Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

O Little Town of Bethany by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay December 27, 2016

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About:

Holly left her unhappy life behind, hoping for a Christmas miracle…

Everything about Holly Truesdale’s existence is, well…forgettable. The only good memory of her childhood is their family Christmas in the quaint town of Bethany. Tired of the high society life, Holly leaves the big city, longing to recover the sense of belonging she felt in the Victorian town. She opens a scrapbooking store, ready to help others preserve the important moments she missed as a child.

Holly is drawn to Liam, the widower who runs the B&B next door, but doesn’t fully trust herself in a new relationship. As Holly and Liam grow closer, Holly becomes concerned for the town matriarch, Miss Bethany. But even as Yuletide celebrations are in full swing, Holly and Liam can’t help but notice that Miss Bethany harbors a secret. One that could change Christmas in Bethany forever…

My thoughts:

I have always enjoyed these quick reads by this publisher and this book is no exception.

Go visit the sweet town of Bethany that has a way of healing a person’s soul and bringing life.

If you want to hold on to your Christmas spirit this week this would be a great book to pick up and read in a day (or two).

I admired Holly as she took a leap of faith and went to the town that help fond memories for her. I really loved when she stood up to her parents and didn’t give into their prodding.

Miss Bethany is tough around the edges but a sweetheart that cares deeply for her town.

My one and only issue with this book was a music reference that was very wrong. It mentioned hitting a “C minor”. There is no such thing as a C minor note, there is a C minor scale or chord (but no one can sing a chord as it’s three notes played at the same time). Unless it was meant to be funny and I missed it? Because I am a music person stuff like that irks me but the average reader would probably gloss right over it.

Other than that I really did enjoy this book and the Christmas feelings it evoked.

Visit Rene here.

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer (it’s only $2.99).

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

 

Love’s a Stage by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay August 31, 2015

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About:

Grad student and future marriage counselor Aly Brewster had a perfect childhood with perfect parents. Now she’s heading into her own perfect life: Finish her Master’s. Build a successful practice. Husband at twenty-six. But when her parents blindside her with the news they’re getting divorced, her perfect world shatters.

Actor Nick Armstrong has been in love with Aly since they met during freshman year. He’s happy to accept his assigned place in her Friend Zone because it lets him be close to her. But it’s been over five years—time to move on. Then the usually-unflappable Aly comes to him begging for help to save her parents’ marriage. Nick has the perfect plan: fake an engagement to each other to inspire her parents to fight to save their marriage. And who knows? It might trigger Aly’s feelings for him. But when Aly takes the ruse to the next level—planning a wedding in her parents’ backyard and hiring additional actors to play his family—enough is enough!

As the lines between acting and reality grow decidedly blurred, these two improvised fiancés must decide: are they going to finish the play…or exit stage right. Alone.

My thoughts:

This was a quick read that impacted like I never expected.

Aly is kind of a control freak yet likable. She just wants her parents to fall in love again and uses her best guy-friend to do it. Sometimes she irritated me because she took Nick for granted and I didn’t like that.

Nick is an awesome guy who definitely has a soft spot for Aly. But I like how the author showed him being a guy that still could have some unwanted feelings when another girl gives him some attention.

This book even had me laughing. The scene that gave me the giggles reminded me of something my husband would do.

And at the end I cried. I didn’t expect it all but there where tears. The authors wrote this beautiful ending that touched my heart.

Overall I loved the message about marriage and the importance of keeping our vows and working even when it seems hopeless.

Visit Rene here.

Visit Cheryl here. 

Grab your copy at Amazon,  or your favorite retailer. (This book doesn’t release until October 22nd)

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Heart of the Country October 28, 2013

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Heart of the Country

by

Rene Gutteridge and John Ward

From the back cover:

Faith and Luke Carraday have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer turned socialite while Luke is an up-and-coming businessman. After taking his inheritance from his father’s stable, lucrative business to invest in a successful hedge fund with the Michov Brothers, he’s on the fast track as a rising young executive, and Faith is settling comfortably into her role as his wife.

When rumors of the Michovs’ involvement in a Ponzi scheme reach Faith, she turns to Luke for confirmation, and he assures her that all is well. But when Luke is arrested, Faith can’t understand why he would lie to her, and she runs home to the farm and the family she turned her back on years ago. Meanwhile, Luke is forced to turn to his own family for help as he desperately tries to untangle himself from his mistakes. Can two prodigals return to families they abandoned, and will those families find the grace to forgive and forget? Will a marriage survive betrayal when there is nowhere to run but home?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I glanced at the movie for this book before I started reading and I will be honest, I was worried I might not like the book. But I had to remind myself that books are almost always better than movies and that was the case for Heart of the Country.

I really enjoyed this modern telling of the prodigal. I liked being in the head of the older sister (Olivia) who stayed with her dad while her younger sister (Faith)  left –something I can relate to personally — and watching her heart soften and their relationship heal.

There is a very moving moment that brought me to tears (always a good sign that I like a book) when Luke’s dad stands up for his son. A beautiful picture of what Christ does for us. It reminded me of how God uses me and my story, as messy as it is, to help others. I know He has my back and He’s not ashamed of me because I am His daughter.

There are a few twists and turns in the plot that will having you flipping pages to find out what happens next and how God will heal Faith and Luke’s marriage. This is a great Genesis 5020 story.

After reading the book I think I can appreciate the movie more and plan on giving it another chance now that I have a better understanding of the characters.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it as a great reminder of Christ’s amazing love for us all.

Watch the trailer for the movie here.

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

Leave a comment by November 3rd at 5:00 PM to be entered in the drawing to win your own copy. (U.S. residents only)

Visit Rene’s website here.

A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

 

Greetings from the Flipside October 21, 2013

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Greetings from the Flipside
B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
by
Rene Gutteridge

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rene is the author of seventeen novels. She also has extensive experience writing comedy sketches, and worked for five years as the director of drama for a church. She has a degree specializing in Screenwriting, for which she earned the Excellence in Mass Communication Award, and graduated magna cum laude.

She is married to Sean, a musician and worship leader, and has two children. They reside in Oklahoma, where Rene writes full time and enjoys instructing in college classrooms and writers conferences.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Hope Landon has been rewriting other people’s greeting cards since she was six years old — there’s always a funnier caption. She’s all set to chase those creative dreams with her musician fiance in New York City until he leaves Hope at the altar, deciding he must not really love this girl if he can’t write a song for her. That may give her something to write about . . .

Hope disappears alone on what was supposed to be the couple’s month long honeymoon. Upon returning she learns of her funeral — everyone in her life concluded Hope must have killed herself after being jilted. Needing a fresh start more than ever, she heads for the Big Apple only to discover it’s not that easy to rent a place when you’ve been declared dead.

Taking shelter at the YWCA, Hope soon lands a job at a Christian inspirational greeting card company as an assistant to Jake, a guy who shut down his organization’s humor department. She has lost her faith in love; he needs to find something or someone that will make him laugh.

Is there anything in the cards for these two? Find out in the truly original Greetings from the Flipside by authors Rene Gutteridge (Boo) and Cheryl McKay (screenplay for The Ultimate Gift).

If you would like to read the first chapter of >Greetings from the Flipside, go HERE.

I just received this book this weekend and I was gone all weekend so I have not had a chance to read it. I will add a review to this post when I have 🙂