Waling with Women of NT blog tour

Walking with the Women in the New TestamentAbout the book:


With questions about women’s roles in the Priesthood, studying the New Testament proves a useful tool. The New Testament contains accounts of over 50 women and their interactions with Christ and the early Church. With beautiful artwork, charts, historical information, and study tools, this book delves into the lives of these faithful women and shows God’s great love for them and their great role in His plan.



  • ISBN-13: 9781462114214
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
  • Publication date: 11/11/2014
  • Pages: 304

Order your copy:  “Walking with the Women of the New Testament” are now available through Amazon!



About the author:

Heather Farrell’s love for the scriptures began young, when at the age of 11 she hid a flashlight under her pillow so she could read the Old Testament late at night. Her love for the women in scriptures began when, her oldest son was born around Christmas time and she felt a kinship with Mary, the mother of Jesus. As she began to research Mary she realized that there were hundreds of women in the scriptures, but very little had been written about them. Excited by all the women she discovered, she began sharing what she learned on her popular blog, Women in the Scriptures ( Primarily self-taught in the scriptures, Heather is a testament to the truth that becoming a scholar of the gospel is not beyond anyone’s reach, it just takes a inquisitive mind and the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Heather grew up in Idaho but currently lives in Boone, Iowa with her husband, four children, two sheep, a goat and a flock of chickens.



“Walking with the Women of the New Testament” blog tour schedule:

November 16: My Book Addiction and More
November 17: Techie Chic
November 18: Creative Itch • Real Intent
November 19: The Little Blog of Awesome
November 20: Readalot
November 21: Pearls of Great Worth
November 22: Birth Faith • Chicken Scratch n’ Sniff • Lisa Marie Johnson
November 23: Team Hoopes
November 24: Mel’s Shelves
November 25: The Small Seed • The View From My Window • Remembering Women
November 26: Literary Timeout
November 27: Cranial Hiccups • Eternal Principles Simplified
November 28: A Casual Reader’s Blog
November 29: The Secret Life of Michelle
November 30: Poodle Writes • Our Busy Homeschool • Still Parenting • Neylan McBaine
Birds of Ashmae • Well-Behaved Mormon Woman • The Exponent • Bless This Mess Please
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WALKING WITH THE WOMEN OF THE NEW TESTAMENT by Heather Farrell is an interesting  New Testament Study/Latter Day Church of Saints/Mormonism.
Did you know Elisabeth. Martha. Mary. Lydia, and their legacy of faith? Some I know more about than others. In this title, you will find some historical background information on more than just these four, illustrations (which I must say are gorgeous), charts, study tools, and so much more.
This book is for women of any faith, I believe, rather you are Baptist, Holiness or Catholic. Well written, with beautiful illustrations, and well researched information. Any woman of faith will enjoy this title, I believe. Well done.
*Received for an honest review from the publisher*
Rating: 4
Heat rating: N/A
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction

SOFTLY FALLING~ CARLA KELLY…Blog tour with review…



{Western Historical Romance}


Coming November 11, 2014…

21948051About the book:

Beautiful Lily Branson learns that her wayward father has lost his Wyoming cattle ranch in a card game to handsome cowboy Jack Sinclair, no less! When a series of deadly winter storms sets in, Lily and Jack must work together to save the cattle—as well as their hearts.

SBN-13: 9781462113958
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Pages: 288




About the author:

Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for Borrowed Light and My Loving Vigil Keeping.



“Softly Falling” blog tour schedule:

November 2: Deal Sharing Aunt • Jorie Love a Story • The Reader’s Cove
November 3: A Book a Day • Batch of Books • Fire and Ice
November 4: Getting Your Read On
November 5: Christina Dymock
November 6: Bookworm Lisa • Books and Benches
November 7: Readalot
November 8: Babs Book Bistro • Mom Loves 2 Read
November 9: Kindle and Me • My Book Addiction and More
November 10: Julie Coulter Bellon • Wishful Endings • Kindle Light Reading
November 11: Mel’s Shelves
November 12: Reader Girls
November 13: Katie’s Clean Book Collection • I am a Reader
November 14: Manga Maniac Cafe
November 15: Read For Your Future • WV Stitcher
November 16: Geolibrarian
November 17: EmmyMom • My Life One Story at a Time
November 18: Canda’s InkBlast
November 19: Bloggin’ ’bout Books • The Things I Love Most
November 20: Wondrous Reviews
November 21: A Room Without Books is Empty • Fire and Ice Reads
November 22: My Devotional Thoughts • For the Love of Books




SOFTLY FALLING by Carla Kelly is a wonderful inspirational Western Historical Romance set in Wyoming. Fast paced and filled with emotional turmoil, harsh winters, faith, hope, healing and love. Meet, Lily Branson and Jack Sinclair.  Lily’s father loses his Wyoming cattle ranch in a card game to none other than, the handsome gambler, cowboy, Jack Sinclair.

I enjoyed how Jack and Lily worked together to save the cattle, battle the elements and find love. Well written with an intriguing storyline. The characters are engaging as well as interesting. Once again, Ms. Kelly has written a tale of passion, and the power of love. She shows her readers how flawed characters can find their HEA. A must read! An enjoyable and satisfying read! Well done!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



Terri Pontius and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “We Three Kings” blog tour, which will run from September 17-30, 2014.

We Three Kings blog tour


About the book:

When the signs of the Savior’s birth appear, Nephi witnesses another miracle—the Liahona starts working again after 600 years of being idle! Determined to find and worship the King of kings, Nephi takes his brother Timothy and skeptic Cephus on a journey across the ocean that ultimately changes their lives—and the course of history—as they become the legendary Three Wise Men.

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bonneville Books (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462114970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462114979

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About the author: 

John Pontius was born on May 12, 1952 in Moscow, Idaho to wonderful parents, Robert V. and Ann Pontius. He passed on peacefully in his home on December 10, 2012, after a lifetime of service to the Lord Jesus Christ. John had the sweet and humbling gift of writing with the pen of angels. The Lord gave him an ability uniquely his to express the gospel of Jesus Christ in a simple yet magnificently beautiful way. Throughout his life, he has touched many thousands of lives through his published books and firesides. John’s passions also included music, playing piano and organ masterfully since a young boy, oil painting, woodworking, conducting choral and orchestra (his favorite being the Mat-Su Alaska Community Messiah, which he did for many years), Christmas, and anything that captivated his mechanical and technical genius.


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WE THREE KINGS by John John Pontius is an interesting Christian Fiction/Latter Day Saints/History. A compelling, thought-provoking tale of the story of the Three Kings from the Latter Day Saints point of view. Well written, with interesting and engaging characters. The storyline, in my opinion was plausible. Light reading and one which could be read over again. I enjoyed the relationship between the characters on their journey to see the signs of the Savior’s birth. A different but interesting take on the story of the Three Wise Men. Not just a Christmas- time story. It will have you searching out your Bible to see if the details match. As I said earlier, very thought-provoking.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 4

Heat rating: N/A

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



Congratulations on your latest release……


{Historical Romance}

[#3 in the Pioneer Promises series]


Song of the Prairie

Song of the Prairie is the third and final book of award-winning author Vickie McDonough’s Pioneer Promises Series. Set in 1870s Kansas, the action revolves around the Harper Stage Stop on the Santa Fe Trail and brothers Aaron, Josh, and Ethan Harper who run the family business. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for the Books 1 & 2 and early response to Book 3 is glowing with some, like author Amanda Cabot, asking for more:

“Vickie McDonough has outdone herself. Song of the Prairie is a heartfelt, heartwarming and at times heartbreaking story of the lengths a woman will go to protect a child. Turning the last page was bittersweet. Although I sighed in pleasure at the resolution of Janie and Aaron’s problems, I wished there were more than three Harper brothers so I could look forward to another prairie adventure.
More, please!

Song of the Prairie
by Vickie McDonough
Pioneer Promises #3

A Runaway New Mother…
Janie Dunn’s dreams of being an opera singer suddenly dim when, at her dying cousin’s request, she flees Boston with her cousin’s newborn son to protect him from his abusive father. She moves to Kansas to live with her brother, who poses as her husband to protect her identity, lest the baby’s father seek her out. But it’s hard living a lie, even more so the closer she grows to her neighbors on the prairie.

A Widower Missing His Children…
Aaron Harper lost his wife four years ago in a tragic accident. Without a mother to help raise and educate his two children, Aaron sent them to live with his brother and sister-in-law in Windmill, a few hours’ train ride from his family’s homestead, to attend the local school. Yet Aaron regrets seeing his son and daughter so rarely. He yearns to have them under his roof again, but without someone to educate them, it’s an impossible scenario.

A Past That Seems Irreparable…
Life takes a dire turn for Janie when her brother dies. The Harper family turns out to be the greatest blessing—particularly the handsome Aaron Harper, who keeps the farm running in her brother’s absence. But Janie knows his help is only temporary. Is a marriage of convenience to Aaron Harper the answer to both of their problems? And is Kansas far enough away from Boston that she is safe from the baby’s vengeful father? Or will he come after her and expose the secret she’s worked so hard to conceal?
ISBN: 978-1-62911-170-4; $12.99; Frontlist; Fiction/Christian/Romance; August 2014 Release


VICKIE MCDONOUGHAbout the Author…..


Vickie McDonough is an award-winning author of more than thirty books and novellas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she served as treasurer of the organization for three years and also was treasurer for her local chapter. Her novel Long Trail Home won the 2012 Booksellers’ Best Award for Inspirational Fiction. Her books have also won the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, Texas Gold, and the ACFW Noble Theme Contest, and she has been a multiyear finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Awards. She is the author of the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series from Barbour Publishing and author of Long Trail Home and End of the Trail, books 3 and 6 in the Texas Trails series by Moody Publishers, in which she partners with Susan Page Davis and Darlene Franklin. Vickie lives with her husband, Robert, in Oklahoma. They have four grown sons and one daughter-in-law, and are grandparents to a precocious eight-year-old girl. When she isn’t writing, Vickie enjoys reading, shopping for antiques, watching movies, and traveling.

For more on Vickie McDonough:
For review copies, press kits, or to set up an interview with Vickie McDonough:
Cathy Hickling,, 800-444-4484.


What Others Are Saying about…
…Vickie McDonough and the Pioneer Promises Series

CALL OF THE PRAIRIECall of the Prairie (Book 2)

Call of the Prairie pulled me in from the first pages. Readers will cheer for Sophie Davenport, a sheltered city girl, as she struggles to triumph over the challenges of prairie life.
—Ann Shorey
Author, the Sisters at Heart series

Vickie McDonough’s writing shines in Call of the Prairie, a beautifully crafted story of courage and strength—and a reminder that even when the fulfillment of our dreams seems impossible, God has everything under control. I found myself captivated by the town of Windmill and its people and felt the call of the prairie tugging at my heart.
—Carol Cox
Author, Love in Disguise, Trouble in Store, and Truth Be Told

With her signature vivid descriptions that bring the prairie to life and cast of engaging characters, Vickie McDonough gives readers a story that will linger in their hearts. More than just a delightful historical romance, Call of the Prairie is also a story of duty and determination, misunderstandings and mystery, life and love. Don’t miss it.
—Amanda Cabot, CBA best-selling author

Whispers on the Prairie, (Book 1)
Romantic Times RT Rating McDonough spins a pleasant and engaging pioneer family drama in her series starter. The Harper brothers fairly leap off the pages with their faith and humor, and readers will sigh happily when one brother finally captures the bride he secretly pines for. Who’s next?
—Reviewed by Carolyn Martin, July 2013

Do you enjoy Janette Oke’s books? If so, then Whispers on the Prairie by Vickie McDonough is the book for you! I haven’t read a prairie romance that I have enjoyed more than this one. I was entranced by this story and did not want to put it down. It’s overflowing with rich characters, deep spiritual themes, and lots of good old fashioned romance. Emotionally captivating seems like such an inadequate way to describe how this story drew me in but I can’t think of another description. Vickie brings about the sweetest and most gentle of romances that totally warmed my soul.
—Ann Payne, Stuff & Nonsense
Against a backdrop of the growing pains of the post-Civil War United States, Vickie McDonough weaves a tapestry of words depicting life on the plains and the changes that were quickly becoming the norm. Her characters leapt to life in my mind and my heart, and they stayed with me long after I finished reading this wonderful tale.
—Lena Nelson Dooley
Award-winning author, Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and more


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THROUGH THE DEEP WATERS~ KIM VOGEL SAWYER~ Spotlight with #review and #giveaway



About the book: (Courtesy of the publisher)

Through the Deep Waters (WaterBrook Press, May 5, 2014) by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a stirring novel in which 17-year-old Dinah, desperate to escape her horrifying past and the Chicago brothel where she has been raised, applies to become a maid in a new hotel being built in Florence, Kansas. Once there, local Amos Patrick catches her eye in a way no other man could. A gentle chicken farmer with a limp, he’s convinced himself no woman would ever want him, yet he finds himself drawn to Dinah and sees in her eyes the same longing for acceptance that he desires. Might these two wounded souls find a place of belonging together?

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731296


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About the author…

KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a bestselling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print and have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. With her trademark realistic characters, rich historical settings, and strong redemptive storytelling, Kim Vogel Sawyer weaves a tale of a young woman looking for a fresh start–and finding a remarkable love.


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18310162THROUGH THE DEEP WATERS by Kim Vogel Sawyer is another exciting Christian Historical Fiction set in 1883 Chicago, Illinois and Florence, Kansas.

“A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all” (from the back cover)

From a Chicago brothel, to a hotel chambermaid in Kansas, Dinah may just find the forgiveness she so seeks and the love she never thought to find.

An excellent tale of redemption, faith, healing, forgiveness and love. Written with the right mixture of romance, and emotional drama, and faith. Ms. Sawyer has once again written a tale that will capture any readers’ heart and hold their interest from beginning to end.  The characters are enticing, engaging, and intriguing. The storyline is very interesting, as well as will hold your heart and thoughts. A unique take on redemption, grace, mercy and the power of God’s love and forgiveness. Emotional and compelling, I enjoyed watching Dinah go from shame to learning to accept a gift she so desperately needed and finding the love to turn her world around. A must read! Ms. Sawyer never  fails to deliver a most powerful and merciful tale! Highly recommend! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


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A Broken Kind of Beautiful: A Novel

Welcome, Katie, and congratulations on your latest release!!

MBA&M: In A BROKEN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL, why make your heroine, a model?

I wanted to write a story that explored the concept of beauty and worth and I thought, “What better way to do that than by giving my heroine a profession in the beauty industry?” So often we see these models on the covers of magazines and in catalogs and we forget they are real people, with flaws and hang ups and hurts. Is it possible that the women we often compare ourselves to feel every bit as insecure as we so often feel?

MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind the writing of this story?

Several different things inspired me to write this novel, one of which was my work with junior high students over the last several years. I see what society is shoving in the faces of our young women. So much of the “beauty” they see is unattainable. So much is smoke and mirrors. I wanted to write a story that peeled back that veneer and gave women a peek at what’s underneath the glitz and glam.

MBA&M: What do you feel your greatest accomplishment in your writing career, so far, is and why?

Oh, that’s a tough one! I could say being a Christy Award finalist or a Carol Award winner, both of which were huge honors in the genre I write. But I think at the end of the day, my greatest accomplishment is every single time I hear from readers that my books have encouraged or changed them in some positive way. There is nothing quite like that!

MBA&M: Please tell our readers, a few funny stories, while, attending book signings, either for yourself or another author?

Is it lame that I can’t think of anything specifically? I’m super thankful to have had some really fun local book signings. I love meeting new readers and hugging old readers and handing out Oreo truffles (I’ve made these now for every local book signing I’ve done). For my first novel, my publisher scheduled a book signing for me up in Minneapolis and while nothing funny happened at the book signing, my husband and I sure laughed a lot on the drive north. I don’t even remember what we were laughing at. I just remember that it was the kind of laughter that had tears rolling down our cheeks and our stomachs hurting! That’s the best kind, isn’t it?

MBA&M: Who do you feel, is your greatest influence in your writing career?

Hmmm…that’s a great question! Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers are both two authors I read early on that inspired me to write inspirational fiction. Dwight Swain wrote a book called Techniques of the Selling Writer that had a huge influence on the way I craft stories. Then there are the people I know in real life—like my husband. He inspires and influences me every day! I’m pretty sure every hunky hero I write is in some way inspired by him. 


Thank you, for stopping by today! We at MBA&M wish you many more successful releases and look forward to your next exciting adventure!

A Broken Kind of BeautifulAbout A Broken Kind of Beautiful (from the publisher)

A Broken Kind of Beautiful (WaterBrook Press, April 15, 2014) by Katie Ganshert, tells the story of model Ivy Clark. In an attempt to save her career, she heads to her quaint island hometown of Greenbrier at the request of her stepmother Marilyn, even though Ivy’s very existence is a reminder of her father’s infidelity to Marilyn. On top of that, Ivy’s career rests in the hands of mysterious Davis Knight- a man who abandoned a promising photography career in New York City, a man who treats her differently than any man Ivy’s ever known. Davis calls into question everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth, leaving her wondering if it’s possible that God sees her- a woman stained and broken by the world- and wants her still?

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601425902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601425904

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IMG_0441About Katie Ganshert…

Christy Award finalist and Carol Award winner, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website or author Facebook page.



Twitter: @KatieGanshert


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Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Warrior For Christ Publishing (May 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0990339505
ISBN-13: 978-0990339502
Book Title: Altars of the Heart
Genre: Christian Non-Fiction


About the book
Do events from your past continue to play over and over in your mind? Do you feel like your relationship with God is not where it should be? Are you looking for a deeper worship experience?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have some good news for you. The answer may seem far away, but it’s actually much closer than you think.

Altars of the Heart will take you on a journey to rediscover who you are and give you authentic tools to help you connect back to walking hand-in-hand with God through deeper worship.
The knowledge and insight that you will gain from reading this book will take you to a life of newfound liberation from insecurities, fear, doubt, shame, and un-forgiveness.

You will be encouraged to do an internal “heart” examination, to re-evaluate how you interact with others, make choices and worship the Lord.

The Word of God specifically states in the book of Hosea 4:6, that my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. I issue a challenge to you to open this book, and allow your life to experience freedom from bondage and finally discover your path to deeper worship.

Open this book, and let’s have a heart to heart conversation!

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About The Author

April Minger was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, where she became involved in church at the young age of six years old; since her parents did not attend church she rode a community church bus to attend Sunday school. After graduating from high school, April joined the United States Air Force, because she had a strong desire to serve her country and travel the world. Shortly after joining the Air Force, April met and married her husband; they now have been married more than 18 years and have two children. April works in the Insurance and Health Care fields, and also has a Master’s degree in Business, graduating with honors, and is a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa Chapter of The National Honor Society. She currently resides in Fort Drum, New York, where her husband serves on active duty as a member of the United States Army.

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COMING JULY 1, 2014!!

This  is for the third and final book in her Escape to Paradise trilogy.



In MaryLu Tyndall’s stunning conclusion to her Escape from Paradise series, Angeline Moore longs to make a fresh start in the Confederate colony of New Hope, Brazil. James Callaway longs to create a city free from immoral women who caused his failure as a preacher. But a series of strange happenings soon lead the colonists to believe they have been brought to this place for a divine purpose.

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  • Series: Escape to Paradise (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing Inc.; Gld edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616265981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616265984



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Simple Faith

[Inspirational Historical  Romance/Fiction]

Anna Schmidt



About the Author

Anna Schmidt is a three-time finalist for the coveted RITA award presented annually by Romance Writers of America. Her novel A SISTER’S FORGIVENESS gives Anna her fourth finalist honor for the Reviewers’ Choice Awards from Romantic Times magazine. She has won that award twice before.
Anna is the author of over twenty-five works of historical and contemporary fiction including her most recent series—THE PEACEMAKERS – set in World War II. All God’s Children was released last fall and tells the story of Beth—an American Quaker trapped in Nazi Germany where she finds herself fall in love with Josef—a young German medical student who is determined to save his beloved homeland from Hitler’s oppressive regime. Publisher’s Weekly had high praise for the novel noting that “The activities of the White Rose resistance group, as well as the prisoner uprising at the Sobibor concentration camp, are more than simple historical context. Schmidt seamlessly integrates these actual events, and the courageous real-life individuals who fought against Hitler’s regime, with her fictional characters and their story, to produce a strong tale of hope and love in the face of insurmountable obstacles.”

Her current release is the inspirational historical romance, Simple Faith.
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About the Book:
After losing her beloved husband and daughter and surviving Hitler’s Sobibor death camp, Quaker widow Anja Steinberg dedicates her life to helping others and keeping her son safe. As a member of the resistance, she helps displaced Allied airmen get back to their units in England. The journey is rigorous and filled with danger and there is no time for romance. Anja knows that Mikel, her fellow resistance worker, loves her. He would make a good husband and father for her son, but she doesn’t share his feelings. Is friendship enough? Then American Peter Trent parachutes into her life. She must face facts—her heart did not die with her late husband and true love could be hers again. But marrying Mikel may be the only way she can save Peter.

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SIMPLE FAITH by Anna Schmidt is another exciting Peacemakers, Inspirational Historical Romance/Fiction set in 1943  Europe. #2 in “The Peacemakers” series, but can be read as a stand alone, although, I would recommend reading book 1, “All God’s Children”.  Simple Faith, picks up where “All God’s Children” finished.

Quaker Anja Steinberg, had her whole world taken away in All God’s Children by the Nazis, after losing her Jewish husband and daughter to the Nazis. In, Simple Faith, she is helping Allied airmen escape from behind enemy lines. She feels this is her calling.  Enter, Peter Trent, an American, who was shot down……

Second Lieutenant Peter Trent has been shot down near Anja’s grandfather’s farm. He must travel across enemy territory, through Western Europe to get back to  England with the Gestapo hot on his trail.  One of many problems, Anja, is falling in love with Peter, but this could endanger, that only her life, but the life of her precious ten-year old son,Daniel, as well.

Filled with tension, emotional turmoil, faith, healing, romance and love. You don’t want to miss a second of Simple Faith. Fast paced and filled with drama from the first page to the last.

Readers of historical fiction, World War II, the flight of Jews, sacrifice and romance. A  brilliant tale of love, sacrifice, the war and healing. A must read! Received for an honest review.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More





{Christian Historical Fiction/Romance(Nineteenth-Century America)}




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Berkley Trade Paperback Original


April 1, 2014




Vivid and enthralling, Island of the Doves tells the story of two women in early nineteenth century America—one typical of her time, one extraordinary for it—who transform each other’s lives.

Susannah Fraser lives in one of Buffalo’s finest mansions, but her husband has made it a monstrous prison. When a mysterious woman offers to help her escape, Susannah boards a steamboat for Mackinac Island. But after being a dutiful daughter and obedient wife, it is only as she flees that she realizes how unprepared she is for freedom.

An exceptional woman of early America, Magdelaine Fonteneau has overcome convention to live a bold and adventurous life, achieving great wealth and power as a fur trader. But Magdelaine has also seen great tragedy and lost all that was dear to her, and she is no longer sure her hardened heart is capable of love.

Now, Magdelaine seeks redemption by offering safe harbor to Susannah. But as their friendship grows into something miraculous, it changes each woman in unexpected ways. Each needs to learn to love again, and only together can they realize a future bright with the promise of new life…


 Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425264580
ISBN-13: 978-0425264584

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About the author:

Kelly O’Connor McNees is the author of two novels, “The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott” and “In Need of a Good Wife.” Born and raised in Michigan, Kelly found that books made good friends. Mary Lennox, Winnie Foster, Kit Tyler, Will Stanton, and a dozen other characters were as real to her as any of the kids on her block, and she decided that the best way to keep them around and provide them with some company was to become a writer herself. Kelly received her first rejection letter in tenth grade, from the fiction editor at “Seventeen,” and has been writing her way back ever since. In the meantime, she has worked as a teacher and editor, and lives with her husband and daughter in Chicago.



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THE ISLAND OF DOVES by Kelly O’Connor McNees is an interesting Inspirational Historical Fiction/Romance set in 1816-1835 Buffalo and Mackinac Island. Follow these extraordinary women,Susannah,Magdelaine, Therese, Esmee, Josette, and Noelle, on a journey of faith, healing, forgiveness,grief and love.

Susannah Fraser, is a courageous woman desperate for freedom from her abusive husband, Edward.

THE ISLAND OF DOVES is the tale of extraordinary women with secrets, seeking redemption, healing, freedom, friendship, forgiveness and the ability to open their hearts to love again.

Susannah’s tale, is of an abusive husband, she is desperate to leave, alive, but she has tried before, which, resulted in bad consequences, so when the opportunity arises again, can she risk everything for herself and those who help her escape the clutches of an husband who is abusive, and greedy?

Magdelaine Forneneau and her sisters, Therese and Josette is set on a course no one wanted, one will die from an abusive boyfriend, the one will disappear, and the other, is left to pick up the pieces and continue her life after this great tragedy and hardens  her heart. Will she ever be capable of giving love again?

Esmee and Noelle have their own stories to tell.

A heart wrenching tale of love, healing,hope, grief and forgiveness. With vivid descriptions, engaging characters, and a storyline that is dear to so many,  Violence against Women. While, “THE ISLAND OF THE DOVES is fictional, three of the characters were inspired in some way, by real historical characters.”

ISLAND OF THE DOVES, is an charming, unforgettable, tale of the promise of a new life, second chances, and the power of love. Do pick up this title, you will not be disappointed.  An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



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Thanks to Kayleigh, at Penguin Group (USA)/Berkley/NAL, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a chance to win a print copy of ISLAND OF THE DOVES by Kelly O’Conner McNees.

Sorry, US residents only!

Giveaway will run from April 18 until April 25, 2014!




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Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called