Archive | December, 2014

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19 Dec

Dawn's Prelude

Dawn’s Prelude by Tracie Peterson

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Newly widowed Lydia Sellers discovers that through an unforeseen fluke, she is the sole recipient of her husband’s fortune. But instead of granting her security, it only causes strife as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves. Lydia, longing to put the memories of her painful marriage behind her, determines to travel to Alaska to join her aunt.

Lydia’s arrival in Sitka, however, brings two things she didn’t expect. One is the acquaintance of Kjell Bjorklund, the handsome owner of the sawmill. Second is the discovery that she is pregnant with her dead husband’s child. What will this mean for her budding relationship with Kjell? And what lengths will her stepchildren go to reclaim their father’s fortune? Lydia soon finds her life–and that of her child’s–on the line.

 

Life with Lily

Life with Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and
 Mary Ann Kinsinger 

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Every day is a new adventure!

On a small Amish farm in upstate New York, young Lily Lapp has plenty to do and plenty of people to love. But changes are coming–including a new baby brother, a new teacher at school, and new ways of looking at the world. Lily’s growing up Amish, and there’s always a lot to learn–if only Lily can stay out of trouble!

Review: A Most Inconvenient Marriage

17 Dec

A Most Inconvenient Marriage

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies, giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care for his ailing sister after he’s gone–a practical solution for both of them.
 
After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain–until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive, and wastes no time in challenging Abigail’s story. Abigail is flummoxed. After months of claiming to be his widow, how can she explain that she’s never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before? How can she convince him that she isn’t trying to steal his farm? And will she find a way to stay, even though this practical arrangement has turned into a most inconvenient marriage?

Thoughts:

“Sometimes the best gifts aren’t convenient at the time.” 

I was immediately drawn to this book, first by the cover and then by the title.  As I read the back cover, I knew this was a story I would love! 

I enjoy Civil War era stories and I was quickly captivated by this one.  The historical details are rich and the Ozark Mountain setting is vivid.  Abigail Stuart and Jeremiah Calhoun are engaging characters and their story, with its unique circumstances, is full of emotion, from heart-wrenching to heartwarming.  This delightful tale has it all- trials and tribulations, humor and hijinks, faith and forgiveness, and a stirring romance.  I loved A Most Inconvenient Marriage and can’t wait to read more from this incredibly talented author! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Bethany House Blogger Reviewer program.  All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received. 

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Regina JenningsRegina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.

To learn more about Regina and her books, please visit http://www.reginajennings.com/.

Review: A Light In The Wilderness

16 Dec

A Light in the Wilderness

A Light In The Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick

Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read–as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.

Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband that she knows she will follow him anywhere–even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.

Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.

As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip readers’ hearts and minds as they travel with Letitia on the dusty and dangerous Oregon trail into the boundless American West.

Thoughts:

“Three very different women. One dangerous journey. And a future that seems just out of reach.”

A Light In The Wilderness is a gripping story, one that captivated me from the very beginning! Based on a true story, Jane Kirkpatrick breathes life into her characters and beckons the reader into their world. I loved the historical depth of the story and the palpable emotions of the characters. A Light In The Wilderness is a very compelling story and a recommended read for fans of historical fiction!

I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.

Review: Ultimate Health

15 Dec

Ultimate Health

Synopsis:

Ultimate Health is one of the most important books you will ever read. Discover how to create a life of vitality, strength, and energy, with a preventive mindset that enhances longevity. Learn why food is medicine, spirituality matters, and how a positive emotional outlook can add years to your life and life to your years. Gain knowledge about the right habits, foods, vitamins, nutrients and exercise that will allow you to turn back the hands of time and regain a more youthful life.

Live your best life in Ultimate health!

Thoughts:

Ultimate Health is a great book and valuable health resource!  The writing team of Dr. Rick Wilson, Tony Jeary, Dr. Jennifer Engels, along with Tammy Kling, discuss twenty areas that have the most impact on your health.  Beginning with a personal health assessment, the book continues through the areas of impact and highlights ways to modify and improve your health.

Ultimate Health contains a wealth of important information.  I enjoyed the clear, concise manner in which the information is presented, as well as the tips, examples, and detailed descriptions.  The information contained in this book will encourage and challenge you to make changes in your life so you can live in Ultimate Health!

I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network.  All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.

Review + E-book Sale- This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof

13 Dec

This Quiet Sky

This Quiet Sky: A Novella by Joanne Bischof

There is nothing extraordinary about Tucker O’Shay’s dreams.
Go to college. Become president. Fall in love.
And pretend like he has enough time to get it all done.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Miller doesn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when she begins her first day at the one-room-school house in her new hometown of Rocky Knob. But when she meets seventeen-year-old Tucker O’Shay—the boy with the fatal illness who volunteers to tutor her in algebra—she finds herself swept up in a friendship that changes the way she sees the world and a love that changes her life.

Thoughts:

Joanne Bischof’s writing is exquisite! This Quiet Sky is an achingly beautiful story of timeless love and finding hope in the midst of sorrow. Tucker O’Shay and Sarah Miller are two precious characters who stole my heart completely. I savored every word of this poignant story; it is one that won’t soon be forgotten!

I highly recommend This Quiet Sky, as well as The Cadence of Grace series!  I adore Joanne Bischof’s books; they are among my all-time favorites!   

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Friday Freebie

12 Dec

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A Lancaster County Christmas

A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Jaime and C. J. Fitzpatrick began their married life as most couples do–in love and looking forward to a bright future together. But four years later they’ve drifted apart and are almost ready to call it quits.

Mattie Riehl was hoping to give her husband Sol the Christmas gift they have both longed for–news that a baby was on the way. But as usual, she is disappointed. The holidays bring an acute awareness to Mattie that her dream of a big family isn’t likely to become a reality.

Then a winter storm raging outside blows the Fitzpatricks into the Riehl home–and into a much slower pace of life. Can these two couples from different worlds help each other understand the true meaning of love this Christmas?

With her trademark plot twists and attention to detail, Suzanne Woods Fisher offers readers a beautiful Christmas story of love, forgiveness, and what truly matters in life.

Review: Christmas, Actually

10 Dec

Christmas, Actually

Christmas, Actually

Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, and Melinda Curtis

Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child… But she doesn’t need money, she only needs him.

Callie Banning’s student has declared war on Christmas, so it’s up to her to help the little girl—and her widowed father—believe again.

Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date…and she’s in for the surprise of a lifetime!

Thoughts:

I loved this novella anthology! Christmas stories are among my very favorites and I was delighted to open the pages of Christmas, Actually and “discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!”

I enjoyed each of the three Banning siblings and their respective stories of life and love. The authors did a fantastic job of weaving these stories together! I loved the enchantment of Christmas Town and its residents. Full of heartwarming romance, Christmas, Actually is a perfect read for the holiday season!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the authors. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.