Friday, September 23, 2016


Authors and publishers will often send me a book called an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) to review. This simply means that the book hasn't been published yet. They might change the cover slightly and every once in a while some errors are found and corrected. But basically, it is the same book. These are the books I'm going to be giving away today, because if I like the book I'll support the author by purchasing the book once it's been published. So now I'm passing on these books in hopes that you'll find a new author to read too.


The rules:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
1. Go through the list of books and pick ALL of the titles you like.
2. Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter.
3. Make sure your contact information is either in the comments or I can get to it by following your Goggle account.

Food and the City by Ina Yalof
Review Here
What We Find by Robyn Carr
Review Here

The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer

Review Here

Medical Judgment by Richard Mabry
Review Here

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin
Review Here

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright
Review Here  

Make sure that you put ALL of the books you are interested in, in the comments. If someone chooses the same book as you, the rafflecopter will randomly choose a winner. If you are the only one who picks a book, you are guaranteed to get the book. And don't forget to leave your email so I can contact you when you win.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Royal Christmas Wedding

A Royal Christmas Wedding
The Royal Wedding #4
Rachel Hauck
 Avery hasn't seen Prince Colin since before he ditched her before senior prom. In fact, she hasn't heard a word from him for five years. So she's not looking forward to joining her mother in Brighton as they visit her sister Susanna. Susanna is pregnant again after numerous miscarriages and wants her family around for the holidays. But after the death of her father Avery feels like she's drifting and hopes that she won't run into Colin so she can regroup and figure out what her next plan should be.

This was so romantic. I'm a sucker for romantic fairy tale type stories and this one hit every point. I've enjoyed every single book in this series, but for some reason, this was my favorite. Perhaps the books just keep getting better or maybe it's because it was set during Christmas. Either way, this was romantic, faith based, had a strong sense of family, and also had some elements of surprise and drama. The author did a great job of bringing in previous characters without overwhelming the story. I thought the two main characters fit well together and their romance was so sweet. The epilogue at the end of the book was fairy tale perfect, but also made me a bit sad since it signaled the end of the series. While this book can be read as a stand alone, I would advise you to read the previous books first. They will complete the story and I promise you won't be sorry.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies
Shirlee McCoy
 Ariel has returned home a widow and pregnant with a little girl. When a man tries to kill her in her classroom she turns to the uncle of one of her students, Tristan. He's an officer with the K-9 unit. His team is working a case that involved the death of one of their own. Does Ariel's case tie in or are all of these incidents random? Tristan vows to protect Ariel while finding out the reason for all of the attempts on her life.

This was a very fast-paced story. The author did a great job of creating tension and suspense, while still having a romance simmering in the plot. The characters were authentic and I was able to relate to them. The story is part of a series and I realized I had missed some pieces by not reading the other books, but it didn't detract from the story or cause me to dislike the book. Overall, this was a great story that I enjoyed and I plan to read more books by this author.

I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Tapestry of Secrets

A Tapestry of Secrets
Appalachian Blessings #3
Sarah Loudin Thomas
Perla has hidden a secret for most of her life, the identity of her daughter's father. But before she can reveal that secret she suffers a stroke. When her granddaughter, Ella, moves back to help take care of her grandmother and get away from a bad relationship. The story switches voices and time periods as it tells the story of the two women and weaves the tapestry of their secrets.

I've enjoyed all of the books by this author. This book has been my favorite. The rich history, strong family, faith filled message, and sweet romance all blend together to create a beautiful story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The author creates such be vivid word pictures that I was drawn into the plot and felt like I was there. This is truly an inspirational story with faith playing a very strong part in each person's life. Definitely a book I would recommend if you enjoy historical fiction, clean romance, and a strong sense of faith and family.

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

While My Child Is Away

While My Child Is Away
My Prayers for When We Are Apart
Edie Melson
One of the hardest things a parent can do is let their child go in to the world, knowing there isn't anything they can do to help or guide them. The author of this book has written some prayers that parents can pray for various situations when the parents are parted from their children and the only option is to pray. Prayers, scripture, and some wisdom in the form of devotions all mix together to create a comforting and hopeful book for parents.

First, I loved the cover of this book, so calming and beautiful. The book is compact, so easy to take with you. Each prayer is specific, not very long, and accompanied by a Bible verse. The book is divided into nine different sections that cover a lot of the different scenarios that a parent might encounter with their child. This would be a wonderful gift for a parent, especially one that has a child leaving the home for college, marriage, camp, etc.

I received this book free of charge from First Look in exchange for my honest review.

Book of Prayers

The Berenstain Bears' Book of Prayers
Mike Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears Book of Prayers
 The Berenstain Bears are a favorite with children. Come along as the little bears learn more than fifty different prayers for different occasions. Bright colorful illustrations will delight both children and parents. The book is smaller to fit toddler hands. The puffy cover and board book pages will make turning the pages easy. Each prayer is short enough to keep the attention span of the child, but is heartfelt and meaningful. The accompanying pictures will help the little ones understand what the prayer is for.

My children are a little old for this particular book, but love the Berenstain bears so wanted to keep the book and look through it. We will be gifting this to a friend, but had to check it out first. I would have loved having this when my little ones were toddlers. The author did an excellent job of matching the illustrations with the prayers and capturing the thought that we can talk to God about anything and pray anywhere. This lovely book would make an excellent addition to any home, preschool, or church nursery.

I received this book free of charge from First Look in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Spirit of Place

Spirit of Place
Aurelien Villette
Villette is a world traveler and award winning photographer. He has taken photographs from several of his architectural series and put them together to create this beautiful book. Each photograph is a masterpiece that calls to the viewer. We are often fascinated with the beauty in ruins, the history that is still speaking to us, the way earth seems to take back what belongs to her. Villette has captured these moments with an eye for the essence that calls us to notice.

The coffee table size book begins with a cover that will grab the viewers attention. The forward, written by Harold Hinsinger, is in three languages and is eloquent and provocative. Each picture fills the page with color and inspiration. I fell in love with urban decay photography years ago and feel that this artist really captures the essence of the craft. Each picture seems to capture the beautiful that is still in the decaying buildings and tells a story of an era gone by. A word about the publishers - I have had the privilege of reading quite a few of their books and I have yet to come across a book published by them that isn't outstanding in quality and character. I absolutely love their work.Overall, this is a book that I would highly recommend for its quality photography and excellent workmanship.

I received this book free of charge from teNeues Publishing in exchange for my honest review.