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Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh March 21, 2016

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A Colorado senator’s wife, Evelyn Brandt seems to have it all. But her carefully constructed life comes toppling down when the FBI crashes her society brunch with news that her husband has been arrested for embezzlement, and he’s far from repentant. It turns out this was only the start of his indiscretions—for which he has little regret.

As the weeks following the scandal turn into months, Evelyn withdraws, even shirking her duties with the philanthropic Valentine Volunteers. The inquisitive women of the group are determined not to let Evelyn’s divorce destroy her. They have big plans for her to use her long-forgotten artistic talent to reimagine the city’s iconic lamppost hearts. But doing so will force Evelyn to work closely with Trevor Whitney, her ex-husband’s former best friend. Though she and Trevor used to be close—and he’s been letting her hide in his guesthouse—his gruffness conveys his unease with the situation.

Amid the beauty of Trevor’s farm and the comfort of a paintbrush, Evelyn starts to reclaim the dreams she sacrificed to become the perfect politician’s wife. And as creativity inspires them both, Whit begins to see the girl he fell in love with before his friend—and his own mistakes—stole his chance. Possibilities for a new beginning emerge, but long-kept secrets threaten to ruin everything. After so much time, is a change of heart too much to hope for?

My thoughts and giveaway:

There are a lot of things to love about this book. The plot itself is intriguing and then you bring in a cast of wonderful characters.

If you read Courtney’s book Paper Hearts you will be overjoyed to revisit some characters from that book in this one.

But there are also several new characters as well. Evelyn is a woman looking for her identity after everything comes down with her husband. His betrayal is deep and she quickly learns he can’t be trusted and doesn’t want to change. I love when she stood up to him.

Trevor has always loved Evelyn but has tried to move on with little success, but there are added layers here that will keep you guessing as to how this will all play out.

A great romance that will have your heart aching for the characters.

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Leave a comment by March 28th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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

 

Miriam by Mesu Andrews March 11, 2016

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The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell February 29, 2016

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Book Description:

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

My thoughts:

Wow. This is such an emotionally charged book.

From the beginning I was in fear for these girls because you know something is going to happen it was just a matter of when. And Julie drags you around for a bit and does some amazing foreshadowing.

The ground work laid is amazing and speaks such truth.

The marriage between Amanda and Carl is so true to many marriages today, it’s actually very sad that it is true.

It was really interesting to watch Katrina unfold and how it impacted people and revisit this horrible tragedy that took place in our nation.

This is book that I had trouble putting down  until the end. It was very good and I highly recommend it.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson January 11, 2016

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The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.

About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on line at melaniedickerson.com, Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks, and Twitter @melanieauthor.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Melanie has written another wonderful book. I will be honest I had trouble separating my mind from Disney’s Tangled and that story line.

Oh, but there are so many secrets and things unknown in this story. It will keep you reading and your mind searching for hints which are sprinkled sparingly but enough to keep you reading.

Rapunzel is a determined young lady who wants more for her life even if it means defying her mother.

Gerek is hard to get a handle on. Is he a nice guy or as arrogant as he can come across?

Overall, this is a book like you have come to expect from Melanie. And if you haven’t read anything by her then I encourage you to give this one a try.

Visit Melanie here.

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Leave a comment by January 25th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. 

 

A Dash of Daring by Elizabeth Maddrey December 10, 2015

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

God doesn’t always call us to do what’s easy.

Amy Harris is the after-school care coordinator and long-term sub at the same inner city high school she graduated from. She’s always avoided the complications of dating outside her multi-ethnic heritage. Until Zach got hired.

Zach Wilson took a teaching job in a D.C. public school as part of a student-loan forgiveness program. Nearing the end of his commitment, a possibility arises to move to a magnet school in the suburbs. But will leaving the city end things with Amy before they really have a chance to start?

As Zach and Amy work together on the school’s annual holiday program, they must each decide if they’ll dare to follow where God calls.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her websitewww.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

My Thoughts:

This was a nice story about a couple who have different struggles they are dealing with. The question is are their struggles too big to overcome?

I love that Elizabeth tackled the topic of race in her book. This is something that doesn’t get talked about too much and the issues that can arise internally and among family.

Zach has an opportunity for a new job that will take him away from Amy and work with different kids that might not be as challenging.

Elizabeth does a great job with these issues and bringing them to light.

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A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl December 7, 2015

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Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. Certain she’s left her past far behind her, she’s now focused on her job at a newspaper and is shocked when she stumbles upon the name of someone she knew in her old life. But when she learns the man–a prisoner–claims a suspect from a decades-old unsolved crime is hiding out in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, she can’t resist following the lead in hopes of furthering her career.

Almost immediately upon her arrival, Sophie’s confronted with a face from her past and fears her intention of using a false identity to investigate is doomed. But with the help of Sanctuary’s charismatic young pastor, Sophie knows she’s getting close. Will she be able to conceal the truth of her own past long enough to find the suspect before someone puts a stop–fatal or otherwise–to her investigation?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Nancy has done a fabulous job writing another book in this series. I really enjoyed the first two and now I add this one to the list.

Rising Darkness will have you guessing from the beginning about what really happened to Terrance Chase and what are Sophie’s wounds that are driving her?

There are some beloved secondary characters that you will come to care about as well. Sanctuary is a wonderful town that I loved visiting again.

Even if you haven’t read the first two books you can pick this one up. There are characters in this book from previous stories but they don’t really have too much of an impact on this story.

If you love a good mystery, suspense and romance I’m sure you will enjoy this book.

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Leave a comment by December 21st for your chance to win. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. residents only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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

 

Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury December 4, 2015

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Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson November 23, 2015

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Katie Fisher and Brady James may be a match made in heaven, but that doesn’t seem to guarantee them a happily ever after accompanied by angelic choirs. In fact, the sounds being heard at the bridal shop where she works are on the contentious side lately, as a bride- and groom-to-be try to mediate the growing rivalry between their basketball-obsessed families in the middle of play-off season. On top of that, Katie’s parents are nagging her to get out of Dallas and come home to tiny Fairfield where her former boyfriend Carson is waiting for her, ready to rekindle their relationship. Oy vey! What’s a girl to do? And will she ever be able to wear that gorgeous wedding dress she won?

The breezy fun continues as Janice Thompson throws everyone’s favorite small-town girl into big-city bridal chaos–and makes her choose between the love she thought she lost and the love she stumbled upon in the aftermath.

My thoughts:

I love Janice’s writing, it’s so light and fun, yet packs a spiritual punch that will have you reflecting on your life as well.

I so enjoyed meeting up with Katie again and her crazy family. This books takes us a bit deeper into the things that can cause problems in any relationship, the past, differences of opinion, and seasons.

The was a resounding theme: seasons. We all go through different seasons and God wants to use those to grow us but it’s up to us how we react and Katie has to figure that out in this book.

Katie’s ex-boyfriend shows up in this book and makes things more confusing for her as her family pulls her in different directions as well.

Overall, Janice Thompson fans will not be disappointed with this newest release and if you are new to Janice I have no doubt you will find an author you will adore.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Hand-Me-Down Princess by Carol Moncado November 16, 2015

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hand Me Down Princess
CANDID Publications (August 31, 2015)
by
Carol Moncado

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

When she’s not writing about her imaginary friends, Carol Moncado is hanging out with her husband, four kids, and a dog who weighs less than most hard cover books. She prefers watching NCIS to just about anything, except maybe watching Castle, or Girl Meets World with her kids. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not watching her kids – and the dog – race around her big backyard in Southwest Missouri, she’s teaching American Government at a local community college. She’s a founding member and President of MozArks ACFW, category coordinator for First Impressions, blogger at InspyRomance, and represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Prince Malachi Van Renssalaer of Mevendia is getting married. The problem? He’s never even met his bride. His father arranged everything, right down to the marriage contract. Malachi swears to himself that he will be nothing like his father in the ways that count – including his fidelity to his wife.

Jessabelle Keller would happily spend her entire life in obscurity, but her father once saved the life of a future king. Before he dies, her father is committed to seeing that king make good on his promise to have one of his sons marry her so she would be taken care of for life.

No sooner than Prince Malachi and Jessabelle return from their honeymoon, they find themselves dealing with both private trauma and the very public drama of groundless accusations from the press. Just as they begin to weave their fragile trust back together, a ghost from the king’s past arrives and threatens everything they’ve ever held dear.

Secrets have a funny way of coming out and this one could rip the faith of the country in their leaders to shreds. Malachi is determined to protect Jessabelle no matter what it takes, but will it ever be enough for her to not feel like a Hand-Me-Down Princess?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hand Me Down Princess, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Wow. I totally adored this story. It reminded me a lot of some of Rachel Hauck’s princess stories.

The whole concept of this plot I found intriguing and was hooked from the beginning.

Malachi is wonderful and very patient. Honestly, I wondered when or if he would ever grow impatient with Jessabelle because I would have.

I felt bad for Jessabelle, but there were times I wanted to tell her to suck it up and make the best of her situation and embrace this wonderful man who is trying to help her. But she is shy person and that obviously has an effect on how she will handle everything that is taking place around her.

Also, you just knew something bad was going to happen to try to tear any trust away from these two and I cringed as I waited to see what would happen.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Carol did a wonderful job ending every chapter with a bit of a cliff-hanger, which you don’t often see in romance novels, but she made me want to keep reading late into the night. I highly recommend this one.

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Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by November 30th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Delia and the Drifter by Melody Carlson November 12, 2015

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With a college education, Delia is being pushed toward matrimony of an older wealthy man—to rescue her family’s finances. But a mysterious visitor offers an opportunity for Delia to travel from Pennsylvania to Colorado and to perhaps discover a new life. Along the way she finds what might be romance—except that the man is a ‘drifter.’ In Colorado, she’s confronted with murders and mysteries and must sort out her life and plan for her future.

My thoughts:

I have read a lot of books by Melody but never a historical so I wasn’t sure if it would live up to what I have come to expect from her books.

This one certainly does.

I was immediately drawn into these characters lives. Melody starts the book off with a major upheaval in our heroine’s life. One many of us can identify with but in a different way.

The person Delia always that she was isn’t who she is. She has been lied to about her identity. This is true of us many times. We have been lied to by the enemy about who we are, we easily forget that we God’s children and our identity is in Him. When we realize the truth was are blown away and can’t believe we have wasted so many years believing a lie.

Delia deals with these same thoughts but in slightly different circumstances that I can’t give away.

If you like Melody Carlson and 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 author in exchange for an honest review.