Almost Like Being in Love by Beth K. Vogt

About this Book

Winning an all-expenses paid Colorado destination wedding might seem like a dream come true for some people—but Caron Hollister and her boyfriend Alex Madison aren’t even engaged. How is she supposed to tell him she’s won their wedding and honeymoon when he hasn’t asked her to marry him? Being “perfect for one another” seems like the absolute best reason to get married. But what if their supposedly faultless relationship is merely a safe place to protect his secrets and a way to keep their families happy? After quitting her job, Caron accepts her best friend’s offer to visit Colorado. She needs to catch her breath. Who knows, maybe visiting the destination wedding site will make a future with Alex seem like a reality.

Kade Webster just landed the biggest deal of his life with his company, Webster Select Realty, participating in the Colorado Springs Tour of Homes. He never imagined he would run into the woman who broke his heart—Caron Hollister—right when his career is taking off. Seeing her again, Kade can’t help but wonder why Caron walked away from him years ago, leaving him with no explanation. When Kade learns his home stager won’t be able to help with the Tour of Homes, he vaults past all the reasons he should stay away from Caron, and offers her a temporary job helping him on the project. This time, their relationship is purely business.

Spending time with Kade has Caron questioning everything. The man intrigues her—at times infuriates her—and reminds her of what she lost. Has she been settling for what everyone expects of her? Just because others believe she and Alex are an ideal couple, does that mean they should get married? And how can Caron say “I do” to one man when she’s wondering “what if?” about another?



My Review

This book was prediciatably fun and entertaining. Caron Hollister spent her life trying to please daddy and always coming up short. But in an impulsive move her comfortable predictable world crumbled.
Even though I could see a lot of where this book was heading I still enjoyed it very much. Partly because the author dealt with a topic that is important in our world today, the fate of our wounded warriors. She beautifully wove a secondary storyline into this book with Mitch and Lacey. I absolutely LOVED that!
This story also dealt with the issues of alcoholism and the effects it has on entire families. I felt like the author did a great job bringing this out in this story. She handled the harsh reality with grace.
If you’ve enjoyed Vogt’s other Destination Wedding stories you will love this one. There are some laughs in this story as well as some touching moments. If you haven’t read any of these stories you can pick up with this one with no problems. There are some characters from other Vogt stories present but they are secondary to this story.
Great Read!
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Better with Every Book – A Promise in Defiance by Heather Blanton

About this Book

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, though, he has trouble telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when infamous madame Delilah Goodnight steps off the stage. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

Charles McIntyre has a new wife … and a ten-year-old half-breed son dropped on his doorstep. In a town as mean as Defiance, can he dare to love them both? If he tries, will the price be too high, even for him?

All Hannah wants is to marry the man of her dreams, the father of her child … and continue working as Doc Cook’s nurse. Can she have the best of both worlds, or will she have to choose one … and lose the other?

They can all count on one thing: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap … and the harvest is at hand in the wild, wild West.

The sequel to the bestsellers A Lady in Defiance and Hearts in Defiance!

My Review

A fantastic finish to an excellent series. This book picked up shortly after where book two ended. Defiance is still struggling with becoming an actual city when a new preacher and a new brothel owner arrive in town. The fireworks start shortly after the story begins and doesn’t stop until the closing pages. This book reminded me our world hasn’t changed that much. We are still dealing prejudices, all types of evil exist in our world. But we are also reminded there is  grace and forgiveness through Christ.

Charles is still my favorite character. Watching him as he struggles with his past mistakes and habits as he strives to be a godly man, husband, and father. Logan, the new preacher was a close second for favorite character. He too is a man saved by grace but carries a lot of baggage from his past. They both remind us that even though we accept Christ as savior, there are consequences to our past. Delilah was a piece of work and I found myself hating and pitying her at the same time.

The story itself was excellent. The ending did surprise me and I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it. The author did a great job telling the story and giving the readers a lot to think about. This story does have an edge to it. The author portrays the mining town in its dirtiness both physically and spiritually.

I recommend reading the series in order. This gives you a full understanding of the characters and the significant changes that happen in them. If you enjoy stories that give an authentic picture of the rugged times of the 1800’s definitely recommend.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

New Book Watch – The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart

About the Book


Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.

When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.

Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.

But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes.

Why I’m Excited?

From his first book, Rooms, I’ve been hooked on Rubart’s books. His last book, The Five Times I Met Myself, was a great read. One of the things I enjoy about Rubart’s books is the push of reality into the spiritual. He is also careful to remind people his books are works of fiction, but they help you think of God in bigger ways.

The only thing is the description line, “… leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.” made me think of the aspects of Rubart’s book, Book of Days. My guess is it will be different.

I hope to review this book. Jim and I have tried to make a connection for an interview on his past couple of books and we’ve not made it yet. MAYBE, this time will be the time.

The Low Down?

About the Author

Grew up: Pacific Northwest: Seattle, Spokane, Kirkland, WA

College: University of Washington. B.A. in broadcast journalism

Work history: Started off on air at a radio station, then went into sales

Other job: Since ’94 I’ve owned an ad agency/marketing firm.

Favorite memories: They come from jumping off cliffs with my boys, water skiing together, long walks & talks with my wife, and going deep with friends.

Learn more about James Rubart at his website

Product Description

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 9, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401686133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401686130
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds