Month: December 2009

Dec 31
Review of The Bride Bargain by Kelly Eileen Hake

Review of The Bride Bargain by Kelly Eileen Hake

About the Book:This stunning debut novel by Kelly Eileen Hake is full of wit and warmth. Set down upon the wild American plains during the 1850s, Clara is desperate for a home and a future for herself and her aunt. Striking a bargain with a lonely trader to fool a head-strong doctor could lead Clara to an unexpected avenue of romance.About the Author:Kelly Eileen Hake is a reader favorite of Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents book club, where she has released several books. A credentialed secondary English teacher in California, she is pursuing her MA in Writing Popular Fiction. Known for her own style of witty, heartwarming historical romance, Kelly is currently writing the Prairie Promises trilogy, her first full-length novels. My Review:I have read other historical books by Kelly Hake, but I must say that this one was a favorite! Kelly has the talent to mix history with romance and faith, making a wonderful story! Her story line is tender and loving. When I sat down to read this book, the first couple of pages took a bit to really capture me, but once I got past those pages, I was totally into the book, the characters, the plot and… Read more »

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Dec 30
Review of The Blue Enchantress by Marylu Tyndall

Review of The Blue Enchantress by Marylu Tyndall

About the Book: Betrayed by the man she longed to marry, Hope Westcott finds herself on an island in the Caribbean being auctioned off as a slave to the highest bidder. Raised in an unloving home and after enduring a difficult childhood, Hope’s search for love and self-worth have led her down a very dangerous path. All she ever wanted was to find true love and to some day open an orphanage where she could raise children with all the love she never experienced as a child. But how can a woman with a sordid past ever hope to run an orphanage, let alone attract the love of an honorable man? Determined to overcome the shame of his mother’s past, Nathaniel Mason worked for many years to build his own fleet of merchant ships in an effort to finally acquire the respect of Charles Towne society. Ignoring the call of God on his life to become a preacher, he forges ahead with his plans for success at a distant port in the Caribbean, when he sees a young lady he knows from Charles Towne being sold as a slave. In an effort to save Hope, he is forced to sell… Read more »

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Dec 29
Review of A Victorian Christmas by Catherine Palmer

Review of A Victorian Christmas by Catherine Palmer

About the Book: A beautiful patchwork of four novellas about love and joy at Christmastime by best selling author Catherine Palmer. These four novellas were previously published in four anthologies—A Victorian Christmas Quilt, A Victorian Christmas Tea, A Victorian Christmas Cottage, and A Victorian Christmas Keepsake. Return to a time when life was uncomplicated, faith was sincere … and love was a gift to be cherished forever. Includes author’s favorite holiday recipes. About the Author:Catherine Palmer lives in Atlanta with her husband, Tim, where they serve as missionaries in a refugee community. They have two grown sons. Cathy is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and holds a master’s degree in English from Baylor University. Her first book was published in 1988. Since then she has published over 50 novels, many of them national best sellers. Catherine has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Christy Award, the highest honor in Christian fiction. In 2004, she was given the Career Achievement Award for Inspirational Romance by Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine. More than 2 million copies of Catherine’s novels are currently in print. My review:This collection of four novellas in one nice and relaxing book will bring you back in… Read more »

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Dec 28
Interview with The Sweet By and By’s coauthor, Rachel Hauck (and a giveaway!)

Interview with The Sweet By and By’s coauthor, Rachel Hauck (and a giveaway!)

Today’s interview is with Rachel Hauck, coauthor of Thomas Nelson’s book The Sweet By and By! (Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of the interview!) Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by Book Reviews by Buuklvr81!!! I am really excited to have you here today and hope that you had a blessed Christmas season!! RH: I’m excited to be here! Let’s start off with some question about your newest book, The Sweet By and By with Sara Evans. What was it like working with Ms. Evans on this book? RH: She was fabulous. We hit it off and once we started talking about what kind of story she wanted to tell, a lot of pieces fell into place. We agreed on practically everything! How did you two come together to write this book,i.e., did Thomas Nelson pair you together, or did you two decide this on your own? RH: Thomas Nelson’s fiction publisher Allen Arnold realized many of Sara’s songs are stories set to music and thought she had a novel inside her, so he approached her with the idea. Then he and my editor Ami McConnell asked me to write with her. I was thrilled. How did you… Read more »

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Dec 28
Review of Chasing Charity by Marcia Gruver

Review of Chasing Charity by Marcia Gruver

About the Book: Charity Bloom is left stranded at the altar after her best friend takes off with her fiance. How will she ever show her face in town again? After Buddy Pierce discovers oil on the Bloom property, he realizes the real treasure may be above ground-in the form of Charity Bloom. Can he strike it rich in Charity? When her ex-fiance decides he wants her back, whom will Charity choose the handsome roughneck or the deceitful rogue? About the Author:Marcia Gruver lives with her husband near Houston, Texas, and has published various articles, poems, and devotionals. Her novel, Love Never Fails (renamed Chasing Charity), won third place in the 2007 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest. Marcia is a member of ACFW, Fellowship of Christian Writers (FCW), and The Writers View My Review:Another great read! I was transported back in time to the early 1900’s, where I quickly fell in love with the characters, as well as the plot. Charity, the story’s heroine, is struggling with deceit,losing two people she loved and though she knew, and a handsome new member of the community. Typical problems that many of us women go through here in the present day…. Read more »

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Dec 27
Review of We Believe in Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

Review of We Believe in Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

About the Book: We Believe in Christmas rises to the challenge of making the true meaning of Christmas shine brighter than today’s secularized version. This inspiring story connects the contemporary Christmas glitz to its origins. “And if we want the perfect star to shine upon our tree, look and see that Brightest Star, and there will Christmas be.” About the Author: USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists. Karen’s newest novel, Shades of Blue, hit stores on October 20th, 2009. Karen’s newest series, Above The Line Series began with Take One, which released in March, 2009. The second book in this series, Take Two also released in June 2009. Look for Take Three and Take Four, the other books in this series, to hit stores in 2010. Karen’s recent title, This Side of Heaven landed in the #5 spot on the CBD Bestselling Fiction List. Also, Karen’s novel, Sunset landed #2 on the New… Read more »

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Dec 27

100 Followers Giveaway Winners!!!

The lucky 5 winners are: Random Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:19 4 10 13 21 #19 409cope gets first choice!   #4 Michelle V gets second choice!   #10 Mark gets third choice!   #13 donnas gets fourth!   #21 Benita gets the remaining book!   Congratulations to the these lucky winners! And many thanks to all who entered and are followers! Please keep following me and sending people my way! I may decide to do a 200 followers giveaway someday :)!!!!   I hope all of you had a wonderfully blessed Christmas!!!!

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Dec 26
Review of The Paperbag Christmas by Kevin A. Milne

Review of The Paperbag Christmas by Kevin A. Milne

About the Book: Dr. Christopher Ringle is the last person you’d expect to find moonlighting as Santa Claus at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. But it is there that he meets a young man named Molar Alan, who desperately needs a new perspective on the underlying value of Christmas. Dr. Ringle recruits Mo and his older brother as volunteers at a nearby children’s hospital for the holiday season. At the hospital, Mo is tasked to help bring holiday cheer to the young cancer patients on the fifth floor. His biggest challenge is befriending a decidedly angry girl who is so embarrassed by her scarred appearance that she hides her face behind the safety of a paper bag. About the Author:Kevin Alan Milne earned an MBA at Pennsylvania State University. Born in Portland, Oregon, Milne grew up in the nearby quiet country town of Sherwood, Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and five children. This is his first novel. You can find out more about this author by visiting his website here. My Review:I want to tell you that this is a magnificent story. A story so powerful with the absolute true meaning of Christmas. It made… Read more »

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