance. Andrea Sullivan is broken and tries to find her savior in her work as a hospitality consultant. When a rash decision leaves her trying to salvage her job by taking the renown celebrity chef James MacDonald on as a new client, she’s determined to suffer through five days in the cold land of Skye and seal the deal.

Despite her preconceived notions, James’s genuine charm, humor, and tenderness awaken her heart to the terrifying realization…she wants to love again. But love can’t bloom in five days, can it?

Especially between two opposites…


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Let me just say that Carla’s writing is intense, clean, with powerful forward momentum. Jamie MacDonald is a hero-extraordinaire 🙂 I don’t know how she could top him. Andrea’s struggle is beautifully woven through the choices she makes and the constant battle of her heart for hope, with a lovely element of faith, gently piecing so many broken threads back together.

I loved it! And am going to have to find more of her books to read – whatever the genre 🙂

If you are interested in a book with fabulous dialogue, excellent scenery, a dashing hero, and a powerful spine of hope – this one is for you!

Review originally published 12/05/2013. Updated 3/15/2018

About the Book

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Original Cover

Winner of the 2014 RWA RITA Award for Inspirational Romance!

Andrea Sullivan is so consumed by her hospitality consultant job that she’s forgotten what brings her joy. She dreads her new assignment–a last chance to snag a high-profile client in Scotland. Yet the lush Isle of Skye transcends her preconceptions. As does the man she must impress–the rugged, blue-eyed Scotsman James MacDonald.

He’s passionate about cooking, but after six restaurants, four cookbooks, and his own television show, he’s grown weary of the scrutiny that comes with living in the public eye.

Soon Andrea and James begin to sense these five days together may just be God’s wild invitation into deeper life…and truer love.

Author’s Note: The MacDonald Family Series was purchased by Tyndale House Publishers in early 2016. Paperback copies of the first edition are still available at some retailers. The e-book version with the new cover will be available beginning June 3, 2018, with a paperback reissue coming in 2019.

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About the Author

Carla LaureanoCarla Laureano is the RITA Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

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