SOLID GROUNDS COFFEE COMPANY / Carla Laureano – A Review

The Solid Grounds Coffee Company, / by Carla Laureano (A Supper Club Novel, 3)
Tyndale     ISBN 9781496420329
Adult     Rating: 4

In The Solid Grounds Coffee Company, publicist Analyn Sanchez handles clients in crisis, and she does her job well. But when she is asked to cover up a client’s choices that cross the line and go against her own values, she refuses and Ana loses her job.

Professional rock climber Byran Shaw has lost his sponsorships after a climbing accident and some bad decisions. Impulsively he buys a coffee farm in South America, even though he has no business background. Bryan returns to Denver and offers Ana a role in his company, doing the things he is ill-equipped to do. What happens next surprises them both.

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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.

Previously reviewed: The Saturday Night Supper Club,and Brunch at Bitterwseet Cafe.

 

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THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY Celebrate Lit Tour


About the Book

Book: The Fifth Avenue Story Society

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction

Release Date: February 4, 2020

An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.

Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.

Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.

Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.

Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.

When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.

Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.

Get your copy of the book here.


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 Rachel Hauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @Rachel Hauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.


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Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 10

The Avid Reader, February 10

Livin’ Lit, February 10

Genesis 5020, February 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 10

The Power of Words, February 11

A Baker’s Perspective, February 11

Rebecca Tews, February 11

All-of-a-kind Mom, February 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 11

Older & Smarter?, February 12

Seasons of Opportunities, February 12

Texas Book-aholic, February 12

Inklings and notions, February 12

deb’s Book Review, February 12

My Devotional Thoughts, February 13

Just the Write Escape, February 13

For Him and My Family, February 13

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, February 13

CarpeDiem, February 13

Remembrancy, February 14

Christian Bookaholic, February 14

Connect in Fiction, February 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 14

April Hayman, Author, February 14

Robin’s Nest, February 15

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, February 15

Britt Reads Fiction, February 15

Just Your Average reviews, February 15

Blogging With Carol, February 15

Batya’s Bits, February 16

Bigreadersite, February 16

A Reader’s Brain, February 16

Worthy2Read, February 16

Stories By Gina, February 16

Back Porch Reads, February 17

janicesbookreviews, February 17

Literary Reflections Book Blog, February 17

Inside the Wong Mind, February 17

Mary Hake, February 17

Through the fire blogs, February 18

Mia Reads, February 18

Baker Kella, February 18

EmpowerMoms, February 18

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 18

Maureen’s Musings, February 19

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 19

Coast and Anchor, February 19

Spoken from the Heart, February 19

SPLASHES of Joy, February 19

She Lives to Read, February 20

By The Book, February 20

Wishful Endings, February 20

Moments, February 20

Simple Harvest Reads, February 20 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Andrea Christenson, February 21

Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 21

Pause for Tales, February 21

For The Love of Books, February 21

Lis Loves Reading, February 21

Reader’s Cozy Corner, February 22

Hallie Reads, February 22

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 22

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, February 22

To Everything There Is A Season, February 22

Godly Book Reviews, February 23

Daysong Reflections, February 23

SusanLovesBooks, February 23

Lights in a Dark World, February 23


MY REVIEW

Best-selling author Rachel Hauck pens a contemporary novel where five people are invited to a mysterious meeting and their lives are changed.

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Hauck creates believe-able characters with flaws and struggles. The storyline traces their relationship with one another as their stories are shared. The faith element is present, especially in Coral’s story, but the others are not Christians. Each longs to be accepted by others. Each is facing a crisis of some kind. As their story unfolds and secrets are revealed, they learn to be vulnerable with one another and build trust in one another.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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HIDDEN CURRENT / Celebrate Lit Tour

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About the Book

Book: Hidden Current

Author:Sharon Hinck

Genre: Christian Fantasy

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Hidden_CurrentThe dancers of the Order direct their floating world of Meriel with their movements, but are they steering it toward destruction ?

Calara spent her life learning dance patterns and seeking to become the perfect servant to her people. When she discovers the work of the Order is built on lies, she flees with a rough-edged herder, Brantley of Windswell.   Pursued by soldiers of the Order, her journey through the suffering villages of the rim leads her to a forgotten truth that sends ripples through her world—and through her soul.

Calara’s seeks clues to her forgotten family, discovers newfound courage in the face of danger, and awakens a growing but forbidden affection for Brantley. Yet even his support can’t fully be trusted, since he’d rather destroy the Order than bring reform.

She is a lone woman facing opposition from rim villages and treachery from the all-powerful Order. Can she restore the dance to its true purpose and bring freedom and hope to her people?

Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

CRW_2024 copyAward-winning author of the ground-breaking Sword of Lyric series, Sharon Hinck is a wife, mom, and recent grandma, has an M.A. in communication, and has served as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, a church youth worker, and a professional choreographer, and an adjunct writing professor. To learn more about her writing, visit her at www.sharonhinck.com.

More from Sharon

Have you ever felt that nothing you do is ever enough? Not good enough? Meaningful enough? Do you ever think that if you could be more perfect, all your problems would be solved? In my new novel, I explore a character whose entire culture tells her that she must achieve perfection – and that answers to her world’s problems rest solely on human effort. Set in an imaginative fantasy world, I hope her journey will ring true for readers in our world.

I’m so excited to finally be able to share my new novel, Hidden Current, with readers. Can you see me Snoopy dancing?

And speaking of dancing …

What inspired this new series?

 Years before I wrote my first novel, I worked as a dance teacher, choreographer, and artistic director of a Christian dance company. So, when my agent and I were discussing ideas for my next book, he said, “In all your other novels, you’ve never drawn from your experience in dance. I’d love to see you create a brand-new fantasy world and utilize dance in some way.”

I began mulling the idea, and within days, a character had come to life.

In my new novel, Hidden Current, the dancers of the Order direct their floating world with their movements but are steering it toward destruction. One lone dancer fights to overcome opposition from rim villages and treachery from the all-powerful Order and bring a forgotten truth to her people.

Is this part of a series?

Yes, but this is a stand-alone story. That means that although I’ve written more books with these characters, you don’t have to wait for the series to release, fearing an unresolved ending to book one. The story is complete of itself, with just a hint of the next adventure to follow. I’ve already done my revisions on the second book and have finished writing book three.

Why should I order soon?

This is being released in limited edition hardcover. That means when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Is this similar to the Sword of Lyric books?

Yes and no. It’s not a “portal fantasy” – no modern-day character visits this world. However, like my other fantasy series, the book was inspired by spiritual themes, delves deeply into the heart of a character that many of us can relate to, and paints a unique story world full of both beauty and dangers. I’m so excited for its release!


Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, January 25

Texas Book-aholic, January 26

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 27

Artistic Nobody, January 28 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 28

Fiction Aficionado, January 29

janicesbookreviews, January 30

Emily Yager, January 31

For the Love of Literature, February 1

Wishful Endings, February 2 (Author Interview)

Mia Reads, February 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 3

Blogging With Carol, February 4

Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 5

Worthy2Read, February 6

Pause for Tales, February 7


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sharon is giving away to two winners each the grand prize of a gift box full of goodies including: a Hidden Current book bag, a selection of other books by Sharon Hinck, Tsalla tea from Adagio (the tea they drink in the novel), chocolates, a packet of “star rain” (also from the book), an artistic book mark, and autographed book plate!!

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

Hinck pens a fantasy filled with memorable characters, a believable world, and a unique message in its storyline. Despite dance being a central motif in this novel, the terminology doesn’t overwhelm the reader, as there is a glossary is included if the reader is interested.

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The faith element is strong, as Calara grows in her faith in the Maker, and discovers the true purpose of dancing. The relationship between Brantley and Calara grows at a steady pace, and is a clean romance. Adults and young adults and older teens will eagerly look forward to the next book in this series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

 

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.

Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.


MCBD 2020  is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

Super Platinum

Make A Way Media/ Deirdre “DeeDee” Cummings,

Platinum

Language Lizard, Pack-N-Go Girls,

Gold

Audrey Press, Lerner Publishing Group, KidLit TV, ABDO BOOKS : A Family of Educational Publishers, PragmaticMom & Sumo Jo, Candlewick Press,

Silver

Author Charlotte Riggle, Capstone Publishing, Guba Publishing, Melissa Munro Boyd & B is for Breathe,

Bronze

Author Carole P. Roman, Snowflake Stories/Jill Barletti, Vivian Kirkfield & Making Their Voices Heard. Barnes Brothers Books,  TimTimTom, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books,  Charlesbridge Publishing, Barefoot Books Talegari Tales

Author Sponsor Link Cloud

Jerry Craft, A.R. Bey and Adventures in Boogieland, Eugina Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Kenneth Braswell & Fathers Incorporated, Maritza M. Mejia & Luz del mes_Mejia, Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Josh Funk and HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture GrooveLauren Ranalli, The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! By Dr. Sharon Chappell, Phe Lang and Me On The Page, Afsaneh Moradian and Jamie is Jamie, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, TUMBLE CREEK PRESS, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Gwen Jackson, Angeliki Pedersen & The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 by Mia Wenjen, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher (Founders of Inner Flower Child Books), Ann Morris & Do It Again!/¡Otra Vez!, Janet Balletta and Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Ocean, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo & Bruna Bailando por el Mundo\ Dancing Around the World, Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Teresa Robeson  & The Queen of Physics, Nadishka Aloysius and Roo The Little Red TukTuk, Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore & Stories by the Girlfriends Book Club, Finding My Way Books, Diana Huang & Intrepids, Five Enchanted Mermaids, Elizabeth Godley and Ribbon’s Traveling Castle, Anna Olswanger and Greenhorn, Danielle Wallace & My Big Brother Troy, Jocelyn Francisco and Little Yellow Jeepney, Mariana Llanos & Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/La Ñusta Diminuta, Sara Arnold & The Big Buna Bash, Roddie Simmons & Race 2 Rio, DuEwa Frazier & Alice’s Musical Debut, Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series  Green Kids Club, Inc.

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

 

A Crafty Arab, Afsaneh Moradian, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Bethany Edward & Biracial Bookworms, Michelle Goetzl & Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Educators Spin on it, Shauna Hibbitts-creator of eNannylink, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joel Leonidas & Descendant of Poseidon Reads {Philippines}, Imagination Soup, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Serge Smagarinsky {Australia}, Shoumi Sen, Jennifer Brunk & Spanish Playground, Katie Meadows and Youth Lit Reviews

 


FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

TWITTER PARTY! Register here!

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.


In honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I was gifted with a book to review, Catherine’s Pascha, by Charlotte Riggle. See my review here!

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REVIEW: Catherine’s Pascha, / by Charlotte Riggle

Catherine’s Pascha: A Celebration of Easter in the Orthodox Church, / by Charlotte Riggle.
Phoenix Flair Press, 2015.    ISBN     9780984612444
Children     Rating:     4

In Catherine’s Pascha, Riggle tells a touching story celebrating Easter through the eyes of a young girl. Each page tells the story in a 2-page spread with framed text surrounded by colorful illustrations of Orthodox churches around the world (Russia, Japan, Brazil, Alaska, Syria, and more). The dark print on some of the backgrounds can be hard to read, but the story is absolutely delightful! Riggle is an excellent writer and illustrator R. J. Hughes enhances the story with her detailed work.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. The author gifted me with a copy of this book. I was not required to write a review on it..

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A PROMISE TO KEEP (Just Reads Tour)

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

hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

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

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

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

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

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melony Teague

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

CONNECT WITH MELONY: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

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

A Promise to Keep JustRead Giveaway

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

Open to US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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MY REVIEW:

Librarian Savannah Sanderson promised her late husband that she would return to their 20-year high school reunion, no matter what. Widowed for about a year, she finds it challenging to be there, even when she runs into her friend, Michael McCann, whom she barely recognizes. Since graduation, Michael changed from an overweight troublemaker that Nick and Samantha knew, to a handsome athletic search-and-rescue professional. The three friends lost touch with one another after high school.

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Teague does an excellent job at creating characters and setting that engage the reader. The faith element is interwoven seamlessly. The storyline is believe-able and involves more than two high school friends meeting again after twenty years have passed. Both of them have memories and hurts to overcome, if they are going to move forward.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.


 

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ON WINGS OF DEVOTION Blog Tour (Just Read)

On Wings of Devotion JustRead Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


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

On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M WhiteTitle: On Wings of Devotion
Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 7, 2020

Against Every Warning, She’s Drawn Ever Closer to the Man Known as “Black Heart”

All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster–a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed “Black Heart,” she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes she has a role to play in his healing–and some of her own to do as well.

With Camden’s court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up, intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40 into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross hairs, Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope–and to each other–if they want to survive.

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

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White

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.

CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT

 

He straightened. “I’ll not see you throw your life and your fortune away on some money-grubbing scoundrel. I may not be good for much these days, but I can at least scare off the rabble.”Unbelievable. “The papers have something right, anyway—you are a madman. A raving lunatic.” She moved to step past him, back onto the street. He blocked her. “You’ll not dissuade me, Arabelle. I’ve made up my mind, so just resign yourself to an escort.”

“I don’t need a . . . a guard dog!” She moved to sidestep him the other direction and, as soon he shifted to compensate, darted around him on the first. He was at her side within a step. “Woof.” It was anger simmering. It had to be. She couldn’t let it be amusement, couldn’t let it be gratitude, and certainly couldn’t let it be hope. “Go home, Camden.”

“No.”

“I don’t want your company.”

“Too bad.”

“I’ll have my father—”

“I’ve already spoken to your father. He thinks it capital of me to want to champion you. And has issued a standing invitation for me to come by in the evenings and chat about aviation and the possible applications of the field to his own.” He would. She gritted her teeth, picked up her pace, and angled her face up at Camden, ready to lambast him with the only truth that might get him to call off this ridiculous plan.

You’ll do me more harm than good. The words died before she gave them breath. Because when she looked up, he was looking down, and those too-blue eyes of his weren’t just cold. They weren’t just patronizing. They weren’t just determined. They were the very thing he’d called her—desperate.

“I may not be good for much these days. . . . He’d been stripped of his squadron, his brothers-in-arms, his purpose. He’d been told he was a villain. He needed to help. Someone, somehow. He needed to prove, if only in some small way, that he was worthwhile. But couldn’t Cass be his proof, or Jeremy, or his mother, or some other person he actually knew? Why did it fall to her?

He needs to help. This time it wasn’t just a thought. It was an echo in that place in her heart where the Lord whispered. She faced forward again. Lord God . . . this is a bad idea. She wasn’t weak, not like Camden had said she was. But she wasn’t strong either. Not when it came to him.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a On Wings of Devotion inspired prize pack including a Recreation RFC Pilot Wings pin, a mini globe, Cadbury Chocolate, Caddie the Cocker Spaniel (handmade by Roseanna), and One Seat and Tea Package for an Online Tea Party Book Club with Roseanna (Winner’s choice of scheduled dates. Includes treats, loose-leaf tea, and book club goodies. A $25 value! For more information, visit http://www.roseannamwhite.com/tea-party-book-club/.)

On Wings of Devotion giveaway JR

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 7, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on January 14, 2020. US only. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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MY REVIEW

In On Wings of Devotion, nurse Arabelle Denler plays a key role in the healing of Philip Camden, nicknamed “Black Heart.” Philip believes (as does all of England) that he was instrumental in the deaths of his entire squadron, and struggles with survivor’s guilt, refusing to defend himself at his court-martial.

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White  excels at both character and plot development. Rich in plot twists, historical detail, romance, and adventure, On Wings of Devotion is an excellent read. The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed. Relationships are clean, making the book suitable for adults and older teens. Readers will delight to see characters from her earlier series make an appearance, and will look forward to the final book in this series, A Portrait of Loyalty.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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END GAME / Rachel Dylan

End Game, / by Rachel Dylan (Capital Intrigue, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN        9780764234309
Adult     Rating:     4

Award -winning author Rachel Dylan kicks off a new romantic suspense series set in Washington, D.C.

In End Game, FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan teams up with NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini to solve the murders of several victims. While the first is a civilian, the others are elite military. Are the murders connected? Will they find the perpetrator before others fall victim? Although evidence points to a Navy SEAL sniper, Bailey doesn’t believe it. When it becomes clear that there is a coverup, she becomes a target. Now who can they trust? The more they uncover, the more the truth is unclear and the more danger they find themselves in.

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Dylan pens a tightly-written suspense filled with well-developed characters, a faith element that is clearly evident but not pushy, and plenty of plot twists. Dylan introduces an ensemble of characters that will most likely appear in future books. Look for the second book in this series coming in the fall of 2020.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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THE WAY OF THE BRAVE / Susan May Warren

The Way of the Brave, / by Susan May Warren (Global Search and Rescue, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780800735845
Adult     Rating:  4

Best-selling author Susan May Warren kicks off a new action-packed romantic suspense series.

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Susan May Warren is known for writing stories filled with action-adventure, memorable and often broken characters, and faith elements. As expected, there is some physical and spiritual challenges, and past wounds to be faced before embracing future possibilities.

The Way of the Brave is no different – it has spine-tingling suspense, hold-your-breath adventure, and realistic faith journeys. Readers will be engaged from the first chapter until the very end, and looking forward to the next book in this series, The Heart of a Hero, coming in June 2020.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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BRAND OF LIGHT / Ronie Kendig (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

Book: Brand of Light

Author: Ronie Kendig

Genre: Christian Fiction, futuristic, space opera

Release Date: December 3, 2019

There’s a price on her head, and it has everything to do with the brand on her arm.

Tertian Space Coalition has blessed every planet in the quadrants with high technology, save one: Drosero. But in spite of their tenuous treaty with the ruling clans, TSC has plans for the backward planet. And they’re not alone.

After a catastrophic explosion, Kersei Dragoumis awakens in a derelict shuttle, alone, injured, and ignorant of the forbidden technology that has swept her into a nightmare. The brand she’s borne since childhood burns mysteriously, but the pain is nothing to that when she learns her family is dead and she is accused of their murders.

Across the quadrants, Marco Dusan responds to the call of a holy order—not to join them, but to seek a bounty. Gifted—or cursed—with abilities that mark him a Kynigos, a tracker sworn to bring interplanetary fugitives to justice, Marco discovers this particular bounty has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with prophecy. One that involves the hunter as much as the hunted.

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About the Author

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty titles. An Army brat, Ronie lives a shot train ride from New York City with her husband, twin sons, and two fur-sons, VVolt N629, a retired military working dog, and Benning the Stealth Golden. Described as an empath by her literary agent, Ronie has used her degree in psychology to write books that have won the coveted Christy Award, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion Award, and more. Her books have also hit the CBA Bestseller List multiple times.


More from Ronnie

In November 2005, I lurched into a story that started with one small element—what if a hero could literally smell fear? And so I delved into the story with the characters, and felt like I’d fallen into the vortex. I wrote over 90,000 words in one month, this story just gushing out of me.

But I was a very new writer. And if you saw the first draft that gushed out of me, you’d snicker. I sure have. It’s appallingly bad writing, yet the story’s bones are healthy and intact. So, I teased the story into shape over the last fourteen years. In 2012, I took a hard look at it and tried to shape up the writing. I’d even gotten to know Kathy Tyers, who wrote for the Star Wars franchise as well as the much-beloved Firebird series (*insert reverent pause here*), and I bravely asked if she would take a peek at the first fifty pages or so. Being gracious as Kathy is, she agreed to take a look.

Um, yikes. Haha. Make no mistake—Kathy is a brilliant writer, and I will never write like her, but I learned so much from her feedback and took it to heart. Clearly, I still had a long way to go before that story was ready for the world, so I delved into honing my craft and deepening this story. Honestly, I was afraid show Brand of Light to anyone again, because I love this story so much and did not want to see “her” fail. More correctly—I did not want to fail this story.

About three years ago, I sensed a deep conviction that it was time to stop hiding and, as an act of faith and obedience to what God had given me, to send Brand of Light out into the world. As I write this, she is still 1.5 months out from the release, and I’m scared. I want this beauty to be loved, but even if it’s not, *I love this story and know I honored God with my writing and sending her out. I can rest here for a long while, reveling in the gift God gave me with this storyworld and its characters. I’m excited to see her launch out into the deep now. As Marco and the hunters always say, For Honor.


Blog Stops

Hallie Reads, December 14
amandainpa , December 15
Wishful Endings, December 16
Pause for Tales, December 16
A Reader’s Brain, December 17
Simple Harvest Reads, December 18 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Texas Book-aholic, December 19
Mia Reads Blog, December 19
Betti Mace, December 20
Britt Reads Fiction, December 21
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 23
Emily Yager, December 24
Bakerkella, December 25
Worthy2Read, December 25 *
janicesbookreviews, December 26
Splashes of Joy, December 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ronie is giving away the grand prize package of a Tinted Prose edition of Brand of Light, Galaxy Tumbler, “Kersei” Dio Adorable Candle, 3 Character Cards (to include Marco, Kersei, Tigo), and 2 Maps (to include Drosero and the planetary map)!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/f2e2/brand-of-light-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

Brand of Light / by Ronie Kendig (The Droseran Saga, 1)
Enclave     ISBN     9781621840930
Adult     Rating:     4

I have never read any books by Ronie Kendig before reading Brand of Light. I’m familiar with her books — I just haven’t read them yet. After reading this one, however, I will add them to my TBR list!

Having been a fan of Kathy Tyers, for years, I was intrigued when I read about her influence on Kendig’s new series, and with Enclave as the publsher, I knew it would be an interesting read.

To my delight, Brand of Light was everything I hoped for — excellent world-building, intriguing well-developed characters, and a storyline that grabs the reader from the first page.

Although there are multiple points of view, it is easy to follow and enhances the tension of the story. If you have never tried space opera or science fiction, don’t let that deter you from reading this excellent novel. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!

Carol R. Gehringer

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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.

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

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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.


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

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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.

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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.


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

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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WHAT I AM READING / REVIEWING NEXT

What I’m READING & REVIEWING next:

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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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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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