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Review and Giveaway: Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell April 11, 2016

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At West Point, Only True Love Should Lead You to Flirtation Walk

Lucinda Pennyworth, the daughter of a con man, is trying her best to leave her father’s sordid past behind her. When he dies unexpectedly, she takes the opportunity to move to West Point to live with her aunt, ready to take on a new life and determined to marry a respectable man, a West Point cadet, to impress her relatives.

Seth Westcott, a cadet at the academy, is proud to be at the top of his senior class. But when his mother dies and his sister loses their inheritance to a swindler, Seth wants nothing more than to head west to track down the con man. But the army will only send the cadets at the bottom of the class to the frontier . . . which leaves Seth with some tough choices.

When a woman trying her best to be good meets a man determined to be anything but, can there be hope for love, or will two lonely hearts be condemned to casual flirtation?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I really need to read more books by Siri. I have always enjoyed them but I don’t read nearly enough of them.

This is such an interesting book with an intriguing plot. Siri spins a vicious cycle for our characters.

Lucinda is trying to be good, but I worried about being able to trust her. As time went on I began to trust her more. Her journey is very interesting. She struggles with something many of us women struggle with. Can God forgive all the bad things she has done? She truly questions this. She has a very warped idea of who God is and therefore who He says she is.

Seth, oh poor Seth. He is really caught in a tough position as he tries to get away to help his sister but in the process looses Lucinda and then the knowledge we have as the reader that it is Lucinda’s father that has tricked Seth’s sister. How is that all going to work out?

Siri has crafted a wonderful book with a very unique plot. I loved the setting and the story. If you enjoy historical romance I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.

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


Review and Giveaway: Ties that Bind by Cindy Woodsmall October 12, 2015

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Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.

Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.
Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is one of the most interesting Amish fiction books I have read in years. There are a lot of unanswered questions that will force you to keep reading to better understand what is going on.

One thing I really loved was how Cindy wrote the dialogue for the Amish. I think we (or at least me) often think they talk so different from us. But these characters sounded like any other twenty-something person. It made them more real for me.

There is a lot of mystery surrounding the past of these characters and what will happen when truth is revealed? Also, I wanted to better understand the feelings between Ariana and Quill. Was there possible romance there or was Ariana really ready to commit to Rudy?

These questions and much more made this an excellent read.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Review and Giveaway: Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert February 9, 2015

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Success too often comes with a price. Juliet never imagined it could be so high.

Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her considerable scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions–and affording her plenty of perks along the way. It’s not the path her estranged father would have her take, but then Juliet finds it difficult to maintain respect for a man she cannot trust. She’s on her way up in the world, and she’s not going to let anything drag her down.

But when a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal, lives are at risk–including those of some of the people closest to her. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with the one who has hurt her most in order to expose a far-reaching conspiracy.

Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this engrossing story will sweep you relentlessly along as it fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I read the first book in this series and absolutely loved it, much to my surprise. So I wasn’t sure if this book could measure up.

Much like the first book (A Women of Fortune), Where Rivers Part took me about fifty pages before I got into it but once I was in…I was in. This was a book that I had to make myself stop reading so I could sleep.

There is so much deception going on and you don’t know who Juliet can trust.

Juliet is one tough girl. She doesn’t really need anyone, or does she? As things unravel in her world she realizes how being alone really isn’t okay. Yet everyone she thought she could count on is letting her down. She doesn’t know if she really believes in God but when push comes to shove will she finally let him in?

The backstory, the many twists and turns will have your engrossed in this book.

This book is really a stand-alone and does not need to be read with the pervious book. However, Kellie is such a wonderful author I highly recommend reading both 🙂

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


Review and Giveaway: Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta April 29, 2014

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London is said to be the glittering jewel of society, a world unto itself—but to Julia Elliston it is a city of shadows. Her life is swiftly dissolving into scandal. And in Victorian society, even a whisper of scandal—substantiated or not—can be the death of a young woman’s reputation.

Now under the watchful eye of Lord Roy Pierson, one of most influential men in England, Julia begrudgingly accepts his protection. But Chance Macy’s power is far-reaching as well, and he is eager to assert his claim over her.

Thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress, Julia is the toast of London, a celebrated curiosity. But in reality she’s trapped between the clutches of two powerful men. Aided only by a gentleman whose intentions she prays she can trust, Julia must finally take control of her own fate—but outwitting one’s foe rarely goes according to plan.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I am really loving this book. The mystery and gothic kind of feel appeals to me. I am finding I do like books that are a bit out of the box and this one is, in a good way.

I read the first book awhile ago. I think I like this one even more than the first because I understand Julia better now. She is pulled along by other people’s choices yet she has a mind of her own. I never see her as being weak, but is a woman who just doesn’t know her true identity because it’s being kept from her.

Isn’t that what the enemy does to us in life? He steals our identity, whispers lies about who we are, makes us question what we know to be true and then we wonder who we really are, who did God create us to be? Yes, this book is a good picture of that.

I will say I don’t know if I would have understood this book very well if I hadn’t read the first. I really think to fully appreciate this book you need to read the first. But don’t let that keep you from reading it. Grab a copy of the first and then pick this one up and then be on the look out for book number three 🙂

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Read my review of the first book here.

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










Marriage Takes Three by G.E. Hamlin April 14, 2014

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Marriage Takes Three – Blurb

Darla Connor is struggling with whether to stay in her troubled marriage or walk away. Maintaining a long distance friendship with an old sweetheart isn’t making the decision easier, especially when that sweetheart, now a famous country music star declares his love for her, even though she is married. Randall Connor is a recovering alcoholic and wants to heal his broken marriage, and as a new believer, he is counting on God to help him. When Darla rejects his ultimatum to sever ties with her old boyfriend, he’s in for the battle of his life. Will Darla follow promises of a better life with her old boyfriend, or will she surrender to God in time to save her marriage?

My thoughts:

This is a message that is dear to my heart and I love G.E.’s heart for this message. Marriage truly does take three and we can’t do it without God in the center. It’s simply too hard.

Because of my own story I was drawn to this one, especially to Darla, the wife. I wanted to see how G.E. portrayed her.

I did understand Darla, her heart is so hard, I remember being there and the confusion can be overwhelming.

However, I didn’t fully connect with this story. I hate to say that because this book is getting great reviews, but I also need to give my honest opinion. I felt the message didn’t unroll naturally but was a bit forced. If this was a non-fiction book that would have been fine but this is fiction and I want to really get into the story and I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters. Something was missing for me.

But with that being said, this is a powerful book and has a message that so many people need to hear today. I do believe this is a book God would be proud of because it is His hope for all of us who are married.

As always, I encourage you to form your own opinions and read the book for yourself if it sounds like one you might like.

I just interviewed Ginny last week. If you missed it click here to learn more about her.

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


Review and Giveaway: These are the Days of Elijah by R.T. Kendall May 13, 2013


These are the Days of Elijah

How God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things


R.T. Kendall

From the back cover:

God used Elijah to accomplish great things–and He can use you, too.

Elijah is marked as one of the greatest prophets of the Bible. More than a gifted seer, he spoke directly for God, and with His authority. Elijah is the only prophet to have called down fire from heaven, and one of only two individuals in Scripture taken to heaven before tasting death. Yet this remarkable agent of the Lord was also very human, afflicted with the very same failings and fears you have. 

With keen insight and practical application, beloved theologian and teacher R. T. Kendall explores the triumphs and contradictions of this powerful man of God. You will love seeing how Elijah was like you–righteous but proud, strong but cowardly, blessed but tested by trial and doubt.

And you will take joy in realizing how God will use you, as He did Elijah, for His perfect glory.

My thoughts and giveaway:

If you enjoy diving deep into scripture and really taking it down and understanding it, then you will enjoy this book.

Each chapter focuses on a specific part of the scripture that talks about Elijah. The author takes the scripture to a place that we can really understand and believe that God can use anybody He chooses.

What I really enjoyed was reading this book right after I read Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel. It really gave a new understanding to read the fiction book first that has Elijah in it and then dive into the scripture.

The author takes you all the way from Elijah giving the prophecy of no rain until he is taken up into Heaven and Elisha takes over.

Elijah really was just a normal guy who was prideful at times and made mistakes just like us, but God used him in a powerful way. The main idea that I took away from this book was that even though I can fall so far from all God wants for me He can still use me and He can use you too.

To pick up your own copy can stop at your local book retailer, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the publishers website.

To visit R.T. Kendall’s website click here.

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