Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Fatal Trauma - REVIEW

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The gunman had nothing to lose, and therefore, the lives of everyone in the emergency room were at risk. Dr. Mark Baker and nurse Kelly Atkinson were on duty during the standoff, but despite their efforts, at the end of the evening, three men were dead—one police officer and two members of the feared Zeta drug cartel. But the killing is not over, because when the drug cartel loses its members, revenge is not far behind. Mark’s life continues to be in danger, but to make matters worse he finds he is under suspicion as a killer! He turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, while Kelly helplessly looks on, hiding her feelings for the good doctor. The characters in Fatal Trauma face life and death situations that cause them to question their faith, their priorities, and the meaning of their lives, while learning that God can use everyone— even people who’ve failed—because doesn’t that include all of us?

MY THOUGHTS:

OH EM GEEEEE!!! This is such an awesome book!! Literally from the very first pages you cannot put the book down!!! I have ALWAYS loved every single one of Dr. Mabry's books, but this one ... it just might be my favorite!!! The suspense is crazy good! I mean, can you even imagine being an ER doctor and 2 men arrive that you find out later are part of the most feared drug cartel??? What's worse is that the men don't make it and now the cartel wants revenge!!! Talk about having to watch your back at all times!! Dr. Mark was just having an ordinary day in the ER, and then bam, his life changes in an instant!  

When it comes to Mark and Kelly, well, you'll just have to read it to find out that answer!! For me, I wanted to seriously shake Kelly, and tell her to SPEAK UP GIRLFRIEND!!! Don't you just love reading those books that have you yelling at the characters!!! LOL My kids just look at me like I'm crazy when I do that, but hey, they know I am really into the story :)

I HIGHLY recommend Fatal Trauma! It's definitely 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s

Thank you LitFuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!!!



Tuesday, 9 June 2015

As Waters Gone By





ABOUT THE BOOK:

Emmalyn Ross has only a few months left to figure out if she and her husband, Max, can ever be a couple again. In prison for actions that ensured his wife could never be a mother, Max is now scheduled for release, and Emmalyn wonders how she can let him back into her life after all he’s put her through. During his five-year incarceration, Emmalyn moved to the beautiful, but remote Madeline Island in Lake Superior. With the help of a circle of misfit town residents, including the exuberant owner of the Wild Iris Inn and Café, Emmalyn begins to restore her heart while refurbishing her very own island cottage. She learns what it means to love unconditionally and finds that her dream of a house and a home filled with God’s love might become a reality, but only if she and Max can find a way to rebuild their marriage…and win the fight of their lives in the process. As Waters Gone By, the highly anticipated fourth novel by award-winning author and speaker, Cynthia Ruchti, is sure to be the next book club favorite.

MY THOUGHTS:

Don't you just love when a book surprises you?? I sure do, and, As Waters Gone By definitely surprised me. The story was so much more than I had originally thought! 

I fell in love with the storyline as well as the quirky characters! I loved Emmalyn and her determined self!! Despite the fact that her husband is in jail and told her he wants a divorce, she fights hard to find herself and move forward in her life!

Bougie is possibly my favorite! She listens, loves, and through her serving at the Wild Iris Inn, she helps so many to begin the healing process!!

There are others that you will meet in this wonderful story and I believe you will love them like I do. As Waters Gone By is such an inspirational book and filled with such hope! The setting is PERFECT for a summer read too! This is hands down a MUST READ!!

Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!


Monday, 1 June 2015

Justified




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Justified

David C. Cook (June 1, 2015)


by

Varina Denman


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




An avid reader and blogger, Varina Denman enjoys writing fiction about Christian women and the unique struggles they face. She seems to have a knack for describing small town life, and is currently working on the three-book Mended Heart Series. The first book in the series, Jaded, won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest for romance.


Varina attended three Texas universities over a span of five years, majoring in four subjects and earning zero degrees. However, she can now boast sixteen years as a home educator, volunteering in the local cooperative where she has taught numerous subjects including creative writing and literature.


Even though Varina has spoken at ladies’ retreats and taught women’s Bible classes, she finds the greatest fulfillment facilitating prayer groups. She lives in Burleson, Texas, where she helps with Family Ministry in her home congregation. Varina is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and North Texas Christian Writers.


ABOUT THE BOOK



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


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


If you would like to read the first chapter of Justified, go HERE.


Friday, 15 May 2015

No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason ~ Review

ABOUT THE BOOK:

It's not every day you see your childhood friend and one-time crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. But she's not the only one looking. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to save thousands of innocent lives.

Lynette Eason throws readers right into the action from page one, propelling them along a dangerous road and asking the provocative question of how far we'd be willing to go if we were up against a wall.

MY THOUGHTS:

I think it is fair to say that here @Heart of a Bookworm, Lynette Eason is one of my very FAVORITE Authors! I've read all of her books and every single one has been awesome!

No Place to Hide is the 3rd book in this series and just like the other 2, this one is hands down AWESOME! It's filled with suspense right from the start and kept me guessing throughout the whole book! I felt like I was right in the middle of the story and could hardly catch my breath!
The chemistry between Jackie and Ian is fabulous, both as FBI's most wanted duo and as one another who have known each other forever!!

Will Ian be able to prove his innocence before he is arrested and sent to jail, which would be a death sentence for sure! Those who have set him up know that they could take him out much easier from a jail cell rather than him being on the run! Will Jackie be able to help him or will she go down along with Ian?

No Place to Hide NEEDS to be on your spring/summer "must read" list! Heart of a Bookworm gives it 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s for sure!

Thank you Revell for allowing me this compliementary book in exchange for my honest review!


Friday, 1 May 2015

Every Bride Needs a Groom ~ Review






ABOUT THE BOOK:

Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding--the groom.
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she's sure he'll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn't just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie's boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her--on the very same day she wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--discover her humiliating secret if she does?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series, the Backstage Pass series, and the Weddings by Design series. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.

MY THOUGHTS:

OH. MY. GOSH! I LOVED this book!! I LOVED this family and all their quirkiness !! I could totally relate on certain parts and when it came to Queenie and Aunt Alva, well, I felt as if I was reading a story about my great grandmother and her family. A woman, whom I absolutely adored!! I just fell in love with Alva & Queenie!! They were so funny and full of spit & vinegar, (as my great grandmother would say). Deep in their hearts they find that their love for one another is so strong, and can heal even the deepest of wounds!

Katie is a doll! She is so down to earth and loves her family, and her home town, with everything in her. Her aspirations for her future are like that of so many young girls! You date the same guy forever and so, of course, the next step is to marry him, have kids, and live in your small town forever! Katie's Mom and Dad love her and her brothers and hope that all the kids choose to stay in Fairfield. But when things don't go according to Katie's "plan" she embarks on a new journey in a new city.  

This journey takes her to Dallas and to a Bridal Studio owned by one of the very best designers in the business! All of the employees at the Studio just fall in love w/Katie.  Brady, the Owner's son, plays professional basketball but is out due to knee issues. He has agreed to temporarily help out his Mom in the bridal studio. Brady and Katie develop a great friendship, as well as all of the girls that work at the studio! It's like a whole new family for Katie! But will she be able to forget her first love? The more time she spends with Brady the more she begins to let go of her past and look forward to her future! Will that future include Brady?

I am so grateful to have read & reviewed this book! I laughed out loud too many times to count! I fell in love with these families and highly recommend this book to ANY & ALL!!

Thanks Revell for allowing me this book in exchange for my honest review!!
 It's a VERY HIGH 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s




Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Inn at Ocean's Edge

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)
Claire’s visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.
In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.
But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.
Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.
With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

MY THOUGHTS:

Wow!! I absolutely LOVE Romantic Suspense, do you?? Well, if you do then this is a MUST READ!!!
Colleen Coble had me from the first page all the way through to the very last one. The twists & turns kept me guessing and OMG, the surprises she had in store made The Inn @Ocean's Edge that much more amazing!!
Both Claire and Luke had secrets, issues, and so many unanswered questions in their past. Once they meet, sparks fly!! Together they decide to investigate their pasts, and my oh my, the journey they each take is unbelievable!!
I highly recommend this book, but it needs a warning... If you begin this book in the evening-you may not get any sleep because you will not be able to fall asleep!!!
Thank you to Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!
Heart of a Bookworm gives The Inn @ Ocean's  5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s

Monday, 20 April 2015

The Legacy ~ Review

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents, along with Christina, a young woman taken into the family during a crisis pregnancy, have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you're ready to grow up and give your life over to God. Christina's feelings for Doug have been growing, even though he writes her off as not worth his time. Will Doug's own crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?

MY THOUGHTS:

This is the final book of the Restoration Series by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley! I ALWAYS read books by these authors and this one is one of my favorites to date.  The Legacy can be read as a stand alone, however, I would really recommend reading the other books in the series in order and then read this one. This book is about the youngest son, Doug, and there is a lot of connection between the family that would be better appreciated having read them all in order.

Doug has gone off to college leaving many things behind, sadly, he also left behind his Faith in the Lord.  He's started hanging around a crowd that parties a lot and has also met someone. Back at home his friendship with Christina has become so strained and just keeps growing further & further apart. Christina is the one who is seeing things on social media that alerts her to Kyle's behavior. 

Will Christina open up to Doug's parents? Will Doug continue on the same path, spiraling out of control or will his crisis teach him to see what's right in front of him? 

The Legacy is my favorite of the Restoration Series and just like any and all books from these authors, you feel like you've known the people in the story forever. I immediately was engrossed in Doug's story and recommend this book to all! 

Thanks to Revell for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!