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Harlequin’s Recommended Reads for September 2019 #Review #BlogTour


Title: Shelter from the Storm

Author: Patricia Davids

Genre: Romance

Harlequin Imprint: Love Inspired

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR



An Amish marriage of convenience

A new North Country Amish novel

Secretly pregnant and unwed, Gemma Lapp has a difficult choice—face her Amish community or raise her baby alone. But when a storm strands Gemma in the wilderness with her former crush, Jesse Crump, she knows her secret won’t be safe for long. Gemma can’t imagine trusting a man again…until Jesse proposes a marriage of convenience. Could their arrangement lead to love?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44537925-shelter-from-the-storm


My Review:

This is a very different Amish romance! For starters, the heroine is returning home six months pregnant, not married and with no idea where her baby’s father has run off to. She knows she faces being shunned by her parents and her community but is unsure just what to do. When the first person she meets in the nearby town is Jesse Crump she’s even more ashamed as she remembered her attitude and behaviour towards him before she left town. Despite how poorly she treated him, he proves protective and helpful. When severe snow storms and an accident endangers them, he comes to her rescue again. What will his attitude be when her secrets are revealed? Can she learn to trust a man again? Will love bring them together after all?

This is a heartwarming story showing how experiences can change someone’s attitudes and behaviour. It is a story of facing your fears, listening to God, learning to trust again and letting love in. It is a story which showcases forgiveness, love and beliefs in a lovely romance.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.


Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.

An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.


Author Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/175873.Patricia_Davids

Web: http://patriciadavids.com/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaDavidsAuthor/

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2O01Amn


Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/b6kMvx




Title: A Man You Can Trust

Author: Jo McNally

Genre: Romance

Harlequin Imprint: Special Edition



She doesn’t need a man

But she could use a friend

When the new director of security, Nick West, arrives at Gallant Lake Resort, Cassie Smith’s carefully protected life is turned upside down. The handsome ex-cop insists on teaching her self-defense, and as Cassie learns she can indeed make it on her own, she starts wondering if she wants to! But when Cassie’s safety is threatened, she must choose: continue running from her past…or take a stand for a brighter future.

My Review:

This is a character driven romance which I found a thoroughly enjoyable read, with just the right amount of suspense to make it a real page turner.

Cassie Smith is alert, wary and ready to run again if necessary, even though she has a good job and loves living in Gallant Lake. Nick West is the new director of security at the Resort where she works and is a handsome, ex-cop who has demons of his own that he’s trying to leave behind him. When Cassie pepper sprays him in an unnecessary attempt at self defence, he volunteers to help her learn more effective strategies and, reluctantly, she agrees to his lessons. As this brings them closer together their secrets could still drive them apart, especially when Cassie feels her life is threatened again by someone from her past. Can they learn to trust and support each other or will Cassie keep on running?

This story had some really unexpected twists in it that made it a really great read and kept me turning the pages. Both main characters have moved to the town to escape their past but it is catching up with them again. I particularly liked how Nick helps Cassie become more self confident and virtually watching her grow in esteem as the story progresses. This is a story of the impact of domestic violence, both on the victim and those close to her. It is a story of moving on, overcoming the past and looking forward to the future – and a great read!

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43971223-a-man-you-can-trust


Author Bio:

I write the same kind of romances I like to read – stories about people facing real-life challenges with real-life consequences. The stories are emotional and character-driven.

I live in coastal North Carolina with 100 pounds of dog and 200 pounds of husband – my slice of the bed is very small. When I’m not writing or reading romance novels (or clinging to the edge of the bed…), I can often be found on the back porch sipping wine with friends while listening to great music. If the weather is absolutely perfect, I might join my husband on the golf course, where I always feel far more competitive than my actual skill-level would suggest.


Jo McNally – Writing Stories of Forever Love


Author Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NVuHqV

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoMcNallyAuthor/


Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/3kpLeL

 Many thanks to

for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of.

The reviews are my own, honest opinions after choosing to read both books.




2 comments on “Harlequin’s Recommended Reads for September 2019 #Review #BlogTour

  1. carhicks
    September 6, 2019

    Both of these sound really good. I enjoy Amish second chance, romance stories, so hopefully will read that one. Great reviews Elaine.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bicted
      September 7, 2019

      Thank you, Carla! I hope you get to read and review them so I can read if our tastes continue to be similar! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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