Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Goodbye Cafe' By Mariah Stewart

From Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Chesapeake Diaries series, comes the next book in her popular Hudson Sisters series, which follows a trio of reluctant sisters who set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish and discover themselves in the process in this “sweet reminder of the importance of family” (First for Women).

California girl Allie Hudson Monroe can’t wait for the day when the renovations on the Sugarhouse Theater are complete so she can finally collect the inheritance from her father and leave Pennsylvania. After all, her life and her fourteen-year-old daughter are in Los Angeles.

But Allie’s divorce left her tottering on the edge of bankruptcy, so to keep up on payments for her house and her daughter’s private school tuition, Allie packed up and flew out east. But fate has a curve-ball or two to toss in Allie’s direction—she just doesn’t know it yet.

She hadn’t anticipated how her life would change after reuniting with her estranged sister, Des, or meeting her previously unknown half-sister, Cara. And she’d certainly never expected to find small-town living charming. But the biggest surprise was that her long-forgotten artistry would save the day when the theater’s renovation fund dried up.

With opening day upon the sisters, Allie’s free to go. But for the first time in her life, she feels like the woman she was always meant to be. Will she return to the West Coast and resume her previous life, or will the love of “this amazing, endearing family of women” (Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author) be enough to draw her back to the place where the Hudson roots grow so deep?

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Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel. Visit her website at MariahStewart.com, like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/AuthorMariahStewart, and follow her on Instagram @Mariah_Stewart_Books.

My Thoughts...

I will start by saying I did NOT read the first two books in this Hudson Sisters series. But I plan to read them soon.
I was not lost, I was so wrapped up in these sisters lives I could not read the  pages fast enough.
This is a new to me author and I am adding her to my must read list.
You are going to love this series. And you will love this author.
I gave this book 4 stars and 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.

Monday, April 29, 2019

A Love Letter Life By Jeremy & Audrey Roloff

More than 2.3 million people watched as Jeremy and Audrey Roloff shared their vows and committed their lives to each other. Now for the first time, the former co-stars of TLC's hit show Little People, Big World share their imperfect, resilient, and inspiring love story.
As Jeremy and Audrey write, if you can fall into love, you can fall out. True love is something you choose to live out each day through your actions, decisions, and sacrifices. To find and still seek, now that is love. From the moment you meet your potential spouse, you can be intentional about shaping a beautiful love story, uniquely written for who God created you both to be. Whether you're single and searching, in a serious dating relationship, or desiring to love your spouse better, Jeremy and Audrey equip you to pursue an intentional, creative, and faithful love story by sharing theirs.
The journey to their wedding day was the culmination of a bumpy and complicated dating relationship. From health problems, to emotional walls, to being separated by one thousand miles, the couple faced daunting obstacles. But their unique approach to dating empowered them to write an uncommon love story and prepared them for married life. Because as beautiful as their wedding was, the Roloffs made a point to prepare more for their marriage than their wedding day.
Told through both Jeremy's and Audrey's voices, A Love Letter Life tells a passionate and persevering story of relatable struggles, hard-learned lessons, practical tips, and devout commitment. In these pages, they encourage you to stop settling for convenient relationships, offer perspective on male and female differences in dating, tackle tough topics like purity, give their nine rules for fighting well, suggest fun ideas for connection in a world of technology, and provide fresh advice on how to intentionally pursue a love story that never ends.

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Jeremy Roloff grew up on a 110-acre farm in Helvetia, Oregon, alongside his twin brother and two younger siblings. Jeremy helps his parents, who are both dwarfs, run Roloff Farm’s pumpkin patch, which brings in thousands of visitors from around the world every weekend in October. Jeremy has a degree in professional photography and is the cofounder of Beating50Percent.com, a marriage ministry on mission to revive covenant marriages. He also grew up filming for a reality television show called Little People, Big World, which has been following his family since he was fourteen years old. He is a 9 on the enneagram, loves old cars, and will never pass up an evening by the campfire.

My Thoughts...

Life changing book. You better be ready for a huge change if you are going to take the time to read this book.
So much insight and their love story is just meant to be read by everyone. I recommend that everyone read it.
I did however not want this book to end, it has profoundly opened my eyes and I am forever changed.
I gave this book 5 stars and I will be reading it again and again.
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Until There Was Us By Samantha Chase

He'll have to play his cards just right for her to take a chance on him...
Megan Montgomery has always been careful...except that one time she threw caution to the wind and hooked up with a sexy groomsman at her cousin's wedding. But that was two years ago―so why can't she stop thinking about Alex Rebat?
Alex has been living the good life. He loves his job, has a great circle of friends, and doesn't answer to anyone. The problem? There's only one woman he wants and she ran out on him after one amazing weekend. But now that Megan's coming back to town, Alex hopes he can convince her to take another chance on him...and on a future that can only be built together.

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Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 27 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

My Thoughts...

This is part of The Montgomery Brothers series. But I read it as a stand alone and I was not lost. I love Chase's writing style and she is the queen of romances. 
You are going to love this series. I have to say make sure that you don't have any plans because you are not going to want to put this book down once you start reading it.
I am going to be reading this whole series now.
I gave this book 4 stars. I Highly recommend this book!
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, April 25, 2019

The Tinderbox By Beverly Lewis

With her Amish parents' twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller stumbles across a surprise--the old brass tinderbox her clockmaker father keeps in his Lancaster County shop has been left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the cherished heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life.

Sylvia's bewilderment grows when her father confronts her about snooping in the box. To her amazement, the respected convert to the Old Order reacts as if he has something to hide.

Burdened by the weight of his deception, Earnest Miller decides he must reveal the details about his past to his beloved wife, Rhoda. The long-kept secret alters everything for the close-knit family, jeopardizing Earnest and Rhoda's relationship, as well as threatening Sylvia's recent engagement to the preacher's grandson.

Can the Millers find a way forward through the turmoil to a place of forgiveness and acceptance?

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Beverly Lewis penned her first story at age nine while living near Lancaster County Amish farmland, where she grew up. She welcomes her many reader-friends each day on Facebook and personally replies to fan mail. Lewis lives with her husband in Colorado near their family. Visit her website at www.beverlylewis.com.

My Thoughts...

This is a slow read to start out about half way if you will stick with it. It picks up and you will be happy that you read it. While it was not my favorite book by Lewis it is still woth the read.
I gave this book 3.5 stars and I hope the next book is more my speed.
I love this cover, Don't you all?
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Will Rise From Ashes By Jean Grant

Living is more than mere survival.

Young widow AJ Sinclair has persevered through much heartache. Has she met her match when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, leaving her separated from her youngest son and her brother? Tens of thousands are dead or missing in a swath of massive destruction. She and her nine-year-old autistic son, Will, embark on a risky road trip from Maine to the epicenter to find her family. She can't lose another loved one.

Along the way, they meet Reid Gregory, who travels his own road to perdition looking for his sister. Drawn together by AJ's fear of driving and Reid's military and local expertise, their journey to Colorado is fraught with the chaotic aftermath of the eruption. AJ's anxiety and faith in humanity are put to the test as she heals her past, accepts her family's present, and embraces uncertainty as Will and Reid show her a world she had almost forgotten.

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Jean is a scientist by training with a background in Marine Biology, Microbiology, and Immunology. She currently resides in New England and draws from her interests in history, science, the outdoors, and her family for writing inspiration.

Diana Gabaldon lured her into historical romance with Outlander (more like sucked her under and after reading most of the series, she consumed the Starz series)...and Julie Garwood swept her away to medieval Scotland. Both authors and their books were inspirations to Jean. She was awestruck by Scotland, history, and a bit of the mystical. Now out: two books in her historical romance (paranormal bent) trilogy (A Hundred Breaths, A Hundred Kisses).

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Shop on Peculiar Shop By Grimly Darkwood

When Peter comes to live with his aunt and uncle at the shop on Peculiar Hill, he has a lot to learn. What are bogeys and heeble-greebs and the other fierce creatures which live in the nearby Vale of Strange? Why is it so important to wear a hat and sturdy boots? And what is this stuff called Strangeness which comes bubbling out of the ground? When Peter discovers the dark secret which lurks at the heart of this place, he finds his efforts to make things better do not go according to plan. He sets out to make amends with the aid of his new friend, Amanda, but how can he know that requesting her help will prove to be such a very big mistake?

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Grimly Darkwood was born in the year nineteen hundred and blinkety blonk, which was a very long time ago. In those days, things were very different from how they are today. Carts were more common than cars, mobile phones had not been invented, and if you were very lucky, the highlight of your day was to find a free plastic spaceman in a packet of corn flakes.

Grimly thought that the sights and sounds of such days were gone forever. He was therefore surprised when, while studying the night sky with his telescope, he began to observe life on a planet which had much in common with those distant days. That he could see this place so clearly was remarkable in itself. Normally, only the brilliant stars which provide such planets with light can be observed at such a distance. But Grimly found out that he could see the planet because it possessed a phenomenon called strangeness, of which he was soon to learn a great deal more.

The Shop on Peculiar Hill is the first of Grimly’s accounts of life in a part of that distant planet, a vicinity known as The Vale of Strange. He is determined that more such tales will follow, in spite of attacks from mysterious ‘intergalactic forces’ which, he says, are trying to sabotage his telescope and clog up his ball point pen.

Grimly rarely appears in public and his place at such events is often taken by someone called Simon Ounsley, another mysterious figure who has fulfilled numerous roles in life, among them co-editor and co-founder of a long running science fiction magazine. There are even rumours that Darkwood and Ounsley are one and the same person, though they both strenuously deny ‘these unfounded allegations’. Mr. Darkwood also wishes to deny that he is ‘a cantankerous old goat’.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Exclusive And A Touch of Heaven By Samantha Chase

When little-known writer Taylor Scott is granted two weeks to interview a famous reclusive author, it's the opportunity of a lifetime. So is the chance to rekindle her friendship with Mike Greene, who happens to be the author's assistant. But as feelings deepen and time winds down, Taylor will have to choose between the story that could launch her career and an unexpected chance at love.
A Touch of Heaven
As Regan Amerson makes the emotional decision to sell their family home, her mother wins a home makeover from a reality TV show. Regan is furious, and jaded host Sawyer Bennett isn't thrilled either. That is, until he meets Regan―and finds himself enamored by the fiercely independent beauty. She may want nothing to do with him, but Sawyer isn't one to give up easily...

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Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 27 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

My Thoughts...

Two great romances in one book. Now let me be honest. When I am reading  book by a fantastic author I don't want it to end. So this book is one of those books I hated to see come to an end. I love a good romance and you get two in this one book.
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.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Girl in the Rearview Mirror By Kelsey Rae Dimberg

The young nanny for a prominent political family gets drawn into a web of deadly lies—including her own—in this stunning debut thriller with the menacing twists of Megan Abbott and the exquisite suspense of Laura Lippman.

They are Phoenix’s First Family: handsome Philip Martin, son of the sitting Senator, an ex-football player who carries himself with an easy grace and appears destined to step into his father’s seat when the time is right; his wife Marina, the stylish and elegant director of Phoenix’s fine arts museum; and their four-year-old daughter Amabel, beautiful and precocious and beloved.
Finn Hunt is working a dull office job to pay off her college debt when she meets Philip and charms Amabel. She eagerly agrees to nanny, thinking she’s lucked into the job of a lifetime. Though the glamour of the Martins’ lifestyle undeniably dazzles Finn, her real pleasure comes from being part of the family: sharing quick jokes with Philip in the kitchen before he leaves for work; staying late when Marina needs a last-minute sitter; and spending long days with Amabel, who is often treated more like a photo op than a child.
But behind every fa├žade lurks a less attractive truth. When a young woman approaches Finn, claiming a connection with Philip and asking Finn to pass on a message, Finn becomes caught up in a web of deceit with the senate seat at its center. And Finn isn’t exactly innocent herself: she too has a background she has kept hidden, and under the hot Phoenix sun, everything is about to be laid bare.

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Kelsey Rae Dimberg received an MFA from the University of San Francisco and studied at Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University, where she was editor-in-chief of the literary magazine, Lux, and received the Swarthout Award in Fiction. Girl in the Rearview Mirror is her first novel. Born in Seattle, Kelsey has lived in eight states, and currently resides in Milwaukee.

My Thoughts...
 This was slow starting out but when it got good it got really good. I did not like the ending at all. I must say the good parts were good parts. (Ha HA Like that). But I like Finn the detective that is what I like to call her. She had her nose in everything.
I will be looking for Dimberg's next book.
I gave this book 3.5 stars. Pick up a copy and let me know what you think about 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, April 18, 2019

The Season of Silver Linings By Christine Nolfi

She can’t change what’s come before. But letting go could bring healing—and the rare love that comes once in a lifetime.
When Ohio pastry chef Jada Brooks and her two best friends restored the glorious Wayfair Inn, it was a boon to Sweet Lake—and to their own lives. Now Linnie and Cat are focused on private matters: one engaged, the other swept up in newlywed bliss. Jada has also begun looking to the future by dating widower Philip Kettering and forging a sudden, sweet bond with his six-year-old daughter.
But the past isn’t finished with Jada. When a curious guest checks into the Wayfair, her delving questions stir Jada’s guilt about the heartbreaking events that scarred the town seven years ago. The risks Jada must take by revealing the truth will test every assumption she’s made about the meaning of family and the magic of enduring love.

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Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Look for her next release, THE ROAD SHE LEFT BEHIND, on June 11, 2019

The Sweet Lake Series has been recognized by the International Book Awards, Royal Palm Literary Awards, Readers’ Favorite Awards, and Best Book Awards. Kirkus Reviews calls SWEET LAKE "an uplifting and charming story" and Redbook calls the book "an enchanting story full of lovable characters."

The Liberty Series received accolades from the Next Generation Indie Awards and Put Your Heart In A Book Awards. USA Today says that, “TREASURE ME is sure to delight and entertain. It’s light and refreshing; your old fashioned feel-good novel.”

"Please visit me at www.christinenolfi.com and continue the mail, tweets, and comments on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Bookbub, and other sites. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers." ~Christine

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My Thoughts....

This was such a fun read. This is the first book by Nolfi that I have read. It is part of a series. A Sweet Lake series. But I did not feel like I missed anything it can be read as a stand alone. I plan to read the first two books in the series soon.
You will laugh, cry and you will feel like you are part of these girls lives. You will be thinking about Jada, Cat and Linnie long after you read the last page.
Nolfi is a gifted writer so glad I read this book. You are going to be touched by this book, That's all I'm saying about that. A great 4 star read. 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 our own.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

My Promise By Noah Bolinder

On the outside, Grace Kelly’s life waiting tables in Philadelphia seemed pretty ordinary. If only she knew the truth. Following a painful breakup, a bizarre series of events involving a cryptic code lead her to move to an island on the West Coast of Canada where she is selected for an experimental course inside a castle. Taught by a nameless professor, no one seems to know what the class is about and Grace’s curiosity pushes her to find answers. Attempting to uncover the purpose of the course, Grace finds herself caught up in a journey to unlock an ancient mystery. Little does she know that this mystery has more to do with her than she ever imagined. Like no story you have read before, each chapter of My Promise is written to a piece of music. This allows readers to immerse themselves within the emotion of the narrative. Will you find and decipher the codes hidden within the pages? Will the mystery make sense in the end? There’s only one way to find out…

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Noah Bolinder began writing his first book as a teenager and is passionate about helping young people navigate life’s challenges. He currently works with Young Life, a non-profit organization committed to mentoring teenagers. A dual citizen of Canada and Sweden, Noah enjoys traveling, hiking, caving, YouTubing and eating Greek food. He studied Public Administration at the University of Northern British Columbia and graduated with a degree in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University. Noah is currently working on his Master of Divinity and lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mississippi Reckoning Ny Mitchell Zimmerman

After watching his client die in the gas chamber, attorney Gideon Roth is shattered. His career, marriage and life collapse as he is overcome with guilt and despair. But soon he finds new purpose in life: he will drive to Mississippi to revisit the scenes of his youth—and to slay the Klavern members who got away with murdering civil rights workers 30 years earlier.

Can a Mississippi police chief intercept an unknown assassin on a mission to wreak vigilante justice?

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Living your way out of the Mess By Johnny Teague

Mom dropped me off at the swimming pool. The 9 foot section of the pool was separated from the 5 foot section by a concrete wall that lay just beneath the surface of the water. You couldn’t see it, but it was there. On this particular morning, I did what I always did. I crossed the wall, climbed the diving tower, and did a beautiful cannonball. Then it happened. I swallowed some water and began to panic. Literally, I began to drown. It wasn’t like you see on TV where people are yelling “I’m drowning, Help me!” My drowning was going to be a silent death. I did all I could to get above the water, to start swimming, but I couldn’t. I tried to get my head above the water, to get a breath, to get composed, but couldn’t. I tried to cry to the lifeguard for help, but nothing came out. I could not do anything to get his attention. It wasn’t his fault. To him, I just looked like a kid playfully bobbing underwater. To me, it was a violent fight for air, fighting to stay alive. After great effort, I surrendered to the fact that I was going to drown. I did the one last thing I knew to do. In my heart I prayed “Lord, Please help me”. I swung my arm out a last time. My fingers skimmed that 9 foot, under-the-surface wall. I reached again. My hand grabbed it. I lifted myself up, pulled above the surface gasping for air. I held on trembling, breathing deeply. Finally my lungs relaxed, I was saved. God heard my cry. He had provided that wall. “Living Your Way Out of the Mess” is a wall people can grab hold and find the God who loves them. This book deals with the struggles of hardship, hurts, defeat, depression, divorce, death, relationships, chaos, sin, and addiction to name a few. Real-life stories are shared of how people faced the same things you face, and how they made it through. This will give you courage to know that you can live through the trials you face.

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 I am Dr. Johnny Teague. I have five college degrees culminating in my doctorate in expositional preaching. I have worked in three major industries - Shell Pipe Line Corporation as an accountant, Services Corporation International as a manager, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi-Synthelabo as a pharmaceutical and device representative. I have been a pastor for over twenty years, doing what I love most - preaching God's Word. I enjoy travel, having been to all 50 states and 18 countries. I am enthralled by history, having visited every grave and every accessible home of every United States President. I also am blessed to raise cows and hay. On top of all this, I love to write. I have written three books so far - Preaching Your Way Out of a Mess, Living Your Way Out of the Mess, and The Lost Diary of Anne Frank. I long for each book to make an impact.

I am the husband of Lori Teague which is my greatest human gift next to the Lord Jesus Christ who saved me. We have two beautiful girls, Brittany and Kate.

I pastor at Church at the Cross, 3835 S. Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas 77082. We have Sunday services at 9am and 11:15am. You are welcome to join us any time.

If you need to reach me, you can email me at johnnyteague@sbcglobal.net

Friday, April 12, 2019

Point Of View By Elisabeth Hasselback

Recognized from her roles on Survivor, The View, and FOX & Friends, celebrity Elisabeth Hasselbeck presents a deeply intimate journey of faith, told through the important moments in her life.

"Point of view," by definition, is a particular attitude or way of considering a matter. Through her nearly two decades of broadcasting, Elisabeth learned the necessity of extracting the point of view of the person being interviewed on a particular topic or subject or experience. Doing so allows you to see issues and truths through another's eyes. It requires a shift in perspective to see the story through their lens.
    In this illuminating book, Elisabeth walks through the times--from her national celebrity days to her newest role as CBO (Chief Breakfast Officer)--where she saw something differently than how God wanted her to, and the path back to His point of view was sometimes rocky but always revealing. Sometimes God's intentions for her were clear, yet other times she encountered situations so uncomfortable and blurry that she could only ask for His wisdom.
     In this book, Elisabeth welcomes you into the many different, and often divergent, points of view that she has witnessed and learned from along the way. It is a journey that brought her to the ultimate point of view that she discovered in the Word of God--that until she sees herself as He sees her, she is not seeing at all. As you read through the pages here, she invites you to make the same discovery for yourself.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck was formerly known to television audiences as a participant on the wildly popular second edition of “Survivor: The Australian Outback.” Since taking her coveted seat on “The View” in 2003 she has been the focus of major magazine covers and articles including USA Weekend, Curious Parents, People, TV Guide, Fitness, Glamour, Us Weekly, Life, Pregnancy and ePregnancy. She has filled in on the FOX News Channel's “Fox and Friends,” and has been a guest on “Hannity and Colmes,” “Larry King Live,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Good Morning America. “

My Thoughts...

Sometimes you pick up a book and it's just what you need to read it that time. Well I call that an on time book. This is one of those on time books.
I devoured it and I plan to reread it again. This is a book that I will keep on my personal  book shelf.
Some self help books are just stories the author came up with, Hasselback gives you raw heartfelt advice and  her great Point of View.
This is a 5 star book and 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, April 11, 2019

Exceedingly By Anita Brooks

ersonal encouragement and inspiration for finding your unique calling

"Am I making a difference?" "Can I accomplish meaningful things despite the mistakes I've made?" "How can I know God's purpose for me?"

As the true stories in Exceedingly demonstrate, whether famous or entirely unknown, we all struggle to find significance in our lives. But the truth is that each one of us has a special reason for being right here, right now--and we can discover exactly what that is.

Anita Agers-Brooks walks through simple yet powerful strategies, skills, and exercises to do just that. Through practical application and inspiration from people like the late country music star Troy Gentry, readers will identify and hone their natural traits, raw talents, and untapped abilities. Uncovering our purpose doesn't require big personalities, perfect lives, or an issue-free past. We only have to make the effort to learn to see ourselves as God does and fulfill the personal purpose we were made for.

Seekers who engage with Anita will find their quest leads to one amazing conclusion: if they unearth what they've been given and dare to believe, their Maker will do exceedingly, abundantly more with their lives than they've ever imagined.

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Anita Agers-Brooks is a writer, speaker, and certified life coach with a passion for encouraging people to seek biblical guidance for emotional issues. She is also a multi-published, award-winning author whose previous titles include Getting Through What You Can't Get Over and Death Defied, Life Defined, and is also the host of Tending Your Dreams, a globally popular podcast. Anita lives in Cuba, Missouri.

 My Thoughts...

Learning to live your life with purpose. Don't we all think about that from time to time? 
This book has scripture to read in the mind,body,and spirit strengtheners section on the end of each chapter.
This would  be a useful book for small groups and bible study groups. 
Check out the 4 star book, to help build you up.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

An Amish Reunion 4 Novellas in one book.

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four stories about reuniting with those you love. 
Their True Home by Amy Clipston
When Marlene Bawell moved from Bird-in-Hand ten years ago, she was in the deepest of mourning for her mother. Now her family has moved back so her father can seek employment after being laid off. To help save money, Marlene works at the hardware store owned by Rudy Swarey’s father. She knew Rudy growing up and had a secret crush on him, though he never seemed to notice her. But just as a friendship between them begins to blossom, her life is once again turned upside down. Will Marlene ever have a chance to find her own true home?
A Reunion of Hearts by Beth Wiseman
Ruth and Gideon Beiler experienced one of life’s most tragic events. Unable to get past their grief, the couple abandoned their Amish faith and went in different directions, though neither could bear to formally dissolve the marriage. When their loved ones reach out to them to come home for a family reunion, Ruth has reason to believe that Gideon won’t be there. Gideon also thinks that Ruth has declined the invitation. Family and friends are rooting for them to reunite, but will it all be enough for Ruth and Gideon to get past their grief and recapture a time when they were in love and had a bright future ahead of them?
A Chance to Remember by Kathleen Fuller
Cevilla Schlabach, Birch Creek’s resident octogenarian matchmaker, is surprised when Richard, a man from her Englisch past, arrives in Birch Creek for a visit. While he and Cevilla take several walks down memory lane, they wonder what the future holds for them at this stage of life—friendship, or the possibility of something else?
Mended Hearts by Kelly Irvin
At eighteen Hannah Kauffman made a terrible mistake. Her parents and members of her Jamesport Amish community say they’ve forgiven her. But she feels their eyes following her everywhere she goes with eighteen-month-old Evie. Thaddeus, Evie’s father, escaped this fate by running away from Jamesport. Now that Thaddeus is gone, Hannah’s old friend Phillip is stepping up to be by her side. He has waited patiently for Hannah to realize just how much he cares for her. But when Thaddeus returns after two years, Hannah can’t deny the love she feels for him. Does the fact that Phillip has waited patiently for her all this time mean that she owes him something? Can she trust either one of them? Can she trust herself? She has repented and been forgiven by the One who is most important—her heavenly Father. But is she willing to risk making more mistakes by opening herself up to love?

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My Thoughts...
Amish fiction fans here you go four novellas for you to sit and read and try to decide which one is your favorite.
If you are looking for a good short story when time is short this might the book for you.
Let me know which one of the four novellas is your favorite.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Saving Meghan By D. J. Palmer

Saving Meghan is a riveting new thriller full of secrets and lies from author D.J. Palmer.

Can you love someone to death?
Some would say Becky Gerard is a devoted mother and would do anything for her only child. Others, including her husband Carl, claim she's obsessed and can't stop the vicious circle of finding a cure at her daughter's expense.
Fifteen-year-old Meghan has been in and out of hospitals with a plague of unexplained illnesses. But when the ailments take a sharp turn, clashing medical opinions begin to raise questions about the puzzling nature of Meghan’s illness. Doctors suspect Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a rare behavioral disorder where the primary caretaker seeks medical help for made-up symptoms of a child. Is this what's going on? Or is there something even more sinister at hand?
As the Gerards grow more and more suspicious of each other and their medical team, Becky must race against time to prove her daughter has a deadly disease. But first, she must confront her darkest fears and family secrets that threaten to not only upend her once-ordered life…but to destroy it.

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D.J. PALMER is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels, including Delirious and Desperate. After receiving his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer before turning his attention to writing. He lives with his wife and two children in New Hampshire where he is currently at work on his next novel.

My Thoughts...

 I was so excited for this book. I devoured it and did not see a lot of it coming. It kept me on my toes. I will not tell you if I am team #BelieveBecky or team #ProtectMeghan I want you to read it and tell me which team you are.
I will tell you this, you will not see the ending coming. You will be as shocked as I was.
I can't wait to read Mr. Palmers next book.
4 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this book.
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, April 5, 2019

Baby Teeth By Zoje Stage

MEET HANNA: Seven-year-old Hanna is a sweet-but-silent angel in the eyes of her adoring father Alex. He’s the only person who understands her. But her mother Suzette stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.
MEET SUZETTE: Suzette loves her daughter, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. She’s also becoming increasingly frightened by Hanna’s little games, while her husband Alex remains blind to the failing family dynamics. Soon, Suzette starts to fear that maybe their supposedly innocent baby girl may have a truly sinister agenda.
A battle of wills between mother and daughter reveals the frailty and falsehood of familial bonds in award-winning playwright and filmmaker Zoje Stage’s tense novel of psychological suspense, Baby Teeth.

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Zoje Stage is a former filmmaker with a penchant for the dark and suspenseful. Her debut novel BABY TEETH, published in July 2018, was a USA Today bestseller, a People Magazine "Book of the Week", and voted by Barnes & Noble, Bloody Disgusting, and Goodreads as one of the best horror books of 2018. It was published in the UK under the title BAD APPLE, and will soon be available in more than a dozen countries. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

My Thoughts...

 Oh don't even know what to say about this book. The evil seven year Hanna was just over the top. This was a first for me. I was rooting for the mom the whole time. I had to know if the mom was going to turn on that evil kid or not so I keep on reading.
I gave this book 3 stars, but based on the story you may want to give this one a try I have never read anything like it before.
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Memory House By Rachel Hauck

Embracing the future means remembering the past . . .
When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that either.
Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.
Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

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Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She is a Christy Award Winner and a double RITA finalist. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Club. She is also the recipient of RT's Career Achievement Award.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, and a former sorority girl, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com or www.facebook.com/rachelhauck

My Thoughts...

 I have never read a book by Hauck that I did not LOVE. Are you tired of reading books with perfect, flawless characters? If you answered yes, then this book is for you. You have to be a very special author to write Time-slip books and do it well. Hauck does it like no other. Hauck gave us imperfect characters, that made me love them and relate to them. 2 Sets of couples that you are sure to fall in love with. 2 Stories that come together and make you sad to see it come to an end. 
You must pick up a copy of this 5 star must read book. 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.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Rumple Buttercup By Matthew Gray Gubler

A charming and inspiring story written and illustrated by Criminal Minds actor/director, Matthew MyGubler.

Rumple Buttercup has five crooked teeth, three strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right.

He is weird.

Join him and Candy Corn Carl (his imaginary friend made of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging.

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My Thoughts...
 This was a cute book. The Illustrations were that of a small child. But the story was cute and a very fun read for the littles.
I liked the message behind the story.
This should be a book read in classrooms and should be on the shelves  of the littles in your life. 
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Silken Thread By Kim Vogel Sawyer GIVEAWAY!

For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.

Langdon Rochester's parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents's command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women's Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life--even with so little to offer?

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Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wife, mother, gramma, chocolate-lover, cat-petter, and--most importantly--a daughter of the King! With more than 1.5 million books in print in seven different languages, Kim enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Her "gentle stories of hope" are loved by readers and reviewers alike. Kim and her retired military husband, Don, reside on the plains of Kansas, the setting for many of her novels.

My Thoughts...

A love story not to be forgotten. As with all of Sawyers books you will fly through this one. And be left wanting more. I loved every page.
And cover love from me. 
Don't miss this latest story by Sawyer. I gave it 4 stars ad I recommend it.
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Monday, April 1, 2019

The Hannah Anointing By Michelle McClain- Walters

A resilient spirit is born when God makes you wait.
In The Hannah Anointing Michelle McClain-Walters reveals a special kind of spiritual power that stands unwaveringly in the face of recurring disappointment and the enemy’s taunts.
With her unique and empowering prophetic, McClain-Walters tackles issues women face on the road to their destiny and purpose, including how to:
•  Release the cry of the barren, pray in faith, and get God’s attention
•  Overcome jealousy, rejection, temptation to compromise, critical spirits, and shame
•  Find healing and purity of heart
•  Get the right perspective of God’s sovereignty and find strength to persevere
•  Maintain three spiritual postures that guarantee victory
•  Make a new vow to God and unlock an overflow of multiplication and increase.

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Michelle McClain-Walters has traveled to more than fifty nations and has conducted schools of the prophet that have activated thousands in the art of hearing the voice of God. She is the author of The Prophetic Advantage and four books in the Women of Influence series. For many years she served as director of prayer ministry on the staff of Crusaders Church under the leadership of Apostle John Eckhardt. She was also one of the house prophets and apostolic team leaders at Crusaders Church. She and her husband, Floyd Walters Jr., currently reside in Orlando, Florida.

My Thoughts...

This is the perfect book for small groups wanting to go deep and study the women of the Bible. It's the perfect size to carry with you. It has  prayers in each chapter. It also has scripture throughout the whole book. So you can use your Bible with this study.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. 
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