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Honeysuckle Dreams

Honeysuckle Dreams

On 7/3 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: "After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam ... Honeysuckle Dreams

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5 Stars

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If I Live

If I Live

On 4/5 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she’s running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It’s only a matter of time before someone ... If I Live

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5 Stars

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The View from Rainshadow Bay

The View from Rainshadow Bay

On 2/13 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: "After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has. When her business partner ... The View from Rainshadow Bay

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5 Stars

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Blue Ridge Sunrise

Blue Ridge Sunrise

On 12/16 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: "Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When Zoe ... A Blue Ridge Sunrise

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5 Stars

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To Wager Her Heart

To Wager Her Heart

On 11/15 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: "Can a railroad man and a Southern Belle turned teacher find a way to work together to achieve their dreams in the new reality of the post-Civil War South? Sylas Rutledge, former gambler and new owner of the East Line Railway, invests everything he has into this venture, partly to ... To Wager Her Heart

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4 Stars

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Beneath Copper Falls

Beneath Copper Falls

On 9/11 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: "Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor? As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently ... Beneath Copper Falls

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5 Stars

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Sweetbriar Cottage

Sweetbriar Cottage

On 6/23 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  " Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance ... Sweetbriar Cottage

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5 Stars

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You'll Think of Me

You'll Think of Me

On 6/13 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Her mother abandoned her, her father disowned her, and her husband left her. Can Brooklyn be convinced that it is possible to forgive the greatest of betrayals?Brooklyn Myers escaped her broken home and her embittered, unloving father by eloping to Reno at the age of 17. But ... You'll Think of Me

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3 Stars

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If I'm Found

If I'm Found

On 4/14 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help ... If I'm Found

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5 Stars

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An Uncommon Protector

An Uncommon Protector

On 3/11 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post.The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. ... An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray

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4 Stars

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Because You're Mine

Because You're Mine

On 1/9 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law ... Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble

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5 Stars

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A Royal Christmas Wedding

A Royal Christmas Wedding

On 12/12 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  " Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly ... A Royal Christmas Wedding

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5 Stars

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A Love Made New

A Love Made New

On 11/22 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Abigail Schrock knows God can make all things new, but does that include her broken heart?It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can’t help but feel that if she’d ... A Love Made New

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4 Stars

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The Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop

On 11/8 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Two women separated by decades. Both set out to help others find their dreams when their own have crumbled.It's the early 1930s, but Cora Scott is walking in stride as a career woman ​after having inherited her great aunt's wedding shop in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, where brides ... The Wedding Shop

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5 Stars

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

On 9/26 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "'I need you to keep these girls safe . . .'Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.Renting out the small cottage on her property ... Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

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4 Stars

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Just a Kiss

Just a Kiss

On 9/7 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are derailed when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.Watching the love of his life fall for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially ... Just a Kiss

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5 Stars

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The Courtship Basket

The Courtship Basket

On 8/25 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: "Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Determined ... The Courtship Basket

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4 Stars

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The Beautiful Pretender

The Beautiful Pretender

On 7/7 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true ... The Beautiful Pretender

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Kissed by a Cowboy

Kissed by a Cowboy

On 3/28 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Cassidy was looking for a home and a place to belong . . . not for a cowboy to steal her heart.        Having lived through her parents' endless string of "matrimonial bliss gone wrong," Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her ... Kissed by a Cowboy

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4 Stars

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The Goodbye Bride

The Goodbye Bride

On 3/14 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more ... The Goodbye Bride

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5 Stars

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If I Run

If I Run

On 3/1 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: "Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting ... If I Run

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5 Stars

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Keeper of the Stars

Keeper of the Stars

On 2/22 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny’s mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain—but that’s ... Keeper of the Stars

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5 Stars

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Mermaid Moon

Mermaid Moon

On 2/4 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she ... Mermaid Moon

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5 Stars

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Money-Making Mom

Money-Making Mom

On 1/7 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "When it comes to finances, many of us feel strapped and stressed, buried under bills, worried about an uncertain future. Even if money is plentiful, we long for greater wisdom to manage it well. In Money-Making Mom, finance and family blogger Crystal Paine ... Money Making Mom

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5 Stars

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All Is Bright

All Is Bright

On 10/27 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "As manager of the Tidewater Inn, Delilah Carter has been planning a spectacular Christmas wedding for her friends at the grand hotel overlooking the ocean. While picking up still more twinkly lights and some last-minute groceries for the reception dinner, a huge truck runs her ... All is Bright

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5 Stars

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A Reluctant Bride

A Reluctant Bride

On 10/4 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "When tragedy strikes an independent Amish woman, she must accept a marriage proposal from the man she vowed never to marry.As the oldest daughter in an Amish family, Sadie's life was mapped out since the day she was born. She would join the church, marry an Amish man, and eventually ... A Reluctant Bride

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5 Stars

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Counting on a Cowboy

Counting on a Cowboy

On 9/10 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "After losing everything dear to her, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy spurs her to wonder if maybe love is worth the risk.Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the homey town of Wishing Springs, Texas, after her favorite advice columnist ... Counting on a Cowboy

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4 Stars

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Falling Like Snowflakes

Falling Like Snowflakes

On 8/27 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice but to stay put through Christmas ... Falling Like Snowflakes

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5 Stars

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Her Brother's Keeper

Her Brother's Keeper

On 8/25 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Charlotte came to Amish country to find answers. What she never expected to find was peace.Charlotte Dolinsky is not above playing dress-up and telling a few lies to find out what happened to her only brother. In fact, that is exactly what she’s come to Lancaster County to ... Her Brother's Keeper

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3 Stars

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Married 'til Monday

Married 'til Monday

On 8/13 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "With a big anniversary party in the works for her parents, Ryan will pretend to be Abby's husband for just one last weekend.Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He's sulked, he's gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living ... Married til Monday

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5 Stars

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Whenever You Come Around

Whenever You Come Around

On 6/25 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Just when Charity's wild imagination failed her, a flesh-and-blood hero walked into her life.Best-selling author Charity Anderson returns to her hometown of Kings Meadow to defeat a bad case of writer's block. She imagines she'll spend a lonely summer writing and then return ... Whenever You Come Around

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To Win Her Favor

To Win Her Favor

On 5/7 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good.An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous ... To Win Her Favor

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5 Stars

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Twisted Innocence

Twisted Innocence

On 4/10 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "When Holly's secrets backfire, is the mess too big to unravel?Holly Cramer has worked hard to keep the identity of her daughter's father a secret, shamed and embarrassed by the one-night stand. But when the police knock on her door searching for Creed Kershaw, she realizes his ... Twisted Innocence

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4 Stars

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The Inn at Ocean's Edge

The Inn at Ocean's Edge

On 3/31 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore's childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie . . .The minute she steps inside the grand ... The Inn at Ocean's Edge

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5 Stars

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A Brush with Love

A Brush with Love

On 2/5 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.Ginger Winters drapes her hair over her right shoulder and adjusts the scarf around her neck to cover her scarred, ... A Brush with Love

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4 Stars

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A Woodland Miracle

A Woodland Miracle

On 1/23 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Grace feels like she can't measure up to those around her, and Ben could use a good dose of humility.In their small northern Michigan district, where women outnumber men three to one, Grace doesn't believe she will ever attract a husband, especially with her limp. Tired of struggling ... A Woodland Miracle

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An Amish Second Christmas

An Amish Second Christmas

On 12/21 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  “When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth WisemanKatherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could ... An Amish Second Christmas

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An October Bride

An October Bride

On 10/14 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "She wants to make her father's dream come true. She doesn't realize her own dream has been in front of her the whole time.Emma Tate isn't a risk taker, so everyone in her small Midwest town is surprised when she suddenly becomes engaged to lifelong friend Jake Sawyer. No one ... An October Bride

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An August Bride

An August Bride

On 9/17 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Kelsey vowed never to love a cowboy again. But then she meets Brent.After a cowboy broke her heart, Kelsey Wilcox traded in her boots for flip-flops and a bistro on the beautiful sandy beach of Corpus Christi. Two years later, still not believing in happy endings, she is about ... An August Bride

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 8/19 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "If the hours don't kill you, the accused just might.Mia Quinn is a Seattle prosecutor working on high profile cases in the Violent Crimes unit while juggling the impossible demands of single parenthood. Her husband, Scott, was killed in a car crash that homicide detective Charlie ... A Deadly Business

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5 Stars

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A July Bride

A July Bride

On 7/31 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Can she forgive the man who left her at the altar?Alyssa Pennington dated Brendan Myers for three years before she accepted his proposal. For almost a year, Alyssa's friends and family helped her plan a lovely wedding to take place in the church she'd grown up in. It was the ... A July Bride

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2 Stars

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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 7/24 Melissa Smith wrote:  "And then came war . . .Today. Sera James spends most of her time arranging auctions for the art world’s elite clientele. When her search to uncover an original portrait of an unknown Holocaust victim leads her to William Hanover III, they learn that this painting is much more than it seems.Vienna, ... The Butterfly and the Violin

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5 Stars

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Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four Weddings and a Kiss

On 7/16 Melissa Smith wrote: "In 1885 five western preachers sit around a campfire talking about unlikely couples they've seen God bring together.Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary ConnealyMaizy Place is an unruly tomboy. When she causes an accident, injuring neighbor Rylan Carstens, she becomes his unlikely caregiver. ... Four Weddings and a Kiss

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5 Stars

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Seagrass Pier

Seagrass Pier

On 6/18 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Seagrass Pier is the perfect place for Elin to hide from a killer, but an old love's ability to see her true heart could be her undoing.When Elin Summerall contracted a virus that damaged her heart, she was lucky to get a transplant. At first it was an overwhelmingly good gift. ... Seagrass Pier

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4 Stars

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A Mother's Secret

A Mother's Secret

On 6/5 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever? Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother’s farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the ... A Mother's Secret

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4 Stars

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The Heart's Pursuit

The Heart's Pursuit

On 5/15 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "A Colorado beauty abandoned at the altar. A rugged bounty hunter haunted by his past.In this dramatic historical novel by best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher, two wounded hearts join forces in a pursuit across the Old West. Silver Matlock is a Colorado beauty in search of revenge ... The Heart's Pursuit

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4 Stars

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A Lady's Honor

A Lady's Honor

On 4/30 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Society is concerned about her honor, but Elizabeth must realize her worth doesn't lie in her inheritance.In order to avoid a forced marriage to a dangerous man, Elizabeth Trelawney flees London. An unexpected stranger arrives to help her, and as they elude her pursuers across ... A Lady's Honor

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5 Stars

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Bluebonnet Bride

Bluebonnet Bride

On 3/31 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boards The Baltic with hundreds of eager women, all seeking new beginnings and brighter futures in America . . . as mail order brides.Escaping a forced engagement, Elli seeks refuge in a faraway marriage, desperately needing her new ... Bluebonnet Bride

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2 Stars

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The Kissing Bridge

The Kissing Bridge

On 3/28 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "In the third book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, award-winning author Tricia Goyer introduces a surprising new resident to West Kootenai as a young woman escapes from her stifling conservative Amish community to find a new life. Rebecca is an Amish woman whose ... The Kissing Bridge

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5 Stars

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Distortion

Distortion

On 3/11 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Juliet Cole’s life has been dismantled by the murder of her husband. She doesn’t know who—or what—to trust when everything she has believed to be true about her marriage has been a lie. When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is gunned down in a dark parking lot ... Distortion

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5 Stars

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A February Bride

A February Bride

On 2/5 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Allie left the love of her life at the altar - to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine's Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family's destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress?History ... A February Bride

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4 Stars

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A January Bride

A January Bride

On 2/4 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "What will happen when novelist Madeleine Houser's 'pen pal' friendship with a lonely widower takes an unexpected turn?Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian ... A January Bride

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5 Stars

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A December Bride

A December Bride

On 1/15 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "What started as a whim turned into an accidental---and very public---engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the façade in Chapel Springs this holiday season---for the sake of her career . . . and his heart?Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy - the best friend of Layla O’Reilly’s ... A December Bride

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5 Stars

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Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive

On 12/23 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Camille Gardner came to small town Louisiana in the name of big business. But will the town of Samford change her before she can change it?A talented businesswoman in the oil and gas business, Camille Gardner agrees to take on one last assignment for her uncle at the J&S ... Sweet Olive

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4 Stars

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Plain Peace

Plain Peace

On 11/19 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Anna loves the grandfather who raised her, but his strict adherence to the Ordnung is scaring away any boy who might be interested in her—except newcomer Jacob.In normal circumstances Anna Byler would have her choice of any of the young men in her Amish community. But because ... Plain Peace

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5 Stars

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A Christmas Gift for Rose

A Christmas Gift for Rose

On 11/15 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.Born in the midst of the hardships of the Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But as she prepares to marry, she's ... A Christmas Gift for Rose

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5 Stars

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Beloved

Beloved

On 10/30 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "When Diana Brennan’s husband returns eight years after abandoning her, can she find it in her heart to forgive him?Diana Brennan came west on the orphan train and was given a home with a loving couple who cherished and spoiled her. At 17, she fell hard for Tyson Applegate, ... Beloved

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Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder Tea

On 10/24 Melissa Smith wrote: Book Description:  "In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents ... Gunpowder Tea

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3 Stars

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A Bride for All Seasons

A Bride for All Seasons

On 9/4 Melissa Smith wrote: Book Description:  "It all started with an ad in a mail-order bride catalogue . . .This charming bouquet of novellas introduces you to four Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue prospects in the year 1870, all eager for second chances . . . and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they'll ... A Bride for All Seasons

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4 Stars

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A Hopeful Heart

A Hopeful Heart

On 7/31 Melissa Smith wrote: Book Description:  "In A Hopeful Heart, the first novel of the new Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series from best-selling author Amy Clipston, Hannah finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Her community offers her love and support after the untimely death of her husband, but an Englisher ... A Hopeful Heart

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4 Stars

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Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 7/19 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But ... Once Upon a Prince

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4 Stars

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Barefoot Summer

Barefoot Summer

On 7/7 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Madison’s heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything.In the years since her twin brother’s drowning, Madison McKinley has struggled to put it behind her. Despite the support of her close-knit family and her gratifying job as a veterinarian in their ... Barefoot Summer

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5 Stars

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Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

On 6/13 Melissa Smith wrote: Book Description: "In Rock Harbor Search and Rescue, a middle grade fiction novel based on Colleen Coble’s bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery.Emily O’Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers ... Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

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Letters to Katie

Letters to Katie

On 5/9 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Everything changed between them the first time he called her Katie.Katherine Yoder has loved Johnny Mullet since they were children, but he never actively returned her affections. Like so many things in their world, he assumes Katherine will always be there. Once his horse farm ... Letters to Katie

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4 Stars

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The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood

On 4/4 Melissa Smith wrote: Book Description:  "Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.Darbury, England, 1814Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even ... The Heiress of Winterwood

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5 Stars

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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 3/28 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Brooke has only loved one man, her late husband. Owen’s rebuilding after a painful divorce. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love?In the charming town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising two young children on her own, supporting ... The House that Love Built

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5 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 3/21 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "When life is murder, who can you trust?One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute there’s a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death.Mia’s ... A Matter of Trust

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5 Stars

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The Sky Beneath My Feet

The Sky Beneath My Feet

On 2/28 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Being married to a saint isn't what it's cracked up to be.Beth's husband won't be joining the family on vacation at the beach this year. He's not even joining them in the house. Instead, Rick has holed up alone in the backyard shed. Nobody knows exactly what he's up to. Maybe ... The Sky Beneath My Feet

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2 Stars

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Threads of Grace

Threads of Grace

On 2/21 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Grace's autistic son needs a life that is safe and consistent. Seth wants to leave his flirting days behind him and settle down.Deep in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, the beautiful and weary Amish widow, Grace Beiler, is not looking for a husband—especially ... Threads of Grace

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4 Stars

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Moon Over Edisto

Moon Over Edisto

On 2/17 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "The past has come knocking on Julia's door. Can she summon the courage to answer betrayal with love?Julia’s best friend, Marney, broke up her parents' marriage years ago. Now Marney shows up at her Manhattan apartment, asking the impossible—come home to Edisto Island to care ... Moon Over Edisto

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4 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 1/15 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the ... Secretly Smitten

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Waiting for Morning

Waiting for Morning

On 12/23 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Molly Hatfield comes to Arizona Territory seeking stability and security. But living in Cactus Patch provides her with more than she ever dreamed.There is nothing Molly wouldn’t do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming herself for the accident that left him wheelchair bound, ... Waiting for Morning

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3 Stars

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An Amish Christmas, expanded edition

An Amish Christmas, expanded edition

On 12/17 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Christmas Cradles by Kelly Long -- When Anna Stolis takes over for her aunt, the local Amish midwife in Paradise, Christmas night heats up with multiple deliveries, three strangers' quilts, and the help from resourceful and strong Asa Lapp, whose job it is to get Anna through ... An Amish Christmas

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4 Stars

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Silent Night

Silent Night

On 12/5 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "As Christmas day nears, Bree and her faithful search-and-rescue dog Samson follow the trail of a troubling mystery into the snowy forests of Rock Harbor.Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas guests, but her heart is reeling from the recent and tender loss of her unborn child. ... Silent Night

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5 Stars

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Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift

On 11/27 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart.Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for ... Every Perfect Gift

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Lovelier Than Daylight

Lovelier Than Daylight

On 11/7 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  Susanna is a lady of principles who values family above all. Johann seems to represent all she despises . . . but appearances can be deceiving.In 1875, Susanna Hanby is headed off to college in Westerville, Ohio, when she discovers her sister Rachel and Rachel’s children have ... Lovelier Than Daylight

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3 Stars

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Prayers of a Stranger

Prayers of a Stranger

On 10/27 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "While visiting the Holy Land, Amanda answers the prayers of a stranger . . . and begins an amazing Christmas journey.Amanda Vance is ambivalent about her husband’s idea for a big family holiday up north. Last year she planned a special Christmas in their own home, carefully ... Prayers of a Stranger

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The Trouble With Cowboys

The Trouble With Cowboys

On 9/28 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for ... The Trouble With Cowboys

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His Love Endures Forever

His Love Endures Forever

On 9/25 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "An unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Can love really endure all things?Danielle Kent is anything but Amish. But as destiny would have it, she has fallen in love with an Amish man.Now she’s 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child’s Amish father—Matthew Lapp—will ... His Love Endures Forever

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5 Stars

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The Truth About Grace

The Truth About Grace

On 9/19 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  “Is the experience of God’s grace in your life a thrilling thing? Just thinking about the fact that God, by His own sovereign plan, decided to be gracious to me is overwhelming. There is nothing greater than receiving grace upon grace.” —John MacArthur"Simple definitions ... The Truth About Grace

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5 Stars

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Song of the Brokenhearted

Song of the Brokenhearted

On 8/9 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Ava has a loving family, a beautiful house, and a solid faith.Suddenly, her ideal life will be completely broken . . . in the best of ways.Ava’s life is full of great things. Her daughter is getting married to just the right guy, her husband’s company has kept them financially ... Song of the Brokenhearted

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5 Stars

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Faithful to Laura

Faithful to Laura

On 7/31 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Laura’s Amish faith requires her to forgive, but she can only think of revenge.Laura Stutzman leaves her Kentucky community for Middlefield, Ohio, with one purpose: to find Mark King, the man who pledged his love to her, then left. She can’t move on with her life until he ... Faithful to Laura

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A Path Toward Love

A Path Toward Love

On 7/23 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Katherine came home to forget her past.  The last thing she expected is a hopeful future.Young widow Katherine Osborne returns to her family’s rustic camp on Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. She’s determined to live a quiet life, but her socialite mother is ... A Path Toward Love

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This Scarlet Cord

This Scarlet Cord

On 7/17 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  "Within one of the Old Testament’s most famous battles lies one of its most tender love stories.Hidden within the battle of Jericho is the story of Rahab, a beautiful and brave young Canaanite woman who aided the Israelites by hanging a piece of scarlet cord from a window. This ... This Scarlet Cord

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4 Stars

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 7/10 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  Welcome to Hope BeachWhere the sea breeze is fresh, sun sparkles on sand . . . and trouble appears with the force of a hurricane.Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the seaward shore of Hope Island could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent ... Tidewater Inn

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Through Rushing Water

Through Rushing Water

On 6/12 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  Sophia has her life all planned out—but her plan didn’t include being jilted or ending up in Dakota Territory.Sophia Makinoff is certain that 1876 is the year that she’ll become the wife of a certain US Congressman, and happily plans her debut into the Capitol city. But ... Through Rushing Water

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2 Stars

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Hope Springs

Hope Springs

On 6/6 Melissa Smith wrote: Book Description:  In a small Southern community where everyone is holding tight to something, the biggest challenge may be learning to let go.Hope Springs, North Carolina, is the epitome of small town life—a place filled with quiet streets where families have been friends for generations, a place ... Hope Springs

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4 Stars

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Garden of Madness

Garden of Madness

On 6/1 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  The Untold Story of King Nebuchadnezzar’s Daughter.For seven years the Babylonian princess Tiamat has waited for the mad king Nebuchadnezzar to return to his family and to his kingdom. Driven from his throne to live as a beast, he prowls his luxurious Hanging Gardens, secreted ... Garden of Madness

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5 Stars

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Arms of Love

Arms of Love

On 5/28 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description:  The year is 1777. America is in turmoil. And Amish life is far different than today.Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn’s Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry ... Arms of Love

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4 Stars

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Need You Now

Need You Now

On 3/30 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a ... Need You Now

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Brush of Angel's Wings

Brush of Angel's Wings

On 3/20 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: Rachel and Jordan's feelings for each other are hostile at first, but angelic intervention helps the two discover peace . . . and perhaps love.The youngest and last unmarried of four sisters, Rachel Hartlzer spends most of her time helping with barn chores. Her role abruptly changes ... Brush of Angel's Wings

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The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

On 3/16 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: Four brides. One dress.A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift—and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress—or feel certain ... The Wedding Dress

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Dawn Comes Early

Dawn Comes Early

On 3/6 Melissa Smith wrote: Book description: Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest novel for the emptiness of the desert. Answering an ad to be “heiress” to a vast cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory, Kate hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels.But ... Dawn Comes Early

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Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

On 2/16 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, ... Beauty for Ashes

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Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

On 2/1 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: Against Shannon's wishes, love stakes its claim in her heart. Will she discover treasure or treachery?When Shannon Adair accompanies her minister father to the western gold rush town of Grand Coeur, she's certain she'll never be happy away from her beloved Virginia, even though ... Heart of Gold

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Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek

On 1/12 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: Three lives are bound by a single book . . . and the cleansing waters of Molasses Creek.Having traveled to the ends of the earth as a flight attendant, Ally Green has finally returned to the Lowcountry to bury her father as well as the past. But Vesey Washington is still living ... Beyond Molasses Creek

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Softly and Tenderly (tpc)

Softly and Tenderly (tpc)

On 1/4 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: Maybe out there in the country she could catch her breath, learn to breathe again.Happily married and owner of two successful boutiques, Jade longs to begin a family with her husband, Max. But when she discovers that Max has an illegitimate son—who he wants her to help raise—Jade’s ... Softly and Tenderly

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First Date

First Date

On 1/1 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: Addy Davidson is the last girl in the country who wants to be on the new reality TV show to win a date to prom with the President’s son. She’s focused on her schoolwork so she can get a scholarship to an Ivy League college, uncomfortable in the spotlight, never been on ... First Date

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5 Stars

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Bittersweet Surrender

Bittersweet Surrender

On 12/28 Melissa Smith wrote: Carly Westlake is moving on after several heartaches have threatened her happiness. Breast cancer, unexpected divorce, the death of her best friend, and the death of her father have not destroyed her. In fact, things are starting to look up. Her chocolate spa seems to be doing well, and her high-school ... Bittersweet Surrender

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2 Stars

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Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me

On 12/22 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: Jade and Max share a deep love, though revelations from his past have recently shaken their marriage. And Jade is completely smitten with Max's little son, Asa, whom she is now raising as her own. Their blended family brings her joy she's never known. But there is one more ... Love Lifted Me

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4 Stars

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Smitten

Smitten

On 12/6 Melissa Smith wrote: As the title suggests, Smitten is a romantic novel. This book is a collection of four short stories. They all take place in the small town of Smitten where the survival of the town depends on the mill. When four friends hear that the mill is closing, they begin a campaign to save their town. Natalie, ... Smitten

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An Amish Wedding

An Amish Wedding

On 11/12 Melissa Smith wrote: An Amish Wedding is a collection of three short stories written by three different authors. A Perfect Secret is written by Kelly Long. A Perfect Match is written by Kathleen Fuller. A Perfect Plan is written by Beth Wiseman. Each story is entertwined as the same characters are found in each story.In ... An Amish Wedding

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Three Cups

Three Cups

On 11/1 Melissa Smith wrote: Three Cups by Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain is about a young boy who receives three cups and the start of an allowance for his birthday. Each week his allowance is divided among the three cups marked give, save, and spend. When his cups start filling up, his mom takes him to the bank to open an ... Three Cups

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5 Stars

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Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

On 10/25 Melissa Smith wrote: Max Lucado has taken his beloved character Hermie and written a little Hermie book for preschoolers. Thank you, God, for Blessing Me is little Hermie's prayer of thanks for all the blessings that God has given him. A very short but poignant prayer that preschoolers can relate to and copy. Little Hermie ... Thank you, God, for Blessing Me

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5 Stars

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Lonestar Angel

Lonestar Angel

On 10/24 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: Five years ago Eden and Clay Larson's baby was stolen and never found. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought.Now Eden's moved to a new town. She's found faith and is trying to rebuild her life. She's even dating ... Lonestar Angel

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The Wonder of Your Love

The Wonder of Your Love

On 10/3 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: Katie Ann Stoltzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan ... The Wonder of Your Love

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4 Stars

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Sweet Sanctuary

Sweet Sanctuary

On 8/4 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: In tiny Cottage Cove, on the coast of Maine, Wren Evans is raising her gifted son, Charlie. A single mom, she's fought hard to give Charlie a stable, secure home life. When a prestigious music academy in Boston expresses interest in Charlie's talent, Wren is willing to move ... Sweet Sanctuary

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A Reluctant Queen

A Reluctant Queen

On 6/2 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: "You've read it as a Biblical tale of courage. Experience it anew as a heart-stirring love story. She was a simple girl faced with an impossible choice. He was a magnificent king with a lonely heart. Their love was the divine surprise that changed the course of history. The ... A Reluctant Queen

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5 Stars

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Daddy Dates

Daddy Dates

On 5/4 Melissa Smith wrote: From the back of the book: "Daddy Dates" is about a guy taking his best shot at being a successful dad by trying to know his girls-really know their fears, dreams, and opinions-and how he stumbles across an incredible strategy to do that with daughters of any age or stage. This funny, insightful, and ... Daddy Dates

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How to Be God's Little Princess

How to Be God's Little Princess

On 4/15 Melissa Smith wrote: There are not many girls that don't dream of someday being a princess. But how does a princess really act? What does she wear? How does she talk? These questions and many more are answered in the book How To Be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh. This book is filled with practical advice on everyday ... How To Be God's Little Princess

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Plain Proposal

Plain Proposal

On 4/1 Melissa Smith wrote: I enjoy reading Amish fiction, so I was excited to try another author. Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman is the story of a young Amish girl named Miriam Raber. Miriam is in her rumschpringe, but has not been tempted to try much of what is forbidden. The arrival of her English cousin, Shelby, has Miriam's ... Plain Proposal

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 2/9 Melissa Smith wrote: There have been many books written on love and marriage. While I have not read a lot of these books I am sure that Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs would be pretty close to the top of a list of good resources. As you read this book Dr. Eggerichs explains what the crazy and energizing cycles ... Love and Respect

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Love on Assignment

Love on Assignment

On 1/6 Melissa Smith wrote: Cara Lynn James is a new author for me. I enjoyed reading her book Love on Assignment. This story is set in the early 1900's. A young lady named Charlotte Hale works at a newspaper as a secretary. She dreams of being a reporter, but just the fact that she is a woman makes her dream unreachable. When ... Love on Assignment

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A Time to Embrace

A Time to Embrace

On 12/15 Melissa Smith wrote: A Time to Embrace by Karen Kingsbury is a wonderful love story. Coach Reynolds and his wife, Abby, have just come through a rough time in their marriage, but are falling in love all over again. While everything on the home front seems to be going well, John is having increasing trouble at school and ... A Time to Embrace

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A Suitor for Jenny

A Suitor for Jenny

On 11/3 Melissa Smith wrote: A Suitor for Jenny by Margaret Brownley will give you quite a laugh. Jenny is determined to find suitable husbands for her two sisters. Upon arriving in the little town of Rocky Creek, Texas, Jenny immediately begins to stir up the town. With her manuel on how to find a husband in one hand and two reluctant ... A Suitor For Jenny

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The King's Christmas List

The King's Christmas List

On 9/17 Melissa Smith wrote: Teaching a child to give to others when it actually costs them is often hard to do. The King's Christmas List, by Eldon Johnson, is an excellent book that teaches children how to give to Jesus in a fun, imaginative, easy to understand way. The story is about a little girl, Emma, and her dog who are invited ... The King's Christmas List

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Melissa Smith wrote: I have three children, so I am always excited to get new children's books to read. The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews was not only a fun book to read, but taught a wonderful lesson as well. Mr. Andrews based this children's book on another book that he has written for adults titled The Butterfly ... The Boy Who Changed the World

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4 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Melissa Smith wrote: The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews explains how even one small movement or decision can have a huge effect. He first explains the actual "butterfly effect," and then he describes how people can have that effect as well. He begins with a man named Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Chamberlain's actions on ... The Butterfly Effect

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One Hand, Two Hands

One Hand, Two Hands

On 8/31 Melissa Smith wrote: One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado is an absolutely delightful book! Written in verse form this book describes all that you can do with your hands. From everyday activities such as tying your shoe to helping mommy wash dishes, this book shows how God can use your hands in many ways. At the end of the ... One Hand, Two hands

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Let's Do Lunch

Let's Do Lunch

On 8/16 Melissa Smith wrote: What an unexpected book! Let's Do Lunch is an eating plan (not diet) designed to help you lose weight. Roger Troy Wilson has taken his success with weight loss and developed an eating plan that allows you to eat as many calories and carbs as you want and still lose weight. Roger Troy Wilson first describes ... Let's Do Lunch

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Captivating (Revised and Expanded)

Captivating (Revised and Expanded)

On 7/15 Melissa Smith wrote: I was very excited to receive a copy of the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. The title and subject really drew my attention, and I was very interested in what the Eldredges had to say. My excitement soon turned to dismay as I read. In order to keep this a review and not another book I ... Captivating

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1 Stars

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