A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears

A Heart Most CertainI’ve always considered Melissa Jagears’ books to be humorous historical westerns, but this story was so much more than that.  While it did have a few light-hearted moments, for the most part it dealt with some heavy issues and had a great theme of true Christian forgiveness and redemption. I enjoyed every minute of this story. It really made me think about how we can be so judgmental as Christians. I loved how Nicholas had a true spirit of Christ, even though he didn’t appear to be a great believer in some of the other characters eyes. I thought the author did an excellent job showing the difficulties facing the women who were forced into prostitution by circumstances and unable to return to proper society.

Plot:  As a member of the Teaville Moral Society, Lydia King has the task of asking the town’s wealthiest man, Nicholas Lowe, for a donation to purchase sewing machines so they’ll be able to make more blankets for the homeless. When he refuses, Lydia knows she must keep trying.  She plans to marry the son of the Moral Society’s president, and securing the donation from Mr. Lowe will show she’s worthy enough to marry Sebastian Little. Nicholas Lowe decides before he can give Lydia a donation, she must accompany him to visit some of the poor, including some former prostitutes and their children.

Recommendation:   I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a strong inspirational message. While Melissa Jagears does a great job of writing about prostitutes without crossing lines or getting too detailed, I wouldn’t suggest this book to younger readers. It’s the first of the series and can stand alone.  I look forward to the rest of the series.

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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Without Warning by Lynette Eason

LynettWithout Warninge Eason is one of the best when it comes to romantic suspense. This has been an excellent series! Page turning suspense, a great cast of characters and plot twists combine to make a story that was difficult to put down.  I really enjoyed the unique dynamics between a tough former Marine and a female bodyguard.

Plot:  When a former employee turns up dead at Daniel Matthews’ restaurant, followed immediately by a fire at another  of his restaurants, it’s clear he’s being targeted.  While the former Marine thinks he can take care of himself, his niece Riley wants to hire the Elite Guardians.  Already having lost her parents, Riley doesn’t want anything bad to happen to her uncle as well.  Katie Singleton knows Riley from the self-defense classes she teaches, and along with the Continue reading

Silent Sabotage by Susan Sleeman

Silent Sabotage

I’ve always wanted to visit or own a Bed and Breakfast, so I really enjoyed this story, which mostly takes place around Birdie’s B & B in rural Oregon.  However, I’d prefer to find one with a little less danger surrounding it.  This series has been my favorite from Susan Sleeman.  I enjoy the closeness of the First Responders team.  Each story has its own unique plot, so while some of the characters appear throughout, the location of each one is fresh.  This story was full of suspense and had a great pace that made it difficult to put down.

Plot:  When a shopping trip with her Aunt Birdie lands Emily Graves in the middle of an explosive hostage situation, it’s up to negotiator Archer Reed to keep everyone safe.  After repeated incidents at Birdie’s Bed and Breakfast, it soon becomes clear that Emily’s Continue reading