7.17.2017

Bless Our Gramps and Gran by Mike Berenstain ~ Review

The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)
My Review:

In this delightful new addition to the Living Lights series, Brother, Sister, and Honey want to start honoring their grandparents by celebrating Grandparents day, so they make something special as a gift and learn about an ancient pair of grandparents and imagine what their grandchildren might have been like.

Reading the Berenstain Bears always brings back good memories of my childhood and this is charming new release is no different. Adorably humorous and with a great story this is a wonderful story to share. I love how the author uses to the story of Noah and his family to talk about the blessing of grandchildren.

Overall, a delightful classic, that would be a lovely book to share with grandchildren and grandparents. A lovely read that is sure to be enjoyed thoroughly!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

7.13.2017

With You Always by Jody Hedlund ~ Review

With You Always (Orphan Train, #1)
My Review:

Elise Neumann and her sisters, along with their young charges, have taken refuge in the Seventh Street Mission run by the kindly and industrious Miss Pendleton. Elise and her sister Marianne sew in the sewing shop, but as the factories are laying off workers, the mission too must lay off workers. Elise is the eldest, so she gets a job with the Children’s Aid Society along the Illinois railway line that sends her miles away from her family with little hope of making a living.

Thornton Quincy and his twin brother Bradford are competing for the ownership of their father’s railroad empire in a deathbed challenge. Thornton has 6 months to develop a town along the Illinois railroad, as well as marry for love. Thornton has never felt that he could make his father proud the way that his brother Bradford did, but he determined to make his father proud before he passes.  But he never counted on falling for a strong willed, passionate, and beautiful German woman who challenges him to take a stand and fight for his dream.

Elise is a hard working young woman, who isn't afraid to stand up for herself. I love her unconditional love for her sisters, and that way that she challenges Thornton to be a better man, and give him encouragement and confidence. She brings out the best in Thornton. She is kind and compassionate, even to those who don't always treat her well. 

Thornton is a good man, he has more confidence than he thinks and even though life hasn't been perfect, he's had it relatively easy despite being in is brother shadow. Elise know how to encourage him and challenges him to think about things in a different way. He is drawn to her like a magnet, and they just "click" in a way he never has with anyone else.

Reinhold is a wholesome young man, sturdy and strong, he is a gentleman to the core of his being. I love is honesty and selfless love wanting the best of others. I hope he finds happiness someday! I think he was one of my favorite characters in this book.

This book had my favorite characters by Jody Hedlund ever. Elise is a sensible heroine, compassionate, and vulnerable. While Thornton has a healthy ambition to prove himself to his father, when he is with Elise he sees himself as the man that he wants to be. I also really loved the townspeople like that Grays, Fanny, and Reinhold.

Well written and fast-paced it makes for a hard book to put down, and I instantly liked the characters and could help but cheer for them all the way through. The ending came together well, with surprise twists of suspense for a thrilling climax. I liked how this book showed a different side of the Orphan Train and Children's Aid Society, it was well researched and I loved every minute of it. I'm excited to read about Elise's sisters as they make their own way in the world in the coming installments of the series. Highly recommend!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

7.09.2017

The Cowboy's Baby Blessing by Deb Kastner ~ Review

The Cowboy's Baby Blessing (Cowboy Country)
Lucie's Review:

At Serendipity, TX’s 1st Annual Bachelor and Basket’s Auction Rachel Perez the owner of a local daycare is looking for a handyman, not a date. 

Rachel would never have bid on Seth Howell, even though he recently designed and built the new play equipment for the park, he’s flashy and just returned from a tour of duty in the Army, but her 16 year old daughter has other ideas.

Seth has big plans and isn’t looking to settle down, but he comes to Rachel when he unexpectedly becomes the guardian of 2 year old Caden, the son of a close friend who died serving beside him in the Army, as well as the guardian of the ranch that will one day be Caden’s. Seth is understandably overwhelmed, and Rachel suggests that he bring Caden to her daycare while he sorts things out.

Though they seem unlikely, will Rachel and Seth be just what the other needs?

I like that Rachel is strong, she’s had to be. She got pregnant with Zooey at 16, and had to learn to lean on her faith to build a stable life for herself and her daughter.

Seth admires Rachel for everything that she’s overcome, and her strong faith makes him want to rethink his writing off of God. He likes her honesty and how stable she seems, while he’s always been unsettled and adventurous. I like how he encourages Rachel to try new things and to be more adventurous.

A great tale of an unlikely couple, I like how they get to know each other through Rachel watching Caden and Seth working on the new play equipment. The both are opposites, but help each other be better and more well-rounded people. I like how both of them are different and settled into their own ways and how meeting each other forces them to open their eyes to more possibilities. Great characters and enjoyable story.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

Protective Measures by Maggie K. Black ~ Review

Protective Measures (True North Bodyguards #3)
Lucie's Review:

Leo has spent his life in the Navy and his hard work has seen him rise through the ranks at the cost of his family. He has a new assignment looking for a leak of Navy intelligence.

Zoe is a former gymnast and a member of Ash Security, she and her team are running security for a party when Leo sees her up on the rooftop. When an explosion disrupts the party Leo and Zoe are forced to jump from the building and he wonders if he could have been the target. So he hires Ash Security to watch his back and protect his daughters.
As the threats continue Leo and Zoe must work together to stop a radical group from doing more harm.

Action packed and full of mystery, non-stop suspense as the radical blackmailers, who trade in secrets, always seem to be one step ahead of them.

Leo hasn’t always been there for his family, a career in the Navy was always taking him away, and he and his wife tended to do better when they were apart. But he feels like he missed out on a lot of time with his daughters. He is dedicated to his job and proud of his career in the Navy.

Zoe is great with Leo’s girls, Eve and Ivy. Zoe has spent her life feeling like she’s always had to prove herself. She used to be a world class gymnast and one unfortunate incident got her kicked off the team. She has a great relationship with her brother, and he is supportive of her.

A great story from beginning to end, with non-stop action, great characters and dialog. Leo is an honorable hero, haunted by his bad marriage and the promise he made to his late wife on her deathbed. I liked the interaction between the characters, and how Zoe was able to help Leo reconnect with his daughters. An intense read, hard to put down with great tension and chemistry between the heroes. Definitely recommend!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin ~ Review

The Two of Us
Lucie's Review:

When Mia Robinson and Jake Turner meet at a diner in Vegas little do they know how much they have in common and the things they will share, until they see other again at a wedding chapel.

Mia is at the wedding to support her little sister, Lucy, who is pregnant and marrying Sam. Sam is the son of Jake’s partner who died in a bomb blast that took part of Jake’s hearing and cost him his career. Jake has tried to help Sam by teaching him how to fix up cars, and also lessons of faith. Jake is proud of Sam for wanting to do the right thing and marry Lucy. Jakes also finds work for Lucy taking care of his mother Claire who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Mia is a nurse practitioner with a passion for international medical missions, during the interviews the agency is quick to point that her experience is largely in big city hospital settings.  She knows that the doctor in Echo Falls wants to retire soon, so she takes the job so that she can also be close to Lucy. I liked her determination to reach her goals. And I related to her struggle with giving up control.

Jake is supportive of Mia’s dreams to pursue a career with Mission Medical, and he accepts that maybe friends is all that Mia is ready for right now. Jake is an observant and patient man, and a good friend to Sam. He lives his faith and has passion for helping other young people like Sam. Jake hasn’t let his hearing loss get him down and he has a great dog Pirate that helps to alert him of things that he can’t hear. I really admired him and his patient friendship with Mia and mentorship of Sam.

Jake’s dad, Frank, is a really great guy, he  love his wife and wants to keep her at home as long as they can until they can go to a special home together.

I also really liked how the book follows Sam and Lucy too. Sam is a great guy he wants to do the best he can by Lucy and their child, and he is going to school and is in the ROTC. Lucy really learns to trust God with her worries, and she grows a lot in her faith over the course of the book.

I really liked the way that this book brings together multiple generations within a family, with great dialog and well-rounded characters. There are many surprises along the way as well. I liked the realness of the characters all in their different walks of life, and how they all came together for each other. I would definitely recommend this well done read.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi ~ Review

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)
My Review:


Vikram, The Fox Prince, is a prince in name but not in power. Adopted by the Emperor of Ujijain when he was a small boy, the counsel does not see him as worthy of the throne. He wishes to rule Ujijain. Vikram receives a magical invitation to the Tournament of Wishes, a contest that promises to grant the winner their heart’s desire. But in order to play, he needs a partner.

Princess Gauri, Jewel of Bharata, wishes to overthrow her tyrant of a brother and lay claim to the throne. She has been exiled and imprisoned, forced to betray her best friend. Her brother sends her to Ujijain to be executed by Prince Vikram as a show of loyalty to Gauri’s brother, Skanda of Bharata. But her escape comes unexpectedly when Prince Vikram invites her to be his partner in the Other Realm’s Tournament of Wishes.

Will they find what their hearts desire within Alaka’s gates?

Vikram is a clever thinker, he is good at coming up with fair solutions, and his wits are his weapon. He is cool and collected in the face of danger, and a patient scholar. I really admired his inquisitive mind, wisdom, and sense of adventure.

Gauri is calculated, yet anxious, she has been raised as a warrior to trust no one. Her heart hurts for the pain that her brother Skanda has caused his subjects, but she wonders if her patience is another form of cowardice. She is quick thinking and always ready to fight. On the outside she appears hard and seamless, but I like how her friendship with Nalini showed her softer side as well as her growing friendship with Vikram.

Aasha is an other-worldly creature, she and her Vishakanya sisters feed on the desires of others but their touch is toxic. Aasha longs for the world beyond the Other Realm, she has questions about taste, touch, and the human world. She befriends Vikram and Guari, helping them navigate Alaka in return for information about the human world. Though a century old, she is youthful and brimming with questions and longing, she is a faithful friend, honest and true.

I was initially drawn to this book because I have read very little about Indian folklore and was intrigued by how their culture was expressed in their stories. It was interesting to see how different themes were played up compared to our western fairy tales, and I was completely enchanted by this spellbinding adventure of love, courage, desire, hope, vengeance, and forgiveness.

Vikram and Gauri are opposites, yet unknowingly the perfect complement to each other. Sparks fly, and there is great chemistry between them. I like how their grudging partnership warms to friendship as they face the trials of fear and love. Full of twists, humor, adventure, all with an Indian flare, it is an enchanting tale of desire and destiny. Highly recommend for fans of folklore and fantasy.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble ~ Review

Beneath Copper Falls (Rock Harbor #6)
Lucie's Review:

911 operator Dana Newell returns to Rock Harbor after her abusive boyfriend tries to drown her. Dana grew up in Rock Harbor, and finds a place to stay with her cousin Chris, meanwhile she and her friend Bree are training a puppy for search and rescue.

Boone Carter is a former smoke jumper who is now an outfitter who rents out cabins. He is a good friend of Chris and willingly goes to check on Dana while Chris is gone. He defensive around women because of a scar on his face, previously his fiance broke it off with him when she saw it.

When Dana's friend, Allyson, who also happens to be Boone's cousin, frantically calls Dana, with a haunting message before the line goes dead, soon after Allyson's body is found and ruled an accident, but Dana wonders if Garret, her ex could be involved. She knows that Allyson was investigating a new story, could she have gotten too close to the truth?

Dana is a brave and clever heroine, and her is determined to do everything that she can to find out hat happened to Allyson and prevent it from happening to others.

I really liked Boone, he is slow to trust Dana, but comes to see that he can be himself when he is with and her and that her questions are out of concerned kindness, and he admires her bravery and how she cares for people on and off the clock.

This is a fast-paced and suspenseful read, with a tension filled mystery that brings Dana and Boone together. Boone is very supportive of Dana, and a very good friend. I really liked seeing Bree, Kade and Sampson again, along with Bree and Kade's 4 year old twins! There are many surprises along with twists, and plenty of tense moments. Definitely a great read for fans of Colleen Coble's Rck Harbor Series!




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

7.06.2017

An Outlaw and a Lady by Jessi Colter and David Ritz ~ Review

An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me HomeMy Review:


Jessi Colter famous singer, song-writer, child of God, and love of Waylon Jenning’s life, tell her story in this autobiography that tells of her childhood, meeting and loving Waylon, and rediscovering her faith in God.

Born Mirriam Johnson, to a Pentecostal preacher and a racecar driver, she sang in church and her family knew that she was something special. At 17 with her family’s blessing she recorded her first record and met Duane Eddy whom she later married. Those were troubled years, though she seemed to have everything she could have wanted a supportive husband, daughter, and a song-writing career, something was missing. She explored the New Age worldview, liking the self-empowering messages, but finding them oddly empty, soon after her marriage failed and she was divorcee at 24. It was then that she met Waylon Jennings the enigmatic country rocker, who didn’t like to play by the rules. He was a hard living, woman loving man, with a pill problem, just coming out of his third divorce at 31. But when they met they were smitten.


Uncertain years of up and downs followed, Mirriam took the professional name Jessi Colter and had many successes of her own, touring with Waylon on and off, and going to the top of the charts with her song “I’m Not Lisa” as well as with a few other songs that she sang herself, or that were cut by other artists. And even though she lived for loving Waylon, something was still missing.

I've been a long time fan of country music, so this book caught my eye when I saw that it was about the woman who new Waylon best. I realized as I read how little I knew about Jessi beyond her songs. Jessi was a strong woman, and though success came and went through the years her love was always with her family. I liked her honesty as she told her story, she didn't sugar coat Waylon's past and the hurt that he had caused her, despite being the love of her life. 

It's so cool to see looking back how God was working in her life even when she seemed to be running away from Him. Through everything she stayed true to her husband and to the God that gave her strength to keep going and inspired her music. I learned so much about the rich history of outlaw country and the woman beside one of country music's greatest legends and rule breakers. 

Overall all it was a wonderful read and a great intimate look at the life of Jessi Colter and her famous husband Waylon Jennings, and the life that they found together. Highly recommend for fans of Jessi and Waylon, or anyone who enjoys reading about a real life love story. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

The Engagement Charade by Karen Kirst ~ Review

The Engagement Charade (Smoky Mountain Matches #11)Lucie's Review:


Ellie Jameson lost her husband and lives with her controlling in-laws, she is pregnant and doesn’t want to think about what their plans for her child might be. So she takes a chance at a job, and finds a place to board in town. Ellie won the cooking contest to become the new cook at Plum Café, but she struggles to communicate with the restaurant owner about the menu and other concerns because he spends his days hiding in his office.

Alexander Copeland just wants to be left alone. He came to Gatlinburg to escape the memories of his late wife and son, and in his grief has turned his back on God. Despite everything that Ellie has been through, she comes to work every day with a smile, and tries to coax Alex into the world of the living by cooking him special dishes, encouraging him to catch fish for the restaurant and has ideas for sprucing up the place. One night Ellie stays to work late so Alex offers to bring her home, and gets a picture of how oppressive her in-laws are, so to protect her he tells them that he is Ellie’s fiancé.

But as the charade grows and pushes him out of his solitude, could he be the answer to Ellie’s prayers?

Ellie is a bright and optimistic woman, she doesn’t sit and feel sad for herself when she rightfully could do just that, but she puts her energy towards helping others, especially Alex. She isn’t scared off by his gruff demeanor, and she doesn’t like lying to people even though she knows that he did it for her. She is my favorite person in this story because of her hopeful and encouraging spirit.

There is great interaction between the characters, and I like how Ellie speaks freely about her faith. Ellie sees Alex for the man that he could be again, and I like how together they find hope for a future in an unconventional charade. Engaging from start to finish, I love revisiting Gatlinburg and its wonderful residents. Wonderful story, definitely recommend!




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The Shock of the Night by Patrick W. Carr ~ Review

The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga, #1)
My Review:

Willet Dura is King Ladir’s trusted reeve, the lowest of the titled, and engaged to marry his beloved Gael, yet he is still haunted by the war. He has a mysterious gift for knowing when someone will be murdered and is always the first on the scene, he fears that his involvement may be more than simply coincidental, yet he has a strange fixation with death and the live after.

The death of an elderly priest changes his life forever when he receives a rare gift, hidden for ages, that puts his well-planned future in jeopardy, but also brings responsibility and greater thing than Willet could have ever imagined.

Though this is the first book in the series, I highly recommend reading the free e-book novella By Divine Right, first. The reason is because while typically you could ignore the prequel novella, I found that while I was reading Shock of the Night, that there were many references to how Willet had earned the esteem and disgust of his acquaintances, and I felt like I was reading the second book in a series even though it was the first. After I finished this book, I went back and read By Divine Right and found that it filled in a lot of things, and answered many questions that I had, as well as giving more insight into Willet’s relationship with Gael, and helped me understand more of how Aer’s gifts were given and worked within the realm of this book.

This book jumps right into the story, and though it did take me a bit to figure out who everyone was and what was going on, (reading the prequel first will help with this), I felt that it was an engaging read from the start. Willet is a compelling and intriguing hero, mysterious in ways even to himself; he is a seeker, survivor, clever, loyal, and at times reckless. I liked how even though he has his secrets, he is a natural leader even if he doesn’t see it in himself, his demeanor commands respect despite his at times rash decisions. He treats others with respect as well, like the urchins who live off the streets and his warm friendship with the librarian, Custos. Though I wish there had been a bit more dialog with Gael so that we could see more of their relationship in real life beyond Willet’s high regard for her when he dreams of his future with her.

Bolt is another of my favorites, honor and duty bound he smart and observant, willing to go against the grain and trust his gut when he needs to, and a faithful friend. Even though Willet put him to the test, he in turn respects Willet for it, and in fact they are men of a similar bent.

It is interesting how much of this book is told from Willet’s point of view in first person narrative, while a few short chapters are told in third person about Pellin the uneasy new Eldest of the Vigil.  I felt that the style worked well for the story. Mr. Carr does an excellent job of creating a fantastic world, well balanced with blessings and consequence. Intricate, and captivating, I love how it makes you think about things, and as the reader you aren’t just along for the ride. I would definitely recommend this book for fans of fantasy and speculative fiction, I’m very excited to see where this series goes.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

The Captain's Daughter by Jennifer Delamere ~ Review

The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings #1)Lucie's Review:
Rosalyn and her orphaned sisters were taken in by the George Mueller Home for Children, but at seventeen they were slowly pushed out to make their own way. Rosalyn found work as a lady’s maid to a widow, but when her employer marries her situation changes as her employer’s new husband begins to make unwelcome advances, Rosalyn flees and ends up in London. In London she is met by a series of bad fortune, finding herself with nothing of value to her name and destitute. But things begin to look up when she finds a job with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Opera House first as a cleaner, and then as the dresser for the chorus line. She finds a friend in Jessie Vaughn, who warns her to beware of men. But as she navigate the theatre life she finds herself caught between the dazzling leading man, Tony, and the quiet and kind, Nate.

Nate is a soldier, haunted by the night of an attack that injured his arm. He works the stage lights, biding his time until he can join the army again to redeem himself. His family has a passion for helping women who have fallen on hard times, so he offers his family’s home as a place for Rosalyn to stay. Will Nate find freedom from his past and a second chance at love?

Rosalyn is a talented and kind young woman, thrust into a situation that she cannot really control. I liked her strength to leave her job and get away. She is soon swept into the world of theatre, and the intricate art that goes on behind the scenes.

Nate is a good man and a gentleman, he is kind and genuinely wants to help Rosalyn form the start, but she is skittish of men and it takes time for her to trust him. He has a strong sense of duty and responsibility, maybe too much so.

This book was really well researched and I felt like I came away with so much knowledge about the theatre world of Gilbert and Sullivan. The characters were well written, and I especially liked Jessie Vaughn, who was a real life actress at the time. This was a quick and engaging read, and it sets up well for the next books in the series. I can’t wait to read about Rosalyn’s sisters!




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

About the Book:

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater which is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.
An injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

Jennifer Delamere

About the Author:


A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past...and of new beginnings. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was an RWA RITA® award finalist, and her follow-up, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained fluency in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. An avid reader of both classic novels and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books.  http://jenniferdelamere.com/

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6.30.2017

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer ~ Review

Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper’s Station, #2)
Lucie's Review:

Grace Mallory is the telegraph operator in Harper's Station, a women's colony founded by Emma Chandler. After hours telegraph operators can talk to each other, which is how Grave meets Mr. A from Denison. While talking to Mr. A she receives an urgent warning, related to her past.

While they are talking Amos Bledsoe overhears an urgent warning while talking to Grace, he decides to take action and come to help. Amos prefers his bicycle to riding  horse, and he isn't the typical broad shouldered hero, but he boards a train and rents an uncooperative mule in order to get to Harper's Station as soon as possible.

Upon arrival Amos is greeted by a woman with a gun and a woman with a plate of cookies and then promptly thrown in jail. Will he be able to prove who he is, and help Grace with the danger that she faces?

Grace is clever and quick thinking, she has the support and friendship of all the women in Harper's Station. She's courageous and doesn't take the easy way out, and leans on her faith to see her through.

Amos fits right into Harper's Station, and it doesn't take him long to realize that he wants to pursue a relationship with Grace. He is intelligent, considerate, and has a quirky sense of humor that Grace appreciates. They have a great connection, and conversation between then is natural, and full of spark.

I love how Grace helps Amos prove his identity, and how they work together to discover the secret that her father found before he died. This is a great read from beginning to end, which great chemistry between Amos and Grace. I loved seeing some of my favorite townspeople again, and Emma Potter's story as well. I loved the great sense of community in Harper's Station, humor, and dialog. Fast-paced read that put a smile on my face, I enjoyed every bit of this wonderful read!




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

6.18.2017

Haven of Swans by Colleen Coble ~ Review

Haven of Swans (Rock Harbor #4)
Lucie's Review:

Bree Matthews sees a woman and child on the side of the road and offers her a ride to Rock Harbor. The woman is injured, and someone had tried to kill her, but the woman has lost her memory and can't remember what happened. Bree take her home, and the woman's daughter identifies herself as Terri, and the woman wears a necklace that says "Elena."

Elena and Terri continue to stay with Bree and her family, and become a part of the community, but Elena still can't remember what happened.

 Detective Nick Andreakas works the violent crimes unit of the police, and he is very dedicated to his job. Too dedicated in fact, according to his soon-to-be-ex-wife Eve. Eve is a former ballerina, and she teaches dance as well as raises their daughter, Keri. When they go missing, Nick fears that it might be connected to a serial murder case he's been working on.

Nick comes to Rock Harbor looking for Eve and Keri, but after three months he's lost almost all hope of finding them alive. But when he is in for a surprise. He wants to reconcile with his wife and rights the wrongs, but it is difficult when she doesn't remember. There is good dialog, and plenty of tension. Lots of suspense too, since the guy who tried to hurt Eve is still out there.

Eve has a tenacious spirit and refuses to give up, or live her life in hiding. And she knows that she loves her daughter. I liked that Bree and Kade are there for Eve and they show her love and a godly example of marriage the Eve has never seen before.

This is an intense story, with plenty going on and many clues to gather. It is not an easy book to read, with some gruesome details, and a really creepy, crazy bad guy. Fast paced and filled with action, and second chances make for a satisfying read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

Of Rags and Riches by Michelle Griep, Erica Vetsch, Suzanne Dietze, Ann Love, Gabrielle Meyer, Natalie Monk, Jennifer Uhlarik, Jaime Jo Wright, and Kathleen Y'Barbo ~ Review

Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age
Lucie's Review:

Union Pacific Princess ~ Gage saves Darra and her cousin from an explosion, covering them with his body.  Gage is an interpreter and friend of the local Indians. When trouble strikes he is impressed by Darra's desire to help and her compassion.

The Right Pitch ~ This is the story of a women's baseball team. Winnie is the captain of the team, they are preparing to play a charity game at the exhibition. When Beck brings his sister to join the team, Winnie talks him into coaching their team. Beck lost his arm in the war, will he let it hold him back from finding love?

A Gift in Secret ~ Sam and May are brought together by May's father's will. They are given choices, and neither of them know all the details, but time is running out and they only have one month to make up their minds. They get to know each other, and are surprised by what awaits them at the end.

For Richer or Poorer ~  Woody runs a delivery business and spends the remainder of his time helping the orphaned immigrant children. He is good with languages and is able to speaks to Elena when he almost runs down with his horses. Elena is an immigrant from Poland and asks Woody to teach her English so that she can marry a rich man who can pay to bring the rest of her family to America. But will her best laid plans go awry?

A House of Secrets ~ Amanda and Joseph are getting ready for their upcoming nuptials. Amanda wants to fix up an old house and turn it into a school for children. but little does she know that doing some may uncover Joseph's secret. Joseph has his secrets and he hasn't told Amanda everything about his past.

Win, Place or Show ~  Beryl comes from a wealthy family. but she has more interest in her horses than in flirting.  Her parents want her to marry an English lord. Gard is an excellent horseman and ex-military, he agrees to give Beryl riding lessons for the summer and he is a great teacher. He has his own plans and doesn't want distractions. This was one of my favorites, very poignant with a fantastic ending.

The Fisherman's Nymph ~ Abby and her father are skilled fishers, her father wants to guide people and fishing expeditions. Their first trips is with a family friend Jonathan, who brings along a city slicker who takes a shine to Abby. Charles really get's on Abby's nerves, but will he prove his worth when there is a lot on the line?

The Gardner's Daughter ~ This one was my favorite. Wes is a professor and he asks librarian, Maggie with a projec by reading, reviewing, and answering questions about books. Wes is impressed by Maggie's insight, imagination, and thought provoking questions. But after each of their meetings in the library she disappears. Wes is intrigued and wants to know her better. I loved Miss Eloise who serves as a chaperone, and helps Wes as well.

A Tale of Two Hearts ~ Lucy is grateful for her new job as a lady's maid. She want to compete in her employer's contest to win money for her sister's operation. But she also would like her friend Elijah to win so that he can pursue his dream of building racecars.

This is a great collection of stories that highlight different times and places in history, with strong men and women of faith, integrity, who are searching for someone of good character regardless of their station in life.



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Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands by Cynthia Hickey, Susan Page Davis, Suzanne Dietze, Darlene Franklin, Patty Smith Hall, Carrie Fancett Pagels and Gina Welborn ~ Review

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands
Lucie's Review:

It all starts when the mayor of Turtle Springs, Kansas comes up with a plan to help the ladies of the town find spouses by advertising "Husband Auditions" in papers all across the country. As the prospective husbands start rolling in, and hearts join, it isn't without a few mishaps along the way...

Abigail's Proposal ~ Abby Menton has taken her father's place as mayor, and having the Husband Auditions was her idea. She plans to participate in the courting, but the town also needs a sheriff. When she meets Josiah Ingram, she hires him on the spot. And it's not just the job that he just might be perfect for...

The Kidnapped Groom ~ Sam Cayford is taken by surprise when two boys hold him at gunpoint and demand that he marry their mother. Sam is cool and collected, but sees that they need help so he decides to stick around. Maggie Piner is shocked by her sons' mad plan, but as Sam stays and makes a place in each of their hearts she wonders if her sons might have had a good idea after all.

A Clean Slate ~ Birdy is a schoolteacher, and when Drew shows up on audition day, she assumes that he is there for the auditions and takes him to the events. But actually Drew had wanted to borrow some books form the school library. Drew likes to read and learn new things as well as help out around the school and boarding house. Will their love of learning bring them together?

Sunshine in My Heart ~ Debbie is drawn to Zack from the start, she admires his faith, and knows that it's a great place to start.

Come What May ~ This story is one of my favorites, Chardy and Luke were torn apart by the war. Chardy still loves Luke, but he lost his leg and thinks that she should be with a "whole man." but when he sees her family in need he comes to help, by teaching her brothers how to take care of the farm. Will this couple take their second chance at a future together?

Dime Novel Suitor ~ Caroline Kane assumes that Barden is at the audition a possible groom, but in fact he is an Englishman on holiday wanting to experience the life of a cowboy. He takes a job at the inn that Caroline and her siblings run, making suggestions for improvement along the way. But as his vacation draws to a close their future becomes unsure.

Louder than Words ~ JR is in town to write a story about the husband auditions, and when he frist sets his eyes on Jane he sees her as a warrior princess, saving young child from two thugs all by herself. Jane doesn't have friends, she is merely acquainted with many of the women in town. She isn't impressed by JR's flirting, and chooses her faith. She challenges him to think more about his faith and his life in general.

I loved how all of these stories where connected by a common premise in the same town, with great recurring characters. Definitely a great collection of novels for fans of Mail-Order Bride romance.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

A Tailor-Made Husband by Winnie Griggs ~ Review

A Tailor-Made Husband (Texas Grooms #9)
Lucie's Review:

Sheriff Ward Gleason returns to Turnabout with 4 year old Meg. He doesn't want her to go to an orphanage so he decides that she will stay with him until he can find a relative to take her in. Ward can't be with Meg all the time, so he asks his sister's best friend Hazel to help him out.

Hazel Andrews operates the town's dress shop, she is touched by Meg's story and is impressed by how well she is taking her change of situation. Hazel agrees to help watch her during the daytime.

Will Hazel and Ward be able to give Meg a family?

Meg is a darling girl, she has a sunny disposition and a trusting nature despite everything that she has been through. Meg brings out the best in Ward. He calls her "Half-pint" and reads to her at night.

Hazel has liked Ward for a long time but he never returned her interest, but she is determined to follow her dreams and move to New York to work with her aunt. It's hard to sell dresses now that people can buy them ready-made.

Ward is under a lot of pressure, both from the town and from himself. Ward still feels guilty for his sister's accident. He pours himself out into his job, it takes up most of his time since he doesn't have any deputies.

I was happy to be revisiting Turnabout, and that Hazel and Ward finally get their own story. Meg is a charming child who brings out the best things in both Ward and Hazel. Both our heroes are stubborn, and sometimes that holds them back, but it falls in place eventually. I liked seeing some of the familiar faces in Turnabout. And I liked how Hazel is a woman of faith and action. Great interaction and an engaging story throughout with high stakes and even a mystery! Highly enjoyable read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

6.13.2017

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson ~ Review

The Noble Servant (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #3)
My Review:

Lady Magdaln is is travelling to Wolfberg to marry Duke Steffan, whom she met two years ago at Thornbeck Castle. But when she finds her fortunes turned when her serving maid holds her at knifepoint and demands that they switch places. When they arrive at the castle, she is dismissed to go tend the geese, there she meets a familiar goat herd, and realizes that more might be afoot than she originally thought.

Steffan is returning from Prague when he is attacked by men who seem to be intent on killing him. He cautiously comes back to the castle to find that his uncle has replaced nearly all the staff, and set up his own son as the Duke of Wolfberg. Steffan  befriends a familiar goose girl called Maggie, and plots to reclaim his rightful seat.

I was thrilled to find out that this book was about Magdalen the kind hearted young woman who befriended Avelina in the Beautiful Pretender. Magdalen is from a struggling kingdom called Mallin, she knows that she must make a good match to save her people. She is pleased to receive the Duke's proposal, hoping that she will be able to marrying for love. Magdalen is kind to everyone, and is a good friend, humble, and a wants to please. She holds to her faith in difficult times, and does her best to make the most of where she is placed.

This is a fast paced read that is hard to put down. I loved the interaction between Magdalen and Steffan, and how it just seems so natural and at ease between them. Magdalen is a great encourager and edifies others around her, she truly treats others how she would like to be treated. Full of mystery and adventure, this is a engaging read from beginning to end. Definitely recommend!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

6.11.2017

Hidden Legacy by Lynn Huggins Blackburn ~ Review

Hidden Legacy (Love Inspired Suspense)
Lucie's Review:

Caroline Harrison is in the process of adopting Henry, the son of her best friend. She returns home to find it vandalized, and a shooter who attempts to kill her. Caroline fears that her son is the real target, will she be able to keep her son safe?

Detective Jason Drake and Caroline used to be childhood friends, she wanted more but he left for the Marine Corps, now he's back working for the Sheriff's Dept. Jason came home to help his father who has ALS. Now he wants to do everything he can to help Caroline and her young son, will a second chance at love also be in the cards?

I love how Jason takes Caroline and Henry to his parents house, and even though he ha ALS, his father can still hold a gun. Jason has grown in his faith during his time in the Marines and he realizes that he doesn't want to walk away from Caroline ever again.

Caroline is a good mother to Henry, strong under pressure, and will do anything to keep her son safe. She knows that Jason has grown and matured for the better, and sees in him a man that she can trust and depend on.  She admires his close relationship with his family.

I LOVED this book, it's one of the bet books that I have read from Love Inspired in a long time. It jumps right into the story, with mystery, and danger. There are many surprises and I love how the reader discovers new revelations along with the characters. Great heroes that I could cheer for the whole way through, great chemistry, I loved that they got a second chance at love.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman ~ Review

Fatal Mistake (White Knights #1)
Lucie's Review:

When Tara finds bomb making materials on her aunt's property she calls the FBI hotline. Cal answers her call and advises her to stay calm, and hops on a plane to come and help her.

Cal has been after the Lone Wolf Bomber for months, he part of a special task force called the White Knights, and he is determined to stop the Lone Wolf before he hurts anyone else, and Tara may be the one to help him shut the terrorist down.

Cal is an Ex-Navy SEAL and bomb expert he is very good at what he does, he is dedicated to his job, and feels responsible for every loss. He's seen alot of things, and sometimes that get's between him and God.

Tara is brave and headstrong and her insight into the killer helps them track him down. Tara is shocked to find that the bomber is a face from her past, but she wants to do everything that she can to help Cal.

I really liked Tara's Aunt June, she is a praying woman of faith, who raised Tara when her parents died.

This is a fast paced read, engaging from the start and full of suspense. There are so many great characters, and I like that it doesn't delve into the disturbed depths of the killer's head. There is great dialog and camaraderie between everyone. A tension fraught ending that brings the story to a climatic close. Highly enjoyable read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

6.05.2017

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden ~ Review

To the Farthest ShoresMy Review:

Jenny is a military nurse, who has overcome a hardscrabble past to make a respectable living for herself.  Six years ago she fell in love with Ryan Gallagher, the pledged to write and then marry when he returned, but she received but one letter, a letter breaking off their engagement. But when he appears back on base with a four-year-old daughter in tow, Jenny wants answers.

Ryan was raised in Japan, the son of a missionary family, he learned the culture and language of the Japanese well. Six years ago he was recruited for a special mission in Japan, everything changed and Ryan never thought he'd see Jenny again. Now widowed, he wonders if he and Jenny may have a second chance at love.


Jenny is hurt that Ryan broke it off so abruptly and little explanation, and his reappearance in her life brings up the hurt that he caused her, especially when she sees his daughter, a reminder that he found someone else. Jenny is a hardworking woman, who takes pride in her work. She also does what she can to help her adoptive father, Simon, who took her in so many years ago. I like that Jenny is not perfect, it is hard for her to forget the pain of what Ryan did, she is vulnerable and relate-able.

Ryan knows that he has hurt Jenny and made mistakes that he cant take back, but he doesn't regret his beautiful daughter, Lily. Ryan is utterly devoted to his daughter, and is determined to teach her about both sides of her heritage. He is honest, yet at times oblivious. Ryan wants to make things right with Jenny, but doesn't know how. He is passionate about his dreams of Pearl farming, and raising his daughter.

I really liked Finn, he is brilliant and full of potential. He is very observant, and often sees things that others miss, yet he can he disrespectful and unruly. Finn is astute, and has a natural talent for piking up things, he can do well when he wants to, but struggles with demons that threaten to ruin his chances at working with the military.

Simon is the man who raised Jenny, he never had alot, but he made sure that Jenny had what she needed, and taught her about Christ. And Lily is so adorable, a sweet child who is well loved by her father.

Overall, this is a well written read about second chances, forgiveness, and hope. I loved Jenny, life hasn't been easy for her and she still beats herself up about things in her past as she tries to make things right. I liked her for her realistic vulnerabilities, strength and hardworking spirit. I loved learning about the early pearl industry. Finn was probably one of my favorites, because he can be such a cad, but also utterly charming and sincere, and I can't begin to imagine the adventures in store for him. Romance, mystery, forgiveness, from beginning to end this is a fantastic read. I had a hard time putting it down, and enjoyed it to the very end. Highly recommend!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

5.29.2017

Pursued by Lisa Harris ~ Review

Pursued (Nikki Boyd Files #3)
Lucie's Review:

When the plane that Missing Persons Investigator Nikki Boyd is on crashes, she and the lady sitting next to her, Erika, survive but in all the confusion Erika disappears. When the FBI shows up she asks them about Erika. The FBI hires Nikki to find Erika, who turns out to be an important witness in an upcoming trial.

Will they find her before it's too late?

Nikki and her team, Gwen and Jack, are on the case. Gwen is a whiz iwth computers, and Jack is a great guy who works well with Nikki and always has her back.

Tyler is also back, he understands Nikki's need to help out, and is very supportive of her work. There isn't a ton dialog between them, since a lot of their relationship has been established in the previous books.

Nikki is a strong heroine, and woman of faith. She is brave but also vulnerable, she is dedicated, cool under pressure, resourceful, and treats everyone with consideration. I love her relationship with Tyler's son, Liam.

This is a fast paced read, and everything unfolds over the course of just a few days. There are a lot of surprises, in this intense and dangerous search. Nikki clings to her faith to keep her going. Fantastic addition to the series! Highly recommend reading this series in order.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon ~ Review

Sandpiper Cove (Hope Harbor, #3)Lucie's Review:


Lexie Graham, Chief of Police in Hope Harbor, get's called out to check out a vandalism, one of a seemingly connected series, which is where she meets Adam Stone. Lexie is a busy mom juggling her job and raising her son, Matt. But when circumstances brings Adam and Lexie together, Lexie's mother sees a prime opportunity for matchmaking.

Adam Stone works construction and mostly keeps to himself. He came to Christ while he was in prison, and has been on the right side of the law since his release. He never planned on falling for a cop.

Can a string of vandalisms bring two heart together?

Adam rescued a dog he found hurt on the side of the road, and named him Clyde, even though Clyde still limps he doesn't let that slow him down. When the vandals hurt Clyde she arranges for her mom and Matt to watch him while Adam works. Lexie also asks Adam to help mentor a young man, encouraging him to pursue things other than crime.

I like the way that Adam get's down to Matt's level and helps him connect with Clyde. Luis is a great friend to Adam who gives him sound advice, and helps him to be more confident.

Lexie sees Adam for who he is now and doesn't hold his past against him, I like that she admires him for who he is now. She is a great mom, and has a compassionate heart.

This is a great book, I love the whole feel of the community and how they come together and come behind one of their own when times get tough and rumors fly. This is a wonderful read about two people who gave up on finding love. I loved the dialogue, the characters, interactions, and just revisiting Hope Harbor in general. Clyde is a lovely dog, who keeps reaching out even though he's been hurt in the past, and he helps Adam to do the same. All of the residents are so lovely, and there are ones that you just don't forget even though they play a seemingly small role. Fantastic read!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

Second-Chance Cowboy by Carolyne Aarsen ~ Review

Second-Chance Cowboy (Cowboys of Cedar Ridge)
Lucie's Review:

Morgan Walsh  returns to his hometown so that he and his son, Nathan, can be close to family after the death of Nathan's mother. Morgan is a veterinarian and he will be partnering with the local vet.

Tabitha Rennie works as a veterinary assistant, she came to town to fix up her dad's place so she can sell it to pay off his debts. Tabitha and Morgan dated in high school, and things ended badly. But Tabitha is a good horse trainer, and Morgan inherited a horse named Stormy that he would like her to train.

Will coming back to their hometown give them a second chance at love?

Tabitha has been trying to make up for her father's mistakes her whole life, but even though he's gone his reputation still lives on. She is great with children and animals alike, and bond instantly with Nathan. I admired Tabitha for her resilience despite her past, she's hardworking and resourceful.

Morgan wants to build a good relationship with his son, and he really appreciates Tabitha's help, and he's not the only one who is getting used to having her around. Morgan encourages her to be herself and stop living in the shadow of her father's sins.

I love how this book brings Tabitha and Morgan together, working in close proximity to each other, working together . This is a enjoyable read, I really enjoyed seeing the couple from the last book, Morgan's brother Cord and his wife Ella, again in this book, along with their dad, Boyce. Great dialogue and character interaction. Definitely a great read!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

5.28.2017

Know Who You Are by Tim Tebow and A.J. Gregory ~ Review

Know Who You Are, Live Like It MattersMy Review:


A devotional/Bible study for middle grade students to high schoolers, especially directed towards homeschoolers for use in a curriculum. This book has writing exercises, as well and encourages journaling.

I like how the book encourages young people to find their true identity in Christ and to strive to live for Him, not just to please others or society. It encourages trusting God for everything, building edifying relationships, and doing big things for God. Tim shares stories from his growing up days, and the present, in 36 devotions/chapters.

While I used to be a homeschooled teen myself back in the day, I kind of thought it odd that this book was so specifically targeting homeschoolers. Not that writing a book for homeschoolers is a bad thing, but I thought that this was a fantastic book that would appeal to a larger audience then just homeschooled teens. In fact it makes a great gift for that young person in your life, wondering where their life will go and stressed about the future.

I loved the personal stories that Tim shares, talking about his inspirations, lessons, and struggles. He speaks with an innate respect for his family and his passion for others is wonderful to see.

Inspiring, engaging, and encouraging this is a fantastic faith-filled devotional for teens. This book is written to encourage reflection, thought, and ideas. Definitely recommend, especially for those in middle school or in the first few years of high school.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

5.27.2017

King's Blood by Jill Williamson ~ Review

King's Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles, #2)
My Review: Picking up right where the last book left off, the five kingdoms are now at sea in search of their new home. Sar Wilek struggles to unite his people in a more and more polarizing community, where many worship pagan gods and spirits. Trevn and Mielle must fight for their love, while Wilek finds hope in loving again. Charlon is even more desperate than ever before to mother a royal child in order to place her claim on the throne. Kal struggles with the nightmares of his past, while Hinck and Grayson spy in the treacherous dens of evil in hopes of bringing light to their kingdom.

Since it had been a year since I had read the last book, it took some time for me to remember again who everyone was, which was a bit hard at first as it jumped from the perspective of one character to another. But once I was all caught up on everyone it was hard to put down. I really liked how much Wilek has grown and matured in this book, he sees things more clearly and is becoming the leader he was born to be.

There is definitely a lot going on, and so many characters to keep track of, plenty of action, and lots of great growth of character. I think my favorite characters to read about in this book were Grayson, Hinck, and Kal. Grayson is brave, adventurous and daring. He wants very much to be of help to the Armanians, as well as be true to his upbringing. Hinck is a good spy, though seemingly a pawn in a bigger game, his wheels are always spinning, and he is loyal to his friends. Kal is Wilek's ever faithful shield who is keeping secrets that have haunted him from the war, he is a man of honor and strength to the very core of his being.

There is deceit and treachery at every corner, and conspiracies abound for control of the throne. There is so much that happens throughout the book, it is a thoroughly engrossing read. I think that Charlon's passages are some of the best in the book, because whilst she is against Wilek and Trevn and everything they stand for, yet her story is compelling and well done. There is so much that happens in the book, that it is impossible to even generalize much of the plot.This is a great read for fans of fantasy, though you definitely need to read the books of the series in order. Highly recommend, but for adult readers because of adult themes in the book.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."