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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 10 October 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BUYING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

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

                                                                             

 

A topic I’ve not seen in Christian Fiction before, an orphan finding—and accepting—love.

 

Nina Torrenton is an orphan, and as a successful CPA, finds her body clock ticking. She does what she knows to do—she places an ad.

 

Dwight Williams is one who answered that ad. Though hesitant to go about marriage as a business arrangement, and after the detailed and in-depth application process, he is more than intrigued.

 

Will the dowry money Nina offered tilt the arrangement in her favor? Or work against her?

 

 

Ms. Shiloh has instantly become a must-read author for me. Her authentic characters walk their roles in true-to-life form. Heart and faith come face to face, especially for Nina as she sees true faith and Christian love played out. Letting Father’s love truly seep into layers of dust is no easy task (I know, I’ve been there) and Nina does well to move beyond her safe boundaries.

 

 

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 26 September 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE COVERING by DANA PRATOLA

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE COVERING by DANA PRATOLA

                                                                             

Sometimes faith and life collide. Sometimes life is messy and painful, and faith pushes us from our safety net.

 

Tessa Silano prayed faithfully, sometimes for people she didn’t know. But Holy Spirit does, and she is obedient to His leading.

 

Gunnar Mason is living death. He can’t be saved and he knows it. His days are filled with idle busyness and toxic self-loathing.

 

When Tessa and Gunnar’s paths meet, she is repelled by him and he distances himself from her. And yet, they are drawn to one another. As the spiritual battle mounts, will Gunnar lose his life? Or will her faith—and her love—be sufficient to cover him with Divine protection?

 

 

A powerful story skillfully written. Ms. Pratola brings to life the reality of the Christian life. Prayers of faith, and obedience in the face of questions. Love that tugs the heart beyond the bounds of preconceived limits. I know Tessa’s fear and insecurity all too well. And as I read, I silently urged her to trust. I am well acquainted with Gunnar’s self-image also, and begged him to learn to love himself—and let himself be loved. I cried and I read with baited breath, and I may have prayed for fictional characters. (wink wink) I cheered and scolded them, and wept with joy at their victories. Outstanding job by a new-to-me author.

 

 

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.
 

 

God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and three dynamic children, all of whom are destined to make wide, colorful splashes in this world. We share our New Jersey home with three dogs. I have no hobbies to speak of, unless you include writing. I don’t.

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 19 September 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A RUSH OF WINGS BY KRISTEN HEITZMANN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A RUSH OF WINGS BY KRISTEN HEITZMANN

                                                                             

Memories don’t stay suppressed, not truly. They hover, lingering near the surface, emerging to protect us. Or to frighten us.

 

Trauma has wreaked havoc on those memories in Noelle St. Claire’s mind, driving her to seek refuge in an unknown place, with people who know nothing about her.

 

But past and present will collide, and Noelle’s life catches up with her, sending her spiraling further downward where the truth lies.

 

 

Ms. Heitzmann takes the reader into the shadows of dark memory, one fragmented piece at a time. Torment trolls across every page, even when Noelle is smiling. Something is hovering just out of sight, and Ms. Heitzmann skillfully draws the reader to that edge. I felt the panic, and press of anxiety, and I heard the wings as the hovered nearby. I cringed in the shadows. I championed Noelle from my safe space as a reader and I wept with her at the seeming hopelessness of it.

A daunting story of a hidden past, and hope that lies in unexpected places.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 5 September 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNLEASHING LOVE by JESSICA R. PATCH

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNLEASHING LOVE by JESSICA R. PATCH

                                                                             

 

What could be easier than puppy sitting? For Emma Kate Lambert, a professional dog groomer, it’s a piece of cake. And that it’s her man crush who’s asking is just the cherry on top.

 

To Griffin Noble there can’t be much difference between caring for a puppy and caring for a child. Desperate, he approaches Emma Kate. And for the generous fee he’s offering, she jumps at the chance.

 

There’s just one small hitch. It’s not a puppy. It’s Griffin’s deceased sister’s child, and he’s clueless about caring for her. Emma Kate can’t stand the thought of the baby girl going to foster care—not to mention, the generous fee he’s offered—and accepts the position.

 

Two different worlds with one common goal. And two different ideas of how to achieve it.

 

 

Ms. Patch mixes doggie biscuits and caviar for a million dollar story. Emma Kate conjures up the word ‘flibbertigibbet,” when in fact, she is highly intelligent and business savvy—with a tender and generous heart. Griffin conjures up the word ‘money,’ because, well, he has it. But deep in his protective façade lies a tender heart. Will he remain inside his shell and take the million dollar reins of his father’s corporation? Will Emma Kate’s heart heal and make room for the attraction between them? Or will they both run back to their safe worlds, loveless and alone?

 

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.

 

 

 

Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her watching way too much Netflix with her family and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Sign up for her newsletter at http://www.jessicarpatch.com. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 August 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – NEW RELEASE EVENT – MANY SPARROWS by LORI BENTON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – RELEASE DAY EVENT – MANY SPARROWS by LORI BENTON

 

                                                                         

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would…

In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son…especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

 

She was awake, gazing at the babe beside her, wrapped in a blanket he’d fetched from the wagon. The blanket, tiny and blue, had stirred his heart with pity. She’d prepared it for this day, planning for the child’s advent. A busted wagon, a vanished son, a brush shelter in the wilderness, a stranger to midwife—none of that would have figured into those plans.

She’d yet to learn the worst of it.

The baby’s tiny features were knotted, scrunched and red. The small head was capped in hair surprisingly dark for a fair mother and, best he could tell by what remained of the man’s scalp, an even fairer father.

Shoving those thoughts aside, he cleared his throat.

“Reckon we ought to introduce ourselves, Missus. The name’s Jeremiah Ring, lately out of Fort Pitt.”

The woman looked him over with those clear green eyes, an assessing gaze. He wondered what she made of him. He’d never gone wholly native as some men did, living long stretches among the Shawnees, but squatting there in breechclout, leggings, and quilled moccasins, he didn’t much resemble the Virginia farmer he used to be.

The woman dropped her gaze. Tired bruises ringed her eyes.

“Clare Inglesby,” she said, then frowned. “Mrs. Philip Inglesby, I mean.”

He’d noted her momentary confusion, the coloring of her cheeks. He felt it too, the disconcerting intimacy that oughtn’t to lie between two people just exchanging names. As if shy of him seeing her bare skin now, she tucked her feet beneath the dirty hem of her shift.

Again he cleared his throat. “What were you doing when I found you, Missus? You weren’t trying to follow those ones who took your boy, were you?”

“That’s precisely what I was doing.” Mrs. Inglesby pushed herself up to sitting, hair falling in golden ropes to her lap.

Now he had space to really look at her, Jeremiah noted she’d a comeliness undiminished by months of child-carrying or the ordeal just past. She’d eyes wide-spaced, a nose not small but nicely sculpted, a sharp jaw ending in a delicately pointed chin.

“What else was I to do?”

He’d no answer to that. None she’d want to hear.

~ from Chapter 6, Many Sparrows Copyright Lori Benton

 

rem:   If you could live anywhere in any time period, where would you go?

LORI:   I wouldn’t want to live anywhere or any time than where I do, but I certainly wouldn’t mind visiting a few times and places, just to see. The time period I write about of course, in the American Colonies and early United States. Also several Biblical eras and places. Iron Age Britain (Celtic Wales and/or Scotland) would be a place I’d visit, but only briefly!

 

rem:   Ooohhh, I may need to come with you! Where did you find this story idea?

LORI:   I found it researching the back story of two characters in my previous novel, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. I came across Dunmore’s War, which is the historical conflict the story in Many Sparrows is woven around. It’s a blip on the historical radar right before the Revolutionary War begins, but it was a significant frontier conflict for many reasons, especially for the Shawnees. It’s worth noting that readers will get to see much of that back story that is mentioned in TPoTL played out in Many Sparrows.

 

rem:   I’m sad to say I have not read that yet… BUT that cover and title are what first brought you to my attention! Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?

LORI:   Both were secondary characters. The easiest was Clare’s uncle, Alphus Litchfield. His voice was strong, his rhythm of speech so vivid, his personality so vivid to me, I could practically hear him talking to me from the very first scene of his I wrote. There aren’t many scenes from his point of view in the novel, but if there was anything like an effortless flow in the writing of Many Sparrows, it was those scenes.

 

The most difficult to write was Rain Crow, Jeremiah’s Shawnee sister. I had an inexplicable reluctance to delve deeply into her soul to discover why she so badly wanted to keep Clare’s son Jacob. But once I pushed past it, she quickly became so much more than the villain of the story. I ended up caring about her deeply.

 

rem:   I’ve had bad characters turn on me like that, too, and I end up liking them! (ps, I love Rain Crow!) What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?

LORI:   Most of the time nothing. That’s a habit I’ve tried to avoid. Now and then I’ll have some roasted almonds but I try hard not to snack between meals since writing is such a sedentary occupation.

 

rem:   OH! Such—discipline… What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”

LORI:   Since it takes me pretty much every spare moment I have to write a novel (I’m very slow), there isn’t much time for recovering at the end before I have to leap into the next one. Though it’s very nice if a vacation can fall at that time for both my husband and me. That can’t always happens, so I’ve learned to pace myself and sprinkle in a lot of small recharging times through the 12-18 month process of writing a book. A day here, a long weekend there, one or two full weeks in the year. Those times include travel, hiking, photography, and getting out of my head and out of the house and into the Oregon wilds.

 

 rem:   Lori, thank you so much for visiting at my nest today! Congratulations on your newest book baby!

 

Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God’s transforming grace.

Lori’s debut novel, Burning Sky, earned the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.

 

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  • You opened your heart wide for life’s arrows to pierce it, and there were always arrows coming. Yet the heart, willful thing, could still long to bear itself to attack, to take that terrible risk for chance of such exquisite reward.
  • Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would.
  • A person could vanish on the Virginia frontier without much fuss and bother.
  • “And yes. Yes, Clare. He will give us all the good things, and all that He does give is good. If it doesn’t seem so in this life, yet it will prove to be in heaven, where neither you nor I—or my sister—will turn to the Almighty in accusation and say, ‘I wish You’d given me whatever it was I begged You for, or didn’t give me that hard thing I didn’t want. I wish You’d ordered my life otherwise.’… Instead we’ll call His judgments right and true. Every single one.”
  • “Don’t go judging the Almighty by (our) own understanding. We’re rarely given eyes to see the whole of what He’s doing in our lives . . . . . That’s why we are called to walk by faith, not by sight.”

 

A husband whose adventurous spirit cost him his life, and nearly cost hers as well. A child missing, and one birthed on the trail.

 

Clare Inglesby is made of stuff her husband couldn’t fathom—tenacity, courage. A mother’s heart.

 

But Clare is not prepared for the battle she must engage—a battle against time, and against her heart. Her mother’s instinct demands she rush in and take her son by force. But that is not the way of it, and she must bide her time, force patience she does not feel or own.

 

When Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid on the trail, he pledges to help her find her son. Well familiar with the anguish that ravages Clare’s heart, Jeremiah has come to a life of peace. A life with the Shawnee Indians who have Clare’s son. And the one thing Clare must do—“be still, wait and let God fight this battle”—will be the most difficult and telling mission of her life.

 

 

Ms. Benton has exceeded her already exceptional story weaving skills. A deep and poignant and tenuous situation, characters torn between sides, a mother’s heart wrenched beyond reason. The characters are alive and vibrant, their emotions real and raw. I identified with Clare as she fought for nothing but the return of her child. I felt the pull on Jeremiah’s heart between two women and two worlds. I sensed the tension of war, hovering over every scene and conversation. Ms. Benton has created a story with depth and vitality, a story of deep need and urgent hope.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 22 August 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – THE LONG SHADOWS OF SUMMER RELEASE FEATURE – BOOK REVIEW – A HEART RESTORED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A HEART RESTORED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

Who better to share your dating woes with than your best friend? Who better to compare online dating profiles with? And the dates as a result of online dating?

 

Lia Promise’s love life has been stagnant as yesterday’s IV. With no prospects in sight, Lia takes to online sites. And ropes her bestie in for the ride.

 

But Maverick Hoyt doesn’t feel the need-for-speed, and goes along to make Lia happy. That’s what best friends do, right?

 

As they compare notes, and with one bad date after another, will they realize true love has been right in front of them all along? Will they step aside from their own methods and take a look at the hand of God—and what He just might have been up to all along?

 

 

What a fun and adorable story! Watching the friendship between Lia and Maverick, I felt like I was at the next table at the diner, overhearing (not eavesdropping, never eavesdropping) their conversations. Each week as they commiserated, I could feel the frustration mounting. I wanted to punch more than one mouthy date in the nose, and I wanted to offer my shoulder to cry on. I sensed hearts turning and love blooming—and the resistance to it. I laughed as they laughed and watched, from my table in the corner, as love settled—over one of them.

 

 

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Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

 

 

 

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