Monthly Archives: May 2014

Moms’ Night Out novelization by Tricia Goyer

Moms' Night Out novelization by Tricia Goyer

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Mom’s Night Out novelization by Tricia Goyer

What it’s about:

Are mom’s stressed? Running on empty? Yep, I think ALL moms can relate! So a few moms decide to take a night out to relax, unplugg, rewind, regenerate, have fun and enjoy each other’s company, with NO kids! Does this night out turn out to be anything like any of them expected? No. They go through misunderstandings, mistakes, and one wild situation after another!

What I thought:

It made me laugh.
It made me relate.
It made me think.
It truly was like a night out and I grabbed for it when I wanted to laugh and unwind.

I loved the inclusion of Bridget, the single mom. I would of liked to see an older single mom included with Allyson, Sondra and Izzy but at least there was one, even if much younger. Single moms have their own battles that are different than stay-at-home moms, because as much as we want to raise our kids and love them like crazy, we simply can’t stay at home without any income. But besides her, I was able to relate in some part,to every mom in this book. Besides being a lot of fun, it had a great message. I can’t wait to watch the movie, but am pretty sure Tricia Goyer did better on the novelization. Aren’t all books better than the movie, no matter how good the movie is? 😉

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book in digital format for my review/honest opinion.

About the author:

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.

In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched http://www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at http://www.triciagoyer.com.

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Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

What it’s about:

Meant to Be Mine brings us back to the Porter clan that we (if you read it first, and you should 🙂 that’s just my humble my opinion) fell in love with in Undeniably Yours. This time we got to find more about the charismatic Ty Porter.

Celia Park falls hard and fast for the charming Ty Porter back in high school and when she has a chance at a romantic fling after college with him, she jumped at the chance! After a hasty Vegas wedding, Ty breaks her heart but never divorces her.

Now over five years later, Ty wants to make amends and finally sign on the dotted line for a divorce…. only to be shocked to find he has a 5 year old daughter and Celia mesmerizes him like no other. He still feels he will marry the woman he left Celia because of, but finds himself proving to Celia that she can indeed trust him. But can she?

My Thoughts:

Sigh.

Just let me bask in the wonderfulness of this book for a moment.

… …. ….. …..

No, wait, still basking. 🙂 Ok, I might bask all summer in this perfect read!

This book made my heart race, tied my stomach up in knots and made me laugh out loud so many times! I truly loved it and it has a space on my keeper shelf. I loved the inclusion of characters from Undeniably Mine, so I would recommend to read them in order but the story line itself would be easy to follow even if you haven’t, I do believe. Ty was a fallen man who was not perfect but still tried so hard, he was truly worth falling in love with. I could relate with Celia’s character so much as a single mom where I think Becky Wade nailed her characterization. The story itself brought some pretty crazy things (Vegas wedding and another big move that I won’t spoil for readers) to the table, but made them so believable that this book was just pure fun for me and what I love about Christian fiction and why I love to read.

I give this book 5 out 5 stars and cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out!

I received this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn’t be more thrilled with it.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

What it’s about:

From the publisher: “In an act of brave defiance, Tamsen Littlejohn escapes the life her harsh stepfather has forced upon her. Forsaking security and an arranged marriage, she enlists frontiersman Jesse Bird to guide her to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. But shedding her old life doesn’t come without cost. As the two cross a vast mountain wilderness, Tamsen faces hardships that test the limits of her faith and endurance.

Convinced that Tamsen has been kidnapped, wealthy suitor Ambrose Kincaid follows after her, in company with her equally determined stepfather. With trouble in pursuit, Tamsen and Jesse find themselves thrust into the conflict of a divided community of Overmountain settlers. The State of Franklin has been declared, but many remain loyal to North Carolina. With one life left behind and chaos on the horizon, Tamsen struggles to adapt to a life for which she was never prepared. But could this challenging frontier life be what her soul has longed for, what God has been leading her toward? As pursuit draws ever nearer, will her faith see her through the greatest danger of all—loving a man who has risked everything for her?”

My thoughts:

Wow. I struggle for words to think of and write to describe this book. It took me a long time to read this book because for me, it was like a rich dessert that could only be handled in little increments. I am sure some others will devour it, but I’m just saying how it was for me. 🙂 I do think you would need to love historical wilderness books to really enjoy this book, which I do, they are my favorite! Lori Benton created a story that is rich in history with such descriptive, lyrical, detailed writing that I felt like story had lingering, almost haunting (in a good way!) effect on me. The descriptions of the land made me feel like I could feel the breezes and smell the soil. I think Lori’s writing style compares to a modern-day classic.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God’s transforming grace.

One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon

One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon

What it’s about:

From the publisher: “Claire Summers is a determined, independent single mother who is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Keith Watson is a results-oriented workaholic with no time for a social life. As the executive assistant to a local philanthropic businessman, he’s used to fielding requests for donations. But when a letter from Claire’s eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk, everything changes. The girl isn’t asking for money, but for help finding the long-lost son of an elderly neighbor.

As Keith digs reluctantly into this complicated assignment, he has no idea how intertwined his life and Claire’s will become–nor how one little girl’s kindhearted request will touch so many lives and reap so many blessings.

Through compelling characters and surprising plot twists, Irene Hannon offers readers this tenderhearted story of family connections that demonstrates how life is like lilacs–the biggest blooms often come only after the harshest winters.”

My thoughts:

I am naturally drawn to books when one of the main characters is a single parent as a single parent myself. This book was very easy to read and follow and get into the characters’ world. I thought the author did a nice job of incorporating real characteristics, bad or wrong choices, sins, etc with people who are still very like-able and doing the best they can. I loved the humor scattered throughout. Mostly, I would say this book really felt ‘real’ to me like I was watching a movie or watching these things happen in real life. There are many characters in this book, but the author does amazing at keeping them all clear and not confusing and with great personality development and characteristics.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, as a very enjoyable, easy to read book that tackles some hard topics!

I relieved this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. Irene invites you to visit her at her website, http://www.irenehannon.com