Cowgirl Trail by Susan Page Davis

Cowgirl Trail

by Susan Page Davis

RIVER NORTH PUBLISHING

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Cowgil Trail is part of a six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896.  Although a series, each book book can be read on its own.

In 1884 Maggie Porter returns to the Rocking P Ranch. The sanatorium was not able to save her mother and now her father’s health is failing. When the cowboys walk off the job leaving no one to drive the cattle to market, head ranch hand, Alex Bright, cannot convince the men to stay. How could Alex let this happen?

Maggie is desperate to save the ranch and she turns to the town’s women for help. The new cowgirls must herd, rope, and drive the cattle to market. With only two days left, outlaws charge the small band of cowgirls in an effort to start a stampede. The cattle begin to scatter. Will they lose everything? Where will their help come from?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Growing up on the Rock P Ranch, Maggie Porter never thought she would one day be the one to save her father’s ranch by driving a herd of cattle to market. But that’s just what happened, along with all of the other women around, in this River North fiction by Susan Page Davis. Imagine what ranch manager Alex Bright and his men thought about women taking over their job?

 

I found this book a wonderful and interesting historical read. Maggie was a daddy’s girl, but she was also strong-willed and determined. She always had her eye on Alex from the first day he came to work for her dad, and after returning home from two years away from the ranch, Alex is as handsome as ever, but Maggie can’t believe he decides to side with the other ranch hands against her father. With realistic and interesting characters, Cowgirl Trail captured my interest from the beginning. Having read all of the Texas Trails series about the Morgan family, I was excited to be able to read this book as well, and it didn’t disappoint.

 

I highly recommend Cowgirl Trail for a fun, light and interesting read. You will be glad you picked up a copy of this book!

 

I received this book from River North Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

About Susan Page Davis
SUSAN PAGE DAVIS is an award winning author who has published more than thirty novels in the historical romance, suspense, mystery, and romance genres. She’s a past winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest and a two time winner of the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. Susan is a longtime homeschooler and former school teacher. A Maine native, she now resides in Kentucky with her husband Jim. They have 6 children and 6 grandchildren. Visit Susan at her website:www.susanpagedavis.com.

CFBA Presents Walk With Me….by Annie Wald

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Walk with Me 

River North; New Edition edition (September 1, 2012) 

by 

Annie WaldABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Along with being the author of Walk With Me (forthcoming September 2012, River North/Moody), my fiction has been published in numerous journals including Image, The Southern Review and The North American Review and included in the anthology series, Not Safe But Good, edited by Bret Lott and published by Thomas Nelson. I’m also the author of a young adult novel, The Counterfeit Collection (Tyndale) and I’ve written feature articles for many publications such as Guideposts, Leadership, and Partnership.

Before writing full-time, I worked in book publishing as an acquisitions editor and then as Editor-in-Chief at Princeton University Press. Since 2000, I’ve lived in Morocco where my husband is the pastor of Rabat International Church. We have two married daughters and four delightful grandchildren.

A Word from Annie:

If you still want to know more about me, you may be interested to learn:
On the Myers-Briggs scale, I’m not an I for introvert. I’m an H for hermit.

But I’ve been known to say, “We’re having a small gathering; only 10 people.”

I love Easter sunrise services in cemeteries.

I live on the west coast — of Africa.

My favorite Moroccan meal: Zahara’s beef couscous with raisin sauce, and tchouchouka.

J’adore le francais.

I once told God I’d marry anyone except the man who became my husband.

I prefer to make things up rather than do research, although I have been described as an ‘infomaniac’.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Peter and Celeste choose to travel as one on the lifelong journey to the King’s City

. They are blissfully in love and bound to each other by the Cords of Commitment.

Shortly after visiting the Moon of Honey they discover that the journey proves

much more difficult than they expected. When they find themselves laboring

through the Swamp of Selfishness, crossing the dismal Plains of Distance, and

nearly becoming separated by the River of Unfaithfulness, their love for each

other and for the King is challenged. They must choose whether to continue on

together, not knowing if they can be warmed again by the Kindling of Affection,

or visit the Valley of Cut Cords to journey alone once more.

If you’d like to read a chapter excerpt of Walk with Me, go HERE

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

On the front of this book it says, “Pilgrim’s Progress for Married Couples” and that’s just what this book is. Showing two different people, with completely different backgrounds, along with different expectations of each other, but they are determined to be committed to each other and make a go of their marriage.  And author Annie Wald writes this book in such and interesting, unique and compelling way, couples will look at their marriage journey in a totally different way. This would be an awesome wedding gift, or a gift for someone even thinking about marriage. Which is just what I will do with this book. Give it to my son, who is getting pretty serious with a lovely young lady who loves the Lord, yet their worlds are so different, their expectations are so different, yet they love each other and say their relationship just feels right, just feels like it is what the Lord wants of them. This book is just what they need….so they will be getting it now, not later, to help them work through their differences, and and realize what marriage is really about.

This book was provided by the publisher River North through CFBA for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

CFBA Presents Two Destinies by Elizabeth Musser

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Two Destinies

David C. Cook (September 1, 2012)

by

Elizabeth Musser

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth Musser, author of acclaimed novels such as The Swan House, grew up in Georgia, but now lives in Lyon, France, where she and her husband serve as missionaries with International Teams. Look for Two Testaments, her sequel to Two Crosses, in stores now, and Two Destinies, the third book in the trilogy, set for release in Fall 2012.

A word from Elizabeth:

Recent exciting news is that, finally, the whole trilogy is going to be published in 2012. Many readers have written to me throughout the years to encourage me to keep pursuing getting Two Destinies into print. In a fun twist of fate (really the Lord’s perfect timing), David C. Cook (who originally published Two Testaments) has offered me a contract for all three novels. The Secrets of the Cross Trilogy will be published in June 2012 (Two Crosses and Two Testaments) and in September, 2012, Two Destinies will be in the bookstores for the first time!
ABOUT THE BOOK

Now 1994, France faces unrest and rising poverty while neighbor

Algeria is in the midst of a blood civil war. Risléne Namani, a French

woman born to Algerian parents, converts to Christianity and falls in

love with Eric Hoffmann, a Christian, committing the unpardonable

sin in the eyes of her Muslim family. Eric must find a way to rescue

her—from a forced marriage in Algeria, or even death.

A powerful, relevant tale of social struggle, heartache, cultural conflict,

and faith put to the ultimate test.
If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of Two Destinies, go HERE.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When I first started reading this book, I was a little over come with the french, and had a difficult time, especially with all of the names, but then the story started unfolding and I was so captivated I couldn’t stop reading. This is an amazing story of someone coming to know the Lord from an Muslim family and faith. Elizabeth Musser gives readers such a vivid illustration of how it would be, you feel as though you are living the story with the characters. And may I say characters that are so real life and believable I kept thinking I was reading from a newspaper or magazine like Newsweek or something about an actually happening. To me, this book is just that real.

I love Eric and Rislene and the sweet love they have for each other, and as the dangers unfold to keep them apart, I could hardly read the happenings. And I especially love how Elizabeth makes it so vivid and clear that the faith the characters have in the Lord. That their very lives are in His hands, whatever happen. And this carries them into the most dangerous situations, just to give the gospel to those who don’t know, and help those in areas to tell others about our wonderful Lord and Savior.

I thoroughly enjoyed Two Destinies, and I am glad that it is finally printed in English for us to enjoy. I plan to purchase the other books by Elizabeth Mussler for my library at home. And I strongly encourage you to do the same. Reading about the Muslim faith and beliefs will spark a fire in your heart to pray for those spreading God’s Word among this group, and for their safety in the dangers they face. As you can see, this book just has a piece of my heart, I am so very glad I read it, and I hope you will too!

I rec’d a copy of Two Destinies from the publisher David C. Cook through CFBA. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are only mine.

Litfuse Presents…The Trouble with Cowboys….by Denise Hunter

Litfuse Presents…

The Trouble with Cowboys….

by Denise Hunter

 

About the Book

Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.

The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.

When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Denise Hunter writes another awesome intriguing story in this sadly last book of the series,  A Big Sky Romance. As Annie struggles to help her sister Sierra and her son, she has no interest in cowboys because of how they treated her mom. But then there is Dylan who finds himself interested and attracted to Annie, but realizes she seems to all but hate him, so he’s off limits.

I love the way Denise Hunter writes her stories, they just steal their way into your heart in a special unique way. And between the struggling sweet romance between Dylan and Annie, and the warm and loving setting of Moose Creek, and add in the wonderful characters we’ve met along the way, I found my self really wanting to go get in on the special warmness and fun of family and friends. With everything from characters to lifestyle in Moose Creek, Denise Hunter takes her readers on the journey of our dreams.

As you can tell, I love this book, as well as the first two in A Big Sky Romance. So I encourage you to grab a copy of The Trouble with Cowboys, but first pick up A Cowboy’s Touch, and Accidental Bride to read first. You will sure not be disappointed!

I rec’d this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson through Litfuse to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions here are mine alone! 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped.

Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her

romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

CFBA presetns Still Life in Shadows By: Alice Wisler

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingStill Life in ShadowsRiver North; New Edition edition (August 1, 2012)byAlice WislerABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alice was born in Osaka, Japan in the sixties. Her parents were Presbyterian career missionaries. As a young child, Alice loved to walk down to the local stationer’s store to buy notebooks, pencils and scented erasers. In her room, she created stories. The desire to be a published famous author has never left her. Well, two out of three isn’t bad. She’s the author of Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation (all published by Bethany House).

Alice went to Eastern Mennonite University after graduating from Canadian Academy, an international high school in Kobe, Japan. She majored in social work and has worked across the U.S. in that field. She taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in Japan and at a refugee camp in the Philippines. She also studied Spanish at a language institute in San Jose, Costa Rica.

She has four children–Rachel, Daniel, Benjamin and Elizabeth. Daniel died on 2/2/97 from cancer treatments at the age of four. Since then, Alice founded Daniel’s House Publications in her son’s memory. This organization reaches out to others who have also lost a child to death. In 2000 and 2003, Alice compiled recipes and memories of children across the world to publish two memorial cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle.

ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s been fifteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a boy of fifteen. Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic’s garage. He meets a host of interesting characters -the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari. Known as the “Getaway Savior” he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America.

One day the phone rings. On the other end is his brother Moriah calling from Florida. Of course Gideon welcomes his brother to stay with him and offers him a job. But Moriah is caught in a web which ends in his death and forces Gideon to return to the town of his youth, with his brother’s body in the back of a hearse and Mari and Kiki at his side. He must face not only the community he ran away from years ago but also his own web of bitterness. Will he be able to give his anger over to God and forgive his father?

If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of Still Life in Shadows, go HERE.

 

My Thoughts on this Book!

Still Life in Shadows deals with the Amish life in a little difference twist than just their everyday plain life. What happens when one of their own decides to jump the fence and chance over to the English ways? And what will happen if they return home? Thats what happened to Gideon Miller in this story. Author Alice Wisler creates a cast of realistic and interesting characters that really develop well as the story unfolds, drawing them to the reader in a special way. And the twists and turns throughout the story is enough to keep us turning the pages.

I really like Gideon, he’s just an amish guy that wanted a way out of his plain upbringing, and he found that. But he never really was happy. Even though he made a life for himself in the world, he had a lot of past secrets he had to deal with. I’ve often wondered how a person could leave an Amish life and never look back, but maybe they don’t. Maybe in their private life, they never get over the way they were raised. And it would have to be horrible leaving such a close family. Ms. Wisler show us these changes in this very well written and intriuging book, Still Live In Shadows.

I encourage you to pick up a copy to for your own reading enjoyment.

This book was provided by Bethany House through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. I was not required or expected to give a positive review. The
opinions in this review are mine only

The Stood Alone by Sandra McLeod Humphrey…Book Review and Book Launch…Sept 25th

They Stood Alone

By: Sandra McLeod Humphrey

 

Hey folks. I am excited to tell you about a wonderful book written my Sandra Humphrey about 25 men and women that have made a huge difference in our world today. And the special thing is. September 25th is Sandra’s book launch of her new book. Here is all of the information about the launch! Check it out and there are some freebies out there too for you!

 

About the Book

Imagine this: For centuries everyone has believed that the sun and all the planets revolve around the earth. But by studying the old books and observing the heavens, you have concluded that the earth and all the other planets revolve around the sun. Your theory is so radical that you are hesitant to tell others about it. Your name is Nicolaus Copernicus. Although at first your beliefs are denounced and ridiculed, your observations are eventually proved correct. In time, you come to be called the founding father of modern astronomy.

Or imagine this: It’s the early 19th century and women have few legal rights. Married women can’t own property, their wages belong to their husbands, and they don’t even have the right of guardianship over their children. You know the laws are unfair, but as a young woman yourself, what can you do? Your name is Elizabeth Cady Stanton. You spend your life fighting for women’s rights, and later many give you credit for being the architect and founder of the Women’s Rights Movement.

Nicolaus Copernicus and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are just two of the twenty-five extraordinary men and women whom you will have a chance to meet in this inspiring book that explores and celebrates people who had the courage to follow their own convictions, even when everyone around them said they were wrong. They were people of vision who saw life from a new perspective and were willing to question conventional wisdom. And their revolutionary breakthroughs changed and shaped the course of history.

Author Sandra McLeod Humphrey invites you to have the courage to stand alone too, hold on to your dreams, and follow your heart wherever it may lead. Like the twenty-five pioneers who lived before you, you too may someday make a difference.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a book that everyone needs to read! Author Sandra Humphrey has written about 25 men and women who made a major difference in our world. These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things that made a huge different in our lives today. Some of these I have heard of, but some I hadn’t, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading this informative book. I was especially delighted to find Booker T. Washington included because his home place is just miles from my house. I really didn’t know anything about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and it was interesting to find out that she had much to do with the equality of women. We also learn about more awesome people from Christopher Columbus to Neil Armstrong, with important and interesting information about each.

This is an easy book to read, the chapters being short and can be read in a few minutes.  Sandra has included a picture of each person, with their date of birth and the date they passed away. And she writes each of their stories in an interesting way that captures your attention, making you want to keep reading.

I highly recommend this book for your reading enjoyment. This is especially a great book for school age children. Pick up your copy today.

This book was provided by the author for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

About the Author

Biography

Sandra McLeod Humphrey is a retired clinical psychologist, a character education consultant, and an award-winning author of eight middle-grade and young adult books. She’s also the recipient of the National Character Education Center’s Award for Exemplary Leadership in Ethics Education (2000) and the 2005 Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature. You can learn more about her books by visiting her Web site at http://www.kidscandoit.com and her blog at http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog/

WEBSITE

http://www.kidscandoit.com

BLOG

http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog/
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FIRST Wildcard Tours presents NIV Rock Solid Faith Study Bible for Teens…by Zondervan

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card is:
NIV Rock Solid Study Bible for Teens
Zondervan; Special edition (August 21, 2012)
***Special thanks to Rick Roberson for sending me a review copy.***
SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

This all-new, full-featured NIV Bible is great for teens looking to grow their faith, increase meaning in their lives, and find hope for their future. The Rock Solid Bible for Teens is a timely guide for teens grappling with big questions about the world, their future, and their faith. Featuring the complete New International Version text, apologetics helps, hundreds of call-outs, and concrete promises for the future, the Rock Solid Bible provides firm traction for the development of beliefs and behavior rooted in the unchanging love, guidance, and promises of God.

Product Details:

List Price: $29.99

Reading level: Ages 13 and up

Hardcover: 1664 pages

Publisher: Zondervan; Special edition (August 21, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0310723302

ISBN-13: 978-0310723301

MY THOUGHTS
I like this Study Bible for teens. The hardcover Bible is attractive for especially boys, and features the following:

Rock Solid Truths
Rock Solid Principles
Rock Solid Promises
Unshaken People
Unshaken God

It also includes the NIV of the entire Bible and this Bible also includes reading
plans, eight pages of colorful maps, book introductions and much more.

I highly recommend this ROCK SOLID FAITH STUDY BIBLE FOR TEENS for your teenager. I appreciate Bibles like this because they encourage young people to get in God’s word…read and study it.

This Bible was provided by the publisher Zondervan through B&B Media for this FIRST WildCard Tour. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The reviews here are mine only.

AND NOW…THE A SAMPLE (CLICK ON IMAGES TO SEE LARGER):

Chapter will be placed up here soon.

The Legacy of Deer Run by Elaine Cooper

The Legacy of Deer Run

By: Elaine Cooper

Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing (May 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098388367x
ISBN-13: 978-0983883678

About this Book!

The year was 1800.  A young man makes weapons for the defense of America, still a fledgling nation.  He also protects his heart from the allure of a young woman who is so far above his station in life that he cannot win her.
The lady fights her own war against loneliness and grief. Despite her finery and airs, she is drawn to the young armory worker, who is distant yet disarming.
Love is not the only entanglement. The nation’s enemies are afoot. They creep within the very walls where America’s defenses are being forged. Who are they? When will they strike? Who will survive their terrorism?
Intrigue of the heart and intrigue of the times are only part of this compelling story – book three of the Deer Run Saga. This series finale is a gripping mix of romance and deception, faith and forgiveness, transgression and trial.

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My Thoughts On This Book

I’m excited to read and review this book after reading the first two books in this series. The story of Daniel and Mary’s family continues, and as in all families, their children have growing up and leaving the safe environment of their family home. Danny Lowe now lives and works away from home at the Springfield Armory. Susannah Dobbins just moved to Springfield from Boston with her dad. From the beginning, Danny and Susannah were attracted to each other, but Danny knew it wouldn’t work because he was only a factory worker and could never provide for Susannah with a life she was use to living. But their attraction on grew more and more.

I really love and thoroughly enjoyed this third and final book in The Deer Run Saga!  Again, author Elaine Cooper writes a loving and heartwarming story based on her own family in the early 1800’s. The scenes in this interesting and intriguing story were so realistic that I found myself wanting to pray for these characters and the sad situations they were going through! And the love and closeness of the Lowe family gives readers that heartwarming feeling throughout the book as the author so vividly describes the family together and the interaction with each other. And this deep love for each other and for the Lord pulls them through the difficult situations they faced in life as a family. Life wasn’t easy in that era, and especially the Lowe family, knowing the background of Mary’s husband and Danny’s father Daniel Lowe. Which means you really need to read all three of the books in this series to find out what happens from the beginning.

And I can’t forget to mention the beautiful cover of this book…I just love the awesome design and the colors. It all just seems to fit the story and the era, making the book even more enjoyable!

I highly recommend not only The Legacy of Deer Run, but I also recommend the first two books in The Deer Run Saga. I assure you, you will not be disappointed. And I almost forgot to mention the history in these books. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Springfield, Massachusetts and getting to know life as it was in the early years of the 1800’s era. I really felt as though I was there while reading these wonderful books. As you can see, I just can’t say enough about this awesomely wonderful series!!

 

And Check out the neat video Trailor on You Tube

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elaine Marie Cooper began writing at the age of eleven and it quickly became a passion for the future novelist. “The Road to Deer Run” is her debut novel. It was a Finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received Honorable Mention in the Romance category at the 2011 Los Angeles Book Festival.

Her sequel, “The Promise of Deer Run,” placed First in Romance at the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival and is a Finalist in Religious Fiction for Foreward Reviews’ Book of the Year contest.

“The Legacy of Deer Run,” the third book in the Deer Run Saga, will release Summer of 2012.

Long enamored of the historical period of the American Revolution, Cooper wrote “The Road to Deer Run” based on actual persons and events. A Registered Nurse, she researched and included many gut-wrenching medical practices used during the colonial era in her novel.

Cooper grew up in Massachusetts–the setting for her novels–but currently lives in the Midwest.

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THE DEER RUN SAGA

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BOOK ONE….The Road To Deer Run

In 1777, a wounded Redcoat is rescued           
by a Patriot woman. Can love overcome            
the bitterness of war?   

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BOOK TWO…..The Promise of Deer Run

In 1790 the scars of the Revolution linger for a vetearn
as well as for a lonely young farm woman. Can love heal
their hearts?

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BOOK THREE……The Legacy of Deer Run

  In 1800, a young armory worker is swept
up in unrequited love as well as
dangerous  plots brewing against
the nation.
Can he fight his heart’s desire while battling to
protect his country’s defenses?

CFBA Presents A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Heartbeat AwayDavid C. Cook (September 1, 2012)byHarry KrausABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife’s urging: “Now doesn’t seem the right time for this dream.”

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I’d written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn’t until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the “rules” without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I’d have made faster progress if I’d have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you’ll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.
ABOUT THE BOOK

When a brilliant surgeon undergoes a heart transplant, her life transforms as she begins experiencing memories of a murder she never witnessed.

The residents worship her. Nurses step out of her way. Her colleagues respect and sometimes even fear her. But surgeon Tori Taylor never expected to end up on this side of the operating table.

Now she has a new heart. This life that was formerly controlled and predictable is now chaotic. Dr. Taylor had famously protected herself from love or commitment, but her walls are beginning to crumble.

And strangest of all, memories surface that will take her on a journey out of the operating room and into a murder investigation.

Where there once was a heart of stone, there is a heart of flesh. And there is no going back.
If you’d like to read the first chapter excerpt of A Heartbeat Away, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow, I can’t believe this is my first book by Harry Kraus. This is an awesome read! I love medical Christian fiction, and this one was just right up my alley!

When Tori finally gets her new heart, and just in time, things start happening that’s totally new to her, like her change in feelings. She soon discovers that these feelings are ones of her donor’s. And boy does this story ever take off with a bang! With a subject I’d never heard of before, I was glued to the pages of this book to see what was going to happen next. And let me tell you, there are so many twists and turns in this story, there is no way I can begin to tell you about them. And even if I could, I wouldn’t because it would ruin it for you.

And the most heartwarming thing about the book is the unique way author Harry Kraus has of making sure the gospel is told in a detailed but loving way. I appreciate the way the author uses his writing so those reading his books can see Jesus in a strong and mighty, yet warm and loving way.

Overall, this is an amazingly wonderful book, one that I very highly recommend. I assure you, this book will be at the top of your book list for 2012.

This book was provided by David Cook through Christian Fiction Blog
Alliance. I was not required or expected to give a positive review. The
opinions in this review are mine only.

CFBA Presents Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingUnending DevotionBethany House Publishers (September 1, 2012)byJody HedlundABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jody has written novels for the last 20 years (with a hiatus when her children were young). After many years of writing and honing her skills, she finally garnered national attention with her double final in the Genesis Contest, a fiction-writing contest for unpublished writers through ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).

Her first published book, The Preacher’s Bride (2010 Bethany House Publishers), became a best seller and has won multiple awards.

Her second book, The Doctor’s Lady, released in September of 2011, and her third book, Unending Devotion, is out now. She’s currently busy researching and writing another book!

Jody has been married for twenty years to her college sweetheart. Jody has five children ranging in ages from 15 to 6, with a set of twin daughters in the mix to make things more lively.
ABOUT THE BOOK

High-Stakes Drama Meets High-Tension Romance

In 1883 Michigan, Lily Young is on a mission to save her lost sister, or die trying. Heedless of the danger, her searches of logging camps lead her to Harrison and into the sights of Connell McCormick, a man doing his best to add to the hard-earned fortunes of his lumber baron father.

Posing during the day as a photographer’s assistant, Lily can’t understand why any God-fearing citizen would allow evil to persist and why men like Connell McCormick turn a blind eye to the crime rampant in the town. But Connell is boss-man of three of his father’s lumber camps in the area, and like most of the other men, he’s interested in clearing the pine and earning a profit. He figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters.

Lily challenges everything he thought he knew, and together they work not only to save her sister but to put an end to the corruption that’s dominated Harrison for so long.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Unending Devotion, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow, this is my first book of Jody Hedlund’s and I am now hooked! Unending Devotion was not an easy book to read at times because of the situations with sex slavery, but it is one of the best books I’ve read. Author Jody Hedlund created wonderful realistic characters that developed very well as the story unfolded. I really like Lily and her determination to find her sister no matter what, even though that determination lead her to jump into things too quickly sometimes without thinking. Connell was a honorable gentleman in every way and I like the way Lily made him do crazy things that he wouldn’t otherwise do, of course she didn’t know she was doing this. And Oren, well he was just a hoot with that gun of his. How did Connell ever survive around Oren?

So much happens in this book, so many twists and turns you will not want to stop reading! My eyes were glued to this book and I still can’t stop thinking about it! I highly recommend this book for your enjoyment! And if you are a historical fiction buff, then this is a must read for you!

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House through CFBA. I was not expected of required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

The Reunion by Dan Walsh

The Reunion 

by Dan Walsh

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Everything lost can be found.

Aaron Miller knows a thing or two about loss. He’s lost love. Dignity. Second, and even third, chances. Once honored for his heroism, he now lives in near obscurity, working as a handyman in a humble trailer park.

But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Unbeknownst to Aaron, someone is searching for him.

With deep insight into the human heart, consummate storyteller Dan Walsh gently weaves a tale of a life spent in the shadows but meant for the light. Through tense scenes of war and tender moments of romance, The Reunion will make you believe that everyone can get a second chance at life and love.

Reviews

Praise for Dan Walsh

“Dan’s books grab your heart and don’t let you go until the last page.”–Dr. Gary Smalley, bestselling author and speaker

“Walsh [makes] the reader feel like a dear old friend.”–RT Book Reviews

 

“Dan Walsh’s novel-within-a-novel is rich with intrigue, history, and romance. Character-driven and wistful . . . a sublime delight that shouldn’t be missed.”–USA Today on The Discovery

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow, there’s been very few books that I sat and cried when I finished reading the book, and this is one of them. Dan Walsh has gone over the top with this one, with a masterpiece that will stick with me for a long time. And one thing is for sure, when I hear someone mention a Vietnam war veteran or the Vietnam War, I will think of Dan Walsh and his book, “The Reunion.” If everyone had Aaron’s attitude and character, the world would be a better place.

Aaron was mistreated, abused, rejection, abandoned, accused and he lost everything, including his family, and many times wanted to die, but it was clear that God has a plan for Aaron’s life, and His protection was on Aaron for his entire life. His wife labeled him as a homeless drunk and even when she found out different, never told his children any different, so he never saw them again. But this was Aaron, and as the story unfolds, we read an amazingly wonderful story of what God can do with a man who gives his life to the Lord. This is the most amazing story I’ve read, and even more, an amazing tribute to those who lost their lives, and those who fought in the Vietnam War.

When I started reading this book, I had only read what was on the back of the book, no reviews, nothing more, and I am so glad. The book has so much more meaning, and was so much more amazing not knowing what to expect.

I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Dan Walsh’s new novel, “The Reunion”  to read and enjoy. The only thing though, have a box of tissues close by, because you are going to need them!

“Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of several books, including The Discovery andThe Reunion. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel.

FIRST WildCard Presents…Where Love Grows by Jerry S. Eicher

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:
Jerry S. Eicher
and the book:
Where Love Grows
Harvest House Publishers (September 1, 2012)
***Special thanks to Ginger Chen of Harvest House for sending me a review copy.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jerry Eicher’s bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah’s Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he’s been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

Visit the author’s website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

In Jerry Eicher’s conclusion to his popular Fields of Home trilogy, readers will be delighted to attend the wedding of Teresa, the young Englisha girl who has come home with Susan Hostetler to learn the ways of the Amish—and in fact to become Amish herself.

Product Details:

List Price: $12.99

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (September 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0736939458

ISBN-13: 978-0736939454

 

MY COMMENTS

Ok I haven’t read this book yet, but I can tell you this. Anything Jerry Eicher writes is gold in my book! Where Love Grows is the third book in his series Fields Of Home, so I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Where Loves Grows, as well as the first two books in this series, Missing Your Smile and Following Your Heart for your reading enjoyment. You will not be disappointed!

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

Susan Hostetler made her way to the barn to hitch the horse for the drive to the small farmstead where James and Teresa would live after their wedding next week. Susan smiled as she thought of Deacon Ray’s struggle to get used to the idea that his son James was marrying an Englisha girl. Nee, it had not been easy for him. Of course, Teresa was Amish now. In the months since she had arrived with Susan, Teresa had turned into a model of submission and humility. Deacon Ray shouldn’t complain even if Teresa’s baby, Samuel, had been born out of wedlock before she came to the community. Yah, in an unwed state, but wasn’t changing one’s life for the better a commendable thing to do? Of course it was.And Teresa was now properly baptized. She knew how to cook, wash clothes, and sew with the best of the women. She even had her own quilt completed and stashed in the cedar chest upstairs awaiting the day she and James would marry. She would spread the quilt on their bed and be able to say with complete honesty that she had done much of the work. There had been help from Mamm, five of Susan’s eight sisters who lived nearby, and Susan herself. Between the work on the quilt, helping Teresa adapt to her new life, and now the plans for the upcoming wedding, the months had sped by.

Summer was waning, and it wouldn’t be long until snow would be covering the Amish farms spread among these rolling hills of southern Indiana. But now was not the time to think of snow. The rest of summer lay ahead, followed by fall, and perhaps a glorious display of Indian summer. How appropriate that would be for all of them. And Teresa deserved a wonderful stretch of gut weather, both before and following her wedding day. It would be fitting after the hard road she’d traveled after arriving in the Amish community.

Mamm hadn’t seemed worried back then by the attempt to match Yost Byler and Teresa. But Susan had been ready to panic before Yost finally decided, with Susan’s daett’s help, that marrying Teresa wasn’t a gut idea. Such a marriage would have been a disaster for Teresa and probably also for Yost. Yah, he needed a wife who had been born Amish to cook and clean for him. The gut news floating around the community was that Yost may have finally found an older widow as a potential frau.

Only a few days remained until Teresa’s wedding to James. It would take place here on the Hostetler home place, just like Daett had provided for all Susan’s sisters. How could things be more awesome than that?

Perhaps the icing on the cake was the love that was now beginning to stir afresh in Susan’s heart for her old flame, Thomas Stoll. Who could have imagined such a thing? Yah, she had loved Thomas since their school days, but that love came to a halt the day she caught Thomas kissing Eunice outside a hymn singing one Sunday night. Thomas had claimed he’d just had a “weak moment.”

After escaping into the Englisha world for a time, Susan was back now. And despite all the fuss, she and Thomas were getting together again. Of course, it hadn’t hurt that Teresa had encouraged her to restore the relationship after Thomas’s repeated apologies and continued attention. Mamm and Daett also gave their encouragement at every opportunity. But it was Teresa’s opinion that had carried the real weight. How strange that an Englisha girl should have such sway in her life. But that was how things had turned out. Teresa was now the friend closest to Susan’s heart.

Since Susan had returned from her flirtation with the Englisha world in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Thomas was the picture of repentance. Had he wanted to, he could be married to Eunice by now—or to just about any other young woman in the community. But Thomas hadn’t pursued anyone but Susan in the months since her return. The result was that Susan felt some trust returning in her heart for him. Perhaps someday soon her heart would be fully restored.

In the meantime, there was no need to rush into setting a wedding date, even with Thomas’s pleadings that they do. Yah, he loved Susan and wanted to marry her, but he also wanted to begin the work of taking over the farm from Susan’s daett. In fact, he wanted it very badly. Thomas had no background in farming since his daett was a cabinetmaker, but he was anxious to learn.

Mamm and Daett were older now and tired. They both yearned for the comfort of the dawdy haus, which would be built as soon as the matter between Thomas and Susan was settled by marriage. Until then, Daett had hired young Steve Mast to help with the farm. He’d started in the spring and was a hard worker—no doubt due to his being raised on an Amish farm over in Daviess County. During the days he worked Daett’s farm, Steve took his supper and lodging at Susan’s sister’s place. Ada and her husband, Reuben, lived just down the road a piece.

Steve was a rare find, Daett said. A real answer to their prayers. Not many Amish men were available for hiring out once they became of age at twenty-one. Either they were married, were planning to get married, or had work on their own family places.

Steve didn’t have work on his daett’s place, neither did he have a girlfriend or a prospect that anyone knew of. He was the second boy in a family of ten—six of them being boys. He wasn’t that handsome or forward about himself, a good quality for an Amish man.

Susan stopped just short of the barn and looked up at the swaying branches of the old oak where she’d once had a swing and had climbed to its highest limbs. She sighed to think she was too old for that now. But at least she was here. She was home, hopefully to stay.

It was here she had played in the front yard with her cousins and older sisters during many a summer. Here she had watched Daett harness the horses in the first light of dawn. Here she had watched him take the teams to the fields, where his tall form moved in and out of view all day. Here her heart had taken deep enough root that she was pulled back after her time in Asbury Park. Susan sighed again. Was this why she was giving in to Thomas? Was this why she was allowing him to bring her home on Sunday nights again? Was she accepting his attentions although still feeling a little uncertain about their future?

No, it was more than that. It was high time she made up her mind and settled down with a husband. Steve couldn’t work for Daett forever. And Daett was getting up in years. He and Mamm deserved to move into a dawdy haus and not work so hard. Was that how her love for Thomas would grow? Her desire to stay here in her childhood home, Thomas’s desire to farm, and Mamm and Daett’s desire to settle in a dawdy haus?

It was possible, Susan supposed. Hadn’t Mamm said love could grow anywhere? Anywhere it was allowed to, that is. Then Susan would allow it for everyone’s sake. If love came slowly for her, then so be it. She and Thomas would have a lifetime for her love to grow stronger. That it was beginning small and uncertain for her would be her secret.

As Susan reached to open the barn door, a man cleared his throat behind her. Susan jumped and whirled around.

“Umm…I have the horse ready,” Steve said. “He’s tied up in the first stall.”

Susan relaxed. “You didn’t have to do that, Steve. I would have done it.”

A hint of a smile crossed Steve’s face. “It was no trouble. Happy to do it.” He looked up at the clear sky. “It’s sure a beautiful morning.”

“Yah, it is,” Susan answered. “Well, thanks for getting Toby ready. I wasn’t expecting that. I know you’re busy with the usual chores Daett gives you.”

“Your daett is a gut man and a gut farmer.” Steve tugged the hat rim down over his eyes more. “He’s done a gut job keeping things up on the farm, even with his age.” With that, he turned to go.

Without thinking, Susan asked, “Do you have any secrets, Steve?”

He stopped and looked back over his shoulder. “Me? Secrets? I’m a pretty ordinary fellow. No secrets.”

“Really? I thought everyone had secrets.”

“Not me. I’m pretty much what you see. No secrets and no roots. I’m kind of like the dandelions in the field. I grow where Da Hah blows me.”

“So why don’t you have a girl?”

His eyes twinkled. “Maybe I haven’t found the perfect one yet.”

“Is that why you moved to a new community? To…”

“Scout the land?” He finished her sentence. “Perhaps. Do you have anyone in mind?”

“Nee,” Susan said. “And I don’t know why I even asked something like that. Maybe it’s that type of morning.”

He smiled. “I’m afraid you’ll have to look someplace other than myself for secrets. And no offense taken.”

“Thank you,” she said. “What do you think of Teresa and James?”

He raised his eyebrows. “They seem like a nice enough couple. Why do you ask?”

“Oh, no reason,” she said. “I suppose you heard about all the ruckus before they got together.”

Steve shrugged. “I don’t pay much attention to rumors. They look like they’re in love with each other. That should be gut enough for anyone.”

“I want nothing more from life,” she said, “than to settle down to a boring sameness, day after day, night after night, living in peace and love. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?”

“I don’t know about that,” he said. “I’m not much into boring. I’m surprised you are. I heard you’d been with the Englisha for a while. That’s not something a person does who’s looking for boring.”

“So now you’re paying attention to rumors?”

Steve laughed. “I didn’t really hear that much. People seem to think highly of you. And I’m sure your mamm and daett will be happy if you plan to stay. And Thomas, of course.”

“What do you think of him?”

“Thomas?” He paused for a moment. “You want me to comment on your boyfriend?”

“Yah, I’m asking you. Coming from another community, you might have an unbiased perspective.”

“What if I don’t like him? Can I continue working here?”

She laughed. “I’m not going to chase you off.”

“Well…”

“Come on now. Tell me the truth.”

Steve tilted his head sideways. “Thomas comes from a good family, as far as I can tell. Of course, I don’t know what secrets lie in his past. Maybe he ran off to the Englisha world for a while too. You know, something wild like that.” His eyes twinkled as he spoke the last line.

“So you think that’s a character flaw? You keep bringing it up.”

“Depends on why a person did it, I guess.”

“Let’s just say I had my reasons.”

“Fair enough,” he said.

They stood silent for a moment.

Susan finally said, “Well, I better get busy or Teresa will wonder what’s happened to me.”

“And I better get busy in the fields before your daett thinks I’ve gone lazy on him.” He turned and left.

Susan went into the barn thinking about the exchange. Steve hadn’t given away much about his past. Not that it was any of her business. But a person just couldn’t help wondering. Had some girl dumped him? He’d probably had his heart broken, and the wound was healing slowly and out of sight of the people who knew him.

She’d done much the same thing by moving to Asbury Park. True, it had been time spent among the Englisha. But Da Hah had brought good things out of the experience. That time of her life was nothing to be ashamed of.

Susan untied Toby and led him outside. Lifting the shafts of the buggy, she swung him underneath and fastened the tugs. Holding the bridle, Susan looked toward the house and waited. There was still no sign of Teresa.

Thoughts of last Sunday night buzzed through Susan’s head. Thomas hadn’t tried to kiss her yet. In a way she wished he would. It might hurry things along. But apparently Thomas wasn’t willing to rush things until she agreed to a wedding date. To his credit, he seemed to ignore the fact that Eunice still made eyes at him almost every Sunday night at the hymn singings. Mamm was right though. Susan needed to trust Thomas and believe he wouldn’t fall again just because Eunice batted her eyes at him. After all, Thomas claimed Eunice acted that way toward all the boys, which was partly true. To his credit, Thomas really didn’t want Eunice. He was choosing her—Susan. That was worth something, wasn’t it? Surely his persistence would arouse some of the old feelings she used to have for him.

And now here came Teresa, running across the yard, her face glowing with happiness. At least somebody had things figured out in this world.

The Girl In The Glass By: Susan Meissner

The Girl In The Glass

By: Susan Meissner

 

  • Paperback:352 pages
  • Publisher:WaterBrook Press (September 18, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0307730425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730428

About the Book

Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter. Since she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence, Italy, and being able to finally step into the place captured in a picture at her grandmother’s house. But after her grandmother passes away and it falls to her less-than-reliable father to take her instead, Meg’s long-anticipated travel plans seem permanently on hold. When her dad finally tells Meg to book the trip, she prays that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents’ divorce. But when Meg arrives in Florence, her father is nowhere to be found, leaving aspiring memoir-writer Sophia Borelli to introduce Meg to the rich beauty of the ancient city. Sofia claims to be one of the last surviving members of the Medici family and that a long-ago Medici princess, Nora Orsini, communicates with her from within the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. When Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if renaissance isn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Since I was among the group to choose the cover of “The Girl In The Glass” I’ve been waiting to read the book. And yes the cover I choose is this cover, and it goes well with the story, not to mention how beautiful this book is to look at! And not only do I love the cover, I love what it written on the pages between this cover. Susan Meissner created unique characters that are realistic and interesting, keeping the story moving and keeping my attention. I was hooked from the first pages and didn’t want to put the book down until the end.
Meg was finally getting her dream since childhood, a trip to Florence Italy, and the place captured in the picture from her grandmothers. Things didn’t go as expected for Meg, but God had another plan for her. Susan Meissner writes a wonderful story as she weaves the lifes of Meg, Nora and Sophia in the beautiful setting of Florence, Italy. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy this read, but I enjoyed getting to know Florence, Italy, the sights and sounds and the ways of life that the author so vividly detailed throughout the book.
I highly recommend this book for your reading enjoyment. Susan Meissner is a wonderful gifted writer. You will not be disappointed in her new book.

About the Author

Susan MeissnerSusan Meissner is an award-winning author whose books include The Shape of Mercy, Lady in Waiting, and A Sound Among the Trees. She is the wife of an Air Force chaplain and a mother of four young adults. When she’s not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at her San Diego church.

From Litfuse………Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund..Plus Nikon Camera Giveaway

Unending Devotion

by Jody Hedlund

About the Book: 
Michigan, 1883
In Her Darkest Hours, Is He the Man She Needs?
Lily Young longs to find her lost sister or will die trying. Heedless of any danger, she searches logging camps and towns, posing as a photographer’s assistant. And then she arrives in Harrison, Michigan–and the sights of Connell McCormick.
Connell is determined to increase the fortune of his lumber-baron father and figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters. But when Lily arrives in town she upends his world, forcing him to confront the truth that dangerous men have gained too much power while good men turn a blind eye.
Vexing but persuasive, Lily soon secures Connell’s help, drawing them ever closer to each other. Will standing for what’s right cost them both everything?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow, this is my first book of Jody Hedlund’s and I am now hooked! Unending Devotion was not an easy book to read at times because of the situations with sex slavery, but it is one of the best books I’ve read. Author Jody Hedlund created wonderful realistic characters that developed very well as the story unfolded. I really like Lily and her determination to find her sister no matter what, even though that determination lead her to jump into things too quickly sometimes without thinking. Connell was a honorable gentleman in every way and I like the way Lily made him do crazy things that he wouldn’t otherwise do, of course she didn’t know she was doing this. And Oren, well he was just a hoot with that gun of his. How did Connell ever survive around Oren?

So much happens in this book, so many twists and turns you will not want to stop reading! My eyes were glued to this book and I still can’t stop thinking about it! I highly recommend this book for your enjoyment! And if you are a historical fiction buff, then this is a must read for you!

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House through LitFuse Publicity Group. I was not expected of required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

Link to buy the book:http://ow.ly/dihgn 

Meet Jody: Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of “The Doctor’s Lady” and “The
Preacher’s Bride”. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award,
the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a
finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently
she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy
children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.

Visit her website: http://jodyhedlund.com/

Taming the Wind by Tracie Peterson Plus Awesome Kindle Giveaway

Taming the Wind

Tracie Peterson

About the Book:
A young widow nursing the wounds of her past…

A cowboy with demons of his own…
Though grateful for the blessing of her daughter, Carissa Lowe has accepted that widowhood is her lot in life. Bound by fear and mistrust, she feels incapable of opening her heart again.
Tyler Atherton has never forgotten Carissa. When he discovers she’s living with her sister on a nearby ranch, his life becomes intertwined with the lovely widow’s. And Carissa’s daughter, Gloria, seems determined to wrap herself around his little finger. But while Tyler longs to provide a home and future for Carissa, he is haunted by an obligation he feels unable to fulfill.
Challenged by mounting hardships, can Carissa and Tyler preserve their fledgling love in a land as unforgiving and vibrant as the people who call it home?
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MY THOUGHTS
In this wonderful conclusion to the Land of The Lone Star Series, Tracie Peterson writes another historical fiction that captures the hearts of her readers. The attraction between Tyler and Carissa is obvious, and Carissa’s daughter Gloria loves Tyler and has stolen his heart. But both of these characters have a challenging past that may stop the feeling building up in the hearts of both Carissa and Tyler. But as usually, Tracie Peterson takes a mount of trouble, and adds her unique twists and turns, weaving lives together with the love and grace of God, and comes up with a intriguing and heartwarming story we all love. I really like Tyler and Carissa, and were rooting for them, for their sake as well as Gloria’s. And I appreciate how Tracie shows that God has a plan for our lives, even when we can’t see Him working.
This is a wonderful historical fiction that I highly recommend for your reading enjoyment. Ane one more thing I enjoyed is reading a book set following the Civil War, and the vivid details the author gives throughout the entire book.
I was provided a copy of this book from Bethany House through LitFuse Publishing Group. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.
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Link to buy the book!
http://ow.ly/dsGj5
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Meet Tracie:
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site at www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at www.writespassage.blogspot.com

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CFBA Presents The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe BridesmaidBethany House Publishers (September 11, 2012)byBeverly LewisABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Beverly’s first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author’s maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly’s work to be “a primer on Lancaster County folklore” and offers “an insider’s view of Amish life.”

Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly’s tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, “Beverly’s books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don’t run across writing like that every day. I hope she’ll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time.”

A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid musicians and fiction “book worms.”

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Latest in Chart-Topping Amish Fiction from Beverly Lewis

Twenty-seven-year-old Joanna Kurtz has made several trips to the altar, but never as a bride. The single young Amishwoman is a closet writer with a longing to be published something practically unheard of in her Lancaster County community. Yet Joanna’s stories aren’t her only secret. She also has a beau who is courting her from afar, unbeknownst even to her sister, Cora, who, though younger, seems to have suitors to spare.

Eben Troyer is a responsible young Amishman who hopes to make Joanna Kurtz his bride–if he can ever leave his parents’ farm in Shipshewana, Indiana. Yet with his only brother off in the English world, intent on a military career, Eben’s hopes for building a life with his dear Joanna are dimming, and patience is wearing thin. Will Joanna ever be more than a bridesmaid?

 

MY THOUGHTS

Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite authors! I love, love her books. I need to finish this one before I write a review, so I will post it asap. But if you want a wonderful Amish read, Beverly is your author to go to!!

 

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Bridesmaid, go HERE.

Litfuse Presents With Every Letter….By: Sarah Sundin Plus Win a free EReader!

With Every Letter

By Sarah Sundin

About the Book:
Book 1 in the Wings of the Nightingale series

Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met–even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence–he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts? Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing–and true love.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Keep the letters coming! That’s how it was for Lt. Mellie Blake. Mellie started writing letters to an anonymous soldier after he supervisor set up letter writing between the nurses and soldiers help  build morale. She was so glad to finally have a friend, one she could actually tell everything to. After all, they would never meet, so what did it matter? And Lt. Tom MacGilliver had really never had anyone he could honestly talk to, and was thrilled to be writing to this military nurse, the one he named Annie.

My interest was captured with the letter writing. I thoroughly enjoyed the contact between these two people who quickly became friends. I grew to love both Mellie and Tom as the story unfolded and they were both soon stationed very close to each other. Tension started building because neither thought they would ever meet the other, and now they were so close. Would meeting destroy the close friendship they two now have? Or will we see a fast budding romance that will sweep us off our feet? I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Sarah Sundin’s new novel “With Every Letter” for a wonderful enjoyable read.

I was provided a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity Group. I want to thank Amy for making sure I rec’d this book, even though the publisher didn’t send it in time for the tour. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Meet Sarah:
Sarah Sundin received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and her second novel A Memory Between Us is a finalist for an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. Her stories are inspired by her great-uncle who flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England during World War II. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. www.sarahsundin.com

Find out more about Sarah at http://www.sarahsundin.com/.

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CFBA Presents Shelley Shepard Gray and her new book “Found”

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingFoundAvon Inspire; Original edition (September 4, 2012)byShelley Shepard GrayABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold over thirty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, Abingdon Press, and Avon Inspire. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children in college, and is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and currently leads a Bible study group, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

When she’s not writing, Shelley often attends conferences and reader retreats in order to give workshops and publicize her work. She’s attended RWA’s national conference six times, the ACFW conference and Romantic Times Magazine’s annual conference as well as traveled to New Jersey, Birmingham, and Tennessee to attend local conferences.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

A murder is solved and a quiet Amish community must deal with the repercussions. Amid the surprising revelations, can a newfound love survive?

As the search for Perry Borntrager’s killer continues, Jacob Schrock feels like his world is about to crumble. Right before Perry went missing, he and Jacob got into a fistfight. Jacob never told anyone what happened that terrible night. He’s good at keeping secrets—including his love for Deborah, Perry’s sister. But when Deborah takes a job at his family’s store and their friendship blossoms, Jacob senses everything is about to be revealed.

Deborah has been searching for a slice of happiness ever since her brother’s body was discovered. When the police start questioning Jacob, Deborah can’t believe that the one person she’s finally allowed in could be the one responsible for her brother’s death. Will she believe what everyone seems to think is the truth . . . or listen to her heart, and hope there is still one more person who is keeping secrets in Crittenden County?

My Thoughts

Though I am a little behind in reading, I am anxious to find out the mysterious end to the Perry Borntrager murder. Just who will the guilty party be? And you know, usually I have an idea buy now, but I don’t, I’m still waiting. And will post my review just as soon as I finish the book. But rest assured, I know Shelley Shepard Gray’s writing, and she just can’t write anything that is any less that awesome! So if you haven’t read The Secrets of Crittenden County series, start with the first book “Missing,” then read “The Search,” and finish the series with “Found.” You will be delighted with the results of these wonderful reads!

 

If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of Found, go HERE.

Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz

Love’s Reckoning  

by Laura Frantz

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800720415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720414

 

About the Book

On a bitter December day in 1784, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania. Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship quickly and move west. But because he is a fast worker and a superb craftsman, Liege endeavors to keep him in York by appealing to an old tradition: the apprentice shall marry one of his master’s beautiful daughters.

Eden is as gentle and fresh as Elspeth is high-spirited and cunning. But are they truly who they appear to be? In a house laced with secrets, each sister seeks to secure her future. Which one will claim Silas’s heart–and will he agree to Liege’s arrangement?

In this sweeping family saga, one man’s choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.

Endorsements

“Stunning. Heart-wrenching. Breathless. Not since Gone with the Wind have I read an epic novel that has stolen my heart, my breath, my sleep to such a jolting degree. Love’s Reckoning marks Laura Frantz not only as a shining star in Christian fiction today but as a shooting star who soars skyward to the glittering heights of Rivers and Higgs.”–Julie Lessman, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 

Laura Frantz has penned a masterpiece with her new book “Love’s Reckoning,” with wonderful realistic characters that grip your heart from the very beginning, and hold it as their story unfolds between the covers of this book. Oh and I love the beautiful cover too.!

Poor Silas Ballantyne didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he accepted the job as blacksmith, but he was soon to find out that his life would never be the same. Torn between two ladies, which happens to be daughters of his boss, Eden and Elspeth Lee, will Silas be able to marry the woman he really loves, or will it be the woman his boss decided for him before he ever sit foot on their property? This story has so many twists and turns it is impossible for me to tell you what its about without revealing the good stuff that you need to find out when you read the book! The only bad thing about it is having to wait for the next book in this series to hit the shelves.

I highly recommend this book and encourage you to pick up a copy of your own enjoyment!

“Available September 2012  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman’s Daughter,Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.

PUYB Presents TWANG by Julie L. Cannon

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Julie L. CannonABOUT JULIE L. CANNON

Julie L. Cannon is a bestselling author, speaker and teacher. She believes that using your memories to write autobiographical fiction is both cathartic and powerful, and when Julie isn’t busy writing, she can be found leading memoir workshops, encouraging others to encourage others on this journey called Life. Julie has captured many awards in the ABA as well as the CBA. She loves growing flowers and listening to country music at her home off Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, Georgia.

Her latest book is the Christian fiction novel, Twang.

You can learn more about Julie L. Cannon at www.julielcannon.com.

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TwangABOUT TWANG

The songs Jennifer Clodfelter writes and sings aren’t from her imagination. With innocence and passion, Jenny pours the pain from her childhood into the lyrics of one Billboard Country hit after another. Her manager assures her that confronting formative years wrapped in violence and poverty is a necessary evil, part of the unstoppable force of her destiny to become a Country Music Diva. And for a while, little Jenny Cloud is in heaven. She basks in the spotlight on stage and the wild applause of her fans. But as she pours herself into writing more and more autobiographical songs, Jenny begins to find the emotional fallout is staggering. When she revisits a dark memory she thought was long-buried, she begins to seriously wonder if the high price she’s paying to write her hits is worth it. Jenny’s hairdresser, Tonilynn, sees the wounded little girl beneath the star’s on-stage smiles and she attempts to fix her broken spirit along with her hair by counseling Jenny to pour yet another long-repressed story of her father into a song. Is singing for her sanity a possibility in this instance? Would another hit song be therapy enough to reconcile Jenny and her dark past? Jenny Cloud faces the music with music.

 

My Thoughts On This Book!

With the title of this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was it about something twangy tasting or what? Well I was pleasantly suprised to find out that it was about a country singer, one trying to start a career in country music. With her passion and determination, twenty-three-year-old Jennifer Clodfelter believes she is destined to be a country music star, so she strikes out to Nashville and tries to jump right in, but as usual she has a few setbacks. Twang was her song, one she wrote and recorded, hoping Nashville would jump at it.

Though we don’t have any famous family members in the music industry, our family, and especially my dad’s side of the family has a pretty good musical background and it was handed down to some of the rest of us, making this an interesting and very fun read. I enjoyed following Jennifer on her journey, a journey that was difficult and lonely much of the time, but Jennifer did meet a number of people that helped her on her journey. Jennifer was a character that really captured my heart from the beginning. And as the story develops, I really found myself cheering her on, wanting her to succeed. Julie Cannon pens a wonderful story in “Twang.” A story well written, with well developed characters that played their part in the story well. And I especially appreciate the way Ms. Cannon weaves faith in God in the story, making this a story of love and redemption.

This is just a wonderful read, one any fiction lover would thoroughly enjoy. I strongly encourage you to grab a copy for your own enjoyment.

I rec’d this book from Abingdon Press through PUYB blog tours. I was not
expected to give a positive review, only an honest one. The opinions in this
review are mine only.

 

 

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