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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Her Hope Discovered by Cynthia Herron, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

HerHopeDiscovered Title: Her Hope Discovered  
Series: Welcome to Ruby #1  
Author: Cynthia Herron  
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink  
Genre: Contemporary Romance  
Release Date: December 31, 2018

Is the sure thing worth risking for the possibility of maybe?

Charla Winthrop, a savvy business woman seeking a permanent lifestyle change in small-town Ruby, learns that things aren’t always what they appear when she takes up residence in a house steeped in charm and a hint of mystery. Rumor has it that Sam Packard the town carpenter is her go-to guy for home remodeling, but can Charla convince him to help her—with no strings attached, of course?

Alone far too long, Sam’s prayed that God would send him a wife and a mother for his daughters. However, the new Ruby resident is hardly what he imagined. A new place to call “home,” the possibility of what might be, and the answer to someone’s prayers unite this unlikely pair with the help of the town’s residents.

Nestled in the Ozarks’ hills and hollows is Ruby, Missouri, a quaint, cozy town where “neighbor” is merely another word for “friend.” Ruby will charm and delight as will her quirky, lovable characters who will steal your heart, but hand it right back—with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Savor your new friends’ sorrows and successes in the community where offbeat is perfect and mishaps and mayhem never tasted so good.

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MY REVIEW

When Charla decides to leave her busy, meaningless life in Boston and move to the small town of Ruby, Missouri she is looking forward to the change of pace and to beginning the journey to figuring out what she truly wants in life.  While she's planning there are other that are praying for her to come into their lives.

Sam and his young daughters, Faith and Hope, have been hoping for someone to fill the void that was left when their wife and mother died in an accident three years ago.  Could the new Bostonian in town be the answer to that prayer?  Charla's presence in Ruby is going to be a game changer in more ways than one and usher a time of self discovery, truthfulness, and forgiveness in multiple lives.

From the beginning I was completely and utterly charmed by Her Hope Discovered.  From the Mayberry-esque town and all its charismatic array of characters to the breathtaking descriptions of Ruby and the surrounding Ozarks, you feel yourself transported to this wonderful and charming place with every page.

Though sweet, and mostly predictable, there is just enough subtle conflict to keep it interesting until the end, and the theme of love and forgiveness that flows throughout leaves you all warm and fuzzy.  Very sweet story!
MY RATING:
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.  All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Cynthia writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains. A hopeless romantic at heart, she enjoys penning stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her Hope Discovered, her début novel and the first in a three-book series, released December 2018 with Mountain Brook Ink.

“Cindy” has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW MozArks, and RWA.

She is a 2017 ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2016 ACFW Genesis (Double) Finalist, and a 2015 ACFW First Impressions Winner. Her short story Words from the Heart appears in The Story Anthology (Karen Kingsbury/Family Fiction) via Salem Publications, 2014. Her work is represented by Sarah Freese at WordServe Literary.

Besides writing, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple. She also adores a great cup of coffee and she never met a sticky note she didn’t like.

Cindy loves to connect with friends at her online home. She also hangs out on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.  

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Her Hope Discovered giveaway

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win a $25 Amazon gift card from the author (US only)  

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Friends to the End

My Rating: ★★★★


Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: February 11, 2019
Genre: Clean Romance

When Andy’s baby sister Trish gets stranded at the family cabin during a massive blizzard, he calls upon his best friends—the Magnificent Eight—to go to his sister’s rescue.

Andy knows that several members of the Eight will drop everything to help, and they’re the perfect solution because the Amish aren’t hindered by stalled cars—they can travel just fine in their buggies.

But when Logan, Trish’s secret crush, is the first to volunteer to save her, she can’t help but worry that, despite the freezing temperatures, being alone with Logan might mean that things heat up pretty fast.


My Review ♥️


Friends to the End is a prequel to the Walnut Creek series from Shelley Shepard Gray and after reading it I am SO excited for this series!  You learn about the creation of the "Magnificent Eight" and are able to meet several of its members, including Andy, Logan, and Andy's younger sister, Tricia, though Tricia isn't technically apart of the Eight.

Since the creation of the Eight, Tricia has been crushing hard on Logan, but falling for him is not that simple.  There are several members of the Eight that are Amish and Logan is one of them.  Tricia is not.  After having a rough time at college, Tricia escapes to the family cabin deep in the woods, and while there is caught in the middle of a record-breaking snow storm while her brother and parents are on vacation in Florida.  Scared and unsure of what to do Tricia calls her brother out of desperation.  Unable to leave Florida Andy has no choice but to call upon the help of the Eight, namely Logan.

Friends to the End is the rescue mission of poor Tricia and the prequel is sweet, well-written, and an absolute joy to read.  It encourages and excites me about the direction of this wonderful new series and the path it might take.  Admirable characterization and charming descriptions pull you right into that snow-covered cabin, making the story truly come alive!  Simply delightful!


Other Books in the Walnut Creek Series

 

Get to Know Author Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.

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*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Gallery Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

Romance is in the Air - Featuring Author Lucy McConnell



When Bella Creer’s father has a heart attack and is unable to finish his contract for Adam Moreau, a ruthless lawyer based in Seattle, she steps in to take his place and save The Cove Phase II.
Adam, a billionaire who lives in a secluded castle on a cliff, is gruff, demanding, brilliant, and injured. An acid attack left its mark on Adam’s face but it’s his heart wounds that Bella sees clearly.
As she takes on the management of a multi-billion-dollar project, Bella’s confidence in herself strengthens and her attraction to Adam grows. But Adam didn’t become the best lawyer in the state by making friends and the wolves circle, ready to attack him at his weakest. Bella will have to be stronger than she’s ever been just to survive. And, before it’s too late, she’ll need to realize that her true power lies in her ability to love beyond measure.
This clean romance will sweep you away to a castle where maids do your laundry, a cook makes lobster for dinner, and there’s a beauty parlor in the basement.
Welcome to The Cove
With heavy iron gates, two security stations, and a groundskeeper’s cottage, The Cove has everything a billionaire could ask for in a home. Dubbed Billionaire Bachelor Cove because of the resident’s single status and income portfolios, The Cove is the perfect place to hide away from the world. But, as the residents soon find out, they can’t hide from love.
 



🖤“I loved this story and the authors style of writing. The story flowed easily and held my attention. Good , clean with no sex or swear words. Would recommend to all ages.”
🖤“Brilliantly scripted and a fun read! The characters are engaging and strong. They draw you in and have deep chemistry in this sweet and clean read. I didn’t want this story to end though I was itching to see how the nicely crafted story concluded."
🖤"I especially love that the story seemed to occur over a long time span and conversations/interactions were not superficial."
🖤"Am glad it’s part of a series and hopefully we’ll encounter the characters again.”
🖤“I really enjoyed the characters, the subtle plot twists, and the growth of the main characters’ relationship. It was a fun read and hard to put down.”



Uncle Philip broke the silence and Adam’s concentration. “You remind me so much of your father.”
Adam slapped the folder shut. He had enough information to win the case. “I hope you mean that as a compliment, because it’s been said both ways many times.”
The lines around Philip’s eyes had softened. “Same noble brow. Same wavy blond hair. Though I think you’re an inch taller than him.”
“The old man just rolled over in his grave.” His father never gave him an inch in life; it was unlikely he’d give him one in death.
“I offered to take you, you know. After Alicia passed.” Philip ran his thumb over the swollen knuckle on his ring finger. “Your father had other ideas.”
Adam stared out the window as the early days of boarding school, the loneliness, and the emptiness of a child still mourning his mother washed over him like a soft Seattle drizzle. He took in the man across from him. A simple man with a simple life—a life that would have made Adam soft. “Thank goodness for that,” he muttered. At least his father had saved him from a small and unimportant life.
Uncle Philip sighed. “You have more in common with him than your looks.”
This time Adam understood that the words weren’t a compliment, though they were spoken with honesty. The realization unexpectedly stabbed, like a thorn in his flesh. No matter. He would shortly prove that being fierce was better than being … whatever it was Uncle Philip wished him to be. He lifted the folder. “This should only take a moment, and you’ll be on your way.”
The car stopped in front of King County Courthouse. The aged gray building was shaped like a letter H, with two columns of justice connected by a tunnel of office space. There were decorations on the exterior to recommend it as an architectural beauty.
Impatient, Adam threw open the door before his driver had a chance to open it for him and marched towards the entry. He was single-minded in his movements and didn’t notice the woman in the yellow dress until their hands touched on the door.
“Oh!” she exclaimed, a smile blossoming on her face.
Feeling a jolt up his arm, Adam gave her his full attention. Her brown hair was pulled back in a style reminiscent of the 1940s with a few thick, loose curls bouncing to her chin and framing her enchanting, heart-shaped face. She had large, doe-like brown eyes that dropped demurely as his cheeks colored.
He never blushed. The sensation was enough to knock him off his course. She smelled of lilacs and fresh rain.
“I’m so sorry. You go first,” she said. Her voice was strong and yet a caress that drew him near. He had the strangest feeling that he’d like to slay a dragon.
He thrust the door open and motioned for her to enter. “I insist.”
“Thank you.” Her cheeks dusted pink, and for the first time in his life, Adam was quite out of his mind over a woman. He couldn’t remember where he was going or why it was important.
“You look lovely,” he said, not even sure the words made it out of his mouth. He didn’t throw out compliments to strangers. Heck, he didn’t compliment anyone.
Her smile deepened. “Thank you. I’m meeting my fiancé upstairs. We’re getting married today.” She nodded once, her smile lighting up the entire lobby and cracking through the plaster he’d applied to his heart long ago, and then she was off to the elevators and he was left feeling as though he’d missed the opportunity of a lifetime.


Award-winning author, Lucy McConnell, loves Christmas, romance, chocolate and Elvis.
After graduating from the University of Utah, she became an editor at an advertising agency before moving on to teach in the marketing department of the local community college. She loved teaching and often misses the academic environment.
Lucy retired from teaching and began to write articles and sweet romance novels. She has been published in national magazines, newspapers, short story compilations, and she writes cookbooks under the name Christina Dymock.
If she’s not at the computer, you can find her trying to keep up with her husband and four kids on the ski slopes, on a bike, in the kitchen, or on a horse. 
   



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Let's Begin Again

My Rating: ★★★★


Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Clean Romance

When Maurie Ledbetter moves back to her hometown to open her dream shop, she calls a local construction crew for help. Former teenage crush Grant Shelton shows up on her front porch, answering the call for the construction job. Seeing Grant again brings back Maurie’s memories of her troubled childhood, and she doesn’t know if spending time around Grant is the best way to move on. But when she discovers Grant has gone through difficulties of his own, Maurie realizes that he might be the key to her own healing.


My Review ♥️


Pine Valley is a place I wish I could live! Everyone that I've "met" during the Pine Valley series has been wonderful! In Let's Begin Again we meet Grant, and the whole Shelton family, and Maurie Ledbetter, a girl who left Pine Valley under heartbreaking circumstances, and is back years later, starting her own business, and trying her hardest to get over the past, and begin anew.

Moving into the house she grew up in brings back a lot of memories for Maurie, and when she decides to do a complete renovation she is shocked to find out that Grant Shelton, her high school crush, is the man who is doing the renovation. What happens next brings on a lot more change that Maurie could've ever imagined.

In many romances, there are storylines that are unrealistic, but you don't find that in Let's Begin Again. Every character feels like they're a real person, and you can see everything in their world. I love Heather's writing style, and I love how everything flows so flawlessly. The story itself is a wonderful premise and I especially fell in love with Trent, Grant's four-year-old son. Adorable!!

This was undeniably one of my favorite books in the Pine Valley series and I can't wait to see who will meet in Pine Valley next!


Other Books in the Pine Valley Series


Get to Know Author Heather B. Moore

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty publications. Her historical novels and thrillers are written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah. Heather is represented by Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

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Sold on a Monday

My Rating: ★★★★


Publisher: Landmark
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction

A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes the story behind the picture is worth a thousand more…

Philadelphia, 1931. A young, ambitious reporter named Ellis Reed photographs a pair of young siblings on the front porch of a farmhouse next to a sign: “2 children for sale.”

With the help of newspaper secretary Lily Palmer, Ellis writes an article to accompany the photo. Capturing the hardships of American families during the Great Depression, the feature story generates national attention and Ellis’s career skyrockets.

But the photograph also leads to consequences more devastating than ever imagined—and it will take jeopardizing everything Ellis and Lily value to unravel the mystery and set things right.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers throughout the country, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of ambition, redemption, love, and family.


My Review ♥️


The Great Depression was a tumultuous time in our nation's history.  Out of desperation, people did things that, under different circumstances, they would never do.  In 1931, on a hot summer day in Pennsylvania, a newspaper reporter takes an innocent picture that sparks a chain of events that is a complete game changer.

Children for sale.  It's a concept that is unfathomable to many of us, but no one really understands unless you're put in a dire situation.  It is the choice that one mother makes for her two beautiful children, for her own personal reasons, despite many judging her.  While this family deals with the effects of that choice Ellis, the reporter responsible for the photo, becomes famous overnight, and completely changes his life.

The fact that Ellis's success came at the expense of this family being torn apart, and two children being sold, gnaws at Ellis until he cannot take it anymore.  Ellis, and his friend and fellow co-worker Lily, vow to do everything they can to make sure the children are safe in their new home.  It is this choice that begins an investigation that leads both Ellis and Lily down a dark and unexpected path.

Though Sold on a Monday took a different turn than what I had originally thought, I really enjoyed all the twists and surprises.  The suspense made me unable to turn the pages fast enough, and the ending did not disappoint.  Well written, Kristina McMorris knows how to draw her reader in and not let go until the very end.  A few instances of foul language is my only complaint about the book, but that's the newspaper biz, so I had to brush it off despite not liking that component. 

You really feel like you're there for every moment, giving you a taste of some of the effects of the Great Depression.  2 children for sale.  Sad indeed.



Get to Know Author Kristina McMorris

Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have garnered more than two dozen literary awards and nominations, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA's RITA Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her works of fiction have been published by Sourcebooks Landmark, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Kensington Books.

Prior to her writing career, she hosted weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy Award-winning program. She lives with her husband and two sons in Oregon, where she is working on her next novel.

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*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Landmark Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
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