Sunday, April 23, 2017

Just the way you are by Pepper Basham

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ABOUT THE BOOK


Single mom, Eisley Barrett, prefers to keep romance safely housed within a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an actor with a sordid past offers her reluctant heart a very different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past he’s ashamed to confess. Suspicious and cynical, he’s managed to avoid romantic entanglements since a tragedy upended his career and life, that is until American Eisley Barrett comes along. Her authenticity and kindness upend his bitter assumptions and send his heart into unscripted territory.

When his past threatens to ruin a second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grave salvage their unexpected romance?

LORI'S TRAVELS

As always, Pepper writes another wonderful story.
As I sat here reading this awesome book, I snickered until I almost fell out of my chair.
Try eating cheesballs and coughing your fool head off while reading and laughing about Eisley and Wes. (My husband looks at me of course like I'm weird or something).
I'm going to have to say that I really liked Eisley. She's your warm hearted and has went through many hurts and eventually she does overcome them through her faith. I also like how she thinks out loud and then suddenly realizes that someone is listening lol!
Wes is your handsome British actor who is tall, dark, and handsome to boot (drool) actor who wants to turn his life around and live like he's supposed to.
I love the picture that Pepper used after she "stepped on a grandpa" at their very first meeting. I'm very glad he turned out ok.
Pepper has put a lot of humor and delight in this novel as well a mystery sort.
She has done a wonderful job in bringing these characters to life a d is able to put them in the right place at the right time.
I also appreciated that she put some "bad" people to shake up their lives. I hate that whenever someone can't get their way they use others to try and get their way.
Because to my idea we can get too comfortable with certain people and when they don't live up to our standards it is bye bye for some and Hello for others.
I believe in 2nd chances just like God does but sometimes that is even hard to live by.
I love the mystery because this is what kept my attention. How wonderful to have a rich family history like that!
Thanks Pepper for letting me read and review this fantastically funny story.
I recommend this book for people who love to read.
I received this book from the author and was not expected to leave a review. These are my own words.
 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pepper D. BashamPepper D Basham has been telling tales ever since she was a little girl. When her grandmother called her a “writer” at the age of ten, Pepper took it as gospel and has enjoyed various types of writing styles ever since. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn, and her debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, arrives on May 7th 2015 




All of you by Sarah Monzon

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ABOUT THE BOOK


Jacqueline Rogers can rebuild anything...except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she's worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.

After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.

England, 1942

With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.


LORI'S TRAVELS

First of all let me say Wow!!!!! What a fantastic story written straight from the author's heart!!!
Friends can come in all shapes or sizes, whole or not. It's what's in the heart that matters.
I love how the author weaves past with present and eventually connecting to the present.
You see, the past is what makes us what we are today.
Some of our past is good. Some is not.
I enjoyed the banter between Henry and Alice. I immediately felt the connection that they'd make a great team. Just like Jack and Michael.
People certainly can be stubborn and as I've said before love can sneak up on you or hit you between the eyes when I least expect it. So can friendship.
God has a plan for each and every one of us. We just have to figure out where we fit into the puzzle like Michael had to.
Yes, most of us do get angry at God for one reason or another. He doesn't do mean things to us. Sometimes things happen for a reason or maybe it was God's plan. Who knows?
When a door shuts, other times different doors open. Most times for the better. Even if it is hard for us to except.
I love listening to older people tell their stories!! Sometimes a life lesson can be learned from hearing them out because you never knew what they've had to face to get where they are today. In my book, it's called respect and love.
Whenever I see a veteran of any kind I always try and thank them for their service for without them and our wonderful Savior we wouldn't have the freedom we have today!!!
This story had me laughing and crying in some places. It definitely leaves you thinking long after the book is finished
I stayed with the book because I just couldn't put it down!!!
I think I'm going to have to say my heroine is Alice and all the women who did their part in WW2.
I will say this; I had a grandfather who fought in Germany in the 2nd ww and among his things we found after he died was a swastika flag.
For reasons unknown he kept it.
I was shocked when I found it.
I received a complimentary copy from from the author and in no way required to review this book.
However I can't express how much I enjoyed this book

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Monzon
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain's wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn't enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn't in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.









Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sandpiper Cove by Irenne Hannon

Sandpiper Cove (Hope Harbor, #3)


ABOUT THE BOOK

Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish.

Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine.

Lauded by
Library Journal as "a master at character development," Irene Hannon welcomes readers back to this charming Oregon seaside village where hearts heal--and love blooms


LORI'S TRAVELS

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this beautiful novel.
I think it was the cover that wanted to make me read it and bring contemporary Christian was a page turning awesome adventure!
I snickered at the two priests lively banter glad they got along.
I loved Charley too! He reminds of one of God's messengers that are always around and for some strange reasons they know before you even tell them.
There's a song from Alabama about angels being all around us and up above.
Friends are few and far between but when you find one hang on to him or her because those are the best kind.
Books are sort of like that too!! It is funny that you can connect with some books and not others. Books can be friends or not.
I believe in 2nd chances like Adam and Brian. I enjoyed this novel for this reason.
Irene knows how to bring real life problems to fictional characters and solve their problems unlike in real life.
Choices can be bad or good. it is up to us. But, they usually go better it'd go better if we ask for God's help.
Satan wants us to disobey God. Not good!
I loved the friendship between Lexie and Adam. To my idea, it's always best to be friends first. Like my husband and I were. To this day, we are still best friends.
I think this wonderful novel is all about Trust. Trust is a very big issue in most cases. Like Adam.
He needed to learn to trust people again and I feel him deeply. I too have a very hard time trusting people. Thank you God I have a trusting Jesus for He'll never fail me even when I'm at my lowest.
I recommend this book to people who love contemporary Christian.
I received a complimentary copy from from the publisher and in no way required to review this book


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Irene HannonIrene Hannon, who writes both romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 45 novels. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romantic fiction), a National Readers' Choice Award, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, a Retailers Choice Award, a Booksellers' Best Award and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist.

A former corporate communications executive with a Fortune 500 company, Irene now writes full time. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, long walks, cooking, gardening, traveling and spending time with family.

To learn more about Irene and her books, visit
www.irenehannon.com
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Witch by Denise Weimer

Witch: The Restoration Trilogy, Book Three

ABOUT THE BOOK

Having restored Michael Johnson's ancestors' house and apothecary shop and begun applying the lessons of family and forgiveness unearthed from the past, Jennifer Rushmore expects to complete her first preservation job with the simple relocation of a log home. But as her crew reconstructs the 1787 cabin, home to the first Dunham doctor, attacks on those involved throw suspicion on neighbors and friends alike. And while Jennifer has trusted God and Michael with the pain of her past, it appears Michael's been keeping his own secrets. Will she use a dream job offer from Savannah as an escape, or will a haunting tale from a Colonial diary convince her to rely on the faithfulness of his love?


LORI'S TRAVELS

What a fascinating tale!!!
I love how Denise weaves past with preset in all of her books!!
This is the 3rd book of White and
Widow. I really really think you should read the 1st two books before you read this one.
I fell in love with the 1st one and decided that I just had to read the last two. For me, book one was just a teaser and it will be for you too!!!
Especially if you love history.
At first I think I probably would be just as skeptical as Michael about his family history
Not me! I would've been delighted because being adopted I have no clue about my real family.
I think I enjoyed this book too because Denise has managed to weave a little bit of mystery to keep you up on the edge of your seat.
I think my favorite scene was when Michael and Jennifer finally woke up and realized what was right in front of them .
I guess the morale of the story is;
People needed to realize that God was there all along and you need to forgive as Jesus did with us.
Love also has a strange way of sneaking in our when we least expect it.
I can't express at how much I enjoyed these stories and I hope that the author will write more in the future.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and in no way required to review this book
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise Weimerwriter and history lover. My four-book, mid-1800s Georgia Gold Series with Canterbury House Publishing (SAUTEE SHADOWS, THE GRAY DIVIDE, THE CRIMSON BLOOM, and BRIGHT AS GOLD) combines historical romance with a touch of mystery. BRIGHT AS GOLD won the 2015 John Esten Cooke award for Southern literature. New in 2016, the Restoration Trilogy (WHITE, WIDOW, and WITCH) features a modern, suspenseful romantic over-story of a historical preservation grad helping a brooding bachelor restore his family property (house, apothecary and log cabin) with three historical back stories they uncover from three different centuries. I'm also the author of historical novella REDEEMING GRACE and numerous magazine articles set in Northeast Georgia. I'm a wife, swim mom of two daughters, and for many years directed a vintage dance group.  


The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis

The Ebb Tide


ABOUT THE BOOK


When a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter's nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Curious by nature, Sallie loves reading and learning, and she fears that her chances of making a good match with an Amish farmer will be hampered because of it.

Though she loves taking care of nine-year-old Autumn Weaver during the week, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Edward Kreider, a young marine biology student who talks freely about all he's learning and asks about her interests, unlike the guys she grew up with. Sallie wonders if this is the kind of relationship she's been longing for. Then again, Ed isn't from her community--and he's Mennonite, not Amish.

Sallie is afraid of what her parents would think about her new friendship. But that's not all she's fearful of. When unexpected danger threatens Autumn, Sallie will have to put her fears aside. Will this be a summer to remember, or one to forget?



LORI'S TRAVELS


Beverlys books are always a joy to read! I always look forward to her next one because I enjoy being pleasantly surprised and I was definitely surprised by this book!!! I enjoyed this book because it is somewhat different than the other Amish books that I have read.
I loved the back drop
This beautiful story is set in Cape May and that it's on the beach.
somewhere that I hope I get to go (beach) this summer.
I also like the family that is portrayed. A family that is unselfish and I thought it was cool that they asked Sally along on the trip.
For an Amish person I thought it was highly unusual to have wanderlust like Sally.
I enjoyed a trip to the beach with Sally.
I felt like I could put my feet in the sand and hear the waves crashing against the shore and maybe even Soak some in the sun.
I have to like Autumn. I love the name as well because it's so unusual. I love her outgoing energy and wish I have the energy a 9 year can have.
I feel like I'm like Autumn in many way. For one, I love to draw. (I'm not quite so good at it anymore)
I Have been an only child for many years and I think that I would have a very hard time adjusting to a sibling.
My parents were foster parents for a lot of years and yes I was very jealous of every one.
(They treated me differently)
Sallie is a pretty special lady but different. I say. different because she got to do what most Amish don't and was a nanny to Autumn and Conner.
I loved the way Sallie's family stood by her in her decision making. I am very happy that Sallie took her time in making her decision. Decisions are important!
I am glad I decided to finish this book after all!!!
I also enjoy reading the authors little notes at the end of the book. Very interesting!!!
I received a complimentary copy from from the publisher and in no way required to review this book


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country and both a schoolteacher and an accomplished musician, has been an award-winning author for over a dozen years. Her acclaimed novel, The Preacher's Daughter, was a 2006 Quill Book Award finalist in the romance category. Her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including USA Today and The New York Times. She and her husband, David, live in Colorado."








Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Amish Widower by Virrginia Smith

The Amish Widower (The Men of Lancaster County Book 4)
 
 
 
ABOUT THE BOOK
 
 
Is It Time for This Widower to Give Love One More Chance?  
After the devastating loss of his second wife, Seth Hostetler believes a lasting love is beyond all hope. A year has passed, and his mamm and sister are determined to see him happily married once again. But how can he open his heart to another woman when their relationship could end in tragedy?

On an outing with his family, Seth comes across an Amish potter hard at work and decides to try his hand at the trade. He quickly takes to this creative outlet, pouring his long-buried emotions into each utensil he shapes. Unfortunately, the fancy nature of his art draws the disapproval of his district's leadership.

His work also puts him in the path of Leah, an Englisch woman employed by the Amish to sell their wares to tourists. Despite her aloofness, there's something about her that speaks to his wounded soul. But what is Seth to do when the things he wants most threaten to pull him away from the life he's committed himself to live?

A compelling novel of second chances and the power of God to redeem hearts and dreams, set in the inviting Amish community of Lancaster County.


 
LORI'S TRAVELS
 
I for the most part enjoyed this novel. I love this type of story anyway.
I can relate to Seth in more ways than one but then, so can everyone else.
I too have lost loved ones that are dear to me and I miss them even to this day.
Time has a way of healing and soothing the soul. But you never get over missing them. In some ways, I think the Amish are wrong in deciding a year is long enough. Your see, grief has no length of time or about when its over.
Forgiveness is another issue. Even this I find hard to do. Hate will eat away at you until you are left bitter and unforgiving.
I think it goes like this without forgivingthe other person our Father will not forgive us.
Seth is a lot like me. I let my anger issues get out of control at times to the point where I even throw stuff.
I also believe that are thirds at a chance at love. Maybe this was Gods way of letting Seth know that He had other plans for him.
when we are young, oftimes we do foolish things. Without doing these foolish things we don't learn from our mistakes as young Robbie soon learns.
I had to admire Robbie. It took courage for what he had to do. E manned up and took charge of his mistake.
I find this interesting because he carried around an awful lot of guilt before hand.
I also find it kind of wrong not to take justice in because of what went on with Leah. But, at the same time I admire the Amish for that. They live in the world but not of it. Or at least they try to set themselves apart from it.
I was happy for Seth as the story went on.
I've never had to have counseling but I often times wonder it actually does help.
I will say that this a different type of Amish story. I like it because of the twists and turns that it has. I gave this a 5 stars for this reason.
Ginny did a fabulous job in bringing the characters to life and making them have real life issues that we can all relate to.
I recommend this strongly recommend this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley.
I was not required to give a review. These are my own words.
 
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Virginia Smith
VIRGINIA SMITH is the bestselling author of thirty-one novels (and counting!), an illustrated children’s book, and over fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense. Her books have been finalists in many prestigious awards, and two of her novels received the Holt Medallion Award of Merit. Learn more about Ginny and her books at www.virginiasmith.org
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Stolen Heart By Amanda Cabot

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ABOUT THE BOOK
 
From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancé. But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites readers back into Texas's storied past to experience love and adventure against a backdrop of tension and mystery in this first book in a brand-new series.
 
 
LORI'S TRAVELS
 

As always I love anything that this author writes because her books draw me in from the beginning.
Generally, it's usually either friends or family that you can't trust. Most of the time for me, it's my friends.
I liked this book because it's a who done it and I wasn't surprised in a way since he turned down the job of deputy which of course that made me suspicious.
I enjoyed the plot of this book .
It's not easy being accepted in a new town or a state and I had to do both.
But, unlike Lydia I no one to help welcome me like Aunt Bertha did.
I really liked Aunt Bertha.
As I read on, I felt like I knew the woman on a personal basis. She was like a grandmother to me.
Lydia was like a sister I never had. I loved how she bucked up and went on even though her plans didn't work out.
Travis is a cool guy. I can't explain why he's cool just is.
I guess what I'm trying to say is
Our plans may not always work out. Just because the door closed for that one doesn't always meet the ones God has.
Yes, there's always lid for every pot out there that just right.
I also loved how God helps us through our time of grief and sorrow.
Even though our Earthly Father doesn't always love us our Heavenly Father does
I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and was in no way required to review this book but I just had to because I wanted everyone to know I enjoyed this book.
If you like the 1800's then this is the book for you.
Amanda Cabot looking forward to The next one!!!!
I can't forget about the candy treats! In fact, I was eating chocolate while reading a part of this story!
I too had many emotions while reading this book.
Just because there was a war, not every Northerner is bad. Just like not every person is a good person.
I think the townsfolk, especially family learns this the hard way.
And in life (especially me), has to learn the very hard way is not like a box of chocolates
 
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading
 
 
 
 
                           
 
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