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Friday, November 27, 2015

Guarded - Giveaway and Review

Sometimes the best kept secrets lay buried where no one can hopefully find them. However this is not the case. When a fire burns through one room of the stone home in Kentucky, Annie Taylor along with her grandmother Beulah discovered a metal box containing letters from Beulah's parents as they received word from her brother Ephraim who was serving overseas during WWII. It isn't so much what is discovered in the stack of letters her parents kept, but why would they keep them buried beneath the floorboards of the bedroom?

Annie struggles with trying to find a job as she helps her grandmother decide if the family home is worth salvaging from the fire or whether she should just accept the paltry insurance check they they have offered along with a local estimate to salvage from the home what is left. It would mean the possibility to rebuilding a new home, but is it possible this old stone home is worth more than what the insurance company and others believe it is? Is there a possibility it might just be a historical landmark of some sort and thus gain some money to restore it rather than level it and begin again?

As Annie tries to find ways through research on the old family home she uncovers a bit about herself in the process. Just as her boyfriend Jake moves home, they are beginning to slowly learn more about one another. Why is it so easy for Jake to fit into this small town and find a job whereas everywhere Annie looks no one seems to be hiring, or it is that no one simply wants to hire her? Will she be able to come to terms with her own past before she can begin to discover a potential future with Jake or are some secrets simply better off not being known at all? 

I received Guarded by Angela Correll compliments of Koehler Books for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review of the book. This is the sequel to Grounded, Angela's previous novel even though it's not formerly in a series per say and you gain quite a bit more of Annie and Jake's background as well as Beulah's if you start there first before reading Guarded. I love the tie in with WWII because I am a huge fan of history and love the elements that she incorporated to learn what happened to Beulah's brother during the war through real letters that the author read from people who had written home. It just keeps that element more believable as you read through them and understood how they might have wanted to keep those at home from worry while gaining a bit of home in the process by asking questions about what was going on at home. A wonderful story that is sure to resound in the hearts of romance fans everywhere and for me, once again another splendid edition to my home library, for that reason it garners a 4.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.

Now for an exciting treat for one lucky person, thanks to the generosity of Angela Correll, not only is she giving away a copy of Guarded for someone but she is also extending that to include the winner's choice of a Plainview Basket, which includes a goat's milk luxury bar, goat milk cream, goat milk hand soap and sugar scrub from her store. Here is all you need to do to enter:

1. "Like" Angela Correll's Facebook page.

2. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart. 

3. Be a resident of the US or have a US mailing address. No P.O. Boxes please.

4. Leave a comment below telling me why you'd love to win this giveaway package. Don't forget to include your email address so I can have a way of notifying you if you are the lucky winner of this giveaway package.

The giveaway will end on December 4, 2015 so be sure to make sure you are entered to win. You can enter as many times as you like.

For more information about Guarded, Angela Correll or where you can pick up a copy of this novel today, please click on the links below:

You can find Angela Correll on Facebook to stay up to date with all her latest books and products.


  1. this would be an awesome gift to win.

  2. This sounds like a great gift to win for myself. Mama here needs a little pampering. :)
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  3. Liked Angela's page, follow you via GFC and I would love to read Guarded. I like the setting and I love when a book is part of a series (so yep, definitely looking for Grounded).


  4. I love stories that interweave the past into the present. An author that can do that well is to be commended! I'd love to read Guarded. And who wouldn't love a little extra pampering with such a fabulous basket! As the weather gets colder and my skin gets dry, this set sounds wonderful.

    Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! I've liked Angela's page and follow your blog both by email & Facebook.

    alison (dot) louise) (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I am follower of your thru email. I liked Angela's fb page. I want to win this because I like Angela live in KY. I love reading books from local authors and i like the story line of this book.

  6. I forgot to leave an email jonesfd(at)aol(dot)com

  7. Angela's book looks wonderful, I would love to read it !
    Thank you for giveaway. I liked her F B page and I follow your blog.

  8. Thanks for this lovely and special giveaway. What a delight. I liked Angela's FB page. I am an e-mail subscriber for your site and posts. I would love to win since this would be soothing and give me a great deal of enjoyment. bencanada1(at)gmail(dot)com


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