Monday, December 15, 2014

Gosseberry Island By Steven Manchester

They met at the worst possible moment...or maybe it was just in time. David McClain was about to go to war and Lindsey Wood was there at his going-away party, capturing his heart when falling for a woman was the last thing on his mind. While David was serving his country, he stayed in close contact with Lindsey. But war changes a person, and when he came home very little had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty?

Gooseberry Island is the most nuanced, dramatic, and romantic novel yet from a writer whose ability to plumb the depths of human emotion knows few peers.

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Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers, Twelve Months and The Rockin' Chair. He is also the author of the award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian, as well as the critically-acclaimed novel, Pressed Pennies, A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novella), Just in Time (novella), The Thursday Night Club (novella, released November 2014) and Gooseberry Island (novel, released January 2015). His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit:

Are you all ready for a romance book that you will be thinking about long after the last page?
You are sure to love David and Lindsey's love story.
 Author Steven Manchester writes with so much heart and I love the perspective of a man when it comes to romance. 
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend it as well.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Wishing Season By Denise Hunter

Living side-by-side, a fledgling chef and a big-hearted contractor find a delicious attraction.
Trouble is, their chemistry could spoil their dreams.
Spirited PJ McKinley has the touch when it comes to food. Her dream of opening her own restaurant is just one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes it’s a contest she was meant to win.
Contractor Cole Evans is confident, professional, and swoon-worthy—but this former foster kid knows his life could have turned out very differently. When Cole discovers the contest, he believes his home for foster kids in transition has found its saving grace. All he has to do is convince the owner that an out-of-towner with a not-for-profit enterprise is good for the community.
But when the eccentric philanthropist sees PJ and Cole’s proposals, she makes an unexpected decision: the pair will share the house for a year to show what their ideas are made of. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life has turned into out-and-out competition—with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. Turns out in this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts.

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Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including "Dancing with Fireflies" and "The Convenient Groom". She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys.

You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at Denise Hunter.

I fell in love with the characters in this fantastic 5 star read. This is book number three in A Chapel Springs Romance series and it was awesome I loved the characters PJ and Cole and the story had so much heart. Very well written as with all of Denise's books.
You are going to love the story about the foster kids and the contest that takes place in this book. You will never guess the winner! You have to read the book to find out the winner of the contest.
I gave this book 5 stars two times and I have to say that I LOVED it. I highly recommend it. I can't stop thinking about the characters and the small town. This is a MUST read!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sync or Swim By Gary Chapman and Paul White

Sam, the new CEO, was ready to hit the ground running. But his team members-and Mother Nature-had other plans. An ambitious yet na├»¿½ve sheepdog is called upon to lead Monarch Enterprises-a troubled organization on a beautiful isle. Confronted with broken systems and challenging personality types, Sam must learn how to marshal his team before the imminent storm washes everything away. Along the way, he gleans valuable lessons from an unlikely mentor-a wise, old puffin.Sync or Swim is a small tale with enormous insight on ways you can empower, engage, and energize employees or volunteers facing discouragement or cynicism. It's a delightful, quick read that will:
  • teach you communication techniques that enhance teamwork and productivity;
  • bring to life the principles used by hundreds of successful organizations;
  • provide relevant, practical insights based on real-world experiences; and
  • stimulate lively and positive interaction (discussion guide included).
Sync or Swim will also help you:
  • break through apathy and cynicism to inspire teamwork;
  • empower and energize frustrated colleagues; and
  • create an engaging work environment

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I have read and got a lot from The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace By Gary Chapman and this is an easy to read fable with the same principals and  lessons you are sure to enjoy.
I would give this book to those who are in your workplace and are always negative as a Christmas gift. This is sure to help them pull it all together everyday.
It's a very fast easy read and should be read by leaders in the work place.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn media for my honest review.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

When Night Comes By Dan Walsh

Jack Turner comes back to Culpepper to give a series of lectures for his old history professor. Within days, he starts having bizarre experiences at night. Like he's traveling back in time, experiencing the epic events in his lectures firsthand. He has no control over these experiences and can't make them stop. 

Joe Boyd thought he'd left big city crime back in Pittsburgh when he took a detective job in Culpepper, Georgia, a sleepy southern college town. His peaceful life ends when two students turn up dead in two weeks. The coroner is saying natural causes, but something doesn't add up.
Rachel Cook, a teaching assistant at Culpepper, can't believe Jack is back in her life again. She's had a crush on him since she was fourteen, but Jack never knew. He instantly seems attracted to her, but she can tell...something is deeply troubling him.
Watching all this from a distance is Nigel Avery. He's certain this experiment's about to unravel. It'll be his job to tie up all the loose ends when it does.
Bestselling author Dan Walsh is known for page-turning storylines. Fans of his novels The Discovery and What Follows After will especially love...When Night Comes.

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Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 12 novels, published by Revell and Guideposts, including The Unfinished Gift, The Reunion and The Discovery. He has won 3 ACFW Carol Awards, 2 Selah Awards, and three times his novels have been named as finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year.

For those who haven't read Dan's books, reviewers often compare him to Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans. Although more recently, Dan has also started to pen suspense novels (like, What Follows After and When Night Comes). Dan has been writing fulltime since 2010. He and his wife Cindi have been married 38 years and have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. They live in the Daytona Beach area, where he grew up. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter, read his blog, or preview all his books by visiting his website at

When I was asked to read Dan Walsh's new book and review it I could not wait. He has such a way with words and he can sure tug at my heart stings. I had no idea that I was going to love his thriller as mush and his emotional reads.
This is a book with a little of everything, romance, suspense, action. It was very well written you can tell that Mr. Walsh did his homework a great deal of detail went into this book.
I have to say I enjoyed this book as much as any of Mr. Walsh's past books and I own them all.
I gave this book 5 stars and I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Married to the Military By Terry Rollins GIVEAWAY!

You've heard a lot about our brave men in uniform, but have you ever wondered about their wives? Married to the Military, Terry L. Rollins' beautifully written, powerful collection, takes you behind the scenes in the lives of ten extraordinary yet completely different military wives. Readers will laugh and cry with these women as they share their experiences navigating the ever changing waters of life in the military. Meet these wives as they deal with everything from parties, pregnancy, multiple moves, and retirement, to death, depression, and victory over demons from the past. Each of these women brings to the reader their own sense of the joys and sacrifices of being a military wife in today's world. Feel the pride, the pain, and the passion these women face as they allow readers everywhere to experience life as it is when Married to the Military.

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Dear Blog Readers,
Being a military wife for the past 29 years has been an exceptional experience.  It has pushed me to go farther and do more than I ever imagined that I could.  It has caused me to know firsthand what it means to be filled with patriotism, pride and fear, sometimes all in the same day.  It has taught me patience, resilience, and humility.  But most of all it showed me that being dedicated to one man, in support of his choice to serve the country that we both love, not only helped him and our children but made me a better wife, mother and American in the process.

For me, being a military wife means understanding that the sacrifices I am making aren't just for the good of my husband, my children or even myself, but for the greater good of our country, for our freedoms and our future as a nation.

Every military family is a small part of the fabric of what makes our country great.  I wrote this book and created these women in the hopes that anyone who reads it will come away with a greater appreciation for the incredibly important contribution military wives make every day, in a million different ways, in places all around the world.

May God Bless you and your family, our brave men and women in uniform, their families, our nation and all of us who continue to be... married to the military.

                                                                                           Terry L. Rollins

Married to the Military is ten short stories about Military wives and the lives they live. It takes us into a look behind the brave men that fight for us daily to the women they sometimes leave behind.
The story are well written. If you know someone in the military  this would make a good gift.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Path Made Plain By Lynette Sowell

Betsy Yoder lives with her great aunt in Sarasota’s Pinecraft neighborhood, far from her family in Ohio. Heartbroken by a man who left her—and the Order—to marry someone else, Betsy instead pours her time and energy into her bakery, offering the village of Pinecraft delicious desserts from her Amish heritage, and is content in her hard-working yet peaceful life.

Enter the formerly Amish Thaddeus Zook, a pastry chef who has moved to Pinecraft after working in restaurants among the Englisch. While Betsy nurses a hesitant heart, Thaddeus shows a similar hesitancy about rejoining an Amish community. Though neither can deny the attraction between them, Thaddeus is hiding a past that could threaten their future together. Betsy has lost one love already; dare she risk loving another who has adopt Englisch ways? Or will Thad listen to the call of the open road and move on again . . . without the love of his life?

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Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of twenty titles for Barbour, Heartsong Presents, and Abingdon Press. Her work has finaled and won ACFW's Carol Award and has appeared on the ECPA best-seller list. When Lynette's not writing, she spends her time chasing down news stories for her local newspaper. Lynette was born in Massachusetts, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband, C.J., a zany Aussie-blue heeler mix, and a duo of cats who have them well-trained. She loves reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a Texas road trip.
You can find Lynette at her Facebook author page:

Amish romance with a touch of suspense, what more could we ask for!
This is book number two in the Seasons of Pinecraft series and it was fantastic.
I was captivated from the first chapter to the last. Lynette has the readers on the edge of their seats and the way she portrays the Amish community is like no other.
I was pulling for Betsy and Thad until the very end. I loved the pie eating contest and all of the attention to detail.
This is not a book or author to be missed. This would make a fantastic Christmas gift for the reader on your list!
I have to say this is a 5 star book and I highly recommend this read.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

From This Day Forward By Craig & Amy Groeschel

The choices you make each and every day determine not only your relationship with God but also the quality of your marriage. The decisions you make today will determine the marriage you will have tomorrow.
In From This Day Forward, you will discover five commitments that will absolutely fail-proof your marriage:
1Seek God.
2.Fight fair.
3.Have fun.
4.Stay pure, and
5.Never give up.
If you and your spouse will earnestly commit to do all five of these things, you’ll discover a richer, deeper, more authentic relationship and a more rewarding, more passionate love life.
Don’t be a statistic. Don’t be average. Let’s get you the marriage you’ve always wanted.
Starting right now—from this day forward.

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New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of, a pacesetting multicampus church and creators of the popular and free YouVersion Bible App. He is the author of several books, including Fight, Altar Ego, Soul Detox, Weird, The Christian Atheist, and It. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Amy Groeschel is a home educating mom and leads’s women’s ministry. She is also the founder of Branch15, a nonprofit housing ministry that helps marginalized women and has co-authored SOAR, a Bible study for women.

This was by far the best book for married couples and those seeking to get married. The whole book is chock-full of Godly advice and wonderful stories. I myself loved the pancake story. You will have to pick up a copy to read all about the pancake story.
Craig gives a male and pastor point of view and Amy gives the female point of view. It's the perfect gift for couples about to get married as well as couple that are married and feel like they are sinking and want out of the marriage. I think if we all followed this advice the divorce rate would go down a lot.
I have to say I plan on getting married in 2016 and I will be keeping a copy of this book on my personal book shelf to read at least once a year From This Day Forward.
I gave this book five stars two times and I highly recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.