Friday, September 21, 2018

Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack. Blog Tour & Review




Summary:

Lord Elliott Mayfield aims to correct the very messy marital mistakes and spousal scandals of his brothers and sisters by requiring his nieces and nephews to choose worthy companions.  If they choose wisely, they will receive their generous share of the family’s inheritance.

Peter, Elliott’s eldest nephew, thinks the entire idea is ridiculous. A widower with two young daughters, he simply needs a governess, not a wife. Julia Hollingsworth certainly has the credentials and the experience, but is altogether too young and pretty for such a job. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

Julia loves working as a governess, despite the objections of her mother, Amelia. And as it turns out, Amelia has a lot to say about the Mayfield men—none of it good. But Julia dismisses the rumors of ruined reputations and instead concentrates on helping Peter with his children and his fledgling business in canine husbandry. His kindness and gentleness is endearing—and increasingly attractive.

But Amelia, whose heart was broken thirty years ago by none other than Elliott Mayfield, is determined to prevent any relationship from blooming either between Peter and Julia—or between herself and Elliott.


My Review:

It took me a couple of chapters for the groundwork to be laid and then I completely fell head first into Julia's story and I had a hard time making myself stop reading (sleep is necessary at points).  Julia was a breath of fresh air! She knew what she wanted for her life and she went after it. But more than that, she had this sweet, kind and beautiful spirit I connected with; almost as if she were real. Peter was the opposite of Julia in many ways and I wondered how the two might ever relate to each other. But I think Peter was hiding a lot of himself behind what was expected of him and his own grief over the loss of his wife. What made this story even better is that there was an entire other story about Peter's uncle Elliot and Julia's own mother! Seriously, this book is pretty awesome in my opinion, so go snag a copy and enjoy!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Friday, September 14, 2018

The Neverland Inn by K.C. Grant, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

Daniel Cavanaugh has it all—a lucrative career as a lawyer, a gorgeous fiancée, and his future mapped out for him. So why is he feeling increasingly dissatisfied with his life? When the assignment to handle his late grandmother’s estate takes him to the California coast, Daniel welcomes the escape. Staying at the nearby bed-and-breakfast isn’t really his style, but he soon realizes the inn may hold the key to the answers he’s been seeking. Spindrift Cove has few opportunities for a young unmarried woman like Sarah Michaels. Even so, she enjoys her solitude as owner and chef at the Neverland Inn. She thrives on catering to the needs of her guests and treating them to her fantastic cooking. But when Daniel walks through her door, he immediately tests her patience. Though he is handsome and well-bred, she finds him insufferable. Soon, however, the tranquility of the inn works its magic, and Daniel and Sarah forge a sweet and unexpected connection—until the life he left behind in the city demands his return and it seems that a happily ever after may not be on the menu after all.


My Review:

I loved the cover, the back blurb, and just about everything on the outside of this book! It made me want to dive right into the story!  I absolutely could connect, cheer for, and like Sarah.  She was a chef at heart, a lover of animals, and a super positive person!  Enter Daniel; a go through the motions, follow orders, and hey, maybe I should figure out my life person. Opposites generally attract and when he finds himself at The Neverland Inn, I thought it would be pretty simple from there.  But nothing is ever that simple.  I felt like the pace of the story was pretty slow and it took over halfway through the book for me, for the pace to pick up. It is a nice, sweet story and a good read, just a little too slow paced for my preference.


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

The Shipbuilder's Wife by Jennifer Moore, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

The day of her parents' garden party dawns bright as Lydia Prescott eagerly anticipates a marriage proposal from a handsome and wealthy plantation owner. The lovely debutante plans to steal a moment away with her beau, but her plans go terribly awry. Instead of her intended, she is joined by a stranger the largest man she's ever laid eyes on. And it is clear Jacob Steele is there for reasons far more sober than the party. With British raids erupting all around them, it is his job to reassure plantation owners of their safety. In reality, however, Jacob is an espionage agent, and the truth is dire: America is on the verge of invasion by the British.
Blissfully unaware of the danger surrounding her, Lydia basks in the glow of her recent engagement. But her joy is short-lived—a surprise British attack results in a devastating wound, and her plans for the future are shattered. Lost in her devastation, Lydia could never dream that Jacob, that giant of a man she met so briefly, would prove to be her saving grace. And with a war raging around them, she may be called upon to save him too.


My Review:

I was swept away into Lydia's story and I didn't want to come back! Lydia is a beautiful debutante and has her future mapped out for her, until an unexpected British attack shatters her plans and her own confidence. Enter the handsome Jacob, a man she has only met once before. Together they may be able to help each other through their own issues, and a war raging around them as well. But can they let go and learn to trust each other? A prevailing theme throughout the book is who can you trust? And Moore kept me wondering and guessing the entire time! I loved the historical details but more than that, I enjoyed how Moore portrayed such emotion and feeling throughout the novel. The characters became real and that is the mark of a great book!

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Six Sisters' Stuff Copycat Cooking, Blog Tour



Book Summary:

The popular Six Sisters’ Stuff bloggers come to the rescue with a new collection of more than 100 easy-to-make recipes of popular restaurant dishes and takeout favorites for busy families. Make meal planning a breeze as you mix-and-match side dishes from one restaurant with main courses from another and finish it off with a dessert from a third. Save money while spending more time with your family. Change dining-out to dining-in for a memorable experience your whole family will enjoy.

Includes recipes for Texas Roadhouse Cactus Blossom, Panda Express Orange Chicken, Olive Garden Chicken Parmesan, Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwich, Chili’s Molten Hot Lava Cake, Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcakes, and Universal Studios Butterbeer.



My Review:

What I really like about this recipe book is that there are so many recipes to choose from! The other thing that really struck a chord with me is that most of the ingredients were things that would be easy to get and nothing seemed too particularly difficult to try. So a basic home cook should be able to make these dishes! I loved that some of my favorite things are included like Olive Garden Bread Sticks and Panda Express Chow Mein! If you love to eat out but want to try it on your own, this is definitely the cookbook for you!


Happy Reading and Cooking!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson, Release Day and Review!!!




Book Summary:

From New York Times Bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a story of love, heroism, and secrets so dangerous they could change this sleepy Southern town forever. 

Truett’s hometown needed a doctor, so after finishing medical school, he returned to Bethel Springs. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but Sheriff Suggs thinks he’s above the law and can lynch anyone who crosses him. When Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and rescues him—placing “the Hooded Horseman” in Sheriff Suggs’s crosshairs. 

Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs, Alabama, in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for their younger siblings. She hopes only to be on the small farm for the summer, just until her mother recovers from the shock of Celia’s father’s death. She must return to Nashville to fulfill her dream of opening her own dress shop, especially now, to provide for her family. 

The lovely Celia catches Truett’s eye, and he finds himself wanting to impress her. But she flatly refuses to flirt with him or to fall for his—if he does say so himself—considerable charm. 

Celia’s growing attraction to the young Dr. Beverly terrifies her, and even if she could marry him, which she cannot, what will happen when Sheriff Suggs discovers Truett is the Hooded Horseman? Will Celia be able to prevent the sheriff from carrying out one last lynching? 


My Review:

Celia and Truett's story was a breath of fresh southern air! I enjoyed reading a story set in the south and not just reading about the history and the problems, but feeling them and experiencing them along with the characters. Dickerson tells a beautiful story of love, loss, and injustice. Trueuett felt like a Robin Hood, protecting those who could not protect themselves from the horrid and bigoted sheriff. Celia is a beautiful and refined young woman who finds herself thrust into a life she in no way wants for herself. She wants nothing to do with the farm her family lives on, nor the town it resides in. The beautiful part of this story is experiencing the journey along with Celia and Truett. Experiencing the joy, the pain, the fear, the anger, the hurt...there were so many emotions jam packed into this story! It makes you feel...there were times when I thought I might cry. I was  amazed at the realistic and historical details Dickerson seamlessly wove into her story. Magnolia Summer is a wonderful and unique love story you don't want to miss!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, August 24, 2018

Short Investigations by Clair Poulson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!



Book Summary:


In the sleepy town of Heber, a strange 911 call is made to report an unthinkable crime: someone has murdered a woman . . . and her body has been found in Rhett Ketchum’s barn. Rhett, a well-known rodeo cowboy, is placed firmly at the top of the suspect list—the only problem is, he’s innocent. As officers search tirelessly for the evidence needed to lock him up, Rhett takes matters into his own hands. 

Max and Patches Fisher are the father-daughter duo behind the unconventional PI firm Short Investigations, and they agree to undertake the task of proving Rhett’s innocence. Soon the list of suspects begins to grow, and Rhett feels a glimmer of hope—and an undeniable attraction to Patches. But when the officers on the case become targets themselves, it seems they may be the ones in need of protection. As events take a deadly turn, it’s up to Max and Patches to uncover the truth before time runs out.


My Review:

I have been a long time fan of Poulson and his suspense novels. Hands down this was one of my favorite stories that he has written. I was trying to figure out whodunnit the entire time and I still wasn't 100% sure until the very end of the book. The suspense and action were well written and that was what kept me reading until the end. I felt like some of the conversation between characters wasn't realistic to the way people converse with each other in life. What they said was fine, but the way they were saying it just came off as weird. It bothered me enough that I am writing about it, but it didn't bother me enough that I couldn't finish reading the story. It says something about Poulson's story that I continued to read even though the conversations seemed inauthentic to how people speak to each other. So if you like murder mystery and suspense, this is a great story.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Friday, August 17, 2018

Anna the Prophetess by H.B. Moore, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

Anna the Prophetess is the dramatic chronicle of the only woman to be called a prophetess in the Gospels. When Anna’s great-niece Julia is exiled to Jerusalem as punishment for her refusal to marry a man old enough to be her father, Anna shares the story of her early days of courtship with her husband. Although Julia’s parents admonished her to observe firsthand how lonely Anna’s life is, Julia instead discovers that her great-aunt’s life is far from lonely—it is full of love, peace, and incredible faith. As Anna shares her unwavering testimony of the coming Messiah with her great-niece, these two faithful women are changed forever as they seek the Lord’s will in their lives and joyfully witness the long-awaited miracles of Christ’s birth.


My Review:

I wasn't sure how I would like this book, I don't typically read books based on biblical stories.  I found myself pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was drawn to Anna and what a peaceful person she was.  I felt it exuding off the pages and found myself wanting to read more and more. She was like a calm and soothing presence I wanted to be around.  Which says volumes about the author's ability to translate a character's personality so well throughout the book. This book just made me feel good, it is like I cannot explain it. Just read the book, it will draw you in and keep you there until the very end!



Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Roses of Feldstone by Esther Hatch, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!






Book Summary:

Standing before Feldstone Manor, site of so many happy memories, Rose Davenport feels nothing but dread. Her family’s annual visit to the stately home was once brightened by her friendship with the earl’s youngest son, William, but everything changed the day his elder brother was disinherited and William became heir to his father’s earldom. From that moment, William made it clear he has no interest in continuing an acquaintance with Rose. Heartbroken, she sets out to prove that she will simply not be ignored—or outdone—by the arrogant future lord of the manor. When his elder brother marries for love, William’s entire life changes in an instant. He does not have the same option to marry whom he chooses, and he must let go of the feelings he has harbored for his dear friend, Rose. He steels himself against her annual visits, determined to keep his feelings for her a secret. But when he makes the hasty promise to marry within six months, he never dreams that his actions will lead Rose to impulsively undertake the same challenge.


My Review:

I absolutely loved The Roses of Feldstone! From the beautiful girl named Rose, to the roses that once adorned Feldstone Manor, the author beautifully builds a story of friendship and love like no other. I found myself piecing together the history of Rose and William, the used to be friends, now turned enemies it seemed. I wanted to understand how they went from besties to hardly being able to stand each other. There were so many misunderstandings, lack of communication and assumptions! But it made for a fantastic story that I just could not seem to stop reading. It had me mesmerized and I just had to know how everything would work out. Would Rose and William marry others? Would they ever be friends again? Would they be able to get past whatever was holding them back? Would and could they end up together? A wonderfully written regency novel, The Roses of Feldstone is a fun, clean romance that I would recommend to any friend!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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*August 7th: http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/, http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/, http://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/adults
*August 8th: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/, http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/
*August 9th: https://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, https://www.wishfulendings.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/
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Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Golden Plates: Premium Edition, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway






The Golden Plates: Premium Edition
BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED
AS A GRAPHIC NOVEL

The Golden Plates is an illustrated adaptation of the fifth best selling book of all time, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which has sold over 120 million copies. This graphic novel/comic book adaptation was first created in 2005 by award winning artist Michael Allred. The Premium Edition has replaced the full text originally included in the first edition with simplified and edited text, making the story easier for younger readers to follow and also showcasing more of the stunning artwork. It has also been converted to digital form for enjoyment on phones, tablets, and desktop devices through Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo. New printed editions have also been released through Amazon.

The first 6 issues cover the first 145 pages (27%) of the Book of Mormon, from 1st Nephi through the Words of Mormon. This adaptation is a fun and enthralling to way to help older children and teens understand and enjoy the Book of Mormon in a format more advanced than simplified children's stories or scripture readers meant for young children.

My Review:

I am not a big comic book person, so it is kind of funny that I ended up reviewing this one. Anyhow, I only received the first book in the six book series. I showed it to my 8 and 10 year old to see what they thought. My 10 year old was definitely more interested in it than my 8 year old, but both enjoyed looking at the illustrations. My 10 year old said it was good, and it was easy for her to read and understand what was going on. I like that it simplifies the Book of Mormon scripture stories so that it is easier for anyone really, to understand them. The illustrations help you to visualize what is going on in the story, so that is definitely a plus. I think it could be a great tool for a teenager struggling to read their scriptures since it is comic book style, not little kid style. Anyone who is struggling to get their BOM time in, this could help get them excited about the scriptures again. I could also see families reading it together. If you are LDS, and you like comic books, I definitely think you will enjoy this series of the Book of Mormon. It is well written and any comic book lover will enjoy this!

You can pick up your own copy here.

Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Matchmaker's Match by Brittany Larsen, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

Eliza Woodhouse has everything a girl could want: a delightful little beachside flower shop, a loving family, and the best friend a girl could ask for. And while she suffers a chronic lack of romance in her own life, the bohemian beauty is a self-proclaimed matchmaker extraordinaire, as evidenced by her recent successes. Having found a fiancé for her sister and a boyfriend for her best friend, she is now taking her lovelorn new employee under her wing. Yes, life is working out quite nicely for Eliza. Until Parker Knightley walks back into her life.

After three years in Hong Kong, Parker is in town for his brother's upcoming wedding to Eliza's sister. They've all known each other their whole lives, and Eliza will never be anything but Little Liza Belle to her handsome childhood tormenter. So the fact that their siblings are getting married simply puts Parker one step closer to becoming the big brother he and Eliza have always joked about him being. But the more time they spend together, the more confused Eliza's feelings become. Because she has come to the shocking realization that the role of brother is the last role she wants Parker to play in her life.


My Review:

I really enjoyed this fun and upbeat contemporary romance! Eliza was so spunky, positive and full of life! Her personality leapt off the pages and her need to fix and help everyone was endearing. She was truly a giving person who was always thinking of others first. Parker was every girl's dream guy and Eliza seemed to be clueless to what was right in front of her face. Was he her faux brother or could she dare hope he could be something more? She was too busy trying help and fix everyone else to truly think of her own feelings.  And besides, she wasn't ever getting married...that was for her sister and her best friend.  At times I became so frustrated with Eliza, could she really be so clueless to her own feelings and those around her? But I cheered as she matured, grew and realized what she needed to do in her life. This was a fantastic read, I didn't put it down until I had read the entire thing!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pretty Much Perfect by Sally Johnson, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

Camille Weston, a recently returned missionary, anticipates returning to college for her degree and perhaps to meet a nice guy. A sensible young woman with her future mapped out, Camille would never do something dangerous—like pick up a stranger on the side of the road. And yet, inexplicably, she does just that. This is one split-second decision that changes everything.

Determined to lend assistance, Camille gets more than she bargains for when she is roped into helping Liam, a handsome British man, with more than just a ride. As they are thrown together over the coming days and their mutual attraction grows, they realize they just . . . click. That is, until she makes a shocking discovery: the mysterious stranger is William Liam Jones, lead singer of the popular band Gear. Camille has never been one to swoon over a celebrity, and she knows her and Liam's lifestyles could never be compatible. But how can she convince her heart to listen to logic?


My Review:

Where has this book been all my life?!? It is hands down amazing and I couldn't get enough of it! Camille is a straight shooter, straight laced Mormon girl, and happens to be clueless when she stumbles upon famous rockstar Liam. It seems she is the last one to know who he actually is. And the budding attraction is too hard to ignore between the two of them. But Liam isn't a member of the church and Camille feels like they could never work....but could they? Is what is happening between them even real or is it just a fling for Liam? I absolutely devoured this book, DEVOURED it people! Johnson takes you on one heck of a ride and I was all in with my hands up in the air, enjoying every single moment! This is the book you don't want to miss out on! This is the book that will keep you up all night long and when it is over you will want to throw it (or your kindle) and demand that the author give you more because it is over!!! Buy this book, it is that simple. 


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Price of Jade by Liz Hastings, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

With its lush rainforests and awe-inspiring ruins, Guatemala has always played a central role in Matt Miller's life. The stunning land where he once served as a missionary is now a vital part of his importing business, and after years of anticipating a trip to the exotic country with his wife, Cathy, and teenage daughter, Melissa, it's finally happening. But what begins as a dream vacation soon spirals out of control as the Millers face every parent's worst nightmare: their daughter has disappeared without a trace.
Every second counts as Matt and Cathy throw themselves into the most urgent search of their lives—a search that becomes frantic when a ransom note arrives. As Matt traverses dense jungle and remote villages, relying on the help of an unlikely band of Good Samaritans, it is clear that Melissa's kidnapping was far from random. There is a network of greed and deceit that runs deep, and no one can be trusted. Desperate to protect his family, each step leads Matt closer to a ruthless killer. And what he discovers points to a greater deception than he could have imagined . . .


My Review:

So in full disclosure, when I picked this book up to start reading, I wasn't quite feeling it. But it didn't take me very long before I was completely out of my own world and transported to Guatemala. Cathy and Melissa were on a once in a lifetime trip and were missing their husband and father, Matt. While they were there the unthinkable happens and Melissa disappears. The action and suspense in the novel were so real my heart was pounding at times. I was trying to figure out who would do this to a teenage girl and why. Hastings did a great job of keeping me guessing until it neared the end where I figured it out. But by no means does that diminish the intensity and heart stopping moments of this book! There are so many elements and layers to this story which make it so fantastic. Faith, fear, prayer, redemption, loyalty and forgiveness to just name some. This book is a wonderful read that kept me engaged and I look forward to reading more from Hastings in the future!


Happy Reading!!!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Orphan's Wish by Melanie Dickerson, Book Review



Book Summary:

From the streets to an orphanage in a faraway kingdom, Aladdin has grown up alone. Until he meets Kirstyn. With a father who is the duke of Hagenheim and a mother who is the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives, Kirstyn is a member of the most powerful family in the land . . . and way out of his league. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion for taking walks in the forest, and their childhood friendship grows along with them.

Through his scrappy skills, intelligence, and hard work, Aladdin earns a position serving in the duke’s house. But he knows it isn’t enough to grant him his one desire: Kirstyn’s hand in marriage. If he hopes to change his station in life and feel worthy of marrying Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim to seek his fortune.

But once Aladdin leaves, no one is around to protect Kirstyn, and the greedy men desperate to take advantage of her father’s wealth take notice. Now, more than Aladdin’s background stands in the way of the future he’s worked so hard to obtain. His only hope is to rescue Kirstyn and somehow manage to win her hand as well.


My Review:

Dickerson has done it again! She magically recreates the tale of Aladdin with her own unique spin. She captures the reader from the first page and holds them captive until the very end. Aladdin is such a loving and selfless character and Kirstyn is so good hearted and kind, although a bit naive. I loved how they were friends before they ever realized they loved each other. When I thought I knew what would happen in this story, I found myself surprised at each and every turn! A delightful tale with faith and hope for all, The Orphan's Wish is a must read for any fairy tale lover!


Happy Reading!!!



You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Friday, June 22, 2018

Conviction by Robbin J. Peterson, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:


After a rocky start as a missionary in Ukraine, Elder Neal Christensen is struggling to learn the Russian language and embrace an unfamiliar life away from his small Northern California town. And in an instant, a peculiar encounter with the wrong people changes everything. Dragged from his apartment in the dead of night, Neal is taken to prison and charged with the theft of a priceless museum piece. As days turn into weeks, he is thrown into a world of uncertainty where he must rely on the only person he can trust—the Savior. And as his Russian slowly improves within the prison walls, he begins preaching the gospel in the last place he imagined proselytizing. But when civil unrest erupts in Ukraine, the now-familiar routine of imprisonment is over. Neal is trapped in the chaos, and with his life on the line, his only hope of survival is escape. Yet he learns too late that there is as much danger awaiting him outside the prison walls as within. Someone has gone to great lengths to incriminate the young missionary, and they will stop at nothing to silence him forever.


My Review:

I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but once I got a few chapters into it, I couldn't seem to stop reading it! Neal's mission story is unlike anything I have read or heard of ever. I was along for the journey as he flew to Ukraine and went through so many ups and downs as a young 18 year old missionary. Things were so unexpected and even harsh. How could Neal continue on while he was falsely accused and then imprisoned? How could anyone remain positive at all under those circumstances?  The storytelling kept me reading and reading until there was nothing left. This book is a journey; a spiritual journey, a journey of hope, of love, of change. I would definitely recommend this book to any LDS reader!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Heart of Thornewell by Anita Stansfield, Blog Tour & Giveaway






Book Summary:

What should have been a grand adventure in Africa ends in heartbreak for Enid Hawthorne, following her husband’s untimely death. Bereft, the young widow bravely boards a ship for home with precious cargo—her unborn child. She hopes to find refuge in England in the only place she can—Thornewell Hall, the estate of her late husband’s family. But upon her arrival, she finds a bleak home in the depths of mourning. It is clear that hers is not the only tragedy, but Enid is unprepared for the hostility that meets her arrival.
Sebastian, Earl of Thornewell, is grief-stricken after the loss of his wife and child. The news that his brother is dead is simply more than he can take—and he knows who is to blame: his sister-in-law, Enid. So when she arrives on his doorstep, seeking asylum, he does his duty in allowing her to stay—and nothing more. Yet fate has other plans, and as they face joys and trials alongside each other, their broken hearts begin to heal. But there is a cloud over their future, for Enid harbors a secret that may drive them apart forever.

My Review:
I love how Stansfield wasted no time in jumping right into the story. She had me from page one and kept me until the very end. I was instantly intrigued by why a young English couple would be living in a rural part of Africa. Immediately the reader comes to know Enid and what she is made of. Which is pretty tough stuff. Not many women could have handled all that she did and do it so well. Then to come back to the only home she has to find her brother-in-law in a deep depression. Honestly, I wasn't sure if anything could or would go right! But Stansfield kept me going through all of the ups and downs that Enid experienced. At times I felt like I couldn't stand Sebastian and at others I found him so sweet and endearing. This book had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions! I highly recommend it since I could not put it down!

Happy Reading!!!
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Loving Lieutenant Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

Orphaned as a child, Arabella Hampton was the unwanted and unloved charge of a cruel aunt and neglectful uncle. The only light in her young life was the kindness of the Jonquil family, and she clung to the childish dream of someday living with them at Lampton Park. Now, years later, that opportunity is presented to Arabella in a most unexpected way: she is to be the lady's companion to the dowager countess. As she takes up residence at the estate, the young woman soon finds that life at the Park is far more complicated than she imagined. The lines of her position are blurred, and she is neither family nor servant. So when the countess plans a grand house party, Arabella is content to hide in the shadows. But one gentleman sees her there.
Lieutenant Linus Lancaster has retired from the navy and is not looking for love, especially when he finds himself entangled in his sisters' scheme to trap him into finding a wife at a house party at Lampton Park. Yet amid the festivities, he's impossibly drawn to the dowager's quiet companion, Arabella. Their regard for each other is undeniable, but they are haunted by their pasts. Can the two find a way to bridge their two worlds?



My Review:

Eden has once again pulled me into a world I never wanted to leave! I was immediately drawn into the story of Linus and Arabella. Two different worlds, two different upbringings, yet they both felt so alone. I loved that Eden brought both the Jonquil and the Lancaster families together for this novel! The Dangerous Duke and so many other beloved characters made cameos, and it felt like coming home to me. Beautifully written and masterfully told, Loving Lieutenant Lancaster is one story you will not want to miss!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

Bree Mercer is an ambitious sports reporter who has risen through the ranks to land her dream job. Basking in the sun, sea, and seriously cute guys in her new singles ward, things couldn't be better. That is, until she's assigned to write a feature on the one person she can't stand—professional beach volleyball player Kade Townsend. A typical cocky athlete, Kade's previous attempt to woo her was foiled by Bree's hard-and-fast rule: don't date athletes. Ever.

Kade loathes the media, and for good reason: when his hard-partying ways were exposed by a reporter who claimed to be his friend, the scandal rocked his entire family. Now reformed, Kade has put his life back together, and he has no interest in talking to reporters—least of all Bree Mercer. But when the pair is thrown together despite their best efforts, their chemistry is undeniable. They can't seem to put the brakes on their feelings—until their connection threatens Bree's reputation and Kade's hard-won redemption. Now they must decide if there is a place for love in their plans for the future. 


My Review:

I loved this book so much! It was easy to get into and stay into it! Books that bring you in from the first page and keep you interested until the very end are hard to find and this was one of those books! I loved Bree from the get-go, she was smart, spunky and straight forward! A girl I could get behind! And Kade was a mystery to be figured out, I wasn't sure if he was some one I was going to like or not like. I loved the pace of the story and learning more about reporters and about beach volleyball. I truly enjoyed every moment of the story and I would recommend it to any one of my friends!!!


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Unforgettable by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

Haley has always admired her strong-willed great-grandmother Grisa. The woman survived the disappearance of her husband and thrived after her immigration to America at the beginning of World War II. But when a shocking telephone call from a detective in Germany turns Haley's life upside down in an instant, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about her heritage.

The body of Ulrich Krauss has been found, and the renowned toymaker and artist has a shocking connection to Haley: he is her great-grandfather—not missing but murdered. Now, at the request of her ailing great-grandmother, Haley travels to Germany to seek answers. What she finds instead are more questions and a growing sense of danger dogging her every step. Protection appears in the form of Joshua, an attractive man from Haley's past who is in Germany on business. 
Together the pair embarks on an emotional quest for the truth, only to discover that a generations-old plot is very much alive, and there are those as determined as ever to keep the facts surrounding Ulrich's death hidden—even if it means silencing his great-granddaughter for good.


My Review:

I always love a good action/suspense novel and Unforgettable did not disappoint! I was glad to find that Hinrichsen wasted no time in starting the action and as a reader you find yourself straight in the middle of it! The back story and all of the different parts made it so interesting to read. I appreciated seeing a glimpse of the past and then being brought into the future to figure out, along with Haley, what actually happened to her great grandfather! ( I wish he had lived, but if he had then it wouldn't be the great story that it is!)Then added into the mix was Joshua and Haley had a Holmes to her Sherlock! If you truly enjoy action/suspense novels then you will like Unforgettable!


Happy Reading!!!


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Miss Wilton's Waltz by Josi S. Kilpack, Blog Tour







Book Summary:

A follow-up to Josi S. Kilpack's bestselling Proper Romance title The Vicar's Daughter.

Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’ boarding school. She is different in Bath—more comfortable with herself—and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there.

When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine—Lenora’s newest and most troublesome student in the school—is Mr. Asher’s niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.

When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever—until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.

Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.

My Review:

I absolutely loved Lenora's story! I remembered her from Kilpack's previous book and I was delighted that she decided to write about Lenora. Lenora is not your typical main character. She is shy and quiet, she has anxiety and moments of panic...which made her more real and relatable to me as a reader. Catherine, her new student, was such a pain in the rear! I had no idea how she was going to handle her. Then Mr. Asher appears, the uncle who has taken in his niece Catherine, and Lenora is not sure how to feel about him. There are so many twists and turns in this story and at points I felt like there was no possible way the ending could turn out happy for anyone! Kilpack kept me reading until the very last word; I could not put the book down, I tried! Hey, who needs sleep anyway? You will love Miss Wilton's Waltz, I highly recommend Lenora's story!


Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

The roads in and out of Paris are heavily guarded, but the dead have easy passage out of the city. A ragged old woman transports the coffins of the most recent victims of the guillotine and is waved on unimpeded. Later, the same crone watches five French aristocrats step out of their coffins unscathed. Not beheaded but spirited away to safety by that most elusive of spies: the Pimpernel. Or, as she's known in polite society, Lady Scarlet Cavendish.
When not assuming her secret identity as a hero of the French Revolution, Scarlet presents herself as a fashionable, featherbrained young widow flitting about London. In truth, this façade is merely a diversion designed to conceal her clandestine work in France. Among members of the doomed French aristocracy, the Pimpernel is renowned for her bravery and cunning. But when tasked with rescuing handsome Comte Matteo Durand, she faces an unprecedented challenge: she is falling in love with the man. If ever there were a time to keep her head, it is now— because in a world brimming with intrigue, she is not the only one harboring secrets. And if Scarlet doesn't take care, Madame la Guillotine may finally catch up with the Pimpernel.
 



My Review:

This is such an interesting read! Set during the French Revolution there are some ugly, gruesome, and frightening parts that I wish I didn't have running through my mind, but the stage had to be set for the Pimpernel! It was a nice twist that the Pimpernel was a woman instead of a man. It was definitely a gripping read that holds the reader captivated.
Daring and intriguing, Scarlet is a read that will keep you turning the pages until the very end of the book!

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Everything She Wants by Sarah Alva, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

Lucy Kappal can't figure out why she doesn't want to marry her sometimes-boyfriend, Charles. After all, he's perfect on paper: a returned missionary, elders quorum president, a professor at BYU. Instead of giving Charles an answer to his unexpected marriage proposal, she boards the next flight to London only to fall at the feet of the handsome pilot. The encounter leaves her heart pounding in a way it never has with Charles, and she becomes even more smitten when she sees the pilot again at her hotel.

Emerson James is in London to deposit the last of his mother's ashes in Kensington Gardens. And after a fifteen-year absence, he is attempting to return to the Church as a way to find peace with his mother's death. But the Church's culture feels foreign, and he's about to give up on ever becoming a "good Mormon" when he meets Lucy in the hotel lobby.

Lucy and Emerson's new friendship opens their worlds to new possibilities and leaves them wanting more. But Lucy is torn over her feelings for Charles, and Emerson isn't sure how committed he can be to the Church, even knowing how important it is to Lucy. Inevitably, the realities of life force them apart. If given a second chance, will they have the courage to risk everything for a once-in-a-lifetime love?


My Review:

So it took me a few chapters to completely get into the story, but man, once I did, I could not stop reading! Lucy ran away from Charles, he seemed good on paper but he was just not right for her. She runs into this handsome pilot while she is in London and the sparks just fly between them. But can they make things work? Emerson isn't sure he is invested in the gospel and is Lucy just rebounding from her breakup with Charles? Fast forward six months and all chaos for Lucy begins. What decisions will she make for her future? The practical one on paper or the one that makes her heart sing? 
I really enjoyed Alva's ability to put in her novel LDS culture issues and addressing them in a direct way. It definitely added an authenticity to the story that other LDS novels lack. It felt current and it included issues LDS women face in the world today. I also want to note that the supporting characters were every bit as important as the main ones and Alva seamlessly wrote a story that addresses issues people face today. I truly enjoyed the entire book and my only complaint is that there wasn't more to read!

Happy Reading!!!

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