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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 12 June 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE QUEEN WHO SOLD HER CROWN by JANE ANN McLACHLAN

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE QUEEN WHO SOLD HER CROWN by JANE ANN McLACHLAN

 

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THE BLURB

It is 1348.
Queen Joanna of Naples is facing trial for the murder of her husband, Andrew of Hungary. His brother, King Louis of Hungary is poised at her borders with a massive army ready to invade. Her royal cousins, ignoring the threat at their border, are at war with one another, throwing her kingdom into disarray. And in a few months a pandemic of massive proportions is about to sweep over all of Europe–the first wave of the bubonic plague, which will annihilate over one-third of the population.
In an era when it was believed that no woman possessed the strength and wisdom to rule a kingdom even in peaceful times, will the beautiful, passionate twenty-two-year-old Queen Joanna, sole monarch of the Kingdom of Naples, be able to survive the cataclysm about to break over her?

THE AUTHOR

A1VrsWq66KL._SY600_Jane Ann McLachlan was born in Toronto, Canada. She started writing stories when she was five years old, and has been reading literary fiction, science fiction and historical fiction in equal measure all her life. She received her B.A. in English Literature from York University and her M.A. in Canadian Literature from Carleton University. Before becoming a full-time writer she taught at Conestoga College.
She has three published science fiction novels under the pen name, J. A. McLachlan: Walls of Wind, and two young adult science fiction novels, The Occasional Diamond Thief (winner of the Alberta Publishers Award (APA) for Science Fiction and featured in the National US magazine, VOYA) and The Salarian Desert Game (runner up for the APA and listed in Canadian Top Books For Teens). She has four published historical fiction novels under Jane Ann McLachlan: The Sorrow Stone (winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for Historical Fiction), The Lode Stone, The Girl Who Would Be Queen, and The Girl Who Tempted Fortune. She is also the author of a writers’ workbook titled Downriver Writing: The Five-Step Process for Outlining Your Novel; two College textbooks on Professional Ethics published by Pearson-Prentice Hall; and a memoir, IMPACT: A Memoir of PTSD.
She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband who is also a writer, and their bilingual dog, Frenchy, a papillion breed. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.

You can learn more about J. A. McLachlan and her books on her website at: http://www.janeannmclachlan.com
Connect with Jane Ann on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janeann.mclachlan

MY REVIEW

The more I read about Queen Joanna of Naples the more I want to know. I was introduced to Joanna in Ms. McLachlan’s first book in the series, The Girl Who Would Be Queen, and I have come to love her as much as she loves her subjects! Such a kind and benevolent and godly queen. I liked Louis at first, later, not so much. [SPOILER]

Ms. McLachlan’s writing is encompassing, and this story, told in first person, makes it even more vibrant and real. Her research is extensive and thorough, and it shows on every page.

The scourge of the Black Plague wrought havoc not only on Joanna’s kingdom. Yet she faced this like everything else—with faith and determination. Marriages arranged for political gain. Women not just as the weaker sex, but inferior. The vast gap between royalty and nobility and the working class.

Oh, how my heart ached for Joanna. The burdens she carried, the relationships we take for granted questioned. Having to choose her crown and duty over personal feelings. The deep grief she experienced.

I never studied or knew of Queen Joanna, or the history of Naples. Ms. McLachlan’s series, however, has forever etched her in my heart as a favorite monarch.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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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.

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 12 June 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – REBUILDING JOY by REGINA RUDD MERRICK

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – REBUILDING JOY by REGINA RUDD MERRICK

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Rebuilding Joy by Regina Rudd Merrick, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: Rebuilding Joy

Series: RenoVations #2

Author: Regina Rudd Merrick

Publisher: Bellville Street Books

Release Date: June 2, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

THE BLURB

A waitress, a contractor, and an FBI agent walk into a café …

Single mom Darcy Emerson Sloan has enough to do raising twins and running a restaurant. She’s doing fine on her own and doesn’t need the complications of a man in her life. But when her café turns into a crime scene, putting her and her children are in danger, she begins to take interest in the handsome young FBI agent that comes on the scene.

Contractor Del Reno is as even-keeled as they come, but even he has his limits. And Darcy Sloan has pushed him too far. Every time he tries to help, it backfires. But now that Darcy and her kids are in trouble, he has no choice but to come to her aid and to protect her. She’s just going to have to deal with it.

Secret tunnels, organized crime, adorable children, and a wedding.

Just another day in Clementville.

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THE AUTHOR

Regina Rudd Merrick 2Regina Rudd Merrick is a multi-published writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, lover of all things beachy and chocolate, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Married to her husband of 35-plus years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY. Connect with Regina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on her website at https://www.reginaruddmerrick.com

CONNECT WITH REGINA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MY REVIEW

I do love a good renovation. Taking something old and making it shiny and new.

No renovation (or art project) goes to plan. And the upgrade to Darcy’s apartment just fell right through the floor—especially with the discovery of [SPOILER.]

Struggling just to maintain, Darcy has her heart tucked neatly on a shelf in a back closet. If she could just keep Del out of her face. But as the contractor doing the renovation, that’s hard to do.

Ms. Merrick wraps the reader into the story—I could almost feel the damp of the tunnels as I read. I certainly felt the apprehension and unease when they discovered the new tunnels, and the anxiety when Darcy’s apartment [SPOILER.]

Man, it’s hard to know who to trust! Just when you think you have it figured out, Ms. Merrick tosses another bone of confusion your way.

I love the depth of Ms. Merrick’s characters. Darcy’s resistance, not to Del only, but to God. And Del’s protectiveness, his instinct and integrity. His patience and persistence.

This story held as many twists and turns as the tunnels. Dead ends and secret alcoves and hidden passages. Ms. Merrick keeps her reader turning pages to the surprising end.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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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.

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(3) winner will receive their choice of ebook or signed print copy of Rebuilding Joy!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 7, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on June 14, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 12 June 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – ANCHOR MY HEART by SARA BETH WILLIAMS

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – ANCHOR MY HEART by SARA BETH WILLIAMS

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THE BLURB

In the aftermath of tragic loss, worship leader Matt Lawson is grappling debilitating anxiety. The blessings he’d taken for granted—a dream job, a woman he couldn’t wait to spend the rest of his life with, and his God-given musical talent have crumbled at his feet, leaving him reeling in despair, unable to face the wreckage of the life he’d envisioned for himself.
Tara Pierce is ready to put past hurts behind her as she prepares to graduate college and take a leap of faith in her career. When Matt’s grief causes him to isolate himself from everyone he knows, she refuses to stand idly by and do nothing. She has traversed similar terrain before. No one deserves to travel that road alone.
Unexpected attraction flares as Tara reaches into the sea of Matt’s grief and helps ground him in reality. But Matt’s not ready to give himself away again. Can Tara risk her heart and their friendship and let God step in to heal where she can’t?

THE AUTHOR

39109190_275553673174770_3413648626860163072_nSara Beth Williams is a wife, mother of two daughters, and temporary caretaker of a lovable old lady pit and a spunky Pomeranian-Shih Tzu mix. She lives in Northern California. When she’s not held hostage by the keyboard, she enjoys music, teaching, reading and spending time with her family. She is all about connecting with readers! Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Bookbub and AllAuthor. She is all about connecting with readers!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SaraBethWilliamsAuthor
Twitter: @WilliamsSaraB
Instagram: @sarabethauthor2018/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18403465.Sara_Beth_Williams
Website: http://www.authorswilliams.wordpress.com/
BookBub: @swilliamsauth

MY REVIEW

Don’t we all strive to be in control, at least to some degree? Do we not all resist “letting go and letting God” when we need to the most? Turn away from those who love us most, those whom we need the most.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book; the main character, Matt, was so off-putting. I just really couldn’t like him.

But I persevered (I’m glad I did) and I came to understand why he annoyed me so—not only was he wallowing in his grief, he was trying to control his emotions on his own—and [SPOILER] from the past.

Of all Matt’s friends, Tara was able to crack through the armor Matt had built up. She’s been there; she knows the pain he’s suffering. And man! is she tenacious! That’s a good thing when God places someone on your heart.

The story—Matt’s grieving—seemed to D-R-A-G on and on… Then again, we all know people (or have been that person) who cling to their pain. Ms. Williams certainly did justice to his fight. I appreciated how she portrayed the ebb and flow of his friends rallying around him and giving him space. The gentle nudges to move forward, and straight up advice to [SPOILER.]

Of course the element of romance was a tightwire act; both of them wanting to move into a relationship, both of them with questions.

Ms. Williams threw them a curve ball that gave them both the space they needed. Literally and figuratively. And I loved how she resolved it for them.

This story sure got my attention, and now I’d like to go back and read the first two in the series.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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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.

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 25 May 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – LOVE ORDAINED by TARA TAFFERA

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – LOVE ORDAINED by TARA TAFFERA

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THE BLURB

Where Great Loss Turns to Ordained Love

When Gina Andros loses her husband Alex and almost two-year old daughter Teresa in a car accident, her world falls apart. Her mother-in-law Helena, a woman she views as a second mother, blames her for the accident and cuts her out of her life. Doing so, she turns her family, including Gina’s best friends, Anna and Christian, away from her. Gina falls deep into the pit of grief, but slowly the family starts to heal—due in part to a major event in her life. But not before Helena goes to great lengths to derail Gina’s recovery. Will Helena’s heart melt, bringing the family back together?

As the months go by, the possibility of new love arrives in Gina’s life, but is it the love God has planned for her? Will Gina realize the one she is meant to be with, and if she does, will he be ready to love her unconditionally?



THE AUTHOR

118l2cgts5qsdqnovf8034cdan._US230_Tara Taffera is a journalist living in Stafford, Va., with her husband of 23 years, and her three daughters. In 2020, she realized her dream of writing her first novel, Love Ordained. She has always loved to read, and anyone who knows her knows how fast she can plow through a good book. Her mother always says, how as a youngster, she was always asking to go back to the library for more books. She started writing Love Ordained more than 20 years ago, and she finally made it a priority in early 2020, and finished the book–a Christian romance. It was published on February 15, 2021, and she is currently working on book 2 in the series.

 

MY REVIEW

This promised to be a wonderful story of healing and new beginnings. Sadly, I was offput from the first page when the author wrote two totally different and conflicting actions within the first two paragraphs.

My heart ached for Gina, the utter loss, the depth of her grieving. (And I know people who have been there.) I totally get her inability to cope and move forward. What I didn’t get was her father’s reaction at a time when she needed his support.

He wasn’t the only unbelievable character. While I know grief can turn the loveliest people into a bitter shell, Helena’s reaction seemed extreme to this reader.

Between characters I just couldn’t accept as realistic and several other inconsistencies, I was not impressed with this book.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 24 May 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – BOOK REVIEW – TO SAVE A KING by RACHEL HAUCK

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – BOOK REVIEW – TO SAVE A KING by RACHEL HAUCK

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THE BLURB

After growing up in small-town Hearts Bend, Tennessee, Gemma Stone set off to Hollywood to make her mark in the world.
But her ambition turned into a journey of a “thousand” bad decisions and after twelve years of seeking fame and fortune, Gemma returns home with a limp and a dark secret.

Now she runs a rescue ranch and is raising her friends’ orphaned daughter. She’s keenly aware these defenseless ones are also rescuing her. She just wants to stay hidden in the safe world she’s created.
HRH Crown Prince John has learned a royal title cannot shield him from heartbreak. As heir to the revered House of Blue and married to the love of his life, he believed his future reign would strengthen the royal dynasty of Lauchtenland. Then tragedy changed everything. Can anything save him from his grief?
When he travels to Hearts Bend on a mission for his mother, Queen Catherine, he’s drawn into the local life and cajoled into a three-legged race with the beautiful Gemma Stone during the 4th of July festivities.
While the event has a disastrous result, Prince John and Gemma form a quick friendship—one of two wounded souls finding comfort in one other. However, love is absolutely not an option. John desperately wants to hold onto the memories of his wife, and Gemma refuses to trust her heart to any man. Even a prince.
Then Prince John is called home for an emergency. How can he leave the woman who lifted him from his sorrows? But can Gemma join him on a royal stage and risk her secret coming to light?
With a touch of divine help, Prince John and Gemma just might find the kind of love that saves and ultimately write their very own fairy tale.

To Save a King is book two in the True Blue Royal series.

THE AUTHOR

B1qfn8q7zyS._SY600_Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.
She is a Christy Award Winner and a double RITA finalist. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Club. She is the recipient of RT’s Career Achievement Award.
Her book, Once Upon A Prince, was filmed for an original Hallmark movie. The Wedding Dress, The Wedding Shop and A March Bride have all been optioned for film.
She’s been acclaimed for her split time novels and royal romances.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, and a former sorority girl, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
Hauck recently learned how to hard boil an egg. She’s quite proud.
Visit her at http://www.rachelhauck.com or http://www.facebook.com/rachelhauck

 

MY REVIEW

I love a tale story with the Divine woven so neatly, naturally, into the fabric of the story. And nobody does it so beautifully as Rachel Hauck.

I may have related to Gemma a bit too much—1000 bad life decisions…..  And oh! how I longed for her to discover Father God’s grace and mercy and love—and to let herself be loved.

If ever there was a charming prince, John is it! He so readily adapted to Gemma’s world; it might have been easy to forget he was royalty.

Ms. Hauck’s characters have, well, character and personality. Depth, dimension, and a past. (Don’t we all.) Hiding behind hurts, running from happiness—and love. But God. He won’t leave us hanging, wallowing in the depths we’ve fallen into or the mess we’ve made of our lives.

The ebb and flow of this story rings so true to life. I loved Gemma’s rescue animals—and especially loved the names they gave the puppies! Learning her past, and what drove her home and set her nurturing her animals [SPOILER]. Watching as she dared to trust again.

I loved Emmanuel, adored Ernst’s “shortcut” lingo, but my favorite character is Adelaide!  

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 22 May 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE PROMISE TREE by JANALYN VOIGT

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE PROMISE TREE by JANALYN VOIGT

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Promise Tree by Janalyn Voigt, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Promise Tree

Series: Montana Treasure #1

Author: Janalyn Voigt

Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink

Release Date: May 5, 2021

Genre: Christian, Historical/Western Romance

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THE BLURB

A preacher’s daughter shouldn’t encourage a troublemaker—no matter what her wayward heart desires.

Liberty has always believed she should marry a man of God, but Jake doesn’t qualify. The promises they’d made at age twelve can’t change that. If only Jake would stop pursuing her, she might keep from falling in love with him.

Jake fears he’ll lose Liberty to Beau, the new man in town. He doesn’t trust the smooth-talker—and certainly not with Liberty. Expressing his opinion sounds jealous and pushes Liberty further away. Jake’s efforts to forget the woman he loves lands him in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

A bounty hunter on the trail of a notorious outlaw gallops into town, and Liberty finds herself in unexpected peril. When Jake rides after her, he faces a test of faith. Jake and Liberty must each overcome their own false beliefs. Only then can they experience the truth of God’s redeeming love.

Set during a troubled time in America, the Montana Treasure series explores faith, courage, and love in the Wild West. Read this heartwarming story to affirm your faith in love.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound

 

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THE AUTHOR

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Janalyn Voigt fell in love with literature at an early age when her father read chapters from classics as bedtime stories. When Janalyn grew older, she put herself to sleep with tales “written” in her head.

Today Janalyn is a storyteller who writes in several genres. The same elements–romance, mystery, adventure, history, and whimsy–appear in all her novels, no matter what the genre.

Learn more about Janalyn Voigt and the books she writes at http://janalynvoigt.com

CONNECT WITH JANALYN: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

MY REVIEW

Ms. Voigt certainly puts her characters in tough situations! How many of us hold ourselves or others to a standard that God has not called us to? Liberty sure did—but not from her parents, and especially not from her preacher father!

I wanted to like this story, and I tried, I really did. Dialogue will make or break a story for this reader, and sadly, in this story it fell flat for me. Mundane bits, and things I had a hard time believing people would say to one another.

Still, Ms. Voigt writes of family and friends who are close-knit—something that is dear to my heart. I especially appreciated (envied!) the bond between Liberty and Phoebe.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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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.

 

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(1) winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 18, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on May 25, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 15 May 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE SECRET PLACE by CAMILLE EIDE

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE SECRET PLACE by CAMILLE EIDE

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Book Name The Secret Place

Author Camille Eide

Publisher WhiteFire Publishing

 

THE BLURB

How far can love bend before it breaks?
Josie Norris became an instant mommy when her twin sister Nadine handed over her newborn son and vanished. What Josie saw as a temporary arrangement grew into a mother-son bond too deep to uproot. But with her irrational sister threatening to steal him back, Josie has been living the last few years with Kennedy in hiding, afraid to go home.
When Aunt Libby—the only person who knows the truth about Kennedy—suffers a traumatic head injury, Josie rushes to her McKenzie River home to help Gram care for the woman who raised her. But not only is Libby’s injury causing family secrets to spill, it’s forcing Josie to see the women in her life in a new light.
Will—a ranger who Kennedy adores and who Josie is determined not to—is desperate to help the woman who has stolen his affections. But can Josie ever truly be authentic with the man she loves? With her son’s fate hanging in the balance, she is faced with the choice to risk everything she loves in order to bridge the most impossible gulfs.
In this story of mothers, daughters, and sisters, Josie must find the grace to forgive people for not being who she needed them to be…and the courage to surrender her fears to the God who has never once left her side.

 

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THE AUTHOR

B1VytIEQGrS._SY600_Camille Eide writes more than a romance with her tender tales of love, faith, and family for those who enjoy inspirational romance and women’s fiction. Her novel, The Memoir of Johnny Devine, was awarded 5 Gold Stars/Top Pick, Best Inspirational Romance, & the December Seal of Excellence from RT Book Reviews, and Oregon Christian Writers’ Best Historical Fiction.

Please visit my website at http://www.camilleeide.com

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

The dynamics in this story are volatile! A mother who abandons her little girls; the mysterious connection between twins shattered and severed; a stranger in the woods—and the handsome and winsome forest ranger.

Life throws curve balls at us all. Some of us manage to “duck,” and avoid [most of] them. Some of us (this reader among them) seem to collect those curve balls and display them like trophies.

Only through the grace of God can any of us survive the good times, let alone those “curve balls.”

Ms. Eide has certainly thrown a bunch of them at her characters; and she portrays the depth of human nature in the various responses—burying the past and pretending it never happened; living in fear—and unforgiveness—and running away; harboring unforgiveness and laying blame. Ms. Eide’s story reaches deep, touches raw nerves.

Oh, how I related to Josie, to her sense of insignificance. Her questions of worth. How I longed to come alongside her, to pour the love of God into her heart.

And Nadine! I couldn’t turn pages fast enough to find out what happened to [SPOILER.] This reader has always had a fascination with twins, and I longed to see Josie and Nadine reunited.

Such a deep and profound story, told so masterfully and beautifully.  

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 11 May 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – SUDDENLY FOREVER by TERESA TYSINGER

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – SUDDENLY FOREVER by TERESA TYSINGER

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Book:  Suddenly Forever

Author: Teresa Tysinger

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: October 6, 2020

 

THE BLURB

On the outskirts of Laurel Cove, North Carolina sits a quiet lake tucked into gentle mountains carpeted with the brilliant colors of autumn. Grief binds the lake’s only residents into an unlikely family, where old and new love build a bridge between loss and hope.

For years, best-selling author Cora Bradford has worked tirelessly to tread the unrelenting waves of grief in solitude. That is until a new neighbor moves in down the road and threatens to disrupt what she’s carefully preserved of the life she once knew. Will God ever answer her prayer for peace and calmer waters?

Following a scandal, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Luke Bassett escapes to the one place in the world he’s ever experienced peace—his mother’s cabin on the lake where he spent childhood summers. But the memory of her and the mistakes he made are hardly peaceful. To make matters worse, he gets off to a rocky start with his bitter, but breathtakingly beautiful, neighbor. Was running away from the life he’s always known the biggest mistake of all, or the beginning of something he never knew he wanted?

Spunky, opinionated, and recently widowed Ina McLean is alone for the first time in over ninety years. When Cora and Luke come together to care for their only other neighbor, Ina’s belief in God’s goodness through life’s ups and downs works to restore their hope in learning to live—and love—again.

 

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THE AUTHOR

TeresaTysinger_Headshot-768x768Teresa Tysinger is an author of Southern Contemporary Romance inspired by grace. She writes on the fringes of being a wife, mom, and full-time communications and public relations professional. Teresa is a member of ACFW, the Association for Women in Communications, and the Religion Communicators Council. She loves coffee, traveling, and prides herself in knowing and loving almost every genre of music. Born in Hawaii, raised in Florida, and educated in North Carolina, she now resides in Texas with her husband, daughter, and dog.

 

MORE FROM TERESA

Hi Readers!

As an author, I love each of my stories. There’s no denying, though, that Suddenly Forever holds a special place in my heart. I think it always will. The second in my Laurel Cove Romance Series, Cora and Luke’s story came together differently than any other I’ve written.

Most often, a new story of mine begins with a simple notion or seed of an idea. I brainstorm and fit pieces together until a more complete idea begins to take shape. The process usually takes weeks and sometimes months. Suddenly Forever was completely different! One night I could not fall asleep. I tossed and turned for what seemed like hours. Characters’ faces sprang to mind like snapshots. Their personalities, fears, and desires sort of just clicked into place. Scenes played out from start to finish. The “noise” of this waking dream was so vivid that I eventually reached for my phone on my nightstand and punch out the ideas in my Notes app.

By the time I finally fell asleep that night, the entire story was clear in my mind. The next day, I sat down and began drafting Cora and Luke’s story. It was the fastest first draft I’ve ever written! The story just poured out of me. By the time I finished just over a month later, I felt as though I’d ran a sprint, getting the scenes down as fast as they’d come to me so I could get to the next. It was exhilarating and exhausting and super rewarding.

More than once, I wondered why this story had come to me so quickly and clearly compared to others. After some reflection and prayer, I believe it’s because this story isn’t mine at all. It’s God’s. I’ve always approached my writing with a prayerful heart that God would meet me on the pages and fill it in with His truths so readers might see Him. But this felt different. This felt as though God simply needed someone with fingers to type.

And so, my prayer as you read Suddenly Forever is that God’s messages come through loud and clear. To the reader who, like Cora, grieves a lost loved one, may you see God’s healing hand and feel His peace. To the reader who may one day encounter someone grieving, may you see the lessons of patience and compassion cultivated in Luke. May you all be reminded of God’s ever-present love for you!

I hope you’ll join me this summer as I invite you again to visit Laurel Cove. The third book in the Laurel Cove Romance Series, Someone Found, releases in May! Blessings and happy reading!

 

MY REVIEW

Why do we run from God when His embrace is what we need most? Why do we try to manage—life, grief, joy, the good, the bad—on our own when He created us to need Him.

And each other.

Grief, when it comes, takes each of us on a different journey. For Cora, it was a journey inward, a journey of isolation.

Ms. Tysinger portrays Cora’s grief vividly, masterfully. The nightmares, the routines—her saving grace—her disinterest in anything but [SPOILER.]

Waging his own battle with grief, Luke steps into Cora’s life—and unwittingly into the role of guiding out of her grief.

And Ina. I kept thinking of Hebrews 13:2 (Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. NKJV) Such a character. And such wisdom.

Poignant only begins to describe this story. The journey from grief to living again is a shaky one, and Ms. Tysinger leads Cora through the minefield with realism and painful honesty. Told beautifully, the author portrays Father God’s healing touch, even in those darkest moments of our lives when we feel utterly distanced—abandoned even—from Him.

PS – The island. Special place. Tender moments. Bittersweet memories.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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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.

 

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

Suddenly Forever Giveaway

To celebrate her, Teresa is giving away the grand prize package of a Zippered Book Sleeve (8×10), a “Library” Candle (4 oz), a Suddenly Forever Book Quote Card (4×6), and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10b5f/suddenly-forever-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

BLOG STOPS

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 30

Books and Everyday Life, April 30

Texas Book-aholic, May 1

Inklings and notions, May 2

For Him and My Family, May 3

Remembrancy, May 3

deb’s Book Review, May 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 6

Blogging With Carol, May 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 7

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, May 9

Britt Reads Fiction, May 9

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 10

Through the Fire Blogs, May 11

Pick A Good Book, May 11

CarpeDiem, May 12

Labor Not in Vain, May 13

Godly Book Reviews, May 13

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 30 April 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – BOOK REVIEW – BEGOTTEN by LISA T. BERGREN

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – BOOK REVIEW – BEGOTTEN by LISA T. BERGREN

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THE BLURB

Their coming was foretold for centuries…
and their gathering threatens to change everything.
A portion of an ancient, beautifully illuminated letter—a letter believed to have been written by Saint Paul—has surfaced. The letter speaks of men and women with profound spiritual gifts and the illuminations bear a striking resemblance to those drawing together in medieval Italy.
Their gathering will strike fear in the heart of a Church dedicated to maintaining their considerable power. But there is another enemy on the hunt for them and he is darker still…

THE AUTHOR

61DZtU3E3jLLisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling author of over fifty novels, children’s books, and nonfiction books. Lisa and her husband Tim reside in Colorado with their three big kids and a white, fluffy dog named Talisker Beatrice.

You can find out more about Lisa & stay up to date by following her…
On the Web: http://www.LisaTawnBergren.com
On Facebook: Lisa Tawn Bergren; River of Time Series
On Twitter: LisaTBergren

 

MY REVIEW

The battle of good versus evil is timeless. This story may be set in Medieval Italy but it could be current day—truly any era since the time of Christ. Or the beginning of time.

The author clearly has a deep understanding of what it is to be a follower of Christ, to walk according to His will. To utilize the gifts God has endowed upon each one of us. As she has done with her writing.

Ms. Bergren works such mysterious moments into her story from the first pages. Coincidences that are not coincidental at all. Events and people that converge at just the right moment—minutes or even seconds sooner or later and the chance would be lost. The outcome different entirely.

The characters in this story embrace their Gifting as any of us would—with doubts and questions, wonder and awe, ultimately embracing it with their whole heart. With an inner knowing, beyond mere confidence, even in facing great spiritual opposition.

The telling is as rich and vibrant and intriguing as any tapestry hanging on the castle walls. Mystery and secrets, the dark enemy lurking about, God working His miracles through His chosen, His select. His begotten.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 24 April 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – SPILLED MILK by HEATHER DAY GILBERT

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – SPILLED MILK by HEATHER DAY GILBERT

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THE BLURB

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

The fall flea market has arrived in Macy’s small mountain town, and she’s taking a day off work to check out the local wares. As she and her Great Dane, Coal, wander through the booths, Macy’s more than a little taken aback to discover that her enigmatic tattooed barista, Kylie, is selling antique weapons at the event.
She’s even more shocked when Coal sniffs out a dead body…and the man appears to have been struck down by one of Kylie’s swords.
As rumors begin to circulate, the Barks & Beans Cafe also takes a hit. Customers are reluctant to order their mochas from a murderess. Macy stands by her employee, but even she believes there’s a whole lot more to Kylie’s history than the woman lets on. To make matters worse, Macy’s brother Bo is out of the country, leaving the cafe’s future in her hands.
And then her ex-husband Jake shows up, begging to make amends.
With the past rearing its ugly head, Macy has to ignore Jake’s distractions, appease the angst of her nervous customers, and convince Kylie to trust her, all before an elusive killer strikes again.

THE AUTHOR

heather gilbertHEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.”
Find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com

 

MY REVIEW

“Ms. Gilbert’s writing is brilliant, her characters real and fun, her stories a delight to read, and I look forward to the next book in this series, Spilled Milk.” (from my review of Fair Trade, 10 November 2020, https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2020/11/10/blogwords-tuesday-10-november-2020-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-fair-trade-by-heather-day-gilbert/ )

 

Macy Hatfield has become a good friend by now, practically family. I always enjoy going along for the ride on one of her adventures. Her tenacity, her sense of justice, her knack for reading people. And of course her love of dogs! (Although this reviewer is 100% a cat person.)

Ms. Gilbert twists and weaves so many threads into her stories—I could feel the energy leaping off the page.

Macy encounters first one victim and then another, with strong evidence pointing at her friend, what Macy uncovers is not her friend’s guilt, but a [SPOILER] in Kylie’s past—and in the process, they both uncover a nwew friendship.

Macy follows one clue after another until she comes face to face [SPOILER].

Bo was out of the picture for Macy’s adventure this time. But we meet Jake in this story and all I can say is, what a rat! And as her heart weighs her choices I truly wasn’t sure which fella she would choose. I will say, I agree with her choice!

With just the right balance of tension and humor, mystery and romance, this story keeps the reader guessing. And I gotta say, I did not see that ending coming!

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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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.

 

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The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:

Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
Book 3: Fair Trade
Book 4: Spilled Milk
Book 5: Trouble Brewing (coming in October)

 

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