About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Plans We Made by Kathryn Cushman & Lauren Beccue: Review Tour & Giveaway


About the Book

When past secrets hold the only key to hope for the future...

Caroline Chapman is reeling from a broken engagement. Determined to start again, she moves cross-country for her dream job of planning events in the historical mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. Just as her life is getting back on track, she gets an email that shakes her very foundations.

Linda Riley's life looks picture perfect – a wonderful husband, two great kids, involved in church and the community. Then comes the diagnosis that shatters the façade. In order to save her son's life, she must reveal secrets that can rip everything apart.

Connected by more than painful circumstances, these two women discover a sacred bond. In this beautiful story of love, loss, and the fight for life, Caroline and Linda experience the reality that life doesn't always go according to The Plans We Made.

Available for Purchase HERE


MY THOUGHTS.....

The Plans We Made is the beautiful story of a mother and daughter who might never have met if a young sixteen year old boy hadn't developed a need for a bone marrow transplant. Suddenly, a painful secret long hidden is exposed and the hopes of a happy future all depend on people choosing to do the right thing. As two families struggle to accept the past while working to secure the future, we witness a touching story of pain, hope, love, and forgiveness.

I love that Kathryn Cushman and Lauren Beccue have filled their story with relatable characters, realistic situations, and a strong faith element. I also appreciate the strong focus on adoption. You'll smile and probably cry, but The Plans We Made is a great read for all who enjoy contemporary fiction. It is also a powerful reminder that human plans may fail but God's plan are perfect!

I received a copy of this book from the authors via the "Read with Audra" blogger program. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts. 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Authors

Kathryn Cushman graduated with a degree in pharmacy from Samford University. After hanging up her lab coat, she shifted her focus toward writing. Her previous works have received multiple nominations for both the Carol Award and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award. The Plans We Made is her tenth published novel. Learn more at kathryncushman.com. Follow her on Facebook (@authorkathryncushman) and Instagram (katiecushman1).

Lauren Beccue graduated from Holy Cross with a BA in English and now lives with her family in Santa Barbara. She writes about faith and family, with an emphasis on agricultural passages in the Bible. This is her first novel. Learn more at laurenbeccue.com. Follow her on Facebook (@beccue.lauren) and Instagram (@lauren_beccue).

Independently published, 340 pages.


AUTHORS' GIVEAWAY WITH PURCHACE

MAKE YOUR PLANS IN PENCIL!

Buy your copy of The Plans We Made online or at a local bookstore, then be sure to head to Lauren's website to claim your bonus freebie!

THREE CUSTOM PENCILS:

  • Make Your Plans in Pencil
  • The Plans We Made
  • Proverbs 19:21

Just contact Lauren with your name, address, and where you purchased the book, and she'll send you a set. That's it! (US only and while supply lasts.)



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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Beguiled (The Fairest Maidens, #2) by Jody Hedlund

Beguiled (The Fairest Maidens, #2)ABOUT THE BOOK

In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A princess rejected and hunted by her mother, and a prince who lives as a shunned outcast.


Princess Pearl flees for her life after her mother, Queen Margery, tries to have her killed during a hunting expedition. Pearl finds refuge on the Isle of Outcasts among criminals and misfits, disguising her face with a veil so no one recognizes her. She lives for the day when she can return to Warwick and rescue her sister, Ruby, from the queen’s clutches.

Amidst his royal testing on the Isle of Outcasts, Prince Mikkel of Scania has kept his identity a secret. Captured by a warring band of outcasts and condemned to die, he finds himself making friends with an intriguing but feisty young veiled woman. Intending to win her trust and gain her help to escape, he soon finds himself coerced to wed her.

Mikkel reluctantly agrees to the union to save his life, and Pearl hopes the marriage will provide protection for her and Ruby. But the queen is more determined to kill her daughter than either Pearl or Mikkel realizes and has a sinister reason neither expects—one that could rip their new love apart forever.

The real Snow White story.

The Fairest Maidens

Book 1: Beholden (Sept 2020)
Book 2: Beguiled (Oct 2020)
Book 3: Besotted (Nov 2020) 


MY THOUGHTS.....

Adventure, romance, and a return visit to the fairy tale Snow White. What more can a reader ask for? Jody Hedlund delivers another intriguing medieval story and this time, the two main characters, Princess Pearl and Prince Mikkel, are pitted against Pearl's mother, Queen Margery. She is truly an evil Queen. desiring to be the first person to make gold, and one of the requirements is a maiden's heart! Would she really kill her own daughter to complete this evil deed?

There is a powerful chemistry between Pearl and Mikkel and it doesn't hurt that they are both 'easy on the eyes' but Hedlund's story reminds us that an attractive appearance should never be more important than one's inner beauty. Beguiled also stresses the need to overcome hatred and bitterness so that we can truly forgive and there's a reminder that we often need to make sacrifices for those we love. Hedlund shares so many Christian values in this entertaining retelling of Snow White and there are several surprises also!





This is the second book of The Fairest Maidens series and, even though it is labeled as young adult literature, I was completely immersed and I'm anxious to see what's in store in the next book! I highly recommend Beguiled to all who enjoy medieval stories filled with Christian romance, adventure, and drama.



I received a copy of this book from the author but a positive review was never required. These are my own thoughts. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jody
 Hedlund is the best-selling author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.  

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My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn: Book Tour & Giveaway

 


Join us for this tour from Oct 12 to Oct 30, 2020!


Book Details:

Book Title:  My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn
Category Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   August, 2020
Content Rating:  G. 
This children's book is for everyone.


Book Description:


This story is about Rosie, who lives in Chicago. Within three weeks she lost all of her hair and asked, "Where did it go?" Rosie loved to rock the bald, without even skipping a beat. She happily wore sunscreen -not even a hat!- in the summer heat. At bedtime, Rosie would tell her own stories with a smile on her face. She'd imagine her hair going on magical adventures all over the place. From a young age, Rosie loved herself and was not phased by her look, So her mother decided to share her spirit to teach others through this book. Come on this adventure with a confident bald girl, Who tells us Bald is beautiful! as she smiles with a twirl. We hope this book can inspire you to love others as they are, And to love yourself every day, whether your hair is near or far.

MY THOUGHTS

'I woke up one morning, quick out of bed, to find curls on my pillow instead of my head. I felt so confused by this weird situation. My hair wasn't in its usual location!'

Children who suffer from hair loss will feel so special to have a book written especially for them. Author Paula Quinn and illustrator Chiara Civati have perfectly captured the emotions of a special little girl named Rosie who has lost her hair because of an autoimmune disease called Alopecia. The easy-to-read rhyming text and the captivating illustrations make it fun to read and it also educates about the effects of this disease. This cheerful and positive little girl teaches children that they need to love themselves and take pride in themselves, even if their hair is gone and their head is bald.

Parents and teachers will appreciate the vocabulary page and teacher's guide with activities and questions and this is also a book that needs to be in every school and public library. My Hair Went on Vacation is a valuable resource that definitely deserves a 5-Star rating!

I received a copy of this book via iRead Book Tours but a favorable review was never required. These are my own thoughts. 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Light in the Mountain Sky by Misty M. Beller: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Light in the Mountain Sky

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: September 29 , 2020

This epic journey may seal her fate forever.

Determined to prove her worth, Meksem fiercely fought to earn her place among the warriors in her Nez Perce camp. When her half-sister is captured by an enemy tribe, she refuses to trust the rescue to anyone else. But her new friends insist on joining her mission, and she battles between relief and frustration at their presence. Especially the white man who peers at her as if he can see through the face of the warrior she struggles so hard to maintain.

Spaniard Adam Vargas thrives on adventure wherever his travels take him. He’s fallen in love with this Rocky Mountain wilderness, as well as the spotted horses the Nez Perce tribe raise. His fascination with this Indian maiden-turned-warrior catches him off guard though, including the way she seems to be fighting for more than her sister’s safe return.

The journey proves more perilous than any of the group expects, and the secret Meksem hides becomes impossible to conceal. If they live through this mission, the life they knew will never be the same again.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and intense adventure.

Click here to get your copy!

 MY THOUGHTS.....


This is the third book in the Call of the Rockies series and the descriptive powers of author Misty M. Beller made me feel like I was on this perilous journey during the Winter of 1831. I could feel the bone-chilling cold and watch the snow that never seemed to quit falling on this search party traveling through the Rocky Mountains. I marveled at the bravery and determination of a young Indian maiden in her efforts to save her sister after she was kidnapped by the Blackfoot Indians and I could understand her desire to prove her self-worth. Meksem was more than an Indian maiden--she was a warrior and it wasn't until she met Adam Vargas that she thought that she could be both!

I enjoyed seeing Meksem's growing awareness of this man named Adam as they braved the elements and faced the unknown dangers together and I was touched by his gentleness and kindness. Meksem realized that he looked at her "As though he saw both the person she really was and the person she wanted to be. The only other human who'd ever seen that had been her father." Adam's Christian witness also prompted her to question God, and later, experience a spiritual awakening through his sharing of God's Word.

This story is filled with adventure, danger, and rich historical detail but there is also a strong faith element and a sweet and promising romance. I recommend Light in the Mountain Sky to all who enjoy historical Christian romance.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was never required and no monetary compensation was given. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Author

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

 More from Misty

Early Nez Perce Business Women

 As I’ve been researching for my current Call of the Rockies series, I’ve had the pleasure of diving deep into the culture of the Nez Perce tribe. I found it interesting that one of the primary food sources of The People (as they called themselves) was camas roots.

But what really drew my notice was how the women would cultivate entire fields of camas root, store what they needed for their family through the winter, then use the extras for bartering. Some savvy women would become quite wealthy from their business dealings!

The bulbs of the camas plant are full of calories and nutrients, and each fall, Nez Perce families would travel to their particular camas meadow (a section of land whose camas rights had probably been passed down from generation to generation within their family). Many of these meadows were located near present-day Weippe, Moscow or Grangeville, where the onion-shaped bulbs grew thickly.

Women used pointed wooden tools to harvest the bulbs, and could often gather over 50 pounds a day, satisfying their full winter’s supply within just a few days.

Native American peoples who ate camas include the Nez Perce (Nimíipuu), Cree, Coast Salish, Kalapuya, and Blackfoot, and Yakama, among many others. Not all of these people groups harvested camas themselves. Instead, many relied on trade in order to procure it. Trade networks were established all the way from the Rockies to the Pacific Ocean, and a shrewd businesswoman who tended her camas meadows well could provide everything her family needed and more!

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, October 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 13

Splashes of Joy, October 13

A Baker’s Perspective, October 14

deb’s Book Review, October 14

Blessed & Bookish, October 15

Connect in Fiction, October 15

lakesidelivingsite, October 15

For the Love of Literature, October 16

Betti Mace, October 16

Texas Book-aholic, October 17

21st Century Keeper at Home, October 17

Inklings and notions, October 18

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 18

jeanette’s Thoughts, October 18

Older & Smarter?, October 19

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 19

For Him and My Family, October 20

Mary Hake, October 20

She Lives To Read, October 21

Writing from the Heart Land, October 21

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 22

Simple Harvest Reads, October 22 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Artistic Nobody, October 23 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Blossoms and Blessings, October 23

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 24

reviewingbooksplusmore, October 24

Bizwings Blog, October 24

Connie’s History Classroom, October 25

Book Love, October 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 26

Bigreadersite, October 26

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/101f7/light-in-the-mountain-sky-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Brought to Book by Barbara Cornthwaite: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book


Book:  Brought to Book

Author: Barbara Cornthwaite

Genre:  Christian cozy mystery

Release Date:  June 24, 2020

There’s nothing in Emily Post about dealing with murder.

Katrina just wanted to spend time among the books at Frank’s Bookstore. Yes, that’s an unimaginative name for a store, but Frank’s an unimaginative guy–or he was.

Now he and his murder are the reason Katrina is spending her spare time with Wilkester detective, Todd Mason. Or, that’s what she tells herself.

Why would anyone want to kill Frank Delaney? Who would do it? And is Katrina herself even safe?

Mixing faith, literary humor, sweet romance, and a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing, Barbara Cornthwaite’s first Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read.

Begin your investigation of Brought to Book today.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 MY THOUGHTS.....

"If I've learned anything from mystery novels and TV shows, it 's that you don't let murder suspects into your house when you're alone."

I'm a big fan of mystery/suspense novels but sometimes, non-stop action and intense drama aren't what I want. Instead, I prefer a lighter mystery and author Barbara Cornthwaite offers the perfect solution with her new book, Brought to Book. This is an enjoyable story with murder minus the graphic details, a heroine in need of protection, and a police detective who may discover more than just the killer's identity. Great characters, an appealing setting, witty dialogue, and a strong faith element make this a great cozy mystery and the suggestion of a romance between adjunct professor Katrina and police detective Todd adds even more interest.

This is the first book in The Wilkester Mysteries series and I'm anxious to see what's next for Katrina, Todd, and the college town of Wilkester, Washington! I recommend Brought to Book to all who enjoy Christian cozy mysteries.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was never required and there was no monetary compensation given. These are my own thoughts. 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author

Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.

 

More from Barbara

Meeting of the Minds

A Wilkester Mysteries Introduction

Detective Todd Mason knew Katrina was the one the first time he met her. The woman had witnessed a murder—if not with her eyes, at least with her ears. She’d seen the man dying and called for help, afraid all the while that the killer would return for her. So much he’d been told before he went into the interrogation room.

“How’s she handling it?” he asked the officer who had arrived first at the scene and escorted her to the police station.

“Not too badly,” said Gary. “She’s in shock, of course, but she’s trying to hold it together. Katrina Peters. She’s in Room 2.”

He’d gone in then and gotten his first look at her. Late thirties or early forties. Brown hair that fell to her shoulders in loose waves. Brown eyes that were red-rimmed from crying. Hands clutching a tissue. She managed a faint smile when he walked in.

“Hello, Ms. Peters. I’m Detective Todd Mason. I need to ask you some questions, if that’s all right.”

“Miss,” she said, almost as a reflex.

“I beg your pardon?” Todd wasn’t sure he’d heard her correctly.

“It’s Miss Peters.” She said it firmly, repudiating the term Ms. even at such a stressful moment. Something made her blush then, and he saw her glance at his left hand. “Never mind,” she murmured.

She’s afraid I’ll think she’s trying to advertize her availability. It amused Todd to see the blush—if only she knew how refreshing it was to see a woman who would even be conscious of such a thing. Old fashioned, he thought. In a good way.

She answered his questions as calmly as she could, and even apologized for the tears that insisted on coming out now and then. When she alluded to Daniel in the lion’s den, he knew she really was out of the ordinary, and it took all his self-control not to offer to drive her home himself.

To join the investigation, read your copy of Brought to Book today.

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 10

21st Century Keeper at Home, October 10

The Avid Reader, October 10

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 11

Remembrancy, October 11

For the Love of Literature, October 12

Worthy2Read, October 12

Genesis 5020, October 12

deb’s Book Review, October 13

Blogging With Carol, October 13

Robin’s Nest, October 13

Texas Book-aholic, October 14

Losing the Busyness, October 14

April Hayman, Author, October 14

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 15

Inklings and notions, October 16

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 16

Daysong Reflections, October 16

Older & Smarter?, October 17

For Him and My Family, October 17

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 18

Just Your Average reviews, October 18

Lis Loves Reading, October 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 19

As He Leads is Joy, October 19

Emily Yager, October 19

Sodbusterliving, October 20

Artistic Nobody, October 20 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Labor Not in Vain, October 20

She Lives To Read, October 21

Bizwings Blog, October 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 21

Godly Book Reviews, October 22

Mary Hake, October 22

Vicky Sluiter, October 22

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 23

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Barbara is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10210/brought-to-book-celebration-tour-giveaway

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