“See Me” ~Nicholas Sparks~ Review

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Synopsis:

See me just as I see you . . .

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface.

As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria’s life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they’ve begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

Author:

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice coming in February 2016.

Review:

Nicholas Sparks has been one of my favorite authors since I was in high school! I’m sure that can be said by almost every girl in the world lol! But then I got bored with his writing, it was the same story over and over again. The damsel in distress gets saved by the knight in shining armor and there are rainbows and unicorns celebrating their love. Ok so maybe not quite that cutesy but you get my point. It’s the same story every book.

I tried reading his book “Two by Two”, I could not get into it! I literally could not get past the first 20 pages. I had just had it with his writing, don’t get me wrong I LOVE his books…I have LOVED all of his books until “Two by Two”. His new books are always released around my birthday and it’s a tradition for my hubby to get it for me as a present! So when “See Me” came out I was reluctant to read it and didn’t end up getting it until just recently. It is fantastic!

So to get down to it, this is one of the best books that Nicholas Sparks has ever written! I have read every single book and this one is by far my favorite, because it is different! It is exciting, it is not the typical romance novel. There is kidnapping, a bad boy with tattoos and a love that changes two people for the better. Yes it is a love story but it is so different from the normal books he puts out. It will throw you topsy-turvy and you will not know what hits you!

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! I could not believe how amazing it was and I couldn’t read it fast enough! I highly recommend this book to everyone! It is definitely a read again type of book=in my library forever!!!! 🙂

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“Fear and Faith” ~Trillia J. Newbell~ Review

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Synopsis:

We will never be short on fears.

Failure, rejection, sickness, losing a loved one, being alone—the fears we carry are many and heavy. Fear can be a tyrant, a bully we can’t hide from. It can paralyze our spirit, damage our relationships, and hinder our faith.

Trillia is no stranger to fear. She has known its harsh grip on her life, but she has also known the gentle hand of God, a peace and a faith from the One who conquers fears.

In Fear and Faith, Trillia will encourage you as she reflects on Scripture and her own story. She will show you Jesus, who was tempted like you in every way. She will show you the character of God and how it inspires faith. And she will show you real women who have walked the road of fear—or are still walking it—and how they have found security in the Lord to be their strength. Whatever your fear, you are not alone, nor are you without hope. You have the One who can replace your fear with faith

Author:

Trillia is a wife, mom, and writer who loves Jesus. You can read her regular writings on faith and family in, the Knoxville News-Sentinel, as well as on Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. She is the author of, Enjoy (releases December 2016), Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves, and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity.

Review:

A great book! This is a book that could benefit anyone! We all have our own fears and it can inhibit us from living our lives. Trillia outlines several common fears throughout the book. She makes this book relatable and easy to read. Worth the read!

Chapter 8 was one of my favorites. It really gets down to the heart of the issue. We are told to “trust God” whenever things go wrong or we have a specific fear, but what does that truly mean? This chapter is chocked full of goodness. It is an explanation of why we should trust God and why we should face our fears with his help. I really enjoyed this section and her perspective on fear and faith!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with any type of fear or even if you’re not, it’s still a great read! I struggle with numerous fears especially when it involves my children, I have a fear of change and I have a hard time not being in control of things but I’m trying to work on that!! This book was a good read and it’s nice to know I am not the only one with fears!  Check it out! You will not be disappointed!

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“The Two of Us” ~Victoria Brylin~ Review

Synopsis:

Heartwarming and Touching New Contemporary Romance from Victoria Bylin

After two broken engagements, nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she only trusts herself and God, and she’s focused on her eighteen-year-old sister, Lucy, and caring for patients. Just as she applies to work for an international aid organization, a phone call from Lucy, who’s pregnant and running off to marry her twenty-one-year-old boyfriend, throws a wrench into all of Mia’s plans.

Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He’s poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who’s asked him to be his best man at his wedding.

Mia is expecting a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn’t expecting Jake. And Jake, who can’t help envying Sam and Lucy, doubts he’ll ever experience their happiness for himself. But maybe Jake’s courage and Mia’s caring spirit are just what they need to bring them a lifetime of healing and a forever kind of love. . .

Author:

Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances acclaimed for their true-to-life characters and stories. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and the Reviewers’ Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her website at www.victoriabylin.com to find out more.

Review:

Fantastic book! This book has a little bit of everything. It is a story of heartache, loss, love, and finding faith in God. It is a wonderful story of two sisters: one finding love and preparing for a baby and the other struggling to deal with her past and her future.

This story is very well written and has so many things going on it that really gives a depth to it that you can’t find just anywhere. This book is a love story but yet it is a tale of healing, it is a journey to a greater faith in God and it has a bit of humor to it that ties it all together. All of the characters are struggling with something, whether it is something from their past or something they are currently dealing with (no spoilers here!) They each have a way of dealing with these issues and it is interesting to see them each grow throughout the book.

Lucy, one of the sisters, is finding her way with God. She is learning to trust him in a way she never understood, merely because of her new husband Sam’s faith. Mia, the second sister, is fully aware of God and how he is influencing her life and she is using that in her career to go where she is most needed. But love has thrown a wrench into her plans…. Will she go or will she stay… Only you will know if you read the book! AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DOING SO!!!

This is one of those books that you will love to read. It is a book that I will keep in my library to read again! 🙂 Please do yourself a favor and go read this book! IF  you love romances, humor and watching  characters grow, this is the book for you!

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“Lovestruck Forever” ~Rachel Schurig~ Review

 

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Synopsis:

Lizzie Medina’s dreams are about to come true. She’s finally about to marry her true love, the internationally famous movie star Thomas Harper. Her career appears posed for a break out of its own. And, maybe best of all, her family actually seems to have accepted her relationship with Thomas.

Just when it seems that it might be possible to actually get everything she ever wanted, Lizzie’s perfectly constructed world starts getting complicated. There’s a rift in the family over a surprise pregnancy. Thomas begins shooting his dream movie—on the other side of the ocean. And the stress of planning a wedding with her overbearing loved ones makes her question how much they’ve changed after all.

When someone from Thomas’s past resurfaces, everything Lizzie has worked so hard to build is threatened. Now she must decide, once and for all, what really matters to her—and what she’s willing to fight for.

 

Author:

Rachel Schurig lives in the metro Detroit area with her dog, Lucy. She loves to watch reality TV and she reads as many books as she can get her hands on. In her spare time, Rachel decorates cakes. Her THREE GIRLS series is available now from Amazon!

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Review:

 

Book number three of the series and it is even better than the last. In the midst of planning a wedding Lizzie is going crazy! Her family is nosy and butting in where she wishes they wouldn’t. Two family members pregnant, a lot of drama and a wedding to plan makes for a hilarious adventure. Lizzie and Thomas continue to be one of my favorite literary couples. They are totally relationship goals lol! They are cute and adorably in love and it kinda makes you want to gag! Just kidding!

It is a fantastic love story that is tied up in a nice little package, even though this is in a way the end of their love story (the other books are about a couple of the other characters) they continue to show up in the other books of the series. So we still get to be included in their lives! Listen to me ranting about a fictitious couple like they are my real life friends! Seriously,  I have fallen in love with these characters! Their trials and their joys are what make this book series so fantastic! I feel like I know them and I can’t wait to hear about what they are doing next! After the first book, I immediately went and purchased the entire series! #worthit

This is by far one of my favorite series and I have absolutely come to love this author! There are a few typo and grammar errors that bug me but seriously what book doesn’t have an editorial error of some kind. It in no way affects the flow of the story! Please go buy this series,you will not regret it! If you love romances then this is the series for you! I recommend this whole-heartedly! Not just this book but the entire series!

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“Lovestruck in Los Angeles” ~Rachel Schurig~ Review

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Synopsis:

Lizzie Medina is living a fairy tale life. Ever since she left home for an adventure in London—and fell in love with movie star Thomas Harper in the process—her world has become brighter. More exciting. The kind of life she’s always dreamed of. And she has no intention of going back to the way things used to be.

When Thomas is required to temporarily move to Los Angeles for his new movie, Lizzie joins him without hesitation. After all, it’s not every day she’s invited to live in a luxurious Malibu beach house with the man of her dreams, rubbing elbows with Hollywood celebrities, spending her days steps from the ocean.

But it doesn’t take Lizzie long to realize than in Hollywood, not everything is quite what it seems. Will she and Thomas succumb to the pressures inherent in their new life? Or will they find a way to create a perfect Hollywood ending of their own?

Author:

Rachel Schurig lives in the metro Detroit area with her dog, Lucy. She loves to watch reality TV and she reads as many books as she can get her hands on. In her spare time, Rachel decorates cakes. Her THREE GIRLS series is available now from Amazon!

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Review:

This book is amazing! Just as fantastic as the first. Lizzie and Thomas are the type of couple that you can’t help but love! They are the example of the perfect couple….but never mind they fight just like a normal couple lol! This book is more an in-depth look into their relationship and the struggles of Thomas being a movie star. You definitely have to read the first book in this series before this book so that you know what is going on but it is totally worth it!

They are on the move to LA to start a new movie but it is a huge change for Lizzie being away from family and in a new city! They have their hiccups along the way but everyday brings them closer together. They are as adorable as ever and I can’t wait to read the next book!

The author is fantastic! She definitely knows how to create a story that keeps you wanting more and luckily with this series you get 6 books! Yes there are 6 books in this unbelievable series! Great writing and a good flow to the story! I finished this book very quickly!! I recommend this book!!!!!

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“Lovestruck In London” ~Rachel Schurig~ Review

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Synopsis:

Lizzie Medina went to London to reinvent herself. Tired of being the quiet baby sister, and in no hurry to settle into a boring existence in suburbia, she escapes from home at the first opportunity. When she settles in London for a year of post-graduate studies, Lizzie is sure she’ll be able to start a whole new life. Immerse herself in the books she loves. Explore a new country. Work on her dream of writing a novel. She might even be able to find a little bit of excitement for once.

But falling unexpectedly in love with up-and-coming actor Thomas Harper causes Lizzie to re-think… everything. Just as she’s convinced herself this small-town girl from the Midwest can handle this great adventure, Thomas’s career suddenly explodes to superstar levels, and Lizzie finds herself forced to navigate the fame game of red carpets, catty co-stars, gossip magazines, and paparazzi. When she wished for a new life, she had no idea it would be anything like this!

Lizzie must now determine if her love—and her confidence—are strong enough to get her through the complications of dating a movie star. Even if she and Thomas are able to pull through before she has to leave London, how will she deal with the inevitability of returning to a life at home that no longer feels like her own? Will she follow her family’s wishes or follow her heart? Will the Lizzie she discovered in London be strong enough to help her pursue her dreams?

Author:

Rachel Schurig lives in the metro Detroit area with her dog, Lucy. She loves to watch reality TV and she reads as many books as she can get her hands on. In her spare time, Rachel decorates cakes. Her THREE GIRLS series is available now in paperback and ebook! You can visit Rachel at http://rachelschurig.com Sign up for the mailing list for special offers, news, and exclusive content! http://eepurl.com/sDyHb Find Rachel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RachelSchurigAuthor

Review:

This is one of the best romance novels that I have read! It is sweet and a true fairytale!  Girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a movie star, boy and girl face great odds and then boy and girl fall in LOVE! Sorry spoiler alert! Really not, because just look at that cover! It literally says LOVESTRUCK!!! Anyways this is a fantastic read. The characters are a loveable bunch and I can’t get over how she meets a movie star! Like what are the freaking odds!? Where is my movie star! I think I need to move to London! 🙂

This is the kind of book that wraps you up and takes you away. I was literally transported to London and felt like I had visited there myself, it was that well described! I love the laughter and the banter between the characters. Callie and Lizzie make the perfect duo, ready to take on London and all of its glory. Lizzie and Thomas are that cute adorable mushy couple I personally love seeing in movies! I can imagine them being lovey dovey adorable holding hands as they stroll along, taking in the sights of London. The author could not have come up with better characters, they are loveable and adorable!

This author did a really great job on literally everything. I flew through this book! When I got to the end I immediately went and ordered the rest of the series. Yes it is a long series, six books total, but OMG it is worth it! Totally and completely worth it! You will love this book! Please read this book! Go buy it right now or check it out from your library! It is worth the read and it is a full set of greatness that you will want to add to your home library! I look forward to reading many more books from this author! Rachel Schurig is a fantastic author!

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“The Promise of Breeze Hill: A Natchez Trace Novel” ~Pam Hillman~

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Synopsis:

Natchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O’Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he’s sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he’ll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella’s shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor’s help, Isabella fears she’ll lose her family’s plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor’s proposal of marriage.

Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?

Author:

Hillman (Claiming Mariah) sets this eloquent novel in volatile 18th-century Natchez, Miss. It is 1791, and Connor O’Shea, a highly skilled carpenter, has indentured himself to a local property owner to pay for his four brothers’ passage to America from Ireland. His new employer is Isabella Bartholomew, the only daughter of Breeze Hill plantation owner Master Bartholomew. After a house fire severely damaged the plantation and other disasters befell the family, Isabella is determined to get everything back to peak condition, and she believes Connor is perfect for the job. When they arrive at Breeze Hill, Connor observes a dearth of help to run such a vast property; he wonders if the family’s financial troubles run deeper than Isabella let on and whether she can be trusted to live up to her end of the bargain. The trials and tribulations of keeping the business afloat combine with predictable romantic sparks and the suspicion there might be someone intent on sabotaging the plantation. Hillman breezily weaves together colorful details, romantic tensions, and suspenseful plotting in this fun historical romance. (Publishers Weekly)

In the first of her new Natchez Trace series, Hillman carries readers to antebellum Mississippi in an entertaining tale. Greed, murder, and glimpses of the slave trade give it depth, while the subtle Christian themes provide hope. (Booklist)

Review:

Fantastic book! It was a little hard to get into at first. There are a lot of characters which makes it hard to keep everyone straight but if you can keep with it, it is well worth the trouble. Numerous times I contemplated putting it away,  I just was not interested in it. No that it was a bad story line it just was really hard for me to get into at first. Once you get past the first few chapters though, it starts to get better!

Once it starts to pick up the story is more fluent and you get to a point where you can’t wait to see what happens. There are a lot of twists and turns. You will  know who the bad guy is at the very beginning but you won’t know how it is going to end, it is a BIG shocker! I was so happy with the ending and how it tied it all together in a perfect little package! It is a very well written and articulated book but it just has a slow start. I think that introducing so many characters and trying to implement a back story all at the very start of the book was what made it difficult for me to get into the story. It felt a little overwhelming the amount of information that is thrown at you!

The characters are all very well written and you can’t help but feel sorry for Isabella and her family. You will love the main characters and you will love to hate the villains. It is a classic romance that has a bit of suspense and villainy in it! I love the time period and the description of everything in the book. It takes you back to a completely different way of life and it is breathtaking. I definitely recommend the book! If you do read it and find that you are having a hard time getting into it, keep going! I promise it gets better with each passing chapter! 🙂 You will not regret checking out this book!

 

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“Lalibela’s Wise Man” ~Matshona Dhliwayo~ Review

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Synopsis:

After his father passes away, Christian is denied his inheritance, disowned by his brothers, and thrown out of the family mansion. Life takes a terrible turn until he embarks on a life changing trip to Ethiopia to meet Lalibela’s wisest man.

Author:

Matshona Dhliwayo is a Canadian based Philosopher, Entrepreneur, and author of The Little Book of Secrets to Happiness, 50 Lessons Every Wise Mother Teaches Her Son, Dinner with King Solomon and 100 Lessons Every Great Man Wants You to Know

Review:

Very interesting book! Christian, the main character is devastated at the loss of his father. Being the favorite son and groomed to take over the family business, he is shocked to find that he is left nothing in his father’s will. Being the hated stepbrother, his two brothers kick him out of the family’s mansion with nothing but his few measly possessions.  But yet a letter from his father seems to turn things around for Christian if he  can only embrace the path that his life has taken.

The book opens with the news about Christian’s double loss (his father and his way of life), it makes you immediately feel sorry for him and want to keep reading! It is a very short story but within the story is loads of information, fine detail of the places Christian is in. I don’t normally read short stories, but this one is quite different from the ones I have read in the past. It is well written with characters that draw you in and can relate to. Enjoyed this very much! Much thanks to the author for allowing me to read and review! 🙂

 

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“Secrets of an Energized Mama: How to Use Yoga to Juggle Your Life & Kids Without Burning Out” ~Keya Williams”~ Review

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Synopsis:

Let’s face it: Being a mom is hard, and it takes a ton of energy!

In Secrets of an Energized Mama, The Yoga Mom Keya Williams reveals a secret energy source that will make you a more focused, patient and even more productive mom. Here’s a hint: It’s been hiding inside of you all along.

Keya’s approach to motherhood is rooted in yogic principles of self-care and mindfulness. In this book, she provides practical applications that will fit right into your busy mom planner. Her step-by-step guide to energizing your life includes:

•Simple yogic breathing exercises to boost energy immediately
•Energized Mama Jedi Mind Hacks to manage stress and promote inner peace
•Mindfulness tools for Mommy stress relief
•Yoga poses for relaxation and how to fit them into your busy day

You don’t have to be a yogini, have the perfect pair of yoga pants, or even have ever practiced yoga to use this book. Keya breaks down her three-part formula into very easy, practical tips that only require a few minutes, a quiet space (the closet will do in a pinch) and your mind. This book will give you the tools of self-care that will allow you to take care of yourself, even in the realistic chaos of your everyday mom life.

Written like a heartfelt email from your very best mom friend, Secrets of an Energized Mama, is down-to-earth, honest and funny. No matter what phase of motherhood you’re in, you do have the power within you to become the peaceful, patient and energized mama of your dreams.

Author:

Keya Williams is a mom to three crazy kids and a Yoga Lifestyle Consultant to busy moms everywhere. An author and speaker, Keya loves to spread the gospel of yogic self-care for moms at workshops around the U.S, local yoga classes and online. Her mission is simple: Teach moms (who are the busiest people she knows) to use yoga to juggle life and kids without burning out and turning into a hot mess of a woman. An applied psychologist by education, Keya went on to receive her yoga teacher training from The Himalayan Institute and continues her training through classes, books and workshops constantly. For more busy mom resources or to book Keya to present at your next event or workshop visit http://www.Nourished-Motherhood.com.

 

Review:

When I first seen this book I was intrigued! The cover is beautiful and I am a tired, yoga-loving mom! Fantastic read! Let’s face it, we are ALL tired mommas!  This seemed like the perfect book for me to read and I was not disappointed! She is relatable and she totally understands the life of being a mom.

I felt like I was have a friendly conversation with her, a legit “let me help you” conversation. It is like she is specifically talking to me; a tired, worn out, frustrated mom. The whole book is filled with great tips and tricks to help take back your life from the humdrum of a daily routine. Not only does this apply to mom’s, but it applies to anyone and everyone. Yoga is good for the soul, your mind and your body.

She walks you step by step through the book, teaching you how stress can negatively affect your life and what to do to combat those stresses and life in general. She shows you how to meditate and the benefits of doing so. It is uplifting and it made me want to jump right into a yoga session or start meditating while I was reading. Having 3 boys myself can be hectic, I enjoy yoga but I wasn’t using it to it’s full potential. I plan to implement the things she taught me into my daily practices.

I truly enjoyed this book! It has a lot of information and it is thoughtful, relatable information that we can all use in our daily lives. I recommend this book to everyone!!!!

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“The Road to Paradise” ~Karen Barnett~ Review

 

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Synopsis:

An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow.

But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator’s daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources.

When Margie’s former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park’s pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?

Karen Barnett’s vintage national parks novels bring to vivid life President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision for protected lands, when he wrote in Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter: “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”

Author:

Karen Barnett is the award-winning author of The Golden Gate Chronicles (Out of the Ruins, Beyond the Ashes, and Through the Shadows) and Mistaken. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, and two kids, and three mischievous dachshunds. When she’s not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, public speaking, decorating crazy birthday cakes, and dragging her family through dusty history museums. Oregon Christian Writers honored her with the Writer of Promise Award in 2013 and a Cascade Award for her debut novel, Mistaken, in 2014. In 2016, she was named Writer of the Year by the prestigious Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Karen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Oregon Christian Writers and has been published in Guideposts and other national magazines.

Review:

This is a new author for me and I absolutely loved her style and this book! It captures your attention at the beginning and keeps you enthralled until the end! I look forward to finding other books by this author!

Set in 1927 we are transported back to a different time and a different way of life. When Margie sets out for a life on Mount Rainier no one expects her to last very long! But boy did she prove a lot of people wrong. She is a go-getter and a woman who won’t give up. Even despite everyone looking down on her for being a woman in the wilderness, she proves to them that she is meant to be there, she even teaches them a new thing or two!

Once she settles into her new way of life, Margie begins to forget about her conniving, stalkerish former fiance. He is seriously psycho! But her feeling of comfort is  washed away by the his sudden appearance at the Paradise Falls Inn. He is determined to take everything away from her and destroy the natural beauty of the Mount Rainier National Park. He doesn’t believe in her at all and treats her terribly! I can’t believe she was ever with him! Thank goodness she has Chief Ranger Ford on her side through everything. Forging an unlikely bond that eventually turns to something more, you can’t help but root for their relationship to blossom into something more.

It is definitely a good reminder to remember to be yourself and to not let anyone else get you down. She set out to do things she never imagined she could do. In the end she proved not only to everyone else that she could accomplish what she set her mind to but she proved to herself that she could do anything. It is a wonderful love story, with unexpected twists and turns. It is funny, sad, scary and sometimes includes all too real situations. Set in a time period that I am a tad obsessed with, makes this an overall favorite book for me! It is a book that I could easily read again.  I would recommend it to everyone! It is so good!

 

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