Thursday, April 30, 2015

How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding #3) by Rachel Hauck, Book Review




Book Summary:

Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever.

Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could ve been.

But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever."




My Review:


How to Catch a Prince

So I realize I have gone about reading this series out of order. I started with the second, read this one (the third) and will soon begin book one. That said, How to Catch a Prince is an amazing story! I loved following Corina as she struggled to leave her grief behind and find out how to live again. Enter hottie prince boy Stephen who she just happens to still be married to! Excuse me while the plot thickens! Can Stephen work through this own grief and pain? Can he heal and turn it over to the Lord? Will Corina and Stephen find love again or is it time to move on? A moving story of love, heartache, and learning to listen to that still small voice, How to Catch a Prince is one emotional novel you will not want to miss!


Happy Reading!!!



You can pick up your own copy via Amazon!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Deja Date (Better Date than Never #9) by Susan Hatler, Book Review




Book Summary:

(Better Date than Never series, Book 9)

Melinda Morgan commits to running her favorite neighborhood bakery when the owner, who’s like a second dad to her, falls ill. Then she finds out his adventurous son, Nate Carter, is back in town. Nate was Melinda’s first kiss and greatest heartbreak all rolled into one, yet he’s still as charming as ever. 

When Melinda learns Nate’s dad is selling his bakery, she realizes her dream to own the bakery herself. But in order to access her inheritance funds, she must first complete her father’s Carpe Diem list, which challenges her to take risks she normally wouldn’t—like only dating someone who leaves her breathless.

Nate wants a second chance with her and she finds him nearly impossible to resist. Could he be the key to completing her dad’s list and saving the bakery? And can he help her do both without breaking her heart all over again?




My Review:

Déjà Date

Every time I pick up a book by Hatler I smile! She has a way of telling a story that sticks with you and makes you fall in love along the way. Melinda's story is a journey and part way through I wanted to shake her to wake up and get a clue! That is what makes the book great because I felt like I was a part of the story the whole way through! Realistic, engaging, with sparks flying and romance, Hatler's books keep me reading until the last page every time! 


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Author for review

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Continuous Atonement for teens by Brad Wilcox, LDS Blog Tour



Book Summary:

Brad Wilcox's The Continuous Atonement is a landmark work that helps to clarify what the Atonement is—and what it isn't. It corrects misperceptions and offers hope to those who struggle again and again.
This teen adaptation will help teenagers better understand and apply the Atonement in their lives and help them teach the nuances of the Atonement to others, whether on a mission, at home, or with friends. As they better understand and apply the Atonement, its transforming power will have a lasting effect in their lives.
Each chapter opens with a teen-appropriate question and includes subheadings to clarify content, new stories relevant to teens, and a Prepare to Teach section to help readers internalize and share what they're learning. This shorter edition will be printed in paperback, perfect for teens to carry with them through their busy days.

My Review:

I love the way that Brad Wilcox writes books! He speaks plainly so it is easy to understand the message that he is conveying. This book is set up wonderfully! Each chapter begins with a question and then he explains the concept with quotes, stories of real people and scriptures. He really engages the reader and makes them feel like he is just talking to them in person. At the end of each chapter there are suggestions on how to share what you have learned. I think my favorite part of this book is the hope and light you feel from reading it. While reading it, I would feel the need to share parts out loud to my family because they were so great and spot on with the way Wilcox relayed the message. I love this book and think anyone, teen or otherwise, will find it helpful!

You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

About the Author:

BRAD WILCOX has lived in Ethiopia, Chile, and New Zealand; he and his family now make their home amid the Rocky Mountains. Brad taught sixth grade before obtaining his PhD in education from the University of Wyoming. His contributions as an author and teacher have been honored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and his work has appeared in Guideposts magazine and Reader's Digest. He once served as a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and has addressed thousands of youth and adults across the United State, Europe, Australia, and Japan. He and his wife, Debi, are the parents of four children.


Source: Publisher for review

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson, Book Review


Book Summary:

"Swan Lake" meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region's most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.

Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave's game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave's game.

Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?

The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave, but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?


My Review:

Dickerson has exceeded all of my expectations! I love her fairy tale re-tellings and this one takes the cake! She has effortlessly woven together Robin Hood and the Swan Princess into one unique and irresistible tale! With characters she had me so acquainted with I felt like I knew them, to heart wrenching circumstances I badly wanted to change, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest was so authentic I felt like I was watching it all happen! Add to that the curve balls she threw at the end and you will be picking your jaw up off the floor by the time you read The End! One fantastic Christian fairy tale that I would recommend again and again, you will be happy you picked up your own copy! 


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Honor by Rachel Rossano, Book Review



Book Summary:

The Earl of Dentin excels in his position as Securer of the Realm. But the king’s order to pluck an orphaned child from a loving home unsettles Dentin. When a dark-eyed woman challenges his honor regarding the mission, Dentin finds himself unable to justify his actions or get her out of his mind. Something about her lack of fear intrigues him.
Lady Elsa Reeve attempts to avoid the marriage of convenience her brother and mother demand of her. She understands the need to pay off her brother's massive debt. She only wants her family to consider her wishes in the process.
As Elsa becomes further entangled in a snare of her brother’s creating, only one man defends her. But can she trust Dentin, her unlikely champion, and his motives? With a murderer on the loose, Elsa’s fate in jeopardy, and a traitor plotting against the king, Dentin finds his priorities shifting in an unexpected direction.


My Review:


I loved this book! Rossano takes her time setting the stage and introducing each character. I especially loved the details and the characters! It was nice to really get to know who Dentin was in this book, to shed some light on the guarded exterior and look into what made the man. My absolute favorite character was Elsa. She was strong, brave, honest and forthright. If you love historical books then you will love Rossano's work. She writes books with substance and depth. I am hopeful for a third book in this engaging series!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Author for review

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Heart Revealed by Josi Kilpack, Blog Tour Book Review


Book Summary:


Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. Why would she ever marry for something as fickle as love? And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?
But when Amber's social standing is threatened, the character of her future husband becomes far more important than his position. After a public humiliation, she find herself exiled to Yorkshire. alone except for her maid, Amber is faced with a future she never expected in a circumstance far below what she has known all her life. Humbled and lonely, Amber begins to wonder if isolation is for the best. Who could ever love her now?


My Review:


I have read many regency novels and none have been as riveting as Kilpack's A Heart Revealed! Master storyteller Kilpack sets the stage, makes an emotional connection from characters to reader leaving the latter glued to the story! The question at hand is what genre can't Kilpack write? This reader is impressed how easily Kilpack can switch her skills from modern mystery to historical regency! The layers to the story and to each main character is incredible. While I liked Thomas from the onset, Amber was a character I never thought I would come to like! Kilpack has a beautiful way of showing change in her characters and as a reader I was surprised at how she could change my feelings toward Amber! This book has left an impression in my mind that I will not soon forget, and it is well worth the time it will take you to read! A book of transformation of epic proportions, A Heart Revealed is a beautiful tale and Kilpack has told it well.

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.



Source:  Publisher for review

Monday, April 13, 2015

Amazed by Grace by Sheri Dew, LDS Blog Tour




Book Summary:

What is grace? What difference can grace make in our lives? How does the Savior make His power available to us? And what must we do to gain access to that power?
In Amazed by Grace, Sheri Dew discusses each of those important questions, exploring a topic that she describes as being central to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. "The most compelling, most life-changing message of all time," she writes, "is that Jesus Christ has already triumphed over sin, death, hell, temptation, and every kind of misery."
As we come to more fully understand the majestic doctrine of grace, our faith will increase. We will see how the Savior keeps His promise to make weak things strong. And we will believe the truth that "His Atonement makes available all of the power, peace, light, and strength that we need to deal with life's challenges."


My Review:

Small yet very powerful, I finished this book in less than an hour, yet it left me with so many wonderful things to ponder. I cannot wait to pull out a highlighter and read it all over again. It uplifted me, filled me with hope and inspired me to do and become better! I finished this book with a renewed commitment to really know my Savior and use the power of his Atonement and grace in my life. There are far too many amazing quotes to share, so just get a copy of this book and read it for yourself. Like me, I am sure you will want to read it again and again! I want to share at least one quote, "...grace is divine power than enables us to handle things we can't figure out, can't do, can't overcome, or can't manage on our own." I love that this book embodies hope and that we do not have to do things on our own, there is divine help for us!


You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.


Happy Reading!!!


About the Author:

Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has authored several books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent books are God Wants a Powerful People and Saying It Like It Is. Sheri was named the president and CEO of Deseret Book Company in March 2002. She also serves as a member of both the BYU Marriott School of Management’s National Advisory Council and the President’s Leadership Council for BYU-Hawaii. In March 2003 the White House appointed her as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at the United Nations.

Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cover Reveal for The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson!!!

Check out this gorgeous cover for the upcoming release of The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson! I love it and cannot wait to read this new book of hers! If you have not read anything by Melanie, you must give her books a try! They are wonderful and a must read for any fan of fairy tales or any fans of Christian romance!

Without further ado, The Golden Braid cover!


You can follow Melanie on her Facebook page to keep up to date with all of her books!

Have a Great Day!



Monday, April 6, 2015

Sacramental Reflections by Truman G. Madsen, LDS Blog Tour



Book Summary:


These devotional reflections from the heart of Truman Madsen can help bring you face to face with yourself as you prepare to meet Christ at the sacrament table each week. Each page explores a separate idea pertaining to the sacrament and gives insights into the events surrounding the Last Supper, the Atonement, and the Crucifixion.
There is a feast awaiting the honest guest who accepts the Lord's invitation to bring to the altar a "broken heart and a contrite spirit." Alma promises it will "begin to be delicious" (Alma 32:28) and that "ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled" (Alma 32:42). Brother Madsen helps us to access these blessings.

Find new meaning in the sacrament and new resolve as you reflect upon and participate in this sacred ordinance.


My Review:

This book is really awesome because you don't have to read it in order and you don't have to read it all at once. It is broken up into sections like The Atonement, The Prayers. and Fasting. Within each section are different topics within that subject that can stand on their own, yet all tie together within that section. This book is unique in its format and I am a huge fan of it. I felt like I learned something from each and every page that I read. The research, the studying and the experiences of the author all make for a wonderful book on the sacrament. This is truly a great guide to understanding, internalizing and appreciating the beauty of the sacrament.

You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.


Happy Reading!!!



Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Words of the Savior, LDS Blog Tour



Book Summary:

Jesus Christ is the Master Teacher. What better way to learn eternal truths than by studying His words? This beautiful book pairs the timeless and poignant teachings and parables of the Lord Jesus Christ with stunning images that bring the Savior's words to life.
Distilled from the writing of the New Testament, Words of the Savior highlights selections from the Messiah's mortal ministry as He walked, taught, and healed among the people.
Some of His teachings were delivered as softly spoken invitations to "arise, and be not afraid" (Matthew 17:7), while others were presented in parables and discourses to devoted disciples and travel-weary followers as they walked the roads of Jerusalem and Galilee. Through seemingly simple appeals, thoughtful parables, and words of warning, the Savior taught essential lessons that are as applicable in our lives today s they were in the meridian of time. Each page of this inspirational book presents an opportunity for pondering and reflection on how better to pattern our lives after the words of the Savior.
With full-color, artfully-designed pages, this exquisite, inspirational book is the perfect gift for every occasion and makes an excellent addition to every gospel library.

My Review:

This is a gorgeously illustrated book set to passages of scripture all spoken by the Savior. This book is uplifting and perfect for any home! It would make a great gift for anyone! When you need a moment of quiet, a moment of being uplifted, you can find that here in Words of the Savior.


You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Publisher for review