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Sep 24
Surrender the Wind by Rita Gerlach

Surrender the Wind by Rita Gerlach

This is the first novel that I have read of Rita Gerlach’s. And I will say that this book is worth reading a thousand times over! Set in the 1700’s, this story brings you straight into the American Revolution era of fancy dresses and men in suits with longer hair and to where a young man is struggling between staying in America, the land he bled for, or traveling to England to reunite with his sister. He chooses to seek his sister out, only to find he’s arrived in the middle of a tragedy~the death of his nephew. During this untimely tragedy, he meets a young woman who’s free will and gentleness captures his heart. But there’s just one problem~someone wants the home of the young man’s grandfather, and the woman who stole his heart! Now, the question is, will their love be stronger than the plots against them? Find out in this MAGNIFICENT, timeless love story!! I never heard of Rita Gerlach before, but I came across her name and was fortunately blessed to obtain a copy of Surrender the Wind. This is not normally the style of stories I read, but Ms. Gerlach’s wonderfully written story quickly captured… Read more »

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Sep 24
The James Miracle by Jason F. Wright

The James Miracle by Jason F. Wright

Dedicated to his wife, Jason F. Wright’s very first novel is OUTSTANDING! As with The Wednesday Letters, I read this story in one day! A love that’s stale. One little boy’s faith. A wooden sailboat. And a lesson~learning story that will have your water works running and leave your trash can full of tissues! Sam had a near perfect life. Holly did, too. They started out in a wondrous marriage as most couples do. Their most prized and highly treasured accomplishment: their one and only son, James, who had a love for sailboats and was determined to make one wooden boat float. He was the only reason they came home at night. They were buried in their work and their glowing love was dimming. Then a random Thursday happened. Sam lost his job, and just three Thursdays later, an event happened that would change all their lives, drastically. Their faith and love is tested as the fate of their only son’s life lies in God’s hands. What will happen to Sam and Holly? Will they remember the faith one little boy had and believe in miracles? What will happen to James? But more importantly, what’s the lesson behind this story?… Read more »

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Sep 24
Seaside Letters: A Nantucket Love Story by Denise Hunter

Seaside Letters: A Nantucket Love Story by Denise Hunter

I have never read a novel by Denise Hunter before but I will say that I am certainly glad that I read this one and can’t wait to read more! This story is a bit of a mystery story. Not your normal mystery thriller, with killers and lawyers and cops, but a quirky, romantic, inspirational novel about a young waitress at a seaside cafe who has a secret: she’s fallen hard for one of her regular customers but he’s tied up in his past. So she resorts to sending him anonymous emails to tell him of her feelings.The man she’s falling for needs her help in uncovering a mystery and when he finds out she’s a research assistant for a mystery author, he hires her for the job: finding out the mysterious writer of the emails, a woman he’s fallen in love with. If she turns him down, someone else will help him uncover the mystery of finding her. Will she be able to work side by side with him until he figures out the mystery emailer is her or will he realize it on his own that the woman he fell for was right beside him all along? I… Read more »

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Sep 23
The Bible Salesman Contest and Reading Group Guide

The Bible Salesman Contest and Reading Group Guide

Okay followers and friends of followers! I have my very first giveaway for 5 copies of The Bible Salesman thanks to Valerie over at Hachette Book Group! About the author: Clyde Edgerton was born in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of eight previous novels, including, Walking Across Egypt and Lunch at the Piccadilly. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. Edgerton teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is a member of the Fellowship of Souther Writers. He lives in Wilmington with his wife, Kristina, and their children. About the book: Preston Clearwater has been a criminal since stealing two chain saws and 1,600 pairs of aviator sunglasses from the army during the Second World War. Back on the road in postwar North Carolina, now a member of a car-theft ring, he picks up hitchhiking Henry Dampier, an innocent twenty-year-old Bible salesman. Clearwater immediately recognizes Henry as smart but gullible, just the associate he needs–one who will believe Clearwater is working undercover for the F.B.I.; one who will drive the cars Clearwater steals as Clearwater follows along in his own car at a… Read more »

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Sep 22
Springwater Seasons:Jessica by Linda Lael Miller

Springwater Seasons:Jessica by Linda Lael Miller

A fifth installment of Springwater Seasons, Jessica is another romantic, historical novel you won’t want to miss! Once again, Ms. Miller brings characters from the past stories back, and with them comes new characters and new events that will take you right in the past~horses, stagecoaches,saloons and all! She came to Springwater, to help her ailing brother run the local paper, only to find it in dire financial trouble, her brother dead, and her nieces orphaned. She’s terribly outspoken and not afraid to give criticism when it’s due, even if the one she’s criticizing is the town’s mayor! As mayor of Springwater, he’s unsure how to handle her ways. He can’t even tolerate her! But then an event leaves them stranded~alone~ together, with feelings they never could have imagined possible! Will she finally by the wife she always thought she couldn’t be? And will the mayor finally tolerate the outspoken criticizer enough to fall in love? Grab a copy of Jessica, sit back, unwind, and travel back in time to find out! I enjoyed this book as a continuation of Springwater Seasons, but it’s good enough to be read as a stand alone novel! Two thumbs up for Linda Lael… Read more »

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Sep 21

Up Next!

Coming up next in Book Reviews by Buuklvr81, it’s Springwater Seasons:Jessica by Linda Lael Miller, The James Miracle by Jason F. Wright, and Surrender the Wind by Rita Gerlach! Those are coming up later this week as I continue my adventures in reading!

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Sep 16
Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright

Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright

Hurricane Katrina. An estranged father-son relationship. Faith. Love. These are the things that Jason has put in these compelling, moving pages of Recovering Charles. When I started reading this book, I thought it only sounded interesting and, of course, after reading Christmas Jars and The Wednesday Letters, I knew Jason had a talent for writing that is truly amazing, so I wanted to read Recovering Charles, too. By the time that I came to the last page, I knew this story was so much more than just interesting. This story is of a young man who has everything: a good career, great friendships, a girlfriend and a great future. But then the phone call comes…his estranged father is missing in the post-Katrina aftermath. He’s torn between ignoring the call or heading to New Orleans to help find his father and learn more about who he is and the man his father’s become. As he’s searching for his father, he’s also searching for himself, and finding truths about himself that he’s not sure he’s ready to accept. He’s struggling with these things he’s finding out, and learning what regret and true love really means. Will Luke find his father alive and… Read more »

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Sep 16
The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

A truly amazing, heart felt book! From the author of Christmas Jars, comes a book full of characters and events that will move you to tears, or make you chuckle a time or two! Set in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Jason tells of a love that never faded for 40 years, even through the most trying and difficult times. Based on one man’s promise to write his wife a letter every Wednesday, this story brings meaning to the words love,family, regret and trust. They lose both aging parents on the same night, but 3 siblings are brought back together again. While at their family’s Inn, they discover the letters their father wrote to their mother. Then they find one letter that has one very startling, long with-held family secret, that would change all of their lives. As they continue to read, they find more clues, and more answers, but can one sibling find the faith and power to forgive? I literally read this book in one day, it was that wonderful and moving! This books is intriguing, magnificently written, full of love and laughter, and one very important message: forgiveness. I just could not put this book down!… Read more »

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Sep 16

The search is on!

Hello, readers! The search for the albino squirrell is ON! All you have to do is search through the following list of blogs and find the albino squirrell picture! You need to find ATLEAST 10 squirrells and then head on over to https://www.teresaslack.blogspot.com/ for more info on how to turn in the list of blogs you spotted the rascally critter on! (Be sure to write down where you found him so you don’t forget!) Oh and did I mention there will be prizes?!?!?! Good luck! Sandi Rog: https://www.sandirog.blogspot.com/https://www.thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com/Mid Stutsman https://www.midsnovelidea.blogspot.com/https://www.midspointofview.blogspot.com/Elizabeth Bussey https://www.ebussey.blogspot.com/https://www.wisdomwalk.wordpress.com/James Tate https://www.daneymoco.blogspot.com/Dianne Sagan https://www.diannesagan.wordpress.com/Kat Crawford https://www.lionheartedkat.com/https://www.sftlm.blogspot.com/Kelly Klepfer https://kellyklepfer.blogspot.com/Marion Marchetto https://www.marionmarchetto.com/Lisa Lickel https://www.livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com/https://www.lisalickel.com/cgi-bin/blogTamera Kraft https://www.wordsharpeners.wordpress.com/Penny McGinnis https://www.encouragementjourney.blogspot.com/https://www.pennyspicks.blogspot.com/Molly Dawn Edwards https://www.buuklvr81.blogspot.com/Carla Gade https://www.carlaspathways.wordpress.com/Sally Hanan https://www.sallyhanan.wordpress.com/Elizabeth Byler Younts https://www.byelizabeth.blogspot.com/Chawna Schroeder https://www.chawnaschroeder.blogspot.com/Teresa Slack https://www.youcanwriteanovel.blogspot.com/Karin Beery https://www.therehastobeabeginning.blogspot.com/Vicki Moss https://www.livingwaterfiction.com/

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