Saturday, May 23, 2015

As Love Blooms Review

Young romance opens like a rose . . . but even a rose has its thorns.

Tessa Gregory is nothing if not tenacious. Denied a position as a horticulturist at prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she is not above a little benevolent deception in order to get the park superintendent to change his mind and hire her. She plans to infiltrate the world of wealthy and influential people in hopes of drumming up financial support for a world-class conservatory. But before she can put those plans into action, she meets Reese King, a handsome gardener at Como Park--and a major distraction. Still, Reese might be the key to achieving her dream. But is his goal to help her . . . or to capture her heart?

As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad was a great fun to read. I loved the character of Tessa, she's sweet and sassy! My kind of main character. She's has to be one of my favorites. Very fun to get to know and read about. Also Reese is a top notch hero. I loved his determination to be somebody. I thoroughly enjoyed As Love Blooms and wish that the book hadn't ended. If your looking for an amazing historical read with some women's suffrage then As Love Blooms is the book for you. You won't regret reading it!

5 out of 5. A sweet Afternoon Snack.

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

Friday, May 15, 2015

No Place to Hide Review

She'll defend her friend until the bitter end--but is she in over her head?

It's not every day you see your childhood friend and one-time crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. But she's not the only one looking. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to save thousands of innocent lives.

No Place to Hide by Lynette Esason does not disappoint in the least! Every minute I spent reading the book was filled with action and suspense. No Place to Hide is the third book in the Hidden Identity series and one you won't want to miss! I always love a good suspense novel and this one is just that. I had a hard time ever finding a place to set the book down so that I could get stuff done. I fell quickly in love with the characters and I thought that the plot was amazing. You must read this book. Now!  

5 out of 5. This Afternoon Snack is a must have!

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Faith of Her Own Review

Jeremiah thought leaving Middlefield was the hardest thing he'd ever do. That was nothing compared to returning home.
When Jeremiah left his Amish community to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian, he left more than just his faith behind-he walked away from his family and his childhood friend, Anna Mae. Now that he's returned to help out his mentor and work in a Yankee veterinarian practice, Jeremiah must face his past-and the people he betrayed.
Anna Mae had finally put the loss of Jeremiah and the broken vow between them behind her. Even though she supported her best friend's pursuit of his dream, she never let on how his departure left her questioning her own place in the Amish world. With his return, new questions arise, along with feelings she'd never fully acknowledged before.
As their rekindled friendship begins to turn into something more, Jeremiah and Anna Mae must examine their own faith and their relationship with each other and their families. With both of them torn between loyalty to their loved ones and being pulled in different directions, they must decide whether to heed God's call, even if it means being apart forever.
A Faith of Her Own by Kathleen Fuller was one of the best Amish novels I have read in a while. I loved the sweet story that Kathleen masterly crafted. Jeremiah and Anna Mae were characters that really seemed to come to life for me. I have to admit that until about a year ago Amish stories were not my cup of tea but lately I have been finding several authors who have really got me hooked and Kathleen is now one of them. A Faith of Her Own is a beautifully written story about faith and God's plan. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

5 out of 5. An delightful Afternoon Snack.

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

From the Start Review

Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley. 

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?

From the Start by Melissa Tagg was such a joy to read.  I adored every minute I got to spend with these characters and I can't wait to spend even more time with them in the future books of this series. I felt Kates uncertainty about her future and loved seeing her get to grow from that by seeking God's plan. I also loved Colton, I mean it would be hard not to! He is an amazingly written character and totally swoon-worthy! From the Start is a great christian romance with characters that are sure to quickly find their way into your heart. 

5 out of 5. One of my favorite Afternoon Snacks! 

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