Sunday, June 29, 2014

Book Review - "Caught in the Middle"

"Caught in the Middle," a novel by Regina Jennings, is a fun read and fans of Regina will not be disappointed.  I loved jumping right back into this series and getting to spend more time with Nick and Anne and really getting to know them.  Anne is living or more like hiding out until she is forced to be in town and then is left to care for a baby.  As Nick is also in town and these two know each other, the logical thing is for them to team up; however this is difficult for both of them in many ways and also adds conflict as they are forced to address their relationship. 
I have really enjoyed this series and once again Regina has created a wonderful book!  I love the cover, I have since I first saw as it is a perfect portrayal of Anne and how she feels about her life.  Nick and Anne are both excellent main characters and I loved this journey that brings the two of them to partnering up together. 
I highly recommend this book (and the previous 2 books in the series as well!) to historical fiction fans. 


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

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Mother’s Secret | Kindle Fire giveaway from Amy Clipston


Amy Clipston A Mother's Secret
Don't miss the newest offering in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series from Amy Clipston, A Mother's SecretAn unwed Amish woman yearns for real love and a family. The only thing in her way is the shame she’s been carrying for half of her life. The novel received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times and was chosen as a Top Pick.

Amy is celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway.
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 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Books 1 and 2 in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, A Hopeful Heart and A Mother's Secret.
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 6th. Winner will be announced July 7th on Amy's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Amy's blog on July 7th to see if you won.


About the book: 

Book two in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series.
Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever?
Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother's farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin's father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion. Her brother simply will not forgive her.
His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn't convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter.
When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn's brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance.
After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family-and the unconditional love-she's longed for?

Purchase a copy:  http://ow.ly/xlHpQ 

About the author: 

Amy Clipston holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, and two sons and four spoiled rotten cats.


Amy can be found at: website, Twitter, Facebook





My Review:
Amy Clipston has written another excellent Amish fiction book!  "A Mother's Secret" is a book that does not have a "typical" Amish woman as the main character as so many of the Amish novels do as Carolyn is thirty-one years old, has never been married and has a teenage son.  I really enjoyed this book and also that it was not the typical Amish fiction novel.  Carolyn was very easy to relate to throughout the book.  She is seeking for love and to have that picture perfect life of having a husband whom loves her and her son and their own home.  However, she feels unworthy of this and has the guilt and burden of secrets that she has been holding on to.  I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline and I was immediately drawn into Carolyn's life and into the story. I highly recommend this series to Amish 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.*


Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Review - "All for a Sister"

"All for a Sister," a novel written by Allison Pittman, is a must-read for historical fiction fans as it brings the roaring 20's to life!  Allison does an incredible job with recreating the time period as the backdrop for the story and I have always enjoyed learning about the 1920's therefore this was a book that I was so excited to read as soon as I saw the cover and read the description of it and I was not disappointed.  Celeste is living her dream, she has lived a privileged life and is able to pursue her dream; however secrets are being uncovered after her mother passes and a letter is found and the inheritance is divided.  This story is filled with great characters, an intriguing storyline that completely captures the readers' attention and I found myself not wanting the book to end!


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

Monday, June 23, 2014

Book Review - "Blind Trust"

"Blind Trust" is book 2 in Sandra Orchard's Port Aster Secrets series and this continues along in the lives of the two main characters whom we met in book 1, "Deadly Devotion."  Kate was a victim of attempted murder and before this case is even settled in court, she once again finds herself in the midst of trouble as she is caught trying to buy groceries with some counterfeit bills.  As Kate and Tom are once again trying to sort out details and get to the bottom of the crime, their feelings have also become more personal and yet the situations they find themselves in are interfering with their personal relationship. 
I really enjoyed book 1 in this series and book 2 is great as well!  I love that it jumps right back into the action right away on page 1, but also gives a little "refresher" to what occurred in book 1 as well.  Sandra does an excellent job of trying together romance and suspense and also parallel storylines.  I highly recommend this book to romantic suspense fans and am looking forward to book 3!


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

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Quilts of Love | RIVAL HEARTS – Summer Coleman Camping Kit Giveaway!


Quilts of Love Tara Randel Rival Hearts
Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, Rival Hearts, by Tara Randel. Who doesn't like a friendly competition, every now and then? You'll be sure to love this fun tale of unexpected competition between two people forced out of their comfort zone.

Celebrate June's release by entering to win a summer camping kit (grill, tent, and camp chairs) from Quilts of Love.
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One winner will receive:
  • A Coleman grill, tent, and camp chairs
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 13. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog.

Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.


Book Info
About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

About the book: 

They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost?
Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter's Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.
Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author: 

Tara Randel is the author of five romance novels including Lasting Love, Melody of Love, and This Time Love. A member of ACFW, Tara is also the lead author of the new Annie's Mysteries series (see AnniesMysteries.com). Tara lives in New Port Richey, Florida.

Connect with Tara: website, Facebook

My Review:
I really enjoyed "Rival Hearts" as it is a sweet, and fun story to read with characters whom you cannot help but love and become completely involved in their lives.  Both Ben and Molly want/need to win and they each have their reasons.  The competition that these two are in help them to see what they actually are able to accomplish themselves, and their self-confidence develops and also issues from their pasts are addressed and worked through.  I really enjoyed reading about their attempts in fields that they are not all that comfortable with and how they gave it their all in order to try and meet a goal.  I highly recommend this series and specifically this book if you are looking for a quick, sweet, summery read!

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.*



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Book Review - "Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook"


Book Description from the publisher:


This is not your grandma’s potluck.

The clichĂ© is unavoidable. At the third Thursday potluck, you won’t find canned soup casseroles or whipped delite, as much as you may love them. What you will find instead is an array of dishes in sync with the season.

Each month offers up an appropriate menu. July is for tomatoes; August for figs; December for gifts from the kitchen; February for staying warm. Gouda Risotto with Fresh Peas, Cider-Braised Pork with Pears, Crab Mac-and-Cheese, or Brown Butter Honey Cake, they each appear in their seasons at this lively community potluck.

Hosted by a group of goodwill-wielding friends and strangers, the potluck’s beneficiaries have one thing in common: a love of good food. The premise is simple; on the third Thursday of every month bring a seasonal fresh dish for sharing. The result is gloriously rich: new friends, fun, and good eats.

Whether you’re looking for instructions on assembling your own potluck (the first clue: no rules), or recipes for imaginative, honest dishes, whether it’s for a group of six or thirty, the inspiration in this book will suit anyone who wants to celebrate good food and good neighbors.


My Review:
I love the entire concept behind this book - food and fellowship, but it goes even beyond that as it is a group dinner/community potluck each month that highlights the foods that are in season at that time.  What an awesome way to try new recipes for in season foods and what better foods to eat than those that are fresh and readily available from a local farmer's market or even better from your very own garden!  This book is divided into sections by each month and there is a variety of recipes and I cannot wait to try so many of these!  Also, the pictures included throughout the book of the foods are beautiful, they make the food so appealing!  This is such a fresh, new approach to potlucks and an excellent idea for a cookbook as well! 


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

"Treat Yourself"


First of all, just look at this cover - I love it!!!  "Treat Yourself: 70 classic snacks you loved as a kid (and still love today)," by Jennifer Steinhauer, really is just that - a book filled with recipes of treats that we all have enjoyed throughout our lives.  There are recipes for Chips Ahoy cookies, strawberry pop-tarts, cheez-its and zebra cakes, just to name a few.  I love the layout of this book too as it is very easy to read and there is amble space for easy recipe, including pictures of the recipes as well.  I like the little blurb that is included with easy recipe as well and you will be taken on a journey down memory lane with this book!  I am looking forward to trying these recipes with my children and creating new memories! 


More info about this book!


AND if you want a sneak peak into the book and also a few recipes (yes you do!) go here!


Enjoy!!! 


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



Book Review - "I need some help here!"

Kathi Lipp has written just the book that speaks to my "mommy heart."  "I need some help here!: hope for when your kids don't go according to plan," is a book that will help each and every parent to not feel so alone, to encourage through moments of despair and provides advice for various situations.  This book is so honest and straight-forward, so much so that I feel as if I am sitting face to face with Kathi and we are having a nice little chat over mugs of coffee.  Kathi shares and I "listen" and then think about and talk through things in my head.  It is so easy to worry about our kids, especially when they are sick or beginning something new or when they are misbehaving and Kathi addresses all these areas and more.  There are so many good reminders in this book, especially that we are not alone and neither are our children, as we have God guiding us and leading us through life.  I have a feeling that this is a book that I will revisit many times and look through at the points I have underlined and marked. 


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

Book Review - "A Place in His Heart"

"A Place in His Heart" is a fantastic start to Rebecca DeMarino's The Southold Chronicles series! Rebecca has based this story on her ancestors and I love the "authentic feel" of the story and just the fact of knowing that it is based on real live people just added extra appeal as well.
Mary is pressured to marry Barnabas and Barnabas is still devastated over the death of his first wife.  Both of these individuals are filled with heart-ache, confusion and trying to move on in life, but Mary also longs to be loved and it is not appear that Barnabas is going to be able to love again.  This is a story of moving on in life, but also really looking at the relationship between Mary and Barnabas as there are secrets and pieces of themselves that they keep hidden and hold back from each other.  I found myself empathizing with Mary throughout the story and felt a connection with her and also some of the minor characters as well whom I hope will be a part of future stories in this series. 
I highly recommend this new author and new series to fans of historical romance!


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

FOREVER AMISH | Enter to win a chance to win a Kindle and an Amish-made prize pack!


Kate Lloyd Forever Amish
The latest book in Kate Lloyd's Legacy of Lancaster trilogy, Forever Amish, introduces us to a young woman about to uncover a shocking secret and find an invitation to a new way of living. This is a story of forgiveness, legacies, and the ties that bind through generations.

Kate is celebrating by giving away an Amish-made prize pack!
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  One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • A Qillow (A pillow with a lovely surprise inside! It opens to a 40” X 60” quilt ideal for traveling, sports events, and home.)
  •  A Center Diamond wall hanging (Hand-stitched by Old Order Amish quilter Emma Stoltzfus of E.S. Quilts in Lancaster, PA. It measures 42” x 42” and is a traditional Old Order Amish design.)
  • Darling Amish-made faceless dolls (Hand-crafted in Lancaster County, PA. Each measures 12 inches and is individually named. Meet Martha and Henry!)
  • Forever Amish and the rest of the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy by Kate Lloyd
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 29th. Winner will be announced at Kate's blog on July 1st.

Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning and be sure to stop by Kate's blog on July 1st to see if you won!


About the book: 

The latest book in the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy, Forever Amish introduces us to a young woman about to uncover a shocking secret and find an invitation to a new way of living. This is a story of forgiveness, legacies, and the ties that bind through generations.
It's the Last Thing She Expects to Find
Sally Bingham needs some time away to sort through the changes in her life and to rethink her upcoming marriage. Despite her ailing father's hesitations, she takes off for a bed and breakfast in Lancaster County for a weekend away. But her best-laid plans leave her in a near collision with a bishop's buggy and in the home of a mysterious Amish woman named Lizzie. Lizzie introduces her to a different perspective on life, a charming farmhand named Armin--- and opens a Pandora's box that will forever change Sally's life.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/xxswg

About the author: 

Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college. She's worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.

Kate can be found at: website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

My Review:
"Forever Amish" is book 3 in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy and this is a great conclusion to the series.  Kate transports the reader to Bird-in-Hand, near Lancaster, and I love this setting as I would go their every summer with my family while growing up and have fond memories of these trips. This book has a great storyline and I was immediately drawn into the story and the characters' lives in the very first chapter as Sally has made plans to go to Lancaster unbeknownst to her father and elements of their relationship come out just in their discussion including the care and love they feel for each other, but also that there are secrets as well.  Sally is questioning whether she should marry her fiancĂ©e and this trip allows her to see a whole new life, but also helps Sally to learn about herself and discover some answers to questions she has had.  I highly recommend this book to Amish fiction fans, but also those whom enjoy a sweet Christian romance. 

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.*

SEAGRASS PIER | Pre-order @ColleenCoble’s NEW book for just $4.99. Enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!


Colleen Coble Seagrass Pier
Don’t miss Colleen Coble‘s latest release in the Hope Beach series, Seagrass Pier. The book releases July 1st, and Colleen's publisher is offering the ebook at a special pre-order price of just $4.99 between now and 6/30 everywhere ebooks are sold.

PLUS . . . between 6/9 – 6/30 Colleen will be hosting a Kindle giveaway.
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One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Seagrass Pier and the rest of the Hope Beach series by Colleen Coble
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 30th. Winner will be announced on Colleen's blog on July 1st.

Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning and be sure to stop by Colleen's blog on July 1st to see if you won!


About the book: 

In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger's memories . . . before they cost her everything.
Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.
But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks---and vivid dreams of being strangled---she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor's murder.
Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked---by a man she's only met in her nightmares.
The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin's daughter.
Of course, he doesn't know about that. Yet.
Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there's no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her---before she remembers too much.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/xAP8O

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.

Colleen can be found at: website, Twitter, Facebook



My Review:
I have really enjoyed Colleen's Hope Beach series and "Seagrass Pier" is a great addition to the series!  The setting is beautiful and a perfect backdrop for these stories and I have loved the characters in each of these books and I love that we get to "revisit" some of the characters once again.  Elin and Marc are both strong main characters and they are so easy to connect with right away.  Elin's kindness and loyalty shines through with her relationship with others, especially her mother and her daughter.  Marc is a honorable man and one whom take his roles seriously and I love that these two are reconnected to work together on this case, but also reconnected personally as well, especially since they have a daughter together.  Colleen is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors and I highly recommend "Seagrass Pier" as well as books 1 and 2 in this series, "Tidewater Inn" and "Rosemary Cottage."

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.*

Friday, June 13, 2014

"Happy to be Alive, Because"

About the book:

Avery is a seventeen-year-old girl whose reality has just been shattered by the death of her mother. Feeling a desperate need to flee from what has become her life, she follows a travel plan meant for her mom and her that leads her to the little beach town where her mom grew up. It's there that she meets a group of three adventurous friends who adopt her into their circle, allowing her to experience a summer she never thought would be possible after suffering such a great loss. Unfortunately, her summer full of experiences threatens to end abruptly when she realizes that one of the three has a secret that causes her to question everything about the new life she has been building.
Avery must learn to balance her grief and her desire for a future in order to achieve her mother's final wish for her: That she would be happy to be alive.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/xlD3V

About the author: 

Chelsea grew up with an immense love for words---both reading them and writing them. She obtained her degree in English and has spent the time since then getting married to her high school sweetheart and chasing adventure so she'll have something to write about. When she's not drinking copious amounts of coffee while writing, she spends her time reading, playing with her puppy named Gatsby, and dreaming, always dreaming.

Chelsea can be found at: website, Twitter

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book, it is a journey of self-discovery, working through grief and trying to find happiness, real happiness in life. This is a quick summery read, light at times and yet soul searching as it addresses thoughts and feelings working through grief and coping with the death of one's mother.  The story line was sweet with Avery discovering the travel plans made by her mother and the journal as this was another chance for Avery to be connected with her mother.  This is an excellent story that will remind the reader to treasure life and each moment that we are given with our loved ones. 

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.*

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review - "The Hatmaker's Heart" & Contest info!

About the book: 

For Nell Marchwold, bliss is seeing the transformation when someone gets a glimpse in the mirror while wearing one of her creations and feels beautiful. Nell has always strived to create hats that bring out a woman's best qualities. She knows she's fortunate to have landed a job as an apprentice designer at the prominent Oscar Fields Millinery in New York City. Yet when Nell's fresh designs begin to catch on, her boss holds her back from the limelight, claiming the stammer she's had since childhood reflects poorly on her and his salon.
But it seems Nell's gift won't be hidden by Oscar's efforts. Soon an up-and-coming fashion designer is seeking her out as a partner of his 1922 collection. The publicity leads to an opportunity for Nell to make hats in London for a royal wedding. There, she sees her childhood friend, Quentin, and an unexpected spark kindles between them. But thanks to her success, Oscar is determined to keep her. As her heart tugs in two directions, Nell must decide what she is willing to sacrifice for her dream, and what her dream truly is.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/xlicl

About the author: 

Carla Stewart is the award-winning author of four novels. With a passion for times gone by, it is her desire to take readers back to that warm, familiar place in their hearts called "home." She and her husband live in Tulsa and have four adult sons and six grandchildren (with one on the way!). 

Carla can be found at: website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads




Carla is hosting a Jazzy Hatmaker's Heart Giveaway on her blog - for more information go here: contest!


My Review:
I love reading books set in different time periods and I have always been fascinated by the 1920's; therefore I was really looking forward to reading "The Hatmaker's Heart."  I was not disappointed in the least! Carla has created an excellent story that is fun to read and set in an equally fun time period!  This is such a different book as it delves into the work of creating hats, which the wearing of hats was the fashion trend back then (and one that I wonder will come back someday).  In the very first chapter, so much is learned about Nell from her interactions with coworkers and also clients from her speech impediment, her family background and her eye for detail and fashion, not to mention the kindness and compassion she shows to others.  I was immediately drawn into the story and did not want to stop reading once I started.  Also, I love the cover of this novel, it is eye-catching and just perfect for the story!

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.*






OUT OF THE RUINS | Kindle HDX Giveaway & Facebook Party!


Karen Barnett Out of the Ruins
Don't miss the debut book, Out of the Ruins, in Karen Barnett's new series, The Golden Gate Chronicles. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century San Francisco, Out of the Ruins will remind readers that no matter who we are or what we’ve done, God is still as close to us as our next breath.

Karen is celebrating with a fun giveaway and Facebook author chat party.
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  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 19th. Winner will be announced at the Out of the Ruins Facebook author chat party on June 19th. Connect with Karen for an evening of fun book chat, games, and prizes. Karen will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in The Golden Gate Chronicles series!
So grab your copy of Out of the Ruins and join Karen on the evening of June 19th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 19th!


About the book: 

Abby's shattered faith in both God and man is challenged when the terrible earthquake hits 1906 San Francisco.
While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn't expect, however, is for God's answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best.
As they work together toward a cure, Abby's feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/xlcaD 

About the author: 

Karen Barnett is the author of Mistaken and several articles that have been published by Guideposts and other national magazines. She lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and three cats. 


Karen can be found at: website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest




My Review:
Karen Barnett is a new author to me, yet based on what I have read she is one whom will be on my must-read list! "Out of the Ruins" is the first book in Karen's Golden Gate Chronicles series and I am looking forward to reading book 2!  Karen has done a fabulous job with bringing the time period to life in  this book as she transports the reader back in time to the early 1900's and also a historical event as well.  I loved her style of writing and the details and imagery that is a part of the writing as they really created the scenes in the story and brought everything life.  The characters were also so lifelike as were their interactions with each other and I enjoyed "seeing" the relationship between Abby and Robert develop and grow.  I highly recommend this book to historical romance 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.*

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ALL MY BELONGINGS $200 VISA CARD GIVEAWAY & LIVE Webcast event with Cynthia Ruchti


All My Belongings Cynthia Ruchti
Cynthia Ruchti asks what it takes to overcome your past and become who you were meant to be in her latest novel, All My Belongings. Cynthia has woven a heart-wrenching tale of forgiveness, grace, and learning what it means to truly belong.

Cynthia is celebrating the release of her latest novel with a fun giveaway and a live webcast event!
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One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa cash card
  • All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 11th. Winner will be announced at the All My Belongings LIVE webcast event on June 11th. Connect with Cynthia for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Cynthia will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.
So grab your copy of All My Belongings and join Cynthia and friends on the evening of June 11th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

About the book: A new life and a new identity can't protect Becca from a past that refuses to go away.
After spending years running from the shame her father put on her family, Jayne is determined not to let him steal her future in the same way he stole her childhood. Changing her name to Becca Morrow, she moves to California and settles into a new life and new job caring for ailing mother of handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes.
But just as she's wondering if she and Isaac are headed for a relationship, Becca's patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage threaten to destroy all sense of home and all hope for love.
Even if she could clear her name, a phone call wraps a suffocating shroud around her heart. Her estranged father needs her help. But can Becca open her new life to the man who ruined her past?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/x96lt

About the author: Cynthia Ruchti has more than three decades of radio broadcast experience with "Heartbeat of the Home" radio and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.



Cynthia can be found at: website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

My Review:
"All My Belongings," written by Cynthia Ruchti, is an emotional read that will immediately draw you into the story.  Jayne is trying to move on with her life and away from the stigma of her family; Jayne is now Becca and ready to start over as a brand-new person  with a brand-new life.  Jayne turned in her father and his criminal record will remain a part of her unless she becomes someone new, apart from her family.  Becca is trying to balance keeping her past hidden and fitting into her new life, yet she is longing for love and will she be able to have a true love without revealing her past?  This is such a well-written book that is filled with heartache, longing, love and hope.  I really enjoyed reading this book as Jayne/Becca tries to find her way in life and from whom she can experience true love and peace. Jayne/Becca is a character whom the reader cannot help but empathize with and love and Geneva is such a loveable character as well and she has such a wonderful friendship with Jayne and plays a vital role in her life.  This is a book that need to be on your summer reading pile!

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.*

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Book Review - "Finding Spiritual Whitespace"





"Finding Spiritual Whitespace: awakening your soul to rest," by bonnie Gray is a refreshing and much needed journey for me and I am sure many many others.  This is an incredible book that I really enjoyed reading and it is one that I will page through again. The book is divided into 6 main sections and each chapter within these sections focuses on a specific point and includes "prompts" and questions to really help apply the chapter in one's own life.  Allowing ourselves to rest and refocus is so important yet something that is pushed away as life is so busy and there is simply not time; however this is not benefiting us and Bonnie shares her story and thoughts that will encourage each reader to really find that whitespace.


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



Book Review - "A Woman of Fortune"

"A Woman of Fortune" is book 1 in Kellie Coates Gilbert's Texas Gold series and it is the first, but most definitely not the last, novel of Kellie's that I have read! I was immediately drawn into the story and did want to put down the book as I had to keep turning the pages to know what would happen next!
The Massey family is living the dream - they are billionaires, Claire and Tuck have a happy marriage and great relationship, Garrett works for his father and is married to the perfect wife, Lainie is engaged to the future senator of Texas and Max is finding his way in life veering off the path that his siblings have taken, but he is still around and involved with the family.  Suddenly in an instant the Massey family is turned upside down when Tuck in arrested during a very public event. Claire does not know how her life has turned out like this and if she even knows her husband.  Each family member copes with this incident in his or her way; however with the family bond that has been there for years continue or is this too much to bear?
I really love Kellie's style of writing as she shifts focus with each chapter so that I felt I really got to know each of the members of the family.  Claire is such an incredible heroine as she is faced with something so horrible, yet does not forget who she is in the process and in reality comes out a better and stronger person as she returns to some of who she was before she was married and living this dream life.  Claire also has some amazing friends whom help her throughout this ordeal and I really loved them as well.  I found myself trying to rationalize for Claire what she should do and I found it so easy to connect with the characters as they became so real in the book.  Judging by the epilogue, I am guessing there will not be more books about the Massey family (I would love to spend more time with them!); however I am looking forward to the next book that Kellie writes!


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

Friday, June 6, 2014

Enter & RSVP today! A SEASON OF CHANGE KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY & FACEBOOK PARTY!


A Season of Change Lynette Sowell
In A Season of Change, book one of Lynette Sowell's new series, Seasons of Pinecraft, readers will discover a different side of the Amish community. A Season of Change follows Natalie and Amish widower Jacob Miller as they each discover the mysterious ways God works. Inspired by the image of a Plain woman sitting on a three-wheeled bicycle by the Pinecraft (an Amish community in Florida) post office, Sowell’s latest is a new take on the popular trend in fiction.

Lynette is celebrating with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on June 12th.
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One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 12th. Winner will be announced at the A Season of Change Facebook author chat party on June 12th. Connect with Lynette for an evening of fun book chat, Amish-themed trivia, and prizes. Lynette will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in the Seasons of Pinecraft series!

So grab your copy of A Season of Change and join Lynette on the evening of June 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!

About the book: 

An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places.
Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings---including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.
Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret---that she was once Amish.
When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways---and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother's family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/x6Wsl

 About the author: Lynette Sowell is the Carol Award-winning and ECPA best-selling author of more than 15 titles, including A Season of Change and Tempest's Course. When Lynette is not writing, she works as a medical editor and part-time newspaper reporter. She makes her home in Copperas Cove on the doorstep of the Texas hill country. 

Lynette can be found at: website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest








My Review:


"A Season of Change" is an excellent start to the Seasons in Pinecraft series by Lynette Sowell and it is one that Amish fans will enjoy and romantic fiction fans as well! Jacob and Natalie are both filled with questions - questions about the past, questions about current circumstances, questions for God. As these two try to sort through details and figure out what path they should be on for their lives they are drawn closer to each other and also closer to God, but can they both find happiness and love and will it be together or as apart?  I really enjoyed this story and the characters in this book as they are characters whom became so real and had to cope with trying times and work through dilemmas.  This is such an unique setting for the story as well and not the "typical Amish story" backdrop or storyline and I love how it is based upon a real community.  This is a story that will completely capture your attention and your heart as you become completelty immersed in the characters' lives and their story.


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. *