First Line Fridays: The Mayflower Bride

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1) by Kimberley Woodhouse. Be sure to read my review (click here)!

 

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Monday, 12 June 1620
Leyden, Holland
          A splinter of wood pierced Mary Elizabeth Chapman’s thumb as she crept behind her lifelong friend Dorothy Raynsford. 

 

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Synopsis:

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

My Thoughts:

From the very first chapter, I felt transported back in time. I enjoyed a fancy ball in colonial America with a handsome gentleman who spun me around the dance floor in a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors. I rubbed shoulders with those who were on a first name basis with George Washington, Patrick Henry, and other patriots. I felt like I had an intimate, behind the scenes look at what the history books only hint at.

I loved every moment of this book, and I really didn’t want it to end. I felt the emotional turmoil with Elizabeth, as her family fell apart. My heart ached as she lost the only life she knew. I cheered for her as she learned to stand on her own two feet and make a new life for herself out of the ashes that remained.

I felt so many feelings and emotions; even two days after having finished reading the story. The euphoria of words leaves me speechless. This story is simply stunning and one that you will want to own for your collection!

If you enjoy historical fiction, then do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy of this book! I give The Lacemaker 5 stars and I eagerly look forward to reading more from Laura in the future.

(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.)

Bonus:

Click here to learn more about the dress featured on the cover

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

laura-frantz-2016I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.

I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.

It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

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 The Lacemaker

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Trisha’s Year in Books 2017

The reading goal I set for myself back in January 2017 was 80 books. I surpassed that goal and ended up reading 100 books! Clicking on the links below will take you to my review.

I’ve read 28,201 pages across 100 books!

Of those 100 books – 49 of the books were from new-to-me Authors (not counting the compilation books, as there were a few new ones there also).

51mpknffjsl-_ac_ac_sr9895_ The Longest book read “Love at First Laugh” is actually a 8 novella compilation at 849 pages.

Love's Beginning by Naomi Rawlings  The Shortest book read “Love’s Beginning” by Naomi Rawlings – 21 pages

TBATV Most Popular book “The Butterfly & The Violin” by Kristy Cambron

moonbow The first book I read this year was “A Moonbow Night” by Laura Frantz

ALawmanForChristmas The last book I read this year was “A Lawman for Christmas” by Karen Kirst

 

Click Here – To be directed to Goodreads for my full list of books read & reviewed in 2017.

Make sure to visit Joy Of Reading on January 1st. As I will be unveiling a new logo and offering a giveaway. Be sure to follow my blog so you don’t miss out!

 

 

 

 

Wrapped In Red (A Three Rivers Romance Novella) by Meghan M. Gorecki

A Steel City holiday romance sure to melt your heart.

Synopsis:

The holidays haven’t been the easiest for Merry Grainger. Five years ago, she lost her grandfather and got dumped by her boyfriend right before Christmas. Each season since sees her determined to avoid getting hurt again, and so she keeps a steel-like grip on her hopeless romantic heart.

Music used to soothe Sam Shepard’s soul until the death of his biggest cheerleader broke his heart, family, and dreams into pieces. Now he’s focused on thriving in the city, and with the people, he’s grown to love—all to keep the hole in his heart from opening anew with every passing holiday season.

Thrown together by a church play and meddlesome family armed with mistletoe, will Merry and Sam unwrap their guarded hearts to let in the true hope of Christmas—and each other?

My Thoughts:

Some Christmas stories are light and fluffy, some are deep, some mysterious. This one is fun, and engaging with elements that will make you pause and think. Just like real life, this isn’t a fluffy, sticky sweet, story. There are rocks in the road, or maybe I should say slide-offs (since its a winter story).

Will this swoon-worthy hero, Sam be able to gain the trust of the heroine, Merrry who has built up a wall around her heart? There are super fun moments in this story that will have you laughing, and there are tender moments that will have you sighing.

This story is so much more than just another sweet Christmas story. This is one of depth with a message that often we need to be reminded of. Because, let’s be real honest, we are all broken and lost and in need of a Savior. We may polish up well, and put on a good front, but deep down, we are all broken.

This is the first book I’ve read by Meghan M. Gorecki, and it won’t be the last! I look forward to reading many more stories from Meghan! I give this wonderful story 4.5 stars. I hope you each pick up a copy to enjoy!

(I purchased an ecopy of this book from Amazon. I am not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

“We’re fond of saying He came to seek and save the lost. But that doesn’t end when we accept Him into our hearts. He continually pursues us, His love is just that immense, and matchless.”

About the Author:

Meghan Gorecki Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Connect with her on social media and at her blog/website at: northernbellemeg.com
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Count Me In (An Emerald City Romance #1) by Mikal Dawn

Synopsis:

Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is bookended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym. Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop. She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she’s out of a job.

Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL tight end. He retired on a high note and now lives a second dream of owning his own business and leading others on extreme outdoor adventures. But he needs help with his books—and his heart. When Allegra takes the job, sparks fly.

It’s a case of safety zone versus danger zone, and in their minds, never the two shall meet.

My Thoughts:

This story surpassed my expectations! There are so many things to love about this book, that I find myself overwhelmed with where to even start! Delightful characters that are easy to love, a beautiful setting, fun pros, moments of laugh-out-loud enjoyment, this book has all that and more! I purchased my copy of this fabulous book a few months ago after hearing rave reviews, and I am so glad that I did!

I found myself identifying with Allegra on several levels. Her love of coffee and books are the standout obvious ones, her hesitancy to participate in thrill-seeking (dare I say death-defying) extreme adventures, and the fact that she isn’t a size 2 (no offense to those who are).

I laughed out loud and stayed up hours past my bedtime, reading “just one more chapter” and, let me just say… that being tired the next day was definitely worth it!! I couldn’t wait to finish work and return to Allegra & Tyler’s story!!

I enjoyed the hidden surprises in the story and I really liked how Mikal Dawn described the scenes, and how the characters were feeling. It was fresh and exciting and kept me glued to the pages. I especially enjoyed finding familiar names mentioned in the story (sorry, you’ll have to read the book to find out what names!), It brought a smile to my face every time they were mentioned!

I highly recommend this delightful 5-star book and I am eagerly anticipating reading more fun stories from Mikal in the near future! Run, don’t walk to purchase a copy of this book for yourself, and your friends too (don’t forget them)! You will thank me, I promise! ❤

(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.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

MikalDawn  Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast and proud military wife. By day she works for an international sports ministry, and by night she mutters to imaginary friends, performs sketchy Google searches, and procrastinates (like any good writer!). When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Born and raised just outside of Vancouver, Canada, Mikal has lived throughout the southern United States, currently residing in Nebraska (and loving it!) with her husband, three kids (two of whom she drives *everywhere* for ALL THE SPORTS), and one ferocious feline.

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  Count Me In (An Emerald City Romance #1)

 

 

 

Book Freebies & Discounts – Christmas Extravaganza

Hi Friends!

Some of my Author friends have gotten together to offer some great holiday reading at a great price. You will find some great Discounts & Freebies in this fun Christmas Extravaganza. If you are news letter subscribers to any of these authors, you may also receive an email from them in your inbox.

This is a wonderful opportunity to pick up a book from a new author and quite possibly discover a new favorite. Please note that prices are subject to change, you should always check the price before purchasing. Special thank you to Janet W. Ferguson for sharing her news letter with me early, making it possible for me to share with you!

 

SoRareAGift
So Rare a Gift by Amber Lynn Perry– Only $2.99!

 

Convenient Lies
Convenient Lies by Robin Patchen– Only $2.99!
Free if you join her mailing list https://dl.bookfunnel.com/8jxs90pzaj

 

ThenThereWasYou
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac– Only $1.99!

 

APonyExpressRomance
A Pony Express Romance by Misty Beller– Only .99 cents!

 

Finders Keepers
Finders Keepers by Sarah Monzon– Only .99 cents!

 

TheCarpendersDaughter
The Carpenter’s Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald– Only .99 cents!

 

HomeStands
Homestands by Sally Bradley – Only .99 cents!

 

CountMeIN
Count Me In by Mikal Dawn – Only .99 cents!

 

LeveragingLincoln
Leveraging Lincoln by Stephenia H. McGee – Only .99 cents!
Free if you sign up for Stephenia’s newsletter!

 

SeasonOfHope
Season of Hope by Alexa Verde – Only .99 cents!

 

MakingSpiritsBright
Making Spirits Bright by Toni Shiloh and other authors – Only .99 cents!

 

Calm&Bright
Calm & Bright by Autumn Macarthur – Free!

 

LeavingOxford
Leaving Oxford by Janet W. Ferguson – Free!

 

Unraveled
Unraveled by Heidi McCahan – Free!

 

Mail-Order
Mail-Order Revenge by Angela K. Couch – Free!

 

ChristmasReunion
Christmas Reunion by: Laura Scott – Free!

 

I’ve love to hear from you:

Are there any books deals on this list that you are planning to add to your collection?
Do you have any favorites that you’ve already read?

 

 

 

His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for your Thursday

Welcome to His Encouragement. Every Thursday, Nicole of Christian Fiction Girl and I will each bring you a new Bible verse and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

We 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!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

“I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Taste and see that the LORD is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuse in Him!”
Psalm 34:1,8

 

This Thanksgiving we have so many things to be Thankful for. I found this verse to be a reminder to keep his praise on my lips daily. Even when things may not be going right, it is important to always praise God.

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is getting you through your day today?

 

Be sure to also visit my fellow blogging friends:

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

If you would like to join us: please contact Trisha or Nicole

Out of the Ordinary (Apart from the Crowd #2) by Jen Turano – Celebrate Lit Tour & Giveaway

About the Book

OutoftheOrdinaryName of book: Out of the Ordinary

Author: Jen Turano

Genre: Christian historical

Release Date: November 7, 2017

“With all the charm of a Regency romance, the humor of a drawing room farce, and the swoonworthy delight of a fairy tale, Turano’s first Apart from the Crowd historical absolutely sparkles.”–Publishers Weekly on Behind the Scenes

Working as a paid companion may be quite commonplace, but Miss Gertrude Cadwalader’s eccentric employer makes her job unpredictable, to say the least. She finds herself carrying out an array of highly unusual tasks, including wearing peculiar outfits and returning items the woman pilfered. But when the wealthy Mrs. Sinclair catches Gertrude sneaking around the Sinclair yacht with some of the missing items in her possession, she immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion.

Shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair is caught in the middle of a misunderstanding between his mother and Gertrude, but he can’t help coming to his friend’s defense. Even as he hopes their friendship might become something more, Harrison is unprepared for the outlandish escapades that seem to follow the lovely, anything-but-ordinary Gertrude at every turn.

My Thoughts:

There is never a dull moment with a Jen Turano book! With lively characters full of charm and fun quirks, you are sure to make new friends and enjoy a few laughs along the way.  A delightful cast of endearing characters that will surely find their way into your heart. When I reached the end of the story, I wanted to flip back and start it all over again!

Gertrude is such an interesting character. She is a kind and generous young woman, who doesn’t seem to mind in the least the peculiar notions of her employer and companion. However, there is an unexpected history and depth to Gertrude that I didn’t expect, yet one I fully appreciated.

Harrison Sinclair is as down to earth as he is flamboyant. With 4 sisters he is confident that he has a fair understanding of women, however, Gertrude is a puzzle that he enjoys solving. He is such a lovable hero, one who looks out for the well-being of others and is kind and generous.

This is the perfect book to pick up when you are looking for a fun, enjoyable read, with just the right hint of suspense and action to keep you turning pages, and fascinating characters that will bring a smile to your face. I give this story 4.5 stars. I’m positive that you will enjoy reading it as much as I have.

(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.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

JenJen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado.

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  Out of the Ordinary (Apart from the Crowd #2)

Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd #1)

 At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd #0.5 Novella)

 

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The Power of Words, November 12

Smiling Book Reviews, November 13

Moments Dipped in Ink, November 13

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 14

Faithfully Bookish, November 14

Bigreadersite, November 14

Mommynificent, November 14

All 4 and About Books, November 14

Just the Write Escape, November 15

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Reflections From My Bookshelves, November 15

Pause for Tales, November 16

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 16

A Baker’s Perspective, November 16

To Everything A Season, November 16

Neverending Stories, November 17

Have A Wonderful Day, November 17

Christian Bookaholic, November 17

A Reader’s Brain, November 18

Karen Sue Hadley, November 18

The April Journal, November 18

Cafinated Reads, November 18

Bibliophile Reviews, November 19

Blogging With Carol, November 19

Mary Hake, November 19

Southern Gal Loves to Read, November 19

Baker Kella, November 20

Rachel’s Back Talk, November 20

Texas Book-aholic, November 20

Joy of Reading, November 21

Blossoms and Blessings, November 21

Remembrancy, November 21

The Fizzy Pop Collection, November 22

Splashes of Joy, November 22

The Important Things in Life: God, Books, & Chocolate, November 22

amandainpa, November 22

Inspiration Clothesline, November 23

Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, November 23

A Greater Yes, November 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 23

Radiant Light, November 24

Fiction, Faith, and Fun, November 24

Raining Butterfy Kisses, November 24

 

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the tour, Bethany House is giving away a grand prize of Two Jen Turano Novels and a $20 Starbucks Gift Card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4664b04914/

 

 

Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

What comes to mind when you think of your
favorite Thanksgiving Dessert?

Pumpkin Pie is generally a top pick with whip cream (don’t forget the topping)!

PieMaybe you think of Apple Pie or Pecan Pie?

And let’s not even get started on the topic of how to correctly pronounce Pecan, because we could be here a all day on that discussion!

My In-laws enjoy a “Razzle-berry pie”. A delicious pie with various berries. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and it’s oh, so good!

Something unique happens with my family in November. We have birthday’s, lots of birthdays! Three of the birthday’s are right near (or sometimes on) Thanksgiving day.

My Grandfather’s birthday is November 24th

My Father’s birthday is November 25th

My Son’s birthday is Nov. 21st

We have had a long standing tradition that the birthday boy/girl get’s to choose the dessert for their day. This means that when we come to Thanksgiving, we have LOTS of dessert options!

coca_cola_cake  My Father’s favorite dessert is Coca-Cola cake (yes, there is such a thing). Quite simply it is a chocolate cake with coca-cola in it and chocolate frosting. It’s a very moist cake and quite tasty!

coconut cakeMy Grandfather’s favorite is a Coconut Cake. Light white cake with coconut & almond extract, vanilla frosting with fresh coconut shavings.

If you were to join us for Thanksgiving dinner you would find a table full of delicious desserts to choose from!

I’d love to hear from you!

What do you have for dessert on your Thanksgiving table? Do you prefer the traditional desserts, or you do you branch out to the more unique?