Thursday, December 13, 2012

Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn Secrets...My Review


Nestled within the darkness of night thoughts escape to betray us.

Jessica Morgan, 25 is enroute to pictureque Glenbrooke, Oregon to fulfill her new position as a teacher. Entranced by the bright sunlight of a warm summer day she becomes a victim of sudden unforseeable circumstances. In attempt to escape her present life she assumes a new identity, but she finds that even that comes with its own unique challenges.

Kind hearted Kyle Buchanan tries seeing the best in every situation. His profession relies upon happenstance and uncertainty, that of which can dramatically alter the course of a single day.

Will Jessica be able to hold onto buried secrets and will she be the only one trying to conceal their own?

A novel of reality and faith with a little bit of humor thrown in. An easy to read and mildly predictable storyline, but was surprised of her secret. I enjoyed connecting with Kyles character, as well as the students in Jessica's class and I found them to be realistic as well as personable. I did find Jessica's character a bit forced and connecting with her became more challenging. Dialogue flowed nicely and scenery was descriptive. Although I was entertained, I would recommend this book more to readers of young adult fiction. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my review.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ashton Park by Murray Pura- Absolutely Unforgettable

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Standing firm in one's cause can often times elicit many challenges.

Sir William and his wife Lady Elizabeth Danforth are master and mistress of Ashton Park in Lancashire England and have three sons and four daughters. William, as well as their sons, are pledged to defend their homeland of England in World War I. With a yearning for independence, the forces of frequent adversaries are swift taking with them at times innocent victims. Onshore as well as off duty and love  have snarred the hearts of the Danforth's and their servants. Will the estate of Danforth withstand all that hold them captive?

War, combat, danger, faith and romance commands the storyline of this impossible to put down read. Fans of Downton Abbey (as I am) as well as followers and admirers of inspirational historical fiction will want to be sure to grab this book to become a part of historical significance. Exciting and intense from the beginning until the ending, the reader will instantly connect with realistic, charming and personable characters, picturesque scenery, engaging, enjoyable and easy to follow dialogue that promises absolutely no dull or broken parts. I believe this can be a novel that can be enjoyed by all, male and female. Extremely well written worthy of more than 5 Stars!! Thanks to Harvest House Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC for
my review.

Show Me How to Share Christ in the Workplace by R Larry Moyer- Informative!

Two types of Christians exist in the working world of taoday, those who use their work as a tool for ministry and those that simply work.

This book dives into many points. Included for the reader are what do we pray for, what is our message for non-Christians, how do you follow up, how to use your testimony as an evangelistic message and many more useful chapters and subchapters. Includes a special section entitled Resources for workplace leaders. All chapters have many subchapters and key pints at the end for self reflection and summary. This book incorporates many biblical passages and quotes that the author uses to strengthen the message that he is covering in detail. Highlighted also are others opportunities outside of work that others have incorporated.

As the reader I picked and chose the topics that most interested me and studied them more in detail. I feel this book can be a useful tool in dealing with situations not only in the workplace for which it is written, but possibly could be used for discussion and witnessing in other situstions ie: family gatherings, hair salons or perhaps when waiting in line somewhere. I do feel that caution should be exercised however when witnessing in certain jobs where talk on religion, and even politics can have devastating results. Interesting and well written 4 Stars!

I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publications for my review.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Take the Trophy and Run by Gail Sattler- Delightfully Fun!

Clues to a day contain elements of surprise.

Amber Weathersby, craft store owner is also owner of the prestigious garden gnome, Gnorman. Gnorman can be often seen gracing the gardens of the winners of the Garden Club contest The Spring Fling Early Bloomer.

Stan has known Amber all of his life and when the invitation arose to join the Garden Club with his best friend, he couldn't think of a better way to spend his time.

When Gnorman disappears from sight Amber and Stan try to stay one step ahead of the napper, but are finding that strange clues are a commonplace to the hunt.

Will Gnorman be recovered?
Will the town of Bloomfield capture a heart for romance?

Promising creative characters, picturesque scenery, and progressive plot will provide entertaining hours. A delightful and fun novel with mystery, romance and a bit of comedy (loved reading the clues), that will surely occupy a special place in a readers library. As a gardener and one who enjoys a cozy mystery, I will certainly recommend this inspiring entertaining book to others. 4 Stars! Thanks to B&H Publishing Group for the complimentary copy from the blog.

Real Life Real Miracles by James L Garlow & Keith Wall- This book will inspire you!

  1. Real Life, Real Miracles

This book contains thirty stories, in addition to shorter more miraculous moments, giving true life accounts of miracles in our everyday lives. A unique giftable and keeper book will find it's way to occupy a special place in a readers library. The reader will quickly choose favorite stories as I did and find that perhaps these can be read at a later time again, for a moment when the stories will again promise hope and inspiration.

With the author's ability to draw the reader into these amazing and heartfelt captivating stories you will find yourself being transported into others lives as the book could leave the reader with a what if scenario. I found myself quickly turning the pages as the book can be read alittle at a time or in a few sittings. This book offers so much as every one is different. After reading the many accounts of real life miracles I was truly inspired and challenged in my faith. The books audience, I feel, can be enjoyed by male or female readers. I was highly entertained and would recommend this book to others. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for my review.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K Paul- Quite An Enjoyable Read!

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Paul, Donita K.

For two unsuspecting parties change can seem like a challenging feat indeed.

Cora Crowder, looking for a bit of Christmas cheer is busy bustling here and there amongst the mound of anxious Christmas shoppers. Her life is built upon the familiar sameness, the aloneness that she has come to expect from those around her. In the shared oneness of the spirit of Christmas, Cora is about to receive an unexpected holiday surprise.

Simon Derrick is a man whose life holds responsibilities but is trapped within a mixture of predictable moments. He is about to embark unknowingly on a journey of a different sort, a once in a chance opportunity, call it destiny or perhaps it is truly something more.

A unique novella of reality, fantasy, matchmaking and wonderment that will capture your attention and promise to become a worthy magical holiday read! I immensely enjoyed this quick to read book that had some laugh aloud moments woven into the storyline. Strong characters will be people you recognize, engaging dialogue will make the pages fly, and progressive plot will hold your attention. I was challenged in my faith by this inspiring and impossible to put down read and will highly recommend this book to others. Well written!

A Home in Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer- my review

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Promises are housed in the kindness of thoughts.

Tarsie Raines and Mary and Joss Burbacher are eager to leave hehind a home and city with all of its challenges. With arrival in Drayton Valley, Kansas, which appears to a be as a star in the far off distance, with it brings heartbreak and sadness.

Joss needing a promising income to right a wrong sets his hopes and dreams off in the distance. But with a familiar family trait following his shadow the choices of his actions falls upon one person strong enough for them both.

A novel of challenges, sacrifice and love along with easy to connect with characters, loved the personalities of Simon and Ruth!, descriptive and believable scenery and progressive storyline. I found the overall message to be inspiring and I was entertained and challenged in my faith and would recommend this book to others. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my review.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot- A Charming Read!

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Boardinghouse Proprietor Celia Anderson, widow, is not searching for a new husband and father to her young and ill daughter as she initiates a challenge for her would be suitors.

Mark Williams searching for the one lost to him from long ago, and new in town, is wanting a place to call his own, when he happens upon the door of Celia's boardinghouse. Although Mark is looked upon suspiciously by those he encounters in his new town, he finds he can fix broken objects to earn his way. But the question remains will his skills be enough to fix a broken heart?

Romance, sacrifice and a twist ending is sure to please the reader who is searching for an excellent quick to devour book for this holiday season. Strong character development (loved the character of Mark, warm and genuine), engaging and smooth flowing plot with no dull moments, along with winter scenery kept me reading and involved in the storyline. I found the overall message inspiring and I was entertained by this charming read. I will recommend this book to others. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers for this blog tour for my review.

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

    Amanda Cabot

Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, Tomorrow's Garden, and Summer of Promise, she is also a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the cofounder of its New Jersey chapter, a member of the ACFW, and an avid traveler. She lives in Wyoming.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson-A Great Little Book!

Christmas Pony, The, Melody Carlson, 978-0-8007-1927-2

It is the tiny inklings of thought that are worth savoring.

Lucy Turnbull longed for a pony to call her own.
In tough economic times running a boardhouse can be a challenge indeed for Lucy's mother Mirian.
George and Veronica strangers who met in passing, become two of the tenants at the Turnbull's boarding house on one afternoon before the snows of Christmas lined the entryways.
Will this be a magical holiday despite the challenges one family faces?

Guaranteed to bring romance, animals and winter fun into your day, this warm and capturing novella is sure to get the reader into the spirit of the upcoming Christmas holiday season. This easy to love book is just enough to spend a few hours with snuggled warmly within your blanket. Engaging characters (loved George's character, easy going), captivating scenery and progressive plot can be a book for a preteen to adult reader. I will recommend this engaging book to others. 4 Stars! I received a complimentary copy for this blog tour from Revell Publishing for my review
“Available Sept 2012  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Christmas Home by Greg Kincade- A Heartwarming Tale of the Furry Kind!

In the challenging "signs of the times" we all share similar stories, similar memories, and lingering dreams.

An abandoned Golden Retriever named Gracie is a much needed blessing to others in so many ways.
George, MaryAnn and son Todd, along with family member dog Christmas, reminisce upon the not so distant past when neighboring towns that surround them were once prosperous, and filled with unique shops and smiling faces.
Todd befriends Laura, a nurses aide, and the two share a common bond- the love of animals.
Given an uncertain looming economy, a painful decision arises to close the animal shelter, which both Todd and Laura take a great interest in. This action would bring a consequence for many, but especially for the dogs and cats who reside there as they are the ones who have no voice.

Could the animals find new homes in time for Christmas, or will darkness truly fall blanketing the quaint town of Crossing Trails?

Reality, sacrifice and love creatively mesh together to bring a very special and sentimental story for dog lovers and admirers everywhere. This must have novel will become a true shelf keeper that will be read again, and will gracefully remind the reader about the appreciation, and generousity which lie in the true spirit of Christmas. Spend some time getting to know these unforgettable characters and their fearless pets. Engaging plot contains absolutely no dull or broken parts, with easy to follow dialogue, and one that can be savored in a single sitting or broken up into smaller segments. I will recommend this inspiring and impossible to put down well written novel to others! 5 Stars! I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my review.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

What Your Husband Isn't Telling You by David Murrow- Revealing

What Your Husband Isn't Telling You, David Murrow, 978-0-7642-1011-2

This book digs deep into the core of how a man might think about his life, wife, career, family and others, and how he may rate them in order of importance. Chapters that are included ie: His soul's greatest need, what is your husband afraid of, how providing and protecting has changed, what "men are visual" means, why your husband has a hard time doing "spiritual stuff" and many other chapters.
This is a very honest, raw and extremely revealing volume that also brings the reader in touch with other marriages and concerns of husbands, as well as the authors own marriage and challenges that he faces as a man in relating to his wife.

This book does introduce very sensitive and seemingly off limits subjects that is not usually touched upon in most marriage christian books. The author seems to air some of his frustrations at how his wife and other husbands wives treat them as some of the material presented can be easily misinterpreted by a reader that is having a particularly stressful day, as I myself had learned. I had to stop reading and then I came back to the book on another day to finish it.

On a positive note I gained an insight into the minds, thoughts and desires of men and this book did help me to understand what a "typical" man goes through in his married and spiritual life each day. I commend the author in the challenge of getting his point across as I feel that some points need to be made and this book addresses these, and he does mention at times about not wanting to hurt his female readers by his comments.
On a lesser note I did not 100% agree with the material presented and not sure that anyone would but I feel that there is a gray area within every personality not just a right and not right. I feel that marriage depends on both people to make it work and that marital challenges lie within both partners, not just with the wife. 3.0 stars.
I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for my review.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Placebo by Steven James- My Review

Placebo, Steven James, 978-0-8007-3425-1

In the course of a day we all fight a common foe.

Jevin Banks survivor of a family tragedy, becomes involved in a conspriacy linked to a pharmaceutical company.

Riah Colette vicim of a challenging childhood and now member of a research team has learned how to achieve the impossible goal even at the expense of others.

In the course of danger, and as the time window narrows, death is imminent. Will it be possible to discover the true link and escape that which seems an unreachable goal?

This novel can be enjoyed by all who crave first class suspense, intrigue and drama. Character development was high, dialogue seemed to flow well and plot was well crafted, lots of twists, turns, intense drama and excitement to satisfy. This is the first novel I have read from the author and plan to go back and read his previous series. The storyline left some new developments and makes room for the next one to start where this one left off. I was entertained and will recommend this book to others. 3.8 I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers for my review.

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

Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including Story, A Heart Exposed, and the bestselling Patrick Bowers thriller series. He is considered one of the nation's most innovative storytellers and versatile authors, and is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Winter Sowing

It's that time of year again, time to gather the containers and potting soil and start thinking about winter sowing! The containers I usually use are cottage cheese or whipped cream containers, carryout plastic restaurant containers, tin foil containers from the dollar tree and many others are suitable, just make sure they have lids with them. These act as minigreenhouses. If the container tops are opaque and no light can get through I cut out the lids with scissors so only the seals are intact and use saran wrap for a tight fit. Make sure to punch holes on top of lids  (saran wrap) and on bottom of container, but not too many in bottoms so soil dries out too quickly. Fill with potting soil sow/ plant seeds water well and set them outside preferably close to your home or other buildings (the wind can be mighty strong at times.) Many websites tell what seeds are used for winter sowing as just about any are but there are exceptions. I have had great success with coneflowers, primroses, johnny jump ups, tomatoes, black eyed susans, daisies to name a few and especially ones ie: iris, poppy, or moonflowers for example that are hard to germinate and need stratifying. I am going to close for now, I have to get going and survey my containers and find my potting soil! Next week is planting week!!! Happy gardening and have fun with winter sowing!!

The Hunted Hare by Fay Sampson- Enjoyed this book!

The road to discovery is but a journey.

Aidan, his wife Jenny, and daughter Melangell Davidson, are en route to the House of the Hare in Tennant Melangell. The Hare is a haven for those who have come in need and for those who search for a peaceful refuge. Housed within Melangell is St. Melangell, a church that holds secrets locked deep within it's depths. When foul play suddenly happens upon this quaint village and takes the life of one of it's own questions are raised. The answers must be found at a quickened pace but at what cost?

Building suspense, intrigue, and twists and turns are sure to entice and satisfy the reader. Excellent character development, realistic and interactive dialogue, along with a descriptive plot held my attention from the beginning and kept me reading while digging deeper into the storyline. I will be searching out previous novels by the author and anxiously await the next in the series! I was entertained and will recommend this mystery to others! I received a complimentary review copy from Monarch Books Kregel Publications for my review.

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Thousand Sleepless Nights by Michael King- Make this book your next read!

A Thousand Sleepless Nights  -     
        By: Michael King

A true moment is clearly meant to be savored however fleeting it may be.

Nena St. Claire is reluctant to marry Ted McGovern whom her father endorses in order to save what belongs to their family, but her heart, her happiness, belongs to another and despite the wishes of her father she pursues the affection of her heart.
Jim Harding, a man who works at the St. Claire ranch strives hard to overcome secrets and hardships of a past that still haunts him, keeping his thoughts and dreams a prisoner.
When a devastating prognosis is revealed to Nena life takes on a new meaning for her. Her husband longs to reconnect the present with the past while hoping to rejoin that which is lost.
Will forgiveness embrace the hearts and thoughts of those burdened by the memories of the past?

A book that comes full circle, creating love, reality and heartbreak that team together to perfectly create this hard to forget and impossible to put down novel. An inside look at the successes and challenges of four families that are linked separately by an undeniably common bond. Intensely realistic and connectable characters, descriptive scenery, easy to follow dialogue and smooth flowing plot highlight this well crafted book that I could not stop reading until I was finished. I will highly recommend this unforgettable read. 5 Stars! I received a complimentary copy from Realms and Charisma House Publishers for my review.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes- Engaging and Enjoyable!

Flight of Fancy, A, Laurie Alice Eakes, 978-0-8007-3467-1

In the gentleness of a human heart chance is but a whisper.

Cassandra Bainbridge is a girl whose heart is captured by the designing and engineering of ballooning flight, and by her betrothed the dashing Geoffrey Giles Whitaker. They both have trouble seeing past the blindness of love.
When an accident occurs during a celebration the sun that rose and set upon Cassandra's dreams was suddenly unreachable.
After being sent away from her love Geoffrey suddenly finds himself at an advantage. Will he lose her forever or will he regain her trust?

Get caught up in an era when ballooning was a new fascination. I enjoyed the adventure of this novel. A tale of romance, danger, suspense, and pleasure await the reader for enjoyable hours ahead. Engaging characters, progressive and easy to follow plot and descriptive scenery. Although part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone novel. I found the overall message to be inspiring and will recommend this enjoyable read to others. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

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

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs- Charming and Delightful!

A Wreath of Snow by Higgs, Liz Curtis

In the wonder and magic of the holiday season will love encompass the frozen state of the heart?

Meg Campbell teacher en route via train to fulfill her new role stops home to pay a visit. She is not aware that she is searching for what lies on the horizon.

Gordon Shaw writer for the Glasgow Herald newspaper carries with him a tragedy from the past that is seared forever in his memory. He wishes to remain annoymous to those who might recognize him within the newspaper world or otherwise.

As the plush snow falls unending incapacitating the passenger train the conductor seeks ways to remedy the situation.

A chance encounter in the most unlikely of places, as two souls struggle to discover that maybe forgiveness seeks not in what the eye can see but perhaps something more.

A charming and delightful quick to read and fast to enjoy novella of family, secrets and love that will occupy a special and permanent spot of your bookshelf to read and reread for the upcoming holiday season. Escalating and engaging plot, easy to identify with characters, (I loved Gordon's personality, masculine and noble!), along with romantic and dreamy scenery will surely command your attention to this well written book. I found the overall message of this hard to put down novel inspiring and will highly recommend this read. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my review. 5 Stars

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller- A Highly Enjoyable Book!

Promise to Love, A, Serena B. Miller, 978-0-8007-2117-6

Tenderness drives away forgotten thoughts.

Joshua Hunter, victim of a cruel interrogation, is the father of 5 young children and struggles to provide for all of their needs.

Ingrid, long from her home in Sweden, left the world of servitude behind in Michigan in search for the brother she has not heard from since he started laboring in the lumber camps. Yet what she discovers is something that cannot be seen, despite the hope that borders the reality of her future.

Will love soften the heart of one to tied to the past or will reality dash every dream not spoken?

Love, sacrifice and suspense awaits the reader to absorb from the beginning chapter. I absolutely loved this book, from the stately woods in the distance to the accent of Ingrid! Easy to connect with characters, unbeatable and rich scenery and smooth flowing connected plot has no dull parts and will keep you interested and reading. I highly recommend this well written and hard to put down read!
I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing for this blog tour and for my review.

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

Serena B. Miller is the author of The Measure of Katie Calloway and Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio, as well as numerous articles for periodicals such as Woman's World, Guideposts, Reader's Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, and more. She lives on a farm in southern Ohio.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Altared- The True Story of a She, a He, and How They Both Got Too Worked Up About We by Claire and Eli- My Review

Altared by Claire

This book contains his and her views separately and also as one voice on how they found each other, their initial thoughts and feelings about the courtship, their hopes and views on marriage and singleness, Christ's love for them and in truth where their importance lied and how their lives ended up evolving. Included are chapters entitled: Tips from Tolstoy, Love Thy Neighbor, Loneliness the Ache, Beach Balls and Sex Talks and many more. This volume also contains many bible passages and interpretations and quotes from familiar personalities.

A truly different kind of singleness/marriage book than what I am used to reading and what started out as being so-so actually became quite good as their story moved along. I feel this book could be helpful for young new Christians or ones that have lost their way as it contains many life lessons learned by the authors. It could be enjoyed by male or female readers as both authors are contributing to the storyline. I did enjoy the bible references and passages but in all honesty even though I thought it progessed to be entertaining for the most part, and as an older married reader, I could not take a piece from this book and apply it to my own life. 3 stars

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Sons of Jude by Brandt Dodson-Enjoyable!

The hour for discovery grows near.

Frank Campello lost his partner and friend Rand while on the job.
Andy Polanski is assigned to work with Frank as a replacement for Rand. There is something about Andy that makes him questionable leaving Frank with more than one concern regarding his partner.
Christy Lee an inquisitive reporter is always looking for the next big story and yet she is aware of more than she is given credit for.

When a murder is on the rolls investigating takes precedence.
Will the killer be exposed even at the risk of more lives?

A high action suspenseful police drama that is enjoyable from the beginning. Progressive plot flowed smoothly and kept me reading, character development was high and scenery was descriptive. Felt like I was there amongst the storyline. I look forward to reading the next in the series as this book leaves room for the plot to thicken. I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publications for my review.

Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan- A Fun Read!

Twice Promised, Maggie Brendan, 978-0-8007-3463-3

The promise of surprise lightens the heart.

Greta Olsen and Cora Johnson could not be more different. As mail order brides they are in await of their groom Jess, who knows not of their existence. When Greta and Cora are picked up by Jess' brother Zach they each find out about the other and the predicament they are both in.
Will they return home in haste or will they each surpass their unexpected hopes?

A delightful and heartwarming read that will have you sighing ahhh. Romance heads up this story with surprises along the way, highlighting a progressive plot, well formed characters and easy to follow dialogue will capture your heart and keep you reading. This is the 2nd book I have read from the author and can highly recommend this well written book. A fun faith inspiring read that kept me entertained. 4 stars!

I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers for my review

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

Maggie Brendan is the author of the Heart of the West series and Deeply Devoted, which was a 2012 ICRA Award finalist. A member of the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, and Georgia Romance Writers, Maggie lives in Georgia. Visit her at

Sunday, October 7, 2012

When A Heart Stops by Lynette Eason- A Promising Read

When a Heart Stops, Lynette Eason, 978-0-8007-2008-7

Fear quieting forced breath lies watching and waiting in the shadows to materialize.

Serena Hopkins, medical examiner discovers an important missing piece. When a familiar face turns up on her examining table she and FBI agent Dominic scramble to solve important clues and locate a killer before additional homicides occur.
In a most critical moment will their joint efforts be enough or will they see danger in the shadows?

Quite a journey that promises fast paced danger from the beginning of the novel and throughout laced with romance and a building plot that will lead into the next book in the series. Pumping action from the start this book will satisfy and delight suspense fans! I do feel however that reading book one would have helped me connect better with the characters. Although this book is second in the series it does not work as a stand alone novel. Dialogue was easy to keep up with and scenery was descriptive. Overall an entertaining read for the time spent! I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing from this blog tour for my review.
“Available October 2012  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”    

Lynette Eason is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to Home, Don't Look Back, A Killer Among Us, and When the Smoke Clears. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.

A Perfect Word for Every Occasion by Liz Duckworth- Loved this book!

Perfect Word for Every Occasion, A, Liz Duckworth, 978-0-7642-1022-8

This useful and keeper volume includes many occasions and instances where the proper condolence written and verbal is needed. Included amongst the chapters are: Words for the Grieving, Words of Encouragement, Words of Truth and Love, Words for Weddings and Engagements and so many more chapters! Also has quite useful sections within the chapters on what not to say to someone, and included are how to make words your own, and contains many quotes and bible passages for reference.

I loved A Perfect Word for Every Occasion, so useful and handy! Finally a book that covers every situation and life change possible. Book flows very easily and can sucessfully be read either at one time or in segments. I wish I had this book when I couldn't find the right words to express when someone I knew was going through a very challenging time. Keep this book in a handy place for reference and always know what to say without struggling for the right words. I highly recommend this very well organized and written book to others. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for my review.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sinner's Creed by Scott Stapp with David Ritz- Honest

As a boy the author felt the need to protect his family. When his father had abandoned the family a new one became a replacement. A new name, a new life, a new age, and the world as he knew it had changed drastically. The years that followed, the trails, tribulations and victories would ultimately shape him into the man he is today.
Quite an exquisite and keeper volume also includes within its pages: How he and his fellow band members got together to form the band known as Creed, where their songs originated and also includes color photos and lyrics that make up their albums.

Honest, raw, revealing and spiritual, this book promises hope from the challenges of a difficult childhood. What an encouragement this book is to others! If you are a fan of Creed, or even if you are not as familiar this memoir is guaranteed to grab you as it did me and will keep you hanging on every word. This book may become a tool for reflection and encouragement long after the book is closed and put on the shelf. I was challenged in my faith about his journey and will highly recommend this well written book to others. I received a complimentary book copy for this blog tour from Tyndale House Publishers for my review.

Scott Stapp
Scott Stapp is among the most successful artists of the modern rock era. As Creed's lead vocalist, he has sold over 35 million records, with 26 million sold in the United States alone. He has toured the world several times, selling out arenas and major stadiums. His song, "With Arms Wide Open" won a Grammy as Best Rock Song of 2000. One Rolling Stone writer has called Stapp "one of the most influential and boldest rock writer/performers of the past 25 years whose fans must be counted in the legions." In 2000, Stapp founded the With Arms Wide Open Foundation, a charity organization dedicated to "promoting healthy, loving relationships between children and their families." In early 2010, Stapp flew to Haiti to help the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.His first solo album, The Great Divide, has already been certified Double Platinum (2 million+ sales), and he is in the process of recording a second album, due out in 2012. Scott lives in Florida with his wife Jacyln (Miss New York USA of 2004 and Mrs. Florida America of 2008), and their three young children. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman- Memorable

Love Surrendered, A, Julie Lessman, 978-0-8007-3417-6

Secrets lie unbidden in wait longing for exposure.

Peggy is one with the world and looking for new recruits, from where she is watching there is more fun to be found.

Annie looking for a life in Boston that she was not afforded in Iowa, finds herself wanting to viewed as more mature.

Steven holds the memories of a past love deep within his heart. He strives to protect the young, but can he protect Annie from the snares that threaten to destoy her completely?

Romance, secrets, humor and passion will take the reader on a journey to a time in the past and will thrill with twists, turns and surprises. This book is complete with believable and easy to relate to characters like they are friends who experience some of what we may, interactive easy to follow dialogue and progressive plot that kept surprising me. A faith filled read laced with raw passion in some parts will satisfy even the most descriminate of readers especially those who also enjoy secular novels. Although part of a series this book can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel. Extremely hard to put down I was entertained by this well written read and will recommend it to others.

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

I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers for my review.

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of "Passion with a Purpose" underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as "Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction." Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 Readers' Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Series of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #5 Novel of the Year, and #4 Historical Fiction Author of the year. She resides in Missouri with her family and is the author of The Daughters of Boston series and the Winds of Change series whose first book, A Hope Undaunted, ranked #5 on Booklist's Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010. You can contact Julie through her website at

Friday, September 28, 2012

Unexpected Christmas Hero by Kathi Macias- This must read will tug at your heart!

In the quiet challenge of a moment hope lingers just overhead.

Josie Meyers and her young children Susanna and Jacob, victims of unfortunate circumstances, struggle to find their place in the world, while searching for a spot to rest their weary hearts.

Rick a Vietnam veteran, is a kindly man who always looks for ways to put others needs in front of his own. His faith is a source of strength always challenging him to take the next step forward.

Will the trials and struggles of the Meyer family bring them closer together as they are lead through the darkness or will the unseen and cruel challenges pull them apart?

A must read for the upcoming holiday season that will tug at your heart and one that will give the reader a sense of gratitude for God's blessings. Faith, heartbreak, reality, sadness and love come together for form this impossible to put down read. Plot flowed easily creating no dull or broken parts, dialogue was easy to follow and scenery was vivid leading to the ending. I found the overall message to be very inspiring and I was highly entertained! I will recommend this well written novel to others! 5 Stars! Thanks to New Hope Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

How I Grow A Persimmon Tree From Seed

Ahh Autumn!! Its almost time to begin thinking about gathering the persimmons that fall from the trees! What to make with the pulp and perhaps starting your own grove of trees. Starting persimmon trees from seed is a time consuming process, several years as a matter of fact, but the result will be so worth the wait as they begin to germinate. Most of the seeds I gather are the American Persimmon, some fruits are small while others are larger depending on the variety. After I process the persimmons into pulp I reserve some of the nicer seeds clean them and put them in paper envelopes. I then mark them with dates and put them in the freezer section of my refrigerator, this is what takes so long because I leave them in the freezer for 1.5 yrs as they need the hibernation time. So if I gather them this fall 2012 in the early spring of 2014 I take them out. As the seeds have an extremely hard coat I nick them with a knife (make a notch) to the inside of the seed (generally on the side of the seed not top or bottom) so water can penetrate the seed coat. I then put them in a cup of water and soak overnight. The next day I put them in potting soil in a plastic container I have poked holes in the bottom cover seeds with soil (don't plant them too deep) or crowd them, then water well, place lid on container that I have also poked holes in, set in a partially shaded area and wait. The seeds also need the heat for germination, and the container will act as a mini greenhouse, after being in cold for all that time. In a week to 2 weeks seeds will start to germinate. Remove the lid after germination either place in separate containers to grown on further sunk into ground or plant directly into the ground in good garden soil. Do not over water for the first year. Don't be discouraged if all do not germinate or after planting into the ground they all fail to grow. That is a chance that you take as all may not reach maturity. Also it takes 9 or more years to see fruit. Other trees may be grown from my method I have not tried that. Plus the money you will save in the long run is worth trying to grow from seed. It is rewarding and fulfilling seeing what you and God have grown together! Good luck and happy growing!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Escaping the Cauldron by Kristine McGuire- Satisfied my curiosity

Escaping the Cauldron: Exposing the Dangerous Occult Influences in Everyday Life  -     
        By: Kristine McGuire

The excitement of witchcraft embraced the author, when in her younger years and in joining her friends unknowingly through experimentation and innocent games. Later in her life and for eight years she had practiced witchcraft after falling away from the church and God's loving graces. Her memoir also explains the growing fascination with the occult, the lure that society and the entertainment industry can provide, and how common practices can be a bridge that links to the occult.

Some of the subjects covered are: (in my own words) Detecting demons or are they angels?, ridding your life from the paranormal, meditation, what are ghosts and many other topics. Terms familiar to wicca participants are covered as well as truths and myths that are explored in detail that links Christianity with modern practices of wiccan, pagan and witchcraft. Volume contains many scripture references along with Digging Deeper sections that has questions for individual and group use, also contains a helpful question and answer section in the back.

With this book the Christian reader can enter into a world that is unseen and one that movies and books I feel for the most part do not generally portray accurately.
Haunting, disturbing and honest are the terms I would use to describe this hard to put down book. Not having read a book quite like this one to date I gained a knowledge of these practices and learned how to handle paranormal experiences in that might invade my life and others lives. This book strengthened my faith and gave me hope and a discernment to what is evil.
I recommend this well written book to both Christian and non Christian readers as an avenue of becoming aware and how to differentiate what is from God and what is from paganism. I received a complimentary copy from Charisma House for my review.5 Stars! or 10 Stars out of 10!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Twice A Bride by Mona Hodgson- Charming

Twice a Bride by Mona Hodgson

In a breath of a moment love renders quiet thoughts.

Willow with the imminent death of a loved one is given an opportunity to be in sales but her hopes lie in the paint spread upon the canvas. Willow is an asset in Cripple Creek but will she be able to cease the longings of her yearning heart?

Trenton Van DerVeer photographer and creator of beauty on a glass plate takes a suggestion from a client on a new way of producing portraiture. Could this be the avenue he needs to expand his business?

Four sisters, each with their own life's trial come together for each other in the path of uncertainty and confusion.

Romance, loss, happiness and reality are introduced into the broad emotions displayed within the pages of this book. Charming, entertaining and at times mildly predictable this fourth book in the series will catch your attention. My favorite thus far. Can be read as a stand alone novel although part of a series. Characters were well developed and dialogue and scenery meshed well. I found the overall message to be inspiring and I was entertained. I will recommend this creative novel to others. 4 Stars! I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Over the last twenty-five years, Mona Hodgson’s publishing credits have grown to include nearly thirty children's books, contributions to more than ten books for adults, and four historical novels, including her debut, Two Brides Too Many in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. Mona is a popular speaker for women's groups, schools, and educators’ and writers’ conferences. She lives in Arizona with her husband and has two daughters and several grandchildren

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Over the Edge by Mary Connealy- Fast and Fun Read!

Over the Edge, Mary Connealy, 978-0-7642-0913-0

In the stillness of one's heart love has the capacity to protect from the worst of fears.

Callie is always mindful of protecting her infant son Conner from others even if the person happens to be of a husbandly kind.

Seth Kinkade knew Callie's voice sounded familiar as she yelled after him he just didn't know how familiar.
Tried though he wished he cannot remember a thing about her and when in the world did he get married?

A book of romance, danger and wild west cowboys that promises a fast and satisfying read sure to keep one entertained. Progressing plot, strong character development and fun dialogue will keep you burning the midnight oil. Even though the book is part of a series it can easily serve as a stand alone novel. I found the overall message inspiring and I was entertained by this fast and fun read and will recommend this book to others. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for my review.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mortal Fire by C.F. Dunn- Intriguing

Sometimes a thought cannot be trusted.

Emma D'Evesby professor from the University of Cambridge is being welcomed into the US from the UK. A book catches her eye, one that is reminiscent of medievel times and one that seems to intrigue her love of history. The Dean at the University appoints several mentors to assist Emma in transitioning as she seems unsure of herself at times. However there is noone who is safe when lives are at risk. Will Emma discover the secrets before the clock ceases to tick?

Danger, intrigue and suspense come together to form the storyline. This is a plot building book with description happening progressively. Scenery worked and was descriptive, dialogue flowed smoothly and I was able to connect with the characters fairly well. Although the novel did have a few parts that drug slightly towards the middle it does get better as the book moves along. Hints of faith seemed to strengthen values, however, a few of the conversations amongst the characters casually mentioned sexual situations but did not describe details. A good first novel 3.5 stars! Thanks to Kregel Publications Monarch Books for the complimentary copy for my review.

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin- A Must Read!

With Every Letter, Sarah Sundin, 978-0-8007-2081-0

There is war looming on the horizon, yet, in the age of differences the heart is full with similar thoughts.

Lt. Philomela Blake (Mellie), nurse, is paired with a group of other nurses who each longs to prove herself useful. Mellie is given a challenge to write letters anonymously to a soldier to improve morale.

Lt. Thomas MacGuiver is the recipient. When he reads her letter he is intrigued by what he has read. The sender is oceans away.

Two souls, two hearts, one mission.
Each has a duty to perform, will their travels cross?

A story of sacrifice, action, suspense with a bit of romance. True to life, I adored With Every Letter! This novel reads like a movie and will grip you from the start with beating action, luscious scenery you can walk through and reliable and personable characters you can connect with and relate to. This book's audience I feel, could appeal to all, male and female alike can walk away feeling satisfied for the time well spent. I was highly entertained by this fast paced and impossible to put down read and will recommend it faithfully. Very well written! 5 Stars!
I received a complimentary copy for this blog review from Revell Publishing.
"Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

headshot sarah sundin

Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner- Rich with Artistic History

The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner

The world is ripe with regrets.
Nora, about to be married, dreads leaving Florence. She recalls her life set around the lure, beauty and tragedy of fine art.
Coming from a family of painters, Meg Pomeroy, who is employed by a book publishing company, and whose dream and goal since teenage years have been to travel to Florence is called by her father urgently one eventful evening with plans to fulfill his promise to take her to Italy. Will she be afforded the opportunity of a lifetime or will it just become a dream faded?
Peer into the lives of two very different women with a bond more commonly shared than each realize.
A book that will satisfy the artist and wonderer in us all. This richly complex and historical novel of hope, heartbreak, romance, reality and dreams was one that I could "hear" the characters conversing with each other as I was reading "their story." These well formed characters are easily connectible with, and a storyline style that shifts back and forth between Nora and Meg, the past and the present. I feel alot of research has went into the writing of this novel, and as one who studied fine art, I can appreciate fully the beauty and depth of art that encompasses this book. 4.5 stars! I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my review.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Love's Reckoning by Laura Frantz- Loved Book 1 of the Ballantyne Legacy!

  Love's Reckoning, Laura Frantz, 978-0-8007-2041-4
Leige Lee and Louise Lee are father and mother to Elspeth and Eden. Leige has made his intentions clear of the future life of one of his daughters.
Elspeth and Eden, raised in the same family, like most families, are as different as the mountains to the sea.
Silas Ballantyne, a Scotsman and fiddle player travels far to become an apprentice to Leige is unaware of his pending arrangement.
Two sisters vying for one man's attentions come to know the mystery that lies within his heart and he in theirs.
When all is quiet in the still of dawn will love be strong enough to endure what lies beyond?

I loved book one of the Ballantyne Legacy! High historical and romance quality writing, this book is quite impossible to put down and will capture your heart, as it did mine, and will refuse to let it go. From the start I was glued to the pages, smooth flowing and unique plot with absolutely no dull parts to take away from the enjoyment. Well developed and easily connectible characters with intriguing and believable dialogue, along with descriptive scenery that felt real to me lined this unforgettable story. I especially loved the revealing character of Silas, so brave and gentlemanly! Be sure to visit with the Lees and make this your next to read book!

I received a complimentary copy for this blog tour from Revell Publishing for my review.
"Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."


Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel's Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof- My Review

Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof

When it comes to the heart love is sometimes not an option.

Lonnie is a quiet soul who feels the sting of violation that remains in the shadows of dusk.
Gideon is outgoing but consistantly seeks the acceptance of others.
Joel father of Lonnie is a cruel man who rules the home with a fist of steel. Convinced Lonnie is a victim of circumstances he insists that a wedding be on the front.
Neither Lonnie nor Gideon are too keen on the arrangement having only known each other briefly and love not entering into the equation.
Will time soften the brittle edges of their hearts or will the past drive them apart?

A story of reality, regret and sensitivity. On a positive note the scenery was impeccable and I could just feel as if I were there on the Blue Ridge Mountains running through the fields. The secondary characters Jebediah and Elsie I connected with rather well were enjoyable and down to earth adding needed substance to the novel. On a less positive note I found that the storyline would lose momentum and at times the voices of the main characters seemed forced and unnatural. Sometimes the book did not flow smoothly and seemed confusing as plot shifted back and forth between description and character dialogue.
However I did enjoy the book. A nice first novel. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury- Heartfelt

The Bridge

In the loomy uncertainty of a heart's core lies the vast promise of a giving love.

The Bridge, the oldest bookstore in Franklin is a place where dreams and friendships are built.

Charlie and Norma Barton, owners of The Bridge, lost their entire book inventory as a result of a devastating flood. To them and many others the bookstore represented more than just a building full of books.

Molly Allen college student left her heart in Nashville with Ryan Kelley. Years later her life has afforded a different turn, to now run an animal rescue shelter for unwanted animals. Left with her memories of the past she takes solice by reminicing on special occasions.

Ryan wonders where his dreams and life have led him, yet even in his success he is enslaved by a memory from the past that refuses to stop taunting him.

Romance, sacrifice, heartbreak and reality highlight this enjoyable quick to read novella, perfect for the upcoming holiday season. This book has easily identifyable characters that could be your close friends, your next door neighbors or maybe even yourself. I did not find any slow or drag parts thoughout and the plot flowed smoothly and did not disappoint. I love the cover from the book it captures the story from within well. I found the overall message to be inspiring and will recommend this book to others. Thanks to Howard Books and Netgalley for the ARC copy for my review.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Reason by William Sirls- Don't Miss This Book!

The Reason, William Sirls

The members of one church find out what it truly means to be at the center of a most unforgettable day.
When the cross is destroyed that has become a comfort to many a weary soul and a symbol of faith for the St Thomas church on one strange and stormy night the pastor and parisoners wonder how it will be fixed without adequate funds and manpower.

Brooke, mother to a young vivacious red haired boy Alex, comes to realize the biggest challenges are those that sometimes lie unfulfilled. Alex's timid and kind hearted friend Charlie, is a protector of Alex and a man of few words.

Macey, pediatric physician meets a young man Kenneth, who offers to lend a hand to help fix the cross at the church. She wonders if she has met him before he seems so familiar.

Confident Zach has always possessed a worldly view of faith, but he is about to receive a startling wake up call.

Will one physicians efforts be enough to save a young patient?

Wow!! I truly loved this read! What an faith affirming inspiring book to spend the day with! This not to be missed impossible to forget story will stick with you as you discover The Reason. So many down to earth, well developed, and interesting characters make up the storyline along with easy to follow dialogue, crisp and smooth flowing plot and realistically clear scenery. I was highly entertained by this heartfelt novel. Hope to read more from this author in the future. I will highly recommend this book to others. Very Well Written 5 Stars!! Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and Netgalley for this ARC copy for my review.

Faith and Gardening It Just "Grows" Together- My thoughts for the day...

I am asked by others often (just a representative) "What should I grow here?" What looks good together aesthetics wise?" "When and how do I divide my plants", or "How do I grow a tomato or persimmon tree from seed successfully?" Each answer is diverse depending on the individuals particular situation, soil type, color choice and location. Before I plant I pray over the seeds and plants because I know that God's hand is in the growing of everything. Have you ever wondered how so many cucumbers, squash, daisies, tomatoes, marigolds, beans etc can be grown from one tiny seed. How with water, sunlight, patience and love a seed becomes something that can feed so many and create a more beautiful world. It is truly amazing. Faith is like a plant seed that grows with longing, nurturing, patience and love. So it just makes sense to me to say that faith and gardening just go "Grow" together.

Maybe the next time you see a breathtaking flower longing for your view, a tree bursting with life giving fruit or perhaps a field laden with wildflowers as far as the eyes can focus you might just ask yourself, just what has faith got to do with this? Well.... everything....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Abducted by Janice Cantore- Realistic!

Always striving to be one step ahead of the criminals, the Las Playas police force sometimes find keeping the streets safe can be a challenging feat indeed.

Carly Edwards is in a complicated relationship with ex husband Nick who cannot decide what part he has in the outcome of their situation.

Carly's police officer partner Joe King loves being a dad to four month old AJ. When his wife Christy is admitted into the hospital AJ goes missing. Set on high alert time is critical and the danger is mounting. Will AJ be saved in time?

Abducted is like a realistic police action drama movie but on the written page. With never a dull moment this book offers lots of twists, turns and surprises to delight and satisfy action and intrigue fans. Kept me entertained while turning the pages, and was highly suspenseful and tense until the ending. This well written hard to put down book sports well developed and engaging characters, smooth flowing plot and easy to follow dialogue. Although it is part of a series the book can stand on its own without reading the first one. I will recommend this novel to others. 4.5 stars. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy for my review.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney- Enjoyable!

Dying to Read, Lorena McCourtney, 978-0-8007-2158-9

Cate Kincade, in her search for employment decides to work for her Uncle Joe. Her first assignment in investigating seems an easy task for Cate but when foul play is suspected, the more complicated it gets and her job becomes more than she was anticipating.

Willow has a history of a challenging life, a product of misfortune which seems to follow her very closely.

The members of the Whodunit Book Club, lovers of mysteries and mayhem have a new mystery in front of them, which is not of the book kind, that involves one of their own.

This well written suspense was a delight to read, the author serves her audience with plenty of twists and turns to keep the story fresh, interesting and flowing, along with well formed characters which added to the vision of the storyline, accurate description of the plot, and a little romance for the ahh factor. I found the overall message of the book to be inspiring, I was entertained and would recommend this book to others.  4 Stars
I received a complimentary copy for this blog tour from Revell Publishing for my review.
"Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

Lorena McCourtney is the award-winning author of dozens of novels, including Invisible (which won the Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), In Plain Sight, On the Run, and Stranded. She resides in Oregon.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Unconditional by Eva Marie Everson- Make this book your next read!


Love goes beyond what the eyes can see.

Samantha Crawford (Sam), creator of children's stories, has a gifted talent for art and the written word. When her husband dies tragically one night her world becomes compromised but she soon discovers that her greatest challenge lies ahead.

Joe Bradford appeared in recognizable form, a face and voice from the distant past that Sam was as drawn to then as she is now. Sam wondered where Joe's life has taken him since she had last seen him. She is about to find out.

In the cruelty of loss, memories can remain in the heart ready to burst forth with keen accuracy.

Unconditional is unforgettable! I absolutely loved and cherished this engaging read!! You will smile, cry and wrestle with raw emotions with a storyline that has honesty and faith woven throughout with absolutely no dull parts whatsoever. I sat on my comfy chair to read this book and before I knew it I was finished. The book cover first drew me in, I feel the cover accurately portrays how the characters might look themselves, and from the first chapter I was hooked literally, but that is the way it is with all of the author's books that I have read, I became so involved into the storyline the pages flew. Excellently creative character development (feels like they are friends), smooth flowing crisp and captivating plot and believably realistic scenery make this book stand out among others. Very well written and impossible to put down! Make this book your next read! I will highly recommend this book to others. Thanks to B&H Publishing Group and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.