Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Book Review - "Every Bride Needs a Groom"

Book Description from the publisher:
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town--the very same day Katie wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--catch on to her humiliation if she does?

Janice Thompson designs a romance sure to delight, with plenty of fish-out-of-water moments, a hilarious supporting cast, and more of the wedding biz world her readers adore.

 
Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect, The Icing on the Cake, and The Dream Dress. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.


My Review:
I have been a huge fan of Janice's books since I read my very first one by her and she just continues to entertain and create wonderful characters and stories in each of her books.  "Every Bride Needs a Groom" is the first book in Janice's new series and I loved every moment of the book.  I felt as if I was right there with Katie and the entire Fisher family; the family dinners on Friday nights, the conversations with Queenie and the expectations placed upon the children.  Janice's style of writing is very entertaining and really holds my attention all the way through and leaves me just waiting to see what story will be shared next. 


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

Book Review - "Whenever You Come Around"

Book Description from the publisher:

Just when Charity's wild imagination failed her, a flesh-and-blood hero walked into her life.
Best-selling author Charity Anderson returns to her hometown of Kings Meadow to defeat a bad case of writer's block. She imagines she'll spend a lonely summer writing and then return to her home in Boise. She soon finds herself caring for Buck Malone, a wilderness guide-and the object of her unrequited teenage crush. But what else can she do? Her dog Cocoa caused the accident that left Buck with a broken ankle and wrist, taking him off the trail for weeks of prime tourist-season work.
Buck and Charity have gone different ways since high school, and at first it seems they have little in common. Buck loves the simple, low-key life he's made for himself in the mountains of Idaho, and she's a woman accustomed to the faster, bustling pace of the city. But spending so much time together has Buck hoping to change her mind about staying in the small town she thought she'd left behind for good.
It's a summer for discovering that young love is a spark not soon extinguished.
About the Author
Robin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling author of 70 books. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin and her husband currently reside in Idaho. For more information, visit www.robinleehatcher.com.


My Review:
I really enjoyed "Whenever You Come Around" and the return to Kings Meadow in Robin's latest novel.  This is a quick, sweet love story that will leave you smiling and in love with the main characters.  I enjoyed both the storyline and the characters as I felt as if they dealt with real-life issues.  I love the return to one's hometown storyline and also that Charity is a writer.  This story also addresses dealing with past hurts in one's lives and choosing to move on and face fears in order to be happy and take a chance on love.  Also, I absolutely love the cover, so beautiful! 


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

Monday, April 27, 2015

You will be looking at your closet in a whole new way!

I do not see myself as a fashion expert in anyway, but I do want to look nice and feel good in what I am wearing.  Therefore, I was very intrigued when I read the description for Alison Freer's book, "How To Get Dressed: a costume designer's secrets for making your clothes look, fit, and feel amazing" and this book is so much for than I imagined it to be!  This book is filled with advice and tips for not just "getting dressed" but so much more.  There is a section on closet organization, dumb rules that should be broken (including no white after labor day), a section devoted to shoes and a chapter for men even.  Also, I have to mention how much I love the style and look of this book - I love the look of the pages, and the layout of them.  The pictures and designs on the pages are great and make this book look glamorous. 


For more information about this book, go here!


To learn more about the author, go here!


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





Sunday, April 26, 2015

"The Beautiful Daughters" this week!

The Beautiful Daughters by Nicole Baart
I have been a part of Nicole's street team for her newest novel, "The Beautiful Daughters," which is releasing this week!! And now I would love to give away my advance copy of the book to one of you to read! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me if you have read one of Nicole's novels before and which one(s) if you have!  That's it! Just be sure to leave a comment in the next few days as I will pick a person on Thursday, May 30th! 


Now onto sharing my thoughts of this book...there is no way to simply share my thoughts as this book is so complex and so well-written and overall a thoroughly engrossing story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.  "The Five" formed in college and there was such a bond among them, but also secrets as we all find out later on.  Adrienne must return home following the death of the woman whom would have been her mother-in-law, as she was engaged to David, handsome rich David.  Adrienne returns home and faces the past and the guilt that she has been living with.  Both Harper and Adrienne agreed to move on and not connect again; however they have both been coping in different ways with the guilt they feel over David's death.  However, secrets hidden in David's life come to light as well.  Nicole immediately hooked me on the story and held my attention as she slowly shared details and unraveled pieces of the entire story of The Five meeting, spending time together and then the horrific incident that changed all of their lives.  
I really enjoyed this book.  It is not a light, fluffy read by any means as it discusses difficult topics; however it is not one you will want to miss as it is really tugs at your heart and will remind you of days spent with your closest friends, but also remind you just how fragile life is and how others' "picture perfect lives" may not be as perfect as you believe.


"The Beautiful Daughters" releases on Tuesday!  Do not miss out on this great book and just leave a comment below for a chance to have it mailed to you!




Saturday, April 25, 2015

"God, Me, And Sweet Iced Tea"

Book info
About the book:
God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, July 2013)

In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments.

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.

Purchase a copy: http://amzn.to/1Do6Hzd

About the author:

Rose Chandler Johnson's
devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from a tiny Georgia town, and has lived near Augusta, Georgia, for the last twenty-eight years. For the last twenty years, Rose has been a French and English teacher. She's also worked as a counselor, librarian, and ESOL teacher. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.

Find Rose online: website

My Review:
Rose Chandler Johnson's devotional, "God, Me, And Sweet Iced Tea," is a wonderful collection that is inspiring, refreshing and reassuring as each day is a gift, yet it also comes with trying moments as well. I loved the title as it took me back to my days in college in the south where sweet iced tea was the drink of choice.  When I opened the book and began to read it I loved the book for what it was: a devotional with journaling questions and plenty of room to write.  The chapter titled "be still and know" was one in particular that spoke to me as I find myself constantly caught up in the busyness of life, everyday.  I highly recommend this devotional for those whom may need help with seeking God and really experiencing His love and presence in the everyday moments. 

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

*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.*

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A New Series from Colleen Coble | ‘The Inn at Ocean’s Edge’ Tour, Giveaway, and Party

Inn Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble
Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light. Colleen Coble's new book, The Inn at Ocean's Edge, is a must-read for mystery and suspense readers. As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.

Celebrate the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on May 5th!

Book info
About the book:
The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)
Claire's visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.
In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year---and until now, Claire didn't even know she had ever been missing.
But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents' best efforts to keep them forgotten.
Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances---at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.
With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire's very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone-maybe everyone-is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.


Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1PDMkED

About the author:

Colleen Coble
has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.


Find Colleen online: website, Facebook, Twitter


My Review:
I am a huge fan of Colleen Coble's books and "The Inn at Ocean's Edge" was another winner from Colleen!  This story was completely engrossing and held my attention from the very beginning to the very end.  Claire and Luke both have secrets and unanswered questions in their lives and I found the entire mystery surrounding them and their journey for answers very intriguing.  I also enjoyed their characters and liked how Colleen intertwined their stories and built their relationship.  The setting of the book was well described and I felt as if I had been transported to Maine and the beautiful coast.  I highly recommend this book for fans of Colleen's books and also for romantic suspense fans. 


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



*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.*


Monday, April 20, 2015

‘A Sparrow in Terezin’ by Kristy Cambron | New Book Plus a Book-Inspired Giveaway


Sparrow Terezin Kristy Cambron
Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection in Kristy Cambron's new book, A Sparrow in Terezin. Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Kristy is celebrating by giving away a basket filled with goodies inspired by her new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A set of poppy notecards
  • A poppy pin
  • A copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • A copy of the Mrs. Miniver DVD
  • Literary tea bags
  • Tumbler
  • A copy of A Sparrow in Terezin
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 28th. Winner will be announced April 29th on Kristy's blog.

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Book info
About the book:
A Sparrow in Terezin (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor's story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

Present Day---With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she's stumbled into a charmed life---until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she's planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942---Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.

Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear---even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1a1Mk02

About the author:

Kristy Cambron
has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather's stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.

Find Kristy online: website, Facebook, Twitter










My Review:
I loved this book, it is so wonderfully written!  Kristy has such a gift for writing as she is able to seamlessly go back and forth between two different time periods and different characters and brings both worlds to life.  "A Sparrow in Terezin" is a continuation of Sera James' story and another Hidden Masterpiece novel.   Sera is newly married, but is not living a typical newlywed life.  Kaja has had to escape from her home and leave family behind, only to have the terror show up where she is as well.  As these two women face unimaginable trials, they have to learn to have faith and fine strength.  Kristy does an amazing job with bringing historical details to life and connecting two women across decades. The fear and other emotions are  so real and I found myself completely lost in the characters' lives and completely immersed in their worlds.  I have loved both of Kristy's books and am looking forward to reading more!


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


*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.*