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#Review of Annie’s Recipe (Hope Chest of Dreams #2) by Lisa Jones Baker w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Annie’s Recipe

by Lisa Jones Baker

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GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)

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BLURB:

Annie Mast and Levi Miller were childhood best friends until his father was shunned. Now, 10 years later, Levi returns to Arthur, Il, and he and Annie discover their bond is as strong as ever. Soon they begin imagining a future together, but that’s unlikely to happen. Levi is part of the English world, and Annie is Amish. But together, with love on their side, they may just find their way to an answered prayer.

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EXCERPT THREE:

The small brown freckle under Annie’s right eye that he’d teased her about as a kid had developed into something of a beauty mark. It belonged there. To Levi’s dismay, his pulse picked up speed. He wanted more time with her. She was of Rumspringa age, so she could do non-Amish things. But that would only be for a couple of years, not forever.   

Behind them, Aunt Abigail followed in a separate buggy with Aidan and Elijah. As Levi glanced back at Jake, the kid responded with a big grin. To Levi’s surprise, an unexpected appreciation for the ambience in the buggy, often referred to as the fiberglass box, welled in his chest.  He sat back as the horses stepped it up.

Automatically, Levi looked down. There wasn’t a trace of dirt on the beautiful navy velvet cushion that softened the hard bench. He remembered when his mother had used a lint brush to clean their buggy. On the sides were two small viewing windows and one in the back.  

A blue homemade quilt was rolled up and slightly draped over the backseat. He’d forgotten what it was like being in a means of transportation with no seat belts or radio. Levi missed the music. He was used to driving his dad’s truck and had traversed country roads long before he’d gotten his license a few years before.

As they traveled, Levi glanced back to smile at little Jake. The response was a large toothless grin and eyes wide with excitement. Levi knew the child was dying to spend time with him.

Levi had nearly decided not to come today. Even though there had been no mention of the shunning, everyone knew it had happened. He had never discussed it with anyone. He and Annie had shared everything when they were young. And despite their unbreakable bond, she was still Amish.

I’ve got to stop thinking about her.      

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Shocked, aren’t you?  Amish Romance?  Harlie, what has happened to you?  Well, I’ll tell you something.  I like my Amish Romance, Christian Romance, Inspirational Romance.  This might shock you even more…I grew up in the church.  I have a cousin that is a preacher, too.  We still go to church.  And yes, I still read a broad selection of romance.  I don’t judge.  I wasn’t brought up that way.  We are all God’s children.  Anyway…

What makes this book so special?  The characters Levi and Annie.  Levi, being Amish but then having to leave.  Raised an Englischer afterward, he shows up at a wedding that Annie is attending.  It’s like the years melted away for these two.  You could feel the love right away with them but with one foot in the Amish and the other in the ways of the English, Levi has it rough.  Ms. Baker knows her Amish.  She understands their ways and also how it would feel to be in love with someone that was born Amish but raised somewhere else.  What else is interesting is that the characters are young but Annie is due for her rumspringa and Levi knew this.

Annie is breath of fresh air.  Young but always knowing that Levi was her one and only in some ways cracked my heart.  I loved reading her journal entries.  Brought depth to her character and let me see things that she could do or say to her family.  She is truly conflicted when it came to Levi.  However, I didn’t like how her mother didn’t trust her with Levi.  And all just because he was now English.  If I had one thing to say about the Amish…that belief has always bothered me.

This book is about love, friendship, and faith.  Not just in religion but also in yourself.  This a beautifully written sweet romance by Ms. Baker.  I know that most of yall won’t read the book but you really need to give it a chance.  There are some twists in their story that I didn’t see coming but with 10 years between them, Annie will finally get the answers she needs but what will she do once she gets them?  Read the book and find out.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Lisa Jones Baker is a multi-published author with Kensington Books.  Her debut book of THE HOPE CHEST OF DREAMS series, REBECCA’S BOUQUET, won a Publishers Weekly starred review.  A former teacher with a BA degree in French education, Lisa has been on 5 out of 7 continents, is a dog lover, enjoys positive thinkers , volunteering in her church’s food pantry, and strong female characters.     

You can find her on

Website: http://www.lisajonesbaker.com/

http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/31739

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009288891265

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Recipe-Hope-Chest-Dreams-ebook/dp/B01GBAG58S

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Happy Release Week to debut author Valerie Bowes featuring Battle For Love w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO
BATTLE FOR LOVE!
 
Battle for Love
Historical Romance Novel
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: May 8, 2017
 
Keywords: Romance, Sweet, Clean, Regency
 
It’s not easy, being an unmarried woman in the England of 1814. But Nancy Worth will not marry where there is no love, and every man in her small Sussex village is either too old, too young, or has a face like a fish. Except for the handsome Bartholomew Boult, and he has his own reasons for pursuing her.
 
When, against all the odds,  Nancy does find love, both her family and his are determined to put a stop to it.  He is gentry, and she a farmer’s daughter. With lies and gossip flying, as well as the unexpected resumption of war, it seems everyone is trying to separate her from Will Carlton.
 
Even Napoleon Bonaparte.
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EXCERPT


Nancy dragged the bonnet from her aching head and swung it by its ribbons, using it to dash intrusive sprays of vegetation out of her way. Wrapped in smothering thoughts, she did not hear the voices until she stepped out of the narrow way into the edge of a field.

Only a few yards away, Bartholomew Boult was speaking to one of his farmhands. He turned as Nancy appeared abruptly behind him and snapped a command. The farmhand slouched off with an interested glance over his shoulder.

Boult took a couple of steps towards her. “Miss Worth? May I be of assistance?”

Nancy blinked the angry tears from her eyes, her spine ram-rod straight. “I know my way, thank you, Mr Boult. I am quite all right.”

He came nearer. “Are you sure?”

He was too close for her comfort. She could smell the maleness of him and, despite her dislike of the man, her body betrayed her. Her belly fluttered and she was uneasily certain that he could feel the warmth that had flooded her loins.

He smiled, relishing her discomposure. His wager with Satterthwaite was as good as won. A ripe, juicy plum, ready to fall into his hand. The only question was whether she would fall without the prize of marriage. And whether it would be worth the brouhaha if she did, he thought cynically.

No harm in edging the matter along. He reached out a forefinger, set it under her chin and planted a kiss on her lips.

The next instant, his ears were ringing from the slap she dealt him.

“How dare you?” She was standing very upright, her eyes kindling with fury. “You forget yourself, sir.”

He rubbed his cheek ruefully, but a grin spread over his face. So she wasn’t the easy conquest he had thought. Better! Much better. This would provide some sport.

“I beg your forgiveness, but you must agree that some of the fault is yours. You have such damnably kissable lips.”

“Let me pass, if you please.” Nancy crammed the bonnet back onto her head. If she had remembered that this path touched on Boult’s land, she would have thought twice about coming this way on her own. She had not forgotten entirely the suspicion that had surfaced, so formless that it was like trying to catch a moonbeam in a jar. How had he known that she had been visiting Susan that day? But she was far too angry to be afraid.

“Come, Miss Worth, cry quits. Indeed, you have my sincere apologies. May I squire you back to Millcote, to make amends?”

“No, you may not.” Her thunderous face reinforced her words.

“I bow to your wishes. Believe me, I have no desire to put you out of countenance. And pray put my lapse of behaviour out of your mind. It shall not happen again.”

Sincerity, that’s the dandy. Let her think she’s got the better of me. I’ll wager she ain’t been kissed before. Give her time, and she’ll want more.

It was all Nancy could do not to run, but she kept her head up and walked steadily away down the path. Once she was sure he was not following her, she stopped to scrub at her lips, but she could still taste him.

She was uncomfortably aware of the flash of desire that had swept over her, but he could not have known of her feelings, could he? Moistening her handkerchief at her lips, she scrubbed harder. Surely, she could have these yearnings only for the man who engaged her affections? It was what everybody said happened. And she did not like Bartholomew Boult one little bit.

Water. She needed to wash his touch away with the cleanliness of water. There was a stream a little further on. She could dip her handkerchief in that. But when she came to the banks of the brook, Will Carlton was sitting there with his back towards her and his sketchpad on his knee.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I always wanted to work with animals, although I was strongly attracted to drama and flirted for a while with the idea of trying for a Drama College. But the animals won, and I became a nurse at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital.
 
I’d been there seven years when the hospital had central heating put in. I married the engineer and spent the next twenty-seven years driving a truck known as the Flying Pig around the building-sites of London, loaded to the gunnels with boiler sections, copper tube and the occasional smelly contents of a grease-trap.
 
When we stopped the installation side, there were no longer fitters waiting impatiently for my truck and me. For a while I acted as part-time secretary/book-keeper/maker of tea, but seized the opportunity to pursue my love of writing.
 
Do you remember ‘composition’ when you were at school? That was my favourite thing, apart from history. Even when I was driving The Pig, stories would come into my mind and I couldn’t wait to get back and write them down. Walking Polly the English Bull Terrier helps (she goes at two miles a fortnight!), as does running through our lovely Surrey countryside.
 
LINKS
Website: http://www.valeriebowes.com
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#Review of The Wedding March (The Business of Weddings #4) by Tara Randal w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @TaraRandal @HarlequinHeartwarmingAuthors

The Wedding March
(The Business of Weddings #4)
Tara Randel
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The help only he can offer…

Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she’s not a two album wonder. But her case of writer’s block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.

The legendary musician walked away from success at the height of his career. Yet Luke is already inspiring Cassie with his dedication to building a permanent community outreach center for troubled teens. Volunteering to help bring music into these kids’ lives is also bringing her and Luke closer. Maybe they’re not as different as he thinks…

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Why do I feel like I’m rubber-stamping my reviews for this line?  I don’t mean too.  Really.  But I can not say enough good things about the line.  If you like sweet romance with depth, characters that you instantly fall in love with and when you finish the book, your heart is happy…then this is the line for you.  Harlequin Heartwarming just gets it.  Truly they do.  I haven’t read a bad book from this line at all.  In fact, this is my second book from Ms. Randel and I loved it just as much.

What really stood out for me in this one though was the depth that Cassie really felt for one of the kids at the club.  She didn’t have too but she did.  It showed great character depth for her and also showed Luke that she wasn’t fluff but really solid as a person.  In fact, the kids at the club play a huge part in the romance.  I know, kids can be plot devices but Ms. Randal shows us that teenagers have feelings, too and that sometimes they just need to find that one adult that will truly listen to them and understand.  (Trust me, I sub at our high school enough.  I see it all the time.  Plus, I have a few that single me out every time I’m on campus.  Just to say Hello and that they miss me in class.)  Luke understands the kids, too but somehow, he let the kids rule his so called life and he forgot how to live again.  Sure, his ex-wife did a MAJOR number on him but it wasn’t until Cassie showed up that he really understood how to live again and maybe (?) write music again.

The music portions of the book were good, too.  I liked how Cassie had writer’s block.  I have writer’s block all the time.  I have 4 books on my computer that are not finished because I can’t get past it.  Preach sister!  But what struck me was when Luke and Cassie finally decided to collaborate together and it just clicked.  *NOTE*  I would have liked an epilogue to see if “the” song was ever recorded.  But that’s just me.  Luke is such a great hero.  Loving but so alone.  Again, it wasn’t until Cassie came into his life that he realized how alone he really was.

I wish that I could have nice things to say about Cassie’s dad.  He’s one of the worst dad’s out there.  I just wish that Lauren didn’t have to get hurt in the process but Cassie has warned her too many times.  But with that in mind, Cassie knew it all along.

By the end of the book, I was sad.  I didn’t want it to end but alas, it had too.  I will miss the colored streak in Cassie’s hair, Luke’s kisses (Oh my), Denny and Erin and the goings on in Cypress Pointe.  Great character growth and depth from Cassie and Luke.  And yes, Ms. Randal gets it too.  She writes a beautiful love story that everyone can read and have a happy heart in the end.  Hopefully she will visit this town again.  I must come to the wedding of Nealy and Dane.  😉

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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March 12th: Launch
March 13th: Falling Leaves
March 14th: Reading Is My SuperPower & Book Lover in Florida
March 15th: Hearts & Scribbles
March 16th: Christy’s Cozy Corners & Rainy Day Reviews
March 17th: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium & Bookworm Lisa
March 19th: Heidi Reads…
March 20th: Katie’s Clean Book CollectionMel’s Shelves & Rockin’ Book Reviews
March 21st: Wishful Endings & Getting Your Read On
March 22nd: underneath the covers & Hardcover Feedback
March 23rd: Harlie’s Books & Becky on Books
March 24th: Grand Finale

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– US PRIZE PACK: Signed copies of the first three books in The Business of Weddings series by Tara Randel, a $25 gift card for Dunkin’ Donuts, a coffee mug with an inspirational message: “Something beautiful is on the horizon,” and a Harlequin Heartwarming tote bag. (US only)
– $25 Amazon eCard (open internationally)
 Ends March 28th

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