A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

A Broken Kind of Beautiful

by Katie Ganshert

a broken kind of beautiful

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four-year-old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth — appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows — so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line — an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.

 

 

MY REVIEW

This is an awesome book, and I just loved, loved it!!!  For ten years Ivy Clark has been modeling fashions, and outside beauty is all she knows or cares about. Then Ivy meets Davis and Ivy begins to see that outside beauty is not the really important kind of beauty.

A Broken Kind of Beautiful was sometimes difficult for me to read, because it is full of heartache and difficulties because of what the characters are going through. But author Katie Ganshert does the most fantastic job of showing the love and redemption of God’s grace into the lives of her characters. This is a book that anyone would not only love, but your life will change when you follow the lives of these wonderful characters. I hope you love this as much as I did!

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

Katie Ganshert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christy Award finalist, Katie Ganshert is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows. She lives in Iowa with her handsome husband, their dinosaur-loving son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption, which she and her husband hope to complete sometime before they are fifty.

The NIV Pink Bible, An Invitation to Hope…from Zondervan

The NIV Pink Bible,

An Invitation to Hope

the pink bible

Book Description

Designed to uplift both survivors and co-survivors, the NIV Pink Bible offers timeless words of comfort, hope, and encouragement through specially written inspirational insights by a breast cancer survivor.

This pink Italian Duo-Tone™ Bible is a beautiful choice for any woman whose life has been affected by breast cancer. Designed to uplift both survivors and co-survivors, the NIV Pink Bible offers timeless words of comfort, hope, and encouragement through specially written inspirational insights by a breast cancer survivor. The NIV Pink Bible: An Invitation to Hope contains the complete text of the New International Version—with reflections and stories to encourage, and an index to hundreds of Bible verses to comfort.

Features include:

  • Complete text of the NIV—the world’s most popular modern-English Bible
  • An index to hundreds of verses of hope and encouragement
  • 10 beautifully designed pages of prayers, reflections and encouragement
  • Ribbon marker
  • Presentation page—great for gift-giving

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

Zondervan is really coming out with a Bible for everything, so if you haven’t found the right one for you yet, hang on, it will be here soon! I say this because I have having a good time being able to review some of their selections, and I am loving it! This Bible, The NIV Pink Bible is for those who have suffered or may be suffering at this time with breast cancer. This one is special for me because I have two aunts who lost their lives to breast cancer, and my mom and sister had it as well, but their treatments took care of it. I really like this Bible for so many reasons, But I love that it has so many verses for comfort and hope. Yes, you can find these verses in any Bible, but in this one they are set apart so that they can easily be found. If breast cancer has affected you, or someone you love, this would be an awesome gift for them! I highly encourage you to pick up a copy and give it as a gift. You will surely be blessed and you bless someone else with God’s Word!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers 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.

The Confession by Robert Whitlow

The Confession

By Robert Whitlow
Published by Thomas Nelson

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Book Description

In Holt Douglas’s line of work, there’s nothing sweeter than a confession of guilt.

Assistant D.A. Holt Douglas makes his living exposing lies and sending criminals to jail in Ashley County, Georgia. His job is always easier when defendants, instead of remaining silent, blame someone else or try to excuse their actions. With a confession in his hand, Holt knows a guilty plea will soon follow.

But lurking in Holt’s past is a dark secret that could end his successful career and possibly his relationship with Angelina, his hoped for fiancé.

When Holt reopens a cold case involving the death of the town’s wealthiest businessman-allegedly killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest-Holt doesn’t believe it was suicide. Instead, he suspects murder.

As he investigates, Holt’s own guilt threatens to destroy him and the cause of justice he’s sworn to serve. While he knows his own confession could absolve him of his sin, it could cost him his future. Will he survive long enough to uncover the true crime that this small southern town has been hiding?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

What if you had a secret that goes back ten years, and if it comes to surface, you could very well spend time in jail. Would you confess and come clean? This is the life of Holt Douglas. Douglas is a young DA working in a Prosecutors office that makes sure criminals are brought to justice. But what about his own case? Can he find the truth that happened ten years ago, or will he turn himself in and have a future of jail time?

Robert Whitlow pulls you into this story and keeps you engulfed in the plot  throughout this entire book. I love that he weaves Scriptures from the Bible into the lives of his characters and plot. I was in awe reading this entire book. I found myself looking at things in my own life, and the things I needed to confess and get straight before God. This is truly a book that will show you sin in the lives of believers, and shows what happens when confessing, repenting and asking for forgiveness. And it also so wonderfully shows the powerful love, mercy, grace and forgiveness of out Lord! What a wonderful book for everyone to read. I haven’t read one of Robert Whitlows books yet that I didn’t like, and this one is just over the top!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers 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.

A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson….from Revell

A Bouquet of Love 

by Janice Thompson

a bouquet of love

She didn’t expect to fall in love–but roses aren’t the only thing blooming on Galveston Island

Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her boisterous Greek family–especially her father–has other ideas. They’ve all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant located on the Strand–directly across the street from iconic pizza place Parma John’s–and they want Cassia’s full participation.

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston’s premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family’s faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into this former Rossi’s good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

As with her other books, Janice Thompson gives us another wonderful and humorous read that will leave you feeling delightful. Cassia is desperately trying to get away from her fathers hold on her, but it is really more difficult that she would think. As Cassia battles to strike out on her own, I found myself on a most hilarious journey with this adventurous Greek family. Ms. Thompson makes everything fun, from the seriousness of a situation to the sweet romance, I laughed at scene after scene as this family deals with their situations. The question is, when Cassia finds her purpose in life, and finds love, who will be the lucky hot guy?

This is a fantastic light read that I highly recommend! Its fun, funny and very entertaining! I read it in one day, but some may want to spread the fun out over several days. Whatever works for you, I hope you will give A Bouquet of Love a try!  I received this book from Revell Publishers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review.  

 

 

 

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect, The Icing on the Cake, and The Dream Dress. She lives in Texas. Learn more at http://www.janiceathompson.com.

CFBA Presents A Grand Design by Amber Stockton

This week, the

 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

 

is introducing

 

A Grand Design

 

Abingdon Press (August 19, 2014)

 

by

 

Amber Stockton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Words from the author:

Hi, I’m Amber, but my friends call me Tiff, short for Tiffany, my first name. I am in my mid-30’s, married to the love of my life since July 2007, have a daughter and a son, and live in Colorado. Here, I am content to do what I love—write, speak, and offer virtual assistance.

Thanks to the gentle nudging of a fellow author — Tracie Peterson — in 2002, I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers and wouldn’t be published today without them. For those of you who are also fiction writers looking for a wonderful support group, check them out! My very first book, Promises, Promises, sold in December 2006 and released in February 2008. I’ve been going steady ever since.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.
As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Grand Design, go HERE.

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin…..from Revell Publishers

In Perfect Time

by Sarah Sundin

In Perfect Time

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love

Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really loved and enjoyed this third book in the Wings of the Nightingale Series by Sarah Sudin. I was excited to read Kay’s story, and I think this is Sarah Sudin’s best book so far! I really like Kay’s bold and determined personality, but yet at the same time, there was a different side of her that I liked even more. She had a difficult time dealing with relationships, and self esteem, and I love the way Ms. Sudin deals with this, the sweet romance, the details, the vivid scenes, and the amazing WWII history all weaves together and makes an amazingly wonderful read. I love reading stories set in the WWI and WWII era, and Sarah Sudin is the lady for writing these historical books! I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of In Perfect Time. But I will say the story is more enjoyable and makes more sense when you read the three books in this series in order!

I received this book from Revell Publishers 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

 

Praise for Sarah Sundin’s Novels

“WWII-era fans won’t be able to put it down.”–Publishers Weekly on With Every Letter

“Excellent research and attention to detail with a flair for romance.”–CBA Retailers+Resources on With Every Letter

“Sundin’s novel features characters living large under emotional and physical stress, while the setting provides invaluable details and insights into the wartime mind-set.”–Booklist, starred review on A Memory Between Us

Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit http://www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

CFBA Presents….Sky Zone by Creston Mapes

This week, the

 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

 

is introducing

 

Sky Zone

 

David C. Cook (June 1, 2014)

 

by

 

Creston Mapes

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as “The Shop.”

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.

A terrorist threat.

A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions.

Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn’t making matters any easier.
With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives–and the lives of thousands of innocent people.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Sky Zone, go HERE.

 

MY THOUGHTS
Creston Mapes is at the top of my list for suspense/thriller authors! I love his books, and I loved Sky Zone! It was nice to visit Jack and Pamela Crittendon again, and see what big adventure they were in for this time! And it was an adventure ok, and my head was spinning when I finished reading. It took me a while to get into another book cause I couldn’t get this one out of my head! I LOVE books like this! And I’m not going to reveal anything, you just need to read the book and see for yourself!

I received this book from David Cook and CFBA 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

 

 

Debt Proof Living by Mary Hunt….from Revell Publishers

Debt Proof Living

by Mary Hunt

debt proof living

“I would have had no idea where to start if I had not read this book.”–Denise J.

Debt-Proof Living was our salvation, and now it is our daily living reference.”–Kathy W.

“Because of Debt-Proof Living I have completely changed my thinking about money.”–M. J.

“You have changed my life.”–Beth G.

Mortgages, credit card balances, student loans, car loans, and home improvement loans have become a way of life. All that debt is putting not only our present at risk as we live paycheck to paycheck but our futures in jeopardy, as shockingly few of us have enough put away for retirement. But personal financial expert Mary Hunt wants you to know a radical but simple truth–you really can get out of debt and stay out of debt–for the rest of your life.

If you have been struggling to pay the bills, if you feel like you just can’t make your finances work, if you feel like your money situation is getting out of control, you need this book. It can change your life, just as it’s changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of others already.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

As I read Debt Proof Living, I was reminded of many ways that I can help with my finances. Some things in her books is not really new, some are pretty practical, but then Ms. Hunt weaves them all together into one book. She hits on all of the many different kind of debts people may have, and gives loads of neat and helpful tips to help in these suggestions. In following her valuable lessons her in this book, you can be debt free, and if you continue to follow, can stay debt free. But what this book is not, is a quick fix to your finances. It takes work, determination and decisions in order to make it work for you!

I really recommend Mary Hunt’s book to you. I think you will find help in the valuable lessons, tips and tricks she has here. 

I received this book from Revell Publisers 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.

 

 

Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author and the founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living. Her books have sold more than a million copies, and her daily newspaper column, Everyday Cheapskate, is nationally syndicated and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers. Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as NBC’s TODAY and Dr. Phil. She and her husband live in Colorado. Learn more at http://www.debtproofliving.com.


Endorsements

TESTIMONIALS

“It has been four years since I really took to heart all the information in Debt-Proof Living. I am happy to report today that we have paid back over $35,000 of ‘stupid debt’ and are currently saving like crazy for a house. I would have had no idea where to start if I had not read this book. Peace of mind is a great gift!”–Denise J.

“I want to thank you for writing your book, Debt-Proof Living. It was our salvation and now it is our daily living reference. We had a lot of stupid debt (over $40,000) about three years ago. We have now paid off each and every credit-card account. What a weight was lifted from our shoulders. We used this book every step of the way. We are truly reformed credit-card users. I wish a lot of people would read this book–it’s wonderful. We are now using it to learn about investing our money and saving for retirement. We are living proof that it works.”–Kathy W.

“I bought your book to read on a plane. I did not know then how it would change my life in so many ways. Thank you.”–Joan B.

“I picked up Debt-Proof Living from the library. (I know, what a cheapskate!) I wanted to say thanks to you because I can now sleep again at night knowing that there is a way out of our debt-ridden life. I am excited to make changes and not have our life controlled by our money–but rather to be able to control our life and our money.”–Janis N.

“Because of Debt-Proof Living I have completely changed my thinking about money.”–M.J.

“I picked up Debt-Proof Living and started to read. Oh my, I kept thinking, this sounds just like me–I am not the only intelligent person who absolutely stinks at money management! I am pleased to say that I have paid off $12,000 with $6,300 to go. Thanks again for being strong enough to share your story. You have changed my life and from what I can see on your website, countless other’s lives as well.”–Beth G.

CFBA Presents A Heart to Heal by Allie Pleiter

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

A Heart to Heal 

Love Inspired (July 15, 2014) 

by 

Allie PleiterABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and nonfiction. An avid knitter, harp player and non-reformed chocoholic, she spends her days writing books, doing laundry, running carpools and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in speech from Northwestern University and currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing eight years ago has blossomed into a career that includes numerous public speaking engagements, two books on parenting; Becoming a Chief Home Officer and Facing Every Mom’s Fears and now novels for Steeple Hill Books. She is the mother of two children and, most recently, a Havanese dog named Bella.
ABOUT THE BOOK

The Courage To Hope.

Guidance counselor Heather Browning is desperate. She needs a mentor to help Simon, a disabled student who is struggling at Gordon Falls High School. Unfortunately, hotshot Max Jones is her only option. Confrontational and cavalier, Max uses his flashy persona to hide the bitterness he’s felt since his life-changing accident. Perpetually cautious, Heather finds Max’s bad-boy bravado as intriguing as it is infuriating. But as Heather and Max work together to build Simon’s self-confidence, they begin to trust each other. Max has never been slow and careful with anything. Can he be gentle with Heather’s heart?

Gordon Falls: Hearts ablaze in a small town.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of A Heart to Heal, go HERE.

 

The Blessings of Friendship Treasury by By Mary Engelbreit

The Blessings of Friendship Treasury 

by By Mary Engelbreit

the friendship of blessing

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

The Blessings of Friendship, created by New York Times bestselling author and artist Mary Engelbreit, is a playful and poignant treasury of poetry, Bible verses, and quotes that celebrate the joy of friendship. Children will learn from timeless sayings and poems what it means to be a friend – helping, encouraging, listening, sharing with, and loving one another. Colorful and whimsical illustrations bring these words to life, as children learn the value of friendship. Verses from the Bible give us instruction on putting others above ourselves, loving each other, and being kind to one another. This book will make you smile with each turn of the page, remembering old friends and new friends alike.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When you open a book by Mary Engelbreit, you have opened a masterpiece! And The Blessings of Friendship is such a beautiful book inside and out. The poems, verses and Scripture are so beautifully written, they are truly a blessing and enjoyment to read! This book teaches the valuable lesson of Friendship. One of the short verses in this book is:” A friend is the first one to come in when the whole world has gone out.” And this is so true of everyone, and something each parent should teach their children. And if you have this beautiful Engelbreit book you will be able to read this to your child as well and let them view the pictures. As well as so many other precious verses and poems throughout this book. And the illustrations are the true classy and amazingly beautiful Mary Engelbreit style! And yes I love using the word beautiful when describing this book because, well it is the best way I know to say it!

I highly recommend The Blessings of Friendship by Mary Engelbreit to everyone! I received this book from Book Look Bloggers 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.

 

 

Litfuse presents…..The Butterfly and the Violin By Kristy Cambron

The Butterfly and the Violin

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz—and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.

Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl—a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.

In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover, the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul, who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together, Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.

A darling of the Austrian aristocracy, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.

As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: in the grim camps of Auschwitz and in the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Kristy’s website.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This was such a wonderful read! I loved it! Though at times I had a difficult time reading what was happening to Adele and the rest of the prisoners. I felt so bad for Adele because of the circumstances that landed her as prisoner, and then the horrible things she and the ladies with her had to do. And in modern day, Sera was so determined to find the special painting, so would do almost anything, even if it meant flying cross country and meeting a wealthy stranger. The process of finding the painting and the story behind the painting was an amazing story to read. This is a book that will keep your nose in the pages until it is finished. And along with the story of the painting, the two heartwarming romances will warm your heart and stay with you for a long time. This is truly a unique romance story.

I received this book from Litfuse 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 THIS AUTHOR

Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather’s stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.

When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

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When I Fall in Love

by Susan May Warren

About this Book

Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love the Christiansen family and I really enjoyed a visit with them again in Grace’s story. Grace never wanted to leave home, she was perfectly content at home with her cooking ability. Was she ever surprised when here siblings give her a three week culinary vacation to Hawaii. But though at first she thinks she will be alone, she suddenly finds out that her brothers high profile pro hokey player Max will be in Hawaii to watch out for her, which is the last thing Grace wanted.

Susan May Warren has such a way with words, and uses them well when writing awesome books! I love, love this series and this book! I love how she makes the characters seem so very real! I feel as though I know this family personally! And I love the way she introduces Grace and Max to each other. The vivid scenes of Hawaii and the cooking classes, contest, and just everything about the story was just so amazing, I’m still on a high from reading it! I love how Max and Grace are two different personalities, but have so much in common, and Max with his expert side job, or hobby was shocking to me. He just didn’t seem like the type. And I don’t want to keep going on because I will end up telling an important part of the plot, and I don’t want to do that!

If you love romances, this is a must for you! And you want clean, faith base and fun to read added to romance, then you will love When I Fall In Love by Susan May Warren. I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers 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.

CFBA Presents In The Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

In The Field of Grace

River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2014)

by

Tessa AfsharABOUT THE AUTHOR:

TESSA AFSHAR was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.

But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor. Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.

Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel’s destiny and the future of the whole world.

If you would like to read the first chapter of In The Field of Grace, go HERE.

CFBA Presents Firewall by DiAnn Mills

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Firewall

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)

by

DiAnn MillsABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops.

DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/diannmills
ABOUT THE BOOK

After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

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

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

DiAnn Mills has me on the edge of my seat in every book she writes!! And I love, loved this one.

Death Takes A Ride by Lorena McCourtney…..from Revell

Death Takes A Ride

by Lorena McCourtney

Death takes a ride

It’s official. This case is above her pay grade–and Cate’s in over her head.

Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Vintage Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Cate even there–this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense.

Despite having been merely an unfortunate bystander, Cate finds herself sucked into the case. And the deeper she gets, the more she begins to suspect that the shooting in the H&B office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney takes you on wild ride in this clever cozy mystery that will keep you guessing.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Cate Kinkaid seems to always find herself in some kind of trouble, not matter what she does, or does not do! In this case, Cate steps right up on a dead man, a murder. But what is she to do? Can she solve the mystery murder? But then the shop owner decides to hire Cate to find a motorcycle he wants to by. But as Cate starts looking, did she find more than she bargained for? 

Cate is a fun and interesting character and as we read each book, we find out a little more about her. I like trying to solve the mystery with Cate, and yes in this on it was pretty obvious to me, but it was still interesting and entertaining, that is for sure! And then there is Cates cat Octavia that I just adore. This wonderful author again weaves a story together that will enlighten and entertain you for a few hours, and you will want to read more from author Lorena McCourtney! And I don’t like giving away a lot of information, especially in murder mysteries, because it takes all of the fun out of reading. So run out and grab a copy of Death Takes a Ride and sit down for a comfortable and enjoyable read. And don’t forget to pick up the other books in this series. It is more fun to read them in order, but it is also good for a stand alone book!

I received this book from Revell Publishers  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.

Praise for the Cate Kinkaid Files

“Quirky, charming, and fun.”–Publishers Weekly on Dying to Read

“This book has tension that is matched only by humor–you won’t find a place to stop and take a breath.”–The Suspense Zone on Dolled Up to Die

“An entertaining, quick-paced whodunit that’s sure to keep even seasoned mystery lovers guessing.”–RT Book Reviews on Dolled Up to Die

Lorena McCourtney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of dozens of novels, including Invisible (which won a Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), Dying to Read, and Dolled Up to Die. She resides in Oregon. Learn more at http://www.lorenamccourtney.com.

Litfuse Presents Penny Wise…… by Neta and Dave Jackson

Litfuse Presents

Penny Wise

by Neta and Dave Jackson

Penny WisePenny Wise | A Windy City Neighbors bookMichelle Jasper doesn’t have much time to hang out with her neighbors—not with thirteen-year-old twins, another teen with hoop dreams, a full-time job as a caseworker, volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, and heading up the women’s ministry at Northside Baptist. Her husband’s constantly changing shifts as an air traffic controller at the world’s busiest airport—Chicago’s O’Hare International—and responsibilities as a trusted deacon at Northside only add to the juggling act at the Jasper household.Her new neighbors, Harry and Estelle Bentley, mean well with their friendly efforts to bring people together, but how can she deal with neighborhood concerns—like Greg Singer, who lost his job and is now trying to recruit sales reps from the neighborhood for his new venture—when she’s confronted with tragic family situations daily in her job? Like little Candy and her baby brother Pookey, victims of neglect . . .

With the “tyranny of the urgent” crowding out the important, Michelle is blindsided by danger involving her own kids—and a personal crisis that calls into question the very values she holds dear. How could this happen? Does God even care?

As her life unravels, a missing penny—and a “penny from heaven”—give her a shred of hope. But will God just laugh at her penny test?

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

 

 MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In Penny Wise, we are back in the lovely neighborhood of Beecham Street and their interesting neighbors. We have visited some of the neighbors in the first two book, and this time we visit the Jasper family as they go about their every day live. This family is no different than families today, with three busy and active teenagers, and a husband and wife with a schedule that doesn’t leave a lot of extra time for family. I think I enjoyed this book a lot because it reflects modern day families and how they struggle daily to balance their life. The Jasper family surely had their share of difficulties and problems, and some of the craziest schedules anyone could have. And I love the way the Jackson team writes this story in a way that definitely keeps your attention. I couldn’t seem to put the book down for long because I just had to find out what was happening to these neat family members.

I love Neta and Dave Jackson’s book because they are good clean, enjoyable and interesting books written in the setting of a really nice neighborhood. Penny Wise is a a book that anyone can enjoy and one I highly recommend. I hope you will give this book a try, and I hope you like it as much as I do. I received this Bible from Litfuse 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 THESE AUTHORS

Dave and Neta Jackson

Dave and Neta Jackson are award-winning authors living in the Chicago area where their parallel novels from the Yada Yada House of Hope and Harry Bentley series are set. As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books.

 

Michelle Jasper doesn’t have much time to hang out with her neighbors—not with thirteen-year-old twins, another teen with hoop dreams, a full-time job as a caseworker, volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, and heading up the women’s ministry at Northside Baptist. Her husband’s constantly changing shifts as an air traffic controller at the world’s busiest airport—Chicago’s O’Hare International—and responsibilities as a trusted deacon at Northside only add to the juggling act at the Jasper household.

Her new neighbors, Harry and Estelle Bentley, mean well with their friendly efforts to bring people together, but how can she deal with neighborhood concerns—like Greg Singer, who lost his job and is now trying to recruit sales reps from the neighborhood for his new venture—when she’s confronted with tragic family situations daily in her job? Like little Candy and her baby brother Pookey, victims of neglect . . .

With the “tyranny of the urgent” crowding out the important, Michelle is blindsided by danger involving her own kids—and a personal crisis that calls into question the very values she holds dear. How could this happen? Does God even care?

As her life unravels, a missing penny—and a “penny from heaven”—give her a shred of hope. But will God just laugh at her penny test?

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

 

 

NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden from Zondervan

NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible

Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden

Gardners Bible

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

God will meet you personally in your garden… and in his. Throughout the Scriptures God has revealed spiritual truth in the language of growing things. This Bible will take you into a deeper relationship with God through the contemplation of soil and soul. The NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible will inspire you to seek God in a personal way through informative essays, devotional readings and prayers that explore the nature of the gardener’s work, the rewards of gardening, the influence of seasons and weather, and the joy of the harvest. In this Bible you will also find botanical-themed pages containing horticultural information for the prominent plants noted in Scripture and landscape-themed pages highlighting the main gardens and regions in which the events in the Bible took place. Draw near to the One whose garden is planted with delight—in you!

Features: * 260 daily devotions and 52 weekend readings arranged in weekly themes and placed near relevant passages in the text to explore the biblical metaphors of gardens and gardening * Beautiful, durable hardcover * Topical Index (for 52 weeks) * Special sections on the Garden of Eden, the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus the Vine

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

If you are a gardener, You will enjoy this new Bible from Zondervan. It is designed to help you follow your Bible reading and do your gardening together. One thing I found interesting is that there are 260 daily readings and 52 weekly readings and the passages in the Bible and the devotions go along with gardening. There is a special section about The Garden of Eden, as well as sections on Jesus’ Last Supper teaching on the vine, and The Book or Revelations and the urban Gardens. This was interesting to me because I haven’t thought about Gardens in the Bible, and even though I’ve read these verses, I really didn’t apply them to gardens. And the 52 week topical index focuses on garden interest.

I highly recommend this Bible to those who enjoy gardening. The front cover is beautiful and you will enjoy the green color used as captions throughout this Bible.

I hope you will give this Bible a try, and I hope you like it as much as I do. I received this Bible from BookLook Bloggers 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.

 

CFBA presents Shenandoah Dreams…by Lisa Belcastro

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Shenandoah Dreams 

OakTara Publishers (July 1, 2014) 

by 

Lisa BelcastroABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard. She loves chocolate, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, laughing, reading, traveling, a healthy dose of adventure, and her cat Ben, who keeps her company while she spends hours working at the computer.

She was inspired to write Shenandoah Nights, the first book in the Winds of Change trilogy, while chaperoning two Tisbury School summer sails with her daughter, Kayla, aboard the schooner Shenandoah. The weeklong adventure, sans electricity, Game Boys, iPods and modern conveniences, kindled her imagination to dream of an altogether different voyage.

In addition to writing romance novels, Lisa currently pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style magazine. She has worked as a staff and freelance reporter and photographer for The Chronicle of the Horse and as assistant editor at The Blue Ridge Leader. She has written articles for USA Today, Dressage (London), USA WEEKEND Magazine, The Blue Ridge Leader and Sidelines.

When she’s not at her desk, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, trying to run a marathon a month, or walking the beach looking for sea glass.

ABOUT THE BOOK

What if she met the man of her dreams…in another century? Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha s Vineyard. It s just a dream, Melissa Smith whispers as she stares into the intense eyes of a man dressed in Colonial clothes, as though stepping out of an American Revolution movie set. A school chaperone with Holmes Hole Elementary, she d boarded the old schooner Shenandoah for a weeklong educational sail. But they are not visiting Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Museum, or the Concord Bridge reenactment. They re sailing the waters around the island of Martha s Vineyard. Yet, when she awakes in Cabin 8, the captain claims to be Isaiah Reed, who sailed the original Shenandoah in the eighteenth century. He cannot possibly be real, Melissa thinks. And traveling back in time is impossible. But days pass, and she s still in 1770. What if Isaiah, who is simply too handsome to be real, is real? What if the fire he ignites in her from barely a touch isn t in her imagination? Can a dream last for weeks on end? If so, how will she find her way home…to the twenty-first century? And can she bear to leave the one man who has captured her heart, when everything in her longs to stay? A Vineyard Romance Romance, history, adventure. Get swept into the exciting Winds of Change series.

If you liked to read the first chapter of Shenandoah Dreams, go HERE.

Revells Presents……Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart

Love Comes Home
By Ann H. Gabhart

When the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The men are coming home to Rosey Corner after years at war during WWII. Two of the Merritt sisters were waiting on husbands to return, while one sister knew her husband would never be back again. Over three years had passed since the men left, and in that time everyone and everything had changed. And the guys struggled being in quiet Rosey Corner after living for years watching their every move, and watching his back. And on the other side, the ladies struggle with understanding what their husbands have been through. And especially Evangeline, because she was expecting thing to change to give her a better life, and she wasn’t really concerned about everyone else’s feelings. I though she was a bit overboard with her wants. I just wanted to shake her good! Ann Gabhart does a wonderful job of weaving everything going on in this story together and ending Love Comes Home in a wonderful and heartwarming way.

If you enjoy romantic stories, you will enjoy this one. And for you WWII buffs, you will enjoy this as well. I hope you will this book a try, and I hope you like it as much as I do. I received this book from Revell Publishers 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.

 
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

Litfuse Presents….The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Win and iPad and More!

The Revealing

Suzanne Woods Fisher

the revealing

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Love does extraordinary things to people . . .

The Revealing | Inn at Eagle Hill series

Naomi King, soft spoken, loyal, and easily overlooked, has a gift. She sees what others can’t see. Intuition, she calls it. Others in Stoney Ridge don’t know what to make of it and dismiss her hunches and inklings altogether.

When a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with a shocking secret about Tobe Schrock, Naomi fears the worst. She can’t ignore the feeling that something sinister is at work– something more than a threat to the tenuous love begun between her and Tobe.

As signs mount, they begin to point to Jake Hertzler, the elusive mastermind behind Schrock Investments’ downfall. Soon, events spiral hopelessly out of control and Naomi must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Suzanne’s website.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a wonderful series, and a wonderful book!  When a young women arrives at the Inn with some very shocking news, everything was in a shambles at the Inn.  Tobe would be coming home soon, but what will he find when he gets there? Naomi is still taking trips to the prison to see Tobe, with her brother Galen’s knowledge, in fact Galen just will not admit that Naomi and Tobe have feeling for each other. And Rose and Galen are not always seeing eye to eye on things, so they break off their relationship. The sisters have a guest, their fourteenth cousin twice removed, and Jake Hertzler is still on the loose.

This book has a lot going on, but the author pulled it together in a awesome ending that will stay with you for a while.  The relationships here are so real they feel like family, even though I am not Amish. Even after I finished this series, I kept thinking about the characters and wondering how they were doing. This is a wonderful ending to a wonderful series that I highly recommend. I would say that you will enjoy it more if you pick up the first two books in this series and read them all together.

I received this book from Revell Publishers 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.

 

 

 

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi

 

 

 



Now for the Giveaway!!
In The Revealing, the riveting conclusion to the Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and just the right dose of romance.



Suzanne is celebrating by giving away THREE iPads!

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THREE grand prize winners will receive:

  • An iPad
  • PickPocket Tablet Accessory Pouch (A stylish storage pouch designed to hold all your tablet accessories. Info.)
  • The Inn at Eagle Hill series (The Letters, The Calling, and The Revealing)

Five second place winners will receive:

  • The Inn at Eagle Hill series (The Letters, The Calling, and The Revealing) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 20th. All winners will be announced July 21st at Suzanne’s blog. AND … if you’re looking for more in the Inn at Eagle Hill series, be sure to pick up the ebook novella, The Rescue, for just $1.99!

 

 

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! 


 


Suzanne is also giving away two 10-book mystery prize packs! 
 


 

One of the major themes of The Revealing is learning to trust your intuition and instincts. These are God-given qualities that we sometimes are too timid or unsure of to act on. For a chance to win one of the 10-book prize packs, leave a comment on this blog and share about a time when your intuition or instinct saved the day—or a time you ignored it and missed an opportunity.  


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne’s blog on the 21st to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

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