Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"A Fine Imitation"

"A Fine Imitation" is an amazing debut novel written by Amber Brock and after reading this book, I hope that Amber writes many, many more novels.  I was drawn to this book by the cover, it is absolutely stunning; I love the dress and I love the details of the city in the background.  The description also really intrigued me as I enjoyed reading "The Great Gatsby" in high school and this has a Gatsby vibe to it, but also a guilty pleasure of mine is the show "Gossip Girl," so high-society New York life intrigues me as well. 
Amber does a great job with transitioning back and forth between decades in Vera's life, her time in college and her life now.  Vera meets Bea in college and she is like no one else that she has ever known and she draws Vera out of her shell.  Fast forward 10 years and Vera is living the ideal life, at least according to outsiders looking in. However, Vera is lonely. 
This book is so well-written with details and Amber does a great job with bringing the time period to life along with the societal expectations of this time and the lifestyle of the wealthy.  This is an intriguing read as bits and pieces of Vera's life then and now are shared along with a little bit of mystery and intrigue.  I highly recommend this book and Amber Brock has become an author to watch!

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

"Kiss the Bride"

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.
Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story by Melissa McClone
When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.
Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren’t always as perfect as they look through her camera lens.
Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away, but he wrongly blamed Jenna for ruining his political aspirations. Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?
I Hope You Dance: A July Wedding Story by Robin Lee Hatcher
Can two left feet lead to one perfect romance?
Grant Nichols is a genius in the kitchen and a klutz on the dance floor. But his friend’s wedding is shaping up to be a shindig the likes of which Kings Meadow has never seen—including dancing. Lots of dancing.
Former rodeo queen Skye Foster is offering dance lessons for the wedding party. Grant and Skye are no match on paper. But when they step onto the dance floor, they create a melody all their own.
Love on a Deadline: An August Wedding Story by Kathryn Springer
MacKenzie “Mac” Davis returns to her hometown of Red Leaf, Wisconsin, and takes a job at the weekly newspaper writing about social events.
When Hollis Channing, Mac’s high school nemesis, returns to Red Leaf to marry her celebrity fiancĂ©, the editor asks Mac to cover all the festivities for the newspaper. The last thing Mac wants to do is reconnect with the person who made her life miserable when she was a teenager . . . unless it’s spending time with Ethan Channing, the bride’s older brother—and Mac’s first crush.

My Review:
I loved this novella collection.  I have really enjoyed the monthly novella series, and I am thrilled that they have released these three together in a paperback form and with such a gorgeous cover.  This is also a great mix of stories focusing on journalism, dancing and photography.  Also in Robin's story, the reader is transported to Kings Meadow, one of my favorite series and settings of hers.  Each of these stories had lovable characters, each of them definitely not searching for their love, but in the midst of helping another couple with their perfect day, love finds them.  These are such sweet stories and a great way to usher in the "wedding season."  Each of these novellas will have you falling in love with the characters, and getting you in the wedding spirit. This is a quick book to read as there are three separate stories and each one is well-written and easy to sit down to read just a chapter or two and before you know it you are ready to begin the next novella!

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

"Every Bride Has Her Day"

"Every Bride Has Her Day" is Janice Thompson's latest addition to her A Brides with Style series and it is another great, fun read!
Katie and Brady are finally engaged and enjoying talking about and planning their wedding.  But, so is everyone else and I do mean everyone...Aunt Alva, Brady's mother, Katie's mother, Katie's grandmother, Katie's co-worker, I could go on and on.  Katie does not want to disappoint anyone and everyone's suggestions make her more and more confused as to what she really does want. 
I have loved this series (actually all of Janice's books and series!).  What I love the most is the detail that Janice writes with, especially with the dresses that are designed, so that I can completely picture the Loretta Lynn dress among all of the other dresses and details including decorations, window scenes and food.  This is a funny, quick read full of everyday drama and so many moments that will make you wish you were living in Texas and these were your neighbors and family. 

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

Will Elizabeth's secret jeopardize her future and Charles'?

Book info
About the book:

Through the Shadows (Abingdon, May 2016)

As San Francisco rises from the ashes, an age-old battle looms between corruption and the promise of new beginnings.

The devastating earthquake is just two years past, but the city of San Francisco is still trying to recover. Destruction of this magnitude is not so easy to overcome---and neither are the past regrets shadowing Elizabeth King's hopeful future.

Hoping to right her wrongs, Elizabeth dedicates herself to helping girls rescued from slavery in Chinatown brothels, even if it means putting her own life at risk to sneak through the gloomy alleys and rooftops where dangers lurk.

Putting her life on the line for a worthy cause is admirable. But opening her heart is even more terrifying. So when Elizabeth meets attorney, Charles McKinley---a man who dreams of reforming San Francisco's crooked politics---Elizabeth begins to doubt: Can she maintain her pretense and hide her past? Or will her secret jeopardize both their futures?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1qqMTsB
About the author:

Karen Barnett
is the author of Beyond the Ashes, Out of the Ruins, and Mistaken. Named the 2013 Writer of Promise by Oregon Christian Writers, Karen lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. When she's not writing novels, she loves speaking at women's events, libraries, and book clubs.

My Review:
This book is the awaited conclusion to the Golden Gate Chronicles Triology and also a end to the King family whom have been the focus in these books.  I have enjoyed all three books in this series and highly recommend that you read all three, in order.  Each book continues on the saga of a city trying to recover from a tragedy and characters trying to overcome their pasts, and move on from the hardships in life and things they are not proud of in their pasts.  I really enjoyed reading about Elizabeth and getting to know here in this book.  She is a strong and determined girl whom has a good heart and puts herself in danger trying to help others.  However, she has not had a "perfect" life and she is aiming to make up for some moments in her past.   Charles is another character whom I enjoyed as well.  He has a vision for the city, and I love how he wants things to be so good and how he works for that.  Karen does a great job with creating her characters, and also creating the scene as I felt as if I was right there in San Francisco among the chaos, the discouragement, the immorality, but also the hope, the love and the vision for the future.  I highly recommend this book and this series for those whom enjoy historical fiction.

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

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

"Kill Devil"

"Kill Devil" is the second book in Mike Dellosso's Jed Patrick series and it is one that will keep you breathlessly turning the pages all the way to the end.  Although I have read in a few places that this book can be read as a standalone novel, I highly recommend that you do read book 1 first as it really gives you the background on Jed and the premise of this book.  Jed thought he was done with Centralia, but in fact he's not. 
Jed thought he was fine, he has a completely brand-new life with his wife and daughter, but when he realizes that Karen and Lilly are in danger he knows things are not fine.  This book takes you on a journey and a race against time as Jed tries to protect himself and his family, but also uphold his beliefs at the same time.  As tension builds, you will not know who Jed can trust as he does not know either. 
I found this book to be completely intriguing as I was kept guessing among the twists and turns and I found myself completely engrossed in the story and in Jed's life and did not want to stop reading until I was all the way to the end.  I am hoping for a book 3 in the near future!

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Take Hold of the Faith You Long For"

"Take Hold of the Faith You Long For - let go, move forward, live bold" by Sharon Jaynes is an excellent read for women, women of any age, at any stage in their lives.  I loved the first part of the book blurb that says: "On the outside, many of us are well-put-together churchgoers with trendy shoes, beautiful families, and wide, white smiles.  On the inside, we're little girls hesitating at the edge of the playground, wishing we could join in but feeling something's not quite right."  I admit that I feel insecure and inadequate time after time again and felt that those few sentences described me and I just HAD to read this book.  I loved how this book is divided and presented as each chapter really tackles individual pieces, pieces that build upon each other resulting in these feelings of not being enough and not living life as boldly as we would like to.  Sharon takes feeling worried, feeling bitter and the constant need to compare ourselves to others, just to name a few.  Each chapter is written in a conversational style that really drew me right in.  At the end of the book there is a Bible study guide that can be used along with the chapters for further study.  I have read the book, just straight through the chapters and now I plan to go back through and tie in the study part of it; this worked well for me as I did not want to feel overwhelmed or rushing through either part of this book.  I highly recommend this book, it will leave you with much to think about and ready to live life differently.  

*Thank you to the Baker Books Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, May 20, 2016

Study Bible

Book Description from the publisher:

The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now available in a handy personal size with words of Christ in red! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.
Features include: • NEW attractive new full-color page design • NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics • NEW in-text maps and charts • Full cross-references with textual notes • Word studies and indexes • Bible Times and Culture Notes • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines • Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study • Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
NKJV Study Bibles sold to date: More than 1.3 million
The New King James Version®—More than 60 million copies sold

My Review:
This is an excellent Bible, truly one that has so many "extras" that you will become lost in the stories and transported back to Biblical times.  Each book of the Bible begins with a detailed description and timeline; this has to be my favorite feature of this Bible.  There are colorful pictures included throughout the Bible as well as descriptions as far as meanings of words, events, and things.  There are also verses included on each page that are cross references.  All in all this is the ultimate study Bible and it is a nice size for taking with you and comfortable to hold onto.  I highly recommend this Bible if you are looking for one to really help you to dive into studying God's word. 

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

"Silence in the Dark"

Patricia Bradley's latest book in her Logan Point series is here and one that cannot be missed if you have read the first 3 books!  "Silence in the Dark" is a fast-paced and thrilling read and one that takes the reader from Mexico to Mississippi with danger all along the way.  Bailey does not know who to trust or whom she is running from, all she knows is that she is in danger.  Danny is there to try and help her, but with their past, it is awkward to say the least.  I love how the story is laid out and the characters are forced to face their past and work together to survive, but also face the future.  Bailey is such a great main character and has such a big heart to help others, unfortunately she finds herself in trouble and in danger, which is all too real for so many kids and adults alike in today's society.  This is a book that will draw you into the story and keep you turning pages to the end.  

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

Melanie Dickerson’s ‘The Beautiful Pretender’ Once Upon a Kindle Giveaway

The Beautiful Pretender Melanie Dickerson
Inheriting the new title of margrave means Reinhart has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise? Find out in the new medieval fairy tale, The Beautiful Pretender, by Melanie Dickerson. Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Join Melanie in celebrating the release of The Beautiful Pretender by entering to win her Once Upon a Kindle giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Beautiful Pretender
  • A Kindle Fire tablet
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • The choice between a Funko POP Disney Beauty or Beast doll
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 7th. The winner will be announced June 8th on Melanie's blog.

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Book info
About the book:
The Beautiful Pretender
(Thomas Nelson, May 2016)

What happens when a margrave realizes he's fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave's bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina's best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can't deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse---far deadlier---consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost? 

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1NZuPiD
About the author:

Melanie Dickerson
is the author of The Healer's Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

My Review:
"The Beautiful Pretender" is Melanie's second  Medieval Fairy Tale book and I am hoping for so many more.  I absolutely loved this story as it took me back to feeling like a child when I first heard my first fairy tale.  Avelina has clear directions given to her and she does not think she will have any problem carrying them out as there is absolutely no way, in her mind, that she would be chosen to be the Margrave's wife.  However, as we all know things do not always go as planned, especially when deceit is at the core of it.  Avelina is such a spunky character, and she was full of spirit and heart.   I found myself transported back in time and in the midst of the drama and the lure of the castle and the hopes of the right one being chosen.  This is a fun read and journey for the reader as there is deception, romance and suspense all woven throughout.  

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

*Thanks to the 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, May 19, 2016

"Murder Comes by Mail"

"Murder Comes By Mail" is the second book in The Hidden Springs Mysteries series; I enjoyed this return to this charming town and quirky characters.  Ann has once again done a fabulous job with tying together small town charm, loveable characters, humor and mystery to create a fun, and engaging read.  Much to Michael's chagrin he is the town hero, but then things take a spin and he is no longer concerned with that after receiving disturbing mail.  Suddenly, Michael finds himself in a race against a killer, one whom may harm others.  This is a quick read and one that keeps you guessing and turning the pages all the way to the end as you try to figure out who is behind it all.  I highly recommend book #1 in the series as you will be introduced to the town and characters whom appear again in this book.  I am looking forward to book #3!  

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

Will Julia and Zeke's history put up walls between them or bring them together?


Book info
About the book:

Someone Like You (Bethany House, May 2016)

Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.

A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father's less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort's general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can't ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1TPfW3k
About the author:

Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.

My Review:
"Someone Like You" is Victoria Bylin's latest novel and it is one that I loved from the very first page!  So much is learned of Zeke's character in the very first few pages as he is trying to save his business, for the sake of his employees.  Julia is trying to stay afloat in her business and in her personal life as a mother and trying to raise her son with her ex-husband.  Julia and Zeke have a history and now their lives are becoming intertwined again.  Victoria has created characters whom are so relatable and it is so easy to become completely caught up in their lives as they could be one of us or the neighbors next door.    This is such a sweet story, but also one that is so real- life with issues that must be addressed and are not just smoothed over and easily fixed.  Victoria writes with the perfect mix of love, and hope along with family relationships and trails that come with everyday life.  I have to add too that I just absolutely love this cover!

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

*Thanks to the 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, May 17, 2016

"The Quieting"

"The Quieting" book #2 in Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Bishop's Family series takes the reader back to Stoney Ridge and the characters whom live there.  This book has family drama, family expectations, and issues within the church as well; all things that everyone deals with at times, no matter if we are Amish or English.  Abigail is trying to help her father and pours herself into the genealogy research, while also dealing with pressure from Mammi.  David is a good example of a Godly leader and there is much to be learned from him as well as he is trying to lead the community, but also stress the importance of working on God's time, not his or others.  The relationships among the characters and their ties with one another add so much to the story, creating so many layers to the story and it was fun making those connections as a reader.  I always enjoy Suzanne's books and this one was no exception and I am looking forward to book #3 coming out!  

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

"It's Not Too Late"

I have to be honest, the beginning of the blurb on the back of this book terrifies me.  I do not want to ever lose the bond and relationship that I have as a parent with my child and the thought that parents may lose their influence, their parenting role as their children grow into teenagers and young adults really does not sit well with me.  Dan Dupee addresses these thoughts and myths in his book, "It's Not Too Late: the essential part you play in shaping your teen's faith."  Dan does a great job with sharing the myths and thoughts that many think and may believe or may cringe at such as I do and he shares stories and ideas for maintaining that relationship and helping the parent/child relationship grow, change and be maintained throughout the years.  I found this book to be filled with hope and encouragement as I hope to always play a role in my children's lives as my parents still do in mine.  I want to be there for them to offer guidance and advice as needed and when wanted and be someone they can always come to.  I highly recommend this book for all parents. 

*Thanks to the Baker Books Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

"Your Teenager Is Not Crazy"

  Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of raising a teenager?  I know that I am at times, the years are flying by and my children are changing every year and growing up more and more each day.  "Your Teenager Is Not Crazy: understanding your teen's brain can make you a better parent" by Dr. Jeramy Clark & Jerusha Clark is a complete guide to understanding and connecting with your teenager. This is a book that I have just read and know that I will be rereading in about another five years.  I love the format of this book as each chapter addresses specific statements that we may hear and want to instantly contradict or brush off.  For example, there is a chapter titled, "You Don't Understand," another titled "I Hate My Life" and another"It's Not Like We're Getting Married."  Each chapter is then introduced with a story, an explanation by the author and then followed up by three sections: Bio 101, Psych 101, Faith 101.  Each of these sections addresses the statement from that aspect as there are so many changes and so many things going on with a teenager's body and brain that affect their thinking, processing and choices.  I love how the authors address each of these aspects as each person is truly a mixture of so many factors.  Each chapter concludes with a "Try It Today" section which really allows the reader to take what is read and use it in his or her own life.  I highly recommend this book to use as a resource for navigating through the teenage years and building and maintaining a connection and relationship with your teenage child. 

*Thanks to the Baker Books Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Monday, May 16, 2016

"The Atonement"

Beverly Lewis' latest Amish novel, "The Atonement," is a sweet story of forgiveness, searching and love.  I was drawn in by the very first line in the book: "Fill up the empty places in your heart..."  This is what Lucy has written in her journal and yet years later she finds that she is still searching and looking to fill that void as she has been unable to forgive herself.  This book has the storyline of a love triangle and an Amish woman choosing between a love and life in her Amish community or one with an Englisher outside of her world.  However, this story is so much more than that as it is layers of rich storytelling and characters with depth as their pasts are shared and their current hurting and searching for more in their lives lead them on journeys and toward new relationships.  Dale and Toby each play important roles in Lucy's life and her journey toward forgiveness and moving on as well as helping her to discover her heart.  I have been a fan of Beverly's books ever since I began reading them as a teenager and I still eagerly await her next book; I highly recommend "The Atonement."
*Thanks to Bethany House Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, May 13, 2016

Becky Wade’s Porter Prize Pack and $100 Cash Card Giveaway

Her One and Only Becky Wade
Meet Dru Porter, former Marine, expert markswoman, and black belt—who also happens to be assigned as a bodyguard to star NFL tight end Gray Fowler. Don't miss the final Porter family novel by Becky Wade, Her One and Only. Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, and Dru is determined to find his stalker. Every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives—and their hearts—to one another.

Join Becky in celebrating the release of Her One and Only by entering to win her Porter prize pack and $100 cash card giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Her One and Only
  • A $100 cash card
  • Follow Your Heart tote bag
  • 24 oz Tervis Wonder Woman Tumbler
  • The Blind Side DVD
  • Necklace with star charm
  • Porter Family navy jersey
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 31st. The winner will be announced June 1st on the Litfuse blog.


Book info
About the book:
Her One and Only
(Bethany House, May 2016)
After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans.
But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?
Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt---none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she's determined to find Gray's stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.
Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they'll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives---and their hearts---to one another. 

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1NrA4cO
About the author:

Becky Wade
is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and now lives in Dallas. A favorite among readers of Christian contemporary romance, Becky has won a Carol Award, an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and an INSPY Award.

My Review:
I am a huge fan of all of Becky's books and "Her One and Only" was another fantastic read!  "Her One and Only" is the conclusion to Becky's Porter family series, so of course I was sad when this ended as I have loved my time with this family and they have become like real people to me.  Dru is the youngest of the Porter siblings and growing up with three older siblings, Dru fought to make her presence known and to prove that she could stand on her own.  Dru works as an executive protection agent, and her new assignment is a NFL superstar, Gray Fowler, whom has a stalker.  I loved Dru and Gray's interactions from the very start as they are both such strong characters, but both have their vulnerable sides as well.  I also loved how Becky wove the other Porters into this book, stressing the family ties and updating all of us readers on where life has led them since their books had ended.  This book is the perfect mix of romance, suspense and drama, transporting the reader to Texas and becoming immered into the Porter family. 

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

*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour!*

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"Great Stories of the Bible"

Book Description from the publisher:

Great Stories of the Bible is a six book treasury of level 2 Adventure Bible I Can Read titles designed for newly independent readers and based on the Adventure Bible—the #1 Bible for kids!
Read all about people in Bible times and their adventures in these well-known Bible stories.
This 6-book bind-up includes: • God’s Great Creation ISBN: 9780310732389 • Noah’s Voyage ISBN: 9780310746836 • Joseph the Dreamer ISBN: 9780310750840 • Moses Leads the People ISBN: 9780310732365 • Ruth and Naomi ISBN: 9780310746508 • Brave Queen Esther ISBN: 9780310746669

My Review:
This is such a great collection of children's Bible stories for kids!  I love the stories that are included as they are common stories and characters that children typically learn young and ones that they enjoy and can connect with.  Also, each story includes lessons that I want my children to learn and live by.  The book concludes with "The  Good Samaritan," which in my opinion is no better way to end the book.  What I love the most about this book is the illustrations.  The illustrations are colorful and full of details, yet also soothing and soft at the same time. 

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

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A decade of Allie's life vanished in jail. Can she clear her name of a crime she didn't commit?

Book info
About the book:

Sister Dear (Thomas Nelson, April 2016)

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn't commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish --- time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie's return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie's claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.

As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret---one that holds the key to Allie's freedom.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/24TOGXK
About the author:

Laura McNeill
is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she's not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.

My Review:
"Sister Dear" is the first book that I have read by Laura McNeill and it will not be the last.  Laura drew me into the story right on the very first page as Allie is preparing to be released from prison.  As the book continues and the point of view switches back and forth between characters the story is slowly unraveled, the story that led to Allie losing out on a decade on her life and the story of Allie seeking the truth.  Laura has a great style of writing as she teases the reader with little bits and pieces of information from the past along with developing the characters so that the readers become invested in the characters.  Immediately, I was intrigued by Allie, this woman whom is fragile, but has a tough exterior, one out of necessity in order to survive her sentence in Arrendale.  Caroline I immediately felt sorry for, and just wanted to be able to sit down and talk with her as she is such a hurting girl.  As each of the characters tell more of the story and their own stories are revealed I wanted to read more and more.  I am eager to see what more Laura writes and I highly recommend this book to those whom enjoy suspense. 

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

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

"Long May She Wave"

I loved this collection of patriotic postcards!  The perfect addition to your coffeetable for this time of year with Memorial Day coming up at the end of the month and then the 4th of July soon after.  These postcards are houses in an adorable box that is designed to look like a book.  There are two copies of each of the 50 different postcards, one to keep, one to share!  Each postcard has a caption on the back telling about the picture.  I really liked the postcards, but of course have some personal favorites.  One of my favorites is three patriotic playing cards depicted and the caption stated that they are World War II patriotic-themed playing cards, featuring Hitler and Mussolini as jokers in the pack.  Another favorite is a war bond flag with the words "Remember Pearl Harbor" on it. Some of my other favorite cards are ones that have dominoes, chocolate tin molds, a toy fighter plane and flag-and-shield candy boxes.  This is an awesome collection for every American home, but an absolute must-have for those with a strong sense of patriotism. 

To find out more information about this item, go here!

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

Bible perfect for girls

My daughter was so excited when this arrived in the mail.  It is an adorable edition of the Bible and one that is perfect for girls.  With a fuzzy cover and silver glitter around the edges, an attached bookmark, and purple edged pages, my daughter is an absolute fan of this Bible.  This is also a nice size overall for young girls as it is not big, bulky and heavy.  This Bible is written in the New Living Translation so it is a little easier for kids to read as well.  This is a Bible that my daughter is thrilled to call her own and one that she is excited to take with her to Sunday School, church and to sit down with to page through and read. 

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Chronological Study Bible

Book Description from the publisher:

The Bible that allows you to study Scripture in the order of events as they happened
The Chronological Study Bible presents the text of the New King James Version in chronological order - the order in which the events actually happened - with notes, articles, and full-color graphics that connect the reader to the history and culture of Bible times. It is the only NKJV study Bible arranged in chronological order.
Features include: •The entire NKJV text with translators’ notes, arranged in chronological order, provides absorbing and effective Bible study •Full-color illustrations of places, artifacts, and cultural phenomena give the reader a dramatic, “you are there” experience •Fascinating articles connect the Bible text to world history and culture •Daily Life Notes explain how people lived in Bible times •Time Panels and Charts show the flow of Bible history •In-text and full-page color maps of the biblical world assist study
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
Chronological Study Bibles sold to date: More than 400,000
The New King James Version® - More than 60 million copies sold

My Review:
Wow - what a beautiful and impressive Bible!  This is a leather bound edition with gold-line pages and just has an overall great feel and appealing look.  What makes this Bible unique is that it is in chronological order; I love that!  I like things in order, and I am adamant about books in a series in order; therefore, it makes sense that I love this feature about this Bible.  This is going to really help me with the timing and when things happened in the Bible and how various events and people fit together and are connected.  I love the "extras" of this Bible as well, especially the articles that are included and the daily life notes.  This is a great Bible, and while I am keeping this for myself, it would make an excellent gift for someone!

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

Past and present collide in Michael Phillips' new book. Don't miss the chance to win a copy!

Book info
About the book:

The Inheritance (Bethany House, April 2016)

The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale's Reef into turmoil.

Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch's heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David's grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land. And while Hardy doesn't enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate's assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island-and its traditional way of life-hangs in the balance.

Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips's dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.

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

About the author:

Michael Phillips is a bestselling author with more than 70 of his own titles. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. He is known as the man responsible for the reawakened interest in George MacDonald of the last 30 years. In addition to the MacDonald titles adapted/edited for today's reader, his publishing efforts in bringing back full-length quality facsimile editions also spawned renewed interest in MacDonald's original work. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland but make their home near Sacramento, California.

My Review:
I really enjoyed "The Inheritance," as it is well-written with so many layers and so much depth to the characters.  It is so difficult to deal with the death of a loved one, and so many issues can arise at this time as well.  Michael addresses some of these issues, including what happens when there is no will, and claims are placed.   Even when there are wills, there is still division, fighting and resentment.  When a claim is placed, this entire community is rocked.  Michael does an amazing job with creating the scene, so much so that I felt as if I was right there in the midst of the action along with the characters. I liked Loni instantly; she is a great main character grasping with her past and trying to find where she fits in the world.  I enjoyed learning about Scotland and learning about a different culture in this book, it was fascinating to me and loved how that is woven throughout the storyline.  I am eagerly waiting book #2 in the series to find out what happens next. 

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

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

"5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn't Quit"

I have always loved the story of Ruth, beginning with hearing the very basics of the story early on in Sunday School and then more and more details of her life and faith as I got older.  Nicki's book focuses on 5 habits, with a couple of chapters dealing with each habit.  I love the style of writing and the layout of the book as it was straight-forward and easy to pick up and read a chapter to ponder for a few days and then return to reading another chapter.  There were lists included and quotes squared off making them "jump" out and really make you think about it.  I also loved the "make it stick" sections and the "to be honest" section with questions to reflect upon.  To really dive further into this book, there is a 6-session study guide that goes along with this

book.  I loved this study guide as it really helped me to go deep into studying the life and book of
Ruth, but also really looking at myself and my life and things that I may be struggling with and areas that I may quit on or be tempted to give up on too easily. 

*Thanks to the B&H Publishing Group Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Monday, May 2, 2016

Hope Toler Dougherty’s ‘Mars . . . with Venus Rising’ Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway

Mars with Venus Rising Hope Toler Dougherty
Travel to the small town of Mars, where you'll find a meddling horse, paper bag floors, and a flying saucer on the town square—in Hope Toler Dougherty's book, Mars . . . with Venus Rising. Penn Davenport dreams of passing the CPA exam and moving away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash. When John Townsend—full of life and the joy of living—moves to town, he rattles Penn's view of herself, her life, and her dreams . . . which isn’t such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he’s a pilot.

Celebrate Hope's Mars . . . with Venus Rising blog tour with a Kindle Fire Prize Pack giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Mars . . . with Venus Rising
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • A Kindle Fire
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 18th. The winner will be announced May 19th on Hope's blog.


Book info
About the book:
Mars . . . with Venus Rising (Pelican Book Group, August 2015)

A meddling horse, paper bag floors and a flying saucer on the town square. The little town of Mars has it all---including a brand new resident who might spell heartache for one of its own.

Twenty-something Penn Davenport yearns for an exciting life in the big city and wants to shed the label of orphan that she's worn for years. To achieve that dream, she must pass the CPA exam then move away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash.

When John Townsend---full of life and the joy of living---moves to town, he rattles Penn's view of herself, her life, and her dreams . . . which isn't such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he's a pilot.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1VE0NoV
About the author:

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master's degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book!  I sat down to just read a chapter to get started on it and see what the book was like and the next thing I knew, I had read the first seven chapters!  Penn is an ordinary girl, living life, dealing with a social horse, and a stubborn car.  Penn is thrown for a loop when there is a new member at the committee meeting for Apple Fest, and she is annoyed, yet intrigued by him.  As Penn spends more time with John, she finds herself liking him, until she finds out what he does, bringing up things from her past.  I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as Hope is new author for me and the cover and title are so different from most of the books I am used to reading.  This is a quick, fun read and characters whom are so real, and quirky.  Penn was a great character to spend time with and I found myself laughing with her at times, cringing and crying and feeling her embarrassment at other times.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a sweet read. 

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

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