Monday, August 25, 2014

Hope Rising: A Book Review

About The Book:


Extreme poverty does not have to exist. When Christians accept that fact and start living accordingly, we will find the solution is already within our reach.
Worldwide, 19,000 children die from preventable deaths every day. If that statistic leaves you feeling powerless, you are not alone-but you are wrong. If a false sense of powerlessness has lulled you into apathy, it's time to shake off the grogginess of low expectations and get to work. We can make this world a place where kids do not die from easily preventable diseases.
In Hope Rising, Scott Todd of Compassion International pens a galvanizing, comprehensive vision of the movement that will eradicate extreme global poverty through transformative Christian generosity-and do it within our lifetime. Todd provides riveting evidence to show that we are much closer to that goal than you might think.
According to Todd, we live in an historic moment, and chances are you are already part of it. The gospel is already reshaping lives from thoughtless consumption to informed concern. Twenty-first-century Christians are generating multi-continent grassroots movements through communications and travel. Public and private sectors are working together. It's a whole new era of philanthropy, compassion, and justice aimed at eradicating the pandemic of extreme global poverty.
This is a future we have the God-given power to create. This is the history we hope to write.
As Todd envisions, "The twenty-first-century Christians embraced the entirety of their gospel-the truths it proclaims and the muscles it demands-with a new integrity. They did not deteriorate into humanist liberalism, as some had feared. Nor did they pile works on top of Grace…They simply determined that their world did not need to have children dying of preventable causes such as dirty water."
About The Author:
Scott C. Todd, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Global Advocacy at Compassion International. During his ten years of service at Compassion he has held a number of posts, including Director of Compassion's HIV/AIDS Initiative, Child Survival Programs, and a range of special programs serving children in poverty around the world.
My Review:
Hope Rising was definitely an eye-opening read. My family and I have been supporters of Compassion Canada for several years, and so were aware of some of the statistics regarding world poverty. However, Hope Rising, made me aware on an even more shocking level. It was a stunning reminder that faith is more than just believing in something, but acting on that faith. And what better way to act on it, but to help eliminate poverty on a global level. But the author goes a step further to explain that more than food, water and shelter, what people need most is to know Christ, and that is where we are supposed to step up. The book was well organized, but at times repetitive. I did enjoy the book overall though. It would be a great book for all church leaders, and all Christians really, to read, digest in deep discussion, and act out to help end poverty.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Hope Rising at your favorite bookseller from Thomas Nelson
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Book Look Bloggers and Thomas Nelson, 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, August 23, 2014

Relaxing With God: A Book Review

About The Book:

Jesus didn't come to get you to do more or work harder. He came to give you rest!
Jesus calls us to exchange the heavy yoke around our necks for something he said is "easy" and "light." So why are many Christians feeling weighed down and burned out? The simple answer is that we're constantly being told we should "do more" and "be more" for God.
Bestselling author Andrew Farley calls this what it is--works-based religion--and presents us with a surprising paradox: good works spring from spiritual rest. So if you long to experience true release from the crushing expectations that the world--and the church--often throws your way, you'll find lasting hope in this unexpected message.


You can read an excerpt of Relaxing With God here, in PDF format



About The Author:

Andrew Farley is the lead pastor of Church Without Religion (ChurchWithoutReligion.com) and bestselling author of The Naked Gospel, God without ReligionHeaven Is Now, and The Hurt & The Healer. Andrew's live call-in radio program airs nationwide each Sunday on Sirius XM. Connect with Andrew on Facebook and Twitter (@DrAndrewFarley). Get free downloads and learn more at www.andrewfarley.org

My Review:

 At the beginning of each year I always pick a word that I will focus on through the year, and apply it to all parts of my life. This year I chose the word, "Discipline". Little did I know just how much this choice would impact me, and just how much it was a "God-thing" that I chose it. In the last eight months of 2014, I have read a couple of books (for review) about spiritual discipline and heard two sermon series on this very topic. Do you think this is something God wanted to have me learn about? Absolutely!

Spiritual Discipline. When I think of this word I used to think, "oh now what do I have do?" But in the last year I have really began to dig into what the practice of spiritual discipline really is. Most of the resources I have dug into have been ones that give an overview of the various disciplines but recently I had the opportunity to read about one specific one in the book, Relaxing With God.

God has always said "rest in me", "be still and know" and "come to me, all who are weary and I will give you rest". But in this day and age it is all too easy to be in the "go, go, go" mind set and not rest when we really should. Too much to do and that to-do list does not usually have rest on it.

Relaxing With God has been just the book I needed to read in the journey I am on in my life at this moment.  It is a beautiful reminder that we are not to be in bondage to performing as a Christian but to be in a relationship with the Creator. With Bible-Based truths and powerful reminders this is a great read. While a quick read, it is chocked full of valuable truths that will impact you for life. I especially loved the seven part discussion/study guide at the end, and hope to dig further into God's word through it.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Relaxing With God at your favorite bookseller from Baker Books, 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***

Love Comes Home: A Book Review

About The Book:

When the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.
World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be.


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

About The Author:

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel SisterSmall Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels--The OutsiderThe BelieverThe SeekerThe Blessed, and The Gifted--and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

My Review:

Once again author Ann H. Gabhart has brought the reader into the world of post-World War II, which a style of writing that only she can do. You will meet many of the same books from the first  two books in this series, Rosey Corner,as well as meet new characters that will touch your heart. The book does not steer clear from difficult issues, tackling the issue of PSTD in depth,  and there is likely at least one character that one will relate to as the book is read. We see that life is not always perfect yet God carries us at the times we think all hope is gone.

The writing style of this book drew me in from the first pages and held my attention until the last pages. The characters were raw, honest and allowed me to really connect, even though they were fictional. It is clear that the author did much research to make this a very authentic read, and I cannot wait to read more from this exciting author.
Up next from Ann H. Gabhart is a book called The Innocent, from the Shaker series. It will release in Summer 2015.


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

BUY IT: You can purchase Love Comes Home at your favorite bookseller 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, August 21, 2014

A Match of Wits: A Book Review

About The Book:

After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancée, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she'll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home... until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they'll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics. 

Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth--until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format
About The Author:

Jen Turano, author of A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and A Talent for Trouble, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.

My Review:

Jen Turano has done it again!

A Match of Wits is a super cute read full of bantering between the awesome characters, full of wit, and full of fun romance! I thought all the characters were very well developed and found myself reading late into the night to see what would come of the various interactions and relationships that existed within this superb read! The story flowed very nicely, and I love that the author made me feel like I was watching each scene as if I were right there. 

While A Match of Wits is the fourth book (and final) in the Ladies of Distinction series, it does well as a stand alone novel as well. This book was a fantastic end to a much loved series! I look forward to what is next for author Jen Turano. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase A Match Of Wits at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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

Murder at the Mikado: A Book Review

About The Book:

When a celebrated ACTOR IS FOUND MURDERED IN HIS DRESSING ROOM, all signs point to Drew's old flame. But behind the curtains nothing is what it seems and this quickly becomes hisMOST puzzling case YET.
Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Landis, a former girlfriend, reappears, in dire need of his help. She's married now, no longer an actress--but the lead actor in her former troupe's production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police's number one suspect.

Drew would rather focus on his fiancée, Madeline Parker, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur and her family in the lurch--even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline begin investigating, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. It seems nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between.

Both the murder case and the presence of the beautiful, exotic Fleur put a heavy strain on Drew and Madeline's relationship. Will their still-young romance survive the pressure?


You can read an excerpt of Murder at the Mikado here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Julianna Deering has always loved British history and literature and is particularly a fan of the classic mysteries written by Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and now works for an attorney specializing in wills and estate planning. She lives outside Dallas, Texas, where she loves to quilt, cross-stitch, and watch hockey. Learn more at www.juliannadeering.com

My Review:

A classic who-dun-it with superb characters that will have you reading late into the night.

That is what you get as you read the latest book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series from author Julianna Deering. Combining mystery, historical fiction and romance, you will be on the edge of your seat as you read this book! With fun characters, plot twists, and great story lines you will not want to miss this one.  It was a fun read, perfect for summer reading and I look forward to reading what comes next from this author.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Murder at the Mikado at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Revell Reads Blogging 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***

Captured By Love: A Book Review

About The Book:

Michigan Territory, 1814A voyageur and a young woman swept up in a time of upheaval and danger
discover firsthand the high price of freedom.

The British Army has taken control of Michilimackinac Island and its fort, forcing the Americans to swear an oath of loyalty to the crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a fur trader who returns after being away from the island for years, only to find the family farm a shambles and those he cares about starving and at the mercy of British invaders.

Torn between the adventurous life of fur trading and guilt over neglecting his defenseless mother, Pierre is drawn deeper into the fight against the British--and into a relationship with Angelique MacKenzie, a childhood friend who's grown into a beautiful woman. She now finds herself trapped by the circumstances of war and poverty, and the cruelty of her guardian, Ebenezer Whiley.

As tensions mount and the violence rages on, Pierre and Angelique must decide where their loyalties rest and how much they'll risk for love.


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

You can use the following discussion questions for a book club here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of The Doctor's Lady and The Preacher's Bride. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at JodyHedlund.com.



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My Review:

Jody Hedlund is a newer author for me to have read in the last two years, but she is by far one of my new favorites! Captured By Love is the third book in the Michigan Brides series and let me say this is my fave book by far in this series!

The book takes you back to 1814 in the Michigan Territory and you will be delighted as you read the journey of Pierre Durant and Angelique MacKenzie! The character development is flawless and the story line is choked full of historical facts based on Mackinac Island. It is very evident that the author does an extensive amount of research and the story line of this book does a wonderful job of combining true events with fiction. With each chapter read, I was feeling as though I was engaging with the characters and all they experienced. 

 As I finished reading Captured By Love, I could not help but wonder what comes next for the author. One look at her website answered that question! Love Unexpected, the first book in the Beacon of Hope series, will release in December 2014! Can't wait to read that one!

I highly recommend recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Captured By Love at your favorite book seller 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***

Friday, August 15, 2014

Odyssey Adventure Club iPad Mini Giveaway!

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 The end of summer is in sight, and OAC is giving away an iPad Mini back-to-school bundle! It might seem like summer just began for your kids, so if they need some added motivation to get their homework done, remind them they can jump on the Odyssey Adventure Club after their papers are written and their math problems are solved.

As members, your kids can also listen to Album 58 before the album is released to the public! Sign up today for just $5!

Here's what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):
It’s a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming “Let’s Get Together Festival” in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.
Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive. Plus, here's a sneak peek of a new episode called "The Lone Lawman"!
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 Jason, Whit, Red and the gang rustle up herds of fun while performing a new Kids’ Radio show set in the Old West. “The Lone Lawman” features a confused boy getting mixed up with a shifty band of bank robbers. Can a hero on horseback set things right? See just how wild the West can get in this action-packed send-up of old-time radio dramas.

NOW . . . on to the iPad Mini back-to-school bundle. One grand prize winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 27th. All winners will be announced August 28th on the widget on this page.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit this page again on the 28th to see if you won! (You'll see the winner's name in the widget.)



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stuck Together: A Book Review

About The Book:

When a lawman who values order gets stuck with a feisty crusader who likes to stir things up, there's going to be trouble in Texas! 
Now that she's settled in town, Tina Cahill is determined to get Broken Wheel's saloon closed for good. To that end, she pickets outside the place every afternoon. Unfortunately, so far no one has paid any attention.

Vince Yates earned the nickname "Invincible Vince" because of his reputation for letting absolutely nothing stop him. But Vince is about to face his biggest challenge yet: his past has just caught up with him. His father, mother, and the sister he didn't know he had show up in Broken Wheel without warning. His father is still a schemer. His mother is showing signs of dementia. And his surprise sister quickly falls for one of Vince's best friends. Vince suddenly has a lot of people depending on him, and Tina doesn't approve of how he's handling any of them.

With nearly every other man in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with strong-willed Tina over and over again. Of course, Tina is the prettiest woman he's ever seen, so if he could just get her to give up her crazy causes, he might go ahead and propose. But he's got one more surprise coming his way: Tina's picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger.
You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format
About The Author:

Mary Connealy is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romances. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her cowboy husband and has four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.

My Review:

The Trouble In Texas series by author Mary Connealy has been such a treat for me to read over the last year, and I was estatic when I found out book three, Stuck Together was available to review. I was not disappointed!

Tina and Vince were fantastic as the main characters in this final book of Connealy's series. It was great to see how well they developed in this fast-paced book that kept me up late reading on several nights. While most of the time with a series I say that books can stand alone well, that is not the case here. It would be ideal if the first two books were read first, to eliminate  confusion. I loved the underlying theme of overcoming our past in order to appreciate our future and not lose out on something, or someone, that God has meant for us. A message that all of us can appreciate. I love the style of writing that Mary Connealy uses, as she made me visualize each scene and I felt that I was experiencing exactly what the characters did.

I can't wait to see what is next for this author, and I will for sure be going back and reading other books from her!

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

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

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

Friday, July 25, 2014

Family, Community, and a Free Episode of Adventures in Odyssey


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 For a limited time, you can listen to a new episode of Adventures in Odyssey for FREE! Album 58, The Ties that Bind, will be available this fall for digital download and CD purchase, but if you join the Odyssey Adventures Club, you can listen to the full album now! Guess what? The $5 special held last month was extended through the end of July, too, so you can join in the fun for only $5!
Here's what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):



It’s a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming “Let’s Get Together Festival” in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.

Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive.
One way families can carry out God's design for families is by serving their community—right where God has planted them, being His hands and feet together. Want to serve your community with your family, maybe make a day of out it? Here are some fantastic ideas from some Adventures in Odyssey bloggers and club members:



  • Make scarves through the year and deliver them to your local homeless shelter at the start of winter, or regularly donate food to your local food bank. —Shirley 

  • Our family likes to help with Meals on Wheels. We also do reenactments of the Civil War and WWII to help educate people on history. I like to show my kids that we should be servers and givers by taking meals to people who need them (i.e. baby just born, someone died, someone had surgery, etc.). —Erin 

  • We have been visiting a nursing home with friends once a month. The kids just sing and then we fellowship, but the ladies love it! —Lisa 

  • We make lap blankets for nursing home residents and take the time to visit with them. We also collect food for the local food pantry. —Donna 

  • We make blessing bags to give to the homeless when we encounter them. We also donate clothes and food to a local shelter. —Amy 

  • Our MOPs (Mothers of Prechoolers) group supports our local Pregnancy Support Services with donations, gifts, and notes. We also supports the Durham Rescue Mission, which helps people break free from addictions and restore families. —Melissa 

  • We live in a very rural area. Our church serves two of the poorest zip codes in the state, and about a decade ago, they started operating a food pantry out of a closet. It has expanded since then, so we now use the closet for storage, but the pantry is basically a classroom. The kids and I serve over there a lot. My 17-year-old and I go to Care & Share (50 miles away) to get food to bring back to the pantry. All of us help unload and stock shelves. On pantry days, everyone can get involved with helping people go through the line, playing with the kids, carrying boxes out to cars, etc. There are so many hungry folks, especially in the summer when school breakfasts and lunches aren't available, and helping a bit to put food on some tables is such a blessing for us all. —Debra 

  • We pack food bags each month for the homeless and needy through a thrift store that offers an outreach to the community. We also help clean our church and our Sunday school. —Michele 

  • We work through our AHG troop to do several service activities a year. My girls just recently made bracelets they are selling, which 100% of the profits goes to Hope House in Africa to help young girls. —Sarah 

  • Our church works with a homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta. We cook food ahead of time, and when our schedules allow we ride down with the group to serve the food. My son always reminds me when we haven't been for awhile, so it's something he looks forward to. —Maria 

  • We do lots of random acts of kindnesses within our community: pay for others' meals, leave change at a vending machine, hand out Gatorade/granola bars to people on the side of the road asking for food. We also love to support Mobile Loaves and Fishes. —Kathryn

Did that provide some ideas to give your family service activity the kick-start it needs? What other ideas do you have for serving your community? Share in the comments!



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Seagrass Pier: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:

In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger’s memories . . . before they cost her everything.
Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.
But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks—and vivid dreams of being strangled—she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor’s murder.
Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked—by a man she’s only met in her nightmares.
The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin’s daughter.
Of course, he doesn’t know about that. Yet.
Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there’s no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her—before she remembers too much.
About The Author:
Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. "Seagrass Pier," the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble’s addictive brand of romantic suspense. 
My Review:
Seagrass Pier is the third book in the Hope Beach series is was SO GOOD! With a fast pace, and a serious amount of suspense, I GUARANTEE you will be up all night reading to find out what happens next. It really was full of twists, turns, action galore and amazing characters aplenty. 
Colleen Coble is getting better with each book written, and I have written a ton of her books! This one had me on the edge of my seat and I was so enthralled by it that when my husband walked in the room one night, I actually screamed :) Coble has an amazing gift in writing and I am so glad to be able to read her works. This book got my attention from page one and I cannot wait to see what Colleen Coble writes next!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Seagrass Pier 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***

Four Weddings and A Kiss: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:

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Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy
Maisy MacGregor’s reckless ways injured rancher Rylan Carstens, endangering his livelihood. So she signs on as his caregiver – but just until he’s well enough to run his ranch. Maisy’s tender care soon has Ryan falling hard and fast. Can these two willfull souls give up their solitary ways to embrace love?
A Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher
Molly Everton writes the most popular features in her town’s newspaper. When newcomer Jack Ludgrove is named the new editor, Molly is flabbergasted. She wants the position for herself and will do what it takes to get it. But Jack is not easily intimidated. He’s determined to change Molly’s mind about him – and win her heart too.
A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton
Katie Pearl must rebuild her ranch after the tornado, but she can’t do it on her own. Treb Rayburn is a cowboy with a serious case of wanderlust. He signs on to help Katie so he can afford a new horse. But once Treb gets to know Katie, will his desire to stay drown out the call of the open road?
Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley
Grace Davenport is a young widow in a heap of trouble. When her son asks attorney Brock Daniels to take on her case, Brock wants to say no, but then he meets the lovely Grace. As Brock and the boy work to free Grace, Brock discovers that her arrest may be the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
About The Authors:
**Margaret Brownley is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author and has penned more than thirty novels. Her books have won numerous awards and has written for a TV soap opera. @margaretbrownley
**Robin Lee Hatcher is a Christy and RITA award-winning author. She is the author of over seventy novels and her work often appear on bestseller lists. @robinleehatcher
**Mary Connealy is an award-winning author of romantic comedy with cowboys. Mary and her Nebraska rancher husband have four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren. @MaryConnealy
**Debra Clopton is an award winning author of sweet, heartfelt, western romance that face life with a smile. With over 2 million books in print, Debra’s first book-to-movie aired on ABC Family and starred LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton
My Review:
As much as I love novels, and non-fiction, there is a time when sometimes a quick read from a Novella is exactly what this book-lover needs! Whether it's for a short road trip, reading pool or beach side, or while snuggled up with a quilt and cup of tea, a novella often is the perfect book to bring you into a great story, when you are short on time. This is seen particularly in the above book, Four Weddings and A Kiss.
Four of my favorite authors have joined forces for a set of four super stories! Each story contains well written, fast paced stories that will introduce you to a great cast of characters, each with their own pros and cons, yet they are such that each can be related to. 
I found myself visualizing each story and it was like watching mini-movies in my mind, and being right in each scene with the heroines within each story! 
A great read, perfect for summer or anytime! 
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Four Weddings and a Kiss online through 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***

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Penny Wise: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:

Michelle Jasper doesn’t have much time to hang out with her neighbors—not with thirteen-year-old twins, another teen with hoop dreams, a full-time job as a caseworker, volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, and heading up the women’s ministry at Northside Baptist. Her husband’s constantly changing shifts as an air traffic controller at the world’s busiest airport—Chicago’s O’Hare International—and responsibilities as a trusted deacon at Northside only add to the juggling act at the Jasper household.
Her new neighbors, Harry and Estelle Bentley, mean well with their friendly efforts to bring people together, but how can she deal with neighborhood concerns—like Greg Singer, who lost his job and is now trying to recruit sales reps from the neighborhood for his new venture—when she’s confronted with tragic family situations daily in her job? Like little Candy and her baby brother Pookey, victims of neglect . . .
With the “tyranny of the urgent” crowding out the important, Michelle is blindsided by danger involving her own kids—and a personal crisis that calls into question the very values she holds dear. How could this happen? Does God even care?
As her life unravels, a missing penny—and a “penny from heaven”—give her a shred of hope. But will God just laugh at her penny test?
About The Authors:
Dave and Neta Jackson are award-winning authors living in the Chicago area where their parallel novels from the Yada Yada House of Hope and Harry Bentley series are set.
As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books.
Find out more about Dave and Neta at http://www.daveneta.com/.
My Review:
I have been a fan of Neta Jackson ever since reading her very first book in the Yada Yada Series, and have read each of her books! This most recent series, Windy Cindy Neighbors, has really fun to read, and the most recent Penny Wise, brings together well loved characters and a few new ones to love on like your best friend.
With humor, and a few serious moments, the Jacksons, write with a style that makes you feel like you are right in each scene experiencing what each character does. I love that! The one thing that I LOVE about Jackson's characters is that they are portrayed as real people with real problems. Anyone who reads this series, as well as others from Neta, will relate to at least one character. I know I did (and do). Not only are the characters real-to-life, but the emphasis that the Jackson's put on trusting in God, and the importance of prayer life, is so wonderfully refreshing! A great book that allows us to meet a new family in the neighborhood, The Jaspers, and see how they interact with the rest of the Jackson's beloved book characters. I truly enjoyed this book and read it quickly, as it was written in a great style and had a great pace to it.
A new book, a parallel to this one, entitled Pound Foolish, is set to release in October 2014, and I look forward to reading it!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase a copy of Penny Wise here, through Dave and Neta's Website.
***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***