Sunday, June 25, 2017

"Knoll"

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I grew up hearing about the day that President John F. Kennedy was shot, my parents would also state where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.  This was a day that they will always remember, just like 9/11 will be such a day to me.  In school in so many history classes this event was also discussed and we were taught about it; however Stephen Hillard takes this historical event to a whole new level.  Who knew about this plan?  Who knew that this was day that President Kennedy was going to be assassinated?  Anyone who has knowledge needs to be killed, and it seems that the person behind this is ruthless!

As soon as I started to read I was immediately hooked on the storyline, both storylines!  I loved how Stephen wove two storylines together, intertwining so many lives together in ways no one would imagine, yet the links are there.  So many different accounts, thoughts, in so many forms are shared and I found myself trying to sort through everything in my mind right alongside Bus and Banner, two characters who I absolutely loved and really enjoyed being on this journey with. 

*Thanks to the FSB Associates for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Teaser Blitz - "Primrose Lane"

Olivia Davenport has finally gotten her life back together. She's left her painful past behind, started over in a new town, and become Harmony Harbor's most sought-after event planner. But her past catches up to her when Olivia learns that she's now guardian of her ex's young daughter. With her world spinning, Olivia must reconcile her old life with her new one. And she doesn't have time for her new next door neighbor, no matter how handsome he is.



Olivia may act like she's got everything under control, but Dr. Finn Gallagher knows a person in over her head when he sees one. He'd really like to be the shoulder she leans on, but Olivia makes it clear she doesn't want his help. Since he's returned to town, his waiting room has been full of single women feigning illness. Yet the one woman he's interested in is avoiding him. But with a little help from some matchmaking widows and a precocious little girl, Finn might just win Olivia over.

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THE HARMONY HARBOR SERIES

MISTLETOE COTTAGE, #1
CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANGEL, #1.5
STARLIGHT BRIDGE, #2
PRIMROSE LANE, #3
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Dr. Finn Gallagher found himself at the clinic on Primrose Lane, wondering what the hell he’d gotten himself into.
In the seven and half hours he’d been there, he’d seen forty-five patients. Only five of whom actually had something physically wrong with them. All five were female and under the age of sixteen. As far as he could tell, not one of them was interested in marrying him.
The other forty had nothing wrong with them. And, as far as he could tell, were very interested in marrying him. If they weren’t, their grandmothers and mothers were. Interested in him marrying their daughters and granddaughters, that is. 
At the beginning of the day, it was kind of amusing, even a little flattering. But by 10:45 it had gotten old and annoying. It didn’t help that he kept thinking of the patients he saw while working with Doctors Without Borders. Those people needed him, desperately. They weren’t fake coughing or complaining about phantom chest pains. They were sick and hungry, wounded and scared. They weren’t spoiled and whiny and ungrateful.
He winced at his unflattering characterizations and intolerance. While there was some truth to his observations, the throbbing ache in his leg injury was making him grumpy. Knowing his father had been right and Finn wasn’t ready to go back to the Congo wasn’t doing much to improve his mood.
Sherry, Doc Bishop’s nurse and a woman Finn had dated in high school, opened the door to the closet-sized office. “Pain hasn’t let up, has it?” she asked with a compassionate smile.
“I’m good. Just had to return a couple of phone calls.” He set down the cold cup of coffee he hadn’t had a chance to drink, removed the ice pack from his knee, and surreptitiously hid it behind the welcome-to-the-clinic plant from the staff, which Finn now mentally referred to as the
matchmaking clinic from hell. He pushed to his feet with a closed-mouth smile that hopefully hid his clenched his teeth from Sherry’s observant gaze.
“Really? I rescheduled Molly, Sally, and Karen’s physicals to tomorrow, but if you’re okay to see—”
“No, tomorrow’s good. On second thought, why don’t you schedule them with Doc Bishop? They’ve been going to him for twenty years. I’m sure they’d be more comfortable—”
“They would be or you would?” she said with a laugh, and then proceeded to share way too much information about all three women before adding, “Dr. Bishop won’t be in tomorrow. Mrs. Fitzgerald invited him to make up a foursome, remember?”
Finn rubbed his jaw. “I’m not sure that’s something you should share—”
She made a ha-snort sound and then cuffed him on the shoulder. “Not that kind of foursome, silly. They’re playing golf.” She ha-snorted again. “It’s no wonder that’s where your mind went after the offers you’ve had today. Kerry will get a good laugh over that one.”
If Sherry had her master’s in gossip, Kerry, the receptionist, had her PhD. Finn figured he’d provided them with enough to talk about for a month at least. He lifted his chin in the
direction of the examination rooms. There were five. “Who’s next?”
“I cleared out the waiting room of all but legit complaints, so you only have four. Patient number one won’t take long. She just needs her script renewed.” She handed him a file.
He looked at the name and handed it back. “Might be better if Doc Bishop sees Ms. Templeton.”
“He left early. Mrs. DiRossi invited him for dinner, and I think he wanted to get spiffed up.” Sherry frowned and looked from Finn to examination room number one. “Is there a reason you don’t want to see Dana?”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue, and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews).  When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Take a ride through 1895 Chattanooga

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The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race Mike Mizrahi
  Take a ride through 1895 Chattanooga as it's turned upside down when a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle-in bloomers-in Mike H. Mizrahi's new book, The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race! Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit to Brooklyn, she's drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.

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About the book:
Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle-in bloomers!

It's 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she's drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.

Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.

Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride "the wheel?" Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the "new women" emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle? What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?

Faith, patience, and courage help Anna to become the person she was meant to be.



About the author:

Mike Mizrahi has a master's degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue a deep passion: writing.

Mizrahi and his wife, Karen, led a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo four years ago and were so moved by the experience, Mizrahi wrote his first novel, which he hopes will one day be published. The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is his debut published work.

Mizrahi loves reading and writing stories about "sozo," which means to be rescued in Greek. He and Karen are very active in their church and community and love to hike, travel and go the movies together. The Mizrahis live in Woodland Hills, California, where they raised their children who are now adults.

Learn more about The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race and Mike H. Mizrahi at www.mikehmizrahi.com or on Facebook (AuthorMikeMizrahi) and Twitter (@MikeHMiz). 

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My Review:
I really enjoyed Mike H. Mizrahi's novel, "The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race;" it is a book that completely transported me back in time and I became engrossed in the story.  Anna had a horrible fall off of her horse years ago and she missed out on so much while recuperating.  Now she is eager and thrilled to try riding the wheel.  However, New York society is much more open to change and open to women participating in actions such as these while the South is not.  Chattanooga society is appalled at the audacity of a woman wearing bloomers and riding a bicycle.  Anna is determined to prove that women are equal to men; however the man who has caught her eye becomes the one she is pitted against. 
This was such a fun book to read, that was also filled with historical detail.  I loved the storyline and learning about how much society varied based upon location and what the acceptable behavior and dress was for women.  Anna is a great and entertaining main character whom is full of  heart and passion for what she believes in.  I highly recommend this book to those whom enjoy historical 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.*

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"The Big Picture Interactive Bible" is so colorful, so fun, so vibrant, so full of life!  This is perfect for children of all ages!  Each book of the Bible is introduced in a few short paragraphs, the main stories are listed and the passages in which they are found, the main ideas/questions are highlighted - the who, the what, the whys.  I love this as it is an overview and helps to familiarize the reader with each book of the Bible.  Also there are 100 verses that are highlighted in boxes, making them stand out and they are great ones for memorization.  This is also interactive as there are full pages pictures that can be scanned through an app allowing for the illustrations and the story to come to life for the reader. 
There is also a dictionary and questions that are asked and answered throughout the Bible.  There are so many features to this Bible that make it a great choice for children!

*Thanks to the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this.*

Friday, June 2, 2017

"The Heirs"

I was instantly intrigued by the blurb I read about "The Heirs" and knew this was a must-read for me.  The television show Gossip Girl is a guilty pleasure of mine, and this storyline aligned with that in my mind as it is full of family drama and based in New York's Upper East Side.  I was not disappointed in the least! 

Image result for the heirs susan riegerSusan does a great job with introducing the characters and then sharing bits and pieces about their lives throughout the book.  I especially love how the book is divided into chapters, each chapter really focusing on one of the characters as there are so many players in this story.  The 5 Falkes sons were all shocked and furious when a woman claims that she had two children with their father; this does not fit in with how they view their father and this simply changes the whole thoughts they have of their father and their family.  However, it does not appear that their mother is all that shocked and upset by this claim.  I love that Susan begins with introducing the family, giving background information on the parents and a brief overview of each son, their jobs, their education; this really paints the picture of the family as the boys were growing up and their lifestyle and the closeness between the boys and their mother in particular.  As the book progresses so much more is learned about each character and how their lives intertwine with each other.  This is a great read, it is thoroughly engaging and I just wanted to keep reading as the characters became so real to me and the drama held my attention.  This is a great beach read for the summer!

*Thanks to the Blogging for Books program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Thursday, June 1, 2017

"You can do This"

"You Can Do This" is one of my favorite, if not my top favorite, women's issues books of the year!  Tricia Lott Williford is an excellent writer as I was completely engaged in this book from page 1 and yet it didn't feel as if I was reading the book, but that I was having a conversation with Tricia over mugs of coffee.  Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of being a confident girl ( I love the layout of this book!) and each chapter begins with a quote which is a great little extra as well.  There is a chapter on knowing one's identity, appreciating and recognizing her beauty, sharing kindness to others, these are just a few of the chapters.  Then each chapter ends with a stepping forward section which is filled with ideas and thoughts to really apply the chapter and the lessons. 


This is a book that I have highlighted and marked so many sections and one that I will read through so many times, it is already looking well-loved.  We as women are so often comparing ourselves with others and lacking confidence in ourselves and suffering from low self-esteem that we are not living life like we are intended to and not finding enjoyment in our everyday life that God has given and intends for us. Tricia opens up and shares her heart and shares examples and lessons she has learned.  Tricia's therapist encouraged her to create a box, really take ownership of it; this section resonated with me and I felt as if I was a part of the therapy session with these two ladies.


 "You Can Do This" is such an inspiring book that had me smiling throughout and encouraged to boost my confidence and really grab onto what God offers. 

*Thanks to the Tyndale Blog Network Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Sunday, May 28, 2017

"What Hope Remembers"


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"What Hope Remembers" is book #3 in Johnnie Alexander's Misty Willow series and another excellent story!  Amy moves back to be near her brother Brett and she is seeking to find the peace that Gran had at Misty Willow.  This is a place that has turned Brett and AJ's lives around; however Amy has her doubts, especially when Gabe shows up on the scene as well.  Gabe has served his time for being in the wrong place at the wrong time; however this continues to hang over him and he cannot seem to shake his past. 

Johnnie does such an incredible job of bringing the characters to life, I loved both Gabe and Amy, plus all of the other characters.  It felt like coming home to spend time with the characters once again from the first two books.  Misty Willow is such a homey setting as well that it even more so feels like a return to home and an escape from the busyness of everyday life when I sat down to read this book.  The themes of returning home, new beginnings, and forgiveness were all nicely portrayed in this story and I am eager to see what Johnnie writes next!

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