Tuesday, May 26, 2015

From the Start by Melissa Tagg

Melissa Tag has a fun new book out about an unlikely romance between a former NFL quarterback and a girl who writes romantic screenplays. Find out below why you should check out From the Start!

From the Back Cover:

Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after.  While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.
Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost.  Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life.  The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.
While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life.  An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore.  Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?

My Review:
What a cute story!  I really enjoyed reading through this book.  It didn't take long for me to be hooked and not want to put this book down.  The plot is well written and the story keeps you wondering about what has happened in the characters' pasts to make them who they are today.  I also liked that the story was clean and not overly sensual.  Some of the romance novels these days are trying to see how far they can go with their characters before it is really inappropriate. I appreciate it when an author keeps the romance clean. I know that as my own daughter gets older, there are definitely books I don't want her reading even though they say they are written by Christian authors.  So, thank you Melissa Tag for writing a novel that I can loan out with any reservations.   If you're looking for a fun new series to start this summer, pick up From the Start!

***I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

 From the Start is the first book in the Walker family Series.  You can also read Three Little Words, a Walker Family Series 0.5 novella for free by downloading at any of these links.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Whenever You come Around by Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher has written another Kings Meadow Romance novel.  Charity Anderson has a couple of past secrets that have haunted her life, and she has lived in fear of discovery.  No one knows the real her or sees how she is covering up the hurt except one man, Buck Malone.  But is she willing to let him in and are her secrets safe with him?

I thought this story was engaging and sweet.  The novel really didn't have a "dry" spot in it, and the story flowed smoothly from cover to cover.  I was able to read it in just a few short days, and anytime that happens, I know it's a keeper!  If you're looking for a fun romance series to take a long on vacation this summer, pick up this easy read and settle in for a sweet romance story.  You can read my thoughts on Robin's first book to mention King's Meadow, A Promise Kept, here.  And the first novel set completely in King's Meadow, Love Without End, here.

**I checked this book out from my local library.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway

Tamera Alexander has quickly become one of my favorite authors.  I was so excited to read her newest novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series, To Win Her Favor.  Take time to read my review, and don't forget to enter the giveaway for a Kindle Fire by clicking on the link at the end of this article!  Giveaway ends tomorrow!!!

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 could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.

An Irishman 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 begin farming, 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 inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever 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.

My Review:
I have mixed feelings about this book.  On the one hand,  it didn't take long for me to be hook after beginning this novel.  The author does such a wonderful job adding depth to her characters.  It was easy to find myself rooting for the underdog, Cullen McGrath, rejoicing in his triumphs and disheartened in his trials.  Maggie has endured a lot of grief over the years and her heart is far from trusting.  It was encouraging to see her grow as a character throughout the story.  I love learning history this way.  Seeing it displayed in a story always makes the history seem more real to me.  The Irish history was definitely interesting since I myself have Irish ancestors and the red hair to prove it.  The grief they endured when coming to the new world was quite deplorable.  I had no idea how bad they had it.  Tamera Alexander has written a beautiful novel full of hope for the downtrodden.  On the other hand, there was one aspect of this book that left me disappointed.  I felt that the author took too much liberty with writing about the sexual side of Cullen and Maggie's relationship.   I felt that the descriptions of the scenes were too detailed and thus led your mind down a path that is questionable.  So while the story is a good one, be forewarned that some of the scenes in my opinion can be a little too steamy for Christian fiction.  If you want to read what others are saying about this book on the blog tour, head over there by clicking this link!

***I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1OYbn27

About the author:

Tamera Alexander
is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville, Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don't forget Jack, their precious---and precocious---silky terrier.

Find Tamera online: website, Facebook, Twitter

Giveaway Information:

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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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • A copy of To Win Her Favor
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced May 11th on Tamera's blog. Plus stay tuned for more opportunities to win after May 11 with a special Pinterest contest—more details coming soon!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Harvest of Hope by Lauraine Snelling (book 2, Song of Blessing series)

Lauraine Snelling continues the Blessing, North Dakota story in book 2, A Harvest of Hope. 

From the Back Cover:
Miriam Hastings has her future plans in place...but Trygve Knutson is intent on changing them. 
Just a few short weeks into her year-long training at the Blessing Hospital, Miriam Hastings is called home to Chicago, where her mother is gravely ill.  With siblings to care for, Miriam pleads to be allowed to finish her training in Chicago.  Her nursing supervisor grants her a brief reprieve but extracts a promise that Miriam will return to Blessing and fulfill her one-year commitment.
While in Chicago, Miriam has tried to get Trygve Knutson and Blessing out of her mind, but his letters make that impossible.  Trygve is busy building a house, hoping he can convince Miriam to return to North Dakota and marry him.  Torn between Trygve's love and her family's needs, she doesn't know what to do.
When Miriam finally returns to Blessing, she buries herself in her work.  But no matter how hard she tries to put it off, she has some life-changing decisions to make about her future, her family...and the man who is never far from her thoughts.
What will it take to convince her to stay?

My Review:
It's always good to read a series where the characters are familiar and you get to see them interact together.  I will say that this book moved a little more slowly for me and I had a hard time finishing it.  Although, after I got through the middle, the pace seemed to pick up and rush toward the end.  I also noticed that there were parts of the story where I felt I should know more of the background then I did.  So, after a little investigation, I saw that there are 2 other series that take place in the little town of Blessing, North Dakota--Home to Blessing and Daughters of Blessing.  It might be good to read those first before this series so that you have all the background information since it is not repeated in this series.  I have enjoyed getting to know the characters and  seeing how their lives play out throughout the trials and circumstances that they encounter.  Looking forward to picking up the next book in the series, Streams of Mercy, coming October 2015.

***I received this free book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Heart's Danger (Book 3) by Colleen Coble

This month book 3--A Heart's Danger from the Journey of the Heart series by Colleen Coble releases on May 5th.  Each of these 6 books are only about 100 pages or less.  This newest book continues the story of the love triangle with Sarah, Rand and his new fiancee, Jessica.   Will Sarah be able to just stand by and watch Rand marry someone else?  She is desperately trying to move on with her life, but how can she when her heart still yearns to be with Rand.

My Review:
Colleen Coble's series Journey of the Heart has been releasing each month since March.  It's been fun to get a new book each month, and I like that they are so short.  Being a busy mom it can be hard to find time to read, but with each book being so short, I find that it's not that hard to get through them while taking care of my family.  Sometimes while reading this book, I have wondered how Ben Croftner can get away with doing so much evil.  He never seems to get what he deserves.  Sarah and Rand's relationship can be frustrating at times, and I silently wonder what on earth he sees in a girl like Jessica.  That being said, life can be like this story.  At times we may wonder what on earth someone sees in another person.  And others do seem to get away with doing evil.  Colleen's story draws from the real elements of life.  Life can be frustrating and not at all how you plan for it to go.  I appreciate the realism in her writing.  This book has been a good continuation of the story, and I look forward to the next book out in May, A Heart's Betrayal.

***I received this free book from BookLook Blogger in exchange for an honest review.  All opinons are my own.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A New Series from Colleen Coble | ‘The Inn at Ocean’s Edge’ Tour, Giveaway, and Party

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has come out with a brand new series called Sunset Cove Novels.  This first book, The Inn at Ocean's Edge is quite an exciting story.  Make sure to read about the book to find out why you should pick this one up at your local bookstore!  Also, don't miss out on entering to win a Kindle Fire.  Information on how to enter is at the end of the book review!

From the Back Cover:
Claire's visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.
In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine.  She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation.  Nobody knows where Claire spent that year--and until now, Claire didn't even know she had ever been missing.
But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface...despite her parents' best efforts to keep them forgotten.
Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances--at the same time Claire disappeared.  After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.
With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire's very life depends on unscrambling her past...even if her family refuses to acknowledge it.  Someone--maybe everyone--is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

My Review:
The first book of this series lives up to Colleen Coble's reputation for a great mystery novel filled with suspenseful situations, intrigue and murder.   I enjoyed reading through this novel and it definitely kept my interest from beginning to end.  Colleen gives enough information to get your mind working to try to solve the puzzle in the story without giving away important plot information too early.  She really is a master at weaving together a good plot and tying all the loose ends up at the end.  I've really enjoyed reading her novels and look forward to seeing more from her in the future.  If you're looking for a good suspense novel, pick up The Inn at Ocean's Edge and start a great new series!

***I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Giveaway Info:

Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light. Colleen Coble's new book, The Inn at Ocean's Edge, is a must-read for mystery and suspense readers. As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.
Celebrate the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on May 5th!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Heart's Obsession by Colleen Coble (Journey of the Heart book 2)

The story continues in A Heart's Obsession, the second book of Colleen Coble's Journey of the Heart series.  After finally finding out Rand is alive and well, Sarah looses him again as he runs off to the West to make a life for himself.  Sarah being torn between caring for her ailing father and following the love of her life, chooses to stay with her family and care for her father during his last days.  When Sarah's father passes away, she wonders if it's possible to find Rand and take up where they left off. 

I've been enjoying reading through this series.  The books are pretty short --only 98 pages in this one--and do not take much time to read through at all.  There are six of these short books in all the make up the Journey of the Heart series.  Colleen is always good at throwing a little suspense into her plots.  It's great for adding fun to a story and keeping you wondering how things will turn out in the end.  I admire the character of Sarah.  Amazed at how she is keeping her mouth shut and yet looking out for others.  It'll be fun to see how she develops as the story continues in books 3-6.

***I received this free book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.
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