Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball - Review

About the Author:

Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. She says, “I feel blessed to be doing what I like best.”
She mentors all ages, teaching teenagers and weekly adult writing workshops.
“God must have imprinted 'teacher' on me clear down to the bone. I taught in public school, then home schooled my children, and worked in private schools. Now my writing week isn’t very productive unless I include some time with kids.”
Her two grown children make her proud, and her two grandsons make her laugh.

Be sure to see Mrs. Paul's testimony page.

About the Book:
Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?

In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?

My Review:
What a wonderful story!!  I was so excited to get to read, Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball.  I was wanting a light, feel good, Christmas story to read and boy did I ever find it.  This book was fun and whimsical yet and lots of little life lessons we can all learn from.
In the story, Cora, a new believer with a very dysfunctional family, works for Simon, an seasoned believer who cherishes and takes complete care of his loving family both receive a ticket to the Christmas Ball.  Neither can find out many details of the ball, neither really want to attend.  Through the tickets and Simon’s sister, the two find a common bond and a desire to attend the ball.  Unfortunately, life gets in the way and they have to work through to find where they belong.
It’s a modern day fairy tale with a wonderful God twist.  A fun Christmas story.  I would recommend this book to anyone!!  I will be saving it and reading it again over the years!!
Thank you WaterBrook Multnomah and the Blogging for Books program for the complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!!
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First Things First - Dan's review

About the Authors:

Kurt and Brenda Warner met when she was a divorced mother of two, living on food stamps and putting herself through nursing school, and he was a college student. Kurt and Brenda married in 1997 and Kurt adopted Brenda's two children. Since then, they have added 5 more children to their family. After graduating from Northern Iowa in 1994, Kurt was signed by the Green Bay Packers, but was cut during training camp. He returned to Northern Iowa to work as an assistant football coach, working the night shift at a local Hy–Vee grocery store to support Brenda and her two kids, until he was signed by the St. Louis Rams in 1998. Kurt went on to lead the Rams in two Super Bowls, winning two NFL MVP awards (in 1999 and 2000). In 2008, Kurt joined the Arizona Cardinals, and led the franchise to their first playoff appearance in 10 years, and their first Super Bowl appearance. Kurt and Brenda are strong Christians, and the founders of First Things First, a foundation that promotes Christian values, helping the less fortunate, and encouraging others to put faith and family first. They live in Phoenix, Arizona.
About the Book:
Kurt Warner is the two-time NFL MVP–winning quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals. Brenda Warner is an ex-Marine turned stay-at-home mom who collects coats for low-income kids and rocks babies to sleep at a hospital for chronically-ill infants. Together they’re the parents of seven, going into their 12th year of marriage, and founders of a foundation that helps disadvantaged children and families. Their formula for success? They put First Things First—family, faith, and giving to others—it’s their family motto, and it drives everything they do. First Things First is an honest, insightful, and entertaining look at life inside the Warner household. Kurt and Brenda speak candidly about their marriage, the values they are working to instill in their kids, things they’ve done right, mistakes they’ve made, the importance of giving back, and the legacy they hope to leave behind. Includes a 16-page full-color photo insert.

Dan’s review:
First Things First by Kurt and Brenda Warner is a very real, grounded look at 
the Warner's family and how they approach life together. 
This book, while written by a renowned NFL Quarterback and his wife, is not a 
sports book, but rather a refreshing view of a life of normalcy, even within 
that celebrity reality. Sure some of what they have gotten to do may be on a 
grander scale than the common family, but that is never the focus, nor should it 
be, of this book. 
Their openness and the unapologetic stands they take for their family is 
extremely uncommon, in today's society, and is exciting to read about. I 
particularly like the style of the authors viewpoints of the same life together 
contrasted within each chapter. 
Kurt and Brenda both possess a drive for making a difference in the lives of a
others and attempt to successfully blend the rest of the families' desires with 
their own. 
Many writers write about the high highs or the low lows in their lives, but this 
book shows both with the positive payoff of making the reader appreciate and 
hopefully applaud their efforts and cheer for their continued success in the 
Whether you adopt some of the rules their family lives by or not, the real goal 
after having read this book is that you find a way to leave a legacy of love for 
your spouse, family and others all because that is what Jesus modeled for us to 

Thank you Tyndale Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!!

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Emily of Deep Valley - review

Oh my what a book!!  This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year.  It is so full of life.  Love, friendship, family, hard times, good times, history...
In Maud Hart Lovelace’s book, “Emily of Deep Valley” we find Emily, a orphaned girl about to graduate from high school.  She is feeling so torn.  She knows she has to take care of her grandpa, who has taken care of her since her parents and grandmother passed, but she also has a strong desire to go to college with all her friends.  She stays with grandpa though and gets pretty creative continuing her education.  She makes new friends, yet maintains her old friendships.  She finds new love even though she struggles with letting go of her high school crush.  She learns and she teaches.
Emily is such a giving person.  She has a servants heart that illustrates what Jesus wants us all to have.  She definitely puts others first and in the end is such a better person because of it.
I would recommend this book to everyone, it is a classic we will keep around.  We are a family that enjoys reading together and this book will be added to our list of books to read.
I want to thank Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Emily of Deep Valley
Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (October 12, 2010)
Mitali Perkins


A word from Mitali: Who In The World Is Mitali Perkins?

That's a good question. I've been trying to figure it out myself, spending most of my life crossing borders.

I was born Mitali Bose in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, and always tried to live up to my name—which means “friendly” in the Bangla language. I had to! Because my family moved so much, it was the only way I could make new friends.

By the time I was 11, I'd lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York and Mexico before settling in California just in time for middle school. Yep, I was the new kid again, in seventh grade, the year everybody barely makes it through.

My biggest lifeline during those early years was story. Books were my rock, my stability, my safe place as I navigated the border between California suburbia and the Bengali culture of my traditional home.

After studying political science at Stanford and public policy at U.C. Berkeley, I taught in middle school, high school and college. When I began to write fiction, my protagonists were often—not surprisingly—strong female characters trying to bridge different cultures.

Mitali Perkins is the author of several books for young people, including SECRET KEEPER (Random House), MONSOON SUMMER (Random House), RICKSHAW GIRL (Charlesbridge), and the FIRST DAUGHTER books (Dutton).


Often cited as Maud Hart Lovelace’s (of Betsy-Tacy fame) best novel, Emily of Deep Valley is now back in print, with a new foreword by acclaimed young adult author Mitali Perkins and new archival material about the characters’ real lives.

Emily Webster, an orphan living with her grandfather, is not like the other girls her age in Deep Valley, Minnesota. The gulf between Emily and her classmates widens even more when they graduate from Deep Valley High School in 1912. Emily longs to go off to college with everyone else, but she can’t leave her grandfather. Emily resigns herself to facing a “lost winter,” but soon decides to stop feeling sorry for herself. And with a new program of study, a growing interest in the Syrian community, and a handsome new teacher at the high school to fill her days, Emily gains more than she ever dreamed...

In addition to her beloved Betsy-Tacy books, Maud Hart Lovelace wrote three more stories set in the fictional town of Deep Valley: Winona’s Pony Cart, Carney’s House Party and Emily of Deep Valley. Longtime fans and new readers alike will be delighted to find the Deep Valley books available again for the first time in many years.

If you would like to browse inside Emily of Deep Valley, go HERE.

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Divine Appointments

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Divine Appointments
WaterBrook Press; Reprint edition (September 21, 2010)
Charlene Baumbich


Charlene Ann Baumbich is the author of the previous three books in the Partonville series. A popular speaker, journalist, and author, for several years she has lectured to women’s groups and retreats. Baumbich is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Today’s Christian Woman, and numerous other publications. She is the author of six nonfiction books of humor and inspiration.

Charlene says: For over two decades of writing and speaking, my passionate pursuit to entertain and rejuvenate using humor (I love to laugh-especially at myself), uncommon wisdom, and passionate insights has been affirmed through countless calls, letters, and evaluation sheets. A reader recently e-mailed, "There is so much depression and sadness in this world. I applaud you for reminding all of us to treasure the moments in our lives, and for encouraging us to find joy in the little things. What you do helps so many to rise above the heaviness of life and live, and laugh, and face another day, so thanks!!!!" That is exactly why I keep doing what I do.

I am a firm believer in the power of story (short or book-length, funny or insightful, real or fiction, on stage or page) to accomplish my purpose, which is to remind you: Don't Miss Your Life! Whether you're tuning into me live or in print, fasten your seatbelt. I promise you a wild, fun, provocative, heart-warming ride.


Josie Brooks, at the age of 47, thought she was leading an enviable single life. A successful consultant, she calls her own shots, goes where the money is, and never needs to compromise. But her precisely managed world begins to falter during a Chicago contract when an economic downturn, a bleeding heart boss, and the loyalty and kindness between endangered employees ding her coat of armor.

Throw in hot flashes, a dose of loneliness, a peculiar longing for intimacy, an
unquenchable thirst—not to mention a mysterious snow globe with a serene landscape, complete with a flowing river and lush greenery that seems to be beckoning her in—and Josie’s buttoned-up life is on the verge of coming completely undone.

Maybe her solitary existence isn’t as fulfilling as she has convinced herself to believe. It will take a few new friends, a mystical encounter, and an unexpected journey to set Josie on her own path to “right-sizing” and making the life changes that really matter. Filled with laugh-out loud moments and a gentle dash of inspiration, Divine Appointments is another heartwarming charmer from a master storyteller.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Divine Appointments, go HERE.

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The Silent Order

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Silent Order
Summerside Press (November 1, 2010)
Melanie Dobson


Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of The Black Cloister; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana; and Together for Good.

Prior to launching Dobson Media Group in 1999, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family where she was responsible for the publicity of events, products, films, and TV specials. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master's degree in communication from Regent University. She has worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for fifteen years including two years as a publicist for The Family Channel.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, met in Colorado Springs in 1997 at Vanguard Church. Jon works in the field of computer animation. Since they've been married, the Dobsons have relocated numerous times including stints in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Colorado, Berlin, and Southern California. These days they are enjoying their new home in the Pacific Northwest.

Jon and Melanie have adopted their two daughters —Karly (6) and Kinzel (5). When Melanie isn't writing or entertaining their girls, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, traveling, hiking, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.


Rural America - 1928. After the murder of his partner, Detective Rollin Wells hides away in an Amish home near Sugarcreek, Ohio, to find out who in the police force is

collaborating with Cleveland’s notorious mob. While Rollin searches for answers to his partner’s death, he befriends an elusive young Amish woman named Katie and her young son. As Rollin learns about Katie’s past, he’s shocked at the secret Katie is hiding - a secret that has haunted Rollin for eight years.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Silent Order, go HERE.

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Long Time Coming - review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Long Time Coming
Abingdon Press (November 1, 2010)
Vanessa Miller


Vanessa Miller of Dayton, Ohio, is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include: Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying. Vanessa is currently in the process of turning the novels in the Rain Series into stage productions.

Vanessa has been writing since she was a young child. When she wasn’t writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels, reading great books consumed her free time. However, it wasn’t until she committed her life to the Lord in 1994 that she realized all gifts and anointing come from God. She then set out to write redemption stories that glorify God.

To date, Vanessa has completed the Rain and Storm Series. She is currently working on the Forsaken series, Second Chance at Love series and a single title, Long Time Coming. Vanessa believes that each book will touch readers across the country in a special way. It is, after all, her God-given destiny to write and produce plays and novels that bring deliverance to God’s people. These books have received rave reviews, winning Best Christian Fiction Awards and topping numerous Bestseller’s lists.


Two women from different worlds find hope together.

Faithful Christian Deidre Clark-Morris is a professional career-minded woman with a loving husband, but no children. Kenisha Smalls has lived in poverty all her life. She has three children by three different men and has just been diagnosed with inoperable cervical cancer.

While the meeting between these two women appears accidental, it becomes their catalyst of hope. Neither woman expects the blessing that God has in store for her. While Deidre will guide Kenisha on the path to eternal life with Jesus Christ, Kenisha will teach Deidre how to stand strong against the hard-knocks of life.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Long Time Coming, go HERE

Watch the book video:

My Review

Vanessa Miller did an excellent job with this book.  I was hooked from the beginning.  Loved reading and finding out how life would play out for these women, both with struggles, both with doubts, both with fears.  Loved how she wove their lives together even though they were so different, one from the projects and one middle class.  Love how what started out as a bad situation ended with Deidra becoming such a wonderful friend.  
This book is not only enjoyable, it is motivational.  It really makes you want to find your “Kenisha” and make a difference in her life.  It makes you think about the blessings you have and how you can use those to impact someone else, not only physically but spiritually.  It really helps you to remember why we are here!!  
She does a great job addressing the issue of what appears to be “unanswered prayers”.  God’s timing is “on time”, it just may not be our time.
I really enjoyed the emotional roller coaster this book took me on.  The ups and downs, the laughter and the tears.  I would recommend this book to everyone.    Definitely one of the best I have read/reviewed this year!!
Thank you Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Amy Inspired

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Amy Inspired
Bethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
Bethany Pierce


After completing a master's in Creative Writing and working as a visiting instructor at Miami University in Ohio, Bethany Pierce now lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is a member of the McGuffey Art Center and continues to write. Her first book, Feeling for Bones, was one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2007.


With rejections piling up, she could use just a little inspiration...

Amy Gallagher is an aspiring writer who, after countless rejections, has settled for a career as an English professor in small-town Ohio just to pay the bills. All her dreams suddenly start to unravel as rejections pile up--both from publishers and her boyfriend.

But just as Amy fears her life is stuck in a holding pattern, she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli. She struggles to walk the fine line between friendship and something more with Eli, even as staying true to her faith becomes unexpectedly complicated.

When secrets, tragedy, and poor decisions cause rifts in Amy's relationships, she must come to terms with who she's become, her unrealized aspirations for her life, and the state of her faith. Can she dare to hope that she will find love and fulfillment despite it all?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Amy Inspired, go HERE.

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Letters to Ethan - review

About Tom McQueen
Tom McQueen died shortly after he was born. Apparently God wasn't expecting such a quick trip home so He returned Tom to his parents, Joe and Marie McQueen.

The enlightenment of that journey from birth to death and back to life again permanently colored Tom's world as a Christian therapist, consultant to Fortune 500 companies,personal coach, and author. His inspirational workshops and seminars have touched the hearts of audiences throughout North America.

Tom is the president of the American Family Foundation,Inc., a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children and families in the United States.
An avid Tampa Bay Lightning hockey fan, Tom celebrates the blessings of his family, friends, and colleagues on Florida's beautiful west coast. And one of his very first gifts to Ethan was, of course, a miniature hockey stick.

Other Books by Tom McQueen:
Near-Life Experiences: Discovering New Powers for Personal Growth
The Customer is WHY! Six Steps to Creating Legendary Service in Your Organization
Passion at Work: Ten Things Legendary Leaders Do To Improve Performance, Productivity, & Profit
BayCare Coaching: Helping Our Team Members Learn, Grow, and Develop
Have you ever thought about writing letters to your children or grandchildren as a lasting legacy?
Tom is starting a national campaign to encourage parents and grandparents to write letters to the next generation.
Please visit: to read letters from others and to begin work on your legacy.
Letters To Ethan:
A Grandfather's Legacy of Life & Love

Dear Ethan:

Like the rest of us, you didn't come with an owner's manual. You'll probably wonder – more than once – why you're here. What is your life's purpose? How will you face the adversity your life will surely bring?

Despite appearances, no one's life is ever simple. We have our parents and our friends to learn from; they have much to teach us. And you'll hear a lot from, and about, public figures – athletes, newscasters, actors, politicians, artists…celebrities of every kind.

But making sense of the world we live in is something each one of us struggles with. The truth is, life is complicated. It's wonderful; it's awful; it's a thrill; it's a bore. And it can feel almost unbearable at times. Almost.

Fortunately, you're blessed with a family that loves you. Your grandfather, Tom McQueen, wrote you this book. No one has all the answers, but he's already faced many of the challenges you'll encounter.

Even those of us who've been around awhile can learn a thing or twelve from your grandpa. He's helped a lot of folks as a therapist; he's inspired audiences with his seminars; and he's shared his thoughts in several other books.

In these letters to you, Ethan, your grandpa reveals the mistakes and miracles that have shaped his life. Anyone can give advice, but true wisdom is hard-won. And the book you're holding contains plenty of it.

Coach Lou Holtz
My Review:
I really enjoyed Letters To Ethan.  Being a grandma, it has given me the desire to leave something similar to my grandkids.  This book is full of good advice, principles/morals to live by, and just plain fun.  To leave a legacy to our grandkids to help them deal with the issues of life and to also teach them to have fun and find the JOY in all things is wonderful.  I would recommend this book to anyone with kids and/or grandkids.  It would also be a good starting place for leaving your own kid/grandkids a piece of who you are and how you lived your life.
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Hatteras Girl - review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hatteras Girl
Bethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
Alice Wisler


Alice J. Wisler is an author, public speaker, advocate, and fundraiser. She has been a guest on several radio and TV programs to promote her self-published cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and has traveled the country in jobs that minister to people. Alice was raised in Japan and currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Facts about Alice
* Born in Osaka, Japan and lived in Japan for 18 years
* Went to Kyoto International School and Canadian Academy
* Majored in Social Work and graduated in 1983 from Eastern Mennonite University
* Worked at a group home for disadvantaged kids outside of Philadelphia
* Taught English and Culture Orientation at a refugee camp in the Philippines
* Taught English as a Second Language in Japan
* Speaks and teaches on Writing the Heartache
* Has three kids on earth, and one in Heaven
* Recently got married to Carl on 2/7/09


There are two things twenty-nine-year-old Jackie Donovan asks God for: an honest, wonderful man to marry, and to own a bed-and-breakfast in the Outer Banks region. In the meantime, Jackie works for Lighthouse Views magazine, writing articles about other local business owners, and intrepidly goes on the blind dates set up by her well-meaning but oh-so-clueless relatives.

There's one specific property Jackie dreams of purchasing: the Bailey Place, a fabulous old home where Jackie spent many happy childhood afternoons, a place that has now fallen into disrepair because of its outrageous price tag.

When Jackie meets handsome Davis Erickson, who holds the key to the Bailey Place, Jackie is sure God has answered both her prayers. But as Jackie learns some disturbing details about Davis's past, she begins to question her own motivation. Will she risk her long-held dreams to find out the truth?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hatteras Girl, go HERE.

My Review:

When I first started Hatteras Girl, I had a hard time getting into it.  The first few chapters seemed somewhat slow.  However, I am glad I stuck with it because I ended up really enjoying this book.  It is full of life.  Love, death, family, friends, and JOY!!  It is a story of dreams come true.  All Jackie wants in life is to own the Bailey House and to find a good man.  I have always loved staying at a Bed and Breakfast, and would love to own one someday, so seeing how Jackie goes about it was fun.  I also really enjoyed all the quirkiness of the characters.  I would recommend this book to anyone.  It is a fun, light read.
Thank you CFBA for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Grace review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Avon Inspire; Original edition (October 26, 2010)
Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is the beloved author of the Sisters of the Heart series, including Hidden, Wanted, and Forgiven. Before writing, she was a teacher in both Texas and Colorado. She now writes full time and lives in southern Ohio with her husband and two children. When not writing, Shelley volunteers at church, reads, and enjoys walking her miniature dachshund on her town's scenic bike trail.

It's Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed & Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holiday.

Anna and Henry will be celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple, and for Katie and Jonathan Lundy, it's their first Christmas with baby Stefan. Winnie and Samuel Miller plan to stop by as well for a wonderful two weeks of family and rest.

But when two unexpected visitors show up, hoping to stay for Christmas, the family must test their commitment to hospitality. Levi is a widower who lost his wife four years ago and can't bear the thought of another Christmas alone. And Melody is a young pregnant woman who won't open up about how she ended up on her own at Christmas at almost nine months pregnant.

Anna, who knows a thing or two about keeping secrets, doesn't trust her, and strives to find out the truth about these two strangers who have disrupted their holiday. But as the Christmas spirit descends on them all, as well as snow that traps them in the inn, a healing and hopefulness takes over, allowing new relationships to be built, and the boundaries of family to be extended.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Grace, go HERE.

My Review:

This is my first Shelley Shepard Gray book.  Although I didn’t feel it was a gripping, edge of your seat, page turner, I did really enjoy it.  It was a very relaxed read.  A story that makes you feel good.  A story full of JOY and hope.

I think spending the holidays tucked away at an Amish Bed and Breakfast for the Christmas season, learning to let go of past hurts, sounds like an amazing time.  Add that to the beautiful snow and the simpler way of life, and it makes me want to be there.

But will what started out as an unexpected and somewhat unwanted situation turn into a beautiful Christmas, or will it be a disaster for all involved.  Will Melody get back home before the baby comes?  Will Levi deal with his hurt and anger?  Will Katie and the family make the best of the holidays with their guests?

This book is definitely worth reading!!  Light a fire, grab a blanket and a cup of coffee, and enjoy this feel good book!!

Thank you CFBA for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!!

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Within My Heart - Review

About the Author:
Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two college-age children and a Silky named Jack.
Tamera invites you visit her Web site at

About the Book:
Sometimes the greatest step of faith is taken neck-deep in fear.
Determined to fulfill her late husband's dream, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young sons. But some days it feels as though her every effort is sabotaged. When faced with a loss she cannot afford, she's forced to trust Rand Brookston, the one man in Timber Ridge she wishes to avoid. And with good reason. He's a physician, just like her father, which tells her everything she needs to know about him. Or so she thinks....

Dr. Rand Brookston ventured west with the dream of bringing modern medicine to the wilds of the Colorado Rockies, but the townspeople have been slow to trust him. Just as slow in coming is Rand's dream to build the town a proper clinic. When a patient's life is threatened, Rand makes a choice—one that sends ripples through the town of Timber Ridge. And through Rachel Boyd's stubborn heart.

From the beloved, bestselling author of From a Distance and Beyond This Moment comes an unforgettable story about faith in the face of fear, about tarnished hopes and second chances, and ultimately about the resilient courage and tenacity of hearts broken——and mended——by love.
My Review:
After losing her husband, Rachel Boyd is trying to fulfill his dream for her and their boys.    Living out on land by themselves and trying to keep their ranch afloat while her heart and love is really in the medical field.  The twist, her dad was a doctor and her experience growing up in his home left her with a bad taste in her mouth towards physicians.  Along comes Dr. Rand Brookston, not only to treat her, but to treat her dear friend.  Can she handle the feelings she has toward him because he’s a doctor?  Can she handle the feelings she is developing for him even though he’s a doctor?  Is he really different than her dad?  
This was my first Tamera Alexander book.  After getting past the beginning, which I felt had some unnecessary content, I loved the book.  It was full of life, love, and health.  A grieving widow, some little boys trying to find themselves, and the complications associated with life in the 1800’s.  
Thank you Bethany House for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  

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In Every Heartbeat - Review

About the Author:
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her Web site at for more information.

About this book:
Three best friends, three cherished dreams, three searching hearts...

As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a special plan for the future. Libby Conley hopes to become a famous journalist. Pete Leidig believes God has called him to study to become a minister. And Bennett Martin plans to pledge a fraternity, find a place to belong, and have as much fun as possible. But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War I, the friends' differing aspirations and opinions begin to divide them, as well.

When Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family, will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bond them in ways they never anticipated? 

My Review:

The story of three young friends starting college together.  Three different pasts that landed them all at the same orphanage.  All three hurting and hungering for a place to belong, a place where they feel wanted.  Libby - a life as a journalist, Petey - a life as a minister, and Bennett - a college fraternity, the military, just anywhere to belong and feel important.
One common need - Jesus!!
Petey fill the holes in his life with the Lord but will the others ever let go of their worldly desires and find Him?  Will Bennett find a place or family to belong to.  Will Petey and Libby be able to put their differences aside and find love?
Great book, very well written and hard to put down.  Would definitely recommend.  Hoping she writes a sequel.

Thank you Bethany House for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!!

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