Monday, February 6, 2012

Welcome to the Blog, LoRee Peery!

I love welcoming fantastic authors, and treasured friends, to my blog. Such is the case today with LoRee Peery. LoRee's brand new release, Sage & Sweetgrass, is book three of her Frivoloties Series, and I was blessed by a pre-read, so that I can tell you all about it!! But first, meet lovely LoRee!!


LoRee Peery writes Christian romance, where characters learn through spiritual struggles how to come to terms with the Lord’s will. She is a country girl who attempts to see God’s presence every day. That glimpse often comes as a gift from nature. LoRee is most relaxed in the outdoors.


Diagnosed with a chronic, debilitating illness, Lanae Petersen vows to pursue life to its fullest. When she discovers mysterious love letters hidden within an antique desk, she begins a quest to discover who the young lovers were.

Little does she realize that in trying to bring closure to their lives, hers will be turned upside-down.

After the death of his wife, cowboy Sage Diamond wants to be left alone on his acreage in peace and anonymity. When Lanae approaches him with letters to a family member, she not only threatens to expose his family secrets, but also stirs something inside him that he neither expects, nor welcomes.

Sage fights his attraction, determined not to fall for a woman whose health is so fragile. Can Sage trust God's guiding hand, or will his fear of losing another love crush his chance for a future with Lanae?


The sky was clear and enormous where it met the horizon. The whinny of horses carried up from a pasture on the other side of the barn. The acreage represented everything she loved about being outside the city limits. Expanse, horses, a sprinkling of trees in the distance…God’s country.

When she caught sight of the cowboy, the vision was complete.

She sighed. Home. How crazy. She felt like she’d come home.

The cowboy rounded the corner of the wood-sided barn that she guessed to be sixty feet long. He loped in the loose way of a man comfortable on the back of a horse.

And she enjoyed every step as he approached.

He even tipped the brim of his hat. “Mornin’. You Lanae?”

Wow was the only thing she could think to say. But she kept it to herself.

Her mouth went dry.

His nose was bent, just off to the right of center. He had a full bottom lip, thinner upper, all accented by what she supposed was a year-round tan. Myriad facial lines gave testimony to a life lived outdoors.

She cleared her throat, mustered up some moisture for her vocal chords in order to answer, “That I am.”

“Sage Diamond.”

When he drew close enough, Lanae was dumbfounded at the impact of his eyes. They were an unbelievable piercing blue with a hint of lavender.

“Did you have any trouble finding the place?” Sage spoke in an unhurried manner.

Lanae wondered if he felt rushed about anything. She started to open the door.

“You always leave your car running?” A hint of amusement tugged at his mouth.

Oops. She turned the key. Great first impression.

He held the door.

Still caught in the lavender blue of his eyes, shadowed now from his hat, Lanae swallowed what felt like the chaff of an August hayfield.

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What I love about reading a series is following the lives and loves of those we've met previously.

Like most series entries, Sage & Sweetgrass stands on its own as a wonderful and fulfilling book, but it will, I believe, leave you yearning to catch up with Moselle and Eric, and Rainn and Geneve from Mosell's Insurance and Rainn on My Parade. Sage & Sweetgrass is the third installment of Peery's Frivolities series, which revolves around the lives and loves of the woman who run this unique antique, gifts and coffee shop.

Lanae Peterson is on the rebound after an illness, and looking for love in the classifieds. Instead, she comes upon an advertisement for an oak dressing table for sale. Intrigued, thinking it would make a wonderful addition to the store, she makes an appointment to see the item.

That's when her life, and heart, crosses with that of Sage Diamond.

Sage is a widow, just like Lanae, having lost his wife to a battle with illness that leaves him wary of falling in love with a woman who isn't functioning at 100% - and, since Lanae has recovered from Hepatitis C, he plays his attraction to her very cool, yet in terms that are undeniable as the reader falls into the story and cheers them on.

The tender voice, and loving romance of Sage & Sweetgrass won me over completely. LoRee is a deft writer, skilled at immersing her readers into the depths of both setting and plot. I highly recommend this heart-touching story!!


  1. Welcome, welcome, LoRee - and thanks for a wonderful read in Sage & Sweetgrass. GREAT job. God bless, and much success!

  2. What an honor to be here, Marianne. And I have to say, I sniffled when I read your review. Thank you, dear friend, so lovely in your own way.

  3. Sounds like another wonderful story!
    Good luck and God's blessings.

  4. Sage and Sweetgrass sounds like a wonderful story. I can't wait to read it. Best wishes, LoRee!

  5. I love, love the title of this and the story sounds so appealing. Another great one, LoRee!

  6. LoRee... I've been waiting for SAGE AND SWEETGRASS for a long time, ever since I saw that beautiful cover. So, glad it's out, now, and am very much looking forward to reading it. Here's wishing you many blessings with this, and the entire series.

    Great review, Marianne... you got me!

  7. Congrats on the release, LoRee. Another great read that I look forward to. Love the title and the cover! xoxo

  8. Sorry folks are having technical difficulties posting to the blog! Carla and Dana, thanks so much for dropping by, and leaving word on the WRP yahoo loop that you visited, but couldn't post a comment. Booo!!! Blessings, to all of you for stopping by, and enjoy Sage and Sweetgrass!

  9. Thanks a bunch to all of you for stopping and taking the time to leave comments. My hubby's birthday was Tuesday and we went to a double celebration lunch today.
    I always think of my titles as working titles and leave any changes up to the editors if they need adjustment. So far, what I chose has worked.
    Of course, all credit for the cover goes to Nicola. Wow, and wow again.

  10. this sounds like a fantastic read. Thanks for featuring it here and all the best to LoRee!

  11. Wonderful story, LoRee! I just added my review and added the story to Goodreads. Sweet!

  12. Lovely review, Marianne. Congrats on the release of SAGE AND SWEETGRASS, LoRee!