Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer 11 Book Giveaway- Cleaning Out My Shelves

Oh goodness is it time to clean out my bookshelves and share these titles! I have read all of these books and while they were all good, I either have multiple copies or know I won't re-read them. 
I want people to enjoy reading and I want to share great books with those who haven't read them. 
Some storylines stick with you or make you think differently.  A book can have an impact when you least expect it. 

Here are the titles included: 


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This giveaway is for the U.S. only and one winner will be randomly picked. 
These are all in paperback and I will ship them all in one package to the winner.

Enter below and thanks so much for stopping by! Ends August 9th.







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Direct Hit Review


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About the Book



The jagged blast of high explosives rips through the evening air. In the sky over East London the searchlights criss-cross in search of the enemy.

On the first night of the Blitz, a corpse is discovered in a van in the back streets of West Ham. Detective Inspector John Jago recognizes the dead man as local Justice of the Peace Charles Villiers. But a German bomb obliterates all evidence.

Villiers was not a popular man, both powerful and feared. As the sirens wail, the detective must start matching motive to opportunity – and it doesn’t help when his boss foists an intrusive American journalist on him.

Jago soon discovers the dead man held many secrets, some reaching back to World War I. A lot of people wished Villiers dead – and an air raid is a good time to conceal a murder. (Goodreads)





My Thoughts

I'll be honest, this book was not the book for me. It sounded exciting but for me, it was a slow mover and hard to get into.
The setting is good and the mysterious storyline is there but the way it's written doesn't keep the reader engaged in my opinion. It's difficult to understand what all is going on. So many others have loved this book so I suggest that if you like this type of book/story line go ahead and give it a try!

Three stars.

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













       

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Crazy Little Thing Called Love Review


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About the Book


Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancĂ©. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after? (Goodreads)


My Review

I have really loved all of Beth's previous books and was so excited to read this story. While still good, this is my least favorite book by her. I wish I had a different take on it but this was a difficult book to get though for me. I like the idea of the story but it lacked depth of character and really a plot line. And I'll be honest, I was a little irritated with the "early marriage judgment" because I understand it far too well. We got married when I was eighteen and guess what, we are still married! It's not an end of the world thing and it is possible to actually be in love when you are young. This book really puts the negativity into getting married young and that was a bit depressing for me to read because it's so typical. The book is also somewhat split between the current day happenings and Vanessa and Logan's high school years. It wasn't very well organized with the back and forth and while it was nice to know their history I thought it went on a bit long.
Needless to say, I still will continue to read Beth's books and encourage readers to read them! This book was just not for me but I know many others will enjoy this storyline.
If it sounds like the book for you by reading the back cover, by all means read it! : )

Three stars.

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





Saturday, July 25, 2015

Among the Fair Magnolias Review


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 About the Book

Four Southern women are at a turning point in history . . . and in their own hearts.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander

The Civil War cost Savannah Darby everything—her family and her home. When Aidan Bedford, an attorney from Boston, buys the Darby estate, he hires Savannah to redecorate. Can she find a mysterious treasure before her job is finished?

An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray

When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he’s determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother’s homestead, he discovers that she is very ill and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love

Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser

Emily has a secret: She's in love with one of the freedmen on her family's plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe. (Goodreads)



 My Review


 I never know how good a collection of novellas will end up. I've read some great collections, and I've read some really bad ones. This book lands right in the middle for me. I love the cover and have read these authors before. I think my favorite two stories are An Outlaws Heart by Shelley Gray and To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander. The other two were okay just not as intriguing. It's hard to get an entire storyline in just a few chapters, let alone get to know a character. I think Shelley and Tamera did the best job on creating characters and getting the reader to really be in the story. 
I also like that they are all set somewhere different just with southern flair. 
I think this is a great collection if you want a short southern romance. 

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

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Igkc7H

About the authors:
Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. A native of west Tennessee. website, Twitter, Facebook 

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. website, Twitter, Facebook

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. website, Twitter, Facebook

Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls 'entertainment with a soul.' For over 25 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams. website, Twitter, Facebook
 
Four best-selling novelists bring tales of four Southern women who face near impossible choices on their journeys in life and in love during the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history in Among the Fair MagnoliasDon't miss this collection of stories from Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser.

Join the authors in celebrating the release of Among the Fair Magnolias by entering to win their Southern Hearts Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVPing to their August 13th author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • One copy of Among the Fair Magnolias
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/13. The winner will be announced at the Among the Fair Magnolias Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tamera, Dorothy, Shelley, and Elizabeth, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 13th!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival Review




 About the Book

A new addition to the bestselling Berenstain Bears' Living Lights series that teaches simple Christian truths to children.
In this newest addition to the Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, The Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival, it’s autumn in Bear Country and the Chapel in the Woods is celebrating its first ever Harvest Festival.
Young readers will delight in joining the Bear family and all their friends as they gather at Farmer Ben’s farm for this new tradition filled with the fun of apple-picking, pumpkin patch wandering, hayrides, and more. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

I love harvest time and this book shows kids how fun that time of year is! The illustrations are fantastic and I like how "mother nature" is talked about and how God is the one who is really in control. The family goes to the harvest festival and they pick pumpkins, and apples, and go on a hay ride. I think kiddos will love this book with all of it's color and fun while still getting a good message of God's creation. 

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













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