Nov 17
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Ordinary Graces:Word Gifts For Any Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell and GIVEAWAY!

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Ordinary Graces:Word Gifts For Any Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell and GIVEAWAY!

Title: Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts For Any Season Publisher: Abingdon Press Publish Date: October 17, 2017 ISBN: 978-1501841828 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 272 Rating: 5 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Everyone loves to receive a gift. And God has given us many, such as his grace—the gift we don’t deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out? God’s Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage. Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God’s promises give us strength, God’s grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the “more” we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us. Would you like to receive these gifts of ordinary grace? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short… Read more »

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Nov 16
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Murder In Disguise by Donn Taylor

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Murder In Disguise by Donn Taylor

Title: Murder In Disguise Series: Preston Barclay Mysteries, #3 Publisher: Lamplighter Mysteries Publish Date: October 16, 2017 ISBN: 978-1946016263 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 312 Rating: 4 stars Purchase: Amazon ~ BN About The Book Official verdict: Suicide. But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn. While Press keeps asking questions, Mara’s research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend’s name. But can Press and Mara’s stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger…? My Thoughts This book is the first book by this… Read more »

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Nov 15
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

Title: The Gift Series: The Amish Of Hart County, #3 Publisher: Avon Inspire Publish Date: November 7, 2017 ISBN: 978-0062469144 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 272 Rating: 5 stars Purchase: Amazon ~ BN ~ Christian Book About The Book A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone. Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes. Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man…. Read more »

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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
Sunday Funday: Giving Thanks

Sunday Funday: Giving Thanks

Welcome back to Sunday Funday! This edition of the Funday is about what I am most thankful for as we are starting November. This post will be an emotional one for me, so please, if I sound like I’m rambling/blubbering in this post, it’s because I am probably ugly crying.  The first thing that I am most thankful for is my mother. She is no longer with us, having passed away completely unexpectedly in 2014, but I am thankful every day for the 32 years I was blessed to be her daughter. During those 32 years, she taught me about unconditional love, what it’s like to love Jesus and that books can be the most wonderful escape from the stress of the world. She taught me that a mother’s love is the best thing in the world, and that a mother can be more than a mother, she can be a best friend. She taught me that sometimes life is full of heartache, but with a little prayer and a lot of love it can be overcome. I’m thankful that God chose me to be her daughter and loved me enough to give me 32 of the best years of… Read more »

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