Friday, November 10, 2017

BENEATH COPPER FALLS by Colleen Coble


Dana Newell is a 911 dispatcher looking for a change in her life and a way to escape her abusive, sometimes scary, boyfriend.  She decides to move back to Rock Harbor knowing she’ll get support from good friends.  It feels good to her to be in familiar surroundings again even with the sad memories related to Rock Harbor.  It doesn’t take long though for things to take a dangerous turn.  She’s afraid her ex-boyfriend is stalking her, then she answers a call at work and is horrified when she hears her friend’s screams on the other end of the phone.  Boone Carter loved being a smoke jumper until an accident left his face permanently scarred and his fiancĂ© walked out.  Now he’s an outfitter and loves it.  When Boone and Dana meet there’s an immediate connection.  But Boone knows that both love and women are fickle.  Dana knows that love can be scary.  As they strike up a friendship, Dana tries to help Boone figure out who killed his sister since the police don’t seem to have a clue.  When tragedy strikes again, Boone and Dana begin gathering clues.  But what they discover is so much more than anyone could have ever imagined.

Wow!  Another edge-of-your-seat-thrill-ride-of-a-story by Colleen Coble.   I loved returning once again to Rock Harbor and mingling with the familiar folks I’ve come to know and love in the previous stories.  Bree, Samson, Kade, Lauri and others are all part of this story which made it really special.   Get ready though to set aside some time because once you start you will be hard pressed to put it down.  There were several twists and turns along the way and things I didn’t expect or anticipate.  One thing I really appreciated was the idea that we should not worry so much about what we look like on the outside but more about what’s on the inside.  I think that’s so important and that’s really what God does.  He doesn’t look on the outward but on the heart.  This is a must-read for Rock Harbor fans, that said, you could read this with no problem if you haven’t read any other books in this series.  So, grab your hot chocolate, get comfortable in your favorite easy chair and head for Rock Harbor and find out what happened Beneath Copper Falls.

*This complimentary copy was provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite moments:

“The scars don’t define you.  Who you really are inside is what matters.

She’d spent too much of her life worrying about the face she presented to the world and much too little on the character she needed to be developing every day.

We are just to be faithful with our lives and our words.  If the Holy Spirit prompts you, then be faithful to what he has told you.”

For more information about this book or other books by Colleen Cable, I encourage you to visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

THE ENGAGEMENT CHARADE by Karen First


Ellie Jameson is a widow who cooks for The Plum Cafe.  Alexander Copeland is her reclusive boss but he is quickly becoming a friend as well.  When Ellie’s in-laws threaten her, Alexander   proposes that they pretend to be engaged, in the hopes that would deter any further threat.  After losing his wife and child Alex has vowed not to involve himself in other peoples affairs.  However, he wants to protect Ellie, who is always positive, encouraging and optimistic. He just didn’t plan on his heart getting involved.   Although Ellie hates deceiving her friends, she decides to go along with the charade feeling like it will help.  She doesn’t expect to fall for her very closed-off yet protective boss. Will the charade lead to a lasting happiness or will Ellie’s in-laws get their way?

This was a great edition to the Smokey Mountain Matches series.  I enjoyed getting to know Ellie and Alexander.  I like how the author brought these two people together from very different backgrounds yet they each helped the other in very specific ways.  Alexander was an interesting character who really made a big change throughout the story.  You meet up with some folks you’ll be familiar with if you’ve read other books in this series.  Always an adventure when you head back to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and The Engagement Charade is no different. You can read this as a stand alone but there are threads of people and history that make reading them in order more organized.  I thoroughly enjoy Karen Kirst books and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series!

*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

A couple favorite quotes:

She gazed at the star-studded heavens.  You hung those stars, God.  You placed the planets in the sky.  My problems seem mighty to me, but to You they’re easily managed.  Lead me, Father.  Give me wisdom.

Sometimes trials find us, and we can’t see any logical reasons why God allows them.  We simply have to trust in His divine plan and lean of Him strength.

For more information about this book or other books by Karen First I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.karenkirst.com



Friday, August 4, 2017

A MATTER OF TRUST by Susan May Warren


Gage Watson is known for his award winning skills at backcountry snowboarding.  But when a snowboarder died and Gage was blamed, he was sued and lost all his sponsorships.  Wanting to remain in the mountains, he now works ski patrol and also joined the PEAK Rescue team, in an attempt to rebuild his life.  Ella Blair had a major crush on the famous Gage Watson.  She finally got to meet him and it was instant attraction.  The future seemed very promising until, as a junior attorney, she’s finds herself on the team that was suing Gage Watson.  Three years later, Ella returns to Glacier National Park to find her brother who is going to attempt a very dangerous peak once done by Gage.  Ella begs Gage for his help in finding her brother but how can he help the woman who cost him his career?  And not only does she want his help but she insists on going with him.  He finally agrees to let her go and they soon fall into a comfortable rhythm as old feelings begin to stir.  But both will have to face not only the extreme elements but a truth that Ella has yet to share.

Wow!  This story was intense and pretty much kept my heart racing from beginning to end.  I felt like I was right there on the mountain with them, taking in the scenery as well as feeling the apprehension of their tasks.  I really liked Gage and the down-to-earth kind of guy he was.  Ella was someone that I could be friends with; no pretense, just real.   I enjoyed watching the two of them together.  The romantic tension was beautifully done and keeps you rooting for them all the way through.  The secondary stories going on, and there are several, really added a lot to the story.  That said, I would recommend reading this series in the order it was written, for a much richer reading experience.  I have enjoyed all the books in the Montana Rescue but I have to say this was my favorite so far.  I just felt like everything flowed together really well.  There is a conclusion to this story but the secondary stories are left for the next book which I cannot wait to read!  A Matter of Trust is a high octane, tightly written adventure you won’t want to miss!

*This complementary copy was provided by Revell through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

A few moments from the story:

I thought by doing the right thing, it would protect me, and him.  But life doesn’t work that way.  Doing what’s right comes at a cost.  I just wasn’t ready for it.”

“Chet says the same thing.  That we shouldn’t base God’s desire to help us on our opinions of ourselves.  Otherwise we’d always be in over our heads.  We need to start believing that he wants to help us.  Even when we make mistakes.”

Their eleven-person team consisted of three EMTs - Gage, Pete, and Jess - their chopper pilot Kacey Fairing, their administrative assistant Sierra Rose, team incident commander Miles Dafoe, country crooner Ben King, and his father, Chet, who started the team way back with it’s founder, Ian Shaw, and their sheriff department liaison, Sam Brooks.

For more information about this book or other books by this author, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.susanmaywarren.com.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE by Denise Hunter


Josephine has been deeply hurt by men and has learned she can’t trust them.  That is, until she meets Noah Mitchell.  Noah and Josephine are drawn to each other right from the start.  Time shows her that Noah is different from other man she’s known and when he asks, she agrees to marry him.  Then something happens that devastates Noah and he files for a divorce, gives up the job with his family construction business and moves to a remote horse ranch.  Giving him some much needed distance from his one true love.  One day Noah receives a letter from the IRS stating that he and Josephine are still married.  He confronts Josephine with the letter.  Josephine blames herself for their failed marriage and failed divorce.  Wanting to somehow make up for it, she decides to deliver the paperwork to his ranch.  When a bad spring snowstorm hits, she becomes stranded at Noah’s ranch.  Noah struggles with hurt and resentment toward his wife and yet at the same time he still finds himself drawn to her.  They call somewhat of a truce because they’re stuck together.  When a horse is spooked and runs away they venture out in the storm to find him.  Both will be tested beyond their strength and relying on each other in a way they never have before.  Josephine finally reveals to Noah about her past; that she’s never experienced unconditional love.  Can Noah find it in his heart to completely forgive Josephine and love her like she’s never been loved before?  Can Josephine finally trust Noah with her whole heart?

Heart-wrenching, thought-provoking and emotionally-charged are just a few things that come to mind with this story.  Although this is a very well-written story it is also a difficult story to read just because of the nature of the situation.  I thought the author did a wonderful job of painting a realistic picture of the feelings and emotions of both Noah and Josephine.  You learn the background of their story through flashbacks that are intermingled with the present day.  Noah and Josephine are both lovable characters that have faults just like the rest of us.  To me, that gave them flesh and bone realism.  It’s a story that keeps you engaged and cheering on our lead couple. This is a standalone story and I would highly recommend reading the authors note at the end.  It was fun and interesting.  I also appreciated that there was an epilogue.

*This completely copy was provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

A few favorite moments:

“Well, sure.  You just send a copy of that final decree, then, and that’ll be the end of it.”  The end of it.  The divorce had been uncontested, as simple as the act could be, he supposed.  But there was nothing simple when it came to separating one flesh.

But whatever God’s reasons are for the things He allows, His love for me, or for Granny or anyone else, isn’t something I question.  He settled that one on the cross.”

She was going to believe it.  Maybe it didn’t all make sense to her - how God could love someone like her.  Or why He allowed some of the things that happened.  Maybe she didn’t have to understand everything.  She closed her eyes.  I'm just going to go ahead and believe, if that’s all right by You, God.

For more information about this book or other books by Denise Hunter, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/index.html

Monday, July 24, 2017

YOU'LL THINK OF ME by Robin Lee Hatcher

Brooklyn Meyers is well acquainted with rejection and abandonment.  Her mother, her father and even her husband, Chad, whom she grew up with and married,  have all abandoned her.  But somehow she’s managed to carve out a life with her daughter, Alycia.  Then she receives word that Chad died and left her his family home in their hometown.  She doesn’t really want to go back there but her good friend encourages her that this may be the Lord’s way of providing for their future.  When she arrives, Brooklyn soon learns that Derek, Chad’s best friend, is a Sheriff as well as her neighbor.  Derek Johnson loves organic farming and and was counting on Chad’s property to expand his business.  That’s the agreement he and Chad made.  Then Derek receives a letter from Chad's lawyer informing him that he gave the house to Brooklyn and asks him to be a father to Alycia.  Derek understands about giving the house to Brooklyn but just how is suppose to be a father to Alycia?  He never liked Brooklyn and blamed her for coming between him and Chad.   But as Brooklyn and Derek help each other out and get to know each other better they both begin to see each other in a different light.  One that just might change their future.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  The book has a beautiful cover and contains a beautiful, relationship driven story.  There were a few places where I thought it slowed a bit but it also felt like a natural timeline of events.  I enjoyed watching the relationship build between Derek and Brooklyn.  Derek was definitely my kind of hero.  Brooklyn was so realistic and your heart goes out to her for all she’s been through.  But the Lord put people in her path that helped her along the way, which made her faith grow.  It’s encouraging to realize that’s what He does in our lives too.  There’s a little bit of everything in this story.  You’ll find humor, heartache and even a little suspense, which made if feel very well rounded.  I encourage you to read the author’s note at the end.  It gives you a little insight about the author and why she wrote the story.  If you enjoy a heartwarming story then I recommend You’ll Think of Me.

*This complimentary copy was provided from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite moments:

“You’re right, Sandra.  Love isn’t enough.  Not if what you mean by love is that butterflies-in-your-stomach sensation.  It takes ever so much more than that.”

Let go.  Trust.  Her breathing slowed.  “I’ll try, God.  I want You to be in control, but it’s hard not to hold on tight to those things that matter.

“Considered the possibilities first.  Then look for solutions.  If God can gave you a house, He can surely take care of all the other details.” 

For more information about this book or other books by Robin Lee Hatcher, I encourage you to visit her website at https://robinleehatcher.com



Friday, June 30, 2017

AN UNCOMMON PROTECTOR by Shelley Shepard Gray


Laurel Tracey is concerned. Trying to run a two hundred acre ranch by herself is more than she can handle. Her step siblings are no help at all and treat her really bad. And now she's having problems with squatters. Laurel's neighbor (whom she's known along time) would be more than happy to marry her and add her land to his, but she's not comfortable with that idea. The Sheriff, wanting to help Laurel, sends some of the prisoners out to work on her fence. She's finds herself intrigued with Thomas Baker. A prisoner that's a bit scary yet also a gentleman. She overhears that he could be free the next day if there's a buyer when they auctioned him off. Feeling like she's willing to take a chance, she gathers the last of her money and buys Thomas Baker's freedom. In exchange, he agrees to work for Laurel for one year. Thomas is totally taken with this woman who is so strong yet so tender-hearted. He knows there could never be anything between them, but he's vowed to protect her with his life, if necessary. The attraction between Laurel and Thomas is strong but Thomas knows it's in both their best interest if he keeps his distance. That becomes next to impossible when their lives are on the line. When things begin happening that Thomas feels he just can't safely handle on his own, he calls on his former soldier friends for help. And they always abide by the promise they made years ago.

Another great story! Loved getting to know Thomas and Laurel. They were really good characters. The story's opening was a little slow for me but it did lay the ground work for what was to come. Throughout the story you get glimpses (with flashbacks) of the relationship Thomas had with his fellow POWs and the reason they are always there for each other. I loved their comradery and how they interacted together. I also appreciated how Thomas was with Laurel. Kind, sweet and gentle. The idea of maintaining your faith in the Lord even in difficult circumstances shined through and was encouraging to the reader. Overall this was a good story and a good addition to the series. You could read it as a stand alone but there is the thread of friendship running through each story which is why I would recommend reading them in order. Now, I look forward to Love Held Captive!

*This complimentary copy was provided by Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite moments:

Men didn't go around saying such things to gently bred women. They most certainly did not speak of the female form and attributes in mixed company....Of course, if he was being completely truthful, he didn't deserve all the blame. The problem was partly Miss Laurel's doing. The Lord had been generous with his gifts to her. Actually, she had a whole plethora of attributes that most of the male population would find difficult to ignore.

Most of the time he'd been given only the leftovers, what no one else wanted. His only exception had been his relationships with the other men in Captain Monroe's unit. Those were the best men he'd ever met, and he'd felt as if the Lord had given him those men's regard as a gift for all that he'd endured in his lifetime.

Johnson's Island had one thing Thomas was fond of, and that was lightning bugs. He spent a great many hours watching their flickering lights dance across the camp and light up over the calm waters as though they were stars falling from the sky. Their dancing and darting had become a source of hope for him. Thomas liked to think their appearance in his life was a sign from God, a reminder that good could be found anywhere and at any time. One just needed to have his eyes open and be watchful.

If your interested in more information about this book or other books by this author I recommend you visit her website at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

THE ONLY WITNESS by Laura Scott


Miles Callahan finds out his friend, Jason, has been murdered. He heads over to the house of the man he thinks is responsible only to find the man's ex-wife and daughter under fire from a gunman. Miles manages to get Paige Olson and her daughter, Abby, someplace safe. But Abby witnessed something while video chatting with her dad and now she's stopped talking. Meanwhile they can't find Paige's ex-husband to question him about Jason's murder. Miles retrieves something Jason mailed to him the day before he died. He's hoping it will shed some light about what's going on but Miles doesn't understand it because to him it's all scientific mumbo jumbo. What could Jason be trying to tell him?. And somehow, now matter what they do, the gunmen always seem to find out where they are. Miles is in full-on protective mode and beginning to see Paige (and her daughter) as something more precious than just people he's protecting. Not knowing who to trust, Miles calls on his brothers for help. Will they figure out what the papers mean, what happened to Jason and Paige's ex-husband, and who is behind the whole mess before it's too late?

This is the second book in the Callahan Confidential series and it was just as good as the first. I have fallen in love with the Callahan family. The author's note in the back of the book says "The Callahan family has a legacy of choosing careers that support and protect their community, but these jobs also put them in constant danger." That's a great description but what I thoroughly enjoy is their interaction with each other; their camaraderie. They are close knit and help each other out. Paige and her daughter, Abby, really make this story special. At their lowest point, with everything going on, they still encourage Miles in his faith. At the same time, Miles shows Paige what a man of integrity looks like. This is one of those stories that is hard to put down because there is always danger lurking around every corner. There were several gasping moments and twists I didn't expect, which I love. There was one aspect that I didn't feel was resolved but it wasn't anything major. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone but the thread of the Callahan family runs through each book so they are best read in order to see the correct timing of family activities. If you enjoy romantic suspense then you will thoroughly enjoy The Only Witness! Can't wait for the next one!

*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

A few favorite moments:

"Hey, Maddy, do you think I can have a few minutes alone with Paige?" "Sure, but keep in mind that Miles saw her first." Maddy winked at Paige before relinquishing her chair to her brother.

"It's very nice of your mother to offer." "Oh, don't thank us, yet. I think she's hoping to grill you about your relationship with Miles, " Michael said with a quick grin. She hoped her blush wasn't too noticeable. "There's nothing to tell. He saved our lives and almost died for his effort. I'm surprised she's not upset with me." Michael rose to his feet and began clearing away the debris from their table. "She was the wife of a copy for a long time..."

For more information about his book or other books by Laura Scott, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.laurascottbooks.com



Friday, May 26, 2017

WED BY NECESSITY by Karen Kirst


Caroline Turner's family is a prominent one in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. But lately there has been some trouble brewing concerning her father's reputation. In order to protect him she's been paying hush money to a blackmailer with her inheritance money. If that isn't bad enough, her father goes and hires a new stable manager. Caroline's life is full of complications and it's about to get worse. Duncan McKenna has been kind of drifting around and decides to hire on as the Turner's stable manager. Sparks fly when they first meet but nothing will prepare them for what's ahead. When Caroline loses her temper she takes off on her horse full speed. Duncan followers her to make sure she and the horse are okay. But it isn't long before Caroline and the horse are injured. Duncan cares for both of them but now they've been together all night alone. When they return they are forced into a marriage neither of them wants. Caroline hates that Duncan is demanding she give up all her luxeries for a modest lifestyle. Duncan is upset that he got stuck with a society girl. However, as life settles in they begin to see the good in each other. But they each have things they're keeping from the other. Will those things destroy their tenuous relationship or will they find that the unwanted marriage was the best that every happened to them.

I always enjoy Karen Kirst's stories and Wed by Necessity is no exception. I love marriage of convenience stories so this was a 'must read'. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Gatlinburg and getting to know Caroline and Duncan. Both had issues they had to deal with and I think the author did a good job in presenting that in a realistic way. I loved how Duncan was really mindful of the Lord's direction. You can see how that made a difference in his life as well as Caroline's. Your heart breaks for Caroline as you learn about her upbringing and how that affected her. When I finished reading, the first thing that came to mind was the verse about God working all things together for good. Sometimes we sure don't see it that way but he always knows what's best. The story has a nice steady pace with a few tense moments along the way. And as you probably already guessed, you'll find a 'happily ever after'. So head on over to Gatlinburg and see what happens when Duncan and Caroline are Wed by Necessity.

*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite moments:

"Look around, Caroline. Everything has changed. This is your home and I'm your husband. As such, your money is now mine to use as I see fit. And we're not hiring someone else to do what's your place to do." Fear left an acrid taste in her mouth. If Duncan garnered control of her money, how would she meet the blackmailer's demands?

"What if I said it's because I want to spend time with my wife?" Her eyes grew round, the initial surge of wonder eclipsed by suspicion. Concern filled him. Why would she doubt him? The wounds of her upbringing must be more serious than he'd thought. Right then and there, he prayed for wisdom in how to proceed. If they were ever going to reach a state of mutual respect and, dare he hope, affection, they had to build a foundation of trust.

My father's favorite Burns quote is 'There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.'

For more information about this book or other books by Karen Kirst, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.karenkirst.com



Saturday, April 29, 2017

RESCUE ME by Susan May Warren


Willow is a pretty unconventional person but she's very good with the youth group kids at church and would like the job of Youth Leader.  But because of an incident that happened, they are not considering her for the job.  However, she wants to take the kids on one last trek.  The parents agree, only if Deputy Sam Brooks goes along.  Willows been in love with Sam Brooks for a very long time but Sam has his sights set on Willow's sister, Sierra.  When the unexpected happens they all must work together if they hope to survive.  Sam begins to see Willow as something more than Sierra's crazy little sister.  Can a life and death situation as well as a forbidden kiss change the course of the future?

This was a great addition to the Montana Rescue series and you'll find a lot happening in Mercy Falls.  Though the focus is on Sam and Willow, you also have the secondary story of Pete (Sam's brother) and Jess going on as well.  I had no issue keeping up with everything that was going on but I did feel that some parts were just a little too drawn out.  That said, there were some tense moments which certainly kept me furiously flipping pages.  Ian and Sierra are also in this story as Ian continues to look for his niece and it seems like that might carry through to the next installment as well.  I really enjoyed watching the growth of each person in the story both personally and spiritually.  No matter where you came from or where you are now, God is right there with you.  That is a great encouragement!  This is the second book in the series and I would recommend reading the first book before reading this one so you understand the background.  I am really looking forward to "A Matter of Trust" as we continue the adventure!

*This complimentary copy was provided by Revell through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite moments:

"Jess," he said quietly.  "I don't know what you're not telling me.  But I do know this.  Jesus is Lord.  Full stop.  That means he knows the past, the future, and the now.  And he wants you to live in the truth, trusting him to fix it.

See, when we're stuck in our everyday troubles, we can get focused on them, and that's all we see.  We don't see God at work in our lives, just the darkness around us.  But if you turn it around, look up, start finding a way to thank God, even praise him, you'll discover a different view." "A different view can also show you the truth of your situation.  And the path out.  Just remember, God has this view all the time.  No detail of your life is unseen by him.  He is your guide and your protector through life's journey.  The great part is that he says 'don't worry'.  He'll take care of us.  All we have to do is be still and know that he's God."

He glanced again at Willow.  Maybe teenagers weren't the only ones in need of curbing their impulses.  Because his current impulse had to do with Willow, and the fact that he couldn't get his mind-or gaze-off her.

For more information about this book or other books by this author I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.susanmaywarren.com



Saturday, March 18, 2017

STILL LIFE by Dani Pettrey


Avery Tate worked with Parker Mitchell as a crime scene photographer. Though she loved the work, her feelings for Parker were beginning to shift from friendship to something deeper. Knowing they could never be a couple, she quit working for him to try to forget about him. Parker Mitchell is a crime scene analyst who has a real gift for forensic detail. He worked really well with Avery and liked her a lot but struggled to pursue anything deeper. His heart still belonged to Jenna, whose murder remains unsolved. Avery returns home to support a childhood friend who modeled for a photography exhibit. Her friend never shows up to the exhibit but the picture Avery sees is one of her friend looking the picture of death. She fears something has happened to her friend. In desperation, Avery calls Parker and they, together with Parkers friends, try to figure out what happen to her friend. What they discover, both professionally as well as personally, is whole lot more than they bargained for.


Wow! I loved this story! In 'Cold Shot' you get to know the group of friends and their background but it concentrates on Griffin and Finley. In 'Still Life' you'll find all the same friends but it focuses on Avery and Parker. Parker is a guy you can't help but love. Who doesn't love charming and protective with a beautiful Irish brogue! I was really looking forward to getting to know him better and I was not disappointed. He and Avery work really well together and I loved their interaction together. Especially when he called her love or lass. (sigh) Avery is such a nice person but she struggles with letting go of past mistakes. It made her easy to relate to. Though this has romance in it, it is also very much a suspense/thriller type story that has several unexpected twist and turns with comic relief in just the right places. The spiritual aspect of the story was really well done, though not pushy, and focused on being a new creature in Christ despite your past. Always a good reminder. The underlying mystery concerning Luke (which started in the first book) remains unsolved but some interesting things come to light. The titles for both the first and second books match their storylines really well. Dani Pettrey is a favorite author and in my opinion just gets better and better. I would recommend reading the Chesapeake Valor series in order to help understand the friendships better as well as the background about Luke. 'Still Life' comes highly recommend from this reader. I can't wait for Blind Spot!!!

*This complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some favorite moments:

He hadn't realized how strongly, how deeply, he cared for her until she was no longer at his side daily - working together in close quarters, in adrenaline-fueled situations, into the long, late hours of the night. He loved Avery, but he still loved Jenna. Jenna was his first and, until now, only love.

"You're strong and tender, intelligent, and far too witty for me to keep up with. Not to mention beautiful inside and out. Don't be ashamed of your past. You're a new creation in Christ. Focus on that."

Parker and Avery approached, both wearing a nice shade of pink lip gloss on their lips. Griffin chuckled. "What?" they both said. ..."Seriously, what was with the chuckle?" Griffin glanced at the pink sparkly shine on Parker's lips and took pity on the man. "You got a little something..." He pointed to his own lips. "Right there. Nice shade on you, though."


For more information about this book or other books by this author, I encourage you to visit her website at http://danipettrey.com.


Monday, March 6, 2017

AWAKENED LOVE by Regina Tittel


Tara Holden's life is not how she envisioned it to be.  Although she loves being a beautician, she struggles with a husband whose gone a lot and the fact she's not been able to get pregnant.   Her life feels empty and her attitude reflects her dissatisfaction.  Her husband just doesn't seem to care.  But one man seems to be around just when she needs someone and especially when Justin is out of town.  Justin Holden hates being away from home and his wife but his boss has him working way too much.  He knows Tara isn't happy but he's working hard to save money so he can quit.  Creating beautiful furniture to sell is what he'd like to do which would allow him to stay home and still provide income.  He loves Tara but doesn't know how to express what's in his heart.  They just can't seem to talk anymore without fighting.

This story was so good and so inspirational and definitely encouraging!  I have a real heart for hurting marriages so this was a must read for me and I loved it from beginning to end.  I think the author did a wonderful job of showing 'real' people with 'real' struggles.  You could understand and sympathize with both Tara and Justin.  I particularly liked Tara's father and how he used his garden to explain a principle to Justin.  I also appreciated that though Tara and Justin had faith, they still had struggles.  After all, we all have things we deal with.  What really stood out to me was the importance of communication and what can happen when you don't communicate.  It's also really important to do what the Lord wants you to do regardless of what the world is telling you.  Awakened Love is a story I would highly recommend.  It will encourage and inspire you whether you're in a troubled marriage, healthy marriage or even thinking about getting married.

*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Some of my favorite quotes:

"Tara, don't let Satan win.  You're in the midst of a battle, and what you decide to do from here will affect you for the rest of your life."

"Tara, I know your pain is very real..." Tara blinked to cool her eyes.  "And so does God.  But you need to understand that trials are given to us for growth and the more we fight against them, the longer it takes to move on."

"Christ's sacrificial death on the cross was a gift to us.  Your forgiveness to others is a gift to them.  And like Christ's gift, it's even greater if the one who's done wrong hasn't asked for it."

Book I've Been Reading...

Sherry's bookshelf: read

Almost Like Being in Love
Wanted: Royal Princess Miracle Bride: Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 3
Her Rancher Bodyguard
Traces of Guilt
The Stronghold
Close to You
Protecting Her Daughter
The Goodbye Bride
The Rancher's First Love
Reclaiming His Past
Keeper of the Stars
Cold Shot
Mermaid Moon
Thin Ice
Buried Secrets
Murder at Black Lake
Christmas With Miss Austen
Falling Like Snowflakes
Married 'til Monday
Second Chance Hero


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