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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Saguaro Sunset by Debra E. Marvin

I received this book in exchange for an honest review and as part as being able to help Debra E. Marvin out and to drum up some interest in her books. 

From the back of the book:

No ice cream sandwich is as sweet as a long-delayed sunset kiss.

Friday night’s first phone call was the answer to Teresa Scott’s career dreams. Before she can celebrate, a second call informs her of her sister’s accident and puts Teresa in ‘the driver’s seat’ of Frosty Fingers Food Truck during the Tucson Festival of Books. Determined to keep her sister’s business out of the red, Teresa hides the painful disappointment of giving up her dream.

Fellow accountant Alan Davis sticks his do-gooder nose in, hanging around to help Teresa, the woman he’s adored since forever, not knowing the coveted board position he's just accepted is the one she had to give up.  

Nice Guy Alan isn’t really Teresa’s type, but she’s won over by his humor, adorable smile, and ice cream scooping skills. As his presence become irreplaceable, she sheds the hardened layers of her heart. Just when it’s clear she needs him in her life, Alan has to face his biggest regret and honor an old promise. Will losing this chivalrous knight in a snowman costume break Teresa’s vulnerable heart?

My thoughts on Debra E. Marvin:

Debra Marvin is such a sweet lady who has dozens and dozens of stories to tell. She is humble, down to earth and creative. She has a outgoing personality and takes time to talk to all of her fans when they message her with encouragement or questions. I look forward to seeing more from Debra E Marvin and can't wait to read more stories. 

My thoughts on Saguaro Sunset:

When I saw the cover of this book, I just knew that I wanted to read this. The cover is gorgeous. I used to live in Arizona and I have to admit that the desert can have an unspoken beauty about it especially when the sunsets. 

I love how creative Debra was in giving Teresa and her sister a unique job in running an ice cream truck. I have always thought it was fun to run an ice cream shop because it is my all time favorite dessert. I mean to make up funky flavors and just to see the happiness of the children, parents and families that would come in just to order some goodies. 

My heart kinda broke when Teresa had to give up her original job but I loved when she decided to make the most of it and to help her sister out. I would do that for my sister. I know in today's world not too many people look at it as a way to serve their family, to show people love. 

It took me a while to see who I could see playing the characters but I finally decided on the ones I am posting below:

Teresa's sister

Teresa and Alan



Teresa and Alan

Where to buy: 

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy 

Moosed Opportunities by Jan Elder

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Jan Elder herself.

My thoughts on Moosed Opportunities:

I loved how the story continues on with the funny adventures---Mathilda, Eric and Samantha. This story reminds me that no matter the craziness we go through in life......God is still there. I am glad that I don't have a mother that is like Sam's mother especially with her match making and not wanting to believe that Eric is a good enough match for Samantha.

Mathilda is still as crazy as she always was but they had such amazing adventures with the moose.

I was honored to help work with Jan on this and to edit it for her. I would rate this book a five due to the funny things and living through the adventures that these characters have. I mean, almost freezing to death....Can you even imagine?

Here's who I can imagine playing Sam and Eric.



Hometown Hero's Redemption by Jill Kemerer

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was not bribed or told that I have to rate it a certain way. 

From the back of the book:

When he becomes guardian to his friend's troubled ten-year-old boy, firefighter Drew Gannon knows he needs help. But before he can get former social worker Lauren Pierce to agree, he's got to prove he's changed from the sports jock who gave her a hard time back in high school. Returning home, Lauren wants no part of her old profession. She only wants to forget the unspeakable tragedy she left behind. She can't take responsibility for another child. Or a reunion with Drew—no matter how generous he's become. But a desperate boy and his handsome guardian may be more than Lauren can resist…

My thoughts on Jill Kemerer:

Jill Kemerer is such a sweetheart of a person. She is so humble, down to earth and funny. She loves to really tell a story in her short pages of each book. Jill has a real talent for story telling, for developing plot lines and characters. 

My thoughts on the story:

My heart went out to the little kid named Wyatt. I can't even begin to imagine all that he had gone through. My father was in the military for 17 years and while growing up there was times I drove my mom bananas because I missed him so much. 

Drew Gannon being a firefighter is a really important because its not every day that people are willing to put their lives on the line for other people. I can't help but being really grateful to these people who do this without so much as a thank you. This story really touches the heart and even tugs at the strings. 

At first, I was amazed at how cold hearted Lauren seem to be until she realized that she was needed to help Wyatt and his family. I love how this story ended and can't believe how cute I believe Lauren, Drew and Wyatt truly are. 

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Where to buy: 

Below are people I could see playing each of the characters:

Lauren Pierce

Wyatt as a young kid (couldn't find a 10 year old picture that I liked)

Drew Gannon

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Bethany House Publishers as part of their review team. The rating is of my own opinion not influenced by the publishers or the author. 

From the back of the book: 

With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.

Luke Hughes shares Hope's love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn't until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager's cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?

My thoughts on Judith Miller:

Judith Miller is a new author to me. So when I saw one of her books up this time around....I was like hey, why not give her a try.  She definitely knows her stuff when it comes to history and mining in West Virginia. She seems like a sweet, down to earth woman who loves what she writes about. I don't know her very well but i would say that she seems to have a gentle spirit about herself. 

My thoughts on the book:

First off, I just have to say wow.....very well written in terms of knowing one's history and details. Second, she loves her characters. You can tell just by reading a few pages into the book. I learned a lot about West Virginia, Moonshine and Chapel Car ministries along with mining. I, of course had some favorite characters such as Hope Irvine, Luke Hughes and Nellie Hughes. I couldn't stand the horrible attitude of Alvin Selznick and Kirby was just sneaky. She wrote some very good despicable characters that just made you hate them with all you had in you. 

I love the flirting between Hope and Luke. I thought it was sweet, romantic and all around cute. I was rooting for them the whole time. In fact, its so funny because when I read this story, it seemed that the characters seemed older than 19 and 22. 

I did find it a bit hard to keep up with all the different character mentions. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars for historical accuracy, love of characters and teaching readers something new. 

Where to buy:

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

Judith Miller

Nellie Hughes

Susie Hughes

Hope Irvine

Luke's younger brothers

Kirby Finch

Alvin Selznick

Luke's younger brother

Luke Hughes

Pastor Irvine

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy

Sunday, April 16, 2017

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review as part of the Blogging team. 

From the back of the book:

It has been six years since army nurse Jenny Bennett's heart was broken by a dashing naval officer. Now Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in her life at the Presidio army base but refuses to discuss the inexplicable behavior that destroyed their happiness.

Ryan is in an impossible situation. One of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring assignment, he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those six years, he can't tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Although Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution, he can't pull it off on his own. Loyalty to her country compels Jenny to help, but she never could have imagined the intrigue she and Ryan will have to face or the lengths to which they will have to go to succeed.

My thoughts on Elizabeth Camden:

Elizabeth Camden has such a great personality: she is sweet, has a humble heart and you can tell she loves to write from the heart and pour her life into the world of her characters. She puts elements of faith in her stories but not to the point of shoving it down someone's throat more like a gentle tug at the heartstrings. 

I was truly honored to review this book for Elizabeth Camden because she is an amazing writer and very detailed at the lives, surroundings and actions of each and every character. 

My thoughts on the book:

I will admit that it took me some time to get into this book because I am not a huge fan of historical fiction unless it has a lot of action in it. It took a while for the story to get going but I will admit it tugs at the heartstrings and makes one tear up. The relationship of Jenny and Ryan really does go back and forth. Ryan fulfilled the duty of the government which meant betraying Jenny in terms of their relationship. This in turn makes Jenny scared and unable to trust for the longest time. 

In my opinion, I have no idea how anyone can be mad at Lilly. She is just so STINKING adorable but then again I am a bit biased because I love asian kids. Their big eyes and expressions melt my heart. This book shows how life can be unpredictable and surprise you when you least expect it. 

I learned a lot in this book about oyster farming and pearls. I never realized how much work goes into something like that so many people take for granted. My favorite characters were as follows: Lilly, Ryan, Abigail (poor girl, she had no chance with him). 

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Where to buy:

Who I can see playing the characters:

Abigail Mayberry

Akira (Lilly's mom)

Captain Dwyer

Captain Soames

Corporal McAllister

Jenny Bennett


Ryan Gallagher

Phineus Breckenridge

Mrs. Tucker

Mr. Swinton

Simon Bennett

Vivian Perez

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy