Category: Book Reviews

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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Nov 11
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty

Title: Rescued Hearts Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing Publish Date: September 2, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945094231 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 320 Rating: 4 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies. Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind. When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well. My Thoughts First, I have to say, I totally love reviewing books from local authors. Hope Toler Dougherty lives very local to me, so I’m very excited about being able to be a part of this tour for her. I was very pleased with this book! The characters within these pages are beautifully chiseled and… Read more »

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Nov 09
Are you ready for this Hallmark movie coming?

Are you ready for this Hallmark movie coming?

ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS BLOG   Can you feel it? That little edge of crispness in the air and the undercurrent of excitement in the stores? The holidays are right around the corner and you know what that means. Decorations, baking and family? Uh…no. It’s time to tuck into snuggly pajamas, grab a steaming cup of cocoa and curl up on the couch with your favorite holiday movies! Every year, Hallmark Channel outdoes itself on the family movie front and this year is no different. With TWENTY-ONE new holiday features premiering on the network’s “Countdown to Christmas” this season, there is plenty of sweet, family friendly goodness to go around. One of these movies in particular has piqued my interest. It’s called Enchanted Christmas*. Here’s the description of the movie: Young widow, Laura Trudeau (played by Alexa PenaVega) was a remarkable dancer. Now working as a project manager in LA, she is tasked to renovate a rundown hotel lodge, in her hometown of Rosemont, Utah and have it ready by Christmas eve. She is stunned to run into her former love and dance partner Ricardo Archuleta, (Carlos PenaVega) who she discovers is in rehearsals for The Christmas Eve shows grand finale, with… Read more »

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Nov 07
Blogging For Books Review: Noelle by Greg Kincaid

Blogging For Books Review: Noelle by Greg Kincaid

Title: Noelle Publisher: Convergent Books Publish Date: October 24, 2017 ISBN:978-1524761196 Source: Blogging For Books Pages: 288 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas comes this heartwarming Christmas story about the power of family and the strength and love that comes from our pets. In this fourth installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail’s first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more progressive voice in the staunchly conservative town at Christmastime and has a few ideas up her red velvet sleeves. My Thoughts As a lover of Christmas, I became a fan of Greg Kincaid’s work way back when I read A Dog Named Christmas. There is just something about the beautiful Holiday and a lovable pup to cheer you up on any day. So, when I saw that Noelle was releasing, I got super excited, and it was with a great reason! Noelle stole my heart in every way. This… Read more »

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Nov 05
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Descriptions And Prescriptions by Michael R. Emlet

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Descriptions And Prescriptions by Michael R. Emlet

Title: Descriptions And Prescriptions Publisher: New Growth Press Publish Date: September 4, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945270116 Source: Kregel Publications Pages: 112 Rating: 3.5 stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications (New Growth Press, October 2017) OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are no longer just technical terms and medical diagnoses, they are part of our common vocabulary and culture. As Christians, we shouldn’t isolate ourselves from this discussion or dismiss these important issues. But we also should be careful not to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise without question. What we need is a balanced, biblically (and scientifically) informed approach that neither blindly accepts nor harshly dismisses psychiatric labels, diagnoses, and medicines that are prescribed to help those who are suffering. As both a Biblical counselor and medical doctor, Michael R. Emlet, MD, gives readers a Christ-centered approach to psychiatry and guides both lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments with a biblical lens. In a clear and thoughtful way that puts the person experiencing mental health issues at the forefront, Emlet uses Scripture to show how the Bible engages… Read more »

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Nov 02
Providence Book Promotions Blog Tour Review: 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner + Giveaway

Providence Book Promotions Blog Tour Review: 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner + Giveaway

**Be sure and leave a comment on the post! One commenter will be selected to win a copy of this great book!** 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner on Tour October 23 – November 27, 2017 WHEN UNEARTHING A NATIONAL TREASURE BECOMES A NATIONAL INCIDENT. Inspired by True Events Dennis Alexander: Washington Academy Middle School promises to be another in the long line of boring schools he has been expelled from. Rhonda Snodgrass: Although trained from childhood in survival tactics, she tries to stay off the radar of the “cool” kids who think she’s weird. 7th grade turns out to be anything but normal when teachers announce the students’ bloodless revolution succeeded and they are now in charge. After conducting a secret-ballot vote on policy, the 7th graders emerge to find the school evacuated and the FBI lurking outside with the task of unearthing a treasure of national importance. The students’ mission is clear—discover the treasure before the FBI locks down the building. Dennis and Rhonda lead the revolt and must work together to follow century-old clues left by a crazy Revolutionary War buff. To stay one step ahead of the FBI, they must delve into history and amass an… Read more »

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Nov 02
BookLookBlogger Review: Home All Along by Beth Wiseman

BookLookBlogger Review: Home All Along by Beth Wiseman

Title: Home All Along Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers Publish Date: September 26, 2017 ISBN:978-0529118707 Source: BookLook Bloggers Pages: 335 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book Charlotte, an Englisher, is living in Amish Country, and she has formed strong and lasting bonds with the people in her new community. She has even fallen in love with an Amish man. But just when she is considering a permanent conversion to the Amish way of life, her world crashes around her. An unexpected death and a mysterious visitor unsettle Charlotte, and she begins to question her faith and her choices. Daniel loves Charlotte and wants to share his life with her, even it if means leaving the only world he’s ever known. But as he walks alongside of her through her struggles, his own world is turned upside down when a loved one receives a grim medical diagnosis and a prodigal relative returns home. Will Charlotte and Daniel’s relationship succumb to the many pressures around them, or will their faith and the strong community around them allow them to weather the storms of their own lives in order to build a life together? My Thoughts A story of heartache and hope,… Read more »

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Oct 31
CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken +GIVEAWAY

CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken +GIVEAWAY

About the Book   Name of book: My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah Author: Angie Dicken Genre: Historical Romance Release Date: November 1, 2017 Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life. Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart…and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble. Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him. When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Gate. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind. Amazon My Thoughts I enjoyed Ms. Dicken’s work with this newest installment in the My Heart Belongs series. She is a superbly talented author and really swept me away with her coal mining setting and her beautifully chiseled characters. As a granddaughter of a miner, I really loved reading this time period.  Alex and Leanna’s… Read more »

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