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The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep March 1, 2018

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A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

My thoughts:

I always enjoy Michelle’s books and this one was no exception.

Can I just say I loved Alex. What a great hero and shows himself as such from the beginning with his first encounter with Johanna.

Johanna is a wonderful heroine, she is strong and determined and willing to do whatever she has to to help her family.

The other characters in this story help to round out the plot and keep things interesting, that’s for sure. Johanna’s little brother is a character and likes to get into trouble.

Overall, a great read. If you enjoy historical romance you will like this one.

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Tea Rose by Erin Keeley Marshall February 28, 2018

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Rose Young has made a mysterious discovery in her late mother’s belongings; could it reveal something about Rose’s childhood? Meanwhile, it’s election season in Lancaster, Maine! Can Rose’s father, Clifton, win the ballot and the hearts of the residents, or will a shady outsider take over the reins of the town? As if this was not enough, Brian—Jan’s son—has made a discovery that may help Elaine and Jan figure out the story behind the sapphire ring found in the walls of their tearoom… It’s a story packed full of friendship, faith, and, of course, mystery!

My thoughts:

I loved meeting back up with Jan and Elaine and their tea room. From the beginning of this book we are thrown into a new mystery and my mind immediately tried to figure out. But with each new discovery I thought of a new possibility. I also liked reading about the family history of Rose.

Overall an enjoyable read with a wonderful setting that will make you long for summer.

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Review and Giveaway: Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher February 22, 2018

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“Not today. I will not worry today.”

Phoebe Starbuck has always taken care of her father–worrying enough for both of them, as he chases one whim after another. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, she takes two gifts from her father, but desires only one: her great-grandmother’s journal. The second gift? A “minder” in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man she loathes.

Phoebe soon discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds a secret that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially the captain and the cooper.

Sail away with expert navigator Suzanne Woods Fisher, who confidently explores the sometimes treacherous shores of Quaker life on the storied Nantucket Island.

My thoughts:

I am fast becoming a Suzanne Woods Fisher fan. Her books are very engaging and I love the research she puts into to each book. The taste of history we get as we read feels very real.

It’s interesting to learn about the Quaker faith and the persecution they came under.

Phoebe has a lot of hope and ideas and she doesn’t seem to see things as they really are, except when it comes to her father. But she really wants Captain Foulger to be the one but I didn’t really trust at all.

Overall, I really enjoyed this read. If you like this time period and setting I am sure you would enjoy this book.

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The Healthy Living Handbook by Laura Harris Smith, C.N.C., B.S.O.M. February 21, 2018

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Simple, Everyday Ways to Lifelong Health for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

These days we are living longer than ever, yet we’re more run down, anxious, overweight, exhausted, stressed out, depressed, and all-around more unwell than ever before. The quantity of the days we live is up, but the quality of those days is down. Way down.

What if there were a simple, everyday way to change this? What if a healthy life were easily within your grasp–body, mind, and spirit? The good news is that it is!

Going beyond over-hyped diets and complicated exercise routines, spiritual wellness expert and certified nutritional counselor Laura Harris Smith distills the essence of a healthy life into one simple, practical idea: change your habits, change your life. By showing that a truly healthy life is more than physical–it’s mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual–Smith gives you easy, everyday ways not only to live well, but to live better, in every area of life.

Accessible, practical, and grounded in real life, The Healthy Living Handbook is not a major lifestyle overhaul; it’s just full of simple course corrections that will bring you the peace, rest, energy, connection, and clarity you’ve longed for. When you live from a place of true health, you will love more deeply, engage more fully, and participate with others more wholeheartedly.

My thoughts:

Since I have been changing my eating habits I have become very interested in overall healthy living so when I saw this book I wanted to give it a read.

It is divided into three sections. I found the first section very powerful and a great reminder for me of things I already knew but don’t walk in daily. I neglect Holy Spirit so much, I need Him and I don’t talk to or with Him enough. There are some powerful prayers at the end of each chapter that I fully embraced.

The middle section was about organizing your home. I need to do this but I honestly have trouble caring enough. However, I did end up doing some cleaning this weekend and it does feel good have a home that is more organized, I just have trouble keeping it there.

The last section is about physical health. I really enjoyed this section and it reiterated the things I have been learning about health and even has me thinking about some things I haven’t incorporated yet.

Overall, if you are looking for ways to improve every area of your life this is a good book to pick up.

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Review and Giveaway: The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron February 19, 2018

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Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .

Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.

Bridging the past to the present in three time periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and of an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is an amazing book. I have read all of Kristy’s book and enjoy each and every one of them. She has a unique voice and her style is this back and forth between present and past. This one even had another past.

I loved how each story links in some way. Because of the three stories going on it made it a fast read. Kristy hooked you at the end of each chapter, but of course the next chapter wasn’t that story so you had to keep reading to see what would happen next,, every time.

Simply put this is a beautifully crafted story and I loved visiting France in these three different time periods and meeting each of these strong women who drove the stories.

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


Long Road Out of Ur by Joel Thimell February 15, 2018

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Something is rotten in Mesopotamia. A troublesome priest has been murdered; the pagan New Year’s rites defiled; a royal tomb is robbed; and a would-be grifter, Lot, is in the wrong place at the wrong time. His father, grandfather and cousin are each likely suspects and Lot doesn’t know who he can trust. Everyone thinks Lot knows where the loot is hidden and someone wants it all–even if it’s over Lot’s dead body.

“Long Road Out of Ur” retells the familiar story of the calling of Abraham and Sarah to the Promised Land through the voice of Lot. Yes, that Lot–the one who barely escaped the destruction of Sodom with his daughters–his wife wasn’t so fortunate.This is not a Sunday school version of their lives, and they are not alabaster saints. Instead, it’s a lively coming-of-age adventure tale crossed with a murder mystery and a heaping helping of social satire. Think of it as something like “Huckleberry Finn” combined with “North by Northwest” but set in the Bronze Age.

Lot’s comical attempts to con his way out of danger only entangle him deeper and deeper in a web of greed, betrayal and murder. From the fashionable society of Susa through the murky waters of the Great Swamp to the stone huts of Elam, Lot tries to run but he can’t hide. Searching for any way out, he battles evil giants, fake princesses and blood-thirsty pirates but his greatest struggle is finding himself.

Can a two-bit con man change his spots? Or will his past destroy him?

Can a prodigal son and his prodigal father ever forgive one another? Or are some wounds just too deep to heal?

My thoughts:

I  have never read a story about Lot, he’s never been overly likable. But this book puts him in a new light, and even Abram (Abraham) for that matter.

The writing is well done, engaging narration and rich detail. I could easily see the people and things around Lot and what was happening.

My only draw back was I felt there was a lot of bunny trails, we followed every thought that Lot had and explored its back story. I felt that slowed the story down a bit. This wasn’t a quick read for me, and that’s okay.

But overall, very rich in story and well researched.

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


The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers February 13, 2018

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New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want—money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist—an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship—and both their lives—forever.

My thoughts:

Wow. What can I say? This book is a masterpiece.

I honestly, haven’t read very many books by Francine, but I have read a few. So when I saw this one my jaw dropped. I could review Francine’s newest book? Uh, yes please.

Francine’s writing is real, even raw at times. When we are in the point of view of a non-believer she writes how a non-believer would think and it isn’t very nice, but it is very real. Roman is a tough one. He isn’t even very likable at first but as we start to see his brokenness things become much more clear.

Grace is a sweetie, but with a broken past of her own. We are let in on some of that early on but other parts are slowly revealed.

Even though this book is (very) long it is never boring. I couldn’t wait to get back to it and see what would happen next. Francine Rivers fans will be overjoyed with this newest release and if you haven’t read anything by Francine why wait any longer?

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