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 Tacos for Two

by Betsy St. Amant


About the Book


Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can’t cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red – and an upcoming contest during Modest’s annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site.


Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father’s law firm, and the food truck festival seems the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. But if he loses the contest, he’s back at the law firm for good. Failure is not an option.


Complications arise when Rory’s chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he’s been falling for online the past month.

Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one?


My Thoughts


I enjoyed this book even more than I expected to, and I had pretty high hopes going in. Fun and sweet with a little bit of spice, this story kept me turning pages.


Rory was a great heroine. Smart, strong, and driven, she was multidimensional and unique. I love seeing a different culture highlighted in Christian fiction. I found it admirable the way Rory was so dedicated to keeping her aunt’s food truck going, even though she hated cooking, as well as her fierce protection for Hannah. I must admit, in the beginning, I wasn’t so sure about Jude. The whole rich guy trope is not my thing, but I did appreciate that he cared about Maria, and became friends with Alton. There is a charming cast of supporting characters in this book, as well. From Grady and Nicole, to Alton and Hannah, and even Mayor Whit. They all add depth to the story and round out the book.


The story sees both main characters through trials, from familial conflicts, to financial struggles, yet it maintains that lighthearted feel that rom com readers love. Fans of You’ve Got Mail will love the many references to the classic rom com flick. And of course, this is going to make you hungry. I could practically smell all that wonderful Mexican food cooking as I read about the preparations for the food truck contest.


Christian rom com fans rejoice! Tacos for Two is a delightful novel that is most worthy of a spot on your shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.


Review: A View Most Glorious




 A View Most Glorious

by Regina Scott

About the Book

Headstrong Coraline Baxter has worked all her life to be more than the spoiled socialite others expect. When her fellow suffragettes in Tacoma, Washington, suggest that she should climb to the top of Mount Rainier to prove that a woman can do anything, she instantly resolves to do it. And if she can climb Mount Rainier, her mother promises to stop pressuring her to get married to the wealthy Cash Kincaid. All Cora needs is a guide to get her to the top of the mountain.

Nathan Hardee may look like a mountain man, but he once ruled the halls of society. He left all that behind after his father broke under the financial pressure from Kincaid. To best Kincaid now, Nathan agrees to guide Cora up the mountain.

Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora’s strength and will lead her and Nathan to rediscover their faith in God and humanity. These two loners make unlikely partners in righting a wrong and may just discover that only together is the view most glorious.

My Thoughts

I absolutely loved this book! I am a huge fan of anything to do with suffragettes and reading about them is one of my favorite past times, so I immediately knew this was going to be the book for me. It did not disappoint, and I enjoyed it even more than I’d anticipated.

Cora was my favorite kind of heroine. She was smart and strong and passionate about the women’s suffrage movement. Yet she also had a kind heart that cared for the less fortunate. It was so fun to read about her going from dressing in luxurious ball gowns for elegant dinner parties and nights at the opera to following her journey up the mountain in the name of women’s right. I loved reading about this head-strong woman who fell in love with Mount Rainier.

And Nathan was my favorite kind of hero. He has strong opinions of his own, yet is not domineering toward Cora, nor does he try to hem her in. Though he had been disillusioned after his father’s death, reading about him letting go of the past and embracing a future with Cora was wonderful.

Mount Rainier is a character itself in the book and what a stunning setting for a story it was! I learned a lot about the mountain as I read about Cora and Nathan’s hike. The author’s passion and familiarity with Rainier is abundantly clear in this book and she writes about the landmark with such appreciation and care. Reading about the meadows of wildflowers, the camps, and the snowcapped top was just awe inspiring.

A View Most Glorious is one of my new favorite books. I highly recommend this book to those who loves Christian historical fiction…or just a good read in general.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

It's Release Day!


 

Today’s the day! Murder at the Picture Show is officially out! It’s been such a journey getting here and I am so thrilled to share this book with you all. Follow this link to purchase the book in paperback and e-book formats. This book is also available in Kindle Unlimited.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Lights. Camera. Murder.

 

On an autumn evening in New York City, amateur sleuth Fiona Clery and her partner Max Gillespie attend the picture house for the premiere of a silent film shot in their city. The night is filled with excitement and glamor…until the star of the film, Sylvie Boscombe, is murdered. Unable to sit back with a killer on the loose, Fiona pursues the case, leading her across the city, from opulent neighborhoods, to film sets, to the underground speakeasies Sylvie frequented. When a man she believes to be innocent is arrested for the murder, Fiona’s search becomes all the more urgent. Can she solve the case before it’s too late?

 

Meanwhile, Max gets a shocking surprise about his past that could offer answers to questions he has long held. And Fiona makes a discovery regarding her missing sister that could blow the case wide open.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

I’m giving away a Kindle edition of Murder at the Picture Show to one lucky winner! Must be 18 or older to enter.

 

 

A Fiona Clery Christmas Mystery!


 

I have an exciting announcement to make. There’s going to be a Christmas Fiona Clery Mystery! Theft of the Magi will release December 7, 2021. I am incredibly excited about this. I adore Christmas and I love writing about these characters, so this book is a win-win for me.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

This holiday season, the halls are decked with thievery.

 

It’s Christmas, 1922, and Fiona Clery has visions of festive celebrations filled with family and friends dancing through her head. Yet when a string of thefts occurs within her apartment building, the chill of winter replaces puts a damper on her celebrations. One by one, various items go missing from her neighbors’ flats. With the help of her friend Max Gillespie and her roommate Rose Ellington, Fiona investigates the thefts. Soon she believes she has the mystery figured out, yet when things take a turn, all her ideas are called into question.

 

And as Christmas day approaches, Fiona and Max struggle to find gifts for one another. Money is tight and both wish they could find just the right present. Under Rose’s guidance, each believes they’ve found the perfect gift, though it will come at a price.

 

Theft of the Magi is now available for pre-order by following this link, and don’t forget to mark it as to-read on Goodreads. Can’t wait until December to read a Fiona Clery mystery? The first book in the series, Deadly Pearls is now available, and you can pre-order book two, Murder at the Picture Show!

Review: Since You've Been Gone

 



Since You’ve Been Gone

by Tari Faris

About the Book

Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a success. But blank slates are hard to come by and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits Company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah’s past difficult, he also seems determined to complicate her present as well.

Jon is trying to prove to the Heritage Fruits board that he, not his manipulative uncle, should be running the business. The board insists Jon find a new owner for the building that will house Leah’s business. To avoid forcing a buyout of Leah’s part of the building, Jon strikes a compromise with Leah, and the two go into business together. With her vision and his know-how, it might work. And Leah might realize he’s loved her since high school. If only he didn’t keep on shooting himself in the foot by boxing her out of important decisions.

Sparks fly in this romantic story of two people who must to trust both each other and the one who called them to this journey.

My Thoughts

I must admit; I enjoyed this book more than the typical contemporary romance. While I read contemporary fiction from time to time, it is usually just for fun when I am in a rut. But this book had more depth to it than a lot of books in the genre. It is a story that I think will stick with me for a long time.

Leah was a stand-out heroine. She was unique in many ways and set herself apart from many of her contemporaries. I loved that she had her own sense of style and was a very driven person. Her dedication to reopening her grandfather’s store was stirring. I liked Jon. He’s not my favorite sort of hero, but his love for Leah and dedication to his sister was endearing, making him a solid character.

Heritage is most definitely a character itself in the book. I love these small town settings that offer plenty of quirks. Descriptions of the quaint little town, its diner and small businesses, as well as Otis, the moving brass hippo, will have readers wishing they could head to Michigan themselves to spend a week in this charming place.

Fans of Melissa Tagg and Becky Wade will love this book. If you’re looking for a contemporary romance with a charming setting and a solid faith message, Since You’ve Been Gone is your ticket.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review: A Christmas in the Alps

 



A Christmas in the Alps

by Melody Carlson

About the Book

After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth.

During the long flight, Simone meets Kyle Larsson, who’s on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone’s family’s clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure…and so much more.

For anyone who is wearying of staying home, Melody Carlson invites you to spend Christmas with her in the beautiful French Alps this year. So pull on your mittens, tie your scarf tight, and prepare yourself for a magical mountain holiday.

My Thoughts

From a beloved voice in inspirational Christmas fiction comes a story of lost treasure, discovered family, and grace.

What a delightful read! Melody Carlson is known for her Christmas stories filled with warmth and heart. I’ve enjoyed many of them, though I do believe A Christmas in the Alps is my favorite so far.

The plot of this book was very interesting. I loved reading about Simone finding her great-grandmother’s letter and then traveling to France in search of treasure. Carlson’s descriptions of the small village of Avre were completely charming. The idea of spending Christmas in this little town was just enchanting. I also loved reading about the Beaumonts’ experiences during WWII, as well as Simone’s search for her great-grandmother’s treasure. It kept me guessing throughout the book and added depth to this warm and sweet novella.

Simone was a lovely heroine. Her fear of flying makes her very relatable, as does her selflessness and dedication to her family. It was lovely to see the way things went for her after finding her great-grandmother’s letter; traveling to France, finding love, and getting to know her family. Sort of like a reward for all her hard work caring for her grandmother.

The supporting cast of characters was charming and rounded out the story. Tante Estelle, Kyle, and Noel all fit wonderfully in the story and just made it that much more enjoyable.

Fans of sweet Christmas stories with a dash of romance and a hint of mystery will love A Christmas in the Alps. I highly recommend this novella!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review: A Midnight Dance




 A Midnight Dance

by Joanna Davidson Politano


About the Book


All theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most –and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater. Yet as she struggles to maintain her place in the ever-shrinking ballet company, win the attentions of principal dancer Phillipe, and avoid company flirt Jack, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her lifer is mirroring that of the dead ballerina.


Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own tragic end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the past?


Mystery and romance make the perfect dance partners in this evocative story from fan-favorite Joanna Davidson Politano.


My Thoughts


From a skilled hand comes a tale of loss, unrequited love, self-discovery, and grace set against the backdrop of Victorian England.


With her trademark style that has an ethereal quality, Joanna Davidson Politano takes us on another journey to Victorian England, this time to the world of ballet. Amid the soot stained streets of London, we are given a story filled with grace that is hauntingly beautiful.


Ella Blythe is a delightful heroine. She’s strong, dedicated, and intrepid. Her striving for perfection is something that I think we can all relate to. I cheered for her as she worked to uncover the truth about her mother and those around her.


The romance in this book is so achingly wonderful. Tender and hard-won, there are twists and turns that truly took me by surprise in a good way. While I won’t give away any spoilers, it truly is one of the most original romances I’ve read in a while. Mystery as well abounds in this book and truly kept me guessing up until the very end. It was so delightful.


The setting of this book was pitch perfect. The dark tones of the Victorian era are portrayed in an almost tangible way and the cut-throat and unforgiving theatre world fit within it perfectly.


A Midnight Dance is surely one of my favorite books of the year. Avid readers of historical fiction will love this book. Highly recommended!


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.