Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rally Round Green by Judy Christie


The state is planning on closing Green's high school. They've sent in experts to facilitate the closure. Lois is not going to go down without a fight! The residents of Green need a school and Lois is determined to do all in her power to save theirs. Everyone rally's around saving Green's schools. Chris has pressure at work from the new person sent in to transition the school for closure. Lois, on top of running the newspaper, also is in the midst of remodeling she and Chris's new home.

I really enjoyed Rally Round Green. I liked the message of forgiveness and restoration. I liked that even though Lois was wronged in the past by certain people she was able to forgive them and give them a second chance. I love how the whole town comes together to help each other and to help save their school. I've really enjoyed the Green series and look forward to the next one.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Make-Believe Beau by Keli Gwyn


Jessica Sinclair has worked hard to become a top-notch draftswoman. Unfortunately very few women are in that profession so Jessie is constantly having to prove herself. When she has an opportunity to prove herself at a new job Jessie knows that there will be hurdles to jump in order to gain the respect of her fellow draftsmen.

Flynt Kavanaugh is the man that has gotten Jessie her job. He's seen her work and knows that she is the perfect match for their team. Since having a woman on the team is such a novelty Flynt's boss comes up with a plan to keep everyone working and Jessie from becoming a distraction. If Jessie and Flynt pretend they are courting then everything will run smoothly in the office and Jessie will be able to keep her job.

Jessie and Flynt both have secrets they prefer nobody ever knows about. Those secrets might prove the undoing of their ruse and their growing attraction towards each other.

I really enjoyed Make-Believe Beau. Jessie is a strong female character who is independent yet doesn't feel diminished by the comfort or protection of Flynt. Flynt knows how to frustrate a girl! Actually both Flynt and Jessie manage to frustrate each other. Their story is the perfect example of what happens when a person assumes they know what another person is thinking or feeling. There were sweet moments between Flynt and Jessie(the kiss...sigh!). I love the spiritual lesson taught in the story. Jessie's desire to help women caught in unfortunate circumstances showed her heart for obedience to the Lord. Make-Believe Beau is a sweet romance that left me smiling and satisfied.




Sunday, August 7, 2016


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The Winner of a copy of Make-Believe Beau by Keli Gwyn is:


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Thanks once again to Keli Gwyn for her guest post on My Favorite Pastime!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

GUEST POST BY AUTHOR KELI GWYN

Please welcome author Keli Gwyn to My Favorite Pastime today. I love her books, and I am sure that you will too!

About Keli:


Award-winning author Keli Gwyn writes stories that transport readers to the 1800s, where she brings historic towns to life, peoples them with colorful characters and adds a hint of humor. A California native, she lives in the Gold Rush-era town of Placerville at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.

When Keli’s fingers aren’t hovering over the keyboard of her newfangled laptop, she enjoys strolling past stately Victorian houses in her historic town, burying her nose in reference books as she unearths interesting facts to include in her stories, and interacting with other romance readers. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, other Gold Rush-era towns and historical museums. She loves hearing from readers and invites you to visit her Victorian-style cyber home at www.keligwyn.com, where you’ll find her contact information.



Singing Make-Believe Style
by Keli Gwyn

Do you like to sing? I do, but sadly, when it comes to singing, I’m more enthusiastic than talented. My daughter has a lovely singing voice, whereas I make a joyful noise.

OK. I’ll confess. I can carry a tune, but I’m not about to try out for our worship team. My singing, for the most part, is limited to blending in with the congregation when we sing praise songs on Sundays and belting out unique ditties for our two kitties in the privacy of our home. The boys don’t my mind my mediocre singing voice or the goofy songs I create solely for their benefit, bless their little cat hearts.

Even though I lack the singing voice I’d like to have, I found a way to imagine what it would be like if I did: I created a character who was a singer. The heroine of my latest Love Inspired Historical, Make-Believe Beau, which releases this month, used to make her living as a singer. She’s an alto, which I am, but unlike me, she can draw crowds with her amazing voice.

Jessie’s former singing career plays an important role in the story. She’s working as a draftswoman in a formerly all-male engineering office and is forced into a courtship with her boss, engineer Flynt Kavanaugh. Because of the compromising circumstances surrounding her former career, she’s worked hard to put her past behind her. Flynt finds out that Jessie has a remarkable voice, though, and thanks to his, um, interference, she ends up singing again. Things don’t go as planned, making for some interesting developments in the story.

Since I created Jessie, I gave her such a good voice that she’s able to do justice to any type of song. During her unexpected performance in a most unlikely venue, Jessie sings a number of hymns, but she also sings a couple of tunes that were popular during the 1870s. At one point in the story, she even sings a few measures from a famous SOMETHING. As I said, she’s talented. I hope readers enjoy reading Flynt and Jessie’s story and finding out what part her musical abilities play in it.

About MAKE-BELIEVE BEAU:

The Courtship Charade 
As a draftswoman in a man’s world, Jessica Sinclair causes a stir as her new male colleagues vie for her attention. And the company manager has an ultimatum: fake a courtship with her boss, Flynt Kavanaugh…or lose her job.
But pretending to be smitten with the handsome engineer unleashes a real, complicated attraction—and could reveal the past she hoped to keep hidden.
Jessica is certainly the best person for the job. But as their make-believe romance escalates, Flynt knows that’s not the only reason he wants her on his team. However, with his past shrouded by a shameful secret, Flynt has always focused his ambitions on building a career, not a family. Now he has designs on Jessica’s heart, but can they trust each other with the truth?
Copyright © 2016 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art and cover copy text used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.


For more information on Keli Gwyn's books and where to order check out her website at: http://keligwyn.com/library/my-love-inspired-historicals/


Questions for You

Do you like to sing?

Have you ever sung for an audience,
either in a solo or as part of a group?


What types of music are your favorites?




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Monday, August 1, 2016

Under The August Moon by Holly Schindler


Mark and Jo from the DEAREST MARCH installment of the Forever Finley story cycle continue on with their story in this installment. Mark is kept busy keeping the Amos legend alive. He would love to marry Jo, but it seems that Jo has no desire for marriage. She was burned once in marriage and has no intention of having that happen again. Mark knows that he is behind all of the little things that the townsfolk have attributed to Amos Hargrove the town founder. But when Mark hunts down the thief of a pair of overalls he may change his mind about the legend surrounding Amos and his love Finley.

Helped along by Finley's magical vines, Mark finds that he can be perfectly happy in his relationship with Jo even if that relationship is unconventional to him.

I enjoyed one more piece of the puzzle of Amos and Finley's story. I found with this installment that I was more interested in Amos and Finley's parts than I was in Mark and Jo's story. I think maybe because we are getting closer to Amos and Finley's story being complete I'm finding my attention taken by their love story rather than by who they are helping. While Mark and Jo settled their relationship to their satisfaction I found that it was not settled to my satisfaction. But, this is their own "Happily Ever After" and even though it doesn't match my desire for them I'm sure that many will find it just as romantic as the other couples in the town of Finley. I highly recommend this short story cycle. It doesn't have to be read in order. You can jump in wherever you like. Me? I'm an order kind of gal and love to start at point A and finish at point B. If you do that you get the bigger picture and it makes the whole cycle one big lovely read!!

Check out my reviews of the other stories in the cycle:

Come December
January Thaw
Forget February
Dearest March
April's Promise
Mayday Mayday Mayday
Chasing June
A Hundred Julys

AND...

Miles Left Yet where the town of Finley is introduced


Friday, July 29, 2016

The Glory of Green by Judy Christie


Chris and Lois's wedding is everything a bride could desire, the reception on the other hand...

When Lois's new hometown of Green, Louisiana is hit by a devastating tornado Chris and Lois must postpone their honeymoon in order to help out their beloved town. Many families and businesses have been uprooted. As the owner of the only paper in town, Lois and her crew must help keep people informed. The reader is able to truly see "the glory of Green" as neighbor helps neighbor and as the town of Green slowly builds itself back up.

I really enjoyed The Glory of Green. Yes, the tornado was devastating, but seeing how the town comes out to help each other is a great reminder to all of us to love our neighbors. Lois and Chris are perfect examples of people who put their own needs second to those who had greater needs. I'm like Lois in that I'm a bit skeptical about Dub's sudden change of heart, but it seems that he has become a more caring person. He has a lot to make up for all of the trouble he caused her while Chuck was alive! I love all of the characters and am looking forward to the next book in the Gone to Green series!

Here are my reviews of the other books in the series:

Gone to Green
Goodness Gracious Green


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Silent Sabotage by Susan Sleeman

All Emily Graves wants to do is keep her Aunt Birdie's Bed and Breakfast afloat and take care of  Birdie as her memory declines. But one accident after another threatens to close the B&B down.

Archer Reed happens to be on the scene when a gunman starts shooting in a local mall. Preventing the man from killing Emily, Archer is concerned when the gunman threatens that there are others out to kill Emily.

Emily knows she can never trust a man. After watching her mother go from one man to another Emily has decided that men are not to be trusted. Archer knows that he can never trust a woman because once they find out about his trust fund he can never be sure if they want him for just his money. How can these two people who are becoming more and more attracted to each other learn to put their trust in God and put their past insecurities behind them?

Another page-turner by Susan Sleeman! As always she kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages. I loved Emily and Archer. I love that Archer is so protective. He can't help himself. Even when Emily makes it clear she doesn't want or need his help, he still protects her. I love that the whole First Responders team jumps in when one of their own needs them. All Archer had to do was make a phone call and they were all there to help with Emily's situation. I also love that each First Responders story has a Spiritual lesson that the characters learn.  Now the only one left without a significant other is Jake. I'm looking forward to reading his story!

Check out my reviews of the First Responder Series:

Silent Night Standoff
Explosive Alliance
High-Caliber Holiday
Emergency Response