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BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 15 May 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A SPARROW IN TEREZIN by KRISTY CAMBRON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A SPARROW IN TEREZIN by KRISTY CAMBRON

                                                                            

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor’s story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

 

Present Day–With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairy tale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she’s stumbled into a charmed life–until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942–Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája
discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.

Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight
to protect all they hold dear–even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

 

Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of Christian fiction, including her bestselling debut A SPARROW AT TEREZIN, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She is a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at ministry events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

To stay connected, visit: www.kristycambron.com

 

 

What a powerful story of hope in the most hopeless circumstance. What a powerful story of Father using a willing vessel.

Honestly, I wanted to knock Kája on the head for her stubbornness! (perhaps, betimes, because this reviewer can be IS just as stubborn…. ) But she could not ignore the cry of her heart, and though her determination put her very life in danger, she did what she needed to do; this reviewer knows that drive of the heart, too.

And through all the horror, I cried with her, I felt the hopelessness as it leached into her heart. And I rejoiced with her in her victory, bittersweet though it was.

The connection to The Butterfly and the Violin was skillfully drawn, and subtly placed. (and a surprise that I did not see coming)

 

And the tie-in to Sera and William’s story builds on what was started in the first book, as well. Their happily-ever-after was rudely interrupted by an ugly twist, and the search for truth nearly broke it.

But truth prevails—it always does—and love wins, and both Sera and William come to terms with their past in order to build their future together.

 

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.

 

Five feathers.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, A Sparrow at Terezin, Kristy Cambron, Hidden Masterpieces Series, The Butterfly and the Violin

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BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

ROBIN’S NEST IS BACK FROM HIATUS!!!

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 1 May 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN by KRISTY CAMBRON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN by KRISTY CAMBRON

 

A Mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz–and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.
Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl–a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.
In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover–the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul–who maybe the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.

A darling of the Austrian aristocracy of 1942, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.

As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

 

 

Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of Christian fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She is a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at ministry events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

To stay connected, visit: www.kristycambron.com

 

 

 

A profound and moving story that takes the reader inside Auschwitz, revealing a secret of beauty amidst the horrors of Nazi brutality.

 

One heart emptied of all feeling, and one hidden behind a protective shell. One heart that is freed on the strings of her violin, the other drawn from her fragile cocoon by a painting. One story impacting the other half a century later.

 

In a story that is the epitome of why this reviewer loves historical fiction as I do, Ms. Cambron has given grim life to a wretched moment in time, and the depravity of Auschwitz Birkenau, while weaving a tale of hope and love that is real and honest and heartbreakingly genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Butterfly and the Violin, Kristy Cambron, Hidden Masterpieces Series, A Sparrow at Terezin

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 3 April 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNFORGOTTEN by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNFORGOTTEN by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

THE BLURB:

Lance Michelli had traveled to his grandmother Antonia’s old villa in Sonoma to find the truth behind the secrets of her past. There he met Rese Barrett, the woman who now owns the villa and hides secrets of her own. Now Lance has returned to his grandmother with both Rese and the answers he has found. But Antonia refuses to hear what he has to say. Has she really misunderstood the events of that dark night so long ago? Antonia sends Lance on another quest. But this time he discovers that the past has influenced the present far more than anyone realizes. Lance is caught between the two women he loves as he uncovers unforgotten truths that could change them all forever.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

Mere words cannot convey the power and the impact of this story. Layer after layer of truth and humanity. Loyalty and betrayal, conflict and fear. Secrets and sacrifice. Love and victory.

 

I identified in a way, with Rese, denying herself love and attachment. And I really identified with Lance, feeling it was his burden to fix… everything… for everyone…

And yet, I grew angry and impatient with both of them for doing exactly that! I cried with them and laughed with them and, well, swooned for them.

Ms. Heitzmann may have just outdone herself with this story. Such powerful impact, so many threads woven together—it seems so impossible for to tie them all together. But Ms. Heitzmann not only does so, but does it so beautifully. Not only is there meaning and purpose in the seeming fragmented bits, but, as in life, they all overlap to create the whole.

 

A rich and deep and textured story that keeps me turning pages.

 

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, Unforgotten, Kristen Heitzmann, Michelli Family Series, Secrets, Echoes

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 27 March 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL BY JAIME JO WRIGHT

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL BY JAIME JO WRIGHT

THE BLURB:

 

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?
THE AUTHOR:

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com!

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

 

The number of times this book gave me the chills! The twists, the turns, the unexpected’s! I enjoy a good book written in a dual timeline, and Ms. Wright does not disappoint. Both threads are well written, characters alive on each page, and the connection from one to the other is evident while keeping the reader guessing. The story lagged for me in a few places, and some of the dialogue didn’t seem in keeping with the era, but not enough to through out of the telling, or put the book down altogether. Seriously, this is a page turner and kept me reading several nights long after I should have put it down.

 

STARS:

 

 

 

This book was given to me as a gift. 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 House on Foster Hill, Jaime Jo Wright

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 27 February 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – GOD IN THE DARK BY SARAH VAN DIEST

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – GOD IN THE DARK BY SARAH VAN DIEST

                                                                             

 

THE BLURB:

 

Life’s painful trials can bring shame about our inadequate and broken faith. There is relief in hearing the expressions of desperation in the psalmist’s voice. He didn’t experience this life perfected, and we don’t either. But the psalmist was loved. So are we.

God was so kind to give us the Psalms.

To walk through darkened days is part of the human experience. To walk through them with faith, comfort, strength, joy, and hope is part of the divine experience. Our eyes, though, are often clouded to those blessings by the thing oppressing us. When we remember and recognize our Father’s faithfulness, when we see reality with the eyes of understanding, the darkness ebbs and the light of hope grows. The impossible, unbearable, and unthinkable becomes the hidden passageway to truth, hope, and joy in Christ.

These letters were originally written as encouragement to a friend when the darkness began to overtake his path. Each day for 22 days, a letter arrived with one of the eight-verse sections from Psalm 119 along with a small thought to bring light and hope and to be a reminder that we do not fight our battles alone. The letters, along with nine more devotions on the subject of experiencing God in the dark, make up this powerful, honest, hope-filled 31-day devotional.

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Sarah Van Diest is a writer and editor. She’s the mother of two boys, stepmother to three more, and wife to David. Sarah wrote this book as letters to a dear friend whose life was turning upside down. She’s done this for years for numerous friends, and will continue to, Lord willing. It’s her gift to them. It’s hope written down.

 

MY REVIEW:

 

It never ceases to amazing me how our heavenly Father speaks to us. To read a devotional that was written not only three years ago but for a personal friend of the author—and that it speaks so directly to my heart—is Father’s providence.

Every word in this book is heartfelt and God-felt, and the love radiates on each page, bringing light to dark and wounded hearts. The Word of God is what displaces the darkness, and Ms. van Diest has put together 134 pages of comfort. This is one I can turn to time and again, when the darkness tries to creep in.

 

 

 

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, God in the Dark, Sarah van Diest

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 14 November 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FOR LIFE OR UNTIL BY ANNE GARBOCZI EVANS

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FOR LIFE OR UNTIL BY ANNE GARBOCZI EVANS

                                                                             

 

When a volatile Celt accepts a proposal from a Roman Tribune, anything but a smooth marriage is on the horizon.

 

Heartbroken and newlywed, Ness leaves her family and all that is familiar for life in Rome. But her husband, Aquilus Paterculi is career driven and Ness soon decides she wants a divorce, something Aquilus won’t even consider.

 

Can love survive the steel will of two opposing partners? Will Ness wear her husband down and gain her freedom? Will Aquilus prevail in subduing his wild Celtic wife? Or will something new evolve from the two of them?

 

 

Ms. Evans weaves a turbulent tale, with tempers and emotions and strong willed characters. I sensed the tenderness of Aquilus’ heart underneath the armor of his Stoic vows. I felt the longing of Ness’ heart to belong and be embraced by a husband who seemed so disinterested. I felt his conviction of what is right and his confusion of his heart demands. I felt Ness’ homesick longing and her fight to keep her hold on her independence.

Ms. Evans brought to light a culture previously unknown to this reviewer, with characters who came to life on every page. The story comes to life with realistic and genuine storyline and settings.

 

 

 

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 free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

Anne is a mental health counselor, military spouse, and mama to an opinionated preschooler named “Joe-Joe” and a very dramatic baby named “Chip.” Reading Rosemary Sutcliff as a middle school student and taking Latin in college instilled in her a love of the Roman Empire, leading to her Love & Warfare series. Moving to the CO Rockies inspired her to write the Lawmen & Suffragette series, romantic comedies set in the Old West. Working in mental health got her interested in writing women’s fiction.
When not writing or reading, you can find Anne introducing her boys to the outdoor wonders of colorful Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, For Love or Until, Anne Garboczi Evans, Love and Warfare Series, When Gambling

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 17 October 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FINDING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FINDING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

                                                                             

 

Accepting the unacceptable, consenting to that which was a deal breaker, loving what was deemed off limits.

 

When a young Army widow finds herself falling for another man in uniform she fights it til she can fight it to more. But can Delaney Jones, truly give her heart to Luke Robinson?

 

Luke is on a mission, a mission of repentance and restitution. He never meant to fall for the widow of his former buddy in arms. Will he choose a life with her? Or will he return to his life in service? Or, is there middle ground for them, accepting the past and looking to the future? Can they trust the hand of God in the midst of their burdens?

 

 

Ms. Shiloh does not disappoint with this story. Intense emotions, real and raw, foil with a love that is just as intense and real and raw. As both Delaney and Luke wager their own personal battles, each must face their own personal demons, and Ms. Shiloh portrays this very well, and very true. No battle is easy, nor is it pretty, and this story exposes the ugly that we each must face before the beauty of victory can emerge.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

 

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#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Finding Love, Toni Shiloh, Buying Love

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