Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Murder at the Flamingo (Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery #1) by Rachel McMillan

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“Maybe it was time to land straight in the middle of the adventure…”
Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, Hamish runs away to Boston where his cousin, Luca Valari, is opening a fashionable nightclub in Scollay Square. When he meets his cousin's “right hand man” Reggie, Hamish wonders if his dreams for a more normal life might be at hand. 
Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, heir to a New Haven fortune, has fled fine china, small talk, and the man her parents expect her to marry. Determined to make a life as the self-sufficient city girl she’s seen in her favorite Jean Arthur and Katharine Hepburn pictures, Reggie runs away to Boston, where she finds an easy secretarial job with the suave Luca Valari. But as she and Hamish work together in Luca’s glittering world, they discover a darker side to the smashing Flamingo night club.




Friday, July 27, 2018

One December Blog Tour


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Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for One December by Kyle Hunter, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

one  december Title: One December  
Author: Kyle Hunter
Publisher: Monceau Publishing  
Release Date: February 10, 2018  
Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Nikki has loved Mike for as long as she can remember (as early as age seven!) Mike has his own past hurts to resolve, having lost both parents in an accident when he was fourteen. He’s tried to escape those painful memories by leaving New York and starting a new life on the West Coast. New facts indicate, years later, that his parents’ deaths might not have been an accident.

At Christmas Mike comes back to New York for the first time in three years. He and Nikki rekindle the friendship they had as children and share their newfound faith. Under a Christmas moon romantic sparks fly . . . but their mutual attraction takes an unexpected detour.

Nikki is devastated, believing her one chance for a relationship with Mike is over. She impulsively takes a one-year teaching opportunity in Paris, so that she can face her own fears and get over Mike.

If Mike and Nikki run away, how can they find each other again?  


My Thoughts:
Get ready to roam the streets of Paris as you head through an adventure of a lifetime and living through Nikki as she decides to taking a teaching position in Paris. She decides that this will help her get over heartbreak, but will it really? But while in Paris, she learns a lot more than getting over Mike and as for him, the reader sees growth, both spiritual and emotional. One December is a beautiful story that captures beautiful emotion and the love every woman desires of her heavenly father. This book will captivate you right away and you'll enjoy reading it!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I love to read and write stories about strong women who still have flaws, but are ready to pursue their dreams, even if it takes them out of their comfort zone . . . or their country.

I write inspirational romance novels and women's fiction with a twist: My characters sometimes go places. This led me to create the Love on the Move collection of novels. Readers can take a trip with them and experience their journeys. They can see how the characters' lives unfold as they make decisions to trust God (or not) in their next steps, learning about themselves and their faith, and finding love along the way!

I currently live in North Carolina but spent over a decade in France (where some of my books take place.) I also write non-fiction and teach French. In my free time, I enjoy doing pottery and salsa dancing.  

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TOUR GIVEAWAY
Kyle Hunter is giving away:
  • 1 ebook of One December
  • $25 Amazon gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 16, 2018 and last through 11:59pm July 23, 2018. Open internationally, except where prohibited by law. Winners must be able to accept ebook and gift card from US Amazon. 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.


 
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck


36576120The Love Letter

by Rachel Hauck
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With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he’ll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.

Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton.

Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty—a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She’s the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies?

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Rachel Hauck is a story teller, one that can craft a story that will appeal to your heart, emotions and will have you interested in her book for a very long time.  The Love Letter is an enjoyable read. This story is a dual storyline, one that is separated by 240 years, which seemed for a while to have no rhyme or reason, but eventually I caught on. Between the present time and the American Revolution war, this book was captivating. I enjoyed the idea of handwritten letters passed down from generations to generations, especially with computers and social media. The idea of a handwritten note seems so foreign to us, so I treasure handwritten notes and the idea that these letters had meaning, which makes this book more rich.

If you enjoy stories that have dual time periods with rich history, this is a good book for you to pick up. Rachel Hauck seems to have spent a great deal of time doing her homework on the history. This book is a great read!

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About the Author:

Rachel Hauck
A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers.. 

A graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, Rachel is an avid OSU football fan. She hopes to one day stand on the sidelines in the Shoe with Urban Meyer.
An avid Diet Coke fan, she is caffeine free. Sometimes you just have to compromise. 

She's never skied or jumped out of an airplane. She leaves such hijinks to Jason Bourne.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Auschwitz Lullaby A Novel By Mario Escobar


36576005Auschwitz LullabyA Novel

By Mario Escobar 

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Auschwitz Lullaby brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save.
On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene’s worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into custody. Though Helene is German and safe from the forces invading her home, she refuses to leave her family—sealing her fate in a way she never could have imagined.
After a terrifying trek across the continent, Helene and her family arrive at Auschwitz and are thrown into the chaos of the camp. Her husband, Johann, is separated from them, but Helene remains fiercely protective of her children and those around her. When the powers-that-be discover that Helene is not only a German but also a trained nurse, she is forced into service at the camp hospital, which is overseen by the notorious Dr. Mengele himself.
Helene is under no illusions in terms of Dr. Mengele’s intentions, but she agrees to cooperate when he asks her to organize a day care and school for the Romani children in the camp. Though physically and emotionally brutalized by the conditions at Auschwitz, Helene musters the strength to protect the children in her care at any cost. Through sheer force of will, Helene provides a haven for the children of Auschwitz—an act of kindness and selflessness so great that it illuminates the darkest night of human history.
Based on a true story, Mario Escobar’s Auschwitz Lullaby demonstrates the power of sacrifice and the strength of human dignity—even when all hope seems lost.

My Thoughts:
Mario Esobar writes a heartbreaking true story through a fiction story. While elements were added to break this story to life, the main story of Helene life is anything but Fiction. This book is about how Helene was held as a prisoner in Auschwitz as a prisoner along with her children and her husband. This book is compelling, and told with bravery, yet it also is dark because their is no dignity and self worth when it came to the value of humans. This book shows how humans were devalued and were seen as a number, disease or science experience. 
The research behind this book is fascinating and the author did a fantastic job! This is a book that readers must continue to tell the story of this amazing historical fiction, but real life story. We must never forget the hatred and violence our brothers and sisters experienced, so we never go back to it. I highly recommend this book. You won't regret reading it! I read this book in 3 hours from cover to cover because I could not stop reading it. 

About the Author:
Mario EscobarMario Escobar Golderos has a degree in History, with an advanced studies diploma in Modern History. He has written numerous books and articles about the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, and religious sects. He is the executive director of an NGO and directs the magazine Nueva historia para el debate, in addition to being a contributing columnist in various publications. Passionate about history and its mysteries, Escobar has delved into the depths of church history, the different sectarian groups that have struggled therein, and the discovery and colonization of the Americas. He specializes in the lives of unorthodox Spaniards and Americans.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Shift Your Thinking for Success: 77 Ways to Win at Work and in Life by Dean Del Sesto

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We all desire success--but we don't all understand what success actually is. Success isn't a place you arrive at after working hard. That's a goal. Success is found in the character you maintain while you pursue your goals. It's about who we are and how we project our persona at work, at home, at school, and everywhere else. And all it takes to find success and fulfillment are simple shifts in the way we think.
In this wisdom-packed book, Dean Del Sesto offers readers 77 brief reflections to help them shift their thought patterns for greater success in business and life. He shows how to interrupt the things that aren't currently working and provides clear alternatives to think, plan, and act differently for better results.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Love for Leah (Amish of Pontotoc #2) by Amy Lillard

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For the Amish of Pontotoc, Mississippi, faith can open minds—and hearts—to create surprising bonds for a lifetime . . .
Independent-minded Leah Gingerich has always been outspoken. And even though she is now a progressive Mennonite, she's rediscovering the joys of family traditions back in her Amish hometown. Yet she can't help but clash with her handsome new Amish neighbor, Jamie Stoltzfus. He's too hard-headed and old-line to see that his traumatized young nephew, Peter, needs faith and help—or that a woman who stands up to him may be what he needs to heal . . .
After a devastating tragedy, Jamie moved to Pontotoc with his nephew for a fresh start. Holding fast to his beliefs is the only way he feels he can aid Peter—and himself. But somehow, Leah's freethinking ways and feisty challenges are sparking a happiness he's never felt before. Soon, Jamie can't imagine his life without her. But are their differences ultimately too great to overcome—or can love bridge their way to a future together?

My Thoughts:
A Love for Leah is the second book in the Amish of Pontotoc series. This can be read as a stand alone book, but I highly recommend reading the first book in this series. Amy Lillard is a fantastic author and this book was just as great as the first.
In A Love for Leah, we see Hannah's twin sister, Leah as the main character. I was captivated by this story especially when Jamie came into the picture and the author wrote about Amish and Mennonite. I really just enjoyed reading the differences between the Amish and Mennonites as I did not realize the differences. This was a great love story, by a talented author and I highly recommend it! Don't miss out on A Love for Leah! 

About the Author:
Amy LillardI'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son--a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels--not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I adore romances. 

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham


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Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone.
For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.
Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.
My Thoughts:
Debut novel, The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham is a breath of fresh-air. With deep emotions, the characters will draw you in ,as you feel apart of their life in Azure Springs dealing with loss, sickness and romance. 
Ms. Fordman did a fantastic job when it came to the research behind this book and I would have never known this was her first book. Honestly, this is a must read! The Hope of Azure Springs is a wonderful novel and a very  engaging historical read! It’s deeply meaning and a emotional read that I really enjoyed. The theme of hope, romance, and healing were just many of the things you can find at Azure Springs. Honestly, Em and Caleb are two characters and stories that will stick with you long after this story is over.  I highly recommend this book, and know that you will read this boo quickly. I hope to be able to read this book again before summer is over again. This is a great historical fiction read! 

About the Author:
Rachel FordhamRachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children's bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.

Learn more about current projects at rachelfordham.com

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Edge of Over There (The Day the Angels Fell #2


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The captivating sequel to the award-winning The Day the Angels Fell

Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller's life had been predictable. But after the Tree and the lightning and the angels, everything felt tenuous, like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. She spent years looking for signs of that other world, waiting for it to break through. When it didn't, her friendship with Sam Chambers grew cold and distant, and they both wondered how any of it could actually have happened.

Four years later, 16-year-old Abra's long-delayed quest to find the next manifestation of the Tree of Life is renewed when she sees a woman walking up the road--a woman who looks exactly like Sam's dead mother. The woman directs her to New Orleans where she will find the grave of Marie Laveau, one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. As Abra enters The Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn't know whom to fear or whom to trust. But she's starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.
 

My Thoughts:

The Edge of Over There is the sequel to The Day The Angels Fell which I reviewed previously. I wanted to give Shawn Smucker another shot, so I decided to read this second novel.  This book felt spiritual, but had no clear path and was dark at times. I was confused while reading it. I wasn't sure who was who, which made frustrated while reading it. Also, I thought the angels in the story were different. I also didn't completely understand The Tree of Life. It sounded like before the Tree of Life, there were other ones that existed. The book confused me and it wasn't in a way that I felt drew me closer to Christ, especially if I was reading a Christian fiction book to have elements of faith, I think this book was a stretch.  Overall, as a fantasy book, this is probably a great read, but I struggled through this one. I am sure if you like fantasy books, you might really enjoy this book, but for me, I did not like it as a Christian fiction book . I give this book 3/5 stars. 






Thursday, July 12, 2018

Minding the Light (Nantucket Legacy #2) by Suzanne Woods Fisher


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Six long years ago, Captain Reynolds Macy sailed away from his bride, looking forward to the day when he would return to Nantucket Island with a ship's hold full of whale oil. But when that momentous day finally arrives, Ren soon discovers that everything has changed in his absence. Everything. "Is nothing on this island as it appears to be?" he whispers in despair.

Unlike most islanders, bold and spirited Daphne Coffin doesn't defer to Ren as an authoritative whalemaster, but sees through his aloofness to the aching heart beneath. She encourages him to return to his Quaker roots and "mind the Light," finding solace in God and community. As Ren becomes the man she believes him to be--honorable, wise, faithful--she finds herself falling in love with him.

But how can she, when her heart is spoken for? Tristram Macy is Ren's business partner, cousin, and best friend--and Daphne's fiancE. Love always comes at a cost, but when is the price too high?

My Thoughts:
 Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a compelling narrative with rich characters, a capturing setting and emotional complexity.  The historical research and detail of Nantucket is exquisite and detail oriented. The reader can visualize the harbor, and smell the ocean. This book catches all the senses, which makes this book so beautiful. Not only is the book structurally sound with the plot, setting and characters, but the way this book pulls the reader into the story is uncanning. I felt very connected Mary and enjoyed reading her journal entries. This book was not just a great book of story, but one of history too and I learned a great deal of information in this book. I give this book a 4.5/5 stars rating. I highly recommend you putting this book on your summer reading list! 

 About the Author:
Suzanne Woods FisherSuzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. 

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate the principles of simple living. 

Suzanne lives in California with her family and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can't life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth. 

Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Boundaries for Your Soul How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies By Alison Cook

Boundaries for Your SoulHow to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies

By Alison Cook

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Do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions? Many people let guilt, anger, or self-criticism dominate their lives and negatively affect their relationships. Boundaries for Your Soul shows you how to calm the chaos within. This groundbreaking approach will help you know what to do when you feel overwhelmed, understand your guilt, anxiety, sadness, and fear, welcome God into the troubling parts of your soul and move from doubt and conflict to confidence and peace.
Boundaries for Your Soul includes relatable anecdotes, helpful exercises, an engaging quiz, and opportunities for personal reflection. Gathering the wisdom from the authors’ twenty-five years of combined advanced education, biblical studies, and clinical practice, this book will set you on a journey to become the loving, authentic, joyful person you were created to be.
My Thoughts:
As a social worker and someone who is in ministry, this book is awesome! Boundaries for Your Soul is very helpful, practical and great for interpersonal relationships. This book will help you create healthy boundaries with the external world, so you have healthy boundaries within your internal personal life. I love how this book takes the shift on focusing on our internal world for our overall mental, spiritual and emotional health. This book is not just about the internal dialogue, but finding freedom in the internal dialogue with the Lord. I really enjoyed this book and found it super helpful. It is a great resource and I highly recommend it! 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart


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Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She's determined to find a way to buy Louis's freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she'll face an uphill battle.
Based partly on a true story, Ann H. Gabhart's latest historical novel is a tour de force. The vividly rendered town of Springfield and its citizens immerse readers in a story of courage, betrayal, and honor that will stick with them long after they turn the last page.

My Thoughts:
River to Redemption is a great book! I really enjoy books by Ann Gabhart and this book was just as fantastic as her other books. This book does not disappoint, especially with the history and time period in which this book was written for. The characters are fantastic and the faith they displayed is amazing! Even when things were looking dim, they still continued to pray, believe and God still saw them through.  This book is a great romance, adventure and make sure the tissues are close by. I give this book 4.5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required and all opinions expressed here are my own. 

About the Author:

Ann H. GabhartRiver to Redemption is a great book! I really enjoy books by Ann Gabhart and this book was just as fantastic as her other books. This book does not disappoint, especially with the history and time period in which this book was written for. The characters are fantastic and the faith they displayed is amazing! Even when things were looking dim, they still continued to pray, believe and God still saw them through.  This book is a great romance, adventure and make sure the tissues are close by.