I Seem To Be Missing . . .

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today's topic is book's I refuse to let anyone touch. I really don't have any that I don't want anyone to touch.

I decided to but a spin on this topic and do book's that I loaned and somehow they went missing.

I read The Darkness series by Frank Peretti way back in the 90's when I was going through a pretty rough time. They had a lot of highlights and notes. I loaned them and I never saw them again. so I ended up purchasing them again.

I have no idea where these beauties disappeared to. My mom got them for me so it's definitely a more sentimental thing.
Most likely they disappeared during a Navy move.

I read these pretty much nightly as a child. My parents say they gave them to me, but I don't remember my girl's reading them when they were growing up. My guess is another faulty military move.

What book's are you missing that are really special to you? Or what book's would you not let anyone touch?

Let me know in the comments.

Sweet on You by Becky Wade Review and Giveaway

Monday, May 20, 2019

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Sweet on You
(Bradford Sisters #3)
By Becky Wade
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknown to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long.

Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who's spent the past 18 months traveling the world. He's achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him--Britt's heart.

When Zander's uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But while Britt is determined to resist any change in their relationship, Zander finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings hidden.

As they work together to uncover his uncle's tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also, finally, come to light?

Other Books in the Series

About the Author

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Christy Award and Carol Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely LOVED this book!!! WARNING: You may find yourself craving chocolate while reading!!

I've been a fan of Ms. Wade since reading My Stubborn Heart in 2012 and her writing just keeps getting better.

I have a love/hate relationship with series. I've read the novella prequel, Then Came You, and the first two in the series True to You and Falling for You and I loved each of them. I was excited to read Zander and Britt's story, the only bad thing is that the series ends with this book, which is the hate part of that statement. I am always sad when a series ends.

The banter and romance between Zander and Britt is the stuff great relationships are made of and a friendship romance is one of my favorite type of romance. The tug of war that both Zander and Britt experienced as their relationship developed  was both real and authentic.

Within this series besides the great, brooding, strong heroes, and beautiful, brave, heroine's and their family saga is the mystery thread that Ms. Wade has woven into each of the books. I found the art heist mystery fun and intriguing. It pulled me into the story and couldn't turn pages fast enough.

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

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Tour Giveaway

  • Tote bag highlighting Britt’s chocolate shop, Sweet Art
  • Paperback copy of Sweet on You
  • $100 Visa gift card
  • 1 pound box of See’s chocolate truffles
  • Set of chocolate scented soap
  • Box of colored pencils
  • “Tattoo” coloring book
Enter on Becky's website HERE

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Wooing Cadie McCaffrey Giveaway

Thursday, May 16, 2019

I received a second copy of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey so I thought I'd do a giveaway on my blog with it.

After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn't love her in the "forever" way she loves him, Cadie believes it's time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.

But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie's favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It's a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?

Bethany Turner is back with more of the heart and humor readers love. Anyone who enjoys a good romance or binges romantic comedies on Netflix will devour this delightful story.

You can visit Bethany Turner HERE.

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Thank You For Making Me Who I Am

Sunday, May 12, 2019

As a daughter, and mother I am the sum of these women.

My birth mother and maternal grandmother.

Me and my mom.

Here I am with the young women who made me a Mom. In fact Stefani, she's in the reddish sweater, made me a mom 32 years ago just before Mother's Day. This picture was taken last weekend when we were all together which doesn't happen very often.

As an adopted child I think about my birth mother, who I lovingly call Mama, every year on Mother's Day, actually daily. Especially, since reconnecting with my sisters and learning that she has passed.

If you aren't familiar with my story, she was just 14 when she was raped and became pregnant with me. As a child I had a romantic notion that she was in love with her boyfriend, they made a mistake and had sex and she got pregnant. My romanticizing went further believing they'd married, lived in a big house, had children of their own and were looking for me.

The song really says exactly how I feel about my birth mother. She saved me from the death my maternal grandmother wanted. She not only gave me life she did the most selfless and loving thing possible by giving my parents the gift of a child creating a family. As a mother I couldn't imagine how difficult it had to be for a young teenage girl to give a baby she'd just carried and felt move inside of her to strangers to care for.

And my mom took responsibility and care for a child whose familial background she knew very little about. Even with a private adoption, there was so much information not shared in the 60's.

Both of my mother's made me who I am today. While I mainly got my genetics from Angelina, I also received a strong personality. Knowing how I was conceived and how on my birthday every year she celebrated with my sisters has influenced who I am. When you know that your mother made a decision to carry, love, and give you the gift of family when someone was wanting a family doctor to abort you, your birth takes on a whole new meaning.

My mom made me who I am. She taught me morals, how to read at 3, about Jesus who has been my Savior since I was ten. Each of these women had a lot, and I mean a lot to do with who I am. I am thankful for and love both of them, and so, today on a day when we honor our mother's I honor and celebrate what they both have given to make me who I am today. No one else but my Mom and Angelina could have made me, me.

I must have felt your tears
When they took me from your arms
I'm sure I must have heard you say goodbye
Lonely and afraid had you made a big mistake
Could an ocean even hold the tears you cried
But you had dreams for me
You wanted the best for me
And you made the only choice you could that night
You gave life to me
A brand new world to see
Like playing baseball in the yard with dad at night
Mom reading Goodnight Moon
And praying in my room
So if you worry if your choice was right
You gave me up but you gave everything to me
And if I saw you on the street
Would you know that it was me
And would your eyes be blue or green like mine
Would we share a warm embrace
Would you know me in your heart
Or would you smile and let me walk on by
Knowing you had dreams for me
You wanted the best for me
And I hope that you'd be proud of who I am
You gave life to me
A chance to find my dreams
And a chance to fall in love
You should have seen her shining face
On our wedding day
Oh is this the dream you had in mind
When you gave me up
You gave everything to me
And when I see you there
Watching from heaven's gates
Into your arms
I'm gonna run
And when you look in my eyes
You can see my whole life
See who I was
And who I've become
You gave life to me
A brand new world to see
Like playing baseball in the yard with dad at night
Mom reading Goodnight Moon
And praying in my room
So if you worry if your choice was right
You gave me up but you gave everything to me.
Copyright Mark Schultz

Becoming Us (Haven Makers Book 1) by Robin Jones Gunn Review and Giveaway

Thursday, May 9, 2019

About the book:

Title: Becoming Us
Series: Haven Makers Book 1
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers

From the author of the best-selling Christy Miller and SisterChicks series comes a new book of community, friendship, and tackling the hard things of life with God and loved ones around a table.
Five young moms, including beloved Gunn character Christy Miller, gather to share meals and soon become unlikely best friends. The regular gatherings provide opportunities for the women to reveal their stories, and those life stories endear them to each other. They experience their lives naturally meshing as they raise their children together in community. In Becoming Us the group find ways to challenge, encourage, and help each other become the nurturing mothers they wished they'd had when they were growing up. They unite to be remembered for what they do as moms and not for what was done to them.

You can purchase a copy and get a free excerpt HERE 

About Robin Jones Gunn

ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 100 books with more than 5.5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Her Father Christmas books have been made into 3 Hallmark movies. Her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years and The Baby Years. Robin's novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs and study groups. Robin and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii.

My Thoughts:

I am not usually a fan of a book that is released in the spring starting out with a Christmas party. However, I loved how Ms. Gunn started with a favorite things Christmas party. It opened the book perfectly and starting with it gave a great frame to the entire story.

I didn't read any of the Christy Miller series so I wasn't familiar with Christy and Sierra's backstory but I wasn't lost. I love how author's use favored characters in a new series yet they give just enough about them so new reader's aren't in the dark.

Ms. Gunn creates real situations between these character's that made me immediately care about them and want to know more. I enjoyed watching each of them grow in their friendship as they did life together.

Life is messy and this book not only shows the messy stuff, but shows how God turns messes into beauty. This is a great springtime read. I highly recommend it!


Random House is launching a giveaway in celebration of Becoming Us! You can enter HERE

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.

Moments We Forget (Thatcher Sisters, #2) by Beth K. Vogt Reviewed

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

About the book:
Title: Moments We Forget (Thatcher Sisters, #2)
Author: Beth K. Vogt
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Release Date: May 7, 2019

Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine.
Now, Jillian's on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she'd hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again.
Will Jillian ever achieve her own dreams, or will she always be "just Jillian," the less-than Thatcher sister? Can she count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place, or are they stuck in their childhood roles forever?

You can purchase a copy HERE

About Beth K. Vogt

God’s best is often found behind the doors marked “Never.”
So many times I approached life with with a virtual roll of yellow duct tape emblazoned with the word NEVER. Over and over again I sealed off certain opportunities.
I would never marry a doctor or anyone in the military.
I would never have children.
I would never write fiction.
And don’t you know God stripped off the duct tape and walked me through each of those NEVER doors?
Have you ever marked a door NEVER … only to discover his best waited where you said you’d never go?
Following God through that door doesn’t mean we’re on “easy street,”‘even though we’re where he wants us to be.

My Thoughts:

Like the first book in the series, Things I Never Told You, this book grabbed at my heart. My heart broke and in Ms. Vogt's unique way was put back together again.

Families are complicated and there is no other more complicated relationship than that of siblings. It's raw, real, and can change in a matter of minutes. I didn't grow up with sisters, I had a younger brother, and our relationship is complicated. I did, however raise three girls and I have a front row seat to how complicated and intricate these relationships are.

The push and pull of disappointments, struggles, and emotional baggage individually and with each of the sister's is real, raw, and palpable. Several times while reading I wanted to reach through the pages and smack them all. Which is what good fiction does to a reader. Making you care about each of the characters and the turmoil of a situation they are in.

I enjoyed every part of this book even the parts that made me crazy. I have fallen in love with Johanna, Jillian and Peyton and their stories both individually and collectively. I also walked away from this story with hope. Hope that even in our struggles, disappointments, and pain God sees all of it and He's right there with us. Something we all need not forget.

After reading book one in the series, Things I Never Told You, I was completely invested. I am now anxious for Johanna's story.

Contemporary Women's Fiction is a genre that is known for it's emotional, relational ties and Ms. Vogt is making a name for herself within this genre. And I for one am anxious to see where her writing goes from here.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher in association with Beth Vogt's street team. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Character's That Remind Me of Me

Welcome to another Tuesday edition of Top Ten Tuesday. I think one of the reasons we keep reading is because we identify with characters and today's topic is which characters that remind me of me.

ONE - Liberty from For Love of Liberty

TWO - Temperance from Caught By Surprise

THREE - Stephanie from Fetching Sweetness

FOUR - Lady Sabine from For Love and Honor

FIVE - Betsy from For the Record

SIX - Alice from Wonderland Creek

SEVEN - Katie from A Dream Fulfilled

Each of these female leads remind me of me in so many ways. If you know me very well you know that I can be snarky, sassy, stubborn, outspoken, and bookish. You also probably know that I love with all of my heart, I'm protective of family and friends, and God is my center. Like the heroine's listed their heart is in the right place they just might not go about everything in the best way. Like me!

What about you? What character's remind you of you? Let me know in the comments!

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