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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Orphan's Wish by Melanie Dickerson


It was with great trepidation that I picked up The Orphan's Wish. I have never liked Alladin and the only reason I picked up this book was that Melanie Dickerson wrote it. I have loved everything she has written and to my delight, I also loved this story. The plot is engaging and I loved the characters. This book will definitely go on my keeper shelf. Now if she could only make Alice in Wonderland palatable...but that's another issue. So grab your spiced chai and settle in for a great read!

I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations for a positive review, All thoughts are my own.



From Amazon:

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes an inspired retelling of the beloved folk tale Aladdin.
Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break.
Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he can from his teachers. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, he earns a position serving as the duke’s steward. But that isn’t enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child—or the fact that he’s an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune.
Yet once Aladdin departs, Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot. Now, Aladdin and Kirstyn must rely on their bond to save her from unexpected danger. But will saving Kirstyn cost Aladdin his newfound status and everything he’s worked so hard to obtain?
An enchanting new version of the well-known tale, The Orphan’s Wish tells a story of courage and loyalty, friendship and love, and reminds us what “family” really means.


About the Author:

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and a Christy Award winner. Her first book, The Healer’s Apprentice, won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010, and The Merchant’s Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award. Melanie spends her time daydreaming, researching the most fascinating historical time periods, and writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she gathers dandelion greens for her two adorable guinea pigs between writing and editing her happily ever afters. Visit her online at MelanieDickerson.com; Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks; Twitter: @MelanieAuthor.

Biography

Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author who combines her love for all things Medieval with her love of fairy tales, and combines her love for Jane Austen with romantic suspense. She is a Christy Award winner, a two-time Maggie Award winner, winner of The National Reader's Choice Award and the Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing stories of love and adventure near Huntsville, Alabama.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Defense Of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter



Kristi Ann Hunter is one of the freshest voices in Regency fiction. I love everything she writes. I wasn't sure that she could make me love new characters as much as I did those in the Hawthorn House series but The folks of Haven Manor are quickly becoming some of my favorites. You can get a brief introduction with a free novella from Amazon. A Search For Refuge https://www.amazon.com/Search-Refuge-Haven-Manor-Novella-ebook/dp/B079V1KN1K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1527603957&sr=8-2&keywords=kristi+ann+hunter+books
A Defense Of Honor is a thoroughly enjoyable read. So grab a cup of English Breakfast tea and some biscuits. Settle in for a terrific story.

I was given a copy of this book for review purposes with no expectations for a positive review. All thoughts are my own.



From Amazon:

When Katherine "Kit" FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she's forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend's missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she's telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can't matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. And as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth isn't worth putting him and everyone she loves in danger.

About the author:

Kristi Ann Hunter is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

Biography

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. In addition to several pre-published contests, Kristi is a Rita award winner and has also been a finalist in the INSPY, Christy, and GRW Maggie Award of Excellence. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Loving Brock by Joan Deneve







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About the Book

Loving Brock
Title: Loving Brock
Author: Joan Deneve
Genre: Contemporary Christian Women’s Fiction & Romance
Release Date: April, 2018
For years, Brock Whitfield served God with joy and contentment at the mission hospital he founded in Angola.
When Joy Stockman joined their team as a surgical assistant, he found a woman whose zeal for God and heart for people equaled and in many ways surpassed his own. Before he knew it, his admiration and respect for her blossomed into love. After years of serving alone, Brock began to hope that God was giving him another chance to love and be loved in return.
A crisis arose within the family causing Brock to put his personal plans on hold. As he prayed for guidance, Brock’s faith and obedience were put to the ultimate test as God brings the perfect person into his life and then asks him to give her up.

About the Book

Joan DeneveJoan Deneve enjoys being a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and author, but her favorite role and defining title is that of Christian. Joan teaches English in a Christian school and has a passion to help young people fall in love with Christ and equip them to become all God wants them to be.
Joan shares her life with Rene’, her husband of forty years. Together they reside in Prattville, Alabama, a quaint city with southern charm and hospitality.
Joan loves to laugh and spend quality time with family and friends.

Blog Stops

Mary Hake, May 4
Remembrancy, May 7
Carpe Diem, May 10
Bigreadersite, May 12
Artistic Nobody, May 13 (Spotlight)
Reading is my SuperPower, May 13 (Interview)
margaret kazmierczak, May 15 (Interview)
Henry Happens, May 16
Quiet Quilter, May 16

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Joan is giving away a grand prize of the entire The Redeemed Side of Broken Series, African blend coffee, coffee mug, a magnet from Angola, and a personalized message from the author on a special card from Angola!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cc63

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fall From Grace by J. Edward Ritchie



I was given a copy of this book by the author with no expectations of a review. I knew going in that this book was only loosely based on the Bible and I was prepared to overlook the theological differences I have. I did have a problem with Michael being called the Word because Jesus is the Word, but again theological difference. I found the book to be well written and the story flowed. I was sincerely enjoying the plot. Unfortunately, when I reached 35% in, there was graphic sexual content which killed the story for me. I stopped reading it. I am sad because I would have otherwise enjoyed finishing the book.


From Amazon:

Heaven: a paradise of all that is pure in Creation. Led by brothers Michael and Satanail, the Angelic Host is a testament to cosmic harmony and love. When an unprecedented revelation threatens to uproot their peace, a schism splits the Host’s loyalties. Every angel has to make a choice: faith or freedom. Good or evil. 

Salvation or damnation.

War consumes Heaven in the first and most destructive loss of life that Creation will ever know. As brother turns on brother, the fate of both Heaven and Earth rests in the hands of the Creator’s chosen son, Michael. How far will he go, what will he sacrifice in the name of their Father, to protect his family?

Witness the tragic downfall of a civilization as told from both sides of the bloody rebellion. More than myth, more than legend, Heaven’s war will forever stand as a harrowing warning that even the purest of souls can fall from grace.

About the author:

J. Edward Ritchie is a novelist and screenwriter specializing in world creation and action epics. A fan of all things genre from films to comics to video games, his work explores the intricate, primal balance between good and evil. He is dedicated to writing stories that embody the fantastical and uncompromising entertainment that has inspired his career. 




Fall From Grace, his debut novel, tells the cosmic tragedy of the war in Heaven. Two brothers, Michael and Satanail, are thrust to opposite sides of Creation's first conflict that cleaves a deadly schism between the family of angels. But beneath the harrowing brutality of warfare is an inspirational message of hope and brotherhood.

He currently resides in Cape Cod, MA with his wife and Golden Retriever. 

Visit his website and blog http://www.jedwardritchie.com


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan



I look forward to reading books by Rachel Dylan. She writes thrilling courtroom dramas that engage from the first page. She has created fascinating characters that I rooted for and a cast of people who kept me guessing as to where their loyalties lay. I love the theme of God's love and forgiveness that were woven into the story. Since this book is set in Atlanta, my advice is to grab a pitcher of sweet tea and settle in on the veranda for a great read!

I was given this book by the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts are my own

From Amazon: 

Prosecutor Sophie Dawson's first job in the White Collar division of the Fulton County D.A.'s office is to build a case against a local bank employee who may be cheating clients. But when circumstances beyond her control leave her as the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang, her world is turned upside down.

Former Atlanta police officer turned private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to ensure that Sophie is kept safe. But as threats escalate, they don't know who they can trust. 

Sophie is determined not to back down, but her bank case gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from testifying. Sophie wants to take a stand for what's right--but can Cooper, who is determined not to be distracted by their growing attraction, keep her safe so that she can finish her pursuit for justice?

About the author:


Biography

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. The Atlanta Justice Series which features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta kicks off with Deadly Proof. Lynette Eason described Deadly Proof as "a legal thriller that will keep you turning pages late into the night." In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including Lethal Action and Devoted Defender which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including Trial & Tribulations and Fatal Accusation. These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. Trial & Tribulations was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids--two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at www.racheldylan.com.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund



Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recreating the atmosphere of New York City and the desperation of people to provide a better life for their children. I loved the plot and the plot twists. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book! So grab your travel mug of tea and ride along with Adam, Marianne, and the children as they travel to new lives.
I was given this book by the publisher with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

From Amazon:

Marianne Neumann has one goal in life: to find her lost younger sister, Sophie. When Marianne takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York, she not only hopes to give children a better life but seeks to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children--firm but tender and funny. Underneath his handsome charm, though, seems to linger a grief that won't go away--and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden. As the two team up placing orphans amid small railroad towns in Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever


About the author:

Winner of 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Jody Hedlund