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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Perfect formula for a Perfect Life by Christy Hayes

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Formula for a Perfect Life
By Christy Hayes
Christian New Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 323 Pages
March 30th 2020

Two practical strangers. One fateful night. Two pink lines.

College senior and obsessive romantic Kayla Cummings' dreams of a storybook life are spun off course by an unplanned pregnancy after a one-night stand with her secret crush. Devastated, Kayla turns to her roommates and best friends for advice. No matter what she decides, no matter how deeply embarrassed, she has to tell the father.

Ben Strickland’s future is written in stone—as long as he gets a decent score on the Law School Admission Test. Feeling pressure from all sides, Ben struggles to juggle his upcoming finals, another shot at the LSAT, and his needy girlfriend Darcy. When the girl he spent a memorable night with weeks ago shows up at his doorstep pregnant, his already chaotic life spins out of control.

With the clock ticking, decisions to make, and a boatload of people to disappoint, Ben and Kayla embark on a journey neither anticipated—a journey where falling in love might be the biggest surprise of all. But when old hurts and buried secrets pose a greater threat to their future than impending parenthood, will Ben and Kayla go their separate ways or forge a new path to happy ever after?

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MY REVIEW

This is a sweet read by Christy Hayes that I will definitely rec
ommend right from the start!

I finished this book in two days. I took my time because I wanted to savor the story and enjoy Ben and Kayla.I was drawn in from the beginning of the book until the end and I really liked how the author used the phrase God has a plan for you Karebear. He sees outside the big picture where we can only see what is front of us. 
Another one I liked is the three P's Persistence, Patience and be present. Some good advice if you ask me. I've never heard of that before and I really think that everyone could use a Greta Strickland.
I immediately loved her and I felt that she was the only one that had a sensible head on her shoulders so she quickly became my favorite character. 
The one I didn't like was Darcy. I don't like self centered people who don't have any compassion for others. She puts me in mind of a country song where this girl only talks about herself and not her husband. I know too many people that are just like Darcy and that's sad.
Overall I think the story is a fabulous read and I do love some young adult novels. I liked it because it was a relaxing read and I love going to the different places that books have to offer.
I will be looking forward to reading more of this author's books in the future. She's just that enjoyable!
My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book.
I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.



About the Author

Christy HayesChristy Hayes lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and dogs. Christy writes Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Christian Romance, and Women's Fiction. When not writing, she’s reading, walking dogs, or stalking her college-aged kids on social media.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Heartbreaker by Jennifer Spredemann

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ABOUT THE BOOK

To Miriam Yoder, Michael Eicher is everything she doesn’t want. Prideful, cocky, arrogant. A defector of the Amish life. Why would a gut Amish woman like Miriam even consider being his friend again? Especially after what he’d put her through—professing his affection then skipping town. She didn’t have the heart to go through that again. It was easier to keep her heart sealed up and hidden away, than to chance vulnerability. And she’d be fool to ever trust Michael again.
To Miriam Yoder, Michael Eicher is everything she doesn’t want. Prideful, cocky, arrogant. A defector of the Amish life. Why would a gut Amish woman like Miriam even consider being his friend again? Especially after what he’d put her through—professing his affection then skipping town. She didn’t have the heart to go through that again. It was easier to keep her heart sealed up and hidden away, than to chance vulnerability. And she’d be fool to ever trust Michael again.
A faith-filled story of second chances and learning what true love is, that’s sure to pull on your heartstrings. 



MY REVIEW

Spredemann has once again woven a heartwarming story that will make you smile, laugh, and cry. I love her ability to pull you into the novel instantly.
I look forward to reading her books because she does not disappoint.
I could not stop thinking about the characters long after the book was finished and I cried when I had to say goodbye to them. I felt like they were family and friends at the same time.

I think what I liked best were the Faith filled themes of the story. A reminder that God is always in control no matter what. 
There were times when I felt that she was telling my story. I loved how I could relate to the people in the story. 

Reading at night is my favorite thing to do so I lost some sleep but that's ok! A wonderful story like this one is so worth it!
This book has been a joy to read! 

I highly recommend this book. It's her best one yet!
There wasn't one thing about this book that I didn't like.
I'm ready for the next one too.

My thanks for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer (aka J.E.B.) Spredemann
Jennifer (aka J.E.B.) Spredemann seeks to pen compelling stories that captivate readers and bring glory to GOD. She has authored two dozen Amish fiction titles in her can't-put-down writing style, two of which have won awards and topped Amazon’s bestseller listsShe resides in Indiana Amish Country with her family on a former Amish farm where the documentary Breaking the Silence was filmed. "...Spredemann weaves a thread of love and intrigue into a quilt of faith and values." - reader review






Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Second Chance for the Single Dad by Carol Ross

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ABOUT THE BOOK

She’ll save him a dance…

…if he follows his heart.
Dance teacher Camile Wynn has a new student. Reclusive Rhys McGrath is learning to waltz so he can take his orphaned niece to a father-daughter dance. Camile is surprised by her connection with him, but there’s a generous heart behind Rhys’s awkward exterior. When she learns Rhys could lose custody of his niece, Camile goes behind his back to help him…but will her lies end up hurting him instead?


MY REVIEW

I gave this book five stars because it's been a great adventure!
I love Second chance romances and this one is no exception!
Ross has done an amazing job with Ryhs and Camile. Two of the greatest people you'll ever want to know.
While I'm not a dance teacher I have done some dancing in my younger years called clogging which is pretty popular here in my home state of Kentucky. I did it for at least 5 years. I was sad to see it end. But I'll never forget.
I like Ryhs. He's quiet, shy and only speaks when he has to. He's like me and likes his own company much of the time. Same here.
I do like to socialize every now and then though.
Camile I liked immediately! Her personality just flows through the book and I admired her for that. Although I probably can't do what she does because I've tried and it ended up backfiring on me.
I enjoyed being a part of these character's lives for a short time. They were a joy to be around and I especially loved the setting of Pacific Ocean. I could imagine myself there.
Ross has an amazing talent to keep you interested in the story from page one. 
I will say that I couldn't put the book down until I was finished with it and I didn't really want to say goodbye.
The supporting characters were awesome too. Especially Rhys daughter. I snickered when I think about Rhys and Willow.
I was happy to see some of my friends from previous books. I was especially excited with Kyle. He was my favorite. Cause he could do just about anything.
A great story that deserves 5 stars along with the cover. I could imagine myself in that scenario lol!
My thanks to Prism Tours for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carol   Ross USA Today and national bestselling author Carol Ross grew up in small-town America right between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, in a place where you can go deep sea fishing in the morning and then hit the ski slopes the same afternoon. The daughter of free-range parents, she developed a love of adventure and the outdoors at a very early age. She’s grateful for the “research material” that everyquestionable decision, adrenaline-charged misstep, and near-death experience has provided.
 



Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Silent Shadows by Natalie Walters

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Pecca Gallegos moved to the tiny town of Walton, Georgia, to protect her son and escape the dangerous lifestyle that once defined her. When a series of strange circumstances evolve into threats, Pecca finds herself confiding in an unlikely ally--her stubborn patient

Army veteran Colton Crawford is desperate to recover from the undiagnosed disorder that is ruining his life, and his instincts are on high alert when threats against his nurse and her son force him to take action. But Colton's involvement only ramps up the danger when he uncovers a family secret revealing that whoever is after Pecca is closer--and more deadly--than they realized.

With this suspenseful new story, Natalie Walters welcomes you once more to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name--but no one knows your secret.

MY REVIEW


First of all, I  want to thank all Veterans for their service no matter what branch they may be in. God Bless ya'll! Another wonderful read by Natalie Walters and such a gorgeous cover too! I could easily get lost into the cover.
I finished this book in a single evening  because it was so good that I couldn't put it down.
I really liked visiting the little town of Walton, Georgia. ( We passed by there on our way to Florida last year).
The residents there are friendly and in my opinion easy to make friends with. I like that about a small town. The only thing I don't like is that everyone knows everyone's business before you do. ( That happened to my husband once lol  which is what happens when you're related to half of the community ).
Walters writes in such a way that makes these characters real and believable.  So many twists and turns that will make your head spin until you figure out what's really going on! It's not who you think it is.
I stayed up until 3 am to finish this novel. I really wanted to see what happened to the characters in the story and I was cheering them on the whole time.
I think what I especially liked was the faith filled theme that Walters has sporadically thrown in. She reminds us that We can do all things through Christ and that we are never alone. He is always with us no matter the circumstances we're in at the time.  There are times when our plans never work out. Maybe it's because God has a bigger, better plan for us. We just aren't able to see it at this time. Maybe there's something out there that is meant for us instead of what we want to do.
Pecca and Colton are great characters.
Pecca is a cheerful soul and I like that about her.  No matter what like throws at her she still always looking on the positive side. I think I need some lessons from her.
Colton is a little more on the reserved side. I think he's a little more like me in that way. I'm always cautious until I see how you're going to react toward me or not.  I loved in getting to know him.  He was a delight and swoon worthy handsome! I like men without beards don't you?
Maceo man! I wished I had his energy! I could feel it coming through the pages of the book if that's possible. I liked him from the start and it's possible because I have a teen at home now through this Coronavirus.
He doesn't let his disability stop him from doing what he loves and it takes a special person to show him that.
Now we get to the guy in D wing. I really love those guys. They made me laugh out loud and from then on they were my friends too. I think each guy is really special in his own way and I really enjoyed their personalities. I"m glad to see that they haven't lost their joy for life as they are at the mansion for healing.
I like that Walters has some Military in her family. It shows coming through the pages in this book.
I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this book. So much so that I hated to say goodbye to them.
I think this is the best book in this series but I did love Deadly Deceit.
My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive.  review. All opinions are my own


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Natalie Walters
My world revolves around GIJOE and our three adult (or almost adult) children who keep my life anything but predictable.Our boots hit the ground wherever the Army sends us but home is when we’re all together no matter the zipcode. 
My passion is writing stories where adventure 
meets love and share my belief that life rooted in 
purpose is a story worth telling.








The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

The Book of Lost Friends



ABOUT THE BOOK

A new novel inspired by historical events: a story of three young women on a journey in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who rediscovers their story and its connection to her own students' lives.
Lisa Wingate brings to life stories from actual "Lost Friends" advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold off.

Louisiana, 1875 In the tumultuous aftermath of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: Lavinia, the pampered heir to a now-destitute plantation; Juneau Jane, her illegitimate free-born Creole half-sister; and Hannie, Lavinia's former slave. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following dangerous roads rife with ruthless vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a war lost a decade before. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and eight siblings before slavery's end, the pilgrimage westward reignites an agonizing question: Could her long-lost family still be out there? Beyond the swamps lie the seemingly limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope.
Louisiana, 1987 For first-year teacher Benedetta Silva, a subsidized job at a poor rural school seems like the ticket to canceling her hefty student debt--until she lands in a tiny, out-of-step Mississippi River town.
Augustine, Louisiana, seems suspicious of new ideas and new people, and Benny can scarcely comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken students. But amid the gnarled oaks and run-down plantation homes lies the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.

MY REVIEW


I want to do this book justice because it was such an incredible read and I thought I had a review in my mind on how I wanted it to go but I wound up erasing it. It didn't sound right to me.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book but I do know that it was a powerful read and historical fiction at its best.
I just knew that I couldn't put the book down until it was finished. I don't want to tell what the story is about but I do know that these characters are special and were brought to life through Wingate's pen.
I didn't understand what "Lost friends" were until I read this book. They were advertisements ( voices from the past that jumped out at me) to help people like Hannie find family, friends or whatever the case may be once the war was over. I knew it had to be hopeful and heartbreaking at the same time.
When I actually read one of these adds I "heard" their voices anxiously wanting to know where their loved ones were. It made me tear up.
It felt like I could picture them in my mind asking Hannie to write their names in the book of Lost Friends.
Hannie {1875) who quickly became a favorite because of her compassionate and caring, has taken her responsibilities seriously. I can't even begin to imagine how Hannie felt as she witnessed certain events in her life. It made me want to reach through the pages to help her find what she was looking for.
Another character that I greatly admired was Benny (1987) who was a first year teacher. I admired her because she had a job I wouldn't want and makes me greatly appreciate teachers of yesteryear and today. Now I have some idea what teachers go through.
Another reason I like Benny is she's pretty much like me. A worry wart that is always worrying about unnecessary things. Wishing she could be more like Nathan who is pretty much laid back ( like my husband). I too keep wondering about what ifs.
After all, we are all human. We all have everyday fears.
History is my favorite subject. It always was. I love learning about it. To my idea, it makes us who were are today.
On thing Augustine Louisana has taught is that the past travels with us and whether or not you run from it or learn from it makes all the difference.
Another one I liked was this one:
We all have scars. It's when you're honest about them that the people who will love you in spite of your nicks and dents. Perhaps even because of them.
Those that don't? Well, they aren't the ones that aren't for you.
I give this book 5 stars because I feel that Wingate has written this novel from the heart. I love the research that has gone into this book to turn into a fantabulous story that it is.
I believe that this book has called me to read it for the lessons that it can teach me about events from the past. Thanks to this book I had a feel for Louisana and her residents past and present.

My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Wingate
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than thirty books. Her blockbuster "Before We Were Yours" was on the NYT best seller list for over one year. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Lisa believes stories can change the world. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Shadows Come by Melinda Inman

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ABOUT THE BOOK


Germany threatens all of Europe. Millions have died. President Woodrow Wilson makes the declaration that the United States must enter the Great War to rescue our allies. Congress approves. Our story begins.
In America’s heartland, everyone hunkers down to provide food for the world and resources for the war effort. A draft is necessary, and all young men must register. One by one, these are called to war. With this threat looming,
Prentis and Avery raise the necessary horsepower, cultivate the needed crops, and contribute their labors to the Red Cross. But crises at home, an insidious busybody, and one after another called up to fight in Europe bring the greatest dangers they’ve ever faced together.
Then there’s the influenza pandemic. Will they survive the war abroad and the war being waged at home, threatening their love and their lives? Will their loved ones make it home again?

MY REVIEW

I'm sorry to post my review so late for this book.
When I seen that Inman had another book out I was really excited! I loved every minute of it.
Inman is a good storyteller and I can get "lost" in her writing easily. I love how she takes us back to the past and shows us that life isn't that different than from today. Well, maybe just a bit harder because they didn't have the technology that we do now.
Life, love, and faith are woven in this beautiful story as they face their hardships and in my opinion it makes their faith grow stronger as each storm shows up.
God is an essential part of our lives and having Him in it tends to make things go a little easier to my way of thinking. I'm so glad He's in mine and my families. I don't know where we'd be without him.
I loved each of the characters and the supporting characters that were in the story. The plot was very real to me and I enjoyed it that much more. I could actually picture myself in the setting of the story.
The cover and the author of this book is what made me want to read it. I didn't even need to see the blurb to know that I wanted to read the book. I read the first book in this series so I sort of knew what to expect from this author.  She didn't disappoint! I enjoyed every minute of the book and was sad to see it end.
I really recommend this story. It's a great read and one you won't want to put down!
My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a complimentary of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the Midwest. Her faith-filled fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the 

The Perfect formula for a Perfect Life by Christy Hayes

On Tour with Prism Book Tours Formula for a Perfect Life By Christy Hayes Christian New Adult Contemporary Romance Paperback &...