Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan - a book review and Blog Tour



Maggie Brendan always delivers a delightful story.  This one is no exception. It is encouraging, heartwarming and gentle.  If you are looking for a feel-good story to read that will leave you feeling uplifted and serene, then try this one!  It is very straight forward and easy to read. There are no complicated plots to figure out.  In fact, there is only one scene that might qualify as intense.

One thing I really like that this author does is she  gives a date and location for the story. I don’t like to try to deduce what the setting is.

This is definitely a Christian historical romance in every sense of the word.  Faith is an integral part of the story.  It’s not an overly humorous story but it’s in no way depressing.

Here is what the publisher says:
With a farm to run, can a widow possibly hope for new love?

All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband's farm until she places an ad for a hired hand.

Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart.

Get swept away into Montana's lush Gallatin Valley, nestled among towering mountains and proud pines, in this emotional story.”

This was a very relaxing and refreshing book to read.  

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books and Baker Publishing Group through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”











 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson - a book reiew

This novel is not what I’d call Christian fiction.  While it is certainly not “un-Christian”, I would prefer to call it ‘clean’ fiction.  Christianity is more of an undertone in this book, rather than a prevailing theme.  As I said, I would consider this more of a ‘clean’ fiction.  In my opinion, there were no inappropriate intimate situations or foul language that would have made this just another contemporary novel.  While there is no real strong thread of personal faith, this novel does deal with what I call ‘soul’ issues.  Topics such as self esteem, addiction, PTSD and disfunctional families. 

The main characters are not the usual perfect cookie cutter characters.  They are delightfully imperfect. Caden, the main female character is described  like this…”what she lacked in height, she made up for in breadth.”  The main male character, Adam, is often rumpled and disheveled.  Both very human, likable and relateable.

The story is set on Prince Edward Island at a quaint island inn.  The author does a very good job of describing the landscape, customs and local attractions.

This is from the publisher’s website…
In her kitchen at Rose's Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.
Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He's also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he's falling in love with the island's red shores and Caden's sweets. 
When Caden discovers Adam isn't who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he's writing could do more than ruin the inn's chances for survival--it might also break her heart.


This was a very easy to read, enjoyable book.  A ‘feel good’  story  If you’re a fan of contemporary , clean fiction, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

Take a look for yourself, read an excerpt HERE.



I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and Baker
Publishing Group
through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White - a book review





This is one of those books that requires dedicated concentration to read.  The story line is very interesting but the list of numerous characters, each with three or four names or titles, gets in the way.  At least it did for me.  It was very confusing to keep them straight.  Fortunately, the author includes a list in the front of the book.  While it is historically accurate for the aristocracy in the early 20th century to have several titles, for those of us in this century who are not accustomed to it, it was confusing. 

It is also a very long book, the paperback version that I read was over 400 pages.  It took me much longer to read than most books and I really didn’t fully enjoy it until I was about three quarters of the way through.  I’m not sure of the writing changed or if I just got used to it but the last quarter finally got my attention and I looked forward to reading it.

The author does a great job with the historical aspects of the time.  The landscape, building styles, fashion, and cultural differences are very clear and you can imagine yourself there. 

It is the third book of the Ladies of the Manor series.  It would benefit the reader to have read the previous books in order to fully enjoy the plot.

The story is mainly a mystery, full of intrigue, suspense and danger but also plenty of romance, humor and Christian faith.

This is from the publisher’s website:

Amid the Unforgettable Cotswolds, the Final Grasp for the Fire Eyes Diamonds Could Threaten Them All
Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well how the dangerous Fire Eyes diamonds have haunted her brother and their friends, and she won't wait for peril to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.
Lord James Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life . . . but that proves complicated when old acquaintances pull Cayton into their desperate attempt to seize the jewels. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those intent on destroying them all?”


If you’re like me and like easy reading, this might not be the book for you. However, if you like a book that requires dedicated concentration, then give this one a try. You can read an excerpt HERE.














I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and Baker
Publishing Group
through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears - a book review



This is a full sized novel in the Teaville Moral Society series.  It is set in the early 20th century. 

We first meet our heroine in the fall of 1905. Lydia King is a spunky young lady with a heart for helping others.  When her parents financial situation becomes increasingly bad, she feels her only hope in keeping them all out of the poorhouse, is to make a financially advantageous marriage.  In order to impress her demanding future mother-in-law, she must perform a nearly impossible task.  Her mother-in-law is the president of the moral society and tasks Lydia with obtaining a donation from the wealthiest man in town. The problems start when he says no. 


Faith is a strong thread throughout the book but there are also secrets and deceptions, political corruption.

This is from the publisher’s website:

“Lydia King knows what it's like to be in need, so she joins the Teaville Moral Society hoping to help the town's poor. But with her father's debts increasing by the day and her mother growing sicker by the week, she wonders how long it will be until she ends up in the poorhouse herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn't hurt that his mother is the moral society's president. Lydia's first task as a moral society member--to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town--seems easy . . . until the man flat-out refuses.
Despite appearances, Nicholas wants to help others but prefers to do it his own way, keeping his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, though Nicholas has a few surprises up his sleeve. Neither foresees the harrowing complications that will arise from working together, and when town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs--and hearts--truly align.”


The author deals with many Christian doctrines in a subtle way.  This is definitely a Christian historical romance but isn’t at all “preachey”.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


Learn about the author, Melissa Jagears  HERE
 












I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and Baker
Publishing Group
through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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