Monday, April 16, 2018

Spotlight~ Refuge of the Heart by Ruth Logan Herne + Giveaway

Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 25th 2015 by Franciscan Media (first published August 13th 2015)
District Attorney Mitchell Sanderson wanted for nothing and lost everything in a tragic accident. A dogged worker, Mitch’s conviction rate earned him respect and trust. Now up for re-election, Mitch’s law-and-order persona makes him a shoo-in candidate. But when faith, conscience and love of a troubled refugee ripple the smooth waters of his existence, can Mitch risk everything for love?

Magdalena Serida fought her way out of the terrors of a government-quelled insurgent uprising in Chechnya. The church-sponsored refugee knows the horrors of war first-hand. Now in America with her five-year-old sister, Lena is uncertain who to trust. Her Christian faith has maintained her through the loss of her family, but when Mitch Sanderson shows interest, Lena longs to take a chance. Should she open herself up to this man of law and order, a man who imprisons women like her? Or slip quietly back into the shadowed fringe of anonymity?

But choices slip away when Mitch’s friend spews half-truths about Lena, rumors that cost Mitch his new love and possibly the election. Can he find his way to a faith deep enough to love again, and to offer Lena the refuge of his heart?


Ruth Logan Herne has more than a million books in print, including eighteen Love Inspired contemporary novels and Back in the Saddle, Book 1 in the Double S Ranch series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Happy Sunday and a Few Spring Images

Song of Solomon 2:11-12 
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 

Just thought I would share some pictures I took recently with my cell phone. They aren't great but I don't usually have my good camera with me. I probably should! With spring starting to show her glorious colors, I know I have missed some great shots. 

 I saw this tree exploding with gorgeous pink blossoms in a local parking lot. 
I think it's a Cherry Tree.

I went on a restful retreat with some friends from church
and took this underneath the pier at South Nags Head. 

Psalm 51:10 
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 I decided to change up my re-purposed USAF display on the front porch. 
Hooray for yard sale deals. The table was only fifty cents and the 
brand new cherry red ceramic planter, $4.00.

We've had a couple of gorgeous afternoons. 
I love seeing the reflection of Old Glory in the car outside the fence.

 Love this sign! It hangs in our favorite BBQ joint.

Psalm 18:46
The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

 Have a blessed Lord's Day, Y'all!

 Cor. 13:11 
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Review ~ The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo

Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2018 by Barbour Books
A Former Privateer and a Desperate Heiress Join Forces to Find a Treasure
Jump on board with a brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

One hundred years after her mother's family came to the New World on the Mayflower, Maribel Cordova has landed in New Orleans to seek the man who holds the key to finding her father’s lost treasure. Attorney Jean-Luc Valmot has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—or so he hopes as he accepts a position on the governor’s staff. But the daughter of an infamous pirate threatens all he holds dear. Can Maribel and Jean-Luc compromise so they both can hold onto what they most desire?

About the Author

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than eighty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad.

A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.

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My Review
5 STARS!!!

The Pirate Bride is a real treasure. It has been a long time since I read a novel featuring a pirate or rather privateer, as Captain Jean Beaumont continually reminds Maribel. The story and its characters engulfed me from the first page.

Y’Barbo has crafted an exciting tale of adventure on the high seas and in exotic locales. Combining snappy dialogue and witty characters, my attention never wavered. I did not experience one moment of boredom aboard ship or on land. The descriptions are incredibly vivid, creating pictorial images that made me long to spirit away on a ship to the islands. A hefty dose of danger and secrecy add paramount drama. And shiver me timbers, there is an unexpected twist to this story that made my jaw drop!

The Pirate Bride is the second book in The Daughters of the Mayflower series which will be comprised of six novels. Yes. Six! I have not read the first book in the series but I did purchase it as soon as I finished this one.

I was gifted a copy of The Pirate Bride from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received.
~Happy Reading~