Small Town Surprise

Small Town Girl by Ann G. GabhartSmall town Girl, tucked neatly into Rosey Corners is a lovely surprise. Though I promised to review it, American historicals, especially those set in war time, are not really my forte. Still, intrigued by the jacket, I picked it up and immersed myself in Kate and Jay’s story. Though the story unwinds at a bit of a slow pace, by the time I hit the middle I just couldn’t put it down. This book had me reading until far too late in the night! It brought laughter and misty tears and by the end I was ready to cheer. I’m hoping Gabhart has a few more stories in her because all I know is I want to visit Rosey Corners again! Bravo.

How long can two people stand on the brink of love without plunging in headfirst?

In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town practically vibrates with apprehension, as if it is holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can’t draw her interest.

Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything and Kate finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways. Could she truly be in love with him? And if he enlists, will she ever see him again?

In her gentle and textured style, Ann H. Gabhart tells a timeless story of love, sacrifice, and longing that will grip your heart and stir your spirit. Fans of Gabhart’s Angel Sister will love seeing Kate Merritt all grown-up, as well as other characters they have come to love.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”

Mystery and Romance in the Old West: A Winning Combination

Trouble in Store by Carol CoxFired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he’s not about to let some obstinate woman with newfangled ideas mess up all he’s worked for. He’s determined to get Melanie married off as soon as possible, and luckily there are plenty of single men in town quite interested in taking her off his hands.

The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn’t want her to marry up with any of them. He’s drawn to Melanie more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store unexpectedly offer positive results.

But someone doesn’t want the store to succeed, and what used to be just threatening words has escalated into deliberate destruction and lurkers in the night. When a body shows up on the mercantile steps–and the man obviously didn’t die from natural causes–things really get dangerous. Can Melanie and Caleb’s business–and romance–survive the trouble that’s about to come their way?

Trouble in Store caught and held my attention from the get-go. The story isn’t new, young-woman-in-straightened-circumstance-in-the-old-west has been done many before, but Cox’s flair for story-telling captured my attention and pulled me through to the last page. The blossoming romance between Melanie and Caleb intertwined with the slow burning mystery kept me guessing for much of the book, flipping back pages to see if I could catch the bad guy before all was revealed. There’s also no mistaking that these characters are people of faith—though their flaws are many they seek the Lord and grow in character and faith as the pages turn. The story felt genuine and the mystery intriguing. A great way to pass a summer day!

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

Light Summer Read: A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano

A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen TuranoIf you like ultra-light historical romance then you’ll probably enjoy this quirky sweet story set in 19th century America. In A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano, Miss Arabella Beckett, heavily involved in the women’s suffrage movement and constantly getting into scrapes, squares off with private investigator and family friend, Mr. Theodore Wilder. Wilder, her would-be saviour, is sent to track her down after she fails to turn up after attending one of her many rallies.

Author Jen Turano doesn’t appear hung up on striving for historical accuracy: A wealthy daughter scampering across the country sans travelling companion is just one of the many characters for whom you must suspend disbelief. Instead, Turano writes a spunky, funny story lightly sprinkled with faith and intrigue. It’s definitely not a period piece, yet Turano gives her readers lots of laughter and witty dialogue. It’s a little too candy flavoured for my tastes, but perhaps a perfect companion for a relaxing afternoon on the beach.

Miss Arabella Beckett, defender of the down-trodden women of America, is returning from her travels in support of the women’s suffrage movement when she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need. But things go sadly awry, and both ladies soon find themselves in dire need of rescue. Arabella, always loath to admit she needs help, is particularly reluctant to receive assistance from the arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor who shows up just in time.
Private investigator extraordinaire Mr. Theodore Wilder is on an assignment that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. He is already in a less than pleasant mood, and when Hamilton’s sister turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he’s at his wit’s end.
Much to their chagrin, Theodore and Arabella’s paths continue to cross when they return home to New York, but the most unusual feelings beginning to grow between them certainly can’t be anything serious. When the trouble Arabella accidentally stirred up in her travels follows her home and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.