Escaping Reality by Rachel Skatvold – Book Review, Preview

Posted August 13, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Suddenly, I wasn’t sure where we were. Up until a few minutes ago, I had a really good sense that I was tracking where we were on our journey, but now. Not so much.

My husband had a surprise destination for me and, to keep me in suspense, he decided to make me wear a blindfold. As he backed down the driveway, I mentally kept track of the turns and mentioned them occasionally. “We just turned onto …”. “Now we are on … over by the Starbucks.” But then it appeared we got onto an onramp and once I thought I could tell where we were, another big sweeping turn. And again. Huh? I was really confused!

By this time I was so turned around I had no idea what to expect. Once we arrived at our destination and I was able to remove the blindfold to see where we were, I cracked up. Not only did my husband turn North out of our subdivision to eventually bring us South down the same road, it ends up I was so spot on with my guesses, my husband decided to up the ante and drove us around the airport a few times before heading out to our real destination!

How are you with directions? I’d love to hear about a time that you got really lost and how you found your way to where you needed to be. Will you share in the comments?

Escaping Reality by Rachel Skatvold – Book Review, Preview

Escaping Reality

by Rachel Skatvold

Series: Hart Ranch #1
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Publication Date June 30, 2016
Genres: Clean Romance, Christian Fiction
Setting: Montana Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Pages: 237


Fame gave her a reason to hide. Can anyone unlock her guarded heart?

Reality star ADDISON LEWIS had the perfect life in LA. Or so she thought. After her fiancé betrays her she’s left with one option. Escape. But is anywhere safe from the relentless paparazzi?

LOGAN HART is caught off guard when a mysterious young woman becomes stranded at his family’s ranch. Past heartbreak makes him reluctant to let anyone close, but the city girl’s amusing antics draw them together.

While two lonely hearts collide and secrets loom on the horizon, could God be orchestrating something miraculous behind the scenes?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Chasing Embers

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Addie was lost. Hopelessly, irrevocably lost. (Ok, irrevocably isn’t really valid because she did get unlost, but it sounds good, so we’ll go with that!) Her GPS had failed her and now her car was stuck and it was starting to rain. Then her heel broke off and her designer shoes were coated with mud. Could things get much worse? They could!

I love the way this story started and that Addie and Logan didn’t have a very good first meeting. It was totally the spoiled city girl meets handsome cowboy as a damsel in distress scenario, only it wasn’t. Addie wasn’t really spoiled – she was broken. Devastated by her cheating fiancé, all she wanted was a place to escape to and regroup.

The characters were great! Not just Addie and Logan but all of them, really. Well, except for the scumbag ex. I liked the way that the author set things up for several more stories in this series already. I’m already trying to figure out how things will ever work out for Bella – I guess I’ll have to find out in a couple weeks when I read her story in Chasing Embers which will tell her story. Be sure to check back on August 23 for my review, the blog tour and giveaway.



Back to the story. While there were some expected things, the kind that are really necessary for this genre, the story was original and fun. And tender and sweet. I loved Gramps and the heart that he had for his family and especially for the Lord. While he loved to fish, he was also a fisher of men.

I’ll let you in on a secret. When I picked this up to read, I thought I recognized the author’s name from another book – but I was wrong. This is the first of her books I’ve read. I’m not sorry at all, though and know it will not be the last!


About Rachel Skatvold

Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance and encouraging blogs. Rachel completed her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas in 2014 and is now working on the second book in her new Hart Ranch Series. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons.

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