Thursday, June 13, 2019

Review and Giveaway: Refuge at Pine Lake by Rose Chandler Johnson

About the Book:

Series: Pine Haven
Genre:  Christian, Contemporary
Publisher: Chanson Books
Publication date: March 7, 2019

Robin Lancaster, a twenty-six-year-old former kindergarten teacher, has her summer and her life all figured out. She’s ready to be on her own, writing and illustrating her children’s stories at her family’s beloved lake house. Once there, she intends to rekindle a romance with Caleb Jackson, the area’s top hunting and fishing guide, and bag him for herself.

Complications arise from the start when Robin finds out her mother has rented the lake house to a man they know nothing about.

Matthew McLaughlin, forty-year-old widowed university professor and author from California, shows up at Pine Lake in crisis. A sabbatical might be his only hope to save much more than his career. He needs a place of refuge. Sharing the lake house with a lighthearted young woman and her dog is the last thing on his mind.

Caleb Jackson has his own plans. He’s used to things going his way, but a man staying in Robin’s house presents unforeseen challenges. When paths unavoidably entangle for these three, hearts are on the line.

My Thoughts:

I have read a few books (right in a row) about vacation homes especially next to a body of water. They make for really great beach reads and all of them have had some really great lessons and stories. This one just might be my favorite of that genre. This story is about three people. Robin Lancaster who just wants to go back to her family’s summer home on the lake and illustrate and write her children’s books and pursue the man of her dreams. Mathew McLaughlin, a writer, who is severely depressed and needs peace and quiet and a change of scenery. And Caleb Jackson playboy, sports guy who is going places with his professional career.

I really liked how this story played out from the beginning. What I most enjoyed about this story was the bit of a love triangle that these characters find themselves in. Yep, I like love triangles when they are done well and this one was. The growth of certain of these characters brings them to a place where some big life decisions must be made. Is what they thought they always wanted still what they want or even need? Can dreams change or be altered into a better life and direction then one thought possible?

Mathew’s character growth was my favorite; he was actually my favorite character. He was a bit older and wiser than the others, and lived and survived through some of life’s toughest situations. Without giving anything more away, open this book and be swept away to Pine Lake and into these character’s lives.

This is the second book I have read and my favorite by author Johnson and I look forward to more of her enthralling stories.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Rose Chandler Johnson is known for her heartwarming, inspirational writing. In addition to works of sweet contemporary fiction, her devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments won the Georgia Author of the Year Finalist Award in 2014.

In her novels, Rose brings to life fascinating characters with compelling relationships embracing family, community, and faith. In distinctive southern settings, Rose creates memorable stories that will stir your heart. Readers often say her writing warms the soul as it reaffirms belief in love and wholesome goodness. Don’t be surprised if you sigh with pleasure as you savor the final pages of her stories.

Rose has lived in a suburb of Augusta, GA for thirty plus years. Before retiring from Georgia’s school system, she taught English, French, and ESOL. Currently, she is an English instructor at a community college. In addition to reading and writing, Rose enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her six children and her beautiful grandchildren.


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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter

About the Book

Book: Summer by The Tides  
Author: Denise Hunter  
Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 21, 2019  

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a heartfelt story of family secrets, forgiveness, and unexpected romance.  

Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram’s maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy. 

As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven—nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters. 

As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy’s heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.   

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My Thoughts:

If you are looking for a great summer/beach read, look no further than Summer by the Tides. This was a story of familial relationships: sister/sisters, brother/sisters, husband/wife, and grandmother to granddaughters. There are many secrets in the Monroe family past. Some known and others were waiting to see the light of day. About twenty years ago, rips tore the fabric of this family apart and they never had been put together. Their grandma prays for the girls to forgive and forge new relationships with one another.

All three of them, Nora, Emma, and Maddy are brought back to Grandma’s beach house when her very concerned neighbor Connor contacts them about their grandmother going missing. All three arrive quickly since all three are hiding from what is going on in their personal lives. Secrets, secrets, and more secrets abound. I wondered if these three would ever open up and be honest with one another, forgive, and stand together and be that three chord strength to help each other.

Conner is such a guy, with a tragic past as well. He slowly warms up to Maddy (after she stops being so judgy) and they have a rather nice romance that we get to watch unfold. 

With visits to the past and what happened to this family that fateful summer, we see how deep the hurts go for each of them. This was a story of letting go of the past, being in the present, and embracing with hope the future. 

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol 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 rapidly approaching an empty nest. To learn more about Denise, visit her website; Facebook: AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: deniseahunter.  

Read an Excerpt from Summer by the Tides

MADDY MONROE WAS COWERING behind a ficus tree near the hostess station when her cell phone rang. Her hands shook as she silenced the phone before it drew the attention of the staff. 

She jabbed the elevator button for the third time. “Come on, come on.” A star could be born in interstellar space, a polar valley carved by a glacier in the time it took the elevator to reach this floor. Stairs were not an option, as she was on the twentieth floor of the Waterford building and sporting heels. 

She sniffled. Drat. She seemed to be crying. She swiped a hand under her eyes, heedless of her makeup. 

She heard voices, Nick’s boisterous laugh. Maddy shrank deeper into the ficus and finally, finally, the elevator dinged its arrival.

“Maddy?” Noelle’s concerned voice tunneled down the hall. “Maddy, wait.” 

“Oh, come on,” she muttered, tapping her fingers against her leg until the gold doors crept open. As soon as she could fit, she squeezed inside and punched the ground-floor button. 

She didn’t draw a breath until the doors sealed and the elevator began to drop. She placed a palm over a heart that was threatening to beat its way out of her chest. Her white blouse clung to her back, and her skin prickled beneath her arms. 

She closed her eyes, the scene that had just transpired playing out in fast-forward in her mind. And then, as if that montage weren’t painful enough, the image of Nick’s face appeared. The look on his face just before he’d kissed her good-bye last night. 

Nick. She clamped her teeth together until her jaw ached. 

There had been signs. Many of them, really, she was realizing now. They ranged from whisper-subtle to neon-sign obvious. But like so many other walking clich├ęs before her, she was only seeing them in retrospect. 

Maddy opened her eyes to the buttery sunlight streaming through her blinds. She scrambled for her iPhone to check the time. But as she did so, the events of yesterday washed over her like a tsunami. She didn’t have to get up at all, because she didn’t have a job anymore. 

Her cell buzzed with an incoming call, and she squinted bleary-eyed at the unfamiliar number on the screen before declining it. 

She drooped against her pillow, only now aware of how fat and swollen her eyes felt. Of the persistent achy lump pushing at the back of her throat. Her heartbeat made the bed quake. Her eyes burned with tears. Yesterday’s anger had faded, and something worse had filled its spot. 

Yesterday she’d come home, changed into yoga pants, and worked in her little garden until she was too exhausted to do anything but flop on the sofa. She hadn’t fallen asleep until after three o’clock in the morning. 

She didn’t want to talk to anyone, didn’t want to see anyone. She didn’t even want to be awake today. She pulled the covers over her head and prayed for oblivion.   

Required text: Taken from “Summer by the Tides” by Denise Hunter. Copyright © 2019 by Denise Hunter. Used by permission of  

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2014 and Beyond, June 14
Vicky Sluiter, June 15
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Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: A Mother for His Family by Susanne Dietze

To Purchase

A Convenient Arrangement

Lady Helena Stanhope’s reputation is in tatters…and she’s lost any hope for a “respectable” ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she’s determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she’s sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irresistible spirit, caring and warmth. Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together—and his love—are for always.

My Thoughts:

A Mother for His Family is a little story with a powerful punch. It also hit all my sweet spots: Scottish protective hero, marriage of convenience, a villain needing justice, children who need parents, and true love. I really liked the relationship building between Lady Helena and her new husband John, Lord Ardoch. She wants a safe place where someone may love her and he wants his children to be cared for while he is away at Parliament trying for the betterment of all people. What they discover is just how much both of them need each other and to let go of the ghosts of their past for a new life together.

This book also had some twists and turns I was not expecting and it kept me up late turning those pages. I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Number of Love Blog Tour: Character Spotlight and Giveaway


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Num ber of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at h ow The Number of Love is connected to the author's previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.

Title: The Number of Love  
Series: Codebreakers #1  

Author: Roseanna M. White  

Publisher: Bethany House  
Release Date: June 4, 2019  
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue


Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network — field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every Ger man telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too - intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in t he heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

Title: A Song Unheard
Series: Shadows Over England #2 
Author: Roseanna M. White  
Publisher: Bethany House  
Release Date: January 2, 2018  
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top - n otch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I — to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won — until now, when being recognized n early gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't — that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

Character Spotlight:

Margot, what a fascinating character she is. She thinks and relates to life in numbers. Even her prayers are number oriented. I like that we were able to get inside her head and get to know her. I can imagine that in real life she might be harder to get to know.  I enjoyed watching her grow and mature especially from the child she was in A Song Unheard. Her relationships with her mother and her brother Lukas are as close as ever and I liked that she took the initiative to become friends with several characters in the book. She grew up into a very gifted and at times snarky young woman who is confident inside her head and can hold her own with the most disgruntled of co-workers.

Drake, the dragon, the spy, the loving brother and most attentive beau: I liked him and his action adventure scenes were fun to watch unfold. He balanced real life and spy life well. His devotion to his family and especially his sister was endearing and when Margot steps into that spotlight, well watch out. His wooing may be unconventional but he knew just how to speak that one’s love language. What a great love story in a time of war that played out.



Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominate d author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novel s that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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Grand Prize: Shadows Over England se ries, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus "Mi Alma" necklace (Necklace is 24" chain with a 1" pendant that says "Mi Alma" Spanish for "My Soul". A term of endearm ent used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

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Review, Blog Post, and Giveaway: A Marvelous Redeemer by Aleigha Israel

About the Book

She knew the decision would change her life. But she didn’t know she’d have to fight to survive. When Amira put her faith in Christ, she knew life wouldn’t be easy. But hiding her conversion from her Muslim family soon becomes the least of her worries. Forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, she travels to the island of Gabeburough, trying her best to make a fresh start. Two escaped convicts and a treasure map. A leafy paradise that becomes her home. Amira begins to wonder, where is her Redeemer when she needs Him the most? Caleb Haddington is prince of Carpathia. Life should be perfect, but he can’t get a certain dark-haired girl out of his mind. Amira was his best friend when he lived in France, but her letters to him have suddenly stopped. Her last letter is filled with terror that her faith will soon be discovered. Only a single hope keeps him alive; when the time is right, he’s going after her. He’ll bring her back and prove to the kingdom that he’s a man. But the journey proves to be more perilous than he’d ever imagined. Ridicule, comfortless days and the threat of a hurricane are just the start of his problems. Lying becomes easy for Caleb until his own life crumbles before him. Brought to his knees under the pressure of his actions, he comes to realize the sweetness of his Savior. Forgiveness, grace, and mercy are granted fully to those who ask. Caleb and Amira soon discover that they don’t just serve a gracious Savior, but a wonderful, magnificent, marvelous Redeemer.

Click here to purchase your copy.

My Thoughts:

This was a story of a young girl and shows how one choice can affect her for the rest of her life. That one choice sees her being kicked out of her family home and thrust into a world with only the clothes on her back and what little food she could take quickly. This in itself is heartbreaking and I could never understand why a parent would do that to one of their beloved children but they would have done so much worse. Amira puts her faith in God, and though life looks bleak, she trusts with her whole heart.

There are several characters in this book and all are connected to each other in some way or another. This is a kingdom book which deals with several members of a royal family in Carpathia. I did not read the first two books so I was missing out on their previous adventures and trials but the author wrote in such a way that the characters after a time became quite familiar to me.

I would consider this a journey of family and friends as they try to navigate their lives in accordance with their faith and letting go of the past and doing their best to love one another and their neighbor. They were by no means perfect and each had some growth and learning to do. This is certainly a very inspirational read.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

ALEIGHA C. ISRAEL writer of inspirational fiction and poetry is an author of multiple books and enjoys sharing God’s love through the powerful art of storytelling.

Aleigha loves being a Community Assistant at the Young Writers Workshop and teaching writing classes to her talented students.
When she’s not daydreaming about a new story idea or playing with her sidekick “Marley” (a Pomeranian mix) she can usually be seen traveling with her family’s gospel bluegrass band, “Fret Not” or making personalized author swag for her business Literary Treasures.

She doesn’t have to search very hard for inspiration.

Living in the Israel household, it’s guaranteed there’s an adventure waiting around every corner!

More from Aleigha

I’m beyond excited to finally share Caleb’s Song with you all!! 

Something I love doing with my stories, is writing songs that become the character’s life songs. 

I’ve done it for most of my books. 

In A Marvelous Redeemer, Caleb suffers his way through learning several valuable lessons. 

But His Redeemer never left his side for a single moment. 

We don’t have to try and make it through this world alone, because Jesus walks beside us all the way. 

Through Jesus, we can find freedom, victory, peace, love and forgiveness. 

We can find ultimate joy in the sweet presence of our gracious, Marvelous Redeemer. 

I hope you enjoy Caleb’s Song! 

You can also check out his song on YouTube at: 

And read an exclusive interview with Caleb Haddington and more of the royal family on my blog: 

(And even have the chance to ask Caleb a few questions of your own!!)  

Caleb’s Song:  

“A speck on the horizon, nothing big, nothing tall.
Just an ant on this earth,

trying to break down this wall.
A trembling wind, a small ship on the sea,
Understanding this world is not all about me.
Trying to fix all my problems, trying to right all my wrongs.
I just need someone stronger to carry me along.

I can build up walls, and hide within,
but the pain is still there, with no way to win.
I need love,
I need a Savior,
I need the Prince who was born in a manger.
I need strength, in all my weakness.
I need a light to chase all my darkness.
I need Jesus, I need Jesus.
My well is so empty, my spirit is dry.
No relief from this pain, though I try and I try.
I can’t do this anymore, my life is a mess,
I just want to win this battle, nothing more, nothing less.
This world offers answers that only appease for a day.
But I’ve finally found my life source, the only One, the only Way.
My burden’s now been lifted, I’ve found a life boat on the sea.
My walls are broken down, I’ve found victory!
In His love, in my Savior, in my Prince
who was born in a manger.
He is strength, in all my weakness.
He is the light to chase all my darkness.
I’ve found Jesus, I’ve found Jesus.

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