The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble—Book Review

After her husband died, Shauna wanted nothing to do with his best friend, Zach, because she blames him for his death. However, when a series of deaths threaten her life and the life of her son, she has no one else to turn to and has to rely on Zach to keep her safe. As they slowly unravel the mystery of who killed their friends, it only seems to get more dangerous. Will they be able to figure out what the killers are after? And will they be able to solve the mystery before someone else Shauna loves gets hurt?

I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. It’s full of twists and turns with a bit of romance thrown in! I love it, kept me guessing all the way until the end! As usual, I quickly fell in love with the main characters, who are very relatable. I highly recommend this book!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Circumvent by S.K. Derban–Book Review

Nikki and her husband, Ruggierio, have the perfect life in Hawaii. They are madly in love, they have their dream jobs, and they live in paradise. However, when a dream assignment takes Nikki to France by herself because Ruggierio can’t go right away, Nikki quickly finds herself in danger. Waking up in a French hospital not able to remember a thing, she quickly makes friends with the doctor who found and saved her. Will Ruggierio be able to find her and help her regain her memory? Is the good doctor really a friend or foe?

Such a great suspenseful story! I completely enjoyed every minute of it! I quickly fell in love with the characters and found myself trying to figure it all out. Will Ruggierio find Nikki? Will she remember him if he does? Who is Maurizio really? I couldn’t put it down until I had all the answers! It was a great story and I definitely recommend it!

One disclaimer, this book has a little more innuendo than I usually read. I just want others to be aware.

**I received this book free from the author for review. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey – Book Review

In the fourth and final installment of the Chesapeake Valor series, Luke Gallagher returns home after being gone for 7 years trying to catch a deadly terrorist. He now must rely on the help of his friends to help him stop this terrorist before something terrible happens on American soil. Kate Maxwell was devastated when Luke disappeared from her life, now that he’s back she’s struggling with her feelings for fear of him leaving again. Will they be able to stop Ebeid before he uses his deadly weapon? Will Kate ever be able to trust Luke again and be able to move on with their relationship?

Another great installment in this series! You’ll quickly fall in love with the characters of you haven’t already. There were a few storylines to follow throughout the book, you have the terrorist threat they’re trying to thwart and then you have the mystery of who killed Griffin’s sister. Both will keep you guessing. It’s full of twists and turns and the suspense you no doubt love of you’re an avid Pettrey reader. You definitely should read these in order, because you probably will be missing important information from the last book. Highly recommend this book and the entire series!

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

Dancing in the Rain by Eileen Rife and Jennifer Slattery–Book Review

 

After college graduation, Loni Parker is having a hard time landing a job because of her disability. So when her friend invites her to Camp Hope, she goes. Little did Loni know how much that simple retreat would change her. She comes face to face with the man who took her eyesight so many years ago. Michael Ackerman, the camp director, knows immediately who Loni is, and tries to avoid her since he believes there’s no way she could ever forgive him for what he’d done to her. However, he’s quickly falling for her, but when she leaves camp in pursuit of her dream of living on her own and teaching music, he wonders if she’ll ever love him back.

 

Dancing in the Rain is beautiful story of forgiveness and love. Throughout the book, the theme of forgiveness is brought up again and again, it was beautifully written, and you will just fall in love with Loni and Michael (I know I did!). I enjoyed reading a book from the perspective of a blind main character, I haven’t read much of that before, and it gives you a different perspective for sure! It’s so refreshing to read a book with so many spiritual truths/applications woven throughout and to see the characters living out their faith despite their circumstances. I highly recommend this book!

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Generous Love by Becky Kopitzke–Book Review

 

Christians are to reach out to those around them and be a blessing to a world in need. However, often we don’t know how, or we make every excuse as to why we can’t bless others. Kopitzke gives the Christian practical tips and advice on how to effectively bless others even when you think you don’t have the means to do so. Through blessing others, you, yourself, will be blessed in return.

 

I learned so much through this book, and at times it downright convicted me. How many times have I said, well I can’t bless that person God because I just don’t have the money right now? I can’t talk to that person because look at them, someone might see. I can’t invite so-and-so over because my house isn’t nice enough, and on and on it goes. But when if I would listen to those promptings from God, I would not only be a blessing to someone who might need it, but I would be blessed for listening to what God led me to do. I really enjoyed the “4 P’s of Blessing” she talks about and each had 50 ideas to implement each one. (Blessing through our Presence, Perspective, Possessions, and Prayer) Overall, this book challenged me to stop being so selfish, and bless those around me, take notice of those I come in contact with. It could simply be a smile or a compliment, even little blessings can make a big impact on others. I highly recommend this book for Christians everywhere; imagine if we all started to bless others not for what we can get out of it, but just to live out the love of Jesus, how different our world might look!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

You Can Stay Home With Your Kids by Erin Odom–Book Review

 

Do you want to stay home with your kids, but you don’t think it will every be possible? Do you currently stay home with your kids, but feel like you’re always just scraping by? Erin Odom has compiled 100 tips, tricks and ways you can save money or make money from home so it can be possible! There are sections on shopping at secondhand stores, shopping around for a house/car, recipes for DIY household products, tips for making money from home, and many, many more!

 

Currently, I have been blessed to be able to stay home with our kids. Now that our oldest is in school, and we have a tuition payment, I’ve been trying to save extra money and possibly even make money from home (even if it’s just some splurge money). I’ve always loved saving, some people may call me cheap, I prefer frugal. This book had tons of tips, many I have either tried, or am currently doing, but there were some I was like I need to try that! For example, I loved the section on DIY household products, because let’s face it they can be pricey, and most are full of chemicals. I plan to try a few of them at least to see how I like them, and maybe save myself some money in the process. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for ways to save money, she has a lot of great information in this book, as well as some free downloads when you get the book!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth–Book Review

 

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“Many women live under a cloud of personal guilt and condemnation,” says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. “Many are in bondage to their past. Others are gripped by fear of rejection and a longing for approval. Still others are emotional prisoners.”

Everyone encounters lies throughout their lives. The Devil is the Father of lies, and will do anything he can to get you to believe lies. Starting in the Garden of Eden, Satan attacked the first woman, Eve, with a lie. In this updated version of Lies Women Believe, Nancy Leigh Wolgemuth covers several lies that women today are faced with and corresponding truths that will help them overcome these lies. She covers topics suchas, lies about God,  themselves, priorities, children, emotions, circumstances, and more. The only thing that can conquer these lies is the Truth, the Truth of God’s Word.

 

The Lies Women Believe Study Guide is a corresponding study guide that helps you dig deeper into the book, and search the Scripture to help you recognize and overcome the lies the Devil will throw at you. (And he will come at you with lies, no Christian is exempt!) Each chapter in the guide is divided into three sections: In a Nutshell (overview), Exploring the Truth, and Walking Together in the Truth (for group study).

I have absolutely loved this book and study guide! I highly recommend it to every Christian woman! One of the things I found most interesting, was in the beginning of each chapter, she starts with a short snippet of something that looks like Eve’s journal. What she may have thought at different stages of her life, or things she may have gone through that correlates to the Lies that will be covered in that chapter. I learned so much through each chapter, and there were some lies I know I myself have believed at one time or another.

The Study Guide was so helpful. While you can use it for group studies, I did it as an individual study and it worked perfectly! I love how in this guide it doesn’t just ask you questions about what’s in the book, it makes you dig deeper in God’s Word giving you Scripture after Scripture to look up and further study for yourself. I have done other studies where they’ll ask you according to page #….what did you learn about this? It was so refreshing to do a study that takes you straight to the ultimate source of Truth, God’s Word.

Overall, I can’t say enough how much I loved this entire book/study! I feel more equipped as a Woman of God to recognize the Devils lies, and overcome them with the Truth of God’s Word. I truly have learned a lot from everything I’ve ever read that Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has written. I pray that you will learn just as much from this study as I did!

Click the links below to get your copy!

Lies Women Believe

Lies Women Believe Study Guide

lies 3Don’t forget the teen girls in your life, there’s also a Lies Young Women Believe!

Lies Young Women Believe

Lies Young Women Believe Study Guide

 

 

 

 

**I received these books free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.