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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Not Dead Yet by Traci Hunter Abramson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!

 




Book Summary:

Cassidy Edgemont has been dead for four years. At least, that is what the world has been led to believe. After becoming unwittingly entangled in a group called the Coalition, known for using fake news to generate political unrest in the United States, Cas was offered a devastating choice: stage her own death and join her rescuers, the guardians, or risk the wrath of the organization she betrayed. She chose death.

As an invisible government operative, Cas has been living in Paris with no complications—until her family pays an unexpected visit to the European city, changing everything. They think Cas is dead, and she has to keep it that way. But when a bomb is detonated nearby and fake news incites riots in the city, Cas recognizes the mark of the Coalition.

Donovan, a fellow guardian, is summoned to join her in Paris to attempt to untangle the intricate web linking Cas’s past with the recent bombings. But as the threat level escalates, Cas must again make an impossible decision: face possible exposure to her family in her race to uncover the truth or risk the loss of innocent lives.


My Review:

Abramson is the master of romantic suspense! Not Dead Yet is the next novel in the Guardian series and a must read for any romantic suspense fan. Abramson has a way of pulling the reader in right away and keeping their complete attention the entire way through the book. Cas and Donovan’s story was full of suspenseful and heart pounding moments. Then came all of the emotions and I was hooked! Add in the mystery of who tried to kill Cas all of those years ago and you have one sleep stealing, edge of your seat, whodunnit, un-put-down-able book! Sit down and get cozy because you won’t be getting up once you start Not Dead Yet!

I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Happy Reading!!!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

When the Meadow Blooms by Ann H. Gabhart, Book Review

  


Book Summary:

If any place on God's earth was designed to help one heal, it is Meadowland. Surely here, at her brother-in-law's Kentucky farm, Rose and her daughters can recover from the events of the recent past--the loss of her husband during the 1918 influenza epidemic, her struggle with tuberculosis that required a stay at a sanatorium, and her girls' experience in an orphanage during her illness. At Meadowland, past troubles become rich soil in which faith can grow.

Dirk Meadows may have opened his home to his late brother's widow and her girls, but he keeps his heart tightly closed. The roots of his pain run deep, and the evidence of it is written across his face. Badly scarred by a fire and abandoned by the woman he loved, Dirk fiercely guards his heart from being hurt again. 

But it may be that his visitors will bring light back into his world and unlock the secret to true healing.


 My Review:

This is sweet historical Christian fiction and it was quite an intriguing story. The beginning is what really grabbed my attention, the orphanage and the sanitarium. I had to know if Rose would be reunited with her girls. The way the girls were treated at the orphanage had me cringing and I wanted justice for them. I admired Calla’s bravery and Dirk’s desire to do what was right by his family. Rose was gentle and I loved her steady and wise outlook on life. Sienna brought a smile to my face and I felt like she was such a beautiful  spirit. The author does a wonderful job making the characters real to the reader. I felt like I knew them. An absolutely beautiful and bittersweet story of love and forgiveness, healing and hope. When the Meadow Blooms has the perfect gentle weave of faith. 
I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, June 20, 2022

All That Fills Us by Autumn Lytle, Book Review




Book Summary:

Mel Ellis knows that her eating disorder is ruining her life. Everyone tells her rehab is her best option, but she can't bring herself to go. Broken and empty in more ways than one, Mel makes one last-ditch effort to make hers a story worth telling. She will walk her own road to recovery along the lesser-known trails of the North American wilderness.

Though she is physically and mentally unprepared to face the difficulties that lay ahead, she sets off on foot from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and heads toward Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. During the long journey, she meets strangers with their own stories, as well as ghosts from her past who can no longer be ignored. But though the land she travels threatens her success at every turn, it's her own dark thoughts she'll have to overcome in order to find peace in the life and the body she has been given.

With pitch-perfect timing and delightfully witty self-awareness, debut author Autumn Lytle masterfully leads readers on a journey down the hard path toward healing.
 


My Review:

This story took me a while to get into. Mel was all over the place in the beginning and I was trying to sort her out. This is not a book for everyone, you definitely have to have a strong constitution to read about her serious anorexia and her compulsive exercising. It is not an easy topic and not everyone will be able to stomach it. While overall I appreciated the sentiment of the story, I felt like the 2000 mile trek was unrealistic. I know people can definitely overcome anorexia on their own, but as bad off as Mel was, it didn’t seem plausible she could hike across the country in her condition. But this is fiction so I can let it slide. My favorite part of the story was all of the people that Mel met along the way. I loved how she found amazing people to fill they void inside of her. I was really shocked when the book ended, I didn’t feel like there was a clear resolution. I wanted closure with her Mom, her grandma, her ex boyfriend, and her eating disorder. I found the ending to be abrupt. However overall, I enjoyed the story and Mel’s journey to healing. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

An Unfamiliar Duke (Georgian Gentlemen #4) by Sian Ann Bessey, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

​​At eleven years of age, Rosalind Ainsworth was convinced that Sebastian Lumley, the future Duke of Kelbrook, was the most odious young man she’d ever met. And ten years later, after having had no contact with the nobleman in the intervening time, her opinion of him has not changed. Unfortunately, neither has the marriage contract their fathers signed soon after her birth.

As Rosalind’s twenty-first birthday and the appointed wedding day approaches, Sebastian makes a rare appearance in London. His first meeting with Rosalind since childhood goes less than perfectly, but Sebastian has a compelling reason for honoring their marriage contract—a reason outlined in a document kept behind his workshop’s locked door.

After a quick wedding, the new couple relocates to Finley Park, where their acquaintanceship slowly blossoms into affection. But when Sebastian’s secretive work threatens their fledgling relationship and Rosalind’s life is placed in jeopardy, Sebastian finds himself forced to choose between the man he has pledged to help and the woman he has come to love.
 

My Review:

Every time I pick up a book by Bessey I know I am going to be transported to a completely different world. She easily brings the reader into the characters’ lives and makes them feel like a part of their world. Her books are the ones you cannot put down and you lose sleep for. I caution you against starting this book at night because you will be up all night reading it!

Historical romantic fiction? Yes, please! I loved this slow build romance by Bessey. The characters were endearing and I loved this arranged marriage trope. Can you fall in love with your spouse? Rosalind was such a strong character. I loved her determination, her courage, and her love of numbers. Every character should have a quirk since we all have quirks. This made Rosalind more relatable to me. Sebastian won my heart over pretty quickly. His inattentiveness due to his not normally having to worry about anyone but himself rang so true. It felt real and genuine. His desire to be better was heartwarming. I loved how they each began to grow, change, and think of the other person. This slow build historical romance has all the marks of an award winning book; engaging characters, historically accurate details, action/suspense, and swoonworthy kisses! If you want a book you will love and become lost in, then An Unfamiliar Duke is the book for you!

Happy  Reading!!!

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Trusting True North by Gina Linko, Book Review

 


Book Summary:

True North Vincent is struggling after spending months in lockdown because of a virus. With her mom stuck across the border in Canada and her dad working long hours as a nurse at the hospital, True feels responsible for making sure her family stays safe, especially her grandma and her younger brother, Georgie, whose asthma makes him more vulnerable to the virus. She also wishes her older sister, Rose, would be friends with her again instead of texting on her phone.

True finds escape and comfort in working on her maps, a skill she learned from her mother. To keep Georgie entertained, True creates an elaborate treasure map for him to follow that spans the forest beyond her backyard. While exploring, they find a litter of newborn kittens in an old barn. The smallest kitten looks sickly and has been abandoned by the mama cat. True names her Teacup; she knows exactly how it feels to not have a mom around when you need her the most.

True also meets Kyler, who wants to care for the kittens, and True realizes he might not be the bully everyone thinks he is. But when both Teacup and Kyler get sick, True is afraid she won't be able to help everyone all by herself.

Running out of her own fixes and remedies, True reaches out and realizes that her family does care about her and wants to offer support and guidance to help her find her way through the unexpected challenges the virus and life bring.

My Review:

This is a great middle grade read. It is very relatable since it is set during the pandemic and it will really resonate with kids. Since everyone has experienced this, kids will be able to see themselves in the story. Trying to cope with being locked down and learning online. Wanting to see your friends and live normal life but worrying about your family.

This is told from True’s point of view and how she struggles to live during lockdown and follow all of the rules given to her. She wants to live life but she also worries about the virus. How can she find the compromise? This is a beautiful story about learning to trust yourself and to lean on your family. A wonderful middle grade read, True North is a story that young and not-so-young readers will both enjoy. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Red Cicada by Gregg Luke, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Twenty-eight-year-old Lana Baker knows the signs: the intense flashes of light and building pressure in her head herald yet another migraine. But this time, the unavoidable pain lands her in the hospital, where her unusual past raises more questions than answers. Her medical history is a complete mystery. Stranger still, her battery of tests reveals a shocking secret: Lana has a metal disk embedded in her skull—but she has no idea how it got there. Even more disturbing is the fact that the disk is etched with words—in Russian.

Lieutenant Lance Kipling has been tracking down information on a former marine he believes may have had ties to Cold War biological weapons. So when that man’s daughter turns up in a hospital with a metal disk in her skull, it does not go unnoticed. But Lance has competition for the information stored in Lana’s head—dangerous individuals with Soviet ties. 

Together, Lance and Lana follow a trail of clues her father left, bits of information that reveal Lana’s past and paint a deadly picture of a weapon that has the potential to wreak havoc on the planet’s entire population.


My Review:


Luke knows how to instantly intrigue the reader and hold that intrigue until the very last page. Red Cicada was a whirlwind ride and I eagerly turned the pages needing to know what was going to happen. Lana herself was a mystery and I found myself swept up in the need to know what this plate was that was in her head. How does someone have a plate in their head and not know it?!? There were some twists and turns that had me hanging on to see what would happen next. Lance was every girl's dream of a hero! A handsome lieutenant who has come to protect her from those seeking her harm. Gregg Luke has hit it out of the park with Red Cicada. It kept me page turning late into the night because I needed answers. Warning: once you pick this book up, you will not be able to put it down until you have finished it! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Happy Reading!!!


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Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Master Craftsman by Kelli Stuart, Book Review



Book Summary:

In 1917, Alma Pihl, a master craftsman in The House of Faberge, was charged to protect one of the greatest secrets in Russian history--an unknown Faberge Egg that Peter Karl Faberge secretly created to honor his divided allegiance to both the people of Russia and the Imperial Czar's family. When Alma and her husband escaped Russia for their native Finland in 1921, she took the secret with her, guarding her past connection to the Romanov family.

Three generations later, world-renowned treasure hunter Nick Laine is sick and fears the secret of the missing egg will die with him. With time running out, he entrusts the mission of retrieving the egg to his estranged daughter, Ava, who has little idea of the dangers she is about to face. As the stakes are raised, Ava is forced to declare her own allegiance--and the consequences are greater than she could have imagined.

This modern-day treasure hunt from award-winning author Kelli Stuart transports you into the opulent and treacherous world of the Russian Revolution to unearth mysteries long buried.
 

My Review:

Stuart has written a masterful story set in the present time and the early 1900s. I loved the multiple POVs and being able to watch both ends of the story unfold. Stuart grabs ahold of the reader and just holds them there until the very end of the book. The mystery of the last Easter egg in the past and the race to find it in the future makes for an unputdownable story. I needed to know how the relationship between Ava and her dad would pan out. Could she put aside the hurt of the past to help fulfill his final wish? Would she be able to piece together the clues from the past?

I am still thinking about this book days after I finished it. I immediately had to search the internet for the Easter eggs designed by Faberge. They are phenomenal. The historical details were so interesting and the present day story was so suspenseful that it made for the perfect blend. If you like historical fiction and suspense with mystery, then this is a must read book! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.