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CrossReaders Book Review: Wildflower Ranch: A Contemporary Inspirational Western Romance (Short Stories from Wildflower Ranch Book 1)  by Tina Dee

CrossReaders Book Review: Wildflower Ranch: A Contemporary Inspirational Western Romance (Short Stories from Wildflower Ranch Book 1) by Tina Dee

Title: Wildflower Ranch: A Contemporary Inspirational Western Romance

(Short Stories from Wildflower Ranch Book 1)

Author: Tina Dee

Wildflower Ranch

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Charlene “Charlie” Evans is ready for a new beginning after a terrible car accident leaves her unable to compete in the Rodeo World Championship. With her dreams lost in an instant, she must find something new to do with her life.

Struggling to make ends meet, Charlie’s prayers are answered when she receives a job offer as foreman for a ranch in another state. She gladly accepts the offer hoping to find something to pour herself into and take her mind off the possibility of never being able to have children.

So what if she sort of passed herself off as a man to get the job?

But, what if the rancher really wants a man for the position of foreman after all?

After being dumped by his fiancée, Dan Richards is offered the ranch of his dreams from his terminally ill uncle for a price he can’t refuse. Dan jumps at the chance to get away from the pain and embarrassment of being jilted by pouring himself into a ranch he has loved since childhood. But, when he arrives at the ranch it’s not what he had hoped or remembered. The ranch is in shambles.

With no experience—or any idea of what to do—where does he go from here?

Will Wildflower Ranch become a place where they can both start over and turn their lives around? Or are they destined to live a life of failed dreams?

Surely life and love will blossom on Wildflower Ranch.


I enjoyed this clean Christian romance story that has a cast of delightful characters, charming circumstances and several laugh out loud moments. It is a wonderful reminder that sometimes plans and dreams can change, God is always in control and sometimes all we can do is just take what we’re offered and make the best of it. Charlene “Charlie” Evans was in the end stretch, seconds away from her competition for world finals when everything changes in a split second due to an accident. Dan Richards is going to make a dream of a ranch that had belonged to his terminally ill Uncle. What pulls two people together for a new beginning maybe a chance at a lifetime of happiness in the end. This story shares that even Christians must face heartache, disappointment, anxiety and unexpected circumstances. It isn’t what happens in life; it is how we handle it that matters. Favorite line: “Charlene nodded numbly. This guy was no more a rancher than she was a horse.” The story is part of a series but does not leave you on a cliffhanger. I look forward to reading more of the Wildflower Ranch series.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReads Short Takes: A Dream of Miracles & Think Write Publish

CrossReads Short Takes

A Dream of Miracles

(The Amish Wonders Series)

by Ruth Reid

A Dream of Miracles

Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

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Think Write Publish

by Benjamin Chapin


Do you want to write a book? Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about getting your book self-published? This is the book for you!

The best-selling Inspirational Christian Fiction author Benjamin Chapin (writing as T.K. Chapin) has written this book to help guide those interested in publishing to through the self-publishing industry. He has been a full-time writer for over a year and has published over sixty books across dozens of pen names world-wide. A full and complete guide that will equip readers to write and publish a book from start to finish.

What started as a dream became a reality and T.K. Chapin is exposing everything he has learned along his journey.

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Spiritual Gifts in Action by Sherry Chamblee

Spiritual Gifts in Action by Sherry Chamblee

I can’t really take credit for the following. It comes from an illustration I heard in a sermon a long time ago. It’s been a few years, and I’ve embellished the details a bit, but in essence, this is it.

Here’s what he taught us that our spiritual gifts look like when they’re being used correctly in our churches.

Say there’s a potluck at church. Everyone’s bringing in their favorite dishes and anticipating a great time of food and fellowship.

Then one young lady walks in carrying a heavy load. She’s got a full casserole dish, a big stack of paper plates, and a platter piled high with dinner rolls. Plus she’s got her purse hanging off one shoulder, and a toddler clinging to her skirts.

This woman is overburdened.

Immediately upon her entrance, ‘Mr. Helps’ sees her and begins to rush to her aid. He doesn’t make it in time though, and the woman fumbles her dishes. Her entire burden comes crashing to the floor – food smeared all over the carpet, dinner rolls scattering hither and yon, broken glass littering the entryway.

Now the other gifts are all activated at once.

“Helps” picks up the screaming toddler and walks away so the child doesn’t get hurt on the glass.

“Mr. Prophet” and “Ms. Teacher” walk over together. “Prophet” tells the woman on the floor that she tried to take on too much herself and should have asked for help.

“Teacher” begins to show her how she could have balanced them more efficiently, or taken two trips to bring it all in.

“Administrations” goes to get the janitor to clean up the mess.

“Mercy” and “Encouragements” kneel at the woman’s side and consoles her, saying everyone understands, it could have happened to any of the rest of us, and perhaps offers a humorous anecdote to take her mind off the embarrassment and help her relax.

“Giver”, without saying a word, has already left for the store to buy more food and replace the broken dishes.

“Leader” helps her stand back up again and dust herself off, then leads her to a table where she can help in a different area.

None of these responses are wrong.

Can you see yourself in any of these? I know I can. And I can pick out people in my church who would react in these different ways, too.

Do you see how all the needs of that situation were met? Spiritual, physical, and emotional.

Where we get in trouble is when we fail to recognize the spiritual gifts of those around us, and begin to be envious or critical of each other.

If the response turns carnal though….

“Mercy” can easily become upset with “Prophet” for being blunt and not caring how the woman felt, while “Prophet” gets annoyed and disdainful of “Mercy” for catering to the woman’s feelings.

“Teacher” is annoyed with “Administrations” for going to find the janitor and not teaching the woman how to clean up her own mess.

“Helps” is annoyed with everyone for standing around talking when there’s a mess to clean up, and “Giver” is frustrated that they’re the only one who thought to replace all that ruined food and lost dishes.

But See? If we just realize that the other person has a role to fulfill, and it’s vital to having all the needs met, then we wind up working as a team…each person doing what they need to do, and

respecting the role that the others are fulfilling as well.

The woman will learn where she was wrong, and be taught what to do better next time. She will be soothed and comforted so she can receive the message and instruction in the proper spirit, and the actual mess will get cleaned up while the broken things are fixed and the lost items replaced.

Amazing when you think about it. God created us to be a team, to work together and solve situations in the world as a team. Not to be at each other’s throats.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at Or check out her books at

CrossReaders Book Review: More Than Friends: A Christian Romance Novella by Susette Williams

CrossReaders Book Review: More Than Friends: A Christian Romance Novella by Susette Williams

Title: More Than Friends: A Christian Romance Novella

Author: Susette Williams

More Than Friends

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

The heart wants what the heart wants—it doesn’t care about family tradition, or what a person’s beliefs are. But Catherine Wall made her father a promise when she was young, and she can’t go against his dying wishes.

Jaidon has faced obstacles before, and he’s always overcome them. Catherine seems to be a dream come true. She doesn’t mind working with inner city youth and they’re both Christians. Yet, to her, dating him would be the equivalent of being unequally yoked.

No matter what Catherine says, she can’t convince Jaidon that their love is not meant to be. . . They are just too different.

Can Jaidon leave his church and become a Quaker? Or are their hopes of a ‘happily ever after’ doomed because of a promise a little girl made so very long ago?

(Note: Previously published as New Garden’s Conversion by Barbour Books in THE QUAKERS OF NEW GARDEN, 2012.)


I enjoyed this emotional story that involved two people, Catherine Walls, and Jaidon Taylor. They both believe in God, and are regular in their attending worship services, but come from two different religions, one a Quaker and one a Christian. Overall, both are loving, giving, caring people that allow God to shine in their lives. Catherine’s father made her promise on his death bed that she would remain a Quaker and only marry a Quaker man when she was only 12-years-old. Catherine’s compassion for someone who does her bodily harm stands out as turning the other cheek. The plot was unique and extremely interesting, but also was honest in showing prejudice of other religions. How far would you go to marry someone you fall in love with when you both love and serve the same God, but you attend different churches? God gives each person free-will, and parents should not insist a young child make a death bed promise to appease their own beliefs and convictions.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReads Short Takes: Whispers of Love Boxed Set

CrossReads Short Takes: Whispers of Love Boxed Set

CrossReads Short Takes:

Whispers of Love Boxed Set

by 12 Bestselling Authors

Whispers of Love Boxed Set

Over 2000 pages of ALL NEW contemporary Christian romance novels from bestselling authors for only 99 cents! Order now before this spectacular limited time offer disappears forever!

A Change of Heart by Kimberly Rae Jordan
Only one thing stands between Ethan Collins and the job he desperately needs: office manager Makayla McFadden. She hates that he represents a major change in her family’s business, but finds herself intrigued by him, too. Will Makayla be able to see that change can be a good thing, professionally and personally? Or will Ethan be back to square one—in need of a job in a new city?

Not This Time by Leah Atwood
Amie Reynolds wakes up on her wedding morning to find a note from her fiancé that he left the country. Needing to escape her heartache, she visits her great-aunt’s lake house for the summer and meets Drew Sullivan. Romance between them blooms, but will Drew’s secret tear them apart?

Homestands by Sally Bradley
A pro athlete stumbles across his ex-wife, the son she hid from him, and the rare opportunity to right his wrongs, but a secret from the past threatens their attempts to repair their shattered relationship.

Secrets of Sunbeams by Valerie Comer
One animal control officer with her own escapee goat. One solar architect whose report has been eaten. Can romance and urban farming blossom on the same city block?

Overture and a Prince by Christina Coryell
She’s an actress who can’t seem to get out of character. He’s a mechanic who puts little stock in imagination. Will their love story make it to the opening curtain?

Gentle Like the Rain by JoAnn Durgin
Isabella Caccavale’s stable life plunges into a tailspin after she buys her aunt’s general store in Evergreen, Maine. When “runaway” lawyer Sidney Prescott roars into town, he jump-starts her wounded heart. Will Sidney find what he seeks in quaint little Evergreen or will he take Isabella’s heart with him when he returns to Boston?

Teapots & Tiaras by Autumn Macarthur
When their best friends’ wedding in London pushes medical missionary Matthew Coalbrooke and bubbly shoe-aholic kitchenware saleswoman Anita Kiernan together, it’s dislike at first sight. But God has a bigger plan for them than they can possibly imagine.

Oceans Apart by Lesley Ann McDaniel
This is the Inn at Crescent Cove’s biggest weekend since Lily Duarte bought it last year—a wedding. Now if only she can stop dwelling on the last wedding she planned then called off at the eleventh hour…her own. When an employee quits and handsome best man Matthew Case steps in to help, Lily’s thoughts of what might have been start to fade away.

The Lifeguard, the Abandoned Heiress, and Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado
Adam Wilkerson is looking forward to a summer of fun working at the Serenity Landing Aquatic Center. Gwendolyn Cranston-Schmidt is looking for a fresh start. Can they see past both of their secrets to find their way to a real relationship?

Flight 259 by Staci Stallings
It was only a chance occurrence. When Jenna Davis happens to sit next to Dr. Scott Browning and his young son on the plane to Newark, she has no idea how that one chance decision will change all of their lives forever.

Smile for Me by Jan Thompson
A workaholic assistant principal who meticulously plans his schedule months in advance meets an easygoing potter and art teacher with no sense of time, living her life as the seasons come and go. Crossing paths again at the Summer-by-the-Sea Day Camp sponsored by his church in the Bahamas, how can they work together if they cannot see eye to eye?

The Other You by Marion Ueckermann
Five years spent searching for her identity brings photojournalist Taylor Cassidy no closer to the truth. When Taylor is sent to South Africa to uncover the story behind winegrower Armand DeBois’s flagship wine, Aimee Amour, their meeting raises questions that demand answers—for them both.

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