Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Suspense Reads

Top Ten Suspense Reads, created from Top Ten Tuesday! There are so many more that I could think of but these were some of the first that entered my mind! I love suspense and while some of these are more intense than the others, they are all good! 
I will take any suggestions for new suspense books!




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Monday, October 29, 2018

Lady of a Thousand Treasures Review







About the Book


Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry—the man who broke Eleanor’s heart.

Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.

With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust—who in her life is false or true, brass or gold—and what is meant to be treasured. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

I really liked the idea of this storyline. A few chapters in and knew that it was going to be a slow read for me. I really couldn't connect with the characters or be captivated by the story. I think the setting is good and some details well written but overall this wasn't a book for me.


Two stars.

"I received this book from Tyndale Publishing for free. All opinions are my own."








Saturday, October 27, 2018

Holy Roar: The New Chris Tomlin Album Review and Giveaway!




 Chris Tomlin is one of the most heralded singer-songwriters in the world who has amassed an impressive body of work. He has sold more than 8 million albums, 11.3 million digital tracks with 16 #1 singles. Chris is one of only four artists ever to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 Billion digital radio streams, others include Justin Timberlake, Pitbull and Garth Brooks. 

The Grammy® winner’s list of music awards include an American Music Award, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award and more. Chris’ concert tours have sold-out venues in major cities including New York City’s Madison Square Garden, The Forum in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Red Rocks in Denver, among others. This spring, Chris marked another career milestone by launching his own imprint record label, Bowyer & Bow, in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group.
 My Thought


I am always up for new music! Chris Tomlin I have listened to for years. I enjoy this album, some songs more than others. I wouldn't say that this album is really unique but for new worship music it would be a good addition to add to your collection. Holy Roar and I Stand in Awe are my favorites. If you are wanting to check it out go ahead and enter the giveaway below! 




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Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas


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About the Book

The fascinating stories and origins behind Christmas traditions such as the colors of red and green, the Christmas tree, caroling, nativity scenes, the Yule log, gift-giving, stockings, advent wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.

The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments. The golden traditions of Christmas—gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ. Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Discover how:

• after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation.

• the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.

• the magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism.

The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas. (Goodreads)



My Thoughts

I love all books Christmas! While it might seem a tad early I start thinking about the holidays this time of year. This little book would make a fun gift. I enjoyed reading about advent, boxing day, and even mistletoe. While I wish there was documentation on where the information came from, it is still fun to see how traditions start. This book could create some great conversation with families, especially when kids starting asking why we do certain things during the holidays. 
Four stars. 

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free. All opinions are my own."






Sunday, October 21, 2018

On This Christmas: A Five-Year Journal


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 About the Journal



Capture five years of your favorite Christmas memories in this beautiful, keepsake guided journal. Building on the highly popular "one line a day" journal concept, On This Christmas: A Five-Year Journal of Your Favorite Traditions, Memories, and Gifts is an interactive keepsake that allows you to record your holiday celebrations over the course of five years.

Every joyful Christmas season you think, I'll never forget this! But the memories slip quietly away over time. Now you can save them and treasure them all in one place. This Christmas is a five-year guided journal with thought-provoking prompts such as "The gift I'm most excited to share," "We are choosing to slow down the holiday by ______," "A special blessing we enjoyed," and "Our favorite tradition this year." With Scripture and inspirational thoughts, This Christmas will help you preserve precious times with friends and family as you celebrate the Christmas season. (Goodreads)




 My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of writing in any type of journal. I also have been using a year round five- year journal for four years now. I like being able to go back and see what was going on in my head. Also, these types of journals are easy! A question is asked and you just need to write a line or two! Example: What is one of the most fun things you do at Christmas in your town? You might not realize how your interests change until you write them down year by year. I LOVE doing this just for the holidays! This journal starts on December 1st and ends Christmas day. I think this would be great to add to your devotion time or even to simply get the family talking about different aspects of Christmas. Bible verses are throughout the little book and there are some lovely winter pictures that add to the festive feeling. 
This would make a great gift too! 
Five stars! 


"I received this journal from BookLook Bloggers for free. All opinions are my own."




 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hidden Peril Book Review




About the Book
 As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she's fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying.

Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue--and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly, scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die . . . including Kristin?

Three-time RITA Award-winner and "queen of inspirational romantic suspense" (Library Journal) Irene Hannon doesn't disappoint in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that will have readers up late as they rush toward the explosive conclusion.
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My Thoughts

I always look forward to a new Irene Hannon book. This story has a lot going on and some good characters. While I did like the people in the book the story line really went slow for me. I love a good mystery and suspense but this book fell flat for me. I look forward to the next book from Hannon, this one just wasn't for me. 

Three stars.
"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own." 

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Sparkle of Silver Review

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 About the Book

Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan's great-grandmother was a guest at oil tycoon Howard Dawkins' palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now, Millie plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of the same manor. But when her grandmother suggests that there is a lost diary containing the location of a hidden treasure on the estate, along with the true identity of Millie's great-grandfather, Millie sets out to find the truth of her heritage--and the fortune that might be hers. When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate's private library, he threatens to have her fired. But her story seems almost too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up . . .

Get ready for a romantic escapade through dark halls and dusty corners that will have you holding your breath and sighing with delight as two charming characters get caught up in the adventure of uncovering the past and finding their way to an unexpected future. (Goodreads)




My Thoughts


I have enjoyed all of Liz Johnson's books so I have been eager to get my hands on this one! I loved the setting of this story. There is an intertwining mystery and love story along with a dual time period, all of which I love! Millie's character I had a difficult time loving. I liked the side story about her grandmother but Millie just wasn't my favorite character. The romance didn't seem to click with me and I was really more interested in the other time line. I still enjoyed this book but I really feel like it could have been a bit longer or more in depth and mysterious. I still give this book four stars because it was good, and I am curious to see where Liz takes this series. 

Four Stars. 

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."  










Sunday, October 14, 2018

October 30: Halloween/Creepy Freebie

A Tale of Two Hearts Celebrate Lit Tour



About the Book



Book Title: A Tale of Two Hearts
Author:Michelle Griep
Genre:Christian Historical Romance
Release date: September 1, 2018
Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life. She saves every penny to attend a finishing school, dreaming of the day she’ll become a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.
William is a gentleman’s son, a charming rogue but penniless. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his puritanical cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.
William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t as she comes to love the old man. And when the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.
Can two hearts survive such a deception?

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

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Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan.


Guest Post from Michelle

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FOODS

So, it’s September, and you know what that means? It’s back to school. Pumpkin spiced everything is just around the corner. And it’s nearly time for cardigans and colored leaves. But besides all these autumn staples, it’s also time to start thinking about Christmas, because it will be here before you know it. How about this year you plan ahead to serve some traditional Victorian food?
In my newest release, A Tale of Two Hearts, the heroine’s father is known for his annual oyster stew that he serves on Christmas Eve. Here’s a bit of the background on that tasty soup.

Victorian Oyster Stew
Oysters have been savored in Britain since the days of the Romans. By Victorian times, industrialization cheapened oysters to the point of them becoming a staple of the poor man’s diet and were a frequent fare served in public houses. This, however, depleted their abundance, and by the mid 1800’s, the natural oyster beds became exhausted, making it harder to find good oysters. While other foods were served as well on Christmas Eve, oyster stew was as common as goose or turkey.
Another Victorian favorite that goes great on a crisp evening is good ol’ hot chocolate, though in Dickens’ England, it would’ve been called something else.

Drinking Chocolate
What we now call cocoa or hot chocolate was called drinking chocolate in the mid 1800s. This beverage was a favorite among Victorian ladies. You can find recipes for it even from the Regency era (early 1800s) and here is one for you to make at home.
And last, but not least, who hasn’t heard of Christmas pudding? To our American ears, that sounds like a tasty dish that you’d eat with a spoon and slap a little whipped cream on top. Actually, it’s more like a fruit cake.

Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding is quite a production, one that begins well before Christmas Day. In fact, it begins on Stir-Up Sunday, the last Sunday before Advent (which is five weeks before Christmas). This is why when Mina, the heroine in A Tale of Two Hearts, returns home from dinner at Uncle Barlow’s, and though it’s not yet Christmas, she sees the pudding moulds on the kitchen table.
If these tastes and the accompanying smells still aren’t quite enough to get you in the Christmas spirit, then snatch yourself up a copy of the second book in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series. A Tale of Two Hearts is sure to get you in the mood.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d4ef/a-tale-of-two-hearts-celebration-tour-giveaway




My Thoughts



I so enjoyed the first book in this series that I knew I had to pick this one up too! The cover is BEAUTIFUL! Also, I love all the Christmas books they have that cozy feel. The story in this book is actually pretty good for it being only 189 pages. There is a romance but also some great humor and a tinge of mystery. What more could you ask for in a story? There were also some great references to literature and I really love the setting and time period. If you enjoy a short but sweet story this book is for you! 

Five stars!

"I received this book from the publisher for free. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own."

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Christmas Remedy Review


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When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of "big box" stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface--and possibly love.

Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene's Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community--a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can't marry and hold onto her professional job. She's Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases--like the one that claimed her father's life.

As long as Holly continues to avoid Joshua Smucker, the one man who draws her like a warm hearth in winter, she should be fine. When something unexpected threatens Greene's Pharmacy, Holly and Joshua must work together to unravel what's happened and find the "missing" patient before the Board of Pharmacy shuts them down. As the snows of December arrive, with Christmas in the air, will Holly succumb to the generous spirit of the season? (Goodreads)



My Thoughts

I just love Christmas books. The covers are beautiful and the stories cozy. I really like Cindy's books because she always takes you on a unique adventure. This story talks a lot about modern medicine but from an Amish perspective. There is a perfect mix of mystery and romance that make this book a fun Christmas read. I thought the romance was a bit rushed and not really my favorite part. What I really liked about this book is how it made me think. I am not medical minded in any way and it got me to researching Amish ways and how their life expectancy has always been longer. Truly interesting topic and if you are expecting the typical Amish story you will be surprised. 
I also have really been enjoying the collaboration of Cindy and Erin, it makes for great reading! 

Four Stars. 


"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."








Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

It is a bit difficult in only coming up with only ten authors that I would like to meet for today's Top Ten Tuesday.  On the other hand I have been blessed to have been able to already meet so many of my favorites! All of these authors are super talented and they are in no particular order.


https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6577118.Lori_Benton
Lori Benton


Jody Hedlund
Jody Hedlund




Nicole Deese
Nicole Deese



Liz Johnson
Liz Johnson

Kristy Cambron
Kristy Cambron



Kristin Hannah
Kristin Hannah


Liz Curtis Higgs
Liz Curtis Higgs

Ted Dekker
Ted Dekker

Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh




https://joannebischof.com/
Joanne Bischof