Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

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What it’s about:

Cassia Pappas is new to Galveston Island with her Greek family to open a new Greek restaurant. Cassia’s father wants her to help with the family business and does not see why she loves flowers so much. He is very competitive and wants to make sure he beats the Italian restaurant across the street, owned by some Rossi’s. Cassia loves flowers so much she goes out and gets a job at a local flower shop, where she finds out she is working for a Rossi….. and the whole island seems to be owned by and teaming with Rossi’s! And to make matters worse, Cassia finds she really likes the Rossi clan! Cassia tries to live a double life with her family and with the Rossi’s so her overbearing father doesn’t find out and she also finds a flower delivery guy… a Greek HANDSOME delivery guy giving her special attention. Cassia wants to be loyal to her father but finds she wants to live her own life too….

My thoughts:

I wanted to read this book because I wanted to read a light, laugh-out-loud book. Of course, A Bouquet of Love did not disappoint and was exactly that! I absolutely love it when a book makes me laugh out loud in the middle of regular life….. like laying down reading and laughing and my young daughter wanted to know what was so funny. One thing I did struggle with was how quickly Cassia fell in love and how it didn’t seem to me like they had that much of a substantial relationship to warrant such deep feelings of trust and love. The main reason I pick up a book by Janice Thompson is because I want to laugh, and she succeeded and I did enjoy A Bouquet of Love and I was looking forward to keep reading to see what would happen next with this fun and zany cast of characters and families, and I would recommend A Bouquet of Love.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given here.

About the author:

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Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect, The Icing on the Cake, and The Dream Dress. She lives in Texas. Learn more at http://www.janiceathompson.com

Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

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What it’s about:

Angelique finds herself on Michilimackinac Island during war in 1814 between the Americans and British. She loves this island more than anything she can ever imagine and knows she would not be content to live anywhere else.

Angelique is promised to Jean but he is off fighting the war, and she is stuck with her guardian, Ebenezer, who mistreats her but feeds her and provides a roof over her head. Angelique helps Jean’s mother, who is blind, as often as she can, but it’s not enough for either of them during the hardships of war.

Pierre, Jean’s brother, shows up on the island and is shocked to find his mother blind and unable to care for herself and Angelique…. she used to be the little girl he played for hours with…. now…. Pierre finds himself falling in love with her, but isn’t sure he can give up his traveling ways as a hunter and fur trader.

Angelique must decide if she needs to honor her mind and commitment to Jean or her heart and it’s love for Pierre.

My thoughts:

I love outdoorsy-type books, so it was fun for me to read this book while camping in a tiny cabin with no electricity along a lake. Captured by Love is well written and I could feel like I was with them in the swimming hole and canoe, but I did have trouble getting emotionally involved with the characters. Angelique is caring, kind and noble and strives to do the right thing according to her Christian values, so she was a wonderful character even though I just couldn’t get attached to her. I did really adore Pierre and Jean’s mother, Miriam. I have worked with blind students in a school setting, so that is an area close to my heart. Pierre went through a major transformation with his character, which is great but I haven’t seen real people transformed quite like that so it was hard for me to relate and believe. The history behind Captured by Love is amazing and I love how real events and things were put into this book. I am not completely sure why I didn’t quite jive with this book so for me I can’t give it my top rating but I think many others will love it and it’s definitely worth a look for readers who love this type of book!

I rate this book 3.5 stars, it was okay and there were parts I enjoyed, it just didn’t grab me so that I loved it.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. Thank you Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

About the author:

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Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances.

As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she’s not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories.

She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee.

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

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What it’s about:

Kate Livingston has a good job as a government employee to help support herself and her parents’ boardinghouse. She narrowly missed a chance to go to college so this is the best she can do as a woman during this time. Out of the blue, Kate gets a job offer to work with a physician. Kate joins this physician in his search for a cure for tuberculosis, even though they have a rocky past. (You will have to read the book to see why, I don’t want to give away too many spoilers.) ūüôā Kate and this physician work hard and find their lives getting more attached than either could ever imagine. They have to decide if they will guard their own hearts or trust God.

My thoughts:

I read my first Elizabeth Camden about a year ago and she quickly became one of my favorite authors! With Every Breath is no exception! I sat with my mouth hanging open at times with my heart breaking and of course rejoicing too! I just love when a book can get into my heart and get my emotions rolling. I really loved the history behind this book as well…. Elizabeth Camden has a gift for using real historical events and facts and weaving them into a fictional story that is fascinating and riveting. I will admit I did get frustrated with Kate with her stubbornness towards the end…. but how often in real life do we make poor choices because of fear? I think we do all the time, and With Every Breath wove a wonderful story while teaching an important lesson. I did get frustrated wondering why Kate had to support her parents and why they couldn’t take care of themselves but Trevor addresses this issue too. The main part I loved, besides being well written and researched, is how Ms. Camden takes my emotions for such a ride! At one point, my jaw dropped and I was simply heartbroken. When an author can do that to me, I can’t help but love the book!

I rate With Every Breath 5 out of 5 stars!

I received this book from the publisher in digital format for my honest opinion.

About the author:

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Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.

She regularly posts about the joys of the book world at http://elizabethcamden.com/blog

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale Book #3): A Novel

What it’s about:

WWII Army Nurse, Kay Jobson is a red-headed, gorgeous, intelligent woman who knows how to get what she wants… or so she thinks.¬† She can charm men by the dozens and usually keeps half a dozen or so around as casual boyfriends, but is careful to never let them get serious.¬† Kay finally finds one immune to her charms, C-47 pilot, Roger Cooper.¬† He has is own past to deal with too as he helps Kay deal¬†with hers and the two form a friendship they both question.¬† Can God truly forgive them of their pasts and can they live like they are forgiven?

 

My thoughts:

When I got the chance to read and review this book, I was thrilled!¬† I had read Sarah’s books in the past with her Wings of Glory series, but I had not read the first two in this series yet.¬† So, I bought the first two books for my eReader and got busy!¬† I am so glad I did!¬† It has been such a fun and exciting adventure for me and I truly think reading the books in order helped me understand the characters better, but I do think they would stand alone and still be good, but all together, it was fantastic and In Perfect Time was my favorite! Sarah Sundin has a way of drawing me in where I get so lost in the story, it felt like history¬†came alive for me!¬† While I am a huge historical fiction fan, I disliked history in school and could never remember anything.¬† If I had a teacher that could of taught the way Sarah weaves historical details¬†in, I would of loved history back in school!¬† I’m just glad it’s never to late to learn and that so much rich history can be passed along in such exciting fictional books.¬† I was surprised with many turns in this book and thought it was the most exciting one of the series.¬† I have fallen in love with these characters and will now miss them.¬† Until I re-read them.¬†ūüôā¬† I don’t often re-read books, but I plan to re-read the Wings of Nightingale series.

 

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given, and it was such a joy to do so, thank you Revell!

 

About the author:

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Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. The Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, August 2013, and In Perfect Time, August 2014) follows three World War II flight nurses as they find love, friendship, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean. The Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow) follows three brothers who are B-17 bomber pilots during World War II.

Sundin lives in northern California with her husband, three children, an antisocial cat, and a yellow lab bent on destroying her writing career. When she isn’t driving kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards and was featured on Booklist’s Top Ten Inspirational Fiction List for 2010. Please visit Sarah’s website at http://www.sarahsundin.com

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas and a miracle in real life too!

What it’s about: (From the publisher)
Holding Ava”It’s 1954 and Perla Long’s arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor…until he meets Perla. She’s everything he’s sought in a woman, but he can’t get past the sense that she’s hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla’s unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.”

My thoughts:

Sarah Loudin Thomas is a new author with a refreshing, different style of writing.¬† This book was written mostly from the lead male’s point of view, so that was different than most books in this genre, written by a female, but it was fun and refreshing for me to read.¬† I love that the story went along, with some things concluding and new things happening throughout, without waiting for the very last few pages or chapter to wrap up.¬† The message in a Miracle in a Dry Season is fabulous! I am a single, never-married mom who could relate well¬†to most of this book.¬† While we have come a long way in society with this, I think the Christian “world” still struggles with this at times and still puts sexual sin that results in a child, in another “sin category”.¬† While this is not true for all, and I do not want to make any sort of accusations or generalizations, this is how I feel for me personally dealing with this issue, and this book was able to eloquently deal with it and show God’s grace though it all.¬†

This book is also special for me in a double meaning of miracle along with the title…. I was reading this book while impatiently waiting for my first niece to be born!¬†

Waiting for Ava

I am finally an auntie and my daughter has a cousin!  We are both thrilled!

Holding Ava

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author:

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Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, releases August 2014. Married with one dog, she now lives in Western North Carolina, which is almost as beautiful as West Virginia.

Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency. You can visit her at http://www.SarahLoudinThomas.com.