Sunday, November 30, 2014

THE SONG: Awaken Love Couple’s Devotional Review and GIVEAWAY

About the devotional:
Softcover / 86 pages
The Song Couple’s Devotional is a 6-week book for couples that can help awaken love in their marriage. With daily relationship insights and prayer points drawn from the Song of Solomon, this devotional will help couples grow in their relationship with God and one another. 

Inspired by the Song of Solomon, The Song is both a full-length movie and resource for churches to explore God’s plan for relationships, love and marriage.

About the author:

Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth-largest church in America. Author of the award-winning and bestselling book, not a fan., and presenter of eight of City on a Hill’s curriculum series, he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife DesiRae have four children.

My Review
I have not seen this movie and you do not need to watch it in order to do this study. The Song has not been mentioned in the study and we are on week 4. That being said, when it came up for review I was not interested....until I saw the author. I am a huge Kyle Idleman fan! We have done most of his studies and he always has a great point to make. So I went ahead and decided that this was something that we could do. It's difficult for Chance and I to find time to do a Bible study together or find a study we enjoy. This devotional study is perfect for married couples and more in depth than other marriage studies I have done. 
Each day you read from Song of Songs and proceed to read two pages that Kyle and his wife write together. Their stories are interesting, just the right length, and create good conversation with your spouse. 

There is a question at the end of each day that has been really fun to do because it gives us an opportunity to look at our relationship and talk about things. 

I can't recommend this study enough! If you are looking for a good marriage study this one is very good. 

As I've said before, you do not have to watch the movie The Song in order to do the study.
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The Bracelet Book Review


About the Book
The mystery surrounding Celia's home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life.

Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family's shipping interests. She's certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city's most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.

A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift--a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her?

As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father's health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah's most prominent 19th-century families, "The Bracelet "combines romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense as one young woman embarks upon a dangerous quest to free herself from her family's tragic past. (Goodreads)

My Review

I love the cover of this book, most of Dorothy Love's books have beautiful covers.This book intrigued me because there seemed to be a suspense story from reading the back cover. The first few chapters of the book were a bit confusing, I had no idea what was going on. Then the past story started to make sense and the mystery I quickly figured out for the most part. Celia is a rather spoiled young woman who discovers her family's past history is not all that it seems. Her character I didn't really enjoy or connect with. In between tidbits of clues of suspense this book went pretty slow for me. If it wasn't for the slight suspense I am not sure I would have made it through the book. The relationships within the story didn't have much depth except Celia and her father. 
I did love the background and the fact that this book is based on a true story. It is interesting to think about past "scandals" that did occur that were not made known. 
I feel like this book could have been better but the mystery kept it going. 
Four stars. 

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

Friday, November 28, 2014

Race for Freedom Book Review


About the Book

Late at night, as the Christina puts out into the Mississippi River, Caleb and Libby keep watch on deck. Close by, the runaway slave, Jordan, creeps forward without a sound. Drawing near the lantern, he stops, as if afraid to enter the circle of light.

On the streets above them no one stirs. Then a dark shape steps from the shadows.

Jordan moans. "It's Riggs!" (The slave-trader.) The cruelest man Caleb knows. Jordan's owner stepping out, so they know he's on their trail.

From that moment the Freedom Seekers can never forget that because of a fugitive slave law Jordan can be taken back into slavery, even from a free northern state. Nor can they forget that if Captain Norstad is caught hiding a fugitive he can lose the Christina. Then Elsa, a new-found immigrant friend, faces illness and possible death.

Will Libby's need for courage bring her to the Lord who promises, "Do not fear, for I am with you"? Can the Freedom Seekers live the courage that offers life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to every person? Can they go beyond fear to put that courage into practice?

As steamboats race for St. Paul, stakes are high. To escape capture, Jordan makes a mighty leap. In a time when captains did not stop for a man overboard, will Jordan survive his fall into icy waters?

The Freedom Seekers series is a six-novel middle-reader set in 1857. Feel the rush of immigrants to the new land, and the dangers of the Underground Railroad in these true-to-life riverboat stories.The characters will receive a heart-warming response from readers of all ages. Adult readers will ask themselves, "Would I have been one of those who helped runaway slaves?" Lois Walfrid Johnson uses strong historical research, great writing, and wonderful storytelling to bring alive a critical time in American history. (Goodreads)

My Review

I haven't read the first book in this series but I still felt like I understood the story line. This is a young adult novel- ages ten and up. I think the age is good because slavery is a difficult subject for children and should at least be discussed with a parent.
I liked the story line and the characters were enjoyable to read and age appropriate. There is a lot of action within the pages and youngsters will enjoy the suspense as the kids are worried about Riggs and keeping Jordan safe.
I am not sure I will continue with the series but I think others will enjoy the story.

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Exploring Christian Theology Review


About the Book

Popular Dallas Theological Seminary professors make basic theology accessible for everyone, including key doctrines on Revelation, Scripture, and the triune God. One of three volumes. (Goodreads)

My Review

Wow! This book is packed full and only 272 pages. Honestly, this book can be really overwhelming so I had to take it slow, which is better anyway. I really liked the authors' perspectives, everything has a solid Biblical stand. You will need your Bible next to you while reading as well. Everything is well organized which makes it a bit easier to read. The part I enjoyed the most was the Passages to Master section.  

 "To have a fruitful Christian life, we need an accurate Christian faith. To have an accurate Christian faith, we need a firm doctrinal foundation. To have a firm doctrinal foundation, we need a trustworthy source of truth. Enter God's revelation: revelation of himself, from himself." (pg 31)

There also topics on how to talk about God with others the most helpful I found on page 189 Classic Arguments for God's Existence.

If you are interesting in learning more theology or digging a lot deeper into the Word, this a great book to have!!

"I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review."

Monday, November 24, 2014

Let There Be Light Children's Book Review


About the Book

'In the very beginning, God's love bubbled over when there was nothing else---no trees, no birds, no animals, no sky, no sea---only darkness.'
Let There Be Light combines the love and warmth of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the extraordinary talents of bestselling author and illustrator Nancy Tillman. This retelling of the biblical story of creation vividly portrays the wonder and beauty of God's creation on each of the seven days. Using Archbishop Tutu's lyrical text from the Children of God Storybook Bible and Tillman's remarkable illustrations, Let There Be Light brings the story of creation to life for readers young and old. (Goodreads)

My Review

This is such a great book! I was so excited to see that this book is a board book which is the way to go when it comes to children's books!
This book starts at the beginning of Genesis and God creating the world. The illustrations are beautiful on each page. One part I really like is after the plants were created the author added a page talking about when the first flower opened. I had never really thought about the details like that and I think it adds to the children's imagine.
I really like this book and the main message relayed is that you were made for a purpose and are loved. Great book for kids to read along with Genesis.

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

Swept Away Book Review


Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned. Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter. Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Swept Away, go HERE.

My Review
This book sounded intriguing but it was difficult for me to get into. Sara Jane's grandmother has quite the attitude which, while realistic, got on my nerves a bit.
I like Drew and the character he portrays, I also found the broom making interesting.
This is a nice book, not a ton of romance but still simple and sweet.

Three and a half stars.

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

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Swept Away
Abingdon Press (November 18, 2014)
Laura V. Hilton
Cindy Loven


Award winning author Laura V. Hilton has penned many novels, including the Amish of Seymour series, the Amish of Webster County series, and the forthcoming Amish of Jamesport series. A member of ACFW, Laura is also a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites. A pastor’s wife, stay-at-home mom, and home school teacher, Laura and her family make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

A lifelong reader, Cindy Loven is an active church wife of a minister and mother to one son who is a home school graduate. Cindy and her family reside in Conway, Arkansas.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Simple Things..

Here is a poem I found in an old IDEALS book. I think it might have been written by Edna Jaques but the author's name is not attached.


Nor for the mighty world, O Lord, tonight,
Nations and kingdoms in their fearful might, 
Let me be glad the kettle gently sings,
Let us be thankful just for little things.

Thankful for simple food and supper spread, 
Thankful for shelter and a warm, clean bed, 
For little joyful feet that gladly run
To welcome me when the day's work is done.

Thankful for friends who share my joy and mirth, 
Glad for the warm, sweet fragrance of the earth, 
For golden pools of sunlight on the floor, 
For peace that bends above my cottage door. 

For little friendly days that slip away
With only meals and bed and work and play, 
A rocking chair and kindly firelight-
For little things, let us be glad tonight.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Love Without End Book Review


 About the Book

Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?

Chet Leonard's life was forever changed when his seventeen year old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.

Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious fifteen-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King's Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of become involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.

When 84-year-old Anna McKenna returns to King's Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet's families at last discover a love without end. (Goodreads)

 My Review

I really enjoyed the King's Meadow setting in Robin's book A Promise Kept. Love Without End takes us back to this wonderful little community and into the lives of Kimberly and Chet. Both single parents to teenagers they are both getting through life unsure of what the future may bring. Kimberly is used to the city and is afraid of horses yet her daughter can't seem to be around them enough. Chet offers to help Tara learn more about horses and Kimberly ends up being around them and a cowboy she wants nothing to do with. 
This story is predictable but I really liked reading it because it's a real story. Their families aren't perfect and at the end not all is solved. There is a side story about Anna who returns to the ranch and the readers get a glimpse into her past. I like the flashbacks, similar to those in Hatchers' previous books.  

This is a nice easy read, don't expect a ton of romance just a realistic portrayal of life written beautifully.

I really enjoyed, highly recommend for a contemporary fiction!

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

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About the author:
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

Find Robin online: website, Facebook, Twitter
Fire up the romance this holiday with Robin Lee Hatcher's latest offering in the King's Meadow Romance series, Love Without EndFor two single parents with bruised hearts, it’ll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love.

Celebrate love rising from the ashes of tragedy with Robin by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway.
 One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Love Without End and the rest of the King's Meadow Romance series from Robin Lee Hatcher
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 14th. Winner will be announced December 15th on Robin's blog.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Promises to Cherish CFBA Book Review


As World War II draws to a close, nurse Christine falls in love with roguish Amish boy Eli and must choose between a new, uncertain life in the Amish faith or face the judgment of a conservative postwar American society for her past mistakes.

It’s 1945, and Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital, where she works alongside members of a Civilian Public Service unit. Eli is one of the conscies—conscientious objectors to the war—and he is doing his best to become a man of character instead of the immature heartbreaker he used to be back home in his Amish community.

Christine and Eli are friendly, but when an old acquaintance, Jack, returns home from the war, Christine’s world is violently turned upside down. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her misgivings, Christine is fully embraced by Eli’s community. She slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life.

Christine finds herself falling for Eli. But soon, the abusive Jack discovers Christine in her Amish hideaway and starts causing trouble for the quiet community. Christine can’t see herself becoming Amish, and she knows that if Eli leaves the church to be with her, he will be shunned. Will she escape Jack and possibly have to give up the one thing she holds most dear, or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Promises to Cherish , go HERE.

My Review

The first part of this book was really slow for me and sad. It's difficult to read about people who were in a mental hospital and how bad the conditions were. There is a huge twist to the story that I was not expecting and while it's hard to read it does make the story. I liked the authors way of writing and I think she did a great job of portraying this time period with an Amish background. There are a lot of emotions packed into this book so get ready!
I did enjoy this book just a bit slow from the start. Four stars.

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

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Promises to Cherish
Howard Books (October 7, 2014)
Elizabeth Yount


Elizabeth Byler Younts is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She is an Air Force officer’s wife and a homeschooling mom with two young daughters. She makes her home wherever her family is stationed. Elizabeth was Amish as a child and after her parents left the church she still grew up among her Amish family and continues to speak Pennsylvania Dutch.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Brothers' Keepers Book Review


About the Book
While cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers that her daughter has vanished in France, and her son's bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madisons unearth a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize that before they can save themselves, the must rescue an old friend. If he'll let them.

They sacrifice hearts and lives in a race against eternity on a four-thousand-year-old trail crossing three continents.

Because choosing what's right is all that's left. (Goodreads)

My Review

I really should have read the first book in this series. I felt a disconnect with the characters and that's really my own fault of not reading the first book. The overall idea of the story line is intense and there is A LOT going on. I was really confused at first because the story jumps around from people to place. It was hard for me to follow and honestly it was really hard for me to finish this book. I don't know if it's the way it's written or if it was simply me not getting into the story line. I have read good things about this author so I know others will really enjoy this book. It just wasn't the book for me. 

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


Purchase a copy:  

About the author:
After an award-winning detour through journalism and marketing and a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, NLB Horton returned to writing fiction. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs accompanied (twice!) by heavy artillery rounds from Syria and machine gun fire from Lebanon. Calmly tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman. Driven uneventfully through Rome. And consumed gallons of afternoon tea across five continents. Her first novel, When Camels Fly, was released in May, 2014.The Brothers' Keepers her second in the Parched series, will be released November 17, 2014. The third in the series will release in the fall of 2015.

Find NLB online: website, Facebook

Don't miss NLB Horton's The Brothers' Keepersinternational suspense at its best. While cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers her daughter has vanished in France, and her son's bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madison family unearths a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize before they can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend . . . if he'll let them.

Learn more about book one in the series, When Camels Fly, and enter to win a Kindle Fire.

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • When Camels Fly and The Brothers' Keepers by NLB Horton
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 7th. Winner will be announced December 8th on NLB's blog.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Andi Under Pressure Book Review


About the Book
Twelve-year-old Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs and her new best friend Colin Carter couldn’t be more excited to attend the prestigious science camp at the local university in Killdeer, Ohio. Unfortunately, Discovery Camp’s curriculum appears to include much more than just chemistry and biology. From day one, the university is plagued by a series of pranks—missing markers, loose crickets, and stolen scales. Campus security blames the mysterious janitor Polk, but even though Andi agrees he’s acting suspicious, she can’t believe the gentle old man would do anything illegal. Then one prank goes too far and their chemistry professor is injured by an explosion in the lab, upping the stakes of the investigation. Andi and Colin must unravel the secrets behind the chemistry department and Polk’s dark past before danger closes the camp for good.

 My Review

I read the first book in this series, Andi Unexpected, and really enjoyed it. While the series is meant for young adults, I still enjoy reading them as well. I think I liked the first book better but this one was intriguing. Andi is a science camp when strange things start happening. She is very aware to her surroundings and is rather curious. She starts asking questions and keeping track of the happenings. The reader follows her sleuthing ways until the surprise ending where the guilty party is not who you think it is. 
This is a fun book, clean and laced with mystery for anyone to enjoy!

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

If You Follow Me Book Review


 About the Book

In the parish of Dunbridge, the news is out--Claire and Neil are engaged! And yet, almost before the celebrations have begun, Ben, the father of Claire's son, appears back on the scene--keen to pick up where he and Claire left off.

As Neil reels in the face of Claire's confusion, Wendy always seems to be there to provide support and comfort. Little does he know of Wendy's involvement in Ben's reappearance . . .

However, Neil has little chance to ponder his love life as the whole weight of running the church and parish descends upon his inexperienced shoulders. His mother, Iris, who has never hesitated to share her opinions, has just moved to be near him and Neil's time as a curate in Dunbridge is coming swiftly to an end. Where should he go next, and just who will go with him? (Goodreads)

My Review

 This book has a great setting and fun characters. This is the first book I have read by this author and while I enjoyed the complexities of the story line, it was a bit slow for me. There is drama and there is sweetness but it didn't always draw me in. I liked Neil's character and running the church I did like this part of the book. I like how the book ended and while slow, it was still a decent read with a hometown feel. This book reminded me a lot of Jan Karon's books so I know this series will be well liked by others!

Follow this link for a discount!

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


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Review


About the Book

Bess Riehl is preparing Rose Hill Farm for her Christmas wedding, but her groom isn't who she thought it would be. Billy Lapp is far away from his Amish roots working as a rose rustler for Penn State and wants nothing to do with Stoney Ridge, his family, or Bess. And that suits Bess just fine. Why should she think twice about a man who left without a word, without any explanation? It's time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes to Amos Lapp, Billy's cousin and best friend. But as Bess and Amos's wedding day draws near, her emotions tangle into a tight knot. She loves Amos. Yet she can't forget Billy.

When a "lost" rose is discovered at Rose Hill Farm, Billy is sent to track down its origins. Get in, identify the rose, and get out. That's his plan. The only catch is that he's having a hard time narrowing down the identity of the lost rose, and he can't get those tropical blue eyes of Bess Riehl out of his mind.

As the history of the lost rose is pieced together, it reminds Bess and Billy--and Amos, too--that Christmas truly is the season of miracles.

Join bestselling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember. Filled with heart-twisting moments amid the sweet anticipation of love, this story will charm readers into the holiday spirit. (Goodreads)

My Review

I was actually happily surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I have read many Amish books and I never know if I will enjoy them or not. This book has great characters-realistic characters that sucked me into the story line. I also LOVE all of the information about roses! I had no idea how anyone saved or grafted roses let alone think about the ones that were brought over from Europe. This book really spurred my interest in flowers, I think I might have to do some research myself.
The storyline is a bit predictable but I was still intrigued by the romance.
I liked this view of the Amish life as well.
Great Christmas read or anytime read.

Highly recommend! Even if you aren't a huge Amish fan, this book is really pretty good.

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

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dreaming on Daisies Book Review


 About the Book

When her father's debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson's family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah's family secrets—and the pain of her past—come to a head. They could destroy everything she's fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.

This is western historical romance that offers hope and healing to the deepest wounds in a woman's past.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Dreaming on Daisies, go HERE.

My Review

 This is the first book in this series that I have read and I finished it thinking that I hadn't missed much from the previous two books. I really loved the ranch setting as it reminded me of a couple other books I have enjoyed. I like how the characters really grew throughout the book. I haven't read too many books where the father has a drinking problem and yet is still connected and a main person in the story. I love that author put that story line in this book and I think it is the reason I enjoyed this book. 
Leah's character was really difficult for me to read, I really didn't like her character. That sounds awful and I know she had to be a strong character in the story, I just didn't enjoy her I thought it a bit over the top. I did like Steven and his patience and his place in the story. 
That being said, all of them grew and that is the point in the book. 
I still enjoyed this read and I give it four stars. 

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

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Dreaming on Daisies
David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)
Miralee Ferrell

Miralee and her husband, Allen, live on 11 acres in Washington State. She loves to minister to women (as a certified Lay Counselor with the AACC) or through her writing, riding her horse, working in her flower beds and playing with her dogs—her 7 lb, long-haired Chihuahua, Lacey, spends a lot of time on her lap while Miralee is writing. Miralee speak at various women’s functions and has taught at writers’ conferences. She’s been writing since 2005, and her first book released in 2007. Since then, she’s had 10 more books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical romance, and she’s had the honor of being a best-selling and award-winning author.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Surprised by Love Book Review


About the Book

Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the district attorney's office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school--and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram's vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a kid sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man? (Goodreads)

My Review

This is not the first book in this series that I have read. I think they can be read separately but it would help to start at the beginning. Megan's character I just didn't really click with while reading. I liked Bram a lot but I thought a lot of the romance was a bit forced. The main thing that really irritated me this entire book is the fact that since she lost some weight she is now the prettiest gal they had ever seen. Her life can now start since she lost weight? What message is this telling women? If we only lost weight we would finally be accepted. That is just plain not encouraging and I certainly wouldn't want a young woman reading this and feeling discouraged about herself. There is nothing wrong with losing weight and getting healthy if you hadn't been before. I just don't think the way it's portrayed is done very well. Also, this woman got teased, so I understand the pressure but the way her family reacted was disappointing. Aside from that, the book had it's funny moments and drama just like in the previous books. There is no doubt about it, Julie knows how to write in a bit of humor.

It's a nice read just a bit slow and disappointing for me.
Three stars.

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

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Promise Book Review


About the Book

Mallory's search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal--and danger.

Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal--to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.

Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart's desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfi ll her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.

Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love? (Goodreads)

My Review

This book was not at all what I was expecting. Granted, I hadn't read the back cover until it arrived in my mailbox. This book was really refreshing because it's unique and also based on a true story. It's not a typical cliché romance and actually held a bit of suspense as Mallory is held captive and the reader has no idea what might happen. Honestly, I didn't see much of the romance in the book aside from the fact that people wanted Mallory to come home alive.
The only thing that irked me a bit is that her boyfriend at the start had a long conversation about faith and Muslim vs. Christianity. While I understand this is a real story, I was disappointed to see Christianity displayed as such a judgmental faith.

In any case, this book takes you right into a suspenseful story of a woman who makes a decision and tries to survive.

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

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The 13th Gift Book Review


 About the Book 

After the unexpected death of her husband, Joanne Huist Smith had no idea how she would keep herself together and be strong for her three children--especially with the holiday season approaching. But 12 days before Christmas, presents begin appearing on her doorstep with notes from their "True Friends." As the Smiths came together to solve the mystery of who the gifts were from, they began to thaw out from their grief and come together again as a family. This true story about the power of random acts of kindness will warm the heart, a beautiful reminder of the miracles of Christmas and the gift of family during the holiday season. (Goodreads)

My Review
* For my usual readers, this book does have some strong language
 This is one of the best Christmas books I have ever read!! I loved this book and I love it even more knowing it's a true story. The book stars off with Joanne in a hurry taking her kids to school, muddling through the day to day, and dreading the holidays. With her husband recently having died their life has been spun upside down. I love how this book is written with honesty and fun. The family is struggling getting through the first Christmas without their dad until mysterious gifts start appearing. Nothing fancy just simple thoughtful gifts that go along with the song 12 Days of Christmas. The act of kindness from the mystery friends leads the family into the holiday season with a different perspective. 
Once shown kindness the family wants to do the same for others, which leads to many other great stories. 
This is a great book and a wonderful idea to share kindness for others. It doesn't mean money or a ton of time, just thoughtfulness. Of course this is all year round but it fit nicely into this Christmas story. 

Great book highly recommend!!

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

At Bluebonnet Lake Book Review


About the Book

Marketing maven Kate Sherwood’s world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is slow down to a crawl at Rainbow’s End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. But she cannot deny her ailing grandmother’s request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week (albeit fifty years ago). There Kate meets Greg Vange, the resort’s handyman. But there’s more to Greg than meets the eye–billions more, in fact, as he recently sold his successful software company and is at the resort in search of what’s next for his life.
Kate isn’t looking for romance, but she can’t deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. She even starts to see potential in the rundown resort. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate’s long-sought promotion take her back to the big city? (Goodreads)

My Review

I really wanted to love this book but it was really very slow for me. I like Kate's character and the idea behind the story line but it was really hard for me to get into after the first few chapters. I like the setting and there are some amusing tidbits here and there.
I enjoyed the first book I read by this author I just feel like she could have added a bit more.
In any case it's a sweet read little romance and a touch of mystery.

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

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten Book Review


About the Book

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime

Three siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas

Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In White Christmas by Cara Putman, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theatre in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?

In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and God’s plan for a future? (Goodreads)

My Review

Usually these types of books I don't enjoy because the romance is so fast with three stories in one. This book actually surprised me and I really enjoyed it!
There weren't new authors to me so I knew their writing to be good. My favorite story is I'll Be Home for Christmas. The entire story line captured my full attention and I felt drawn into the character's lives. I thought this book gave a unique perspective on the war and families left behind. I would love to read more about Pete and Grace even though the story is short. 

The other books are good as well but didn't grab me as much. These stories are short, fast romance, but I think the authors did a great job tying the family together.
Abigail I enjoyed because of her job but the romance side of things I didn't like as much. Merry takes you onto the front lines of the war and she discovers a past friend. I liked the story but it could have also used more detail in a full length book. 
 I am really impressed with this collection and it made me want to snuggle up and dream of snowflakes falling. 

For a Christmas read, I'll have to say this is a must read. 

Five stars. 

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

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About the authors: 

TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa, and a speaker and blogger. 

CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books including Shadowed by Grace. She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction. 

SARAH SUNDIN is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels.