Tuesday, 15 April 2014

What Follows After ~ Review


ABOUT THE BOOK:

In 1962, life was simple, the world made sense, and all families were happy.
And when they weren't, everyone knew you were supposed to pretend.

For the past year, Scott and Gina Harrison have been living a lie. While they show up at family get-togethers in the same car, they've actually been separated for over a year. To keep up the charade, they've even instructed their sons, Colt and Timmy, to lie--to their grandparents, their teachers, and their friends.

Colt, for one, has had enough, so he hatches a plan. He and his little brother will run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt's house in Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents get back together. But when things go terribly, terribly wrong, Scott and Gina must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their marriage.

In this emotional story, bestselling author Dan Walsh takes you on a journey to rediscover the things that matter most in life--love, truth, and family. With profound insight into the heart of a hurting child, he reminds us that a time will come to look back on hard times and smile, because we'll know that what follows after . . . is not what we expected at all.

"Dan is an artist and his canvas is the novel, where he uses different colors and hues of words to create a masterpiece. What Follows After is a story that will surely touch your heart and soul."--John M. WillsNew York Journal of Books
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished GiftThe Discovery, and The Reunion, as well as The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year (2011-2013). Dan lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit www.danwalshbooks.com for more.
My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness! What Follows After is AWESOME! However, It made me CRAZY!! Why? Well, it is set back in 1962 and I had to remind myself that there were no cell phones, no internet, and some people didn't even own a telephone in their own home! In What Follows After a young boy is kidnapped! Timmy is taken from a diner while his brother, Colt,  goes to the restroom.  Though they are running away, person after person doesn't take Colt seriously and Timmy is getting further and further away with each minute!

While I was reading intently to see how Colt was dealing with the guilt of losing his brother, I was seeing their parents marriage transform with every chapter. The Harrison family goes through so much in What Follows After and while I was going crazy wanting to jump in there and wake some people up and make them help Colt I was so happy to see how Dan Walsh brought this story to a WONDERFUL ending. You see God work in the lives of this family and in others around them. This book isn't just about a kidnapping but it's about seeing God break chains of of bitterness and let truth be revealed and forgiveness be freeing! 

Thank you Dan Walsh for sharing your gift of writing with us! For showing how important marriage is and how two people can work things out! 

You want to make sure this book is smack dab on the TOP of your "to be read pile"!! You will LOVE IT!!!

Thank you Revell for allowing this book in exchange for my honest review!
A DEFINITE 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s

Hope Runs: An American Tourist, A Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption ~ Review







ABOUT THE BOOK:

Sammy Ikua Gachagua had lost his father to illness, his mother to abandonment, and his home to poverty. By age ten, he was living in a shack with seven other children and very little food. He entered an orphanage seeing it as a miracle with three meals a day, a bed to sleep in, and clothes on his back.

When Claire Diaz-Ortiz arrived in Kenya at the end of an around-the-world journey, she decided to stay the night, climb Mt. Kenya, then head back home. She entered an orphanage seeing it as little more than a free place to spend the night before her mountain trek. 
God had other plans. 

Hope Runs 
is the emotional story of an American tourist, a Kenyan orphan, and the day that would change the course of both of their lives forever. It's about what it means to live in the now when the world is falling down around you. It's about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see. Most of all, it's about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye.

My thoughts:

Wow! Hope Runs is one of those books that leaves you inspired and anxiously awaiting the next "divine appt." that God has for you! What is a divine appointment you ask? Well, my opinion is when God brings a person into your life and HIS plans work through you or them or both of you together to bring Glory to HIS name and purposes! That divine appointment happened when Claire came to know Sammy and how their lives were changed and now others are being changed as well! Gods purposes at work through HIS Divine Appointment? Indeed! 

Please take time to read this one! You will be changed! You will be inspired!

I give Hope Runs a 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s for sure!!

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

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Dancing with Fireflies ~ Review







About the Book:

A Chapel Springs Romance
Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.
Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.
The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.
As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt.” Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.

About the Author:

Denise Hunter is an internationally published best-selling author. Her books have won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and was a RITA finalist. In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all of her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps, too. When Denise isn’t writing, she’s busy raising three heroes-in-the-making with her husband.
Find out more about Denise athttp://www.denisehunterbooks.com/.

My Thoughts:

HOLY MOLY!! To say this book is amazing is an understatement !! I LOVED this book and absolutely could NOT put it down!! I actually picked it up just to see what it was about and began reading just a little bit and before I knew it I was HOOKED! :)

I fell in love with Jade and Daniel, oh my! He is a gem! These two would be so much fun and I just loved everything about them and their friendship and love for one another! Daniel is just one of those guys you pray your daughter will find! He loves the Lord and he loves the McKinley family! Jade's family has known these two belonged together for years but it takes a little longer for Daniel and Jade to see what everyone does!

You will laugh, and at times maybe even scream, LOL!! No matter what you think, this book is one that you MUST READ!!! 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s FOR SURE!!

Thank you LitFuse Publicity Group for allowing me this complementary book in exchange for my honest review!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Claiming Mariah - Review




about the book:
After her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Frederick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.
With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he unearths more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal, and murder threatens the well-being of the ranch, endangering those who hold it dear. As the days dwindle until the rest of the Donovan clan arrives at the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed changes their futures forever.
my thoughts:
One of my very favorite Scripture is Romans 8:28--"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them."
I think this story reveals this Scripture in such a beautiful way! Mariah and Slade are brought together through circumstances that will take both of them on a journey of truth and forgiveness! When Slade arrives demanding to take ownership of Mariah's home, and the farm too, Mariah is shocked to say the least! She has worked hard and doesn't want to let it go but Slade leaves her no choice but to sign it over. 
Both of them have allowed unforgiveness and guilt to rule their lives in some aspects and it keeps them from seeing the blessings that are right in front of their own eyes!  But then, haven't we all been guilty of that at some points in our lives! It is so moving to see Slade and Mariah work through each of their past and let go of that unforgiveness! 
Claiming Mariah is a WONDERFUL READ! I highly recommend it to any and all!
Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion!
To learn more about Claiming Mariah, you can go here

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Maybelle in Stitches




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Maybelle In Stitches

Abingdon Press (March 18, 2014)

by

Joyce Magnin


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


A word from the Author:




I am the author of seven novels. Five adult novels and two middle grade readers. I never wanted to do anything else but write and every day I wake up astonished that I get to do what I always dreamed about. My days are filled with words and images along with the usual family stuff. I have three children, Rebekah who is married to Joshua. They have three of the most adorable boys on the planet, Lemuel, Cedar and Soren. My daughter Emily Kate is a lovely young woman anthropologist and my son Adam is fourteen and a student--he's a genius who loves frogs and lizards and fish and plants. He amazes me.


I have never eaten a scallop. I love cream soda. Drink way too much coffee. I do not like elevators but I do enjoy needle arts and of course books. I prefer jazz over country (no offense), milk chocolate over dark, but not roller coasters although my life has often resembled a roller coaster ride.


One of my life's desires is to meet Amy Grant so I can tell her she saved my life.


ABOUT THE BOOK



Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it. At first, it’s just a way to fill the lonely nights while her husband, staff sergeant Holden Kanzinzki, is away fighting in World War II.


Yet when Maybelle discovers that the quilt is made from scraps of material that can be traced back through her family heritage, the project is suddenly much more important. Then word comes that Holden is missing in action, and with little else to do, Maybelle clings to the quilt as much as to the hope that her husband is still alive. As neighborhood friends gather around Maybelle to help her through the unknown days and nights ahead, it is the quilt that becomes a symbol of her unflagging belief that Holden will return—to her, to their home, and to their quilt-covered bed.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Maybelle In Stitches, go HERE.


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Tide and Tempest




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Tide and Tempest

Bethany House Publishers (March 4, 2014)

by

Elizabeth Ludwig


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Elizabeth  Ludwig is an award-winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Rocket, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies (co-authored with Janelle Mowery), earned her the 2008 IWA Writer of the Year Award. This book was followed in 2009 by "I'll be Home for Christmas", part of the Christmas anthology collection, Christmas Homecoming.


In 2011, her second mystery, Died in the Wool (co-authored with Janelle Mowery) was nominated for a Carol Award. In 2012, the popular EDGE OF FREEDOM series released from Bethany House Publishers. Books one and two, No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home, respectively, earned 4 Stars from the RT Book Reviews. Book three, Tide and Tempest, received top honors with 4 1/2 Stars.


Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas.


ABOUT THE BOOK



Two years ago, her fiance perished during their voyage to America.


Now she discovers it may have been murder...



Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiance by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she's left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream--to open a home for orphaned children.


Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman's deathbed confession reveals her fiance's demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well--dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiance.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Tide and Tempest, go HERE.



MY THOUGHTS:

I had no idea that this was the 3rd and final book in a series, and to be honest, I wasn't happy about it at all. I just knew I wasn't going to know what in the world was going on, and who all the characters were but I was wrong! Tide and Tempest was an excellent book and I wasn't lost at all!

I just love Tillie and felt for her in so many situations. Her grief for her late fiancé and her own internal battle is just heart wrenching! I wanted just to shake her and then ever so gently share how the Grace of God will erase all of her wounds and her sins. I never really understood why this wasn't covered in a "Christian Fiction Book" but, it is what it is I guess. :)

I love Captain Morgan and his tender heart towards Tillie but it drove me crazy how long it took for them to learn of one another's feelings!

If you like Romance, Suspense, Drama, then Tide & Tempest is for you! You will LOVE as did I!

Poison Town ~ REVIEW




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Poison Town

David C. Cook (February 1, 2014)

by

Creston Mapes


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:






Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


ABOUT THE BOOK



There's More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town


People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that's crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss.



The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon's long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal.


The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable--he knows too much.


If you'd like to read the first chapter of Poison Town, go HERE.



My Thoughts:

WOW! WOW! WOW! This is the first time I have read a book by Creston Mapes and I am literally ready to download every single book he's written onto my kindle!

Poison Town is a fast paced, suspense-filled novel.  I LOVE reporter Jack Crittendon! He is very tenacious, determined, and he cares deeply for all of those he has a relationship with in Trenton City.
Demler-Vargas employees many residents in town but Jack learns that not only is his friend sick, but so are many others and they all have very similar symptoms, some have even died.

Jack refuses to give up until he finds an answer, no matter how dangerous things get, but along the way he also learns some very surprising truths. Is everyone involved in the deception and cover-ups of Demler-Vargas. Will he be enticed by the bribes as well? As he gets deeper and deeper into this Demler-Vargas mystery, his marriage and faith seem to be unraveling at the seams.

Will he find the truth and expose Demler-Vargas? Can his marriage be saved and his Faith restored?

This is by far one of my FAVORITE reads this year! I couldn't wait to pass it onto a friend and share this phenomenal read! 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s FOR SURE!

Thank you so much CFBA for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review! Thank you for showcasing and introducing me to such an incredible author! I am now a HUGE FAN of Creston Mapes!