In His Eyes

“Mississippi, 1865. A time when war has stolen men’s souls and left their women and children aching for sanctuary.”

Synopsis:

Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer’s widow in order to have a roof over her head and a home for the child.

Major Westley Remington has dedicated his life to serving his country. The Civil War has divided his family, torn his thoughts of glory, and left him with a wound that may never heal. Westley returns home on medical furlough to settle his father’s estate at Belmont Plantation, only to find his home is being run by a fiery and independent woman—one many believe to be his wife. Now he is faced with a conflict he’s never been trained to fight, and one she has yet to conquer.

Bonus Feature:  CLICK HERE to visit Stephenia’s web page and see a video of Belmont Plantation, or click on BELMONT PLANTATION to visit their web page.

My Review:

I was drawn into Ella & Westley’s story from the very first chapter.  From the very beginning to the very last page, the story never lost momentum. With dynamic, realistic characters and colorful descriptions, I was more than just reading a story on a page, I felt like I was participating in the story. I laughed, I cried, and loved every moment. I hated to see it come to an end.

Ella had a difficult, painful past and she struggled with feelings of inadequacy.  She had to learn how God see’s her, before she can learn to trust others. I think this is true for all of us. It is all to easy to let self-doubt cloud our vision and to forget who we are. We are His and we are loved.

Westley grew-up with loving, accepting parents. He enjoyed an idyllic childhood. He had always been the strong, independent type. The injury to his leg quickly reminds him that he’s not quite as invincible as he thought. He must first learn to accept that he needs help, not just from his fellow-man but also from God.

I loved how this story seamlessly included the gentle reminders of God’s love for us and the importance of our reliance upon Him, without coming across pushy or like you are reading a sermon.  It’s was ever so soft, just like a whisper.

In His Eyes – 5 stars!

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

About the Author:

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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

You can connect with Stephenia at:

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Goodreads // Pinterest

 

 In His Eyes  available to pre-order (coming in May 2017).

Other books by Stephenia H. McGee:

Leveraging Lincoln (The Liberator Series #1)

 Losing Lincoln (The Liberator Series #2)

  Labeling Lincoln (The Liberator Series #3)

The Whistle Walk (Ironwood Plantation Family #1)

  Heir of Hope (Ironwood Plantation Family #2)

Then Came You (Bradford Sisters #0.5)

A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom.

Synopsis:

Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn’t know much about babies. But he’s going to have to learn fast because he’s just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he’s not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he’ll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.

Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can’t seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There’s something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes. . . .

Told through journal entries, phone conversations, and letters, Then Came You is a unique, heart-stirring romance novella by acclaimed author Becky Wade.

My Review:

I thought that I take a quick peek, read the first chapter and then… well I read the entire book! I enjoyed the unique style of this novella. Reading the letters, phone conversations, and messages really gives the reader a unique insight to the characters and a direct line to their inner-most thoughts. I’m looking forward to reading the future books about the Bradford Sisters.

I give “Then Came You” 5 Stars

(I downloaded the digital copy of this book from amazon.)

Favorite Quote:

“God’s grace is like a rushing river. It’s far more powerful than I am. My sins don’t stand a chance against it.”

About the Author:

BeckyWadeDuring her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn’t be more thrilled with it.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

You can connect with Becky Wade at:
Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

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You can purchase Then Came You from Amazon or where books are sold.

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You can pre-order True to You from Amazon or where books are sold.

Mark your calendars to join Becky Wade for a fun Author chat on Facebook
Thur. May 4, 2017 at 7 pm. CDT

With No Reservations

“With No Reservations”  by: Laurie Tomlinson

There can be more than comfort in food…

What could well-known and wealthy Graham Cooper Jr. have in common with a blogger like Sloane Bradley, a woman with secrets she’s kept firmly out of the public eye? That is, besides a love of food. Sloane still can’t believe Cooper’s the chef at the restaurant she’s been assigned to promote. But she’s boiling to prove to him that her “little blog” can put his place on the map. She can also fall head over heels for the guy, who has secrets of his own, it turns out…except for one thing. She can’t get past the post-traumatic stress disorder that keeps her walled up in her home studio.

Bonus Feature:  Click Here for an inside scoop on the character inspiration, music playlist and a behind the story video from Laurie.

My Review:

With yummy food, and kitchen delights this book will encourage even the most reluctant foodie to dust off the old recipe book and try something new to excite the taste buds. But behind the kitchen are real people, with real problems.  Can their love of food bridge a gap and draw them closer together?

Sloane hides a world of hurt and regret behind her blog. A “safe” place she has constructed to keep out the world. Until the fame of her blog, forces her out and into the spotlight.

Graham Cooper Jr. carries a past that he’s not proud of and one he’s desperately trying to rewrite and cover-up with a new independent restaurant project that he hopes will regain his parent’s respect and love.

This is a clean contemporary book, with characters that are well-developed, realistic and multifaceted; dealing with real-life struggles and hardships.

I give “With No Reservations” 4 stars

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

Favorite Quote:

“Just like the pain you have lived, the imperfections make something new, something beautiful”

About the Author:

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Laurie Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her stories are fueled by faith, steaming mugs of tea, and her belief that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. When she’s not writing, she enjoys baking with her two little sous chefs and testing new recipes on her husband—especially if she doesn’t have to do the dishes.

Find Laurie at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Amazon

With No Reservations can be purchased at Amazon or your favorite book store.

You can also find Laurie’s novella “That’s When I Knew” in the compilation Love at First Laugh (my review)

Love At First Laugh can be purchased at Amazon or your favorite book store.

Have you, or someone you know ever dealt with crippling loss and grief similar to the characters in this book?  If so, please let me know if I can pray for you (or your friend); you are not alone.

Then Sings My Soul

Then Sings My Soul
150 of the World’s Greatest Hymns Stories  by: Robert J. Morgan

Synopsis:

Rob Morgan’s inimitable style will help people reacquaint themselves with the hymns of the faithful. His goal is to keep these traditional hymns vital and meaningful to all generations.

Don’t look for a dry recounting of boring stories. These devotional-style stories show the emotion and drama behind the hymns of faith that have changed many lives throughout history — the people whose faith led them to write these wonderful hymns and the people whose faith was affected by reading, hearing, and singing the songs. Designed to be personally reflective, these stories speak to your soul and add depth and meaning as you worship God through song.

FEATURES:

Includes words and music to each hymn
Special softcover, french flap cover design
Ivory paper with brown ink
Jagged-edge paper, giving it a classic feel
Complete with hymn index
Use for devotionals, teaching illustrations, introductory remarks for song leaders and music ministers

My Review:

This wonderful devotional is perfect for anyone who loves Hymns and wishes to know more about the stories behind the songs. This is not just another dry musical history lesson. The stories within are rich in warmth and detail, joining with deeper thought and emotion behind the hymns.

I have many happy memories of singing the hymns. When I was younger the extended family would gather around the piano at my grandparent’s home. Grandma would play and sing as would we all. We each had our favorites, and we would sing for what seemed like hours.

This past fall my husband, son and I happened upon the church where The Old Rugged Cross was first sung in its entirety for the first time in 1840, Pokagon Township, Michigan.

I enjoyed learning more about these wonderful songs that bring such happy memories.
I purchased this book from a local book store.

I give this book 5 stars

About the Author:

SingsMySoulAuthorRobert J. Morgan is the teaching pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for 35 years. He is a best-selling and Gold-Medallion winning writer with more than 35 books in print and more than 4 million copies in circulation in multiple languages. He is a writer for Dr. David Jeremiah and Turning Points Magazine, and has many articles published in other leading Christian periodicals. He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Rob has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows.

He and his wife Katrina have three daughters and fourteen grandchildren. He is also co-owner of Roan Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Roan Mountain, Tennessee (roanmountainbedandbreakfast.com). In 2014, Rob was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from his alma mater, Columbia International University.

You can find Robert J. Morgan on-line at:
Web Page // Goodreads //

ThenSingsMySoul

You can purchase this book on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

A Stranger at Fellsworth (Book #3 in the Treasures of Surrey series)

by: Sarah E. Ladd

Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.

Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.

As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

My Review:

Come be whisked away to England.  Our journey begins in London, the year is 1819. From the hustle and bustle of London to the peaceful countryside. With vivid imagery and dynamic characters, this book is sure to find its way into your heart.

Annabelle Thorley has lost everything important to her, and in the face of a future that she doesn’t want, she escapes to the quiet village of Fellsworth, to an uncle she hasn’t seen since she was a small girl.

Owen Locke is a widower and focused on making a better life for his daughter by working hard and earning enough to purchase land that will not only help to secure his future but restore what was lost.

I appreciated the vivid word imagery and felt like I could hear the birds singing, and the leaves rustling in the emerald dappled breezes. The characters were well written and realistic.  I enjoyed the thread of mystery woven into the story and enjoyed the storyline. While God was mentioned in the story, I didn’t feel like he was a deep part of the lives of the characters, only more of an afterthought.

I give this book 4 stars

[I received a digital copy of this book from Netgally in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to leave a positive review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.]

Favorite Quote:

“Some us will learn and grow, and some will struggle and fail. I know I certainly could not judge another. All we can do is be there for the ones who have been put onto our lives.”

About the Author:

S.LaddSarah 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. You can connect with Sarah E. Ladd at the following locations.

Webpage // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads

You can purchase this book at amazon or at your favorite book seller.

Other books in Treasures of Surrey series:

Curiosity Keeper

Dawn at Emberwilde

The Noble Servant

by: Melanie Dickerson

She lost everything to an evil conspiracy . . . but that loss may just give her all she ever wanted.

My Review:

In true Melanie fashion this latest story “A Noble Servant” is a delightful fairy-tale woven with Christian values and a reminder that through every hardship God is with us, guiding our steps.

Lady Magdalen has thought often of the handsome Duke of Wolfberg since meeting him two years ago at Thornbeck Castle.  She is surprised to receive a letter from him asking her to be his wife and to travel to Wolfberg castle.  Along the journey there she is forced to trade places with her trusted maidservant and assigned to tend the geese and watch from the fringes as her maidservant marries the Duke.

Steffan, Duke of Wolfberg has been away at university and during his absence, he has been ousted by his scheming uncle and cousin. Steffan is able to escape from the mercenaries that set upon him and disguises himself as a shepherd to gain access to Wolfberg and discover what is going on.

Magdalen & Steffan are reunited while tending the animals and begin to devise a plan to get back their stolen identities.

Will our hero and heroine get caught sneaking thru the castle to uncover the proof they need?   Will they be able to get help from their friends at Thornbeck or from Magdalen’s family?  How are their secrets getting discovered?

With believable characters and a story line that will draw you in and keep the pages turning, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian fiction. This is a delightful spin on the German fairy-tale of the Goose Girl and one you will not want to miss!

I give this book 5 stars

[I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from netgalley. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.]

A Favorite Quote:

“Through every hardship, she could be still and know the One who was guiding her way.”

 

You can find A Noble Servant for purchase at Amazon or your favorite book seller.

 

About the Author:

MelanieDickersonMelanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist, a 2-time Maggie Award winner, winner of The National Reader’s Choice Award for 2010’s Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com.

Write Me Home (Home In You #1)

By: Crystal Walton

He lives by his heart. She lives by her plans. Until they lose control of both.

Synopsis:

Returning to his hometown in the Catskills is the last thing firefighter Ethan DeLuca’s ready for. He’d rather leave memories where they belong—buried under ashes. But if he doesn’t step up to take care of Nonna, who will? Working at the camp down the road seems like the perfect solution. Until his feisty redheaded boss ends up being one fire he has no idea how to put out.

Cassidy McAdams is on a mission. Get the camp Grandpa left her ready to sell, turn enough profit to bail Mom’s business out of foreclosure, and hightail it back to her life in New York City. With unexpected complications mounting, she can’t afford any distractions. Especially a ridiculously charming one who’s eager to rescue her at every turn.

It’d be easier on them both to hide behind professional boundaries. But when unexplained attacks on the camp ignite a connection between them they can’t ignore, running away is no longer an option.

My Review:

Come along for mystery and fun adventure with Crystal Walton in this fast-paced book and rediscover the memories of deep lasting friendships that stand the test of both time and tragedy. Discover new friends along the way and enjoy the tender budding love story of Ethan & Cassidy.

Write Me Home is written as a clean contemporary fiction.  The characters are well written and dynamic.  The deep friendships between Cassidy and Ti will warm your heart and make you want to hug your best friend.  Ethan’s grandmother will bring a smile to your face with her sharp wit and spot-on one-liners.

The characters deal with some fairly heavy topics in this story, thus I would not recommend this book for a younger reader.

(I purchased my copy of this book from amazon. I was not required to write a review. The thoughts and options are my own.)

I give Write Me Home 4 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“You can travel the world, chasing after something that’s missing. But sometimes it takes coming home to remember who you are.”

About the Author:

profile-pic-backmatter-minCrystal Walton received her bachelor of arts from Messiah College in PA, married her exact opposite in upstate NY, and earned her master of arts from Regent University in VA, where she currently resides with her husband, David.

Crystal writes relevant, inspirational romances with humor, broken characters, and emotional plots full of grace and hope. When not working her accounting day job, she’s delving into the wonder of words, supporting her Starbucks habit, or laughing over movie quotes & singing eighties songs with her husband.

Crystal would love to connect with you at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter

Write me Home (Home In You #1)  is available at amazon or wherever books are sold.

Begin Again (Home In You #2)  is available at amazon or wherever books are sold.

Forest Child

By: Heather Day Gilbert

Viking warrior. Dauntless leader. Protective mother.

Determined to rise above her rank as the illegitimate “forest child” of Eirik the Red, Freydis launches a second voyage to Vinland to solidify her power and to demand the respect she deserves. She will return home with enough plunder to force her brother, Leif, to sell her the family farm in Greenland.

Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. This immersive tale is Book Two in the bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.

My Review:

Forest Child is more than just the story of Freydis Eiriksdaughter. Heather Gilbert expertly takes the reader back in time to walk in the shoes of Freydis and see history come to life thru her eyes.

Freydis had a difficult childhood, growing up on the fringes of her family and society. She felt like she had to prove herself daily for acceptance and often times the choices she makes are not always the best. She struggles to accept the love freely given to her and pushes away those that care the most. Through her struggle she comes to understand the all-encompassing love of our Heavenly Father and accepts His forgiveness of her bad choices.

I have read several books written by various authors about Vikings, but never so rich and detailed a story as Heather Gilbert writes. I enjoyed the historical details, as well as the well-rounded, dynamic characters that drew me into the story.

I give this fantastic Story, The Forest Child 5 Stars

[I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from the author. I am not required to write positive reviews. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.]

About the Author:

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HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather writes Viking historicals and Appalachian mystery/suspense. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.” You can find Heather’s Viking historicals and West Virginia mystery/suspense novels here.

 

You can connect with Heather online

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You can purchase Forest Child from amazon or your favorite book seller.

 

 Don’t miss the first book in the Vikings of the New World Saga: God’s Daughter

When God Made You – Book Review & Giveaway

By: Matthew Paul Turner  illustrated by David Catrow

“YOU, you…God thinks about you. God was thinking about you long before your debut.”

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits and talents fit in.

My Review:

Both my son and I enjoyed reading this delightful book together.  The vivid illustrations and the charming lyrical rhyming  phrases makes this book one that you will want on your book shelf to pull out again and again to read with your child.

Every child needs to know they are special, and loved.  This sweet book helps children see how they are not only God’s masterpiece, but designed with great care, and thought about long before their debut.

This book is ideal for pre-school age children. However, even young elementary age children will delight in the story and the beautiful illustrations.

I give this book 5 stars

[I received a complimentary copy of this book from blogging for books to review. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own]

Favorite Quote:

“An exclusive design, one God refined, you’re a perfectly crafted one of a kind.”

WGMYYou can purchase When God Made You on Amazon or anywhere books are sold.

About the Author:

Matthew Paul Turner is the author of sixteen books. He lives with his wife, Jessica, (TheMomCreative.com, author of The Fringe Hours) and their three children in Nashville, Tennessee.

David Catrow is an editorial cartoonists whose vibrant illustrations have appeared in more than seventy children’s books, including several New York Times bestsellers, such as I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More and I Like Myself. David lives in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.

Giveaway

I am giving away a hard copy of this book to one lucky winner.  To be eligible you must be a resident of the Continental United States (see Disclosure & Policies page for other rules). This giveaway will run for one week.

To Enter click here for the Raffelcopter entry & comment on this blog post answering the following question: What is your favorite Childhood book?

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Winner of the Hard copy of “When God Made You” is:

Russell W.

Thank you to all who entered this giveaway.  Please stop by again in the future for book reviews and giveaways.

 

A Secret Courage

By: Tricia Goyer

A Mystery Brought Them Together.
Will Secrets Destroy Their Love?

Dive into WWII history in this well-researched story of international intrigue, heartwarming romance, and profound courage.

My Review:

This Book… WOW!   The intrigue and drama; can I just say that once this story starts you better hold on because it moves.  This is a book where you will want minimal distractions, because you won’t be able to focus well on other tasks.  You may even start looking at your co-workers wondering “hmmm… that behavior is odd, they may be a spy”.  (hahaha)   In all seriousness, this really is a great story, with lots of detail and fantastic characters.

I have to admit, I am not a fan of the cliff hanger at the end of this book. Only because, I need to have the next edition in my hands, right now!

If you enjoy stories set in the WWII time period, this is a can’t miss story!

[I received this complimentary book for review from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.]

A Favorite Quote:

“One’s true character shines brightest in the midst of the storm”

About the Author:

TriciaGoyerTricia Goyer is a driven, passionate and charismatic author with a detail-focused approach to her unique blend of storytelling. A prolific writer, she’s published well over 55 books, including her debut novel, From Dust and Ashes, which was about the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration camp in Austria at the end of World War II. Tricia traveled to the actual location and interviewed over 100 veterans to collect their remarkable experiences…passing them on to a new generation of readers. Tricia puts the same dedication and detail into every book she writes.Tricia’s writing style is vivid and heartwarming, allowing readers to take home more than engaging stories, but also incredibly inspiring messages of faith and hope. Her goal is to write stories that matter. Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. With a busy life she understand the importance of making every word count.

To find out more about Tricia go to:
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You may purchase A Secret Courage where ever books are sold.