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.