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The Silent Songbird

The Silent Songbird

On 2/2 Becky Dempsey wrote: To avoid a forced marriage as her cousin King Richard's politcial pawn, Evangeline runs away and joins a group of servants going home to Glynval. In order to avoid detection, she pretends to be mute.Westley le Wyse feels protective of the new servant girl, but when he learns the truth, will it be the ... Book Review: "The Silent Songbird" by Melanie Dickerson

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4 Stars

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To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold

On 12/2 Becky Dempsey wrote: "Love Takes the Cake" by Betsy St. Amant:Charlotte Cantrell is drawn to Will Martin and looks forward to his weekly visits to her bakery shop. The only problem, he's there to buy cookies for another woman. She already went through being "the other woman" and won't do it again. When she is hired to bake ... Book Review: "To Have and To Hold" by Betsy St. Amant, Becky Wade, & Katie Ganshert

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4 Stars

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Kiss the Bride

Kiss the Bride

On 9/7 Becky Dempsey wrote: "Kiss the Bride" is a collection of 3 novellas previously released as part of the "Year of Wedding" novella series. I had already read the 2nd novella, but not the other two."Picture Perfect Love" by Melissa McClone: Jenna Harrison takes the perfect pictures for weddings while nursing a broken heart ... Book Review: "Kiss The Bride" by Melissa McClone, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Kathryn Springer

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4 Stars

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The Beautiful Pretender

The Beautiful Pretender

On 5/24 Becky Dempsey wrote: As Margrave of Thornbeck, Reinhart Stolten is told by the king that he needs to get married. The king even supplied a list of the women he should pick from. Reinhart doesn't know the first thing about how to pick a wife and his friends propose that he invite all ten women to Thornbeck for two weeks so ... Book Review: "The Beautiful Pretender" by Melanie Dickerson

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5 Stars

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An Amish Market

An Amish Market

On 4/9 Becky Dempsey wrote: "An Amish Market" contains four novellas that feature markets in them. The stories do not go with each other, but may follow characters in that author's other books.Love Birds by Amy Clipston: It has only been a month since Ellie Lapp’s brother Seth died. Ellie takes a job at a gift shop to help cover ... Book Review: "An Amish Market" by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, & Vannetta Chapman

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4 Stars

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The Forgotten Recipe

The Forgotten Recipe

On 1/11 Becky Dempsey wrote: Veronica Fisher's life is shattered when her best friend and fiance, Seth Lapp, is killed in an accident at work. She finds her mammi's forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her raspberry pies. When a customer starts coming regularly to buy her pies, she finds herself feeling a connection ... Book Review: "The Forgotten Recipe" by Amy Clipston

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4 Stars

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Love in the Details

Love in the Details

On 11/27 Becky Dempsey wrote: Holly Morgan broke up with Josh Bowen eight years ago.  She thought she had dealt with the heartache of losing him , but when he comes to town to help plan his best friend's wedding, she isn't prepared for the old feelings to come flooding back.  Josh has had eight months to prepare himself ... Book Review: "Love in the Details" by Becky Wade

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5 Stars

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The Perfect Arrangement

The Perfect Arrangement

On 11/26 Becky Dempsey wrote: "The Perfect Arrangement" by Katie Ganshert is a novella in the 2nd "A Year of Weddings Novella" series. Amelia Woods runs a small town florist, which she loves. She's only had one boyfriend and they broke up four years ago. She decides to drive by the church on the day of his wedding to spy on the proceedings. ... Book Review: "The Perfect Arrangement" by Katie Ganshert

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5 Stars

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The Golden Braid

The Golden Braid

On 11/25 Becky Dempsey wrote: "The Golden Braid" by Melanie Dickerson is a re-telling of the Rapunzel story. It is set in Hagenheim like many of her other stories. "The Golden Braid" actually overlaps her book "The Princess Spy" and you can see some of the action from a different perspective. I love Melanie Dickerson's books and ... Book Review: "The Golden Braid" by Melanie Dickerson

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5 Stars

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Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue

Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue

On 10/14 Becky Dempsey wrote: "Submarines, Secrets, & A Daring Rescue" by Robert J. Skead with Robert A. Skead is the 2nd book in the American Revolutionary War Adventures series. Identical twins John and Ambrose Clark are once again called upon to aid the Patriots in their war for independence. They must transport much needed ... Book Review: "Submarines, Secrets, & A Daring Rescue" by Robert J. Skead (with Robert A. Skead)

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5 Stars

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Willie Out West

Willie Out West

On 9/2 Becky Dempsey wrote: Willie the Walrus really wishes he could go on adventures like his father does, but all he gets to do is hang out around home and play. While watching TV, he gets an invitation from Sheriff Octopus to help the town of Big West be free of the bully Old Walter, the one-eyed whale. Can he save the town?I ... Book Review: "Willie Out West" by Rhonda Walker

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5 Stars

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I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

On 7/31 Becky Dempsey wrote: Skye Foster is a hopeless romantic and dreams of a cowboy sweeping her off her feet and riding off into the sunset to get married and have a large family. She just hasn't met the cowboy yet. When Grant Nichols comes in for private dance lessons in preparation of a wedding he's a groomsman for, they have ... Book Review: "I Hope You Dance" by Robin Lee Hatcher

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4 Stars

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Prison

Prison

On 7/29 Becky Dempsey wrote: Sonja Grey and Max Trent are narcotics detectives and Max always gets on Sonja's nerves, so when their Sergeant pairs them up for an undercover  drug operations, things could get a little tense.  It isn't a normal stake out, either.  It's going down at Sonja's church. Will they get their ... Book Review: "Prison" by Toni V. Lee

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4 Stars

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A Simple Prayer

A Simple Prayer

On 7/27 Becky Dempsey wrote: Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community 17 years ago. When he gets word that his mom has suffered a stroke, he comes home, but he isn't sure if he will be accepted back into his family and church.  Linda Zook has had a rough childhood, being orphaned at a young age and being raised by her uncle who ... Book Review: "A Simple Prayer" by Amy Clipston

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5 Stars

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Never a Bridesmaid

Never a Bridesmaid

On 5/14 Becky Dempsey wrote: "Never a Bridesmaid" by Janice Thompson is the May novella in the "A Year of Weddings Novella" series.Mari Hays is excited about her sister's engagement announcement right up until she is told she will be the 5th bridesmaid since she is the shortest.  The Maid of Honor has never been a very focused ... Book Review: "Never a Bridesmaid" by Janice Thompson

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5 Stars

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In Tune with Love

In Tune with Love

On 5/12 Becky Dempsey wrote: "In Tune With Love" by Amy Matayo is the April novella in the "A Year of Weddings Novella" series.April Quinn is a song writer hoping to make it big even though her family doesn't think much of her "jingles". She is trying to do everything to make her sister's wedding go smoothly even though she qualifies ... Book Review: "In Tune With Love" by Amy Matayo

Becky's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

On 5/12 Becky Dempsey wrote: Set in 1363 Germany, "The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest" by Melanie Dickerson combines the stories of Swan Lake and Robin Hood. Odette Menkels' greatest desire is to help the orphans and poor of Thornbeck. During the day, she teaches the children to read and write. At night, she poaches deer from the ... Book Review: "The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest" by Melanie Dickerson

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5 Stars

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A Stranger's Secret

A Stranger's Secret

On 4/11 Becky Dempsey wrote: "A Stranger's Secret" by Laurie Alice Eakes is set in 1813 Cornwall, England. Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan is deperate to bring prosperity to Penmara, her son's inheritance and the only thing she has left of his father. She could get help from her grandparents, but her pride won't allow her to do ... Book Review: "A Stranger's Secret" by Laurie Alice Eakes

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5 Stars

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All Dressed Up in Love

All Dressed Up in Love

On 3/27 Becky Dempsey wrote: I look forward to reading each month's novella in the A Year of Weddings Novella 2 series. This year they deal with those who help orchestra other people's dream weddings getting their own happily ever after. "All Dressed Up in Love" by Ruth Logan Herne is the novella for March.Greg Elizondo is right ... Book Review: "All Dressed Up in Love" by Ruth Logan Herne

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5 Stars

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Serving Up a Sweetheart

Serving Up a Sweetheart

On 3/2 Becky Dempsey wrote: It is one of the busiest weeks in Meadow Larson's catering business calendar and the roof caves in burying her prep kitchen under snow and debris. To add to the awful day, she discovers that Colin McGrath has just moved back to Havenbrook and he is living across the street!Colin McGrath never stood up ... Book Review: "Serving Up a Sweetheart" by Cheryl Wyatt

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5 Stars

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How to Catch a Prince

How to Catch a Prince

On 2/28 Becky Dempsey wrote: "How to Catch a Prince" by Rachel Hauck is the third in the Royal Wedding series.After five years of trying to help her parents deal with their grief, Corina Del Rey has finally emerged and is trying to get on with her life. Her boss at the online newspaper wants her to find the story of a lifetime, ... Book Review: "How to Catch a Prince" by Rachel Hauck

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5 Stars

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A Brush with Love

A Brush with Love

On 1/20 Becky Dempsey wrote: "A Brush with Love" By Rachel Hauck is the 2nd in the new "A Year Of Weddings Novella" series.  This year's novellas have the theme of the heroine being involved in helping plan/orchestrate/work at other people's weddings and now they finally get their own happily ever after.Ginger Winters has a ... Book Review: "A Brush With Love" by Rachel Hauck

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5 Stars

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A Woodland Miracle

A Woodland Miracle

On 1/15 Becky Dempsey wrote: "A Woodland Miracle" by Ruth Reid was a book I didn't want to put down.  Ben Eicher has disappointed his father for the last time and he sends him from Florida to the lumbercamp in Michigan.  The first person he meets when he gets there is Grace Wagler.  She gets the wrong impression of ... Book Review: "A Woodland Miracle" by Ruth Reid

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5 Stars

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An Amish Second Christmas

An Amish Second Christmas

On 1/9 Becky Dempsey wrote: "An Amish Second Christmas" is a compilation of four novellas.  They are independant of each other and have different settings and characters.  The common theme between the four novellas is the Amish celebration of "Second Christmas" (the day after Christmas).“When Christmas Comes Again” ... Book Review: "An Amish Second Christmas" by Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid, Kathleen Fuller, and Tricia Goyer

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5 Stars

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Love at Mistletoe Inn

Love at Mistletoe Inn

On 12/6 Becky Dempsey wrote: "Love at Mistletoe Inn" by Cindy Kirk is the first in a new "A Year of Weddings Novella" series.  I like how the titles for this year's series are more imaginative than last year's titles!  (Love at Mistletoe Inn vs A December Bride)Hope Prentiss helps her Aunt Verna run Harmony Creek, their ... Book Review: "Love at Mistletoe Inn: A December Wedding Story" by Cindy Kirk

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4 Stars

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The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

On 12/6 Becky Dempsey wrote: When "The Princess Spy" by Melanie Dickerson came up as available for review on Booklookbloggers, I knew I had to read it!  I had gotten "The Captive Maiden" previously to review and enjoyed is so much, I got all the rest of Melanie's books and read them, too!  So, I knew that I would love ... Book Review: "The Princess Spy" by Melanie Dickerson

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5 Stars

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An October Bride

An October Bride

On 10/22 Becky Dempsey wrote: Booklook bloggers again gave me the opportunity to review the newest story in the "Year of Weddings Novella" series by giving me a free eBook copy of "An October Bride" by Katie Ganshert.Emma Tate broke off her engagement two years ago when her father was diagnosed with cancer and now, she is feeling ... Book Review: "An October Bride" by Katie Ganshert

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5 Stars

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Palace of Darkness

Palace of Darkness

On 10/8 Becky Dempsey wrote: I was given an eBook version of "Palace of Darkness" written by Tracy L. Higley through Booklook bloggers in order for me to review it.Cassia has stayed with Aretas for six years despite his violent tendencies because she is desperate for love.  When he is killed after a failed scam, she and their ... Book Review: "Palace of Darkness" by Tracy L. Higley

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5 Stars

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A September Bride

A September Bride

On 10/2 Becky Dempsey wrote: I received the latest A Year of Weddings Novella, "A September Bride" written by Kathryn Springer from Booklook Bloggers in order for me to review it.  Annie Price has just moved to Red Leaf to become the manager of the Second Story bookstore and realized that she has finally found a home where ... Book Review: "A September Bride" by Kathryn Springer

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5 Stars

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Prelude for a Lord

Prelude for a Lord

On 9/4 Becky Dempsey wrote: "Prelude for a Lord" by Camille Elliot is an Inspirational Historic Romance set in 1810 England. Alethea Sutherton is the daughter of an Earl, but has never fit in.  She speaks her mind, is friends with her half sister, and plays the violin - all things that are looked down upon in Regency England. ... Book Review: "Prelude for a Lord" by Camille Elliot

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5 Stars

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An August Bride

An August Bride

On 8/30 Becky Dempsey wrote: "An August Bride" by Debra Clopton is the next installment in the "A Year of Weddings Novella" series (Book 9). Kelsey Wilcox hated weddings, and cowboys, and ranching.  That's why she moved to Corpus Christi and started her bistro in the first place - to get away from the ranching lifestyle.  So ... Book Review: "An August Bride" by Debra Clopton

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5 Stars

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Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four Weddings and a Kiss

On 8/29 Becky Dempsey wrote: I was given a copy of "Four Weddings and a Kiss" to review through Booklookbloggers. "Four Weddings and a Kiss" is a collection of four novellas, each having to do with a heroine who is a strong,  independent woman who can do things for herself.  The four novellas are tied together by ... Book Review: "Four Weddings and a Kiss" by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher

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5 Stars

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A July Bride

A July Bride

On 8/14 Becky Dempsey wrote: BookLookBloggers gave me the opportunity to review "A July Bride" by Beth Wiseman by sending me a free eBook copy in exchange for my honest review."A July Bride" opens with Alyssa Pennington's wedding and closes with her wedding.  A year passes in between the two weddings, though.Brendan Meyers ... Book Review: "A July Bride" by Beth Wiseman

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4 Stars

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A Lady's Honor

A Lady's Honor

On 5/16 Becky Dempsey wrote: I was given a free Kindle edition copy of "A Lady's Honor" by Laurie Alice Eakes through the Booklook bloggers program in exchange for my honest review. Set in 1811 Cornwall, England, Elizabeth Trelawny flees London and the arranged marriage with Marquess Rumsford, a man whose previous wives died ... Book Review: "A Lady's Honor" by Laurie Alice Eakes

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5 Stars

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Bluebonnet Bride

Bluebonnet Bride

On 5/10 Becky Dempsey wrote: I received a free eBook copy of "Bluebonnet Bride" by Colleen Coble through BookLook Bloggers in order for me to read and review it.Elli Korpela flees Finland after the death of her father, sure that her neighbor had him killed so he could take her home and her. She comes to Texas as a Mail Order Bride. ... Book Review: "Bluebonnet Bride: A Butterfly Palace Story" by Colleen Coble

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5 Stars

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The Heart's Pursuit

The Heart's Pursuit

On 5/6 Becky Dempsey wrote: I received an eBook copy of "The Heart's Pursuit" to read and review through Booklook Bloggers.Silvana (Silver) Matlock was left standing at the altar, but worse than that, her fiance stole her family's money and jewels leaving them unable to pay off their debts.  She decides it is up to her to ... Book Review: "The Heart's Pursuit" by Robin Lee Hatcher

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5 Stars

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 5/5 Becky Dempsey wrote: "The Queen's Handmaid" is the second novel I've read by Tracy Higley.  I had a hard time getting into the other book I'd read by Tracy Higley, so I was thinking the same might be true this time as well.  However, I did not have that issue this time around. Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra's ... Book Review: "The Queen's Handmaid" by Tracy L. Higley

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5 Stars

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An Amish Garden

An Amish Garden

On 3/19 Becky Dempsey wrote: I received a free copy of "An Amish Garden" from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.   "An Amish Garden" is a collection of 4 novellas:  "Rooted in Love" by Beth Wiseman, "Flowers for Rachael" by Kathleen Fuller, "Seeds of Love" by Tricia Goyer, and "Where Healing Blooms" ... Book Review: "An Amish Garden" by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, and Vannetta Chapman

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5 Stars

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A December Bride

A December Bride

On 2/28 Becky Dempsey wrote: "A December Bride" by Denise Hunter is actually the 1st novella in the "A Year Of Weddings Novella" Series, but I didn't know about it until after I had read "A January Bride" and "A February Bride".  It really didn't matter, though as it isn't connected to the other stories at all.  It does, ... Book Review: "A December Bride" by Denise Hunter

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5 Stars

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Princess Ever After

Princess Ever After

On 2/27 Becky Dempsey wrote: Tanner Burkhardt is the newly appointed Minister of Culture for the Duchy of Hessenburg and has been charged with finding the long lost heir of Princess Alice.  The fate of the country rests on his ability to succeed and he has had more than his share of failure.  Regina Beswick left her high ... Book Review: "Princess Ever After" by Rachel Hauck

Becky's Rating:

4 Stars

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A January Bride

A January Bride

On 2/17 Becky Dempsey wrote: I was given the opportunity to review 2 short stories/novellas by Book Look Bloggers (formerly Booksneeze) in their "A Year of Weddings" series. In "A January Bride", Madeleine Houser moves from New York to Kansas after her sister's husband gets a new job and they have to move away and can't ... Book Review: "A January Bride" by Deborah Raney

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5 Stars

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A February Bride

A February Bride

On 2/17 Becky Dempsey wrote: I was given the opportunity to review 2 short stories/novellas by Book Look Bloggers (formerly Booksneeze) in their "A Year of Weddings" series. In "A February Bride", Allie Andrews feels that she has a family curse and marriages are doomed to failure, so to spare Marcus from the heartbreak ... Book Review: "A February Bride" by Betsy St. Amant

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5 Stars

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Once-A-Day Country Faith

Once-A-Day Country Faith

On 1/17 Becky Dempsey wrote: I don't listen to Country music now as much as I used to, but I thought that the idea of this book was an interesting one.  They asked country music artists their favorite Bible passage and why. Synopsis:Here’s your exclusive backstage pass to experience the faith of today’s top country music ... Book Review: "Once-a-Day Country Faith"

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5 Stars

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The Captive Maiden

The Captive Maiden

On 12/21 Becky Dempsey wrote: When I got the email from Booksneeze saying what books were going to be available in December, I made sure to come back and request "The Captive Maiden" by Melanie Dickerson the first day it was available.   This is the book description:Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore?Gisela’s childhood ... Book Review: "The Captive Maiden" by Melanie Dickerson

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5 Stars

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

On 12/2 Becky Dempsey wrote: I was really excited to be able to get a copy of "Peace on Earth:  A Christmas Collection" by Mary Engelbreit to review.  (I requested it in October to make sure I'd be able to get it!)  I love Christmas--the true Christmas, the birth of Jesus.  Not Santa and the commercialism.  This ... Book Review: Peace on Earth: A Christmas Collection by Mary Engelbreit

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5 Stars

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City on Fire

City on Fire

On 10/4 Becky Dempsey wrote: When I first read about "City on Fire:  A Novel of Pompeii", I was intrigued with it as I am quite interested in historical events and Pompeii is an interesting subject.   This is what the write up about the book said:As Vesuvius churns, a slave girl-turned-gladiator joins forces with ... Book Review: City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii by Tracy L. Higley

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4 Stars

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A Bride for All Seasons

A Bride for All Seasons

On 8/31 Becky Dempsey wrote: The last 2 books I read that were made up of short stories/novellas compiled into one book had characters that were the same between the stories.  This one, however, didn't have any characters in common between the stories.  It did have the common factor of the "Hitching Post Mail-Order-Bride ... Book Review: A Bride for All Seasons by Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton Published by Thomas Nelson

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5 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 8/8 Becky Dempsey wrote: "Secretly Smitten" is composed of 4 novellas that flow together into one overall story. Each novella centers on one of the four women in the Thomas family. The mystery of how the dog tags of Grandma Rose's 1st love (who died in the war) ended up in the attic runs throughout all four of the stories. ... Book Review: "Secretly Smitten" by Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, & Denise Hunter

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5 Stars

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An Amish Kitchen

An Amish Kitchen

On 2/5 Becky Dempsey wrote: "An Amish Kitchen" is a colletion of 3 novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, and Kelly Long, A Taste of Faith, A Spoonful of Love and A Recipe for Hope .  Each of the stories takes place in Paradise, Pennsylvania and mentions the other characters, so there is some connection between ... Book Review: An Amish Kitchen by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Long

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5 Stars

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Friendship for Grown-Ups

Friendship for Grown-Ups

On 1/11 Becky Dempsey wrote: I was excited to be able to read this book as I've always struggled with finding friends.  I hoped that it would help me learn how to make friends.  It didn't give me any step by step guides to how to make a friend, however.  Lisa shares her story of growing up as a child star and how ... Book Review: Friendship for Grown-Ups

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5 Stars

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