Friday, July 21, 2017

Searching for Irene by Marlene Bateman, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Summary:


What happened to Irene?

When Anna Coughlin, a modern 1920’s woman, travels to the secluded hills of Virginia to work for wealthy Lawrence Richardson, she discovers that the previous secretary, Irene, has mysteriously disappeared. Upon arriving at the castle-like mansion, Anna finds that Lawrence’s handsome, but antagonistic son, Tyler, wants nothing more than to have her gone. And he isn’t the only one—

Caught up in a maze of intrigue in a tormented and troubled household, Anna sets out to find the truth behind Irene’s disappearance. She is helped—and often hindered—by the temperamental Tyler Richardson, who—despite her best intentions—begins to steal her heart.

But even as Anna begins to uncover dark secrets, she must continue to hide a significant one of her own. Then, her life is threatened, and Anna is left to wonder if she’ll be able to unravel the mystery before she disappears as mysteriously as the unfortunate Irene—
 


My Review:

This book completely took me by surprise! I didn't just get a story, I got a full-on whodunnit mystery! Every single time I thought I had this book figured out, it would throw me a curve ball and I would second guess myself. Bateman kept me reading hook, line, and sinker! Honestly, until the very end when all was revealed, I still did not know who was the bad guy. And let me tell you, I am still reeling from the mystery being solved! The mark of a brilliant author, Bateman kept me on my toes and I never saw the ending coming! My only complaint is that the ending didn't wrap up quite like I wanted, but hey, I like epilogues and pretty bows tying everything up. I cannot wait until Bateman writes her next novel!

Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Song of Copper Creek by Kristin McKendry, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway



Summary:


It's been more than a year since she lost her family - a tragedy that has left Grace Whitaker a shadow of her former self. Unable to move on surrounded by so many memories, she makes the desperate decision to return to her childhood home in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. There she hopes to salvage the broken pieces of her life - but what she finds is the promise of peace and healing in an unlikely place.

Copper Creek Farm is part of a Canadian historical museum, offering glimpses into 19th-century pioneer life. Yet the farm offers much more than that - it is a place of second chances. For Grace, the opportunity to work the land alongside the loving Whelan family is the first step toward healing. But she isn't the only broken soul seeking hope on the farm. Grace is joined by a young man in trouble with the law, as well as the Whelans' son and grandchildren, who are struggling through their own heartbreak. Together, these survivors discover the strength that can be found in friendship. But when faced with the uncertainty of the future, will they have the courage to move beyond the past to forge new lives for themselves?


My Review:

Grace's story really drew me in as a reader right away. I wanted to know what she was running away from and what she was trying to find. What had happened to cause her so much and to shy away from children? What was her story and how would she find the peace she was seeking? I found her story compelling, emotional and moving. I wanted to give her a great big hug and tell her it would be okay and that she could work through it. The Whelan family felt like family to me by the end of the book. I loved Toby especially, he tugged on my heart strings. This is a beautiful story that shares Grace's journey and the people she meets along the way.

Rating: clean/LDS/Mormon


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Lily of the Manor by Anita Stansfield, Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Summary:

Broadbent Manor is a home brimming with life and love. With eleven adopted children in her care, young widow Lily Broadbent is in search of the right tutor to instruct and nurture her young charges. So when Frederick Woodstone arrives on her doorstep seeking the position, Lily is quickly impressed by his qualifications—but even more pleased with his gentle manner and immediate rapport with the children that society cast aside. It is clear: Mr. Woodstone is a perfect fit for the family.
From the moment he arrives at the manor, Frederick is enchanted by the lady of the house. Lily is a pillar of strength and compassion, and her striking beauty is undeniable. As the pair works side by side to teach the children, their professional association evolves into something far deeper. But when they stumble upon a young boy in dire circumstances, their relationship is put to the test as Lily makes the impetuous decision to rescue the child—no matter the consequences. What follows is a chain of events that will threaten all that Lily has built for her young family, as the fight for the safety of one small boy becomes a battle between life and death.
 


Book Review:

Stansfield has written a different spin on a regency novel! Mr. Woodstone, a vicar turned tutor, prays that he can find the right job and ends up at Mrs. Broadbents home. He quickly realizes that her home is not the norm and she has adopted eleven children, all of different circumstances. I enjoyed how Stansfield brought prayer and God into the book but not so much that it was over the top. It was a beautiful balance that many authors cannot achieve. It did take awhile to get completely into the story, but Stansfield always delivers a book worth reading! 


Happy Reading!!!


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The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram, Blog Tour



 


  The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram 

 How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him? From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels. The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives. Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right...even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend. With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram. This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism.



My Review:


Now this story is one that you want to buckle your seatbelt for! Honestly, I stayed up until 1:30 am to finish reading it, I could NOT put it down. Right off the bat I was pulled into Bailey's story; her two best friends Spencer and Wes. They were like the three musketeers! And one game of spin the bottle changed everything and then it was Bailey and Spencer as a couple. Then tragedy strikes and I could not even begin to imagine the pain and suffering that Bailey went through along with Wes when Spencer died.This story is  full of so many emotional issues. Death, suicide, cancer, love, loss and guilt.  Add in there the ghost of Bailey's dead boyfriend and it gives the story a twist and some humor from a ghost. A YA story that packs all the punches, The Ghost of Me and You is a tragically and emotionally beautiful story.



   
Author Kelly Oram 

 Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.




   

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sophia's Leap-Year Courtship by Kristin Holt, 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. SOPHIA'S LEAP-YEAR COURTSHIP: A brand new historical romance novella from USA Today bestselling author Kristin Holt. 

Union Pacific Station Agent Chadwick Hughes has everything in a state of readiness to welcome his mail order bride…everything but the bride. The woman he’s corresponded with for a year didn’t change her mind or miss her train in Omaha—she never existed. Chadwick’s mortified to discover he’s been swindled by a fraudulent matrimonial agency in Chicago. He needs a lawyer if he’ll ever recover a dime of the fortune he spent on worthless membership fees and the nonexistent bride’s transportation west.

Sophia Sorensen, Attorney at Law, is a spinster on the edge of propriety. The good people of Wyoming Territory are open to a lot of things, including Lady’s Privilege during Leap Years, but some aren’t fond of her day-to-day behavior. Why, the woman rides her bicycle hither and yon, showing her petticoat ruffle and ankles. She might be the least ladylike specimen beneath Wyoming skies, but it’s entertaining to watch her court the U.P. Station Agent, Chadwick Hughes, the most-eligible bachelor in the county.


My Review:


This is a fun twist on a mail order bride book! I really liked Sophia; she was a confident and capable woman, who had no problem running her own law practice even when there were those who opposed her. Sweet Chadwick who got swindled by a fraudulent mail order bride company, he meets up with Sophia because he needs her representation. The two begin a tenuous friendship and with help from their mutual friends, perhaps they can become more. I really enjoyed the leap-year aspect to the book, I never knew of the tradition of women being able to pursue men during leap-year. It was a fun and unique part of the book that I have never read in any other. This is a wonderful clean romance that I enjoyed and it was a quick and easy read!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Mormon Girl Incognito by Kari Iroz, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway


Book Summary:

Hilarious heroine Jacklyn Wyatt is back—this time in a dicey Vegas adventure! Jacklyn “Jack” Wyatt is just your average Mormon girl—other than her brief stint with the FBI, her subsequent brush with death, and her dreamy boyfriend, Special Agent Damon Wade. But in the eight months since she helped save a kidnapping victim, Jack’s life has returned to its mostly stagnant state. She’s still trapped in a dead-end job, and even her relationship seems to be stuck in a rut. These days, adventures are few and far between. So when Damon heads to Las Vegas on assignment, Jack sees the perfect opportunity to surprise her boyfriend and rekindle the spark in their relationship. But the surprise is on her: she has just landed herself in the middle of a high-stakes operation involving Russian criminals. Unwittingly drawn undercover once more, Jack is all too aware that the survival of Damon and his associates depends on the success of her charade. In the unfamiliar world of luxurious limos, exclusive nightclubs, and gambling, Jack must convince the high-rolling hustlers that she is a terrifying international arms dealer. If only she knew anything about poker. Or guns . . .


My Review:

This book was awesome! I love, love, loved it!  Once again Jack is back at it again, this time she literally walks right into trouble. From her hilarious personality to her insecurities, and then to her unfaltering faith in her Heavenly Father, you will want to be best friends with Jack! She has a charismatic and fun personality! And then her sweet and handsome boyfriend Damon, he seems to good to be true! The entire story swept me away into an undercover FBI world that was scary yet exhilarating at the same time. I found myself not being away to tear myself away from the book until I was done! If you have not read the first book, I believe you would be just fine reading this one on its own, it references a few things from the first book, but explains enough you would understand. Overall an excellent book and I would give it ten stars if possible!!!


Rating: Sweet/clean romance/LDS/some mild violence


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Love on Pointe by Tiffany Odekirk, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

Rhys Solario has a secret—one he plans to keep: he's a non-Mormon attending Brigham Young University. With only two semesters left before graduation, he just wants to keep flying under the radar. Then he meets Emmy in a Book of Mormon class, and for the first time, the idea of keeping to himself doesn't sound so appealing.

Emmy Jennings feels confident only when she's dancing ballet. With every plié and chassé, all her worries fade away. But when she fails to earn a coveted solo, her confidence on the dance floor disintegrates, and the future she's worked so hard to earn stands in jeopardy.

Assigned to be study partners, both Rhys and Emmy face initial anxieties regarding who they really are. But slowly, their tentative friendship evolves into something more. Yet even as love deepens, the pair is faced with a disheartening truth: Rhys can't take Emmy to the temple, and the promise of eternity is not something Emmy's willing to give up. With everything on the line, the couple must decide if they're prepared to reshape their hearts—and their lives—for the promise of forever.
 


My  Review:

I fell in love with the cover and just as easily I fell in love with Rhys and Emmy. Two completely different people, different backgrounds, cultures and religions yet they were so drawn to each other. Seeing the LDS church's perspective from someone who is not a member was a great way to parallel Emmy's perspective as a church member who wanted to marry someone she loved in the temple. I was drawn in hook, line and sinker into this story. I just had to find out how it would end. And I never ever in a million years saw what happened coming. A mark of a great author, Odekirk doesn't give anything away and you have to find out for yourself how it all ends. An emotional and beautiful journey, Love on Pointe keeps reading until the very end.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, Book Review



Book Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.



My Review:

I was seriously intrigued about this book that has the setting of a doll store, for certain that is not your typical setting for a YA novel! Right away I like Caymen and her sarcasm that could not help but just come out of her mouth whenever she spoke. I loved her drive to help her mom and her willingness to help her family. And Xander, he was so cute and so sweet!  Book boyfriend material! I enjoyed watching their relationship grow organically and easily. Of course nothing is as easy and simple about falling in love. And the drastic difference in their lifestyles is no small hurdle to overcome. There are secrets, ones I never even saw coming that had me frantically reading to the very end. I am a new fan of West and have read everything I have been able to get my hands on that she has written! She is talented author and I am anxious for whatever she will write next!


Happy Reading!!!



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Friday, June 9, 2017

Romancing Daphne by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour & Giveaway





Book Summary:

As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.

But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.


My Review:

Eden has masterfully crafted a beautiful regency story that you will not be able to put down. I love the Lancaster family already and this time I got to learn more about Daphne and her quiet yet thoughtful personality. Once again the Dangerous Duke is a part of the story and also his wife, Persephone, Daphne's sister. I loved Daphne's story! I fell in love along with her, I hoped along with her, and I dreamed right along with her. James was perfect for her, or was he? Would she be able to truly let her heart love and trust him? With the beautiful love story along with the antics of the Dangerous Duke and Daphne's brother Linus, this is the perfect combination of love and wit. With Eden's ability to draw the reader in and hold them until the very end and still leave them wanting more, you will be left satisfied and searching for another book she has penned so you can experience the magic once again!


Happy Reading!!!

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Check out these sites for other reviews of Romancing Daphne:


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*June 6th: http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/http://readingismysuperpower.org/https://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com/http://bonnieharris.blogspot.com/http://www.blogginboutbooks.com/
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*June 9th: http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/http://thethingsilovemost.com/http://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/http://www.iamareader.com/http://sweetlymadejustforyou.com/ 


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Memory of Butterflies by Grace Green, Book Review



Book Summary:

To keep a devastating family secret from being revealed, a young mother’s desperate lies could end up destroying everything, and everyone, she loves. The Memory of Butterfliesis a poignant story of family and forgiveness—of knowing when to let go and when to hold each other close.

Hannah Cooper’s daughter is leaving for college soon. The change is bittersweet. A single mother since the age of eighteen, Hannah isn’t eager to confront the pain of being alone, but she’s determined not to let her own hang-ups keep Ellen from the future she deserves. As Ellen’s high school graduation approaches, Hannah decides it’s time to return to her roots in Cooper’s Hollow along Virginia’s beautiful and rustic Cub Creek.

With the help of longtime friend Roger Westray, Hannah devotes her energies to building a new house on the site of the old family home, destroyed in a fire more than a decade ago. But Hannah’s entire adult life has revolved around one very big secret. And her new beginning comes with unanticipated risks that will cost her far more than she could have imagined—perhaps more than she can survive.

When a confrontation forces Hannah to expose her secret, the truth may destroy her beloved daughter. Hannah is prepared to sacrifice everything to protect her family, but can their lives and their bond withstand the seismic shift that’s coming?


My Review:

The Memory of Butterflies is a unique and hauntingly beautiful story. I was slowly drawn in and the details put me straight in the Hollow along with Hannah. I could picture the house, the cabin where she did her sculpting, and the river that flowed out back. Hannah and her grandparents led a pretty secluded life out in the Hollow, I could hardly imagine living so alone and away from everyone and everything. And the secrets that are hidden, there were so many secrets! Greene took me on an emotional roller coaster ride throughout the book, from the highest highs to the lowest of lows; I have not felt so many different emotions while reading a book in a very long time. There were points where I would question decisions she made, I felt so completely a part of this story. This is not your typical book at all. If you want something that makes you feel and think, then this is definitely the book for you.


Happy Reading!!!


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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!  


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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!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.