Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Legally and Lawfully Yours by Anita Stansfield, Blog Tour &Giveaway!


Book Summary:

Following the revelation of her fiancĂ©’s philandering ways, high-powered New York attorney Shannon Turney’s wedding is off. At a time like this, the last thing she can handle is family drama. But when she learns how far her brother and sister-in-law’s lives have spiraled out of control, the only thought in her mind is the safety of her young niece and nephew. After Shannon is granted custody, she and the children are eager to run long and far from their problems. The end of the road is Sugar City, a place as delightful as its name implies. In the tiny town, Shannon gets much more of a change than she bargained for. Welcomed with open arms by the townspeople, including the handsome local veterinarian, Shannon and the children slowly begin to heal. But when their idyllic existence is threatened by the return of the children’s mother, Shannon has no choice but to return to the courtroom she left behind. She has one last legal battle to fight, and the outcome may mean losing everything she loves . . .


My Review:

I have been a huge fan of Stansfield's for a long time now! Stansfield has a knack for writing about tough and emotional subjects that tug on your heart strings and bring the characters to life. This is exactly what she has done in Legally and Lawfully Yours. Her amazing ability to write stories people can feel about and think about with characters you can get behind and cheer for, is one reason I will continue to read her books! If you want a book that makes you think, feel and isn't just fluff, then this is the book for you!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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Will My Child be Ready, LDS Blog Tour




Book Summary:

A missionary's training does not begin when he or she enters the doors of the MTC. Well before that, each missionary's mother can begin laying the groundwork that will prepare her child to diligently and wholeheartedly serve the Lord and His children.
Mothers have an immeasurable influence and a significant responsibility in raising up young men and women who are prepared to do the work of the Lord. The good news: that responsibility can begin wherever you and your child are on the path of preparation. Whether your child is two, eight, or eighteen, this unique resource written by mothers who have sent children on missions (and some who have also served as mission presidents' wives) will help you build the foundation of faith, endurance, and hard work that every missionary needs.

My Review:

I love the tone of this book.  Everything is written by mothers of children who have served missions. It is hopeful and helpful. It is full of positive thoughts that no matter how long you have to prepare your child, you can do it and the Lord will help you to do so! The book is meant as a resource not necessarily a guide and you can take or leave whichever parts are helpful to you as a parent. I love that you can skip around and read whichever chapter appeals to you. Best of all I love that it is written by moms of missionaries!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.


Source:  Publisher for review

Friday, August 14, 2015

What to Know Before You Go by Don H. Staheli, LDS Blog Tour


Book Summary:

Missionaries need to begin their exciting time of service with as much personal preparation as possible. How can they create a spiritual foundation that will help them stand strong when times are difficult? What do they need to know even before they enter the Missionary Training Center?
In What to Know Before You Go, Don H. Staheli, a former mission president, provides answers to questions such as these. Each short chapter includes a great tidbit of loving advice and spiritual counsel (the sort you would get if you were sitting across the table from your own mission president), as well as a true, inspirational experience shared by a full-time elder or sister missionary.
The Lord is hastening the work of salvation. He needs missionaries who know not only how to do missionary work but how to be missionaries. This insightful book will help you start off on the right foot as you work to develop the heart, mind, and soul of a missionary.


My Review:

What to Know Before You Go

This book is great for those who want to go on a mission. Each chapter focuses on one principle you need to understand while serving a mission or in my opinion, are good for sharing the gospel period. The writing is straight forward so any type of teenager will understand and I love how at the end of each chapter the author includes "In their own words" which are experiences from actual missionaries. 



Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.


Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Portrait of Lies by Clair Poulson, Blog Tour


Book Summary:

It was a robbery gone bad, or so they said. For Detective Trey Shotwell, the murder of his mother, a prominent artist, was the catalyst for setting aside his own artistic aspirations to pursue a career in law enforcement—despite the opposition of his father, also a famous painter. When he agrees to attend an art auction featuring his father's work, the cruise ship locale provides the relaxation that Trey needs—and when he meets stunning fellow passenger Ariah Stanton, the undeniable chemistry they share is an unexpected bonus.

But the tranquil voyage quickly turns into a nightmare at sea. The Shotwell paintings have disappeared, and amidst the chaotic hunt for the thief, a murderer is free to roam the halls of the ship. Ariah finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and miraculously escapes the murderer—for now. But another victim is not so lucky...


The crime is eerily reminiscent of the death of Trey's mother so many years before. But this time, the young detective has the resources he needs to track the killer. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, they paint the chilling picture of a sinister plot years in the making. In a manhunt that takes him from the high seas of the Pacific to the wilderness of Australia, Trey will stop at nothing to solve the crime and protect the woman he loves.


My Review:

Portrait of Lies

Poulson has been a favorite author of mine for years now!  He deftly weaves a tale of mystery and romance in Portrait of Lies. He creates realistic characters that you cannot help but cheer for and bad guys you cannot help but want the proverbial anvil to fall on their head! If you like a good mystery then Poulson's books are the ones for you!

Happy Reading!!!

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Maybe Today by Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler, Blog Tour




Book Summary:


Maybe today the sun came up just like it always does, and you rolled out of bed just like you always do, and you knew it was going to be one of those days. But maybe today could be different. What does your soul need? What do you long for? This path that you are on, where is it taking you? How do you fill your unscheduled moments? Is your heart content? Perhaps you feel as if you are missing something. If you want life to satisfy your soul, you have to start living the soul-satisfying life.

Maybe Today describes five holy patterns that, when lived daily, will lead to the soul-satisfying life. 

* Tilt Your Soul 
* Let Down Your Bucket 
* Tune Your Heart 
* Take Off Your Shoes 
* Be All In



My Review:

Maybe Today

A great little book full principles to change your way of thinking to accomplish a more soul satisfying life. They give you five principles or patterns to use in your life and explain each one. A quick read and a great source of uplifting words, Maybe Today will have the reader wondering if maybe today is the day they can change for the better!



Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy here!



Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Eleanor and the Iron King by Julie Daines, Blog Tour and Giveaway!




Book Summary:

Eleanor de Lacy has been bartered: her hand in marriage in exchange for a truce with her father's sworn enemy. Now the headstrong beauty must leave her ancestral home and the man she secretly loves to become the wife of the infamous Welsh King Brach Goch. Tales of this cruel leader paint a chilling picture of a ruthless warrior—all Eleanor knows for certain is that he is the villain responsible for the vicious attacks on her people and the death of her beloved brother. Though she must marry against her will, she vows Brach Goch will never possess her heart.


Her arrival at the inhospitable castle Bryn Du confirms her worst fears—a ghost walks the halls of the castle, and Eleanor receives an ominous warning from the uneasy spirit: Brach is not to be trusted. Though resigned to a life of misery, Eleanor soon realizes all is not as it seems, for Brach is not the monster she dreaded but is a handsome and charming man whose gentle ways soon undermine his bride's resolve to lock her heart. Clinging desperately to her pride, Eleanor finds herself trapped in a web of murder and deceit. And as the lines between good and evil become blurred, Eleanor must decide for herself who is to be trusted—and loved.



My Review:


Wow oh wow! I am struggling to find the words to articulate how wonderful this story is! Daines sets the stage, introduces the characters and draws you in until you are so engrossed in this story you literally cannot put the book down! Brac and Eleanor are opposites in so many ways and then together they are like fire and ice! Eleanor has no idea how to find what the truth is and her anger gets the best of her frequently. Brac is patient, strong and a fearless leader! Their story is one unlike any other I have read. I beg you to read it! It is full of loyalty, trust, treachery, and finding out what actually is real and true. A beautiful story I cannot get out of my mind, I would recommend Eleanor and the Iron King to anyone who enjoys historical fiction! 


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.




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Source:  Publisher for review