Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review - "Where Trust Lies"

"Where Trust Lies" is book 2 in Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan's Return to the Canadian West series and a must-read for Oke fans. 
This book continues Beth's story as she returns home from a year of teaching out west and she realizes that it will take time to readjust to her old life and fitting in as her life has been so different.  However, Beth is not given the chance to relax at home and do just that as her mother announces a family vacation on a steamboat.  As Beth spends time with her family, her thoughts stray back to her teaching life and a certain man whom holds her heart. Beth is forced to make some decisions and I am looking forward to book 3 to see how things turn out and what choices Beth makes. 
This book immediately draws the reader into Beth's world, really both of her worlds.  It is so easy to empathize with her because so often we are torn between two worlds and having to make choices for what we feel is best for us and our families.  Janette Oke was one of the first Christian fiction readers I began reading as a teenager and I love that she and her daughter are continuing to write. 


*Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Salad Love"

Salad Love"Salad Love" is an incredible book!  David Bez wanted to eat healthier lunches and therefore started preparing salads at his desk at work during his lunch hour.  Of course, this caught the interest of co-workers and David thought it would of others as well leading to him sharing his daily lunch salads on his blog and now in this hardcover book.  David states that this is not a cookbook, but a collection of salads that he has created and enjoyed.  Each salad is pictured along with an ingredient list.  What I love most about this book is the pages that David devotes to each section of the salad.  For example, when you hear salad you might think that the main ingredient is greens; however there are so many more options that can be used for the base giving you so much more variety in your diet.  The salads are organized in this book by season as David would shop each Monday for the week and would choose fresh produce that was available and in season.  There are so many delicious and some unusual combinations that I would not have thought of and I am looking forward to trying these.  The book overall has such a great layout and is so visually appealing that I could spend hours just paging through it and planning meals. 




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Book Review - "God Made You Special"


Book Description from the publisher:


“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

Matthew 5:8

In this newest 8x8 softcover title in the Berenstain Bears Living Lights collection, the Bruins join the Bear family for a cookout and bring their cousin Tommy along. It isn’t long before the cubs start up a game of baseball and Sister soon notices that Tommy doesn’t play like the rest of the group. When Sister asks about Tommy, Mama takes the opportunity to talk to Sister about how God makes each of us unique in our own way. And that we all have special gifts and talents to share with the folks around us.

About the Author

Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents, Stan and Jan, working together to write and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too.


My Review:
I grew up with the Berenstain Bears and now I share the books with my two children and I am so thrilled that Mike is continuing with this series that his parents started and he grew up with too.  "God Made You Special" is such a sweet story that really highlights that God loves each of us and how that is shown to us each day in various aspects of our lives.  Sister and Brother learn that in another way when their friends' cousin is visiting and they notice that he is different from typical cubs their age.  Mama Bear handles this delicate situation very well with explaining it to Sister and it is a great lesson for all children and adults to hear.  I love how the Bible and Biblical truths are tied into the lessons shared by the Bears and love sharing these with my children.  This is a must-have for all Berenstain Bears readers. 


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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New from Debra Clopton | ‘Betting on Hope’ Kindle Giveaway


Betting Hope Debra Clopton
Saddle up for a new romance from novelist Debra CloptonBetting on HopeIn Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.

Enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 6 to celebrate the release of Betting on Hope

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of Betting on Hope
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 8th. Winner will be announced March 9th on Debra's blog.

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Betting on Hope  
by Debra Clopton      
Contemporary Romance
Thomas Nelson 

One sophisticated advice columnist. One rough-around-the-edges cowboy. And an entire small town rooting for love. The first book in Debra Clopton's Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series, Betting on Hope, will win your heart!
Advice columnist Maggie Hope never dreamed she'd be shaking hands with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan over a high-stakes bet, especially one that involves horses. And saddles. And everything else a city girl like Maggie feels uncomfortable around. But after filling in for a coworker and interviewing the handsome cowboy, she finds herself doing just that. Anything to save her advice column.
Despite Maggie's two left feet, Tru is bound and determined to bring out her inner cowgirl by teaching her to ride a cutting horse --- in Maggie's eyes, a wild beast trained to separate cattle from the rest of the herd. While her riding improves, the two grow closer, but Tru knows he can never let her into his heart --- for her own good.
In Wishing Springs, a community full of meddling --- yet well-meaning --- townsfolk, Maggie discovers a home far from what she's ever had and exactly what she's always longed for. But she's holding something back---a secret with the power to destroy her reputation and any future she's ever hoped for with the cowboy she's come to love.

Advance Praise
"Filled with humor, romance and a great sense of reality . . . the writing is moving and masterful . . . each character comes alive through her words . . ."
~RT Magazine

 Meet the Author
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist first published in 2005 and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra is the author of the acclaimed Mule Hollow Matchmaker Series, and her goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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My Review:
I loved loved loved this book!  Debra has created such fun characters whom I loved spending time with and could relate to throughout the book.  Also, the storyline is great as well  - a newspaper columnist forced to fill in for a reporter on tv and getting suckered into a bet with an incredibly handsome cowboy, what isn't to love!?  Wishing Springs sounds like an amazing place to be as well; so homey, filled with loving, yet meddling people and described so beautifully.  Maggie and Tru are great characters and I highly recommend you picking up this book and spending time with them as well!

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

Book Review - "The Trouble With Patience"

"Maggie Brendan deftly captures the flavor of the Old West in a sweet love story filled with suspense and well-developed, interesting characters that will surely capture the hearts of readers."--Kathleen Morgan, author of the Brides of Culdee Creek series

Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself.

Despite Patience's desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse. He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But as she gets to know this "hanging lawman," Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye--and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.

With a keen eye for historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites you to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.


"Maggie Brendan has created a wealth of memorable characters in this heartwarming story. Romance, mystery, and an intriguing plot all add up to a winning combination that's sure to delight readers."--Margaret Brownley, bestselling author of Gunpowder Tea and Petticoat Detective

"Brendan is a master at tender love stories that tug at your heart while touching the soul, providing rich historical detail and tension that races the pulse."--Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award. To learn more, visit www.MaggieBrendan.com.


My Review:
I have been so looking forward to this new series from Maggie as I love her other books!  Maggie does an excellent job with creating the time period in her novels as well as the characters that they become so alive and real.  Patience is trying to move on with her life and is trying to revitalize her grandmother's boardinghouse in a mining town.  I loved her from the very beginning as she is a lively, and stubborn woman, but also passionate for her beliefs and tenderhearted.  Jedidiah's and Patience's interactions from the very beginning are entertaining and full of fire.  This town really grows on me quickly as Patience connects with various people and builds relationships as well as her business.  I really enjoyed this story with the historical details, loveable characters and the sweet romance. 


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




Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review - "The Crimson Cord"

"Rahab's story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cord perfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought. Jill's storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!"--Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night
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 Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband's debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.

In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho's walls--or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Under Jill Eileen Smith's talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity--and a permanent place in your heart.


Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and The Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.




My Review:
I have enjoyed every single one of Jill's historical/Biblical fiction novels and "The Crimson Cord" may be my very favorite!  This is Rahab's story whom is a character whom has always been a fascinating one to me and I have always enjoyed hearing her story when she has been a part of a sermon or a study.  Jill does such an amazing job with adding details to the story that brings the characters, the time period and setting to life, that I feel as if I am a part of the story.  It is obvious that Jill puts her heart into her research and into recreating these stories for the readers and I love how they really make me think more about the Biblical account, the characters' lives and the many lessons that can be learned through them.  As "The Crimson Cord" is book one in Jill's latest series, Daughters of the Promised Land, I am eager to hear news of the release of book 2!


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


New from Terri Blackstock | ‘Twisted Innocence’ Nook Giveaway


Twisted Innocence Terri Blackstock
In Terri Blackstock’s third and final book in her Moonlighters series, Twisted Innocence, readers are in for a story of suspense and redemption. Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.

Celebrate the series' final release by entering Terri's Nook giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Nook GlowLight
  • The entire Moonlighters series
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 8th. Winner will be announced March 9th on the Litfuse blog.

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About the book:

Twisted Innocence (Zondervan, February 2015)

Holly Cramer's past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.

Though Holly's stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily's father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family---she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he's a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.

Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller-the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he's innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can't trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.

Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.
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About the author:

Terri Blackstock
has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of "Intervention," "Vicious Cycle," and "Downfall," as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters.

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My Review:
"Twisted Innocence" by Terri Blackstock is an exciting conclusion to her Moonlighters series and one I could not put down once I started to read!  Holly is the sister of focus in this book and she is a new mom and trying to be a good mother and turn her life around; however this is not easy being a single mom and trying to support herself and her daughter.  Holly's story starts out with a crime and I was immediately hooked on the story and rooting for Holly to make good choices and get her life on track.  I have really enjoyed this series as the characters are so real and the main characters (Holly's sisters) in the previous two books are part of the story still; I love when authors focus on a family for their series because then you can "revisit" characters.  My heart went out to Holly as she was trying to do the right thing and I will miss these girls now that the series is done.  This book is full of secrets, danger, second chances and redemption; Terri is a must-read suspense author on my list! 

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