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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 21 March 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THAT’S WHEN I KNEW

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THAT’S WHEN I KNEW

 

 

 

Chelsea Scott’s past and her future collide—right as she slid into second base. And Nick Pearson. Her best friend had shattered her world twelve years ago when he said three little words.

 

And Chelsea ran.

 

And now, Nick is her knight in shining armor—or driver in a shiny rig, hauling her wares to the trade show in Chicago.

Will the hours on the road together have her running from his easy charm and fetching good looks again—or falling in to the pool of love that got skipped years before?

 

This reviewer knows the struggle to let herself be loved, and the guilt of wrong decisions, and I felt deeply as Chelsea sought to retreat to her safe space—anywhere Nick Pearson was not. But as the reader and the romantic, I chastised her for it. I laughed at the comedy of errors, the seeming “what else could go wrong’s” that conspired to continually put them in the same place at the same time. I cried a little as each of them faced past hurts and allowed them to drive a wedge in a relationship that is not yet solid. And I melted into Nick’s arms every time Chelsea let herself bask in his embrace.

 

 

Ms. Tomlinson tells an easy tale, drawing her reader into her story world from the first page. Her descriptions are colorful and vivid, the emotions of her characters genuine and real. She has put a full story into a compact novella, leaving the reader at once satisfied and longing for more. Ms. Tomlinson is skilled in her telling, and her ability shines on every page.

 

 

I received a free 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 volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

Laurie Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her stories are fueled by faith, steaming mugs of tea, and her belief that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. When she’s not writing, she enjoys baking with her two little sous chefs and testing new recipes on her husband—especially if she doesn’t have to do the dishes.

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 14 March 28 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW –PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

           

 

She was one of Brigid’s miracles, healed of leprosy and delivered from her pagan father. Aine grew under the care of her uncle, a monk who taught her to read—a rare thing in the sixth century, especially for a girl.

 

But Aine held to pagan beliefs, letting them infiltrate the seed of the Gospel planted within her. When she is betrothed to a man who has taken the Christian faith, she is caught in a tangle of faith and feelings. “In sixth-century Ireland, books are rare treasures.” And when she steals a book from the clan she is to marry into, she takes not only pages of tales or lineage, but words of power—words scribed from Holy Scripture.

 

Intent on taking the book—and its powers—to her mother’s people, peculiar events follow in her wake. Seeking Brigid’s help brings danger to the very place of refuge. Evil forces are afoot—but so is the power of the Gospel.

 

I gained a deeper understanding of life in a pagan world, where spiritual powers were acknowledged as the norm, and mere humans were subject to the whims—or tempers—of the gods and their druids. I learned the high esteem druids carried in their era, and the power they wielded over the people—some in honest obeisance to the gods, some for selfish purpose and gain.

I felt the tug of faith as Aine yearned for what she saw in Brigid. I felt her heart stir when her betrothed, Daithi was near—and frustration at her for resisting him. I loved her for the passion of her mission, and her dedication to rescue her mother. And I rejoiced with her when she overcame her fears and embraced both love and faith.

 

 

Ms. Thomson has brought a deeper insight in the stories of Brigid of Ireland. With vivid threads of fantasy and myth, she brings the lore of Celtic history to life. Her research is evident, with details both graphic and telling. I was once again immersed in the story world, living and walking with the characters on each page.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

I’m a full-time writer dedicated to telling the legacy left to us by those went before.

I write historical fiction, genealogy-related articles, history articles, and short stories. I’m also a baseball fan. My favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds, but I have a soft spot for the Cubs who hadn’t won a World Series since my cousin pitched for them in 1908…until 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 7 March 28 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BRIGID OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BRIGID OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

 

 

 

When God places His call and purpose on your life, it’s there before time. It’s there at the moment of birth, indeed from before birth.

Such was the life of Brigid of Ireland.

 

 

In a world where fear and pagan religion dominates, one girl takes hold of the “new religion,” Christianity, and she is changed.

And so is Ireland.

 

With a faith that is the very definition of faith—trust, confidence, knowing—Brigid brings about miracles while deflecting the notion it is by some power she herself wields. As druid opposition grows stronger, so does her faith. And as she faces ever greater challenges, that faith sees her through.

 

 

Ms. Thomson has brought to life a person and an era dear to this reviewer’s heart—lover of all things Irish—and this tale has settled deep in my soul. Ms. Thomson portrays the life of a girl in the shadow of St. Patrick, a servant girl whose very existence and identity are questionable. She has pulled threads of myth and history, and woven in fantasy to create a vivid telling of the legend of a girl who surely existed, giving a life to the legend. Brigid of Ireland is a believable account of life in the 5th century, the primitive accommodations, the ever-present threat of slave owners over slaves. I was so immersed and so enjoyed this read, I’m sure I’m a fan of all of Ms. Thomson’s books.

 

 

 

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m a full-time writer dedicated to telling the legacy left to us by those went before.

I write historical fiction, genealogy-related articles, history articles, and short stories. I’m also a baseball fan. My favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds, but I have a soft spot for

the Cubs who hadn’t won a World Series since my cousin pitched for them in 1908…until 2016!

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 21 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – OOPS

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BOOK REVIEW – OOPS

Sorry, folks, #TDRD is closed today…

Tuesday slipped up on me and Monday got away from me – and the review just didn’t get written. That said, I’ve moved it to the first week of March and the sequel to the second week of March – because they’re all about Irish legend! So maybe it worked out after all, maybe it wasn’t so much of an “OOPS” don’tcha know???

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 14 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE SCARLET COAT by ANGELA K. COUCH

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE SCARLET COAT

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Conflict on every side, and within as well. The sound of musket fire, the acrid smell of smoke—and the putrid smell of blood and death.

And within her heart, the cry of compassion for a dying man. A man wearing the uniform of the enemy.

 

When Rachel Garnet seeks her brother and their father after a British invasion, she is heartbroken to learn her father is already dead. Leaving the valley—the battlefield—with her brother, they hear a cry for help.

A British officer.

Rachel cannot bear to leave him to die in the woods—but what does she risk to have the man in their home.

But as the man recovers his health, his memory fails him. Who is this man Rachel and her brother have rescued? Who are they harboring within their walls?

As the enemy begins to regain his health, he also struggles to recover his memory. Rachel is drawn to his mild manner, and to his knowledge of Scripture.

And the conflict in her heart takes a dangerous turn as she falls in love with him. Will the conflict get them both killed? Or will their love triumph?

 

 

Ms. Couch has portrayed love that takes root in the most unlikely circumstance. She has given us genuine characters that display every emotion, and volley back and forth within those emotions. She has written characters who struggle with the reality of their lives and the brutality of war. I felt Rachel’s heart as she was torn to do her Christian duty to her sworn enemy. And I felt the conflict as her heart stirred toward him. I walked alongside her in 18th century America, felt the strain of daily life, and the constant threat of discovery. A vivid story of faith and compassion and love.

 

 

 

This book was given to me as a gift. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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Angela K Couch is an award-winning author for her short stories, and a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2015 Genesis Contest. Her childhood was spent listening to her father read chapters from his novels, and Angela decided young to follow his path. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. Angela lives in Alberta, Canada with her “hero” and three munchkins. Visit her at http://www.angelakcouch.com, or follow on Twitter or Facebook!
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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 7 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – WALKING ON SEA GLASS by JULIE CAROBINI

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – WALKING ON SEA GLASS

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When one tidal wave crashes into another is a double disaster? Or do two negatives make a positive?

 

Losing at love becomes her second crisis when Liddy Buckle receives an unwelcome diagnosis. As she wades her way through post-surgery recovery, and a cold and distant faith, the last thing she wants is romance.

 

After the loss of his wife, the last thing on Beau Quinn’s mind is romance, too. And yet he is drawn to this fragile woman, Liddy. The loss of his wife shook his faith—and he is stronger for it.

 

But when Liddy continues to visit Beau’s church, her faith begins to take hold. And they develop a connection. But will her heart give in to her fears? Or will love overcome them?

 

 

 

Ms. Carobini’s story drew me in from the first page. Her natural style of writing brought me quickly into the story. I particularly love the dialogue, the way conversation really happens, the natural flow and hopscotch of comments and banter.

Liddy became my friend, and I was with her as she moved to start her life over. I was with her when the first symptoms appeared and then her diagnosis. I was post-surgery last year (different issue altogether) and I felt her struggle to regain strength through her recovery. I rooted for Beau as his affection for Liddy grew, and wanted to throttle her for turning away. And with both of them, I know all too well, the struggle with faith as it ebbs and flows.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Julie Carobini is the bestselling author of Walking on Sea Glass, The Christmas Thief, the Chocolate Series, and the Otter Bay Novels, including the popular, Sweet Waters. She has won numerous awards, and RT Book Reviews says, “Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive.” Julie and her family live in California where she loves all things coastal (except sharks). Please sign up for her occasional newsletter, where you’ll learn about new releases and freebies for your Kindle: http://www.juliecarobini.com

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 January 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BELLANOK by RALENE BURKE

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BELLANOK by RALENE BURKE

 

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A young pastor who doesn’t know his strength or calling. A mythical queen who needs him to save her land.

 

Brian Reynolds had a plan. But God had a different plan. Brian had a heart for the Gospel but he wanted to pastor an easy little church in a comfortable country town. Not in a crime ridden, inner city neighborhood. What did he have in common with thugs like that?

 

Fauna’s world was dying and it was time for the vision to become reality. But she must leave her realm, Bellanok, to bring the man to her world.

 

That man is Brian Reynolds.

 

Confronted with Truth he denies, Brian resists Fauna and her guardian’s proposition. Until demons materialize and Brian comes face to face with evil in flesh form. Suddenly he is fleeing with Fauna and Roman—straight to Bellanok.

 

The land is nothing he’s ever seen and everything he’s heard of—in fantasy tales. But even he can see the destruction of death and sin upon Fauna’s world. What he doesn’t see is how he is their savior.

 

Will Brian rise to the occasion? Can he embrace this role thrust upon him? Will he see Creator’s purpose in all that is foreign to him? Can he save Bellanok?

 

 

Ms. Burke’s debut novel brings to life a bevy of favorite fantasy creatures, living in an innocent protected realm. As these creature encounter sin and death, the Gospel message becomes reality, even to fairies and centaurs and dragons. Ms. Burke weaves Truth into fantasy, and victory into darkness. The world she creates is vivid and real, the characters alive with passions and fears. She portrays evil with discernment and understanding of its power—that of deception and fear.

In a classic tale of good vs evil, Ms. Burke brings truth to the battle, and characters that readers will love.

 

 

 

This book was given to me as a gift from a friend. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE BEYOND! She has worked for a variety of groups/companies, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients.

Her first novel, Bellanok, is available on Amazon!

When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .

 

 

 

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