Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan - Review

Friday, November 17, 2017




About the book:

Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial.



About Rachel Dylan:                                        

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids--two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at www.racheldylan.com.







My Thoughts:

This is the third book I've read by Rachel Dylan and I thoroughly enjoy the suspenseful, edge of your seat ride that she creates. This is the first book in her Atlanta Justice series and it is not one to be missed. Her characters are real and engaging. The book is based on a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company which is relevant to our society today. 
Using her legal skills Ms. Dylan has you nearly figure out what is going on and then schools you on the truth of bait and switch. I didn't read this in one sitting but easily could have. You won't want to miss this legal thrill ride! Highly recommended!!



Disclaimer:

I received a copy of the book from the author, through the publisher for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Top Ten Tuesday . . . Books I Want My Grand-Kids to Read

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I've missed a few top ten Tuesday's, sorry about that. I was a little under the weather. I am finally feeling back to myself.

This week's Broke and Bookish top ten Tuesday meme is books I want my kids, or niece and nephews to read. My kids are all grown and gone, and my niece and nephews are adults too and definitely ask for recommendations. I decided I'd focus on books I would want my grand-kids to read.
They range in age from 22 months to thirteen, so this should be fun.

For the younger ones, Olivia and Xander, I would want them to read Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar,  and definitely Green Eggs and Ham.

Our school age kiddos, Isabella, Lily, Savannah, and Kalea, all or any of the Ramona books by Beverly Clearly, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish, Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

For our school age boy, Jackson, any or all of Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel, all of the Dr. Seuss books.

Our middle age kiddos, James, Chance, Nalani, there are so many, and two of these kiddos are huge readers. Definitely The Chronicles of Narnia, The Bridge to Terabithia, The Indian in the Cupboard,  series, Behind the Attic Wall.

For all, I'd say Pocahontas: True Princess, The Black Stallion, The Girl of the Limberlost, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Book Thief.

I could go on and on, but I thought I better cut off the list now. The hard part about being a bookworm.

I'd love to hear what books you want your kids, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren to read. Please tell me in the comments!

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Perennials by Julie Cantrell - Reviewed



About the book:

When two estranged sisters reunite for their parents’ 50th anniversary, a family tragedy brings unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother’s perennial garden.
Eva—known to all as Lovey—grew up in Oxford, MS, surrounded by literary history and her mother's stunning perennial gardens. But a garden shed fire and the burns suffered by one of her best friends seemed to change everything. Her older sister Bitsy blamed her for the fire—and no one spoke up on her behalf. Bitsy the cheerleader, Bitsy the homecoming queen, Bitsy married to a wealthy investor. And all the while, Lovey blamed for everything that goes wrong.
At eighteen, Lovey turns down a marriage proposal, flees from Oxford and the expectations of attending Ole Miss, and instead goes to Arizona—the farthest thing from the South she can imagine. She becomes a successful advertising executive, a weekend yoga instructor, and seems to have it all together. But she's alone. And on her 45th birthday, she can't help but wonder what's wrong.
When she gets a call from her father—still known to everyone as Chief from his Ole Miss football days—insisting that she come home three weeks early for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration, she's at wits end. She's about to close the biggest contract of her career, the one that will secure her financial goals and set her up for retirement. But his words, "Family First," hit too close to home. Is there hope for her estranged relationship with Bitsy after all this time?

Eva's journey home, to the memory garden her father has planned as an anniversary surprise for her mother, becomes one of discovering roots, and truth, and love, and what living perennially in spite of disappointments and tragedy really means. Eva thought she wanted to leave her family and the South far behind . . . but she's realizing she hasn't truly been herself the whole time she's been gone.

About Julie:                                                          

Julie Cantrell is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, teacher, and speaker. She has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and has earned starred reviews by both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. Cantrell is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship and was named a finalist for the 2017 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction Award. Perennials is her fourth novel.

My Thoughts:
I was introduced to Julie Cantrell through her first novel, Into the Free. Her debut novel that captivated me from the beginning and will always be a favorite. 
Her new book Perennials is beautifully written family saga, that deals with secrets, sibling rivalry, fractured dreams, along with hope, forgiveness, and healing. 
With symphonic prose, Ms. Cantrell writes a story that everyone of us can relate to on some level. Whether broken dreams we let go in our life, people the need to forgive, and since most of us have experienced a broken dream, and have someone we need to forgive, even if it is our self. We need to heal, and Ms. Cantrell shows this in a beautiful tangible way.
I loved how Ms. Cantrell used flowers, and gardening symbolism to show both a spiritual and inspirational message. I loved the garden which is a huge part of the story, so I won't say too much, I would love to be able to go there physically to see it. 
Every piece of this novel is relevant to all women today in one way or another. This is a must read!
It releases today! You can purchase your copy here . . .AMAZON

I received a copy of this book from the author through the publisher, for the purpose of a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  

A Devotional For You For The New Year - The One Year Experiencing God's Love Devotional

Monday, November 13, 2017


Can you believe January 1, 2018 is just 48 days away?! I definitely can't! If you're like me you look for a new devotional to start the year off.



About the book:

When was the last time you took a break to experience God's love?
To experience something is to live it, to encounter it, to understand it, to explore with our hearts, minds, and souls as well as with the five physical senses and our God-given spiritual ones. Every action we do with and for God, every good day and bad day, we walk hand-in-hand with God, experiencing Him.
Experiencing God's love takes time. Love unfurls its blossoms in our lives when we concentrate all of our senses on the small gifts we pass by every day. Time slows, and we finally get to hear God's beautiful background hum to our lives.
The One Year Experiencing God's Love Devotional helps you intentionally carve out those moments in your day to savor God and his love for you.



About Sandra    
After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I published in April, 2013. 
Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens including the Secret Sisters Series, London Confidential Series and a devotional for tweens.
A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra has published many nonfiction articles and books. She is passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.
Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more, or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype.


My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed Ms. Byrd's fiction work over the years, so I was super excited to find out that she had written a devotional. It seems like within the last few years inspirational non-fiction for women have a negative title which for me turns me away, and it doesn't help the fact that I am not one to naturally gravitate to non-fiction in the first place. Which is why I was excited to review Ms. Byrd's devotional when asked. 
The prime focus is knowing God's love, and she uses things in her everyday life to visualize His love for us. In doing that you will walk away from your daily reading of this beautiful book knowing without a doubt that God loves you, and He sees you. Living in a hurting, dark world like we do that is hope. Hope we can hang onto.


You can order a copy here:


Here are some beautiful meme's that Tyndale Publishing created for this book. Feel free to share them.





















Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book compliments of the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

The Tilting Leaves of Autumn --- Cover Reveal

 

 

About the Book

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

Scarlett was the shrinking violet in the group. Faithful to her friends, and hiding secrets of her own. When Mercedes steps in to rescue her, she unknowlingly plucks the thread that unravels Scarlett’s whole world.

But as Scarlett strives to hold fast to what is familiar the fabric of her life continues to come undone and secrets that are best kept hidden are exposed.

About the Author

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I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

Author Interview

Check out the interview with the author HERE.

And now what we have all been waiting for...

The Cover Reveal!!!

Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell's Crossroads BK 2) by Pepper D. Basham - Reviewed

Sunday, November 12, 2017




About the book:

Rainey Mitchell is doing just fine. She has a great job helping children in need, her family is around her, she is mother to a fabulous little girl, and is getting over the betrayal of her ex-husband. Dr. Alex Murdock is not doing so well, as he is forced to work at a rural university, his life is full of secrets surrounding his family, and he has to start over in a new town. Luckily, Rainey, the daughter of his landlord, is there to get him settled. Rainey just wants to stay away from the new professor, who has the same charm as her ex. Unfortunately, they seem to need each other. Rainey needs his grant-writing ability to save her program, and Alex is terrible at the lecturing at which Rainey excels. The two must work together to fulfill their goals, but will they be able to do it? Rainey's insecurities and Alex's obsession with protecting his family could be their undoing.




About Pepper:

Pepper D Basham has been telling tales ever since she was a little girl. When her grandmother called her a “writer” at the age of ten, Pepper took it as gospel and has enjoyed various types of writing styles ever since. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of Seymour Agency.

http://www.pepperdbasham.com/
https://twitter.com/pepperbasham

My Thoughts:

We met Adorkable Alex in Twist of Faith, and while he was adorkable in that book he is even more so in this book.

This the fifth book of Ms. Basham's that I have read and her writing gets better with each book.
In this book Ms. Basham adds an element of suspense which works perfectly and stretches her as an author. The charm, and humor within the pages of this book is off the charts. I have highlighted so many quotes within the book, that I have to choose my favorites for meme making. I really identified with Rainey. My ex-husband was a lot like Gray, and I had a lot of the same feelings, and issues. Mama Mitchell reminded me of my mom, in the way she talked to Rainey about how she had changed since being with Gray.

Bottom line this book has it all. Suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat, romance with sizzle that you will need a fan blowing on you, and you will have to catch your breath during the kissing scenes. Along with great family scenes that encompass you like a warm hug.

This book is appropriate for pre-teens through adults. If you have not read a Pepper Basham book you are really missing out! You can purchase a copy of this book here.
I received a copy of this book compliments of the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


I am going to give this book 5 1/2 stars. And what better quote than to use the one from The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham.

You can read about my book rating here . . . Book Rating

Sunday Funday . . .Books That Sparked My Love for Reading








I've been reading for as long as I can remember. My mom tells me that she was reading to me, like she did everyday. I was about three, and I kept asking what each word was so she decided that it was time to teach me. The first book I remember reading was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. I would take a stack of books to bed with me at nighttime and when my mom told me to go lay down and take a nap. A few of my favorites were Miss Suzy which I just saw was a series. I may have to get the set for my grandkids. The Cookie Tree , Never Tease a Weasel and The Wonderful World's of Disney books. My bed was pretty crowded, making it hard to sleep, which was and still is the point.

I read my first chapter book when I was in second grade, Ramona the Pest, I read the entire series, laughing the entire time.

Two very influential books that not only shaped my reading, but shaped my thoughts on real life are To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby.

My fourth grade teacher gave me a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird as a going away gift when my dad retired from the Navy in 1975. She wrote on the inside, For Andrea, the reader who devours the written word . . . I believe that is what it said, I haven't been able to find my copy, which means it probably got lost in a move.

I read The Great Gatsby as a Jr. in high school and fell in love with the 1920's time period. Once I saw the movie with Robert Redford, the original, I think I liked the movie better than the book because of him. I think. . . .

Please tell me in the comments what books sparked your love of reading!

Have a blessed Sunday!



 
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