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30 December 2013

Diana's 2013 Favorites!

 Here's a list of my favorite 2013 books in no particular order! It was very difficult to choose as you authors totally outdid yourselves this year!
Love's Awakening by Laura Frantz 

A beautifully written novel laden with secrecy, deceit, betrayal, and hidden passions. Laura Frantz is a master storyteller!


Return To Shirley Plantation by Carrie Fancett Pagels

 This is a riveting, historical read you won't want to miss. Truly a memorable story of hope and obedience!


Captured By Moonlight By Christine Lindsay

Christine Lindsay sweeps us away to the exotic, hauntingly beautiful land of India in this exciting story of romance, faith, and intrigue!  


Forsaken Dreams By MaryLu Tyndall

A riveting novel that sweeps us away on a riveting, seafaring journey -- beginning in the ravaged, post civil war torn South to the lush beauty of Brazil!


The Governess Of Highland Hall By Carrie Turansky

A wonderful Edwardian era novel set in England; replete with dashing lords and ladies, secrets, pain, and hidden passions! A must read!


Heaven Is Not Far By Marian Baay

An emotive, soul-stirring short story of a love that transcends time, distance, and even the Civil War! Heartwarming debut!


Love At Any Cost By Julie Lessman

A passion-filled, heartwarming journey to beautiful San Francisco...with its lush lawns of the very wealthy on Nob Hill to the poverty stricken streets of the Barbary Coast! One not to miss!


Beyond The Valley By Rita Gerlach

A powerful, heartrending historical read, full of excitement and romance! You simply must put this one at the top of your TBR stack!


A powerful story of love and healing on the turbulent road to the bombing of Pearl Harbor!


My Hope Is Found By Joanne Bischof

A lovely, heartrending tale of sin's consequences, redemption, and unrequited love, that will keep you flipping those pages well into the night! I loved this entire series!


Burning Sky By Lori Benton

A hauntingly beautiful, heartrending tale of a kidnapped white woman caught not only between two very different worlds, but also two handsome men from diverse cultures!


            Unforeseeable and Unbreakable by Nancy Mehl

Exciting, suspense-filled sequels to Inescapable---set in the quaint, homey Mennonite town of Kingdom!  


The Captive Maiden By Melanie Dickerson

An enchanting, captivating story of knights, castles, and romance; reminscent of the classic tale, Cinderella!


The Painted Sky Volumes 1-8 by Murray Pura 

 An exciting story of adventure and romance on the sweltering, rugged plains of New Mexico! Will be released as a paperback soon and you may recognize some of the characters from OWG!
A Highlander For Christmas by Jamie Carie
I loved this breathtaking Christmas novella set in the beautiful Scottish highlands...of castles set against the backdrop of misty, verdant hills---of kilts and colorful tartans, and the seemingly ill-fated romance between a brave clan chieftain and an English lady!

**Thank you to all of the wonderful Christian authors who provided me and so many others with hours of reading pleasure in 2013! See you next year!**


Click on to book title to purchase any of these great novels!
Name a couple of your favorite books from 2013! Have you read any of the books on my list?

15 May 2013

Teresa Mathews’ Recommended Summer Reading List


Here are some greats reads that I know you will enjoy this summer.
These are in no particular order.

You may click on the book title to be taken to Amazon where you may purchase these great reads.

This debut book by Carrie is beyond wonderful!! 
Your summer won't be complete until you read it!

Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall

This is a new series for MaryLu and it does not disappoint.           
It is riveting from the very first page. 

A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund. April 1, 2013

A terrific story of a love that knows no boundaries.

Key Witness by Christy Barritt February 5, 2013

This Love Inspired by Christy Barritt was fantastic!!
Christy is another brilliant writer of suspense! 

Strand of Deception by Robin Caroll March 1, 2013

Robin Caroll at her finest. A suspenseful read that will
keep you on the edge of your seat.

Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman April 15, 2013

Another lovely read by the Queen of Passion.
Another endearing family to fall in love with.

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer July 1, 2013

My favorite Karen Witemeyer ever!! A gang of retired train robbers steal a preacher.
What could possibly go wrong with that?

Vanished by Irene Hannon January 1, 2013

If you need a little excitement in your life,
grab this chilling book by Irene Hannon.
A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano June 1, 2013

This adorable read by Jen will make you laugh, gasp and  maybe even giggle. 
It's the perfect lighthearted summer read.
 The Wells Fargo Express Series Volume 1 Remington Colt
The Desperate Road by Murray Pura April 24, 2013

If you love the Wild West then you will love this. There's a shoot-out, outlaws, romance 
and of course handsome Wells Fargo Agents. 
The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson 1-22-2013

If you love Fairy Tales you will absolutely love this book. 
Melanie's version of Snow White is Fairy tale perfection! 

Beyond the Valley Daughters of the Potomac Series
Book 3 by Rita Gerlach 2-1-2013

Enduring love that overcomes insurmountable circumstances.

I hope you will enjoy these wonderful reads as much as I have.
Have a fun summer and happy reading!!

13 March 2013

Teresa Mathews Reviews Beyond the Valley by Rita Gerlach

Beyond The Valley by Rita Gerlach
Book Three of the Daughters of the Potomac

Abingdon Press

5 Stars*****

Reviewed by Teresa Mathews

Once again Rita Gerlach takes us on an intriguing journey that starts in 1778 Cornwall, England and ends in a place we fell in love with in the past two books of this series, the wild but wonderfully picturesque Potomac Valley. Here we are given the complete story of a beautiful young widow longing for the love of a family but it seems she will never have it. 

Since losing her husband Jamie, Sarah Carr has no family left so she does what Jamie would have wanted and turns to Jamie’s sister Mary and her notorious smuggler husband, Lem Locke for help. But sadly they would not provide what Sarah needed, instead they arrange for her to be kidnapped and placed upon a ship bound for a country that is at war. Once Sarah arrives in America she cannot believe that she is being sold on the auction block like an animal to the highest bidder, how much more can she endure?

Sarah’s new owners The Woodhouse’s treat her well and during her time with them she meets a young army doctor and hope begins to spring up in her heart that maybe one day she could be free to fall in love. Dr. Alex Hutton is smitten with Sarah from the first moment he meets her, he will do anything to rescue her from the hard life she has had to endure. But before he is able to convince Mr. Woodhouse to let him buy Sarah's freedom, she is sold to a foul smelling trader and whisked away deep into the wilderness and thus starts the horrendous chain of events that will separate them, possibly forever. 

During the time Sarah and Alex are separated she has to endure being held captive by Indians and wandering barefoot through the wilderness trying to avoid being retaken by the same Indians she escaped from. Then just when things seem at the lowest, Sarah finds sanctuary at River Run in the wilderness of the Potomac. Eliza Morgan and Sarah become like sisters and their love for each so strong that Sarah will do anything to protect Eliza. Will Sarah finally have peace in her life or will she have to endure even more lies, deception and sorrows before that comes? Will Alex be able to follow the winding trail of Sarah’s life so they can finally be together?

With this book Rita has taken me on the adventure of a lifetime in the wilds of the Potomac. Sarah’s story was one that deeply touched my heart, it had me wanting to reach out to this beautiful young woman that had endured more things than ten women could handle and yet she never wavered in her faith that God would bring her Beyond the Valley. Rita has a talent for details that will blow your mind, once you pick this up you will not want to put it down until the last page is turned, then you will find these characters have a place in your heart forever. For those who haven’t read Beyond The Scarlet Dawn and Beside Two Rivers you will be able to read this as a stand alone but I do suggest you read those also because you do not want to miss Eliza’s story. For the ones that had the pleasure of reading the first two you will find yourself once again enthralled by Rita’s captivating writing but then again I think you already know that.

You can find this book and others by Rita at AmazonCBDB&N, and BAM.

QUESTION: Despite all the bad things Sarah had to endure she never gave up on God, she relied on prayer and scripture to sustain her. What is your favorite scripture when things are going bad for you?


12 March 2013

Diana Flowers Reviews Beyond the Valley by Rita Gerlach

Beyond the Valley
Reviewed by Diana Flowers
~5 stars*****

Enthralling Historical Fiction!

In Beyond the Valley, author Rita Gerlach has penned another heartpounding, highly emotive, literary masterpiece set against the backdrop of the beautiful Potomac River. The majestic river is surrounded by beautiful, lush forests, a vast array of wildflowers, and colorful mallards skimming along its surface -- but underneath the guise of such peace and beauty lies the threat of dangerous Indians, secret passions, deceit, and treachery.
Our lovely heroine, Sarah Carr, is devastated to learn her young husband has drowned, leaving her with child and no place to turn. Possessing no family of her own she reaches out to her brother in law and his wife for help -- only to be caught up in a web of deceit and lies that turn her life upside down and threaten to destroy her very soul. Unaware of the evil plans devised against her, Sarah goes willingly with a stranger who promises her work, only to find herself kidnapped and taken to the colonies; forced into a life of servitude.
Forced to endure the debasement of the slave auction and hardships of every manner, Sarah meets a handsome young doctor, Alex Hutton -- her only bright spot in life. Because she is a lowly indentured servant, however, her love for him must remain unspoken as Alex's attempt to buy her freedom prove fruitless. Although Sarah's life seems heartbreakingly futile as she moves from one owner to another and a new family's secrets threaten to engulf and destroy her, she still manages to hold on to her unwavering faith in God.

When she is kidnapped by savage Indians and there is no trail left behind for Alex to follow...will his love for Sarah be powerful enough to search for her indefinitely? Or will she be lost to him forever? Will Sarah ever see "beyond the valley" to freedom...and love?

This book was absolutely amazing! I felt myself torn between wanting to read it slowly and savor it, and then not being able to put it down until the heart pounding conclusion! I sound like a broken record, but Ms. Gerlach's use of imagery is second to none and I feel as though I have actually been to the beautiful Potomac through her novels.

Although this is Book 3 in The Daughters of the Potomac series, it can be read as a stand alone, but I would strongly encourage everyone to read all three books in this awesome series. Diverse and courageous, fleshed out characters, an exciting storyline, romance, and a spiritual thread throughout...this book has it all!! And yes, as with all the others I shed a few tears with this one, too. In my opinion, Rita Gerlach is one of the strongest voices in Christian fiction today!
This book may be purchased through Amazon, CBD, or your local bookstore.

Giveaways: We are giving away a copy of Beyond the Valley by Rita Gerlach PLUS an extra copy of any one of MaryLu's releases including her latest, "Forsaken Dreams", which will also be reviewed this week! 

Question: Sarah seemingly endured one heartbreaking trial after another with no break in between. Has this ever happened to you and how did you withstand it? 

10 March 2013

Our Week Ahead March 10-17th on OWG

A Vow Fulfilled
We have a busy week ahead!  Two years ago I joined in a serial writing group that was a lot of fun.  It is set in 1800 in Charleston, both downtown and then in the countryside.  On March 11th, MaryLu Tyndall will be featured on OWG for the very beginning of the story, entitled "A Vow Fulfilled."  For this event we are giving away an extra copy of any one of MaryLu's releases including her latest, "Forsaken Dreams", which will also be reviewed this week!  So there are TWO opportunities to win MaryLu's books here this week.

A Vow Fulfilled Serial Schedule
3/11         Overcoming With God      MaryLu Tyndall
3/12         Laurie Alice Eakes        Roseanna White
3/13         MaryLu Tyndall             Debbie Lynne Costello
3/14         Patty Smith Hall    Gina Welborn
3/15         Roseanna  White       Carrie Fancett Pagels
3/18         Gina Welborn                 Patty Smith Hall
3/19         Debbie Lynne Costello Laurie Alice Eakes

March 15th, Carrie's section of the serial will post on Roseanna White's blog.  Carrie is offering a giveaway of a nonfiction book she contributed to that releases in May: 
God's Provision in Tough Times

"God's Provision in Tough Times" by Cynthia Howerter and LaTan Murphy, with 25 stories of overcoming. 

The giveaways for the serial will not be closed out until all of the serials have finished posting. ALSO, there will be a HUGE grand prize package for one respondent who has commented on EVERY one of the Serial posts!  COOL!!! I'll be contributing a Shirley Plantation (site of my upcoming Civil War ebook novella release in April) goody basket to that Grand Prize.

Gina- Designer bookmark

Laurie Alice- Choices of the Heart and Wilderness Road: Music of the Backcountry

MaryLu- The Charleston Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Heart of the Old South

Carrie- Civil War ebook novella plus a little basket of goodies from Shirley Plantation--e.g., notecards, jam, etc.

Roseanna- Quill and ink

Patty- $10 Amazon card

Debbie Lynne- antique bracelet (gorgeous!!!)

This week we also have reviews of Rita Gerlach's new release, "Beyond the Valley".  And a giveaway of any of Rita's book, reader's choice, from Abingdon Press.

I've turned off the comments--just come by all week and enjoy!  And make sure you come by all the serial stories and leave a comment there!  Blessings!

30 December 2012

Teresa's Fantastic Favorites for 2012

My List in No Particular Order


A Bride's Flight by Murray Pura

This book by Murray was a pleasant surprise.
It was the perfect story, it had the right amount of murder and mayhem and the perfect cowboy to take care of the lady in distress. It reminded me of the good ole days of watching cowboy movies with my dad on Saturday mornings.

A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman

Julie Lessman wows us once again with another sweet love story from the Winds of Change Series. To say this one was extra special is an understatement, all of Julie's books are that, but this one brings to a close the story of a family I have come to love...The O'Connors. 
I'm going to miss them all!    

Before the Scarlet Dawn by Rita Gerlach

What a amazing book this was, Rita truly captured my heart with this story and kept me hanging on until the very end. It will take you through a gamut of emotions. This is book one in the Daughters of the Potomac Series, the second is Beside Two Rivers and it was also excellent. Please take time to read these, I promise you won't be sorry.

Double Blind by Brandilyn Collins

This book by Brandilyn had me sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. 

If you like good old fashion suspense bordering on terror you will love this book.
I can't wait for her next book.

Hunter's Prize by Marcia Gruver

I loved this story, it has a lot of mystery and what I really liked the most was how she dealt with a disorder that effects a lot of children. 
Her characters were charming and I really fell in love with Ceddy.

Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz

Once again Laura takes you back in time to a beautiful place 
that will bring joy to your heart and a smile to your face. 
I came to love Laura's work when I read the Frontiersman's Daughter, 
and I have enjoyed everyone of her books since.


The Yellow Packard by Ace Collins

This is the first book I have read by Ace Collins and hopefully it will be the first of many. This is the story of a beautiful custom made car that seems to be cursed from the moment it rolls off the production line. 

If you love mystery, suspense and a happy ending this is a tale for you.

The Christmas Star by Ace Collins

When I read this beautiful story by Ace I was so excited. It's the perfect Christmas story that's destined to become a classic. As you can see I have read two stories by Ace this year and loved them both.

Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall

Since the first book of MaryLu's I picked up in the library years ago to this one I have never been disappointed in any of them. This one will take you to the beautiful city of Charleston, SC during its ultimate heyday before the Civil War and it will lay bare the horrors of slavery. It will have you wiping tears of sorrow and joy before it's over.

Injustice for All by Robin Caroll

Robin certainly knows how to write a wonderful suspense novel. From the first you know that the good guys aren't always good and then it just gets better from there. This one had me frantically flipping pages until the end. It was so good!

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

Oh what a fun story! I enjoyed this book from the first page until the last. Jen had me hooked from the very beginning with the lovely Lady Eliza. Eliza will have you rolling with laughter with her antics, I could so appreciate how the harder she tries to do something the more difficult it becomes. Having lived through a few of those episodes myself, I can fully understand Eliza's dilemmas. 

Lily, Song of the River Series
By Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver

I loved this beautiful story of a young lady that loved the mighty Mississippi so much she doesn't let anything stop her dream of owning a riverboat, not even a handsome gambler.

Saving Hope by Margaret Daley
Book one in The Men of the Texas Rangers series.

In this fast paced tale Margaret tackles the serious subject of human trafficking and the abuse of young girls. This was a book that was filled with things that make us uncomfortable to think about but the good part is there is a handsome Texas Ranger that will stop at nothing to rescue these girls. 

A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman

This book by Julie is a story that truly is the epitome of what the Christmas spirit is all about. It explains the beginning of the O'Connor family, and what a family this is. ~sigh~  Thank you Julie for sharing with us how Marceline chooses the love of her life.

27 December 2012

My 2012 Favorites By Diana Flowers!

My favorite books of 2012 in no particular order are:

Before The Scarlet Dawn by Rita Gerlach
February 2012

Beside Two Rivers by Rita Gerlach
October 2012

Love's Reckoning By Laura Frantz
September 2012

A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman
November 2012

A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman
October 2012

Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen
January 2012

Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall
July 2012

The Face of Heaven by Murray Pura
August 2012

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander
October 2012

Love in Three~Quarter Time by Dina Sleiman
October 2012

Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren
June 2012

Walks Alone by Sandi Rog
January 2012

A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller
October 2012

The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen
December 2012

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