Friday, May 13, 2022

The Best So Far -- Sea Glass Cottage

I feel like the kid with an imaginary friend. Actually, I have lots of imaginary friends in this imaginary place that I really, really would love to be able to visit in person some day. The place has a name -- Hope Harbor, a welcoming seaside town on the coast of Oregon. The town has some awesome residents, including Charley, a taco man/artist with an uncanny sense of timing and wisdom, and his almost-human seagull friends, Floyd and Gladys. 

The sad thing is that this place and these people exist only in the imagination of author Irene Hannon and the readers lucky enough to enjoy her Hope Harbor series. Sea Glass Cottage is the latest installment, and I believe this 8th visit to Hope Harbor is my favorite so far.

Christi, Jack, Beth, Steve, Hannah, and Noah all have complicated issues, past and present, that drive a beautifully written story. "Happily ever after" doesn't come easily or immediately for any of the characters, and the obstacles to getting there include very real problems. The forgiveness and faith involved in their learning and growing experiences form the basis for a very satisfying and inspirational read. 

For those of us anxious to make another journey to this place "where hearts heal . . . and love blooms,"  the good news in the author's note at the end of the book is the promise of at least 3 more visits to Hope Harbor. I'm ready to go and highly recommend you join me on the trip if you enjoy contemporary inspirational fiction!

Thanks to Revell Reads Blogger Program for providing a copy of Sea Glass Cottage. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.


About the Book

When painful pasts collide, can love overcome heartache--and triumph despite the odds? Christi Reece is desperate. The one-time golden girl's life has tarnished, and a cascade of setbacks has left her reeling. She needs help, and she's certain Jack Colby is in a position to provide it. When she shows up in Hope Harbor, however, Jack wants nothing to do with the woman who betrayed him. He's built a new life on the Oregon coast--and there's no room in it for Christi, even after she takes refuge in a charming but mysterious cottage nearby. Yet it soon becomes apparent his opinion of her may need revising . . . especially when he ends up needing her help. Can these two hurting souls open their hearts to a new beginning? Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.


About the Author

Irene Hannon
 is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than 60 contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. In addition to her many other honors, she is a three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of RWA's elite Hall of Fame and has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Intriguing Story Spanning Centuries -- The Writing Desk

The Writing Desk is an intriguing story that spans centuries and very different worlds. Author Rachel Hauck pieced together two touching love stories that are filled with a variety of obstacles. 

Tenley and Birdie are both complex, well-developed characters who pull you into their lives from the very beginning. Their complicated relationships with their mothers and other major challenges they face give the story a real sense of depth and maintain a very pleasing pace throughout. The general direction of the romance in both settings is pretty much expected, but there are enough twists and turns to keep interest level high in that regard as well.

I highly recommend The Writing Desk to fans of well-done inspirational fiction set in dual time periods. I would also recommend reading The Fifth Avenue Story Society (also by Rachel Hauck) after this book. Neither book is essential in understanding the other, but there are some connections between the two, and both are compelling stories.


About the Book

This happily ever after romance tells the captivating story of two women bound together across time by a shared dream and a mysterious writing desk. 

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase. 


About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.



Sunday, May 1, 2022

Captivating WWII Story -- A Rose for the Resistance


About the Book

Book: A Rose for the Resistance

Author: Angela K. Couch

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Christian

Release date: April, 2022

A French Woman and German Soldier Create a Truce

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

With her father in a German POW camp and her home in Ste Mere Eglise, France, under Nazi occupation, Rosalie Barrieau will do anything to keep her younger brother safe. . .even from his desire to join the French resistance. Until she falls into the debt of a German solder—one who delivers a wounded British pilot to her door. Though not sure what to make of her German ally, Rosalie is thrust deep into the heart of the local underground. As tensions build toward the allied invasion of Normandy, she must decide how much she is willing to risk for freedom.

Click here to get your copy.


My Thoughts


A Rose for the Resistance is the first book I've read by Angela Couch, and I very much enjoyed her story. Her characters come alive and invite you in to share both the heartaches and the hope that were part of daily life in the days of the German occupation of France during WWII. Even though the characters and particular situations are fictional, the types of events certainly appear plausible for those moments in history, including the risky work of the French Resistance. The romance, personal relationships, and faith threads all work together to form a well-balanced story.

I highly recommend A Rose for the Resistance to fans of inspirational WWII history. It is another captivating installment in the Heroines of WWII series, written by a variety of authors.

Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.


About the Author

To keep from freezing in the great white north, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the 2016 International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and toasty warm) by chasing after four munchkins.


More from Angela

The story of A Rose for the Resistance has been in the making for a while. Rosalie and Franz came to life for me in the first novel I started writing as a teenager… (not even going to mention how long ago that was). Though much of that early work will never see the light of day, I am glad I can finally share them with you.

Every November 11th since I was a child, I would sit with my dad and watch WWII documentaries and movies like A Bridge too Far, or The Longest Day which featured Sainte-Mère-Église during the D-day landings. So many of those stories beg to be remembered and I tried to include as much as I could in this novel, even in passing. Stories such as John Steele of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment who dropped into the warzone of Sainte-Mère-Église that night and his chute caught on the spire of the church. He hung limply for hours, pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner. John later escaped and rejoined his division. Or, Henry Langrehr who landed five miles from his drop zone, crashing through a greenhouse on the way down. He was unharmed from the fall, but was later wounded and captured. He lived into his nineties to tell the tale.

Many of the events and deeds of The Resistance in the novel are also pulled from history. The French citizen’s willingness to risk their lives to transport weapons and information, and to staunchly resist the brutal German occupation. It is estimated that approximately 90,000 men women – and children – were killed, tortured, or deported by the Germans for their efforts.

Though many of the characters in this story are fictional, there are so many men and women who truly did live through the horrors of the War in Europe, and more importantly risked or sacrificed their all for the freedom and lives of others.

I pray we never forget.


Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 29

Books, Books, and More Books, April 29

The Write Escape, April 30

Remembrancy, April 30

Southern Gal Loves to Read, May 1

Rachael’s Inkwell, May 1

Texas Book-aholic, May 1

Genesis 5020, May 2

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, May 2

Inklings and notions, May 2

She Lives To Read, May 3

lakesidelivingsite, May 3

Betti Mace, May 4

For Him and My Family, May 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 4

Sodbuster Living, May 5

deb’s Book Review, May 5

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, May 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 6

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 6

Vicarious Living, May 6

Older & Smarter?, May 7

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 7

Sylvan Musings, May 7

Connie’s History Classroom, May 8

Blossoms and Blessings, May 8

Mary Hake, May 8

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 9

Splashes of Joy, May 9

Through the Fire Blogs, May 9

Bizwings Blog, May 10

Pause for Tales, May 10

Labor Not in Vain, May 10

Bigreadersite, May 11

Where Faith and Books Meet, May 11

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, May 11

CarpeDiem, May 12

Lights in a Dark World, May 12


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Angela is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1d3bb/a-rose-for-the-resistance-celebration-tour-giveaway