Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sisters By Kellie Coates Gilbert




Set in America’s original ski resort, Sun Valley, Idaho—SISTERS offers a thought-provoking look at three women . . . and the choices they make when they realize their lives aren’t exactly what they expected. Karyn Macadam is starting over after losing her husband to a skiing accident. A chance encounter with a backcountry pilot might be this young widow’s one shot at a new beginning, but only if she can let go of the past. Leigh Ann Blackburn is the perfect wife, until her husband grows more distant and she believes the worst. An outrageous plan to save her marriage turns the situation on its head and she soon learns not everything is as it seems. Joie Abbott, who always finds a way to mess up her life, has done it yet again. This time a bitter betrayal threatens to expose a heartache she desperately wants to keep secret, especially from her family. Through romance and heartbreak, laughter and tears . . . life is always better with your sisters at your side.

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Kellie Coates Gilbert has won readers’ hearts with her compelling and highly emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives. A former legal investigator, she is especially known for keeping readers turning pages and creating nuanced characters who seem real.

In addition to garnering hundreds of five-star reader reviews, Kellie has been described by RT Book Reviews as a “deft, crisp storyteller.” Her books were featured as Barnes & Noble Top Shelf Picks and were included on Library Journal’s Best Book List of 2014.

Born and raised near Sun Valley, Idaho, Kellie now lives with her husband of over thirty-five years in Dallas, where she spends most days by her pool drinking sweet tea and writing the stories of her heart.

My Thoughts...
I loved Sisters, It's not your usual Gilbert book. She has ventured out and wrote what was on her heart and is a little different than we are use to. I Immediately fell in love with the story of the three sisters. I could see a little of myself in each one of them.   I can't tell you which one was my favorite of the three because they all bring something different to the table.
Gilbert has outdone herself with this one. I am so excited to read the next book in  Sun Valley series.
This was a clean Contemporary Romance, I was shocked how fast the book came to an end. I just had sat down started reading and it was over. You are going to really enjoy this one.
I hope Gilbert can write fast, I am not a patient person.
I gave this book 5 stars and I recommend this one!
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Just Look Up By Courtney Walsh




After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home―a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work―something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.

Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.

Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along―if only she’d just look up.

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Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theater director, and playwright. Change of Heart is her fifth novel and is set in the same town as Paper Hearts. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two additional books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing and visual arts studio. They have three children.Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.

My Thoughts...
 I am a fan of Walsh's.  After reading her first three books, Sweethaven series. So I was so excited to read Just Look Up.
A book of Forgiveness and Family and a sweet romance that you are sure to fall in love with the characters.  I would love to visit Brooks cabins and I would love to be part of Lane's family dinners each week.
I felt like I was living  in the pages of this book as I watched great things unfold on the pages right in front of me.
I love a sweet romance with a swoon worthy character like Brooks. You don't want to miss this 5 star beach read.
Please don't email me. This is just my opinion this is by far my favorite book by Walsh!
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I wanted to share another Blog with you all!






Are you following It’s Storytime With Van Daniker for all of the latest book reviews? Well, you should be. Here you will discover books all of your authors for your Christian Fiction needs. Genres range from contemporary romance, mystery, historical fiction, and even young adult. The gal behind the blog (Becky) is a fun and chill woman who loves God so she purposely reviews clean and wholesome books. Every now and then you will find a book that doesn’t fall into the Christian Fiction category, but she will share an honest view of the book and let you know of anything that you should watch out for.
You won’t just find book reviews on this blog either. You’ll find lots of author interviews, bookish content, and every now and then a giveaway.
Becky loves all of her readers and interacts with anyone who comments or asks questions and she absolutely loves anything to do with books. She enjoys hanging out at the beach, traveling and exploring new places, Disney, superheroes, watching movies, and just spending time with friends and family.
Like what you’ve read so far? Go click on that follow button on Becky’s blog! She’s always adding new content so you’re sure to check out your next read or learn about a new author.

Link to blog:
http://reviewsbyvandaniker.wordpress.com

Friday, June 23, 2017

Un-Common By Carey Scott




Uncommon is a battle cry for women to step out of the ordinary and live differently.
It's a blueprint for a life full of passion and purpose. And it has the power to change everything.
     
Carey Scott, author, speaker, and certified Biblical Life Coach, invites you to journey alongside her as she introduces you to women from the Word who chose to live uncommon lives even in the toughest circumstances. From stepping into scandalous situations to breaking cultural norms to risking the departure of a comfortable life, you will discover hope and motivation to live God’s way in a world that screams, “Tuck your faith away! Just be normal like everyone else!”

Now more than ever, it's time to step into something new. . .something life-changing and life-giving. God is asking you to shine Him into a world that needs to know there is a better way to live. And when you say yes to becoming uncommon, it's a radical act of obedience to the One who created you to be extraordinary.  Uncommon offers personal stories, insights, life lessons, questions for further reflection, and biblical support written especially for women.

With authenticity, vulnerability, humor, refreshing boldness and anchored in the Beatitudes, Uncommon will empower you to rise up. . .to reject the common. . .to embrace your calling. . . and to live in a way that points others to God. Buckle up, friend. It's time to be uncommon.


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Carey Scott is an author, speaker, and life coach, honest about her walk with the Lord… stumbles, fumbles and all. Her passion is reminding women of their immeasurable worth, something the world is quick to discount. She speaks to women’s groups and writes about the issues that matter most to the heart of a woman.

Carey lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and two kids where she tries to be domestic, and appreciates the grace when she’s not. You can learn more by visiting her website and blog at CareyScott.org, or by tracking her down at the closest Starbucks.

My Thoughts
What a powerful read, From the very first page. Scott lets us know that it's okay to be Uncommon and live a different life as Christians we are to do this. Scott gives you  great advice on how to do this and lets us know it's okay. Stand out from the crowd and be proud to.
You will love the personal stories that Scott shares with us. This is a much need read for ALL of us.
I held on to every word and let is sink in. Scripture is all through this book and it is so easy to understand what Scott is saying.
This book gives you the opportunity to be a life changer.  And this book gives you the power to change.
I really feel like everyone needs to read this book.
I gladly gave this book 4 stars. I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Naomi's Hope By Jan Drexler



Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents' home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she's not at the top of any man's list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for.

When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey's true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy's future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her heart?

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Jan's husband of thirty years often says she's never happier than when she's in the kitchen cooking for someone, and he's right. With her Amish and Mennonite ancestry, mid-American roots and unending quest to be a stay-at-home wife and mother, Jan has always enjoyed cooking from scratch and sharing the subsequent goodies with friends and family.

Jan and her family have lived all through the mid-west, from Indiana to Texas to Kentucky to South Dakota, with a few others in between. Born in Michigan, Jan still proudly carries her pocket map of Michigan on the end of her arm, like all true Michiganders, and will gladly give you a tour of her home state. But her current love is the Black Hills of South Dakota, where she can be found hiking the Hills in all kinds of weather and regularly visiting the "boys" at Mt. Rushmore.

Having recently graduated from Homeschool Mom-hood (Summa cum Laude!), Jan devotes her time to the voices in her head who have been clamoring for attention during the last few decades. Instead of declining Latin nouns and reviewing rhetorical devices, her days are now spent at the computer where she gives her characters free rein.

Visit Jan at www.JanDrexler.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JanDrexlerAuthor

My Thoughts...

This is the third book in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie but it can be read as a stand alone.
You are going to love Naomi and Davey. If you are a fan of Amish Romances then you are going to enjoy this one.
Real characters that feel like you know them. The novel its self was slow, But it ends really fast. Needed a little bit better editing of the story line.
I gave this book 4 stars and hope to read some more of Drexlers books in the future.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Interview with Elle Kay




Abandoned by her dearest friend, Stella is running-scared. Life and death decisions force her to re-examine her faith, as well as her priorities. The handsome, Jason, only exacerbates her anxiety. Should she trust him? Something is amiss in the quiet town of Edinsville. How will Stella fare as her world gets turned upside down?

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What prompted you to start writing?
In my thirties I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I couldn't find a patient oriented support resource for someone newly diagnosed, so I decided to write one for others. I'd always been interested in writing, but hadn't taken it seriously until I wrote and published that non-fiction book, "Zebras of Hope." I was surprised at it's success. And it helped me to build the confidence I needed to move forward.

About a year later, my husband badgered me to write a children's book called "There's a Goat on My Porch. I did. Having accomplished those two writing tasks, I tried my hand at my first full length fiction novel, Stella. I expect to release the second in the series later this year. 


Why did you choose this genre?
I chose to write romantic suspense because it's the genre I read the most, so it came naturally as I began to write. I'm also working on a women's fiction novella. 


How did you choose your characters names?
In the Endless Mountain Series, they just came to me. I didn't put much thought into them. I did have to change some minor character names due to confusion before finalizing the book. In the novella I am writing, I researched the meanings of names to choose ones appropriate for the characters.


How much of yourself do you write into your characters?
Quite a bit. The beginning of Stella is based loosely on my own experiences as a young adult. Claudia's wild side is also based on me. As a teen and young woman, I was combination of Stella's introverted shyness and Claudia's desperate desire to fit in. I incorporate a good deal of my own life into all aspects of my writing. 


What is the most important thing you hope readers will take away from reading Stella?
I hope they will grow closer to God as they accompany Stella along her journey. She must face things she'd never dreamed possible and only the strength she derives from her relationship with Jesus get her through. I pray that my reader will feel the power of God through Stella's struggle. The theme of Stella is forgiveness. Forgiveness is what unlocks the door to a closer relationship with the Lord and it's that nearness we all so desperately crave, even if we don't know what's missing in our lives, we feel that emptiness until we ask Him to fill it.


If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?
I hate seeing people suffer, so I would love to have the power to heal. Yet, I wonder if it's a good choice. Our suffering is often what brings us the closest to the Lord. When we reach the end of our own strength and are at our weakest, we lean on Him the most and come to recognize His strength and comfort.


I am a dog lover tell us about your pets if any.
Don't get me started! We have a hobby farm in Pennsylvania's Endless Mountain region. We lost our younger dog, a boxer-pit mix, Brandy, a few years ago during bladder surgery. Our older dog, Sammy, a lab-pit mix is seventeen and frail, so we haven't introduced any new puppies for fear it would be too much for him. We would like to get German Shepherd puppies and will someday. We have nine goats, three sheep, ten rabbits, thirty chickens, two turkeys, and two ducks. I absolutely adore our animals. 

Our goat, Vicky Van Goat, is the star of her own children's book series "The Adventures of Vicky Van Goat." There are only two books out so far, but I expect it will be a long running series. The kids really seem to enjoy them. My nieces and nephews get a kick out of Vicky being a real goat that they know personally.  

We're looking for a property with more acreage, so we can also get horses and a mini-donkey. 


Who is your favorite author?
That is a difficult question. There are so many that I love. I enjoy Teri Blackstock and Patricia Bradley, who both write suspense, but there are so many great authors out there. I read in many different genres. 

Tell the blog readers where they can keep up with you.
My website is updated with the latest information about my upcoming books. http://www.elleekay.com/. I also have a blog, where I write mostly devotional posts based on traditional hymns http://www.elleekay.com/blog/. I'm on most social media platforms. Here are my links:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Beginner's Bible for Little Ones




The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million copies sold. With over five million copies sold, The Beginner's Bible® is the bestselling Bible storybook of our time. Now there's a condensed version for active little ones to take with them wherever they go. With a padded cover, this board book is soft, durable, and can withstand any child's energetic lifestyle. Playfully illustrated, the storybook introduces toddlers to the Bible in an imaginative way. The accompanying text is simple so that children are engaged by and can learn eight cherished Bible stories, including Creation, Noah's Ark, and the birth of baby Jesus.

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Eight Bible stories written for children ages 2-4. Illustrations cute and eye catching for young children.
It's a board book so it can take a lick, not be easily torn up.
Its the right size for a small one to carry around. The stories are written so young ones can easily understand.
I think this is perfect for small children.  The stories are short so to keep the kids attention.
I gave this book 4 stars.  Would make a great gift.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Check out another Great Blog!




It's nice as a Christian blogger to Surround yourself with like minded people and blogs. I love to visit christianbookaholic.com as often as I can. Julia has a wonderful Review blog site. Her page has everything broken down for you. Each Christian genre has its own tab. These include Christian fiction, Christian non fiction, Mass Market fiction, Mass Market non fiction Last but not least DVDs and CDs. 
   Julia is a sweet lady and has a wonderful page dedicated mostly to Christian books. She is a cat lover so expect a cat book every now and again. HaHa.
Drop by and check out her blog, Tell her I said "Hello" while you are over there. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Freedom's Price By Christine Johnson







When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her parents and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother's family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships, but whose real goal in life is to bring to justice the man who stole his father's ship and caused his untimely death.

When Catherine finally arrives at her family's plantation, she finds it in disarray and her family absent landowners. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom or beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice. Can they relinquish the dreams that have been holding them captive in order to step forward in faith--even if it costs them everything?

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A small-town Michigan girl, Christine Johnson has lived in every corner of the state's Lower Peninsula. After trying her hand at music and art, she returned to her first love--story. She holds degrees in English and library studies and works part-time as a librarian. She feels blessed to write for Love Inspired and Revell.

When not at the computer keyboard, she loves to hike, kayak, and explore God's majestic creation. She and her husband split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys. Christine enjoys hearing from readers through her web site at http://christineelizabethjohnson.com.

My Thoughts...
Freedom's Price is book three in the Keys of Promise Series. It can be read as a stand alone, but I would read all three only because they are good reads.
The Characters are strong and well rounded. It's a light historical romance. An easy light read for a weekend read.
I gave this book 4 stars. Give it a try.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Under A Summer Sky By Melody Carlson




High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole's close childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention.

With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!

Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites readers to spend the summer surrounded by beauty and tantalizing possibilities for the future.


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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and the contemporary romances Once Upon a Summertime and All Summer Long. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.


My Thoughts..
This is book three in the A Savannah Romance series. This one was a little to unrealistic for my liking.
I have read them all three and this one was just not like the other two for some reason. It ended really fast for me left me hanging with to many lose ends.
I did like the gorgeous city that it all took place in. Carlson's descriptions were very vivid.  I liked the romance and the clean story.
I just can't say it was as good as the first two books in the series.
I gave this book 3.5 stars and I hope the next book Carlson writes is as good as her Christmas Novellas.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.