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A Love So True by Melissa Jagears June 23, 2017

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Jagears Delivers a Wonderfully Romantic Read with a Hero and Heroine to Cheer For

Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town’s red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn’t limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well–if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.

David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father’s companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he’s shown interest in Evelyn’s work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.

They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David’s dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

My thoughts: 

After reading the first book in this series and absolutely loving it I couldn’t wait for the next book to come out.

Melissa has a unique way of writing that weaves in ministry and serving. I love it. You might think that would be boring and I might think the same thing with just hearing it but reading her books are anything but boring.

She piles layer upon layer of plot adding new things when I think nothing new can be added and putting in a twist when I never even saw a bend coming.

Evelyn has a poor self-image, I think that is something most women can relate to, yet she is very strong and stubborn. She knows what she wants…kind of 🙂 She also has a secret and I was dying to know what it could possibly be. She seemed to innocent.

David is a wonderful hero who sees Evelyn’s wonderful qualities and wants to be more like her when it comes to his future and his father.

You can read this as a stand-alone but I highly recommend this series. I could say much more but then this review would end up being way too long.

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

 

The Memory Of You by Catherine West June 19, 2017

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Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.

My thoughts:

This is the second book I have read by Catherine. I loved the first one and couldn’t wait to read this one. She has a unique way of writing a book that is easy to read yet deeply emotional. This book is no exception.

Natalie is dealing with a lot of junk. She isn’t too sure about God and I just kept wanting her to figure out that He is the one who can ultimately heal her of the wounds from her past.

Tanner sure wasn’t very nice to her at first but I love how they got drawn together and then it was like the pull was undeniable, even though they both tried to deny it.

This book is just so rich and engaging, I didn’t want to stop reading. If you are looking for something that will touch your heart this is a great one.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: None So Blind by Chautona Havig June 15, 2017

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About the Book

 

Book title: None So Blind

Author: Chautona Havig

Release date: September 29, 2013

Genre: Contemporary

Dani and Ella Weeks–two women who share one thing in common. The same life, the same family, and the same body.

When Dani wakes with no knowledge of who or where she is–no memories of her life at all–David and Dani Weeks discover that “til death do us part” takes on an entirely unexpected meaning. Practically speaking, Dani died. But she didn’t.

What’s a gal to do?

In a desperate attempt to separate the old life from the new, Dani insists on a new name, a twist of her old one–Ella.

Ella’s doctors can’t explain what happened. Her children can’t understand why she doesn’t know them. David, her husband, finds himself torn between admiration for the “new” version of his wife and missing the woman he’s known for over fifteen years.

Will Ella ever regain her memory? Why does their pastor suspect it’s one great hoax?

 

About the Author

Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert with her husbnd and five of her nine children. Through her novels, she hopes to encourage Christians in their walk with Jesus.

Guest post from Chautona Havig

“Who are you, again?”

“I’m Joe’s, daughter. Vyonie.” My sister pointed to me. “This is Chautona.”

For some odd reason, the niece she spent the least amount of time with, Aunt Doris remembered—somewhat. But she didn’t remember Vyonie from what I could tell. She smiled at me, that amazing, sweet smile I’d never forget. She asked how I was. I always thought that Mrs. Sanderson—mother of John, Alicia, and Carl on the TV show, Little House on the Prairie—looked and sounded like Aunt Doris. Of course, that memory of me didn’t last. A minute or two later, she gave me a big smile and asked if she knew me.

It gave me a picture of what it must have been like for my character, Ella Weeks—to wake up every day with these children there—children who knew her, but she didn’t remember. The hurt she caused every time she had to struggle to admit she didn’t know something she probably should—again. So, I thought I’d ask her to tell us about it.

Ella: People often assume that the worst part of losing my memory are the memories that disappeared, too. But it’s not. A much as I’d love to remember my wedding day, my daughter’s first steps, my son’s first words, or that moment I realized I was pregnant with my third, those are blessings that I don’t think about often. No, what hurts most is seeing the pain in my children’s eyes when they need me to remember something and I can’t. For me, not remembering their first day of kindergarten is an inconvenience. For them, it’s a further reminder that if they didn’t tell me, I wouldn’t know them. That without them pushing themselves into my life, I wouldn’t care about them any more than any other human in my path. I do now, of course, but not at first. I hate that they heard David say once, “…she doesn’t know me. She doesn’t trust me. She doesn’t know our children. She tries, but she could walk out of our lives tomorrow and never miss us.”

Living so close to it every day, I missed those little bits of pain that I inflicted without meaning to, but when I went with our Bible study to a nursing home and visited with the residents, then I saw it. Women with tears running down their cheeks as loved ones patted their hands and tried to comfort. I heard one man offer to find a woman’s father. She squeezed him close and whispered, “It’s okay, Daddy. I love you. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

The man promised to try to find her father in the meantime.

Those people there—most of them didn’t realize they didn’t remember someone important. They didn’t struggle to remember this or that. Their dementia had gotten bad enough that their lives had gone from constant frustration to, by comparison, blissful oblivion.

And their families withered with each forgotten face, name, moment.

That’s what my “episode” did for my family. It caused them pain that just resurfaced every time something new happened. Pain that I didn’t know I inflicted. And since that visit, I have a greater compassion and awareness of just how amazing and powerful memories are.

I also have a greater appreciation for those beautiful words in Isaiah when the Lord promised… “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”

You see, there’s a lifetime of the sins that Jesus died for buried somewhere in my brain—or, at least at one time there was. I know that those sins were in there, because the ones I committed yesterday are there today. The ones I’ve already confessed and been forgiven for—I beat myself up for the next morning. A week later. A month. But the Lord has wiped them clean. I just keep smearing them back out there again as if to say, “But You don’t get how BAD I was.” Yeah. The arrogance, right? Because an almighty, holy God can’t possibly understand how sinful a sinner that He had to DIE to save from those sins… is. The arrogance? That’s an understatement.

But all those years before that horrible morning… gone. Maybe I stole something. I don’t know. It was forgiven, wiped clean, and then wiped from my memory. I can’t rehash it with the Lord over and over. I can’t drag it back up like a wife who won’t let her husband forget the one time he forgot her birthday. I can’t use it as a whip to beat myself up with. And I think there’s something beautiful in that.

Do I wish I could stop hurting my family with my blank past? Of course. But am I also grateful for a living picture of the fresh start the Lord gives His people at salvation? Definitely. I hope I never take it for granted again.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize that includes:

1 $25 Amazon Gift Card
1 Paperback Copy of None So Blind
1 Paperback Copy of Will Not See
1 Lampwork Necklace
1 Cool denim mini-backpack (to hold your stuff!)
1 Custom Travel Mug (with quote from book)
1 FREE eBook code to share with a friend!

Check out this cool video from Chautona: https://youtu.be/5K_cTjlg4S8

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ba35

My thoughts:

You never know what you are going to get when you begin a book by an author you have never read before. Let me tell you, when you open this book you will get sucked in and have to keep reading to see what will happen next.

From the opening paragraph of this book you are thrown into the confusion of Dani’s world. I can’t even imagine waking up and not knowing where you are or even who you are. The doctor’s had no idea what happened either.

David is a wonderful husband, so patient and kind. I appreciated his struggle of wanting his wife back yet liking this new side of her and wondering what do you do with that?

It was great having the kids in their too. How does that affect that family? In a very big way and so hard to kids to understand.

This was a very interesting book that I couldn’t wait to get back to. The fast-pace kept me reading and wanting to find out what was going on.

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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: True To You by Becky Wade June 13, 2017

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After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. However, when John, an adoptee, is diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his ancestry.

John enlists Nora’s help to uncover the identity of his birth mother, and as they work side by side, this pair of opposites begins to suspect that they just might be a perfect match. But can their hope for a future survive their wounds from the past?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I love Becky Wade’s books so I was anxious to start this new series.

Nora is such a sweetie and kind of dorky, which made me like her even more. She isn’t some seductress, although she might like to be, but she’s anything but smooth. I really liked her and could identify with her insecurities.

John is truly a hero and when we meet him he is most definitely that. Becky did a great job of not letting the reader know too soon what his diagnosis was. Although I was wanting to know what exactly what was going on with him.

The town of Merryweather is super sweet too. I want to visit there 🙂

This really is a great story and I can’t wait to read about the other Bradford sisters.

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Leave a comment by June 26th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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

 

 

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury June 8, 2017

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters.

Decades ago, John and Elizabeth Baxter lived a love story that is still playing out in the lives of their adult children and grandchildren. But few of them know the exact details of that story or the heartbreak that brought the two together.

Now in high school, Ashley Baxter Blake’s oldest son, Cole, must write a family history paper for a freshman English class. He decides to interview his grandfather about that long ago love story.

John is hesitant, not sure if he can take the sorrow of reliving his love story with Elizabeth—especially now that he is remarried. But he agrees and allows his heart to go places it hasn’t gone in decades.

At the same time, Baxter family friend Cody Coleman is working through the breakup of his complicated relationship with Andi Ellison. He is determined to move on when a chance sighting changes his plans—and heart. Can Cody convince Andi to give their love another try or is it time for them to say goodbye, for good?

As school ends, Cole presents his report on the love story between his grandparents John and Elizabeth Baxter. It is a tale that touches the hearts of the entire family, and one that causes Cole to better understand his own beginning.

Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time or finding them all over again, Love Story will stir your heart and remind you of the generational impact of love and the eternal bond of family.

My thoughts:

I read the first and second series of the Baxters and LOVED it. I don’t think I ever cried so much while reading books. I kind of lost interest after that and haven’t read much more. But when I saw this book I had to hear John and Elizabeth’s story.

The cool thing Karen did in this book was interweave another love story into it as well. One full of disappointment and heartache as well.

I soon found myself full of emotion and holding back tears and of being deeply engrossed in this story.

There is no doubt that Karen Kingsbury is a very talented author and knows how to put together a story that is not only emotionally moving but spiritually as well. I love the faith of these characters. They have had trails like all of us but that hasn’t stopped them leaning on Jesus.

Even if you haven’t read the Baxter series you could read this one anyway, but for those of you who have read their story this is a MUST read.

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

 

Building Faith Block by Block by Michael Ross and Christopher Ross June 7, 2017

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Improve Your Game, Build Your Faith

Decisions, decisions. In both the virtual world and the real world, you have to make a bunch of choices. Mess up in the virtual world and you can always start over. But in the real world, where the decisions you make have real consequences (both good and bad), it’s not that simple.

Where can you go for help? Is there a gamer’s guide for living? Yes, it’s called the Bible—and God created it to help you win!

Join gamer Dragee90 as he shares daily devotions packed with awesome ideas for success in three key areas of your life:

Gameplay—Learn A-to-Z tips and tricks for successful virtual world-building and secrets for online survival.

Real Life—Dragee90 reveals some of his daily struggles and shows how you can overcome your own everyday challenges with God’s help.

Real Faith—Get powerful Scripture verses from the Bible, “cheat codes” you can use to overcome life’s biggest obstacles.

Building faith block by block is easy once you have the right foundation!

My thoughts:

This is a neat book for children who are addicted to Minecraft (my son) and you want them to also build their relationship with Jesus.

I think the authors did a great job of engaging the young reader by bringing them into the Minecraft world and then applying it to the scriptures.

I wanted to read this book hoping my son might want to read it. I think this is something he would enjoy if he will give it a chance. I would encourage parents out there whose children love Minecraft to give this book as a gift and maybe even read it with them.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller June 5, 2017

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After a sheltered life in Pittsburgh, Hope Irvine is ready for a new adventure. When her father takes a position as a preacher in a railroad car converted into a traveling church, she’s thrilled at the chance to accompany him. While accommodations in their new chapel car home are tight, Hope couldn’t be happier putting her musical skills to good use and ministering to the people of West Virginia alongside her father. But when their chapel car arrives in Finch, West Virginia, they find a coal mining community that has hit hard times and is suspicious of outsiders.

Luke Hughes works for the coal mine when he can, but the struggling company doesn’t always offer steady work. When Reverend Irvine and Hope arrive in town, Luke is intrigued by what the reverend can teach him–and by the lovely and kind Hope.

When Hope’s desire to bring supplies and Sunday school classes to neighboring counties leads to her traveling with a flirtatious young mine manager, Luke is hard-pressed to suppress his jealousy. But when he begins to suspect the manager’s motives are less than charitable, can he prove it without hurting Hope, or worse, putting her in danger?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I haven’t had the chance to read anything by Judith until now. I was intrigued by the plot and setting of this book.

I have to say I will definitely be reading her books in the future. This book is rich in character development and the unique setting of a chapel train car.

I also appreciated that this story is so much centered around spreading the God News of Jesus Christ. That is difficult to do and still maintain an interesting plot and love story. But Judith managed to do it.

Hope is a determined young woman who won’t let anything stand in her way when it comes to sharing the good news. Luke is a wonderful hero who shows up always just in time.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. If you like historical romance I think you will like this one.

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