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#Review of The Alaskan Catch (Northern Lights #1) by Beth Carpenter w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @HarlequinBooks #HarlequinMyRewards @BethCBooks @4BethCarpenter @prismbooktours @PrismBookTours


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The Alaskan Catch

(Northern Lights #1)
by Beth Carpenter
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Where life’s currents take you…

Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.

Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…

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The Alaskan Catch: Excerpt 3

 

That evening, Sam and Dana sat with Ursula in front of the big fireplace. The three couples staying at the inn had turned in early after a full day of offshore fishing in Seward. Sam watched Dana struggling with a hook and a ball of yarn. Poor kid—she’d made the mistake of admiring Ursula’s crocheted afghans, not realizing it would lead to a crochet lesson.

Or maybe she did. She seemed to be trying to get it right. “So, down, loop, back through, and another loop, right?”

“That’s perfect. Now just keep doing that until you come to the end of the row and I’ll show you how to turn.”

Sam had purposely chosen not to reveal Dana’s last name yet. He wanted Ursula’s unbiased evaluation of her character first. And while he hadn’t talked to Ursula alone, it was obvious the two women clicked. It may have been when Dana offered to make the cornbread, or possibly when she complimented one of Tommy’s whirligigs, but at some point today, Dana had won Ursula over. He wondered if it would stay that way once Ursula knew her last name.

Dana held up the somewhat irregular row of stitches. “Look, Sam. A whole row.”

He nodded. “Looking good. Some mouse with a cold neck is going to love that scarf.”

She gave a little giggle, the sound almost like the tinkle of the wind chimes on Ursula’s deck. “I think I’ll keep going until it’s a pot holder.”

Kimmik repositioned himself on the rug and laid his head on top of Sam’s foot. The sun had shifted far to the northwest, peeping through the small upper windows along the west wall to paint diagonal stripes across the room. Sam leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes. A stomachful of moose chili, a good dog at his feet and the sound of soft laughter as Ursula and Dana put their heads together over their project—tonight, Sam was content.

Can I admit that this gem of a book snuck up on me?  I got so caught up in the mystery surrounding Chris and his leaving, Dana trying to do right by everything, that the romance portion of the book just slapped me upside my head.  It took me awhile to realize that with everything that was going on, Sam and Dana were making a connection.  Each of the had some things to overcome but in the end, it leads them right back to each other.

What I liked most about Sam and Dana is their honesty with one another.  That and they actually talked to each other.  A novel idea, I know.  They took the time to get to know each other even though they had some obstacles to get through in the end.  Chris brought another dimension to their relationship because he wasn’t the over protective brother that most romance novels have.  In fact, it was nice that he didn’t interfere with them as a couple at all.

I loved how Chris, Dana and Sam’s past were intertwined.  I’m not going to say anything else because it’s the crust of the book.  Hats off to Ms. Carpenter for her originality.  Brilliant, actually.  And also, that not everything was done in Alaska.  Dana still had some things to take care off back home with her new found strength.  Oh yes, Dana had some growing to do in the book.  It was subtle but in the end, it was well worth it.

I can’t wait to see what Ms. Carpenter brings to the table in her next book.  Hopefully, it’s Chris’ book.  The scenery is a character all its own, too.  I’ve never been to Alaska but Ms. Carpenter takes you there and it’s beautiful.  And she talked about food.  Not fair.  Now I want my husband to cook salmon.

 

 

About the Author

Once upon a time …

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

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Tour Schedule

August 12th: Launch
August 13th:
Brooke Blogs
Nicole’s Book Musings
Cafinated Reads
Becky on Books
August 14th:
It’s All About the Romance
Heidi Reads…
Hearts & Scribbles
Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
August 15th:
Getting Your Read On
underneath the covers
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
August 16th:
What to Read Next
Reading Is My SuperPower
The Bookworm Chronicles
Janice’s book review
August 17th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Harlie’s Books
Paulette’s Papers
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
August 18th: Grand Finale

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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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