CrossReaders Book Review: Kinsale Kisses: An Irish Romance by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReaders Book Review: Kinsale Kisses: An Irish Romance by Elizabeth Maddrey

Title: Kinsale Kisses: An Irish Romance

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

She wants stability. He wants spontaneity. What they need is each other.

Colin O’Bryan cashed out of the software company he founded and started a new life in Ireland. Content to wander from town to town as a traveling musician, he had no goals beyond healing from the betrayals that led to his career change, and finding his next gig.

After the death of her parents, Rachel Sullivan hoped her aunt’s B&B on the Southern coast of Ireland would be a place for her to settle and start a new life. Though she can’t deny the sparks in Colin’s touch, his lack of concern for hearth and home leave her torn. Can this free-spirited minstrel win her heart or will Rachel choose roots and stability over love?

This gentle inspirational romance will take you on a journey to Cork County, Ireland and give you a glimpse of Kinsale, Charles Fort, Blarney Castle, and Cobh as Rachel and Colin undergo their own journey of self-discovery as they learn that God’s plans are bigger than their own and that waiting on Him is worth the insecurity it brings.

Review

FINDING LOVE AWAY FROM HOME
I adored this story of Colin O’Bryan and Rachel Sullivan. Collin was traveling all over Ireland, playing in pubs and enjoying life after his business was sold out from under him. Rachel is dealing with the death of both parents, having to give up the family business and trying to find herself and stability. The storyline kept me captivated and the dialogue was heartwarming. I was impressed with Colin keeping God in his adventure and helping Rachel see that God is still listening to her prayers. The sites and culture of Ireland was an added bonus to this story. “Don’t focus so hard on what was or you’ll lose sight of what could be. You don’t want to end up looking back over your life with regrets.”

This review was submitted by: Kathy Watts

CrossReaders Book Review: Sheriff Bride by Teresa Lilly

Title: Sheriff Bride

Author: Teresa Lilly

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

This is the first of 4 books

When four sisters show up in town to fill the position of Sheriff, Mark isn’t sure what to do. This town is no place for women, especially a green eyed beauty like Sam. When the town learns that these four woman can outshoot any man around Mark is forced to accept the girls as sheriff, but when one of them is kidnapped and being forced into marriage, will the other girls be able to save her and prove once and for all that they can do the job. Mark and Sam break down the wall of stubbornness, and realize that love has found them?

If you enjoy this read the next books in the series, Jo’s story, Dan’s Story, Rob’s story and Sheriff Bride Christmas the Inside Man and Mammie’s Mail Order Bride that takes place in Waterhole Texas.

Review

GOD DOESN’T MAKE MISTAKES, WE DO

What a delightful story of four brave woman, sisters, who have never been treated well by their father during their entire life. How dare they be girls, so even though their late mother was allowed to give them feminine names, they were called Sam, Jo, Dan and Rob. What a shock to the town of Waterhole, who had hired John Hardin to be their new sheriff, and in his place, four young women show up with the news that John was dead and they were there to fill the job of Sheriffs. Mark Carlin, the banker and man who hired Hardin, sure is not happy. But don’t stand in the way of a determined woman, much less four of them. The storyline and dialogue is entertaining and these feisty and definitely talented ladies, prove in several cases, they are definitely the persons for the job of Sheriff. Not only can they out gun, but their love of God shines through and harden men find Christ as their Savior. I love the quote, “If God has forgiven you, you have to forgive yourself too.” Waterhole, Texas will never been the same with the Hardin Sisters as the newest Sheriffs and town residents. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own. (Very minor editing issues, but not enough to ruin the story)

This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReaders Book Review: Orphan Train Bride by Teresa Lilly

Title: Orphan Train Bride

Author: Teresa Lilly

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

When Kelli heads west on the orphan train as a helper, she expects to return to the orphanage and live her life there as an old maid, but once she sees the town of Emporia, she desires to stay.

After overhearing a cowboy telling the general store owner that he is looking for a mail order bride, Kelli rushes forward to offer herself.

Will Carter accept her as his wife? Will he adopt the small boy who is left over on the train? and what is the underlying reason that Carter wants a wife? Is it for love?

And when a natural catastrophe takes place, will Kelli and Carter’s rocky relationship be able to endure?

Review

GOD REALLY DOES HAVE A SPECIAL PLAN FOR ALL OF US
I found this story to be heartbreaking for the life that Kelli and Charlie had lived and inspiring for their faith in God and His blessings. Arriving at the end of the line and overhearing that Carter was looking for a mail order bride, Kelli looking for a way not to return to the orphanage in New York, she approaches Carter with the offer to be his bride. He needs someone to be the mother to his daughter, so they agree to a marriage of convenience. The quote that stayed with me from Carter to Kelli about her life as an orphan, “We are a family, and besides, you were never an orphan to God. He has always been your father.” What a true statement. The love and compassion Kelli shows to other people, especially the orphans and Charlie was executed as Christ would want. The story is never preachy but a reminder of being grateful and appreciative for what we do have and to remember to give thanks. Kelli is the most selfless person that puts others before first in everything she does. We need more people like Kelli and less of Abbys in this world.

This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

6 Degrees of Separation by Lynn Mosher

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The phrase “six degrees of separation” rattled around in my brain the other day.

As the concept goes, six degrees of separation is the idea that everyone is approximately six steps away from introduction to any other person on earth through a “friend of a friend” times six.

This intrigued me. As I mulled it over, I thought that if there are degrees of separation that can bring us together with someone, then the opposite is true: in our closeness with someone, there are degrees that can separate us.

And, especially, separate us from the Lord.

The desire of God’s heart is always that we separate ourselves from the world…not from Him.

Separation is two-sided: the holiness of Christ within us separates us from worldly influences and the unholiness of our flesh separates us from our fellowship with the Lord. Therefore, we are to separate ourselves from what separates us from the Lord.

The six degrees actually turns into seven as Solomon warns us of seven things that the Lord hates or abhors, ‟These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.” (Prov. 6:16-19 NKJV)

If we allow a worldly or fleshly desire to influence us, it will unfold a veil of obscurity, which cloaks the presence of the Lord and a perceived distance is felt in our companionship with the Lord.

Paul warned the Corinthians of the very immoral and pagan people surrounding the believers, “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.” (2 Cor. 6:17a NIV)

All these things come from within our hearts and pollute us, Jesus said. “For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.” (Mark 7:21-22 NLT)

More separations.

So, what else separates us from having a continual, intimate relationship with the Lord?
A busy schedule, negativity, whining/complaining/murmuring, self-whatever, lack of trust, unbelief, worry, doubt, discouragement, unforgiveness, and bitterness, just to name a few more.

Or maybe it is some sin we refuse to give up. Or an unforgiving spirit. Or maybe some circumstance arises that diverts our focus away from the Lord and our faith wanes.

The stimuli of these sights and sounds around us cloak our awareness of the Holy Spirit. Each one of them is another veil over our spiritual eyes and we wonder where the Lord went. Though He never goes anywhere. It is just that our perception of His presence is at fault.

When we don’t deal with the veils of unholy separation, we grieve the Holy Spirit and mar our relationship with Him.

Paul said, “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:30-32 NLT)

We need to remember what God has done for us, “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3 NLT)

Have you separated yourself from the world?


Are you experiencing any degrees of separation from the Lord?

 

Lynn MosherBio:

At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, http://lynnmosher.com

CrossReaders Book Review: Fire and Ice (Brides of Weatherton Book 2) by Leah Atwood

CrossReaders Book Review: Fire and Ice (Brides of Weatherton Book 2) by Leah Atwood

Title: Fire and Ice (Brides of Weatherton Book 2)

Author: Leah Atwood

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the Book

Pragmatic Maeve Benetton never would have answered an advertisement for a mail-order bride on her own accord, but without her knowledge and on her behalf, her brother replied to one placed by Patrick Holden from Weatherton, Wyoming. When a letter came from Patrick several weeks later, Maeve decided to pen her own reply, giving in to the romantic notions she’d always kept hidden.

After a time of correspondence, she fancied herself in love with Patrick and agreed to marry him. She packed the few belongings she had, said goodbye to her family, and left her home for romance in the west.

But when she arrived in Weatherton, Patrick was nowhere to be found. Weeks went by, and with no money to return home, Maeve was stuck in limbo, living with Patrick’s family. Every day that passed, she realized more and more that Patrick was not that man he portrayed in his letters.

When he finally does return, will Maeve be able to adapt to changes? And can she trust herself enough to fall in love or will she fall back to her practical self?

In the second Brides of Weatherton novella, best-selling author, Leah Atwood, delivers another sweet, Christian romance full of faith, love, friendship, and family.

Can be read as a stand-alone.

Review

ALL IN GOD’S TIMING
I enjoyed this second book in the Brides of Weatherton series. Although this is a series, the book will read as a standalone novel. Maeve Benetton has been taking care of her siblings and the household since she was 14 after the death of her mother. Her brother, being cute, sent a reply for a mail-order bride ad in her name and when a response came, she decided to consider the notion. Patrick Holden from Weatherton, WY turns out to be nothing more than a scoundrel. Unfortunately, too late for Maeve who is already in route. Sam Holden, Patrick’s twin brother, is nothing like him. He is responsible and cares for his family and their ranch. The story has pain, rejection, redemption, forgiveness and love. I loved the heartwarming dialogue and interaction between Sam and his family and with Maeve. Can love and happiness be found after disappointment? Will the town of Weatherton finally accept the Holden family in spite of Patrick and the pain he has caused to so many. It is fun to see some of the people of the town that we met in book one.

This review was submitted by: Kathy Watts