Friday, May 26, 2017

J. Golden Kimball, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Summary:

He is J. Golden Kimball, and when he is gone, there will never be another. He was the original product, and when Providence had finished him, the pattern was lost and never found again.
LDS Church history is comprised of the accounts of multitudes of men and women who set the groundwork for the Church. And while there are plenty of ordinary individuals woven into that patchwork of history, there are also a handful of unique individuals who enliven the past and provide inspiration for the future. Known as the “swearing Apostle,” J. Golden Kimball is just such a character, one whose legacy of colorful language is surpassed only by his fierce loyalty to the gospel.
In J. Golden Kimball: The Remarkable Man Behind the Colorful Stories, readers are invited to come to better know this legendary man made famous by his unique humor and powerful testimony. From a chronicle of Kimball’s youthful adventures to the legacy he forged in his more than forty years as a General Authority, gear up for a rollicking ride through the life of one of the liveliest servants of the Lord.


My Review:

I thought this would be more of the funny stories I grew up hearing about J. Golden Kimball. What is nice about this book is that it gives actual history of his father and of himself, so we get to know more of the facts than the myths. It made J. Golden more a real person than this legend/myth he has become. There is a lot of information in this book and even side snippets on almost every page that gives a little story or piece of additional information. This is a very well put together book with all of the historical facts.

Happy Reading!!!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Mix 'N Match by Lindzee Armstrong, Book Review



Book Summary:


For Zoey Carlson, being maid of honor is more than she bargained for. The groom is a billionaire, the bride is hounded by the press, and the super-secret wedding is across the ocean in France. Zoey will do anything to keep away the media—even spend two weeks wedding planning in Paris with Mitch, the uptight best man who drives her crazy. 

For Mitch, keeping the press away is about more than making sure his best friend has a perfect wedding—it’s his job. And as far as he’s concerned, chaotic and spontaneous Zoey is an attractive liability. 

When a reporter follows them to France, Zoey and Mitch must work together to make their best friends’ wedding day paparazzi-free while fighting their growing attraction to each other. Can these two opposites admit they're not so different and build a life together?



My Review:

I loved the book Miss Match that I read by Armstrong, so I was thrilled with the chance to read another by her! Mix 'N Match is about Zoey and Mitch. Zoey is Brooke's best friend and Mitch is Luke's friend and assistant, from the book Miss Match. Zoey and Mitch are thrown together and have to go incognito to try to plan out Brooke and Luke's wedding in Paris. Trying to keep it under the radar of the paparazzi is nearly impossible as is trying to fight the growing affection the two have! Will they admit to their true feelings for each other, or will they continue to fight against them since they are complete opposites in every way! Armstrong has a way with words that kept me interested and reading until the very end. A fun story with sizzling chemistry that still stays clean, Mix N Match is a book that I would recommend to all of my book friends!

Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Wrong For You, by Jenny Proctor, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!






Book Summary:

Lane Bishop is a hardworking, intelligent, young woman. With her recent move to Chapel Hill, she is determined to leave behind the drama and effort of keeping up with the dating scene. Even so, Lane somehow manages to get dragged out by a gaggle of girls to go watch boys play soccer. Just watching is not Lane’s forte, so she joins in the fun and leads her team to victory.

Rather than feeling intimidated by the vivacious beauty on the opposing team, Jamie Hamilton is intrigued. Risking his “untouchable” dating status, he decides to pursue Lane—with a little help from his older brother Simon. With Simon’s behind-the- scenes assistance, Jamie proves irresistible, even to a disillusioned dater like Lane. But as she gets to know both brothers, Lane can’t help but wonder—beneath the grand gestures and romantic words, is she falling for the wrong guy?




My Review:


Wrong For Young Jenny Proctor

I am new reader to Proctor and I am impressed! Honestly she swept me out of my world and into Lane's immediately. And while I am not a soccer fan, I loved Lane's passion for the game and her skills she used against the Hamilton brothers. The story flowed easily and I could picture Chapel Hill in North Carolina and the Winding Way Inn with Lane hard at work at her desk. And two very handsome Hamilton boys making occasional appearances there! The whole story of Lane trying to figure out if she and Jamie were right for each other and the entire time seeing and noticing things about Simon, I knew it was going to get complicated. I was unprepared for the fun, crazy and emotional journey that Proctor took me on. Yet, I am still wanting more now that I am finished reading! Give me more Lane! Give me more Hamilton brothers! I want more Abuela! Take your pick ladies because any of these Hamilton brothers would be a perfect book boyfriend! This book was a lot of fun to read and I really hope Proctor writes Connor's story next! 

Rating: LDS/clean/sweet

Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Sense & Second Chances by Brittany Larsen, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Emily Carter is on the fast track to success when the unthinkable happens: a tragic accident claims the lives of her parents. Now Emily must set aside her dreams and raise her two younger siblings, Annie and Bryce. Emily and Annie are sisters, but that doesn’t mean they are anything alike. Whereas Emily reacts to the tragedy with her characteristic stoic calm, passionate Annie spirals into depression. Just when things seem like they can’t get any more difficult, Emily’s older half-brother and his fiancée arrive not to help, but to claim the family home he’s inherited from their parents. Without a place to call their own, Emily must take action—and fast. When an exciting employment opportunity arises in Utah, the displaced Carters decide to build a new life in a new home. But it soon becomes clear that their future prospects will go far beyond professional, as each sister is faced with an unexpected romance. Yet love is never simple, and in matters of the heart, one sister must proceed with caution while the other needs to take a leap of faith . . .


My Review:

This was a really great book! The author tackled some difficult topics like depression, losing both parents, bipolar disorder, half brothers that kick you out of their house, dating someone of a different religion and raising your siblings. This book really took it all head on! Add into all of that a run-down ranch that was left to Emily and it made for quite a story! What would she do with her feelings for Joel? Where would she go when she had to get out of her half brother's house? Take the ride in Sense & Second Chances, you will be glad you tried this LDS novel!
Happy Reading!!!


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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Matchmaking Game by Donna Hatch, Book Review



Book Summary:

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes the Timeless Romance Singles line.

THE MATCHMAKING GAME: A brand new historical romance novella from bestselling author Donna Hatch. 

Rowena’s childhood friend, Evan, has returned home from war a handsome, but mysterious stranger. In an effort to bring happiness to her father, not to mention uncover the Evan she remembers from their youth, Rowena seeks to unite their parents. Who better to match a lonely widow and widower together than their adoring children? Her matchmaking game could help their parents find happiness and draw out her childhood friend buried beneath Evan’s new reserve … or it could break more than one heart. 



My Review:


Rowena and Evan's story is one of my favorites now! I could not stop reading once I started! Ro and Evan were the best of childhood friends and then he went off to war. Ro was so beautiful yet she didn't even know it. When Evan comes back from war she wants her old friend back. So she plans for them to set up their widowed parents and as they play matchmakers, things go in directions Ro never imagined! I could not see a way that things were going to work out. When a story has you on the edge and chewing on your nails, you know it is a good one! This story kept me reading and I loved every single second!  


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, April 28, 2017

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, Book Review




Book Summary:


Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mysteryand juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…


My Review:


If you haven't read a good YA novel in a while then you will want to check out West's PS I Like You! The perfect combination of teenage angst and love, it had me reading until the very wee hours of the morning. Although I am far from a teenager, I felt like one while reading this book! The mean girls, the boy crush, and that one class that you just can't stand to be in. West grabs your attention and does not let go until the very last word! I will definitely be reading more from her! 


Happy Reading!!!


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Chance for Home by Traci Hunter Abramson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!







Book Summary:


Beautiful pre-med student Kari Evans believes she’s found the man of her dreams—right up until the moment she discovers he’s a two-timing cheat. Desperately gathering the pieces of her broken heart, she realizes that what she needs most is space to reconsider her future. A summer in Washington, DC, with her professional baseball player brother, Ben, sounds like just the change of scene she’s after. But if complicated romantic entanglements are what she’s trying to escape, she’s out of luck. Ryan Strobel has had it with spotlight-seeking women. As third baseman for the Washington Nationals, he’s dealt with more than his fair share of opportunistic admirers—but his ex-fiancée, Brandi, may be the worst. When the woman refuses to take no for an answer, Ryan’s teammate Ben offers a crazy solution: Ben’s sister will pose as Ryan’s new girlfriend. Though an unlikely pair, Ryan and Kari find themselves getting surprisingly comfortable with the charade. Soon, the line between fact and fiction is blurred, and the very real feelings that develop between the couple are undeniable. But when faced with the interference of conniving exes, family objections, and the reality of their very different lives, are Ryan and Kari destined to strike out in the game of love?


My Review:

I really enjoyed this book, it caught my interest from the get-go and held it until the very last page. Kari was one of those too good to be true girls. She was sweet, kind, caring, loyal and supportive. I kept waiting for her to have some sort of flaw, she was the kind of person everyone wants to be friends with. I wanted to punch that creep Austin since he two-timed her! What a punk! Then she meets Ryan, a professional baseball player, teammate, and friend to her own brother! When sparks begin to fly and then things get tough, I wasn't sure if they would make it, but I was rooting for them the whole time! It was interesting to think of how hard it would be to date someone who is a professional baseball player and the crazy schedules that they keep. Let alone the craziness of the media, you really have little privacy. Abramson really let you get a look into the life of someone who plays sports professionally. This book is definitely a home run! Go pick up your copy!


Happy Reading!!!


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Caribbean Rescue by Cami Checketts, Book Review




Book Summary:

Zack Tyndale was destined to win gold in the 2012 Olympics, but he tripped and shattered his own dreams. Running from his controlling father and the compassion in everyone’s eyes, he buys an island in the Caribbean where he can live blissfully alone. 
Madeline Panetto’s graduation present is a trip sailing around the Caribbean on her father’s yacht. Unfortunately, her father is a pirate, and when there is an uprising on his ship, she escapes and crash-lands on Zack’s island. 
Can these two find refuge from the pirates and with each other?



My Review:

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack, Blog Tour



Book Summary:

Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There's only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.

Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle's heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted in a new town and in his new position.

A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister. Her good intentions lead to disaster when Cassie realizes she
 is falling in love with Evan. But then Evan begins to court Lenora, thinking she is the author of the letters.

As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar's daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?


My Review:

I was sort of blown away by this book; I honestly expected a good regency, but this was amazing! Cassie who is the youngest of six daughters to the local vicar cannot "come out" until her older sister is married. She feels it is so unfair, which come on, I am with her, it is completely unfair! Why does she have to wait for her sister? It is crazy, but anyway, that is the rule of their family! So Cassie has this brilliant idea that she will write to a potential suitor for her sister, as if she is her sister! So then if her sister is settled, she can be out in society and enjoy all the fun she has been missing out on. So she sends off the first letter posing as her sister Lenora, and it just spirals from there! She quickly becomes embroiled in a bigger mess than she ever could have foreseen and I kept wondering how and if it would ever resolve so that all involved would be happy and content! I could not stop reading, I just loved Cassie's story, and watching her grow and change. This is one regency I will not soon forget! Grab a copy and settle in your favorite chair because you will not be moving until you have read every last word!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



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Monday, April 10, 2017

Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart by Jennifer Moore, Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

Australia, 1814

As a young child bound for a strange country, Sarah Whitaker dreamed of life with her father on his sprawling Australian ranch. But her hopes were shattered when she learned of his death and of her new role as heiress of the largest sheep farm in New Wales. Orphaned in a land greatly populated by petty criminals exiled from England, the future seemed grim. But now, ten years later, Sarah has defied the odds and become a successful businesswoman much to the chagrin of her male counterparts. Hardened by the dishonesty of both her fellow ranchers and the felons in her employ, Sarah has learned one important truth: no one is to be trusted.

Daniel Burton is a lucky man. Sentenced to death for his role in a horse-race scandal, Daniel was granted reprieve thanks to the influence of his wealthy relatives. Now, rather than death, Daniel faces exile in Australia an opportunity to put past mistakes behind him. But when he purchases land with the intention of farming it, he unwittingly arouses the wrath of his new neighbor, Sarah. What begins as a battle of wits, however, soon becomes a warm friendship and perhaps something more. But when Daniel's secret past is revealed, will Sarah be able forgive yet another deception?


My Review:

I was pleasantly surprised by this new and interesting world that Moore took me to! I am used to reading regency era novels set in England and this one is an adventure in and of itself simply by the setting being in New Wales. The idea of free people and then convicts who have been banished living and working together was unlike anything I have ever read before. I really enjoyed Sarah's story, it was unlike any I have ever read. Unraveling her feelings and background took time and patience and I was right there with Daniel, trying to figure Sarah out, step by step. I think any regency fan will love this book set in Wales! It is refreshing and full of unique perspectives you will not find in other books!


Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Deadly Inheritance by Clair Poulson, Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Summary:


Andi Buckner and her twin brother, Bolden, have had enough of the rough streets of Detroit. When they can no longer bear the drugs and abuse within their home, the twins make their escape: Bolden to the military, and Andy to wherever the wind takes her. With few belongings and no specific destination, Andi eventually finds herself across the table from a kind old man in a quaint café in Spring Hollow, Montana. Louis “Gramps” Granger, a retired cop, takes Andi under his wing. Andi soon finds a peace she’s never known as she roots herself in the small town, working at the café and living in a cabin on Gramp’s property. But her peace is short-lived. . . When an enemy from Gramp’s past murders the old man, Andi’s need to see justice served draws her into an investigation far beyond her own abilities. But hundreds of miles away, her twin brother senses her despair and heeds her silent plea for help. Andi is soon reunited with her brother as well as with Bolden’s friend, private investigator Mason Crowther. Together, the trio delves into a mystery and soon discovers that the murderer’s motive goes far deeper than any of them imagined. With the truth almost within reach, they find themselves directly in the path of a killer who will stop at nothing to finish what they’ve started. . . .

My Review:
I have been a long time reader and supporter of Poulson and his writing. I was happy and excited to read his newest release, especially since it had the whole twin thing going on and was set a in a small, rural town. It seemed like the perfect setting for a good mystery! I really liked Andi and her twin brother Bolden. They could sense when the other one was hurting, scared or in danger, that part was pretty cool. The murder mystery was a tangled web of I have no idea who could have actually done this, it went it a lot of different direction. It seemed like it could be many different people, so that aspect was good because it wasn't an easy one to solve. My one major issue was the way the book was written. I felt like it did a lot more telling than showing going on. The conversations didn't seem authentic to real life and I felt like it was too contrived. While I still enjoyed the story, that detracted big time for me and it was much harder for me to enjoy the book.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Timeless Anthology: A Season in London, Book Review



Book Summary:

Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Elizabeth Johns, Heather B. Moore, and Rebecca Connolly.

POOR RELATIONS by Elizabeth Johns
As a ‘poor relation,’ Emma Standrich has already pre-empted her dismal Season by applying for a governess post. Her aunt and cousin are kind enough to sponsor her, but in truth, Emma is just waiting for it to all be over. Emma’s grief over the death of her brother while in military service casts a pallor on everything else in her life. When Colonel Shelton, the man who was her brother’s superior, asks her to dance at her first ball, Emma is more surprised than anyone. But she has questions for him, and soon she’s caught up in an intrigue she wasn’t expecting—both of the heart and the mind.

EDWARD & EMILY by Heather B. Moore
As a second son, Edward Blackwood never anticipated becoming heir to his family estate, or the need to find a wife and secure that inheritance. But with the death of his older brother, Edward is thrust into a life he never wanted. When his mother encourages him to be kind to his long-time neighbor Emily Foster, a girl he’d hardly paid attention to while growing up, Edward realizes that returning home might not be such a set-back after all.

A SPORTING SEASON by Rebecca Connolly
Daphne Hutchins is no simpering female who aims for a husband with a fortune. In fact, she’d be more than happy to live her life free of the heartache that men seem to bring. So when she sets out to play the fool in front of the ton during her first Season in order to send all eligible men running, she’s quite unprepared for James Woodbridge. Bored, but with a sense of family duty, James arrives for the Season, anticipating going through the expected motions befitting any gentleman. What he isn’t prepared for is Daphne Hutchins and the way she completely upends his heart.



My Review:




Thursday, March 30, 2017

Oh Come on Be Faithful by Cami Checketts, Book Review



Book Summary:

Former Army security expert Matt Degan is in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. His ex-wife cleaned out his savings account and abandoned their son. Sadly, Matt has no presents stashed.
When he finds a job as a bodyguard for Mikayla Lambert, a billionaire heiress who has been tormented by a stalker for four years, he's caught up in family drama that threatens this beautiful woman he's becoming enamored with, and might also endanger his son. Can Matt protect everyone and save Christmas for his son, or will the stalker succeed at kidnapping Mikayla and destroying any chance at love between them?


My Review:

This story of Matt and Mik is a sweet yet swoonworthy romance with some mystery and intrigue as well. I loved Matt! He was this huge bodyguard type guy with such a sweet heart and a need to protect Mik who he was quickly falling in love with. Mik was strong yet still had a need for support and a strong person to lean on. Matt's son Brock was a great addition to the story, as well as Mik's sister, Sarah and her nephew Kyler. This story made me laugh, smile and had all of the good feels I look for in a book! 


Happy Reading!!!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

An Informal Christmas by Heather Gray, Book Review



Book Summary:

Rylie Durham is used to dealing with all sorts of people and situations in her role as a Child Life Specialist at a local hospital. Why, then, does Zach York bring out the worst in her? After all, he's there to donate toys to the children she loves.

Could it be that she sees a kindred spirit in him? Rylie knows a thing or two about hiding a bruised heart from the world... and the danger inherent in blaming God for the hurt.

With December's approach, Rylie enlists Zach's help for a special undertaking -- a Christmas formal for one of the pediatric units. As they work together on the project, she hopes to show him that, even when it's painful, love is worth the risk...


My Review:

So this is a Christian romance novella. The subject matter with the main character Rylie working with kids who have cancer is definitely heavy. But it really gets you into the world of childhood cancer and how the patients, their families and even those who work with them are affected. The romance between Zach and Rylie was slow to happen but it made for a more realistic relationship. My only criticism of the book was what I felt was an abrupt ending. I was expecting more and was shocked when I read The End. Surely this is not the end of Rylie and Zach's story? I felt like we were just starting to get somewhere!! I won't ruin it for any potential readers, let's just suffice it to say that I want more! 


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Love, Jane by Ranee S. Clark, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

Jane Reeves and Sean O'Callaghan seem to be a match made in heaven—but the timing is all wrong. Jane has her heart set on serving a mission, and she can't delay telling Sean the news any longer: not only has she quietly submitted her mission papers, but she's also leaving in a month ... for Alaska. Shocked and devastated, Sean struggles to come to terms with Jane's decision. Unable to deny the depth of their feelings for one another, Sean makes a promise to wait for her.

Life unfolds for both Jane and Sean, with communications limited to weekly e-mails. But with just a few months left in Jane's mission, Sean's messages stop. When she receives the dreaded "Dear Jane" breakup along with the news that she has been replaced by Sean's former flame, Jane knows the future she envisioned now belongs to another woman. But upon her return home, Jane quickly realizes some things are worth fighting for—perhaps, most of all, a shot at true love.



My Review:

First things first, I love this cover! It is gorgeous and made me want to dive right into the book. So the beginning of the book was a little slow for me, it took me a while to get into it. But once I got into the story, I was able to quickly read it. Jane man, what can I say about her? She frustrated me in her unwillingness to be open and speak what was on her mind! I guess for me it was hard to relate to her, because she wanted to say things but just never did! Sean was super sweet and the kind of guy any girl would fall for! Sweet, smart, handsome and more patient than most men would be! I was conflicted throughout the book more than one time, there was a lot going on.  I wanted Jane to open her eyes and realize what she was doing to Sean without realizing it! Just read it and see for yourself what you think! A couple fall in love and she leaves to serve a mission, I mean, what could go wrong? Pick it up and find out!

Genre: Sweet/LDS romance


Happy Reading!!!

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