"Sarah's Song" by Vicky Whedbee



It’s the 1940’s in rural East Tennessee, Appalachian country. For most everyone there is only work, and possibly church, if there’s one nearby. People rise before the sun is up, work hard, go to bed early, and rest in church on Sunday. Little chance for much else to happen. Right?

So, why would keeping one little secret for over sixteen years be so important? What could possibly have happened that could change the lives of so many people, if the secret were to be revealed?

There are only three people alive that know the answer to that question. For now.

This story is well-written and told in a way that brings the reader full circle to divulge all secrets. The book is called Sarah's Song, but Jericho's story touched my heart as much as Sarah's did. This tale is worth reading. Unforgettable characters with distinct roles and hardships make you want to keep reading to see how their situations unfold, and I have already downloaded the second book. I can't wait to continue the journey. I would recommend this series!

"Let His Banner Over Me Be Love" by Pat Garcia


It didn't take Chance Mancini long to accept that she had allowed let herself to fall in love with Gavino Mancini, a man much younger than she. To make matters worse, after their marriage, he'd led her into a lifestyle that she did not know of, but she had come to love. He was her, Sir.

All was well and good until she found out she couldn't give him a family, and insecurity about their relationship hunted her like a hound dog sniffing on a hunt.

Chance ran away, only to be terrorized every night in her sleep by her dreams.

Three years later, Gavino Mancini enters her life again to repossess what belongs to him––her heart and her body.

I read this book very quickly. Some of the descriptions were captivating, but sometimes they went to the point of distraction. This book is for mature audiences; intimate scenes are explicit. I couldn't relate to Chance's relationship with her husband. I was moved to read the story because of the beautiful verse. It was difficult for me to compare that with the sub/dom relationship.

"The Lady and the Stubborn Rancher" by Arla Jones


A cattle is stolen, a cowboy is dead, and a future husband is missing! What else can go wrong?
Susan Walton is a sleuth at heart, but when she is left alone in Boston while her parents take a tour in Europe, she does the most absurd thing anyone could think of. She buys a ticket to a stagecoach and travels to Texas to find out what had happened to her maid's future husband. John Stanton is a handsome rancher but his controlling ways frustrate Susan who is headstrong and knows what she wants. Can they work together to find out the truth?

This book is touted as enjoyable by fans of 1883, and although a couple of scenes attempt to mimic the hit television western drama, it isn't an accurate comparison. 1883 felt realistic and engaging. The author relies on the verb "was" far too much forming a dull story. Character development, interaction, and dialogue require work. Perhaps an editor or beta readers could help liven it up and help it reach its full potential.