Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels January 3, 2019

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The past is never as past as we’d like to think

When journalist Elizabeth Balsam is asked to deliver a box of old photos to a relative she didn’t know she had, the strange request seems like it isn’t worth her time. But as she explores her great-aunt’s farmhouse with its locked doors and hidden graves, she soon discovers just how dramatically some of the most newsworthy events of the previous two centuries shaped her own family. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding.

Take an emotional journey through time–from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to Michigan’s Underground Railroad during the Civil War–to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.

My thoughts and giveaway:

So many things to love about this book and author.

First, I can’t believe this is a debut book. It was AMAZING. So well written. It will grab your heart as well as your interest.

Also, Erin is from Michigan, so am I. I enjoyed reading a book that takes place in Detroit. I will admit I don’t spend much time there but reading this book certainly gave me a different perspective. I never think about the racism that took place and still takes place in the world and so close to where I live. My small community doesn’t have much diversity, so I am somewhat sheltered.

We are in three different time periods in this book and I found myself reading without being able to be put the book down because I had to see what would happen next to the character I haven’t heard from in three chapters.

Erin made it so you care about each of the three woman you read about. Although, I did struggle with Mary a bit, but you would have to read the book to see why.

I highly recommend this book, it is very different from other books I have read and I LOVED it!!

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Leave a comment by January 17th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail. 

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

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Review and Giveaway: A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz January 1, 2019

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Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is just the keeper of his bees–and the woman who could provide an elixir to help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Can they make a new beginning in this New World? Or will their hopes be dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony?

Laura Frantz’s prose sparkles with authenticity as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in colonial America.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is a beautiful story or how God can work things together for our good and His glory.

Laura painted a beautiful landscape of Scotland and then the horrific picture of what can happen if you are a criminal, or thought to be.

I had no idea how this book was going to all work out, but of course it did.

Laura’s writing dives into the deep and I don’t find her books a quick, easy read but highly satisfying and enjoyable.

And if anyone else watches Poldark I can’t help but think the girl on the cover looks like Demelza 🙂

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Leave a comment by January 15th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. U.S addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail. 

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

 

Thirsty for More by Allison Allen October 24, 2018

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God is waiting for you in the desert

We’ve all been there: “dry seasons” when God feels distant and far away. But did you know that during the first three centuries of the church, many men and women purposefully moved into actual deserts to seek God? They understood something that we have missed: the desert is not a place of vast nothingness but a place where we can truly experience God’s provision, restoration, and intimacy.

Through Scripture and personal stories of her own times of waiting and struggle, Allison Allen offers a fresh perspective for those who long to see God in their dry seasons. She shows how God can use these times in our lives to reveal himself to us, to give us rest, to get our attention, to show us our strength, to help us experience his blessings, and more.

My thoughts:

I needed to read this book, it honestly came a perfect time for me. I have been in a desert place. I don’t feel I am fully out of it yet, but I believe my perspective has changed thanks to reading this book.

I have never pictured a desert place as a place I would want to be, or where I can grow. But I see maybe I am growing more than ever before. Things can grow in the desert places.

Allison share’s her own desert experience and how God used that to grow her. I appreciated the back and forth between her own story and practical application.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: A Secret To Die For by Lisa Harris October 9, 2018

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Psychologist Grace Callahan has no idea that she has a secret–and a target on her back.

When one of her clients is murdered, Grace quickly realizes that computer security specialist Stephen Shaw wasn’t suffering from paranoia. What she doesn’t know is that someone believes Shaw gave her a vital piece of information before he died–and they are ready to silence her at any cost. Her only hope may be an old friend, Detective Nate Quinn, who has just been cleared for active duty after a bombing killed his partner and left him dealing with PTSD.

With her signature pulse-pounding suspense, bestselling author Lisa Harris takes you deep into the heart of fear in this race against the clock.

My thoughts:

If you enjoy romantic suspense Lisa Harris is a must read.

I have enjoyed every book I have read by her. Just when you think we need more action you get it.

I loved Nate and Grace’s history they had together and how they built on the but created something brand new.

They mystery surrounding what the enemy was after kept the reader guessing as well.

Overall, an action packed read.

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Leave a comment by October 22nd for you chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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

 

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

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Called to Protect by Lynette Eason August 14, 2018

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She’ll have to draw on all of her resources to crack the case–and guard her heart.

After being dumped by her fiancé, Chloe St. John has decided that the only male she likes is her K-9 German shepherd partner, Hank. But being over the whole romance thing has perks–like giving full attention to her job. Attention she’s definitely going to need because a case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum is in a race against the clock to rescue his kidnapped daughter when Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man. But can she trust him? And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Buckle in. This fast and furious ride will have your heart pumping from the very start.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Lynette Eason rarely disappoints and she definitely did not with this book.

This story has so many twists, turns, and unexpected moments that you will be the edge of your seating as you read.

The romantic portion of this book was very small, which I thought was perfect. I think if it had been played up more it would have taken away from the story. The romance between our two main characters was only dabbled in until the end and it worked perfectly.

This book reminded me a lot of Taken, a movie that deals with human trafficking and I really enjoyed.

If you like fast-paced on the edge of your seat books you will enjoy this one!

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

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

 

Review and Giveaway: A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano August 7, 2018

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Welcome to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England

Tressa Harlowe’s father kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Now Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it.

It doesn’t take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they’re really up to. She’ll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father’s fortune–before someone else finds it first.

“Everyone loves a treasure hunt–pair it with a heroine you can’t help but love, a hero you can’t help but swoon over, and a family mystery that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, and you end up with A Rumored Fortune. This book is a treasure in itself and one you won’t be able to put down!”–Roseanna M. White, bestselling author of the Ladies of the Manor series and Shadows Over England series


Joanna Davidson Politano is the award-winning author of Lady Jayne Disappears. She freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at http://www.jdpstories.com.

My thoughts and Giveaway:

I loved this story. I’m not even sure where to begin.

There is romance, mystery, and a deep faith aspect. You want it, this book has it.

I will say Tressa was very wishy washy with her affections. But honestly, I think it lined up with her circumstances. She wasn’t sure who she could trust and there was so much going on in her life.

I adored Vance and his strength and his secret and his desire to protect Tressa.

The whole cast of characters was intriguing and the reader is constantly wondering who Tressa can trust. I had my suspicions and I thought Tressa needed to open her eyes.

I deeply loved the whole vine and branches theme throughout the book and then the grafting and how we can tie that into our faith. A lot of depth there if you are looking for it.

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Leave a comment by August 14th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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