Every Bride Needs a Groom {book review}

Every Bride Needs a Groom book review


Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding–the groom.

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she’s sure he’ll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn’t just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie’s boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her–on the very same day she wins her dream dress–her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop–yeah, you read that right–discover her humiliating secret if she does?

Every Bride Needs a Groom is one to savor over and over. This compelling tale keeps you hooked and ignites your heart. What an intriguing way to visit the culture of a small central Texas town.”–Eleanor Clark, award-winning author; motivational speaker; and Fairfield, Texas, resident

“Thompson launches a new bridal series with a contemporary, joyful Cinderella story that is filled with good humor and old-fashioned Southern style. Readers will fall in love with Katie and the rest of the well-drawn Fisher clan. This swoon-worthy tale will appeal to aficionados of humorous romances by Rachel Hauck and Lisa Wingate.”–Library Journal

Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series, the Backstage Pass series, and the Weddings by Design series. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.

My thoughts:

I love a good romance read but this one was especially good.  I mean what could be better than a girl who assumes her boyfriend is going to propose so she enters a contest to win a wedding dress of her dreams.  Especially when said boyfriend actually puts their relationship on the outs when he moves away?  

This book is so fun to read and had me laughing so much.  I loved the little fued between Katie’s grandma and her sister.  Who would have thought two sisters could fight for that many years over a man?  Wow.  And then there is the hunk of an athlete that is running a dress shop for his mother.  The same hunk that Katie keeps finding herself with, who also thinks she’s engaged!

This book read very quickly for me.  I was engrossed.  I wanted to know what happened to Katie. (personally I related to her cousin a little too much, hello morning sickness you stink).  I wanted to know if she’d end up with the hunk or back with her old boyfriend.  I wanted to know if she’d go back to her small town or grow wings of her own and spread them to the city.  But most of all I wanted to know if she’d tell everyone the truth about her missing fiance, mainly that he didn’t exist.

You’re going to want to read this book.  I’m going to want to look for more books by this author as she is a delight to read.  Make sure you come back and tell me what you thought of the book too!


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The Creole Princess {book review}

The Creole Princess Book Review

The Creole Princess by Beth White
Blog Tour April 8th – 15th

Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most iportant allegiance is to her heart.

It is 1776, and all along the eastern seaboard the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter–though no less deadly.

Lyse Lanier may be largely French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?

With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.

Beth White is the award-winning author of The Pelican Bride. A native Mississippian, she teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Learn more at www.bethwhite.net.

My thoughts:  

I have never read any of the books of Beth White before but now I know that I need to find the first book of this series and will be watching for the next book to be released.  

I loved this book!  It read quickly which is wonderful for me with all the kids wanting my attention and not leaving me a lot of time to read.  I fell in love with Lyse and her Spanish don.  I loved the interactions between the two and the history that was brought forth in this book.  I am a history buff but haven’t done a lot of research into the Revolutionary War in the Southern States.  

I do know that there were Creoles or a mix of French and African with some Indian thrown in.  This is a unique culture all it’s own and the rest of the world didn’t quite know what to think of them.  I have fallen in love with this time period now and must do more research on them.

Lyse and Don Rafael form an unlikely team without knowing it.  They have a bond that neither can deny.  But will that bond be strong enough?  When he rescues her from imprisonment as someone who will not declare her loyalty to the British throne, they go off as betrothed.  He must leave again on his business and she stays with his family.  But when they learn of her heritage, that her mother was a freed slave, will they accept her or send her away from the man she has finally realized she loves?

You’re definitely going to want to read this book.  But you might want to read the first book in the series first. I know I want to read it!


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Buried Secrets {book review}

Buried Secrets Book Review

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon
Blog Tour April 1st – 8th

After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department. A call for assistance brings detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn’t want this dead person telling any tales–and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

Master storyteller Irene Hannon is back with an exciting new series featuring former special forces operatives now in the thick of the action in civilian life. Hannon is at the top of her game in this can’t-put-it-down thriller that will have readers up until the wee hours devouring every page.


Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including That Certain Summer, One Perfect Spring, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers’ Choice Award, a Booksellers’ Best Award, and a National Readers’ Choice Award. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist, and Booklist included one of her novels in its “Top 10 Inspirational Fiction” list for 2011. She lives in Missouri. Learn more atwww.irenehannon.com.

My thoughts:

I loved this book! Oh my.  It’s riveting!  I loved the medical aspects of the book as well as the danger and suspense.  I have to say that I truly could not put this one down.  I was very thankful that my husband was home when I started reading because he could then take care of the kids while I curled up with my book!

Lisa and Mac make a great team.  They also have some chemistry going on between them that they’re determined not to explore until after their case is over.  A case that they can’t seem to solve.  Oh by the end they know who it has to be but they can’t prove it.  They have no evidence.  But they will if they can simply keep each other alive long enough!  

I don’t want to ruin this book for you, but you’re definitely going to have to read this for yourself!  It’s amazing.


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Anna’s Crossing

Anna's Crossing



Suzanne Woods Fisher does it again in Anna’s Crossing.   She brings us our beloved Amish people and tells their story.  She makes them come alive!  They become our best friends and our worst enemies all at once!

Anna did not want to leave her home land.  She didn’t want to get on that boat.  She certainly didn’t want to feel anything for the ship’s carpenter.  It was almost as if she knew him.  As if he knew her and they were connected somehow.  When he, Bairn, realizes who she is and how they are connected, will he tell her?  Will he embrace his Peculiar side?

In this time the Amish were called Peculiars by those who are on the ship with them but not of their religion.  They are not well liked.  They are thought to bring bad luck even.  We are getting a close look at a new era from Suzanne Woods Fisher and I for one loved it.  

I loved the story line and loved the way they came together.  I loved meeting Bairn and seeing him interact with the young boy he finds reminds him of himself.  I love Anna and her quiet strength and determination.  She carries with her a single rose bush that she is determined to keep alive.  A bush that her love gave her before he went to cross the ocean never to return.  She thought he had died.  But had he?  Or is he coming back into her life now but as a different person and a man to boot?  Such a wonderful book full of surprises and twists.  I highly recommend it.  Anna’s Crossing is full of excitement and things shall never be the same again.


About the Book Anna’s Crossing:

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna K├Ânig reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home–assuming she survives. She’s heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship’s carpenter Bairn resents the somber people–dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands–who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing–and the lives of two intrepid people who braved it.


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The Trouble with Patience {book review}

The Trouble with Patience book review

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan
Feb 22nd – 28th

“Maggie Brendan deftly captures the flavor of the Old West in a sweet love story filled with suspense and well-developed, interesting characters that will surely capture the hearts of readers.”–Kathleen Morgan, author of the Brides of Culdee Creek series

Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself.

Despite Patience’s desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse. He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But as she gets to know this “hanging lawman,” Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye–and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.

With a keen eye for historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites you to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.

“Maggie Brendan has created a wealth of memorable characters in this heartwarming story. Romance, mystery, and an intriguing plot all add up to a winning combination that’s sure to delight readers.”–Margaret Brownley, bestselling author of Gunpowder Tea andPetticoat Detective

“Brendan is a master at tender love stories that tug at your heart while touching the soul, providing rich historical detail and tension that races the pulse.”–Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. To learn more, visitwww.MaggieBrendan.com.

My thoughts:

Maggie Brendan knows how to weave a tale with both romance and mystery.  Oh and cattle rustling.  Cattle rustling if you don’t know is the worst of the low down evil things that a person can do.  Add in a murder with a murderer at large, a grieving pregnant widow, and a pushy foreman and you’ve got quite the beginnings of an action packed story.  Oh and of course I forgot to mention Patience with her two beaus.  One a man who was hanged for a crime he didn’t commit(but he didn’t die) and one a sheriff who wants to forget parts of his past.

This is really a great read.  It reads fast without a lot of heart stopping action but just enough to keep you reading and wanting to know how this story will end.


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The Crimson Cord {book review}

The Crimson Cord Book Review

The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith
Feb 15th – 21st

“Rahab’s story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cord perfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought. Jill’s storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!”–Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Timesbestselling author of Mine Is the Night

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.

In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Under Jill Eileen Smith’s talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity–and a permanent place in your heart.

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, andThe Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.

My thoughts:

You know, we all know the story of Rahab.  It’s an important one in the Bible.  But this goes way beyond what is known.  This brings Rahab to life.  She is now your best friend.  You feel for her.  You want to help her.  You cry for her.  And then finally you rejoice with her.

I really haven’t been a fan of Bible fiction before.  And then I found this series.  Wow is all I can say.  I now feel that I know more about Rahab and who she was as a person and not merely as someone who got a mention in the Bible.  

I highly recommend this book to everyone and will be seeking out more of this type of story that I really hadn’t thought much of before.


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