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The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano February 5, 2018

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Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back … even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.

Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.

Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver’s most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there’s life–and love–outside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?

My thoughts:

I have thoroughly enjoyed every book I have read by Carla. Her books just come to life and the characters seem so real to me. I can feel their emotions. This book was no exception.

Rachel is thrown into a situation she never asked for. Alex threw her into the situation without really meaning to and he will do whatever it takes to make it up to her. He didn’t mean to fall for her in the process.

Overall, this is a very well written book that I highly recommend if you are looking for a good contemporary romance.

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

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The Empowered by Craig Parshall January 22, 2018

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Just when a mysterious death in Washington, DC, appears to have voodoo connections rooted in New Orleans, Trevor Black also receives an invitation to speak at the national ABA convention in the city.

He knows he’ll be in enemy territory, both as a disbarred attorney and as a follower of Jesus, but he determines to travel there and confront the supernatural element. Right after a grisly murder in his hotel room puts him on the suspect list, his daughter disappears, leaving a note that suggests a connection to the local cult religion. Now Trevor must not only crack the case but try to protect Heather from forces of darkness clutching at her soul as well. And just as he discovers that his ability to sniff out the supernatural has its limitations, Trevor learns that this web of evil extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children, with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power.

My thoughts:

I loved the premise of this book, it definitely pulled me in and made me want to read it. I like things that are a little different.

This book did deliver on the something different and supernatural aspect, even a bit graphic at times. However, that doesn’t that bother me, I can handle that.

As much as I wanted to like this book I just didn’t. I think it might have simply been the style of writing, it didn’t grab me and make me want to keep reading. So even though this has an interesting premise, for me the story didn’t hold up and make me want to keep reading. As always, this is my opinion only.

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

 

The Delusion by Laura Gallier October 6, 2017

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By March of Owen Edmonds’s senior year, eleven students at Masonville High School have committed suicide. Amid the media frenzy and chaos, Owen tries to remain levelheaded―until he endures his own near-death experience and wakes to a distressing new reality.

The people around him suddenly appear to be shackled and enslaved.

Owen frantically seeks a cure for what he thinks are crazed hallucinations, but his delusions become even more sinister. An army of hideous, towering beings, unseen by anyone but Owen, are preying on his girlfriend and classmates, provoking them to self-destruction.

Owen eventually arrives at a mind-bending conclusion: he’s not imagining the evil―everyone else is blind to its reality. He must warn and rescue those he loves . . . but this proves to be no simple mission. Will he be able to convince anyone to believe him before it’s too late?

Owen’s heart-pounding journey through truth and delusion will force him to reconsider everything he believes. He both longs for and fears the answers to questions that are quickly becoming too dangerous to ignore.

My thoughts:

Wow. What a powerful book for anyone but especially of the target audience of high schoolers. This is a book I will recommend my daughter read. I am sure there is more truth in this book then we want to admit.

Laura did a great job of hooking the reader from the beginning and never letting up. I couldn’t wait the moment when Owen would see things around him and how he would react. I think his reaction was true to how most of us would react if we saw the spiritual warfare that is actually taking place all around us.

This is a well-written book with a powerful and eye-opening message.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman September 14, 2017

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Natchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O’Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he’s sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he’ll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella’s shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor’s help, Isabella fears she’ll lose her family’s plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor’s proposal of marriage.

Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?

My thoughts:

From the first page you are thrown into the life of these characters and you will want to keep reading to see what will happen next.

Isabella tries to stay strong for her father and her family but she needs a place, or a person, to rest on.

Enter Connor. He is a perfectly imperfect hero. How could these two be drawn together? Can they overcome all that lies between them?

And what is really going on at Breeze Hill? Who can be trusted? All of these questions will keep you reading and wanting more.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar July 10, 2017

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Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.

But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.

With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances―along with her father’s precious dye―help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert.

Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Oh. My. This book is amazing!!! I haven’t read a book that has touched me spiritually in a long time. And this fiction book managed to do that.

This was a book that drew me in and didn’t let go and I didn’t want it to let me go even when I reached the last page.

I had to keep reminding myself that Lydia had no belief in God at the beginning. She was so kind through the whole book but she had no faith.

Paul doesn’t show up in the book for a long time but when he does he is brought to life in a way I have never felt before.

I also loved how characters from the previous book  that Tessa wrote (Land of Silence) were brought into this one, and the realization hat Lydia made an appearance in that book and I didn’t even know it.

I really can’t say enough about this book. It is deeply touching, it will remind you of the freshness of the gospel and how we need to always keep that in the forefront of our minds.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Deep Extractions by DiAnn Mills May 30, 2017

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A SUSPICIOUS DEATH, A SECRET PLOT, A BUDDING ROMANCE. A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a perfect means of execution. Special Agent Tori Templeton teams up with US Marshall Cole Jeffers to investigate Nathan’s murder and whether it’s connected to a recent bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs. The closer they get to finding the killer, and to each other, the more intent someone is in silencing them for good.

My thoughts:

DiAnn Mills is great at coming up with plots and characters that are very interesting. This one opens with a scene that will definitely grab you.

I loved how faith and questioning faith was woven into this book. Tori really questions whether there is any validity to Christianity, I like it when I character is real with their struggle.

I also liked the question of who was behind the murder. Things didn’t add up and there was so many possibilities that my mind kept going back and forth, never sure.

Although I found the plot interesting there was a lot in the book I did struggle with. Some things didn’t make sense and the reasoning behind the characters actions didn’t always add up for me. Some of the dialogue felt really strange, I think because it was sometimes scattered, more like real life but reading real life dialogue isn’t easy to do and made me confused and had me rereading somethings over again.

But, aside from some of the chunkiness of thoughts and dialogue it was a very entertaining read.

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Watch: Wide-Awake Faith in a World Fast Asleep by Rick James January 25, 2017

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To be asleep is to be oblivious to being oblivious. The danger of sleep is the danger of carbon monoxide: it’s colorless and odorless, and you’re anesthetized before you know it—before you ever hit the floor. And for the follower of Jesus, it’s just as dangerous—because the Christian who is “asleep” is spiritually unreceptive. If anything will be our undoing, sleep will.

In this thoughtful, engaging, challenging book, Rick James dives deep into the New Testament’s teachings on spiritual wakefulness, calling Christ-followers to defy the darkness and remain awake as they await Christ’s return. Because being awake—continually in prayer, watchful for God’s will, expectant of open doors, cautious of sin, desiring to serve, eager to repent, continuously giving thanks, willing to witness, embracing of humility, overflowing with kindness, persevering in obedience—changes everything.

My thoughts:

I loved the description of this book because I couldn’t agree more that our world, particularly our Christian world, is asleep in their faith and we need to live wide away.

This book did approach the subject a bit differently then I anticipated but it was still very well written. I loved James’ tone as writer. He is taking on a very heavy subject but he manages to keep a light, and even fun, tone throughout.

He shares personal stories, which always draws me in and also shares his thoughts and ties them into scripture. This is a very powerful read and with some great thoughts and insights that will challenge you and your faith.

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