Gingham Mountain *Lassoed in Texas, #3 by Mary Connealy (a review)

When Hannah Cartwright meets Grant, a disreputable-looking wrangler, she’s determined to keep him from committing two orphan-train children to hard labor on his ranch. How long will she have to play the role of schoolmarm before she gets a chance to rescue the children? Prudence, the town dressmaker, has designs on Grant. Will she succeed in securing his affections? As Grant struggles to run the ranch and raise six orphans, he finds love making tracks to his heart. Will he be caught in a web of deceit or lassoed by the love of one good woman? My Review: Wow! This is the best from Mary Connealy yet, and quite possibly the best book I have ever read (under 300 pages). You have to understand… This is one of those books that you read when you have some time by yourself. First off is the matter of time, because once you. . .

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Calico Canyon *Lassoed in Texas, #2 by Mary Connealy (a review)

Let yourself be swept away by this fast-paced romance, featuring Grace Calhoun, an instructor of reading, writing, and arithmetic, who, in an attempt to escape the clutchs of a relentless pursuer, runs smack dab into even more trouble with the 6R’s – widower Daniel Reeves, along with his five rowdy sons. When a marriage is forced upon this hapless pair – two people who couldn’t dislike each other more – an avalanche isn’t the only potential danger lurking amid the shadows of Calico Canyon. Will they make it out alive? Or end up killing each other in the process? My Review: When I got the background on this book, I was a little apprehensive about reading it since I knew that it was about Miss Grace Calhoun. Upon reading Petticoat Ranch Miss Calhoun was present, but only faintly. She was definitely not my favorite character, especially in comparison to the. . .

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Petticoat Ranch *Lassoed in Texas, #1 by Mary Connealy (a review)

Sophie Edwards is doing just fine, until a strange-yet oddly familiar-man rides into her life, insisting on rescuing her and her four daughters. Can she find a way to love a headstrong mountain man? When Clay McClellan discovers his brother has been murdered, he’s bent on finding the killers and seeing them properly hung. But first his Christian duty demands that he marry his sister-in-law. After all, Sophie needs someone to protect her – right? Faith and love help unruly wed newlyweds find common ground and a chance at love on the Texas frontier. My review: Historical fiction is my favorite Christian fiction genre I believe. It is how I got started reading Christian fiction, one problem with it, is that some how I seem to have started with the best and often have a hard time finding anything that really meets the par. Things are great and enjoyable, but. . .

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FIRST: How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph by Linda Massey Weddle

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Linda Massey Weddle and the book: How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph David C. Cook; New edition edition (June 1, 2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Linda Massey Weddle is a children’s author and regular contributor to publications including Women’s Day and Christian Parenting Today.. . .

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FIRST: Live Deeply & Live Relationally by Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card authors are: Lenya Heitzig AND Penny Rose and the books: Live Deeply: A Study in the Parables of Jesus David C. Cook; New edition edition (June 1, 2009) AND Live Relationally: Lessons from the Women of Genesis David C. Cook; New edition edition (June 1,. . .

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Reading to Know Narnia Challenge

Come join me as I participate in the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge from Reading to Know. Now what is required for this challenge? Very little. You decide how much or how little you want to read about the land of Narnia. All you need to do today is link your blog up to the Mr. Linky below so that people will know that you are participating. If you’ve written an introductory post on your blog talking about the challenge, all the better! Link up that specific post! As you read through The Chronicles of Narnia visit around and see what other people are reading and thinking about. I realized upon finding this challenge, that I have never really read all of the books. I have read half of them, but that was only two years ago. Some how as a child I watched the BBC movies repeatedly, and listed. . .

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CFBA: A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist

Go back one post to see my review and thoughts. – MJ This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing A Bride In The BargainBethany House (June 1, 2009) byDeeanne Gist ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deeanne Gist, the bestselling author of A Bride Most Begrudging and The Measure of a Lady, has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People magazine, Parents, and Parenting. With a line of parenting products called “I Did It!® Productions” and a degree from Texas A&M, she continues her writing and speaking. She and her family live in Houston, Texas. Since the debut of those novels, her very original, very fun romances have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere. Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, two RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success. ABOUT THE BOOK The Wedding Is All Planned…Someone. . .

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A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist

A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist In 1860s Seattle, redwoods were plentiful but women scarce. Yet a man with a wife could secure himself 640 acres of timberland for free. Joe Denton doesn’t have a wife, though. His died before she could follow him to Seattle and now the local judge is threatening to take away his claim. In desperation, he buys himself a Mercer bride — eastern widows and orphans brought to the Territory by entrepreneur Asa Mercer. Anna Ivey’s journey west with Asa Mercer’s girls is an escape from the aftermath of the Civil War. She signed on to become a cook — not a bride. When she’s handed over to Denton, her stubborn refusal to wed jeopardizes his land. With only a few months before he loses all he holds dear, can he convince this provoking, but beguiling, easterner to be his lawfully wedded wife?. . .

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No Place for a Lady by Maggie Brendan

No Place for a Lady (Heart of the West, #1) by Maggie Brendan Crystal Clark arrives in Colorado’s Yampa Valley amid the splendor of a high country June in 1892. After the death of her father, Crystal is relieved to be leaving the troubles of her Georgia life behind to visit her aunt Kate’s cattle ranch. Despite being raised as a proper Southern belle, Crystal is determined to hold her own in this wild land–even if a certain handsome foreman doubts her abilities. Just when she thinks she’s getting a handle on the constant male attention from the cowhands and the catty barbs from some of the local young women, tragedy strikes the ranch. Crystal will have to tap all of her resolve to save the ranch from a greedy neighboring landowner. Can she rise to the challenge? Or will she head back to Georgia defeated? Book one in the. . .

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Breathe by Lisa Tawn Bergren (a review)

Breathe: A Novel of Colorado by Lisa Tawn Bergren Devastated by the loss of four sons to tuberculosis and his wife in childbirth, a Philadelphia patriarch sends his three living children west in 1883 to make a new life in the clean mountain air of Colorado Springs. Odessa is struggling to survive consumption; Moira is beautiful and dangerously headstrong; and pugnacious Dominic is charged with establishing a new arm of the family business-a business he doesn’t want. Readers will love The Homeward Trilogy, in which the St. Clair siblings struggle to follow where the heavenly Father leads them.In Breathe, Odessa arrives at a famous sanitarium seeking a cure for the disease that killed her brothers. While Moira and Nic establish themselves in Colorado Springs society, Dessa inches her way back to health… and into love with a softspoken fellow patient, rancher Bryce McAllan. When she witnesses a murder – in. . .

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FIRST: A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman

Click here, to go back and read my review of book #3, A Passion Denied.Click here, to go back and read my review of book #1, A Passion Most Pure. Click here, to go back and read my review of book #2, A Passion Redeemed. It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card. . .

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38,102 Miles, 38 Years, 1 Mission – The Cross

From Hollywood to Iran, Jerusalem to Poland, One Man with One Message: The Cross “And then Jesus said to lay it all down, and let your vision be no bigger than the next person you meet. Following that vision has carried me around the world.” -Arthur Blessitt Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—Over the past thirty-eight years, Arthur Blessitt has walked the globe with one purpose in mind as he carried a twelve-foot wooden cross. Traveling more than 38,000 miles, visiting every sovereign nation and island group in the world, his pursuit has amazed and puzzled the world. This journey, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under “World’s Longest Walk,” is one that has taken him through war zones, across jungles, and even to the penguins of Antarctica. Blessitt’s new autobiography, The Cross (Authentic), will destroy, and then re-define, every reader’s assumptions about the cross and what it means to follow. . .

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Ghostwriter by Travis Thrasher {Preview}

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing GhostwriterFaithWords (May 28, 2009) byTravis Thrasher ABOUT THE AUTHOR: It was during third grade after a teacher encouraged him in his writing and as he read through The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis that Travis decided he wanted to be a writer. The dream never left him, and allowed him to fulfill that dream of writing fulltime in 2007. Travis Thrasher is the author of numerous works of fiction, including his most personal and perhaps his deepest work, Sky Blue, that was published in summer of 2007. This year he has to novels published, Out of the Devil’s Mouth, and a supernatural thriller, Isolation. Travis is married to Sharon and they are the proud parents of Kylie, born in November, 2006, and Hailey, a Shih-Tzu that looks like an Ewok. They live in suburban Chicago. Stop by and visit Travis at his Blog. . .

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Award Nominees and my thoughts

Just recently, the Christy Award Nominees have been announced as have the RITA Finalists. In my favorite category of Historical and Historical Romance for the Christy Awards I have read several of the titles and want to share my thoughts with you. Also for the RITA Finalist, I have read several as well and share my thoughts and opinions here. *Please notice that these are not all of the nominees or finalists mentioned here, just the ones that I have read. * The Christy Award is designed to: Nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview. Bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available, helping to broaden the readership. Provide opportunity to recognize novelists whose work may not have reached bestseller status. 2009 Christy Award Nominees: (Winners will be announced July 2009) Historical: Shadow of. . .

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Mailbox Monday – May 26th & June 1st

Week of May 26th Double Cross by James David Jordan (B&H ARC)Powers by John B. Olson (B&H ARC) Ruby Slippers by Leanna Ellis (B&H)Ghostwriter by Travis Thrasher (FaithWords) for tourMidwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins (Berkley) via PaperbackswapBreath: A Novel of Colorado, The Homeward Trilogy, #1 by Lisa Bergren (David C. Cook) for tour Week of June 1st The Watchers by Mark Andrew Olsen via Paperbackswap

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