Saturday, July 21, 2018

Darkwater Secrets






The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New
Orleans. Bourbon Street
is bustling, and General Manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a
hotel at capacity. She,
along with everyone else, is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest st
abbed with a kitchen
knife.



Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim’s past, he
unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is
hurt that his
friend

the woman
he’s quietly loved for years

kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the
stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But
Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . he’s keeping secrets of his own.



Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the
loose?



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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͞
I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies.
I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I've never fit into th
e boxes people have wanted to put me in.
͟
~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better.

Born and raised
in Louisiana, Robin is a
southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends
time with her husband of twenty-five-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome
grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home

in the South, where else?

She serves the wri
ting community as
Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW. Her twenty-five books have fin
aled/placed in such
contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer's C
hoice Award,
Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.


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Robin Caroll is giving away:


  • print copy of Darkwater Secrets
  • your own key to the Darkwater Inn
  • The Darkwater Inn Recipe Book
  • an Uptown Stroll candle
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Just these kids. The closer it gets to Twelfth Night, the
more they act out. Wearing those
silly masks and vandalizing cemeteries and certain areas in
the Quarter. Congo Square was
desecrated twice last week. Part of Armstrong Park was vandalized earlier this week. Some of us
have been keeping our eyes open and working with local security.”
Tracey shook her head.
“Kids messing around in something they know nothing about.
”Addy turned onto St. Ann Street.
“Speaking of kids, what do you know about kids putting
snakes in mailboxes?”
“Snakes in mailboxes?”
Addy eased into Tracey’s driveway and turned off the headlights.
“Yeah, Dimitri found a
small boa constrictor in his mailbox. Thinks some kids did it as a prank.”
She shivered in the
darkness.
“That’s not a prank, Addy.”
Even by the dashboard light, Addy could see Tracey’s face had paled.
“Then what would
you call it?”
But before Tracey answered, the hairs on the back of Addy’s neck rose to attention.
“Someone’s practicing voodoo on him.”

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Edge of Over There


Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller's life had been predictable. But after the Tree and the lightning and the angels, everything felt tenuous, like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. She spent years looking for signs of that other world, waiting for it to break through. When it didn't, her friendship with Sam Chambers grew cold and distant, and they both wondered how any of it could actually have happened.

Four years later, 16-year-old Abra's long-delayed quest to find the next manifestation of the Tree of Life is renewed when she sees a woman walking up the road--a woman who looks exactly like Sam's dead mother. The woman directs her to New Orleans where she will find the grave of Marie Laveau, one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. As Abra enters The Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn't know whom to fear or whom to trust. But she's starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.

My thoughts: The writing on this story is solid and I found that there is a lot going on with it, but I had didn't care for some of the theology in the story line. Some of the elements of the story were almost to out there for me. I know that fans of Madeline L'Engle will appreciate this story though, since it is reminiscent of some of her books.
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Loving Grace review and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Loving Grace by April Smith blog & rev
iew tour plus giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: Loving Grace
 

Author: April Smith
 

Publisher: Ambassador International
 



Release Date: March 20, 2018
 

Genre: Christian Fiction, Young Adult Romance



Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her
dreams and the boy almost next door.



As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren
Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her
world. Mix in working with Beau
Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and
the metaphorical sparks
fly.



Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome
and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron

or at least being around his annoying and rude self way
more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an
irritating reminder
from the night of the accident.



Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each ot
her.
 



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My review: I thoroughly enjoyed this adorable story about Grace! She is a sweet character to get to know, and I thought it was fun to learn more about the watermelon industry and also some of the work that goes into being a watermelon queen and promoting the industry. This is the perfect summer story to pick up, with it's sweet romance. I highly recommend this one!
I received this book from Just Read tours in exchange for my honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend

s family watermelon farm and she
was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree in
Elementary Education and a Master

s Degree in the Art of Teaching.
 



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Ambassador International is giving away:



(1) JustRead Summer Fun Book Box, which features Loving Grace as well as at least
4 quality
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Crescent Stone


A girl with a deadly lung disease . . .
A boy with a tragic past . . .
A land where the sun never sets but darkness still creeps in . . .
A bargain that brings life, but may cost more than anyone can imagine . . .

Madeline Oliver has never wanted for anything, but now she would give anything just to breathe. Jason Wu skates through life on jokes, but when a tragedy leaves him guilt-stricken, he promises to tell only the truth, no matter the price. When a mysterious stranger name Hanali appears to Madeline and offers to heal her in exchange for one year of service to his people, Madeline and Jason are swept into a strange land where they don’t know the rules and where their decisions carry consequences that reach farther than they could ever guess.

My thoughts: This is the first book that I have read by Mikalatos, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters are well written and come to live with their wit and struggles. I felt the pain that drove both characters to embark on their adventures. I felt like the underlying messages were encouraging and thought provoking, leaving the reader to think on the story after the final page is read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series! I only wish it were already out, so I could continue the story.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together


Join the big trucks on the construction site!
Little ones will love to explore these tactile pages—from rubbery tires to gritty dirt—and learn from the trucks how much fun it can be to work together. With touch-and-feel elements to increase sensory development and simple rhymes to boost vocabulary, Big Trucks will help your child discover something new with every read!

My thoughts: This is a cute, colorful touch and feel book that both my kids are enjoying! The love the bright colors and the short descriptions of what each of the jobs is that needs to be done. They enjoy discovering the touch and feel parts of each picture as well. This is a fun book to read before bed for young children.
I received this book from Booklook in exchange for my honest review.



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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Darkwater Secrets


The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and general manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. But she is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide's childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim's past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend--the woman he's quietly loved for years--kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can't press Adelaide too hard . . . because he's keeping secrets of his own.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?

My thoughts: Another wonderful mystery by Robin Caroll! I thought that Darkwater Secrets was a fantastic start to this new series, and had a hard time putting it down! The book does show some of the seeder side of New Orleans, and has some triggers in it, but Robin does a wonderful job with writing about hard things and showing how healing it can be to open up about being victimized.
This book has some interesting history about New Orleans, including the mysteriousness that surrounds the city. I look forward to seeing where the story goes in the next book!
I received this book through JustRead tours in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, July 16, 2018

River to Redemption


Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She's determined to find a way to buy Louis's freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she'll face an uphill battle.
Based partly on a true story, Ann H. Gabhart's latest historical novel is a tour de force. The vividly rendered town of Springfield and its citizens immerse readers in a story of courage, betrayal, and honor that will stick with them long after they turn the last page.

My Review: This is a wonderful historical tale! I thought that the parts that were based on a true story (that of a hotel owner leaving his slave in charge so he could escape cholera) were especially fascinating, and loved how Ann brought the story to life with Ruth and Adria and their losses. I also liked how it talked about abolitionist well before the war, and how unpopular the thinking was in a lot of places. This is a wonderful story with beautiful characters and rich historical details. I love that there is a lot going on with the story.
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.


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