First Line Friday

Friday, September 23, 2016

This is my first week participating in First Line Friday with a group of bloggers. My book choice this week is A Royal Christmas wedding by Rachel Hauck.

Isn't this cover gorgeous! Perfect for Christmas!

It releases October 18th. Here is the back cover description. . .

It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation.

Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child. So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton.

Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong.

Avery is torn between considering a future in Brighton and taking a coaching job in Georgia, and Colin is finally pushed to pursue what he really wants. Is it too late to convince Avery that she is his true love? And even if he does, will she make it to the chapel on Christmas Day to give him her heart?

First Line . . .

If she closed her eyes, she could pretend nothing had changed at the Rib Shack since Daddy died.

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God Bless Us Everyone by Eva Marie Everson

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

God Bless Us Every One (Abingdon Press, September 2016)
Charlene Dixon—called Charlie by family and friends—is devastated at the recent loss of her job.
For the last five years, the twenty-seven-year-old has blossomed as the activities director of an exclusive all-girls school. But when a misunderstanding with the headmistress leads to a pink slip right before the holidays, Charlie packs up her dreams and returns to her grandmother, Sis, who raised Charlie as her own in the mountains of North Carolina.
When Charlie arrives—broken and confused—Sis immediately puts her granddaughter to work behind the scenes of the local school’s Christmas play, A Christmas Carol. Charlie prickles at working with Dustin Kennedy, the drama teacher and her old crush from schooldays, but is even more put out at that the choice of the Dickens’ classic for the holiday performance. When she discovers her estranged father’s involvement her world turns on its head once more. But when Sis and Dustin encourage her to take a deeper look at the story behind A Christmas Carol, Charlie learns about trust, faith, and forgiveness and the needs of people in their own community.
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Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning speaker and author of "The Road to Testament," "Things Left Unspoken," "This Fine Life," "Chasing Sunsets," "Waiting for Sunrise," "Slow Moon Rising," and The Potluck Club series (with Linda Evans Shepherd). She is the president of Word Weavers International, Inc., a member of AWSA, ACFW, RWA, the director of Florida Christian Writer’s Conference, and the contest director for Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. She and her husband make their home in Casselberry, Florida.

My Thoughts:

First let me say I had no idea that Eva lives in Casselberry, Florida. That's where I call home. Small world, huh?!
This is a perfect Christmas book. Loosely based on the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
It's a light, quick read, I stayed up late last night finishing it. What I loved about the book was the estrangement Charlie and her father have and how Eva worked hope, forgiveness, and restoration into the story. There is nothing more perfect for Christmas than forgiveness, hope, and restoring relationships.
I highly recommend this book!

Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

Monday, September 19, 2016

About the book:

At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish.

Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his remote home in the Colorado Mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith.

When Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it’s too late to tell her the truth about his past—and if he is ready to face it.

A radical retelling of the story of the prodigal son, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home.

My Thoughts:

I liked the theme of the book, a new take on the parable, the Prodigal Son. It started out strong and I was enjoying every reading moment and then the book took a nose dive. I was really sad that it happened that way. Honestly, I was really looking forward to reading this and I hate that I didn't enjoy it more.

The Witnesses by Robert Whitlow

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Young lawyer Parker House is on the rise—until his grandfather’s mysterious past puts both of their lives in danger.

Parker House’s secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing . . . or his deadliest curse. The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfather’s uncanny ability to see future events in his mind’s eye—a gift that has haunted 82-year-old Frank House through decades of trying to erase a murderous wartime past.

While Parker navigates the intrigue and politics of small-town courtroom law, Frank is forced to face his darkest regrets. Then, a big career break for Parker collides with a new love he longs to nurture and the nightmares his grandfather can no longer escape. Sudden peril threatens to shatter not only Parker’s legal prospects but also his life and the lives of those dearest to him.

Two witnesses, two paths, an uncertain future.

About Robert:

Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make their home in North Carolina.

My Thoughts~

This is the second book I have read of Robert's, and I really enjoyed it. I like legal thrillers, which probably comes from having lawyers in the family. The book switches from past to present rather easily, it is not difficult to follow. The relationship between grandfather and grandson is very close and Robert shows that all through out the book. Parker and his grandfather share a special gift that becomes more evident as you read the book. 
Parker's grandfather is looking for peace, and learning how to forgive himself.
I like the way that Robert writes, he creates believable characters and situations, and he draws you into the story and you feel like you are apart of the story.

Highly recommended!

Service Tails by Ace Collins

Monday, August 29, 2016

Service Tails (Abingdon Press, August 2016)
Heart-tugging true stories of the courage, faith, and loyalty of remarkable service dogs.
Not all heroic dogs wildly toss themselves into lifesaving situations. Some save lives simply by their incredible commitment to duty and service. Some lead the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.
In Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero, prolific author Ace Collins introduces us to leaders whose entire lives are wrapped in the banner of service. Their stories are remarkable snapshots of the value of vision and teamwork, as well as devotion to duty and unconditional love and acceptance–stretching the way we see both canine and human potential. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.
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Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children's works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas.

Fall in love with these remarkable service dogs and their stories of courage, faith, and loyalty in Ace Collins' new book, Service Tails. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.

Celebrate the release of Service Tails with Ace by entering to win the Take-Your-Dog-to-the-Park Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 30. The winner will be announced August 31 on the Litfuse blog.

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My Take~

I am a huge dog person so this was a perfect book for me. Each story shows the unconditional love between pet and owner. When I think of heroic animals I think of my friend Ronie who has a retired military dog, and while Vvolt is a hero, some dog hero's are the ones who guide a blind person, or alerts their owner of a seizure. 
When I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 94 we had a puppy and while there were no seizure dogs in 94, Beethoven became a seizure dog in that when I had a seizure he'd sit right beside me and alert someone by barking. The only time he barked.
This was a heartwarming book. I highly recommend it!

My sweet Beethoven!

God Made You Just Right by Jill Roman Lord and Happy Birthday To You by Michelle Madlock Adams

Friday, August 26, 2016

Here is a message that every parent will want to share with his or her child: “You’re brilliantly created and there’s no one else like you!” With easy-to-understand descriptions and simple, rhyming text, Jill Roman Lord shares the message that God created each of us in just the right way in a manner that even the youngest child will understand. Bright and engaging illustrations from Amy Wummer pair perfectly with the text and enhance the appeal of the book.

God Made You Just Right
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A fun-filled musical book that celebrates the joy of a child’s birthday.

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My Take ~

I love when I get asked to read and review kids books, instead of thinking about my girls, I am thinking about my grandkids.

God Made You Just Right, is a perfect book to show a child just how special they are and that God made them just the way they are. It's a board book, easy for little hands, and perfect for bedtime reading. Jeremiah 29:11 is inserted as the Bible verse, For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Happy Birthday to You, is a perfect birthday gift for that little girl or boy in your life. It plays that special song that is sung as the candles are lit on the cake, there is a pocket to put a picture in from that special day. It too is a board book and perfect for little hands. I can see kids asking to have this book read to them over and over in remembrance of their special day.

I highly recommend both books!

Dana Mentink’s ‘Fetching Sweetness’ Prize Pack Giveaway

Monday, August 22, 2016

About the book:

Fetching Sweetness (Harvest House, July 2016)

Standing between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble.
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.

But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.

When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings---a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog . . . thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it's a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.

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Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

A recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest can only be found in Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink. It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Retrieve a reclusive author's valuable new manuscript and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent. But when the author's canine companion, Sweetness, makes a break for it and Stephanie has to track Sweetness down, she meets Rhett Hastings. They’re in for a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Celebrate the release of Fetching Sweetness with Dana by entering to win the Sweetness Unleashed Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 24. The winner will be announced August 25 on Dana's blog.

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My Take~

This book is full of FUN from the first page to the last page. This book has everything I love. A snarky, sassy bookworm heroine, a dog, and a road trip. I love books with animals and children in them because you can't control their behavior, and Sweetness is a dog that makes a break for it the first chance he gets, which sets the tone for the rest of the book. It has a theme of faith that runs through it. It's a very cute and fun read, perfect for a day when you need some laughter.
Highly recommended!

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