Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Devoted Life: A Creative Devotional Journal by Marjorie Jackson

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Who I Am with You (Legacy of Faith #1) by Robin Lee Hatcher

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(Legacy of Faith #1)

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For these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith. 
Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows.
Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination. 
Robin Hatcher is a remarkable story teller and Who I am with You tells the story of Jessica Mason and Ridley Chesterfield. Both characters aren't looking for love, but hope and forgiveness are resounding themes throughout this story. This book is unique in how the author writes a time period split, which makes this book interesting, especially as I was drawn to the plot from the 1930's. 
Hatcher does a phenomenal job of integrating Christian values and faith into the story. She interweaves faith into the story of both stories while telling an amazing story. This is a book that will have you turning the pages, cheerleading on characters and your heart will be overwhelmed with love for this story. 
Thank you to the Publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Robin Lee HatcherRobin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, Christy Award, Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award, and she is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America®. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels

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When Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request--that she look up a relative she didn't know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos--seems like it isn't worth her time. But when she loses her job after a botched investigation, she suddenly finds herself with nothing but time.
At her great-aunt's 150-year-old farmhouse, Elizabeth uncovers a series of mysterious items, locked doors, and hidden graves. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding. And as Elizabeth soon discovers, the past is never as past as we might like to think.
Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy. A positive review was not required. 

About the Author:
Erin  BartelsERIN BARTELS is a copywriter and freelance editor by day, a novelist by night, and a painter, seamstress, poet, and photographer in between. Her debut novel, WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS, is scheduled to be released in January 2019 from Revell Books, followed in September 2019 with THE WORDS BETWEEN US, which was a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. Her poems have been published by The Lyric and The East Lansing Poetry Attack. A member of the Capital City Writers Association and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, she is former features editor of WFWA’s Write On! magazine.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Across the Bridge (A Copper Island Novel Book 3) by Kristin Neva


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Fiction from the Ragged Edge of Faith 
When Marcella Seppa meets her new tenant, widower Drew Smith, a spark ignites, but she won't consider dating him. She doesn't want his son, AJ, to experience the hurt she felt when her dad remarried shortly after her mom died. Her faith unraveled, and she threw herself into exercise and gardening instead of forming trusting relationships.
When Drew finds out he may not be AJ's biological father, his first instinct is to leave Copper Island, but he wants to find out the truth. He seeks out Marcella's support.
Across the Bridge was my favorite book in the Copper Island series. I loved every single moment of this book by Kristin. She did a fantastic job with this book. I felt right at home turning the pages. The story line was fast paced as inhaled this book from beginning to end. The story was deep and meaningful, but can also be read as a standalone if you haven't been able to read the entire series, but I highly recommend reading the entire series. It is much richer of a story line if you are able to read the series. I love how Kristin doesn't shy away from difficult discussions in her books either like suffering or where is God in the suffering? She makes her characters real, which makes all of her books so much more relatable and enjoyable as a reader. 
I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:
Kristin NevaKristin Neva grew up in an old farmhouse on Copper Island in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula where the hard-working, rugged residents persevere through harsh winter weather, sustained by friendship and family, surrounded by natural beauty. As an adult, she lived in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas for seventeen years before returning to the her hometown with her husband and two children.

Kristin’s first book, Heavy, co-authored with her husband, Todd, journeys through the first year after Todd’s ALS diagnosis as the Nevas struggle to find meaning, hold on to faith, and discover joy in the midst of pain.

It is this life experience that brings authenticity to Kristin’s fictional works as she explores themes of love, loss, and faith on Copper Island. Her quirky characters are endearing and wholesome. But they are also full of healthy grit, humor, flaws, and appetites.

Learn more about Kristin and explore Copper Island at KristinNeva.com.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Toothella By Kristin Neva


43131399Toothella: Tooth Fairy in Training

When the tooth fairy doesn't show up, there must be an explanation. Toothella is a tooth fairy in training. She enjoys her missions — sometimes too much. She gets sidetracked by all the fun toys in the kids' rooms.
Getting distracted happens to the best of us. Parents and tooth fairies fail. Fortunately, Toothella gets a second chance. And now, parents have a book to pull off the shelf to read to a heartbroken child.
Children will love this delightful character and the colored-pencil illustrations created by sixteen-year-old illustrator Josiah Mleko.
Songs to accompany Toothella can be found on the author’s website: KristinNeva.com.

My Thoughts:
This is a darling children's book! The illustrations are impeccable, especially for a sixteen year old who did them! This book is perfect for any parent who is trying to explain why the tooth fairy may have missed their house. This is such a great book. I highly recommend grabbing a copy to making new traditions in your home with the tooth fairy. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review.

About the Author:
Kristin NevaKristin Neva grew up in an old farmhouse on Copper Island in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula where the hard-working, rugged residents persevere through harsh winter weather, sustained by friendship and family, surrounded by natural beauty. As an adult, she lived in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas for seventeen years before returning to the her hometown with her husband and two children.

Kristin’s first book, Heavy, co-authored with her husband, Todd, journeys through the first year after Todd’s ALS diagnosis as the Nevas struggle to find meaning, hold on to faith, and discover joy in the midst of pain.

It is this life experience that brings authenticity to Kristin’s fictional works as she explores themes of love, loss, and faith on Copper Island. Her quirky characters are endearing and wholesome. But they are also full of healthy grit, humor, flaws, and appetites. 

Learn more about Kristin and explore Copper Island at KristinNeva.com.