Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Series I'd Want If I Was Stranded On A Desert Island

 Happy Tuesday!! Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is books I'd want with me on a desert island. I'm going to change it up and choose series I'd want with me.

First and foremost I'd want the Bible with me.

The Daughter's of Boston series by Julie Lessman

 The Ballantyne Series by Laura Frantz

Penned in Time Series by Pepper Basham

A Class of Their Own by Jen Turano

The Porter Family Series by Becky Wade

Sewing in SoCal Series by Sarah Monzon

The Capital Intrigue Series by Rachel Dylan

Wings of the Nightingale Series by Sarah Sundin

The Lost Castle series by Kristy Cambron

Harbor Pointe Series by Courtney Walsh

Having these series' with me would be like having my best friends with me.

So, let me know what books or series you'd want with you on a desert island!

Friday, July 23, 2021

Lavender Tears by Sondra Cunningham Review and Giveaway

Lavender Tears JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Lavender Tears by Sondra Cunningham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Lavender Tears

Title: Lavender Tears
Author: Sondra Cunningham
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical Biblical Women's Fiction

The strength to rise again and again is not for the faint of heart.

Like each new sunrise, Mary of Bethany's journey required an inner strength and faith that would permeate through the darkness of life's unexpected tragedies. 

When her hopes and dreams came crashing down around her, Mary's life began to spin, seemingly, out of control. What she couldn't see, was that God, the faithful potter, was shaping her life into a valuable vessel. One mended and filled with the pure gold of the Father's love and destined for a unique purpose. 

Held together by the sweet and calming scent of lavender and the memories of her mother's garden, Mary journeys on, learning how to defeat the night and radiate like the noon day sun.

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Sondra Cunningham

Sondra Cunningham is a wife, mother, worship leader, women’s minister, artist, dreamer, interpreter, and the writer of the new novel, “Lavender Tears.” Her words are eloquently written with sincere pathos and personal understanding of life’s hardships. Sondra’s desire is to use her voice in both song and written word, to sing healing over others and inspire the fallen to get back up. Through many difficulties within her years, Sondra has learned the precious truth of overcoming. Her ministry radiates hope for all those who have struggled to truly receive the love of God and find the confidence to leave the past behind. Sondra lives and works out of her home in upstate New York with her family. She spends her time passionately seeking Jesus, homeschooling her two children, leading worship, biblically interpreting dreams, painting, and writing.

CONNECT WITH SONDRA: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Thoughts

What I liked about the book …

The characterization and fictionalized story the author created of Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and Jesus. 

The emotional highs and lows that Ms. Cunningham put Mary through. It gave connection to the little that is known about Mary. Especially having Mary go through the trauma of rejection, barrenness, and loss are things all of us women deal with and it made her real.

I loved the addition of Mary and her mother being gardeners of lavender. 

What I didn’t like about the book …

When the author had the opportunity to tie things directly to the Bible she missed it by having things chronologically out of order. I also didn't like how the Lord's Prayer was changed toward the end of the book.

I love reading biblical fiction and have read a lot of it. What I enjoy besides the story is that it draws me back to the Bible to read the story again. This book definitely drew me to the Bible and a few commentaries.

Even with the things I didn't like about it the book was a page turner and I wanted to know more about Mary.

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.


(1) winners will receive a hardcover copy of Lavender Tears, Target gift card for $10, a digital copy of the Lavender Tears Devotional, and a lavender sachet!

Lavender Tears JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 26, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday . . . Titles That Are Questions

Happy Tuesday! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is books I read or could've read in one sitting if I'd had the time. I was having a difficult time coming up with a list for that so I decided to do last week's topic of book titles that are questions. I'd already planned to do that one but got busy and then our internet died. 

I had to search Goodreads for books with questions because outside of Dr. Seuss ones I couldn't find any in my lists other than Are You There God, it's Me Margaret. I read that as a pre-teen.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Plot Twist by Bethany Turner Reviewed


About the book:

An aspiring screenwriter has a chance encounter with an actor who could be the man of her dreams. Over the next ten years, she’ll write the story . . . but will he end up being the star?

February 4, 2003, promises to be a typical day for Olivia Ross—a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. But after she and a handsome actor have a magical meet-cute in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they’ve found the success they’re just sure they’re going to achieve, they’ll return to the coffeehouse to partner up and make a film together. The only problem? Olivia neglected to get the stranger’s name. But she doesn’t forget his face—or the date.

For the next ten years, every February 4 is marked with coincidences and ironies for Olivia. As men come and go and return to her life, she continues to write, but still wonders about the guy from the coffee shop—the nameless actor she’s almost certain has turned out to be Hamish MacDougal, now a famous A-lister and Hollywood leading man.

But a lot can happen in ten years, and while waiting for the curtain to rise on her fate, the true story of Olivia’s life is being written—and if she’s not careful, she’ll completely miss the real-life romantic comedy playing out right before her eyes.

Purchase a copy HERE!!

About Bethany Turner

Bethany was born in the 1970's (but just barely!) and was influenced greatly by the pop culture of the 1980's. She is the wife of an amazing guy she met online in the 1990's, the mother of two amazing sons, and the creator of a fictional character named Sarah Hollenbeck, who introduced herself to her in the 2010's.

In 2014 she walked away from her career in bank management, and that meant walking away from security, and not just financial security (though that was no small concern, I assure you!).
Since then, God has taken her life and turned it into a living representation of His promise which is found in Ephesians 3:20. He truly is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine!

You can connect with Bethany on these social media platforms. 

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter     

My Thoughts

Just when I think Bethany Turner can't make me laugh out loud more or have anymore pop culture in a book she writes a new book, and Plot Twist has all of that and more!

I'm a HUGE and I mean HUGE Robert Redford fan and every mention of him in the book or reference to a movie he was in . . . The Way We Were; I was rolling!

Ms. Turner has a way of creating a rom-com that is filled with great characters, a fun storyline, and so many tropes going on within the story it drives you a little crazy, but that is honestly what makes it so much fun!

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

Come Back to Me (Waters of Time #1) by Jody Hedlund Reviewed


About the book:

Title: Come Back to Me

Author: Jody Hedlund

Series: Water of Time book 1

The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy.

That's exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father's quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister Ellen from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He's left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he's crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising.

William Durham, a valiant knight comes to Marian's rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund is your guide down the twisting waters of time to a volatile era of superstition, revolts, and chivalry in this suspenseful story.

Purchase a copy HERE!

About Jody Hedlund

Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.
Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).
When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

My Thoughts:

WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! Jody Hedlund blew me out of the water with this book. Centering it around the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden was absolutely AMAZING! She takes readers back to the swoony time era of knights and maidens and does it splendidly!

She masterfully creates a suspenseful and swoony storyline taking the reader along for the ride. 

The book has it all; amazing characters, nail biting suspense, along with romance
I've been reading and enjoying Ms. Hedlund's books for a long time and this is a new favorite!

This is the beginning of a new series so if you've ever wanted to try a book written by Jody Hedlund this is the perfect time!

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

Birthday Wishes - Top Ten Tuesday


Happy Tuesday!!! Happy Birthday Artsy Reader Girl!!!

Today we're doing something a little different and hopefully fun. We're doing a blog hop in honor of Artsy Reader Girl's birthday.

We're supposed to list books we'd like to receive for our birthday with a link to our  Amazon Wish List and hop around granting wishes. This should be really fun! 

I haven't read cozy mysteries in quite awhile so I enlisted help from my dear friend Carrie from Reading is My Super Power to help. These look like some fun ones! As you can see I love lighthouses so I really want to read those.

I am looking forward to granting a few wishes today so please leave your link so I can check out your wishes. Let me know if kindle or copy. I prefer kindle as my bookshelves are beginning to overtake my house. HAHA! My kindle address is radiantlyte@gmail.com 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Power Play; Capital Intrigue Book 3 by Rachel Dylan Reviewed


About the book:
Title: Power Play
Author: Rachel Dylan
Series: Capital Intrigue Book 3

When State Department attorney Vivian Steele witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington, DC, she is recruited to be a member of a joint FBI task force assigned to investigate. But she soon finds her by-the-book ways clashing with a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, Jacob Cruz. A former Navy SEAL and in charge of the event's security, Jacob takes the attack personally and is driven to act quickly, even ahead of the rules and regulations. 

As Viv starts to work her diplomatic sources, her past as a State Department lawyer comes back to haunt her, and secrets held tightly by the government thrust her into a web of danger. Afraid, Viv turns to the one man bent on protecting others. But can she accept Jacob's reckless ways as exactly what she needs to stay alive and to discover the truth behind the attacks?

Purchase a copy HERE!

About Rachel Dylan

Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. The Atlanta Justice Series features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the Atlanta Justice series, is a CBA bestseller, an FHL Reader’s Choice Award winner, a Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a Holt Medallion Finalist. Lone Witness is the winner of a Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and is a Selah Finalist. Rachel 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 her WebsiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

My Thoughts:

Rachel Dylan is a go to author for me because she writes such fabulous romantic suspense and legal intrigue. 

I am very sad to see this series come to a close. This book is packed with action, suspense, swoony heroes and legal intrigue that keeps you turning pages faster and faster.

As a Navy brat I loved that she had a Navy Seal as one of the characters. Vivian has been one of my favorite characters of the three friends so I was happy to see her get her own story.

Ms. Dylan wove the faith element throughout the story beautifully; without being overbearing or preaching. 

This is one of my favorite quotes from the book.

“That’s where our faith has to come in. It’s one of the only things that has gotten me through the dark times – knowing that our God is greater than all of these dark things we’re dealing with. It’s a source of comfort and strength for me.” 

I highly recommend this book! You could read this as a stand alone but I recommend reading the series in order to understand the characters and general story. 

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

Series I'd Want If I Was Stranded On A Desert Island

  Happy Tuesday!! Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is books I'd want with me on a desert island. I'm...