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!

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Finding Love in Mountain View: Movie Review & Giveaway with FrontGate Media

I am fortunate to have a sneak preview of a new movie that will have its premiere on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel Sunday, September 19th! Finding Love in Mountain View is a heartwarming story that is worthy to be labeled a Hallmark movie, and I urge you to tune in to the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel this Sunday, September 19th, at 9 PM EST, 6 PM PST. 


ABOUT THE MOVIE

FINDING LOVE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW

GENRE

Romance

CAST

Danielle C. Ryan, Myko Olivier, John Paul Lavoisier

YEAR

2019

SYNOPSIS

This film is based on Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon, a historical fiction book written by Miralee Ferrell, but producers have chosen to make this a contemporary story.  Finding Love in Mountain View is the  heartwarming tale of an architect who has been entrusted to care for her deceased cousin's children. Margaret is eager to succeed in her chosen profession, but will she be able to focus on her career and still take care of young children? 

Getting to know the children offers her a glimpse of what her life could be, and she is also reunited with someone from her past. Can she honor her late cousin's wishes by staying in Mountain View, or will she choose to return to her life in the city? 


View the Trailer HERE

 MY THOUGHTS.....

I truly enjoyed this movie. I wasn't familiar with any of the actors, but Margaret (Ryan) and Andrew (Olivier) share a special chemistry, and Joel (Loveless) and Sammie (Philpot) are both adorable. They convey all of the emotions that young children would feel after losing their parents, and Ryan and Olivier are perfect in their efforts to help the children and determine their true feelings for each other. .. 

Finding Love in Mountain View has beautiful scenery, a touching story, and there is even entertaining music to add to the enjoyment.  It is a clean romance that the whole family can enjoy, and I definitely recommend this movie!

I was given a sneak preview courtesy of FrontGate Media but was never obligated to write a favorable review. These are my own thoughts


GIVEAWAY



To celebrate the premiere of FINDING LOVE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, premiering Sunday Sept 19th at 6pm PT/9pm ET, FrontGate Media is giving away a copy of the book that the film was based on, and it will be signed by the lead actors!  Enter to win one of 3 copies here:


https://www.blessedfreebies.com/finding-love-in-bridal-veil-oregon-book-giveaway.html


Friday, September 17, 2021

Butterfly Cottage by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Butterfly CottageABOUT THE BOOK

Life-changing journeys begin when three generations of women unexpectedly spend a summer at the family’s Straits of Mackinac cottage. Blurb: Three generations of women unexpectedly head out to the family’s cottage at the Straits of Mackinac for a small-town Michigan summer together. Jaycie begins an archeology internship on Mackinac Island. Her mother, Tamara, takes a break from teaching kindergarteners. And her grandmother, Dawn, struggles with a decision to sell her successful travel agency and possibly retire. Each has her own journey to pursue during this short respite time from “normal” life. One of them has a secret that will change all of their lives. Can she make this one special summer to remember or will all be devastated? Faith for family and friends will be tested, with some finally able to put the past behind them and begin anew. (Set in 2018, pre-Pandemic.)


MY THOUGHTS.....

Wonderful characters, realistic situations, and a fantastic setting....what more can you ask for when looking for a great read? How about a book with a healthy dose of hope and faith thrown in? Butterfly Cottage has all of this, and it's a lovely story that you'll remember long after you've read the last sentence. A mother, daughter, and granddaughter have many serious issues to deal with, and even though they hesitate to share them with each other, they all agree on one thing. A summer at Butterfly Cottage on Mackinac Island is exactly what they all need!

Author Carrie Fancett Pagels shares the lives of three generations of women, as they travel their individual life journeys, and she completely captures all of their emotions by showing each of their points of view in alternating chapters. This isn't a light, fluffy romance because there are heavy topics such as pancreatic cancer, cheating husbands, and alcoholism, and Pagels vividly projects all of the fear, hurt, and disappointment. She does, however, buffer them by weaving a powerful faith message throughout the story. Dawn, Tamara, and Jaycie find hope for brighter futures by learning to trust in God and the plan that He has for their lives. There may even be romance on the horizon!

Butterfly Cottage is a heartwarming, inspiring book and I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary Christian fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance.  Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to listen to audiobooks, bake, walk with her family, and travel to beautiful places by the water– but not all at the same time!


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Set in Stone (The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #4) by David James Warren

Set in Stone (The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #4)
ABOUT THE BOOK

Rembrandt Stone is on the case of a serial killer. But when the killer finds him first, he puts the one person Rembrandt loves in his cross hairs. Now, Rembrandt must outwit time to save the people he loves.

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing as DAVID JAMES WARREN.






MY THOUGHTS.....

This is the fourth time that I've been caught up in Rembrandt Stone's adventures, and let me tell you, I am once again befuddled, amazed, and eager for more! You see, Rem has been able to travel back and forth in time, because of a very special watch, but now, he is actually 'settled' in one time. There are still many questions, but there are also snippets of information that explain some of what has occurred in the previous three books. Rem is still solving crimes, but we also get to see more of his personal life, and get to know another side of this intriguing man. Rem is a husband and father, but then, in a powerful, heartrending scene, there are events that provoke Rem into taking one more 'trip'.




Set in Stone is a thrilling story filled with action, danger, and a gamut of emotions, and I can't wait to read the next book in this astonishing series, The Lies of Rembrandt Stone. If you're looking for non-ending suspense, grab a copy of this great book by David James Warren.





I received a copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.

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Susan May Warren
 is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website or connect with Susan on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.



David Curtis Warren
 is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Dogwood Winter (Valley Creek Redemption #3) by Candace West

Dogwood Winter (Valley Creek Redemption)
ABOUT THE BOOK

A Lukewarm Correspondence. A Tattered Reputation. Two hearts at Odds.

He is walking away while she is fighting to walk.

After a springtime swim, Ella Steen is stricken with a dire illness, leaving her without the use of her legs. Meanwhile, Dr. George Curtis, the man she secretly loves, faces ruin. For over a year, the crusty New York City bachelor and vivacious spinster have exchanged dozens of letters and formed a wary friendship.

Neither are willing to open their hearts completely. Until they face each other. The past looms between them, however. Does George still love another or is his heart completely free?

A trip to Valley Creek holds the answers. Instead, when George and Ella arrive, they encounter obstacles that force other truths to the surface. Is George brave enough to confront what he fled in New York? Can Ella confess why she hates dogwood winters? Will their hearts survive?

If only their pasts would keep out of the present.


MY THOUGHTS.....

"Truth comes when we are broken, if we will listen."

What do you do when trials are overwhelming and happiness seems elusive? Dogwood Winter is the heartwarming tale of two people who discover that any storm can be weathered if you have someone who believes in you, and you fully trust The One who can hold you up! In this stirring story that tugs at your emotions, Ellen Steen is crippled physically, and George Curtis suffers from the crippling effects of guilt and disillusionment. I was touched by George's devotion and his efforts to show Ella that it didn't matter if she could walk, and I was moved by Ella's efforts to encourage George to return to medicine. As I read Dogwood Winter,  I found myself asking "What if...?" What if I couldn't get my legs to work? Would I blame God, or would I turn to Him and give Him full control? What if my goal to help others seemed fruitless? Would I be willing to return to medicine, or would I walk away and never look back?

Author Candace West has created a poignant tale centered around Ella and George's friendship and romance, and she shares a powerful faith message of forgiveness and redemption. Dogwood Winter is an emotional story that will tug at your heartstrings, and lift you up with its references to hope, love, and faith.

This is the third book in the Valley Creek Redemption series and I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian romance.


I received a copy of this book from the author. There were no expectations for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. At twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” In 2018, she published her debut novel Lane Steen, book one of the Valley Creek Redemption Series. By weaving entertaining, hope-filled stories, Candace shares the Gospel and encourages her readers. She currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and their son along with two dogs and three bossy cats.

Learn more by visiting Candace's     Website     Facebook    Instagram
 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Hostile Intent (Danger Never Sleeps, #4) by Lynette Eason

Hostile Intent (Danger Never Sleeps, #4)
ABOUT THE BOOK

Ava Jackson entered the military shortly after high school, but her mother's illness has forced her to request an early discharge. She already lost her father while deployed, and there's no way she's going to let her mother die alone. But after a visit to the nursing facility where her mother lives, Ava is attacked walking back to her car. Fortunately, FBI Special Agent Caden Denning arrives in time to help fight off her attacker.

Caden reveals to Ava that she may hold the key to the murders of three families, and he needs her help before anyone else is harmed. The hits show a pattern, and clearly the killer has an agenda. But if Caden and Ava can't discover what it is, Ava may be next on the hit list.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason concludes her latest suspense-filled series with a bang as secrets are revealed and the guilty are brought to justice.
 


MY THOUGHTS.....

This is only the second book that I've read by this author and it affirms what I thought after reading the first book. "This gal can write!" From the first sentence to the last, Lynette Eason kept me turning the pages to see what was coming next. Hostile Intent is filled with suspense, intrigue, and scene after scene of action and danger. Ava Jackson finds herself being hunted and FBI Special Agent Caden Denning pledges to protect her, but it's apparent that it won't be easy. There are intense scenes that made me wonder if the good guys would actually win, and there are other moments when I found myself actually holding my breath!

Hostile Intent
is also a fascinating study of a friendship that many wish for, and a sweet romance that most of us long for. Ava, who has never had a third date, and Caden, who would love to be Ava's permanent date! Can he keep her safe long enough to achieve this goal?

Twists, turns, and numerous secrets make this a thrilling story that you won't want to miss. I recommend it to all who enjoy clean romantic suspense.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lynette Eason
 is the bestselling author of Oath of Honor, as well as the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, the Hidden Identity series, and the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of two ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She has a master’s degree in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina, with her husband and two children.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Bandana Acres: Rascal's Trip by Kathy J. Perry: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book


Bandana Acres: Rascal’s Trip

Author: Kathy J. Perry

Genre: Early Reader Chapter Book

Release date: May 1, 2018

 

Oh, no! Why didnt I wait?

Rascal the raccoon is sorry he ignored the warning signs He’s surprised by a whirlwind and he’s taken for the ride of his life. Now it’s up to the Bandana Buddies to help him learn the importance of thinking ahead. Can he stay out of trouble long enough to get back home?

Former teacher, Kathy J Perry has developed this series is for kids to enjoy as they bridge the gap between picture and chapter books. Or, read aloud to the younger. With an easy-to-read font, original watercolor illustrations, the series also packs additional educational helps: a glossary and a “What If” page to help readers think about what they’ve read.

 

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS.....


Author Kathy J. Perry takes us back to Bandana Acres and this time Rascal the raccoon is the animal who gets a chance to become a Bandana buddy. Rascal makes a bad decision and is swept away during a storm, until Ollie the farm dog and a rabbit named Jasper come to his rescue. This scary adventure teaches Rascal that he needs to think before he acts, and it also allows him to make new friends.

Easy-to-read text and colorful illustrations make it very appealing, but Rascal's Trip is also a wonderful teaching tool. Perry shares a glossary of words to help young readers understand the story, and there are also questions that prompt them to consider what they would do if they were in the same situation. This book targets beginner readers but I believe it's also an ideal book for adults and children to read together. Rascal's Trip is a worthy addition to the Bandana Acres series and it would be perfect for a school library!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit, but there was no obligation for a favorable review, These are my own thoughts.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


About the Author

After the passing of my parents, I re-evaluated what I was doing with my life and my contribution to others. A former classroom teacher and homeschool mom, I’ve always had a heart for educating kids.

In 2016 my daughter and I attended a local arts and crafts fair where I stumbled upon some cute children’s art and thought, “That’s what I can do! Write children’s books.”

I set my mission. I would do my best to affect our youth through wonderful stories full of timeless character struggles.

 

More from Kathy

Even with short attention spans, kids learn to think ahead through consequences. As they mature, they understand that their decisions have a direct bearing on the results.

 

Rascal, a young raccoon, knows it’s about time to go home, but he stretches his exploring time just a few minutes longer. Too long. Suddenly, a storm pops up and a whirlwind whisks him away to the top of a tall pine tree. Now lost, he gets in even more trouble as he tries to find his way home. Through several mishaps, he eventually learns that he must think ahead BEFORE he decides and earns a green bandana to wear as a reminder.

 

 

Special things about this book (and series) include:

  1. Proven easy-to-read font for early readers (Sassoon Primary)
  2. In full-color with original watercolor artwork.
  3. Leveled by Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) for dialing in to your child’s reading level.
  4. Red words are the character’s inside thoughts (rather than italics, which I thought would be harder to read). Kids enjoy the color. In fact, struggling readers love to read just the colored parts to start – and then want to continue reading! (Each book has its own color for this.)
  5. A glossary of newer words with definitions.
  6. A “What If” section for discussion with five questions about the story, and five questions of how the theme plays out in real life. (Parents and teachers love these books!)
  7. Rascal’s Trip is available in hardcover and softcover.

 

Help your kids learn to read with this fun story and cute watercolor illustrations. This early reader chapter book is perfect for ages 5-8 and can usually be read alone by 2nd or 3rd grades.


Blog Stops

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 2

Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 3

Texas Book-aholic, September 4

Inklings and notions, September 5

Blogging With Carol, September 5

For Him and My Family, September 6

deb’s Book Review, September 7

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 8

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 8

Older & Smarter?, September 9

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 10

Mary Hake, September 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 11

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 12

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 13

Vicky Sluiter, September 13

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 14

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, September 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, a softcover copy of the book, digital artwork with motivational phrases, and a custom Hoo-Rag (better bandana), covered with artwork from the Bandana Acres series!!

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/116b5/bandana-acres-rascal-s-trip-celebration-tour-giveaway 


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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Lost and Found Faith by Laurel Blount

Lost and Found Faith
ABOUT THE BOOK

A terrible tragedy nearly broke him.

Can love put him back together again?

Widowed history teacher Neil Hamilton has lost his way—at work, with people and even with his faith. But Neil's shut-down existence is disrupted when a small toddler and his would-be foster mother, vibrantly pretty Maggie Byrne, come crashing into Neil's yard and his life. Can this absentminded teacher find himself again…and take a chance on love, too?




MY THOUGHTS.....


Lost and Found Faith is a heartwarming story that will certainly tug at your heartstrings, and author Laurel Blount sprinkles it with family, faith, and romance. Maggie Byrne was once a foster child so she is eager to be a foster mom, and widower Neil Hamilton believes that his chance for a family ended with the death of his wife. It soon becomes apparent that Maggie, Neil, and baby Oliver are destined to be together, but will Neil realize that God is offering him a second chance? Can he learn to trust again?

Maggie and Neil are both great characters, and author Laurel Blount completely captures their insecurities and anxieties, but I must say that Ruby is an absolute joy! When this very special foster mother (and matchmaker) goes to work, how can there not be a happy ending?!?!

I loved everything about this touching story and I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary Christian romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. There was never an obligation to post a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author Laurel Blount writes inspirational romances full of grit and grace—with characters who’ll walk right off the page and into your heart! She lives on a farm in Georgia with her husband, their four fabulous kids, and an assortment of ridiculously spoiled animals.

A enthusiastic multi-tasker, Laurel writes for both Berkley/Penguin Random House and Love Inspired/Harlequin. She’s the recipient of ACFW’s Carol Award, The New England Reader’s Choice Award and GRW’s Maggie Award. She’s represented by Jessica Alvarez of Bookends Literary Agency.

Lost and Found Faith is Laurel’s sixth book—and five more stories are in the works! Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The Heart of Splendid Lake: Amy Clipston Discusses Her New Book

I am so lucky! Amy Clipston is visiting my blog tonight, to talk about her newest book, The Heart of Splendid Lake. This is a contemporary romance novel, a departure from her usual Amish romances, and it releases one week from today, on Tuesday, September 14th! So, sit back, get comfortable, and read more about The Heart of Splendid Lake. You'll find out why this story is so special, Amy answers some of my questions about this book, and there's a purchase link also! 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Bestselling author Amy Clipston transports readers to a picturesque lakeside town in this heartwarming contemporary romance.

Brianna is the youngest of the three Porter sisters and the only one who chose to stay in the small town of Splendid Lake, North Carolina. She followed in her father’s footsteps and became an expert boat mechanic, helping him run their small resort with cabin rentals, a convenience store, and a marina.

When Brianna’s father unexpectedly dies, Brianna is steeped in grief and guilt—then left alone to clean up the mess. To make matters worse, a constant stream of real estate brokers begins marching through her property, offering to buy the family land. In particular, she keeps running into handsome real estate mogul Scott Gibson.

As Brianna struggles to keep it all together, Scott finds his way into her heart. And as the two fight against their feelings, they just might find themselves forging a surprising and exciting new love at Splendid Lake.

You can order your own copy by clicking this link https://amyclipston.com/lake.


Amy's Thoughts About The Heart of Splendid Lake

Writing The Heart of Splendid Lake was a fun and emotional journey for me. While the story's setting is fictional, I had a blast writing about North Carolina and incorporating part of my home state. I also poured my heart and soul into the book and included a lot of my own life experiences. I hope readers enjoy spending time at Splendid Lake. I dedicated this book to the memory of my father and my special childhood memories of family vacations at Schroon Lake, located in the Adirondacks in New York State.


"Inquiring Minds Want to Know"

  • Amy, fans of Amish fiction consider you one of the VERY best authors in this genre. What prompted you to write this contemporary romance novel? A specific event? A need to change gears, so to speak? The need for a new challenge?

I enjoy reading contemporary romance novels, and I wanted to try to write my own. The idea for the book began during a conversation with a friend when I told her that I wanted to try writing contemporary romance along with my Amish books. I told my friend about my childhood vacations spent at Schroon Lake in New York state, and we tossed around book concepts. I came up with the idea for The Heart of Splendid Lake, and my agent and I pitched it to my publisher. I’m so grateful for the chance to share this story, which is very close to my heart. 


  • Did you find yourself writing a scene for The Heart of Splendid Lake and then realizing that this was a scene more suitable for an Amish story? 

This question makes me smile because while writing my contemporary books and during edits I almost changed a few of the words to Pennsylvania Dutch! (I told my editor that and she laughed!) Honestly, I wrote the draft of The Heart of Splendid Lake in nine days. Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. I need to also mention that this book needed a whole lot of edits, and I rewrote the middle of the book. I learned so much, and I believe the challenge of writing something different will make a better writer, which I hope will extend over to my Amish novels as well.

  • The synopsis says that Brianna is the youngest of the three Porter sisters. BTW, I love your choice of the surname Porter :-) Is there a chance of a series featuring stories about the other two sister?

I had originally pitched the book as a series with each book featuring one of the sisters, but my publisher wanted three standalone novels instead. Readers will be able to enjoy another Splendid Lake story, though. I wrote a contemporary Christmas novella that is set in Splendid Lake and will be featured in a novella collection next year. Brianna’s best friend, Ava, who runs the coffee shop, will make an appearance.


  • Amy, I know that you have an amazing family support system and I always enjoy seeing pictures of your mom, your husband and sons, and your beautiful cats. Do you lock yourself away from all of them when you're writing? What does a typical work day look like for Amy Clipston?

I used to need complete quiet when I wrote, but now I don’t mind the noise. I write in the family room, and my desk is a coffee table that lifts up. If my family is too loud, I’ll use ear buds and a favorite play list to drown then out. My mom keeps me company while sitting on the sofa and reading a book. If I’m on deadline, I’ll write all weekend and during the week when I log off from my day job. If I’m not on deadline, then you can find me watching movies or binge-watching shows, working out, or doing chores around the house.

  • I know that you wrote The Gift of Love, a non-fiction book about the journey that you and Joe took during his kidney transplant. Amy, would you ever consider writing a fiction novel with this theme?

Kidney failure and dialysis have worked their way into my novels. While I haven’t featured an actual transplant, I have included secondary characters who are struggling with kidney disease since it’s something I know well and can relate to. I featured a character with kidney failure for the first time in my Amish book The Courtship Basket, and I mention dialysis in my upcoming novel The View from Coral Cove. I also write about strokes since my father suffered a massive one in 1994. I feel including those issues will help readers relate to the characters if they have experienced something similar. And if they haven’t, I hope that maybe the book teaches readers about those struggles.


Thank you, Amy, for answering these questions. I'm in love with the beautiful cover and I'm looking forward to learning more about Brianna, Scott, and Splendid Lake, North Carolina!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Clipston is an award-winning bestselling author and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She's sold more than one million books, and her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan University and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and five spoiled rotten cats. You can find Amy at AmyClipston.com, or follow her on  Facebook     Twitter     Instagram



Monday, September 6, 2021

You Again by Amanda Waters: Review Tour with JustRead Publicity Tours



So happy to be a part of this JustRead Reviewer Tour!


ABOUT THE BOOK

The summer before her senior year of high school, Rosalee fell in love with George. By the next summer, George had broken her heart, and Rosalee was sure she'd never see him again.

Forty years and a lifetime later, Rosalee's quiet, predictable life is turned upside down when she runs into George at a restaurant and discovers he's moved to town. George wants to reconnect, and while Rosalee's head isn't so sure that's a good idea, her heart is saying something different.

It's a story about first love and second chances, family, friendship, and living life to the fullest.



MY THOUGHTS.....

'The kiss was almost tentative. A first kiss. But it made her smile, and when she didn't pull back, George slid an arm around her waist and kissed her again. This kiss was warmer, deeper. It was a kiss between lips that had met before. It was hello again.'

I think we've all heard of high school sweethearts who are reunited after spending years apart, but can this relationship really work? Author Amanda Waters explores this scenario in an intriguing story that alternates between 1973 and 2018. Rosalee is a high school senior who believes that she's found the man of her dreams, but instead faces heartache when he marries someone else. Fast forward forty years, and their chance meeting rekindles some long buried feelings. Rosalee and George are both free to explore what might have been, but can they accept the changes that have occurred over the years?

This is an intriguing look at second chance love, and Waters paints a powerful picture of the hurdles that Rosalee and George face. They've enjoyed marriage with their respective spouses, they each have adult children, and they both have a lifetime of memories that don't include the other. The biggest obstacle, however, is the question of trust. Rosalee may be able to forgive George, but can she truly believe that he won't hurt her again?

This enjoyable look at love the second time around is an encouraging reminder that love and romance are possible at any age. You Again shows us that life events may alter our plans, but they don't have to steal our joy. Middle-aged love can be both sweet and fulfilling!

I voluntarily accepted a digital copy of this book. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amanda Waters is a former journalist-turned-librarian. She's a midwestern girl who, by the fault of her husband, has become a naturalized Texan. When she's not writing or hiding from the Houston humidity, you can find her reading, drinking way too much coffee, or playing endless games of UNO and Go Fish with her two children.

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Undercurrent of Secrets (Doors to the Past) by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Undercurrent of Secrets (Doors to the Past)ABOUT THE BOOK

Two women, a century apart, are bound by a haunting secret aboard a legendary steamboat.

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

As wedding coordinator for the 100-year-old steamboat The Belle of Louisville, Devyn Asbury takes pride in seeing others’ dreams come true, even though her engagement had sunk like a diamond ring to the bottom of the Ohio River. When the Belle becomes a finalist in the Timeless Wedding Venue contest, Devyn endeavors to secure the prestigious title with hopes to reclaim some of her professional dreams. What she hadn’t planned on was Chase Jones showing up with a mysterious photo from the 1920s.
 
A century earlier, Hattie Louis is as untamable as the rivers that raised her. As the adopted daughter of a steamboat captain, her duties range from the entertainment to cook. When strange incidents occur aboard the boat, Hattie’s determined to discover the truth. Even if that means getting under First Mate Jack Marshall’s handsome skin.
 


MY THOUGHTS.....

Romance, history, intrigue, and faith. What more could I ask for in a book? How about two stories with all of these elements, set in different eras, but ultimately linked together? Author Rachel Scott McDaniel includes all of this in her new dual timeline book, and her characters rank high on my list of all-time favorites, including the very best character of all, The Belle of Louisville. This famous riverboat is dear to all of us in Kentucky, and I love that McDaniel includes so much of its history in these stories. In her author's notes, she explains that this beloved Kentucky icon had two names, Idlewild and Avalon, before it was renamed The Belle of Louisville in 1962.

It is the Idlewild that is the setting for the first story. In 1926, Hattie and Jack meet on the Idlewild and fall in love, with a devotion that is special indeed. There are, however, people and circumstances that are a threat to Hattie and her future. Is there any chance that she and Jack will enjoy a life together?

A century later, Devyn and Chase are drawn into a longtime mystery surrounding two people who turn out to be Hattie and Jack, and this partnership offers Devyn and Chance a chance for their own special romance, this time on The Belle of Louisville. I loved their witty banter with each other and I admired their Christian faith, but Devyn and Chase's path to happiness is also plagued with obstacles.

McDaniel has written two swoon-worthy romances that touched my heart, and she's packed them with intrigue and questions. She kept me guessing until the very end, and I was amazed at the connection between Devyn, Chase, Hattie, and Jack! Undercurrent of Secrets is a captivating dual timeline novel that will totally satisfy fans of both historical and contemporary Christian romance. Five stars for sure, but I would give it more if I could!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. Rachel can be found online at www.RachelScottMcDaniel.com and on all social media platforms. Her work is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency. Rachel resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Love and the Silver Lining (State of Grace, #2) by Tammy L. Gray

Love and the Silver Lining (State of Grace, #2)
ABOUT THE BOOK

Darcy Malone's dreams of mission work are dashed on her eve of fulfilling them: The Guatemalan school she was to teach at has closed. Devastated because she's already quit her job and given up her apartment, she also loses the perfect escape from the aftermath of her parents' divorce. Stuck in her worst-case scenario, Darcy takes an unexpected offer to move in with Bryson Katsaros's little sister, despite the years of distrust that's grown between her and Bryson, the lead singer in her best friend Cameron's band. As she meets those close to him, Darcy realizes that Bryson is more than she believed.

Struck with the need to find a purpose, Darcy jumps at the chance to care for and train a group of dogs, with the aim of finding each a home before their bereaved owner returns them to animal control. But it's Darcy herself who will encounter a surprising rescue in the form of unexpected love, forgiveness, and the power of letting go,


MY THOUGHTS.....

Love and the Silver Lining alternates between laughter and tears, between happiness and heartache, but isn't this true in all of our lives? Darcy Malone feels that she's being bombarded with so many changes and so many disappointments. Is it any wonder that she questions why God would allow all of these setbacks to enter her life?

I loved this book and I loved Darcy! She's fun and she's genuine, and her decision to find shelter for a group of abused dogs sealed the deal...I want to be Darcy's friend! Bryson Katsaro isn't so bad either, and he's the perfect example of looking beyond a person's outward appearance. He is caring and sincere, and watching Darcy and Bryson discover each other romantically is a sweet experience, but seeing their personal growth as Christians is a joy indeed! Sounds promising, but what about Darcy's best friend, Cameron? How does he feel about Bryson?


Author Tammy L. Gray knows how to plumb all of the human emotions, and she has written a beautiful story of hope, faith, and learning to let go. She also shares a perfect reminder that not getting what we ask for may be the biggest blessing of all! I highly recommend Love and the Silver Lining to all who enjoy contemporary Christian romance.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.



My rating: 5 of 5 stars



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. Her nine modern and true-to-life contemporary romances include 2017 RITA award winning, My Hope Next Door, and show her unending quest to write high quality, culturally relevant stories with relatable and flawed characters.

When not taxiing her three kids to various school and sporting events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry all while sharing the messy, yet remarkable journey that is a faith-filled life.

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Check out my thoughts about Love and a Little White Lie, the 1st State of Grace novel!