Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Promise to Protect Book Review


About the Book

Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn't heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn't mean he can get her--or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago--out of his head. When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. When Tony dies just days later, Ben is charged with a different task--protecting Leigh and her nine-year-old son, TJ, from the killers. But how can Ben keep an eye on Leigh if she's doing everything in her power to avoid him? And could the secret that Leigh is keeping change Ben's life forever?

Suspense, intrigue, and a touch of romance make A Promise to Protect perfect for readers who like their stories with a hearty dose of mystery. (Goodreads)

My Review

I read the first book in this series I while it wasn't my favorite I had hopes for this book. Sadly, the more I read the more I was disappointed. I like Ben but he is the only character I really enjoy reading about. Leigh drove me insane and I didn't think her character was very realistic. At one point her house gets broken into, set on fire, and she gets shot at. At all of these moments she shrugs it off. She isn't worried, she doesn't find protection or shelter. And she has a son! If a person is getting shot at, especially a mom, she is going to be worried! The mystery and suspense were somewhat interesting I just didn't enjoy reading Leigh's character.

I don't want to be too harsh, I just think the book could be better. There are still good suspense theories and ideas.

Three stars.

"I received this book from Revell for free in exchange for an honest review."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Manic Drive VIP CD Review and Giveaway!

Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.
Official Website-

My Review
I'll be honest, this is the first time I've heard of the group Manic Drive. I am always excited to try new music and this album is great! I have listened to them to and from work for the past couple of weeks and have talked to a few of my friends about them. How have I not listened to them before?! They have a great sound and the lyrics are good as well. There is a nice mix between more rock and calmer music. They are from Canada but I discovered that one of their songs is in the movie God's Not Dead and the soundtrack.
If you haven't heard them before (or you have and just need new music) and are looking for some great Christian tunes I suggest you enter the giveaway below! Flyby Promotions is offering one of my readers a copy of Manic Drive's VIP for free!
I love this CD and I highly recommend!

Enter through the rafflecopter below! U.S. and Canada only please.

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall Book Review


About the Book

Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.
Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.

As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.

When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel’s inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive? (Goodreads)

My Review

I really enjoyed this book. The first book in the series is still my favorite but this book made for an enjoyable light read. I really like the setting and time period. Cecily is a well developed character and I empathized with her throughout the book. Nathaniel's character could have been better developed in my opinion but I liked him all the same.
While the back of the book makes this story sound mysterious, it's really not at all. The reader is aware of all the secrets going on and waits in anticipation for the characters to figure it out. Yes, this book is predictable but in an enjoyable way. I have really enjoyed Sarah's writing and descriptions of the settings. For her third novel I think she has done quite well and I am anxious to read more from her.
Highly recommend.

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

Award-winning author Sarah E. Ladd examines how to escape the clutches of a tainted past in the final installment of her Whispers on the Moor series. A Regency-era novel, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall cleverly shows that even though our pasts may be shameful or painful, God can take the darkest personal histories and turn them into the brightest futures.

Celebrate with Sarah by entering her Kindle HDX giveaway!
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 2nd. Winner will be announced November 3rd here.

Finding Mercy Book Review


When Mercy abandons Captain Elijah Hale to search for her true identity, he goes after her. With the threat that bounty hunters might be hot on her trail, Mercy does all she can to stay ahead of the danger, frustrating both the bad men who are after her—and Captain Hale who wants to find her and escort her safely home. But when she stumbles upon clues that help her learn who she is and where she's from, the danger escalates and she has to learn to keep her friends close and her enemies even closer—if she can determine which is which!

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Finding Mercy, go HERE.

My Review

For those who haven't read the first book in this series, it's necessary to read first in order to continue with this one.
I have been anxiously waiting for this sequel to come out! The first book leaves the reader hanging and I couldn't wait to continue in the story. This book did not disappoint and I loved every page. The characters continue to be strong and the mystery of Mercy's past continues. She is able to find where she came from but all is not as it seems. Will she ever regain her memories? Lost in amnesia she has no idea what happened in her past and maybe that's for the best, at least that's what everyone keeps telling her.

I loved this book and the series!

Highly recommend!!

"I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Finding Mercy
David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)
Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley


Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson.
Cindy Kelley is the co-author of the novel The Silent Gift, and Traces of Mercy. Her career as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner, Michael Landon, Jr., began with the adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, which had a theatrical release. Several television movies followed, most notably Love Comes Softly, (based on Janette Oke’s novel) which won a CAMIE Award and the Epiphany Prize for Movie Guide’s most inspirational television movie of 2003. Cindy and her husband, Jim, make their home in the Southwest; have three adorable grandchildren and four big dogs who rule the house.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fun Fall Times At the Pumpkin Patch

We met up with a friend of mine and got to play with her kids for the day at the pumpkin patch. It was so much fun!

Good times and fun memories.
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