Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Legacy: A Book Review

About The Book:

One young man is about to discover the true cost of independence
For years, Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. His friend Christina hopes what she is seeing online isn't true. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you're ready to grow up. 

Just as things begin to settle down a bit, Doug's life takes a turn that requires every bit of faith and patience for both his family and Christina--whose growing feelings for Doug, a man who writes her off as not worth his time, keep her off balance. Will Doug's crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?


About The Authors:

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of many books, including The DanceThe Promise, and The Desire with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists forRT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary Smalley is one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as OprahLarry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 50 years and live in Missouri.


My Review:

Oh my I need to warn you before reading this book, make sure you have a box of tissues nearby. The Legacy is the final book in The Restoration series and it concluded the series very nicely. 

Walsh and Smalley have made a fantastic writing team. Once again, we are introduced to the Anderson family, in particular the youngest son, Doug. The entire series focuses on relationships and it is no different in this final book. This time it focuses on the parent-child relationship and how no matter what we want for our children, they will almost always make choices we may not agree with. Tough topics were discussed throughout this series were difficult at times, and it was no different in this book. That said, while difficult the authors did a wonderful job writing about these topics and allowed the reader to really connect with the characters as the book is read. In this book, it seems that the authors took the story of the Prodigal Son and modernized it. The power of God's healing and restoration of family are two main themes seen in the book and I loved every minute of this book! 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Legacy online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of 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***

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Heart of the Amish: A Book Review


About The Book:

We have all been hurt and we all have someone we need to forgive. But sometimes it's hard to let go of our hurt and anger in order to truly forgive and move on. 

For the Amish, forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. From daily annoyances to heartbreaking tragedy, they exhibit an incredible capacity for forgiveness that often baffles us. How do they do it? And how can we have the same attitude and ability to forgive?

Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shows you how the Amish are able to release their pain and desire for revenge, and live at peace with others. Her in-depth, personal research uncovers the astounding yet fundamental way the Amish can forgive anyone from the angry customer at the grocery store to the shooter at Nickel Mines. You'll learn how to invite God into your story, apply lessons from the Amish to your own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness.


About The Author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs, as well as many novels about the Amish, including the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Review:

Forgiveness. Not an easy thing to do, and yet we are commanded in God's word to do so. Everyday the news shares terrible situations and experiences that breaks my heart, but one of the most difficult of my recent memory was the shooting Nickel Mines. My heart break, and I was in tears as I watched the news coverage of this tragedy. However, despite the devestating events of that day, hope prevailed in the way the Amish showed love and forgiveness to the shooter, when they really could have shown the opposite. Were they hurt, I have not doubt. Angry, I am certain. But the Amish community of Nickle Mines showed the world that anger did not get the best of them that day, nor should it. I could not imagine losing my children in any manner, yet was so challenged and encouraged by the reactions of the community that day. Oh of course, the Nickel Mines tragedy was not the only story in The Heart of the Amish, just the one that impacted me the most. All the stories within this book were heart-warming, heart-wrenching and overall will touch you wherever you are at in your life journey. You will want tissue with you as you read, as I cried at several of the stories. Forgiveness is not easy, but within these 26 stories you will discover that it is necessary and possible. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Heart of the Amish online at Amazon. It is also available at your favorite local Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing House.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of 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***

Sand in my Sandwich: A Book Review

About The Book:

There is no perfect family, no life free of mess.
But in the midst of all of it, God is there, reminding us, "My child, I got this."

You know that thing when you're in Walmart at noon before you discover you haven't brushed your teeth? Sarah Parshall Perry gets that. She also gets weird things showing up in her bed, her daughter requesting war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Sometimes, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dog's cage and realizing that, yes, dog cages are not for people, but . . . they have stopped getting into trouble.

According to Perry, "The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God." And if the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life is any indication, she's on the fast track to sainthood! A mother of three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, she has experienced plenty of ups and downs. But from the chaos of her "ordinary" life, she pulls truth packed with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make you realize you are not alone in this delightfully messy thing called motherhood. 

So sit back, relax awhile, and get ready to laugh.


You can read an excerpt of Sand in my Sandwich online here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Sarah Parshall Perry (JD, University of Virginia School of Law) is a wife and mother of three young children. She is the coauthor of When the Fairy Dust Settles (with her mother, Janet Parshall) and the author of numerous magazine articles, award-winning short stories, and poetry. Sarah has served in youth ministry for over ten years and is currently writing for www.ChosenFamilies.org where she encourages other families living with disabilities. She lives in Maryland.

My Review:

This is not your typical how-to parenting book. While it has some great tid bits and information that will help your parenting journey. It is so much more than that. It is a reminder that sometimes parenting does not look like we thought it would, yet becomes so much more because of the messes that come with it. Messes that make us who we are as moms, and who make our children who they are. But these messes don't have to be negatives in our lives. Nor should they be. They are meant to make us stronger than we ever thought. We are reminded that sometimes life is hard, very hard, yet with God beside us we will get through it. I loved that the author was raw, vulnerable and honest in her story and even through humor she was so incredibly encouraging! A beautifully written book to be sure.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Sand in my Sandwich online through Amazon. It can also be purchased at your favorite local Christian book retailer.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of 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***

Life Unstuck: A Book Review

About The Book:

No matter where you are today, the life you long for can be yours! 
We all start life with the ability to dream, but somewhere along the way life gets sticky. We find ourselves wondering:

· Does anyone know me for who I really am? 
· Am I going to have to "fake it" forever?
· What do I have to offer the world? 
· How can I dream about tomorrow when I can't even handle today? 
· Is this all my life will ever be? 
· Do I dare to dream of more? 
With passion and enthusiasm, Pat Layton invites you to imagine a life where you experience peace with the past, enjoy purpose in the present, and expect the possibilities that the future holds. With fresh personal tools and clear action steps, she delves deep into the areas we get stuck in the most and unveils the path to the life you long to live

You are a one-of-a-kind design. Life Unstuck will help you live like you believe it! 

You can read an excerpt of Life Unstuck here, in PDF format



About The Author:

Pat Layton, founder and president of Life Impact Network and is a busy speaker, author, and life coach specializing in "dream design" for women. She is founder of "Imagine Me . . . Redeemed, Restored, Renewed . . . Set Free," a national women's conference, and the author of A Surrendered Life. She and her husband, Mike, have three children and five grandchildren.

My Review:

Life Unstuck is the perfect read for anyone who feels stuck in life. Whether it's in your job, finances, marriage or whatever. It is not always easy to be stuck but God can carry us through any time we feel this way, we just have to let Him. We have to surrender our thoughts of the past and present and move forward to what He wants to use us for. I love that the author is vulnerable and shares her stuck moments from life. This makes her relatable and real for those reading the book.  The book is very well written with many personal stories from the author, lots of scripture, and each chapter has many reflection questions for the reader to use for both individual and small group study. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Life Unstuck online through Amazon. It can also be purchased at your favorite local Christian book retailer.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of 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***

You're Loved No Matter What: A Book Review

About The Book:

As women, we tend to think that if we could only get our act together, life would be perfect. But you're not supposed to be perfect. You're supposed to be human. And humans are messy, flawed, glorious, and deeply loved.

It's time to lay down those unrealistic expectations that exhaust you.
It's time to embrace who you are--even the messy parts.
It's time to start living fully instead of just trying not to fail.

Let's do this. Together.

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How would your life be different if you truly believed you're loved just as you are? Bestselling author Holley Gerth shares how God wants to set our hearts free by revealing the lies we believe as well as the scandalous grace and acceptance offered to us instead. She helps us lay down our unrealistic expectations so we can embrace who God created us to be, pursue his purpose for our lives, and offer others the love we've been freely given.


You can read an excerpt of You Are Loved No Matter What here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You're Already AmazingYou're Made for a God-Sized DreamYou're Going to Be Okay, and more. She's also cofounder of the popular website (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Learn more at www.holleygerth.com

My Review:

Holley Gerth is by one of the authors over the last three years or so that have hugely impacted me through her works. Every time I read one of her books I come away from it so encouraged and challenged. And I always look forward to her new works. Once again, Holley has done a wonderful job in You're Loved No Matter What. 

For many years I have struggled with confidence issues and low self esteem. Even after becoming a wife, and mother, and having several close friends, I have struggled with seeking approval from people in my life, to always look like the so-called perfect wife, mother and friend. It has only been in the last few years that I have truly embraced my roles as these things and more importantly, I have begun to let go of the idea that I need to be perfect.

Holley Gerth's books are always full of amazing quotes, including these personal favorites from You're Loved No Matter What:

*“Because here’s the secret: in the kingdom of God, as long as you’re still fighting, you’re winning. God doesn’t hand out medals for performance. He hands out crowns for perseverance.” 

*“God does have a perfect will. But it’s not like a straight path. It’s more like a GPS route. God has destinations for our lives, yes, but he also understands there will be detours, wrong turns, and delays along the way.” 
*“One reason we strive so hard to be perfect is to silence that critical voice in our minds. So let’s pause right now and agree on this together: that critical voice is not God.” 
*“your greatest hurt will probably be your greatest ministry.” 
*“God says you’re one of a kind. He wants you to become more of who he created you to be, not a copy of someone else.” 
*“Men are not our problem; it’s what we are trying to get from them that messes us up.” 
*“He shows us that our lives are about love and not performance. He extends mercy rather than demands. So even when we fall short in the eyes of others, we can still be confident standing tall in his. And we can lift others up by offering them true grace rather than our personal guidelines.” 

These are just a few of the amazing nuggets found in this book. It was a truly wonderful reminder that God loves us no matter what state we are in. We do not have to be perfect and need to stop striving for the elusive thing we call perfectionism. We don't need it, we need Him. With encouraging words, lots of scriptural reference and over all challenging us to give up being perfect, this is a book all women need to read. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase You Are Loved No Matter What online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of 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***

Every Bride Needs A Groom: A Book Review

About The Book:

Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding--the groom.
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she's sure he'll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn't just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie's boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her--on the very same day she wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--discover her humiliating secret if she does?


You can read an excerpt of Every Bride Needs A Groom here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series, the Backstage Pass series, and the Weddings by Design series. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.
My Review:

I loved this book! With humor, romance, quirky characters and wonderful story lines, I fell in love with this book from the very beginning. Janice Thompson is one of my favorite authors of romantic comedy novels, and I was very excited to read this newest release from her. I was not disappointed. It is the first book in the new, "Brides With Style" series and yet it was full of characters from past series by this author. If you have read any of the authors previous novels, you will be excited to see Bella, Gabi and several other great characters united with new ones like Katie and Brady. This was one of the cutest books I have read and probably my favorite from this author.The story has fun moments, tense moments and overall was a great read. The road for Katie and Brady is not an easy one, and their story is not yet completed in this book. Book 2 of the series, Every Girl Gets Confused, will continue their story, when it is released in October 2015. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Every Bride Needs a Groom online through Amazon. It is also available at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of 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***

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Love Like Ours: A Book Review and Blog Tour

About The Book:

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?
About The Author:
Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky’s work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.
Find out more about Becky at http://beckywade.com.
My Review:
The Porter Family Novels by Becky Wade are one of my favorite series to read and I absolutely adored the third installement, A Love Like Ours. 
Real life experiences. Real life characters that we all can relate to.  And I am a sucker for a good romance novel. This was a clean, fun romance that also tackled big issues like dealing with a chronic illness (in this case cerebral palsy), PTSD, and how to return to a "new normal" after being in the war. Very difficult topics, yet the author did a wonderful job writing about them. It was clear much research was done by Becky Wade, as the book was very well written, flowed nicely and made you feel like you were right in the action of the book's story lines.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase A Love Like Ours online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing House. 
***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***

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Side By Side: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:


In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia’s life collides with that of another young woman.

A young Christian American mother, Mia finds more than one dark secret on the streets of Khartoum. She finds Halimah, a young, upper-class Arab student with a bright future in her family’s business whose risky and secretive decision has put her life in danger. What happens when the path of a young mother intersects with that of a spunky Sudanese student? God transforms them both . . . forever.
Part of New Hope® Publishers’ contemporary missional fiction line, Side by Side opens the reader’s eyes to the life of Muslims in Sudan as well as some of the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith as well as pray for the salvation of those who persecute.

About The Author:

Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, were living in a remote African town. After 13 years residing in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband and their their boys moved to Southeast Asia, where they currently live. You can learn more about Jana at www.janakelley.com

My Review:

This. Book. 

If there is one book you need to read in 2015 THIS IS IT!

By far, Side by Side is the most compelling novel I have read in a very long time. It was engrossing from the very beginning and I was up very late into the night reading this book.

To read the descriptions of Muslim girls in Sudan was absolutely heartwrenching. That anyone would be treated the way these girls are is so incredibly sad. However, what warmed my heart in the midst of pain and destruction was the friendship between Mia and Halimah. It was a beautiful friendship and a wonderful example of God's hand on both of their lives. It was an incredible book to write, and it really brings to life the hardships that Christian missionaries will, and do, face in Islamic countries. And a lovely recollection of how God uses His people.  A stunning, haunting book that will impact all who read it. The work of missionaries is a very important one, and books written like Side By Side are equally important to remind us of this work. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Side By Side online through Amazon. It can also be purchased at your favorite local Christian book retailer

***I received a complimentary electronic book 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***



About The Author:
Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend college. She and her husband married a month after she graduated and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. Together with her husband and three boys, Jana enjoys travel and overseas living. After thirteen years in Africa and the Middle East, Jana and her family moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.
My Review:
BUY IT: You can purchase Side By Side online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary electronic 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, May 12, 2015

God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea: A Blog Review

About The Book:

In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments.
God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.
About The Author:
Rose Chandler Johnson's devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from a tiny Georgia town, and has lived near Augusta, Georgia, for the last twenty-eight years. For the last twenty years, Rose has been a French and English teacher. She's also worked as a counselor, librarian, and ESOL teacher. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.
My Review:
When a little book is so full of encouragement and challenge that it makes you read it twice, you know its a keeper. That is just what God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea is. With personal stories from the authors life embedded throughout the book, the reader is challenged to find God in our everyday experiences, good or bad, tough or easy. Each devotional is short and will only take a few moments to read, as well you will find scripture to focus on and even questions to journal out your thoughts on the devotional you read. A perfect gift for any woman in your life.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer. 
***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***

To Win Her Favor: A Book Review

About The Book:

A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.
An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie’s father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail—Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
About The Author:
Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don’t forget Jack, their precious–and precocious–silky terrier.
My Review:
Tamera Alexander has done it again with the second standalone book in the Belle Meade Plantation series. Just like the first book, this one contained amazing descriptions of plantation life, making me feel like I was right there experiencing exactly what each character was. Stunning descriptions flowed wonderfully and allowed me to be drawn into the book from the very first pages. I was absolutely taken by the relationship development between Cullen and Maggie and it was clear that as you read you see them mature in their faith as well. This was absolutely not a fluff read, it was clear that much research was done to make this a top notch novel and I cannot wait to read more from Ms. Alexander.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase To Win Her Favor online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer from Zondervan.
***I received a complimentary electronic 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***

Buried Secrets: A Book Review

About The Book:

They both wanted quieter, safer lives.
But crime never sleeps . . . 
and killers keep killing.

After years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant is ready for the kinder, gentler life of a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes department resources. Enter ex-Navy SEAL Mac McGregor, the detective sent by the county to assist on the case. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales--and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.


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

About The Author:

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women's fiction novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist. 

www.irenehannon.com

My Review:

Irene Hannon is a fantastic author and has been a favorite of mine in the mystery romance genre for some time now. I have read all her books and was so excited to read this most recent release, Buried Secrets. It did not disappoint. Filled with twists and turns aplenty, great storylines, characters that I could relate to and experiences that could happen to any one of us, this book flowed great and I cannot wait to see what comes next from this prolific author. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Buried Secrets at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. It is also available through Amazon

***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***

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor’s story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.

Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

About The Author:

Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal Reviews’ “Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction)” for February 2015.

Cambron is an art/design manager at TheGROVEstory.com storytelling ministry. She holds a degree in art history from Indiana University and has nearly 15 years of experience in instructional design and communications for a Fortune-100 company. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.

Find out more about Kristy at http://kristycambron.com.

My Review:

The Butterfly and the Violin was my absolute favorite piece of fiction I read in 2014, so when the opportunity to read the follow up book, I had to jump at the chance to review it. Oh my readers, it was a true joy to read A Sparrow in Terezin. I have been obsessed with WWII novels but seriously these two books are by far two of my favorites, along with author Tricia Goyer.

The first thing that caught my attention with A Sparrow in Terezin was the stunningly, haunting cover. Also, I loved that the book took a page from the true life stories of art history, specifically the children's art in Terezin. From the author's notes in the book, I discovered that of 15,000 children that were to have passed through Terezin, only 100 survived. This is so terribly sad to me, that so many parents lost their children, and ultimately those surviving children lost parents. Thankfully their stories live on through the book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944. 

The book itself was stunning, and drew me in from the very first pages. Sera and William are back in this book, and it was a delight to see their relationship develop even more so in this book. As heartbreaking as the true history is behind this novel, author Kristy Cambron brought it to life in a very raw, honest and absolutely beautiful manner, complete with a reverence that it so deserves. May we never forget the events of the concentration camps and the lives changed in them. The author is an absolutely fantastic story teller, and more then once she had me in tears as I read A Sparrow in Terezin.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase A Sparrow in Terezin online 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***