Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

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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All in Good Time by Carolyn Astfalk November 25, 2019

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With three rambunctious, young children, Melanie Lombardi can’t see beyond the day-to-day struggle to maintain her home and her sanity since her husband’s sudden death. A second chance at romance isn’t on her radar.

Brian Perella is done with dating, resigned to being the fun uncle and never the dad. Until he meets Melanie and her brood of lively kids on the sidelines of a Little League game.

But when Brian uncovers a co-worker’s secret, it re-ignites a temptation that Melanie can’t know about. It’s his secret to keep until an unexpected diagnosis brings everything to the surface, jeopardizing his future with Melanie and her children, who, when threatened by an unknown stalker, may need him now more than ever.

My thoughts:

You never know what to expect when you pick up a book by an author your have never heard of. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this highly engaging book.

Carolyn has written a very real book. Some people might be bothered by the “realness”. The brothers talk to each other like brothers might, and Brian is dealing with an issue that is very prevalent in this day and age.

Melanie has her own issues that she confesses to Brian that I never saw coming, but an issue I can definitely relate to.

And then Brian’s diagnosis is so heart breaking and I understand the desicion he made but I felt Melanie’s pain.

We don’t find out much about this stalker for a long time. The reader knows something is up for Brian and Melanie don’t seem to be worried about it.

If you are looking a book that is real and deals with real issues I highly recommend this one.

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

 

Royally Yours November 21, 2019

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Tinsel, Vermont is known for its no-paparazzi policy and Christmas decorations that are fit for a queen. This holiday season, join four royals on a stroll through town square as they each find their Christmas wishes for a happily-ever-after…tiaras optional.               One Royal Christmas by Melissa Tagg
In the wake of the worst year of his life, His Majesty JonahHarrison Archer Davies makes the drastic decision to temporarily abdicate thethrone and travel to Tinsel, Vermont, in hopes of finding the peace and privacyhe needs to heal, discover his vision for his country . . . and somehow believehimself worthy of the crown. But when he meets charming librarian Rowan Bell,on a quest of her own to save Tinsel’s quaint cottage library, he’s more tornthan ever before as duty to the crown collides with an enchanting Christmastimeromance he didn’t see coming.

The Reluctant Princess by Betsy St. Amant
Princess Eleanor is weary of the protocol that comes withthe crown, along with her lack of voice on causes she holds dear. She takes aholiday in the safety of Tinsel, Vermont, to determine her next steps–andcertainly didn’t mean to fall for the average Joe assigned as her chauffeur.But Miles Channing isn’t so average, after all. He’s Liam Neal, part of thenotoriously famous American Neal Family, and is hiding with secrets of his own.When Christmas comes and the truth shakes her life like a snow globe, Eleanormust decide once and for all where she’ll be standing when the snowflakessettle.

A Royal Wonderland by Liz Johnson
With his public break up still making tabloid headlines,Prince Andrew Tennesley hopes a few weeks in Tinsel will help the gossips moveon and give him a chance to propose a program the people of his country need. WhenAndrew is left to decorate a home for Tinsel’s Christmas lights contest, he hasto rely on pretty hardware store owner Charlotte Hudson for help. Charlie doesn’tmind hanging twinkle lights with him. She just isn’t interested in thespotlight. But as they set out to create a winter wonderland, Andrew has herwondering if she’s been hiding out in Tinsel too and missing out on the bestgift of the season–love.

A Tinsel Holiday by Ashley Clark
Princess Beatrix has already met the love of her life. Twoyears ago, an American journalist named Tyler was assigned to write afeature story about her. But the twenty-four hours that followed changed thetwo of them forever. Now, Tyler has returned home to Tinsel and traded hiscareer in journalism to run The Melody Inn. Though the quirky mayor andeccentric town traditions are a far cry from the world travels he once enjoyed,Tyler has settled into small-town life and made peace with the knowledge hewill never see Beatrix again. But when an American tour brings Princess Beatrixto Tinsel, she and Tyler will have another twenty-four hours together and onemore chance at love. Only this time, with gingerbread and mistletoe.
 

My thoughts:

I want to go to Tinsel!

What a wonderful collection of Christmas stories set in a unique location. And what a round up of great authors.

I purchased this book for myself because it sounded so interesting and it was. If you enjoy good romance with Christmas thrown in you will want to pick up this collection for royal stories.

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Be Loved by Emma Mae Jenkins November 20, 2019

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Emma Mae Jenkins, a young writer, has inspired many with the freedom she has to be herself—a dearly loved child of God. In her first book, Be Loved, she invites readers to join her on a journey of life-changing faith and the freedom that comes from knowing the love of God.

She chronicles her own high school journey through starting a new school, navigating the typical pressures of school work and sports, going to prom, and even homecoming. Emma Mae faced each new challenge with the confidence that God was with her and was going to make her uniquely useful in the place he had prepared for her.

For Emma Mae, it all starts with her relationship with Jesus. Because she knows she is loved by him, she is free to be herself and to live out her faith no matter what the cost. As a young, passionate, and intimate lover of Jesus, Emma Mae’s love for her Savior overflows unashamedly into her unconditional, fierce love for people.

Readers will experience the chain-breaking liberty of knowing the Lord’s presence and the freedom to be unique. This full-color, hardback book includes pictures from Emma Mae’s life, along with key Bible verses that God used to strengthen and guide her through the ups and downs of her high school years. Readers will learn to face the challenges of their student years with faith, courage, hope, and lifegiving love for others.

My thoughts:

I loved Emma’s spirit, she is so full of Jesus and this book screams her. It is full of fun colors that will appeal to high school girls. The style of the book is not “normal”, it is definitely different but I think that is what will make girls want to pick it up and read it, because it don’t look like every other book.

Quit honestly, as an adult reading it, I felt convicted by the way Emma leads her life. She just doesn’t care what others think and we live in a world that cares way to much. She is a great example for our young girls.

If you are looking for a gift that tween or teen in your life I recommend this book!

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters November 19, 2019

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Welcome back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name–but no one knows your secret.

Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason–to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian’s only hope for finding the truth–and the next big story–is small-town law enforcement’s lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called the Watcher force Vivian to fight for answers–and her life.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Oh, yeah. Natalie is fast becoming one of my favorite romantic suspense authors.

We start out with a scene that you know just isn’t right, something is going on. From there is the tension only ramps up.

I love our hero. We meet him in the first book (which was awesome as well) but he returns in this book a bit more manly and we learn about his history, which he is trying to fight.

Vivian, too, is trying to out run her past, which is equally as interesting as Ryan’s.

Their second kiss is, oh my, yeah. Natalie knows how to write good kiss.

This book has it all, romance and suspense!!

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Leave a comment by November 26th 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: Marisol Spanish Rose by Elva Cobb Martin November 18, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Marisol Spanish Rose

Author: Elva Cobb Martin

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: November 8, 2019

Marisol_final-200x300.jpgEscaping to the New World is her only option…Rescuing her will wrap the chains of the Inquisition around his neck.

Marisol Valentin flees Spain after murdering the nobleman who molested her. She ends up for sale on the indentured servants’ block at Charles Town harbor—dirty, angry, and with child. Her hopes are shattered, but she must find a refuge for herself and the child she carries. Can this new land offer her the grace, love, and security she craves? Or must she escape again to her only living relative in Cartagena?

Captain Ethan Becket, once a Charles Town minister, now sails the seas as a privateer, grieving his deceased wife. But when he takes captive a ship full of indentured servants, he’s intrigued by the woman whose manners seem much more refined than the average Spanish serving girl. Perfect to become governess for his young son. But when he sets out on a quest to find his captured sister, said to be in Cartagena, little does he expect his new Spanish governess to stow away on his ship with her six-month-old son. Yet her offer of help to free his sister is too tempting to pass up. And her beauty, both inside and out, is too attractive for his heart to protect itself against—until he learns she is a wanted murderess.

As their paths intertwine on a journey filled with danger, intrigue, and romance, only love and the grace of God can overcome the past and ignite a new beginning for Marisol and Ethan.

 

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About the Author

Elva-Cobb-Martin-226x300.jpgElva Cobb Martin is a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in South Carolina with her husband and a mini-dachshund. A life-long student of history, her favorite city, Charleston, inspires her stories of romance and adventure. Her love of writing grew out of a desire to share exciting stories of courageous characters and communicate truths of the Christian faith to bring hope and encouragement. Connect with her on her web site at http://www.elvamartin.com.

 

More from Elva

A couple of things inspired me to write Marisol ~ Spanish Rose, in addition to my love of historical romance fiction set in the colonial/pirate era of Charles Town and the Spanish Main.

I ran across a teaching of how people often let the one terrible moment of their lives define them and their future. Know anyone like this?

I envisioned a heroine in the 1700’s who let her “terrible moment”—being molested and accidentally killing the Spanish nobleman who attacks her—define her and her future destiny.

My premise for this idea and novel is: Love, forgiveness, and determination can overcome the most horrifying experiences and poor choices when we invite God into the equation.

Loving horses, particularly the white Lipizzaners, I named my heroine Marisol and set the attack on her father’s Andalusian Stud Farm in Cadiz, Spain in 1740. Andalusians are the Spanish horses in the ancestry of the Lipizzaners. And they can be trained to do dancing steps with a dancing maiden called the Flamenco, which my heroine can do well. Click here for a video of a flamenco dancer. https://youtu.be/lSQWQl0u_Ow

Marisol’s exciting Flamenco plays a pivotal part in the novel.

All this story idea needed now was an exciting, handsome Charles Town privateer—sometimes pirate—who will cross paths with my heroine when she flees Spain after killing the Spanish nobleman who molested her.

Captain Ethan Becket, backslidden former Charles Town minister, has returned to the sea, grieving the loss of his wife and child.

By the time these two get together at the indentured block in Charles Town, Marisol has discovered she is with child.

Thanks for stopping by! May you have an exciting, romantic adventure on the high seas with Captain Ethan and Marisol.

Blog Stops

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Connect in Fiction, November 16

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Moments, November 17

For Him and My Family, November 17

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 18

Genesis 5020, November 18

For the Love of Literature, November 19

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Reflections From My Bookshelves, November 24

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 25

Godly Book Reviews, November 25

Inklings and notions , November 26

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Texas Book-aholic, November 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 27

A Reader’s Brain, November 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Elva is giving away a vintage nautical writing journal and a $20 Amazon gift card!!

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/ed79/marisol-spanish-rose-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

This was an interesting read. I enjoyed the journey we took took through the pages.

The opening scene is definitely an attention grabber. I was so worried throughout the book this what happened in the opening pages would come back and get Marisol. I also worried about the lies she had to tell to survive and how Ethan would respond when he found out.

I didn’t care for Ethan’s attraction to his cousin when just a few pages before he said he couldn’t get past his decease wife death to look at Marisol romantically, but then this cousin comes on and he is attracted to her. That bothered me for some reason.

Overall, a good read. I didn’t love it but I did like it.

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