All in Good Time by Carolyn Astfalk

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

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With three rambunctious, young children, Melanie Lombardi can’t see beyond the day-to-day struggle to maintain her home and her sanity since her husband’s sudden death. A second chance at romance isn’t on her radar.

Brian Perella is done with dating, resigned to being the fun uncle and never the dad. Until he meets Melanie and her brood of lively kids on the sidelines of a Little League game.

But when Brian uncovers a co-worker’s secret, it re-ignites a temptation that Melanie can’t know about. It’s his secret to keep until an unexpected diagnosis brings everything to the surface, jeopardizing his future with Melanie and her children, who, when threatened by an unknown stalker, may need him now more than ever.

Catholic Christian contemporary romance.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Carolyn Astfalk resides with her husband and four children in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where it smells like either chocolate or manure, depending on wind direction. She is the author of the contemporary Catholic romances Stay With Me and Ornamental Graces and the coming-of-age story Rightfully Ours. Carolyn is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, Catholic Teen Books, Pennwriters, and is a CatholicMom.com and Today’s Catholic Teacher contributor. True to her Pittsburgh roots, she still says “pop” instead of “soda,” although her beverage of choice is tea.

A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham and giveaway!

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MY RATING 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Match for Emma by Pepper BashamTitle: A Match for Emma

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 21, 2019

Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe.

When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected.

With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Emma Mitchell was so busy trying to find a match for everyone else,  she didn’t think about needing the man of her dreams. And her long time friend Jon Noble just surprised everyone by moving back to Randsom, so she can resume her friends relationship with him. But their journey doesn’t exactly as planned.

Thought this book started out a little slow for me, but then the story gets better and better. I really like Emma’s character,  she just so full of life and enjoys helping others. And her matchmaking skills are really, good, that is until she made a mess of one couple. And Jon is a sweetheart! But I did get annoyed at him for being so secretive sometimes. But that all said, Pepper Basham does an awesome job of writing this book to make people keep reading it until it end. She deals with several different issues that are realistic, describing each scene so vividly it seems like reading about my neighbors. There are a lot of characters in this small town of Randsom, and the way the  author introduces them to the story, they are easy to remember and soon felt like old friends. There is a lot of love in Randsom, but theres sometimes a lot of tensions flying around sometimes too. And all in all, it is a great third book in the Mitchell’s Crossrodes Series, and even though I didn’t read the first two stories, this one was fine for me as a stand alone. This is a good clean read. If this is what you like to read, it’s an awesome story.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pepper Basham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her most recent historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, showcases her Appalachian heritage and family history, as well as her love for humor and family.

She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus. Her upcoming release, A Match for Emma, is the third book in her popular Mitchell’s Crossroads series.

Pepper loves getting to know readers and other authors through social media. You may also learn more about her on her website!

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A Beautiful Mess by Brenda S. Anderson!

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

A single mother’s journey from bitterness to forgiveness

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Can she love the child who broke up her marriage?

Nearly four years ago, Erin Belden’s happy life became a shattered mess. After her husband admitted to an affair and that a child had been conceived, he left her and their young daughter for his new family. Now, she’s finally ready to put the pieces of her life together. She’s set to launch her own business and even thinks her heart might be open to romance—should the right man come along.

But just when everything seems to be lining up, she receives a devastating call: her ex-husband and his wife have been killed in a car accident, and Erin is listed in their will as their daughter’s legal guardian.

How can she be a mother to the child—let alone love the child—who broke up her marriage? Does she have the courage to start over yet again and turn this mess into a mosaic of beauty?

A single mother’s journey from bitterness to forgiveness.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

A Beautiful Mess is a bittersweet story that could very well happen in today’s world! In this messy story, Brenda S. Anderson deals with several heartwrenching issues. It had been four years since Erin’s life was turned upside down when her husband dropped the latest on her that he was seeing another women and she was pregnant. She was ready to finally move on with her life when another bomb was dropped on her, and Erin is not ready for the way her life is headed. Can her ex really control her life from the grave?

My heart hurt for Erin throughout this entire book. She, like so many people today had to suffer the heartbreaking news of an affair. And while her husband was living it up with his new wife, she was left trying to put the pieces together, dealing with all of the feelings that come with betrayal.  But this story took a twisted turn and a journey began for Erin that she did not want. Ms. Anderson does an amazing job of laying out all of the pieces of this story, emotions flying high in every possible way, and weaving them back together to give a beautiful ending that will stay with me for a long time. A Beautiful Mess is a story that you don’t want to miss. I encourage you to check this book out, you may enjoy it as I did.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

About Brenda

Brenda S. Andersonwrites gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. Brenda_Anderson_05-400-x-600When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball (Go Twins!), and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of thirty-plus years and one sassy cat.

WRITING AWARDS

Genesis Award

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2012 ACFW Genesis Finalist
Contemporary Romance
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Hearts at Risk
(Now titled Risking Love)

2012 ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist
Women’s Fiction
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MEMBERSHIPS

ACFW
American Christian Fiction Writers
ACFW Minnesota NICE
(Novelists Inspiring Christian Excellence)

The Birth of Imagination …

I grew up in the best place in the world: a dairy farm in Minnesota. Oh, I know, many of you are wrinkling your noses and thinking, what about Hawaii? California? The Rocky Mountains? Any number of places could be better, definitely warmer, and a whole lot less work.

Yet, in spite of stepping in fresh manure piles, tossing bales in 90 degree heat and stifling humidity, and suffering through temperatures cold enough to freeze breath and limb, fun was had and stories were born.

My daughter tells me I grew up spoiled. I had everything a child could possibly want: hay sheds for building forts, hay lofts with rope swings, tons of swimming lakes within biking distance, a sledding hill right across the road, our own pond to skate on, snow piles–high as our house–in which we created little cabins, acres of trees to climb and and to weave bike paths through, corn fields in which to play hide and seek, all the homegrown sweet corn we could eat, a baseball field with unique boundaries … I could go on.

To make it even better, I have four brothers and two sisters who were built-in playmates. At the farm next door, they had eight children so it was never difficult to find enough players for football or softball or whatever game we wanted to play.

Our farm was laid out over rolling hills. The sunsets and sunrises were filled with hues city dwellers can only imagine. The northern lights could be seen in their full cascade of colors. Shooting stars were commonplace. Nothing says it better than Psalm 19:1: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

The farm was also fertile ground for imagination. I’d often go for walks, with my faithful German Shepherd at my side, and imagine myself in a different time and place. Some of those stories made it onto paper and several teachers encouraged my imagination.

Like so many authors, I always dreamed of writing a novel, but for many years that’s all it was: a dream. Practicality said that there was no career in writing, so why waste my time?

Fast forward several years later. In the spring of 2005 I was a stay-at-home mom whose three kids were in school full time. I considered doing the practical thing by getting a job to help support the family. I even picked up an application from the local Christian book store.

Then I felt the nudging. The LifeKeys course at our church taught me that God gave us our passions for a reason. Our passions had a purpose. I’d never believed that before, but then I gave it consideration. My imagination had never stopped; the stories had become more real, more complex.

It was time to write.

Two weeks later I confessed to my husband that I spent my free time writing. His answer? “It’s about time.” How’s that for confirmation?

So now, it’s eleven years later with five books published and more on the horizon, all stories written in a partnership with God, stories I believe He placed within my psyche for a purpose. It’s my prayer, as I record the stories God has given me, that my words will do them justice, that others will hear the message God wants me to convey.

The Red Journal by Debbie Elkink

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THE RED JOURNAL

A child’s antique ring and a message from beyond the grave point to the treasure of a legacy lost.

Flirty globetrotter Sybil badgers her friend Libby to travel along in seeking out the world’s “sacred places” — a monastery in Japan, a mountaintop in Africa, a mosque in Istanbul. Her footloose wandering far from family values costs her more than money.

But Libby can’t afford to travel, and she’s plagued by a different kind of restlessness. Grieving the recent death of the grandmother who raised her in their inner-city Minneapolis tenement now slated for demolition, Libby faces homelessness in both heart and habitation.

When Libby discovers a cryptic message from beyond the grave and an antique ring pointing to a mystery in an inner room of a mansion museum in North Dakota, she sets out on a quest of her own for the meaning of heritage and home.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This book was very different than what I thought, but it was an interesting read. I did have a difficult time keeping my interest in the story especially through most of the book. Closer to the ending, the story comes to life more, with a very nice and interesting ending.

Libby and Sybil are so different and as they travel the world together, readers get to see two different perspectives of the things they do and see. Sybil got on my nerves some, her personality needs some adjustments, but then that’s what gives the book it different layers, the different flavors of each person.

I liked the way this author gave such vivid descriptions of the girls journey. It made me feel like I was traveling along with them. And I’m glad Ms. Elkink was able to weave everything together and write a very neat ending. I encourage you to give this book a try. If you enjoy those books that slip back and forth between the past and the present, you will enjoy this one.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Deb Elkink lives with her husband in a cottage beside a babbling creek in rural Alberta, Canada. She grew up in Winnipeg and attended college in Minneapolis-Saint Paul (BA Communications), publishing her first short stories and articles. She married and spent twenty years as a Saskatchewan ranch wife and homeschooling mom (when she rounded up cattle on horseback and cooked for huge branding crews). Graduate studies (MA Theology) then prepared her to edit doctoral dissertations, a professional quarterly magazine, and an online expository Bible study. Today she writes, edits, and teaches, and she loves speaking to women’s groups about the Christian faith. Her debut novel, The Third Grace (2011), received Canada’s prestigious Grace Irwin Award, and her literary study on the fiction of G.K. Chesterton, Roots and Branches, was published in 2015, with another novel, The Red Journal, to be released in 2019.

CONTACT

Email: deb@debelkink.com or deb@rolledscroll.com

Website: www.debelkink.com

 

The Sleuth’s Conundrum by Kimberly Rose Johnson

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Sleuth's ConundrumTitle: The Sleuth’s Conundrum

Series: The Librarian Sleuth #3

Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson

Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Release Date: November 1, 2019

Adam and Tara are sucked into a police investigation that might get Tara killed. Can Adam keep her safe or will he lose her forever?

Tara James, the local librarian assistant, is afraid her past will catch up to her when an infant is abandoned outside the Tipton County Library. Will news of the abandoned baby stir up publicity and force her to go on the run again?

Librarian Nancy Daley’s world has become complicated. Carter is pushing to set a wedding date, a woman was left for dead on the side of the road, and Tara, her assistant, is acting strange. Nancy is working every angle she can think of, but the case goes from bad to bizarre. Can she find the baby’s mother, help Tara, and plan her wedding without upsetting her life’s delicate balance?

Slow news days become a thing of the past for local reporter Adam Stacy when a dead body is discovered on the side of the road. Was the woman murdered or was it an accident? Adam’s feelings are growing for Tara, but she appears to have secrets she’s hiding. Is she somehow connected to the abandoned infant?

When things go from bad to worse Adam does everything in his power to protect Tara, but will it be enough?

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The Sleuth’s Conundrum

by Kimberly Rose Johnson

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Tara turned and sucked in a quick breath. Where had this man been hiding? “He’s cute,” she whispered.

Nancy nodded. “He works for the local paper.”

“A reporter?”

Nancy nodded.

“I wonder what he’s doing here.” Tara hesitated then scooted off to help the man. “Hi, I’m Tara, Nancy’s assistant. Is there something I can help you with?”

The reporter nodded. “Yes. Thank you.” He held out his hand. “I’m Adam, a reporter for the Tipton Tribune. I’m doing a story on the history of crime in Tipton County. It will be a then and now kind of thing. Unfortunately, the Tribune’s archives weren’t much help thanks to a fire in the early 80s.”

“That’s an interesting topic. What inspired you?”

“The hit and run victim.”

His tone gave her pause and she noted the furrow of his brow. His full beard hid his mouth, but his soulful brown eyes spoke volumes. “Did you know her?”

He cleared his throat and shrugged. “Since I grew up here I’m guessing I might have, but the identity of the victim has not yet been released.”

It must be horrible not knowing. Hopefully it wasn’t anyone he knew. Death was always a tragedy, but when you knew the person it was so much worse. “It’s been quite a day in Tipton. I found an abandoned baby on my way into the library this morning.”

“You’re kidding?”

Maybe she shouldn’t have said anything about Amelia.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kimberly Rose Johnson

Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

You can sign up for Kimberly’s newsletter via her website at: https://kimberlyrjohnson.com/

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Called to Inspire by Marsha DuCille

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

Product Details

Published: October 8, 2019
Binding: Hardcover
Trim Size: 6 x 8 in.
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-1-4964-3598-9
My Rating 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Do you sense God prompting you to do something special with your life? Do you feel totally unprepared to answer his call?
Get ready for your heart to be emboldened and your faith strengthened! In CALLED to Inspire, Marsha DuCille, founder and publisher of CALLED magazine, leads you through a 52-question devotional experience to help you discover a rich, victorious life guided by God. With each weekly devotion, you’ll find compelling answers to life’s most significant questions. Each reading is accompanied by a powerful prayer, a meaningful verse to hide in your heart, a declaration to defend and fortify your faith, and journaling space to record your thoughts.

Let CALLED to Inspire encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and give you the strength and confidence to hear God’s calling in your life. Cling to this companion week after week—and dare to render your answer.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

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This is a Fabulous Devotional that takes readers outside the box so they will think a little differently. It has 52 devotions, each having four pages. Starting with a page with with beautiful flowers, and the devotion name. The second page has the devotions, the third and forth pages are for journal entries. It starts with prayer, then Strength for the Word and I Declare, with verses, and phrases to help get you started. Then page four is a journal entry and gives you ideas to journal about. You can better see in the pictures.

This is not only an awesome Devotional, it’s so pretty to look at each day. The pictures do not do Justice to the pages. They are beautiful. I highly recommend this book that will last you for a year, if you use the scripture a d dig deep. Or you can use it for a once a week devotions. Lots of options with this one.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Marsha DuCille is the founder and editorial director of CALLED Magazine, the largest North America-based publication for Christian women. Her “hobby turned global venture” reaches millions of women through a variety of multi-media platforms. She is also the creative director of CALLED Design, a print and digital solutions enterprise, and the chairman of The CALLED Project, a philanthropic arm that supports outreach efforts around the world. Marsha earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston University and a master’s degree in educational foundations, research, and policy from the University of Michigan.

Where I Was Planted by Heather Norman Smith 

Where I Was Planted

by Heather Norman Smith 

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

What good can come from being abandoned?
In the spring of 1961, ten-year-old Nate Dooley, also known as Weenie, has a revelation—his father is not a good one. Inspired by National Geographic, his favorite thing next to the Bible storybook his mother gave him before she died, Nate plans to leave his father and their home in the Smokies to set out on adventure. When he discovers his father has left him first, it takes the help of a stray dog, some kind neighbors, a one-man-band, letters from a long-lost aunt, and a new understanding of God, to figure out he isn’t really alone. He’ll also discover that he must leave Copper Creek after all. Will he ever be able to come back?

Fathers may leave, but our Heavenly Father is faithful, and he has a plan for all of us.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This was a really good story, different from most I read. I enjoyed that it written in the early 1960’s because I was a young girl then, and I enjoy stories in that era. This book is kinda different but I did enjoy it. Nate has wanted to leave home for a while, be sure he didn’t  care for his dad. But his dad had other plans, to leave first! What will life bring these two, especially Nate.

Nate was so young to leave home, I had trouble like his dad, he should be looking after his son. But it seems like God had other plans. Even through his hardest times, with the stray dog helping, his aunts letter, and other things Nate endured, God was always with him. When Nate really understands who God is, for me it was such a touching moment,  but it didn’t come easy, it was a ling growing experience.  I think the main thing I get from this story is our relationship with the Lord, and are we really serving Him. This young boy shows how it happened for him, and if you enjoy stories like this, I encourage you to pick up this book and check it out.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

ABOUT  THE AUTHOR 

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Heather Norman Smith 

I am an author of inspirational novels and devotions. My goal is to use the written word to entertain and encourage, while illuminating the redemptive love of God.

What can I tell you about my life? Here are just a few things…

I grew up in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina, and was raised by loving parents. I have two wonderful sisters- one older and one younger- and will assert without hesitation that Middle Child Syndrome is a perfectly legitimate condition.

As a young adult I ventured an astonishing 43 miles from my childhood home, to settle in the suburbs of the big city of Winston-Salem, NC.  As the daughter of a pastor, I spent much of my early twenties attempting to prove the stereotypes about preacher’s kids.

In my mid-twenties, the promise of Proverbs 22:6 began to be evident in my life.  As I trusted Him, God blessed me with a husband, Alex, who is also my best friend, and shortly after with three beautiful children- Elizabeth, Sarah, and Daniel- that bring joy (and testing) to my life each day. We are blessed to also share our home with a foster son who is teaching us much about love and life.

Our home is in the town of Lewisville (just outside the big city of Winston-Salem), which I consider an idyllic place to raise a family. We have two cats and two dogs that add to the chaos in our home. Along with writing and spending time with my family, I enjoy singing about Jesus and crafting.

​I consume an alarming amount of black coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper.

The Smith Family- Alex, Heather, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Daniel

The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younce

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Bright UnknownTitle: The Bright Unknown

Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Literary Fiction

Release Date: October 22, 2019

My Rating: 5-Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This poignant and heartbreaking novel explores the power of resilience, the gift of friendship, and the divine beauty to be found in the big, bright world—if only we’re willing to look.

Pennsylvania, 1940s. The only life Brighton Friedrich has ever known is the one she has endured within the dreary walls of Riverside Home—the rural asylum where she was born. A nurse, Joann, has educated and raised Brighton, whose mother is a patient at the hospital. But Joann has also kept vital information from Brighton—secrets that if ever revealed would illuminate Brighton’s troubling past and the circumstances that confine her to Riverside. Brighton’s best friend is a boy she calls Angel, and as they grow up together and face the bleak future that awaits them, they determine to make a daring escape.

Nothing can prepare Brighton and Angel for life beyond Riverside’s walls. They have no legal identities, very little money, and only a few leads toward a safe place to land. As they struggle to survive in a world they’ve never seen before, they must rely on each other and the kindness of strangers—some of whom may prove more dangerous than the asylum they’ve fled.

Nothing can prepare Brighton and Angel for life beyond Riverside’s walls. They have no legal identities, very little money, and only a few leads toward a safe place to land. As they struggle to survive in a world they’ve never seen before, they must rely on each other and the kindness of strangers—some of whom may prove more dangerous than the asylum they’ve fled.

Narrated in Elizabeth Byler Younts’s gorgeous style, The Bright Unknown is a sparkling search for answers, family, and a place to call home.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Wow! Another interesting book by Elizabeth Byler Younts. Brighton Friedrich was born in Riverside Home, an asylum for the mentally ill because her mom was there at the time. She made many friends there, after all she was there until she was an adult. One was Angel, an albino that wasn’t mentally ill, but his wealthy family didn’t want him. I’ve always heard that asylums in the early to mid 1900’s treated their patients horrible, and that’s what happens in this book. But for one nurse that grew to love Brighton.

The title of this book didn’t prepare me for what was coming between the pages. This was definitely not an easy book to read. Sometimes it was hard to keep reading, yet I did, because I wanted to find out how the story ended. Ms. Younts goes into so much detail about the treatment of the patients, which really angered me, they used anything to control them. I’m glad much more has been found out about mentally ill patients today and there is help.

The characters in this story grew on me. I fell in love with Brighton and Angel, and ‘Nursey’ as Brighten called her, was the only reason they survived. I did have a difficult time with how the nurse treated Brighten at one time though. And the escape from the home could have been handled differently but maybe during that era in time it was the only way.

Over all, this is a fantastic read. A very different read, for sure. This is why I wanted to review this book, because I know it would be unique. So I encourage you to check out The Bright Unknown if this is an issue that interest you.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Byler Younts

Elizabeth Byler Younts gained a worldwide audience through her first book, Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Solace of Water and the Promise of Sunrise series. Elizabeth lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, her two daughters, and a small menagerie of well-loved pets.

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Deadly Committment by Kathy Harris

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Deadly Commitment by Kathy Harris

Product details

  • Series: The Deadly Secrets (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Hope Publishers (October 14, 2019)
  • My Rating: 5++ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

Danni Kemp fears she’s being stalked—but the truth is much more deadly. Her new fiancé, Robert Evans, has a dangerous secret. The homeless man who is stalking her, Caleb Samuels, may prove to be her only escape from a hidden danger. Will she discover in time that neither Rob nor Caleb are what they appear to be and the one person she fears most may be the one person she needs to trust?

“Within this compelling suspense novel are stories of loss and redemption, romance and deception, addiction and recovery, and an underlying message of God’s grace. I loved it.” – Edgar Struble, producer, God Bless the Broken Road; music director, The Academy of Country Music Awards, The Billboard Music Awards

“In Deadly Commitment, Kathy Harris creates characters you care about and plops them down into a world of deception and danger.” – Patricia Bradley, author of the Memphis Cold Case novels

“I was captivated!”  – Nora St. Laurent, The Book Club Network, Where Book Fun Begins!

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Wow, this is an awesome Romantic Suspense!!! I literally could not put it down. I read it in less than a day. Then I went back and skimmed through it and read the best parts over again! This is only the second fiction book for Kathy Harris and she very quickly moved to my very favorites list!

I couldn’t figure out what Danni could see in Robert Evan’s, the man just acted fake. And being on the road all of the time, it wasn’t really that hard to figure out what was going on. I’m glad she had Caleb to look out for her. And of course with the suspense, we mostly know who the bad guys are, it’s just wondering when the big bust would be. One of the main things I like about this book is the education you get on what really happens to young people who try their hand at drugs. And what happens when businessmen as well as anyone really, can see all of that dirty money they can make. Much more than they can with a regular job. But this story also shows what happens in the end. How much I wish every young person would read books like this, and get a glimpse of the life with drugs.

I also appreciate the Christian’s in this story, living their lives in our everyday world. This story is so realistic. It’s like listening to the news or reading the newspaper. If you love a good clean romance with a lot of suspense mixed in, you will love this one.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business. After graduating with a Communications degree from Southern Illinois University, she moved to Tennessee to work in the Christian music industry. That position soon transitioned into what would become a long-tenured country music marketing career.

For several years, Kathy freelanced entertainment biographies and wrote, as well as ghost wrote, news stories and columns for various music publications. In 2007, she sold her first Christian non-fiction story, “Walk on Water,” which was included in Thomas Nelson’s All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa. That same year one of her devotions was published in The One Year Life Verse Devotional from Tyndale House. She also contributed “Blooms of Wisdom” to the Chicken Soup for the Soul 2010 release Thanks, Momand “He Who Laughs Last Is the Weiner” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul 2019 release Life Lessons from the Dog.Kathy Harris DEADLY COMMITMENT   

Abingdon Press published The Road to Mercy, Kathy’s debut Christian novel, in September 2012. Her new inspirational romantic suspense series, The Deadly Secrets from New Hope Publishing, begins in October 2019 with the release of the first book, Deadly Commitment.

The Telegraph Proposal by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham plus Giveaway

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Telegraph Proposal

Title: The Telegraph Proposal

Series: Montana Brides #3

Authors: Becca Whitham & Gina Welborn

Publisher: Zebra

Genre: Western Romance

Release Date: October 29, 2019

 ABOUT THIS BOOK 

In the rough and rugged Montana Territory, the journey to true love is filled with unexpected twists–and sweet rewards–for daring frontier women who faithfully believe every heart has a home . . .

With the help of the Archer Matrimonial Company, Yancey Palmer has finally put Hale Adams, the man she’s loved for ten years–sometimes not wisely or well–behind her. Yancey is so sure of her love for the man the agency matched her with, she readily promises a friend that she’ll help Hale with his mayoral campaign without chasing him.

Hale has also engaged the services of the matrimonial agency. He’s so pleased with one lady, he requests that she join him in Helena to commence a sixty-day courtship. But instead, the Archer ladies arrive in town to reveal the true identities of both Hale’s and Yancey’s matches: each other. Can they look past their misunderstandings and hurt to see that they are still a perfect match?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Yancy Palmer has love Hale Adam’s most of her life, but pursuing him was no good because he ignored her. Circumstances leads both to sign up with the Archer Matrimonial Company to try and find someone to care for. But they were not expecting what they found.

I enjoyed this book so much! I loved the characters, and the plot was great, keeping my attention throughout the book. I wanted to know the ending, though I didn’t want the book to end. I didn’t read the first two books in this series, but the author did a good job of adding enough from the first two reads to make this a good standalone. There is a lot of humor in the book as well that makes it even more fun and entertaining. And you might just find a little mystery added as well. Overall, this is an awesome book to read. If you are looking for a light, fun story, this is a good one to try.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham
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Becca Whitham (WIT-um) Award-winning author, paper crafter, and Army wife, Becca and her twelve-foot long craft cabinet follow her husband of thirty-five years wherever the army needs a good chaplain. She thinks the cabinet should count as a dependent. So far, neither the army nor the IRS is convinced. In between moves from one part of the country to the other, she writes stories combining faith and fiction that touch the heart. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

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Gina Welborn is the bestselling author of twenty inspirational romances, including the Montana Brides Romances from Kensington Publishing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of American and American Christian Fiction Writers. Sharing her husband’s passion for the premier American sports car, she is a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum and a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club. Gina lives with her husband, four of their five children, a rabbit named Hobbit, and two cats that don’t realize rabbits are edible.

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The Rescue by Tanya Eavenson

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New Release! 

The Rescue
Book One in the All Roads Lead to Texas Series

THE RESCUE is a Cascade Award winner in the Historical Romance category.

“Ms. Eavenson writes a poignant tale filled withemotions. One can’t help but feel for the characters as they battle an evil manintent on getting his way. A genteel lady and a gentleman cowboy on the racefor their lives. This is a historical not to be missed!”
–Laura V. Hilton, author of Married to a Stranger (Whitaker House)

“Eavenson knows how to ratchet up theaction and suspense, carried all the way through to the last chapter. Rosalindand Trent are endearing characters hounded by a villain that truly gave mechills, with a supporting cast as well-drawn as the hero and heroine. TheRescue will draw you in, pump you up, and touch your heart.”
–Carole Towriss, author of By the Waters of Kadesh

Picture  Sometimes the path to freedom is found in an unexpected future.

Upon the death of her mother, Rosalind Standford’s life shatters, the pieces scattering to the wind when she is forced into a betrothal to a cunning banker. But when a telegram arrives announcing the man who captured her heart is on a train to Boston, Rosalind must hide her true feelings before the thin cord of her existence unravels the deadly secrets she keeps.

Cowboy Trent Easton returns to his roots in Boston society to find his childhood friend, the  love of his heart. Instead he finds a broken woman engaged to a man close to her father’s age. Though she once rejected him, when Trent learns she’s in danger, he determines to do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even taking her to the altar in the black of night. But will his name and the remote wilds of his Texas ranch be enough to protect her? Or will freedom cost them their lives?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Rosalind and Trent are longtime friends in love and want to get married one day. But circumstances changes everything when Rosalind’s mom falls ill and passes away. With no one to care for her except her father, her future is in a dangerous situation because of poor choices her father has made. What will happen to poor Rosalind?

I really understand why Rosalind questions God in her situation. She loves Trent, and he would be good to her, so why is she having to marry a man she doesn’t love, someone who threatens her? She has no place to go, no one to turn to. I really enjoyed this story, though stories where Fathers make poor choices in marrying off their daughters really get under my skin. Rosalind’s dad sure didn’t care about her happiness!

I feel the characters all support one another, and play their parts well. And as heartbreaking as the story gets, I love and appreciate how Ms Evavenson weaves everything together and shows grace and forgiveness through our Lord in this story. This is a great book for those wanting a good clean Christian read.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

About the AUTHOR 

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​Tanya Eavenson is an international bestselling and award-winning inspirational romance author. To date, she has written six novels and novellas. Her recent historical romance, The Rescue, won the 2018 Cascade Award.

Tanya and her husband have been in Christian ministry for twenty-four years teaching youth and adults. Although she doesn’t consider herself a speaker and prefers to be behind a computer screen, she loves to share her testimony, her faith, her writing journey, and her love for Christ with churches and women’s groups.

When she’s not writing, Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime includes grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, making graphics, and reading a good book. 

The Mosaic Collection Unbound by Eleanor Bertin

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Product details

  • File Size: 1236 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1773541560
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Leaf & Blade Publishing (September 4, 2019)
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

My Rating 4⭐⭐⭐⭐

About Unbound 

Ruthie Adrian loves ranch life with her handsome husband, Mac and his family. But her fading hope for a child dissolves when Mac is killed in a crash along with his brother and father.
Added to their heartbreak, Ruthie and her mother-in-law, Naomi now face rejection by her sister-in-law, and impossible barriers as they try to protect their land.
Jake, a self-styled prophet steps up with a bizarre offer. A Godsend or a trap?
With raw grief, unexpected humour, and life-giving grace, Unbound is a modern twist on a timeless tale of the unique bond between two widows who harbour a few secrets of their own.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

In this loosely retelling of the story of Naomi and Ruth, author Eleanor Bertin does a really nice job of capturing my attention, with characters I grew to love and respect. Of course this version is the authors and her imagination of how it could have been back in that historical time. I always love reading Biblical fiction because it gives me ideas of how it was and it brings the story to life in my mind.

For some reason I had a hard time getting into the story, but then all of the horrific drama begins and it goes pretty fast. I wanted to get to the end to see how the author would weave it altogether. And she did a nice job of ironing it all out and coming up with an ending I was expecting. My heart hurt for Ruthie Adrian, and I cried for her during some of the harder scenes to read. She liked her life just fine, and wanted a family with Mac, but the accident took care of that for her. There was so much hurting and heartache, the raw emotion that so told the feelings of this family. At times it was hard to read because it was so real, and these things happen every day all around us. My heart was breaking as I thought about several families I know who have gone through the same thing in the past several months. Ms. Bertin does an excellent job writing everything into this story it a way that feels real, the characters felt real. And God’s grace, love, forgiveness and the peace that only He can give was weaved throughout the story in everything these ladies had to endure.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Blitz for Edge of Truth by Kimberly Rose Johnson

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Series: Law Enforcement Heroes

Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson

Publisher: Sweet Rose Press

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: August 6, 2019

Two DEA agents. One undercover mission. Lives changed forever.

The DEA sends two of its best agents, Kara Nelson and Jeff Clark, to Central Oregon, to shut down a major drug ring. Kara and Jeff usually work alone, but Operation Trail Ride throws them undercover together in a way neither of them expected.

A notorious Miami drug lord wants Kara dead. Can these agents pull off the greatest acting job of their lives—and manage the sparks flying between them?

Or will they die trying?

Edge of Truth is the first book in the Law Enforcement Heroes series. A romantic suspense series with nail biting suspense and a splash of romance. If you like engaging characters, small-town antics, and page turning suspense, then you’ll love Kimberly Rose Johnson’s Law Enforcement Heroes series.

 

EXERPT FROM Edge of Truth

If drugs were passing through here, they were doing an exceptional job of hiding them. He saw no signs of anything unusual. The barn door opened wide and sunlight streaked in outlining the silhouette of a cowboy.

“Can I help you?”

Jeff rose to his full height. “I’m Eric’s brother, Jeff.”

“Uh-huh, and I’m the Lone Ranger. Eric ain’t got no brother.”

Although the man’s claim should have surprised him, it didn’t. He and Eric weren’t close, so there was no reason anyone here would know about him. Jeff squinted. “I didn’t catch your name.”

“I didn’t throw it.” He turned and stalked out. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kimberly Rose Johnson

Award-winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child, Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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(1) winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card

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Reunited in the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus plus GIVEAWAY

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Series: Rocky Mountain Heroes, Book 4

Author: Mindy Obenhaus

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 1, 2019

A fresh start…and an old love reignited?

A Rocky Mountain Heroes romance

For widow Kayla Bradshaw, restoring a historic Colorado hotel means a better life for her and her soon-to-arrive baby. But she needs construction help from Jude Stephens, the love she lost through a misunderstanding. Working with Kayla, the police officer finds himself forgiving her—and longing to rebuild her shattered confidence. But can they trust each other enough to forge a future together?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Kayla Bradshaw is not sure how she will find life as she comes back home after being gone so long. And then with everything that has happened to her. But she is determined to restore the old historic Colorado hotel her friend has hired her to do, in order to make a better life for she and her baby to be. But construction help from Jude Stephens will not be easy. But she has no option.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet Romance between Jude and Kayla, though sometimes they were a bit humorous in their dealing with each other. Do they both need to be so stubborn? Author Mindy Obenhaus writes another fun and exciting book for her readers. Her characters were well crafted and developed so well throughout this story. I enjoyed the working on the old hotel, the details were interesting enough and the couple’s interaction made it even more fun and interesting. Jude realizes Kayla is not the person she was when she left, but he wants to find out more about her. Even though Kayla is a pregnant widow, she does not miss her abusive husband. There is a lot information she’s not ready to tell. But can she really trust a man again? This you will have to find out when you read this sweet read from this amazing author.  A read you will not want to miss!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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It took Mindy Obenhaus forty years to figure out what she wanted to do when she grew up, but once God called her to write, she never looked back. A three-time Carol Award finalist, Mindy is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Hills of Nevermore by Janalyn Voigt up

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ABOUT HILLS OF NEVERMORE

Can a young widow hide her secret shame from the Irish preacher bent on helping her survive?

In an Idaho Territory boom town, America Liberty Reed overhears circuit preacher Shane Hayes try to persuade a hotel owner to close his saloon on Sunday. Shane lands face-down in the mud for his trouble, and there’s talk of shooting him. America intervenes and finds herself in an unexpectedly personal conversation with the blue-eyed preacher. Certain she has angered God in the past, she shies away from Shane.

Addie Martin, another widow, invites America to help in her cook tent in Virginia City, the new mining town. Even with Addie’s teenage son helping with America’s baby, life is hard. Shane urges America to depart for a more civilized location. Neither Shane’s persuasions nor road agents, murder, sickness, or vigilante violence can sway America. Loyalty and ambition hold her fast until dire circumstances force her to confront everything she believes about herself, Shane, and God.

Based on actual historical events during a time of unrest in America, Hills of Nevermore explores faith, love, and courage in the wild west.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This story involves two recent widows, America and Addie crossing the country with a wagon train, wanting to open their own business so their can make their own way. But traveling by wagin train is a dangerous journey with Indians on the trail, and stops in towns and villages where men are evil and women are scarce. Author Janalyn Voigt details this journey, weaving in all of the good and the bad, with even a preacher in the mix! The likeable and realistic characters were sure on board as this story unfolds. Lots of things happening in this book, which I love because it makes the book interesting and exciting! And I enjoyed the stop in the Idaho Territory during the gold rush, the detailed scenes were well crafted, it makes me want to be there in that time in history!

This is a well written Christian historical fiction, and if you enjoy a good wagon train story, I highly recommend this one. It is sure to give you plenty hours of entertainment!

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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My father instilled a love of literature in me at an early age by reading chapters from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Robinson Crusoe” and other classics. When I grew older, and he stopped reading bedtime stories, I put myself to sleep with tales I “wrote” in my head. My sixth-grade teacher noticed my penchant for writing and encouraged me to become a novelist. 

I’m considered a multi-genre author, but I like to think of myself as a storyteller. The same elements appear in all my novels in proportions dictated by their genre: romance, mystery, adventure, history, and whimsy. 

Sign up at http://janalynvoigt.com to be notified when these titles release, for book extras, and reader bonuses. 

Epic Fantasy: “DawnSinger” and “Wayfarer” are the first two novels in the epic fantasy series, “Tales of Faeraven.” The final books in the series, “Sojourner” and “DawnKing,” are under contract with my publisher. 

Historical Fiction: “Hills of Nevermore,” first installment in the “Montana Gold,” set during Montana’s gold rush in the days of vigilante justice, will release in 2017. 

Romantic Suspense/Mystery: “Deceptive Tide (Islands of Intrigue-San Juans)” will release in October 2016. This title is romantic suspense, but I am also branching into writing mystery novels written in the classic style of Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. 

Find out more about my books and about me as an author at any of the links below!

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  • Author Website: Creative Worlds of Janalyn Voigt features Janalyn’s news, research notes, travel journals, and promotional updates.
  • Travel Website: Literary Wayfarer grew out of Janalyn’s passion for both travel and books.
  • Website for Writers: Live Write Breathe is where Janalyn teaches herself and other writers to live with passion, write well, and remember to breathe.

Wally’s Misadventure by Chrys Wimer

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

Wally had been cooped up all winter and was ready for a great adventure! His chores came first, then after his father reminded him of the rules, Wally was off. The first rule was to never go exploring alone, but when none of Wally’s friends could go, he was determined to go anyway. Look inside to find out what Wally faces on his adventure!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I love Raccoons, and Wally is adorable! But Wally isn’t your normal raccoon, he’s young and he is a mischevious little fellow that had a hard time following directions. When Wally decide to go on his little journey, he never expected to run in to so many problems and trying to solve then wasn’t so much fun! But the story is fun, a lot entertainment for your child.

I think this is the cutest picture book, and it teaches young children the same valuable lessons Wally learned. And I love the way the author uses animals to teach the lessons. I’m not to fond of snakes, but most kids love them, and will love the other animals.

The pictures are adorable. And I love the bright flowers, butterflies and cute little dragon flies that pop out of the forest in beautiful colors. I really like the illustrations. They make the story so much more fun. I encourage you to check out this adorable book for your child. And I think older children would ibjoy this as well. You can read it to your smaller children and let the older ones read it for themselves.

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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I enjoyed writing “Wally’s Misadventure”!  Being a first time author has been a great learning experience.  The most important thing I have learned is how to communicate with the illustrators.  I would have an idea of what the illustration should look like, but they often visualized what I said differently.  It was a long process, but they did a wonderful job.

The characters and basic plot of the story came easily.  I don’t really have a reason I chose to write about a racoon, but I think they are funny to watch.  Ivy was the second character that I chose.  She was named after my maternal grandmother who lived to be 105 and loved music.  My grandmother’s favorite song was “One Day at a Time”.

The best part of the process was sharing the details with three classes of 1st and 2nd grade students.  I am a substitute teacher and I saw these students often, so I was able to keep them informed of the process.  They were my greatest cheerleaders!  I was able to read “Wally’s Misadventure” to them the last week of school.  It was a great hit!

 

When Mountains Sing

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

When the truth cost her everything, she thought there was nothing left to lose.

Mikayla Gordon loves nothing more than sleeping under the stars, reeling in the “big one,” and long hikes in the wilderness. A medical crisis reveals a 30-year-old secret that turns everything she’s known and believed upside down, unraveling her dreams and her identity.

In search of answers, she follows a trail from Minnesota to Colorado and discovers more unwelcome secrets even as she falls in love with the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and a wilderness camp leader who shares the greatest secret of all.

Knowing her life can never go back to what it was, she must make decisions that will impact far more than just her future.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

As I read this book, I couldn’t help but wonder how I would feel to find out devastating news that would rip our family to shreds. This is just what happened to Mikayka Gordon. And following her journey to find answers was hurtful yet interesting. The cast of characters were a delightful group and I enjoyed the close knit family. I did feel so bad for Mikayla, my heart was just breaking as she started finding answers to her past life. The author does a very nice job of creating the tension to keep readers interesting, and then weaving the many loose ends and the surprising twists to the story together to create a beautiful ending. This is a beautiful Heartwarming read that I recomend for your enjoyment.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Stacy Monson is the award-winning author of The Chain of Lakes series, including Shattered Image, Dance of Grace, and The Color of Truth. Her stories reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. Residing in the Twin Cities, she is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, and a proud mom, and doting grandma.

 


 

As the Light Fades by Catherine West + Awesome Giveaway

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ABOUT THE BOOK

High Res-As the Light FadesTitle: As the Light Fades

Author: Catherine West

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.

After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.

Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.

Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.

When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I love Catherine West books, and this is another great read from this author. Liz Carlisle moves back to her family home in Nantucket after finding out what her boyfriend was really like. Matthew Stone has moved to Nantucket in his grandparents home that they willed to him. With Matthew is his teenage niece he has custody of because his sister is in jail. Liz soon moves out of the family home because of renovations to make it a Bed and Breakfast, and the only place she could afford was Matthew’s coach house. Liz’s first encounter with Matthew’s niece tells Liz she’s trouble and Liz wants nothing to do with her. But then Liz and Matthew start spending time together. They both need someone to talk to about their dysfunctional life.

I love the way author Catherine West tackles very difficult issues in her books. In “As the Light Fades,” throughout the book characters are dealing with abuse and addiction, in the worse kind of ways. The characters are so well created, I truly felt I was living the story with them. I had trouble with Liz’s character, sometimes her attitude was a little it much, but then I couldn’t relate to the issues she had dealt with either, and I can now see why she acted the way she did. There is a lot going on in this book, several families with lots of characters and many issues throughout all of them. But I love the way Ms. West weaves it all together smoothly, bringing it all to an interesting ending that works for everyone. I highly recommend this clean Contemporary fiction and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew, 2017 and Where Hope Begins, 2019, and a Carol Award Finalist for Where Hope Begins. Her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.

Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

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Chronic Love by Brooke Bartz

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Chronic Love by Brooke Bartz, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering with A Chronic Illness

Author: Brooke Bartz

Publisher: Ambassador International

Release Date: September 1, 2019

Genre: Christian Living, Health and Wellbeing

Suffering is inescapable in this world. 

Jesus told us we would face perilous trials and that even our bodies would feel the effects of the Fall. For women dealing with chronic illness, most books offer quick-fix counseling or devotional verses taken out of context, helpful only for momentary encouragement.

For true and lasting comfort we must dig deeper into God’s Word and the context in which those much-used passages were written.

In Chronic Love, Brooke Bartz reveals a deeply raw and descriptive account of life with a chronic and debilitating illness, and she shares with readers how comfort and strength can be found through the Truth in God’s Word.

Specifically designed for women who daily battle chronic illness, Chronic Love‘s goal is to provide solid Scriptural encouragement for the fight.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Chronic Love is mainly written with those who live daily with chronic illness. I could relate with much of this book and to many of the personal stories here. I’ve been dealing with a severe chronic illness for over 20 years. I’ve read many books or devotionals that are really good, but only really touch the surface. I appreciate that Chronic Love goes much deeper into the life of author Brooke Bartz, teaching readers how to deal with the chronic illness each of us face daily.

It’s so easy with chronic illness, and even when the pain and suffering are but for a short while, to give into the suffering instead of going to the scriptures for help and comfort. I have failed in this many times over the years. I am glad, and I appreciate the time and research Ms. Bartz did to write this book. I have an ebook so I can carry this with me at all times through my Kindle app on my phone. It will be so helpful to me to have the personal stories and all of the many wonderful scripture to refer back to when I am feeling so down. I can keep going on and on about this amazing book, but you get the idea of the meaning behind this book, as well as how helpful it will be to everyone reading it.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brooke Bartz is a stay-at-home wife and mom who lives daily with a chronic disease, knowing firsthand the daunting, gnawing physical and spiritual pain it causes. Yet disease was not always her close companion; in the years before her diagnosis, she grew up playing sports and earned a full scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Not yet a Christian, she transferred colleges and attended an event for an on-campus ministry; as the Lord had planned, she heard the Gospel and He saved her. Soon after and while still in college, she married her childhood crush and began a volleyball coaching career.

Living with rheumatoid arthritis and gastroparesis, Brooke desires for women to know the truth about the God who loves them and is with them each day as they face disease and disability; she shares the Truth of the Bible as their ultimate healing. Brooke’s passion is spurring on the women God leads to her sphere of influence, inspiring their hearts to keep their strength and hope at the foot of the cross, to trust in the Great Shepherd to one day heal them completely in glory, even though for now they are suffering on earth.

CONNECT WITH BROOKE:  Instagram


GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Chronic Love, a Chronic Love T-shirt, a Chronic Love coffee mug, a copy of Trusting God Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges and the workbook for Trusting God Even When Life Hurts!

Be sure to check out each stop on these tours for more chances to win. Full tour schedule on this tour shown below. Giveaway begins at midnight September 3, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 10, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid.  For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

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A Kite on the Wind by Patricia Lee-Spotlight

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for the Mended Hearts series by Patricia Lee, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

BOOK 3 A KITE ON THE WIND

Title: A Kite on the Wind

Series: Mended Hearts #3

Author: Patricia Lee

Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink

Release Date: October 1, 2018

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

Is Love Strong Enough to Overcome the Walls They Hide Behind? 

Left waiting at the altar, Claire Simpson has buried her past and moved on, carving out a life for herself as a teacher on the Oregon coast. When her former fiancé appears, he threatens to unravel the peaceful independence she has worked so hard to achieve after their relationship failed.

Montgomery Chandler has moved to NOAA headquarters in Newport, Oregon to make new, happier memories for his children after his wife died of a lingering illness. Their home in Seattle held nothing but the whispers of their earlier lives. Starting over will help all of them heal, but Monty is resolved not to risk love again.

When the handsome widower enrolls his hurting children at the school where Claire teaches, her determination to remain uninvolved vanishes at the whim of a snowstorm. This family needs her expertise. Can she help them without losing her heart?

 

SPOTLIGHT BOOK 3 

A KITE ON THE WIND

Claire couldn’t get Monty’s wind-burned face out of her mind that evening. She hadn’t realized how much she’d anticipated seeing him again. Nor did she understand the depth of her eagerness. They’d shared only a few encounters since they’d met, yet in her mind the man seemed like a friend she’d known for years. She fixed a light supper and picked at it while she watched the news. Nothing tasted good. Television held no appeal. She dragged herself to the papers she needed to review for tomorrow’s school day. The only image filling her mind tonight stood a little over six feet tall, with short, sandy hair, a shadowed beard on his chin, and piercing blue eyes.

“You’ve got it bad, kid.”

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patricia Lee is a published author, having written since she first learned what words could do at the age of six. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. Articles to her credit have appeared in Moody Monthly, Power for Living, Expecting and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse as well as in two anthologies— Cup of Comfort Bible Promises and In the Company of Angels. She is part of a team of bloggers who submit short devotionals for FaithHappenings.com.

Patricia is a member of the Oregon Christian Writers and of American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband have two adult children and live in the Pacific Northwest with two sleepy cats.

CONNECT WITH PATRICIA:  Website | Facebook | Twitter


GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on these tours for more chances to win. Full tour schedule on this tour shown below. Giveaway begins at midnight August 19, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 24, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid.  For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

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