Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Letters from My Fathers Murderer By Laurie Coombs

An extraordinary true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of GodWhen her father was murdered, Laurie Coombs and her family sought justice and found it. Yet, despite the swift punishment of the killer, Laurie found herself increasingly full of pain, bitterness, and anger she couldn t control. It was the call to love and forgive her father s murderer that set her, the murderer, and several other inmates on the journey that would truly change their lives forever.This compelling story of transformation will touch the deepest wounds and show how God can redeem what seems unredeemable.

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What an emotional read. Coombs is a remarkable women with all she went though and the mercy she showed and to forgive like she did.
I cried and hold on to this book and learned so much form reading this book.. This is a book that is sure to touch you deep down. I read this book and went back and reread it.  You are going to find so much in the pages of this book. Learn to really forgive for starters.  Life changing book. This book will stay on my bookshelf so that I can reread it every year.
I gave this book five stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Justified By Varina Denman

In a small Texas town ruled by gossip, Fawn Blaylock believes others are justified in condemning her untimely pregnancy. Stifled by guilt, she yearns for grace while the local football coach treats her with gentle respect.

Justified perfectly captures the rhythm and romance of life in a small town, telling the unforgettable story of a woman searching for renewal, a man looking beyond what others see, and a community torn between judgment and love. It is the unforgettable story of broken dreams, second chances, and relentless hope.

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Varina Denman enjoys writing stories about the unique struggles women face. She volunteers in her local home school cooperative where she teaches creative writing and literature. Varina resides in North Texas with her husband, five mostly-grown children, and a Pomeranian. This is her second novel in the Mended Hearts series.

You are going to love all of the different characters in this book. You will find it a bit different from most other books, the point of view and the fact that the other characters share their perspective.
I love the first book in this Mended Hearts series needs to be read before this one, you don't want to be confused with all the characters.
I gave this book 4 stars. You have to read this series.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Married 'til Monday By Denise Hunter

With a big anniversary party in the works for his ex-wife’s parents, Ryan has just one weekend to play Abby’s husband . . . and win back the woman of his dreams.
Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive two-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap.
Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party.
Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Summer Harbor, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. It’s just a one-week road trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong?

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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. 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 DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter

This just may be the best contemporary romance you have read written by  Denise Hunter. I have loved the whole Chapel Spring Romance series. This book and series is written with so much heart and soul poured out in it that you can't help but read the whole book in one sitting.
Chapel Springs is a very welcoming town and I loved going there for a visit, I would love to live there myself. 
You never see what is coming with Abby and Ryan, and you are going to LOVE the ending so much.
I gave this book 5 stars two times and I HIGHLY recommend this book as well as the entire series.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Hope Harbor By Irene Hannon

Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life--and love--altered her plans. When tragedy strikes and changes her plans yet again, she finds herself back in her hometown with a floundering farm to run and a heartbreaking secret. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter's. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help save a struggling charitable organization, the winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives--including their own.
Fan favorite Irene Hannon brings a whole new cast of characters to life in a charming Oregon seaside village. Emotional and heartwarming, this story invites readers to come home to Hope Harbor, where love and hope bloom--and hearts heal.

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Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including That Certain Summer, One Perfect Spring, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, a Booksellers' Best Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist, and Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

What a sweet romance, one that I never put down until the very last page. I was hooked from page one!
The characters are all worth cheering for I was in their corner from page one.
Such a healing read. One you won't soon forget.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
A great beach read. You will hate to see this one come to an end.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Good, The Bad, and the Grace Of God By Jep and Jessica Robertson

A Moving Story of Redemption and Second Chances
Jep Robertson, the youngest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, and his wife, Jessica, open up about their personal trials, their early years together, and the challenges that might have destroyed them both had the grace of God not intervened. Jep describes being molested as a child and his reluctance to tell anyone until only a few years ago, his downward spiral into drug and alcohol abuse, and the eventual intervention of his family. Jessica shares about the difficult failure of her first marriage while still a teenager and the hurt that came along with it, much of it from the church. Her insecurities spun out of control as she wondered whether she would ever be good enough or pretty enough. This book is their love story but, more importantly, their love story for God.

“We are desperate to let people know that no matter what you’ve done; no matter what you’ve lived through, you can come out of it.  You can be washed clean.  You are redeemed."

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Jess and Jep are officially my favorite Duck Dynasty stars after reading this fabulous book.
Thy are real people with real problems they have trusted Jesus along the way.
Jess was so easy to connect with. She is just like your best fiend.
Each chapter either Jess or Jep tell their story and how they dealt with it and I just admire them both so much after sharing their lives with me in this book.  
This is a MUST read 5 star two times book. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Two Roads Home By Deborah Raney

Minor-but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman’s initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans’ son-in-law, Jesse. Jesse Pennington’s friendly, outgoing personality has always served him well, especially in a career that has earned him and his wife Corinne a very comfortable lifestyle. But Corinne and Jesse are both restless—and for similar reasons, if only they could share those with each other. Instead, too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk. With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams. Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?

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Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas―the setting of many of Deb's novels―for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita. Visit Deb on the web at DeborahRaney.com.
I went from full-time stay-at-home mom for 20 years to pretty much full-time author. My passion is my family--my husband and I have been married for 40 years and have four kids, five darling grandkids--so far! But since, if a mom does her job right, she eventually puts herself OUT of a job, I'm delighted to have the privilege of working as a novelist. I could not enjoy the writing life more.

I've had a couple of non-fiction books published and have contributed to some anthologies, as well as writing magazine articles. But my first love is fiction. I have written 30 novels and since The Face of the Earth for Howard/Simon & Schuster released in May 2013, I am now working on a new five-book series for Abingdon Press. Home to Chicory Lane released August 2014. Two Roads Home and Another Way Home will both release this year in June and October.

A typical writing day for me begins early--often before 6 a.m.--with the business side of things: answering e-mail and reader mail, updating my Web site, reading for research. We're now empty-nesters so our routine is much quieter than it was when we had four kids at home. When my writing time begins, I have a routine that sets the stage, starting with lighting scented candles, choosing music to write by, and brewing a pot of coffee. I have a cozy office that looks out over our front yard, but I often take my laptop out on the deck where the birds, squirrels, ducks, geese, and an occasional egret (or even, a coywolf!) provide entertainment.

Believe it or not, my first choice of activities for the evening is READING--a great novel, of course! As much as I enjoy the actual process of writing, I am an extrovert by nature, and doubt I'd last long in this business were it not for the company of several wonderful online writers' groups, connecting with other authors at retreats and conventions, and meeting aspiring writers when I teach at conferences around the country.

Probably the most exciting event in my writing life so far was when my first novel was made into a film by World Wide Pictures. Certainly a dream come true and I feel blessed beyond words to still, more than 20 years later, get to be doing what I love as my day job.

Let it be said I'm a huge fan of Deborah's!
I did not know what to expect when I started reading book two in the Chicory Inn series. But just because this book starts out a little slow don't let that fool you, it gets going about half way into it. You won't be able to put it down. This is one of those books where you fall in love with the whole family and hate to see it come to an end. Great characters.
I gave this book 5 stars and I can't wait for book three.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer's List By Anita Higman

A dying wish alters the course of a young woman's life.
Life hadn't been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness-caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother's bookstore-she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love... didn't turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something-or someone.  
Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer's past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

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Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, traveling to exotic places, and brunch with her friends.

Please check out Anita's latest novel on Amazon, A Question of Destiny. Feel free to drop by her website at www.anitahigman.com or connect with her on her Facebook Reader Page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnitaHigman. She would love to hear from you!

I Love Love Loved Martin and Summer. This was such an emotional read and full of happy endings that you won't want to miss.
Granny was one of those characters that you just love and can see her as your own granny.
I loved the storyline the bucket list that someone else gives you just so that you can find your long lost childhood best friend and fall in love was ingenuous. Anita has done it again, this one is a winner in my book.
I gave this book 5 stars. I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

A Place in the Son By Clarence Ogle

"A Place in the Son: Fitly Joined Together in Love and Growing in Christ" is a guide to growing in Christ in harmony with other true believers. Readers are urged to examine their beliefs and their lives and surrender all to Christ. The God who is Love has a calling(s) and a place in the body of Christ for every unique person. The wonderful works of God are accomplished as believers obey the Head, Jesus Christ, and love and serve with their assigned partners in the body of Christ. "A Place in the Son" calls believers to press on, to step into the realm of the supernatural, and to enjoy daily fellowship and intimacy with God. Personal experiences and testimonies of God's faithfulness combine with the Word of God to inspire readers. Both new believers and seasoned saints will find enlightenment and encouragement in the pages of this book. The call of "A Place in the Son" is loud and clear: "Search the Scriptures! Know who you are in Christ! Wake up, sleeping giants!"

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Clarence Ogle is a retired soldier and certified public accountant living in El Paso, Texas. He has shared the gospel of Jesus Christ and the love of God with inmates in local jails for over twenty-five years. He currently teaches the "Growing in Christ" course at the Rogelio Sanchez State Jail. Clarence serves as an elder in his church - Destiny Family Christian Center. He and his wife Hayriye have been married for forty-four years and have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

This book is choke full of insight , I agreed with some and some I did not agree with, I am a Christian and I do NOT drink and I do not think it's okay to drink that is just my opinion I have Christian friends who think its okay to drink. Another thing I did not agree with was Ogle said that Christians would  through the tribulation. I hope that's not  the case
There is a lot of scripture in this book it is not one you can read in one sitting. It is very heavy stuff and will take you time to let it all sink in and I would suggest following along in your Bible as well.
I gave this book 3.5 stars because of my difference of opinion.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dead Dog Like Me By Max Davis

Megachurch pastor Nick Gregory's life is falling apart. His wife is filing for divorce. His congregation is questioning his leadership. His faith is nearly nonexistent. It goes down hill from there. When he regains consciousness after a horrific car crash, Nick realizes he is no longer in his hometown-or even in the twenty-first century. Transported back in time to 800 B.C. and into the body of King Saul's grandson Mephibosheth, Nick must quickly adapt to a completely different way of living. Can the experience of living as a another broken man, desperate for God's healing, bring healing to Nick himself-if he can ever get back home? A novel of adventure, redemption, and outrageous grace, Dead Dog Like Me takes you back in time to know more deeply a God who never changes, a God who lavishes you with His love.

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Max Davis holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies. He is the author of over twenty books of both fiction and non-fiction. His books have been translated into several languages and have been featured on shows such as The 700 Club, The Today Show, and in USA Today. He and his wife Alanna live on thirty beautiful acres in Greenwell Springs, LA. To learn more, visit www.MaxDavisBooks.com.

I got so wrapped up in this book, it was written different but written very well. I love the present story then going back to King David's time.
Davis has a way with words. The pages come alive.
If your ready for a book of healing, then you really shouldn't miss this one.
This story God reveals himself on almost every page.
This book is a four star book not to be missed. I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Heart's Betrayal By Colleen Coble

Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier, but her secret could drive them apart.
When Emmie Croftner answered the door to her late husband’s home, she discovered an awful truth: her deceased husband was a bigamist. And what’s more, the home she thought she inherited never belonged to her at all.
Suddenly displaced, powerless, and ashamed, Emmie can’t stay in Wabash, Indiana. She makes a hopeful start for Fort Laramie, Wyoming, to find her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning. But when she arrives, she discovers she’s pregnant—and without a husband. The new start she’d hoped for slips from her fingers. 
But then she meets Isaac Liddle, a handsome soldier with a kind heart. When he begins to court her, Emmie wonders whether she could ever really be his—and whether she dares to tell him she is carrying another man’s baby.

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Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com

The latest installment picks up where the previous book left off. Its focus is mostly on Emmie Croftner throughout this book.
You really get a feel for the rugged country side and the terrain in this book.
 Isaac and Emmie's relationship is more a friendship, I 'm guessing the next book will have them fall in love.
These books are short reads in this series, I would like to have had them all compiled in one book.
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope that you will given this series a try.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Love Arrives in Pieces By Besty St. Amant

For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.
Former pageant queen Stella Varland doesn’t trust beauty anymore after her divorce. Her appearance betrayed her and led to brokenness, so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but she always falls short. So she keeps her passion for art to herself and focuses on her interior design work. But if she doesn’t get another job soon, she’ll be stuck living with her parents.
Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancĂ©e. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he’ll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town’s old theater and is shocked to discover that the designer for the project is his old flame, Stella.
Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and past as they struggle to compromise and work together on a vision for the theater. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness—and their unresolved feelings for each other—until Chase discovers the hidden parts of Stella, while losing her trust in the process.
A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice—to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from their brokenness.

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Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing. Visit her website at www.betsystamant.com Facebook: BetsySt.Amant Twitter: @betsystamant

This book was written with so much heart and the characters are so real. It must be said that this is a story of brokenness and you are sure to like the out come.
Once you crack this book open and start reading you won't be able to put it down.
Find out if Stella discovers who she really is in this wonderful book.
I gave this book 5 stars, and I recommend it. You won't be sorry you took the time to read this one!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Rescued By Marta Perry

As an Amish wife and mother struggles to hold her family together, a story from the past teaches her how to face her daily challenges with strength and love . . .
In modern day central Pennsylvania, Judith Wegler tries to heal the growing rift between her husband, Isaac, and his teenage brother Joseph—whom Judith and Isaac have raised as their own ever since both brothers lost their parents and siblings in a horrific fire. Meanwhile, Isaac’s hurtful silence about this tragic past has robbed Judith of any certainty of her husband’s love.
But when Judith’s grandmother gifts her with an antique study table, she discovers a hidden packet of letters that changes her life . . .
In 1953, widow Mattie Lapp fights against the county’s attempts to force Amish children to attend a consolidated public school, even if it means arrest and imprisonment. Mattie knows she can’t face this challenge alone, and turns to her late husband’s cousin Adam for help, but she’s terrified at the prospect of relying on someone else.
Now, as the two women’s stories converge, both must learn to stand up for their beliefs and to love again, even when it means risking their hearts . . .

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A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than fifty inspirational romance novels, including the Keepers of the Promise series and the Pleasant Valley series. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse in central Pennsylvania.

Two brothers driving each other away and the wife of one of those brothers being pushed away. Now tell me that does not sound like a book you can't put down. I had to know what was happening next. I never put this book down from page one until the very last page.
This book could have been much longer in my opinion. I can't seem to get enough of Perry's books. She knows her Amish like the back of her hand . Perry Writes Contemporary Romance so well and you will find yourself in the pages and never want to leave.
I gave this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it. I must also say Book one of the Keepers of the Promise Series was fantastic as well.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.