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His Encouragement: Love

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless.

I’ve long heard “You will know them by their fruits.” But have you thought about what fruits you display to others? Are we loving and kind to others? Are we sharing Jesus with each other daily? Let’s strive today, and every day to be more like Jesus and spread love everywhere we go!

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie @ Leslie McKee
Claudia @ Claudia Moser
Keneesha @ Women Loving God’s Way

The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano

About the book:

Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the summer of 1859 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor.

Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings–mostly negative ones–about the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa’s search becomes even more complicated when she misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message in its words. 

Laced with mysteries large and small, this romantic Victorian-era tale of love lost, love deferred, and love found is sure to delight.

My Thoughts:

I was pulled into this story right from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it down. With many unexpected twists, I was kept guessing and turning pages to find out what would happen next and how it would all turn out in the end. Joanna Davidson Politano has written a delightfully captivating story, but beyond that this gem points the reader over and over again to God and his unfailing love for us, and reminds us that true love is sacrificial.

With dynamic characters and an exciting plot this story is one that you are sure to be talking about with all your friends!

(I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

  Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her.

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The Red Canary by Rachel Scott McDaniel

About the Book:

In 1928, soot from the local mills and music from speakeasies linger in the Pittsburgh air. When the manager of The Kelly Club is found dead, nightclub singer Vera Pembroke is thrust into peril. As the only witness to the crime, she’s sentenced to hide away in the Allegheny Forest with a stuffy police sergeant as her guardian.

Sergeant Mick Dinelo harbors a burning hatred for Pittsburgh’s underworld after the devastation it left on his life—and heart. He should be out exposing the culpable gangsters rather than tending to the impetuous woman who defies his every effort to keep her safe.

Mick and Vera must set aside their differences to solve the murder that someone wants to keep buried beneath the soot of Steel City.

My Thoughts:

This is such an exciting, page-turning story! Plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. I enjoyed the sweet slow romance and the fun banter between these delightfully dynamic characters. This story is one for the keeper shelf for sure!

From first glance, Vera seems to be a bold, independent women. She carries herself with confidence. She is direct and knows what she wants and goes after it. Yet on the inside she is jittery and anxious. Especially after an attack she narrowly escaped, and now a series of mysterious threatening notes keep showing up, even with the bodyguard her employer employed to keep an eye on her doesn’t sooth the anxious feeling that someone is lurking in the shadows. She begins to wonder who she can really trust, when everyone around her seems to have their own personal agenda.

Sergent Mick Dinelo quickly sized up the beautiful singer in the local speakeasy and placed her in the same category as other untrustworthy, independent women. However, when events unfold that place them together will he discover the true beauty that resides beneath the facade she wears? And will he let down his own walls that he’s built up around his heart and learn to trust again?

Will these two wary individuals learn to trust each other in time to unravel the truth about the murder?

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

RachelScottMcDaniel  Rachel McDaniel is an award-winning Christian romance writer. She hopes to inspire the mind and refresh the soul with words infused with faith and heart. Because she could never resist a good mystery, suspense and intrigue routinely sneak into her stories. Her work is represented by Julie Gwinn from the Seymour Agency. She is currently enjoying life with her husband and two children. You can connect with Rachel McDaniel at any of these following locations.

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Jocelyn (Sewing in SoCal, #2) by Sarah Monzon

About this Book:

WWSOD—What would Scarlett O’Hara do?
Anything to survive, that’s what. But instead of a man-eating Southern belle in hoop skirts and big hats, my version of existence looks an awful lot like a financial conglomerate employee staring blankly at budget analysis spreadsheets. Either way, the motto has served me well most my life. Until now, that is. The corporate retreat location has just been announced, and this city girl is headed to a dude ranch in the country. How will Scarlett help me survive that? No, this time I’ll turn to the sage advice of preteen YouTubers and their ponies to keep me from making a fool of myself.
But who’s going to help me navigate the kind yet reticent cowboy in the black Stetson—the cattle ranch owner who’s slowly claiming corners of my heart?

My Thoughts:

I loved this sweet romance. The characters are a dynamic blend of sass and sweet. I laughed out loud and sighed in contentment. The sparks between these characters was absolutely delightful! I loved the witty banter. The hesitant shy moments, and even the awkward miscommunication endeared these characters to my heart in unexpected ways. I loved my time with the sewing girls of SoCal and especially time spend on the Double D Ranch. I eagerly look forward to more wonderful stories in this collection!

There were light-hearted moments as well as the deeper moments. Moments where we are reminded that words have the power to hurt, even when we don’t mean them to. The well blended lightheartedness, and depth of feelings really makes for a most poignant story. I will carry these characters with me for a long, long time!

(I received an audio book copy of this book in a giveaway. I am not required to write a review.)

About the Author:

Sarah

  Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book,Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.

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His to Keep by Sherrinda Ketchersid

About the Book:

He’s fighting for his inheritance—she’s marrying her sworn enemy.

When Ian McGowan attempts to claim Whitfield Castle as his rightful inheritance, he finds himself barred by a tempestuous lass who is entailed to be the bride of the castle’s new owner.

Claire Beaumont, the orphaned ward of Whitfield, has good reason to hate Scots, and she is not about to let a Scot enter her beloved home. But when the handsome knight steals into the castle and proves his claim on the land, she must face her ultimate nightmare—marriage to her sworn enemy—in order to save those she cares about most.

Restoring the failing Whitfield Castle while wooing his defiant intended proves more challenging than Ian anticipated. His struggles reach a crisis when his nemesis arrives at the castle, and he must overcome his past demons to prove his worth. He must fight for what is his to keep—and it could well cost him his heart.

My Thoughts:

Fans of Medieval Romance will want to be sure to add this book to their to-be-read list. Dynamic characters, witty dialogue and a tender slow romance, this story is sure to tic all the boxes! The emotional journey that these characters take is sure to sweep you off your feet and right into the heart of the story. There were moments of laugh-out-loud enjoyments and sigh worthy sweetness. Moments where I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next.

I eagerly look forward to reading more from this author in the future and highly recommend this delightful story to anyone who enjoys clean, sweet Medieval Romance.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

SherrindaKetchersid

 From an early age, books have been a part of my life. Trips to the library were a grand adventure where new worlds opened and new journeys began. My dream has been to weave stories that will bring as much joy to my readers as books have brought to me.

The road to publication is a wild ride and I’m relishing every step. Writing historical romance is what I love to do, with medieval being my era of focus. There’s nothing I like better than a warrior hero who is made weak in the knees by a feisty heroine who has the strength to stand on her own. (sigh) My first book will be published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in May 2019.

I’m the wife of a minister and mother of three sons and one daughter. When I’m not writing or dreaming of knights and their ladies, I can be found painting in my Bible, reading a variety of romances, and binging on Netflix.Thanks for stopping by!

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Depending on You (Frontier Vows #3) by Melissa Jagears

About the Book:

Can the joy and hope of Christmas restore their love before it’s too late?

Leah Whitsett’s life was ideal until the disastrous day she nearly died because of her husband’s deceit. When he returns home weeks before Christmas, she knows the best gift she can give him is forgiveness, but how can she relinquish her hard-won independence knowing he plans to turn their family’s life upside down again?

Bryant has always known his wife was a gift he’d never deserved, but how can he provide for her in a town that no longer wants anything to do with him? He longs to atone for the misery he’s put his loved ones through, but when he brings a family member home for the holidays, he and Leah may end up even further apart.

With emotions high and their marriage at stake, will the season bring the hope they need…or are their rifts too large to mend?

My Thoughts:

Christmas is getting closer and the past months have been a struggle for Leah Whitsett. She has has to recover from a near-death trauma, find a way to pay the bills, keep a roof over her head and food on the table alone, without her husband. Now just weeks before Christmas her husband returns and turns her life upside down. Can two hearts once knit closely in love find forgiveness and a way to love again?

It’s not often that you find a story about a married couple who are going through a valley and struggling to find forgiveness and love. When the one person you trust the most has failed you and let you down. I enjoyed my time with Leah and Bryant! It was refreshing to read a story beyond the “Happily Ever After”, and into the “real” of life.

With realistic characters and heartwarming plot this Christmas novella is one you won’t want to miss out on!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

About the Author:

jagearsheadshotcompressed  Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

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The Hope of Christmas Past by Stephenia H. McGee

About this book:

When a mysterious painting offers her a trip to the past,
will Isla find new hope for her future?

On the brink of aging out the foster system, the last thing Isla Laird wants is to spend Christmas in an old-fashioned plantation. What’s the point of bonding with her foster mom when it’s too late to ever be adopted? But when a mysterious painting suddenly thrusts her into the nineteenth century, Isla is forced to face hurts and memories she’s long tried to bury. With time running out and her heart in tatters, can God use an impossible miracle to bring Isla hope for a new future?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed listening to this audio-book! Books don’t often make me cry, but something about listening to this story unfold, the intensity of emotion hit me and I teared up. This novella packs quite an emotional punch and I loved it!

I enjoyed getting to visit Belmont again and the chance to catch up with much loved characters. So find a cozy spot to snuggle in and enjoy this delightfully original Christmas story that is sure to warm your heart.

(I received a complimentary gift in a giveaway from the author. I am not required to write a review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

Steph

 Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in the South

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Don’t miss these other titles from Bestselling Christian Historical author Stephenia H. McGeeIronwood Plantation Family Saga 
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Heir of Hope

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Labeling Lincoln

Stand Alone Titles 
In His Eyes
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Time Travel 
Her Place in Time

Novellas 
The Heart of Home
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His Encouragement: Peace

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

One way we can pursue peace is to enjoy the moment. Discover something special each day, and take time to enjoy every moment this Christmas.

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie @ Leslie McKee
Claudia @ Claudia Moser
Keneesha @ Women Loving God’s Way

His Encouragement: Never Alone

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isaiah 43:2

I hope this verse brings you comfort today and a reminder that God is always with us, even when things seem at their darkest.

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie @ Leslie McKee
Claudia @ Claudia Moser
Keneesha @ Women Loving God’s Way

Besotted (The Fairest Maidens #3) by Jody Hedlund

About the Book:

In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A young queen trying to stay alive until she comes of age to rule, and a prince turned into a pauper.


Queen Aurora of Mercia has spent her entire life deep in Inglewood Forest, hiding from Warwick’s Queen Margery, who seeks her demise. As the time draws near for Aurora to take the throne, she happens upon a handsome woodcutter. Although friendship with outsiders is forbidden and dangerous, she cannot stay away from the charming stranger.

Only two months away from completing his royal testing, Prince Kresten of Scania is ready to be finished with the poverty and hardships of being a woodcutter. When he meets a beautiful peasant woman, he doesn’t plan to fall in love, especially when he must soon leave and return to his homeland.

As Queen Margery’s forces close in, Aurora finds herself in mortal danger. Kresten knows a future with Aurora is impossible, but he is desperate to save her and bring an end to the queen’s threat. To do so, he joins the ultimate battle against the evil queen, risking everything, including his chance at true love.

The real Sleeping Beauty story.

My Thoughts:

A most satisfying conclusion to The Fairest Maidens collection. A page-turning adventure awaits within the pages of this delightful twist on the old classic of Sleeping Beauty. Unexpected and exciting. While this collection is listed as Young Adult, readers of all ages will be blissfully enchanted by this wonderful collection.

I always enjoy escaping into Jody Hedlund’s stories, and this latest story was the perfect escape! The plot is exciting and the characters are dynamic and show growth throughout the story. Even though I didn’t want the story to come to an end, everything was resolved, and I felt quite satisfied with the conclusion.

I enjoyed the banter between the characters and watching their relationship grow and mature, both with each other and with other characters as well. As always, a Hedlund story is not to be missed. I highly recommend this book and the entire collection to anyone who is looking for a book to lose themselves in.

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

JodyHedlund

 Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.  You can find Jody at the following locations:

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