An Uncertain Choice By Jody Hedlund

An Uncertain Choice 

By Jody Hedlund

an uncertain choice

Book Description

The first book in a new YA historical fiction series from bestselling author Jody Hedlund.

Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice-if Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights-the one who appears the most guilty-had not already captured her heart.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
An Uncertain Choice is Jody Hedlund’s first YA novel, and as usual, she writes a wonderful entertaining story. I really like that she is writing a series for the younger generation. Lady Rosemarie Montfort finds out a vow made by her deceased parents for her 18th birthday, and she is devastated about having to follow a decision her parents made for her. But there is an exception to that vow, but can Lady Rosemarie fulfill that exception before the midnight hour?

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat because you have to find out what this young lady will do with her life. And Ms. Hedlund does a fantastic job of keeping your attention, with all of the twists and turns that happen in this story. I loved the characters, and the details of each scene in the story. It all makes you want to come back for more in the second book, so not only check this book out, but watch out for the next one!

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.

Deception on Sable Hill by By Shelley Gray

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Series: The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series

by By Shelley Gray  

Book Description

The World’s Fair is nearing its end, but the danger in Chicago lingers.

It’s mid-September of 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago’s wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball.

Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society’s restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe-even if he can never earn her affections. .

Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World’s Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa’s and Sean’s romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?

About the Author

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website at Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Eloisa Carstairs may be the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society, but that doesn’t mean she is without problems and difficult heartaches. Eloisa is suffering from an assault by Douglass Sloane, another rich kid from a wealthy family in Chicago. Eloisa is scared to say anything about the assault, and she now feels that she has been ruined for life.

This is another awesome Shelley Shepard Gray book that I loved!! The second book in The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series, they mystery continues thoughout the community of the wealthy that live in the area. I really enjoyed the detailed information about the first Worlds Fair in Chicago, 1893, and again, Ms. Gray made me feel as though I was living during that era in the story! And then there is Detective Sean Ryan, from the other side of the tracks, as far as wealth is concerned. Sean grew up in an area that wasn’t fit or safe for someone like Miss Eloisa, and even though he was attracted to her, Sean knew Eloisa would never look at him twice. But the beauty of this story is, Eloisa was tired of being the daughter of one of the wealthiest families in Chicago, and was really eager to reach out to those in need to help them. Imagine what her parents thinks about this?

I highly recommend Deception on Sable Hill for those who love mysteries, as well as those who enjoy a good clean entertaining and fun story. While getting irritated at the rich folks and the way they live, you will also love the way Ms. Gray brings the entire Sable Hill staff into the story in a unique way. And while you are checking out Deception on Sable Hill, don’t forget to check out the first book in the series, Secrets of Sloane House.

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.

PUYB Presents….Healing Ruby by Jennifer H. Westall

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Title: Healing Ruby
Author: Jennifer H. Westall
Publisher: Jennifer H. Westall
Pages: 369
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Format: Hardback/Paperback/Kindle

Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of thirteen, she’s already lost a younger brother to illness, and now faces

losing both her father and the boy who’s stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved Scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father’s death.

Through her pain, she’s able to connect with her long-lost Uncle Asa, who’s mere presence at his brother’s funeral brings murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa’a many secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the “gift,” she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith that could mean never losing loved ones again.

But faith and doubt can’t reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt is Ruby’s constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning of faith, she’s opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her family destroyed and a community that can’t see deeper than the color of one’s skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may require the ultimate sacrifice?

“A fast-paced story that will leave readers wondering what’s next for Ruby Graves. This soulful, often poignant novel explores difficult subjects such as death, racism and religious hypocrisy, while still remaining hopeful. One of its greatest strengths is its cast of well-drawn secondary characters, including the…vengeful preacher who tries to thwart Ruby at every turn. Ruby’s unlikely friendship with a cast-out African-American woman and her child is a particularly bright spot in this often heavy novel.”

– Kirkus Reviews

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

What an amazing story, and I love the setting being in the 1930’s! Ruby was a special young lady, always willing to help those in need. Ruby’s life of heartache and disappointments in life leaves her with a passion and love for people, even so far as leaving out her own needs to help others. I love the feisty and determined spirit Ruby has in this book, and I appreciate the author sharing the faith that was so strong and evident in Ruby’s life.

This is my first book by Jennifer H. Westall, and one I thoroughly enjoyed! The characters were well created and developed so well as the story unfolds. I found myself wrapped up in the middle of the characters several times as I was reading. Healing Ruby will have you sitting on edge because you want to finish the book to see what happens! Since I don’t like giving away a lot of the book, I’ll not go into details about it, but I will say that it is full of twists and turns that make the story fun and interesting. I am really looking forward to more books for this author! I want to encourage you to pick up your copy of Healing Ruby for many hours of enjoyment and fun entertainment!

I received this book from PUYB 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.

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Abraham and Sarah by Roberta Kells Dorr from River North

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Abraham and Sarah

by Roberta Kells Dorr 

from River North

A splendid exploration of faith against great odds and love that endures years of disappointment.

Abraham and Sarah is a masterful historical drama from the moment that Abraham strides into the pagan temple to rescue Sarah. The couple set out in search of the blessings God had promised: abundant fertile land and decedents more plentiful than the stars.

But years of wandering bring the couple to Egypt where once again Abraham convinces Sarah that as sister and brother surely they will pass safely through the territory. But Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem where she befriends Pharaoh’s daughter, Hagar. Together the three are ordered to leave.

Years of barrenness have embittered Sarah and she hatches a plan: Hagar must become the vessel for the child God has promised. Ishmael is born to Hagar and so is jealousy born in Sarah’s heart. But God had a plan and He was right all along. This miracle unfolds with Historical authenticity leaving the reader with a better understanding of the ancient world and the life-changing faith of Abraham and Sarah.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I enjoy Biblical fiction because it brings to life the lives of those we read about in the Bible. The stories are not true, as far as what exactly happened in their lives, but the Bible facts are accurate. And this is why I love the stories. I was very interesting reading Roberta Kells Dorr’s take on how she thinks may Abraham and Sarah lived during this time in their lives. The story was enjoyable and entertaining, as well as full of historical facts and Bible facts about these characters. I now see Abraham and his wife Sarah’s life a little different after reading this book!

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

Litfuse Presents….The Promise of Palm Grove, by Shelley Shepard Gray and enter to win a copy of this book

About the Book

The Promise of Palm GroveThe Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire, January 2015)

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Shelley’s website

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love, love this book! The story is so heartwarming, because of Leona and her failed engagement to Edmund, and her attraction to Zach. Edmund is such a jerk! He just wants his way, not considering how Leona or anyone else feels. Zach, on the other hand, was completely different, having Leona’s best interest at heart. There are a few surprises that adds unexpected twist to the story, keeping your interest until the end. I love these characters there in Palm Grove, and I look forward to reading more about this wonderful community and its people. And I have to mention Effie. She is a sweetheart at 12 years old with her disability. She gives the story a wonderful warm feeling! I highly recommend The Promise of Palm Grove to anyone who enjoys a good, clean, entertaining story!

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

Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

And Now for the Giveaway!
Don’t miss Shelley Shepard Gray’s new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the first book in the series, The Promise of Palm Grove! Romantic Times said, “Vibrant descriptions and details bring the plot to life in this heartwarming tale of new beginnings and renewal.” Does Leona follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

Enter to win a copy of The Promise of Palm Grove—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced March 30 on Shelley’s blog!

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CFBA presents…..Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dauntless

Bethany House Publishers (March 3, 2015)

by

Dina L. SleimanABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A word from the author:

Since selling my first book, I have also become an acquisitions editor for the company. I am a member of the Inkwell Inspirations blog, HEWN Marketing, ACFW, and a contributor to Christian Review of Books. I hold publishing credits in poetry and songwriting, and I was the writer and featured teacher in a nationally distributed instructional dance video for children. I have written several songs about the plight of the Islamic people, which have been produced in association with the Christian Broadcast Network. In addition, I have taught college and high school classes in writing and literature, as well as homeschool classes in the fine arts, and now enjoy teaching at writers conferences throughout the nation.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Where Legend and History Collide,

One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent

Born a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her father’s failed assassination attempt upon the king. Bold and uniquely skilled, she is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village–a group that becomes known as “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest.” Merry finds her charge more difficult as their growing notoriety brings increasing trouble their way.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, he’s forced to reexamine everything he’s known.

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This was a new author for me, and I really, really loved this book! The characters were just awesome, well developed, and made me want to join in the story with them! If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love this!

Life Unstuck by Pat Layton

Life Unstuck by Pat Layton

Life Unstuck by Pat Layton

No matter where you are today, the life you long for can be yours!

We all start life with the ability to dream, but somewhere along the way life gets sticky. We find ourselves wondering:

· Does anyone know me for who I really am?
· Am I going to have to “fake it” forever?
· What do I have to offer the world?
· How can I dream about tomorrow when I can’t even handle today?
· Is this all my life will ever be?
· Do I dare to dream of more?

With passion and enthusiasm, Pat Layton invites you to imagine a life where you experience peace with the past, enjoy purpose in the present, and expect the possibilities that the future holds. With fresh personal tools and clear action steps, she delves deep into the areas we get stuck in the most and unveils the path to the life you long to live.

You are a one-of-a-kind design. Life Unstuck will help you live like you believe it!

Life Unstuck is a beautifully written book by my friend Pat that takes a fresh look at Psalm 139. Using this treasured Scripture as a guide, she speaks to our problems and questions with deep reassurances of God’s promises. Readers will be able to identify where and why we’ve gotten stuck so we can move forward with great joy.”–Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

Pat Layton, founder and president of Life Impact Network, serves on the board of directors of Proverbs 31 Ministries and is a busy speaker, author, and life coach specializing in “dream design” for women. She is founder of “Imagine Me . . . Redeemed, Restored, Renewed . . . Set Free,” a national women’s conference, and the author of A Surrendered Life. She and her husband, Mike, have three children and five grandchildren.

MY THOUGHS ON THIS BOOK

The main focus in this book is that God doesn’t want us to feel stuck in our life situations. And author Pat Layton does an amazing job to teaching her readers scriptures from the Bible, and lessons that will help in realizing this. And I really like her approach to teaching, she makes it so simple that anyone can understand, yet so deep in he scriptures that we can understand the heart of God. I highly recommend this special book to all ladies, because we all feel stuck in life at some point.

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.

Revell Presents….. You’re Loved No Matter What by Holley Gerth

You’re Loved No Matter What

by Holley Gerth

You’re Loved No Matter What by Holley Gerth

As women, we tend to think that if we could only get our act together, life would be perfect. But you’re not supposed to be perfect. You’re supposed to be human. And humans are messy, flawed, glorious, and deeply loved.

It’s time to lay down those unrealistic expectations that exhaust you.
It’s time to embrace who you are–even the messy parts.
It’s time to start living fully instead of just trying not to fail.

Let’s do this. Together.

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How would your life be different if you truly believed you’re loved just as you are? Bestselling author Holley Gerth shares how God wants to set our hearts free by revealing the lies we believe as well as the scandalous grace and acceptance offered to us instead. She helps us lay down our unrealistic expectations so we can embrace who God created us to be, pursue his purpose for our lives, and offer others the love we’ve been freely given.

“I often say it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Holley Gerth shows women that’s just as true for our hearts as it is for every other area of our lives.”–Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, author of The Nesting Place

“Holley Gerth shares a breathtaking promise. She’s not asking you to try to be better but inviting you to receive what’s already yours. That’s a message that will not only heal your heart but set you free.”–Suzanne Eller, international speaker and author of The Unburdened Heart

“If your heart feels entangled by the critical voices of perfectionism, sit down with this book full of encouraging gems of wisdom and let Holley’s words guide you to a new beginning, to set your heart free to run in one direction: toward God’s love for you.”–Bonnie Gray, author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace

Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You’re Already Amazing, You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream, You’re Going to Be Okay, and more. She’s also cofounder of the popular website (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Learn more at http://www.holleygerth.com.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a book I wish every young girl would read, because they suffer with so much peer pressure at that age, it sends their self esteem to rock bottom. I love and appreciate that Holly Gerth wrote a book such as this one to teach readers that we are loved, God loves us and has a special plan for our lives. No matter what anyone says or does. And I know we hear these things over and over all of the time, but we don’t hear them like Holly Gerth says them! And that is the difference in this book. Ms. Gerth has a way of giving readers the truth, point blank, and telling it in a way that anyone can understand, and want to read more and more. If you are one of these people who need encouragement, or if you know someone who does, I highly recommend this book for you!

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.

Litfuse Presents How to Catch a Prince…by Rachel Hauck

 How to Catch a Prince

by Rachel Hauck

How to Catch a PrinceHow to Catch a Prince (Zondervan, February 2015)

She caught her prince once. Can she catch him again?

American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.

But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.

When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?

Yet, true love has a destiny all it’s own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must chose to answer the call of love on their hearts.

Or let it be lost forever?

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This has been an absolutely enjoyable series to read, and Rachel Hauck is an amazingly talented writer! I love how she brings you into the story, giving me the feeling I was there with the characters. As I read the book, I felt as though the characters were real, as I thought about them day and night! Corina was hoping to find her prince charming for the second time, but with all of the issues going on, and with Corina still dealing with the death of her brother, there was just no way. But was there? This is truly a story of redemption and love, and the twists and turns in the story kept me turning the pages pretty fast! The setting, the characters, the different scenes throughout the story as I read, they all came together to a wonderful ending. I highly recommend How to Catch a Prince, and the other books in Rachel Hauck’s Royal Wedding Series.

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.

Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as “The Wedding Dress,” “Love Starts with Elle,” and “Once Upon A Prince.” She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, “Softly and Tenderly,” one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

Revell Presents Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Where Rivers Part

by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Success too often comes with a price. Juliet never imagined it could be so high.

Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her considerable scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions–and affording her plenty of perks along the way. It’s not the path her estranged father would have her take, but then Juliet finds it difficult to maintain respect for a man she cannot trust. She’s on her way up in the world, and she’s not going to let anything drag her down.

But when a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal, lives are at risk–including those of some of the people closest to her. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with the one who has hurt her most in order to expose a far-reaching conspiracy.

Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this engrossing story will sweep you relentlessly along as it fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive.

Praise for A Woman of Fortune

“Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers emotionally gripping plots and authentic characters.”–LifeIsStory.com

“This tale of family and faith brings to light what truly matters in life and the desperate struggle to hold on to it.”–RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

“Well-drawn, sympathetic characters and graceful language make this an engaging choice for readers.”–Library Journal

Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal and the author of A Woman of Fortune. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband.

A Heart’s Disguise by Colleen Coble from BookLook Bloggers

A Heart’s Disguise

by Colleen Coble

from BookLook Bloggers

A Hearts Disguise

Book Description

In the aftermath of the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West.

The Civil War has destroyed Sarah Montgomery’s marriage before it’s even begun.

After Sarah receives word that her fiancé, Rand Campbell, has been killed fighting for the Union, her brothers and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to Ben Croftner—despite her strong misgivings. But when Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off the engagement and goes in search of Rand.

But Ben Croftner does not take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. When Sarah is abducted by her treacherous fiancé, Rand finally comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and intends to take her there as his wife. But could Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the love of her life? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at http://www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Washbash, Indiana in 1865 was an interesting and entertaining setting for this novella. But Sara Montgomery didnt have a pleasant time because of losing her mom early in her life. And since her father is not in very good health, Sara had to start raising her younger brother. But Sara’s life turns to shambles when her ex arrives in town just as she is going to marry Ben. But wasn’t her ex suppose to be dead? What a twisted tale! And an wonderful one, because it is just another awesome Colleen Coble story. Ms. Coble is one of my very favorite authors and I love all of her books, and love this one! If you are looking for a short, fun and entertaining read, you will love this one!

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

The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook by By Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook  

Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult

by By Mike Berenstain

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Book Description

It’s The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook! Bear lovers everywhere are sure to find favorite recipes for fun food in this new kid-friendly, cookbook—ranging from Bear favorites that use honey and berries to delicious main meals and breakfasts, and even Berenstain favorites like Jan Berenstain’s famous Green Lasagna.

Featuring breakfast, lunch, main meal, and dessert recipes as well as kid-friendly cooking tips such as food and measurement conversions, this is sure to become a go-to cookbook for delicious and fun recipes kids can cook with an adult.

About the Author

Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents, Stan and Jan, working together to write and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Love, Love this cute and adorable little cookbook. Your children can help you cook many of the 40 wonderful recipes in this 96 page cookbook from our favorite Berenstain Bears characters. I love and appreciate that Mike Berenstain continues to bring children so many wonderful books to read. And the idea of a cookbook is amazing! It will be fun and entertaining to see what these bears have for you and your child to make in your kitchen. I just bet you will sure find some recipes with honey. What do you think? I really want to encourage you to pick up a copy of this precious Berenstain Bears Cookbook.

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 Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 

“This novel is a winner.”–Publishers Weekly

Some endings are really beginnings . . .

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna König reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home–assuming she survives. She’s heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship’s carpenter Bairn resents the somber people–dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands–who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing–and the lives of two intrepid people who braved it.

“I found Anna’s Crossing to be everything I love in a novel, especially in a historical novel! Fast paced, character driven, filled with rich descriptions and enjoyable dialogue. It was a pleasure to read, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to endorse it.”–Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

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.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This was a very different kind of Amish book to read, and one I so much enjoyed, and am very happy I was able to read and review! Anna and her family were relocating to America, and the story holds many emotions throughout the entire trip. The living conditions on the ship were not the best, but as Amish, Anna’s people made the best of them. And even through some of the twists and turns, when it seemed like problems were bigger than anyone could handle, God showed his love through these Amish people, and it was very heartwarming. Some of the happenings were not so good, others were pretty amazing. All in all, this is a fantastic book for you to read. And if you are an Amish fiction buff, this book is a must for you!

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.

CFBA Presents Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Spy of Richmond

River North (March 1, 2015)

by

Jocelyn GreenABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Trust none. Risk all.
Richmond, Virginia, 1863. Compelled to atone for the sins of her slaveholding father, Union loyalist Sophie Kent risks everything to help end the war from within the Confederate capital and abolish slavery forever. But she can’t do it alone.
Former slave Bella Jamison sacrifices her freedom to come to Richmond, where her Union soldier husband is imprisoned, and her twin sister still lives in bondage in Sophie’s home. Though it may cost them their lives, they work with Sophie to betray Rebel authorities. Harrison Caldwell, a Northern freelance journalist who escorts Bella to Richmond, infiltrates the War Department as a clerk-but is conscripted to defend the city’s fortifications.

As Sophie’s spy network grows, she walks a tightrope of deception, using her father’s position as newspaper editor and a suitor’s position in the ordnance bureau for the advantage of the Union. One misstep could land her in prison, or worse. Suspicion hounds her until she barely even trusts herself. When her espionage endangers the people she loves, she makes a life-and-death gamble.

Will she follow her convictions even though it costs her everything-and everyone-she holds dear?

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow! What an amazing book, and an amazing series! It was just not easy for women to live during the Civil War times, and this book gives an excellent account of what it was like, through  Sophie Kent’s story. If you are a Civil War buff, this book is a must! Especially for the ladies out there that like reading about books set in this era. I highly recommend Spy of Richmond for your enjoyment!

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.

CFBA Presents…… Then Sings My Soul by Amy Sorrell

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Then Sings My Soul 

David C. Cook (March 1, 2015) 

by 

Amy SorrellsABOUT THE AUTHOR:

An Indianapolis native and graduate of DePauw University, Amy lives with her husband, three boys and a gaggle of golden retrievers in central Indiana. After writing and editing for her college newspaper, she combined a nursing degree with journalism and creative writing, which led to publishing and editing a wide array of medical and nursing writing and multimedia projects over the past 21 years, a position as director of communications of her church’s children’s ministry, as well as a weekly column for a local newspaper which ran from 2009-2012. She has been a two-time semi-finalist for the ACFW Genesis awards, and was the winner of the 2011 Women of Faith writing contest.

When she’s not reading or writing, Amy loves spending time with her three sons; spicy lunches and art gallery walks with her husband; digging in her garden sans gloves; walking her dogs; up-cycling old furniture and junk; photography; and friends.
ABOUT THE BOOK

When Nel Stewart returns home due to the sudden death of her mother, she realizes her beloved father, Jakob, is struggling with dementia.

With the reappearance of a high-school sweetheart, deliveries from Ukraine addressed to her, and the discovery of a mysterious, vintage aquamarine gemstone, Nel senses God is pulling her into the past to restore their faith and their futures. Told partially through Jakob’s flashbacks of fleeing genocide-ridden eastern Europe at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel combines elements of mystery, history, faith and romance to reveal how God redeems the broken years … and our future.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Then Sings My Soul, go HERE.

 

Litfuse presents Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock plus Nook Giveaway!!

Litfuse presents

Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock

Twisted InnocenceTwisted Innocence (Zondervan, February 2015)

Holly Cramer’s past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.

Though Holly’s stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily’s father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family—she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he’s a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.

Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller—the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he’s innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can’t trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.

Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Terri’s website

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Terri Blackstock is just awesome, and her new book, Twisted Innocence just proves it! I loved this story. It starts out with Holly, trying to settle down and make a life for herself and her new baby. Then she finds out that the father of her baby is wanted for murder. The only thing she wants from her daughters father is for him to be as far away from the two of them as he can get. But taking the law into her own hands gets her and her baby kidnapped and on the run.

Though this story will keep you the edge of your seats because of the intense suspense, it is also very heartwarming. A precious little baby can do that to a person. I have to admit, I was scared for Holly and her daughter, and then for all of the main characters because of the danger their lives were in. And when I thought I had it all figured out, another twist happened and the story took another drastic turn. Can this story have a pleasant ending, or will everyone involved end up dead? Find out when you read this latest thriller from Terri Blackstock!

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.

Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of “Intervention,” “Vicious Cycle,” and “Downfall,” as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters.

In Terri Blackstock’s third and final book in her Moonlighters series, Twisted Innocence, readers are in for a story of suspense and redemption. Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.

Celebrate the series’ final release by entering Terri’s Nook giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Nook GlowLight
  • The entire Moonlighters series

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 8th. Winner will be announced March 9th on the Litfuse blog.

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Litfuse Presents Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton plus Kindle Giveaway!

Litfuse Presents

Betting on Hope

by Debra Clopton

Betting on HopeBetting on Hope (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

A bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she’s been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it’s the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Debra’s website

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is my first book by Debra Clopton and I just loved it!! It is a fun and interesting story. I love Maggie and her personality. And Tru is just an every woman’s man! The thing that makes the story so interesting is that both Maggie and Tru are so determined that they are only doing their job, no attractions flashing anywhere, just doing what they are getting paid to do. And it all seems to keep blowing up in their face. I bet that little question “you wanna bet” will never mean the same to these two again!

This cowboy story will have you wanting to reach through the pages of the book and shaking these two young people! They are both so hard headed and Maggie is so blind she just doesn’t realize that she is with the heartthrob of America! I very much enjoyed the details of cowboys and their activities on the ranch, and how Tru taught city girl Maggie how to ride a horse, when she was so afraid of them. The entire story is just a winner for me. I can’t wait for more cowboy stories from this author! And I really want to encourage you to pick up a copy of Betting on Hope for your enjoyment.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debra Clopton

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

Saddle up for a new romance from novelist Debra CloptonBetting on HopeIn Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.

Enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 6 to celebrate the release of Betting on Hope

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of Betting on Hope

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 8th. Winner will be announced March 9th on Debra’s blog.

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Revell Presents The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan FEBUARY 28

‘The Trouble with Patience

by Maggie Brendan

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

“Maggie Brendan deftly captures the flavor of the Old West in a sweet love story filled with suspense and well-developed, interesting characters that will surely capture the hearts of readers.”–Kathleen Morgan, author of the Brides of Culdee Creek series

Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself.

Despite Patience’s desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse. He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But as she gets to know this “hanging lawman,” Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye–and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.

With a keen eye for historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites you to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.

“Maggie Brendan has created a wealth of memorable characters in this heartwarming story. Romance, mystery, and an intriguing plot all add up to a winning combination that’s sure to delight readers.”–Margaret Brownley, bestselling author of Gunpowder Tea and Petticoat Detective

“Brendan is a master at tender love stories that tug at your heart while touching the soul, providing rich historical detail and tension that races the pulse.”–Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. To learn more, visit http://www.MaggieBrendan.com.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Maggie Brendan makes Historical Fiction fun to read! I have read all of her books, and they just keep getting better and better! And this one I loved, Loved, so much that I couldn’t put it down. Patience Cavanaugh had a mind of her own, and she was determined not to let anyone get in her way. And she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind when it was needed, especially to the towns marshal, Jedediah Jones. And Jedidiah certainly wasn’t going to let a women tell him what to do!

These two characters were hilarious! It was so much fun to watch them interact with each other, not that they wanted to do so that much. Jedediah had a job of protecting the town, and finding the bad guys that were stealing cattle, as Patience had the job of keeping money coming in by running the run-down boarding house left to her by an aunt. But as the story goes, and the twists and turns continued to take place that neither could help, their paths kept crossing. I felt like I was part of this little community as I read this book. I really wanted to stay in the boarding house because Patience made it so inviting. And the people we so sweet and homey, well except for a few surprises along the way! If you enjoy historical fiction, this book is a must! You will not be disappointed!

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.

CFBA Presents…..Seek and Hide by Amanda Stevens

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Seek and Hide

David C. Cook (September 15, 2014)

by

Amanda StevensABOUT THE AUTHOR:

As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and has taught literature and composition to home-school students. She lives in Michigan and loves books, film, music, and white cheddar popcorn. Amanda’s first novel, Seek and Hide, will be available September 15, 2014 from David C Cook.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Six years ago, the government took control of the church. Only re-translated Bibles are legal, and a specialized agency called the Constabulary enforces this and other regulations. Marcus Brenner, a new Christian, will do anything to protect his church family from imprisonment–including risk his own freedom to gain the trust of a government agent.

Aubrey Weston recanted her faith when the Constabulary threatened her baby. Now released, she just wants to provide for her son and avoid government notice. But she’s targeted again, and this time, her baby is taken into custody. If only she’d never denied Him, maybe God would hear her pleas for help.

When Aubrey and Marcus’s lives collide, they are forced to confront the lies they believe about themselves. And God is about to grab hold of Marcus’s life in a way he’d never expect, turning a loner into a leader.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Seek and Hide, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This book was somewhat different than my usual genre, but I did enjoy it very much. Marcus and Aubrey’s story will stay with me for a while!

Revell Presents The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith

The Crimson Cord

by Jill Eileen Smith

The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith

“Rahab’s story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cord perfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought. Jill’s storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!”–Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.

In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Under Jill Eileen Smith’s talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity–and a permanent place in your heart.

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and The Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at http://www.jilleileensmith.com.

 

MY THOUGHS ON THIS BOOK

I love, love this book! It seems like everyone remembers Rahab as a harlot, but they don’t see the rest of the story as they should. My heart hurt for Rahab throughout the entire story, the way she was treated by everyone was just horrible and heartwrenching for me. I was glad when she finally found someone to care for her for who she really was. We all know the story from the Bible, and we all love the story of the spies and the red cord. But reading Jill Eileen Smith’s take on how it could have been during those years talked about in Scriptures was just amazing. And it just brings Rahab’s story to life. And it fiction, not true to how their life was, but the facts from the Bible are true, and this is an amazing Biblical fiction that I loved!!

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.

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