Thursday, April 30, 2015

On Shifting Sand Review

Long before anyone would christen it “The Dust Bowl,” Nola Merrill senses the destruction. She’s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain. A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn’t bring the escape she desired. Now, twelve years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.

When Jim, a mysterious drifter and long-lost friend from her husband’s past, takes refuge in their home, Nola slowly springs to life under his attentions until a single, reckless encounter brings her to commit the ultimate betrayal of her marriage. For months Nola withers in the wake of the sin she so desperately tries to bury. Guilt and shame consume her physically and spiritually, until an opportunity arises that will bring the family far from the drought and dust of Oklahoma. Or so she thinks. As the storms follow, she is consumed with the burden of her sin and confesses all, hoping to find Russ’s love strong enough to stand the test.

On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman was an amazingly written story of the sin Nola committed and the journey to forgiveness she goes through. This is an intense read to say the least. Nola is a character that some may not like because her sin hits a little to close to home. Maybe not because you have committed adultery in your marriage, but because of just the sin factor. She was unfaithful and that is something each one of us has been to God. Okay that was a little preachy so I'll just get back to the book itself. It was amazing and you should read it! Real characters and real situations. Read it. Now.

 5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.

Q&A with Allison Pittman Author of On Shifting Sand 
About the Author…
Award-winning author Allison Pittman has penned more than twelve novels, including her series set in the Roaring Twenties—All for a Song, All for a Story, and All for a Sister. Allison resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Mike, their three sons, and the canine star of the family—Stella. Visit her at 

1. What inspired you to write On Shifting Sand? 
This is always the hardest question to answer. I loved writing about the dynamics of marriage with my Sister Wife series. But then, a story of a marriage needs conflict, and I’ve yet to see a CBA novel really tackle the idea of adultery in a way that showed it to be a conscientious, willful sin, disassociated from the circumstances of the marriage, or the relationship between the husband and wife. Too often, it was a backstory to justify a divorced character. Or it was a series of close calls, but never fully realized. I wanted to portray it as sin. Pure and simple, but unique in the fact that it reaches beyond the sinner, and carries with it a risk in confession. And then, I wanted to write a story that follows through a journey of restoration—not simply coming back to Christ, but coming back to life. It took a bit for all the pieces to come together, and so many of them weren’t discovered until I was buried in the story. More than any of my books, inspiration for this story came bit by bit. 

Buried Secrets Review

They both wanted quieter, safer lives.
But crime never sleeps . . .
and killers keep killing.

After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department. A call for assistance brings detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales--and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon was intense! Once I picked it up (which sadly took longer then I wanted, life got BUSY!) I couldn't put it down. Buried Secrets was another amazing page turning thriller by Hannon. The killer in this story was one of the scarier ones I have seen in all the thriller/suspense books I have read. Mac is definitely one of my new favorite heroes. Such a great character! Lisa was super fun to get to know as well. Them together is perfect! If you love a good romantic suspense/thriller then Buries Secrets (as well many other Irene Hannon books) is for you!

5 out of 5. An Afternoon Snack that was killer!

 I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Every Bride Needs A Groom Reveiw

Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding--the groom.

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she's sure he'll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn't just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie's boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her--on the very same day she wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--discover her humiliating secret if she does?

Every Bride Needs A Groom by Janice Thompson was super fun to read! I love all of the Janice Thompson books that I have read, she is an amazing writer! The characters in Every Bride Needs a Groom are the best! I loved getting to know Katie and every other character. The book has many laugh out loud moments so if your worried about getting weird looks from strangers then I'd stick to reading this book at home! ;) Every Bride Needs a Groom is a fun lighthearted romance that you are sure to fall in love with. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone as well as all of Janice Thompson other books! 

5 out of 5. A delightful Afternoon Snack!

 I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Creole Princess Review

All along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. In the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is quieter--though no less deadly. The lovely Frenchwoman Lyse Lanier is best friends with the daughter of the British commander. Rafael Gonzalez is a charming young Spanish merchant with a secret mission and a shipment of gold to support General Washington. As their paths cross and their destinies become increasingly tangled, Lyse and Rafael must decide where their true loyalties lie--and somehow keep Lyse's family from being executed as traitors to the British Crown.

Creole Princess by Beth White was an very interesting historical read.  Creole Princess had many interesting characters that I enjoyed but I felt like I was lacking a connection to them. I guess I just wish that I could have gotten to know some of the characters more than I was able to. But other than that I loved the historical aspect of the novel, I learned some things I hadn't known before. Though I can't say it was one of my favorite reads this year I still really enjoyed it and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good historical read.

4 out of 5. An good historical Afternoon Snack. 

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dauntless Review

Where Legend and History Collide, 

One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent

Born a baron's daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her father's failed assassination attempt upon the king. Bold and uniquely skilled, she is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village--a group that becomes known as "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest." Merry finds her charge more difficult as their growing notoriety brings increasing trouble their way.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, he's forced to reexamine everything he's known.

Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman is the first book in the Valiant Hearts series. This book had me hooked the moment I laid eyes on the cover. I saw it and was like that's it, that's the book I want to review! And it was amazing, I loved the colorful cast of characters and the story line held my attention till the very end! I love Robin Hood so I was a little worried in the beginning that I would be disappointed and it wouldn't live up to my high expectations but there really was nothing to worry about. All readers are sure to love this book but I think that teen readers will especially love Dauntless.

5 out of 5. An adventurous Afternoon Snack!

I got a free review copy of Dauntless from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.