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Love may be the greatest gift—but only God's love can transform these couples' lives… Fourteen of your favorite Christian romance authors offer an inspiring collection of contemporary and historical stories celebrating the greatest treasure of all—love. From new starts to second chances, broken dreams to renewed hope, treasure hunts to runaway brides, this collection of stor Love may be the greatest gift—but only God's love can transform these couples' lives… Fourteen of your favorite Christian romance authors offer an inspiring collection of contemporary and historical stories celebrating the greatest treasure of all—love. From new starts to second chances, broken dreams to renewed hope, treasure hunts to runaway brides, this collection of stories will touch your heart and stir your spirit, reminding you of God’s power to transform hearts and lives. Don’t miss this limited-edition collection of heartwarming stories from USA Today and bestselling Christian romance authors. 100% of Pre-order proceeds will be donated to the Village Enterprise organization in Africa. Click to pre-order your copy now! INCLUDED IN THIS LIMITED-EDITION COLLECTION: Juliette Duncan: Because We Cared Autumn Macarthur: Nothing More Marion Ueckermann: More than This Joy Ohagwu: A Royal Inheritance T.K. Chapin: One Love Lorana Hoopes: A Second Chance for Christmas Elizabeth Maddrey: So You Love to Hate Your Boss Evangeline Kelly: Love's Sacrifice Valerie Comer: Ruby Radiance Naomi Rawlings: Love's Violet Sunrise Valerie M. Bodden: Heart's Home Melissa Tagg: Someday Soon Mandi Blake: A Thousand Words Carol Moncado: The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride, & Frozen Custard Click to pre-order your copy now!


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Love may be the greatest gift—but only God's love can transform these couples' lives… Fourteen of your favorite Christian romance authors offer an inspiring collection of contemporary and historical stories celebrating the greatest treasure of all—love. From new starts to second chances, broken dreams to renewed hope, treasure hunts to runaway brides, this collection of stor Love may be the greatest gift—but only God's love can transform these couples' lives… Fourteen of your favorite Christian romance authors offer an inspiring collection of contemporary and historical stories celebrating the greatest treasure of all—love. From new starts to second chances, broken dreams to renewed hope, treasure hunts to runaway brides, this collection of stories will touch your heart and stir your spirit, reminding you of God’s power to transform hearts and lives. Don’t miss this limited-edition collection of heartwarming stories from USA Today and bestselling Christian romance authors. 100% of Pre-order proceeds will be donated to the Village Enterprise organization in Africa. Click to pre-order your copy now! INCLUDED IN THIS LIMITED-EDITION COLLECTION: Juliette Duncan: Because We Cared Autumn Macarthur: Nothing More Marion Ueckermann: More than This Joy Ohagwu: A Royal Inheritance T.K. Chapin: One Love Lorana Hoopes: A Second Chance for Christmas Elizabeth Maddrey: So You Love to Hate Your Boss Evangeline Kelly: Love's Sacrifice Valerie Comer: Ruby Radiance Naomi Rawlings: Love's Violet Sunrise Valerie M. Bodden: Heart's Home Melissa Tagg: Someday Soon Mandi Blake: A Thousand Words Carol Moncado: The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride, & Frozen Custard Click to pre-order your copy now!

30 review for Love's Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection: Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    More Than This by Marion Ueckermann is the most charming contemporary Christian novel that will warm your heart. It is part of A Rustic Falls series and is in the box set of Love’s Treasure. Marion Ueckermann always writes wonderful works grounded in God with realistic, likable characters who face relevant problems. It is refreshing to see the two lead characters are in their fifties. In the novel we see the importance of having God at the centre of all our relationships. We witness a marriage tha More Than This by Marion Ueckermann is the most charming contemporary Christian novel that will warm your heart. It is part of A Rustic Falls series and is in the box set of Love’s Treasure. Marion Ueckermann always writes wonderful works grounded in God with realistic, likable characters who face relevant problems. It is refreshing to see the two lead characters are in their fifties. In the novel we see the importance of having God at the centre of all our relationships. We witness a marriage that is drifting. “How could they work on fixing a marriage they’d never realized was more than a little broken?” In our busyness and our routines sometimes we take our loved ones for granted as we witness two lives passing by like ships in the night. Marriages take time and work. We need to invest into them. God knows just what we need . As He sees our busyness destroying us, He may remove us. “Had they somehow lost touch with each other somewhere between the busyness of city church life and raising two daughters and a son?” Sometimes we can be so busy working for God and for others that we neglect those closest to us. The big city was squeezing the life out of a couple. The reader meets them in their new small town life. The town is warm, welcoming and caring. There is a spirit of generosity – both of goods and of time and most importantly of prayer. As a crisis hits, the people pull together. A town stands side by side offering support as a rescue is underway. This can be seen as a motif for our lives – we fall into sin, become dirty and stuck, and need rescuing from ourselves. God swoops down and rescues us from our lives of disconnection from Him. No matter how dirty we are, He holds us close and loves us. Animals turn a house into a home. A new Puli puppy will steal your heart as he fills empty arms. I adored More Than This. It made me smile and left me feeling good. I will leave you with a powerful quote: “Time is the single most important thing you can give to your wife, your children.” I received a free copy from the author. A favourable review was not required. All my opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Trudy Cordle

    Oh, wow! I finished reading Marion Ueckermann's contribution, More Than This. Now, I kinda want a puli. Except, I live in Florida, and I really don't think he'd like the heat! I LOVED More Than This! One thing I loved is that Levi and Hanna, the hero and heroine of this story, are older and dealing with real life issues other couples their ages deal with. Their children are grown and gone, and now they’re adjusting to being empty nesters, less busyness, and realize that they’ve drifted away from Oh, wow! I finished reading Marion Ueckermann's contribution, More Than This. Now, I kinda want a puli. Except, I live in Florida, and I really don't think he'd like the heat! I LOVED More Than This! One thing I loved is that Levi and Hanna, the hero and heroine of this story, are older and dealing with real life issues other couples their ages deal with. Their children are grown and gone, and now they’re adjusting to being empty nesters, less busyness, and realize that they’ve drifted away from each other. Not such emotionally, but physically, socially, and mentally. What I really love, too, is that this story shows it happens to those in ministry as much as to anyone else. Levi and Hanna made a conscious effort to improve where they were and make all of those same connections over again. They hadn’t stopped loving each other, they just had to bring that “spark” back, and start treating each other as they had earlier in their marriage. Oh, wow! I just finished reading Valerie Bodden's contribution to this set, Heart's Home. This is a fantastic set! I loved this book! One reason is that Liam and Lydia are "older," being in their forties. Another, that though Lydia strayed from her faith, she was welcomed back by God when she came back, just as we are. Liam isn't looking for a new love; Lydia is through with being left by those she loves. When they meet, neither is ready to acknowledge their feelings. When they meet again, can they each overcome their insecurities, or will they let love pass them by?? Oh, wow, these stories just keep getting better! I've now finished Autumn MacArthur's Nothing more. I loved Portia and Jack's story! We can find love at any age, and in this case, they're in their 70's! At least, Jack is! How wonderful that Portia and Jack get their second chance! It's never too late! Portia could never accept that Jack might love her. She'd always been told she was worthless and unworthy and, after all, their marriage was a business arrangement. Except for one summer, where everything changed, until Jack left on business, and didn't return until almost Christmas. He finds a changed Portia, and instead of questioning what had happened, he leaves for 30 years. Now, he's returned for their son's wedding. When Portia finally learns that she can trust both God and Jack, and Jack has found his way back to God, they can truly be a family again, if they can forgive the hurts of the past. Oh, wow! I've just finished Naomi Rawlings book, Love's Violet Sunrise. This is the first book I've read of hers, and it was really good!! Hiram's not looking for love, he'd rather finish his law degree. Mabel is trying to find someone to help her brother, as she knows he didn't set the mill on fire and kill the four people inside. Hiram is her only hope, yet he turns her down. When Hiram finds out Mabel was arrested, he can't let that stand, so he decides he has to help her. He's drawn to Mabel, and finally realizes that since God has brought them together, maybe everything will work out, after all. Well, once again, I've finished another of the books in this set! I just finished Someday Soon by Melissa Tagg. I really enjoyed Paige and Noah's story!! Noah blames himself for something totally out of his control. Paige has taken on herself the blame for her mom leaving, the blame for her Dad's life not being different, and blame for not being there for her Gram. When they start a "fake" relationship, it quickly becomes real for both of them. They have to figure a few things out along the way, like letting go of their beliefs that they are to blame for things they shouldn't take on. When they figure out they both have to jump in the water and trust God, then things really start to change and happen for them! I've now finished Elizabeth Maddrey's So You Love to Hate Your Boss. Oh, wow, it was soooo good!! Christopher and Stephanie are forced to work as a team, which neither is wanting to do. However, once they start, the attraction starts to happen. Stephanie is sure everyone in the office is against her, especially Christopher. Christopher realizes that he's totally misjudged Stephanie. Will they be able to continue working together and have a relationship, or will their insecurities push them apart both professionally and personally?? I've just finished Mandi Blake's contribution to this set, A Thousand Words. I LOVE Tyler and Sissy's story!! I've read the books about Ian, Dakota, and the others, except Declan's, which is now moving to the top of my TBR stack. However, this is now my favorite of this set! I've said that about each one as I've finished, though. I love how they complement each other, though, and how, even though vastly different personality-wise, they each still have a very strong faith in God and don't hesitate to practice it. Tyler is also open to trying to change his major flaw, and Sissy is the only one that can help him truly overcome it, as she makes him want to change for her. I've now finished Ruby Radiance by Valerie Comer. Oh, my!! I need to read her whole series! I loved Dale and Trinity's story!! Trinity had been hurt before. Dale's wife had passed from cancer. Dale isn't a Christian, Trinity is, and yet they're drawn to each other. Dale finally comes to Christ, and Trinity is blindsided by something someone else tells her. Can she forgive Dale, when what happened shouldn't be a deal breaker at all, especially when she jumped to all of the wrong conclusions? I just finished Juliette Duncan's Because We Cared. Sasha moves to Deep River to do her job as an environmentalist to see if there's any reason that a developer can't build a resort. When she meets her landlady, Sylvia, and her grandson Brendan and his son Tom, Sasha starts to realize that her dreams weren't big enough and need to expand. When she finally realizes that she's closed her heart to others because of fear, is it to late to think she and Brendan can still have a chance when she realizes that God's perfect love can cast out her fear?? I finished reading Joy Ohagwu's A Royal Inheritance a few days ago. I had to let the story percolate for awhile to decide what to say. It's not my usual kind of story to read, I'm not crazy about royalty books. However, I enjoyed it, just didn't have the usual HEA ending I like when I finish a book. King Peralta is a Christian at the end; however, I have to read the next book to find out what happens! Still, it was a good read! I just finished reading Carol Moncado's The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride, & Frozen Custard. This was soooo good!! Hoppy and Madi have known each other for years. Hoppy and Madi's brother, Adam, are best friends. However, Hoppy has secrets that he's kept from everyone, even Adam, for years, too. Madi runs away right before her wedding when she realizes Hoppy isn't there. She knows she's been in love with him for awhile, but how does he feel about her? Hoppy knows he's loved Madi for years, though he has no clue how she feels about him. Until the night of her almost wedding, when she runs away, and finds Hoppy where she least expects to. When they finally admit their feelings for each other, can Hoppy share all of his secrets? I've now finished One Love by TK Chapin, the story of Brad, Elise, Lizzie and Zander. Brad and Elise dated in high school. Elise thought they'd marry after college; they didn't. When she moves back home after her divorce, she runs into Brad, and the old sparks are still there. However, he's now a Christian, she's not. They both have a child, he has a daughter, she has a son. When she accepts Christ, it seems things will work out for them, until Zander doesn't want her dating Brad. Will things work out?? I've now finished Love's Sacrifice by Evangeline Kelly, the story of Dean and Avery. They fall for each other after a very rocky start, decide to elope, and things seem like they'll go well. Until Avery's fear that Dean will leave her makes her leave him. When Dean finds her six months later, can he convince her of his love for her, and will God work things out for them, since Dean's now a believer?? Loved this story!!!!! Especially how Dean demonstrated his love!! I've just finished Lorana Hoopes contribution, Love Renewed. Little Jack steals the show! My favorite scene is in the Epilogue, and Jack makes everyone laugh. There are some really nice scenes in the book, and a nice little mystery, too. A really good read! This boxed set is really good, and a few of these were authors I had not read before. Looking forward to reading more of their books! I received a complimentary copy of this book, was not required to leave a review, and the opinion expressed is my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stox4story

    I’ve read four of the novellas in this collection, Heart’s Home, One Love, More Than This and Love’s Sacrifice. The one thing I picked up from them is : Grace Truly Is Amazing … Heart’s Home … by Valerie M Bodden Betrayal always hurts and it seems to sneak up when least expected. Couple that with loss of mom and dad, loss of best friend, loss of the man you ‘thought’ was going to ask your hand in marriage and last, but not least, loss of your musical career …. well its easy to feel dejected and de I’ve read four of the novellas in this collection, Heart’s Home, One Love, More Than This and Love’s Sacrifice. The one thing I picked up from them is : Grace Truly Is Amazing … Heart’s Home … by Valerie M Bodden Betrayal always hurts and it seems to sneak up when least expected. Couple that with loss of mom and dad, loss of best friend, loss of the man you ‘thought’ was going to ask your hand in marriage and last, but not least, loss of your musical career …. well its easy to feel dejected and defeated. Lydia was at the height of her musical career with too many adoring fans to count. It was her birthday and she just ‘knew’ Dallas was going to propose. But, she lost it all right before going on stage in Nashville. Heart’s Home grabbed me from the start and kept drawing me in page after age. 😘 Bits and Pieces 😘 … Loved the way Becca said…. ‘that’ll show him’, when speaking of Dallas ….. Great sermon advice in Chapter Nine about hiding from God while the world by goes on … and using King David as an example when he asked: God, How Long? … FINALLY…. Liam said it…. they are too old to dance around the subject. acting like a couple of teenagers HEA…. but I wanted more… more of her success with the music, the family at her concerts and Dallas and Cheyanne coming face to face with what they did…. even King David paid for his bad choices. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> One Love … by T K Chapin A mother’s struggle, a mother’s love, a mother learning to turn it all over to G_d. I was pulled into this storyline from the very start. It was so easy to feel Elise’s pain, to understand her turmoil, to see how she did her best to give her son a home with love. She was against some really big odds. And 14 year old Zander had his own share of issues. He missed his dad but he never made excuses for him. He knew his dad really messed up and hurt his mother badly. Going back home after 16 years away isn’t easy but that is what Elise decided to do. She wanted to get Zander away from all the bad influences in his life. A cheating dad and pot smoking friends only would lead to trouble so Elise takes her teenage son and leaves Chicago behind. At first it wasn’t ‘home sweet home’ but as Elise and Zander learn, if God is for us, who can be against us? 🤔 WISHES 🤔 Wanted to know more about Ted, the ex husband and dad. What were his feelings? Did he ever find himself looking in the mirror? Hope to see more of this story, these characters, in sequels. We got a HEA for now in this book. Would love to read more about their lives and happenings and future. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< More Than This …. by Marion Ueckermann Love isn’t only for the young… and neither is heartache. When we take our eyes off the prize, we begin to compromise, to fall away. As Hanna said ‘people wear masks all the time’…. and sometimes they don’t even know it. What makes a marriage lose its sizzle? What makes it become mundane? Now, don’t take this the wrong way…. but for Levi and Hannah it was doing G_d’s work. Maybe I’d better rephrase that. Doing G_d’s work is good, but making it into all consuming busywork can be a problem. Hannah and Levi got so caught up in that everyday busywork that they lost track of those wedding vows they made before G_d years earlier. They started taking each other for granted. But G_d hasn’t lost track of them. As you read this story, it’s easy to see their Heavenly Father so gently, but assuredly, nudge them back to each other. He lets them see and feel how the chores of everyday life was robbing them of their happiness, of how easy it was to take love for granted. This book has us to remember that God is Love. You might want to take a couple of minutes and familiar yourself with “1 Corinthians 13:1-13” Yes, many readers are already familiar with this scripture but just take another look and see if G_d is telling you something. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Love’s Sacrifice … by Evangeline Kelly Avery…. what did she have to lose? What did she have to gain? Fear totally encompassed her and she almost lost it all. Letting her fear control her thoughts, her words, her intentions, Avery’s insecurities were front an center. She was willing to leave her husband all because she was afraid to confess to him a truth. It was a truth that she was convinced he wouldn’t want or like. Dean … he was handsome, rugged and well built and it didn’t go unnoticed. But his mind was set on work and buying his own restaurant. He had no time for a woman in his life … and his gruff, controlling and somewhat bitter personality made sure they knew that. But that was his ‘outside’. On the ‘inside’, Dean was caring and loyal, almost to a fault. Avery and Dean make an decision that will change both of their lives. Neither knew G_d. Avery was somewhat open to learn about Him but Dean, not so much. That is UNTIL a life changing even happens which has him seeking and changing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Dean

    More Than This by Marion Ueckermann.... A beautifully so well written story of love set in Rustic Falls amongst the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa and for every couple to read! A newfound love story between a Pastor and his wife, Levi and Hannah’s story will deeply touch your heart. When life gets busy, the couple follows God’s calling, a calling neither understood until they met the community folks in Rustic Falls. A powerful storyline that I am sharing with my husband as life gets busy f More Than This by Marion Ueckermann.... A beautifully so well written story of love set in Rustic Falls amongst the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa and for every couple to read! A newfound love story between a Pastor and his wife, Levi and Hannah’s story will deeply touch your heart. When life gets busy, the couple follows God’s calling, a calling neither understood until they met the community folks in Rustic Falls. A powerful storyline that I am sharing with my husband as life gets busy for us and this is the reminder that we need that our love is most precious and we need to hang onto that. In today’s world, life is getting not only busy but hard too and this story can help put the focus back on what matters most. What matters most to our heavenly Father also, true love, lasting love, love we first found in our spouse. Hold on to your seats and grab the tissues, Levi and Hannah will have every emotion in you on full alert! I've received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. This review is of my own. I'm looking forward to reading more of this set as well!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becky Smith

    Juliette Duncan: "Because We Cared" is a story that talks about the importance of fellowship, Christian community, the Christian’s responsibility to care for God’s creation, as well as about working together. Brendan has to trust and wait on God Autumn Macarthur: "Nothing More" is a story that shows that when Jack and Portia allow God to graciously heal their broken hearts and minds, they could then move on from a failed marriage of convenience to the real, Godly marriage that God intended for th Juliette Duncan: "Because We Cared" is a story that talks about the importance of fellowship, Christian community, the Christian’s responsibility to care for God’s creation, as well as about working together. Brendan has to trust and wait on God Autumn Macarthur: "Nothing More" is a story that shows that when Jack and Portia allow God to graciously heal their broken hearts and minds, they could then move on from a failed marriage of convenience to the real, Godly marriage that God intended for them. Both have to learn about forgiveness and their need to let go of the past baggage before they can live a new life with the time that Portia might have left. Portia’s cancer is her wake-up call to rid herself of selfishness and get her life right with God. Jack finds that “regaining faith wasn’t enough – he needed to surrender his life to God, trust God, and let Him take control.” "More Than This" by Marion Ueckermann: An excellent book and great story probing how a couple can have a godly, more fulfilling marriage and grow closer to each other, renewing the "spark" in their love. As the saying goes, good marriages don't just happen but require sacrificial love woven with three strands.  This book explores how to reconnect and relearn that language of love.  Well-written, attention-holding, and like her other stories that I have read, "More than This" has several fun tidbits of knowledge like: puli dogs, hoopoe birds, laatlammetjie, umdoni tree, agapanthus and cosmos, and even Okhalamba - all of which are fun to look up and find pictures/information while reading this book. The explanation about thermals and how they can relate to marriages was also enlightening.  And, of course, there is always food in this author's books!  There is a wonderful recipe for Homemade Lemon Jam at the end, but I'm craving the Chocolate Orange Cake!  My favorite quotes: "People wore masks all the time, especially inside a church." "Time is the single-most important thing you can give to your wife, your children." "He (God) has a purpose - even for this." "All a person could do was muddle through the trial, all the while waiting to see what God wanted to accomplish, because to accomplish something was definitely His intention." Joy Ohagwu: "A Royal Inheritance" T.K. Chapin: "One Love" is a story of divorce, drugs, raising teenagers, and salvation, including an ongoing discussion of whether or not we can lose our salvation, and an in-depth discussion on the book of John. I will not try any more of his stories, but I did have a favorite quote: “If you could simply understand God with your finite mind, He wouldn’t be much of a God, now would He?” Lorana Hanna Hoopes: "Love Renewed" Elizabeth Perry Maddrey: "So You Love to Hate Your Boss" is a cute little story about Christopher (who was in “spiraling self-doubt”) and Stephanie (who was honestly blunt, which made her seem very negative) being thrown together to complete a project that will determine who is worthy of being the division head. It also talks about office abuse that women have to endure. They learn how to prove they can work together and have to forgive each other. Interesting quote: “He hurt your heart, not your ego.” They have to learn that true love hopes all things and believes all things, as I Corinthians 13 says. My favorite quote was: “She needed to do better at living a life that extended that grace to the people around her.” Evangeline Kelly: "Love's Sacrifice" – I was not interested in finishing because it starts with Avery leaving her marriage of only a few days, and then falling in love with Dean. I do not like the premise of the story. Valerie Comer: "Ruby Radiance" is an interesting story centered around geocaching. Trinity is very driven to win the contest, and also wants to show Dale how a believer faces trials. They are stranded together by a rock slide, and Trinity is forced to care for Dale. In the end, Trinity realizes that her salvation in not about proving herself worthy because God loved her as she was. Both have to learn to trust each other. Naomi Rawlings: "Love's Violet Sunrise" is a very enjoyable story about Mabel seeking help for her falsely accused brother who is in jail. There is corruption even amongst the police force. Hiram, reluctantly at first, is later compelled by his conscience to prove Hiram’s innocence, at great cost and trouble to himself. Favorite quotes: “Some of us don’t believe in getting paid for doing our Christian duty.” Hiram’s verse that compelled him to take the case: “For the Lord loveth judgement, and forsaketh not His saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.” Valerie Bodden: "Heart's Home" is an enjoyable story with the gentle, trustworthy Liam and singer Lydia whose boyfriend Dallas cheats on her. Lydia’s past hurts and insecurity, as well as Liam’s own insecurity hinder a relationship together at first, but Liam has proved his trustworthiness. Love this quote: “It’s not about where you belong, it’s about Who you belong to.” Melissa Tagg: "Someday Soon" is a story about relationships that are restored – Paige, her dad, and her Gram, and also with Noah. Noah and Paige take unwarranted blame on each of themselves, need to see themselves as God sees them, and need to forgive their past mistakes. My favorite quote is: “He’s not standing on the cement impatiently trying to push us in – He’s already in the water, waiting to show us the depths of all He has for us.” Mandi Blake: "A Thousand Words" is a story that alternates the chapters between Sissy (whose real name is Melanie) and Tyler, who is a doctor needing to change his bedside manner and improve his social skills and communication with others. Sissy and Melanie knew each other in school because Tyler was best friends with Sissy’s brother Dakota (who has become a drunk in denial). Tyler is forced into a blind date, not knowing it is with Sissy, and is actually helped by her into changing into something better. No much of a faith message in the story. Carol Moncado: "The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride, & Frozen Custard" is a story that spends way too much time in the first chapter talking about one of the main characters, Hoppy, getting drunk. The other main character, Madi, jilts the would-be groom at the altar, and later finds out he was having affairs with several ladies. Sadly, one of the problems with big collections is that they often have stories that one would never be tempted to read if they were alone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Heart's Home Where do you belong? We all want to feel connected somehow. After Lydia's adoptive parents died, she was hoping for a birthday proposal from her boyfriend of a few years, Dallas. That hope came to an end when she finds Dallas and her best friend Cheyenne lip locked before the concert. Country star that she is, Lydia tried to make it through the concert. She almost did it until that "one" song that had her fleeing from the stage and into the arms of a total stranger who happened to be Heart's Home Where do you belong? We all want to feel connected somehow. After Lydia's adoptive parents died, she was hoping for a birthday proposal from her boyfriend of a few years, Dallas. That hope came to an end when she finds Dallas and her best friend Cheyenne lip locked before the concert. Country star that she is, Lydia tried to make it through the concert. She almost did it until that "one" song that had her fleeing from the stage and into the arms of a total stranger who happened to be on the street. Luckily for Lydia, Liam was a good guy- a gentleman. He gets her home after pulling her back together emotionally, at least for the moment. He'd probably make a good distraction from the betrayal of her boyfriend and best friend, but as luck would have it- he is moving the next day. Feeling alone, Lydia checks her computer for the adoption connection she joined after her parents died, this time there is a message. She offers to go to Hearts Bed to meet them. As life loves to laugh at us, she rents the carriage house from Liam's mother- so now they are neighbors. But now she gets to meet her half sister and six (yes SIX!) brothers. Will they accept her? Will she ever belong? She gets the answer about where she belongs from a totally unexpected source. Now, back to the question of where YOU belong. The answer is in this book- so don't miss it. That answer hit me hard, but was also surrounded by a well written story that kept me reading right along. Someday Soon Paige and Noah, each trying to do what they think they are supposed to do, find that just being themselves and forgiving the past is the real way to happiness. Sometimes we all take on blame that is not ours to own, see yourself in this sweet book of people trying to live on good intensions, and maybe you can give yourself some freedom to really live. Because We Cared Opening a waterpark I their town might be a happy idea for some people, For others it is a monstrosity that will ruin their small town life. Sasha gets the unfortunate job of surveying the site. If she finds nothing, the town will hate her, if she finds something, Mr. Overton stands to lose a lot of money and he will be enraged. She befriends Sylvia her landlord and her grandson- Brendan. Thankfully, they are in her corner as this all plays out. Which side comes out on top Does the waterpark get built? Read and find out! So You Love to Hate Your Boss Team efforts aren't my thing, are they yours? Imagine if you were assigned to do a project with someone you had already gone and complained to the boss about. Christopher thought Stephanie was too harsh and gave off negativity to everything she was involved in, and told the boss so. Christopher cringed at the thought of being assigned to this project with her, but the head of the division position was at stake. Stephanie knew she was brusque but her time in the military had taught her to get right to the point. When they begin, sparks fly- in more ways than one. Can these two work together? Who gets head of the division? A fun read! There are more books in this collection and I will add them as I read them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nari

    I enjoyed reading this collection of novellas. There were two that really stood out to me. Melissa Tagg’s Someday Soon and Mandi Blake’s A Thousand Words. Someday Soon is about Paige and Noah. They are side characters from another book. I thought the story was well written and I adored Paige and Noah. They were great together. A Thousand Words is a prequel to the Unfailing Love series which I have read and loved. I loved Sissy. She is so full of life. Tyler is a great guy but he needed to lighte I enjoyed reading this collection of novellas. There were two that really stood out to me. Melissa Tagg’s Someday Soon and Mandi Blake’s A Thousand Words. Someday Soon is about Paige and Noah. They are side characters from another book. I thought the story was well written and I adored Paige and Noah. They were great together. A Thousand Words is a prequel to the Unfailing Love series which I have read and loved. I loved Sissy. She is so full of life. Tyler is a great guy but he needed to lighten up some. Tyler and Sissy together are a great pair. I also love that this was a romance between two people who knew each other for years. It gives the romance more depth.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Eyre

    If you want a boxset filled with sweet, clean romance, some contemporary, some historical, each with a similar but different suspenseful and inspiring storylines written by fantastic authors. My review is for Valerie Bodden: "Heart's Home" . It’s a well written, enjoyable story full of romance, love, insecurities, past hurts and so much more. A fantastic storyline with some fab characters especially Liam and Lydia that shows faith and trust win out in the end! If you want a boxset filled with sweet, clean romance, some contemporary, some historical, each with a similar but different suspenseful and inspiring storylines written by fantastic authors. My review is for Valerie Bodden: "Heart's Home" . It’s a well written, enjoyable story full of romance, love, insecurities, past hurts and so much more. A fantastic storyline with some fab characters especially Liam and Lydia that shows faith and trust win out in the end!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Virginia L

    Marion Euckermann is a wonderful writer of Christian romance. This book MORE THAN THIS is a story all married couples should read, the young and the old. It's so easy to drift apart. All to often the drift is so big that it can't be overcome and one or the other starts seeking love and comfort from outside the marriage. I'm so grateful for a loving mate for many years until God called him home. It does take an effort to remain in love but so worth it. Marion Euckermann is a wonderful writer of Christian romance. This book MORE THAN THIS is a story all married couples should read, the young and the old. It's so easy to drift apart. All to often the drift is so big that it can't be overcome and one or the other starts seeking love and comfort from outside the marriage. I'm so grateful for a loving mate for many years until God called him home. It does take an effort to remain in love but so worth it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Marion Ueckermann’s book More Than This: In this book you read about the life of a pastor and his wife. The life they lived working at the big churches compared to the Rustic Falls church. The characters in this book are like one big family. Watching Levi and Hanna’s life’s change will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. You will feel God working throughout this wonderful story. I had the honor to review this book for the author for a honest review. I would give th Marion Ueckermann’s book More Than This: In this book you read about the life of a pastor and his wife. The life they lived working at the big churches compared to the Rustic Falls church. The characters in this book are like one big family. Watching Levi and Hanna’s life’s change will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. You will feel God working throughout this wonderful story. I had the honor to review this book for the author for a honest review. I would give this book a higher rating than a five star review if I could.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Ferguson

    More Than This Levi and Hanna were living such busy lives they were drifting further and further apart. God had other plans for them and thankfully they listened. I loved everything about this book. I loved all of the characters but I must say Kato and Samson were probably my favorites. This book captured my interest right from the very first page. Such a beautiful story and one we can all learn from. Brilliantly written! This book is truly one of my favorites. Marion Ueckermann has a true God g More Than This Levi and Hanna were living such busy lives they were drifting further and further apart. God had other plans for them and thankfully they listened. I loved everything about this book. I loved all of the characters but I must say Kato and Samson were probably my favorites. This book captured my interest right from the very first page. Such a beautiful story and one we can all learn from. Brilliantly written! This book is truly one of my favorites. Marion Ueckermann has a true God given talent.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Cobb

    Of this collection I read Melissa Tagg’s novella. As always I love her stories

  13. 5 out of 5

    Terry Silva

    More Than You has got to be the sweetest story that I have ever read. So many of us could learn from this story, I know I have. I honestly believe that every couple has gone through growing apart to some degree if married long enough. I think as we grow older in our marriage each of us change maybe just a little maybe more. To me this is the perfect self help guide you could ask for. It took being empty nesters to make Hannah and Levi realize just how much they did for their previous churches bu More Than You has got to be the sweetest story that I have ever read. So many of us could learn from this story, I know I have. I honestly believe that every couple has gone through growing apart to some degree if married long enough. I think as we grow older in our marriage each of us change maybe just a little maybe more. To me this is the perfect self help guide you could ask for. It took being empty nesters to make Hannah and Levi realize just how much they did for their previous churches but not for each other. They knew that they still loved each other and wanted that closeness they once shared. With a slower paced life, a loving community, work on both their parts God knitted their marriage back together. I will be revisiting this book quite often for help in my own marriage. Sometimes you take each other for granted or just get in a rut. This book should be in every married couples home. Fantastic job by Marion Ueckermann.

  14. 4 out of 5

    K B

    Love’s Treasure – 14 books: A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition June 2021 1. Juliette Duncan- Because We Cared: Transformed by Love Series book 5: Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition 5 stars I received a free copy of the clean novel Because We Cared: Transformed by Love Series book 5 by Juliette Duncan in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. A nice combination of contro Love’s Treasure – 14 books: A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition June 2021 1. Juliette Duncan- Because We Cared: Transformed by Love Series book 5: Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition 5 stars I received a free copy of the clean novel Because We Cared: Transformed by Love Series book 5 by Juliette Duncan in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. A nice combination of controversy, Faith, reflection, fellowship, healing and romance. Sasha Jackson leaves her family and home in Perth to do her first freelance job as an environmental surveyor at the site of a proposed marina complex in the small coastal town of Deep River where she finds herself feeling isolated & struggling with worrying about how her father’s past scandal affects her image and ability to trust, the ruthless money focused billionaire developer Overton, a zealous environmental activist group, town members’ concerns regarding the development and her growing feelings for Deep River’s high school music teacher and youth group pastor, single father Brendan Miller. 2. Autumn Macarthur: Nothing More 4 Stars I received a free copy of the clean novel Nothing More by Autumn Macarthur in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. A poignant second chance at love romance occurring after a thirty year rift featuring English Lady Portia’s end of life struggles with breast cancer and her reconciliation with her billionaire American husband Jack at the time of their son’s wedding. The predominantly sad and dark feel is set of by Portia’s son’s matchmaking attempts and the antics of her dog Rusty. 3. Marion Ueckermann: More Than This 4 Stars I received a free copy of the clean novel More Than This by Marion Ueckermann in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. Contains an eclectic mix of characters, some drama, a puppy, moments of fellowship, scripture and touches on multiple romances. Finding themselves with more time together after their last child leaves home and taking over the small parish of Rustic Falls, Pastor Levi Thomas and his wife Hanna begin to reconnect and bringing intimacy back into their lives with a little help from their parishioners. 4. Joy Ohagwu: The Secret Heritage 4 Stars I received a free copy of the clean novel The Secret Heritage by Joy Ohagwu in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. A complex story of witnessing, Faith, escaping slavery, and a love that transcends social classes but is disappointing in that the story ends abruptly with the King and Sierra being chased as they flee the castle. Captured and enslaved on the island country of Lanzarote after a shipwreck, former Spanish nurse and missionary Sierra Fernando grows closer to King Peralta who has to make the difficult choice of an arranged marriage to his lady –in-waiting to remain King, marry the slave woman he loves and be killed, or remain single and lose his kingdom. 5. T.K. Chapin: One Love 5 Stars I received a free copy of the clean novel One Love by T.K. Chapin in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. A story of accepting salvation, the daily struggle of leading a Christian life, and a second chance at love blended with the challenges of raising a teenager. After fifteen of years of marriage and a prolonged divorce, Elise Winkler and her fourteen year old son Zander move from Chicago to her mother’s home in Suncrest, Washington where she is reunited with her high school boyfriend, town sheriff Brad Ross, must deal with her over critical mother, and she continues to struggle with her son’s drug use. 6. Lorana Hoopes: Love Renewed Read and reviewed December 2018 5 stars I purchased a copy of Second Chance With You book 2: Love Renewed by Lorana Hoopes and this review was given freely. A blend of two sweet second chance at love Christian romances with a sinister undertone. Recently divorced and single mom interior decorator Kaitlyn is wary of men since her abusive ex-husband and losing her high school sweetheart Dillion 10 years ago. When she agrees to redecorate Dillon's mother's lodge at Christmastime she receives more attention than she bargained for. Realistic characters including a cute five year old boy, an extroverted best friend, and an interfering mother provide humor and drama while balancing out the topics of abuse and the odd feelings Kaitlyn gets when around Julian. 7. Elizabeth Maddrey: So You Love to Hate Your Boss 4 stars I received a free copy of the clean post military novel So You Love to Hate Your Boss: A Christian hate to love workplace romance (So You Want to be a Billionaire Book 2) Christopher and Stephanie by Elizabeth Maddrey in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. While this is an easy flowing romance, the novel is somewhat negative in that the characters Christopher Ward and medically discharge Army soldier Stephanie Collins express a fair amount of self- doubt and low self- esteem and there is some work place drama in the form of bigotry but, balance is provided through hints of multiple romances, a main male character who is a balance of Christian values but fairly clueless in personal relationships, council from both the pastor and the boss as well as a diverse group of characters. There is a teaser which leads you to believe Christopher’s sister Jessica Ward and her coworker/ brother’s best friend and roommate, Ryan are the next sequel. When a serious heart condition threatens his time with his wife, billionaire owner of the Government Services Group, Joe Robeson adjusts his priorities and subtle plays matchmaker where the two candidates he picks from each of his five divisions must work together in the guise of a contest to win the millionaire salaried division head position. 8. Evangeline Kelly: Love’s Sacrifice 5 Stars I received a free copy of the clean novel Love’s Sacrifice by Evangeline Kelly in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. This is a fast paced instant attraction romance with a touch of humor and two stories of salvation where insecurity over childhood abandonment and her mother’s drug abuse skews newly graduated graphic designer Avery’s view on love and her self-esteem. Taking an interim job working for the temperamental cook, Dean Galloway, leads to a spontaneous date and wedding a month later but an innocent comment from Dean leads to a six month separation with a Christmas reconciliation. 9. Valerie Comer: Ruby Radiance 5 Stars I received a free copy of the clean novel Ruby Radiance by Valerie Cromer in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. A strong testament to Faith and a story of salvation combined with a second chance at love and some family drama. Communication Location store owner, embittered widower Dale Kennedy, makes a bad first impression when he offends visually challenged Potter Trinity Grant who wants to purchase a GPS to help her participate in the two month running Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt but ends up growing closer to her as they end up on the same team geocaching and helping each other survive a rock slide. 10. Naomi Rawlings: Love’s Violet Sunrise 5 stars I received a free copy of the clean historical novel Love’s Violet Sunrise formerly known as Love’s Violet Sunrise ( American State Flower series: Wisconsin, published in 2016) by Naomi Rawlings in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. A bittersweet battle against injustice ending with hopes for a new beginning. Set in 1853 in the German settled area of Wisconsin, USA, this novel features compassionate law student/ legal clerk Hiram Cummings’ struggles with his boss Mr. Vandergriff ‘s greed and corruption, with the plight of immigrant German farmers as well as with his Christian morals and the desire to keep his job to pay to finish law school which are blended with Hiram’s growing attraction to Mabel Krause and his struggle to clear her brother Dietrich Krause of arson and murder. 11. Valerie M. Bodden: Heart's Home 5 Stars I received a free copy of the clean novel Heart’s Home by Valerie M. Bodden in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. A poignant love after loss romance and a heartwarming story of a blended family. Almost a year after reclusive Nashville country music singer Lydia St. Peter is betrayed by her band member boyfriend Dallas and her best friend Cheyenne on her fortieth birthday, heartbroken Lydia travels to Heart’s Bend to meet her newly discovered birth family but receives more than just a new family in the form of salvation, reconnection with her helpful stranger of a year ago, single father of teenaged Mia and electrician the widower Liam, and the inspiration to relaunch her career. 12. Melissa Tagg: Someday Soon 5 Stars I received a free copy of the clean post military novel Someday Soon: Maple Valley series companion novel by Melissa Tagg in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. Easy flowing with a fair amount of family drama and a happy ending. This story is ironic, humorous and heartwarming despite the underlying sad themes of low self-esteem, empty nests and survivor’s guilt. Two years after his best friend’s death in Iraq and after being medically discharged from the Army, twenty eight year old Boston born Noah Johannson finds himself adrift in Iowa, living with and working for his recently discovered halfsiblings, the sudden boyfriend of the woman he has been trying to ignore for the last six months, persistent aqua phobic reporter Paige Parker, and contemplating fulfilling his childhood dream of opening a community center. 13. Mandi Blake: A Thousand Words 4 Stars I received a free copy of the clean novel A Thousand Words: Prequel to the Unfailing Love Series by Mandi Blake in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. This opposites attract novel focuses on trust and honesty in relationships, the perils of dating, finding balance in your life, contains a touch of irony and contains the dark themes of depression and alcoholism. Flamboyant interior design student and after school baby sitter Melanie “Sissy” Calhoon laments her poor dating history until her part time boss Dr, Wilson sets Sissy up with a coworker, curt, regimental and direct Dr. Tyler Hart who just happens to be her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. 14. Carol Moncado: The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride & Frozen Custard: Serenity Landing Lifeguards 4 Stars I received a free copy of the clean novel The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride & Frozen Custard: Serenity Landing Lifeguards book 3 by Carol Moncado in the 14 book collection Love’s Treasure - A Christian Romance Collection - Limited Edition and this review was given freely. Loosely built around the lives of Serenity Landing Aquatic Center’s adult pool lifeguards, this is a love finally realized story with the strong themes of greed, lies and unfaithfulness culminating in a happy ending. Trying to suppress his memories and his regrets with alcohol, secretly wealthy Justin “Hoppy” Leopardi is shocked to find that the woman he has secretly loved for 8 years is his newest lodger, drunk runaway bride and his best friend Adam’s sister Madison Wilkerson.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Terresa Mountain

    "More Than This" by Marion Morrison Ueckermann, is an absolutely enthralling story about God slowing the hero and heroine down to remember and find their true love—and the vulnerability required by Levi and Hanna to share their walk. Excellent! I'm looking forward to the rest of the books in this "Love's Treasure" series! "More Than This" by Marion Morrison Ueckermann, is an absolutely enthralling story about God slowing the hero and heroine down to remember and find their true love—and the vulnerability required by Levi and Hanna to share their walk. Excellent! I'm looking forward to the rest of the books in this "Love's Treasure" series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Because We Cared. Juliette Duncan has written a story that will tug at your heartstrings. Sasha and Brendan are very well-developed and likeable main characters. I love that Brendan is a school teacher and works with the youth group at his church. Brendan's mom Sylvia and his son Tom are great supporting characters. The plot has some twists and turns and moves at a perfect pace for this story. There's some suspense that adds to the book. Sasha and Brendan do get their HEA in the end. I would rec Because We Cared. Juliette Duncan has written a story that will tug at your heartstrings. Sasha and Brendan are very well-developed and likeable main characters. I love that Brendan is a school teacher and works with the youth group at his church. Brendan's mom Sylvia and his son Tom are great supporting characters. The plot has some twists and turns and moves at a perfect pace for this story. There's some suspense that adds to the book. Sasha and Brendan do get their HEA in the end. I would recommend this excellent book to clean romance readers, Christian romance readers, and to readers with a special interest in the environment. I plan on reading more from this author. Love's Sacrifice is a well-written romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, I read it twice; something that I rarely ever do. The main characters are likable and well-developed. There are twists and turns in the story. I relished the theme of sacrificial love. I would highly recommend this story to readers of sweet romance and to Christian romance readers. I plan to read more of this author's works.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Raye

    Some of the authors in this box set I had never heard of before, but since reading their writing I can't get enough. I want to read everything. Each author writes clean, christian romance, but still managed to have completely different storylines. I enjoyed some more than others, but I still learned something from each book. There were many lessons on love, forgiveness, not being afraid to live the life God gave you. I have been inspired by this collection and plan to make some changes in my lif Some of the authors in this box set I had never heard of before, but since reading their writing I can't get enough. I want to read everything. Each author writes clean, christian romance, but still managed to have completely different storylines. I enjoyed some more than others, but I still learned something from each book. There were many lessons on love, forgiveness, not being afraid to live the life God gave you. I have been inspired by this collection and plan to make some changes in my life. Because We Cared by Juliette Duncan Respect. That was a main theme throughout this book. The way the characters had such respect for each other was inspiring. The conservation aspects showed great respect for the earth and reminded me that we are stewards of the earth. Even the way the characters handled the past, everything they had been through, was done in a respectful and humble way. I believe this amount of respect came from love. This book has left me thinking and pondering all the main lessons in its short amount of pages. I definitely think this one will speak to people and impact them in some way. I felt so strongly that I had to pause while reading the book. I was consumed with the admiration I had for these characters and had to give myself time to really absorb the deep love, care, and respect that permeated this book. Nothing More by Autumn Macarthur Timing belongs to God. We may not know when exactly things will happen, chances are they won't when we think they should, but there is a reason they happen the way they do. This book demonstrated that in the way it took 30 years and a harsh diagnosis before things in life started falling into place. There were a lot of regrets, choices had been made that left a lot of the characters unhappy. They wished they could go back and change things, but the past was past, they had to forgive and move on in order to enjoy the time they had left. We don't know what will happen in the future, these characters surely didn't, but they were determined to live fully now. To make amends now. To love now. Life doesn't stop, it is made up of single seconds, moments, that can change your whole future. Those moments are where your life happens. This book showed these moments, some sad, some happy, others that were hilarious, and still more that were tender and sweet. The way they had been living wasn't what either one wanted, but they kept going, doing what they thought they should, but never stopping long enough to work through what happened and to find a way to move past all the pain and hurt. They were given a chance to change that, but they were still afraid that they would get hurt. That what happened in the past was too big to move past and discover the marriage they both wanted. Slowly they started opening up to each other and being there when the other one needed them. They were forced to face the harsh reality that life is short and you can't let the moments pass you by because you just might miss something truly amazing. They almost let love slip through their fingers, but God had other plans. He was the one who gave them their second chance. Now, what's left of their lives they will spend together, making the most of each moment. More Than This by Marion Ueckermann This book touches on drifting apart and rediscovering the love a married couple once had. Our couple met a lot of new people, people I hope will be in later books in this series. Every person provided a lesson in true love. Something that is so common, but often overlooked. The sense of community and the way everyone rallied behind each other was inspiring. It showed how in all relationships you need to have love and be careful not to let it fall to the wayside. A Royal Inheritance by Joy Ohagwu This was a fast read, it dropped you right into the tale and swept you along in this story about being with the one you love. It was different from most books I read, but I liked that. It ends on a cliffhanger, so I will definitely be checking out the other books in the series. One Love by T.K. Chapin One Love is about discovering your one true love - God. I didn't know what to expect going into this story. There wasn't as much drama in it as I have come to expect in most stories, this was an easy flow, something that showed us a slice of life. I wish there had been more to the book, the ending felt a little sudden. All in all, it was a great story, and I found out that I enjoy this author's writing style. Love Renewed by Lorana Hoopes Reunited high school sweethearts. A second chance at love. A mystery around the lodge caretaker? What isn't there to like? Love Renewed was basically a Hallmark Christmas movie. Was it predictable? Yes. Was it a little cheesy in parts? Yes. Did I love every minute of it? Yes. Do I recommend it? Yes. There really are no other words to describe it. It had all the cute, sweet, heartwarming little moments a Hallmark movie has. So You Love To Hate Your Boss by Elizabeth Maddrey I love enemies to lovers, this book did it so well. They didn't like each other because of some preconceptions, but when they were forced to work closely with each other, they found out that each other wasn't who they thought they were. The road to happily ever after was filled with some missteps, there were a lot of issues they had to work through. I especially liked the military aspect of the book and how it showed a soldier trying to fit back into society. I was entertained throughout the whole story. I really wanted to see these two overcome their differences and work past all the negatives in each other to finally experience some joy in their relationships. Love's Sacrifice by Evangeline Kelly Wow. This book was cute, but in an intense way. I don't think I have read a book quite like this one before. It was refreshing to have something different. The story felt real, the emotional aspect was moving and touched me deeply. This story is one I'm glad I didn't miss, it was just that good. Ruby Radiance by Valerie Comer I didn't know much about geocaching going into this book, so I found learning about it interesting. I liked how the author paralleled their lives with the geocaching. These characters had a lot they had to go through to figure out how they would work together. They needed to learn to trust each other and love again. The author has a way of building up backstory that makes the characters feel real. I enjoyed getting to know them and I hope I see them in other books in the Pot of Gold Geocaching Romance series. Love's Violet Sunrise by Naomi Rawlings I absolutely loved this book, it was cute and had a little bit of mystery to it. Since it was Historical Fiction it had older, more wholesome values which I find far more romantic than the more modern values. It was a prequel, so now I am curious about the other books in the series. If they are as enjoyable as this book, then I think I will enjoy the whole series. Heart's Home by Valerie M. Bodden I rarely cry while reading. When I do it is usually because something that happened relates to me in some way, there is always a reason behind it. This book made me cry because it is such a beautiful story. The characters felt real, like friends, people I want to spend time with and get to know better. I cared about all of them and am invested in their lives. The main characters had their own struggles, but they fought through and found a way to follow their dreams, even when those dreams changed. There is a lot of meaning behind this book. It was amazing, so much so that I struggle to put into words my thoughts and feelings about it. I will definitely be getting this author's other books. Someday Soon by Melissa Tagg Paige is so feisty, I absolutely love it. I couldn't help but smile at their banter throughout the book. I loved the way they moved through grief and fear, they had to learn how to let go and accept the past so they could move forward in their lives. Some moments brought tears to my eyes, others made me laugh out loud. This book is one I didn't want to end. I want to read some other books from this author and read more about these characters. I read it in only a couple of hours; I didn't feel like I could stop. I loved every minute. A Thousand Words by Mandi Blake This book was so cute. I was drawn in from the beginning, I just had to see how the story ended. The most amazing part is that it is a prequel to an already existing series, which means I can go and read all of those books and get to stay with these characters for a little bit longer. I can't wait to read them and see what happens with the characters I met in this prequel. I have read some other books by Mandi Blake and I believe they just keep getting better and better. This one had an easy flow, and it kept me emotionally engaged. I was grinning like a fool during the whole book because it was so adorable. The relationship between the main characters was great. I love that they knew each other before being set up on a date. They made a few mistakes with keeping things secret, but they learned how to be open with each other and other people. There is a lot to love about this book. The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride, & Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado This book was fun, fast-paced, maybe overly so. It seemed to jump a lot with some quick scene transitions. This is normal for shorter stories, but I find it a little jarring, making it hard to truly get into the book. I liked the story concept though. I received ARCs of these books and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Love's Sacrifice by Evangeline Kelly - A story that really starts after Avery leaves Dean. While they are apart they both learn things about themselves and grow in their faith. Loved that they were still faithful to one another. Really sweet ending. A Thousand Words by Mandi Blake - I loved Sissy!!! Great storyline using texting and "just one word" in those texts to start their story. A romance between Sissy and Tyler (her brother's best friend). He is torn about who he should be loyal to. Great Love's Sacrifice by Evangeline Kelly - A story that really starts after Avery leaves Dean. While they are apart they both learn things about themselves and grow in their faith. Loved that they were still faithful to one another. Really sweet ending. A Thousand Words by Mandi Blake - I loved Sissy!!! Great storyline using texting and "just one word" in those texts to start their story. A romance between Sissy and Tyler (her brother's best friend). He is torn about who he should be loyal to. Great banter and of course angst. Absolutely loved the ending. Ruby Radiance by Valerie Comer - Trinity and Dale have a tense first meeting and the second isn't that great either. Loved learning about geocaching and seeing their adventures. Dale is so against falling in love again that he treats Trinity IMO pretty rudely. Sometimes fighting attraction comes out as rudeness - funny how that happens. She was really an inspiration to me - she had the best attitude - especially considering her condition and relationship with her father. Family and new friends really rally behind these two. Learning to forgive and change as well as accept our circumstances really stood out to me in this book. Nothing More by Autumn Macarthur - Can two people who are still married but have lived apart for 30 years reconcile? Lady Portia and Jack are brought back into each other's lives by a wedding and a crisis. I kept thinking if they had only really talked all those years ago. I didn't like that he wasn't faithful while apart. But loved the ending and epilogue. More Than This by Marion Ueckermann -Levi and Hanna are a married couple that have drifted apart. They both realize it but are hesitant to tell the other how they feel. I really liked how this book was about an older married couple with real struggles who wanted to be closer to each other and to the Lord. One Love by T.K. Chapin - Elise and her teenage son Zander move and try to start over after a painful divorce. She isn't happy about having to move in with her mom - read the book and you'll understand. Loved Brad her high school sweetheart. Once they reconnect and really talk things start to look up until.... Appreciated the focus on the Lord first and their possible relationship second. Heart's Home by Valerie M. Bodden -Lydia has the worst boyfriend and best friend. UGH - Sometimes our hurt can often lead to our greatest blessing. A accidental or divine meeting takes place between Lydia and Liam. Loved their second meeting and seeing their relationship develop. Someday Soon by Melissa Tagg - Noah and Paige have rocky past. When these two finally really see each other the story becomes amazing. She was such an encouragement to him. Past pain and hurts color their thoughts and plans. Loved the ending. I received an advanced copy from the publisher and these are my honest reviews.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nati

    A lovely and heartwarming collection of novellas full of second chances, first love, friendship, family and Faith. Autumn McArthur, Juliette Duncan, Marion Uckerman a some more wonderful writers together in a great box set.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Hayford

    I haven't read all the novellas in this collection, but have included reviews for the ones I have read. Because We Cared by Juliette Duncan - This was a sweet Christian story. Neither Sasha nor Brendan was open or looking for love, but they had an instant connection. There is a strong environment/conservation theme, but I didn't feel it was shoved down my throat. It was a nice balance. Sasha and Brendan are both wonderful people who have had hard things in their past, but have found strength in I haven't read all the novellas in this collection, but have included reviews for the ones I have read. Because We Cared by Juliette Duncan - This was a sweet Christian story. Neither Sasha nor Brendan was open or looking for love, but they had an instant connection. There is a strong environment/conservation theme, but I didn't feel it was shoved down my throat. It was a nice balance. Sasha and Brendan are both wonderful people who have had hard things in their past, but have found strength in Christ. Someday Soon by Melissa Tagg - The story pulled me in right from the beginning. I really liked Noah and Paige. I enjoyed their back and forth and their budding relationship. They are wonderful characters. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. I have the first book in the Maple Valley series and it has just moved up in my TBR file after this one. I loved the way this little town helped and supported each other. Love's Violet Sunrise by Naomi Rawling - This was a sweet romance. I loved Mabel. She is such a strong woman, not afraid to fight for what is right or speak her mind. Hiram is also such a wonderful character. Even from the beginning you can tell he just wants to do what is right. Their love grows as they help each other. There was some suspense to the story, but was a beautiful clean romance. A Thousand Words by Mandi Blake - Sissy is such a fun character. She is fun, bold, sassy, strong, loyal and loving. I can't think of a better person to have in your corner. Tyler is such an interesting character. He is kind of grumpy and brooding, yet he has this great group of friends. Sissy is the perfect person to draw him out. I enjoyed their sweet story. Hearts Home by Valerie M. Bodden - Lydia and Liam have quite the meet cute and an almost instant connection. I really enjoyed their story. They are both a little lost and need to find themselves and heal some wounds. They both have a beautiful journey and are able to help each other. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. Beautiful Christian romance. Nothing More by Autumn Macarthur - This was a sweet second chance at love and marriage. It was fun reading a story about an older couple. Portia and Jack's marriage was a business arrangement and it was sweet reading about the changes they went through that allowed them to have a second chance. They are both strong and stubborn people and Portia's health is both good and bad for their second chance. Their story was sweet and real. The Lifeguard, the Runaway Bride and Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado - A sweet friends to lovers story. Hoppy has been in love with Madi for years and she's just realizing her feelings. This was a sweet quick romance for two good people. More Than This by Marion Ueckermann - Another beautiful story about an older married couple. Over the years they have drifted apart without realizing it until their lives slow down. Hanna and Levi receive help from their new congregation to remind them about what is important in any relationship. I've had several friends get divorced the last couple years and the counsel in this book is what many of them have said after the fact. It is easy to drift apart and live separate lives, so we need to be always working on our relationships and putting them first. This was a good reminder. Love's Sacrifice by Evangeline Kelly - Avery and Dean have kind of a whirlwind romance and then Avery spooks. This is a sweet story about love and sacrifice. They both have things to learn, one of the most important being trust. I liked these characters, more than I originally expected. I especially liked Dean, he may be a grouch, but he is also very loyal.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helen Connell

    More than This by Marion Ueckermann is a lovely story. It was great to read about a couple who had been married for many years and their experience of drifting in their relationship rang true. The question really is - Will they find new love and a new life together? I would recommend you read this story to find out. Nothing More by Autumn MacArthur - this is also a great story about two people who recognise they've made mistakes. Will they have enough time to rectify those mistakes or are they to More than This by Marion Ueckermann is a lovely story. It was great to read about a couple who had been married for many years and their experience of drifting in their relationship rang true. The question really is - Will they find new love and a new life together? I would recommend you read this story to find out. Nothing More by Autumn MacArthur - this is also a great story about two people who recognise they've made mistakes. Will they have enough time to rectify those mistakes or are they too far apart?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marylin

    This another collection of books that will come out in September under the title, Love's Treasure. There are 14 authors and each one brings a different flair to their stories. One of the novellas is – The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride, and Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado. This story takes place in a town where this author has created many of her other books from. It has a bit of a connection to many of the characters from her other books so it's like reading about friends and what's happening in th This another collection of books that will come out in September under the title, Love's Treasure. There are 14 authors and each one brings a different flair to their stories. One of the novellas is – The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride, and Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado. This story takes place in a town where this author has created many of her other books from. It has a bit of a connection to many of the characters from her other books so it's like reading about friends and what's happening in their lives as well as finding out about this new couple. I really enjoyed it. Another novella is – More Than This by Marion Ueckermann. In this story by Marion Ueckermann, she presents the “Five Languages of Love” in a beautiful and gentle way. She brings a fresh, tender story of two individuals who needed God’s nudge to deepen their love for each other, and ways to tell each other, using all of the different languages. I was really touched by this story. I know I will be enjoying reading all the many stories in this collection. Now to find the time to dig deep into it. This is going to be a fun summer read, learning all that these authors share about Love’s Treasures! I highly reconned you pick it up and have fun in the world of relationships and romance. I was given this book by the publisher which did not influence my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Renate

    An inspiring collection of familiar and new authors. Stories with diverse settings, both contemporary and historical. Both young and mature characters. As a retiree, I enjoyed Marion Ueckermann's and Autumn Macarthur's stories with older adults. As a Michigander, I was thrilled to discover a new Michigan author - Naomi Rawlings and the Eagle Harbor setting. As a mom with adult working sons, I related to Elizabeth Maddrey's So You Love to Hate Your Boss. A unique title and story premise. Summer, An inspiring collection of familiar and new authors. Stories with diverse settings, both contemporary and historical. Both young and mature characters. As a retiree, I enjoyed Marion Ueckermann's and Autumn Macarthur's stories with older adults. As a Michigander, I was thrilled to discover a new Michigan author - Naomi Rawlings and the Eagle Harbor setting. As a mom with adult working sons, I related to Elizabeth Maddrey's So You Love to Hate Your Boss. A unique title and story premise. Summer, lifeguards, brides, frozen custard, sunrise, and geocaching. Fourteen delightful stories to experience summer and maybe discover a new author. Marion Ueckermann: More Than This This retired pastor’s wife with a laatlammetjie relates 100% with Levi and Hanna in Marion Ueckermann’s story More Than This. The responsibilities of church life and raising a family often has a couple passing each other in the hallways of life. Marion Ueckermann seamlessly weaves the language of love through each unique person of Rustic Falls (South Africa). The famous Biblical love passage takes on a new meaning to this wife of 47 years: What if I could speak ALL languages of humans and of angels? As readers, may we reconnect and relearn the language of love: words of affirmation, gifts, quality time, acts of service and physical touch. Having visited the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota, I enjoyed the reference to soaring eagles. As a lover of sweets, I want to sit for a spell at The Runner Duck savoring a piece of scrumptious carrot cake. This avid reader was inspired by More Than This.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    I want to give a short synopsis of each book. I loved this collection and need to give credit to every story and author. I hope I have laid this out so you can pick which book you want to read a bit about before a purchase. Or you can read all of the reviews. Warning this may be a bit long. :-) Because We Cared - Juliette Duncan Good, clean Christian story about overcoming fear and trusting in God. Loved it. The characters are wonderful! The story inspiring. Nothing More - Autumn Macarthur Wow, grea I want to give a short synopsis of each book. I loved this collection and need to give credit to every story and author. I hope I have laid this out so you can pick which book you want to read a bit about before a purchase. Or you can read all of the reviews. Warning this may be a bit long. :-) Because We Cared - Juliette Duncan Good, clean Christian story about overcoming fear and trusting in God. Loved it. The characters are wonderful! The story inspiring. Nothing More - Autumn Macarthur Wow, great second chance story. Jack and Portia are an older, estranged couple. They have much to work through before they can forgive each other. A very inspirational book. More Than This - Marion Ueckermann What a sweet story. And it is so inspirational to see how caring this small town could be to newcomers. Then there is the story of Levi and Hanna! How fun to see how the Lord led both of them at the same time to realize the need to reignite their relationship. From experience I can relate to the problem of a ministry taking so much time that there is danger of losing sight of things that matter to marriage and family. This can happen in any relationship where people forget that God desires good relationships to be cultivated and as God is put first, other things in life will fall into the right place. The Secret Heritage - Joy Ohagwu Good story about how faith in God overcomes. Sierra, although forced into slavery, continues to witness her Christian faith. Wished it was longer, going into what happens next. It is a good lead-in to a series and I hope that will fit into my book budget. One Love - T.K. Chapin This book, as always with stories by Mr. Chapin, is inspirational and this one especially so. Brad and Elise work through letting go of the past and trusting God for the future. They learn along the way that their love for one another is beautiful because of the Lord. They agree that a successful relationship is dependent on their commitment to God and making Him the one love they must keep foremost in their lives. Love Renewed - Lorana Hoopes Such a sweet romance. The characters are interesting and realistic. The story is warm and family oriented. An element of mystery along the way adds some suspense as well. I am always inspired when I find an author who can write a clean, interesting, book. So You Love to Hate Your Boss - Elizabeth Maddrey Cute story. Stephanie and Christopher are forced to collaborate on a project at work. They start to see another side of each other. Interesting as they try to make their initial attraction develop into a relationship. Love’s Sacrifice - Evangeline Kelley Dean and Avery got off to a rocky start, but God had plans for them that they never imagined. This sweet love story about real commitment and sacrifice is truly inspirational. Filled with humor as well as romance, this also has a happily ever after ending. Ruby Radiance - Valerie Comer Dale is a lonely widower who vows he can never love again after his wife died. She was the love of his life and there would never be another. But he didn’t know he would meet Trinity on a treasure hunt and everything would change. A slow, sweet romance evolves. I love a happily ever after story with the ups and downs along the way, so this was a sweet read for me. As well as being inspirational. Love’s Violet Sunrise - Naomi Rawlings This was a good romance with some mystery and suspense. Just the right combination of the three. The characters were wonderful! I liked the realistic way the relationship developed between Mabel and Hiram. They did leave me with a desire to read more and I suppose that was what was meant to happen. Hopefully my book budget will allow me to enjoy the series in the near future. Heart’s Home - Valerie M. Roddam I read a lot of romance books, but most of them are regency or western periods. This was a refreshing change to a more recent period—today. Liam and Lydia are both reluctant to commit to a relationship but enjoy their friendship. Each is afraid to admit their feeling are growing into more than that. I enjoyed watching them grow both in their personal lives and in their relationship. All of the characters in this book were the kind of people a person would like to get to know if they existed in reality. Someday Soon - Melissa Tagg Noah and Paige are both struggling with memories, guilt, and frustration with the things life has dealt them. Their relationship is a rocky one until Noah rescues Paige, more than once, which really ends up complicating things between them. The sweet story that follows is so romantic, but realistic as well. God uses each to help the other and when they turn to Him in their lives, He works it all out just as He planned all along. This was an inspirational book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A Thousand Words - Mandi Blake What a beautiful story! Tyler and Sissy are the perfect complement to one another if only they could see themselves together as others do. With a little nudge, the finally do. The struggles with addiction and lost love for Dakota I’m sure were difficult to write as one realizes the hold substances can have on people. The story is inspirational in so many areas, and encouraging as well. Definitely a good read. The Runaway Bride, The Lifeguard and Frozen Custard - Carol Moncado Loved this one. Hoppy and Maddie are such a cute couple. I like the way God worked in their lives to keep them for each other. It’s a fun and inspirational story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Nelson

    I have read 8 of the 12 books. Here's my reviews of the ones I've read: Because We Cared - Juliette Duncan - Nice read with an Australian setting. Lots of dramatic plot twists, villians, good people, conservation issues. Nothing More - Autumn Macarthur - Have your tissues handy when you read this! It’s a very emotional, yet hopeful book. I appreciated her handling of broken relationships, dealing with mistakes of the past, and learning to trust the Lord for healing. I really liked the book. When I have read 8 of the 12 books. Here's my reviews of the ones I've read: Because We Cared - Juliette Duncan - Nice read with an Australian setting. Lots of dramatic plot twists, villians, good people, conservation issues. Nothing More - Autumn Macarthur - Have your tissues handy when you read this! It’s a very emotional, yet hopeful book. I appreciated her handling of broken relationships, dealing with mistakes of the past, and learning to trust the Lord for healing. I really liked the book. When I finished it, I discovered in a note at the end from the author that it’s connected to Books 1 and 7 of her Love in Store series. So I went back and re-read them (it had been several years). You definitely will want to read Book 1, The Wedding List, before Nothing More, if at all possible. The other one, Teapots and Tiaras, can be read either before or after Nothing More. More Than This -Marion Ueckermann - I really enjoyed that this book is about a couple in their 50s, trying to restore their love and intimacy lost in the busyness of life. Ueckermann introduces a lot of younger characters too, whom I am sure are going to show up in future books in the new series, “Rustic Falls Romance,” of which this book is the first. I’m really looking forward to reading those as well. So You Love to Hate Your Boss (Billionaire 2) -Elizabeth Maddrey - I don’t particularly like billionaire stories, but since Elizabeth Maddrey is one of my favorite authors, I decided I should try hers out. This is the second one in the series (you really should read the first one first - “So You Want a Second Chance”). Again, how much money involved isn’t really the key to the story – it’s a good story even if you leave money out of it. The two main characters have to learn how to get along and work together, which involves not jumping to conclusions by listening to office gossip instead of spending time with each other. I kind of wish the story wasn’t so short – I would have liked reading more details on the process of their learning (and of course, falling in love). Ruby Radiance - Valerie Comer - This is the second in Valerie Comer’s new series about geocaching. You’ll want to read the first one, Topaz Treasure, before this one to get the backstories on several of the characters that show up in this book. I enjoyed learning more about geocaching, and I enjoyed another slightly different flavor of Comer book. She’s got some good plot twists to keep you wondering what’s going to happen next, plus she’s got some good insights into trusting both God and people, forgiving oneself for decisions in the past, and making a leap of faith. I like that all the characters need to mature in different ways, and they seem like “real people” that you’d meet in your own life. Love's Violet Sunrise - Naomi Rawlings - I enjoyed reading this short prequel novella. It’s got lots of drama, good characters, fun romance. Heart's Home - Valerie Bodden - I was first introduced to Valerie Bodden’s books through her book, Heart’s Healing, one of the bonus reads for purchasing the Love’s Treasure collection. I really enjoyed it, so read all her other books. I was very eager to read this one, and was not disappointed. Some characters I’d met in earlier books showed up again, which I always enjoy. The characters felt like “real people,” and I felt the plot moved at a good pace. She has good insights on finding home, belonging, and dealing with past hurts. Someday Soon - Melissa Tagg - This is a fun, quick read that is classic Tagg. If you can first read Some Bright Someday, it will fill you in on the backstories of many of the characters you’ll meet in this book, but if not, you’ll pick up most of what you really need to know in this book. Tagg does a great job with the fake relationship trope, and has good plot twists that keep you guessing on what’s going to finally work out. I always enjoy a new book by Melissa Tagg! A Thousand Words - Mandi Blake - I really enjoyed this story. Despite heavy topics of addiction, who is in control/trust issues, keeping secrets, etc., there are lots of hilarious moments between Tyler and Sissie that had me cracking up. I’m going to read more of her books! The Lifeguard, the Runaway Bride and Frozen Custard -Carol Moncado - This is the third (and final) book in Moncado’s Lifeguard series. You do not have to read the first two before this one, but you’ll get the back stories of quite a few of the characters mentioned in this book if you do read them. This has classic Moncado plot twists, troubled pasts to be dealt with, and lots of swoony romance. It was a perfect escape after a busy day!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    HEART’S HOME by VALERIE M. BODDEN This book has many different topics, obviously a love story but it also talks about adopted adults finding their birth family, Liam as a widowed father with a troubled teen and Lydia’s complicated and lonely life as a celebrity. I believe the most important was Lydia finding that the only one she could have in her life who would never hurt or leave her is God! I think Val did a great job of winding these all together in a beautiful love story full of lovable, rea HEART’S HOME by VALERIE M. BODDEN This book has many different topics, obviously a love story but it also talks about adopted adults finding their birth family, Liam as a widowed father with a troubled teen and Lydia’s complicated and lonely life as a celebrity. I believe the most important was Lydia finding that the only one she could have in her life who would never hurt or leave her is God! I think Val did a great job of winding these all together in a beautiful love story full of lovable, realistic people. She has a way of describing the settings to make me feel like I am sitting with them watching what is going on rather than reading about it! Any fan of love stories full of twists & turns and characters you will fall in love with will truly love this story! I received an advanced copy of this book from the author but this review is my voluntary and honest opinion. BECAUSE WE CARED by JULIETTE DUNCAN I enjoyed this story of Sasha leaving her big city to work on a job in a small town. Her hesitance with how the town will accept her is on point with many small towns. I could relate to the mixed feelings, some wanting to keep their town the way it is and others wishing for the development that will allow more to entertain the younger folks. But the extreme clashes on both sides of the argument leave Sasha stuck in the middle. The woman who owns the place she is renting while on the job is so true of a small town lady. It doesn’t hurt that she has a handsome son who is a widowed father of the cutest little boy! I really liked the unexpected twists and turns thrown at Sasha and the way she handled them with God’s grace and dignity! A great story! I received an advanced copy of this book from the author but this review is my voluntary and honest opinion. SOMEDAY SOON by MELISSA TAGG Both main characters Paige and Noah are so easy to fall in love with and it was a treat to read about their adventures together. I like that they both acted the way many of us do when we have an idea of how we perceive others and the way we tend to guide ourselves and our futures by those assumptions. In this book we are reminded that often others close to us may have assumptions of their own. This also held an important reminder that God never leaves our side or pushes His way into things we do but that all we need to do is remember to look to Him and ask for His hand and help to guide us to do what He wants. I need to go back and do some reading about these characters as they were introduced in previous books! I received an advanced copy of this book from the author but this review is my voluntary and honest opinion. ONE LOVE by T.K. CHAPIN This story was a very enjoyable story about a Mom coming back to her hometown in hopes of both helping her son break from a crowd that she recognizes is taking him in the wrong road and to heal and move forward from her divorce. I like the way this book shows real situations and how God can work in such big ways when He is invited in and allowed to work. We are all sinners but this book shows some of the awesome ways we can let God work through us to benefit both ourselves and others as well. I really liked the relationship that Elise and her son Zander have in this book. While it is implied that she reacted differently before this story I like the way the author concentrated on the changes and positives in this book. It worked to bring a very interesting, real and positive book that was packed with Biblical truths intertwined into a beautiful story! I received an advanced copy of this book from the author but this review is my voluntary and honest opinion. THE LIFEGUARD, THE RUNAWAY BRIDE AND FROZEN CUSTARD by CAROL MONCADO This was the first book I have read by this author. It was a second chance romance and romance with the sister and brother’s best friend rolled into one unique story. Madi leaves her groom-to-be right before their service knowing something didn’t feel right and ended up at the B & B of Hoppy, her brother’s best friend. There were parts of this story that followed the basic premise I have read before but this had several twists that I found unique. I liked to read how the storyline progressed and enjoyed the characters of Madi and Hoppy as well as the secondary people throughout. Knowing there were stories that came before in this Serenity Landing Lifeguard series I would really like to read those as well. I received an advanced copy of this book from the author but this review is my voluntary and honest opinion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    This collection is truly wonderful! It is packed with stories, both novels and novellas. I am reviewing nine books from this set and look forward to reading the others, as well. A Thousand Words by Mandi Blake This was such an enjoyable story of opposites who end up being just right for each other. I loved that Sissy had had a crush on her older brother’s friend for years and finally had a shot at a romance with him. This book tackles some deep issues that Sissy’s brother, Dakota, is going through This collection is truly wonderful! It is packed with stories, both novels and novellas. I am reviewing nine books from this set and look forward to reading the others, as well. A Thousand Words by Mandi Blake This was such an enjoyable story of opposites who end up being just right for each other. I loved that Sissy had had a crush on her older brother’s friend for years and finally had a shot at a romance with him. This book tackles some deep issues that Sissy’s brother, Dakota, is going through, too. Heart’s Home by Valerie M. Bodden I loved the way Liam and Lydia met. What a way to be thrown together. Then, what a wonderful reason for Lydia to end up in Heart’s Bend! Lydia may have been a famous singer, but she had a lot of hurt in her life, and so did Liam. I felt that these two characters were so good for each other, making it possible for their hearts to heal. It was fun to see them grow to care for each other. I enjoyed this story so much! Ruby Radiance by Valerie Comer This was a fun story. Trinity sure had been through a lot, from her eyesight degenerating, to they rude way her father treated her for most of the book, to the fact that her fiancé abandoned her when things got tough. But she had a good attitude and it was nice to see her get a chance with Dale. He needed a second chance, too, and he was given a beautiful one with his romance with Trinity, who also was one of the people who helped draw him toward a relationship with God. Someday Soon by Melissa Tagg Someday Soon was a wonderful story with two very likable characters. Page and Noah had great chemistry and it was so fun to watch their romance grow from fake to real. They both had some things to work through from their pasts in order to move into a healthy future where neither of them carried burdensome guilt. This was such a fun story! Love’s Violet Sunrise by Naomi Rawlings This is a novella that I had read before. Hiram and Mabel were such a great couple with amazing chemistry. They have quite the battle to overcome in this novella, which made for a very interesting story. I couldn’t help but love these two characters! The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride, & Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado I loved this romance! Even though it is the third and final in the series, I hadn’t read the first two and had no trouble enjoying this one. It is kind of a combo of second chance and the friends to lovers tropes. The main characters really didn’t date as teens, yet they both cared for each other and seeing them actually get a chance at a happily ever after was fun. Lots of interesting things to find out in this novel and I enjoyed reading as bits and pieces were revealed as the relationship grew. Love’s Sacrifice by Evangeline Kelly What an emotional novella! After a rough start, Dean and Avery ended up falling for each other very quickly. I loved seeing the way they related to each other on their date and then the excitement of a spur of the moment elopement. However, things did fall apart and it was very sweet to see how things ended up eventually working out. I would have loved to have seen an epilogue to this story! More Than This by Marion Ueckermann This novel touched my heart! I couldn’t help but swoon a bit as this husband and wife worked to grow closer together after years of accidentally growing apart. They never stopped loving each other, but found themselves needing to start over in regards to showing each other how much they cared. I really enjoyed this sweet story. Love Renewed by Lorana Hoopes This was a wonderful second chance at love story! I loved the way Dillon and Kaitlyn reconnected and how their hearts seemed to know that they had never stopped caring for each other. It was fun that it was set at Christmas time. I liked seeing the way Dillon related to both Kaitlyn and Jack. I loved these two main characters! You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ilona

    Love’s Treasure is a wonderful collection of stories that touched me! I read 11 out of the 14 so I could save the rest for later! Heart’s Home: Lydia’s struggles through deaths, being let down and now feeling all alone and Liam’s struggles with a death and raising a family makes for a very heartwarming story as they try to find their path to happiness! This inspirational story of God’s love and grace in their lives really touched me, as do all of Valerie’s books. Love’s Sacrifice: Avery and Dean’s Love’s Treasure is a wonderful collection of stories that touched me! I read 11 out of the 14 so I could save the rest for later! Heart’s Home: Lydia’s struggles through deaths, being let down and now feeling all alone and Liam’s struggles with a death and raising a family makes for a very heartwarming story as they try to find their path to happiness! This inspirational story of God’s love and grace in their lives really touched me, as do all of Valerie’s books. Love’s Sacrifice: Avery and Dean’s meeting and how they react and connect with each other in the restaurant they work in felt very real! The way Evangeline portrays Christ’s love and sacrifice on the cross through their story is beautifully written! Love’s Violet Sunrise: When Hiram Cummings fought for what was right years ago, little did he know that he would have to take a stand again! This time on behalf of a very determined woman. The story is so worth reading! A Thousand Words: A thousand words is such an apt title for the story of Sissy and Tyler! She can express herself openly whereas Tyler needs prompting to use even a single word to describe his thoughts and feelings. Just as Christ has to prompt us sometimes to express our love for others through Him. Ruby Radiance: Trinity’s determination to overcome her disability with a cheerful spirit and attempt what would be difficult under normal circumstances was amazing! Dale’s an introvert when it comes to his social life! Their rocky path together was a wonderful theme of perseverance and forgiveness that touched me. More Than This: The setting for this book is beautiful and makes you want to visit Rustic Falls. The struggles that Hanna and Levi face in their lives shows how important it is to seek God’s guidance in your marriage! Very thought provoking! Nothing More: Who would imagine after thirty years apart the reasons for this would be so hard to overcome! Portia and Jack’s story is beautifully written and brings out the need for for forgiveness and trust in a marriage! The Lifeguard, the Runaway Bride and Frozen Custard: I was intrigued by the way Carol weaved her story of Hoppy as a lifeguard with a TINY secret and Madi as his best friend’s sister. A beautiful story that I could sit and read again! Some Day Soon: Noah has a past that haunts him. He has a has a dream and compassion for youngsters who are in need!Paige doesn’t have any self-worth so she is striving for a‘life of worth’ for her family! Both are in desperate need to realise that God’s grace and love will bring peace ant contentment to their lives. Melissa has written a very compelling story! Love Renewed: One family lodge that needs some work on it,two people who should have been together and a little bit of mystery! This combination makes for some really wonderful reading. I thoroughly enjoyed Dillon and Kaitlyn’s story and look forward to reading more of Lorana’s books in the future. So You Love to Hate Your Boss: Christopher and Stephanie’s characters were well written and so amazing! I loved their interaction in and out of the office! The story showed the importance of God’s guidance in all relationships! A wonderful story Elizabeth!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julene Lapinski

    This box set is totally worth the low cost! I've only read half of them so far but they're all so good! Plus there's some authors I didn't know but makes me want to check out other books they've written. Here's specific reviews from the books I've read so far. Because We Cared by Juliette Duncan What a great book! I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down; I had to find out what was going to happen! There is some intrigue and adventure that keeps you turning the pages! Also, I liked This box set is totally worth the low cost! I've only read half of them so far but they're all so good! Plus there's some authors I didn't know but makes me want to check out other books they've written. Here's specific reviews from the books I've read so far. Because We Cared by Juliette Duncan What a great book! I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down; I had to find out what was going to happen! There is some intrigue and adventure that keeps you turning the pages! Also, I liked how, along with a love story between a guy and a girl, it also talks about how "perfect love casts out fear" and shows how learning to love yourself allows you to fully love others and be loved by others. I highly recommend this book! Nothing More by Autumn MacArthur It is a good book about redemption. I feel like the conflict was solved relatively easily and so from that aspect, it seemed a bit unrealistic. However, God can do miracles and so it's not completely impossible. It really showed how grace and forgiveness works and how harboring secrets not only hurt others, but also yourself. More Than This by Marion Ueckermann It's a great book about marriage and how to keep the romance alive. It shows how easy it can be to drift apart unintentionally and how you need to intentionally keep that love alive and show your love through tangible ways. I also liked that it had a surprise twist in the plot that came up unexpectedly. The Secret Heritage by Joy Ohagwu This book is such a gripping tale you won't be able to put it down! It is filled with intrigue, adventure and deception! The only disappointing thing about the book was getting to the end and realizing the tale doesn't nicely wrap up at the end. You definitely need to buy the next book in the series to come to a conclusion! One Love by T.K. Chapin This is a good book that clearly shows what Christ did for us and that our salvation comes from His gift alone; our works or good deeds do nothing to make or keep our salvation. I appreciated the way the mom learned to really be open and honest with her son and when she suspected he was doing things he shouldn't, she went about addressing it in a very non threatening way. Love Renewed Lorana Hoopes This was a fantastic book and I highly recommend reading it! This is the first book I've read by this author, but if this book is anything like her others, I will definitely be buying more. It happens around Christmas time with snow which are two things I love. I like how the author occasionally flips to the past as memories surface. I got halfway through the book and thought it was wrapping up nicely - only to have a nice surprise curveball for the climax. And then there was another smaller one. It's nice to read a book with surprises that keeps you reading to find out what happened.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rhondia Cannon

    The following is a review of the books I read. Because We Cared This is a lovely story about freedom found in Christ. The characters are people of faith who have suffered pain of loss. As their story unfolds, we are reminded of the walls wrapped up in fear and how we can miss some of God’s greatest blessings when we fail to step out in faith. I received an advanced reader copy of this book and this is my opinion. A Thousand Words. Oh my goodness...I LOVED this book!!! The dialogue was so entertainin The following is a review of the books I read. Because We Cared This is a lovely story about freedom found in Christ. The characters are people of faith who have suffered pain of loss. As their story unfolds, we are reminded of the walls wrapped up in fear and how we can miss some of God’s greatest blessings when we fail to step out in faith. I received an advanced reader copy of this book and this is my opinion. A Thousand Words. Oh my goodness...I LOVED this book!!! The dialogue was so entertaining and Sissy’s zest for life was appealing. She is a great counterpart to almost everyone she meets, but this gal has hidden depths too. Then there is Tyler. His personality defies definition. He’s gruff, stoic, terse, but he also feels deeply. Their journey was beautiful. I received an advanced reader copy of this book and this is my honest opinion. Ruby Radiance Trinity is a vision impaired independent woman attempting to move forward in life. It’s the nay-sayers that hamper her plans. Dale, on the other hand, has suffered great heartache and struggles with why God allowed it. God works in circumstances to bring them both to the realization that God alone is in control and we can choose to trust him or run from him. Sound familiar? I really enjoyed this book. I received an advanced reader copy of this book and this is my honest opinion. Heart’s Home So, Lydia. Poor gal has a really rough time at the opening of this book. Her situation is a bit cliche, but the brief remedy or escape arrives in the form of Liam, a hurting widower. Time passes and God orchestrates another meeting that allows them to pick up where they left off. Lydia’s spiritual growth is inspiring. Liam...well Liam is swoon-worthy. He’s kind, earnest and deeply reliant on his faith. He really sees through the trappings of fame to the real Lydia and finds himself unworthy of her until he just can’t resist. This is a sweet inspirational romance. I received an advanced reader copy of this book and this is my honest opinion So You Love to Hate Your Boss: This is a cute office romance of opposite personalities. Neither of them are easy to like. Christopher seems judgmental and harsh in his pronouncements. He is quick to apologize but falls right back into the same behavior. Stephanie exhibits self-defeating attitudes toward herself. Of course, things end in a HEA but it was a close call! I received an advanced reader copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

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