Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Men of Valor #3

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Finn has packed away his combat instincts--but he may need them again when danger begins to stalk his quiet hideaway . . .
After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not.
Published October 4th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  
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Meet the Author:

Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!
Since then, she has written more than 50 romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction novels. She is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the RITA award—the “Oscar” of romance fiction—and a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, two Carol awards, three HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice award, a Retailers Choice award, two Booksellers’ Best awards and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as a top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011. In addition, she is a two-time Christy award finalist.
Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing.  A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.
When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.

My Thoughts:

Absolutely loved this book.
This book is the third book in Irene Hannon's Men of Valor series which centers around Mac, Lance and Finn McGregor. Even though this book is part of a series it's definitely a stand alone.
 In this story we meet Finn the youngest of the three brothers and the most broken because his years in the military left both visible and invisible scars. He has spent weeks in rehab, but needs to move forward with his career outside of the military. His plans to spend a couple of weeks in a peaceful in cabin next to the Mark Twain National Forest in rural Missouri was interrupted by screams in the night. His military training kicks in and he ends up at a cabin next to Lewis Lake where Dana Lewis is experiencing one of many nightmares. Even though their first meeting is less than desirable the sparks ignite. Finn sees that Dana is haunted by wounds of her own.  Dana feels safe with Finn.  She hasn't felt safe in a long time and truthfully may never. As their friendship develops so does the plot.  It's an a thrilling adventure. 
 This book contains engaging characters and a plot that quickly pulled me in and kept me captivated until the end. . It has elements of turmoil, suspense, friendship, love and faith.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves suspense.
I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Journey to Pleasant Prairie #2 
When she feels the pull of both home and the horizon, which will she choose?
Mattie Schrock is no stranger to uprooting her life. Even as her father relocated her family from one Amish community to the next, she always managed to find a footing in their new homes. Now as the Schrock family plans to move west from Somerset County to a fledgling Amish settlement in Indiana, she looks forward to connecting with old friends who will be joining them from another Pennsylvania community--friends like Jacob Yoder, who has always held a special place in her heart.

Since Mattie last saw Jacob, they've both grown into different people with different dreams. Jacob yearns to settle down, but Mattie can't help but dream of what may lie over the western horizon. When a handsome Englisher tempts her to leave the Amish behind to search for adventure in the West, will her pledge to Jacob be the anchor that holds her secure?

Published September 20th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  

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Meet the Author:

Jan Drexler  

Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Their experiences are the basis for her stories. Jan lives in South Dakota with her husband, their four adult children, two active dogs, and a cat. When she isn't writing, she enjoys hiking the Black Hills and the Badlands. She is the author of the Love Inspired novels The Prodigal Son Returns, A Mother for His Children, and A Home for His Family (September 2015).

My Thoughts:

Jan Drexler brings us the second installment in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series. Even though this book is part of a series it's an easy stand alone story. This is Mattie Schrock's story. This story is seen through the young eyes of a young Amish girl as her family moves from Brothers Valley to start a new settlement in Indiana. Mattie has a dream that has stayed with her and that is of seeing the western mountains and this is the first step of her dream or so she thinks. Mattie feels there's more to life than the daily chores and she wants to experience it all. Unfortunately this journey will be a difficult crossing and will show Mattie her true hearts desire.
I loved this story. It was full adventure, love, community and most of all faith. It pulled me in quickly and kept me turning the pages. The plot gives us a glimpse in the migration and the difficulties faced by the Amish in their search for a new land and a way to keep true to their faith. The wonderful characters weaved their way into my heart quickly. I truly think this is a wonderful story that is a must read for anyone who loved Amish stories.
*I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Kit Kat and Lucy

The County Cats Who Changed a City Girl's World

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Published September 6th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company

Book Description:

After years of vibrant city life in San Francisco, Lonnie Hull DuPont reluctantly trades her three-room apartment on Telegraph Hill for a farmhouse in Michigan. She immediately misses the rhythm and the pace of the city, and the isolation of country living has her longing for something more.

Enter Kit Kat, an obsessive-compulsive tortoiseshell, and Lucy, a playful Russian Blue who can nail a bat right out of the air. These stray cats arrive a year apart and each ask to move into the farmhouse--and ultimately DuPont's heart. From the hysterical process of getting two strange cats to like each other to the exciting years of watching those cats thrive--and inspire DuPont in the process--this book is the heartwarming story of how one woman's world would never be the same.


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Meet the Author:

Lonnie Hull DuPont

Lonnie Hull DuPont is an award-winning poet, book editor, and writer. She is the author of several books, including five compilations of animal stories under the pseudonym of Callie Smith Grant. A member of the Cat Writers Association, she lives in rural Michigan with her husband and their cats.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book.  
I can't remember a time growing up when we didn't have a cat. 
Yes, I am a cat owner and lover.  
This is a precious story of a woman who opens not only her heart, but also her home to a stray cats.  Ms. DuPont shows what a wonderful person she really is.  I do not know her, but if we were to meet I think we would become fast friends.  The first of the book she sort of introduces herself to us on a personal level by talking about her accomplishments and her marriage.  She talks about the decision to move from California to Michigan and what a big change that was for her on a personal level.  
As Kit Kat comes on the scene she brings much humor to the story, but most of all the author shares the good, the bad and the ugly of having a cat.  As she introduces us to Kit Kat we see just how an animal can touch your heart in a very short space of time and in turn your entire life.  As she introduced Lucy to the story I could actually see it all unfolding.  Of course I'm a cat lover so some of her stories I could easily relate to because I had experience some of the same things. 
 If you are a person who loves animals, especially cats, this is the book for you.  
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their bloggers program.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Prince Edward Island Dreams #2

Release Day!!
 I was first introduced to Liz Johnson's  writing through Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense.  I won SEAL Under Siege at a Facebook party and immediately loved her writing.  Of course when I heard she was writing a contemporary romance series I knew I wanted to read it. 
The Red Door Inn lived up to all I imagined and more.  
Where Two Hearts Meet is the second installment in the series and releases Oct. 18, 2016. 

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In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen–and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.
Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He’s also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he’s falling in love with the island’s red shores and Caden’s sweets.
When Caden discovers Adam isn’t who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he’s writing could do more than ruin the inn’s chances for survival–it might also break her heart.

 Publication: October 18th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  

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Meet the Author:

Liz Johnson 

Liz Johnson is a full-time marketing specialist for a Nashville-based publisher. She has been a freelance writer and editor for several publications, including CBA Retailers+Resources, Christian Fiction Online magazine, and Storytellers Journal. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is the author of several books, including The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn (an ACFW Carol Award finalist) and A Star in the Night, which was part of the New York Times and ECPA bestselling A Log Cabin Christmas Collection. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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 My Thoughts:

This is a beautiful and touching story that will stay with you even after you close the book.  
Liz Johnson takes the reader back to Prince Edward Island to Rose's Red Door Inn located in North Rustico. 

"Most tourist were drawn here to  see Anne's Land, the famous red shorline and green gables of the island's fictional redheaded orphan.  But there was so much more to these shores.  The truest beauty of the land was found in the flowers, trees and burbling brooks.  It was in the whisper of the wind through pine trees that hugged the sky.  It was in the glimmer of the sun reflecting off the bluest water.  
The Island's murmurs had a way of settling every nerve and making her forget every heartache."
~pg. 52 

Can you feel it?  Are you there? 
Well I was immediately transported to the Island and drawn into this story as though  I was a character watching it all unfold.  
This is Caden's story.
Caden Holt is now the chef at Rose's Red Door Inn.  
She's a very dedicated employee and goes to great lengths to see that the guests were full and happy during their stay.  She has always been unsure or lacking confidence in herself in all areas except the kitchen.  I'm sure growing up and working with her dad in the bakery helped a lot with this.  She is a beautiful, young woman with a good heart, but for some reason Caden just doesn't see it. The arrival of Adam Jacobs just throws her completely off balance.  The Inn is needs to keep its rooms full and in the absence of the owner Caden steps up to help out.  Suddenly she has more to deal with than just baking her famous cinnamon rolls.  Adam is a reporter from the states and has been instructed by his editor to take a few weeks to rest up. 
This story is full of dreams, faith, hope and grace with a little bit of humor thrown in.   
It has a sweet, steady plot full of romantic tension. Full of beautiful imagery.  Has engaging characters that are complex, but easy to love.   Even after finishing the book I still found myself thinking about the characters.  This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a clean, feel good romance.  
*I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.   

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Everstone Chronicles #4

In 2014 I picked up a new book, The Hesitant Heiress, by Dawn Crandall.  
I was drawn to the beautiful cover and the blurb drew my attention, but in no way was  I prepared for the beautiful story I encountered.  Needless to say when I found out this was the first book of a series I started anxiously awaiting the next book.  With each book's release I became more invested in this series.  The author along with Whitaker House has released the fourth book in the series.   

The Cautious Maiden (The Everstone Chronicles #4) 

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents' New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks; but when Violet's own reputation is compromised, the inn becomes the least of her worries. In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. As she prepares for a society wedding, Violet learns that her brother had staked her hand in marriage in a heated poker game with the unsavory Rowen Steele, and Ezra had lost. Now Rowen is determined to cash in on his IOU. With danger stalking her and a new fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust and who to leave behind.

 Published October 4th 2016
 by Whitaker House

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Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it.  
 ~ Mark Twain

 My Thoughts:

I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book, the fourth in the Everstone Chronicles. 
I loved the book cover, but it only gives a hint at the wonderful story it contains. 
I was immediately swept to the wilds of Northern Maine during 1892, the Gilded Age.
Violet Hawthorne is a beautiful, young woman who has suffered the loss of not only her parents, but also her family home.  Ezra, her brother,  made changes to their home that tainted everything that touched it.  She obtained a job at Everstone, a winter retreat for hunters, and moved out of her beloved family home.  She is disappointed in his actions and decisions since their parents' deaths, but when he is takes part in an attack on her she looses what trust in him she had.  

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things become new."
~Corinthians 5:17 
Vance Everstone is not only the family black sheep, but also has a reputation as a bad boy.  Vance knows that a lot of the stories are inflated, but the very basics are true.  He's made the decision to turn his life around, but in order to do that he must first face his past mistakes. 
Vance has turned his life over to God and is trying to walk the path God wants him to travel.  Unfortunately when an Violet, an acquaintance, as been attacked his well meaning actions lead to his making a marriage proposal and the adventure begins. 

I was immediately drawn into the story from the first page.  There was something about Violet that just drew me in.  She is in circumstances beyond her control, but she is a strong woman and depends upon her faith and trust in God to see her through.  I really liked Vance also.  Yes, he's been a bit of a bad boy and has that image, but when he turned his life over to God he becomes a changed man.  Between the engaging characters and the wonderful plot I kept turning the pages until the very last one.  I was completely absorbed in this story.  My only complaint is that it ended.(sigh)
 This is a book and series that I would definitely recommend to anyone who loves a good story.  
**I received this book from the author via the publisher for free.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


 Dawn Crandall is having a giveaway. 
She is offering the chance for two people to win one of the prizes.  
She is offering in both prizes
-a copy of The Cautious Maiden in paperback
-KJ Version Study Bible
-either a Trust or Wisdom Tea Set

Hop over the Rafflecopter for the giveaway:
The Cautious Maiden Giveaway 

Meet the Author:

Dawn Crandall 
A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming published, he let her quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a  mom to a precious little boys (born March 2014 and June 2016) and also serves with her husband in a premarriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter.
The Everstone Chronicles is Dawn’s first series with Whitaker House. All three books composing the series were semifinalists in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Writing Contest, the third book going on to become a finalist in 2013.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Christmas Angel Project 
Perfect for readers who want a heartwarming and hopeful Christmas story
Five women from different walks of life have become close friends through their book club--enjoying one another's company even more than they enjoy the books. So when the leader of the book club unexpectedly passes away on the cusp of the Christmas season, the four remaining friends are stunned. They relied on Abby for inspiration and motivation. She was the glue that held them together, and they're sure that without her the group can't continue.
When the group gathers "one last time" to open a bag Abby's husband gives them, they find Abby had made each of them an angel ornament for Christmas, crafted especially for each woman and accompanied by a sweet and personal note. Inspired by their beloved friend, together Cassidy, Louisa, Grace, and Belinda decide to commit themselves to becoming Christmas Angels to others in need. Each woman will use her life situation and talents to reach out and help others in her own unique way--little knowing that her own life and her relationships will be changed forever. 

 Published August 30th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company 

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My Thoughts:

I loved this book!
It evoked both smiles and tears for me.
Abby Wentworth is one of five women who involved in a book group. She has a special relationship with each of these women, but the other women do not have a close relationship each other. Her death brings many changes to the group and each changed touched my heart. Belinda, Louisa, Grace and Cassidy must not only deal with the overwhelming grief of loosing a trusted friend, but also deal the the day to tasks of life during the upcoming holiday season.
This is a very touching story and shows that not everything is as is seems. This is an uplifting story that gives you a glimpse at how doing for others can change your entire perspective on life. As these friends navigate their grief their friendships suddenly take on a deeper meaning.
This book is perfect for anyone and not just during the holiday season.
*I received this book from the publisher for a honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meet the Author: 

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wishing on Snowflakes

Joanne DeMaio is well known for her beach reads, but for me she is a new author.
 I must admit she is also one I will be reading more of.
I saw several people on Facebook recommend her books and I must admit her book covers look so inviting.  She has recently released what one might call a Christmas collection, Wishing on Snowflakes.  

Wishing on Snowflakes So turn the page and open the decorated door onto a storybook New England town ... where candlelit homes and cozy shops are aglow with comfort and joy. And where wishes on snowflakes really do come true.

Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes: Vera Sterling, while restoring a historical house and old Christmas barn in her cherished Connecticut hometown, finds herself falling for tragedy-scarred Derek Cooper. When a blizzard strikes, will all be made right on a stormy winter's night? An enchanting novel about love, family, and the delicate power of snowflakes.

Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer: Along the snow-dusted streets of quaint Addison, Jane March and Wes Davis open their hearts to the magic and possibility of the season. A charming tale about a greeting card designer who's lost her jingle, and a jilted mailman whose cold winter heart is about to thaw.

Published October 4th 2016  

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Meet the Author:

Joanne DeMaio JOANNE DEMAIO is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel. Her latest books include BEACH BLUES; THE DENIM BLUE SEA; and WISHING ON SNOWFLAKES, a keepsake Christmas collection.

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My Thoughts:

This book is actually a great combination of two novels.  
In my opinion, perfect!
Each story centers around the small town of Addison, Connecticut and takes place in the fall  of the year.  Each story is easily a stand alone, but when put together they bring so much more Christmas cheer.  I loved how I could read one book and then head right back to the same town and characters the very next Christmas season and catch up on the characters in the next book.    As I started reading I found myself thinking " What would it be like to live in Addison?" I was immediately drawn into each story and the characters. 
Vera Sterling has returned home in February for her sister's wedding.  Unknown to her family Vera has lost her job in Boston and is at a crossroads of her life, but one look at an old Dutch Colonial and the Christmas Barn she is flooded with childhood memories.  Her trip down memory lane and the longing for a home clutches her heart and she makes a decision that will change her life. 
 7 months later she finds herself still without a job, but now the owner of that Dutch Colonial she  visited in February that holds so many good memories. On problem it's rundown since the previous owners move to Florida and definite renovations are not just needed but a necessity. 
Luckily Cooper Hardware is just down the street and the proprietor's son, Derek, is willing to help out as needed.  Just one problem renovations cost money so she is in search of a job at the local newspaper. 
One year later, Jane March finds herself back home in Addison living with her mom after an accident.  Jane works for Cobblestone Cards as a designer so being off work for 6 weeks is not good.  First, the manger has already told her he needs new designs and jingles from her, but it seems like she's lost her creativity.  So even if she's on a medical leave it will be a working leave of absence.  How does one go about getting her spark back? Her mother gives her a list of 10 items to accomplish that will get her involved in celebrating the Christmas season and at the same time reconnect with her creativity.  
Each story brings a different aspect of the Christmas season.  Each plot is sweet and flows effortlessly.  This is an endearing collection that brings beautiful imagery, engaging characters, romantic tension and lots of holiday cheer.  The secondary characters are well integrated.  The author weaves words together that evoke many emotions, from laughter to tears.  Some books you like, but this collection swallowed me heart and soul.  
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story with a holiday twist. 
*I received this book from the author for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.