Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope After Miscarriage and Loss by Adriel Booker

36739679Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope After Miscarriage and Loss by Adriel Booker 
Though one in four pregnancies ends in loss, miscarriage is shrouded in such secrecy and stigma that the woman who experiences it often feels deeply isolated, unsure how to process her grief. Her body seems to have betrayed her. Her confidence in the goodness of God is rattled. Her loved ones don't know what to say. Her heart is broken. She may feel guilty, ashamed, angry, depressed, confused, or alone.

With vulnerability and tenderness, Adriel Booker shares her own experience of three consecutive miscarriages, as well as the stories of others. She tackles complex questions about faith and suffering with sensitivity and clarity, inviting women to a place of grace, honesty, and hope in the redemptive purposes of God without offering religious clichEs and pat answers. She also shares specific, practical resources, such as ways to help guide children through grief, suggestions for memorializing your baby, and advice on pregnancy after loss, as well as a special section for loved ones.

My Thoughts:
Grace Like Scarlett is a book that will have you in tears and will give you a better understanding of how to have empathy and grace for those who have walked painful and difficult roads in the loss of an infant through a miscarriage. However, not only does this book talk about the feelings of miscarriage, but it also allows the reader to experience grief, not specific to just losing children. This book brought up for me a lot of grief that I have been dealing with regarding my grandma and how I needed to work through certain areas where I did not know I had pain still. The author is very authentic and also compassionate. While reading this book, I never felt shame, but instead felt a lot of grace, compassion and love through the process. She is very gentle and gracious. This book is full of wisdom, compassion, grace and comfort that I didn’t know I needed. This book is an important book for men and women. It is a great resource and well worth the read. I really enjoyed reading this book. I give this book 5/5 stars.

About the Author:
Adriel BookerAdriel Booker loves helping people engage with the goodness of God, discover who they are in light of Him, and find a sense of purpose where their gifts and passions collide with the needs of the world. She’s the founder of The Love A Mama Collective, a movement of women empowering women through safe birth initiatives in developing nations, and is the curator of Our Scarlett Stories, an online community of parents supporting one another through pregnancy loss. 

Originally from the mountains of Oregon, USA, Adriel has served in global missions for nearly two decades as a speaker, Bible teacher, writer, advocate, leadership coach, and mentor. Together with her husband and young boys, she now lives in the heart of Sydney, Australia where they’re cultivating a missional community in the inner city and discovering the deep joy of living in a city by the sea. She dreams of the day when Jesus makes all things new and when she can sleep in until 9:00 a.m. on a regular basis. 

Connect with Adriel at her blog,, where she explores topics related to faith and everyday spirituality, missions, family and parenting, motherhood, and global women’s issues.

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life: How to Ace an Interview, Change a Tire, Talk to a Guy, and 97 Other Skills You Need to Thrive

36739643The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life: How to Ace an Interview, Change a Tire, Talk to a Guy, and 97 Other Skills You Need to Thrive

There's a lot a girl needs to know as she grows up and makes her way in the world. Having a reference guide of practical how-to life skills and character traits can empower her to become a confident and capable woman. Coauthors Erica and Jonathan Catherman offer this collection of step-by-step instructions on 100 things girls need to succeed, including how to - introduce yourself- change a flat tire, respectfully break up with a guy, leave a tip, apply for a job, ask for a promotion, behave during a police stop, create a personal budget, calculate square footage, wash your face, clear a clogged drain, iron a shirt, wear a scarf, shoot a basketball, sharpen kitchen knives, and much more

In fact, if it's in here, it's an important skill or character trait practiced by capable and confident women. With great illustrations and sidebars of advice from world-class experts, this all-in-one reference tool for young women in the making is the perfect gift for birthdays, graduations, or any occasion.

My Thoughts:
The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Life is a simplistic, interesting and easy tool about how to handle life. The information in this book is super useful, while keeping my interest, yet providing me great realistic ways to handle things like changing a tire, doing the laundry, relationships, finance, cooking, keeping a budget, etc. This book is perfect for women of today’s world, especially millennials and under. I have found myself wondering how to do certain things as I wasn’t taught them and I felt this book was great. It wasn’t condemning, but helpful and I never felt stupid. This book made me feel successful. This book is a great book for graduation for high-school students or college- age girls. I highly recommend this great tool. A favorable review was not required for this book. I give this book 4.5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for a complimentary copy.

About the Author:

Erica CathermanErica Catherman has spent more than 20 years mentoring young women as a coach to middle school, high school, and college students. Committed to raising up the next generation to be kind, confident, and capable Erica has served as a youth group leader, community volunteer, and advocate for gender equality in sports. She is a certified Yoga Alliance and Group Fitness instructor. Learn more about me at

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Buried Secrets by Barbara Cameron Blog Tour + Giveaway

Buried Secrets by Barbara Cameron Blog Tour + Giveaway

Buried Secrets (Harvest of Hope #2)


My Thoughts:
Buried Secrets is the second book in Ms. Cameron's newest series, Harvest of Hope. I had the opportunity to read the first one Seeds of Hope, which can be read as a stand alone, but I recommend reading it because it is a great book and you do learn some backstory behind Luke that I rather enjoyed.  

The Amish novel offers a mystery with romance interwoven in the story. The plot and the characters were enjoyable and it was a nice read. My favorite character was Daniel. He is super sweet. I think you will like him. Overall, this is a great book to add to your Amish collection. 

I give this book 4/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for my honest review. Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for my honest review. 

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About the Author:
Barbara Cameron
CBD, CBA, and ECPA bestselling author of 24 books (including new series upcoming for Abingdon Press in 2011/2012) including fiction and non-fiction books for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin, and other publishers.

I sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and am the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.

My two novellas won the 2nd and 3rd place in the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest from the Faith, Love, and Hope chapter of RWA. Both were finalists for the novella category of the Carol Award of the American Christian Writers Award (ACFW).

Monday, May 21, 2018

No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens

36459591No Less Days

David Galloway can’t die.How many lifetimes can God expect one man to live? Over a century old, David Galloway isolates himself from the mortal humans who die or desert him by making a quiet life as a used bookstore owner in Northern Michigan. But then he spots a news article about a man who, like him, should be dead.
Daredevil celebrity Zachary Wilson walked away unscathed from what should have been a deadly fall. David tracks the man down, needing answers. Soon David discovers a close-knit group of individuals as old as he is who offer the sort of kinship and community he hasn’t experienced for decades—but at what cost?  
David finds himself keeping secrets other than his own. . .protecting more than himself alone. He’ll have to decide what’s worth the most to him—security or community. When crimes come to light that are older than any mortal, he fears the pressure is more than he can stand. What does God require of him, and is David strong enough to see it through?

Amanda G. Stevens

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Breasts: The Owner's Manual Every Woman's Guide to Reducing Cancer Risk, Making Treatment Choices, and Optimizing Outcomes By Kristi Funk, M.D.

Breasts: The Owner's ManualEvery Woman's Guide to Reducing Cancer Risk, Making Treatment Choices, and Optimizing Outcomes

By Kristi Funk, M.D. 

Most women don’t want to hear about breast cancer unless they have it and need to make some decisions, but these days news about breast cancer—the number one killer of women ages twenty to fifty-nine—is everywhere. Hope for a cure abounds. Celebrities have come forward to share their experiences and raise awareness. Chances are you know someone who has had it.
But did you know that you make choices every day that bring you closer to breast cancer—or move you farther away?That in the majority of cases, cancer isn’t up to fate, and there are ways to reduce your risk factors?That many of the things you’ve heard regarding the causes of breast cancer are flat-out false?
There have been few solid guidelines on how to improve your breast health, lower your risk of getting cancer, optimize your outcomes if you’re faced with a diagnosis, and make informed medical choices after treatment. Until now.
“Dr. Funk writes Breasts: The Owner’s Manualjust like she talks: with conviction, passion, and a laser focus on you.”
—DR. MEHMET OZ, Host of The Dr. Oz Show
“Breasts: The Owner’s Manualwill become an indispensable and valued guide for women looking to optimize health and minimize breast illness.”

My Thoughts:
This is my first book and read on the topic of breast cancer. I like the style of the author's writing with lots of information in a hard copy book. This book has a wealth of information and is a great resource for women wanting to understand good health care as it relates to breast health. 
The book is broken into four parts: Breast Health Basics, Reducing Breast Cancer Risk, Learn Your Risk Factors and Control Medical Choices. This is again a great tool and full of information, but the author does a great job with clarification between statistics, tables and visuals throughout this book. I am using this book as a research tool, so I found it to be very helpful. I give this book 4/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for my honest review. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy Blog Tour & Giveaway!

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
9780764219290Title: The Accidental Guardian Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 1 Author: Mary Connealy Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Release Date: April 3, 2018 Genre: Historical Romance / Western +To Read: Goodreads She’s the Only Witness to a Wagon Train Attack. Keeping Her Safe, Though, Means His World Is about to be Turned Upside Down. When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he’s finally carved out a home and started a herd–while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He’d hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise. Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling–yet enticing.
Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter–but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.
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Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. CONNECT WITH MARY:websitefacebooktwitterinstagram
You can also find Mary at these sites: Seekerville and Petticoats & Pistols

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  • The Cimarron Legacy by Mary Connealy (all 3 print books)
  • The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy (print)
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Review:  The Accidental Guardian is the first  book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series by Mary Connealy. Mary did a wonderful job writing this story with the way she captivated the reader through intense moments. A story of love, hope, pain and heartache is one that will have you curled up, reading the pages and looking forward to the next book in this series. I enjoyed every minutes of this book and felt like the story went by too fast. I received a complementary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Character Spotlight - Carrie Pagels Heroine

Character Spotlight – Carrie Pagels’ Heroines

Capturing the past, while capture the attention of the reader immediately from the very start is something Carrie Fancett Pagels does remarkable. Each of her stories will tell the tale of romance, adventure and faith. Her style makes the characters come to life and theme of faith is very strong in her writing. Get ready as we head into an adventure of hearing from a character who comes from Mackinaw Island, Michigan in 1894.
I am honored to have Carrie here today interviewing Sadie Duvall as she talks about her infatuation with Robert Swaine, whose she had a long friendship with for many years. Let read their chat below! 

Interview with Carrie & Sadie: 

Carrie: Hello, Sadie, I hope you'd tell us about you first met Robert.
Sadie: Robert? Do you mean Captain Robert Swaine? (she sniffs)
Carrie: Yes, I do.
Sadie: (She averts her gaze.) I met him through my best friend, Maude Welling. She’s his niece.
Carrie: Wouldn’t that make him almost old enough to be your father?
Sadie: (Eyes wide) Oh, no, it wouldn’t! Robert was much younger than his sister, Maude’s mother, God rest her soul. He’s less than a decade older than me. About eight years difference. Not that it matters. Not really, since he’s only a friend.
Carrie: I see. But when you first met him, through your friend, what did you think of Robert?
Sadie: (Sighs, her eyes become dreamy.) I have to admit he was so very handsome. I was reaching my early teen years when we moved to the island. He was the nicest young man. So kind. Always ferrying me and Maude around places.
Carrie So you developed a crush on him?
Sadie: A crush?

Carrie: Yes, it’s a term meaning an infatuation.
Sadie: Oh, yes, I had many daydreams about Robert marrying me.
Carrie: Even though he was nigh unto his early twenties then?
Sadie: Yes. And even though he had a sweetheart. (Her face turns pensive and she chews her lip.)
Carrie: What happened?
Sadie: I had turned sixteen. A lot of girls at that age do marry, you know.
Carrie: Yes, at that time I believe it was common.
Sadie: Well, I thought Robert would ask me to marry him.
Carrie: Had he begun to court you?
Sadie: (Waves a hand dismissively) Oh heavens no! It was a girlish fantasy that’s all. He asked his sweetheart to marry him. (She frowns)
Carrie: But they didn’t?
Sadie: No, she ran off with another man. A soldier from the fort.
Carrie: Oh my.
Sadie: Yes, she crushed Robert. We didn’t see him much on the island for years after that.
Carrie: And what about yourself. What did you do?
Sadie: (Big sigh) I’m rather embarrassed about how silly I was, but I got it into my head that my way off the island and out of my difficult family situation was to find myself an officer at the fort to marry me.
Carrie: And how did that work out?
Sadie: Oh, I was “courted” by an officer for so long that I was sure I’d be married in 1894. But then Robert ruined everything.
Carrie: Robert?
Sadie: Yes, and just when I had everything sorted out in my head about how I’d like my officer’s family home to look.
Carrie: Back to Robert, what did he do?
Sadie: (Blows out a big breath, which stirs strands of her long blonde hair.) Robert interrupted things before they went any further.
Carrie: Further?
Sadie: You’ll have to read my story to learn more about what Robert did. But suffice it to say, I should be grateful to him. I really should. I am trying to be. But it’s hard. When your “crush” as you say, returns and he’s even more wonderful that you remembered – well, it’s hard to decide what to do. I won’t however, allow him to take any more of my dreams from me.
Carrie: Well, okay then! Thank you!

Thank you Carrie & Sadie for joining us today!

First Love Forever Romance Collection

His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1894 – Mackinac Island, Michigan: Robert Swaine, a ship captain, returns to Mackinac Island where his first love, Sadie Duvall struggles to support her siblings. Will she anchor him to the island he has vowed to leave behind?

My Thoughts:
If you enjoy a great novella, get ready to curl up not only with Sadie, but this entire collection. I loved His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels. The setting was perfect, especially on Mackinaw Island. This novella captivated my heart immediately and I could not put the story down. This story also takes place around the time of another book that Carrie wrote, "My Heart Belongs on Mackinaw Island." The writing and characters are fantastic. I give this story 5/5 stars.

Additionally, I recommend this entire novella collection of nine beautifully written stories. They will touch your heart with circumstances that separate love and also as you watch drama unfold. This is a great collection of clean, historical, love stories that I really enjoyed reading!

To purchase your copy head HERE!!!

About the Author:

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper,” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at