Friday, May 14, 2021

Let It Be Me by Becky Wade Reviewed

 



About the book:

Title: Let It Be Me
Author: Becky Wade
Series: Misty River Romance Book 2
Publisher: Bethany House

Having graduated college at 18, Sebastian Grant has continued to leverage his intelligence and determination to become a pediatric heart surgeon. The more accolades he receives, the more he's driven to pursue. Then he meets high school math teacher Leah Montgomery, and his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop.

Solving advanced math equations by the age of five, Leah has always wanted to pursue a PhD in mathematics. She willingly put that dream on hold to raise her brother. Now that he is of age, she's set on avoiding any obstacles to her goal--including romance. 

When Leah receives surprising news in the process of taking a test for tracking her ancestry, she asks Sebastian to help her comb through aged hospital records to learn more. Soon his presence isn't so easily ignored. But when Sebastian learns his best friend also has feelings for Leah, he begins to question his resolve to win her. Attaining their deepest desires may require more sacrifices than they ever imagined.
 

Purchase a copy HERE!


About Becky Wade



During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins.  These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending.  She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.
Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas.  It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing.  She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it.  She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market.  She’s the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.
These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

You can connect with Becky on these social media platforms... WebsiteFacebookInstagramPinterestTwitterBookbub . . . 

My Thoughts
This was a super fun book for me to read because my daughter is dating a guy named Sebastian and her middle name is Leigh which is close to Leah making me think about them as I read the story.

I have yet to meet a Becky Wade book I didn’t just love! Her characters are real with flaws and fears just like all of us and the moment you meet them you realize they could be one of your best friends. 

In this book Becky touches on a “forbidden” subject within evangelical Christians...forgiving God...and she handles it beautifully and with so much grace. Showing how our feelings are just that and they don’t emulate the truth. 

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.


Monday, May 3, 2021

A Time to Seek ( The Time Travel Journals of Sahara Aldridge # 1) by Tracy L. Higley Reviewed

 



About the book:

Title: A Time To Seek

Author: Tracy Higley

Series: The Time Travel Journals of Sahara Aldridge #1

Her Future Destiny is Hidden in the Ancient Past.

Sahara Aldridge, a young Egyptologist in 1922, is making a name for herself on the digsite soon to become Egypt’s most sensational discovery—the tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun.

Despite opposition from a mostly-male profession, Sahara fights to continue the legacy of her Egyptologist parents, who died tragically at sea when she was a teen.

But then a childhood friend finds a lost journal written by Sahara’s mother, hinting at the bizarre possibility of time-travel, and a crazy suspicion forces Sahara to confront a freak incident years earlier…

Is it possible her parents were time travelers?

And has she inherited this mind-blowing ability?

When the American journalist Jack Moretti begins asking too many questions, Sahara suspects he knows more than he’s telling.

Did her parents truly perish in an accident? Or did someone target and murder them because of their time traveling gift?

There’s only one way to unearth the truth.

Sahara must travel back in time, to the days of King Tut.

But the biggest surprise is yet to come… the truth about her parents, and about her own destiny, discovered in the whispers of conspiracy around the death of Egypt’s most famous Pharaoh.

But what secrets are better left buried?

You can purchase a copy HERE!


ABOUT Tracy L. Higley:



Tracy started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. After earning a B.A. in English Literature at Rowan University, she spent ten years writing drama presentations for church ministry before beginning to write fiction. A lifelong interest in history and mythology has led Tracy to extensive research into ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome and Persia, and shaped her desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past.

She has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures.


You can connect with Tracy on these social media platforms; Facebook, and her Website 


My Thoughts

Over the years I have enjoyed all the biblical travels that I have gone on through Tracy Higley's writing. 

I was very intrigued with the element of time travel in her new book A Time to Seek which is a complete hit! There are twists and turns to keep the reader glued to the page. 

Higley's love of all things Egyptian and her research shines through every part of this book and prepares the reader for the next book in the trilogy.


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







Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday - Animals in books

 

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! I'm finally back to posting after a short hospital stay for a septic uti! I never want to go through that again. I'm fine now.

I love it when animals pop their heads into a book and become part of the story. These are a few of my favorites.


Trinity from Trinity: Military War Dog







Falkor the dragon from The Neverending Story.




Stellaluna the bat








Mis-behave from Love at Any Cost










Bourbon-Belle from To Win Her Favor









Maine Coon Cat from The Christmas Cat









Crazy goat from Playing the Part






Tippy from Sit, Stay, Love







Gabby the duck from Finding Margo










And last but certainly not least . . . Aslan from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.











What animals are your favorites in books? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese Reviewed

 


About the book:

Title: All That Really Matters

Author: Nicole Deese

Molly McKenzie's bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a big paycheck each month. When her manager-turned-boyfriend says she has an audition to appear as a host on a makeover show that nominates underprivileged youth, her dream of further fame seems to be coming true. There's just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.

When her manager-boyfriend convinces her to partner with a local organization, she begins volunteering with a summer youth program. The program's director, Silas Whittaker, challenges her at every turn, but she swiftly grows more attached to the kids--and him--every day. 

As Molly experiences an acceptance unlike anything she's known, she wrestles with the lies she's been believing about herself for years. She thought she knew what mattered most in life, but maybe she's had it wrong this whole time, and there's more to being truly seen than what she's built her entire life on.

Purchase a copy HERE!


About Nicole Deese



Nicole Deese's eight humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled novels include the 2017 Carol Award-winning A Season to Love. Her 2018 release, A New Shade of Summer, was a finalist in the RITA Awards, Carol Awards, and INSPY Awards. Both of these books are from her bestselling Love in Lenox series. When she's not working on her next contemporary romance, she can usually be found reading one by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter 
                                                         


My Thoughts

"I want to be more than a pretty face with an addictive personality. I want to be seen as the real deal. Someone who uses their influence to pay it forward. For good."

The above quote is what this book is about. It's about transformation, and not in the physical sense but more in an emotional and spiritual sense. 

This book is real, raw and honest; as are the characters. Tackling some hard topics-- such as aging out of the foster care system, self-worth, forgiveness, acceptance, and friendship-- Ms. Deese shows the reality along with showing God's character and His blessings.

This story tugged at my heart strings, made me giggle, and cheer for not only Molly and Silas but others.

From time to time we all wonder if we're doing something that matters or will make a difference and this book shows the difference from making a difference based on society's opinion vs. God's opinion.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

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.





Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Chasing Valentino by Julie Carobini Reviewed

 


About the book:

Title: Chasing Valentino

Author: Julie Carobini

Can a postcard from the past ... give them a future?

As a child, Greta had heard about her great-gran's past as a starlet in the 1921 film, The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino. And she had always wondered why Great-gran eventually settled for a less-than glamorous life.

Greta's own life had lost some shine lately, too, with a broken engagement and job layoff. Was she destined to live a drab existence as well?

When a nearly 100-year old postcard appears in her mailbox, raising questions about her great-gran's life, Greta seizes a chance to delve into the past, and perhaps, change her own destiny.

Hollywood by the Sea, that fabled stretch of beach, may have been the background for Valentino films, but Dr. Zac Holt found it less than glamorous. Rowdy tourists, a broken heart, and his annoying neighbor drove that point deeper. Yet when Greta rents the place next to his house for the summer, he's intrigued by her warmth and curious nature.

Unfortunately, the disillusioned doctor insults his new neighbor from the start with his sour attitude, and his attempts to make amends are met with caution.

Greta hadn't come to the small beach town to find love, but answers. She'd already had more than her share of romantic failures, and an embittered doctor wasn't going to change that.

It will take a starry-eyed exploration of Hollywood by the Sea and beyond to change Greta and Zac. And what they discover in themselves--and each other--might just heal them both.

Purchase a copy HERE!


About Julie Carobini




JULIE CAROBINI writes inspirational beach romances and cozy mysteries … with a twist. She is known for spunky heroines, charming heroes, quirky friends, and the secrets they keep. Her bestselling titles include Windswept, Runaway Tide, Walking on Sea Glass, the Otter Bay Novels, and more. Julie has received awards for writing and editing from The National League of American Pen Women and ACFW, and she was a double finalist for the ACFW Carol Award. She lives near the beach in California with her husband, Dan, and she loves hanging out with her three 20-something kids.

You can connect with Julie on her Website ||Facebook || Instagram || Twitter 


My Thoughts

This was a sweet story of a young woman's search for her family history. Having lived in the area the book was set in it was fun revisiting. 

The mystery surrounding the postcard was done very well and had me guessing about it until the end.

The neighbors Helen and Gus added quite a lot of fun and quirkiness to the overall story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Carobini takes you to the beach and the surrounding area of the Ventura, California area. This is a perfect spring and summertime read.

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.






Monday, April 12, 2021

The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch Review with Giveaway

 



About the book:

Title: The Indebted Earl

Author: Erica Vetsch

Series: Serendipity of Secrets Book 3

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business--or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

Click here to read an excerpt.


About Erica Vetsch



Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate. 
 
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
 
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
 
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


My Thoughts

I have enjoyed every book of this series. I first fell in love with the cover and then the stories within the pages. 

This third book was a perfect ending to the series, although I am very sad to see it end. 

All of the chaos that Ms. Vetsch created was hilarious and quite entertaining. 

Charles and Sophia's love story was fun to watch. Adding in the wards from the previous Earl was perfection. I love when kids are in the story. 

Vetsch has quickly become a historical favorite of mine and I will continue to reach for her books.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I wasn't required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham Reviewed

 



About the book:

Title: Hope Between the Pages

Author: Pepper Basham

Series: Doors to the Past

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.

Goodreads || Amazon || Baker Book House 


About Pepper Basham




I love a good romance, whether it’s set in an Edwardian era manor house or a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Readers enjoy my fun, dramatic, heart-warming, and inspirational novels with the certainty of a happily-ever-after.

Though some of my contemporaries have a Britallachian twist, others are Mayberry-esque, while others bring about the elegance and struggles of the Downton Abbey era. If any of these story ideas sound good to you, take some time to peruse my cyber corner of the world. “Sit a spell” as we’d say in my neck of the woods and let me ‘spin you a yarn’ filled with a few of my favorite things.

You can find Pepper on the following social media sites. Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter 


My Thoughts

Pepper Basham does more than wiggle her toes in a dual timeline story she dives head first and comes up with a winner! A story that would make any dual timeline reader think she'd been writing this genre since the beginning.

What I have come to love about Ms. Basham's novels is her characters. They are rich, lively, and come right off the page and into your heart. I loved the Book Goblin! I thought creating a character within a character was just genius.

Being a huge fan of both historical and contemporary this book was like a marrying of my favorite genre's and my favorite Pepper Basham books. 

I just love this book and it is a definite must read!

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.





Let It Be Me by Becky Wade Reviewed

  About the book: Title: Let It Be Me Author: Becky Wade Series: Misty River Romance Book 2 Publisher: Bethany House Having graduated colleg...