by Regina Jennings
How can you go wrong with a story idea like this??
– A hard-working, widower soldier that needs help with his two wild daughters.
– A former dance-hall singer posing as a mennonite teacher hired to teach said daughters.
I mean, seriously…what could go wrong?
This is such a fun story. Regina Jennings always has great characters that are full of personality and character. There is plenty to keep the story moving along without it feeling like a heart-racing read. I, for one, prefer not to be stressed out through an entire book and she keeps a great balance!
Be sure to pick up a copy of this one. Go through the link in the pic and get it by Christmas!! Isn’t that cover beautiful? You know that your mom, sister and best friend would be thrilled to open this up!
Thanks so much, Bethany House, for this awesome book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!
by Sarah M. Eden
Seriously, how many times can I say how much I adore Sarah M. Eden? Simply put: I haven’t read a bad one by her yet!
This time, we get a bit of Regency PTSD. This is long before there was a name for it and the men had to just move forward with no help. Their wives, or the women in their lives, had no idea what they were dealing with and nobody spoke of it. I can’t even imagine. I am really glad that she decided to write on this topic!
Sarah continues on with the saga of Jonquil brothers that we all know and love. This time, the focus is on Captain Stanley Jonquil. Of course you are going to love the characters. They are always written with depth and wonderful character. Make sure you pick up a copy of this great read!!!
Thanks so much for this great book in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!
Let me start by saying that I do not typically use the KJV in my daily life. However, I absolutely love having this on hand for all of my historical writing. And, let’s just get one thing straight – any version that says Charity is the greatest…I’m on board!
So, what do I love about this particular Bible? Well, I’m always a fan of study notes at the bottom of each page. It also includes a concordance and some beautiful, fully-color maps. You’ll find lots of great extras in between the texts too.
The one that I have is a hardcover, but it also comes in multiple cover types – or even the ebook version.
Be sure to pick up a copy for yourself or a loved one this holiday season! It’s a great gift with lots of extras. Link is in the pic above.
Thanks so much for this awesome book in exchange for my review! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!
by Elizabeth Camden
One thing that you can always know you’ll get when you pick up an Elizabeth Camden novel is history. I’m not talking about a time period, necessarily, but a lifestyle. You will learn so much about the era she chooses to write in. You will learn how they lived, worked and loved.
This time she takes us to the Turn of the Century. In a time of booming industry, factories, wires, and even plumbing, she intertwines a beautiful story. Of course, there is much more than that to it! You can count on love and intrigue. You’ll find deep characters that are easy to love (and some to hate!).
Be sure to pick up a copy of this new series! Link is above in pic. Thanks so much for this awesome book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!
by Detective Lt. Joe Kenda
Let me start off with this:
Have you seen it yet? Ok, I haven’t either, but you can bet I’ll have watched it maybe even before you have a chance to read these words! This series is based on the life of Detective Lt. Joe Kenda and now you can also read the book for more insight into the world of “homicide hunting”.
Detective Kenda is a tough cop that solved a whopping 92% of his homicide investigations! That is unheard of and amazing. This book will take you through some of his most memorable moments on the force. It’s exciting, intense and makes me proud to have great men protecting our country.
Beware, for there is some language and adult content in this book, but I am highlighting it because it’s not distasteful and is used within the realm of the world he’s in. I definitely recommend that you pick up a copy! You can click on the picture above to see more of what’s inside.
Thanks, Hachette, for this great read in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!
by Gina Graham
There are so many coloring books on the market now that it’s hard to know which ones are worth picking up. I know! I get it! However, I have stumbled upon a more unique one to the bunch.
If you check out Gina Graham’s book here, you will notice it isn’t just a coloring book, but also a journal. There are so many cute pictures, plenty of places to write your thoughts, and gorgeous places to color and meditate on your favorite verses. In fact, if you click on the link above, you will be able to look inside the book to get a better idea of what’s in it.
I definitely recommend this one as it has a little more to offer than the standard coloring books. I absolutely love the illustrations and I think you will too! Thanks so much, Hachette, for this lovely book in exchange for my thoughts. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!
by Kristi Ann Hunter
Catching you up: Duke Griffith Hawthorne is the last of the siblings (), thus ending the Hawthorne series. (TRAGIC!!!!!) He has been taking care of his brother and sisters for so long that he hasn’t even had time to find love for himself. Now that he is able, he has done extensive research and he has his sights set on…the wrong girl…
Isabella Breckenridge has come to London under false pretenses. She is to help her uncle by attracting as many eligible men as possible so that they might pass a bill through the courts. Everything about her feels this is wrong, but she knows that she must help her family and has not yet learned to trust God to do that for her.
My Thoughts: So, first of all…how does she keep doing this? Kristi is one of the most talented writers because she has the perfect balance of light-heartedness, deep characters, and Godly principles. It’s such a beautiful thing to see!!!
I am exceptionally sad that this series is over. It has been one of my favorite. As Griffith and Isabella’s worlds come colliding together, you will laugh, maybe cry, and most certainly be pulled in from the first page to the last.
The characters just grab on and don’t let go. You can’t shake them even if you wanted to (believe me, you don’t!). If you haven’t read any of Kristi’s books, definitely pick one up. They can be read as a stand alone, but you will appreciate it much more if you are to read them in order for the characters that are introduced in each book carry through to the next.
Be sure to click the link above to grab your copy! Also, if you would like to check out my fabulous face-off with Kristi Ann Hunter, just CLICK HERE! It’s loads of fun!!! Lastly, thanks to Bethany house for this great book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion!!! Here’s to many more!
Click below to find the other books in this series. Aren’t these covers a-ma-zing??? #truth
by Shelley Shepard Gray
Catching You Up: Amish farm girl, Hannah, is being stalked by an English boy that is in love with her. Her family must flee for her protection. With her siblings resenting her and her family going through another crisis, she must sort through her fears and learn to trust again.
My Thoughts: When I think of Amish, all I can think of is how “dark” the lifestyle is. I know it’s because I am a visual person and life without a lot of color is VERY SAD! One of the things I love about Shelley Shepard Gray is that she brings color out of their lifestyle. As strange as it sounds, reading her Amish fiction is the first time I can really connect with the characters.
This is a short and light read, but that does not take away from the content. Her characters are always well developed and complex. I am not usually surprised, but there was definitely some intrigue that got me! Well done, Shelley!!!
Need a great read for a flight? Something you can grab and go – pick up and put down without missing a beat? This is your story! I definitely recommend anything by this author. Make sure to pick up a copy! Link is in the pic above!!
Want to see Shelley Face-Off with me?
It’s been TOO LONG and I’m SO EXCITED to have Sarah Sundin here today! This lovely lady has been more than patient with me and I appreciate it more than you can ever know!
She’s an author of WWII novels, speaker, has a PhD as a pharmacist, and, last but not least…a mom!!! Wha??? #truth Talk about a lady that loves living life to the fullest!!
I know you have seen her books! They are absolutely eye catching and beautiful. Not only that, but they are a GREAT PRICE right now! In fact…the first 2 people that buy one of these sets (using the links provided here) will receive a swag bag from me full of fun stuff 🙂 Just let me know as soon as you order!
Let’s get to it, shall we?
The rules are simple. I ask Sarah some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.
It’s my blog.
Here we go!
1. Funniest movie?
Sarah – A Christmas Story. Every single scene.
Charity – Ha!!! I love that we both choose Christmas movies because…Elf.
— Definitely a tie!
Charity 1 / Sarah 1
2. Weirdest experience at the dr.?
Sarah – Keeping this family friendly… Our favorite family medical story is when our daughter had a blood draw and received her shots before kindergarten. Anna has a blood & needle phobia. And she’s feisty. I held her on my lap with my legs wrapped around hers and my arms anchoring her torso and one arm. One nurse wrestled her arm into position and held it there. And another nurse did the foul deeds. Anna screamed the entire time. When we were done, she went skipping and singing through the waiting room with her sticker and lollipop, while half a dozen people watched bug-eyed. I’m sure they thought Anna had been drawn and quartered.
Charity – Oh my gosh!! I would have needed a nap STAT! (see how I used a nurse word there?) If anything, I think that I make it really weird and awkward for the dr’s and nurses. I say REALLY inappropriate things when I feel uncomfortable. It’s a disease, really. I mean, there’s a reason I haven’t gotten a colonoscopy…
— Definitely don’t get that one…
Charity 1 / Sarah 2
3. Favorite destination type (beach, mountains, Disney, etc…)
Sarah – Sightseeing! London, Rome, Boston…I love seeing beautiful places where interesting things happened. We dragged our kids to museums and battlefields and volcanos. We toured historic ships and planes. We saw the California missions when the kids were in fourth grade, Washington DC and Williamsburg in eighth grade, Gettysburg and Antietam and Yorktown. And our daughter whined because we didn’t have “normal” vacations, going to the beach like everyone else. So we took her to the beach. And she was bored. Victory!
Charity – “Victory”, indeed! I am right there with you. I love historical sites and little villages. I would have been all, “We are sitting on the beach for 8 hours each day we are here and doing nothing else. Enjoy.”
Charity 2 / Sarah 3
4. Least favorite chore?
Sarah – Scouring toilets. When you have boys.
Charity – Oi, got me there. That’s just disgusting. Yeah, I don’t think I can beat that! I am so freaked out by anything un-princessy. Drains, toilets, hair, etc…
— You. I am a HUGE WIMP.
Charity 2 / Sarah 4
5. What’s your biggest phobia?
Sarah – This is totally bizarre, but I freak when I have wet feet and get hair stuck to them, especially tangled around my toes. Argh! I MUST have my slippers by the shower to prevent this. Yes, I know hairy feet aren’t dangerous. Yes, it’s totally irrational. And yet.
Charity – Noooo!!! REFER TO LAST ANSWER OF MINE! REFER TO LAST ANSWER OF MINE!
How could you even say those words??
Ok, I can’t even think right now.
Trying to pull myself together. I was going to say that my biggest phobia is the dentist…but you may have just single-handedly cured me of that.
— Nope. Just, nope.
Charity 2 / Sarah 5
6. If you could be an epic fighter, who would you be?
Sarah – I’m just giving you this point. I’m such a wimp. I cringed through my sons’ karate lessons.
Charity – Oh, man! I would love it if I was tough and a fighter!!! It would be so fun!!! I would have to be John Wick. Is there really anyone else???
Charity 3 / Sarah 5
7. Apple or Windows/Android?
Sarah – Both! I have a Windows laptop, which I love—and an iPhone, which I also love.
Charity – ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! (That’s a buzzer sound). WRONG ANSWER! Apple or Mac would have been the only correct answers to choose.
Charity 4 / Sarah 5
8. How do you strive to bring God glory in every situation?
Sarah – I try to see people through God’s eyes—and when I can’t, I ask Him to show me. Even the meanest, rudest, stupidest, and most arrogant people are beloved by God. He died for them same as He died for me.
Charity – Girl, that is SUCH a beautiful answer. It’s so easy for me to give up on people and not extend grace. “Grace” is the word that God has really been putting on my heart. It’s so dang hard for me! I suppose that straight up boils down to arrogance. Yikes.
— God wins!!!
Charity 4 / Sarah 5
9. Fun hobby when relaxing (besides your awesome skill of writing)?
Sarah – Well. I read. I hike with my husband and our dog. I go to the gym. Hobby wise, I’m super-boring. Point to Charity!!
Charity – Not so fast, my friend…
and that’s about it.
— Definitely not my point! Uh, you even had “the gym” in your answer. *ashamed*
Charity 4 / Sarah 6
10. Favorite movie from the same time frame as your historical novels?
Sarah – So, so, so many. My most recent favorite World War II movie is Hacksaw Ridge. Absolutely gorgeous movie with superb acting, a sweet romance, some outrageous humor, harrowing battle scenes, historical accuracy, and a thought-provoking and uplifting message.
Charity – Yes!!!! What an amazing movie!!! Wow. I think I have to go with you on this one. Beautiful movie ❤
Charity 5 / Sarah 7
I thought I had it for a few minutes there!!! But, alas, Sarah’s coolness over-rode mine!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH, GIRL!!!!! ❤ ❤
Just wanted to share with you a few beautiful moments of Sarah enjoying life ❤
Remember, be sure to grab a set of one of Sarah’s books from the link above and I will send you some fun stuff!!! Woot Woot! Everyone wins!