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


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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.



Thursday, December 20, 2018

Woman of Courage by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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Grab a copy today, you won't regret it!

About the Author:
Wanda E. BrunstetterNew York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Praying God's Will for Your Life A Prayerful Walk to Spiritual Well Being By Stormie Omartian

Praying God's Will for Your LifeA Prayerful Walk to Spiritual Well Being

By Stormie Omartian 

About:
Now with bonus journaling space! A twenty-day prayerful walk to spiritual well-being from the author of the bestsellers The Power of a Praying Wife and The Power of a Praying Parent.
Praying God’s Will for Your Life is not a book about finding the right person to marry or deciding on a career. It is a book about a way of life and a heart attitude that are God’s will for everyone who knows Him. That way of life encompasses three important components:
An intimate relationship with God
A solid foundation in God’s truth
A commitment to obedience
As she has in previous bestselling books—The Power of a Praying Wife and The Power of a Praying Parent—Stormie invites you to discover the power of prayer, this time encouraging you to pray for yourself as you deepen your walk with God. Accept her challenge to pray for yourself in these areas every day for twenty days, and watch how God changes your life as you move into the center of His will. As you experience the power of God's will in your daily faith journey, take advantage of the bonus Prayer Journal, which offers Stormie's own words of encouragement and plenty of space for reflection and listing prayer requests and answered prayers.
My Thoughts:
I've always been a fan of Stormie's books, so at the opportunity to review "PrayinG God's Will for Your Life," I jumped at. This book is one that you can put on your shelf and pull out again and again as it is applicable for all seasons of life. This book is encouraging and filled with truth as you pursue prayer and understanding truth. Stormie helps guide the reader into seeking a deeper relationship with God through all seasons. This is a great book for new believers and those who have been walking with the Lord for years. I enjoyed reading this book and she is a true prayer warrior. I look forward to seeing the fruit that this book will bring into my life. 
About the Author:
Stormie OmartianStormie Omartian is an award-winning bestselling author and speaker who personally connects with readers and listeners by sharing her experiences and illustrating how God transforms lives when we learn to trust in Him.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Copper Country (Copper Island #2) by Kristin Neva


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A Copper Island Story of Family and Forgiveness 
“Where do people get this idea that dying people are more noble?”
TEN YEARS AFTER ABANDONING his family, Aimee Mallon’s father returns with throat cancer. Aimee wants to forgive him, but he’s as narcissistic and unrepentant as ever. She’s comforted by Russ Saarinen, who’s everything her father wasn’t—present and gentle. But a long-term relationship with him is unrealistic unless he’s willing to let go of his bitterness toward corporations, give up his off-the-grid cabin, and find a real job.
Copper Country is set on what the old Finns called Kuparisaari. Copper Island juts into Lake Superior from the north end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, where remnants of an industry long passed dot the landscape. Yoopers, the people of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, are rugged individuals, geographically and culturally distinct from much of America.

My Thoughts:
Returning back to Copper Island was everything I expected it to be and more from author, Kristin Neva! I love reading a story from my own state. She does a fantastic job at keeping the UP authentic in this series, which I enjoy, but of course uses fiction liberty within context, all to make a great novel and ultimately, series. The characters and plot are believable. I feel as though I know them and I could not read this book fast enough. The author writes about an issue that she deals with in her personal life and it helps the reader to reflect through this within the story and also within themselves.
 The writing is remarkable. If you haven't read Snow Country, the first novel, I highly recommend that you do and then grab Copper Country. You will enjoy both of these novels. I cannot wait to read the third novel. That review will be coming shortly. A favorable review was not required for this book. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. 


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 7, 2018

#giveaway Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney

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We are excited to introduce Deborah Raney’s new series with a blog tour and giveaway for book #1 – Reason to Breathe – hosted by JustRead Tours.


reason to breatheABOUT THE BOOK
itle: Reason to Breathe
Series: Chandler Sisters #1
Author: Deborah Raney
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Romance
Phylicia thought life was passing her by, but maybe this was love’s plan all along…
At twenty-nine, Phylicia Chandler put her life on hold to care for her dying mother with her sisters, Joanna and Britt. Now Mom is gone and their father stuns them all by running off with a woman young enough to be their sister. Life is moving forward all around her, but Phylicia feels stuck—until her father’s protégé, Quinn Mitchell, presents the sisters with an intriguing business opportunity to purchase a trio of cottages just outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Joanna and Britt are convinced the three of them should launch a vacation rental venture, but Phylicia remains skeptical.
To complicate matters, Quinn soon finds himself falling hard for Phylicia. But how can he pursue this beautiful, talented woman twelve years his junior when she’s still reeling over her father’s hasty engagement to a younger woman? Quinn is determined to give Phylicia her happily-ever-after. But first, he must help her come to terms with her discovery of long-held family secrets and persuade her that true love can transcend their differences.
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My Thoughts:
Reason to Breathe was an awesome book to start this series by Deborah Raney. I love her books and how she writes, so this book was no exception! She writes characters that go through difficult and deep situations that her readers are able to relate to. In Reason to Breathe, grief is a main theme throughout siblings in this story with complicated emotions.  The story also weaves hope throughout the story in and out. I felt myself cheering for characters throughout this story and even cried a few times. 

This book is just powerful all around. The message conveys thought provoking emotion that will bring joy, but also deep sorrow. This is a book that has touched me deeply, especially as we are dealing with some difficult situations in our family and this book speaks to me. This is a book that I HIGHLY recommend.

I received this book through Just Read tours. This is my honest review and is no way influenced by reviewing a complimentary copy. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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DEBORAH RANEY dreamed of writing a book since the summer she read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and discovered that a Kansas farm girl could, indeed, grow up to be a writer. Her 30-plus books have garnered multiple industry awards including the RITA® Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, shed light on the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and inspired the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. A Vow to Cherish continues to be a tool for Alzheimer’s families and caregivers. Deborah is on faculty for several national writers’ conferences and serves on the executive board of the 2600-member American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She and her husband, Ken Raney, traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deb’s novels—for life in the city of Wichita. They often travel to teach at writers conferences across the country and to visit their four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.
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TOUR GIVEAWAY
(1) winner will receive (US only):
  • a print copy of Reason to Breathe
  • $15 Amazon gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 3, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 10, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

#Giveaway MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse, a novella included in The MissAdventure Brides Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK
the missadventure brides collectionTitle: MissTaken Identity
Collection: The MissAdventure Brides Collection
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher: Barbour
Release Date: December 1, 2018 (print)
Genre: Historical Romance
Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures
Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?
MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse
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Headstrong, bubbly, accident-prone Abigail Monroe is on a quest for adventure away from society’s expectations. But her pursuits are unexpectedly thwarted when she is arrested by a handsome Texas Ranger.
PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository

My Thoughts:
The MissAdventure Brides Collection is a beautiful group of novellas featuring seven women who go above social norm during their time period. Miss Taken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse is a great read, that you will enjoy. It is story of good character depth, suspense, romance, humor and faith. I love the humor and the banter of the back of forth between the two main characters of Jim and Abigail. I love the conclusion of this story.
I love these novella collections because you get great stories from different authors all in one book. These collections allow me to read some new authors that I have never read, which I love discovering. The collection was a fun read.  I really enjoyed Miss Taken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse. This was such an enjoyable story and it made me laugh. 
I highly recommend this collection of novellas! 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story.
CONNECT WITH KIM: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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TOUR GIVEAWAY
Kimberley Woodhouse is giving away:
  • (1) grand prize of a Kindle Fire (US only)
  • (3) 1st prizes – a print copy of The MissAdventures Brides Collection (US only)
That’s a total of FOUR winners!
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 4, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 11, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes for Midwinter by Nigel Slater

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From the BBC1 presenter and bestselling author of EatThe Kitchen Diaries and Toast comes a new book featuring everything you need for the winter solstice.

The Christmas Chronicles is the story of Nigel Slater’s love for winter, the scent of fir and spruce, ghost stories read with a glass of sloe gin, and beeswax candles with shadows dancing on the ceiling. With recipes, decorations, fables and quick fireside suppers, Nigel guides you through the essential preparations for Christmas and the New Year, with everything you need to enjoy the winter months.

Taking you from 1 November all the way to the end of January, The Christmas Chronicles covers everything from Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year to Epiphany. Throughout the season, Nigel offers over 100 recipes to see you through the build-up, the celebrations and the aftermath. Here are much-loved classics such as goose and turkey (and making the most of the leftovers), mincemeat and the cake; recipes to make the cold months bearable, like ribsticker bread pudding with Comté and Taleggio, salt crust potatoes with blue cheese and goat’s curd, and hot-smoked salmon, potatoes and dill; as well as bright flavours to welcome the new year, including pink grapefruit marmalade, pear and pickled radish salad and rye, linseed and treacle bread.

Packed with feasts, folktales, myths and memoir and all told in Nigel’s warm and intimate signature style, The Christmas Chronicles is the only book you’ll ever need for winter.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved The Christmas Chronicles and it is the best book to savor through my favorite Holiday months. From Thanksgiving to Christmas and into the beginning of the New Year, this book will make you learn to love the littlest details and traditions in life. It will help you pause in your life and count the small things as huge blessings. His words are refreshing to your mind and soul! 
If you love good and delectable eating, his recipes are exquisite with a homey taste and feel. They are not hard to make at all and are perfect for people who consider themselves are everyday cooks, which is what I consider myself. I loved the pictures and the stories that encompassed the recipes. 
Overall, this book is great! Filled with stories, recipes, traditions, pictures and beautiful writing, this book will take you on a journey as you read through the captivating pages. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read it again as part of my holiday traditions.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy for review. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:
Nigel SlaterNigel Slater is a British food writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has written a column for The Observer Magazine for seventeen years and is the principal writer for the Observer Food Monthly supplement. Prior to this, Slater was food writer for Marie Claire for five years. He also serves as art director for his books.

Friday, November 30, 2018

When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours

BOUT THE BOOK
When the Heart Sings-FINAL-front_cover_020518a-HRTitle: When the Heart Sings
Series: Music of Hope #2
Author: Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Natia has a secret, and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose…
The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.
The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear— but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.
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My Thoughts:
Liz Tolsma is an amazing writer! I am in awe of When the Heart Sings. This historical piece of Fiction is unlike any other book that I have ever read. I have fallen completely in love with this story line. Between the friendship of Natia and Elfriede and the story line of Erich, this book is emotional gripping. It's hard to put down. Themes of forgiveness, friendship, love and hope are main points interwoven throughout this book. It is encouraging and heartbreak. It's overall just an amazing book! 
I highly recommend reading this book. I loved reading this book and you will too! Pick up a copy today. 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She’s married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.
CONNECT WITH LIZ: 
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  • A print copy of When the Heart Sings
  • Just One More Chapter’ throw pillow seen HERE
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