Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Book Review - "A Promise To Protect"

Patricia Bradley has done it again with "A Promise To Promise!"  She has created a story that is fast-paced, exciting and a sweet love story all tied up in one book!
"A Promise To Protect" is the second book in Patricia's Logan Point series and I highly recommend book 1 as well if you have not gotten the chance to read that yet. 
Leigh is trying to protect her heart and secrets; but this increasingly becomes difficult when Ben once again is involved in her life when she finds out she is in danger.  Leigh's brother is murdered and this is not a single incident or end of a nightmare for Leigh, it is merely just the beginning.  As Leigh finds herself in danger, she is forced to relinquish some control in her life, including on her heart and her secrets. 
This is an excellent romantic suspense novel and I highly recommend it!  However, be prepared to not want to stop reading once you start as it will be difficult to put down until you read the end!


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

THE PROMISE Kindle HDX Giveaway from Beth Wiseman!


The Promise Beth Wiseman
In a daring new novel, Beth Wiseman jumps way outside the box. The Promise will take readers far away from Amish country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, this is the book Beth has been working toward for a long time.

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Curious? Click here to read the reviews, and be sure to enter Beth's Kindle HDX giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Promise by Beth Wiseman
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 9th. Winner will be announced November 10th here.
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About the book: 
Mallory's search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal---and danger.
Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal---to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.
Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart's desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.
Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/CP8sr 

About the author: 

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple Bestseller lists. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--Seek Me With All Your Heart--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth lives in Texas with her family.

Find Beth online: website, Facebook, Twitter

My Review:

I have read Beth Wiseman's Amish novels and was very intrigued to read "The Promise" by her as it is a different genre for her.  Once I picked up this book and began to read, I was hooked on the story and decided that Beth can write any kind of fiction, as she has a style of writing that is so easy to get into and follow and she has the ability to draw the reader into the story so completely that it feels as if you truly are a part of it.  Mallory is a character whom I immediately liked; she is on a journey and has the end in sight, but it is not without trials and you will be hoping that she and Tate find their ways.  This is a gripping and emotional story that is filled with danger and love; this is one not to miss out on!

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.*


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Regency from Sarah E. Ladd AND a Kindle HDX giveaway!


Sarah E Ladd A Lady of Willowgrove Hall
Award-winning author Sarah E. Ladd examines how to escape the clutches of a tainted past in the final installment of her Whispers on the Moor series. A Regency-era novel, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall cleverly shows that even though our pasts may be shameful or painful, God can take the darkest personal histories and turn them into the brightest futures.

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Celebrate with Sarah by entering her Kindle HDX giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 2nd. Winner will be announced November 3rd here.
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About the book: 

Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness.
His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.
Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could strip away everything she holds dear. But soon after accepting the position of lady's companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she's desperately hidden for years.
Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own --- one that has haunted him from birth and tied him to his father's position as steward of Willowgrove. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he'll never be free to find his own way in the world. He'll never be free to fall in love.
When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and build a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/CsnBw

About the author: 

Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

Find Sarah online: website, Facebook, Twitter


My Review:
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series by Sarah; however I thought this latest book, "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall," was the best in the trilogy!  Sarah does an incredible job of setting the scene and bringing this time period to life.  I loved being transported back to the Regency Era and spending time there with Cecily and Nathaniel.  There is suspense, romance and historical details that all tie together in this story and I found myself completely engrossed in this book and in the characters' lives. There is such a beautiful message of forgiveness and moving on from one's past included in this story as well.  I highly recommend this book and series for historical romance readers!

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.*

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Sunday Suppers"

Karen Mordechai has created a beautiful cookbook, "Sunday Suppers," and this is one that will be looked through and used over and over again.
This book is divided into 4 sections - morning, noon, afternoon and evening as far as menu and recipe types.  Each of these sections is further divided by the type of meal.  For example, the morning section has four menus, one for a meal in bed, and one for a winter brunch to name two of the four.  There are beautiful pictures interspersed with the recipes as well as little tidbits about the recipes shared. 
"Sunday Suppers" is the perfect addition for those whom would like to have some fresh ideas for creating fabulous meals.  There is a nice variety of recipes and I am looking forward to making many of these. 


For more information about this book, go here!


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

Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Author Party with Judith Miller!


Judith Miller The Brickmaker's Bride
Don't miss Judith Miller's latest novel, The Brickmaker's Bride. CBA Retailers + Resources raves, ". . . a wonderful story about faith and love throughout life’s trials."

Judith is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a "Refined by Love" Facebook author event on November 4th.
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 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 4th. Winner will be announced at the Refined by Love Facebook Author Event. Connect with Judith for a fascinating evening centered around her new Civil War-era series. She'll be hosting a book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in the Refined by Love series, and much more!

So grab your copy of The Brickmaker's Bride and join Judith and friends on the evening of November 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)
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Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!


About the book: 

Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia
Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it's Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man---a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he'll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.
But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura's heart.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/CAurf 

About the author: 

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.

Find Judith online: website, Facebook, Twitter




My Review:

"The Brickmaker's Bride" is book 1 in Judith Miller's Refined By Love series and I thought this to be an excellent story to begin this series.  I loved how I was completely drawn into the book so completely on the first page; so much is learned about Laura and her life right away and so much is hinted at as to what is to come in the story.  Laura is dealing with the memories of home and her father whom never returned home from the war and is being courted by a seemingly perfect man.  However, Ewan arrives as he is supposed to take over and run the business that was formerly run by Laura's father.  Ever since Laura was little she loved to spend time with her father and help him in the brickyard and with the business, so Ewan seeks help from Laura and she finds things tilting in her world once more.  The historical setting is so well created  and brought to life in this story as well as are the characters.  I really loved this book and am looking forward to book #2 in this series!

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.*

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review - "Stolen"

"Stolen: the true story of a sex trafficking survivor," by Katariina Rosenblatt, PhD with Cecil Murphey, is a powerful and emotional read.
Katariina is a young teenage girl whom has very low self-esteem and does not receive the love and care at home that children need.  When she is befriended she thinks she is finally getting the attention and care that she seeks; however things do not go as planned.  This shares her journey and surviving sex trafficking.  While many children do not experience things just like this, there are so many children whom are merely surviving each day and not being nurtured and loved and supported in the ways that are so necessary for healthy development and growth.  I highly recommend this book as it will open your eyes to the harsh reality that is everyday life for so many children.


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

"The Woman Code"

"The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life," written by Sophia A. Nelson, is a guidebook to help each woman live a more fulfilling life for herself.
Each of us lives according to a code whether she really realizes it or not in all areas of life.  When something is off kilter in the code, she can feel unsettled and not really fulfilled.  Sophia addresses 20 codes, each being in one of five areas: personal, emotional, spiritual, professional and relational.
This book is easy to get into and read as Sophia writes in a style that is easy to read.  Each chapter addresses a specific key and there are bulleted lists, charts and key words shared.  There are also quotes included as well which I think are a great addition to the chapters as well.  This is a great book that I encourage every woman to read.


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