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