Friday, November 30, 2012
Morgan Spencer is pouring his life into his little girl, Livie, and trying to just get through another day since his wife Jill was killed in an auto accident. Quinn Reilly is a young lady who has been living her life and hiding herself away so the man she put in prison can never find her when he gets out. Through a chance meeting these two people will find themselves on a roller coaster ride of romance and suspense all thrown together.
I just can't seem to find anything wrong with Morgan Spencer. He is just an all around great guy who knows what he wants and usually gets it. Their "love" story was a joy to read. I enjoyed the first half of this story more than the last half. It was all good, but the whole sordid story centered around Quinn's family and the man who is out to do her harm, along with the "evil" house was a little too creepy for me.
All in all it was a great series of books that I would highly recommend. Kristen Heitzmann wrote a great series with "endearing characters" and "exciting plots" and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this whole series.
I want to thank Bethany House (through Net Galley and through LibraryThing) for giving me this book for my honest review.
Paperback: 437 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
Monday, November 26, 2012
Morgan Spencer in a man who seems to have it all in life; money, a highly successful career, a family who is always there for him, and a heart that seeks to help others. But one thing he thinks he can never have is the child his "one true love" aborted 15 years ago. His anger over this seems to be his driving force in life. Jill Runyan is the girl he has always loved, but who he can never forgive for what she did. The problem is, through circumstances you will have to read about, she never did abort the child but gave it up for adoption. Now "their" child needs them for a bone marrow transplant in order to live. This will bring Jill and Morgan back together to save a child's life they have always loved, but never have gotten to know. It is an emotional struggle for all involved.
I was very taken with the feelings that Jill and Morgan still had for each other after all the years apart. I also appreciated the tender love they had for their child, even though they had nothing to do with her upbringing. This was a very moving and tender love story and it was hard to put down and walk away from, because I wanted to know how it would end. I would highly recommend this series of stories, and I haven't even read the third book yet (but I am going to start book 3 "The Breath of Dawn" as soon as I finish here). Good job Kristen Heitzmann!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Noelle St. Claire finds herself fleeing a danger that she can't quite remember all the details. She finds herself arriving at the Rocky Mountain horse ranch owned by Rick Spencer and his brother Morgan. Noelle is beautiful, very vulnerable and has secrets she just can't seem to trust anyone with. The two brothers, who are opposites in many ways, try to bring her out of her shell and help her, but Noelle has alot of fears and can't quite figure out if they are real or imagined. Both brothers have different ways of trying to help Noelle, but only one will truly win her heart. In the process though, will he also lose his "first love"?
This was not one of those books that I couldn't put down until I read what would happen next. It wasn't a fast paced story, but by the end I realized how well this story was put together and how much I enjoyed growing along with these characters and when they felt their failures, I felt for them in a very real way. I look forward to reading more about one of the Spencer brothers in "The Still of Night".
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Warren Wiersbe writes an easy to understand book about Satan and the strategy he uses in the world today. He backs up his thoughts with scripture, which is always a plus. He starts his book by using key characters in the Bible and showing us how Satan works as a deceiver, a destroyer, a ruler and an accuser in people's lives. He finishes his book showing us how to live by faith in God, giving us things to look for in our lives and in our churches where Satan can have an influence, and how to fight against him using our spiritual warfare. I took lots of notes and have reviewed them and have a wealth of practical knowlege that I need to remember and use in my everyday life. Satan is alive and well and working, but I need not fear because I have the power of my triune God who goes before me, beside me and behind me. But I do need to be on my guard against "The Strategy of Satan". A book I highly recommend.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Cade the oldest brother is trying hard to run a ranch for troubled boys and keep his mind off Annalisa, who is helping him at the ranch, but for ulterior motives. She if hoping she can get Cade to help her find her long lost sister, since he also runs an investigating company.
Senator Holt McFadden is the second brother in the family and he is smitten with Megan Watson and her daughter, but Megan has an ugly past and she can't let her past ruin Holt's career.
Clint McFadden is the next brother. He has left his job as a firefighter and finds himself rescueing Jessa Sykes from her home being engulfed in flames. Clint now has to face his fear of fire and face the fact he is falling for Jessa.
Jake is the youngest McFaddon brother and he finds himself saving stranded Brandi Delaney from a flood that has swept her car away. Having known each other for one year in high school, which didn't go well, they are back face to face and have to figure out why there is such a dislike for each other.
I enjoyed reading each story. They were short and easy to read, but you felt like each story was well developed and finished well. Each story emphasized the importance of having a right relationship with the Lord and how He can work things out for good.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Duane and Linda originally started up the one and only cafe in Dry Creek, but then Duane left town to pursue his music career. Duane eventaully proposed marriage to Linda but Linda had a little sister to care for and Duane's new lifestyle was not how Linda wanted to live. So years go by and now Duane is back in Dry Creek, trying to rest and heal his voice. So starts the slow process of healing hearts and bringing these two back together. This was a tender love story of two hearts that never stopped caring for one another.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Tony and Linda had what they thought was the perfect marriage. They loved each other, they had two adorable little ones and were making it in the work-a-day world. But what Linda wasn't counting on was the interference of her mother-in-law in their life and the way Tony let his mother "rule the roost". When their marraige is stretched to the limit, an unexpected tragedy occurs and God is able to work it out for their good and His glory. This was a book that touched my heart and will stay with me for quite awhile. It is a tender love story between husband and wife, but also between God and his children.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
This was an easy and quick read. It had a good lesson on not prejudging people and loving folks where they are and excepting them for who they are. Could be read as a stand alone, but you miss out on getting to know the town folks by not reading the books in the order they were written.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Mrs. Hargrove and Charley are folks you really get to know as you read this series. So if this is a book you are reading as a stand alone, you will miss out alot on getting to know these two folks. It was a story of forgiveness and letting go, of admitting mistakes and loving others through those mistakes.
As a side note, I also liked the whole tourist attraction idea presented in this book for small towns who need help with attracting tourists. It was called the "Stop at One-Stop-Sign Towns in Southern Montana" and each town listed reasons or history or stories that would attract people to stop in and see their small town. It was a cute idea.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The story takes place in Eufula, Alabama, a small town where the steamboats come through to deliver people and merchandise to the town. It is a time when parents and society determines who you can and cannot marry.
Lily would be considered a "southern belle". She finds herself instantly attracted to a steamboat captain, Harrison Wingate, but her parents have determined she will marry some else, someone she does not love. So the conflict begins. I felt I learned alot about the deep South, but didn't learn as much about the characters in this story. There were times when I was very captivated by the story and other times I was just reading to get to the next "good part". There are 5 stories in this series and I would probably read the others if and when they come across my path. I would certainly like to see what happens to Emma, a good friend of Lily in this story.