Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky

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About:
Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?

My Thoughts:
From the start till the end, I absolutely just enjoyed Across the Blue Sky by Carrie Turansky.  I love that this book was about aviation and history, which is something so different than I would normally read, but I also loved reading about Bella. Her character was charming and her adventurous spirit made me feel very connected to her. If you like chemistry between characters, wait till you read the chemistry between James and Bella. And if you're like me who loves a book that has some curves and twists in romance, but also a bit of traditionalness, then I think you will really enjoy this novel. It is a quick read. The characters are wonderful and you can't put this book down. I give this book 5/5 stars! 

About the Author:
Carrie TuranskyCarrie Turansky is the award-winning author of eighteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the Crystal Globe Award. Her most recent releases are Waiting for His Return and Shine Like the Dawn. Across the Blue releases 2/20/18. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, flower arranging, and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. Connect with Carrie on her website: www.carrieturansky.com, GoodReads, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Amish Millionaire Collection: A 6-in-1 Series from Holmes

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All Six Books Now in One!
Return to Holmes County, Ohio, along with a prodigal son in the complete Amish Millionaire serial drama from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter and her daughter-in-law, Jean. Asking his wealthy and eccentric Amish father for money—again—will strain the already weak bond between Joel Byler, his father, and his sisters. Will the worldly young man ever learn he must pay for his own mistakes—and at what cost to his business, his fiancée, and his Amish family?






Includes:
The English Son
The Stubborn Father
The Betrayed Fiance
The Missing Will
The Divided Family
The Selfless Act


When Joel Byler, The English Son, returns to Holmes County to ask his wealthy and eccentric Amish father for money—again—he receives a chilly reception.
 
Eustace Byler, The Stubborn Father, has offered his wayward son enough chances to mature and refuses to fund Joel's frivolous spending.
 
When Kristi Palmer discovers Joel has squandered money set aside for their future, The Betrayed Fiancée attempts to cut ties.
 
Then The Missing Will strains already weakened family bonds as greed wars against need.
 
The Divided Family suffers from sickness and loss while Joel struggles to learn the lesson God has been trying to show him.
 
Can The Selfless Act of a prodigal son finally heal a broken family and reunite heartbroken lovers?

My Thoughts:

Book 1: The English Son-
Meet businessman Joel Byler who has gotten himself into a financial bind and his eccentric, wealthy Amish father who is done bailing out his spoiled son. When will Joel learn he most pay for his own mistakes—and at what cost to his business, his fiancée, and his Amish siblings? This book is one I couldn't put down and was excited to carry on the second book immediately. This book was full of highs and lows. It was a quick read and you wont be able to put it down. You'll wonder what will happen next and I promise, it will be interesting.

Book 2:  The Stubborn Father-
In Part 2, The Stubborn Father, feel the pain of widower Eustace Byler who stands out in his Amish community for his eccentricity and his wealth and mourns both is deceased wife and living son. Can father and son come to an understanding about their different choices in life before time runs out? 
Another great and easy read, but of course we are left with a cliffhanger, which is why you'll be turning the pages to get through this 6-1 series. I couldn't believe how quickly I finished this and overall I enjoyed the english- amish story line.

Book 3- The Betrayed Fiancee-
In Part 3, The Betrayed Fiancée, experience the hurt along with Kristi Palmer when she learns the man she planned to marry has squandered their joint savings on his selfish desires. Can trust broken ever be mended? In this story, I felt that the characters depth has really grown. Kristi learns a lot about Joel finally as she has potentially suspected and this story line keeps growing. 

Book 4- The Missing Will-
Meet businessman Joel Byler who has gotten himself into a financial bind and his eccentric, wealthy Amish father who is done bailing out his spoiled son. When will Joel learn he most pay for his own mistakes—and at what cost to his business, his fiancée, and his Amish siblings? 
Oh, this book will keep you on your toes as you find out if the will is found. Kristi had to make a tough decision, will she make the right one? Does Doris have her baby? This story is filled with more cliff hangers and you will keep turning the pages to see how this book wraps up!

Book 5- The Divided Family-
Meet businessman Joel Byler who has gotten himself into a financial bind and his eccentric, wealthy Amish father who is done bailing out his spoiled son. When will Joel learn he most pay for his own mistakes—and at what cost to his business, his fiancée, and his Amish siblings?
This book is filled with tradgey as we learn about Doris. Joel is rather annoying in this book. There is a house fire.. This book is filled with a lot of sadness. I hope that we wrap up this series in the last and final book in six with a happy note.

Book 6- The Selfless Act
Meet businessman Joel Byler who has gotten himself into a financial bind and his eccentric, wealthy Amish father who is done bailing out his spoiled son. When will Joel learn he most pay for his own mistakes—and at what cost to his business, his fiancée, and his Amish siblings?
Overall, I think this 6-1 ended well. It was perfect and neither was Joel, but I enjoyed it. 


Overall, I thought the writing in this 6-1 series was good. There were lots of trials and cliffhangers. This is hard to put down, especially because you want to know what happens. I recommend reading them all together in a week or two weeks. It's easier to follow along. I love that the whole series is in one paperback book, so you don't have all the small books separate. Fans of Wanda and Jean will love this series and will be captivated by the entire journey of emotions you on go through this series. I promise you will not be able to put them down! 

About the Author:
Wanda E. Brunstetter  Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire by Melba Pattillo Beals


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About: In 1957, Melba Beals was one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. But her story of overcoming didn't start--or end--there. While her white schoolmates were planning their senior prom, Melba was facing the business end of a double-barreled shotgun, being threatened with lynching by rope-carrying tormentors, and learning how to outrun white supremacists who were ready to kill her rather than sit beside her in a classroom. Only her faith in God sustained her during her darkest days and helped her become a civil rights warrior, an NBC television news reporter, a magazine writer, a professor, a wife, and a mother.

In I Will Not Fear, Beals takes readers on an unforgettable journey through terror, oppression, and persecution, highlighting the kind of faith needed to survive in a world full of heartbreak and anger. She shows how the deep faith we develop during our most difficult moments is the kind of faith that can change our fam
ilies, our communities, and even the world. Encouraging and inspiring, Beals's story offers readers hope that faith is the solution to the pervasive hopelessness of our current culture.

My Thoughts:

Courageous! Picking up this book, I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I found was that Melba Pettillo Beals is a woman of great courage and tenacity.  As one of the nine African American Students chosen to integrate in Little Rock, Arkansa's all- White Central High School she faced continual racial injustice that I don't think the majority of us understand. However, her courage has allowed so much of the change that we are able to enjoy today with the freedoms of the world we live today because she is willing to share her story. 

While this isn't an easy read, especially when you hear how the small group of the Little Rock Nine were treated and how this took a toll not only on them, but their community, it makes you appreciate the freedoms we have today.  I love how Melba writes about her children, career, faith and life after Little Rock. While this event was significant in her life, so was her life after it. I especially love hearing about her share her faith. A woman who has been through all that she has, should be bitter, but she isn't and faith played a huge part in this freedom. 

I found this book to be so interesting and I am thankful that she was willing to share her story. She is very inspiring to us all. This memoir is a great read. I give this book 4/5 stars. 

About the Author:
Melba Pattillo BealsMelba Pattillo Beals made history as a member of the Little Rock Nine, the nine African-American students involved in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The world watched as they braved constant intimidation and threats from those who opposed desegregation of the formerly all-white high school. She later recounted this harrowing year in her book titled Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Desegregate Little Rock’s Central High School.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Messina (The Casa Bella Chronicles #1) by Liz Galvano

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Messina (The Casa Bella Chronicles #1)

About:
Ominous words from the stone-faced physician at the temporary hospital greet her: “Welcome to hell, Miss James.” No description could be more accurate. Earthquake, tsunami, and fire have razed Messina, Sicily. In a single night in 1909, one hundred thousand people never wake up. Physician Lucille James is determined to help despite horrendous conditions, almost non-existent medical supplies, and the opposition of the medical community she worked so hard to join. Giovanni Castello, the man facing her now, stands as her biggest opponent. Surrounded by blood and death and pushed to the edge of exhaustion, Lucille relies on God as her only option. When God gives a gift, after all, a person must use it. Will she have the strength, courage, and faith to do so?


My Thoughts:
Messina is an extraordinary book with fascinating characters and elements of faith in one of the most unique settings. Rich in details, Italian culture, romance and natural disasters, take a step back in 1908, into the city of Messina. After an earthquake hit and multiple tsunamis after, the injuries among the people are staggering. 

Dr. Lucille James and Dr. Giovanni Castello are the two main characters in this story. Between the surgeries, wit, humor and the bantering back and forth, you'll love both of these characters. The strong elements of faith that Dr. James displays among each of her patients is remarkable. With several close calls, will Dr. Giovanni allow Lucille to practice surgeries without his supervision? 

This book makes the reader feel as though they are transported into this historical setting. It is rich with emotion, infused with tension and deep with disaster. The author does a fantastic job about providing great insight to Italy and utilizing Italians words or phrases throughout the book, which makes it all the more real. She even includes an Index with translations in the back. The history and the research behind this book is untouchable. This book is a historical masterpiece and one to be read over and over again.  The characters continue to remain in my mind.  

Overall, I cannot stop thinking about this extraordinary Historical Fiction novel. I am thrilled to read more in The Casa Bella Chronicles Series. I highly recommend that you order a copy of this book today. You will not be disappointed. I would give this book more than five stars if it were possible.

About the Author:
Liz Galvano

Liz Galvano has been writing since she was a little girl. Her stories combine old style adventure and romance with a dash of humor. She loves family, food, animals, and all things Italian. Liz lives with her husband Jeff, two rambunctious dogs, two entitled cats, and two horses, Murphy and Twila






Friday, January 19, 2018

Fierce Faith A Woman's Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry, and Overcoming Anxiety By Alli Worthington



Fierce FaithA Woman's Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry, and Overcoming Anxiety

By Alli Worthington 

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Sometimes Jesus’s call to “fear not” seems like the hardest instruction to follow.
Some days you faultlessly juggle everything that is your life—kids, husband, house, job, church, friendships, school, pets, appointments, and on and on. Other days the very thought of which ball you’re going to drop puts your anxiety level through the roof. You’re afraid you’re forgetting something. And you are: God’s advice to fear not. Alli Worthington knows all about the ways a woman can be hard on herself. She shares her own fear struggles with humor and honesty—while offering real strategies for coping with life’s big worries as well as those little everyday worries.
Alli uses biblical wisdom and practical insight to help you:
Identify fear-based thinking.
Overcome the big and little worries in life.
Learn a simple trick to stop the anxiety spiral.
Live a more confident, less worried life.
Grab a cup of coffee and sit down for some encouragement from a friend. Alli’s no-nonsense, wise advice will lighten your heart and help you cut through the daily clutter of fear and worry to reconnect with your own fierce faith.
My Thoughts:
Oh, I wish I could sit over a cup of coffee and tell you about my real thoughts regarding "Fierce Faith." This book is amazing! While it's filled with amazing truths from Alli Worthington, it's also filled with her heart. I need truth, grace and authenticity when I am struggling with a deep issue. Alli meets me right in the middle of the mess. We all have seasons of life where an author or book speaks to the heart of an issue we are facing and Alli speaks to my heart. She gives practical ways to live out and face fear, anxiety, while tackling it daily. I love how she has stories with humor and grace. I felt encouraged while reading this book and never alone. I really enjoyed this book and think you will too! 


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Isaiah's Daughter (Prophets and Kings #1) by Mesu Andrews


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Summary:
In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bibleminiseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king.

Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.

My Thoughts:
Isaiah's Daughter is a book that you do not want to miss. Oh, this fiction novel is one that will deepen your walk with the Lord as you draw closer to him. His love, justice, mercy and righteousness are displayed in Hezekiah, Hephzibah and Isaiah. 
I have never studied the book of Isaiah in depth, but this novel made the book come to life, especially as I saw the lives of those who were struggling with the prophecies about the coming of the Messiah. They wanted to know who would be the Prince of Peace? It's so interesting and what what a great perspective to read. It brings the Bible to life on a whole different angle that I had never really seen, but the reality is that God is faithful to his people and that is what is carried throughout.
This book is a great reminder that apart from God, we are doing everything in our own strength and it's going to go down bad. We need to fix our eyes on Him and allow God to provide the answers to our problems, not for us to fix them. Apart from Him, we are a mess. This book was a great reminder and was also just a wonderful read. 

About the Author:
Mesu AndrewsMesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transforming Savior through the changed life of an old friend.esu writes in their log cabin tucked away in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Her best friend is an American Staffordshire Terrier named Zeke, who keeps her company on long writing days. Zeke also enjoys watching movies, long walks in the woods, and sitting by the fireplace on rainy days.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

THE MELODY OF THE SOUL BY LIZ TOLSMA | BLOG TOUR, GIVEAWAY, AND FACEBOOK LIVE PARTY


THE MELODY OF THE SOUL BY LIZ TOLSMA | BLOG TOUR, GIVEAWAY, AND FACEBOOK LIVE PARTY


Travel back in time to 1943 and meet Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian and concert violinist whose career is ended because of Nazi occupation in Prague. Don’t miss the new historical novel, The Melody of the Soul, by Liz Tolsma. Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Officer Horst Engel, quartered in Anna’s flat and dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.
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The Melody of the Soul(Gilead Publishing, January 2018)
Anna has one chance for survival—and it lies in the hands of her mortal enemy.
It’s 1943 and Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost nearly everything. Most of her family has been deported, and the Nazi occupation ended her career as a concert violinist. Now Anna is left to care for her grandmother, and she’ll do anything to keep her safe—a job that gets much harder when Nazi officer Horst Engel is quartered in the flat below them.
Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Horst, dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.
Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals might stop the music forever.

My Thoughts:
Liz Tolsma is a fantastic author, but she outdid all of her previous novels with The Melody of Souls! This book is incredible and one of my all time favorites. I could not believe how hard it was to put it down. It has to be one of the better WWII Fiction novels I have ever read. From the first chapter till the last page of the book, I couldn't put this emotional roller coaster of a love story down. I love how she writes of a German Nazi and a woman named Anna. The connection between the two and the questions that Anna asks of this man are thought provoking as the reader. This book is stunning! If you love Historical Fiction, you will love this novel and you will put it on your shelf to read again. The chemistry is simply breath taking. I loved the element that music played a role in as well. I give this book a raving review. Make sure to purchase you copy today!

Liz Tolsma

{MORE ABOUT LIZ TOLSMA}

Best-selling novelist Liz Tolsma is the author of several World War II novels and prairie romance novellas. She also works as a freelance editor. She lives in a semirural area of Wisconsin with her husband and two daughters. Her son serves with the US Marines. All of their chidlren came to them through international adoption. Her other passions include walking, gardening, camping, and reading.
Find out more about Liz at http://www.liztolsma.com.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert


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Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives.



Katie Ganshert

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Seasons by Victoria Hamilton


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This book is a quick read and one that you could read in a sitting. It is inspirational and would be great for a Highschool age or young adult. It provides great reminders on life and truth. 






Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz


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My Thoughts:
The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz is a historical masterpiece. The writing in this book is exquisite! I have never read a book with more words that were descriptive, detailed and capturing as this one. The Lacemaker can be read in one sitting or sat down with through multiple sittings as she takes the reader on an adventure of a lifetime bringing readers to Williamsburg, Virginia leading up to the American Revolution. 
Lady Elizabeth Lawson is abandoned by her family and her fiance. Not suspecting that Liberty would be in support of the revolution, lacemaking becomes her weapon of survival. However, with not picking a side, could this put her at the greatest risk of all? 
This book is rich in detail, romance, plot and history. The book comes to life with the plot being steady, the book being dangerous and of course twists at the turn of each page. I was at the halfway point when I felt deeply in love with the story. The complexity of this book is an absolute readers dream not because it's a hard book to read, but because of how well thought through this is. Weaving in faith, history, romance and accuracy is hard to pull off, but Ms. Frantz pull off a literary masterpiece. This book will continue to see high reviews and will make the best seller list. 
This is a book to read again and again to see more details with each read. I would give this book more than 5 stars if possible. Purchase a copy today, you won't be disappointed. 

About the Author:

Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.According to Publishers Weekly, "Frantz has done her historical homework." With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net.