Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Dandelion Field By Kathryn Springer

This handsome firefighter makes a living coming to the rescue, but Gin doesn't need a man to fight her battles. After Raine s dad walked out, Ginevieve Lightly never lived in one place too long, a rambling lifestyle that defined her daughter s youth. When their car dies in Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin promises Raine they can stay until she finishes her senior year of high school. Gin will do anything to make sure her daughter has a bright future . . . a future that s compromised when Raine reveals she s pregnant. Dan Moretti has only ever called Banister Falls home. After losing his best friend in a tragic accident, Dan devoted himself to responding to fires, rescuing the helpless, and guiding Cody Bennett, his best friend's son, through life. With Cody being the epitome of the good kid, it was an easy job. Until he says four little words: The baby is mine. Knowing gossip of Raine's pregnancy will erupt sooner or later in the small town, Gin's reflex is to grab the suitcase and escape to a new city, a new life. But with each passing day, Gin's feet stay rooted in Banister Falls, and she falls a little more for this local firefighter who shows her not all men abandon women at the first sign of smoke. As Gin and Dan do the best they can to guide the two teenagers through their early entry into adulthood, they discover together that romance can bloom in the rockiest of situations. And God can turn the pieces of a broken past into a beautiful new beginning.

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is a full-time writer and the award-winning author ofFront Porch Princess. She won the ACFW 2009 Book of the Year award forFamily Treasures. Her most recent book,The Soldier's Newfound Family, hit the New York Times best-seller list in November 2012.
Kathryn grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother's typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books-which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written 19 books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.
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I loved this book so much! I can't wait for Kathryn's next book. She's a very talented writer.
The characters are so well rounded and authentic the setting was great as well.
You are going to LOVE Gin and Dan and I really enjoyed the ending of this book. It did not disappoint me at all. From beginning to end. I never put it down once I started reading it. The story of family and faith and the desperate struggle to hang on to it was so worth my time.
I gave this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I Choose You Today By Deb DeArmond

Married for nearly 38 years, author Deborah DeArmond and her husband have made the spoken declaration, “I choose you today” a regular part of their communication. It’s when we least feel like saying it that we need to remind ourselves that love is a choice, not a feeling. I Choose You Today features 31 scriptural principles that support marriage and help couples develop healthy biblically based behavior.
Built on an introductory anecdotal story, each chapter has an inspirational takeaway of not only what to do, but how to begin applying the principles immediately. Thought provoking questions create talking points for couples to explore their own choices and experiences in each area serve to generate open dialogue of discovery. I Choose You Today is not a book of "shoulds," but one of clearly identified choices that each individual can make to grow their marriage and align it with the word of God. Every saying ends with a conventional wisdom quote.

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Deb DeArmond is a highly-experienced and sought-after executive coach, speaker, and facilitator, having worked in marketplace ministry for 25+ years with audiences at all levels across a broad spectrum of industries and organizations. She is an expert in the fields of leadership, communication, relationship and conflict resolution. Deborah owns DeArmond and Associates, dedicated to helping others build successful solutions to the challenges they are facing.

Deb's newest book will release January 6, 2015 - I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last, published by Abingdon Press. How would your marriage change if you and your husband made the spoken declaration, "I choose you" every day? Even when "for better or worse is disappointing? The book offers inspirational stories, conventional wisdom and thought provoking questions to explore your choices and commitment to each other . . . every day of your marriage.

Kregel Publications released Deb's first book, entitled Related by Chance, Family by Choice, in November of this year. It is the story of two women who love the same man: mothers and the girls who marry their sons. Mother-in-law / daughter-in-law relationships can be good. We just have to understand our roles and set our hearts on doing things God's way. The book provides practical tools and guidelines to make these relationships as good and God honoring as they can possibly be.

Deb is the co-founder of MyPurposeNow.org, a website for Christian women 50+. Deb writes a monthly column for Lifeway's Mature Living magazine and her writing is regularly featured in, WHOA, a magazine for Christian women.

One of Deb's passions is not only her own family, but the relationships within families as well. From marriage to parenting to in-laws and more, Deb's years in helping others develop communication and conflict resolution skills support the message God has tasked her with sharing both in print and when speaking.

Deb is wife to her high school sweetheart, Ron, who showed her the path to become a Christ follower 38 years ago. Mom to three incredible sons. Gigi to three perfect grandboys. But Jesus is her favorite, and the guys have learned to live with it. She is a transplanted Californian who has been a proud Texan for 9 years and she loves the Lone Star state! Deb and her husband, Ron, live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Deb is an entrepreneur, and has owned her own leadership training and executive coaching practice for 15 years. She is an experienced speaker and most recently, an author. She is a featured writer for Lifeway's Mature living magazine, and a 2015 monthly columnist in that publication. She's also appeared in WHOA Magazine and Dallas Family Magazine.

Deb would love to connect with you and speak for your women's group or retreat. You can learn more about Deb, her book, and her speaking schedule by contacting her at Deb DeArmond | Family Matters | Bridging the Gap Where it Matters Most

This was a super encouraging book to me.
I think everyone should read it even before you get married and need it. It has so much sound advice and biblical advice that you can't help but to heed to.
I love the stories that Deb tells in each chapter. They let you know she is a real person and has a big heart.
The tips Deb gives through out the book are great.
If you want a marriage that will last the test of time then I would suggest picking up a copy of this book.
I gave this book 5 stars and highly recommend it. (It would make a fantastic wedding gift).
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Friday, January 23, 2015

For the Right Reasons By Sean Lowe

The “virgin Bachelor” Sean Lowe reveals the challenges of finding love while championing his Christian convictions in the morally complex world of reality TV.
After The Bachelorette broke his heart, Sean Lowe suspected his “nice guy” image hurt him. The show never emphasized it, but Sean committed to living according to biblical standards of sexuality, even as producers emphasized the risqué and promiscuous. A Texas boy from a Baptist home, Sean tells the story of how he went from a Division I college football player to a fan favorite on reality television, taking readers behind the scenes of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to see the challenges of living out his values and faith—and ultimately winning his true love’s heart.
For the Right Reasons is about the journeys we all have to take in the real world, where being “good” is the right thing to do but sometimes doesn’t seem to be enough; where betrayal is commonplace; and where that thing called perfection is actually just a cruel myth. Sean learned a few things from his two seasons on the hottest romance shows on television, and he wants others to benefit from those lessons: good does eventually win, lies will be discovered, and “nice guys” do ultimately finish first.

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Sean Lowe, one of the three finalists on Emily Maynard’s popular season of The Bachelorette, later starred in the 2013 season of The Bachelor. Credited by the New York Times for “reinvigorating the franchise,” he has been voted America’s favorite Bachelor and is the only one to marry his match from the show. Sean and his bride, Catherine, live in Dallas, Texas, with their two dogs, Ellie and Lola.

This is one tell all you will want to read. You will NOT be able to put it down once you crack it open I will warn you.
 After reading this book Sean is the kind of man all girls dream about and wish they would someday marry.
The Lord has sure blessed him in his life time and Sean is not afraid to tell you all about it.
I was so intrigued by this whole book. Please even if you are not a fan of the Bachelor reality TV show you must read Sean's story.
Catherine is one very blessed lady that for sure.
I gave this book 5 stars two times! I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Last Heiress By Mary Ellis A MUST READ!

Bestselling author Mary Ellis (A Widow's Hope) presents The Last Heiress, a new romantic standalone that intertwines the lives of a British manufacturing heiress and an American merchant caught in the turbulent time of the War Between the States.
Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to somehow restore shipments of cotton for her family's textile mills, which have been severely disrupted by the American Civil War. But when she meets Nathaniel Cooper, her desire to conduct business and quickly return to England changes.
Amanda's family across the sea deems the hardworking merchant unsuitable for the lovey and accomplished heiress. And when Nate himself begins to draw away, Amanda has her own battle for a happy future on her hands.
As the War Between the States heats up, Nate's brother, a Confederate officer, comes for a visit. Nate begins to think about joining up--not in support of slavery but to watch his brother's back. Yet will this potentially life-changing decision put the union between him and Amanda she so wishes for in jeopardy?

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Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community and recently completed several historical romances set during the Civil War. The Last Heiress is her latest release. She is currently working on a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, for Harvest House Publishers. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Her debut book was nominated for a 2010 Carol Award. Living in Harmony, won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction while Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award.
She can be found on the web at: www.maryellis.net

The Queen of Amish Fiction has branched out and wrote a  Historical Romance (Civil War) that will knock your socks off.
I love the characters the twin sisters and their men, you will not soon forget them they are twins but so different. I have to say it takes talent to write from one genre to another, Mary Ellis has mucho talent!
I gave this book 5 stars and I suggest you pick up a copy of it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher as a gift from the author for my honest review. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Loved back to Life By Shelia Walsh

Join Sheila Walsh on her journey from despair to joy
Beautiful and talented, Sheila Walsh was at the pinnacle of her career, appearing daily on television as cohost of The 700 Club. One day she found herself walking away from it all and checking in to a psychiatric hospital, where she stayed for a month.
From the outside everything seemed fine, but on the inside Sheila was in trouble. In her journal she wrote, “Lord, please hold me. I’m falling into a dark well. I feel as if I am disappearing a little more every day. I am so angry inside that I am afraid of myself. I feel so alone.” How did this happen? What brought her to her knees?
Loved Back to Life takes readers on Sheila’s journey of the soul from hopelessness to joy as she finds that although the road was scary, at every turn God beckoned her to follow and trust Him. And He did not let her down.

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Sheila Walsh is a Women of Faith® featured speaker and the author of the award-winning Gigi, God’s Little Princess series, The Storm Inside, and The Shelter of God’s Promises. Sheila lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian.

What a powerful story. Shelia has poured her heart out and touched on what so many of us have hidden for many years.
Shelia has written one of the hardest books to write, a tell all of her darkest time and how she got though it  with the love of the Lord.
I opened the book thinking that I would just read a chapter and before I knew it I was almost done with the whole book.
It touched on things I myself have been going though and I was touched deeply by this book.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it. I plan to keep a copy of this book and read it over and over again!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

A Thing of Beauty By Lisa Samson

It’s a wonder to behold what happens when love moves in . . .
Former child star Fiona Hume deserted the movie biz a decade ago--right after she left rehab. She landed in Baltimore, bought a dilapidated old mansion downtown, and hatched dreams of restoring it into a masterpiece, complete with a studio for herself. She would disappear from public view and live an artist’s life.
That was the plan.
Ten years later, Fiona’s huge house is filled with junk purchased at thrift stores, haggled over at yard sales, or picked up from the side of the road. Each piece was destined for an art project . . . but all she’s got so far is a piece of twine with some antique buttons threaded down its length.
She’s thirty-two years old and still recognizable, but Fiona’s money has finally run out. She’s gotten pretty desperate, too, and in her desperation she’s willing to do almost anything for money. Almost. So it is that she comes to rent out the maid’s quarters to a local blacksmith named Josia Yeu.
Josia is everything Fiona isn’t: gregarious, peaceful, in control without controlling . . . in short, happy. As the light from the maid’s quarters begins to permeate the dank rooms of Fiona’s world, something else begins to transform as well—something inside Fiona. Something even she can see is beautiful.

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Lisa Samson is the beloved author of the award-winning novels Quaker Summer and The Sky Beneath My Feet. Publishers Weekly recently compared her style to that of Anne Tyler. Facebook: Lisa-Samson Twitter: @lisasamson

I hate to write this review it is breaking my heart. I had such a hard time getting into it and I could not hold my attention to it at all.
The writing style is just not what I am used to I guess.
On the other hand the cover is gorgeous.
With a very sad heart I gave this book 3 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Miraculous Relationship By Karen Arnpriester GIVEAWAY!

Miraculous Relationship presents true-life encounters with angels and the Holy Spirit. My sister, Alanna Lefsaker, my friend, Jeannine Dae and I want to share our life-altering experiences and declare that God designed us to be in relationship with Him. We are just every day people who discovered God’s compassion and love for us. • If God is real, where is He? Once invited, God is within us, encouraging, suggesting and consoling through the Holy Spirit. • Does God care about me or what I am enduring? God cares about every detail of your life ... from a major crisis down to the simplest desires of your heart. • Will God answer prayer? Yes, God does answer prayer - not always the way we expect, but He does respond with love and wisdom. • How will God reveal Himself to me? God can choose to connect with His kids in many different ways. It may be as dramatic as a miracle, or sometimes a quiet whisper, Bible verses or through people who respond to the urging of the Holy Spirit. God is not limited to how He communicates with His children. Once you invite Christ into your heart, you have the opportunity to have an ongoing Miraculous Relationship.

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Karen Arnpriester is a graphic artist, writer, mother, wife, grandmother, adoptive mother and one of God's kids. She resides with her husband in central California. Kare delights in seeing where her creativity will take her.

Are you ready to be inspired?
This book is very inspiring and uplifting.
I really enjoyed reading the authors encounters with God.
This is a book to reread over and over again when you need a little pick you up.
I gave this book 5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.