Review: Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

About this Book

Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.

As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .

 


My Review

I love the characters that this author creates. Permilia had such depth and a great personality. I enjoyed her no-nonsense approach to life. I also appreciated how she was happy and secure in herself. She was indeed a great role model. Asher was such fun. He also was a great character with his integrity and his work ethic. Together they were so much fun to watch. They had a give and take relationship that, although I knew where they would end up, it was quite fun to watch it develop.

The story itself was good. At times it was a little slow paced, for me, however, it was fun trying to figure out who was truly behind the threats on Asher’s life. The author does give you some hints, but you don’t find out the true story and the reasons why until the end.

I recommend this book for those of you who enjoy historical romance with a hint of mystery and humor. Many of the interactions between Permilia and Asher were hysterical!

Rate this book at 4 stars!

Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher, through netgalley.com. I was not required to leave a review.

Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

About This Book

Working as a guide in Mammoth Cave might allow Rebekah the chance to bring joy back to her family.
But will the cave claim more than it gives?

After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin’s family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother’s memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she’s up to the job.

Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, “Reb” begins to learn the complexities of the cave. The two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale. The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels not to fall for a girl in disguise.

Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight of her past?


My Review

Once again Kim Vogel Sawyer gives a beautiful story about life. In this historical fiction book she takes us to the hills of Kentucky and Mammoth Cave. She introduces to characters that are charming and people you want to know.
I loved the characters in this book. Rebekah was a strong and devoted daughter who carried a tremendous load, an emotional one and at times a physical one. As it is oftentimes in large families there is the “problem” child. In the Hardin family it was Cissy. More than once I would have loved to slap that girl up side her head!

Devlin Bale was interesting. I enjoyed watching him throughout the story. The author did a great job developing his character. In many ways Tolly was my favorite character. Being a descendent of a slave in the early 1900’s he dealt with a lot of prejudice. But his faith and integrity carried him through the tough times. He was an inspiration to the other characters in the book and to me as a reader.

The story itself was enjoyable. I had never heard of the Mammoth Caves in Kentucky. So I enjoyed learning about it. The interaction between characters was realistic and flowed at a good pace. The author gave us a mystery of what was might be going on in the cave that shouldn’t have.

I think Sawyer fans will thoroughly enjoy this story. This story would be a great introduction to this author if you’ve never read her.

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.

Ask me to Marry You by Heather Blanton

About this Book



Though she’s loath to admit it, Audra Drysdale needs a man to save her ranch.

Her father has passed away and her hands are abandoning her like rats from a sinking ship. Worse, neighboring cattle baron Jess Fairbanks is making a play for the Diamond D and Audra, whichever he can get his hands on first.

Audra grudgingly accepts that the mere presence of a husband will keep her men working, and Fairbanks under control. It seems a perfectly reasonable idea, then, to ask her uncle, who is the town attorney and a matchmaker of sorts, to find her a groom—a “proxy” who will take her orders and dish them out to the men.

Dillon Pine is in jail for a conspiracy charge, but because of certain mitigating factors he’s deemed a good risk for an unusual form of probation: serving as Audra’s husband. After a year, he can abandon her and she won’t tell. By then, she will have proven to the cowboys she’s a competent rancher, and the cattle man next door will be looking elsewhere for a wife. But when word gets out that Dillon came to Audra via Evergreen’s matchmaker, he’s dubbed a “male order bride.” The resulting jokes at his expense are constant and brutal. Just how much abuse can Dillon’s pride stand?

When Audra discovers her father’s death was no accident, she realizes her new husband is in danger, too. And she cares . . . quite a lot, it turns out.

To save Dillon, she may have to let go of the one thing she’s fought her whole life to keep.

Meet the Author

A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher and skillfully weaves truth in among fictional story lines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in her hand. You can learn more about her and her work at https://ladiesindefiance.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/heatherfreyblanton. Sign up for Heather’s email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests and giveaways (https://ladiesindefiance.com/).

Heather is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies. Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless Colorado mining town, a few notable Hollywood producers have requested the script for her first book in that series, A Lady in Defiance. Heather’s writing isgritty and realistic. In fact, her books have been compared to AMC’s Hell on Wheels series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love.

She writes Westerns because she grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. Her most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to her father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!

She can be reached several different ways:

http://ladiesindefiance.com/
https://www.facebook.com/authorheatherblanton/?ref=hl
https://twitter.com/heatherfblanton
https://www.pinterest.com/heatherfblanton/

Christian Westerns is the genre that lets her write about strong pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Romance is always a strong element in her stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God, and a perfect reflection of how he loves His children: sacrificially and lavishly. Heather’s stories aren’t preachy or cheesy, but she hopes they are heart-warming, realistic, illuminating, and glorifying to God. Like good old fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense.

“I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is … and God loves us anyway.” — Heather Blanton (Source: Amazon Author Page)

My Review

Audra is a spitfire of a woman. She has an independent streak a mile wide, but she realizes that in her time women aren’t expected or respected when it comes to running a ranch. She begrudgingly admits she needs help, specifically a man’s help. It’s fun to watch the fireworks between her and her new husband, Dillon. Dillon is use to being in charge and his new marriage is a struggle.

I don’t want to give too much away, but this was an excellent story. I didn’t find it extremely suspenseful but I thought the author did a great job of dealing with the antagonist. Actually enjoyed that scene immensely!

My only complaint is the book was TOO short! Even though it was a novella the author did a great job developing the characters, Audra and Dillon.

If you have enjoyed Blanton’s “Defiance” series this one is almost as good. (I loved the Defiance series!) This one doesn’t have the same edge as the Defiance story. If you haven’t read this author this would be a great introduction to her style and story telling abilities.

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.