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Woman of Courage – Wanda E. Brunstetter

Woman of Courage is published by Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing.

Woman of Courage is published by Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing.

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I’m doing a little different format this post. I think the book trailer is a great summary so I’ll let you watch that and then get on to the review!

If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know that romance isn’t usually my genre of choice. Too much yuck and not enough character development, all that sort of stuff. Having never read any Wanda Brunstetter books I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into, but based on the fact that the main character was a Quaker I was pretty sure it would be a decent read. And it was. There’s great character/story development but it does move a little slow for me. Admittedly, that’s probably just because I’m not used to the style.

What did I like about the book:

  • Clean romance. None of this hot and heavy stuff that people call romance. This was a true blue example of what real, pure romance is.
  • Great story line. Some parts did move a little slow but it was necessary for the character or story development.
  • The slowness didn’t take away from the book or make it hard to read.

All-in-all, I have a pretty good first impression of Wanda Brunstetter and her writing. While it’s not my first genre choice, and it was a little slow for me, I’d definitely pick up another of her books.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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A Carol for Kent – Hallee Bridgeman

 


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Summary: Carol Mabry is a busy Richmond attorney. Bobby Kent is a busy country music star. During an unexpected trip home to the farm, Bobby discovers that someone has been keeping a very important secret from him. He and Carol have a daughter! Turns out, that’s not the only secret in Richmond. There’s a serial killer on the loose and it’s up to Carol and her department to solve the case. Will it Bobby and Carol be able to make a family for their daughter, or will “Richmond Red” dash those hopes forever?

Review: Seriously, Hallee Bridgeman has done it again! A Carol for Kent, the newest installment of the “Song of Suspense” series, blows you away. Once you think you have it all figured out, you find out you really don’t. I was wrong TWICE, and I’m usually pretty good at figuring out who-done-it before the end of the book! I love a book that keeps you engaged.

Again, Hallee does a great job blending suspense, romance, and Biblical principles. This is one of the few romance novels that I’d allow my children to read when they got older. I’ve even recommended these books to people who don’t like romance novels (like myself) because they’re not something that makes me uncomfortable while I read. It’s not going to be hidden away on a secret “mom only” bookshelf, that’s for sure. Hallee’s capturing of the Christian romantic experience isn’t sugar coated to be “too perfect” or “too prude”. Nor is her presentation of “God stuff” too preachy. It’s there, and it’s obvious, but it doesn’t take away from the story. Quite frankly, the story wouldn’t be the same without it and I’m very glad that she includes it!

Definitely a GREAT read. If you’re anything like me, it won’t take you long to read it because you’ll get sucked in and won’t want to put it down! Great job Hallee, can’t wait to read the next one!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other compensation was received. Some links may be affiliate links, I’m not sure if they worked but I’m covering all my bases just in case they did.

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A Melody for James – Hallee Bridgeman

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Summary: Two worlds collide after a series of unfortunate events. Melody Mason, a graduate of Julliard, and James Montgomery, a genius working on a special project, meet in an airport after their worlds come undone. Years later, after sharing a memorable day at the airport, Melody and James reconnect. Now, she’s a rising country music star and he’s picking up the pieces of his former life. Knowing that God has brought them together for a reason, they become husband and wife. But all the while, in the background, there is a plot thickening to bring their new life together crashing down. How do their two worlds unknowingly intertwine? Will their faith in God remain? Find out, in Hallee Bridgeman’s newest book, A Melody for James.

Review: Having read Hallee’s The Jewel AnthologyI had high hopes for A Melody for James. I was not disappointed! Once the suspense started to really pick up about halfway through the book I found myself getting goosebumps, and that doesn’t happen often when I read. I love a good suspense novel, and I can get behind a romance novel if it’s clean, but throw the two together and man, you’ve got a good book! Enough suspense to keep you guessing and enough romance to make you go “Awwww”. The twist at the end totally hit me. I’m usually pretty good about figuring out things but I totally missed this one!

I think my favorite character would have to be James. He reminded me a lot of Tony Stark from Iron Man, only a Christian version. The opening sequence is quite the hook too. Hallee does a great job developing her characters. If they were real people, they’d be the kind where their faith is evident in their actions (when they’re back on track) and I appreciate that. If you’re looking for a great summer read and you like a little suspense with some clean romance thrown in, I would recommend you try A Melody for James.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This post also contains affiliate links to Amazon, I will make a small percentage of all sales generated from them.

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