Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Playing the Part by Jen Turano

Playing the Part (A Class of Their Own #3)

From Goodreads.com
Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucinda's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.
 


About the Author:
Jen Turano

Jen Turano, author of the Ladies of Distinction series and the A Class of Their Own series, is a graduate of the University of Akron. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

My Take: I really enjoy Jen Turano's books. She always has fun and unusual characters that make the story interesting and a page turner.  This book is no different.  This book has a mystery to it and it is what is keeping you guessing and turning the pages.  The main character Lucetta has to leave New York city and her friend sets it up so she can stay at her grandsons estate.  This is where the mystery is as strange things are afoot and Lucetta becomes involved.  Also Lucetta's friend wants to set up Lucetta and her grandson.  Mystery and romance how can you miss.  Great story and fun.  

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Synced by Jennifer Kennedy Dean

ABOUT THE BOOK
Synced
Synced: Living Connected to the Heart of Jesus (New Hope, February 2016)
Prayer can become extraordinary when we live connected to the heart of Jesus.
Synced encourages you to emulate the way Jesus lived His life. With real-life stories of people walking closely with Jesus, finding themselves in the right place at the right time, readers are challenged to examine what staying in step with the Spirit looks like. National best-selling author and known prayer expert, Jennifer Kennedy Dean, uses the familiar passage of the Lord’s Prayer as anchor points to present the way Jesus lived His life in step with the Father through prayer.
Every moment is pregnant with purpose. Every moment is drenched in power. Prayer is no longer the means by which you attempt to get God to perform for you and becomes, instead, the means by which you connect with His heart and mind. A praying life is a life of peace and soul-rest. A praying life is lived in sync with the heart of Jesus.


Jennifer Kennedy Dean is executive director of the Praying Life Foundation and a respected author and speaker. The author of numerous books, studies, and magazine articles specializing in prayer and spiritual formation, her book Heart’s Cry has been named National Day of Prayer’s signature book, while her book Live a Praying Life® has been called a flagship work on prayer. Widely recognized as an unusually gifted communicator, Jennifer speaks all over the country calling God’s people to discover the difference between a prayer life and a praying life. Jennifer is the author of such books as Altar’d, Clothed with Power, Conversations with the Most High, Life Unhindered!, Power in the Blood of Christ, Power in the Name of Jesus, Secrets Jesus Shared, Set Apart, The Power of Small, and much more. A highly demanded speaker, her engagements include respected organizations such as the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove and Focus on the Family. She is a board member for Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, a member of America’s National Prayer Committee, a member of National Professional Women Association, and national prayer director and board member for Christian Women in Media.

My Take:  This book was very intense in that it convicted you on how you should be more in Synce with God like Jesus was.  Jesus did nothing without first bringing it before God.  We should be that way too.  The author brought this all to our attention by using The Lord's Prayer as a guide to this type of life.  If you want to bring your life more into synce with God then you may want to read this book to help you on the path to that life.  Reading the book of Matthew and the Lord's Prayer will help too. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

A Thousand Shall Fall (Shenandoah Valley Saga #1)

A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

From Goodreads.com:  A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off--only to find she's fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they're all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally--and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar's extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

My Take:  If you like historical fiction then you will love this book.  This book has it all love, romance, war , spies. Carrie Ann learns not to believe everything she has been told about the Yankees.  But where will her loyalties lie?  With her friend from the south or her new friend from the north?  A very good book that that will appeal to many people not just historical fiction lovers. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings

At Love's Bidding (Ozark Mountain Romance #2)

From Goodreads.com   After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she's accidentally sold a powerful family's prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the furious family, her grandfather tracks it to the Missouri Ozarks and makes an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house if they promise not to sell anything until he arrives.

Upon their arrival, however, they discover their new business doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its manager, ruggedly handsome Wyatt Ballentine, is frustrated to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more cattle than they can count--but no mysterious painting--Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and salvage a bad situation getting worse.
 


My Take:  This was a delightful romp into the Ozark Mountains. This is the second in a series but you don't have to have read the first one to enjoy this one.  Miranda's family owns an auction house in Boston.  She is carrying on her grandmother's legacy of being nice to the more unfortunate.  After a particular auction there is a mishap about a painting the they accidently sold. They track it down to Missouri and decide to try and get it from there.  Miranda decides to go to keep an eye on her grandfather and also to get a break from her cousin who is wanting to marry her.  Once the get to Missouri they are not use to the way things are done and how casual things are.  they also know nothing about cattle whichi is what the Missouri auction house deals with.  This a great story that has all the humor that accompany a duck out of water story.  

I was a sent a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Litfuse. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck.



The Wedding Chapel

The Wedding Chapel (Zondervan, November 2015)
For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.
Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—the wedding chapel he built for Collette Greer, the woman he fell for back in ‘49. But now an offer has come to turn the chapel into what it was meant to be—a place for love—and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto his dream any longer.
Photographer Taylor Branson is trying to make a life for herself in New York. Leaving her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, she put a lot of things behind her, including her family’s abysmal marriage rate. But love surprises her when she falls head-over-heels for Jack Forester, a top ad man. Their whirlwind romance results in an elopement, and a mountain of doubt. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to overcome his own demons to find the words of his heart.
When Taylor takes an assignment in Heart’s Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time.
When Taylor’s journey intersects with Coach’s, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.

RHauck

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as "The Wedding Dress," "Love Starts with Elle," and "Once Upon A Prince." She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, "Softly and Tenderly," one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

My Take: This story is told from several different points of view and unlike other books that I have read you do not become more involved in one story line over these others but you are equally invested in all four.  This also is told from the past and the present , the past being in 1949 and in 2015.  This story kinda of hit home a bit as one couple in the book got married quickly after a whirlwind romance and my daughter had a similar story but unfortunately her husband decided not to fight for their marriage and she became divorced yesterday, this couple decided to fight.  Not everything was clean cut and everything was fine but it made for a good story. 

I received a review copy of this book for my honest review. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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From Goodreads.com:

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
 


My Take:  I really enjoyed this book.  It was a little bit of a different take on a dystopian  take on the future.  Water is scarce and Lynn's Mom teaches her that she needs to protect their pond no matter what.  You shoot whoever comes near without asking questions.  After Lynn's Mom dies she meets some other people who teach her to have a bit more compassion to  a point until some savage men come and decide to take whatever they want including people.  The ending was satisfying and I look forward to reading the next novel in the series. 

I read this book on my Kindle from my personal book collection. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

November Wrapup and Dec tbr.



I had a pretty good reading month in November.  I completed 5 books. (Hopefully I will finish a sixth one but don't know if I will be able to get it finished before midnight).

Here are the books I finished in November

Unwind (Unwind, #1)

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh Audio


Audacious

Audacious by Beth Moore Audio

An Endless Christmas

An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti

Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

And the book I hope to finish tonight

Silent Night Pursuit

Silent Night Pursuit by Katy Lee


My TBR for December

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Winter by Marissa Meyer


Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink, #2)

In a Handful Dust by Mindy McGinnis

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, #2)

The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Fatal Trauma

Fatal Trauma by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #3)

The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

The Girl from the Train

The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert

At Love's Bidding

At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings

A Thousand Shall Fall (Shenandoah Valley Saga #1)

A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lifer by Beck Nicholas

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From Goodeads.com
The Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.

Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents' crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident. 

Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfectOPPORTUNITY to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.

On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gamingWAREHOUSE where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. 

But sometimes the past is better left buried. As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to...

My Take:   This was a very enjoyable book.  Asher was my favored character and she seemed to just get stronger and stronger as the story went on.  The story line that the Lifers had to pay for their ancestors debt was very nterestng .  Lady seemed to be a bt unhinged but she seemed to now how to push her son Davyd's buttons and wanted to do just that.  t was a bt hard to enjoy the story line that had to do with Blank when one became so invested n the story of the Lifers on the ship. 

Chapter - by Chapter.com provided a review copy of this boo n exchange for an honest opinion.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Among the Fair Magnolias by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray ,Dorothy Love, Elizabeth Musser

About the book: 
Among the Fair Magnolias
 (Thomas Nelson, July 2015)

In the most turbulent decade of our nation's history, four Southern women---destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war---face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
Savannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family home. So when new owner, Aidan Bedford, a Boston attorney and former Union soldier, seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But the clock is ticking. Can she find the box her father supposedly hid there during the war before her assignment is completed? And before she sees yet another battle lost on the home front. This time, one of the heart.

An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray
When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he's determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother's homestead, he discovers she's very ill, and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
Emily has a secret: She's in love with one of the freedmen on her family's plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.

Purchase a copy: 
http://bit.ly/1Igkc7H
About the authors:
Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression andThe Inheritance. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. A native of west Tennessee. websiteTwitterFacebook 

Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels.websiteTwitterFacebook

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. website,TwitterFacebook

Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls 'entertainment with a soul.' For over 25 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams. websiteTwitterFacebook


My Take:  I don't usually read novellas because I usually want a little more to my stories.  These four stories were just the right length and didn't leave me wanting for more.  These stories are set during the period after the Civil War in the south so there are alot of issues that need to be addressed in each of these stories.  I think my favorite story was To Mend a Dream.  If you have read any of these authors give yourself a treat and try these stories which are just right for that inbetween time when you don't now what to read next.

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion from Litfuse.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Becky K Vogt

About the book: 
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: A Destination Wedding Novel
 (Howard, June 2015)

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple's journey down the aisle to "I do."

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father's military career. She's overcome what her mother called "the biggest mistake of her life" and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1VkD0s8
About the author:
Beth K. Vogt believes God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can't Buy Me Love, (May) and a novel,Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June).

Visit Beth online:  websiteFacebookTwitter






My Take: This was a very enjoyable Summer read.   It is the perfect book to take with you to the beach. When Vanessa goes to Destin Florida to plan her wedding because her fiancee wants to kill two birds with one stone so he can attend a conference where he can get education credits for work. She doesn't want to return there because that s where she meet her ex-husband.  When she gets there she is throw together with him often even though there are both just visiting.  If you want a light fun read then this is for you. 

I received a review copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.