Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Book Review, Tour, and Giveaway: "Escaping Reality" by Rachel Skatvold

Addison Lewis needs a break from her real life being in the spotlight, so she heads to Montana to escape reality. When she ends up stranded at Hart Ranch, she discovers things about herself she didn't know and starts to feel things toward the handsome cowboy who rescued her that she doesn't expect.

Logan Hart knows that Addie is trouble from the moment he rescued her in the rain storm. He is caught off guard when he starts feeling things he hasn't in a long time.

Can God heal their broken hearts and lead them together?

I liked Logan and Addie and I really liked Gramps. He was so open and got people to think things through. There are several sub-plots going on throughout the book with Ava and Dylan, with Belle, with Mrs. Hart, and with the future of the ranch. It didn't seem crowded, but filled out the details well. The characters "gulp" a lot. I found it sort of odd to have that word used so much. I did like Addie's spiritual story arc. I found the book to be easy to read and I found myself wanting to visit Hart Ranch. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

About the Author
rachelskatvoldRachel Skatvold is an inspirational author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance, devotions, encouraging blogs. Rachel has just finished her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas and is now working on her first full length novel, Enduring the Flames. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons.

Guest Post from Rachel Skatvold

Have you ever needed to escape?
Every year my husband and I plan our summer vacation several months in advance. We hardly ever plan anything lavish or expensive. Most of the time we just hook up our camper, load our kids and family dog in the truck and head to a state park for our “escape.” Some of our most treasured family times have been enjoyed without television, electronics or other luxuries. It’s refreshing to leave the noise of the city for a while and enjoy a nice walk in the woods or a quiet night roasting marshmallows over a campfire. It gives us time to rest and appreciate the simple blessings that God has given us.
If someone ever needed to escape, it’s Addison Lewis. From the outside it seemed like she had it all; fame, fortune and a handsome and successful fiancé. However, when her dreams of a happy future come crashing down Addison flees her home in LA and ends up stranded at a dude ranch in the Montana wilderness. There she meets a handsome young rancher named Logan and his family. Will the Hart family’s faith and simple ways help Addison discover God’s true purpose for her life?
Escaping Reality is inspired by Mathew 11:28 which says, “…Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” This theme verse is prevalent throughout the story because Addison is searching for a refuge that will provide peace and rest from her stressful lifestyle. However, in the end she discovers that the peace and rest she’s looking for is not a physical destination but a condition of the heart.
Addison and Logan’s story was one of my favorites to write because of Addie’s spunky personality (not to mention her tendency to fall into mud puddles) and Logan’s courage during hard times. This story might make you laugh out loud and shed a few tears but most of all I hope it inspires you to recognize and appreciate God’s simple blessings. Happy reading, friends and I hope you enjoy reading Escaping Reality.

Blog Stops

July 8: Bukwurmzzz
July 17: Carpe Diem


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away an autographed copy of her book along with a $10 Amazon gift card. Click here to enter:
"Escaping Reality" is available in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 3575 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Rachel Skatvold; 1 edition (June 30, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DT7D5S4

I received a free copy of this book in order for me to give an honest review and participate in the book tour with Celebrate Lit. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.


Rachel Skatvold said...

Thank you for reading and reviewing! Blessings. ~ Rachel

kim hansen said...

Sounds like a good read.

Rachel Skatvold said...

Thank you for stopping by Kim! I hope you have a wonderful day. 😊

Michele Hayes said...

Sounds like a great book, thanks for the chance to win.

Rachel Skatvold said...

Thanks for stopping by, Michele! Have a blessed day.