Review: Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

Just Look UpJust Look Up was a journey in forgiveness, taking chances, and learning to live life instead of being glued to a phone. I really felt for the main characters, Ryan and Lane. They both had things from their past that impacted the decisions they made in the present and they way they viewed themselves.

Lane, in particular, had trouble letting go of all of the hurts she had experienced as a child and young woman. And, honestly, I couldn’t really blame her! The things this girl went through, the way she was treated, and the lack of understanding and empathy was cruel. At first, I wasn’t sure that I could get past that in the story, yet the author handled and resolved things very nicely, leaving me really enjoying the second half of the book!

I loved the relationship between these two main characters. Their backstory of friendship was sweet and I really enjoyed seeing how things developed between them.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Just Look UpAfter tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home–a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work–something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.

Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.

Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along–if only she’d just look up.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Courtney Walsh is the author of Paper Hearts, Change of Heart, and the Sweethaven series. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller and a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. In addition, she has written two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright.

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Review: His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray PLUS Blog Tour and Five Book Giveaway

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MY REVIEW:

His GuiltWhew! What a tense book! I liked the two main characters, Mark and Neeta. Mark and his brother suffered a lot growing up. I felt sorrow for him and a lot of frustration in regards to how most of the community treated him, both in the past and the present. Their small-minded attitude toward him was hard to read about, but made for some excellent tension and situations to develop in the book.

This novel had some very intriguing characters in it. Quite a few of them had to take a look back at their pasts in order to decide how they were going to allow that to affect their future. I enjoyed this Amish story that combined drama, romance, and a bit of suspense.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

His Guilt

A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.
Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…
Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.
Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
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Review: Light of Dawn by Vannetta Chapman

Light of DawnLight of Dawn was a great conclusion to this dystopian series! I enjoyed reconnecting with these characters again and seeing how they had continued to adapt to the new reality that they all lived in.

This story had many situations in it that required the characters to decide what the right thing to do was. I appreciated that these characters were better prepared to make these decisions as they faced danger during their travels. They had developed a necessary awareness and understanding of how they new world order worked and what their place in it was. I enjoyed seeing their strengths shine through, yet also watching as they made decisions that others might not make because it was the “right” thing to do for someone.

Light of Dawn had danger, romance, camraderie, and plenty of tension which left me anxiously turning page after page to see how everything worked out! I have enjoyed all of the books in this series.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Light of DawnBefore Dawn, What Dangers Lurk in the Darkness?

For nine months, since a devastating solar flare caused a complete failure of the electrical grid, Shelby Sparks and her diabetic son, Carter, have been living at the ranch of Shelby’s high school sweetheart, Max Berkman.

Mostly insulated from the chaos surrounding them, Shelby and Max discover that the Texas government has fled the capitol and is barely maintaining control of the state. The governor needs volunteers to search for the new federal government, but no one knows exactly where it might be located—if it even still exists—or what perils await those brave enough to take on the mission.

Compelled by Carter’s desperate need for insulin and their God-given sense of duty, Shelby and Max answer the governor’s call and set out on a treacherous 600-mile journey, where they will experience the terrifying effects of unrestrained anarchy. If they have the faith and fortitude necessary to reach their destination, what will they find when they get there?

In this thrilling conclusion to the Remnant trilogy, America is left teetering between total collapse and the dawn of a new and vastly different reality.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Vannetta Chapman holds a BA and MA degree in English and has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. She published a novel with Abingdon Press called A Simple Amish Christmasin October of 2010. Her first Quilt Shop Murder Mystery, Falling to Pieces (Zondervan) was released in September of 2011 and received the 2012 Carol Award for best mystery. She currently lives in the Texas hill country.

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Review: Life After by Katie Ganshert

Life AfterLife After was absolutely compelling! I loved the way the author opened up the story with the prologue. It gave the reader a peek into the events of the fateful day involving the fictional event that the story was woven around. It also provided some information that the main character of the story no longer remembered due to the trauma they experienced. It was a very interesting way to start the story.

Even though this book deals with a tragedy and some very serious subject matter, I felt very hopeful throughout the novel. The author did a great job of slowly revealing important pieces of information relevant to the characters in the book. I loved the the emotional and spiritual growth that the main characters gained by the end of the story. The one thing I would have loved to have seen in this book would have been an epilogue of perhaps a year later. But even without an epilogue, this was a fascinating novel.

(5 stars)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Life AfterIt could have been me.

Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.

A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why?Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.

In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Award-winning author, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her family. When she’s not busy penning novels or spending time with her people, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends, reading great literature, and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website or author Facebook page.

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Review: Wilderness Reunion by Elizabeth Goddard

Wilderness ReunionThis was a very exciting story! The characters faced almost non-stop danger and were constantly running for their lives. There was a painful romantic backstory between the two main characters. This emotional baggage definitely affected both Alice and Griffin and impacted the way they reacted to each other in the various situations.

The scenario of stumbling upon a dangerous marijuana farm in a remote wilderness areas is truly something that sometimes happens to innocent people.  Knowing this fact made the novel feel that more realistic to me.

I loved the details regarding the river rafting scenes. The wildness of the river and the surrounding lands was clearly evident in all that the characters had to trek through. Wilderness Reunion is a nice addition to the Wilderness, Inc. series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone novel.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Wilderness Reunion

After stumbling on a drug operation, Alice Wilde races through the woods as bullets whiz past, using her skills as a wilderness guide to elude her pursuers. But she doesn’t stay safe for long once one of the armed men recognizes her…and starts stalking her. When the sheriff asks her to guide his men and photojournalist Griffin Slater—her ex-boyfriend—to the crime scene, though, she can’t refuse. Alice knows Griffin’s just there for a story, but after the two of them are separated from the rest of the group, he’s the only person who can save her. And with someone willing to do anything to hunt them down, Alice must put aside their past if she wants to survive.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES–a 2011 Carol Award winner. She’s a double finalist in the 2016 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for her books BURIED and BACKFIRE in the Mountain Cove series. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full-time. She currently makes her home in Minnesota with her husband and children.

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The Beloved Hope Chest

Congratulations to Deb Simmering for winning the copy of

The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston!

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Review – My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight by Susanne Dietze

Ruby City IdahoThis book was so fun to read! It was very clear to me, even from the beginning, which man should hold Rebecca’s heart. Sometimes it was hard for me to watch Rebecca flounder and allow worry to grab hold of her. She allowed that fear to keep her from seeing and grasping hold what God was giving her. Reading this book over the fourth of July was really nice and ended up tying in with the story covering the same time of year. That was fun! Rebecca’s was a journey from fear to faith, learning where she belonged, and allowing herself to accept God’s abundant blessings. This story was definitely one worth reading!

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Ruby City IdahoIs it possible to marry the wrong man? Rebecca Rice was looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach by becoming mail-order bride to her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham—until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore, proceeded by the title Deputy. Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father, so an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own. But when the legalities take longer than expected, Rebecca wonders if Tad Fordham wasn’t the right husband for her all along. . . .

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the award-winning author of over a dozen historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. Visit her website here.

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Review: A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

A Matter of TrustWow! A simply amazing addition to the Montana Rescue series. I enjoy these stories so much!

Gage and Ella were great characters. I really liked Gage and felt for him and all that he had lost. He was such an admirable character. He pushed on, even though he carried some guilt and regret, and worked hard to help others. I have to admit that I resented Ella some when I first met her on the pages. But I quickly became a fan of hers, as well! These two were perfect for each other in so many ways and this book was packed with danger, romance, and thrilling situations! Once I started reading, it was almost impossible to stop.

The Montana Rescue series has ongoing situations and characters that build on each other, however, I think A Matter of Trust can stand alone pretty well. The author does a good job of mentioning some past events to catch the reader up. I highly recommend the entire series.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Matter of TrustChampion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder–and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella’s secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other–even when disaster happens again?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over fifty 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 connect with the Susan on her website, her blogFacebook, Twitter, & Goodreads.

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Review & Giveaway: The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston

The Beloved Hope ChestThe Beloved Hope Chest is book four in the Amish Heirloom series. It can easily be read as a stand alone if you have not read the other novels leading up to it. However, this story is even richer in meaning if you have read the other books. So, whether you read books one through four in order, or read this book and go back to read the others, this is a series not to miss!

The Amish Heirloom series is definitely one of my favorites and The Beloved Hope Chest has zoomed up to the number one spot as my favorite book of the series. It is simply packed with deep emotional issues! There were so many heartbreaking ups and downs along with uplifting moments of hope that kept me reading and reading. I could hardly set this book down!

One of my favorite parts of this novel was reading the letters, especially the ones written by Leroy. They felt so real, like I was really seeing into this character’s heart. Reading this book makes me want to go back and re-read the others in the series soon. I highly recommend this novel for fans of Amish fiction.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Beloved Hope ChestIn the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.

Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.

But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?

Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.

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Review: The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

The Writing DeskThis dual-timeline novel pulled me into its pages and simply didn’t let go! When I finished the book, I felt as if I’d lived two different lifetimes. Both stories, present and past, were so compelling. I enjoyed the contemporary storyline and wondered how things were going to work out for Tenley. She seemed to be digging herself into a hole as she struggled to be the amazing author that everyone touted her to be. And the Gilded-Age story from the past…romantic sigh!!! I just absolutely did not see how things could possibily go right for these two people who were so in love, yet unable to devote themselves to each other. Birdie’s story completely captured me!

I’ve found myself thinking of the characters in this book many times over the past few days. This was definitely an intriguing read!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Writing DeskTenley Roth’s first book was a literary and commercial success. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who merely found a bit of luck?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Yet her life is not her own. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams of her own. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has literally destroyed her dreams, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds. Yet when Tenley discovers Birdie’s manuscript, their lives intersect. Birdie’s words help Tenley find a way home. Tenley brings Birdie’s writing to the world.

Can two women separated by time help fulfill each other’s destiny?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times. She is a double RITA finalist, a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Rachel sits on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, and is the comical sidekick to Susan May Warren at the amazing My Book Therapy. She is a worship leader and speaker.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel is a devoted Ohio State football fan. She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

 

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