Monday, June 27, 2016

Jilted by Varna Denman



Jilted (David C. Cook, June 2016)
Lynda Turner has struggled with depression since her husband abandoned her and their young daughter fifteen years ago.
Yet unexpected hope awakens when a local ex-convict shows interest. As long-hidden secrets resurface, Lynda must fight for her emotional stability and for a life where the shadow of shame is replaced by the light of love.
Jilted tells of a woman who has lost the joy of living, a man determined to draw her back toward happiness, and a town that must—once and for all—leave the past where it belongs. It is a gentle reminder that all things can work together for good.

My Thoughts:
Jilted is crafted in such a way that the reader does not need to read the previous two books in the series, but I highly recommend doing so as it leads the readers to having a better appreciation for the characters, especially my favorite Lynda. I found Jilted to be the most emotional of the three books in the series. This book is both realistic and it begs the question will Lynda and Clyde have their happy ending? The only way to know is to read the story. I give this book 4/5 stars and was provided a complimentary copy for review purposes only. 


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Jilted to kick off a summer of reading
  • A $50 Kohl’s gift card to make your summertime sweet
The giveaway ends on July 1st. The winner will be announced July 5th on Varina’s website.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell

About: In difficult circumstances, Charlotte Ward, once a famed stage actress, tries to restart her career--only to experience disaster. Against her better judgment, her estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother's rescue and moves her to a quiet English coastal village. 
Charlotte is grateful to get to know Rosalind after years apart. As one who has regrets about her own romantic past, it's a joy for Charlotte to see love blossom for her daughter. For Rosalind, however, it's time away from teaching--and now she must care for the mother who wasn't there for her. And what could be more complicated than romance? 
Together, mother and daughter discover that healing is best accomplished when they focus less on themselves and more on the needs of others.

My Thoughts:
Readers, I must confess I am not a huge fan of Historical reads, but occasionally certain authors strike me and forever hold my attention, and Lawana Blackwell is one of those authors. 

What she does with a Haven on Orchard Lane is breathtaking as she brings these characters to life. Rather than read the book, she takes you on an experience into a splendid Victorian world that you won't want to leave. Don't miss this book! It is definitely a 5-star read and worth every penny. Get out and get this book! You won't be sorry.

Thank you to the publishers for providing me a complimentary copy for my honest review. 

NIV, Lifehacks Bible, Hardcover

A “Lifehack” describes any advice, shortcut, tip or skill that will help you get things done more efficiently and effectively.
The NIV Lifehacks Bible uses “lifehacking” methods to give you practical and achievable tools to integrate spiritual habits into your busy, technology-centric, 21st century life. With 365 articles covering 30 life-changing disciplines, not only does this Bible illuminate scriptural wisdom on spiritual practices, it provides practical tips and strategies for applying them every day.
You’ll find these and other articles inside the Bible: • 4 Tips for Making Wise Decisions • 6 Steps for Interpreting the Bible • 7 Questions for Recognizing Intentional Sins • 4 Tips for Finding Time to Pray
Featuring a foreword by author and theologian Kevin DeYoung, the NIV Lifehacks Bible is full of common-sense articles on foundational topics such as: prayer, self-reflection, character formation, and fasting. The Bible then features advice and helpful tips for building habits around these disciplines.

My Thoughts:

This Bible is fantastic for people growing in their faith, asking hard questions or learning how to interpret the Bible. Perfect for the graduate, college student or even high schooler in your life, this Bible gives lots of helpful advice that is practical in developing good habits. It also helps with understand discipline and in my opinion is a sound Bible with great tips for those looking to grow in their faith. I give this Bible 4/5 stars. Thank you Thomas Nelson for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes only. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Giddy up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson

(Because Women Need Each Other)
It’s no secret: Women need each other—especially now. We’re in one of the most puzzling cultural places we’ve ever been: we have young girls looking for security in selfies (clothing optional), older women feeling dismissed and diminished, and a generation of mom-agers in between. But all too often, especially in the church, we limit our relationships to people who are just like us: in the same age- and stage-related circles.
In her delightfully quirky, Southern style that readers have come to know and love, Sophie Hudson has written a rallying cry for women everywhere to open their eyes to the people God has put into our lives—those behind us and those in front of us—that we are meant to share the road with. It was never God’s intention to only be friends with women just like us. Giddy Up, Eunice is an invitation to extend our hands to the generations on either side and to truly love each other, pour into each other, and soak up all the wisdom that we can along the way.
We will all be the better for it.

My Thoughts: 
A must read book for women of all ages, Sophie weaves humor, with Biblical truth from many women of the Bible. This is one of those books that every woman needs, is relevant across all generations and I love how she used women of the Bible. This book reminds me of all the sweet women who have mentored me in my journey with Christ and it isn't one to miss. You will keep this on your shelf and read it over and over again. I give this book 5/5 stars and definitely recommend this book for a book club or Bible Study with women at your church. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. I was not compensated for a positive review.  

About Sophie Hudson:
Sophie Hudson loves to laugh more than just about anything. She began writing her blog,, in November 2005, and much to her surprise, she’s stuck with it. Sophie hopes that through her stories, women find encouragement and hope in the everyday, joy-filled moments of life. In addition to her blog, Sophie is a contributor to the Pioneer Woman’s blog and serves as co-emcee for LifeWay’s dotMOM event.
A graduate of Mississippi State University, Sophie loves cheering like crazy at college football games and watching entire seasons of TV shows in record time.
Sophie lives with her husband and son in Birmingham, Alabama, where she serves as the women’s advisor at a local Christian high school.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Amish FireFighter by Laura V. Hilton

28512131Laura Hilton has a way of writing a book that is so unexpected and that is exactly what you get in her latest book "The Amish FireFighter." This is a book that grabs your attention immediately from the beginning and doesn't let go as you read the story of a young girl, Abigail for reasons she isn't even aware of.  
Abigail finds herself in an awful situation where she starts to smell fire. Not sure of how to proceed, she begins looking for water like any natural instinct. Of course, she falls and is picked up by a set of "strong arms." Abigails life takes on a series of unfortunate events as she is being blamed for the intentional fire. 

Eventually, she meets the handsome and brave fireman, Sammy, who starts to feel something for her, but wants justice for Abigail.  This is well written from the very beginning to the ending. Ms. Hilton does a great job teaching life lessons through both characters about faith,  forgiveness, love, trusting people and community.

 I loved this book and thought you will too! If you love Amish books or have never read one in your life, PICK up this book!  Trust me; you will enjoy the story from beginning to end. You will read this book in one sitting and probably love it so much that you'll be recommending it to you friends on their summer reads lists.

Thank you Whitaker House for providing me a complimentary copy for my honest opinion. I give this book 5/5 stars. To purchase your copy, head here. 

About Laura Hilton

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor's wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press' Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book, The Amish Firefighter, planned for April 2016.