Wednesday, October 25, 2017

All That Makes Life Bright by Josi S. Kilpack, Blog Tour






Book Summary:

When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she is sure her future will be filled romance, eventually a family, and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband Calvin is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman. Harriet's sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in marriage, but she is determined to preserve her independent spirit. Deeply religious, she strongly believes God has called her to fulfill the roles of wife and writer and will help her accomplish everything she was born to do.

Two months after her wedding Harriet discovers she is pregnant just as Calvin prepares to leave for a European business trip. Alone, Harriet is overwhelmed-being a wife has been harder than she thought and being an expectant mother feels like living another woman's life. Knowing that part of Calvin still cherishes the memory of his first wife, Harriet begins to question her place in her husband's heart and yearns for his return; his letters are no substitute for having him home. When Calvin returns, however, nothing seems to have turned out as planned.

Struggling to balance the demands of motherhood with her passion for writing and her desire to be a part of the social change in Ohio, Harriet works to build a life with her beloved Calvin despite differing temperaments and expectations.

Can their love endure, especially after "I do"? Can she recapture the first blush of new love and find the true beauty in her marriage?




My Review:

Kilpack has always been a master storyteller in my proverbial book. All That Makes Life Bright is a continuance of her writing skills at their best. All That Makes Life Bright is the love story of Harriet Beecher Stowe and it is untraditional in many ways, which is probably what makes it so good. Typical love stories start with the couple meeting and the ensuing courtship and then ends with their marriage. This love story starts with the marriage and you get to know the couple after the wedding. Let's be honest, marriage is hard and people are very different from each other. Kilpack does a great job of showcasing the differences, the struggles and the love that are all shared within a marriage and family. If you want a story of substance and a story that is based on a historical figure, you will definitely enjoy All That Makes Life Bright.


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Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, October 20, 2017

100 Favorite Verses From the Old Testament by Shauna Humphreys, Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Summary:

Studying—and truly understanding—the Old Testament can feel like an insurmountable task. But in this wonderful compilation of 100 of the most beloved Old Testament verses, author Shauna Humphreys reminds readers that this sacred book of scripture is brimming with treasures of wisdom for those prepared to seek them. Presented with complementary spiritual insights, vibrant explanations, and personal applications, each verse will motivate readers to delve into these sacred and powerful teachings as never before. Whether used in personal study or incorporated into family discussions or Church lessons, this inspiring volume is sure to enlighten the mind and stir the heart.


My Review:

This book is beautifully bound and beautifully written! I was immediately impressed with the quality of the binding of the book as well as what was written inside. It has almost a scripture type quality to the book with the silver edges on the pages and the ribbon bookmark inside. Each section is a verse of scripture from the Old Testament and then the author explains in more detail about that particular verse. You can go at your own speed, one verse a day or several at once. That pretty ribbon bookmark is very handy for marking your place as you dive into these Old Testament verses in a way you never have before! This would make a great gift for anyone who loves scriptures or for someone who wants to learn more about them!


Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Safe House by Traci Hunter Abramson, Blog Tour & Giveaway





Book Summary:

The guardians, the shadowy heroes of the top-secret program designed to protect members of the most elite government organizations, are being hunted down one by one. There is a single explanation: a traitor must be embedded somewhere in their midst. But if they themselves are the target, who will protect them?

CIA operative Renee Niezen has heard tales of the guardians, though she's never really believed in their existence—until she is approached by Charlotte, an old friend who desperately needs her help to stop the systematic destruction of the guardian program. Renee accepts the plea for assistance, but not everyone is thrilled to have her on the team. Kade—one of the last guardians standing—is unimpressed with Renee's qualifications and turns instead to the legendary Saint Squad for help. But when Renee is caught in the crosshairs, Kade must set aside his antagonism for the woman in order to protect her. Their grudging alliance soon develops into much more—but before the pair can examine their feelings, their investigation takes a dramatic twist. With lives on the line, Renee and Kade must use their spy training at every turn as they draw dangerously close to the shocking truth.


My Review:

Well Abramson certainly did not disappoint me this go around! I love the books she has written about the Saint Squad, and Safe House is no exception. Immediately the reader is drawn into the action and suspense of the story, and it just doesn't let up! I felt myself tensing up, searching for clues within the book that maybe I was missing, and wondering to myself who was behind all of this madness! This book blends my favorite old characters of the Saint Squad with new characters I came to love as much as the old ones. Abramson has an uncanny ability to write intense action/suspense novels that keep me turning pages like a madwoman in order to solve all of the mysteries. If you love a good book with characters that become as real as your own friends, with action and suspense like your favorite movie, then I highly recommend Safe House!


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, October 6, 2017

For Love or Honor by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour & Giveaway







Summary:

From the moment they met, Marjie’s heart has belonged to handsome Captain Stanley Jonquil, younger brother of the Earl of Lampton. But six long months ago, when Stanley’s sense of honor required that he do as he had sworn and return to the Continent to fight in defense of King and country, neither Stanley nor Marjie could have dreamed what the cost of his service would be. It has been ages since Stanley last wrote, and Marjie and the Jonquil family are plagued by his unknown fate—until the day he unexpectedly reappears. Marjie’s joy, however, is quickly shadowed by confusion—the aloof, battle-worn soldier before her is not the man he once was. In the wake of Stanley’s blatant disinterest in renewing their acquaintance, Marjie’s devastation turns to determination as she vows to help him find peace. But his scars run far deeper than anyone realizes. Despite his feelings for her, Stanley believes Marjie deserves a man whose hands are not stained with the violence of battlefields and whose mind and heart are not haunted by the horrors he has seen. Honor requires Stanley to return once more to the life he has grown to despise, one he knows will destroy him in the end, even as his heart beckons him to stay with Marjie, the only woman he could ever love, and the promise, at last, of redemption.


My Review:

Eden does a superb job in writing a beautiful yet heartbreaking love story. I love the Jonquil brothers, their stories thus far have been ones I have been able to get totally lost in. Stanley's story is no exception. I found myself hurting and broken for Stanley and all he had endured and heartbroken for Marjie and all she had suffered along the way. An aching and beautiful story of a love that seems impossible, a life that seems to have only one direction it can go, For Love or Honor kept me enthralled until the very end. The good, the ugly, the pain and the heartache...all of it laid bare to be seen, I applaud Eden and her ability to wrap the reader up inside a story that it becomes real.

Happy Reading!!!


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