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Island Christmas Releases Soon

I know I don’t post here on Fridays, but I had to share this with you. The first review is out for Island Christmas. I couldn’t be more pleased. Many of you know I generally don’t read reviews of my books, but since this is the first one, I had to. 🙂

The review is written by Sally Shupe and can be found in it’s original form at this link if you’d like to view it there. Otherwise I’ve pasted it below for you. 🙂
http://sallyshupe.blogspot.com/2015/10/island-christmas-by-kimberly-rose.html?spref=tw

Island Christmas CoverI loved this story by Kimberly Rose Johnson! Everyone has a past, but God loves us anyway. These characters are facing situations I could relate to with emotions I could sympathize with. I was pulled into the story from the first page, especially because of little Jason.

Rachel Narrelli has returned to the Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast with her 3 year old son Jason. She is the new sous chef at Wildflower Fresh. When she’s invited to church, she thinks she can’t go with all the perfect people. What would they think of her?

Chris Campbell is looking for investment property. All the men in his family have died young from heart disease and that’s what he figures will happen to him. He is staying at the Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast until he finds a place. Rachel and Jason capture his interest from the beginning; however, Rachel doesn’t share his faith.

Rachel’s husband died from cancer and she doesn’t want to marry another guy who will die young and leave her. Can she let go of her fear? What will Chris think when he finds out about her past? Can Rachel and Chris let go of their past and fears to embrace a future together?

Read this wonderful story today about forgiveness and trust in God for a great love story!

Thanks so much, Sally!

If you would like to pre-order a copy today at the discounted pre-order price the link is below. For those of you who prefer paperback books, it is coming, but it’s not yet loaded for pre-order. I expect to see it go live around the time the ebook goes live, so please don’t give up.

Amazon Link for Island Christmas: http://amzn.to/1VWMYCJ

 

Love’s Journey Home

953184Love’s Journey Home by Kelly Irvin is an Amish romance.

Back cover description

It’s been seven years since her husband died, but Helen Crouch is doing just fine. She’s selling her jams and canned goods at the bakery and making a tidy living. But her whole world goes topsy-turvy when a new family moves to town. Gabriel Gless has brought his children to Bliss Creek to escape the worldly influences in Indiana. Helen and Gabriel have so much in common–the loss of their beloved spouses, the experience of raising their families alone, their rock-solid faith–so why can’t they seem to speak without arguing?

And that’s not all that’s going on in Bliss Creek this summer. In the middle of a punishing drought, the community is faced with the decision to uproot their families and establish a new settlement. As families struggle to say goodbye, each one must find the faith to follow the Lord’s direction.

I’m not a huge fan of Amish fiction and I warned Kelly of this when I offered to read it, but I think anyone who enjoys Amish fiction will thoroughly enjoy this book. The characters are engaging and distinct and the story line is well thought out. This is the third book in the series, but easily stands alone. I received a copy of this book book for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to give a positive review.

Secretly Smitten

687137_w185Secretly Smitten delivers four entertaining contemporary romance novellas.

I’ve been busier than usual this past week and have only had time to read the first two stories in this book and part of the third, but thoroughly enjoyed each of them. In Secretly Smitten we get to see the original Smitten casts cousins: Tess, Clare, Zoe, and their mother Anna find love. There is also a mystery that begins in the fist story involving their grandma Rose and some dog tags. In each story the girls get a little closer to solving the mystery of the dog tags.

Normally I would give you a summary of each book, but since I’ve only completely read the first two I will summarize those.

In book one we meet the owner of the toy shop, Tess Thomas. When dog tags belonging to Grandma Roses first love are found in the attic, Tess determines to find out why they are in her attic. Her first course of action is to search the attic of the man’s childhood home, which is now owned by widower, Ryan Stevenson.

Book two highlights the youngest of the girls, Zoe. She is known for switching jobs frequently and never going to college. Zoe has an idea to start a dating service. She will hold events for singles to mingle and get to know one another. Her family thinks she will fail, but they all pitch in to help her succeed anyway.

It looks like she will be ready to open her storefront business in time for the first scheduled mixer until William Singer, the new city manager, warns her that the shop isn’t up to code. Zoe ignores his warning and proceeds to plan the mixer.

I don’t want to tell you too much about either of these stories because I don’t want to spoil them for you. They are both fun reads and I can’t wait for a little free time to be able to finish the next two stories in Secretly Smitten.

Submerged

ShatteredSMSubmerged by Dani Pettrey is classified as a romantic suspense, but it doesn’t have the same feel as  from this genre. It’s a little more easy going and focuses more on the relationships of the characters rather than imminent danger. That being said, I liked it.:) I don’t need heart-racing-suspense all the time.

Baily is called back to Alaska after her beloved aunt is killed in a plane crash. The idea of returning to the small town where she has a reputation as a party girl terrifies her, but Agnes raised her and loved her unconditionally and she will honor her aunt.

She returns to town ready to tie up Agnes’ loose ends then leave and head back to Oregon, but because of her knowledge of Russian history she sticks around to help solve the murder mystery.

Cole McKenna owns and operates the dive shop along with his siblings. When a plane crashes in the ocean he is called in to help with the rescue. He works with the police whenever the need arises.

Cole has always cared for Baily and when he sees her at Agnes’ funeral he reaches out to her. She shuts him down cold.

In addition to Cole and Baily there is another point of view character–Landon, a family friend and police officer. Landon plays a supporting role in this book, but I expect to see him star in one of the next books in the series.

I won’t tell you anymore and rest assured everything here is in the first chapter, so I didn’t spoil the story for you.

Like I mentioned above I liked Submerged. It took me a while to read it, but I tend to read ebooks slower than paper. Not sure why, but they typically take me much longer to get through. If you enjoy Dee Henderson’s style of romantic suspense, I believe Submerged would appeal to you.

Love Suite Love

2940015790528_p0_v1_s114x166Love Sweet Love by Coleen Coble is a romance novella that takes place at a resort in Hawaii. This book had me checking prices for a trip to the islands. Warm sunshine sounds amazing right now.:)

Barnabas Harrigan is married to the family business. He manages the resort, Harrigan’s Cove, and he is very good at it. He loves his job except for when rich snobby female women stay at the resort.

Wealthy, Liliana Van Cleef accompanies her grandmother to Harrigan’s Cove for some much needed R & R. However the resorts humble hales lacking television and phones are not what Liliana expects. She has stocks to watch and people to stay in contact with and is vocal about her displeasure.

When Liliana overhears Barnabas talking about her in a not so positive way she is crushed. He apologizes for hurting her, but he doesn’t take back his words. Liliana determines to win him over and in the process learns to loosen up and live a little.

If you are looking for a quick, entertaining and well written read then I highly recommend Love Sweet Love. This book appears to be available in ebook format only.

Waiting For A View (A Bloomfield Novel)

8283338Waiting For A View by Debby Mayne is the first book in the Bloomfield series. After reading this one I’m looking forward to reading the entire series. Bloomfield is a small town filled with eccentric characters. To me the book was a feel good story about a community of people who care for one another.

Sherry Butler is stuck in time living in her childhood home that has seen better days, wearing “sensible” clothes and working in the same card shop since high school. Sherry is insecure thanks to her dad’s reputation as the town drunk, but with the help of Naomi she is working at making a few changes.

Brad Henderson has loved Sherry for years, but she was either taken or not interested. Now that they are working on a community project together he takes a chance and asks her out.

Waiting For a View isn’t a category romance, but nonetheless there was enough romance to satisfy me. You can view a fantastic summary of this book at Debby’s site http://debbymayne.com/

A Daughter’s Redemption

A Daughter's Redemption CoverA Daughter’s Redemption by Georgiana Daniels is a Love Inspired contemporary romance. This book releases December 18th, but I was given a complementary early review copy.

The story held my attention and the characters were well written.

From the back cover:

Inheriting her estranged father’s property isn’t the reason Robyn Warner wanted to come back to Pine Hollow. She thought she’d make amends with her father—but his sudden death made that impossible. And when she learns the identity of the handyman fixing the run-down cabins, Robyn is ready to flee Pine Hollow again. Caleb Sloane, the cop responsible for her father’s accident, just wants to uphold his promise and then return to the force. But he can’t seem to walk away. After all, he understands about guilt and regret. And he’ll do everything he can to help Robyn find healing, happiness and—just maybe—a lifetime of love.

Author Bio:

Georgiana Daniels resides in the beautiful mountains of Arizona with her super-generous husband, and three talented daughters. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, and now has the privilege of homeschooling by day and wrestling with the keyboard by night. She enjoys sharing God’s love through fiction, and is exceedingly thankful for her own happily ever after. She regularly blogs at http://georgianad.blogspot.com and loves for new friends to stop by and visit!

Just a reminder, this will be my final post until January. Merry Christmas Everyone and happy reading!