Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Review: "A Matter of Trust" by Susan May Warren



"A Matter of Trust" is the 3rd book in the Montana Rescue series. The books have a continuous flow of story between them, that if you don't read them all in order, you miss part of the story. It does give "fill in" details, but you get so much more of a complete picture if you read all the books. It isn't like some books where the story between the hero and heroine starts and is concluded within the pages of the one book, you get snatches of things throughout the whole series. I think it brings the characters more realism and depth. I like seeing the whole PEAK gang over and over through the series and they become my friends. Although, I was a little disappointed that this book didn't include Sam and Willow (the main plot characters in book 2) until the very end, almost like a cameo. "A Matter of Trust" was primarily Gage Watson and Ella Blair's story, but also Ty Remmington and Brette Arnold as well as a little of Pete and Jess's story continuted. I appreciated that the story wasn't just another "lost in the park" story, but instead involved backcountry skiing/snowboarding. I had to look up a few terms to know what was going on, but it made me look up videos on Youtube and man do they do some amazing, crazy things! The faith element of the book feels natural and seamless, not added artificially. The book pulled me in and I didn't want to stop until the book was finished.

"A Matter of Trust" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Montana Rescue (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (July 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800727452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727451
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 7823 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (July 4, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 4, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MYR22CG

I got a free copy of this book through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book Review: "Rescue Me" by Susan May Warren



"Rescue Me" is the 2nd book in the Montana Rescue series. The characters and stories are very intertwined between the stories, so it is best to read the books in order. Like Susan May Warren's other books, this one had a main plot with Sam Brooks and Willow Rose, but also a secondary plot with Pete Brooks and Jess Tagg (albeit not brought to a conclusion). The book was real and open and gripping. I picked up the book and everything else was put on hold. All I wanted to do was read. And then when it was done, to read more. Thankfully there are two more books in the series, with more to come. Faith was woven easily throughout the story. I think the reader as well as the characters in the book learn a great deal from the truths shared.

"Rescue Me" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Montana Rescue (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 31, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800727444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727444
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 4508 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800727444
  • Publisher: Revell (January 31, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LZ80SI4

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Book Review: "The Lacemaker" by Laura Frantz


About the Book When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiancĂ© and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?


My Thoughts When I heard about this book, it drew my attention. It was about a lacemaker and I haven't heard of many of them.  The book drew me in and I didn't want to put it down. The book had quite a few foreign words (French and Welsh) but most were understandable either by it giving a direct translation for it, or through context. It also used old versions of words such as salat (salad), lanthorn (lantern), Kentucke (Kentucky). It made it more "in period" but I was glad I was reading the book on my Kindle as then I could highlight words I didn't understand and see what they meant. A couple of things sort of rubbed me the wrong way a little. They kept saying "Providence" did this or that instead of "God". Maybe that is how they would have referred to it, but it kind of bugged me. Also, at first they kept referring to Thomas Jefferson as "Jeff" and George Washington as "Wash". Did they really call them that? The book was well written and really brought to light the difficulties and dangers that the Patriots faced during the American Revolution. 

Laura Frantz
About the Author Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

According to Publishers Weekly, "Frantz has done her historical homework." With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net

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"The Lacemaker" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 2, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800726634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800726638
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 8157 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800726634
  • Publisher: Revell (January 2, 2018)
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0741F5SGH

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill" by Jennifer Beckstrand

About the Book
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Title: A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Genre: Christian Amish Fiction
Release Date: December 26, 2017
Elsie Stutzman’s plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job. But she’s not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won’t put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is. . .
Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He’ll admit Elsie’s ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell—but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes—and win her heart forever.


My Thoughts I love Jennifer Beckstrand's Huckleberry Hill books. Anna and Felty are so cute and funny and you never know what to expect other than Anna's going to get her match made. Sam was very frustrating at times, but he was also sweet and protective. I liked watching the changes that occurred in the characters lives and the way that they were transformed into new people. The book flowed extremely well and it was a very fast read. I was frustrated, and happy, and sad over things in the book as if I was the one experiencing them. I can't wait to read another of Jennifer Beckstrand's books.

About the Author

Jennifer BeckstrandJennifer Beckstrand is the RITA-nominated, award-winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-three years, and she has six children and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
 Guest Post from Jennifer Beckstrand
I have a very special place in my heart for teachers. My dad was a high school math teacher. My mother taught second grade for over twenty years. My son-in-law taught choir in high school, and my daughter taught seventh-grade science. Another daughter taught American history labs at the university and still another daughter taught classes for a youth summer program.
Elsie Stutzman is a dedicated teacher who was dismissed from her last teaching job in Ohio and is trying to make a fresh start and a good impression in Bonduel, Wisconsin. Unfortunately one of her students, Wally Sensenig, is making things difficult for her, and Wally’s hot-headed older brother seems determined to get her fired. But Elsie is a dedicated teacher, too stubborn to back down and too steadfast to give up on anybody.
Elsie’s grandparents, Anna and Felty Helmuth, have other plans for her. They want her to fall in love with one of the local boys, but they’re finding it a little difficult to get the two young people together.
Teachers have an immense impact on our lives. We all remember a favorite elementary school teacher who inspired a love of learning or a high school teacher who encouraged us to reach for greatness. One of my favorite teachers was Mrs. Zobell, who taught ninth grade English. I distinctly remember her reading “The Outsiders” out loud to our class. She had a way of making great books and great stories come to life, and she sparked a love of reading (and writing) that I will always be grateful for. The teacher who had the most impact on my life is my dad. He helped me through Calculus in high school and inspired me to major in math in college.
I hope we will take the time this month to thank the teachers in our lives for all they do for us and all they do for our kids.
Who was one of your favorite teachers and why?

Blog Stops

Blossoms and Blessings, January 16
Mommynificent, January 17
Bibliophile Reviews, January 18
The Power of Words, January 18
Multifarious, January 19
A Greater YesJanuary 19
Texas Book-aholic, January 20
Karen Sue Hadley, January 21
Splashes of JoyJanuary 21
A Reader’s Brain, January 22
Mary Hake, January 22
SusanLovesBooks, January 23
Janices book reviewsJanuary 24
Carpe Diem, January 25
Quiet Quilter, January 26
margaret kazmierczakJanuary 26 (Interview)
cherylbbookblog, January 27
Simple Harvest Reads, January 28 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Pursuing StacieJanuary 28
Vicky Sluiter, January 29
BigreadersiteJanuary 29

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to three winners!! https://promosimple.com/ps/c6cf
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


"A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill" is available in paperback:
  • Series: The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (December 26, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420144138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420144130
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 871 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (December 26, 2017)
  • Publication Date: December 26, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XZJFDPN

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "A Song Unheard" by Roseanna M. White

About the Book

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Title: A Song Unheard
Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.
Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.
But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.
My Thoughts I jumped at the chance to read "A Song Unheard". I have enjoyed the books I've previously read by Roseanna White and knew I'd enjoy this one as well. I was not disappointed. It was obvious that a lot of research went into the book and I enjoyed the authenticity of the phrases and terminology used. I really liked Margot and her quick wit and intelligence. As I read, I pictured her like the character of Margaret Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson. I liked to see the changes in the characters and how they transformed their lives. I would love to see this as a movie. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

About the Author

Roseanna White 2017Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

Guest post from Roseanna White

I started playing the piano when I was 7. I didn’t discover any long-dormant genius or anything, but I liked it. When my sister quit, I kept playing. In middle school, I switched teachers, and moving from the lady at my church that I knew so well to someone who was just my piano teacher made a difference in how I applied myself. It deepened my love of music.
We all know how some random moments stand out forever in our memory. One such for me happened on the school bus. I was sitting with my best friend, talking about the new piano piece I was learning. “Via Delorosa” means Road of Sorrow, and it’s a song that tells musically about Jesus’ journey to Golgotha—ending with the faint chime of the nails being driven into his palms. As my beloved Mrs. Peto went through this song with me the night before, I remember her circling a D♯ that I’d missed and saying how important that note was. That it made the whole line weep.
That it would make the hearers weep. An epiphany so huge I had to share it with my friend. A well placed sharp could make music weep! Who knew?
That was but one lesson Mrs. Peto taught me in how music could evoke things words never could. A woman of strong faith, she also taught me how a song could preach the Gospel. Music can be medicine. It can be hope. It can be tears. It can be truth. Music can be Jesus to a hurting heart that turns its back on words.
This is a lesson I never forgot, and I had it always in mind as I was writing A Song Unheard. In this story, both my hero and heroine are musicians—violinists. But Willa (who is SO STUBBORN) wouldn’t listen to words of faith from any of the people in her life “suddenly spouting such nonsense.”
But then, in her darkest hour, she hears a slip of melody. And she realizes it’s the Lord.
I pray as readers move through the story of Willa Forsythe—violin prodigy and top-notch thief—that their spirits’ ears hear more than words, more than just a story. I pray they hear the Lord whispering that ultimate song. The one that says, “I love you.”
Want to hear the song Willa eventually wrote in the book? You can! The violin music in this trailer is officially dubbed “Willa’s Song” and written specifically for this book. I hope you enjoy it! http://bit.ly/ASongUnheardTrailer

Blog Stops

Fiction Aficionado, January 11
Genesis 5020, January 11
Bookworm Mama, January 11
Blogging With Carol, January 12
Multifarious, January 12
Faithfully BookishJanuary 13
Karen Sue Hadley, January 13
Mary Hake, January 13
A Greater YesJanuary 13
Remembrancy, January 14
Texas Book-aholic, January 14
A Reader’s Brain, January 15
Cordially Barbara, January 15
Pursuing StacieJanuary 15
Bigreadersite, January 16
Mommynificent, January 17
Baker Kella, January 17
allofakindmom, January 18
Pause for Tales, January 19
Just Commonly, January 19
Janices book reviewsJanuary 19
Radiant LightJanuary 20
Book by Book, January 20
CAC Devourer, January 20
Splashes of JoyJanuary 21
Neverending Stories, January 21
The PhD Mamma, January 22
Cafinated Reads, January 22
Daysong Reflections, January 22
Purposeful Learning, January 23
Carpe Diem, January 23
Henry Happens, January 24
Joy of Reading, January 24

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a Grand Prize Package of a signed copy of the book as well as a lovely album of soothing songs based on the Scriptures called Hidden in My Heart (winner’s choice of CD or digital download)!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c72a
"A Song Unheard" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Shadows Over England (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 2, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764219278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764219276
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.4 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 7515 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764219278
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 2, 2018)
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B077M9P1HP

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.