Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot November 3, 2014

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About:

Her life is set to warp speed. His is slowing to a crawl. But love has its own timing.

Marketing maven Kate Sherwood’s world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is grind to a halt at Rainbow’s End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. Still, she cannot deny her ailing grandmother’s request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week fifty years ago. There, Kate meets Greg, who appears to be the resort’s unassuming handyman. But there’s more to Greg than meets the eye–billions more, in fact.

Kate isn’t looking for romance, but she can’t deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate’s long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?

Amanda Cabot invites you to step into a place away from the pressures of the day. You might be surprised by what you find at Rainbow’s End.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Rainbow’s End is a charming destination. Amanda really brought the place to life. I could picture the atmosphere, the characters and town.

She did a great job of building a bit of mystery around Greg. I wanted to know why he didn’t still have his job, what happened in his past that he was running from.

Kate is a likeable character and I wanted so much for her to open her eyes and not miss God’s plan for her life.

However, this wasn’t a book that I couldn’t put down. I too easily could put it down and I wasn’t overly eager to pick it back up. For me I think it lacked intensity but overall it was a good story with a great setting and characters.

I couldn’t wait to see how Amanda would work things out for Rainbow’s End and how Greg and Kate would play a part in that.

You’ll just have to read the book to see how she does that. Amanda Cabot fans will be pleasantly surprised by her writing in this new genre.

Visit Amanda here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, or Books-A-Million.

Leave a comment by November 9th at 5:00 p.m. to be entered to win a copy. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway: Sincerely Yours April 8, 2014

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sincerely yours

About:

Four unexpected letters. Four intrepid women. Four lives changed forever.

Spanning a century and a continent, these romantic novellas will lead you on a journey through the landscape of love. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver’s workshop to a remote hospital, you’ll be swept into the lives of women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes
Camilla Renfrew is a highborn English lady fleeing false accusations when she runs smack into love on a steamboat bound for the new Erie Canal. But can this unexpected attraction survive the treacherous journey?

Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
Marigold Montgomery Bentley writes marriage advice for Kipler’s Home Weekly even though she is single. Everyone assumes from the initials that “M. M.” is a man. When the editor asks to meet Mr. Bentley, can Merrie come up with a ruse to keep her writing job?

One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Lorraine Caldwell will lose her family fortune to a reckless cousin if she doesn’t marry quickly. When she learns her long-lost brother is alive, she hopes she’s found the answer to her problems. What she finds instead is a mysterious carousel carver who turns her life upside down.

A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
Grace Hathaway must rescue a dear friend from a remote and notorious clinic that promises healing but delivers only heartache. In a place laced with deceit, where lives hang in the balance, whom can she trust to help her?

My thoughts:

Every time I started one of the novellas in this book I thought, I think this one will be my favorite. When it comes down to it I enjoyed them all equally. What a talented group of authors who contributed to this lovely book.

It amazes me what these writers can accomplish in less than a hundred pages. They can create a beautiful story world, wonderful characters and sweeping romance. Of course it all happens a lot faster than in a full length novel.

I have to say I was drawn a lot to the characters in Ann’s story simply because I write and love music and the heroine writes and the hero loves music. So for that reason I might have been a bit more into that story.

But truly, if you have read any of these authors in the past you will be pleased with these short….but oh-so-sweet….stories.

Leave a comment by April 14th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win your own copy. (U.S residents only)

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Visit Laurie’s website here.

Visit Ann’s website here.

Visit Amanda’s website here.

Visit Jane’s website here. Jane has a give away on her blog but it ends today (April 8th) so head over to enter her giveaway here.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Review and Giveaway: With Autumn’s Return January 27, 2014

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with autumn's return

With Autumn’s Return

by

Amanda Cabot

About the book (from the publishers website):

She’s planning on instant success. She didn’t plan on love.

When Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne to open her medical practice, she is confident that the future is as bright as the warm Wyoming sun. Certain she’ll have a line of patients eager for her services, she soon discovers the town may not welcome a new physician–especially a lady doctor. Even Jason Nordling, the handsome young attorney next door, seems to disapprove of her chosen profession.

When a web of deceit among Cheyenne’s wealthiest residents threatens to catch Elizabeth and Jason in its snare, they must risk working together to save one of Elizabeth’s patients–even if it means falling in love.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is the first book by Amanda that I have read and I REALLY liked it. Picking up her book was like meeting a new friend. Her writing drew me in instantly and I didn’t want to put the book down.

This is the third book in the Westward Winds series but Amanda does a great job of making you feel like you haven’t missed a thing. Although there are references to characters that are in the other books you don’t feel like you’re late to the party.

Elizabeth is a strong heroine who I liked immediately. She is strong in what she believes in and doesn’t compromise. She isn’t afraid to stand up to those who doubt her and she is one smart lady 🙂

Jason is a wonderful hero. At first he makes it hard to like him because he is hard on Elizabeth but as he softens towards her you will soften towards him. He desires to protect her and will do what it takes…..even fall in love.

I love that Elizabeth is willing to help those that others would deem unworthy. She shows the love of Christ to women who don’t often see it through other humans. That’s my heart’s cry as well.

At one point, at the end, Elizabeth (or maybe it was Jason, I can’t remember) sums up the events that lead to the moment she is in….it’s a total Genesis 5020 moment 🙂

Overall, a great historical romance that I highly recommend. I am now an Amanda Cabot fan!

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Win a copy by leaving a comment by February 2nd at 5:00 PM to be entered in a drawing. (U.S. residents only)

Visit Amanda’s website here.

A copy of this book was given to me by Revell publishing in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Amanda Cabot January 30, 2013

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Congratulations to Kellie Niedermier who won H.G. Ferguson’s book, New Blood.

This week we get write to the point with Amanda CaAmanda Cabotbot.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Let’s start with the important part: I married my high school sweetheart more years ago than can admit if I’m going to continue the fiction of being 29, and we’re living happily ever after in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Prior to that, I lived in a variety of places – everywhere from a small town in Texas to an even smaller town in Germany (compliments of the US Army when my husband was stationed there) to the suburbs of major cities.

For almost as long as I can remember, books have been a major part of my life. I love the fact that in addition to teaching me things, they can transport me to a different time and place. As a child, I decided that the most wonderful thing in the world would be to be a writer and give others the pleasure that I found in books. Of course, even then I somehow knew that it would be a difficult way to earn a living, so I took a “real” job, and writing became my second job. I used to describe it as a case of “for love or money.” Writing was what I did for love; the day job helped pay the mortgage. Now I’m fortunate enough to be a fulltime writer.

You are blessed to be a fulltime writer. I would love to have that job description someday.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
I was raised in a family where God was part of our daily lives, so much so that when I was a teenager, I was determined to be a missionary. God had other plans for me. I think He knew that I’d be as unsuccessful in a mission as I was convincing a Jewish friend’s mother that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Instead, He filled me with the desire to write and ensured that my path crossed that of a woman who became not just one of my bridesmaids but a role model for faith. It was her death from leukemia that marked a turning point in my writing career, showing me that it was time for me to write about God’s love and His healing power as well as the love between a man and a woman.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
Waiting for Spring is the second in the Westward Winds trilogy, my series of books set in Wyoming. Although each one of my books is special to me in some way, this one is extra special because (1) it has a fabulous cover with a “story behind the story” and (2) it’s set in my adopted home, Cheyenne. I’ve included the story about the cover on my web page. Click here.
As for the book itself, since I have a terrible time telling a story in less than 100,000 words, why don’t I share the back cover copy with you?

“After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But she can find no rest from the ghosts of the past and flees to Cheyenne to put the pieces of her life back together.
Wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry must make a sensible match if he is to be elected senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming. He needs someone with connections. Someone without a past. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.
Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?”
My hope for this story is the same one I have for each of my books: that readers will close the last page, sighing with pleasure that the characters found their happy endings, and knowing that God led them to that ending.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
When I started my blog, it had one primary purpose: my Wednesday in Wyoming posts. These began as Facebook posts and include a picture and information about an aspect of the state I now call home. When I exceeded some unwritten limit in FB and could no longer post pictures, I started to blog. I’m so glad I did, since the blog gives me more flexibility, including the ability to add more than one picture to a single post. As you can guess from the name, these are weekly posts. What’s pleased me about these posts is that even people who’ve been lifelong Wyoming residents have told me they’ve learned something from them.
Just this year, I’ve added a new feature to my blog. Each month on the 15th, I’m going to spotlight one of my readers. Since I’ve only begun this feature, I don’t know how popular the posts will be, but the initial reaction has been positive.

What are you reading right now?
I just finished Suzanne Woods Fisher’s new release¸ The Lesson. I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of Amish books in general, but Suzanne’s stories are so wonderful that I wait eagerly for each one of them to be published. It was such fun to watch M.K., the heroine of The Lesson, change from a rather immature 19 year-old into a responsible adult.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
There’ve been a number of times in my life when, in retrospect, I’ve seen God’s hand, turning what seemed like a disaster or what was at least an unpleasant experience into something good. One of the first was when I was sixteen years old and determined to be selected for a year-abroad program. You see, I was convinced that living in Europe would make my life perfect. When my application was rejected, I was heartbroken as only a teenager can be. And yet a week later, I met the man who became my sweetheart, the same man who’s now my husband. God’s plan was definitely better than mine.

That is so awesome. I love when we can look back and see God hand guiding us.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is withWaitingforSpring thee whithersoever thou goest.” I find comfort in knowing that God is with me wherever I go, and the fact that this is phrased as a command makes me determined to be strong and courageous, although I don’t always succeed.

Where can we find you on the web?
The best place to start is my web page: www.amandacabot.com. That provides what I call “one stop shopping” with information about me and my books. I also have a Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Cabot/110238182354449?v=wall) and a blog http://amandajoycabot.blogspot.com/.

Thanks so much for inviting me to be part of your blog. I’m delighted to be here.

Thanks so much for spending time with my readers. I pray that God continues to bless your writing.