Thursday, February 20, 2020

"The Fifth Avenue Story Society" blog tour!

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About the Book

The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Book:  The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre:  Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction
Release Date: February 4, 2020

An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.

Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.

Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.

Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.

Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.

When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.

Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.

My Review:
First of all, this book is a must-read for a book lover!   The cover is gorgeous and makes me want to escape into this room at  the library.  This feeling was even more heightened after I began reading.  At first, I thought I may have trouble keeping track of the characters and who was who as there were so many names and people being introduced, but that was not the case at all as the characters all began so real and their separate identities.  As I met the five main characters and saw them in their own lives, their own worlds, I felt like I was really meeting them and then when the five met up for their very first meeting, it was another glimpse, but this time the guarded side, the side that they think they are presenting to others and keeping parts hidden. 
I was immediately drawn into this book and the characters' lives and stories.  What I love about Rachel's books is that the characters are so real, they are dealing with the hard things in life, and this is not glossed over and solved or dealt with simply, as of course real life is not like this.  This is a beautiful story that will have you rooting for the characters, leaving you feeling hopeful and seeking such connections in your own life. 

Get your copy of the book here.

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.

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Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, February 10
Livin’ Lit, February 10
Genesis 5020, February 10
The Power of Words, February 11
Rebecca Tews, February 11
All-of-a-kind Mom, February 11
Older & Smarter?, February 12
Texas Book-aholic, February 12
Inklings and notions, February 12
deb’s Book Review, February 12
Just the Write Escape, February 13
For Him and My Family, February 13
CarpeDiem, February 13
Remembrancy, February 14
Christian Bookaholic, February 14
Connect in Fiction, February 14
April Hayman, Author, February 14
Robin’s Nest, February 15
Britt Reads Fiction, February 15
Blogging With Carol, February 15
Batya’s Bits, February 16
Bigreadersite, February 16
A Reader’s Brain, February 16
Worthy2Read, February 16
Stories By Gina, February 16
Back Porch Reads, February 17
janicesbookreviews, February 17
Inside the Wong Mind, February 17
Mary Hake, February 17
Mia Reads, February 18
Baker Kella, February 18
EmpowerMoms, February 18
Maureen’s Musings, February 19
Coast and Anchor, February 19
Spoken from the Heart, February 19
SPLASHES of Joy, February 19
She Lives to Read, February 20
By The Book, February 20
Wishful Endings, February 20
Moments, February 20
Simple Harvest Reads, February 20 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Andrea Christenson, February 21
Pause for Tales, February 21
For The Love of Books, February 21
Lis Loves Reading, February 21
Hallie Reads, February 22
Godly Book Reviews, February 23
Daysong Reflections, February 23
SusanLovesBooks, February 23

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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Blog Stops

Among the Reads, February 3
Robin’s Nest, February 4
Genesis 5020, February 6
Wishful Endings, February 6
Texas Book-aholic, February 7
Batya’s Bits, February 8
deb’s Book Review, February 9
Inklings and notions, February 10
Inside the Wong Mind, February 10
Kat’s Corner Books, February 11
Hallie Reads, February 12
Mary Hake, February 13
Moments, February 14
Stories By Gina, February 14
Britt Reads Fiction, February 15
Pause for Tales, February 16
With a Joyful Noise, February 16

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."