Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Beneath a Prairie Moon

Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer's prairie-set heartwarmer of high society cast-off and the western town that welcomes her.

Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness?

My thoughts: I love that this story is told from 4 different points of view, which gives a fun look at life on the prairie and what it might of been like to order a mail order bride. I love that this book adds a twist, with Abigail heading West to help teach the men some manners.
This is a sweet, delightful story! I only wish that there had been a bit more to the ending/conclusion.
This book is an excellent one to pick up if you enjoy sweet historical stories.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Always Fall Forward

“Make your mistakes full speed.” “Always fall forward.” “There are worse things than dying.”

Todd Gerelds, author of the bestselling book and hit movie Woodlawn, believes the most meaningful life lessons he has learned have been on the playing field. The voice of his coach rings in his head when life gets tough or when his day becomes off-kilter. It just happens that his coach’s voice is also his father’s. His dad was Tandy “The Coach” Gerelds, the subject of Woodlawn and the man who led his team to victory in the racially charged atmosphere of 1970s Alabama. The Coach led his team both on and off the field, always speaking wisdom wherever he went. For him, leading his team wasn’t a responsibility he took lightly. After all, the Coach wasn’t just training these boys to be good football players―he was helping them build the foundation to becoming good men.

In Always Fall Forward, join the Coach’s son, Todd Gerelds, as he reflects on fifty-two of his dad’s most formative “coachisms.” From “Your stance is critical” to “One play at a time,” you, too, will start hearing the strong and encouraging voice of the Coach when life hits you hard. Packed with life application, Always Fall Forward challenges men each week to live the way the Coach lived―grounded in faith and willing to stand up for what he believed―no matter the cost.

You won’t want to forget these lessons―both on and off the field

My thoughts: When I first ordered this book, I had no idea who Tandy Gerelds was. Then, just before starting this book, my dad turned on Woodlawn when I was over there. I highly recommend watching the movie or reading the book with this one! The story is excellent. As is this book! I enjoyed reading this book, even though I am not an avid fan of football, since so many of the lessons apply well to life. I loved how the thoughts, quotes, memories, and scripture tie together. Whether you are a football fan or not, this book applies well to everyday life.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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Real Life Romance

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Do you believe in true love?

In a world of broken relationships and hurting people, it can seem like all we ever see is heartache—that marriages are doomed from the start and romance isn’t worth the risk.

But heart-fluttering, long-lasting love is all around us…we just have to look for it!

This collection of beautiful, real-life accounts will bring laughter and tears as you enjoy each story of ordinary people who found extraordinary love. Page after page, you will find inspiration to

—rekindle the romance in your love story
—trust in God’s providence and timing
—faithfully hope for your own happily-ever-after
—celebrate true romance
—believe in life-long love

Don’t let the world define romance for you! See how God is at work in the hearts of His people—knitting together hearts in a love that forever endures.

My thoughts: I love hearing the stories of how couples got together, so this book was right up my alley! I love how, not only does this book share how the couples get together, but also some thoughts and scripture verses to go with each story, so it is almost like a devotional. The variety of stories in this book is quite the assortment, showing how God works in relationships, even when we don't see the evidence right away.
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Top ten books I've decided I am no longer interested in reading

1. When A Devil Drives

I enjoyed the Liberty Lane mysteries that I read, but I don't remember much about the series, so I don't know that I will be picking the rest of it up any time soon.

2. The Franchise Affair

I read Daughter of Time ages ago, and bought a few other Josephine Tey books to read. I just don't have enough time on my hands, so they may never be read.

3. Winds of Change series

I like Julie's writing, but if I fall behind on an author's books, I generally don't take the time to go back and read the ones I missed.

4. The Emperor's Conspiracy

This one looks gorgeous.

5. The Fairest Beauty

I've read a couple of the books in this series, but they haven't really grabbed my attention, despite being re-tellings of fairy tales, something I adore.

6. Revolutionary

I feel like I should go back and finish this series, since I read the first and second books.

7. The Selection

I think I read through the first and second, but was kind of mad at the whole situation when her friend falls in love with a guard.:P

8. The Sentinels of Andersonville

I love Tracy's books, but I have to be in the mood for them. So, I don't know that I will ever get back to this one.

9. Maggie Hope mysteries

I keep looking at these, but haven't invested in them, so I kind of doubt that I will.

10. The Loose Ends List

I don't know that I can handle this story.
Are there books on this list I should re-consider? What books are on your list?

Sunrise, Easter Suprise review and giveaway!

A lively Easter board book depicting the joy that spread with the news of Jesus' Resurrection

All of creation is alive with the news: Jesus lives! From chirping birds to chattering rabbits to buzzing bees, the pages of this Easter board book spill over with joy. With cheerful verse and lighthearted-yet-reverent illustrations, Sunrise, Easter Surprise! imagines Jesus' Resurrection from the perspectives of those who might have seen and heard of it first: the sun as it rose, a flower as it bloomed, and the first people at the empty tomb. This exuberant Easter book offers even the littlest listener a better understanding of what the Resurrection means to all creation: new life through Jesus. Ages 2-5.

My thoughts: We are enjoying this little board book! My son loves the colorful pictures of different animals. I love how it shows nature as anticipating what is coming after Jesus was in the tomb for three days. This is a fun little book to give a young child for Easter! It's an easy, short read that my child are enjoying time and again.
I received this book from Worthy in exchange for my honest review.

Giveaway! Worthy is offering a copy of this book to one of my lucky followers! Just leave me a comment with your child (or your!) favorite animal and a way for me to contact you if you should win. The giveaway will last one week!
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

If Only He Knew review and Giveaway!

It’s 1968, and love is in the air in the small coastal town of Cambridge, California.
Donna Peterson, the preacher’s daughter, has her entire life ahead of her and the future looks promising. But things aren’t as they seem in Cambridge. A tangled web of secrets threaten to destroy the lives of each person involved – Donna, her boyfriend Bobby, and Rick, Bobby’s best friend. Will the truth make them free, or will they lose their friendship forever?

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My review
This book is an interesting one, since it deals with a time period that a lot of Christian authors shy away from, the late 1960's. I felt like, for the most part, it did a great job of bringing to life the time.
This one does deal with some tough issues, so I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. I feel like the characters could of had a bit more feeling to the difficult situations they were put in (like apprehensive about being sent off to war?). I do look forward to reading more by the authors though!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author
Author Michelynn Christy resides in the Midwest and enjoys creating romantic stories that point to Jesus. Her faith in God shines through the pages of her writing. Michelynn’s debut novelette A Christmas to Remember launched in late 2015. While this pen name and genre are somewhat new to her, she has penned over twenty titles under another pseudonym, has won awards for her works, and has earned best-selling title status. With that said, all glory goes to God!
Brandi Gabriel is co-author of twelve Christian fiction books, including this one. Her first solo novel, The Orphan Bride, released in 2016 and she has since added a sequel in the same series. Her goal in writing is to touch readers’ hearts in some special way and to glorify Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior.

Guest post from Michelynn and Brandi
Take a step back in time…

If He Only Knew is a novel set in the late 1960s. The book deals with family relationships, loyalty, friendship, love, and loss. The main topic is somewhat controversial in nature, but we won’t mention what it is lest we spoil the story for readers. A similar book was written in a different genre under another name and the story really resonated with readers. We felt compelled to share this story with others who perhaps wouldn’t pick up that particular genre, and that is how this book came about. It may be set in the sixties, but the message is as relevant today as ever. Our prayer is that God will touch readers’ hearts and draw them closer to Him.

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Grand Prize: ONE themed book box, (this will contain small items that relate to the story
1st Place Prize: ONE $25 Amazon gift card,
2nd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew
3rd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Greatest Showman | This Is Me Lyric Video | 2018

My husband stayed home with the kids so I could have the chance to go see The Greatest Showman with my sister and mom (and a few other family members. It was suppose to be a girls night, but kind of grew. lol). What a fun musical!  While I realize they took quite a few liberties with the story (That's Hollywood, right? Some of the history behind P.T. Barnum's circus can be found here) and could of done without Barnum's infatuation, I did think it was well done and an enjoyable story about acceptance and dreaming big. For me, it represented the glitz and wonder side of the circus.

Some of my favorite stories that are about the circus:

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