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Review and Giveaway: Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll April 9, 2018

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Legend claims the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is hidden in Weaver’s Needle—a priceless treasure that two recovery specialists are in a race to secure for a client, and ultimately, a payday. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever. The two must work together despite their distrust to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost. Will they find the gold or life’s true treasure. . .love?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I received this book a long time ago to review, but had not timeline so it kept getting pushed back and I honestly wasn’t that excited to review it. Now I am wondering why I waited to so long.

This book was one I couldn’t put down and easily read. It had an almost Indiana Jones feel to it.

The hurt and wounds each character carried was very real and something we can relate to.

The mystery surrounding the missing map had me guessing until the end. I will say there were chapters that I didn’t really understand until it all came together at the end and found myself irritated when I got to those chapters and they interrupted the other story. But overall I really liked this book a lot.

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

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The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright January 5, 2018

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Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

My thoughts:

I have heard nothing but positive things about this book. That always makes me a bit nervous because I wonder if I will enjoy the book as much as other did.

I did.

This book will pull you in from the first page and won’t let you go until the last. You will be dropped into the dark and mysterious world of Foster House and it’s secrets. I had to keep reading to find out who was the girl who died, what happened to her?

But even more I wanted to find out what happen to Ivy and Joel, did things work out for them or did something keep them apart?

If you like books with a creepy side to them then I have no doubt you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

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

 

 

Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter September 21, 2017

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When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

My thoughts:

Denise Hunter writes such real and captivating books. This one holds true to that.

This book was heartbreaking in parts that made it difficult to read. But I had to understand what happened. What drove these two people apart and how could they reconcile all that went wrong.

Honestly, both the main characters had characteristics that bothered me at first. They weren’t overly lovable, a bit rough around the edges but I still liked them.

Overall, a wonderful read that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next and drew me to the characters and their flaws.

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

 

Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery July 18, 2017

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A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.

Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

My thoughts (this book releases on July 20th):

Um. Yeah. I loved this book.

I wasn’t sure what I would think of this book at the beginning. I have never been on a mission trip and was wondering how you could make an interesting story of someone going on one. I was silly to worry. Jennifer managed to do it.

And that is what I love about all of Jennifer’s books. She writes about missions in some way and weaves a wonderful plot and characters into that. She definitely has a unique style unlike any I have ever read and she does it well.

It’s funny, much of the story takes place with the two main characters not even together but in the short amount of time they are you know they belong together.

Fatima and Dinora captured my heart and I wanted them so desperately to see who they really were through Christ’s eyes. Their story alone is heart breaking and unfortunately all too true of what is actually happening today in the world.

Our main characters are wonderful too, both dealing with their own struggles, finding who they are as well.

I just have to mention Aubrey, Brooke’s sister, Jennifer did a great job depicting a teen-age girl (I know I live with one). Her attitude, she thinks knows everything. Great job.

By the end I was crying and that is the mark of a great book. Jennifer managed to touch my emotions with this one.

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

 

Yella’s Prayers by Nadine C. Keels April 13, 2017

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She awoke with a gasp, sitting up. God? Was that You?
A pivotal year awaits Bless, a young woman who hides her passion: her music. She’s not exactly friends with T’meal, a talented athlete who won’t explain why he’s passed up the chance of a lifetime. Nor is Bless too close to Lamall, a boisterous playboy with a broken private life that’s spiraling out of control.

But Bless knows she’s meant to help these two young men. She can’t deny the Voice that told her so.

A coming of age story of compassion, the awakening of love, and knowing when it’s time to step out of the shadows and shine.

My thoughts:

This story has a lot going on and many layers to it.

Bless is a sweet girl who tries to hide but God doesn’t really let her do that. I love how He uses her to have influence in other people’s lives.

Nadine did a nice job building the other characters and their stories. We really have the chance to get to know T’meal and Lamall and their family life. There are definitely some underlying things going on that will come into play later in the book.

I was interested to see how Nadine would weave it all together.

For me personally I really like short chapters, I feel I can read more for some odd reason, this book has long chapters and even though I probably read the same amount I felt like that slowed the pace down for me.

While I didn’t love this book it has a great message that I think many people can relate to.

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

 

 

Mattie by Betty Willis March 27, 2017

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Abandoned in smalltown Texas in 1898, Mattie McAlister must find a way to survive. Her choices are few: go to the children’s home or make her own way with grit and determination. Opportunities are scarce, especially for a smart girl who struggles to read. She agrees to work for a poor family with seven kids and a depressed mother. Over the next few years, her positive attitude and ability to make do in difficult situations endear her to her new family and the community. And her gift for training horses and skill with a rifle even make her locally famous. Still, her wish is to find a husband and have a home of her own. . . . Then she meets him. . . . Laugh, cry, and experience the triumph of the human spirit in Mattie, a riveting historical narrative that will haunt and inspire you long after you’ve turned the final page.

My thoughts:

Mattie is an endearing character. So sweet and going through so much.

At times this book reminded me of Little House on the Prairie. Although the content was more mature.

I struggled with Mattie being ten or eleven in the beginning but somethings she said was so mature. I am sure that was probably done intentionally, so show that Mattie wasn’t your average eleven- year-old girl.

But the way things were worded definitely reminded me that she was younger and her perception on things were different then someone who would be older.

This is a very engaging story about this young girl and her journey into womanhood and even her journey in faith. She clings to a hope her mother instilled in her.

The outpouring of love from the community is wonderful to see and something I think we have lost in this day and age.

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

 

Restoring Love by Jennifer Slattery March 10, 2017

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Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She’s almost his worst nightmare, and she’s also working on restoring something—herself.

As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common—a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband’s incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other.

Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

My thoughts:

Jennifer has done it again, written another heart-gripping book. Her books are different because there is a spiritual depth to them that is often missing in other books.

The characters are well-developed, dealing with their own pasts and current situation. Jennifer slowly unveils each character’s story with perfect timing to keep the reader hanging on to see what is going to happen next.

I highly recommend any of Jennifer’s book if you are looking for something to really grab you where you are at.

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