Friday, May 22, 2020

First Line Friday Featuring Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano with Review and Giveaway

Happy FRI-YAY!!! Although, given the pandemic I'm not sure Friday is much different from Monday. Unless, you're teaching kids at home! Thankfully, here in Nampa, Idaho school ends tomorrow which means my two granddaughter's who are learning from home can just be kids! I really hope things are going well in your neck of the woods!

I'm going to be doing something a little different than just a standard First Line Friday post. I am going to include my review of Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano and she has graciously offered an autographed giveaway! So, look for the rafflecopter entrance at the end of the post. 

First Line Friday~

First Line:

September 1886

The truth of the matter was this -- she, Miss Beatrix Waterbury, had been banished from New York, and all because she'd had the great misfortune of landing herself in jail . . . twice.

And this is just the beginning of Beatrix Waterbury quirkiness and antics!

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About the book:  

When Beatrix Waterbury's train is disrupted by a heist, scientist Norman Nesbit comes to her aid. After another encounter, he is swept up in the havoc she always seems to attract--including the attention of the men trying to steal his research--and they'll soon discover the curious way feelings can grow between two very different people in the midst of chaos.

Author: Jen Turano || Publisher: Bethany House || Series: American Heiresses 3 || Purchase Link ||

About Jen Turano

Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. Readers may find her at . . .

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter

My Thoughts

In Jen Turano's signature style with quirky characters, witty banter, eccentric secondary characters and one very cute niece you have a book that will keep you laughing from the first page to the last. 

I've never met a Jen Turano book I haven't loved and this book is no different! The suffrage movement would never be the same after meeting with Beatrix, and Norman's scientific experiments were like a comedy of errors more than experiments.   

Jen Turano ends her American Heiresses series on a very high comedic note but it's not all about comedy. Ms. Turano weaves truths about the suffrage movement from that time and while science is a big part of life here on earth science can't take the place of God because He doesn't fit the scientific mold. 

I highly recommend this book!

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.



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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hadley Beckett's Next Dish by Bethany Turner

About the book:

Title: Hadley Beckett's Next Dish
Author: Bethany Turner
Publisher: Revell

Celebrity chef Maxwell Cavanaugh is known for many things: his multiple Michelin stars, his top-rated Culinary Channel show To the Max, and most of all his horrible temper. Hadley Beckett, host of the Culinary Channel's other top-rated show, At Home with Hadley, is beloved for her Southern charm and for making her viewers feel like family.

When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum, he's sent packing to get his life in order. When he returns, career in shambles, his only chance to get back on TV and in the public's good graces is to work alongside Hadley.

As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona and reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along, but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . and maybe even love. In the meantime, hide the knives.

Fan-favorite Bethany Turner serves up a heaping helping of humor and romance with this thoroughly modern story centered on cooking, enemies, and second chances.

You can 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

I met Bethany Turner a year ago and I immediately knew I needed to read her books.

In Hadley Beckett's Next Dish, I found myself laughing out loud, trying to giggle quietly while my husband slept, and thinking about new recipes I wanted to try in my kitchen.

In Bethany Turner style the book is filled with witty banter, a spunky heroine, romantic chemistry - and some not so romantic chemistry. An absolute fabulous array for a contemporary romance!

Redeemable characters are a favorite of mine and especially hero's. I literally could not stand Max at the beginning yet Bethany Turner made me love him at the end. I love when an author makes a character so unlikable and redeems them throughout the story.

Highly recommended!

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.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thursday Encouragement #14 . . . Fear

Happy Thursday, Friday Eve! Although, I'm not too sure Monday looks all that different from Friday at this point. Here it really depends on the week.

I really hope you are finding more hope than fear during this time. I know it has to be hard to not buy into fear given the current pandemic of COVID19. The news and social media are definitely not on the side of hope! With that said I thought I'd use what FEAR represents and show God's response to it.

This image is what FEAR represents. I'm not saying that COVID19 is False, we know that it is, but does all of what we've been told and seen truth, or is it false evidence appearing real? 
As believers we need to remember that the enemy is a master deceiver and will do anything to take our focus off of God and truth where hope exists.

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 

Other translations use the word timidness, timidity. 

God is not in fear. Fear is not hope or love, and God is both hope and love. So, as you finish out this week compare what you've been told, read, or seen regarding the pandemic and lay it next to God's word. What He says is true, and He is for us not against us!

Now, it's your turn . . . what have you been reading in the Bible? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments and then go visit my blogger buddies for more Thursday Encouragement!!

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl 

Jacquelyn @ Heavenly Home 

Jessica @ A Baker's Perspective

Gina @ Stories by Gina 

Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes 

Becca @ The Becca Files

Leslie @ Leslie L. McKee

Claudia @ ByClaudiaMoser        

Monday, May 4, 2020

Stay With Me (Misty River Romance Book 1) by Becky Wade Reviewed

About the book:

Title: Stay With Me
Author: Becky Wade
Series: Misty River Romance Book 1

When acclaimed Bible study author Genevieve Woodward receives an anonymous letter referencing her parents' past, she returns to her hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains to chase down her family's secret. However, it's Genevieve's own secret that catches up to her when Sam Turner, owner of a historic farm, uncovers the source of shame she's worked so hard to hide.

Sam has embraced his sorrow, his isolation, and his identity as an outsider. He's spent years carving out both career success and peace of mind. The last thing he wants is to rent the cottage on his property to a woman whose struggles stir his worst failure back to life. 
Yet can he bear to turn her 
away right when she needs him most? 

Goodreads || Amazon 

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... Website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Bookbub . . . 

My Thoughts:
If this kiss were an ocean, he'd willingly let himself sink down, down, down until he drowned.
Just when I think I've read Becky Wade's best, she writes a new book! 
Using her skill as a writer Ms. Wade creates not only characters that the reader will care about and cheer for she weaves a story line full of romance, witty banter, a cozy mystery and packs it full of spiritual truths showing God's grace to us when we are being the worst version of ourselves. 
This book falls into the SWOOF acronym column...coined by my friend Rachel at BookWorm Mama. . .Squeezing Words Out Of Feelings. . . 
This book hit me on so many emotional levels. Yes, I swooned, I laughed, I wanted to know what was going on with Genevieve's parents but most of all I saw God's unmatched love and grace He extends to us because He loves us. It also made me think about how we need to be more forgiving towards each other. 
This is a great start to a new series by Becky Wade and I can't wait to read the next installment!
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.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Thursday Encouragement #13

I know it's been quite awhile since my last Thursday Encouragement. This entire quarantine life has been messing with my head. I'm in a read through the Bible group on YouVersion and I came across these verses. 

1 Kings 19:11-12

11And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.

These verses just hit me in the head! As I read these verses I thought of how we expect or desire God to show up in a BIG way but do we pay attention to the small whisper? 

Since reading these verses I am paying more attention to the small whispers more! I know I haven't been looking or listening for those until I read those verses.

Now, it's your turn . . . what have you been reading in the Bible . . . What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments. After you do that you can go visit my friends for more Thursday Encouragement.

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl 

Jacquelyn @ Heavenly Home 

Jessica @ A Baker's Perspective

Gina @ Stories by Gina 

Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes 

Leslie @ Leslie L. McKee

Claudia @ ByClaudiaMoser        

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch Reviewed with Giveaway

About the book:

Title: The Lost Lieutenant
Author: Erica Vetsch
Series: Serendipity & Secrets Book 1

Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero--he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn't think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.
Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn't have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there's something he can't quite remember. It's important, dangerous--and if he doesn't recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone's very life.
Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith. 

Goodreads || Amazon

Read an excerpt from Kregel HERE!

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 She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Twitter (@EricaVetsch)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

My Thoughts

This is the first novel I've read by Erica Vetsch, and I am wondering what took me so long! The title of the series just grabs you and this cover just makes you swoon.

Marriage of convenience tropes are popular in the Regency genre types, but Ms. Vetsch breathes new life into the familiar trope with this book. Her characters are vibrant, unpredictable, and very likable. She created a very meddlesome Prince Regent that added loads of drama to the story.

Ms. Vetsch sets her book amid the Napoleonic Wars which is a new historic time period for this reader. I walked away learning something which is why historical romance is a favorite genre of mine.

As a new reader to Erica Vetsch I am a fan and looking forward to more books by this author.

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 21, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday - Band Names from Book Titles

I have been counting down the weeks for this topic. Outside of reading, music is my second favorite media. I was a teenager during the best time in music. Yes, I'm talking about the 80's!! Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, White Snake, Guns and Roses are just a few of the best bands of that time period. So, for today's Top Ten Tuesday, you may notice that kind of theme with the book titles I chose.

Now, it's your turn . . .

What do you think? Would these make good band names? Tell me your band name from a book title.

First Line Friday Featuring Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano with Review and Giveaway

Happy FRI-YAY!!! Although, given the pandemic I'm not sure Friday is much different from Monday. Unless, you're teaching ...