A Perfect Weakness by Jennifer A. Davids

Synopsis:

The Civil War left its mark on Dr. John Turner. He turns his back on medicine and sees his unexpected inheritance in England as an opportunity to start over. But he never imagines how God intends to use his new role as lord of Ashford Hall or the beautiful woman he finds there to ease his troubled soul.

A tragic loss led Penelope Howard to bury her heart and dreams in her work for the Hall and the village of Woodley. But the arrival of the new heir stirs not only her discarded longings but her compassion as well. What burden does he carry that he can’t accept that grace covers the darkest of sins?

A deadly epidemic sweeps through Woodley revealing secrets which threaten everything. The doctor faces a choice: leave or dare to believe what the Lord whispers through the woman John has come to love.

No one is beyond redemption.

My Thoughts:

The first thing that captured my attention was the gorgeous cover!  The mysterious castle ruins in the background the beautiful dress with the waterfall lace cuffs. Then I read the back cover copy and I was hooked! I absolutely had to read about these characters.

I enjoyed the twists an turns, and the internal struggles. I struggled the first few chapters to connect with the characters and their story. Once I got a little further into the plot the characters took hold. The ending is strong, filled with emotion and left me with a smile on my face.

The heroine, Penelope Howard, is a strong female lead. She takes on a leadership roll in her community, even when some of the older ladies feel that she oversteps her bounds. The secret that Penelope carries has the power to potentially destroy her good standing, and while she recognizes that God has forgiven her for her past mistakes, she struggles to fully internalize and own that knowledge in her outward expression.

Dr. John Turner struggles with his past. The horrors he witness during the American Civil war, as well as the after effects. He feels that his sins are too big to ever be forgiven, and thus he has decided to give up his medical practice and keep people at arms length. Things don’t go exactly as John plans. John’s character growth was slow, but satisfying and by the end of the story he became my favorite character.

I really appreciated the strong core of faith throughout this story. The reminders of God’s forgiveness and His love for us right where we are. A beautiful picture of redemption.

This is an excellent debut for this author. The story is strong, with a great plot, dynamic, likable characters and an emotionally complex story. I give this 4-stars and I look forward to reading more from this author 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.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

JenniferA.Davids  Jennifer has been writing stories since she got an A++ on her ninth grade creative writing assignment. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and a graduate of The Ohio State University, she makes room to write in between being a busy wife and mom and despite the fact her cats like to walk in front of her keyboard.

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First Line Fridays: The Road to Magnolia Glen

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

Today I’m happy to be featuring The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman. With vivid details and engaging characters, I was transported into this exciting story of betrayal and learning to trust God when things seem their darkest. CLICK HERE to read my review.

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Natchez Under-the-hill on the Mississippi River
February 1792

          “Stay close.”
     Eyes on the bustling wharf, Kiera held tight to Meghan’s hand, ensuring her adventuresome sister didn’t disappear into the crowd.

 

 

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His Encouragement: week #26

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!

 

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

What ever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from
God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.
He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

James 1:17

 

It is all too easy to get discouraged and to miss the little blessings that we receive every day. Let’s face it, life can be hectic, and time seems to pass faster and faster.

It is so very important to slow down, to listen to the birds singing in the trees and enjoy a sunrise. Take a moment to enjoy listing to your child tell you about his/her day and embrace your family.

It is equally as important to take time to sit in a quiet spot, pray and be still. I am not saying that it’s easy! Because it’s not easy for us who are so accustomed to the fast pace of life to just be still in silence and listen for that still small voice. But if you take the time, He will meet you there!

My prayer for you today, is that you take the time to be still and just listen to the words that God wants to whisper on your heart.

 

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

Takeover & Giveaway with Stacy Monson: 7 Psalms for Busy Women

Join me in giving a warm welcome to Author Stacy Monson.  Stacy is visiting with us today and sharing “7 Psalms for Busy Women” as well as sharing with us her new book coming out soon “Open Circle“.  Be sure to stay with us till the end and enter the giveaway!

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Life can be crazy busy no matter what stage you’re at. Rather than put your head down and power through each day, find those touchpoint moments when you can speak with God and seek His calm and strength for what lies ahead. They need only be long enough to remember who He is, and who you are in Him.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.  Psalm 139:14

He created us as complex, multi-faceted, strong and capable women with a purpose on this earth. He knows our thoughts, dreams, gifts and talents. Every nuance is God-ordained.

  • As you take on new challenges, or simply try to make it through today, do so knowing you are God’s workmanship!

 

Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. Psalm 103:2

He is at work in our lives in ways we will miss unless we watch for Him. He provides the courage we need to face a frightening diagnosis, the words to share with someone who grieves, the stamina to go one more day as a single mom. Our best response is a thankful heart filled with praise for His goodness.

  • Take a moment to remember all that He’s done for you lately.

 

Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10

This isn’t a request—it’s a two-fold command. But who’s got time to be still? The God who created us knows us better than we know ourselves, and loves us with a perfect, all-consuming love. And when we take the time to be still, we can know who He is as well.

  • He wants you to know Him. How amazing is that?

 

The LORD has heard my weeping. The LORD has heard my plea, the LORD will answer my prayer.  Psalm 6:8-9

Does God know how hard we work? How tired we are? How we long for a break? Scripture tells us He hears our pleas, our cries, our pain, and that He never goes back on His word. Our job today is to lay out our fears, hurts, and anger and then be still and wait.  The answers may not be spoken aloud, but they’re there because He promised He will answer us.

  • He’ll never leave you in the lurch. You can trust Him.

 

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.  Psalm 19:14

When we get frustrated or angry, our voices rise in pitch. Before we release what’s building inside, it’s good to pause and remember this verse. Are the words we’re going to say pleasing to Him? Are our thoughts centered on finding a solution to the problem? Are our hearts trying to be like Jesus, or are we filled with anger, pity, even revenge? We can expect to hear God’s answers when our words and actions are in line with Him.

  • When frustration threatens, take a breath and ask how you can please Him in that moment.

My breath may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.  Psalm 73:26

Scripture provides many promises that God will give us what we need. While He never promised we won’t face more than we can handle, He does promise to never leave us, to walk beside us day and night, to light our path, be our strength, protector, and provider. In Him we find the energy, fortitude, words, and forgiveness to get through each day.

  • When you think you can’t take one more step, ask Him for renewed energy, strength, and focus (and a bit of joy too!).

 

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.   Psalm 143:10

One of our greatest strengths can also be our weakness. When something needs doing, we jump in with both feet. The flip side of this is burnout, resentment and exhaustion. When is the last time we asked God what we should do before we gave an answer? He has a plan for us based on the way He gifted us and the work He’s set out for us to do. Our best response is to let Him teach us to say yes or no, and to live on the firm footing of His purpose for us.

  • When another request for help comes at you, say you’ll get back to them. Then make your decision after chatting with God.

 

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Author Bio:

StacyMonsonStacy Monson is the award-winning author of The Chain of Lakes series, including Shattered Image, Dance of Grace, and The Color of Truth. Her stories reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. Residing in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, she is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, mom to two amazing kids and two wonderful in-law kids, and a very proud grandma of 3 (and counting) grands.

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Her newest book, Open Circle, releases June 21 (available for pre-order HERE!). Here’s a bit about the story:

OpenCircleMindy Lee “Minnie” Carlson’s dream job has dropped into her hands, but there’s a catch. She has four months to revive Open Circle, the town’s only Senior Adult Day Center, or the doors will close, leaving her jobless, and the seniors she cares for stranded.

After decades traveling the globe and documenting the forgotten people of the world, Jackson Young discovers his beloved Grandma Em is still alive in Minnie’s small town. Overjoyed, he races back to his hometown to reconnect with her, only to discover she’s been Minnie’s surrogate grandmother for the past twenty years.

When Grandma Em has a stroke, his ideas about her care pit him against Minnie’s determination and expertise. For Grandma Em’s sake, and the future of Open Circle, they’ll need to do the impossible – find a way to work together.

 

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To celebrate, Stacy is giving away a fun canvas tote bag with a paperback copy of Open Circle and other goodies (for a winner in the U.S. International winner will receive an Amazon gift card).

The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page.

Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

 

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1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“What is your favorite verse (or passage) in Psalm”

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Among the Poppies by J’nell Ciesielki

Synopsis:

The ideal lady wears lace, speaks quietly, and never under any circumstances fixes her own automobiles. But Gwyn Ruthers has never cared two snaps for the ideal lady. With the war to end all wars exploding across the Channel, she leaves behind her restrictive life as a chauffer’s daughter to serve in an all-female ambulance unit in France. Rambling over bomb blasted roads is far from the exotic travel she had in mind, but not even a handsome captain can distract her from the purpose at hand. Most of the time.

Slogging through mud and a despair that no man should have to witness, Captain William Crawford stumbles over a woman—quite literally—who has the ridiculous notion to enter a man’s fight along the Front. Why can she not sit patiently at home like all the other complacent women?

Bound together by circumstances beyond their control, Gwyn and William must fight to survive the battle raging all around them. Can their love survive or will it become another casualty of war?

My Thoughts:

History comes to life! From the very first chapter I was captivated. This story took a hold of my imagination and wouldn’t let go! The characters easily found their way into my heart. I enjoyed the feisty Gwen and her best friend Cecelia, and of course the dashing yet stoic Captain William Stewart, who won me over with little effort. The writing is so smooth and seamless that the images popped off the page and into my imagination with ease.

Gwen Ruthers is a young woman ahead of her time. Not willing to merely look pretty sitting in fancy drawing rooms and sipping tea. Gwen is happiest when she is in her father’s garage, under the hood of the newest automobile getting greasy and making the engines purr. Gwen has big dreams to see the world and she not going to sit back and wait for opportunities to come knocking on her door, she is going to go after her dreams!

I was given a front row seat with the vivid descriptions of a war torn France during World War I and kept on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen next! Full of emotion and tender romance you are sure to enjoy this exciting story!

(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:

J'Nell Ciesielski For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a book in my hand. When other girls went to the library to look at the Babysitter’s Club books, my mom found me sitting in the history aisle with a stack of Civil War books, and autobiographies of legends long gone. I loved being transported to other places and times, where men are chivalrous knights to the rescue and women wear big frilly dresses. I’ve always believed I was born in the wrong time period … but I digress.

With my natural curiosity of all things old-fashioned and love of happily ever afters, it was only natural I decided to pen a few of my own.

Born in Florida, I spent the many happy days of childhood running around our large backyard and splashing on the sugar white beaches known only to the Sunshine State. Just before high school, my dad got a job transfer to Texas and a whole new life began. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Psychology the summer of 2005.

Not knowing what else to do with my life, I joined the Air Force. Stationed in Germany I was able to travel to places I’d only dreamed of: France, Austria, Netherlands, England, and my favorite Scotland. I also met my awesome husband while over there. I consider him my consolation prize for the years being forced to wear camouflage and combat boots.

After serving our four years, we now live in Virginia where we’ve been blessed that I can stay home and write all day. Yay! When I’m not writing you can find me baking something with chocolate, making my baby girl laugh, or giving belly rubs to our beagle Daisy.

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Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson

Synopsis:

Reluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to keep her epilepsy secret for fear of a scandal. As the tensions of the Civil War arrive on their doorstep in Savannah, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines―until her old schoolmate Micah shows her a life-changing truth that sets her feet on a new path . . . as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.

Dr. Micah Greyson never hesitates to answer the call of duty, no matter how dangerous, until the enchanting Keziah walks back into his life and turns his well-ordered plans upside down. Torn between the life he has always known in Savannah and the fight for abolition, Micah struggles to discern God’s plan amid such turbulent times.

Battling an angry fiancé, a war-tattered brother, bounty hunters, and their own personal demons, Keziah and Micah must decide if true love is worth the price . . . and if they are strong enough to survive the unyielding pain of war.

My Thoughts:

I was drawn into this story right from the start and blissfully held captive until the last page. Tara Johnson’s writing is so immersive that I felt like I was right there in the sticky heat of Savannah, Georgia. Take a journey back in time through the pages of this wonderful, story of faith. With a poignant reminder that we are all priceless treasures.

Keziah is such a gentle soul. She is soft-spoken and kind. She has a heart for others, especially those she see’s being treated unfairly, those being treated less than the beautiful creation of God that they are. Keziah suffers from epilepsy and has been made to feel that she isn’t worthy of love and a future because of her condition.

Dr. Micha Greyson has returned to Savannah after obtaining his medical degree in Philadelphia. Reunited with his old schoolmate, Keziah, he invites her to an Abolition meeting that will change the course of their lives. With a secrets to uncover and dangerous Underground Railroad missions, you are sure to be kept turning pages!

I absolutely loved this poignant story and give it 5-stars! If you enjoy stories set in the civil war time period, you won’t want to miss this fresh story. I encourage you to purchase a copy for yourself.

(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.)

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About the Author:

Tara-Johnson A passionate lover of stories, Tara uses fiction, nonfiction, song, and laughter to share her testimony of how God led her into freedom after spending years living shackled as a people pleaser. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and makes her home in Arkansas with her husband and three children. Visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter

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All for Love: Three Historical Romance Novellas of Love and Laughter

Synopsis:

Three of Christian historical fiction’s beloved authors come together in this romantic and humorous collection of novellas featuring prequels to their latest series. New and loyal fans alike will enjoy these novellas previously released only as ebooks. Connealy’s “The Boden Birthright” journeys to the Old West, where ranch hand Chance Boden’s determination to be his own boss is challenged by his employer’s pretty daughter. Hunter’s “A Lady of Esteem” follows a Regency-era young lady whose chance at love and reputation in society are threatened by a nasty rumor. Turano’s “At Your Request” tells of a young woman who is humbled at her newly lowered status in society when she is reunited with the very man whose proposal she rejected.

My Thoughts:

A little something for everyone can be found in this enjoyable collection of stories. From heart-broken, handsome cowboy with a huge heart and an adorable son. To feisty heroines in the Regency era that are sure to keep you on your toes!

I went from gasping from surprise to laughing in merriment! The talented authors in this collection didn’t hold back from writing delightful, page-turning stories that are just the right length when you are needing a little break from the daily hum-drum. The perfect escape back in time to explore a different setting.

A fun trio of stories is sure to bring a smile to your face and keep you turning pages late into the night. I give this collection 4-stars.

(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 Authors:

MaryConnealyMary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas and several stand-alone books for multiple publishers.
Mary will be a published author for ten years in 2017 with nearly a million books in print. She has a degree in broadcast communications with an emphasis in journalism and has worked at her local newspaper.

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KristyAnnHunterKristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

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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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  All for Love: 3 Historical Romance Novellas of Love & Laughter

 

 

 

GDPR Update & What you need to know

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So what do I do with that data? I let you know if you win a giveaway and when I post. That’s it. I only use this info for the purpose you intended and I never sell or give your info to a third party. No selling of info anywhere, anytime, for any purpose.

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His Encouragement: Week #19

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!

 

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

 

Last week we looked at the two verses before this. We learned that salvation is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for good things we have done. We are sinners, there is nothing inherently good in us. The good comes from God, not us.

Now, one of my favorite verses. We are God’s masterpiece! God took us from where we were, sitting in the filth of our sin, and He has remade us anew in Jesus, so we can do the good things that He planned for us.

He could have left us in our sin. He could have said, “Oh that Trisha, she messed up one to many times, she is too filthy, now she’s on her own.”  I am so thankful, that even though I stink with my sin, God still loves me. He remade me in Jesus. So that one day when I stand before the throne of God, He won’t see my sin, He will only see Jesus.

I am not good. But Jesus is good and that is good enough for me!

 

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

First Line Fridays: The Accidental Guardian

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

This week I’m featuring The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy. Behind this gorgeous cover with the adorable little girl and the handsome cowboy, is page-turning adventure on the western frontier that you won’t want to miss.

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Southwest of Lake Tahoe, Navada
October 1867

          Deborah Harkness came awake with a snap, her hand already steady on the six-gun under her pillow.

 

Before you go, please be sure to enter the giveaway (click here) for Amongst the Roses by Meghan M. Gorecki

 

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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