Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mission Undercover by Virginia Vaughan

I recieved this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I am on Virginia's street team, however this doesn't sway my opinion. I judge the book for book sake. 

From the back of the book:

When Blake Michaels's cover as a local cop is blown and a corrupt officer attempts to kill him, he's forced to go on the run. Under his protection is Holly Mathis, also a target for what she may know about her late husband's investigation into corruption on the police force. Blake can't complete his assignment without help from the beautiful widow, but getting close to a woman again is out of the question. Trapped inside the town limits by police barricades, Blake won't surrender the mission until he finds the source of the deadly drug ring that brought him here. But as he circles closer to his target, can he get his man—and save his woman—without sacrificing his own life?

My thoughts on Virginia Vaughan:

She is such a down to earth woman whose faith rings loud and true through the pages of her books. Virginia seems to always have a smile for everyone, an encouraging word for every troubled heart and a friendship for those she holds dear. She is a talented writer. I always feel like, "Wow, there is a new layer to Virginia and her writing that I did not know." I am so honored to review this book for her. You can tell writing and creating characters as well as storylines runs in Virginia's blood. Its her passion and it shows. 

My thoughts on Mission Undercover:

This book is the 5th book in her Rangers Under Fire series. I haven't read all the books in the series but this can be read stand alone. Virginia has a very dramatic voice to her stories and characters that command your attention from the get go. I love that. I would rather a book have me engulfed into the story line rather than feeling "Blah.....can I skip ahead?" Virginia creates loveable characters and then also ones that you hate with everything you have in you. I feel this is the way some people are about things in life or people really. 

As soon as I read Mason's character, the perfect guy came to mind. Many of you might know him as the crooked cop from Pretty Little Liars but he is none other than Detective Darren Wilden. I believe Bryce Johnson would be pretty for the part. He seems to have the role down and with such believeablity. 

I loved how Blake and Holly had to learn to rely on each other to get out alive. There is something about having to learn to survive that can really make you appreciate someone. This story has such action, little spots of romance that peek out throughout the pages, and alot of holding on to your seat hoping the bad guy is caught. 

I rate this book a 5 stars out of 5 stars. 

Where to buy:

Here are the people I can see playing Blake, Holly and Mason.

Bryce Johnson as Mason

Rachelle Lefevre as Holly Mathis

Tyler Hoechlin as Blake Micheals 

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Rancher's Mistletoe Bride by Jill Kemerer

I recieved this book for free in exchange for my honest review as a member of Jill Kemerer's street team. This does not influence my review. 

From the back of the book:

Wedding planner Lexi Harrington needs a manager for her inherited Wyoming ranch. Clint Romine is the perfect man for the job, but the ruggedly handsome cowboy soon presents a new dilemma—distraction. Lexi can't fall for a small-town rancher when she's planning to return to her big-city career after the holidays. Home has always been elusive for former foster kid Clint. Working alongside Lexi at Rock Step Ranch feels too cozy—and too risky. Opening up to her means revealing a secret about his past that could jeopardize everything he holds dear. This Christmas, can Clint learn to trust Lexi with the truth…and with his heart?

My thoughts on Jill Kemerer:

Jill Kemerer is an amazing writer who just oozes passion, romance and faith all rolled into each of her stories. I love taking a day or three to read her books. They are short, straight to the point and your heart gets kidnapped by the characters. Jill Kemerer really does bring the romance, joy and holidays back into the old west with her newest story. Can you imagine spending christmas out at a ranch in Wyoming? With a cowboy no less? I think my heart just might burst especially if you fell in love with the cowboy. 

My thoughts on the book:

As soon as I got this book in the mail....I started to read it. The cover drew me in because its so beautiful. I once again could picture who the characters were. My sister always jokes around with me that I should become a casting director because most of the time I am spot on with who the authors had no idea who should play their characters. 

This book warmed my heart like a cup of hot cocoa. I could help but want to open up and trust that Clint and Lexi would work things out and be honest with each other. I mean, I couldn't imagine how Clint was feeling----do I open up? Do I tell her the truth? Will she stay or will she leave? I mean, Lexi probably was thinking at first....I can't wait to get home to the big city. Come and lets do what needs to be done type of mentality. In the end the story got tied up with a pretty bow and I was pleasantly surprised with how lovely of a story this was. 

I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Where to buy:

Who I see playing Lexi Harrington and Clint Romine:

Leighton Meester as Lexi Harrington

Colby Donaldson as Clint Romine

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy

Friday, September 22, 2017

All This Time by Melissa Tagg

I recieved this e-book for free in exchange for my honest review since I am on Melissa Tagg's street team. However, this does not persuade me to rate this book in any way.

From the back of the book:

Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go. 

Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything—his freedom and his reputation—for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the care of his missing brother’s children, convinced he’s out of second chances to make his life count. And yet, with every day that passes, these kids, this quirky town and the woman he never stopped missing help patch the holes in his heart. Maybe this is the fresh start he’s been longing for all along. But as his newfound hope grows, so does the mystery surrounding his brother’s activities—and when the threat reaches into the lives of those he loves, it’s clear he can’t run away this time.

Fear holds Raegan’s future captive. 

Raegan Walker is fine. She’s happy working a slew of part-time jobs, still living in her childhood bedroom and rarely venturing from her hometown. At least, that’s what she tells everyone . . . and herself. But she can’t help wondering what might’ve happened if she hadn’t abandoned her art so many years ago—and if Bear McKinley had never left. When Bear returns and she’s commissioned for a painting that just might revive her artistic ambition all in one week, it’s time to finally reach for more than fine. But doing so means facing the fears that have held her back all this time, including admitting the secret she’s kept from Bear and her family. With her dream and her heart on the line, how much will Raegan have to risk to finally chase her happy ending?

My thoughts on Melissa Tagg:

You want funny? what about crazy? How about completely sold out and passionate about her characters? These are just some things I would use to describe one of my favorite authors.....Melissa Tagg. She dives in with both feet and tells such stories that will have you on the edge of your seat, crying, hoping or laughing right along with the characters. I love that she always has a faith element to her stories whether or not they are smack dab in your face or more subdued and behind the scenes. Melissa Tagg writes with her HEART. It shows on every page, every story bleeds with pieces of Melissa's soul. 

My thoughts on All This Time:

It took me some time to get into the book. I am no where close to finished but I wanted to go ahead and post some of my thoughts. First off, I love love love the character of Reagan Walker. She reminds me of me to some extent. She is the more artistic and creative one out of the family. From art work to changing her hair colors....Reagan goes through alot of changes. I know so many people who have anxiety about fear of being honest and truthful to the point of being crystal clear. Its hard from time to time to articulate every emotion, thought or action because if you are anything like Reagan or takes a while to process what exactly is going on. 

How many people feel like the world tells you that you are a failure if you do not have a successful job, 2.5. kids and a white picket fence? I know at times, I feel that way. I have done alot of growing and learning that God sees me as beautiful, talented and wonderfully created just the way He made me. So what if I don't have the perfect job? The family----husband and kids? The need to travel the world and be famous. God cares about Halita and her love, compassion and concern for the world right here in the here and now. That makes her successful in the eyes of a King. 

Don't let people tell you that you can't do something or that you are a failure just because you did not choose to do it like everyone else did. We need more people who allow God to write their stories like Reagan Walker and Bear McKinley. 

I have always loved the character of Bear McKinley because his compassion just astounds me. He does so much for people without anything in return. I love how he was forced to come home but God uses it in the long run to teach him something. As far as is always worth the risk of putting yourself out there even if you are met with rejection. God will use that to help shape your life as you grow. 

Where to buy:

Here is who I can see playing Bear McKinley and Reagan Walker:

Reagan Walker 

Bear McKinley

I will have to finish the book and then give my honest rating but for now I will give it a 4 because I can tell its going to be amazing. Melissa Tagg is an AMAZING WRITER!

Until Next Time

The Traveling Gypsy

Friday, July 14, 2017

On the Waves of Wanderlust by Liwen Ho

I received this e-book for free from Liwen herself as part of her influencer team. This doesn't influence my rating in any way.

From the back of the book: 

After Macy Grant breaks up with a man who won’t commit, she escapes heartbreak with a weekend on the seas. The last person she expects to meet and fall for is entrepreneur Jake Olsen. A believer in love at first sight, he seems perfect for her in every way … then her ex-boyfriend shows up on the cruise ship with a ring.

This 10,000-word short story is perfect for your lunch break, workout, or while you wait in line at the mall. Read it today to get into the spirit of summer any time of the year!

My thoughts on Liwen:

Liwen Ho is such a talented writer and she pours her heart into creating such lovable characters. I admire her determination to create characters with stories of their own that tug at your heart and leave you cheering them on towards a happy ending. Liwen is funny and down to earth. Seems like she always has a positive word for everyone she meets. 

My thoughts on Waves of Wanderlust:

Cute story! One of my favorites that have made me really appreciate characters falling in love. I will say if you have never been on a cruise....that is one experience worth enduring. I went on two cruises so far in my life and I loved them so much. To me, its the way to travel as long as you don't get seasick. LOL. I love the characters of Chloe because she just wants the best for her cousin and for her to be happy as she is with Dill. I love that Liwen talks about Chloe and her cochlear implant because I, myself am hearing impaired and like to think that people with disabilities can do anything normal people can just takes more time, love and patient. 

I love the intentions of Jake Olsen because though it would intimidate me, I think it would be easy to breathe if guys were like this. Instead of running away scared and not committing in most cases. I love the chemistry between Macy and Jake. They make you just want to jet off and join them on adventure all while finding love out on the waves! 

I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars. Its an easy read filled with love, adventure, questions and most of all fun. 

Where to buy:

Who can I see playing these beloved characters?

Check out below:

Macy Grant

Jake Olsen




Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy

Friday, July 7, 2017

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review as part of their Review Blogging Team....this does not influence my rating of the book or author. 

From the back of the book:

Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can't let the villain she believes responsible for her father's death release his wrath in Harper's Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she's ever known.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

My thoughts on Karen Witemeyer:

Karen Witemeyer writes from her heart and imagination. She creates such beloved characters who take you on the ride with them. You feel as if you are riding a horse right along side them or serving in the Saloon. Karen is a down to earth woman who allows her faith to remain in the story but more in a subtle way. This is my second story that I have read by Karen Witemeyer and I can tell you that she is one to watch. Could become a favorite especially for more western type stories and adventures. 

My thoughts on Heart on the Line:

I always thought it would be kind of interesting work as a wire operator especially at the turn of the century. I completely adore the cover and believe it captured the HEART of the book. I had a feeling I was going to love this book when I got to hear a small audio sample a while back. It kept me on the edge of my seat making me wonder what would happen next. This story has romance, adventure and all the elements of a mid-western book. You will find yourself rooting for Grace Mallory and all her friends. As I was reading, I could picture at least three of the characters right off the sister plays around with me and says I should be a casting director.  I would rate this book a 5 our of 5 stars for the funny lines, the adventure, the romance and just in general the amazing writing talents and story telling abilities. 

Where to buy:

Here is who I can see playing some of the characters:

Grace Mallory

Amos Bledsoe

Cookie Granny

Chaucer Haversham


Revolver Granny



Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review as I am part of the blogging review team. This does not influence my rating on this book at all. 

From the back of the book:

Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town's red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn't limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well--if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community. 

David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father's companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he's shown interest in Evelyn's work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.

They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David's dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

My thoughts on Melissa Jagears:

Melissa Jagears is an amazing and talented writer. Her faith is shown through out the books that she writes. She does her homework so to speak---you can tell that this is one author who researches for her plot ideas, her character names and just the story lines in general. To be a mom is challenging enough I am sure but to be a homeschooling mom to not just one kid but three and then to be a writer....I can imagine some days she wonders where all the hours of the day went. Melissa Jagears is a pro at balancing things and you can tell by the way she writes things....just enough romance, enough action, enough history that bleeds through out the pages. 

My thoughts on the book:

This book was a little bit hard for me to get into. I have to remember that in order to know more about the time period, I should have done some more research. The book itself is very well written and has a lot going for it. Well made and complex characters. The cover is really cool in the aspect of the man is watching her and she turns to face him. I love the ideas that Melissa Jagears has put into the story itself. It brings a light to red light districts and how dangerous it can be for the mothers and the children. 

I love the elements of faith in this story because as a Christian, I sometimes find it hard to trust God but in the end I know He has my life in His hands and that its better to trust Him than to try to find my own path in this world. This book has moments where you can feel your heart beat faster for Evelyn and David and then there are moments where you are like...where did that come from? 

I rate this book 4 stars out of 5. A Love So True by Melissa Jagears is a great read for anyone who loves historical fiction with a great romance between the lines. 

Where to buy:

Who I can see playing Evelyn Wisely and David Kingsman

Evelyn Wisely

Thomas Beaudoin

Until Next Time-

The Traveling Gypsy

Friday, June 9, 2017

True to You by Becky Wade

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review as part of the Bethany House Blogger program. This did not influence my rating in any way. 

From the back of the book:

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. 

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

My thoughts on Becky Wade:

Oh my goodness.....what can I say about Becky Wade?! First of all, she is an AMAZING and very TALENTED writer. She is hilarious and really builds stories around each character. Becky will make you laugh till your sides hurt, make you cry and feel the heartbreak with the characters, make you want to live in the cute towns she has dreamt up. Becky Wade is humble, down to earth and just all around an amazing christian influence. She shares her faith in such a way with the characters and just her sneaky way of putting in the story line. 

My thoughts on the book:

I knew from the top of my head who was going to play John Lawson. My sweet, lovable and amazing Richard Armitage from North & South on the BBC or in Robin Hood on the BBC. He is tall, dark and extremely handsome. Then I was thinking about it and I knew who popped into my head to play Nora Bradford....which is the beautiful and talented Melissa Archer from One Life to Live. I knew these people are probably way older than Becky Wade was thinking of but they just fit perfectly in my mind. 

This book started out a bit slow for me but now that I am in the thick of it....I love the chemistry between the characters, the amazing history that Becky took time to write out. 

Speaking of Genealogy, I found out more about my own family's history and we are related to Paul Revere on my mother's side twice and my dad's side...we are related to the pastor of the pilgrims John Robinson. So I guess you can say that is a big deal. 

I also loved reading about Nora's sister Britt. She was the one who caught my attention. I can't wait to read more about her. I also knew who I picked to play Zander from the top of my mind. The actor I can see playing him is Austin Butler.

Like Nora Bradford, I like tea.....history and once in a while finding out more about my family. This is definitely an intriguing book series so far. 

I give this book a 5 since that is the highest rating though I feel it deserves more of a 7. 

Where to buy:

Here are people I can see playing the characters:

Nora Bradford

Willow Bradford


Britt Bradford

John Lawson

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy