Friday, September 27, 2019

Review: Anointed

Anointed

"After a terrible car accident, sixteen-year-old Rachel awakens with no memories and is shocked to discover she’s become the newest resident of a mystical Cloaked City called BethEl. She quickly begins to feel at home in the mysterious town with her supernaturally gifted neighbors, especially Cohen, the handsome boy who found her. But Rachel’s new life is haunted by disturbing nightmares. 

When her new Mentor hears of these horrific visions, he believes they are more than mere dreams. They are the key to finding the long-promised Anointed—the one who will prepare the way for the return of the Messiah.

As the quest for the Anointed ensues, Rachel and her new friends are thrust directly into the center of a spiritual war. But as Rachel learns to use her dreams and newfound spiritual gifts, she begins to distinguish her memories from the nightmares that plague her. And what she discovers is even more terrifying. Now, as her past collides with her present, Rachel must fight to not only find and rescue the Anointed, but to save herself."

Author: H.R. Hutzel
Genre: Spiritual Fantasy
Series: BethEl (book 1)



"A mysterious car accident. A mystical city. 
She can’t remember anything, but they need her to remember everything."


This is a very tricky genre to navigate. There is a stigma around it, as much as there is around biblical fiction. Here's what I want people to know...this stuff they write about, is REAL! The spiritual warfare they write about it so real. 

This genre is normally a hit or miss for me. I don't gravitate towards it on a normal basis, but I'm glad I gave this book a try! I was instantly drawn into the world every time I opened the book. Time slipped away and I was sad when I would have to set the book down. 

I definitely felt the inspiration of Frank Peretti throughout the story, though the story line was still unique. 

Each plot line had another deeper meaning behind it, and they slowly untangled through the process of the story and the final connection was GREAT! This book handled so many topics beautifully. It dealt strongly with spiritual warfare, and the fight between Light and darkness. It also handled topics of your past not defining you, and God calls who He calls no matter their past.
There were even themes that were so relevant to today's real world, it was a bit freaky.
*This is a heavily "end time" based book, so if that makes you uncomfortable this probably isn't the series for you.*

The characters were GREAT! Even the villains were developed. There was the perfect amount of character development for Rachel in this book, it was paced well and written in a way that seemed realistic without making her too annoying. I'm hoping Cohen gets his character growth in book 2!
Elias was hands-down my favorite though! (Really hoping she doesn't kill him off)

The world was built nicely as well. Though there is a LOT of story, I never felt bogged down with words or information. The author did a great job painting a vivid picture of every new place she took us. As someone who really doesn't visualize when I read, this was incredible.

There was ONE thing I had a big problem with, the use of curse words. The bad guys use them a few times. They pulled me out of the narrative because I was surprised that they were there. So reader, please be aware.
That is honestly the only reason this book isn't getting a five star rating.

It was a very powerful book though, it brought tears to my eyes a few times.
I'm rating it a 4/5 stars.

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

Friday, September 13, 2019

Series Spotlight: An Offer of Grace

I had the honor of reviewing the first book in this series when I first started my blog. I'm honored I get to spotlight the full series today! 😍

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ABOUT THE SERIES



 Forward to What Lies Ahead

"Sometimes being strong isn’t enough. 

Ever since she was a teenager, Regina Whitman has relied on her tough, independent spirit to survive and to protect the ones she loves. Even when heartache and disappointment strike, she finds the strength to press forward, rebuild her life, and do meaningful work.

But just when her outlook seems brightest, a tragic and shameful secret from the past catches up with her, jeopardizing her future and threatening the lives of the people around her.

In the face of overwhelming danger and darkness, can Regina learn to trust God and embrace the love she doesn’t think she deserves? Or will the painful guilt of her past destroy her?"



A Time for Every Matter

"Seven years ago, Madeline Pine went mad.

At least it seemed that way. She traded in her fast-paced New York City lifestyle for a quiet small town existence. On the upside, she now has faith and a sense of purpose.

Yet her tranquil world is upended when her nephew witnesses a murder, and she is faced with the challenge of keeping him safe. Compelling and enigmatic business mogul, Hiram MacArthur offers to assist her, but their growing attraction makes him more distracting than helpful.

New dangers, old memories, and a potential romance will all challenge what Madeline thought God wanted for her life. Will she trust His plan enough to embrace a new season?"



No Longer a Stranger

"There is grace in the power of connection.

EJ Handler is the perpetual class clown, but he’s also a loyal friend and dedicated worker at the tech company he helped found. Friendship and work are the only commitments he needs. Yet a dangerous scandal quickly upsets his laid back life and dredges up the old heartaches that made him fear responsibility in the first place. His only hope rests in his faith and the reluctant assistance of a mysterious female detective.

Sloan is a tough, unemployed cop with a penchant for taking on the cares of the world by herself, when an unexpected job offer gives her the opportunity to do what she loves. Little does she know that a simple job will bring the infuriating, but endearing EJ and a chance at the friendships she’s avoided for so long."


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chloe S. Flanagan is an author, technical writer, blogger, and graduate of New York University. She enjoys exploring the Christian walk frankly and thoughtfully in her fiction and in her blog, The Candid Corinthian. When she’s not writing, Chloe loves music, travel, reading books in all genres, and spending time with family.

CONNECT WITH CHLOE: Facebook | Goodreads | Website

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Chloe is the sweetest person, and I really think you should check out her books! 

If you want to know my thoughts about book one, check out my review here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Spotlight: Going Back Cold

I LOVE spotlighting new authors! It's an easy way to support authors in a small way.

This week I'll be spotlighting some indie authors & their newest releases.

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Today I'm spotlighting Kelley Rose Waller, and her next release 'Going Back Cold'.




ABOUT THE BOOK


"“You can’t let grief enter every area of your life, so she keeps hers confined to certain areas,” he said. “Grief doesn’t come into the lab or sit with you over your coffee at breakfast. But, late at night, grief is on your pillow.”

Physicist Dr. Jane Whyse and her husband have just arrived at a remote Antarctic base when they discover an unexpected blessing—Jane is pregnant with their second child. As Project Split Horizon builds the piezoelectric jet she designed, Jane gets closer to achieving faster-than-light travel, with the potential to radically change the course of NASA’s future plans. But after eight months of anticipation, the Whyses are devastated when their daughter is stillborn.

Torn between faith and hopelessness, Jane begins an ugly struggle to understand God’s plan for her life in the midst of a mother’s mourning. The lifeless Antarctic landscape seems only to emphasize the emptiness within her. Despite success in her scientific research and a world-changing technological leap forward, Jane continues to grieve. What healing can faith offer against hopelessness? Does the Author of Creation truly understand the suffering of His children? As she tries to find restoration through years of searching, Jane explores a critical horizon where her scientific breakthrough meets God’s sovereignty over space and time."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR




"Kelley writes fiction to imagine new life experiences.  Her debut novel, The Senator's Youngest Daughter, was released in 2016, and her latest release, Going Back Cold, will be available starting October 1, 2019.  
Kelley's day job as vice president of a marketing firm offers her the opportunity to write and plan for clients in diverse fields.  Kelley and her husband are Pennsylvania foster parents.  Kelley lives and writes to uplift and glorify the name of Jesus Christ.
Kelley is a ridiculous fan of science fiction and board games.  She has a B.A. in English and lives in Lancaster, PA, with her husband, their children, and their dog."

CONNECT WITH KELLEY: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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If this is something that's up your reading alley, you can purchase the book here!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Anticipated Reads: Fall 2019

I'm so excited that fall is FINALLY on its way to the world. The most perfect reading weather is fast approaching and I couldn't be happier. So in honor of fall's decent I thought I'd share some of my anticipated reads for the season.

I'm working with Kat from Kat's Corner Books & Jordan from Read. Eat. Repeat.  to share some of our anticipated books for the second half of the year. Don't forget to check out their posts!

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October 1st, 2019

"Meg Pero has been assisting her photographer father since she was big enough to carry his equipment, so when he dies she is determined to take over his profession--starting with fulfilling the contract he signed to serve on an Army survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn't realize is that the leader of the expedition is none other than the man she once refused to marry.

Captain Ben Coleridge would like nothing more than to leave without the woman who broke his heart, but he refuses to wait even one more day to get started. This survey is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.

As dangers arise from all sides, including within the survey party, Meg and Ben must work together to stay alive, fulfill their duties, and, just maybe, rekindle a love that neither had completely left behind."

I'm SO excited for this book!! Regina Scott is one of my favorite authors, so I was so excited to learn she had a series coming out with Revell this year!



October 1st, 2019

"At the advice of her therapist, homicide survivor Harper Reynolds has traded her job as a crime scene photographer for a more peaceful life taking photographs of the natural world. But her hopes for a life surrounded by the serenity of the outdoors are dashed when she inadvertently captures a murder being committed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She flees the scene in fear--and loses the camera.

Former Green Beret Heath McKade is a reserve deputy in an understaffed county who has been called in to protect Harper, a childhood friend he is surprised to see back in the area. When Harper learns that the sheriff's department can't find any evidence of the murder she witnessed, she is determined to do what she can to see that justice is done. What neither Harper nor Heath could know is how many explosive secrets from the past will be exposed--or how deeply they will fall for each other.

In this suspenseful page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps you on the edge of your seat as you discover that uncommon justice lies just on the other side of fear."

I LOVED the first book in this series, and I have ANXIOUSLY awaited book 2's release since last year!


November 5th, 2019

"Four nail-biting novellas in one!

Lethal Homecoming
Nolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.

Lethal Conspiracy
When professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father's campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in . . . 

Lethal Secrets
Someone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help--but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.

Lethal Agenda
When Detective Derek St. John rescues a woman he's met only once before--and has never been able to forget--he finds himself falling for her. But he'll have to keep Claire Montgomery alive if they're to have a future together."

I loooove a good novella collection, so I was pumped to hear Lynette was publishing one of her own! 
(We're even getting the last "Blue Justice" sibling story in this one)


 Serving Up Love
November 5th, 2019

"Bestselling novelist Tracie Peterson joins Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano in this collection of four novellas, each featuring a Harvey Girl heroine. From Kansas to Texas, the Grand Canyon to New Mexico, the stories cross the country with tales of sweet romance and entertaining history. 

In Karen Witemeyer's "More Than a Pretty Face," a young woman works her hardest to escape poor choices from her youth. Tracie Peterson offers "A Flood of Love," where reuniting with an old flame after more than a decade offers unexpected results. Regina Jennings's "Intrigue a la Mode" delights with a tale of a young woman determined to help support her family, despite warnings of danger nearby. And Jen Turano's "Grand Encounters" heads to the Grand Canyon with a tale of a society belle intent on finding a new life for herself."

Y'all I am READY for this collection...like yesterday! LOOK AT THIS LINEUP!! *squeals*

November 5th, 2019

"In early 1800s England, Jess Beauchene has spent most of her life in hiding and always on the move in an effort to leave her past far behind her. But when she learns the family she thought had died just might be alive and in danger, she knows her secrets can only stay buried for so long.

Derek Thornbury loves the past, which has led him to become an expert in history and artifacts. He knows Jess has never liked him, but when she requests his help deciphering the clues laid out in an old family diary, he can't resist the urge to solve the puzzle. 

As Jess and Derek race to find the hidden artifact before her family's enemies, they learn as much about each other as they do about the past. But can their search to uncover the truth and set history right lead to a future together?"

I think anyone who has ever read one of Kristi's books is anticipating this release. One of the most mysterious characters is getting her love story! I need it to be November now!!

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There are SO many amazing books coming out this year, it's hard to dwindle it down. I'm really excited for these books, as well as all the others. (Because books are life!)

What is one book your really looking forward to reading this year? 

Don't forget to check out Kat & Jordan's posts too! 

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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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?


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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.


CONNECT WITH ABIGAIL: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram



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