Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Reluctant Brides Collection – 6 Historical Stories of Love that Takes Persuasion by Rosey Dow; Cathy Marie Hake; Susannah Hayden; Yvonne Legman; Collen L. Reece; Janet Spaeth


The Reluctant Brides Collection – 6 Historical Stories of Love that Takes Persuasion by Rosey Dow; Cathy Marie Hake; Susannah Hayden; Yvonne Legman; Collen L. Reece; Janet Spaeth
Christian Historical Romance

I so enjoyed reading these stories of women who were put into the position of mail order bride, in this Christian historical romance collection of stories.  Each one was well written and an easy enjoyable read.  They were well thought out, well researched, and fun to read.  Each story was very different than the last as each was written by a different author.  If you like this type of romance, these stories will transport you to a different time and place.

I received this collection of stories from NetGalley.  I willingly am writing a review as I believe these stories are well written enjoyable and wish to help the authors by writing a review in my own words.  #TheReluctantBridesCollection #NetGalley.

Description
Six Historical Stories of Love That Takes Persuasion

Take an adventurous ride along on the bumpy trail to love as six independent women of yesteryear are cautiously courted into matrimony by men, they have both intrigued and hurt. Will troubles douse the sparks of love before anyone can become a bride?

An Unexpected Surprise by Rosey Dow, a writer and motivational speaker from Delaware.
Angie McDonald has placed an ad for a mail-order bride—for her widowed brother-in-law and his motherless daughter. But when the beautiful Saundra arrives, Angie wonders if she’s made a mistake and woven a very tangled web. When will Angie learn to leave matters in the hand of God?

Ribbon of Gold by Cathy Marie Hake, a retired nurse and bestselling author from Southern California.
Carter Steadman recently inherited ownership of the Steadman Mills. He is shamed when Isabel Shelly, one of his workers, boldly informs him of the inhuman working conditions at his mill. Carter is inexplicably drawn to this woman who has so little, yet gives so much. Her mere presence is forcing him to make a decision beyond his wildest imaginings.

Light Beckons the Dawn by Susannah Hayden, a writer and editor from Colorado.
Percy Morgan has hidden her past and stifled her future with a gruff exterior and immersed herself in work at a remote lumber camp. Faced with friendships offered by the few women in camp and the attentions of the camp doctor, Percy must decide if she can take a risk and reopen the pain of the past so that healing can begin.

Reluctant Schoolmarm by Yvonne Lehman, a multi-published author and writers’ conference speaker from North Carolina.
When Christa Walsh steps off a train in the backwoods of  North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and reluctantly into the role of teacher, she finds the job more rewarding than she expected, winning the hearts of the children—and along the way, warming the heart of the man whose deception landed her the position.

School Bells and Wedding Bells by Colleen L. Reece, an author from Washington state with over six million books in print.

Freshly jilted and ready to take on the world, Meredith Rose Macrae enters an isolated Idaho hamlet with the force of a tornado. Neither she nor Last Chance will ever be the same. And Brit Farley, rugged head of the local school board, faces the challenge of exchanging the new teacher’s school bells for wedding bells.

Rose Kelly by Janet Spaeth, a bestselling author from North Dakota.
Rose believes a woman can do any job just as well as a man. But moving to Dakota Territory for six months to write articles on the homesteaders, she suddenly realizes that she may have taken on more than she can handle when trampling upon Eric Johansen private past
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Jenna - The Outback Brides of Wirralong - by Barbara Hannay - 5 Stars


I thoroughly enjoyed this book I read it in one day!  I could just feel the sparks flying between Jenna and Sam Twist.  A great romance that has of course many obstacles, just written so real, no explicit sex, yet you can almost feel the sparks flying between the two people as you read about their interaction with each other.  I really enjoyed this book!

I received this book through NetGalley.  The review is my own as I enjoyed the book and want to assist the author in promoting her book because I enjoyed it so much.  I received it in a kindle format. #Jenna #NetGalley.


Description
Can she keep a safe distance? Jenna Matthews is a city girl, no question. Despite a childhood spent in the Outback, she’s committed to her fast-paced life and the competitive world of corporate law. When her best friend asks her to be bridesmaid, Jenna finds herself in Wirralong and wildly attracted to the best man. A fling? Why not? Dangerously sexy Sam Twist runs his vast family sheep property and is as keen as Jenna to keep their relationship at fling status. Then the authorities turn up on his door step and Jenna jumps in to help despite Sam’s protests. She soon learns that after years of drought, there are others in the district who need her skills. Her dilemma? Spending too much time around Sam is perilous. He could rob a girl of her heart.

Window On The Bay by Debbie Macomber – 5 Stars! A very real romance times two!


Window On The Bay by Debbie Macomber – 5 Stars!  A very real romance times two!

I think this was my favorite book of Debbie Macombers!  A clean romance with adults who have grown children.  Two friends find very different men when they really aren’t looking for them.  They have been divorced for a while and dating really isn’t something they are looking forward to.  They want to finally book that trip to Paris they’ve been planning for years and years.  It was just fun to read about the men and women coming together with so many mistakes on each side.  Very real and very interesting!

I received a kindle format of this book to read and review from NetGalley.com.  My review is totally my opinion which I do willingly to help authors if I like the books!  #WindowOnTheBay #NetGalley

Description
When a single mom becomes an empty nester, she spreads her wings to rediscover herself—and her passions—in this heartwarming novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
 
Jenna Boltz’s life is at a crossroads. After a messy divorce from her surgeon husband nearly twenty years ago, she raised her two children on her own, juggling motherhood with her beloved job as a Seattle intensive-care nurse. Now that Paul and Allie have gone to college and moved out, Jenna can’t help but wonder what her future holds.

Her best friend, Maureen, is excited for Jenna’s newfound independence. Now is the perfect time to finally book the trip to Paris they’ve been dreaming of since their college days. But when it comes to life’s other great adventure—dating—Jenna still isn’t sure she’s ready to let love in . . . until an unexpected encounter begins to change her mind.

When Jenna’s elderly mother breaks her hip, Dr. Rowan Lancaster saves the day. Despite his silent, stoic exterior, Rowan is immediately smitten with Jenna. And even though Jenna is hesitant about becoming involved with another surgeon, she has to admit that she’s more than a little intrigued. But when Jenna’s children approach her with shocking news, she realizes that she needs to have faith in love and embrace the unexpected—before the life she has always dreamed of passes her by.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Royal Nanny by Karen Harper – A Goodreads Author – 4 Stars.




I so enjoyed this book. I did not realize when I first started the book that I would learn so much about the background of the royal family.  The book was well written and an easy read.  this was about a nanny who came into service for the royal family and was nanny to all of the children, though most protective and took care of Johnnie the longest as he had seizures and since his Mother and Father didn't seem to spend much time with him or understand the illness.  The older children when they got to a certain age were sent off to boarding school and then military school or service.  This Nanny was not at wanting to give Johnnie up to be sent away. She spent so much time with him that she felt as if this child were her own as protective as she was of him.  She lived in worry that the King would send him away.  She had fallen in love with the groundskeeper Chad who at one point asked her to marry him when his wife died. She refused as she said she couldn't leave the children they needed her so.
She comes to regret not agreeing to marry him, but also still wants to take care of Johnnie.  I wasn't sure how this was all going to work out, would she be able to marry him, would she be able to keep Johnnie.....and what would happen when WWII broke out?  It was really an interesting read for me and I would recommend this one!
I believe I won this book from a Good Reads author.  They are always given on the hopes that one would enjoy it enough to write a review which I have above. I did enjoy the book immensely!
Description as found on Good Reads:
Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain’s royal family—a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes.

April, 1897: A young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. She is excited, exhausted—and about to meet royalty. . . .

So begins the unforgettable story of Charlotte Bill, who would care for a generation of royals as their parents never could. Neither Charlotte—LaLa, as her charges dub her—nor anyone else can predict that eldest sons David and Bertie will each one day be king. LaLa knows only that these children, and the four who swiftly follow, need her steadfast loyalty and unconditional affection.

But the greatest impact on Charlotte’s life is made by a mere bud on the family tree: a misunderstood soul who will one day be known as the Lost Prince. Young Prince John needs all of Lala’s love—the kind of love his parents won’t…or can’t…show him.

From Britain’s old wealth to the glittering excesses of Tsarist Russia; from country cottages to royal yachts, and from nursery to ballroom, Charlotte Bill witnesses history. The Royal Nanny is a seamless blend of fact and fiction—an intensely intimate, yet epic tale spanning decades, continents, and divides that only love can cross.
 

This Treacherous Journey (Heart Of The Mountain #1) Misty M. Beller - 5 Stars



I really liked this book.  It had much action and romance, and a bit of mystery.  It was well written.  It was spiritual. It’s based in the old west with Indians and men who are men.  It was a fairly quick read and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen on the next page.  I can’t say that about every book I read but a lot of the books I’ve been getting lately have been excellent in different ways.  It’s refreshing to have a stack of books to read that are all so different and all so excellent. 

I received this book from the author and BookFunnel.  The hope is always that I’ll write a review for the book to help the author and publisher which of course I am as you see it above.  I got the book in the MOBI format so I could read it on my paperwhite kindle.  Thank you #MistyMBeller #ThisTreacherousJourney #BookFunnel the next book in this series has just come out on Amazon for anyone who wants to continue to read the stories from MistyMBeller.

I found the description for this book on Good Reads:
Widowed and with child, Emma Malcom is fleeing from the reward offered for her arrest. She’s innocent of the dirty dealings her deceased husband orchestrated, but the angry townspeople didn’t stop to listen to her defense before she narrowly escaped with her life. Now, she and her twin brother, Joseph, must battle the mountain wilderness of the Rockies to reach Canada and the clean start she craves. But when a fall from the rocky cliff leaves Joseph wounded and weak, could the strange mountain man they encounter be God’s gift to see them to safety?

Simeon Grant makes bad choices. His deceased wife and twin babies are lost to him now because of his reckless decisions, and the penance he pays by living alone in this mountain wilderness is only a small piece of what he thinks he deserves. When a city woman, heavy with child, appears on his doorstep with her injured brother, her presence resurrects the memories he’s worked so hard to forget. And when she asks for his help to travel deeper into the mountain country, he can’t help wonder why God would force him to relive the same mistakes he’s already suffered through. Or maybe taking these two to safety could be the way to redeem himself.

But when their travels prove more treacherous than he imagined, Simeon finds himself pressing the limits of his ability to keep Emma and her brother safe. Can he overcome the past that haunts him to be the man she needs? Will Emma break through the walls around Simeon’s heart before it’s too late, or will the dangers of these mountains be the end of them all?

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson - I gave it a fabulous five stars!




A unputdownable work that holds real cultural significance. (Sara Guens quote, author). I couldn’t have said it better!! It tells the story of Cussy Carter, the last blue skinned living female of the rare Blue People ancestry.  This lonely woman, decided to join the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian.  The year is 1936.  The people of Troublesome Creek don’t understand why someone would be dark blue, and they are (many of them) very uncomfortable being around Cussy because of it.  There is much prejudice during that time when it came to “coloreds” and Cussy is thrown into that group even though she isn’t black.  The book is so very interesting, a quick read, very informative before it is over as to what caused the blue people to end up that way.  The book is also interesting in that Cussy goes to such means to bring books to the hill people, her days riding her mule who likes to bite men and many ways cause Cussy problems is a fun read.  Cussy was forced to marry a man much older than her but luckily after he beat the crap out of her, he died.  She was left with only the mule and darn it she was going to keep it.  Anyone who has interest in books, the Appalachian people, or the reason there do exist blue people should pick up this book and read it. You won’t be able to put it down until you finish it.  I loved this book!  Pick It up it’s different than anything I’ve read in a very long while and it is thoroughly entertaining and written in a very knowledgeable way!
I won this book through BookReporter.com. I’m doing this review of my own volition hoping it will help the author and the publishing house.  I loved the book as you can see from my comments above!
#TheBookWomanofTroublesomeCreek #Bookreporter.com #KimMicheleRichardson

Description as found on Good Reads:
In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.

Along her dangerous route, Cussy, known to the mountain folk as Bluet, confronts those suspicious of her damselfly-blue skin and the government's new book program. She befriends hardscrabble and complex fellow Kentuckians, and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give to those who have nothing, a bookly respite, a fleeting retreat to faraway lands.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a powerful message about how the written word affects people--a story of hope and heartbreak, raw courage and strength splintered with poverty and oppression, and one woman's chances beyond the darkly hollows. Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek showcases a bold and unique tale of the Pack horse Librarians in literary novels — a story of fierce strength and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere — even back home. 

The Girl From The Lighthouse – Willard Thompson – 5 Stars




Loved the book – didn’t like the ending. It seemed abrupt and not well thought out like the rest of the book. I guess it had to end somewhere.  Emma Dobbins is raised in a lighthouse by her Father, her Mother left when she was 5.  She never learned all the rules of living with others that most women just know….what they get from their Mothers.  She only attended one year of schooling and she wouldn’t do her studies there.  All she wanted to do was her drawing and her art.  When her Father died she had to leave the lighthouse.  She was headed to Paris with a companion to an Art School, her companion took ill.  She had to leave her in a hospital and go into Paris alone without being able to speak the language.  She was befriended by a young woman working at the railroad when it came in. She was only 17 then.  Although she couldn’t get into an Art School, she lost the paper her companion and written down who she was supposed to contact, so she didn’t know where to go.  The schools she tried all said only men make it into our schools.  Somehow, she learns the language and lives for a long time at the home of the gal she met at the railroad.  She has to leave them as during the outbreak of war no one has enough food or work.  She does eventually meet many of the painters who are a part of the impressionist movement.  Many want to paint her, many want her body, she just wants to paint but she does what she can to make enough money to practice her craft.  The story is well written and well researched.  Much of what happened really happened, Emma was really the only part of the story not based on fact.  The story sucks you in and you really want to finish it.  You learn a lot while following Emma through her story.  It was a really great book and I did enjoy it immensely, except for the last few paragraphs at the end.  It all though has to end somewhere.

I received this book through NetGalley.com in the ereader format.  The hope is that I’ll be willing to give the book a review which I have above and it deserved a very favorable review the book was a really good one!! #NetGalley #TheGirlFromTheLighthouse

The Girl From the Lighthouse tells the compelling story of Emma Dobbins. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she was raised by her father, a lighthouse keeper at Point Conception in California, where early on she discovers her artistic talent. At the age of 17, Emma travels to Paris with a chaperone, to attend art school but is separated from the chaperone when the chaperone becomes ill. Emma arrives alone in Paris with no money, no language skills, and no friends. A chance meeting with a young working girl in the train station becomes her first Parisian friend. The setting is Paris in the 1860s-70s, the start of the Belle poque. France soon is involved in the Franco/Prussian War and the Commune Uprising; difficult times for Emma and all Frenchmen. Initially rejected by art schools, her determination keeps her moving toward her goal in the art world, where the Impressionists are starting to change the world. Frenchmen fall in love with her beautiful face and lustrous dark hair. Some wanted to paint her, others to court her, but either way, she does not abide by the rules they try to impose on her. Emma grows into an accomplished artist but never gives up her own principles... even when someone steals something precious to her. The story is told in the first person, present tense, allowing the reader to enter the story and feel a part of it as it unfolds, sharing with Emma her highs and lows, loves and rejections, all focused in the art world of Paris. The novel is filled with vivid characters, both fictional and real people, and the story unfolds gracefully from the 1870s until 1912, just prior to the start of WWI

The Book Charmer (Dove Pond #1) by Karen Hawkins - 5 Stars!


The book winds a little magic with a little town that needed saving.  Sarah Dove is a librarian who has grown up with books talking to her.  They tell her when she needs to give someone a book, they tell her when she needs to read a book and they tell her that the new lady in town is going to save the town.  Grace Wheeler comes to town in order to help her Grandmother who lived there before and has come down with dementia.  She does a lot better when she is nearby that which is familiar from her past, it’s the present she forgets easily.  Grace sure has her hands full with her and with her niece, whom she is suddenly mothering as her sister has died from drugs.
Dove Pond desperately needs saving but the books won’t tell Sarah how Grace will save the town just that she must stay more than the year she says she staying in order to save the town.  Grace doesn’t even want to make friends, which makes Sarah’s job even harder.  Grace definitely doesn’t want to find love, but she may find that also if she opens her heart.  As she stays and works for a Mayor who only wants to go fishing, she has her hands full at work and also at home.  A magical and unforgettable story!
I received this book as a free read through NetGalley.com in the ereader format.  Of course, it deserves a review for the author and the publisher it’s a wonderful book! I think this book will do very well, thank you NetGalley! #TheBookCharmer #NetGalley #KarenHawkins

I found the description of this book on Good Reads:
New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins crafts an unforgettable story about a sleepy Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a truly magical friendship.

Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than just objects: they live, they breathe, and sometimes they even speak. When Sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.

If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community. In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book.

“A mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday” (Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author), The Book Charmer is a heartwarming story about the magic of books that feels more than a little magical itself. Prepare to fall under its 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky – 5 Stars



I did enjoy this book.  It told the story of the McAlister family who were so affected after they lost their Father and their Mother became ill and went into the hospital with pneumonia.  The younger children were sent to children’s homes, one boy Garth to the boy’s home and Katie and Grace to the girl’s home in London.  Their older sister, Laura, was away working as a lady’s maid so she could send money home regularly to help out their Mom. By the time she got word, kids were forced into the orphan’s homes and her Mom was at the Hospital and their home was locked out due to no one paying the rent so Laura couldn’t stay there or get to their belongings.  She left her job, and went in search of her sisters and brother.  Laura went about trying to find her siblings, at risk of costing her the job she had, and found the orphan’s home wouldn’t let her see her siblings that she had no say over what happened to them if she wasn’t married or had no legal papers.  Orphan’s at that time were sent often by boat into Canada by the hundreds, where they were sold into homes to work as household staff or farm laborers.  Whether they were truly orphans or not in some cases.  This book is about Laura’s trip across the ocean after visiting the homes and finding her siblings are gone.
Andrew Frasier who is working as an attorney, but is due to inherit the home Laura was working at, and they kind of form an alliance to find her family but at the same time Andrew is looking for the truth, are these children who are sent to orphanages or on to Canada, are they treated well and are they truly better off in the homes they find for them…are they even truly orphans in the first place all of them.  He’s willing to help Laura as much as he can.  The entire book is also about their relationship to each other as they are searching for these children and checking on others who have been placed.  This book also is a lot about Laura’s relationship with God and how he helps her in the rough times.  It is a book that could be easily read in just a day or two. I tried to make it last.  I read so many kindle books and love to have books that I can hold in my hands.  The book was very interesting as the back drop the stories of orphans or children whose parents fall on hard times were truly forced into working for their livelihoods until 18 and many were not treated well in the homes, they were placed in.  There were hundreds that were placed against their will as that was a common practice back then.  The author spent a lot of time obviously reading up on the history of this subject before she tackled this book.  She did a fabulous job telling their stories through this book.  I think it was very well written and very interesting.
I received this book as I was put on the review team for this book through the publishing house Waterbrook & Multnomah and was asked to read the book and to publish an honest review which I have.  #NoOceanTooWide #CarrieTuransky #Waterbrook&Multnomah
Description as found on Good Reads: Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth?

After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.

Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more?

Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Where Hope Begins by Catherine West - A Beautiful Messy Complicated Love Story 5 Stars!



This is a love story, a complicated messy, love story.  Savannah Barrington founds out her husband of over 20 years wishes to leave her for someone else and she is so broken.  It’s been twenty years and she didn’t see it coming.  She and her husband had lost a child and their marriage just kind of fell apart.  She kept moving as though nothing was wrong but she was shutting her husband out as if he wasn’t hurting also.  Eventually he turns to someone else.
She runs away to her parent’s lake house in the Berkshires.  There is an old woman who is very wise and her son and grand daughter whose laughter leaves her shaken at first.  She finds herself drawn towards the son, but he isn’t someone who can have anyone in his life.   She finds out her husband doesn’t want to give up, he decides he wants to fight for her marriage.  Savannah has a lot of grief and wrestling with her feelings about God, while she works in an old greenhouse with her neighbor and visits the towns old book store.  She finds eventually that she may have to forgive the unforgivable. 
This book is about someone whose life is messy and complicated in nature and is really a great read. I received this book through NetGalley.com, and am writing this review as I really enjoyed reading this book.  It gave me a lot to think about myself and I truly loved the book.
I gave it five stars.  #WhereHopeBegins #NetGalley
Description as found on NetGalley:
Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .
Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.
But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.
Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations.


Ways to Win Books To Read / Reviews of Books I've Won!: Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn – 5 Stars – This b...

Ways to Win Books To Read / Reviews of Books I've Won!: Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn – 5 Stars – This b...: Jennalyn meets the main character Emily Winslow at the grocery store and invites her over to a luncheon she puts together with other fri...

Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn – 5 Stars – This book is an inspiration!



Jennalyn meets the main character Emily Winslow at the grocery store and invites her over to a luncheon she puts together with other friends, some are new to the group, they all meet about once a month to discuss whatever is on their mind that day.  Usually they are connecting with one another as they do have similar problems within their lives, and they find themselves connecting with God at the same time.  This group of “Haven Makers” discover friendships and joy in creating the families they all wish to create.  Emily has a husband Trevor and a daughter Audra.  They move from living with his parents in North Carolina, to California as Trevor is given a car lot by his Uncle.  He has goals he wishes to meet, so that he can provide for his family, and has trouble hitting those goals.  He and Emily struggle within their family as his family keeps upping the stakes in offers of help so that they will return.  They are very positive that this was to be only a temporary move.  Emily and Trevor didn’t have the same thing in mind.  They struggle to decide if California will be their forever home or not.  They struggle with their trust in faith in God and in their marriage.  The book was really well written and the characters were really well thought out.  Emily’s insecurity’s in making friends in her new city was something that I had struggled with myself when I made a move in the first year of my marriage.  I think this book has something in it for everyone to connect with, and I will be looking forward to reading some other books written by Robin Jones Gunn.  This book is truly an inspiration.

I received this book due to becoming a part of the WaterBrook & Multnomah "Launch Team".  I’m encouraged to post a review on their Facebook page for the book which I will be doing today with this review.  I found this book truly inspirational!  I gave it five stars!!  #BecomingUs #RobinJonesGunn

Description as found on GoodReads.com: From the author of the best-selling Christy Miller and SisterChicks series comes a new book of community, friendship, and circling the hard things of life with God and loved ones around a table.

Five young moms, including beloved Gunn character Christy Miller, gather to share meals and soon become unlikely best friends. The regular gatherings provide opportunities for the women to reveal their stories, and those life stories endear them to each other. They experience their lives naturally meshing as they raise their children together in community. In Becoming Us the group find ways to challenge, encourage, and help each other become the nurturing mothers they wished they'd had when they were growing up. They unite to be remembered for what they do as moms and not for what was done to them




Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Nothing But Trouble by Amy Andrews - 5 Stars!


Nothing But Trouble by Amy Andrews
This was quite the love story.  It hit Cecilia Morgan (long before it hit her boss Wade Carter) but worked she for him cleaning up his messes running at two am for things, being at his beck and call as his personal assistant.  He was self-centered and took her for granted.  When he decided he was going back to his home town to write the book about his life, she sure didn’t want to go.  She had decided to end her employment with him, but his Father’s health faded and he had to go back home and help with the farm.  For Wade’s Father CC decided she would stay, for a while.  When she gave Wade notice, her bombshell hit him like a bomb.  He couldn’t quite wrap his head around her telling him no, she is the only one who ever had.  He got her back to his home in Credence Colorado and the bickering really started, they were like an old married couple.  He finally figured out he didn’t want her leaving.  So when she does how does he get her back?  Do something she’ll never see coming!
This is quite the yarn, a well-played dance between the two, before they both realize they are in love with the other.  Will he be too late?  You’ll have to read the book. It is really a good read!

I received this book through Netgalley.com on the hopes that I would write a favorable review for the author which I am as I truly enjoyed this book.  Pick it up you’ll be happy that you did!  I have a new author that I will look for future books from!
#NothingButTrouble #Netgalley

Description as found on Netgalley.com:
For five years, Cecilia Morgan’s entire existence has revolved around playing personal assistant to self-centered former NFL quarterback Wade Carter. But just when she finally gives her notice, his father’s health fails, and Wade whisks her back to his hometown. CC will stay for his dad—for now—even if that means ignoring how sexy her boss is starting to look in his Wranglers.
To say CC’s notice is a bombshell is an insult to bombs. Wade can’t imagine his life without his “left tackle.” She’s the only person who can tell him “no” and strangely, it’s his favorite quality. He’ll do anything to keep her from leaving, even if it means playing dirty and dragging her back to Credence, Colorado, with him.
But now they’re living under the same roof, getting involved in small-town politics, and bickering like an old married couple. Suddenly, five years of fighting is starting to feel a whole lot like foreplay. What’s a quarterback to do when he realizes he might be falling for his “left tackle”? Throw a Hail Mary she’ll never see coming, of course.
Advance Praise
"It's got a Jill Shalvis/SEP vibe and I had a smile on my face all the way through. Loved every minute.” –USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader
“This is just heaven from start to finish...” - Bananas are Tricky
“Straight up, Nothing But Trouble is a feel good, family centered, hometown romance with a golden cast that I just can't get enough of.” - Tome Tender
“The family, the town, and the side romance are just magnificent.” - Crystal Perkins, author of Gaming for Love
“Nothing But Trouble by Amy Andrews is another fabulous read with standout characters who grab your attention in this not to be missed novel for your reading list.” –Talking Books
“The chemistry between CC and Wade was explosive and you could feel it coming off your kindle.” - Stacy J., Goodreads review 


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon – 5 Stars!!



I loved this book!  It was a great read.  I loved that she time travels in Ireland back in time, and how her knowing things that are going to happen in the future of Ireland and her family members really endangers her life!  Will she be able to live happily in the past, or will she somehow revert back to the future at any time.  That’s the real question after she gets there and finds that she is happy and wants to stay!  This book was a little slow for me starting up, but I was coming down with something and kept laying it down.  I was reading when I couldn’t sleep….then falling asleep.  Today I got to a certain part in the book and then I couldn’t put the book down, I am still not feeling great but I don’t want to stop reading this book until I get to the end.  The author did such a great job writing this story, her historical study of the characters and weaving Irelands real history into the story of the political upheaval of the times she just did such a great job at keeping me interested in it and I was really invested in the characters and had to find out how things were going to work out for all of them and how she was going to wrap up the ending which she did splendidly!!  Loved the ending!

I believe I received this book through Good Reads from either the author or the publisher on the premise if I like it I may post a review. I did and am doing that here!  I gave it five stars!

Here is the description of the book as found on Good Reads:
In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.

The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.

As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton – 5 Stars!



This was a really good read.  It keeps you guessing from the beginning to the end. I kept wondering….why am I still reading this where is this going.  The main character is a pretty sick girl.  She was bullied at a girls school which impacted her greatly.  She has this boyfriend who is a pilot and she is so eager to get married that she really pushes him until he asks her to move out.  She then finds herself a job as a flight attendant and spies on him constantly. She knows all of his passwords, she stalks him on social media, she plans constantly for the future, she is going to let him have his space and then move in for the long term and plans on him taking her back and marrying her…..
This was the ultimate catfishing game with only one person being the victim she goes after.  I just couldn’t believe how far she would go in order to get her crazy wishes and in the end there is the greatest surprise to the ending.  I would describe this book as being unusual, riveting, creepy, twisted, well planned, catfishing to the infinity!! 

I received this book through a drawing on Good Reads it was sent by the publisher or the author on the premise that I may enjoy it enough to offer up an opinion, a recommendation, of which I am, have here in my own words and give 5 stars!

Description as found on Good Reads:
YOU’VE NEVER READ A LOVE STORY AS TWISTED AS THIS.

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella (Goodreads Author) 4 Stars!




Cute book. Kept my interest.  A good rule to learn people are not always who they say they are.  Fixie Farr works for her family’s business, and has been in love with Ryan her brothers’ friend for years.  She thinks he might be the “one” even though he leaves her behind and goes to Hollywood.  She meets a really nice young man in a coffee shop, when she minds his laptop while he takes a call and the roof collapses due to water damage on top of his laptop, where his entire business is held.  He writes her an “IOU” that she thinks of as a joke until she decides to use it to help Ryan when he comes back to town and says he’s broke.  This book has a really interesting story along with quite a few “lessons” that anyone should realize when reading is the backbone of the story.  I did enjoy it, I give it 4 Stars and recommend it for light reading to anyone loving these types of stories….

I received this book from the author, Goodreads and the promotional people, in hopes that I would like it and give it an honest review which I’ve done.  The thoughts above are my own.  #GoodReads #IOweYouOne #SophieKinsella

Description from Good Reads:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants? 
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Once A Midwife (Hope River #3) by Patricia Harman – 5 strong points



What a great book.  So very interesting.  It’s about Patience Hester a midwife who has a practice during the beginning of World War II.  Her husband is a conscientious objector but won’t register for the draft as one.  He served during World War I and he absolutely doesn’t want to kill anyone.  He puts his family in a very uncomfortable position as he an be jailed for this.  Bitsy, Patience’s old friend comes back to Hope River and she helps a lot with the midwife business and supports her friend.  Bitsy happens to be African American.  She brings a young man with her who she treats as her son.  She does get a job in the factory that makes things for the war, falls in love with the boss who happens to be white and that’s another problem because they wish to marry.  That in many states is illegal.  The story was very interesting from the beginning to the end.  I found the book enthralling and a fast read.  I loved the book.  I have never read the other books in this series and that didn’t keep me from enjoying this book.  I do hope at some point to read the others.  Great book!

I receive the book from Good Reads and the publisher as promotional material for which I’m publishing this review which is my own opinion.

Description as Found On Good Reads:
Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman’s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II.

The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around. But though the Great Depression is behind them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war…and it can only be a matter of time before the U.S. enters the fray.

And while some are eager to join the fight, Patience’s husband, Daniel, is not. Daniel is a patriot—but he saw too much bloodshed during the First World War, and has vowed never to take up arms again.

His stance leaves Patience and their four children vulnerable—to the neighbors who might judge them, and to the government, who imprison Daniel for his beliefs.

Patience must support their family and fight for her husband’s release despite her own misgivings. And with need greater than ever, she must also keep her practice running during this tumultuous time…relying on generous friends, like Bitsy, who has returned to Hope River, stalwart neighbors, and her own indomitable strength to see them all through

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris – 5 Stars!!



I’ve never read anything by this author.  I will in the future.  This book was one that grabbed me from the first page.  I couldn’t put it down, I carried it around from room to room and finished it quickly.  I loved the story, it wasn’t a pleasant story of course because of the subject matter, but Heather Morris did her best with the historical background.  She drew me in and kept me captive till the last page.  If you have read stories about Auschwitz, or not, this story stands out from the rest.  As soon as I saw the cover of the book, I knew I wanted to read it.  I’m so glad that I did.  It was a captivating, moving story. I recommend it highly!
I bought this book from Costco, and thought it needed a great review so that others will pick it up and read it also.

The description of the book as found online:
The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller
This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a T├Ątowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

Year One: Chapter 1: Chronicles of The One, Book 1- by Nora Roberts – 5 Stars



This is NOT Nora Roberts usual romance.  There is romance in the book but it is not the main story, it is a thing that happens in the middle of people fighting for their lives.  This was so exciting to read…heart pumping….people dying left and right but some people living and they know not why.  They band together to fight those that are evil people who lived who like to take and destroy lives and living.  There are fairies and shape shifters and people who can just look at a candle and light it….and then bigger things.  I never thought I would like to read a book that had these types of people in them….but I was hooked.  I’m now reading book 2….no spoilers from me but it seems to be just as great.  You won’t want to put this one down and it will stay with you after the last pages.  Buy this book!  I did and it was so unexpectedly great!
I thought I would leave a review as this book was so great it needed to get the word out.  Buy it you won’t be disappointed!
Review as found online:
A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author—an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…
It began on New Year’s Eve.
The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.
Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.
As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A Season of Grace (Under Northern Skies#3) by Lauraine Snelling - 4 Stars


I love Lauraine Snellings books, at least those I’ve read so far, I know there were quite a few.  This book is a historical romance based in 1910 Minnesota.  There is also a bit of mystery as Nilda Carlson was accosted by Dreng Nygaard back in Norway, that that affects her interaction between possible suitors, she is always cautious when it comes to men.  She has a couple of suitors, but then as she is settled in a home with her younger brother having traveled from Norway, and slowly adjusting, she sees Dreng Nygaard again. He’s come from Norway and she’s afraid of him.  The author assumes you’ve read the previous two books, she doesn’t go into this book building on the past stories. She just digs in.  The book is very sweet when it comes to romance, filled with prayer and the bible, and the things that Nilda counts on to keep her safe and happy.  The book holds your interest and is easily read in a day or so, and you’ll be able to read also, about felling trees, making butter, building a home, weaving rugs, etc.  All the things they would have done in 1910 Minnesota.  I gave the book 4 stars.

I received this book through NetGalley.com and the publishers as a promotional piece.  I’m providing a review of the book of my volition.
#NetGalley.com #ASeasonOfGrace #LauraineSnelling

Description as found on NetGalley.com
In 1910 Minnesota, Nilda Carlson's dreams are coming true. Though her first few months in America were difficult, her life now resembles the images that filled her daydreams in Norway. She and her younger brother Ivar live in their own house, just a short distance from her older brother and his family. Together they work the farm and fell trees for lumber. They plan to grow a dairy herd, weave rugs out of their own wool, and make skis to sell. Everything is going right.

The only thing missing from Nilda's life is love. But though she has two suitors--a quiet schoolteacher and a handsome lumberjack--Nilda feels hesitant. A terrifying experience in Norway has made her cautious where men are concerned. When she thinks she sees the man in question, all her fears come
flooding back. Is it possible the danger has followed her across the Atlantic? If Dreng Nygaard is truly in Minnesota, all of her dreams for the future could come crashing down around her.