Genre: Contemporary

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Jul 19
TLC Book Tours Review: Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

TLC Book Tours Review: Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

My Thoughts When it comes to Denise Hunter books, either I like them, or I don’t. I have found some of hers I love, and some of hers, I just can’t get into. Sweetbriar Cottage, however, is one that I could get into and I loved it! She took wonderful characters and added them to a plot line that is all the feels and sucks you in completely.  Noah and Josephine’s characters are complex and really amazing for their roles. I loved seeing their reactions to the devastating news that their divorce wasn’t finalized. And, watching them when they realize they can’t leave the cottage, well, it is really a story filled with ups and downs and ins and outs.  This is a story of learning to forgive, of letting go, of realizing that what one’s heart may think is wants, isn’t what God wants or has planned. Each page turn opened my eyes a little more to my own past and my own present and really appreciated Ms. Hunter for that. This is definitely a 5 star worthy read and one that I highly recommend to all. It is going on my keeper shelf and I can say that… Read more »

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Jul 03
Revell Reads Blog Tour Review: Under A Summer Sky by Melody Carlson

Revell Reads Blog Tour Review: Under A Summer Sky by Melody Carlson

My Thoughts I have always enjoyed reading Ms. Carlson’s books and this book is no exception! She once again hooked me from start to finish with this beautifully written novel. It is the third in the Follow Your Heart series, but the first one that I have read. Despite that, I was still instantly captivated by her beautifully portrayed characters and vivid details within the pages.  Growing up, one of my two best friends was the boy next door. Him and I used to do everything together. I used to dream of us growing up and getting married, having babies, and being a happy family. But, sadly, that was a long ago dream and when I had to move away. Reading Nicole’s story really brought back my childhood memories. I loved that feeling!  The backdrop of Savannah, GA was wonderful. I went to Savannah once a year or so back and loved the scenery. This story made me feel as if I was back again! Following Nicole and seeing her summer unfold in a whirlwind of events, from managing the art gallery to seeing two of the “boys” she grew up with again, really hooked me!  This is definitely a… Read more »

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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 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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Apr 22
Blogging For Books Review: Back In The Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

Blogging For Books Review: Back In The Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

My Thoughts: I’m a big cowboy romance fan, so I was excited to grab this one to review. Ruth Logan Herne was a new to me author and the synopsis of the story sounded intriguing. So, I settled in for the day/night and read through nearly to the end (then I got tired so HAD to go to sleep so my CNA job wouldn’t fall to pieces the next day!), but quickly picked it back up and finished it the next morning. It was that good. I loved every part of this story wholly and it will be with me forever! This is a book that I will be sharing with all who want a wonderful, inspiring read!  Colt, Angelina, Nick and Sam, along with the other characters in the story, really gripped my heart. I loved watching Colt and his changes in life after leaving his city life to come home to his country family ranch. Angelina, bless her, I loved her character! Seeing her interact with Colt was a refreshing part of the story! These two were perfectly chiseled to be just the right amount of flawed.  I can’t give this book less than 5 stars! It’s worthy… Read more »

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Apr 20
Singing Librarian Book Tours: Reclaimed by Jennifer Rodewald

Singing Librarian Book Tours: Reclaimed by Jennifer Rodewald

  Jennifer Rodewald is amazing! I went into this book with an open mind and heart, as I wasn’t quite sure what I would get out of the story. Ms. Rodewald is a new-to-me author and I tend to be cautious when I start their books. Boy, was I ever surprised! The emotions that filled me after reading this book! It definitely had all the feels.  I felt all of Suzanna’s emotions. Her heart ache, her struggles, all of them were mine. I could relate to her well created, complexity of character. My walk with God hasn’t always been an easy one, and I feel that with Suzanna and her life as she comes to terms with the events of her life. Like she could learn to trust in Him just a little more and her walk in life would be easier. I loved that. Being able to relate to the main character is one of the bonuses of a well written book.  Let’s not forget Paul! I loved him. Bless him, he was truly a wonderful, God fearing man and as he learned more about Suzanna, I could feel the turmoil in his heart as he struggled with what… Read more »

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Apr 28
Review: Every Bride Needs A Groom by Janice Thompson

Review: Every Bride Needs A Groom by Janice Thompson

My Thoughts: Ms. Thompson is one of my absolute favorite Christian fiction authors. She is the queen of laughs and I love each and everyone of her novels. This start to a new series is definitely a fabulous addition to her works! She blends romance, comedy, witty characters and faith into one amazing, laugh out loud read. Following Katie’s story and hearing about her family. They all were a bit on the quirky witty side and I fell in love with all of them. Katie’s quest to win the ultimate wedding dress for a couture shop was awesome, and when she met Brady…..well let’s just say that I wasn’t going to sleep anytime soon when I got in the middle of their story. With plenty of inspiration woven in, and real-to-life events and characters that capture your heart, Ms. Thompson has once again created a novel that will forever be on my bookshelf. I can not wait to read more about her amazingly created brides and get my laugh on again in the next installment of Brides With Style! Well done, Ms. Thompson!

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Apr 21
CLP Book Blitz: That’s A Lie by Victoria Klahr

CLP Book Blitz: That’s A Lie by Victoria Klahr

Excerpt I was instantly distracted as I walked into the space. Seth. Shirtless. I don’t think I need to explain my lack of focus. Or the drool. “You lied to me,” he said gruffly, sitting on the barstool at my counter. His blond hair flopped in front of his eyes, and my hands itched to push it back. Touching him again the way I wanted to would satisfy only a millimeter of the need I have, but it would relieve some of the pain. I turned around to hide my thoughts. “Ugh . . . I need coffee,” I said vacantly, reaching for my coffee maker. I didn’t even hear Seth move, but his hand grabbed mine and he turned me around, placing his hands beside me on the countertop to trap me. My breath caught, and I was positive he could hear my heart pounding in my chest. His blue-green eyes screamed hurt and anger, but I didn’t even care about him being mad. All that mattered was the charge that thumped between us. I was very aware of him. “You lied, Josie. You’re not supposed to lie to me.” “Seth . . . Come on,” I said, turning… Read more »

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Nov 28
Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

My Thoughts: I’m not normally one to read a dystopian fantasy novel. They generally do not catch my attention long enough to keep me finishing the novels. But, I kept hearing so many things about Divergent this and Divergent that (all of it good!) and my mother had purchased me a copy months ago. It was sitting on my bookshelf calling me. So, I broke down and read it. Oh my word. I read it in ONE day! Literally, like I started it at 6am and by 8pm I was on the final chapter. I loved every second of the book!  The world of Factions is not one I would ever think about normally. But Triss really helps to pull you into the Factions, following along side of her, hiding her secret with her and working your butt off to make it in the top of the pledges. The intensity that rolls out of the book is incredible, and Four….oh my. Definitely adds hotness to Ms. Roth’s story for sure! The attraction that was felt between Triss and Four was immediate and I rooted for them through out the story!  The world of Factioins would be a hard one to… Read more »

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