Category: Book Reviews

Jun 24
CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: None So Blind by Chautona Havig

CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: None So Blind by Chautona Havig

Guest post from Chautona Havig “Who are you, again?” “I’m Joe’s, daughter. Vyonie.” My sister pointed to me. “This is Chautona.” For some odd reason, the niece she spent the least amount of time with, Aunt Doris remembered—somewhat. But she didn’t remember Vyonie from what I could tell. She smiled at me, that amazing, sweet smile I’d never forget. She asked how I was. I always thought that Mrs. Sanderson—mother of John, Alicia, and Carl on the TV show, Little House on the Prairie—looked and sounded like Aunt Doris. Of course, that memory of me didn’t last. A minute or two later, she gave me a big smile and asked if she knew me. It gave me a picture of what it must have been like for my character, Ella Weeks—to wake up every day with these children there—children who knew her, but she didn’t remember. The hurt she caused every time she had to struggle to admit she didn’t know something she probably should—again. So, I thought I’d ask her to tell us about it. Ella: People often assume that the worst part of losing my memory are the memories that disappeared, too. But it’s not. A much as… Read more »

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Jun 20
Review: Ghostal Living by Kathleen Bridge

Review: Ghostal Living by Kathleen Bridge

My Thoughts Ms. Bridge is a new to me author and I can tell you that I loved her unique, quirky style. I’m now a fan for life! I love a good cozy mystery full of twists, turns, and who dun its and Ms. Bridge’s third installment to the Hampton Home and Garden Mysteries did not disappoint! It had the perfect blend of all that and more. I love that this book is centered around a bed and breakfast called Bibliophile Bed&Breakfast! It seems perfect for us book lovers! A rare manuscript,a killer on the loose and lots of decorating to do, Meg finds her hands full in this book filled with witty characters and happenings that is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat while you help Meg uncover the  clues and solve the mystery. Following Meg on her race to find the who’s and why’s behind it all was so fun! I read this book in one sitting, turning the pages long into the night.  I definitely sing this book’s praises. The theme, the characters, the mystery behind it all, make the perfect cozy read and will capture you from the start. It’s worthy of… Read more »

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Jun 13
TLC Book Tours Review: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl + GIVEAWAY

TLC Book Tours Review: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl + GIVEAWAY

My Thoughts As a long time fan of Nancy Mehl’s and just finishing Fatal Frost from the library, I couldn’t wait to dive into this beauty. I was definitely not disappointed! She is a seasoned author who knows just what to bring her readers.  I loved the edge of your seat suspense in this novel. From page one, I was wrapped up in Kate’s story. She was chiseled perfectly and really came to life while I followed her on this whirl wind journey. Her journey was not an easy one, that’s for sure. In the witness protection program, she has dealt with so much in her life already. But, when she finds out she may have to retestify against the attacker that left her in the wfieitness program to begin with, the story line intensifies and I was pulled even deeper into the story.  Tony Deluca’s character was also well chiseled and I loved watching him trying to get a grip on his feelings for Kate once again. The sparks between were evident and when the plot turns to a whole new surprise, those feelings might have to be on the back burner in order to save Kate, and himself,… Read more »

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Jun 11
Review: An Amish Summer by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Irvin

Review: An Amish Summer by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Irvin

My Thoughts These lovely ladies have once again brought their fans a collection of stories that will forever be with them. Each story is unique and filled with God’s grace and love. Each story has characters that are perfectly chiseled for their roles and will become friends with the one holding the book. I love when a collection of stories can do that! I loved each of these stories as they flowed perfectly and wrapped me up and kept me captive. But, the one I’ll focus on in this review is Ms. Fuller’s story, Lakeside Love. This story is wonderfully written! As someone who didn’t always fit in with the crowd, and always had friends slightly skinner, and slightly prettier, I can relate fully with Esther. Watching her story unfold felt like my story! I loved watching Esther and Rhett get to know each other, and I had a love/hate relationship with Judah, which, to me, was perfect.  These characters in Ms. Fuller’s story (and the other 3 stories!) all competed to own my heart. In the end, after seeing God’s love and grace at work among the Amish, they all owned it. Each character had a small piece of… Read more »

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Jun 11
Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Springs Of Love by Various

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Springs Of Love by Various

Click here to purchase your copy. About the Book Book title: Springs of Love Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Thomas Nye Release date: June 15, 2017 Genre: Amish The Kissing Bridge Escaping the past isn’t as easy as it should be… Anna thought her bad decisions would fade into nothing after she vanished for a few months. Her motives would be clear, her mistakes erased, and she’d be able to rewrite her future the way she wanted. It didn’t work out the way she’d planned. Instead, she discovered her actions have consequences and they had to be paid. Reuben loved Anna for as long as he could remember, but before he could get serious about courting her, his brother, Mark, won her away. But now she’s back and she beginning to pay the steep price for her mistakes. Reuben tries to help her as much as he can, and the decisions he makes will cost them both everything. Sold on Love When Lavina Fisher takes over the household while Mamm’s away, things go from bad to worse. And her younger brother, Stephen, is mostly to blame. Then an accident forces Lavina to face her fears—and her ex-boyfriend. Can… Read more »

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Jun 10
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Stepping On Cheerios by Betsy Singleton Synder + GIVEAWAY

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Stepping On Cheerios by Betsy Singleton Synder + GIVEAWAY

My Thoughts As a mom of two teenaged boys, I find it hard, sometimes, to find time to do anything. It’s a hectic, crazy time being a mom! It’s hard to make sure they are taken care of, go to work, come home, cook dinner, spend time with them and my husband, and still find God time. It really is hard sometimes. But, my mom said something once, and this book kind of reminds of it. She told me “Jesus came to you, why can’t you go to Him?” That’s so true. Why can’t I make the time to seek Him out no matter what whirlwind parenthood throws at me?  Ms. Synder takes the hustle, bustle hectic life of being a working mom, wife, and child of God, and tells us how she found the strength to deal with it all. She creates this book in a way that is never boring, always leaving me with a chuckle. Learning to put God in the center of all and realizing that this crazy thing we parents call life is not that hard if we put Him at the front of all we do. I definitely enjoyed this fast, interesting read. Ms…. Read more »

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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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