Long Journey Home by Sarah M. Eden

I loved it! This story touched my heart. Long Journey Home is part of the Longing for Home series that tells the story of the O’Conner family and their community Hope Springs. Maura O’Conner lost her husband Grady at Gettysburg. After struggling with poverty and illness she sells everything and moves her 13 year old son Aiden from New York to Hope Springs, Wyoming Territory. As an in-law to the O’Conner’s, Maura struggles to find her way to belonging in the O’Conner clan but she feels hopeful when they offer her a home of her own.

Ryan Callaghan has plans for the land Tavish O’Conner has generously leased to him. Moving into his own home to care for his aging mother is almost a reality until he suddenly finds the O’Conner’s daughter-in-law occupying the home he has dreamed about owning. At odds from the beginning, Maura and Ryan struggle to made sense of their own dreams and reconcile their dreams with the unexpected reality of their situations in Hope Springs.

Author Sarah M. Eden weaves a powerful story full of heartache, unfulfilled expectations, love and acceptance. With authentic characters and surprising plot twists, Long Journey Home is masterfully written. I received a complimentary copy of Long Journey Home by Sarah M. Eden for my candid review.

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Wedding Wagers: Timeless Regency Collection

In the newest release of a Timeless Regency Collection, authors Donna Hatch, Heather B. Moore and Michele Paige Holmes share memorable short stories about finding love in Wedding Wagers. Philip, Victor and Eli find themselves unexpectedly bound by wedding wagers that will change their single status. In different circumstances but with expediency at their heels, these gentlemen must decide how to react to their fates.

From false pretense to unfortunate encounters to an unexpected miracle, Philip, Victor and Eli try to make the most of frustrating and unexpected situations. Full of great characters, unique plots, romance and humor, Wedding Wagers is a collection of charming tales about life taking unplanned routes to happily ever after. I received a complimentary copy of Wedding Wagers: Timeless Regency Collection for my candid review.

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

Well worth reading! Elizabeth Camden delivers a new compelling historical romance in her recent novel A Daring Venture. Rosalind or Dr. Werner as she is professionally known, is a prim, soft spoken woman who is desperately hopes her scientific findings can eliminate water-borne diseases. She and her colleague Dr. Leal find their research threatened by a long lawsuit. With only 90 days to prove the viability of their findings, Rosalind finds herself trapped in adverse circumstances that threaten her heart, family and professional life.

Full of authentic characters, tough decisions and lots of unexpected plot twists, Camden both delights and informs readers in this well written historical novel. With deft literary skills and solid historical evidence, Camden creates a memorable story of progress, and the exacting price that progress requires from the people who make it happen. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden for my candid review.

Calico Ball: Timeless Western Collection

In the debut release of a Timeless Western Collection, authors Carla Kelly, Sarah M. Eden and Kristin Holtz share memorable short stories about finding love while preparing for calico balls. Mary Blue Eye, Mirabelle and Isabella find themselves in the untamed West. In different circumstances but with expediency at their heels, these ladies must decide how to face the daunting life ahead of them.

Amid unfriendly circumstances to unexpected encounters to unpredictable alliances, Mary Blue Eye, Mirabelle and Isabella try to make the most of frustrating and unforeseen situations. Full of great characters, unique plots, romance and humor, Calico Ball is a collection of charming tales about life taking unplanned routes to happily ever after amid bolts of calico. I received a complimentary copy of Calico Ball: Timeless Western Collection for my candid review.

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

I enjoyed reading Together Forever, the second book in the Hedlund’s Orphan Train series. Created around the historical orphan trains that took children who were orphans from the streets of New York City, this story shows how they were relocated with families living in the rural Midwest. Through the strong character of Marianne, and her kind yet mysterious coworker Andrew, we follow a group of children from the city to new homes.

Written with grace, depth and meticulous historical accuracy, Jody Hedlund creates a poignant retelling of a truly complex historical happening in the United States. While some children found loving families to care for them, Hedlund shows how these good intentioned orphan trains sometimes created more heartache for the children they were meant to help. Through strong characters, authentic details, complex emotions and unexpected plot twists, Hedlund creates an unforgettable story about the orphan trains and their far reaching consequences. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Together Forever by Jody Hedlund for my candid review.