Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Death Valley Hideout Review and GIVEAWAY with Celebrate Lit Tours

 Death Valley Hideout

 

About the Book

Book: Death Valley Hideout

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Christian fiction

Release date: April 26, 2022

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Running from a murderer

with only the desert as refuge…

Placed in WITSEC while his brother testifies against a terrifying criminal, Tony Ortega must guard his young niece and nephew from the hit man hunting for them. Death Valley local Willow Duke’s hideout might just be the difference between the little family’s life or death. When bullets start flying, can they thwart a killer long enough to survive and become a family for real?

 

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About the Author

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Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion. She’s written over fifty titles in the suspense, lighthearted romance and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

 

More from Dana

Wooty woo! We’re back in Death Valley again! So excited about this fourth book in the series because Papa Bear and I have actually returned to this amazing place. (Our previous return trip was stalled for a while due to the virus that shall not be named!) People have asked me, “Why do you love Death Valley so much?” I can only respond that you just have to go there to understand. Is it the vastness of the place? The enormous topographical variety? Maybe it’s the profound quietness that permeates the national park and environs. Then again, it might be the panorama of nighttime stars. (Death Valley National Park is a certified International Dark Sky Park due to its limited light pollution.) Could it be the tenacity of people who live there and survive the one hundred twenty plus degree temperatures in the summer? And how about those animals? The Death Valley pupfish is a teeny little endangered fish that lives in precisely one spot on the globe (Death Valley) and only two places within that range, Salt Creek and Cottonball Marsh. Imagine that! So why set a six book series in Death Valley? Because there’s no more hostile and incredible place I can think of. I hope you will enjoy taking a fictional trip with me there too. Enjoy the adventure, reader friends!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of the first four books in the series-Framed in Death Valley, Missing in the Desert, Death Valley Doublecross and Death Valley Hideout (Paperback for U.S. Only) and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

 

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My Thoughts

This is another fast paced Dana Mentink novel. The story leaps off the first page and has you invested right away. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book and the characters are pretty well written. I really liked Tony's character and I enjoyed how Willow didn't realize what she had gotten into at first. There is a lot that is packed into this little book and as always I think Mentink does a great job! Of course I wish her books were a bit longer but for a Love Inspired Suspense this is a good one. 

I highly recommend all of Dana Mentink's books!

 

Four Stars.
 

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

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Written on the Wind Review

 


 
About the Book

Natalia Blackstone is a rarity in Gilded Age America. As a trusted analyst for her father's bank, she is helping finance the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. From her office in New York City, Natalia relies on a charming Russian aristocrat to oversee the construction of the railroad on the other side of the world.

But while overseeing the work, Count Dimitri Sokolov witnesses the deadly result of the Russian Monarchy's will to see the railway built. To silence him, the state has stripped Dimitri of his title, his lands, and his freedom . . . but Dimitri has a key asset the czar knows nothing about: his deep and abiding friendship with Natalia Blackstone.

From the steppes of Russia to the corridors of power in Washington, Natalia and Dimitri will fight against all odds to save the railroad and share the truth of what happened, but how can their newfound love survive the ordeal? (Goodreads)


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My Thoughts

Elizabeth Camden has written some of my all-time favorite novels. This is book two in a series and while it can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading book one first. This story takes you on an adventure across the globe from New York City to Russia. I love Natalia’s character and Dimitri is a hero that you can’t help but love. The Blackstone family is so fun to read because they are a interwoven mix of personalities. While this story was not entirely what I was expecting, I still really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down. The witty conversation between characters is splendid and they each have a uniqueness that Camden is so good at creating. With twists and turns and strong willed women I really wasn’t sure how this book would end and was a bit surprised how everything played out. The history aspect is interesting and I felt like I was transported right into New York City.

I loved reading this book and I highly recommend to fans of historical fiction.

Five Stars!

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




Tuesday, April 26, 2022

To Tame a Cowboy Review

 

 


 About the Book

 Brody McQuaid is a broken man, and he knows it. While his body survived the war, his soul did not. Besides loving his little niece, his only other sense of purpose comes from saving the wild horses that roam South Park. Ranchers in the area have taken to killing the horses, which are competing with their cattle to feed on the open grass.

Savannah Marshall is a veterinarian on her family's Colorado ranch. She longs to keep her father happy following the tragic death of her older brother, including marrying a man of his choosing. But days before her wedding, she gets cold feet and disappears to South Park. As she learns more about the destruction of the horses, she joins Brody in an attempt to save the wild creatures. But when Savannah's family and the resentments of the area cattlemen catch up with them both, Brody and Savannah will have to tame their fears if they've any hope to let love run free. (Goodreads)

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Releases May 3rd! 

 

My Thoughts

 

This sure was a fun book to read. With this being book three, it might be my favorite of the series so far but that is debatable. Jody Hedlund is a must read author for me. When I found out she was writing a series set in my hometown area I was excited. I really loved the characters in this book with Brody, Savannah, and even Ivy, Brody's sister. It has been fun to see Ivy grow up in this series. 

I like the McQuaid family that Hedlund has created with these books and it is so fun to see it grow and change. The setting of course is wonderful being in South Park Colorado. There are some fun scenes that made me laugh and while all predictable this was a book I couldn't put down. While this is a mostly lighthearted romance there are some great truths about forgiveness and moving forward. 

You can read this book as a stand alone novel but I really recommend starting with the first A Cowboy for Keeps.

I highly recommend if you enjoy historical romance! 

 

Five Stars. 

 

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








Friday, April 22, 2022

When the Day Comes Review-Simply Fantastic!

 


 

About the Book

 Libby has been given a powerful gift: to live one life in 1774 colonial Williamsburg and the other in 1914 Gilded Age New York City. When she falls asleep in one life, she wakes up in the other without any time passing. She has one conscious mind but two very different lives and bodies.

In colonial Williamsburg, Libby is a public printer for the House of Burgesses and the Royal Governor, trying to provide for her family and support the Patriot cause. The man she loves, Henry Montgomery, has his own secrets. As the revolution draws near, both their lives--and any hope of love--are put in jeopardy.

Libby's life in 1914 New York is filled with wealth, drawing room conversations, and bachelors. But the only work she cares about--women's suffrage--is discouraged, and her mother is intent on marrying her off to an undesirable English marquess. The growing talk of war in Europe further complicates matters and forces her to make sacrifices she never imagined.

On her twenty-first birthday, Libby must choose one path and forfeit the other forever--but how can she possibly choose when she has so much to lose in each life? (Goodreads)


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My Thoughts

I am a long time fan of Gabrielle Meyer. This is her first book with Bethany House and is also one of my most anticipated reads. This story did not disappoint! It is simply one of the best books I have read this year! Two time periods of 1774 and 1914 and one woman who gets to experience both worlds. I LOVE time travel stories and this has history and romance AND a very unexpected twist. Does it get any better than that? I think not. While reading, I felt all of the emotions and about mid book I wasn't sure I wanted to know the ending. I was pretty ticked off at a character that I was sure would just ruin the entire story. Much to my delight, this story keeps you guessing and you must finish to the very last page to understand how truly talented Meyer is with her writing. She takes pain and heartache and weaves in hope and a truth that God is the author of our story. 

I adored this book and I can't wait for the next book in the series. 

Five stars!!


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Tuesday, April 5, 2022

All That It Takes Review



About the Book

 When the ever-cautious Val Locklier finally agrees to a cross-country move with her nine-year-old son to take a job with her best friend, Molly, everything she had planned for the future unravels within the first week. After pushing aside her anxieties about renting an apartment from Molly's twin brother, whom she barely knows, she accepts an invitation for an elite filmmaker's mentorship. Caught between her insecurities and new possibilities, she feels completely unprepared for the challenges ahead.


Pastor Miles McKenzie returns home from abroad to discover that not only does he have an intriguing new tenant living upstairs, he's been banished to a ministry on life support. Disillusioned and restless, he pursues a relationship with Val without stopping to consider the timing or asking God to direct his steps.

As Val struggles to stop hiding behind the camera and Miles wrestles with shattered expectations, they'll find that authentic love and sacrifice must go hand in hand. (Goodreads)



My Thoughts

I have been eagerly waiting to read this book for months now and it did not disappoint. I absolutely love the stories and characters that Nicole Deese creates. She is such a talented author and if you haven't read one of her books you are missing out. 
This story carries through with some of the same characters from her book All That Really Matters.  I love Miles but even more so I just love Val's character. There is so much in this book and I really enjoyed it all. Val's background and history takes this story to another level that I didn't see coming. There is an added story line later in the book that also surprised me. While fun and  romantic, this book tackles some really difficult life experiences. It also shows how much of a difference a person can make in someone else's life.  

This book left me pondering long after I finished reading the last page and that is the sign of an excellent story. I highly recommend! 

Five Stars. 

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










Tuesday, March 22, 2022

PureFlix Easter Edition + Subscription Giveaway!


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A streaming service that has clean movies and shows for the whole family. You will find movies such as God's Not Dead, Veggie Tales, Finding Normal, The Passion of the Christ, and so much more!


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There are some great choices to choose from for the Easter season!

*I will add that these movies and shows can give us a possible perspective for a time we can't fully understand. I encourage you though to read your Bible before and/or after watching to fully grasp the story if it pertains to a specific event in the Bible. 

My Thoughts

I watched Apostle Peter and the Last Supper recently having never seen it previously. I really like how Pure Flix gives you a "movie guide" that tells you if there is violence or language etc. before you hit play. Granted these films on Pure Flix are mostly clean, everyone has to make their own choices in what they watch. You might not want your children to watch something that is a bit more graphic with wars and fighting for example. 

 Watch the trailer HERE.

Anyway, I really found the perspective of the movie about Peter to be quite interesting. It covers a broad overview of Peter's time with Jesus. Peter is telling this entire story while he is in prison in the film and I thought it was well done. I think it made it a lot more interesting to have a dual time line story happening. So it would go back and forth from Peter in prison telling the guard about Jesus, to flashbacks of Peter, the disciples, and Jesus. 

I also find it a bit eye opening to watch Biblical movies at times because it makes you realize that the people in the Bible were just people. It is difficult for us to fully understand and sometimes having a visual is helpful. BUT you can't replace the Bible with movies so be sure to not replace your Bible reading with movies.

While we prepare for Easter we should continually be remembering what Jesus did for us. Even after Easter is over. 

If you are looking for a new streaming service with clean movies and shows, I recommend giving Pure Flix a try. They have more content then I realized! 

 Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

 

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Monday, February 21, 2022

The Lady of Galway Manor Review

 

 


About the Book

 In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy's father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without all the trappings of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family--descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh Ring.

Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than run his family's jewelry shop. Having had his heart broken, he no longer believes in love and is weary of peddling the ÒliesÓ the Claddagh Ring promises.

Meanwhile, as the war for Irish independence gains strength, many locals resent the De Lacys and decide to take things into their own hands to display their displeasure. As events take a dangerous turn for Annabeth and her family, she and Stephen begin to see that perhaps the "other side" isn't quite as barbaric and uncultured as they'd been led to believe--and that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty are only made stronger when put through the refiner's fire.

Travel to the Emerald Isle for another poignant and romantic story from the enchanted pen of Jennifer Deibel. (Goodreads)

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My Thoughts

Who doesn't love an Irish legend, unique characters, and a fantastic setting?! I hope to visit Ireland some day but for now I try to do so via the books I read. This story is a great escape to the beautiful country and I enjoyed the story of the Claddagh ring. I also like how Annabeth changes it slightly in the end (read it to know what I mean!). This is a fun story that has a bit of romance. At times this book moved a bit slow for me. I felt like I didn't get to know the characters as much as I would have liked. I enjoyed the majority of this book but at times I felt like it was just missing something to keep my interest totally invested. This is a fun read with all of the Ireland facts though and I found that to be most interesting. 

Take a step back in time and visit Ireland with this new book by Jennifer Deibel! 


Three Stars. 


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









Saturday, February 19, 2022

In Search of a Prince Review



About the Book

 Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha's Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops the mother of all bombshells--Brielle is a princess in the kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, King Tiwa Jimoh Adebayo, is failing.

Distraught by her mother's betrayal, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before assuming the throne or the crown will be passed to another. Uncertain who to choose from the council's list of bachelors, she struggles with the decision along with the weight of her new role in a new country. With her world totally shaken, she must take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring. (Goodreads)

 

 BUY HERE

 

My Thoughts

 

I was pretty excited about this book because what an awesome cover and Toni Shiloh is a new to me author. I have seen her books but I just hadn't picked one up yet. This story has a great setting and I really enjoyed Brielle's character. The start of the book had me totally invested and I was excited to read how the story would play out. To be honest I knew this story would be predictable but I didn't think it would be exactly like the Princess Diaries movies. It is pretty well exactly like both of the movies only with a somewhat different setting and slight family twist. I really struggled in loving this book because it was so similar. Even the quirky friend of Brielle's was predictable. I was constantly trying not to compare it to the story I already knew so well. I didn't love the romance side of things, it just didn't click for me and I wish I could have gotten to know Tomori a bit better. 

All that to say, this is still a fun book and those that love princess stories will enjoy. I think it would be interesting to have one of the books be more of a history of Brielle's ancestors too! I did enjoy that side of things with the family drama. I am eager to read Toni Shiloh's next book!


Three Stars. 


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







Monday, February 14, 2022

You Get Me Review

 


 

About the Book

Love Your Loved One in the Ways That Mean the Most

Knowing your significant other’s love language is the first step to communicating love—but ideas for how to communicate don’t always come easily. While your love is unquestionable, are you expressing it in ways that are meaningful to your loved one?

In You Get Me by Jen Mickelborough and Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, you’ll find simple, practical ideas for how to infuse your relationship with excitement, joy, and intimacy as you care for your beloved in the ways that mean the most to him or her. From planning spontaneous dinners to warm embraces, from creating thoughtful playlists to picking out the perfect gift, learn ways to communicate your love in every love language.

Don’t let a lack of ideas limit your best intentions. Discover how these simple, everyday expressions of love can become fundamental to establishing understanding and connection within your relationship. (Goodreads)

 

 BUY HERE

 

My Thoughts

 

While this is a short and simple book it really has some terrific ideas! I had just been talking with my husband about the different love languages. We hadn't talked about it in a long time and we both had to re think what we thought ours were. Then I discovered this book and it was perfect timing. It is an easy flip through and find your "love language" section: words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. Each section then gives ideas on how to act it out. Act of service has examples of doing some chores and breakfast in bed. Quality time has ideas of a movie night or a mystery date. Something as simple as an evening stroll. The best part about this little book is that it is all simple things, but things we often forget about or take for granted. I love how it reminds you to do the things that you know your spouse would love. It is the perfect to flip through quickly as a reminder. 

I love this book and I wish I had discovered it sooner! 

 

Five Stars. 

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

 

 

 

Friday, February 11, 2022

To Disguise the Truth Review


  

 

 About the Book

When Arthur Livingston arrives out of the blue at the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, anxious to hire the agency to seek out a missing heiress, Eunice Holbrooke realizes her past has finally caught up with her.

Having fled from the scene of her grandfather's murder seven years before, Eunice is a lady with secrets--the most important that she is the missing heiress Arthur is seeking. She has no intention of allowing him to learn she's been disguising herself, especially when she has reason to believe Arthur could hold her responsible for her grandfather's death.

In order to avoid Arthur and conceal her real identity, Eunice takes on another case that requires her to go deep undercover. With secrets from the past--and Arthur--appearing wherever she looks, she wonders how she will ever uncover the truth behind her grandfather's murder. Will what she discovers set Eunice free or place her in peril's way? (Goodreads)



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My Thoughts

If you haven't read a Jen Turano book then you are in for a fun surprise. Her writing is so unique and clever that she really stands out as an author. While this wasn't my favorite book of hers, I still enjoyed the humorous story line. The characters in this book are actually well developed and I felt like I got to know them by the end of the book. I liked the setting but the banter between each person is just the best. I love the hilarious snippets that is in all of Turano's novels but this one really had some zingers. The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency is interesting and there were some parts that I found to be a bit slow or drawn out. But for an "entertaining, somewhat silly, yet deep down has depth story" it is a fun read. 


Four stars. 

 

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





Monday, February 7, 2022

Where the Last Rose Blooms

Book Cover

 About the Book

 Alice runs a New Orleans flower shop alongside her aunt, but thoughts of her mother, who went missing during Hurricane Katrina, are never far from her mind. After getting off on the wrong foot with a man who comes to the shop, Alice soon realizes their worlds overlap--and the answers they both seek can be found in the same place.

In 1861 Charleston, Clara is an abolitionist, unbeknownst to her father, who is heavily involved with the Confederacy. She attempts to assist an enslaved woman reunite with her daughter, and a dashing Union spy is just the person to help them. But things go very wrong when Clara agrees to aid the Northern cause by ferrying information about her father's associates--and her own fiancé.

Faced with the unknown, both women across the years will have to dig deep to let their courage bloom. (Goodreads)

 

 

 BUY HERE

 

My Thoughts

 

This is the third book in the series and I just adore this cover! Ashley Clark has done really well with this group of stories. I would recommend reading them back to back as there is a lot that ties each of them together. The characters flow through via different time lines and there really is a lot to each book that I didn't fully understand until finishing this book. I loved the setting of this novel in New Orleans. I really enjoyed the modern day story line this time over the historical aspect. The past is important for the tie in in the previous books but something about the present day story captivated me more. Alice is just a great character and has a lot of pain to work through. There are bits and pieces of the story that I thought wrapped up a bit too quickly and I thought could have been fleshed out a tad more. All that to say this is a great addition to the series and has some fun characters. I recommend reading all that Ashley has written! 

Four stars. 

 

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