Monday, December 31, 2012

NYE 2012 2nd Update



So here’s the update mini questionnaire:

1. Have you napped yet? Or are you still going strong?
I took a short nap earlier this morning but I am not a late night person so I will be going to bed soon. lol
2. Do you have a favorite book of 2012? If so, what is it?
I have several favorites and I don't think I can pick just one this time so I am going to link to my list of books read this year. My favorites are in bold.
http://abookloverforever.blogspot.com/2012/12/books-read-2012.html
3. Any reading goals for 2013?
I want to read at least 150 books. I want to read more nonfiction than I did this year. I want to read at least one long classic book and I started David Copperfield by Charles Dickens this year and would like to finish it.


4. Is anyone listening to any audiobooks?
Not tonight
5. What book are you most excited about in 2013?
The next book in the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear

NYE 2012 Read a thon My Intro. Post


This read a thon is to celebrate bringing in another year. It is hosted by http://www.thepickygirl.com/
I have been off work since last week so this is perfect for me because I am always at home on New Years Eve. lol


1. What are you reading today?
At Home

2. Are you a comfy reader, or do you get dressed, wear shoes and socks, and sit in a straight back chair?
Comfy reader I have been in my pjs and bed all day. The cats have helped too, they think they are my reading buddies. lol :)

3. Food. What will you be eating/imbibing today?
Pistachio Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Reeses Cups, a grilled chicken salad, little cutie oranges

4. Have you finished a book yet?
Yes, An Amish Holiday by Cynthia Keller

5. What book do you want to be reading to close out 2012?
Flight of the Earls by Michael Reynolds

Books Read 2012

My total books read in 2012 is around 166. I say around because I think I forgot to record some of the ebooks I read on my phone. lol It was not a great reading year but not the worst either. My favorites will be in bold.

January
1. A Texan's Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray
2. An Amish Gathering by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Barbara Cameron
3. Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston (audio reread)
4. The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher
5. The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
6. The Two Mrs. Abbotts by D.E. Stevenson
7. An Amish Wedding by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long
8. Millie's Fling by Jill Marshall
9. Nobody's Baby but Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
10. Small Space Organzing by Kathryn Bechen
11. South Beach Wake Up Call by Arthur Agatston, MD
12. Rally Round Green by Judy Christie
13. The Survivor by Shelley Shepard Gray
14. When the Smoke Clears by Lynnette Eason
February
15. Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
16. Code Blue by Richard Mabry
17. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
18. Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer
19. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
20. Medical Error by Richard Mabry
21. The Redemption of Sarah Cain by Beverly Lewis
22. Diagnosis Death by Richard Mabry
23. Home Front by Kristen Hannah
24. Dangerous Imposter by Virginia Smith
25. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge
26. Simply Sara by Hillary Manton Lodge
27. The Negotiator by Dee Henderson (reread)
28. The Litigators by John Grisham (audio)
29. Downtown Green by Judy Christie
30. The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig
31. Sweet Baklava by Debby Mayne
March
32. Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke
33. Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Ohio by Serena Miller
34. Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble
35. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (audio)
36. Welcome to Fred by Brad Whittington
37. Missing by Shelley Shepard Gray
38. A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
39. Love Finds You In Charm, Ohio by Annalisa Daughetry
40. Always the Baker Never the Bride by Sandra Bricker
41. Always the Wedding Planner Never the Bride by Sandra Bricker
42. Always the Designer Never the Bride by Sandra Bricker
43. Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah (Audio)
44. Critical Care by Candace Calvert
45. Diaster Status by Candace Calvert
46. Code Triage by Candace Calvert
47. Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen
48. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
April
49. Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James
50. Cooking the Books by Bonnie Calhoun
51. Perfect on Paper by Maria Murname
52. It's a Waverly Life by Maria Murname
53. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
54. Delievered with Love by Sherry Kyle
55. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (audio)
56. True Devotion by Dee Henderson (reread)
57. Night Road by Kristen Hannah (audio)
58. Her Restless Heart by Barbara Cameron
59. Weddings and Wasabi by Camy Tang
60. Love by the Book by Cara Lynn James
61. Calico Joe by Joyhn Grisham
62. Traveler's Rest by Ann Tatlock
63. The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano (reread)
May
64. Delivery by Diana Prusik
65. My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
66. The Mother Road by Jennifer Allee
67. Rumor Has It by Tami Hoag (audio)
68. The Surgeon's Miracle by Caroline Anderson
69. The Doctor's Devotion by Cheryl Wyatt
70. Chameleon by Jillian Kent
71. Emergency Wife Lost and Found by Carol Marinelli
72. Divergent by Veronica Roth
73. Knight on the Children's Ward by Carol Marinelli
74. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Reread)
75. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
June
76. The Ride of Her Life by Lorna Seilstad
77. Kissing Adrian by Siri Mitchell
78. 13 Rue Therese by Elena Shaprio
79. Dead Running by Cami Checkletts
80. Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford
81. More by Heidi Marshall
82. Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
83. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
84. The Inconvient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y'Barbo
85. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
86. Sea Change by Karen White
87. Five Miles South of Pecuilar by Angela Hunt
88. The Direction's Cut by Janice Thompson
89. The Search by Shelley Shepard Gray
July
90. The Lawman's Legacy by Shirlee McCoy
91. The Rookie's Assigment by Valerie Hanson
92. The Detective's Secret Daughter by Rachelle McCalla
93. The Widow's Protector by Stephanie Newton
94. The Black Sheep's Redemption by Lynette Eason
95. The Deptuy's Duty by Terri Reed
96. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (audio)
97. Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce
98. Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn
99. Fire and Ice by Kristen Hannah (audio)
100. Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
101. Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon
102. Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
103. Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear
104. Perfectly Ridiculous by Kristen Billerbeck
105. It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
106. An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
107. Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear
108. The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
August
109. A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
110. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
111. the Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello
112. Accused by Janice Cantore
113. the Stars Shine Bright by Sibella Giorello
114. The Haven by Suzanne Woods Fisher
115. Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney
116. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (audio)
117. Found by Shelley Shepard Gray
118. The Beach Trees by Karen White
119. Death of a Couch Potato's Wife by Christy Barritt
September
120. Hiding in Plain Sight by Amy Wallace
121. The Reunion by Dan Walsh
122. The Yard by Alex Grecian
123. In the Woods by Tana French
124. On Folly Beach by Karen White
125. A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus
126. With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
127. Twang by Julie Cannon
October
128. Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson
129. When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason
130. Life With Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher
131. The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter
132. Sandwhich With a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips
133. Organized Crime by Christy Barritt
134. Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
135. The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel
136. Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (audio)
137. Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes
November
138. The Christmas Star by Ace Collins
139. Placebo by Steven James
140. A Wild Goose Chase Christmas by Jennifer Allee
141. Miss Peregine's Home for Pecuilar Children by Ransom Riggs
142. A Snowglobe Christmas by Linda Goodnight and Lissa Manley
143. The Exceptions by David Cristofano
144. The Widow of Larkspar Inn by Lawana Blackwell (reread)
145. Saving Hope by Margaret Daley
146. Under the Mistletoe by Irene Brand and Anita Higman
147. Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray
December
148. Shattered Silence by Margaret Daley
149. One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
150. A Time to Heal by Barbara Cameron
151. A Time for Love by Barbara Cameron
152. A Time for Peace by Barbara Cameron
153. Christmas Countdown by Vicki Hinze
154. A Promise to Protect by Liz Johnson
155. Doctor to the Rescue by Cheryl Wyatt
156. Still Life in Shadows by Alice Wisler
157. Kill Me If You Can by Nicole Young (reread)
158. Kiss Me If You Dare by Nicole Young
159. Vanished by Irene Hannon
160. Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall
161. The Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher
162. The Likeness by Tana French
163. Southern Fried Sushi by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
164. Like Sweet Potato Pie by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
165. Til Grits Do Us Part by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
166. An Amish Holiday by Cynthia Kellar




Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Wild Goose Chase Christmas by Jennifer Allee(Review)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Wild Goose Chase Christmas
Abingdon Press (November 2012)
by
Jennifer AlLee


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from Jennifer:

As I look back on my life, it's interesting to see where God's taken me, and where I took myself that God pulled me out of. I finally got back to writing, the dream of my heart. Since 1996, I've published numerous short stories, devotions and plays. I've also been active in church drama ministries, another passion of mine. My first novel, The Love of His Brother (November 2007, Five Star Publishers), was followed by The Pastor's Wife (February 2010, Abingdon Press) and The Mother Road (April 2012). A Wild Goose Chase Christmas is book two in the new Quilts of Love series.

Besides being a writer, I am a wife and mom. Living in Las Vegas, Nevada, my family has learned how to enjoy the fabulous buffets here without severely impacting our waistlines. God is good!



ABOUT THE BOOK

Upon her grandmother's death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasure.

Of course, once the rest of the family finds out about the "treasure map," they're determined to have a go at the treasure themselves. And, if that weren't enough, Max Logan, a local museum curator, contacts Izzy and says that Grandma Isabella promised him the quilt.

What is it about this quilt that makes everyone want it? Is Izzy on a wild goose chase of her own, or a journey that will lead her to the treasure her grandmother intended?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, go HERE.

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading this Christmas book. The characters and plot were interesting and held my attention. It was the perfect book to start the Christmas season. It can be read anytime of year but Christmas is the major holiday in it. I liked the chemistry that developed between Izzy and Max. Her grandma had some ideas before she died that she wanted to see happen that her family did not know about. This was an exciting book that moved fast. I couldn't wait to turn the pages and found out what happened next. Recommended. :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shattered Silence by Margaret Daley (Review)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Shattered Silence
Abingdon Press (September 2012)
by
Margaret Daley


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold eighty-three books to date.

Margaret is currently the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2300 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.

On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.



ABOUT THE BOOK

A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders.

While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn't what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana's faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Shattered Silence, go HERE.


My Review:
I enjoyed reading this Christian mystery/suspense book. It is my favorite genre. I read it in one night. The main plot revolves around Cody and Liliana who are in law enforcement. They are trying to solve the case of who is killing people in the little Texas town. This is the second book in a series but stands alone fine. The subplot involves their families. Cody just moved there with his teenage son whose Mom just died. His parents had been divorced for ten years so this is Cody's first time at full time parenting. Liliana has a close family with a history. Her father was abusive until he died. She suspects her sister of being abused too. So that is woven in with the violence without being too much. The plot and characters are interesting and well developed. Recommended. :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012 Wrap Up Post


This was my first time to participate in this reading weekend and I loved it. I finished two books and read two more. That is more than I have read in one week in a long time. It helped I was off all last week. lol I finished reading The Exceptions by David Cristofano which was good and The Widow of Larkspur Inn by Lawana Blackwell which was also good. I read Saving Hope and Shattered Silence both by Margaret Daley. It is a good new series, my review is coming tomorrow. If possible I do want to participate in this again next year. :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012 Intro Post


Thankfully Reading Weekend is being hosted by Jenn at Jennsbookshelves and Jennifer at Literate Housewife. This is my first time to particpate! I am really excited because I might actually get to finish a book which is the Exceptions by David Cristofano. I need to get two review books read also but I always a busy weekend so that might be a too much. :)

From Jennifer:

Thankfully Reading is a relaxed affair. We aren’t asking people to sign up to read the entire weekend. It’s a holiday, so the goal is to be read while you can and be thankful for extra time you can spend reading because it is a long weekend. There will be mini-challenges hosted throughout the weekend for those who would like to participate. However, if you’d like nothing more than to read and cheer on others doing the same over Thanksgiving, that is wonderful, too.

Everyone is welcome to join us, blogger or otherwise. Please head over to Jenn’s blog for details on signing up. If you aren’t already, be sure to follow Jenn on Twitter (@jennbookshelves) for up to the minute details. Speaking of Twitter, we’ll be using the #thankfullyreading hashtag throughout the weekend.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Change of Fortune
Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
by
Jen Turano


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jen grew up in the small town of St. Clairsville, Ohio, where she spent an idyllic childhood riding her purple spider bike, ice-skating on a little pond and reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon books in her tree house. High School was, surprisingly enough, fabulous as Jen spent time with her girlfriends. She headed off to college with no idea of what she wanted to be when she grew up, but settled on pursuing a career in fashion because she thought it sounded glamorous. Her parents thought she’d lost her mind, but they resigned themselves to her choice and after earning a BA degree in Clothing and Textiles, Jen set off to take the fashion world by storm, only to discover retail was certainly not the glamorous career she’d imagined it would be. She moved to Buffalo, New York to take a job in the buying office of a large department store, learning all there was to know about cookware, which again, was hardly glamorous, especially to a girl who did not have a knack for cooking. She met her future husband, Al, a few months after taking this job and eight months later, they were married. After moving into management at another department store and working that for a few years, the company went out of business and Jen decided she’d had enough. One year later her son was born and Jen hung up her heels for good and concentrated on being a mom.

She began dabbling in writing when her son, then in elementary school, said he liked her made up stories as much as those in his books. It was then that she fired up the computer and never looked back.

Jen loves to write humorous stories with quirky characters and a dash of intrigue and finds historical romances especially appealing, seeing as how she’s been reading them since she was a teenager. Her mother gave her a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss, The Flame and the Flower, and Jen was hooked on the genre. When not reading romance, she loves to read mysteries, young adult and her favorite series of all time, Harry Potter.

Besides writing, Jen enjoys spending time with her family and friends.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiance, and her faith. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner governess-at-large, she's determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London.

Mr. Hamilton Beckett, much to his chagrin, is the catch of the season, and all the eyes of New York society--all the female ones, at least--are on him. He has no plans to marry again, especially since his hands are full keeping his business afloat while raising his two children alone.

Eliza's hapless attempts to regain her fortune unexpectedly put her right in Hamilton's path. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces and, before she knows it, Eliza has a whole retinue of people helping her. Eliza's determination not to trust anyone weakens when everyone's antics and bumbling efforts to assist her make her wonder if there might be more important things than her fortune and independence.

When all of Hamilton's and Eliza's best-laid plans fall by the wayside, it will take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Change of Fortune, go HERE.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Placebo by Steven James (Review)


  • Paperback: 416 pages

  • Publisher: Revell (November 1, 2012)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734251



  • One man must uncover the truth--even when others will stop at nothing to keep it buried.
    While investigating a controversial neurological research program, exposé filmmaker Jevin Banks is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world's largest pharmaceutical firms. He seeks answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program--and answers to his own family tragedy.

    Rooted in groundbreaking science, Placebo explores the far reaches of science, consciousness, and faith. This taut, intelligent, and emotionally gripping new thriller from master storyteller Steven James will keep you flipping pages late into the night.


    My Review:
    Overall I enjoyed reading first book in the new Jevin Banks series. The characters were interesting and came alive. The plot was a little choppy in spots. The story line was still thought provoking. The main interests seem to be mind to mind communication like twin connection. Jevin is an magician/illusionist. He had a really good career until his wife killed herself and their twin sons. After that he switched from stage shows to a TV show exposing fakes like psychics. Along with his assistant Charlene they go to a medical facility to investigate. They end up uncovering more than they could possibly have imagined. Reading the book was a wild ride. I read it in two days. :)



    About the author:

    Critically acclaimed author Steven James has penned 30+ books spanning the genres of psychological thrillers, dramas,YA fantasy, and more. Steven has received wide critical acclaim for his work, including four Storytelling World Honor awards, two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, and 2009, 2011 & 2012 Christy Awards for best suspense. His thriller, The Queen, won the 2012 Christy Award for Best Suspense Novel, the 2012 ECPA for Best Christian Novel, and it was a finalist for an International Thriller Award. His first novel in the Patrick Bowers series, The Pawn, was optioned by ABC Studios in 2010.

    Steven earned a Master's Degree in Storytelling from ETSU in 1997 and is an active member of International Thriller Writers, The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and International Association of Crime Writers.

    Steven serves as a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. He appears regularly as a keynote speaker at events throughout North America.


    Available November 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    The Christmas Star by Ace Collins (Review)


  • Paperback: 224 pages

  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 2012)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1426714689

  • About the Book:

    Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Each Christmas the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.

    Yet a letter delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers and a mystery posed in that letter put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.


    My Review:

    I enjoyed reading this Christmas themed coming of age book set in the mid 1940s. Although it is short it packs a punch. I liked how the author developed the character of Jimmy and the others too. The plot was interesting and unique. The ending has several twists that I liked and fit the book. I really did not see all of them coming. It is a heartwarming at times heart wrenching book. Jimmy has a very rough time dealing with the death of his father and chooses to deal with it by acting up. His mother works hard long hours to support them. His father was a good man before the war too and everyone has good things to say about him which makes it harder on Jimmy for some reason and hanging the medal on the tree seems to rub it in too him. Although it is a Christmas Christmas fiction book it is not preachy but lived out through the characters which I loved. I recommend this book to men and women. :)



    About the Author:

    Bestselling author Ace Collins has written more than fifty books including novels Farraday Road, Swope’s Ridge and Words of the Father, as well as the nonfiction Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, grAttitudes, and Lassie A Dog’s Life. His books have become movies and network television specials. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the NBC Nightly News and The Today Show and has been featured in the Distinguished Lecture Series at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career.
    His latest book is the Christian holiday fiction, The Christmas Star.
    You can visit Ace on the web at www.acecollins.com.

    Review copy provided by Pump Up Your Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Courting Cate by Leslie Gould

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Courting Cate
    Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
    by
    Leslie Gould


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Even though I knew I wanted to write fiction by the time I was in the sixth grade, as I grew older I pursued other things instead, such as majoring in history and communications, and then working as a museum curator, then a public relations specialist, and finally as a magazine editor. Once I finally started writing fiction, it was another ten years until I sold my first novel. By that time I’d been married for nearly 20 years and had four children of my own to read to.

    In the decade since my first contract I’ve written fifteen books, from Beyond the Blue, a story about international adoption set in Vietnam, to Courting Cate, a retelling of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. No matter what I write, I aim to reveal truths about God’s love, beauty, and redemptive work in our lives. My goal is to connect more deeply to God, family, and friends through my writing. My hope is that my stories encourage readers to deepen their own connections too.



    ABOUT THE BOOK

    When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty--and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

    However, the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard and fast rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Unfortunately for poor Betsy, and for the men who want to court her, her older sister, Cate, doesn't have any suitors--until Pete comes to town, that is.

    Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate's feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she's immediately suspicious of his interest.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Courting Cate, go HERE.

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    The Breath of Dawn
    Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
    by
    Kristen Heitzmann


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    From the time my dad taught me to read at sit-on-the-floor school when I was four—launching me past kindergarten into 1st grade—I have loved learning and expressing what I know through art, music, and especially writing. Education came easily, and I grew accustomed to having my work read and displayed. But breaking out of the family mold, I left college to marry my husband Jim (celebrating our 29th this year.) Since then, life and all kinds of research have provided the grist for my stories. We have three awesome adult kids, and one incredible teenager. (You might think I’m biased, but ask anyone who knows them.)

    While home schooling my four kids, I wrote my first novel. I pitched it for publication, and it became the first of a five book historical series. Since then, I have written three more historical novels and nine contemporaries. The Still of Night was nominated for the Colorado Book Award. The Tender Vine was a Christy Award finalist and Secrets won a Christy in 2005.

    People often ask why I started writing, and I say to get the stories out of my head. Some say they’d like to write a book, but I say if you’re not wracked with labor pains, there are easier ways to express yourself. Being a writer is a solitary, eccentric, and often compulsive path. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.



    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Kristen Heitzmann Delivers Powerful New Romantic Suspense

    Morgan Spencer has had just about all he can take of life. Following the tragic death of his wife, Jill, he retreats to his brother's Rocky Mountain ranch to heal and focus on the care of his infant daughter, Olivia. Two years later, Morgan begins to make plans to return to his home in Santa Barbara to pick up the pieces of his life and career.

    Quinn Riley has been avoiding her past for four years. Standing up for the truth has forced her into a life of fear and isolation. After a "chance" first meeting and a Thanksgiving snowstorm, Quinn is drawn into the Spencer family's warm and loving world, and she begins to believe she might find freedom in their friendship.

    The man Quinn helped put behind bars has recently been released, however, and she fears her past will endanger the entire Spencer family. As the danger heightens, she determines to leave town for the sake of the people who have come to mean so much to her.

    Fixing problems is what Morgan Spencer does best, and he is not willing to let Quinn run away, possibly into the clutches of a man bent on revenge. But Morgan's solution sends him and Quinn on an unexpected path, with repercussions neither could have anticipated.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of The Breath of Dawn, go HERE.

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter (Review)




    About the book:

    Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.
    Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.


    Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Brave heart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.

    Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.
    The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.

    When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.

    My Review:
    Although this is the third in the Big Sky series it stands alone fine. Overall I enjoyed reading it. It was a good contemporary Christian romance book. Annie knows she does not want a cowboy because of all the heartache she has seen in her Mom's life from them. Then comes Dylan. She tries to ignore the attraction between them. Two of the main themes in the book is forgiveness and not judging others. She also has her sister and nephew living with her. Annie has to learn not to control everyone and everything around her in order to be happy. The book is well written and the characters and plot are interesting. Recommended.




    About the author:

    Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
    Find out more about Denise at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/.


    Thank you Litfuse Publicity for my review copy.

    A Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes (Review)




  • Paperback: 344 pages

  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (October 1, 2012)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734671

  • Her head is in the clouds. His feet are planted firmly on the ground. Can love cover the distance?
    Cassandra Bainbridge may be a bit of a bluestocking, but when Geoffrey Giles is near, love seems a fine alternative to passion for Greek and the physics of flight. With his dashing good looks and undying devotion to her, the earl of Whittaker sets Cassandra's heart racing with his very presence. It seems his only flaw is his distaste for ballooning, the obsession that consumes so much of her thoughts.

    When a terrible accident compels her to end her betrothal, Cassandra heads for the country to recover from both her injuries and her broken heart. With time on her hands and good friends to help her, she pursues her love for ballooning and envisions a future for herself as a daring aeronaut. But when Lord Whittaker slips back into her life, will she have to choose between him and her dream?

    My Review:
    I enjoyed reading this Christian historical fiction book. It is the second in the Daughters of Bainbridge series. They are set in the Regency period of England which I love. The author does a good job with details/descriptions without it being overwhelming. The main characters the focus is on in this story is Cassandra the middle daughter and her beau Geoffrey Giles. Cassandra is obessesed with hot air balloning and he definately does not approve. There is a lot of back and forth between the two of them throughout the book. The subplot involves who is trying to kill Geoffrey. So the book has mystery, romance, and a little suspense. I can't wait to read the last book in the series. Recommended.




    Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of the Midwives series, A Necessary Deception, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.

    “Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

    Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    Sandwich with a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips (Review)





  • Paperback: 320 pages

  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 2012)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1426745928


  • About the book:

    She moved to Sandwich, Illinois, in search of a new life, but ended up in a giant pickle.

    Sandwich represents hope for 20-year-old Maddie Buckner and Kyle, the 11-year-old brother Maddie wants to spring out of foster care. Then she loses her new job after less than a day. It’s all Reuben-the-Jerk’s fault, and she’s determined to make him right the wrong.

    He does so, reluctantly, by giving her a job at his restaurant, The Sandwich Emporium. Then crazy things start happening at the restaurant, and Kyle’s foster parents apply to adopt him. To stop it all, Maddie must learn the art of humbling herself and accepting the help God has arranged, risking her heart to Reuben in the process.

    And she’d rather eat a million corned-beef on rye sandwiches than do that.


    My Review:

    Maddie is a lovable character. She is a new Christian trying to be the best she can. The characters are interesting and seem real. I love how Reuben's parents do all they can to help Maddie, a perfect stranger to them. Maddie arrives in town to start her job cutting hair and Reuben is her first haircut. Unfortunately it does not turn out as planned and she gets fired. He feels bad so he hires her to work at his restaurant. His long time girlfriend who also works at the restaurant is very unhappy about it because she feels threatened. Reuben and Maddie's lives keep intersecting and the sparks fly. This is a Christian chick lit book which I enjoyed reading. Recommended. :)



    About the author:

    Krista Phillips writes inspirational romantic comedy. She believes a sprinkle of laughter (and a wee bit of chocolate) makes everything a little better! She blogs regularly about life as a wife, mother, follower of Jesus, and mother of a child with a rare congenital heart defect at www.kristaphillips.com. Her debut novel, "Sandwich, With a Side of Romance," releases in September, 2012.
     

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Against the Tide
    Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
    by
    Elizabeth Camden


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    A Word from Elizabeth:

    I am a college librarian in central Florida by day, but by night I can be found pounding out inspirational historical novels the moment the sun goes down. I love writing books about fiercely intelligent people who are confronted with profound challenges. As a rather introverted person, I have found that writing is the best way for me to share my faith and a sense of resilience with others.

    I married relatively late in life, which turned out to be an odd kind of blessing. I had gotten very good at leading a solo life, and although I was not particularly content being alone, I had become reconciled to it. Most importantly, it taught me never to take my husband for granted. I give daily thanks for the blessing of being able to share a life with my favorite person on the planet.

    As for who I am? I love old Hitchcock films, the hour before sunset, a long, sweaty run through the Florida countryside, and a glass of good wine. After spending my entire adult life on a college campus (either as a student or a librarian) I have finally been able to pursue my ultimate goal of writing professionally.


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Love and Lives are Threatened in Camden's Latest Offering

    As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she's finally carved out a perfect life for herself--a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.

    However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or "Bane," a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.

    Just as Bane's charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia's part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Against the Tide, go HERE.

    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Saving Gideon
    B&H Books (October 1, 2012)
    by
    Amy Lillard


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    A Word from Amy:I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

    I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

    I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

    I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.

    I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.

    I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)

    Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Gideon Fisher wants one thing out of life -- to be left alone. This is not the Amish way, but he’s devastated after the death of his wife and son to the point of losing his faith. He buys a farm on the outskirts of the district and pulls away from his community. But when a freak spring snowstorm brings a beautiful Englisher to his farm, what choice does Gideon have but to let her in?

    Dallas socialite Avery Ann Hamilton is intrigued by the Amish farmer who pulls her out of the snow and into his austere lifestyle. Poor little rich girl, Avery has just gone through (yet another) bad breakup. Every man she meets only wants her for her father’s money. All she has ever wanted is to be loved for herself. Avery soon discovers the Oklahoma Amish country is the perfect place to hide out and heal her broken heart.

    But she finds a peace in those back roads that she’s never felt before. Now her life has purpose and meaning as she connects with God and those around her. And there’s something more as she begins to care for this man who needs both love and forgiveness.

    Gideon never wanted to live again much less fall in love, but Avery finds her way into his heart, showing him the beauty of life and God’s greatness. Yet as the feelings between Avery and Gideon grow, can they overcome their dissimilar lifestyles, or will their sheer differences pull them apart? If you would like to read the first chapter of Saving Gideon, go HERE

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

    When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason (Review)


  • Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (October 1, 2012)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720087


  • From the Back Cover:

    A killer's deadly game needs new players . . . but someone's about to change the rules
    As a medical examiner, Serena Hopkins is used to dealing with death. But that doesn't make it any easier when she's called to the eerie scene of a murder--especially when Serena realizes that she knows the victim. Nearly as unnerving is the presence of FBI agent Dominic Allen, her childhood crush.

    As evidence mounts and points to a serial killer with disturbingly familiar methods, Serena and Dominic must work to find a pattern and stop the killings before the murderer strikes again. And when Serena's own life seems at stake, she must decide if the secret she has been keeping has put her next on the killer's hit list. Can she trust Dominic with the truth before it's too late?
    My Review:
     
    This was a great Christian mystery even though the subject matter was gruesome. This is the second book in the Deadly Reunions series and cannot stand alone. This book references the first book and characters are the same even though the main focus of this book is Serena and Dominic. There is a subplot in both books that will be wrapped up in the third book. I can't wait to see what happens. This book was well written with interesting characters and plot. It held my attention from the first page and was very suspenseful. I love the romance between Serena and Dominic amid the seriousness of the mystery. This author always reminds me of my favorite author Dee Henderson. Recommended. :)
     
     
     
    About the author:
     
    Lynette Eason is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to Home, Don't Look Back, A Killer Among Us, and When the Smoke Clears. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.
     
    Available now wherever Baker/Revell books are sold.
     
    Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.
     
     
     

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

    Life with Lily Review

  • My Review:
  • I really enjoyed reading this middle grade Amish book. It will not appeal to all though. The most likely audience to me is homeschooled girls. Younger kids are going to need help reading it because of the length. Lily is a great heroine. She is not perfect. There are several life lessons that can be learned from this book including forgivness and how to get along with others. Lily faces many of the same things that regular kids face on a daily basis including a mean teacher, a fellow student who gets her in trouble, sick family, and moving. The writing is good and character development. I am glad to hear this is a series. I look forward to more of Lily's adventures. Recommended.


     
     
     
    About the authors:
    Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days and started a family. After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times. She lives in Pennsylvania.

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, The Keeper, and The Haven, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award nominee and is the host of an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom. She lives in California.
    Available now wherever Revell/Baker books are sold.
    Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.

    Life with Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher (Review)


  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Paperback: 288 pages

  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2012)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721329



  • About the book:

    For a child, every day is a thing of wonder. And for six-year-old Lily Lapp, every day is a new opportunity for blessings, laughter, family, and a touch of mischief. As she explores her world, goes to school, spends time with her family, and gets into a bit of trouble with her friends, Lily learns what it means to be Amish and what it means to grow up. From getting a new teacher to welcoming a new sibling, Lily's life is always full of adventure.

    The first of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, Life with Lily gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish--and lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines the real-life stories of growing up Amish from Mary Ann Kinsinger and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming illustrations throughout, this series is sure to capture the hearts of readers young and old.
    My Review:
    I really enjoyed reading this middle grade Amish book. It will not appeal to all though. The most likely audience to me is homeschooled girls. Younger kids are going to need help reading it because of the length. Lily is a great heroine. She is not perfect. There are several life lessons that can be learned from this book including forgivness and how to get along with others. Lily faces many of the same things that regular kids face on a daily basis including a mean teacher, a fellow student who gets her in trouble, sick family, and moving. The writing is good and character development. I am glad to hear this is a series. I look forward to more of Lily's adventures. Recommended.


     
     
     
    About the authors:
    Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days and started a family. After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times. She lives in Pennsylvania.

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, The Keeper, and The Haven, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award nominee and is the host of an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom. She lives in California.
    Available now wherever Revell/Baker books are sold.
    Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    All Things New by Lynn Austin

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    All Things New
    Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
    by
    Lynn Austin


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published twelve novels. Five of her historical novels, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, A Proper Pursuit, and Until We Reach Home have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction. Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005. Lynn's novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    In the aftermath of the Civil War, Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives when they return to their Virginia plantation. But the bitter realities of life after the war cannot be denied: their home and land are but shells of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken. The privileged childhood Josephine enjoyed now seems like a long-ago dream. And the God who failed to answer any of her prayers during the war is lost to her as well.

    Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival--and recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the one she must rely on to teach her all she needs to know. Josephine's mother, too, vows to rebuild White Oak...but a bitter hatred fuels her.

    With skill and emotion, Lynn Austin brings to life the difficult years of the Reconstruction era by interweaving the stories of three women--daughter, mother, and freed slave--in a riveting tale.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of All Things New, go HERE.

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson (Review)

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Full Disclosure
    Bethany House Publishers (October 2, 2012)
    by
    Dee Henderson


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Dee Henderson is the bestselling, award-winning author of 15 previous novels, including the acclaimed O'MALLEY series and UNCOMMON HEROES series. She is a lifelong resident of Illinois.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions.

    Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder.

    Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.

    The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is…

    Watch the book trailer:

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Full Disclosure, go HERE.

    My Review:
    Be glad you could not hear the squeals coming out of mouth when I learned my all time favorite author was putting out a new book for the first time in five years. Her O'Malley series is one of my favorite ever. On to the current book lol. It took me awhile to really get into the story. Paul and Ann have interesting backgrounds that come out through the book. I really liked when the book went deeper into the story. I only had an issue with two things. I think the murder mystery could have been more developed with more details. It was more a subplot to me with the main plot being Paul and Ann's love story. The other thing is minor and totally a me thing but I did not like how Ann wrote the O'Malley series and others in this book. I would have preferred that be left out. Again personal preference. Overall the book is good and I definitely recommend it. I can't wait for Dee to put out another book. :)

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Twang by Julie Cannon (Review)

     
     
     
  • Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (August 2012)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1426714702
  •  
     
    About the book:
     
    Twenty-three-year-old Jennifer Clodfelter believes she is destined to be a country music star.  When her passion, determination and homemade demo tape were rejected by every music label in Nashville, she refused to give up.  In just three years, a combination of guts and raw talent have propelled her on a journey of fame beyond her best dream.   

    Now Jennifer has all she ever wanted, only to discover that there is a dark side to the glitz and number one hits.  She will have to decide whether to sing her pain to a loving audience or find the courage to face the music in the private studio of her heart.
     
    My Review:
    Overall I liked this book. The plot and characters were interesting. It was very repetitious with descriptions. It is told mostly from Jennifer's point of view and I felt horrible for the things she had to go through as a child that no child should ever have to go through. I liked the relationship she developed with her hairdresser. She was willing to get real with her and tell her the truth and she was a strong Christian. Jennifer ends up spending a lot of time with her and her family and they end up helping her alot. It is a story of forgiveness and redemption. Country music plays a big part obviously so its helpful if you like it. Recommended for certain audiences.
     
     
     
    About the author:
     
    Julie L. Cannon's roots go deep in the South's red clay. She is the author of the award-winning Homegrown Series, published by Simon & Schuster and described as "Jan Karon crossed with Fannie Flagg." Her novel, The Romance Readers' Book Club, Penguin, was named a Target Breakout Book. I'll Be Home for Christmas, Summerside Press, made Nielsen's Bestseller list, and was also named a CBA Bestseller. Her novel Twang will be released in Aug.'12 from Abingdon Press. Julie's novels explore the transcendent, the supernatural, and the irrational - where God redeems the seemingly unredeemable. Julie lives in Watkinsville, Georgia. Visit her website at julielcannon.com for more info.
    P.S. Beware - there is another author by the name of Julie Cannon, which causes a great deal of confusion because the two authors have vastly different subject matters and readerships.

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin Review


    I loved this book. The characters and plot came alive and were interesting and well developed. It was well written and held my attention from page one. Mellie's story was really touching. All girls and women can identify with feeling like not being good enough especially in the area of looks. Tom was a good hero. I fell in love with Tom and Mellie and their relationship. This is a Christian Historical fiction book set in WWII and the details were good but not overwhelming. I felt transported into another time. One of the main themes is forgiveness. This is one of my favorite books this year. Her previous series is also good. Highly Recommended! :)

    With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin (Review)



  • Paperback: 425 pages

  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2012)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720810

  • About the Book:
    Lt. Mellie Blake is a nurse serving in the 802nd Medical Squadron, Air Evacuation, Transport. As part of a morale building program, she reluctantly enters into an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer in the 908th Engineer Aviation Battalion in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face to face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage to their past? And can they learn to trust God and embrace the gift of love he offers them?

    Combining excellent research and attention to detail with a flair for romance, Sarah Sundin brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing, and true love.

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    Still Life In Shadows by Alice Wisler

    ***Signed up for the tour but never got the book***

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Still Life in Shadows
    River North; New Edition edition (August 1, 2012)
    by
    Alice Wisler


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Alice was born in Osaka, Japan in the sixties. Her parents were Presbyterian career missionaries. As a young child, Alice loved to walk down to the local stationer's store to buy notebooks, pencils and scented erasers. In her room, she created stories. The desire to be a published famous author has never left her. Well, two out of three isn't bad. She's the author of Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation (all published by Bethany House).

    Alice went to Eastern Mennonite University after graduating from Canadian Academy, an international high school in Kobe, Japan. She majored in social work and has worked across the U.S. in that field. She taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in Japan and at a refugee camp in the Philippines. She also studied Spanish at a language institute in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    She has four children--Rachel, Daniel, Benjamin and Elizabeth. Daniel died on 2/2/97 from cancer treatments at the age of four. Since then, Alice founded Daniel's House Publications in her son's memory. This organization reaches out to others who have also lost a child to death. In 2000 and 2003, Alice compiled recipes and memories of children across the world to publish two memorial cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    It's been fifteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a boy of fifteen. Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic's garage. He meets a host of interesting characters -the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari. Known as the "Getaway Savior" he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America.

    One day the phone rings. On the other end is his brother Moriah calling from Florida. Of course Gideon welcomes his brother to stay with him and offers him a job. But Moriah is caught in a web which ends in his death and forces Gideon to return to the town of his youth, with his brother's body in the back of a hearse and Mari and Kiki at his side. He must face not only the community he ran away from years ago but also his own web of bitterness. Will he be able to give his anger over to God and forgive his father?

    If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of Still Life in Shadows, go HERE.