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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 21 July 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY –BOOK REVIEW – LU. by BETH TROY

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – LU. by BETH TROY

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THE BLURB

In a debut novel readers are calling “true to life,” “captivating,” and “cleverly written,” author Beth Troy takes on the story of Lu Sokolowski and her life upended. Lu’s plans have turned sideways, taking her back to the family and town she always planned to leave.

Lu is a modern woman’s honest journey to faith, that unapologetically addresses:

  • The big questions women ask about their beliefs.
  • The struggles women face in creating a fulfilling life.
  • The complexity of family relationships.
  • The tension between hope and reality.

Lu. by Beth Troy is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read. In turns witty and sincere, snarky and heartfelt, it is a study in brokenness and redemption. – Reading is my SuperPower

Lu is a story for readers looking for real growth in relatable characters who aren’t afraid to ask real questions. It’s for women who want to experience the full spectrum of who they are and what they believe. It’s for women who want a story about how faith integrates into the whole life of a woman. You will want to share this story with a friend – after you read it again yourself.

 

THE AUTHOR

16967969Beth Troy is an American writer and educator who teaches courses in Creativity & Innovation and Women & Entrepreneurship at Miami University.

When not teaching, she spends her time writing. Her first novel is Lu, a sequel to which is being released in Summer 2020. She writes what she believes and asks questions that aim to spark debate and positive changes in her readers.

Beth lives in Ohio with her husband and three sons.

 

MY REVIEW

If #allthefeelz is a hashtag, then this book is #AlltheRealz!!!

 

How coincidental that today’s morning Scripture (Colossians 2:9-10) says, “… you are complete in Him…” Which is exactly Lu’s story, the journey she was on. To discover who she is, what her purpose is. And how this whole Bible thing relates. Or if it relates.

Ms. Troy’s storytelling is real and gritty and honest. Told in first person (this reviewer’s favorite) the story pulls the reader deeper into Lu’s discontent and unrest. Ms. Troy makes it clear that there is only one answer to fill the emptiness Lu knows so well.

I think any one of us, if we’re honest with ourselves, have known some of Lu’s feelings and doubts, if not the depth of them. But the cord, heavy and cumbersome, through it all was how Lu wanted to believe. How she tried.

Lu pounded Jackson with questions about the Bible and about his faith; he readily answered every time. Ms. Troy neatly tied Lu’s story with his, knitting them in a comfy cocoon of friendship. And maybe more…

Life is complicated and messy, and so is Lu’s story. Ms. Troy asks the questions that we ask; she lays bare the soul, because the walk of faith is not an easy one. Lu is a bold telling of an earnest search for answers, played against the familiar, the comfortable, the known with answers we all resist but desperately need.

 

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 – Wednesday 22 April 2020 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– LOST DOWN DEEP by SARA DAVISON

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – LOST DOWN DEEP by SARA DAVISON

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Lost Down Deep by Sara Davison, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Lost Down Deep
Series: The Rose Tattoo Trilogy #1
Author: Sara Davison
Release Date: April 1, 2020
Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

THE BLURB

She is the only one who can tell the police who attacked her in her home. If only she could remember…

Summer Velasquez is on the run from a man she has no recollection of after an attack she can’t recall. Every face in the crowd is a potential suspect, so how is Summer supposed to know who is a threat to her and who isn’t?

After fleeing her assailant and the parents who lied to her about what happened, she changes her name and seeks refuge in Elora, Ontario. The small town feels familiar, although she has no memory of ever having been here.

Even in what should be a safe place, she can’t shake the feeling that she is being watched.

When Ryan Taylor strolls into the Taste of Heaven Café where she works, Summer is immediately drawn to him. However, he may not be who he says he is either. As her suspicions grow, Summer prepares to run again.

But at least one person is determined to stop her. Permanently. And if she can’t remember who he is, this time he may succeed.

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

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy and The Night Guardians. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol Award, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.

CONNECT WITH SARA: Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

 

 

EXCERPT

She couldn’t remember ever setting foot in this town, but somehow, as she gazed out over the rooftops of the houses on the far side of the river, she was filled with a sense of something she couldn’t quite identify. Home, maybe? Perhaps the place reminded her of somewhere else she had been. Or maybe—she pressed a hand to her chest—maybe she had been here in the last few years and the memory of the town was one of the countless others that had been erased from

her mind. She turned and sagged against the stone. If she had been here, did she know anyone in town? Would someone recognize her? If so, maybe she wasn’t as safe as she’d hoped.

An acrid smell wafted on the air. Summer looked down and frowned. Someone had tossed a cigarette butt into a cleared area beneath a tree. A dry, rust-brown leaf curled beneath the still-burning butt, tendrils of smoke winding up around its edges. She frowned. The tree could have caught on fire. How could anyone be so careless? She strode over and stomped on the leaf and the cigarette, grinding both deep into the ground until she was certain any chance of a flare-up had passed. Summer glanced around. She hadn’t noticed anyone else on the pathway, but someone had clearly been in the area in the last few minutes.

A cool breeze skimmed her cheeks and she shivered. Get a grip, Summer. No one knows you’re here. The news the police detective had given her had rattled her more than she’d realized. If she was going to hide away in this town and concentrate on getting her memories back, she’d have to get over it, stop jumping at every noise and looking for danger where none existed.

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Lost Down Deep by Sara Davison and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight April 20, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on April 27, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 11 April 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – SELAH’S STOLEN DREAM by SUSAN COUNT

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – SELAH’S STOLEN DREAM by SUSAN COUNT

 

THE BLURB

One girl’s victory is another’s tragic defeat.
Thirteen-year-old Selah’s perfect life unravels when her beloved horse is stolen. Then ten-year-old Emma buys the dream of a lifetime at a horse auction. When she learns the horse was stolen, even removing her hearing aid won’t drown out the voice telling her to make it right.
But two girls can’t divide the horse they both adore. So will life surprise them with an answered prayer?

 

THE AUTHOR

 

I write at an antique secretary desk which belonged to the same grandmother who introduced me to horse books. The desk has secret compartments and occupies a glass room with a forest view. Bunnies and cardinals regularly interrupt my muse, as do my horses grazing in a clearing.
The only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories.
Saddle up and ride along!
Sign up on my web site to get free, new scenes from a work in progress – Takes My Breath Away. http://www.Susan Count.com
Member of: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, & Texas Association of Authors

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

A lovely story for young girls, especially young girls who love horses.

Selah was devoted to Dream, her horse, and committed to her care. But for a thirteen-year-old, I found her childish and immature. Conversely, some of Emma’s actions seemed more like fifteen than ten.

There were a few notable malapropisms, and I felt the story got bogged down several times, especially with Selah’s whining.

Mostly though, this story is a great window into the world of horses—riding lessons, caring for them, horse shows. And sadly, the reality of horse theft.

In the end, it’s a story of compassion and kindness, and I was glad of Selah’s choice [SPOILER.]

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

THREE 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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BLOGWORDS – Monday 23 March 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – BOOK REVIEW – A LITTLE IRISH LOVE STORY by AMY FLEMING

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – BOOK REVIEW – A LITTLE IRISH LOVE STORY by AMY FLEMING

 

THE BLURB

Elderly Sarah returns to her hometown of Adare, Ireland, with her daughter-in-law, Anna. The suffering that World War II brought them was unimaginable, but they still have each other. With all their loved ones killed in the war, the two women have nothing but a hope that one distant relative will help them. Will this new beginning bring the healing that both of them have prayed for?

 

THE AUTHOR

Amy Fleming was gifted with amazingly detailed dreams. She dreams in perfect sequence, picking up exactly where she left off the day before. Her dreams are all grounded in Biblical theology. She is the author of four books including Through the Bride’s Eyes, Secret Beloved, and Remember Heaven. She resides outside of Charleston, South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

I have an affinity for all things Irish—my ancestry is part Irish—so I enjoyed the setting of this story. I appreciated the love story, and always enjoy a good twist to a story, but found it hard to follow at times. The dialogue was not authentic either to Ireland or to the era, and much of it was mundane and banal.

The [SPOILER] twist was dark and frightening, and sadly, quite plausible. Ms. Fleming’s version of the aftermath was, to me, questionable but not impossible.

I liked Anna’s spunky personality and Henry’s pensiveness; love it when opposites not only attract but balance each other in a happily ever after.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

THREE 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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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 11 March 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – BOOK REVIEW – ONE WOMAN FALLING by MELANIE CAMPBELL

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – BOOK REVIEW – ONE WOMAN FALLING by MELANIE CAMPBELL

 

THE BLURB

Cassie Peterson lives in an invisible prison of fear, chained by self-doubt and guarded by a relentless warden—her husband. Derrick’s verbal abuse as well as his alcoholism have left Cassie alienated from her family, without friends, and certain she can’t survive on her own.
After an unexpected police visit, Cassie realizes the survival of her four-year-old daughter, Renee, depends on Cassie’s courage to leave. What she doesn’t plan on is Derrick’s vengeful custody fight.
While walking through the treacherous world of divorce, Cassie is encouraged by her spunky new friend, Missy Langdon, to pursue her love of waterfalls. Cassie finds solace in the waterfalls on the agonizing weekends she’s forced to hand Renee over to Derrick. Meanwhile, unexpected help comes in the form of Brian Sutton, an attorney at the firm where Cassie works—but what price will she ultimately pay for his assistance?
As Derrick’s threatening behavior escalates, Cassie questions her choices. How long will her daughter suffer before the custody case is resolved? Why is she drawn to waterfalls during this chaotic time? And who will stand with her when everything comes crashing down?

 

THE AUTHOR

Melanie Campbell is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and ACFW. She wrote her first story when she was eight-years-old and has been in love with the power of storytelling ever since. She is also passionate about social issues and holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon, which she obtained during her stint as a single-mom. She’s now married and lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley with her husband, their three children, and several spoiled pets.

When not writing, she does the bookkeeping and other office work for her husband’s painting business, obsesses over the well-being of their three daughters, and cooks healthy meals. In the spring, you may find her hitting the trails to one of Oregon’s magnificent waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

OH MY HOLY HECK!!! THIS STORY YA’LL!!!

Ms. Campbell grabs the reader, jerks you into the story, and doesn’t let go.

Cassie’s situation is terrifying and yet all too common. Sticks and stones… but words can be deadly. Cassie was beat down by the venom-laced words of her husband as surely as if she had been pummeled with a fist or a baseball bat. Derrick was a bully. Self-important, manipulative, and controlling.

The suspense and tension in this story builds with every page. So tangible was the telling, I wanted to scream at Cassie, to drag her away with my own hands. To warn her of the mind games Derrick was playing.

Ms. Campbell conveys Cassie’s anguish, her torment vividly, and Renee’s confusion at the conflict in her father’s lies. She skillfully portrays Derrick for the rage-controlled coward he is.

My heart breaks to know there are women who live—and die—in such circumstances, and I applaud Ms. Campbell for telling this story and bringing awareness to abuse by way of verbal bullying.

 

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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 3 March 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – WHERE YOU LEAD by LESLEA WAHL

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – WHERE YOU LEAD by LESLEA WAHL

 

THE BLURB

Sixteen-year-old Eve Donahue’s lonely existence changes in an instant when visions of a mysterious stranger haunt her. Certain God is calling her for a mission, she bravely says yes and begins her quest to meet this young man.
​Thousands of miles away, Nick Hammond has been dealing with his own unusual experience, an unwavering certainness to convince his father to run for political office.
When these two unlikely teens finally meet, their belief that God has called them to work together sets them on a journey of faith to untangle a web of deception involving international trade agreements, lost confederate gold, and a blossoming romance. As they follow century old clues, they realize God can call us all in big and small ways. We just need to listen and say “Yes Lord, I will go where You lead.”

 

THE AUTHOR

 

I’m Leslea Wahl, author of faith-filled teen mysteries. For as long as I can remember I have been a creator of stories with ideas swirling through my head. I am thrilled now to be able to share some of them with others. For many years I have been driven by a belief that our purpose in life is to use our gifts to glorify God and lead others to Him. I am blessed to have found a way to intertwine my two passions by creating adventurous stories with positive Christian messages for today’s youth. Not only do I hope to entertain with my writing, but also to inspire others to find their gifts as well.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

I’ve not read many Teen & Young Adult stories, but I truly enjoyed and appreciated Ms. Wahl’s story and characters. I especially appreciated that she didn’t discount teens hearing—and following—God’s voice!

As God so often does, Ms. Wahl wove seeming disparate threads together, leading her characters blindly—but obediently—on their quest.

As Eve and Nick follow the clues, they discover not only the answers they seek, but discover more about themselves in the process. Their teen angst over whether the other liked them.

I enjoyed Ms. Wahl’s spunky dialogue (and especially loved Eve’s neighbor lady.) But mostly I appreciated that both Even and Nick’s faith grew deeper and stronger as they followed God’s still small voice.

 

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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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 29 February 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – MEANT FOR HER by JOY AVERY MELVILLE

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – MEANT FOR HER by JOY AVERY MELVILLE

 

THE BLURB

~ Had it all truly been ~ MEANT FOR HER?
Kidnapped, raped, brutally beaten, and left for dead, Candi Reynolds becomes a prisoner of fear. Faced also with the impact of the unexpected break-up with her fiancé, and an unwanted pregnancy resulting from the attacks, she believes God has forsaken her. Choosing to move back to the Michigan horse farm, owned by her older brother, Dr. Cam Reynolds, Candi essentially goes into seclusion.
Dr. Patrick (Mack) MacKevon, long-time friend of Cam’s, watches from the sidelines at the farm, where his horses are stabled, while Candi struggles to regain a sense of normalcy. His own big-brother tendencies develop into a much deeper emotion over the months he prays for her.
Is it possible for Candi to put all the pain and trauma behind her and renew her former relationship with the Lord? Will she allow her heart to open enough to discover authentic love, while making decisions of victory on her personal journey to joy?

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Joy Avery Melville’s heart’s desire is to be the author God has called her to be by sharing Him with readers in such a way they long to have a deeply committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.
Fully intending to write Historical Romance–had in fact– she didn’t want to deviate from that. God had different plans for that ‘call’ He’d made on her life back in 1967. A mere eighth grader at the time, she had no clue about the topics she’d be drawn to write about.
Surrendering to the genre God placed on her heart has given Joy new insight into the hearts and lives of those who too often hurt in silence.
The settings of Joy’s books are near where she lives in Schoolcraft, Michigan with her husband of 46 years and their 1 yr old Yorkie pup, Is-A-Bella Bindi, (Is-a-beautiful little girl) who thinks she’s a much larger breed with tomboy tendencies.

Joy loves to hear from readers. She can be contacted through her website, Facebook, or by email, and she also has a presence on Twitter and Pinterest.
Email: joyjournaling@gmail.com
Website: https://www.joyaverymelville.com
Blog: https://www.journeystojoy.net
Facebook Author page: http://facebook.com/jamauthor
Facebook Personal Page: http://facebook.com/joy.averymelville
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Journeystojoy

 

MY REVIEW

The opening scene of this book grabs the reader’s attention to be sure. Immediately immersed in the victim’s trauma, I became invested in seeing her recovery. Ms. Melville conveyed Candi’s journey powerfully and realistically, her paranoia, her panic attacks, her resistance to outside counseling.

Cam and Mack supported her unequivocally, if too readily, walking a fine line between not pushing her too hard and not pushing hard enough. (This reader is more prone to not pushing hard enough… )

I enjoyed Mack’s brogue, but found it difficult to follow in the dialogue at times. I love good dialogue and seeing the characters’ thoughts, and especially witnessing their internal dialogue with God. But I felt that it was overdone; it was hard to follow the story that was nearly exclusively via dialogue. For me, it would have been a greater benefit to read with more telling and descriptive scenes.

Though I’ve not experienced the violence Candi did, this reader can very much relate to surviving physical violation, and the feelings of self-doubt and worthlessness. I appreciated how Ms. Melville surrounded Candi with Godly people who cared about her, and guided her to healing and restoration.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

THREE 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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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 1 February 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE CRACKING OF MONDAY EGG by B.T. HIGGINS

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE CRACKING OF MONDAY EGG by B.T. HIGGINS

 

THE BLURB

The Maker created Monday Egg for a very important reason. Monday just doesn’t understand it yet. Being an egg with arms and legs has its advantages. Monday can run like the wind and climb trees easily, but he is an egg. What happens when he cracks?

The Cracking of Monday Egg is the story of a cranky crow, a sick little girl, a kind squirrel and Monday’s struggle to deal with his own crackability.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

B.T. Higgins lives in the wild urban jungles of Alaska with his wife and four children. As you might expect, he is an avid fan of long naps and noise-canceling headphones. He has been a garbage man, a propane technician, a teacher, a tutor, a musician and an exotic-bird-cage scrubber, but writing stories is, by far, his favorite job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Mr. Higgins brings an egg to life in this clever, delightful allegorical story. The slow realization of Monday awakening to his consciousness, meeting and making friends with the squirrel, his consideration for the girl, but mostly the understanding of the Maker’s presence and purpose.

We follow Monday’s journey through delightful and vivid adventures, immersing the reader fully in the story.

Deep and profound Truths hidden in the fabric of this tale, Monday Egg discovery of his true self and purpose easily translates into life lessons for young readers.

 

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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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 25 January 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-ON-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – MORE THAN ENOUGH by LORNA SEILSTAD

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – MORE THAN ENOUGH by LORNA SEILSTAD

 

THE BLURB

Quirky Fiona McGrath loves her job as a Child Life Specialist at a Dunedin, Florida hospital. As a former foster child, she understands trauma and wants to ensure no child ever faces the same kind of fears she once did. But are fears truly in the past?
Gabe Cavenaugh’s life is right on schedule. As the youngest assistant Chief Financial Officer in the hospital’s history, he has much to prove, but he’s confident he can do anything he’s asked. After all, he’s secure in his faith and has the constant support of his family.
When Gabe is directed to make cuts in order to balance the hospital’s budget, his search leads him to the Child Life Program and to Fiona. How can this crazy, hat-wearing woman, who rides around on a sparkly scooter possibly be a vital member of the medical team?
As Fiona works to persuade Gabe about her job’s necessity, he begins to see there’s more to her and her work with young patients than wacky clothes.
But will she be enough to save her program? And could she possibly be enough for a man like Gabe?

 

THE AUTHOR

For as long as I can remember, I loved writing. I even dreamed in plots. I also grew up attendign antique auctions near4ly every weekend, so history was as much a part of my life as chores on the farm, reading books, and playing with Barbies.

So, writing historical romances fit perfectly. Times may change, the style of clothes may take on a different look, but the common threads that unit us remain the same. Couples fall in love. Injustices happen. We fight for what we believe in. We struggle. We endure. We grow.

After graduating from York College in York, Nebraska, with a A.A. degree, I transferred to Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas and graduated with a B.S. Ed.

When I returned to Iowa, I met and married the Love of my life, David. God had written our love story, and I know from the moment we met that he was the one.It wasn’t love at first sight by any means, but I was sure he was the man I would marry–and it scared me to death.

I didn’t tell a soul, but I did write about it in my journal. Two and half years later, we pledged our hearts and lives to one another.

I taught high school English until my oldest child was born. After that, I began my career as a professional wiper. I wiped noses, counter tops, tiny tushes, tears, and  the scraped knees of my own kids and the ones others allowed me to care for.

Once my children were older and less in need of my constant supervision, I started pursuing my first love again–writing.

David and I have three adult children, but no grandchildren yet. He’s an elder in our church, and we both teach Bible classes and are involved in 4-H.

 

MY REVIEW

OH MY HOLY HECK!!! Fiona is practically me! I can’t tell you how many years I lived feeling like less than enough. I know, in a very real way, the struggle Fiona faced—and Ms. Seilstad’s writing touched this reader on a very deep level.

I was intrigued with Fiona’s career, and admired how she drew from her own pain into something so positive.

Gabe Cavenaugh blew into Fiona’s life like a hurricane, but as they spent more time together, he became the calm in the storm. As he transformed and the attraction between them grew, he was gentle and patient with her.

I appreciated Ms. Seilstad’s handling of Fiona’s heart wounds, and her sensitive portrayal of foster families. The interaction was realistic and genuine, and Fiona’s healing journey bore some of the same benchmarks in my own journey.

 

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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 24 January 2020 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– A PROMISE TO KEEP by MELANY TEAGUE

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – A PROMISE TO KEEP by MELANY TEAGUE

Welcome to the Blog + Quote Tour (and Giveaway!) for A Promise to Keep by Melony Teague, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Promise to Keep
Author:
Melony Teague
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Release Date
: January 21, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

THE BLURB

Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it.

Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.

Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep releases, Jan 21, 2020. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.

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EXCERPT

Michael McCann had promised himself he’d never set foot in Point, New York, again, let alone the high school. But May was typically a slow month for him and his team, so he’d made the trip. However, the dread churning in his stomach was worse than when he executed a complex rescue extraction. And not just because Claire had sweet-talked him into helping the setup committee secure all the balloons to the makeshift dropped ceiling in the gym. Once he finished with the decor, he planned to escape for a walk around town.

But now, while roaming the halls in search of the custodian and his ladder, he’d found Savannah outside his senior classroom. He hadn’t meant to startle her, but when he’d called her name, she’d jumped and twirled to face him. Her eyes were as wide as a mama deer caught in the jeep’s headlights. The familiar spike of adrenaline surged in his veins, and he waited for her to recognize him. She was more beautiful than ever.

 

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a prize package including Mocktails book, 4 pins: 2 x Embrace Life, 2x Be Original, 1 large pretty napkin (tropical flowers), 1 small cocktail napkins (with maple leaves on them), A Promise to Keep bookmarks and an Amazon gift card $10 value!

Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 20, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on January 27, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open to US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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