Friday, June 2, 2017

Wings of the Wind Review




Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving. 


Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can't ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.



Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage--for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she's found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah's fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she's come to love?

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette was a gripping tale of biblical times. I quickly fell in love with both Alanah and Tobiah and in their story of love, forgiveness and second chances. Wings of the Wind is an amazing fictional account of the times of wandering for the Hebrews after their escape from Egypt. If you're anything like me you won't be able to set this story down until you reach the end. Connilyn Cossette is my favorite new biblical fiction writers.

5 out of 5.

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Written In Love Review


When a postal error creates pen pals of two young Amish people, can they put behind their past mistakes to see the bright future God has written for them?
Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.
Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon’s letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn’t have too much to look forward to. But when Jalon suggests they meet, she panics—although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn’t been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt’s doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he’ll forgive her for holding back the truth.
In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something—or Someone—bigger than either of them could pen.

Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller is a sweet novel that is easy to fall in love with. It starts off with just the letters between the two of them, spanning a few months, and then merges into storytelling, creating a beautifully captivating blend. Phoebe and Jalon are two people both with broken and painful pasts that grow closer through their letters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their story and getting to know these characters. Written in Love is the perfect book to add to your summer reading list.

5 out of 5. 

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Long Time Gone Review



The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn't help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc's timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It's clear now that everything that's occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?


Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy is a wonderful continuation of the Cimarron Legacy. In this book we get to delve into Justin's story as well continue with the mystery that started in the first book, No Way Up. I love Angie, who has all the characteristics that I love in a Mary Connealy book. Faith, family, romance and mystery all abound in Long time Gone and should push this book to the top of your reading list (and all Mary Connealy books as well!).

5 out of 5.

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Grace and the Preacher Review



At the age of twenty-three, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires but has only met through his letters.
 
Theophil Garrison is on the run from his past. Ten years ago his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now they’ve finished their sentences, but the plan for vengeance has just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, Theo has a chance encounter that could provide him with the escape he needs.  
 
But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?


Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer is such a sweet story. I loved both main characters, Grace and Theo, with Kim's style of writing you get to dig a little deeper into each of these characters thought and I love the connection I feel towards them because of it. I also loved Aunt Bess, her spunky attitude and wisdom made me wish she was my own aunt. Grace and the Preacher is a great story of grace, forgiveness, and calling. I suggest you add this to the top of your reading list, next to all of Kim's other books!

5 out of 5. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Still Life Review


Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart. 

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.


Still Life by Dani Pettrey is the second book in the Chesapeake Valor series. This book was full of mystery and twists that could keep you up reading all night. Dani has an amazing story telling style and creates compelling characters. Avery and Parker are a great duo and I enjoyed every minute with them trying to figure out the mystery. The moment I read the back cover copy I knew this was the type of book I would love and I was not disappointed. 

5 out of 5. 

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Sisters of Sugarcreek Review




Many lives were changed the day a fire burned down Faith Community Church, devastating the small town of Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Now a young Amish widow, Lydia Gruber faces an uncertain future. Her husband, a craftsman and volunteer firefighter, always took care of everything, keeping her isolated from others in their community. Without anyone or any skills, how will she survive?

With the death of her beloved aunt Rose in the fire, single mom Jessica Holtz inherits Rose’s Knit One Quilt Too cottage. Though determined to keep the shop open in her aunt’s memory, she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting and quilting and begins to see her aunt’s dream slip through her fingers.

When Liz Cannon lost her dear friend Rose, she also lost her partner in the Secret Stitches Society―the name they gave themselves while delivering gifts of hope to troubled folks in the dark of night. Liz convinces Jessica to keep the anonymous society going, despite the younger women’s inadequacy with knitting and sewing needles. But soon Liz has problems of her own as the life she has rebuilt for herself begins to crumble again.

When Liz and Jessica choose Lydia for their first mission, the three women cross paths and form an unlikely friendship in the aftermath of tragedy. As they walk together through triumph and heartbreak―through grief and new chances at love―they begin to discover that with friends by your side, a stitch of hope can be found anywhere

The Sisters of Sugarcreek by Cathy Liggett was such a sweet read. I loved all three of these women's stories and really hope that the author lets us dive into their world again. The mixture of these three women's sweet friendship is woven perfectly with the more serious topics that this book covers. Liz, Jessica, and Lydia all come from different backgrounds that might make there friendship seem unlikely but through one town tragedy they come together and find out they aren't too different.

 5 outof 5.
 I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.

Also check out these fun resources I received from the publisher! Yummy recipes as well as random acts of kindness cards that might encourage you to maybe make your own secret stitches society!



Monday, February 20, 2017

The Angel of Forest Hill Review



A time of anticipation. A season of miracles.
Because of Joel’s impossible situation, twenty-one-year-old Rose must sacrifice everything. As days pass into years in the midst of the beautiful hills, the laughter of children, and God’s providence—is it too much for Rose to hope for love in return?

An amazing journey toward love and belonging, filled with the wonder of the season of Christ’s birth.


When Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to leave her family, travel deep into West Vir­ginia, and help Joel Dienner with his children in the wake of tragedy, the quiet young woman recognizes a home where she might find kindness instead of criticism and hope replacing harsh words. She agrees to stay in Forest Hill and become Joel’s wife for the sake of his family needs, but their marriage is to be a partnership, one built from need, not love and affection.

As the years pass, Rose continues to beckon Joel to join life again, to take joy in his growing children, and to awaken his heart to the possibility of new love. Joel hopes that Rose can move beyond deep-rooted hurts to see the beautiful Christmas ahead, their season. But will the arrival of a beautiful widow and a series of misunderstandings reverse how far Rose and Joel have come?

The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall is a great short story. Sweet and perfect for Christmastime. (As well as anytime after if your like me and wouldn't mind Christmas all year long!) The story of Rose and Joel is sure to be one that tug on your heartstrings. Being a Novella The Angel of Forest Hill is a really quick read and sadly over sooner than you want it to be because the characters are so enticing. I recommend this to anyone who loves Amish fiction or just Christmas (who doesn't?!).

5 out of 5

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Because You're Mine Review


Amid the beauty of Charleston, not all is as it seems.
When her husband Liam is killed by a car bomb while their Celtic band is on tour in Charleston, singer and Irish beauty Alanna doesn’t quite know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but Alanna knows she can’t lose the only piece of Liam she has left.
Alanna’s manager offers her a marriage of convenience to obtain U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution until she arrives at the family home of her new husband—a decaying mansion with more questions than answers.
Strange things begin happening that threaten Alanna’s life and the life of her child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is something more sinister at work?
A mysterious painting, a haunting melody, and a love stronger than death leave Alanna questioning where darkness ends and light begins.


First off let me say that this cover is gorgeous! The coloring and style is perfect! Okay, I'm done gushing....
Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble was a very gripping read. Once you pick it up you have to keep turning the pages to find out the answers. This book is unlike any of the other Colleen Coble books I have picked up and read and I enjoyed Gothic feeling. Because You're Mine is much more of a psychological thriller than a mystery, at least to me because I very quickly caught on to the mystery aspect of the plot. A good read if you don't mind books that give you that chill down your back as you read.

4 out of 5. 

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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

An Uncommon Courtship Review





Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister's shadow--which worked until her sister got married. Even with thepressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He's free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn't know, his dream of a marriage like his parents' seems lost forever. 

Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent's relationship survive the pressures of London society?


An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter was a wonderful read once I got into it. At first I felt a little disconnected with the characters and felt like I got dropped into the middle of something (that might be because its the third book in the series, which I didn't realize until after I finished it). But after about half way through, and I admit to skimming a few chapters, I was hooked on these two people and their troubles. They both start off as flawed characters who are not inherently bad just so unsure as to what to do about their circumstance.As they start to grow and learn more about each other and their feelings I fell in love with them both. Once I finished this book I did go back to reread what I had previously skimmed over and ended up rereading the whole thing! All that being said I ended up loving this book and plan on going back to read the first books in the series. 

4.5 out of 5. 

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