Monday, December 29, 2014

"The Skinnytaste Cookbook"

"The Skinnytaste Cookbook" is a wonderful compilation of recipes by Gina Homolka, whom created and writes the skinnytaste blog.  This book contains a great variety of recipes complete with pictures of the food. I am looking forward to trying many of these recipes as they are low on calories and use ingredients that are common and I typically have on hand already at home.  Also, there is a variety of cooking styles, including skillet and using the slow cooker which I love as some days it is more convenient to throw things in my crock pot in the morning and let it cook all day.  I highly recommend this cookbook for anyone whom enjoys this blog, whom is looking for lighter recipes that are full on flavor and easy to prepare. 

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

Book Review - "The Wishing Season"

"The Wishing Season," part of Denise Hunter's Chapel Springs series, is a wonderful read that is not to be missed for those whom have become a fan of Denise's books and the McKinley family.  First of all I love this cover, it is just so cute and so perfect for this time of year! :)  Also, I have loved the previous two books in this series so I just had to read this book as soon as I was able to and I was not disappointed. PJ and Cole are both wonderful main characters; I loved them and their hearts and rooted for both of them pursuing their dreams right away from the start. Denise has such a talent for writing as she is able to bring the characters and the setting to life.  Also, although the focus is on PJ, the rest of the family are all a part of the story and I love how it is so easy to get back into the storyline that is continued from the previous novels.
I highly recommend this sweet love story and am looking forward to the next in the series coming out in June!

*Thanks to Net Galley for the digital copy of this book.*

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

THE Perfect coffee table book!

I started paging through "Novel Interiors" as soon as I took it out of the box!  What a gorgeous and inspiring book!  Not only is this book filled with beautiful pictures, but it is filled with quotes that any book lover will enjoy.  This has me thinking about different ways to decorate my house, but it has also had me starting a list of novels that I just have to read now as the pictures and quotes have me wanting to find out the whole story.  I am a complete book lover and if you know a person who is and you still need to get him or her a Christmas present, do not hesitate a second in getting this for them!  This is a wonderful book that I am going to spend hours and hours looking through and enjoying!

To read more about this book, go here!

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

Book Review - "NKJV Note-Taker's Bible"

Book Description from the publisher:

Finally, a hardcover Bible that has plenty of room for taking notes during public or private worship, small group fellowships, or any other time or place you feel the need to make comments on the Bible. No more cramped writing in tiny margins—the NKJV Note-Takers Bible makes it easy to stay organized and neat. Personalize the text of God's Word to your life as never before, and treasure this record of your spiritual journey. Includes the complete text of the popular New King James Version


  • Deluxe wide margins for note takers
  • Complete NKJV text
  • Double column text for easy reading
  • Words of Christ in red letter
My Review:
I am so happy with this Bible!  I am a person whom likes to takes notes right next to the text that they refer to, so that everything is together and convenient to go back and read.  However, in "traditional" Bibles (at least all the Bibles I own!) the margins are pretty small and make it difficult to take notes next to the text, so then I feel like I am squeezing words into a too small space and then it looks messy or I have to write in other areas that do not correspond with what I am writing.  This note-taker's Bible is ideal for taking notes right by the Biblical text that the notes are about; therefore it is going to be easy to take notes in church, or in personal study time and be able to go back at a later time and read through the notes.  I would highly recommend this Bible as a gift for someone whom likes to take notes or someone whom has expressed frustration over the lack of space to take notes. 

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

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quilts of Love | SWEPT AWAY – Kindle Giveaway & “Merry Quilted” Facebook Party!

Swept Away Quilts of Love Laura V Hilton Cindy Loven
Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven. November’s QOL release is a spark of romance and fun just in time for the holidays.

Enter to win a Kindle HDX, and RSVP for the “Merry Quilted” Quilts of Love Facebook party on December 9th. 
One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
  • Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey
Enter today by clicking the button below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 9th. Winner will be announced during the "Merry Quilted" Christmas Facebook party on December 9th. RSVP today and connect with some of the Quilts of Love authors (Jodie Bailey, Laura V. Hilton, Cindy Loven, Cathy Elliott, and Gina Welborn) for a "merry" evening of book chat, Christmas traditions, prizes, and more!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on December 9th!

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: 

Sara doesn't think she wants love. But her grandmother has other plans.
Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don't always go as planned.
Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past---and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but his heart is as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane's grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between Drew and his new employer's granddaughter.
Still, it doesn't take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn't what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts researching him online. What she discovers could change her life---and her heart---forever.

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

About the Authors: 

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning author and a professional book reviewer. A stay-at-home mom and home school teacher, Laura lives with her family in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. Cindy Loven is active in the church and writes from her home in Conway, Arkansas, where she lives with her husband and their son.

My Review:
"Swept Away" is the latest novel in the Quilts of Love series and it was a sweet story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Sara is trying to live her own life; however she is the only family left for her grandmother and feels responsible for her as well especially as Sara feels guilty over her parents' deaths.  Andrew has been dealing with hurt and guilt in his life and has been off the radar; however he gets drawn back into society.  Throughout the book both Andrew and Sara are trying to sort through things in their own lives and if there is anyway to move forward.  This is a complex book as there is so much included in this book including details about hiking, quilting, ballads, in addition to family relationships and moving forward and forgiving one's self.  "Swept Away" is one of my favorite books in this series so far; I highly recommend this.

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

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

Fire Up the Romance this Holiday with @RobinLeeHatcher’s “Love Without End” Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Robin Lee Hatchers Love Without End
Fire up the romance this holiday with Robin Lee Hatcher's latest offering in the King's Meadow Romance series, Love Without EndFor two single parents with bruised hearts, it’ll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love.

Celebrate love rising from the ashes of tragedy with Robin by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway.
 One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Love Without End and the rest of the King's Meadow Romance series from Robin Lee Hatcher
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 14th. Winner will be announced December 15th on Robin's blog.

About the book: Love Without End || A King's Meadow Romance (Thomas Nelson, November 2014)

Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?

Chet Leonard's life was forever changed when his 17-year-old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.

Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious 15-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King's Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of becoming involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.
When octogenarian Anna McKenna returns to King's Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet may discover that true love has no end.

Purchase a copy: 

About the author: Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

Find Robin online: website, Facebook, Twitter

My Review:
Robin Lee Hatcher's latest novel is a sweet love story and "Love Without End" focuses on a character and place we met in her previous novel, "A Promise Kept."  Chet is given a second chance for love and happiness in this novel and it is a beautiful story that focuses on family, second chances and love. Kimberly and Chet are such real-characters and they are so easy to relate to; I found myself empathizing with them throughout the book.  Robin has a true talent for bringing real life situations and real life family to life in this book.  The difficulties in life are not glossed over, but shared in a way that makes the reader know that she is not alone.  This is a sweet romance that is so real and draws the reader immediately into 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!*

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Review - :"The Bracelet"

Book Description from the publisher:

The mystery surrounding Celia's home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life.
Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family's shipping interests. She's certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city's most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.
A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift-a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her?
As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father's health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.
Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah's most prominent 19th-century families,The Bracelet combines romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense as one young woman embarks upon a dangerous quest to free herself from her family's tragic past.
About the Author
A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels.

My Review:
I am a fan of Dorothy Love's books and as soon as I saw the cover of her latest novel, "The Bracelet," I knew I HAD to read this one as well!  And I was not disappointed!  This book is so well-written and it totally captivated me from the start!  "The Bracelet" is filled with tension, suspense, secrets and yes romance, and it will keep you thinking about it long after you finish.  I would love to finish Savannah, Georgia and I love how Dorothy brings this city to life in this book.  The story takes place pre-war and the city just sounds wonderful and also so intriguing.  Celia is a strong, and determined main character, but also a romantic and she is waiting for a proposal from the man of her dreams.  I really liked Celia and enjoyed reading about her.  I love that this book is based on a real family and real experiences.  I highly recommend this book for those whom enjoy historical fiction.

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