April – 2019

What books did you read during the month of April? 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 April.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book.

Book Reviews:

  Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin

Up From the Sea by Amanda Dykes

  The Golden Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

Upon My Heart Forever by Amber Lynn Perry

  The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

  Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Book Spotlight:

Fearless by Tamara Leigh

No Greater Love by Gina Holder

Cover Reveal

   The Art of Rivers by Janet W. Ferguson

 

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 May?

Spotlight: No Greater Love (Shadows Over Whitman #1) by Gina Holder

Welcome Friends! Today is the release day of No Greater Love by Gina Holder. To celebrate, join me for a quick look at Gina’s new story.

About the Book:

One Book Changed Her Life…and Her Eternity

Paige McDonald, an antique book collector and the adopted granddaughter of a firefighter, vows never to fall in love with a first responder. But an inscription in an old Bible disrupts everything she knows about herself, her family, and God, and sends her directly into the radar of Patrol Officer Hamilton Bryant.

After the death of his best friend and fellow officer, Hamilton vows never to marry—at all. He won’t risk leaving a widow. Instead, he reserves his passion for serving his family and the town he’s sworn to protect. When a series of robberies and threats against the mayor correspond with Paige’s sudden appearance in Whitman, their paths intersect.

He said he’d never risk leaving a widow.
She said she’d never love a man in uniform.
God had different plans.

Excerpt:

A bell jingled as Paige entered the Rustic Cup Café. Two elderly men played a card game of some kind at a corner booth, but the rest of the place was deserted. Paintings, all for sale, lined the brick interior walls. She squinted and leaned in to catch the name of the artist. Someone named Lawrence Faye signed the bottom left corner of each painting. A young woman, wearing a hot pink hoodie and ear buds in her ears, balanced on a stool behind the counter and stared at the cell phone in her hands. A half-erased chalkboard advertised the café’s various coffee drinks. By the remaining letters, Paige made out mocha, latte, cappuccino, decaf, and the word pastry, but it looked more like paste. Hopefully, the pastries didn’t taste like paste. “Hello.” Paige waved her hands. “I’d like to order.”

The girl’s head popped up. “Oh.” She jerked the ear buds from her ears. “What can I get you?” She asked as she hopped from the stool. “We have fresh coffee, hot muffins, and delicious breakfast sandwiches. I know they’re delicious ‘cause I already tried one. Miss Jenn makes them fresh every morning. She has to get up at like four o’clock in the morning to make them.”

“Wow, OK. May I have a caramel chocolate chip frappe?”

The girl stared blankly at Paige. “A what?”

She obviously doesn’t know what a frappe is. Let’s try something else. “How about an iced blended Grasshopper mocha?”

The girl’s eyes grew wider than the cinnamon rolls in the pastry window. “You want grasshoppers in your coffee?”

Paige racked her fingers through her hair. Forget hick town, what planet had she landed on? “May I have a hot coffee with French vanilla creamer?”

The young barista smiled. “Sure. Regular or decaf? I’m more of a decaf girl. Mom says I’m already too hyper to drink regular.”

I agree. “Regular, please.”

The girl turned to fill a cup with hot coffee from a silver urn. “I haven’t seen you before. You must be new.”

“Yeah, I just rode in yesterday.”

“Rode? Like on a horse?”

Is this kid for real? Paige shook her head. “The bus.”

“Here’s your drink. Can I get you anything else?”

The pastries in the glass case drew her eyes. Her stomach grumbled. The exercise had already burnt off her early breakfast. “Those orange scones look amazing.”

“They’re so delicious. Miss Jenn bakes everything from scratch. She’s my boss. And the owner. She’s not here today, though.”

“Thanks. I’ll try one.”

“That’ll be five seventy-five.” Kylie put one of the scones in a brown paper sack and set it on the counter. Paige handed the barista her debit card. She swiped it and handed it back with a pen and the receipt for Paige to sign. “Welcome to Whitman, Paige. I’m Kylie Phillips.”

The name was familiar. “Phillips? Like the Mayor?” The town of Whitman was inundated with political signs that read, Mayor Phillips for Governor. A Vote for Phillips is a Vote for Family. Paige scribbled her name across the bottom of the slip of paper and handed it and the pen back to the barista.

“That’s my mom.”

Click on the link below to snag your copy:

  No Greater Love (Shadows Over Whitman #1)

 

About the Author:

GinaHolder Gina Holder completed the Long Ridge Writer’s Group “Breaking into Print” course and graduated from Faith Bible Institute. In August 2017, she published her first novel, Whither Shall I Go. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads. She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter. When she’s not working on her next novel, she enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking, singing, and playing the piano and organ.

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Whither Shall I Go? by Gina Holder

“I miss him too, Bitty, but God knows best. Someday you’ll see.
If only I could believe that…

Synopsis:

In 1911, Ellie Williams struggles to see God’s hand in her life when she loses both parents and is sent to live with her wealthy, estranged aunt, who transforms her from awkward country bumpkin to socialite heiress. Six years later, she meets a young preacher and finds hope as they serve the Lord together.

Robert Hampton is deeply devoted to God and desires to take the gospel to the unreached natives of Brazil. He didn’t expect to fall in love. When he is drafted, Robert is torn between his duty as a soldier and his budding affections for Ellie. Will Robert survive the trenches? Will he lose the only woman he’s ever loved?

Ellie’s journey takes her from her home in Cades Cove, Tennessee, to the concrete jungle of New York City, and finally to the harsh unforgiving world of the Amazon River Basin, where she meets Paul, a doctor who’s lost his way, and Jack, a soldier with amnesia. Encountering anacondas, jaguars, and an antagonistic shaman, will Ellie give in to the fears that threaten to overwhelm her?

Or can she depend on God’s grace to bring about His will for her life?

My Thoughts:

Written with beautiful detail and word imagery, you are sure to enjoy this story of devotion and faith. I found it to be both realistic and heartfelt. While I may have not always fully agreed with some of the choices the characters made, it wasn’t outside the boundaries of reality.

Those who enjoy reading epic stories filled with vibrant details are sure to enjoy time spent immersed in the pages of this book. Journey with Ellie, Robert, Paul, and the other cast of characters as they bring this grand story to life. For me, there were a few areas that seemed to have almost too much detail, and subsequently, the story seemed to slow down there.

I appreciated how the author seamlessly wove into the story verses from the Bible in such a way that you felt the characters had written the word of God on their hearts, and it flowed out of them without hesitation.

I enjoyed reading this book and give it 3.5 stars. I look forward to reading more books written by Gina Holder 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:

GinaHolder Gina Holder, who served alongside her parents on the mission field, now lives in Glasgow, Kentucky with her husband of 10 years, Daniel. Gina is a stay-at-home mother and homeschools their daughter, Lydia. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, singing, and playing the piano.

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  Whither Shall I Go?

 

First Line Fridays: Whither Shall I Go?

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

This week I’m bringing to you the first line from “Whither Shall I Go?” by Gina Holder. I’m just getting started on this book, and I am enjoying this story and curious about what happens next. Be sure to watch for my review! On sale for only .99c!

 

Whither Shall I Go

October 28, 1911
Cades Cove, Tennessee

          A simple melody wafted across a grassy meadow, through a wheat field begging for harvest, and over a stream trickling between smooth stones.

 

This line sure sets a beautiful scene and begs the question, where is the melody coming from?

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