Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

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Nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. Instead, she's focused on caring for her patients and her teenage sister, Lucy. Mia is shocked when she learns Lucy is pregnant and plans to marry her boyfriend. She's determined to stop the wedding, but she wasn't expecting best man Jake Tanner a handsome police officer with a wary heart so like her own.

My Thoughts:

The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin was a read that really felt so true to life. I felt the emotions the characters were feeling, in their mess ups, confusion, love, and difficult life choices. This story started out simply enough: big sister (Mia)  is concerned her little sister (Lucy) is making a mistake by getting married so young, even if she is expecting the groom’s baby. Mia has always taken care of Lucy. Mia had to grow up too quickly with the loss of her mother and after two broken engagements she is having trouble finding purpose.

Then Mia meets Jake Tanner who is determined to show her that she is worthy and that it is not too late to start over. That is just what Mia has planned, but she is actually trying to land what she believes is her dream job that would take her very far away from those she loves.

This book really got my heart and would not let go. I felt for Mia who was unsure of herself and her own decision making. She had been on her own for a long time and I could understand that she thought her dream of a marriage and children of her own were unattainable. Jake is the perfect guy for her. Wounded physically but very protective, and his willingness to not let her go easily had me cheering in his corner.

Author Bylin touches on some other difficult subjects as well. We get to see Lucy and her new husband Sam trying to navigate newly married life with a baby on the way. Jake’s parents are going through a heartbreaking health situation but his father is the epitome of how a man should love his wife. There were times I just wanted to sit down and cry for these characters.  I really enjoyed this true to life story and especially watching the love story of Jake and Mia unfold.

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Almond Street Mission by June Foster

About the Book

Name of book: Almond Street Mission
Author: June Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 6, 2016

When Glorilyn Neilson’s nineteen-year-old brother, Tannon, goes missing without a trace, she’s frantic. Prayer and volunteering at the local homeless shelter in El Camino must fill the time until her sibling returns. But her sapphire eyes and auburn hair inadvertently cause a stir among the male population at the center. Her life changes one evening when she’s attacked by a burly vagrant intent on rape in the alley behind the building.

Jeremiah Goodman loves the Lord, but he’s homeless. When he witnesses a foul-mouthed vagrant overpowering one of the volunteers at the homeless shelter, he defends her, saving her from unwanted advances.

When Glorilyn offers him a way of escape from his impoverished lifestyle, he can’t tell her why he must live the life of a vagrant. What powerful secret keeps him on the streets?

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My Thoughts:

In Almond Street Mission author June Foster tackles the tough topic of homelessness. Caleb “Jer” Goodman has a heart for ministry to the homeless after he previously disdained them. Now he lives on the streets with them hoping to meet them in their circumstances and bring hope back to their lives. He does not want anything to distract him from his mission, not even his growing affection for Glorilyn Neilson.

Glorilyn is a volunteer at the Almond Street Mission and she genuinely cares for the homeless men her volunteer efforts are able to touch. She and her family are going through a very tough situation since her younger brother Tannon has run away to live on the streets and has had no contact with the family. After being rescued by Jer after almost being brutally attacked, she finds her heart becoming attached to him. Why does such an educated man like Jer live on the streets? What is his purpose and would he consider getting a job and turning his life around? He is quite an enigma to her and her fellow volunteers.

This is my first read by author June Foster and she took me on a journey to places I would not want to go in real life and brought the need of these homeless to the forefront; the need for God that we all have. Whether they are there by choice, drug addictions, runaways, etc., I have been given a new appreciation for those that this is their ministry and for those who volunteer to this vast sea of humanity that lives on the streets of America.

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

About the Author

An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June’s book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC’s eBook awards and a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan’s Father was one of three finalists in the published contemporary fiction category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest and Awards. Deliver Us was a finalist in COTT’s Laurel Awards.

June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan’s Father is available from WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Books One, Two, and Three in the Almond Tree Series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, and What God Knew are all available from

Recently June has seen publication of Christmas at Raccoon Creek, Lavender Fields Inn, Misty Hollow, Almond Street Mission, Restoration of the Heart, and Letting Go, all published by Forget Me Not Press, a division of Winged Publications.

June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives. Find June on line at

Guest Post from June Foster

Stories Behind the Story

Almond Street Mission tells the story of Glorilyn Neilson whose younger brother, Tannon, has gone missing, hurling her entire family into turmoil. Prayer and volunteering at the local homeless shelter fills the empty, lonely hours. One evening, she’s attacked by a brawny vagrant intent on rape. Another vagrant, Jeremiah Goodman, defends her, saving her from unwanted attention.

Jeremiah loves the Lord but is homeless. The mission director, Mr. Harris, offers him and nineteen-year-old, Tank, a place at the shelter. But when Jeremiah later tries to protect a drug addict in hope of sharing the gospel with him, Mr. Harris finds heroin on Jeremiah, and he’s booted out. Tank chooses to leave with him.

On the street, Jeremiah and Tank try to scrape up a meal, but even trash cans around the city park don’t provide food for their hungry stomachs. Taking a chance on getting arrested, they beg for food in front of an elegant downtown Italian restaurant. Two older women walk out. One ignores them but the other looks at them with kind eyes and offers an entire pizza.

All this to explain a real life happening which gave me an idea for this scene. My daughter and I were in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at an Italian restaurant. We each ordered a small pizza, but the waiter brought me a Hawaiian pizza though I’d order pepperoni.

When I pointed out the mistake, the server brought out a second pizza for me, this time pepperoni, and told me to keep the first one. No way I could eat another pizza, and we didn’t have anywhere to keep it at the hotel, so I asked him if he knew any homeless people. The waiter said yes, that they congregate nearby, and he’d deliver it to a hungry vagrant.

In the story, the other woman who gives the extra pizza to Jeremiah and Tank is above average height. I wrote myself into a brief portion of the scene, and my 5’10” height qualifies as tall! When Tank says “God bless you,” the lady says “He does, everyday.” The sentiments of my heart. Real life always provides rich fodder.

Another story behind the story is when a friend at my church mentioned a Christian homeless ministry in the nearby city of Birmingham, Alabama, The Jimmie Hale Mission. I called and asked if I could take a tour. A chaplain welcomed my husband and me and scheduled a time for us to visit. He promised to personally conduct our visit.

When we arrived, the chaplain took us through the dining facility, exercise room, chapel, clothing bank, computer rooms, classrooms, and dorms. While in the dining area, we met the efficient kitchen manager, a paid employee who provided three delicious meals a day for the residents. Tingles ran down my arms when he shared his experience. He was once a drunk and resident of the mission. Today, he loves the Lord, is reunited with his wife, and holds down the manager’s job. As a side note, I based two characters’ situations on this real life man.

While at the mission, the men learn job skills and have opportunity to take classes. When they leave, they’re fully grounded in the Lord and on their way to a new life. A few are employed at the facility.
Before we left, the chaplain generously gave me his cell phone number and offered to answer any further questions, and I had several. Research for this story provided a rich insight into how God’s power can change and equip those that society may have chosen to discard.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, October 5
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A Greater Yes, October 11
Remembrancy, October 11
Multifarious, October 12
Pause for Tales, October 13
Texas Book-aholic, October 15
Carpe Diem, October 17


In honor of her tour, June is giving away a grand prize collection of 1 signed paperback copy of Almond Street Mission, a $25 Amazon card, and 12 handmade cards! Click the link below to enter!

Review and Giveaway: Lydia Woman of Philippi by Diana Wallis Taylor

About the Book:

Name of book: Lydia
Author: Diana Wallis Taylor
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: October 3, 2017

Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter.

There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi.

Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals.

My Thoughts:

Lydia Woman of Philippi is the second novel that I have read about this Biblical character that opens her home to the first church in that area. This is a story of a woman who is smart and capable but because she lives during Roman times, she is living very much in a man controlled world. Her father chooses her husband and her husband is neither kind nor loving to her. She pretty much just endures her marriage having no real loss of love for her husband either. When she receives devastating news of his death, she goes back to her father’s house with her beloved daughter.

She, being a woman and a daughter is not expected to have an interest in her father’s dyeing business. That privilege goes to her very self-centered brother who actually shuns their father’s livelihood. So Lydia takes a bold approach with her father, who does relent and lets her, learn the trade. Purple and fine linens were a huge commodity during Roman times and Lydia proves herself capable of learning and running the shop. Unfortunately, she must do so secretly because she is a woman and a woman in business was unheard of and was not tolerated.

With great attention to historical and Biblical detail, author Taylor immerses us into the lives of Lydia and her household and bringing to life the very first meeting they have with Paul the apostle. Lydia, being a God fearer, has already forsaken the household Roman gods, but now Paul and his companions have come amongst her and the other God fearers and tells them about the Messiah they have all been waiting for.

This was a compelling story about a little known woman in the Bible and what circumstances may have surrounded her as she becomes a seller of purple and the events that take place upon her meeting with Paul the apostle.

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

About the Author:

Diana Wallis Taylor is best known for her creative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, October 3
By The Book, October 5
A Reader’s Brain, October 7
A Greater Yes, October 7
Simple Harvest Reads, October 8 (Spotlight)
Aryn the Libraryan, October 9
Cordially Barbara, October 9
Pursuing Stacie, October 9
Mary Hake, October 11
Radiant Light, October 12
margaretkazmierczak, October 13
Pause for Tales, October 13
Cafinated Reads, October 14
Bigreadersite, October 15
Henry Happens, October 16


In honor of her tour, Diana is giving away

Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

1st Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem pillar candle, cassia scented, commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

2nd Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem Spikenard candle tin with lid!
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Review: Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

About the book:

Decades of loss, an unsolved mystery, and a rift spanning three generations

Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.

Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can't understand her mother's overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother's inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan-a cold case agent-cherishes her grandmother's lavish attention and affection.

When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel's painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that's been lost?

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My Thoughts:

Bringing Maggie Home was a heart wrenching read that shows how one horrid act can devastate a family and generations later. Starting off with every parent’s worst nightmare ten year old Hazel and her 3 year old sister go out blackberry picking. An innocent enough afternoon turns into a nightmare when little Maggie goes missing. For seventy years Hazel has not spoken of her sister.

There was so much emotion in this story. We have three generations of women: Hazel, now turning 80, her daughter Diane, and granddaughter Meghan.  All three of these women are strong and stubborn and hold on to certain skewed viewpoints from their childhoods. Diane felt her mother Hazel was too overprotective where Meghan felt that her mother, Diane, did not love her enough nor was as affectionate like her grandmother. Hazel just wanted to protect Diane and not lose her as her sister was lost. And Diane wanted Meghan to stand on her own and not be smothered as she felt she was.

Even though this story touched on a very sad and scary topic, devastating people’s lives, I cannot express enough how much this story affected me to love a little more and let go of things that do not matter. Hug my family a little tighter and thank God for them every day, many times a day. More than anything this book just showed me how all our perceptions right or wrong can affect those we love the most. That forgiveness is best and guilt and shame can ruin and cause death.

In regards to Maggie’s disappearance, Meghan just happens to be a cold case detective so this book takes us on the trail with Meghan and her partner Sean as they pick up this cold case and search for what really happened that day and where did Maggie go. I needed to know along with the characters. All in all this was a satisfying read.

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

About the author:

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in several different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: The Pretender A Blackguard in Disguise by Ta'Mara Hanscom


Set in South Dakota in 1975, where eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beer in a bar, and loaded guns were kept under the counter.

Frankie Valli sang "My Eyes Adored You," and American soldiers returning from Vietnam struggled with their new reality.

It's within this tumultuous season of American history that Tillie Caselli meets Noah Hansen, and they are never the same again. Their lives were mysteriously intertwined-and had been for many years-yet they had no idea. 

From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart---and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride's deception.

My Thoughts:

This novel really kind of blew me away. At first I was not so sure I liked how the story was going, however as I continued reading and got to know the characters and their situations, I was feeling pretty absorbed in their lives. This is the first part of a family saga that does have an ending in this book, but maybe just not one I wanted. Their story does continue into future books which I am now really anticipating.

We have a bad boy, blackguard, and drunkard in a young man by the name of Noah. He has a tragic past but he was brought up to know right and wrong. His much older brother and sister-in-law are at a loss in how to help him break these immoral behaviors.

Tillie Caselli, Angel to her friends and family, is just about to turn 18, has a budding artistic career in front of her, and is surrounded by support and maybe a bit of too much over-protectiveness by her older three Italian brothers.  Tillie goes on a school trip and meets and instantly falls in love with Noah and him her. So much so that he asks for her hand in marriage only knowing her a couple of days. This is where I became a bit cynical towards these two characters.

HOWEVER, the author really pulled me into these characters lives in such a way that I could not only have a changed opinion about these two star crossed lovers, but actually hurt for them when a huge misunderstanding takes place that changes their lives.

There is so much to this well told part 1 of this family saga: parents, brothers, secret jobs, murder, lies, etc. The characters are endearing, if not a bit stubborn and I can only hope things turn around for the bad boy and the good girl. I impatiently wait for the continuation.

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

About the author:

Born and raised in South Dakota, Ta`Mara loves to write about the Great Plains and the beauty and people of Italia. While her husband and children manage their two pizza ristoranti, Ta`Mara works full time on The Caselli Family Series, and ministers to women. It is Ta`Mara s prayer that as the readers explore the truths in these volumes, they will come away with a new perspective on love, forgiveness, obedience, and God's plan for marriage. Find out more about Ta'Mara at :

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Review: If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson

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When four college friends graduated from the University of Northwest Oregon, their lives stretched before them, full of promise and vows to stay connected. But life has a way of derailing well-laid plans.

Now they haven't spoken in twenty-five years. But against all odds, three of them have found themselves back in the same place--at their alma mater, wondering how they got there. When they discover their fourth friend, Hope, has died, Jenna, Ireland, and Vicky decide to embark on a wilderness adventure to honor her memory--and for secret reasons of their own. Jenna wants to show her husband that she's more than a helpless, overweight, middle-aged empty nester. Ireland wants to get back to the nature she loves and hide from the charges being pressed against her. And Vicky wants to show she cares for something besides her ministry--and put off the disaster waiting at home for as long as possible.

They never bargained for the dangers they face in an unforgiving wilderness. Now they'll have to work together if they hope to make it home alive. While the three women fight to survive the elements, their toughest battles may be with themselves. 

My Thoughts:

If We Make It Home is quite a stark title for a novel that really grabs you and will not let you go. Not only from the harrowing adventure these friends find themselves in the midst of, but also all of the crazy, heavy emotions that comes with each of their stories.

Four college friends all embark on their life’s adventure and 25 years later come back for an impromptu reunion when they find out their college sorority house is set to close its doors for good. What three don’t know is that Hope, one of the four (the glue of the group) has passed away. Not only reeling from that shocking news, each of the others is going through life crises’ of their own.

The narrative is told by each of the surviving friends: Ireland, Victoria, and Jenna.  All are heartbreaking and life changing in significant ways and I found myself even relating to a few of their issues. None of them have felt their lives have turned out the way they had hoped and dreamed, and so each of them have different reasons, points to prove, as one by one they all set out on a survival hike/journey for about a week in the Oregon wilderness.

Wow. This was really pretty amazing storytelling, and even though I had to put the book down a few times to collect myself and/or to get over a shocking revelation- I could not keep it put down for long. This would be great on the big screen.

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

Review, Q & A, and Giveaway: Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

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About the Book

Book title: Deadly Proof
Author: Rachel Dylan
Release date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense

Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company’s dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He’s still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything–even commit murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

As danger closes in, Landon can’t help but admire Kate’s courage and resolve–but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk?

My Review:

Deadly Proof was an engaging legal thriller and romance that really gave me some new insight on how legal firms work. It is quite extensive the work that they go through and a lot of rules that need to be followed.

In this particular case, we have a big pharmaceutical company who is being taken to court as a result from one of their drugs possibly causing brain tumors and deaths have been reported. Lawyer Kate Sullivan has received the lead position on this case in her company and she is a very moral person who plays by the rules. Unfortunately one of her good friends, Ethan, is the defendant’s lawyer. To say their friendship is tested is an understatement.

However, Kate seems to have pushed too many hot buttons and now she is being threatened in regards to this case. Enter PI Landon James, who is bent on protecting Kate no matter what, even if his heart becomes entangled.

Again, I found the legality of the case very interesting; something the author went to great lengths to explain all the legalese. She did this in such a way that the story was not bogged down with boring technical terms, but pulled me into all the trial’s intricacies, besides the increasing danger and threats that lurked just around the corner. This was also a scary look at how some drug companies could do business and at how safe are some of the drugs we take.

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

About the Author

Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation’s most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website at

Q & A with Rachel Dylan

  1. The Atlanta Justice series is centered around strong, female lawyers who take on high-stakes cases. What made you want to write their stories?I’d have to say it’s personal! Having been an attorney for eleven years now, I love being able to pour parts of myself into the books. My everyday life as a lawyer isn’t that exciting and is definitely not as dangerous! But I’m able to draw on what I’ve lived through to bring life and authenticity to these characters.
  1. What type of research did you do for Deadly Proof?One of the great things about writing books related to my career is that I know lawyers who practice all different types of law. Deadly Proof focuses on Kate Sullivan, who is a plaintiff’s attorney taking on a big pharmaceutical company. I don’t do this specific type of plaintiff’s work, but I know lawyers who do, and I was able to talk with them. Also, I was able to relate to my characters on the defense side because I’ve done that work for years. It was really fun to write the perspectives of characters on both sides of the case.
  1. Is there a reason you chose Atlanta for this series?Yes! I’m from Georgia and lived in Atlanta, practicing law at a large law firm, for eight years. I wanted to pick a setting I was intimately familiar with to give readers an authentic Atlanta experience—sweet tea and all.
  1. Where do you think Kate’s passion for her work comes from?Kate truly believes that her life’s work is to help those who have been wronged. I believe a lot of her passion stems from her strong faith that has developed over the years. She’s not a lawyer to make big bucks but to change people’s lives for the better.
  1. What is the next book in the Atlanta Justice series about?Book two is about Kate’s friend Sophie Dawson, who we meet in Deadly Proof. Sophie is an Atlanta prosecutor. This story is exciting because it involves a completely different type of legal case than Deadly Proof. But I promise things get just as dangerous!

Blog Stops

September 26: Faithfully Bookish
September 27: Fizzy Pop Collection
September 27: Blogging With Carol
September 28: Fiction Aficionado
September 28: Moments Dipped in Ink
September 28: Genesis 5020
September 29: Just Commonly
September 29: Bukwurmzzz
September 29: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
September 30: 100 Pages per Hour
September 30: Smiling Book Reviews
October 1: A Reader’s Brain
October 1: Bigreadersite
October 1: Carpe Diem
October 2: Karen Sue Hadley
October 4: Mary Hake
October 6: Pause for Tales
October 7: Just Jo’Anne
October 8: Cafinated Reads


To celebrate the tour, Bethany House is giving away four Suspense Novels and a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!!
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

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When tragedy shakes young Samuel Chamber’s family, his search for answers entangles him in the midst of an ancient conflict and leads him on an unexpected journey to find the Tree of Life.

My Thoughts:

The Day the Angels Fell was a whimsical, fantastical kind of tale that I have not read the likes of in a very long time. This was a story of life and death, good and evil, and truth and lies. Bad things and accidents happen all the time in our world and we really have no power to stop it. Here we have a young boy, Sam, who has gone through the unexpected death of his mother. Throwing his world off kilter and now living in this new nightmarish reality, Sam would do anything to get his mom back and pay any cost for that.

Enter certain shady and secretive characters that just may be able to help Sam and his dad out but possibly at a price that neither would want to pay.

Reading like a modern day fairy tale, Sam with his best friend Abra, embark on an adventure where neither one knows the consequences or the extent of the evil that follows them as they choose to find the Tree of Life.

This was written very well and kept me engaged and is a story that I think tweens, teens, and adults will enjoy.  Sprinkled with sadness, a bit of creepiness, and ultimately hope this would be a great book to read and discuss with your kids.

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

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Jennie Pickett is a natural healer, but her dreams to become a doctor in 1870s Oregon put her at odds with the world around her. As she struggles to keep her dream alive, she finds that the road to fulfillment winds past love, heartache, and plenty of surprises along the way.

My Thoughts:

All She Left Behind was a historical novel based upon the real life pioneer doctor Jennie Parish. The story started with Jennie being 17 and newly married, actually at her wedding party. Her husband, Charles has an accident. From that one fateful moment we watch their marriage go through many rough patches, ups and downs, that could either break or make a marriage. From the loss of their daughter, to abuse, to alcohol and drug addictions marked their marriage with some wounds that could never heal. What happens next throws Jennie into a whirlwind she is not sure she will survive.

She finds herself a single mother to her beloved son, but also not sure if she should pursue her dream of tending to folks, especially women and children who are ailing. In her work she meets a much older man and becomes a nurse to his sick wife. 

This story took so many unexpected twists and turns as we travel through Jennie’s life and see her hopes and dreams, but also her discouragements and failures in regards to her family, especially her son. Dealing with alcohol abuse and it’s affects not only for the user but also the detrimental effects on the the family, Jennie hopes to one day not only to become a doctor but to find a cure for people’s addictions to alcohol and drugs. This story is very relevant even to this day as so many people still battle addictions. I felt that Jennie had a noble cause to fight for and I wish she was able to find that cure.

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