Friday, July 3, 2020

Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren


HEART OF A HERO
by Susan May Warren
Publisher: Revell
Series: Global Search and Rescue, Book 2
Genres: Contemporary Romantic Adventure/Suspense



Jake Silver may not be able to put the memories of his time as a sniper and Navy SEAL behind him, but
at least he can put his skills to use as a part of the Jones Inc. Rescue Team. Savin
g the life of pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Aria Sinclair on Denali helped too. Now he can't get her out of his head, and when he hears she is in the path of a hurricane in Key West he can't help but jump on a plane to rescue her.
Aria has dedicated her life to helping children born with defective hearts. After all, she was one of those children. Now driven to succeed, she lives a lonely, stressful life. One she would have lost on Denali if it hadn't been for  Jake. Jake is exciting and handsome, but he's also dangerous, and she's already lost one person she loves. She can't bear it again. 

It's not until she finds herself trapped in the middle of a category 4 hurricane that she can admit she needs Jake desperately. With their very survival in the balance, can they hope for a second change at life....and love?


I don't think I have ever encountered a bad book by Susan May Warren! I fell in love with her when I read the Deep Haven Series and then discovered other authors and had not picked up one of her books until this one and OH MY GOSH!! I am so glad I did!!! I now must back track and get all of them starting with the first book in this series The Way of the Brave. A Heart of a Hero definitely picks up where the previous book ended and although I did not feel lost when reading it, it definitely would have helped to know where the story of Jake and Aria begins. But if you happen to pick it up without the first one, you should be okay! 

There is definitely so much more going on in this story than just Jake and Aria's story but lets start with them. Jake is the perfect hero. Literally he jumps into the heart of danger without hesitation. You can tell from the first chapter that he is a guy that will give you the shirt off his back and help out. And this is not because he is a trained SEAL its just the was his heart and mind function. He's also a hurt soul, who blames himself for something that happens to his sister when he was younger and throughout the story he is seeking redemption he just doesn't know how to fully give in to the One who truly provides it. He feels unworthy. 
Aria is a top surgeon still struggling with the fact that her twin died and gave he heart to Aria. She is a hurting soul as well and confused about the choices she has made and has to make for her career. She is given a vacation of sorts to the Keys and although reluctantly at first she goes and tries to relax but also forget how much she is captivated by handsome Jake. She 

This story also introduces to a few characters. Mimi who not only refuses to leave Key West during the hurricane but also her granddaughter Yola. Mimi is full of faith and knows that everything happens according to God's plan. She plays a key role in helping Jake restore his faith in God. We also meet Angel, a pregnant young girl who seems to be living in a youth hostel in the Keys but is abandoned by her boyfriend (Jake of course finds her). We also meet Jake's family, his sisters and parents and we find the reason why Jake feels like he's not worthy of redemption. His sister Hannah.  I won't tell you too much so you can find out for yourself when you read the story but I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS regarding his family and even a few theories SO I am hoping that Susan May Warren will either delve more into his family in the next book or perhaps have a spin-off series based on Jake's sisters... seriously A LOT was going on there! 

While all of that is going on the story of Ham starts developing as he finds out he is a father and has a little girl to take care of and Signe his wife who has not seen in a while and is believed to be dead.... I now am anxiously awaiting for book 3 of this series to find out more about his story!! 

Although this story is definitely action packed and suspenseful the love element is definitely there and its absolutely dreamy!!! But best of all is that God's redemption is very clearly defined and stated throughout the story. Susan May warren does an excellent job at infusing her faith into her characters and the story and helps you see that without God we don't truly live. 

I highly recommend you read this book and if you can get the first one make sure you do so!! If you love suspense romantic stories this will definitely be a good read for you! 

Rating: 4 Stars / Loved it!

(I received a copy of this book through the Revell Reads Blogger Program. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion). 

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she's also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women's events speaker, she's a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer's workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at www.susanmaywarren.com 




First Line Friday - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince



Happy Friday Friends!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Friday and have plans for a lovely Fourth of July weekend (if you are in the USA) I know this past Wednesday was Canada's celebration so Happy Belated Canada Day to you! It's another First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books.  I am currently reading a new book to review but its not close to me so I am instead sharing the first line of the book I am currently reading to my older boys at night before they go to bed. We are working our way through the Harry Potter series and we are not on Year 6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.  We have a rule about reading the books before we watch the movie!

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We are on Chapter 15 so I am sharing my first line from there!


My First Line:

"Snow was swirling against the icy windows once more; Christmas was approaching fast."



It's your turn! Grab the book closest to you and post the first line in the comments!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thrown to the Wind by Amanda Cetas



Thrown to the Wind 
by Amanda Cetas
Publisher: Windy Sea Publishing
A Country of Castoffs Series, Book 1
                                                                    


"It would have to be now or never. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and jumped!" Based on true events, this story traces one boy's journey from France to America in 1660 as he finds the courage to save himself and those he loves. Etienne Gayneau doesn't understand why Catholics and Protestants in France can't get along, only that it means he's not allowed to see his cousin and best friend, Nicolas, and why he'll never be a musketeer. But when a bounty is placed on his father's head for being a heretic, he must choose to flee with his family, or run away and hide out with his Catholic cousin. Etienne must give up everything he has ever known as he faces many dangers along his journey. Along the way, Etienne will befriend a beautiful Dutch girl with a dangerous father, confront his guilt over the death of his brother, and face off against injury, illness and death. 
Will Etienne choose to fulfill his family's expectations, or will he plot the course for his own destiny?



Thrown to the Wind was a captivating story. Full of adventure and action. Definitely one of those books that you can't put down because you want to know what happens next. Amanda Cetas does an incredible job at capturing the era and transporting you there. At times I felt that I was alongside Etienne on the ship! You can tell that this story is part of her and she not only has done her research but her heart is in this story as well. 

Etienne is such a strong main character. At times you forget that he is only a young boy. The hardship he had to endure and the work he did alongside his father and on his own was incredible. Definitely puts things in perspective at how different times where then compared to now and how children in a sense "grew" up so much faster. A lot is put on poor Etienne and he being just a boy also struggles with a lot of things. He wants to be his own person and do his own thing. Although he looks up to his father he does not want the same job his father has. He wants to be his own person. He struggles with the death of his younger brother and blames himself for it. He also has a bully that is constantly putting him down and treating him inferior just because of his social class. You can't help but cheer for him throughout the book. 

It will be interesting to see how she continues the story and where it will go. I for one can't wait to read it. As a homeschool mom I thought this book was perfect for a family read aloud or an assigned book for a middle schooler who could do some more research to go with the history of it all. 

My Rating: 4 stars / Loved it!

(I received this book from the author for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!)

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Amanda M. Cetas is the author of the historical adventure Thrown to the Wind, which is the first book in the series, A Country for Castoffs. The story is taken from her family history, which she has spent over two decades researching. She currently teaches several courses in American, European and World history to advanced high school students. She also taught at the middle school level for several years.

Amanda lives in Tucson, Arizona for most of the year with her husband and two little Yorkie mixes. She escapes to the beach at Rocky Point, Mexico over every break in the school year and to the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon each summer. She has three grown children and two beautiful grandchildren.

Amanda is currently working on the second book in the series, At the Mercy of the Sea

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Most Anticipated Reads for the Second Half of 2020



Hello Bookish Friends!! 

Can you believe June is over? I feel like the months are just flying by! Granted for our family June is a super busy month so it always goes fast but I feel like this year it flew. Another month begins and new books await us! In this week's Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Artsy Reader the topic is Most Anticipated Reads for the Second Half of 2020! And boy are there some good ones coming out!

Here are some that are on my TBR List and I CANNOT wait to read them!!!!







I am sure there are others but these are at the top of my list for sure!! What about you? Any upcoming books that you have to read before the year is up? Let me know in the comments!!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ’–

Monday, June 29, 2020

Monday Musings ~ Bookshelves



Hello Friends!! Happy Monday!!

It has been a very busy day today and my brain is somewhat mush but I wanted to hop in on the Book Blogger Hop since I was so busy with reviews last week I wasn't able to do it! The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer re-launched the hop on February 15th, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There is a weekly prompt featuring book related questions.

This week's question is:

When you run out of bookshelf space what do you do?

Hmm... interesting since I am running into this problem at the moment... lol! When we moved a year ago to our current house I purged A LOT of books and I told myself that I would not put anything in my bookshelves unless I knew I would read it again, it was a classic, a series that I must have or lend to someone. So I have kept pretty close to this, although its very hard because I LOVE books! I do need to get another bookshelf for my downstairs "library" area. SO when I go to my favorite bookstore and I get new books I tend to lend them out to my mother-in-love after I read them and when she is done if its not a book that I want to keep I resell them and keep stocking up on my TBR pile (which has its separate section on my shelves!) If its a book a fall in love with it goes on the shelf! 

Friday, June 26, 2020

First Line Friday ~ The Rose of Winslow Street



Happy Friday Reader Friends!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week and enjoying the fact that it is Friday and the beginning of the weekend! Its another First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books. I finally was able to read a book from my TBR list so today's first line is coming from The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden.




My First Line:

The stately houses of Winslow Street looked utterly safe and respectable in the hot summer evening. Mikhail knew all that was about to change. 


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A Cowgirl's Dream by Edith Mackenzie


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A Cowgirl's Dream
(Barrels & Hearts, #1)
By Edith MacKenzie
Contemporary Romance, Western
Paperback & ebook, 154 Pages
June 24, 2020

An Aussie cowgirl far from home. A handsome Brazilian bull rider. Can they have a rodeo love story of their dreams?

Frankie dreams of being a champion barrel racer. When the opportunity of a lifetime knocks on her door, she moves halfway across the globe to chase it. After having her heart broken, she’s determined to focus on her ambitions. That means no time for cowboys, even if he is bloody cute.

Luciano is well on his way to getting everything he has ever dreamed of. That is, until an Aussie cowgirl crashes into his world, setting his soul on fire. He knows what it takes to get to the top and Frankie has it in spades. Now, all he has to do is convince her to see beyond the suave exterior and give him a chance.

Finally, Frankie has a shot at the championship buckle, but when photos appear of Luciano on the internet, she has to decide whether to stay or walk away. Is she kidding herself, can she have it all? Can Frankie find her courage to trust in love and still chase her Cowgirl’s dream?

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Edith MacKenzie or Eddie Mac to her friends is an Australian author of sweet and wholesome contemporary cowboy romance. They say in literary circles to write what you know and Eddie has certainly taken that to heart. Before embarking on a writing career she trained horses professionally and brings that wealth of knowledge to her writing.

Now a mum to a boy and girl, as well as wife, she delights with her tales of strong cowgirls and their adventures in finding love. When not weaving the love stories of her characters, she enjoys hanging out with her family and animals, as well as reading, fishing and camping

Just remember once a cowgirl, always a cowgirl.


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Why was it that she only owned jeans and T-shirts? Most girls have at least one dress! Giving up, Frankie dramatically flopped face-first onto her bed, deciding she would just spend the entire BBQ in that position. Honestly, there was nothing else she could do.

“Do I even want to know?” Deb popped her head into the room.

“Doff weeve muy loon,” she mumbled into the bedspread.

“Duff’s a loon? Do we even know a Duff? Hey, Megan, do you know a Duff?” Deb called down the hall.

“No, why?” came the reply from the kitchen.

“Ha-ha, you’re so funny,” Frankie grumbled, raising her head off the bed. Her hair now closely resembled a bird’s nest freshly fallen from a tree. In a storm. A bad one. Maybe cyclonic. “I said Leave. Me. Alone.” She theatrically dropped her head back down.

“I’m not sure I can, in clear conscience, remove myself from the room. What sort of friend would I be if I weren’t here in your time of”—she helplessly waved her hands in the air—“whatever this is?”

Frankie sighed. “Fine, since you seem to be enjoying this so much, I have nothing to wear.”

Deb’s mouth twitched a little. “I had noticed you running around naked a lot. I just thought you were trying to even out your tan. Apparently not. Whoa!!” Deb ducked quickly to dodge the pillow Frankie launched at her head. Finding a white shirt Frankie had earlier, she waved it above her head in surrender. “I come in peace. Please, no shoot.”

Frankie, despite her peevish mood, couldn’t help but laugh. “Fine, but I think I am beyond help.”

“My, you are committing to drama today, aren’t you? Is it because the farrier stud muffin is coming over?”

Frankie snorted in an unladylike manner. “Dare you to call him that to his face.”

“I would, but I want him to be able to fit his hat back on his head at some point,” Deb deadpanned. “Okay, let’s have a look at what we’re working with here.” She headed confidently to Frankie’s closet.

In the end, Frankie did find something to wear, and it was jeans and a shirt. But hey, Deb had to work with what she had. Her long blonde hair hung sleekly from a high ponytail and her jeans hugged her slender curves, the lean muscles shaped from long hours in the saddle. The merle-grey V-neck T-shirt clung just enough in the right places. Deb didn’t care what Frankie thought. She was pretty sure there wasn’t going to be any complaints.

 


Not a Fine Gentleman by Donna Hatch

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Not a Fine Gentleman
(Rogue Hearts, #5)
By Donna Hatch
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 448 Pages
June 18, 2020 by Mirror Lake Press LLC

Lady Margaret secretly yearns for love, but fate has exchanged wedded bliss for a lie. When she is caught hovering over her cheating husband’s dead body, she is instantly doomed to hang for his murder. Without hope for justice, Margaret flees into the night alone.
A cynical Bow Street Constable, Connor Jackson, vows to bring the fugitive Lady Margaret to face the law—but, he doesn’t expect sparks to fly between them. Could the strong yet tender lady truly be a killer? 
As more suspects—and even more condemning evidence—surface, the less certain Connor is of his duty. He must choose between his growing feelings for Lady Margaret and the demands of justice. Will the truth tear them apart or set them free to find love?


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Multi-award-winning author of more than twenty best-selling Regency Historical Romances, Donna Hatch is a hopeful romantic and an adventurer at heart. Each book she writes is filled with wit and heart and plenty of swoon-worthy romance. Donna sings, plays the harp, and loves to ballroom dance. Her family, including six children and two cats, recently left their native Arizona for the Pacific coast of the US. No matter where they live, she and her husband of over twenty years are proof that there truly is a happily ever after.



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My Thoughts ~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was my first book by Donna Hatch and my first in the Rogue Hearts series. I must say I do enjoy a good Regency/Victorian era type story and this one did not dissappoint! I was thoroughly engaged from the first page. 

If you have been following the Amesbury family then you know this story is about one of the sisters, Margaret. She is married to this absolute jerk (and I mean class-A jerk!) who gets murdered and Lady Margaret is the one who finds him. Because of the animosity between them the staff believes that she is the one who has murdered him. So she does what every lady would do when wrongfully accused?! She flees the scene!! Her brothers want her found so they hire Bow Street Runner, Conner Jackson. He starts hunting her down to bring her to justice but through the process falls in love with her. There is a catch... he is by no means a gentleman! 

The chemistry between Connor and Lady Margaret at the beginning is very comical. When he "captures" her it doesn't go so well but its great for us as the reader as you start seeing how they fall for each other. Connor struggles with believing Margaret and her retelling of her husbands death. But the more time they spend with each other he comes to realize not only is she telling the truth but he's falling in love with her. 

Throughout this whole ordeal Lady Margaret or Meg as Connor calls her finds out that the life of being a Lady is not something she wants anymore. She wants to be able to marry whomever and do whatever.  Now that she is an outcast in her society she decides to leave especially after Connor tells her that he can't be with her. Not only because he's not a gentleman but because his job is one that would difficult in keeping a marriage. 

Connor is wrestling with the fact that he his father who was a noble gentleman fathered him but was never a true father. He believed all these things that his mother had told him but later finds out they were all false. 

So the story is not just about the love between Connor and Margaret. There is suspense and intrigue as Connor and Grant Amesbury work together in proving who Lord Hennesy true killer is. 

Alright, this is not my typical read. I do enjoy Regency/Victorian era books but this is not a Christian Fiction book that I am used to however this is a very wholesome clean read and I am definitely not opposed to those. There is a slight innuendo to something more when they are kissing but it doesn't result to anything and there was no graphic descriptions of anything. 

If you like this genre then I definitely recommend this book. I suggest starting from the beginning too if you want to know the story between this whole family. 

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Key To Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse


The Key to Everything
by Valerie Fraser Luesse
Publisher: Revell
Genre: Fiction


About the Book

Peyton Cabot's fifteenth year will be a painful and transformative one. His father, the heroic but reluctant head of a moneyed Savahhah family, has come home from WWII a troubled vet, drowning his demons in bourbon and distancing himself from his son. A tragic accident shows Peyton the depths of his parents' devotion to each other but interrupts his own budding romance with the girl of his dreams.

Struggling to cope with a young life upended, Peyton makes a daring decision: He will retrace a journey his father took at fifteen, riding his bicycle all the way to Key West, Florida. Part declaration of independence, part search for self, Peyton's journey will bring him more than he ever could have imagined -- namely, the key to his unknowable father, a longed-for reunion, and a calling that will shape the rest of his life.


My Thoughts 

What an amazing story by Valerie Fraser Luesse. The way she writes just completely brings the book to life. You definitely feel transported to that time frame and location.  The cover of this book completely captivated me and the fact that it was mostly set in in my home state of Florida sold me on it. This story is absolutely beautiful. 

The bulk of the story although mainly about Peyton and his journey to adulthood but it also interweaves the story of his mother Kate. This was done flawlessly. There are other characters we meet and they are great in shaping the story as well but I will keep those for you to find them as you are reading and focus on mainly Peyton. 

Since Peyton was young he has heard the story of his father riding his bike from St. Augustine to Key West and he tells his cousins that one day he would like to do the same. So the whole time he has this wild idea on the back of his mind.  His dad has a tragic freak accident and after having surgery, he wakes up and lets Kate knows that its time for Peyton to have an actual summer and head to St. Augustine to stay with Aunt Gert. There he learns a lot more about his father's past and how his mother and dad fell in love. He learns to drive a boat, get his boating license and  all the time feeling this tug of taking that bike route his dad did years ago. Unfortunately Kate (Peyton's mom) comes to St. Augustine with the news that his dad has passed on so begins the bike journey for young Peyton.

First of all it was refreshing to see a young man of almost sixteen show such maturity in everything he does. I know this something that comes with that generation and its sad we don't see it more often in this day and age so I loved that because its the way we are raising our boys to be so focused on themselves but to learn from others. Peyton does that. Every person he encounters on his trek, he learns something from them. Every challenge he faces, he learns something from it as well. He builds this incredible network of people as he travels. He also sees what his father must have seen when he was on the journey and feels like he is starting to understand him a little more. I love this part from the book when he realizes what the purpose of the trip was:

" I don't think it makes sense to spend a lotta time worryin' about what other people think as long as you do what you believe is right. Everybody has a true them that they're meant to be."

While Peyton is traveling down to Key West, his mom is coming to terms of losing the love of her life. It is heartbreaking and you feel her loss. I think the author did a great job at describing the feeling of loss. 

This story is more than just his journey there is also a love interest in this story. Lisa is the girl of  Peyton dreams. It was beautiful to see how their love story unfolds and how it mimics the love story between Peyton's parents. If you are like me (a greedy reader) this story has a lovely epilogue that gives you a complete ending. 

The story is definitely a clean read and in no way is it overly preachy or full of faith filled moments. I am a little disappointed in that just because its a book from a Christian publishing company so you would think it would have some aspect of Christianity in it but it did not. That being said it was an excellent book and I highly recommend it!

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My Rating:  5 stars / loved it

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Valerie Fraser Luesse is an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently a senior travel editor. Her work has been anthologized in the audio collection Southern Voices and in A Glimpse of Heaven, an essay collection featuring works by C. S. Lewis, Randy Alcorn, John Wesley, and others. As a freelance writer and editor, she was the lead writer for Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse has published major pieces on the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana's Acadian Prairie, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana won the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society. Luesse earned her bachelor's degree in English at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and her master's degree in English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She grew up in Harpersville, Alabama, a rural community in Shelby County, and now lives in Birmingham. To know more information on her books visit her website: https://www.valeriefraserluesse.com/

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

One Chance at Forever by T.K. Chapin


One Chance at Forever
by T.K. Chapin
Genre: Realistic Christian Fiction
Faithful Love Series, Book 2

About the Book

With a life marred by painful experiences, Abigail Walsh is just a good single mom trying her best. Though she has made her share of mistakes along the way, she trusts that God has a plan for her life and with the broken pieces of her heart. When she meets a man who stirs the depths of her soul, Abby hopes that he’s a gift from God, and not just another heartbreak waiting to happen.

For Wyatt Fuller, the last five years in Lincoln City has been a game of hiding from the heartache endured by losing the only woman he had ever loved. When he is not hiding, he longs to understand the real meaning of life. He longs to discover lasting beauty in a world that is passing away. A chance encounter with a man on a beach leads to meeting a woman who would challenge him to the core of who he is and what he knows to be true.



My Thoughts ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"The question everyone wants to ask shouldn't be, "Why do bad things happen? but instead, 'Why do good things happen to us, who are wicked sinners?' That's the real question"

Wowza!! That dialogue right there drew me even deeper into this book and I had to finish it as soon as possible. This story is well written and makes its point across flawlessly. The characters are personable and immediately you feel drawn to them.

Wyatt is a writer still reeling from the loss of his wife but mainly wrestling with these feelings of there being something more to life. That perhaps the God his wife talked about could be real. He wrestles with these thoughts for a while and meets Mac a homeless man on the beach. Mac is a believer and basically leads Wyatt on a path to find who God truly is. While on this path he meets Abigail who also is a believer and has had her shares of mistakes (aren't we thankful we serve a God of mercy and forgiveness?) but she helps Wyatt dig even deeper into the Word and helps him see that God is a God of mercy, grace, forgiveness and love. He lets things happen for a reason. 

I love Mac in this story and tissues were needed at some points with him. I felt like he was the person that just put everything in motion for Wyatt. I truly believe that God puts people in our lives for that reason. To guide us to see Him clearer and truly understand things a little better. I remember when I started my walk with God and the people placed in my life so it was beautiful to see that in Mac. 

The love story between Wyatt and Abigail is beautiful because it started as a solid friendship. Although she was very attracted to him she knew that nothing could happen between them unless he was equally yoked; meaning that He wholeheartedly believed in God. She didn't want to make the mistakes she made when she was younger. 

This was wonderful, beautifully written book and I highly recommend it. Not only is this a great book for that friend who has approached you with questions about God's goodness amidst the world we are living in right now but it is a perfect reminder to us seasoned Christians as well who start to doubt especially in the times we are living at the moment. 

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About the Author

T.K. CHAPIN writes Christian Romance books designed to inspire and tug on your heart strings. He believes that telling stories of faith, love and family help build the faith of Christians and help non-believers see how God can work in the life of believers. He gives all credit for his writing and storytelling ability to God. The majority of the novels take place in and around Spokane Washington, his hometown. Chapin makes his home in the Pacific Northwest and has the pleasure of raising his daughter with his beautiful wife Crystal. To find out more about T.K. Chapin or his books, visit his website at www.tkchapin.com 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Happy 10th Anniversary ~ Throwback



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Hello Friends! 

Congratulations to The Artsy Reader for celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Top Ten Tuesday! This week the topic is a freebie or a throwback to one of the 500 topics that have been covered in this past year and so I chose my Top Favorite Bookmarks! Granted that when I am reading I am combination of having an actual bookmark or grabbing the nearest piece of paper and using it as a bookmark. NEVER do I dog-ear a page... feels so wrong to do that! ๐Ÿ˜Š I do love looking at pretty bookmarks and I have found a few that I just need in my life like...


I love the shop AFineQuotation She has several bookmarks that I have on my wish list. She hand paints them! Isn't that cool? She also has some other items in her shop! You should check her out!


Being a Gilmore Girls I feel like this should be in my arsenal of bookmarks! So I definitely have this on my wishlist. This one is from the shop AliciaMarksIt 


This one just caught my eye as I was looking through Etsy one day! I love this because most of the time the reason I need a bookmark is because I am feeling sleepy and I just can't go on! This one is from SilverLiningStamping and they have other items that are very cool



I love this one from the shop LaurenNaylorDesignCo I mean having a bookmark with the Classics Book Stack is amazing!


I don't gain anything from these shops if you visit them, I just love them. You should visit though and shop small business! 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Forever Home by Amy Grochowski


Forever Home
by Amy Grochowski
Publisher: Ambassador International
Amish of Prince Edward Island, Book 1


Summary ~

A Canadian Amish farmer
A Lancaster Amish businesswoman
A Prince Edward Island foster child

Providence brings together a mismatched family, giving all three a second chance for love. Only love may never have had such a tough job.

Lydia Miller is an anomaly among her Amish people-a single woman in her 30s, running her own store, determined to forge a life on her own. But when Joel Yoder comes into town to sell his property, Lydia suddenly finds all of her hopes and dreams crumbling around her and a new opportunity placed in her lap.
Joel has his own problems. Recently jilted by his fiancรฉe, Joel has seen his own dreams of moving to a newly established Amish community begin to falter. The new community welcomes married couples only. With his dreams quickly slipping from his fingers, Joel suddenly sees the only option he thinks he has-a marriage of convenience for both of them.
As the new couple begins life in a new settlement, they are even more surprised when a foster child in need of a home finds her way to them. Yet what will happen when the English world and the Amish world collide?

My Thoughts ~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely loved this book!! From the first line it had me hooked!

"A sensible Amish woman aspired to marry, as Lydia Miller was reminded daily."

When I first started reading Christian fiction all I read was the Amish genre. I was obsessed with it but then I started discovering other genres in the Christian Fiction realm and stopped reading it so when I got the chance to review this book I was excited! Amy Grochowski made me fall in love with this genre all over again and I want more! 

The genre is not the only thing that attracted me to this story. The setting of the story did as well! I mean Prince Edward Island is where me and the hubby honeymooned and it obviously holds a special place in my heart so when books are set there (which I haven't found many) I gravitate to them. (If you haven't been its a beautiful place plus its the setting of Anne of Green Gables and home of Lucy Maud Montgomery.) 

Okay you don't want to hear all that....so let's go back to the story, The characters are very relatable. Lydia is considered the spinster by Amish standards, she has her own mind and runs her own business, all things that the Amish order she is part of somewhat frowns upon. She carries a huge burden with her and can't forgive herself for what has happened in her past because she doesn't truly know that God is the one that gives you that.

Joel is recently jilted and sees his plans for the future come to a standstill until he meets Lydia. He sees how wonderful, kind-hearted she is and feels bad that he has come to town to sell the house where she houses her business. He comes up with a marriage of convenience plan which both agree to and set out to Prince Edward Island.

The love story between Lydia and Joel is simply dreamy! I love the struggle they have within each other to actually realize that they are in love with each other. Grochowski almost makes it a bit comical on them figuring things out. 

Two subjects that Grochowski really did well on and I think really outdid herself in was the topic of Autism and fostering. I know this is not a subject that the Amish really talk about and this story gives you an insight and an understanding that the Amish are real people. 

God's redemption is throughout this story as well. The reminder that we are not bound by our past and that our life is completely in God's hands and not people or things that happen in this world is very evident in this story. 

Amy Grochowski definitely has become one  of my favorites and I will be looking for more of her writing! I cannot wait for the next book and see where these characters go. At least I hope that she brings them back!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book from author through the Just Read Tours program.  I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. 


About the Author ~ 

Amy's deep appreciation for the Amish faith and way of life stems from six years of living and working with a Beachy Amish family, as well as her own Anabaptist roots. Her debut novel, Forever Home, was a pre-published winner of Romance Writers of America's Maggie Award and a semi-finalist in ACFW's Genesis Contest. She is a member of Word Weavers Int'l and a published author of award-winning historical short fiction.

Amy spent her childhood in Melbourne, Australia, where her parents worked as church planters. After returning to the States, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia became home. Her real life romance began on a travel nursing assignment to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she met her husband, David.

After a nursing career of more than twenty years, Amy is now fulfilling her long-awaited dream career as an author of inspirational romance. She is also a full-time homeschool mom for her two boys, one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder and lives with her family in the bustling foothills of North Carolina.
 

To learn more about Amy Grochowski, her books and receive a prequel of her one her stories visit her website: https://www.amygrochowski.com/