Blog Tour – MISLEADING MISS VERITY / Carolyn Miller

Misleading Miss Verity, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, 3)
Kregel     ISBN   9780825445910
Adult     Rating:      4

Australian author Carolyn Miller concludes her inspirational Regency series, featuring the Hatherleigh sisters in this inspirational Regency novel.

In Misleading Miss Verity, Miss Verity Hatherleigh is a headstrong young lady – she is an impulsive, feisty, and independent thinker. When she visits a friend in Scotland,  she meets Anthony Jardine, a local minister.

Anthony takes on his new duties as laird of Dungally, finding himself facing the poor reputation of past lairds who neglected the land and its tenants. Anthony and Verity are attracted to one another, but each hides their true identity from the other.

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Miller’s readers have come to expect a clean romance suitable for older teens and adults, with historical detail and superior characterization. Her characters are realistic, facing financial, spiritual, physical, and societal challenges, allowing the reader to more easily relate to them.

Recommended for high school and public libraries. Fans of Julie Klassen, Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and other Regency fiction will enjoy this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Previously reviewed: A Hero for Miss Haveleigh, and Underestimating Miss Cecilia.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Prism Book Tour: THE END OF THE MAGI / Patrick W. Carr #EndMagiPrism

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The End of the Magi
By Patrick W. Carr
Christian Historical Fiction
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 384 Pages
November 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers


Centuries before the magi arrived in Bethlehem, a prophecy sets a young magus on his path . . .

Following his vision of the coming Messiah, the prophet Daniel calls forth a select group of men who will count down the calendar until the arrival of Israel’s promised king. Centuries later, as the day draws near, Myrad, a young magi acolyte, flees for his life when his adoptive father and others are slain by a ruthless Parthian queen.

Equipped with very little, in haste Myrad escapes the city and, searching for a way to hide from the soldiers scouring the trade routes, tries to join the caravan of the merchant Walagash. The merchant senses that Myrad is keeping secrets, but when the young man proves himself a valuable asset, an epic journey filled with peril, near captures, and dangerous battles begins.

With every day that passes, the calendar creeps closer to the coming Messiah. And over everything shines the dream of a star that Myrad can’t forget, and the promise that the world will never be the same.


Praise for the Book

“Carr retells the story of the Magi in this bustling biblical adventure . . . . Myrad’s divine vision of the star and his arduous trek battling his own physical problems to pay homage to the Messiah capture the majesty of biblical narratives and will appeal to Christians well versed in scripture.”–Publishers Weekly

Patrick Carr brings us a captivating tale in The End of the Magi. Based on the Holy Bible, he weaves a fictional tale of the adventures of a group of magi from the east looking for the Messiah. Myrad is a strong main character even though he doesn’t see himself as strong. He has great character traits and these help him find triumph over tragedy. . . . The End of the Magi is a great holiday read and gives us much to think about in our journey to know God better.”–Fresh Fiction

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About the Author

 

Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Staff and the Sword. A Cast of Stones won the 2014 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction and the 2014 Clive Staples Award. A Cast of Stones and The Hero’s Lot were both finalists for 2014 Christy Awards. He teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons.

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Tour Schedule

November 18th:
Launch
Locks, Hooks and Books
Paulette’s Papers
Rockin’ Book Reviews

November 19th:
Christian Chick’s Thoughts
Remembrancy
I’m Going on an Adventure

November 20th:
A Baker’s Perspective
Library Lady’s Kid Lit
Inspirational Reading Adventures

November 21st:
Kimber Li
Faithfully Bookish

November 22nd:
Christy’s Cozy Corners
J. L. Mbewe
Daughter of Increase 

November 25th:
Pause for Tales
Splashes of Joy
Backing Books

November 26th:
Reading Is My SuperPower
Bookworm Lisa

November 27th:
Tell Tale Book Reviews
Red Headed Book Lady
The Shelf Life
Worthy2Read

November 28th:
For Him and My Family
Hallie Reads
Labor Not in Vain
Paper Ink & Lizard

November 29th:
The Heart of a Scribe
Heidi Reads…
Wishful Endings


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This has its own giveaway, so go check it out! Enter at each stop for extra entries.

Tour Giveaway

 

– One winner will receive a print copy of The End of the Magi and a $20 B&N gift card

– Four winners will each receive a print copy of The End of the Magi

– US only

– Ends November 29, 2019

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MY REVIEW

Although different from Carr’s fantasy novels, The End of the Magi is well-written and interesting to read. Characters are well-developed and historical details appear to be authentic.

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Carr writes a biblical fiction story based on the magi, chosen risen to track the days on the calendar, to witness God’s fulfillment of the prophecy, and more. It’s more than a Christmas story, for it traces the journey of one young man, born with a club foot, not of the Hebrew nation, who is used by God in ways he never expected. Myrad’s journey illustrated how God can use anyone to further His plan, whether or not they are capable in the eyes of the world.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Kristi Ann Hunter – PURSUIT OF HOME (A Review)

A Pursuit of Home, / by Kristi Ann Hunter (Haven Manor, 3)
Bethany House      ISBN    9780764230776
Adult.    Rating:    4

Kristi Ann Hunter returns with the conclusion to her inspirational historical series, set in 19th century English countryside.

In A Pursuit of Home, Jess Beauchene spent her life hiding and on the run in England, believing she is the sole survivor from her family after an uprising in her former country, Verbonne. When she unexpectedly learns that her family might be alive and in danger, Jess seeks help from an unexpected source, an art historian she doesn’t like.

Derek Thornbury is an expert in historical artifacts. Even though Jess doesn’t like him, she needs his help in deciphering a family journal with clues to an art treasure being sought by her family’s enemies. Will they be able to work together and solve the mystery before her family is harmed? Can they decipher the mystery from the past and find a future together?

Hunter pens another well-written historical novel filled with love and faith that her fans will enjoy reading. Intrigue,  treasure hunting, mystery, and clean romance abound in the latest novel from Ms. Hunter. Themes of love, family, and sacrifice run throughout this story. Her characters are delightful, and well-developed in this series. The relationship between Jess and Derek, two unlikely candidates for romance, is a slow-growing, sweet one, appropriate for teen readers.

Readers of her earlier books “met” Jess and have been eagerly awaiting her story. A Pursuit of Home is much like Jess, full of spunk, heartache, loyalty, adventure, and plenty of plot twists. Characters from previous books in this series make an appearance, much to the delight of the reader.

Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier books in this series: A Return of Devotion, and A Defense of Honor.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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RUBY JANE / Susan May Warren releases today!

Ruby Jane, / by Susan May Warren (Montana Marshalls, 5)
SDG Publishing     November 26, 2019 .    ISBN .    9781943935390
Adult     Rating:  4

Ruby Jane opens with a car crash in which ex-CIA Agent York Newgate is killed . . . or is he? CIA analyst RJ doesn’t believe he is dead, despite the evidence. York rescued her from a tricky situation in Russia, and they fell in love while trying to escape a Russian assassin. Can she untangle the threads that created this situation without further harm to her family? Can she find out the truth about York?

Warren’s novels are filled with action-adventure, family drama, and faith elements. Themes of redemption, grace, and truth permeate this novel. Her characters include often  broken individuals who face emotional and spiritual challenges.

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Carol R. Gehringer

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Review: HEREAFTER / Jody Hedlund

Hereafter, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 3)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN  9781733753432
Young Adult     Rating: 5

Best-selling author Jody Hedlund continues her young adult medieval series of three lost princesses.

Hedlund continues her series with the story of the third lost princess, Emmeline, who unlike her sisters grew up with the knowledge that she was one of the lost princesses.

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The story is filled with twists to keep the reader engaged from start to finish, with a conclusion that will satisfy the reader and make them eager for the final book. As always, Hedlund sets the stage with descriptive historical details and relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 


MISSED THE FIRST 3 BOOKS?

Foremost, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 2)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion. (from publisher)

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Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace (from publisher)


Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 0.5)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death. (from publisher)


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Carol R. Gehringer

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THE PAINTED CASTLE / Kristy Cambron (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

Book: The Painted Castle

Author: Kristy Cambron

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England.

It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding the old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin-a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria.

Set in three time periods-the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day-The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.

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About the Author

KRISTY CAMBRON is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She’s a Women’s Ministry Leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at 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, working with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.


More from Kristy

About The Painted Castle

A war-torn estate holding its secrets close. A lost library bricked off from the world. And a portrait-maker’s unknown masterpiece of a Queen named Victoria… What stories do they long to tell?

It was supposed to be a one-week snatch-and-grab: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mystery of an old English manor, a crumbling beekeeper’s cottage, and a library that had long ago been sealed off brick by brick, all stir more questions than answers. What begins as a novice assignment instead peels back layers, lulling Keira into the depths of the estate’s long-forgotten history.

Despite questions swirling around the enigmatic, rumored art thief who’s employed her, Keira finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin—a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria …

1842— In order to salvage what’s left of her family’s shaky circumstances, artist Elizabeth Meade knows her duty must be to marry well. But she hopes looks can be deceiving enough to hide her true motives behind a congenial smile and gain entry into the ballrooms of England’s noble elite. Instead of husband-hunting, Elizabeth searches for the one thing that’s seared to her memory—the eyes of her father’s killer, whom she unwittingly sketched one snowy night in Piccadilly ten years before. She never expects to find answers tucked away in the countryside at Parham Hill, in the form of a portrait-maker who could help her artist dreams come true, if only she could forget the highwayman she’s hunted for the last decade—the estate-owner who unwittingly selects her as his betrothed…

1942—When the 390th Bomb Group arrives at Amelia Woods’ Parham Hill Estate, the American flyboys bring playing cards, B-17 “flying fortresses”, and enough bravado to believe they can triumph over Hitler just by staring him down. Amelia isn’t certain, and she’s unwilling to compromise the safety and security in a carefully-crafted world she’s built for the dozens of London-evacuated children left in her charge. But with Anderson shelters buried in the gardens and an Allied airfield a stone’s throw away, Amelia may have no choice but to wait out the war under blackouts and bombs, and accept help from the captain who offers it—even if it means risking all she has left of her late husband’s memory…

From the streets of Piccadilly and the lavish halls of Buckingham Palace to the countryside surrounding Framlingham Castle, a warn-torn estate, a hidden library, and the lost portrait of a queen come together to write the final chapter in the Lost Castle series. Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skiesover England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith and the family we fight for, of risk and reward, and the artful crafting of a story that can be generations in the making… yet still change everything about a single life.

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Blog Stops

All-of-a-kind Mom, October 15

The Power of Words, October 15

A Baker’s Perspective, October 15

The Avid Reader, October 16

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 16

Betti Mace, October 16

Reflections From My Bookshelves, October 17

Fiction Aficionado, October 17

Through the Fire Blogs, October 17

Inklings and notions , October 18

AndreaChristenson, October 18

She Lives to Read, October 18

Bloging With Carol, October 18

The Christian Fiction Girl, October 19

Back Porch Reads , October 19

Christian Bookaholic , October 19

KarenSueHadley, October 20

Livin’ Lit, October 20

A Reader’s Brain, October 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 20

Genesis 5020, October 21

Worthy2Read, October 21

Life of Literature, October 21

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 22

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 22

janicesbookreviews, October 22

For Him and My Family, October 22

Older & Smarter?, October 23

Mia Reads Blog, October 23

The Becca Files, October 23

Daysong Reflections, October 24

Connect in Fiction, October 24

Texas Book-aholic, October 24

Just the Write Escape, October 24

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 25

Moments, October 25

Simple Harvest Reads, October 25

Pause for Tales, October 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 26

Lis Loves Reading, October 26

Hallie Reads, October 26

Living Life Free In Christ, October 27

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 27

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, October 27

Soutgern Gal Loves to Read, October 28

Remembrancy, October 28

Batya’s Bits, October 28

Leona J. Atkinson, October 28


My Review

Cambron interweaves the three timelines with the skill of an experienced story weaver. Each could stand alone as a novella, yet they are interconnected. Set in Victorian England, modern day, and on the homefront at the end of World War II, the three stories are skillfully written to keep the readers engaged. Cambron creates engaging characters and pens descriptive narratives about artwork and castles, as well as historical detail for the 1840s and 1940s. Although The Painted Castle can be read as a standalone, the characters from the earlier books: Lost Castle and Castle on the Rise, make an appearance.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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WYATT / Susan May Warren

Wyatt / by Susan May Warren (Montana Marshalls, 4)
SDG Publishing     ISBN     9781943935369
Adult     Rating:  4

Best-selling author Susan May Warren  continues her new contemporary series featuring the Marshall family.

In Wyatt, NHL hockey player Wyatt grew up comparing himself to his brothers – an Army Ranger, a Navy SEAL, and a professional bull rider. He believes he disappointed his father, largely because of his career choice and faithless life.

He is hides a broken heart and a career-threatening injury from those around him. Wyatt has always loved Coco, but felt he didn’t deserve her. But when she is in trouble in Russia, Wyatt runs to her aid, despite his lack of experience in handling international relations. Will he be able to save Coco, even though he can’t speak Russian? Can he bring her home, but at what cost?

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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THE SPICE KING / Elizabeth Camden (A Review)

The Spice King, / by Elizabeth Camden (Hope & Glory, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN     9780764232114
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Elizabeth Camden starts a new series, set during America’s Gilded Age (President McKinley era), exploring the safety in the food industry.

In The Spice King, Annabelle Larkin and her blind sister Elaine move from the family’s farm in Kansas to Washington, D.C. Annabelle is working temporarily at the Smithsonian as a junior botanist. She has been tasked with gaining access to the private Delacroix plant collection, unaware that she is stepping into a situation filled with political intrigue that will test her loyalties. Despite her growing attraction to the wealthy Gray Delacroix, which will Annabelle choose: to follow her heart or her loyalty to her country?

Like  Camden’s other books, Annabelle works in a male-dominated field – she is persistent, intelligent, and likeable, at the same time occasionally exhibiting a meekness from growing up in the heartlands. Gray struggles to keep his family together and to do the right thing even when it is hard. Theirs is a clean romance, though Gray’s somewhat social awkwardness in this relationship was distracting. It takes a major event for Gray to recognize his younger brother and sister (who are now adults) don’t need him as a parent figure anymore, as well as the cost in his sibling relationships by his focus solely on building his business empire in recent years.

As always, Camden pens a well-documented historical novel, filled with plenty of facts woven throughout the story. The faith element is minimal but evident, and the storytelling is excellent with strong, flawed characters and descriptive narratives. The second book in the series is expected in 2020, titled A Gilded Lady,  and will focus on Caroline Delacroix, Gray’s sister, who works as the social secretary to the First Lady.

Recommended for school libraries and public libraries. Fans of  Camden’s earlier books will not be disappointed in this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Reviews of other books by Elizabeth Camden: A Dangerous Legacy, A Daring Venture, and A Desperate Hope

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Review: FOREMOST / Jody Hedlund

Foremost, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 2)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418
Young Adult     Rating: 5

Best-selling author Jody Hedlund continues her young adult medieval series of three lost princesses.

Hedlund continues her series with the story of the second lost princess, Maribel who longs to practice her God-given healing skills, but society frowns on women healers unless they are nuns. Discovering she is a long-lost princess and threatened with capture, she leaves everything she knows behind to flee to her sister, the future Queen. Her journey is filled with peril and persecution, but she is accompanied by her faithful friend, Edmund, who would give his life to protect her. Theirs is a clean romance. He has loved her for years, not just for her beauty but also for her kind soul.

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The story is filled with twists to keep the reader engaged from start to finish, with a conclusion that will satisfy the reader and make them eager for the final book. As always, Hedlund sets the stage with descriptive historical details and relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 


MISSED THE FIRST 2 BOOKS?

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Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace (from publisher)


Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 0.5)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death. (from publisher)


Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Review: ONE FINAL BREATH / Lynn Blackburn (A Revell Reads Review)

One Final Breath, / by Lynn Blackburn (Dive Team Investigations, 3)
Revell    ISBN    9780800729301
Adult    Rating:     5

Lynn Blackburn returns with the final book of her Dive Team Investigations romantic suspense series.

In One Final Breath, undercover investigator Gabriel Chaves returns to the dive team after his cover is blown, giving him the chance to work with former missionary kid Anissa Bell who  is now the team captain. Annisa often struggles with not being in the mission field like the rest of her family, yet she wants justice for the murder of her friend and the missing three-year-old her friend was watching when the murder occurred. When Gabe investigates a teenage boy’s homicid, Anissa discovers a link to her past and unexpectedly become the killer’s next target. How are the cases related? How far will the killer go to cover his tracks?

Of the three Dive Team novels, this one is by far the best one! It is about forgiveness, grace, friendship, and true love. Favorite characters from the earlier books return for a cameo visit, and one sees the close friendships among them. Faith elements are clearly evident, but not overpowering. Mr. Cook, first introduced in an earlier book, models what a close relationship with God looks like as he speaks truth to Gabe and prayers conversationally to God. The book shows  the importance of recognizing God’s call – sometimes staying behind and not going to the mission field is God’s call – and the importance of how what we see as ordinary can be extra-ordinary in God’s plans.

This books starts off with the dive team relaxing on the dock, when an explosion rocks the deck and cries for help are heard. That kicks off the roller-coaster ride that grips the reader’s attention until the final page. Descriptions of death and violence are mentioned with only the needed details. The only disappointment for readers will be the end of this series. Hopefully readers will see a new series from Blackburn in the near future.

Recommended for fans of Romantic suspense especially fans of Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, and Lynette Eason.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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THE WORDS BETWEEN US / Erin Bartels (A Revell Reads Review)

The Words Between Us: A Novel / Erin Bartels
Revell     ISBN    9780800734923
Adult     Rating:     4

Erin Bartels writes a new novel with dual timelines, a story illustrating the power of words whether they are spoken, written, and read.

The Words Between Us tells of Peter and Robin, and their shared love for the written word in both prose and poetry, and how that built their relationship, at least until Robin walked away from Peter.

Now Peter is back, family secrets are revealed, and a new relationship is being built. Bartels’ book is rich in its prose, causing the reader to read it slowly to catch every nuance of the words in the story. Both have family secrets revealed, as the past unravels in the present. The Words Between Us built a bridge between Peter and Robin, between their past and future, between truth and perception.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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YOU BELONG WITH ME / Tari Farris (A Revell Reads Review)

You Belong with me / Tari Farris (Restoring Heritage, 1)
Revell    ISBN    9780800736477
Adult.    Rating:     4

 

Tari Farris debuts her contemporary romance series, about a group of friends and family members living in the small town of Heritage, Michigan.

In You Belong With Me, Hannah Thornton is determined to stop a local developer from purchasing the historic homes just to demolish in order to make room for his planned strip mall. Hannah wants to help her town win a restoration grant, but a series of mishaps complicate things. Is there a future for Heritage – and for Luke and Hannah?

Farris writes with a touch of faith and humor, creating characters readers with flaws readers can relate to, laugh at, even as they cheer them on. Heritage is the small town every reader will want to move to – and fortunately they can return to Heritage in the other books in this series!

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Carol R. Gehringer

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FOREVER, LATELY / Linore Rose Burkard (Celebrate Lit Tour)



About the Book

Book: Forever, Lately

Author: Linore Rose Burkard

Genre: Time-Travel Romance

Release Date: October, 2019

Julian St. John needs a wife–and fast. An oath to his deceased guardian must be kept. Miss Clarissa Andrews, a vexatious beauty, has dangled after him all season but he has no intention of choosing such a she-devil.
Maine, present day
Author Claire Channing needs to write a bestselling book to salvage a failing career. She moves to her grandmother’s rustic cottage, but without the deed, the clock is ticking on how long she can stay. She thinks she’s writing St. John’s story, until an old prayer shawl with embroidered lovebirds transports her to his Regency world! She falls in love with him–a man she thought she created. But a jealous Miss Andrews would rather see Julian dead than in another woman’s arms!
Claire and St. John must beat the clock to prevent a deadly tragedy, but can love endure past the limits of time?
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About the Author

Linore Rose Burkard wrote a trilogy of genuine regency romances for the Christian market before there were any regencies for the Christian market. Published with Harvest House, her books opened the genre for the CBA. She also writes YA Suspense/Apocalyptic fiction as L.R. Burkard. Married with five children, Linore home-schools her youngest daughter, teaches workshops for writers, and is the Vice President of the Dayton Christian Scribes. Her latest PULSE EFFEX SERIES, takes readers into a “chilling possible future for America, while affirming the power of faith in the darkest of times.”

More from Linore

I wanted to write a Regency time travel for years. When I saw the movie “Kate and Leopold” I thought, Oh no! Someone used my idea! But I needn’t have worried. Leopold (Hugh Jackman) was a Victorian gentleman, not a Regencian. Secondly, though I enjoyed the flick, I kept thinking it missed many opportunities for humor. (Having written a screenplay since then, I now realize why it missed so many: tight scripts just don’t have room for all the scenes that could be fun.) When I wrote my story, however, I was able to include a lot of the humor scenes that had been floating around in my head for eons. It’s one of the reasons the book is a lot of fun to read—particularly when the Regency hero appears in the present.

On a side note, I started this book and then dropped it—for years—mostly because I wanted to write it as Christian romance like my other Regencies. But I kept running into roadblocks. And Christian publishers weren’t interested. Finally I realized I had to let God out of MY box and write the story he was giving me, not the one I thought he should give me. After that, it came together remarkably easily and quickly. And, I think, in a very fun way. I might even do a sequel.


Blog Stops

A Reader’s Brain, September 19

Betti Mace, September 20

Worthy2Read, September 20

Reading Is My SuperPower, September 21

Reflections From My Bookshelves, September 21

For Him and My Family, September 22

Through the Fire Blogs, September 23

Godly Book Reviews, September 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 26

Texas Book-aholic, September 27

janicesbookreviews, September 28

Inklings and notions, September 29

Remembrancy, September 30

Sara Jane Jacobs – Blog, September 30

 Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 1

The Avid Reader, October 2

Mia Reads, October 2


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linore is giving away the grand prize of a $25 gift card to Bed, Bath, and Beyond!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/eb9d/forever-lately-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

Claire writes a Regency novel about Julian St. John, a handsome bachelor in need of a wife, being pursued by the beautiful Clarissa Andrews. Of course, he has no interest in Clarissa. But things aren’t going the way Claire thinks they should in her story. When she wraps herself in her grandmother’s prayer shawl, she finds herself transported back to Regency times. Is it a dream or is she really in St. John’s story? Can she finish the novel, and find the missing deed to the cottage before the deadline?

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Burkhard writes with exquisite historical details blending the contemporary and Regency storylines. Julian and Claire are interesting characters – Claire is a contemporary Regency novelist thrust back into Regency times, while Julian is a reformed rake and swoon-worthy heartthrob thrust into contemporary time. While not specifically Christian fiction, Forever, Lately is filled with humor, and all the elements of a rom-com. Burkard creates a clean romance between Julian and Claire. Will they find their happily-ever-after – and in what time period?

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Cover Reveal: Lost Princesses Series, Book 3 & 4 / Jody Hedlund

Hereafter / Jody Hedlund (The Lost Princesses Book 3)
Northern Lights Press    (September 24, 2019)

SUMMARY:
The third lost princess. The final key to the treasure. And a battle for the throne. (from publisher)


Foremost / Jody Hedlund (The Lost Princesses, Book 4)
Northern Lights Press     (October 29, 2019)

SUMMARY:
A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion. (from publisher)

 

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Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace (from publisher)


Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 0.5)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death. (from publisher)


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CelebrateLit Blog Tour: STRANDS OF TRUTH / Colleen Coble


About the Book

Book: Strands of Truth

Author: Colleen Coble

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Harper Taylor is used to being alone—after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.

So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?

Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.

Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

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About the Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.


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Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

Strands of Harper Taylor’s childhood are resurfacing—but will the truth save her . . . or pull her under?

Harper Taylor is used to being alone— after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.

So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?

Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.


“Free-dive into a romantic suspense that will leave you breathless and craving for more.” –DiAnn Mills, bestselling author

“As always, Colleen Coble never disappoints. Strands of Truth is no exception. I was hooked from the first page. Trying to read this story slowly is impossible. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself flipping the pages in a hurry to find out what happens next! This one is for your keeper shelf.” –Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Blue Justice Series

Colleen Coble’s latest book, Strands of Truth, grips you on page one with a heart-pounding opening and doesn’t let go until the last satisfying word. I love her skill in pulling the reader in with believable, likable characters, interesting locations, and a mystery just waiting to be untangled. Highly recommended.” –Carrie Stuart Parks, bestselling author of Formula of Deception

“Once again, Colleen Coble delivers an intriguing, suspenseful tale in Strands of Truth. The mystery and tension mount toward an explosive and satisfying finish. Well done.” –Creston Mapes, bestselling author

“Just when I think Colleen Coble’s stories can’t get any better, she proves me wrong. In Strands of Truth, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The characterization of Ridge and Harper and their relationship pulled me immediately into the story. Fast paced, with so many unexpected twists and turns, I read this book in one sitting. Coble has pushed the bar higher than I’d imagined. This book is one not to be missed.” –Robin Caroll, best-selling author of the Darkwater Inn series

“It’s in her blood! Colleen Coble once again shows her suspense prowess with a thriller as intricate and beautiful as a strand of DNA. Strands of Truth dives into an unusual profession involving mollusks and shell beds that weaves a unique, silky thread throughout the story. So fascinating I couldn’t stop reading!” –Ronie Kendig, bestselling author of The Tox Files


Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, September 3

Inspired by fiction, September 3

EmpowerMoms, September 3

Blogging With Carol, September 3

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 4

My Devotional Thoughts, September 4

Christian bookaholic, September 4

KarenSueHadley , September 4

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 5

Susan Cornwell, September 5

Inside the Wong Mind, September 5

Godly Book Reviews, September 5

Through the Fire Blogs, September 6

Emily Yager, September 6

Older & Smarter?, September 6

Blessed & Bookish, September 6

Andrea Christenson, September 6

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, September 7

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 7

Avid Reader Nurse, September 7

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 7

The Becca Files, September 8

Blossoms and Blessings, September 8

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, September 8

Mary Hake, September 8

Spoken from the Heart, September 9

Betti Mace, September 9

Back Porch Reads, September 9

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 9

Because I said so and other adventures in parenting. , September 9

Moments, September 10

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 10

For Him and my Family, September 10

Bloggin’ ’bout Books, September 10

Texas Book-aholic, September 11

Retrospective Spines, September 11

Daysong Reflections, September 11

Christian Bookshelf Reviews , September 11

SusanLovesBooks, September 11

Remembrancy, September 12

Worthy2Read, September 12

Just the Write Escape, September 12

Southern Gal Loves to Read, September 12

Bigreadersite , September 13

janicesbookreviews, September 13

As He Leads is Joy, September 13

Livin’ Lit, September 13

To Everything A Season, September 13

Simple Harvest Reads, September 14

Pause for Tales, September 14

For The Love of Books , September 14

Living Life Free In Christ, September 14

A Reader’s Brain, September 15

Quiet Quilter , September 15

Hallie Reads, September 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 15

Inklings and notions , September 16

By The Book, September 16

Real World Bible Study, September 16

Patiently Waiting, September 16


My Review

Best-selling author Colleen Coble pens a gripping romantic suspense that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat following the plot as it twists and turns.

In Strands of Truth, marine biologist Harper Taylor is working on pen shell research for her mentor, Oliver Jackson. After growing up in several foster homes, she longs for family relationships. When a DNA test uncovers a half-sister living in a nearby town, she is cautiously hopeful. They find similarities in their stories, like mothers dying tragically at a young age, when accidents start to happen to them and others around them. What will it take to unravel the truth and bring justice?

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Coble is well-known for her intense, tightly woven plots with mysteries that keep the reader guessing until the final pageStrands of Truth is no different. It starts with a murder in the 1960s . . . one that has an impact on Harper and her growing up in foster care.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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MEET THE MISFITS (and) ODD GIRL OUT / Melody Carlson

Meet The Misfits, /  by Melody Carlson (Being Zoey, 1)
WhiteSpark    IBSN     9781946531582

Odd Girl Out, /  by Melody Carlson (Being Zoey, 2)
WhiteSpark     IBSN    9781946531582
MG     Grades 4-6, Ages 8-13    Rating: 3

Prolife author Melody Carlson kicks off a new middle grade series, about a tween girl trying to fit in with her peers.

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In Meet The Misfits, Zoey’s mother drops her off to live with her grandparents for awhile. Louisa, who lives across the street from them, becomes her friend. Zoey eventually joins Louisa’s family for church, hearing the gospel for the first time.

In Odd Girl Out, the girls are ready to start school, but Louisa misses the first few days due to her sickness. So Zoey is on her own, navigating the ins and outs of being at a new school, without any friends to help her.

Carlson pens an engaging series with middle school characters who don’t fit the mold. These are often the ones that struggle with bullying, poor self-image, and feeling left out. The reader sees Zoey’s character change as the result of her faith journey (from nonbeliever to new believer), but her life isn’t perfect and neither is she.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Just Read Blog Tour – FORD / Susan May Warren

Ford, / by Susan May Warren (Montana Marshalls, 3)
SDG Publishing     ISBN     9781943935338
Adult     Rating:  4

Best-selling author Susan May Warren continues her new contemporary series featuring the Marshall family.

In FordNavy SEAL Ford Marshall makes reckless choices, partially in an effort to compensate for a past mistake made as a young teen. When he sees his twin sister RJ on TV in the midst of an international incident, Ford impulsively asks SEAL communications worker Scarlett Hathaway to help him rescue RJ from somewhere in Russia. She has always had his back in their missions, and this may be their final mission together as she is moving on to other challenges.

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Warren’s trademark elements – adventure, clean romance, broken individuals, emotional and spiritual challenges, family drama – are clearly evident in Ford. For this story, she has added political intrigue (Russia-US relations). The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Blog Tour: Lost Princesses Series / Jody Hedlund

Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, prequel)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN.    978-1733753418
Young Adult     Rating: 5

Best-selling author Jody Hedlund kicks off a new young adult series with a novella and full-length medieval romance.

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Hedlund excels at providing a clean romance suitable for teens and adults alike. Family loyalty, adventure, intrigue, and more await the reader in this series. As always, Hedlund sets the stage with descriptive historical details and relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens. The faith element is light but evident, and her characters make the reader want to cheer (or boo, in the case of Ethelwulf). She writes excellent adult fiction, with similar features, but her books are an even more welcome addition to young adult fiction.

Recommended for historical fiction fans, fans of courtly romance, and inspirational fiction fans. Readers will look forward to the second and third books (Foremost in September 2019, and Hereafter in October 2019).

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Dani Pettrey – THE KILLING TIDES (A Review)

The Killing Tides / by Dani Pettrey. (Coastal Guardians, 1)

Bethany House     ISBN 9780764230844

Adult     Rating: 5

Award-winning author Dani Pettrey kicks off her latest romantic suspense series set on the North Carolina coast.

In Killing Tides, Coast Guard officer Finn Walker finds one fellow officer is dead and another missing. He wants to find justice for them, but the clues are leading to a direction that will affect a number of people. Can he find the killer before he strikes again?

Investigative reporter Gabby Rowley is on her way home from a press awards dinner when someone starts shooting at her. Is the drug lord she wrote about in her expose behind the attempt on her life?

Pettrey creates an ensemble of characters whom readers enjoy getting to know – they are realistic, strong but flawed, facing challenges in their life that help the reader to connect with them. The story is filled with end-of-your-seat suspense.

 

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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THE STORY RAIDER Blog Tour (Celebrate Lit)


About the Book

Book: The Story Raider
Author: Lindsay A. Franklin
Genre: Christian YA Epic Fantasy
Release Date: July 23, 2019

Deceiving an empire is a treacherous game.

Tanwen and the Corsyth weavers race to collect the strands of an ancient cure that might save Gryfelle. But Tanwen has a secret—Gryfelle isn’t the only one afflicted by the weaver’s curse.

As Queen Braith struggles to assert her rule, a new arrival throws her tenuous claim to the Tirian throne into question. Braith’s heart is turned upside down, and she’s not sure she can trust anyone—least of all herself.

The puppet master behind Gareth’s rise to power has designs on Tanwen and the story weavers and will stop at nothing to reclaim the throne. A plot to incite the angry peasants of Tir takes shape, and those dearest to Tanwen will be caught in the crossfire. As the fight for Tir consumes the realm, no one can remain innocent.

Click here to grab your copy.

About the Author

Lindsay A. Franklin is a best-selling author, freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following. You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn’t hijacked all her accounts. She’s @LinzyAFranklin on Instagram and Twitter, and she Facebooks at www.facebook.com/LindsayAFranklin.


More from Lindsay

I often get asked how I came up with the idea for The Story Peddler, book 1 in The Weaver Trilogy. It’s a dangerous thing to dig too deep into a fantasy novelist’s imagination (it’s pretty weird in here, you guys), but the short answer is I was sitting in a workshop at a writers’ conference, and an acquisitions editor made a comment—something like: “I have to peddle your stories to executives. At the end of the day, I’m just a story peddler.” When I heard that phrase, my imagination exploded. I thought of what a “story peddler” might look like if we added a little wonder and a sprinkling of fairy dust to the equation. Then Tanwen emerged as a character who might be a fun vehicle for this story-peddling process, and I imagined a story that would suit her. The Story Peddler was born.
But someone recently asked me why I visualized the supernatural art of storytelling in the way I did—as strands of color, light, fabric, or glitter coming out of the hands of the person telling the story, then crystallizing into a solid object for her to sell. And I have no real answer for that, except, again, “It’s pretty weird in here, you guys.” The Weaver Trilogy is a celebration of creativity and art, and that gave me reason to think about what other types of strand-weavers in this story world might look like.
If you’re new to the series, here’s a primer on the weavers you’ll find in these books.
  • Storytellers: Strands pour from their hands as they tell stories. When they reach the moral or ending of the story, the strands come together to form a crystallized sculpture. A story peddler then sells the sculptures to make her living.
  • Songspinners: Strands are lighter, airier, and come from their mouths instead of their hands as they sing. Songspinner strands are emotive and speak to the hearts of the hearers. Once the song is over, the strands disappear.
  • Colormasters: Strands are like streams of paint, ribbons of fire, or jets of water. When they hit a solid object, they create an image on the object. Colormasters seek to reflect the beauty of their surroundings, capturing the physical world exactly as it is or simply as it feels.
  • Stoneshapers: Their hands light up as they manipulate rock and stone with their fingertips. They create beauty by molding something that already exists and releasing the art trapped inside.
If that sounds like fun, welcome to my weirdness! Tanwen can’t wait to weave a sparkling adventure for you.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, August 5

Retrospective Spines, August 5

Worthy2Read, August 6

Seasons of Opportunities, August 6

Through the Fire Blogs, August 7

Fiction Aficionado, August 8

Blogging With Carol , August 8

Simple Harvest Reads, August 9

Books, Life, and Christ, August 10

Remembrancy, August 10

Pause for Tales, August 11

Hallie Reads, August 11

Kathleen Denly, August 12

Inspired by fiction, August 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 13

A Baker’s Perspective, August 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 14

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 15

Texas Book-aholic, August 16

janicesbookreviews, August 16

Inklings and notions , August 17

Artistic Nobody, August 17

A Reader’s Brain, August 18


GIVEAWAY

To celebrate her tour, Lindsay is giving away a grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, The Corsyth custom Story Peddler candle from Novelly Yours, The Cethorelle custom Story Raider candle from Novelly Yours, choice of two tea tins from the Adagio Story Peddler Tea Shoppe, “Hedgenibblers, fluffhoppers, mountainbeasts, oh my!” mug, Story Peddler book sleeve, Story Raider enamel pin, and assorted bookmarks, stickers, and art prints.
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

MY REVIEW

Lindsay Franklin continues her young adult fantasy series where creating a story can be a weapon used by those in authority.

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In The Story Raider, Tanwen seeks an ancient cure to save Gryfelle, but that means travelling to other countries to find each strand of the cure. Queen Braith tries to establish her rule after her father, a wicked king, dies. But change, even positive change, is not always received without suspicion. Gryfelle is not the only weaver suffering from the illness. So the queen sends a group to enlist the help or other weavers in finding a cure. Will they find a cure before Tanwen falls to the illness?

 


 

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Blog Tour – UNDERESTIMATING MISS CECILIA / Carolyn Miller

Underestimating Miss Cecilia / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, 2)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825445903
Adult     Rating:      4

Australian author Carolyn Miller continues her new inspirational Regency series, set in England, complete with elements of romance and intrigue.

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Miller’s readers have come to expect a clean romance suitable for older teens and adults, with historical detail and superior characterization. Her characters are realistic, facing financial, spiritual, physical, and societal challenges, allowing the reader to more easily relate to them.

Recommended for high school and public libraries. Fans of Julie Klassen, Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and other Regency fiction will enjoy this new series. The other book in this series, Misleading Miss Verity is expected later this year (2019).

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Mosaic Collection Blitz – Johnnie Alexander (JustRead Blog Tour)


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory. . .
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

. . . and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides (Tyndale), is a CBA bestseller. She writes contemporaries, historicals, and cozy mysteries, serves on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind.

She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon.

CONNECT WITH JOHNNIE: Website | https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr


CORNERSTONE MESSAGE FROM THE COLLECTION

One of the first verses I ever claimed as my own was Proverbs 31:25. The translation I love most reads: Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.

The first part of the verse is almost a mantra, a phrase I repeat to myself when I need courage. Maybe I’m faced with something as simple as a phone call I don’t want to make. Or maybe the situation is much more serious. An ectopic pregnancy. Family tensions. Divorce. A dying parent.

Life takes courage. And at the heart of courage–true courage–is trust. We can smile at the future, no matter what difficult, frightening, horrible situations we face because of God’s steadfast love and His promise of eternal life with Him.


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Favorite book character from childhood: I have so many, but if I must choose one I’ll go with Encyclopedia Brown. I read all those books I could find when I was a kid.

Favorite quote or Bible verse: “Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.” Ecclesiastes 11:7

Favorite character you’ve created: This is a toss-up between two of my heroes: Ian Devlin from Where Treasure Hides (WWII historical) and AJ Sullivan from Where She Belongs (contemporary). Ian is known for his heart-flipping grin, and both guys have a mischievous streak. Both are strong, capable, and upright. AJ needs to overcome a childhood of loss, deceit, and painful grief. Ian has his own burden and confronts horrific circumstances as a WWII soldier.

Dream vacation: I’ve been blessed to take a dream vacation already. My sister and I flew to Barcelona, traveled by train through France, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain, then spent a week in Lisbon. It was the best trip ever! My new dream vacation is to visit the Pacific Northwest. Or New Zealand (Middle Earth!).

Hidden talent/little-known fact: I’ve been known to choke on, among other things, a giant Sweet-Tart, water, and . . . air!

Plotter or pantser: Depends on the story–I truly do both. I recently wrote a novella based on nothing more than the back cover type blurb I submitted in the proposal. But I also write novels for a particular publisher based on the chapter summaries I’ve created. I’ve discovered that the more planning I do upfront, the easier it is to write the story.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Giveaway_MosaicBlitz_JRnewa Rafflecopter giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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Mosaic Collection Blitz – Janice L. Dick (JustRead Blog Tour)


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory. . .
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

. . . and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janice L. Dick was born and raised in southern Alberta, Canada, into an ethnic Mennonite farm family. She has always loved stories of family heritage and the emigration of her people from Russia.

Her aim is not only to share the faith journeys of her forebears, but also to showcase God’s sovereignty in the midst of that milieu. Besides historical fiction, Janice writes contemporary novels and short stories, blogs, articles and book reviews. Janice is the winner of the 2016 Janette Oke Award.

CONNECT WITH JANICE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest


CORNERSTONE MESSAGE FROM THE COLLECTION

I believe that God is faithful through all things, even when it doesn’t look that way. He does what he does, and is not accountable to anyone, but his love and mercy hold us up.


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Favorite place to read: On the couch, with the fireplace going, if it’s chilly.

Favorite book characters from childhood: Nancy Drew, Jo from Little Women

Favorite movies: Ever After, Indiana Jones…, National Treasure, Pride & Prejudice

Favorite quote or Bible verse: Psalm16:5-6 “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”

Favorite splurge/treat: Anything dark chocolate.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Giveaway_MosaicBlitz_JRnewa Rafflecopter giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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Mosaic Collection Blitz – Lorna Seilstad (JustRead Blog Tour)


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory. . .
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

. . . and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Fan favorite Lorna Seilstad writes multi-layered stories which contain a generous dash of humor. She is the author of the Lake Manawa Summers series and Gregory Sisters series (Revell) and has stories included several novella collections.

She was a Carol Award finalist in historical romance, but today writes both historical and contemporary stories. When she’s not eating chocolate, she enjoys doing flowers for weddings, teaching Bible classes, researching history, baking cookies, and working with her 4-H club. She and her husband live in Iowa with their three adult children living nearby.

CONNECT WITH LORNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter


CORNERSTONE MESSAGE FROM THE COLLECTION

God loves you more in this moment than anyone could in a lifetime.


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Favorite quote or Bible verse: Romans 8:38-39

Favorite splurge/treat: Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Ice Cream

Favorite character you’ve created: Tessa Gregory

Last 3 great books you read: The Prisoner in the Castle by Susan Ella MacNeal, The American Agent: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear, and A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

Hidden talent/little-known fact: I almost always know the time without looking at a watch or clock–even in the middle of the night.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Giveaway_MosaicBlitz_JRnewa Rafflecopter giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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Mosaic Collection Blitz – Brenda S. Anderson (JustRead Blog Tour)


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours


ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory. . .
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

. . . and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year.

When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball (Go Twins!), and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 31 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.

CONNECT WITH BRENDA: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads


CORNERSTONE MESSAGE FROM THE COLLECTION

Listen…

Everyone has their own life story that brings them to where they are in life and molds their beliefs and opinions. The problem is, we live in a reactionary world where we don’t stop and listen to what others are saying, and too often we’re not willing to really hear the other person’s side of the story. Rather, we react to their statement or opinion by pointing fingers, and we’re quick to not only say, “You’re wrong” but we often resort to name calling. We don’t stop and listen to this person whom God loves.

In each of my books, God has placed heroes/heroines on my heart that I would normally struggle with and want to tell them, “You’re wrong!”: a pro-choice woman, an arrogant businessman, a bully, mugger, collection agent, to name a few. With each character, God has told me, “I love them. I want you to see the heart that I see.” And that’s what I’ve tried to convey in my books. Open up our ears and our eyes to see who God sees, hears, and loves.


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Favorite book character from childhood: Trixie Belden – I loved how real and relatable she was. She was far from perfect, yet she was loyal to family and friends.

Favorite quote or Bible verse: This is also ever changing! Right now my favorite verse is Isaiah 43:19a “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

Favorite character you’ve created: The main character in my first release and series, Richard Brooks. I loved his journey from broken man to bold Christ follower. Though his series is complete, he still makes random appearances in subsequent books because I just can’t say goodbye!

Hidden talent/little-known fact: I (used to) draw portraits. Someday, I’ll get back to that!

Plotter or pantser: Total pantser, which is unusual because everything else in my life is organized. I think this is God’s way of getting me to release control.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Giveaway_MosaicBlitz_JRnewa Rafflecopter giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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Mosaic CollectionBlitz – Eleanor Bertin (JustRead Blog Tour)


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory. . .
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

. . . and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In a fit of optimism at age eleven, Eleanor Bertin began her first novel by numbering a stack of 100 pages. Two of them got filled with words. Lifelines, her first completed novel, was published in 2016, followed by Pall of Silence in 2017, a memoir about her late son Paul.She holds a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism until the birth of her first child. The family eventually grew to include one daughter and six sons (the youngest with Down syndrome) whom she home-educated for 25 years.

Eleanor lives with her husband and youngest son, Timothy, amidst the ongoing renovation of a century home in central Alberta where she reads, writes, sweeps up construction rubble and blogs about a sometimes elusive contentment at jewelofcontentment.wordpress.com.

CONNECT WITH ELEANOR: Website | Facebook | Twitter


CORNERSTONE MESSAGE FROM THE COLLECTION

Launch out into the far reaches of the universe. Delve deep into the intricate wonders of creation’s minutest particles. The farther humanity goes, the more awe I feel at the God whose power and genius spoke it all into existence. As a very young girl, I relished the delicious thrill of feeling tiny in the face of vast power, whether under a giant prairie sky, or failing in my count of the sparkling night stars. Like holding hands with a grizzly bear, God’s thundering bigness against my feeble smallness terrifies and quiets me.

That shivery awe fills the pages of the Bible, where God’s mighty power and fearsome holiness are vividly on display. There I read of a majestic King, both perfectly holy and utterly sovereign. That’s the terror part! He governs every detail of history, and every detail of my life.

But layered within that message is the constant harmony line of God’s pure goodness and the astonishing message of His never-ending love in the sacrificial death of His Son Jesus in my place.

“And from my smitten heart with tears
Two wonders I confess —
The wonders of His glorious love
And my unworthiness.”
(Elizabeth C. Clephane, Beneath the Cross of Jesus)

I’m flooded with joy knowing I belong to a trustworthy, loving God who forgives me and never leaves me!


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Favorite place to read: On my bed, or stretched out on the couch. With fuzzy blanket. And chocolate.

Favorite book character from childhood: Anne of Green Gables

Favorite movie: Pride & Prejudice (6 hr. BBC version)

Favorite quote or Bible verse: “Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.” Dt. 32: 3,4 coupled with “He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph. 3:17

Plotter or pantser: I plot by the seat of my pants. By that, I mean I have an overarching theme that governs why I’m writing the book, I make a rough outline of key plot points, and then I live with my characters day in and day out, letting the details of their characters unfold. Unbound (my Mosaic book) is my most plotted book thus far. Three-quarters of the way through its sequel, Tethered, I still wish I’d taken the time to plot this one in more detail.


What was the inspiration behind this story?

Two things prompted me to write Unbound. Readers of my first book wanted to know “the rest of the story” for some of the characters in my first novel, Lifelines. Then I discovered 20 handwritten pages of an unfinished novel I’d begun 35 years earlier. It was loaded with purple prose and some truly preposterous behaviour by a recently-bereaved character, but the kernel of the idea had potential. I hadn’t intended a sequel, but I realized I could write a stand alone companion book that would still include characters from the first.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Giveaway_MosaicBlitz_JRnewa Rafflecopter giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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My Dearest Dietrich – Review

My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love, / by Amanda Barratt
Kregel     ISBN     9780825475795
Adult     Rating:     4dearest dietrich

Award-winning author Amanda Barratt pens a historical novel based on the true love story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria von Wedemeyer.

In My Dearest Dietrich, German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, famous for his resistance to the Nazi regime, comforts a family friend, Maria von Wedemeyer, upon the death of her father and brother. Maria finds herself drawn to thirty-six year old Dietrich, despite their age difference and that he is constantly being watched by the Gestapo.

Dietrich tries to keep himself detached from the young woman, knowing he might also lose his life or be imprisoned for his work in the conspiracy against the government. Maria’s conviction and intelligence deeply attract him, and despite their age differences, they form a romantic attachment and face serious risks. Will they have a happily-ever-after ending?

Based on detailed historical research, the ending is not a surprise. Bonhoeffer is imprisoned until the end of his life. Yet, their relationship inspires the reader, as they become more familiar with him through the letters he writes. One finds a man who is faithful to the Gospel yet longs for a happy future with a family, a man who risked his future to stand against evil. My Dearest Dietrich tells the story of love, courage, family, and faith.

Highly recommended for public and school libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

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MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY Blog Tour (Celebrate Lit)


About the Book

Book: More Than Words Can Say

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May 7, 2019

After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about, just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting involved, he can’t turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples. Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed.

A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when she’s around him. Once vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.

Click here to purchase your copy.


About the Author

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.


More from Karen

Settings – Real or Imagined?

One of the key decisions an author has to make before she begins to write is selecting the setting for her story. And the first choice she faces is the question of whether to use a real or imagined location. Roughly half the stories I have written are set in fictional towns. The use of a fictional setting allows an author greater freedom to manipulate the environment of her characters to fit her plot. This provides a great deal of flexibility. However, there is something special about setting a story in a real place. First, readers who are familiar with that place never fail to get excited about seeing a town they recognize in print.

Second, if an author can find historical photos and documents, she can add a wonderful layer of authenticity to her setting that might otherwise be missing. Third, an author may turn up fascinating tidbits when studying the history of her setting that find their way into the story and bring a flavor the author never could have supplied on her own. This was the case as I wrote More Than Words Can Say. All of the stories in my Patchwork Family series have been set in real places. Pecan Gap, Texas for More Than Meets the Eye, Honey Grove, Texas for More Than Words Can Say, and coming this fall we’ll travel to Gainesville, Texas for the concluding novella, More Than a Pretty Face.

Researching each location brought its own unique discoveries, but I have to admit that researching the small town of Honey Grove brought this history-loving girl a special level of joy. For example, there is a legend about how the town got its name that I knew needed to be incorporated into my story. Legend has it that when Davy Crockett was on his way to join the fight at the Alamo, he stopped in a grove of trees and set up camp. There were so many bees in that in letters to family and friends, he called the place a “Honey Grove.” He carved his initials into one of the trees and intended to return and settle there after the war. Unfortunately, as we know, Crockett did not survive the Alamo and therefore did not return. One of his friends, Samuel A. Erwin, later found the grove and became the first settler in 1839. Many people recall seeing the initials carved into Crockett’s bee tree even into the early 1900s, which led me to believe that this legend was based in truth. It doesn’t play a pivotal role in my story, but if you watch for it, you’ll find it mentioned.

Discovering the Honey Grove Preservation League’s website proved a tremendous boon. Their online historical resources are some of the best I have ever come across. Historical photos, newspaper articles, government records—it was like stepping through a time portal every time I visited. And I visited often. Thanks to the Preservation League, I was able to mention real people and places in my novel. Places like the Commercial Hotel, the home of James Gilmer that was built during my time period, Wilkins, Wood & Patteson Dry Goods, and Dora Galbraith Patteson’s millinery shop on the east side of the town square. While Zacharias Hamilton and Reuben Sinclair are completely fictitious characters, there really was a lumberyard located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rail Road. As fiction authors are wont to do, I did take a few liberties with Honey Grove’s history. To my knowledge, there was never any city ordinance banning women from owning businesses in town, which was a key plot point in More Than Words Can Say.

In addition, Mayor Chester Longfellow was a complete invention of my imagination. The true mayor of Honey Grove during this time period was J.H. Smith, a man who served in that capacity from 1888-1897. He must have been a well-loved city official to hold office for nearly a decade. I paid brief homage to him by having him step back into office when my fictitious mayor resigned. I hope you enjoy stepping back in time with me into historic Honey Grove, Texas. Zach and Abigail might not have lived there in truth, but I like to believe their tale is a representation of the many amazing love stories have taken place in that sweet little town through the years.


Blog Stops

The Power of Words, June 15

She Lives to Read, June 15

Real World Bible Study, June 15

Carla Loves to Read, June 15

Baker kella, June 16

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, June 16

EmpowerMoms, June 16

Daysong Reflections, June 16

Through the Fire Blogs, June 17

Genesis 5020, June 17

Lighthouse Academy, June 17

Bigreadersite , June 17

Among the Reads, June 18

All-of-a-kind Mom, June 18

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 18

For The Love of Books, June 18

C Jane Read, June 19

Inspired By Fiction, June 19

Mary Hake, June 19

Hallie Reads, June 19

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 20

For Him and My Family, June 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 20

Living Life Free in Christ, June 20

Connect in Fiction, June 21

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 21

Splashes of Joy, June 21

Pause for Tales, June 21

Stories By Gina , June 22

Worthy2Read, June 22

Blossoms and Blessings, June 22

Southern Gal Loves to Read, June 22

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, June 23

Connie’s History Classroom , June 23

Vicky Sluiter, June 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 23

Wishful Endings, June 24

Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, June 24

Simple Harvest Reads, June 24 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Texas Book-aholic, June 24

A Baker’s Perspective, June 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 25

amandainpa , June 25

janicesbookreviews, June 25

Britt Reads Fiction, June 26

Quiet Quilter, June 26

Older & Smarter?, June 26

A Reader’s Brain, June 26

LifeofLiterature, June 27

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner , June 27

Christian Bookshelf Reviews, June 27

Inklings and notions, June 27

Emily Yager, June 28

Lukewarm Tea, June 28

By The Book, June 28

The Becca Files, June 28


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away a grand prize that includes More Than Words Can Say, More Than Meets the Eye, and a $20 Panera Bread gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e4f4/more-than-words-can-say-celebration-tour-giveaway


MY REVIEW

More Than Words Can Say / by Karen Witemeyer (A Patchwork Family Novel, #2)
Bethany House     ISBN     9780764232190
Adult     Rating:     4

Award-winning author Karen Witemeyer pens another historical romance in Pecan Gap, Texas during the 1880s.

In More Than Words Can Say, Abigail Kemp inherits her father’s bakery after his death, unaware of an obscure law requiring main street businesses to be owned by men. She needs to sell the business or find a male business partner so she can continue to provide a living for her sister Rosalind and herself. Abigail picks her rescuer from among the town’s eligible bachelors – Zach Hamilton.

After raising his siblings to adulthood, Zach enjoys a carefree bachelor’s life. When Abigail proposes a marriage of convenience, he hesitates to say yes, despite being a fan of her baked goods! However, he is opposed to the city council forcing her to comply with this unusual law, and reluctantly he becomes her hero. Will they find a happily-ever-after as they get to know one another, have hard discussions in which they uncover secrets from their past, and learn to build trust with one another?

Witemeyer is known for her historical romances, filled with humor, clean romance, dreamy heroes, and independent heroines. Abigail is not your typical heroine; she struggles with her weight and her self-image. Her books are appropriate for adults as well as older teens. The faith element is not heavy-handed, and themes of forgiveness for past actions run throughout the novel. Zach, Abigail, and Rosalind have regrets for past actions, afraid that when the past is revealed, others will look down on them. Filled with hope, humor, trust and family, this book is a delight for the reader.

Recommended to public libraries and school libraries. Fans of  Witemeyer will enjoy this book and look forward to Rosalind’s story.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.


 

 

 


 

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THE NUMBER OF LOVE Blog Tour (Celebrate Lit)


About the Book

The Toughest Puzzle She’ll Have to Solve
Might be the Wishes of Her Own Heart

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

More from Roseanna

When I told my best friend and critique partner what book I was pitching next to my publisher, her response was something along the lines of, “That sounds awesome. Also, you’re crazy, and I do not envy you writing that one.”

I laughed…and knew exactly what she meant. Because I was setting out to write a heroine who was a mathematician—which I am definitely not. A heroine who was utterly indifferent to love and marriage—which makes for a difficult story when one writes romance. A character who had an unshakeable faith—which has to be shaken at least a bit in order to make for growth throughout the story. And more, a character who has “issues,” let’s call it, that those familiar with such things will recognize…and which those who aren’t will probably think are quirks.

I was setting out to write a story that would be challenging for me, every step of the way. And the result is a book I’m incredibly in love with and so happy to share with the world.

The Number of Love is all about Margot, who thinks and even prays in numbers. Born and raised in Belgium, she and her family fled to England in 1914 when the Germans invaded her homeland. Thanks to her remarkable abilities with numbers and patterns, she’s now employed at Room 40, the Admiralty’s secret codebreaking branch. But as I was contemplating what sort of man could ever win Margot’s heart, I knew he had to be very different… someone active where she’s still. Someone outgoing where she turns inward. Someone who sees in her what she never can, and who believes she can grasp the dreams that society tells her are unbefitting a woman. This is how Drake was born—a field agent employed by Room 40.

I can honestly say this is the only book I’ve ever written that required me to borrow my daughter’s algebra book while I was writing it, LOL. And though every single scene was a challenge, it was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you’ll join me on the journey that Margot and Drake are on, which answer the question my husband cheekily asked more than once as I was writing it: what is the number of love?


Blog Stops

Among the Reads, June 17

Moments, June 17

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, June 17

Girls Living For God’s Glory, June 17

Back Porch Reads, June 18

The Avid Reader, June 18

Stories By Gina, June 18

janicesbookreviews, June 18

Reflections From My Bookshelves, June 19

Inspired by Fiction, June 19

Worthy2Read, June 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 19

As He Leads is Joy, June 20

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, June 20

Blossoms and Blessings, June 20

Real World Bible Study, June 21

Multifarious, June 21

Emily Yager, June 21

A Reader’s Brain, June 21

Bigreadersite, June 22

For the Love of Literature, June 22

Simple Harvest Reads, June 22 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

She Lives to Read, June 23

The Christian Fiction Girl, June 23

Just the Write Escape, June 23

Genesis 5020, June 24

For Him and My Family, June 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 24

Inklings and notions, June 24

Life of Literature, June 25

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, June 25

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, June 25

Texas Book-aholic, June 25

Just Your Average reviews, June 26

Blogging With Carol, June 26

The Becca Files, June 26

Splashes of Joy, June 26


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of winner’s choice of TWO signed books, Fruit and Floral Flavors Sugar Shapes, and some Roseanna M. White swag!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.

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My Review

The Number of Love / by Roseanna M. White (The Codebreakers, 1)
Bethany     ISBN     9780764219276
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Roseanna White pens a new series, set in England during World War I, a story filled with romance, adventure, and a journey in faith and finding your dreams.

In The Number of Love, Margot de Wilde solves puzzles for a living – she is one of the few female codebreakers, deciphering German telegrams for hints of their battle plans. Her success in deciphering those complex messages is critical to England’s intelligence network. Then her mother’s death shakes up her world, leaving her alone except for some friends and her work. Can she find her footing again in this new world without her beloved Maman?

Meanwhile Drake Elton, wounded field agent, is recuperating in London, unaware that an enemy followed him home vowing revenge. Attracted to the intelligent but unconventional Margot, who vows not to get involved in a relationship, he knows a regular courtship won’t win her. Drake works on deciphering the Margot he is coming to love. Will they have a future together, once they deal with the enemy pursuing him?

White excels at both character and plot development. Rich in plot twists and historical detail, as well as romance and adventure, The Number of Love is a delight to read. The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed or distracting. The Asian strategy game of Go is a symbol of the plot in the story. Margot engages in the game with a man who plays a pivotal role. Relationships are clean, making the book suitable for adults and older teens. Margot was introduced in White’s earlier book, A Song Unheard, another example of excellent historical fiction readers expect from the author.

Highly recommended to public libraries and school libraries. Watch for On Wings of Devotion, the next book in the series, coming in January 2020.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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THE NUMBER OF LOVE Blog Tour (Just Read)

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours!

A few days ago, I presented an excerpt from the author’s previous book from another series, A Song Unheard, which introduced us to Margot, the main character in The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White. In this post, I will focus more on the author’s newest book, The Number of Love.

Keep reading for a summary of the book (provided by the publisher), an excerpt, AND my review of this worthy-to-read title!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | ChristianBook


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus “Mi Alma” necklace (Necklace is 24″ chain with a 1″ pendant that says “Mi Alma” Spanish for “My Soul”. A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Want to read an EXCERPT from The Number of Love? Here you go!

Duty done, Margot spun away.

And nearly collided with Lieutenant Elton, who was, inexplicably, right behind her rather than where he’d been a moment before, two steps to the left. She sucked in a breath and sidestepped him. “Excuse me.”

He slid in front of her again. “Belgian?”

She lifted her brows. Her accent was scarcely noticeable anymore, she’d thought. Not nearly so pronounced as Lukas’s or Maman’s. Her English was as fluent as her French had ever been. She even dreamed in it, most of the time.

And what business was it of his? “Antarctican.” She prepared herself to stalk away . . . but there was something about the grin he gave her. Something that said he appreciated her answer.

Margot sighed. She’d always been drawn to anyone who actually enjoyed her sense of humor. She supposed she could stand to be friendly. For a minute, before her exhaustion fully caught up with her.

He held out a hand. “I’m Drake Elton. Have you a name?”

She blinked. It was a question stupid enough that it should have made her itchy. But he’d smiled at her Antarctica quip, so she’d keep playing along. “No, my parents forgot to give me one. It’s a great tragedy. I’ve been answering to ‘you, girl’ all my life.”


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MY REVIEW

The Number of Love / by Roseanna M. White (The Codebreakers, 1)
Bethany     ISBN     9780764219276
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Roseanna White pens a new series, set in England during World War I, a story filled with romance, adventure, and a journey in faith and finding your dreams.

In The Number of Love, Margot de Wilde solves puzzles for a living – she is one of the few female codebreakers, deciphering German telegrams for hints of their battle plans. Her success in deciphering those complex messages is critical to England’s intelligence network. Then her mother’s death shakes up her world, leaving her alone except for some friends and her work. Can she find her footing again in this new world without her beloved Maman?

Meanwhile Drake Elton, wounded field agent, is recuperating in London, unaware that an enemy followed him home vowing revenge. Attracted to the intelligent but unconventional Margot, who vows not to get involved in a relationship, he knows a regular courtship won’t win her. Drake works on deciphering the Margot he is coming to love. Will they have a future together, once they deal with the enemy pursuing him?

White excels at both character and plot development. Rich in plot twists and historical detail, as well as romance and adventure, The Number of Love is a delight to read. The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed or distracting. The Asian strategy game of Go is a symbol of the plot in the story. Margot engages in the game with a man who plays a pivotal role. Relationships are clean, making the book suitable for adults and older teens. Margot was introduced in White’s earlier book, A Song Unheard, another example of excellent historical fiction readers expect from the author.

Highly recommended to public libraries and school libraries. Watch for On Wings of Devotion, the next book in the series, coming in January 2020.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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SUMMER BY THE TIDES Blog Tour


About the Book

Book: Summer by The Tides

Author: Denise Hunter

Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 21, 2019

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a heartfelt story of family secrets, forgiveness, and unexpected romance.

Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram’s maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy.

As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven—nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters.

As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy’s heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

Click here to purchase your copy.


About the Author

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

To learn more about Denise, visit her website DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: deniseahunter.


Read an Excerpt from Summer by the Tides

MADDY MONROE WAS COWERING behind a ficus tree near the hostess station when her cell phone rang. Her hands shook as she silenced the phone before it drew the attention of the staff.

She jabbed the elevator button for the third time. “Come on, come on.” A star could be born in interstellar space, a polar valley carved by a glacier in the time it took the elevator to reach this floor. Stairs were not an option, as she was on the twentieth floor of the Waterford building and sporting heels.

She sniffled. Drat. She seemed to be crying. She swiped a hand under her eyes, heedless of her makeup.

She heard voices, Nick’s boisterous laugh. Maddy shrank deeper into the ficus and finally, finally, the elevator dinged its arrival.

“Maddy?” Noelle’s concerned voice tunneled down the hall. “Maddy, wait.”

“Oh, come on,” she muttered, tapping her fingers against her leg until the gold doors crept open. As soon as she could fit, she squeezed inside and punched the ground-floor button.

She didn’t draw a breath until the doors sealed and the elevator began to drop. She placed a palm over a heart that was threatening to beat its way out of her chest. Her white blouse clung to her back, and her skin prickled beneath her arms.

She closed her eyes, the scene that had just transpired playing out in fast-forward in her mind. And then, as if that montage weren’t painful enough, the image of Nick’s face appeared. The look on his face just before he’d kissed her good-bye last night.

Nick. She clamped her teeth together until her jaw ached.

There had been signs. Many of them, really, she was realizing now. They ranged from whisper-subtle to neon-sign obvious. But like so many other walking clichés before her, she was only seeing them in retrospect.

Maddy opened her eyes to the buttery sunlight streaming through her blinds. She scrambled for her iPhone to check the time. But as she did so, the events of yesterday washed over her like a tsunami. She didn’t have to get up at all, because she didn’t have a job anymore.

Her cell buzzed with an incoming call, and she squinted bleary-eyed at the unfamiliar number on the screen before declining it.

She drooped against her pillow, only now aware of how fat and swollen her eyes felt. Of the persistent achy lump pushing at the back of her throat. Her heartbeat made the bed quake. Her eyes burned with tears. Yesterday’s anger had faded, and something worse had filled its spot.

Yesterday she’d come home, changed into yoga pants, and worked in her little garden until she was too exhausted to do anything but flop on the sofa. She hadn’t fallen asleep until after three o’clock in the morning.

She didn’t want to talk to anyone, didn’t want to see anyone. She didn’t even want to be awake today. She pulled the covers over her head and prayed for oblivion.

Taken from “Summer by the Tides” by Denise Hunter. Copyright © 2019 by Denise Hunter. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/.


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 4

The Power of Words, June 4

Back Porch Reads, June 4

The Morning Chapter, June 5

A Baker’s Perspective, June 5

Worthy2Read, June 5

Carla Loves To Read, June 6

Genesis 5020, June 6

Through the Fire Blogs, June 6

Among the Reads, June 7

Quiet Quilter, June 7

For Him and My Family, June 7

The Christian Fiction Girl, June 8

cultivating us, June 8

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 8

Girls Living For God’s Glory, June 9

Moments, June 9

Inklings and notions, June 9

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 10

Coast and anchor, June 10

amandainpa, June 10

Lighthouse Academy, June 11

EmpowerMoms, June 11

Pause for Tales, June 11

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, June 12

For The Love of Books, June 12

Just the Write Escape, June 12

All-of-a-kind Mom, June 13

Texas Book-aholic, June 13

Hallie Reads, June 13

2014 and Beyond, June 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 14

Simple Harvest Reads, June 14

Living Life Free In Christ, June 15

janicesbookreviews, June 15

Vicky Sluiter, June 15

Have A Wonderful Day, June 16

A Reader’s Brain, June 16

To Everything A Season, June 16

Lukewarm Tea, June 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 17

Daysong Reflections, June 17


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Denise is giving away a finished copy of Summer by the Tides!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.

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MY REVIEW

Summer by The Tides, / by Denise Hunter
Thomas Nelson     ISBN     9780785222705

Adult     Rating;     5

Best-selling author Denise Hunter presents contemporary fiction with a twist – a beach read that despite its setting, is more than just a beach read, combining the elements of family drama with romance and second chances.

In Summer by The Tides, Maddy and her estranged sisters arrive at their grandmother’s North Carolina cottage, but their grandmother isn’t there. Emma, Nora, and Maddy haven’t seen each other for twenty years. Being together in Gram’s summer cottage and trying to sort out memories from the past, secrets that drove them apart, while waiting for news about their grandmother’s disappearance stresses their already-strained relationships. Why is the neighbor Conner Sullivan so interested in Gram’s whereabouts? Can they move past their hurts to accept one another as adults and rebuild a relationship with each other?

Denise Hunter is known for her contemporary romance novels, with flawed characters her readers come to care about. Her storylines are complex and her character development is excellent. By the end of her novel, one feels as if a relationship has been built with the characters. Summer by The Tides is no exception. The faith element is light, and the relationship drama is well-written and realistic. The novel’s overall themes are betrayal, fractured family and romantic relationships permeate the story.

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries and church libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.


 

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Blog Tour — A SONG UNHEARD and THE NUMBER OF LOVE

Number of Love Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author’s previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | ChristianBook


Title: A Song Unheard
Series: Shadows Over England #2
Author:
Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | ChristianBook


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus “Mi Alma” necklace (Necklace is 24″ chain with a 1″ pendant that says “Mi Alma” Spanish for “My Soul”. A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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A Song Unheard, / by Roseanna M. White (Shadows Over England, 2)
Bethany     ISBN    9780764231810
Adult     Rating:     5

Multi-talented author Roseanna White kicks off a new series, set in pre-World War I (Edwardian) England, when loyalties to one’s roots were questioned as tensions between Germany and England increase.

EXCERPT from A Song Unheard (in which we meet Margot, main character in The Number of Love):

Margot had nearly turned the page that first day. But then . . . something had stopped her. A pattern had caught her eye.

Intuition—that was where it started. But intuition, as Papa had said, was only the first step. The second, always, was mathematics. It wasn’t enough to know that, not when it came to cryptography. One had to know how.

She had spent two full days working it out, to the exclusion of all else. Maman had begun to fret and fuss at her and to chide Papa for his game. Lukas had tried to tell her she was chasing a shadow, that nothing was even there.

But Papa had said nothing. So she had kept working.

Now she could see it so clearly. When she looked at the print covering the page, the encoded letters leapt off and flipped in her mind’s eye to their counterparts, their hidden meanings. She could read the real message trapped within the false one.

When you can read this, you are ready to help me.

 

White excels at both character and plot development. Her book is rich in plot twists and historical detail, as well as romance and adventure. If you haven’t read her Shadows Over England series, don’t miss it! This new series is another winner, and definitely worthy to read!

Carol R. Gehringer

Reviewed previously posted by Roseanna M. White: A Name Unknown, and Ladies of the Manor series.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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SHADOW AMONG THE SHEAVES Blog Tour


About the Book

Book: Shadow Among Sheaves

Author: Naomi Stephens

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: April, 2019

A Timeless, Beautiful Allegory of the
Biblical Love Story of Ruth and Boaz

The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a remarkably bloody business. At a time when Britain’s imperial influence in India was sparking brutal clashes on both sides, no one could have expected Rena, an Indian woman, to marry a British officer—nor do they understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death.

Once the two widows are in Abbotsville, the stern yet compassionate Lord Barric attempts to help them despite his better judgment. Soon he is torn between the demands of reputation and his increasing desire to capture Rena’s heart for his own.


Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Naomi Stephens is a bookworm turned teacher turned writer. She received a M.A. in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and now lives in Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a rascal of a dog named Sherlock.

More from Naomi

A Timeless, Beautiful Allegory of the

Biblical Love Story of Ruth and Boaz

The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a remarkably bloody business. At a time when Britain’s imperial influence in India was sparking brutal clashes on both sides, no one could have expected Rena, an Indian woman, to marry a British officer—nor do they understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death.

Once the two widows are in Abbotsville, the stern yet compassionate Lord Barric attempts to help them despite his better judgment. Soon he is torn between the demands of reputation and his increasing desire to capture Rena’s heart for his own. Which will he choose? Find out in Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens.


Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Shadow Among Sheaves:

She smiled, stepping closer and placing her hand on the horse’s wet snout. Samson was a pretty beast with wide, ponderous eyes and a few splotches of gray around his nose. The soft puff of air Samson snorted into her palm brought a delighted smile to her lips, and she gasped as he bowed his neck to nuzzle his nose against her stomach. She felt her smile leap into a grin. It was a delightful change, to feel joy so deep it finally showed.

Barric circled around Samson to stand beside her, his hands never leaving the reins. “He’s fond of you,” he remarked as Samson dropped his snout against her hip.

“Unsurprising, I suppose. Though he could also be searching you for a carrot.”

Surprised to hear Lord Barric speak so teasingly, and pleased by the gentle light she found in his otherwise tired eyes, Rena laughed her faint agreement. “That will teach me to come empty-handed, won’t it?”

Their smiles both dropped as a young, lanky stable hand came rushing out to take Samson, and Barric relinquished his hold on the reins, nodding his silent thanks.

As soon as the stable boy had disappeared with Samson, Barric glanced back at Rena. “Are you going home?” he asked, nodding toward the dusty road looping down the hill to William’s house.

She stepped back, realizing she had dawdled longer than she’d first intended. “Yes,” she answered. “I often come this way to avoid the other workers.”

“Might I walk with you?” He turned to hang his whip on a peg. “Just a short stretch of the road?”

Stunned by his request, and a bit suspicious of his motive, she nonetheless nodded. “Yes, of course.”

Barric drew up beside her, his even strides betraying no unease, though he was silent for some time as they made their way down the golden-colored hill.

“You have seemed tired these past few days,” he observed. Rena did not bother to deny it. She’d been working hard to keep up with the others, as Barric had told her she must, and felt wearier for it. She had tried to split her days in half, the mornings spent binding sheaves with the women and the afternoons spent picking for her own stores, but the work was backbreaking, and, as he had already pointed out once before, she was not used to hard labor. “I realize I haven’t really asked you how you are settling in,” he went on.

“Perhaps you’ve been too busy provoking me,” she answered before she could stop herself.

Barric’s eyebrow inched up as he slanted an approving smirk down at her. “Perhaps.”

Rena cursed her honest tongue. She must have been more tired than she thought, to speak so freely to a man of title. “I have been well,” she tried again, a bit more diplomatically. “The house suits us, if that is what you are asking.”

“The people here do not speak to you unkindly?”

“The people do not speak to me at all.” She had meant to sound casual, unaffected, but heard the hurt in her own voice she hadn’t been able to weed out. As Barric’s expression tightened, she hastened to amend, “Except for you, my lord. Of course. And the Wilmots.”

“They are good people,” he agreed quietly. “And will you be coming with them to the festival this evening?”

She hesitated. According to Alice, harvest home was a yearly tradition, a night of raucous drinking and dancing to celebrate the close of the harvest. All of Abbotsville would be there—landowners, stewards, even tenant farmers and common laborers. But Rena was none of those things, and she and Barric both knew it.

“Come,” Barric teased, “do not tell me you are afraid to go. I would never have thought it of you.”

“I am not afraid,” she insisted. “I just had not thought about it.”

At her defensive tone, he smiled—a true smile—one that pinched the corners of his eyes and pressed grooves along the outer edges of his mouth. “You ought to come,” he decided. “Everyone in Abbotsville is welcome, and many are the men who would feel lucky to dance with you.”

But, of course, Lord Barric knew this was not true. The men in his fields regarded her mostly with contempt and made no secret of it— they would not count themselves at all lucky to dance with her. Was Lord Barric trying to offer her words of comfort? Or was he trying to convey a message?

Did he want to dance with her?

This was hardly a safe question, and so she asked another. “Do you dance, Lord Barric?”

When he met her gaze, so direct, she was all the more glad she had not stammered in her reply. The man walked a dangerous line whenever he deigned to speak to her. Far too close, she’d think, and then stern enough to cool her blood with a word.

He surprised her with another smile, this one a faint twist at the corner of his lips. “Perhaps you would have to come to find out.”



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Blog Stops

Godly Book Reviews, April 30

Mary Hake, April 30

Worthy2Read, April 30

Back Porch Reads, May 1

Inspirationally Ever After, May 1

Fiction Aficionado, May 2

Splashes of Joy, May 2

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, May 2

Bigreadersite, May 3

Inklings and notions , May 3

Blossoms and Blessings, May 3

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 4

janicesbookreviews, May 4

Just the Write Escape, May 5

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, May 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 6

For Him and My Family, May 6

Kat’s Corner Books, May 7

Pause for Tales, May 7

Aryn The Libraryan, May 8

Faery Tales Are Real, May 8

Hallie Reads, May 8

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 9

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 9

Through the Fire Blogs, May 10

The Becca Files, May 10

The Christian Fiction Girl, May 11

Older & Smarter?, May 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 11

Texas Book-aholic, May 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 12

A Reader’s Brain, May 13

For the Love of Literature, May 13


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Naomi is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a finished paperback copy of Shadow Among Sheaves!!

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THE MEMORY HOUSE Blog Tour

 


About the Book

Book: The Memory House

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre: Christian Romance

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Embracing the future means remembering the past . . .

When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share. Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

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About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck

 



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Excerpt from The Memory House

When Mama Applegate spoke as if Everleigh were a guest rather than a family member, she embraced it with grace. Because at the end of the day, she was Rhett’s wife. She alone shared his dreams, his heart, his life.

And at night, when she couldn’t sleep, his soft breathing was her lullaby.

“Listen, mister, I have to get back to work or I won’t make it home in time for our dinner.” She tugged at his shirt collar. “So are you going to tell me why you’re here?”

“I was going to wait until tonight, but I got so excited . . .” Rhett stepped over to the desk in front of Everleigh’s and retrieved a long white canister. “Here. Open it. I feel like a kid at Christmas.”

“Rhett, what have you done?” She pried away the cap and slipped out a set of drawings.

“Here, let me.” Rhett unrolled a rendering of a cozy house with a wraparound porch nestled between two cottonwoods. “Our house, Ev. I took those sketches you made after we were married and gave

them to the architect. What do you think?”

“Th-this is our house?” She wrapped her arms around his waist, leaning against his thick arm as she studied the drawing.

“It’s our house, darling.”

Everleigh studied the drawing. It was just like she imagined. “Are you sure?” She gazed up at her husband. “I didn’t think we’d saved enough money.”

“We’ve saved every penny of your salary, and I finally sold the stud bull to Jacob Marshall. He’s been after me for a year . . .” Rhett held her with one hand while flipping through the drawing with the other. “I bought the ten acres by the stream. You know, the one with the trees we loved. Dad wanted to give it to us, but I said no strings.

I wanted to buy it so he can’t hold it over me. Not that he would, but family business can get tricky.” Everleigh leaned to see the name of the road. Memory Lane.

“Darling, the section right off Memory Lane? The spot I wanted?”

Rhett’s grandmother had named the dirt road years ago, when she imagined a large family with lots of grandkids running around.

She envisioned an Applegate community.

But her sons, Melvin and Earl, went to war. Only Earl—nicknamed Spike—returned home the fall of 1918. He inherited the ranch, married Mama Applegate, and fathered Rhett, an only child. Grandma’s two daughters married and moved away.

“Your granny would be proud, darling,” Everleigh said. “We’re beginning her dream.”

“Sh-she would.” Rhett cleared his throat, pressing his fist over his cough. “So, w-what do you think?”

Tell him! The timing could not have been more perfect.

“Rhett, sweetheart—”

He jerked his wrist up, checking his watch. “Oh, Ev, sorry, darling, but I promised Dad I’d pick him up from the hardware store thirty minutes ago.” He gave her a quick, passing kiss. “I’d planned to show you these tonight, but I just couldn’t wait.” He rolled up the drawings and tucked them into the canister. “What is it you wanted to say?” On reflex, he checked his watch again.

“Nothing,” she said, smiling. “I’ll see you later. We can talk then. I have work to do anyway.”

“You sure?”

Everleigh fell into him and pressed her cheek against his chest.

“You make my dreams come true, Rhett Applegate.”

He kissed her one more time, then held her at arm’s length.

“Distraction, girl, you are one beautiful distraction.”


Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads , April 22

The Avid Reader, April 22

Wishful Endings, April 22

All-of-a-kind Mom, April 23

The Power of Words, April 23

Andrea Christenson, April 23

Worthy2Read, April 23 .   <- You are here! ->

Carla Loves to Read, April 24

Blogging With Carol, April 24

Spoken from the Heart, April 24

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 24

C Jane Read, April 25

Reader’s Cozy Corner, April 25

Lis Loves Reading, April 25

For Him and My Family, April 25

CAFFEINATED CHRISTIAN RAVES-N-REVIEWS, April 26

Literary Reflections Book Blog, April 26

Jeanette’s thoughts, April 26

Carpe Diem, April 26

Mary Hake, April 27

EmpowerMoms, April 27

My Devotional Thoughts, April 27

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 27

Bigreadersite, April 28

Inklings and notions, April 28

Pause for Tales, April 28

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, April 28

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 29

Rachel’s Back Talk, April 29

For The Love of Books, April 29

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, April 30

Quiet Quilter, April 30

Just the Write Escape, April 30

Reflections From My Bookshelves, May 1

Godly Book Reviews, May 1

Lights in a Dark World, May 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 1

Stories By Gina, May 2

Texas Book-aholic, May 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 2

Older & Smarter?, May 3

janicesbookreviews, May 3

Living Life Free in christ, May 3

The Becca Files, May 4

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 4

A Reader’s Brain, May 4

Inspired by fiction, May 5

Moments, May 5

To Everything A Season, May 5

Simple Harvest Reads, May 5 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize of a copy of The Memory House!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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The Governess of Penwythe Hall Blog Tour

 


About the Book

Book: The Governess of Penwythe Hall

Author: Sarah E. Ladd

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: April 16, 2019

In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author Sarah E. Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.

Cornwall was in her blood, and
Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Cornwall, England, 1811

Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.

Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.



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About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.


More About The Governess of Penwythe Hall

5 things to know about Cornwall, England:

  1. Throughout its early history, Cornwall’s inhabitants called the country Kernow.
  2. Early inhabitants largely spoke their own language known as “Cornish,” which became nearly extinct in the 1800s
  3. The country has a long and rugged coastline and there were frequent shipwrecks.
  4. Fishing was a major industry, with herring, mackerel, and sardines being common catches.
  5. In 1870, novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called Cornwall “the region of dream and mystery.”

Imagine yourself in The Governess of Penwythe Hall with these pictures of 19th Century life in Cornwall

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Blog Tour – A HERO FOR MISS HATHERLEIGH / Carolyn Miller

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, 1)
Kregel     ISBN   9780825445897
Adult     Rating:      4

Australian author Carolyn Miller begins a new inspirational Regency series, set in England, complete with elements of romance and intrigue.

In A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Caroline Hatherleigh, the eldest daughter of Viscount Aynsley, is a proper young lady of society and she knows its rules. When a friend is touched with scandal, her mother sends her to the countryside to protect her daughter’s reputation.

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Miller’s readers have come to expect a clean romance suitable for older teens and adults, with historical detail and superior characterization. Her characters are realistic, facing financial, spiritual, physical, and societal challenges, allowing the reader to more easily relate to them.

Recommended for high school and public libraries. Fans of Julie Klassen, Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and other Regency fiction will enjoy this new series. The other books in this series, Misleading Miss Verity and Underestimating Miss Cecilia, are expected later this year (2019).

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Review: WITHIN THESE LINES / by Stephanie Morrill

Within These Lines / by Stephanie Morrill
Blink     ISBN     9780310765233
HS     Grades 8+     Rating:     5

Stephanie Morrill, author of Lost Girl of Astor Street, pens another young adult historical novel, this one is set during World War II, featuring the relationship of a Japanese American boy and an Italian American girl.  Evalina Cassano falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki amidst the anti-Japanese feelings arising across the US, following the attack on bombing on Pearl Harbor.

Within These Lines is a thoughtful story of love in the face of intolerance and prejudice during wartime.

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WITHIN THESE LINES Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Blog & Review Tour – and Giveaway –

for Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill,

hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

9780310765264Title: Within These Lines
Author: Stephanie Morrill
Publisher: Blink YA
Genre: Historical Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: March 5, 2019

When Evalina Cassano and Taichi Hamasaki are torn apart by the events following the attack on Pearl Harbor, they must fight if they want any hope of returning to one another before World War II steals their future together. Within These Lines is one unflinching, haunting, historical novel you don’t want to miss; perfect for fans of Monica Hesse, Ruta Sepetys, and Elizabeth Wein.

Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family living in San Francisco in 1941 is quiet and ordinary until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite the scandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up their farm and move to a Japanese-American internment camp.

Degrading treatment makes life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi’s only connection to the outside world is treasured letters from Evalina. Feeling that the only action she can take to help Taichi is to speak out against injustice, Evalina becomes increasingly vocal at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he will ever leave the camp alive.

With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to their ideals and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable odds.

Within These Lines:

  • Is a young adult historical novel set in the World War II era
  • Contains themes of love, separation, social justice, war, and diversity
  • Perfect for junior high and high school students
  • A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Stephanie Morrill writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world. She is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as the 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the WWII era romance, Within These Lines. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children. You can connect with Stephanie and learn more about her books at StephanieMorrill.com, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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(1) Grand Prize winner will win a release copy of Within These Lines & a special designed poster of Within These Lines  from the publisher, Blink YA. Featured quote on poster: “Be Brave Enough to Care and Bold Enough to Act”

(5) First Prize winners will each with a special designed poster of Within These Lines from the publisher, Blink YA. Featured quote on poster: “Be Brave Enough to Care and Bold Enough to Act”

Be sure to check out each stop on the Bookstagram Tour and (upcoming) Takeover Tour, as well as this tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway began at midnight March 5, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 18, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid. For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

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2019 Reading Challenge

Have you ever done a READING CHALLENGE?

Goodreads is one place you can set a goal of how many books you will read in 2019. You can keep track of the books you read on their website.

Another reading challenge is to read 1 book each month in different genres and categories — like this one from author Carla Laureano.  I’m going to try this challenge (#carlasreadingchallenge2019) as part of my Goodreads challenge for 2019.

Here are the categories for her 1 book/month  reading challenge, and I’ll update the list below with the titles I read for this challenge.

  • JANUARY – Read a children’s book.
  • FEBRUARY – Read a book that you already own.
    • Again, easy. Just have to pick one of the titles on my nightstand!
    • OK, I just read & reviewed Courtney Walsh’s book, Things Left Unsaid — it was published in Oct. 2018, but I only now got around to reading and reviewing it.
    • Next on my list, A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden, also published last year (2018). Now to read the new release in that series: A Desperate Hope.
    • I also read Imagine: The Fall of Jericho (Imagine, book 3) by Matt Koceich (a children’s book), and Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (last year’s Newbery winner, 2018, also a children’s book).
  • MARCH – Read a book written in a historical time period.
  • APRIL – Read a book written by someone of a different faith.
    • I will probably read I Am Malala by M. Yousafzai OR The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, and a Jew by S. Oliver, P. Warner, and  Ranya Tabari Idliby — maybe I’ll read both!
    • And I’ll be busy with Spring Break I’m a teacher), finishing reviews I promised, and planning the end of the school year activities.
  • MAY – Read a book written before 1969.
    • Possibly read Sounder by William Armstrong, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
    • School ends in May, so I’ll be busy with that.
  • JUNE – Read a book released this year.
    • Easy! Probably one of the new titles from the spring: The Number of Love by Roseanna White.
  • JULY – Read a book you chose solely for the cover.
    • Probably No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky.
  • AUGUST – Read a book you chose solely for the title.
  • SEPTEMBER – Read a book with an illustrated cover. 
    • Maybe The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Blyer Yount, if I don’t read it before the fall.
  • OCTOBER – Read a bestseller that you’ve avoided or missed.
    • Probably one of the Christy or Carol Award winners.
  • NOVEMBER – Read a book set in a country other than your own.
  • DECEMBER – Read a book that takes place during a holiday.

Want to join me in a reading challenge? Go to Goodreads, use the monthly list above, or come up with your own!

Whatever you choose, enjoy more reading this year . . . I certainly plan to do so!

Carol

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2018 CHRISTY & CAROL AWARD Titles

This week, the winners of the 2018 Christy Award were announced recently (November 2018). A number of the finalists were books I reviewed in the past year — not all of the categories are listed here, only the ones I reviewed.

CHRISTY AWARDS 2018

Book of the Year (2018)
TRUE TO YOU/ Becky Wade

Contemporary Romance

First Novel

Historical Romance

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Visionary

Young Adult

 

2018 CAROL AWARD TITLES

Romance
A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren
Speculative
Awakened by Morgan L. Busse

2018 INSPY Winners

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
TRUE TO YOU / Becky Wade

Literature for Young Adults
UNRAVELING / Sara Ella

 

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New review posted: CODE OF VALOR / Lynette Eason

Code of Valor, / by Lynette Eason (Blue Justice, 3)
Revell     ISBN     9780800727048
Adult     Rating:     4

Eason’s latest book is filled with complex characters, suspenseful plot twists, and an excellent storyline. There are even a few characters from the Carrington dive team (Lynn Blackburn’s new series) who make a cameo appearance. Brady‘s law enforcement family are featured in her other books, and some make an appearance in this book as well. Code of Valor has a suspenseful, tightly written plot, realistic characters and relationships, and uses a light touch with its faith elements (present but not preachy).

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Coming next month: BREACH OF TRUST / Rachel Dylan

 

BREACH OF TRUST is available for pre-order now at your favorite retailer!
Grab the finale to the Atlanta Justice series. Releases FEB 5th!
Have you read the other books in this series?
Check out my reviews: Lone Witness, and Deadly Proof.

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BOOK AWARD WINNERS

I just read a number of the national book award winners — and I have reviewed some of them. For a complete listing of the award winners, see this list.
Newbery 2018 – HELLO, UNIVERSE / Erin Entrada Kelly

Caldecott Medal 2018 – WOLF IN THE SNOW / Matthew Cordell

Caldecott Honor 2018

Belpre (Author) Honor Book 2018

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award 2018  

 

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WHAT I AM READING / REVIEWING NEXT

What I’m READING & REVIEWING next:

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EAGERLY AWAITING THESE NEW RELEASES in 2019

I am looking forward to reading these new 2019 titles. As I review these books, I will link my review to the titles here. I may read and review more than these titles, but these are the ones I’m most interested to read. So here they are:

JANUARY 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

MARCH 2019

APRIL 2019

MAY 2019

JUNE 2019

  • The Number of Love (Codebreakers, #1) / Roseanna White
  • No Ocean Too Wide / Carrie Turansky

JULY 2019

AUGUST 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019

OCTOBER 2019

  • Odd Girl Out (Being Zoey, #2) / Meloday Carlson
  • Dark Ambitions (Code of Honor, #3) / Irene Hannon

NOVEMBER 2019

  • A Pursuit of Home (Haven Manor, #3) / Kristi Hunter
  • Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, #3) / Carolyn Miller

DECEMBER 2019

  • The Bridge to Belle Island / Julie Klassen

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