Book Review: Secret Places Revealed by Paulette Harper

Publication Date: September 16, 2016
Paperback: 342 pages
Genre: Inspirational Romance

A broken man, a woman on the run, a love that won’t be denied.

Single—and very content—real estate developer Aaron Blackman is determined not to become involved in another relationship. He’s experienced enough drama to last a lifetime. The only thing garnering his attention now is his growing business. And he plans to keep it that way. Then Simone Herron waltzes into his life, beautiful and confident. Fighting to keep his promise to himself—to remain single—he soon discovers that when it comes to love, some promises must be broken.

After losing her fiancé in an untimely death, Simone Herron relocates. She desperately needs to put the past behind her and start a new chapter in her life. While love is the farthest thing from her mind, she experiences an attraction to the handsome Aaron Blackman that frightens her. She’s built a wall around her heart, but can she find the strength and courage she needs to welcome love again? To do so, she must conquer her fears and allow God to put all of her broken pieces back together.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I like this story about Simone and Aaron. It’s about real people who have real problems but they both trust in God and are trying to give their issues to God.  The characters are well developed and complex. They’re mature adults and actually act like mature adults for the most part. There are no silly misunderstandings.

Secret Places Revealed is predictable but it is still a nice clean romance. It also has a good message that you can overcome issues by seeking God’s counsel.





In addition to being an award winning author of Completely Whole, Paulette is an inspirational speaker, as well as a writing workshop instructor. She has a passion to coach aspiring authors and speaks into the lives of women from every walk of life. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, and Black Pearls Magazine. She has also appeared on numerous local and online radio shows.

Paulette resides in Northern California.



Book Review: Shenandoah Dreams by Lisa Belcastro

22403155Title: Shenandoah Dreams

Author: Lisa Belcastro

Genre: Historical Romance, Time Travel, Inspirational Romance

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

About the Book

(from Goodreads)

What if she met the man of her dreams…in another century? Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard. It s just a dream, Melissa Smith whispers as she stares into the intense eyes of a man dressed in Colonial clothes, as though stepping out of an American Revolution movie set. A school chaperone with Holmes Hole Elementary, she d boarded the old schooner Shenandoah for a weeklong educational sail. But they are not visiting Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Museum, or the Concord Bridge reenactment. They’re sailing the waters around the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Yet, when she awakes in Cabin 8, the captain claims to be Isaiah Reed, who sailed the original Shenandoah in the eighteenth century. He cannot possibly be real, Melissa thinks. And traveling back in time is impossible. But days pass, and she’s still in 1770. What if Isaiah, who is simply too handsome to be real, is real? What if the fire he ignites in her from barely a touch isn’t in her imagination? Can a dream last for weeks on end? If so, how will she find her way home…to the twenty-first century? And can she bear to leave the one man who has captured her heart, when everything in her longs to stay?


My Review

Shenandoah Dreams is the third book in the Wind of Change series. I didn’t read the first two books but this one does stand on its own. There were characters mentioned at the end who I’m sure were in the previous books.

I like the idea of time travel and I was excited to read about how Melissa ended up in Colonial America. It was obvious that Lisa Belcastro did her homework about the Shenandoah and Colonial America before writing this novel because it was full of how they lived. It also shows how important it is to follow God’s will no matter when we live.

The characters, while described well, were hard for me to relate to for some reason. I haven’t figured out why since the writing flowed well and the book was interesting overall.

Amazon     Sleepygirl’s Used Books



About the author

7156872(from Goodreads)

Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard. She was inspired to write Shenandoah Nights, the first book in the Winds of Change trilogy, while chaperoning two Tisbury School summer sails with her daughter, Kayla, aboard the schooner Shenandoah. The weeklong adventure, sans electricity, Game Boys, iPods and modern conveniences, kindled her imagination to dream of an altogether different voyage.
In addition to writing Shenandoah Nights and the soon-to-be-released Shenandoah Crossings, Lisa currently pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style magazine. She has worked as a staff and freelance reporter and photographer for The Chronicle of the Horse and as assistant editor at The Blue Ridge Leader. She has written articles for USA Today, Dressage (London), USA WEEKEND Magazine, The Blue Ridge Leader and Sidelines.
When she’s not at her desk working on Shenandoah Dreams, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, trying to run a marathon a month, or walking the beach looking for sea glass.

Book Review: The Widow’s Suitor by Rose Ross Zediker

18338420Title: The Widow’s Suitor

Author: Rose Ross Zediker

Genre: Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance

Publication Date: February 4, 2104

Book Description

(from Goodreads)


The young widow is just trying to make a life on the prairie for herself and her newborn son. When handsome newcomer Luke Dow shows up at her cabin door, she soon relies on the man’s help with her homestead and dares to dream of the future.

Luke came to the small South Dakota town to build a hotel and make his fortune. But he never expected to care for anyone, let alone the beautiful Cora and her baby boy. When Cora’s land claim is challenged by a neighbor, Luke will do all he can to protect her and her home and claim her heart.


My Review

Cora Anderson is a young widow and new mother living with her deceased husband’s mother, Bertha. When Luke Dow shows up to have his laundry done, Cora is in labor and he stays with her until Bertha returns. That is the start of a close friendship and, eventually, Luke feels like Cora and her son are his family even though she’s still a grieving widow. He’s very protective when her neighbor makes unwanted advances and threatens to take her land when she won’t marry him.

The Widow’s Suitor is an easy, quick read that not only has sweet romance but suspense and drama and is full of people with strong faith.  The characters are described well and even though I read this book in a day, I felt I knew them and I cried at the end (that’s a good sign when an author can make me cry). 

I definitely recommend The Widow’s Suitor to anyone who likes inspirational romance.


About the author

1426130from Goodreads)

Rose Ross Zediker writes contemporary and historical inspirational romances for Harlequin and Barbour books.

Rose works full time at the University of South Dakota and writes during the evening or weekends.

Besides writing inspirational romance novels, Rose has many publishing credits in the Christian children’s genre. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writer’s of America.

Book Review: High Country Holiday by Glynna Kaye

22309789Title: High Country Holiday

Author: Glynna Kaye

Genre: Inspirational Romance

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

About the Book

When Cody Hawk returns to Canyon Springs, Arizona, to make peace with his ailing father, his bad-boy reputation is still intact. So is his love for the woman he was forced to leave behind. But the privileged Paris Perslow is still off-limits. When Paris needs his help with the annual holiday gala, Cody braves the town’s disapproving glances for a second chance with his first love. Years ago Cody promised he’d return for her. But with everyone and everything against them, what will it take to prove to Paris that his love is the perfect gift?


My Review

Cody and Paris have loved each other since they were kids but since they were on the opposite sides of the tracks, she was expected to marry someone from the “elite” part of town.

Now, years after Cody left town to get away from his abusive father, he’s back and the feelings are still there. Now that they’re adults, can they overcome the old obstacles they’d faced when they were younger?

The characters in High Country Holiday are typical small town God-fearing people. Everyone knows what is going on with everyone else. Cody and Paris are Christians tying to live a good Christian life. They both have a lot to deal with and a lot to forgive but they are trying. I liked both of them and found myself wanting them to find a way to be together.

High Country Holiday is a good Christmas-time inspirational romance.

Book Review: Rescued by the Firefighter by Gail Gaymer Martin

18722891Title: Rescued by the Firefighter

Author: Gail Gaymer Martin

Genre: Inspirational Romance

Publication Date: March 18, 2014

About the Book

Paula Reynolds is looking for a new job, a new home, a new everything—except for love. Determined not to repeat old mistakes, she’s staying away from romance. She never counted on falling for handsome firefighter Clint Donatelli. Clint is used to saving lives, but with the beautiful Paula, he faces a challenge. Getting to know her is a daunting task, especially since he’s just as wary of relationships. When he learns a stunning secret from her past, he must choose—to live the way he’s always lived, or trust in a new love.

My Review

Paula Reynolds and Clint Donatelli meet at the wedding of mutual friends. Paula is new in town and they feel a mutual attraction which leads to a friendship but they’re both wary of a new relationship because of their pasts. Paula has a terrible past and Clint has been burned by an ex, but when they fall for each other, can they work through their pasts to have a life together?

Gail Gaymer Martin’s writing flows well and is easy to read. I read this book pretty quickly.

This is a sweet love story but for some reason I couldn’t get into the characters or get invested in their story. The characters are believable. Paula’s back and forth emotions were a bit annoying but so are mine sometimes. This is one of those books that was a good enough read but it won’t stick with me like some do.

I do think if you like sweet, run-of-the-mill inspirational romances, you should like Rescued by the Firefighter.


About the Author

83354Multi-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin writes Christian fiction for Love Inspired and Barbour Publishing, where she was honored by Heartsong readers as their Favorite Author of 2008. Gail has fifty contracted novels with three and a half million books in print. She is the author of Writers Digest’s Writing the Christian Romance. Gail is a co-founder of American Christian Fiction Writers, a keynote speaker at churches, libraries and civic organizations and presents workshops at conference across the US. She was recently named one of the four best novelists in the Detroit area by CBS local news.