Review & Giveaway – What Dreams May Come by: Alana Terry – Celebration Tour

What-Dreams-May-ComeAbout the Book:

Title: What Dreams May Come

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian Romance

Release Date: October 24, 2017

She’s got her heart set on becoming a missionary. He’s determined to recruit her for the job.

But is it possible to fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Susannah’s convinced that God has called her to the mission field. That’s why she’s serving him with single-minded focus in Orchard Grove, waiting for the day when she can leave her small town to take the gospel to the nations.

Is falling in love with her missionary recruiter part of God’s plan for her life or a distraction from the real goal?

Scott loves his life. Traveling the globe, offering spiritual support to missionaries around the world offers enough excitement that the loneliness hardly ever gets to him …

Until he receives an application from a young girl with a heart for the mission field as large as his own, a young girl he finds himself falling for even before they get the chance to meet face-to-face.

Unfortunately, a promise Susannah made to her family may tear her and Scott even farther apart than the miles that separate them.

Book one in an inspirational sweet romance series by award-winning Christian author Alana Terry, who has won awards from Women of Faith, The Book Club Network, Grace Awards, and several others, What Dreams May Come is based off of the author’s own experiences falling in love with (and eventually marrying) her missionary recruiter.

My Thoughts:

This sweet love story will take you on a journey of the heart. While you won’t travel across the globe, your heart will travel on an unexpected journey all it’s own.

Susanna feels a called by God to be a missionary to the world. After high school she began working at the local assisted living facility, as a nursing aid. But her greatest heart’s desire is to share the gospel to the world. She finds an missionary agency that offers a summer program, and this seems like the answer to her prayers. After a few emails and a phone call she feels a connection to the recruiter.

Scott enjoys traveling the globe and supporting the missionaries. When he receives an email from a young lady on the other side of the country who seems to be on fire for God and have a deep longing for the mission field, he is surprised by the sudden connection he feels with her.

I appreciated the strong faith in this story, the deep roots of prayer and the reminders of trusting God even in the hard times when things don’t seem to be going as planned. The chapters alternate between telling the story from Susanna’s point of view then Scott’s point of view, and for me this switch back and forth was a bit choppy in places. However, by the end it all fits together.

A story with a deep well of emotion and strong roots in faith. This sweet heart-warming story is sure to edify your convictions of sharing the gospel and to remind you that you don’t have to travel the world to share the love of God. I give this story 3.5 stars and would recommend it to those who enjoy reading stories of tender love, and deep faith.

(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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Guest Post from Alana Terry

The cat’s out of the bag! Back in 2016, I wrote What Dreams May Come, a novel that was based on the way my husband and I fell in love … fourteen months before we ever met! It wasn’t until just before Christmas that I told Scott the romance novel I’d been writing was actually our true-to-life love story, and he was even more surprised than I hoped he’d be! Watch the video to see his reaction.

Click Here to Watch the YouTube Video!

About the Author:

alana-terry-300x300Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

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Giveaway

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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?

 

The Esther Paradigm by: Sarah Monzon

Synopsis:

Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally, her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she’ll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.

As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravishes the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, locals believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, Hannah, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep them safe—even if the only solution can be found within marriage vows.

In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, Christianity is outlawed, and foreigners are mistrusted, will their union heal wounds or inflict the final fatal blow?

My Thoughts:

I have never visited the desert, or ridden a camel. However, through the pages of this book, I feel like I have. This story is unlike any you’ve read before. From the hidden dangers of scorpions, the powerful sandstorms, and a culture that I’ve only glimpsed of on TV and pictures. Sarah bring the flat, fuzzy images into a focus so vivid and real, that you will feel you that you have stepped into the pages of her book. Come along for an adventure, and learn about a culture many know little about. It won’t take long to find yourself fully immersed in this amazing story. You may even feel like you need to brush the sand off after you finish reading.

Hannah and her parents are missionaries to the Bedouin people. In a region where sharing your faith is illegal. Hannah has always had a heart for the people, and for teaching. After spending several years back in the United States getting her teaching degree she returns to open a school in the clan that she grew up with and the people she considers her community. She has a strong desire to teach the children how to read and write and to shine the light of Jesus. She didn’t expect to find that hostilities have grown since she left and that some in the clan even resent her and her families presence.

Karim Al-Amir is the sheikh, the leader of his people. He carries the heavy burden of leadership and wants to mend the rift that has come between his clan and his missionary friends. As children, Karim & Hannah raced camels and played together. Then she was sent to the United States to finish her schooling and returns amid the clan facing a disturbing problem with the health of their sheep, and the rising tensions against the Missionary family.

I give this fabulous story 5 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading stories about other cultures and also those who enjoy missionary stories. Your mind will be stretched and your understanding of the Muslim culture broadened. This book reminds us that we are all called to share the gospel and that even when our very lives are at risk, we must not stop talking about God and allowing his light to shine through our lives.

(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:

Don’t miss the behind the scenes details shared in the Cover Reveal post (click here)!

Favorite Quote:
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About the Author:

SarahSarah 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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 The Esther Paradigm

Sarah’s Other books:

 The Isaac Project

 Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

 

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Cover Reveal & Interview with Sarah Monzon – The Esther Paradigm

Welcome, I am super excited to be teaming up with Sarah Monzon for the cover reveal of her latest book The Esther Paradigm. While this new book is a stand-alone, those who have read Sarah’s other books may notice a commonality with her debut book The Isaac Project. I’m happy to have Sarah with us today to share some inside details about The Ester Paradigm. But first, let’s take a look at this eye-catching cover!

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Hi Sarah, I’m getting excited about your new book, “The Esther Paradigm”. This cover is gorgeous. The lovely bride and the window frame around her. It sure captures my eyes and makes me want to know what her story is about.

Trisha:  Please tell us about “The Esther Paradigm”, what is the story about?

Sarah:  So you don’t get my canned “It’s a book about people who do stuff and fall in love” answer, I’ll just give you the blurb.

Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally, her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she’ll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.

As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravishes the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, locals believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, Hannah, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep them safe—even if the only solution can be found within marriage vows.

In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, Christianity is outlawed, and foreigners are mistrusted, will their union heal wounds or inflict the final fatal blow?

-casablanca-morocco-front-doorsTrisha:  What was your inspiration for this lovely cover?

Sarah:  Hmm…I’m not sure I had an inspiration, per se. In fact, I created three or four different mock-ups that didn’t fit for one reason or another. I only had one thing I knew I wanted, and that was a bride on the cover. This book is a stand alone, but it does have the same feel as my debut, The Isaac Project. Because they are both inspired by biblical stories, I wanted to loosely brand them together and did that through the titles and the bride. Besides that, I wanted something that would hint at the setting and the flavor of the book. Something that would immediately grab the reader and make them go, “Ooooh! I want to read that!”

 

Trisha:  This book obviously isn’t set in the US. Where exactly is the setting?the-window-bible-studies

Sarah:  Good question! And one I’m not answering. Haha. Actually, it’s never specified in the book. A bit of a mystery. The only thing I can say is that it is set in the 10/40 window–the region 10 degrees south and 40 degrees north of the equator where the majority of those un-reached by the Gospel live. This includes North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. In a lot of these areas proselytizing and Christianity is illegal.

 

 

--princesses-wisdomTrisha:  What do you hope readers will learn when reading The Esther Paradigm?

Sarah:  I hope readers will come to it with an open heart. More than any of my books, this one wrote me more than I wrote it. There is a lot of diversity in the book. A lot of sensitive material not commonly found in a lot of Christian fiction currently on the market. I hope readers’ worldwide perspective will expand after reading the book. And, lastly, I hope readers turn the last page with a sense of enjoyment and contentment.

 

Trisha:  Thank you for sharing with us a little inside information today. One last question before you go: When can we look forward to reading The Esther Paradigm?

Sarah: You can pre-order it today for only .99 cents and it will automatically be downloaded to your kindle on November 2. =)

There wasn’t a question for this, but I wanted everyone to know that Trisha’s awesome hubby helped me out a bit with this cover. Thank you, Trisha’s hubby!!

 

SarahSarah 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.

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Amazon

 The Esther Paradigm (pre-order today for .99c)

Sarah’s Other books:

 The Isaac Project

Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

  All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

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