Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson September 18, 2018

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:17 am
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Wendy couldn’t believe she was standing here discussing toilets with a perfect stranger. Not
that he was perfect–although he 
was rather attractive. But he was obviously enjoying her discomfort a bit too much.

He eased the bulky box from the shelf and onto the floor, leaning it against his leg. “So . . . you’re new in town?”

“Not exactly.” She watched as he easily picked up the container. Was he trying to be friendly or actually hitting on her?

When Wendy Harper inherits her family’s beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. Her twelve-year-old son Jackson sees it as an exciting new start in a life that has grown rather gray without his father.

Before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. Wendy and Jackson move in–temporarily, she reminds him–in order to fix the place up before Christmas. But the charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on Wendy. She knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea–and a fresh start–is hard to resist.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed the setting of this book. I could picture the town and it felt very Hallmark like.

I did struggle with Wendy constantly going back and forth in her mind about telling her son the truth. If felt wrong and not what most parents would do.

I also felt the ending was rushed and a bit to unrealistic. I didn’t buy it.

This wasn’t my favorite Melody Carlson book, but it was a very quick read.

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Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

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

 

Home, Hearth and the Holidays by Melody Carlson December 23, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:51 pm
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With holidays approaching in the charming town of Appleton, and Daphne Ballinger’s deadline to “get hitched” drawing closer, Daphne finds herself happily distracted with the unexpected tasks of “motherhood” Young Mable is enjoying the attention, but the clock is ticking and unless love comes her way, Daphne’s delightful life will start unraveling by spring.

My thoughts:

I was so excited to see this book release I purchased this one myself so I could read it and review it. I love this series and was worried when it had been awhile since a book at been released.

If you haven’t read the first two you might want to, they are great, and really give you the backstory on what is happening now.

Daphne is still on the hunt of a husband but I love that she isn’t willing to settle for just any guy. She is confused but one thing she isn’t confused about is the love she has for Mable, that little girl has captured her heart.

Melody does a great jog of keeping the reader in total limbo about what man Daphne should and will end up with, I felt as confused as Daphne.

It was great meeting up with these characters again around Christmas time!

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Grab your copy at Amazon.

 

Delia and the Drifter by Melody Carlson November 12, 2015

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Delia

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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. 

 

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson November 20, 2014

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He felt his face flushing as Cara opened the door. Wearing a garnet-colored knit dress and with her dark hair pinned up, she looked even prettier than he remembered. Suddenly he wished he’d thought to bring a hostess gift. Like a cat.

After years abroad, Garrison Brown finds himself at the home of his beloved grandmother who has just passed away. He must sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While he hopes to dispense with the task quickly–especially since he is severely allergic to cats–his grandmother’s instructions don’t allow for speed. She has left some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends.

Can he match the cats with the perfect new owners? And is it possible that he might meet his own match along the way?

My thoughts:

What a fun story. I’m not really a cat person but this book had me loving Harry the cat.

This is a super quick Christmas read.

I love Garrison’s heart for reaching out to others, his heart for missions.

He has the tough job of placing six cats into a new home following his grandmother’s requests. And they are picky.

I couldn’t wait to see how Melody would work out the last cat left and if Garrison would change his mind about his feelings for cats.

This is a fun Christmas read that I recommend to get you in the holiday spirit.

Visit Melody here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chrsitianbook.com or Books-A-Million.

A copy has been given to be me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

My Amish Boyfriend by Melody Carlson February 17, 2014

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My Amish Boyfriend

by

Melody Carlson

 

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Shannon’s summer just got a whole lot more . . . Amish? Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer–getting her driver’s license, a job, and more–and she can’t wait to dive in. But her ill mother has plans of her own: to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can help her.
Turns out a “simple” life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, Shannon’s ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. Will these plans come crashing down around her too? Or can she really make the jump into a whole new way of life?
Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another surprising story of worlds–and families–colliding.

My thoughts:

This book is for that teen in your life who enjoys reading.

I enjoyed the dynamic between Shannon and her mom. Shannon really cares about her sick mother and has taken on the responsibility of taking care of her. As summer comes around a neighbor arranges for Shannon and her mom to go visit family. Little does Shannon know, her family is Amish.

As we move into “Amishland”, as Shannon calls it, we watch Shannon get to know grandparents, aunts and uncles she’s never met. She has a rough time adjusting to the Amish way of life and has a couple of embarrassing episodes with her Grandfather.

Then she meets Ezra. I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the way this relationship started. Shannon almost immediately thinks she’s in love him and in less than twenty-four hours they are having a major kissing session and Shannon is thinking about becoming Amish. I expected to Ezra have more restraint but he didn’t seem to care.

Now, I do realize sixteen-year-old girls can be fickle but it seemed a bit rushed for me, especially considering this is Christian fiction.

But that’s my only negative. Like I said, I really enjoyed the part of the story about Shannon adjusting to her family and dealing with her mom.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Visit Melody’s website here.

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

 

Once Upon a Winter’s Heart by Melody Carlson February 11, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Tuesday Thoughts — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:39 am
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Once Upon a Winter’s Heart
Center Street (January 7, 2014)
by
Melody Carlson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters. But she concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine’s Day. Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin. As Emma and Lane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Once Upon a Winter’s Heart, go HERE.

My thoughts:

Ah…Melody Carlson. I haven’t read a book by her I haven’t liked yet and this short little number is no exception.

If you are looking for a quick Valentine’s read this is the books for you. It reads super quick, yet it’s super good.

Melody does a great job of creating tension without being so obvious about it. You know there’s going to be trouble when Emma’s (the heroine) perfect sister, Anne, comes along with Lane. Anne stakes her claim over Lane in not so subtle ways and Emma knows her place.

But does Lane want to be claimed by Anne? It’s not so obvious in the beginning and you will want to keep reading to see if that is the case.

There’s also the trouble brewing between Emma’s parents. Where has love gone? It is even attainable? Aren’t these questions we have all pondered at one time or another? If we look around the world we might be tempted to think true love is dead but thankfully those of us who know Christ know there is hope and God has a better plan. Yes, true love does exist, sometimes we just have to look harder or in places we have never looked before.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel by Melody Carlson June 20, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:10 pm
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel
B&H Publishing Group (April 30, 2013)
by
Melody Carlson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

ABOUT THE BOOK

With high hopes, Dorothy Ballinger lands her dream job at The New York Times. But it’s not long until writing about weddings becomes a painful reminder of her own failed romance, and her love of the city slowly sours as well. Is it time to give up the Big Apple for her small hometown of Appleton?

When her eccentric Aunt Dot passes away and leaves a sizeable estate to Dorothy, going back home is an easy choice. What isn’t easy is coming to terms with the downright odd clauses written into the will.

Dorothy only stands to inherit the estate if she agrees to her aunt’s very specific posthumous terms — personal and professional. And if she fails to comply, the sprawling old Victorian house shall be bequeathed to . . . Aunt Dot’s cats.

And if Dorothy thinks that’s odd, wait until she finds out an array of secrets about Aunt Dot’s life, and how imperfect circumstances can sometimes lead to God’s perfect timing.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel, go HERE.

My Thoughts and Giveaway:

I have yet to read a Melody Carlson book I don’t like and this book was no exception.

If you are looking for a light-hearted read with great characters then this is the book for you.

Daphne Ballinger just inherited a bunch of stuff from her Aunt Dee, including her secrets. Because of some stipulations in the will Daphne is thrown in to a whirlwind of decisions.

I could relate to Daphne because she likes to play it safe. That’s me. I like to have some idea before I walk into a restaurant what I will get. I will even go online and look at the menu if I can so I won’t be surprised. Daphne is very much the same way but because of the things happening in her life she is finding she can’t always live life that way. And truly what is the fun (I need to take some lessons)?

In this book you can travel along with Daphne as she discovers what it means to live and enjoy life.

You can grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianboo.com or the publisher.

You can visit Melody’s website here.

Or you can win a copy by leaving a comment by June 26th at 5:00. (U.S. residents only)

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