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Review and Giveaway: Her One and Only by Becky Wade June 14, 2016

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After ten years in the NFL, superstar Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives–and their hearts–to one another.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is the final book of the Porter series and Becky has done a great job of wrapping everything up. Not only do we get to hear Dru’s story but we meet up with all the other Porter’s who we have met previously and get to see what is going on.

With that being said, have no fear if you haven’t had a chance to read the other books, Becky works everything in so new readers won’t be confused.

Dru is one tough lady and Gray isn’t used to dealing with woman who don’t fall all over him. What I loved about this book was how Becky made this romance a slow burn. With her other books (which I loved) there was a quick burn, a lot of heat from the get-go but  not so with this one. The romance in this one takes more time but it’s never dull.

Gray has some major wounds from his past and these are slowly revealed, just enough to satisfy but not too fast that the suspense is over.

I honestly had to keep reminding myself this was a romance book and not a romantic suspense but it definitely has those elements.

Overall, another great book by Becky Wade.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 



Review and Giveaway: Every Bride Has Her Day by Janice Thompson June 9, 2016

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Katie’s determined to make it down the aisle this time–but it may be easier said than done

Katie Fisher is ecstatic. Pro basketball star Brady James has proposed, and she can’t wait to start planning their life together. But it’s hard to focus on her own happily ever after when her calendar is filling up with celebrations for friends and family. Beyond that, it seems everyone around her has an opinion–and a strong one at that–on what Katie’s special day should look like. Will she ever manage to settle all of the details for her storybook wedding? Or will her overzealous friends and relations make a mess of everything?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have really enjoyed this series. It’s light and fun and this book met that as well. Janice has away for bringing weddings to life. And this book is full of them.

I was getting so irritated with everyone trying to tell Katie how to have her wedding and I got irritated with Katie because she wouldn’t speak up. Everyone means well, but they are driving her crazy.

I couldn’t wait to see how Katie and Brady would work out what they wanted for their wedding and would everyone be happy or would they give them a hard time about it?

There is a lot going on in this book and a lot of people. You could read this as a stand alone but I don’t think you would appreciate it as much not reading the first two books, so I do recommend reading those first.

Overall, a nice, light read, great for a summer afternoon.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


The Mind Connection Study Guide by Joyce Meyer June 8, 2016

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This study guide companion to The Mind Connection, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer, will help readers utilize the power of positive thinking and understand the connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes.
Are your thoughts random and meaningless, or do they affect your life? In THE MIND CONNECTION STUDY GUIDE Joyce Meyer explains how the quality of your thoughts directly affects your quality of life. What you think impacts your entire life by influencing how you relate to yourself, to other people, and to God. Joyce expands on the wisdom of her bestsellers Battlefield of the Mind and Power Thoughts to show you how to develop and maintain the right mental position–no matter what challenges you face. The engaging illustrations and lessons in this book will help you learn to think with purpose as you journey toward the wonderful life you were meant to lead.

My thoughts:

I reviewed The Mind Connection a few months ago. The study guide would be a great addition when reading the book. For me I would prefer an actual book instead of the e-book, I like writing right in the book so I know what I am answering if I look back.

As I stated in my other review The Mind Connection takes The Battlefield of the Mind and Power Thoughts to the next level. I think anytime you do a study guide along with side your reading it will take you deeper and make you reflect on what you are reading.

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365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook by Kathleen Y’barbo June 7, 2016

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This daily, family-, faith-, and food-themed devotional is delightfully unique. . .for every recipe (one for every day of the year), there is a family-friendly dinnertime devotional as well. Each reading is themed to appeal to your family–with topics like priorities, prayer, encouragement, love, and dozens more. Bonus material includes creative ideas and inspiration for getting the entire family around the dinner table each night of the week, plus a categorized recipe index will help you easily locate your family’s favorite dishes. 365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook makes a great gift!

My thoughts:

I haven’t had the opportunity to try every recipe but the ones I have tried I have liked and more importantly my family enjoyed as well.

After each recipe is a little devotion and conversation you can have with your family at the dinner table which I believe it very important. So many times my kids woof down their food and asked to be excused before I even finish a salad. Doing a devotion slows us down and gives us something focused to talk about.

If you enjoy cooking and are looking for some new recipes and a way to  get more of God at the table this is a great place to start.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher  through in exchange for an honest review. 


Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman June 6, 2016

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She stole his heart.
He stole her peace.
Can hope steal their pain?

At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack O’Bryen, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves. Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith. But can a turning of tables—and hearts—lead the way back to “hope” for them all?

My thoughts:

Julie Lessman has dove into the world of contemporary romance. I read the prequel to this book and was interested to read this book.

In the first book Lacy is an immature girl and kind of annoying but in Isle of Hope she has matured into a lovely young woman looking to build bridges that she has broken. Unfortunately, not everyone is on the same page as her. Jack, the boy she loved, has turned away from God and this breaks her heart.

There are so many layers and twisted paths in this book it made it very interesting. I don’t want to say too much but I couldn’t wait to see how everything would play out.

If you have liked Julie’s historical romance I have no doubt you will enjoy this book as well.

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Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin June 2, 2016

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Julia Dare is trying to run her own business, raise her young son, Max, and help her widowed mother. Her biggest worry, though, is keeping Max’s father from being a bad influence while still allowing the boy to spend time with his dad. When an account from her event-planning business sends her to Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to encounter Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart.

Zeke is determined to keep Caliente Springs running despite financial trouble. When Julia walks back into his life, he’s surprised at the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. With Zeke and Julia both pushed to their limits, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

My thoughts:

As I began reading this book and wondering what I love about Victoria’s stories I realized it’s this strong sense of story world. She creates these unique atmospheres for her characters and we get to be there.

I have loved each book of Victoria’s that I have read and this book strikes a strong chord in my heart. It was so interesting see how Zeke and Julia’s lives crossed and then uncrossed (for lack of a better word) and the choices they made.

They both carry a lot of regret, the good news is Julia has found the redeeming love of Christ. The bad news is Zeke once knew that love and has walked away from it.

I couldn’t wait to see how Jesus would draw Zeke back to his heart and probably use Julia to do that.

Overall, another great read by Victoria. If you haven’t had the chance to read anything by her yet I encourage you to pick up one her books, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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Spiritual Warfare For Your Family by Leighann McCoy June 1, 2016

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You Can Win the Battle on the Home Front!

The Enemy wants nothing more than to hurt you and those you love. But his power pales in comparison to God’s.

With warmth and wisdom, Leighann McCoy offers this practical guide to protecting your family from spiritual attack. In these pages you will learn what spiritual warfare is as it relates to your children and discover why you may be struggling to overcome the weapons of the Enemy. From there you’ll develop the offensive tactics to strike first through prayer and the knowledge of God’s Word.

Whatever stage your family is in–from babies to the teen years to enjoying your grandchildren–be empowered to recognize your own vulnerability and lean more heavily on God’s strength and wisdom. He has every tool you need to protect your loved ones.

Includes end-of-chapter questions for reflection or group use.

My thoughts:

For me this is a very timely book. I actually bumped it up in my reading list because of things going on in my life.

I need my eyes open to what the enemy is trying to do to me and my family and I must fight the good fight. I must make sure I am fighting the right person or thing and I haven’t been.

Do you feel like your family is coming under attack? Then stand and fight with me. This book will give you some insight and courage and encouragement to stand up and fight for your family.

I highly recommend this book, we can’t get enough knowledge on this topic that is threatening our families everyday.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.