#RevellReads Blog Tour & #Review | The Trouble with Patience by @MaggieBrendan | A #FourStar #Historical #Romance!

24 February 2015

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  • Author: Maggie Brendan
  • Series: Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 1
  • Release Date: February 17, 2015
  • Publisher: Revell
  • ISBN-10: 0800722647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722647

Book Description:

Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the "hanging lawman"--and finds both betrayal and love.
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Author Maggie Brendan
Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestselling author, and has sold over 300,000 books of historical romance. She is a winner of 2014 Book Buyers Best/ OCC/RWA -inspirational, 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2014 and 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice award and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), The Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America (RWA), Faith, Hope and Love, and Georgia Romance Writers. Maggie’s series are Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides and Virtues and Vices of the Old West. The Trouble with Patience, book one in a new series, of Virtues and Vices of the Old West will release in February, 2015.
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Nevada City, Montana Territory - 1866

"...Don't compare yourself to others. It's what's on the inside--in your heart--that matters. None of us are perfect. We are only made complete when we rest in the Good Lord." - Hannah Larson

Patience Cavanaugh is attempting to start a new life after a personal tragedy by bringing her grandmother's old boardinghouse back to life. Creekside Inn is beginning to thrive and life is going great until she spars with the town Marshal, Jedediah Jones. A tenuous beginning soon turns into a blossoming friendship but when Patience learns of Jed's prior occupation it could destroy it. Is forgiveness possible and, if so, is love on the horizon for these two lonely hearts?

Jedediah Jones is a changed man with regrets from his past but he's never regretted the past more than he does now. When he learns that his old job as a Montana Vigilante personally effected the woman he has come to care for his regrets lay heavy on his shoulders. With a criminal on the loose and Patience Cavanaugh on the outs with him, Jed's tension is mounting. Can he maintain law and order and capture the heart of the woman he loves?

The Trouble with Patience is book one in Maggie Brendan's new series, Virtues and Vices of the Old West, and the first I have had the pleasure of reading by this author. I'm glad I started with book one because it gives me a chance to familiarize myself with the characters which I am looking forward to revisiting. I love Patience's bold faith and outspokenness about forgiveness but, most of all, I love the fact that she had to struggle with it herself. It made her less fictional and more real because everyone has struggled with it at some point in their lives. While faith was a strong aspect of this book forgiveness was at the forefront and I believe readers will be able to identify with the characters on a personal level.

The storyline is unique and there are a couple of surprises to be expected which keeps the reader interested and engaged. The suspense isn't very strong but it is very enjoyable and coupled with the budding romances (plural!) I would call it a "page turner". Virtues and Vices of the Old West very aptly describes this series because both are plentiful. I believe Maggie Brendan has a winner with this series and I am anxiously awaiting to return to Nevada City and the characters I love so much. If you are a fan on historical romance with some suspense thrown in I recommend giving it a try!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

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@_CrossReads Book Blast: Discerning Truth in a World Filled with Lies by Ron Leonard

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Are you tired of being lied to? Not sure you can trust anyone outside your immediate family (and you're even keeping a close eye on them)? Do you hate it when you discover that you've fallen for a lie? Then you're in the right place. This book is dedicated to the belief that the truth can be found and is worth any price. The author shares insights and anecdotes from his various adventures in spotting lies everywhere from our culture to our co-workers. Whether the lies come to you from advertisers, journalists, politicians, economists, friends, or even the church pulpit, this book will teach you how to question and counter the avalanche of lies you experience every day. Additional case studies are presented that tie together the various concepts in easily understood vignettes. A bonus section shares insights on truths learned from counseling with real-live individuals and couples. Key points are highlighted by personal stories from the author's life. Available on Amazon, Kindle, and Smashwords or signed copies are available at www.truthorcounseling.com.

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The author is a Christian therapist, MBA, and Mensa member. He has been married 25 years and has two, yes two, teenagers. After spending four years writing this book he swore not to think about writing another one for many years. Three months later, he has the rough outlines of a fiction book with two heroes, one of whom has schizophrenia.  

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21 February 2015

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January 2015, brought us many great fiction books. Contemporary, historical, young adult futuristic and a suspense novel round out this month’s Clash. Which of these will you put at the top of your to-be-read list?

During the 1960s, Henry Youngblood feels the call to plant a new church. Meanwhile, his wife
wonders how to pay the bills for the new baby, keep their teen-aged daughters under control, and temper the family’s dreams with reality.
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Spain 1493: In order to flee the Inquisition, Isabel, accompanied by the husband she was forced to marry, must sail with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the Indies. There, amid the hardships of the New World, her character is forged and her destiny reshaped as she comes to terms with who she is.
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When Jen unravels the family scandal within the walls of an English country manor, will she reveal the truth she’s hidden for so long as well? Or will she choose to live the lie in order to keep the man she loves?
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Sixteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins never questions her country’s pregnancy termination law for underage girls until she becomes pregnant. Now she must comply or fight to save her unborn child, but fighting means Vivica must abandon her mother, a powerful governor, and side with a rebel organization that’s determined to start a revolution.

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06 February 2015

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  • Release Date: February 24, 2015
  • Series: Royal Wedding Series, Book 3
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • ISBN-10: 0310315549

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Behind him, beside him, before him, the synchronized cathedral bells began to ring out.
One, two, three . . .
Then she said it first. The words his heart burst to share. I love you, Stephen. You are my true prince.
An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever?

American heiress Corina Del Rey caught her prince once. But the tragedy of war kept her too long in a fog of grief. Now she’s shifting her life forward, reigniting her career as a journalist. Still, nothing can relieve her of the secret and the love she carries in her soul.
Prince Stephen of Brighton is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and a star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life. His days in Afghanistan with the Royal Air Command will mark him forever. And he can’t shake their dark shadow.
But when his brother, King Nathaniel, confronts him with a document the prince thought long buried and forgotten, Stephen is forced to face the pain of his past and the love he left behind.
With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again? 

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  • Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Series: Royal Wedding Series, Book 2
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • ISBN-10: 0310315506

Book Description:

Regina Beswick was born to be a princess.

But she’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales.

Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future—and his own.

Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever.

Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together—with a little divine intervention—Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.

"Hauck can be counted on for captivating, page-turning stories and sincere characters with heart." —Romantic Times Review, 4 stars

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  • Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Series: Royal Wedding Series, Book 1
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • ISBN-10: 0310315506

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Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by best-selling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simons Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

It’s the ultimate choice: His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?

“This is classic romance at its very best.” —DEBBIE MACOMBER

“[A] surprisingly believable royal-meets-commoner love story. With only a subtle nod to Cinderella, this modern and engaging tale follows the budding relationship of an American Southern girl and a pseudo-Brit prince . . . Hauck fans will find a gem of a tale.” —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW for Once Upon a Prince

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Author Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.

She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
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