Sunday, November 16, 2014

Review: The Nativity Bride by Miralee Ferrell


Release Date: November 17th 2014

About the Novella:


Deborah Summers has waited five years and prayed for Curt Warren to return to Goldendale, Washington, passing up another marriage proposal by believing in her first love. When tragedy finally brings him home, will a rift with his father drive him away too quickly?

This novella is #7 in the 12 Brides of Christmas series, read more about this book here.

For more about this Series - visit http://www.12brides.com


My Review:

I enjoyed this book set in Historical times. The main characters are so sweet, and I enjoyed getting to know more about them and what they have gone thru.  As Curt and Deborah spend more time together, their friendship grows.

Set in the beautiful town of Goldendale, Washington this story comes alive with beautiful descriptions of the town and its characters.

Dont miss this wonderful story of true love and Faith! 


                                     
Miralee and her husband Allen have been married almost 40 yrs.

They live on 11 acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing.

Miralee also rides her horse on the wooded trails near their home with her grown daughter who lives nearby. She’s an avid reader and has a large collection of first edition Zane Grey books, which inspired her desire to write fiction set in the Old West.
When she started writing fiction, Miralee believed that she’d always stay with women’s contemporary, but has since branched out to historical romance.

Visit Miralee's website http://miraleeferrell.com


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Review - Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime


Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?

In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

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My Review:

Each of these stories are wonderfully written, and take you back to a Historical time and place.  Even though each story is considered to be a novella, they can be read as "stand-alone" books.
The stories were very interesting, and while Christmas was the theme of each story,  it wasnt overwhelming, making it a wonderful book to read anytime of the year.
My favorite story was White Christmas where Abigail is going to school and also working part-time in a wonderful candy store.  I like the images of the "old-fashioned" candy, it sounds delicious! 

Sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and step back to a time and place that is filled with faith and love.  With wonderful characters and vivid backgrounds in each story, you will find yourself turning the pages to find out what happens next.

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Historical romance books!



TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including “Chasing Mona Lisa,” and a speaker and blogger. CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books including “Shadowed by Grace.” She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction. SARAH SUNDIN is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels.


**I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for my honest review.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Review - Georgia Sweethearts by Missy Tippens

One of my favorite book genres is the "Love Inspired" line of books. There are several different series within the Love Inspired line - the Contemporary "Love Inspired", the Historical series, and the Suspense series.

I recently read "Georgia Sweethearts" by Missy Tippens, and really enjoyed the story!  Lilly and her sister have inherited their great-aunts yarn shop, and they are determined to make it a success!   When Lilly meets Pastor Daniel, she is a little hesitant to get to know him, but as they work together, they form a wonderful friendship.
Daniel feels that God is calling him to move on to another town to help with their Church, but he cant decide what to do, because of his feelings for Lilly. 
Will love be in the future for Daniel and Lilly?  You will have to read the story to find out.  =)


More about the book:
After inheriting her great-aunt's failing yarn shop, Lilly Barnes is determined to make it a success. All she wants is stability, something she doesn't think possible in the small town of Corinthia, Georgia. Then Pastor Daniel Foreman rents space in her store to hold meetings for his growing congregation, and this proves to be her lifeline. At first Lilly wants nothing to do with Daniel's big dreams, but she soon finds herself starting to share his goals. Yet trouble between her customers and his congregation make them both doubt the path they're on. That is, until practical Lilly shows him that love is a risk worth taking.


More about the Author:  

I live in Georgia with my wonderful, supportive, pastor husband (my very own real life hero even though he's not too handy around the house). We have three perfect children. Well, maybe not perfect, but they're loving and fun and are God's greatest blessings. To add chaos to the household, we have two dogs and a cat.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Book Reviews from Friends


Today, I'm sharing book reviews from two friends of mine.  They both write wonderful reviews!   I have added their direct blog links to their reviews below.  
Please visit their blogs for more information and to follow their Social sites!  =)


All's Fair in LOVE and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant




"Somewhere along the way, one batch of cupcakes along the way, he'd tripped right over the label of Best Friends they'd worn the majority of their teen years and landed upside down on the field of Love."

I loved so much about this book. I could really relate to Kat Varland. She loved baking outside of the box, making new cupcake creations of the gourmet variety. Her Aunt's bakery, "Sweet Pies", is Kat's only public outlet for her creativity. Unfortunately, her Aunt Maggie only believes in strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. Kat has a talent that's far-reaching but she has a problem believing she has what it takes. She is her own worst critic and, in that, I can relate. I loved Kat. Her sweet personality and the constant war she waged within herself made her a very lovable character. 

I have to say that Lucas Brannen is one of those perfect heroes in a story that you fall in love with just a little. You don't mean to but you just can't help it. He was a good guy. He had loved Kat for years, unknowingly to her, and he was her biggest cheerleader. He pushed her to do things she would never have done otherwise and helped her celebrate her successes. Lucas is my kind of leading man.

I really love this book all the way around. The storyline is engaging and the characters are the kind you want to revisit. It has enough character to stretch for miles--the small town feel of Bayou Bend, Aunt Maggie's little bakery and the string of loyal, regular customers that are dedicated to her "plain" cupcakes, Kat's father being a pastor and her sister competing in beauty pageants, Lucas the football coach at the local high school. Every body knows everybody in Bayou Bend. I fell in love with the town and it's amazing characters because that's my kind of place. 

I love the easy romance between Kat and Lucas. They have been best friends since their school days so they are relaxed around each other even though both are feelings things the other knows nothing about. You could feel the chemistry and it made for an explosive combination. It's also the perfect blend of light-hearted and serious. It has a fun and flirty edge but Kat deals with some deep rooted personal issues as well. The icing on the cake (no pun intended) is the Christianity lightly woven into the mix. It's in no way over done but a very light sprinkling all throughout the pages (like the sprinkles on a cupcake!) so that you know it's there but you don't feel overwhelmed by it. And, I think, that makes a perfect story!

I have never read a book by Betsy St. Amant and, after reading All is a Fair in LOVE and Cupcakes, I feel I have been missing out. Her talent for writing pours out each time you turn a page because she weaves the perfect story like only a handful of other authors I am crazy about. She is definitely on my list of "Must Read" authors and I am looking forward to her next book! If you love contemporary romance with a little "zing", you'll love All is Fair in LOVE and Cupcakes! It's a five star PLUS read for me and I recommend it very highly!


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365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers by Amie Carlson, Erin Keeley Marshall, Karen Hodge

Review from Mary-andering Creatively




Note:  Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Let’s face it a mother’s day is wrecked with anxiety, whirlwind activity, and time pressures.  Finding time to spend in God’s word or to pray is just hard to do.  That is why I am excited about this little gem of a book. It is something that you slip into your purse and keep on hand. When you get a few minutes throughout the day, you can pull it out and pray. 

Written by Christian authors and mothers, Amie Carlson, Karen Hodge, and Erin Kelley Marshall, this small book is packed with quick prayers tied into the Word of God that you can meditate on and let sink into your soul.  You can just start with day one and read straight through, or you can use the handy topical index at the end to find prayers on specific issues facing you for the day.

The topics range from acceptance to overcoming bitterness and worry.  There is a little grace thrown in along with praise and reminders of how much potential you have in God.  You can also find prayers for friendship, confidence and living in joy.


Here is one of my favorite excerpts about pain.

When I need God’s Comfort

“Lord, you are my shelter and refuge from life’s storms. Knowing that you see each tear that falls and promise to never leave me bring me such comfort. Thank you for being the Great Physician in the midst of my pain.”

The scripture for this day is Revelation 21:4

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Oh Lord, how I long for this to come true. Don’t you. This prayer above is just one example of the sweet prayers and related scriptures you will find in this book.


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