Friday, September 22, 2017

Guess what today is...


Autumn.

What a beautiful word.

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. The change in season from Summer to Autumn is so vibrant. So extreme. It seems to change in just a day, even though in reality it takes several weeks for the leaves to fall, the cold to hit and the very air to just smell like Autumn.

So with that said, I just want to wish everyone a very happy Autumn.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Question of Courage ~ Cover Reveal


I am beyond ecstatic to share with you Jesseca Wheaton's newest book cover!! I am just so excited right now! Isn't it lovely?! Pun intended.


About the Book:

A man. A decision. A destiny. 

Rafe Sullivan never imagined the war would come to his doorstep. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked and America's focus suddenly shifts to the pacific, he finds he can't ignore the problem anymore. 
Leaving the life he loves behind, he joins up to do what he does best. Fly. 
Yet, nothing could have prepared him for the horrors of war, and the struggle that is going on in his own heart. As an outstanding navy pilot, he is stationed on one of the few Pacific carriers. But could God be calling him to step out in faith, and go beyond the call of duty? 

Lily Wilson gives her all to help the hurting community around her. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the war is brought home to many American families. And as a nurse, she longs to be able to relive some of the suffering. Yet, her own grief is still fresh in her heart, and though she's made the decision to get on with her life, she can't seem to leave the past behind. When healing at last comes, the guard she placed around her heart slowly begins to crumble. 
But when she receives the news she hoped she would never again hear, can she trust that God’s plan is always right?

Arthur Warrington saw the Navy as an escape from the life he left behind. And it seems good for him. He is able to forge new friendships and distance himself from his past. But when his best friend makes a decision that rocks his world, he is left grappling with the question: what is true courage? 

Three lives. One War. And a search for the Courage to go on.

Add it on Goodreads



About the Author:

Jesseca is a 19-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home. Though, being in the sky is pretty awesome, too.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

RJF ~ Martin Hospitality


Well, guys, I'm back. We've been suffering with the internet off at our house for the last couple days and have no idea of when it'll be back up. I have a few precious moments right now with some, so I'm taking advantage of it. And because of this whole mess, this'll be the last post of the Fest. I hope you have all enjoyed it as much as I have. And who knows, maybe I'll do it again next year.

Martin Hospitality


Martin Hospitality (Martin Generations, #1)

About the book:

Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she's been evicted, she finds herself sleeping in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.

The Martins aren't a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.

When Gemma's past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins' trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins' love and God's forgiveness go?


*****

I wanted to write a review for this book, but there's just no way to describe what I feel for this book. I loved it so much! All I can say is, read it people!! Now! Go get your hands on it. *smiles innocently*

Monday, June 26, 2017

RJF ~ Sarah's Ground


Sarah's Ground



Sarah's Ground

About the book:

Sarah Tracy has spent her entire life under constant supervision, always under the thumb of one older sibling or another. Now, at eighteen, it's time she was married, so she is being sent to dinner parties, plays, teas, soirees, talks, and chaperoned walks -- always accompanied, always watched.Sarah's tired of being shipped around, tired of being reminded that it's time to find a suitable husband. Then Sarah sees an advertisement looking for a young woman to oversee Mount Vernon, the old family home of George Washington. Lying to her family and her potential employer, Sarah becomes mistress of this decaying symbol of American freedom.

And then comes the American Civil War. As battles rage around her, Sarah is determined to create a haven of peace at Mount Vernon. Sarah single-handedly manages to keep Mount Vernon out of the war. But while she is able to influence generals, soldiers, and the president, she learns she doesn't hold such sway over her own heart -- as she also discovers true love.

Based on a true story, this is the amazing tale of one girl's path to womanhood.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

RJF ~ A Night Divided


Today's recommendation is a really fun read set in the time of World War 2. I found it quite thrilling!

A Night Divided 


A Night Divided

About the book:

From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.

With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can't help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.

But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

RJF ~ Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe


Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café



Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

About the book:

What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would He answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Cafe, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea's door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Cafe, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They've come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the cafe has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life's biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask God a question of her own. Heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RJF ~ A Portrait of Emily Price


A Portrait of Emily Price


A Portrait of Emily Price

About the book:

Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can’t fix—until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. But when Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family is another matter . . .


Emily Price—fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist—dreams of having a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love.


But Chef Benito Vassallo’s relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to breathe new life into his aunt and uncle’s faded restaurant, Piccollo. Soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as well—inviting her into his world and into his heart.


Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Ben’s proposal and follows him home. But instead of allowing the land, culture, and people of Monterello to transform her, Emily interferes with everyone and everything around her, alienating Ben’s tightly knit family. Only Ben’s father, Lucio, gives Emily the understanding she needs to lay down her guard. Soon, Emily’s life and art begin to blossom, and Italy’s beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit.


Yet when she unearths long-buried family secrets, Emily wonders if she really fits into Ben’s world. Will the joys of Italy become just a memory, or will Emily share in the freedom and grace that her life with Ben has shown her are possible?

Monday, June 19, 2017

RJF ~ Cinderella's Dress


Cinderella's Dress


Cinderella's Dress (Cinderella's Dress, #1)


About the book:

Being a teenager during World War II is tough. Finding out you're the next keeper of the real Cinderella's dress is even tougher.

Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she's working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella's dress, life gets complicated.

Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart shipped off to boot camp, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it's too late.

After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.
 

*~*~*~*

Cinderella's Shoes


Cinderella's Shoes (Cinderella's Dress, #2)

About the book:

The war may be over, but Kate Allen’s life is still in upheaval. Not only has she discovered that Cinderella was real, but now she's been made Keeper of the Wardrobe, her sole responsibility to protect Cinderella’s magical dresses from the greed of the evil stepsisters’ modern descendants.

But Cinderella’s dresses are just the beginning. It turns out that the priceless glass slippers might actually exist, too, and they could hold the power to reunite lost loved ones like her father—missing in action since World War II ended. As Kate and her boyfriend, Johnny, embark on an adventure from New York to Italy and Poland in search of the mysterious slippers, they will be tested in ways they never imagined.

Because when you harness Cinderella's magic, danger and evil are sure to follow...
 

Monday, June 12, 2017

RJF ~ The Lost Heiress


Today's book is the first of a series. I haven't read the whole series yet, but the first book was great so I hope the rest of the series will be just as fantastic. I would add a note of caution though, I wouldn't recommend anyone younger than 16 to read it.

The Lost Heiress


The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor, #1)

About the book:

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.
The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close—but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.
As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?
And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession—and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

RJF ~ The Princess and I


The Princess and I


The Princess and I

About the book:

Megan is content with her life, despite her parents' death and her brother Malcolm's job that keeps him busy at the King's castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine's lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.
However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God's amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

RJF ~ A Place Called Lonesome


A Place Called Lonesome



A Place Called Lonesome
Take a moment to just adore the cover. =) Isn't that beautiful?!

About the book:

All seems lost for a wounded soldier left behind on Utah beach after the Normandy invasion. As he gives up all hope for a rescue and resigns himself to never making it off the sand, a touch on his shoulder startles him.
Is it possible that help can come from a man who is his enemy? And just where are the hardest battles of the war fought?

A short story, about 3,000 words.


My review:

There is no words to describe the emotions I felt while reading this.

The beauty of every word, the love for every character, the truth of every moment.

World War 2 was a very gruesome time. Especially the battle at Normandy.

Jesseca takes a whole different direction in bring the effects of that day to light. I was in awe throughout the whole of this short story. My only regret is that it wasn't longer.

Be forewarned that the tears will flow. (It's worth it though ;))

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

RJF ~ London in the Dark


After that extra long break over the weekend, I'm back to post about a book that I read recently and fell in love with. :) I highly recommend this one to any mystery lovers.

London in the Dark


London In The Dark (Light of London #1)

About the book:

London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents.She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.

Friday, June 2, 2017

RJF ~ Fairest


Fairest


Fairest

About the book:

In the kingdom of Ayortha, who is the fairest of them all? Certainly not Aza. She is thoroughly convinced that she is ugly. What she may lack in looks, though, she makes up for with a kind heart, and with something no one else has-a magical voice. Her vocal talents captivate all who hear them, and in Ontio Castle they attract the attention of a handsome prince - and a dangerous new queen. In this masterful novel filled with humour, adventure, romance, and song, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine invites you to join Aza as she discovers how exquisite she truly is.


My review:

5 out of 5 stars

Snow White was never a favorite fairytale for me. It still isn't. But... Oh! This book was awesome!! Mrs. Levine takes every liberty you possibly can use with fantasy and brings it to a whole new level. The creativeness is pure genius. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole book and that ending... Oh wow.

On a note of caution though, there were a lot of things I was uncomfortable with, but I felt that since it is fantasy that gives enough liberty to the make believe.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

RJF ~ Through the Tunnel


Through the Tunnel


Through the Tunnel

About the book:

“I hate being a foster kid!” Fourteen-year-old Lissa had thought those words dozens, if not hundreds, of times over the last twelve years. She and her twin brother, Leigh, had been foster kids for as long as they could remember. Naturally shy, this life of bouncing around from one foster home to another, of changing schools mid-term, and of never having a real place they could call home had left Lissa with feelings of insecurity and doubt. Would they ever have a real home? Why didn’t anyone want them? Then one cold, winter afternoon, Lissa persuades her brother to make believe that a tunnel under a snow covered bridge is the entrance to a new world and a new life; together they walk through it, and it changes their lives forever. 

~*~*~

A very sweet book. I thought the beginning was a little slow, but the rest of the book made up for that. It seemed directed to younger readers; I would say that preteens would probably enjoy it the best.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Hello and an Announcement...


Well guys... I'm back. Or at least back to the blogging world. After that long (and unexpected) break, I hope to come back with full force. So to speak.

So... Hello again! :)

"And the announcement?" you ask.

Well, I'm very glad you said something. Because...

I am hosting the Recommend June Fest again!! If you don't remember it from last year, check out this post here.

I'm sad to say though that it will be much smaller than last year, but I'm hoping that won't cut out too much of the fun. And I still strongly encourage any bloggers to join me. :) Just recommend your favorite books and great summer reads.

So here's to a great summer of reading!




Friday, March 3, 2017

A Question of Honor Blog Tour!



Today I am just thrilled to be part of Jesseca Wheaton's newest book release blog tour!! =) Aaannddd, it releases today!!!!! All the more reason to be excited. *happy dance*

Without further ado, let's introduce the book...


About the book:

A man. A child. A war. 
When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met. 
David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.
A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.
 
Will he choose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor
.

Find on Amazon and Goodreads


About the author:

Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.


Check out all the posts for the tour in the schedule below.


Blog Tour Schedule:


Wednesday: March 1st

Angela Watt -- Review/Author Interview @ The Peculiar Messenger

Faith Potts -- Author Interview @ Stories by Firefly


Thursday: March 2nd

Kellyn Roth -- Review @ Reveries Reviews

Faith Potts -- Review @ Stories by Firefly

Kaitlyn K. -- Book spotlight/Author interview @ Twin Thoughts


Friday: March 3rd

Deborah C. -- Book Spotlight @ Reading in June

Soleil B. -- Book Spotlight @ Reviews by Soleil

Victoria Lynn -- Book Spotlight/Review @ Ruffles and Grace

Brianna Henderson -- Review/Author Interview @ Ramblings of a Pilgrim on the Way

Anika -- Review/Author Interview/Book Spotlight @ Anika's Avenue

Rebekah Ashleigh -- Review @ Rebekah Ashleigh


Saturday: March 4th

Livi Jane -- Review @ Living for the Other Side

Victoria Lynn -- Author Interview @ Ruffles and Grace

Emily Putzke -- Author Interview @ Taking Dictation

Julia Ryan -- Review @ The Barefoot Gal

Rebekah Eddy -- Book Spotlight/Author interview @ Rebekah's Remarks



Ooooohhhh! And let's not forget about the giveaway!! ;) Enter to win below.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book Review ~ Diamond, Paul Willis


Diamond (The Greywood Files, #1)

About the book:

When Detective Greywood gets a midnight case from a forgetful friend, he thinks it’s just another robbery. But when he learns his client stored the world’s eighth largest diamond in a highly secure bank vault, he knows there must be much more to the case. Only the owner himself could retrieve the diamond.

A short story containing odd friends, two eventful dinner parties, and a coffee fueled detective.  

~~~

My review:

Title: Diamond
Author: Paul Willis
Series: The Greywood Files
Stars: 5 out of 5

A quick read with a lot of fast action. If you have a moment when you feel like a thrill, this would be the book for you. The plot is to the point and the characters are very sophisticated.

As is the case with all short stories, there isn't time for the characters to be well introduced, which was quite a shame. I would of loved to have understood the main character's perspective better.

The mystery was obviously well thought out on the author's part, which helped add to the reader's enjoyment. Not too deep and losing the reader's attention, but not shallow and making you wish relief from your boredom. Just right and leaves you waiting for more.

Excellently done.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*

Friday, January 6, 2017

2016 Bookish Recap Tag


Hey everyone!! Merry Christmas and happy New Year! (late) Can you believe it's January 6th already? And that it's 2017?!?! Where is time going?!?!?! Okay, sorry, I'm being too dramatic. :/




I was tagged by Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory to do the "Bookish Recap Post" and even though we are already well through the New Year, I'm still going to do it. :)

Rules. 
-- Include the above button in your post. 
-- Answer the 11 questions. 
-- Use as many book covers as you like. (The correct answer to this question would be ALOT. B-)) 
-- Tag 5-10 people and notify them that they have been tagged. 

Questions. 

// How many books did you read in 2016? (Exact if you know, or approximate if not.) 
I read a grand total of 48 books. I know that doesn't seem like that many, but for a slow reader like me...that's a ton. :)

// Did you set a reading challenge for yourself and, if so, did you meet it?  
I did and I actually met it...barely. I challenged myself to read 45 books.

// What was your most read genre this year? Least read? 
I'm pretty sure it was fantasy that I read the most of and self-help books that I read the least.

// What's five of your favorite books from 2016? 
This is going to prove to be a little bit of a challenge...
1.) The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
2.) The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman (the whole series;))
3.)  Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
4.) Heidel by Anita Valle
5.) The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton

Heidel by Anita ValleThe Destiny of One by Sarah HolmanDear Mr. Knightley by Katherine ReayThe False Prince by Jennifer A. NielsenThe Silent Blade


// What's five of your least favorite books from 2016? 
I had a hard time coming up with even four because I normally don't read books that I know I won't like.

1.) Four days in April by Maria Grace
2.) Ireland Rose by Patricia Strefling
3.) Distorted Glass by Sarah Holman
4.) Letters from a Scatter-Brained Sister by Amanda Tero

// What new favorite author did you discover? (Not necessarily that the author is 'new', but that they became new to you this year.) 
Jennifer A. Nielsen! Her writing style keeps you on pens and needles. =D

// What's five of your favorite book covers from the year? 
Books I read or covers I found? I'm going to do both. ;)

The Old River Road (Long Lake Legacy, #1)IntermissionBeyond the HorizonMaggie's KitchenA Love to Come Home To (A Time of Grace #3)

// How many books did you purchase for yourself in 2016? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.) 
Uh...hehe...ummm...duuhhh...That is an un-answerable question. I know I went to a library book sale and bought 20 books at one time and I've been doing a ton of shopping, my bookshelf is reaching it's limit. I'm going to guess close to 89 books. Yeah, sounds good. ;)

// What's the longest book you read in 2016? 
Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, a total of 524 pages. 

// What's the shortest book you read in 2016? 
Letters from a Scatter-Brained Sister by Amanda Tero, a total of 25 pages.

// What's your reading goal for 2017? 
I challenged myself to 48 this year, almost one per week. We'll see how this goes. ;)


Now, I'm going to skip over the part about tagging people just because it's already the new year and I doubt anyone would want to do this post so late. But if I'm wrong and there is someone out there that wants to do this tag, please go right ahead! Comment below with a link so I can read your post.

Have a great New Year everyone!! =)