Saturday, January 20, 2018

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

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Messina (The Casa Bella Chronicles #1)

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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

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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.













Friday, January 12, 2018

Fearless in 21 Days: A Survivor's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Sarah E. Ball

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About the Author:
Sarah E. Ball

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele's Journey (My Heart Belongs) by Amanda Barratt

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If you have been following the series of "My Heart Belongs", don't miss Niagara Falls New York. This story is a charming historical fiction that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. This book has something for everyone between suspense, romance and faith. I was blown away by this book in the end. I feel like if I say too much, I will give one of the most powerful moments of this book away. No spoilers here! 
However, I love how Ms. Barratt writes with the characters continuing to grow one page at a time. Both Drew and Adele felt real to me. You have two people who could not be completely more opposite from one another or from more opposite families for that matter, but in the end they are required to make sacrifices that are life alternating and personally I think for the better. 
Oh, I just didn't see the ending of the story. I'm still hung up on it and the fact that this writing is so tight, is remarkable with the depth of this story. You won't be able to put it down! 
I would give this book more than 5 stars if possible and I look forward to reading more from Amanda. 

Amish Sweethearts Four Amish Novellas By Amy Clipston

Amish Sweethearts
Four Amish Novellas

By Amy Clipston 

Love abounds and is found in all four of these sweet novella's! Perfect for that special Valentine in your life. Grab a copy today. 




Love and Buggy Rides (previously published in An Amish Harvest)

Jamie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. When an accident occurs that leave that leaves Jonathan shaken up, questions begin to stir as to who started the accident. What does this do to Jonathan? And will he blame himself? All the meanwhile, Jamie and Jonathan's friendship is blooming, but will the obstacles of Jonathan's heart stand in the way? 


A Home for Lindsay
From Amy Clipston's beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes the story of Lindsay Bedford. Lindsey has been waiting till her and Matthew can be married. She has been looking forward to being his wife, until he calls of the wedding. This is a story that was unexpected for me and my heart felt for Lindsay. Amy did a fantastic job of allowing the reader to experience the emotions of this story between the two characters. I was surprised by my own emotions that this story brought to life. 
Where the Heart Is
Tobias Smucker os back home and it's not secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. However, Mariella, his little sister's best friend not only may have her heart set on Tobias. This story is another great story that brought tears to my eyes as I thought of family and that each of us has a story to tell within our families that doesn't always meet the eye. Sometimes, we need others to come around us to help us discover that. 
Love Birds (previously published in An Amish Market)
While Ellie Lapp and her mother are mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Lloyd, a friend of Seth's is a skilled wood carver and is very talents when it comes to carving birds. However, Lloyd father disapproves. Ellie see's beyond the disapproval and agrees for Lloyd to sell them in the shop. However, beytral sets in and Lloyd does not think he can trust Ellie or will he see that it wasn't betrayl, but a mistake? Is all hope gone for a potential future between the two of them?
Amish Sweethearts is a great book with four sweet stories that you will enjoy. Some of the characters are familiar from other series that Amy has written. I enjoy how Amy brings the reader into the emotion of each scene and you experience the scene with the characters, not just read about it. This makes her writing stand out in the Amish Fiction world. 
All four novella's kept my attention, especially as Amy writes about "real" life. She weaves redemption, healing, love and forgiveness in these stories, which makes them all the more enjoyable. 
If you want to read books by someone who has experienced Amish culture and writes with integrity, along with some creative liberty, pick up Amish Sweethearts. You won't be disappointed.