In Honor’s Defense – Review

by Karen Witemeyer

Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (June 7, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 384 pages
ISBN-10 : 0764232096
ISBN-13 : 978-0764232091

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He’s Faced Countless Perils on the Battlefield, but Nothing so Dangerous as Falling in Love.

Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life–for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he’s left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance.

Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she’d have and to give him the family he desperately needs.

When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke’s attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris’s brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.


Luke Davenport comes across as an adventurous rough and tumble warrior but at heart he is a protector looking for a place to call home. Who knew he would find it with a bookworm and a rebellious young boy?

I have been waiting for Preach’s story. He has lived such a hard life, and rebelled against it, but he shows just what can happen with repentance and God’s love.

There was a lot of action in this book, and it was nice to see the Hanger’s Horsemen again. I love the bond that the Horsemen have. If one of them has a need, the others will always be there for them.

Blog Tour and Review: An Unfamiliar Duke

by Sian Ann Bessey

Publisher : Covenant Communications (May 16, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 240 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524419915
ISBN-13 : 978-1524419912

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At eleven years of age, Rosalind Ainsworth was convinced that Sebastian Lumley, the future Duke of Kelbrook, was the most odious young man she’d ever met. And ten years later, after having had no contact with the nobleman in the intervening time, her opinion of him has not changed. Unfortunately, neither has the marriage contract their fathers signed soon after her birth.

As Rosalind’s twenty-first birthday and the appointed wedding day approaches, Sebastian makes a rare appearance in London. His first meeting with Rosalind since childhood goes less than perfectly, but Sebastian has a compelling reason for honoring their marriage contract―a reason outlined in a document kept behind his workshop’s locked door. 

After a quick wedding, the new couple relocates to Finley Park, where their acquaintanceship slowly blossoms into affection. But when Sebastian’s secretive work threatens their fledgling relationship and Rosalind’s life is placed in jeopardy, Sebastian finds himself forced to choose between the man he has pledged to help and the woman he has come to love. 


Rosalind Ainsworth has been engaged to the Duke of Kelbrook since birth. As a gangly 14 year old, he bars her from his all boys tree house, and she wants nothing more to do with him. Ten years later he appears back in her life right before their expected wedding, and all she knows about him is the little boy from the tree house.

Rosalind and Sebastian have a slow burn relationship. They are finding out all the things they have in common while navigating their way through this new unknown relationship.

I love how they communicated with each other with the sweet little notes under the door. As someone who banned girls as a child, I love how now Sebastian respects his wife enough to listen to her comments on math and take them seriously.

Sian Bessey always includes interesting historical information in her books, and I enjoyed learning more about the different inventions during this time. I even looked up the Iron Bridge to find out more about it, since I found it fascinating. I also loved how the love of math brought Rosalind and Sebastian closer together.

I have been loving this series. Each book has been different but all have the history, adventure, and characters I adore.

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Games in a Ballroom – Review

by Jentry Flint

Publisher : Shadow Mountain (May 3, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 272 pages
ISBN-10 : 1629729930
ISBN-13 : 978-1629729930

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She was forbidden to love him. He only wanted her heart. Can a childhood game bring them together?

London, 1815

Olivia Wilde has resigned herself to never finding a love match. Her father has insisted she marry a man with a title, but the men her father deems acceptable are either boring or are only interested in increasing their own diminishing coffers. With her future looking dismal, Olivia vows to enjoy the last few months of freedom with her childhood friends, including Emerson Latham. His devilish smile and flirtatious teasing stirs up feelings she knows she cannot entertain.

Emerson is struggling to rise to his responsibilities after his father’s death. Though he is still learning his place, one thing he knows for certain is that he wants Olivia Wilde to be his wife. Emerson had long ago fallen in love with her quick wit, beauty, and passionate heart. Yet, without a title, he will never be permitted to court Olivia openly. But he has a plan that may give him a chance to court her in secret.

As the Season kicks off, Emerson proposes a playful game of tag. Olivia’s friends are delighted by the idea, though Olivia is wary. After all, the game must be played in secret as they tag each other at dinners and balls. As the romance builds between Olivia and Emerson, so does the risk of being discovered. Not only are their reputations at stake, so is their safety if they are caught by Olivia’s strict father.

Can their love find a happily ever after before the game ends?


The name of the book was very appropriately titled. Overall I liked the games; it put a unique spin on things. However, there were a little too many scenes at different balls of them playing tag that seemed pretty similar for my taste. I also thought that the pig prank was juvenile. Though, I love that the brotherhood is always there for each other no questions asked.

What this book really thrived on were the characters. Each one is unique and interesting. I loved the brotherhood. I really hope that the brooding baron and Arabella get a story. They both seem fascinating and perfect for each other.

Lily of the Valley – Review

by Sarah M. Eden

Publisher : Covenant Communications (April 10, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524421251
ISBN-13 : 978-1524421250

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Cumberland, 1786

Amateur inventor Kester Barrington prefers the peace and quiet of his estate to the bustle of Society. But when his tight-knit group of friends, the Gents, descends on Livingsley Hall for their annual gathering, he stoically joins in their activities. It all seems exhausting―until an unexpected addition to the party catches his eye: his new neighbor, the lovely Violet.

Violet Ridley longs to make friends in this new corner of the country, but her family’s fortune was made through investments rather than inheritance, and Society can be fickle. So when tragedy forces her family to shelter at neighboring Livingsley Hall, Violet is delighted to receive a warm welcome from the Gents. In particular, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kester. The pair is a study in contrasts: Violet, with her sunny disposition, and Kester, with his prickly façade. Their connection is impossible to deny, but both Kester and Violet harbor heavy constraints. As their association becomes increasingly tangled and confused, their only hope of pursuing a life together is to trust one another with the very truths that could tear them apart.


Lily of the Valley is an emotional and character rich story about what carrying burdens alone does to us.

I love that Kester Barrington is a non-traditional type of hero. His awkwardness and need for alone time earns him the nickname Grumpy Uncle, but he is always making decisions where he puts other people’s needs first. He has a really tender personality.

Violet Ridley is such an ideal balance for him. While people always see her as positive and their ray of sunshine, I love that Kes is the one who sees deeper and encourages her to be herself.

The Jonquil Brothers and Lancaster Family are my favorite series by Sarah Eden, and while I love her other books, I just never thought another series would be able to touch my favorites. Forget Me Not confirmed this suspicion. I just wasn’t a fan of Lucas; I found him incredibly selfish. I think a large part of this was intentional since he had a lot of growing up to do, and a Jonquil isn’t a Jonquil unless they have trouble with love. However, I absolutely loved Lily of the Valley! It is right up there with my favorite series, and Lucas has even been growing on me.

Sarah Eden books always make me so emotional, and I am not an emotional person. I adore the characters in this book, and I wish I could be friends with the Gents! I can’t wait to read more of their stories.

Blog Tour and Review: Bargaining for the Barrister

by Anneka R. Walker

Publisher : Covenant Communications (March 7, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 240 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524421499
ISBN-13 : 978-1524421496

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Louisa Cox is tired of fortune hunters pursuing her dowry. So when Lady Kellen offers to help her find an eligible suitor, Louisa eagerly accepts and makes a list of what she wants in a husband. The man selected is barrister Paul Sheldon. He may be a complete stranger, but he has one thing in his favor: he is unaware of her fortune. What Louisa did not anticipate was his curious behavior―or being so attracted to him.

When Paul catches wind of the matchmaking organization his mother and her friends are establishing, he pities the fellow who will be caught in their scheme―until he realizes he is to be their first victim. Horrified, Paul determines to thwart his mother’s plans by whatever means necessary. After meeting his intended, however, his increasing desire to be near her threatens to disrupt his convictions. Louisa is everything he could want in a wife, and when an unexpected adventure sets in motion the very plan he had determined to halt, he almost wishes his mother’s plot could succeed. But Paul harbors a secret and a past that make it impossible for him to give Louisa the life she deserves.


Paul Sheldon has gone through a lot of things growing up, and he feels like he has to prove himself and earn his own way in life before even considering marriage.

“A man of intelligence could easily retain his fortune—unless, of course, he also possessed a charitable heart.”

Louisa Cox has always been pursued for her dowry by fortune hunters. She believes that a match made by the Matchmaking Mamas would be best for her.

“This petite woman hid her spirit behind her sweet smiles and soft voice, but he knew better. Louisa Cox was a force strong enough to knock the sense from a man and make him question all his life choices.”

Anneka Walker gives us complex characters with a lot of heart. Both the main characters are going through difficult struggles, but they face them in very different ways.

I loved that there were so many funny scenes in this book, but they were never over the top.

I loved all the Rebels, and I hope that every one of them gets to have their own story. I didn’t want to leave these characters, and I’m glad we will get to see them again.

“A place of retreat was often not the ordinary or the convenient; it was whatever place brought peace and escape.”

This book really was an emotional rollercoaster that I didn’t want to put down. I highly recommend reading it!

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Blog Tour and Review: Her Country Gentleman

by Sian Ann Bessey, Sarah M. Eden, Rebecca Connolly

Publisher : Mirror Press (March 8, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 300 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952611210
ISBN-13 : 978-1952611216

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Not all love is found in London . . .

Spring at Tribbley Hall by Sian Ann Bessey
When Charlotte’s grandmother invites her to accompany her to Norfolk, Charlotte jumps at the chance to visit the sea and escape the fuss surrounding her sister’s wedding preparations in London. Lord William Cheston, on the other hand, is most unhappy when his mother informs him that her old friend and a granddaughter are coming to stay. Not only is it lambing season, but he’s also dealing with the mysterious loss of several sheep. The last thing he needs is a child underfoot. When Charlotte and William first meet, he does not realize that the lovely young lady is the granddaughter in question, and she assumes that the man dressed in work clothes in the barn is a servant. A dinner party at the house introduces Charlotte to some of the gentry living nearby but cannot compare to her experience the next evening, when she and William battle to save the life of a newborn lamb. Soon afterward, Charlotte stumbles upon a clue to William’s sheep’s disappearance. And when her life is placed in jeopardy, William is forced to choose between saving Charlotte and catching the thief.

Love of My Heart by Sarah M. Eden
Cordelia Wakefield has never lived anywhere but London and is not overly happy when her family is forced to retrench to a small estate near Teviotbrae, Scotland. An ill-fated game of battledore and shuttlecock brings her face-to-racquet with Sebastian, who runs the home farm at nearby Teviot Castle. What begins as a clash of personalities, expectations, and preferences, soon leads to a friendship neither had expected. As the magic of Teviotbrae weaves its spell, the possibility of something more than friendship begins to blossom. But what future is there for a lowly farmer and a London lady?

Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire by Rebecca Connolly
Martha Smith wants to marry for love, and will not be persuaded otherwise. She is highly sought after in Society for her beauty and status, but refuses to consider any suitor whose only claim is that his prospects meet with her mother’s approval. Her widowed mother has had enough of Martha’s romantic sensibilities, and is sending her to stay with unfortunate cousins in Wiltshire to show her that marrying for love is a risk that is too great. Benjamin Steele, Lord Hillier, is working on his new and dilapidated estate when he first catches sight of the striking Martha Smith. Becoming Lord Hillier has only brought him a house that needs significant repairs, tenant farms that had been abandoned, and only the money he’d already possessed. He wants meaning in his life, and he’s more than willing to work for it. Though worlds apart in all else, on this point they can agree: a life of meaning would change everything.


I have always loved how Timeless Collections brings together such great authors, but this book may be one of my favorites. Not only do I love the authors and their stories, but this was such a great theme. I also loved how there were different locations included in every story.

Spring at Tribbley Hall by Sian Ann Bessey

William is a Baron who is not afraid to get his hands dirty taking care of his sheep. When an unknown person threatens them, he steps in to protect his sheep and find the culprit.

Charlotte has always loved animals, but has had little chance to express that love. She has always tried to maintain a lady-like appearance, but seems to get herself in one messy situation after another since her arrival.

Spring at Tribbley Hall had scheming relations and a couple perfect for each other. I loved all the animals in this sweet story. I also liked that William allowed Charlotte to make her own decisions even if he didn’t agree with them.

Love of My Heart by Sarah M. Eden

After being raised in England, Sebastian returns to Scotland after the death of his parents to be near his only relative, his grandfather the laird. His grandfather believes that one cannot be respected unless they have worked the land and earned the trust of the locals, so Sebastian becomes a home farmer.

Cordelia loves everything about London and dreams about having a real season. Instead, her family is forced to retrench due to financial issues.

This story makes me totally want to have a pet lamb. Shadow was adorable!

I really liked learning more about the home farmers and the céilidh’s.

Cordelia’s parents were awful. They clearly don’t care about their daughters, and they spend far outside their means. It is no wonder they had to retrench.

I really enjoyed this story.

Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire by Rebecca Connolly

Martha has always wanted to marry for love. Her mother is appalled, and to punish her for her beliefs, she sends her to a cousin in the country so she can see what marrying for love will get you.

Benjamin has inherited an earldom, and the broken down estate that goes along with it. He cannot afford to hire anyone, so he must work the land himself.

Neither Benj or Martha is what one would expect the upper class to be. They have no problems fitting in with the rest of the locals.

Having lived in London her entire life, I love how wide eyed and excited Martha got about everything in the country.

I also loved the scene with the little piglets and the epilogue. This was a great story.

Enchanting the Heiress – Review

by Kristi Ann Hunter

Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 0764235273
ISBN-13 : 978-0764235276

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Miss Harriet Hancock enjoys playing the role of eccentric heiress, using her wealth and influence to cleverly and anonymously better the lives of those in Newmarket. Though she keeps people at a distance to protect a years-old secret, when her friend pleads for help on a personal project, Harriet can’t resist.

Stable hand Jonas Fitzroy would do anything for his twin sister, even if it means seeking out the woman whose meddling ways have made him wary and suspicious. The last thing he expects is for Miss Hancock to request his help in writing a book. Intent on revealing her underlying plan, Jonas agrees.

As they work together, an unexpected friendship forms. But when things for once don’t go according to Harriet’s plan, she’s left wondering if good intentions might not be enough. Is there a way to mend the broken pieces of her life? And will Jonas give her another chance at his heart?


Jonas is a man who firmly believes that your yes means yes. He may be aloof, but he is entirely truthful and trustworthy. I loved him in Sophia’s story. He would do anything to take care of his sister, and I’m so glad he got his own story. Though sometimes he uses them randomly, Jonas’ memorization of the scriptures is impressive. I loved the way he learned more about himself throughout the story.

Harriet really does have a good heart, and she tries so hard to help people, but she goes about it the wrong way. She ends up lying and orchestrating so many events. The cover photo seems very appropriate, because it looks like she is up to something. Due to her lies to her father, she has been in a sort of holding place for much of her life and has not been able to experience it for herself.

I’ve been in the unusual circumstance of being in the shoes of both Harriet and Jonas. I started out like Harriet (without the lying), but people think that everything you do has an ulterior motive, or you are just trying to control their lives. Their reaction made me more like Jonas, where now people think you live your life on the outside and you aren’t living the life they think you should. I felt for both the characters.

Harriet did put herself in a lot of her circumstances by lying, but in general she only wanted to help people. Jonas had always lived his life protecting Sophia, so once she marries, he loses his only purpose. However, the way people push him around to try to get him to be who they think he should be is sad. It reminds me of when extroverts want to make everyone like them, because they think an introvert cannot possibly be happy.

I did like Jonas and Harriet as a couple. They challenged each other and made each other see what they were missing.

I liked that so many previous characters were in this book, like Sophia and Aaron who I love. While the book can be read as a standalone, I think that you will appreciate it more if you have read the previous ones in the series.

Blog Tour and Review: Summerhaven

by Tiffany Odekirk

Publisher : Covenant Communications (February 14, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 274 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524421464
ISBN-13 : 978-1524421465

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Hannah Kent and Oliver Jennings pledged their hearts to each other as children. Now, years later, Hannah is thrilled to receive an invitation to spend the summer at Oliver’s family’s country estate. The path to wedded bliss is clear―so long as Oliver’s highbrow older brother, Damon, has ceased his juvenile antics, Hannah’s future looks bright indeed.

But from the moment Hannah arrives at Summerhaven, nothing is as she expected. Oliver seems disinterested in renewing their acquaintance, and Damon is not the brutish boy she remembers but a man intent on avoiding marriage. Although she has loathed Damon her whole life, when he contrives a ruse designed to win them both what they desire, Hannah warily agrees. All she has to do to reclaim Oliver’s attention is pretend to be madly in love with Damon. But when Damon is surprisingly convincing in his role as a suitor, it proves difficult to discern the line between pretense and true love.


Damon Jennings, Oliver Jennings, and Hannah Kent grew up together. At age 12, Oliver and Hannah promised to get married, and Hannah has loved him ever since. Damon and Hannah had always had a difficult relationship, with Hannah hating the tricks he played on her. Years later, she still considers him her adversary.

Oliver comes off as the fun loving brother, but he is often putting his own wants above other people. Damon doesn’t want to only be wanted for his future title, and he hides who he really is from others.

I love Damon and Hannah’s relationship. I adored their sweet moments and their funny moments, and I love their deeper moments. This book was really hard to put down. I love finding new authors I love!

Summerhaven is a twist on my favorite trope of childhood love, and I love it even more for the twist.

The main characters were strong and fully developed, and I felt a connection to them. I also liked the side characters. I really look forward to reading more from this author.

This book releases on Valentine’s Day, which is the perfect date for it. It’s the exact kind of romance I love.

P.S. There was less than an hour to go before my alarm would go off when I finished the book. Summerhaven 1 Sleep 0. I regret nothing.

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