CGBA presents Jaded by Varina Denman

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Jaded

David C. Cook (March 1, 2015)

by

Varina DenmanABOUT THE AUTHOR:

An avid reader and blogger, Varina Denman enjoys writing fiction about Christian women and the unique struggles they face. She seems to have a knack for describing small town life, and is currently working on a three book Texas series which will soon be published by David C. Cook. The first book in the series, Jaded, won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest for romance.

Varina attended three Texas universities over a span of five years, majoring in four subjects and earning zero degrees. However, she can now boast sixteen years as a home educator, volunteering in the local cooperative where she has taught numerous subjects including creative writing and literature.

Even though Varina has spoken at ladies’ retreats and taught women’s Bible classes, she finds the greatest fulfillment facilitating prayer groups. She lives in Burleson, Texas, where she helps with Family Ministry in her home congregation. Varina is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and North Texas Christian Writers.

ABOUT THE BOOK

As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation. Thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed—unearthing a string of secrets which threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside-down.

Jaded is the rare novel that is both love story between a woman and man … and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness and restoration, it will resonate with every woman who’s experienced a loss of heart … and a thirst for hope.

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

At first I wasn’t sure I would like this book, but as I kept read, I kept liking it more and more. It is one of my favorites in a while! This truth is, so many people go through just what Ruthie’s family went through with church people. And it is really so sad, because are we not suppose to forgive as Christians, and this truly didn’t happen in the life of this family. And I just couldn’t figure it all out, until the amazing twist at the end of the story. Well, I may have wondered here and there, but I wasn’t expecting the ending, and it made the story that much more enjoyable for me. A book of true love and forgiveness, and a little romance on the side!

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.

CFBA Presents…..The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead by Diane Noble

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead

David C. Cook (September 1, 2014)

by

Diane Noble

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award-winning novelist Diane Noble writes stories that tap into the secrets of the heart.

With more than a quarter million books in print, Diane feels incredibly blessed to be doing what she loves best—writing the stories of her heart.

For the last three years Diane has been honored to be lead author for the popular Guideposts series, Mystery and the Minister’s Wife (Through the Fire, Angels Undercover), and has recently returned to writing historical fiction. She recently finished writing book two of her new historical series, The Brides of Gabriel. Book one, The Sister Wife, and book 2, The Betrayal, which are published by Harper Collins/Avon Inspire, are now in bookstores.

Now empty nesters, Diane and her husband live in the Southern California low desert, near a place known for the lush and beautiful gated communities of the rich and famous.

ABOUT THE BOOK

She’s Passionate about Solving the Case … with the Town’s Life-Long Bachelor

El Littllefield runs The Butler Did It catering. It’s the perfect cover for her to solve “who-done-its” (nothing too dangerous, please!) in this small university town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While catering her most important event yet—a fancy retirement dinner for Dr. Max Haverhill, life-long bachelor and history dean—countless guests fall ill, a 200 year-old relic is stolen, and her best friend vanishes. All in the first hour.

As El and Max race to solve the mystery, they discover there’s more to their relationship than simply solving the case. Welcome to Eden’s Bridge—the perfect small town setting for big intrigue, romance, and humor.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead, go HERE

This book was so much fun to read!! With cozy mystery, and entertaining throughout, It was one of the best relaxing books I’ve read in a while! I love all kinds of fiction, and when I come upon one like this, it makes me smile!! This is one you don’t want to miss!

CFBA Presents….Sky Zone by Creston Mapes

This week, the

 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

 

is introducing

 

Sky Zone

 

David C. Cook (June 1, 2014)

 

by

 

Creston Mapes

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.

A terrorist threat.

A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions.

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

CFBA presents Lip Reading by Harry Kraus

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Lip Reading 

David C. Cook (March 1, 2014) 

by 

Harry KrausABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from Harry:

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

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

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself

She just needs a little longer. She’s really close. Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a medical researcher, stands on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform medicine. But she soon discovers the reason behind the miraculous progress in her research, and it leaves her with a nearly impossible choice . . . and little time to decide. More than her research is at stake. And more threatens it than this latest revelation. Something she’s tried hard to cover up. There is a high cost to some things in medicine and it’s not always the patient who pays. Can Rebecca find the faith and wisdom she needs to make the right call? The clock is ticking and the pressure is on.

 

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

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a fantastic read! I really enjoyed the story line, characters and the rolls they played as the story unfolded. There were good guys, and the not so good guys, but they were all so very intriguing and entertaining. The story kept my attention because of Becca and Noah’s  getting back together after many years of being apart, as well as the secrets and the high risks of working so high up in medical research, and in this case, trying to produce a fake blood that can take the place of real blood in transfusions. This keeps the story at a very fast pace, and all of the difficulties and troubles that happened throughout the book aided in the excitement.

Lip Reading would be awesome for those who enjoy fiction about medical life, or if you just like a good clean fiction to read, this is one you will enjoy. And I don’t want to leave out that the author does a great job of weaving God and the Christian life into the everyday life of the some of the characters. This was especially heartwarming for one of the characters in this book! Enjoy this read as much as I did!

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

 

Wishing on Buttercups by Miralee Ferrell….From David C. Cook and Win a Copy of this Book

Wishing on Buttercups

by Miralee Ferrell

wishing on buttercupsABOUT THIS BOOK

Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide?
She’d  kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the  present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share,  even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one  ever has.
Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young  writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into  Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by  the whiff of mystery surrounding her.
Beth knows  that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two  men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth’s future  and her heart.
As shadowy memories surface, Beth  sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her  illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Beth Roberts has know idea who her mom and dad is, the aunt who raised her is not really her aunt, and she doesn’t even know what her real name is. Beth has a lot of secrets, and doesn’t intend for them to surface. Beth enjoys sketching and sells some of her sketches to a magazine, much to her aunt’s opposition., but Beth is determined to keep drawing.  Jeffrey Tucker loves being a writer, even though his parents pretty much writes him off because they expected Jeffrey to follow his dad and be an lawyer. But would the money be more important than doing what he really wants to do in life?
Miralee Ferrell is such an awesome storyteller. This story is heartwarming and beautiful inside and out! I love those how live in the boarding house, though they have their ups and downs, they are still a sweet bunch of people and they care for one another. Beth isn’t very stable and confident because of her past, but as she spends time with Jeffrey, she opens up a little. But then her past comes to play and uproars her life, causing a lot of tension.
I really enjoyed this wonderful story, and I especially enjoyed time with the interesting and wonderful characters we meet in Blowing on Dandelions. Ms. Ferrell weaves together a story that will warm your heart and stay with you for along time!
I received this book from the publisher David C. Cook  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.

 

MiralleFerrell-2011[1]ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Bio(s) Miralee Ferrell is a speaker, accredited counselor, and former American Christian Fiction Writers chapter president who has published multiple contemporary and historical romance novels. She and her husband enjoy horseback riding, sailing, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge.  Book Purchase LinChoose your favorite retailer from the list provided at the following link: http://www.dccebooks.com/products/wishing-on-buttercups

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Rich in Love by Irene Garcia from David C. Cook And Win a copy of this book!

Rich in Love

By Irene Garcia

With Lissa Halls Johnson

rick in love

ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Summary

Irene and Domingo Garcia began their married lives at sixteen, already expecting a
baby. Their first ten years together included Domingo’s alcoholism and abuse, and
Irene’s desperate prayers for answers. Then a miracle happened: Domingo pleaded
for forgiveness. As God healed their marriage, Irene and Domingo adopted a little
girl. And a new season began for an imperfect couple who were willing to say
yes
to
each other and to God.
Over the past forty-five years, the Garcias have birthed, fostered, or adopted thirty-
two children. Their story holds difficult endings as well as promising new beginnings.
Above all, their story reminds us what can happen when ordinary people submit to
God’s call.  Rich in Love

is about a family cemented in hope. About a need to love the orphan.
And about a God who never, ever gives up.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Irene  and Domingo Garcia’s life didn’t get off to a really good start, when at sixteen they married, expecting their first. That in itself is difficult for a couple so young. And to add Domingo’s drinking and abuse, didn’t make for a happy marriage at all. This book shows the changes that happens in a person life when they give God control.
Rich in Love tells the stories of real people, and how God can change lives. Lives that are so messed up that there is no way out, except turning to the Lord. I appreciate this couple and these individuals for the willingness to tell about the darker sides of their lives. This is truly a book of love, patience, forgiveness and God’s Amazing Grace! I encourage any couple, whether you are having a tough time or not, to read and study this book. There is something for everyone here.
I received this book from the publisher David C. Cook  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.
Author_PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR
Irene Garcia and her husband have fostered or raised thirty-two children, many of

whom have special needs. They worked in Special Ministries at Grace Community
Church in Sun Valley, California and started the special needs ministry at Cornerstone
Church in Simi Valley, California.
Lissa Halls Johnson is a best-selling author of nineteen books, including Still
Growing with Kirk Cameron. She is the creator of the Brio Girls book series for teen
girls.
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Irene Garcia and her husband have fostered or raised thirty-two children, many of

Choose your favorite retailer from the list provided at the following link:
AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY
This giveaway runs from Feb 15, 2014 til  March 1, 2014
David C. Cook was generous enough to give several copies of this book to giveaway to blogger who will leave a comment. And be sure and leave your email so I can get in touch with you if you win!
And if you rate my review of Echoes of Mercy HERE I will add an extra entry in your name.

David C. Cook presents Poison Town by Creston Mapes plus Book Giveaway!

Poison Town

by Creston Mapes

Poison Town

Book Summary
In this breathtaking follow-up to
Fear Has a Name
, investigative reporter Jack Crittendon learns his long-time friend and mechanic has fallen suspiciously ill. The man’s likeable sons and neighbors blame a mega-manufacturing plant on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio, for the sickness and death ravaging their loved ones.  When Jack investigates, he becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, without his editor’s permission, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As Jack meets the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable—he knows too much.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Wow, this book will make your head spin! Creston Mapes is one awesome author! There is so much going through my mind right now about this book I don’t know where to start. Jack Crittendon is a top notch investigative newspaper reporter and he will dig for the truth, and report it, no matter what. That is until his boss starts backing away from Crittendon’s stories he is on to. There has to be a reason so many people are getting sick in the small community of hard working people, but it seems no one wants to talk. But Crittendon is determined to find out the truth. But this puts his family and those around him in danger. The big question is, who will win? Crittendon or this huge manufacturing company that is clearly causing chemicals to leak out among this low income community?
If you enjoy a really good suspense/thriller, you Need to read this book! You will not be disappointed in Poison Town, this second book from Creston Mapes in The Crittendon Files series. This can be read as a stand alone book because it is about a different story Jack is investigating, but it is nice to read the first book, Fear Has a Name to get to know the people a little better. Both books are awesome and I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy for your reading enjoyment.
I received this book from the publisher David C. Cook  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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Author Bio(s) Creston Mapes is the author of
Fear Has a Name
Nobody
Dark Star
Full Tilt
. A journalist, copywriter, and editor, he works from his home-office in Atlanta for some of the nation’s top media companies, Christian ministries, and nationally-recognized corporations. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his novels. Book Purchase Link
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Book Endorsements “A wild roller coaster ride! I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Francine Rivers, bestselling author of
Redeeming Love
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Poison Town grips you from the start and hints at Grisham-greatness. This David versus Goliath tale is certain to challenge and entertain.” Harry Kraus, bestselling author of An Open Heart.
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“Every time you think the tension can’t be more intense, Creston Mapes ramps it up a notch. Be prepared to stay up late (and make sure the doors are locked) when you start reading Poison Town  Robert Whitlow, bestselling author of The Choice
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Poison Town is another winner from Creston Mapes. I was on the edge of my seat and read it in one gulp. Highly recommended!” Colleen Coble, author of
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“Grab an oxygen tank and a tall glass of water—you’re going to need it when you read Poison Town

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Once again, Creston Mapes delivers a powerful tale of suspense that does not disappoint! The poison infecting this town isn’t relegated simply to chemicals, but infects the hearts and minds of Mapes’s multi-dimensional characters.
Poison Town is intriguing and compelling—an absolute must read!” Ronie Kendig, best-selling author of Trinity: Military War Dog and the
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“With Poison Town, Creston Mapes has crafted quite the thrill ride. He explores the evils of corporate greed and exposes an even more menacing enemy lurking inside all of us. Warning: once you pick this book up, you will not want to put it down.” Mark Lee, guitarist and founding member of the Grammy Award winning band Third Day
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Erin Brockovich on steroids. A suspense-filled journey into the world of a corrupt corporation, the blue-collar workers who are being ‘poisoned’ and a reporter’s determination to tell the truth. Mapes keeps the tension high as he realistically portrays Christians wrestling with fear, forgiveness, and the need to stand up for what’s right.” Elizabeth Musser, author of Two Crosses, Two Testaments, Two Destinies
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“Jack is back! Another great read from Creston Mapes—stand prepared to bite your nails!” Tom Morrisey, award-winning author of In High Places

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AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY
David C. Cook has been generous enough to give a copy of this book to giveaway to one winner who leaves a comment on my blog. Please remember to leave your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win. And for additional entires, please go HERE and rate my review of Echoes of Mercy.
Please tell me if you rate and I will give you an extra entry. This helps me a lot, and I appreciate it!

CFBA Presents…..Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

This week, the

 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

 

is introducing

 

Traces of Mercy

 

David C. Cook (October 1, 2013)

 

by

 

Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson.

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Cindy Kelley is the co-author of the novel The Silent Gift, and Traces of Mercy. Her career as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner, Michael Landon, Jr., began with the adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, which had a theatrical release. Several television movies followed, most notably Love Comes Softly, (based on Janette Oke’s novel) which won a CAMIE Award and the Epiphany Prize for Movie Guide’s most inspirational television movie of 2003. Cindy and her husband, Jim, make their home in the Southwest; have three adorable grandchildren and four big dogs who rule the house.

ABOUT THE BOOK

From Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, authors of The Silent Gift and creators of the hit television film Love Comes Softly, comes an exciting historical romance set in post-Civil War, and filled with suspense and faith-building values.

At the war’s end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life.

Written by two proven storytellers, Traces of Mercy is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Traces of Mercy, go

HERE.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really enjoyed Mercy’s story, though at times I was nervous reading, wondering if she would really ever remember who she was. Why was she found in men’s clothes, which she feels more comfortable in, and why didn’t she like to do women’s things like cooking? This is one of those books that its just hard to put down after you start reading. The characters were well developed and supported each other. Mercy was my favorite, though there were a lot of characters in this story, and I have to say I did enjoy them all! This is my first book by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, and I am glad I had the opportunity to read and review Traces of Mercy. This is one title you don’t want to miss!

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.

Litfuse Presents…..Glittering Promises by Lisa T. Bergren …Plus Facebook Party and Prizes to Win!

Litfuse Presents…..

Glittering Promises

by Lisa T. Bergren 

Glittering Promises

Lisa T. Bergren’s popular Grand Tour series concludes as Cora Kensington journeys farther into Italy, wrestles with a terrible ultimatum from her father, and comes to terms with the Father who will never fail her.

America’s newest heiress must decide if her potential fortune is rationale enough to give up her freedom and all that God is leading her toward. And when her newly-discovered siblings are threatened with ruin, her quandary deepens. Then as Cora nears Rome, more journalists are tracking the news story of the decade—“Copper Cora,” the rags-to-riches girl—and want to know more about her family and the men vying for her attention. Meanwhile, a charming Italian countess decides that if Cora isn’t going to claim Will’s heart, she might just try…

Purchase a copy here.

Find out more at Lisa’s website.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Glittering Promises is the conclusion of ithe Grand Tour series by Lisa Bergren, and iI was really quite pleased with the ending. I have enjoyed all three of these books  following the life of Cora Kensington after she finds out about her biological dad and the family she never knew she had. Her journey has been a lot of fun and very interesting, though not always easy for Cora. I was thrilled to read about the Grand Tour, and all of the awesome scenes throughout the book so vividly described by Lisa Bergren. It was almost like taking the trip with this group, and I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters better as the story developed. And finally, Cora chooses which young man was ‘The Man’ and the loser didn’t take the rejection too lightly.

I really enjoyed this third book because it answers all of the questions you have from the first and second books. There was so much going on in this entire series, and Ms. Bergren does a fantastic job of pulling all of the tension, twists and turns and unhealthy relationships together to give readers a most amazing finale that will stick with you for many days to come!

You really need to read all three books to understand the full story. This series is well worth your time and money, you will not be disappointed! I encourage you to pick up the three books in The Grand Tour Series….Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences and Glittering Promises.

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.

 

Cora Kensington

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Tawn Bergren

Lisa T. Bergren is the award-winning author of over thirty-five books, with more than 2 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, Lisa now divides her time between writing, editing, parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of her next trip to Italy. She lives in Colorado Springs.

Lisa T. Bergren is celebrating the release of her new book, Glittering Promisesby giving away a $200 Italian feast from Williams-Sonoma and hosting a fun Facebook party on October 29th.

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One winner will receive:

  • A $200 Italian feast from Williams-Sonoma delivered to your door
  • The three-book Grand Tour set

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 29th. Winner will be announced at the “Glittering Promises” Facebook Author Chat Party on October 29th. Connect with Lisa for an evening of book chat, European trivia, and prizes, and get an exclusive look Lisa’s next book.

 
So grab your copies of the Grand Tour series and join Lisa on the evening of October 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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Litfuse Presents……Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate LLoyd

           Book Info
About Pennsylvania Patchwork:
Seattle native Holly Fisher is smitten by Lancaster County, its simplicity and her long lost relatives. In the sequel to bestselling Leaving Lancaster, Holly embraces the Amish culture, learning to slow down to see what — and who — really matters.
Meeting the family that her mother had kept hidden from her, Holly comes face to face with her real life and blood legacy. She also falls for the charming Zach, a handsome Mennonite veterinarian who is everything she’s ever wanted in a husband: confident, kind, successful, and authentic. And Zach proposes marriage. Is this too soon? Is this the right choice? Mother and Amish grandmother think she’s rushing into too much of a lifestyle change. Holly is in love with Zach and that precludes everything. Until she meets an attractive Amish man. And an old suitor shows up.
Pennyslvania Patchwork is the moving, richly told story of one woman’s heart, her faith and trust, and the choices she makes. Never easy, but one choice can change your destiny.
Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/lG7GU

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Holly’s family story from the first book, Leaving Lancaster. Holly enjoys her life as Amish, making this a fast pace story because of how she settles in. I enjoyed the switch from the English to Amish lifestyle, and the characters were believable and grew on me as the story moved on. I always enjoy reading about the simple Amish lifestyle, and the author does a wonderful job of weaving the two together to make it enjoyable and heartwarming.

 

Kate Lloyd is a gifted storyteller, and I highly recommend this book, as well as this series for you to read. If you enjoy Amish stories, you will definitely enjoy Pennsylvania Patchwork.

 

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.

Meet Kate:
Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college. She’s worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.
Learn more about Kate at http://www.katelloyd.net

CFBA Presents…..Fear Has A Name by Creston Mapes

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Fear Has a Name 

David C. Cook (June 1, 2013) 

by 

Creston MapesABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

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

From popular suspense author Creston Mapes comes another faith-building thriller, a tale that follows journalist Jack Crittendon as he fights to protect his family from a stalker’s terrifying schemes, investigates a pastor’s mysterious disappearance, and struggles to keep his faith amidst unthinkable fear.

With his family’s safety on the line, Crittendon realizes there are secrets behind “Christian” walls–secrets with painful, deadly implications. He must find the faith to trust a God who allows inconceivable trials, and the courage to guard his family, with danger exploding at every turn.

Through it all–the sharp, character-driven writing for which Mapes is known–takes fans and new readers on an edge-of-your-seat journey that explores the harsh, far-reaching consequences of bullying and the Christian response to fear.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fear Has a Name, go HERE.

CFBA Presents….An Open Heart by Dr. Harry Kraus….from Abingdon Press

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

An Open Heart 

David C. Cook (June 1, 2013) 

by 

Harry KrausABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from Harry:

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

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

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Their Messages—From Beyond the Grave—Might Destroy Him …

They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings’ open-heart surgery patients bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him.

It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maeltsrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He’d come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk–his marriage, his career . . . his life.

If you would like to read the first chapter of An Open Heart, go HERE.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Jace Rawlings wanted to help those in his home country that needed open heart surgery, but he didn’t realize the messages from beyond that he would face from his patients. Someone was trying to tell him something, but what?

This is my second book by Harry Kraus, and and I really enjoy his writing. Kraus is one of those authors who grab your heart and attection in the very first pages, and just won’t let go until long after the last page. Jace fraced a lot of bitterness because of his past life, and wanted to honor his sisters wishes. But what Jace found was a whirlwind of danger and fear, and uncertain circumstances from every angle. Harry Kraus creates characters that will worm their way into your hears in a unique way, and find a place there for a long time. I loved the suspense, mystery, thrills, as well as the way Kraus shows how God is always working in our lives, even when we don’t realize it. This book is just plain awesome! I love, loved it and am waiting for the next book from author Dr. Harry Kraus.

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.

David C. Cook presents The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas………..Plus Book Giveaway

The Sacred Search

By Gary Thomas

sacred-search

What if you stopped looking for a “soul mate” and started looking for a “sole mate”-someone who will live out with you the great purpose of God?
What if dating isn’t about finding “the one” but making a wise choice so you can better serve the One who loves you most?
What if God didn’t design relationships to make you happy but to make you holy?
Don’t Get Married Until You Read This Book
In The Sacred Search, Gary Thomas will transform the way you look at romantic relationships. Whether you are single, dating, or engaged, Gary’s unique perspective on dating will prepare you for a satisfying, spiritually enriching marriage even before you walk down the aisle. As Gary reminds us, a good marriage is not something you find-it’s something you make.

MY THOUGHTS 

If you are planning to get married, Gary Thomas’ The Sacred Search is a Must for you! This book is chunked full of wisdom and advice from Thomas about why to get married and who to marry. Can Thomas’ advice really work? This book will tell you all about it from the first chapter to the last. Gary Thomas takes you through just what you need to know, with the Bible as his guide, study questions at the end of each chapter to reinforce what you have read, and answers to your many questions.

The question on the front of the book is, What if it’s not about Who you marry, but Why? I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book for a study of wisdom and knowledge on the whos and whys of marriage.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today, and a popular speaker around the world. His award-winning books have been translated into a dozen languages and sold hundreds of thousands copies. Thomas and his wife have three children.

AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY

David C Cook is giving away two copies of this book to two different winners on my blog. Here is what to do!!

Leave a comment on this blog post.

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Thank you so much!

Blessings,……Joy

CFBA Presents….Hurt by Travis Trasher

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Hurt

David C. Cook; New edition (January 1, 2013)

by

Travis Thrasher

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

After college, he targeted working in the publishing industry and was fortunate to find a job early after graduation. He worked as Author Relations Manager for Tyndale House Publishers, the publisher of his first two novels.

The thirteen years he spent working in author relations taught him the business of publishing as well as the psyche of writers.

Early on, he made a deliberate choice of not wanting to be boxed in by a brand or a genre. Instead, Travis has chosen time and time again to write the stories that mean something to him at that moment. He views his first ten years of being published as training and practice. Those novels in many ways were written for himself.

The four years of writing full time have taught him the discipline and determination necessary to make it as a novelist. They’ve also served to close the chapter on what is hopefully just one era in his writing journey.

The stories continue to fill his head like they did when he was in third grade. The only difference is that Travis now knows what to do with those stories. His goal continues to be to tell stories that move him as well as his readers. He wants to continue to experiment and take risks, but more than anything he wants to provide readers a satisfying experience.

The dream remains the same. To try and write something magnificent. To make up wild worlds full of wonderfully rich characters. To make sense of the world through the stories he tells. And to try and inspire hope with the words he writes.

ABOUT THE BOOK

His Rebellion Will Soon Turn to Hope

When Chris Buckley first encountered the mysteries of creepy Solitary, North Carolina, he had little idea how far he would fall into the town’s shadows. After losing the love of his life, Chris tried to do things his way. He hunted answers. Then he gave up trying to find them.

But now Chris comes back to Solitary knowing there’s a purpose for his being there. As he watches his place in a twisted and evil bloodline become clear, Chris waits for the last battle—and wonders who will be left when he finally makes his stand.

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is the first book I have read in this series, but I have the first three to read, because this one was just totally awesome! It is different from the books I usually read, but it was definitely a good different.  I enjoyed the superb writing style of the author and there is enough happenings that it kept by attention, so much that I didn’t want to put the book down.

Chris is a wonderful character and I look forward to reading the first three books to get to know his character better. This would be a wonderful book for your young teen to read, because they would like the horror, and it is good clean reading!

This book was provided by CFBA. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions here are my own.

CFBA Presents…..Too Far To Say Far Enough…by Nancy Rue

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Too Far To Say Far Enough

David C. Cook; New edition (October 1, 2012)

by

Nancy Rue

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

In 1980, Rue took a leave of absence from teaching and took on writing as a nine-to-five job. Although it quickly became apparent that she could starve to death that way, that didn’t stop her: she spent fifteen years getting up at 4:00 a.m. to write before going off to teach school, until she was finally able to pursue freelance writing full-time in 1995.

“I am living a God-directed life,” says the author: “doing what I was meant to do, what I love to, what allows me to give what I’ve been given. I spend as much of my time teaching, filling my well, hanging out with the people I love, as I do writing, and that has made all the difference.”

Rue has become a successful, best-selling author of books for ‘tweens and adults. Over her career she’s written more than 100 books. For a complete list of adult fiction, click here. For ‘tween books, click here.

Nancy travels the country speaking and teaching at schools, churches, home school groups, and for groups of ‘tween girls and their moms. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Jim. Their daughter, Marijean, son-in-law, Brian, and baby granddaughter Maeryn, live in nearby Nashville. The Rues’ two yellow Labs share (and eat) Jim and Nancy’s home.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Allison Chamberlain has done everything God required of her—but as He continues to nudge her in the third and final book of The Reluctant Prophet series, she is ready to say, “Enough!”

Even with two Sacrament Houses open, the Sisters’ second hand clothing boutique making its debut, and the orphaned Desmond legally adopted, Allison Chamberlain receives the divine Nudge to Go another mile. Eventually responding with her usual reluctant obedience, she finds herself caring for a very young prostitute and facing the deepest roots of evil. Despite the adversaries who threaten those closest to her, Allison finds that she has not gone far enough until she conquers hate and learns to love as God does. No matter what the consequences.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Too Far To Say Far Enough, go HERE.

CFBA Presents Two Destinies by Elizabeth Musser

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Two Destinies

David C. Cook (September 1, 2012)

by

Elizabeth Musser

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

A word from Elizabeth:

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

Now 1994, France faces unrest and rising poverty while neighbor

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

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

love with Eric Hoffmann, a Christian, committing the unpardonable

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

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

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

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

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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

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

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

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

CFBA Presents A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus

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

A Word from Harry:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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

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

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

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

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

Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren Review & Win a $350 “Glam” Visa Card Prize Pack from @LisaTBegren

Glamorous Illusions

By

Lisa T. Bergren

Book Blurb

It was the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, so is her father’s health. Cora is carrying on, helping her mother run their Montana farm until a stranger comes to call, and everything changes. Cora then learns a secret that will radically change her future: she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king who has come to claim her.

Cora is invited to take the “Grand Tour” of Europe, a journey intended to finish a person’s education, to solidify an understanding of ancient culture and contemporary refinement. As she travels from England to France with half-siblings she’s never known, Cora encounters the blessings of the Kensington family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes the journey is only beginning.

Faced with the challenge of accepting her father, new family, and the identity that comes with it, Cora also struggles to accept that she is also the daughter of the one true King-a Father who is the only One who can truly heal.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!

Wow, this book is incredible, I love, love it! I have only read a few of Lisa Bergren’s books, and each ones just gets better!

Cora Diehl returns to her hometown Dunnigan, Montana after spending her first year at college, to find her dad seriously ill, and a farm to take care of. Cora prays for God to someway help their family with their crops in order to make it financial for the year. But Cora wasn’t expecting God to answer her prayer they way he did. Neither did Cora expect to find out secrets that would totally turn her life upside down forever. And I know there are spoilers in review already written, but I’m not going to give them here! This is where you need to read the book to find out what is happening!

In my opinion, “Glamorous Illusions is a masterpiece by Lisa Bergren! Lisa creates characters that are so realistic and true that sometimes it is difficult to realize you are reading a fiction story! The relationship between Cora and her parents is heartwarming, and just knowing that they literally spent everything they had to send her to college gave me chills. And when you read the book, you will see what I am talking about!

However, Cora was always puzzled at the glamorous, expensive gift she received for her sixteenth birthday, along with all of the other birthday gifts she received, and even though her parents wasn’t telling, Cora suspected they knew what was going on.

Then the day comes that will change the lives of Cora and her family forever, and whether that be good or bad, only time will tell. And as you follow this hew happening in the lives of Cora and her family, Lisa Bergren takes you on an unforgettable trip of lifetime as Cora joins the Grand Tour with her family.

The only thing I found that I didn’t like about the book was it’s ending, and having to wait for the second book to drop down from the hanging this book left. I hope the author gives us a better view of Cora’s family and her choices she makes while on her tour.

Overall, I love, love this book and just can’t wait for the second book! I encourage you to pick up a copy of this wonderful book and enjoy a good old nice summer read!

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 30 books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. She just finished writing a Colorado historical trilogy (the first book, Breathe, Sing and Claim), and has begun a teen series called River of Time (Waterfall, book 1, comes out in February 2011).
Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing (including a fair amount of travel writing), consulting and freelance editing (with a little speaking here and there). She’s married to Tim, a liturgical sculptor, graphic designer and musician. They have three kids-Olivia (15), Emma (12) and Jack (7).
All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 For more information on Lisa and to view other books written, please visit her website: http://lisatawnbergren.com 


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