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June 10 2013 2 10 /06 /June /2013 22:16

 

 

"Pursued" by Jud Wilhite

This book explores and studies the book of Hosea in the Bible, and how it parallels to our everyday life.  It is an amazing testimony of God's love and grace, and just how much of each there is for all of us.  "Pursued" explores just how much God loves us and how we have been redeemed.  This book is written by Jud Wilhite and published by Faith Words.  (I was not familiar with this publisher or author, but they have been wonderful to work with.) Discover for yourself why "Pursued" gets rave reviews and five star ratings on Amazon by signing up for "The Challenge", which sends you fourteen amazing days of samples from the book, at pursuedbook.com.   

Thank you so much to Sarah Reck and Faith Words for providing this book for me to read and review!

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June 10 2013 2 10 /06 /June /2013 22:06

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"Undeniably Yours" by Becky Wade

 

I had high expectations for this book because I had absolutely loved Becky Wade's first book, "My Stubborn Heart". This book met and exceeded my expectations, but in a different way than I was expecting.

 

This book is set in modern-day Texas, where Meg Cole has recently inherited her father's multi-million dollar oil business. She doesn't know how or look forward to running this, and in her first couple of weeks she fires several people. However, there is one man who refuses to be fired.

 

Bo Porter runs a Thoroughbred farm, and refuses to close it when his boss, Meg Cole, insists he shut it down. He is a cowboy through and through and decides to do whatever he can to change Meg's mind.

 

In addition to this crisis, a woman hurt by Meg's ex-husband comes into Meg's life, and Meg reconsiders everything she is using her father's money for, to find her true purpose in life.

 

Once Meg and Bo finally have some understanding between them, and even a little attraction, will an evil force from Meg's past tear them and their trust of each other apart?

 

Thank you so much to Bethany House for letting me read and review this book! I thoroughly enjoyed it because the plot was so intense and unpredictable!

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June 10 2013 2 10 /06 /June /2013 22:01

 

 

"Love at Any Cost" by Julie Lessman

 

     Cassie McClare has just had her heart broken by a low-down snake named Mark who was after her money.  She's a Texas oil heiress whose Daddy's wells have run dry.  Cassie visits her cousins in San Francisco to heal her heart and try to get a fresh start away from, as she puts it, "pretty-boy fortune-hunters".  She looks forward to reuniting with her lawyer uncle, her widowed aunt, and spunky cousins.  But no sooner has she stepped off the train that she is knocked off her feet by yet another pretty boy.

 

     Jamie McKenna has grown up poor in the slums of the city, trying to take care of his mother and crippled sister.  He has aspirations to rise above his poverty and marry well, secure a safe house and healing surgery for his sister, and take care of his mother.  To get there, though, he is working multiple jobs and training to become a lawyer under Logan McClare.

 

     When Jamie and Cassie meet up, sparks fly.  Determined to never again let a pretty-boy womanizer steal her heart, Cassie resists Jamie's charms.  Jamie, however, is determined to win her affection when he hears she's an oil heiress.  When the tables turn and Jamie finds out Cassie is poorer than he, will their growing attraction be enough to hold them together? What does God have in store for them?

 

I really enjoyed this book because of all the drama.  The plot and characters were both well formed and realistic.  All the characters had their own quirky personalities, and really added to the story and plot.  This book was well written, and, as far as I could tell, historically accurate.

 

Available April 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 

Thank you so much to Julie Lessman, as well as Revell Publishers, for letting me read and review this book.

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June 10 2013 2 10 /06 /June /2013 21:50

 

 

 

"A Bride for all Seasons" is a collaboration of four authors' stories of four different brides, one in each season.  These are all mail-order brides, an idea which I personally find amusing.  This is published by Thomas Nelson, and written by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher.  I began reading this book because I have read several of Mary Connealy's works, and enjoyed them immensely for their humor and western setting.  "A Bride for all Seasons" did not let me down; all four short stories were excellently written, even if the romance in them was quick and unrealistic.  This made for a nice summer's day read, if you like the general concept/storyline of mail-order brides.  Each story is not very long, and would be great for a car trip or something where you only have an hour or so to read.  I began this book, as I stated earlier, because I have enjoyed Mary Connealy’s books, but the other authors were just as good, and opened my horizons to some new authors.  These short-and-sweet westerns will warm your heart.

Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for providing this book for me to read and review.

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May 8 2013 4 08 /05 /May /2013 13:16

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"Once Upon a Prince" by Rachel Hauck

 

     Susanna Truitt is a normal Georgia girl, working for her parent's barbeque restaurant and working as a landscape artist.  She's been in a twelve year relationship, since high school, with a marine named Adam.  She is convinced that when he comes back on break he will propose...after all, that's been the plan for twelve years.  However, God had different ideas.  Adam did indeed come back to Georgia, but instead of proposing on their walk along the beach, he told her he had found someone else.  Told her that she was more in love with their plan than with him.  He even told her he went ring shopping and found the perfect ring, but realized she was not the perfect girl for him.  Susanna is heartbroken, but to top it all off...she knows that he was right.  She had not been looking for God's will in all this.

 

     Because she lives on a small island, everyone knew about her relationship disaster by the time the weekend was over.  Susanna was humiliated, but apparently God was not done renovating her life.  Her aunt that she is renting her house from calls and tells Susanna that she needs her to move out.  On top of that, Susanna quits her landscaping job.  And, she runs into a man named Nate Kenneth.

 

     Nate is on a holiday from being soon-to-be-king in Brighton, and spending some time in Georgia.  He stumbles across a 'damsel in distress' with a flat tire on the side of the road, and stops to help her.  Over the period of several more days, Nate gets to know this damsel, Susanna, better, and aches to spend more time with her, to the point of scrubbing toilets in her mother's barbeque restaurant.  He hires Susanna to redesign his father's garden.  Her company is refreshing to him, because his father has leukemia and when he dies, Nate will be expected to take the throne next.

 

     When Susanna learns that Nate is a prince, and hears of the pressure for him to marry another, as well as the law against marrying foreigners, will her heart ever heal? Or does God have something bigger in store for them both?

 

     I really enjoyed this modern-day fairytale.  While it might not have been realistic, the drama, angst, and whole plot really kept me wanting more.  This is the first book I have read by this author and am looking forward to reading many more.

 

     Thank you so much to Zondervan publishers and Booksneeze for letting me read and review this book.

 

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April 30 2013 3 30 /04 /April /2013 17:55

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Today is the big day! "It Happened at the Fair" by Deeanne Gist releases today! Please see my review of this excellent book here: http://mybookthoughts.over-blog.com/article-it-happened-at-the-fair-116731529.html .  It should also be on the list on recent posts, that's over here ----->

 

Enjoy!

 

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April 15 2013 2 15 /04 /April /2013 19:58

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*Note: At the time of this post, "Joni and Ken" is only $4.74 on Kindle*

 

"Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story" by Joni Eareckson Tada

 

   

This book is not only a love story of Joni and Ken Tada; it is a love story of God and us.  Through Joni's tragic diving accident that left her paralyzed when she was only a teenager, she became unable to do most things we take for granted.  However, God has not left her.  Not only does He provide many helpers for Joni to help her get through the daily tasks of life, but then goes a step further to provide her a helpmate in Ken.  Their marriage is filled with many challenges that most marriages never have to face.  For example, Ken must dress Joni daily; he blows her nose when she is sick.  There were times when the flesh certainly wanted to give up, but in God's perfect timing, He not only provides a Divine message of encouragement, but the strength to live the message out.  This book was not only inspirational for marriages, it is inspirational for life.  It reminds us that when you stay the course and submit to God for your strength, He enables you to do exceedingly and abundantly above all you ever thought you could do. 

Thank you so much to Booksneeze for letting me read and review this book.

 

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April 15 2013 2 15 /04 /April /2013 18:49

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"The Chance" by Karen Kingsbury

 

     Ellie hasn't had an easy life.  Her parents split because of an affair her mother had when Ellie was fifteen.  Ellie and her Dad moved from the family's home in Savannah to California, leaving everything behind, including Ellie's best friend, Nolan.  Ellie grows up and has a child with a soldier, who goes off to war and is killed before he marries her.  Ellie's dad is mad at her choices, and they grow apart.  Ellie's mom has never forgotten Ellie and writes her letters every week, sending them to her husband's parent's house, because she doesn't know where Ellie lives.  Ellie begins to think everyone has abandoned her.

     Nolan, Ellie's best friend, loves basketball, and grows up to be a famous player.  He still misses and remembers Ellie and wonders what happened to her, because she never contacted him after she moved.  Will he ever see her again?

    In line with God's character He knows the desires of our heart and is for us.  He is there and comes to our rescue when we call to Him.  He delights in restoration.  Karen Kingsbury does a beautiful job of showing us God's "big picture".

     Thank you so much to Net Galley for letting me read and review this book.

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April 12 2013 6 12 /04 /April /2013 21:30
For more fun extras about the book "Undeniablyl Yours"  by Becky Wade, including an interview with the couple in the video and on the cover of the book, please visit the author's website at: http://beckywade.com/fun_extras.html
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