Thursday, May 26, 2016

Stone's Heart by Darby Karchut

NOW AVAILABLE ! 
 
 No way, blue jay, and never again. That’s the vow Linney Van Horn has made regarding single dads and their adorable children. After all, that’s why she tucked tail and hauled herself and her beloved Arabian horse clear across the country from New Jersey to the small town of Venture, Colorado. To mend her bruised heart—and ego—and start over.

However, the good Lord has a different “do-over” in mind for Linney. She finds herself living next door to Stonewall “Stone” Wheeler, the frustratingly stubborn, but oh, so ruggedly handsome farrier, and his seven-year-old son, Beau.

A widower, Stone has buried himself in his work to avoid the grief of losing his wife. Determined to grow his horse-shoeing business and raise his child, falling in love is the last thing on his mind. Until an equally stubborn—but pretty as a daisy—teacher moves into the cottage besides his, and charms both him and his son.

Divine intervention. Yup, it’s a beautiful thing. 

It’s going to take one adorable little boy, a pair of spirited horses, and a near-fatal accident to convince Linney and Stone a second chance at a Grace-filled forever is theirs for the asking. 
 
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Book Review: A FAMILY FOR LEONA by Beverly Stowe McClure



From Goodreads:
Ten-year-old Leona Chapter doesn't understand why her papa left his six children at the Brooklyn Home for Homeless Children after their mother's death in 1921. Each day she prays he'll return and take his children home. God, however, isn't listening. Her brothers and sisters are either adopted or run away, leaving only Leona and Baby Mildred in the orphanage. Leona promises she and Mildred will be together for always. A promise she cannot keep, for Leona, along with her friend Noah, who she defends from the bullies Hiram and Jehu, and several other orphans, are soon on a train headed to Texas, while her sister stays at the orphanage. Leona vows she'll go back to Brooklyn, the first chance she gets. An Orphan Train tale during the 1920s.

My Review:
Where do I begin with this review? This book came along just when I was hunkering for some American historical fiction. I have to admit: I didn’t know much about the Orphan Trains of the 1920’s, but after reading the blurb, I wanted to learn more about these children who journeyed West.

I couldn’t stop reading this book! I just had to find out what happened to stubborn (but brave) Leona, artistic and loyal Noah, and the kindly couple, Matthew and Jessie. And Sunbeam, of course. Because kittens, no? Not only was A FAMILY FOR LEONA a sweet coming of age story, I also learned a bit more about this time in American history, and about the stark beauty of the Texas countryside.

Some of my favorite parts of the story were when the author wove in bits and pieces of American life during the 1920s. For example, I didn’t realize that girls back then read LITTLE WOMEN and BLACK BEAUTY. Or that some folks were avid photographers. (Do I detect a bit of the author in the character of Emma?)  Or that Eskimo Pies were such a treat.

As she always does, Beverly McClure wrote a tight, well-crafted story and a compelling ending. Throughout the entire book, the old saying:  “blossom where you’re planted” kept running through my head.

However, the greatest moment for me as a reader was when I went back and read the author’s note, and discovered that the main character—a plucky girl who had to leave her family and ride a train to Texas, and then was adopted, was actually Beverly McClure’s real life mother! 

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About the Author:
Most days you'll find Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories little voices whisper in her ear. When she's not writing, she and Tiger take long walks, where she snaps pictures of clouds, flowers, and wildlife. She's sometimes know as the "bug lady." She's not telling why. Visit her at:  https://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com/

Saturday, May 14, 2016

FINN'S CHOICE by Darby Karchut

Even though I couldn't be at the 2016 Book Expo America (BEA) this year, Finn was nicely represented at the Spencer Hill Press booth.

FINN'S CHOICE (the fourth and final book in the Finn MacCullen series) will release September 20th!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Cover Reveal: A FAMILY FOR LEONA by Beverly Stowe McClure

I'm so pleased to be part of the cover reveal for Beverly Stowe McClure's latest novel for young teens: A FAMILY FOR LEONA. I love historical fiction, and can't wait to learn more about the orphan trains of the early 1900s.
   

Ten-year-old Leona Chapter doesn't understand why her papa left his six children at the Brooklyn Home for Homeless Children after their mother's death in 1921. Each day she prays he'll return and take his children home. God, however, isn't listening. Her brothers and sisters are either adopted or run away, leaving only Leona and Baby Mildred in the orphanage. Leona promises she and Mildred will be together for always. A promise she cannot keep, for Leona, along with her friend Noah, who she defends from the bullies Hiram and Jehu, and several other orphans, are soon on a train headed to Texas, while her sister stays at the orphanage. Leona vows she'll go back to Brooklyn, the first chance she gets. An Orphan Train tale of the early 1900s.

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 Author Bio:

Most days you'll find Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories little voices whisper in her ear. When she's not writing, she and Tiger take long walks, where she snaps pictures of clouds, flowers, and wildlife. She's sometimes know as the "bug lady." She's not telling why.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Book Spotlight: THE DEBUTANTE BRIDE by Wendy May Andrews


First comes marriage, then comes love.

Miss Elizabeth Dunseith, Beth to her friends, grew up in genteel poverty, happy despite her abusive father and weak mother. When her father sells her to the highest bidder in order to pay off his gambling debts, she fears what her future will hold but is relieved to get away from home with her new, handsome husband.
Lord Justin Fulton, Earl of Westfield, is confused by the contradictory behavior of his purchased bride. One moment she is haughty and cool, the next she is warm and endearing. When his sister refuses to help establish his new bride in Society, Justin turns to a friend’s wife to show Beth the best way to navigate the politics of the ton.Their growing attraction just seems to confuse matters even further. Will these two be able to see past their differences to make it to happily ever after?








About Wendy May Andrews:
Wendy May Andrews has been in love with the written word since she learned to read at the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but hasn’t been sharing those stories with anyone but her mother until recently. This is Wendy’s third book with Clean Reads.
Wendy can be found with her nose in a book in a cozy corner of downtown Toronto. She is happily married to her own real-life hero, who is also her best friend and favorite travel companion.
Being a firm believer that every life experience contributes to the writing process, Wendy is off planning her next trip. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website, on twitter or Facebook.

Wendy’s online locations:
Website: www.wendymayandrews.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WendyMayAndrews
Twitter: www.twitter.com/WendyMayAndrews
Instagram: @wendymayandrews

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