Posts Categorized: 2017 GoodReads Reading Challenge

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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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Jul 03
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere

My Thoughts Ms. Delamere has a new fan in me! I am really glad I took the chance on this book (I almost passed it up as I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not!). Ms. Delamere has a wonderful talent for quickly capturing her readers’ hearts and her attention to historical detail in London was beautifully done. From the start, I was wrapped up in Rosalyn’s story. I was on the streets of London with her, feeling her feelings as if they were my own. The life on stage was vibrantly created and I loved the way the book blossomed into a play itself before my eyes. When Nate was introduced, my heart swooned for him! I loved his character! When he and Rosalyn interacted, I was rooting for them the whole way through the book! I highly recommend this 4 star book. It’s a story of finding where you belong, a story of hope and faith, and God’s guiding light. If you want a book that will capture you, wrap you up in a wonderful adventure of theater and falling in love, then grab a copy of this book! You can follow the tour by visiting… Read more »

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Jun 30
Revell Reads Blog Tour Review: Naomi’s Hope by Jan Drexler

Revell Reads Blog Tour Review: Naomi’s Hope by Jan Drexler

My Thoughts I will be honest and say that I wasn’t quite sure if I would like this novel or not. The blurb sounded interesting enough, but it was my first Jan Drexler novel and I hadn’t had the pleasure of reading the first books in this series. But, sitting down, opening the pages, I got lost in the historical detail and wonderful Amish lifestyle.  I loved Naomi’s character, and her love for little Davey. The way she took took to him an he to her, really pulled at my heart. When Cap enters the picture, I loved the way their story played out. I was in love with their little group! But, as with any well written story, there is always a character I dislike and in this one I didn’t like Shem. His conniving ways really threw me off of his character.  Overall, this was a 3.5 star book that I would encourage all Amish and historical lovers to try. It’s a story filled with God’s love and grace, a story of hope and forgiveness, and a story of longing. Ms. Drexler is a talented author and I’ll be looking forward to reading more of her work!

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Jun 30
TLC Blog Tour Review: The Cottage At Firefly Lake by Jen Gilfoy

TLC Blog Tour Review: The Cottage At Firefly Lake by Jen Gilfoy

My Thoughts Jen Gilroy is new to me author. I really enjoyed getting to know her characters through this fun summer time read. It was captivating, moving, and the characters made a home in my heart for good! This first book in Ms. Gilroy’s Firefly Lake series is a wonderful one. This story is one of hope, longing, forgiveness and second chance at love. The emotions of Charlie and Sean can be felt as if they are the reader’s own. I love when a book can do that! Each character brought something new to the story, each page turn, capturing me just a little more! If you love a book filled with amazing characters and a plot that will sweep you away, then this is the book for you. However, I can’t give this a full on 4 or 5 star review like I wish to. There is some language(not through the entire book but more than once or twice) and a few scenes that you don’t find in a clean read, but the over all story itself, with the wonderfully portrayed characters and the messages of hope and forgiveness can pull the reader in despite the issues, leaving me… Read more »

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Jun 28
Revell Reads Blog Tour Review: Freedom’s Price by Christine Johnson

Revell Reads Blog Tour Review: Freedom’s Price by Christine Johnson

My Thoughts I’m new to Ms. Johnson’s work, but I won’t be for long! I truly enjoyed this beautifully written novel. It’s the 3rd book in her Keys Of Promise series, but it was still highly enjoyable, despite not reading the first two books. In this novel, Ms. Johnson weaves the perfect combination of faith, hope, and love, along with beautifully depicted historical elements. I was instantly captivated from page one and this book took me on a whirl wind ride until the end. Catherine and Tom both stole my heart for the long run, and I loved following their story! Ms. Johnson created a story well worth 4 stars, for sure! This is a quick, beautiful read and I am already anxious for more! I can’t wait to go back and read the first two books in this wonderful series, and I look forward to adding Ms. Johnson among my favorite authors list! Well done, and bring on the next!

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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 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 17
BookTrib Blog Tour Review: Their Pretend Amish Courtship by Patricia Davids

BookTrib Blog Tour Review: Their Pretend Amish Courtship by Patricia Davids

Patricia Davids’ Movie Star Cast What writer doesn’t dream of seeing their favorite actor and actress playing the hero and heroine of their novel in a movie? I like movies but I love books because a well-written book takes you inside the mind and emotions of the character. You feel what they feel. Great actors can portray those emotions but for me an important part of the story is missing when a book is turned into a movie. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have one of my books on the big screen. Yes, please! So, who do I want to see playing Fannie Erb and Noah Bowman? I’d want Karen Gillan to play Fannie. Karen has the red hair, the spunk, and the infectious smile that comes to mind when I think of Fannie. She is a very talented actress and I think she could bring an honest depth to the role. I have no idea if she rides horses or can drive a buggy. That would be a must-have skill to play Fannie’s role. Who should play Noah? That requires a little more thought. After careful consideration, and the joy of browsing through dozens of photos and… 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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