Author: Cafinated Reads

Jun 09
CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: Sailing Out Of Darkness by Normandie Fischer

CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: Sailing Out Of Darkness by Normandie Fischer

Click here to purchase your copy. About the Book Book: Sailing out of Darkness Author: Normandie Fischer Genre: Women’s Fiction Release Date: February 25, 2017 (2nd Edition) Love conquers all? Maybe for some people. When Samantha flies to Italy to gain distance from a disastrous affair with her childhood best friend, the last thing on her mind is romance. But Teo Anderson is nothing like her philandering ex-husband or her sailing buddy, Jack, who, despite his live-in girlfriend, caught her off guard with his flashing black eyes. Teo has his own scars, both physical and emotional, that he represses by writing mysteries—until one strange and compelling vision comes to life in the person of Sam. Seeking answers, he offers friendship to this obviously hurting woman, a friendship that threatens to upend his fragile peace of mind. But not even sailing the cobalt waters of the Mediterranean can assuage Sam’s guilt for destroying Jack’s relationship and hurting another woman. Soon the consequences of her behavior escalate, and the fallout threatens them all. Sailing out of Darkness is the haunting story of mistakes and loss…and the grace that abounds through forgiveness. Awarded: Aspen Gold, Selah, and Maggie Finalist 2014 (1st edition) About… Read more »

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Jun 09
#FirstLineFridays: Then Came You By Becky Wade

#FirstLineFridays: Then Came You By Becky Wade

Welcome to First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. This week’s first is from Then Came You by Becky Wade.  Here is the first line:  Sylvie left me today. Really intriguing if you ask me!! Here’s more about the book: Then Came You by Becky Wade Published: March 7,2017 158 pages A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom. Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn’t know much about babies. But he’s going to have to learn fast because he’s just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he’s not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he’ll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes. Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can’t seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There’s something extraordinarily… Read more »

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Jun 06
Blogging For Books Review: Peace In The Valley by Ruth Logan Herne

Blogging For Books Review: Peace In The Valley by Ruth Logan Herne

My Thoughts Ms. Herne has done yet again. She has captivated me, heart and soul, with this 3rd installment of her Double S Ranch series. As with the other, I loved it! Her writing style, once again, sucks me to the heart of the story and grips me completely, not letting me go until the very last page is turned. I’m a lover of cowboys so this book hits the spot for that. This book really hit home with me on so many levels. From the pain of losing a parent to the pain and struggle of dealing with a loved one who’s sick, I connected with the characters hard. Lucy and Trey’s characters dealt with so much. From heartache to love and second chances, these characters were beautifully chiseled. Trey’s feelings for Lucy, Lucy’s struggle with trying to overcome her past, and the steadfast faith that both characters have are a wonderful part of the story. This story of building trust, of characters forgiving not just each other but themselves, of perseverance and patience, will keep you up long into the night. Each page turn pulls you further in, making you want more and more. When you reach the… Read more »

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Jun 05
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Driver Confessional by David Winters

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Driver Confessional by David Winters

My Thoughts I must be honest and say that when I chose to review this book, I wasn’t exactly sure if I would like it. I mean, I’m eclectic reader when it comes to Christian books….contemporary, thriller, suspense, historical, chick lit. You name, I’ll try it. However, I just wasn’t sure with this one. But, when I sat down to read it, I was quite surprised at the intensity of the story and the way it pulled me in! An up and down, in and out, twisty thrill ride that I won’t soon forget!   David Winters takes his readers on a whirlwind ride (quite literally, since the main character, Antonio, is a Buber driver!) and delivers us to a spot that will leave us wondering what just happened and how can we get more of it. His characters are complex and well rounded, perfect for their roles in the book. This book really had me thinking about what kinds of things really do get talked about in a taxi cab or paid driver. I can’t imagine it’s easy to feel safe all the time!  I  really liked Antonio and getting to know him. Mr. Winters made Antonio’s character superbly… Read more »

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Jun 05
Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Love Among The Lilacs by Jenna Victoria

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Love Among The Lilacs by Jenna Victoria

Click here to purchase your copy. About the Book Book title: Love Among the Lilacs Author: Jenna Victoria Release date: April 4, 2017 Genre: Sweet romance Bookkeeper Mollie Wright knows about living on the streets, and her purchase of sweet Lilac Cottage is a dream come true. She is determined to stay and fight when a legal error puts her ownership at risk. Attorney Sean Grady never wanted his great-aunts to sell their cottage in Westchester County, New York, so when a paperwork snafu puts the deal on hold, he moves swiftly to evict the pretty, feisty squatter. Mollie finds unexpected allies in Grady Cove neighbors and a member of Sean’s own family but knows the clock is ticking. Will a theft and her past secrets force a showdown to heartache, or will Mollie and Sean discover home is truly where your heart is? My Thoughts Fantabulous (yes that is a Cafinated Reads word!)! I really loved this story! I don’t know whether it’s Ms. Victoria’s writing style, or the fact that I have a not so perfect past and am also named Molly (spelling doesn’t count!), that really spoke to me with this book, but I devoured it, cover… Read more »

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Jun 04
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi

My Thoughts I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. The author is new to me and his writing style is refreshing! The characters within the book really spoke to me and came alive as I followed young Anne and Peter throughout this story. I felt as if I was the one in the middle of it all. I love when a book does that to me. This book is filled with life lessons of having faith, hope, perseverance and relying on the Lord above.  Young Anne, bless her. I could see a lot of my own stubborn self in her! She’s a sweet soul and wouldn’t take being told no she couldn’t do something for an answer! She was going to do it and that was that. A woman in the south riding a man’s contraption! Unheard of, but not for Anne! She was going to ride and not be stopped. It was interesting seeing the events of that played out, especially knowing that in today’s society women can do just about anything they want to.  I loved Peter’s character, too. Watching him interact with Anne and the other characters was captivating. He struggled so… Read more »

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Jun 02
Armchair BEA Day #3: Delving Into Diversity and Dining With The Author

Armchair BEA Day #3: Delving Into Diversity and Dining With The Author

Welcome to day 3 of the Armchair BEA!! It’s so fun and exciting to see what topics and activities are in store for us each day.  Today we are going to talk about two topics. I’m not sure how long my responses will be, but I’ll try to keep them fairly short so you can move on and enjoy the other participants’ responses!   Delving Into Diversity:Book Expo sparked quite the controversy a couple years ago regarding diversity in books and authors. Where are we now? OR, let’s take a different direction and explore the diversity of the format of a book. Do we judge a book by its cover and/or content (e.g.,, audio, digital, graphic, etc.)? Or, combine the two topics and discuss diversity found in alternative content (e.g., representation in graphic novels). Get creative and maybe even controversial! Dining With the Authors:Every year at Book Expo, children and adult authors are featured during breakfast. Who would you dream of enjoying a meal with? Would it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply coffee? What would your meal be? What would you discuss?   Delving Into Diversity……..of book formats. I don’t generally listen to audio books so I most definitely… Read more »

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Jun 02
Singing Librarian Books Tours Interview: Seven Brides For Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection

Singing Librarian Books Tours Interview: Seven Brides For Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection

     Genre: Christian, Historical Publisher: Barbour Publication date: Ju  ne 1, 2017 Number of pages: 448 ​ Dime Novel Suitor by Carrie Fancett Pagels When a British dime novel enthusiast finds himself flat broke in Kansas, he discovers what western life and true love are all about. Barden Granville IV grew up at Cheatham Hall, Kent, England, devouring cowboy stories and dreaming of the day he, with no prospects of inheriting estate nor title, could escape to the American frontier. Educated and ordained an Anglican priest, his trip to America is his “last hurrah” before accepting a vicarage in a small town far from his aristocratic family’s estate. When a series of misadventures leaves him without money and stranded, he must take up employment immediately. After her father dies, widow Caroline Kane becomes the owner and proprietor of a restaurant and inn. She also assumes responsibility for her five teenaged siblings. Caroline’s busybody married sister insists that an Englishman who purports to answer an ad for help, is the perfect candidate for Caroline’s next husband. While she’s relieved to have help, Caroline finds Barden’s primary asset to be his silver tongue. When his efforts finally bring fruit, Barden receives word from England that… Read more »

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Jun 02
#FirstLineFridays: Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Donna Kelly

#FirstLineFridays: Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Donna Kelly

Welcome to First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. So today my First Line Friday will be from Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Donna Kelly.  Here is the first line:  Emma Cotton stood before the majesty of the Eiffel Tower, marveling at the workmanship required to chisel a replica of the French landmark out of a huge block of ice right in the town square of cozy Mystic Harbor, Massachusetts.  Really intriguing if you ask me!! Here’s more about the book: Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Donna Kelly Published: January 2014 Beantown is the backdrop when Emma Cotton and Kelly Grace, the owners of Cotton & Grace quilt design shop in Mystic Harbor, Mass., take on the next suspect who may have been involved in the death of their friend Rose. Vanessa Nelson, now an assistant curator at a prestigious Boston art museum, was one of the last to see Rose alive. Now Vanessa is in trouble with the museum, accused of stealing an exquisite painting and dismissed from her position. She seems like the kind of… Read more »

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Jun 01
Armchair BEA Day #2: What Do Readers Want? Let’s Collaborate And Listen

Armchair BEA Day #2: What Do Readers Want? Let’s Collaborate And Listen

Welcome to day 2 of the Armchair BEA!! I love this and can’t wait to keep on keeping on each year they have it. Today we are going to talk about two topics. I’m not sure how long my responses will be, but I’ll try to keep them fairly short so you can move on and enjoy the other participants’ responses! What Do Readers Want?: What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event? Well, as a reader, I know what I want. I want an author to think of themselves as the reader while they write the book. I want a book to be filled with not only great writing, but characters that speak to me, that steal not just my heart, but my entire soul, too. The plot lines need to be written in a way that won’t leave me turning back the pages to try and keep up. It needs to flow smoothly and captivate me. I rate books like that with a 4, or a 5 star rating and really sing it’s praises.If there… Read more »

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