4.30.2023

Double the Lies by Patricia Raybon // Review

Review: 

An innocent gesture of kindness leads to Annalee being framed for the murder of a young barnstorming pilot. 

Annalee takes on the case, and proving her own innocence depends on it. A wonderful follow up to the first book in the series, picking up shortly after the events of the previous book, Annalee still has questions about her origins, and is exploring her new relationship with Jack. 

Fast paced and full of adventure this is a quick read, I liked the continued development of the characters as well as meeting all the new faces in this twisting mystery. I especially liked Mrs. Mason and her gruff, motherly ways. 

Overall, a fun adventure and great addition to the series. It will be fun to see where it goes. 

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

4.28.2023

Before You Meet Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer // Review

My Review: 

A lovely 30 day devotional from authors Tricia Goyer and Robin Jones Gunn, filled with encouragement and sound wisdom for young women. 

Heartfelt and encouraging this was a well written devotional, with sound advice and beautiful prayers, with space for reflection. Each chapter was concise but with room to ponder as well. I think that this book could be enjoyed by all ages, but was definitely more skewed towards teens and young women in their early twenties. As someone who is older, still single, and has seen most of my friends married with a handful of children, there were somethings that were really great and encouraging, and other things that were well intentioned, but just not quite one size fits all. 

Overall, a wonderful heartfelt read for young women, I liked that the authors shared personal stories from their own lives and how they met their husbands. A faith-filled read that is encouraging, but also inclusive to people who have had different past experiences. 

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

Mail-Order Bride Substitute by Linda Ford // Celebrate Lit



About the Book

Book: Mail-Order Bride Substitute

Author: Linda Ford

Genre: Historical Western Romance

Release date: March 29, 2023

Olivia comes from a rich family, but it hasn’t protected her from malicious rumors. A marriage of convenience as a mail-order bride to Riley Shannon is exactly what she needs for a fresh start. Especially when he makes it clear he wants no romance. Something she is in complete agreement with. She’ll go in place of her friend, Sylvia, who has changed her mind about the arrangement she made with Riley.

Riley has bitter memories of loving a rich woman who doesn’t care to embrace ranch life. He has no intention of repeating that lesson. When Olivia steps from the train, offering to be his substitute bride, his answer is a resounding ‘no thanks.’ But Olivia isn’t about to take no for an answer and makes her way to the ranch, determined to prove she is the answer to his prayers.

What will it take for these two to overcome the barriers to their love?

 

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Review: 

An engaging prairie romance of convenience. Oliva is a likable heroine from the beginning, a brave problem solver, going into the unknown to marry a man determined not to fall in love. 

An enjoyable western romance, the third in a series, though it stands alone quite well. I liked that Olivia has supportive friends and family, she is willing to try new things and doesn't even though she is against some mighty tough odds. Riley isn't the best at first impressions, but he is a good man who is thoughtful and kind, though he has been hurt in the past. 

A well written read, with a sweet romance that had great elements of meaningful interaction and relationship building. I really liked getting to know the characters and see them get to know and trust each other, as well as seeing Olivia's sister-in-law's help her adjust to ranch life. I loved the western setting and the marriage of convenience plot, which was well executed with wonderful characters. Well worth the read!

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

About the Author


Linda Ford is a multi-published author who makes her home in rural Alberta, Canada where she is near enough to the Rockies to see them every day. She didn’t always want to be an author. In fact, she dreamed of running an orphanage. In a way, her dream came true. She married a rancher. They had four children then adopted ten, an experience which has given her much fodder for the happy-ever-after stories she writes. Growing up on the prairie and learning to notice the small details it hides has given her an appreciation for watching God at work in His creation. Her upbringing also included being taught to trust God in everything and through everything—a theme that resonates in her stories.

Mail-Order Bride Substitute is her 100th title.

 

More from Linda

For the most part, I write westerns.  Historical western romances to be exact. Now I’m not a cowgirl. I don’t even ride horseback. (Shh. Don’t tell anyone.) So, you might well ask, what qualifies me to write stories of this era and these kinds of people?

 

Well, I could list a number of reasons. 1) I had a father who liked to visit museums and tell stories about settling the west. Not only that, but for a few summers when I was very young, my mother and my siblings accompanied him to live in a…well, the best way to describe it is to say it was a cabin on wheels with nothing inside but a few cupboards and rough bunk beds. You could say I experienced pioneer life firsthand albeit it through the eyes of a child 2) As a child, I read anything I could get my hands on, including Zane Grey. I fell in love with his heroes, his heroines and his settings. 3) I dated and married a man who lives to watch westerns. And as a good date and later, a good wife, I spent many hours watching them. 4). I still love those larger-than-life heroes (aka cowboys) and the stubborn but kind heroines.

 

Mail-Order Bride Substitute is the third in a 5-book (and counting) series of Montana Mail-Order Brides. I like creating families and have done exactly that in this series. There are four brothers—the Shannons–and then their friends who see how successful their marriages are and decide to try this mail-order bride business for themselves.

 

I tend to create strong families and this series is no exception. Mrs. Shannon was a kind, guiding mother. Mr. Shannon was tough as old leather yet fair. Their sons do their best to honor them. I also prefer settings that include mountains which is why I have set this series in beautiful western Montana.

 

I love these stories. Or maybe it’s the cowboys and the brides who gather their courage around them to travel west to marry—and yes, tame—these young men.

 

Incidentally, this is my 100th book to be published.

Blog Stops

Vicky Sluiter, April 15

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, April 16 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, April 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 17

Texas Book-aholic, April 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 19

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, April 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 20

Connie’s History Classroom, April 21

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 22

Cover Lover Book Review, April 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 24

Mornings at Character Cafe, April 24

For Him and My Family, April 25

Holly’s Book Corner, April 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 26

Pause for Tales, April 27

Labor Not in Vain, April 28

To Everything There Is A Season, April 28

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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4.24.2023

All That is Secret by Patricia Raybon // Review

My Review: 

A year after the death of her father Professor Annalee Spain receives a clue about his death, implying that it wasn't an accident. 

An engaging and fast paced historical mystery, though the beginning was a little choppy and some of the choices didn't quite feel true to the sensibilities of the times, the action packed, twisting plot kept me engaged and delivered an explosive ending. Annalee is on a quest for answers about more than her father's death, though perhaps she doesn't know it at first. I liked her friendship with little Eddie, her determination and heart for others. 

Annalee though a theology professor at a Chicago Bible college, has her doubts about God, and I liked how this book has a strong message of genuine faith and a relationship with Jesus. 

Overall, an enjoyable adventure, fast paced and easy to read, with colorful characters and a web of deception in Colorado. Building suspense as the plot rises to a crescendo, with a satisfying ending and space for a sequel. 

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

4.23.2023

The Swindler's Daughter by Stephenia H. McGee // Review

Lucie's Review: 

Lillian Doyle is shocked to find that what believed her entire life about her father is a carefully constructed falsehood. Upon her father's death she travels to claim her inheritance, and discovers a side of her family that she never knew, as well as chance to find love on her own terms. 

I liked how Lillian get's a chance to be out on her own, outside of her mother's plans, making new friends. She is smart and has business sense thriving in the new town and newfound freedom. I liked Jonah's mother and her words of faith and friendship towards Lillian. 

A little bit slower to start out, but it grew on me and I liked the gradual character development, strong faith, and dash of mystery along the way. 

Overall, an enjoyable read, well written, in an early 1900's setting. 

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

4.22.2023

Concrete Evidence by DiAnn Mills // Review

Lucie's Review: 

Everything that Avery has always believed about the man who raised her is turned on its head when she finds hi standing over a dead body, gun in hand. She teams up with FBI Agent Marc Wilkins to find some answers, but the more clues that they find the more questions arise.

An engaging read, though it took awhile until everything started to fall into place. I liked that Avery was personally challenged to take a look at her own personal faith, while she and Marc look for the truth. A tangled web of deception, everything is not as it seems in this suspenseful tale that kept me guessing. 

Overall, a story that kept me guessing with likable characters, though it took awhile for things to really start rolling. I liked the strong threads of faith that ran throughout, as well. 


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

4.21.2023

Hearts of Briarwall by Krista Jensen // Review

My Review: 

A sweet proper romance set in the Edwardian era, about a young couple who bond over their love of motorcars and adventure. 

Spencer Hayes dreams of starting his own parts company for motorcars, but with no great wealth of his own he is hoping to gain investments into his business through his connections. He calls on his old school friend Andrew Wooding, and upon arrival is surprised to see how much Lydia has grown into a beautiful and adventurous young woman. But her brother already has a wealthy older match in mind for her. 

An enjoyable read, with wonderful characters in this lighter clean romance. I liked Lydia's friend group of "Wendys" how they supported each other and their passion for literature. It was fun seeing Spencer and Lydia connect over their shared interests, and I could understand why Andrew was more serious and why he thought he was doing what was best for his sister. 

Overall, a delightful, quick read, that was fun, and sweet. 

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

4.19.2023

Shaped by the Waves by Christina Suzann Nelson // Review

My Review: 

Following three women this book explores how each of their lives take unforeseen twists, but God was in control all along. 

Cassie George and her young daughter, Lark, return to the Georgia Coast to care for her ailing Aunt Shasta, while there she receives a mysterious manuscript that tells a riveting tale that evokes memories from her past. 

A compelling read about three very different women, told in a way that makes it feel more character driven until it all takes a turn as the story progresses. I liked the strong themes of family beyond the bonds of blood, and that way that God works things out for good. Lark is such a sweet child and I loved the way that she communicated with Shasta, and her friendship with Marshall. She is so unabashed about how she says things in her own little way. 

Overall, this was a compelling and surprising read that had me invested in all three of the storylines and characters, with a beautiful message of faith and hope. A memorable women's fiction read, engaging and gentle, weaving a powerful story.


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

4.17.2023

Hers for the Summer by Jill Kremerer // Review

Lucie's Review: 

Eden Page isn't sure what's next, so she reluctantly agrees to watch Ryder Fanning's 5 year old twin girls, but just for the summer...

I loved how Eden is so great with Harper and Ivy, doing interactive projects with them and getting to know their individual likes and dislikes. Eden knows that Ryder doesn't want to fall in love again, but she can't help but notice what a great dad and caring person he is. 

A heartwarming romance with an adorable set of twins. I liked that faith was important for both Eden and Ryder in this heartwarming western romance, as they get to know each other and wonder about a possible future. An enjoyable quick read!

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

4.15.2023

Jesus Revolution // Movie Review and Giveaway



Jesus Revolution is a powerful film about Jesus’ radical love for His children and the impact His love has on us! Watch the film today from the comfort of your own home! 

In the 1970s, young Greg Laurie (Joel Courtney) is searching for all the right things in all the wrong places: until he meets Lonnie Frisbee (Jonathan Roumie), a charismatic hippie-street-preacher. Together with Pastor Chuck Smith (Kelsey Grammer), they open the doors of Smith’s languishing church to an unex pected revival of radical and newfound love, leading to what TIME Magazine dubbed a JESUS REVOLUTION. 

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Review: A powerful film based on a true story, with a message of hope and salvation, showing how God uses flawed people for His glory, drawing lost sheep to Himself.

The story follows a young Greg Laurie as he navigates his coming of age in the 1970's, seeking a deeper meaning in life, coming from a broken home and looking for more. He encounters Lonnie Frisbee and Chuck Smith, eventually joining their church and finding his own passion for evangelism.

The movie touches on the highs and lows of the movement, showing the struggles that they were up against publicly and personally. My biggest takeaway from the film was how God used a eclectic group of people from a variety of backgrounds, people with their own struggles, and He can use us too.

The story is well told, with a great cast, script, and cinematic style that captures the story perfectly. An inspiring film with a powerful message, that is worth re-watching time and time again. A compelling story of finding faith, weathering the storms in life, and keeping the faith in times of trials. A powerful must see movie, great for adults and families with teens.

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Many thanks to Kingdom Story Company for providing a sample of the product for this  review. Opinions are 100% my own.

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4.14.2023

Dawn's Untrodden Green by Carolyn Miller // Just Read

Dawn's Untrodden Green JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Dawn’s Untrodden Green by Carolyn Miller, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Dawn's Untrodden Green

Title: Dawn's Untrodden Green
Series:
Regency Wallflowers #3
Author: Carolyn Miller
Publisher:
Kregel Publications
Release Date:
April 11, 2023
Genre:
Christian Historical Romance

"Highly entertaining, refreshing, and witty. . . . [A] beautifully written, delightful, and faith-filled romance of two endearing hearts."

--Grace Hitchcock, award-winning author of My Dear Miss Dupré

Not much happens in Theodosia Stapleton's tiny Northumberland village. Certainly not to her. She has resigned herself to spinsterhood, caring for her ailing mother in the home of her grandfather, known to the locals as "General Contrary." When her dear friend dies and leaves behind a daughter, it's simple enough to take the child into her own quiet world. That is, until her ward's famous uncle unexpectedly arrives and throws Theo's tidy orbit completely off-kilter. 

Fame was the last thing Daniel Balfour sought when he fought in the Peninsular War. But his brave exploits caught the attention of the King, and now the honors he was given hound him everywhere . . . even on his rushed trip to rescue his orphaned niece. Theo's quick wit and warm smile reassure him that Rebecca is in good hands, and he finds himself free to swiftly return to London and his responsibilities. But those caring hands are beginning to look like they could also safely hold his heart, and he's tempted to linger. Unfortunately, marriage is simply not in the cards; the army is spouse enough for him. 

Then an accident and a scandal lead both Theo and Daniel to discover that their best-laid plans may not have been what God designed for them after all.

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Review: 


Theodosia Stapleton has resigned her self to her spinster fate caring for her mother and taking in an orphan girl, until war hero Daniel Balfour comes to their small town to upend her world. 

Theo is a likable heroine from the start, she is witty and does a great job of dealing with her contrary grandfather, as well as caring for her sick mother and young Becky. She has a heart for others, and she wants to be realistic about her prospects. I enjoyed her growing friendship with Daniel as they get to know each other and find themselves longing for more than friendship. Daniel and Theo have to deal with a lot because of nosy and opinionated busy-bodies, and my heart went out to these two people who were so kind and had done nothing to earn the bad opinion of others. 

This was a well written historical read with excellent characters, though I didn't care much for all the society dinners at the main character's expense. I especially liked Theo for her devotion to her family, and heart for others. An enjoyable read for fans of Christian Regency fiction!

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

More Books in this Series

Dusk's Darkest Shores  Midnight's Budding Morrow


About the Author

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.

Connect with Carolyn by visiting carolynmillerauthor.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a print copy of all three books in the Regency Wallflower series by Carolyn Miller.
(books 1 & 2 will be signed, and a book plate from the author will be included for Dawn's Untrodden Green)

 Dawn's Untrodden Green JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 10, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 17, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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4.12.2023

Jonas by Susan May Warren // Just Read


Review: 

Once a storm chaser Jonas Marshall is tracking weather patterns in Slovenia. He answers the call of hikers in distress, and finds himself swept into a radioactive bomb plot filled with intrigue and danger!

An action packed read, filled with suspense as Sibba and Jonas race against the clock to disarm a bomb threatening to detonate harming many below. Engaging and fast paced, with great relationship building and interaction. I like that Jonas was willing to jump in and help, risking his life to help Sibba on her mission. I also liked that it follows up with Ned and Shay, as well as some of the other Marshalls. 

There is a lot going on, and I had a hard time putting it down. I liked that Jonas is a Christian and shares his faith with Sibba as they work together. Sibba has been through a lot, and Jonas is a great listener. I liked getting to know Sibba and her family, and seeing her so cool under pressure. 

Overall, a fantastic addition to the series with a gripping plot, and amazing characters. Reading this one makes me excited to read the next book in the series!

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

Check out the instagram tour @justreadtours to get a full list of the tour hosts where you can enter to win a copy of this book! April 12th thru April 18t, 2023

4.11.2023

Counter Attack by Patricia Bradley // Review

Lucie's Review: 

Alexis Stone returns to her hometown to serve as chief deputy sheriff on her way to a police chief position in Chattanooga, what is supposed to be a short pit stop becomes much more when a serial killer strikes, leading them on a psychological chase. 

Alexis is a driven young woman, very goal oriented workaholic, and devoted to her job. Coming home also means facing a former high school flame, Nathan Landry, who wants to help keep her safe and bring the killer to justice. 

A fast paced read, and great start to a new series. I liked the interaction between her and Nathan, Nathan is a great guy and he has her best interests in mind. Her grandparents are also great people, admirable and wonderful Christian people. I didn't particularly like following the bad guy though, as they were super creepy. 

Overall, this was a quick read, though some of the twists I saw coming, there is a lot going on. I didn't like knowing things before Alexis and Nathan, as I'm just someone who doesn't like seeing people walking into something bad, but that is more of a personal preference. An action packed start to a new series!


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

4.10.2023

Freedom's Song by Kim Vogel Sawyer // Review

Review: 

A encouraging slow burn romance of faith, as Fanny breaks free of her bonds and finds a beautifully unexpected love. 

Fanny Beck is an indentured servant, with no hope of freedom, as her indenture holder is a man of cunning who doesn't plan to let her go at the end of her seven years. So during a great storm she sees her chance and takes it. 

A steady historical romance, with a sweet, likable heroine, strong themes of faith and courage. I liked that Fanny has a compassionate heart for others, selflessly putting others first when no one would blame for being selfish. Walter is a good man, not prone to speaking much, but he loves his daughter fiercely. 

Overall, this was a pleasant read that reminded me of the books I read growing up in my teen years, a enjoyable read with a more simple plot, and inspiring message. Great for fans of this author and historical romance! 

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

4.09.2023

Escape from the Everglades by Tim Shoemaker // Review


Review: 

An adventurous start to a new series!

Parker Buckman is out with his friends in the Everglades when he is attacked by a gator and injures his arm. Parker faces troubles with a bully, friendship troubles and the search for a missing girl, will it bring them closer together or tear them apart?

An action packed read for teens about the son of a park ranger and his group of friends as they face the danger of the Everglades and growing up. I liked that Parker and his father have a good relationship and that he works hard to keep his father's trust. There is a lot going on, lessons about friendship, faith, and relationships. 

Overall, a good choice for teens looking for a book filled with adventure, faith, and themes of growing up. Definitely suspenseful and intense, it will be fun to see what happens next!

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

Targeted in the Desert by Dana Mentink // Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book


Book: Targeted in the Desert

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: March 28, 2023

Family secrets have Felicia Tennison, and the sister she never knew existed, on the run. Someone is after them, and Felicia will have to turn to someone she never wanted to see again for help—her ex. Sheriff Jude Duke vows to protect them as they race to uncover why the little girl is a target. But the search to find the answers could cost them their futures.

 

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 Review:

A fast-paced mystery, that kept the pages turning as Felicia and her sister try to stay one step ahead of who is pursuing them. 

An engaging romantic suspense, I liked that it brought Jude and Felicia back together after he had tried to pull away. Jude is a noble and protective man, and I liked that he was willing to step up and help Felicia as she swept into the conflict over her sister. 

A gripping novel that can be read as a stand alone or as part of the series. I liked seeing Felicia connect with Gracie and her giant dog, as well as seeing her face her past. Felicia and Jude work well together, and I liked seeing them problem solve, as well as Jude stepping out from behind the walls he's built for himself. 

Overall a compelling, action -packed read, filled with suspense, faith and love. Definitely a must-read for anyone who has been keeping up with the Duke family, or a wonderful stand alone!

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

About the Author



Dana Mentink is a USA TODAY and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author. She’s written more than forty mystery and suspense novels for Love Inspired Suspense, Harvest House, and Poisoned Pen Press. She is honored to have received two ACFW Carol Awards, a Holt Medallion Award, and a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Please visit her on the web at www.danamentink.com to sign up for her newsletter, or find her on Twitter, Facebook and Bookbub.

 

More from Dana

At last! We’ve arrived at the final book in the Desert Justice series! It seems like just yesterday I was finishing book one, about cousin Beckett Duke who was falsely imprisoned. Then we met cowboy Levi and his twin Willow, dog lover Austin, donkey rescuer Nora and FINALLY sheriff Jude Duke gets his story! I am a fan of a hero with some miles under his belt, aren’t you? Could it be because I’ve got more than a few under mine? Ending this series is bittersweet because I am thrilled that the Dukes all received their happy endings, but I’ll miss writing about their adventures in Death Valley. Hope you’ll come along on my next series. (Could be there are bloodhounds in our fictional future!)

God bless!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 29

Lily’s Book Reviews, March 29

An Author’s Take, March 30

Vicky Sluiter, March 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 31

Blogging With Carol, March 31

Texas Book-aholic, April 1

Paula’s Pad of Inspiration, April 1

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 2

For Him and My Family, April 2

Betti Mace, April 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 3

Simple Harvest Reads, April 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Holly’s Book Corner, April 4

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 5

Daysong Reflections, April 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 5

Bigreadersite, April 6

Splashes of Joy, April 6

Blossoms and Blessings, April 7

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 7

Pause for Tales, April 8

EmpowerMoms, April 8

Labor Not in Vain, April 9

Book Looks by Lisa, April 9

For the Love of Literature, April 10

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, April 10

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 11

Through the Fire Blogs, April 11

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

(If the winner is outside the U.S., then he or she will receive an eBook.)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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4.04.2023

Blind Trust by Natalie Walters // Review

Review: 

A terrific conclusion to the SNAP Agency, that brings together the whole team as well as an unlikely couple, as they fight to keep the ones they love safe. 

Lyla Fox is intrigued by a threatening letter that she receives from a man that she helped put away, especially since he died three years ago. Lyla wants to follow the lead, but she needs the help of the one person who won't want to get involved. 

An engaging and mysterious read, that kept me on my toes and guessing throughout. I liked that this book had the whole team working together to take down the bad guys. I liked that Nicolas is careful and watches out for others. 

Overall, an excellent addition to the series, I loved seeing favorite characters from the previous books, as well as Lyla and Nicolas becoming closer and tracking down the bad guys. A wonderful conclusion to an amazing series!

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

4.03.2023

The Baby Next Door by Vannetta Chapman // Review

Review: 

A sweet romance with an unlikely couple, a charming tale of second chances and starting over.

Grace Troyer and her young daughter have moved back to her hometown and are staying with her parents. Adrian Schrock is a young man with an unusual passion for exotic animals, and he wants to turn his passion into a business so he asks the Troyers to join with him to put together an Amish tour.  I loved how he is great with little Nicole, and the care that he takes with his animals. I liked that he is patient with Grace, and he takes things in stride, working with her even when she makes it difficult. 

This is a sweet Amish romance, I liked the themes of forgiveness and that Grace wanted everyone to know the truth. A fun quick read.
 
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

4.02.2023

The Escape Game by Marilyn Turk // Celebrate Lit



About the Book

Book: The Escape Game

Author: Marilyn Turk

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Release date: March, 2023

A Board Game Holds Keys to Prisoners’ Escape

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

After the Nazis started the bombing blitz of England, Beryl Clarke puts her college on hold to return to Leeds, care for her mother, and work as a secretary at the Waddington game company. While she endures the war at home, her brother James fights the enemy in the air. When he is shot down, injured, and captured, James meets American POW Kenneth Anderson, and they plan to escape the Nazi prison camp. Beryl knows there is a board game with escape plans being delivered to POWs by the Red Cross. But how will the men discover the game’s secret?

 

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 Review: 

An engaging read set during WWII, that follows Beryl Clarke and an American soldier as they wait out the war, she in England working for Waddington Game Company and Kenneth in a German POW camp. 

Beryl has put off her plan for schooling due to war as well as her mother's failing health, she is a hard worker and does what she can to make her mother more comfortable. I liked the friendship between James and Kenneth, and how he encourages Kenneth to take a closer look at Christianity. Kenneth is a good friend, clever and quick thinking, I liked how he and the other soldiers stuck together while in the prison camp. 

Overall it was an entertaining read, with a touch of romance, but mainly a story about the brave men and women who lived through the war. It was so cool learning about how games were used to help the troops on foreign soil. An enjoyable read. 

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

About the Author


Award-winning author Marilyn Turk writes historical fiction flavored with suspense and romance. Marilyn also writes devotions for Daily Guideposts. She and her husband are lighthouse enthusiasts, have visited over one hundred lighthouses, and also served as volunteer lighthouse caretakers at Little River Light off the coast of Maine.

When not writing or visiting lighthouses, Marilyn enjoys boating, fishing, gardening, tennis, playing with grandkids, and her golden retriever Dolly.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; Faith, Hope and Love; Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; and Word Weavers International.

 

More from Marilyn

The Story behind The Escape Game

In the process of writing my books, I’ve become fascinated by the real stories that happened during World War II. I’ve discovered information I didn’t know before and am finding out that many people I know, even those older than myself, didn’t know either. Every time I come across an interesting tidbit, I want to write about it. Since my husband knows I look for such things, when he came across a story about how the Monopoly game was used during the war, he shared it with me.

The true story was kept top-secret for over fifty years after the war, so few had heard about it, especially outside the United Kingdom. Of course, my writer’s mind set off asking “What If?” So the story developed about a woman who works for the company that makes the game and what happened after she found out about the secret. What if she had a close relative who had been captured before the British informed their soldiers about the game and he needed to know the information? How could she convey that to him?

I wish I could have gone to the UK for research, but that was not a possibility. Maybe someday. However, the people I contacted there were very helpful, and I was thrilled to make contact with the great granddaughter of the president of Waddintons, the company which manufactured the game. She was able to fill in a few details about the company, although when she was a child, her grandfather ran the company.

One thing many people find hard to believe, based on the horrible treatment the Nazi army inflicted on people they thought inferior, is that the treatment of POW’s was somewhat better, especially for pilots. Thanks to the rules of the Geneva Convention after WWI, the Germans abided by them for the most part. That involved treatment of prisoners who escaped. Most of them were caught and returned to the camp from which they escaped. And normally, the punishment was solitary confinement. The biggest hardship of the POWs besides lack of freedom was the meager food they were given, especially as the war continued, since the Germans themselves were facing food shortages.

The challenge for me as a writer was to accurately describe life in both England and the POW camp. The other big challenge was writing a love story when the two characters were apart for so long. But it’s true that many soldiers fell in love with women they corresponded with back home. That fact is verified in the many letters on record, including the ones my father-in-law wrote to a fellow soldier’s fianc√© after the soldier was killed in action. Their relationship grew into love, and after the war, the two met in person at the train station for the first time and married the same day.

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