Monday, May 27, 2019

The Inn At Hidden Run By Olivia Newport

The Inn At Hidden Run By Olivia Newport



A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees

Meri’s family has been producing doctors for so many generations that no one remembers why, so when she flunks out of medical school, she runs as far from her parents as she can get. In the small mountain town of Canyon Mines, Colorado, she takes a job at the Inn at Hidden Run B&B. And waits. It’s only a matter of time.

What she doesn’t count on is genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan, having her back when it takes everything she has not to bolt again but to stay and face the truth that only unfolding her family’s history will reveal. While Nolan works on keeping Meri calm—and in town—Jillian pulls out of her gems of information she doesn’t know she has and arranges the puzzle pieces.

But none of that changes the fact that Meri’s family is closing in to haul her back to her “real” life. When their arrival inflames tensions and Meri finally does bolt, Nolan and Jillian may be out of time.

The Inn at Hidden Run is the first book in the Tree of Life series. Readers will come back to backdrop of a lovely mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that inspire them to connect with their own family histories and unique faith journey.

My Thoughts: 
The Inn at the Hidden Run is the first book in the Tree Life Series and I enjoyed reading this book. I found myself intrigued with the genealogy in this book, which made me want to learn more about my own.  The modern telling of Yellow Fever was very interesting, especially as the author weaved a dual storyline into this book. To be able to craft a dual timeline into a story and do it well, is writing craft and Olivia Newport did an amazing job! I recommend the read!

About the Author:




 Olivia Newport’s novels blend the truths of where we find ourselves now with insights into what carried us in the past. Enjoying life with her husband and nearby grown children, she chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Guy's Guide to Four Battles Every Young Man Must Face: a manual to overcoming life’s common distractions by Jonathan McKee

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Author Jonathan McKee writes The Guy's Guide to Four Battles Every Young Man Must Face which is a great book that cuts to the chase. It is an honest, authentic book that makes a young adult man look at themselves and ask hard questions through scripture and application. This book has short chapters, great stories and truth throughout the entire book. This book would be a great for Father's do with their sons. I highly recommend getting a copy, especially as Father's Day is just around the corner. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Card of Kindness for Courageous Girls compiled by Barbour Publishing Staff

Card of Kindness for Courageous Girls compiled by Barbour Publishing Staff
512f-63qDeL._SX352_BO1,204,203,200_Your heart will delight in spreading kindness and inspiration wherever you go with these shareable Cards of Kindness!
Flip each page to discover a positive life message that will both uplift and inspire your heart—and the hearts of other courageous girls just like you. Once you’ve read through the devotion and pondered the message of loving-kindness, tear out the card and pass it on to another girl . . who will then be encouraged to keep the “Courageous Girls Are Kind” movement going. . .by passing the card along to yet another courageous girl!
Each Card of Kindness will spark positive, faith-building discussions with other like minded girls. You’ll enjoy spreading kindness and God’s love, page by delightful page! 
Be blessed, COURAGEOUS GIRL!
My Thoughts:
I love this book for girls! Each page has a teaching with a scripture verse. On the other side is  a piece of encouragement for girls to dream big, heal pain, bring peace, etc. The pages are perforated so they can be removed and given away. These are perfect to encourage friends, daughters, nieces, etc. It would be great to throw in their lunches. This is just such a neat little book for girls! 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Powerful Prayers for Your Son: Praying for Every Part of His Life by Rob Teigen, Joanna Teigen


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Parents know that their children need their prayers. But sometimes, they aren't sure where to start. For moms and dads who long to lift their kids up in prayer, Powerful Prayers for Your Daughter and Powerful Prayers for Your Son offer hope, encouragement, and practical help.

Rob and Joanna Teigen assure parents that just because they don't always understand their son or daughter, that doesn't mean that God doesn't. Collecting specific prayers parents can use, along with stories from other parents about how God has answered their prayers, Rob and Joanna give readers a strong foundation to build a lifelong habit of praying for their kids. They also explain what boys and girls need to learn as they grow up, including character, courage, modesty, self-control, forgiveness, and more, so parents can pray for every part of their kids' lives.
 

My Thoughts:
Powerful Prayers for your Son is a such a great book with an important message on prayer. This book is filled with 88 different prayers and categorized by topics. The table of contents makes it very accessible to find a topic you are looking for specific prayers on. I think this book is a great tool to a powerful prayer life.
This book provides  a deep look into how parents can prayer for their sons, even when they cannot be all things to children. It gives renewed hope and supernatural strength to parents. This book is filled with reflections, quote and a story along with a special prayer . This book is great and is a truly a blessing.
I really enjoyed reading this sweet book! It would make a wonderful  gift for Father's Day! 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Powerful Prayers for Your Daughter: Praying for Every Part of Her Life by Rob Teigen, Joanna Teigen


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Parents know that their children need their prayers. But sometimes, they aren't sure where to start. For moms and dads who long to lift their kids up in prayer, Powerful Prayers for Your Daughter and Powerful Prayers for Your Son offer hope, encouragement, and practical help.

Rob and Joanna Teigen assure parents that just because they don't always understand their son or daughter, that doesn't mean that God doesn't. Collecting specific prayers parents can use, along with stories from other parents about how God has answered their prayers, Rob and Joanna give readers a strong foundation to build a lifelong habit of praying for their kids. They also explain what boys and girls need to learn as they grow up, including character, courage, modesty, self-control, forgiveness, and more, so parents can pray for every part of their kids' lives.
 

My Thoughts:
Powerful Prayers for your Daughter is a such a great book with an important message on prayer. This book is filled with 88 different prayers and categorized by topics. The table of contents makes it very accessible to find a topic you are looking for specific prayers on. I think this book is a great tool to a powerful prayer life.
This book provides  a deep look into how parents can prayer for their daughters, even when they cannot be all things to children. It gives renewed hope and supernatural strength to parents. This book is filled with reflections, quote and a story along with a special prayer . This book is great and is a truly a blessing
I really enjoyed reading this sweet book! It would make a wonderful new baby-girl gift for a mamma, or a birthday gift for a mom!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sweet on You (Bradford Sisters Romance #3) by Becky Wade

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Sweet on You

(Bradford Sisters Romance #3)

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Britt and Zander have been best friends since they met thirteen years ago, but unbeknownst to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long. When Zander's uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Washington to investigate. As they work together to uncover his uncles tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also come to light?




My Thoughts:
I am a huge Becky Wade fan! I was so excited at the release of this third novel, Sweet on You a Bradford Sisters Romance novel. I have read all of the other books in this series, so I could not wait to get my hands on this book! 

Sweet on You is a must read! You will fall in love with best friends Britt and Zander. Make sure to have candy or chocolate handy while reading this book as many of the scenes are like watching a great Hallmark movie of a fantastic baker, only Britt is a chocolatier. The scenes are mouth watering and yes, I ate some chocolate during the reading of this book. 
The romance, mystery and faith elements in this novel made Sweet on You one of my favorite books I have read this entire year. The character development of Britt and Zander made them come to life as Wade captured their uniqueness and brought them to life. I enjoyed the plot and the romantic chemistry.
I highly recommend Sweet on You! This book is adorable and so enjoyable. 
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Becky Wade
About the Author:
During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn’t be more thrilled with it. 

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

On a Summer Tide (Three Sisters Island #1) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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(Three Sisters Island #1)


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When her father buys an island off the coast of Maine with the hope of breathing new life into it, Camden Grayson thinks hes lost his mind. An unexpected event sends Cam to his rescue, and she discovers the island has its own way of living . . . and loving.








My Thoughts:
On A Summer Tide is a surprising and enjoyable read by Suzanne Woods Fischer. As someone who has previously read her Amish books, it was great to see her change up the pace into a contemporary novel and she did it with such a natural rhythm, that you never know she is a an amish author. This book is just as catching and grabbing as her amish series are. 

On A Summer Tide invites the reader to a beautiful backdrop of Maine where we meet three sister who have very different personalities and a whole of growing to do. Given time, hardwork and some life on the island, the reader soon discovers family bonds. This book is full of humor, romance and even a few twists. Elements of faith are brought into the story and I really enjoyed reading this book.  

Overall, I thought this book was a quick read and I found the characters to be very realistic. This book would make a perfect beach read. 


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. 



Friday, May 17, 2019

“A Welcome at Our Door” by Amy Clipston


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Welcome At Our Door by Amy Clipston with JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Welcome At Our Door
Series: Amish Homestead, Book 4
Author: Amy Clipston
Publisher: Zondervan
Release Date: May 7, 2018
Genre: Amish Fiction
After a devastating loss, Cindy Riehl is still searching for peace. Will she find it in the community she calls home—or will love send her down a new path?
Over the last few years, Cindy Riehl—the youngest of the Riehl children—has watched her siblings find love and happiness in Lancaster County. But as her family has settled down and grown, Cindy has continued to grieve her mother, whose death left an enormous hole in her heart. Since that haunting day, Cindy has struggled to find peace and wonders if the community is the place for her—and if her faith in God will ever feel the same as it once did.
When a handsome and kind Englisher named Drew crosses Cindy’s path one surprising day, the two of them become fast and easy friends. Drew dreams of starting a family after some losses of his own, and before long, he and Cindy discover that their feelings for each other are romantic. As they spend more time together—often in secret—Cindy is drawn further and further away from the Amish community and the family she loves. In time, she is faced with a difficult choice that threatens to upend her world.
Will Cindy find contentment and love, and will she ever find restored comfort in God and her beloved community? In this final installment of the Amish Homestead series, we return to the charming town of Bird-in-Hand for a story of healing, family, and God’s perfect provision.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, and Amish Homestead series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats.
CONNECT WITH AMY: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY
(1) winner will receive a print copy of A Welcome At Our Door.
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight May 13, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm May 20, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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MY REVIEW:
I am a huge Amy Clipston fan, so at the opportunity to read her latest book "Amish Homestead," I jumped at it and boy, I was sure glad I did! The characters dive right off the page and straight into your heart. Amy has a knack for amazing characters who make you feel as though they are apart of your world, even though they live in the Amish community. 
If you have never read an Amish book, do not worry the author includes a list of English and Amish words to help readers figure out the translations. This was super helpful to me early on when I started reading Amish Christian fiction. I still use it when new words pop up. 
Honestly, I could not put this story down as read the story between Drew and Cindy. The two have an amazing friendship and I felt the tug at my heart as we walked through their grief together. Not to mention, I love Cucumber! Oh, did particular part of the story line make me laugh! This book is a quick read!
I have read all the rest of the books in the Amish Homestead series, but you do not need to read them. You can read them as a standalones, but I do recommend reading the series. 
I really enjoyed this Amish Christian fiction book! I received a e-copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Intimate Connection: Secrets to a Lifelong Romance by Kevin Leman

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Creating a happy, lifelong marriage is about much more than physical compatibility. It's about a lifestyle of 24-7 intimacy that bonds couples in a mutually satisfying relationship. In The Intimate Connection, bestselling marriage expert Dr. Kevin Leman explores key secrets to the love life couples crave. He helps readers

- understand each other's needs, backgrounds, and personalities (and how those factors influence every marital interaction)
- talk so their spouse really listens
- turn negative game-playing into positive behaviors that help couples grow closer
- create deep, long-lasting intimacy that's divorce-proof

Whether couples are new to marriage or have been married a long time, Dr. Leman's time-tested strategies will create the kind of exciting intimacy, mutual respect, and fulfilling communication that will keep husbands and wives in each other's arms for a lifetime.

My Thoughts:
The Intimate Connection, by Dr. Kevin Leman, covers many topics to  create a happy marriage. Using examples of his own life and those from his practice, Dr. Leman gives tools to create habits of a life long relationship with your spouse that is filled with love, respect and communication.  Dr. Kevin Leman explores key secrets to the love life couples crave. He helps readers understand needs, personalities and family histories, so that spouses can listen to one another, instead of blaming or criticizing. He gives tools for creating deep and long lasting marriages.  Dr. Leman's experience and wealth of knowledge is helpful for any marriage and this book should be used as a tool. I enjoyed reading this book and I think you will too! 

About the Author:
Kevin LemanDr. Kevin Leman, an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker, has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. The best-selling and award-winning author has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, including The View with Barbara WaltersThe Today ShowOprahCBS's The Early ShowLive with Regis PhilbinCNN's American Morning, and LIFE Today with James Robison, and he has served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America. He is the founder and president of Couples of Promise, an organization designed and committed to helping couples remain happily married. Dr. Leman is also a charter faculty member of iQuestions.com. He has written over 30 best-selling books about marriage and family issues, including The Birth Order Book and Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage. Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson. They have five children.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Rise of the Mystics (Beyond the Circle #2) by Ted Dekker

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I've been a long-time fan of Ted Dekker's work, his storylines, imagination and ability to craft a story. However, when it came to Rise of the Mystics, which is the second book in the Beyond The Circle series, I really struggled with this book and the first book in this series. For character development, I think Ted did a decent job with the development of Rachel and even Thomas, but I very much struggled with parts of this book, but I do think he ended the book well, despite my understanding of the seals and elements of this book that I do not agree with theologically.

About the Author:

Ted Dekker

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle #1) by Ted Dekker

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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Next Right Thing By Emily Freeman

The Next Right Thing By Emily Freeman

Nothing gets our attention like an unmade decision: Should I accept the new position? Which schooling choice is best for my kids? How can I support my aging parents? When we have a decision to make and the answer isn't clear, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction.

If you have trouble making decisions, because of either chronic hesitation you've always lived with or a more recent onset of decision fatigue, Emily P. Freeman offers a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing. With this simple, soulful practice, it is possible to clear the decision-making chaos, quiet the fear of choosing wrong, and find the courage to finally decide without regret or second-guessing.

Whether you're in the midst of a major life transition or are weary of the low-grade anxiety that daily life can bring, Emily helps create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.

My Thoughts:

I have read books my Emily Freeman before and I love her writing style. The Next Right Thing feels like a personal dialogue with Emily where is coaching me about life stuff and talking to me about God with decisions to make. I feel like she is telling me to slow down, listen to God and discern what He is talking to me about. This is just a great book! If you struggle to make decisions or you make them to quickly, this book is a great book in growing, making decisions, creating space and learning to roll with the punches. AHH! Such a great read! I can't say enough good things about this book or the author! Pick up a copy today. 
About the Author:






Emily P. Freeman is a writer, creative director, and spiritual mentor who helps create space for the soul to breathe so people can walk in step with their calling.

She is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and Grace for the Good Girl as well as Graceful and A Million Little Ways. She’s been writing online for over 10 years and is the co-founder of a growing community for writers at hopewriters.com. 

She and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children. Connect with Emily online at emilypfreeman.com and on Instagram @emilypfreeman.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Heart of a King (The Loves of King Solomon #1-4) by Jill Eileen Smith

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(The Loves of King Solomon #1-4)

Four women captured King Solomon's heart in different ways, and he indulges his desires despite warnings. For all his wisdom, did Solomon or the women he loved ever find what they were searching for?





My Thoughts:
The Heart of a King written by Jill Eileen Smith is a Biblical Fiction book that is remarkable. This book is easy to read and has amazing characters. She lays the ground work for a fantastic story describing Solomon's love and the story of his four wives. This book is so interesting and made me think of the Bible in a different lens. It helped me have a more vivid imagination to the Bible. The author did a great job of describing the personalities and character of Solomons wives and Solomon himself. She also did a great job showing how these women turned him away from the one true God. She made the reader very aware that no matter what things we think are God things, that we need to be careful because things will pull us away from Him if we do not keep our eyes on him. This book is very good and spoke to my heart. I can't wait to read more from this amazing author! 

If you like Biblical Fiction,The Heart of a King is well researched and a great story that you will enjoy. I highly recommend this book! 


About the Author:

Jill Eileen SmithJill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.