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“To Treasure an Heiress” by Roseanna M White ~ Book Review

To Treasure an Heiress (The Secrets of the Isles, #2)

To Treasure an Heiress by Roseanna M White

The Secrets of the Isles Book Two

Review copy from the publishers as apart of the launch team

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Beth Tremayne has always been drawn to adventure. During her childhood, she fed that desire by exploring every inch of the Isles of Scilly. As an adolescent, she dreamed of love in London’s ballrooms. Now, stumbling across an old map on her family’s property, she’s found more adventure than she ever craved in the hunt for pirate treasure. Unfortunately, Beth can’t escape the attentions of her family’s guest, Lord Sheridan.

Sheridan has spent years pursuing whatever archaeological interests caught his imagination. And when he discovers that Beth’s search connects with one of his favorite pirates of history, he can’t help getting involved. Plus, he finds her irresistible, even though she insists he stole a prized possession of hers.

As they work together following different clues and drawing closer to danger, they start to piece together a story of tragic love and piratical adventure. But the true surprise is the treasure they discover in each other.

My Thoughts:

Oh was this a good one. To Treasure An Heiress is a book to be savored, and thoroughly enjoyed – which I gladly did. When reading the first book (The Nature of a Lady), I was looking forward to reading Beth’s story, but also vastly curious about getting to know Lord Sheridan better. And oh did we get to know him better! I loved his character, honestly. His wit and banter – both internal and external – was absolutely delightful, and I was just charmed by the whole story.I loved his and Beth’s relationship; it was certainly not friendly at first! But their exchanges were great.The plot was excellent as always, but really it was the characters that won it over for me. Beth and Sheridan were so different from each other yet shared a love of adventures and mystery, and they each were so rich in character strength on their own, not to mention as a pair as well. I really liked Serena’s side story as well – she had a part near the end that had me tearing up, and its message really hit home for me and was one I very much needed to hear. So that being said, the faith strand was handled beautifully, and so poignantly. Ainsely was such a stalwart and honestly good character as well, and his faith was encouraging. Really, I enjoyed every second of this book, loved following along on their pirate-treasure-seeking-adventure, and look forward to the next book in this series (though I’m not sure it will top my love for Sheridan and Beth, haha. They really were spectacular!).

More Quotes:

“Even if you have upset her…sometimes we need to be upset. Sometimes that’s the only thing that will convince us to let down our walls and allow someone in. Or even to turn to God.”

“And sometimes it builds the walls higher.”

“Yes, sometimes. But my valet – he’s rather wise when it comes to such things – would say that every time we make a mess of things, every time we take a wrong step, it’s just an opportunity for the Lord to meet us in an unexpected way. He would say that if you really care for her, and if she’s hurting, then the best thing you could possibly do is put her in God’s hands and just pray that He’ll give you the honor of being one of the people He uses to heal her.”

“I want to be. I always want to be one of the people He uses, but especially this time. I’m just afraid I’ve ruined it.”

Sheridan sighed. “I’m always afraid I’ve ruined it, every time I open my mouth. But God is bigger than our mistakes, I’m told. In fact, I’m fairly certain my wise valet would say that the best thing we can ever be is a willing instrument in His hand. That we ought to stop worrying that our every word is wrong and instead let the Master Craftsman wield us however He will. There may be stray chisel marks, the times we slip. But He’ll still set the stone where it belongs. We just need to remember our loves are a monument to Him, not to ourselves.”

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“How strange were regrets. So many things she hated, yet without them, things she loved would never have been.”

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“It was a reminder to me of what His salvation really means. I think…I think too often we compare our souls and our sins to a grass stain. We think that His sacrifice is sufficient to knock off the clumps and blades clinging to the outside of us, but not quite strong enough to get rid of the stain in the fabric. But we’re not fabric, Senara. We are pearls.” He reached for her hand, turned it over, and set the pearl onto her palm. This time she didn’t argue. Just looked at it, gleaming so brilliantly. White and clean and beautiful. “I realize I risk preaching here like his lordship always accuses me of, but it must be said. He makes us with great worth. Creates us that way intrinsically. Our sins, our bad choices, perhaps they coat us like mud. But the mud cannot take away the value He instilled in us. Mud does not make a pearl any less valuable. If it did, then why would Jesus have deemed us worthy of the sacrifice of His life? But He loves us, as does the Father. Because we are valuable. And the blood of Christ, when it washes us clean, fully restores us to what He created us to be. A pearl cannot be stained. No matter how many centuries it sits in the mud, wash it in a bit of water and it’s gleaming again.”

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Thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of the book. I was not required to write a positive review; all views expressed are entirely my own.

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“The Debutante’s Code” by Erica Vetsch ~ Book Review

“The Debutante’s Code” by Erica Vetsch

Book One in the Thorndike and Swan Regency Mysteries

Review copy from the authors as apart of the I Read With Audra Tour

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn’t spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love. But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They’ve been living double lives as government spies–and they’re only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family’s legacy.

Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spy craft. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors–not to mention nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner Daniel Swann, who suspects her of a daring theft.

Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents’ last mission? Or will it lead her to a terrible end?

My Thoughts:

I love Erica Vetsch’s writing style. It’s so beautiful and captivating. “The Debutante’s Code” is filled with intrigue and mystery, as well as a touch of romance. I think the romance will develop more in the following books in the series. I really liked “getting to know” the characters; Juliette Thorndike was a strong heroine who still maintained a very feminine and genteel personality. Being thrust into a world of codes and spies brought her on a whole new adventure, and it was enjoyable to see not only how she coped, but how she adapted and learned. The supporting characters – and let us not forget the hero, Daniel – were all well written, and the plot really was engaging. Also, I loved getting to see some familiar characters from the author’s previous series, Serendipity and Secrets. :)The faith strand was a soft but lovely message woven through the story, and I appreciated how Juliette went through doubts and lessons regarding her faith.This new series looks to be extremely promising, and I can’t wait to continue!


*I received a complimentary copy of the novel from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.

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“Tacos for Two” by Besty St. Amant ~ Book Review

Tacos for Two

“Tacos for Two” by Betsy St. Amant

Review copy from the publishers

My Rating:4 out of 5 Stars

About the book:

Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can’t cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red–and an upcoming contest during Modest’s annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site.

Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father’s law firm, and the food truck festival seems like the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. But if he loses the contest, he’s back at the law firm for good. Failure is not an option.

Complications arise when Rory’s chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he’s been falling for online the past month.

Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one? 

My thoughts:

This was such a cute and light-hearted but fun story! While I haven’t yet seen the movie “You’ve Got Mail”, I do know the story and this novel was a really sweet spin on that as well. I loved the characters – I found Rory to be really relatable, albeit maybe just a little moody (understandable), and I loved her online relationship with “Strongerman99”. All the messages sprinkled throughout the book was an absolute delight, and I loved seeing how it all progressed.All of the characters were marvelous, from Jude, to Nicole and Grady, Hannah, and even Jude’s family – they all had a lot of depth and realisticness to them, it was a joy to read about them. And the food – I don’t think I’ve craved Mexican food more than when reading this book, haha. It made everything sound absolutely delectable, and I really need several tacos now ;)There was a very faint faith strand, mostly about loving our enemies. Which is definitely a good truth to have, I just had hoped for a bit more emphasis on the faith in the end. Still, this was a very cute, clean, romantic story that I definitely enjoyed and am glad to have on my shelves!


*Thanks to revell publishing for the copy of the book. I was not required to post a positive review; all thoughts expressed are entirely my own.

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“The Debutante’s Code” by Erica Vetsch ~ I read With Audra Tour & Giveaway

I love Erica Vetsch’s writing, so I am thrilled to have a new novel to dive into!

About the book:

Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn’t spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love.But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They’ve been living double lives as government spies–and they’re only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family’s legacy.

Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spies. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors–not to mention the nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner, who suspects her of a daring theft.

Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents’ last mission?

Best-selling author Erica Vetsch is back with a rollicking, exciting new series destined to be a hit with Regency readers who enjoy a touch of mystery in their love stories. Fans of Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Anne Perry will love the wit, action, and romance. 

Click here to read an excerpt.

About the author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.

Vetsch is the author of many novellas and novels, including the popular Serendipity & Secrets Regency series and the new Thorndike & Swann Regency Mystery series

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

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I will have my review up soon as I can! I am so excited about this book!!

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The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone by David James Warren

Rembrandt Stone series JustRead Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone by David James Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Titles: Cast the First Stone, No Unturned Stone, Sticks and Stone, Set in Stone, Blood from a Stone, Heart of Stone Series: The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #1-6 Author: David James Warren Publisher: TriStone Media Release Date: 2021 Genre: Time Travel Detective Series

Cast the First Stone No Unturned Stone Sticks and Stone

Set In Stone Blood from a Stone Heart of Stone

Strap in for the mild-bending, time travel thrill ride of the True Lies of Rembrandt Stone, by author David James Warren (the pseudonym of authors Susan May Warren, James L. Rubart, and David C. Warren). It started with the chance to go back and fix the past–solve the one case that always haunted him. It ended in former Detective Rembrandt Stone finding himself tangled in time, chasing a serial killer across multiple timelines, searching for an answer that will save the people he loves. He’ll discover himself in a way he never thought possible…and if he plays the game right, find an ending that is beyond his wildest dreams. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | BookBub

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, David Curtis Warren

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com. CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.
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“As Dawn Breaks” by Kate Breslin ~ Book Review

“As Dawn Breaks” by Kate Breslin

WWI Fiction

Review copy from the publishers

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the arranged marriage being forced on her by her ruthless guardian and instead follow her own course. When the Chilwell factory explodes, killing hundreds of unidentified workers, Rose realizes the world believes she perished in the disaster. Seizing the chance to escape, she risks all and assumes a new identity, taking a supervisory position in Gretna, Scotland, as Miss Tilly Lockhart.

RAF Captain Alex Baird is returning home to Gretna on a secret mission to uncover the saboteur suspected in the Chilwell explosion, as Gretna’s factory is likely next. Fearing for his family’s safety, he’s also haunted by guilt after failing to protect his brother. Alex is surprised to discover a young woman, Miss Lockhart, renting his boyhood room, but the two eventually bond over their mutual affection for his family–until Alex receives orders to surveil her.

Rose squirms beneath Alex’s scrutiny while she struggles to gain her workers’ respect. But when her deception turns to danger, she and Alex must find a way to put their painful pasts behind them and together try to safeguard the future.

My Thoughts:

A story set in Scotland? Penned by Kate Breslin? Yes please! 

I loved how much history and detail was woven into this story. It never felt like too much or too bulky – it all flowed so nicely with the story. Honestly, that is one of my favorite aspects of historical fiction – I love learning through stories, and this author is fantastic at accomplishing that.”As Dawn Breaks” is a lovely novel, filled to the brim with great characters, hidden identities, mystery, family bonds, and WWI intrigue. The writing style was beautiful (as always) and the plot so well done. I was impressed with how we as the reader were kept guessing as to who the “bad guy” was until the end.Rose and Alex had a bonny fine relationship, and I loved all the Scottish brogue throughout. ;) The characters really were all so well constructed, and each one strong in individual ways. I appreciated the fact that Rose could be strong while still being feminine. If you enjoy a good WWI novel with great characters and a fulfilling plot, don’t miss out on this one!


I received a copy from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.

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“Since You’ve Been Gone” by Tari Faris ~ Book Review

Since You've Been Gone (Restoring Heritage, #3)

Since You’ve Been Gone by Tari Faris

Book Three in the Restoring Heritage Series

Review copy from the publishers

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a success. But blank slates are hard to come by, and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah’s past difficult, he also seems determined to complicate her present as well.

Jon is trying to prove to the Heritage Fruits board that he, not his manipulative uncle, should be running the business. The board insists Jon find a new owner for the building that will house Leah’s business. To avoid forcing a buyout of Leah’s part of the building, Jon strikes a compromise with Leah, and the two go into business together. With her vision and his know-how, it might work. And Leah might realize he’s loved her since high school. If only he didn’t keep on shooting himself in the foot by boxing her out of important decisions.

Sparks fly in this romantic story of two people who must learn to trust both each other and the one who called them to this journey.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story! 

In “Since You’ve Been Gone” we get to read not just the story of Leah and Jon, but also Madison and Colby. Often when a novel swaps between two story lines, I tend to favor one set of characters over the other, but I think I equally loved both sides, and each one has such a sweet and beautiful story.The romance in each of the plotlines was so well done, I was rooting for each couple so strongly. While Jon won for my favorite hero of the book, Colby’s persistent and open love for Madison really touched me, even as she struggled with things from her past. Jon showed such devotion too, and I really loved how he never once tried to deny or hide his love for Leah. The faith message in this book was also good, and I thought everything tied together beautifully.While I’ve read the second book in this series (albeit that was a while ago), I missed the first, as well as catching up on the novellas that are apart of the Restoring Heritage series. Because so many of the characters connect, I do think this is a series that would be best read in order, but it was still enjoyable as a stand-alone.Looking forward to catching up on the stories I’ve missed. This is a very charming series, and Since You’ve Been Gone was full of so much sweetness!


 This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.

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“Beyond the Tides” by Liz Johnson ~ Book Review

Beyond the Tides (Prince Edward Island Shores, #1)

Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson

Book One in the Prince Edward Island Shores Series

Review copy from the publishers

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

About the Book:

When Meg Whitaker’s father decides to sell the family’s lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Though she’s never had any interest in running the small fleet–or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness–she can’t stand to see Oliver Ross take over. Not when he ruined her dreams for a science scholarship and an Ivy League education ten years ago.

Oliver isn’t proud of what he did back then. Angry and broken by his father walking out on his family, he lashed out at Meg–an innocent bystander. But owning a respected fishing fleet on Prince Edward Island is the opportunity of a lifetime, and he’s not about to walk away just because Meg wants him to.

Meg’s father has the perfect solution: Oliver and Meg must work the business together, and at the end of the season, he’ll decide who gets it. Along the way, they may discover that their stories are more similar than they thought . . . and their dreams aren’t what they expected.

Bestselling author Liz Johnson invites you back to Prince Edward Island for a brand-new series about family, forgiveness, and the kind of love that heals all wounds. 

My Thoughts:

A sweet enemies-to-lovers story, Beyond the Tide has all the hallmarks that I look for in a good romance story. Liz Johnson is an author that I am always eager to read and her newest one certainly didn’t disappoint!Set in Prince Edward Island, you could practically feel the crisp air and ocean breeze yourself alongside the characters when they were out on their lobster boat.And speaking of the characters, Meg and Oliver were great. Three dimensional, and oh-so loveable. I enjoyed watching their dynamics unfold across the pages – even as I cringed at the misunderstanding that I knew was coming. XD It was resolved so well though, and the romance was really sweet.The faith message was subtle but still present, and the plot was engaging and I definitely enjoyed my time spent within its pages! Looking forward to the next book in this new series. :)


I received a copy of this book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.

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“The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady” by Sharon J. Mondragon ~Book Review/ I Read With Audra Tours

“The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady” by Sharon J. Mondragon

Review copy through I Read With Audra Tours

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

A knitting group’s change of scenery changes lives in unexpected ways
 
Margaret, Rose, Jane, and Fran had a good thing going: meet every week in the quiet of their peaceful chapel and knit prayer shawls. No muss, just ministry. That is, until their pastor boots them out of the church in his last-ditch effort to revive the dwindling congregation.
 
Uptight Margaret isn’t having it. Knitting prayer shawls where people can watch is the most ridiculous idea she’s ever heard of, and she’s heard plenty. Prayer belongs in the church, not out among the heathen masses. How are they supposed to knit holiness into these shawls if they’re constantly distracted by the public? But with no choice, the others embrace the challenge. They pack their knitting bags and drag Margaret—grumbling the whole way—to the mall with them. She can’t wait to prove them all wrong when it fails miserably, and show the pastor that she always knows best.
 
Without the familiar mold the group has been stuck in, their own losses, pain, and struggles rise to the surface. And the people and situations they encounter every time they try to sit quietly and knit are taking them a lot further out of their comfort zone than they ever imagined. Can they find the courage to tackle the increasing number of knotty issues they learn about in the community–or will the tangle be too much to unravel?
 
Sharon J. Mondragon’s debut is warm and delightful, full of real laughter, grief, and personality. It beautifully illustrates the power of women across generations to reach people for Christ.
 
To read an excerpt of The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady click here.
About the Author
Sharon J. Mondragón writes about the place where kindness and courage meet. Her debut novel, The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady (originally titled The Heavenly Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry) was the 2017 winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award in the Short Novel Category, and she has also been recognized by The Saturday Evening Post where her short story, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” was an Honorable Mention Awardee in the 2014 their Great American Fiction Contest.
 
Mondragón has been active in prayer shawl ministry since 2008 and currently serves as facilitator for the prayer shawl ministry at her church, St. Paul Episcopal in Waxahachie, TX. She also knits with the Circle of Healing at Red Oak United Methodist Church. She is a Level 2 Certified Knitting Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and teaches beginning knitting at a local yarn store.
 
Mondragón is the mother of five grown children and has four grandchildren. After 26 years as an Army wife, she has settled in Midlothian, TX with her hero/husband, her laptop, and her yarn stash.
 
Visit Sharon Mondragón’s website and blog at www.sharonjmondragon.com and follow her on Facebook (Sherry Mondragón) and Twitter (@SJ_Mondragón).
 

My Thoughts:

Okay, this book was utterly delightful. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be as taken with it as I was. The beginning of chapter one didn’t exactly grab me at first, but as the core characters were introduced, I was drawn more and more into the story until the whole plot became so lifelike and the characters so real that I literally found myself praying for each one by name. XD Oops. The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady was just charming, and very fun to follow along with the women of the Heavenly Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry. Each of the women were at different stages in their lives and each faced different events, trials, and journeys, but I loved how they all came together in their knitting ministry.I also must say, I’ve never been so inclined to attempt picking up knitting…I may or may not have invested in some needles in the hopes of learning myself. ;)Great read, excellent writing, and superb characters! Prayer was woven throughout the fibers of the pages and I loved that.


Thank you to the publishers for the review copy.

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“Husband Auditions” by Angela Ruth Strong ~ an I Read With Audra Tour/ Book Review & Giveaway

Husband Auditions

“Husband Auditions” by Angela Ruth Strong

Romcom

Review copy from the publishers

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?

In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she’s handed a strange present at the latest wedding–a 1950s magazine article of “ways to get a husband”–she decides there’s nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can’t get any more single, can she?

Her brother’s roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love–Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made.

When Meri Me debuts, it’s an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she’s looking for . . .

With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.

My Thoughts:

This was such an adorable and fun book! I was already giggling at the first chapter, and so pleasantly sucked into the story right away that it was hard to pull myself away.

I loved the characters, and the plot was just so light-hearted and fun, and yet there was such a great message woven throughout the pages too. I really am impressed, and can confidently say this will be one of my favorite books of 2021 for certain. 

Meri was the perfect quirky heroine. She was realistic, relatable, and loveable. And I loooved her friendship with Kai. Like…that was my favorite. Their banter was always fantastic, and I love how their relationship progressed. And of course I loved Kai himself. I was rooting for him from the beginning XD One of the things I loved about him (and Meri too) was how flawed he was – he was just realistic, and I felt like each of these characters could easily be real-life people. They weren’t romanticized or made out to be perfect in any way, and yet they were so lovable and endearing.

Truly, it was an utterly charming book. It managed to have both serious and light-hearted themes at the same time, and the ending wasn’t even the stereotpyical ending one might expect. It was still great though, and I really, really, really want a sequel because I’m not done with Meri and Kai XD


Thanks so much to the publishers for the copy of this book. I loved it!

Giveaway

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About the Author:

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about.

She is the author of the Resort to Love series and the CafFUNated mysteries. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. Finding Love in Big Sky was recently filmed on location in Montana and will air soon. Her latest release is Husband Auditions.

Strong also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho and teaches as an expert online at Write That Book.

Learn more at www.angelaruthstrong.com, and follow her on Facebook (Angela Ruth Strong Fan Page)Twitter (@AngelaRStrong), and Instagram (@ang_strong)