Taming the Wind, by Tracie Peterson {Book Review}

Taming the Wind, by Tracie Peterson; Book 3 of Land of the Lone Star series.

I think know this was my favorite of the three books in this series. I do feel that you need to have read the 2nd book, Touching the Sky, to be really familiar with the lead characters in this book. Since it was more of a continuation of Touching the Sky, I love getting to see what happened to Brandon and Laura after their ‘story’ ended. Seeing Carissa’s personnel growth and seeing Hannah and William {Chasing the Sun} again was also a bonus.

I sometimes have a hard time getting into series since I have a tendency to forget the relationships between the characters from the previous installment. Not an issue with Tracie’s books! Everything seemed like a natural progression with real life thrown in there as well. Seeing another aspect of life after the conclusion of the Civil War, life out in the middle of nowhere, was eye opening.

My favorite character was little Gloria. Out of the mouth of babes, was a common phrase that ran through my head while reading about her. Having two little girls with more energy than I can ever keep up with… I can totally relate to Carissa about Gloria.

If you like Historical Western Romances you should definitely add all three books from this series to your collection!

From the Publisher –

Peterson Continues a Bestselling Tradition!

When Cassie Lowe goes to live with her sister in the years following the Civil War, she is reacquainted with a man who once saved her life, Tyler Atherton. But Cassie is no longer the lighthearted young woman he once knew. She is now a widow with a young daughter, and she is nursing the disappointments and hurts from a difficult marriage. Though she longs to open her heart again, she is bound by fear and mistrust.

Tyler has demons of his own. Still haunted by the knowledge that his father was murdered by Comanches, he puts all his focus on reclaiming his inheritance: the ranch stolen from his family as punishment for his fighting for the Confederacy. With his affection for Cassie growing, he longs to provide a home and future for her and her daughter.

Though yearning to pledge their love, both Cassie and Tyler struggle to conquer their fears. Will Indian attacks, post-war renegades, and the hardship of life on the Texas plains destroy their future? Or will they find the strength to surrender their wills to God…and embrace his perfect plan?

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.


Chasing the Sun, by Tracie Peterson {Book Review}

Chasing the Sun, by Tracie Peterson; Book 1 of Land of the Lone Star Series

Put two of my favorite things together, Tracie Peterson and Texas, and you have my new favorite series!

After just the first few chapters, I could see this book running through my head like a John Wayne western…. just I am not sure which character John Wayne would be! It was fabulous!

I always find reading about the old west interesting. Especially in how women were treated. To think that men really did think that we are weak and feeble minded because of our gender is just so appalling that it is hard to believe it was ever true.

Seeing what Hannah and William overcame to figure out or grow… whichever you prefer… their feelings for each other was great. I felt like they were banging their heads against invisible brick walls at times. Just like in real life and relationships. I love how even in a setting so different than what we experience everyday, Tracie Peterson’s characters always grow on me. I find myself rooting for them, but love the twists that sometimes happen.

Want to know what happened after the last page in Chasing the Sun? Find the answer in Taming the Wind!

From the Publisher:

Tracie Peterson Embarks on a New Texas Series

When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but for the ranch her father recently acquired on the Texas plains. Though a marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, she determines to trust God for direction.

Wounded soldier William Barnett returns to his home only to discover that his family’s ranch has been seized. Though angry and bitter at this turn of events, he’s surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.

Hannah, desperate for help, and William, desperate to regain his family’s land, form an uneasy truce. But nearby Comanche tribes, the arrival of Confederate soldiers, and a persistent suitor all threaten the growing attraction that builds between them. Will they be able to set aside their own dreams and embrace the promise of a future together?

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

The Widow of Larkspur Inn, by Lawana Blackwell {Book Review}

The Widow of Larkspur Inn was a lovely read.  I snagged this eBook while it was on the Amazon freebie list {a thrifty way to add to your book collection}.  While this was the first book by Lawana Blackwell I have read I am already looking forward to reading more of her novels.

There were several different story lines going on throughout the book, but they were unhurried and well developed.  One of the key components of the story that resonated with me, was the relationship between Mrs. Hollis and her son. While nowadays a son is more likely to lose his father’s influence due to divorce or competing interests than an untimely death, the dilemma a single mom (and single fathers) face are indeed similar. How she kept her peace about his father’s bad choices by tempering her comments was well done and something I can put into better practice in my life.

My one wish where this book was concerned was the ending. I wish we had a look into how Philip felt about the final announcement made by his mother.  I wonder…  psst… It is still available as a freebie! {as of 9/14/2012}

DISCLOSURE: I ‘purchased’ a copy of this book from Amazon while it was available for free. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

Danger In The Shadows, Dee Henderson {Book Review}

I am a big fan of Dee Henderson. I love how she highlights those in military and law enforcement in her novels. And even though they are sappy, ‘Christian’, love stories, they are suspenseful and full of details and conflict.

Ever sense I read Danger In The Shadows as a young adult, it has reigned as one of my all time favorite books… definitely my favorite Dee Henderson book. When I snagged a digital copy while it was on the Top 100 Freebie list at Amazon I was super excited to read Sara and Adam’s story again.

Another exciting bit of news is that Dee Henderson has a new book, Full Disclosure, being released by Bethany House in October 2012. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!!!! I have already made sure I have enough ‘gift bucks’ on my Amazon accountso that I can get a digital copy as soon as it is released. You can read the first chapters of Full Disclosure at www.DeeHenderson.com .

From Author’s Website: Danger In The Shadows {reprinted 2005}

Sara is terrified. She’s doing the one thing she cannot afford to do: fall in love with former pro-football player Adam Black, a man everyone knows. Sara’s been hidden away in the witness protection program, her safety dependent on staying invisible—and loving Adam could get her killed!

Introducing the O’Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O’Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.


DISCLOSURE:  This book is from my personal library.  I did not receive a copy of Danger In The Shadows to review.  As always… the opinions in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.  Enjoy! ~Kimberlee

{Book Review} My Stubborn Heart, by Becky Wade


You can’t beat a book with a sassy lady and a strong-silent type hero, and Becky Wade delivers that with spades in her first novel, My Stubborn Heart.

 I absolutely adored this book! My Stubborn Heart wasn’t the book I was supposed to read next, but after reading the intro by Becky Wade I couldn’t put it down.

 One of the best threads of this story was what it means to be single… Kate Donovan is over 30, and still looking for Mr. Right. Matt Jarreau has been married once, and is definitely not looking. How God works in both of their lives to get them together is such a fun trip to take with them.

 Something I really appreciated was reading a book where neither leading character has done something contrary to their faith. In most books it seems that the situation{s} the main characters have dealt with, or are overcoming, have been caused by going against God {or not know Him} and that was not the case in this story. How difficult life can be while following God’s plan for your life was beautifully illustrated. Just as lovely was how Becky Wade wrapped up her tale with enough info that you felt like you had read all the way to the end and could be satisfied with the ending {something I wasn’t sure was going to happen 10 pages from the end, LOL}.

 I definitely recommend this book to you to add to your bookshelf. I am planning on rereading this one several times.

DISCLOSURE:  I received a copy of this title to review from Bethany House Publishing.  The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

From the Publisher:

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks her to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can’t help being attracted to him, drawn by both his good looks and something else she can’t quite put her finger on. He’s clearly wounded–hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Yet Kate sets her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light… whether he likes it or not.

When the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart? Or will Kate be required to give up more than she ever dreamed?

{Book Review} Reclaiming Lily, by Patti Lacy

This was such an interesting book, and a definite reread. Reclaiming Lily takes you behind the wall into rural China during a reformation when families were ripped apart.

What happened to the children?  What happened to families that didn’t want to give up their ‘extra’ children? How would an older sister reconcile the horrors that happened to her family with her search for trust in God.

Patti Lacy weaves all those questions into this intriguing tale of two sisters separated by more than just distance.

I really enjoyed this book, and I found that I can relate to each of these characters in different ways. Lily/Joy; feeling lost in today’s world, trying to reconcile the faith she once had to the views the ‘world’ tells her are the ‘right’ ones. Kei; seeing the gaps in her life and heart, but struggling to make that leap of faith when looking at the horrors and struggles so many face. Grace; attempting to control her mouth {my biggest struggle too} and letting herself live out what she knows in her heart and mind: God is in control and we are just the hands on the steering wheel… He is the navigator.

Here is Patti Lacy’s blog with a great video trailer for Reclaiming Lily.

 From the Publisher:

A Mother’s Love. A Sister’s Promise.
Will Two Women Find the Path to Save a Young Woman’s Life?

When an insidious genetic disease strikes her family, Harvard graduate Dr. Kai Chang must alert Lily, the sister Kai left on orphanage steps years earlier. Standing in her way are the Powells, Lily’s adoptive parents. Gloria Powell, a shy pastor’s wife, distrusts Kai and thinks her presence will send their troubled seventeen-year-old over the precipice of teenaged angst. A Texas-sized tornado whirls when Kai summons the Powells to a Fort Worth hotel. Tempers and cultures collide. Can Kai and Gloria, separated by culture and faith but devoted to Lily, reconcile their differences and trust their dreams to God?

DISCLOSURE: I recived a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.


{Book Review} Song of My Heart, by Kim Vogel Sawyer

 Love, love, loved this one!  Definitely going to be adding more of Kim Sawyer’s books to my shelf.

This  historical romance, Song of My Heart, is set in a small town with familiar, but not typical, hero/heroine characters.  Goldtree is a little town with big aspirations, and both Sadie Wagner and Thad McKane are brought to the growing community for different reasons. Soon enough their lives be be intertwined… with a couple different third wheels thrown in for good measure.

I loved the character relationships and the storyline. A cross between a western lawman story and Anne of Green Gables, this book had a unique feeling that was very refreshing.

Faith is very openly discussed throughout this  book. How we need to pray looking for God’s answer to show through despite our wants is illustrated a couple different ways.  A message I can always hear one more time, LOL!  Another point of this book, is that bending the line between right and wrong can lead to loads of trouble. Even when it is for a ‘good’ reason. God is in control. Take your hands of the steering wheel, and let him do the driving.

I would definitely  recommend adding this book and the auther to your must read list.

PS ~ I found this great interview with Kim Vogel Sawyer over at A Christian Writer’s World about this book.

From the Publisher: 

Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer Delivers Heartwarming Historical Romance

Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can’t work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent–though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.

Thad McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit. After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.

Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter’s unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she’s far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he’s come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?

DISCLOSURE: I recived a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.


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