Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Healthy Meal Choices

This is a great cookbook to add to your home collection! It is filled a nice variety of recipes - all ones that are good for you, and they are also all pretty easy to make and have common ingredients overall.
What I love most about this book is how it is divided up.  The recipes are sorted and shared together by cooking style.  Some days are perfect for using the slow cooker, while others you may prefer to have a stovetop dish or grill out.  I know personally for me while menu planning for the week I look at my schedule and decide what my day overall is going to look like and how much prep time I will have for cooking and when that time will be and go from there as far as deciding the cooking style and what specific recipe. 
 This is a great collection of recipes that will be used frequently. 


For more information about this book, go here!


"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Colleen Coble’s Perfect Pairing Giveaway and Blog Tour


Heart's Danger Colleen Coble
Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves—but will the risk be worth it? Find out in book three, A Heart's Danger, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Rand’s new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns. Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.

Enter to win the perfect pairing giveaway: three books (books one–three in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and coffee to pair with your new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
  • A pound of Colleen's favorite coffee, Captain Davy's Coffee Roaster Costa Rican
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 31st. Winner will be announced June 1st on Colleen's website.

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Book info
About the book:
A Heart's Danger (Thomas Nelson, May 2015)

On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.

Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, a trap has been set for Rand Campbell.
Rand's new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.

Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell---the man whose love she craves---and Croftner---the man whose lies have cost her everything.

Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1G01e4s

About the author:

Colleen Coble
has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: website, Facebook, Twitter



My Review:
"A Heart's Danger" is book #3 in Colleen Coble's Journey of the Heart collection and I loved spending a little bit more time with Rand and Sarah and continuing on this journey with them.   As tension mounts between the Sioux and the soldiers, everyone is on edge and then things happen which cause them to question the other group and those among themselves as well.  Rand's fiancée Jessica is so jealous of Sarah that she devises a plan with Ben; however Ben takes the plan an additional step placing Rand in danger as well.  This is a suspenseful part of the story and I was immediately drawn into the story.  With each addition to the collection I get to the know the characters, all of them, more and more and I am looking forward to what happens next in the saga!

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, May 15, 2015

A woman's journey to becoming Amish

Book info
About the book:
Called to Be Amish (MennoMedia, February 2015)

Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old-Order Amish---and stayed---since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them.

In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.

Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God's love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community.

Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God's call as an Old Order Amish woman.

Purchase a copy:
 http://bit.ly/1ESK6eR

About the author:

Marlene C. Miller
joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

My Review:
"Called To Be Amish: my journey from head majorette to the old order," is Marlene C. Miller's story of joining the Amish culture and way of life.  Marlene shares heart-wrenching details of her life and what led her to making this choice to join an Amish community.  Although the Amish way of life is so different from the English world, this lifestyle and commitment that Marlene made is what turned her life around and fulfilled her.  This book is very  well-written as it will tug at your heartstrings and really allow you into Marlene's world.  There are pictures interspersed throughout the book which is a great addition to Marlene's story as well. 


To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to LItfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Book Review - "No Place To Hide"

"No Place To Hide" is book 3 in Lynette Eason's Hidden Identities series and I have loved this whole series!  Jackie is a part of Operation Refuge and when she sees Ian's face on the news as he is wanted as he is a suspected terrorist, she knows it's not true and she sets out to help him.  As Ian and Jackie find themselves on the run, they find that there is no place they are completely safe and they must fight for their lives as well as finding out who set Ian up and what the coded message really means. 
Jackie's past is slowly unraveled throughout this book as she and Ian are on the run and trying to figure out what is going on and what happened in the past as well.  Jackie relies on Ron as she knows she can trust him and won't put in him harm's way as people continue to be targeted and killed. 
I really enjoyed this book and reading more about the individuals with Operation Refuge who were the main characters in the previous novels in the series.  This is a fast-paced and tense novel that keeps your attention from the very beginning to the very end. 


*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

"When Grace Sings"

Book info
About the book:

When Grace Sings (WaterBrook Press, March 2015)

When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?

Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren't what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she's operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.

But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa's insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.

Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1FBvcM5

About the author: Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of twenty-nine novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and nine grandchildren.

Find Kim online: website, Facebook, Twitter



My Review:
'When Grace Sings" is the second book in Kim Vogel Sawyer's Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy and continues the story of Alexa and Anna-Grace along with all of the other characters whom we met in book one.  These books should be read in order as the story continues on and they are just so good you do not want to miss out on any part of the saga.  There are so many pieces to this story as there are family relationships, lies that have been woven and hidden and secrets as well as adventure and learning to trust.  I love how this series has been written as it continues to weave together characters and their individual storylines and capture the reader's attention as secrets and truth are hidden and slowly unraveled. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest revew.*

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A fairy-tale like collection

Book Description from the publisher:

Five of bestselling author Melanie Dickerson's popular YA fairytale retelling novels now available as a bind-up.
Romance, intrigue, and danger abound in this bind-up of five of Melanie Dickerson's fairy-tale retellings presented in realistic historical settings. Includes The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, and The Princess Spy.
The Healer's Apprentice: Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, and when Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, Rose tends to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to fall in love, and wonders if he feels the same. But Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
The Merchant's Daughter: Annabel is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. She soon finds he is not beastly after all, and becomes involved in a situation that could place Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, in her hands.
The Fairest Beauty: Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and receives her chance when Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and that he has come to rescue her. Though romance is impossible--she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else--the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven to find help. Before long both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them, they must also protect their hearts.
The Captive Maiden: When Gisela learns the duke's son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
The Princess Spy: Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha--one of the few who speaks his language--understands the wild story. It is up to her to save her father, Colin, and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook's wicked plot.
About the Authors
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.


My Review:
I really enjoyed Melanie's books and loved that they are available as a collection now. I have not read many book collections on my Kindle, but this was so user friendly as it was easy to use the table of contents and jump around from book to book if I wanted to.  Melanie has retold classic fairytales and she has added in a faith element that adds that little bit extra spin to them.  I was immediately hooked on this collection as soon as I started to read the first page of "The Healer's Apprentice" as the scene was set so well and I felt as if I was there in the crowd waiting, hoping to catch a glimpse of the brothers' returning home from school.  I highly recommend this books, they will appeal to both young adults and older adults!


*Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Natalie Chambers Snapp’s Girls’ Night Out Giveaway


Heart Sisters Natalie Chambers Snapp
Want to be a better friend and have better friends? Natalie Chambers Snapp wrote Heart Sisters just for you! She uses her own and others’ stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.

Help Natalie celebrate the release of her new book by entering to win goodies you'll need for a girls' night out with your heart sister!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 17th. Winner will be announced May 18th on Natalie's blog.

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Book info
About the book:
Heart Sisters (Abingdon, April 2015)

Heart Sisters is for women who want to both be and have better friends and want a helpful guide to take them through the process.

Author Natalie Chambers Snapp uses her own and others' stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Healthy boundaries, honesty, tact, sharing, and agape love all play a part in being and maintaining a circle of close confidants. She also deals with the inevitable challenges that face many relationships including how to handle conflict; life changes like a new baby, move or divorce; and when it is right to "break-up" with your friend.

Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.

Purchase a copy:
 http://bit.ly/1GKJTIQ

About the author:

Natalie Chambers Snapp
is first and foremost a follower of Jesus, then wife to Jason, and mom to one spunky daughter and two spirited sons with a crazy amount of energy. Choosing to follow Jesus at 27, Natalie is passionate about sharing the grace, mercy, and truth of God's love. She lives in the Midwest with her crew and tries to keep it simple by writing about the faith found in the everyday mundane. The outpourings of her heart can be found at www.nataliesnapp.com in the fleeting moments between being a wife and mother.

Find Natalie online: website, Facebook, Twitter


My Review:
I absolutely loved "Heart Sisters" and Natalie's spirit and heart that she shares in this book.  Throughout life we have friends, friends of varying kinds and degrees of closeness.  Some of these friends may become life long friends, while others are friends for a season.  However, sometimes in the busyness of life it may feel as if there is no time for friends; however there is a longing and need for friends.  I feel like I needed this book and what it said as I find myself caught up in the busyness in life and hard to really give friendships that attention that is required to be a good friend.  I loved the layout of this book with the space to journal and the discussion questions.  This is an excellent read and I highly recommend this for all women to read.  And really who could resist this cover?!

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*