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UNBREAKABLE HEART by Kara Griffin….review

Unbreakable Heart (Legend of the King's Guard Book 2)Unbreakable Heart by Kara Griffin

Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval)

Series: Legend of the King’s Guard #2

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: February 28, 2017
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Language: English
  • Length: 272 pages

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Product Description

After losing the love of his life, Liam of Clan Kincaid is sent in service for what his uncle considers betrayal. Liam gives himself to the battle wearied king, Robert the Bruce, and vows to mend his tarnished reputation. That would be easy if not for the lass who insists he aids her.

Makenna Mackenzie has lived through hell. Her home and land taken by the English. All she wants to do is seek vengeance on the man who cut off her ear and destroyed everything dear in her heart. The only way to achieve her goal is to plead with the legendary king’s guard. She wants them to train her to be a mercenary like they so she can use her sword to the fullest when she finally meets her enemy.

Liam finds himself in a quandary because Makenna is not the sweet lass he deems her to be. But his UNBREAKABLE HEART can withstand her, can’t it?

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My Thoughts:

Unbreakable Heart (Legend of the King’s Guard Book 2) by Kari Griffin is such an intriguing tale of love and passion. While, Book 2 in “Legends of the King’s Guard”, it can be read as a stand alone. See, “Conquered Heart”.
Well written, fast paced, adventure filled with engaging, with well-developed and intriguing characters. The characterization and vivid descriptions will have the reader in awe.

This is the story of Liam of Clan Kincaid and Makenna Mackenzie. Liam is one of Robert the Bruce’s legendary “Legend of the King’s Guard”. Makenna has been though a nigtmare, she seen her entire family and clan killed by a group of English soldiers. Her younger sister was also, raped and brutalized, by the commanding officer, known as, Hawk. Makenna thought her sister dead. Out for vengeance, MacKenna, meets with the legendary guard, Liam, who happens to be her long time absence betrothed. She needs Liam to teach her how to use a sword, to kill her enemy. So they make a pack, she would marry him and he would train her to weld a sword.
Liam needs Makenna in order to have his father’s lands returned to him. Liam and his friends live in a cave, in hiding due to a misundstanding with Robert the Bruce, now King, which could get them all hanged for treason.

Together, can Liam and Makenna find their HEA or loss all to the need for revenge? I enjoyed watching Liam and Makenna become friends, lovers and soul mates. Liam would do anything to protect Makenna including death. Can she and Liam’s friends save him, before it’s too late?
Secrets, second chances, danger, passion, friendship, love and romance brings “Unbreakable Heart”, to an awesome climax. I absolutely loved Liam and Makenna’s story. It was compelling, powerful and enticing. I enjoyed how they each came to terms with their past, their heartache and find their way to a possible future of love and happiness.
Ms. Griffin, has written with emotion, the visualizations so real the reader feel Makenna’s horror, her desire for vengeance, and smell the Highland atmosphere. What an impressive Scottish Romance! A must read for fans of Highland Warriors, Scottish romance, Medieval romance, delicate situations, and great reads. Highly recommended! I can’t wait to read the next “Legend of the King’s Guards” book. This series is such an adventure, I was held spellbound and could not put this title down. Read it in one reading. Masterful and brilliantly written!!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR


A TURN IN TIME by Jennae Vale. …review

A Turn In Time (Thistle & Hive, #5)A Turn In Time by Jennae Vale


Genre: Time Travel

Series: Thistle & Hive #5

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: November 22, 2016
  • Publisher: Jennae Vale
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MDPG0L8


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Summoned by his father to return home immediately, Dougall MacRae knows he cannot leave without his beloved Helene. He asks her to marry him and accompany him back to Castle Treun unaware that his father has plans for him to wed another in an attempt to strengthen clan alliances. He can keep Helene as a mistress, but not as his wife.

Helene has lived her whole life at Breaghacraig and has left it all behind to marry Dougall. She refuses, however, to remain at Castle Treun as his mistress. Fleeing in the dark of night with no idea how to return to Breaghacraig, Helene stumbles upon a beautiful stone bridge. Devastated and alone she contemplates life without Dougall. As she pleads aloud for someone to help her, she is engulfed in a thick fog and when it clears she finds herself in the year 2016 in San Francisco, California, where Dougall’s betrayal has led her into the arms of the kind, handsome stranger who saves her in her hour of need.


A Turn in Time by Jennae Vale is a unique Time Travel set in Scotland and 2016 San Francisco, California. Book 5 of 5 in “The Thistle & Hive Series” (5 Book Series), but can be read as a stand alone.
Dougall MacRae and Helene’s story is heart breaking, with engaging characters, and a wonderful storyline.
A quick, well written story! With heart break, a touch of humor, friendships, a mysterious, a magical bridge, passion, deciding what is truly important in life and finding a HEA, through all obstacles. Can joy turn to misery, turn to an everlasting love or a lifetime of heart break? I enjoyed reading about Helene and Dougall’s story, their determination to be together and the misunderstandings that follows.
Ms. Vale is a wonderful storyteller who brings her characters and story to life on the pages of a great book. A must read for fans of Time Travel, Historical Romance mixed with twists and turns.
I would recommend this read!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

REVIEW: RAPTOR 6 by Ronie Kendig….HDX giveaway

Raptor 6



Twitter: @roniekendig

Genre:Christian Military Suspense

Series: The Quiet Professionals #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley

  • Series: The Quiet Professionals (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616260408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616260408


*Amazon*Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military s secure computers and networks isn t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, compromising the US military, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart a move that might come at the highest cost.



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RAPTOR 6 Ronie Kendig



RAPTOR 6 by Ronie Kendig is an exciting, heart pumping Inspirational Military Suspense. #1 in “The Quiet Professionals” and what a beginning! WOW!!

Fast paced, filled with action, romance, faith, secrets,hackers, a disappearance, danger, suspense, a bit of romance and lots of high-octane military-stye action.

Meet, Zahrah Zarrick, a missionary teacher in Mazar-e Sharif,she teaches Afghan children and Captain Dean Waters(Raptor 6), ex-military Special Forces team.

Engaging characters, high-octane action, and a plot to die for, literary with a sweet romance on the side. Just one reminds me of the “Nightshare” series, which I loved, by the way.

Ms. Kendig, will grab you on the first page and not let you go, even on the very last page. She has done the Military proud with her true to life stories, and the way she honors their heroism, and their fight for freedom. I can’t wait for the next installment. You know by the ending, this is NOT the ending, just, the beginning! A must read Military Suspense! Well done, indeed! Received for an honest review.



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


The Quilted Heart Omnibus: Three Novellas in One: Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the ShoreTHE QUILTED HEART



Genre: Christian Historical Fiction (America/Post-Civil War)

Series: The Quilted Heart Triology (Three Novellas in one)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Series: The Quilted Heart
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731142



Like a beautiful patchwork quilt, the three novellas in The Quilted Heart tell stories of lives stitched together with love and God’s unending grace.

Once a week, Elsa Brantenberg hosts the Saint Charles Quilting Circle at her farmhouse on the outskirts of the riverside town of St. Charles, Missouri. The ladies who gather there have all experienced heartache related to the intense hardships of the Civil War, and together, they are facing their painful circumstances with friendship and prayer. Can the tattered pieces of their hearts be stitched together by God’s grace?
Dandelions on the Wind
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household. But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren, and she feels compelled to find another job. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan?

Bending Toward the Sun
Dedicated to her education and to helping her father in his general store, Emilie Heinrich is convinced she doesn’t have time for love. But when a childhood friend returns to St. Charles, Missouri, after serving in the Civil War, his smile and charm captures Emilie’s eye and her heart. Will she be forced to choose between honoring her father and a future with a husband and family of her own?

Ripples Along the Shore
Change is brewing in St. Charles. A group of brave souls are preparing to head west on the Boone’s Lick Wagon Train, led by the mysterious and handsome Garrett Cowlishaw, who served as a Confederate soldier in the war that killed Caroline’s husband. Despite her dislike for him, Caroline is tempted to join the wagon train and start fresh somewhere new, but when Mr. Cowlishaw forbids her—a single woman—to travel with them, will one man’s prejudice destroy Caroline’s hope for a new future? Or will the ripples of God’s love bring the answer she needs?



THE QUILTED HEART by Mona Hodgson is an amazing Christian Historical Fiction set in the 1860’s St. Charles, Missouri. Post-Civil War era. “The Quilted Heart” Trilogy,Three Novellas in one amazing book, “Dandelions on the Wind”, “Bending Toward the Sun” and “Ripples Along the Shore”.

“Like a beautiful patchwork quilt, stories of lives stitched together with love and God’s unending grace.”

This tale of God’s grace, love, healing, forgiveness, friendship and romance follows three young ladies, Maren Jensen, Emilie Heinrich, the widow Caroline and the men who steal their hearts.

Together, these ladies, endure hardships, and heartache set against the backdrop of the Civil War but with prayer and friendship they stitch their tattered hearts back together one stitch at a time.

Each story brings us into the hearts and lives of the characters with endurance and love. A heartwarming tale of second chances, change, a bit of intrigue and lots of romance. You don’t want to miss one moment of THE QUILTED HEART. Well done, Ms. Hodgson! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



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



Somebody Like You





Genre: Christian Romance/Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476737584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476737584



Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?

Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed?

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart?

Somebody Like You is a beautifully rendered, affecting novel, reminding us that while we can’t change the past, we have the choice to change the future and start anew.



SOMEBODY LIKE YOU by Beth K. Vogt is an interesting Inspirational Contemporary Romance/Fiction. This is the story of Haley, Sam and Sam’s estranged twin brother, Stephen. Sam was killed in Afghanistan, leaving, Haley a widow, after only three years of marriage. A heart-wrenching tale of letting go of the past to learn to love again.

Haley, never knew Sam had a twin brother. Of course, she was shocked to learn of this,  thinking Sam alive, after all, when she first saw Stephen. Sam and Stephen had been estranged for years.

A tale of second chances, loss, regrets, grief, letting go of what was to embrace what is, if you can.

A tearjerker to be sure, but a beautiful tale of life, widowhood,healing, forgiveness, faith,redemption, family and the promise of what’s to come.

Beautifully written, with engaging characters and an intriguing storyline. Do be sure to have tissues at the ready. A wonderful read from beginning to the very last page. Well done!!

*I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.”



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


hazel-gaynor-the-girl-who-came-home-3d-214x315THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME


Twitter: @HazelGaynor

Genre: Historical Fiction(Titanic)

*Inspired by true events*

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; First Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062316869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062316868


*Author’s website*

A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman . . .

Ireland, 1912 . . .
Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again.

Chicago, 1982 . . .
Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME – A Novel of the Titanic will be published in the US in paperback and ebook by William Morrow/HarperCollins in April 2014. The book will be also be published in the UK and Ireland by Harper360.

You can buy the book at the following retail links, and wherever books are sold!


THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME by Hazel Gaynor is a fascinating Historical Fiction set in 1912-1982 in Ireland and Chicago. A novel of the Titanic. *Inspired by true events*

“A Voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman.”(From the back cover)

Set sail on the RMS Titanic. Meet, seventeen-year-old Magggie Murphy, Grace Butler,and so many others. Some survive the iceberg, some do not. A heart wrenching tale of survival, sacrifice, unexpected reunions,secrets, second chances and new revelations.

While, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, may have some inconsistency in some details,but it is in fact, fiction with actual facts included. A tale that blends fact with fiction very well, and the reader can only be in awe of the Titanic’s tragic lost and the lost of so many lives. If you enjoy reading Historical Fiction and the tale of the Titanic, as so many are, than you will enjoy THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME. Very emotional tale of family, grief, lost and the secrets that some survivors bare for a lifetime. I can’t say it was an enjoyable read, because, there was or is so much lost, but, it was an inspiration and glimpse into the lives of the survivors of the Titanic and the tragedy of that fateful date, April 15, 1912. Well written with engaging characters, that will tear at your heart. It has several different writing styles, including flashbacks, actual telegrams from the Titanic, letters from a lover, memories, and  Maggie’s private journal. Of the “Addergoole Fourteen”, a small group of men and woman from a village near Killala in Co Mayo, Ireland, only 3 survived the ordeal. A great addition to any library. I would recommend this tale of so much lost, grief and survival. Well written!  Received for an honest review.



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


Susanna's Dream (The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley Series #2)SUSANNA’S DREAM


Genre: Inspirational Fiction

Series: The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Series: The Lost Sisters (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425253759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425253755


As young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about each other.  When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later, two of the grown women reconnected.  Now they reach out to the third…

Susanna Bitler’s life is in complete turmoil. Still reeling from the death of her mother, she is further disheartened when her business partner hints that she is going to quit the gift shop they run together in a town near Pleasant Valley. But the biggest revelation is yet to come.

Grateful for their own hard-won relationship, Lydia Beachy and Chloe Wentworth are eager to reveal themselves to Susanna as her long-lost sisters.  But their news utterly distresses Susanna, who is heartbroken to learn that the woman she’s been mourning was not actually her mother.  Despite Lydia and Chloe’s best efforts to make amends, Susanna resolves to keep them at arm’s length. It may take a force of nature to sweep away her fears.  Will that storm demolish all that the three women most value…or unite them in bonds of deep and abiding affection?




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SUSANNA’S DREAM by Marta Perry is a delightful Inspirational Fiction set in Pleasant Valley, PA. #2 in “The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Vally”, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading Book 1 also. See, “Lydia’s Hope”.

“As Young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about one another. When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later. Two of the grown women reconnected. Now they reach out to the third.”

This is Susanna Bitler’s story. Her life is in turmoil, a long held family secret is about to be revealed that could destroy her, two sisters-she didn’t know she had, is about to reveal themselves,the woman she thought and mourns for, she is soon to learn, is not her biological Mother. A heart wrenching tale, that will stay with you long after the last page, but a very compelling and loving tale of the bond between sisters. An Amish lovers dream. A very enjoyable read. I would recommend to Amish lovers, and anyone who enjoys a sweet, tale that could either destroy one sister, or bring them all together. First, Susanna must face her own fears. Loved it! Well done!! Received for an honest review.



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


Echoes of Mercy - Kim Vogel SawyerEchoes of Mercy
A Novel

By: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Author’s Website



Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731272

*From the publisher*


On sale date: Jan. 21st, 2014

Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.


When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.

Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?


ECHOES OF MERCY by Kim Vogel Sawyer is another exciting inspirational Historical Fiction set in Sinclair, Kansas. Ms. Sawyer delivers every time wth her thought-provoking tales of romance, love, faith, struggle, healing and forgiveness.

Meet Caroline, Lang, investigator for the Labor Commission, Oliver Dinsmore(Ollie Moore), heir to the Dinsmore Candy Dynasty. Becoming fast friends, both are hiding secrets, and their identities. Caroline is at Dinsmore to investigate the youngest employees,the child workers at the plant, Oliver poses as a common worker, he wishes to learn all he can before he takes over for his father.

ECHOES OF MERCY will not only capture your heart, but will also have you turning pages long into the night as you learn the fate to list cast of characters. Filled with desperation, struggles, secrets, child workers, and the plight of child workers during the 1900’s.

Ms. Sawyer is an amazing storyteller whose stories flows seamlessly, are thought provoking and compassionate. A sweet romance! A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



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


Daughters of the Nile





Genre: Historical Fiction (Egypt)

Series: Cleopatra’s Daughers #3

*Based on a true story of Cleopatra’s daughter*

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Series: Novel of Cleopatra’s Daughter
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042525836X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258361


Based on the true story of Cleopatra’s daughter…

After years of abuse as the emperor’s captive in Rome, Cleopatra Selene has found a safe harbor. No longer the pitiful orphaned daughter of the despised Egyptian Whore, the twenty year old is now the most powerful queen in the empire, ruling over the kingdom of Mauretania—an exotic land of enchanting possibility where she intends to revive her dynasty.

With her husband, King Juba II and the magic of Isis that is her birthright, Selene brings prosperity and peace to a kingdom thirsty for both. But when Augustus Caesar jealously demands that Selene’s children be given over to him to be fostered in Rome, she’s drawn back into the web of imperial plots and intrigues that she vowed to leave behind.

Determined and resourceful, Selene must shield her loved ones from the emperor’s wrath, all while vying with ruthless rivals like King Herod. Can she find a way to overcome the threat to her marriage, her kingdom, her family, and her faith? Or will she be the last of her line?


DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE by Stephanie Dray is an exciting Historical Fiction based on the true story of Cleopatra’s daughter. Book # 3 in the “Cleopatra’s Daughter” trilogy, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the others in this Trilogy. However, with this said, I have not read the others but do intend to go back and do so. See, “Lily of the Nile” and ” Song of the Nile”. Written in first person.  Oh my what an intriguing and interesting tale of Cleopatra’s daughter, Cleopatra Selene, orphan, and despised daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and Rome’s emperor’s captive  who suffers years of abuse. Now wife to King Juba II, and out to revive a dynasty in Mauretania. But her peace is once again threatened when Augustus Caesar demands her children be fostered in Rome.

Empowering as well as gut wrenching tale of love, ruthless rivals, intrigue, unfailing courage, determination and destiny. Ms. Dray has weaved a story of a lesser-known historical character into a tale of magic, intrigue and used an exotic setting. History buffs are sure to enjoy “Daughter of the Nile” as well as romance readers, and historical fiction readers. An intriguing tale in which Ms. Dray brought the characters to life on the pages of “Daughters of the Nile”. A great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



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


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