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My Story for His Glory

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: 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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An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray May 22, 2017

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Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post.

The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.

When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.

Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.

But when cattle start dying and the squatters damage a barn, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He’s a trustworthy hero who’s survived a terrible past. He needs more than just his freedom, he needs her love and care too.

My thoughts:

What an intriguing story. The tension between the two characters is tight. There is an initial attraction that they both try to fight but you know they will give in eventually. The question is when and how will it happen?

This is the second book in this series but you will be able to read this as a stand-alone if you choose and not feel lost at all.

It was great to meet with Thomas and be reminded of characters from the previous book. I couldn’t help but wonder whose story we would get to hear next.

I loved the romance, the post-war ear and the mystery surrounding this book. There is something on every page that will keep you turning until the end.

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

 

Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith May 15, 2017

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One devoted woman is about to discover the power of love

When famine visits Bethlehem, some hold out hope for rain, while Naomi and her family make a long journey to Moab in search of greener pastures. The harvest there is plentiful, and for a time it appears the Lord is blessing them. But when calamities strike, one after another, Naomi is left alone in a foreign land with only her widowed daughters-in-law for comfort.

Downhearted and destitute, Naomi is determined to return to Bethlehem alone. But her daughter-in-law Ruth refuses to leave her side. Despite the fact that she and Naomi will almost certainly live out their days in widowhood and poverty, Ruth holds out hope for a better future . . . and maybe even a second chance at love.

My thoughts:

I have read other fiction books based on Ruth and Naomi’s story and really enjoyed them. So it always makes we wonder when I am getting ready to read a new book based on the same story if I will be bored if I could like it as much.

I should have known because it was Jill writing the book I would be reading something brand new. She put twists in this story I never saw coming. She looked at things in a way I had never imagined them happening to our cast of characters before.

The relationships each character has with the others is something new and fresh.

If you enjoy the story of Ruth and Naomi I think you will find this retelling quite interesting and moving as well.

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

 

Too Deep For Words by Andrea Boeshaar May 8, 2017

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North meets South in the second installment of this popular Civil War series

Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days–as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead, and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.

As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep–her husband’s best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he’s a painful reminder of her lost love.

Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?

As fans of Boeshaar’s books have come to expect, Too Deep for Words is a meticulously researched novel. Readers are taken directly into the heart of the realities of the Civil War and reminded how, even in the darkest circumstances, faith in Christ offers hope.

My thoughts:

I loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this second book. It was great to meet up with these wonderful characters again.

Carrie is such a sweet woman and so strong. I love her personality. Her love for her husband is so strong and I enjoyed watching their relationship.

In this book we get to know Carrie’s sister, Margaret. She added more layers to this story.

I couldn’t wait to see how everything would play out and what trouble Carrie would find herself in this time.

If you love historical, especially placed in during the Civil War you will love this book.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Ben-Hur by Carol Wallace May 1, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

As one of the bestselling stories of all time, Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christhas captivated and enthralled millions around the world―both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew’s great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic novel and breathed new life into it for today’s audience. Coming to theaters in August 2016 as Ben-Hur, a major motion picture from MGM and Paramount studios, the story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman whose childhood friend Messala betrays him. Accused of trying to murder the new Roman governor in Jerusalem, Judah is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path.
Rediscover the intrigue, romance, and tragedy in this thrilling adventure.

Also included: the inspiring story-behind-the-story of Lew Wallace―Indiana lawyer, author, and Civil War general.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Carol Wallace,co-author of “To Marry an English Lord,” has written 21 books, including most recently her historical novel “Leaving Van Gogh.” Previous titles have included humor, parenting, and social history.

My thoughts and giveaway: 

What a fabulous book. I was immediately drawn into the story and had to keep reading to see what would happen to Ben-Hur and what his encounter with Jesus be like.

I have never seen the movie so I had nothing to base this book on besides the previews I have seen.

What happens to Judah is so unfair and the fact that it is done by his best friend is even more heartbreaking.But there is something special about Judah and others see that too and because of that he is given another chance.

Carol does a wonderful job of painting the picture of this time without taking away from the overall story. I really enjoyed this book and if you like Biblical fiction I am sure you will too.

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Review and Giveaway: Pursued by Lisa Harris April 17, 2017

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Nikki Boyd’s flight into Nashville was routine–until the crash landing at the airport.

When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing–and no one will admit she was ever there. When she learns that Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial, Nikki wonders if her disappearance from the crash site means she’s running from trouble–or straight into it. Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris has planted danger around every turn in this can’t-put-it-down thrill ride that will leave you stunned.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I love Lisa Harris’s book, she never disappoints me. This book was no exception.

She has written a great book full of romance, suspense and mystery. I never had a dull moment while reading. Even in the moments that weren’t filled with fast-paced tension we were in the mind of Nikki and getting a deeper look at all that was going on with her and her struggles.

This is the third book in the series, however, I do think you could read this one as a stand-alone but I think it might be easier to follow if you had read the first two.

There is definitely a lot of fishy stuff going on and I even began to wonder who could Nikki really trust. The people she should have been able to seemed to be holding back on her.

The mystery of Nikki’s sister is in this one still, lingering and I hope to see it resolved soon. I keep thinking there isn’t much hope of Sarah being alive, but ya know never what Lisa will cook up in her next book and how she will resolve this crime.

If you love romantic suspense I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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Leave a comment by May 1st for your chance to win a copy. 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 be by the publisher. All opinions are my own.