July 2013 Archive

Mail Order Man

17782808by: Heather Gray

Pages: 230

Published: April 4th 2013 by Astraea Press

ISBN: 9781621351481

From Goodreads: Some people get a mail order bride. She got a mail order man.

A well-meaning friend places an ad to find a mail order husband for Sarah, the proprietress of Larkspur’s stage and mail office. Sarah, who is generally quiet and reserved, doesn’t know about the ad and has no idea what to do with all the people that are showing up in her community. Before long, the town is overrun with men and mail alike. Sarah is trying to avoid some men who have accosted her on the street when she stumbles into Samuel. Through long days spent together at the stage office, some very adventurous pots of coffee and a shared faith, the two become friends. Sarah knows that Samuel is hiding something from her, something important, but that doesn’t stop her heart from leaping wildly into love. Lacking the confidence to trust her heart, Sarah wars with herself over the feelings she can no longer deny. When some of the men who have come to town show their true intentions, a shootout follows. Sarah finally gets answers to many of the questions circling through her mind. One question remains, though.

Where will her mail order man go when the dust settles?


The concept of this novel really stuck out to me. I’m not sure why exactly, because I don’t really think that normally I would’ve picked something like this up. But I saw that I could get a review copy, so I jumped on it. I loved it. It was incredibly cute. There were lots of funny moments and I think there was a lot about this book that just made me feel really good. Most romances I read don’t really get to me. I don’t feel the chemistry between the characters and their professions of love don’t really do much for me. That wasn’t at all the case with this novel. It was adorable and I found myself falling in love with the characters and their relationship. Sarah is fantastic heroine who is a very strong, christian woman who does whatever she feels is necessary to stay a good person. It’s really hard to find heroines like that these days and maybe that’s what drew me into the story so much. I did also think that it was a unique concept for a story, I don’t think I’ve read anything that was at all similar to this before. It’s very sweet and also very christian, so if you’re looking for a hot and steamy romance, this isn’t the place. If you’re looking for something incredibly heart-warming though, look no further. I felt the change in the characters and was invested from the beginning. If you’re into sweet romance or are looking for something that will lift your spirits, pick this up. I see it’s the first in a series and I hope I’ll get to read more.

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The Millionaire Plan

18040187by: Kay Harborne

Pages: 179

Published: April 13th 2013 by Astraea Press

ISBN: 9781621351504

From Goodreads: Amber Wynters is on a mission to find a millionaire to marry – and fast. Her parents are nearly bankrupt and forced to sell the family home, a beautiful Tudor house that had been in the family for generations. And it’s all thanks to Amber’s ex-fiancé Rod persuading them to invest in his dodgy shares. So armed with a ‘How to Hook a Millionaire’ Book and a ten point plan, she sets off to hook herself a rich husband. Then she meets the drop-down gorgeous Jed Curtess. The at-traction between them is sizzling but Jed is only a hired hand on one of the millionaire’s yachts. Can Amber ignore her heart and follow her plan?

This was a very quick and sweet read. I read it one sitting. I kinda liked Amber as a heroine. There were some decisions she made over the course of the book that I thought weren’t very wise, but I could understand her reasoning behind them, so that endeared me to her. Normally when a heroine makes decisions that seem obviously wrong, I get annoyed, but that wasn’t the case here. I liked the whole premise of the story. A woman determined to marry a millionaire and not for the reasons people would normally do that. Jed is, of course, an adorable hero and he’s someone that I could easily see myself falling for. I also thought he didn’t always make fantastic decisions, but in the end it worked out for everyone. If you’re looking for something to download to bring to the beach, something that’s light and easy to read that you can finish in a short amount of time, then this book is perfect. It’s very cute and will warm your heart with a sweet romance. 🙂

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Rescued by That New Guy in Town

16076449by: J.L. Salter

Pages: 282

Published: October 2nd 2012 by Astraea Press LLC


From Goodreads: When Kris awakens in a costume, behind wooden bars inside a pitch-black community center, her only available rescuer is the hungover new guy in town (who’s dressed as a pirate). Problem is: she’s sworn-off men, especially buccaneers.

Badly burned four years ago by a player who ruined her financially, Kris Prima’s heart is locked down as tightly as her lifestyle is confined by those massive debts. When first assisted by recent newcomer Ryan Hazzard, Kris is resentful, slightly afraid, and determined never again to trust men. But when court-ordered community service brings them together once more, she be-gins to appreciate Ryan’s charm, good looks, and capable manner.

With all the rumors and assumptions which followed Ryan from a large metropolitan ar-ea, how can small-town Kris even begin to trust him? And why won’t he explain any of those situations? Through her efforts to learn Ryan’s mysterious past, they share further experiences: many comedic, one quite dangerous, and others very tender. Despite several misunderstandings, Kris’s bottled-up feelings slowly re-awaken and she finally learns enough about Ryan to know she wants him in her life somehow. Kris regains her ability to trust a man and her heart is freed from its jail.


This is the second book I’ve read by this author. Since I enjoyed the first one, I couldn’t wait to dig into this one. I got caught up right in the very beginning. I loved the introduction of the hero and heroine, both to the reader and each other. It’s definitely one of the most unique openings to a book that I’ve ever read. It was also very funny! I loved these characters and they made me feel that way about them right from the start. I loved Kris. Her personality was one I felt like I could relate to. A lot of her thoughts and feelings about things were things I could see myself thinking and feeling if I were in the same situation. I love when I get to get to spend some time in the head of a heroine like that. It makes reading about them that much more enjoyable. This book was not only funny, but it kept me wanting to turn the pages to see what was going to happen next. It was a sweet, romantic comedy with just the right amount of mystery and suspense to keep everything moving swiftly. It was an easy read and I would recommend it to any romance readers that are looking for something that’s a little different from what they’re used to reading. It’s definitely worth it. Get yourself a copy and enjoy!

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Double Crossing

13137711by: Meg Mims

Pages: 257

Published: August 9th 2011 by Astraea Press

ISBN: 9781466223202

From Goodreads: 2012 BEST FIRST NOVEL SPUR AWARD from Western Writers of America AND FINALIST in USA BOOK NEWS Best Books of 2012 Awards for Fiction: Western

A murder arranged as a suicide … a missing deed … and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered.

August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father’s murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed — both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey.

As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust—the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her … for a price.

Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?


This book completely surprised me. This isn’t the kind of novel I would normally pick up. While I do read the occasional mystery, it definitely isn’t my favorite genre, and Westerns would really not be my first pick either. But I devoured this novel. It sucks you in and continues to bring the action and suspense that makes you want to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen next. Lily is one of the strongest heroines I have read about recently. She’s the kind of person that you really enjoy reading about and don’t mind spending time with her. That isn’t always true with main characters. While I may not be a big fan of Westerns, I do enjoy historical novels and the I loved the way that this book really puts you in that time period. The writing is fantastic and it completely immerses you. I didn’t figure out everything in this mystery, but I loved reading this book trying to and again, that’s not normal for me. Normally I sort of just let mysteries play out and don’t get as absorbed as I did in this one. In case you couldn’t tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read through it in almost one sitting and enjoyed every second of it. So whether or not you’re a mystery and/or historical fan I would suggest this to you if you’re looking for a book that’s going to keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s a great ride. 🙂

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