By The Waters of Babylon (Psalm #2)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018





About the book:

Title: By The Waters of Babylon
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publisher: McPherson Publishing

When Babylon destroys Jerusalem, as Yahweh warned through his prophets, the captives' bitterness and grief pours out in the Captives' Psalm:
"[By the rivers of Babylon] we sat as exiles, mourning our captivity, and wept with great love for Zion. Our music and mirth were no longer heard, only sadness. We hung up our harps on the willow trees." (Psalm 137:1-2, The Passion Translation)
A young Israelite woman is among them, captured by a mercenary Scythian prince. Driven toward Babylon by both hatred and hope, she endures captivity to reunite with her husband.
But will he be there when she reaches Babylon? Will the prince risk the Scythian throne--and his life--to believe in the Hebrew God? Can they both find what they seek when they meet the prophet Ezekial. . . by the rivers of Babylon?





About Mesu Andrews:

Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transforming Savior through the changed life of an old friend.
The desire for God's Word exploded with her new commitment, but devotional time was scarce due to the demands of a young wife and mother. So Mesu scoured the only two theology books available--children's Bible stories and her Bible. The stories she read to her daughters at night pointed her to the Bible passages she studied all day. She became an avid student of God's Word, searching historical and cultural settings as well as ancient texts and original languages. 
Mesu and her husband Roy have raised those two daughters and now enjoy a tribe of grandkids, who get to hear those same Bible stories. Mesu's love for God's Word has never waned. She now writes biblical novels, rich with spiritual insight learned through fascinating discoveries in deep historical research.
Mesu writes in their log cabin tucked away in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Her best friend is an American Staffordshire Terrier named Zeke, who keeps her company on long writing days. Zeke also enjoys watching movies, long walks in the woods, and sitting by the fireplace on rainy days.




My Thoughts:

As par for the course with a biblical story from Mesu Andrews I learn something that I didn't know. I can't tell you how many times I've read Psalm 137 yet I had no idea that the background of this Psalm has to do with the Babylon captivity after the fall of Jerusalem. This is the time period where Nebuchadnezzar rules and wreaks havoc on the Jewish people. Mind you they wouldn't have been in this vulnerable situation if they had not disobeyed God and intermarried people who worshiped pagan gods. I became immediately connected Merari and Idan's story. 

My Bottom Line:

Using her skill as a novelist Mesu Andrews takes biblical fact and weaves a story that touches your heart, makes you think, and most of all teaches you. You will recognize names like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. In this novella, Ms. Andrews packs tons of emotions, and knowledge into this 200 page novella. I loved how Ms. Andrews placed scripture at the beginning of each chapter, that really added to the overall feel of the story. My heart and mind are still processing everything I read in this book, and I know I will re-read it because I probably missed a few things.



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

Reading Got You Down?

Monday, August 20, 2018


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today's topic is books that take you out of a reading slump. I don't get in many reading slumps, and if I do I usually have books waiting that I can pick up and read. But . . . if for some reading I'm just not getting into anything these are the authors I'd quickly go to.


 1. Rachel Hauck

 2. Tamara Leigh

 3. Becky Wade




                                                   4. Julie Lessman



5. Pepper Basham










6. Jen Turano

                                                                                     7. Tosca Lee
 8. Ronie Kendig

                                                                                9. Sarah Sundin

10. Laura Frantz



















Who are your go to authors when you're in a reading slump? Are any of yours on my list? Let me know in the comments.

I also hope you found a new go to read when you're just not feeling it.


Freedom's Kiss (Carrington Family #3) by Sarah Monzon Reviewed

Sunday, August 19, 2018






About the book:

Title: Freedom's Kiss (Carrington Family #3)
Author: Sarah Monzon
Publisher: Radiant Publications

They were both prisoners of their past. Could legacy be the key to setting them free?
Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses her the chance to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie.
A single decision can have innumerable consequences—a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty, raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart.

Florida, 1816
Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the west shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?

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About Sarah Monzon:

Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain's wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn't enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn't in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.
Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award for contemporary romance.

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My Thoughts:

I loved this book! It's set in Florida, where I call home. It's a dual time novel, and it has an adoption thread. A perfect trifecta for me!

This book is about being lost, not knowing who and whose you are. Adam has walked away from his calling as a lawyer because he feels responsible for a case. Olivia discovers a family secret which throws her into a tailspin.

Olivia is spunky. I loved how she just walked into Adam's food truck and just started preparing food. Something I would do.

Olivia's parents drove me crazy after she discovered the secret they'd kept from her. I wanted to strangle them both. With that said, Ms. Monzon got Olivia's emotions on point. I've always known that I was adopted, but I have friends who didn't and it literally tore them apart.

The historical thread of a runaway slave and the Seminole Indian War fuses into the present day story like a grandparent telling a child their family history.

My Bottom Line

This is the first book of the Carrington family that I've read. While this was book three in the series, I wasn't lost at all. Sarah Monzon creates family sagas similar to Julie Lessman and Pepper Basham.

Ms. Monzon portrays characters in spiritual need, and through a series of events shows that God is the only answer for that need.

I highly recommend this book!















Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher as apart of a street team. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano - Reviewed

Thursday, August 16, 2018







About the Book:

Title: A Rumored Fortune
Author: Joanna Davidson Politano
Publisher: Revell

Tressa Harlowe's father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn't take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they're really up to. She'll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father's fortune--before someone else finds it first.
Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they'll not soon forget.



About Joanna Davidson Politano:  

Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at www.jdpstories.com.





My Thoughts:

This is Joanna Politano's sophomore book. I purchased Lady Jayne Disappears when it released and it is patiently waiting for me on my shelf. When I received the request from Revell to review this book the synopsis sounded great, and knowing that her first novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, received so many awards and was recommended by my friends, I decided to give it a shot.

The idea of a treasure hunt in a Victorian castle for a hidden fortune made a great backdrop for the story. For me, however, that's where the book came up short. The story moved very slowly, and there wasn't enough focus on the treasure hunt for me.

I really enjoyed the spiritual theme of grafting to the true vine. It wasn't overwhelming. It was my favorite part of the book.
If you enjoy authors like Sandra Byrd, and Julie Klassen. This is a book you'll want to try.


 

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


Cover Reveal When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham Hosted by Just Read Publicity Tours

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

When You Look at Me Cover Reveal

Welcome to the official COVER REVEAL blitz for When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! When You Look At Me is the 2nd book in the Pleasant Gap Romance series and releases in October 2018.
Preorder is October 25, 2018. You can go to the JustRead landing page for other information regarding the release. You can also go the book's Goodreads page and place it on your to read shelf, which should notify you when it's available for preorder.

There isn't enough adjectives to describe how wonderful Pepper Basham's books are, or enough words I can use to tell you that you won't want to miss this book! It will be a perfect read for fall!



ABOUT THE BOOK

An unexpected mother-to-be

A romance-leery composer

And a forgotten melody from the past that holds the keys to their futures.

When Julia Jenkins’ great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. Following her aunt’s cryptic journal, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart.

Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness.

But her broken past and his families’ expectations build a wall much greater than the cultures that separate them. As they work together to solve a musical mystery from the grave, will an unlikely romance from the past inspire their hearts to trust in a God who’s written the perfect melody for their lives?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

pepper basham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. Pepper is also a mom of five, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family.


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Oh, the Places You Can Go! Favorite Bookish Websites

Monday, August 13, 2018



It's Tuesday, which means it's time for Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is favorite bookish websites and blogs. I have a post of my favorite blogs, you can read it here. Today I am going to give you favorite bookish places I love to hangout on the web.



1. Goodreads is a place of all things bookish. I enjoy seeing what others are reading, and seeing if they've enjoyed the same books I have or am.

2. I love Pinterest because so many authors make boards with their book characters, settings, and other fun things that go with their novels.

3. Julie Lessman's Journal Jots, has fun information about her books, upcoming releases and giveaways. And her weekly blog post is always full of fun and inspiration.

4. Bethany House Fiction  is a great place for both authors and readers to connect. Plus it gives readers an inside look at the publishing side of books.

5. Overdrive is my library website and one I visit often, mainly to see if new releases of favored authors are there and if they aren't I request them. It's an easy way for me to support authors.

6. Seekerville is a blog that has authors, and bloggers talking about all things bookish.

7. BookBub has discounted ebooks. It's a free email subscription where you'll get notified about both free and hugely discounted ebooks.

8. Book Riot is one I follow on Instagram and they have great lists, and all things book related.

9. If you've been around the blogging world for any length of time I'm sure you've heard of the website Netgalley. As a blogger and reviewer this has to be the most dangerous place for me. I can request books before release the trick is to remember to post the review on Netgalley.

10. Instagram has really inspired my creativity with book photos and introduced me to fellow readers, as well as new books to read.

What are your favorite bookish websites?





Darkwater Secrets (Darkwater Inn #1) by Robin Caroll Review and Giveaway

Friday, August 10, 2018

Darkwater Secrets blog tour

Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for Darkwater Secrets by Robin Caroll, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

darkwater secrets Title: Darkwater Secrets
Author: Robin Caroll
Publisher: Gilead Publishing  
Release Date: July 17, 2018  
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense  

A murder investigation uncovers sordid secrets and haunting mistakes

The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and General Manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. She, along with everyone else, is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim’s past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend—the woman he’s quietly loved for years—kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . he’s keeping secrets of his own.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?  

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

robin caroll

“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” ~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-five-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?

She serves the writing community as Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW. Her twenty-five books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

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My Thoughts:

It's been a long time since I've read a novel by Robin Caroll, and reading her new release, which is the first of her Darkwater Inn series, reminded me why I enjoy her novels so much.

The New Orleans setting of this book is both mysterious and intriguing.
Every time I read the name Pampalon I was reminded of my birth mother. Her last name was Pampolina, and my biological father was an ancestor of the Trizini's who designed the house used in the Steel Magnolia's movie, which is in Natchitoches, Louisiana, a location used in the book.
Reading this book for me was a peek into my birth family's history, and interestingly it felt like home.

Ms. Caroll creates a very realistic setting. With customs, food, celebrations, the folkways of voodoo, 
made me feel as though I was in the middle of the historic French Quarter.

My Bottom Line:

This mystery is more than a cozy who-dun-it. It is a suspenseful, thriller. Just when I thought I figured something out I was proven wrong, which makes a great suspense read. Each of the character's were well developed and their dilemma had you emotionally invested. The culture and customs of New Orleans as well as the inspirational thread was really what made this a new favored read. I highly recommended!




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