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Love Held Captive

Love Held Captive

On 10/17 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Lone Star Hero series by Shelley Shepard Gray, and especially this final book. If you are unfamiliar with the series, it centers around four men who made a pact with each other while imprisoned during the Civil War. Each book has followed each of their stories after the ... Love Held Captive

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5 Stars

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Christmas at Carnton

Christmas at Carnton

On 10/17 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Some books I’m just not sure where to begin. Christmas at Carnton is a novella that doesn’t feel so novella-ish. Lengthwise, it does come close to being novel length, but the story certainly isn’t rushed or drawn out. I do wish that there was just a couple more chapters at the end instead of an ... Christmas at Carnton

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5 Stars

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NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

On 9/7 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I’m so excited to have a chance to review this Bible, the NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. I’ve been looking to add something like this to my collection of Bibles, mainly because well, there are a lot of cultural references in the Scriptures that I’m just not familiar with. But, through sermons ... NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

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5 Stars

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The Promise of a Letter

The Promise of a Letter

On 9/7 D.L. Kamstra wrote: The Promise of a Letter was a book that started with a bit of a struggle for me. I just had a harder time becoming enraptured in the story. But, once I reached that point where I started to really enjoy it, I loved travelling to Birch Creek again within the pages of the book. I think my struggles initially ... The Promise of a Letter

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4 Stars

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To Wager Her Heart

To Wager Her Heart

On 8/11 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Tamera Alexander’s novels are certainly listed among my favorites simply for the rich historical tapestry that she weaves behind the stories. To Wager Her Heart captures a fascinating glimpse of time when freedman schools were not widely accepted and the railroad was still booming. In this particular ... To Wager Her Heart

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5 Stars

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Portrait of Vengeance

Portrait of Vengeance

On 8/2 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I always get a little nervous trying out “new to me” authors. Especially when I don’t know if I will be jumping into the middle of a series or not. I can honestly say, that I had no problem jumping into this 4th Gwen Marcey novel by Carrie Stuart Parks—in fact, I hope to eventually go back and ... Portrait of Vengeance

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4 Stars

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The Weekly Prayer Project

The Weekly Prayer Project

On 7/6 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I love finding new ways that encourage people (and myself) in faith. The moment I first noticed The Weekly Prayer Project, I was intrigued and honestly, the book is everything I had hoped it would be. First of all, this is a wonderfully designed book. It has a very sturdy hardcover, nice thick pages, ... The Weekly Prayer Project

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5 Stars

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Sweetbriar Cottage

Sweetbriar Cottage

On 7/6 D.L. Kamstra wrote: All I can say after finishing this book is, “WOW!” Sweetbriar Cottage is a powerhouse of a novel–both in story and in the writing itself. This is one of those books that make me wonder why I do not make more of a point to read novels by Denise Hunter. It was a reminder of how much I have loved ... Sweetbriar Cottage

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5 Stars

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Quilts, Barns & Buggies Adult Coloring Book

Quilts, Barns & Buggies Adult Coloring Book

On 6/20 D.L. Kamstra wrote: If given the chance to describe the perfect coloring book and have it created, this one, Quilts, Barns & Buggies would come very close. It has a lot of pages that are among my favorite styles. There are pages of just patterns (very quilt-like), pages that are scenes but have elements of patterns, thoughtful ... Quilts, Barns & Buggies Adult Coloring Book

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5 Stars

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Beyond Justice

Beyond Justice

On 5/15 D.L. Kamstra wrote: As much as I love a good suspense and thriller, I really have not tried out many books in the way of a legal thriller. They just do not always appeal to me as much for whatever reason. However, Cara Putman is an author that I trust to spin a wonderful story and I figured I would give her latest, Beyond ... Beyond Justice

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4 Stars

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For Love and Honor

For Love and Honor

On 4/20 D.L. Kamstra wrote: ody Hedlund has long been a favorite author of mine. When I had first heard of her new series written for the YA genre, I was excited. This series of books captures a bit of the chivalry and romance of fairytales, but with a bit more of a dash of historical accuracy. While, the tales are fictional, they ... For Love and Honor

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5 Stars

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The Illusionist's Apprentice

The Illusionist's Apprentice

On 3/17 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Very rare is it that I read a novel and immediately want to read it again. Movies I do that with all the time. By the end, I know how everything turns out and I want to watch it again to see if I can pick up on those subtle clues. That's the case with this book. Cambron created her own illusion with ... The Illusionist's Apprentice

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5 Stars

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An Uncommon Protector

An Uncommon Protector

On 2/24 D.L. Kamstra wrote: First of all, I'm loving this new series from Shelley Shepard Gray. If you haven't heard about it, the series follows a group of men who were imprisoned together during the Civil War. Each book follows one of them in their lives after the war. Most of the book is told in the present with a few flashbacks ... An Uncommon Protector

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5 Stars

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Strengths Based Marriage

Strengths Based Marriage

On 2/7 D.L. Kamstra wrote: When I was in college, I had the oppurtunity to take the Strengthsfinder assessment. In that context, it was for more of a professional understanding and honestly, I don’t think I ever thought about how knowing those some strengths could impact relationships–especially a marriage. Over the last ... Strengths Based Marriage

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4 Stars

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The Story Devotional

The Story Devotional

On 1/23 D.L. Kamstra wrote: While it is no replacement for regular Bible reading, I enjoy looking through and reading daily devotion type books. For one thing, I often find that when I just sit to read the Bible, my mind can sometimes wander. Or meditating on a particular passage just feels difficult… like I don’t know where ... The Story: 365 Devotions

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4 Stars

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The Things We Knew

The Things We Knew

On 9/16 D.L. Kamstra wrote: The journey that I discovered in The Things We Knew is one of the heart. From the beginning, I was drawn into this story of a dysfunctional family that really does care and look out for one another. With a father whose memory is failing him, to the main protagonist who has a key day in her life that ... The Things We Knew

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5 Stars

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The Loyal Heart

The Loyal Heart

On 8/12 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I can't help but enjoy a fantastic book that catches you off guard. From the opening pages of The Loyal Heart I was hooked. And the tension kept building and the book became harder and harder to put down. I picked this one up simply because the story sounded good. By the end of the book, I was well rewarded ... The Loyal Heart

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5 Stars

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Dawn at Emberwilde

Dawn at Emberwilde

On 6/29 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Dawn at Emberwilde was one of those books that was so easy to pick back up. Like getting back together with an old friend. There was just something about it that made it so easy to get wrapped back up in the story. I loved the idea of the story… it was a bit Cinderella-esque in a unique way. Girl ... DAWN AT EMBERWILDE

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4 Stars

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The Pug List

The Pug List

On 5/17 D.L. Kamstra wrote: It’s always an interesting experience to hear a writer speak and then to read their words. That is my experience with Alison Hodgson. Last October, I heard her tell snippets of her story– parts of the same story that is told in The Pug List. Her ability to inject hope and humor in what would otherwise ... The Pug List

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5 Stars

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Wonders of Creation

Wonders of Creation

On 4/19 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I have been so excited about this coloring book. There's just so much to love about it. First of all, I am a fan of some of coloring books that use more patterns, but I also enjoy a nice scene or object to color. This book does a wonderful job of incorporating both. While there isn't much in the way ... Wonders of Creation

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5 Stars

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The Goodbye Bride

The Goodbye Bride

On 4/4 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I’m pretty sure I will remember this book as having one of my favorite opening scenes. A bride who wakes up from being unconcious on her wedding day with amnesia. Add to that a few confusing and seemingly odd details, and you have a novel that really grabs you and has you wondering what will happen. Obviously ... The Goodbye Bride

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4 Stars

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A Daring Sacrifice

A Daring Sacrifice

On 3/23 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Robin Hood has always been a favorite fairytale of mine. Perhaps part of it is the fact that it could have happened. And there is something noble of a man who risks dangers to help the needy. Needless to say, I was excited to learn that the second novel in Jody Hedlund’s YA series would have a decidedly ... A Daring Sacrifice

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4 Stars

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Mermaid Moon

Mermaid Moon

On 2/22 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Every once in awhile, a book catches you off guard. That was my experience with Mermaid Moon. Immediately, this book starts out with a scene that has you wondering what is in store for Mallory Davis as her father seems to die while leaving her with a cryptic message. That message leads her back to her ... Mermaid Moon

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4 Stars

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The Perfect Arrangement

The Perfect Arrangement

On 10/14 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I was completely an utterly charmed by this sweet story. Amelia is a fantastic main character and one that I found myself relating to in so many ways. The story itself is very simple, the main storyline being us watching Amelia really come into her own a bit and to take a risk on a possible romance. ... Year of Weddings- The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert

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5 Stars

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Love Takes the Cake

Love Takes the Cake

On 9/19 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Love Takes the Cake was a sweet story. At it's heart, is a story about two people who have pasts that they aren't proud of and leaves them in a situation that makes it difficult for them to acheive happiness. I found the characters relatable and the story well written. This novella contains all the elements ... Year of Weddings Novella Collection: Love Takes the Cake

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5 Stars

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Love Arrives in Pieces

Love Arrives in Pieces

On 9/19 D.L. Kamstra wrote: This is one of those books that is just all-around beautiful. Beautifully written, beautiful characters, but more importantly, a beautiful message. Love Arrives in Pieces is a story of a woman who through most of her life, has been valued for her physical beauty, and eventually, the beauty isn't enough, ... Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant

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5 Stars

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I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

On 8/24 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I really enjoyed this sweet and simple romance. From the first moment, there is definitely some chemistry between Skye and Grant, and while the romance develops quickly, it also feels quite natural. There were moments that were certainly smile-worthy and the backdrop of the book was wonderful. My one ... Year of Weddings- I Hope You Dance by Robin Lee Hatcher

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4 Stars

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Among the Fair Magnolias

Among the Fair Magnolias

On 8/1 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I was ecstatic about getting the chance to review this collection. I've loved Tamera Alexander's novels for some time and was intrigued to read a novella by her. Shelley Gray wrote a wonderful novel that I read last year. The other two authors, I wasn't as familiar with, but I enjoy discovering new ones. ... Among the Fair Magnolias

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3 Stars

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Picture Perfect Love

Picture Perfect Love

On 7/10 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I adored this story. For a novella, I felt like this one had enough twists and turns to make me guess how things would work out, and I really appreciated that. Even better, this little story carried such a strong message of forgiveness within the entertaining sweet romance. I loved the characters that ... Year of Weddings- Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

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5 Stars

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Never a Bridesmaid

Never a Bridesmaid

On 5/12 D.L. Kamstra wrote: So far, I have enjoyed every novel I've read by Janice Thompson, and this sweet novella was no exception. I'm not typically a big fan of stories written in first person, but Thompson's stories have such a strong voice and so much characterization that comes through in that point of view that I love it. ... Year of Weddings- Never a Bridesmaid by Janice Thompson

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5 Stars

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A Sparrow in Terezin

A Sparrow in Terezin

On 4/30 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Characters: There is always beauty to be found in brokenness it seems, and the way these characters become broken is what makes them shine. The two main characters of this book have incidents in their lives that make them quite similar, though one is from the present and the other from the past. Both ... A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

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5 Stars

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An Uncertain Choice

An Uncertain Choice

On 3/20 D.L. Kamstra wrote: There is something exciting about finding out one of your favorite author's is going to try something new. In this case, it is Jody Hedlund, writing a YA novel, taking place in a medieval setting. Three of my favorite things collided in that idea. I love Hedlund's books and am always so excited to hear ... An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

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5 Stars

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All Dressed Up in Love

All Dressed Up in Love

On 3/3 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Characters: It's wonderful when a character in a story is refreshing. That's how I felt when Tara Simonetti showed up at the bridal boutique in this story. She was quite authentic and stated things how she saw them. She also had an extremely kind heart which made me want to be friends with her right ... Year of Weddings- 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 2/27 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Characters: Meadow and Colin were the perfect contrast to one another! Meadow was insecure from her high school days and being bullied. Colin is confident and looking for forgiveness from his days of being the bully. Both characters had such witty comments and I couldn't help but love both of them! Storyline: ... Year of Weddings- Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt

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5 Stars

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The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

On 1/6 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Characters: The characters in this story were probably my biggest struggle. Claybrook never quite seemed to have a reason for putting his traitorous plans into action. For me, it just seemed hard to take him to be as threatening as he needed to be to maintain a level of tension in the story. On the other ... Review: The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

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4 Stars

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 12/4 D.L. Kamstra wrote: The Daniel Plan says that in 40 days, you can lead a healthier life. I’m not reviewing this book after having done that. I’m reviewing it based on the information I see it providing me with. The plan has 5 areas that it categorizes the book into: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, Friends. There are also ... The Daniel Plan

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5 Stars

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Secrets of Sloane House

Secrets of Sloane House

On 11/12 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Some novels are just hard to put down. This is one of them. The characters were fascinating, the setting interesting, and the mystery and storyline were quite intriguing. From the first page, I wanted to know what had happened to Rosalind's sister, Miranda. The more we learned about her, the more unlikely ... Review: Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray

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5 Stars

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NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition

NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition

On 9/22 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I am excited to start reading this once a day Bible. A personal goal of mine is to read the Bible each day and this Bible gives the structure needed to easily do that. Each day ends with a short reflection which summarizes the passage or applies it to modern readers. This Bible is chronological, so ... Review: NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition

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5 Stars

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NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Women

NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Women

On 9/12 D.L. Kamstra wrote: I am terrible about starting routines. It’s actually not so much starting them, it is just routines in general. When I get ready for something, I never do things in the same order. Sometimes I do my hair first, other times I change my clothes first. Some mornings I eat breakfast first thing, other ... Review: NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Women

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5 Stars

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Palace of Darkness

Palace of Darkness

On 9/5 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Since reading a couple of novels written in Biblical times, this has been a fairly new genre for me. So far, I haven’t been disappointed with it, and Palace of Darkness has only encouraged me to look for more books set in this time. Tracy L. Higley created characters that make excellent tour guides ... Review: Palace of Darkness by Tracy L. Higley

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5 Stars

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Prelude for a Lord

Prelude for a Lord

On 7/28 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Every once in awhile, I come across a novel that after I finish, I wish I could pick it up for the first time again. This was one of those books. If I could start it over with a fresh mind for the second time, I would want to read it much slower, to savor the wonderful descriptions, enjoy the relationships ... Review: A Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot

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5 Stars

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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 7/2 D.L. Kamstra wrote: The depth of this novel is staggering. Kristy Cambron weaves a modern day story with a search into history. The novel was certainly difficult to put down, and at times with the amount of feeling in the story, it was hard to keep reading. From the Back Cover: A mysterious painting breathes hope and ... Review: The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

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5 Stars

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Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four Weddings and a Kiss

On 6/3 D.L. Kamstra wrote: These stories were all such enjoyable reads. Each story had something that made it sweet plus it’s just nice to just have a short story to read every now and then. None of the stories had super-complicated plots that took a lot of thought or concentration to read. There was enough story and tension ... Review: Four Weddings and a Kiss: A Western Bride Collection

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4 Stars

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The Heart's Pursuit

The Heart's Pursuit

On 6/2 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Silver Matlock is desperate to save her family, no matter the cost to her already tarnished reputation. Jared Newman would much rather just travel on his own to find the man who murdered his family and bring him to justice. Both need to learn to trust each other to reach their goals. This was a sweet ... Review: The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher

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4 Stars

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Bluebonnet Bride

Bluebonnet Bride

On 5/30 D.L. Kamstra wrote: Colleen Coble’s Bluebonnet Bride is an action packed novella. The story starts with Elli, freshly arrived in Texas to meet her mail-order husband. Quickly we find out, that a nemesis is from her homeland of Finland is after something that she has. Even though it was a novella, I found the pacing ... Review: Bluebonnet Bride by Colleen Coble

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3 Stars

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