My Thoughts: Love, family and…..food. What more could I ask for in a book? Nothing really, as I love all these combined! Ms. Lodge became an author I enjoyed way back when I read her Amish novels. I loved her work. She makes you smile, and really connects you with her characters. When I saw this book available for review, I was so excited to try it. I wanted to see Ms. Lodge at work once again and see how a non-Amish novel by her would be. The results? AMAZING! I loved it. Ms. Lodge combines the love, secrets, family and lots of good sounding recipes into a novel filled with faith, hope, determination and characters that will sweep you off your feet. A long distance relationship isn’t easy but Juliette decides to give it a go and through long awaited moments, Ms. Lodge creates a story of a life time with Juliette and Neil. This book read like a movie playing out for me. I loved it. If you want a timeless love story filled with yumminess and twists of family secrets, longing for love and embracing your faith, then this 5 star book is definitely for you! Ms…. Read more »
My Thoughts: Unfortunately, I wasn’t into this book like I thought I would be. I love historical fiction and when I hear of new ones, I’m always quick to jump on reading them. So, when I saw this one become available, and read the blurb, I grabbed it. Then, sitting down to read it, I was very, very disappointed. It was definitely not what I was expecting and often times, left me wondering what the author was doing with the story. Perhaps, if I had read book 1, it would be a lot easier to follow along. But, I didn’t and now I’m left hanging. I want to embrace the characters but the author dragged their stories out. I lost interest two-thirds into the story. That said, I still recommend you try this book. It’s a 1 star rating from my personal opinion but to others who have read book 1 will enjoy it. Even if you hadn’t read book 1, grab a copy and try it. You may find that you love it. This will not persuade me to never try this author’s work again. I am actually looking forward to trying her work again, as this may have… Read more »
My Thoughts: Sadly, this is my first adventure with Riley Mae. Happily, I loved it! I am big on the adventures of young folks. I love the situations they find themselves in most all the time. Sure, I’m a 30-something mom of two boys, but I love that feeling of exhilaration I get when I follow a kid on an adventure. With Riley Mae, we meet lots of fun along the way, lots of sadness and lots of mishaps, but in the end, we get a powerfully inspirational message from Riley Mae, God and a sweet little boy! This is definitely a 5 star worthy faith-filled book that will teach young children and teens alike, the importance of embracing life and cherishing each moment God gives to you. Sunday’s character was amazingly created and had me in awe of all he tackles on a day-to-day basis. Definitely inspiring and eye opening for sure! If you are a kid at heart, love reading or know of a child who loves to read, get them a copy of this book. It’s book 2 in a series but definitely fun to follow along with! I can’t wait to go back and read the… Read more »
Liz Tolsma‘s latest WWII historical fiction novel, Daisies are Forever, is getting rave reviews. “. . . compelling and fast-paced tale about the atrocities and tremendous losses. . . .” —Library Journal “Excellent storytelling, accurate historical reporting and gritty, persevering characters make this WWII-era novel a must-read.” —CBA Retailers + Resources Liz celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX giveaway! One winner will receive: A Kindle Fire HDX Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 31st. Winner will be announced June 2nd on Liz’s website. Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Liz’s website on June 2nd to see if you won.
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingRise and ShineRiver North; New Edition edition (May 1, 2014)bySandra D. BrickerABOUT THE AUTHOR: For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver. The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. “I’m a Christian woman, first and foremost,” she says. “So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line.” Sandie’s real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor’s proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. “Being allowed… Read more »
My Thoughts Double bonus for me with this novel! First, it’s a WONDERFUL addition to the Love Finds You collection, AND it’s a GREATtastic Amish novel! It’s not your ordinary Amish story….I know,I know. I’ve said that about other Amish novels and that’s true for them, as well, in their own way. This one, though, is a really sweet novel written by an amazing talented lady. Serena B. Miller has a fan for LIFE now! Set in Sugarcreek, Ohio, Miller takes us on a whirlwind of a ride as we meet Rachel Troyer, a half-Amish woman who is super close with her Amish aunts and protects them, along with their town by being a cop. Things are going good for her and her aunts. That is until Miller introduces us to Joe Matthews and his sweet, adorable, lovable little son, Bobby. I fell in love with that little boy instantly! Not to mention that his dad was a good character for the story, too. The plot line of Joe Matthews having a mysterious past and moving into the cabin and then the daadi house at Rachel’s aunts’ Inn was fantastic. Rachel’s cautious and protective character really came into view when… Read more »
My Thoughts: Unfortunately, this is my first in a long time posted DNF review. For some reason, I just couldn’t get into the novel. Ms. Fenske had a wonderful writing style, yes, but the plot line itself was throwing me off. I just wasn’t captivated enough to stay focused, therefore, leaving me unable to completely finish the book. That said, I will not be thrown away from Ms. Fenske’s work in the future. I will continue to read more of her work, in hopes that this was just an “off” read for me.
Excerpt: “That’s a fantastic idea!” Jackie blurts out. “How come I didn’t think of that?” Sophie says. “That’s not a bad idea, Claire,” Robin says with a nod. “Perrrrrfect,” Claire sings, returning to her position on the floor by the coffee table. “Such a superbly perfect idea.” She claps her hands together several times. “What do you think, Emily? Brilliant idea, right?” There are two words that incite major worry and panic, even in someone like me who’s as open to dating, well, just about anyone. One is “blind” and the other is—you guessed it—“date.” God help me. We’re not just talking a blind date, but several—hear me, plural—blind dates. “Think about it,” Sophie says, abandoning her wine, her eyes going all star-gazey. “You could meet all sorts of guys. You could dispense with the annoying and time-wasting ‘nice to meet you’ stuff.” “Yeah!” Jackie cuts in. “Like you wouldn’t have to waste your time on meeting someone and striking up that first conversation that would lead to a date. It’s just, BAM, a date!” BAM is right. All right, I’m single, and I have been for a while. And, sure, it’d be nice to find someone I could really connect with and, yeah, fall in love… Read more »
My Thoughts: I loved this book. After becoming hooked on Jennifer L. Armentrout’s work recently, I knew I couldn’t wait to dive into this one. I am so excited to have had the chance to do just that. I devoured this book. In like less than 24 hours. Seriously. I was hooked. Hooked, hooked, hooked. I didn’t want to look back on my time before reading this book. Because it’s an amazing novel. From start to finish. Yea. Reflecting…….. Mysterious and witty, this book is awesome. Everything about it is awesome. Everything. I mean, instantly, we get the mysteriousness. Sam’s character is amazing. From the first page, she doesn’t know what happened, where she is, or even who she is. That. Is. Awesome. From then on, Ms. Armentrout added roller coaster ride, after roller coaster ride of ups, downs, twists and turns. I smiled, I yelled, I did it all with this novel. It was just that fabulous! Seriously, if you want a novel that will hook you instantly, characters that will wrap themselves around you so much that you become a part of them and the story, if you want an author who will make you fangirl over her… Read more »
Let’s Meet Greg Linsey RBM: Hiya Greg! Welcome to Reviews By Molly! So glad to have you here today. How are you? GL: Good morning, Molly. It is great to be here today. I am doing great, thank you, but am getting spring fever as you can imagine. 🙂 We will be gearing up for the busy summer season. RBM: Tell us about your job, more specifically? What’s it like? GL: As a planner for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, I go over applications for building projects throughout the Lake Tahoe basin. As you probably know, we have strict guidelines to follow in order to preserve the natural beauty of the region. We approve plans based on their compliance with these guidelines. Sometimes it is tough because people want to build in areas that are environmentally sensitive. But it is important to preserve the beauty that is here. RBM: Were you always into protecting the environment, even growing up? GL: My parents instilled in me a love on nature, so yes, it has always been a goal of mine to work toward preserving the environment. It provides deep satisfaction when projects work toward that goal. RBM:What was it like truly getting to know Monica?… Read more »