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CrossReaders Book Review: QUEEN by Heather Gray

CrossReaders Book Review: QUEEN by Heather Gray

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Title: QUEEN

Author: Heather Gray

Rating: 5 star

About the Book

You can’t hide from the past.

Queen’s world was shattered, and she was banished to a foreign land. Years pass before she dares to return, but what she finds is of little comfort. Greed and dishonesty have festered and grown in her absence. Disillusioned, Queen trusts few people.

Owen pursues a clandestine investigation and finds himself working side-by-side with a veritable ghost, an agent few have seen, a master of disguise known simply as Queen. He craves her trust…but then uncovers a secret from his family’s past that could destroy her.

Queen once sought refuge in America and now seeks it in disguise. Owen has always found his refuge in God, but will his faith be strong enough for the challenges ahead? Can he convince Queen to stop hiding, or is he doomed to become her most hated enemy?


This is the third book in the Regency Refuge Series. Each book including His Saving Grace and Jackal, are solid enough and with detailed information to read as a standalone but to fully grasp these wonderfully spun tales, I would recommend reading all three in order. The book has so many elements, mystery, suspense, espionage, betrayal, loyalty, forgiveness, redemption and love.

Queen had to become a strong woman very early in life after her parents are arrested, tried and executed, after being accused of betraying the Crown. Twelve years old and put into service by the war department in the Queen’s court. Her life and virtue both at risk. Owen Loring had an uncanny sense with numbers, ledgers and documents. He had known he wanted to be of service to his government. Together, Owen and Queen are placed in numerous situations of cat and mouse, not knowing for sure of whom they could trust and who foe. This story keeps the pages turning, the intrigue and mystery never get boring. It is a constant state of trying to figure out who done it, who is the guilty parties, why the deceit and how to survive while being of service to the Crown. We met other characters from previous books, who play key roles in this story too. The story also shares that forgiveness and love can be found.

This review was submitted by: Kathy Watts

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CrossReaders Book Review: Jonquils in the Snow by Laurean Brooks

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Title: Jonquils in the Snow

Author: Laurean Brooks

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Her fiance skipped town two days before the wedding. Two years later Miranda Stevens is ready to move on.

Brady Watson’s anger toward the driver responsible for his wife’s death three years ago has turned into grief.

Will Miranda help Brady find the strength to relinquish the past and embrace a new beginning?

Can the answer be found in something as simple as a cluster of Jonquil blooms?



I loved the story that has heartache, the pain of love loss and new beginnings. Miranda Stevens has been dealing with a broken heart after her fiancé skipped town two days before their wedding, she isn’t sure she can trust another man again. Brady Watson is a broken man after the drunk driver hit and killed his wife Celia. Now two years later God can heal broken hearts and bring about new beginnings. I loved the characters and dialogue which was heartwarming. Both Miranda and Brady are Christians and when they each turn it over and trust God, they find forgiveness to those who caused their pain and healing in their new relationship. All good things come to those who wait upon the Lord. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

“I Still Lead” by Lynn Mosher

“I Still Lead” by Lynn Mosher

“O, Lord…lead me in a plain and even path.”

(Ps. 27:11 Amp)

“Remember all that I have done for those in the past? You have read how I led Moses and parted the sea making a path for My loved ones to follow; how I led Abraham to become the father of many nations; how I led David, Isaac, Paul, My disciples, and all the others. You have heard of the many people I still lead today, who tell how I have told them what to say and what to do and where to go.

“These people are no more special to Me than you are. But they all have one thing in common – a yielded will, a humbleness that wants to do My will more than anything else. And that is what I wish for you to have.

“I want you to be led by My Spirit. Sometimes a child of Mine, whose priorities are not of My making and whose ears are filled with the noise of the world, will not sit still long enough to hear Me. I want you to sit still before Me so that My Spirit can whisper many wonders to you.

“I cannot lead you if you are not on My path. If you leave My path to follow your own will, you will find the hurts of life. There will always be hurts on My path, too, but you will not find My complete guidance when you go your own way. You must walk all the way with Me. My way is smoother. My load is lighter. Your load becomes heavy only when you try to carry it alone or when you don’t realize you have taken on too much for your shoulders to bare. You must let Me carry it.

“I am answering your prayers – all is in answer to your prayers. But you must believe that I am taking care of all things in your life.

“I have led others in the past. Do you not think I would lead you? I have, I do, and I will, just allow Me to do so.

“My Spirit is ever ready to guide and direct you. Just keep the listening ear open and uncluttered from any other voices. My Voice is all you need to hear. Mine is the only True Voice. I love you. Just trust Me to do the very best for you and for those whom you love and care for.

“I have much to teach you. Keep your heart open to My words and let them be absorbed into your life and being. Be a reflection of Me. You are My Mirror to the world – a hurting world that needs love. Will you not care for them as I do? They are your brothers and sisters. Love your family. Pray much for them. Love them for Me.

“I will use you to speak for Me. Be ever ready. You will never know when I need to use you, when I need to give someone a loving, comforting word. There are many out there who are hurting, as you have hurt. Together, we will soothe and comfort and ease the pain of many. Follow Me. I know the Way. And it leads to Life Itself.”

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

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

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

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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.


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.”

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Watts