August 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of August? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in August.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Book Reviews:

TheBestOfIntentions  The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason

Reckless  The Reckless by MaryLu Tyndall

FreedomsKiss  Freedom’s Kiss by Sarah Monzon

ADangerousDeception  A Dangerous Deception by Debra E. Marvin

ALoveRestored  A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn

ARumoredFortune  A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

CaughtBySurprise  Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano


Book Spotlight:

BookSpotlight-MagnoliaSummer-crop  Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson


Author Interviews:

PhotoFunia-1532360617  Kelly Goshorn

PhotoFunia-1535382334  Jen Turano


Cover Reveals:

CoverReveal-Graphic Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

IMG_0869 Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

CoverImage  When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham


I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in September?

Today is the last chance to enter the giveaway for an autographed print copy of Caught By Surprise! Check out the Author Interview & Giveaway with Jen Turano!


First Line Fridays: Freedom’s Kiss

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

Today I’m happy to be featuring Freedom’s Kiss by Sarah Monzon. This page-turning, dual timeline story is sure to give you all the feels! A perfect blend of past and present that lingered in my thoughts and imagination long after I’d read the final​ chapter. Read my full review (click here)


Georgia, 1816

          Freedom. No single word had the right to hold such power. 


In all honestly I really wanted to share the first two paragraphs! This book really grabs you right from the start and you won’t want to put it down!

Don’t let the fact that its #3 stop you from getting a copy! You can read this as a stand alone story. I will say that once you read this one, you’ll love Sarah Monzon’s writing and want more!

Freedom’s Kiss (A Carrington Family #3)


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.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Freedom’s Kiss (Carrington Family #3) by Sarah Monzon


They were both prisoners of their past. Could legacy be the key to setting them free?

Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses her the chance to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie.

A single decision can have innumerable consequences—a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty, raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart.

Florida, 1816
Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the west shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved reading this latest dual-timeline book from Sarah Monzon. Both of the stories equally captivated my attention, and I fell in love with the characters.

This page-turning story seamless blends together characters separated by two hundred years, however, they each must learn that there is freedom in following God’s plan. We have the freedom to make our own choices, but it is in choosing God’s plan that we will find true happiness.

Equally engaging and compelling, both of the timelines in this story will have you eagerly turning pages. A perfect blend of past and present that lingered in my thoughts and imagination long after I’d read the final​ chapter.

I give this book 4.5 stars and would encourage you to pick up​ a copy for yourself to enjoy immediately! I have come to know that picking up one of Sarah Monzon’s books I’ll not only be whisked away to a new place​ but meet some fascinating characters. This book has found a home on my keeper shelf!

(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:

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

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

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Carrington Family Series:

Freedom’s Kiss (A Carrington Family #3)

All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

 Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

 12 Days of Snowmen (A Carrington Family Novella 1.5)

Sarah’s Other books:

 The Isaac Project

 The Esther Paradigm

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