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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 23 January 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – FOR THE LOVE OF JOY by JANET W. FERGUSON

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – FOR THE LOVE OF JOY by JANET W. FERGUSON

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: For the Love of Joy

Series: Coastal Hearts

Author: Janet W. Ferguson

Release Date: January 1, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance / Southern rom-com

THE BLURB

Years ago, a Dear John letter and then an IED explosion overseas rocked Davis Donnelly’s world and left him unclear about his marital status. He’d signed divorce papers, but broken mentally and physically, he’d never bothered to find out if his marriage actually ended. Now that he’s about to start a new position as an outreach minister, it’s time to settle things once and for all. At the moment he tracks down his wife—or former wife?—she takes a tumble while chasing a little boy. Her son. And that’s when life flips upside down.

Joy Jennings Donnelly made her share of mistakes. But one thing she never considered a mistake was her child, and she’ll do anything to protect him. Even keep his paternity a secret.

When she’s suddenly injured with not a soul to help her or her son, Joy is forced to rely on the man who has the most reasons to hate her.

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BOOKS IN THE SERIES

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THE AUTHOR

Janet W Ferguson

Janet W. Ferguson is a Grace Award winner, FHL Readers Choice Winner, and a Christy Award finalist. She grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

CONNECT WITH JANET:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MY REVIEW

Forgiving others is hard enough. Forgiving yourself is harder. (Ask me how I know… )

I was a bit overwhelmed with all the colloquialisms, but For the Love of Joy is a true Janet Ferguson story through and through.

Endearing characters, Joy and Davis both bring a pack of issues to the relationship. Or what would be a relationship. Or what was their relationship.

A new twist on enemies-to-lovers, Ms. Ferguson weaves an interesting tale. Sometimes God uses otherwise random circumstances to teach or bless us. And Joy’s injury became one of those times. Forced into spending time together, both fighting the need for the other, well, iron does sharpen iron.

The camaraderie of Davis’ friends, their honest love and concern for Joy, their openness of their purpose—living the Gospel—all tended to wounds Joy fought hard to keep hidden.

A page-turner, for sure, I can always count on a heartfelt and adventurous story from Ms. Ferguson!

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

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(1) winner will receive a wetcat Hug Yourself Turkish beach towel, beach bookmark, Meyers lavender soy candle, signed book, note, and shell from the author! Dream beach 2021!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 26, 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.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 4 September 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE ART OF RIVERS by JANET W. FERGUSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE ART OF RIVERS by JANET W. FERGUSON

                                                                             

THE BLURB

Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars—those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.

After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons. When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.

Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Ms. Ferguson begins this story with sweet romantic scene—and then brutally jars the reader with the deadly zing of bullets rather than wedding bells.

I love the name, Rivers, and even more, I can identify with the characters in many ways. As an artist I know the value of expressing myself through my art and my words. And though I have no physical scars, I do bear—as all of us do—heart scars. Too, this reviewer’s life has been deeply impacted by addiction.

I bristled when Rivers was thrust in the midst of recovering addicts, felt her unease, her need to be anywhere else. Don’t get me wrong—I applaud their effort and cheer their accomplishments. That’s huge. Recovery is also something I’ve witnessed firsthand.

Oh, how I longed to pull Rivers into a great hug and squeeze away her pain. To urge her to paint again. To heal. To come out from the protective layer she was hiding under, and live.

And Cooper. What a cruel burden guilt is to bear. And such a difficult thing to let go of.

 

Ms. Ferguson has created wonderful authentic characters, with depth and emotion, who react to circumstances and situations in such a real and raw way—how can we criticize when we know we’d do the same? Characters who endure—and survive—horrors most of us will never know.

A powerful story that kept this reviewer reading.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR 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.

 

 

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