Annette Lyon Collection, Anthology by Annette Lyon

If you enjoy genuine, touching stories of love, renewal, and hope you will enjoy the Annette Lyon Collection which is the newest release from A Timeless Romance Anthology. This collection of romance novellas will take you around the world and into the world of some touching but seemingly common love stories.

From Yellowstone to Finland, from Las Vegas to New York, from home to back home, Lyon introduces us to genuine people who long to find love and hope in different circumstances. I was impressed with how varied and believable Lyon makes her story settings as well as her characters. Each novella had unique twists and delights.

While I enjoyed all the novels, my favorite was Between the Lines. I loved how Lyon used great literature to build her plot. Lyon’s use of one of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Portuguese sonnets, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,” is an apt description for Lyon’s newest collection of novellas.

Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson

From the moment I read the cover of Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion, and Joy, I knew author Susie Larson was addressing a topic that matters to me and many busy people who are trying to do what God wants them to do with their lives.

With humor and candor, Susie Larson discusses the difference reasons we feel compelled to say yes to more obligations than we can sometimes handle. Throughout her book, Susie takes us on a journey of understanding and helps us see how God can use our time and talents better if we are focused on His will rather than secondary concerns. She discusses how we can discern the difference because the sometimes draining obligations created by people and opportunities God gives us to serve Him.

With clarity and compassion, Susie invites us to see how important and sacred our yes is, and how sometimes it is okay and best to say no to an invitation, even a good invitation, if it distracts you from what God wants you to do.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Your Sacred Yes. The book seemed a bit repetitive at times, but the message is so needed now. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson for my candid review.

A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

I enjoyed reading A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears. The story begins the local school teacher Kate Dawson struggling to deal with a young pupil, Anthony Riverton, who loses his mother to illness. Kate did everything she could to help Anthony’s mother, but there is still more trouble ahead with two strange men arriving in town who both claim to be Anthony’s father. As Kate struggles to care for Anthony in the absence of his mother, she must also discern to which man she can trust Anthony’s future.

With strong central characters and a surprising plot, Jagears creates a believable story of how important family is and how letting go of the past can make a great difference in our lives. Kate, Silas, and Anthony all struggle to makes sense of difficult pasts. How will their pasts influence their relationships with each other? Jagears explores this question throughout of A Bride at Last. In the era of difficult frontier life and mail-order brides sometimes expediency overrules the heart. In this setting, both Kate and Silas struggle to determine whether their feelings for each other are real or just convenient.

I felt the plot was compelling, but a touch slow to unfold. Yet, I enjoyed the journey as I read A Bride at Last. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears for my candid review.