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The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White January 30, 2017

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Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough—not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar and the men who have jeopardized her life.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has suddenly found himself in possession of a rare treasure his enemies are prepared to kill for. While Brice has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of his neighbor, Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when the moody Earl of Lochabar tries to trap Brice into marrying Rowena, Brice finds he’s not as opposed to the idea as he expected to be.

Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she’s reluctant to resort to marrying a notorious flirt just to gain his English home. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’s about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.

My thoughts:

This book is amazing. I was hooked from the first page and never wanted to stop reading.

It’s taken me a while to get to this book. I read the first one and then the third one and have finally gotten to this one (it’s the second).

The good news is you can read them all independently of each other and still enjoy each book.

Rowena is a somewhat meek character but yet she isn’t. She does stand up for herself and tries to fight back. But she doesn’t’ think very highly of herself. I think many of us can relate to her. She believes she will never be good enough for anyone.

Brice was a favorite of mine in the first book so I was happy to be able to spend some more time with him in this book. I love his relationship with the Lord and how he hears God’s voice and is sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s nudges. We could all learn a thing or two from him.

The relationship doesn’t start off ideal at all but I couldn’t wait to see how these two very different people would fall in love.

The mystery of the Fire Eyes continues in this book as well, which will keep you turning pages.

I highly recommend this one.

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Jilted by Carla Laureano January 28, 2017

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Three days. Two jaded hearts. One unexpected love.

Bethany Hall is hiding out on a remote private island off the coast of Belize, creating romantic meals for the rich and the privileged. But when her client Derek Moretti’s bride jilts him at the altar, he’s left with a bitter view on love, a $30,000 a week bungalow, and for the first time in his life, nowhere else to be.

After Derek overhears his beautiful personal chef talking about how he dodged a bullet when his bridezilla left him, he begins to think that maybe she’s right. He convinces Bethany to act as his personal tour guide for the remainder of his trip, but neither expect that their purely platonic arrangement could shake their preconceptions about love.

Could Derek have been in the right place at the right time…just with the wrong woman?

My thoughts:

I have always liked Carla’s book and this quick read is no exception. She manages to create a beautiful atmosphere and take you there, and who couldn’t use that this time of year?

Bethany and Derek and quite cynical on their views of love, but they do have their reasons.

Carla does tend to push the envelope when it come to Christian reads. One characters almost says the “b” word and Derek is looking at places that aren’t usually acknowledged in Christian books. There also isn’t a strong faith thread. I would say this is more of a clean secular read. Maybe that was it’s intent? I don’t know.

No matter, it is a good book, I just feel I need to give that heads up to anyone who might download the book because I know this could bother some people. It is very good, and very well written. You can always count on a good story from Carla.

You can download this book for free at Carla’s website. Click here.

 

 

Watch: Wide-Awake Faith in a World Fast Asleep by Rick James January 25, 2017

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To be asleep is to be oblivious to being oblivious. The danger of sleep is the danger of carbon monoxide: it’s colorless and odorless, and you’re anesthetized before you know it—before you ever hit the floor. And for the follower of Jesus, it’s just as dangerous—because the Christian who is “asleep” is spiritually unreceptive. If anything will be our undoing, sleep will.

In this thoughtful, engaging, challenging book, Rick James dives deep into the New Testament’s teachings on spiritual wakefulness, calling Christ-followers to defy the darkness and remain awake as they await Christ’s return. Because being awake—continually in prayer, watchful for God’s will, expectant of open doors, cautious of sin, desiring to serve, eager to repent, continuously giving thanks, willing to witness, embracing of humility, overflowing with kindness, persevering in obedience—changes everything.

My thoughts:

I loved the description of this book because I couldn’t agree more that our world, particularly our Christian world, is asleep in their faith and we need to live wide away.

This book did approach the subject a bit differently then I anticipated but it was still very well written. I loved James’ tone as writer. He is taking on a very heavy subject but he manages to keep a light, and even fun, tone throughout.

He shares personal stories, which always draws me in and also shares his thoughts and ties them into scripture. This is a very powerful read and with some great thoughts and insights that will challenge you and your faith.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

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

 

Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery January 24, 2017

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Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters.

Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife Alice Goddard appears to have it all. But when her credit and debit cards are denied, she begins an investigation into the family’s finances—and discovers her husband trapped in a downward spiral of lies. Can they break free from his deception in time to save their marriage?

My thoughts:

Jennifer is such a talented writer, she is a hidden gem among so many authors. If you have not read anything by her I really recommend you do. Her books are so true to life and deal with issues we face or someone we know has faced.

I really appreciate how she writes about people close to my age. Honestly, most books I read the characters are in their twenties. But this book deals with a couple with teen-age boys so I’m thinking they have to be in their forties, at least, and they are dealing with marital issues.

How true is it that we can go to church and talk about being real and authentic but when we have things we are dealing with we hide it, we don’t follow through because we don’t trust that people will still like us. Alice is going through this very thing.

Trent has an addiction and it is ruining his life. He keeps telling himself he won’t do it, or he’ll stop before it gets too bad but he gets sucked in time and  time again and is hiding it from his wife. But things aren’t okay and everyone can see it.

This is a beautifully woven story that drew me in from page one and didn’t let me go, highly recommended.

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

 

Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren January 23, 2017

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About the Book

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Author: Sharlene MacLaren

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Brought up on a Quaker farm near Philadelphia at the brink of the Civil War, plainspoken Rebecca Albright is charitable, peace-loving, submissive—and a feisty abolitionist. Determined to aid the Underground Railroad no matter what the cost, her path collides with that of formidable slave-catcher Clay Dalton. When Rebecca is assigned to nurse Clay back to health following a near-fatal gunshot wound, her uneasiness around him and the questions surrounding his mysterious past complicate their strained but developing relationship.

Sherriff Clay Dalton is grimly fighting several battles of his own as he stays on at the Albright farm to work off his debt to the family that has saved his life and taken him in. He is torn between his past commitments in the South and his unlikely present among this quiet Quaker community in the North. Almost against his will, he begins to ponder the impossible idea of a future with Rebecca.…

When tensions between North and South escalate, Rebecca and Clay find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be, and they soon realize that each holds a key to the other’s answer.

About the Author

Sharlene MacLaren Born and raised in western Michigan, award-winning, bestselling author Sharlene MacLaren sharmaclarenhs_blue13-249x300attended Spring Arbor University. After graduating, she traveled with a nationally touring Christian vocal ensemble, returning home to Spring Arbor to marry her husband, Cecil, whom she’d known since childhood. Together they raised two daughters. Now happily retired after teaching elementary school for 31 years, “Shar” enjoys reading, singing in the church choir and worship teams, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Her novels include the contemporary romances Through Every Storm, Long Journey Home, and Tender Vow; the beloved Little Hickman Creek series (Loving Liza Jane, Sarah, My Beloved, Courting Emma, and Christmas Comes to Little Hickman Creek, a novella), and three historic romance trilogies: The Daughters of Jacob Kane (Hannah Grace, Maggie Rose, and Abbie Ann); River of Hope (Livvie’s Song, Ellie’s Haven, and Sofia’s Secret); Tennessee Dreams: Heart of Mercy, Threads of Joy, and Gift of Grace.

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My thoughts:

This is the first book I have read by Sharlene. I have wanted to read her work for some time as I have heard great things about her writing.

I have to say I was not disappointed. She has created a captivating story that drew me in from the first page and just kept building on layer after layer.

Rebecca and Clay’s first encounter is an interesting one and not how I imagined it at all. I couldn’t wait to see how Sharlene made these two unlikely characters fall in love.

I loved Rebecca’s heart for freeing slaves and wanting to be involved in the Underground Railroad, even taking risks she know she shouldn’t.

I also was anxious to see how Clay’s heart might shift when it came to slavery.

With all of these layers it’s no wonder this is such an interesting read.

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

 

Just A Little Girl by Victoria Sarvadi January 19, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK (300 pages):

When eighteen-year- old Victoria dies in the ICU and encounters an angel that gives her aprophetic mandate from God, her insatiable quest for spiritual enlightenment begins. As compelling as any contemporary novel, this dramatic and inspiring true story is a roller-coaster ride through supernatural experience, denominational enlightenment, and a teenage marriage that not only survives the loss of a child but thrives through unbeatable odds. Shining a fresh light on the theology of a Jewish Jesus, the author deftly weaves the history of the Christian faith from its genesis of the first century to the present-day Greco-Roman Christianity―all the while giving us an up close and personal glimpse of an extraordinary life.
A devoted wife, mother of six, and grandmother of nineteen, Victoria refuses to succumb to age and limitations. Far from Just a Little Girl, Victoria Sarvadi’s unconventional journey from teenage motherhood to Hebraic scholar and teacher will captivate and consume you from start to finish.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Victoria Sarvadireceived her Th.M. and Th.D. in 2005 from the former Center for the Study of Biblical Research in Glendora, California, accredited at the time by the University of the State of California. A certified minister in the Hebraic Christian Global Community since 2000, she is a frequent contributor to Restore! Magazine, a publication of the HCGC. She has been a speaker for conferences, congregations, women’s ministry groups, Bible studies, and at the Vision for Israel Sukkot Conferences in Jerusalem, Israel. As a featured guest on national and international radio and television programs, her appearances on both the Crossover Program and Brad TV have been seen worldwide.

My thoughts:

This is a very powerful book. I loved reading about Victoria’s journey and what a journey it is.

I appreciate she can now see how God used everything, even the painful stuff, for good. Her story is a Genesis 5020 story.

What I also loved what that even after she met her angel she didn’t have an immediate transformation. God still had more work to do in her heart. Her and her husband wanted more they just didn’t know how to get there. They would have success then failure, success then failure.

Victoria’s perspective of speaking in tongues was one I could relate to. She didn’t want anything “weird” to happen with Jesus but she wanted more. I remember thinking speaking in tongues was for “those” Christians but not for me. But God placed a hunger in me and opened me up to all that the Holy Spirit could do. Victoria was at that point and her heart changed toward things of the Spirit and it wasn’t so weird anymore.

I LOVED this sentence she wrote on page 112: “But the question is not how much of the Holy Spirit do you have but rather how much of you have you allowed to be governed by His Spirit?” That is good stuff and such a great question.

Some many good things I could talk about in this book but I don’t want to go on and on. This is a non-fiction book that I highly recommend.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me though The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own. 

 

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz January 17, 2017

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Her wilderness survival skills are without rival.
But her greatest talent is keeping other people’s secrets.

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke–men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide.

Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn’t long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?

With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

My thoughts:

I have only read one other book by Laura before this one and I loved it. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her next book so when this book came out I was eager to read it.

I remember when reading the previous book that Laura lays a lot of ground work for the story, it is a slow build but I didn’t mind in the other book I read. However, with this one I really struggled to pick the book up and continue reading through the first few chapters.

I will say once I got into the story I did find it more interesting. I loved the pictures she painted with the scenery and the conflict with Native Americans and the uncertainty of who you can trust.

Tempe was a spirited young woman and I did like her. I struggled with the relationship of some of the other characters, I wasn’t sure for a while if Paige and Russel were married and having trouble or not married at all. I wasn’t sure who Aylee was because sometimes Tempe called her mother and sometimes Aylee, so for a while I thought they were two different people.

But as I said, once I got a handle on the characters and the story I did enjoy it and appreciate all the work Laura put into it. If you decide to pick this book up just keep in mind you will need to get through the first quarter or so before too much happens.

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