Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Royal Christmas Wish by Lizzie Shane, Blog Tour



Book Information:
Title: A Royal Christmas Wish
Genre: Holiday Romance
Synopsis:
Life isn’t a fairytale…
Until it is.

Jenny knows she isn’t the princess type. Sure, she’s friendly and caring, but with her clumsiness and lack of self-confidence, glass slippers would only make her trip. When Dom, the cute guy she runs into in Central Park, turns out to be the prince of San Noelle, she figures he must not be her happy ever after.

But a mysterious countess grants Jenny’s one wish, and she finds herself married to this handsome prince! Unfortunately, at the stroke of midnight on Christmas night, her life will go back to normal.

In funny and touching ways, Jenny navigates the palace’s traditions the best she can. But even as she grows closer to Dom, the clock is ticking. With love and a little holiday magic, could she somehow make the enchantment last forever? 

This royal romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Chicken Shawarma.


My Review:

With easy to fall for characters, a prince and a regular girl, this story is every hopeless romantic's dream! I loved the normalcy of Jenny and how I could see some of myself in her.  She had such a fun personality, loved dogs, and was looking to find her path in life. Most people can relate to wanting to find your path and your person in life. I loved the Christmas fairy and the smell of peppermint every time she came. You never knew what you were going to get with her! She kept me on my toes and guessing! And the dream/fairy tale, was it real, was it a dream... what was it?!? It drove me crazy in a good way! Christmas, a prince, and a fairy tale dream is the perfect combination! I read it in one sitting and I am wishing for another book, it was that good! I loved every second of this fairytale Christmas romance and highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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Author Information:
Author Name: Lizzie Shane
Author Bio:
Contemporary romance author Lizzie Shane was born in Alaska and still calls the frozen north home, though she can frequently be found indulging her travel addiction. Thankfully, her laptop travels with her and she has written her way through fifty states and over fifty countries. Lizzie has been honored to win the Golden Heart Award and HOLT Medallion, and has been named a finalist three times for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award®, but her main claim to fame is her recent appearance as a contestant on Jeopardy! For more about Lizzie and her books, please visit www.lizzieshane.com.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

A Candle in the Window DVD Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!



DVD Summary:

"Papa, would it be okay if we put a candle in the window so Mama can find her way home?"
John's family is struggling to face Christmas without his loving wife. However, six-year-old Emily is full of faith. Even though her older sisters try to gently lower her expectations, the young girl truly believes her mother will visit on Christmas Eve. In fact, she is so certain her mother will come that she puts a candle in the window to guide her mother on her journey home. Before she passed away, their mother made sure the most cherished holiday traditions would still be there—beautiful handmade dresses, new patent-leather shoes, and a lovingly crafted doll for little Emily. But on the way to a Christmas Eve celebration, the doll is lost, and Emily is heartbroken. Emily—and her grieving sisters—need their mother more than ever. Inspired by true events, A Candle in the Window is a beautiful reminder that our loved ones never leave us and prayers really do get answered—especially when you have the faith of a child.

Cast Bio :


Isabella, Ava & Sophia Jarque – play the daughters.



My Review:

A short Christmas movie, the story drew me in and held my children's attention as well as mine. This is a serious storyline about a family grieving the loss of their mother and wife. It is also a story illustrating that the faith of a child can work miracles. I loved that faith was a such a part of it and that it showed us that even when things seem to be impossible, with God, anything is possible. Can a Christmas miracle happen for Emily? Will her sister find her faith again? This is definitely a short Christmas movie worth watching. It has a beautiful message about faith.

Happy Watching!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon. 

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Glass Slippers Ever After and Me by Julie Wright, Book Review



Book Summary:

Can the fairy tale bring Charlotte the happiness she’s looking for, or was he always there to begin with?

A modern, reimagined Cinderella story.

When aspiring author Charlotte Kingsley finally gets published, she thinks all her dreams have come true. But the trouble begins when her publicity firm reinvents her quirky online presence into a perfectly curated dream life. Gone are the days of sweatpant posts and ice cream binges with her best friend, Anders, replaced instead with beautiful clothes, orchestrated selfies, and no boyfriend. Only, that carefully curated fairy tale life is ruining her self-esteem and making her feel like a fraud.

When a bestselling author takes Charlotte under her wing—almost like a fairy godmother—she helps Charlotte see the beautiful person she already is and the worth of being authentic. But is it too late to save her relationship with Anders? The clock is quickly ticking towards midnight, and Charlotte must decide between her fairy tale life and the man she loves, before he's gone forever.
 



My Review:

I absolutely loved Charlotte's story and let me tell you why! Charlotte is completely relatable to every woman out there. She is normal, down-to-earth and she just wants her dreams to come true. What woman in the world doesn't want that? She has a job that is just that... a job. She wants to become a published author so badly and her best friend Anders has been there and continues to be there the entire journey. But oh the twists and turns Charlotte's life begins to take! And she is trying to be a good friend and keep up with this new image the publishing company wants her to portray. Somewhere along the way she seems to lose sight of who she is and what is important. I literally could not put this book down you guys! I had the painful, burning eyes I was so tired, but I HAD to finish Charlotte's story! Would she have her happily ever after? Or was what she thought would make her happy all along, not what really would bring her happiness? Buckle up because this is one book that will take you on a fun and emotional ride you will not forget! I cannot wait to see what amazing story Wright comes up with next!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Publisher for review

Friday, October 18, 2019

Six Ingredients with Six Sisters' Stuff, Book Review



Book Summary:

With only six ingredients or less per recipe, making dinner has never been easier.
 
Six Sisters’ Stuff is one of the most popular blogs for quick and easy cooking and entertaining at home for families. In their eighth cookbook, they tackle how to master meals for any cook with any skill level with more than 100 easy recipes made with incredible flavor combinations from just six ingredients or less.
 
From beginning cooks learning the basics to busy parents looking to save time in the kitchen, this cookbook is loaded with entrees, side dishes, and desserts. Whether it’s a one-pot wings dish or a no-bake peanut butter bar this cookbook is a fool-proof solution to meal planning and features “Kid Favorites” recipes. 


My Review:

This cookbook is pretty amazing! For one thing, every recipe has a picture, so I can actually see what it looks like. Second, it has six ingredients or less, and who doesn't love the simplicity of a recipe that doesn't require a long list of things you have to have on hand? And third, it has kid-approved recipes!!! The recipes are simple and easy to make, you could even have your kids cook with you! And the recipes are things that you will love like easy homemade rolls and one-pot pasta dishes! A bonus is the list of pantry items needed for these recipes, how cool is that? This is definitely one recipe book worth giving a try!

Happy reading and cooking!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Loving Like Jane by Connie E. Sokol, Book Review


Book Summary:

Allie’s dream of writing a best-selling novel for a top literary agent is finally coming true. Except, she has already agreed to go on a bucket list Jane Austen Tour for three weeks with her newly-divorced aunt and widowed mother. To complicate matters, Allie can’t decide what the Best Novel Ever idea should be, and the first three chapters are due in, what else, three weeks. Determined to buckle down, Allie devotes her time to writing while refusing to engage in the trip’s delights, or gorgeous but enigmatic Beckett, the assistant tour director. Despite her attempts to stay focused, Allie is drawn to Beckett's quick wit, Jane Austen wisdom, and deciding if his help will further her dreams or get in the way. Join Allie on her inspiring, hilarious, and romantic adventure as she learns how loving like Jane Austen creates unexpected changes that could lead to the life she loves. 


My Review:

Loving Like Jane is one of those stories that took a bit for me to really get into. However, once I did get into it, I found myself not wanting to put it down. I was cheering for Allie to find her way; find out what she really wanted. Was it Tate with his over-the-top shows of his love? Was it writing the perfect novel? What was it for Allie? Her character was down-to-earth and refreshing. She cared about her family and anyone else who came into her life. Beckett was one of those characters that is mysterious and charming, all-intriguing with the ladies old and young swooning over him. The setting being on a Jane Austen tour was so awesome and I enjoyed seeing things unfold from both Allie and Beckett's perspectives.  Overall, this book is a winner for me. It has amazing characters I loved and am still thinking about, and it has a feel-good vibe to it. I have to admit, I want more. I want to know some things that went unresolved and I need to know what happens to the other girls from the Princeton Ladies. A refreshing contemporary romance novel, Loving Like Jane is a must-read for any Austen fan! 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.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

'Twas the Kiss Before Christmas by Susan Hatler, Book Review



Book Summary:

Faith Sterling relishes experiencing the great outdoors in style, so her job at Silver Bells Luxury Tours in Christmas Mountain, Montana is ideal. Sure, business has been slow of late, but hopefully the influx of tourists for the holiday season will give them the much-needed boost in sales they need.

Adam Kline is a city-boy who inherited Silver Bells Luxury Tours when his dad passed away. Adam regrets not spending more time with his dad due to his busy work schedule heading a PR firm in Manhattan. Since the store is a painful reminder of that fact, he wants nothing more than to sell it.

But Adam doesn’t count on Faith, who’s determined to show him how fantastic her small mountain town is, and convince him to keep the store and his dad’s dream alive. Soon, Adam is thinking about more than the future of the store—he’s thinking of a future with Faith. 

Will the enchanting outdoor excursions be enough to convince Adam to take a chance on keeping the store open? More importantly, will a little Christmas magic help Faith and Adam remember that business is business, but love is what matters most of all?


My Review:

I was drawn into this amazing Christmas adventure with Faith and Adam, and I am going to be honest, I never wanted it to end! Christmas Mountain is the perfect setting with the gorgeous mountain and quaint town. Faith was so fun and full of spirit! She was positive, beautiful, and pretty sneaky (or resourceful). Her best laid plans were constantly derailed by her new boss, Adam Kline. While he was a tall, dark drink of water, she could not let herself be distracted by that! No, she needed to focus on saving her favorite place and her job. This is a charming and fun story full of all my favorite things; romance, Christmas, and those swoon-worthy  moments!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Friday, October 4, 2019

Mistaken Reality by Traci Hunter Abramson, Book Review



Book Summary:

Hadley Baker can’t believe her boyfriend finally invited her on a fancy hotel dinner date only to break up with her in public. Even more unbelievable is the moment FBI Agent JD Byers finds her crying in the women’s restroom and demands she evacuate. Seconds after JD ushers Hadley outside, an explosion shatters the building. Could her life be any more disastrous?

JD didn’t anticipate seeing Hadley, the beautiful schoolteacher, again after he saved her from the hotel attack. But soon after her ex-boyfriend became a lead suspect of the hotel bombing, the man turned up dead—and now it seems that Hadley herself is a target. Determined to keep her safe, JD shelters Hadley as they join forces to put together the pieces of the perplexing case. When they discover the horrifying truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s nefarious work, Hadley realizes her life is far from the only one being threatened. Countless others are in danger, and she and JD may hold the key to saving them.
 


My Review:

Abramson has a way of telling an action/suspense story like no one else can! She starts off with a bang (literally a bang) and the action seems to never stop! Hadley is just this average person; a school teacher who loves her students and has a boyfriend. Until he publicly dumps her during a dinner with his colleagues. Hadley is quite suddenly thrown into the path of JD as he is clearing a building because of a bomb. Thrown together under unusual circumstances, Hadley and JD begin to try to unravel the mystery of who her boyfriend really is and what he was a part of. I love a book that I cannot put down because I have to know how it ends. This is that book! Every time I thought I had something figured out, Abramson would throw another curve ball my way. I love action/suspense novels and romance...this is the book is the perfect blend of both worlds! If you want a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the book for you! 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.


Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Candy Cane Caper by Josi S. Kilpack, Blog Tour




Book Summary:


 This Christmas, Sadie Hoffmiller Cunningham is making a list and checking it twice. For the first time since she and Pete married five years ago, their combined families are gathering for the holidays in Fort Collins, Colorado, for a party that would make Santa and Mrs. Claus proud. 

She just has to bake the famous Cunningham Candy Cane Cake, make sure the looming snowstorm doesn't derail everyone's travel plans, and oh, yes, solve one teensy-tiny mystery before the big day. 

At ninety-four and nearly blind, Mary, Sadie's friend and neighbor, knows this will be her last Christmas. When Sadie learns that someone has stolen antique Christmas ornaments from Mary's tree, she vows to find the thief, no matter what. The ornaments had been appraised at more than $40,000, but they were worth even more to Mary, who had intended to bequeath them to her great-granddaughter, Joy, as a final gift. 

With Pete in Arizona wrapping up a case of his own, it's up to Sadie to question the residents of Nicholas House, where Mary lives, and deduce who had the means and the motive to steal heirloom ornaments during what should be the most wonderful time of the year. 

When stories of other thefts surface, Sadie feels like she's creating a "naughty" list that could rival Santa's. Identifying the thief, recovering the ornaments, and restoring them to Mary's tree in time will take a Christmas miracle—and maybe a few extra-special cookies.


My Review:

I am a HUGE fan of Kilpack's Culinary Mystery novels and I was so over-the-moon excited that she decided to write another one! Sadie and Christmas together? Yes please! This is definitely a stand-alone (you do not need to have read any of the previous books to understand and enjoy this book) and I loved every single second of it! Sadie is that grandmother character that everyone cannot help but love! She is fun, smart, and a fantastic baker who happens to have a knack for investigating mysteries. With her plans for the perfect Christmas with her blended family carefully laid, she unknowingly walks right into a mystery of her friend Mary's missing antique ornaments. Sadie dives in head-first and gives the investigation her full attention. I like how loving and kind she is, yet she has no issue with picking a few locks or getting into places she shouldn't be in! She is the perfect blend of grandmotherly kindness and no-nonsense private eye! Sadie's Christmas caper will pull you right inside and will not let you go until the mystery is solved!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Publisher for review

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Secrets and Suitors by Joanna Barker, Book Review



Book Summary:

Reluctantly returning to London for yet another Season, shy Nora Hamilton has nearly given up hope that she will ever find the love match she longs for. After all, the one man she does harbor feelings for—her closest friend, James—has made it perfectly clear he views her as just that: a friend. With James traveling half a world away and Nora's father pressuring her to marry for wealth and status, Nora is forced to set aside her desire for love and accept the future she has always dreaded.
Until James returns unexpectedly and Nora's feelings once again rush unbearably close to the surface. Determined to save what is left of their friendship, Nora ignores her own heart and allows herself to be swept up in the London Season, soon finding herself the object of two very different gentlemen's affections. Though she should be thrilled, both men come with a glaring fault: neither is the one man who holds her heart.

But there is much more at stake than heartbreak. When long-kept secrets are laid bare, Nora must face the fears that have plagued her all her life and decide what true love is worth.
 


My Review:

Nora's story is one that I will not soon forget. I was pulled into her story and held captive until it reached its end, I could not stop reading. I needed to know what was going on with Nora and James. Was there some misunderstanding or what had happened? And then in waltzes Mr. Weston whom her father wants her to marry but can she possibly find another she would love or can she love him? What of James? This story is not just another regency romance, it is so much more. It is a story of friendship, love, deceit, secrets, and redemption. There are so many layers and watching the story unfold is one of the most beautiful things I have read in a long time. Hands down this is one of the best books of 2019. A story full of depth and masterfully woven, Barker has written a stellar novel.


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.