Review: Things I Never Told You by Beth K. Vogt

Things I Never Told YouThis book took me on a deep, powerful, and sometimes emotionally difficult to read journey. Things I Never Told you tells the story of a family who was torn apart by tragedy. And even before that, things were not as great as they may have seemed from the outside looking in.

It was a tale of sisters and how they related to each other. I had a lot of trouble reading about Johanna’s domineering and abrasive personality. I really loved Jillian and Geoff. Their relationship and trials kept me turning the pages.

I felt so sad for Payton and all that she went through, both past and present. I appreciated the way the author used flashbacks and dreams to tell the story of her relationship with her deceased twin, Pepper.

I was impressed with the author’s ability to write a realistic story with most of the characters as nonbelievers. Yet, she was able to impart the gospel message and leave the reader hopeful that, somewhere within the series, some of these characters might come to know the Lord.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Things I Never Told YouIt’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever ways they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine–as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.

But with her middle sister Jillian’s engagement, Payton’s party-planning skills are called into action. Which means working alongside her opinionated oldest sister, Johanna, who always seems ready for a fight. They can only hope that a wedding might be just the occasion to heal the resentment and jealousy that divides them . . . until a frightening diagnosis threatens Jillian’s plans and her future. As old wounds are reopened and the family faces the possibility of another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven further apart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A Christy Award winner, as well as an ACFW Carol Award winner, Beth’s first women’s fiction novel for Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, releases May 2018.

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Review & Giveaway: Her Family’s Defender by Kim Findlay

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Her Family’s Defender

(A Hockey Romance #2)

by Kim Findlay

Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 384 pages

May 1st 2018

by Harlequin Heartwarming

He has home advantage…But she’s got a strong defensive play.Hockey star Troy Green never gives up. Not on the ice. Not when he battled cancer last year. And not when it comes to his new neighbor, Michelle Robinson. Troy only wants to help the struggling single mom and her sweet kids, but soon he’s falling for her. Is Troy finally ready to trade in his bachelor life and become a family man?

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My Review:

Her Family's DefenderHer Family’s Defender was an nice story. I really liked Troy, who began the story as a quintessential bachelor, but by the end was intricately entwined in the Robinson family. I enjoyed watching his journey. He was a great guy and truly stepped up for Michelle and her kids.

I liked Michelle, too, and even though some of the decisions she made frustrated me at times, I could understand her reasoning. She and her kids had been through a very tough time and were new to the area. I enjoyed their family dynamic, and especially enjoyed the way Troy fit right in.

This story is part of Harlequin’s Heartwarming line, which has a sweet romance focus. It is a clean story, with only a couple of mild swear words and some references to alcohol. I enjoyed this title and look forward to reading more from this author.

(4 stars)

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

 

Other Books in the Series:Crossing the Line

(A Hockey Romance #1)

by Kim Findlay

Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 384 pages

March 1st 2018

by Harlequin Heartwarming

Icebreaker or endgame?

Can two devoted athletes make room in their lives for love?

Mike Reimer knows from experience that hockey and relationships don’t mix. And hot-tempered swim coach Bridget O’Reilly couldn’t be more wrong for the widowed pro goalie, aka the Iceman. As the playoffs approach, Mike’s growing feelings for her could melt the hardest heart. But what if being with Bridget means letting down his team…and, worst of all, himself?

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About the Author

Kim Findlay lives in Toronto, Canada, with her very handsome husband, two strapping sons, and possibly the world’s cutest spaniel. When she can get time away from her accounting business, Kim can be found traveling, sailing, reading, or writing, depending on the season, time of day, and her energy level. You can find her at kimfindlay.ca, @missheyer74, or on Facebook.

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Tour Schedule:

April 30th:

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It’s All About the Romance

Locks,Hooks and Books

Hearts & Scribbles

The Power of Words

May 1st:

I Am A Reader

Rockin’ Book Reviews

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May 2nd:

Book Lover in Florida

Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader

Reading Is My SuperPower

May 3rd:

underneath the covers

Britt Reads Fiction

Stacking My Book Shelves!

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May 4th:

Colorimetry

Nicole’s Book Musings

Heidi Reads…

Thoughts of a Blonde

May 5th:

Grand Finale


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Becky Wade’s Author Chat Party (& Prizes) Celebrating the Release of Falling for You!

Falling for You release party

Becky Wade is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate the release of her latest book, Falling for You!

Be sure to RSVP here to let her know you are coming!

You can read my review of this wonderful book here. It is a top favorite of mine.

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Review: Falling for You by Becky Wade

Falling for YouThis book was amazing! The newest addition to the Bradford Sisters Romance series is one you do not want to miss!

These characters captured me as I watched their interactions and wondered what exactly tore Willow and Corbin apart years ago. As past heartaches were revealed, I grew more and more attached to these characters. These two had a great chemistry. I just loved every single scene they were in together, and seeing how they responded to each other.

I was also intrigued with the mystery that Willow and Corbin agreed to help solve. Watching them dive into the past to help Corbin’s niece find answers was fascinating.

Corbin and his dad had a very touching storyline throughout the book. These were difficult circumstances they were navigating, and their individual faith journeys were beautiful to read about.

I have loved each story in this series, and Falling for You has jumped into the spot of favorite for this series so far. It is also on my all-time favorites list now. Heartfelt and deeply beautiful, this story is one I will read again and again!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Falling for YouFamously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin–and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he’s determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become–and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Becky Wade

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series

Connect with Becky:

Website: www.beckywade.com

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Audio Book Review: The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

The Heart Between Us

The Heart Between Us was packed with depth and emotion! I ended up with both a paperback copy and an audio copy. I listened to most of the book on audio and then finished out the last eighteen chapters by reading the paperback. The narrator did a nice job on this story, using differing voices for the various characters. I enjoyed the narration on this audio book very much.

I loved the journal entries in this novel. It helped slowly reveal who Amanda (the heart donor) was, and what she had endured in her young life. I loved the main character, Megan. She had a lot of growing to do in the story, in order to overcome her fears, yet she did everything in a kind and caring manner. Crystal was a difficult character for me to embrace, however, I ended up really enjoying her journey and the life lessons she learned.

I found that even though the sisters, Crystal and Megan, were the main characters, I actually really liked the men in this book! Brian and Caleb were truly stand up guys.

The traveling and sightseeing was so nicely done in this story, I felt like I was experiencing things right along with Megan. I found myself yearning to visit some of the places myself.

(4 stars)

Although I received a complimentary copy of this book in print form, I also purchased the audio copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

HeartBetweenUs2Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time.

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Rachel Dylan’s Lone Witness Release Party & Giveaways!

Lone Witness Release Party

Rachel Dylan is hosting a Lone Witness release party on May 1st, 8-10 pm Eastern time to celebrate the upcoming release of her latest novel in the Atlanta Justice series.

Stop by the party to learn about Lone Witness and the Atlanta Justice series, as well as enter to win fun prizes!

Click HERE to RSVP for the party!

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Dawn Crandall’s Timeless Love Giveaway!

Timeless Love Giveaway

Author Dawn Crandall is hosting a giveaway over on her blog with some fabulous prizes!

Enter for a chance to win a prize pack inspired by Dawn’s short novel, Enchanting Nicholette, in the Timeless Love Collection!

The winner will receive:

~ an autographed copy of The Hesitant Heiress (#1 of The Everstone Chronicles)
~ an autographed copy of The Bound Heart (#2 of The Everstone Chronicles)
~ a cute mug perfect for sipping tea
~ a 6 pack of (very yummy!) “Republic of Tea” Ginger Peach Tea
~ a Bible verse coloring book

~ a set of color pencils
~ a Pride & Prejudice notebook from Out of Print
~ a Pride & Prejudice fabric pencil bag from Out of Print

Click HERE to be taken to Dawn Crandall’s website to learn more about the giveaway, the Timeless Love collection, and her short novel, Enchanting Nicholette. You can enter the giveaway from Dawn’s blog post.

Or,  you can click HERE to be taken to the Rafflecopter entry page for the giveaway.

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Book Winners!!!

The Amish Teacher's Gift

Congratulations to

Paula McDade Jeffers

and

Wendy Newcomb

You each won a copy of

The Amish Teacher’s Gift by Rachel J. Good!

Thanks to all who entered! Happy Reading!!

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Review: The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

The Weaver's DaughterI have read every book that this author has written. They are always enjoyable novels that have fully immersed me in the time period. But I can say, without a doubt, that The Weaver’s Daughter is definitely my favorite book by Sarah E. Ladd that I have read so far.

These characters! Oh My! I just loved them, especially Henry Stockton. My heart hurt for him so much for many reasons as I read through the book. He suffered a lot during the war and was plagued with guilt and trauma from that experience. His noble character was evident in the way he treated his sister, as well as his care and growing feelings toward Kate. Henry was a special man indeed.

This novel had great romantic chemistry between Henry and Kate, wonderful historical detail, and a thread of danger that kept me thoroughly engrossed in the story to the very last page.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Weaver's DaughterKate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder –including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls – even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever.

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Denise Hunter – Facebook Chat Party for Honeysuckle Dreams (Giveaways!)

Denise Hunter Chat Party

Mark your calendars!

Denise Hunter will be chatting live about her new release, writing, and answering all your questions.

Plus she’ll be giving away a trio of her books and a $25 Amazon card to one lucky winner!

Register for her party here: https://www.facebook.com/events/828444104024039/

This is a book you don’t want to miss! Check out my review here.

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