The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck–

 

Four women, one dress. It fit them all perfectly. When Charlotte Malone, a wedding dress salesperson, stumbled upon a trunk at the Ludlow auction little did she know that she would find a wedding dress inside, let alone a wedding dress that would change her life. Intrigued by the mystery of where the dress came from, and how it got in the trunk, Charlotte begins investigating. But will she hit a dead end, or will she finally find the secrets of the dress? Will she have her happily ever after?

 

This whole story reminded me of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie. You know the story I’m sure, the group of girls take turns having the pants for a few weeks, and they fit each girl perfectly. However, this story is so much better! Each woman in this book has her own story of how she got the dress, and how it fit them each perfectly without any alterations! Stories of romance, and some tragedy. It brings all of them together to unravel the secret history of the dress Charlotte has found. I absolutely loved it.  This is the first book in the series that includes The Wedding Chapel and The Wedding Shop, so I read it out of order, and they can each stand alone. Brilliant, brilliant book! I highly recommend getting this one, and while your at it, get the whole series, because none of them will disappoint if you love a good romance!

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

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Yella’s Prayers by Nadine Keels–Book Review

My Review:

Bless Heggins is a teen who has a passion for God and her music, but she doesn’t share her music with anyone. She knows that God is leading her to help her sister’s best friends T’meal and Lamall, but she doesn’t know exactly what He wants her to do. While listening to God’s leading and fervently praying for these boys, she finds herself drawn more and more to T’meal, but has he started to feel the same way, or is it just in her head?

I really enjoyed this book! The characters were very well developed, and the faith of the main character Bless is very evident. I love that she has a very personal walk with God, and is very sensitive to His call. This is not something you find in a teenager everyday, especially in this day and age. I feel like this book is perfect for young adults! I feel like it would be an encouragement to them to stand up for their faith and have that close relationship with God, no matter what others may say. I highly recommend it!

**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.

Book Blurb:

She awoke with a gasp, sitting up. “God? Was that You?”

A pivotal year awaits Bless, a young woman who hides her passion: her music. She’s not exactly friends with T’meal, a talented athlete who won’t explain why he’s passed up the chance of a lifetime. Nor is Bless too close to Lamall, a boisterous playboy with a broken private life that’s spiraling out of control.

But Bless knows she’s meant to help these two young men. She can’t deny the Voice that told her so.

A coming of age story of compassion, the awakening of love, and knowing when it’s time to step out of the shadows and shine.

Author Bio: 

nadine-c-keels-squareNadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”

With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. As the founder of Prismatic Prospects, her communication company, Nadine has served as editor for a number of titles, and through her writing, from her books to her blog posts, she aims to help spark hope, inspiration, and genius in as many as she is privileged to reach.

Find Nadine online at Prismatic Prospects: https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/

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Really Woolly Easter Blessings by Bonnie Rickner Jensen–Book Review

 

Spring is a time where things come back to life, and new life is just beginning. This rhyming devotional for children shows the Really Woolly characters learning not only about spring, but about the Easter story. Your kids will love it!

 

I love getting new devotionals for my kids. I love to teach my kids about God and His love for us. These rhyming devotionals are especially nice for smaller children. The illustrations in this book were beautiful and perfectly suited for your kids. Each devotional starts with a Bible verse, then is written in a cute rhyming fashion. At the end is a prayer starter for you and your kids as you pray together. I am going to give mine to my kids on Easter, but I know they’re going to love it! Be sure to grab your copy today (available February 21)!

**I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Look Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thought and opinions are my own.

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Pleasing God rather than others

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Today I just wanted to share with you something I learned in my devotions. I’m currently reading Daughters of Grace by Kristin Shmucker of the Daily Grace Co. I’m loving it, as I am learning about women in the Bible who were just like us, they had their faults, yet God used them in many different ways.

Today I learned about some women I don’t believe I’ve ever heard about (or if I have it’s been a while). We find a group of women in Exodus 1, the Hebrew Midwives. These women were told by Pharaoh to kill any baby boys born to the Jewish women. Instead of listening to Pharaoh, these women obeyed God and chose to save all the baby boys. God rewarded these women for their trust in Him and gave them families of their own. Because of their bravery they helped save the nation. I want to be a woman who would rather please God than others.

This really spoke to me, especially since it’s not a story you hear often. It challenged me, because sometimes I worry too much about pleasing others and wanting others to like me. I should be more concerned about pleasing God, He’s who really matters! I know I’m probably not the only one out there as a Christian woman, who finds herself longing to please others, or just wanting to be liked by everyone. I hope this story touches you as much as it touched me. Go read it for yourself.

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Life in Community by Dustin Willis–Book Review

Biblical community is often overlooked in today’s church. However, when the church practices this community, things begin to change. People start to not feel lonely, they encourage each other, bear each other’s burdens, meet each other’s needs, etc. Willis will challenge you to step up and start living in Biblical community.

I was so moved by this book! So many times I was reading and realized just how much I need to work on living in Biblical community. As Christians, we’ve lost sight of what community means. We tend to either be so close knit in our churches that we don’t open up to new people, or we focus on missions so much that we neglect our own members. While both are important, we have to find a balance between the two. I highly recommend this book. I’m sure it will challenge you!

**I received this book free from the publisher through the Moody Publishers blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Restoring Love by Jennifer Slattery–Book Review

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Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She’s almost his worst nightmare, and she s also working on restoring something herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common, a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband’s incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

My Review

When Angela moves in next door to one of Mitch’s house flips, he thought she was a bit strange, but then she came to church and they form an unlikely friendship. They both have a passion for the same family that lives in one of Mitch’s rentals across from Angela’s house. As they set about to show Bianca and her family Christ’s love and grace, they find they have feelings for each other. Will they be able be able to move past the past and have a meaningful relationship? Will they be able to lead Bianca and her family to the Lord, or will she turn them away for good?

This was a wonderful story of how God’s grace can restore anybody, regardless of what they’ve been through. The characters were very well developed. I really appreciated how Slattery took common problems that people face in today’s world, and showed how no matter how bad it seems, God can always restore that person by His grace! I think it’s safe to say most people nowadays know of someone who has some of the same challenges that each character in this book faces. There’s Angela who struggled with drugs and promiscuity in her past, but found God’s grace and by His grace is turning her life around. Bianca is a single mom who is struggling to provide for her family after her husband is imprisoned and just feels like her life is falling apart. Finally, there’s Mitch, a divorced man who is dealing with his drug addict son while his unsaved business partner is making business difficult.  I found myself immersed in this book, and I didn’t want to put it down. If you need a good book, check this one out! I highly recommend it!

**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.

About the Author

biophotocroppededited2016Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. She founded Wholly Loved Ministries, a ministry that partners with churches around the metro and nationally, putting on events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. She writes devotions for Internet Café Devotions and edits for Firefy, a Southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble–book review


Since her mother’s blueberry barrens are no longer producing enough fruit to make a living, Kate decides she needs to rent her cottage out. Drake Newham shows up with his nieces and not only wants to rent it, but also needs a nanny. When Kate finds out Drake is in Maine to look into his brother and sister-in-law’s deaths, they decide to team up to get to the bottom of it. However, Kate’s uncle has recently escaped prison and someone may be stalking her. Will they ever find the people responsible for all the threats to Kate and her loved ones?
I always enjoy Colleen Coble’s books, and this was no different. It was packed with suspense and romance. I found myself turning page after page wondering who the stalker was, who really killed Drake’s family, and will they ever catch Uncle Paul? I find myself so engrossed I feel like I’m right there with Kate and Drake, rooting for them. The characters are very relatable. If you love suspense with romance mixed in, you’ll love this book!

Grab your very own copy here, http://amzn.to/2iFQqV2.

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

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