Friday, August 18, 2017

Roseanna M. White has released a new series called Shadows Over England. Her first book, A Name Unknown, is about a young woman named Rosemary Gresham whose certain set of skills has landed her a job that will provide a lot of needed money for her and those she cares for. Rosemary has learned the art of pickpocketing since she was small and her talent has led her to larger items of greater value. When the mysterious Mr. V asks her to spy on a man named Peter Holstein, she is lured by the amount of  money he offers to find out who Peter loyal to--England or Germany.

This is a great story. I loved how the story is weaved together pulling you into the mystery at hand. It will have you guessing along the way as to who the villains is, what is the real story behind Peter Holstein and what will Rosemary uncover about him. Mystery and romance is a great combination in a historical novel and the author has done a wonderful job in crafting her story. Make sure to pick up this first book of her new series. This novel is a great one to add to your library.
You can read more of what others thought of this book by clicking here to go to the blog tour page.
**I received this complimentary from Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller

The Captivating Lady Charlotte** is the second book in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.  This book is for readers who enjoy the regency era and a good, clean, romantic story.

From the Back Cover:
All She wants is to marry for love. And as the belle of the season, Lady Charlotte Featherington should have her choice of suitors. But even this captivating lady must obey her noble papa's wishes--and the marquess has determined that his daughter will wed a widowed duke, not a dashing lord.
All the ninth Duke of Harington wants is for the lady who has captured his heart to love him in return, despite their arranged marriage. But the betrayal of his first wife and the scandal she dragged him into make it nearly impossible for William to believe a woman's heart can ever be trusted.
Now this wounded widower and the romantically inclined young lady must find a way to negotiate a future together and learn the real meaning of both trust and love. Can the legacy of grace help them to find healing and hope?

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading about the story of Lady Charlotte. I'm always glad when I can find a romance novel that is clean and wholesome. It was fun to watch Lady Charlotte grow in her character. With being so young, she had much to learn about the real world she had been sheltered from. I also appreciate a good mystery and this book didn't disappoint in that aspect. It added to the overall theme of trust and love that the author was trying to communicate throughout the novel.
The first book in this series, The Elusive Miss Ellison**was released earlier this year in February, and her third book in the series, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey**, will be released this fall on October 24th. As far as needing to read the books in order, there was enough in the novel that I could tell there was a whole story I missed with not reading the first book.  But on the other hand, it did not hinder me from enjoying the story of Lady Charlotte. This was the first book I have read by the author, and I would definitely pick up another of Carolyn's novels.

Visit the Author site by clicking here to find out more about her books.

My Rating: ★★★

*I received this complimentary book from Kregel Publications.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

**I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons

This was my first exposure to Rebekah Lyons' books.  This is the second book she has written.  The first was Freefall to Fly. These books have also been made into Bible studies guides to help apply the ideas within the books. You are Free not only has a study guide, but also has videos to watch with it. Since I had recently done the study guide and videos online for this book through's free online bible studies, I decided to read the book too.
The study had some good things to say, but I am concerned that others may think that their depression or anxiety needs a "grand experience of healing" in order to be free from it.  Or that they just aren't doing things right if they continue to struggle with depression. Experience can be misleading and God doesn't work the same way in each of us. Another thing that concerned me as I read the book, was chapter 5--Free to Thirst.  In this chapter she describes a dream in which she has a clear random phrase as if God was directly speaking to her and the phrase sounded biblical. She then proceeds to back up her dream phrase with different passages from Scripture.  In chapter 6--Free to Ask, she feels led to ask for the gift of healing. From my study of Scripture, I find these things disturbing.  So while she has some good things to say in sections of the book, I cannot endorse this book at all or recommend it.

My Rating:★

***I received this complimentary book from BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren (Book #3, Montana Rescue series)

The next great adventure in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren is out! A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue) tells the story of Gage Watson, an EMT on the PEAK Rescue team.

Gage is an amazing snowboarding champion, but has gone into hiding after a horrible mistake in the past that costed someone their life.  He's come to Montana trying to re-carve a life for himself, but the past is hard to ignore. When Ella Blair shows up after not seeing her for 3 years, Gage doesn't know how to handle seeing the woman who ruined his life. As the past seems to be catching up with him, Gage must make a choice to face it head on or run again into hiding.

This story was great! I stayed up and finished this book in a little over a day. Needless to say, it is so good you will have a hard time putting this story down! Gage and Ella's story is filled with adventure, danger, and heroism. Their characters are fun to read about, and I loved reading about the thrill of snowboarding. I haven't been on a snowboard, but I have been skiing. The thrill of flying down a hill or doing moguls is definitely exciting, and I'm glad that the author added this fun sport to the story.  Of course, this story also fills you in on some of the mystery surrounding Ian Shaw's missing niece. I like how there is the running mystery throughout the series that hooks the books together. Book 3 is just as good as the other books, maybe even better.
If you're looking for a new series to pick up, grab the Montana Rescue series and be ready to fly through some great reading.

My Rating:

***I received this complimentary book from Revell Publishing.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

 ***I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Friday, July 28, 2017

High As the Heavens by Kate Breslin

For those who love WWI historical stories, this is another great book to add to your library! I have enjoyed reading Kate Breslin's first two books, Not by Sight and For Such a Time, and was excited to get her third book, High as the Heavens.

From the Back Cover:
A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a cafe... or so it seems. Eve's most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group.
When a plane crashes as she's en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading this story and had a hard time putting it down.  Kate does a great job with developing the character's depth throughout the story and crafts an interesting plot line that will keep you up until the wee-hours of the morning.  The suspense throughout the story and surprise return of characters keep the story moving. I loved how she kept me guessing about who the real threat was to the Belgian resistance group all the way up to the end.  It's refreshing to find a good historical book that teaches you history along with a great story.  If you're looking for a fun new historical book, pick up High as the Heavens.

Take some time to visit this link and read a fun interview with the author!

My Rating:  ★★★★★

***I received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

***I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Israel-God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel by Ron Gafni and Kathleen Barrett

Often many people have some fabulous photography books on their coffee table for people to browse. Let me show you another great addition to those coffee table books that is not your traditional photography book.  Israel-God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel is filled with beautiful landscape pictures of the Holy Land. The author describes it as "A captivating pictorial of the Holy Land and a scriptural journey through God's redemption story."

In this book, you will find many of the familiar places you've read about in Scripture. This book includes more than just pictures. You can also read the Scripture and facts that tell you about the places that have been photographed. How many of us wish we could travel overseas and see the Holy Land for ourselves? Since many of us will not have that opportunity, here is a wonderful glimpse that you can take in with your own eyes and see how beautiful the Holy Land really is. I thought this book was well done and just loved looking through the pictures. So, check out this beautiful book and add this to your coffee table collection so that others can see the beauty of Israel for themselves.

***I received this complimentary book from Litfuse Publicity Group.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

True to You by Becky Wade

A fun new series is out about 3 sisters called A Bradford Sisters Romance.  The first book, True to You, is about Nora Bradford who is too busy with being a genealogist and operating her historical village to worry about starting a relationship.  She has sworn off men since being hurt three years ago by a man she thought loved her.  The other main character of the book, John Lawson, is a former Navy SEAL who has many questions about his past.  When an inherited medical condition takes him by surprise, he realizes that he must find out anything he can about who he inherited this condition from.  The only problem is he doesn't know his past because he was adopted.
Through a chance encounter, John meets Nora and finds out about her expertise as a genealogist.

This story was fun to read.  It made me smile at various times with their humorous banter and crazy situations. The characters each grow and change throughout the story. I appreciated the way the author brought in biblical concepts that changed the character's thinking. When facing situations that they thought they could control, the characters realized that ultimately only God can satisfy and lead them in the right way.  They needed to trust Him. The story is a great encouragement and shows that when life isn't going as you expected, God is still the One you can trust with everything. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and reading about Nora's sisters, Britt and Willow. Also, there is a prequel to this series called Then Came You which you can find as a free e-book or purchase a paperback copy. Find it all the online links on Becky Wade's site by clicking here.

My Rating: ★★★★

***I received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hello Stars by Alena Pitts with Wynter Pitts

A fun new series is out for young girls (ages 8-12/ Grades 3-7) called Lena in the Spotlight. The first book in the series is Hello Stars  and is about a young 12 year old girl named Lena Daniels and her best friends, Savannah and Emma.
When Lena learns about a contest to meet her favorite singer, she jumps at the chance to enter. She hopes that her dream can come true, but will winning this chance of a lifetime opportunity be all that she hoped it would be?

My Thoughts:
I thought that the book was enjoyable to read. The character of the story showed how even young kids can take all their cares to their heavenly Father no matter how big or small. I'm always on the hunt to find good, wholesome books for my tween to read.  And this will be a great series for her!

Check out Alena's website:

My Rating: ★★★

***I received this complimentary book from Handlebar.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Big Picture Interactive Bible (CSB) by B & H Kids

Are you considering buying a new Bible for your child or giving one as a gift? B&H Kids has come out with an updated Bible version for The Big Picture Interactive Bible.  This updated version is called the Christian Standard Bible, an updated version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible. The goal of this version is to combine a literal translation with easy readability. This Bible includes many different special features.  They are as follows:
* Interactive Full-Page Color Illustrations with Digital Pop-Up
* Introductions for Every Book of the Bible
* Christ Connections
* 100 Verse to Remember
* Big-Words Dictionary
* Big Questions and Answers
* "Seeing the Big Picture" Feature
* CBS Text

This Bible is full of color and the full page illustrations are sure to draw your child's attention.  I appreciate that they have Christ Connections from Genesis to Revelation to help your child realize that the whole Bible points to Jesus. The app is a fun interactive tool, but does have some limitations. The app is a free download, but does use 1.1 GB of your memory. Using the app is pretty self-explanatory, but you do have to hold your device directly over the page in order to hear the story being read. If you move away from the Bible, the story will stop and you'll have to start the story over again from the beginning. This could prove frustrating for kids. This Bible version is readable, and I like that there is a section on the page you are reading to explain bigger words used in the text. This Bible would make a great gift for kids ages 8-12 years old, and would promote them reading Scripture on their own.

My Rating: ★★★★

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Answers to Prayer by George Muller (Read and Reflect with the Classics Series)

This is one of those books that needs to be in your home library! Answers to Prayer is a compilation of journal entries by George Muller that gives the reader a glimpse into the life he lived by walking in faith day by day. This book is part of the Read and Reflect series by B&H Publishing Group that combines great classic literature with Bible study suggestions and thought provoking questions.

Who was George Muller?
From the Back Cover: George Muller was an English Christian Evangelist in the nineteenth century. He devoted his life to directing the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England. In his lifetime he cared for more than 10,000 orphans. This alone is a great feat of faith, but what makes him a pillar of prayer in Christian history is that he never once requested financial support for the orphanage, nor did he ever go into debt. He prayed for what was needed, and God provided--many times hours before funds or provisions were needed. His story and journals stand as the picture of God's faithfulness.

My Thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  George Muller left a legacy that was meant to encourage all of those in his present age and in years to come. And truly his story is one that encourages us still today. George Muller's first thought when facing anything in life was to bring it in prayer before the God he trusted with everything. This thinking was as natural to him as breathing air. I love his perspective on life. How he views everything as God's purpose and plan even down to the tiniest detail. What a testimony not only to the believing, but also to the world of what God can do when we have a different perspective on life, a heavenly perspective.
If you want to read a book that will encourage your faith, pick up this classic, Answers to Prayer. These stories will not only encourage you, but will also direct your gaze upward to the One whom they glorify.

My Rating:

Other books in this series are: 
The Christian's Secret to A Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith
Humility by Andrew Murray
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon
The Imitation of Christ by Thoma a Kempis
Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
(These books are available in hardback or e-book.)

***I received this free book from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Do you enjoy fun stories with the main heroine having a personality all their own? Then you will want to pick up Jen Turano's newest book Behind the Scenes.  This is the first book in Jen's new Apart From the Crowd series.

In Behind the Scenes, Miss Permilia Griswold has been cast aside as a wallflower at the society events during the social season.  But she really doesn't mind since she doesn't care to become a part of the fashionable set. When an opportunity comes to use her anonymity at these fashionable events, she jumps at the chance. Her job is to write a column for the New York Sun and detail events that the public would love to know about that happen behind the closed doors of society. In order to maintain her cover, she writes under the assumed name of "Miss Quill."  Of course this creates quite the stir in society, and if anyone where to find out, she would certainly be cast out of society and possibly bring her family to ruin.   But when Permilia overhears a murder plot to harm Mr. Asher Rutherford, a local department store owner,  she is determined to intervene and notify him of the danger that lurks ahead.

Jen's books have a way of making me smile as I read them.  The main characters in her books have such a quirky personality that lead to some hilarious scenes.  And it really doesn't take much imagination to envision these scenes since Jen's use of words paints a clear picture of the comical situation the characters have found themselves in. This book is just fun to read and I would definitely recommend it to pick up for your summer reading.  I was hooked after the first few pages and had a hard time putting the book down.  Be sure to watch for the next book in this series, Out of the Ordinary, coming out November 2017.

My Rating: ★★★★

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The 10 Commandments of Marriage by Ed Young

Marriage is one of those topics where you are continually learning how to make things better for your relationship. Since we are imperfect people, we need frequent reminders to help us along the way.  In Ed Young's book, the 10 Commandments of Marriage, he shares 10 ways to help a marriage be better.

What are those 10 commandments?
1. Thou Shalt Be Selfless
2. Thou Shalt Have No Strings Attached
3. Thou Shalt Continually Communicate
4. Thou Shalt Make Conflict Thy Ally
5. Thou Shalt Avoid the Quicksand of Materialism
6. Thou Shalt Flee Sexual Temptation--Online and Otherwise
7. Thou Shalt Forgive Thy Mate--490 Times and More
8. Thou Shalt Romance the Home
9. Thou Shalt Begin Again and Again
10. Thou Shalt Build a Winning Team

I thought that the book was well written and addressed many of the areas that marriages are vulnerable to attack by satan and our present culture.  Many of the concepts are ones that I had already been taught, but some of the topics were just good to be reminded again of a having proper focus in marriage.  I think that the book would be useful especially for engaged and newlywed couples.  The first chapter and later chapters seemed more relevant to those who have been married for a while. If you're looking for a book to refresh your perspective in your marriage, then pick up the 10 Commandments in Marriage.

My Rating: ★★★

***I received this book free from Moody Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Too Deep for Words by Andrea Boeshaar

     Do you enjoy novels set during the time of the Civil War?  Andrea Boeshaar has a new series called, Shenandoah Valley Saga, and the second book in this series, Too Deep for Words, has just been released.  This story begins with Carrie Ann Bell and Colonel Peyton Collier being recently married. With war raging all around them, Carrie knows that Peyton life is in God's hands.  When Peyton comes up missing after a battle, Carrie refuses to believe that he is really dead since they haven't found his body.  Everyone tells her to accept the truth, but she just can't let go of this feeling that he is still alive.  Carrie is willing to go to dangerous lengths to find out if her instincts are right, but what will she find? Peyton or a broken heart?

I thought this was an interesting story to follow up the first novel. The author does keep you guessing all throughout the book as to what has happened to Colonel Peyton Collier.  I appreciated all the research Andrea Boeshaar put into writing this novel.  The story transports the reader to another time and gives them a glimpse of our nation's past history.  This was one of those books that was hard to put down especially not knowing how things would end, and it had me racing to the end. The way this book ended definitely leads to another book, and I'm looking forward to reading the third book in this series, There is a Season, which will be released in 2018.  If you're looking for a fun historical series to start, pick up this new series by Andrea Boeshaar. These books are fun and captivating.

You can read my review of this first book in this series, One Thousand Shall Fall, by clicking here.

***I received this free book from Kregel Publications.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Think Again By Jared Mellinger

Do you have a tendency to over-analyze everything you do?  Do you continually use introspection trying to figure out how you can do things better or be a better Christian? If you suffer from thinking too much about everything you do in life, then this book will be a good read for you!  Jared Mellinger's new book, Think Again, will challenge how you see yourself and the dangers of thinking too much about yourself.

About the book: 

Evaluating yourself-being mindful of who you are and what you are doing-is necessary and can lead to positive change.
But what about the dark side of introspection? Do you ever feel weighed down and exhausted by your own self-analysis? Perhaps you made a mistake, said a careless word, or even messed up big time. Your self-examination spirals into a full-blown cross-examination. You keep revisiting what happened. Your mind circles around the event, fruitlessly trying to somehow make the outcome different so you don't feel the embarrassment, shame, and regret.
The modern self-esteem movement has left us empty and self-focused. We exhaust our healthy introspection and pervert it into constant self-evaluation, wrong views of ourselves, self-accusation, and false guilt. Introspection was never meant to bear such weight.
Think Again offers real relief from the burden of introspection that so many of us carry each day. Pastor Jared Mellinger, who tends to overdose on self-analysis himself, shows us how the hope of the gospel can rescue us from the bad fruit of unsound introspection. Mellinger's short, story-filled chapters help readers identify and turn away from unhealthy introspection.
There is an outward-focused God who delights to rescue an inward-focused people and lead them into a better way to live. When we truly understand it, we'll see that the gospel actually sets us free from thinking about ourselves too much. We can seek after and pray for the peace and joy-the sanity-that comes from thinking about ourselves less often. 

Think Again includes practical instructions for self-examination, fighting false guilt, breaking free from hyper-introspection, and more. Ultimately, Think Again demonstrates that the solution to thinking too much about ourselves is to look to Christ, and it gives readers the tools to begin to turn from the mirror.
My Review:
I appreciated how the author could identify with the issue of introspection.  And I thought he did a good job of getting the reader to identify this issue in their lives.  The author doesn't just stop there with the identification of the problem, but points the reader to the answer which is Christ.  I struggle with introspection and it's easy to over-analyze every situation of my life to exhaustion. This introspection only produces insecurity and fear in my life which is far from my actual goal. This book was a great reminder of what I already know, quit focusing on yourself and get your eyes upward on Christ and outward on serving others.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded of what we already know.
I will say that at about chapter 8 or so, I was thinking, "hmmm... I thought I already read this." So I would say that some of the material is rather repetitive.  Other than that, it was a good read that will remind you of where your focus should really be.

If you'd like to read other reviews of this book, you can click here to see the blog tour page.

***I received this free book from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

About the author:
Jared Mellinger joined the Covenant Fellowship Church pastoral team in 2006, upon graduating from Pastors College of Sovereign Grace Churches. He became senior pastor in 2008. Jared graduated from Kutztown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. He enjoys reading, rollerblading, poetry, drinking coffee, building fires, and listening to Josh Garrels. Jared is the author of Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection. He resides in Glen Mills, PA with his wife Meghan and their six children.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgs

A new book came out just in time for Easter this year by Liz Curtis Higgs called The Women of Easter.  In the book, Liz highlights the stories of Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene Beginning with the story of Lazarus' resurrection, Liz proceeds to tell the story of Christ's last days on earth surrounding the Passover, and brings the reader's attention to these special women who followed Christ.  There is also a study guide included at the back of the book.

This was such a great book to read during the Easter season, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved how Liz brought out the women's roles as they followed and served Jesus. It was so encouraging as I read again the story of Jesus death, burial and resurrection, but this time seeing how the women played such an important part to the story.  Liz does a great job putting together the 4 Gospels to get the whole story from 4 different perspectives. She also gives background information that helps the reader to understand the culture during that time period.  Her use of different translations is a help as our English language doesn't always capture what the Greek word is trying to get across in the text.  If you are looking for a great book that will take you through the Easter story or to give as a gift, pick up Liz's new book.

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***I received this complimentary book from Blogging for Books.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Found: Psalm 23 by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Are you familiar with the Jesus Storybook Bible? Then this new little board book will seem very familiar to you.  The same author has published a new book called Found that is based on Psalm 23. This new book illustrates the beautiful Psalm with some great pictures and helps you talk through the Psalm with your child.

I've appreciated Sally Lloyd-Jones' work and how she points to the main character of the entire Bible, Jesus. Her books are beautifully written and the illustrations are engaging for children. This board book on Psalm 23 is great for children ages 4-8 yrs. If you're looking for something for a child's Easter basket this year, check out Found. It would make a great gift!

***I received this free book from BookLook Bloggers.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin's next book in the Waves of Freedom series is out. This third book, When Tides Turn, tells the story of Tess Beaumont and Lt. Dan Avery.

From the Back Cover:
Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy's newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye.
Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.
But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

My Review:
I enjoyed reading this series by Sarah Sundin.  Her first two books (Through Waters Deep and Anchor in the Storm) provided such fun reading that I was looking forward to getting this third book. When Tides Turn was just as great as the first two.  This book continued the fun story that was begun in the first book, Through Waters Deep, and finally told the story of the beautiful Quintessa Beaumont.  From the start, the book pulled me in, and it was hard to put down. I loved the part of the story where Tess is trying to figure out who among Yvette Lafontaine’s group of French ex-patriates is possibly a spy. The added suspense of a traitor in their midst is great! This time in history was also interesting to read about since women were now able to join the military and help in their own way to fight for their country. The story helps you re-live an era that we can only read about.  If you're looking for some fun reading, pick up this great series from Sarah Sundin!

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

Seeing Jesus by Nancy Guthrie

Tyndale Momentum has published a new 60 day devotional called, Seeing Jesus: Seeking and Finding Him in the Scriptures by Nancy Guthrie.  The excerpts from this book were taken from Nancy's book, The One Year Book of Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament.  Each day has two Scriptures--one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. Nancy then talks the reader through how the Old Testament Scripture relates to the the New Testament Scripture. The daily devotional then ends with a written prayer for the day.
I loved this devotional book. Now, don't be fooled by the picture! This book is not that big, and is what you would expect the size of a gift devotional book to be.  The leather-like cover is a nice touch. I thought the insight that Nancy provided was well thought out and gave deep material for the reader to contemplate for the day.  This devotional would make an excellent gift for any woman on your list!

***I received this free book from Tyndale Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson (Book 7, Hagenheim/Fairy Tale Romance series)

Who doesn't like to read a good fairy tale? Melanie Dickerson's The Silent Songbird is her newest Fairy Tale re-telling and was released in November 2016.  This novel is a re-telling of the Little Mermaid story.

Like the little mermaid, Evangeline has the feeling of being trapped. She might not being underwater or a mermaid, but she has been trapped inside a castle under the guardianship of King Richard II. Now that Evangeline is of a marriageable age, King Richard betroths her to his most trusted advisor, Lord Shiveley, in order to make a strategic alliance. But Evangeline sees evil lurking in this man and cannot submit to the King's authority.  She flees the castle under cover of being a peasant to avoid being found out. But can Evangeline remain hidden or will the evil Lord Shiveley find her?

Fairy tales are always a fun read, and I like how you can see the familiar elements from the Little Mermaid story in this re-telling. Evangeline feels trapped by the proprieties of being of royal blood. She feels restricted by having to serve the good of her country rather than having the choice to marry for love. Her character grows in the story from the girl who has everything provided for her to the servant doing hard manual work for her livelihood. And with that hard work, the strength of her character emerges. I like that the story moves along at a good pace and keeps the reader interested with its twists and turns in the story line. The plot is not complicated and doesn't require you to remember a lot of information or keep too many characters straight in your mind.  The reading is definitely light and just fun, and could be read over a weekend. I would definitely recommend this book.

***I received this e-book from BookLook Bloggers.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Beneath a Golden Veil by Melanie Dobson

Melanie Dobson has a new Historical, Romantic Fiction book out called Beneath a Golden Veil.  This story takes you back in time to a place when slaves where nothing more than property and sentenced to a life of hardship. It tells a story of bravery during a time where the color of your skin meant you were nothing. Read below about a story where people tried to fight against this injustice and make things free for all Americans.

From the Back Cover:
As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. It’s 1853, the heyday of the California Gold Rush. Isabelle is full of hope, staking her claim on the city’s refined clientele and her future on a sweetheart’s promise to marry her when he returns from the gold fields. Then, unexpected guests—fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North—force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.
While Isabelle learns to trust God’s provisions, a law student in Virginia must confront his father’s cruelty and rescue a young slave from his family’s tobacco plantation. As the two escape to freedom, and Isabelle risks everything to harbor runaway slaves, the past and present are set on an inevitable collision course—one that reveals hidden treasures of the heart.

My Thoughts:
 Truthfully, I had a hard time at the beginning keeping all the different people straight in my mind.  There are two different stories going on at the beginning of the book and I had to keep looking back to previously read material to remember who was who.  The story does eventually merg all the characters together, but it was a rough start for me as a reader. The history concerning California and slavery I found quite interesting, and I liked how the story included harboring runaway slaves and fighting for their freedom. Overall, this story was just okay for me and not one I would say is a must read.

***I received this e-book from the author through NetGalley.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

The InnKeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

 If you love historical fiction and have not picked up any of Julie Klassen's books, you are missing out!  Julie has written another great novel that is the first book of the Tales From Ivy Hill series.

From the Back Cover:
The lifeblood of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. When the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, become the reluctant owner--and learns that a large loan is due in three month's time. Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Thora has been struggling to find where she belongs. But as she and Jane work together, Thora's wounded heart begins to thaw. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them--and her future--with different eyes.
Can Jane save The Bell? And will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love?

My Thoughts:
Julie Klassen has written another wonderful novel. I loved reading this story about Ivy Hill. She weaves together so many different people's stories in a way that makes you feel as if you know the characters well. The added mystery in the story line will keep you flipping the pages well into the night to find out how it all ends. I would definitely recommend this book.

**I received this book free from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Newton & Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund

Amazing Grace has become one of those well known and loved songs of all time. It's one of those tunes that if you started singing most people around you would be able to sing-a-long.  Author Jody Hedlund has taken John Newton's story and put it into to a fictional re-telling called, Newton & Polly.

From the Back Cover:
"Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found..."
Now remembered as the author of the world's most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father--until the night he hears Polly Catlett's enchanting voice, caroling. He's immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.
An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John's reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?
Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved this book! Jody did a wonderful job bringing this story to life. She did a great job staying true to the historical facts while weaving in the emotional side that ties you to the story. I had only heard that John Newton was a slave trader and gave his life to Christ while on a ship, but to read all of the other facts presented in this book made me come to know the great hymn writer even better. I didn't realize the British and French were facing war and how unstable the political scene was at this time in Newton's life. This is definitely a book you'll want to pick up and add to your personal library!

***I received this book from Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

About Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is a CBA best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. Among a variety of genres, she especially loves bringing long-forgotten women of history to life. She is the author of Luther and Katharina, which was awarded the ECPA Book of the Year Award in Fiction. Her other novels have won the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Christy Award. She resides in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Still LIfe by Dani Pettrey (Book 2: Chesapeake Valor series)

Dani Pettrey's newest book, Still Life is out! This is the second book in her Chesapeake Valor series. Take some time to read below why you should pick up this next thrilling book.

From the Back Cover:
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.
Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.
As Avery, Parker and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

My Thoughts:
It's another murder mystery to solve with twists and turns that will have you wondering if they will in fact solve this case.  In this second book, Dani tells the story of Avery Tate and Parker Mitchell. Of course, all of the other great characters from her first book are included too. I love that she continues the other characters' stories from the first book. It brings that feeling of home to the book because you're already familiar with the characters. This book was a little darker than others that Dani has written, but that darkness was contrasted greatly by the characters that were filled with the light of Christ. Those characters shined brightly just as Christians should in this dark world. Her story line was interesting, and it was hard to put the book down!  I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy reading murder mysteries.

If you haven't read her first book in this series, Cold Shot, you can find out more about that book by clicking here.

***I received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren (Book 2 in the Montana Rescue series)

If you enjoyed the first book, Wild Montana Skies, as much as I did, then I'm sure you can't wait to get your hands on the next book in this series! Susan May Warren does a great job telling the story of Deputy Sam Brooks in this newest book, Rescue Me

 Deputy Sam Brooks is a practical kind of guy.  He's predictable, dependable and organized. You can always count on him to do the right thing, but as far as living a little, well... he can't let himself go that far. 
Willow has had a rough life, but has found a calling with leading the teens at her church. This voluntary job is so fulfilling and she hoping to make it a permanent paid job and fulfill her dreams. Although, Willow doesn't have that great of a track record with being stable.  She wears her heart on her sleeve, has worked multiple odd jobs and has a crazy past with her hippie mom that involves living in a commune. And to top it off, she is crazy in-love-with Sam, her sister's boyfriend.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading this book and read it pretty quickly.  Once I started the book, it was hard to put down. The story was a could continuation of the PEAK Rescue team's story.  Sam is so sure that Sierra is the perfect fit for him. She is everything he ever wanted in a girl.  But something is just off, and he wants so desperately to win her heart.  I love how Susan May Warren puts Sam into some unpredictable situations to get him out of his comfort zone and to reevaluate the path he has been on. It gets him to take a step back from his life and see things that he has overlooked concerning some people in his life.
Willow's story is fun to see evolve. She has had such a different upbringing, but is every bit as useful to God as others who have had a great education and family life. Just because her life circumstances weren't great doesn't mean that she doesn't have great potential. I like how Rescue Me leaves you wondering whose story the next book will contain and how relationships will change among the PEAK rescue team.  I would definitely recommend this book.

***I received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada's newest devotional book, A Spectacle of Glory: God's Light Shining through Me Every Day, released Oct. 2016.  This small devotional has a page for each day of the year that includes a Scripture passage to read followed by some thoughts from Joni and then a prayer for the day.  The thoughts are well-put together and will give you something to think on throughout your day.  Joni shows us that no matter what we go through in life, we can all bring glory to God.

I like that anyone can pick up this book and read for a few minutes before getting out of bed in the morning.  It would be great for mom's who are struggling to find time for Bible study, or even to get yourself into a regular habit of reading the Bible every day. This little book would also make a great gift for anyone.

So if you're looking for a good little devotional to help jump start your day by getting your focus on the Lord, pick up this little book for you or a friend.

***I received this complimentary book from Handlebar.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mark of the King By Jocelyn Green + a Giveaway!

Jocelyn's newest book, Mark of the King is out! Jocelyn explores another story out of the deep south that has some French ties.  This book explores some of the history of our country that you might not be familiar with. So, read below not only to find out my thoughts about this novel, but also to enter for you to win this novel for yourself!

About the book:

The Mark of the King (Bethany House, January 2017)

Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne's brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king's mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

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My Review:
This book was definitely interesting.  There were all kinds of historical facts that I had no idea about concerning how Louisiana was settled. I liked that there was a sense of mystery surrounding Julianne's brother and his whereabouts. It kept the story moving along.  Several of the characters were presented in such a way that you knew there must be more to the story than was being said.  Stories with intrigue are always a winner for keeping me interested. While all these aspects of the novel were done well, I really did not like the story.  I thought it was too depressing and sad for me.  I typically don't read sad books.  It was like the main character could never catch a break. Typically, I have loved Jocelyn Green's books in the past.  I absolutely loved her Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series.  So, if you don't mind reading sad books, and love history, this could be the book for you. You can read more thoughts about this book by clicking here and visiting the blog tour currently going on at Litfuse Publicity. 

***I received this complimentary book from Litfuse Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

About the author:

Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of Gettysburg; Yankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Attributes of God vol. 2: Deeper Into the Father's Heart by A.W. Tozer

For many, A. W. Tozer is a well-known name among Christian circles. He has a great many books written about God that invite people to join him on this journey to know God better.
In this book, Tozer covers the following attributes of God:
God's Self-Existence, God's Transcendence, God's Eternalness, God's Omnipotence, God's Immutability, God's Omniscience, God's Wisdom, God's Sovereignty, God's Faithfulness and God's Love. This book also comes with a study guide in the back to further help your study.

I enjoyed reading through this book.  Tozer's thoughts were compelling; although, sometimes I felt as though they were repetitious.  I was disappointed with the study guide in that it basically rehashed what Tozer had already said.  I felt that it could of been more of a help to the reader if it would of dove deeper into the study of the attribute being discussed. Maybe even additional Scripture for the reader to study or questions to apply what had been learned about the attribute of God.  Overall, the book is a great starting point for study of the attributes, but I felt like it just touched the surface, and wasn't that deep.

***I received this free book from Moody Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.
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