Saturday, September 20, 2014

Home To Chicory Lane: A Blog Tour and Book Review


About The Book:

Landyn longs for home, but her mother may have other plans.

Audrey Whitman’s dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband, Grant, are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri.

Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey’s daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she’s pulling makes it clear she’s not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn’s husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

About The Author:

 Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deborah’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deborah on the web at DeborahRaney.com.

My Review:

What a delightful read book one in the Chicory Inn series from author Deborah Raney was to read. I took a recent Sunday afternoon, cozy blanket and cup of tea and as I started to read this novel was transported to a great story. The book was really well written and I truly appreciated how "real" the characters were. The had family dynamics, quirks, issues and struggles just like any reader would have, and I related to more than one character as I read through Home to Chicory Lane. I loved that God was the center of most of the character's lives and living to please Him and do His will was a strong theme throughout the book. There was romance and suspense, but this book was so clean and decent, making it a very pleasant read. I look forward to reading more from this amazing, and prolific author, and thankfully do not have to wait long. Book Two in this series, Two Roads Home, does not release until June 2105 but have no fear. Raney has teamed up with Denise Hunter and Besty St. Amant to write Winter Brides, which releases in November 2014. Those three authors in one book? Yes, please!!! Can't wait to read both these books soon!

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Home To Chicory Lane online here

***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***

Nowhere To Turn: A Book Review

About The Book:

She thought her days of hiding were over . . . but the danger has just begun
 
The day Danielle Harding takes her eleven-year-old son and flees from her abusive husband is the same day Kurt Harding dies. A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe--but in reality, things are just heating up. When Kurt was alive, he took something important from a mysterious individual--who wants the item back and believes Dani now has it. As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won't be able to hide for long . . . 

From the first breathless scene, this tension-laced story will hold you in its iron grip as bestselling author Lynette Eason propels you along in a race to discover the truth.


About The Author:

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

My Review:

Lynette Eason is at the top of my list of favorite Christian suspense/mystery fiction, along side Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock. I have loved Christian suspense for many years, and have eagerly anticipated Eason's most recent release, Nowhere To Turn. It is book two in the Hidden Identity series. While a part of a series, it does well as a stand alone novel as well.

This book is full of many twists and turns, a little bit of romance and will have you up late into the night reading (well, two late nights for me, but so worth it). The characters from the first book continue to intrigue me, and are wonderfully developed, and it was great to see a few new faces thrown into this second book. The story lines were great too, making the book a fast paced read, this book will have you guessing right until the very end and I cannot wait to see what is next for author Lynette Eason. Book Three of the series comes out in 2015. In the mean time, I may have to get my fix by reading other's of her books I haven't yet (which is not too many).

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Nowhere To Turn at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Travel The World With Little Passports!

As a mom and early childhood educator I love teaching children about the world. Whether teaching about greetings, clothing, homes, food or music, it is remarkable to me how much children crave learning about the world around them.

There is a ton of fantastic resources on the internet, in the library, or even in our own communities since our world is so incredibly multicultural. In my work with preschool children, I have found countless activities like multicultural music, recipes, and even used multicultural art supplies and costumes for role play.

 Recently, I found out about a monthly subscription program that will take your child around the world through your mail box. Little Passports has two different programs, World Edition (geared for 5-10 year olds) or USA Edition (geared for 7-12 year olds), each with their own unique activities. Travel with Sam and Sofia, and interact with activities like stickers, stories, activities sheets and even through online games.You can join Sam and Sofia with monthly, 6 month or 12 month subscriptions.


Are you a group that is looking for fundraising ideas?

Then look no further Little Passports! With each purchase of a Little Passport subscription, your group will receive 15%! What a great idea that will meet your group needs and help children learn about  the world around them! The fundraising period is October 21 - 28 and the deadline to sign up is October 10! Check here for more details!

I will be receiving a trial month of Little Passports soon, so watch the blog for more of my thoughts about this great subscription program for children. Until then check it out for yourself here!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Joanie Leeds Is BACK with Good Egg!!! - A CD Review

NEW YORK -- Joanie's back, with a stunning new album! Beloved singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds continues to build her award-winning body of work with the June 24 release of her sixth children's album, Good Egg. This time around, Joanie Leeds and her band, The Nightlights, are joined by Jacob Stein (of the GRAMMY® nominated The Pop Ups) and children's musician extraordinaire Mista Cookie Jar. 

Good Egg dances with delight through a roll call of musical genres. Joanie Leeds says, "I've never been one to stay stuck in any one particular musical style because I know kids love 'em all -- rock, pop, funk, soul, ska, go-go, gospel, country -- and frankly, so do I!" An exceptionally versatile artists, Joanie Leeds is gifted with a soulful, "rock solid" voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy. Says SiriusXM's Kids Place Live Program Director Mindy Thomas, "Joanie Leeds is that cool babysitter who would let you try on her lip gloss once your mom left the house. You idolized her, and your mom knew she could trust her. That's Joanie. Only she's also likely to completely ROCK THE ROOF OFF YOUR HOUSE!" 

The second Joanie Leeds album to be produced by GRAMMY® winner Dean Jones, Good Egg kicks off with the driving beat of "Food Fight" and segues into some gentle, folksy harmony on "Kids Place." It's DC go-go all the way on "Drummer Dan," with Mista Cookie Jar infusing the number with some funky FLAVA! Jacob Stein of the GRAMMY® nominated The Pop Ups partners with Joanie Leeds to make a lot of sweet harmony with a language tug of war between the literal and the creatively idiomatic on "The World is Your Oyster." "My Dad," a ukulele-powered traditional jazz number in the mode of Django Reinhardt, is a terrific vehicle for the light and breezy side of Joanie's vocal style. Sublime meets Less Than Jake to dig into traditional ska on "Shadow," while The Clash meets The Ramones on a bit of classic punk to review classic illness prevention on "Germs." Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and leprechauns all have their moments in the sun on "Always on the Run." 

 Joanie Leeds captured first place for her original music in the USA Songwriting Competition and has won an Independent Music Award and a Parents Choice® Gold Award, as well as a NAPPA Gold Award. She has been honored as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Competition.

 While often found serenading families in her hometown of NYC, Joanie also performs in dozens of cities across the country, and her music has been highly praised in People Magazine, Parents Magazine, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Her tunes are played on many radio stations nationwide and have climbed the chart to #1 on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live and WXPN's Kids Corner. Joanie is also a PJ Library musician!

To experience Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights live, check here for tour information







My Review:


We are a HUGE Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights fan in our home! Her music is so fun, giving us the chance to  get moving, tap our toes and sing along. This is Joanie's sixth studio album, and honestly it is my favorite yet (I have listened to, and enjoyed now three of them). From traditional Ska to rock to tastes of even folk music, there is a little bit of something for anyone who listens to this album. I have had the summer to enjoy it (released in June) and seriously, it is one of my favorite children's albums of 2014. Our family favorite songs were Food Fight, Kid's Place, Always on the Run and My Dad. 

If you are looking for an upbeat children's album that even adults will enjoy and find themselves singing along to, then look no further than Good Egg! A great time will be had by all who experience this album. You can check out the entire album here to make up your own mind on this most recent release from Joanie Leeds. I don't know how she will top Good Egg, but I am excited to see what will come next from this talented woman!


BUY IT: You can purchase Good Egg by Joanie Leeds online here!

***I received a complimentary copy of this CD, courtesy of Waldmania PR 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, September 14, 2014

The Desire: A Book Review

About The Book:

Can faith build a bridge between their dreams?
For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts--and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time--and their money--on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something's got to give. But they both hope it's not their marriage.
Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. And all it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart . . .


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

About The Authors:

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of many books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, The Discovery, and What Follows After. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. 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 and The Danceand The Promise with Dan Walsh. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 50 years and live in Missouri


My Review:

I have had the amazing privilege of reading reviewing all of Dan Walsh's book over the last several years and it's not been since reading Nicholas Sparks that I have been so impressed with a male author of the romance genre of novels.

With each read of Walsh's books, I have cheered on the characters, cried for them, gotten angry with them and mostly, have been able to relate to them. This is no different with the newest addition to The Restoration Series that Walsh writes with Dr. Gary Smalley.

 It covers the theme of infertility and the impact that can have on a family, adoption, missions and how God's plan for us is always more important then our plans for us. The books in this series take real life issues, and by combining the gifts of the authors of counselling and writing, allow us, the readers, to really connect with the amazingly developed characters. I felt myself crying for them, cheering them on and relating to the characters on so many levels. That is a measure of a great read!

 While The Desire is the third book in The Restoration Series, it does well as a stand alone novel too. I think that this heartwarming, touching book is my favorite so far and I look forward to the next book, The Legacy, which releases in April 2015. This will be the final book of the series, but I cannot wait to see what comes next from Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley both.

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

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

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Revell Reads Blogging Program and Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not received compensation in any other manner***

A Bouquet of Love: A Blog Review

About The Book:

She didn't expect to fall in love--but roses aren't the only thing blooming on Galveston Island

Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her boisterous Greek family--especially her father--has other ideas. They've all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant located on the Strand--directly across the street from iconic pizza place Parma John's--and they want Cassia's full participation. 

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston's premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family's faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into this former Rossi's good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .


You can read an excerpt of A Bouquet of Love 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 and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture PerfectThe Icing on the Cake, and The Dream Dress. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.


My Review:


This has been the most fun novel I had the pleasure to read through my summer reading. I laughed so hard sometimes I think my husband thought I was losing it :)


With the classic writing style that Thompson is known for, you will be delighted as you read this most recent addition to the Weddings By Design series (I believe it is also the final book). All the great characters from the other three books are back for another adventure. The fact that family can drive us crazy sometimes but we still love them is a key theme seen throughout the book, as well as the consequences of pride, and competition. The book was a very fast read, had a great story line (several actually) and it's a book that current fans of Janice Thompson would love, and if you have never read any of Thompson's books this is a great one to start with. While it is part of a series, it works well as a stand alone book as well. The author has a great sense of humor and it's very apparent that family means a lot to her. You will not be disappointed when you read a Janice Thompson book!


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

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

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Revell Reads Blogger Program and 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***

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Light in the Wilderness: A Book Review

About The Book:

Three very different women. One dangerous journey. And a future that seems just out of reach.
Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause most white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read--as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.

Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband and she knows she will follow him anywhere--even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.

Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.

As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip your heart and mind as you travel on the dusty and dangerous Oregon Trail into the boundless American West. Based on a true story.


You can read an excerpt of A Light in the Wilderness here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.



My Review:

I love it when a book draws you in from the very beginning and makes you think about the ramifications of the actions of characters and the situations that come up in a book. I also LOVE when a novel is based (however loosely) on real life events. Well, A Light in the Wilderness does exactly that! With a story line that will dig deep into your heart, and characters that you will fall in love with, this book is perfect for curling up with a cup of tea and cozy blanket on a cool fall evening. It is absolutely clear that Kirkpatrick is a historian and goes to great lengths in her research and writing to make her books as accurate as possible, and her characters are beautifully developed. I loved the various relationships and how they grow through the story. 

A masterpiece of a novel from a prolific historical fiction author!

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

BUY IT: You can purchase A Light In The Wilderness at your favorite Christian book retailer, from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Revell Reads Blogging Program and 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***

Sunday, September 7, 2014

What Your Heart Needs For The Hard Days: A Book Review


About The Book:

We all have days that make us want to pull the covers back over our heads and eat a dozen cupcakes. 

Thankfully, Jesus said we don't "live on bread alone"--that includes cupcakes--"but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). What we really need is truth.

If you're tired, discouraged, or feel a little empty inside, my prayer is that by the end of our time together, you'll be refreshed and nourished in a way that will sustain you through whatever the future may hold. 

Remember, you're not alone, my friend. 

In this uplifting book, Holley Gerth invites you to be filled with the strength, peace, and joy that come from God's promises. Each of the 52 devotions based on the Psalms will help you remember that God is good and we're all in this together. 


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

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 DreamOpening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream, and You're Going to Be Okay. She's also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Learn more at www.holleygerth.com.

This book is the perfect companion to Holley's book You're Going to Be Okay


My Review:

Holly Gerth has been a favorite author of mine for the last couple of years. I have read each of her books, and with each read God has used Gerth to teach me valuable lessons and allowed me to dig further into His word and learn what He wants me to be and do. 

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days is a wonderful little devotional that is full of goodness! You will be encouraged with each day's read and will be also challenged and inspired as Holly travels through the book of Psalms. Not only is there a wonderful short reading, a scripture verse to meditate on each day there is also a section called "What My Heart Is Saying To You" (a section that will help you talk to God) and "What My Heart is Hearing from You" (a section for you to journal what God is teaching you through the reading. 

I have read about half the book already and its just a wonderful book. It would be perfect for any women in your life that has come through tough times, and is perfect for gift giving to any one who loves the Psalms in general and digging deeper into scripture, specifically.

If you are looking for a great way to study this book, head over to Holly Gerth's blog to sign up for a online bookclub that started September 8, 2014 and runs on Holly's Facebook page

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

BUY IT: You can purchase What Your Heart Needs For The Hard Days at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Revell Reads and 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***

Saturday, September 6, 2014

In Perfect Time: A Blog Review

About The Book:

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love 
Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.


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

Get your discussion group guide for In Perfect Time here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every LetterOn Distant Shores, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.
My Review:

WWII Era novels are one of my favorite to get lost in, complete with a cozy blanket and cup of tea! Recently, I had the opportunity to read In Perfect Time and it was a wonderful read to end my summer out with. It is the third book in the Wings of the Nightingale series and the final one. But have no fear Sarah Sundin fans, a new series, Waves of Freedom, with three books releases in 2015 (starting in August)!

Sarah's writing draws you in from the very start and she is one of my favorites, along side Tricia Goyer, when it comes to WWII-Era writing. The development of main characters Kay and Roger throughout the series was great and I love the theme of friendship that emcompasses the book through Kay, Mellie and Georgie. Also, the themes of God's Grace and God's perfect timing are strong themes seen in In Perfect Time. With strong story lines that continue from the other two books in the series, and new adventures galore, you will find yourself up late into the night reading this novel.

In Perfect Time was a well-written historical fiction with clean romance that will make you feel like you are experiencing everything the characters are. A wonderful read to be sure.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase In Perfect Time 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 and 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***

Surviving Henry: A Book Review

About The Book:

Sometimes you seek out love. And sometimes it broadsides you.
You don't always know what you're getting into when you bring home a puppy. You hope for laughs and cuddles, long walks and a wagging tail. And sometimes you get . . . Henry.

Henry is a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did wrong that God would send this dog to derail her life.

But this rogue torpedo of a dog wasn't sent to torment his owner--well, not just to torment her. Through all the hair-pulling and questioning of her own sanity, Erin learns something very powerful from Henry, a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and jaw-dropping escapades, Henry will careen into your life and steal your heart. 


You can read an excerpt of Surviving Henry here, in PDF format



About The Author:

Erin Taylor Young is a humor writer who works in a library, where she gets to wander among books. She has written for Today's Christian WomanOutdoor Guide Magazine, and MidWest Outdoors. A finalist in the Phoenix Rattler 2011-2012 writing contest and in the Genesis 2012 contest for her contemporary fiction, Erin lives in Oklahoma with her well-meaning husband, two polar-opposite sons, and a noncompliant dog. Find out more at www.erintayloryoung.com.

My Review:

In the last four years that i have been a dog owner, my family and I have had some very interesting experiences with our Boston Terrier/Pug named Murphy! He definitely keeps us on our toes and we could not imagine life without him.

The author of Surviving Henry also feels this way as seen in the book. She writes with humor and wit and you will laugh and find yourself nodding your head in agreement to many of her thoughts and feelings about having a dog as a pet. 

It is a delightful, quick and authentic read that will be endearing to all lovers of dogs and pets in general.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Surviving Henry at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***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***

New Book Announcement from Darlene Schacht!

Two weeks ago I found out that I was accepted to be a part of the Launch Team for the  upcoming book release from Time Warp Wife, Darlene Schacht! I cannot wait to share my thoughts about the book with you all!

About The Book

Messy Beautiful Love delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.

Love gets messy. 

Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.

Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer. 

When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience.

Messy Beautiful Love is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.

You can sign up to  read an excerpt of Messy Beautiful Love here



About Darlene:

Darlene Schacht is the original founder of Christian Women Online Magazine and The Internet CafĂ© Devotions and writes the popular blog Time-Warp Wife. She is coauthor of Candace Cameron Bure’sNew York Time’s best-selling book, Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. Darlene has been married to Michael Schacht for more than 25 years. They have four children.

I am so very excited about being apart of this launch team and over the next few weeks and months I will be sharing more thoughts from the book!

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I am only a couple chapters into the book, so not going to give a full review just yet, but suffice it to say it is LIFE-CHANGING!!! 

Get your copy today and change your marriage for the better!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Death Takes A Ride: A Book Review

About The Book:

It's official. This case is above her pay grade--and Cate's in over her head.
Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Vintage Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Cate even there--this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense. 

Despite having been merely an unfortunate bystander, Cate finds herself sucked into the case. And the deeper she gets, the more she begins to suspect that the shooting in the H&B office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney takes you on wild ride in this clever cozy mystery that will keep you guessing.


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

Get a Reading Group Guide for this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Lorena McCourtney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of dozens of novels, including Invisible (which won a Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), Dying to Read, and Dolled Up to Die. She resides in Oregon. Learn more at www.lorenamccourtney.com.

My Review:

With really fun characters, and a story that will carry you through from the first page to the last with no dull moments in between, you will enjoy this most recent release from author Lorena McCourtney! I have thoroughly enjoyed the character of Cate Kinkaid and love that her faith in God is so subtly integrated into the book, and it reminds the reader that regardless of what experiences, good or bad, we find ourselves, God is with us throughout. I have really loved the development of Cate's character and it will be great to see what is next for this character. The storyline was great with well-thought out plots and intereractions among the characters. The plots carried themselves well and my attention was help right through the entire book. 

While this book is part of a series, it does well as a stand alone and it would be a great introduction to the work of Lorena McCourtney. Once you get started on her books you will not want to stop reading them!

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

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

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Revell Reads Blogging Program and 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***

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Revealing: A Book Review

About The Book:

Love does extraordinary things to people . . . 
In a single, impulsive act, Naomi King chooses to follow her heart into unfamiliar territory, jeopardizing all that she holds dear. If anyone finds out what she's up to, she's in for trouble. But when it comes to Tobe Schrock, Naomi believes it's worth it. 

But it all comes crashing down when a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with an unexpected delivery for Tobe. Add a guest at the inn with a curious talent and a genealogist who is more interested in modern-day Schrocks than in old family trees, and evidence starts to mount that points to something sinister at work. Or someone. 

In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and romance.


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

You can access the reading group guide here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The LettersThe Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace, and 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 connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Review:

Well the Eagle Hill Series from Suzanne Woods Fisher comes to an end with The Revealing and all I can say is this is the BEST conclusion to a series I have read in a very long time.

The book concludes one of my favorite series from this author, and ties all the story lines together, making it a great read for all fans of the Amish Fiction genre.

With an exciting story line, some romance and a whole lot of mystery, this book will appeal to all who read it. I cannot wait to see what comes next from the author. 

Here is a list of what is coming out from Suzanne Woods Fisher in the next couple of years:

“Christmas at Rose Hill Farm: An Amish Love Story”
(Revell) August 2014
“Anna’s Crossing: An Amish Beginnings Story” (Revell) April 2015
“The Heart of the Amish: Life Lessons on Peacemaking and the Power of Forgiveness” (Revell) July 2015
A three book Amish fiction series, ‘The Bishop’s Family’ (Revell), 2016 and 2017.
A three-book historical
fiction series about the early Quakers of
Nantucket, called ‘Petticoat Row.’ (Revell) 2017 and 2018
Doesn't that look fantastic! I cannot wait to read these all!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Revealing at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Revell Reads Blogger Program and 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***