Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Beauty of Grace: A Book Review

About The Book:

This is your invitation . . . 
to slow down, 
take a deep breath, 
and know that 
you are loved.
In this hectic life, it's easy to forget that God is always near at hand, even though He sends us frequent reminders. The beauty amid the mess, a well-timed word of encouragement from a friend, the memories that won't let go of our hearts--they're all ways God extends an open hand to us. But if we're not paying attention, we can miss it.

Combining heartfelt stories from some of today's foremost writers with Dawn's stunning photography of God's incredible creation, The Beauty of Grace is your haven of calm contemplation amid the chaos. This inspiring collection includes stories of cultivating friendship, waiting on God, choosing joy, staying connected, learning to trust, and much more.

If you're in need of a little peace, a little quiet, a little beauty, find comfort in this: you're invited to experience them all within the pages of this soul-stirring book.


You'll enjoy stories on purpose, perspective, surrender, trust, hope, encouragement, worship, and lessons learned from
Kayla Aimee
Lisa-Jo Baker
Mary DeMuth
Margaret Feinberg
Emily P. Freeman
Holley Gerth
Bonnie Gray
Amber Haines
Lisa Leonard
Tsh Oxenreider
Deidra Riggs
Melanie Shankle
Leeana Tankersley
Jessica Turner
Ann Voskamp 
Edie Wadsworth
Maggie Whitley 
and many more


You can read an excerpt of The Beauty of Grace here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Dawn Camp is the camera-toting, homeschooling mother of eight children. She is a featured blogger at (in)courage, and her beautiful photography has previously graced their monthly calendar and currently decorates the desktops of women around the world. Dawn blogs at MyHomeSweetHomeOnline.net and is a featured photographer on Adobe's website for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software. She lives with her family in metro Atlanta.

My Review:

If you are looking for a book that combines writings from some of today's best known and best-selling authors, then you have to absolutely pick up The Beauty of Grace. 

With almost twenty authors, there is going to be something for everyone who opens this book. The cover caught my eye first because daisies are my favorite, and of course, the forward is written by one of my favorite authors, Holley Gerth.

The book is divided up into seven sections:

1. Purpose
2. The Big Picture
3. Surrender
4. Trust
5. Lessons Learned
6. Hope and Encouragement
7. Worship

Within these sections are between five and seven chapters, each only about two pages. This book will inspire you, challenge you and allow you to feel emotions that perhaps you may not have allowed yourself to feel in a long time. This is the perfect book to use for a quiet time, devotional time or just to use snuggled up under a comforter with a cup of tea. It is a wonderfully encouraging book that will give you a break during the chaos of your daily living. It's a very good reminder about God's grace, mercy and forgiveness and a message we can always be reminded about.

The Beauty of Grace is the perfect gift idea for any women in your life, and even for yourself.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase The Beauty of Grace online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and the Revell Reads Blogger Program, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The Financially Confident Woman: A Book Review

About The Book:

You have what it takes to take control of your money
Have you ever felt that you lack the know-how to take control of your financial life? You're not alone. But it's not a lack of savvy that's the problem, says personal financial expert Mary Hunt; it's a lack of confidence. And Hunt is here to help you develop a can-do attitude toward money so that you can take control of your finances.

Using the lessons she's learned from her own hard-fought battle with debt, Hunt empowers you to cultivate nine essential money habits, including 
· giving
· saving
· investing
· rejecting unsecured debt
· preparing for emergencies
· getting what you pay for
· and more

She also includes a six-week action plan to help you get started right away.

You're smart, you're capable, and you're just a few steps away from a positive, confident financial future.


You can read an excerpt of The Financially Confident Woman here, in PDF format


About The Author:


Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author, a syndicated columnist, and a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle the epidemic of consumer debt. She is founder and publisher of the interactive website Debt-Proof Living, which features financial tools, resources, and information for her online members. Her books have sold more than a million copies, and her daily newspaper column, Everyday Cheapskate, is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate. Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as NBC's TODAY and Dr. Phil. She and her husband live in Colorado. Find out more at www.debtproofliving.com.
My Review:

Are you looking for a book that will help you become more organized when it comes to finances? Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about how to get on track with your spending and budgeting? Then reading The Financially Confident Woman is the book for you!

Mary Hunt gives straight forward tips and encouragement to women to learn the basics of finances. From understanding how to budget to being able to read your credit check. The book is very well-written, very nicely organized and very easy to read. While there is a lot of great material in the book my favorite part was the six week plan to get control of your finances. The section is full of charts, and easy to use/understand formulas that will help you be confident about controlling your finances. I also like that the book is organized in such a way that you would not necessarily need to read the book from cover to cover, but rather pick which chapters you need to concentrate on for your life. Whether you are a beginner at organizing your finances or just need some refresher, check out this book.

Overall, the book is a fantastic resource for women of all ages and stages. This would be a very handy book to gift a college graduate or just starting out on their own.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase The Financially Confident Woman at your favorite book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Emissary: A Book Review

About The Book:

With his twenty-first birthday, Hyam begins a journey that will lead him to his destiny--or his doom.
Hyam has always shown a remarkable ability to master languages, even those left unspoken for a thousand years. But now the shadow of suspicion that was cast upon him as a child prodigy at Long Hall is lengthening, and he must keep his identity hidden--or face annihilation. 

As Hyam's mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall before he settles down to farm his land. This journey born from duty becomes an impassioned quest for the truth. War is coming swiftly, and Hyam must rely upon his newfound powers and the friends he meets along the way in order to unravel the puzzling past and ensure that he--and the realm--will have a future.

In a world where magic has been outlawed for centuries, one young man discovers that he possesses powers beyond his wildest dreams. 

But he does not realize how pivotal this gift will be in the days to come.
 

Except for the healing arts, magicking is a punishable offense in the realm. The only places it is still practiced are the Long Halls scattered throughout the land--isolated haunts of wizards called mages and their long-suffering students.

But hidden rivers of power course deep beneath the earth, and not everyone has obeyed the edict banning magic. Vixens lie in wait on the Galwyn road. A mysterious race of telepaths comes and goes invisibly. It is even rumored that Elves still hide among the wizened trees. And somewhere beyond the badlands, a growing menace threatens the hard-won peace of the realm.

This young man could stem the ominous tide . . . but only by turning away from everyone and everything he has ever known. And facing dangers he cannot fathom.


You can read an excerpt of Emissary here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. He divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. Davis's screenplay adaptation ofEmissary is currently under development as a feature film with a British production company. Learn more at www.tlocke.com.

My Review:

Davis Bunn has been a favorite author for some time now, and so I have been excited to read a book written under his pseudonym for some time. While I did not know what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by Emissary. The genre of Fantasy is not typically one that I gravitate to, however, I am glad I gave this novel a read. It was really wonderfully written, with enough twists and turns and awesome characters to keep your attention throughout the book. I am excited that this is the first book of a new series and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. 

If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, you need to read this book.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Emissary at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Esther: A Book Review

About The Book:

When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people. 
When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.


You can read an excerpt of Esther, here, in PDF format

About The Author:

With nearly five million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Tale of Three Trees,The Note, and The Nativity Story. Angela's novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the HOLT Medallion Award. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, she completed her doctorate in Biblical Studies and is currently completing her Th.D. Angela and her husband live in Florida, along with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com

My Review:

Whenever an author decides to fictionalize a person from the Bible, I am always skeptical because I wonder if they can really do them justice, and keep the integrity of the scriptures. Well there are two authors who do this remarkably well. One is Jill Eileen Smith and the other is Angela Hunt. And with Esther, Hunt has raised the bar of Bible inspired fiction to a whole new level.

The character of Esther is bar none my favorite woman of the Bible. She is strong, determined and loves her God so much that she is willing to die for Him. Angela Hunt has written a story that brings Esther and her journey to life in amazing detail, and I was drawn in from the very first pages. Actually, it was the stunning cover that drew my attention first. I absolutely loved that the book was written from the perspectives of both Hadassah (Esther) and the King's eunuchs, Harbonah, as that made the book a very unique reading experience.

Esther is book #1 in A Dangerous Beauty series, and book #2, Bathsheba, will release later in 2015. I will definitely be wanting to read it, after reading this exquisitely written novel.

This book was absolutely accurate to the scriptures it is based on, was an entertaining read, and allowed me to really visualize the life that Queen Esther lived.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Esther at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Like a Flower in Bloom: A Book Review

About The Book:

He Stole the Work She Loved. 

Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?


It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman--is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar. 

Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society--a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion. 

Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists Chateau of Echoes andThe Cubicle Next Door. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area. Visit www.sirimitchell.com

My Review:

I have read every book that Siri Mitchell has written and when the opportunity arose to review her most recent release, Like a Flower in Bloom, I knew I had to take it.

The main character, Charlotte Withersby, is fantastic! The antics that she discovers herself in bring a fun aspect to a typical historical fiction book. It was a well-developed book, had me laughing out loud literally, and the characters are absolutely delightful. With themes such as accepting oneself as God has made us, and a little romance thrown in for good measure this book is sure to be a hit for all fans of this author, as well as historical fiction fans.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Like a Flower in Bloom at your favorite Christian Book Retailer, from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Book Lover's GIVEAWAY!!!

Good Afternoon all my amazing readers and followers!

Today I am so excited to share a giveaway specifically for my local readers.

I have had the opportunity to review a lot of books already this year and now I would love to bless a reader with a gift package of 5 of my favorite books!


The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith

"Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband's debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.

In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho's walls--or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Under Jill Eileen Smith's talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity--and a permanent place in your heart"


Blindsided by God by Peter Chin

It took thirty years to build Peter's faith, but only three months to knock it down.
When Peter Chin moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was doing what God wanted. But in the span of a few months his family experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in at their home, a breast cancer diagnosis, and the termination of their health insurance. Why would God allow these things to happen? 

But God had one more surprise prepared for the Chins: a child, conceived in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances, through whom Peter would realize that although God's ways were wild and strange, they were always good.

Filled with twists and turns, deep insights, and surprising humor, Blindsided by God explores the reality of suffering, the mystery of God's ways, and why, even in the darkest times, there's always reason for hope.



The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner

For the woman who is doing everything for everyone--except herself
Ever get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you? In this practical and liberating book, Jessica N. Turner empowers you to take back the fringe hours--those little pockets of time you already have in your day--in order to make time for your passions and practice self-care. Based on original research, The Fringe Hours helps you overcome common hurdles that prevent women from taking time for themselves regularly. You'll also discover tips for maximizing the time you have and discover how living this lifestyle makes you a better wife, mother, and friend.



Worry Less so You Can Live More by Jane Rubietta

Exchange Your Worries for Delight in God . . . and God's Delight in You
Weary of worry and its tagalongs: anxiety, discouragement, and exhaustion? Jane Rubietta invites you to leave behind your heavy heart and learn to truly live again. To experience joy and rest in the moment-by-moment pleasure of a God who delights in you--and has all your tomorrows under his control. Jane's picturesque prose offers enduring encouragement and practical tools for change. Discussion questions and journaling prompts make this the perfect book to read on your own or share with your small group and discover how to worry less and live more.



The Beauty of Grace edited by Dawn Camp

This is your invitation . . .
to slow down,
take a deep breath,
and know that 
you are loved.
In this hectic life, it's easy to forget that God is always near at hand, even though He sends us frequent reminders. The beauty amid the mess, a well-timed word of encouragement from a friend, the memories that won't let go of our hearts--they're all ways God extends an open hand to us. But if we're not paying attention, we can miss it.

Combining heartfelt stories from some of today's foremost writers with Dawn's stunning photography of God's incredible creation, The Beauty of Grace is your haven of calm contemplation amid the chaos. This inspiring collection includes stories of cultivating friendship, waiting on God, choosing joy, staying connected, learning to trust, and much more.

If you're in need of a little peace, a little quiet, a little beauty, find comfort in this: you're invited to experience them all within the pages of this soul-stirring book.


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Remember The Lilies: A Book Review

About The Book:


Can Irene and Rand stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom?

Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.

Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.

When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

About The Author:

"New York Times" best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author of "Daisies are Forever," "Snow on the Tulips," and the contributing author of "A Log Cabin Christmas." When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally.

My Review:

The first thing about Remember the Lilies that will capture your attention is the absolutely stunning cover. It draws you into the book and then allows the writing to keep your attention throughout. I read the book in one weekend because it was one of those books that I did not want to put down. This was an absolutely beautiful book that brings you back to life during World War II in Manila. The book is hauntingly stunning as the author brings to life the characters and all that they experience. Without giving away spoilers, suffice it to say that you will feel as though you are a fly on the wall with each page read. While the book is set in a war, it is not gory but does remind us of the atrocities of war, and also the book is a wonderful reminder of the fact that God is with us, even in the most difficult of circumstances. If you are a fan of World War II fiction, or a history buff this book will indeed wet your palate for such writing. While Remember the Lilies is part of a series, it does very well as a stand alone novel and will absolutely have you wanting to read more from this wonderful author, who has a great way of bringing history to life.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Remember The Lilies online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite Christian book retailer from Thomas Nelson

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Steadfast Heart: A Book Review

About The Book:


Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she's wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners--who is seventeen years her senior--an idea that is out of the question for Lenore.

Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.

Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out..
.
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format
About The Author:

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over one hundred novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's website at www.traciepeterson.com.

My Review:

It's another fantastic read from prolific author, Tracie Peterson, and I cannot wait to share my thoughts about Steadfast Heart with you!

The book was very quick to read, with the perfect combination of amazing characters with a fast-pace, you will find yourself reading Steadfast Heart, late into the night. My favorite character was Abrianna, but there is plenty of heros, heroines and villians for everyone who reads this style of historical fiction. By far, one of my favorite Peterson books of all time.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Steadfast Heart at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The 5 Love Languages for Men: A Book Review and GIVEAWAY!


About The Book:

At the heart of every man is a desire to master what matters. Getting a compliment at work or on the court is nice, but nothing beats hearing your spouse say, “You make me feel loved.” If you haven’t heard that in a while or feel like you are not bringing your A-game into your relationship, this books is for you. The 5 Love Languages has sold 10 MILLION COPIES because it is simple, practical, and effective. In this edition, Gary Chapman speaks straight to men about the rewards of speaking their wife’s love language. You’ll learn each language, how to identify your wife’s, and how to speak it clearly. Packed with helpful illustrations and creative pointers, these pages will rouse your inner champion and empower you to master the art of love.

You can download the study guide for this book here, in PDF format

You can read an excerpt of the book here, in PDF format


About The Author:

Gary Chapman, PhD, is the author of the bestselling The 5 Love Languages series, which has sold more than 10 million worldwide and has been translated into 50 languages. Dr. Chapman travels the world presenting seminars on marriage, family, and relationships, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Karolyn.



My Review:

The Five Love Languages book is one that my husband and I received as a wedding shower gift almost 18 years ago and is a book that both of us have often referred to over the years. Since that best selling book released, others have been added to the collection. Most recently, The Five Love Languages of Men. My husband decided to read it and have my let you know his thoughts on the book. 

First off, he is not a fast reader, so I read the first half, and he the second. Here are some of his thoughts:

-a great read, 
-engaged me well, 
-awesome tips on how to meet the love language of my wife (Acts of service and words of affirmation),
-learning my own love language and how to express my needs to my wife,
-ideas for ways to connect with your spouse that are fun and remind you why you fell in love in the first place,
-three major additions to this book makes it applicable to men specifically in that there are tips on how to apologize, how to deal with anger and a ton of illustrations written throughout the book

Overall, he thought it was a great read, and one that all men should read. He thought it would be a great gift for a new engaged couple or a super wedding gift, combined with the original book by Dr. Chapman.

We both highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!


BUY IT: You can purchase The Five Love Languages for Men online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian Book Retailer, from Northfield Publishers.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Return To Exile: A Book Review

About The Book:

How far would you go to save the ones you love?
Six years ago, impossible circumstances forced Dr. Lisbeth Hastings to leave behind the love of her life, not just in another country, but in another time. Her work as a top-notch epidemiologist and parenting her little girl helps alleviate the pain, but at night when her exhausted head hits the pillow, images of her beloved Cyprian haunt her sleep.
Cyprian Thascius returns from political exile a broken man. He’s lost his faith, the love of his life, and his purpose. He attempts to move on, to face the danger that is looming over Carthage, but when Cyprian’s true love suddenly reappears, his heart becomes as imperiled as the fledgling church he seeks to save.
Have the years that kept Lisbeth and Cyprian apart created too wide a chasm to bridge? In the midst of a new epidemic and rising oppression, will their love be the most costly fatality? Filled with gripping action and raw emotion, this spell-binding adventure of star-crossed lovers captivates with every turn of the page in this electric continuation of The Carthage Chronicles.
About The Author:
Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications. She is a professional acting coach, theater director, and playwright. Lynne is an inspirational speaker and dramatic performer who loves spending time with her family and medical therapy dog.
My Review:
Return to Exile is the second book in The Carthage Chronicles, and it is every bit as heart-pounding, page-turning suspenseful, and riveting as the first book. The plot catches your attention from the very beginning and you will be kept on the edge of your seat through the entire book. I wasn't surprised by another cliff hanger (only spoiler I will give) and I am excited to read book three once it releases. The author's descriptive writing will take you back in time like never before. It is absolutely stunning and I felt as though I was experiencing each step that the characters did. All the characters have been developed wonderfully and I cannot see what is next for them!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Return to Exile online here, through Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***