Monday, April 30, 2012

Love Finds You in Sundance Wyoming by Miralee Ferrell is the story of Angel Ramirez who cannot run far enough from her past.  Angel was raised in an outlaw band until she catches the eye of a very dangerous outlaw, Bart Hinson.  She barely escapes and begins her life in hiding.  She can shoot and track and makes her living disguised as a man.  She fears the law, she fears Hinson, and she fears what will happen if anyone discovers she is a woman.  After three years, Angel can’t continue the charade and hires out to Rancher Travis Morgan as a woman.  Travis takes a chance in hiring a woman to work on the range and is not prepared for what Angel does to his heart and the danger she brings to his door. 

I have read two books in the Love Finds You series and have enjoyed them both.  I love western romance and this one hit the mark.  This book had several surprising twists and I really came to love all the characters.  Angel’s struggle to learn to trust God and people was beautifully portrayed and the love story was very sweet.  I have never been to Wyoming, but this book makes want to book a trip!  I will be looking for more of the titles in this series! 
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Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren is the first book in the River of Time Series.  Gabriella and her younger sister Lia are dreading another summer chasing their archeologist mother around ancient ruins throughout Italy.  Their mother has always been obsessed with her research into Etruscan history, but even more so since her husband’s recent death.  Their mother makes a remarkable find of Etruscan tombs, what she doesn’t realize is that these tombs have just transported her daughter Gabi back to the fourteenth century.  To survive, Gabi must use her wits, physical strength, and trust in a God that she has never had time for before.  In the process, she must protect her heart from Marcello, a betrothed lord.  Can she fight her way back to her own time?

This series is geared towards teens, but I absolutely adored it and am really looking forward to the next two books.  Bergren’s characters came to life and the adventure, romance and suspense makes for a lovely way to spend an afternoon.   It was a joy to watch Gabi transform from bratty teen to fierce warrior.  I love how Gabi begins to discover God through her relationship with Marcello.  She is a very likeable character that you will be cheering for till the last page.  The chosen title is a mystery, which I hope the other books will reveal.  Excellent choice for teens and adults alike!