Litfuse Presents Destiny Defied by J. A. Marx

Desitiny Defied

{More about Destiny Defied}

Destiny Defied | Book One in The Destiny series.

A dramatic shipwreck emancipates Riki Hammad, but the island where she finds refuge is compromised. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to defeat her dark past, she will choose death over returning to captivity. Lord Vétis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim their chosen one. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her four self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life…something she has never known.

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really wasn’t sure what this book was all about when I saw it, but reading it ended up being a pretty good story. I usually don’t read supernatural stories, and for that reason, I want to give this book the review it deserves, not what I think about the genre. I found the characters to be very well developed, and interesting to say the least. I did find myself learning to like them, and liking this story more as I read. Rikki was a unique and very interesting character, and boy did she blow the relaxing vacation of these four guys. The struggles of trying to figure Rikki out, and their own struggles will keep you reading, not wanting to put this book down.

If you are a supernatural kind of person, this is a book you will definitely want to read. And if you want to try a new genre, I highly recommend this one to you!

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.

J.A. loves writing embattled spirit novels — adventure and suspense with supernatural undertones. On the side, she dabbles in non-fiction articles and e-zine editing. J.A. owes many thanks Jerry Jenkins and the Christian Writer’s Guild for their support and education.

Find out more about J.A. at http://online.jamarx.net.

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Litfuse Presents…..Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher

Love Without End

by Robin Lee Hatcher

Love Without EndLove Without End || A King’s Meadow Romance (Thomas Nelson, November 2014)Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?Chet Leonard’s life was forever changed when his 17-year-old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.

Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious 15-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King’s Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of becoming involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.

When octogenarian Anna McKenna returns to King’s Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet may discover that true love has no end.

Learn more at Robin’s website.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Both Kimberly and Chet had a past that they wanted to forget. Maybe Chet training Kimberly’s daughter Tara with her horse is just the answer. Tara was a rebellious teen, and her horse is the only thing she was excited about, but Kimberly couldn’t afford to pay for training.  But when Chet decides to let Tara work off the training, things started to change in all of their lives, and for the better.

I always enjoy Robin Lee Hatcher’s books, and this one is awesome! The characters are so real and believable, you want to reach out to them yourself. Tara’s training, and the attraction between Chet and Kimberly keeps eager to read and see what will happen next. But then Kimberly has no interest in staying with her friend, she wants to move back to the city and make a life for her own. What will happen to the relationships forming between these three?

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.

CFBA Presents Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Swept Away

Abingdon Press (November 18, 2014)

by

Laura V. Hilton
and
Cindy Loven
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award winning author Laura V. Hilton has penned many novels, including the Amish of Seymour series, the Amish of Webster County series, and the forthcoming Amish of Jamesport series. A member of ACFW, Laura is also a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites. A pastor’s wife, stay-at-home mom, and home school teacher, Laura and her family make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

A lifelong reader, Cindy Loven is an active church wife of a minister and mother to one son who is a home school graduate. Cindy and her family reside in Conway, Arkansas.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter.

Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love the Quilts of Love series, and have read all of them so far! Its so very difficult to pick a best one, because they all are wonderful, and all of the have a quilt with a special meaning! Sarah Jane Morgan, Sarah’s grandmother and Andrew Stevenson’s story is well worth your time to read.  Even though Grandma was a busy body and kind of stuck her nose into other people’s business, I loved her! The broom boy Andrew had quite a different business, it made the story more interesting!. And when Grandma hires the broom boy as a handy man, the tension starts to fly because he and Sarah Jane spends more time together! And then there is the quilt, and the story behind it, and the finishing of this special project that you just don’t want to miss!

I really enjoyed this story and I hope you enjoy it as well! I received this book from 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 55.

Plush Bible Collection, NIrV from Zondervan and BookLook Bloggers

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Plush Bible Collection, NIV from Zondervan

Plush Bible Collection, NIV

from Zondervan

purple plush niv bible

Book Description

The Plush Bible Collection, NIV has the same convenient size and readability as the incredibly popular NIV Thinline Bible—now in fun and furry designs for kids and teens. Features include the words of Christ in red, an easy-to-read font size, and measures less than one inch thick.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

This is a  really cute Bible for kids and teens both! The cover is a plush, pink and black leopard design with sparkles. And I know any young girl of any age would love to have one of these beautiful Bibles. The inside of the front and back covers are really pink! Some of the features is that it is the NIV, it has Jesus’s words in read letters, a table of weights and measures in the back. The Bible itself is smaller size that with fit young girls. Over all, this is just a sweet and beautiful Bible. And I would love for any young lady or girl I know to have a copy.

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.

Revell presents Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

Trading Secrets (Nov 15th – 22nd) 

The truth may set you free–but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.

Over the years, Micah Knight has exchanged many letters–and many secrets–with her longtime Amish pen pal, Zach. But Micah’s kept quiet on the biggest secret of all–the fact that despite her name, she’s a girl.

Now Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. She wants nothing more than to experience life on Zach’s Amish farm, but she’s more than a little anxious. Will he be angry at her for deceiving him all these years? And will she risk losing his friendship to find something more?
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Another really fun and entertaining read for the younger generation from Melody Carlson. Zach and Micah have been writing to each other since the 5th grade, but had never met. The two penpals had the chance to meet when Zach invited Micah to come stay with his family. There was only one problem. Micah has been deceiving Zach all these years, because Zach thinks Micah is a he, but it turns out, his friend is a she. What will his Amish family say when they find out?

You can’t put this book down because you want to see what happens with these two young people. Micah sure had an interesting time in Zach’s home, being they thought all these years she was a he! But that is what makes this story so different and so enjoyable and exciting. You will grow to love the characters as you continue reading Zach and Micah’s story. And it is interesting to see how Micah adjusts to the Amish lifestyle, and what Zach thinks of the way Micah’s family lives. Would either of them be willing to completely change their way of living? For me, I think it would be interesting to get to know an Amish family, though I don’t know if I could change from the way I have lived my life. But it would be a good experience. I think you should give this book a try, and you will enjoy it very much. And if you have a teenager in your household, or you life, this would be a wonderful book for them to read.

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

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Dating Games series, the Life at Kingston High series, Double Take, A Simple Song, and My Amish Boyfriend. She has received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

Revell Presents The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Cat (Nov 15th – 22nd) 

He felt his face flushing as Cara opened the door. Wearing a garnet-colored knit dress and with her dark hair pinned up, she looked even prettier than he remembered. Suddenly he wished he’d thought to bring a hostess gift. Like a cat.

After years abroad, Garrison Brown finds himself at the home of his beloved grandmother who has just passed away. He must sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While he hopes to dispense with the task quickly–especially since he is severely allergic to cats–his grandmother’s instructions don’t allow for speed. She has left some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends.

Can he match the cats with the perfect new owners? And is it possible that he might meet his own match along the way?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I usually don’t like books about cats, but I figured it would be good because Melody Carlson wrote it, and I was right, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I’m  not sure what I would have done had I been Garrison Brown and had all those cats to give away. And not to just anyone, his grandmother had left pacific instructions as to where the cats were to go. It was really fun and enjoyable reading as Garrison sought out each person and tried to figure out who would take what cat, and who would really take care of them. And then there was the special gift that his grandmother had left for each person who took the cat, AND took care of it properly. This is a story like no other, a Christmas story that will warm your heart for sure.

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

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, as well as The Christmas Pony and A Simple Christmas Wish. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

Litfuse Presents Neta and Dave Jackson and Pound Foolish

Litfuse Presents Neta and Dave Jackson

and

Pound Foolish

Pound Foolish cover

{More about Pound Foolish}

Pound Foolish | Book Four in the Windy City Neighbors series (Castle Rock Creative, October 2014)

Greg Singer coordinates consumer sports shows for powerboats, four wheelers, snowmobiles, and jet skis-macho toys for outdoor men like himself. But the job puts tremendous stress on his marriage with Nicole, who for the first time notices the handsome lawyer at the end of the block. “Greener pastures?” When the recession hits Greg’s industry, he thinks the crisis is merely an opportunity for God to bless him with unmatched prosperity, a promise he hears preached each Sunday, and he steps out in bold faith . . . But is he being “pound foolish”?

The fourth in the Windy City Neighbors series, Pound Foolish explores the economic upheaval and uncertainties challenging every family. Intersecting with Penny Wise (book three), the Jacksons employ the innovating storytelling technique of “parallel novels.” Though each book follows its own drama and story arc, the characters’ lives become intertwined and affect one another. Pound Foolish returns us to Beecham Street-a typical American neighborhood . . . where a growing friendship brings new meaning to prosperity.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I hadn’t read any of Dave and Neta Jackson’s books until I started the Wendy City Neighbors Series, and the more I read from these two, the more my love grows for their writing. In Pound Foolish they deal with real like characters in real life situations, and at times it is impossible to put the book down, because you wanna see where it is going next. Greg could get on your nerves if you let him, in the really questionable decisions he was making, his marriage wasn’t getting along so good, and he was just, well,  foolish. As I kept reading, I realized how much this couple’s struggles were like some of my own, and I am sure a lot of people can say the same thing. It was interesting to see how God worked in their lives, despite their struggles and wrong decisions. I always enjoy reading books like this because they are so encouraging, and you will sure find Pound Foolish a super encouraging book to read.

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

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Dave and Neta Jackson

{More About 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.

Find out more about Dave and Neta at http://www.daveneta.com/.

And if you want to read the other books in this series, check them out!

Author: Dave and Neta Jackson

New from Dave and Neta Jackson’s Windy City Neighborhood series, Pound Foolish, explores the economic upheaval and uncertainties challenging every family.

Neighborhood covers

Litfuse presents…The Bachelor by Stephanie Reid

The Bachelor  by Stephanie Reid

The-Bachelor, Stephanie Reed

{More about The Bachelor}

The Bachelor | A Plain City Peace book, (Kregel Publications, October 2014)

In this sequel to The Bargain, Betsie Troyer is back home in her Amish community where she knows she belongs, free from the confusing Englisher way of life.

She and Charley Yoder have made promises to each other, and her life is back on track–until Gerald Sullivan shows up with his young daughter, asking for Betsie’s help. He’s on his way to find his estranged wife, and begs Betsie to take young Sheila in. When she agrees, Betsie’s carefully planned life is shaken up again. Sheila’s newfound faith is troubling to Charley–and his attraction to another girl is beginning to be a problem. But how can Betsie confront him when she is still trying to confront her own feelings about Sheila’s brother, Michael? Keeping the peace between the Amish man she’s always loved, a twelve-year-old Englisher girl, and a draft-dodging hippie is more than she ever thought she’d have to deal with in her simple, orderly life. Still, Betsie is convinced she can keep things from falling apart completely. Then during her best friend’s wedding, tragedy strikes and her world is upended. She has to make a decision: does she love Charley or Michael . . . or is she craving a deeper love that only God can give?

The compelling second novel of the Plain City Peace series, The Bachelor deftly weaves together the strands of a solid, simpler time with the turmoil of an era of change, revealing the strengths of both in its powerful narrative.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Bachelor is a really, really good read. And it is different from a lot of Amish books I have read. I enjoyed the 1971 setting too, because I have read many Amish story during that era. Betsie, Abijah and Sadie live alone because their were shunned by the Ohio Plain Amish community, and the reason is, they accepted Jesus as their Savior, and the Bishop and the rest of the community wanted nothing to do with them. Betsie is left to try and hold their family together. And that’s not all, the man she is suppose to marry in just a short while decides that he can no longer handle taking care of Betsie and her two siblings. So he walks off. Oh, he did stick around for a while, but when he realizes that Betsie is not going to give up her brother and sister, that’s when he takes a flight. And to drive the nail in a little more, this ex boyfriend ends up getting married. But in the meantime, there is Michael, Betsie’s English friend who she is writing to.

Charlie is just a jerk! It was difficult on all of them when Betsie’s parents left home, but I admire Betsie for keeping them all together. I would have done the same thing! If I had to pick a favorite character, it would be Michael. He was the one that seemed to get blamed on everything, but yet he was the only one who cared. And I could keep going on and on with this review, but I don’t want to give anything away, even though some people do in their reviews. Stephanie Reed does an excellent job writing The Bachelor, and I can’t want for the third book in this series. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it!! It will be quite different from any you have read before!

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.

 

 

 

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Stephanie Reed

{More About Stephanie Reed}

Stephanie Reed lives on the outskirts of Plain City, Ohio, site of a once-thriving Amish community. She gleans ideas for her novels from signs glimpsed along the byways of Ohio, as she did for her previous books, “Across the Wide River” and “The Light Across the River.”

Find out more about Stephanie at https://www.facebook.com/StefReedBooks.

Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman, From Revell

Surprised by Love (Nov 8th – 15th) 

She can turn the head of the man who spurned her–but can she turn his heart?

When Megan McClare left San Francisco to study in Paris, no one would accuse her of being poised and pretty. But on the other side of the Atlantic, this wallflower blossomed into a beauty with big dreams. When she returns to California and accepts an internship at the district attorney’s office, she’s thrilled that her life is taking shape. But the exciting opportunity quickly loses its glow when she discovers she’ll be working alongside Devin Caldwell, who mercilessly mocked her at school–and with whom she was hopelessly enamored.

Bram Hughes is the best friend to whom Megan has always turned for support and advice. But when she seeks his counsel about working with Devin Caldwell, Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a little sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?

Author Julie Lessman draws a romantic triangle that will touch your heart in this glittering Gilded Age tale of transforming love.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

As with all of Julie Lessman’s books, Surprised by Love was full of passion. That is the one thing I love about Ms. Lessman, I love her passion, and I love feeling it in each book she writes. Megan McClare had everything going for her. She is thrilled to return to California, landing an awesome job that she was thrilled about. But she was not thrilled that she would be working with a former high school classmate. Devin Caldwell was more like every woman’s horror that every woman’s dream! and that was especially true for Megan. This was one guy she did not want to see again, much less work with him. Which makes this story a most interesting and entertaining one!

The more I read, the more I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and the setting of the story. Julie Lessman does a fantastic job in describing each scene in detail, pulling you into the story so much that you don’t want to stop reading. As I neared the end of the book, I kept slowing down because I didn’t want it to finish! I encourage you to give Surprised by Love a try, and I know you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series, the Winds of Change series, and The Heart of San Francisco series. The recipient of seventeen Romance Writers of America and other awards, Lessman was chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. She resides in Missouri with her family. Learn more at http://www.julielessman.com.

Revell Presents Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm (Nov 8th – 15th) 

Join bestselling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember.

Billy Lapp is far away from his Amish roots working as a rose rustler for Penn State and wants nothing to do with Stoney Ridge. And that suits Bess Riehl just fine. Why should she think twice about a man who left without a word of explanation? It’s time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes when Billy’s cousin Amos proposed–for the third time–and beginning to plan for her Christmas wedding.

When a “lost” rose is discovered in a forgotten corner of the greenhouse at Rose Hill Farm, Billy is sent to track down its origins. His plan is to get in, identify the rose, and get out. The only catch is that he’s having a hard time narrowing down the identity of the lost rose–and he can’t get Bess Riehl out of his mind.

As the history of the lost rose is pieced together, it reminds Bess and Billy–and Amos too–that Christmas truly is the season of miracles.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I so much enjoyed being back at Rose Hill and visiting all of the special characters there again! I love Christmas stories and I love Amish, and well, I love Suzanne Wood’s Fisher books, so I was in awe with this one! Rose Hill Farm is the home of a mysterious Rose. A rose that no one seems to know where it came from. When Billy Lapp comes back to see the Rose that everyone is talking about, he meets up with Bess again, and Billy begins to wonder if the feeling he and Bess have fore each other are still there. I really enjoyed following these two and the other characters at the Rose farm in this wonderful and heartwarming Christmas story. And did they ever find out about this mysterious rose? Well, read the book and find out! You will be amazed and entertained!

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.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill 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. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

CFBA Presents…..Dreaming on Daisies by Miralee Ferrell

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Dreaming on Daisies
David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)
by
Miralee Ferrell

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Miralee and her husband, Allen, live on 11 acres in Washington State. She loves to minister to women (as a certified Lay Counselor with the AACC) or through her writing, riding her horse, working in her flower beds and playing with her dogs—her 7 lb, long-haired Chihuahua, Lacey, spends a lot of time on her lap while Miralee is writing. Miralee speak at various women’s functions and has taught at writers’ conferences. She’s been writing since 2005, and her first book released in 2007. Since then, she’s had 10 more books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical romance, and she’s had the honor of being a best-selling and award-winning author.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When her father’s debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson’s family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah’s family secrets—and the pain of her past—come to a head. They could destroy everything she’s fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.

This is western historical romance that offers hope and healing to the deepest wounds in a woman’s past.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Dreaming on Daisies, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Leah was awful young to be dealing with the heartaches and responsibility she was having to face. Her dad’s drinking problem had started when her mom passed away, and Leah was fighting to save the ranch they had lived on all of her life. I love this series, and it was so refreshing to hear from characters from the first two books of this series. Miralee Ferrell is such an awesome writer! I have grown to love her writing style, and her love for historical fiction. Though all of Ms. Ferrell’s books are awesome, I think Dreaming on Daisies is my favorite so far! I love the tension between Leah and Steven because of the attraction between them, and the secrets that were revealed surprising everyone!

I highly recommend Dreaming in Daisies, and the other books in this wonderful series. If you love historical fiction, this book is a must for you! You will not be disappointed! I received this book from 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 55.

At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot From Revell

At Bluebonnet Lake (Nov 1st – 8th) 

Her life is set to warp speed. His is slowing to a crawl. But love has its own timing.

Marketing maven Kate Sherwood’s world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is grind to a halt at Rainbow’s End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. Still, she cannot deny her ailing grandmother’s request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week fifty years ago. There, Kate meets Greg, who appears to be the resort’s unassuming handyman. But there’s more to Greg than meets the eye–billions more, in fact.

Kate isn’t looking for romance, but she can’t deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate’s long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?

Amanda Cabot invites you to step into a place away from the pressures of the day. You might be surprised by what you find at Rainbow’s End.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I Love, Loved this book!! And I sure hope there will be a second book too! The Rainbow’s End At Bluebonnet Lake is a wonderful place, a place that I would love to visit, with this slow pace, quiet life. I love how Kate gradually started giving in to the Rainbow’s End lifestyle. You can’t help it, it just grows on you! And Greg is just the guy that everyone dreams about. He’s laid back, content with his life fixing things that are broken at Rainbow’s End, doesn’t worry about money. Just the All American Guy! But wait, there is a secret that Greg is not telling anyone. Not that he really cares, he just wants people to like him for who he is, not what he has. And I think that is what I loved about this story. There is just not many Greg’s in this world, and I know, everyone wants one! What would it really be like to have a brother like that!

You will sure fall in love with Greg, Kate and her grandmother and all of the rest at this special getaway that’s called Rainbow’s End. And you will want to stay there, not wanting the book to end, just like me! And Ms. Cabot has a way of describing each scene that you really feel like you are there at times. The lake is beautiful, and even though the resort is run down, well, its just a great place to go.

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

“Anyone who loves a story of transformation (and who doesn’t?) will thoroughly enjoy Amanda Cabot’s At Bluebonnet Lake.”–Suzanne Woods Fisher, award-winning, bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series

“Readers are sure to enjoy Amanda Cabot’s characters and her Texas Hill Country setting, a place rich in atmosphere and romance.”–Ann H. Gabhart, author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home

“Amanda Cabot takes her readers on a visit to a place where readers are encouraged to slow their pace and open themselves up to romantic possibilities. Highly recommended!”–Janice Thompson, author of the Weddings by Bella series

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers’ Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at http://www.amandacabot.com.

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall

a love undone

ABOUT THIS BOOK

A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.

A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.

How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?

At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.

Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.

As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God’s guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 

Jolene was anxiously awaiting her marriage, only two weeks to go. But that all changed one rainy night when her mother was called out to deliver a baby and both her mom and dad never came home. In order to keep the family together, Jolene did the only thing she knew to do, she put her life into taking care of her siblings. But that meant no marriage because her fiancé wasn’t willing take on Jolene’s family to raise. After 10 years, her siblings started getting married, and Jolene meets Andy Fisher, and the sparks started flying. But Andy had problems of his own, so there was no way the two could make a go of it.

This is the most amazing story! At first, I wasn’t so sure, because it was kind of slow and sad for me, but then everything started happening and I couldn’t put this book down! Cindy Woodsmall is an amazingly awesome writer, and A Love Undone is one of my favorite books she has written yet! My heart hurt so bad for Jolene, having to give up her marriage, and I thought she did really well taking care of her brothers and sisters. It was time for her to think about herself when she met Andy Fisher. And it was difficult to read about his wife leaving him years before and he couldn’t marry again because that was the Amish way. But in her amazing storytelling, Cindy pulls this story together, giving readers and ending that will be both a blessing and honor to read! I hope there will me more about this family in later books. If you enjoy Amish stories, you must read this one!! I am sure you will find it awesome!

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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

About the author

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written fifteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish fiction writers.

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.

Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

CFBA Presents……Saved by the Fireman by Allie Pleiter

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Saved by the Fireman

Love Inspired (October 21, 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

Building their future

Charlotte Taylor isn’t good at playing it safe. Reeling from the sudden loss of her job and her beloved grandmother, Charlotte knows buying a dilapidated cottage in Gordon Falls isn’t exactly practical. Especially since she just hired the one man who may love the property more than she does to help renovate it. Volunteer firefighter and part-time contractor Jesse Sykes can’t stay mad at Charlotte for very long. Though she snatched up the home he’d planned on purchasing, Charlotte’s dreams are big enough for both of them…if only she’d let him in. Charlotte promised she’d never fall for a first responder, but is it already too late?

Gordon Falls: Hearts ablaze in a small town

If you would like to read the first chapter of Saved by the Fireman, go HERE

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This was a fun book to read, with both Jesse and Charlotte wanting the same broken down cottage in Gordon Falls. And Charlotte bought it first,  and hired Jesse to remodel it. This story was so real life like, the relationship between two, and I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot keeps your attention because it was so much fun following the remodeling of the cabin and the relationship budding between Jesse and Charlotte! This is a sweet romance that you are sure to enjoy!

I received this book from 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 55.

The NKJV Study Bible Full-Color Edition

The NKJV Study Bible   Full-Color Edition

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Book Description

The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now in a full-color edition with added features! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson’s skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.

Features include:

  • NEW attractive full-color page design
  • NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics
  • NEW in-text maps and charts
  • Full cross-references with textual notes
  • Word studies and indexes
  • Bible Times and Culture Notes
  • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
  • Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study
  • Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names

MYTHOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

I think my main love for this Study Bible is the Full Color Edition. The pictures are beautiful, along with the full color maps. I especially enjoy the color Bible land pictures throughout the Bible.  And it is crammed packed with study tools that will help you study and understand your Bible better. The word studies are neat, picking out words and focusing on just that one word. And there are the outlines, book introductions and timelines that further your study. I know there are a lot of Study Bibles out there, and they are not all for all people. But I think this is one that everyone will enjoy and keep! And it makes a beautiful addition to your coffee table!

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.

Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible By Editors-in-Chief: Phil Robertson and Al Robertson

Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible 

By Editors-in-Chief: Phil Robertson and Al Robertson

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Bible Description

The stars of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty are committed to upholding five core values both on and off the screen: faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom.

The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible features new stories and testimonials by Phil, the Robertson family patriarch, and his son Al, a pastor with more than 22 years of experience. Together they offer fresh wisdom on biblical values and how everyday people can apply them to their lives.

Powered by relentless dedication to sharing the gospel and celebrating Christ’s kingdom, the Robertson family has become influential to contemporary evangelism and discipleship. The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible unleashes the power of their practical insight into critical faith issues, founded on God’s Word.

Features include:

  • Full text of the New King James Version Bible
  • A personal welcome note from Phil and Al Robertson
  • 125 articles on the top 24 most-searched topics on BibleGateway
  • Life application and scripture references supplement each article
  • 30 days of life-changing testimonials
  • Topical index and reading plans

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

This is a really beautiful Bible inside and out. The colors are in the brown and beige family. My copy is hardcover with an attractive dust cover. Inside is the New King James version of the Bible. And included with the NKJV inside is a personal welcome and lots of articles by Al and Phil Roberson. I like that the Roberson’s say that There is nothing camouflaged here in this Bible. And they include the five core values that have been the cornerstone of their lives; faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness and freedom. If you are a Duck Dynasty fan, you will love this Bible. It is really awesome!

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.