Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Naomi Rawlings

Belanger Family Saga
Book 1: The Lady's Refuge

Michel Belanger had wanted to build furniture but was refused jobs in Paris. After returning home to the farm, his father passed away while plowing, and Michel feels guilty for ever leaving. Now he’s promised his father to take care of the farm and his mother. While his brother, who does love farming, is off in Paris.

Isabelle Cerise de La Rouchecauld has lost everyone she loves in the Revolution. She has a promise to keep to her sister…she will make it to England, where their aunt is. She’s so close before she’s attacked and left for dead.

Michel struggles with helping an aristocrat. They’ve treated the peasants poorly. But it seems that God has other plans in his life. He has put Isabelle in his life for her to protect. I enjoyed this story, even with some of the challenging issues the people went through, as this was an actual event. The author does well in portraying the struggle of being forgiven and forgiving.

Book 2: The Widow's Secret

Jean Paul Belanger has stayed in Abbeville and taken over the farm while his brother, Michel, and his new wife have escaped to England. Since then, his mother has passed away. He still mourns the death of his wife and lives with the nightmares of what he had done in the name of justice during the Reign of Terror.

Brigitte Dubois needs to move back to her hometown by her mother and sister. She cannot let her evil father-in-law get his claws into her children’s lives. Into his smuggling empire that her late husband would’ve stepped into. He sends her on a mission with the promise of her freedom…along with the freedom of her children.

Brigitte is sent to find out if Jean Paul is the man who took Henri out of their home and murdered him. What she finds is a kind man who helps the widows and injured in his town. I loved both this story and the previous one.

Book 3: The Reluctant Enemy

Lord Gregory Halston is in enemy territory. He’s come to France to retrieve his brother from prison. Unfortunately, things aren’t going quite as planned. The man he hired as a guide disappeared, his brother is in bad shape, the man he blames for all of this…is with them. They have a long way to travel with a sick man and no guide.

Danielle Belanger and her younger brother, Serge, are returning from Reims. She couldn’t find a husband in her hometown, so they spent a few months at her aunt and uncle’s home. Unfortunately, no man was willing to take her as she is. They’d rather have someone who can accomplish wifely duties rather than throw knives and hunt…go figure.

As their paths cross, both Danielle and Gregory struggle. Danielle hates the English for killing her brother, and Gregory is stuck in his aristocratic ways. I loved this whole series. If you cry easily…you may want to keep the tissues nearby.

Texas Promise Series
Book 1: Tomorrow's First Light (Sam and Ellie)
Sam Owens was an orphan and always dreamed of his own ranch and a family. His dream was finally coming true. He had a ranch. A small herd of cattle. A nice house. And he'd soon have a wife. Somehow his dream wasn't as he thought. Someone trying to take his land. And his new wife had more of her siblings with her than he'd expected. With no money coming in...his instant family was a bit overwhelming.

Ellie Spritzer had been writing to Sam for a year. She was moving from Eagle Harbor, Michigan to Twin Rivers, Texas. She'd have someone who cared for her and start a new life. Instead, her ma died and she had no choice but to keep her siblings with her as no other family members were willing to take them in. Real life was quite a bit different than writing letters.

This is a new series that starts with five friends who make a pact that they'll either get married before thirty...or after. A silly pre-teen blood oath. The secondary characters are wonderful, as well as the children. And of a couple of real stinkers too. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next one.
Book 2: Tomorrow's Shining Dream
Sheriff Daniel Harding realized three years ago that his friend's little sister was now a beautiful young woman. But he held the secret of how he felt about her close to himself. After all, he's just a sheriff living with his parents and she was used to luxury. He could never give her what she was used to.

Charlotte Westin had made a terrible error in judgment. Falling for false praise by someone who was using her to steal her family's cattle. So when her father chooses the man she will marry...she agrees.

Five young men had made a pact many years ago. Three wanted to be married before they were thirty. Two thought maybe when they were older...if ever. Great storyline and characters. A series that stuck with me from book one and has me looking forward to the rest of them.

Book 3: Tomorrow's Constant Hope
Book 4: Tomorrow's Steadfast Prayer
Book 5: Tomorrow's Lasting Joy
Eagle Harbor Series
Short Story: Love's Beginning
This is a short story that introduces the reader to a ten-year-old Elijah Cummings and what his schooldays were like having the very rich Gilbert Sinclair and his group of bullies around. And also a glimpse of a young Rebekah, his sister, and her feisty attitude at such a young age. And mostly it's about how he first fell for Victoria Donnelly. Their story is in book two; Love's Every Whisper.
Book 0.5: Love's Violet Sunrise
Hiram Cummings' dream is to be a lawyer. And if he needs to earn that money by working in what used to be a closet—a hot and stuffy closet—and listen to men complaining about the unfairness of his boss all day, so be it. Maybe things didn't seem right with his boss, but he needed to finish law school. To help people like the woman begging for his help.

Mabel Klause needed to get Hiram to help her. A friend told her he would. So she wouldn't give up. Her brother and their friends were being falsely accused of a crime and this man was the only one who could help them.

Being a Godly man, Hiram did what he felt was right. And as in real life, we never know what plans God has for us when we listen to Him and follow in the paths He directs us. Often those paths can lead to so much more than we could have planned on. Great story, and it looks to be the beginning of a really good series. 
Book 1: Love's Unfading Light
Tressa Danell just wants to run her bakery and have a home for her son. But it seems that living eleven years with her dastardly husband wasn't enough. Otis Danell is going to haunt her from the grave with his debts. And she's finding out the man had plenty of them.

Mac Oakton's life hadn't been easy. After his father swindled the good people of Eagle Harbor, Michigan...he left town. He left Mac. Thankfully the Cummings took him and accepted him as one of their own. Still, he'd be leaving this town who only saw him as the son of Clive Oakton.

Two people who are suffering for someone else's sins. One the widow and the other the son of swindlers. Neither seeing their true worth through the eyes of God and those around them. Wonderful story of breaking free of the past and believing in a possible future.
Book 2: Love's Every Whisper
Book 3: Love's Sure Dawn
Book 4: Love's Eternal Breath
Book 5: Love's Winter Hope
Thomas Dowrick had thought his wife and daughters were safely ensconced in her cousin's home in Chicago. He left five years ago to make their fortune in the mines. And now—after a near death accident—he finds they aren't there. His family is missing.

Jessalyn Dowrick had come to the conclusion she was a widow with three daughters and only had herself to depend on. She went back to Eagle Harbor and has done so well as a seamstress, that she has other women in town helping her.

When Thomas comes to Eagle Harbor it sets Jessalyn's world off-kilter. His too, considering he figured his wife would throw herself in his arms after five years of separation. A past of hurts and misunderstandings has built a wall around them. Such a wonderful story of love and forgiveness. To mend the past, live in the present, and pray about the future.
Book 6: Love's Bright Tomorrow
Sheriff Isaac Cummings didn't ask to be sheriff, but here he is. Suddenly, instead of breaking up bar brawls...he has more serious issues. Including a possible murder. Even with the extra pressure of his job and his continued fear of his brother Elijah's water rescues—he still hopes that Aileen will change her mind and agree to court him.

Aileen Brogan is still just trudging through life. If only her move to Eagle Harbor a year ago would have helped. But, she still feels out of sorts. As if she doesn't belong. Her cousin in Ireland needed her, but she wasn't sure that Ireland would feel like home anymore either. And the handsome sheriff wanted to court her, but he deserved so much more than someone like her.

Through trials and tribulations...the characters learn to depend on God and Him alone. I like how the author gives the point of view from other characters along with adding previous characters into the story. Wonderful series, I really enjoyed it.