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My Story for His Glory

Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren March 23, 2018

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In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father’s estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions, they’re determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, conventions are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined–and that’s just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this harsh and unfamiliar world.

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.

To keep her family together and save the plantation that is her last chance at providing for them, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

My thoughts:

I have never read anything by Lisa but I have heard good things about her writing. It is all true.

She has written a well-crafted book full of interesting characters and an engaging plot.

Although, not overly fast-paced I found I was taking an easy stroll through this book, but there was still enough going on that I was interested and wanted to keep reading.

Also, I just need to mention what a beautiful cover this book has.

Historical romance lovers won’t be disappointed.

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Review and Giveaway: A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green March 19, 2018

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“A stunning story . . . . Green leaves no stone unturned in depth and detail and crafts a tale as passionate as the time period itself. A Refuge Assured and its enduring characters will leave you both speechless and satisfied by novel’s end.”
Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker

Fleeing One Revolution to the Aftermath of Another, She Seeks and Dreams of Peace

Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia, but danger lurks in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers begin to suspect a young boy left in her care might be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement Asylum offer permanent refuge?

Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate his hard-won farm near Asylum, but he soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they are drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

Giveaway and thought:

Any book that says Jocelyn Green I grab without even reading the back because I know I will love it. And it was true with this book.

This is a time that I never have given a lot of thought to, the French Revolution. What a horrible time for the French and even here in America the French weren’t always treated very well.

I loved how Jocelyn brought in some of our founding fathers, like Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.

The story itself is very well written and rich in character development. I adored Vivienne and Liam, both wonderful characters to spend time with.

If you love historical romance then I highly recommend this one.

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Pressing the Issue by Daryl Wood Gerber March 16, 2018

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The Agatha Award–winning author of Grilling the Subject returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, where the annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, damsels in distress, and medieval murder . . .

As the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart’s Cookbook Nook is packed with tasty treats and all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard’s owner bludgeoned by a winepress, all their merriment fades, along with their hopes for a vintage year.

Which churlish varlet did the deed? Was it the victim’s errant brother, who stood to inherit the vineyards? Or the owner’s crestfallen ex-girlfriend? Mayhap it was the newly arrived comely wench, or her jealous husband. Fie on them all! Verily, Jenna can’t rest until justice is served, and she vows to track down the killer. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again?

Includes tantalizing recipes!

My thoughts:

Disclaimer: This is not Christian fiction but it is a cozy mystery and I have found I am enjoying those. 

This is the sixth book in this series and I thought it looked like a fun read. So this might have been better for me if I had read the other books but I felt overwhelmed with the number of characters I was introduced to and I couldn’t keep track of who was who.

I also was surprised that by the end of chapter two there was still no dead body. I thought most of the mystery in cozy mysteries was set up in the first, if not the second chapter. So I got a bit bored and trying to keep track of everyone made this not a great read for me.

With that being said, maybe if I had read the previous books in this series I might have enjoyed it more. The setting was nice and had a fun vibe to it, but this book wasn’t for me.

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Faith In Sweetwater County by Ciara Knight March 13, 2018

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Cline Grant, a man with a checkered past turned preacher has dedicated the last ten years of his life to making up for past sins. But when he is faced with removing a young girl from her abusive uncle he must face the calling he never expected. He escapes with the young girl to the safety of a small town until a beautiful and dedicated social worker asks too many questions, questions that put his faith to the ultimate test.

Kinley Stafford refuses to accept the new preacher’s credentials as a father because he claims to be a man of faith, not after she failed to protect a boy only months earlier from a dead-beat dad. And when the preacher’s little girl runs away, Kinley makes it her personal mission to expose whatever secrets Preacher Cline is hiding.

My thoughts: 

I came upon this book as I was browsing through Netgalley. I had never heard of this author or this series but I was intrigued so I requested it.

I have to say I was really impressed and surprised I hadn’t heard of this author before. This was a book with a lot of depth and layers. The cast of characters was very interesting and fun.

Kinley was a very sympathetic character with wounds she needs to overcome. I was so worried about what would happen when she discovered Cline’s secret, which he was keeping for good reason. I could only hope she would understand and help him.

I will definitely be on the lookout for more books like this and from this author.

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To a Tea by Vera Dodge March 9, 2018

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When a well-traveled individual with an interesting past applies for a job at Jan and Elaine’s tearoom, the cousins can only think that nothing is as it seems. On top of this, just as the tearoom prepares to host its first wedding, the groom mysteriously disappears! Could this be related to a recent bank robbery in town? As Jan and Elaine investigate the mysterious series of events, one can only wonder… will these cases ever be solved, or are they chasing dead ends? Find out in To a Tea, another cozy offering from Lancaster, Maine!

My thoughts:

I love the different plot lines running throughout this book. So much to keep you engaged.

Again, I just love this setting and of course throwing a wedding in the mix makes it even more beautiful.

I am enjoying this cozy series and meeting up with these two spunky cousins.

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The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For by Jo Saxton March 8, 2018


About The Dream of You

Let’s be honest, the life you lead isn’t what you’ve always dreamt. And maybe the person you’ve become isn’t who you’ve always imagined. Sure, you can clean it up. You can work longer, love harder, and eat better. You can scrub the surface of your life until it gleams and still never address the fact that somehow you lost sight of who you really are and what you’re living for.

Is this the life you were meant to live?

As the child of Nigerian immigrants in the UK, author and speaker Jo Saxton knows firsthand how quickly the world can cause us to doubt our dreams and question who we are. She understands how easily we can exchange our true child-of-God selves for an identity built on lies, guilt, and brokenness.
In this powerful book, Jo examines Biblical figures and shares her personal story as she invites you to turn to the One who knows you intimately and loves you deeply. He sees all you’ve struggled to hide. He hears the voice inside you that others have silenced. He knows the potential and purpose that no one valued. He longs to redeem the story of your life and set you on the path to reclaim The Dream of You. Are you ready?

My thoughts:
This book speaks so much truth and is a message we need to hear and allow to sink into our hearts. I believe a big problem a lot of us have is not knowing who we really are, our identities have been tainted by this world.
Jo does a great job between sharing her personal story and the Bible. I was highly engaged in this book and looked forward to picking it up each morning during my quiet time. She really got me thinking about my identity and who does God say I am, not who I think I am.
 Overall, a very good read and I highly recommend it.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

Review and Giveaway: A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith March 5, 2018

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Can one woman’s prayers change the world?

Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love for each other, for their God, and for His tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.

Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband’s new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah’s cruelty count for nothing? Will God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I don’t think about Hannah’s story much but this book was a great reminder of her story and what was going at the time in history.

I always enjoy Jill’s stories, how she brings these Biblical people to live and gives them depth, this is exactly what happened with Hannah.

The corruption that was taking place with Eli’s sons was horrible, I guess I never really thought about what they might have been doing but if this book is even close to being true it was terrible.

Obviously, while reading this I knew how things would turn out and that added so much hope as I read. Knowing Hannah would have a child eventually and she would give him to the Lord.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and if you like Biblical fiction I am sure you will enjoy it as well.

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