Friday, February 14, 2020

"A Girl's Guide to the Outback" blog tour!

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About the Book

A Girl's Guide to the Outback
Book:  A Girl’s Guide to the Outback
Author: Jessica Kate
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2020

How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can’t stand? This funny, sweet, and romantic story proves that opposites do attract—and that God has a sense of humor.

 Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he’s still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can’t shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds—or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly.

 When Kimberly’s ambitious plans for Sam’s ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly’s grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules’s dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe—just maybe—Sam will reconsider his future with the church.

 As Kimberly tries her hand at Australian farm life, she learns more about herself than she could’ve ever expected. Meanwhile Sam is forced to re-evaluate this spunky woman he thought he already knew. As foes slowly morph into friends, they wonder if they might be something even more. But when disaster strikes the farm, will Sam find it within himself to take a risk that could lead to love? And will Kimberly trust God with her future?

My Review:
This book is such a fun and sweet read!  Jessica Kate has a true talent for creating characters that so easy to connect with and relate to, as well as a story line that is completely engrossing.  Sam is trying to do his job, but he is the complete opposite of his coworker, Kimberly.  Their personalities could not be more different from one another.  This gives him the little push needed to decide to go home to Australia to help his sister.  Sam is not prepared for Kimberly to follow as she needs him on their ministry project and she is willing to help out his family in return.  
I absolutely loved this story and the setting!  It made me feel like I had jumped on a plane and followed Sam and Kimberly to help save the farm and fulfill the duties with the ministry.  I am eager to see what this author writes next!

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About the Author

jessica kate
Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant. Visit her online at; Instagram: jessicakatewriting; Facebook: jessicakatewriting; Twitter: @JessicaKate05.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"The Way of the Brave" - brand-new from Susan May Warren!

Cover ArtI am always eager for the next Susan May Warren novel to come out and this one is another winner and since it's the start of a brand-new series, I know there are more on the way!
"The Way of The Brave" introduces us to three women who have set off to conquer a mountain, this year's extreme challenge and Jenny's way to deal with her past.  However, Jenny doesn't know that it is not going to go as planned for she, Sasha and Aria and that they will need rescuing.  Orion knows that he knows Jenny from his time overseas and when he runs into her and then realizes she is lost on the mountain, there is no way he cannot go to try and find her. 
I love how Susan brings these characters to life, as every single one seems so real and are all struggling with things in their own lives, yet at the same time living their lives.  The thrill of climbing and the adventures these characters seek will keep you turning pages all the way to the end as you wonder what will happen next and also what is going to happen in the characters' lives with their relationships and their own personal, emotional lives.  I am looking forward to book #2 and more time with these characters!

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

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

"An Uncommon Woman"

Cover Art"An Uncommon Woman" is another excellent historical romance novel from Laura Frantz.  I was immediately drawn into the story and Tessa's life on the very first page.  We meet Tessa and her musings of having a petticoat and wanting some nice things, and also become in tune with the hardships and dangers of life on the frontier in the late 1700's.  Tessa is a sweet, determined girl, who is fiercely loyal and can hold her own as she is sister to so many brothers.  Clay is settling into the area at the Fort as commander and he is determined to do his job well.  He finds himself drawn to Tessa and her entire family, but is determined that he cannot get involved romantically.   I felt like this book was very well written as the time period and setting came to life as Laura writes with such vivid descriptions.  The characters also came to life and they are ones that were so easy to connect with and root for throughout the story.  This book will keep you turning pages once you start as you will want to keep reading to find out what happens next and to spend more time with these characters.  

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

"Collateral Damage"

Cover ArtThis book was such a great start to this new series by Lynette Eason!  I had to stay up to finish reading this because I could not go to sleep without knowing how it would end.  Asher and Brooke both served in Afghanistan and knew each other as Asher pulled Brooke out of the aftermath of an explosion.  Now they are both back in the states and living their lives but both are dealing with the aftermath of serving and Brooke has unfinished business.  Asher gets drawn in Brooke's life when he shows up at the office for his appointment and finds a woman dead and it turns out that Brooke was the target.  Through their various connections they begin to try to piece together what is going on; however it is hard to see who to trust and who shouldn't be. 

This book is fast-paced and Asher and Brooke are constantly looking over their shoulders and trying to stay ahead of those hunting them down and figuring out who all is after them.  The horror of what is actually taking place with the children in the orphanage is unfortunately something that is real life and this was hard to read about, yet it is real and needs attention brought to that fact.  Lynette weaves together these characters, their cases and perspectives together so nicely.  I am anxiously awaiting for book #2 and more time with some of these characters. 

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

Monday, December 30, 2019

a Bible study focusing on Ruth

Image result for the gospel-centered life in the bible ruthRuth is one of my favorite books and characters in the Bible.  This is also a book of the Bible that I feel like I learn something new every time I heard a sermon focusing on it.  I felt the same way while working through the Bible study: "Ruth: redemption for the broken," part of the gospel-centered life in the Bible study series.  This Bible study works through the story beginning with life falling apart for Ruth and Naomi as their husbands are dead, but then blessings occur, plans are made and the ending with a wedding. Each lesson focuses on a specific aspect of the story and I love the readings that are included and the discussion prompts.  I enjoyed working through this on my own, but I am really hoping to be able to work through this as part of a group as there is so much that can come from group discussion and learning.  My favorite chapter is the third focusing on grace.  The lists and comparisons of a lifestyle of receiving grace and a lifestyle of giving grace really stood out to me while reading.  I highly recommend this study!

*Thanks to the New Growth Press for the complimentary copy of this book.*

a Jonah Bible study

Image result for the gospel-centered life in the bible jonah"Jonah: grace for sinners and saints" Bible study which is part of the gospel-centered life in the Bible study series is a great Bible study for those wanting to delve deep into the book and character of Jonah. 
Jonah is someone that we grow up learning about, how he disobeyed God and was swallowed by a fish.  However, there is so much more to that story and during college and even in more recent years I have heard sermons focusing on Jonah and have heard things that I had never thought about or realized.  Working through study book had me saying that over and over again.  There are aspects of Jonah's life and story that I have not really though about much.  Also, the application of his story is eye-opening and it is a good reminder of God being in charge and the importance of us repenting when we have sinned and done wrong.  I love how this study is set up as the chapters/lessons are relatively short and very specific so that it is really delved into and addressed thoroughly.  Each lesson consists of a reading, reflection section, a discussion section and so much to think about and apply personally.  This study can be used individually or in a group setting.  Upon completing this study I felt like I learned so much thought about what other books of the Bible I may want to work through next to see what I can learn that may have not stood out to me earlier. 

*Thanks to New Growth Press for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"don't blame the mud"

Don't Blame the Mud: Only Jesus Makes Us Clean
"Don't Blame the Mud: only Jesus makes us clean" is such a fun book that has a wonderful message!  My kids loved this book and I love the lesson that they were learning while reading it.
Max, like most boys and honestly girls as well, knows that he is supposed to keep his school clothes clean; however he cannot help himself when he is walking home from school and sees the mud.  The mud that he decided to walk through in a kind of maze.  Thinking he can sneak in and have his parents from finding out does not work as the mud leaves tracks and while Max is able to clean off some of the mud, not all of it will come out as it leaves a mark or stain.  This illustrated how the sin inside of us leaves a stain and cannot be completely cleaned by us alone, but only through Jesus cleansing our hearts after we believe on Him.
The author, Marty Machowski, does an incredible job with presenting this story and presenting the message in a way that is easily understood by children and enjoyable to read so that children want to read this book.  I love the illustrations as they are very well done and go along well with the text.  I highly recommend this book!

*Thanks to New Growth Press via Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book.*