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Nov 23
Re-Read Book Review: Remember by Karen Kingsbury

Re-Read Book Review: Remember by Karen Kingsbury

Title: Remember Series: Redemption, #2 Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Re-Print Publish Date: September 1, 2009 ISBN:978-1414333014 Source: Purchased Pages: 416 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon ~ BN ~ Christian Books About The Book Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance―her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ashley’s world and she is led to heartbreaking and hope-filled decisions that will forever change her life. This story vividly illustrates that we must value others more than ourselves, and it drives home one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Honor one another. Remember is second in the five-book Redemption series by Gary Smalley and Karen Kingsbury that centers around the Baxter family. As readers follow the hopes and struggles of the family, they will explore key relationship themes as well as the larger theme of redemption, both in characters’ spiritual lives and in their relationships. My Thoughts Another re-read review for me. I haven’t read through the Baxters in some time, and lately… Read more »

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Nov 20
Review: Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Review: Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Title: Too Far Down Series: The Cimarron Legacy, #3 Publisher: Bethany House Publish Date: September 5, 2017 ISBN: 978-0764211836 Source: Bethany House Bloggers Pages: 320 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book With Danger Drawing Ever Closer, The Boden Clan Risk Losing Their Ranch Forever Having returned home to the ranch, Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back east and appreciating all that New Mexico Territory offers. Sure, he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys his new job running the mine and, when he’s honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has. Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone, particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who can’t seem to make up his mind about staying in New Mexico. When a deadly explosion damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them. Melanie is determined to help Cole and… Read more »

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Nov 19
Sunday Funday: Thankful For Dessert

Sunday Funday: Thankful For Dessert

Welcome back to Sunday Funday! This edition of the Funday is what dessert or desserts are our favorites. I have two favorites but my all time absolute favorite Thanksgiving dessert growing up, and even now, in my thirties, is my grandmother’s egg custard pie. She blended the perfect amount of milk, sugar, eggs and nutmeg…..oh the perfect amount! It was the one pie that I would eat the whole thing if I could and not get sick. I asked for it at every Thanksgiving (and Christmas and just because, too!). My mom didn’t like it with the nutmeg on it but my grandma would blend it all up, and pop it in the oven then just befoe she shut the door, she’d sprinkle just a wee bit more nutmeg on top and it made it just right! Now I make it, and it’s good, but just not quite the same as hers….I think it’s because she added her love to it. To me, it’s a litte bit of Heaven on earth, and tastes like egg nog. 🙂    The Recipe 4 eggs, beaten just a touch to blend them 2/3 cup granulated sugar (I think she used more, but that’s… Read more »

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Nov 18
Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Out Of The Ordinary by Jen Turano

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Out Of The Ordinary by Jen Turano

About the Book Name of book: Out of the Ordinary Author: Jen Turano Genre: Christian historical Release Date: November 7, 2017 ”With all the charm of a Regency romance, the humor of a drawing room farce, and the swoonworthy delight of a fairy tale, Turano’s first Apart from the Crowd historical absolutely sparkles.”–Publishers Weekly on Behind the Scenes Working as a paid companion may be quite commonplace, but Miss Gertrude Cadwalader’s eccentric employer makes her job unpredictable, to say the least. She finds herself carrying out an array of highly unusual tasks, including wearing peculiar outfits and returning items the woman pilfered. But when the wealthy Mrs. Sinclair catches Gertrude sneaking around the Sinclair yacht with some of the missing items in her possession, she immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion. Shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair is caught in the middle of a misunderstanding between his mother and Gertrude, but he can’t help coming to his friend’s defense. Even as he hopes their friendship might become something more, Harrison is unprepared for the outlandish escapades that seem to follow the lovely, anything-but-ordinary Gertrude at every turn. “The second installment of Turano’s Apart from the Crowd series is laugh-out-loud enjoyable. The foibles… Read more »

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Nov 17
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Ordinary Graces:Word Gifts For Any Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell and GIVEAWAY!

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Ordinary Graces:Word Gifts For Any Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell and GIVEAWAY!

Title: Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts For Any Season Publisher: Abingdon Press Publish Date: October 17, 2017 ISBN: 978-1501841828 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 272 Rating: 5 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Everyone loves to receive a gift. And God has given us many, such as his grace—the gift we don’t deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out? God’s Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage. Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God’s promises give us strength, God’s grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the “more” we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us. Would you like to receive these gifts of ordinary grace? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short… Read more »

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Nov 16
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Murder In Disguise by Donn Taylor

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Murder In Disguise by Donn Taylor

Title: Murder In Disguise Series: Preston Barclay Mysteries, #3 Publisher: Lamplighter Mysteries Publish Date: October 16, 2017 ISBN: 978-1946016263 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 312 Rating: 4 stars Purchase: Amazon ~ BN About The Book Official verdict: Suicide. But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn. While Press keeps asking questions, Mara’s research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend’s name. But can Press and Mara’s stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger…? My Thoughts This book is the first book by this… Read more »

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Nov 15
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

Title: The Gift Series: The Amish Of Hart County, #3 Publisher: Avon Inspire Publish Date: November 7, 2017 ISBN: 978-0062469144 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 272 Rating: 5 stars Purchase: Amazon ~ BN ~ Christian Book About The Book A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone. Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes. Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man…. Read more »

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Nov 14
Kregel Blog Tour Review: The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller

Kregel Blog Tour Review: The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller

Title: The Dishonorable Miss DeLancy Series: Regency Brides: A Legacy Of Grace #3 Publisher: Kregel Publications Publish Date: October 24, 2017 ISBN:978-0825444524 Source: Kregel Publications Pages: 296 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book Will a damaged reputation and desire for society’s approval thwart the legacy of grace? Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She’s lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara’s society mama is appalled at the new company she’s keeping. Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won’t let him ignore the penniless viscount’s daughter–not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe? When they’re pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can… Read more »

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Nov 13
Litfuse Blog Tour Review: She’s Got The Wrong by Deepak Reju

Litfuse Blog Tour Review: She’s Got The Wrong by Deepak Reju

Title: She’s Got The Wrong Guy Publisher: New Growth Press Publish Date: October 16, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945270093 Source: Kregel Publications Pages: 192 Rating: 3.5 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book The control freak. The angry man. The lazy guy. The unteachable guy. The promiscuous man. The unbeliever. The lone ranger. The unchurched guy. The new convert. The commitment-phobe. For any woman who has struggled with failed relationships, this may seem like a familiar list. These are the men your friends and family have in mind when they think, “she’s with the wrong guy.” And while the reasons women choose these types of men are complicated and varied, ultimately, they will all let you down. In She’s Got the Wrong Guy, Deepak Reju offers a different kind of dating book, discussing the types of guys women should not marry and offering biblical reasons why they aren’t suitable spouses. Writing from his years of experience as a pastor and counselor, Reju shares with women his perspective on how to assess a relationship’s strengths from the beginning, how to identify possible pitfalls, and how to have the courage to wait for a relationship that will be a blessing for both of you. Using… Read more »

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Nov 13
Re-Read Book Review: Redemption by Karen Kingsbury

Re-Read Book Review: Redemption by Karen Kingsbury

Title: Redemption Series: Redemption, #1 Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Publish Date: September 1, 2009 ISBN:978-1414333007 Source: Purchased Pages: 384 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book When Kari Baxter Jacobs finds out that her husband is involved in an adulterous relationship and wants a divorce, she decides she will love him and remain faithful to her marriage at all costs. This book shows how God can redeem seemingly hopeless relationships, and it illustrates one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Love is a decision. Redemption is the first book in the five-book Redemption series about the Baxter family—their fears and desires, their strengths and weaknesses, their losses and victories. Each book explores key relationship themes as well as the larger theme of redemption, both in characters’ spiritual lives and in their relationships. My Thoughts I reviewed this book several years ago, so this is a reread review.  I can tell you that my thoughts then were high on this book and not much has changed through the years. Mrs. Kingsbury’s books were introduced to me by my mother many years ago, and I was hooked. Redemption was one of the first Kingsbury books that I read, and it is one… Read more »

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