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Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery–Book Review

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Book Blurb

A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.
Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.
Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

My Review

When Brooke Endress agreed to go on a mission trip to El Salvador with her sister, she was not exactly thrilled about it. Little did she know how much that mission trip would change her life. Throughout their trip, she found herself falling in love with the orphans and street children, as well as a certain translator, Ubaldo. When she gets home she struggles with her desire to become a news anchor and her strong desire to return to El Salvador. Is this truly what God wants for her life, or is it just a passing feeling?

I am so glad I got a chance to read this book. It was wonderful. I fell in love with Brooke and Ubaldo, and it gave me a glimpse into some of the struggles that children in other countries have to face. I could relate to how Brooke would fall in love with the orphans at the orphanage, and how she wanted to help, but wasn’t quite sure what that help looked like for her. It was beautifully written, and again very relatable, I believe everyone that reads this book will agree. I love how the love of God, and His plan for each person is shown in this story. It is a romance, so if you love romance novels, you need to read this one! I highly, highly recommend it!

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

**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.

 

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For No Apparent Reason by S. K. Derban–Book Review

for no apparent reasonMy Review

Since she’s been focused on law school, Madison really hasn’t had a lot of time for romance. However, when she finds a returned package on the porch of a man accused of killing his wife, her curiosity is piqued. She takes the package, and finds herself compelled to return it to the rightful owner and prove the innocence of Samuel Livingston. Unknowingly, she has caught the eye of FBI Agent Court Braxton in more than one way. From the moment they met, there seemed to be sparks. Will those sparks turn into more? And more importantly, will they be able to prove Livingston’s innocence before it’s too late?

Full of suspense and romance, this book was amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters were very relatable, and you will fall in love with each one. I felt as if I was there with the characters as they investigated the case, and I felt their frustrations right along with them. I did not want to put it down. I wanted to know if they’d solve the case, and most importantly what happened to Madison and Court? So if I’ve got your attention, and you want to find out….go, go get your copy now! You won’t be disappointed!

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

skderbanAbout the Author

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, S.K. Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries. 

Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe.  S.K. Derban has smuggled Bibles into China on five separate occasions, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips.  When writing, she relies on all aspects of her life, from a strong faith in the Lord, to her unique combination of professional experience.  The many personal adventures of S.K. Derban are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters.

The Memory of You by Catherine West–Book Review

 

After thirteen years, Natalie Mitchell is faced with going back to the place where her sister’s tragic death happened, a place she’s avoided since. She is forced to face her past as her father instructs her to check on the status of her grandfather’s winery and possibly shut it down. When she arrives, her childhood friend, Tanner Collins, is anything but happy to see her. As they are forced to work together, they find they both have secrets in their pasts. Will she be able to face her past and move on with her life, or will it haunt her forever? Will she be able to save the winery or will she blindly obey her father’s wishes as she’s always done?

 

Beautifully written, you will not want to put this book down. I loved this book, I loved how the characters were flawed and very well developed. Their struggles are struggles that many people can relate to. I love how West shows how they learn to trust God as they work through their problems. To trust that God makes no mistakes and He has a plan in everything, no matter how horrible it looks to us. I highly recommend this book, go grab yours today!

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

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!

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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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!

Make sure to get your copy here: http://amzn.to/2iO6UG5.

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