Wednesday, August 31, 2016

To Have and to Hold Novella Collection Book Review


About the Book
Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St. Amant

She’s known for her delicious cakes, but there’s no recipe for dealing with the new man in her life.

Charlotte Cantrell is always the baker; never the bride. When Will, a regular at Charlotte’s bakery, catches her attention, she can only hope that he is the reliable man this single mother has always hoped to find. The problem is that he’s regularly stopping in to buy cookies for another girl. But when Charlotte is hired to bake a host of wedding goodies for a difficult bride and finds out Will is the best man, she has the perfect opportunity to get to know him better—and find out how serious Will is about this other girl in his life.

The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert

Meeting Nate was truly an accident—but Amelia finds that he’s one of the few people she can count on.

Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop. Despite her success in business, her love life has always been a bit lackluster. Until she spies on her ex-boyfriend’s wedding and ends up in an embarrassing fender-bender with handsome wedding guest, Nate Gallagher.

Meanwhile, Amelia’s younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancĂ©e is not who she says she is. It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving, and he’s good at it—and pretty fun to talk to, too.


As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people—including a ninety-year-old “fairy godmother” named George—she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And if it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is?

Love in the Details by Becky Wade

She left him to save his future, but they’ve never gotten over each other.

When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he didn’t intend to run into church wedding coordinator—and ex-girlfriend—Holly. He can’t help but pine after the girl he never got over.

Holly broke up with Josh years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. But she loved him then and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she can’t help but feel horrible for the pain she caused him. And even though she longs to be with Josh, she doesn’t feel worthy of his big-time lifestyle when she is more comfortable in her small town world. Will Josh and Holly be able to keep things as they are when their true feelings threaten to surface at every turn? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

It is rare when I get excited about reading a novella book set. I struggle with reading novellas because they are so short and many times I think authors struggle with making a full story in only a few pages. 
Oh my holy wow this book blew me away! LOVED each story and I really liked how there were only three authors (sometimes they fit in more but this was PERFECT). Now lets be real, you really can't go wrong with these three authors in the first place, as they are all fabulous. 
Love Takes the Cake was a sweet (no pun intended :) romance written by Betsy St. Amant. Good characters and a fun and light read that left me smiling. 
The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert left me wanting to be a florist. I love how Katie set the book up and how she added communication by way of emails. She did it in a very tactful and easy to read way. Fun love story and great setting. 
Love in the Details by Becky Wade- be still my heart! Having recently met Becky (major fan girl moment!) I have to say she is just as fun as her books. I adored this novella and to be honest it didn't even feel like a novella I got so into the characters and the setting. She did a splendid job creating characters that already knew each other from high school and building a great background for readers to understand. 

So overall this is a wonderful novella collection and you should probably read it because these authors have yet to disappoint. 

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Starving Hearts Book Review


About the Book
Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God's existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way ...

Mr. Peter Adsley is joining the clergy, and he desires a godly wife by his side. After his failed attempt to obtain one, he engages in a clandestine meeting with the bewitching young woman who keeps crossing his path. But she is so unsettling.

Destined for disappointments, Peter and Annette endure disgraceful situations. Will Peter's faith sustain him through overwhelming setbacks? Can Annette overcome her doubts? Or will their starving hearts yield to the machinations of a mad man? (Goodreads)

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About the author:

Janine Mendenhall
 teaches teens English, of all things! Sometimes she sleeps, but most nights she reads, writes, or watches movies like Pride and Prejudice and claims she's researching her next book. Splickety Love and Splickety Prime have published her flash fiction. She and her husband, Tom, live in North Carolina where they and their two golden retrievers help gratify the needs of their five children and two cats.

My Thoughts

What a lovely cover! It instantly made me want to jump into the pages of this book. I loved the setting and the overall story line. The ending came unexpectedly and I thought it flowed fairly smooth. The only thing is that I felt disconnected from the characters. I liked Peter a lot I just wish I could have gotten to know him better. I wanted to be more a part of the story and really get what was going through their minds. Otherwise this is a decent read and I look forward to more from Janine Mendenhall.  

Four stars. 

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

Will Annette's search for love and acceptance replace the loss and hurt in her heart? Find out in Janine Mendenhall's book one, Starving Hearts, of the Triangular Trade Trilogy. Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . .

Join in the search for love and acceptance with Janine and Starving Hearts by entering to win the Delightful Heart Gift Pack Giveaway.

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 12. The winner will be announced September 13 on Janine's blog.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Until Then Book Review and Giveaway!


 About the Book 

 Growing up with a distant mother and absentee father, Michelle's childhood has been far from idyllic. Her only attention comes from her partying friends and the guys who are more than happy to give her the affection she longs for. But when one party goes wrong, Michelle's family hatches a plan to get her out of Chicago and away from her so-called friends.

College plans are low on Michelle's priority list, especially with no money to pay for it, until her grandparents offer to foot the bill for her entire tuition. There's just one catch. Michelle must choose between three schools - all hours away from Chicago and all Christian colleges.

Michelle's reluctant choice leads her to an unfamiliar place, where she's faced with new relationships and unexpected decisions that could change her life and her heart forever.

PG-13 for sensuality. ( Goodreads)

 My Thoughts

 This is the second book in a series and I highly recommend that you read them in order! Michelle's life story is written in these pages and I found it to be very realistic and well written. Krista Noorman (the author) really brought her writing up a notch with writing this book in the simple fact that I think it was just written better than the first. I love the story line and while she says it's PG-13 there are no details or descriptions of sexual encounter it's just implied. It's for more mature audiences but still a very clean book. And if you are gasping at the thought, truly the love of Christ shines after the dark places in this book. 
It was fun to see Michelle grow and honestly this was a hard book to put down. The only thing that sort of irritated me was the never ending boyfriend drama, which while realistic almost dragged on too long for me. 
But the redeeming story line and the strong characters and setting made this book worth while. Highly recommend! 4 Stars!

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

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer


 About the Book

Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.

When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.

Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.

But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes. (Goodreads)

 My Thoughts

I really enjoyed Rubart's earlier books, but lately I just can't seem to get into his novels. This book intrigued me and I have to say was a well written idea. I liked the characters and setting I just couldn't love the story line. It felt slow and too predictable for such an author as this, who is known to write stories that twist the mind ( at least to me). The cover is beautiful and Jake Palmer is a good character I just thought it was missing something. I wish I could say otherwise. 
Three stars. 

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


Friday, August 19, 2016

Searching the Scriptures Book Review


 About the Book
 Are you getting the spiritual nourishment you need?We've all experienced times when we have not eaten a balanced diet or we've eaten too many sweets. We feel sick, light-headed, and occasionally depressed, or we become irritated and edgy. It's the body's way of letting us know that it's lacking sufficient nourishment. Optimal health requires optimal nutrition. The same is true spiritually speaking. Without sufficient and regular biblical nutrition, our inner life begins to suffer the consequences. We become shallow and selfish, more demanding and less gentle, and quick to react impatiently, rashly, and angrily. These are telltale signs of inner malnutrition.In "Searching the Scriptures," respected Bible teacher Chuck Swindoll shows us how to dig deep into Scripture and uncover its profound truths for our lives. He outlines the principles of Bible study that will help you understand God's Word, apply it, and communicate it clearly to those around you. Too many people try to go it alone, without a guide, for this life and the next. Chuck explains how we can fix our own spiritual meals, then invites us to feast on nourishing truths we can discover in God's Word. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

Charles Swindoll is a very well know and well respected author and I have read a few of his articles before. I didn't realize what all this book would hold until I opened the pages. This is a step by step book on how to read and study the Bible starting with who wrote the Bible, and how it is organized. It includes maps, lists, charts, and examples that I thought was very well done. I like the layout and the end of each chapter has questions, which I could see this book being used almost as a Bible study or small group. While Searching the Scriptures could be a bit overwhelming for a new Christian I think this would be the perfect book that explains how the Bible is set up. This isn't a read real quick type book either, it is a slow actual process that makes you take the time and think about your purpose in reading the Bible etc. 

I found this book to be factual and very helpful, something to hold on to and look back on as well. 
Five stars. 

"I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network for free in exchange for an honest review."

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