Sunday, August 20, 2017

Chasing Secrets

Chasing Secrets
Elite Guardians #4
Lynette Eason
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Haley has vague memories of her past, but her mother discounted her nightmares as just dreams and Haley has moved on from her past. Now her past is threatening to kill her and Haley is struggling to stay one step head of the killer and keep those she loves safe. Steven moved home to be near his deathly ill father. When he meets Haley he feels an instant connection that has nothing to do with her beauty or position as a body guard. He joins the race to find out her secrets in time to save her.

I've enjoyed all of Ms. Eason's books, but I think this one was my favorite. The book begins with a dramatic start and doesn't let up the entire book. It brings all of the other characters from previous books into the plot, but could definitely be read as a stand alone. I would recommend reading the others first though. You won't be disappointed. The author has a way with words that bring out the suspense and drama of the moment. She's also good at the romance part. The chemistry was great with the two characters and fit well with the story. Loved this book and can't wait to get her next one.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All thoughts expressed are my own.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

First Line Friday


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"Alexander Jamison had always wanted a sister. Instead, she had three brothers."

Read my book review here.

Last week was my first time doing this and I had so much fun checking out all of the blogs and adding interesting books to my wishlist.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line and then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact
Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower.

To Wager Her Heart

To Wager Her Heart
Tamera Alexander
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Alexandra has been in mourning and almost driftless since she lost her fiance in a train wreck. She's been unable to make sense of his death and is now afraid to ride on a train after witnessing the collision. 
Sylas has left Colorado and come to Nashville to bid on a railroad project. He's not exactly comfortable in the genteel southern society and asks Alexandra to coach him on the southern customs, especially business deals. 

This was a fascinating story. The author drew so much from history and it actually felt like I'd stepped back in time to experience the same things with the characters. The story came alive with her visual descriptions. The characters were authentic and had such depth; they were relatable and likeable. I loved the story of faith and love that was woven so intricately throughout the book. While flawed, the characters had real relationships with Jesus and this shone through. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy history, clean romance, inspiration stories, or just a well written story.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I'll Run

I'll Run till the Sun Goes Down
A Memoir About Depression & Discovering Art
David Sandum
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David began experiencing stress related symptoms with work. Soon he was so immersed in depression that he was unable to work or even function. After multiple hospital stays and lots of different doctors and therapists, David found that painting was his therapy. 

I'm not usually a fan of memoirs, but this one was very interesting. I enjoyed the authors candid honesty about not only his issues, but his triumphs as well. The writing flows well and the details are clear and help tell the story. The author shares some hard emotions, but does so without bringing the story down or make the story "depressing". I actually learned a lot about mental illness and how patients and their families deal with the issues that surround it. I would recommend this book to art enthusiasts or anyone who is dealing from mental illness.

I received a copy of this book from Goodreads. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Friday, August 11, 2017

First Line Friday

First Line Friday

I am super excited to be starting something fun with a bunch of fellow bloggers. The first book I've chosen is True to You by Becky Wade.
She's a relatively new author, but has quickly become one of my favorites for her humor, clean romance, and interesting plots.
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"Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn't all fun and games."

Not exactly what you'd expect from a contemporary romance novel, is it?!
My review is HERE.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line and then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

Radiant Light / Reading is my Super Power / Robin's Nest / Singing Librarian Books / With a Joyful Noise / Kathleen Denly / A Baker's Perspective / Joy of Reading / Moments Dipped in Ink / C Jane Read / Molly's Cafinated-Reads / Romances of the Cross / It's Storytime With Van Daniker / Iola Goulton / Christian Fiction Girl Reviews Bibliophile Reviews / Bookworm Mama / Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen Faithfully Bookish /  Fiction Aficionado

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact
Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lord, Have Mercy

Lord, Have Mercy
Ellen Miller
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 Just when we think we finally have mothering figured out, our kids change or get on our very last nerve. Motherhood can be the best thing that ever happened to you, filled with joy, blessings, and love. But it can also be painful, numbing, and heartbreaking. The author has written a book to be read in 90 days that helps moms laugh, be encouraged, and be strong. The book is intended to help you find humor, your faith, and a renewed faith in God. The author pulls stories, some from personal experience, to help bring across her point. Sprinkled throughout the book are sections on prayer and scripture reading that tie in with the previous few days.

The book was well written. The addition scriptures and thoughts on prayer were a bonus. The author definitely added some humor as I found myself laughing several times. But I had to wonder how many overwhelmed moms would keep reading after the first day. The book was nice, but it didn't grab me. It had some thoughts throughout, but I didn't feel encouraged or motivated to keep reading. I honestly don't think I would have finished the book if I wasn't writing a review. It's nice, but just not for me.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Name Unknown

A Name Unknown
Roseanna M. White
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Rosemary's family consists of street orphans who have banded together to make a home. They keep bread on their table by stealing and doing odd jobs for people in low places. Rosemary is offered a job that will keep food on the table for quite some time. She just needs to pass off being a librarian to a titled gentleman in order to find out where his loyalties lie. As the world erupts into the chaos that becomes WWI, Rosemary finds herself in the dusty confines of a country library, trying to find out if Peter Holstein is what he claims to be.

This book was a very mixed bag for me. It started out painfully slow and I just couldn't get invested into the characters or the plot. It was obviously well written and researched. The main characters stood out and were well defined. I especially liked the character Peter. So I'm not sure what my problem was. But about 1/3 of the way through the book it picked up and I became more interested. The Christian aspect of the book was so subtle that it was almost lost. The romance wasn't really there until the end, and then it was sweet and romantic. I really enjoyed how the book ended. And the middle was good too. But throughout the book were some slow parts or a plethora of details that bogged the story down a bit. The history was super fascinating, and for me made the story. So overall, I would recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction with intrigue and a tiny bit of romance and don't mind a story with a ton of details and sidelines. 

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Friday, August 4, 2017

New Posts

Guess what?!

 

I'm super excited to be joining a great group of ladies every Friday. 

I will be finding a book and posting the first line from that book. At the bottom of the post will be links to all of the other blogs that are participating. It's a great way to find new reading material, as well as new book blogs to follow. Join me and post a line from a book in the comments each week, so I can find a new favorite book as well.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Base Camp Las Vegas

Base Camp Las Vegas
101 Hikes in the SouthWest
Deborah Wall
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 Las Vegas is the best starting place to explore the south west and all it has to offer to the hiker enthusiast. Use Vegas as your base camp and hike on trails that will take your breath away and show you the beauty of nature and the wonders of history. The author begins by giving some instructions and insights into hiking. There are lots of things that could be dangerous if not handled properly. The rest of the book is divided up into sections such as Red Rock Canyon, where multiple hikes can take place. The author goes into detail about the area. There are maps, things to take into account when hiking those specific trails, and lots of gorgeous color photos. She mentions things like flash flood areas, which ones are more strenuous, and weather conditions that might affect the hike.

I enjoyed reading through the book and recognizing several of the places I've hiked in the past. The author did a great job of being informative, without dry and boring. I found myself wishing I'd had the book a few months earlier when I was hiking on some of these trails. There were several places that I noticed had more hiking trails in the park or area that weren't mentioned. But considering the thickness of the book, would have probably made it overly large and cumbersome. Overall, it was a wonderful book that I intend to add to my travel collection to use the next time I'm in the area.

I received a copy of this book from Smith Publicity. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Just Look Up

Just Look Up
Courtney Walsh
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 Lane has left the small town of Harbor Pointe behind and is now working in a large design firm in Chicago. She has worked incredibly hard to shed her small town image, including the extra weight. She hasn't returned home in years and has no plans for doing so in the future. She's up for a promotion and is working almost around the clock to ensure that it happens. But when her brother, the only one in her family who seemed to ever understand her, is in an accident, she makes the difficult decision to face her bad memories and return home.

I didn't expect this story to engage me as much as it did. I'm a fan of this author, but the description didn't grab me initially. But a few pages in, I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. It's authentic. I loved the various characters and their interaction with the main female character. The family, while very flawed, was real and entertaining. The author did a great job of making Lane's issues flow well with the story, without bogging everything down in depressing dialogue. The ending, while suspected, was well done and was the perfect last chapter for the book. I loved the chemistry between Lane and one of the characters. I also liked the elements of faith that was woven throughout the story. This is probably my favorite book by this author. Would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a story about family, faith, love, and small towns.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Weekly Prayer Project

The Weekly Prayer Project
A Challenge to Journal, Pray, Reflect and Connect with God
Scarlet Hiltibidal
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 Fifty-two scriptures, one for each week, reflect on the different aspects of prayer and how we can make them relatable to our lives. Each week begins with a scripture on prayer. A thought from the author is then followed by a couple of questions or thought provoking instructions that will help the reader delve deeper into the concept of prayer and how it can relate to their life. There is plenty of lined journaling space to answer the questions or instructions, while still having room to write down some prayers.

I love the beautiful pictures and crisp, clean layout of the journal. This would make a wonderful addition to a study on prayer or can be used in conjunction with any other devotion. The hard cover lays out flat to make writing in the journal easier and a ribbon is there for a bookmark. I'm definitely planning on keeping this and adding it to my devotional time. But I plan on also adding it to the list of items that would make excellent gifts.
 
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. All thoughts expressed are my own.