Tuesday, February 25, 2020

"Collision of Lies"

Cover ArtBlurb from the publisher:

The case was tragic. But it was an accident. Right?
Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she's correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie.

With time running out, Amara must convince others--and herself--that despite all evidence to the contrary, the boy is alive. And she will do everything in her power to bring him home.

A fresh voice in suspense, Tom Threadgill will have you questioning everything as you fly through the pages of this enthralling story.

My Review:
Wow, this book was a journey to read and I loved it!  Tom Threadgill has written a book that hooked me from the  start and kept me engrossed all the way to the end!  I am so excited to see that  this is a first book in a series as Amara is an amazing character and I cannot wait to see what comes next for her!  Any fan of romantic suspense needs to pick up this book and devour it!  The details, the unknown, the twists and turns made this a read that entertained, had me holding my breath and eager to find out what would result.  I highly recommend this new book!

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

"The Land Beneath Us"

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I feel like I say this with every book by Sarah Sundin, but I think this one is my new favorite by her! "The Land Beneath Us" is another masterpiece by Sarah, it will sweep you away to a different era, into a different world. 
Leah is such a great main character, strong, determined, trying to rise above the hardships in her life and make a difference.  I absolutely love her story and her heart, I was rooting for her from the start.  Clay is another main character whom I loved from the start and found myself loving his heart and his convictions.  Together, they are such a great pair and I found myself turning the pages to read more, but at the same time wanting to drag out the reading so I would have more time with them. 
This book is rich with historical detail and characters whom you love and root for.  The story comes to life and I found myself completely immersed in  this book!

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

"Two Steps Forward"

Cover ArtSuzanne Woods Fisher is one of my go-to authors and I always look forward to new releases from her!  Her latest book here, is the book #3 in The Deacon's Family series and I think this is my favorite of the series!  I absolutely loved  the two main characters, Sylvie and Jimmy, both needing help and trying to work through things without being seen as making another mistake.   
I love these characters, they are so real and really come to life on the pages.  Suzanne has a way of creating new story lines with each book and characters who you cannot help but life and get completely drawn into their lives.  I love the characters interactions with each other and seeing the friendships, and the various relationships grow and develop.  This is an excellent book and series, one that Amish fiction fans do not want to miss out on!

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

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. 

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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 RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.

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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 jessicakatewriting.com; Instagram: jessicakatewriting; Facebook: jessicakatewriting; Twitter: @JessicaKate05.

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