Title: The Christmas Blessing Author: Melody Carolson Publisher: Revell Publish Date: September 5,2017 ISBN: 978-0800722708 Pages: 176 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book When she receives the news in late 1944 that her baby’s father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant’s paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don’t know that she–or their grandson–exists. When Amelia discovers that the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma? Beloved author Melody Carlson pens a story of love, hardship, and reconciliation that will leave readers filled with Christmas joy. About The Author Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award… Read more »
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My Thoughts This is my first Thomas Locke book. I was very intrigued by the back of the book synopsis so I jumped on it. However, sitting down to read it, I realized it’s not the first book in a series and I need to go back and catch up on the rest. That said, this book is definitely an interesting read. Charlie and the other characters within the pages really gripped me and were chiseled well for the plot line. I enjoyed following them on this intense ride of twists and turns. I felt like I was a on a roller coaster, whirlwind ride. Definitely made for late night reading! This is phsychological thriller novels at it’s finest. If you like stories that are gripping, moving and keep you on the edge of your seat, then this is defiintely a book you won’t want to miss. Mr. Locke is talented and throws the reader a 4 star bone with this book! I am looking forward to going back and reading the other books, as well as any future books in this series. Well done, Mr. Locke!
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 »
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!
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!
My Thoughts: I’m married to my best friend. That’s what I tell people who don’t know me and want to know who my husband is. He’s my best friend. When we met, I was leery of another relationship. My first marriage was not the greatest. Too many bad things happening. I didn’t trust any guy. But, my husband patiently persisted and one day I took a leap of Faith after praying hard, and 4 years later we are still married. Do we fight? Oh Lord, do we ever! But, one thing I can say is we stay friends through it all. We work our problems out. We seek advice if we need it. We never give up. Kevin A. Thompson is an author I’d not heard of before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book, especially with it being a non fiction book. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! He takes three key aspects to making a marriage work and tells us why they work. It’s definitely something I have taken to heart and really want to work on with my husband! The way Mr. Thompson describes these aspects really make me reflect on… Read more »
My Thoughts I absolutely love Maggie Brendan and her books. She creates wonderful stories filled with beautiful characters, lots of quirks, and a plot line that will pull you in instantly. Trusting Grace is the third book in this series, but the first one that I have read. I’m so glad that I did! Grace, Robert and the children were all wonderful characters. They came to life instantly, pulling me in, capturing my heart. The interaction between Grace and Robert and Grace and the children left me smiling. The sparks that fly between Grace and Robert are endearing and I loved watching Robert come to terms with the way he feels about Grace. This is a story of anger, love, letting go and moving on. A story of learning to trust again. God works His way into the story line, leaving the reader with messages of hope and faith in the end. If you love a story that will not only warm your heart, but is filled with captivating characters, history, and hope, then look no further than this beautifully woven novel. This is worth 4 star praises and recommendations to all Christian fiction lovers. Ms. Brendan will leave you wanting… Read more »
My Thoughts: A story of redemption, second chances and characters that weasel their way into your heart to stay, Ms. Alexander’s What Hope Remembers is fantastically done. I instantly transported to Misty Willow(which, in my mind, wasn’t hard to do since I live in Willow Spring!) and settle right in for the long haul of Amy and Gabe’s story. I loved watching the story unfold and felt like I was among family. Amy, Gabe and Aunt Tess are my favorites! I loved Gabe and Aunt Tess’ characters the most! They really fit well in the story. Amy’s character was also a great fit. I loved the way Ms. Alexander chiseled her and her flaws. Watching them come to terms with their past, present and their future really took my breath away, in a good way, of course! Gabe’s not so perfect past really opened my heart to him. I can’t imagine going through what he went through, and the mama bear in me wanted to wrap him up in a big old hug! From start to finish, you’ll be completely wrapped up and taken on a whirl wind ride of hope! It is the third book in the series, yet… Read more »
My Thoughts: Holy smokes! Ms. Harris is a FABULOUS thrilling, suspense author. Her book had it all. I mean all. It had the thrills of suspense, the chilling twists, the roller coaster ups and the breath taking romance that makes up a well rounded, beautifully written romantic suspense novel. The characters within this book are perfectly chiseled. They are real-to-life and complexly portrayed in this thriller. Nikki, Erika, Tyler and the other secondary characters really pulled me into the heart of the story with them. Every fast paced move, every heart pounding scene truly came to life for me. I loved that! Ms. Harris had me on the edge of the my seat through this whole book. I read it in one intense sitting! That is how a book is written, that’s for sure. She added the perfect amount of messages from God and kept the story line flowing. This story is filled with hope and trusting in Him. You need both in today’s world! While this is not the first book in this series, it wasn’t hard to get acquainted with the characters and their stories. But, I will for sure be checking out the first two books in… Read more »
My Thoughts: When I think of Irene Hannon, I think of suspense and thrills. But, I must say that this book, really was amazing. She is absolutely wonderful in her writing styles. Her books are unique and captivating and always have a message within the pages for the readers to reflect on. I loved that! Lexie and Adam’s characters are very complex yet blended smoothly in the story line. It’s a powerful story line. Some of the issues in the story, really hit home with me as I have two teen sons who have faced some of the same issues. It’s very heart wrenching, yet Ms. Hannon’s words are inspiring. I loved being able to feel a part of the story and understanding some of the characters feelings. I loved the characters that Ms. Hannon added to the story. They all wrapped around Lexie and Adam and complimented them well! There were a few occasions I found my self chuckling out loud when the secondary characters showed up in the story. It rounded out the feels of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to all with 4 star praises! It’s filled with heart stealing characters, a plot that… Read more »