Loving Grace by April Smith - Review and Giveaway

Friday, July 20, 2018

Title: Loving Grace  Author: April Smith
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Christian Fiction, Young Adult Romance

Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy almost next door.
As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly.
Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron—or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder from the night of the accident.
Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other.
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April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend’s family watermelon farm and she was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching.
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My Thoughts:

April Smith's debut Loving Grace is a sweet YA romance. I enjoyed how the novel centered around the watermelon world. It made me long for a nice slice of watermelon.

The story line was a quick and fun read. Ms. Smith creates great tension full of twists and turns that you don't see coming and keep you reading.

All of the characters were well developed which made you care about them and what happened to them.

My Bottom Line:

Loving Grace is a perfect book for teen girls who want clean romance. The story moves at a nice pace which keeps you reading. The world of watermelon farming and harvesting is both authentic and interesting. The romantic triangle that Grace finds herself in is one that I believe teen girls would relate to. I didn't come across anything that I would consider questionable for a teenager.
Besides the clean romance the spiritual thread is evident yet not overwhelming.
I highly recommend this book.

And just because it's one of my favorite songs, and I have fun memories of my teen girl's and I dancing around the house when it came on. I just have to include this video as part of my review. I nearly jumped up and started dancing when the song is mentioned in the book.

Ambassador International is giving away:
(1) JustRead Summer Fun Book Box, which features Loving Grace as well as at least 4 quality items which complement the story. Find out more here.
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 16, 2018 and last through 11:59pm July 23, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Looking for a Novella? No Problem, I've Got Some Great Ones For Your Growing TBR

Monday, July 16, 2018

I love when authors start a new series with a sneak peek novella. It makes the wait for entire book a little less painful. Today's Top Ten Tuesday is favorite novellas or short stories. I'm going to give you a sampling of a few of my favorites.

Susan May Warren

Finding Love in Seaside - Angela Ruth Strong 







Timeless Love Collection

Tosca Lee

These are just a short list of some of my favorite novellas. Hope you find something fun to add to your growing TBR pile.

Are any of yours on my list? Let me know your favorites in the comments.

Dangerous to Know by Megan Whitson Lee

Sunday, July 15, 2018

About the book:

“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.” 
Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.

Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.

Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?

About the author:
Megan Whitson Lee is an anglophile and a recovering runaway. Over the years, she escaped to England and Australia before finally settling down in the US. These days, she lives a relatively quiet life as a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, an editor for Pelican Book Group, and a high school English teacher. She now escapes by writing novels instead of jumping on planes to foreign countries. Her novel, Captives, won the 2016 Director's Choice Award and was a finalist for a Selah Award in the women's contemporary fiction category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.
Megan writes women's contemporary thrillers and historical fiction featuring characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions.


My Thoughts:

This is the first book I've read of Megan Whitson Lee's and I found it to be somewhat dark and haunting tale. The book is based on the true story of Lord George Gordon Byron. 

While I enjoyed the story I did find it slow and hard to follow at times. 

Isabella is like most women in the regency period who is looking for a husband. However, unlike most women of her time having a husband who is also a believer is top on her list.

Ms. Lee does a nice job of showing the inspirational thread without being overbearing. I am a huge Historical Romance fan and so for me I am the target audience. I just wish the pacing would have been better.

My Bottom Line:

This is a great historical romantic fiction. It has intrigue, romance, and a spiritual thread that are woven nicely together. The pacing is a little slower than I would prefer. Over all this was a nice regency read. Much like Wuthering Heights.

 Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Read With Audra. I was not required to write a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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