Friday, February 12, 2016

"With This Ring?"

This is one of my all time favorite novella collections!  Seriously, you could not ask for a better collection of historical romance novellas!  Each of these women are incredible authors and you will find yourself laughing out loud, cringing at times and cheering for the main characters!  Each of the main characters find themselves in a situation where ultimately a proposal is going to happen, whether it is being hoped for or not because hey we all know you sometimes find love when you least expect it and are most definitely not looking for it!
Although I enjoyed all four novellas in this collection, the one by Mary Connealy is my absolute favorite.  I loved how she tied together two of her series together and took the reader back to Broken Wheel with the Regulators.  It was great seeing how the men and their wives and kids are all doing and how the families have grown and also how the town is flourishing.  Of course, it was impossible to not be immediately drawn into the story as it begins with Carrie and Isaac escaping from their lavish home in the middle of the night and trying to remain undetected and that is when they run smack dab into Big John. 
I highly recommend this book to historical romance fans, but this is a can't miss read for those whom have read books and series by these authors as there are many connections!

*Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New book from Robin Lee Hatcher!

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Keeper of the Stars (Thomas Nelson, January 2016)

Because it's not always love at first sight!

When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny's mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain---but that's exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.

Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can't get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn't behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad's sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.

Still feeling the pain of Brad's death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

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About the author:

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

Connect with Robin: website, Twitter, Facebook

My Review:
I have enjoyed the King's Meadow series by Robin Lee Hatcher and "A Keeper of the Stars" is a wonderful addition to this series.  Penny and Trevor were both characters whom I loved and loved how much growth and strength developed in them throughout the book.  Penny was filled with so much hurt and anger and justifiably so; however she is forced to deal with that when Trevor arrives.  Trevor has so much guilt even though he is not to blame and he has to work through that while trying to fulfill the promise that he made.  Robin does an incredible job with developing the characters and the storyline with typing in hope, forgiveness and love.  Also, I have to mention how gorgeous the cover is on this book, simply beautiful.  I highly recommend this book and series.

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

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

"Raising Uncommon Kids"

"Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical traits you need to raise selfless kids," by Sami Cone, is an incredible parenting book to read and learn from!  This book is divided into 3 sections with 4 traits being focused on in each of the sections.  The first section focuses on one's heart at home, specially love, harmony, gentleness and bearing with.  These traits focus on one's relationship with God, and relationships and interactions within the family unit.  The second section focuses on one's attitude toward others, including the traits of kindness and forgiveness.  The third and last section deals with one's influence in the world with focusing on traits such as gratitude and compassion.  

I love how the book is set up as there is a chapter devoted to each characteristic.  The author really shares her heart, and her triumphs and mistakes that she personally has learned from.  The overall attitude of this book is so positive and uplifting as the purpose is to create and instill positive behaviors and attitudes instead of focusing on the negative ones that need eliminating.  As the positive attitude and behaviors are established and built upon then the negative ones will automatically decrease.  This book was eye-opening to me as it really forced me to think about what I am modeling to my children and really everyone who I come into contact with.  I highly recommend this book as a must-read for parents.  

*Thanks to the Baker Books blogger program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a  honest review.*

"Your New Money Mindset"

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Your New Money Mindset: Create a Healthy Relationship with Money (Tyndale, October 2015)

Have you ever thought: If I just had a little more money I would be happy? Research has shown this belief to be false. Through personal experience, Biblical passages and timely research, coauthors Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent Financial, and Dr. Jim Moline, consulting psychologist, reveal that financial happiness and security have little to do with how much money you have, and a lot to do with the role money plays in your life.

Your New Money Mindset isn't just another book about managing finances. It's a book about reshaping your relationship with money by examining your attitudes and beliefs around money.

Your New Money Mindset:

-Defies the consumerism that infects our culture and sickens our hearts.
-Shows us how to replace the tension and fear we feel about money with contentment and peace.
-Guides us to live open-heartedly with our time, energy and money.
-Provides an online New Money Mindset Assessment™, which will help you pinpoint what attitudes about money you could work on in order to develop an openhearted attitude to life.
Regardless of your financial situation, we invite you to journey with us to discover how to transform your relationship with money by remaking your heart.

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Brad Hewitt is president and CEO of Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit Fortune 500 organization dedicated to helping Christians be wise with money and live generously. He speaks regularly on how a redefined relationship with money can help us find and live out our call in life. He and his wife live in Minnesota.

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website, Twitter, Facebook

My Review:

"Your New Money Mindset: create a healthy relationship with money," by Brad Hewitt and James Moline, takes a fresh approach to discussing money.  These men really dive into one's mindset and attitude as the title states, which can often be an overlooked aspect of one's approach toward money and managing it.  These authors make a great team as one is the CEO of Thrivent Financial and the other is a licensed psychologist; therefore they each bring his own strengths and expertise to the book.  
Each of us has our own money relationship, good or bad we have one as it is our attitude and just in general thoughts and feelings toward money, toward budgeting, paying bills, and this can be anxiety-producing or just seen as a part of everyday life.  This book really will help you to really discover what your money relationship is and help tweak it so it is overall more positive and helping you accept it as a part of life and not something that causes worry and negative attitudes as we may long for more than we have and can afford and struggle with  not having enough money to live our current lifestyle.  
I highly recommend this to everyone as it will help you to become more aware of your thoughts toward money and managing money and even if you feel you are doing well in this area it can only strengthen you.  

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

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

"Paris Street Style" coloring book

" "Paris Street Style" is an awesome coloring book!  It is black and gold with thick pages and also an elastic band holding the book closed, it is a very visually appealing book. 
Although this is marketed as an adult coloring book, my 7 year-old daughter claimed this as soon as it arrived!  She has a fascination with Paris and stated she HAD to have this and immediately began to page through the book and then began coloring.  There is a great variety of coloring pages in the book and the pages have varying amounts of images on them.  This would definitely be at the top of my list as a coloring book to not only have for myself, but for any other girl or female whom would enjoy coloring as it is a beautiful book and would make a wonderful gift for hours of relaxation and enjoyment. 

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A new series from Shelley Shepard Gray!

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A Son's Vow (Avon Inspire, January 2016)

Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family.

Darla's father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm's lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn't looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger---with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

Now her brother's anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn't change soon, Darla fears it will cost her---and her family---even more.

Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father's lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he's feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone---especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can't simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.
As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla's love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

Shelley Shepard Gray's first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy. 

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

Connect with Sherri: website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest

My Review:
Charm, Ohio is the setting of this brand-new series and also a horrific tragedy that killed several men and left two friends trying to pick up the pieces and find their place in this town once again.  "A Son's Vow" is such a great start to this new series and I cannot wait for book #2 to be released.  Darla is facing life living with the accident hanging over her head and she is struggling with how her family has been affected and her own individual life.  Lukas' life has been impacted and he finds himself struggling to take over as the head of the family and the business and be strong for his siblings.  This is such a fast read but it is full of emotion, tension and drama all set in a cute town that became so real as did the characters.  This is a must-read for those whom enjoy Amish fiction. 

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

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

"Lucky Peach" cookbook

"Lucky Peach" is a huge collection of Asian recipes that are all together in a beautiful hardcover edition with colorful pictures of each dish.  There are breakfast recipes, sauces, rice dishes, seafood, pancakes and soups just to name a few of the recipe sections.  I love Chinese food and I am excited to try many of these recipes.  Although some of these included in here I have never heard of, they sound great and I am happy there are pictures to go along with the recipes as I love to see what my cooking should look like! :)  Another feature I like about this book is the little tips that are included at the end of the recipes that give a personalized feel. 

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