Monday, March 30, 2020

Just The Way You Are by Barbara Freethy - 5 Stars!




I absolutely love Barbara Freethy’s books.  She writes characters that are so well written that you are thoroughly invested in them as well as the outcome of the problems and joys in their lives as you read her books.  This book did not disappoint in fact I started reading it and never closed the book until I was finished.  Her endings leave you satisfied that you have read a book that wrapped everything up and ended the stories in the best possible way.  This book ended that way as well.  The description is shown below.  Pick this book up or any of her books, you won’t be disappointed!

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the author, the thoughts and opinions are all of my own freely given.



Description:

Take a romantic journey to Tucker's Landing, Oregon, where Sam and Alli Tucker have made a life together ... a life about to be tested by the return of the only woman who can break them up ... Alli's sister, Tessa.

A baby brought them together — and even though Alli has always loved her strong, sexy husband Sam and the life they've built together, she has decided to set him free to follow his youthful dreams. It is no longer enough for her to be wife and lover when she knows she holds so little of his heart.

Sam has always dreamed of a life away from the close-knit world of Tucker's Landing, but marriage and fatherhood ended all that. Now Sam is torn between what was and what was meant to be. He must decide if it's time to rekindle the dreams of the past ... or accept Alli, and her love, just the way she is.

Don't miss this heartwrenching tale of a man torn between two sisters , the one he loved, the one he married ...


“Barbara Freethy has crafted a beautiful and emotionally satisfying story in Just the Way You Are. I was immediately drawn into these people’s lives and was unwilling to let them go until I had finished the story. The secondary characters are compelling and perfectly compliment the emotional attachment and age-old pain that Sam and Allie have to deal with in order to decide what to do with their future. I cannot recommend this book enough – it is a lovely story that will touch your heart.” Barb’s All Romance Bookstore

Monday, March 23, 2020

Healed By Grace by Jenna Brandt – 4.5 Stars




This book isn’t long you sure can finish it in a day.  In this day and age, something that takes you to another time and place showing that people who came through a very awful war that left so many with mental problems, nightmares, PTSD even though they didn’t know what that was at the time and seeing some come through it and find love and happiness together is a refreshing read.  The book gives hope and a feeling that love with prevail.  The characters are well written, you are invested in finding out how their story ends and it is a great read as usual.  I love Jenna Brandt’s writing.  This is a book in a series which I’ve not read any other books in the series and you don’t have to either, you’ll not miss anything.


I received an ARC from the author and have written this review of my own volition and all thoughts and comments on this book are my own and given freely.

Description as found on Goodreads:

Grace Abernathy helped wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. Now that it’s over, she has to find a way to move on. Her parents think having her stay with her cousins in Myrtle Grove, South Carolina, can help her do just that. She isn’t looking for love after what she went through, but when she spends time with a returning soldier she knew from a long time ago, she wonders if he might spark a rekindling in her heart.

Wyatt Hammond was conscripted to serve in the Confedrate military. Though he only served for a few months before the war ended, the horrors he saw during that time haunt him. He isn’t sure if he can ever be happy again, until he is reunited with an old flame who has the power to heal his broken heart.

Can Grace forget her painful past? Will Wyatt be able to let go of what he went through during the war? And what will happen when the man Grace is running from, finally catches up with her

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Green Dress by Liz Tolsma – 4 Stars Christian True Crime



I did enjoy this book. It was based on true stories, with a little poetic license taken by the author.  She had to change a few things to make her story flow and have it work out the way she wanted it to.  She explains that at the end of the book. I didn’t really like the ending, it seemed abrupt to me although I don’t know how she would have written it differently.  I wasn’t sure how they would go about proving who had been making the family members sick, although I had figured out who had been doing it and how before the end of the book.  I wasn’t sure where science was at during that time period but learned exactly where things were as they proved how the family members were dying through the science.  I was amazed at how much men were able to make put women in their place still during that time period.  I just couldn’t be so submissive to men as they were then.  I guess women have come a long way. 



Description

Fiction Based on Strange, But True, History
True, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through a unique story of historical romantic suspense. Collect them all and be inspired by the hope that always finds its way even in the darkest of times.

When Harriet Peters came to Boston in 1882, the Robinson family took her in like one of their own, and Harriet became closer to Lizzie Robinson than her own siblings. Now, four years later, Lizzie is deathly sick, failing quickly just like several others in her family have done over the past few years. How can so many in one family die from the same mysterious illness? Harriet doesn’t have answers, but she is determined to help the family, bringing in a new-to-the-neighborhood doctor, Michael Wheaton.
           As Harriet and Michael close in on the answer, putting their own lives at risk, can the cause be found before anyone else dies?



I received this book through Netgalley.com as an advance reader copy in kindle format.  It was not required that I give a review.  The review I wrote were my own ideas given freely. I enjoy helping authors get the word out regarding their books.   #TheGreenDress.  #LizTolsma. #Netgalley

Friday, February 28, 2020

Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas – By Emily March – Book 2




I love to read Emily March books!  She writes great romance, that is not explicit, leaves things to the imagination and she writes characters that are really interesting, stories that have you invested in the endings, and if you wish you can find some of the characters from the previous book carried forward into the next so they are like old friends.  You can hear more about their story in the next book. Her books are complete though, if you haven’t read book one you can still read book two, each is a stand alone or a follow up.  I gave this book 4.5 Stars out of 5.


I received this advance reader copy of the book through St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley.com.  The opinions expressed are absolutely my own, freely given.  #EternitySpringsTheMcBridesofTexas #Tucker #EmilyMarch #Netgalley.com



Description

In Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas, New York Times bestselling author Emily March presents a brand new arc set in the Lone Star State that features a family-linked trilogy within the author's romantic series.

Hope springs eternal in this enchanting Texas town.

Meet Gillian Thacker. Her business: Bliss Bridal Salon. Her passion: Weddings. Her own wedding: It’s complicated. Life isn’t turning out like she’d planned. The last thing she wants is for a real-life hero to ride to her rescue when an unexpected event puts her entire future in Redemption, Texas, at risk. So what’s a broken-hearted bridal expert to do? Maybe a new set of survival skills is exactly what she needs…

Tucker McBride has been proud to call himself a U.S. Army Ranger. But now that his days of service are over, he’s decided to put his expertise to use by founding a wilderness skills training school. He sets up shop in Redemption, next to Bliss Bridal, and so begins life: Part Two. Marriage has been pretty low on his agenda, but as soon as he meets Gillian, Tucker can’t help but contemplate the ultimate challenge: Convincing the reluctant bride to take his hand and leap into the adventure of a lifetime. . .until death do they part.

“A brilliant writer you’ll love creates a world you’ll never want to leave.”—Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks; Sarah Pekkanen 5 Stars


Shay Miller is just a lonely girl in a dead-end job, feels she loves her roommate but he’s in love with someone else.  She goes to work one day and while waiting for the subway she sees a woman jump to her death!  This book is so compelling so exciting such a great psychological thriller you won’t be able to put it down.  Don’t crack it open if you don’t have the time to finish it.  There are such brilliant details that you think can’t work out but they all do; they are all wrapped up in a finish you won’t believe until you get there.  This is an absolute must read!  If I could give it more than 5 Stars I would.

I received this book as an advanced copy through Netgalley.com and all opinions are my own freely given.  #YouAreNotAlone  #GreerHendricks #SarahPekkanen #Netgalley.com

Description

One of Newsweek's Most Anticipated Books of 2020
One of SheReads Most Anticipated Books of 2020
One of PopSugar's Most Anticipated Books of 2020
One of HelloGiggles’ Most Anticipated Books of 2020
One of Marie Claire’s Best Fiction by Women in 2020
One of Woman’s Day’s Best Fiction Books Coming Out in 2020

The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling authors of THE WIFE BETWEEN US and AN ANONYMOUS GIRL return with a brand new novel of psychological suspense.

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.

Shay would die for them to like her.
She may have to.

Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter – A Bluebell Inn Romance #2 5 Stars


Actress, Mia Emerson finds herself in the midst of a breakup of her engagement, and a scandal through no fault of her own.  She needs to leave town and get away, so she goes to North Caroline to Bluebell Inn, a place her grandparents once owned and the location of the honeymoon she never canceled.  She meets Levi Bennett who runs the Inn along with his younger sisters.  She has to get everyone involved in helping her to dodge the press while she is there.  She finds there is an old journal that hints there is a rare blue diamond necklace hidden somewhere in the Inn. There are also references to her grandparents. She and the others get caught up looking for the necklace and Mia and Levi find themselves drawn to each other, as they dodge the press.

Author Denise Hunter is such a great writer she creates characters there you get to know, are invested in the outcome of the story, it moves along well and you want to finish the book and finish their story.  She writes Christian Romance that is more about the romance and not as heavy in the Christian portion.  Her character Mia discovers she needs more faith in her life. 



I received an advanced copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing through Netgalley.com and have voluntarily read and reviewed it.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  #CarolinaBreeze #DeniseHunter #NetGalley.com

Description

A jilted bride. A struggling innkeeper. And a romantic mountain getaway that changes everything.

Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina—the location of her canceled honeymoon. She wants nothing more than to hide and wait for the tabloids to die down.

Soon after her arrival at the Bluebell Inn, Mia meets Levi Bennett, who runs the inn along with his two younger sisters. Drawn to one another from the start, Mia trusts Levi to keep her location from the press, and Levi confides in Mia about the financial state of the inn—a secret he’s been keeping from his sisters.

When Mia and Levi discover an old journal that hints at a rare diamond necklace hidden in the inn, they set off on a treasure hunt to find the long-lost heirloom. What they don’t expect to surface are feelings they thought were safely locked away. Mia and Levi must decide if falling in love again is too big a risk—or if it will uncover a treasure of its own instead.
This Bluebell Inn romance takes us to a quiet North Carolina retreat that holds more secrets than i

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Englisch Daughter A Novel Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall




This book came in the mail on Saturday.  I opened the cover and started reading, until 1AM when I finished the last page.
This is the second book that I have read that was written by Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter Erin Woodsmall, and I feel as if it is their best book yet!  When there are two people discussing their feelings in the book or their response to another, it felt as if there were two voices speaking and two minds.  I learned a couple of things about myself in their hashing out the problems in the marriage between Jemima and Roy.  It’s personal but it helped me.  I loved this story and I thought it was so much more than just the usual Amish novel…. sometimes they can be fairly simple in their stories and struggles this book is absolutely not that. This book is so special, and the characters are so well developed and spiritual it’s a must read for anyone struggling with their beliefs, their marriages, or their interactions with others and their inner selves.   The description of the book is as found below.

About The Englisch Daughter:

A marriage is tested in this Old Order Amish novel of longing for renewed love and a path for forgiveness from the best-selling author of Gathering the Threads.

Old Order Amish wife and mother Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. She's set herself aside. Raising four children, she's followed all the rules and has been patient in looking forward to her time to chase a dream of her own.

But when she finds out that her life savings for pursuing that dream is gone--and her husband, Roy, has been hiding a child with another woman--her entire world is shattered. Will she be able to listen to God and love Roy's child? With so much at stake, how can she and Roy fix their relationship before their lives come crashing down?



I received the book in the mail as part of the launch for this book through Multnomah and Waterbrook.  It was sent by Penquin Random House.  “I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”



About Cindy Woodsmall:

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA bestselling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.



About Erin Woodsmall:

ERIN WOODSMALL is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade.


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Freed By Hope by Jenna Brandt – Civil War Series! Great Romance/History Read - 5 Stars


Hope and Davis were always friends as Davis’s sister is best friends with Hope.  So in seeing so much of Faith, Hope sees as much of Davis.  The relationship is in the early beginnings when the American Civil War started up and Hope’s Father came home having lost a leg as well as a son to the war.   He’s very embittered and verbally abusive, also absolutely against Hope having anything to do with Davis.  Davis really wants to join up and serve in the war although Hope and his Family are very much against it.  He doesn’t see that he’ll be able to marry Hope with her Father so against things.  This story portrayed the hardships people, soldiers and citizens alike, had to suffer due to the war.  The characters were really likeable and I enjoyed the story and the history.  It is a love story and although it is 2nd in a series, I never read the first book or thought I was missing anything by not having read the previous story.  Jenna Brandt melded the story and history together well along with romance and the story was very well written.  It can be read in a few hours and I highly recommend it!

“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

Description as shown on GoodReads:
Hope Hammond is best friends with Faith Abernathy and has grown up around her brother Davis. Recently, an attraction has surfaced between the friends. As the new relationship starts to form, problems caused by the American Civil War have reached a boiling point for the Hammond family, leaving little room for Hope to focus on love.

Davis Abernathy wants to be a soldier and fight for the Confederacy, but his family is against him joining the war effort. The only thing he wants more that serving with honor is to marry Hope, but their relationship can’t progress with her father refusing to let them be together. Frustrated, Davis makes a hasty decision that will change all their lives forever.

Can Hope’s family find a way to mend? Will Davis’s decision ruin his chance to be with Hope? And will the Civil War destroy any future the couple plans to have together?

*Author’s Note: This book was previously published under the title, Love’s Unending Grace while it was a part of Melissa Storm’s First Street Church Kindle World as well as Courted by a Soldier in The Rockwood Springs Series. Both versions were set in WWI but the book has been edited to remove references to that world and era and has been updated with new content, characters and historical information to reflect the civil war era. Names and places have been changed for historical accuracy

Pam of Babylon #1 by Suzanne Jenkins - Warning Mature Content 5 Stars!



Wow loved this book.  I have to put in a disclaimer if you are not comfortable with sexual terms in book this one is definitely not for you!  This book took me by surprise, just when I thought it couldn’t get much worse for the main character, Pam, it did and it kept coming!  Shocking is what I can say about the content of this book.  It is real though, gritty and things like this really do happen.  Although I don’t know if it is to this extent. This book turns into twenty books…..and I never have wanted to  buy or get on Kindle Unlimited any books entire series until now.  I am up to book four and it is still holding my interest and I’m still invested in the characters.   You could read any of the books out of turn and she gets you up to speed quickly without having you reread entire sequences of the prior books.  Great author.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Description as found on Good Reads:
Warning readers! Mature content.

The first in a series of 21 books.

Deemed "an intriguing first novel" by Kirkus Reviews, this poignant tale follows Pam, a beautiful Long Island housewife who learns of her husband’s dark secrets only after his sudden death

Her seemingly perfect life is shattered when her husband dies of a heart attack and she comes face to face with his lies and infidelities.

This poignant, affecting drama follows a courageous widow who confronts the horror of a destructive marriage when the people her husband left behind come to share their painful stories

Woman On The Edge by Samantha M Bailey – 5 Stars - A Great Thriller!



Wow!  This book had me from the first page.  I had to keep reading where ever I was in the house taking minutes here and there to keep reading.  This was a great thriller.  A Morgan Kincaid coming to the subway platform to wait, another woman comes up and says, “ Take my baby” she shoves the baby in her arms and then she jumps in front of the coming subway car.  I mean what more do you need to know about this book that’s enough of a hook to have you reaching for it to read until the end to find out how it ends.  I loved the book and heartily recommend this one to anyone who loves a good thriller, mystery.

I received this book through Netgalley.com to read and review if I wished to.  I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
#WomanOnTheEdge. #SamanthaMBailey. #Netgalley.com
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Description on Netgalley.com:
A moment on the subway platform changes two women’s lives forever—a debut thriller that will take your breath away.

A total stranger on the subway platform whispers, “Take my baby.”

She places her child in your arms. She says your name.

Then she jumps...

In a split second, Morgan Kincaid’s life changes forever. She’s on her way home from work when a mother begs her to take her baby, then places the infant in her arms. Before Morgan can stop her, the distraught mother jumps in front of an oncoming train.

Morgan has never seen this woman before, and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life. She also can’t understand how this woman knew her name.

The police take Morgan in for questioning. She soon learns that the woman who jumped was Nicole Markham, prominent CEO of the athletic brand Breathe. She also learns that no witness can corroborate her version of events, which means she’s just become a murder suspect.

To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically retraces the last days of Nicole’s life. Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia or was she in danger? When strange things start happening to Morgan, she suddenly realizes she might be in danger, too.

Woman on the Edge is a pulse-pounding, propulsive thriller about the lengths to which a woman will go to protect her baby—even if that means sacrificing her own life.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I've seen the end of you by W. Lee Warren, M A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know.



I’ve never read a book like this.   This book was so well written and with such honesty.  I had a lot to think about when I finished the book and it stayed in my head for days.  I’ve had to call people up and tell them they need to read it! 
The chapter Voices was so enlightening for me.  His conversation with Pastor Jo, his many conversations with Pastor Jo were so thought provoking for me.  His patient Rupert Chang and his meeting with that patient’s family following his death, that story had me reading with tears going down my face. 
This was the true story or stories from a Neurosurgeon who believes in science and believes in God, and has had his doubts regarding God.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in reading other people’s thoughts and feelings on the subject.  This from a doctor who deals with life and death on a daily basis and with all types of people.  He’s been to war; his first book was after he returned where he would operate to put men back together.

I received this book as an advanced reader copy from the publisher Penguin Random House in exchange for a review of my opinion or thoughts on the book upon reading it which I have gladly written.  I gave this book five stars and recommend this book to everyone!

Description as found on Good Reads: This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science--and between death and hope--as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Dr. W. Lee Warren, a practicing brain surgeon, assumed he knew most outcomes for people with glioblastoma, head injuries, and other health-care problems. Yet even as he tried to give patients hope, his own heart would sink as he realized, I've seen the end of you.

But it became far more personal when the acclaimed doctor experienced an unimaginable family tragedy. That's when he reached the end of himself.

Page-turning medical stories serve as the backdrop for a raw, honest look at how we can remain on solid ground when everything goes wrong and how we can find light in the darkest hours of life.

I've Seen the End of You is the rare book that offers tender empathy and tangible hope for those who are suffering. No matter what you're facing, this doesn't have to be the end. Even when nothing seems to makes sense, God can transform your circumstances and your life. And he can offer a new beginning.



Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Tycoon's Sister (Silverpines Companion Tales Book 6) By Jenna Brandt - 4 Stars



Well Jenna Brandt has done it again!  She’s written a sweet historical romance that centers around a wealthy woman suffragette who gets herself in hot water. The book was entertaining from beginning to end. I wanted to shake the female Elizabeth Holt a few times, boy was she sassy and rude, she got her comeuppance and ended up being sent out of Boston out to Silverpines, Texas.  She does not want to stay with her brother and sister-in-law and believes the time she has to stay there can’t end soon enough; she soon finds out her Aunt isn’t going to take her back in Boston. She meets George the local livery man and is rude to him but he seems to like it!  The book was a fun read all the way through and if you haven’t read any of the five books that came before this like myself, it doesn’t matter you will still enjoy this book as much as I did!

I was sent an advance reader copy from the author, and the review was written with my own words and thoughts. 

Here is the Description as found on Good Reads
She’s a women’s suffrage advocate with her own substantial wealth, he’s a livery worker saving for a future he may never get. What happens when she comes tumbling into his life?

Elizabeth Holt has her own inheritance that she wants to be in charge of, but her aunt and brother think her incapable of running her own life. When she makes one mistake in Boston, her aunt sends her to stay with her brother in Silverpines. When she arrives, she is less than happy about the situation, and she doesn’t want to be stuck in the remote town filled with strangers.

George Caldwell left his home in Rockwood Springs, Texas to chase the woman he thought he loved. After being rejected not only by her, but by a second woman he met in Silverpines, George wonders if he will ever find the right woman to love. When the uppity Elizabeth Holt gets dumped by her horse into his proverbial lap, he knows she can’t be the one, or could she?

The Girls of Pearl Harbor by Soraya M. Lane (Goodreads Author) - 5 Stars!




Loved the book. Couldn’t put it down.  The nurses stationed on Pearl Harbor were loving the island of Hawaii until war broke out and they were in the middle of taking care of soldiers.  I had never read much about the war of Pearl Harbor and found this so interesting.  The girls got moved to an area where all of the action was taking place once war actually broke out…the US were totally involved in the war.  They were in an area of Africa that was actually Mediterranean Arab country and then for a short time they went to the front lines.  The book was so well written the characters so interesting, the history so well researched as well as the surgery’s and the medical end of the war for the nurses that also was very extensively described.  I read the book in a day, I’m just slow about getting reviews up on some days.

I don’t know where this book came from, I believe it came from a contest I entered.  Either way, the review and the thoughts on the book are all my own and absolutely willingly given.  This book is absolutely a 5 star book!


Description from Good Reads:

From the bestselling author of Wives of War comes a harrowing tale of four brave young nurses whose lives change forever in the wake of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

When Grace, April, and Poppy join the US Army Nurse Corps, they see it as little more than an adventure, one made all the better by their first station: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Joined at the hip, idealistic Grace, exuberant Poppy, and brave but haunted April frolic in the sun, attending parties, flirting with the handsome soldiers, and becoming fast friends with seasoned nurse Eva. Like the Hawaiian sun, their future seems warm and bright—until the infamous morning of December 7.

Within just a few horrifying hours, their sparkling hopes turn to black rubble and ash. Now embroiled in a war they never could have imagined; they must decide what truly matters to them and face grief as they never have before. Death may await them—but so do hope and purpose. In the midst of the carnage, can they find happiness and learn to fight not just for their country’s honor but for themselves?

Friday, September 20, 2019

Cilka's Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz #2) by Heather Morris - 5 Stars!



I read The Tattooist of Auschwitz before I read this book and found both fascinating.  After I finished the book which was so well written, well researched, the people and descriptions of the camps seemed so real I have to hand it to the author she did a great job.  I read about how she traveled to camps and in writing her first book she kept coming up with information about Cilka’s life.  She wrote about her, weaving in as much truth about her life as she was able to find.  I have always been fascinated with this time period in the world and have read many books on Auschwitz, reading about the second camp in Siberia was very interesting and finding that anyone could come through all that she did in order to survive as well as find love after all that she went through was just amazing.  This book is a must read for anyone who enjoyed reading about the Tattooist of Auschwitz, or even if you haven’t.  Great read!


“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”  I received the kindle copy of this book from Netgalley.  #Cilka’sJourney.  #TheTattooistofAschwitz2. #HeatherMorris.  #Netgalley.

Description as found on GoodReads:
From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, comes the new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience.

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her.

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?

In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.

Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.


The Arrangement by Robyn Harding - 5 Stars!


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The Arrangement by Robyn Harding – 5 Stars!

Wow I loved this book. I could hardly put it down. I received a kindle version through Netgalley.com.  I did not see the ending coming. I did I knew what was supposed to happen I just didn’t see how it did happen.  The book was so interesting. The author sure did her research!  She even signed up on a web site so she could speak with some Sugar Babies.  She found out about alternate forms of Sugar Daddies such as Splenda Daddies, etc.  I won’t go into the a description of the book as it is found below.  I just want to say how well written the book was, it was totally an unputdownable, and the characters were well written.  The story was fascinating even though it was totally fiction there are actually people who do this to get by, get a Sugar Daddy to help them with their finances in exchange for favors.  If you love romance, mystery and a new world you haven’t read about before then you definitely need to pick up this book!

“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.” I received the book through NetGalley.com.  #TheArrangement. #RobynHarding. #NetGalley.

Description as found on NetGalley.com
Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy—a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favors are optional.

Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is…Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving.

So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking him: watching him at work, spying on his wife, even befriending his daughter, who is not much younger than she is. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmell – 5 Stars!



This book was about two couples who were living on an estate where they produced wine.  It was interesting to learn about the winemaking process as well as how the lives of the people who lived there were affected by the Germans during World War II.  It was well researched and historically correct I believe. I enjoyed it very much.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read stories about people living during this time.  I am not going to give a description of the book as it is shown below as found on GoodReads. 

I received this book in the mail one through a contest on Goodreads.  I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #TheWinemakersWife. #KristinHarmell. #Goodreads.


Description as found on Goodreads:
The author of the engrossing international bestseller The Room on Rue Amélie returns with a moving story set amid the champagne vineyards of northern France during the darkest days of World War II, perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.

Champagne, 1940: Inés has just married Michel, the owner of storied champagne house Maison Chauveau, when the Germans invade. As the danger mounts, Michel turns his back on his marriage to begin hiding munitions for the Résistance. Inés fears they’ll be exposed, but for Céline, half-Jewish wife of Chauveau’s chef de cave, the risk is even greater—rumors abound of Jews being shipped east to an unspeakable fate.

When Céline recklessly follows her heart in one desperate bid for happiness, and Inès makes a dangerous mistake with a Nazi collaborator, they risk the lives of those they love—and the champagne house that ties them together.

New York, 2019: Liv Kent has just lost everything when her eccentric French grandmother shows up unannounced, insisting on a trip to France. But the older woman has an ulterior motive—and a tragic, decades-old story to share. When past and present finally collide, Liv finds herself on a road to salvation that leads right to the caves of the Maison Chauveau.

The Sisters Of Summit Avenue by Lynn Cullen - 4 Stars


The Sisters Of Summit Avenue by Lynn Cullen – 4 Stars
Two sisters in this novel set in the Midwest during the Great Depression.  Each sister has something that she wishes she had, that her sister has.  Neither is truly happy.  Their Mother finds a way to bring them together after years of not seeing each other and hopes that she can restore peace between these two, but Mom has her own secrets.  One of the sisters’ husband has the infamous “sleeping sickness” which was a real thing I’d never heard of.  The other married to a doctor works as a Betty, one of the many “Betty’s” working in Betty Crocker’s test kitchen which was another thing I didn’t know was such a big deal back in the day.  The book was an interesting read, but it didn’t pull me in and keep me so interested that I couldn’t put it down.  It may have been me, I had injured my leg and was recovering while trying to read the book, picking it up and putting it down.  The book was good, historically correct, very interesting.  I did like the book!

This book was received through NetGalley.com in the kindle format. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  #TheSistersOfSummitAvenue. #Netgalley #LynnCullen.

Description
From Lynn Cullen, the bestselling author of Mrs. Poe and Twain’s End, comes a powerful novel set in the Midwest during the Great Depression, about two sisters bound together by love, duty, and pain.

Ruth has been single-handedly raising four young daughters and running her family’s Indiana farm for eight long years, ever since her husband, John, fell into a comatose state, infected by the infamous “sleeping sickness” devastating families across the country. If only she could trade places with her older sister, June, who is the envy of everyone she meets: blonde and beautiful, married to a wealthy doctor, living in a mansion in St. Paul. And June has a coveted job, too, as one of “the Bettys,” the perky recipe developers who populate General Mills’ famous Betty Crocker test kitchens. But these gilded trappings hide sorrows: she has borne no children. And the man she used to love more than anything belongs to Ruth.

When the two sisters reluctantly reunite after a long estrangement, June’s bitterness about her sister’s betrayal sets into motion a confrontation that’s been years in the making. And their mother, Dorothy, who’s brought the two of them together, has her own dark secrets, which might blow up the fragile peace she hopes to restore between her daughters.

An emotional journey of redemption, inner strength, and the ties that bind families together, for better or worse, The Sisters of Summit Avenue is a heartfelt love letter to mothers, daughters, and sisters everywhere.

Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt - 5 Stars! If You Are A Twin Or Know Some...Read This Book!


Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt!  5 Stars!!
I loved this book so very much.  This book is about a woman on a journey, one in which she is fleeing a situation which her twin sister created.  The story is about all of the people she meets along the way and how they affect her life, helping her out before sending her back on her journey, some trying to harm her and the dog she meets at the beginning who she ends up taking along with her because he won’t stay behind.  This book was heartwarming, and engrossing and the characters so well thought out.  In the end it is also about the sister and her twin she left behind, and their relationship as twins.  The book had me thinking of my own sisters who are twins, the relationship I never really understood because I am not a twin.  We lost one of my sisters a couple of years ago and I was thinking of her a lot while reading this book at one point it had me almost in tears.  I don’t need to give you the description it is shown below.  I read about the author after I finished the book, she is a twin and her Mom was a twin.  I guess you could say she understands twins far more than I. 
I can only say this book was so well written that you want cheer the woman on when things go her way and you want to grieve with her when she is having a struggle and the ending is so very well written.  If you are a dog person this story really will lift your heart also.  I loved the way the story is written around Hemingway also, and the quotes of his sprinkled through the story.  I’ve never been to the Florida Keys but feel as if I had visited them through this book.  For all of those reasons you should pick up this book and read it.  It won’t let you down!
I received this book through Netgalley.com in the kindle format. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #WishMeHome.  #NetGalley #KayBratt

Description as found on Netgalley:
In her first work of contemporary women’s fiction, bestselling author Kay Bratt draws on her own life experiences to create a raw, yet inescapably warm, novel about friendship and a wary heart’s unexpected capacity to love.  A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too much baggage. Like her twin sister, Hana, who has broken Cara’s heart one too many times. After a lifetime of family troubles, and bouncing from one foster home to another, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone—on foot.
Cara sets off to Florida to see the home of her literary hero, Ernest Hemingway, accompanied only by Hemi, the stray dog who proves to be the perfect travel companion. But the harrowing trip takes unexpected turns as strangers become friends who make her question everything, and Cara finds that as the journey unfolds, so does her life—in ways she could never imagine.



Dear Grandchild, This Is Me – A Wonderful Book To Give Any Grandparent


Preserving A Legacy:

I was part of the launch party for this book put out by: waterbrookmultnomah.
I am not a Grandmother, but I just lost my Grandmother of 104 this year. I am 60.  I was blessed to have a Grandmother who kept a journal and she borrowed my typewriter and wrote a book about her life.  I was blessed to have spent a lot of time in both of her homes, when I was young as well as the last few years before she died.  We also sat and asked her about her life and caught it all on video my Mother and I.  I had a special friend who was becoming a Grandmother for the very first time.  She knew what my Grandmother meant to me.  I told her she needed to fill this book with many memories in case she didn’t live a really long life, so that her new Grandson Caden and the children to come, would know everything about her and her family as well as her extended family. I told her to be sure to put many stories and pictures inside because it would be treasured for years to come beyond her life.  I know my husband never met his Grandparents.   I never met any Grandparents on my Fathers side.  I actually was blessed to have two Fathers and never met any parents in those families.  This book is such a present to give to your grandchildren and I can only encourage you to buy one and fill it with stories for your grandchildren for years to come. Keep adding to it.  It will be so treasured.  My Grandmother blessed me, I can only say you really need to bless your Grandchildren by purchasing this book and filling it in.  It has suggestions, questions places to put pictures or discs.  Watch the video I put on Facebook that tells about the book.  I thought it was fabulous and recommend it highly.
Here is the information that I received in an email about the launch of this great book:

About Dear Grandchild, This Is Me
Preserving a family legacy can feel like a daunting task, but this new keepsake journal makes it easy for grandparents to capture memories, wisdom, and stories in one beautiful package.

Being a grandparent is an incredibly rewarding experience. Dear Grandchild, This Is Me--designed for any grandmother or grandfather to complete--will allow grandparents to collect these priceless memories in one heartfelt keepsake.

Special Features:
  •  Built-in envelopes to stash special, private letters for specific occasions in your grandchild's future.
  •  A sheet of adhesive photo corners to adhere photographs and special memories throughout.
  •  Off-the-record questions to prompt fun stories.
  •  A family tree to track your ancestry.
  •  Space to share your favorite recipes, or those passed through the generations.
  •  A world map to showcase your travels.

Within these pages you'll find a place to answer questions that speak to a grandchild of any age from the simple questions about favorite things to deeper questions about childhood memories, identity, and faith. This book will be a tangible way to keep a loved one close at all times.
About WaterBrook
Everything Beautiful includes illustrations from nine artists, offering a variety of styles to suit the tastes of a wide audience. Featured illustrators include Holly Camp, Jennifer Tucker, Lisa Shirk, Ann-Margret Hovsepian, Katie Howe, Terra Cypher, Cari Logston, Jenny Stewart, and Laura Marshall.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Christian Auther about 9 Pioneer Couples Risk All for Love and Land! 4 Stars!


9 Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land
by Mary Connealy; Darlene Franklin; Ruth Logan Herne; Carla Gade; Pam Hillman; DiAnn Mills; Erica Vetsch; Becca Whitham; Kathleen Y'Barbo
Christian Romance
Nine compelling stories about women who end up as homestead brides.  Each story is different and all of them were well written I did enjoy them.  I’ve always loved reading about the people who lived years back and were those who built houses some made of sod, lived with almost nothing compared to what we all have today and built lives that were strong in faith and love.  These romance stories were all Christian based.  There was no strong language or hot love scenes, these are simpler stories that are sweet and easy to read.  I enjoyed each of the stories in a different way.  I’m not going to rate each story separately. I won’t describe each story as the description is detailed below as found on Netgalley.com

I received the collection through Netgalley.com in the kindle format.  I like to read books by new authors, several different genres, and I like to post my opinions on the books to be helpful to the authors, the publishing houses and to Netgalley.com.  I do also post reviews on Facebook, my blog and Amazon.  #TheHomesteadBridesCollection. #Netgalley.com.
Below are the descriptions of the books included in the collection:
Love Stakes a Claim on the Great Plains

Through nine historical romance adventures, readers will journey along with individuals who are ready to stake a claim and plant their dreams on a piece of the great American plains. While fighting land disputes, helping neighbors, and tackling the challenges of nature the homesteaders are placed in the path of other dreamers with whom romance sparks. And God has His hand in orchestrating each unique meeting.

Homestead on the Range by Mary Conneally
Widower Elle Winter meets new homesteader Colin Samuelson on the Nebraska prairie, but the attraction between them is soon dampened by the discovery that they have seven children between them. Soon their children are working against them to bring the two families together.
 
Priceless Pearl by Darlene Franklin
Rick Eady grew up knowing how to make do with little, while America Barton grew up having plenty. When they secure claims near each other in the Oklahoma Land Rush, Rick often comes to the aide of the inept Barton family and their pretty daughter.
 
Proving Up by Carla Olson Gade
Elsa Lindquist applies her scientific theories to growing trees on the Nebraska plains, intruding on a handsome homesteader’s hard work and experience. Will their dreams come to ruin, or will love prove their success?
 
Prairie Promises by Ruth Logan Herne
Jack O’Donnell storms onto the Nebraska homestead determined to take his widowed mother back East with him. But he finds her fit and determined to stay; plus she has taken a pregnant widow—rumored to be crazy—under her wing who wouldn’t survive without his mother’s help.
 
This Land Is Our Land by Pam Hillman
Caught in an early blizzard, orphan Mollie Jameson is frantic to make it to Lincoln, Nebraska, to claim land her father homesteaded six months ago. If she can’t get there in time, her family will be homeless. Then in steps a foot-loose and fancy-free cowboy willing to help them along the trail, but can they trust him to race for the land office with their deed?
 
Flaming Starr by DiAnn Mills
Starr Matthews arrives at her Texas homestead only to find it already claimed by a widower and his children, who have been praying for a mother. Starr has money, but she has no skills; while Aaron Conrad has the homesteading skills, but no money for supplies. Can they work as a team?
 
A Palace on the Plains by Erica Vetsch
Julie Farrington arrives at a Nebraska homestead as hired seamstress for an upcoming wedding. Cyrus Haskell is content being a widowed father and doesn’t need to be distracted by who he considers a high-falutin’ city girl—until a natural disaster puts her worth to the test.
 
Waiting on a Promise by Becca Whitham
Marta Vogel’s fiancé left over a year ago to claim land in Oklahoma, and she is tired of his excuses that keep her from joining him. Karl Reinhart is locked in a bitter land dispute. When Marta arrives uninvited and unannounced, her presence is more than a trifling distraction. She just may cause him to lose everything.
 
The Bogus Bride of Creed Creek by Kathleen Y'Barbo
The last thing Iz McBride expects to find when he returns home to his Texas ranch is a pregnant wife. Apparently, his pregnant wife. Yet everyone in Creed Creek seems to love Cora McBride. The only trouble is, she’s an imposter. Now Iz must decide whether to evict the woman or marry her.