Pages

Monday, December 30, 2019

Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

46125025



ABOUT THE BOOK

For Havyn Powell, growing up on her grandfather Chuck Bondrant's dairy outside the 1904 gold-rush boomtown of Nome, Alaska, offered all she needed. She had the love of her mother, two sisters, and grandfather. But now, at 23, Havyn realizes the stability of her life may soon vanish. Havyn is determined to find a way to keep the family together, but her grandfather's health is declining and everyone seems to be holding secrets from each other, including the handsome, dark-haired stranger who recently arrived.


John Roselli arrives in Nome looking for a steady, consistent job. He has grown tired of the promises of getting rich quick and just wants an honest job with honest pay. His grandfather once knew a Chuck Bondrant, and so when John arrives at the dairy, he's quickly offered a job--and a path to more if he wants it.

Havyn's plan for helping out the family means using her beautiful singing voice and her sisters' musical talent at a local roadhouse. They're an immediate hit, and it looks like her plan will be a success. But the spotlight brings with it dangerous eyes that covet Havyn and are jealous as she and John grow ever closer. But will they realize the peril before it's too late? 


MY REVIEW

I loved this book so much!! These two ladies are just absolutely the best!! I try not to miss any of their books!!

You know, you just gotta love redheads especially if they are as talented as Haven, Madysen and Whitney! I certainly can relate to these awesome ladies real well!
I love the different spelling of Madysen's name. These ladies are loving, close, stubborn and happy as long as they have each other. I'm so jealous! I've always wanted a sibling. I do but I wasn't raised with them.
Music is so relaxing and I too sometimes let my frustrations out with the Viola.
I belong in an orchestra and I love every minute of it!
Change isn't easy. I don't care for it myself but sometimes it can be good.
Jealousy is also not good. I'm guilty of it myself.
I find it hard to forgive people too but I found in order to have a sense of peace we need to forgive people when we've feel we've been wronged.
I really enjoyed this book and I have a good feeling that this is the start of a wonderful series! I always look forward to seeing what these ladies will come out with next. This book certainly didn't disappoint.
I was glad to be back in Alaska again!
I highly recommend this book!
My thanks to Netgalley. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own. 


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

TRACEY PETERSON

Tracie PetersonTracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

















KIMBERLEY WOODHOUSE

Kimberley WoodhouseKimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling author of more than twenty books who loves the JOY of story. A lover of history and research, she often gets sucked into the past and then her husband has to lure her out with chocolate. She's spoken to more than 800,000 people at more than 2,000 venues and has taught the craft of writing around the country. Married to the love of her life for twenty-five plus years, she makes her home in Montana. You can connect with Kimberley at: www.kimberleywoodhouse.com www.facebook.com/KimberleyWoodhouseAu...

The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson

44441993



ABOUT THE BOOK

Just when you think you’ve met your match . . . the charade begins.


Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.



But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.



No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?



Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.




MY REVIEW

This book sort of reminds me of Yours, Mine and Ours movie. Could be that's why I loved it so well!

Gosh this is such a cute read!! I got some snickers out of this delightful story!!
Life sure can sure some unexpected curves at you when you least expect it.
Jett and Cassie are proof of that.
While there are some serious moments in the book there's also some snickers too. This author has woven everything in perfectly!
Of course you can only guess who steals the show right from the start!
But what I can't understand is why are Cassie and Jett lying to each other for?
I loved Cassie from the start. She is somewhat like me and tends to wear her heart on her sleeve. She's always ready to help someone in need. I admired her greatly!
She's got grits that's for sure!! But best of all her heart is in the right place.
I think my most heartbreaking scene was at the beginning. Melissa sure knows how to rip your heart out!
Jett gives me mixed feelings. I don't know how to explain it. I mean I like him and all and I think he's perfect for Cassie but there's just something.......,
Could be he wasn't ready for what was thrown at him. But then none of really are. Children don't come with instructions. Heavens I would have it made if that were the case.
I loved the basketball scene best I believe. While I was reading I could see and hear them banter back and forth lol!
This book is a can't put down one that's for sure. I loved this Rom-Com. It gave me a break from the more serious reading that I do. This was definitely your fun to read book. I had no idea what to expect when I opened it. I got the ride of a lifetime in this book.
I didn't really like Sunny. In my opinion he's too self centered. He's also a complainer too! My Goodness! I thought he could have at least helped Jett out some. For the most part I felt that he got what he deserved and boy was it funny!
Poor Sarah!! I thought she tried too hard.
But I did think she was a bit pushy. I'm glad she was there to help out though.
I love the cover of the book. I think it looks mysterious. It goes with it quite well. In my opinion, it gives no clue as to what is inside. You've got the blurb for that. Sometimes I can't stand blurbs. It tends to give too much of the story away.
I highly recommend this book. It's a delightful read and one you'll enjoy very much.
My thanks to Netgalley. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa    FergusonMelissa Ferguson lives in Bristol, Tennessee, where she is an assistant professor at King University and pens books that make her laugh and grow. She used to have hobbies like running and backpacking the Appalachian Trail outside her door. Now she and her husband are outnumbered, and her hobbies include diaper changes, chasing toddlers in parking lots, and admiring the Appalachian Trail out her minivan window while singing "Winnie the Pooh." She survives by Jesus, rom coms, and roughly two espresso shots a day. The Dating Charade is her debut novel.


She'd love you to find her and join in on her journey at melissaferguson.com.

The Cracking of Monday Egg by B.T. Higgins

The Cracking of Monday Egg



ABOUT THE BOOK

The Maker created Monday Egg for a very important reason. Monday just doesn’t understand it yet. Being an egg with arms and legs has its advantages. Monday can run like the wind and climb trees easily, but he is an egg. What happens when he cracks?

The Cracking of Monday Egg is the story of a cranky crow, a sick little girl, a kind squirrel and Monday’s struggle to deal with his own crack ability. 



MY REVIEW

This book is geared towards the middle grade readers and really anyone can enjoy it.
I had to love the egg and I will never look at an egg the same way again. Everytime I hold an egg I will think of Monday.
Just when he thought he was safe life would throw him another curve. It's the way life is.
It was never meant to be easy.
This little egg taught me much and gave me a gentle reminder for the One who loves all of us even Monday.
I must say, I've never read anything quite like this book but it was definitely a refreshing and relaxing read! It does make you stop and think.
I think the cover might have influenced me to pick it up and give it a try and I'm glad I did! The cover is so very cute!
It's such a sweet story.
The author has written this with such a wonderful outlook on life told directly from an egg. B.T. Higgins has done an excellent job with this cute story.
This book is sure to be a hit with people of all ages. I think it would make a great bedtime story!
Highly recommend.
My thanks to Just Read Tours NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

B.T. Higgins lives in the wild urban jungles of Alaska with his wife and four children. As you might expect, he is an avid fan of long naps and noise-canceling headphones. He has been a garbageman, a propane technician, a teacher, a tutor, a musician and an exotic-bird-cage scrubber, but writing stories is, by far, his favorite job.

 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

My list of books for 2019 by Lori Parrish

Hi! I was going to add at east 20 of my favorite reads of 2019 but I finally narrowed it down so here it is. I hope that it helps out your list somewhat. I have hundreds more I could add but I won't. There will be other out there to help you out too. I know it has me! I've already added some for my 2020 list.
It was a challenge but I reached my goal of 200+ books. I'm all petered out now. I don't think I'll be able to add to my list this year but I sure can next!
Happy New Year to all my friends and family!!

1. Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright


Echoes Among the Stones



My most favorite book of 2019!! I loved this one because of the family history and the unusual twists and turns that Jaime has woven in. This book has some amazing messages throughout the text. I deem this one her best yet!


2. The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen

43887304



I loved this one too. This is my 2nd favorite and Julie's best book at least in my opinion. This one kept my attention all the way through. I loved the mystery that was written in and I loved all the characters in the book. 
Isabelle is my favorite. She really surprised me in the end. I applaud her. For see, if you really want something then you must go after it. She certainly impressed me.
Benjamin Booker is a sweetheart of a man. Yes, we all make mistakes but we can and must learn from them. Not all women are bad.  I love how Ben found this out on his own well not really on his own. He had help from God. I'm certain of it. 

3. The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli 

46343619



I really burnt some midnight oil and had a book hangover with this one. Heidi has certainly done a wonderful job with this time slip novel but then again, she always does. 
Can two women find forgiveness, courage, and love through time?
I think they can. I hope that you will pick up a  copy of this book and read it for it is worth it. 
The cover is certainly gorgeous!

4. An Uncommon Woman By Laura Frantz

46125021



Laura Frantz is definitely at her best with this book! I love anything by her and she certainly didn't disappoint with this one! Her stories are just one adventure after another and she's definitely one I try never to miss at all! She'll have you finishing this book in a couple of afternoons depending on how fast you read.  I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I had to see what happened with Tessa, Clay, Keturah, and the rest of the crew. I wasn't disappointed. In fact I sure didn't want to come back to the present. I hated saying goodbye to Laura's characters.   

5. Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

46125030



Fans of this author will want to pick up Lynette's latest copy of Collateral Damage because it's fast paced with lots of twists and turns that will keep you turning to see what happens Brooke Adams and Asher James. 
This book will for sure having you looking over your shoulders and make your heart go overtime with this exciting new read! 
I'm a forever fan of Lynette Eason now. She's that good!! Awesome read!! 

6The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze 

46295161


Here's another book that I truly enjoyed and recommend for anyone who loves this series or who just wants to pick up a good read. I highly recommend this one because in my opinion, this one is my favorite of this series. I've been keeping up with this series since the Mayflower. 
Imagine yourself caught in a blizzard along with some schoolchildren. Would you have done what this schoolteacher did or would you try and stay at the schoolhouse? I don't know about ya'll I'd try to find somewhere safe. 
This book will have you turn the pages to see what happens to everyone and this author can and will make you hold your breath to see what happens next!!  Just wow!! I highly recommend!! 

7. Stitches in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher

43984597



Wait until you see what happens to our favorite character Luke Shrock in this wonderful tale!! It just goes to show ya that miracles can happen!! 
This is another author who is a favorite of mine! I also try not to miss any of hers as well!! Her Amish books are out of this world!! I definitely highly recommend!  

8. The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson

 44441993


I highly recommend this  fun little book. I just finished this one last night and I immediately loved this author! What do you do when life throws some unexpected turns your way? 
You just do the best you know how of course and try to get through it. I loved this one because it was cute funny and you will snicker at some scenes in the book. Of course you'll guess who immediately steals the show. 
I enjoyed this Rom-Com so much that I couldn't put it down. I just had to see what would happen if Jett and Cassie finally found out the truth about each other. I wasn't disappointed. What I was disappointed about was why lie to each other? But then, there wouldn't be a story now would there? I highly recommend this book. It will be sure to tickle you in ways you won't expect.


9. The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock


43363467


I'm enjoying this particular book because of our accentric women in history. Whether we want to admit it, they are part of our history too. I hated that women were used as pawns. Edyth didn't deserve what she got. But, in my opinion she came out stronger on top.  This story reminds me of Cinderella and Twilight Zone all at the same time. Cinderella because of the greedy Uncle and Stepmother wanting everything. Twilight Zone because of that happened at the assylum for women. It's sad really. 
But it was a good read and I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot out of it. If you like these two combo's together then this is the book for you. 


10.  ABRAHAM BY JENNIFER BECKSTRAND.


 45043507. sy475


I really enjoyed this one!! The two little boys Benji and Alfie quickly became my favorites in the first book and they still succeeded in this second novel too. I just loved them!! They stole the show of course! What one doesn't think of the other one will. 
I especially love their mother who had secrets of her own! She and the boys will delight Jennifer's fans all over the world when they read this story! It will make you, laugh, cry and shout for joy. I loved also the messages that Jennifer weaves throughout the story. 
She shows us that God has a plan for each and every one of us. We just need to pray and wait on the Lord to see what it is. Of course it it isn't always easy. Who said life was fair? Especially for 2 little boys? 
Ya'll just have to pick up this book and find out? You sure won't be disappointed! 


Friday, December 20, 2019

Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor

Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor

Publication Date: June 25, 2019
The Cameo Press Ltd
eBook & Paperback; 496 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Time Travel





Outlander meets Birdsong is this haunting debut timeslip novel, where a strange twist of fate connects a British soldier fighting in the First World War and a young woman living in modern-day England a century later. *Shortlisted for the Eharmony/Orion Write Your Own Love Story Prize 2018/19 In 1916 1st Lieutenant Robert Lovett is a patient at Coldbrook Hall military hospital in Sussex, England. A gifted artist, he’s been wounded fighting in the Great War. Shell shocked and suffering from hysterical blindness he can no longer see his own face, let alone paint, and life seems increasingly hopeless. A century later in 2017, medical student Louisa Casson has just lost her beloved grandmother – her only family. Heartbroken, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol on the South Downs cliffs – only to fall accidentally part-way down. Doctors fear she may have attempted suicide, and Louisa finds herself involuntarily admitted to Coldbrook Hall – now a psychiatric hospital, an unfriendly and chaotic place. Then one day, while secretly exploring the old Victorian hospital’s ruined, abandoned wing, Louisa hears a voice calling for help, and stumbles across a dark, old-fashioned hospital room. Inside, lying on the floor, is a mysterious, sightless young man, who tells her he was hurt at the Battle of the Somme, a WW1 battle a century ago. And that his name is Lieutenant Robert Lovett… Two people, two battles: one against the invading Germans on the battlefields of 1916 France, the other against a substandard, uncaring mental health facility in modern-day England. Two journeys begun a century apart, but somehow destined to coincide - and become one desperate struggle to be together. Part WW1 historical fiction, part timeslip love story - and at the same time a meditation on the themes of war, mental illness, identity and art - Beyond The Moon sweeps the reader on an unforgettable journey through time. An intelligent read, perfect for book clubs. For fans of Diana Gabaldon, Amy Harmon, Beatriz Williams, Kate Quinn, Kristin Hannah, Kate Morton, Susanna Kearsley and Paullina Simons.
"A poignant and stirring love story... Taylor’s accomplished, genre-bending book succeeds as a WW1 historical novel and a beguiling, time travel romance... The sharply written narrative deftly moves back and forth between the past and present." — Kirkus Reviews
"A time travel romance, yet so much more than that. It is also an unflinching portrait of the horrors of war, and a look at the torturous extremes a human soul can endure. It is a sonnet to the transformative power of love, even as it is also a criticism of the futility and pointless destructiveness of war." — Shaylin Gandhi, author of By The Light of Embers

Amazon | IndieBound



About the Author


Catherine Taylor was born and grew up on the island of Guernsey in the British Channel Islands. She is a former journalist, most recently for Dow Jones News and The Wall Street Journal in London. Beyond The Moon is her first novel. She lives in Ealing, London with her husband and two children.


MY REVIEW

When I seen the cover I knew I had to try it.
I like trying out new authors. This is an engaging story with very vivid details about the Great War.
The way this author writes is amazing!
She doesn't miss a beat with the duo time line. I love it that it's between exactly 100 years! It wasn't confusing at all!
She will take you back to the battles and trenches where I was able to "hear" the sounds of the war. She will make you feel like you are there. I even imagined myself in the trenches along with Robert and his fellow soldiers.
I can relate to Robert on one thing and that was his artistic talent. You see, I used to be able to draw but I can't quite so much anymore because I'm out of practice. 

Catherine has the ability to make you "see" Robert's art. His art was beautiful!
Robert's point of view is very interesting.  I love his story. I learned a lot from him.  
He's a very brave man and I loved that he didn't hide his feelings like some men do. I wanted to reach out and grab Robert to take him away from all that mess but somehow, I don't think he's like it very much. 
He is a strong and determined man and all those wonderful qualities are what makes a true man in my opinion of course.
The life of a soldier can't be easy and it has made me that much more appreciative of our soldiers fighting for our freedom every day. I try to thank each military person if a Veteran or currently serving.  I also pray for them each and every day.
Like Louisa, I too was a medical student until I got real sick and couldn't continue. It just about broke my heart. I can understand Louisa the most because I too have lost family members. I guess people handle their grief in different ways but I handled mine through the good Lord. I'm so glad that He was there for me.  

I am the only one left in my immediate family and let me tell you, it's no fun. It gives me sort of a weird feeling.  Thank goodness for my husband and son. They along with Jesus are my rock to lean on. 
I too am nosy like Louisa ( but nothing like that has ever happened to me) I love exploring old buildings, graveyards etc. 
I loved the historical part of it because without all of these events happening I think that our world would be very very different. 
I think about Bible prophecy and God knew exactly what He was doing.  The Bible is the Word. He knew that all these events took place because He can look outside the big picture and see exactly what's going to happen before we do.
All I'm going to say is because I don't want to spoil this book for others is I didn't want to put it down. I just had to see what happened to Robert and Louisa.
My thanks to Virtual Historical Tours for a copy of this book. NO compensations were received. All opinions are my own.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Blog Tour Schedule


Monday, December 9 Review at Passages to the Past Tuesday, December 10 Review at @bookishbellee Review at Gwendalyn's Books Feature at I'm All About Books Feature at Books In Their Natural Habitat Review & Guest Post at Jackie & Angela's Book Reviews Wednesday, December 11 Review at 100 Pages a Day Instagram Feature at Just a Girl and Her Books Thursday, December 12 Review at @thisbibliolife Interview at Jathan & Heather Friday, December 13 Review at Reading is My Remedy Saturday, December 14 Review at Books and Zebras Feature at What Is That Book About Sunday, December 15 Review at Rose is Reading Review at Carole Rae's Random Ramblings Monday, December 16 Review at @ya.its.lit Interview at Liberty's Literary Loves Tuesday, December 17 Excerpt at Let Them Read Books Review & Guest Post at Tales from the Book Dragon Wednesday, December 18 Review at A Chick Who Reads Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads Thursday, December 19 Review at Pencils & Pages Review at Impressions In Ink Friday, December 20 Review at A Darn Good Read Review at Red Headed Book Lady Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Giveaway


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two paperback copies of Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Paperback giveaway is open to the US only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. Beyond the Moon


Monday, December 16, 2019

Written in their Stars by Elizabeth St. John

Written in their Stars by Elizabeth St. John

Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Falcon Historical
eBook & Paperback; 384 Pages
Series: The Lydiard Chronicles, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction



London, 1649. Horrified eyewitnesses to King Charles’s bloody execution, Royalists Nan Wilmot and Frances Apsley plot to return the king’s exiled son to England’s throne, while their radical cousin Luce, the wife of king-killer John Hutchinson, rejoices in the new republic’s triumph. Nan exploits her high-ranking position as Countess of Rochester to manipulate England’s great divide, flouting Cromwell and establishing a Royalist spy network; while Frances and her husband Allen join the destitute prince in Paris’s Louvre Palace to support his restoration. As the women work from the shadows to topple Cromwell’s regime, their husbands fight openly for the throne on England’s bloody battlefields. But will the return of the king be a victory, or destroy them all? Separated by loyalty and bound by love, Luce, Nan and Frances hold the fate of England—and their family—in their hands. A true story based on surviving memoirs of Elizabeth St.John's family, Written in their Stars is the third novel in the Lydiard Chronicles series.



MY REVIEW


This was an excellent book! I learned a lot from it. There were things in this book that happened that I never knew about and some of it I was fascinated with especially with family history.

Say for instance I never knew that England had a Civil War. Oh, I know it probably wasn't like ours in the 1800's. But still, there was a lot of tragedy, loss,and plus some very high emotions came out across to me through time.
So there's plenty of drama in this book and some joy as well. Life would certainly be boring without those things.
This book is told from three different main characters' point of view which to me, makes the book that much more interesting.
I like that Elizabeth St. John can make these people come alive in her novels. Her writing is just that good. She made me feel like I was in the book with the characters. I love it when a book can do that.
As I read I could feel from the author that this book was well researched and was a labor of love from her heart.
She's a new to me author by the way. I think that I will read her other books in the future too. Especially since I enjoyed this one so much! I love trying out new authors.
I think the person I most enjoyed was Nan. I loved her daring ways and her strong determination to do what is right.
I love how the author has portrayed Luce and John. And the reason I don't like them, is how the author has made them struggle with their actions throughout life. Including a terrible deed. I'm really not sure how they could function through life and not have a conscious about it. I couldn't imagine doing something that terrible and then have to face my whole life with that. I just couldn't do that.
To me, I feel that they are two faced people. I don't really like people like that. So, in fashion I didn't like these two people.
I also thought that John got every bit that he deserved including his life at Court. And I'm pretty sure that it wasn't easy to please a man like Cromwell.
It's interesting how fast a person can fall out of favor at Court.
Even though we don't have Courts like back then it's still amazing how fast people can fall out of favor with one another. Satan sure does a terrific job of that. We can see him at work in just about every place there is. I believe that Cromwell was such a man. All the evil things he's done.
I think that is interesting that politics really hasn't changed all that much either. They tend to tear families apart even in today's world.
Faith can also tear families apart depending on which side you were on at the time.
But it can also bond a family as well. Again depending which side you're on at time.
I guess you could call 1649 perilous times. They certainly weren't safe because Cromwell it seemed had eyes and ears everywhere!
This book certainly had me on the edge of my seat because I just never knew what might happen when I turned the next page.
I think that a lot of readers will like this book a lot! Now, I'm not just saying that lightly.
I'm sure that historical fans will especially love this. I know I did even though it took me a while to get into the book. After I did, I was glad I read it all the way to the end. It made my afternoon and evening go by fast! I lost some sleep because of it but hey, I didn't want to put it down!
England is like America. It has a lot of history behind it. I love American History but I love England's even more because of all the kings and Queens that ruled it.
It's wonderful to have such a rich history like this. I see why Elizabeth wrote it from her heart.
Makes me jealous in a way. I don't have a history like that.
I love that the old castles are still in existence and have stood the test of time. I'd sure like to go and see some of them sometime.
May we talk about the cover? I think it's absolutely gorgeous!! And what's more I love that it matches the story inside. The cover itself it very inviting! It draws you in immediately!
I really do highly recommend this book. You'll be glad you picked it up.
My thanks to Historical Virtual Tours for a copy of this amazing book! NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.




Available on Amazon | Other eRetailers


About the Author


Elizabeth St.John spends her time between California, England, and the past. An award-winning author, historian and genealogist, she has tracked down family papers and residences from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, to the Tower of London. Although the family sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it's hard to keep a good castle going these days), Elizabeth's family still occupy them - in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint. And the occasional ghost. But that's a different story... For more information, please visit Elizabeth St. John's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


Blog Tour Schedule



Monday, December 9 Review at Passages to the Past Tuesday, December 10 Review at Jackie & Angela's Book Reviews Wednesday, December 11 Review at Books and Zebras Friday, December 13 Review at @ya.its.lit Saturday, December 14 Review at Liberty's Literary Loves Monday, December 16 Review at Red Headed Book Lady Tuesday, December 17 Review at Impressions In Ink Wednesday, December 18 Review at @bookishbellee Saturday, December 21 Review at Tales from the Book Dragon Monday, December 23 Review at Gwendalyn's Books Friday, December 27 Review at Historical Romance Lover Sunday, December 29 Review at 100 Pages a Day Friday, January 3 Review at Hoover Book Reviews Monday, January 6 Review at Reading the Past Tuesday, January 7 Interview at Let Them Read Books Wednesday, January 8 Review at Donna's Book Blog Review at I'm All About Books Thursday, January 9 Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit Friday, January 10 Review at Broken Teepee Review at A Darn Good Read

Giveaway


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two signed copies of Written in their Stars! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on January 10th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Paperback giveaway is open to US residents only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. Written in Their Stars



Friday, December 13, 2019

THE PIPER'S PURSUIT BY MELANIE DICKERSON

On Tour with Prism Book Tours



The Piper's Pursuit
(Hagenheim #10)
By Melanie Dickerson
YA Fairy Tale Retelling, Christian, Historical
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 320 Pages
December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson

A fairy-tale journey of intrigue and romance that reimagines the classic Pied Piper story.

A plague of rats. A giant beast outside the village walls. A host of missing children. And one young woman determined to save her people.

In 1424 Hamlin, Katerina faces threats from all sides. An outbreak of rats has overtaken the village, a mysterious beast is on a killing rampage of the village’s children, and Katerina’s evil stepfather is a dark presence inside the walls of her own home. Katerina is determined to hunt and kill the Beast of Hamlin herself before more lives are lost.

When Steffan, the handsome but brash duke’s son, comes to town seeking glory and reward, Katerina decides he might be the ally she’s been looking for—even though the only gentle thing about him seems to be the sweet music he plays on his pipe. But there’s more to Steffan than she suspects, and she finds herself drawn to him despite her misgivings.

Together Katerina and Steffan must stop the enemy from stealing the children of Hamlin. But their interference might create an even worse fate for the entire village.

Praise for The Piper’s Pursuit

The Piper’s Pursuit is a lovely tale of adventure, romance, and redemption. Kat and Steffan’s righteous quest will have you rooting them on until the very satisfying end!” —LORIE LANGDON, author of Olivia Twist and the DOON series

(Affiliate links included.)
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | TNZFiction



MY REVIEW


I have really really enjoyed this book. I'm so glad that I got to be on this tour. I don't know when I have enjoyed a book so much! But just wow! It's so exciting with twists and turns that it will leave you biting your finger nails and frantically turning the page to see what happens to Katerina and Steffan!! These two are incorrigible! They certainly make an adventure exciting!!  All the characters do!! 
When I heard the word burgermeister I thought I was watching Santa Claus Comes to town! I hadn't heard that word in quite awhile! And let me tell you I sure did not like him! I wanted to reach through the pages and choke him! He deserved that and so much more! 
I've read books by this author before and I think that this is her best one yet!! I mean I just couldn't put it down! 
Katerina is just truly amazing! I love her grit, determination and a will to help others that aren't so fortunate. Even while guarding her true self from certain people and I loved watching her transform into someone wonderful! Trust isn't easy especially when people hurt you so I can certainly sympathize on that part. I still don't trust people. 
The only one I truly trust is my Lord Jesus. Yes, it isn't always easy! But, I'm learning.
I love knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. He loves us so much! I just wish that people would realize that and learn to love one another. 
Steffan is just as wonderful! Even though he seems like a spoiled brat at first he continues to surprise me along the way. I like his personality even at the beginning because I knew that he could be so much more. I'm glad that he became the wonderful man I knew he could be.
You know, we all fall short of the Glory of God. All. I was cheering for him all along! 
People can be Redeemed. All they need to do is confess and share with the Lord and He will forgive and not remember what you've done. All it needs to do is come from the heart. 
I highly recommend this book. Melanie Dickerson is an excellent author who can bring the old fairy tales back to life in ways one can never imagine.
One thing I do find wrong with this book is the cover. It's beautiful but in my opinion it doesn't go with the story. It's all wrong somehow. I would think there would be someone that could be seen chasing Katerina but there's not. That is just my opinion. Others might not thinks so. 
My thanks to Prism Tours for a complimentary copy of this book. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own. 




Other Books in the Series



(Linked to an Amazon affiliate link.)

About the Author




Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author who combines her love for history, adventure, and romance. Her books have won a Christy Award, two Maggie Awards, The National Reader’s Choice Award, the Christian Retailing’s Best Award, the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the Golden Quill, and the Carol Award. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children and adults in the U.S., Germany, and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing stories of love and adventure near Huntsville, Alabama.



Tour Schedule



Grab Our Button!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

AMISH FRONT PORCH STORIES BY WANDA E. BRUNSTETTER, JEAN BRUNSTETTER AND RICHELLE BRUNSTETTER

44025202. sy475




ABOUT THE  BOOK


Come and sit awhile as you enjoy 18 fictional short stories of love, joy, and the peace found in Amish country.


Amish Country is known for an atmosphere of peace and quiet, perfect for front-porch sitting with a good book. Join New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, her daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, as they share 18 heartwarming stories from Amish Country. These fictional short stories include journeys we can all relate to as we seek how to live led by love, joy, peace, patience, and other Fruits of the Spirit. Meet Anna, who struggles to show love to a cantankerous neighbor; Laura, who endures infertility; Nora, whose pride threatens to consume her life; and other women who walk in their faith each day.



MY REVIEW


These ladies certainly have a knack for writing some of the most wonderful stories ever and I love that they include a little something for everyone to enjoy.

I love Wanda and have been a fan of hers forever! It was a delight to meet Jean and Richelle as well. I think it's great that such talent runs in the family. I was hoping they'd write more and I wasn't disappointed!
Reading these stories gave me a peaceful feeling after each one. Each one is unique in their own way.
I think that we can learn a few things from the Amish. I like the way they pray at every meal and even though it's silent God can still hear everything that we and I say we because He knows what's in our hearts.
I also appreciate the way they want to be in the world but not of it. I think all of us would be a lot better off.
And I would dearly love to go for a buggy ride.
I think my favorite story was of Anna. Her feelings remind of myself towards loving your neighbor as yourself. Yes some people can be hard to love. My own great grandmother was a perfect example of a contankerous old woman. But I still had to learn to love her because she was my grandmother's mother.
My 2nd favorite story was Laura's story. I loved watching her grow and learn that pride will goeth before a fall. I won't give it away. I don't want to spoil it for others!
This book can be used to give as a gift to a loved one no matter the reason.
I think I will buy one for someone hoping it will bless them as it has me.
I received a complimentary copy from Barbour and Netgalley with NO compensations received. All opinions are my own.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.


When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com

My favorite 2020 reads so far as follows

THE CRUSHING DEPTHS BY DANI PETTERY My feelings for this book are just wow!  Fast action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I like...