3.03.2024

While the City Sleeps by Elizabeth Camden // Review

My Review: 

Dentist Katherine Schneider stumbles upon a dangerous bomb plot while working the night shift, can she and Policeman Jonathan Birch get to the bottom of the plot before more people get hurt?

A riveting adventure with a strong heroine, and an admirable hero with a secret past. I loved the ladies at the Martha Washington and the friendship between the group of working women. Katherine is a capable woman, who also longs for more than friendship with the kind and considerate Jonathan. Jonathan is very thoughtful, caring, and intentional with his choices and actions. I could understand and respect why he made the choices that he did, and I admired his determination to make the bomb squad. 

Rich with history, I loved how Ms. Camden brought the nighttime of New York to life, showing the hardworking men and women laboring while everyone else sleeps. As well as how she showed the solid relationship between Katherine's parents. 

Overall, a well written adventure, with a full cast of characters, mystery, relationship building and themes of family and faith. Highly enjoyable!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

2.29.2024

A Million Little Choices by Tamera Alexander // Review

My Review: 

Still on shaky footing after an affair rocked their marriage, Claire Powell finds herself following her husband to Atlanta for a job, leaving behind her own dream job, and getting saddled with a mansion she never wanted. Will this move push them to their breaking point? 

A gripping and gritty read, that pulled me in with it's flawed characters and raw emotions. Claire is a woman trying to do the best with what she's been given, trying to act in faith when a deep trust has been broken. I was drawn in by her unreliable narrative, her humanity, and I could feel her every heartbreak. I loved the new friends that she makes in Atlanta, especially Beatrice. 

A powerful read that had me in a strangle-hold reading until the early hours, and this isn't even my preferred genre! I loved how the author dealt with a difficult and painful topic realistically, with faith showing that restoration is a painful process, weaving in a rich history as well. Highly recommend this powerful read!


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2.28.2024

The Rancher's Sanctuary by Linda Goodnight // Review

Lucie's Review: 

A heartwarming romance of hope and healing.

Nathan Garrison comes to town for a fresh start, and to lay claim to his inheritance, which will need more than a little elbow grease to fix up. He enlists the help of Monroe Matheson, a reclusive young woman who hides behind her scars. As they fix up his house, they get to know each other and untangle the secrets of his past. 

An engaging and compelling read with characters that draw you in and have you rooting for them from the very first chapter. I liked how Nathan saw past Monroe's physical scars, and she saw past his emotional ones, to help each other heal. There is a lot of good interaction and relationship building, as well as themes of faith. 

Overall, a well rounded and robust read, that surpassed my expectations and tugged at my heartstrings. Highly recommend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

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2.27.2024

Just Once by Karen Kingsbury // Review

My Review: 
 A heartfelt tale of  young, enduring love through the terrors of war. 

Hank and Irvel have loved each other since they were children, but their timing was never quite right for a relationship and Irvel ends up dating Hank's brother, Sam. Then the war comes, and Irvel is recruited by the OSS because of her remarkable math skills, and the brothers are drawn into the war as well. 

A compelling story of love and timing amidst an earth shattering war. Engaging tale with well developed characters, Irvel is a strong and committed young woman. I liked that she was willing to take on the job with the OSS despite the risks. 

Overall, it was a well written and well paced read with likable characters. I liked how Hank was always looking out for Irvel, and his courage in the face of danger. A quick read, satisfying and full of heart. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

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2.26.2024

Miss Newbury's List by Megan Walker // Review

My Review: 

In preparation for her upcoming marriage to a duke she has only met a few times, Rosalind Newbury has made a list of ten things to do before her wedding. 

A delightful, light-hearted, clean romance, with a cast of fun characters and a sweet romance. Rosalind is a dutiful daughter, she wants to do what is set out for her by marrying into a title, but she also wants to experience more in life, so she enlists her best friend, Eliza, and Eliza's cousin Charles to help her accomplish her list. I liked how Charlie brings brings out the best in Ros, and helps her find ways to check off things on her list as their friendship grows. 

Overall, a quick sweet read, with great characters, and good development. A clean regency romance, with a sweet enjoyable plot. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

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2.23.2024

The Rhythm of Fractured Grace by Amanda Wen // Just Read

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About the Book

The Rhythm of Fractured Grace Title: The Rhythm of Fractured Grace 
Series: Sedgwick County Chronicles #3 
Author: Amanda Wen 
Publisher: Kregel Publications 
Release Date: February 20, 2024 
Genre: Christian Split Time Romantic Women's Fiction

Is Siobhan too far gone to respond to the song of a God who's calling her back to him?

When a new customer brings a badly damaged violin into Siobhan Walsh's shop, it is exactly the sort of challenge she craves. The man who brought it in is not. He's too close to the painful past that left her heart and her faith in shambles. 

Matt Buchanan has had a rough start as the new worship pastor. A car accident on his way into town left him with a nearly totaled truck, and an heirloom violin in pieces. When he takes it to a repair shop, he's fascinated with the restoration process--and with the edgy, closed-off woman doing the work. As their friendship deepens and turns into more, they both discover secrets that force them to face past wounds. And the history of the violin reveals more about their current problems than they could have ever expected. 

On the nineteenth-century frontier, a gruesome tomahawk attack wiped out most of Deborah Caldwell's family. Her greatest solace after the tragedy is the music from her father's prized violin. Given her horrendous scars, she'd resigned herself to a spinster's life. But Levi Martinson's gentle love starts to chip away at her hardened heart, until devastating details about the attack are revealed, putting their love--and Deborah's shaky faith--to the ultimate test. 

Full of forgiveness and the message that no one is too damaged for God's healing touch, the final book in the split-time Sedgwick County Chronicles will thrill fans of Rachel Hauck, Lisa Wingate, and Kristy Cambron. 


My Review:
 
A tender dual timeline story of healing, restoration and love. 

A heart tugging story that digs deep, tenderly handling two unique and captivating stories of strong women a hundred years apart finding hope and healing through faith. An emotional read with likable characters, and an engaging plot. I liked how the author dealt with the difficult topic of abuse within the church in a real and honest way. I was equally captivated by both Siobhan and Deborah's stories, and enjoyed the strong themes of faith and restoration. 

Levi and Matt are both patient and understanding, and I liked how they gave the women in their lives space to process things, but also were there by their sides. I adored Levi's tender and steady growing love for Deborah.

Highly recommend this stirring tale of faith, forgiveness and healing!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Amanda Wen

Amanda Wen is a Selah Award–winning, Parable best-selling author of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction, including Roots of Wood and Stone and The Songs That Could Have Been, and a professional musician. Wen currently lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and three children.

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2.22.2024

Chasing the Horizon by Mary Connealy // Review

Lucie's Review: 

When her greedy father tried to put her in an asylum, Beth takes matters into her own hands rescuing her mother and joining an Oregon bound wagon train. 

I liked how Beth found true friends and allies to help her on her adventure, like Oscar, Kat, and Jake. This was a tougher book for me to read, because Beth's father was just so awful, and I just didn't want to read about him and his scheming. 

A great start to a new series, with a full cast of characters. Not as much humor as I am used to from this author, but still a enjoyable story, with strong characters and themes of faith. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

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2.21.2024

Ordinary Angels // Review & Giveaway

Don’t miss this powerful film, based on a true story! You’ll leave feeling inspired to be an angel to people in your own community!

Based on a remarkable true story, ORDINARY ANGELS centers on Sharon  (Hilary Swank), a fierce but struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed (Alan Ritchson), a widower  working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters. With his youngest daughter  waiting for a liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family and will  move mountains to do it. What unfolds is the inspiring tale of faith, everyday miracles, and ordinary angels.  




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My Review:
Based on the incredible true story of a woman who finds hope again by throwing herself into helping a family in need.

A well done and inspiring film, with a talented cast. I was inspired by Sharon's determination, and unwillingness to take no for an answer, when most people would have never embarked on such a quest in the first place. I loved the message of hope, and how God can use imperfect people as His instruments to do amazing things. It was also so cool to see how the community all came together for this family.

The movie did a great job of showing the wide range of emotions they were all going through, as well as how it brought them together, and made them see things differently.

Overall, an absolute must-see film. Excellent storytelling, inspiring, uplifting, all based on an amazing true story!


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2.20.2024

Dangerous Texas Hideout by Virginia Vaughn // Review

Lucie's Review: 

Penny Jackson left everything behind after her young daughter becomes the sole witness to a bank robbery, after the FBI fails to keep them safe she takes matters into her own hands, fleeing to a small town. But even that doesn't seem to be enough, can they stay safe with the help of police chief Caleb Harmon?

When Caleb sees Penny and Missy in need of protection, he jumps in to help them find a solution. He admires Penny for her mothering, and relationship with her daughter. I liked how Caleb has a solid group of friends, as well as a solid faith in God. 

An action packed read with great characters, strong faith, and a well paced plot. Missy is a darling child, and I loved how being in a secure environment made her feel safe again. An engaging read, hard to put down with great characters!


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2.19.2024

If the Boot Fits by Karen Witemeyer // Review

Review:

A delightfully enchanting Texas fairy-tale romance, filled with humor, faith, family, and romance. 

A fun, original twist on a classic romance inspiration, with a full cast of characters, great interaction, growth, and a solidly paced plot. Such a great read that pulled me in quick and kept a smile on my face, I loved how Sam keeps the mystery man's secret, while silently searching for him. Asher is a strong, family oriented man, and he can't pass up a chance to do good. Which leads his and Samantha's paths to cross often. 

A charming read, that combines all of my favorite things in this terrific western Cinderella, faith filled romance. I loved the themes of family, forgiveness, and repairing relationships. Clint is a spirited younger sibling to be sure, and I loved his hilarious turns of phrase!

A fantastic feel-good western romance that you won't want to put down!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

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