Hope Beyond The Waves

From award-winning author Heidi Chiavaroli comes a sweeping dual timeline story that explores hope and enduring love in the midst of the impossible.
Massachusetts, 1993
After making a grievous mistake that will change her life forever, Emily Robertson is sent away to live with her grandmother on Cape Cod. When Emily finds a timeworn photograph buried in a drawer, she realizes her grandmother has concealed a secret even bigger than her own. Will convincing Gram to reveal their family history help Emily make the most important decision of her life or will it prove her parents right—that family scandal is better off buried and forgotten?
Massachusetts, 1916
Atta Schaeffer plans to marry the man of her dreams and whisk her little sister away from their abusive father. But when she is diagnosed with a dreaded malady, Atta is forced into a life of exile, leaving her sister in harm’s way.

On Penikese Island, Atta’s best hope lies with Harry Mayhew, a doctor who seeks a cure for his patients at any cost. But when experiments fail, Atta runs from Harry—and from God. Can she return to her sister before it’s too late? Or will her illness consume both her body and soul?
A testament to faith and love, Hope Beyond the Waves is the raw account of the journey of two generations of women running from desperate situations toward irresistible hope. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

What a story Heidi has woven here! I really enjoyed this dual time tale. Set in 1993 and 1916, the two timelines tell a beautiful story of love, hope and how God can redeem any situation. The story captured my attention early on and it held it throughout. I enjoyed the bookish references in the 1993 storyline, that was fun. I also loved the way the relationship that Emily and Sam develop in that timeline grows. It was sweet to watch their friendship grow. The ending is perfect and fits the story so well. I purchased an Audible copy, and it was very good! The narration made for a very easy listen. This was a great read.

Her Darkest Secret

When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her.

The sight of a goose feather at a murder scene modeled after a children’s poem is enough to make FBI special agent Fiona Kelly’s blood turn to ice. Almost two decades ago, a feather was left with her sister’s body—and with every subsequent victim of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Now he’s back. Only this time, his latest gruesome murder is a message to the only one who ever got away: Fiona.

Finding “Rhyme” is an obsession that’s fueled Fiona’s career—and destroyed her marriage to fellow FBI agent Asa Kodiak. Now Fiona and Asa have to put their past tensions aside and work together one last time. But Rhyme is watching, and catching this killer may force Fiona to reveal her biggest, darkest secret…the one only he knows.

Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch grabbed me in the first scene of this edge-of-your-seat suspense and didn’t let go until the end!”—Patricia Bradley, author of the Memphis Cold Case novels

My Rating: 3 Stars

This is a very suspenseful and chilling story. Going in the mind of a serial killer definitely makes for some creepy reading! I really liked the team of characters in the story, and I look forward to seeing them in future stories. I also liked the twists and surprises as the story came to its conclusion. There were some elements of the story and crimes that went a little far for my tastes, which dropped my overall enjoyment of the story a bit. A very thrilling read!

I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Impending Strike

Protecting him just might cost her everything…

Elite Guardian Charlie Lee knows that there is no future with the woman he loves—fellow Guardian Lizzie Tremaine. And, he gets it—as a single mom, Lizzie has to protect her daughter. But more than anything, he wants the chance to prove himself.

Then, the unthinkable happens—while working undercover, Charlie is seriously injured…and his memory of the past four years is lost. Could it be the fresh start that he didn’t realize he longed for?

Despite a friendship that’s turned flirtatious at times, Lizzie Tremaine has held Charlie at arms’ length. She’s lost all the men she’s ever loved, and is unwilling to risk her heart again. Still, she’s glad to keep an eye on him—as his bodyguard—and while she’s at it, help him put the pieces of his past together, including discovering who attacked him, and why.

But Charlie seems to have forgotten their agreed-upon professional distance—and suddenly, all the rules are off the table. She’s seeing a side of Charlie she could possibly let into her heart. Problem is, the closer he gets to uncovering his memories, the closer he gets to trouble.

It’s her heart…or his life. What will protecting Charlie cost her?

Another edge-of-your-seat Elite Guardians thriller! 

My Rating: 5 Stars

Wowza, this an explosive read! It grabbed me from the opening chapters, and it did not let up once. I loved the chemistry of Lizzie and Charlie, and how their backstories added real drama to their relationship. They both had a lot to overcome to find happiness and that made for a great read. The mystery was exciting and definitely kept me guessing. This story fit in nicely with the rest of the Elite Guardians series and I am super excited there are more stories yet to come! I can’t wait!!

I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

The Fabrication Of Eden Pruitt

Studious and principled Eden Pruitt stepped out of line just once. Unfortunately, that reckless decision ended with an arrest, a mug shot, and two very concerned parents. Now they’re starting over. In Iowa, of all places. On the cusp of her senior year, of all times. The situation is less than ideal but she’ll just have to manage, and without complaint. The change of address was her fault after all, and she isn’t going to make anything harder on her parents, who have already been through enough.

But life in Iowa turns strange fast. Odd things are happening, and Eden has no idea what any of it means. Then she comes home from her first day of school to a ransacked house and the nightmare officially begins. Her parents are missing. She’s convinced something terrible has happened to them. But nobody believes her. Except for a hardened, mysterious stranger who is as dangerous as he is enticing.

My Rating: 4 Stars

What a opener for Katie’s new YA series! This is a book I absolutely devoured because I HAD to know what happened next. The story is excellent with a fantastic cast of characters and a storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I need book 2 NOW!!

I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Fatal Forensic Investigation

Remembering a serial killer’s face…
could be deadly

While interviewing the Coastline Strangler’s only surviving victim, forensic artist Scarlet Wells is attacked and left with amnesia. Now she’s his next mark and has no choice but to work with constable Jace Allen to unlock the criminal’s true identity trapped in her mind. Will they be able to recover the hidden memory and hunt down the killer before he strikes again?

My Rating: 4 Stars

Darlene has crafted another fun read! This one has an exciting and intriguing mystery with a satisfying conclusion. The amnesia element to this story adds a great layer to the story and helps rachet up the tension while Scarlett and Jace are on the hunt for the serial killer plaguing their town. Good read.

I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Among The Innocent

When Leah Miller’s entire Amish family was murdered ten years ago, the person believed responsible took his own life. Since then, Leah left the Amish and joined the police force. Now, after another Amish woman is found murdered with the same MO, it becomes clear that the wrong man may have been blamed for her family’s deaths.

As Leah and the new police chief, Dalton Cooper, work long hours struggling to fit the pieces together in order to catch the killer, they can’t help but grow closer. When secrets from both of their pasts begin to surface, an unexpected connection between them is revealed. But this is only the beginning. Could it be that the former police chief framed an innocent man to keep the biggest secret of all buried? And what will it mean for Leah–and Dalton–when the full truth comes to light?

USA Today bestselling author Mary Alford keeps you guessing as two determined souls plumb the dark depths of the past in order to forge a brighter future–together.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I have long been a fan of Mary’s Love Inspired Suspense books, so when I heard about this new book, I was excited to read it. The story/mystery of this one is good. I also liked the mystery within the mystery about why the decade old crime that is part of the current mystery is so important to the new police chief. The story moves well, and the unveiling of the criminal and his motivations was really interesting and unique. I am hopeful for a second story with these characters as there is a cliffhanger of sorts at the end. Good read!

I received this book as a member of the launch team and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Veil Of Winter

Princess Elyce is on the verge of marrying the nephew of the unscrupulous King Conrad of a neighboring kingdom when she discovers that Conrad will use her marriage to force her people to work in his mines. In order to fake her own death and escape him, she takes a sleeping potion, planning to awaken on the third day and then travel to Prague to seek help from King Wenceslaus, who rules the Holy Roman Empire. But her plan goes awry: the third day comes without her waking up.

Sir Gerard is convinced by Delia, his sister and Elyce’s best friend, to go help the sleeping princess, still slumbering and held captive by King Conrad’s guards. He manages to wake her with a kiss, but the princess is not pleased at this rude awakening. Still, he is her only hope of escape. Thus begins their journey to Prague in the dead of winter, hounded on all sides by elements and enemies. The greatest threat may come from within, though, as they desperately fight against their growing feelings for one another.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Another lovely fairy tale story from Melanie! I have long loved Melanie’s stories that are based on fairy tales and this one is another lovely read. Elyce is strong and courageous even in her fear and up against evil and wicked men. Sir Gerard is perfect for her, and their romance makes for a fun read. I also really enjoyed the secondary storyline with a couple of additional characters that I won’t name in the interest of spoilers. An enjoyable read for sure! Looking forward to the next book in this series which releases later this year!

I’ll Be Seeing You

Generations of secrets unfold as a young college student learns the truth about her great-grandmother’s World War II heartbreak and love.

Brianna Hastings’s life seems dull and full of disappointment until a handsome young man visits her church. She’s instantly smitten by the charming Greg, who leads an exciting, independent life—the kind of life she longs for. But when a college history assignment forces Brianna to interview her great-grandmother about life during World War II, she can’t believe it when Daisy presses her with questions about Greg’s character. “What sort of man is he? Who is he at his core?”

What could her great-grandmother possibly know about love at first sight?

The questions take both women back to Boise, Idaho, in the early 1940s, when war emphasized how fragile life could be. Daisy and her older sister pine for the same handsome bomber pilot—until one night of terrible judgment reveals their true characters and drives them apart. Trying to protect the people she loves the most, Daisy condemns herself to live a lie.

In the years that follow, as Daisy grapples with the consequences, she receives unexpected grace from a man she’s known her whole life but never looked at twice. Could what she learned about love save Brianna from heartache three generations later?

My Rating: 5 Stars

Robin Lee Hatcher writes some of the best dual time stories! This one was a beaut! I really enjoyed the storyline and characters in this one, the two storylines complimented each other nicely and made for a wonderful read. My only minor complaint would be I would have liked to know more of how one character’s life turned out from the 1940’s storyline but other than that this story was truly lovely. Definitely recommended!

The Sweet Life

Dawn Dixon can hardly believe she’s on a groomless honeymoon on beautiful Cape Cod . . . with her mother. Sure, Marnie Dixon is good company, but Dawn was supposed to be here with Kevin, the love of her life (or so she thought).

Marnie Dixon needs some time away from the absolute realness of life as much as her jilted daughter does, and she’s not about to let her only child suffer alone–even if Marnie herself had been doing precisely that for the past month.

Given the circumstances, maybe it was inevitable that Marnie would do something as rash as buy a run-down ice-cream shop in the town’s tightly regulated historic district. After all, everything’s better with ice cream.

Her exasperated daughter knows that she’s the one who will have to clean up this mess. Even when her mother’s impulsive real estate purchase brings Kevin back into her life, Dawn doesn’t get her hopes up. Everyone knows that broken romances stay broken . . . don’t they?

Welcome to a summer of sweet surprises on Cape Cod–a place where dreams just might come true.

My Rating: 4 Ratings

This is great start to Suzanne’s new series. Dawn and her mom reopening an ice cream parlor in Cape Cod makes for a great premise and I am all in for it. The story was really good and was a quick and easy read/listen. I also liked that we get to keep up a bit with characters from Suzanne’s Three Sisters Island series. The story is fun and has several humorous moments, all the while dealing with the emotional challenges Dawn is facing and her growth through the novel. Really great read for me!

I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

In Honor’s Defense

He’s faced countless perils on the battlefield, but nothing so dangerous as falling in love.

Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life—for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he’s left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance.

Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she’d have and to give him the family he desperately needs.

When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke’s attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris’s brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Karen has penned another fantastic story as per her usual. I have read every book Karen has released and her books ALWAYS get a 5-star rating from me, due to the way she writes stories I love. Her stories have the perfect mix of romance, a great storyline, humorous moments and perfect endings. This story was a great read/listen for me. I have been waiting for Preach’s story for quite a while and it was well worth the wait. Damaris was a great match for him and I definitely loved her as a character. The mystery in the story was enjoyable and there were some pulse pounding moments for sure! Another one destined for a spot on my keeper shelf, along with anything Karen writes!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and also purchased my own Audible copy. All thoughts are my own.

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