Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Rescue Me"

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Susan May Warren is one of my favorite authors because the characters she creates become so real, as if they are truly alive and part of real life.  Susan's Montana Rescue series is no exception as the characters come alive and stick with you long after you finish reading!

"Rescue Me," book 2, focuses on Sam and Willow whom were both introduced in book 1; however Jess and Pete play large roles as do Sierra, Ian, Ben, and Kacey along with Chet and others.  Sam is respected in the community and he is responsible, reliable, really the ideal man and Sierra is the ideal counterpart to him, so then why is he drawn to Willow.  Willow is her mother's daughter, carefree, impulsive and leads with her heart.  Willow works odd jobs, but her heart is really into her position as a youth leader for the church; however the most recent trips she has taken them on have not ended as planned and the church decides to hire a young man Josh with a Bible degree.  Willow, Josh, and Sam sent out with a group of 7 kids to go for a day hike; however as with Willow's recent pattern, things don't go as planned and they find themselves hanging on for their lives and PEAK Rescue out looking for them.  Not only do they all need to be saved physically, but they all need rescuing from their pasts, their current struggles and trust God and their hearts.
This is a fast-paced read that is filled with adventure, wonderful characters and I cannot wait for book 3 to be out this summer to be back with this group again!

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


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Shannon Popkin's 'Control Girl' Blog Tour and Prize Pack Giveaway


Control Girl Shannon Popkin
Are you trying to stay in control of your quest for peace, joy, and security . . . and you're exhausted? Shannon Popkin's debut book, Control Girl, is a must-read for anyone with a heart that craves control. Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future, each of these women's stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.

Learn how to give up control to God and become a Jesus girl! Enter to win a prize pack that will help you give up your Control Girl tendencies.

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
 

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on February 21. The winner will be announced February 22 on Shannon's blog.



Book info
About the book:

Tension, anger, fear, anxiety-it all begins with a heart that craves control.
Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don't match your version of perfect. When your perspective of how life should go replaces God's, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts.
Thankfully, there is a better way.
Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and
about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future, each of these women's stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.
Learn how you too can lay down this burden of trying to control everything and find rest in surrendering to the One who truly is in control.
About the author:

Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She's been published by "Family Fun," "MOMsense," "Focus on the Family Magazine," and other outlets. She is a contributing blogger for True Woman.com and has blogged for several years at shannonpopkin.com. "Control Girl" is her first book.
Find out more about Shannon at shannonpopkin.com.
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My Review:
I really enjoyed "Control Girl" and it fit perfectly with a study my Sunday School is currently working through on being content.  This book focused on surrendering our need to have control in all areas of our lives, our homes, our children, our husbands, our relationships, our work.  Shannon draws examples from women in the Bible to help each of us learn how to surrender the control, (or try to in some areas!), in order to live lives that are filled with peace and joy.  Shannon also shares her heart and her humor which makes this an excellent read as it is not "preachy" or lecturing, but a fun and inspiring read, but still gets the point across.  I loved really learning about these women, as a different perspective is offered and I felt like I really got to know them and who they were, instead of just a tidbit of what they each are well-known for.  Sarah, Miriam and Leah were my favorite chapters, although I really enjoyed the entire book.  This is one I am going to read again and revisit often.  I highly recommend this for individual and small group study.

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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Monday, February 13, 2017

"Moving Target"


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Lynette Eason has written another book that is totally and completely engrossing and impossible to put down!  I was completely hooked from the very start and read "Moving Target" is two sittings. 


Maddy and Quinn both have unresolved issues in their pasts and with their families.  Although, these two have known each for awhile now there is still so much they each do not know about the other and much they are holding back from each other and their friends and colleagues.  Now these two find themselves caught in the clutches of a madman or possibly more than one.  Maddy and Quinn have been identified as numbers 9 and 10 in a string of murders and the serial killer has kidnapped them and trapped them on an island on which they must find a way off of or die.  As Maddy and Quinn fight for their lives, they find their families being brought into this crazy game of survival and they are forced to face their families and unresolved issues while watching their backs. 
Maddy and Quinn have been in the previous novels in the Elite Guardians series, so it was great to be finally learning more about these two and really learning their stories as well as getting to spend more time with the other ladies and their families.  Lynette's writing is amazing, it flows so nicely, and is a great mix of romance and suspense and I completely become lost in the story and lose track of time staying up way too late reading and then it is hard to fall asleep with my mind still wrapped up in the story and in the characters' lives. 
I highly recommend this book, but you must read the other two books in the series first to really get to know all the characters.  If you haven't read them yet, definitely read "Always Watching" and "Without Warning."  I was so excited to read at the end of this book that book #4, "Chasing Secrets," is coming out this summer!  I am so looking forward to reading it after reading the first chapter that was shared!

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Want to learn how to make your marriage beautiful? @DorothyGreco reveals the secrets in her new book

Book info
What makes a marriage beautiful? Honesty? Compatibility? Physical and emotional intimacy?
All of these are important, but there's one component that determines the quality and longevity of a marriage more than anything else: a willingness to grow.
Because a wedding joins together two imperfect people, all couples experience disappointment, conflict, and pain. How husbands and wives respond to these challenges determines the kind of people they will become and the kind of marriage they will have.
Making Marriage Beautiful
 reveals how the pursuit of Christ results in profound transformation for both the individual and the marriage. Rather than offering clich├ęs and formulas, Greco relies on candor, humor, and real life stories to bring encouragement and wisdom to all couples, regardless of whether they have been married four weeks or forty years.
Dorothy Greco and her husband, Christopher, have spent their entire twenty-five-year marriage helping men and women create and sustain healthy marriages. They have served numerous churches in the Greater Boston area for thirty years. Dorothy's writing has been featured in "Relevant Magazine," "Christianity Today," "Sojourners," and "Her.meneutics." She is a regular contributor for "Gifted for Leadership," "Today's Christian Woman," and "Start Marriage Right." The Grecos have three sons and live near Boston.



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My Review:
This is an excellent book that I highly recommend for couples to read, whether they are engaged and planning to be married or they have been married for a few years, or married for many years.  Dorothy begins with this book with stating that she is not a marriage expert and her marriage is not perfect; however she and her husband are committed to making their marriage work and they have counseled many couples throughout the year.  This is just the beginning of her honesty and her heart that is shared throughout this entire book.  Marriage is a lot of work, but it can be so wonderful and Dorothy addresses so many things in this book that may cause disappointments and tension between husband and wife.  I love how the author shares her own personal stories and also little tidbits from others and wisdom from other authors, books and things that she has learned throughout the years.  The Nonnegotiables and Choosing Joy chapters are my favorite, even though I enjoyed the entire book and found it to be packed with so much and such an overall encouraging 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 and for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"An Uncommon Protector"



Book Description from the publisher:
Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post.
The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.
When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.
Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.
But when cattle start dying and Laurel’s life is threatened, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He’s a trustworthy hero, and he needs more than just his freedom—he needs her love and care too.

My Review:
Shelley Shepard Gray has written another amazing historical romance as the setting really came alive as did the characters.  Laurel and Thomas both need something, and really someone to help them and they find that help in each other.  Laurel is trying to run the family ranch by herself as she is the only one left to do so, but it is too much for her to handle alone.  Thomas needs money but more than that he needs and wants his freedom, and he is determined to fulfill his end of the deal in exchange for his freedom.  As the two strive to protect and run the ranch it is not as smooth as it should be and they realize they have a fight on their hands, but also feelings are growing that they are torn between fighting or accepting. 
This is such a sweet story that is rich with historical detail and vivid imagery that transported me back in time to time when the country was trying to recover from a devastating war and yet it is also a time of growth and hope.  Laurel and Thomas were both so easy to empathize with and love; they are excellent main characters. 
I highly recommend this book to historical fiction fans!

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

"Justice Delayed"


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"Justice Delayed" is the first book in Patricia Bradley's new Memphis Cold Case series and it is a fast-paced, intriguing romantic suspense novel!  Andi's sister was murdered almost 2 decades ago; however new information has surfaced that the convicted killer is not actually the one who did the crime. Will is the assigned detective and he is determined to help Andi find out the truth.  However, they are in a race against time as the accused killer is about to be executed. 
I really enjoyed this book and found myself wanting to keep on reading to find out the truth and what really happened.  The book begins with introducing the reader to Stephanie in the first chapter and the dilemma she finds herself in.  Then it jumps ahead 18 years and to Stephanie's sister Andi being contacted by Stephanie's former roommate and here the guessing and who knows what and questions about what happened begins and keeps me guessing and wondering all the way through the book. 
Patricia does a great job at creating the characters and building the story and the mystery while weaving romance throughout it as well creating a nice mix. 
I am eagerly awaiting what Patricia will write next in this series!

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

Meet an unusual witness to the greatest story ever told . . . a dog! Don't miss Ron Marasco's new book!

Book info

No one expected Barley to have an encounter with the Messiah.

He was homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he was a dog. But through Barley's eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we've never experienced before.
Barley's story begins in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife who find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. Tales of a special teacher from Galilee are reaching their tiny village, but when life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries the lessons of forgiveness and love out of the woodcarver's home and through the dangerous roads of Roman-occupied Judea.
On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told.
 
Ron Marasco is a professor in the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His first book, "Notes to an Actor," was named by the American Library Association an Outstanding Book of 2008. His second book, "About Grief," has been translated into multiple languages, and he is currently completing a book on Shakespeare's sonnets. He has acted extensively on TV-from "Lost" to "West Wing" to "Entourage" to originating the role of Mr. Casper on "Freaks and Geeks"-and appeared opposite screen legend Kirk Douglas in the movie "Illusion," for which he also wrote the screenplay. Most recently, he has played the recurring role of Judge Grove on "Major Crimes." He has a BA from Fordham at Lincoln Center and an MA and Ph. D. from UCLA.



My Review:

Barley is a homeless dog and is struggling to survive when he is taken in by a nice couple.  Told from Barley's perspective, "The Dog Who Was There," offers a new take on Jesus' teachings and his interactions while living and teaching here on Earth.  Barley sees the world for what it actually is, the hardness, the poverty, yet also the love and kindness that some share openly and give wanting nothing in return. 
I was not really sure what to expect this book to be, and I enjoyed it!  I thought it was very well-written as the time period came alive as did the various characters.  Barley you cannot help but love, and the rawness and honesty that comes with the story being from his perspective really portrays the truth of this story. 

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

*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for the complimentary copy of this book.*