Friday, November 21, 2014

The Reason: A Book Review

About The Book:

There is a reason you exist . . . 
The day Lacey Sturm planned to kill herself was the day her old life ended. As an atheist who hated Christians, she thought church was a place for hypocrites, fakers, and simpletons. After a screaming match with her grandmother, she ended up in the back of a sanctuary, hating everyone in the room. But what happened in that room is The Reason she is alive today.

With raw vulnerability, this hard rock princess tells her story of physical abuse, depression, suicidal struggles, and more--and her ultimate salvation. She asks the hard questions--Why am I here? Why am I empty? Why should I go on living?--showing that beyond the temporary highs and the soul-crushing lows is a reason each of us exists and a purpose for our lives.


You can read an excerpt of The Reason here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Lacey Sturm is a mother, wife, writer, speaker, and musician. Originally the voice behind the platinum-selling international rock band Flyleaf, she is now a solo artist. But most of all, she is one of God's works of art, and she wants others to know and understand how special, how beautiful, how kaleidoscopically wonderful we are all made. Lacey speaks for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and its Rock the River events. She cofounded the Whosoever Movement and helped begin the RESET movement as one of their key speakers. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. For more information, visit www.laceysturm.com.

My Review:

A powerful, inspiring, and dramatic read that will remind you of the healing that can only come through faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Lacey Sturm writes with an emotional rawness that will grip you from the first words to the last and keep your attention throughout your reading of The Reason. Sturm reminds us that regardless of where we came from, our future is not doomed. Through our crisis' God uses that for His purpose, and there is always a purpose and because we are here for a purpose, our confidence can be found in Him, if we surrender all to Him. The experiences that the author shares will be familiar to some, but the emotions will resonate with all who read The Reason. You will be challenged and encouraged as you read it to remember there is always a reason to live. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Reason at your favorite book retailer from Baker Books, 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***

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Truth Be Told: A Book Review

About The Book:

Sometimes the truth can be dangerous... 
When Amelia Wagner takes over her father's newspaper in 1893 Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have serious consequences. Her father's revealing articles about the Great Western Investment Company have caught the attention of the wrong people, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father's statements.

Determined to find out the real story, Amelia begins her own investigation. She's joined by Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who's been assigned to keep tabs on her for the good of the company, a man Amelia finds both perplexing and intriguing.


What they uncover stuns them both--and has far-reaching implications for not only Ben and Amelia but all of Granite Springs. Can they reveal the truth before the enemy finds a way to silence them for good?


About The Author:

Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and antelope really do play--within view of the family's front porch. Visit her website at www.authorcarolcox.com.

My Review:

What happens when you combine a Western, mystery-suspense and a little bit of romance to a novel?

You get an absolutely phenomenal read from author Carol Cox. I have read her other books, but honestly by far, Truth Be Told is my favorite one to date. I could not seriously put this book down, and in fact stayed up late into a Friday evening reading it. The book takes you into the world of 1800's journalism, complete with corruption and greed, and you will feel as though you are right in each scene. I could seriously visualize all that the characters did, and would love to see this book as a movie.

 The book flowed nicely between scenes, and the characters are developed very nicely as well. You will find yourself liking some of the characters and very much disliking some but it all adds to a remarkable read that would be perfect for fans of this author as a Christmas gift this upcoming holiday season. 

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

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

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Bethany House Blogger Review 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***

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Veggie Tales in the House - Coming Soon To Netflix!!!

Are you a Veggie Tales loving family?

Then I have some great news for you! The all new series, Veggie Tales in the House, is coming to Netflix NEXT WEEK, specifically November 26. I know we are so excited, as a family, to enjoy this new addition to the Veggie Tales line of family friendly, fun television viewing.



To get a serving of Veggies anytime you want them, the VeggieTales Holiday Hotline is available toll-free (from the U.S. ONLY) anytime of day or night. Just call (844) 2-VEGGIE – or 1-844-283-4443 – to hear Bob and Larry tell jokes, sing Silly Songs, and share Bible verses, as well as provide more information about VeggieTales In the House.

I will have some more Veggie news soon, so keep your eyes peeled (yes, pun intended) on the blog until then!

With Every Breath: A Book Review

About The Book:

In the shadow of the nation's capital, Kate Livingston's respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she'd hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now. 

Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor's past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.
As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.


About The Author:

Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of four books, including Against the Tide (2012), winner of a RITA Award, Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Visit her website at www.elizabethcamden.com.

My Review:

With amazing characters, an intriguing story line, plots that will keep you on the edge of your seat and reading late into the night, this most recent release from prolific author, Elizabeth Camden is sure to knock your socks off! I absolutely adored reading the book, but beyond that finding myself completely immersed in all that was going on in the book. There were several times as I was read that I was completely floored, but in a great way! The book combines my love for historical fiction, and combines it with a little bit of romance and social issues of the day. A very good read that will keep your attention throughout the book. Another great hit from this author and I am very excited to see what comes next from her.

With Every Breath would be the perfect gift idea for the Christian historical fiction fan on your Christmas shopping list this holiday season.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase With Every Breath at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Bethany House Blogger Review 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, November 11, 2014

Becoming Bea: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance?

Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.

One person she’ll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They’ve known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits. When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or will they damage their relationship beyond repair?

About The Author:

 Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller "The Amish Midwife," a 2012 Christy Award winner; ECPA bestseller "Courting Cate," first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series; and "Beyond the Blue," winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She and her familyl live in Portland, Oregon.Learn more at www.lesliegould.com.

My Review:

I have absolutely adored reading The Courtships of Lancaster County by Leslie Gould. It has wit and humor, serious times and funny times, and overall is a delightful Amish Fiction novel from a wonderful author. The fourth book, Becoming Bea, is inspired by the Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing, and was a fabulous read. 

The characters and storyline draws you in from the beginning and I loved the autumn colors that made the cover pop. I loved the character of Bea, and it was great to see how her character developed through the novel, as well as her relationship with Ben. It was a fun read, and I loved that some characters from the other three books in the series where re-introduced. This book could be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading the other three books so you are familiar with character histories and story lines. This was definitely a fun way to read Shakespeare for sure, throughout this series. A definite highlight for me to be sure.

I was not sure how the ending of the book would be but it was concluded nicely, without giving any spoilers, and I cannot wait to see what comes next from this author.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Becoming Bea online through Amazon.com - it is also available through your favorite local book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



***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, November 4, 2014

I Have Seen God: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:

The miraculous founding of a top class hospital for some of the world’s poorest people
Klaus-Dieter and Martina John–both brilliant, talented, and highly qualified doctors–turned their backs on lucrative careers to follow their dream to open a first-rate medical facility for the Indians of the Peruvian Andes, some of the world’s poorest people. 

The Peruvian Andes natives suffer appallingly from the diseases of poverty and, although they make up approximately 40 percent of Peru’s population, are ignored by the authorities.

Having studied at the universities of Harvard, Yale, and Johannesburg during his training as a surgeon, Dr. Klaus-Dieter John together with his wife, Dr. Martina John, a pediatrician, developed a concept for a modern hospital in the Peruvian Highlands.

Turning down other offers, including a professorship, they set themselves the task of raising the millions of dollars needed. God opened the hearts and consciences of individuals and companies to create not just a health center, but a fully equipped hospital. Their story and vision has captured attention around the world and today they have the backing of 180 corporations and 50,000 private supporters.

The hospital’s name, Diospi Suyana, means “we trust in God” in Quechua, the native language of the people it serves. It is a testament to their experience that with God the impossible can happen. The incredible conviction and profound faith of the Johns will refresh your heart and stir your spirit.

About The Author:

Klaus-Dieter John studied at the universities of Harvard, Yale, and Johannesburg during his training as a surgeon. He and his wife Dr. Martina John, a pediatrician, have dedicated their lives to the establishment of the hospital in Peru.

My Review:

As I read I Have Seen God, I was drawn into a world I would not otherwise have been able to experience. From the start, the author captured my attention and with each chapter you can see just how much God's hand was on the life of Klaus and his wife, Martina.  Both in good and bad, which is exactly what happens in each of our lives. Beautiful, full-color photos are included in the book, allowing the reader to really appreciate the work that Klaus-Dieter and his wife do.

Compassion and inspiration flow through this book greatly and would be a wonderful gift for the upcoming Christmas season.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase I Have Seen God online through Amazon.com

***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***

Monday, November 3, 2014

BECOMING BEA By @LeslieJeanGould | Kindle Giveaway and Facebook Party!

Leslie Gould is back with the latest book, Becoming Bea, in her Shakespeare-inspired series, The Courtships of Lancaster County. Don't miss the other books in the series, Courting Cate (retelling of The Taming of the Shrew), Adoring Addie (inspired by Romeo and Juliet), and Minding Molly (inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream).



Leslie is celebrating the series with a Kindle giveaway and a Facebook party on November 11th.


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One grand prize winner will receive:


  • A Kindle Fire

  • One copy each of the entire The Courtships of Lancaster County series: Courting CateAdoring Addie, Minding Molly, and Becoming Bea.


Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 11/11. Winner will be announced at Leslie's 11/11 Becoming Bea Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Leslie and Amish fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!


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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

Too Loved to be Lost: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

In Too Loved to Be Lost (Barbour Books, October 2014), you’ll find simple, practical steps for healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. Whether you’re struggling with issues related to trust, depression, patience, relationships, hurts, or hopes. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the kind of guidance and belonging you crave—the kind that can only be found in the unconditional love of Papa God.

About The Author:

 Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, lifelong Bible student, internationally published freelance writer, and award-winning author of numerous books, including "Too Blessed to Be Stressed," and "More Beauty, Less Beast." She’s also an orthopedic occupational therapist, writing instructor, and tennis addict. Mother of two grown children, Debora lives and loves in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

My Review:

This little nugget of a book is so BIG in encouragement.

They say good things come in small packages and this is so very true for the book, Too Loved to be Lost by author, Debora M. Coty. The book is very quick to read, and can be used perfectly as a devotional, with 24 chapters in it. I read it in only a couple days for review purposes but I will definitely be going back and slowly readying through it to really embrace all that the author has to say. It is the perfect read for any one who feels like they need a little "cheer up" read. All who read this book will be so encouraged after reading it. It is full of wit and funny moments, and honestly it was the cover that first attracted me to the book, as well as the topic. The cover is so cheerful with the bright colors and flower on the front. The message of God's Grace flows through each word of this book and I absolutely loved that!

This would be a perfect little pick-me-up gift for anyone in your life and a great gift idea for the upcoming Christmas season.

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

BUY IT:  You can purchase To Loved to be Lost online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local bookseller.

***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***

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall: A Book Review

About The Book:


Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness.

His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could strip away everything she holds dear. But soon after accepting the position of lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.

Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own – one that has haunted him from birth and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and build a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?

About The Author:

Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. "The Heiress of Winterwood" was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance and a finalist in the Debut Author category of the 2014 Carol Awards. The second book in the series, "The Headmistress of Rosemere" (2013), was on the ECPA best-seller list for several months. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

My Review:

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is the third, and final, book in the Whispers on the Moors series. It was a beautiful ending to a well-read series. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the characters that I met in this book, as well as the other too. While a series, each book, including this one could be read as a stand-alone without becoming to confused or missing vital plot information. Drama, romance, and mystery come together in 1918 England, and will take you on a journey that follows real people with real problems. The issues that the characters have to overcome are all ones that each of us reading this book could potentially relate to. The characters and story lines were all very nicely developed and it was a great read from this author. I cannot wait to see what is next from her in the future.

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


BUY IT: You can purchase A Lady at Willowgrove Hall online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local 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***

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide Day 1 - Where Treetops Glisten: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas

Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater
in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?

In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?

About The Authors:

 TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including "Chasing Mona Lisa," and a speaker and blogger. 

CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books including "Shadowed by Grace." She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction.

 SARAH SUNDIN is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels.

My Review:

Oh yes, you know when I start posting reviews of Christmas themed novella's, that the holiday reading season is upon us! And this awesome novella from three of my favorite Christian authors is just the perfect read to start off the Christmas season.

Three authors. Three stories. And countless amazing characters and storylines that will get you excited for Christmas and all the joy that comes with the season.

 With each novella, you are brought back to a time of uncertainty and pain, yet despite this unknownness, joy abounds. The stories are all heartwarming and all three take you back to the era of WWII (one of my favorite era's to read about in historical Christian fiction). You will laugh at antics, you will cry at the heartbreak of war but your heart and spirit will be encouraged and inspired with each page read. I adored all the characters and while each book is a stand alone novella, the continuity that existed to pull all the stories together was flawless. A wonderful first Christmas read of the season, and one I will read over and over.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Where Treetops Glisten 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***

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Hardest Peace: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:


A young mother battling cancer invites readers to embrace grace in every season of life.
Kara Tippetts knows the mundane but rich days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow.and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.
In The Hardest Peace, she invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. As the thousands of readers of her blog know, Tippetts explores the hardest questions of life with rare beauty and honesty. Most of all, she draws them back to the God who is present, in the ordinary and the suffering, and shapes every life into the best story of all.

About The Author:
Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and lead a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cancer is only part of Kara's story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality. She blogs faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com.
My Review:
This is probably one of the hardest books I have had to read this year. My heart broke as Kara Tippetts told her story of her cancer journey and the impact that it had on her faith journey. This book is about embracing whatever journey God has you on, whether it is cancer, financial hardship, a marriage crisis, or death of a loved one. Kara shows us with a raw vulnerability that during the difficult, sometimes-hard-to-understand-why moments that we need to embrace it and love on those in our lives with a big love. I am a nine year cancer survivor, and I felt myself relating to the author in so many ways. Although I did not have to go through the journey of chemo or radiation, I still have the fear of what was to come, of death, or reoccurence, of how my body would be after surgery. It is a journey only a cancer patient or survivor can relate to. But at the center of Kara's journey was Jesus, and she clung (and continues to cling) to the peace that can only come from Him. 

The Hardest Peace was very well written, inspiring, encouraging and challenging. I cried more as I read this book, then any I have read this year. Her journey is not over yet and I am just amazed at the strength this woman and her family have. God has definitely used Kara and her family through this book and will continue to do so for a very long time.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Hardest Peace at your favorite local bookseller. It is also available online through Amazon.com
***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***

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Citizen: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:


For Rob Peabody, the young pastor at a mega-church in southern USA, the realization that his faith had little real connection with the world around him meant that something had to change. He redirected his church towards the poor on their doorstep and then took the larger step of moving to the UK to establish the missional fellowship ‘Awaken’.
In Citizen he outlines the Kingdom-centered identity that is given to followers of Jesus. It’s a wake-up call to the church in the West. Jesus’ death and resurrection initiates and invites people into a life of so much more than the status quo. God is re-building, re-newing, and re-creating that which is broken and marred by sin, and he is doing this – setting things right in the world – through Jesus. As citizens of the Kingdom, we have been saved and set apart for this work. We have a new allegiance, a changed identity, and a new mission as we seek to establish the rule of God on earth as it is in Heaven.
About The Author:
Previously the lead campus pastor at an American mega-church, Rob Peabody is now director of the Awaken Movement who left his church in the Texan Bible-belt to start and lead a Fresh Expression of church seeking to engage unreached 20's and 30's in northeast London.
My Review:
I had not been familiar with Rob Peabody prior to reading his book, but he leads the Awaken movement in London, England. Citizen was full of amazing personal stories from the author and he encourages us, through these stories, to step up and start living more intentionally in our walk as a Christian. The book was well-written, and easy to read, in a very conversational style of writing. Basically, he asks if we are ready or not to take risks for our faith. It is a perfect read for those who want to step outside the traditional church and reach people for Christ in unconventional ways! A great read that all Christians who are asking "what more can I do for God?" should pick up for encouragement!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Citizen at your favorite bookseller locally, as well as online through Amazon.com
***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***

The River: A Book Review

About The Book:

She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.
            
A line I can't move beyond...
The River 

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?


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

About The Author:

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her website at www.beverlylewis.com for more information.

My Review:

Oh my, Beverly Lewis has done it again. Bringing together a wonderful cast of characters, all with their own issues, to tell a story of a broken family that is so in need of healing and share their journey through a well written, attention grabbing book that I could not put down. I really enjoyed the relationship that developed with Tilly and Ruth, and they ended up being my favorite characters. This book seemed a little bit of a departure for Lewis as she wrote more about the Amish leaving versus about the life within an Amish community but it was an excellent book to be sure. A quick moving plot and wonderful characters made this a fun, quick read and I look forward to seeing what comes next for this prolific writer.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The River 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 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***

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tried and True: A Book Review

About The Book:

Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister--and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a risk--they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"--but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?


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:

Mary Connealy has done it again!

Combining both the Western and Romantic Comedy genres of Christian literature, you will be taken on a fast-paced adventure that you will enjoy from the first page until the very last.

The story is well-written with wonderfully characters that all who read the book will enjoy. I have loved that she brought in a few characters from other books, and I cannot wait to see how the story lines and characters become more developed in the second book in this series, Now and Forever.

A great read with comedy, romance, western and mystery all rolled into one!

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Tried and True online through Amazon. It is also available through your local 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***

Keepers of the Covenant: A Book Review

About The Book:

In Their Darkest Hour, Where Would Hope Be Found?
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king's palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.

Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future--of family and love--seem impossible.

In Keepers of the Covenant, acclaimed novelist Lynn Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God's unwavering love for His people.  


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

About The Author:

Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner and an inaugural inductee into the Christy Award Hall of Fame, as well as a popular speaker at retreats, conventions, women's groups, and book clubs. She lives with her husband in Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.

My Review:

Lynn Austin is one of the most prolific authors within the Christian Historical Fiction genre, and with each book, she just gets better and better. This is the case with her most recent novel, Keepers of the Covenant. She does an absolutely remarkable job at bringing to life the Old Testament story of Ezra. From the very first pages your attention is caught and kept throughout the book. It is a stunning combination, bringing together Biblical scripture and fiction. This is the second book in the Restoration Chronicles series by Lynn Austin and is a beautiful fictional account of the Biblical exile of the Jews to Jerusalum. Very well written, intriguing and a breath taking read.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Keepers of the Covenant online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local book retailer. 



***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***