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Book Review: A Change of Scenery

A Change of Scenery by Davalynn Spencer
A Change of Scenery

Looking for a new inspirational historical western romance? Try A Change of Scenery by Davalynn Spencer!

A hidden fear. A daring challenge. A liberating love. 

A motorcar accident on a rainy Chicago night steals Ella Canaday’s fiancé as well as her ability to ride. Clinging to the remnants of her independence, she cuts her hair and her ties with her wealthy father and takes a train west as the seamstress with a moving-picture company. Colorado offers the change of scenery she needs. But she doesn’t expect the bold cowboy who challenges her to reclaim both the loves she thought she’d lost forever.

Cale Hutton needs the money the moving-picture company is paying for use of his cattle and horses, but he’s not keen on some city gal gettin’ in the way at the ranch. Between the filming crew by day and a rogue cattle-killing bear by night, his attention snags on the little bob-haired seamstress. Something about her easy manner around his horse sets his mind to find out what she’s hiding and why she has such a pull on his heart.

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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite:

When Ella Canady joined the moving-picture firm, Selig Polyscope Company, as a seamstress, she wanted to leave her pain-filled life in Chicago. The company was filming scenes at the Rafter-H ranch in Canon City, Colorado. Two brothers, Cale and Hugh Hutton, owned the ranch and needed the money. Hugh was a widower with three young sons, and Cale had never married. While there was a strong attraction between Cale and Ella, she had physical and emotional scars from a tragic accident that changed her outlook on life. Cale needed to establish a trusting relationship to discover her past that she was reluctant to reveal. Each of them had to face other problems – animals on the Hutton and nearby farms were disappearing at night; Ella had to deal with the jealous main star in the movie. In A Change of Scenery: The Canon City Chronicles 4, written by Davalynn Spencer, an engrossing tale unfolds.

One of the best features of this book is the insightful development of many characters. How several characters coped with tragic events in their lives is realistic, affecting relationships with those they love. This novel is categorized as a Christian romance and historical fiction work. It is a well-balanced blend of these aspects. The tale flows smoothly, and the book is easy to read. Author Davalynn Spencer has woven an entertaining, thoughtful story in A Change of Scenery: The Canon City Chronicles 4. While this is a stand-alone book, readers will want to read the earlier editions of this series!

~ reprinted by permission

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Davalynn Spencer, Author
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer is a Publisher’s Weekly and ECPA bestselling author and winner of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. She is the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters and the author of sixteen titles, both contemporary and historical. Connect with her at https://www.davalynnspencer.com

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CAN Authors Have Much to Offer!

Your CAN authors are award winning, prolific, and sharing what’s on their hearts! Check out this weeks’ round up of good news and happenings in our writing community.

Davalynn Spencer’s 2017 Western romance, An Improper Proposal, won the
2018 Christian Indie Award for Romance. An Improper Proposal is Book 1
in the Front Range Brides series. Book 2, An Unexpected Redemption,
released April 26.

An Improper Proposal by Davalynn Spencer
An Improper Proposal by Davalynn Spencer

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New Release: No Safe Place by H. L. Wegley Releases May 21
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Trinity Press International
ISBN-13:   978-0-9964937-6-5
About the book: A young man returning from the far country trying to regain his honor, and a young woman with a heart broken by her parents’ rejection because of her faith, each have what the other needs. But will the assassin who put them on his hit list give them enough time to discover what they have in each other?
No Safe Place, modern-day, prodigal story that races from the scenic beaches of the Olympic National Park to the beauty of Lake Chelan in Central Washington State, a story of courage, honor, faith, forgiveness, and love.
Preorder: https://amzn.to/2vchkea

About the Author:
H. L. Wegley served as an Air Force Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life, he worked as a research scientist, publishing in the scientific literature, then developed Boeing computing systems for twenty years before he and his wife retired near Seattle. He is an award-winning author of inspirational thrillers and high-action romantic-suspense novels.

H.L. Wegley
             H.L. Wegley

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Cindi McMenamin will be the keynote speaker for the South Mountain Community Church (Draper, UT) women’s retreat May 4-6, 2018, speaking on her newest release Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You (Harvest House Publishers).

           Cindi McMenamin
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The Westward Christmas Brides by Vickie McDonough

The Westward Christmas Brides Collection
The Westward Christmas Brides Collection

Forging a Family novella in The Westward Christmas Brides Collection–An Orphan Train agent locks horns with a man who wants to return his adopted daughter after losing his wife.

About the Author: Vickie McDonough is the best selling author of more than 30 books and novellas. Her awards include the Book Sellers Best, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and she’s an 8-time finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards.

 

New Releases are posted by Christine Lindsay author of the Multi-Award-Winning Shadowed in Silk, Captured by Moonlight, newly released Veiled at Midnight, and contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming

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Rancher Under Fire by Vickie McDonough

Rancher Under Fire by Vickie McDonough
Rancher Under Fire by Vickie McDonough

Rancher Under Fire. Mariah Reyes never expected her pursuit of a story on the once high profile pro-quarterback-turned-reclusive-rancher would endanger her life, but she’s determined to discover who’s sabotaging his ranch–and get her story.

About the author: Vickie McDonough is the best selling author of more than 30 books and novellas. Her awards include the Book Sellers Best, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and she’s an 8-time finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards.

 

New Releases are posted by Christine Lindsay, author of the multi-award-winning Shadowed in SilkCaptured by Moonlight, and newly released Veiled at Midnight, and contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming

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An Irish Bride in the Christmas Brides Collection by Vickie McDonough

The Christmas Brides Collection
The Christmas Brides Collection

“An Irish Bride for Christmas” novella in The Christmas Brides Collection. A man who recently lost his brother and sister-in-law in a tragic accident fights for custody of his niece.

About the author: Vickie McDonough is the best selling author of more than 30 books and novellas. Her awards include the Book Sellers Best, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and she’s an 8-time finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards.

 

New Releases are posted by Christine Lindsay, author of the multi-award-winning Shadowed in SilkCaptured by Moonlight, and newly released Veiled at Midnight, and contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming.

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The Cowboy Takes a Wife

"DavalynnWhen Annie Whitaker and her merchant father set out for Cañon City and the Pikes-Peak-or-Bust gold rush, Annie finds much greater wealth in the heart of a runaway preacher.

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CAN Book Review by Diana Brandmeyer: Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough

6a00d83451f1cb69e2014e8668390a970d-200wi Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough 

Finally it’s here! Jack’s story is a hoot. McDonough let her grow up but she kept her rascally personality intact.

Even jailbird Carly is back—her story though small was important to me from the other books and I’m glad to know what happens with her.

Butch, Jack’s nemesis turns up in an unexpected way as well.

This is the last book in the Boarding House Brides series (you don’t need the others first but you’ll be missing some good reading if you don’t get them!) and it’s sad to let the characters go.

McDonough pulls the personas of her characters through every book and page, you never wonder why did that character do that? It’s not like her or him.

The writing is fun, creative and entertaining. 

 

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CAN Book Review: The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough

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 THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE by Vickie McDonough 

Review by Carla Stewart

 Publisher: Barbour
Publishing, Inc. (April 1, 2010)

ISBN-13: 978-1602606968

 

Veteran writer Vickie
McDonough’s
first trade length novel, THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE, delights and entertains with
fresh characters and puts a fun, new spin on the mail order bride story. Set in
late nineteenth century Texas in the fictional town of Lookout, the characters
dance off the page from the very first scene. When Luke Davis returns to the
hometown he left several years, he is excited about being the new town marshal,
but dreads facing Rachel, the woman who betrayed him and married his best
friend years ago. Before he’s hardly unpacked, three mail order brides arrive –
each under the impression that she will be the marshal’s bride. The scenario
makes for many humorous moments as the town becomes involved in the drama of
the prospective brides competing to be the marshal’s wife. When an anonymous
bride enters the competition, the stakes are raised as well as a few eyebrows.  

Vickie has assembled a fun cast of characters. Particularly
engaging were Rachel’s daughter, Jack (Jacqueline) and a rowdy ex-outlaw named
Carly, who is not who she seems. The Anonymous Bride has enough twists and turns, laugh-out-loud moments,
and tender romance to keep the any lover of historical romance happy. I loved
this book and applaud Vickie for this stellar first course in the Boardinghouse
Brides series.