Dare to Love Again by Julie Lessman

ImageA few things you can always count on in a Julie Lessman novel:

  1. Romantic tension
  2. Sassy, strong-willed heroines
  3. Broody, stubborn heroes
  4. A happily ever after

With her newest novel, Dare to Love Again, she keeps up her reputation…except for a lessening in the kisses-department – but the romantic tension is still steaming between headstrong and wounded, Allie McClare and hard-nosed, steely policeman, Nick Barone (with a long ‘e’). The repartee between these two is probably one of the best things about Dare to Love Again. He’s been burned by the selfish rich, she’s been burned by shallow men, so both have cultivated sharp tongues to hide their broken hearts. IT’s a fantastic pairing of wit, attraction, and mutual mending in all the right places J

Another wonderful reading by a fast-paced writer with a pension for tension. It will leave you wanting more kisses and definitely some answers to unrequited love in the subplot romance between Cait and Logan, that’s why I’ll be waiting for the third book of Julie’s Heart of San Francisco series to help ease the longing for answers between those two.

Make sure you take the time and enjoy this wonderful story of two broken souls finding healing in the most unexpected places.


This book is available in January 2013 from Revell, Baker Publishing Group. It was provided by Baker Publishing Group and gladly reviewed by me.

A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes

Oh la la! Seriously! Laurie Alice Eakes newest novel, A Necessary Deception, is a must read for the reader who likes a little bit of everything wrapped up into one book. There is mystery, danger, romance, revenge, chases, escapes, true love (anyone else feel like they are hearing the first few lines of the movie The Princess Bride?)

But all of those things are involved in this novel about God using people and situations to draw His children to Himself.

Young widow, Lydia Gale, desires to do the right thing – but what is the right thing? When she graciously pays one of her husband’s debts by helping a handsome French prisoner gain parole, it begins a chain reaction of scenes that will change her life forever. Threats, kidnappings, and mysterious exploits shake the foundations of Lydia’s life just as she is trying to calm the typical storms of her sisters’ entrance into Society.

It’s an elegant portrayal of the glamour and extravagance of the London Season with the true corruption of it all underneath the lace and manners. Even the illusive villain follows Eakes imagery of the ‘appearance’ of right – so by the end you’re wondering who is genuine and who is not.

Without a doubt the hero, Christien de Meusse, is a worthy portrayal of the opposite. Someone who should not be trusted, but whom Lydia can trust. And he’s SO tres bon to look at too 😉 My, oh my, what a great bunch of romantic tension between the two.

Laurie Alice Eakes spins a tale that keeps you guessing up until the end. Her historical detail is impeccable and the way she draws the reader into the period snares you into the story so that you cannot escape. With page-turning suspense and delicious romance, this book is a delight to read.

Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Hello, Hollywood by Janice Thompson

I LOVE humor!!!

It’s why I like to snuggle up to a snuggly person and watch movies like Sleepless in Seattle, or While You Were Sleeping, or Just Like Heaven or Leap Year or My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Oh wait – speaking of GREEK!

Janice Thompson’s new novel, Hello Hollywood (second in her Backstage Pass series) is just what I like to read. Funny, crazy at times, with a drool-worthy hero and a hilarious family. Poor Athena, from the first moment she steps on Stephen Cosse’s (aka Adonis) perfect feet, there is never a dull moment. One slapstick fall after another brings them together in the most unlikely of ways.

And they’re both such sweet people, but getting to be inside Athena’s head (and her imagination) makes for a fun ride on the roller coaster of ‘what next’.

It’s a hilarious journey of love framed in with the nostalgic Hollywood era and a band of quirky characters.

From the back of the book:

When it comes to love, one thing’s for sure–it doesn’t follow a script!

Athena Pappas is the head writer on Stars Collide, one of the most  popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is
brought in to beef up the show’s suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition–and attraction–between the two
writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem writing the romances of her characters. So why is her own love life so hard to script?

With humor and a Hollywood-insider viewpoint, Hello, Hollywood! delivers lots of laughs as Athena and Stephen discover that not being in control
of the plot of their lives might just be the best thing that ever happened to them.


“Romance, drama, fun–Hello, Hollywood! has it all.”–Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and A Charmed Life

“Thoroughly delightful! A blend of contemporary life and romance with nostalgic snapshots of Hollywood’s golden age. Thompson writes with warmth and
humor, creating a world we can all escape to for a little while.”–Rachel Hauck, bestselling and award-winning author of Dining with Joy

this book arrives in October 2011 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group


The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz

Laura Frantz has proven her talents in yet another fabulously crafted historical romance. A sweeping tale of terrible loss,
unending determination, and love born through heartbreak, The Colonel’s Lady will take you on a journey through the anguish and treachery of war.

In the heart of Kentucky during the stirrings of the Revolutionary War, Roxanna Rowen finds herself orphaned, penniless, and left in the middle of
Kentucky territory  inside the solitary Fort Endeavor. Her father’s untimely death and the hostility of the surrounding Indians, leave her out of option – save one. Take her father’s place as scrivener for the notorious Colonel Cassius McLinn.

With God’s strength and her own determination, Roxanna takes on the brutality of war and the harsh frontier, but even a fort in the wilds of Kentucky territory may be nothing compared to the untamed heart of Cassius McLinn.

A wounded hero with a broken spirit but a will of iron, he commands both Indians and soldiers with a look, but is he in endanger of losing command of his own heart? Will the secret that binds his spirit wreck his chance to make a life with Roxanna, if they can survive the bloody threat outside the fort walls?

It is a beautiful journey of forgiveness and hope with magical interludes of romantic tension that are positively spellbinding.  Laura blends poetic rhythm and masterful detail to create a setting as real as a movie and characters that reach beyond the page to grip a reader’s heart. I was riveted, moved, and captured in the hands of a gifted storyteller.

Beautiful, Laura – absolutely beautiful.

Check out Laura’s other wonderful novels at her website at www.laurafrantz.net

Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Provided by Baker Publishing Group and gladly read & reviewed by me.

The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden

If you’re in search of adventure, a compelling hero, a daring heroine, and an intense romance that pushes the edges of your heart, then Elizabeth Camben’s newest book, The Lady of Bolton Hill  is for you. Sparks of all sorts fly between the charming and arrogant Daniel Tremain and the lovely and determined, Clara Endicott, but the beauty of their love for each other is breathtaking. Elizabeth Camden set up Clara, from the beginning, to make her actions at the end believable – otherwise, it would have been hard for me to see a  ‘proper’ young lady dumping opium crates into the ocean and running as bridges explode around her, all the while dressed as a man. But the events in chapter one, and the lovely setup from the eipilogue, make promises then carry through to the end.

Daniel Tremain is a stop-you-breath hero, and even Clara’s brother, Clyde, is a fun supporting character. Plus, Alex’s character and his story, sets a beautiful parallel to prepare the reader for Daniel’s own revelation. It’s a testament to not only the power of selfless, forgiving love – but the ultimate sacrifice of our wills to God’s.

I don’t want to give too much away, just enough to whet your appetite.

Here’s a little about the book:

Female journalists are rare in 1879, but American-born Clara Endicott has finally made a name for herself with her provocative articles championing
London’s poor. When the backlash from her work forces a return home to Baltimore, Clara finds herself face-to-face with a childhood sweetheart who is
no longer the impoverished factory worker she once knew. In her absence, Daniel Tremain has become a powerful industry giant and Clara finds him as enigmatic as
ever. However, Daniel’s success is fueled by resentment from past wounds and Clara’s deeply-held beliefs about God’s grace force Daniel to confront his own
motives. When Clara’s very life is endangered by one of Daniel’s adversaries, they must face a reckoning neither of them ever could have foreseen.

When Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain’s worlds collide after twelve years apart, the spark that was once between them immediately reignites into a
romance neither of them thought possible. But time has changed them both.

Daniel is an industrial titan with powerful enemies. Clara is an idealistic journalist determined to defend underprivileged workers.

Can they withstand the cost of their convictions while their hearts, and lives, hang in the balance?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Lady of Bolton Hill, go HERE.


Provided for my review by Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

Published by Bethany House Publishers – a division of Baker Publishing Group

Making Waves by Lorna Seilstand

What a GREAT Cover of a Book!!!

Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad is as fresh as the air around her world of Lake Manawa. With the heroine, Marguerite Westing, having a life as unpredictable as the sea – this DOES NOT fit in with her by-the-book mother who wishes to marry her off to a rich suitor…rich BORING suitor with a bit of a nasty attitude.

Enter Trip – her little brother’s sailing instructor, and you have a story that is fun-filled, sassy, and a fabulous journey. Marguerite reminds me a tad bit of Scarlett O’hara. Not in her looks, but in her attitude. I loved her sassiness and determination, even though both usually got her into trouble, especially with Trip Andrews.

But just as romance is exploding between these two, Marguerite is forced to make a devastating choice. Marry someone she doesn’t love to save her family.

Can she trust God with her future and her heart?

To find out the answer, leave a comment and your name will be entered for a chance to win Lorna’s wonderful novel. A name will be drawn on Tuesday, Sept 21.

 This book was provided by Revell and gladly reviewed by me.

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

Perfectly Dateless with Kristin Billerbeck

Kristen Billerbeck’s newest novel, Perfectly Dateless, is a fun story about a quirky girl who is trying to figure life out…or at least get a date to the prom. Problem is – there are too many problems to count. Obstacles galore. And her parents are in on it all. 🙂

From eccentric parents, to massive misunderstandings, a hilarious best-friend, and a REALLY screwed up romantic radar for poor Daisy Crispin, this book will make you smile, giggle, and cheer for this geeky teen with a fairytale dream.

This novel teaches that perfection is God’s alone. The rest of us can strive for it, but in the end, we have to recognize our humanity and trust in HIS righteousness to make us perfect. Daisy may be socially inept at times, but she’s honest AND she stands up for what she believes in – even to the hurting point. (and even if her dad takes her Blackberry).

If you want to recommend a cute, high-paced book for a teen near you – this would be a great option.


The countdown to prom has begun. Daisy Crispin has 196 days to find the right date for the prom. There’s only one problem–her parents won’t let her date or even talk to a guy on the phone. Oh, and she’s totally invisible at school, wears lame homemade clothes, and possesses no social skills. Okay, so maybe there’s more than one problem.

 From bestselling author Kristin Billerbeck comes Perfectly Dateless, a hilariously endearing story about a regular high school girl, trying to fit in. Readers will fall in love with Daisy’s sharp wit and resourcefulness as she navigates the world of boys, fashion, family, and friendship.

Can Daisy talk her parents into letting her go to the prom? Or will they succeed at their obvious attempts to completely ruin her life?

Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.