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Still Life by Dani Pettrey–Book Review

 

When Avery Tate decides to go to her first gallery opening since being ousted by the photography community, it was only to support her friend, Skylar. However, she soon finds herself thrown into the midst of an investigation to find her friend, Skylar, who is no where to be found, and one of the photographer’s photos had been replaced with an eerie photo of her posing as if she’s dead. As Avery and her friends begin to dig into the case to find her friend, things quickly turn and they find themselves in some very precarious situations. Will they find Skylar? Will they be able to find who photographed her and catch him? Are they too late?

Pettrey will keep you intrigued until the very end. You’ll be guessing the entire time! I was enthralled from the very beginning, and couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t figure out who did it until the very end. This story was very well written. I felt like I was right there with them as they were investigating, finding leads, and falling in love. If you like suspense and a splash of romance, this is a great book for you. While this is the second book in the series, I feel as though it can stand alone because I didn’t feel like I was missing anything too crucial (I haven’t read the first one yet, but now I want to.) So go grab your copy today, you won’t regret it!

**I received this book 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.

 

 

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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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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!

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Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter–Book Review

When Paige Warren’s best friend, Riley Callahan, comes back from Afghanistan as an amputee, she steps up to help her friend out and to help him through his recovery. What Paige doesn’t know is how Riley really feels for her. As her feelings begin to change, she begins to worry what it will do to their friendship. As Riley struggles to adjust he has all but given up on love, but can he suppress his feelings and stand the thought of Paige with another man? Will they be able to have their happily ever after?

After reading the Goodbye Bride, I was excited to read this next book. Although it is the next book in the series, it is written to stand alone, so while there are references to the other book, you won’t be missing anything important if you haven’t read the others in the series. As usual, the book was beautifully written. I finished in just a few days. I couldn’t make myself put it down! I wanted to find out what was going to happen to Paige and Riley. The characters were very well developed and were very relatable. I loved Paige’s character. I love how it shows how she came from such a rough past and  has turned out to be a wonderful woman because of God. I highly recommend this book!

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A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck–Book Review

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My Review

Avery Truitt fell in love with Prince Colin the first time she met him, but then he stood her up and she’s spent the last 5 years trying to get over him. Now she’s going to be spending Christmas with her sister and her brother-in-law the king of Brighton, and she knows she’s going to come face-to-face with him. Will she be able to keep Colin in the past? or will their love be rekindled?

This was a spectacular read. I have only read a few of Rachel Hauck’s books, but I can say she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! This is the 4th installment in the Royal Wedding Series, and even though I have not read any of the other books in the series, I feel like it could stand alone. It’s set at Christmas, which in my opinion adds its own romance! It was beautifully written, and the characters were very well developed. It is the perfect fairy tale with God at the center of it, which I really appreciated. If you enjoy romance and Christmas, this is the perfect book for you!

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

About the book

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Genre: Christian Romance/Christmas

Release Date: October 18, 2016

Book Format: Paperback & Ebook

Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?

College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.

Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.

When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.

Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?

In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.

About the Author

rachel-hauck-hr-1Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and award-winning author.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.

She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Guest Post from Rachel Hauck

I don’t think we can ever get enough of royals or Christmas, do you? The two just seem to go together.

The Bible tells us eternity is written on our hearts. (Ecc. 3:11) I wonder if it’s also written on our hearts to be princesses in a grand, beautiful, perfect kingdom.

That being said, welcome to The Royal Christmas Wedding blog tour. My deepest thanks to all the bloggers, reviewers, and readers for hosting and visiting this tour. I’m excited to share this story with you all.

The hero and heroine, Prince Colin and Avery Truitt, first met in Once Upon A Prince at King Nathaniel’s coronation.

I hadn’t planned to write a spinoff story with the two of them. In fact, I didn’t even know Prince Colin existed until Avery walked into the abbey for the coronation and glanced across the sanctuary into his eyes.

Here’s his introduction:

Lean, aristocratic with an outdoorsman ruddiness, he nearly made Susanna swoon when he winked at Avery.

I liked Colin immediately. So did Avery. As well as a lot of you.

When my publisher asked me to write their story, it would be two years before the book would release. Plenty of time, right?

But “time crunch” is the name of the game with most writers. Between life, rewrites, edits, and promotional activity, we often find ourselves hurrying toward a deadline. Well, at least I do.

In the fall of 2015 I was writing The Wedding Shop and A Royal Christmas Wedding at the same time.

I’d also dealt with a physical issue that left me shaky. Could I write two books in five months? Did I want to even make the attempt?

If I said no, publication dates would be pushed out, causing a year delay on A Royal Christmas Wedding. And I knew that was something I did not want to do.

Publishing is a long game. Books are contracted and due 12 to 18, even 24 months, before release dates. Time must be carved out for rewrites and editing, marketing and promotion. Review copies go out at least five months in advance.

So I agreed to write both books. I told my editor, “Diamonds come from pressure.”

Coming up with Avery and Prince Colin’s story wasn’t as easy as I’d planned. Since they met in Once Upon A Prince as teenagers, I struggled with how to advance their age and relationship, and how to present them as the book opened.

Where had their relationship gone “between the books?”

When I came up with the idea of the Pembroke Chapel bell, the story magic began to happen. One of the things I love in the royal wedding books is the fairytale aspect. Looking for something out of the ordinary.

Even though my writing time was tight, writing Avery and Colin’s story was a joy. Once again I wish I could visit Brighton, eat a puff, and royal watch for the Strattons!

I hope you found a few sweet spots in the story, all wrapped in Christmas holiday cheer, and enjoyed your time with me in Brighton Kingdom.

Merry Christmas!

Blog Stops

December 8: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

December 8: New Horizon Reviews

December 8: inklings and notions

December 9: Reading Is My SuperPower

December 9: Redeemed Hope Dweller

December 9: Book by Book

December 10: His Grace is Sufficient

December 10: Blossoms and Blessings

December 10: Pause for Tales

December 11: Quiet Quilter

December 11: Ashley’s Bookshelf

December 11: Reviewing Novels Online

December 12: Bibliophile Reviews

December 12: Lights in a Dark World

December 12: Splashes of Joy

December 13: Moments Dipped in Ink

December 13: Neverending Stories

December 13: Through the Open Window

December 14: The Power of Words

December 14: Counting Pinecones

December 14: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

December 15: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

December 15: Genesis 5020

December 15: CTF Devourer

December 16: Lighthouse Academy

December 16: God’s Little Bookworm

December 16: Christian Bookaholic

December 17: Smiling Book Reviews

December 17: God is Love

December 17: A Simple Life, really?!

December 18: A Holland Reads

December 18: The Scribbler

December 18: Faith * Love * Books

December 19: By The Book

December 19: Karen Sue Hadley

December 19: Southern Chelle

December 20: Faithfully Bookish

December 20: Books. Books. And More Books

December 20: A Baker’s Perspective

December 21: ASC Book Reviews

December 21: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Giveaway

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The Things We Knew by Catherine West–Book Review

27840648Lynette Carlisle is struggling to take care of her father whose health is failing and make enough money to keep them afloat. When she goes to the bank for help, she finds her old friend Luke Cooper and is distraught by the news he gives her. When her siblings come home to help and discuss their options tensions run high, because most of them blame their father for their mother’s death. In the meantime, old feelings are surfacing in her heart and she is increasingly falling in love with Luke, but will old secrets ruin their budding relationship and possibly tear his family apart? Can they work together to save her family home?

I really enjoyed this book! The characters and storyline were very well-developed. I found myself so drawn into the story I could empathize with the characters. I could see the story in my mind as I was reading. I don’t know if you would call this a suspense or mystery, but there is some mystery in that Lynette is trying to remember her past, and has mysterious dreams se can’t explain as she’s trying to remember the past she forgot. Overall, this was an awesome book, and I highly recommend it.

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**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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Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble–Book Review

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Mallory’s father’s last words to her on the phone were “Find…mother,” but her mother died 15 years ago. The sheriff believes it was an accident, but Mallory and her friend, game warden Kevin O’Connor, believe otherwise. As they begin to search for answers and threats to Mallory’s own life emerge, they are forced to deal with their past. Can they move past their past and work together to find out the truth about her father’s death?

This book captivates you from the very first chapter. The characters were very well developed, and it felt like you could really relate to them. I felt drawn into the story, like I was searching with them. I love the unexpected little twists that are thrown into the book. This is the second in the Sunset Cove Series, but you can read it as a stand alone novel. I haven’t yet read the first one and I didn’t feel as though I was missing anything. That being said, I need to go find the first one because I can’t wait to read the whole series!

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