Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Securing the Handyman's Heart by Katie Clark, Book Review



Book Summary:


Local cupcake queen Kayla Dobbs is feeling the heat—just as her bakery is finally taking off, her retired parents start pressuring her to move to Florida. Determined to prove her success, she takes on extra work at the bakery and fibs a little about the depth of her love life. When her mother announces an upcoming visit to meet the lucky guy, Kayla makes a pact with her friends to get a proposal from George Marks, town handyman extraordinaire. The problem is, George seems totally indifferent.

George Marks has enough on his plate with running his business, taking care of an ailing but feisty grandmother, and the possibility of a new business venture on the horizon. But when bumping into Kayla becomes a strangely routine thing, he’s surprised to realize it has also become the highlight of his days. As business spirals out of control and Granny takes a turn for the worse, he’s sure he made one too many commitments. With a dash of matchmaking granny and a pinch of secret cupcake recipe, Kayla and George find themselves in one messy kitchen. But will they find themselves in love?


My Review:

Securing the Handyman's Heart by Katie Clark

Clark's debut novel does not disappoint! A sweet Christian romance, the story of Kayla and her on and off again boyfriend George is sure to win you over! I loved Kayla! From her sweet disposition, to her bakery and her pet duck Maxwell, there wasn't much I didn't like! And she loved George so much, but he just didn't understand how to figure out life! The best character of all was Granny! Her role was small but unforgettable! Her spunk and pizazz had me smiling from ear to ear! This unconventional love story will have you page turning until you read the words "The End". Bravo to Clark and I look forward to reading more from her in the future!



Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Author for review

Friday, February 24, 2017

One Fell Down by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen, Blog Tour & Giveaway





Book Summary:


When Mikaela York opens an anonymous blue sympathy card with the nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill” written inside, she doesn’t know what to make of it. But soon after, Mikaela and her fiancĂ© are in a tragic car accident, resulting in her husband-to-be’s death. Then when Mikaela’s grandmother loses her life in a hiking accident one year later, an old man gives Mikaela another mysterious blue card at the funeral. After the service, Mikaela’s grandfather asks that she oversee the renovations on his bed & breakfast in New Zealand. When she arrives, Mikaela meets Tui Davies—the inn’s manager—and Brentin Williams, the man Tui expects her daughter to marry. Tui helps Mikaela retrieve a doll from the cellar vault, but the doll turns out to be an evil omen that Mikaela is told she must get rid of before someone is murdered. Meanwhile, the old man from the funeral is bent on revenge and is plotting against everyone who has ever wronged him, and Mikaela is next in line. But until she discovers the killer’s contact in New Zealand, whom can she trust? And while Brentin attempts to help Mikaela overcome her grief, she must decide—is she ready to love again?


My Review:

Hinrichsen does a stellar job of starting the mystery and suspense right from page one! I was hooked from the beginning and I had to know why everyone close to Mikaela was being killed and furthermore, why they really wanted to kill her! Who was this guy and why was he bent of murder? Nothing made sense and I had to find out what was going on! Not only that but I needed to know if Mikaela would ever draw again! Her obvious talent shouldn't go to waste! And could she let go of her grief and heartache and learn to love and be whole?  All of this goes on and her grandpa has her take a trip to New Zealand for his inn renovations. Hinrichsen makes you feel like you are there with her experiencing the beauty and culture right along with Mikaela. A murder mystery that will keep you in suspense and on your toes, One Fell Down is worth the read!

Happy Reading!!!


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Source: Publisher for review

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Breach of Trust by Kathi Oram Peterson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Lieutenant Commander Cooper Lane has so much to live for. With a loving husband and beautiful baby girl waiting for her back home, she is anxious to finish her mission in Afghanistan and return to her family. But in a split second, her world shatters. Her helicopter is going down in that hostile country, and there will be no survivors. Four Years Later . . . On a covert mission in an Afghan village, Navy SEAL Axe Talbot finds something no one ever expected: Lieutenant Cooper Lane—alive. Cooper survived the crash that killed her team and has been hiding behind enemy lines for four years. It’s the woman he’s been looking for and dreaming about for so long. After her rescue, Cooper is not sure she can survive the reality waiting for her back home—when she disappeared and was pronounced dead, her husband married her best friend. Cooper is lost, but her troubles are just beginning. In one horror-filled moment, her former husband is murdered before her eyes, and Cooper becomes the prime suspect. Now she must embark on one last mission to clear her name. And there are only two people she trusts to help her: her father and Axe, the SEAL who rescued her. Cooper and Axe take off, and together the makeshift team uncovers a trail of mysterious deaths that leads to unimaginable danger.


My Review:

Well this book is quite literally intense from page one! Peterson drops you straight Cooper's life and into a war zone! Then we fast forward four years to present day. Cooper flashes back to memories of the war zone which helps the reader tremendously to understand what is going on with her. The action and suspense doesn't let up for one minute as Cooper sees her former husband murdered before her eyes. She becomes the prime suspect and her world is once again falling apart. Enter Axe, who is handsome, rugged and is the Navy Seal who rescued her from Afghanistan! We get to see things from his perspective as well and that helps to round out the story. Cooper's dad Silas is a great father, former sheriff, and an overprotective parent bent on finding the truth.  If you enjoy a riveting suspense novel then you will absolutely love Breach of Trust! I couldn't seem to put it down! 

Happy Reading!!!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

An Inconvenient Romance by Chalon Linton, Blog Tour and Giveaway



Book Summary:


The countryside of England provided an idyllic backdrop for Charles Brumley's and Leah Hasting's childhood. Neighbors and best friends, the pair passed many happy days racing through the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Everything was perfect—until Charles ruined it all and abandoned Leah for university. 

Six years later, the former friends are thrust into each other's paths once more. Leah had been looking forward to the ball, an opportunity to further her acquaintance with the handsome Mr. Wilkins—but when she sees Charles's familiar face through the crowd, her traitorous heart leaps. 

Charles faces his own struggle: he has loved Leah since he was fifteen years old, yet it seems he is too late—it appears that her affections are otherwise engaged. As the pair tentatively renews their friendship, the spark between them in undeniable. 

After so many years apart, leah endeavors to reconcile her feelings toward her once cherished companion. But when a conniving revival for Charles's attention approaches Leah, the threat is clear: give up her association with Charles or a devastating secret about her family will be revealed. Faced with an impossible decision, Leah must make a choice—the ruin of her family or the ruin of her heart?


My Review:

An Inconvenient Romance by Chalon Linton

I really loved the beginning of this book where the author gives us a glimpse into the lives 


of Charles and Leah when they were younger and carefree in their friendship. Then we fast

forward to their parting when he goes off to school and all of a sudden society dictates that

 they treat each other with formality instead of familiarity. A series of misunderstandings 

and arguments ensue and the remainder of the book becomes the hero and heroine trying

 to work these misunderstandings out. Added into the mix was a very awful meddling old

 biddy and the story takes another twist. Well written and interesting, An Inconvenient 

Romance is well worth your time if you love the regency era! I received a copy of this book

 via the publisher and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Rating: sweet romance 




Happy Reading!!!


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Valentine's Day Collection, A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 19




Book Summary:

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance, comes VALENTINE'S DAY COLLECTION.

Six brand new contemporary romance novellas by Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Jenny Proctor, Annette Lyon, Heather Tullis, and Sarah M. Eden.

A BRUSH WITH THE LAW by Janette Rallison
Bethany has endured a streak of depressing Valentine’s Days. And this one is turning out no different. Her friend set her up on a blind date—and Bethany can only hope that James will be a decent guy. But it seems the fated day has other plans, and Bethany finds herself in the middle of a comedy of errors that make a blind date with a stranger the least of her problems.

EVERY OCCASION by Heather B. Moore
When Maurie moves back to her hometown to open up her dream shop, she calls a local construction crew for help. Former teenage crush Grant shows up on her front porch, answering the call for the construction job, and Maurie’s memories of her troubled childhood return with full force. When she discovers Grant has a troubled past of his own, Maurie realizes that she might have misjudged him all along.

HOLD YOUR BREATH by Jenny Proctor
As Kayla trains for the Olympic swimming trials, she vows to never let another boyfriend get in her way. When she finds out her younger sister’s new high school swim coach is Nate—the guy Kayla had a huge crush on when they were in school together—Kayla realizes that her resolve is weakening. But Kayla isn’t willing to risk giving up her Olympic dream for anyone, not even charming Nate.

THE ULTIMATE BACHELOR CHALLENGE by Annette Lyon
When Sam’s long-time boyfriend, Steve, texts that he has something important to ask her on Valentine’s Day, she’s sure that he’s going to propose. Determined to look great for the big day, she hits the all-night laundromat to wash her favorite outfit. When her clothes are chugging away in a machine, Steve calls and pops a question—not one she ever would have expected. Reeling with shock, she’s left facing the holiday alone, unless you count the other person at laundromat, a guy leaning against his own washer, intent on his phone.

DEAL BREAKERS by Heather Tullis
The last place Colette wants to be stranded is the snowed-in Denver airport, especially when her sister is enduring chemo treatments and needs Colette’s help back home. When Colette runs into another stranded passenger—none other than former college boyfriend Drew—she can’t believe how much he’s changed . . . and hasn’t changed. Drew is still the same amazing guy that Colette was foolish enough to blow off for someone else. By the time she’d realized her mistake all those years ago, Drew’s heart had been too broken to give her a second chance. Now Colette can only hope that she can work her way back into his heart.

HEY, HELEN! by Sarah M. Eden
On the surface, Helen seems to have her life figured out. Her advice column, Hey, Helen!, is gaining more readers every week. She regularly hangs out with the guy next door, laughing and chatting over pizza and work. But when her feelings for her handsome neighbor begin tiptoeing toward something more than friendship, Helen can’t help hoping Neil might feel the same way. Between her own uncertainties, his friend-zone treatment of her, and a pair of loudly interfering parents, Hey, Helen! could use a little advice in love.
 



My Review:

I absolutely loved this collection of Valentine's stories! Each one is different yet equally good in the way it is written and how I could not seem to get enough! I could have easily read a full-length version of each story! I don't want to write a short novel for my review so just suffice it to say that you will not regret buying and reading this awesome collection! From laugh out loud funny to serious and emotional, each short story will have you wanting more! 


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Author for review



Monday, February 6, 2017

Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson only $0.99!




Hurry over to Amazon and pick up a copy of Melanie's Dickerson's Captive Maiden while it is only $0.99! This is one of my favorite books by her! It is a retelling of Cinderella and one of my personal favorites! Melanie has a magic pen because her fairy tale retelling a with a Christian spin are amazing!!! Pick up your copy now via Amazon!!!



Happy Reading!!!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Witness in the Dark by Lynne Larson, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway






Book Summary:


What began as a picture-perfect summer vacation for college student Jenny Brodie has swiftly become a nightmare. When she left home on the back of her horse one sunny morning, she couldn’t have imagined what awaited her in the Utah desert. Now the darkness is closing in, and there is no way out. The woman saw what he did—she witnessed the shots he fired, the murder he committed. But she’ll never talk. He’s made sure of that. For a man desperate to hide his crimes, the pressure steadily rises as Jenny’s community bands together to find the missing young woman. As the searchers grow ever closer to discovering what he has hidden, so too does his desperation. He will stop at nothing to keep the woman hidden—but he has underestimated the second witness to his evil deeds: a young girl determined to protect Jenny. As the trail runs cold, will help come for Jenny before time runs out?


My Review:



This story was amazing in its ability to pull me in and keep me dying to figure out the ending. It was very well written, going back and forth from different characters' perspectives, which rounded out the story. It gave insight that a story told only from one perspective cannot give you. I can not imagine the pain and fear of being down a shaft with no water, no food and no hope at all. But Larson did a great job putting the reader there with Jennifer, experiencing the moments with her. This was a thrilling and captivating suspense novel with some romance as well. More action and suspense! The tie-in to Joseph and the coat of many colors was beautifully and brilliantly done. If you want a quick LDS read that will have you engaged from the start, then Witness in the Dark is the book for you! 


HAPPY READING!!!



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Source:  Publisher for review


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Saints at Devil's Gate, Landscapes Along the Mormon Trail, by Laura Allred Hurtato & Bryon Andreason Book Review



Book Summary:

A beautiful art book from the Church Historian's Press, publisher of The Joseph Smith Papers.

From 1846 to 1869, some 70,000 Mormon pioneers traveled the Mormon Trail, the 1,300-mile route from Illinois and Iowa to Salt Lake City. In 2011, three award-winning Mormon painters decided to visit sites all along the historic route and capture the landscapes in oil. This full-color art book, featuring 52 landscape paintings, presents the fruit of their five-year project. Each painting is paired with journal entries or reminiscences from pioneers who made the journey. Essays by the authors and an artist interview illuminate both the art and the history of the trail.

The book gives written and visual context to the pioneers’ experience of the trail, bears witness to the land as it exists today, and links the experience of pioneers to the challenges of today.

Note: This book was published to accompany an exhibition of the same name at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. Therefore, distribution of the book has been limited. Copies are available at the museum gift store, at store.lds.org, and at some independent bookstores in Utah.


My Review:

This book is a unique glimpse into the lives of those who made the journey and the scenery of the Mormon Trail. Each page includes a gorgeous painting of each location along the Mormon Trail along with journal entries from different pioneers. Also included is the perspective from the painter or insight from the museum curator and the stop on the map.  All of these things combined really made the journey come alive for me as the reader! I especially enjoyed seeing what each place looked like and reading the different observations from the people who lived this journey. While one pioneer would describe a place as beautiful, another would say there was nothing very pleasant about that place. This collection of paintings and journal entries really helped me see the pioneers as real people with normal human insights and emotions. I was able to make my own journey on the trail through them! This is a wonderfully put together book that will open any person's eyes to the people and the places that are The Mormon Trail.


Saint's at Devil's Gate is available to purchase online at store.lds.org or you can visit the exhibit and pick up a copy at The Church History Museum.  You can also visit the exhibition online here!


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Publisher for review