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My Story for His Glory

Caroline Breeze by Denise Hunter July 10, 2020

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A jilted bride. A struggling innkeeper. And a romantic mountain getaway that changes everything

Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and celebrity scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina—the location of her canceled honeymoon. She wants nothing more than to hide and wait for the tabloids to die down.

Soon after her arrival at the Bluebell Inn, Mia meets Levi Bennett, who runs the inn along with his two younger sisters. Drawn to one another from the start, Mia trusts Levi to keep her location from the press, and Levi confides in Mia about the precarious financial state of the inn—a secret he’s been keeping from his sisters.

When Mia and Levi discover an old journal that hints at a rare diamond necklace hidden in the inn, they set off on a treasure hunt to find the long-lost heirloom. What they don’t expect to surface are feelings they thought were safely locked away. Mia and Levi must decide if falling in love again is too big a risk—or if it will uncover a treasure of its own instead.

My thoughts:

I really liked this book. It had all the right components, broken past, romance, difficult current circumstances. And, whoa, the kisses that Denise wrote, they were very well done.

It was also nice to see Molly and Adam and again and how their relationship was progressing.

I am very excited to read about Grace’s story in the next book. She is a spitfire so I have I no doubt her story will be a good one. She’s so young too, so I can’t help but wonder how her romance will proceed.

My only complaint is one I am finding a lot. These characters are Christians but the name of Jesus was never said in this book. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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


The Best We’ve Been by Beth Vogt July 9, 2020

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How can you choose what is right for you when your decision will break the heart of someone you love?

Having abandoned her childhood dream years ago, Johanna Thatcher knows what she wants from life. Discovering that her fiancé was cheating on her only convinces Johanna it’s best to maintain control and protect her heart.

Despite years of distance and friction, Johanna and her sisters, Jillian and Payton, have moved from a truce toward a fragile friendship. But then Johanna reveals she has the one thing Jillian wants most and may never have―and Johanna doesn’t want it. As Johanna wrestles with a choice that will change her life and her relationships with her sisters forever, the cracks in Jillian’s marriage and faith deepen. Through it all, the Thatcher sisters must decide once and for all what it means to be family.

My thoughts:

I have really enjoyed this series. I have to be honest I was most excited for this book, to read Johanna’s story because I didn’t really like her in the first book. I started to like her more in the second and finally in this book we get to see her wounds and what has made her into the woman she is.

I so appreciated Beth’s take on this pregnancy and how she revealed the person-hood of the baby before it was even born.

This is a messy family and it drove me crazy how they didn’t just come out and say what was hurting them to each other. But honestly, aren’t we all like that?

I also enjoyed watching Payton’s faith grow and her take on Christianity. I remember being that new Christian, not wanting to pray in front of others and wondering if you sound like an idiot.

My only complaint, and I am noticing this a lot in contemporary Christian books, is that even though this is Christian the name of Jesus is never said, or written. The books talk about God and how God loves them but how to we know He loves us? Because he sent his Son to die for our sins. If I wasn’t a believer I wouldn’t know that from reading this book. I would just think he is a nice person who loves me. I would like to see more Gospel message in these books. But that’s my opinion only.

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


Supernatural Courage by Mickey Robinson July 8, 2020

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Courage Is God’s Secret Weapon for Your Victory

Our world is full of fear: fear of death, public speaking, flying, drowning, failure, rejection, enclosed places and countless more. Satan uses fear to steal joy, kill opportunity and destroy hope.

God has an antidote: supernatural courage.

Our favorite Bible heroes achieved results greater than their natural abilities because of bravery that came only from God. Followers of Jesus throughout history have experienced the Holy Spirit coming upon them to achieve supernatural outcomes. In Supernatural Courage, Robinson uses biblical examples, interviews and testimonies, along with Bible promises, prayers and activations, to impart spiritual bravery for strength–so you can live a life beyond what your natural abilities can accomplish.

These pages will help activate supernatural courage in you so that you can be strengthened by hope–and then persevere through overwhelming challenges, stand against intimidation, believe for the impossible, forgive amid injustice, use spiritual gifts for spiritual victories and finish the race God has given you.

Whether you need a little or a lot of courage, the Holy Spirit is ready to empower you with spiritual bravery today.

Disclaimer: A few weeks ago I watched American Gospel on Netflix. This has, and continues, to change my faith and is bringing my focus back to the Word and the Gospel. Unfortunately, I signed up to review several books by authors I don’t necessarily agree with any longer. In fairness, I am still trying to read them for gold, but now I am seeing a lot of things I never would have saw before that I no longer agree with or I am questioning. I think it’s only fair that I tell you that and the bias I am coming from.  

My thoughts:

Mickey has a very powerful testimony in how God healed him. It is hard to refute someone’s personal story. He also shares many other stories of people who had powerful encounters with the Lord.

He shared a part of his story that really confused me. Someone who was not a believer sat next to him when he was in the hospital, Mickey says…”I could feel energy flowing from him into me.” This person was not a believer. I find it concerning that a believer would think it was a positive thing to feel some sort of “energy” from an unbeliever. If the person doesn’t know Christ how could the “energy” be good? I believe there could still be an energy but that would come from a new age way of thinking, not Jesus. As a believer I wouldn’t want to feel that from someone who doesn’t know Jesus. Just my thoughts.

There is a pretty big emphasis on getting gifts and that is the only way we can be fulfilled in Christ and do what Jesus wants, that makes us a “true disciple.” All I can say living that way has left me angry at God and frustrated with my lack of manifestation. I don’t think that is what makes someone a true disciple. A true disciple is someone who sees their sin and looks to the power of the cross for forgiveness and fulfillment.

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


A Dream Within A Dream by Mike Nappa and Melissa Kosci July 7, 2020

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He may be the key to solving one of the greatest unsolved art heists in history

Trudi Coffey hasn’t seen Samuel Hill in weeks. Then the FBI shows up asking about him. After a strange encounter with an armed man demanding her help and an attack by a member of the Boston mob looking for someone named Dream, Trudi manages to find Samuel–or rather, he finds her. He’s made some pretty powerful enemies, but right now his full attention is on protecting Dream from the mob. Because Dream has something they want–the map to the location of artwork stolen from the Gardner Museum during the infamous 1990 heist.

With danger closing in from all sides, Trudi and Samuel will have to call on all their allies to keep Dream safe and discover the identities of the people who have been hunting down Samuel. The real questions are, whom can they trust? And who will make it out of this alive?

My thoughts:

I feel like it’s been a very long time since I read this series. I honestly have forgotten a lot that happened in the first two books. But I didn’t forget how much I enjoyed Mike’s writing.

This is a thrill ride read, never a dull moment. Slowly pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place and there are many pieces and more then one puzzle it seems.

The ending was surprising and heart wrenching but so good. I’m not even sure what this book was classified as, suspense? There really isn’t any romance but there are underlying hints between Samuel and Trudi. Doesn’t matter, this is a just a good book.

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


Review and Giveaway: Flowers from Afghanistan by Suzy Parish July 6, 2020

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About the Book

Book:  Flowers from Afghanistan

Author: Suzy Parish

Genre: Christian War Fiction

Release Date: August 10, 2018

FlowersFromAfghanistan_h12364_750-183x300Weighed down by guilt following the death of his two-year-old son, Mac McCann accepts a year-long position training police officers in Afghanistan. Leaving his wife Sophie to grieve alone, he hopes the life-or-death distractions of his self-imposed exile will build a wall between him and his pain.

As camaraderie builds between Mac and the men on base—including a local barber and his precocious little boy—Mac’s heart becomes invested in stories beyond his own tragedy and he learns he is not the only one running from loss. But when the hour of attack arrives, will he be able to see past his guilt to believe there’s still something—and someone—worth living for? With touching details based on true events, Flowers from Afghanistan is a redemptive journey of healing, a chronicle of hope in crisis, and a testament to the faithfulness of God through it all.


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About the Author

Suzy-Parish-Author-300x300.jpgSuzy Parish wrote as a Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Suzy discovered her love of books as a child in Richmond, Virginia when she took refuge from the summer heat in the local Bookmobile. She believes the power of literacy can change lives and stewards a Little Free Library in a local park. She currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, a retired Investigator from the Huntsville Police Department. Their tennis-ball addicted dog, Charlie, is her writing companion.


More from Suzy

Have you or a family member served in the military or as first responders? I had you on my heart when I wrote Flowers from Afghanistan. You might say this novel is my “Thank you” to families all over who sacrifice their time and sometimes even their lives to help make the world a safer place.

It’s also my hand, reaching out through my keyboard to beautiful children like the character Bashir. These children want the same things as any child the world over, shelter, food, and to know they are loved. And finally, this book is a love letter from myself to Jesus Christ. He is the reason I write.

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 3

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, July 4 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, July 5

Genesis 5020, July 6

Inklings and notions, July 7

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, July 8

For Him and My Family, July 9

Artistic Nobody, July 10 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, July 11

Through the Fire Blogs, July 12

Quiet Quilter, July 13

For the Love of Literature, July 14 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, July 14

Read Review Rejoice, July 15


To celebrate her tour, Suzy is giving away the grand prize of 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.

My thoughts:

This was an interesting look into the life of an officer in Afghanistan. I can’t imagine the heartache that Sophie and Mac had to have suffered when they lost their child.

I did enjoy the journey their marriage took and how God healed them and worked in their lives.

With that being said, I didn’t really connect with the book. I felt like it was choppy and thoughts or conversations kind of came out of no where. Even the accident with Little Mac seemed cut so short I wasn’t sure what was going on.

So, even though I liked the idea behind the book and I didn’t really connect with it overall.

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


Embracing the Outcast by Nadine C. Keels July 2, 2020

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Book Two in the Crowns Legacy series.
They can only experience beauty if they dare to behold it…

Now that Princess Eunice of Diachona has come of age, she has much more to study, and a new weight sits on her compassionate shoulders. Her late mother was an admirable ruler, but Eunice can hardly see herself thriving in the political arena. In fact, she doesn’t think many people see her at all, especially not would-be suitors who often bypass quiet Eunice to pursue ladies they find more attractive.
So when Eunice meets a serious, gifted artist who expresses his desire for her company, she isn’t sure if his interest in her is romantic or simply artistic. And why does this young man seem to be as saddened by Eunice as he is drawn to her?

My thoughts:

This book was rolling along, seemed your average romance brewing between a princess and an artist who wasn’t worthy of her and then bam! Three-fourths of the way through Juwells drops a bomb I NEVER saw coming. It actually made me want to go back and reread the book with this new perspective.

I can’t say, or even hint, too much at what the revelation is but it would be something a Christian might struggle with. I even played mental gymnastics with this revelation and did some research this morning on what is revealed. It was an interesting situation that I can’t even imagine dealing with or the heartache people who deal with this issue must face.

I have read a few of Nadine’s book and have enjoyed them all. They are a bit different and that is what makes them interesting. Not to mention, this was a quick read.

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


Winning the War Within by Jason Vallotton with Kris Vallotton July 1, 2020

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Most people go through life trying not to get hit. We work hard to avoid conflict and even daydream about a “whole new world”–instead of learning how to confront the conflict within and create a world worth living.

After walking out of his own prison of crushing heartbreak, Jason Vallotton shares his story as a poignant, evocative illustration of God’s grace and healing. With a contribution from his father, bestselling author Kris Vallotton, Jason will teach you how to work through pain and turn the darkest of days into your greatest victories.

If it seems incomprehensible that good could ever come from the broken places, it’s time to discover that God will not only heal your wounds but use the healing process to restore your shattered dreams. Let Him help you fulfill the longings of your heart.

Disclaimer: A few weeks ago I watched American Gospel on Netflix. This has, and continues, to change my faith and is bringing my focus back to the Word and the Gospel. Unfortunately, I signed up to review several books by authors I don’t necessarily agree with any longer. In fairness, I am still trying to read them for gold, but now I am seeing a lot of things I never would have saw before that I no longer agree with or I am questioning. I think it’s only fair that I tell you that and the bias I am coming from.  

My thoughts:

Jason Vallotton has a powerful testimony of how God worked in his life after his marriage ended. He knows heartache and pain and he knows he must rely on Jesus to get him through.

I can see where a lot of people might read this book and find comfort and even walk toward healing.

In the chapter entitled “The Power of Forgiveness” Jason wrote something I agree with: “Compassion literally activates true forgiveness, therefore releasing you from the emotional and spiritual bondage of unforgiveness.”

I agree with that completely. Once I saw my abuser with compassion instead of hate it was much easier to extend forgiveness to him.

But the deeper I got into the book the more I cringed with the self-reliance this book promotes instead of God-reliance. He talked about walking a woman through healing and telling her to say, “I love myself.” Yikes!! Don’t we need to know God loves us before we can even begin to love ourselves? I can say I love myself but until I know that God loves me nothing much will change. Then he has her says, “I forgive myself.” Shouldn’t we be focused on God forgiving us before we work on forgiving ourselves? If I don’t get that God forgives me how could I ever forgive myself.

In a later chapter he tells the reader to pay attention to your feelings and take personality tests…really? My feelings change depending on the day, minute and time of the month. I don’t think I should pay too much attention to those.

I could share more that I take issue with but then I feel like I am being mean. A month ago I probably would have eaten this book up but now my heart has changed and I think getting more grounded in a Biblical foundation and I don’t feel like this book does that. My opinion only.

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


Review and Giveaway: The Green Dress by Liz Tolsma June 29, 2020

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About the Book

Book:  The Green Dress

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre: Christian Historical Suspense

Release Date: June 2020


Death Seems to Follow Harriet’s New Friend

Book 6 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

When Harriet Peters came to Boston in 1882, the Robinson family took her in like one of their own, and Harriet became closer to Lizzie Robinson than her own siblings. Now, four years later, Lizzie is deathly sick, failing quickly just like several others in her family have done over the past few years. How can so many in one family die from the same mysterious illness? Harriet doesn’t have answers, but she is determined to help the family, bringing in a new-to-the-neighborhood doctor, Michael Wheaton.
As Harriet and Michael close in on the answer, putting their own lives at risk, can the cause be found before anyone else dies?



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About the Author


Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and is the mother of three. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.




More from Liz

We’ve all been there—started a letter or an email or even a list, didn’t like what we had, crossed it out or hit the delete button, and tried again. Now imagine that happening when you’re writing a novel.


That’s what occurred with The Green Dress. Finding the perfect place to start a novel can be tricky, but when you’re trying to balance fact with fiction, it’s even harder. I needed the fictional heroine, Harriet Peters, to have a good reason to come into contact with and become close to the factual Robinson family. And I needed for the hero, Michael Wheaton, to meet Harriet early on. So I dove into the story. Five chapters later, the hero and heroine hadn’t yet met. The book wasn’t working.


I scrapped those chapters and started at a different point. At first, it seemed to be going better. I was happy. Until I got to the fifth chapter, when I realized again that the book wasn’t working. Frankly, it was boring. So those ended up in the virtual trash bin. Meanwhile, the clock was ticking on my deadline. I was desperate to find the right starting point, at a place with high tension. Finally, I had an “aha” moment, and the story flowed from there. That’s how the first five chapters (and the rest of The Green Dress) came to be.


—Liz Tolsma

Blog Stops

The Power of Words, June 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 26

deb’s Book Review, June 26

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 26

A Reader’s Brain, June 27

Rebecca Tews, June 27

For Him and My Family, June 27

Texas Book-aholic, June 28

Back Porch Reads, June 28

Inklings and notions, June 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 28

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 29

Genesis 5020, June 29

Emily Yager, June 29

Christian Bookaholic, June 30

Robin’s Nest, June 30

To Everything There is A Season, June 30

Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 30

Blogging With Carol, July 1

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Read Review Rejoice, July 1

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, July 2

Life of Literature, July 2

Connie’s History Classroom, July 2

Betti Mace, July 3

Southern Gal Loves to Read, July 3

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, July 3

Stories By Gina, July 3

For the Love of Literature, July 4

Remembrancy, July 4

Reviewingbooksplusmore, July 4

Godly Book Reviews, July 5

Splashes of Joy, July 5

Vicky Sluiter, July 5

Older & Smarter?, July 6

Through the Fire Blogs, July 6

Daysong Reflections, July 6

amandainpa, July 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 7

Pause for Tales , July 7

Just the Write Escape, July 7

Hallie Reads, July 8

Where Faith and Books Meet, July 8

Blossoms and Blessings, July 8

Spoken from the Heart, July 9

With a Joyful Noise, July 9

Artistic Nobody, July 9 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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

My thoughts:

What a great book. I really enjoyed this one. To me it was obvious what was going on, but I do like watching Forensic Files so there you go. I suppose when you trust someone it would be very difficult to believe they could be harming those they love.

I also had to research the person this book was about, just to see what happened. How scary to know this really happened and people can be so evil.

Liz did a wonderful job bringing these characters to life and making this story real to the reader, and heartbreaking. There were some very sad moments in this book, which of course made it even better.

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


Review and Giveaway: Texas Twin Abduction by Virginia Vaughan

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About the Book

Book:  Texas Twin Abduction

Author: Virginia Vaughan

Genre:  Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Texas Twin Abduction CoverThis twin’s past is a blank…

And she might not have a future.

Waking up in a bullet-ridden car with a bag of cash and a deputy insisting she’s his ex-fiancée, Ashlee Taylor has no memory of what happened—or of Lawson Avery. But with her twin missing and someone hunting her down, she must trust him with her life. Can Lawson save her and her sister—even as Ashlee’s forgotten secrets become an inescapable trap?



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About the Author

virginia-vaughan-HR-2Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.


More from Virginia

Thanks for joining me for a brand new adventure. TEXAS TWIN ABDUCTION is the first book in my new Cowboy Lawmen series and it’s a departure from what I normally write. I love writing about cops and serial killers so when my editor first suggested the cowboy/western theme, I was hesitant. I’m a city girl at heart so this was so far out of my comfort zone! But I couldn’t resist for long. After all, who doesn’t love a cowboy? Thankfully, I found a way to merge what I loved—law enforcement, FBI, US Marshals—with the cowboy/family themed books my editor wanted to see by making my group of hero brothers a family of law enforcement types with ties to the family ranch. The best of both words. Score!

Book one in this new series, TEXAS TWIN ABDUCTION, begins with my hero, little brother Lawson Avery, in a quandary. All he ever wanted out of life was to run his family’s Texas ranch, but his ex-fiancée Ashlee’s final words to him as she skipped out on their wedding was that his desire for the simple life made him unambitious and unworthy of her love. Her words broke him, sending him searching for something more meaningful to do with his life, eventually winding up as a deputy in the sheriff’s office. But, despite law enforcement being in his blood, Lawson finally realized that life wasn’t for him and made plans to return to the ranch. However, his plans are sidetracked when he finds Ashlee unconscious on the side of the road in a bullet-ridden car with no memory of him or their past together. When it becomes clear that someone wants her dead, Lawson steps in to act as her protector. But will digging into the mysteries of her past cost him the future he still longs to have with her?

I hope you enjoy this book and this brand new series! Look for the next book—older brother US Marshal Miles Avery’s story—coming in TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT this October.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 24

The Avid Reader, June 24

Bigreadersite, June 24

Inklings and notions, June 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 25

Older & Smarter?, June 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 26

For the Love of Literature, June 27

Reading Is My SuperPower, June 27

Texas Book-aholic, June 28

Simple Harvest Reads, June 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Betti Mace, June 29

Genesis 5020, June 29

For Him and My Family, June 30

Hebrews 12 Endurance, June 30

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 30

KarenSueHadley, July 1

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Blossoms and Blessings, July 2

deb’s Book Review, July 2

Through the Fire Blogs, July 3

Emily Yager, July 3

Pause for Tales, July 4

Hookmeinabook, July 4

Tell Tale Book Reviews, July 5

EmpowerMoms, July 5

Mary Hake, July 5

Hallie Reads, July 6

Godly Book Reivews, July 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 7

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, July 7


To celebrate her tour, Virginia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card and a copy of Texas Twin Abduction!!

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

My thoughts:

This is a good one. The author had me guessing from beginning until end. Which twin were we dealing with? I knew in my heart who I wanted it to be but just when I thought I was right a curve gets thrown at us and makes the reader question what they are thinking.

I am very excited that this is a series and we get to know Lawson’s brothers. The ground work has been laid for some interesting stories to come.

I can’t say too much about the characters, or at least about Ashlee/Bree because that is part of the mystery of the book. But it was very well done. A story about second chances and no holding onto to someone’s past.

I was surprised by who the ultimate “bad guy” was because I kind of forgot about that character as the book went on.

Overall, a very good read.

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


The Water Keeper by Charles Martin June 26, 2020

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A riveting new story of heroism, heartache, and the power of love to heal all wounds.

Murphy Shepherd is a man with many secrets. He lives alone on an island, tending the grounds of a church with no parishioners, and he’s dedicated his life to rescuing those in peril. But as he mourns the loss of his mentor and friend, Murph himself may be more lost than he realizes.

When he pulls a beautiful woman named Summer out of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, Murph’s mission to lay his mentor to rest at the end of the world takes a dangerous turn. Drawn to Summer, and desperate to find her missing daughter, Murph is pulled deeper and deeper into the dark and dangerous world of modern-day slavery.

With help from some unexpected new friends, including a faithful Labrador he plucks from the ocean and an ex-convict named Clay, Murph must race against the clock to locate the girl before he is consumed by the secrets of his past—and the ghosts who tried to bury them.

With Charles Martin’s trademark lyricism and poignant prose, The Water Keeper is at once a tender love story and a heartrending search for freedom.

My thoughts:

If you have never read anything by Charles Martin I just need to ask, what are you waiting for?

His writing is very unique and I think his stories would appeal to men and women. The things I like about his stories are things that I might not appreciate with other authors, but the way he tackles it gives the story intrigue. For example, nothing is clear at the beginning. Many things are introduced and none of them have a landing place. Murph doesn’t come out and say what he is doing in the first scene for quite a while after the scene is over. Even though I felt confused at times this only pushed me to keep reading so I could put all of the pieces together.

Honestly, the way a lot of the characters act don’t seem realistic but I eat it up in Charles’ books, I believe it for whatever reason.

If you are looking for a different read then your typical Christian fiction then I encourage you to pick this one up.

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