Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 
Each week features a book related topic that offers the opportunity to spotlight your Top Ten. 

Topic:
Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

 This is always a fun topic for me! I'm always looking ahead for books I want to read.

1. Unraveling by Sara Ella
2. Many Sparrows by Lori Benton
3. Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews
 4. Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey
5. Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano
6. A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden
 7. Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings
8. Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge
9. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

This is just a small taste of what all I'm waiting on for the 2nd half of the year. 

What are you looking forward to?


Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: True to You by Becky Wade (Litfuse Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Title: True to You
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1936-8
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017

Synopsis:
It’s the exciting start of a brand-new series by a contemporary romance fan favorite!

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.
Review:
I have to start off by saying, I love the cover of this book! The cover design really sets the tone for this book perfectly. It's light, whimsical, with a promise of so much more.

This book starts off in such an interesting way and it hooked me from the first line. Nora is a woman, who works at a museum and helps out her sister. Her and her sister, even though close are very, different, but the two meshed well. They were fun! I always wanted a sister, so when I see the friendship between sisters, like this, I savor it. I connected with Nora in this story and I honestly can't wait to read more in this series!

John, even though opposite of Nora, with his intensity and work background, the two paired together well. His background of a Navy Seal background, and her research background were really the perfect duo for the adventure that came their way.

Becky Wade has an amazing talent for writing couples that pop off the page. I fell in lover with her characters and got hooked on her writing from her previous series. I have to say, with each book, they get better and better. Her attention to detail with not only her characters, but with the settings, even their outfits make it so much more relate-able and engrossing. The little details make this story pop.

This was a fantastic start to a new series. I can't wait to see what happens next! There was so much to rave about with True to You, but I don't want to spoil it. You need to pick up a copy for yourself.

Too Read!
5 out of 5
About the Author:
Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky is the Carol Award-, INSPY Award-, and International Reader's Choice Award-winning author of the Porter Family Novels.






Giveaway:
Do opposites really attract? John and Nora might just be the perfect match. Find out in True to You, book one in Becky Wade's new series! Genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now. Former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

Celebrate the launch of Becky Wade's new series by entering to win a fabulous prize pack and $100 cash card!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of True to You
  • A $100 Visa cash card
  • A prize pack hand-picked by Becky
 

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 30. The winner will be announced May 31 on the Litfuse blog.



Thank you to Lifuse, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: For Love & Honor by Jody Hedlund

Title: For Love & Honor 
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-0-310-74930-1
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017

Synopsis:
Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?
Review:
Jody Hedlund has done a phenomenal job with this YA series! It is fun, has adventure, appropriate romance, and some fantastic characters that pop off the pages.

This series has been great! Starting off with an Uncertain Choice, then moving into A Daring Sacrifice, and now closing out with For Love and Honor. I love how they all tied together, but they could all stand alone.

I really enjoyed Sabine. She was a great strong character, who also knew how to your her sass and spunk. This story starts off with a robbery, and she wasn't going to stand for it. She let her opinion known. The rest of the story kept going from there. Sabine, used her inner strength for many things, but she was also a wonderful charter in that during her time, she was considered flawed by people, due to a birth mark. Everyone has something that has made with a blemish, but not everyone can see it, but there are people that it can be seen on, and it is about how it is handled.

We also got to see Sit Bennet again. He was one of the three knights from An Uncertain Choice. These guys have been fun and have all offered characteristics that could be characterized as swoon worthy.

Sabine and Bennett were a strong couple and they played well with their strengths, but also were a balance for their weakness.

It has been a fun medieval adventure with this series, and I can't wait to see what Jody Hedlund does next! She is an author who has an amazing gift. I'm so glad she wrote a series for YA.

Too Read!
5 our of 5
About the Author:
Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy- tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five children. When she's not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.








Thank you to Zonderkidz, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

Title: A Fragile Hope
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1-4267-9150-5
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017

Synopsis:
Hope grows when seeds are planted—even in the muddy middle of life.

Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?
Review:
Cynthia Ruchti is an author who I was introduced to a couple of years ago. Her story captured me from the first page and kept me reading to the end. A Fragile Hope was another book that captured me and brought me into the story and kept me hanging on to the end.

Cynthia has a beautiful writing style. It has a realistic feel. It is easy to find a character to relate to. Her characters are flawed. That is what catches me in the story. I can feel what the character feels, and it makes it so much more real.

Her presentation of a marriage in trouble is something I could relate to and because of that it kept me reading. I've been in a bad relationship. The way it was portrayed was  respectful and it opened up a topic that in all honesty is spoken about in church when the marriage has failed, but not before. Couples don't speak about their issues, until the end, so to see it on display in this story was refreshing. It is a bit taboo to speak about in today's society. Especially with social media so prevalent allowing the false fronts to be out there. 

Even with the heavy-ish type of topic, I really enjoyed this story and the story telling. It is a book to read and say, for me anyway, I understand.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.





Giveaway:
When your life's work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages, what happens when your own marriage begins to fall apart? Find out what happens to Josiah Chamberlain in Cynthia Ruchti's new book, A Fragile Hope. Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

Celebrate the release of A Fragile Hope by entering to win Cynthia's Sign of Hope Giveaway!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 3. The winner will be announced May 4 on the Litfuse blog.



Thanks to Litfuse, I recieved a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: The Writing Desk

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. 
Each week offers the opportunity to spotlight an up and coming release you are most excited about. 

Waiting On:
Title: The Writing Desk
Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: July 10th, 2017

Synopsis:
From GoodReads
Tenley Roth’s first book was a literary and commercial success. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who merely found a bit of luck?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Yet her life is not her own. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams of her own. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has literally destroyed her dreams, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds. Yet when Tenley discovers Birdie’s manuscript, their lives intersect. Birdie’s words help Tenley find a way home. Tenley brings Birdie’s writing to the world.

Can two women separated by time help fulfill each other’s destiny?
 
Why I'm Waiting:
The idea of this story already has me hooked. Two different eras. It just sounds fun. With the focus on an author makes it even more intriguing.

What are you waiting on this week?


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Birthday Special

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 
Each week features a book related topic that offers the ability to spotlight your Top Ten. 

Topic:
Birthday Special

Ok, so...I decided to change up the theme for the week, since tomorrow is my birthday. I wanted to feature books that have just been so fun, it's almost a celebration reading them. I'm not much for birthdays, but I love books, so why not celebrate books!

 1. A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
2. After a Fashion by Jen Turano
3. The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
4. Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
 5. Honor by Lyn Cote
6. Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering
7. Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot
8. Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade
 9. A Match of Wits by Jen Turano
10. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn  by Lori Benton
11. A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

Each and everyone of these books had something fun and upbeat about them and was just fun to read in one way or another. They are all different genres, but they all had something in common, in that I would reread them all again.

What was your Top Ten this week?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Title: Still Life
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1295-6
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017

Synopsis:
Someone Is Out There. Watching Her. Waiting.
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.

As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.
Review:
Still life is the second book in the Chesapeake Valor Series, following Cold Shot. Still Life not only kept the momentum going for the series, but added a lot more to it and made me look forward to the third book in the series, Blind Spot!

Avery Tate was such an interesting character. Even though she faced backlash from a decision of a photo she took, she didn't give up on her passion and sought out a new career field in it. A crime scene photographer is something that is a grisly job. They have to see everything and then some. Dani was able to capture the profession in a respectful way and made it very entertaining.

Parker Mitchell was another fun character to follow along with. He meshed with Avery so well. The romance between the two was fun and the added suspense of the mystery added to the fun of the story and made it very hard to put down.

I loved the photography aspect that was featured in this story. We usually read stories on the detectives, but I really liked that this offered a little more into the world of solving crime. The little details shine through with these stories.

I can't wait for the third book, Blind Spot.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award, among others. 

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson. You can find her online at danipettrey.com.


Thanks to the Author and the publisher, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 
Each week features a book related topic that offers the opportunity to spotlight your Top Ten. 

Topic:
Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

 This one seems like a fun topic. I gave myself time to think about it and I thought, oh, I won't have a long list. As I started to think more on it, I realized there are several factors I have for choosing a book.

1. An author I love. 
If I found an author I love, I will always go and get the rest of their books.
2. Fellow reviewers.
I follow many other bloggers who love similar types of books. They hear about books, I haven't heard about. And bring new books to my attention.
3. Covers.
A beautiful cover can catch my attention and make me want to read it.
4. Authors.
I love to follow authors and see what they read.
5. GoodReads.
The list of books that are out there. I can get on a roll looking at new books. It brings so many books to my attention. Granted, this is a mix of the previous things listed.
6. Reading the Synopsis.
A pretty cover is nice, but reading what the book is about can snag me even quicker then a cover.


What is your Top Ten this week?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: Life After by Katie Ganshert

Title: Life After
Author: Katie Ganshert
Publisher: Waterbrook
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-1-60142-902-5
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017

Synopsis:
It could have been me.

Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.

A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake. 

In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale. 
Review: 
Katie Ganshert is an author with an amazing talent. She is able to captivate you with her stories from page one. Life After is a book that jumps off and grips you with the a massive attack in the first part of the book. We then are brought along on a heartbreaking and heart healing journey through the eyes of Autumn and Paul.

Each are suffering from the same tragedy, but from different perspectives.  Autumn is a survivor. Paul lost his wife. Experiencing this from both eyes was something that was new and interesting to experience. Usually, these stories focus on one or the other, I'm glad this book had both.

This story tugged at the emotions. The loss that Paul Elliot experienced is one that a lot of can relate to, in that is a fear that we hope we never experience. The life altered for Autumn is on that isn't thought of a lot. To survive and live with the questions of, "why?" for that tragic even.

The writing of this story was just fantastic. The character development was lifelike and was relatable. The depth of  this book and the detail just enhanced this story. The little aspects that Katie included just enhanced an already wonderful story.

The hope that this story showed is something that was so important to this story. Even though this is Christian Fiction story, it is one I think, fans of different genres would enjoy.

Too Read!
4.5 out of 5

About the Author:
KATIE GANSHERT is the author of several novels and works of short fiction, including the Christy Award-winning A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Carol Award-winner, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family.







Thank you to the author and Waterbrook, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest opinion.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 
Each week features a book related topic that offers the opportunity to spotlight your Top Ten. 

Topic:
Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I've Read

 Unique books are my favorite. They stand out and end up becoming my favorite books. There are many books that pop to mind.

 
1. Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot
2. Honor by Lyn Cote
3. The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer
4. A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
  
 5. Storm Siren by Mary Weber
6. The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot
 7. Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade
8. Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter
9. The Promise by Beth Wiseman
10. Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta


 Each and everyone of these stories offered a unique story. They had a gripping story, that popped for multiple reasons. Characters with depth and humanity to them. They are also a list of favorites.


 What was on your Top Ten this week?