Category: Book Reviews

Nov 28
Review: Picturing Christmas by Jason F. Wright + GIVEAWAY!

Review: Picturing Christmas by Jason F. Wright + GIVEAWAY!

Title: Picturing Christmas Publisher: Sweetwater Books Publish Date: November 14, 2017 ISBN: 978-1462121526 Source: Author/publisher Pages: 183 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book Fresh out of college and about to start her dream job as a photographer in New York, Aubrey is sure her life is picture perfect. From the moment she sets foot in the city, though, everything starts to crumble around her. With family problems back home, a complicated relationship, and an unforgiving city all around her, this Christmas, all Aubrey really wants is to find the real meaning of the holiday. My Thoughts As a long time fan of both Christmas, and Jason F. Wright, I get excited when I see he has a new book releasing. So, when I saw Picturing Christmas making it’s rounds on the blogosphere, I felt like a kid in a candy story. I couldn’t wait to get my grabby hands on it. When I got the chance to, I devoured it. In one sitting. Literally. It was 183 pages of Jason Wright awesomeness. With Jason’s books, he writes real life. He takes real situations-divorce, false illusions,hope- things that we deal with on a daily basis, and incorporates them into… Read more »

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Nov 27
Re-Read Review: Return by Karen Kingsbury

Re-Read Review: Return by Karen Kingsbury

Title: Return Series: Redemption, #3 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 This touching novel reunites readers with the Baxter family and focuses on the only Baxter son, Luke. He is determined to leave his faith and his past behind and embrace a new, free-thinking future. But what he doesn’t realize is that his past holds a secret even he doesn’t know. When Luke finds out, his comfortable new life is turned upside down, and he must turn back to his roots. My Thoughts This prodigal-son-returns-home story is one of my absolute favorites of Ms. Kingsbury’s Baxter family books. Luke’s character is the baby of the family, and she chiseled him so well in these stories. I was so excited years ago when I learned he had a book where his story was center. I loved revisiting him! What would you feel like if everything you ever believed in was ripped away in one tragic instant? That’s what Luke battles and I was so angry with him for so long in this book! I found myself on more than… Read more »

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Nov 25
Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Cowboy Christmas Gaurdian by Dana Mentink

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Cowboy Christmas Gaurdian by Dana Mentink

About the Book: Name of book: Cowboy Christmas Guardian Author: Dana Mentink Genre: Isnpy Romance Suspense Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas. Click here to purchase your copy. My Thoughts I have read other books by Ms. Mentink and I have loved them. So, I was excited to read my second book centered around Christmas and that it was hers. Her books instantly grab you, and keep you hooked until the very last page.  Being married to my own cowboy, I tend to fall hard for the books with cowboys in them. Barrett’s character was no exception. I loved every… Read more »

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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 22
Flyby Promotions CD Review: Kutless Alpha/Omega

Flyby Promotions CD Review: Kutless Alpha/Omega

Cafinated Reads is hosting another CD review! I am so happy to talk about this today on the blog. Here’s more about the CD I’m reviewing. Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland . The band has had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including their major hits “Strong Tower,” “What Faith Can Do” and “Carry Me To The Cross.” After more than 15 years together and reaching fans around the world, Kutless continues to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers. “We really believe that music can make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Jon Micah Sumrall. “Music is an incredibly powerful tool that can break down walls and allow us to communicate a message of… 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 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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