The Love Everybody Wants by Madison Prewett Troutt // Review

My Review: 

Written in conversational chapters in an upbeat tone and style that reminded me of Sadie Robertson Huff.

I'm probably a little older than the target demographic of this book. It felt aimed more at teens and early 20's, so that is the age group that I would recommend this book to. Though the books claims multiple times to not be a relationship book about dating and how to find a spouse, that's pretty much what it is. Not all that it is by means, but that definitely is a big focus of the book as it talks about healthy standards for human relationships from a Christian standard, as well as the importance of knowing that only God can ultimately meet our deepest needs.

 I liked that Madison told stories from her life and shared things that she had learned from her relationships with family or romantically. I liked that she talked honestly about some of her struggles, though at time it felt more like a motivational speaker and drifted into more of that territory, though I liked that she brought it back to faith in Christ as our primary relationship. 

Overall, this was a quick read and as a person who has read similar books in the past it wasn't anything new or groundbreaking personally, but I could see how this would definitely appeal to a younger audience and that next generation of young women who are familiar with Madison in the public eye.

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

Radiant by Ashley Bustamante // Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book: Radiant

Author: Ashley Bustamante

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: May 9, 2023

Secrets Come in Every Shade

After the introduction of Yellow magic in a society accustomed to only Red and Blue magic, the world inside the barrier has become more complicated than anyone imagined. Ava, Elm, and the former students of Prism navigate life in hiding. They face discord, secrets, betrayal, and danger that looms ever closer as the Benefactors narrow in on their hideaway.

Ava is determined to keep everyone protected, even at the cost of her own safety. She explores dangerous aspects of her new Mentalist abilities—against Elm’s dire warnings.

Tensions escalate when a new visitor arrives claiming to know a way out of the barrier. While this may be the only way to escape the Benefactors, what awaits them on the outside? Will they gain allies or make an entirely new set of enemies?


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My Review:

In the aftermath of the previous book's events Ava, Elm and the other defectors from Prism find themselves trying to work out their next steps while staying out of reach of the benefactors. A mysterious friend from Elm's past promises a whole new world outside the barriers. 

An exciting addition to the series adding a new layer of tension and obstacles to face, as Elm and Ava find their growing relationship tested and explore magic they never imagined possible. I liked that this book explores new aspects of their gifts as well as goes in unexpected directions to keep me on my toes. we get a deeper look at some of the characters as well. 

There is plenty of tension between the characters, as well as action and revelations that made me even more excited for the sure to be amazing conclusion! A must read for people who read Vivid!

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

About the Author

Ashley Bustamante has created stories from the moment she could scribble and staple sheets of paper together. She simply cannot recall a time when writing was not a force in her life. When not running through lines of dialogue in her mind, she enjoys taking photographs and spending time with her husband, three children, and any furry, feathered, or scaly creature she can find.


More from Ashley

When I originally wrote Vivid, book one in The Color Theory series, I wasn’t sure if the story would continue. But it had to, didn’t it? Without spoiling anything, Vivid ends in a place where things are really just beginning, and that’s where Radiant takes the stage. What does coming together really look like? What does it take for a group of diverse people to unite? Radiant explores the strength that grows from working together and overcoming differences. It doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and our characters have a lot to learn. I hope you’ll enjoy Radiant!

Blog Stops

Labor Not in Vain, May 31

Texas Book-aholic, June 1

Through the Fire Blogs, June 2 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 3

Blossoms and Blessings, June 4 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, June 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 5

Artistic Nobody, June 6 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 7

Stories By Gina, June 8 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, June 9

Simple Harvest Reads, June 10 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 11

Guild Master, June 12 (Author Interview)

Sheila’s Reading Corner, June 12

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 13


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Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson // Celebrate Lit

About the Book


Book: Guess How Much God Loves You

Author: Karen Ferguson

Genre: Children’s book (picture book)

Release date: July 19, 2022

Take a journey through the Bible with Lucy Lu, a colorful, creatively curious first grader who is starting to have serious questions about God.

Questions like: How old is He? Does He sleep? What does He do all day? And the biggest one of all – does God really love me?

After one very hard day, feeling like she doesn’t matter, Lucy sits with her Papa Joe who has promised to answer these questions and more, launching them onto an exciting journey to discover God’s never changing, never failing, never ending love.

What follows in this book series is a wild adventure through the Bible, where Lucy and her Papa find themselves in the middle of it all, on each page of the powerful story of God’s love and faithfulness for all people, throughout all history.

This first book is all about God’s Creation 🌎

Guess How Much God Loves You is a vibrant, fun, and biblically based book that is sure to captivate young readers as it teaches them important Bible truths that will help them build a firm foundation in God and His Good Character – all through the lens of His unconditional love.


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 My Review:

A beautifully illustrated picture book, with a message hope and love, perfect to share with the little ones in your life.

I loved how Lucy's grandfather shares God's word with her, making the truth come alive before her eyes, as she sees the wonder and care of God as he created the world for us to live on. The illustrations compliment the story well, full of color, each detail is graced with a loving touch that fits the story well. 

A beautifully put together book, that looks like it will be the beginning of a lovely series. I liked that it features a godly parental figure in the form of Lucy's grandfather, and a biblical account of creation. A  great book to read with the little people in your life, with a great easy to read style, and a different way of linking the creation story with God's love. Very well done!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher. Opinions expressed are my own. 

About the Author

Karen Ferguson is a freelance writer and small business owner with a background in K-8 education. A grateful wife, mom, and grandmom she loves words and the Word of God and is passionate about writing stories that grab and hold young readers’ attention, teaching them all about God’s unchangeable truths, and His unchanging love for them.

Her first children’s book, Guess How Much God Loves You, was released in July 2022 through Ambassador International and is available wherever books are sold.


More from Karen

Are you looking for God honoring books that will captivate your child’s imagination, teach them faith-building biblical concepts, and help them grow in their reading skills?

Then I have the perfect book for your young reader…Guess How Much God Loves You

This beautifully illustrated book introduces young readers to the Creation Account, through the eyes of seven year old Lucy Lu, a creatively curious first grader who is starting to have serious questions about God.

Questions like…

How old is He? Does He sleep? What does He do all day? And the biggest one of all – does God really love me?

After one very hard day, feeling like she doesn’t matter, Lucy sits with her Papa Joe who has promised to answer these questions and more, launching them onto an exciting journey through the Bible to discover God’s never changing, never failing, never ending love.

I wrote this book because I want every child to know their life matters. To know that the God of all things created them in His image, on purpose and for a good purpose.

Guess How Much God Loves You will have seven books in the series with each one covering an important Bible account critical to building an understanding of God’s character and His love for all people, including your reader!

This first book is about the Creation Account as recorded in the Bible. Future books will cover the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, the Exodus and more.

I want children to understand these are not just stories about fictional characters, but historical accounts about real people they can relate to. People who experienced God’s power, love, and faithfulness.

My greatest desire is to see this next generation trust the Bible and enjoy reading it. More than ever, young readers need to hear the message that they are valuable, loved unconditionally by the One who created them and gave them the best gift of all, His Son Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 18

Lots of Helpers, May 18

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 19 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 19

Cover Lover Book Review, May 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 21

Texas Book-aholic, May 22

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, May 22

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 23

Pause for Tales, May 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 25

Bliss, Books & Jewels, May 25

Vicky Sluiter, May 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 27

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 28

JESUS in the EVERYDAY, May 29

Mary Hake, May 29

Labor Not in Vain, May 30

For Him and My Family, May 31


To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 Amazon gift card, one signed hardcover, one eBook, and one digital activity workbook that will help to reinforce the learning concepts in a fun way!!

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Loving the Rancher's Children by Mindy Obenhaus // Just Read

Loving the Rancher's Children JustRead Takeover + Review Blitz

Welcome to the Takeover + Review Blitz for Loving the Rancher's Children by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Loving the Rancher's Children Title: Loving the Rancher's Children 
Series: Hope Crossing #3 
Author: Mindy Obenhaus 
Publisher: Love Inspired Books 
Release Date: May 23, 2023 
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

A short-term solution

Could lead to long-term love

When Alli Krenek returns to her hometown, she’s surprised to find herself agreeing to become a nanny to Jake Walker’s children. Seventeen years ago, Jake betrayed Alli’s trust, and she’s avoided him ever since. But the more time she spends with Jake, the more his two little ones melt her heart and Alli begins to see the man Jake has become. Is this their chance to finally heal old wounds?

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Engaging and heartfelt story of second chances and finding love in unexpected places. 

Alli Krenek moves back to her hometown while navigating a career change, she unexpectedly accepts a job nannying for Jake Walker's two children, despite her complicated history with Jake. I liked that Jake and Alli were able to quickly move past what happened when they were kids, and develop an honest friendship. Allie is amazing with the children and does a great job giving them loving structure.

There was so much great interaction throughout, I loved how Alli and Jake shared a strong faith and were devoted to putting it into action in their lives. Jake's mom is also really supportive of Alli working with the kids. Alli is a wonderful caregiver, with a big heart for others. 

Overall, a fully enjoyable read from beginning to end, I connected with the characters quickly and found that it ended far sooner than I wanted. A wonderful read!

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

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About the Author

Mindy Obenhaus

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer and the occasional coyote, mountain lion or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and watching the Hallmark Channel.

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A Novel Proposal by Denise Hunter // Review

My Review: 

Sadie Goodwin has never written a romantic book in her life, it's not like she has any real life experience to draw from. But Sadie has one season to write a romance novel or forfeit her publishing contract so she takes up her friend on the offer of an empty beachfront house free of distractions, determined to research her way into the perfect novel. 

Sam came to North Carolina to get away from the noise, but a chipper new neighbor with an outgoing nature that attracts even more people isn't a part of his plans. 

An engaging read, with likable leads and a idyllic setting on the North Carolina Coast. I loved how the author wove in elements about the "rules" of writing a romance novel, throughout the story. It was fun seeing Sadie and Sam get to know each other, albeit begrudgingly on Sam's end. I liked their interaction, and how they worked together to reach their goals. 

A quick enjoyable read, it brought a smile to my face. Heartwarming and engaging, a wonderful standalone novel for fans of sweet romance! 

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

The Veteran's Vow by Jill Lynn // Review

Lucie's Review: 

After receiving a TBI while serving his country, Behr returns home but can his biggest fear be the answer to his healing? 

An engaging and heartwarming romance with wonderful characters and a plot that does a great job of pulling the characters together despite their own plans. Ellery thinks that she can find a dog to help Behr, and I liked that she was understanding and didn't push him too much. I liked how they bonded over their faith, and helping Ellery's nephew as well. 

I think that one of my favorite things was the give and take of the friendship between Ellery and Behr. His family is welcoming and wonderful, I especially liked his father.

Overall, such a wonderful heartwarming read with great characters, pacing and engaging plot. Probably my favorite by this author so far!

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


Like the Wind by Robin Lee Hatcher // Review

My Review: 

Six years after a terrible divorce that upended her life, Olivia Ward's life is once again upturned when she learns that she will receive custody of her daughter Emma, whom she has not seen for years. Will she be able to reconnect with her daughter despite the years apart?

A heartfelt and faith filled read about a mother and daughter's reunion, as well as the tale of a young mother 100 years before and her struggles through the unknowns trying to hold her family together during the Depression. 

A lovely story with heartfelt characters, struggling to do the right thing and make sense of where they are at. I loved Millie's journal entries, at first they seemed to no have anything to do with the main story but as the story progressed the connection was more clear. Tyler is a great guy, who finds himself caught between duty and his growing friendship with Olivia and Emma. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable smalltown read set in a few places that may be familiar if you are a fan of Robin Lee Hatcher like I am. I liked the honesty of the characters, they were flawed, but easy to cheer for just the same. I especially liked the strong message of faith and trusting God through the storms. 

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


Fairest of Heart by Karen Witemeyer // Review

Review: A delightful fairy tale re-telling with a Texas twist!

Orphaned at a young age, for Penelope Snow her growing beauty has always been something of a misfortune. Texas Ranger Titus Kingsley is more than a little suspicious of the young woman who has taken up residence with 7 rough and tumble old cowpokes, as he investigates a string of thieving. 

A charming read from beginning to end, I loved the characters especially the old cowhands with their various defining qualities and tender heart towards Penelope's plight. Such a fun read that brought a smile to my face, I loved Penelope and Titus together. I really enjoyed seeing Ms. Witemeyer's take on a classic tale, bringing it out west and making it her own, infusing it with a strong core of faith. 

Overall, this was a wonderful read, it brought a smile to my face and I liked Penelope's heart for others. A compelling read with a fairy tale twist, it makes for a cozy escape, entertaining, engaging, filled with romance and not shying away from faith. Highly recommend, and can't wait to read more in this series!

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

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Beauty Reborn by Elizabeth Lowham // Review

My Review: 

A stunning re-telling that for me was the perfect blend of staying true to the original while turning it on its head. 

Beauty is a young woman who uses her words and wit brazenly, as well as to fill the silence making light of life's trials, disguising a life shattered by an event that haunts her. This is a beautiful re-telling of a classic tale, I loved how it captures the classic tale, while digging deeper and even though I know the original well, it kept me guessing how it would end.

 The lovely prose flows through the book, weaving a captivating tale perfect for lovers of fairy tales. It also deals excellently with the topic of sexual assault in a sensitive but powerful way, that would be appropriate in my mind for teen readers. 

Beauty is a flawed character, who is clever but not always compassionate, thoughtlessly flaunting her wit, but my heart still went out for her because despite all of her bravado it is a cover for her true heart. I liked how the beast challenged her way of thinking with his quiet ways. 

Overall, I devoured this well written re-telling of one of my favorite stories, I haven't read a book so quickly in a long time, and I didn't want it to end. I honestly wouldn't change a thing about this lovely re-telling, and hope to read more similar books from this author in the future!

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


Something Old, Something New by Amy Clipston // Review

My Review: 

Her whole life Christine has been compared to her twin, Brittany, but she has carved out her own  niche with her antique mall. Meanwhile, Brent returns home with his future unclear to help his great-aunt Midge remodel her home so that she can sell. Will Christine and Brent let the past and their current insecurities take away their chance for a future together? 

A sweet and engaging tale with endearing characters. I especially liked how Aunt Midge was so supportive of Brent and Christine throughout. I liked how Christine encouraged Brent to follow his dreams, as well as her appreciation for treasures from the past. My heart went out to her for how tough her younger years were to be compared to her sister, and I admired how she gave Brent a chance to tell his side of the story. 

Overall, this was a charming read filled with compelling characters and plenty of heart. A wonderful standalone read!

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


The Long March Home by Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee // Review

My Review: 

A gripping novel of brotherhood and coming of age on the Bataan Death March. 

Jimmy Propfield is a young man stationed in the Philippines with his two best friends, Billy and Hank, when the US enters WWII. Together they fight for survival on the deadly march. 

A story of friendship and war, the book is told through the eyes of Jimmy as he endures unspeakable ordeals alongside his friends, while memories from back home give him a reason to make it home. The style of storytelling worked well for this particular story, infusing context into the complex characters relationships, and the memories were a welcome reprieve from the harder to read parts, and together it was amazing. I couldn't help but love the juxtaposed character that was Hank Wright, with his bravado, impulsive bravery, and loyalty to his friends in the most unimaginable situations where no one would have blames him if he'd acted selfishly. 

Overall, this was a powerful read with complex characters and masterful storytelling that captures the tension, and weight of their youth, as well as bright glimmers of hope in the darkest times. A tremendous story that you won't soon forget. 

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


The Pursuit of Miss Parish by Grace Hitchcock // Review

My Review:
A charming and adventure filled romance, filled with faith and friendship. 

Belle Parish is ready to make a fresh start, answering the letter of a cowboy in search of a mail-order bride. But when she arrives things that Colt wrote to her about don't seem to match the man that he appears to be, so she calls the wedding off and signs on as a Harvey Girl. 

Belle is a likable and capable young woman, I liked that she holds herself to high standards and quickly proves herself a hard worker. I was glad that she found true friends in Angelique and Harriet who supported her throughout. Even though Colt isn't who he appears to be, I did like that he wants to do better and prove himself to Belle, fighting for her not knowing who she would choose. 

Engaging and well-paced, with a courageous heroine in this action filled western romance. Enjoyable from beginning to end, this book has a full cast of characters, with strong themes of second chances, faith and friendship. I loved the slight connection to the previous book in the series and returning characters, though this book could definitely be read as a standalone. I'm 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.

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Millstone of Doubt by Erica Vetsch // Review

Lucie's Review: 

Daniel and Juliette team up again to solve a mystery, with her best friend, Agatha's livelihood hanging in the balance after the murder of her father. 

A great addition to the series bringing Juliette and Daniel together again, this is an engaging read that works well especially if you have read the first book in the series. I liked that Juliette was a faithful friend to Agatha, supporting her through all of it. It was also great that this book progresses Juliette and Daniel's friendship, and gives hints of a possible outcome. 

Engaging and well paced, this was a great sequel that held its own full of intrigue with great tension as they race against the clock. I'm definitely excited to see what's next for Daniel and Juliette in their work and relationship!

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


The Bark of Zorro by Kathleen Y'Barbo // Celebrate Lit

About the Book


Book: The Bark of Zorro

Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo

Genre: Christian/Cozy Mystery/Romance Fiction

Release date: April, 2023

Who Is Spray Painting the Dogs in Brenham, Texas?

Strange happenings are afoot in Brenham, Texas, as dogs start showing up at the Lone Star Veterinary Clinic with a Z spray painted on them. The cops blame pranksters, while pet owners are blaming each other. Receptionist Cassidy Carter uses her social media expertise to try to get the culprit caught on camera, but Texas game warden, Jason, thinks online media attention is the last thing this case needs. When Cassidy’s post goes viral, more dogs are found painted and the clinic gets marked with a big Z too. How could her good intentions have backfired so badly?


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 Review: When dogs start showing up with a strange marking painted on them, Cassidy is determined to get to the bottom of it. 

A fast paced cozy mystery, with an engaging plot and wonderful characters. I loved seeing the familiar faces from previous books, as well as meeting Jason a game warden who helps Cassidy with the case. It was fun seeing Jason and Cassidy's chemistry in front of the camera, as well as how well they work together despite their differing opinions. 

An enjoyable book from beginning to end, filled with action, mystery, and adventure. Such a fun read, with great characters, and a riveting plot that kept me guessing throughout. Definitely worth picking up!

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

About the Author

Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee and bestselling author of more than one hundred books with over two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she is a member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, Texas A&M Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M Women Former Students (Aggie Women), Texas Historical Society, Novelists Inc., and American Christian Fiction Writers. She would also be a member of the Daughters of the American Republic, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a few others if she would just remember to fill out the paperwork that Great Aunt Mary Beth has sent her more than once.

When she’s not spinning modern day tales about her wacky Southern relatives, Kathleen inserts an ancestor or two into her historical and mystery novels as well. Recent book releases include bestselling The Pirate Bride set in 1700s New Orleans and Galveston, its sequel The Alamo Bride set in 1836 Texas, which feature a few well-placed folks from history and a family tale of adventure on the high seas and on the coast of Texas. She also writes (mostly) relative-free cozy mystery novels for Guideposts Books.

Kathleen and her hero in combat boots husband have their own surprise love story that unfolded on social media a few years back. They make their home just north of Houston, Texas and are the parents and in-laws of a blended family of Texans, Okies, and one very adorable Londoner.


More from Kathleen


Recently I’ve been working on a series of cozy mystery novels set in a veterinary clinic in Brenham, Texas. I love Brenham. It’s one of my favorite cities and I’m thankful that it’s very near to me. Without Brenham, there would be no Blue Bell ice cream.

But I digress.

While preparing for the release of the fourth book in the series, The Bark of Zorro, I thought about what drew me to writing this series, other than ice cream, of course. It didn’t take me long to realize it was the dogs. During the course of the series there are fancy pets and sassy strays, but they all have one thing in common: they steal our hearts.

Let me tell you about a pup that stole my heart.

Meet Baxter.

Baxter has very little stress beyond whether his water bowl stays full, his food bowl is consistently replenished, and his trips outside are not withheld. In short–which he is–Baxter is a low maintenance guy, er dog.

He makes our house a home and gives us ears to scratch and a built-in vacuum cleaner to handle any kitchen messes that reach the floor.

Unfortunately, this fellow has one rather annoying habit. He likes to walk a half-step ahead of me while looking back to be sure I am following. Not the best way to make progress of any kind. In fact, life would be much less complicated if Baxter would just let me do the leading while he does the following.

I said this recently. Aloud. Yes, to a Miniature Schnauzer. And as the words left my mouth, I was struck with the thought that maybe I am guilty of the same thing.

How many times have I gotten ahead of God only to realize He wasn’t having any of it? How many more times did I think I knew exactly where God was going–or what He was going to do–only to realize I was nowhere near close in my guess? Just as Baxter –who has appointed himself guardian of our home– sometimes barks when there’s nothing there, I too, let nothing (in the form of fear, worry, angst, or just plain imagination) grab my attention and hold it.

Here’s something else about Baxter: he’s small. Eleven pounds soaking wet small, to be precise. So small, my husband has to be careful where he steps lest he accidentally squash the poor pup with his size 13 shoes.

Though we’re physical much larger than my Baxter, I cam certainly relate to that feeling of being easily overlooked. Have you ever felt small? Really, really small? The kind of small where someone could walk right past and not even notice you?

Maybe it’s the people in your world who just don’t seem to know you’re there. Or it’s a goal you’ve long since given up accomplishing because it seems there are so many others doing it already.

Life can be that way. It’s all enough to make a person want to fade into the wallpaper or hide behind a potted plant. To make us feel as though we’re not at home, even when we are home.

I know that feeling. As a writer of Christian fiction for twenty years, I have been blessed to have sold more than two million copies of my more than one hundred novels, novellas, and nonfiction books. That’s anything but small. And yet when I look at all the amazing things that others have done, compare myself to others, well…small is exactly how I sometimes feel.

There’s just one remedy for that. Stop comparing! I’m a work in progress on this issue, but Baxter has this skill mastered. There are no comparisons in the Miniature Schnauzer world—something I could definitely learn.

Baxter has another side to him, a loyal and faithful side that I adore. Where I am, Baxter wants to be. My return from a brief trip away sends him into a crazy dance of joy that requires several rooms of the house to adequately perform. My presence is his source of joy and comfort.

So, the thought struck me: what if I looked at my relationship with God like that? What if I found contentment and joy merely in resting in his presence? What if I followed Him rather than leading?  What if my home was filled with the evidence that God was not just welcome here but adored. What if…

I learned something years ago about this journey called the Christian life. The more I learn about the Lord, the more I realize how much I do not know and how very far away from any sort of perfection I am. That knowledge is sobering. Humbling.

And yet it is encouraging.

I wish you could all meet Baxter. But since you can’t check out The Bark of Zorro and the other books in the Gone to the Dogs series to meet our cast of fancy pets and sassy strays. I think you’ll like them and their humans. But then what’s not to like about a handsome game warden, a red-haired office manager with a penchant for her word-of-the-day calendar and the rest of the Lone Star Vet Clinic crew? Check them out and you’ll see!

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky’s Book Impressions, April 26

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 27

Cover Lover Book Review, April 28

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 28

Vicky Sluiter, April 29

Lily’s Book Reviews, April 30

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 1

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 1

Texas Book-aholic, May 2

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 3

The Book Club Network, May 3

Remembrancy, May 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 5

Blogging With Carol, May 6

Debs book review, May 6

For Him and My Family, May 7

Mary Hake, May 7

Holly’s Book Corner, May 8

Splashes of Joy, May 8

Pause for Tales, May 9

Labor Not in Vain, May 9


To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a print copy of the book!!

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



In This Moment by Gabrielle Meyer // Review

About the Book:
Maggie inherited a gift from her time-crossing parents that allows her to live three separate lives in 1861, 1941, and 2001. Each night she goes to sleep in one time period and wakes up in another. Until, that is, she turns twenty-one, when she will have to forfeit two of those lives--and everyone she knows in them--forever.

In 1861, Maggie is the daughter of an influential senator at the outbreak of the Civil War, navigating a capital full of Southern spies and wounded soldiers. In 1941, she is a Navy nurse, grappling with her knowledge of the future when she's asked to join a hospital ship being sent to Pearl Harbor. And in 2001, she's a brilliant young medical student, fulfilling her dream of becoming a surgeon, yet unable to use her modern skills in her other paths.

While Maggie has sworn off romance until she makes her final choice, an intriguing man tugs at her heart in each era. The mysterious British gentleman. The prickly, demanding doctor. The charming young congressman. She's drawn to each man in different ways, only complicating the impossible decision she must make, which looms ever closer.

With so much on the line, how can Maggie choose just one life to keep and the rest to lose?

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My Review:

 Immersive and thought provoking, this riveting tale of a woman living in three separate timelines is a captivatingly compelling read, that had me gripping the pages until the very end. 

A stunning follow up to When the Day Comes, it can easily be read as a standalone. I loved this book so much, that I kind of read it more slowly than usual because I just didn't want it to be over too soon, as it eventually was. Maggie is a hardworking young woman determined to make the most of her time in each era that she has been given, using her gifts to help others. I liked her respect for her gift, as well as her devotion to her family in each era, as well as the friends and family that knowing her secret support her every step of the way. 

I loved how the author brought each of the time periods to life, each compelling in their own way I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite. I also liked how this book explores questions of trusting God with the future, as well as our free will, and using our gifts. The author did an amazing job handling the romances in each timeline, each man was intriguing in a different way, and spoiler--I love how it turned out!

Overall, easily one of my favorite reads this year, I don't think I can do this amazing book justice as I loved it so much cover to cover, I wouldn't change a thing and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, next year cannot come soon enough! Compelling storytelling, weaving together 3 distinctive time periods into a compelling novel of faith, love, and courage, HIGHLY recommend!

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

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