Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock ~ Review


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Holly Cramer’s past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.
Though Holly’s stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily’s father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family—she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he’s a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.
Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller—the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he’s innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can’t trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.
Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.
MY THOUGHTS:
When reading a book "series", isn't waiting for that FINAL book just excruciating!! For me, waiting for Twisted Innocence was just that!!  I was BEYOND excited to have this book in my hot little hands. Immediately I cleared my schedule, you know... finished cooking, ate my dinner, cleaned up the kitchen,  got everything ready for the next day, and THEN I began reading!!! 
I knew right away that this book was going to be even better than the previous two (Truth Stained Lies, and Distortion)! You have to wonder how Terri Blackstock does that, because EVERY book she writes is phenomenal!!! But that would explain why she has sold over 6 MILLION books worldwide, right!! Anyways....

TWISTED INNOCENCE ROCKS!! Holly, bless her heart, has come such a long way since becoming a Momma! She's left her party days behind her, which includes her baby's daddy, Creed. When she finds out Creed may be wanted for murder she is soooo glad she never told him she was pregnant!  But you know how those "best laid plans" go right??!!?? She never dreamed that she would see him again, let alone see a side of him that is so kind and loving, especially when he is with their daughter! Is there a future with Creed in it or will Holly have to one day tell Lily that her father is in jail for drugs & murder?? 

Creed knows about those "best laid plans". He had high hopes for his future, as did his parents. But then he started using and selling drugs and got messed up with a big time drug dealer, Leonard Miller. One day Creed receives a voice mail notifying him that he "might" be a Father. Not long after that, he finds out he "might" be wanted for murder!! How in the world can he change his course and those plans to get on the right path for him? Is it true, could he really be a father? And a murderer??

Leonard Miller had some of those "best laid plans" himself. He planned the perfect "set up" for a murder to fall on Creed's shoulders.  He was also determined to see his plans play out with the Cramer family. But as we all know, things don't always work out like we hope! Will he be able to take out Creed before he talks to the police?

Twisted Innocence is a MUST READ! Truly, you can't turn the pages fast enough and you can't put it down either!! Heart of a Bookworm gives Twisted Innocence an obvious 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s
Thank you LitFuse Publicity for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion!!



Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Then Sings my Soul

Sadly I haven't received this book yet, but I'm hoping it will arrive any day now! I Love to read Amy Sorrells, don't you!!?? Then Sings my Soul is receiving some great reviews on Amazon and I'm sure I will add to that once I read it!! Check out the info. below!!




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Then Sings My Soul

David C. Cook (March 1, 2015)

by

Amy Sorrells


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




An Indianapolis native and graduate of DePauw University, Amy lives with her husband, three boys and a gaggle of golden retrievers in central Indiana. After writing and editing for her college newspaper, she combined a nursing degree with journalism and creative writing, which led to publishing and editing a wide array of medical and nursing writing and multimedia projects over the past 21 years, a position as director of communications of her church’s children’s ministry, as well as a weekly column for a local newspaper which ran from 2009-2012.  She has been a two-time semi-finalist for the ACFW Genesis awards, and was the winner of the 2011 Women of Faith writing contest.


When she’s not reading or writing, Amy loves spending time with her three sons; spicy lunches and art gallery walks with her  husband; digging in her garden sans gloves; walking her dogs; up-cycling old furniture and junk; photography; and friends.




ABOUT THE BOOK



When Nel Stewart returns home due to the sudden death of her mother, she realizes her beloved father, Jakob, is struggling with dementia.

With the reappearance of a high-school sweetheart, deliveries from Ukraine addressed to her, and the discovery of a mysterious, vintage aquamarine gemstone, Nel senses God is pulling her into the past to restore their faith and their futures. Told partially through Jakob's flashbacks of fleeing genocide-ridden eastern Europe at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel combines elements of mystery, history, faith and romance to reveal how God redeems the broken years ... and our future.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Then Sings My Soul, go HERE.



Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Dandelion Field ~ Review



About the book:
This handsome firefighter makes a living coming to the rescue, but Gin doesn't need a man to fight her battles.

After Raine's dad walked out, Ginevieve Lightly never lived in one place too long, a rambling lifestyle that defined her daughter's youth. When their car dies in Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin promises Raine they can stay until she finishes her senior year of high school. Gin will do anything to make sure her daughter has a bright future . . . a future that's compromised when Raine reveals she's pregnant.

Dan Moretti has only ever called Banister Falls home. After losing his best friend in a tragic accident, Dan devoted himself to responding to fires, rescuing the helpless, and guiding Cody Bennett, his best friend's son, through life. With Cody being the epitome of the good kid, it was an easy job. Until he says four little words: "The baby is mine."

Knowing gossip of Raine's pregnancy will erupt sooner or later in the small town, Gin's reflex is to grab the suitcase and escape to a new city, a new life. But with each passing day, Gin's feet stay rooted in Banister Falls, and she falls a little more for this local firefighter who shows her not all men abandon women at the first sign of smoke.

As Gin and Dan do the best they can to guide the two teenagers through their early entry into adulthood, they discover together that romance can bloom in the rockiest of situations. And God can turn the pieces of a broken past into a beautiful new beginning.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1yGTVen

About the author: 
Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother's typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books --- which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Find Kathryn online: websiteFacebook

My Thoughts:

What a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL Book! 

The Dandelion Field is a story that many have experienced first hand, and Kathryn Springer did an amazing job telling it!                        

Cody and Raine are typical teens, loving life,  attending church,  and planning for their future.  One day they meet one another and the rest is history as they say! They fell hard and fast for one another!

Raine's Mom, Gin is an independent woman who doesn't really like to stay put in one town very long. She doesn't have a lot of faith when it comes to men and relationships. So when she finds out that Raine is pregnant she is not happy at all!

I remember when a couple in the church I was attending, got pregnant and they had to leave the church due to the fact that the guy was in a leadership position. I remember being so upset but  I could understand why as I got older.

The author does such a wonderful job of sharing each persons struggles! Gin struggles not only with how all of this will affect Raine's future, but it's making her look right into her own issues she has with relationships and how she deals with them. Will she be able to give into the feelings that continue to arise for Dan, or will she pack up and leave again? Dan is my favorite person in this storyline! He is the ever faithful friend who happens to be a good looking Fireman, who loves to care for and rescue those who might need his help! In his eyes, Gin needs to be rescued, and he is just the man for the job!

I love how this story reveals the Grace of God in such a powerful way! Not only that, but also how if
we are willing to look within ourselves and see what needs to be fixed or changed and we allow God to do what HE wishes,  oh my, it is soo powerful!!

 Thank you LitFuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion! I say it is a DEFINITE 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s!!!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Gooseberry Island ~ Review


ABOUT THE BOOK:

They met at the worst possible moment...or maybe it was just in time. David McClain was about to go to war and Lindsey Wood was there at his going-away party, capturing his heart when falling for a woman was the last thing on his mind. While David was serving his country, he stayed in close contact with Lindsey. But war changes a person, and when he came home very little had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty?

Gooseberry Island is the most nuanced, dramatic, and romantic novel yet from a writer whose ability to plumb the depths of human emotion knows few peers.

MY THOUGHTS:

There is so much going on in the media right now, about the movie, "American Sniper" starring Bradley Cooper. Cooper portrays Chris Kyle, and tells the story of Chris' service as a Navy Seal, and the struggles he has when returning home and suffering from PTSD. 

Gooseberry Island isn't just a beautiful love story. It is a story about David McClain, his service in the Iraqi war, and the difficulty he has when returning home suffering from PTSD.  

I love many things about this book, but what I loved the most, is how David and Lindsey wrote the most beautiful letters to one another through every aspect of their relationship! Having met one another the night before he left for Afghanistan, really left them no option but to begin to know one another through writing. As time goes on, their friendship grows and blossoms into a beautiful love story. But the longer David serves, the more he sees, and the more his heart begins to break.  He honestly doesn't know how to deal with the pain and heartache of all he experienced while in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it only becomes worse when he returns home for good. 

Lindsey understands all to well the signs and struggles a veteran has when he suffers from PTSD. Her Father has long since returned from war, yet he still battles his demons. She also knows that while she believes David can do things to help himself, and work through the battles he has, she can't do it for him. He is going to have to do this for himself, just as her father does.

Lindsey and David's relationship goes through many stages! At times I would have LOVED to just shake David, and maybe even smack him upside the head while telling him to "go get some HELP!!" But as with life God has things under HIS control and HIS timing is perfect and right on! Do they make it? You will have to read it to find out! You really don't want to miss this one! Put this one on your MUST READ pile!!

I just have to say with regards to the "American Sniper" movie and all its controversy, I am amazed that this book came out at the very same time as the story of Chris Kyle! Author Stephen Manchester says in his Epilogue:

"Although it took me nine months to pen Gooseberry Island,  it's been a novel in the making for better than twenty years." 

Isn't it just amazing that it took him all those years, and all those months, to get his story down in pen, and that it came out at this precise time??? I think, this too, was Gods perfect timing!

Thank you Stephen Manchester for allowing me the opportunity to review your book. Thank you for your service, and for fighting for our Freedom! 

PLEASE NOTE: 
I feel it important to share that I would not recommend children under 17 read this, as there are adult situations.



 If you would like to help out the Wounded Warriors Project by purchasing Gooseberry Island, that would be AWESOME!! Here is more info. on that! 


Steven Manchester's next book will be out on January 6, 2015. Voted one of the Must Read Books of 2015 by Cyrus Webb PresentsGooseberry Island is sure to be the next hit from one of our #1 bestselling authors. The book looks at the budding relationship between Lindsay and David, who have to deal with David's deployment overseas and his recovery from the trauma he witnessed in the service of his country. 

PTSD is one of the biggest problems facing soldiers as they return from war. As an experienced veteran himself, Steven Manchester understands that. That's why, during the promotion of this book, Steven and The Story Plant are going to be working toward helping returning veterans. And we need your help to do that.

From now until January 31, 2015, we will donate $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every copy of Gooseberry Island that is pre-ordered and sold. All you have to do is email us a copy of your receipt and we will make the donation. In addition to that, we will also donate a copy of the e-book to returning soldiers, one donation for each copy sold.

Here's the really important part - we need your help to spread the word about this campaign! Tell your neighbors, tell your family members, tell the person working the checkout line in the grocery story. Just tell as many people as you can and ask them to help spread the word too. We want this campaign to go viral! Let's do something good this holiday season and celebrate those who protect and serve our country!

You can read more about Gooseberry Island at our website. It is available for sale atAmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKobo, and IndieBound.

Curious about Wounded Warrior or want to make your own donation? Visit their websitehere.



Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Hidden Agenda~ Review



ABOUT THE BOOK:

His cover is blown. Now his enemies are on his heels and closing in.
Michael Hunt is alive--and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he's been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is Olivia Hamilton--the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

This nonstop chase from Christy Award-winning Lisa Harris will leave you breathless.
MY THOUGHTS:

Holy Smokes!! The pages were turning so quickly I'm surprised the book didn't go up in flames!! Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris is full of suspense, mystery, and will grab a hold of you from the very first page and will NOT let go until you turn that final page! 

I love the chemistry between Michael and Olivia and it just makes it that much more interesting that they are the very "couple" that shouldn't be together at all! I mean really, this is one serious cartel that Olivia's Dad heads up!  Michael has been working so hard and sacrificing everything he has to bring it down, yet he seems to be falling for her and there is nothing he can do about it!

With every turn of the page it seems there is yet another twist and turn for Michael in this ever continuing case. Just when he thinks he is closer to ending this, something else happens that leads him down a whole other path. Will he ever get all he needs to shut this cartel down??  Will he be able to be with Olivia? Most importantly, will he be able to be reunited with his family? 

All of these and any other questions you might have, can be answered when you read Hidden Agenda!! If you like suspense filled, action packed mysteries, then this book is HANDS DOWN a MUST READ!!!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The Promise


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal—to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.
Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart’s desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfi ll her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.
Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?

My Thoughts:

First things first... I LOVE stories based on real life events, don't you!? And I love books that just grab a hold of you and don't let go until that very last page has been turned, don't you!? If you answered yes, then I would highly suggest reading "The Promise" by Beth Wiseman!

When we make promises, we all do our best to hold true to that promise but sometimes, it just doesn't work the way we had hoped. And sometimes we may give up when a promise hasn't been fulfilled in a timely manner, but what if 12 years passed and still that promise is looming about?  What if fulfilling that promise takes us to a world we know nothing about and each day becomes more and more dangerous. 

Mallory is brave, yet so naive, and at times I just wanted to shake her and ask her what in the world was she thinking! 

The Promise takes us into the Muslim world and it is here that Mallory finds God.

Back at home, her long time love, Tate is not only worried about her but has his own issues going on. He looks to God and his faith is stretched in ways he wouldn't have imagined.

I highly recommend The Promise to those who love to read captivating novels! I suggest you have a somewhat clear schedule, otherwise, you may end up ignoring that schedule all together! ;)

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s Indeed!!

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

Friday, 24 October 2014

Lights Out: Living in a Sightless World

ABOUT THE BOOK:


When the lights go out – play harder. 
Travis Freeman plunged into a world of darkness at 12 years old. A rare occurrence of a routine illness stole his sight, leaving the small–town Kentucky boy's dreams of football and fun languish–ing on the sidelines. 
Having given his heart to Jesus merely a year before the illness, Travis knew one thing: God was still the light for his life. 
That life story is now the inspiration for a major motion picture, "23 BLAST" that hits theatres in October 2014. Starring Dylan Baker (SPIDERMAN, THE GOOD WIFE) and Mark Hapka (DAYS OF OUR LIVES, CRIMINAL MINDS), the film focuses on Travis's football career playing Center for the Corbin Red–hounds – a team that went on to win the state championship. 
Yet there is even more wisdom and hope for us to find in a full telling of Travis Freeman's story. So much more to hear that couldn't be included in The Today Show and Dateline coverage of his football exploits. 
This graduate of the University of Kentucky and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary now joins with seasoned writer Rebeca Seitz to share his story in his own words. His is a story that is destined to turn the lights on for millions of readers.

MY THOUGHTS:

You know those stories that while you're reading it, you just can't believe it, and then when you've turned that final page you STILL can't believe it!!?? Lights Out: Living in a Sightless World is one of those books! Travis Freeman has got to be one of THE MOST amazing men and his story is one that will touch/inspire/encourage each and every person who is able to hear it.


Travis lives in a small town, a very close knit community.  Travis explains it this way...

 “Life in the small town of Corbin revolves around family, church, neighborhood, and football – usually in that order. Every little boy – at least every little boy I knew – grew up with one dream: to become a Corbin Redhound, a member of the high-school football team.”  As a 4th grader he was able to be the water boy, which in his mind, was one step closer to being on the team!

When Travis turns 12 he begins having painful headaches! The doctors didn't take him seriously but when his Dad takes him to the hospital in pain, and running a very high temp, tests reveal Travis had Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis. Surgery was the only option and with it came the news that Travis would lose his sight.  

As I read his story I kept thinking about the Scripture, "What the enemy meant for harm, God will use it for good" Gen 50:20. You see, upon Travis learning that while the surgery had saved his life, the infection had taken his sight, and his reply was this... "I believe I will see again. But if I don't, I can't wait to see what God's going to do with my life!" And from that day to today, God is STILL doing amazing things through Travis' life!!

Travis went on to play football, yes PLAY football! He played all through high school, and then he was the equipment manager at the University of Kentucky during his college years. He has continued to do so many amazing things and with each accomplishment he hopes that people will see that disability does not equal inability! 

Lights Out: Living in a Sightless World is a book that everyone should read! What a great thing for Families to read aloud together each evening, and then discuss between them and see how each person is touched or encouraged. Honestly anyone and everyone would be blessed to read Travis' story!

There is also a movie out titled "23 Blast" that tells his story. I'm not sure if it will come to my area but I sooooo hope it does! It is one to see for sure!!!

Hands down, I give this book as many ♥ as I possibly can!!! This is a MUST READ book!!
5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s INDEED!!

Thank you so much LeAnn Hamby and Glassroad Media a division of BelieversPress for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!