Dead Wrong… Susan Sleeman

Dead Wrong 

by Susan Sleeman  

Book Blurb


When her client and old college friend is murdered, P.I. Kat Justice knows the killer will come for her next. Her survival depends on finding her unknown enemy first…and working with homicide detective Mitch Elliot, her onetime crush.

It’ll take all her professional skills to ignore the sparks between them, but Kat can’t allow the handsome cop to get close. She’s seen too many people she loves die, so she vows just to do her job without getting emotionally involved. Yet keeping her distance may not be the best way to protect her heart—or their lives.



Kat Justice finds herself in a tough situation. Her friend is murdered and Kat needs to find the murderer because he is now after her, but who is her enemy and what does he have against Kat to want her dead? And to make matters worse, the detective on the case is an old crush of Kat’s, Mitch Elliot. Will her old crush come alive and sparks fly, or is Mitch still not interested?


I thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing inspirational suspense from Susan Sleeman. After reading the first page I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. The characters were believable and realistic and played their parts so well as the story unfolds. And I love the way the Susan weaves the attraction and tension between Kat and Mitch together with protecting Kat and finding the killer, making the plot so intense and exciting you gotta keep reading! And I really appreciate the way the author interacts the faith of the characters in their every day lives in a unique way that doesn’t sounds pushy.


I highly recommend this wonderful suspense from one of my favorite authors, Susan Sleeman. You will not be disappointed! And if you are a Love Inspired Suspense fan, this is a must read for you!


A copy of Dead Wrong was given to me by the author, Susan Sleeman. I wasn’t required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.


About the Author

Susan is the bestselling author of inspirational romantic suspense and mysteries. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town where she spent her summers reading Nancy Drew and developing a love of mystery and suspense books. Today, she channels this enthusiasm into writing romantic suspense and mystery novels and hosting the popular internet website

Much to her husband’s chagrin, Susan loves to look at everyday situations and turn them into murder and mayhem scenarios for future novels. If you’ve met Susan, she has probably figured out a plausible way to kill you and get away with it. Don’t worry, she’d never follow through on it.

Susan currently lives in Florida, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states. Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law and an adorable grandson. In her spare time, you can find her traveling to Oregon to visit her children and grandson, reading, gardening or working on

CFBA Presents A Thousand Sleepless Nights by Michael King

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Thousand Sleepless Nights

Realms (October 16, 2012)


Michael King


When Mike Dellosso won a one-year battle with colon cancer he set out to help readers of his books discover it before they had to go through what he experienced.

“I want others to avoid what I had to go through,” he says. “It was an experience that taught me a lot about myself, others, and God, but one I wouldn’t want to repeat. If I can help even one person battling this disease, it would have been worth it.”

Mike set about writing a novel quite different from what his fan base had come to expect from him. Not a thriller, but a character-driven novel, so he wrote it under a pen name, Michael King, and entitled it A Thousand Sleepless Nights. His publisher, Charisma Media, went for it and the first copies went on sale in October.

Mike’s next step was to determine whether a partnership between him, Charisma Media, and the Colon Cancer Alliance was possible. This month both announced their cooperative fundraising venture, with Charisma Media making a significant contribution to CCA and Mike committing a portion of the proceeds from the book through December to CCA.

Speaking about A Thousand Sleepless Nights Mike says, “I want people to see colon cancer (and all the other cancers) for the monster it is, but also to show it does not need to defeat us. There is hope, there is strength, and there is courage and love. And though cancer may rob us of our physical vitality, it has no power over our spirit.”


In the 1970s, escaping a home where he knew nothing but violence and hate, Jim Harding found work, and love, on the largest horse ranch in Virginia. The object of his affections, Nena St. Claire, is the daughter of the owner—a man who ruled his ranch with an iron fist and would do whatever it took to keep Nena and Jim apart.

Against the wishes of her family, Nena marries Jim, and after her father dies, she sacrifices everything—including her family—to keep the ranch alive. Now their three grown children have lives of their own and want nothing to do with Nena. She was never the mother they needed.

When cancer strikes and Nena is given a devastating diagnosis, can Jim reconcile the family before it is too late?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Thousand Sleepless Nights, go HERE.


CFBA Presents Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Beyond the Storm

Abingdon Press (October 2012)


Carolyn Zane


Author of 35 books, wife, mother and yes…hot (flasher) lives with her fabulous husband, Matt and their 5 children and 3 dogs in the scenic Willamette Valley in Oregon. When asked to describe her family, Carolyn likens her crowd to the
Brangelia Bunch saying modestly, “Only we’re better looking.” Right now,Carolyn is back in the saddle with her new title: Beyond The Storm, coming out in October 2012! In the mean time, be sure to catch her on the critically acclaimed TOOHOTMAMAS Blog where Carolyn and Wendy tackle Marriage, motherhood and menopause: How to do all three and stay out of prison! They are hilarious! You’ll wet yourself, guaranteed! Visit them at:


After a tornado rips through her town, store owner Abigail comes across a piece of fabric from a wedding dress among the devastation. Abigail is moved to start collecting other swatches of fabric she finds – her neighbor’s kitchen curtains, a man’s necktie, a dog’s bed – which she stashes in shopping bags. As she pursues her seemingly absurd quest, horrible realities spark the question, “What kind of a God would allow such tragedy?”

As she struggles to reconcile her right to happiness amidst the destruction, Abigail begins piecing together a patchwork quilt from the salvaged fabric in hopes it will bring some peace. But a new relationship with Justin, a contractor, may require too much of her fragile heart. Will her pain and questions of faith give way to the courage to love?

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


My Thoughts on this book!

This is a wonderful story of love, faith, and survival after a devistating tornado hits a small town. The vivid details of the tragedy and the feelings of the people is so realistic you feel like you are there with them. The love and courage these people show during their healing process makes this a very touching and heartwarming story that I thoroughly enjoyed!

I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself! It makes for a wonderful read! And this is the first book in the Quilts of Love Series by Abingdon Press. There are many books to follow in this series from Abingdon in the next year or so, so be sure to look for them!

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.

Litfuse Presents…The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer


Litfuse Presents
The Memory Jar by: Tricia Goyer
About The Memory Jar: 
Book One in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series
Every year, 30-40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love.andnbsp;Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she’s also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she’s met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?
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If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will sure enjoy Tricia Goyer’s new book The Memory Jar. I really like the Memory Jar idea for best friends Patty and Sarah. It is a good way to store memories, and in Sarah’s case it is especially special after Sarah is left to go through life alone. Then Sarah meets Jathan, and things started changing in her life.


Tricia Goyer creates wonderful realistic character that we grow to love as the story unfolds and the characters develop so well. The story started a little slow for me, but then as it developed, and the story took a different twist, tensions rise, gossip spreads, people started backing off and acting strange, and Sarah started questioning her earlier decisions. It seems like Jathan has more baggage to take care of than either of them thought. But Tricia Goyer weaves the characters, situations, difficulties, doubts and people along with more twists and turn and brings a story that will keep you reading until the last page, while it warms you heart in a special way. You will love this Amish community and its people when you pick up your copy of The Memory Jar.


This book was provided by LitFuse Publishing Group. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Purchase a copy here.

Watch the Video Trailer here.

Make your own Memory Jar and other crafts.

Meet Tricia: 
Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of over thirty books including Beside Still Waters, Remembering You, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.
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CFBA Presents….Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Accidentally Amish

Barbour Books (October 1, 2012)


Olivia Newport


A Word From The Author:

I’m imagining you. You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave. You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store. You sit in front of me in church. I’m at my table in the coffee shop and you’re at yours.

We may smile politely and move on with our separate lives. Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between us.

Here the adventure begins. When we meet someone new, we never know where it might lead.

I’ve been married for over thirty years and have two twenty-something kids. We live in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where the day lilies in my back yard grow as tall as I am. (No short jokes, please.)

Not every piece of my life is pretty, though. Some days I want to throw out whole chunks. But I am living each day looking for the grace of God to me, in me, and through me. Having your companionship along the way will help uncover a lot of great stories.

Thanks for stopping by my site, where conversations and adventures begin with a click. I hope we’ll run into each other often.


Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?

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

A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story…by Julie Lessman Plus Kindle Contest!


A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story

First of all, to let you know about the Kindle contest and the Review contese….Go HERE to Julie’s blog and read all about it!

Book Blurb

One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?

Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston’s most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn’t expecting. Sam O’Rourke is the childhood hero she’s pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member of the large, boisterous family to which she longs to be a part. So when his best friend Patrick O’Connor joins in pursuit of her affections, the choice seems all too clear. Sam is from a family of faith and Patrick is not, two rogues whose wild ways clash head-on with Marcy’s—both in her faith and in her heart.

While overseeing the Christmas play fundraiser for the St. Mary’s parish soup kitchen—A Light in the Window—Marcy not only wrestles with her attraction to both men, but with her concern for their spiritual welfare. The play is based on the Irish custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas Eve to welcome the Holy Family, and for Marcy, its message becomes deeply personal. Her grandmother Mima cautions her to guard her heart for the type of man who will respond to the “light in the window,” meaning the message of Christ in her heart. But when disaster strikes during the play, Marcy is destined to discover the truth of the play’s message first-hand when it becomes clear that although two men have professed their undying love, only one has truly responded to “the light in the window.”


Finally!! We find out how Marcy and Patrick meet. And what a story it is. Isn’t is amazing how meeting ‘the’ girl can change a guys life? Cause him to do unthinkable things he never dreamed he would do? Well that is what happened to Patrick. But life sure wasn’t easy for the poor guy. He had it rough, and it seemed like everyone was against him, even his family.

A Light In The Window is another WOW book from one of my favorite authors, Julie Lessman. With characters that we already love, it was really fun reading about the young Patrick and Marcy, their goods and bads, ins and outs of the pre-dating, through the tough times of getting to know each other. And with all of the action going on throughout the book, you can’t stop reading because you’re so eager to find out what happens with Patrick. And you will understand that when you read the book!

And I love the ‘Light In The Window’ story and the way it was used as the Christmas story. Julie Lessman weaves together friends, family, situations, church family and God and tells a story that will touch your heart and stay with you for a long time. And I love and appreciate how Julie show in her characters how God takes a life that people think is lost forever and turns it completely around, and all when we trust Him.

This is a great Christmas story that I strong encourage you to add as part of your Christmas reading enjoyment. You will not be disappointed. And if you have read the Wind of Change Series, then this book is a Must for you to read!

Author Julie Lessman provided an e-copy of this book for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

What people are saying about the works of Julie Lessman …

“At last, the prequel I’ve been longing for …”
— Mary Connealy, bestselling author of the Kincaid Bride Series

“A Passion Most Pure is a frolicking read brimming with humor, desire, and addled affections, and guarantees to satisfy the most romantic of hearts.” — Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered.

“A thought-provoking yet very enjoyable read, one I hated to put down and returned to over and over with great eagerness and anticipation. I can’t wait for the next one in this series.” — Kathleen Morgan, author of A Fire Within and As High as the Heavens.

“In a powerful and skillfully written novel, Lessman exposes raw human emotions, proving once again that it’s through our greatest pain that God can lead us to our true heart, revealed and restored. Thoroughly enthralling!” — Maggie Brendan, author of the Heart of the West series.

“Julie Lessman brings all her passion for romance rooted in her passion for God to A Heart Revealed. Emma Malloy is her finest heroine yet. These characters, with their own personal struggles and the ignited flame of an impossible love, fill the pages of this powerful, passionate, fast-paced romance.” — Mary Connealy, author of the Lassoed in Texas and the Montana Marriages series.

“What an interesting mix of characters. Rather than a single boy-meets-girl romance, Julie Lessman’s latest novel takes readers on an emotional roller coaster with several couples — some married, some yearning to be married–as they seek to embrace love, honor the Lord, and uncover a dark truth that’s been hidden for a decade. Readers who long for passion in their love stories will find it in abundance here!”–Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Thorn in My Heart.

“Lessman writes my favorite kind of book: the kind I can’t put down–a book that has a heroine with unforgettable spunk, a romance with undeniable sparks, and a family that will remain in your heart long after you turn the last page.”– Siri Mitchell, author of She Walks in Beauty.

“Captivating characters, richly drawn, along with riveting and thought-provoking scenes–A Hope Undaunted will leave you breathless with anticipation. Julie Lessman has written a novel that resonates throughout with constant reminders of God’s unconditional love.”– Maggie Brendan, author of Heart of the West series.

About Julie Lessman

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.” Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series–A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010. You can contact Julie through her website at

PUYB Presents…Debut Novel…. The Road to Mercy…by Kathy Harris

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Join Kathy Harris, author of the Christian fiction, The Road to Mercy, as she tours the blogosphere October 1 – 26 2012 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!





Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business. After graduating with a Communications degree from Southern Illinois University, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to work with a well-known gospel music quartet. A few months later, The Oak Ridge Boys began their transition into country music, and Kathy had the opportunity to help build an entertainment empire from the ground up.

She worked her way to becoming a member of the Operations Management Team, eventually heading up the company’s public relations and marketing department. A lifelong fascination for books and editing led to her working as a book agent for Oak Ridge Boys’ vocalist Joe Bonsall. Joe, subsequently, published three books, including his bestselling inspirational biography, G.I. Joe & Lillie.

For several years, Kathy freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote (as well as ghost wrote) news stories and columns for various music publications. In 2007, she sold her first Christian non-fiction story, “Walk on Water,” which was included in Thomas Nelson’s All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa. That fall, one of her devotions was included in The One Year Life Verse Devotional, published by Tyndale House. Kathy’s writing is also included in Chicken Soup for the Soul Thanks, Mom.

An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the publicity officer for Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kathy lives near Nashville with her husband and their two Shiloh Shepherd dogs. She regularly interviews literary and music guests on her blog at You can visit her author website at

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Dr. Ben Abrams, rescued as an infant from a fiery crash that killed his family, turned his adversities into success but lost his heritage of faith. Fifty years later, Josh and Bethany Harrison face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth’s carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death, even as she’s pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Abrams urges her to abort the baby to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and continue the pregnancy.

During the next few months, Josh, a contemporary Christian singer, struggles with his faith while Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.

In The Road To Mercy Kathy Harris weaves a tale that crosses generations while drawing readers into a dramatic story that has both heart and soul. In breathtaking style Kathy examines complex moral issues while looking at the consequences of very human decisions all woven together in a narrative that pushes readers so deeply into the adventure that they will come to know the characters as well as they know their best friends. This Road takes you by miraculous survivals and onto monumental life struggles and is one you will likely travel not just once, but time and time again.

Ace Collins, multi-published author of Reich of Passage, The Yellow Packard, and The Christmas Star

As an avid Christian fiction reader myself, I found Kathy Harris’ book a powerful one, with themes that engage both the heart and mind. Kathy handles the sensitive topic of abortion both realistically and graciously. The Road to Mercy is a blessing wrapped up in a novel—a reminder of the kindness of God.

Rebecca St. James, singer, author, actress

Exquisite writing, wonderful characters, and a captivating story left me devouring this book. I couldn’t put it down. Novel Rocket and I highly recommend it.

Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor, Novel Rocket,



Josh and Bethany Harrison’s life tumbles upside down when Bethany is diagnosed with a very serious illness, and the news that Bethany is pregnant adds threatening dangers to Bethany’s life. Dr Abram wants Bethany to abort the baby, but she and Josh decide to go forward with the pregnancy and have their child. Between Bethany’s illness, the pregnancy, and problems on the road with John’s crew, this young couple faced difficulties above and beyond what most people ever have to face. Will their faith in God hold strong and help these two survive the trials that come their way?

This contemporary Christian fiction deals with any issues faced by people today, including abortion, adoption, marriage problems, financial problems, betrayal in a friend, business difficulties, the stress of Josh being away from home so long, and other issues faced by these young people. And Kathy Harris created a cast of characters that we grow to love as they develop so well as the story unfolds. With so many twists and turns, this story will sure keep your attention until you read the last page. And I really like the way the author stresses Godly living. With Josh being a contemporary Christian singer he was expected to live the Christian life, but I appreciate that the Ms. Harris shows that even being in the Christian and worshipful environment, sometimes it is still difficult to place all of you burdens and troubles in God’s had. It was heartwarming for me to see the humbleness of some of the characters, and the way their lives glorified the Lord.

This is a wonderful debut contemporary Christian fiction from author Kathy Harris. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy soon for your reading enjoyment. You will not be disappointed.  Even if Contemporary Fiction is not your favorite genre, I think you will love and appreciate this one.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher Abingdon Press through PUYB to read and review for their tour. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.


A Farmer’s Daughter Cookbook by Dawn Stoltzfus

A Farmer’s Daughter Cookbook  by Dawn Stoltzfus

Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen



Over 200 mouthwatering recipes–fresh from the farm

I’m Dawn Stoltzfus. Welcome to my kitchen! I was raised on a Mennonite farm where simple, wholesome food was a key ingredient of the good life. Now I’m opening up my recipe box, wiping away the crumbs and wrinkles from the well-loved recipe cards, and sharing them with you. From Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and Strawberry Shortcake to Old-Fashioned Beef Stew and Chicken and Herb Dumplings, all the best comfort foods I learned to cook from my mother are here, along with some dishes that may surprise you!

In addition to the simple, wholesome recipes for starters, main dishes, sides, and desserts, I share favorite stories from my Mennonite upbringing, tips and tricks for easy meal planning and preparation, and ideas for serving with flair.

If you enjoy feeding your family hearty, wholesome meals made with fresh ingredients and lots of love, please join me in the kitchen!


My Thoughts On This Book

This cookbook is written by Dawn Stoltzfus, who grew up on a Mennonite farm and is now sharing some of the family recipes with her readers. It is chunked full of really good sounding recipes. I enjoyed going through this book many times reading the recipes. The thing I enjoyed most about this cookbook though is the information about Dawn’s family that she has shared at the beginning of each chapter, and throughout the book. This is more than just a great cookbook, it is an insight into the Stoltzfus family and they way the grew up, as well as their family values. I appreciate the willingness of the author to share this with me, and the rest of the world who purchases her book.

This is such a wonderful cookbook and I hope you will pick up your copy soon. Don’t forget the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays coming up. I’ve already picked out a few recipes I am going to try. I also found a wonderful peach cobbler recipe that I substituted apples and tried and it was yummy. And there is an apple and pecan salad in there that is wonderful as well! Grab your copy today and enjoy this wonderful family history.

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

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

Dawn Stoltzfus is a wife, a mother of two sweet little boys, and a lover of anything creative. She started and ran The Farmer’s Wife Market until 2008 when she sold it in order to stay at home to raise her family. She loves to cook, for one or three hundred, and sees cooking and entertaining as an opportunity to “be Jesus to people” and serve them out of love and joy rather than out of a sense of obligation. Her love for cooking was inspired by her mother and developed as she cooked for her family of six on their active, working dairy farm in Ohio.

FIRST Wildcard Tours presents My Frist Handy Bible for Children

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:
Cecilie Olesen
and illustrated by:
Gustavo Mazali
and the book:
My First Handy Bible
Hendrickson Publishers (January 31, 2012)
***Special thanks to Rick Roberson for sending me a review copy.***

My First Handy Bible aims to communicate God’s character and His love to the youngest of children, ages one to three. Beautifully illustrated in bright full color, My First Handy Bible has a cheerful padded hardcover with 61 child-friendly hardback pages and a handle and clasp that make it easy for small hands to tote and manipulate. The timeless stories are retold in simple sentences by author and artist Cecilie Olesen, illustrated by author and illustrator Gustavo Mazali and designed by Ben Alex, a C. S. Lewis Gold Medal winner author and designer.

Website for Book

This is the cutest little Bible with handles. A sure hit for any small child. The board pages are thick so that children can’t rip the pages so they are plenty sturdy for even the smallest child. And the pictures are adorable with vivid colors that will capture any childs attention. The favorite for kids will be the handles they can carry their Bibles with. There is a little snap to close the Bible so it will not open when carried by the handles. Very cute and a nice gift for any child on your list.
This Bible was provided by B&B Media for the FIRST Wildcard Tour. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions here are mine only.

Product Details:

List Price: $12.95

Hardcover: 61 pages

Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers (January 31, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 8772473045

ISBN-13: 978-8772473048

AND NOW…SOME SAMPLE PAGES (Click on images to enlarge):

A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall

A Season for Tending 

by Cindy Woodsmall






Again, Cindy Woodsmall gives her readers a masterpiece to read! A story with two families struggling in different ways brought together for the good of them both. Rhoda Byler is being talked about and harassed because of lies a family member is spreading about her. Samuel King struggles making ends meet with the family apple orchard he is taking care of. Because of a unique situation with Samuel’s sister the paths of the two families crossed.


Believable and reliable characters develop well as this story unfolds creating twists and turns that kept me reading until the very end. It seams that one situation would be over and another one was just around the counter. I appreciate that through the characters, Cindy Woodsmall shows the importance of living our lives trusting God and believing Him to help us through our difficult situations.


This is a good clean, sweet Amish fiction that anyone would love to read. And if you haven’t tried Cindy Woodsmall’s books, now would be a perfect time. Pick up your copy today for your reading enjoyment.


A copy of this book was provided by Blogging for Books through their book review program. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mind only.




About The Author

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written seven novels, four novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

She’s a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them–afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities–from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband, three sons, two daughters-in-law, and a new granddaughter.

If you’d like more information or to contact her, you can go to her website: or Facebook

Straight Pipes Devotions for Bikers by Barbara Ann Derksen

Straight Pipes Devotions for Bikers  

by Barbara Ann Derksen


This devotional is designed to encourage bikers in their Christian walk and, at
the same time, provide them with a tool to disciple others. Readers will find
encouragement to spend time with God daily, study His Word, share their faith
with others, and then disciple new believers.


I have read many devotions for lots of groups of people, but this is the first one I’ve read for bikers. What a great idea and wonderful devotional from author Barbara Derksen. This book starts off with a list of Promises for Bikers, which is scripture verses taken from The Message version of the Bible. Then with scripture taken from the NIV Bible, Ms. Derkson has written devotions geared just for those bikers our there.

And to just give you a little taste of what is in this book, here are some of the devotions you will find here:
Biker Blessings
Turning Ourselves In
Biker Laws
Cruising with the King
Band of Brothers
Tattoo the Image
Bad Company
One Track Mind
Oh and if you want to know what each is about, well pick up a copy of this and read all about it!

Wow, how cool is this? Barbara Derksen not only gives devotions just for bikers, but she uses biker talk and that language unique only to bikers. I think it is so neat that Barbara picked verses that go with the biker lifestyle. What a great book for bikers to take with them on the road, for encouragement to themselves, and also to help them minister to others and be an encouragement to all they come in contact with. But if you are not a biker and you are curious to know what Barbara wrote in her book, not to worry because this devotional can be for anyone. The most important thing in “Straight Pipes” is that the author tells people about Jesus, and how to live for Him anywhere, and in anything they do!

I highly recommend this really neat book of devotions for the biker out there, or the biker in your life. So why not pick up your copy today HERE.


Watching the expressions on the faces of her readers as well as answering questions about her characters is what drives author and speaker, Barbara Ann Derksen to write yet another book and another. Her favorite genre is murder mystery but each book brings forth characters who rely on God as they solve the puzzle in their life. Her readers also have a tremendous amount of input when they wonder what happened to this character or that one, even if they are secondary to the story.

Barbara’s devotionals are sought after each year when she publishes a new one that reflects what God has placed on her heart. From Straight Pipes, her first, to Chaps, the latest, Barbara’s devotions take people to the place where God can touch their heart and leave a lasting impression. 2012 will see the release of her fifth about the Sermon on the Mount.

Born in Canada, Barbara lived in the US for 12 years. There her writing surfaced as she worked as a journalist for six years with over 2500 articles published in newspapers and magazines during that time. Her readership expanded while in the States but now the Canadian public has discovered the gift that God has given yet another Canadian.

She is a member of The Word Guild, Manitoba Writer’s Guild, The Writer’s Collective, and Christian Motorcyclists Association where each summer her books are used to inspire and encourage.

Barbara has spoken across the US and in Manitoba, Canada for women’s groups and in church services on topics such as The Writing Experience, working in the ministry of Christian Motorcyclists Association, Love, Parenting, Time Management, and a host of others.

With 11 books to her credit, each one surpasses the last, according to her readers. They look forward to Silence, the fourth in the Wilton/Strait mystery series, and Road Trip, her fifth devotional about the Sermon on the Mount in 2012. Barbara will allow some new characters to tell their story in a new series Finders Keepers which she plans to begin in 2012.

Developing a social media presence, getting published at and adding her books to their kindle collection in Canada, the US, Great Britain, France and Germany, and also adding her books to has kept her busy this year. She has also attended a few workshops to add to her skill level. Barbara Ann Would love to meet you, whenever she is in your area. Check her schedule to find out when she will stop by.

You can find more about Barbara Derksen HERE

PUYB Presents……Sandwich with a Side of Romance…by Krista Phillips

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KRISTA PHILLIPS is a debut author and owner of the popular blog, One Woman’s Dream. She lives with her husband and four daughters in Middle Tennessee.

Her latest book is the Christian fiction romance, Sandwich with a Side of Romance.

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Sandwich represents hope for twenty-year-old Maddie Buckner and Kyle, the eleven-year-old brother Maddie wants to spring out of foster care. Then she loses her new job after less than a day on the clock. It’s all Reuben-the-Jerk’s fault, and she’s determined to make him right the wrong.

He does so, reluctantly, by giving her a job at his restaurant, The Sandwich Shop. Then crazy things start happening at the restaurant, and Kyle’s foster parents apply to adopt him. To stop it all, Maddie must learn the art of humbling herself and accepting the help God has arranged, risking her heart to Reuben in the process.

And she’d rather eat a million corned-beef on rye sandwiches than do that.

My Thoughts On This Book

When I saw the title of this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect, or sure if I wanted to read it. What does Sandwich have to do with romance? Well that is something you need to read the book to find out. For me, Sandwich With a Side of Romance was a really light, fun and enjoyable read and I love, loved it! At first, Maddie was a little annoying, but then when I kept reading, I understood her more, and understood why she acted like she did. And Reuben-the –jerk is just that, a jerk! But he met his match with Maddie, and he couldn’t seem to get away from her, no matter how he tried.

This is a wonderful debut novel for author Krista Phillips. Wonderful writing job and an awesomely fun book Krista. Thank you! I just can’t say enough about this fun book, and I won’t give anything away, so I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book for your enjoyment. And as an added bonus, the cover of this book is beautiful! This  pink, retro looking cover with capture your attention as soon as you hit the bookstore!

This book was provided by the publisher 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.


“Don’t let the light-hearted cover and title fool you. Krista Phillips’ spunky, rough-around-the-edges heroine may be “tickle me” funny, but her faith journey offers more than a cute read. There is depth here, made all the more satisfying served up with a generous side of romance.”

– -Tamara Leigh, Author of Restless in Carolina and Dreamspell


CFBA Presents No Safe Harbor….by Elizabeth Ludwig

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

No Safe Harbor

Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)


Elizabeth Ludwig


Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Journey, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies, which she co-authored with Janelle Mowery, earned her the 2008 IWA Writer of the Year honors. This book was followed in 2009 by “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” part of a Christmas anthology collection called Christmas Homecoming, also from Barbour Publishing.

In 2010, her first full-length historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned Four Stars from the Romantic Times. Books two and three of Elizabeth’s mystery series, Died in the Wool (Barbour Publishing) and Inn Plain Sight (Spyglass Lane), respectively, released in 2011.

Coming in 2012 is Elizabeth’s newest historical series from Bethany House Publishers. No Safe Harbor, the first book in the Edge of Freedom Series, will release in October, with two more books following in 2013 and 2014.

Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, and often attends conferences and seminars, where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Her popular literary blog, The Borrowed Book, enjoyed a wide readership in its first full year, with more than 17,000 visitors in 2011. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in the great state of Texas.


The Thrill of Romantic Suspense Meets the Romance of 1800s America

Lured by a handful of scribbled words across a faded letter, Cara Hamilton sets off from 1896 Ireland on a quest to find the brother she’d thought dead. Her search lands her in America, amidst a houseful of strangers and one man who claims to be a friend–Rourke Walsh.

Despite her brother’s warning, Cara decides to trust Rourke and reveals the truth about her purpose in America. But he is not who he claims to be, and as rumors begin to circulate about an underground group of dangerous revolutionaries, Cara’s desperation grows. Her questions lead her ever closer to her brother, but they also bring her closer to destruction as Rourke’s true intentions come to light.

If you would like to read the first chapter of No Safe Harbor, go HERE.

FIRST Wildcard Tours presents The Amish Family Cookbook by Jerry and Tina 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 authors are:
Jerry and Tina Eicher
and the book:
The Amish Family Cookbook
Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (October 1, 2012)
***Special thanks to Ginger Chen for sending me a review copy.***

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.

Tina Eicher was born and married in the Amish faith, surrounded by a mother and sisters who were great Amish cooks. At fellowship meals and family gatherings, Tina’s dishes receive high praise and usually return empty. She and her husband, Jerry Eicher, author of several bestselling Amish fiction titles, are the parents of four children and live in Virginia.
Visit the author’s website.


My Thoughts on this Book

This is just one amazing cookbook by Jerry and Tina Eicher. I have had so much fun looking through this book several times, reading the recipies and picking out ones I want to try. Because of surgery, I didn’t get to try any ond these recipes yet, but I have several picked out to try. And I also found some new Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes to try. If you love cookbooks, then you will absolutely love this book. And if you kinda like them, well this is one you need to try. The recipes are fun, easy and oh so yummy! You may find some recipes like old favorites of yours, but they may have a little different twist. That is what makes this book fun. And if nothing else, I just like the fact that I am cooking like the Amish cook! I love anything Amish, and sitting down to a table of Amish food, well its just exciting for me.

I highly recommend this book for you to pick up for yourself. And it would make a wonderful Christmas gift for that favorite cook on your list.

This book was provided by Harvest House through FIRST Wildcard Tours. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.




From bestselling author Jerry Eicher (more than 350,000 books sold) and his wife, Tina, comes this warm and inviting peek into an Amish kitchen, complete with recipes, Amish proverbs, and a dash of Amish humor. Readers will laugh, pray, and eat robustly with The Amish Family Cookbook at their side.

Product Details:

List Price: $ 14.99

Spiral-bound: 272 pages

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (October 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0736943773

ISBN-13: 978-0736943772


What Must I Do To Be Saved by James R. Anderson

What Must I Do To Be Saved

by James R. Anderson


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Join James R. Anderson, author of the Christian Life/devotional book, What Must I Do to Be Saved?, as he tours the blogosphere from October 1 – 26, 2012, on his first virtual book tour withPump Up Your Book!


James R. Anderson earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1974 and practiced law in Minnesota for 30 years before retiring. During that time, Mr. Anderson argued several cases defending Christian liberties against state intrusion.
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But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John 1:12
Our search for the pathway to eternal life has taken us now to the Gospel of John. If a person has limited time in which to search the Bible for verses which tell us how we might gain eternal life, there are probably no better books to search than John and Romans.
We receive Jesus when we “believe”, as this verse tells us. What we “believe” is what Jesus, as recorded in the Bible, tells us about Himself and what He did for us. Jesus came to earth from heaven, where He had lived and will live for eternity, to suffer and die on the cross, to pay the penalty for our sins. Revelation 1:5,8,18.

What Must I Do To Be Saved by James Anderson

This book is a journey through the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation about all of the verses that talks about our salvation in Jesus. In a different format that any book I have read, this book has no chapters. It starts with an Introduction and goes right into the first chapter of Matthew, and the verses that talk about how we find salvation. The author doesn’t talk about any religion or denomination, but goes straight to the Bible and teaches what God says about how to find salvation and our way to eternal life. And he uses the King James Version of the Bible to quote the scriptures.

What Must I Do To Be Saved is a really good Bible study tool. And I think it is good to just have around if you want to look up a verse about salvation, just to get a better viewpoint of it, or to help a friend. I recommend this book to anyone, those who may be searching for a new life in Jesus Christ, those wanting to know the only true way to eternity in Heaven, or to the Christian as a good resource and study guide

I received a copy of this book from PUYB to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan

Twice Promised 

by Maggie Brendan

Book Blurb

Two beautiful brides. One unsuspecting groom. Three weeks to figure it all out.

Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride, expecting to marry Jess Gifford, the man she’s come to know through his tender letters. But when she meets Cora Johnson, she discovers she’s not the only bride waiting at the train station for Jess.

Already shocked to find they must compete for Jess’s affection, the young women can hardly believe it when not Jess but his brother Zach picks them up from the station–and reveals that Jess knows nothing about any mail-order bride, let alone two. Will either bride make the match she hopes for?

Filled with surprises, misunderstandings, and tender romance, Twice Promised is the story of how two unlikely women become twice blessed.


Twice Promised is another great love story by Maggie Brendan . . . with fast-paced plot twists as the characters find their way to true love.”–Mary Connealy, author of Over the EdgeIn Too Deep, andOut of Control

“Memorable characters and solid storytelling abound in Maggie Brendan’s delightful tale. The two romances will double your reading pleasure, and the twists and turns will keep you guessing until the end. I loved it!”–Margaret Brownley, New York Times bestselling author of the Brides of Last Chance Ranch series


Jess Gifford got the shock of his life when two women shows up at his store to work, and both expecting to marry him, thanks to Jess’s brother Zach. Just imagine what Jess had to say to brother when he finds out that Zach actually wrote to not one, but two mail order bride ads, saying he was Jess, and inviting them there for marriage, to Jess. Things got very interesting at the mercantile, and especially when the ladies decided to rearrange the store around to suite them.

I enjoy reading stories about mail order brides, and this one was especially interesting and amazing because it was a double take. This is such a wonderful heartwarming read. I love the down to earth characters that lived in the nice little homey neighborhood. And even though the two brides to be were totally opposites, I enjoyed getting to know them, and what they brought to the story. And Jess was hilarious, that is the only way to describe him.

I have to say that this is one of the most enjoyable, pleasant and fun reads I have ever read. There was definitely enough action going on to keep me reading until the end. I highly recommend book to just about anyone. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love this one!

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

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


Maggie Brendan is the author of the Heart of the West series and Deeply Devoted, which was a 2012 ICRA Award finalist. A member of the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, and Georgia Romance Writers, Maggie lives in Georgia. Visit her at

CFBA Presents Against the Tide….by Elizabeth Camden

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Against the Tide

Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)


Elizabeth Camden


A Word from Elizabeth:

I am a college librarian in central Florida by day, but by night I can be found pounding out inspirational historical novels the moment the sun goes down. I love writing books about fiercely intelligent people who are confronted with profound challenges. As a rather introverted person, I have found that writing is the best way for me to share my faith and a sense of resilience with others.

I married relatively late in life, which turned out to be an odd kind of blessing. I had gotten very good at leading a solo life, and although I was not particularly content being alone, I had become reconciled to it. Most importantly, it taught me never to take my husband for granted. I give daily thanks for the blessing of being able to share a life with my favorite person on the planet.

As for who I am? I love old Hitchcock films, the hour before sunset, a long, sweaty run through the Florida countryside, and a glass of good wine. After spending my entire adult life on a college campus (either as a student or a librarian) I have finally been able to pursue my ultimate goal of writing professionally.

Love and Lives are Threatened in Camden’s Latest Offering

As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she’s finally carved out a perfect life for herself–a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.

However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or “Bane,” a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.

Just as Bane’s charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia’s part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.

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

A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman

A Merry Little Christmas

by Anita Higman

About A Merry Little Christmas: 
Fall in love with this cozy story about two people from different worlds.
Franny Martin is an Oklahoma farm girl who’s preparing to spend the holidays alone…again. Then Charlie Landau shows up one day, all wealth and polish, and offers to buy Franny’s farm. Franny has no money to speak of, but she is clever and spirited, and she’s more than happy to sell the farm and move to the city.
As Sinatra croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon her charming farm, Franny teaches Charlie the curious and sometimes comical ways of country life. In the process, they unearth some discoveries of the heart-that sometimes love comes when you’re least ready for it. Will the holidays bring their most impossible dreams within reach?

My Thoughts on this Book

Fanny Martin finally sells her farm after so many years, so now its time for her dream, to move into town and work at a radio station. Charlie Landau knows nothing about running a farm, but it can’t be that difficult could it? He is ready for a change, after growing up in a wealthy family, but his everyday life was run by his dad. And all he wants is to do something with his love of music.

Start the season off right with this good, clean, light and heartwarming story, “A Merry Little Christmas.” With characters that are believable and unique to the story, we watch them develop well as the story unfolds, creating an interest that will keep readers reading until the very last page.

I thoroughly enjoyed this nice little Christmas story and I sure recommend it to you for a fun and interesting Christmas read.


A copy of this book was provided by the publisher Summerside through 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.

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Meet Anita:
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.
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PUYB Presents Kellie Coates and Debut book Mother of Pearl

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Join Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of the Christian fiction, Mother of Pearl, as she tours the blogosphere October 1 – 30 2012 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!





Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who writes with a sympathetic, intimate knowledge of how people react under pressure. Kellie’s books tell emotionally poignant stories about women in life-changing circumstances. She writes about messy lives . . . and eternal hope.

Kellie currently makes her home in Dallas, Texas.

Her latest book is the Christian fiction, Mother of Pearl.

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Barrie Graeber has two great kids, a loving husband, and a respected job as the high school counselor in her close-knit community. Then, without warning, everything unravels when her teenage daughter, Pearl, is betrayed by friends and lashes out.

Barrie’s attempts to steer her daughter back on course fail. Nothing prepares this mother for the helplessness that follows when Pearl shuts her out . . . or when the unthinkable comes to light about her nemesis, the football coach.



This is one awesome debut book from author Kellie Coates Gilbert. Mother of Pearl is a  very emotional book and at times very difficult to read because of the situation, but then the plot gets so intense you just can’t put it down. Pearl’s mother Barrie follows her heart to find out the read truth
about her daughter, bringing down a lot of people along the way, and even her husband wants her to put a stop to it, but Barrie is determine. And in the end, well, you need to read the book and find out for yourself what happens.

Truly a story told from the heart of a mother. A mother that just can’t let her daughters mistakes haunt them all forever. My heart hurt for this mother and her family, all the while those responsible running free. A book of determination and love, fears and faith, is one that you will not want to miss. And this story shows that God can take even the worst of the situations and turn it around for His glory. This is something we all need to hear at one time or another in our lives. Pick up a copy of this book today, you will not be disappointed.

This book was provided by the publisher, Abingdon Press through PUYB 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.


MOTHER OF PEARL is a story that puts absolute truths and convictions to the test. It’s the emotionally riveting tale of a woman who finds she must recognize her own vulnerability and learn to trust in something much bigger.

“Kellie Coates Gilbert’s debut novel kept me turning pages and on the edge of my seat. Wonderful, richly-drawn characters who drew me in to their hearts despite their flaws. Mother of Pearl carries a sobering message but it’s deftly threaded through a story that is anything but sober. I will eagerly await Gilbert’s next offering.”

~Deborah Raney, author of the HanoverFalls Novels series from Howard/Simon & Schuster


“A cautionary tale for our times, Mother of Pearl is a compelling journey through loss and longing, grief and redemption, crime and justice. Kellie Coates Gilbert unfolds her story with the sensitivity of a skilled writer.”

~ Lisa Wingate, National best-selling, award-winning author of Dandelion Summer and BlueMoonBay

“A story that could have come from today’s headlines, Mother of Pearl is a compelling, thought-provoking debut. With impeccable prose, Kellie Coates Gilbert kept me turning the pages with this high-stakes story of one mother’s quest for healing and justice.”

~ Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Stardust



Litfuse Presents At the Feet of Jesus with Joanna Weaver and win an iPad

At The Feet Of Jesus

By: Joanna Weaver

You were made for more than serving God; you were made to know Him.

Intimacy with God—to know Him and be known by Him. It is what our hearts desperately need, but somehow life conspires to keep us busy and distracted.

For anyone who struggles when it comes to daily devotions, At the Feet of Jesus extends an irresistible invitation to set aside your duties and find the amazing peace and incredible joy that come from time alone with Him. Drawn from Joanna Weaver’s beloved Bethany trilogy, each reading in this 365-day devotional includes a Bible reading passage and reflection question. All-new material and “Going Deeper” sidebars are also woven throughout.

Discover for yourself the riches that come from spending a portion of each day alone with God. At the feet of Jesus—where true life begins!

Includes a unique One-Year Bible Reading Guide.

Order a copy here.


Joanna Weaver’s “At the Foot of Jesus” is a devotional that is more than a devotional. In this book, you get a devotional for each day of the year, but you also get a unique Bible Reading guide to help you read through the Bible. Also, with each chapter, there is a section for Going Deeper, a tool that will help you reinforce what you have read. So in addition to the wonderful devotional it is, this book can really be used for a Bible Study for Sunday school classes, small groups, or personal study.

The title of this book captured my attention, I wanted to see what way between the covers of this book. And even though there are devotions for each date on the calendar, you can pick this book up and any time, flip through it and find something that will help and encourage you. You will find verses such as Romans 8:28, In all things Good works for the good of those who love him, and Galatians 5:13, Serve one another in love. And so very many more verses and help for you when you need it. I love devotion books, and this one will stay with my collection of them.

I highly recommend At the Foot of Jesus for everyone. You can never have enough books like when you need to find help quick.

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.

Win an iPad from Joanna Weaver and RSVP to her Live Webcast Event {11/8}

Celebrate the release of At the Feet of Jesus with Joanna Weaver by entering to win an iPad and RSVPing for the “True Life” Webcast Event on 11/8!

One blessed winner will receive:

  • An iPad
  • The Year in Bethany Trilogy (Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit and Lazarus Awakening
  • At the Feet of Jesus for YOU and Five of your friends.

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 7th. Winner will be announced at the “True Life” Live Webcast Event on November 8th. Connect with author Joanna Weaver and her special guest for an evening of encouragement, laughter and a Q&A! There will also be gift certificates and books given away to participants.

So grab your copy of At the Feet of Jesus (or one of Joanna’s other books) and join Joanna on evening of November 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 8th!

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