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My Story for His Glory

The Coffee Club Mysteries February 4, 2019

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Six Mysteries Are Brewing in Small-Town Kansas
The coffee shop on the corner of First and Main in Oak Grove, Kansas, seems to attract a series of mysterious events. Or perhaps it is the six women who frequent the shop for book club who are the magnets for trouble. . . .

Morgan Butler, owner of the Coffee Perk, finds a project worker hanged at her shop.

Evelyn Kliff discovers a church meal organizer dead.

Harper Daggett is being stalked for an antique jade owl she bought.

Baker Jeanine Gransbury’s charity event money goes missing.

Jo Anderson shares hazelnut coffee creamer, sending a woman into anaphylaxis shock.

Penny Parson finds a gun in one of her beehives.

Join them as they unravel six unexplained events that have the potential to ruin business and spoil friendships if not handled with care.

My thoughts:

This is a collection of cute, cozy mysteries all tied together with the ladies in the coffee club.

Of course there are some stories I liked better then others, just different writing styles. But if you enjoy a light-hearted mystery this collection would be up your alley.

I did have trouble gauging how old the ladies where until it was there story, that wasn’t made very clear in other book. They are a wide variety of ages as it turns out 🙂

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Every Bride Has Her Day by Janice Thompson June 9, 2016

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every bride has her day

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Katie’s determined to make it down the aisle this time–but it may be easier said than done

Katie Fisher is ecstatic. Pro basketball star Brady James has proposed, and she can’t wait to start planning their life together. But it’s hard to focus on her own happily ever after when her calendar is filling up with celebrations for friends and family. Beyond that, it seems everyone around her has an opinion–and a strong one at that–on what Katie’s special day should look like. Will she ever manage to settle all of the details for her storybook wedding? Or will her overzealous friends and relations make a mess of everything?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have really enjoyed this series. It’s light and fun and this book met that as well. Janice has away for bringing weddings to life. And this book is full of them.

I was getting so irritated with everyone trying to tell Katie how to have her wedding and I got irritated with Katie because she wouldn’t speak up. Everyone means well, but they are driving her crazy.

I couldn’t wait to see how Katie and Brady would work out what they wanted for their wedding and would everyone be happy or would they give them a hard time about it?

There is a lot going on in this book and a lot of people. You could read this as a stand alone but I don’t think you would appreciate it as much not reading the first two books, so I do recommend reading those first.

Overall, a nice, light read, great for a summer afternoon.

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

 

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: Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson April 23, 2015

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every bride

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Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding–the groom.

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she’s sure he’ll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn’t just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie’s boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her–on the very same day she wins her dream dress–her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop–yeah, you read that right–discover her humiliating secret if she does?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I needed this book. It seems I have been reading a lot heavier stuff lately and sometimes you need a book that has fun characters, a crazy family, a cozy grandma and romance. That’s what I can always find in Janice’s books and her newest release did not disappoint.

As soon as I opened the pages to Every Bride Needs a Groom I was drawn into the life of Katie and her desire to be married. She was so set in her ideal and how things should happen. Nothing could sway her from how she thought her life should play out. Not even wise, sweet Queenie, her grandma.

But soon Katie finds out her life isn’t going the way she planned at all and she gets swept up in the contest she won. Now what? How will she get out of it? And what about this handsome basketball player hinted at in the back cover blurb? If he thinks she’s getting married how could anything happen between them?

All of these questions will be answered if you pick up this book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, I know I wasn’t 🙂

Visit Janice here.

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Leave a comment by May 4th for your chance to win a copy. 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.

 

Review and Giveaway: A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson August 18, 2014

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a bouguet of love

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She didn’t expect to fall in love–but roses aren’t the only thing blooming on Galveston Island

Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her boisterous Greek family–especially her father–has other ideas. They’ve all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant located on the Strand–directly across the street from iconic pizza place Parma John’s–and they want Cassia’s full participation.

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston’s premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family’s faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into this former Rossi’s good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .

My thoughts and giveaway:

My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Christian romance 🙂

If you enjoyed the movie you will LOVE this book. Even if you didn’t see the movie if you like stories about strong families, romance, and that will make you laugh out loud then you need to pick up this book.

This is the second book by Janice I have read and the second on in this series I have read, but it is the fourth volume in Weddings by Design. Although it is a series and there are repeat characters the main characters are new and you can read it as a stand alone. So have no fear if you haven’t read anything else in this series.

Cassia is a fun character, trying to make her family happy but also wanting to follow her dreams. She struggles with letting people know who she really is because her dad is making things difficult in the neighborhood, especially with the Rossi family, who happens to own the flower shop Cassia gets a job working for. When Cassia meets the Rossi’s she sees they really aren’t the enemy and very nice people but she can’t tell her dad that.

There were times I just wished she’d spit out the truth and tell people she belonged to the new Greek family, but honestly if she did that too soon it would’ve lost some of its tension.

Alex seems to be perfect for her, a nice, part Greek guy. It’s interesting being in first person because we don’t really see Alex’s weaknesses and he almost seems too perfect. But isn’t that the why it is when you first meet someone, they put their best foot forward and they seem perfect. So because we aren’t in Alex’s head we only see him how Cassia sees  him, which is very nice 🙂

Definitely a fun read with a great message, hope you get a chance to read this one.

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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: The Dream Dress February 24, 2014

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the dream dress

The Dream Dress

by

Janice Thompson

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Big dreams take big leaps of faith . . . but what if you trip on the way? A lowly seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to doe-eyed brides. She wants to see her own original dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. But when Jordan Singer, reporter for Texas Bride magazine, visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is humbled in his influential–and unnervingly handsome–presence.
Convinced she’ll never get her dreams off the ground now, Gabi needs lots of encouragement–especially from her friend Bella Neeley–to take a chance and start her business. And as she gets to know Jordan, she discovers that she may have to take a chance on love as well.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is the first book I have read by Janice and I really liked it. I love her light style. But in saying that the message in the book is anything but light.

First of all, if you enjoy any of those wedding shows on TV you will love reading this book. You will feel like you are getting a sneak peak into those bridal salons.

Gabi wants more and deserves more. She has been overlooked many times in her life, mostly by men. This has given her a warped idea of how men treat women and she has lumped all men into the same category. It began with her dad walking out on her and her mom when she was a kid and now she works for a man how doesn’t see her true abilities.

Then she meets Jordan and he throws everything she thought she knew about men out the window. He’s kind and see’s her and her talent. He’s nothing like the other men in her life.

Everyone around Gabi see’s her talent but she is in denial about her ability to really go on her own and become a designer. I can totally relate to this. I never felt like I was much of a piano player. I was good at singing and that was it, I even had a professor speak some very negative things to me. But when God gives us gifts He won’t let us hide them. Now I am a worship leader who sings and plays, I write music for the plays my students do and play them during the performance. I never sought out those opportunities but God guided me to them. And that is what He does with Gabi…but you’ll have to read the book to see how He accomplishes that.

There is a strong spiritual thread that I did appreciate, but it could come across a bit preachy sometimes and maybe a bit contrived. However, I didn’t feel that this took away from the story at all. It is a great story I flew right through.

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