Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"Love Takes the Cake"

Book Description from the publisher:

Meet the people who make it all happen—the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples—as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.
She’s known for her delicious cakes, but there’s no recipe for dealing with the new man in her life. Charlotte owns the best bakery in Louisiana, and clients come from near and far for her renowned wedding cakes. And while the wedding scene is Charlotte’s place to shine, her own love life is more dull than ever. After a string of failed relationships—and men who actually were too good to be true—she has decided to throw herself into her craft and leave love and marriage to her clients. Will is a successful entrepreneur but devotes much of his spare time to caring for his ill mother. He knows he doesn't have much time left with her, so he has done everything he can to guard his heart from relationships. And what girl would understand that he needs to spend all his time with his mother? But when his best friend calls in his help for his September wedding, Will can’t refuse. He's always been there for those closest to him. And when he finds out they don’t have a wedding cake yet, he knows exactly where to go—the bakery owned by the beautiful, mysterious young woman he buys treats from. Charlotte assumes Will is just another party boy who flirts with all the bridesmaids. But is Will hiding something that explains his behavior? And despite their reservations, will they be able to deny the chemistry between them?

My Review:
I am a fan of Betsy's books as I enjoy her style of writing, her characters and storylines; this new novella is just as wonderful as her novels.  Charlotte and Will are both loveable characters and ones that I immediately liked as they are easy to relate to as they are each dealing with things in their own lives that have not made their lives easy.  Neither of them are actively seeking a relationship, but once they meet and their interactions with each other result in curiosity and chemistry.  This is such a sweet story and I love the various relationships between the characters and how they are woven into the storyline.  I love this novella collection as I love weddings, but I also love the focus of each one being on a different aspect of planning and having a wedding and that although they are novellas, I feel as if the story is complete. 

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

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Imagine being held captive for 70 years without aging a day, only to escape into modern-day 2015

Book info
About the book: The Methuselah Project (Kregel, September 2015)

Nazi scientists started many experiments. One never ended.

Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed---until the day he's shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.

When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success---but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn't aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn't Captain America---just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger's sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there's no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It's 2015---and the world has become an unrecognizable place.
Katherine Mueller---crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle---offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he's trying to flee?

Thrown right into pulse-pounding action from the first page, readers will find themselves transported back in time to a believable, full-colored past, and then catapulted into the present once more. The historical back-and-forth adds a constantly moving element of suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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About the author:
Rick Barry is the author of Gunner's Run, another World War II novel, Kiriath's Quest, and over 200 articles and fiction stories. In addition to being a World War II buff, he is the director of church planting ministries at BIEM, a Christian ministry operating in Eastern Europe. He holds a degree in foreign languages, speaks Russian, and has visited Europe more than fifty times. Rick lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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website, Twitter, Facebook

My Review:
This book is an interesting read that is filled with adventure, suspense and sci-fi; therefore, it will appeal to so many.  Roger's story is so well-written and it was so easy to become a part of his world both in the past and present day and root for him every step of the way.  And then there is Katherine, I loved her character as well and the role she plays and the relationship with Roger.  I was not really sure what to expect when I read the blurb about this book and I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I really enjoyed it.  This is a thought-provoking read that is appealing and will hold the reader captive.

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"A Moment of Weakness"

Karen Kingsbury is an author who I have enjoyed all of her books and they are books that I can pick up and read numerous times and still have my heart touched by them. 
"A Moment of Weakness" is one of those books.  Karen portrays characters whom are real and easy to relate to as they struggle and must learn to cope with things that some of us face and must deal with as well.  Jade and Tanner are main characters whom are so loveable and I experienced joy and pain along with them.  This is a wonderful story that is so real and the plot is quick moving and will hold your attention from the beginning to the very end. 

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

Book Review - "The Chase"

"The Chase" written by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky is a sweet story written to share their story and journey so far as a couple and to encourage the reader to trust /God with her future happily ever after. 
This book is a perfect read for teenage girls.  This is written by a couple who are in their early 20's and therefore not that much past the age of their readers.  I love the style of this book as Kyle and Kelsey both share their hearts and their views.  They each share their thoughts and they are woven together seamlessly throughout the book ending with a shared thought at the end of the chapters. 
This is a quick read with fun moments shared, personal thoughts and stories and encouragement to make wise, Godly choices.

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

Book Review - "The Memory Weaver"

"The Memory Weaver" by Jane Kirkpatrick is a historical fiction novel that really brings the time period alive and the characters in the story.  This story is a journey that Eliza is on to find peace and healing in her life.  Eliza suffered a traumatic experience as a young girl and now circumstances in her life are forcing her to face and relive the trauma.  Reading a diary Eliza discovers bits and pieces of her past and mixed in with her memories, Eliza discovers more of her past and also hope.
This is a well-written novel that is such an emotion filled read as it is a telling of trauma, struggles and eventual healing and peace.  The relationships between the characters, including Eliza and her husband and relationships from the past play such a role in this story and it is an interesting read of humankind and life and tension in everyday life in the late 1800's. 

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Review - "The Mistress of Tall Acre"

"The Mistress of Tall Acre" is new historical romance from Laura Frantz.  First of all, I love the cover of this book, it is beautiful and fits so well. 
I loved this story as it was filled with historical detail and wonderful characters.  The story begins with an event that is both joyful and sorrowful and then jumps ahead five years where I was immediately drawn into an adorable little girl's world.  This story is set in the midst of and following the American Revolution War and when General Seamus returns home to care for his daughter whom is really a stranger to him, he makes a decision that he believes will better their lives, but then things are thrown into an upheaval once again.
I loved the descriptions of Tall Acre and the surrounding land and scenery; that and the historical detail really brought it all alive to me.  I felt as if I was transported there and really became immersed in the story. 
If you are a fan of historical romance, this is a book you do not want to miss out on!

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

"Girl Meets Change"

"Girl Meets Change: truths to carry you through life's transitions" by Kristen Strong is a must-read for any and every woman no matter what stage of life she is at.  This book is divided into three main sections: acknowledge, accept, and adapt.  Change is inevitable and some changes are more easier to deal with than others and are welcome.  Even if they are welcome, they are still a change and one needs to adapt to them. 
This book begins with a foreword by Myquillyn Smith and it is spot on stating that high school and college do not really teach and prepare us for life in the real world.  Change is one of those things that is such a big part of life and something that needs to be handled delicately at times and also needs to be taught. 
"Girl Meets Change" is a quick read that will stick with you long after you are done reading and one that can be picked up and read bit by bit as needed in the moment of needing a little extra boost and support by someone who quickly becomes a friend in this book. 

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