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#BookReview: A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund

26 Sep

A Worthy Rebel is an enchanting tale! Rebellion and desperation collide as Cole Warwick discovers an injured runaway and offers her aide. However, the rebellious peasant feels deceived by Izzy when her true identity is revealed. The story that unfolds is dramatic and romantic, captivating me from beginning to end. Izzy and Cole are endearing characters, and I delighted in their story!

The fifth book in the An Uncertain Choice series, A Worthy Rebel can be enjoyed independently of its predecessors. However, I have read and loved each of the books in this series and highly recommend them to fans of medieval romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

 

About the book:

While fleeing an arranged betrothal to a heartless lord, Lady Isabelle becomes injured and lost. Rescued by a young peasant man, she hides her identity as a noblewoman for fear of reprisal from the peasants who are bitter and angry toward the nobility.

Cole Warwick cannot turn his back on a person in need and soon finds himself falling for Izzy, the gentle and beautiful runaway who is mending in his cottage. As the leader of an imminent uprising against the nobility, he tries to resist his growing feelings for Izzy to protect her from the dangerous life he’s chosen. But the longer she stays, the more he hopes she’ll never leave.

When Izzy’s true identity is revealed, Cole feels betrayed. With the rebellion underway, can Cole forgive Izzy and find a way to save her from an unhappy marriage? Or will he and his peasant army be destroyed before he has the chance to fight for the people and the woman he loves?

Learn more about the book and the author.

Review: To Get To You

26 Sep

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To Get To You by Joanne Bischof

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To get to the girl he loves, Riley Kane must head off on a road trip with the father he never knew. Then pray for a miracle. Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it. When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past. 

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To Get to You is a heartwarming story! 

Joanne Bischof never fails to tug at my heartstrings and make me feel for her characters and their journeys. Although To Get to You is classified as Young Adult fiction, I believe Riley and Becca’s story is one readers of all ages will enjoy!

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One thing that makes this tale especially unique is that it is written from the male perspective. I really enjoyed experiencing Riley’s journey and loved his memorable road trip with Jake and Saul. The sights and sounds along the way were palpable, as were the emotions.

also enjoyed Riley and Becca’s subtle and sweet romance. From very different backgrounds, these two are drawn to each other from the moment they meet, and their feelings continue to grow as they spend time together with Becca’s family. 

To Get to You addresses teenage angst and coming of age issues and does so with humor, heart, and hope. I loved this story of new beginnings and second chances and can’t wait for the next book in the Wild Air series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.  I appreciate the opportunity to read this story and share my thoughts!

 

Joanne is celebrating the release of To Get to You with an exciting Road Trip Giveaway! Two great prize packages are up for grabs, so visit Joanne’s blog and enter now!

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Joanne Bischof

Christy Award-finalist and author of Be Still My Soul, Though My Heart Is Torn, and My Hope Is Found, Joanne Bischof has a deep passion for Appalachian culture and writing stories that shine light on God’s grace and goodness. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, folk music, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life. You can visit her website at www.joannebischof.com.

FREE e-book: The Gifting

14 Sep

Don’t miss this exciting, edge of your seat story by Katie Ganshert!  The Gifting is FREE for a limited time, so download your copy today!!

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The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert
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If science is right, then I am crazy.
And crazy is dangerous.

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she’s going crazy. What other explanation is there for the things she sees? After her complete freakout at a high school party, her parents worry she might be right. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill.

Despite the whispers and stares, Tess is determined to fit in at her new school. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she’s unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries harder to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something—that he might somehow be responsible.

But what if she’s wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?

Haunting Joy

4 Nov

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Haunting Joy by Lena Goldfinch

Halloween may be over, but it’s never too late for a little ghost story!   Haunting Joy is currently available for $0.99 as a Kindle download.  While I don’t normally read paranormal stories, I had heard great things about this one and am glad I gave it a try!

Synopsis:

“I never believed in ghosts. Until it happened to me.”

Joy’s new dress has a secret – one with a little supernatural history, one that’s a little more than she expected.

It all starts one ordinary afternoon, as seventeen-year-old Joy tries on some thrift-store clothes her grandmother gave her. The little white dress fits perfectly. Trouble is, now it won’t leave her alone. Soon Joy is swept up in an extraordinary journey to help a ghost complete some unfinished business.

If only that didn’t involve Joy driving through dangerous intersections…

Or calling up her high-school crush, Nick…

Or getting stuck at a cemetery after dark.

Will Joy accept this ghostly challenge to be “more”? And just how far will she go to uncover the truth?

Thoughts:

Having never read paranormal fiction, I wasn’t sure whether or not I would enjoy Haunting Joy.  However, I had been hearing buzz about this book and was very intrigued by the premise. 

On Halloween morning, I participated in a Twitter chat with Lena Goldfinch and enjoyed finding out more about her and Haunting Joy.  This is what Lena had to say about her inspiration for this story. 

“One morning I woke up to the sound of a (human-sounding) sigh in the corner of my room.  I thought it was my dog, but the dog was nowhere near the sound.  However, a box of thrift store & yard sale finds from my mom was!  Thus the story for Haunting Joy was born—a haunted thrift store dress.

Haunting Joy is an enchanting story of a young girl, a haunted thrift store dress, and a journey of discovery.  Joy is immediately drawn to a white dress she finds in a sack of thrift stores finds given to her by her grandmother.  Intrigued by the connection she feels to the dress, she sets out to find out more about the previous owner.  Not only does Joy find out more about the dress and its owner, she also makes some interesting discoveries about herself. 

I enjoyed this YA Light Paranormal story and look forward to reading the next book in this series! 

Haunting Joy series:

Book 1- Haunting Joy

Book 2- Haunting Melody, releasing in 2014

Biography:

Lena lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab.  She employs both her computer and artistic skills designing her website and also book interiors & covers.  She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy/paranormal with a healthy dose of “sigh-worthy” romance.  You can visit her at: http://www.lenagoldfinch.com