Friday, July 31, 2015

A Brand New Beth Wiseman Ebook!

Addison Burke is a successful real estate agent who specializes in high-end closings and who enjoys an elite lifestyle not often afforded someone her age (27).  But following a stroke and a recent fall, Addison is forced to hire a caregiver for her estranged mother, Lee Ann; a job Addison chooses not to take on, despite her financial freedom to do so.  She hires an agency to fill the position, and to her surprise, they send a man for the job.
     Logan has somehow managed to keep his act together despite a past that is slowly catching up with him.  If he can make enough money over the next couple of months by tending to Lee Ann Burke, he should be able to flee the country before his world comes crashing down around him. But when Lee Ann's beautiful daughter, Addison, begins to awaken feelings in him that he thought died long ago, he begins to question whether or not fleeing from the past is worth leaving Addison forever.
     Will Addison let down her guard for love and renew her relationship with her mother?  Can Logan face his past, come out unscathed, and act on his feelings for Addison?  And why is Lee Ann selling everything she owns on EBay and Craig's List?

"A Tide Worth Turning is a smart beach read for any season. Mixing fun romance and mystery, this story transports the reader from historic Galveston, Texas to the beaches of Australia. Travel along with bestselling author, Beth Wiseman, for another great hit!”
~ Kelly Long- Zebra Books ‪#‎Bestseller‬
Available for pre-oder and releasing September 12th. smile emoticon

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Story That Compels You to KEEP Reading!!!!

               "A Dream for Love"
                  By Lisa Belcastro


A single mother with a secret past. A Hollywood star who's life is anything but hidden. Will the past deprive them of a future? Or will they dare to dream a dream for love?


When the gavel hit the wooden block at the Possible Dreams Auction, Laurel Simmons sat in stunned silence. Her sister had lost her mind, purchasing a week's vacation stay for two at actor Ryan Crandall's beach house on Martha's Vineyard. And then Tammy announced that she was giving the "dream" to Laurel as an early birthday present.

A month later, Laurel and her four-year-old daughter Gracie arrive at the luxurious house on Squibnocket Beach ready to swim, play, picnic and enjoy the peace and solitude together.

Laurel's dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare when Hollywood bad boy Ryan Crandall shows up to escape his latest tabloid headlines. Ryan wants the woman and her child gone. Laurel wants him gone. Fate will bring them together for reasons neither one of them expected, but fate will also drive them apart.

Laurel has a past she needs to keep hidden. Her life and Gracie's depend on it. Ryan has a past, and present, that's been food for public consumption for over a decade. Will the past deprive them of a future? Or will they dare to dream a dream for love?

My Thoughts:

I was caught up in this novel from the first sentence of Chapter One: "Sold!" the auctioneer smacked the gavel on the sound block." Immediately, my curiosity level rose to a high level! I wanted to know what was sold, who bought it, what would happen next!!! The plot in this newest novel by Lisa Belcastro is fast moving, full of action, and compels you to keep turning the pages until the very last page of the book. There were constantly surprising twists and turns that will shock the reader. It is definitely a story that appeals to your emotions. You are on a roller coaster with all the highs and lows of this tale. 

The characters are realistic and extremely well developed. I immediately found myself identifying with Laurel and her problems. Every hurt, feeling of anger, confusion hit my inner being. I wanted to give her a big hug and tell her it would work out. If a book is to be declared a good one by me, I MUST be able to identify with at least one of the characters. I certainly had no difficulty doing this in this story!!

Lisa has a special talent of making you live the story!! I certainly did!! I have to confess, housework was forgotten as were getting meals, until I read the very last chapter. Thank goodness, I have a patient husband who doesn`t mind me escaping my normal life for a few hours, well, maybe more than a few!!!

This is a five star book!! Do not miss it!!

This book was supplied by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A Wonderful Summer Read!

"A Promise of Grace"
   By Lynette Sowell

After having thoroughly enjoyed the two previous books in this series, "Seasons in Pinecraft", I just knew I would love this new book too. Lynette has taken Amish fiction to another level, having her novels set in Pinecraft, an actual place in Florida, near Sarasota. Both Mennonite and Amish use this as a vacation spot when trying to avoid the northern winters. It is also the permanent home of many retired/older folks who want the warmth but love to live in a community where their faith is respected . This book can be read as a stand alone although it is beneficial if you have read "A Season of Change" and "A Path Made Plain". When I opened this book, I felt as though I was once again visiting old friends. This certainly added to my curiosity and desire to dig into this book, I wanted to know what my pals had been up to! 

Rochelle has been living in Pinecraft for almost twenty years. She has led a quiet, content life, keeping her past safely hidden away. As she approaches her fortieth birthday, an important decision is made! Rochelle has decided to go back to nursing school, a dream given up long ago during a painful period in her life.

Although Rochelle would prefer the past remain a secret, it comes to the forefront when Silas Fry, her former love, moves to Pinecraft. YES, not just a vacation, but a permanent move, much to her dismay!!  Silas has spent the last five years working as a missionary pilot, but the sudden death of his wife, Belinda, changed him. Belinda just happened to be Rochelle's best childhood  friend. Both Silas and Rochelle are on a collision course with their past. This reunited couple is faced with unexpected decisions. Can they resurrect the past romance?? Years have changed both of them, but will it help or deter the situation?? 

Lynette's setting of the novel is so realistically described and so detailed that I had no problem putting myself in Pinecraft. I could see it , I could feel the ocean breezes and yes, even enjoy Olaf's icecream. She did her research well. Now, I really have the greatest need to visit this community!

The characters were realistic and well developed . I had no problems identifying with Rochelle and her challenges. Her hurts, confusion and joys became part of me. 

The plot moved slowly but steadily. The events captured my attention and every once in a while a twist or turn would appear that would throw me off balance. I had to rethink what I presumed would happen.

I would recommend this book to those who want a light  summer read. Enjoyable from beginning to end.

This book was supplied by Abingdon Press and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Dream of a Single Woman : An Unexpected Love!!

                                                 "together with you"
      By  Victoria Bylin


Every parent's nightmare- a Lost Child Warning blares over the mall's PA system!! Carly Mason, an employee at one of the stores, discovers the little playing with a stuffed rabbit. Carly notices that there is something different about this little girl, Penny. As a former social worker, she recognizes that the child suffers from fetal alcohol effects and Carly's past confronts her. She has made the promise to herself to never again become personally involved with a needy child. Too many risks!! But Penny's obvious needs , as well as her very handsome dad, tug at Carly's heartstrings. 

Dr. Ryan Tremaine is struggling to regain a normal lifestyle. His  ex wife has remarried, on a trip, his two teen sons and Penny are living under his roof for the present time. Ryan has made a commitment to reconnect with his children. His first challenge is to hire Carly to be Penny's nanny! Will she let her heart tell her what to do??

Ryan never dreamed that he would be so attracted to Carly, a feeling that both he and the young woman are fighting. Can Carly keep his family intact and have a true loving relationship??? OR will a romance only complicate things more????

My Thoughts:

This book appealed to me from the moment I read the synopsis on the back cover and looked at the beautiful cover. As a woman, mother, and teacher, I easily was able to identify with Carly. The characters were well described and so realistic. I became one with Carly and felt her every emotion. The needs , challenges, hurts and battles became my own!! I just wanted to give her a big hug and encourage her to keep trying!!!  Ryan, another main character was one that I wanted to shake at times, to wake him up to all that he had and how lucky he was. However, I also understood his problems and the battles that he had to fight within.  He was a man to be admired for his will to fight for his family.

The plot was fast moving and heartwarming. There were twists and turns that kept the reader captivated throughout the story. It is a true romance, but also an informative book. The author deals with the difficult subject of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, in a kind , delicate manner. In my career in teaching, I encountered such children. As much as I loved them, they are a challenge and make life very complicated for a family. Victoria described the symptoms of FASD in an educational as well as emotional way. VERY REALISTIC and true to the birth defect.

A great read !! Definitely a five star book!!

This book was supplied by Bethany House and Graff Martin Communications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Now available from your local bookseller.


A Most Powerful Book!! Inspiring as well as life changing!

   "The Heart of the Amish"

"Life Lessons on Peacemaking and the Power of Forgiveness"


Everyone has been hurt. Everyone experiences conflict, great and small. Everyone has someone to forgive. But sometimes we just can't bring ourselves to forgive someone who has wronged us or we don't take the need to forgive seriously--not like the Amish do. Forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. To the Amish way of thinking, "You can't love the stream without knowing the source. " We must forgive others, they believe, because God forgave us.

The Heart of the Amish invites readers into the world of a people renowned for their ability to forgive. Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher illustrates how they are able to release their pain and desire for revenge, and live at peace with others. Her in-depth, personal research uncovers the astounding yet fundamental way the Amish can forgive anyone from the angry customer at the grocery store to the shooter at Nickel Mines. Readers will learn how to invite God into their stories, apply lessons from the Amish to their own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness.

My Thoughts:
I believe every one of us, at one time or another, needs forgiveness, as well as needing to forgive someone else. Some of us require a whole lot of ideas to get us through the process. Sounds easy, doesn't it?? BUT it is sure isn't that simple!! We all say, "Oh yes we forgive. " but does it reach the heart in a way that you can also forget???  Are you able to experience renewal through the process? Suzanne Woods Fisher captivates our interest from the first page of her new book. It is a collection of stories on forgiveness, true to life situations, and gives us examples of how we can use it to revive our Christian walk. 

I read this book a bit at a time. I needed processing time to ensure that I would remember and be able to apply the ideas to my own situation. The Amish preach forgiveness and practise it!! But how can we do the same?? It certainly isn't easy, as Suzanne admits. The power of forgiveness is unbelievable ! The impact goes far beyond your everday experiences. The peacefulness felt in the Amish community is in part due to the continual forgiveness practised in their daily lives. If only, we could do the same . But we can!! It may start small, with an individual , but it can grow to encompass our family and friends. Who knows how far it can go??

Suzanne Woods Fisher not only gives us the tools to forgive and how to find reconciliation, but also shows us how this draws us closer to the Lord.

A five star book!! One that we all NEED to read!
This book was supplied by Revell and Graff Martin Communications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Now available from your local bookseller.

Monday, June 22, 2015

For Those Who Love Mystery and Suspense!

"desperate measures"
  By Sandra Orchard


Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth--even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster series. Fans will not be disappointed by the surprises they find inside.

My Thoughts:

This a romantic suspense that immediately grabs you and pulls you into the story. The elements of drama are strong and carry you away into a strange mystery with the hectic actions.  I had a bit of a problem getting the plot and characters figured out. Sandra Orchard is a new author to me and I had not previously read the first two books in her series, "Port Aster Secrets". I think it would have beneficial to have become more familiar with the characters. It took me a while to figure out who everyone was. It seemed as if the villain appeared very suddenly.

The characters were well developed and realistic. Kate, the main character, was on a quest to reunite with her father who had been missing for twenty years. Her desire to protect the secret, powerful plant by the name of amendoso from Columbia was evident from the beginning of this novel. A detective, Tom Parker, appears on the scene, searching for a missing young man who may or may not be involved  in the mystery of the unusual and perhaps dangerous plant.  You perceive immediately that he is very much in love with Kate. Why was this teen missing? Did he see something that he shouldn't have? Is he really involved with the mystery or is he a simple runaway?? You become immersed in this very different mysterious romance. The characters all become your friends and their enemies become your's .

Thre plot moves quickly , sometimes a bit too quickly for the reader to figure out the new twists and turns. I found myself rereading to make sure that I kept my thoughts straight on the new events occuring. This book is definitely a thriller but does not include the gory details of others. There is suspense on every page, involving attempted murders , kidnapping, as well as espionage. The surprise ending was just that!! A SURPRISE! Not at all what I expected!

There was a strong element of faith throughout the story., involving being able to trust and have faith in others as well as in the Lord. Kate must learn to put her trust in Him, not in the people around her . This theme was clearly evident throughout the book.

Definitely a good read!!

This book was supplied by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing House, in exchange for a fair and honest review.