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Deadly Commitment by Kathy Harris December 9, 2019

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Danni Kemp fears she’s being stalked—but the truth is much more deadly. Her new fiancé, Robert Evans, has a dangerous secret. The homeless man who is stalking her, Caleb Samuels, may prove to be her only escape from a hidden danger. Will she discover in time that neither Rob nor Caleb are what they appear to be and the one person she fears most may be the one person she needs to trust?

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. There was really never a dull moment, the author kept the story line flowing and interesting.

Danni frustrated me at times with her too trusting spirit when it came to Rob and her wishy-washy choices when it came to being with him. However, with that being said I could see me doing the same thing, so can’t be too hard on her.

Caleb is an interesting character who I couldn’t help rooting for.

Jaycee was a fun character. I appreciated her faith and her loyalty to Danni.

Overall a very good read.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the JustRead Tours. All opinions are my own. 

 

Operating in the Power of God’s Grace by Robert Henderson December 6, 2019

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Walk Out of Uncertainty and into Grace

When God looks at me, does He disapprove? Many believers wonder in times of difficulty if God really and truly cares. If this is a question you ponder, be assured that His gaze toward you is one of kindness and love. God is ready to pour out His unmerited favor on His children–but it is up to us to receive it.

Keying on Scripture, global apostolic leader Robert Henderson shows how accessible the grace of God really is. When you learn to look up with hope, you will find the help you need to
· overcome hardship
· receive from His bounty
· live in strength
· obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit
· extend grace to others
· and more!

God’s grace is abundantly available. Discover how you can walk in new confidence by trusting your heavenly Father. You need dwell no longer in doubt, but in goodness and holiness.

My thoughts:

This book sounded so good, so much of what I need to get. And it is full of good content I just couldn’t stay focused long enough to really absorb it. This is a problem I often have with non-fiction books. I know it isn’t really speaking to me if I am thinking about ten others things as I am reading and realize I read a whole page but have no idea what I just read.

There really is good content in the book but the style didn’t allow me to get absorbed in it therefore I really didn’t get a lot of it and I really wanted to.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: In the Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport December 5, 2019

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About the Book

Book:  In the Cradle Lies

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release Date: November, 2019

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On a solo ski vacation in Canyon Mines, Colorado, Tucker has a love-hate relationship with his wealth, spending indiscriminately while skiing fearlessly and preparing to conquer the overgrown slope of Hidden Run, a dangerous run not attempted in decades. As genealogist Jillian tries to uncover enough of Tucker’s family tree to understand his charming nature but reckless resolve, Jillian’s equally charming father, Nolan, cajoles Tucker into giving him ski lessons to get him talking about the suspicious circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s life in St. Louis in the 1930s.

On the surface, Tucker’s family’s history seems too perfect. The secret may lie in the sealed envelope Tucker carries with him at all times—even on the ski slope. When no one can find Tucker to tell him the fiancée he never mentioned turned up in Canyon Mines, they realize he must be off attempting to ski Hidden Run alone in a snowstorm. And they may be too late.

In the Cradle Lies is the second book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. You’ll want to return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.

 

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About the Author

Olivia-Newport-201x300.jpgOlivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twenty something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak.

 

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True confession. I live in Colorado and don’t ski.

In the Cradle Lies includes several references to “How can you live in the Colorado mountains and not ski?” Jillian, a main character in the Tree of Life series, has lived in the mountain town of Canyon Mines since she was two, and by the time she was eight she knew she didn’t want to ski.

I grew up in Illinois, and while my high school had a ski club and somehow found places to ski (I’m not sure where; um, not exactly mountain territory), I was sure I would break something. Arriving in Colorado in my forties did not persuade me to take up skiing at that age. I live at the base of Pikes Peak, not in the mountains like Jillian. I do love the views!

But one of the fun things about being a writer is learning a lot about things you know little about. Enter Google and YouTube. And more YouTube. And … you get the drift.

Some quick facts about Colorado skiing to help get you in the mood for In the Cradle Lies:

  • Colorado typically leads the country in “skier days”—days of skiing purchased in ski areas.
  • Actually, most people in the state don’t ski. By a large margin. Like 90 percent. (So I feel better and so does Jillian.)
  • People visiting the state to ski or snowboard are important to our economy. (So thank you!)
  • Colorado has hosted about 175 ski areas since it became a state in 1876. Today, we have only about 30 operating resorts—so there are lots of dormant, lost, and hidden runs like the one in my story.

I hope you’ll check out In the Cradle Lies—and find out why Tucker came from St. Louis to Canyon Mines to ski an abandoned run that put his life at risk.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, December 3

All-of-a-kind Mom, December 3

Inklings and notions, December 4

Daysong Reflections, December 4

Genesis 5020, December 5

Godly Book Reviews, December 5

Just the Write Escape, December 6

Pause for Tales, December 7

For Him and My Family, December 7

For the Love of Literature, December 8

Mary Hake, December 8

Betti Mace, December 9

Bigreadersite, December 9

A Baker’s Perspective, December 10

Hallie Reads, December 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 11

Spoken from the Heart, December 11

Older & Smarter?, December 12

Texas Book-aholic , December 13

Blogging With Carol, December 13

janicesbookreviews, December 14

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 15

A Reader’s Brain, December 16

With a Joyful Noise, December 16

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a free copy of In the Cradle Lies!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

I loved the setting of this book, the chilly mountains. Even though I don’t ski I find it interesting that other people do. I could identify with Jillian wanting to play it safe and not wanting to ski.

I also enjoyed the chapters that went into the past, I wanted to get back to that part of the story. I found that mystery behind what was going on between Nolan and Patrick interesting as well.

With that being said I really didn’t like the book overall. There were a lot of things that didn’t add up. Jillian and Kris’s interest in Tucker happens really fast and how Jillian’s dad gets really friendly with him from the get go and their concern with him and Hidden run and Tucker just starts inviting people to ski with him, all of it seemed contrived to me, not realistic.

Jillian researching the genealogy took a long time to get to as well, even though that is kind of the backbone of this series, at least that is what I thought.

One other thing that made me scratch my head was how Nolan (Jillian’s dad) said “I shall…” often. I don’t know anyone who talks like that. I thought maybe I was missing context and he was being silly, which maybe that was the author intent but wasn’t said with a wink and a bow, which is how I would play that off if I was being silly by saying, “I shall go make dinner,” or something like that. It just felt weird to me.

This was the first book I have read by Olivia so this might be her style. Other people seem to really enjoy the book, I am the odd one, so obviously, it this sounds like something you might enjoy give it try, I am only expressing my opinion.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller December 3, 2019

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Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, she’s sent off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.

Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.

The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Once again Carolyn has crafted a beautifully intricate story. It’s so interesting because the two main characters don’t even met until around page ninety. But I didn’t feel like it was dragging, it was just part of the story. The pages leading up that that moment are filled with other important things taking place.

One thing I love about this time period is how people just travel and stay at other people’s house for lengthy periods of time. I find that so interesting.

It was nice to finally get to know Verity, she was somewhat of a mystery in the other books with all her scraps and bruises. Now we get to learn more about her.

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Leave a comment by December 17th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail. 

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Heart of a Royal by Hannah Currie December 2, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Heart Of A Royal

Author: Hannah Currie

Genre:  Young Adult/Royalty

Heart-of-a-Royal-cover-197x300.jpgBrought to the palace as a newborn, the royal life bestowed upon Mackenna Sparrow was never meant to last forever. With Princess Alina engaged to be married, Mackenna’s presence as companion is no longer required and, like it or not, she must return to the birthright which should have been hers – that of a commoner. But not everyone at the palace wants her gone. When the truths she’s based her life on start crumbling as fast as her future, will she find the courage to trust, both herself and the prince she’s fallen in love with?

 

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About the Author

Hannah-currie-300x200.jpgAussie author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun. She loves to connect with readers at http://www.hannahcurrie.com.

 

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by royalty. Real ones like Queen Elizabeth II, who is such an incredible woman and a total hero of mine (not to mention, as a proud Australian and member of the Commonwealth, my monarch) but also the not-so-real ones. Those found in fairytales. Romances. Narnia.

I’m one of those people who blocks out an entire day to watch a royal wedding, sighs like a hopeless romantic through cheesy princess movies, reads just about any novel I find with a crown on the front and loves a full-spread photo souvenir magazine. I may have even written a short story starring a princess for an English assignment at school. More than once. [Side note, if you’re going to write a story about a princess who is totally adorable but can’t spell, don’t use a misspelled word as the title. It takes a lot of explaining to make sure the teacher knows you did it on purpose and doesn’t mark you down for it… sorry Ninth Grade English teacher!].

The glamor draws me in, the beautiful clothes, the history and romance of it all, but it’s the expectations they have on them which hold me there. Every title comes with a million expectations, whether or not they’re realistic. We expect royals, both real and fictional, to behave in a certain way. To be honourable (assuming they’re the good guys). To care for their people and put them first. To always be there. Yes, even to be beautiful.

But what happens when they’re not? When they’re shy? Fight anxiety? Hate the spotlight? Are blemished in some way? What happens when what’s best for the people isn’t what’s best for them? Or when they make a mistake? Something which, for anyone else, would be easily fixed or glossed over but for a royal, gets written into the history books forever. Purely because of their title.

Kenna, the main character in Heart of a Royal, never meant to be a princess. She wasn’t born into royalty, neither did she choose it. And yet, due to circumstances far beyond her control, there she is. Living in a palace. Part of that life.

Very few of us are royalty but I think we all know how heavy expectations can be and the pain of being thrust into situations beyond our control. And yet, even in those moments and seasons, just like Kenna, we have choices. They might seem small, maybe even insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but they’re there. Who we put our trust in. What we do with the circumstances we’ve been given. Where we go from there.

Heart of a Royal is as much my story as it is Kenna’s. No, I’m not a princess (thankfully!) but I have struggled through finding hope and purpose when life flies out of control and the expectations prove too much. And here’s what I’ve found – God is good. There is hope and God is good. I hope, through Kenna’s story, you are reminded of that too.

Blog Stops

Reflections From My Bookshelves, November 28

CarpeDiem, November 28

Hebrews 12 Endurance, November 28

Hallie Reads, November 28

Emily Yager, November 29

For the Love of Literature, November 29

Through the Fire Blogs, November 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 30

Back Porch Reads, November 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 30

To Everything There Is A Season, November 30

Books, Life, and Christ, December 1

Mia Reads Blog, December 1

Bigreadersite , December 1

Kathleen Denly, December 2

Genesis 5020, December 2

She Lives To Read, December 2

Texas Book-aholic, December 2

A Baker’s Perspective, December 3

Livin’ Lit, December 3

Kat’s Corner Books, December 3

The Becca Files, December 4

Becka Jiménez , December 4

HookMeInABook, December 4

janicesbookreviews, December 4

Blossoms and Blessings, December 5

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, December 5

Just the Write Escape, December 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 5

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 6

Avid Reader Nurse, December 6

For Him and My Family, December 6

A Reader’s Brain, December 6

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, December 7

Moments, December 7

Simple Harvest Reads, December 7

Remembrancy, December 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 8

Pause for Tales , December 8

Inklings and notions, December 8

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 9

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 9

For The Love of Books, December 9

All-of-a-kind Mom, December 10

Just Your Average reviews, December 10

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 10

Living Life Free in Christ, December 11

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 11

Batya’s Bits, December 11

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour Hannah is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f1a8/heart-of-a-royal-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

I have found a new author I LOVE!!!This book tugged at my heart like the first book I read my Melanie Dickerson. My heart ached throughout this book.

I had to keep reminding myself this is a young adult book and that Kenna was only seventeen (the same age as my daughter) because I kept picturing her older.

I did wonder throughout the book where God was? But then I got a surprise at the end that I didn’t see coming. Loved it.

At times I did wonder how Kenna could be so blind to obvious things but again, she is only seventeen, so that is realistic.

I can not wait for the next book in this series!!!

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A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Chasing Dreams by Deborah Raney November 30, 2019

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Joanna Chandler always dreamed of becoming an attorney. But when she left law school to help care for her dying mother, stepping away from her single-minded pursuit gave her space to reconsider. The only question is, if not law, what should she do with her life?

To keep her mind off an uncertain future, Joanna helps her older sister, Phylicia, throw an amazing outdoor wedding on the charming Missouri property the three Chandler sisters own together. That’s when she realizes wedding planning could be a thriving business of its own. And Lukas Blaine, the handsome wedding DJ, opens her mind to the possibility of love on the horizon.

But there’s more to Luke than meets the eye. The young boy he’s been mentoring has lost his mother and become Luke’s ward. Mateo is sullen and angry and needs constant attention. How can Luke possibly find the time to start a new relationship or saddle someone else with a wounded child? He may have to let go of the woman of his dreams–and crush her dreams at the same time.

My thoughts:

What a great book. I think this might be the second in the series, I didn’t read the first one and I found that I didn’t feel like I  missed anything, other than Phylicia and Quinn’s story, which does sound interesting.

But I loved Joanna’s story, although her lack of concert for Mateo at first bothered me. Luke did acknowledge it in his thoughts so there were some red flags. You’ll have to read the book to see if that changes.

I was curious how it would all work out. I also enjoyed the setting for this book, a beautiful place I would love to visit.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller November 26, 2019

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Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton.

When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes to convince him to choose her—but God may want her to forget the wayward nobleman and put her future in His hands alone.

These two try to find their way toward happiness, but prejudice, political riots, and the changing face of England’s societal structures begin to block them at every turn. Can their struggles turn to triumph—or will their paths permanently diverge?

My thoughts:

I am a huge Carolyn Miller fan and somehow I missed the release of this book. Here is the deal, you know I love an author when I go and purchase the book if I missed it. That is the case with this book. Next week I will be reviewing the next book in this series, so I had to read this one first.

Once again, Carolyn has written a wonderful historical romance. I could identify with Cecy and her shyness and how she often got overlooked by her family.

I really wondered how Ned and her would ever find their way to each other. Would Ned ever see Cecy as more than a friend? It didn’t seem likely. But you’ll have to read to see how Carolyn works it all out.

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