To Love a Stranger by Colleen Coble

About this Book

Bessie Randall had no intention of moving to Wyoming. But could the life she would never choose be better than the one she had planned?

Bessie is shocked when she finds out that her sister Lenore has used her name to correspond with a soldier she’s never met—and that she’s actually married the man by proxy with Bessie’s name. And if Bessie contests it, her sister could go to jail for forgery. Bessie has always felt responsible for her younger sister, and she believes she has no choice but to do the honorable thing and travel west to meet up with Jasper Mendenhall.

With his sister Jessica’s reprimand about marrying sight-unseen still ringing in his ears, Jasper is shocked when he meets the stagecoach. The little wren who meets him is not the beauty whose picture he holds in his hand. Jasper plans to annul the marriage and send Bessie back to Boston. She’s a city girl and he’s not sure she could even survive—much less be happy—at Fort Bowie.

But Jasper’s orders to return to Fort Bowie are moved up, and he has no choice but to take Bessie with him. To his surprise, he finds much to like in the quiet young woman: things like humor and grit. But even those qualities may not be enough as the Apaches move in, determined to eradicate the fort in their midst. Can God mend their hearts together in spite of the circumstances?

About the Author

 Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com. (Source: Amazon Author Page)

 

 

 

 

My Review

The thing I liked most about this book was how Bessie came into her own. She found herself married to a stranger that lived over a thousand miles away from her family and everything she knew. She didn’t run home  to the familiar but looked deep inside to find the strength to face the difficulties. I loved seeing her grow into a strong as well as compassionate woman.

The story was interesting. I loved the premise and as it developed I enjoyed the additional storylines, even though one was heartbreaking. The author did a great job developing the relationship between Bessie and Jasper.

This is book four of a series but I didn’t feel like I missed anything by not reading the first three. Of course, now I want to go back and read the first three books!

If you enjoy historical fiction set in the 1800’s west this will be a good book for you. Those new to Colleen Coble this is a great introduction to her historical fiction work. (Personally I love her contemporary suspense more!)

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.

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.

Candace Calvert Steps Up with Step by Step (Crisis Team)

About this Book

Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point―“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.

While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.

When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?


My Review

I remember feeling somewhat unsatisfied at the end of book one, By Your Side.  I felt like the story line with Taylor And Seth felt unfinished. I was thrilled to see the focus of book two was on Taylor and Seth.

Seth and Taylor were easy to relate with and love. They both had heart aches in their past and they were trying to move on.There was a chemistry between them from the beginning. My heart broke for Taylor as she approached the third anniversary of her husband’s death as his beloved dog was getting sicker and sicker.
The story was very good. It had romance and tension. The one thing it didn’t have was a mystery. Book one had a sniper killing people, this book didn’t have anything of that level. Normally that would bother me, but the author did such a great job telling Seth and Taylor’s story I didn’t mind that missing component.
I would definitely recommend this story to family and friends. If you enjoyed book one of the Crisis Team this one is better. If you’re new to Calvert but like Richard Mabry or Harry Kraus you’ll enjoy this one.
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.