Monday, October 14, 2019

100 Way to Love your Husband By Lisa Jacobson & 100 Ways to Love your Wife By Matt Jacobson


Couples with great marriages know one simple truth: the best marriages are made up of many everyday decisions that say, "I love you" rather than those that say, "I love me." When we put the other person first, even in little ways, we find true fulfillment.

This book offers wives practical, hands-on advice to start applying immediately. Maybe you are just entering into marriage and want to start off on the right foot. Maybe you have made some mistakes along the way and are struggling to connect. Or maybe you want your marriage to go from good to great. Wherever you currently are in your relationship, let Lisa Jacobson help you learn how to love your husband well.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/100-Ways-Love-Your-Husband/dp/0800736613/ref=sr_1_6?crid=1R61EH0KM24TR&keywords=100+ways+to+love+your+husband&qid=1570927319&sprefix=100+Ways+to+love+your%2Caps%2C191&sr=8-6

Lisa Jacobson is an author, a speaker, and the founder and host of Club31Women.com, a powerful online community of Christian women authors who write weekly on the topics of husband, home, family, and biblical truths--a strong voice for biblical womanhood. Her combined social media platforms have a reach well over 1 million viewers/visitors per month. She is the author of the best-selling 100 Ways to Love Your Husband, as well as 100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband Needs to Hear. She and her husband, Matt, are the co-hosts of the popular FAITHFUL LIFE podcast. Together they live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where they have raised their eight children.

My Thoughts...
I feel like this book is for new couples, young couples. As an older lady have been married for many years all of the things in this book I do on a regular basis. So I would say this book would make a great weeding gift. It would be very enlightening for a new young couple for sure.
I gave 100 Ways to Love your Husband 4 stars and recommend it as a wedding gift.


The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.



Couples with great marriages know one simple truth: the best marriages are made up of many everyday decisions that say "I love you" rather than those that say "I love me." When we put the other person first, even in little ways, we find true fulfillment.

This book offers husbands practical, hands-on advice to start applying immediately. Maybe you are just entering into marriage and want to start off on the right foot. Maybe you have made some mistakes along the way and are struggling to connect. Or maybe you want your marriage to go from good to great. Wherever you currently are in your relationship, let Matt Jacobson help you learn how to love your wife well.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/100-Ways-Love-Your-Wife/dp/0800736656/ref=sr_1_2?crid=14RPYCU3FDBHS&keywords=100+ways+to+love+your+wife+jacobson&qid=1570927948&sprefix=100+ways+to+love+your+%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-2

Matt Jacobson was an executive in the publishing industry for 25 years and for the past 16 years, has been a teaching elder/pastor of Tumalo Bible Fellowship. Matt is also the founder of FaithfulMan.com, an online social media community focusing on the topics of marriage, parenting, and biblical teaching, with a cross-platform reach of over 1 million viewers/visitors per month. He is the author of 100 Ways to Love Your Wife and 100 Words of Affirmation Your Wife Needs to Hear. He lives with his wife, Lisa, in the Pacific Northwest where they have raised their eight children. 

My Thoughts...
My wife and I have been reading these books all week and talking about them. So glad my wife had me read this. It was refreshing but it is for new couples not so much for us older couples. As I do these things everyday to show my wife love.
This is a great 4 star book that couples should all read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.






Friday, October 11, 2019

Elevator Pitch By Linwood Barclay

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.
Right to the bottom of the shaft.
It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment—is plunged into chaos.
Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.
Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest, and tallest, residential tower has its ribbon-cutting on Thursday.
With each diabolical twist, Linwood Barclay ratchets up the suspense, building to a shattering finale. Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone. 


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https://www.amazon.com/Elevator-Pitch-Novel-Linwood-Barclay/dp/0062678280/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570393338&sr=8-1

Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for The Toronto Star and the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including Too Close to Home and No Time for Goodbye, a #1 Sunday Times (UK) bestseller. He lives near Toronto with his wife. 

My Thoughts...
Where do I begin with this book. First I will NEVER ride an elevator again the rest of my life, I already did not like them but after reading this book. Stairs for me or I won't be going in that building.
It was so well thought out and put together. Twists and turns that I had NO clue about. That made this book unputdownable. I stayed up all night reading it. I must say one of the best thrillers of 2019 so far for me.
I gave this book 4.5 stars. I highly recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fatal Strike By Diann Mills GIVEAWAY!


There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man dumping the third body on a church doorstep. But their suspect has gone into hiding, and those closest to him are reluctant to reveal anything that might help investigators find him.

As Leah and Jon check connections among the victims and dig deeper into motives, they discover appearances may be deceiving. Someone is desperate to keep their secrets hidden, and Leah and Jon must face their greatest fears in order to stop the next fatal strike.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Fatal-Strike-DiAnn-Mills/dp/1496427106/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570395836&sr=8-2

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is Director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Conference, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

Connect with DiAnn here: diannmills.com 

My Thought...

The Suspense queen is back with her next great suspense. Mills spits out twists and turns then wraps it all up perfctly in the end.
I can't turn the pages fast enough. 
You are going to love this one, The charaters are ones that you are going to love or love to hate. I loved this story.
I 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 our own.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hope's Table By Hope Helmuth GIVEAWAY


If tradition has a taste, this is it.

Like your grandmother’s beloved recipe file, Hope’s Table brings enticing meals to your family’s table. From the kitchen of Mennonite cook Hope Helmuth comes this mix of more than 150 delectable recipes, stunning food photographs, and stories of strawberry picking, corn day, and Christmas cookie bakes. Traditions of hearth, home, and hospitality run deep, and those values flavor every recipe and story.
Hope’s Table offers simple step-by-step instructions that help you create wholesome dishes with artistic flair. Practical kitchen hints and memories from a Mennonite life garnish the pages. In Hope’s Table, you’ll find recipes sure to become family favorites:
  • Mom’s Rolls
  • Bacon and Corn Chowder
  • Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
  • Maple-Glazed Pork Chops
  • Apple Dumplings
Step into the serene, natural beauty of a Mennonite home. Take a seat at Hope’s table, and you’ll find plenty of reasons to linger.

Pick up your copy here..
https://www.amazon.com/Hopes-Table-Everyday-Recipes-Mennonite/dp/1513803239/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3AAL7XYATBNZR&keywords=hope%27s+table+cookbook&qid=1570394193&sprefix=Hope%27s+Table%2Caps%2C186&sr=8-1

My Thoughts...
Comfort food, easy to find ingredients. Fantastic pictures. Easy to read recipes, easy to follow directions. You get all of that and so much more in this new cookbook from Helmuth. 
I have found so many great, easy, tasty, recipes that are now going on my meal rotation. 
This is a 5 star cookbook that everyone needs in their kitchen.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

An extra cookbook fell off the truck so I want to Give it to one of my faithful bloggers. Leave a comment to be entered in the Giveaway!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Wrapped Up In You By Jill Shalvis

It’s love. Trust me.
After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.
Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-term plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.
Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Wrapped-Up-You-Heartbreaker-Novel/dp/0062897780/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570392285&sr=8-1

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
www.facebook.com/jillshalvis
www.twitter.com/jillshalvis
www.instagram.com/jillshalvis
http://jillshalvis.tumblr.com/
or email her at contact@jillshalvis.com 

My Thoughts...
I have been reading the Heartbeaker Bay series and loving everyone. So excited that I got to read Wrapped up in you. I love Shalvis' humor and her romances are so real. It's not like you are reading fiction.
If you are ready for a great winter read, get your favorite throw and wrap up and getting to reading this 4 star fast read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Unscripted By Davis Bunn


Young line producer Danny Byrd is well-known in Hollywood for being someone who gets things done on time and under budget. But when his reputation takes a beating after his partner--and former best friend--makes off with their investors' money, Danny has but one chance to redeem himself and restore his ruined career.

LA lawyer Megan Pierce has sacrificed years of her life proving herself to her impossible bosses only to find herself disgusted at their snobbery and their specious business practices. When an opportunity to actually make a difference comes her way, she knows she has to grab it--even though she's not entirely clear what "it" is.

Danny and Megan are each other's best hope for redemption. What they never could have imagined was that they might also be each other's best hope for love.

Bestselling and award-winning author Davis Bunn takes you into the beating heart of Hollywood with two characters determined to thrive in a cutthroat business.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Unscripted-Davis-Bunn/dp/0800727878/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570391802&sr=8-1

Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author who serves as writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom.

Defined by readers and reviewers as a "wise teacher," "gentleman adventurer," "consummate writer," and "Renaissance man," his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages. 

My Thoughts...
I have always been fascinated by Hollywood and filming. So this book was super exciting to me. I loved how Bunn's story came together. The filming and then the romance between Byrd and Megan was the best. I loved the awards ceremony. I have to say Emma was an excellent character as well. You will not find anything in this book that you don't like, well wait a minute maybe Jr.  he was a piece of work. I did not care for him at all.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Invisible As Air By Zoe Fishman



A provocative and timely new novel by the author of Inheriting Edith, one that will haunt you long after the final page is turned…
Sylvie Snow knows the pressures of expectations: a woman is supposed to work hard, but never be tired; age gracefully, but always be beautiful; fix the family problems, but always be carefree. Sylvie does the grocery shopping, the laundry, the scheduling, the schlepping and the PTA-ing, while planning her son’s Bar Mitzvah and cheerfully tending her husband, Paul, who’s been lying on the sofa with a broken ankle.  She’s also secretly addicted to the Oxycontin intended for her husband.
For three years, Sylvie has repressed her grief about the heartbreaking stillbirth of her newborn daughter, Delilah. On the morning of the anniversary of her death, when she just can’t face doing one…more…thing: she takes one—just one—of her husband’s discarded pain pills. And suddenly she feels patient, kinder, and miraculously relaxed. She tells herself that the pills are temporary, just a gift, and that when the supply runs out she’ll go back to her regularly scheduled programming.
But days turn into weeks, and Sylvie slips slowly into a nightmare. At first, Paul and Teddy are completely unaware, but this changes quickly as her desperate choices reveal her desperate state. As the Bar Mitzvah nears, all three of them must face the void within themselves, both alone and together.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Invisible-as-Air-Zoe-Fishman/dp/0062838237/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3K7L78ZEPT302&keywords=invisible+as+air+by+zoe+fishman&qid=1569517800&s=gateway&sprefix=Invisible+as%2Caps%2C178&sr=8-1


Zoe Fishman is the critically acclaimed author of the bestselling Inheriting Edith, (Morrow, October ’16), Driving Lessons (Morrow, April ’14), Saving Ruth (Morrow, May ’12) and Balancing Acts (Harper, March ’10).

Her books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Dutch and Polish and are also available in Audio and Large Print editions. She’s the recipient of myriad awards, including an IndieNext Pick,Target’s Breakout and Emerging Author Picks, a NY Post Pick, a Mom’s Choice Award and a Barnes & Noble Hot Read. Interviews and profiles of her have been featured on NBC’s “Atlanta & Co.” and FGTV, as well as in Publisher’s Weekly, Mobile Bay Magazine, The Atlanta Jewish Times and The Huffington Post. Her articles have been published in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Time Out and on FoxNews.com, among others. 

Zoe worked in the New York publishing industry for thirteen years in the editorial department of Random House, the rights department of Simon & Schuster and later, as an agent for two boutique literary firms before moving to Atlanta in August of 2011 with her family.

She is the Executive Director of The Decatur Writers Studio as well as an instructor. She is also an instructor in the Emory Continuing Education program. In the Spring of 2017, she was the Visiting Writer at SCAD Atlanta.

My Thoughts...

This is an on time book. This book is playing out all over the world right now.
We could learn a lot from this dysfunctional family. No family is prefect and this one is very messed up.
I loved Teddy and his character was the best in the book. We could learn a lot from Teddy.
I gave this book 4 stars and 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 our own.