Archives

Holly, Ivy, & Intrigue by Joanie Bruce, Alexa Verde, and Denise Weimer–Book Review

About the Book

Christmas Murder Mix-Up by Joanie Bruce

When Paige overhears her husband’s disturbing conversation, she begins to think her husband is plotting to kill her. To add to her growing doubts of her husband, a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a break-in make her wonder if her husband really loves her or if he’s behind it all.

Holiday Pursuit by Alexa Verde

Brianna’s troubled brother has a hard time resisting the urge to steal cars, however his latest joyride may have dire consequences when he accidentally finds a murdered corpse in the trunk. After Liam runs for his life three days before Christmas, Brianna is desperate to find him before something happens to him and solve the case with the help of her foster brother Richard. Will they be able to crack the case before she or her brother get into grave danger?

A Holiday Intruder by Denise Weimer

Kelsey Jordan is trying to make ends meet while running her antique store, and bringing old antiques back to life. She is suddenly thrust into the middle of an old family mystery, and two handsome men vying for her affections when her store is broken into and robbed. Will they be able to catch the robber? Will she fall for one of two possible suitors?

Book Review

I am honored to have been a part of the launch team for this collection of Christmas novellas. I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t put it down, and so I read it in one weekend! They are short novellas, but the suspense is gripping. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The characters were well developed, and I fell in love with each one!  I love Christmas, and I love suspense so this collection was perfect for me. For all the suspense lovers on your list this season, this would be a great Christmas gift! You cannot go wrong with this book, 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.

Be sure to check out the upcoming blog tour stops for this book starting December 3 through CelebrateLit!

Upcoming Blog Tour Stops!

Texas Book-aholic, December 3

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, December 3

Reflections From My Bookshelves, December 4

History, Mystery & Faith, December 4

Zerina Blossom’s Books, December 5

proud to be an autism mom, December 5

Mommynificent, December 6

Inklings and notions, December 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 6

Allofakindmom, December 7

Blogging With Carol, December 7

Blossoms and Blessings, December 8

Have A Wonderful Day, December 8

Janices book reviews, December 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 9

Carpe Diem, December 10

Mary Hake, December 10

A Baker’s Perspective, December 11

Daysong Reflections, December 12

Avid Reader Book Reviews, December 12

Reading Is My SuperPower, December 13

Remembrancy, December 13

Multifarious, December 14

Margaret Kazmierczak, December 14

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 15

Pursuing Stacie, December 15

Vicky Sluiter, December 16

Bigreadersite, December 16

 

 

Advertisements

The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp–Book Review

 

We all know stories of women in the Bible, and are familiar with the more popular ones. There’s so many lessons that can be gleaned from each one. In this book, Aaron and Elaina Sharp take the most important women in the Bible, and share their stories and then point you to their role in the bigger picture–God’s plan of redemption. They don’t just write about the popular ones like Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Mary, etc.; they also write about the more obscure or unpopular women suchas, Rahab, Zipporah, Bathsheba, the Woman Sinner. We can learn from each woman and the choices they made. Because just like we aren’t perfect, neither were the women mentioned in the Bible. They were human just like us, and despite their faults God chose to use them in some way.

 

I really enjoyed this study. I loved how it was laid out in 31 short chapters making it perfect for a devotional. I learned things I never knew before about women I’ve heard of, but may have just passed over before. Each chapter has a short synopsis of the woman’s story in the Bible, the passages where you can find her story, and her role in the plan of redemption. I love how at the end of each chapter there are questions for you to ponder. I loved each and every chapter, and I highly recommend it to all Christian women.

mostimportantquote

**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.

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey–Book Review

 

Declan Gray knows there’s a terrorist attack coming for U.S. soil, but he needs help figuring out the details. Tanner Shaw has just signed on to the FBI as a crisis counselor, and is assigned to work the case with Declan in his partner’s absence. As they work through the case and get closer and closer to getting the bad guys and stopping the attack, Tanner and Declan are pulled closer and closer to each other. But do they both feel the same way about each other? Will they be able to find all the pieces to the puzzle before anybody else dies or will all their work be in vain?

 

Another page-turning suspense from Dani Pettrey, Blind Spot will keep you on the edge of your seat. I love this series, and I can’t wait to read the next one! If you haven’t read any of the Chesapeake Valor Series books, now is the time to start! This is book three in the series, and you’re going to want to read these in order. I haven’t read the first one yet, but this one closely follows the second book, so you may feel like you’re missing a few details if you haven’t read the book before it. I had a hard time putting this one down! You will quickly fall in love with the characters, they are very relatable and each has his or her own flaws which makes them seem more real.

 

**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.

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck–Book Review

After Tenley Roth writes a bestseller, she is challenged to write her next book. However, she is overcome with writer’s block. When her estranged mother asks her to come to Cocoa Beach to help her through her chemotherapy treatments, she thinks this may be what she needs to get her inspiration back. When Tenley arrives at her mother’s house she falls in love with an antique desk and gains inspiration from the desk. Little did Tenley know that years before Birdie Shehorn had sat at the same desk wanting two things, to be a published author and to marry for love. Will Tenley shake her writer’s block and find her inspiration? Will Birdie be able to go against her mother’s wishes and marry for love and finally get her name on a book?

 

This story was very intriguing. I fell in love with both Tenley and Birdie. It kept me wondering how each of their stories would end. I could not put the book down, and when I had to my !Ind kept wondering what was going to happen next. This is another amazing story by Rachel Hauck, and I highly recommend it. I love the way she writes two separate stories of women from two completely different ages and weaves them back together.

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

Hope Unashamed (When It’s Time Book 2) by Nadine Keels–Book Review

Hope UnashamedArthur was a bookworm, good at school, and had his life all planned out. He had no room or time for romance. However, from the first time he laid eyes on Lorraine, that changed. He suddenly wanted to get to know this girl better. He soon started making time to go out with this girl, to pursue her. However, as the years fly by, and life happens, he realizes his pursuit of this woman he has grown to love is not going to end the way he’d like. Will Arthur learn to love again? Or will he swear off love forever?

In the sequel to Love Unfeigned, this book starts in the middle of the storyline of the last book, but from the perspective of Arthur Simmons. I thought it was such a cool way to go into the book to find out more about the story we read in book 1 from a different perspective. As with the first book, I was captivated by the storyline and characters. I loved the quirks of Arthur’s character. Because of his chivalrous ways, I couldn’t help but think of King Arthur when he would give his handkerchief to a lady to use, or hold a door open for a lady, etc.

**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.

About the Author

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.

Prismatic Prospects: https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/

Join Nadine’s new readers’ group, Faith, Hope, and Book Love on Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/FaithHopeBookLove/

Love Unfeigned (When It’s Time Book 1) by Nadine Keels–Book Review

 

Lorraine and Isaiah were friends from elementary school, but as they grow older, their friendship starts to become something more. However, just as their relationship starts to bud, Isaiah’s family starts to fall apart and causes him to pull back. Years pass, but can their love be rekindled, even after all they’ve been through? Or will it be lost forever?

 

This series was amazing. It’s perfect for teens and young adults. Loved the storyline, and felt like I could relate to the characters. I felt like a lot of young people can relate to Lorraine and Isaiah as they navigate the dating world. So many books for young people today show the your typical knight in shining armor, and depicts love as all hearts and flowers with no flaws. I love how in this book, the characters have flaws and you can see the real life struggles and how each character deals with their struggles. Because we all know that falling in love, while it is amazing, is hard work, and there are real struggles that we all have to deal with, whether it’s an unexpected family issue, an illness, a trauma, etc. It’s something we have to work through in our relationships. I definitely recommend this whole series!

**I received a copy of 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.

nadine-c-keels-square

About the Author

Nadine. 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/

Join Nadine’s new readers’ group, Faith, Hope, and Book Love on Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/FaithHopeBookLove/

 

 

Lydia by Diane Wallis Taylor–Blog Tour

Lydia-FB-cover-copy

About the Book:

Name of book: LydiaLydia-Cover-194x300
Author: Diana Wallis Taylor
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: October 3, 2017

Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter.

There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi.

Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals.
 
Click to purchase your copy.

My Review:

While this is a fictional story, it is based on the real woman in the Bible, Lydia, seller of purple. I have heard about Lydia when she is mentioned in the Bible, but we don’t know much more about her. I never thought about the facet of her being a business woman, in that day that was rare, and probably looked down on. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and it helped me have a greater appreciation for the early church. I felt like the story came to life, and I felt like I was there with Lydia seeing the world she lived in through her eyes. Things weren’t easy for Lydia, and the Lord really provided for and guided her. It is a story of a woman who learns to trust the Lord more fully, and for that the Lord richly blessed her and her household. I learned a lot from this inspiring book. I highly recommend it!

**I received this book free from the author through the Celebrate Lit Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

lydiaauthorDiana Wallis Taylor is best known for her creative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren

Blog Stops

A Bakers Perspective, October 3
Carpe Diem, October 3
Moments Dipped in Ink, October 4
Books, Books, and More Books., October 4
By The Book, October 5
A Simply Enchanted Life, October 5
Red Headed Book Lady, October 6
Blogging With Carol, October 6
A Reader’s Brain, October 7
A Greater Yes, October 7
Just the Write Escape, October 8
His Grace is Sufficient, October 8
Aryn the Libraryan, October 9
Cordially Barbara, October 9
Pursuing Stacie, October 9
The Fizzy Pop Collection, October 10
Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 10
Zerina Blossom’s Books, October 11
Mary Hake, October 11
Radiant Light, October 12
Singing Librarian Books, October 12
Lights in a Dark World, October 12
margaretkazmierczak, October 13
Pause for Tales, October 13
Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 14
Cafinated Reads, October 14
To Everything A Season, October 14
Bigreadersite, October 15
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 15
Henry Happens, October 16
For The Love of Books, October 16
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 16

Giveaway:

lydiagiveaway

In honor of her tour, Diana is giving away

Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

1st Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem pillar candle, cassia scented, commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

2nd Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem Spikenard candle tin with lid!

Click the link to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c173