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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/
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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.

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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/

 

 

God Gave Us Family by Lisa Tawn Bergren–Book Review

 

A family of foxes are on their way to a family reunion. Their little fox has all sorts of questions about family. While on their trip, the fox family discusses each family and how each family is different, but God gave each person the perfect family for that specific person.

 

I love these books. I love how the author explains how God gave each person the family that was perfect for them, not just immediate family, but also extended family. I love how at the beginning the little fox is not happy with his family, and finds some of his cousins annoying, but by the end, he realizes he would not change his family for anything. It is beautifully illustrated, and I know my kids are going to enjoy it. If you haven’t read any of these books by Lisa Tawn Bergren, I highly recommend them, every one I’ve read has been excellent!

**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.

Lydia by Diane Wallis Taylor–Blog Tour

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About the Book:

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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.
 
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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:

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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

Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth

Do you find yourself worrying over ever little thing? Do you trust God? I mean really trust Him? As Christians, we know that there is power in God’s Word, and there is power in prayer, but how often we fall into just a routine of prayer or reading the Bible without actually taking in what we’re reading. You know, “Lord, bless so and so.” Or you read a passage of Scripture in the morning just to mark it off your to do list, and later on you can’t remember what you read at all. I’ve been guilty of this, but what if we actually took in what we read, really prayed with power, really applied the Bible to our lives? How different we would be! My mom has told me about how amazing Psalm 91 is, and how she prays it over our family, how she prays it and claims it when she’s nervous or afraid of something. She let me borrow this book on Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth, and it changed me. The Bible says in Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” After reading this book, and seeing testimony after testimony of those who have prayed this Psalm and applied it’s many promises of protection to their own lives and the lives of their family and friends, I was moved. I asked myself, do I have that kind of faith? Why do I worry so much about things I have no control over? God has promised to protect me and my family, I just need to trust Him! I have begun to pray this Psalm every time I start to worry or fret, I have begun claiming its promises of protection over me and my family. I highly recommend this book, and this Psalm for each and every Christian! Let me tell you, there was a specific instance where my husband was going to be gone over night, and my mind started making up things that could happen, like what if someone approaches him and hurts him? What if something bad happens? I couldn’t sleep because these what-ifs kept coming to my mind. I decided that I would get my Bible out, pray Psalm 91 over my husband and go to sleep. When I finished praying and giving my husband and his safety over to God, I had a peace, and I went right to sleep. As a mother, I worry about my children as well, especially in this crazy world we live in. It’s an encouragement, and it gives me peace to claim these promises straight from God. Take the time to read Psalm 91, and get your copy of this book today, such an encouragement and a great resource!

 

Psalm 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

One Christmas Bear by Anne Vittur Kennedy–Book Review

This beautifully illustrated children’s book features an adorable polar bear, the Christmas bear, and his friends as they play in the snow on Christmas Day. It’s perfect for small children learning how to count. Every time you turn the page, there’s a new number of friends joining in the games, or some aspect of Christmas like candy canes or stockings. I love this book and can’t wait to give it to my girls for Christmas! It’s cute; it has beautiful pictures that children will love! It teaches counting, it shows friends having fun, and best of all it fun to read! I highly recommend this book for your kids! It would be a perfect Christmas gift for that special kid in your life. Grab yours, available October 3!

 

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

Under Fire by Linda Shenton Matchett–Blog Tour

About the Book

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Book title: Under Fire

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Release date: July 25, 2017

Genre: Mystery

Journalist Ruth Brown’s sister Jane is pronounced dead after a boating accident in April 1942. Because Jane’s body is missing, Ruth is convinced her sister is still alive. During her investigation, Ruth becomes suspicious about Jane’s job. Eventually Ruth follows clues to war-torn London. By the time she uncovers the truth about Jane’s disappearance, she has stumbled on black marketers, resistance fighters and the IRA – all of whom may want her dead.

My Review

Absolutely fabulous! This book sucked me right in. From the very beginning, I was drawn into the story. The characters were very well developed, and I quickly fell in love with Ruth and her passion to find out what happened to her sister. I couldn’t put the book down. I wondered, what’s going to happen next. Each new character she met, I wondered are they really her friend, or are they in on what happened to her sister, Jane? I found myself frequently telling myself, well just one more chapter, and then another and another. I have always been interested in World War II, which is the time period this book is set in. It gave me a different perspective of the war; it was as if you were with Ruth traveling through London and seeing the aftermath and destruction of the War through her reporter eyes.  In short, if you like a good mystery/suspense, READ this! I look forward to reading the rest of this trilogy and more books by Matchett!

 

**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.

 

About the Author

linda-eLinda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. She is author of several romance novellas and novelettes. Under Fire, the first in her trilogy about amateur sleuth/war correspondent Ruth Brown, has just been released by eLectio Publishing (electiopublishing.com).

 

Guest Post from Linda Shenton Matchett

Writers are often asked where they get ideas for their stories. Many authors start with a “what if” scenario (e.g. what if the fate of a world lies in the hands of a young man who must return a ring of great power to its place of origin: The Lord of the Rings). Other authors find inspiration in news articles (Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express). I begin my stories by creating the main character.

As a former Human Resources professional, I am fascinated by the history of women’s employment and enjoy reading about those who trail blazed in industries and positions formerly dominated by men. When I was trying to decide what my protagonist should do for a living, I knew she needed a job that allowed her freedom of movement, but nothing seemed to fit until I saw a museum exhibit about women war correspondents. Of the 1,600 journalists who received government accreditation, only 127 were female.

In order to get a sense of what these women experienced (derision, hostility, sexual harassment, and more) I read their memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, and articles. As an accredited correspondent they were supposed to received meals, transport to the front, and transmission of their articles. Many military officers refused to take the women into combat zones, so they had to get there any way they could, such as Martha Gellhorn who stowed away on a hospital ship and hid in the head to reach Normandy and cover D-day. It is my hope that Under Fire honors these brave and tenacious women in some small way.

Blog Spots

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A Reader’s Brain, September 18

Bigreadersite, September 18

Blossoms and Blessings, September 19

The Fizzy Pop Collection, September 19

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Back Porch Reads, September 20

A Baker’s Perspective, September 21

Just the Write Escape, September 21

Pause for Tales , September 22

Have A Wonderful Day, September 22

Lights in a Dark World , September 23

Connie’s History Classroom , September 23

Karen Sue Hadley, September 24

Vicky Sluiter, September 25

Daysong Reflections , September 25

Mary Hake, September 26

Ashley’s Bookshelf September 26

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 27

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize consisting of:
copy of the book, Box of English Tea, Typewriter notepad, and Rosie the Riveter socks!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c221