Saturday, December 10, 2016

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

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About the book
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Genre: Christian Romance/Christmas
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Book Format: Paperback & Ebook

Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?

College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.

Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.

When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.

Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?
In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.

My Review:

What a delightful happily ever after read from author Rachel Hauck.  I have not read the Royal Wedding Series yet, though I do own them, I was privileged to review this latest in the series.  This is a modern day royalty story that I wish we had more of.  Sometimes I just want to escape into a lovely story like this one with a prince who is intent on pursuing and making his true love, who just happens to be an American, his wife.  The title foretells the ending of this book, but what a story to read till the end.

This book started off about a hundred years earlier with a very shocking prologue that immediately hooked me.  Now one hundred years later, a Christmas tradition from old is being resurrected by the media to force Prince Colin to marry his current girlfriend and so give the media a sensational story to tell.  Prince Colin’s father is all for the wedding, however she is not the one to whom Prince Colin’s heart belongs.  Enter Avery, whose sister Susanna is married to the current king, Nicholas.  She and Colin have a past that did not end well, and Avery’s heart became collateral damage.

So even though I knew this would end with a HEA, it was still an emotional ride to get there.  Raising important questions and dealing with some very deep hurts, not only from the failed romance but also from the recent death of Avery’s father.  There was a character who said something very touching to Avery:

 “Sad thing about losing your parent is a door to your childhood closes.  One you didn’t even know was open.”  Pg. 111

That line touched me as I have also lost my father.

This was a touching romance that will endear new and old fans to this series.  I look forward to reading the rest as author Hauck has a way with writing meaningful romances.

I received a copy of this book for free.  I was not required to give a positive review and all views expressed are my own.

About the Author

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

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan

Guest Post from Rachel Hauck

I don’t think we can ever get enough of royals or Christmas, do you? The two just seem to go together.

The Bible tells us eternity is written on our hearts. (Ecc. 3:11) I wonder if it’s also written on our hearts to be princesses in a grand, beautiful, perfect kingdom.

That being said, welcome to The Royal Christmas Wedding blog tour. My deepest thanks to all the bloggers, reviewers, and readers for hosting and visiting this tour. I’m excited to share this story with you all.

The hero and heroine, Prince Colin and Avery Truitt, first met in Once Upon A Prince at King Nathaniel’s coronation.

I hadn’t planned to write a spinoff story with the two of them. In fact, I didn’t even know Prince Colin existed until Avery walked into the abbey for the coronation and glanced across the sanctuary into his eyes.

Here’s his introduction:
Lean, aristocratic with an outdoorsman ruddiness, he nearly made Susanna swoon when he winked at Avery.

I liked Colin immediately. So did Avery. As well as a lot of you.

When my publisher asked me to write their story, it would be two years before the book would release. Plenty of time, right?

But “time crunch” is the name of the game with most writers. Between life, rewrites, edits, and promotional activity, we often find ourselves hurrying toward a deadline. Well, at least I do.
In the fall of 2015 I was writing The Wedding Shop and A Royal Christmas Wedding at the same time.

I’d also dealt with a physical issue that left me shaky. Could I write two books in five months? Did I want to even make the attempt?
If I said no, publication dates would be pushed out, causing a year delay on A Royal Christmas Wedding. And I knew that was something I did not want to do.

Publishing is a long game. Books are contracted and due 12 to 18, even 24 months, before release dates. Time must be carved out for rewrites and editing, marketing and promotion. Review copies go out at least five months in advance.

So I agreed to write both books. I told my editor, “Diamonds come from pressure.”

Coming up with Avery and Prince Colin’s story wasn’t as easy as I’d planned. Since they met in Once Upon A Prince as teenagers, I struggled with how to advance their age and relationship, and how to present them as the book opened.

Where had their relationship gone “between the books?”

When I came up with the idea of the Pembroke Chapel bell, the story magic began to happen. One of the things I love in the royal wedding books is the fairytale aspect. Looking for something out of the ordinary.

Even though my writing time was tight, writing Avery and Colin’s story was a joy. Once again I wish I could visit Brighton, eat a puff, and royal watch for the Strattons!

I hope you found a few sweet spots in the story, all wrapped in Christmas holiday cheer, and enjoyed your time with me in Brighton Kingdom.

Merry Christmas!

Blog Stops

December 8: New Horizon Reviews
December 8: inklings and notions
December 9: Redeemed Hope Dweller
December 9: Book by Book
December 10: Blossoms and Blessings
December 10: Pause for Tales
December 11: Quiet Quilter
December 11: Ashley’s Bookshelf
December 12: Bibliophile Reviews
December 12: Lights in a Dark World
December 12: Splashes of Joy
December 13: Moments Dipped in Ink
December 13: Neverending Stories
December 14: The Power of Words
December 14: Counting Pinecones
December 14: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
December 15: Genesis 5020
December 15: CTF Devourer
December 16: Lighthouse Academy
December 16: Christian Bookaholic
December 17: Smiling Book Reviews
December 17: God is Love
December 17: A Simple Life, really?!
December 18: A Holland Reads
December 18: The Scribbler
December 18: Faith * Love * Books
December 19: By The Book
December 19: Karen Sue Hadley
December 19: Southern Chelle
December 20: Faithfully Bookish
December 21: ASC Book Reviews


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card plus a copy of A Royal Christmas Wedding and a copy of The Wedding Shop. Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post to earn 9 extra entries in the giveaway!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Review: Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons

About the book:

Pursuing Gold (Elk Lake, October 2016)
With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis.

With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner's daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter's forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.

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My Review

Pursuing  Gold is a historical novel that takes place during the Civil War.  In this particular story we see the war from the viewpoint of Southerners who are actually against slavery but are not for the States losing more of their rights.  Peter Chandler is now part owner of his father’s bank since his father died.  His father’s partner, Mr. Roper, is very ill with heart problems and nearing death, so he must work with his longtime friend and one time sweetheart Mary Beth Roper while she begins to take over her father’s business.  Peter and Mary Beth are trying to keep the bank solvent both during and hopefully after the war by guaranteeing that the bank is backed by only gold.  However, suspicious counterfeit and forged paper money is popping up with Peter’s signature.

This was a rather quick read as the story is set up in small chunks as the day’s progress.  Peter and Mary Beth are trying to keep their heads as the country falls apart around them, while hoping for a second chance at love.  Dreading the possibility of Union forces bringing the war to their town and not trusting the Confederate soldiers that are already in town, keeps this duo very busy.  On top of that, they are also dealing with sickness and a possible murder. 

There are some parts of the story that was a little confusing as there seemed to be something missing, I am not sure if this was an editing problem or not.  It was a minor issue for me and only detracted me from the story a little bit.  Other than that, I enjoyed this historical novel from the Southern viewpoint that was not for slavery.

I received a copy for free from Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review and the views expressed are my own.

About the author:

Cynthia L Simmons and her husband, Ray, have five children and reside in Atlanta. She has taught for over thirty years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. She's a columnist for Leading Hearts Magazine and she directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference. Cyndi has a heart for encouraging women in today's crazy, upside-down world. She loves history and peppers her speaking and teaching with fascinating vignettes from the past. Her first book, Struggles and Triumphs, was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the Year. She co-founded Homeschool Answers and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review and Giveaway: Bad Day For a Bombshell by Cindy Vincent

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Genre: Adult, Christian, Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Whodunit Press
Publication date: October 17, 2016
Number of pages: 340

​​December 5th, 1941. Houston socialite, Tracy Truworth, is always on the lookout for something suspicious. Especially after growing up with her nose in the latest Katie McClue mystery novel, a series featuring a twenty-something female detective and her constant feats of derring-do. And for Tracy, escaping reality through reading couldn't come at a better time, since her own life isn't exactly going along like she'd hoped. Not with her overbearing mother determined to see Tracy marry Michael -- a lawyer likely to be a U.S. Senator someday -- in a wedding rivaling royalty. Yet everything changes for Tracy when she spots a bleach-blonde bombshell on the train home from Dallas after a ​shopping trip to Neiman-Marcus. Because something certainly seems amiss with the blonde, given the way she covertly tries to snare men into her lair, and considering the way she suddenly ceases all flirtations when a Humphrey Bogart look-alike appears . . . complete with a mysterious package wrapped up in newspaper and twine.

Then days later, Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, and just a few days after that, Germany declares war against the U.S. Rightly so, President Roosevelt returns the favor. Of course, Tracy immediately finds herself caught up in the War, just like the rest of the nation. But it's her curiosity that leads her on a collision course with a killer, and she arrives at the bombshell's apartment only moments after the blonde has been murdered. Though Tracy is accused of the crime at first, she quickly finds herself working as an Apprentice P.I., under the tutelage of a real private investigator. Soon, they're hot on the trail of the bombshell's murderer. Then from singing at the hottest nightclub around, to a car chase in her 1940 Packard, Tracy's investigation takes her far from her blue-blood upbringing. And it isn't long before she finds the War is hitting a lot closer to home.

My Review:

Bad Day for a Bombshell, by Cindy Vincent was a very well researched historical mystery. Taking place in the nineteen forties, right at the brink of the United States’ entrance into World War II, we follow the adventures- and misadventures- of Tracy Truworth on the home front. She’s a very likeable, relatable heroine dealing with family drama and a bad engagement as the world seems to fall apart around her. A mystery fan- especially of her esteemed Katie McClue- she starts to sense a mystery surrounding a beautiful, blonde woman she sees on a train. But even as the States get pulled into the war, she gets pulled into the mystery- even becoming an apprentice P.I. - and soon learns of the dreaded Bund, Nazi spies bent on taking over America. The book was a bit slower paced than I had expected, but comfortably so. I especially liked all the nineteen forties slang and references- no anachronisms here.  I look forward to more in which I hope will be a series and to get to know our rooky P.I. better.

I was provided a complimentary book.  I was not required to give a positive review and views expressed are my own.

Reviewed by Jes

Cindy Vincent, M.A. Ed., is the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers, a mystery series for kids and cat-lovers that features the adventures of two black cat detectives.  And yes, as she is often asked, Cindy used her own black cats, Buckley and Bogey, as the inspiration for the series, since they seem to run surveillance on her house each and every night.  Cindy is also the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls, along with the Daisy Diamond Detective novels, which are a spin-off from the games.  She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and an assortment of fantastic felines.  Cindy is a self-professed “Christmas-a-holic,” and usually starts planning and preparing in March for her ever-expanding, “extreme” Christmas lights display every year . . . She is also looking forward to the release of the first book in her new Tracy Truworth, Apprentice P.I., 1940s Homefront Mystery series,  which is due out in the Fall of 2016.  ​

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Review: The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser

About the Book:

Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress. Wide-eyed with the possibilities America has to offer, Annie wonders if there’s more for her than a life of service.

Annie chooses to risk everything, taps into courage she never knew she had, and goes off on her own, finding employment in the sewing department at Macy’s. While at Macy’s Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and God’s leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer—a pattern artist of the highest degree.

As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.

My Review:

The Pattern Artist was an interesting historical taking place during and around the year 1911.  We follow English housemaid Annie Wood from Summerfield England with her employers visit to New York.  Here Annie must face the crushing reality that some of her dreams may not come true, however in true American spirit, she realizes that she can achieve more for her life here in the United States than going back home.

With her new friends, she decides to strike out on her own and when she does the floodgates are opened.  Not without struggles and she even has to contend with a very evil man who begins stalking her.   She also meets some very wise women who befriend her and come alongside her as she maps out her new life in the States.  And romance is in the air for her when she meets a salesman by the name of Sean.

Rich with historical detail, we get to go behind the scenes of Macy’s department store and get a glimpse of what life might be like for an immigrant starting over and trying to find her place in a new world.  I really liked learning about the tidbits of history that this story focused on and I was so pleased that author Nancy Moser included samples of what some of the dresses would have looked like.  Sometimes it is difficult to envision a fashion that I am not familiar with and those pictures added a depth to the story.  This was my first read by Nancy Moser and I look forward to more of her stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing.  I was not required to give a positive review and the views expressed are my own.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Undiscovered Treasures by Carole Brown

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About the Book

Caroline Gibson is co-owner of Undiscovered Treasures, a shop of antiques, collectibles, and junk in rural West Virginia. Inside the shop is a music box that Caroline particularly relates to, believing that her own life is similar: forever spinning and never going anywhere.

She dreams and prays for the right man to turn up. But when family and friends hint that the local artist could be the guy, Caroline forgets about trusting God and takes matters into her own hands.
Besides, she could never love a man who paints such depressing pictures.

Andrew Carrington, painter of said depressing pictures, insists there’s always one redeeming trait to each of his works.

He’s loved Caroline since they were kids and thinks he’s not handsome enough, strong enough, or rich enough to impress this woman. But when God—or is it?—suddenly sends contracts begging for his signature, Andy thinks this just might be the way to win the only woman he can ever love.

But there’s a hitch in their plans. Someone is stealing Andy’s pictures, and why would they do that when he’s an unknown–so far? Do they know something Caroline and Andy don’t know? Is it mischief? Or something deeper that neither understand? Andy gets the chance to work with Caroline, and she must put aside her on-going battle to avoid Andy and his art so they can discover the art thief in Appleton before Andy loses the chance of a life time to ‘make it big.’

My Review

I read a lot, and even though I like most books I read, there are some books that are just stand outs from all the rest.  Undiscovered Treasures is one of them and I feel so happy that I picked up this gem of a book.  It is such a simple lovely story with the old romance trope of big brother’s best friend (Andy) being in love with the little sister (Caro), and she does not return the feelings.  So what happens when Mr. Right does step in the picture, how comes Caroline can’t stop thinking about or being jealous of Andy’s love life?

This story reminded me of old black and white romance movies, and just left me with a good feeling.  Again, simple story telling that really spoke to me and really shows that sometimes what we think we want is not what we want at all.  There is a mystery as someone is stealing Andy’s artistic work and Andy and Caroline work together to try to solve the thefts.  Caro (Caroline) doesn’t even know why anyone would steal his art or why his art is so appealing to everyone else but her.  It just goes to show who and how much we take for granted in our lives.  This is probably the most romantic story I have read this year.

I was given a copy of this book for free.  I was not required to leave a positive review and the views expressed are my own.

About the Author

Besides being an active participant of many writing groups, Carole enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense, tough topics, romance and whimsy into her books, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

Guest Post from Carole Brown

Fun Tidbits About Undiscovered Treasures
(Book Three of the Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series)
By Carole Brown

  • Why did I write this book? Several years ago, my agent urged me to write a romance novel for a certain publishing group. I did, and while I was at it, decided to write about three friends, all living in the made up town of Appleton, WV. Each had their own story, but the romance books didn’t go anywhere (because I’m not a “per se” romance writer. But when a current editor asked me for a new series, I thought about these three books and wondered if I could turn them into light mysteries. Ta da: the Appleton, WV series was born!

  • How much of myself do I put into my books? Almost always little dabs of this and that. I love antiques and flea markets, cats, flowers (including Caroline’s favorite: daisies) and coffee. If I drink tea, I’m a Tea Snob (same as Caroline). I’m clumsy and fall over practically nothing (Caroline too!).

  • What is your main characters like? In Undiscovered Treasures, Caroline Gibson, is a “home-town” girl. She doesn’t have a lot of confidence in her own looks, is clumsy, and sometimes quite outspoken. But she’s loyal, trustworthy, and soft-hearted, always watching out for the “underdog,” helps her brother run a successful business, writes plays, and oversees the local youth organization at her church.

  • Andy Carrington, on the other hand, is quiet, but confident in his own abilities, friendly, a dedicated Christian, and an up-and-coming famous artist. He’s best friends with Caroline’s brother, and grew up with him and Caroline. Best of all, he’s loved Caroline forever and trusts God to direct his and her life.

  • Where did I get the title for this book? When I plotted for the third friend (Caroline), I decided a junk/antique/collectibles store would be fun and unique. It also fit her personality. Having a brother and sister run the store worked well with the plot and giving them both a bit of wittiness added interest to the novel. I also thought this title played into the emotional love story part of the plot. Caroline, always dreaming of a real live prince for her life, doesn’t realize that she already has one. It’s only when she discovers Andy’s virtues that she finally clasps the truth: Andy is her treasure, chosen by God, just for her.

  • Why a cat in the story? It played into Caroline’s personality very well. I can just see her volunteering at the local pet shelter. Angel, the cat, also was a ready (or not) listener when Caroline needed a sounding board.

  • How does the music box play into the plot? It’s a constant reminder–and not a very welcome one–that her life is somewhat unsatisfactory. She thinks it’s because she doesn’t have a “prince” riding up to save her from a mundane existence, but really, it’s more like the proverbial ostrich inserting his head into the sand, and unwilling to accept the will of God for her life.

  • Why have Caroline travel out of the U.S. when she’s such a homebody? Having her travel, which she isn’t totally fond of, forces her to climb out of her comfort zone. She knows what she has to do–make an apology–whether everything turns out the way she wants it to or not, and because she has to travel a distance, she has plenty of time to ruminate on her “follies.” Overall, a good disciplinarian action for her.

  • Is there a spiritual thread? Yes. Accepting God’s will for our lives. We can’t make things happen the way we want, and if we force the issue, most times, it turns out to be an unsatisfactory situation. Caroline has to learn that, and once she does, she couldn’t be happier.

Blog Stops

November 30: autism mom
November 30: Carpe Diem
December 1: Quiet Quilter
December 3: On Jenna’s Shelf
December 4: Pause for Tales
December 6: bigreadersite
December 8: Karen Sue Hadley
December 9: A Reader’s Brain
December 10: Moments Dipped in Ink
December 11: Blogging With Carol


To celebrate their tour, Carole is giving away a themed basket including (but not limited to) 2 kitchen towels, 4 fun coasters, a travel journal w/ photo frames, a “happiness” picture, a recipe box and recipe cards, a fridge magnet, a magnetic phone list w/notepad, and a print copy of Undiscovered Treasures! Click the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this blog post to claim nine extra entries in the giveaway!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review and Giveaway: Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough

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About the Book
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When Ruby McCoy and her mother arrive in Fairplay and promptly move into the biggest mansion around, they are the talk of the town. But while Mrs. McCoy worries about ribbons, trunks, and wallpaper, Ruby rolls up her sleeves. Since the hanging of her notorious gangster father five years ago, Ruby, hiding under an assumed name, is on a mission to right her father’s wrongs. She is determined to spend every penny of her inherited “blood money” helping those who paid the price for her father’s crimes. But she didn’t plan on falling in love.

Sheriff Rex Truett doesn’t trust Ruby and doesn’t care who knows it. The keeper of Fairplay’s law and order makes it his business to find out why a stranger—especially a beautiful, rich, female stranger—would set up businesses, donate to schools, hire workmen to rebuild houses, and provide access to the best medical care. But when a cholera epidemic sweeps through the city, he is forced to reconsider.

Will Ruby have the courage to tell Rex her family secret? And will love or justice win in Rex’s heart?

My Review:

Healing of the Heart is the latest in the series Secrets on Sterling Street, and Loree Lough has really outdone herself with the secrets that are hidden in this novel.  Ruby McCoy has spent 5 years trying to make some sort of restitution for her late father’s grievous sins.  She has almost completed her project when she and her mother move to Fairplay to continue with “the healing hearts” campaign.  There she catches the notice of the Sheriff Rex Truett who, no matter what good Ruby does, cannot  get past his distrust for her.

This story explores the ramifications of the father’s sins and just what that might look like when the next generation must live with the results.  Sin, big or small, affects everyone and this book really shines a light on that truth.  Ruby wrestles with her relationship with God as she believes she must pay for her father’s sins before God can forgive her.  Is God like some people ruled by bitterness and revenge, or will she be able to do enough good deeds to right the wrong?  Ruby must come to the realization that God loves her for her.  What about Rex?  He and Ruby are slowly falling in love and she would be the ideal wife for him, if he can get over the biggest secret she is keeping from him.

I enjoyed revisiting Sterling Street and this book has been my favorite of the series so far.   I was reading quite happily watching their courtship slowly progress when the author threw in a major story changer that I did not see coming.  Just like in real life, bad things happen and can spring up at any moment.   And the characters had to make some hard decisions.

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher.  I was not required to give a positive review and all views expressed are my own.

About the Author

A prolific writer, Loree Lough has 108 books, 68 short stories, and more than 2,500 articles in print. Her novels have earned dozens of industry and Reader’s Choice awards. A frequent guest speaker for writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, corporations, and college and high school writing programs, Loree and her husband, Larry, divide their time between a home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains.

Her books have over 3700 ratings on Goodreads with the first two books in The Secrets of Sterling Street series, Currency of the Heartand Guardians of the Heart receiving multiple four and five star reviews on book review and retail sites.

Blog Stops

November 22: Bibliophile Reviews
November 22: Jeanette’s Thoughts
November 23: Neverending Stories
November 23: Lane Hill House
November 24: Christian Bookaholic
November 25: Redeemed Hope Dweller
November 26: Moments Dipped in Ink
November 27: inklings and notions
November 27: Splashes of Joy
November 28: Ashley’s Bookshelf
November 28: Daysong Reflections
November 30: Bigreadersite
December 1: Pause for Tales
December 2: A Greater Yes
December 2: Genesis 5020
December 4: Karen Sue Hadley
December 5: Rhonda’s Doings


In honor of her tour, Loree is giving away her books: Secrets on Sterling Street series, Prevailing Love (3 in 1), Pricilla Hires a Husband, Lone Wolf, and Emma’s Orphans, a KJVER Study Bible, and an Abba pillar candle in a wicker basket! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: The Remnant by Monte Wolverton

About the book:

The Remnant (Plain Truth Ministries, August 2016)

In the year 2069 the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn't show up, as some expected.

Instead, a cataclysmic war, natural disasters and pandemics eradicated 90 percent of earth's population. Now, in 2131, a totalitarian government rules the world from the majestic, opulent capitol of Carthage, Tunisia. Blamed for igniting the war, religion and religious books are banned. Citizens who will not renounce their religion are sent to work camps.

Grant Cochrin, imprisoned in a bleak petroleum camp in what was once North Dakota, leads his family and friends to escape and embark on a long, dangerous quest for a Christian community. Their resource in this journey? A cherished page torn from the now banished Bible---a remnant of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount handed down from Grant's grandparents. 

What if there were an Apocalypse and Jesus didn't return? What if the survivors found themselves living in a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where religion is forbidden and all religious texts have been destroyed?

In The Remnant, award-winning author Monte Wolverton tells the tale of a band of concentration camp escapees who trek through the lawless American wilderness on a quest for authentic Christianity, only to come face to face with an unthinkable dilemma. The Remnant is a fast-paced story punctuated with dry satire, memorable characters and hard questions about religious institutions.

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My Review:

The Remnant by Monte Wolverton was an interesting examination of Christianity, cults, and the human mind. Unlike most dystopian books, this one actually realistically deals with what would happen to religion should such a world arise, which was also a really good allegory of how it is now. I also really liked the explanation of how the ‘apocalypse’ happened- very well thought out, as well as the entire geographic setting. The story had a lot of variety, and I liked watching the little band of Christ-followers as they grew in faith and numbers, as well as wondering where the twists would take them. Unfortunately, sometimes it seemed like the story was being told rather than shown. Overall though, this was a very thought-provoking read and a fascinating idea.

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher for free.  I was not required to give a positive review.  The views expressed are my own.

Reviewed by Jes

About the author:

Monte Wolverton is an award-winning author and syndicated editorial cartoonist. He is associate editor of CWR magazine. He is an ordained minister and holds a MA from Goddard College in Vermont. Along with his wife Kaye, he makes his home in southwest Washington State.

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