Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bible Storybook

Book Description from the publisher:

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Toddlers is perfect for young children. Now toddlers have a padded board book edition designed just for them, with simple text, bright art, and a padded cover. This cute and durable edition provides an overview of the Bible with eight stories from the Old and New Testaments that follow the Bear family as they explore Scripture. The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Toddlers is fun and enlightening for kids and a great resource for parents and educators.

My Review:
I grew up loving the Bears family and I love sharing them with my children now.  I love all of the new books that have been coming out recently that have Biblical principles tied in with the story along with the moral lesson.  Therefore, I was so excited about this Bible storybook as I love to be able to teach my kids Biblical principles and stories and this book is an excellent way to help them to learn truths and remember the stories. 

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

Take it to the Beach with Colleen Coble’s ‘A Heart’s Promise’ and Tote Giveaway

Heart's Promise Colleen Coble
Will the promise Emmie makes to her friend mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac? Find out in book five, A Heart's Promise, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie’s heart and hand. Can she live happily without Isaac?

Take a day off and head to the beach with a new giveaway from Colleen: five books (books one–five in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and a beach bag to tote your new books in!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Heart's Promise
  • A Lands' End beach tote
  • A copy of A Heart's Betrayal
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced August 3rd on Colleen's website.


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

Emmie makes a promise to her friend that, if fulfilled, could mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac.

Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie's heart and hand. Though Emmie resolves to keep her heart in check, it hurts when she sees that another woman has set
her bonnet for Isaac.

Then Emmie's dear friend extracts a costly promise: if anything happens to her in childbirth, Emmie will marry her widower and raise the baby herself. And it seems Emmie may have to fulfill that promise. But can she live happily without Isaac?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Gc4QeO

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 Promise" continues the saga of Sarah and Rand, and the others whom play such a large role in their lives and story as well.  Emmie is still trying to come to terms with her past and her secret and cannot bear to think about what will happen once others find out.  However, Jessica arrives back on the scene and has her hat set on Isaac and threatens to share Emmie's secret as she recognizes there is something between Emmie and Isaac.  I have been enjoying this series so much as there is so much tied into these story - love and betrayal among families and loved ones, and hope and redemption.  However, this installment to the story really seemed to be filled with action and a lot of things were happening in everyone's lives, but there are also unanswered questions that left me hanging and eager to read the next installment. 

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

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour.*

Monday, July 27, 2015

Melissa Jagears’ ‘A Bride at Last’ and a $100 Memory-Making Giveaway

Bride at Last Melissa Jagears
Can Silas and Kate overcome their rocky start and experience healing—and possibly love? Discover the answer in Melissa Jagears' new book, A Bride at LastNeither Kate nor Silas is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light as they attempt to prove nine-year-old Anthony's paternity to the court. Can their wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

Celebrate the release of A Bride at Last by entering to win a $100 Memory-Making giveaway and RSVPing to Melissa's August 4th author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 gift card to Netflix (for a family movie night), Shutterfly (to create a family memory book), or TablePlayGames (for a family game night)
  • One copy of A Bride at Last
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/4. The winner will be announced at Melissa's 8/4 A Bride at Last Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Melissa and fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

Book info
About the book:
A Bride at Last
(Bethany House, July 2015)

Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony-until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

Purchase a copy: 
About the author:
Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.

Find Melissa online: website, Facebook
My Review:
I absolutely loved this book!  I am a fan of Melissa's books anyways and once I read the description for "A Bride At Last," I knew I must read this one as well!  Kate was intended to be a mail-order bride, but things did not work out, and Silas was abandoned by his mail-order bride and both have tried to move on from these incidents.  As these two individuals find themselves fighting for a common cause (child) the past hurts and secrets intertwine as well.  I have always loved reading stories that have mail-order brides as I find the concept exciting and scary at the same time and of course things do not always work out as intended as was the case with these two characters. This is such a sweet story though of love, family and overcoming past hurts.  I highly recommend this story as well for a sweet and inspiring read. 
To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!
*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on the blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "Mind of Her Own"

 "Mind of Her Own" is an entertaining yet also thought-provoking book that will hold your attention from beginning to end.  Louisa is living the perfect life; however she is not perfectly content with how her life is.  Suddenly her life is changed when she awakes from getting bumped on the head and is suffering from amnesia.  As Louisa struggles to find out who she really is and what her life is really like, the whole family is in for some surprises and changes.  I found this book to be well-written and enjoyable, but it also had thought tender and at times sad moments.  It can be so easy to compare ourselves and our lives with others either people we interact with face to face or via social media and think that others' lives are perfect and it's easy to not be content with ourselves and we play the "what if" game.  This being said, Louisa struggled with some of the same things and this made her such a relatable character and a character whom became real throughout the book.  Now I am eager to find some more of Diana's books to read as I enjoyed her writing style. 

*Thanks to the Tyndale Blog Network program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, July 24, 2015

the love of Twinkies

"The Twinkies Cookbook: Twinkies 85th Anniversary Edition
is such a fun and nostalgic cookbook!  This book shares the history and also the close demise of Twinkies just a few years back.  Then it dives right into the recipes which all sound and look amazing.  The recipes are sorted and shared by type, such as ones that are Twinkies and fruit, Twinkies and chocolate and pies that are made with Twinkies.  I love the pictures that are interspersed throughout the cookbook as well.  This is a must-have for anyone and everyone whom loves Twinkies or has a love for unique cookbooks and conversation starters.

For more information about this book, go here!

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

"The Curiosity Keeper"

Book info
About the book:
The Curiosity Keeper
(Thomas Nelson, July 2015)

"It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail's egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored to either bless or curse whoever possesses it."

Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She's done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille must allow a mysterious stranger to come to her aid.

Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content to work as the village apothecary. But when his brother's death made him heir just as his father's foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession---a ruby called the Bevoy---can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop---and the beautiful shop girl who may be the answer to his many questions.

Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, these two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, they will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1CGUeKn
About the author:
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

Visit Sarah online:  websiteFacebookTwitter

My Review:
"The Curiosity Keeper" is book #1 in Sarah's new series and I found it to be an excellent start to the series!  Camille's mother left and never returned and has had very limited contact, Camille is trying to keep her father's shop going and now she must rely on a stranger's help.  Camille was a great main character whom I really liked and loved watching the friendship develop between her and Jonathan.   I have been really enjoying reading about this time period and the London setting as well.  Sarah does an amazing job with creating the scene and bringing the time period to life giving the story and characters a very realistic feel.  I am looking forward to book #2!

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.*

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Book Review - "To Capture Her Heart"

In an uncertain time, she faces a choice that will change her life forever
It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die--until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.

Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice--stay true to her friend or follow her heart.

Exploring a unique slice of history, Rebecca DeMarino transports you to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York.

"A masterful weaver of history and heritage, Rebecca DeMarino laces tender love stories with vibrant threads of history and hope, wooing the heart and waking the soul in this rich New World saga."--Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and The Heart of San Francisco series

Rebecca DeMarino is the author of A Place in His Heart, book one of The Southold Chronicles, a series inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother; a love of horses, reading, and writing from her dad; and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Rebecca lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. Learn more at www.rebeccademarino.com.

My Review:
I really enjoyed Rebecca's latest book and the historical details and setting throughout the entire story.  Heather is forced to deal with such a horrific event that unfortunately was probably all too common during this time period, and yet she allows her heart to love again as she finds herself torn in her feelings and devotion.  I love how the setting and characters were so vividly written about so that they came alive and I felt as if I were a part of the story.  I enjoy reading about places that I am familiar with and imagining how they must have been so many years ago.  If you are a fan of historical romance, then Rebecca DeMarino is an author not to be missed!

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