Nicole (Sewing in SoCal #3) by Sarah Monzon

About this book:

Who has time to date when she’s trying to raise a miniature human by herself AND save the planet from its irresponsible inhabitants? Not to mention my winning personality (snort) and my curves-have-curves figure (eyeroll) don’t exactly attract the opposite sex. Unfortunately, none of these reasons have stopped my best friends and SoCal sewing sisters from taking on the archaic role of matchmakers, and they’re not beneath a little bribery if that’s what it takes to get my cooperation. Let’s just say everyone has their weak spot, and donations to my favourite charities is mine.

If I were to consider a romantic relationship, my dream guy certainly wouldn’t be immature, everything-is-a-game Dr. Drew Bauer. The man raises my body temperature faster than global warming does the Earth’s! But life seems determined to keep throwing us together, especially now that one of my SoCal sewing sisters is engaged to his best friend, in which case there can only be one of two outcomes:

1. I kill him in a fit of annoyance.

2. My common sense escapes me, and I fall in love with him.

Honestly, I’m not sure which would be worse.

My Thoughts:

If you enjoy romantic comedy with depth and lots of heart, then do yourself a favor and be sure to snag a copy of Author Sarah Monzon’s newest release Nicole. All of the stories in this collection are page-turning delight.

At first glance Nicole comes across as a zealous environmentalists, a serious, no non-sense kind of woman. As a single mother with a young daughter, she rarely lets her hair down to have fun. Honestly, the word fun isn’t even in her wheel-house. Nicole has a heart of gold and as the story progresses and Nicole’s heart softens even more.

Authentic and realistic these characters found their way into my heart. More than once I found myself talking to them, as if they could hear me. I laughed out loud on more several times, startling my family and garnering strange looks.

I especially appreciated the Biblical truths artfully sprinkled through the story and tucked not just into the lines, but into the very hearts of the characters. They not only lived Christian lives, but they had hidden in their hearts a light that shined out to others.

Far better than any Hallmark movie, this book is one you won’t want to pass up! I’m eagerly anticipating more delightful stories from Sarah Monzon!

(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.)

About the Author:

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  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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First Line Friday: Molly

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

Today I am happy to be featuring Molly (sewing in SoCall #1) by Sarah Monzon. This fun, new romantic comedy was just released this month, and let me tell you it is a delightful breath of fresh air. If you haven’t yet had the chance to read this delightful new book, be sure to grab a copy today for your weekend reading pleasure!

Just call me George Washington.

Hmm… I wonder why Molly says that? I guess you’ll have to check out the book to find out!

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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Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

About the book:

Lucy Clairmont’s family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it’s Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she’s discovered in her family home.

Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time.

As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers–and the healing–they so desperately seek.

My Thoughts:

5-stars is not enough for this phenomenal story! I sit here awash in blissful wonder and my words fail to do justice to this light-filled work of art, for a work of art this story truly is! Finely crafted with expert care, filled with the heart and soul of the author who penned it; this author who has clearly allowed God to fill her heart and guide her pen.

Crafted with light and love, this story is one that absolutely can not be missed! This story has woven itself around my heart, and I’m all the better for having experienced and lived this story! These dynamic characters feel like family now and are sure to live in my heart for a long time to come! I highly recommend this story. Grab yourself a copy today!

(While I received a complimentary digital copy from the publisher, I volunteraly purchased a print copy of this book for my personal library because I had to have a copy for my library. I am not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

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 Amanda Dykes has written and published a few short stories including, “Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale“, the critically-acclaimed bicycle story that invited readers together to fund bicycles for missionaries in Asia. A former English teacher, she has a soft spot for classic literature and happy endings. She is a drinker of tea, a dweller of Truth, and a spinner of hope-filled tales, grateful for the grace of a God who loves extravagantly.  Also, by Amanda Dykes: “Tin Can Serenade” and “A Song in the Night” featured in the Message in a Bottle Romance Collection. You can connect with Amanda at the following locations:

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Cover Reveal – The Trouble with Love by Toni Shiloh

I’m super excited to be teaming up with Toni Shiloh today and revealing the cover of her brand new book The Trouble with Love (Faith & Fortune #1).  Be sure to add it to your Goodreads “want to read” list (click here)!

Available today for preorder on Amazon (click here)!

About this book:

I, Holiday Brown, have it all. A platinum record. Multi-million dollar home in Manhattan that I share with my two best friends. Life is looking fantastic until my roommate’s brother decides to bunk in our guestroom while his house gets renovated.

Emmett Bell has always been the bane of my existence. He’s annoying, stubborn, a know it all, and just might be the most gorgeous man I’ve ever laid eyes on. But I refuse to fall for him. Then his sister’s threatened by a stalker and dynamics change. His unwavering faith isn’t quite as self-righteous as I’d always thought, and maybe he has a good side I’ve overlooked all these years.

Or maybe it’s all too much trouble.

The Trouble With Love is the first book in the Christian Chick Lit series: Faith & Fortune.

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So what do you think?!  Super cute hmm?!

I always enjoy reading Toni Shiloh’s stories and I just know that I’ll love this one also!

About the Author:

SONY DSC Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace of the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes soulfully romantic novels to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys. When she’s not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, making jewelry, and spending time with her family. Toni is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) as well as the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

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Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac

Synopsis:

A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England.

Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter façade, there’s a nerdy Narnia-obsessed girl who still can’t resist climbing into wardrobes to check for the magical land on the other side. When a story she writes produces tragic results, she flees to Oxford, England—home to C.S. Lewis—to try and make amends for the damage she has caused.

Peter Carlisle was on his way to become one of Great Britain’s best rowers—until he injured his shoulder and lost his chance at glory. He’s determined to fight his way back to the top even if it means risking permanent disability to do so. It’s the only way he can find his way past failing the one person who never stopped believing in his Olympic dream.

When Peter and Emelia cross paths on her first night in Oxford, the attraction is instant and they find common ground in their shared love of Narnia. But can the lessons from a fantasyland be enough to hold them together when secrets of the real world threaten to tear them apart? Cobblestone streets, an aristocratic estate, and an antique shop with curious a wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in Kara Isaac’s inspiring and romantic story about second chances.

My Thoughts:

With a hidden depth that is slowly revealed as you read the story, these authentic and multifaceted characters bring this story to life. The Narnia-styling give the story just enough whimsy and flair to keep things light.

Steeped in a love for all things Narnia, Emelia our quirky heroine has moved to Oxford with the desire to save a failing non-profit company. Emelia thinks that she can atone for past mistakes, by doing good and helping others. But will the secrets she keeps, be the one thing that keeps her from recognizing her dreams?

Peter is a star-athlete and coach for the Oxford rowing team. While searching for a teacup to complete his mother’s set, he is surprised to find more than what he’s looking for. As Peter struggles to come to terms with the past, will secrets keep him from realizing the true dream placed on his heart?

The sweet romance and with gentle reminders of forgiveness are the hallmarks that are sure to bring a smile to your face. There are some real-world issues dealt with in this story, however, don’t let that steer you away.

(I purchased a copy of this book for my collection. 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:

KaraIsaacs  Kara Isaac lives in Wellington, New Zealand. When she’s not chasing three hobbit-sized little people, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. Her debut romantic comedy, Close To You, released April 2016 and is a RITA Award nominee. Her sophomore novel, Can’t Help Falling, released in October 2016 and was an RT Reviews Top Pick. She loves to connect with readers on GoodReads, Twitter, Facebook and through her website.

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Other books by Karen Isaac

Close to You

 Then There Was You

 All Made Up

 One Thing I Know (expected publication Feb. 2019)

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Enduring Love (Maple Run #3) by Toni Shiloh

Synopsis:

“There comes a point in every woman’s life where she must decide what to believe: the truth of the past or the circumstances of the present.”

Belle Peterson is hiding a secret. Seeking sanctuary in the small town of Maple Run, she’s intent on starting her life over—one she hopes honors Christ. The plan was going great until an undeniable attraction to Micah has her wondering if she’s changed at all.

Micah Campbell can’t understand why Belle is so uptight and wants nothing to do with her until the gentle whispers of God tell him to befriend her. He didn’t count on the feeling of protectiveness to rise up or that spark of attraction.

When Belle’s past is revealed, Micah prays that his love can endure it.

My Thoughts:

I’ve had the pleasure of reading a few of Toni Shiloh’s books, and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single one I’ve picked up. Each story is unique yet holds the same poignant writing style that is fresh, and honest. With dynamic characters who have real lives and deal with difficult hurdles. The best part for me is that every story is rich with Bible truth.

Enduring Love takes a difficult topic and places it at the foot of the cross. Seen through the lens of forgiveness and Jesus’s blood that paid for all of our sins. No one is without sin and our job isn’t to condemn but to love one another and point others to Jesus.

This story isn’t all serious. There are plenty of light-hearted moments. Laughter and joy! Reading this story I felt like I was hanging out with a group of my friends. I have a marvelous time, and I enjoyed the real, honest and meaningful conversations.

I loved reading this story! There isn’t one thing I would change. I was drawn into the lives of these characters, I walked with them through the struggles, I felt like I was part of their lives, and by the end of the story, I wished I could really enjoy a delicious meal at The Pit.

I highly recommend this wonderful book! If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading one of Toni Shiloh’s books, then you are truly missing out and need to get one right away!

(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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  Enduring Love (Maple Run #3)

About the Author:

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace of the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes soulfully romantic novels to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys. When she’s not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, ​making jewelry, and spending time with ​her family. Toni is a member of the American Christian ​Fiction Writers (ACFW) as well as the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

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Don’t miss out on these other books by Toni Shiloh:

  Finding Love (Maple Run #2)

  Buying Love (Maple Run #1)

  Grace Restored (Freedom Lake #2)

Returning Home (Freedom Lake #1)

  A Life to Live

  A Spring Weddings

 A Sidelined Christmas

Second Impressions by Pepper D. Basham

Synopsis:

He likes streamline. She prefers embellishments. His forte is business. Hers is atmosphere. Will they realize each has what the other needs most to create the perfect romance with a touch of Jane Austen flair?

When a country girl travels to Bath, England to visit Jane Austen country, will a serious businessman ruin her regency-dream?

My Thoughts:

There is so much to love in this super fun romantic comedy novella from Pepper Basham. Come along for a journey from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Bath, England. In this delightful story you’ll fall in love with the dynamic characters Nora (a Jane Austen fan) and Ethan Keller. This fun story will have you laughing out loud and swooning with Pepper’s signature flair. A romantic comedy that should be made into a Hallmark movie and one that you are sure to not forget.
First released as part of the Love At First Laugh collection, you can now purchase this novella on it’s own.
(I purchased a copy of this story for my own collection. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

pepperbarnsmile As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website,Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter

Pick up your copy today!

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First Line Fridays: Falling for You by Becky Wade

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

This week I’m featuring Falling for You (Bradford sisters romance #2) by Becky Wade. This exciting story is scheduled to release on May 1, 2018. You won’t want to miss out on this latest story! CLICK HERE to read my review.

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          “I discovered a secret.”

 

Yes, that’s ALL I’m giving you!  You will have to read this book to find out what secret was discovered, and by whom.

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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Falling for You (A Bradford Sisters Romance #2) by Becky Wade

Synopsis:

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

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them.

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

My Thoughts:

There is just so much to enjoy with this multifaceted story. Exciting characters, that seem so real, I felt like I was part of their family, a mystery to solve, and even some crazy fans that will have you turning on the outside lights and checking your doors to make sure they are locked! You won’t want to miss this latest story in the Bradford Sister’s Romance series!

Willow Bradford is the oldest of three sisters. She does her best to be good and do what is expected. But when she met Corbin Stewart four years ago, things didn’t go according to her neat and tidy plans. Now he’s back in her circle of friends, and circumstances have brought them together to solve a missing-persons case. Has there been too much hurt and mistrust for them to trust each other enough to share their hearts again?

With lively characters and a mystery that will keep you on your toes, you won’t want to put this engaging story down for a moment! I laughed out loud at several scenes, my heart felt heavy for Joe. There are just so many emotions! I have loved reading this series and I can’t wait to read Britt’s 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:

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

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  Falling for You (Bradford Sister’s Romance #2)

 True to You (#1)

 Then Came You (#0.5)

 

 

 

 

Finding Evergreen (Grace Revealed #3) by Jennifer Rodewald

He thought he’d found the thrill of his life; she, the romance she’d hadn’t dared to hope for. Falling in love had been easy. Being married? Totally different story.

Synopsis:

Married within a year of meeting, Ethan and Brandi add a foster daughter to their newly established family. Their story is enchanting—inspiring. Except when the fairytale fails. The stresses of unmet expectations and wounds from their pasts knife into their marriage, severing what they believed would be forever.

Hope for a broken marriage. Healing for their wounded spirits. It would take both to find evergreen. Are they brave enough to try?

My Thoughts:

Ethan and Brandi started their marriage expecting the other person to fill a void in their heart, not considering that marriage isn’t so much about what you get, but what you give to the other person. Add on top of unrealistic expectations, they decided to foster an 11-year old girl with anger issues, & explosive tempers; and you have the making of a perfect (or not so perfect) storm.

This deeply poignant story is filled with raw emotion and characters so real you feel the story with them. These characters are sure to break your heart and have you reaching for the nearest kleenex box.

The author doesn’t shy away from the tough topics, nor from the raw emotion of the characters. Life in all its glorious messy bits is fully on display. Just like real life, the story is intense and there were times I had to put the story down, just to come up for air and clear my head. At the end of it all, I can honestly say my heart was full (and I’ll never look at evergreen trees the same again).

I haven’t yet read the first two stories in this series, but I have added them to my #TBR. This story could be easily read as a stand-alone. I give this story 4.5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who is searching for a story to read that faces head-on the difficult topics that we all deal with at one time or another.

(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:

JenniferRodewald Jennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.

Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.

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 Finding Evergreen (Grace Revealed #3)

Other books in this series:

  Blue Columbine (Grace Revealed #1)

 Red Rose Bouquet (Grace Revealed #2)

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