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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 18 September 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE ORNAMENT KEEPER by EVA MARIE EVERSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE ORNAMENT KEEPER by EVA MARIE EVERSON

 

Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

                                                                             

Title: The Ornament Keeper
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Release Date: September 24, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday

THE BLURB:

Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays. The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, “I do.” Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.

 

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THE AUTHOR:

 

Eva Marie Everson is a multiple-award winning author and speaker who hails from the picturesque Southern town of Sylvania, Georgia. She is president of Word Weavers International, director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, Managing Editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, and enjoys coaching new authors through her company, Pen in Hand. She is an avid photographer who enjoys turning her photos into inspiring memes for you to share (with proper attribution). Eva Marie and her husband make their home in Central Florida. They are the parents of three fabulous children who have blessed them with the world’s greatest grandchildren.

CONTACT: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

 

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive:

  • a print copy of The Ornament Keeper, and
  • an ornament handpicked by the author

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MY REVIEW:

Another new-to-me author! #ishouldhavedoneablitz

Honestly, I wanted to shake some sense into Felicia! But then, I suppose someone would have to shake some sense into me, as well. Don’t we all hold onto past grudges and hurts? Letting them color—discolor—our days from the inside out?

Beautifully written, and tenderly poignant, each of Felicia’s reminders—her collection of Christmas ornaments—weigh against the gnawing bitterness that plagues her. Mementos that serve as glimpses of a life made with her husband, Jackson. Treasured moments, tender moments. Moments of happy times together.

Moments that have been tarnished with sin she won’t let go.

Ms. Everson blends the different elements of her story together flawlessly, creating a masterful and colorful painting. The human emotion and reaction. The illogic of the heart, and the true and deep longing. Guilt that taunts—and the wounds that won’t heal. And the master stroke—well, I don’t want to give the story away! I will say, Ms. Everson frames her story in God’s love and His healing.

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

Follow along at JustReadTours for a full schedule of stops!

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Ornament Keeper, Eva Marie Everson

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 11 September 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – JANE BY THE BOOK by PEPPER BASHAM

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – JANE BY THE BOOK by PEPPER BASHAM

THE BLURB:

She’s level-headed and ordered. He talks to imaginary characters. She keeps to the plan. He never has one. Will true love find a way to color outside the lines but inside God’s love to create a story they can write together? Four years ago, Jane Warwick escaped the shame of being jilted at the altar by becoming a housekeeper at the secluded Inn at Simeon Ridge. Predictable and quiet, the inn and large Simeon family help Jane find a place to heal but also cultivate her natural strengths for order and planning. But an unexpected visit to Bath, England, upsets Jane’s peaceful monotony and sends her out of her comfort zone, directly into the harrowing path of historical detective author, Titus Stewart. The only plans Titus sticks to are family holidays and the ones that send him careening into his story worlds, but when an uptight innkeeper stumbles into his life – and his latest novel – nonfiction begins to take on a much more interesting gleam. With the help of a mysterious journal, will they both uncover a romance that stands the test of time?

THE AUTHOR:

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and a finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. In December 2016, her third historical in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer – released with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and a Top Picks rating. You can get to know Pepper on her website, http://www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.

 

MY REVIEW:

What fun for an author to read an author writing about an author!!!

Double the fun when that fictional author collides with a most staid and regimented—and unimaginative—love interest. Add in some Christmas spice of two hearts broken several times over, and romance has a wintry chance of kindling.

 

Jane Warwick is in Bath, England for one purpose only, and she intends to get the job done and make her hasty retreat back to North Carolina.

Titus Stewart is in Bath to get a job done, too—to find inspiration for his newest novel. And that job takes on new life when he tangles with Jane.

I played cheerleader to Jane’s reticence, urging her to step out of the carefully drawn boundaries she had created. I giggled as Titus kept to his pursuit—and sighed as his fictional world collided with his real life.

As he thawed Jane’s reserves, and they began to work together to solve the mystery in the pages of her journal, I felt the heat kindle between them. But just when it seemed the flame would leap to life, it came to an icy halt, and my heart melted.

As per her magical ability to turn a story, Ms. Basham brought together two distinct and polar opposite characters, shoved them into close quarters and an “oil and water” situation, threw in some freckles and Pink Lady apples, and put it all together in a Basham Classic happy ending.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Jane by the Book, Pepper Basham, Second Impressions, #Brittallachia

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 4 September 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A TALE OF TWO HEARTS by MICHELLE GRIEP

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A TALE OF TWO HEARTS by MICHELLE GRIEP

                                                                             

 

THE BLURB:

London, 1853: Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.

William is a gentleman’s son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.

William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.

Can two hearts survive such deception?

 

THE AUTHOR:

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

“Oh, what tangled webs we weave when at first we practice to deceive.”

 

Michelle Griep is a favorite author for a reason—her stories are always filled with intriguing characters and twisty story lines!

Mina Scott is rather an every-man character, longings trapped in the drudgery of her life. By contrast, William Barlow is vivid and colorful and vibrant—everything Mina is not, and all she longs for.

Will’s past and Mina’s dreams collide in a seeming harmless deception. But that deception takes on a life of its own, drawing them both deeper into its clutches.

I rode the wave of Mina’s doubts, even as her attraction to Will—and her concern for his uncle—compelled her to stay the deceptive course. I felt Will’s need to prove himself, even if using less than honorable methods. I also may or may not have felt the urge to smash the cousin’s wife in her sniping face…

I read with page-turning breath, waiting for Will’s uncle to see who the true deceiver and conniver was. And for Mina and Will to see past their less-than-honorable beginnings to their happily-ever-after.

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, A Tale of Two Hearts, Michelle Griep, Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 1 September 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY on SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – DESCENDED—JETT by DANA PRATOLA

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – DESCENDED—JETT by DANA PRATOLA

 

THE BLURB:

When a reclusive billionaire takes an interest in Haven’s painting, she wants to believe it’s an answer to prayer, but she’s not entirely sure. He’s by far the most unusual man she’s ever met. Some say he’s a cult leader, others say he’s not human. One thing is certain ~ Jett Cestone is an enigma with a disconcerting connection to the young women in his employ. But what if her father is right? What if he’s dangerous?
Haven is the most interesting woman to ever cross Jett’s path. But being as naïve and pure as she is, he can’t have her learning what goes on in his home, or his connection to sexual slavery. That would be bad enough, but she would never accept him if she knew of his abilities and that his life is much more paranormal than normal. He has to figure out a way to keep her at a distance even though she’s living in his home. Too bad he wants her more than he’s wanted anyone or anything in his life.

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and three dynamic children, all of whom are destined to make wide, colorful splashes in this world. We share our New Jersey home with three dogs. I have no hobbies to speak of, unless you include writing. I don’t.

 

Dana Pratola is passionate about Romance. She writes about real people with real struggles, temptations and desires. Her characters often have difficult choices to make – and don’t always make the right ones. Her stories are not what you expect, and everything you want.

To join my mailing list to receive news of new releases, give-aways, etc, visit me at: http://www.DanaPratolaRomance.com

 

 

MY REVIEW:

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Shakespeare, Hamlet)

 

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  Colossians 1:16

 

Father has given each of us talents and abilities, and who’s to say sometimes those reach beyond human capabilities. Such is the case for billionaire Jett Cestone. And in tandem with an anger that rumbles beneath the surface, those abilities can be dangerous.

 

Haven Silano is a talented and prolific young artist who doubts the value of her ability. Until the billionaire’s grandmother takes notice. But as Haven endeavors to create the masterpiece she is commissioned to do, she also entangles herself in the life and household of the reclusive man who has employed her. Jett Cestone.

 

Ms. Pratola has criss-crossed the supernatural with the natural in a vivid and telling story. Humanity’s basest core is exposed, and yet the power and grace prevails. The struggle within both Haven and Jett is all too real, their mutual attraction seeming unwelcome on both their parts. I felt the unworthiness and frustration of them both, and read anxiously as they fought both for and against the love they both felt.

 

But grace. And but God. Talents and abilities, both natural and supernatural, are powerful weapons when yielded to the hand of God. And both Haven and Jett both have much to learn of the goodness and plans of God.

 

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.  Hebrews 13:2

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Descended—Jett, Dana Pratola

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 28 August 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE FORGIVING HOUR by ROBIN LEE HATCHER

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE FORGIVING HOUR by ROBIN LEE HATCHER

                                                                             

 

THE BLURB:

Twelve years ago, Claire Porter thought her entire life was over when she learned that her husband, Dave, was having an affair with a young college student. Following their divorce, Claire started over, including changing back to her maiden name of Conway.

Claire now feels pretty good about her accomplishments. She has raised a wonderful son, Dakota; enjoys her work; and finally has a new love. When Dakota informs her that he is engaged, she looks forward to meeting his fiancée, even as she wonders if 31-year-old Sara Jennings is too old for her “little” six-foot-plus boy.

Secrets never stay buried long, and only God can help Claire find forgiveness when betrayal comes back to haunt her.

 

THE AUTHOR:

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of more than 75 books, is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an eleven-time finalist and two-time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award. In addition to the RITA and many other awards, she is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America® and American Christian Fiction Writers, When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon puppy named Boo and a persnickety tuxedo cat named Pinky.

Robin is active on her Facebook Author Page where she loves to interact with readers. Please join her there: http://www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher

For more information, please visit her website at https://www.robinleehatcher.com

 

MY REVIEW:

Forgiveness is such a powerful tool against the enemy. And yet it eludes so many of us for so many reasons.

Ms. Hatcher has created a story of deep hurt and betrayal, setting the stage for every excuse not forgive.

 

Claire is a blissfully married woman and mother, until her world turns upside down, forcing her into a role she never wanted—single mother. Struggling single mother. For years, she harbors, and nurtures, her anger and loathing, feeling utterly justified.

 

But God.

 

As she comes to know God, and embraces her new faith, Claire still can’t grasp forgiveness. As her new faith blossoms, and forgiveness begins to nudge her bruised and battered heart, she begins to know the freedom forgiveness births.

I felt Claire’s deep hurt, the betrayal, and I screamed at her to trust God with her heart and her dreams. To stop torturing herself with her anger, no matter how justified.

 

Ms. Hatcher tells a heartbreaking and poignant story of betrayal and unforgiveness, and the ultimate freedom—the beauty of forgiveness.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Forgiving Hour, Robin Lee Hatcher

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 21 August 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – VIOLET DAWN by BRANDILYN COLLINS

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – VIOLET DAWN by BRANDILYN COLLINS

                                                                             

 

THE BLURB:

Something sinuous in the water brushed against Paige’s knee. She jerked her leg away.


What was that? She rose to a sitting position, groped around with her left hand. 


Fine wisps wound themselves around her fingers. 


Hair?


She yanked backward, but the tendrils clung. Something solid bumped her wrist. 


Paige gasped. With one frantic motion she shook her arm free, grabbed the side of the hot tub, and heaved herself out.

Paige Williams slips into her hot tub in the blackness of night—and finds herself face to face with death.

Alone, terrified, fleeing a dark past, Paige must make an unthinkable choice.

In Violet Dawn, hurtling events and richly drawn characters collide in a breathless story of murder, the need to belong, and faith’s first glimmer. One woman’s secrets unleash an entire town’s pursuit, and the truth proves as elusive as the killer in their midst.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist known for her trademarked Seatbelt Suspense®–fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels with rich characters. She is often blamed for keeping her readers up at night, as they “just have to see what happens next.”

In nonfiction, Brandilyn is known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). Writers Digest Magazine named Getting Into Character one of the top books on writing of 2002.

You can read excerpts from all Brandilyn’s books at her Web site: http://www.brandilyncollins.com. That’s also a good place to subscribe to her free newsletter, Sneak Pique, so you can be among the first to know about her latest releases.

 

MY REVIEW:

WOWIE!!  WOWIE!!  WOWIE!!

Seatbelt Suspense indeed!! Strap on your belt and strap it on tight! This book grabs you quick and does not let go.

Paige’s anxiety leaps off the page with depth and reality, her instinct for flight over fight pounding and loud. Her history whispers into a screeching terror, even before explanation is offered. Tangents pierce the whole, completing rather than deflating the story.

I immediately felt a protective instinct for Paige, her melancholy alluding to a deep sorrow. Ms. Collins introduced each new key player with their own complications, building the tension in the already taut story. I love that her chapters sometimes jump to a different facet of the story—though I must admit it threw me at first.

But like a well-oiled machine, each chapter and facet, each story thread comes together to create a jagged puzzle, that once complete makes a stunning picture.

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Violet Dawn, Brandilyn Collins, Seatbelt Suspense

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 14 August 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A DISTANT MELODY by SARAH SUNDIN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A DISTANT MELODY by SARAH SUNDIN

                                                                             

THE BLURB:

Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval–even marry a man she doesn’t love. Lt. Walter Novak–fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women–takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt’s muddy bomber base in England and Allie’s mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?
A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.

 

THE AUTHOR:

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of ten novels, including the The Sea Before Us (February 2018) and the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, and When Tides Turn).

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were both named to Booklist’s 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years. Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist and won the INSPY Award, and her novella in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Please visit Sarah at http://www.sarahsundin.com, on Facebook at SarahSundinAuthor, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin.

 

 

MY REVIEW:

How have I never read a book by this author before?!?!?!? It may be my first, but A Distant Melody certainly won’t be my last read by Ms. Sundin!

This story is filled with all the things I love—genuine characters, plausible scenarios, realistic conflict, and authentic settings and details.

I could hear the tunes, I could feel the rumble of the B-17 engines, I cringed at the swarming ‘flak.’ I ached and yearned with Allie and Walt—and wanted to knock both their noggins! And when it all looked hopeless I cried and… I kept turning the pages til it wasn’t. I wanted to step into the story and smother Allie with motherly hugs. I wanted to sit with Walt, and offer encouragement—I cheered him on so many times.

Ms. Sundin knows her era, her story world, and she knows her people, and she wraps it all together in a story so tender, so touching, I was moved to tears and fictional prayers over and again. I look forward to continuing the series!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, A Distant Melody, Sarah Sundin

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