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Review and Giveaway: Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer July 25, 2017

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When Danger Arrives, It’s More Than Just Her Heart on the Line

Grace Mallory is tired of hiding. She hungers for a normal life, perhaps even a suitor like two of her friends in Harper’s Station have found. But when the man she believes responsible for her father’s death discovers her whereabouts, survival takes priority.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His fellow telegrapher, the mysterious Miss G, has been the ideal companion. For months, their friendship–dare he believe, courtship?–over the wire has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intends for him. However, when he intercepts an ominous message and discovers her life is in peril, Amos must shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I haven’t read a book by Karen that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, and this book is no exception.

I was delighted to visit Harper Station again and see what these strong women were up to.

Grace doesn’t appear overly strong as first but as we get to know her she is full of strength and she knows it comes from the Lord. I love how she used scripture to come against her enemy, just like our Savior.

Amos is not your typical hero and he knows it, but he becomes the hero we all long for and he even surprised me with his passion, which I loved.

There is even another romance in the story that we get to enjoy which adds to all that is happening and doesn’t take away at all from the main romance.

Overall, another great one by Karen that I recommend.

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As High As The Heavens by Katie Breslin July 13, 2017

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Page-Turning Intrigue and Romance from an Up-and-Coming Historical Romance Talent

In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle’s café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She’s a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.

My thoughts:

I loved Katie’s first too books so I was very excited when this book came out. Honestly, it didn’t’ even matter to me what it was about because it was by Kate.

Eve is a woman with great strength and takes risks to do what she believes is right and help those who need it.

Simon is equally determined but finds himself in situations where he can’t do much.

I really wanted to love this book. I told myself to keep reading, keep reading, something will grab you. And sometimes things did grab me but I never really connected with this story and I really wanted to. I’m not even sure what is was. There is a lot going on, there’s never a dull moment but I never fell into the story to the point where I was unable to put the book down.

There are a lot of good things in this book but for some reason this one didn’t connect with me. As always, this is my opinion only.

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

 

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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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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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. 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. 

 

Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted by Ron Citlau April 26, 2017

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A Message of Hope and Grace

Sometimes in our big-picture discussions about homosexuality and same-sex marriage, we lose sight of the person in the middle of the struggle. Whether that struggler is you or someone you care about, there are two fundamental questions that need to be answered: How can someone with same-sex attraction be faithful to Jesus? And how can everyone else support and encourage them in this pursuit?

With clarity and grace, author and pastor Ron Citlau will help you think through every option the Bible offers–and what it does not. Having personally dealt with same-sex attraction, walked with others still struggling, and pastored those with gay loved ones, he encourages readers to think deeply and biblically about heterosexual marriage, singleness, celibacy, and more.

Discover the remarkable gifts God provides to the same-sex-attracted Christian who desires to faithfully follow Jesus. And learn how others can come alongside them with love, encouragement, and grace.

Ron Citlau serves as senior pastor of Calvary Church near Chicago. Ron is co-author of Compassion Without Compromise (with Adam Barr) and helped produce curriculum on sexual healing now used by Desert Stream Ministries in hundreds of churches throughout the country. Ron lives with his wife, Amy, in Chicago.

My thoughts:

What a powerful and timely book. This addresses some very important topics that I think we have trouble putting into words. This will give you language to address some things that, as Christians, we know isn’t God’s plan.

I do think the first step is admitting the homosexuality is a sin. If people aren’t there or don’t believe that they won’t even pay attention to this book. They may not have to even believe that it’s a sin but they need to be in a place where they are uncomfortable with that lifestyle. I feel if they are accepting that as their identity they won’t care what this book has say.

With that being said, it does give those that do believe it is sin a place to start, a way to dialogue about this topic.

It does boil down to identity. In the very beginning Ron says something I underlined. Page 32 he says, “Today, sexual identity seems to be tied up in sexual desire. If you have a desire for someone then that defines your sexual identity, and our work is to be true to one’s self and pursue that desire.” He’s not saying that is right but that is what the world has decided.

That would be like someone who is attracted to someone other then their husband saying, “I am just an adulteress. I can’t remain faithful to my husband so I am going to be with any man I chose.” Most of the world, Christian or not, agrees that is not okay. That is called cheating on someone. Just because you desire something you don’t have to make that your identity. Jesus can redeem that just as He can redeem any sin.

If you know someone struggling with same-sex attraction or you just want some things to think about regarding this issue this book is a great place to start.

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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 Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander March 17, 2017

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A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed because the conductor–determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.

Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse–and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head–he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his father, who is dying. As Tate’s ailment worsens, he believes Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman’s trust when you’ve robbed her of her dream?

As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women’s hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history–but the hearts of men.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Believe it or not I have never read a book by Tamera. I just have never gotten around to it. But now I see what all the fuss is about. She is an extremely talented author.

Reading this book was like meeting an old friend. I easily fell into step with this story. It helped, of course, that the main character was a musician. I could very much relate to her love of music.

Rebekah is an easy character to like. She is struggling with her role as a female musician and something is also up with her step-father. Things that are hinted at early in the book had me very concerned for Rebekah’s safety and the support she would receive from her mother.

Tate is likable too (but not to Rebekah right away). But since we know his thoughts we can understand where he is coming from with the decisions he had to make.

I couldn’t wait to see how Tamera would unveil their relationship and how these two would fall in love. It didn’t disappoint.

If you enjoy historical romance I have no doubt you would enjoy this book.

 

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