Saturday, July 15, 2017

Kate Lloyd's 'A Letter from Lancaster County' Blog Tour and Giveaway


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A Letter from Lancaster County Kate Lloyd
Will their sibling rivalry get in the way of these two sisters' chances at life and love? Find out in Kate Lloyd's new book, A Letter from Lancaster County. When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit their mother's Mennonite sister in the heart of Amish country. Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose's romance with a new beau. Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

Celebrate the release of Kate's new book by entering to win her Two Sisters, Two Winners Giveaway!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Letter from Lancaster County
  • A Kindle Fire
Another grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Letter from Lancaster County
  • A queen-size Amish quilt
 

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 27. The winner will be announced July 28 on the Litfuse blog.



Book info
About the book:
Two sisters get a second chance at life and love

Angela---Her mother's untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.
Rose--Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn't happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn't be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?
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When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother's Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose's romance with a new beau.
Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

About the author:

Kate Lloyd is a bestselling novelist whose books include "A Portrait of Marguerite" and the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy. A native of Baltimore, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania and is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.
Find out more about Kate at http://katelloyd.com.
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My Review:
"A Letter from Lancaster County" is such a great read that addresses families, relationships among siblings, marriages, all kinds of relationships and how they can impact how we feel about ourselves and the ability to overcome past hurts and maintain relationships with family members throughout the years. 
Angela and Rose are sisters, sisters whom are living different lives and each dealing with their own set of issues and problems in their lives.  Also, there has always been sibling rivalry between them and a rift in their relationship.  A letter arrives from their Aunt and they both travel to Lancaster to visit her.  However, this visit is not all sweet and a time of healing as hoped, as secrets come to light and the tension continues to build. 
Kate has written a story that so many readers will be able to relate to as there are always divisions and feelings of inequality and rivalry in families, even if sometimes they are hidden and they are just a personal struggle, while other families may be estranged.  This is a beautiful story of hope and forgiveness, yet it is not just all sweet and things are smooth sailing, so it is realistic and just overall a great book to read. 

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

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

When motherhood gets real and overwhelming, what do you do?


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Book Info

Finding grace and laughter when motherhood gets real
Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend's Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.
In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an "unmom"-a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.
Jessica Kastner is an award-winning journalist and a contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network's CBN.com, Beliefnet.com, and the Huffington Post's Christianity blog. As Connecticut's coordinator for Straight Ahead Ministries, she shares God's message of hope by leading Bible studies in juvenile detention centers. When she's not on the trampoline with her three boys in Connecticut, Jessica shares her unapologetically "real" commentary on the Christian life at www.JessicaKastner.com.
Find out more about Jessica at http://jessicakastner.com.
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My Review:
Oh my goodness, I loved this book!  It was hilarious and just so real!  I found myself laughing out loud at different times throughout the book and at other times relieved that I am not the only one who has had moments of feeling that way.  Jessica shares her stories of shopping with kids glued to your sides and trying to keep them reeled in while trying on bathing suits, shoes, cloths.  How about playdates that feel never ending, play-doh being stuck to everything, the struggle of packing lunches day after day, and the school projects and assignments that feel like the mother is back in school as well considering it takes so much time and involvement.  In all seriousness, motherhood is so rewarding and kids truly are a blessing, but it is hard to feel this way when you are completely exhausted and feeling like you just want to sit down and cry when a project is failing and kids are screaming.  "Hiding from the Kids in my Prayer Closet" is a must-read for mothers as this will truly help you to not feel as alone in the mothering gig and finding grace in the hard times. 
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.*


Will Mark be able to find the attacker before Neeta becomes his next victim?


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Book info
About the book:

A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.

Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay...
Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn't believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.

Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta's is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta's sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?




About the author:

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.
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My Review:
"His Guilt" is the second book in Shelley Shepard Gray's The Amish of Hart County series.  Shelley does an amazing job of weaving together suspense, drama and romance.  Mark has returned home after being gone for two years; however people have not forgotten what he was falsely accused of and apparently they believe the accusations are true.  Mark has a good heart and he will help others even if it means that he will be treated badly by others.  Neeta does not believe the accusations about Mark; however she is not sure of the feelings she experiences when she is around him and is not sure she can trust her heart. 
This is a great book, and it is a quick read as I felt as if I was waiting to see what happened next as far as the attacks, but also what was going to happen next between the characters' and the relationships that were developing between them.  Shelley writes such original stories and storylines and creates characters whom are easy to love and empathize with.  I highly recommend this book, but encourage you to read book #1 first in the series, "Her Secret."

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.*




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Thursday, July 6, 2017

A perfect family book to read!


"Jorie and the Magic Stones," written by A.H. Richardson is a magical story that will fire up your imagination and transport you back to childhood or if you are a child reading, it will leave you dreaming of adventure. 

Blurb from the back cover:
"Jorie is greeted in the magic land of Cabrynthius as the Child with Hair of Fire who will find the missing Stones of Maalog, foretold in an ancient book about dragons.  She and her friend Rufus are challenged to find the Three Stones and restore them to the Great Grootmonya.  The nine-year-olds face evil dragons, greedy creatures, caves of fire, rocky mountain trails, even a poisonous butterfly as they discover their own courage, stamina, and friendship. This is a tale of imagination, enchantment, and the unexplainable."


First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book as did both of my children, my daughter age 8 and my son age 6.  This reminded me of Roald Dahl books at times, the Magic Tree House series at times and it was just a wonderful mix of fantasy, imaginative play, and characters that were so easy to like.  Most of all, I loved the conversations that my children and I had while reading this, as there are many things to admire about Jorie and Rufus, but also some qualities of them and the other characters that are not quite as admirable.  Jorie meets Rufus, whom lives next door and this is the start of a beautiful friendship and wonderful adventures together.  Jorie is spunky, a friend everyone would want to have.  Rufus is loyal and just a good friend to pal around with.  I highly recommend this book as one to read together with your children as it is enjoyable for children and adults alike and some of the names and vocabulary may be challenging throughout the book for younger children.  I hope to see more from this author in the future. 

*Thanks to the Book Publicity Services for the complimentary copy of this book.*




Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"The Bible Explorer's Guide"


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This is such a fun book to look through and read, my kids love it and I do too!  There are so many pictures, maps, and facts included in here.  Plus near the back of the book there is a "Who's Who" section for the Old Testament, which is great as it is hard to keep everyone straight and their significance.  There's a section about Noah and the ark, including details about the animals that were taken on board.  Another section discussing writing the books of the Bible. The section I most enjoyed is the one about the parables that Jesus taught with; each one that is shared has a picture and a little tidbit about it.  This is an excellent book that will help children feel as if they are exploring and unearthing facts and details about various Bible truths they have heard and learned.  A great, fun read for the adventurer in your life.

*Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*





Saturday, July 1, 2017

"Under a Summer Sky"


I was excited to see that Melody had another summer romance releasing this year, I have enjoyed the two from the last two years.  Nicole is ready to enjoy her summer vacation house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a friend of her family's.  However, Nicole is not prepared for all the drama that is coming along with that, including a gallery worker who is determined to be the one in control and two old friends vying for her attention and heart. 
I loved this book!  It is such a sweet and quick romance to read!  I felt as if I was right there in Savannah with Nicole, it makes me what to go there for a visit!  Melody does an incredible job with setting the scene that I felt as if I was a part of the story.  The characters were all so enjoyable to spend time with as well and Nicole was such a great main character.  The storyline flows so nicely and it was easy to become lost in the story and this gorgeous city.  I highly recommend this book as well as the two earlier ones in the series as they are perfect summery reads!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*


"Naomi's Hope"


"Naomi's Hope" is the last book in Jan Drexler's Journey to Pleasant Prairie trilogy and it is a wonderful story!
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Naomi has settled into a comfortable life with her adopted son Davey and she has accepted the fact that this will be her life, single, and raising Davey.  However, when Cap moves into the area and Davey starts up a friendship with him, Naomi begins to question her plan.  Then her world is further turned upside down when a couple arrives stating that Davey is their family and Naomi turns to Cap for help.  What is God's plan for Davey and Naomi's future?

I have really enjoyed this series from Jan and I was eager to read this book to see what happens, but I am also sad that the trilogy has ended.  This is such a sweet story that addresses hope, love, family and the family that ones can create.  I highly recommend this book for historical fiction fans and those who enjoy Amish fiction. 

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*