Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Battling the Bluestocking

 


Great minds do NOT always think alike.
Phineas Donovan is possessed of a sharp intellect. Fresh from Cambridge, he obtains a generous live-in position as tutor for the son of the wealthy Lord Bettencourt. If he can prove his value, he has hopes of being given the patronage of his employer, allowing him to take up a position as vicar. There, he can pursue his intellectual endeavors in peace and relative financial comfort.

In her humble but informed opinion, Lady Sarah Danneville is possessed of an even sharper intellect. If anyone should be tutoring her younger brother, it is she, not the reserved, bespectacled gentleman her father has employed to do the job. He is not fit to instruct a Danneville of Bettencourt Court.

But as Sarah works to undermine him, Mr. Donovan shows more pluck than she expects, not to mention harboring a secret hobby that would be laughable if it weren’t so dreadfully unsophisticated. If she can use this secret against him, she can finally persuade her father she is more than bait to lure a prosperous match.

Now, if only she can avoid being drawn into the unsophistication—and Mr. Donovan’s eyes—herself.



My thoughts: I have adored this whole series, but this book might be my favorite of them all, since I could relate to Sarah and her bookish ways. This story brought up some interesting themes, with Sarah not really wanting to get married, since she is afraid that she won't be allowed to be herself in a marriage or might lose herself, as she feels she has seen with her parents. I love how she and her brother play a few pranks on Phineas, hoping to drive him away and give her the job to tutor her brother. The path is rarely smooth, or goes the way one wishes. This is a delightful story of what happens when everything goes off the rails and comes back together in a far more beautiful picture than one could have ever imagined. I highly recommend picking this book up, as well as the others in the series! While it can work as a stand alone, it is more fun to get to know the other siblings before diving into this story.

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

A Divine Romance

 

A Divine Romance JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Divine Romance by Ifueko Ogbomo, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

A Divine Romance Title: A Divine Romance 
Author: Ifueko Ogbomo 
Publisher: InspiroLogos Publishing 
Release Date: February 14, 2023 
Genre: Historical Romance Biblical Fiction 

Hers is the flawless face no man has seen—except her father. 

His is the foreign face everyone reveres—save his family. 

The royal decree that couples this unlikely pair will make or break the history of an ancient empire.

Considered a gift from the sun god due to her arresting eyes, Asenath was veiled in childhood and destined to marry Egyptian royalty. The 17-year-old is resigned to a loveless future in the royal harem, when Pharaoh’s shocking declaration forces her to marry the new vizier of Egypt—a mystical foreigner with powers of divination. 

Known as Zaphnath-Paaneah, her husband turns out to be handsome, charming, and possibly insane since he worships an invisible god and expects her—the daughter of a high priest—to do the same. Facing a fate seemingly worse than that she grew up dreading, she desperately searches for a way out of the arranged marriage. The secrets she uncovers usher her into a world of intrigue and treachery that questions all her beliefs about men, gods, and love. Will theirs be the most monumental mismatch made in Egyptian history, or will her daring demand for a sign from his god make all her childhood fantasies come true? 

Combining original poetry with well-researched history, A Divine Romance is an Own Voices retelling of a beloved Biblical tale that takes readers on a riveting journey through Ancient Egypt and introduces them to a fresh, poetic voice in Christian fiction.

“In a writing style reminiscent of Tessa Afshar, Ifueko Ogbomo spins a breathtaking tale readers won’t be able to put down!”

~ Heidi Chiavaroli, Carol Award-winning author of The Orchard House and Hope Beyond the Waves 

“A Divine Romance that will resonate in our hearts well past the last page.” ~ Toni Shiloh, Christy Award-winning author of In Search of a Prince 

“Gifted storytelling brings an intricate cast of characters to life and portrays the greatest kind of love there is . . ." ~ Jenna Van Mourik, author of Jerusalem’s Daughter 

My thoughts: I enjoyed reading this unique, richly detailed work of Biblical fiction. I enjoy seeing the stories of the Bible in a new light, and loved how this tale made me think more about a woman that is only mentioned in passing. I never thought about how hard it would be to marry a stranger from a strange land, with very different customs and a religion that is totally different from what you are used to. The author does a wonderful job of exploring the what if's of the story and really brining the characters to life. This is an excellent book to pick up and enjoy!
I received this book from Just Read. This is my honest review.

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About the Author

Ifueko Ogbomo

Ifueko Fex Ogbomo is a prize-winning Nigerian poet, storyteller, voice artist, and sickle cell activist whose life’s motto is ‘to inspire with words.’ Under her alias ‘Lady InspiroLogos,’ she is best known for her custom spoken word and song performances, which have graced global stages. For her internationally-acclaimed work in the performing arts, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services classified her as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the Arts and awarded her permanent US residency (2017).

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writer’s association, Ifueko is passionate about using spoken word artistry and storytelling to share the gospel, and to raise awareness on both autism and sickle cell anemia. Her first book, Yellow Eyes Gone White!, is a faith-inspiring memoir that details her personal struggles with the genetic blood disorder. Ifueko’s poem, My Utmost Delight, is the opening chapter of Revell’s 2022 publication, Voices of Lament, a collection of essays, poems, liturgies, and prayers by 29 BIPOC Christian women contributors exploring issues of injustice, heartache, and deep suffering. 

A classically-trained vocalist, Ifueko graduated summa cum laude, with a B.A. Honors (Music with a minor in Computer Science) from Texas Lutheran University. The last of three children born to a military father and a fashion designer mother, Ifueko has visited four of the seven continents and known many “homes," but she currently resides in Orlando, Florida. Proudly neurodivergent, and INFJ on the Myers-Briggs scale, she enjoys creative expression, African fashion, gluten-free dining, and exotic destinations. But nothing beats a quiet day at home, flying through the pages of a Christian romance while snacking on plantain chips! 

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Friday, February 3, 2023

Expired Return

 

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Expired Return by Lisa Phillips, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Expired Return Title: Expired Return 
Series: Last Chance Fire and Rescue #1 
Author: Lisa Phillips 
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing 
Release Date: January 31, 2023 
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

She'll give everything to protect her family.

He always knew she was the one. 

Veterinary tech Pepper Miller lives a quiet life in Last Chance County. She's watching her niece until her sister shows up…if she ever does. When Victory's father demands he take over her care, Pepper knows something has gone wrong. With a new drug in town, and her sister embroiled in a dangerous bargain, it's up to Pepper to protect the people she loves. 

Even if it costs every secret she's ever kept. 

Fire Department liaison Allen Frees lives with the injuries he sustained as a police officer in a raid gone wrong. He's put his life back together but getting the truck crew and engine squad to succeed might be his toughest assignment yet. When Victory is nearly kidnapped at a community event, Allen steps in to help Pepper keep her niece safe. The one thing he couldn't fix was the love he lost, but he isn't going to let Pepper walk away this time. 

No matter what walls he has to break down. 

Last Chance County returns in this blazing new series from Sunrise Publishing. 

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My thoughts: I enjoyed this story and the wide array of characters! Lisa Phillips does a wonderful job of bringing them to life, with their different strengths and weaknesses. I felt for Pepper, with trying to do the best for her sister and niece, while also trying to survive the harsh criticism of the town. I felt like Allen should have been more forthcoming with the events surrounding their breakup, though I can see how that might not have been on his mind at the time.
This is a wonderful, high suspense read that is hard to put down! It's well written and very driven. I look forward to reading the other books in the series!
I received this book from Just Read. This is my honest review.

More Books in this Series

Expired Hope Expired Promise Expired Vows

 

About the Author

Lisa Phillips

Lisa Phillips is a USA Today and top ten Publishers Weekly bestselling author of over 50 books that span Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, independently published series romantic suspense, and thriller novels. She’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

Lisa is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College, where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). As a worship leader for Calvary Chapel churches in her local area, Lisa has discovered a love for mentoring new ministry members and youth worship musicians. Discover the world of Last Chance Fire and Rescue at https://lastchancecounty.com/lc-fire

Connect with Lisa by visiting www.authorlisaphillips.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Relational Reset

 

Relational Reset JustRead Blog + Review Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for Relational Reset by Laurel Shaler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Relational Reset Title: Relational Reset 
Author: Laurel Shaler 
Publisher: Moody 
Release Date: February 2019 
Genre: Christian Living (non-fiction)

From the author of "Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Events" comes this Selah Award Finalist on a topic everyone can relate to: Relationships. So, are your relationships all that you want them to be?

Despite our best intentions, we all have blind spots--bad relational habits that are keeping us from enjoying our relationships fully. And since relationships stand at the center of all we are and all we do, if we can learn to do relationships better, every aspect of our lives improves. Whether you struggle to overcome past wounds, insecurity, blame, or envy, it's time to reflect on your relational habits and reset them so that your relationships can be all you want them to be.

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My thoughts: I appreciated that this book covers a variety of topics that affect the many different relationships in our lives. From friendships to those with family and spouses, this book was insightful and well written. I always appreciate when an author shares personal experiences and stories from those they have worked with to bring home their message. The author did a wonderful job of blending together personal stories, scripture, and wisdom on ways to improve our relationships. I appreciated her identifying the different ways that the unhealthy habits can hit us, since it has been easy for me to think that I don't struggle with insecurities as much, but I could really relate to that chapter! This is a wonderful book to pick up and use to help improve relationships!

I received this book from Just Read. This is my honest review.


About the Author

Laurel Shaler

Dr. Laurel Shaler is a licensed mental health professional and a Professor at Liberty University . She has contributed to many well-known publications including Lifeway's Journey, Guideposts, and Proverbs 31 Ministries. Laurel is the author of "Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Events" (David C. Cook, 2016) and "Relational Reset: Unlearning the Habits that Hold You Back" (Moody, 2018). She regularly speaks on a wide variety of topics, and has been interviewed by Building Relationships, Focus on the Family, and more. Most importantly, Laurel is a follower of Jesus Christ and seeks to share His love with others. She and her family live in the Deep South.

Connect with Laurel by visiting drlaurelshaler.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

A Family for the Rancher spotlight

 

A Family For The Rancher JustRead Blog + Review Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for A Family for the Rancher by M. K. Stelmack, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

A Family for the Rancher Title: A Family for the Rancher 
Series: A Ranch to Call Home #1 
Author: M. K. Stelmack 
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming 
Release Date: January 24, 2023 
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance 

Can the prodigal cowboy… 

Teach her to hope again? 

 Horse trainer Mateo Pavlic wants to buy back his family’s ranch. But Haley Jansson isn’t interested in selling…or forgiving his twelve-year absence. Mateo has loved Haley since they were kids, and he feels a deep connection with her sweet son, Jonah. Soon, Mateo wants to be all in with Haley and her adorable baby. But can he convince her to risk her land, her child and her heart? 

From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.

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M. K. Stelmack

M. K. Stelmack writes historical and contemporary romance. She is the author of Heartwarming's A True North Hero series, the third of which, Coming Home to You was made into a movie called Love by Accident. She has also written 'The Montgomerys of Spirit Lake' series. A Family for the Rancher marks the first in her new series, A Ranch to Call Home. She lives in Alberta, Canada, close to a town that the fictional Spirit Lake of her stories is patterned after.

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Sunday, January 22, 2023

United Forces

 He inhaled slow deep breaths and exhaled, attempting to remain calm after this latest development. His mind battled between panic and being brave enough to plan an effective action. Obtaining information about these people on the mountain to the south would be required to ensure the safety of their newly established headquarters. The abundant cedar and pine trees concealed the house but made it more difficult for Kahn and the others to see across the mountain and valley to the next mountain using the night vision goggles. The other group members determined they must go through the surrounding woods and into the clearing for a better view. Kahn agreed. 

The cold darkness of night was amplified in the thick woods surrounding the headquarters. Kahn trailed behind the other members of the Underground Book Readers a little further out of the woods. He stood very still. Raising the binoculars to his eyes, he located the potential threat; the unexpected cluster of people gathering, spreading out, then regrouping again on the side of the other mountain.  

“Why do you suppose they are doing that?” Asher asked. 

Kahn shrugged his shoulders. “I have no clue. But we need to find out.” 

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Midnight Blue by Suzie Waltner, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Midnight Bllue Title: Midnight Blue 
Series: Love in Color #1 
Author: Suzie Waltner 
Publisher: Anaiah Press Publishing 
Release Date: September 6, 2022 
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance 

A series of heartbreaking setbacks behind her, Scarlett Sykes is now focused on creating the best life possible for her daughter. One where innocence and joy is not colored by rejection or loss. While finances are tight and Scarlett’s job isn’t ideal for a single mother, her child will always know she’s loved. Especially since Harmony’s father wanted nothing to do with them. 

As lead singer and the face of a successful country band, Jake Turnquist’s closest friends depend on him, but life in the spotlight is quickly losing its appeal. At a party celebrating another accomplishment, he’s stunned to discover Scarlett assisting the caterer. Almost ten years have passed, but he’s never forgotten his first love. 

In the hours after a surprise revelation, Jake scrambles to orchestrate a way to spend time with Scarlett and Harmony—the family he’s always wanted but never knew he had. He once gave her up to pursue his music. What will he have to surrender to win her back?

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My thoughts: I loved this story of secrets and second chances set in the Nashville music scene! Both Scarlett and Jake have their share of secrets. When Scarlett and Harmony are thrown into Jake's path, two very different worlds collide. Can they work through the past and discover if they have a future?
I love the music scene, since both my husband and I are musicians. I also really enjoyed how the author takes a common trope and throws some unexpected twists in there, making it entirely her own. This is a delightful story with well written characters. 
I received this story from Just Read. This is my honest review.


About the Author

Suzie Waltner

Suzie Waltner is a lover of fiction and is first and foremost a reader. When she’s not at work or reading or writing, you can find her cheering on the Nashville Predators (hockey) or dancing an hour away in Zumba class. Until her second year of college, her life plan was to become a veterinarian. A fainting spell while watching a surgery performed on a sheep changed that plan. Now she works in the corporate world during the day while creating stories in her free time. Suzie resides in a suburb of Nashville, TN and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers as well as Faith, Hope, and Love Christian Writers. She currently serves as the president of the Middle Tennessee ACFW chapter.

Connect with Suzie by visiting suziewaltner.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


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