Friday, March 18, 2016

Blog Tour and Banister Falls Series Giveaway! Review of The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer!


Thirteen years ago, husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie’s heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.

Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie’s life is stream-lined, Jack’s approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack’s world—a world that isn’t as safe or predictable as the one she’s worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church. Even though Jack isn’t anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.


I took a chance on a new-to-me author and was pleasantly surprised by The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer. I would describe her style as a mix between Denise Hunter and Colleen Coble. Oddly enough, they're all published by the same publisher and might possibly have the same editor, or as least acquisitions team that likes the same kind of writing/voice/story.  

I did not read the first book in this series, which caused a little confusion at first. But not much. :) There were a lot of characters, but they were all delightful to read about as they interacted with the two main characters Evie and Jack. 

I like lots of romantic intensity in novels, and this book was more on the "average romance" level rather than the "highly romantic, I think I'm going to swoon multiple times throughout". :D 

Despite my want of more intense love scenes, this was a very well-written novel. I would recommend it to any avid reader looking for a new contemporary romance author to try out. 

Kathryn Springer's The Hearts We Mend has a rating of 4.57 out of 5 stars (from 54 ratings) on GoodReads. I was given a copy of of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book released from Zondervan/Thomas Nelson on March 8, 2016.


Read LitFuse Publicity's story spotlight on The Hearts We Mend with Kathryn Springer to learn more! 

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Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books – which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin. Find out more about Kathryn at

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

GoodReads Giveaway Winners Announced!

The GoodReads Giveaways for all three of my current releases ended yesterday, and here's the list of the winners! There were over a thousand entries for each book! 😍

Connie Hendryx
Sharon Timmer
Nickcole Elwell
Lisa McKee
Suzi Stephenson

Cathy Lykens
Teri Ratcliff
Kelly Ennis
Emily Hagman
Elizabeth Darlene Taylor

J'Nell Ciesielski
Sarah Krening
Cindy Colean
Peggy Roberson
Joyce Albinson

Congratulations, ladies! That was my big giveaway for a while, but watch for the release of THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN this fall--in paperback and ebook! There will be more giveaways around then--of my books and piles of other inspirational historical romances I have saved up! ❤️

I'm just finishing up the manuscript for THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN, and we'll have an official release date very soon! Yay! ❤️