Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Review: Storm Rising

Storm Rising

"Mentioned in the pages of the Septuagint but lost to history, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, and its pages hold secrets--and dangers--never before seen on earth.  

Tasked with capturing the ancient text, former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe is finally given command of his own team. But their best efforts are ruined when a notorious Bulgarian operative known as "Viorica" snatches the volume right out from under them. 
Iskra "Viorica" Todorova is determined to use the book to secure the thing that matters most--freedom. But a series of strange storms erupts around the globe and the coming dangers foretold in the text threaten crops, lives--entire nations.
Though both are haunted by secrets of their past and neither trusts the other, Leif and Iskra must form an uneasy alliance to thwart impending disaster. However, the truth hidden in two-thousand-year-old words could unleash the storm of their own destruction."

Author: Ronie Kendig
Series: The Book of the Wars (book 1)
Publisher: Bethany House


Does an Ancient Book of Prophecy Hold the Answers to Saving the World
 . . . Or Predict Its Destruction? 


I am about to confess something that might strip me of my reader card...
This was the first book I've ever read by Ronie Kendig. 🙈  HOWEVER! It will not be my last.

I really really enjoyed this book. 
The writing style was totally my thing! It's everything I look for in contemporary books. It was fun and modern, with the perfect mix of humor and inner turmoil!

If you haven't picked up on this fact yet I'll make it real clear for you now, BANTER IS EVERYTHING TO ME! Here is why. Not only is it normally humorous, but when done correctly it makes chemistry explode off the page. 
The author did an AMAZE. ING. job with the banter and chemistry in this book. I always got excited when the whole team was together because the way they worked with, and off each other made the book authentic to me. The only issue I had with such a big team was keeping track of their names and what they did. I'm hoping that becomes a little clearer and easier to process as the series progresses.

This was the first military book I've ever read, and though I love NCIS as much as the next girl, all of the terms started to mix and combine in my head which did cause some confusion. I guess this just means I'll have to read more books in this genre to strengthen my vocabulary. Pity. 😏😉

The series has a super intriguing plot, and I'm sensing a TON of plot twists in our near future. I'm equally excited and terrified.
I have a love/hate relationship with series like this. I LOVE that the story keeps going, but I HATE that I have to wait so long for the conclusion. 

Leif was...*swoon* I don't know if there's much I can say about him. He's GREAT! He's super head and heart smart. He is selfless, but not stupid. He protects what he considers is his, but not in a controlling way. 

I actually really liked Iskra, like a lot! She was the girl version of Leif honestly. A little less trusting, but can ya blame her?! They really did click from their first interaction, and it didn't change. They could read each other's minds and souls...SOUL. MATES. 😍😍 

I still have so many questions!! When does book #2 comes out again?? Oh yeah, not soon enough. I"M READY!
I rated this a 4/5 stars! 

*I received this book from the publisher**All opinions are my own*

Friday, August 2, 2019

Review: The Bull Rider's Secret

The Bull Rider's Secret

"Letting bull rider Jace Hawke back into her life breaks all of Mackenzie Wilder’s rules—just like he broke her heart years ago. But he’s working at her family’s ranch while recovering from a rodeo injury…and chipping away at Mackenzie’s tough-girl exterior with each passing day. Which is the bigger mistake: falling for Jace again…or letting him go without a fight?"


Author: Jill Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Colorado Grooms (book 3)


"Will the truth 
keep them from a second chance?"


👏 JILL 👏 DID 👏 IT 👏 AGAIN 👏

I'll be honest, this series and I got a rocky start. BUT I held on through the storm, and I'm SO happy I did! I have enjoyed the Wilder bunch and I've loved watching them each grow and find their perfect matches.
I've been anxiously awaiting Mackenzie's story, and when it finally hit my little fingers I had to read it instantly.

Though each book had a different "main troupe", they all had a similar troupe running throughout: each couple knew/had history with each other before they got together permanently.

So Mackenzie & Jace knew each other, and actually were high school sweethearts before Jace took off for the rodeo. As you can imagine this caused some tension when they saw each other again since they did not part on the best of terms.
This led to a lot of problems and misplaced assumptions because they both stewed over their feelings for years. Guess what? It could've been avoided had they just communicated with each other all those years ago. *eye roll*
My issues with miscommunication aside, this theme actually worked in this book because the author had them falling BACK in love with each other and they started actually communicating with each other.

Because they already knew each other, and were already in love with each other, they had a pretty good start to a solid foundation. Once they started reconnecting and working things out they really built the foundation they needed. They stayed level headed (mostly), and started working towards a better future.

They both had a lot of pain and brokenness they were covering up, stuff they didn't want anyone to know about, yet they learned to truly lean on God and lean on each other.

It was a wholesome, sweet story. (with the perfect amount of cowboy and wit)
I loved this cast of characters, and though it's bittersweet to see the Wilder crew wrapped up, I'm excited to see who Jill makes me fall in love with next!

I rated this a 4/5 stars!

*I received this book from the author**All opinions are my own*

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Review: The String

The String

"Welcome to the string. Let's go over the ground rules.

Rule #1: Participation is mandatory.
Rule #2: If any one person refuses to play, the threats to all players will come to pass.

Since this is my game, allow me to introduce myself. I am the conductor. Just as musicians in a symphony must follow the conductor's direction, the selected students and staff of Trenton University must submit to my commands . . . or risk massive chaos and deadly consequences. Even that pesky university cop, Markus Haas, who thinks he'll find a way out of the impossible dilemma in which I've trapped him. Oh, the surprises I have for him. 

Ready to play?"


Author: Caleb Breakey
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Series: Deadly Games (book 1)


Y'ALL! I was READY for this book!! I mean, READ THE SYNOPSIS!!!! 👀💀

I love a good thriller, especially when there is a head mastermind pulling all of the strings. This book was totally up my alley...hypothetically.

There is a point where there are too many characters and too many moving parts! This book fell into that category. I had to work REALLY hard to keep track of the cast, and at some point in the book I forgot about some of them. 

Don't get me wrong, I understand there needs to be multiple angles for a "game" like this to work. I think it was too much in book form. Please don't egg my house, but I think this would've been better suited as a movie. That way you could really SEE everything that was happening, and multiple POV makes sense.

I know the technology stalking is ENTIRELY plausible, however the actual motive made the whole scheme really outlandish and unnecessary. 

There were a few storylines that weren't completed, and not in a cliffhanger way, but in a "totally forgot that was in there" way. I had no clue this was going to be a series, so I wonder where the author is going to take these storylines and the series as a whole.

I spent most of the book utterly confused, and not in a good way. The "bad guy" completed blind sided me (props to the author), but I didn't really understand his mindset behind "the game".

The 1st person POV character, Markus, really got under my skin. He was SO selfish in all of this actions and jumped into every situation without thinking. 

I'm so beyond sad I didn't fall head over heels for this book. We win some, we lose some.
I'm sure there is an audience for this type of thriller, probably super visual, quick minded people!

I can't get over the pure GENIUS that went into writing this book! It was definitely the work of a mastermind. (who might watch too many crime shows 😏😉) A ton of imagination went into crafting this story, though it wasn't for me.

I rated it a 2.5/5 stars.

*I received this book from the publisher**All opinions are my own*

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Review: Yours Truly, Thomas

Yours Truly, Thomas
"For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn't expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.

When Penny's undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring--perhaps too much--for the one who wrote it."


Author: Rachel Fordham
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Revell


"Signed, Sealed, Delivered,
I'm Yours"


GUYS! THIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE DEAD LETTER OFFICE!!!! I REPEAT.
THE. DEAD. LETTER. OFFICE. 
*insert ALL of the heart eyes*

Last year my mama, sister, and I found the TV series "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" that Hallmark produces, and ever since I've been obsessed with the DLO. When I found out Rachel was doing a story based around it I might've totally screamed. 

I just love how her heroes are always sweet & gentle! They have the biggest shift of perspective and mind-set throughout the story.

Her heroines are normally a little naive & self conscious. They have the biggest shift of self love and assurance.

Each character grows throughout the story, normally because and with each other.
These characters were no different, and I loved them.

Penny & Thomas had less than graceful falls from society, they felt that hiding was the proper response. But through fate and letters they found that hiding isn't all it's cracked up to be. Together they learned to live life fully. 

I really enjoyed the addition of the dog in the story! Honeysuckle was a hoot, but she was the perfect companion when she was needed. 

I JUST WANT SOMEONE TO WRITE ME A LOVE LETTER! Okay, that is all. 😍😭😍😭

Though not a series, we do get to back to Azure Springs in this adorable story, and I am SUPER excited about it! 
I've loved Azure Springs and the people there since "The Hope of Azure Springs", that came out last summer.

Stories are a HUGE aspect to Rachel's books. I love seeing how includes her love of stories into her writing. 

Rachel writes the sweetest, most wholesome stories chock full of hope and healing!

I look forward to see what story this author releases next.
4/5 stars!

*I received this book from the author**All opinions are my own*

Quotes: 

"I think God knows we need reminders from time to time. He wraps up in a little blessing in a sound or smell. A testament of his love."

Monday, July 15, 2019

Spotlight: The Heart of a King


ABOUT THE BOOK


"King Solomon was wealthy and wise beyond measure. He could--and did--have anything he wanted, including many women from many lands. But for all his wisdom, did he or the women in his life ever find what they searched for all of their lives?



In this engrossing novel, you'll find yourself whisked away to ancient Israel, where you'll meet Solomon and four of the women he loved: Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba. As you experience the world of Solomon through his eyes and the eyes of these women, you'll ask yourself the ultimate question: Did Solomon's wisdom ultimately benefit him and those he loved . . . or did it betray them?"



PURCHASE THE BOOK: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christian Book | Book Depository


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.
When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

CONNECT WITH JILL: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: The Number of Love

The Number of Love

"Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren't enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but how can he convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life's answers lie in the heart?

Amid biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together."

Author: Roseanna M. White
Length: 386 pages
Series: The Codebreakers (book #1)


"The Toughest Puzzle She'll Have to Solve
Might Be the Wishes of Her Own Heart"


I loved the premise of this book! All of secrets, breaking codes, and action. Definitely my kind of book. 

The characters were really interesting and different for me. Every person written was a genius in some way or another, even the villain. Every brain worked at a different rate than normal people, which made them perfect for the task they were given to help stop the war. 
There were times when I had to skim over the terminology and geek speak. (😔🙊 I'm not a genius by any means lol)
Even with that I still got a great grasp of the characters. 

There were A LOT of moving parts to this story. There was a pretty big cast of characters since there were so many different locations, but it laid the foundation for the story and the series. It is a very interesting time in history as well, one I'm looking forward to learning more about. 

The romance was handled in a way they made sense to the story and still kept this romantic very pleased! 

Margot was a SUPER logical and she was CRAZY smart. I did a bit of a character profile on her a few week ago. 
Here is a quote from Roseanna M. White about Margot's character. 
"I wanted Margot to be distinctive...and also to have some quirks that people today might recognize as being on the very mild end of the autism spectrum. I love exploring how when we have limitations in one respect, God expands us in others."

Though there were times when her character got a little taxing, since I am a feeler and not a thinker, in the end I did like her character.

I loved how Margot & Drake interacted. They were perfectly matched, and I loved how God intertwined their lives! 
And the way he "wooed" her. 😍😍😍 And the way she told him she loved him! 😍😍😍
All of the heart eyes & all of the swooning!

Lots of relationships were cultivated throughout the story, main characters and side characters alike. (There were even some characters from a previous series. 😏)  I loved every single one of them, they just made the book come alive to me.

I really really enjoyed this book, and all the spunk and smarts it brought with it. I'm excited to see where the series goes. 
4/5 stars.

*I received this book from the publisher**All opinions are my own*

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Review: Never Marry a Marquess

Never Marry a Marquess
"Shy Ivy Bateman has always felt more comfortable behind the scenes than front and center. She is happiest caring for her family and baking sweet treats. She certainly never expected the wealthy Marquess of Kendall to propose marriage, especially a marriage of convenience. It seems his baby daughter needs a mother, and Ivy cannot deny the attraction of the role, or the attraction she feels for the handsome marquess.

Kendall had asked Miss Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency to find him a particular sort of lady. His heart went to the grave with his first wife. Now, all he cares about is ensuring his frail daughter doesn’t follow it. Installing Ivy Bateman as his next marchioness will not disrupt his life or make him question his love for his dead wife. But as he comes to appreciate Ivy’s sweet nature, he begins to wonder about their future.

 When an old enemy strikes at Miss Thorn and all her ladies, a grieving lord and a shy lady must work together to save the day. In doing so, they might just discover that love, and a good cinnamon bun, can heal all wounds."

Author: Regina Scott
Length: 232 pages
Series: Fortune's Brides (book 6)



Can a shy lady
Win the grieving lord's heart?


In one short year we have been blessed with 6 of the greatest books ever! I have enjoyed every single second of it IMMENSELY. Though I'm so sad to see the series end, I know I can dive back in anytime I want. (REREADS!!!! 😍)

One thing I really enjoyed about the series is meeting the couple from the NEXT book, and kind of getting to know them. Not in a super detailed way, but enough to build a great foundation for a wonderful love story. 

I LOVED Ivy & Lord Kendall in "Never Kneel to a Knight" and was REALLY looking forward to reading their story. Lucky for me I had the book on hand, so I started it as soon as I was done with "NKTAK", and finished it in one sitting.

The characters really came out of their shell throughout the book. Both started off very aloof and separate, but as time went on...*wiggles eyebrows* BAM! LOVE.

They learned from each other, they grew stronger as individuals and as a couple. It was a real partnership! (Even if it started out as a bit of a business deal)

Y'all know how much I LOOOVVVEEE 'marriage of convenience' stories. I also love when they're "forced" to get married. (Don't judge me)
I guessed you gathered this book uses that troupe. (ALL of the heart eyes. ALL OF THEM.)

As always, our little "shotgun marriage" turned into a great relationship and marriage. 
Because the characters were living under the same roof they had time to truly get to know each other. It was just sweet!
They learned what made each other tick, what made them happy or sad. They then took that information and used to strength each other.

Lord Kendall started out pretty paranoid. He wanted to hide his daughter from the world so she could never get hurt, but Ivy showed him that that was no way to LIVE. She helped him open up to love and live again.

Ivy was quite but observant, loving, and gentle. So different than most Society ladies. (but those are always my favorite stories)  Though she had so much to offer, she didn't see it. She let people take advantage of her, but Kendall helped her see her worth and realize that she could stand up for herself because she was worth it.

They were fun characters to learn about, and watch their story unfold. I already want to reread it!

Regina writes the best romances! All the wit, all the banter. all the chemistry, all the things. *swoon*

I rated this book a 4.5/5 stars.

*I received this book from the author**I was not required to leave a positive review**All opinions are my own*

I ADORED this series SO MUCH! I am sad to see it end, but excited for what the future holds for the author. I'll link all of my reviews for the series. I definitely suggest you try this series out, it is SO worth it! 💓

Never Doubt a Duke - book 1

Never Barrow a Baronet - book 2

Never Envy an Earl - book 3

Never Vie for a Viscount - book 4

Never Kneel to a Knight - book 5

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Cover Reveal: A Worthy Heart

I'm thrilled to be working with author Sara Beth Williams today to reveal the cover of her next book.
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Without further ado, here it is!

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Isn't it so sweet?

"A Worthy Heart" releases on JULY 9TH! You'll be able to purchase it on Amazon. (in paperback and ebook format)

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Joel Bennett has always known Serena Hayes as his sister’s gregarious best friend. In the three years since Lacey began college, Serena became a regular houseguest, but lately, she’s absent more than not. When Joel discovers she’s in an abusive relationship, protectiveness from within roars to life.

With only a part time job to support her and nowhere to go, Serena fears leaving her current relationship would jeopardize her chances of graduating college. After a brutal attack leaves her no choice, she courageously moves out. On her journey toward regaining confidence, self-worth, and independence, Joel falls in beside her, encouraging her. The way he emulates Godly love and compassion draws her close—not just to him, but to the God who can satisfy her longing for love better than any man,

Attraction sizzles between them, but events from their pasts cast shadows of doubt.
When the unthinkable happens, can Serena open her heart to a second chance at love, or is she destined to be alone?


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Sara Beth Williams has loved to read and write since her elementary school days. She loves a good story, regardless of platform. Therefore, she hates watching TV episodes out of order! (God forbid she should miss something vital to the overall story line!)
She was raised in Sacramento, California, and still resides there with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Her time is currently divided between working, raising her daughters, and writing every spare moment she can.
She loves children, writing, music, teaching and playing with children and a good, soaking rainstorm. 
Connect with Sara on her website!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Review: Midnight on the River Grey


Welcome to the Blog Tour for Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: Midnight on the River Grey 
Author: Abigail Wilson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Genre: Historical Suspense/Gothic Romance

She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . .

After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning—known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.

Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.

Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?


PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Christianbook

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MY THOUGHTS

Let me start off by saying I loved the premise and FEEL of this book. It was dark, yet not heavy. It felt almost gothic in nature, I was all for it.

I instantly fell for our mysterious hero, Mr. Lewis Browning. *insert literally ALL of the heart eyes* He was my FAVORITE part of the whole book, and I might have cried a little when I realized we weren't going to get his perspective at all.
He was so dark, and mysterious, yet there was such good in him. He had a huge heart though he tried to hide it behind a brooding facade.

Rebecca was meh to me. Her voice was SO young and immature. She would jump to conclusions, she would speak without thinking, and she never thought about the consequences. People would tell her not to do something, for her own safety, yet she would do it anyways.
I am ALL for strong, independent female leads, but she did NOT have that air about her. I wasn't a fan of her attitude.

I did enjoy the intrigue plot to the book. I had my suspicions while reading the book, but I was excited when the author took the story a different way and gave us a different villain.

As a whole I did enjoy the story in the end. I rated it a 3.5/5 stars.

*I received this book from the author**All opinions are my own*



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


 


Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book.

In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.


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Friday, June 28, 2019

Review: Never Kneel to a Knight

Never Kneel to a Knight

"When the thoroughly poised Charlotte Worthington requests that Miss Thorn and her cat Fortune find her a position, she never dreams the savvy employment agency owner would reunite her with Matthew Bateman, her brother’s former bodyguard. Matthew is about to be knighted for an act of valor, and he and his sisters could use some polishing if they’re to enter Society after his elevation. Yet how can Charlotte maintain her calm, cool demeanor as their sponsor when she harbors a secret love for him?

Matthew Bateman cannot forget the beauty who is miles out of his league. Once a boxer called the Beast of Birmingham, Matthew would like nothing better than to be worthy of Charlotte’s hand. As old enemies and new ones attempt to bring him low, can Matthew prove to Charlotte that their love is meant to be?"

Author: Regina Scott
Length: 226 pages
Series: Fortune Brides (book 5)



The Beast of Birmingham.
The Beauty from London.
Can love cross the social gaps?


Y'all! This series has been EVERYTHANG! EVERY. THANG. 
I have loved every single book, and I'm so beyond honored that I've been able to review them all.

We met Charlotte & Matthew in book 4, and I knew from the moment they came on screen they were going to be the cutest couple. 
I was right!

Both of the characters were confident people, until it came to their feelings for each other. They definitely had chemistry, and I was rooting for them from the sidelines.

I loved Matthew. His spirit and his honor were so evident throughout the story. He didn’t need to be named a knight for his true self to be displayed. He was a gentleman at heart. 

Charlotte was perfect for the "Beast". She also had a gentle spirit, and she fought for the people she loved when the need was presented. She was elegant, graceful, and so patient. She took everything life threw at her, but never let people walk over her. 

They both complemented each other so well! I really loved seeing them realize how perfect they were for each other, and what people think doesn't even matter.

Family was such an important part of this series, but this book especially. I LOVED IT! I enjoy when series deal with close knit friendships and families. 😍

Loved the book! Can't wait to finish the series off. (It's going to be so bittersweet)
I rated it a 4/5 stars.

*I received this book from the author**I was not required to leave a positive review**All opinions are my own*

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review: Ever Faithful

Ever Faithful

"Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more--and the woman who must confront his deception.

A man who can't read will never amount to anything--or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth about certain "requirements." Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well. 


Elsie Brookes was proud to grow up as a ranger's daughter, but she longs for a future of her own. After four years serving as a maid in the park's hotels, she still hasn't saved enough money for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer, but when Elsie discovers Nate's secret, it puts his job as camp foreman in jeopardy. Tutoring leads to friendship and romance, until a string of suspicious fires casts a dark shadow over their relationship. Can they find answers before all of their dreams go up in smoke?"

Author: Karen Barnett
Length: 352 pages
Series: Vintage National Parks (book #3)


Yellowstone's iconic geyser is fairly predictable.
Elsie's future is anything but.


I LOVE the idea of this series! I have loved National Parks for years, and getting to read HISTORICAL books BASED in said parks...you best believe I'm a happy duckling.

I enjoyed the characters in this book. There were quite a few characters, but none of them were fighting for screen time. Each one played their part, fitting together like puzzle pieces. The chemistry was great between everyone. Together or broken off into groups they all worked very well together. 

I really loved the atmosphere between the CCC guys. They became like brothers over the months they were together. They looked out for each other and helped each other out whenever it was needed. It was evident how much they truly cared for each other!

Nate & Elise were great. Though they were opposites in most aspects, they complemented each other in the ways that it really counted. 
They both had scars (physical & emotional) from their past that they didn't want anyone else to see. They had walls up, and they had no desire to let them down. Yet, they were drawn to each other. They crafted a tentative friendship and they found it so easy to open up to each other, and in doing so they truly started to heal from past hurts. That helped solidify the relationship and soon they were growing as people, they were more confident and independent. 

The mystery thread was an interesting aspect to the story. I had a feeling about who the culprit was, but ended up dead wrong. (I love being taken by surprise!)

The story was very easy to read, even with the history woven throughout. I enjoyed the writing style. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the "series".
I rated it a 4/5 stars.

(PLEASE NOTE THESE BOOKS CAN BE READ AS STAND-A-LONES)

*I received this book from the publisher**I was not required to leave a review**All opinions are my own*

Quotes:

"The fire doesn't kill the seeds?"
"It sets them free," the ranger said. "Most of us ask God for any easy life. But sometimes it takes a little heat to break loose the seeds He's planted deep inside us."

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Character Spotlight: The Number of Love

 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author's previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue


Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.


Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?


Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.


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CHARACTER SPOTLIGHT


Friendship has been on my mind a lot recently. When I found out a strong friendship was cultivated I knew I had to spotlight those characters. Today I'm talking about Margot De Wilde & Dorothea Elton.

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Margot:

Margot is our lovely, and crazily brilliant heroine. She was a master codebreaker and she looked at literally everything in numbers. She even spoke to God in numbers. It was refreshing to see a character with an unconventional quirk. She didn't like the thought of emotions or feelings because they weren't absolute.

Out of the two she definitely was the logical, nonsense friend, however they balanced each other out and had a wonderful friendship. They were there for each other when it was needed.


Dot:

Dorothea Elton is none other than our precious Drake Elton's sister.

Where Margot was “confident and not afraid of anything” Dot was skittish. She had severe anxiety when she had to leave her flat. Anything that required her to go outside sent her into an attack, until she met Margot.

Their friendship gave Dot courage and she slowly started to get better. Though Margot never pushed her past her limits, she knew Dot was so much stronger than anyone gave her credit for.


Both girls truly flourished because of the friendship.

It was a friendship orchestrated by God and it stood the test of time in the end. They became more than best friends, they became soul sisters.


Take Away: Never take your soul-friends for granted!  


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Title:A Song Unheard
Series: Shadows Over England #2 
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.


Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.


But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR





Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books...to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.


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TOUR GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus "Mi Alma" necklace (Necklace is 24" chain with a 1" pendant that says "Mi Alma" Spanish for "My Soul". A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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Friday, June 7, 2019

Review: Flight of the Raven

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Flight of the Raven
(The Ravenwood Saga #2)
By Morgan L. Busse
Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family's destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new life as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill. 

While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself.

With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: embrace the Dark Lady's offer, or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other offers freedom. But time is running out, and soon her choice will be made for her.


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MY THOUGHTS

I AM FEELING SOO MANY EMOTIONS! 

I loved the characters and the story line in the first book, but this one might take the "favorite" spot. 

The first book dealt a lot with WORLD building and "Flight of the Raven worked on CHARACTER building. We're getting the see THEM. Their fears, their faults, their strengths and a snippets of what's to come.  I'm really enjoying where the author is taking this story! 

The author does an amazing job grabbing you and pulling you into the story. The pages fly by without you even realizing it. 

Pro tip: NEVER get comfortable where you are in the story! The author will pull the rug out from underneath you in snap.

I'm VERY excited to see how she weaves and finesses the 3rd book! My heart is already breaking when I think of this series ending, I'm so invested in these characters.

I can't say too much because "SPOILERS", but I can say that the author wrote a story that will touch those that hurting and lost. I have a feeling many people will be able to connect with Damien and Selene and what they feel.

We are ALL special to God, no matter how much darkness you think you have in your past. He is much greater and brighter than it all! 

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

I rated it a 5/5 stars!

*I received this book from the publisher**All opinions are my own*


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Other Books in the Series

Mark of the Raven
(The Ravenwood Saga #1)
By Morgan L. Busse
Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
November 6th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?



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About the Author



Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the steampunk series The Soul Chronicles. She is a Christy and INSPY Award finalist and won the Carol Award in 2018 for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.



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Tour Giveaway



1 winner will receive print copies of Mark of the Raven, Flight of the Raven, and a $20 Amazon gift card

2 winner winners will receive print copies of Mark of the Raven and Flight of the Raven

- US only

- Ends June 7, 2019

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