Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Christmas Angel by Tina Radcliffe

A must-read, fun-filled novella full of mystery, humor, and romance. Samantha McBride is a chef working at her family owned The Irish Pub. Judd Mason is undercover as her unemployed neighbor. Can Judd prove whether Samantha is innocent of hacking into top secret programs before she snags his heart? If it's not her, then who is it? Will she let love pass her by because of her determination to keep her large Irish family together after losing her dad and her brother?

Pick up this great story today. You'll fall in love with this large Irish family filled with humor and love. Samantha and Judd's story will have you laughing out loud and leave you feeling contented by the end, wishing you didn't have to leave this family.

Embracing the Race 40 Devotions for the Runner's Soul by Lisa Preuett

I love these devotions by Lisa Preuett. Each one has a title relating to running a race and running God's race with a relevant scripture. She talks about pacing, equipment, timing, and injuries, among many other topics. Each devotion can be read in one sitting. At the end of each devotion are three action items. Ready?-a question about the devotion you just read that relates to your personal race, Get Set.-a scripture, and Go!-a prayer to pray to help, encourage, etc relating to the devotion and scripture.

This is a great personal devotion to give you a closer walk with God. Whether you run or not, you'll enjoy these devotions as a time to get to know God and yourself.

I received a free copy from the author.

Lethal Homecoming by Lynette Eason

Callie Ainsworth is headed home to North Carolina to reunite with her family, after her stepfather dies. She is attacked before she reaches home. Who is trying to kill her and why?

Detective Nolan Tanner is determined to find out who is after Callie, but can he let go of his pain from being left behind when she left town six years ago?

This is a fast action novella for Lynette Eason's new series. The adventure, suspense, and romance will keep you turning the pages. Can Nolan keep Callie safe and convince her to stay this time?

Pick up this intriguing start to a great new series! Anyone who loves mystery, suspense, with a touch of romance will love this.

I received a free copy from the author.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

May Saves the Day Situation in St. Petersburg Book 4 by KC Frantzen

May’s adventures continue as a K9 spy. She is assigned to a cruise ship to stop an abduction. The brightest young people are gathered together to compete for an internship. Can May figure out what is going on and keep everyone safe? May Saves the Day is filled with adventure, including an underwater dive.

With her devices and gadgets, anyone who loves a mystery will enjoy this suspenseful read from a dog’s perspective. Will May come head to head with God’s plans for her life? How can you know what God wants you to do? Read along as May finds out.

This is the fourth book in the series. You don’t need to read these in order, but you get better understanding of May and how she got to where she is now in her spy career. If you love dogs and a great mystery, you’ll love this series!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Know Tiny Secrets by Latasha Fleming

The organization, Know Tiny Secrets LLC is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its goal is to get this book into as many children’s hands as possible to help children learn to speak up against sexual abuse. This book is written by a survivor of sexual abuse for young children to teach them about sexual abuse and to empower them.

This book helps children learn how to keep safe and how to talk about sexual abuse. It is geared toward young children, with pictures, simple words, and a powerful message.

Is there a young child in your life? Get them this book and teach them to be open about sexual abuse and stop it in its tracks. All children are special and unique. They need to know they can say no, and they need to know who they can trust if they need to talk to someone.

What are some signs that you are being inappropriately touched? That is talked about in this book in a way young children can understand. Let’s keep our kids safe and teach them how to be in control of their bodies. Teach them who they can trust, who they can talk to.

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N: The Shadow of the Cross by Joyce Swann

This is the second story in the futuristic young adult series N. Children of arrested Christians are targeted. Petra and Rahm are trying to keep them safe. They move their hideout to Prayer Mountain. Their location must remain secret to protect them. When someone reaches out to them for help, can they trust him to keep their location a secret?

If you were targeted as a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? This is what ran through my mind as I read this short story. Petra and Rahm put their lives on the line to keep these kids safe. If they are caught they will be killed. Would you be willing to put your life on the line as they do?

You do not need to read these in order, but you know more of the characters’ backgrounds if you do.
I cannot wait to read the next installment. This one leaves you waiting for more. What will happen if they are discovered? Who is on their side? The Shadow of the Cross will keep you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is going to happen next.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Finding Love in Last Chance, California by Miralee Ferrell

Justin Phillips is summoned by Alexia Travers’ deceased father to help her with the ranch. With three-year-old Toby in tow, Justin comes to the rescue. Can he prove he’s not a thief?

Alexia Travers doesn’t know who to trust. Someone is stealing her horses, trying to take over her land. Can she figure out what is going on before it’s too late?

Stolen horses, a man killed, missing gold. This is one story you won’t want to miss. Miralee Ferrell is a great author. I can’t wait to read more of her stories. If you like inspirational westerns, you'll love this story!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Outlaw Angel by Miralee Ferrell

Located in Sundance, Wyoming, 1800s, Outlaw Angel is an inspirational historical western romance. Angel Ramirez dresses like a boy to hide her past and find work on a ranch. Bart Hinson is determined to find her so she can’t accuse him of murder. After her uncle’s death, it’s not safe to reveal herself. She finds a job as a tracker but gets tired of hiding in boy’s clothes.

Travis Morgan hires Angel to track coyotes and mountain lions that have targeted his cattle herd. Once Travis realizes she is a woman and not a boy, can he save her from her past before it’s too late? When Angel is confronted with her past, will she choose Travis or her old life?

Loved this story and the characters. Travis’ ranch felt like home to me. I wanted to go visit and then stay. If you enjoy inspirational westerns you’ll love this story! It’s filled with action, adventure, and romance. Looking forward to reading more by this author!

Chasing the Powhatan Arrow by Michael Abraham

Michael Abraham’s latest nonfiction book, Chasing the Powhatan Arrow, takes you on a journey following the rails of the Powhatan Arrow. From Virginia, to West Virginia, to Ohio, Abraham stops at several locations along the line to talk with people about their area and what they remember from the passenger service line.

From Norfolk to Cincinnati, Abraham brings to life the stories of the railroad. How Claytor Lake was named, the story of Mary Ingles Draper, among others, Abraham takes you inside the lives of the people who lived along this route. Interspersed with the history of the Norfolk Southern line, the economic and geographic changes, and the personal histories of places along the line, Chasing the Powhatan Arrow immerses you in a time gone by.

As with Abraham’s other nonfiction books, the stories will draw you in, placing you in the midst of the towns, the locations, the people’s lives as they tell their stories. Climb aboard and start your own journey, Chasing the Powhatan.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Decoy by Joy Ohagwu

Decoy is the first book in a new Christian suspense novella series. The suspense, interwoven with faith and romance, will keep you turning the pages.
David Kings finds his father murdered and Rose is the only witness. Rose Dennison has returned to town but can’t remember what happened. Deciding to trust God in her situation, she starts praying for an answer. Hope and faith sustain her until a break comes in the case. But will the answer keep David and Rose apart? Rose learns that trusting in God’s redeeming power can turn around a difficult situation. The twists and turns in Decoy will keep you guessing until the end.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Christmas Homecoming-Sunriver Dreams Book Two by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Bailey Calderwood is taking care of Mona Belafonte after she had a stroke. It’s not in her job description, but she needs help. She juggles the interior design aspects of her job in the family business in between being a nurse, cook, and housekeeper. She struggles with thinking she’s not good enough.

Stephen Belafonte comes home early to help take care of his mother. His wife died 2 ½ years ago and he fled to France. Mona wants to fire Bailey from her assistant position and hire someone new. Stephen wants to defend Bailey after she rescued him from his accident. Can he convince his mother to keep her on in the family business? He is determined to make everyone happy. But what if what makes them happy causes him to miss what God has placed before him? Can he convince his mother Bailey’s an asset? Will his heart realize Bailey’s good for him as well?

A Christmas Homecoming is a great Christian romance. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading! Bailey and Stephen drew me in to their story. I can’t wait to read the next story in the series.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Twelve Bells by Bridgett Leslie

Speed dating-sometimes it’s just what you need to figure out what you want. Lynette Frank just experienced a bad breakup. Her sister gives her tickets to the speed dating event. This short story goes through the ins and outs of speed dating as told by Lynette. Through the process, she realizes who she is and what she’s looking for in between the twelve bells. A fun short story of hope.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Feta and Freeways by Susan Baganz

Nikolos Acton is lead singer for Specific Gravity. Tia Bartel is the band manager.

Tia tries to catch Nikolos’ attention, but he doesn’t see her, until she stops a man from attacking Niko. She is beaten, strangled, and shot.
As she’s recuperating, Niko discovers Tia’s feelings for him. As he’s taking care of her he falls in love with her. But can Tia trust him? Women flock to him at the concerts. She’s liked him for a long time. Why is he just now noticing her? Is he feeling guilty and mistaking that for love? How can she trust him with her heart after what she’s gone through?

This story is so sweet, filled with Niko and Tia learning about each other, traveling on the road with the band, and forging a relationship with God and each other.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Baron's Blunder by Susan Baganz

The Baron’s Blunder is the novella prequel to the Rose Hill Regency Romances. I loved this story! The Baron, Charles Percy, saves Lady Henrietta Allendale and her aunt from a ruffian. He spends his time escaping the clutches of women determined to capture a wealthy gentleman. But what is it about Henrietta that draws him?

Henrietta Allendale has no desire to wed as well. But when she and Charles are caught together and must wed, will they find they have more in common than they thought? The verbal sparring between Charles Percy and Henrietta is delightful and kept me turning the pages. I never knew what they were going to say next.

To find a love most true, base it on God’s word. Can Charles prove his love to Henrietta? Is Charles the one God has chosen for her? This is a must read Christian regency romance. You won’t be disappointed. A wonderful start to a great series.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Unbound Hope by Joy Ohagwu

Unbound Hope, another great story by Joy Ohagwu, is the second in the Pleasant Hearts Christian suspense series. The characters draw you into the story. The suspense keeps you turning the pages. Erica Heart, flight attendant, is fighting her past, literally. When Erica’s past becomes her present, she can trust no one but God. Can Jim earn her trust and love?

Jim Denison, a US Marshall, has set his sights on Erica, but she is holding him at arm’s length. Can he win her heart? He feels God is moving in a different direction, but will it line up with what is happening in Erica’s life?

To follow the characters’ stories, it is better to read the stories in order, but not necessary to follow this story. This is a great suspense, a story about God’s love and faithfulness, and how to follow what God has planned for our lives, even when we can’t see where He’s leading.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Medical Judgment by Richard Mabry

Medical Judgment is a must-read Christian medical thriller! When you feel your life is threatened, who can you trust? Sarah Gordon's husband and young daughter are killed in a car accident. Her garage catches on fire. Other strange things happen, targeting Sarah's life. Her husband's friend Kyle Andrews and Bill Larson, a detective, help solve the mystery, but also try to win her heart. Is one of them behind the attempts on her life? Sarah is used to taking charge in the ER, but when it comes to her personal life, it's not so easy. Can she uncover who is out to kill her before it's too late?

No matter what you are going through, God is by your side. He never leaves nor forsakes. Just reach out. He is there. Sarah struggles with her faith after everything is taken from her. Can she find her way back to God and the things He has for her? Will one of the men win her heart as they follow the clues? If you love Christian medical thrillers, you will love this story. I turned pages as fast as I could trying to figure out the twists and turns. Can't wait to read more by this author! The life struggles intermingled with faith struggles brought the characters to life and drew me in to the story.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Love to Treasure by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Nicole Davis comes to Sunriver to try to figure out a game her grandmother is playing. Even after death, her grandmother’s clues lead Nicole on an adventure as Nicole fulfills her grandmother’s last wish.
Mark Stone, bicycle cop, moves from the big city to Sunriver, a resort town, running from his past. When a burglary attempt frightens Nicole, he steps in to help solve the case.
Can Nicole and Mark learn to trust each other as they work together to figure out who is burglarizing the empty rentals? Will Mark’s faith and Nicole’s grandmother’s clues be enough to show Nicole the path she should take?

Another great story by Kimberly Rose Johnson!

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Incriminating Evidence by Rachel Dylan

Jessica Hughes is set to prosecute a major crime boss, until her star witness turns up dead. Zach Taylor is the FBI agent tasked with keeping her safe. But as the stakes get higher and Jessica's life is in danger as they move from one safe house to another, can God keep them safe from their rookie mistakes and the one out to keep Jessica silent?

Incriminating Evidence is filled with suspense and romance. Compiling the clues and trying to figure out who was behind what was going on, I didn't figure it out. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages. It was encouraging to see how Jessica and Zach's past played a part in their future and their walk with God. Can't wait to read more by this talented author.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Boden Birthright by Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy has done it again. The Boden Birthright is a novella that sets up her new series The Cimarron Legacy. Chance Boden escapes Boston with his son and no lace to be found. After Chance's wife died they stayed with her mother and father, who live in a mansion. They will do whatever it takes to turn their grandson into a proper young man.

Chance plans his escape and heads west, finally stopping in New Mexico. He starts working for Frank Chastain and his daughter Veronica. A shooting, a hasty wedding, and finding unexpected love fill this novella with page-turning anticipation. Will Chance's in-laws find his son? Who shot Frank and left him for dead? I didn't want Chance and Veronica's story to end. Chance has to work through losing his first wife, but he recognizes Veronica's worth and tells her so. I love him as the hero. I can't wait to read the rest of this series.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

In Love and War

In Love and War

Four different stories of couples who knew each other in the past put together by competitions. Overcoming past hurts and leaning on God for their future, these encouraging stories show us that God has our best in mind.

Lassoed By Love by Miralee Ferrell

Lyndsey Morgan thought she’d be working at Red Butte Resort’s gift store as an assistant manager, until she gets there and finds out she’ll be mucking stalls, with her boss being a guy from high school who’d asked her to the prom then stopped talking to her. Can she overcome her fear of horses and find true love?

Steve Graham asked Lyndsey to the prom and she turned him down. Now here she is working in his barn. Can a pampered girl and a cowboy find a future together?

Designed With Love by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Jessie Morgan enters a landscaping design competition. Her high school friend Scott is in the landscaping business as well. For some reason he stopped talking to her when she started dating the high school quarterback. They team up to win the competition, but can they put their past behind them and work together?

Hungry Hearts by Debby Mayne

Melissa Shaw owns the Spoons Diner. Cameron Prater moved back to town planning to open Chili and Chips a few doors down. They competed all through high school from student council to Valedictorian. Ten years later, nothing has changed. They agree to a truce, but with her old feelings still in place, can she be just friends with him? Who will win the challenge this time?

More Than Meets the Eye by Trish Perry

Jensy St Martin is promoted to graphic designer. She is interested in being independent rather than being in love. Phil Quinn is hired as a graphic designer as well. She hasn’t seen him since high school. Assigned to compete on a design for a customer, they end up having to work together to create an ad. Can Jensy fight the feelings she has for Phil and put behind her what she knew of Phil from high school? Is he the same bad boy or has he changed? You will love this story as Jensy finds out sometimes gossip isn’t what it appears.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Bride by Arrangement by Karen Kirst

I loved this story by Karen Kirst. The third story in the Cowboy Creek stories, this is Noah Burgess' story. Will and Daniel, Noah's friends, surprise him with a mail-order bride. They found love and happiness and want him to have the same experience, even though he is perfectly content alone. He feels his physical scars and the ones nobody can see have damaged him too much to find love. But he's never met someone as determined as Grace.

Grace Longstreet needs to get away from Chicago with her two little girls. Her husband has died and her brother-in-law is making unwanted advances and threatening her. She plans it with her cousin to go in her place and marry Noah.

Can Grace convince Noah to marry her even though she has lied about who she is and he doesn't want a wife? Will Noah realize he has fallen in love with Grace before he forces her to leave or marry someone else? Between figuring out who has forged the deeds, poisoned the cattle, and deterred the town's growth, the action keeps you turning the page. The romance between Grace and Noah will make you think about this story long after you finish the last page.

I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham

Despite the fact that Doctor Adelina Roseland doesn't like dogs and is from the city, Reese Mitchell's degree is from Virginia Tech and hers is from UVA, and that she is bound and determined to stay away from rural Appalachia, when she takes a wager to reduce Reese's Appalachianism in ten weeks to prepare him for a job interview in Chicago, will the end result be she gets the dream of her life, or will she realize dreams change? Can Reese convince Adelina her notions of Appalachia are misguided?

Adelina Roseland has her first job after acquiring her PhD, in rural Appalachia, a place she said she'd never return to. She accepts a wager from her supervisor, but will winning cause her to lose her heart? What about her dream of living in the city? Reese is having a hard time not falling for her, but he's too busy with his kids, the farm, and his brother's illness. When Adelina offers to help him with his upcoming interview, he decides he needs this job to provide income for his family. And talking better, looking better, can only help his chances of getting this job he so desperately needs.

The sparks fly when these two try working together. Humor, love, forgiveness, and realizing God's grace makes this a story I'll read over and over. Will Reese move to the big city? Can Adelina move to the country and they both get their dream come true? Or will they turn their backs on love to pursue what they've spent years striving for? A Twist of Faith is a story of letting God lead you and finding what He has in store for you. Reese and Adelina find out it may not look anything like they thought it would.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery

Even when you think you've got no where else to go, God is with you.

Breaking Free fills you with hope. No matter how bad it gets, God is there, waiting for you to turn to Him.

Christ came to set us free, free from addictions, our pasts, what other people think about us. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Put your hope in Christ and be set free. God is faithful. Matthew 11:28-29 states God will give you rest. Put your faith, hope, and assurance in him and experience the rest only he can give.

Trent Goddard struggles with alcohol and gambling. His whole life comes crumbling down around his ears. Alice sees her marriage ending, her kids won't speak to her, they lose their house, but in the midst of it all, God is there, offering hope, forgiveness, and love. Can they put their trust in God and get their life back or will they continue running? I was pulled into their lives, their struggles. Life is real. Struggles are hard. But with God on your side, you will overcome. This book filled me with hope.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey

Ever had one of those days where you feel like you've done this before? Seems like life is like that. Most days are just doing the same thing over and over, never getting different results. But what happens when one day you have the courage to do something out of routine?

Billy Coffey has done it again. This novel pulled me in from the first page. In Mattingly VA, a group of people are reliving their last day in an endless cycle. What happens when you go through life not making changes, not striving to be better? You end up like Bobby Barnes, Dorothea, Tommy, George, Laura Beth, Junior, and Juliet. Take a journey with seven people who form a family of sorts where time isn't what it seems. What if you had a second chance to make things right? Would you take it? This book caused me to stop and think about how my life affects someone else. Each person is interconnected, part of a community. Coffey's books can be read in any order.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Just Kin Texas Romance Book 6 by Caryl McAdoo

Lacey Lattimore kisses Charley Nightingale goodbye and her life changes forever. He’s going off to war and she’s finally realized she loves him. Her mother worries they’ll be forced to leave over her shenanigans, then accuses her of following after her Comanche upbringing. When the rest of Charley’s family follows the accusations, she decides to run. But where to? Charley writes back and says they should remain just kin. Her heart breaks. She decides to leave and gets caught up in partnerships, learning how to gamble. Charley is commissioned with bringing her home since it was his letter that drove her away. Can they find each other again and move past what happened while they were separated?

Just Kin is a great story that will pull you in and keep you turning pages. Can Charley find Lacey? And if he does, can they forgive each other for the things they’ve done? Another great story by Caryl McAdoo!

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sins of the Mothers Texas Romance Series Book 4 by Caryl McAdoo

A walk back in time. Caryl McAdoo’s stories just get better and better. You do not need to read this series in order, but you'll want to get to know the characters and follow their journey.

Mary Rachel Buckmeyer’s family is going to Europe. She decides to stay behind and run off with Caleb. She figures with a new name comes a new life, but she soon finds out why her family disapproves of him. In a few years when she and Caleb have lots of money her family will forgive her for running off, won’t they? But what happens when life doesn’t turn out the way you planned? Can she survive on her own, running a store out west, selling goods to the gold miners nearby?

Fear, betrayal, uncertainty, and God’s love shining through. The Lord can make all things new. No matter what’s happened in your past, what you’re going through right now, God can make it right. Life happens, but with God on your side, he makes all things new.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

An Acre of Fools by Aden James

A haunting tale of love, hope, addiction, and betrayal. Aden James portrays a true-to-life saga of what happens to a family fighting addiction, how they are drawn closer together and pulled farther apart. Peter Stewart has unwavering hope that his daughter can fight heroine and her other addictions. He stands firm in his love and hope for her, even against his other family members who have given up on her, but when Austin proves she can't fight it, Stewart must fight to hold on to his trust and belief in God. What will he do now that Austin has turned her back on him and fully embraced the life Peter never envisioned for her?

From the first page, the happiness, love, sadness, faith pull you into this family's story. Addiction is real. It affects everybody it comes in contact with. How will you respond to it? What choices will you make? You'll see them all in this book. James draws from each family member, their feelings, their thoughts, realistically portraying what could happen. An Acre of Fools is the hope and destruction of life's dreams from addiction.

Ninety percent of the profits of this book will be donated by the author to causes focused on addiction, human trafficking and family restoration.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Special Delivery Baby by Sherri Shackelford

I loved this story by Sherri Shackelford. Will Canfield and Tomasina Stone are perfect for each other, once they work through some things, like Texas Tom being a drover, and Will wanting to go into politics. With an abandoned baby in the mix, I couldn't stop reading.

Will Canfield, Noah Burgess, and Daniel Gardner found Cowboy Creek after they get out of the war. Tomasina drives a herd of cattle into Cowboy Creek. Her pa had died on the trail. Will finds an abandoned baby outside his door. The Murdoch gang instigating trouble, Will having rules in town he expects to be obeyed, and Texas Tom out to break every one of them, and abandoned baby had me laughing, crying, and cheering for the characters. I felt like I was living in this town and these were my neighbors.

Tomasina wants her past back, her life as a drover and her pa in charge. Will is looking to the future. Cowboy Creek would be the county seat and he the governor. Can Will and Tomasina come to terms on what they want out of life? Sometimes what we want most out of life isn't really what we need. This is a story you don't want to miss.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Blind-sided by God Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God by Peter Chin

Finding God's goodness in the midst of suffering. Can it be found? Or has God turned His back on you? Follow Peter Chin's journey as he follows what God has told him to do, but along the way he isn't protected from suffering. From a miscarriage, to a home break-in, to breast cancer, to termination of their health insurance, I'm sure Peter felt like Job, that God had abandoned him. But Peter found along the way, that God hadn't deserted him. He was still there. God doesn't move. We do. When we lack strength to go through things, God is right there helping us.

Blind-sided by God is Peter's story of falling in love with his wife, falling in love with God, and how to overcome when life attacks you. Along the way you will get to know Peter and his family, but you will also find God is still there in the midst of pain, hardship, disappointment, ultimate suffering, no matter what you are going through. Peter sums it up with this quote: "We are children who live in a loving and safe home but pout most wretchedly because our parents always give us what we need, and only sometimes what we want. And this is the reason that in times of trial, we are so quick to lose faith in God's love for us-we forget that his love is exhibited most clearly not through our own pleasure, but through Jesus' pain." Jesus suffered for us. He died for us. So that we might experience His love for us, regardless of what we go through.

If you are suffering through something, find someone who has gone through the same things. Band together. You are never alone. There has always been someone who has walked before you. Choose to praise God even in the midst of your suffering. God is still there. He hasn't abandoned you. He didn't stop loving you. Hold on to that. Make a choice every day to step out in faith and serve God. Remember, as Chin notes, you can count on God being right beside you in the midst of your suffering, even redeeming the most seemingly irredeemable moments.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Face to Face by Misty Wallace & Keith Blackburn with Kirk Blackard

A powerful story of redemption and forgiveness. This is the true account of Misty Wallace and the night Keith Blackburn shot her and left her for dead. Misty and Keith take turns giving their accounts of the events leading up to that night and what happened after, and how they were affected by the chain of circumstances. Their story will make you pause, laugh, cry, and wonder about the power of forgiveness and how it changes lives.

Can a victim of violence and the perpetrator find forgiveness? Face to Face examines Misty's experiences as the victim of a violent attack and what the perpetrator goes through, from being arrested, to spending time in jail, to getting released, and learning how to live again, to sharing their stories for others to see how forgiveness doesn't just affect the one forgiving, but also the one who has been forgiven.

This quote from the book captures the tone of the book: "I tried to put the bullet back in the gun. When Misty forgave me I realized I couldn't fix the past. I had to work toward changing the future. When we change our minds and thinking, we change our future." Face to Face-what happens when Misty and Keith come face to face with the night that changed their lives.

I received a free book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Uncommon Ground by Joy Ohagwu

Another great story by Joy Ohagwu! Stella Heart sees firsthand how God can move even when you're going through something and you don't know why or see no way out. God is already there.

Michael Huddleston doesn't understand God's ways, but knows He sees and watches out for us in spite of ourselves.

Putting God first, they see God move in unexpected ways. Uncommon Ground is a suspenseful Christian romance that will keep your finger on the edge of the page, turning to see what happens next.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Borrowed Boyfriend by Ginny Baird

The Borrowed Boyfriend is a fun romantic comedy about a woman who needs a boyfriend to keep her friends from setting her up during their one week get-away vacation.

Allison Murphy is spending a week at the beach with her friends, but she needs a boyfriend for the week. She owns her own company -Bella Fortuna Wine Designs- which supplies wine labels of upscale art to wine companies for their bottles. She agrees to her roommate's idea of borrowing her boyfriend to keep her friends from setting up blind dates, even though she doesn't approve of his job.

Grady O'Brien is dating Allison's roommate. He is a wine industry entrepreneur and agrees to pretend to be Allison's boyfriend for the week. His wine company buys out struggling companies and then helps them succeed. He wants Allison's company to help him go global with his wine takeovers, but how can he convince her it's a good thing when her past has proven to her takeovers are not in the best interest of the company?

This sweet romantic comedy is a must read. Allison must guard her heart as she tricks her friends into thinking she and Grady are a couple when they really aren't. When she discovers the real Grady isn't who her roommate portrayed him to be, can she keep her heart intact while playing this charade? The conflict between Grady's company takeovers, Allison's past experiences, and them getting to know each other makes for a great read. Can Grady convince Allison he has her best interest at heart? You'll have to read to find out.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Want Ad Wedding by Cheryl St. John

Daniel Gardner, Will Canfield, and Noah Burgess built Cowboy Creek. The town needed brides so they placed an ad for brides to come to their town. One of the brides, Mrs. Swann, is known by the three men. They grew up together, only back then, she was more interested in safety and security than love. Has she changed, or does she still want the same things? Why is she here? What happened to her? Why is she on the bride train? They'd lost touch when she'd married the officer she'd chosen and moved on.

Life hadn't turned out as Leah'd planned and now she is living in a small town called Cowboy Creek. It was time to start over, to get a fresh start away from everything and everyone she'd known. Until she ran into the two men she'd grown up with, Will and Daniel. Why were they reconnected now? What were they doing way out here in Cowboy Creek? Did God direct her here to find Daniel? Was he the guy for her and she hadn't known it when they were younger? She was looking for home and security. Could she find that here in Cowboy Creek? She felt she didn't have any other choice than to be a mail-order bride, but maybe God was giving her a second chance. She had no where else to go. Cowboy Creek was her and her baby's new home.

Daniel doesn't want Leah to marry just anyone. He has to watch over her. He decides to ask her to marry him to keep her safe. But will he find all that he's looking for? Or will her history with Will come between them?

Read this great book about God's love, second chances, and finding love even when you think you've run as far away as you can possibly get. God's still there, He still cares for you, and He's watching over you.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Shades of Chocolate by Cecelia Dowdy

Jason Matthews is working through his anger and loneliness after his mom dies. His father wants him to learn more about the corporate side of their baking business, instead of working in the kitchen baking. He travels, acquiring family owned bakeries. He decides to take a vacation and spends it in the town of Blue Spring.

Toni Brown owns a bakery, Shades of Chocolate, in Blue Spring. She is struggling to move on after being hurt by her fiancée. She is struggling with her faith in God. When Jason shows up just when she needs help with vandalism, can she trust Jason to be there for her? Can she learn to rely on God?

Jason is drawn to Toni. She’s been hurt, doesn’t trust God, and has been receiving threatening phone calls. Jason wants his father’s approval, which doesn’t include working in a bakery. He enjoys his time with Toni, but when he has to go back home, can they forge a future together? He wants to show her God loves her and that going through the hard times can be made easier by leaning on God.

Everybody deals with grief and anger differently. Can God heal Jason’s relationship with his father before it’s too late? Will Toni learn to lean on her faith in God when bad things happen? This book was a great read. Readers will be able to relate to the characters’ struggles and questions about God to find a closer relationship with God for themselves.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Echoes Beyond a memoir by Patsy Greenway and Christine Saunders

This is Christine and Pasty's recollection of growing up on Black Top Mountain in Virginia. It's based on a true story of their mother. From the moment Clara Bell Arnold met Patton Compton I couldn't put the book down. This book will take you back to a different time, growing up in the 1940s-60s in southwest Virginia. In fourteen years, Clara and Patton had twelve children. Echoes Beyond is a compilation of memories, what life was like on Black Top Mountain, from walking 2 miles to get to the bus stop, finding edible plants, sharing chores, and through it all, Clara's vision and faith in Jesus. Nothing was wasted, everything had a use. From daily struggles, to bullying, to adventures outside, Pasty and Christine portray a way of life not forgotten. No indoor plumbing, no electricity, children playing outside, close accidents that could have been deadly, all tell the tale of the hardships, the desperation of living on Blacktop Mountain.

Does Clara finally get away from the Mountain? Does she make a better life for herself and her children? I was drawn in by their memories, the kids at school making fun of them, the ones who would share food, the neighbors that would pitch in to help. The sight of the discarded sweet potato will stay with me. All of Christine's frustrations, anger, disappointments, are culminated in throwing that sweet potato as far as she could. You will laugh, cry, shudder, at the children's escapades as they entertain themselves in nature, not realizing the full danger, and live life the only way they know how. They didn't see how others lived, they only knew what they saw and they made the best of it. From tying a string to a June bug's leg to pitching cow patties to taking down a wasp nest, the children were never bored.

This is the story of a courageous, faith-filled woman and her family's struggle to live in southwest Virginia during a time of hardship and poverty, filled with love and hope for the future.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Touches of Time by LoRee Peery

This is another great story by LoRee Peery. A cold case, a search for God, and a new life soon to be born. From an old journal to tracking down leads, Touches of Time follows the journey of a 35-year-old unsolved case.

Ford Melcher is a cold-case investigator. The case he is working on may coincide with the truth Sarah is searching for. Can he help bring resolution to her soul as well as to her family? Will his feelings for Sarah end when he solves the case, or do his feelings go deeper than that?

Sarah Bishop is a mother-to-be searching for God and who killed her grandfather. While investigating the cold facts surrounding her grandfather’s murder 35 years ago, she just might unleash her doubts regarding a God who loves and cares for her, and bring old feelings to the surface putting her life in danger.

Can Ford keep Sarah safe while he investigates? Once Sarah realizes Ford held back important information, will she allow him to remain in her life with her unborn child? Will she find God's place in her life?

I enjoyed reading the journal entries and following the cold-case investigation from beginning to end. If you love a romantic suspenseful story, you will love Touches of Time. Walk through time with Sarah and Ford and see if you can figure out who killed her grandfather.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Lethal Action Danger in the Deep South by Rachel Dylan

Are you looking for page-turning suspense? You've found it. Small town meets big corporation in a dangerous legal battle.

Attorney Hope Finch is sent from her New York office to defend her company's client, Wakefield Corporation, in Maxwell, Georgia. Will Hope's investigative skills figure out what is going on before time runs out?

Special Agent Gabe Marino is investigating Carlos Nola who is a board member of Wakefield Corporation. Is Hope protecting Carlos or does she really not know what is going on? Can Gabe keep her safe while she is protecting her client from an attack from Cyber Future?

These two characters have great chemistry. Hope loves New York and Gabe doesn't want to leave his hometown of Maxwell. But they come together to find the truth. Will Hope and Gabe be able to work together or will Hope's determination to find the truth put her life in jeopardy? Lethal Action reminded me John Grisham novels. I can't wait to read more books by Rachel Dylan.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Island Hope by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Looking for small-island, big romance love stories? You’ve found the place. The characters become your friends and each story brings the friendships closer. Island Hope is the last book in the Wildflower B&B Romance series. You do not need to read them in order, but you will want to read them to follow the characters’ stories.

Derrick Trainor is named acting manager of Wildflower Resort and Spa while Piper is on bedrest. He’s still learning to be a single dad to his 15 year old daughter Alyssa, after his wife’s car accident and death four years ago. Allyssa is the typical teenager, beginning to drive and date. Derrick must learn how to juggle working more hours with taking care of his daughter and being there for her.

Hope Michaels is the owner of the electrical company hired to do electrical work for the resort. After being hurt, she is in hiding, from life and herself. She doesn’t let anyone get too close. When Piper dictates that Derrick oversee her work while she is out, she is livid, but then she finds out why Piper insists on it.

Can Derrick and Hope work together without stepping on each other’s toes? When Derrick has a problem with Alyssa can he turn to Hope for help? Can they work through past hurts to find a future together?

Derrick’s life is run by fear, fear of something happening to his daughter, fear of what he can’t control. Hope’s life was changed when someone close to her hurt her. She is afraid to let anyone close again. When Derrick accuses her and then pushes her out of his life, she doesn’t see how she can trust him. Can they learn to trust God with their hearts, hopes, and fears?
Island Hope is the perfect read. I read it straight through. From Derrick and Hope to the other characters, you get drawn into the story and can’t put it down.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

What Will We Do With God's Love?

John 13:35 "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." Sounds simple enough, doesn't it? As you go about your day, show some people some love. But what about those days when you are worried about paying your own bills, or stressed out over something that happened with a friend or family member, or you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with an illness? Then, it is harder to keep our eyes on God and follow His lead. We're like Peter when he stepped out of the boat and walked on the water. He was fine until he started looking around him, then he started sinking. It's the same in our lives. When everything is going great, we may even forget God is there.

I'm doing this Bible study, "Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst. This verse stopped me in my tracks and each time throughout the study when it talked about God's love, I had to pause and think about it. If we love one another, everyone will know that we are His disciple. Have you ever thought about why that is? Is there love around you? In high school when you don't quite fit in, do you feel love? Or do you feel like you don't matter, you aren't part of the in-crowd, nobody listens to what you have to say? When you come into contact with others, do you make a point of making people feel welcome, feel loved, or do you just shrug your shoulders and say oh well, I've been there, why should I step out of my comfort zone to be a friend? This study put a pang in my heart. I've experienced these things. It's made me more aware of the people around me. Shouldn't I use what God has given me and use it to share His love?

Many people feel unloved, unwanted, discouraged, let down, disheartened, have a fear of being unwanted or unaccepted. But you know what? That's not God's way. God is love. His commandments: Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied:‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” As Jesus' disciples, we must show love. There shouldn't be people feeling this way. We should be showing love toward one another that everyone feels accepted, wanted, loved, like they fit in. No one person is better than another. We should all pitch in and help each other. When you see one fall, reach down and help. Don't trample them while they're down. Be there for them, reach out in love, don't envy what someone else has. Be content with what you have, with who you are, continually striving to run the race God has set before you.

1 John 4:11-12 "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." If we are known to be disciples of Christ by our love, but so many people feel this level of despair, we are failing. I'm failing. I can use my insecurities, inadequacies, and dorkiness to reach out to others, but when the "others" don't react in the right way, it causes me to shut down and go back in my shell. I need to realize it's all about God, not my personal feelings. I love because He loved, not for what I'll get out of it, whether it's a friend, a conversation, or making someone else feel better. I show them God's love and He takes care of the rest. When God calls us to do something, we should step out in faith and do what He says. God will reward our faithfulness. What the other person does is on them. You can't withhold doing what God's said because you set up scenarios of what the other person might do. You are responsible for you and doing what God has told you to do. You can't worry or control what the other person does.

We are known whose we are by our love for one another. If love directed everything we said and did, there would be no problem with gossiping, or saying hurtful things. Do you know what love does? Love binds us together. Love makes us stronger. God's love changes things, changes us, and changes those around us. With God's love we encourage each other, lift each other up, pray for each other. We wouldn't be putting each other down, or talking about someone behind their backs. We would be ruled by God's love in our hearts. I want to be saturated with God's authentic love--that would transform me and everyone around me. If we love with God's love, it makes everything better.

I want to put this into practice and see how far my sphere of influence reaches. Which isn't my sphere, but God's sphere. With God's love directing our paths, we will reach the ones who need to feel love, those that have been hurt, we will be sensitive to their needs because with God's love in us His Spirit knows what they need and can work through us to touch them.

God lays people on my heart to pray for and I'm seeking Him to know how to pray for them. Our pastor has opened up my eyes during praise and worship at church. I'm able to spend time during the week and in church services, with my eyes and heart on God, worshipping Him and praying and seeking. I have felt such a difference in my life. The more you read the Bible, the more you want to. The more you pray, the more you want to. When you are filled with God's truth, you are looking to Him and not at what is going on around you. You are listening to His words, His commands, not what others have to say. Our trust, hope, and faith are in Him. Like Peter stepping out of the boat, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus he walked on water. But as soon as he started looking around, he sank. When we keep our eyes on God loving other people is easy. We aren't worried or stressed over what's happening in our lives. Our focus is on Him and what He's doing. And that gives Him reign to work through us.

How will you step out and show God's love to others?

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Hero's Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt

I loved this story by Cheryl Wyatt! The Hero's Sweetheart continues your love of small town romance in Eagle Point. From the first page you'll feel like you're at home and talking with your friends.

Jack Sullenberger comes home from Afghanistan to run his dad's diner while he recovers from a stroke. Anything that could go wrong, does. Jack has to fight long and hard to keep the diner running, find out who's stealing from the diner, and keep his heart under guard. He'd rather give orders than praise and compliment, and expects to have his orders carried out.

Olivia Abbott is an EMT student, interns at Eagle Point trauma center, works at the diner, struggles with a learning disability, and has to work harder to get things done. She loves Sully. Jack loves Sully. But they deal with problems and issues differently. Jack hits things head on and then decides if it's right or not. Olivia is opinionated and knows how things should be run. She jumps in and takes care of things, even if it goes against what Jack said.

Can they work together to save the diner and their hearts? Or will Jack's distrust pull them apart before they even get a chance to find out? Another great story in the Eagle Point Emergency series. Pick up this great book and reconnect with your friends at Eagle Point and make some new ones.

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Bridesmaid's Hero: A Snowgum Creek Novella by Narelle Atkins

I loved this novella by Narelle Atkins. It comes right after Falling for the Farmer in the Snowgum Creek series, but can be read as a standalone. A sigh-worthy hero sweet romance for an afternoon read.

Serena Blaxland is a bridesmaid in her sister's wedding. From the bride's friend causing problems to Serena suffering a wardrobe malfunction, her hero comes to the rescue. But she's just met him. Can he be the man she's been searching for and not knowing it even though they just met?

Harry Westmore has several odd jobs, one of which is to drive the bridesmaids to the wedding. He and Serena hit it off after just meeting. But he's only interested in a holiday romance, isn't he? He thinks because of their financial gap, he isn't good enough for her.

He's from the country, loves horses. She lives in the city in an apartment. His dad ran off and left him and his mom struggling. He can't be in a relationship and not be able to provide for his wife.Can she look past his income and see the person he is? Will she see him as a potential husband even though she makes more money than he does and he wants to finish school to get his dream job? If he takes his dream job, can they maintain a long distance relationship? Can he overcome his misgivings and welcome love into his life? Check out this great book to see!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Devotional: Joseph and His Dreams

Genesis 37:18-33

19 They said to each other, “Look, here comes that master dreamer! 20 Let’s kill him, throw him into one of the cisterns, and say that a wild animal has eaten him. Then we’ll see what happens to his dreams.”

Joseph had dreams that showed others bowing down to him, which made his brothers jealous. They didn’t like the fact that the dreams showed Joseph greater than they were. Aren’t we the same way? We don’t want to feel someone is above us. But isn’t that what submission is all about? The brothers didn’t want to be in submission to Joseph. They were older, wiser, knew more.
Joseph’s brothers are tending sheep away from home. His father sends Joseph to check on his brothers. His brothers see him coming, so they plot among themselves to kill him. His brother, Rueben, doesn’t want to go along with them. He plans to rescue Joseph without his brothers knowing. Unknown to him, the other brothers sell Joseph into slavery before he can rescue him. Joseph is gone.
The brothers dipped Joseph’s robe in animal blood to fool their father into thinking Joseph was dead. Have you ever tried to cover up something you did that was wrong? How did that work out? Here, not so well.

A few years go by and Egypt is in a drought. There is no food, but because of Joseph’s dreams, he convinced Pharaoh to store food and prepare. Joseph is in bondage, but God is still near. He still has dreams. Isn’t it good to know when things aren’t going as we think they should, that God is still near? We can still call on Him and He will answer.

Joseph recognized his brothers when they came to Egypt for food. Joseph gave orders to bring his youngest brother to Egypt. Instead of telling them right off who he was, he sets them up, demands they bring his youngest brother. He has the Pharaoh’s ear at this time. He could have retaliated against them for what they had done to him. But he didn’t.

They enjoyed a feast together where Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers. But you know what his brothers didn’t realize? God used them to make Joseph’s dreams come true. If he hadn’t had the dreams that made them jealous to begin with, if they hadn’t seen him coming, if they hadn’t plotted to kill him, if they hadn’t sold him into slavery, Egypt wouldn’t have been prepared for the famine, and Joseph wouldn’t have had the position he held. Isn’t it great the way God works?

Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plan.

Even when it seems everything is against you, God is still on your side. He uses situations and circumstances for your good. Even when others do things against you, talk about you, they can’t stop the good God has planned for your life. Just like Joseph.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Salsa and Speed Bumps by Susan Baganz

Great story by Susan Baganz! This is the second book in the series, but you do not need to read them in order, other than to get to know the characters. Stephanie Simson works at DeLucia’s. She’s pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s child even though she said no. Can she ever trust a guy again? She feels so alone.

Roberto Rodriquez has Christian parents who adopted him and he wants to help others b/c of the gift he was given by his birth mother. He is an attorney and is asked to join Every Child a Home organization.

Roberto lets God lead his every move. Can Stephanie have a relationship like that with God? She’s not who she used to be since accepting Jesus as her Savior, but she still has to deal with the consequences of what happened before. God doesn’t make that go away, but He helps you through your choices as you trust in Him. Some sin you can see, some you can’t, but all suffer the consequences. Can Stephanie trust Roberto or will he be like her ex-boyfriend and force himself on her? Why is God bringing a new man into her life now? How can she know God is talking to her?

Robbie wants someone who shares his faith. Is that person Stephanie? Will she accept him for the person he is today, or will she hold his past against him? Will Every Child a Home believe him when he’s accused of immoral behavior? In the midst of trials and temptations, Robbie and Stephanie must stand firm in their faith.

From date rape to drug addiction to stalking to ties with the mafia and sex trafficking, this book has it all. This resonated with me while reading this book: Everything I need to fulfill my life is right here in God. We find it hard to forgive ourselves. Can Stephanie forgive her past to have a future with Robbie? Pick up this great book to see!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Rocky Mountain Reunion by Tina Radcliffe

This is another great book by Tina Radcliffe!

Anne Matson is a nurse who left her past in the past. Her aunt dictated her steps and Anne followed along. Her husband from 10 years ago comes to town and everything is off balance. What will she do now that her past is back and he has a daughter with him? Will her aunt stand in the way again?

Matthew Clark married Anne 10 years ago. Her aunt stepped in and had it annulled. When his development company wins a bid in Anne's hometown, and his daughter needs care Anne can provide, can he stand up to the aunt who ended his future before it even began? Can he convince Anne to give it another try?

This verse in the book, "Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart all ye that hope in the Lord.", really spoke to me. No matter what's going on, no matter what you're going through, if your hope is in the Lord, everything will work out. Just put your faith and hope in God. Will Anne and Matthew depend on God to help them work through their fears and doubts? What happens when Anne finds out why Matt is in town? This book has it all, love, romance, inspiration, and courage to let go of the past to have a future designed by God. You won't be able to put this book down.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Duty with Honor Book One Leap of Faith by Jordan Bollinger

Leap of Faith is book one in the Duty with Honor series by Jordan Bollinger. I have read the entire series and once you start book one, you'll want to read each book and savor each story.

Beth Bennett has been traumatized, suffered through the break up with her husband, and cared for her dying sister-in-law. She is not looking for love, more like running away from it. She is determined to be in control, until her brother sets her up on a date.

Andrew Oliver has had his eye on Beth for a long time. Now's his chance to meet her. Will she

Beth's father was with MI6 for years. Her whole family has ties to fighting for their country and keeping her people safe. Will she follow in their footsteps? Or run from it and Andrew?

Are you looking for an entertaining read, great characters, a little espionage, romance, and lots of suspense? Pick up this great book today and start this great series. You won't be sorry! Each book just gets better and better!