Monday, March 14, 2022
It was an entertaining book that had some great characters. Brynna was the main character. She was a teacher who was just trying to get over a bad divorce.
Jan, an acquaintance from the school Brynna works, talked her into taking a camping trip through the Sonoma Wine Country. Brynna was not particularly close to Jan before this adventure. But with Jan's encouragement, Brynna was on the road to discovery. She never imagined that she would be working at a vineyard owned by someone in her past. Is this a coincidence or did GOD have a plan?
Have you ever wondered what happened to an earlier love? Did you have a chance to reconnect? Brynna and Leroy are given a rare opportunity to rewrite their futures.
I received this book from Revell to review.
Friday, March 11, 2022
Alexandra knew she had to run to escape from Franklin's demands. The obvious choice was to run to the man she thought she could trust: her father.
Alexandra was raised to follow directions. Be a lady. But in order to survive she had to be brave and do the unimaginable.
Alexandra not only found herself on this journey. She found love. She found her family.
I received this ebook from Revell to review.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of Out of the Embers and Dreams Rekindled, as well as the Cimarron Creek Trilogy and the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds series. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Ivy just barely survived a difficult childhood. She attempted to put her heartache behind her. Ivy could never forget Gil. He was always there. She never expected to see him again after all these years.
What an exciting storyline! Ivy was extremely lucky to have Gil and his friends to protect her and keep her safe. She sure needed them. But she was one tough lady herself!
I really enjoyed the book. It was fast paced and never dull. The characters showed vulnerability as well as their strengths. I got lost in the story.
I received this ebook to review from Revell.
Lynn H. Blackburn
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Night Songs Epic Book Launch
About the Book
Book: Night Songs
Author: Jennifer Sienes
Genre: Women’s Christian Fiction/ Romance
Release date: April 12, 2022
What’s a girl to do when her life sounds ripped from the lyrics of a country music song?
Charlotte Van Cleave’s hissy-fit reaction to her husband’s infidelity sours her world like a pot of boiled chitlins. She’s left with no husband, no job, and no home—well, besides the dilapidated farmhouse inherited from her nana.
But Charlie learned early that southern girls dig deep when things go sideways. She’d climbed out of the mire when her missionary parents were killed in Congo, endured two late-term miscarriages, and survived the death of her nana and papaw. Too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash, Charlie follows a new path with her interior design skills.
Derek Daniels spent his life serving his country until a helicopter accident ended his military career. Now back home on the family farm, he’s stuck between his philandering brother, Nicky, and the only girl he’s ever loved—sweet Charlie Van Cleave. Unwilling to cross a line, he vows to keep his feelings to himself. Easier said than done when Charlie discovers a mystery surrounding her parents’ death and asks him to help investigate.
What’ll Charlie and Derek have to do to turn those lyrics into a country hit?
I mean, a dog didn’t generally wag its tail if it had nefarious intentions, did it? Still, when it plopped on its hindquarters in front of me and gave me a pitiful gaze, I wasn’t moved.
“Go home.” I waved a hand in the general direction of anywhere but here, hoping he knew where home was. “Go on, now.” As if it could be that easy.
Ignore him. The more attention he got, the longer he’d hang about. I continued down the path, patchy grass tickling my bare ankles, and pulled the key from the front pocket of my jean shorts. My heart about thumped out of my chest when something thicker than cudweed brushed my bare leg, and I jumped aside to find the dog only inches from me. Well, heck. He’d get the message sooner or later—or die from starvation and thirst. Despite myself, I sighed. Even in my pathetic state, I wasn’t cold-hearted enough to let that happen.
“Let’s see if we can find you some water.” We moved up the steps in tandem as if we’d been doing it forever. I laid a hand against the royal-blue double doors, faded with time and years of early morning sun.
Excerpt One: https://travelerswife4life.com/night-songs/
Excerpt Five: http://montanamade.weebly.com/tell-tale-book-reviews/celebrate-lit-epic-book-launch-night-songs-by-jennifer-sienes
Excerpt Seven: https://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2022/03/07/night-songs-by-jennifer-sienes-epic-book-launch/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing—and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies including several in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.
Sunday, February 27, 2022
I have been listening to this audio book for awhile now. Bit by bit. I was taken back by the horror this family and others endured.
My Mother lived in England during the war. She had stories of air raid shelters, bombings and rationing. We are so very fortunate to live today here in the United States.
It was difficult to listen to at times. I didn't have much hope for this family to survive.
I received this audio book from Net Galley to review.
Diney Costeloe is the daughter of a London publisher and has been surrounded by books all her life. Encouraged by her father, she has always written stories and poems. When she left school she trained as a primary school teacher, and taught in the East End of London and in Somerset. She has three children and seven grandchildren, so is always busy with the family, and she and her husband share their time between Somerset and West Cork.
Friday, February 25, 2022
Reading one of Wanda's books is like going home. I know what to expect when I open up her books. I'm promised a clean and family oriented story. Her characters are like family. I know that I won't get much sleep as one page turns into other as I can't stop reading.
This book introduces us to Paul and Lisa. Their friendship starts off slowly. Lisa keeps a protective shell around her to keep her safe. Her fear prevents her from living the life God wants her to have. Does Paul and Lisa even have a chance?
Orley and Lois own an antique shop in Walnut Creek. Their wisdom and love of GOD inspires others. Paul and Lisa meet the couple and are blessed by their love and concern.
I received this book from Wanda's Clippity Clop Club to give a review.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. - Psalm 16:11
Wanda E. Brunstetter
Wanda E. Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, CBA, and ECPA. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.
All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) - "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."
I always take an interest in books centered around historical moments in time. This story takes me to WW II and the women who served in WASP. Each character in this story was so interesting to get to know..
Peggy was one strong woman. She really had it all together. Her bravery was pretty amazing to read about. She did what most men and women could not do or even think about doing..
What is the bravest thing you did? I can't think of anything that compares with what happened in this book.
I enjoyed the interaction between the women and their bond to each other. It was frustrating to read how they had to prove their worth to the men in the military almost on a daily basis. But they sure did that and more!
I received this ebook from Celebrate Lit to review.
Friday, February 18, 2022
A story of hope and heartbreak. Anna Beth's parents had dreams of a better life for their family in Harlan, Kentucky. So they left everything they owned to search for their dreams.
This is the American story. So many families came to America for a better life. My maternal grandparents immigrated to Michigan from England in the 1950s for a better life. They sold everything they owned and came here to start a new life. My mother at age 15 didn't know what to expect. She had to learn new ways of doing things. Fortunately, she was British so she could understand most of what was being said around her. She shared with me stories of what it was like and the hardships they encountered. It made me think of Anna Beth's family.
Anna Beth's story could have ended tragically. By the Grace of GOD, she had the strength to survive.
I loved Mr. Jingle's character. He was a friend that Anna Beth could trust and depend on. It was unexpected how important his role was in her life. His positive encouragement changed her life.
I received this ebook to review from Celebrate Lit.
About the Book
Book: When Dignity Came to Harlan
Author: Rebecca Duvall Scott
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release date: January 17, 2021
I made up my mind right then and there that I would just have to wade into this move like wading into a pond or lake I’d never seen before – slow and steady, feeling around for my footing and trying to avoid the sharp edges at the bottom that you never see coming.
News of what really happened to me – to us – spread through town like wildfire. It caught from one dry gossip tree to another and burned them to the ground with shame.
“Y’can do this, child – show ’em why I call y’Dignity,” my old friend winked at me.
Skillfully written and sure to draw you in to its pages, When Dignity Came to Harlan is set in the early 1900s and follows twelve-year-old Anna Beth Atwood as she leaves Missouri with her family dreaming of a better life in the coal-rich mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky. Anna Beth’s parents lose everything on the trip, however, and upon asking strangers to take their girls in until they get on their feet, Anna Beth and her baby sister are dropped into the home of Jack and Grace Grainger – who have plenty of problems of their own. Anna Beth suffers several hardships during her time in Harlan, and if it wasn’t for her humble and wise old friend who peddles his wisdom along with his wares, all would be lost.
Based on a true family history, this is a story of heartbreak and hope, challenges and perseverance, good and evil, justice and merciful redemption. It exemplifies the human experience in all its many facets and shows what it means to have real grit.
Take the journey with us and see how, with the unseen hand of God, one girl changed the heart and soul of an entire town.
Click here to get your copy!
About the Author
Rebecca Duvall Scott is an award-winning author with titles holding #1 bestseller within her publishing companies long after release. Her first work was self-help memoir, Sensational Kids, Sensational Families: Hope for Sensory Processing Differences, which she wrote in the years following her son’s sensory processing disorder diagnosis and their family’s successful treatment plan. While her special-needs advocacy helping parents, teachers, and professionals better understand individuals with SPD has a large part of her heart, her roots have always been in historical fiction. Her long-awaited Christian historical fiction novel, When Dignity Came to Harlan, was based on her great-grandmother’s childhood, and Teaching Dignity continues the tender and heroic story. She looks forward to writing more in both the Dignity and Sensational Kids series.
In addition to writing, Rebecca enjoys family, church, educating her children at home, painting, and directing a local homeschool cooperative organization where she works hard to accommodate all special needs.
More from Rebecca
From the time I was a little girl, my grandmother would gather me around her kitchen table – usually with homemade peach pies – and tell me stories of our forebears. I found the experiences of those who came before me to be both tragic and joyful, but most of all I found them worthy of being told and never forgotten. When I was 16, I started taking notes on everything my grandmother could remember about her mother (one of the humblest and most heroic of my ancestors) and as a senior in college, I turned in the first 70 pages of the manuscript based on her childhood, When Dignity Came to Harlan. I’ll never forget how on graduation day, my creative writing teacher shook my hand and said, “Rebecca, please finish the story.” It took years to finish my debut novel… I think because I had to grow up and develop a deep enough emotional well to do it justice… but finish the story I did. Little did I know, however, this bestselling and award-winning book, the one I was always meant to write, would be the starter of a new, yet powerfully old-fashioned, Christian historical fiction series!
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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 13
Inklings and notions, February 14
Texas Book-aholic, February 15
Locks, Hooks and Books, February 16
For Him and My Family, February 17
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, February 18
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 18
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 19 (Spotlight)
Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 19
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 20
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 21
Connie’s History Classroom, February 22
Lots of Helpers, February 23
Elly Gilbert, February 23
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 24
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 25
To celebrate her tour, Rebecca is giving away the grand prize package of signed copies of When Dignity Came to Harlan and Teaching Dignity, a handmade ornament, and popular early 1900s candy!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Lucie lived in Paris most of her life. It was the place she called home. She might have been born in America but she was loyal to her adopted country until she found herself in danger. And then she had to make a decision.
Paul was an American businessman who was running a company in Paris. Was he a German sympathizer? Lucie struggled with her feelings for Paul. She was confused. Who was he?
A very intense story that is based in a historical period of time that we should never forget. How could this really have happened? It did. Will Lucie and Paul survive? Could they even have a future together?
This was a page turner. I am always impressed by Sarah Sundin's research. I enjoy her books.
I received this book from Revell Books to review.
A mother of three, Sundin lives in California and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups. Sarah serves as Co-Director for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference.
Sunday, February 13, 2022
I am a mixture of Scottish, Irish and British ancestry. I can tell the difference in their accents and their particular slang. They are separate countries that are part of the United Kingdom. This story is about the differences and their similarities.
It is a book of the have and the have nots. The issue is what do they really have. Stephen and his friends and family have each other to rely on and to assist in times of need. Lady Annabeth and her family had no one to turn to when disaster struck the Manor. But the citizens of Galway were there to help.
Will Annabeth receive the love, loyalty and friendship she so desires?
I enjoyed this story. I loved the location in Ireland. It does make you want to go there and have a pint at the local pub. Maybe there will be a band and a good singalong as well.
I received this book from Revell to give a review.
is the author of A Dance in Donegal. Her work has appeared on (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic magazine, and in other publications. With firsthand immersive experience abroad, Jennifer writes stories that help redefine home through the lens of culture, history, and family. After nearly a decade of living in Ireland and Austria, she now lives in Arizona with her husband and their three children. You can find her online at www.jenniferdeibel.com.
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Life was going great. Annabelle loved her home and especially loved the woman who took her in all those years ago. Annabelle had no worries. Mum tried to prepare her for the future but Annabelle wouldn't listen. And now she found herself in trouble!!
I loved the book. This is my first by Annemarie Brear. I enjoyed all of the characters in the book. I especially liked Nellie. She had a heart of gold. Annabelle learned that her "normal" was not everyone else's normal. She was learning survival skills by Nellie and by Nellie's children.
The title mentions the peacock shawl. A shawl is a wrap to keep you warm or protected (a cover). The spiritual meaning of a peacock feather is a symbol of peace. I took this symbolism of Annabelle and the infant were wrapped in GOD's love and peace. It took awhile for Annabelle to realize this and make the difficult decision she needed to make.
As you read this story, you can assume it was going to turn out one way. It had some twists and turns in the story line that surprises you.
#BookandTonic. #The Orphan in the Peacock Shawl
Yorkshire Dales 1850
As a terrible storm rages, Annabelle Wallis is shocked to find a distressed young woman at her cottage door, heavy with child. Moments later a baby girl is born. But by dawn, the mother has vanished, leaving behind the helpless child wrapped only in a silk peacock shawl.When news spreads that Lady Eliza Hartley, sister to wealthy estate owner, John Hartley, has been found dead, Annabelle realises the terrible secret she has stumbled on. Terrified she’ll be blamed for Eliza’s death, Annabelle flees to the filthy slums of York, where she plans to raise the precious orphan as her own.The cobbled streets of York’s slums are no place for a young woman like Annabelle or a Hartley babe and John Hartley is determined to bring them both home. But Annabelle proves impossible to find.Annabelle can’t hide forever from the wealthy Hartley family, but can she ever give up the baby she loves?
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Author Bio –
AnneMarie Brear is the bestselling historical fiction writer of over twenty novels. She lives in the Southern Highlands in NSW, and has spent many years visiting and working in the UK. Her books are mainly set in Yorkshire, from where her family hails, and Australia, between the nineteenth century and WWI.
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Bookbub profile https://www.bookbub.com/authors/annemarie-brear
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