Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner June 3, 2019

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After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.

But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I love Bethany’s writing style, it is fun and light. Yet her books pack a big spiritual punch. She doesn’t shy away from tough subjects and deals with human brokeness and weakness and the consequences of those actions.

Both these characters frustrated me. I wanted them to just speak the truth and say what they were going through. But because of their hope that the other would read their minds things never seemed to go according to plan

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the facts that it dealt with real life things that people struggle with.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Living Lies by Natalie Walters May 31, 2019

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In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name–but no one knows your secret.

At least that’s what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son. Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body.

Lane must work with Walton’s newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she’ll have to decide if saving the life of another is worth the cost of revealing her darkest secret.

My thoughts and giveaway:

You never know what to expect when reading something by a new author. I had heard a lot of good things about this book before I picked it up.

I was not disappointed. For anyone who enjoyed romantic suspense you will love this book.

So many secrets slowly revealed at just the right time. So many questions left unanswered until the perfect moment.

I have never struggled with depression (just the daily, once in a while type), but never had to live with it. But Lane does have to deal with it and figured out to survive for the little boy she loves.

Charlie has his own issues that seem to get entangled with Lane.

Overall, a wonderful read that will have you on the edge of your seat.

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Leave a comment by June 10th for your chance to win 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 me. All opinions are my  own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Justice Delivered by Patricia Bradley April 19, 2019

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Carly Smith came by her trust issues honestly. She’s been at the mercy of merciless men, ignored by law enforcement officers who should have helped her, and seemingly rejected by her family. She can’t even trust herself to do the right thing. Though she is working hard on building a new life, the past continues to haunt her when she discovers that the man she couldn’t bring herself to report to the police is still out there, luring vulnerable girls under the guise of being a modeling agent.

When her own niece is kidnapped, Carly must overcome her fears and come forward with the information she has. But if that proves to be too little, too late–she’ll have to go after the perpetrators herself.

My thoughts and giveaway:

LOVED this book. I so enjoy Patricia Bradley’s writing. This one is a great addition. I couldn’t put this one down.

Carly has overcome so much yet she has so much she still needs to overcome to be truly free and she gets forces into situations where she really has no other choice.

We are in the point of view of many different characters and at first I was trying to fit it all together but I finally just sat back and watched the book unfold.

If you love suspenseful books I am sure you will love this book.

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Leave a comment by May 3rd 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 through publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Edge Over There by Shawn Smucker April 9, 2019

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The captivating sequel to the award-winning The Day the Angels Fell

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Abra Miller carries a secret and a responsibility she never expected.

Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller’s life had been predictable. Safe. Normal. But after the Tree, everything has felt fragile . . . like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. After years of fruitless searching for the next Tree, she begins to wonder if it was nothing more than a vivid dream.

Now sixteen, Abra finds a clue to the whereabouts of the next Tree of Life when an ominous woman–who looks exactly like a ghost from her past–compels her to travel to New Orleans where she’ll find one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. But she’s not the only one interested in finding the gateway. There’s also a young man searching for his father and sister, who escaped through it years before. As Abra enters the Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn’t know whom to fear or whom to trust.

She’s also starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I started this book knowing I didn’t read the first one and trying to come at it and take it all in.

Even though there was much I didn’t understand because I didn’t read the first book, I really liked this book. It is very different. My brain never got bored trying to connect dots and make sense of what was going on.

I think I would have liked the book even more if I had read the first one but even so I couldn’t put this book down and looked forward to when I could get back to it.

If you like things that are different, and other-worldly I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

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Leave a comment by April 23rd 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 through the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard February 12, 2019

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The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up

Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather’s footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than twenty years ago. When someone makes an attempt on Willow’s life to keep her from discovering the truth, help will come from an unexpected source.

Ex-FBI agent–and Willow’s ex-flame–Austin McKade readily offers to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they’ll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he’s spent much of his life trying to forget–and put Willow’s tender heart at risk.

My thoughts:

I loved the plot of this book. It starts with the baby being taken and you get to see the abductors perspective and almost see the softer side of this person, but you have no clue who the person is or why they are taking the child, although a reason is hinted at.

I will be honest, beyond that I didn’t care for the book. I think maybe it was just the style of writing didn’t connect with me. I found myself skimming over parts so I could get to the end and see how it all worked out, because I did want to know who did it and why.

As always this is my opinion only. If this book sounds interesting to you I encourage you to read it and form your own opinion.

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

 

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. 

 

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.