Her Secret

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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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!!


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by Julie Daines

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Quick recap: Elaine Cardinham’s family must leave London after a scandal and retreat back to the country. Cornwall is full of memories that she never wishes to revisit. Of course, Gareth Kemp, her childhood friend, still lives there and has moved up in society. She is torn between her feelings for a rich Earl or a gentleman miner. Plenty of smugglers, adventure and romance abound.

My thoughts: Julie Daines is a new to me author. I always love the Regency era and this book didn’t disappoint. It had a touch of the speculative to it, but overall it flowed well. Characters had depth and were lovable. I felt like the plot moved along at a great pace, although, it was definitely predictable. Definitely check it out! The link is in the pic above.

Thanks for this book in exchange for my thoughts! As always, this is my honest review! Here’s to many more!!

NKJV The Woman’s Study Bible

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Have you been thinking it’s time for a new Bible? Looking for a great Mother’s Day gift? Well, look no further! Click the link above 🙂

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This great new release by Thomas Nelson is full color and bold print! What’s that mean? It means that there is plenty of room in it for all you Bible journaling fans, note takers and whatever other ideas you have to make your Bible your own personalized love letter.

Features Include:
-Beautiful full-color design throughout-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
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-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
-Book introductions and outlines
-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
-Quotes from godly women throughout history
-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
-Topical index
-Concordance
image2 I started a new One Year Bible reading plan and wanted to start fresh with a new Bible to highlight in different colors for specific things I was looking for. This is the perfect choice!

I love all of the great features that shed new light on things I’ve read so many times before. I’m a very visual person, so it’s fabulous to have these family tree pictures and sections dedicated to people that are quickly mentioned in Scripture. It brings it so much more alive for me!

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I definitely recommend this and hope you will pick up a copy. image3They are really bargain-priced and you are getting so much with it!

Also, check out this fabulous giveaway below!!! I want to thank Thomas Nelson and Litfuse for this fabulous Bible in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!


You’re invited to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart’s spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.

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The Elusive Miss Ellison

by Carolyn Miller

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The Elusive Miss Ellison  is a new to me author! 51qQOP3X6qLAren’t these covers gorgeous? They absolutely grab you! Now, I haven’t read The Captivating Lady Charlotte (as it will be released later this year). This review is only for her first book (the title of this post).

Smart and ostentatious Lavinia Ellison and  worn down Nicholas, the Earl of Hawkesbury, come crashing together in this Regency romance. Their journey is one of finding forgiveness and God’s love.

It’s beautifully descriptive and an exposé on the lives of the less fortunate during those times. Be sure to grab a copy and let me know your thoughts on this fairly new author!

Thanks for this great read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Be sure to head on over here and enter for this awesome giveaway!!

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A Fine Gentleman

by Sarah M. Eden

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Oh how I love Sarah! She’s always been at the top of my (theoretical) Best Regency Author list. Her books are so sweet and just…lovely!

A Fine Gentleman is her new and much anticipated release! It is the latest in the story of the Jonquil brothers. Jason Jonquil, the barrister, is orderly and in control…that is, until Mariposa Thornton walks into his life and turns it totally upside down.

Like every other amazing book this lady writes, it grabs your attention and keeps you flipping the page. Her characters are witty, yet hold a deepness about them that makes you want to continue to explore them and their story.

As you can tell, I definitely recommend this book and anything else Sarah M. Eden writes. You won’t be disappointed. You can also check out our fun face-off and learn a little more about this fabulous author.

Thanks for this great read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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101 Things You Should Do Before Going To Heaven

by David Bordon and Tom Winters

I absolutely love Hachette Book Group! I’m telling you that they have the best and widest range of reading materials. This 101 Things You Should Do Before Going To Heaven is one of the latest books I received from them.

image1 Totally fun ideas! This one about traditional British tea really made me smile 🙂 It tells a bit about the background of how it became such a beloved tradition and then ties it into your spiritual journey. Fun and light, but really interesting!

Topics range from taking a whole day of silence, looking forward to jury duty, baking bread from scratch, letting music move you, and even attending a gallery opening. Some really fun ideas! It will make for a great coffee table book and topic starter when you have friends over.

Thanks for this fun read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

 

The Crimson Path of Honor

by M.B. Tosi

Hmm. Where to start? The Crimson Path of Honor is a story about a girl that was kidnapped while heading out West in the late 1800’s. Luci was abducted by the Lakota Tribe and merged into their lives as a squaw and the chief’s love.

Overall, a great concept and lots of info here. It’s a pretty interesting storyline. I know for a lot of readers, it can be a bit graphic at times too. Unfortunately, I did not think that it was well written. I felt like there were so many overkill adjectives, they spoke to each other as you would speak to a child, and it would jump from one person’s thoughts to someone else’s and right back again within the same paragraph.  Also, a lot of the characters were not too likeable. You kind of want to smack them often…

I am not saying that you shouldn’t read this. You might really enjoy the history and story. I like her desire to share God with the tribe and her spunky way of going about it.

Thank you for this book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion Here’s to many more!!

 

Never a Bridesmaid: A May Wedding Story

by Janice Thompson

Never a Bridesmaid is a fun, short and simple read. This is a novella, so it is an easy commitment in your busy life 🙂

Janice always brings a lot of spunk to her characters. Mari’s sister, Crystal, is getting married and she’s not chosen to be the maid-of-honor, in spite of their closeness. Mari has to sort through her feelings, realize it’s not about her, and make this the best wedding that she can for her best friend/sister.

I love that it is full of good, hard choices. These are things that we all deal with on a daily basis and must choose how to respond. Lots of great lessons interwoven into the story. I definitely recommend!

Thanks so much for this great read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!

Also, if you would like to check out my fun Face-Off with Janice Thompson, just CLICK HERE!

‘Til We Meet Again

by Ray and Betty Whipps

There are, TRULY, no words for this book. You must take the time to pick this up and read it. Wow.

Ray and Betty Whipps are true American heroes. When WWII started up, both jumped in to do their parts. Ray fought through France after landing on the beach at Normandy. His account of those horrific months is just right; not too graphic, but enough information.

What a BEAUTIFUL love story and the best memoir I have read in a long time. Their faith and courage are absolutely inspiring. I highly recommend!!

Thank you for this amazing read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

The Heir of Brownlie Manor

by Anita Stansfield

Ahhh…Regency novels. You know I love it! (Well, ALMOST Regency. 1808 is close enough)

Anita is a new author to me and I was pleasantly surprised. This book is from the point of view of both Thomas and Ruth. They are heavy thinkers and a considerable amount of their thoughts are written. That was a little difficult to me as I like to get to the point of things, but, overall, it was really well written.

Thomas has been raised by aristocratic parents that have trained him to treat others well and not to follow the snobbery of their peers. When he comes along a girl that is in desperate need, he can not help himself but reach out to her and become her savior. What he doesn’t fully expect is that she became his.

This is a really sweet book with characters that are probably nicer than anyone you will ever meet in real life! haha. It’s a beautiful love story with some surprising twists and intrigues. I definitely recommend!!!

Thank you for this great book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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