Monday, May 4, 2015

To Win Her Favor Review


About the Book

A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good.

An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance, and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder, Maggie’s father––aging, yet wily as ever––makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail––Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a "secret society" responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls.   (Goodreads)

My Review

I am intrigued by this book and the one before it because we were able to visit Belle Meade! I love being able to visualize the setting so it makes this book more entertaining. So I love the setting but to be honest it was a bit slow for me and hard to get into. Maggie's character about drove me crazy but it was good to see her grow throughout the story. I liked Cullen's character he seemed like the strong honest person who really wanted what was best for Maggie. The horse history and setting history was very interesting so if you like history this is a compelling read.

I wish I could say I loved this book, it was just ok because it was slow but I know many others will love it.

Four stars.

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

Can Maggie prove that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America? Find out in Tamera Alexander's To Win Her Favor. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Celebrate the release of To Win Her Favor with a Kindle Fire and book giveaway!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Plumb CD Review and Giveaway

About PLUMB:
Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows.Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.

About the album:
EXHALE, the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, Exhale brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.
The defining concept of EXHALE was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community.
“That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in everyway I can.” 

My Review

I actually hadn't heard of Plumb until I heard her on the radio recently. Then when I was browsing iTunes I noticed she had a new album coming out ( many tracks you can buy on iTunes now). So I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to listen to her entire album! I love her voice and the words to her music are wonderful. Exhale is the main song and title of the CD, and it's a great song! The one I've heard on the radio though is Lord I'm Ready Now and it's also on this album. There is a mixture between upbeat and slower songs which gives it diversity. One of my favorites is Sleep Will Be Sweet some of the words are "When I lie down my soul will breathe again.....Your peace is strength to face the dark."

I really have been enjoying this Exhale CD and I want to spread the word on it's arrival! I also found out that she has been nominated on KLOVE for Female Artist of the Year!

Thanks to Flyby Promotions for providing me with copy to review for free!
If you need some new tunes I suggest you enter the giveaway for the opportunity to win this CD for free! Flyby Promotions has a copy that they want to send one of my readers! Not a digital download, but an actual Exhale CD! US and Canada only please. Thanks for reading! : )
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Whenever You Come Around Review


 About the Book

Will writing a romance help this author find a real-life hero?

Charity Anderson turned her back on Kings Meadow years ago, with good reason, and has avoided visits to her hometown whenever possible. But with her house in Boise damaged by floodwaters and a book deadline bearing down, staying in her parents’ empty home seems her only option. However, being in Kings Meadow dredges up a painful secret, and old fears threaten to overwhelm her.

Charity’s former high school classmate Buck Malone never left town, instead sacrificing his dreams to take care of his family. Now he enjoys an uncomplicated life as a wilderness guide and confirmed bachelor. The last thing on his mind is settling down.

When Charity’s dog causes an accident that leaves Buck with a broken ankle and wrist at the start of prime tourist season, Charity has little choice but to render aid while he recuperates. Soon Buck becomes the inspiration for Charity’s hero, both on the page and off. Can he also help her face and overcome her fears so they might find their own happily ever after? (Goodreads)

My Review

I have really loved the first two books in this series and so looked forward to reading this one. I'll be honest, I was disappointed. I still love Robin's writing but this book didn't seem to have as much depth as her other books. The setting of course is King's Meadow which I love, the characters were okay and the romance was pretty cheesy in my opinion. Everything goes just like you think it will and there really aren't any surprises. 
If you are looking for a light romance you will enjoy this book. 
I still love Robin Lee Hatcher and look forward to read more from her! 

Three stars.

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

Adventures in the East {Our Recent Trip}

{Note: I have two giveaways going on that are ending soon! A CD Digital copy for Christy Nockels and When Calls the Heart Season One! }

Appomattox Court House, VA

This is my man. He was so excited. Really this was his trip, it's something he's wanted to do for awhile.

LOVED This Place! Sailor's Creek Battlefield, VA. This is a place I could see myself living. I loved this area.

This was my favorite Antietam National Battlefield. Great staff, great info and well maintained.

Never in all my life have I seen so many daffodils! They were like a weed everywhere we went!

That tree in the background has indeed been there since the Civil War.

This was around Jamestown, VA. I wish I had taken more pictures but it was so cold and rainy (minus this picture).

I loved this front porch on this old house. It was perfect.
Us. : )
The beautiful house with the beautiful porch.

This is where we stayed one night the Antrim Country House Hotel.

Little did we know how fancy it was, or how popular! Our breakfast tray was wonderful!

I do wish I had taken some more pictures but it was rainy the majority of our trip and I didn't want to get my camera out. 

It was so fun and we found places we really enjoyed!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Reservations for Two Review


About the Book

A culinary concoction of taking chances and finding love in the most delectable places

Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up.

Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle – how does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into to her life?

As she confronts an uncertain future, Juliette can’t help but wish that life could be as straightforward as her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Can her French grandmother’s letters from the 1940’s provide wisdom to guide her present? Or will every new insight create a fresh batch of mysteries? (Goodreads)

My Review

If this is a new author to you and you haven't read the first book in this series, you really must before you delve into this one. The two go together and not a lot makes sense without reading the first book. That being said, this story was slightly disappointing for me and hard for me to fully get into. I love Juliette and the food aspect is so fun to read. There are wonderful quotes at the start of each chapter that have something to do with food. There are also many recipes throughout the book which makes it fun. I can't wait to try the Tiramisu! My favorite parts of the book are when they are traveling or the historical aspect of her family's past. The romance didn't click with me and I didn't enjoy that part as much. I'm not against romance I just don't like it in this storyline.

Anyway this is a fun book that food and fiction lovers will enjoy.

Four Stars.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review.'

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