Friday, July 21, 2017

Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery

Healing Love

A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn't on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.

Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.
Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Her debut, "Beyond I Do", releases in August. She also writes Christian Living articles for and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin' it to the Streets', a ministry serving Omaha Metro's working poor and homeless. 

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, hanging out at the mall with her teenage daughter, enjoying her real-life hero husband, or serving in her church or community.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring (My Heart Belongs) by Carrie Fancett Pagels

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring (My Heart Belongs)

Carrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore

Book Description

From her first breath of fresh air beyond the pit, it has never been enough for Beth Moore to be free.
This best-selling author and Bible teacher who has opened the riches of Scripture to millions longs for you to be free as well—to know the Love and Presence that are better than life and the power of God’s Word that defies all darkness.
Beth’s journey out of the pit has been heart-rending. But from this and the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 has come the reward: a new song for her soul, given by her Saviour and offered to you in Get Out of That Pit—friend to friend. This is Beth’s most stirring message yet of the sheer hope, utter deliverance, and complete and glorious freedom of God.

My Thoughts:
Have you ever been in a pit and you didn't know how you got there? We all have been in a pit. Whether it was our own sin that caused it or someone else accidentally caused us to slip. Pits happen in our life everyday, but the good news is there is a way out. In "Get out of that Pit" you will discover the ways the enemy sneaks in and tries to keep you trapped, but Jesus doesn't want you stuck there. In fact, He has an awesome plan for your life and wants you to take authority to get out of the pit. You don't have to stay trapped any longer, nor do you need to give the enemy the power anymore. You can give back the The Lord! I loved this book and it has been a game changer in my walk with the Lord. I can get out of pits and I know when the enemy is trying to throw me in to one. I give this book 5/5 stars.  Thank you   To the publishers for providing me a free copy. A favorable review was not required. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017



When motherhood gets real and overwhelming, what do you do? Read Jessica Kastner’s story of being an “un-mom” in her debut book, Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet. What is an “unmom”? She’s a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. Kastner helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.
Join Jessica’s Facebook group page called #UnMom, where you can connect with fellow moms who share their mom stories, photos, and thoughts.


Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet (David C Cook, July 2017)
Finding grace and laughter when motherhood gets real
Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend’s Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.
In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an “unmom”—a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.

My Thoughts:
Instantly I GRAVATED towards this book! Jessica hadn't always dreamed of babies and infants, which is something I can totally relate too! I always read books where women have dreamed it their entire life and I haven't always had that dream. It was refreshing to read that I am not alone, that other women have felt the same way as I have.  I am a "un-per" mom as she would say. Having no children, I found this book to be humorous, truthful and to to be very deep. I liked how the book was divided into 7 sections. They each have a purpose and place. I think you will find a great laugh out of this book and also stories you can relate too. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy for review. 

Jessica Kastner


Jessica Kastner is an award-winning journalist and a contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network’s,, and the Huffington Post’s Christianity blog. As Connecticut’s coordinator for Straight Ahead Ministries, she shares God’s message of hope by leading Bible studies in juvenile detention centers. When she’s not on the trampoline with her three boys in Connecticut, Jessica shares her unapologetically “real” commentary on the Christian life at
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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Memory of You by Catherine West Blog

Title:  The Memory of You
Author: Catherine West
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  March 28, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it

My Thoughts:

If you have never read a book by Catherine West, I highly recommend you do! I loved her first book and "The Memory of You is no different. This book is a remarkable story. You'll fall in love with the characters of Natalie and Tanner. Of course the backdrop of vineyard is a wonderful scenery to set the stage and most of all you'll love the overall theme of the story as you flip the pages fast to find out what happens next. This book is one that you can't put down from the first page. You experience the emotions with the characters and you'll be thinking of them long after the book has ended. I found the theme of forgiveness to be strong in this book, but a wonderful novel to read at the beach or lake house and finish in a day. I promise you won't be able to put it down. Side bar, grab the tissues this book does get a little emotional or I did anyways. Thank you to Just Commonly for hosting this awesome book tour and the Author for providing copies. A favorable review was not required. I give this book 5/5 stars. Go purchase a copy today. You will be so thankful you did! Also, enter the raffle copper for your chance to win! 

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About the Author:

Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Her first novel, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, released in 2011 and won the INSPY for Romance, a Silver Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Awards, and was a finalist in the Grace Awards. Catherine’s second novel, Hidden in the Heart, released in September 2012, was long listed in the 2012 INSPY’s and was a finalist in the 2013 Grace Awards.

When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at 

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Love Story (The Baxter Family #1) by Karen Kingsbury

Love Story (The Baxter Family #1) by Karen Kingsbury 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters.

From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years—until Elizabeth died of cancer.

So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole’s heritage project, he’s not sure he can do it. The sadness might simply be too great. But he agrees and allows his heart and soul to go places they haven’t gone in decades. Back to the breathless first moments, but also to the secret heartbreak that brought John and Elizabeth together.

At the same time, Baxter family friend Cody Coleman is working through the breakup of his complicated relationship with Andi Ellison. He is determined to move on when a chance sighting changes his plans—and heart. Can Cody convince Andi to give their love another try, or is it time for them to say goodbye, for good?

As school comes to an end, Cole presents his report on the love story between his grandparents John and Elizabeth Baxter. It is a tale that touches the hearts of the entire family, and one that causes Cole to better understand his own beginning.

Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time or finding them all over again, Love Story will stir your heart and remind you of the generational impact of love and the eternal bond of family.

My Thoughts:

"Love Story" is first book in the Family Baxter series. While Karen Kingsbury has written about the Baxter family in several other books and series, this is the first "Family Series Book." If you love the Baxter family, you'll love love this book and you'll be thankful to have read it. This book can be read as a stand alone, so you don't need to read the entire series, but it sure does give some much details to the Baxter family that we've been longing for!  Fans of Kingbury will be turning the pages and will have this book read from start to finish in one evening. Karen has this way of taking the past and weaving a beautiful story with the  future. You'll be moved from tears as you read the story of John and Elizabeth. You'll rejoice with Andi and Cody, despite their complications, the journey and the frustration the two go through! You'll be cheering for Andi and Cody the entire time and even some swoon worthy moments. This book is full of emotions, depth, the present, the past and the famous Baxter family! Order this prequel !! You will love this new angle to the family story! I give this book 5/5 stars. I read this book in one sitting and the pages were flying! Thank you to publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. A favorable review was not required. 

I look forward to Karen's next book that is coming out, which is entitled "In This Moment." Make sure you pre-order another amazing book! I hope to have a review to you soon! 

About the Author:

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. In addition, it was recently announced that Roma Downey and MGM Studios are developing a TV series out of Karen's popular Baxter Family books. Karen is also a visiting professor at Liberty University. 

Karen lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their actress daughter, Kelsey, lives nearby and is married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The couple recently welcomed their first child, Hudson, making Karen and Don grandparents for the first time. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue #3) by Susan May Warren

A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue #3)

Susan and husbandI grew up in Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis, and became an avid camper from an early age. My favorite fir-lined spot is the north shore of Minnesota - it's where I met my husband, honeymooned and dreamed of living. The north woods easily became the foundation for my first series, The Deep Haven series.based on a little tourist town along the shores of Lake Superior. I have to admit - I'm terribly jealous of Mona, the heroine of my first full-length book, Happily Ever After, a Christy Award Finalist published in 2004 with Tyndale/Heartquest.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Perfect You: A Blueprint for Identity by Caroline Leaf

The Perfect You: A Blueprint for Identity

There are a lot of personality tests out there designed to label you and put you in a particular box. But Dr. Caroline Leaf says there's much more to you than a personality profile can capture. In fact, you cannot be categorized! 
In this fascinating book, she takes readers through seven steps to rediscover and unlock their unique I-Factor--the brilliantly original way each person thinks, feels, relates, and makes choices--freeing them from comparison, envy, and jealousy, which destroy brain tissue. Readers learn to be aware of what's going on in their own minds and bodies, to lean in to their own experience rather than trying to forcefully change it, and to redefine what success means to them. Released from the suffocating box of expectations, they'll embrace their true identity and develop a clear sense of divine purpose in their lives. 
Knowing and understanding our identity empowers our choices. Unlocking one's I-Factor is not optional--it is essential.

My Thoughts:
Dr. Caroline Leaf is one of my favorite authors. I don't always understand everything about Quantum phyics, neuroplasticity, neurogenesis and epigenitics in somewhat easy to understand way. I love what she has to say about changing your mind, which changes your thinking and DNA. One of my favorite quotes in the book is " it is important to remember that our thinking changes the structure of our brains because our minds are separate separate from our brains." In " The Perfect You" Dr. Leaf has yet again published another amazing book about how we can live out our perfect blueprint of the person that God has called us to be. This book gives you the principles and tools to discover the way God created you to be and then live it out! Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy. I highly recommend this book and give it 5/5 stars. 

About Dr. Caroline Leaf:
Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection. During her years in clinical practice as a Communication Pathologist she developed tools and processes that help people develop and change their thinking and subsequent behavior. Her scientific Science of Thought techniques have transformed the lives of patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), learning disabilities, emotional traumas and released the potential of thousands of young students and adults. 

She has presented her unique Switch On Your Brain with the 5-Step Learning Process® and the Metacognitive-Map™ learning tool to thousands of students worldwide.

She developed the Geodesic Learning™ theory (how we think and process information) that has been conservatively shown to increase thinking, behavioral and academic performance by 35-75%. This revolutionary theory explains the Science of Thought, stating how thoughts form, how we process information and the power of the non-conscious mind and the relationship between the non-conscious and conscious. It explains that everything you do is first a physical thought in the physical brain. You think, and then you do, which cycles back to the original thought, changing it, and the thoughts connected to it, in a dynamic interrelationship. Therefore if your thinking is toxic, then your communication and behavior are toxic, and vice versa.

She has published numerous articles in academic journals and consumer magazines and has been widely interviewed in newspapers, on radio shows, and on television shows about her research and theories.

She has her own weekly TV show called "Switch On Your Brain" airing on TBN.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

4 Book for Your Summer Bucket List

Do you love summer as much as I do? My favorite thing is going to the beach and curling up with a book, especially two hours before a sunset. Well, I have a summer bucket list of some great books that I can't wait to read this summer! Maybe you have a great summer vacation planned or you don't want to go outside because it's too hot! 

Well, not to worry, there are plenty of amazing books to choose from. If you aren't going anywhere, that isn't a problem either because these books will take you on an adventure! You just have to find a cozy place to sit and the adventure begins! 
About the Book:
After two broken engagements, nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she only trusts herself and God, and she's focused on her eighteen-year-old sister, Lucy, and caring for patients. Just as she applies to work for an international aid organization, a phone call from Lucy, who's pregnant and running off to marry her twenty-one-year-old boyfriend, throws a wrench into all of Mia's plans. 
Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He's poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who's asked him to be his best man at his wedding. 
Mia is expecting a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake. And Jake, who can't help envying Sam and Lucy, doubts he'll ever experience their happiness for himself. But maybe Jake's courage and Mia's caring spirit are just what they need to bring them a lifetime of healing and a forever kind of love. 
This one releases August 8th! Be sure to check it out and pre-order it now. We aren't that far away. I am a huge fan of Victoria Bylin. If you have never read her books, I highly recommend them.
The Promise of a Letter 
About the book:
A letter brings him back to his Amish family. It will take someone truly extraordinary to make him stay.
Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don’t go as planned, Roman’s prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn’t plan to stay for long.
Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventional–strange, even–Leanna is happy. Her unique outlook on life has meant she’s never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesn’t mind. She is content being single.
But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the strictures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the very thing to help them form a deeper connection to their community and to each other. The question remains: will this strengthening bond be enough to make Roman stay for good?
The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller is the second book in An Amish Letters series.  It releases on August 15th and I am super excited to read this one. She is a fantastic author. 

An Amish Christmas Love
About the book:
Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman
Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.
The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston
Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.
Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin
As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discover: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?
Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid
When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?
An Amish Christmas Love is a collection of  four novellas written by four  amazing Amish authors that you will love! I love Christmas stories and novella's all in one. First, I love novella's because they are short stories that are perfect right before bed time. Second, who doesn't love a great Christmas story? And third, I love Amish Fiction! Even better! This novella collection releases on September 12th and the date can't come soon enough! 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon returns with the fourteenth novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs.
After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.

Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it’s life as usual in the wildly popular Mitford series: A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who’s still running for office? All this, of course, is but a feather on the wind compared to Muse editor J.C. Hogan’s desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork chop marinade?
In fiction, as in real life, there are no guarantees. 
Twenty minutes from Mitford at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice. 
But there is still a lot to celebrate, as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life—with great cooking, country music, and lots of people who love him. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible wound in Dooley’s biological family begins to heal because of a game—let’s just call it a miracle—that breaks all the rules.
In To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families, and a cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.

I can't wait to return to Mitford either! This one will be fantastic too. it also releases September 12. I have a lot of reading to do! Have you ever read any books in the Mitford series? What one is your favorite? 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017



What do you get when you mix World War II, a brave midwife, a wounded pilot, and a risky secret? Jeanne M. Dickson’s new historical fiction novel, Grounded Hearts. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.
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Grounded Hearts (Waterfall Press, July 2017)
A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.
In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.
But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?
My Thoughts:
Wow! What a great book. I was completely taken by this book. It was not your typical read from a writing perspective and I loved that! This book was amazing in details and I learned so much about the war in Ireland. Grounded Hearts engulfed my heart and captivated me with each page, especially as I got to know the characters, especially Nan. You'll laugh, being swoon by the romance and find this book to be some what of an unexpected adventure. I just loved this book and if I talk anymore, I'll give spoilers away. Grab this book and put it on your summer reading list. I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy. A favorable review was not required. 

Jeanne M. Dickson


Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling. Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer’s conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose