By Laura Frantz
Published by: Revell  (August 1, 2011)
ISBN# 978-0-8007-2341-4
416 pages

Product Description
In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father's place as scrivener. Before long, it's clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own--some of which have to do with her father's sudden death. Can she ever truly love him?

Readers will be enchanted by this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness from reader favorite Laura Frantz. Her solid research and deft writing immerse readers in the world of the early frontier while her realistic characters become intimate friends.

By Yvonne Harris
Published by Bethany House (August 1, 2011)
ISBN# 978-0-7642-0805-8
304 Pages

Product Description
Texas Ranger Jake Nelson patrols the U.S.-Mexico border, protecting the settlers from cattle rustlers, outlaws, and bandits. Sparks fly when Manuel Diego stirs up a revolt against the government, which leads to the murder of a newspaperman, who is the son of a U.S. senator, and the kidnapping of his sister, Elizabeth Madison, a journalist in the making.

With Elizabeth's photograph in hand--a dark-haired beauty with smiling eyes--Jake rides over the border to find her. After the Rangers defeat the marauders and rescue Elizabeth, Jake is surprised to learn she's not the spoiled daughter of a senator that he was expecting. In fact, he finds himself taken by her. And she by him.

But the Mexicans won't give up that easily, as Elizabeth becomes the target of an all-out hunt. Leaving Elizabeth back at Fort Williams, Jake and his men set off again, this time to go after Diego himself--to apprehend him and his renegades and bring them all to justice.

Meanwhile, Jake knows what's begun between him and Elizabeth is undeniable. Amid all the turmoil, Jake finally admits how much he loves her. She tells him the same. Until now, they've lived in different worlds, yet it is those differences that drew them together.

By Stephanie Grace Whitson
Published by Bethany House (August 1, 2011)
ISBN# 978-0-7642-0881-2
336 Pages

Product Description
An unlikely attraction occurs between two passengers on a steamboat journey up the Missouri River to Montana...

She is a self-centered young woman from a privileged family who fears the outdoors and avoids anything rustic. He is a preacher living under a sense of duty and obligation to love the unlovable people in the world. She isn't letting anything deter her from solving a family mystery that surfaced after her mother's death. He is on a mission to reach the rejects of society in the remote wilderness regions of Montana. Miss Fannie Rousseau and Reverend Samuel Beck are opposites in every way... except in how they both keep wondering if their paths will ever cross again.

NOTE: Catchy and cute book cover. It makes a statement before I've even had a chance to read the first line. There is chemistry there on the front page and it makes me want to peek inside this book. I haven't read anything by this author but I'd like too!! I'm Definitely checking this book out!

Nora St.Laurent

By Mary Lu Tyndall
Publisher: Barbour Books; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
ISBN# 978-1602601673
320 Pages

Product Description
You’ll be gasping for air in this seafaring romance by popular author and Christy Award nominee MaryLu Tyndall. Baltimore’s Cassandra Channing will do anything to provide for her family—even if it means hiring the town rogue as a privateer. Luke Heaton is a handsome rake with a tortured past who is blackmailed by the British into selling supplies to their ships just off the coast. Cassandra and Luke’s worlds collide as they are drawn into danger, secrets, romance, and war. But when the British begin to bombard Fort McHenry, how long can they protect their love—and each other?

NOTE: I've heard such GREAT things about Mary Lu Tyndall's books. This one sounds good. Since I down-loaded book one in this series on my Kindle. I'm definitely going to be checking out this series and this book! I do like the covers of her books too!

Nora St.Laurent

By Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0764209116
Paperback: 336 pages

Product Description
Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys her outings to the cavern near her father's homestead, where she explores for fossils and formations, and plans to write a book about her discoveries. The cave seems plenty safe--until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to find her way out.

Rafe Kincaid has spent years keeping his family's cattle ranch going, all without help from his two younger brothers, who fled the ranch--and Rafe's controlling ways--as soon as they were able. He's haunted by one terrible day at the cave on a far-flung corner of the Kincaid property, a day that changed his life forever. Ready to put the past behind him, he plans to visit the cave one final time. He sure doesn't expect to find a young woman trapped in one of the tunnels--or to be forced to kiss her!

Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he's ever known, but how can he overlook her fascination with the cave he despises? And when his developing relationship with Julia threatens his chance at reconciliation with his brothers, will he be forced to choose between the family bonds that could restore his trust and the love that could heal his heart?

NOTE: If you haven't read one of Mary Connealy's books you need to treat yourself. She writes about strong women that just crack me up. She writes a western like nobody else!! This one really looks good!! Now here is some honest, clean fun summer reading!!

Nora St.Laurent


The First Gardener
By Denise Hildreth Jones
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 1, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1414335582
Paperback: 432 pages

Product Description
Jeremiah Williams has been tending the gardens of the Tennessee governor’s mansion for over twenty-five years. And like most first families who have come and gone, this one has stolen his heart.

Mackenzie and her husband, Governor Gray London, have struggled for ten years to have a child and are now enjoying a sweet season of life—anticipating the coming reelection and sending their precious daughter, Maddie, off to kindergarten—when a tragedy tears their world apart. As the entire state mourns, Mackenzie falls into a grief that threatens to swallow her whole.

Though his heart is also broken, Jeremiah realizes that his gift of gardening is about far more than pulling weeds and planting flowers. It’s about tending hearts as well. As he uses the tools that have been placed in his hands, he gently begins to cultivate the hard soil of Mackenzie’s heart, hoping to help her realize what it took him years to discover.

A Southern tale of loss, love, and living, The First Gardner reminds us that all of life is a gift, but our heart is the most valuable gift of all.

NOTE: I truly LOVE this authors books. I've also enjoyed her as a speaker and have gotten to know her a little from book club visits and email. She's a special gifted lady! If this book is anything like her others it's going to be GREAT!! Denise Hildreth Jones writes from the heart. I've enjoyed her characters and situations so much. Make time in your schedule to enjoy Denise's NEWEST book! I know I'm going to do that!! Grin!!

Nora St.Laurent

Published By B&H Books (August 1, 2011)
ISBN# 978-0805464306
384 Pages

Product Description
In the steamy city of New Orleans in 1974, Amalise Catoir sees Phillip Sharp as a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known. A young lawyer herself, raised in a small town and on the brink of a career with a large firm, she is strong and successful, yet sometimes too trusting and whimsical. Ama's rash decision to marry Phillip proves to be a mistake as he becomes overly possessive, drawing his wife away from family, friends, and her faith. His insidious, dangerous behavior becomes her dark, inescapable secret.

In this lawyer's unraveling world, can grace survive Ama's fatal choice? What would you do when prayers seem to go unanswered, faith has slipped away, evil stalks, and you feel yourself forever dancing on shattered glass?

NOTE: LOVE the cover, it definitely has drawn me into this book and I haven't even opened the book yet - but I want too!! I'm putting this book on my wish list! Got to read what's inside!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network 


  1. Some great looking books coming out! Mary Lu Tyndall writes great pirate books. :)

  2. Yes, I'm going to have to check her books out. Now that the first book is FREE on kindle, I just picked up her second book and I'm looking forward to the third out soon. It sound like a good time to start reading her series!! Thanks for letting me know Stormi!