Monday, March 18, 2019

Emma and Jane LDS DVD Blog Tour & Giveaway


Movie Synopsis: 


JANE & EMMA is based on the life of Sister Jane Manning, one of the first black Mormons. She returns to Nauvoo to find that Joseph Smith, her prophet and friend, has been assassinated. Jane spends a ceaseless night with his widow, Emma Smith, sitting watch over the body of the prophet as a whirlwind of loss and confusion leaves them wondering how either one of them will be able to move forward. Through the long night, Jane wonders if the prophet’s promise to extend the blessings of eternity to her has died along with him. The film explores the possible events of that night, including Jane’s endeavor to remain amongst the Mormon people and Emma’s struggle to cope with her heartbreaking loss. Poignant issues of racism and polygamy threaten to break their bond of friendship. In the end, will Jane and Emma have the courage to follow the path each believes they must take?


My Review:

The story told is dramatic and emotional, pure and raw. There were points when I was brought to tears. This was an unknown story to me and it definitely piqued my interest to study Jane Manning's story. In fact, I began reading up on her during the movie because I was so interested in her life. I would love to be able to read her journal.  Not everything in the movie is historically accurate, but the emotional story told brings the viewer into a unique perspective of the early church that many have not even considered before.


You can purchase your own copy via Deseret Book.


You can watch the trailer here.



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Friday, March 15, 2019

Sanctuary by Traci Hunter Abramson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!






Book Summary:

Kristi Hartinger has come to terms with her life as a single, thirty-something woman. She was in love . . . once. But following her boyfriend's tragic death, no one else could capture her heart. And nothing else could fill that void, though the serenity of the ocean came close. Two years ago, Kristi left the craziness of her Wall Street career behind and embraced a simpler life on her family's private island off the coast of Maine. As a resident of the small beach community, she anticipates a quiet future—until she comes face-to-face with her past.

Ace Samson is dead, or so the world believes. As a member of a secret organization known as the guardians, he was forced to fake his death years ago, leaving everything behind when he became an agent. So when he is selected to offer a potential new recruit a job with the organization, Ace braces himself: for the first time in more than a decade, he must face the woman he loved—and left.

Kristi's world is rocked by Ace's sudden reappearance, and she's soon drawn into his world of danger and cover-up. But when Kristi herself becomes a target, Ace will do whatever it takes to protect the only woman he has ever loved.


My Review:

Abramson always delivers a fast-paced and action-packed novel and Sanctuary is no exception! I love how Abramson sets the story and she has you glued from the get-go! I have been waiting patiently for Ace to get his story so I was beyond excited when I learned this book was coming out. This is definitely a suspense novel you do not want to miss! Edge of your seat, anxious, trying to figure out what is going on...this book is on hit and one you will be glad you sat down to read! But make sure you have time on your hands when you do sit down, because once you start reading, you will not be able to stop! Bravo to Abramson!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



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Monday, March 11, 2019

Her Billionaire Surgeon by Dobi Daniels, Book Review



Book Summary:

She's signed off on love. He thinks marriage is a noose. But a fake engagement might bring the love that sets them free. 
Rising-star surgical resident Dana Adams thinks no one can love her and has signed off on love, content to live it vicariously through soap operas. But she agrees to go on one blind date to appease her godmother.
Fellow surgical resident Josh Roman is desperate to escape his father's controlling grip and follow his dreams, and a surprise inheritance of his grandmother's vast estate might just be his ticket out.
But there is just one condition: he has to be engaged within thirty days or forfeit everything.
Since Josh Roman doesn’t see any reason to exchange one shackle for another called marriage and is determined to avoid the disastrous blind date arranged by his father, Josh ropes in Dana—his friend's roommate—to pose as his fake fiancée.
But when the lines between fake and real begin to blur, will they give love a chance, or will their deep-rooted issues and the potential backlash if the truth is discovered keep them from a happily ever after?
This is a sweet/clean fake fiancée medical billionaire romance with no cliffhangers and a guaranteed HEA.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this clean romance novel by Dobi Daniels. The story was easy to read and easy to fall into. I loved Dana because she was strong yet also vulnerable. She had a nice balance of both qualities and she was a straight up rock star when she met the Wonder Six! Anyone who could handle those ladies deserves a gold medal! Josh was a nice surprise. I really thought that because he was a billionaire he would be snotty and conceited. I was pleasantly surprised at his kindness and goodness. Dana and Josh were such an unlikely pairing but they fit so well together. I loved how he saved himself and her from disastrous blind dates!!  This is an easy read that will leave you smiling when you are finished!
Happy Reading!!!
You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Source:  Author for review

Friday, March 8, 2019

A Guarded Heart by Heidi Kimball, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

Three years after a shocking scandal destroyed her family and forced her into isolation, Eleanor Hayward finally has an opportunity to put her painful history and dashed hopes behind her. But reentering society is no simple task. In her cousin's glittering ballroom, Eleanor is stunned when she comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart those years before.

Edmund Fletcher thought he had laid the past to rest until he unexpectedly encounters the woman who so nearly became his wife. Soon to be engaged to another, Edmund knows he must let go of the complicated feelings he harbors for Eleanor. However, when the Hayward scandal resurfaces and the truth behind their parting is revealed, Eleanor and Edmund are left reeling. Tormented by thoughts of what could have been, they realize it is impossible to rewrite history. But is there a future in which they might both find happiness—and true love?

My Review:

I loved this book so much. It just welcomed me with open arms and kept me there until the very end. There are so many things I want to say about this book. It made me feel so many different emotions, it was not just a run-of-the-mill regency novel. There was depth to the characters and their relationships. I think one of the best parts of the novel is that you get both main characters' perspectives. You get to here from Eleanor and from Edmund. The entire time I kept thinking that there had to be a way that they could move beyond whatever happened in the past, surely they were still meant for each other. There are so many ups and downs; all of the emotions you can imagine are felt in this book. Anger, passion, love, hate, mistrust, understanding, hurt, pain, kindness....seriously this book made me feel. There is more than just romance to the story and every part of it kept me turning pages until the very last one.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

A Monumental Love by Susan Aylworth, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book description:

Roxelle McCann is eager to meet the family of her best friend, so she takes a mini-vacation to the Navajo Nation. Roxelle expects to find out more about Navajo language and customs and to be awed by the beauty of Monument Valley. She does not expect to find love among the monuments. The man she meets offers both a surprising possible future and a tender reminder of the past.

My Review:

Aylworth brought me right into the story and kept me there. I loved seeing the Navajo Nation through Roxelle's eyes. It was like I was right there with her, seeing and experiencing it too. Will was super sweet and such a perfect match it seemed for Roxelle! Would she find love in a most unexpected place? You will fall in love with the culture of the Navajo as you join Roxelle on her journey!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy for FREE on Kindle Unlimited or buy your own copy via Amazon.


About the author:

Susan Aylworth loves books, poems, plays, words in almost all polite forms, and good raspberry jam. Her first book, started when she was nine, "was a rip-off of Black Beauty. I wrote eight whole pages." For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become "a rich and famous author." Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the 'author' part of that goal.

A former university professor, she enjoys researching backgrounds and careers for her novels. "It's one way to live many lives all at once." Servant to two spoiled cats, she lives in northern California with her writer husband, Roger. She wishes the kids would visit more often.

Susan loves "travel, great music, and hearing from readers." Reach her at susan.aylworth.author@gmail.com, post on her wall at: www.facebook.com/Susan.Aylworth.Author or follow her @SusanAylworth. "If you enjoy my books, please tell everyone you know: friends, relatives, neighbors, the person who delivers your mail, people you meet in line in the grocery store, everyone!" She welcomes ideas for new books and characters.


You can enter the giveaway here!


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Healing Hearts (Savage Wells #2) by Sarah M. Eden. Blog Tour




Book Summary:

Wyoming Territory, 1876

As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.

When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara's message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.

But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.


My Review:

Eden has a way of drawing the reader into a new world and holding them captive until there is literally nothing left to read. I loved this book so much! Immediately I was drawn to Gideon and Miriam, they started off with a huge misunderstanding but both were willing to still work together. I was intrigued to figure out Miriam's secrets she was hiding. And how would everyone else treat her once they figured it out as well? I loved how authentic and real this book felt. I honestly find myself still thinking about this story because it really struck a chord with me. I cannot imagine all that Miriam went through and what life was like back then. The entire asylum aspect is something not usually addressed in historical novels and I found it was done tastefully and in a manner that led me as the reader to feel sympathy and horror at the same time for what people must have endured back then. One does not want to imagine and I applaud Eden for tackling a difficult subject. This book was everything you guys! It kept me up until 1am to finish reading it because I couldn't put it down. I tried ,but I had to know how it ended! I love Savage Wells and how they are not just a community but more like a family. This book is amazing!

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Bloodline, by Kathi Oram Peterson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

France, 1371. The old Queen of France lies on her deathbed with a secret she will take to her grave: there is one true heir to the throne, one who would have the power to ally France and Scotland. But after her death, all that will be left are a few shreds of evidence revealing the stunning identity of her successor.
Flight attendant Skye Armstrong has heard the voice of warning before, and as she’s returning home from London, she recognizes the feeling of dread that accompanies her sixth sense. Walking from the airport terminal to get to her car, she pauses in the middle of the road. Her hesitation gives a Good Samaritan the split second he needs to pull her out of the path of a speeding car, saving her life. But her misfortunes are just beginning. When she arrives home, she discovers that Auntie Marjorie has been kidnapped, and cryptic instructions have been left behind: Skye must retrieve the contents of a safe deposit box and deliver it to the captors . . . No police. Her feelings of dread return.
What Skye discovers in the bank box is baffling: a single page. The ancient document is certainly valuable, and with no time to lose, she goes to the rendezvous to discover the next step. A cell phone rings beneath a park bench. She answers the call, and on the screen is a picture of Auntie, unconscious. Now the kidnapper demands Skye find two more pages or her aunt will die.
What secrets are hidden within the illuminated pages, and who believes they are worth killing for? And what role does the Good Samaritan play in all of it?

My Review:
Well Bloodline literally had me page-turning the entire time! It started out with a bang and the action and suspense never let up. I felt like it was a roller coaster ride! I never knew who Skye could really trust and I was just as confused as she seemed to be about what in the world was going on! I felt my heart-racing and pounding as she tried to find each page and know who to trust. All she wanted to do was save her Aunt, yet I wondered in the back of my mind if she cared just a little bit about the priceless pages she was finding. This book was fantastically put together and I could not stop reading it. I tried! Sleep is a necessity but reading is more important! This is definitely one to read if you are a fan of being kept on your toes and trying to figure out puzzles and mysteries. My one and only complaint, which isn't really a complaint, was the ending. I will not spoil it for you, just suffice it to say that it ended too quickly for me. I wanted more information...more something, why did it have to end?! So I am hopeful that there is a book two on the horizon!

Happy Reading!!!
You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Friday, February 8, 2019

Escape to Everly Manor by Chalon Linton, Book Tour & Review



Book Summary:

Nineteen-year-old Lizzy and her young brother, Thomas, find themselves orphaned after a tragic accident claims the lives of their parents. Their estranged Uncle Cline arrives to claim his inheritance, and his roguish ways cast a shadow over the manor. Both the family estate and guardianship of his niece and nephew were left to him, and diabolical Uncle Cline is determined to indulge in his newfound wealth and rid himself of his charges. Desperate to save her brother from a dangerous life at sea, and herself from being married off to a detestable old gentleman, Lizzy knows there is only one choice left—they must run.
Lizzy and Thomas sneak away and find refuge in an abandoned cabin. There they remain hidden until fate acquaints Lizzy with Mr. Barton, a charming gentleman who is immediately intrigued by the mysterious young woman. Concealing her identity, Lizzy is unaware that there is much more to this compassionate man than meets the eye. Through his kindness to herself and her brother, Lizzy begins to trust him. Soon Lizzy realizes Mr. Barton may be her best hope for a life in which she can live—and love—as she chooses . . .


My Review:

Ya'all this book is Ah-Mazing!!!  I started reading it at 8:30pm and I didn't stop until I had finished the very last page. IT. IS. THAT. GOOD.  Seriously, Linton just pulled me into Lizzy's world and she wouldn't let me go! I had to find out what would happen to her and Thomas. How were they going to eat, find shelter, or survive at all? And then enters Barton, cue the swooning now. This gentleman is not only handsome but he is so kind-hearted! I just wanted Lizzy to see how good he was and to trust him. Every time I felt like everything was solved and under control another twist and turn would come into play. I loved this story so much. It is all about loving someone more than yourself; being willing to sacrifice your own happiness for another. Read this book! Go forth and buy it now because this is one regency you will not soon forget!!!

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Warrior Maiden (Hagenheim #9) by Melanie Dickerson, Book Review



Book Summary:

Mulan isn’t afraid to pretend to be a son and assume her father’s soldier duties in war. But what happens when the handsome son of a duke discovers her secret?

Mulan is trying to resign herself to marrying the village butcher for the good of her family, but her adventurous spirit just can’t stand the thought. At the last minute, she pretends to be the son her father never had, assumes his duties as a soldier, and rides off to join the fight to protect the castle of her liege lord’s ally from the besieging Teutonic Knights.

Wolfgang and his brother Steffan leave Hagenheim with several other soldiers to help their father’s ally in Poland. When they arrive, Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier Mikolai who seems to either always be one step away from disaster... or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways.

When Wolfgang discovers his former rival and reluctant friend Mikolai is actually a girl, he is determined to protect her. But battle is a dangerous place where anything can happen — and usually does.

When Mulan receives word that her mother has been accused of practicing witchcraft through her healing herbs and skills, Mulan’s only thought is of defending her. Will she be able to trust Wolfgang to help? Or will sacrificing her own life be the only way to save her mother?


My Review:

Dickerson performs her magic again and weaves another delightful fairy tale in the Hagenheim series! How she does it, I do not know, but it has to be magic! I loved Mulan's story and she did such a great job of letting us into Mulan's mind and seeing her for who she truly was. I felt Mulan's pain at being different in the village and feeling like she had to marry someone who didn't love her, just to save her mother. Then she made the choice to pretend to be a boy so she could save her mom's home and escape a marriage she doesn't want.  The fact that Dickerson made Mulan fearless yet not a fighter beyond what one would believe made the story realistic and believable. The relationship between Wolfgang and Mulan was a friendship and I wondered if it could or would go anywhere else. The obstacles in the book never seemed to end and it left me reading furiously to see if there would or could be a happily ever after! Dickerson never disappoints and The Warrior Maiden is no exception! I received a review copy of this book; all thoughts and opinions are my  own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Potion Masters 1 & 2 by Frank L. Cole, Book Review



Book Summary:

Twelve-year-old Gordy Stitser is one of the few people who knows the truth about the secret society of potion masters, because not only is Gordy’s mom on the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide (B.R.E.W.), but she has also been training Gordy in the art of potion-making. 

Gordy is a natural, and every day he sneaks down to the basement lab to invent new potions using exotic ingredients like fire ant eggs, porcupine quills, and Bosnian tickling juice.

One afternoon, Gordy receives a mysterious package containing an extremely rare potion known as “The Eternity Elixir.” In the right hands, the Elixir continues to protect society. But in the wrong hands, it could destroy the world as we know it.  

Now, sinister potion masters are on the hunt to steal the Eternity Elixir. It’s up to Gordy, his parents, and his best friends, Max and Adeline, to prevent an all-out potion war.



My Review:

Potion Masters is a great book geared for children and middle graders! Honestly anything from about fourth grade on up, depending on their reading level. But kids will love this book! I mean it has this great character named Gordy who is a natural when it comes to potions. What kid doesn't like potions and magic? The book is paced well and the storyline is easy to follow. What kid wouldn't like this book? It has potions, family, villians and friends who set out to save the day!

Book Summary:

It has been nine months since Gordy and his friends, Max and Adilene, Saved B.R.E.W. (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and the Vessel—the power source for the secret society of potion masters. Now, Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying new potion brewing techniques, but when he starts zoning out during practice, he knows something is wrong.

Gordy and his friends continue to work on their potions, but when Gordy chooses Max as his lab partner, Adilene starts to wonder if she still has a place with her old friends. She turns to a new friend, Cadence, who might know a way to help Adilene become a potion master on her own.

And in Greenland, Mezzarix has a chance to escape his Forbidden Zone—as long as he agrees to work with the mysterious Ms. Bimini and replicate an unusual solution known as “Silt.” It could be just the weapon Mezzarix needs to destroy B.R.E.W. forever.

With both B.R.E.W. and the Vessel in danger, and with the potion world in chaos, it’s up to Gordy, Max, and Adilene to rally the remaining Potion Masters before it’s too late.



My Review:

Gordy and his friends are back again in the next installment of the Potion Masters series! This is the second book in the series and it is recommended that you read the first one to understand everything in the second one. Of course all is not as it should be and there is someone wanting to overthrow and destory B.R.E.W. and this time it is Gordy's own grandpa! Everyone is at risk and it is an exciting ride to go on as Gordy and his friends try to save the day! The Transparency Tonic is a great addition to the series and any middle grade reader would love to read it!

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your won copy of book one and book two via Amazon.


Source:  Publisher for review

Monday, January 28, 2019

Whiteout by Brett Cain, Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Summary:

Long hours of driving on the frigid interstate have taken their toll. In a split second, Frank Sawyer’s car drifts and clips a passing van on the otherwise empty Montana highway. In the aftermath of the wreck, Sawyer encounters a gruesome scene: the van’s passenger did not survive. But it isn’t the crash that took his life—he’s been shot. Before Sawyer can assess what’s happened, he’s struck from behind. When he regains consciousness, he discovers that his attacker is gone, his car is missing—and the police have named him their prime suspect in the dead man’s murder.
The harsh winter weather bears down as the chaos unfolds, and Sawyer finds himself trapped in the small town of Cluff. And law enforcement is keeping him firmly in their sights, so there’s no possibility of escape. As he struggles to clear his name, Sawyer looks to the past for answers, becoming embroiled in a decades-old mystery that may hold the key to proving his innocence.

My Review:
The story started with a bang and I was immediately hooked, wanting to know what would happen to Sawyer and his stolen car. Not to mention the dead body and whoever knocked him out! I love action and suspense stories so Whiteout was right up my alley. The story kept me on my toes the majority of the time and I couldn't help but feel cold from the blizzard Sawyer was in!  I liked the small town of Cliff where everyone knew each other and the author laid the town out so well, I could picture it in my own mind. Sawyer was a great main character; he was driven to help others. And can we mention he is this huge guy who happens to be some type of amazing fighter? Who is Sawyer really? Is he some ex Navy Seal or a former Marine? This reader cannot help but think there is more to his story! My favorite part of the story was trying to solve the mystery of whodunnit. Cain definitely kept me guessing and I was surprised when I found out who and what had actually happened. If you are a fan of action/suspense, you should give Whiteout a try!

Happy Reading!!!
You can pick up your own copy via Amazon. 

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Source:  Publisher for review

Friday, January 18, 2019

The House of Stone and Ivy, by Anita Stansfield, Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

Orphaned as children, Hennie and Lottie share an unbreakable friendship. Together, they suffered the horrors of orphanages and the workhouse, and now grown, they continue to rely on each another. When Lottie approaches Hennie about a possible position at a manor house, Hennie is eager to work alongside her dear friend. However, to secure the positions as stable hands, they will have to undergo a bold act of deception: the women must disguise themselves as men.
Upon arriving at the manor, Hennie is stunned. Her new position is at Ivy Manor—the beautiful estate where her mother was employed long ago and where Hennie was raised until her mother’s death. Hennie has wonderful memories of her friendship with the son of the house, Jack, and is shocked and dismayed to learn he has vanished. Living in disguise at the manor allows her to gradually uncover the truth of Jack’s disappearance and eventually find him. Both Hennie and Jack are thrilled to be reunited, and their friendship is renewed. Soon, their relationship blossoms . . . and threatens their determination to remain concealed. With so much at stake, will they be prepared to risk everything for love?

My Review:
The premise of this story is completely different from another other regency romance I have read. So I was drawn to the book just from that alone; add in a great cover and an author I have read for years and I was all in. Hennie and Lottie were best friends who grew up through the most difficult of circumstances, an orphanage and a workhouse. Now they are disguised as men working as stablehands in the very home that Hennie grew up in. So my thoughts are two fold. I like the story and how different it is from any other regency I have read. However, the author did a lot of telling what happens and what the characters think, instead of showing the reader. I had to do a lot of skipping over parts because it was tedious to read. I hate to say that because Stansfield is one of my favorite authors, but it was so difficult to read through parts where we were being told what the character thought instead of getting to peer into their mind and hear their thoughts. This is still a good story, it was just a little bit harder for me to get through.

Happy Reading!!!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Beauty and the Horseman's Head by Holly Kelly, Book Review


Book Summary:

It’s 1792 and Hope is on the run. She finds shelter in a glen called Sleepy Hollow. Luck is with her as the town is unexpectedly looking for a new teacher and Hope is hired for the job. Unfortunately, not everything is looking up for her. Not only is the mayor out to get her fired and the local witch determined to slice her up and brew her organs into potions, but hidden under the floorboards of her quaint little cabin, she finds a man. His name is Conall. 

Conall is demanding, he’s ornery, and though he has undeniably handsome features, he is missing something of vital importance… 

His body. 


Beauty and the Horseman’s Head is a spooky, somewhat dark, twisted paranormal romance that combines the stories of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Beauty and the Beast in a way that will have you falling in love and gasping in fright. 



My Review:

When I got the chance to review this book, I jumped at it without even having read the book summary! Because you guys, it is HOLLY KELLY, and she wrote the Rising series which I LOVE! So how could I not jump at the chance to review one of her books? I should have known better, I should have known not to start the book at night....because I became so engrossed that I had a severe disregard for my sleep and my alarm which would go off for work the next morning. I read half of the book that night..it...was...that...good. You guys, the fantasy mixed with the love story and good versus evil was fantastic! Kelly kills the legend of Sleepy Hollow in a fantastical fantasy world that you cannot imagine until you enter it yourself! An added bonus is the love, the emotions, the heart pounding suspense as you wonder how everything is going to all work out! So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy of this book and enjoy your journey with Hope, Conall, and their friends! I am sure glad that I did!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Saving Susannah Jones by Carolyn Twede Frank, Book Review & Giveaway!





Book Summary:
In the still of a cool Colorado evening, the Circle J Ranch house burns to the ground, leaving Susannah Jones and her two brothers orphaned and homeless. Embittered by the tragedy, Susannah’s older brother grows increasingly cruel, leading Susannah to make the difficult choice to leave the last of her family behind to forge a new life for herself. It is the kindness of Dr. Kate, the woman physician in town, as well as a chance meeting with a rugged homesteader that give Susannah the strength she needs to escape.
When Joseph Iverson encounters the harassed young woman on his land one day, he has no thought but to provide the assistance she so clearly needs. Overcoming his shyness, he takes Susannah under his wing and agrees to a marriage of convenience to liberate her from her brother. As the pair works side by side, their mutual admiration deepens. But their happy existence is threatened all too soon by a series of “accidents” on the farm. With danger looming ever closer, Susannah and Joseph must discover who is bent on their destruction before the life and marriage they’ve built together goes up in flames.

My Review:
I liked this book so much because Susannah was not just stronger than she thought, but willing to allow help when she needed it. Help from the doctor, help from her little brother, and most of all, help from a complete stranger, Joseph Iverson. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that this book tied into a previous one I had read by Frank, so I enjoyed making those connections, but this book is fine as a stand alone as well. This book really resonated with me on an emotional level. Susannah felt all alone and like nothing could ever work out for her. Yet she persevered and amid challenges, she still remained positive. I thoroughly enjoyed this western romance novel with a touch of mystery!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



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Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Christmas Break-In and The Christmas Apron DVD Review



Christmas Break-In Movie Synopsis: 
Today was supposed to be one of the best days ever for nine-year-old Izzy Rush. But now, on the last day of class before Christmas break, she has been left alone at school. To make matters worse, the biggest blizzard this town has ever seen is blowing and snowing full force. Which is why three bumbling crooks on the lam decide to take shelter in the seemingly empty school. When Izzy discovers that the criminals are holding her friend Ray, the school custodian, she decides it’s up to her to save the day. But what can a nine-year-old girl do? You’d be surprised!  

My Review:

My kids and I really enjoyed this movie. It was reminiscent of Home Alone and that was part of why we loved it so much! You will love Izzy and her tenacity and her ingenuity. I also loved the school custodian who showed such care and concern for Izzy. This is definitely a fun and feel good movie that the entire family can enjoy together!


Christmas Break-In Trailer (downloadable)


Christmas Apron:
The children in Millie’s family can’t wait for Grandma to arrive with her special Christmas apron. According to tradition, each grandchild will write down the gift he or she wants most in the world, and then slip that wish into the apron’s pocket. Then, on Christmas morning, those wished-for gifts will be magically waiting under the tree. But then eleven-year-old Millie overhears her parents: the family can’t afford gifts for all the little ones. She pictures the disappointment on her siblings’ faces: nothing to open on Christmas morning. Is Millie willing to sacrifice her own whole-soul wish so that someone else’s can come true? Full of tender emotion and delightful surprise, this story reminds us of the miracles that unfold when we think of others before ourselves.

My Review:

The Christmas Apron is one for the books! I love that a family of all ages can enjoy this one together. It pulls on the heart strings and reminds us what Christmas is all about; giving and thinking of others, not ourselves. This one tugs on your emotions and heart strings and is definitely worth watching!

Christmas Apron Trailer  (downloadable)
https://vimeo.com/295637919


Happy Watching!!!






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